Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesA new dramatic film focusing on the events immediately following the December 1980 shooting of John Lennon will premiere in select theaters on October 7, Variety reports.
The Lennon Report, which debuted in April at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, takes a look at the aftermath of the tragic event, including doctors' efforts to save the rock legend's life and the TV producer tasked with breaking the news of John's death.
The film's cast includes Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan Lynn, Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran and Walter Vincent as ABC news producer Alan B. Weiss, as well as Orange Is the New Black star Adrienne C. Moore. The movie was directed and written by Jeremy Profe, who co-wrote the script with Vincent.
The Lennon Report initially will open in 10 cities -- New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Tampa, Florida. It will get a wider release on October 14.
Previous theatrical movies made about former Beatles star's murder include 2007's The Killing of John Lennon and 2008's Chapter 27.
C Flanigan/Getty ImagesDuring their show at New York City's Madison Square Garden earlier this year, Pearl Jam invited Sting on stage to sing The Police song "Driven to Tears." Now, Eddie Vedder has returned the favor.
During his show in Seattle Thursday night, Sting, who's currently on tour with Peter Gabriel, was joined by the Pearl Jam frontman for another rousing rendition of "Driven to Tears." You can watch fan-filmed footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Not content with just singing with Sting, Vedder also joined Gabriel for a performance of his track "Red Rain." Footage of Vedder and Gabriel together is also streaming on YouTube.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam's summer tour will continue August 5 and 7 with two shows at Boston's Fenway Park, followed by two shows at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 20 and 22. On August 27, Vedder will play a one-off solo show at the Ohana Music Festival in California.
Credit: Claude GassianIn May, The Rolling Stones demanded that Donald Trump stop playing their music at his campaign events, but you can't always get what you want. On Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after Trump gave his acceptance speech as his party's presidential nominee, the band's classic song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was played at the event.
Now The Stones have issued a statement via their Twitter feed that they "do not endorse Donald Trump," and pointing out that their tune "was used without the band's permission."
The Rolling Stones are one of many artists who have complained about Trump's unauthorized use of their music, including Queen, Neil Young, R.E.M. and The O'Jays.
In other Rolling Stones news, BBC News reports guitarist Keith Richards confirmed during a U.K. radio interview Friday that Eric Clapton did indeed do some recording for the band's upcoming studio album. Richards says his fellow British guitar legend "dropped by for a couple of numbers," during the sessions, which he added made it seem "like old times down in Richmond." The Stones and Clapton's old band The Yardbirds both used to play at the Crawdaddy Club in the Richmond section of London.
In addition, Keith revealed that the new album would be "coming out in the autumn some time," and that it would feature "a lot of Chicago blues."
As for what songs would be featured on the record, Richards said, "The titles I can't reveal at the moment, for the reason that I can't quite remember them and I haven't got a list with me."
Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood first revealed in April at the opening of the group's Exhibitionism exhibit in London that his band had been working on an album featuring various classic blues covers.
Courtesy of Prog MagazineEx-Yes frontman Jon Andersonwill receive the prestigious Prog God prize at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards, which will take place September 1 at the Underglobe venue in London. The honor acknowledges artists who have been musical innovators throughout their careers.
"After all these years, it's just wonderful to be getting this very special award," Anderson says in a statement. "Music has guided me along to this point in my life and I'm forever excited about the new and progressive musical adventures I am given by the gods of music."
He adds, "Making music is like breathing to me, and I am blessed to be able to create music every day. A very grateful and humble thank you."
In addition to his decades fronting Yes, which he co-founded with the late Chris Squire, Anderson has collaborated with a wide variety of artists over the years. During the year alone, he's released collaborative albums with acclaimed jazz-fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty and Swedish prog-rock guitarist Roine Stolt, and he will launch a tour later this year as part of the new group ARW with former Yes band mates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.
Meanwhile, Anderson's recently released record with Stolt, Invention of Knowledge, has been nominated for a 2016 Progressive Music Award in the Album of the Year category. Other artists that will be vying for various awards at the event include Wakeman, David Gilmour, Rush, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. You can cast your vote for your favorite 2016 Progressive Music Awards nominees at 2016.Prog.Awards.TeamRock.com. The event is organized by the U.K.'s Prog magazine.
MPL Communications/MJ KimThe U.K.'s Official Charts Company has presented Paul McCartney with the prestigious Official Chart Record Breaker Award in recognition of the rock legend being the most successful album artist in the history of his home country. McCartney received the honor for scoring more total #1 albums on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, 22, than any other artist.
