Credit: William RummelBob Seger will be recognized with the prestigious Legend of Live honor during the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, which will take place November 18 and 19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The award recognizes artists and other music business figures who have made lasting contributions to the touring industry.
"Bob Seger is one of the most enduring live acts of all time and we are thrilled to honor him as our 2015 Legend of Live," says Billboard executive Ray Waddell. "While he has written and recorded some of the most beloved songs in rock history, Mr. Seger spent years grinding it out in the Midwest before he exploded into the national consciousness with one of the greatest live albums ever in 1975's Live Bullet. He's been packing arenas ever since."
Most recently, Seger mounted a major tour in support of his latest album, Ride Out, that wound down this past March. The 70-year-old singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Previous Legend of Live honorees include Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Journey, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Allman Brothers Band, and Elton John.
Linda McCartney/Hear MusicA new video made to accompany a newly remixed version of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's chart-topping 1983 hit "Say Say Say" premiered Tuesday on McCartney's official Facebook page. The track appears on the bonus disc included with the expanded versions of Sir Paul's newly reissued 1983 solo album, Pipes of Peace, and features previously unused vocals from the original recording sessions.
The black-and-white video was directed by choreographer Ryan Heffington, whose credits include Sia's "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" clips. The flick follows an energetic teenage boy as he dances his way through his urban Los Angeles neighborhood, trading steps with a variety of people he encounters along his journey.
The new "Say Say Say" remix was put together by combining unused vocals McCartney and Jackson had recorded, along with an instrumental mix of the tune the DJ John "Jellybean" Benitez had created. The updated version features Paul and Michael switching vocal parts in the verses in comparison with the original song, with Jackson singing the first line, followed by McCartney.
McCartney recalls his collaboration with Jackson on "Say Say Say" took place after Michael phone him and told him he wanted to write a song with him.
"So he came over to England and we just sat down. I thought, well, it's not easy to just sit down with anyone you don't know and just write, start songwriting because you've got to get the chemistry right," Paul explains. "But I thought, it is Michael -- you know, I'll just try! If it doesn't work, we'll just throw it away."
Of course, the duet turned out to be a great success, and ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100 for an impressive six weeks in 1983.
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson - '#SaySaySay [2015 Remix]'Song taken from 'Pipes of Peace 2015 Remaster' - in stores nowVideo directed by Ryan Heffington#PaulMcCartney #MichaelJackson #PipesOfPeace
Credit: Jimmy KingThe new song that David Bowie wrote and recorded for use as the theme music for the upcoming European television The Last Panthershas premiered online at the Sky Atlantic network's official YouTube channel. The tune, titled "Blackstar," can be heard in a video showing the crime drama's opening sequence.
The song begins with Bowie chanting ominously, "On the day of execution, only women kneel and smile…At the center of it all, your eyes." Then some synth-based Middle Eastern-sounding music kicks in, driven by a thumping bass line. The Last Panther opening combines live action and animation, and includes images of a smoking gun, breaking glass, angels and demons.
Bowie wrote "Blackstar" after meeting with The Last Panthers director Johan Renck, who says he showed the rock legend versions of the first two episodes and talked with him about the show's themes to help him inspire him to create the tune.
"We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws," says Renck. "We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature."
In addition, the director says he showed Bowie "the first concept board I had just made for the title sequence -- images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of [Renaissance painters] Bosch and Grunewald."
The Panthers is a six-part series featuring John Hurt and Samantha Morton. The show will premiere on November 12, and will air on the Sky Atlantic network in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria, and on Canal in France.
Courtesy of Songwriters Hall of FameThe latest nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been revealed, and the list includes a variety of legendary rock artists, among them the late George Harrison, the late Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Steve Miller, John Mellencamp and Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne.
Others up for the prestigious honor include Blondie, former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, the late Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Madonna, Gloria Estefan and Tom T. Hall, as well as Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards of Chic.
