Stevie Nicks (Courtesy of Artist's Personal Collection)You probably think of selfies as a modern phenomenon, but it turns out Stevie Nicks has been taking them for years. Now, the singer is mounting an exhibition of her self-portraits, which she snapped with a Polaroid camera from 1975 to 1987.
According to the New York Times, the show, called 24 Karat Gold -- which is also the name of the singer's new album -- is being curated by Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, who produced her last solo record, In Your Dreams. Nicks took the photos late at night, while at home and on tour because, as she tells the Times via her publicist, "I wanted to learn how to become a photographer."
"I don't sleep at night, so I thought, 'Who am I going to ask to stay up all night [and take pictures of me], and then do a show tomorrow? So I'm not going to get Christine,'" she says, referring to her Fleetwood Mac band mate Christine McVie.
So Nicks took the photos herself, using a variety of props and costumes. "I did everything," she tells the Times. "I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director -- it was my joy. I was the model."
Eventually, Nicks stopped taking the photos because, she says, "Polaroids were just almost impossible to use ... there was no more film and they all broke down." The photos in the exhibit have never been seen before -- in fact, Nicks says she's kept them in shoeboxes all these years. Many will also be featured in a book that's being released along with the deluxe version of her album.
24 Karat Gold will open October 10 at a Manhattan art space called 201 Mulberry Street. Two days later, the show will move about a half mile across town to the Morrison Hotel Gallery, which specializes in music photography, where it'll be on display for the rest of October.
Nicks' album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will be in stores October 7. Her tour with Fleetwood Mac begins September 30 in Minneapolis.
Bob Gruen/Atlantic RecordsThe members of Led Zeppelin say that the lawsuit filed against them earlier this year regarding their epic "Stairway to Heaven" should either be moved to a California court or dismissed completely.
As previously reported, Francis Alexander Malofiy -- a Philadelphia-based attorney who represents late Spirit guitarist Randy California -- filed a copyright suit against Zeppelin on May 31, claiming that the opening of "Stairway" was cribbed from an obscure instrumental called "Taurus" from Spirit's 1968 debut. At the time, Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said, "This is ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject."
Now, according toBusiness Week, Page and Zeppelin's other two surviving members -- singer Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones -- are arguing that the Philadelphia federal court where the lawsuit was filed is an inappropriate venue. In a statement filed September 17, Page wrote, "I have not performed as part of the musical group known as Led Zeppelin in the state of Pennsylvania since 1985 ... That performance was without fee as one of many participants in a Live Aid charity concert." Page, Plant, Jones and lawyers for their label, the Warner Music Group, have filed a motion to either dismiss the case or move it to U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, where they claim that many relevant records and possible witnesses exist.
"Stairway to Heaven," though never released as a single, stands as perhaps Led Zeppelin's most popular song. Coincidentally, the record it appeared on -- alternately known as Led Zeppelin IV and the untitled album -- is due to be reissued on October 28.
News broke earlier today that U2 is working on a top-secret project with Apple to develop a new digital music format that will, in effect, save the music industry. A few additional details have emerged, giving a rough sketch of what we can expect, and when.
According to a recent interview in the international version of Time magazine, Bono says the team is working on something that will be "very exciting for the music business." The singer described the new technology as "an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you're sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before."
The as-yet-unnamed new platform is "about 18 months away," says Bono, which would place its release right around the same time as U2's next album. "I think Songs of Experience will be released in a new format."
The full interview is available in Time's international edition, on newsstands now.
Danny ClinchGregg Allman will receive this year's Living Legend Award from Classic Rock magazine, it was announced today.
Even though Classic Rock magazine is based in the U.K., the event will take place at The Avalon in Hollywood, California, on November 4 as part of the publication's Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony. This marks the first time the ceremony has taken place outside of London in its 10 years.
Classic Rock editor Sian Llewellyn says, "Where can you start with Gregg Allman? As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades."
For his part, Allman responds, "I am so very honored to be receiving this award from Classic Rock. The magazine is one of my favorites, and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."
Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy CampAre you a would-be rocker hoping to jam with Sammy Hagar and Joe Perry? If that's your rock and roll fantasy, your dream is about to come true.
Fans who attend the upcoming editions of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place this winter at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, can do just that.
