Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner and Slick Aguilar (Photo: Mike Thut)Jefferson Starship will be reunited with one of its longtime members this weekend, as guitarist Mark "Slick" Aguilar will perform with the band for the first time since 2012, when he was forced to leave the group because of a serious liver ailment. Aguilar will hit the stage with the veteran rockers at their shows Saturday outside Syracuse, New York, and Sunday in New York City.
Aguilar, who joined the Jefferson Starship in 1992, exited the band after he was diagnosed with hepatitis C and discovered he was in need of a liver transplant. He underwent the procedure during the summer of 2013 and has been fighting to regain his health since then.
Slick tells ABC News Radio that he initially experienced a hepatitis relapse after the operation, but recently has made a remarkable recovery thanks to a new drug called Sovaldi.
Aguilar reports that he's not planning to return full-time to the Jefferson Starship, but says his band mates showed him their tour schedule and told him he was welcome to join them at as many shows as he wanted. The 60-year-old musician says he doesn't feel like he has the energy to be on the road as much as his old group is.
Meanwhile, Slick says the band's New York City show on Sunday may include a special surprise musical interlude.
Here are all of Jefferson Starship's upcoming U.S. shows, according to Pollstar:
8/1 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center 8/2 -- Auburn, NY, Deauville Island Music Festival - Emerson Park 8/3 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club 8/10 -- Three Forks, MT, Rockin' the Rivers Festival Grounds 8/16 -- Cobb, CA, Heroes of Woodstock - Hoberg's Club Resort 8/31 -- Sparks, NV, JA Nugget Casino Resort 11/6 -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center 11/7 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 11/8 -- Scranton, PA, Lackawanna College 11/22 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences 1/15/15 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre 1/17 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre, 2/13 -- Prescott, AZ, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center 2/21 -- Miami, FL, Magic City Casino 2/28 -- Modesto, CA, Mary Stuart Rogers Theatre
The movie, titled David Bowie Is Happening Now, was produced by London's Victoria & Albert Museum, which curated the exhibition and hosted its premiere run last year. The film delves into the stories behind many of the fascinating items included in the exhibit, and how they connect to Bowie's career and the creative evolution of his work.
The documentary, which was filmed at the Victoria & Albert Museum during the closing night of the display's London run, features interviews with several Bowie collaborators, including Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker and Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. The movie was directed by Hamish Hamilton, whose credits include the 2010 Academy Awards and the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"David Bowie Is" features more than 300 items from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's archives, including stage costumes, handwritten set lists and lyrics, personal sketches, diary entries and more. It also showcases films, music videos and photographs of the 67-year-old singer.
Following the exhibit's London run, it subsequently visited museums in Toronto, Sao Paulo and Berlin. It's scheduled to remain in Chicago until January 4, 2015, after which it will head to Paris.
Tickets for the David Bowie Is Happening Now screenings are on sale now. Check out a list of theaters where the film is being shown at OmniverseVision.com.
Image Courtesy of Subpop RecordsOriginal Nirvana drummer Chad Channing says he'd be down for a band reunion. He tells NME that if surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were in agreement, he'd sign on, but says, "It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That'd be about the only arrangement I could think of that we could pull off."
Channing was the drummer on most of Bleach, Nirvana's first album, and on the EP Blew. He also played drums on the song "Polly." He left the band in 1990, before Nevermind was recorded.
Channing was not invited by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to participate in Nirvana's induction in April, but he tells NME that he's "fine about it...I've always sort of felt that for me, everything's so much more about the music than the accolades."
Despite the snub by the Rock Hall, Grohl thanked Channing for his contributions during his acceptance speech.
Image Courtesy of Chris Hewlett PRThe Moody Blues have returned to North America for a late summer tour that gets under way tonight in Syracuse, New York. The outing includes a total of 26 shows, and will stop mostly in cities in the northeastern and midwestern U.S., winding down with a September 4-5 stand at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois.
Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward tells ABC News Radio that one of the interesting things about this trek for him is that the band hasn't performed in North America too often in August. He notes that, because of the time of year, "we'll be doing a lot of outdoor gigs and I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun."
Hayward also reports that the Moodies will be visiting "[p]laces we haven't been for a while," adding, "I think we're all looking forward to it."
As for the band's set list, Hayward says he doesn't think it "will have changed much" from the one featured on the group's last visit to the U.S. He points out, though, that since the Moodies will be playing some places they haven't been to before, the show likely will be new to those fans.