In the non-performing category, nominees include Motown founder Berry Gordy; Chip Taylor, who wrote the Troggs classic "Wild Thing"; and John D. Loudermilk, whose songs have been recorded by The Everly Brothers, Paul Revere and the Raiders and many others.
Members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame have until December 11 to submit their votes; the inductees then will be revealed at a later date. The honorees officially will be inducted next year during a gala ceremony in New York City on June 9.
Scott Uchida/MSO PRSlash is the final addition to the roster of rockers starring in Gutterdämmerung, a new film referred to as "The Loudest Silent Movie on Earth." The ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist will appear in the film alongside Iggy Pop, Motorhead's Lemmy and Slayer's Tom Araya, as well as with such other artists as former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Volbeat and Eagles of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes.
According to the film's Facebook page, Slash will play a character who begins the quest for the "phallic tool of eternal torment." As for what exactly that means, presumably it will be explained in the movie.
Directed by Belgian-Swedish visual artist Bjorn Tagemose, Gutterdämmerung is "part rock show, part immersive cinema experience." The full trailer will be revealed on October 12.
Gutterdämmerung will be screened in theaters with a live band and live narrator in 2016. For more info, visit Gutterdammerung.com.
The End of Music, LLC/Courtesy of HBOThe first track from the forthcoming Kurt Cobain demos album, Kurt Cobain: The Home Recordings, has been revealed. The song is a lo-fi, solo version of the Nirvana rarity "Sappy." You can listen to Cobain's demo version now on YouTube.
Cobain picks at an acoustic guitar on ""Sappy" while singing the haunting melody in a low voice. The track also gives a preview of what kind of audio quality you can expect from The Home Recordings -- because the album's comprised of Cobain's personal demos, the audio fidelity is much lower than it would be had the songs been recorded in a traditional recording studio.
The Home Recordings will be released as a standard 13-track CD November 13, as well as a deluxe 31-track two-LP vinyl set December 11. A 31-track CD will also be included in the "super deluxe" edition along with the Montage of Heck Blu-ray/DVD, which will be released November 13.
"Sappy" will also be available as a seven-inch single November 20, along with Cobain's cover of The Beatles' "And I Love Her."
Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityFormer Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has announced details of his 27th annual Christmas Jam concert, which will take place December 12 at US Cellular Center in the veteran rocker's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to a solo appearance by Haynes, this year's lineup includes The Doobie Brothers, the electric version of Hot Tuna, Bruce Hornsby and Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Warren's fellow Allman Brothers alum Derek Trucks.
For the 17th year running, the Christmas Jam will benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds raised will go toward building energy-efficient houses, as well as purchasing and developing property for future Habitat projects.
Among the other confirmed artists on the 2015 Christmas Jam bill are Joe Bonamassa, Dawes and Blackberry Smoke, while more acts will be announced soon. Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public on October 23, while a pre-sale for VIP tickets and travel packages starts this Friday, October 9.
In addition to the main concert, a series of "Christmas Jam by Day" events will be scheduled that will include music performances and art exhibits held at various locations in and around Asheville during that same weekend. There also is an initiative called "Before the Jam Lend a Hand," which gives volunteers the chance to help build the houses funded by Christmas Jam donations. For more information about this year's Christmas Jam, visit XmasJam.com and Facebook.com/XmasJam.
PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationOn Tuesday, October 6, Yoko Ono will be on hand at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park to co-host a Guinness World Records attempt at the creation of the largest human peace sign, in honor of the 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth. Fans can pre-register to participate in the event -- which begins at 10 a.m. ET and is free and open to the public -- by visiting ImaginePeace.Eventbrite.com.
More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the celebration, and at the same time help spread the "Imagine Peace" message around the world in tribute to the late Beatles legend. At 12:30 p.m. ET, aerial photos of the peace sign will be taken via from the FlyNYON helicopter. The event, which Ono organized in partnership with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, also will include surprise musical performances, as well as various family-friendly activities and Lennon-themed commemorative experiences. One of the performances will be by founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, who will play a song in homage to Lennon shortly after noon local time.