Hagar, Perry, Lou Gramm, and Cheap Trick were all announced as the newest participants in the camp, which schools campers in a multitude of ways to turn their careers up to 11.
Fantasy campers will also write and record music with rock star "counselors," including Lita Ford, Rudy Sarzo, Gary Hoey, Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers, Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Rick Derringer and more. Tickets for the four-day camps are on sale now at RockCamp.com.
Here are the upcoming camps:
Jan. 15-18, 2015, Foxwoods Resort, CT Joe Perry of Aerosmith Steve Morse of Deep Purple Lou Gramm of Foreigner Bumblefoot of Guns and Roses
Feb. 12-15, 2015, Mandalay Bay and RRFC Studios, Las Vegas Sammy Hagar Pat Travers
March 5-8, 2015,Foxwoods Resort, CT Cheap Trick Blue Oyster Cult
Image Courtesy UMusicDon't let the fact that U2 gave away their new album, Songs of Innocence, to roughly half a billion iTunes subscribers last week make you think they believe in free music. Just the opposite -- which is why the band has partnered with Apple to develop a new digital music format.
The idea, Bono tells Time magazine, is to create a new digital format that's so fresh, cool and irresistible, folks will want to pay for songs and albums, which in turn will make it possible for songwriters to once again make a living from their craft. Bono says it'll not only help established artists, like U2, but also the little guys. "Songwriters aren’t touring people," he says. "Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."
No details yet about the new technology, or when it might be available.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentTwo vintage Rolling Stones concerts will be released on DVD, CD, vinyl and via digital formats in November.
Eagle Rock Entertainment's new From the Vault series will kick off with Hampton Coliseum -- Live in 1981 on November 4, followed by L.A. Forum -- Live in 1975 on November 18.
Footage from both concerts has been carefully restored, with the sound newly mixed by producer Bob Clearmountain, whose previous credits include the Stones albums Tattoo You and Still Life.
The two-and-a-half-hour Hampton Coliseum show features footage from the December 18, 1981, tour stop in Virginia that was also guitarist KeithRichards' birthday.
The L.A. Forum show from 1975 was from the group's Tour of the Americas '75 -- its first trek with then-newcomer Ronnie Wood on guitar.
Check out the track listings below:
From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum — Live in 1981
"Under My Thumb" "When the Whip Comes Down" "Let's Spend the Night Together" "Shattered" "Neighbours" "Black Limousine" "Just My Imagination" "Twenty Flight Rock" "Going to a Go Go" "Let Me Go" "Time Is on My Side" "Beast of Burden" "Waiting on a Friend" "Let It Bleed" "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "Band Introductions" "Happy Birthday Keith" "Little T & A" "Tumbling Dice" "She's So Cold" "Hang Fire" "Miss You" "Honky Tonk Women" ‘Brown Sugar" "Start Me Up" "Jumpin' Jack Flash" "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction"
From the Vault: L.A. Forum — Live in 1975
"Introduction" "Honky Tonk Women" "All Down the Line" "If You Can’t Rock Me" / "Get Off of My Cloud" "Star Star" "Gimme Shelter" "Ain’t Too Proud to Beg" "You Gotta Move" "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "Happy" "Tumbling Dice" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" "Band Intros" "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" "Fingerprint File" "Angie" "Wild Horses" "That's Life" "Outta Space" "Brown Sugar" "Midnight Rambler" "Rip This Joint" "Street Fighting Man" "Jumpin' Jack Flash" "Sympathy for the Devil"
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation/ Mark SeligerPaul Simon has done a little acting in the past -- remember his 1980 film, One Trick Pony? -- but an upcoming charity event will find the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appearing onstage alongside one of the greatest film actors of our time: Tom Hanks.
Simon is among the stars who'll participate in the 24th annual Simply Shakespeare benefit event, which features a cast of celebrities reciting one of the bard's classic plays. This year's edition, scheduled for September 22, will feature a reading of As You Like It, and other luminaries confirmed to take part in the performance include William Shatner, Steve Carell, Martin Short, Christopher Lloyd, Sam Waterston and Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, among others.
The Simply Shakespeare performance, described as "a hilarious and entertaining evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song," will be staged at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus. Proceeds will go toward the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, and will help support its various arts-themed employment initiatives and local arts-education programs.