At their concerts this past May, The Moody Blues included some lesser-known tunes like "Higher and Higher," "You and Me," "Peak Hour" and "Nervous," along with classic hits like "Nights in White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon," "Question" and "Your Wildest Dreams."
Meanwhile, The Moody Blues haven't put out a new studio album since their 2003 holiday collection, December, and Hayward tells ABC News Radio that the band still has no concrete plans for another record.
"I never know what's gonna happen [with The Moodies]," he admits. Justin does reveal that the band has plans for a U.K. tour next year, adding that "there's talk of another DVD project, so that'll be good too."
If the band does decide to hit the studio again, Hayward suggests that there won't be a shortage of new songs. "There's always something in the diary, that's for sure," he maintains.
Image Courtesy of Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers celebrated the release this week of their new album Hypnotic Eye with an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night. After Jimmy packed his studio audience onto open-air tour buses, they drove to Culver City, California, for a private concert at Petty's rehearsal space. The band played "American Dream: Plan B" and "Forgotten Man" from the album.
Petty & the Heartbreakers will launch a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye this Sunday in San Diego. The trek is plotted out through an October 10 gig in Los Angeles.
Image Courtesy of E:60In April, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry teamed up with the Southern California Children's Chorus to perform an updated version of their band's classic song "Dream On" for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombings. Now, a recording of the performance, which has been titled "Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)," has been released as a digital single via iTunes.
All money that Tyler and Perry earn from the track will be donated to charities aiding people affected by the bombings.
Meanwhile, during Aerosmith's concert on Wednesday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, the band welcomed the Southern California Children's Chorus to the stage for a surprise performance of "Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)."
"The tragedy that took place during the Boston Marathon was unfathomable, but Boston is incredibly resilient and became even stronger," says Tyler in a statement. "I am so honored to release this version of 'Dream On' and to be able to have had the Southern California Children’s Chorus perform with us last night was a beautiful moment, a true gift from up above."
Adds Perry, "Boston Strong was [a positive response to the bombings] and gave an example of our city's inner strength. I would like to think that the strength of our performance on 'Dream On' last night with the Southern California Children's Chorus…was another rallying point for the goodness in all of us."
Tyler and Perry's original performance of "Dream On (Boston Strong 2014)" debuted on the special Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest, which was the premiere episode of the spring 2014 season of ESPN's E:60 news magazine series. The show, which marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston attacks, also profiled five people who survived the bombings.
Verve Records; Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsElton John is one of the guest artists on Smokey Robinson's upcoming duets album, Smokey & Friends; he collaborated with the Motown legend on a new version of "Tracks of My Tears." While the album won't be released until August 19, RollingStone.com has posted the audio of the new collaboration for your listening pleasure.
A month ago, a video was released in which Elton commented about "Tracks of My Tears," and Robinson's influence on his own career. He called the tune, which was a #16 hit for Smokey's old group The Miracles in 1965, "maybe the greatest pop song ever written."
Elton said of Robinson's ability as a wordsmith, "His lyrics always struck me as being so great and so direct and so simple and so heartfelt…He's been in my heart ever since I was…17."
The list of guest artists on Smokey & Friends also includes Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, James Taylor, Sheryl CrowJohn Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.
Rhino/AtlanticDuring its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s. Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers' first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.
The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14. It includes the group's 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978's Double Vision, 1979's Head Games, 1981's 4, 1984's Agent Provocateur, 1987's Inside Information and 1991's Unusual Heat. Foreigner's first five albums all received multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America, with Double Vision selling the most overall -- more than seven million copies in the U.S.
The first four discs in the compilation will include the bonus songs featured on the deluxe editions of the albums that were issued in 2002. Among these extra tracks are a demo of "Feels Like the First Time," a live rendition of "Hot Blooded" and a mostly acoustic version of "Waiting for a Girl Like You." The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums box set boasts a suggested list price of $39.98 and also will be available as a digital download.
Foreigner was led by the talents of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote -- or co-wrote with Gramm -- all of band's biggest hits. The group topped the Hot 100 in 1984 with "I Want to Know What Love Is," and also reached the top 5 six other times, with "I've Been Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time," "Urgent" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You."
Gramm left Foreigner in 1990 and was replaced by Johnny Edwards, who handled lead vocals on Unusual Heat. Lou did return to the band for one more album, 1994's Mr. Moonlight, but left for good to focus on a solo career in 2003. Foreigner, of course, has continued on with Jones leading the group and Kelly Hansen as the frontman.
Image Courtesy of Robert JohnSlash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are on the road this summer with Aerosmith, and that experience is the subject of the first installment in a new video series, Ask Slash & Myles, that premiered Tuesday on the guitarist's website.