The Lennon Bus, which is now in its 18th year of touring, is a state-of-the-art mobile recording facility that gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn firsthand about audio and video production.
"New York was a very special place for John -- his adopted home -- and I'm so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday," says Yoko in a statement.
In related news, Ono will be in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Friday, October 9 -- Lennon's actual birth date -- for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower. The memorial -- a white stone monument that projects a strong light beam into the sky -- was unveiled on October 9, 2007, and is lit on Lennon's birth date each year, as well as on select other dates.
Image Courtesy of PMK-BNCDead & Company, the new Grateful Dead spinoff project featuring three of the band's surviving core members, as well as pop-blues star John Mayer, have added a very special third concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden to their upcoming U.S. tour.
A total of 5,000 grand prizes, each featuring two tickets to the show, will be made available. You can submit your entry now through Thursday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and you must be at least 18 years old to enter. Winners will be announced on or after October 22. No tickets will be sold to the event.
The concert also will be streamed live as part the American Express Unstaged series online at AmexUnstaged.com and via mobile devices with the Unstaged app. The event will be directed by Brett Ratner, whose film credits include Rush Hour and X-Men. The band and American Express are encouraging fans who'd like to attend the concert or plan to watch the livestream to contribute money to The Robin Hood Foundation, which supports various charities and programs that fight poverty and help people in need throughout the New York City area.
"Well, this is great -- this is the system working at its best," says The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir about the event. "Our fans get music for free, we get to play our music for a bunch of folks who might otherwise not get to catch it, [American Express] gets to support music and the arts, and everyone gets to come together at Madison Square Garden and online to benefit The Robin Hood Foundation and New York City's less fortunate."
As previously reported, Dead & Company features founding Grateful Dead members Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and Mayer, along with ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The only surviving core member of the Dead not taking part in the project is bassist Phil Lesh, who is focusing on his group Phil Lesh & Friends. Dead & Company's U.S. tour kicks off on October 29 in Albany, New York, and winds down with a December 30-31 engagement in the Los Angeles area.
Here are all of Dead & Company's U.S. tour dates:
10/29 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center 10/31 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 11/1 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 11/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/6 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center 11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden* 11/10 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center 11/11 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center 11/13 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 11/14 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex 11/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 11/18 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 11/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 11/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 11/24 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center 11/25 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center 11/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 11/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 12/27 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/28 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 12/31 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
Capitol RecordsEagles singer/drummer Don Henley's new solo album, Cass County, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the publication's Top Country Albums chart, after moving 89,000 units its first week out. The country-flavored collection becomes Henley's highest-charting solo effort ever, overtaking his previous album, 2000's Inside Job, which peaked at #7.
In addition, Cass County reached #1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart after racking up 87,000 in pure album sales. Topping the Billboard 200 this week was rapper Fetty Wap's self-titled debut album, which moved 122,000 total units, with 75,000 of those being pure album sales.
By the way, with the Eagles, Don scored eight top-10 albums on the Billboard 200, six of which hit #1.
Cass County features Henley collaborating with a variety of well-known artists, including Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood and Dixie Chicks members Martie Maguire and Emily Robison. An exclusive version of the album that's only available at Target features two extra tracks, one of which is a duet with Stevie Nicks.
Over the weekend, Henley launched a North American solo tour in support of Cass County that's mapped out through a November 12 concert in Philadelphia. In addition, he'll be performing this Thursday, October 8, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, while his debut appearance on PBS' Austin City Limits performance series will premiere starting October 24.
PRNewsFoto/Angelscript InternationalDavid Gilmour's first wife, Ginger, has written an autobiography titled Memoirs of the Bright Side of the Moon, in which she shares stories about her years with the Pink Floyd guitarist. The 653-page tome, which is available now, is broken into 90 chapters and features 140 photos, including many previously unseen pics.