Tickets for the event cost $750. To find out more information about the show, contact Lauran@LPAevents.com. You can also bid on two VIP tickets at CharityBuzz.com.
Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart's most recent album, Time, marked the first album in years that featured any new original material written by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Now, Stewart's in the middle of writing a new album. He says of his songwriting, "The flood gates have been reopened."
Speaking to an Australian entertainment news website, Stewart says, "I'm actually halfway through a new album. I was very encouraged by the success of Time; it was a very long period where I wasn't writing any songs." He adds, "It's encouraged me to take another step forward and come up with more songs, and I'm finding it quite easy. The flood gates have been reopened."
Even so, Stewart is reluctant to perform many new songs from Time in his live shows, because he knows that fans want to hear the hits. "It is a struggle," he says. "I've got a unique method. I'll say, 'Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to have to put you through the misery of a new song...just pretend you're listening to "Tonight's the Night" and give it a big round of applause at the end!'"
"Usually they fall for that ploy and they do," he adds with a laugh. "It's hard work selling new songs with the vast catalog I've got that people want to hear. They pay the money, and they want to hear what they want to hear. It's pointless being self-indulgent."
Brian Duffy/The David Bowie Archive and (Under License from Chris Duffy) Duffy Archive LimitedGround control to Mayor Rahm. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared September 23 "David Bowie Day" in Chicago, reports SPIN.com. The date coincides with the opening of the upcoming "David Bowie Is" exhibit at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit showcases the British musician's life and his career.
Emanuel declared in an official proclamation that Bowie is "an undisputed global icon." He added, "His remarkable half-century career has bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion & design and theatrical canons."
The traveling Bowie exhibit previously visited London's Victoria and Albert Museum and Germany's Martin-Gropius-Bau.
The former Police frontman will be joined by legendary Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy, rhythm and blues singer India.Arie, and country star Emmylou Harris at the gala, which will celebrate the performing rights organization's 100th anniversary at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City Nov. 17.
Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett and wife Susan Bennedetto, Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones will be among the evening's distinguished group of honorary chairs.
As previously reported, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, folk icon Joan Baez, country star Garth Brooks, and musical theater legend StephenSondheim are among a select group of artists tapped to receive the "once in-a-century" Centennial Award, recognizing the honorees' impressive achievements in their respective musical genres.
The event is the inaugural fundraiser for the ASCAP Foundation, which supports various music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. The gala will be hosted by ASCAP president and chairman, singer/songwriter Paul Williams.
Andrew MacNaughtan/Anthem/Roadrunner RecordsJust in time for the Christmas "rush" comes news that Rush will celebrate their 40-year legacy with the release of a new box set of concert films that span their entire career.
Rolling Stone reports that the set, R40, features 10 DVDs or six Blu-ray discs, and is set for release on Nov. 11. It features five full-length concert videos, as well as a bonus disc with previously-unreleased material. A 52-page hardback book, including live photos and pictures of memorabilia throughout the band's career, is also included in the package.
Titles featured as part of the set include 2003's Rush in Rio, 2005's R30, 2008's Snakes & Arrows Live, 2011's Time Machine 2011: Time inCleveland and 2013's Clockwork Angels Tour.
The bonus disc of unreleased material will be of most interest to the band's hardcore fans: it features two hours of footage from the group's earlier years, including a full, eight-song set from a 1974 show at a school in Ontario with original drummer John Rutsey. During that show, the trio played three never-before-released songs –- the Rush originals "I've Been Runnin'" and "The Loser," as well as a cover of Larry Williams' "Bad Boy" -- and eventual classics like "Best I Can" and "Working Man."
Other goodies in the bonus DVD include five songs from a 1976 concert in Passaic, New Jersey, a performance of "Lock and Key" from the group's 1988 Hold Your Fire tour, and eight songs from a 1997 show in Toronto during which they ran through all seven parts of their 1976 suite "2112." Rounding out the package is footage of Rush's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, during which they performed "2112" with Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.
Kevin Mazur/Wire ImageIt was an Eagles singer presenting to the star of 1986's Legal Eagles, as Don Henley awarded legendary director and actor Robert Redford with the 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award from the Walden Woods Project in Boston on Tuesday night.