In the two-minute clip, Slash explains that although he wasn't planning to tour behind his upcoming album, World on Fire, until around the time of its release in September, when the opportunity arose to hit the road with Aerosmith, he jumped.
"They were a huge influence on me, and the direction I went into musically is very much in tandem with what they do, so the two of us playing together is a sort of unique rock 'n' roll package that you don't see to much of these days," says the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist.
"They were one of those band that helped draw up the blueprint for hard rock," adds Kennedy. "The goal for me is to just try and keep up. Steven Tyler is one of the greatest front men in rock and roll...so I'm real excited to sit on the side of the stage when we're done and just take notes."
New episodes of Ask Slash and Myles will be posted each Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.
RCA RecordsFoo Fighters have finished their eighth album.
Record producer Butch Vig revealed the news on Twitter: "We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album. 23 straight days mixing! IT'S EPIC!!!," Vig tweeted.
The album, titled Sonic Highways, is due out in November, but an exact release date has not been announced.
Foo Fighters is marking their 20th anniversary with the HBO documentary Foo Fighters Sonic Highways. The series chronicles the eight-city recording trek that produced the new album. The documentary airs in October.
AEG LiveJon Bon Jovi has a lot of adoring fans all across the country, but not many of them live in Buffalo nowadays. Fans of the Buffalo Bills football franchise are fuming over the possibility the singer may buy the team and move it north of the border.
The team has been up for sale ever since owner Ralph Wilson passed away at age of 95 back in March.
Bon Jovi, a founding owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul, has reportedly been interested in owning an NFL team for a long time and is friendly with a number of NFL owners. New York magazine reports Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and John Mara, the owner of the rocker's beloved New York Giants, have all endorsed him for NFL ownership.
In June, Bon Jovi was reportedly seen having lunch with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan.
According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi is unable to meet the team's likely selling price of $1 billion, so he's teamed up with a group in Toronto that also owns the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre, where Bon Jovi has played 19 concerts since 2000.
Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, told the magazine how he feels about Bon Jovi possibly buying the team and moving it to Canada. “Man, f**k Bon Jovi,” Reed exclaimed. “You might as well just take this city, throw it in the river, and let it go down Niagara Falls.”
Several fans have formed a group called Bills Fan Thunder to spearhead a Bon Jovi boycott. Many Buffalo bars, restaurants and radio stations have now declared themselves “Bon Jovi–free zones.” Charles Pellien, one of the group's founders, tells New York magazine, “We had a band last weekend that was playing Bon Jovi at a bar, and people were booing and throwing our posters at them." Pellien adds, “The bar’s jukebox had 28 Bon Jovi songs, but no one played them.”
Matt Sabuda and Brian Cinelli, are co-founders of a second fan group, the Buffalo Fan Alliance. They're developing a plan to raise money that would be used as a loan to a buyer who would keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Ross Halfin/Universal MusicThe Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are collaborating with Simon West, director of such action/adventure flicks as Con Air and The Expendables 2, on a new U.K. television series that will focus on the London music scene during the mid-1960s. British magazine Broadcast reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will oversee the music and also will have input on the script for the show, whose working title is Mods and Rockers.
Townshend, Daltrey and West will serve as co-producers on the program, as will longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley. The setting of the series apparently will be the same as that of the film adaptation of the band's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.
"We're not remaking Quadrophenia but it's that kind of world," West tells Broadcast. "It will also cover the rockers side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging '60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion. The two tribes will be at the heart of it."
The director is planning for the series to feature eight one-hour episodes and says the show is drawing the interest of multiple networks and production companies.
Jmaes Glader; Marc HomDon Henley will present actor/director Robert Redford with a special honor recognizing his support for environmental causes during an intimate benefit concertThe Eagles are playing on September 16 in Boston. Redford will receive the Walden Woods Project's 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award, which acknowledges a person or organization that demonstrates "represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges."
The show will take place at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, and will raise money for the Walden Woods Project. That's the organization Henley founded in 1990 to oversee the protection of the Walden Pond area in Concord, Massachusetts, made famous by 19th century author Henry David Thoreau. The charity also supports various environmental initiatives that are in line with Thoreau's naturalist beliefs.
"Bob Redford was an environmentalist long before the well-being of our natural resources became an international concern," says Henley in a statement. "Whether he is defending the integrity of the public lands we leave as our legacy to future generations; whether he is lobbying Congress for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fighting for the protection of the dwindling herds of America's iconic wild mustangs or advocating for measures to curb climate change, he puts the full measure of his time and talent, and the force of his convictions, behind all the compelling environmental causes he supports."