In the book, Ginger recalls crossing paths with such rock legends as George Harrison, Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash, as well as spending a Christmas with Paul and Linda McCartney. An American-born artist and former model, Ginger first met Gilmour in 1971 and the couple went on to marry in July 1975, while Pink Floyd was recording its album Wish You Were Here. She eventually had four children with the guitar great.
Ginger describes her book as "the true story of my life and how I was challenged, survived, and resurrected like the fabled tale of the Phoenix rising out of the ashes on a journey with a band they call Pink Floyd and then beyond."
According to a press statement about Memoirs of the Bright Side of the Moon, Ginger considers the tome her "personal way of thanking David and the Floyd for such a wonderful adventure-filled life."
PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationForeigner recently wrapped up a lengthy stint on Kid Rock's Cheap Date summer tour, part of a very busy year on the road for the band. The veteran rockers now are set to wind down their 2015 itinerary with a run of October dates starting tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota -- the first of a series of eight joint concerts they'll play with Def Leppard.
"We're just really looking forward to ending the year blasting out with Def Leppard," Foreigner leader and guitarist Mick Jones tells ABC Radio, noting that this is the first time in several years that the two groups have toured together. "[It's] always a good vibe with them and it's a great show for the crowd too. I mean, hit after hit after hit, and it just keeps rocking. It's high intensity."
Foreigner will join Def Leppard for a total of eight concerts, through an October 17 date in Jacksonville, Florida. The band also has several headlining dates lined up later in the month.
As they've done at many of their recent shows, Foreigner will be inviting a local high school choir onstage to perform the band's classic ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is" at each of their upcoming 2015 tour dates. In conjunction with the special performances, the group has partnered with the Ford Motor Company for the Rock Then Roll 4 UR School campaign, which will give the choirs chosen to sing with the band the chance to raise money for their schools' music programs.
Jones says he gets a real kick out of watching the reactions of the young choir members when they hit the stage with Foreigner.
"The boys and girls, they have a real ball," Mick notes. "They're transduced. They come onto the stage and there's like 12,000 people there or something. They're just looking out, and they're like in a amazement. And I like to look at their faces, actually, see the expression. It's priceless."
Meanwhile, Foreigner also recently teamed up with the Ford Motor Company for a special fundraiser in Dearborn, Michigan, to benefit JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. At the event, the band played a special acoustic set that was recorded for an upcoming album called The Hits Unplugged and Live that will be released in early 2016.
"From what I've heard so far, [it's probably] the best live acoustic performance that we've ever done before," Jones tells ABC Radio, adding, "We went to great lengths with the sound equipment and everything that can enhance the quality of the record."
Proceeds earned by sales of the album also will be donated to JDRF.
Meanwhile, besides the dates with Def Leppard and the headlining shows, Foreigner will be performing alongside REO Speedwagon and Train's Pat Monahan at the 40th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala, which takes place October 15 in New York City. Here are all of Foreigner's upcoming 2015 concerts:
10/5 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center* 10/7 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center* 10/9 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center* 10/10 -- Wichita, KS, Intrust Bank Arena* 10/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena* 10/14 -- Columbus, OH, Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center* 10/15 -- New York, NY, T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala 10/16 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena* 10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena* 10/18 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center 10/20 -- Greeneville, TN, Niswonger Performing Arts Center 10/21 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center for the Arts 10/23 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 10/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
* = with Def Leppard = with REO Speedwagon and Train's Pat Monahan.
Atria BooksOctober is a big month for Def Leppard, and the band's longtime guitarist Phil Collen. The veteran rockers will wind down a lengthy U.S. tour with a new series of dates featuring Foreigner beginning Monday, and will release a new, self-titled studio album on October 30. As for Collen, he has a brand-new memoir titled Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond that will be published on October 27.
