Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash will serve as host of a special multi-day rock-themed movie marathon on the HDNet Movies channel that will kick off on Saturday, July 9, and run through Sunday, July 17.
"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature the folk-rock legend sharing stories about and insights into the various artists featured in each film, including Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Prince, Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The marathon will include 13 documentaries, several of which will be getting their TV premieres. Among them are The Allman Brothers Band: After the Crash, which focuses on the group's career after the death of founding lead guitarist Duane Allman; Rush: The Rise of Kings, about the Canadian prog-rock trio's path to stardom; Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review, which delves into the first decade of the guitar legend's solo career; Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade, a documentary about the lauded Northern Irish artist's music from 1977 to 1987; and Bob Dylan: In & Out of the Folk Revival, which takes a look at the influential singer/songwriter's emergence as a folk icon.
"Graham Nash Presents 9 Days of Rock Docs" will feature two films screened during primetime each night from July 9 through July 16, and culminating with an all-day nine movie marathon on July 17.
In conjunction with the film series, HDNet Movies has launched an online contest offering fans the opportunity to win an electric guitar autographed by Nash. To enter, visit HDNetMovies.com and choose an image of one of the rock documentaries being shown on the channel to make as your Facebook cover photo.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of FamePaulSimon is one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of his generation and at 74 he's still making new music. His most recent album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the highest debut of any solo album of his career. But, Simon tells The New York Times, he may be "coming towards the end."
Simon is gearing for the final shows of his current North American tour in Queens, New York, this week, where his career with Simon & Garfunkel began.
"It's an act of courage to let go," Simon says. "I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I'm going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did?"
Simon explained that he struggles to write songs but suddenly finds himself thunderstruck by breakthroughs. "I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote 'The Sound of Silence,' which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that," he says. "I thought the same thing when I wrote 'Bridge over Troubled Water' -- whoa, that song is better than what I've been doing."
But he says the moments that lead to those breakthroughs don't happen very often.
So will he actually retire after his European tour this fall? He's not saying definitively yes or no, but, he tells the Times, "I don't have any fear of it."
Eagle Rock EntertainmentFounding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has been experiencing a period of transition in the wake of his famous band's 2015 breakup, as his main focus is now on his solo career. That change is reflected in the title of Robinson's just-released fourth full-length studio album, Flux, which he says is a word that best describes "where things are" for him.
Robinson wrote and produced Flux's 13 tracks, while also handling lead vocals, guitar duties and most of the bass parts on the album. Flux finds the 47-year-old rocker exploring roots-rock, blues-rock and psychedelic sounds reminiscent of much of The Black Crowes' work, while adding his own fresh and modern twist.
In The Black Crowes, Rich was content with his brother, frontman Chris Robinson, being the man in the spotlight, but he tells ABC Radio that with regard to being a solo artist, "It's really interesting and really cool to be able to have this platform…to express myself on this level."
Robinson reveals that Flux came together in a similar way as his previous solo album, 2014's The Ceaseless Sight, which he says he mostly wrote in the studio.
"[With The Ceaseless Sight,] I only had a few completed songs…but I really used the energy of the studio to create that record," he explains. "And I enjoyed it so much that with this record I went up with even less. I had a bunch of just parts, but no songs yet."