The 74-year-old musician's old band The Beatles notched 15 chart-topping albums, while Sir Paul also hit #1 four times as a solo artist, twice with Wings and once with his late wife, Linda.
In a video message, McCartney says the honor "feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don't count how well they're doing. I remember when Please, Please Me went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it's a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award]."
He adds, "So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!"
The Official Charts Company notes that McCartney also has spent the most total weeks atop the albums chart, 191, while the Fab Four's first album, 1963's Please Please Me, was #1 for more weeks, 30, than any other debut effort.
Following McCartney on the list of artists with the most #1 U.K. albums are his three Beatles band mates: John Lennon at #2 with 18; George Harrison at #3 with 17; and Ringo Starr tied at #4 -- with pop star Robbie Williams -- with 15. Phil Collins is tied with Elvis Presley and Madonna for sixth place on the list with 12 chart-topping albums. David Bowie is #9 with 11.
McCartney receives his award on the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Official Albums Chart.
Brian Rasic/WireImage"American Pie" singer/songwriter Don McLean pleaded guilty to assaulting his now-ex-wife, Patrisha, this past January, the Portland Press-Herald reports. The plea came Thursday as part of a plea deal in a Rockland, Maine court.
According to the newspaper, the 70-year-old musician pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief and criminal restraint. The court ruled that if McLean abides by the agreed-upon stipulations for one year, he will then be required to pay $1,000 for each count, while the domestic violence assault charge will be dismissed.
The Portland Press-Herald further reports that McLean must stay away from his ex-wife and avoid direct or indirect contact her, and is a required to undergo a mental health evaluation within 60 days, or else there will be no dismissal of the domestic violence assault charge and he may also face an open plea.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred January 18 at the McLean residence in Camden, Maine, during which Patrisha alleged that Don assaulted her and threatened her life. The singer was arrested but was released later that day on $10,000 bail. He also claimed that the charges were untrue.
Don and Patrisha later announced that they were reconciling, but in March she filed for divorce on grounds of "adultery, cruel and abusive treatment and irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finalized last month.
At the court proceedings on Thursday, Patrisha said in a statement, "Don took away 30 years of my life by controlling every aspect of it through violence and fear of violence," adding that she still feared him because he repeated told her he'd kill her if she left him.
Meanwhile, McLean's attorney, Walter McKee, later maintained in an email sent to the newspaper that Patrisha's statements were "provably false."
Credit: Ross HalfinGreat news to report about Joe Perry: the legendary Aerosmith guitarist, who was hospitalized earlier this month after collapsing onstage while performing with the Hollywood Vampires supergroup, will rejoin the latter band's U.S. tour tonight.
The Hollywood Vampires, which also feature Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp, perform this evening in Rohnert Park, California.
A message on the band's official website reports that Perry "will be with us thru the end" of the trek, which wraps up this Monday, July 25, with a show in Paso Robles, California.
Perry became ill on July 10 during a show in Brooklyn, New York, and The Hollywood Vampires subsequently canceled an appearance the next night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, although they continued to tour without Joe.
The 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is scheduled to hit the road with Aerosmith for a series of fall concerts that begins with a September 17 appearance at the Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, California.
Here are all of the remaining Hollywood Vampires tour dates:
7/22 -- Rohnert Park, CA, Weill Hall 7/23 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion 7/24 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 7/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, California Mid State Fair
Courtesy of the Lou Reed ArchiveDavid Johansen and Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye are among the many musicians and celebrities confirmed to take part in a series of free events paying homage to the late Lou Reed that will be held Saturday, July 30, at Lincoln Center in New York City. As previously reported, The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed, which is being curated and co-produced by Reed's widow, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, and Lou's frequent collaborator Hal Willner, will take place in various locations in and around Lincoln Center.
Among the festivities will be tribute concerts at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET, respectively. The earlier show will feature performances by Johansen, Kaye, Jesse Malin, Jon Spencer and others backed by a house band that includes Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley. The later concert, dubbed Lou Reed's Love Songs, will feature Anderson, Johansen, Garland Jeffreys, Victoria Williams and many more.
At 3 p.m. ET, a variety of celebs will recite Reed's lyrics, including Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Willem Dafoe, Natasha Lyonne, Elizabeth Ashley and painter/film director Julian Schnabel.