The memoir, which Phil co-wrote with award-winning author Chris Epting, charts Def Leppard's rise to superstardom, while also focusing on the group's struggle to persevere the wake of the tragedies that befell some of the members after the band hit it big. Among the dramatic events Collen recounts in the book are the 1985 car crash that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol-related death in 1991. Adrenalized also includes a variety of never-before-seen photos of the band members.
To celebrate the release of Adrenalized, Collen will take part in a Q&A and book-signing session on October 19 at the Barnes & Noble store in Huntington Beach, California. During the event, which starts at 7 p.m. PT, Collen will chat with Epting.
ABC/Randy HolmesBrian Wilson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' acclaimed and influential album Pet Sounds during a headlining performance at the 2016 Levitation Festival, which runs from April 29 to May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas. Wilson and his band, along with special guest Al Jardine, will play the album in its entirety at the fest, which focuses on psychedelic music.
The lineup for the ninth annual Levitation Festival also includes reggae veteran Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Animal Collective and many other acts. Weekend passes, deluxe ticket upgrades and camping passes for the event are available for purchase now at Levitation-Austin.com.
Pet Sounds was released on May 16, 1966, and features such memorable Beach Boys tunes as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B" and God Only Knows." Paul McCartney has cited the album as a major inspiration for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Meanwhile, Wilson will be embarking on a U.S. fall tour next Friday, October 9, in Flushing, New York. Jardine will be joining Brian for all the shows on the trek, which is plotted out through a December 5 concert in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, former Beach Boys touring musician Billy Hinsche, who also was a member of the 1960s pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy, will be playing with Wilson's band on select dates in October.
Here are all of Wilson upcoming tour dates:
10/9 -- Flushing, NY, Kupferberg Center for the Arts 10/10 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino 10/20 -- Charleston, SC, Galliard Center 10/22 -- Richmond, VA, The National 10/23 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts 10/24 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Showroom 11/11 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre 11/12 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities PAC 11/13 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino 11/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre 11/17 -- St Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater 11/19 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre 11/20 -- Rockville, MD, The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center 11/21 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 11/28 -- Reno, NV, Atlantis Casino Resort 12/4 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort and Spa 12/5 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 4/29-5/1/16 -- Austin, TX, Carson Creek Ranch - Levitation Festival
Polydor/UMeA new Velvet Underground box set featuring performances from a fall 1969 residency that the influential New York band played at the San Francisco club The Matrix will be released on November 20. The Complete Matrix Tapes is a four-CD set that boasts highlights from four shows that the Lou Reed-fronted group played over the course of two nights -- November 26 and 27, 1969.
The concerts took place a few weeks after The Velvet Underground released its self-titled, third studio album, and features new member Doug Yule on bass and keyboards. The sets included versions of songs from all three of the band's albums, as well as unreleased tunes like "Sweet Bonnie Brown" and "Lisa Says," and classic songs such as "Sweet Jane" and "Rock and Roll" that would eventually appear on the group's fourth record, 1970's Loaded. Disc three is highlighted by an epic 37-minute version of the group's dark noise jam "Sister Ray."
Nine of the 42 performances in the collection have never been previously available, while all of the songs feature mixes taken from the original multitrack tapes recorded with The Matrix's equipment. Eighteen of the tracks were featured on the Super Deluxe Edition of The Velvet Underground released in 2014, while alternately mixed versions of many of the other tunes can be heard on the 1974 double album 1969: The Velvet Underground Live and the 2001 box set The Quine Tapes.