Tickets for the benefit event go on sale this Monday, August 4, at 10 a.m. ET at CitiCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Wang Theatre Box Office starting this Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET.
Image Courtesy of Neal PrestonDick Wagner, the virtuoso rock guitarist known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, passed away on Wednesday morning in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 71. The Detroit Free Press reports that Wagner died of respiratory failure at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, after spending two weeks in the facility's intensive care unit following heart surgery.
Wagner played on many of Cooper's albums during the 1970s and '80s, and co-wrote many of the shock rocker's songs, including such well-known tunes as "Only Woman Bleed," "I Never Cry" and "You and Me." In addition, he lent his guitar talents to Reed's acclaimed albums Berlin and Rock 'n' Roll Animal, and also worked with such other stars as Aerosmith, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Rod Stewart.
Dick battled a number of health issues in recent years. In 2007, he suffered a heart attack and a stroke. Then, in 2011 he was diagnosed with NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain that left him partially paralyzed. The condition was successfully treated with a shunt in his brain, and Wagner was able to return to music again during the last few years.
Wagner wrote a well-received autobiography in 2012 titled Not Only Women Bleed: Vignettes from the Heart of a Rock Musician, and last year he wrote and produced a star-studded benefit single titled "If I Had the Time (I Could Change the World)" that raised money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He also remained active as a producer, songwriter and recording artist in conjunction with a multi-faceted music company he co-founded called Desert Dreams Records.
Wagner's family and Desert Dreams Records posted a message paying homage to the rocker on his official website that reads, "Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life. His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words."
The tribute continues, "He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn't keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, 'Love is in the air. Breathe deep.' Take Dick's advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair."
Wagner's manager and business partner Susan Michelson tells the Detroit Free Press that a memorial event for Dick will be organized in Michigan, where he grew up.
York Tillyer; Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin fans know by now that chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so they likely won't be surprised by Robert Plant's latest comments about the matter. In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn't want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion.
"I feel for the guy," the famed frontman declared. "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."
Plant also revealed that he actually reached out to Page "a couple of years ago" and offered to collaborate with him, but was rebuffed.
"I said [to Jimmy], 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl," he recalled. "It was hands across the water. But he walked away. Just walked away."
As for a new full-fledged Led Zeppelin project, however, Plant said, "[W]e couldn't do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great."
In the New York Times article, Page referred to a 2013 comment Plant made that appeared to suggest he was open to another Led Zeppelin reunion. "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band," said Jimmy, adding, "He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it."
Plant initially responded to Page's comments during a media event prior to a performance with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Morocco's Mawazine Festival. "I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," said Robert. "We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page but that's life."
Plant's new solo album with the Space Shifters, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9.
RCA/Sony Latin IberiaCorazón, Santana's first-ever Latin album, is a big success. The record, which was released in May, has just been certified U.S. Latin double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 120,000 in this country.
The album features legendary guitarist Carlos Santana collaborating with a variety of special guests, including Gloria Estefan, Ziggy Marley, R&B singer Miguel, rap star Pitbull, jazz great Wayne Shorter, award-winning Colombian rocker Juanes and more. Corazón, currently is #4 on Billboard's Latin Albums chart, and has spent six weeks at the top of the tally since its release.
Santana recently added a series of North American fall tour dates in support of Corazón, running from a September 25 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through an October 12 performance in Verona, New York. The band currently is in the middle of a summer trek that includes joint shows with Rod Stewart and headlining dates promoting the album.
Image Courtesy of Mary Ellen MatthewsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers will celebrate the release this week of their new album, Hypnotic Eye, when they pay a visit to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. The band's appearance will feature the debut live performance of some songs from the album, which hit stores on Tuesday.
In addition, Petty & the Heartbreakers will chat with Jimmy Kimmel during the program. The group will launch a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye this Sunday in San Diego. The trek is plotted out through an October 10 gig in Los Angeles.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Gurtman and Murtha Artist Management; NBC Photo/Heidi GutmanThe E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt has revealed that he's overseeing a new album by famed 1960s pop/soul singer Darlene Love. During a red-carpet event in New York City this Monday, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he first promised Love he'd make a record with her about thirty years ago, so he's excited about finally getting the project off the ground.