The celebration will begin at 10:15 a.m. ET with a group Tai Chi session conducted by Reed's teacher Master Ren Guangyi. Other scheduled events include Reed-related film screenings and a sound installation titled "Drones" that will be created by using Lou's guitars and amplifiers. The celebration will culminate with a screening of the Schnabel-directed 2008 concert film Berlin.
The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed is part of the 2016 Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. For more information about the event, visit AboutLincolnCenter.org.
As previously reported, an expansive new box set called Lou Reed -- The RCA & Arista Album Collection featuring remastered versions of 16 studio and live albums Reed released from 1972 to 1986 will hit stores on October 7. The anthology was the last project that Lou worked on before his death in October 2013.
Credit: Frank Ockenfels IIISting has revealed that his recently announced studio album, 57th and 9th, will be released on November 11. A new trailer promoting the record has premiered on YouTube that features footage of the former Police frontman working in the studio and clips of him reflecting on the project.
"There are many different styles on this record," he maintains in the video. "There's a lot of rock 'n' roll, but if there's a lyrical theme that runs through it it's about searching. It's about traveling. It's about the road. It's about that pull of the unknown."
He also notes that he thinks "the album has a spontaneous feel in the way it was made," adding, "It's not that polished. It's played with energy."
In addition, Sting points out that although the material is "energetic and noisy, [it's] also thoughtful."
As the 64-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Rolling Stone in a recent interview, 57th and 9th is "rockier than anything I've done in a while." Unidentified music from the album that's heard in the trailer is quite reminiscent of The Police.
Fox Phots/Getty ImagesThe official Twitter feed for the Estate of George Harrison protested the use of Harrison’s 1969 song "Here Comes the Sun" during the Republican National Convention Thursday night as "offensive.”
The hit song, which appeared on The Beatles' penultimate album Abbey Road, was played as Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka took the stage in Cleveland to introduce her father before he officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination.
The tweet, posted at 8:25 p.m., stated, "The unauthorized use of Here Comes the Sun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison estate.”
Minutes later, another tweet appeared, stating, “If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it! #TrumpYourself.”
"Beware of Darkness" is a 1970 Harrison song that was released on his solo triple album All Things Must Pass.
This is not the first time the Trump campaign has drawn the ire of rock stars. The Rolling Stones asked the Republican candidate's campaign to stop playing its music in May. In spite of this, the campaign used "You Can't Always Get What You Want" after Trump's acceptance speech Thursday evening.
Earlier this week, after "We Are the Champions" played during the first day of the RNC, the rock band Queentweeted, "An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes – Queen."
Credit: Danny ClinchConcertgoers have been flowing in droves to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 2016 The River Tour, as Billboard has announced that the trek was the top-grossing tour in the world during the first half of the year. Bruce's ongoing jaunt, which is supporting his 2015 archival box set The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, brought in more than $135 million, while 1.1 million tickets were sold for its 45 concert dates.
Other rock artists with tours in the top 10 of the list include The Rolling Stones at #4, ex-Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour at #7 and heavy-metal veterans Iron Maiden at #8.
The Stones' América Latina Olé tour only featured 13 concerts, but grossed nearly $84 million and sold 729,000 tickets. Gilmour's tour in support of his latest solo album Rattle That Lock brought in $42.3 million, with close to 399,000 tickets sold for its 17 dates. Iron Maiden made about $30.1 million after selling almost 539,000 tickets to its 34 concerts.
Springsteen and the E Street Band also had Billboard's #1 Boxscore -- that is, the highest-grossing single-venue engagement -- for the first half of 2016. The Boss and company's May 27 and May 29 stand at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, grossed $19.2 million.
The Rolling Stones, meanwhile, had the second, fourth and fifth best Boxscores, for multiple-nights stands in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, that grossed, respectively, $17.6 million, $13.2 million and $12.3 million.
Paul McCartney, meanwhile, had the #6 best-grossing Boxscore, as his May 17 and 19 performances in Buenos Aires brought in $11.8 million.
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John took the stage with Prince Harry today at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The two spoke on a panel about the needs of youth living with HIV and discussed ways to help prevent the disease among young people.
"Africa's youth has grown up in the shadow of AIDS," Elton said, addressing the young people in the audience. "It's time to see a new form of freedom."
He added, "People of my generation all over the world have engaged in big and small ways to help turn the tide of AIDS. Let it be remembered that you and young people here and around the world joined forces and became the generation that finally made AIDS history. You are the future, not just for AIDS, you’re the future of this planet and boy, do we need you."