As previously reported, Robinson currently is filling in for Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs on that band's U.S. co-headlining tour with Joe Walsh. After the trek winds down this Sunday, Rich will launch his own North American outing on July 19 in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
6/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion* 6/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion* 7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastian Park Amphitheatre* 7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre* 7/19 -- Whitesburg, KY, Appalshop Room - Summit City 7/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall 7/22 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 7/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at the Ludlow Garage 7/24 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag 7/25 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players 7/26 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players 7/28 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater 7/29 -- Floyd, VA, Floydfest 7/30 -- Washington, D.C., The Hamilton 7/31 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 8/2 -- Fairfield, CT, FTC Stage One 8/3 -- Haddon Heights, NJ, Sundown Music Series 8/5 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Bears Den Theater 8/6 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom 8/7 -- Uncasville, CT, The Wolf Den 8/10 -- Pawtucket, RI, The Met - Hope Artiste Village 8/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 8/12 -- Allston, MA, Brighton Music Hall 8/13 -- Hudson, NY, Club Helsinki 8/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Shakas Live 8/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh 8/18 -- Northampton, MA, Iron Horse Music Hall 8/19 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016 8/20 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016 8/21 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016 9/4 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre* 9/8 -- Columbus, OH, Woodlands Tavern 9/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom 9/11 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery 9/16 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 9/17 -- Ferdinand, IN, Ferdinand Folk Festival 9/24 -- Austin, TX, Stateside - The Paramount 9/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts
Robert Knight Archive/RedfernsGuitar legend Scotty Moore, who accompanied Elvis Presley on his original Sun and early RCA recordings, helping to lay the foundation for rock guitar, died Tuesday at 84, reports Memphis' Commercial Appeal.
Phillips Record Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang confirmed the news on Instagram. "We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today...The guitarist that changed the world...especially mine; I hope you don't mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty," he wrote, posting a picture of himself with the late guitarist.
Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis' early hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock." He reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special Elvis, which launched the King's late career comeback.
Moore was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the "Sideman" category in 2000, and in 2002 received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gibson guitar company.
Moore was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last November. Although he was too sick to attend the ceremony, Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf. "I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric," Richards said at the ceremony, according to the Commercial Appeal. "That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys."
Credit: Sean EvansFounding Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters has signed a long-term publishing agreement with BMG to represent the song catalog he amassed while he was a member of the famous U.K. rock band. The deal covers songs that Waters wrote beginning with the group's 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and running through his last record with the band, 1983's The Final Cut.
Waters noted in a statement that BMG had supported him when he organized and performed at the Music Heals benefit show for wounded veterans last October in Washington, D.C., adding, "I'm very glad to be back in the same team."
Meanwhile, BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch says of the deal, "We are honored that Roger Waters has chosen BMG, the youngest of the big international music companies to represent his legendary and exquisite catalog. To win the endorsement and trust of one of the world's most successful songwriters is a significant milestone less than eight years after our launch."
Among the many classic songs Waters wrote or co-wrote for Pink Floyd are "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Another Brick in the Wall," "Hey You" and "Comfortably Numb."
Courtesy of Heritage AuctionsA blond lock of David Bowie's hair clipped from the late singer in 1983 fetched $18,750 at a memorabilia sale held over the weekend at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills. The winning bid was more than four times the expected sale price of $4,000.
The lock of hair was cut by and belonged to Wendy Farrier, who worked as the wig mistress at Madame Tussauds in London. Farrier clipped Bowie's hair so that she could replicate it for a wax statue that was displayed at the wax museum during the height of his popularity. Wendy, who was a big fan of the singer, held on to the hair snippet as a souvenir.
The winning bidder receives the lock, which is bound with blue thread, as well as a black-and-white photograph of Bowie standing next to Farrier and a letter of authenticity from Wendy.
"David Bowie changed music forever and fans are hungry for related precious objects that bring them closer to their favorite musician," said Heritage Auctions executive Margaret Barrett. "What brings you closer than a lock of hair?"
Part of the proceeds from the Bowie hair will be donated to the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand, a charity that rescues and cares for stray dogs.
Among the other, rather morbid, items that were sold at the auction was a shirt stained with John Lennon's blood that was worn by an employee of the Dakota Hotel in New York City the night the ex-Beatles star was shot to death. The winning bid was $42,500.
Courtesy of Nate D. Sanders AuctionsThe Ludwig drum kit used in the recording of The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do," in September 1962 is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction that takes place this Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. PT. The kit originally belonged to session drummer Andy White, who was called in by producer George Martin's assistant Ron Richards to rerecord the track with the Fab Four while Ringo Starr played tambourine.
The version of "Love Me Do" featuring White, who died in November 2015 at the age of 85, wound up on The Beatles' debut U.K. album, 1963's Please Please Me, and also was released as a single in the U.S. in 1964. In addition, White played the kit on a rendition of "P.S. I Love You" that was recorded during the same session.