Little Steven reported that he and Elvis Costello are both writing songs for the album, and said he also has talked to his band mate Bruce Springsteen about contributing a tune. In addition, Van Zandt told Rolling Stone that he's contacted some of the best-known pop composers of the '60s -- including Carole King, the team of Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and Mike Stoller of Lieber and Stoller fame -- about lending their talents to the record.
"Everybody I know that is a great songwriter, I'm talking to," said Steven. "We're hoping to have an all-star album for Darlene, which she deserves."
He added that he's planning to work on the project in his own studio and hopes to have it completed "in time for Christmas" or by "the first of the [new] year."
Love probably is best known for being one of the key voices behind Phil Spector's Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and The Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love." She also was one of the stars profiled in last year's Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, Twenty Feet from Stardom. Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
Frontiers RecordsCalifornia Breed is a new power trio featuring former Deep Purple singer/bassist Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, that released its self-titled debut album in May. The band rose from the ashes of the short-lived supergroup Black Country Communion, whose lineup also included guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Derek Sherinian and which broke up early last year after Bonamassa decided he'd rather focus on his solo career.
Hughes, who initially became embroiled in a feud with Bonamassa over the guitarist's reluctance to commit to Black Country Communion, soon turned his attention to starting the new group.
"Rather than sort of sit around and look at ourselves, I just decided I would [do something else]," he explains to ABC News Radio. "I didn't particularly want to continue Black Country part two, so that's when I formed this band and, lo and behold, we call it California Breed."
Hughes says one big difference between the two groups is that the new band doesn't include a keyboard player, while noting that another is the unique playing style of California Breed's guitarist, a 23-year-old hotshot named Andrew Watt who was introduced to Glenn by a mutual friend, Julian Lennon.
Hughes adds that he thinks California Breed's music is "darker" and "more soulfully aggressive" than that of Black Country Communion.
An interesting aspect of California Breed is that Hughes, Bonham and Watt are, respectively, in their sixties, forties and twenties. Glenn tells ABC News Radio that the gap in the band members' ages has no bearing on the chemistry between them.
"It's really hard to pin the age on who's who here," he explains. "You know, we never set out to do that. I just think we really found each other musically and we went in fearless, and we cut this album."
Hughes says on of the reasons the songs on California Breed sound so vibrant and raw is that the album was cut almost completely live in the studio. Glenn admits that in his 45-year career, he'd never worked that way before, and says he now "can't imagine going back to overdubbing again."
The veteran rocker also reveals that a lot of the tunes on the new album were inspired by a serious health scare he experienced last year -- he underwent open heart surgery to correct a problem with his aorta.
"The lyrical content on this album is driven by what happened to me," says Hughes. "The guys in the band wanted me to sing about it, so I did, but…subliminally."
Glenn also shares some details about the operation, noting that he chose to go under the knife immediately when his problem was diagnosed. He adds that he was lucky to have "a great team of doctors" looking after him, and reports that he spent three months recovering after the surgery.
"The good news is that I feel better than ever, spiritually and physically and mentally, totally recovered, and I'm just full of beans!" he declares. "Thirty, forty years ago I probably would've been dead, 'cause this procedure wasn't happening…I'm just very, very grateful to be on the other side of this."
California Breed initially delayed plans for its debut tour because of Bonham's commitments to his Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience tribute group and to Sammy Hagar's current A Journey Through the History of Rock trek. The band finally will hit the road in the fall, kicking things off with a U.S. outing that gets under way October 3 in Detroit. Visit CaliforniaBreed.com to check out the group's full itinerary.
Teresa Aguilar/AEG LiveThe Who's Roger Daltrey played a rocking concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Monday night that raised money for the Teen Cancer America charity he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend. The event included a very special onstage collaboration, as Joan Jett, who opened the show with her group The Blackhearts, joined Daltrey during his encore for a rendition of the Eddie Cochrane classic "Summertime Blues."
Roger's set was made up mostly of well-known Who songs, including "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Squeeze Box," "You Better You Bet," "Who Are You" and "Baba O'Riley," although he did close out the show with a rendition of his 1980 solo hit "Without Your Love." In addition, Who touring guitarist Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, took over vocals on the band's Who's Next gem "Going Mobile." Fan-filmed video of Daltrey's performance with Jett can be viewed now on YouTube.
The benefit specifically raised funds for The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which in conjunction with Teen Cancer America is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer. Teen Cancer America executive Howard Jaffe told ABC News Radio that the sold-out event helped the organization reach its goal of $250,000 for the facility. In addition, Jaffe revealed that Jett, a native of the Philadelphia area, donated all of the proceeds brought in by sales of her merchandise at the concert to the cause.