Henley presented Redford with the award -- first bestowed upon President Bill Clinton in 2012 -- to honor the movie icon's enduring commitment to a wide range of environmental initiatives.
A fundraising dinner, which included a concert by Henley's Eagles, raised $1.6 million for the project. The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature and legacy of American author, philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau by cultivating an ethic of environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
In his remarks, Henley stated Redford is "an ardent conservationist and environmentalist; an individual who stands for social responsibility and political involvement; an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression," reports the Boston Globe.
Redford accepted the award, telling the crowd his journey into environmental activism began in 1968.
Concord Music GroupPaulMcCartney will release an expanded version of his 2013 CD, NEW, on Oct. 28.
The new version includes two CDs and a DVD, and is packaged as a hard-bound book. Inside is loaded with goodies: behind the scenes footage, music videos for each of the album's singles, live recordings, unreleased cuts and more.
A highlight the DVD is the making-of documentary Something New, featuring in-depth interviews with McCartney and producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Jones, and Giles Martin, son of legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin. McCartney's appearances from his promotional tour supporting NEW are also fully documented on the disc.
The bonus CD features four live cuts from McCartney's 2013 show at the Tokyo Dome, including "Save Us," "New," "Queenie Eye," and "Everybody Out There." The unreleased tracks "Hell to Pay," "Demons Dance," and "Struggle," a song only available as a bonus track in Japan, round out the disc.
Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesLegendary Canadian rock group The Band will be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame on October 18.
The group, which featured Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel, as well as American Levon Helm, will be honored. Of the original members of The Band, only Robertson and Hudson are still living.
Jeff Healey, the blind blues singer who died in 2008 at age 41, will also be feted at the ceremony. Healey -- who appeared in the 1989 Patrick Swayze film Road House -- will additionally receive the Cineplex Legends Award, a posthumous honor for a Canadian pioneer in film and television, music, sports, arts or innovation.
Other honorees include Ryan Reynolds and RachelMcAdams; women's ice hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser; and lawyer Louise Arbour, the former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Both acts will receive stars on the sidewalk in Toronto's entertainment district. A tribute show at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is scheuduled for Sept. 19. A televised special of the event will air in Canada on Global Television on December 19.
Walk of Fame inductees are chosen for their achievements in various fields, and must have been born or spent their creative years in Canada. A minimum of 10 successful years of work that has a significant cultural impact is required for consideration.
Danny ClinchBruceSpringsteen is returning as the headline performer for this year’s 8th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert, taking place Wednesday, November 5 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Joining The Boss for the event are comics Louis C.K., John Oliver and John Mulaney, with “surprise guests” also promised.
Stand Up for Heroes, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, provides funds and services for military personnel returning from active duty, veterans and their families. The event’s raised more than $21 million so far.
Brian LoweIt isn't often KISS goes without makeup for a live show these days, but the band made an exception, playing an acoustic gig to raise money for a military museum in Oregon.
The group previously has supported the Historical Outreach Foundation in its goal of raising $15 million to renovate the Oregon Military Museum, but the foundation's event this past Sunday in Lake Oswego, Oregon, marked the first time the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed at one of the foundation's events. In all, KISS helped raise $1 million toward the endeavor. Tickets to the evening cost $2,500. The evening also auctioned off one of Paul Stanley's guitars, which he has played since 1989, for $20,000, reports The Oregonian.
KISS guitarist and native Oregonian Tommy Thayer is the link to the project. The museum will be named after Thayer's father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer, a 93-year-old World War II veteran who freed Holocaust survivors from the Nazi concentration camps in 1945.
KISS bassist Gene Simmons told The Oregonian that museums are important to support for several reasons.
"A museum is a living history book, because young people today and the future generations can't just read books or watch it on video because it's unemotional," Simmons said.
He continued that honoring the military with a museum shining a light on men and women in uniform is relevant to understanding current events.
"There is evil in the world," he said. "People are being beheaded today, not in some medieval time."
Check out the set list from the show below:
"Comin’ Home" "Hard Luck Woman" "Calling Dr. Love" "Do You Love Me?" "Plaster Caster" "Shout It Out Loud" "Got to Choose" "Christine Sixteen" "Lick It Up" "Goin’ Blind" "Love Her All I Can" "Hide Your Heart" "Beth" "Rock and Roll All Nite"
Jean-Marie Perier/UMeWith one week to go before the official release of the George Harrison box set collecting all his solo albums for the Beatles' Apple label, fans can get a preview by listening to an early acoustic version of his signature song, "Dark Horse," now streaming online at RollingStone.com.