Elton is the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars to combat AIDS, and offers treatment and support to those affected by the disease.
Myrna M. Suarez/WireImageAt the latest edition of Billy Joel's ongoing monthly residency at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, the Piano Man invited another legendary New York singer, Tony Bennett, on stage to duet with him on a rendition of his classic "New York State of Mind." Joel then got the sell-out crowd to sing "Happy Birthday to You" to Bennett, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on August 3.
In addition, Billy surprised Tony backstage with a special birthday cake that featured a picture of the beloved crooner as well as a replica of an old-school microphone.
On Friday, Bennett sent Joel a Twitter message that read, "Thanks for the early birthday cake @billyjoel! It was such a thrill to perform with you last night."
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameSurviving Beatles members Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have performed together only sporadically since their famous group broke up in 1970, but Starr says he now would love to hit the road with his former band mate. At a recent event in Los Angeles celebrating his 76th birthday, the drummer told Closer Weekly, "I would tour with Paul McCartney tomorrow!"
Having said that Ringo noted, "I'm doing my own tours right now so we'd have to work it out."
As for how he felt about reaching the ripe old age of 76, Starr quipped, "It would be nice to be 70 again! But you get up in the morning and you try to have the best day you can. And be in the best spirit that you can be!"
Speaking about good spirits, the rock legend is known for encouraging people to spread the message of peace and love around the world, as he did at his public birthday celebration in L.A.
At the event, he told Closer Weekly, "I think it is important with all the violence that there is peace and love! And maybe we can have more as the years go on!"
Starr recently posted a video recap of the celebration, which took place in front of the Capitol Records Tower and featured a variety of celebrity guests, on his official YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, Ringo is scheduled to hit the road with his All Starr Band for a brief tour of the western U.S. in October. The group also will visit Japan and South Korea in the fall.
Credit: Adriano CamoleseHere's some happy health news to report about Poison drummer Rikki Rockett. After being diagnosed with oral cancer over a year ago, the '80s rocker has now been declared cancer-free by his doctors.
A statement issued this week by the 54-year-old musician's rep explains that Rockett had undergone several months of experimental immunotherapy at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, which eradicated a tumor at the base of his tongue. Rikki participated in a clinical trial overseen by Dr. Ezra Cohen. The treatment, which only is available at a few U.S. medical centers, involves two drugs that remove the defenses cancers use to fight the immune system.
Rockett says he now wants to encourage other people with cancer who would like to avoid chemotherapy and radiation treatments to consider trying immunotherapy.
"My hope going forward is that by talking to other cancer patients, I might be able to lessen their pain and suffering," explains Rockett. "I know from experience that chemotherapy and radiation are not fun. If I can help anyone else, it would help give reason to what I went through."
According to the statement, Rikki has been feeling much better lately and has begun taking part in the activities he loves, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu and riding his motorcycle, as well as looking after his two children.
Rockett first broke the news about his diagnosis last week via a post on his blog. He also posted a photo on his Instagram page of him and Dr. Cohen along with the caption, "Because of this man, I am cancer free!!!"
Credit: Rebecca G. WilsonIn recent years, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies and his older brother and fellow founding band mate Ray Davies have been alternately optimistic and doubtful about the possibility of a reunion of their famous group. Now, in a new interview with Dave, the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appears hopeful about him and his brother working on a new Kinks project.
Dave, who currently is putting together a new solo album, tells TheLongPlays.com, "I've been spending some time with Ray, throwing some ideas together. There are many things yet to come, from both my music and even The Kinks. Who knows?"
He adds, "Ray and I are throwing ideas around, he's finishing a solo album and I've been working on my stuff. But it's all good positive stuff."
Dave reports that his new album is a collaboration with his son Russell that he expects to release in the fall. He and his son previously teamed up to record 2010's The Aschere Project, which he describes as a "space drama, but he says the new project is more rock and pop oriented.
"I'm very excited about it," Dave tells TheLongPlays.com. "We recorded at Russell's studio and a lot over the Internet because the technology these days is great."
Russell Davies also contributed to a few tracks on his dad's most recent studio effort, 2014's Rippin' Up Time.
Ray Davies, of course, did join his brother onstage in December of 2015 to perform the Kinks classic "You Really Got Me" at a solo concert by Dave in their hometown of London. That marked the first time the brothers had performed together in public since the band's final tour in 1996.