Here is the full track list of The Complete Matrix Tapes:
Set One "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Version 1) *** "What Goes On" (Version 1) ** "Some Kinda Love" (Version 1) * "Heroin" (Version 1) *** "The Black Angel's Death Song" *** "Venus in Furs" (Version 1) "There She Goes Again" (Version 1) "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 1) ** "Over You" (Version 1) ** "Sweet Jane" (Version 1) * "Pale Blue Eyes" "After Hours" (Version 1)
Set Two "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Version 2) ** "Venus in Furs" (Version 2) *** "I Can't Stand It" (Version 1) ** "There She Goes Again" (Version 2) * "Some Kinda Love" (Version 2) (4:12) /** "Over You" (Version 2) "After Hours" (Version 2) * "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 2) * "Sweet Bonnie Brown"/"Too Much" ** "Heroin" (Version 2) ** "White Light/White Heat" (Version 1) *** "I'm Set Free"
Set Three "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 3) * "Some Kinda Love" (Version 3) * "There She Goes Again" (Version 3) * "Heroin" (Version 3) ** "Ocean" ** "Sister Ray" /***
Set Four "I'm Waiting for the Man" (Version 3) "What Goes On" (Version 2) (4:34) "Some Kinda Love" (Version 4) (4:46) * "We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together" (Version 4) "Beginning to See the Light" /** "Lisa Says" /** "New Age" ** "Rock and Roll" /**/*** "I Can't Stand It" (Version 2) "Heroin" (Version 4) "White Light/White Heat" (Version 2) /** "Sweet Jane" (Version 2) (4:20) /**
= appears on The Velvet Underground: Super Deluxe Edition * = previously unreleased ** = performance appears on 1969: The Velvet Underground Live *** = performance appears on The Quine Tapes.
Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi has made a video honoring New Jersey high school football player Evan Murray, who died after getting injured on the field last Friday.
"I heard word about Evan, and as a father of football players, my heart, my prayers and my thoughts go out to the Murray family," the singer says in the YouTube video posted on Thursday -- the day of Murray's funeral.
Jon continues, "You are in my prayers. To all the team, I wish you the best this season and keep it up guys, all right? Win one for Evan."
On Thursday night, the rocker displayed Evan's jersey number 18 on his guitar during his concert in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The band also dedicated "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" to the 17-year-old, according to Billboard.
Murray reportedly died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen. He was injured during the Warren Hills Regional High School game against Summit High School. The quarterback was able to walk off the field, but later died at the hospital.
Jon, a New Jersey native and father four, is a devoted football fan. His son, Jesse Bongiovi, played for Notre Dame's football team in 2013.
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesMegadeth has announced details of its 15th studio album. The 13-track collection is called Dystopia, and will be released January 22. You can listen to Dystopia's first single, "Fatal Illusion," now at Megadeth.com.
The Dystopia track list certainly paints a dystopic picture, with song titles such as "Post American World," "The Emperor" and "Conquer or Die."
Dystopia is Megadeth's first album since 2013's Super Collider. Along with founding members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson, the band now includes Lamb of God's Chris Adler on drums and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro.
Here's the track list for Dystopia:
"The Threat Is Real" "Dystopia" "Fatal Illusion" "Death from Within" "Bullet to the Brain" "Post American World" "Poisonous Shadows" "Look Who's Talking" "Conquer or Die" "Lying in State" "The Emperor" "Last Dying Wish" "Foreign Policy"
Sean Evans; David BergmanEx-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters has long been a vocal opponent of Israel's policies toward Palestine, and he frequently addresses other music artists who have scheduled concerts in Israel and attempts to dissuade them from performing in the country. Salon has now posted a letter Waters has written to Bon Jovi criticizing the band for going ahead with its plans to play a show in Tel Aviv this Saturday.
Waters' message, which was posted on Salon.com, begins by addressing "the pop group Bon Jovi" and the band's three core members -- Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres -- declaring, "Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government's apartheid policies by performing in Israel."
Roger then points out that he read an interview Jon Bon Jovi recently gave with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and says that because of Jon's comments in the article, "I won't waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians."
In the interview, Bon Jovi is asked if he's aware of Waters' campaign to persuade musicians to boycott Israel, and responds, "Yes, I heard about that but it doesn't interest me. I told my managers to give one simple answer: That I'm coming to Israel and I'm excited to come."