The studio version of the song, originally released in 1974 as the title track of the album of the same name, featured a total of 11 vocalists and musicians, including Billy Preston on keys, and reached the top 20 of the U.S. singles chart. The acoustic version is noticeably leaner, with just Harrison, an acoustic guitar, and a few harmonizing singers on the track.
As previously reported, the George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 box set will be released next week. It includes remastered versions of Harrison's first six solo albums, some unreleased bonus tracks, a DVD containing music videos, a short film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia and a book filled with essays and unpublished photos.
The late Beatle will be honored all next week on the late-night talk show Conan, beginning next Monday with performances by Beck, Norah Jones, and Harrison's son, Dhani. The show airs 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday on TBS.
Image Courtesy Interscope RecordsFamily and friends of Joey Ramone have nothing but kind words for U2, who honored the late singer with the song "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)," the lead single from the band's just-released album, Songs of Innocence.
"I’m not sure grateful is the right word, but awestruck is a better description,” Ramone's brother, Mickey Leigh, told MTV News.
"It’s so beautiful. I loved it. It’s Bono’s interpretation and his spirit, but it also captures Joey’s spirit," he said. "He described my brother’s spirit well. I think he got just what Joey would have wanted out of it.”
Longtime Ramones drummer Marky Ramone felt the late singer would have been "honored" by the song, which never mentions his name, but tells the story of how Bono and the boys sneaked in to see the band in their teens in what was a life-changing event in their musical lives.
Former D-Generation singer Jesse Malin, who became a close friend of The Ramones when the band took D-Gen out on tour, recalled the time the punk rocker called him out of a recording session and invited him to go see U2 at their appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2000.
"The thing I respect about U2 beyond this song is how they’re giving a shout-out to Joey as their inspiration,” he said. “They’re not on a bandwagon of ‘now we’ll be into the Ramones because they’re dead.’ He [Joey] got to feel the love and respect from them and this song is coming from truly the right place and I totally back it after seeing how they were with him.”
Ramone passed away on April 15, 2001 of lymphoma at the age of 49; the last song he heard in the hospital was U2's "In a Little While."
U2 paid their respects to the singer three days later during a show in San Diego, performing The Ramones' "I Remember You" and their own "Walk On" in his memory.
Jay Blakesberg/UMeSammy Hagar is a busy man -- so busy, he says he doesn't have time right now to focus on one of his most popular music projects, the supergroup Chickenfoot.
"We're not making an album [now]," the Red Rocker tells ABC News Radio when asked about a follow-up to 2011's Chickenfoot III. "[Guitarist] Joe [Satriani] and I are writing songs a little bit…We had a couple ideas, and Joe's got some fantastic musical ideas, and I'm just trying to find room in my life to do another Chickenfoot album."
Hagar explains that if he commits doing a new Chickenfoot record, the band also would have to tour behind it, "and to do all of that, that's a year or more of my time. And I just…love doing new things and I'm doing so much."
Among those "new things" is the group Sammy put together for his recent "A Journey Through the History of Rock" trek, which includes Chickenfoot/ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham, and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson. The band will be playing next at Hagar's four-show Birthday Bash in October at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also reveals that he has a new album on the way, an acoustic record he says he was inspired to do while putting together the star-studded Acoustic-4-a-Cure benefit concert earlier this year with Metallica's James Hetfield.
"Working up that set for myself, I learned how to play and sing acoustically, and I loved it so much I just took a bunch of my old songs and made a record called Light Roast," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's an acoustically-brewed CD."
About reworking the well-known songs from his back catalog as unplugged tunes, Sammy says, "Some of them I think are better than they've ever been like this." The veteran rocker adds, however, that he has no intentions of doing an acoustic tour to support the album.
"You know, everyone says, 'Well, why don't you go out, just play like coffeehouses?'" says Hagar. "Well, I'd love to but, you know, I'm busy."
Hagar's next shows will be the aforementioned Birthday Bash performances, scheduled for October 7, 9, 11 and 13.