A rep for BMI tells ABC News that while the RNC holds a "convention license" allowing them to play any song in the performing-rights organization's catalog at its events, the convention is being transitioned to a "political entities license" that lets BMI exclude certain musical works at the request of an artist or songwriter.
The spokesperson further explains that Queen presented such a request to BMI, and the organization has sent a letter to the RNC and presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign informing them that they aren't authorized to play "We Are the Champions" or any other song by the band in BMI's repertoire anymore. The rep tells ABC News that the RNC and Trump could still legally play Queen music until the new license officially goes into effect, but BMI is hoping they will respect the band's wishes from now on.
As previously reported, after "We Are the Champions" was played during the first day of the Republican convention Monday, Queen issued a statement via its music publishing company Sony/ATV asking Trump and the RNC to stop using its music.
"Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country," read the message. "Nor does Queen want 'We Are the Champions' to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party."
Live at the Hollywood Bowl features 13 performances that appeared on the long-out-of-print 1977 album The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, which was produced by George Martin, plus four previously unreleased tracks. All of the songs on the new record were remixed and mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Martin's son, Giles, and Grammy-winning engineer Sam Okell, from the original three-track tapes of the shows.
The quality of the recordings featured on the 1977 album was not ideal, thanks in large part to the loud screams of the young fans at the height of Beatlemania. Giles Martin points out, however, that because of technological advances, the tracks now sound better than ever. "Now there's improved clarity," he says, "and so the immediacy and visceral excitement can be heard like never before."
Live at the Hollywood Bowl comes packaged with a 24-page booklet featuring an essay by rock journalist David Fricke. A 180-gram vinyl version of the album also is due out, on November 18.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years will hit U.S. theaters on September 16, and will begin streaming the next day exclusively on Hulu.
Here is the full track list of The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, along with the date that each song was performed:
"Twist and Shout" (8/30/65) "She's a Woman" (8/30/65) "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (8/30/65 - 8/29/65, one edit) "Ticket to Ride" (8/29/65) "Can't Buy Me Love" (8/30/65) "Things We Said Today" (8/23/64) "Roll Over Beethoven" (8/23/64) "Boys" (8/23/64) "A Hard Day's Night" (8/30/65) "Help!" (8/29/65) "All My Loving" (8/23/64) "She Loves You" (8/23/64) "Long Tall Sally" (8/23/64) "You Can't Do That" (8/23/64)* "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (8/23/64)* "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" (8/30/65)* "Baby's in Black" (8/30/65)*
ABC/Randy HolmesGrunge supergroup Temple of the Dog is reuniting for their first-ever tour. The five-date trek kicks off November 4 in Philadelphia and will hit New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles before concluding November 20 in -- where else? -- Seattle. Visit TempleoftheDog.com for all ticket info.
Made up of Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden, plus Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, Temple of the Dog released their first and only album in 1991. All five members will take part in the reunion tour, although it looks like Eddie Vedder, who famously duets with Cornell on the hit single "Hunger Strike," isn't officially involved.
"We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do," says Cornell of the reunion. "Play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago."
Additionally, the Temple of the Dog album will be reissued in honor of its 25th anniversary. The collection, which will be available on vinyl, CD and digitally, will be released September 30.
Here are Temple of the Dog's reunion tour dates:
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theater 11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 11/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Center 11/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum 11/20 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater
PRNewsFoto/World Animal Protection UKRolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is among the celebrities who are lending their support to a campaign seeking to promote the humane treatment of stray dogs by supplying rabies vaccinations to pooches around the world. The initiative, launched by the World Animal Protection charity, has helped provide one million rabies vaccinations to dogs in Africa and Asia so far and is hoping to vaccinate a million more animals.
"Our dog Dolly is a wonder dog beagle extraordinaire! She's very loving," says Wood in a statement. "All dogs should be treated responsibly, with understanding and compassion, which is why I support World Animal Protection's campaign to create a better life for dogs around the world."
The organization targets areas in the world where stray dogs are regularly captured and euthanized because people in those regions fear that the animals will spread rabies. According to the charity, many healthy or non-rabid dogs are killed in an effort to protect communities from rabies.
World Animal Protection maintains, "Each and every dog around the world deserves love and protection but many face abuse, disease, starvation and death because they are homeless. Many are abandoned by owners who no longer care or pay for them. We are leading the way to end the unnecessary deaths of millions of dogs, every year, caused by the fear of rabies or dog bites."
Other well-known artists who also are supporting the cause include pop stars Natalie Imbruglia and Leona Lewis.