Waters' letter then proceeds to suggest that Bon Jovi stands "shoulder to shoulder" with various Israelis who killed, injured or oppressed Palestinians or protesters. He lists such examples as "the settler who burned the baby," "the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie," "the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach" and "the Minister of Justice who called for genocide," while linking to various news stories giving details about each of his examples.
Roger also implies that by declining to perform in Israel, the band could have stood "on the side of justice," and he offers a similarly formatted list of instances where people participated in acts of protest against the Israeli government's policies. These include "the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps," "the teenager who chose eight prison terms over army service" and "the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom."
Waters' message concludes, "The dead can't remind you of the crimes you've ignored. But, lest we forget, 'To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.'"
Credit: Miriam SantosJohn Fogerty has become the latest veteran music star to line up a Las Vegas residency. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will bring a show titled John Fogerty: Peace, Love and Creedence to The Venetian hotel and casino for a series of eight performances, running from January 8 to 23.
As with his recent tour, Fogerty's Las Vegas concerts will celebrate the three classic albums CCR released in 1969 -- Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys -- and also will feature some of the band's other memorable songs, as well as a few selections from John's solo career. In addition, Fogerty will share some personal stories during the shows about his former band's landmark year, which will be enhanced with exclusive film footage and photos.
"Peace, love and Vegas! I'm excited to be coming to The Venetian and bringing my '1969' show for you all," says Fogerty in a statement. "We are going to be rockin' my Creedence Clearwater Revival songs along with many more. We'll have some new things added to the show, too. Hope you all can come and help us rock it up in Vegas come January!"
Fogerty's Peace, Love and Creedence performances are scheduled for January 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23. Tickets go on sale on October 9 at 10 a.m. PT, with prices starting from $59.90. You can purchase tickets online at Venetian.com/JohnFogerty, at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.
News of Fogerty's Vegas residency comes just a few days before the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer releases his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, which will be published Tuesday, October 6. As previously reported, John will promote the book during the next couple of weeks by taking part in a number of signing and Q&A events in New York City and the Los Angeles area. You can check out Fogerty's itinerary at JohnFogerty.com.
Credit: Danny ClinchLongtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes currently is out on the road promoting his latest solo album, Ashes & Dust. Fans who can't make it out to the prolific rocker's show tonight in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, will still be able to watch it live, as the event is being streamed live at 9:45 p.m. ET on Yahoo.com/Live.
On his fall U.S. tour, Haynes is performing with The Ashes & Dust Band, which features founding Aquarium Rescue Unit drummer Jeff Sipe and the members of the Nashville-based Americana trio ChessBoxer. Haynes has made available at NoiseTrade.com a free nine-song digital sampler of live performances recorded during his September 22 and 23 shows, including renditions of The Allmans' "Jessica" and "Soulshine," as well as "Spots of Time," a tune he co-wrote with The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh that's featured on Ashes & Dust.
Meanwhile, Haynes also will be making appearances on a couple of late-night talk shows in the coming weeks. This Monday, he'll sit in with the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots, and he'll also perform on the October 26 episode of Conan.
Haynes recorded Ashes & Dust with the neo-bluegrass act Railroad Earth. The album is an Americana-inspired collection of tunes that features a mix of new and older songs written by Warren, as well as a few covers, including a version of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman."
Here are all of Haynes' upcoming U.S. tour dates:
10/2 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre 10/3 -- Portland, ME, State Theatre 10/6 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre 10/7 -- Westbury, NY, The Space 10/8 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 10/9 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle 10/13 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 10/17 -- Avondale, AL, Cask Drum Festival 10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, American Roots Festival 10/19 -- Wilmington, NC, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 10/20 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall 10/22 -- Miami, FL, Fillmore 10/23 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live 10/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Live 10/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda Theatre 11/28 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre 11/29 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up 12/1 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater 12/2 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre 12/4 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic 12/5 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park