The drum set features the original bass drum, floor tom, tom-tom and snare, although the drumhead is new. The kit is being sold by current owner Clive Edwards, who studied drumming with a good friend of White's named Reg Weller. Weller purchased the drums for Edwards. The winning bidder also will receive a letter of authenticity from White's widow, Thea.
Bidding on the drum set starts at $150,000. The sale is being hosted Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles, and bids also will be accepted online.
Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesIt may be hard to believe, but longtime Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman will celebrate his 80th birthday on October 24. In honor of the milestone, Wyman and his band The Rhythm Kings will headline a special all-star concert on October 28 as part of the 2016 edition of the U.K.'s annual BluesFest London event.
Bill Wyman's 80th Birthday Gala also will feature Mark Knopfler, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, Bob Geldof, Imelda May and a number of as-yet-unannounced special guests. The show will be held at the Indigo venue at London's O2 complex.
Tickets for BluesFest London 2016 go on sale to the general public starting Friday, July 1, at 9a.m. local time. American Express Card members can buy pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 28 at 9 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.co.uk/AMEX.
The festival runs from October 28 to October 30, and also will feature Van Morrison with Jeff Beck performing on October 29 at the O2 Arena and Bad Company with ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora playing at the O2 on the 30th.
Dot RecordsOn Friday, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler gave a debut performance of the title track to his forthcoming debut solo album, We're All Somebody from Somewhere, during an appearance on NBC's Today show, and now you can check out the studio version of the song.
The funky tune, which salutes a diverse variety of American music genres, can be heard now at RollingStone.com.
"We're All Somebody from Somewhere" name-checks various of U.S. cities, including Biloxi, New York, New Orleans and Miami, while offering up a sonic gumbo that features banjos, drum loops, a New Orleans brass band and blues guitar riffs. Tyler co-wrote the song with Cadillac Three member Jaren Johnston.
As previously reported, Tyler's country-flavored We're All Somebody from Somewhere album was recorded in Nashville and is scheduled to be released on July 15. The title track was released as a digital single on Friday.
The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer kicks off a North American solo trek dubbed the Out on a Limb tour this Saturday, July 2, in Las Vegas. The outing runs through a September 13 show in Toronto.
Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel joined his pal, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on Monday for a breast cancer awareness motorcycle ride, Newsday reports.
The singer and the politician teamed up in Joel's hometown area of Long Island, New York, beginning the ride at Sunken Meadow State Park. Billy participated in the first leg of the event, which ended at Citi Field in Queens. The full ride continues through New York City and concludes upstate in New Paltz.
It's all part of Cuomo's new "Get Screened, No Excuses" campaign, which aims to eliminate the obstacles women face that can prevent them from getting cancer screenings. The governor's domestic partner, Sandra Lee, is a breast cancer survivor.
Noam Galai/WireImageJon Bon Jovi paid a special visit to his JBJ Soul Kitchen in Toms River, New Jersey, Saturday to give one unsuspecting fan the thrill of her life. Billboard reports the New Jersey rocker worked with the staff of his nonprofit community restaurant to set up a surprise meet-and-greet with Carol Cesario, a huge Bon Jovi fan who's suffering from stage 4 lung cancer.
Cesario's daughter, Rosie Skripkunis, wrote about the event on her Facebook page, saying, "Today my [mom's] dream came true! After loving Jon Bon Jovi for 30 years she finally met him. He invited our family to his restaurant for dinner and surprised her. He spent almost 2 hours hanging out with her and just chatting with my family."
Rosie added, "This has been one of the best days of our [family's] life. Seeing my mom this happy filled me with so much joy. I still can not believe this happened. Jon is [an] amazing human. We appreciate everything he did for our mom and for our family today <3."
Skripkunis also posted a video of Bon Jovi surprising her mother and a series photos from the day, including pictures of Jon posing with Cesario and various family members and a note he wrote to Carol.
According to Billboard, Bon Jovi also gave Cesario an autographed electric guitar and treated her to a private playback of his band's upcoming album, This House Is Not for Sale.
Bon Jovi has opened two JBJ Soul Kitchens in New Jersey in conjunction with his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation charity. The restaurants have no prices listed on the menu and serve nutritious food to both paying and in-need customers. Diners can pay for their meal by volunteering at the eateries.
Loud & Proud RecordsTwisted Sister will be the focus of the first of a four-DVD Metal Meltdown series of concert performances by four legendary '80s-era hair bands. Metal Meltdown: Twisted Sister -- Live at the Hard Rock Casino Las Vegaswill be issued July 22.
The Twisted Sister DVD will feature their May 30, 2015, concert at the Joint at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Casino -- a show dedicated to the memory of drummer A.J. Pero, who died suddenly two months earlier. The band dedicated the remainder of their 2015 shows to Pero as well, and announced that 2016 would be their 40th and final year of live performances. This concert marked the debut of former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy as Pero's fill-in.
The disc, including both DVD and Blu-ray discs and an audio CD, features the complete 90-minute concert, as well as Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through the band's four-decade ride from Long Island bar band to stardom, with exclusive interviews and an '80s photo gallery.
"The decision to continue performing all the summer shows in 2015, not to mention the concert that this performance celebrates, was in jeopardy over the days immediately following A.J.'s sudden death," guitarist Jay Jay French said. "We needed time to re-group and re-focus. Everyone was great."
He added, "In the end, I believe we did what A.J. would have wanted us to do, and Mike Portnoy was a very big part of that decision in both an emotional and artistic way. This performance captured herein just two months after A.J.'s death really was about our way to help memorialize the great A.J. Pero."
Other bands filmed in Las Vegas to be part of the Metal Meltdown series were Extreme, Skid Row and Great White.
Here's the complete song listing:
"What You Don't Know" "The Kids Are Back" "Stay Hungry" "The Beast" "Shoot 'Em Down" "You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll" "I Believe in Rock 'n' Roll" "Under the Blade" "I Am (I'm Me)" "We're Not Gonna Take It" "The Fire Still Burns" "The Price" "Burn in Hell" A.J. Pero Tribute "I Wanna Rock" "Come Out and Play"
Ed Miles; F. Scott SchaferLed Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein are part of the lineup of director David Lynch's inaugural Festival of Disruption, scheduled for October 8 and 9 at the Ace Hotel and Theatre in Los Angeles.
The event, which is being curated by Lynch, will offer attendees an immersive multimedia experience featuring musical and dance performances, DJs, discussions, art exhibits, virtual reality displays, film screenings, meditation sessions and more.
Plant and his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, are among the music acts that will perform, while Harry and Stein will take part in a discussion event. Other celebrities who will give talks during the festival include Mel Brooks and Blue Velvet co-stars Kyle McLachlan and Laura Dern. There also will be an exhibit of Stein's photos.
Tickets for the Festival of Disruption are on sale now at the event's website.
All proceeds from the festival will benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which provides Transcendental Meditation education programs to domestic-violence victims, veterans suffering PTSD, at-risk young people and many others.
Inside Out MusicKansas has revealed full details about its forthcoming studio album, The Prelude Implicit, which will be released on September 23. The record, the veteran prog-rockers' first new album in 16 years, features 10 new songs written by the group and was co-produced by founding members Rich Williams and Phil Ehart along with new Kansas guitarist Zak Rizvi.
Discussing the new project, Williams says, "This is definitely a Kansas album…Whether it is the trademark prog epic like 'The Voyage of Eight Eighteen,' biting rocker such as 'Rhythm in the Spirit,' or mindful ballad like 'The Unsung Heroes,' there is something on this album for every kind of Kansas fan."
Ehart, meanwhile, explains that the album's title reflects the fact that "this is a new musical beginning" for the band.
The Prelude Implicit will be available on CD, as a double-LP set and as a digital download.
Kansas has a bevy of concerts lined up throughout 2016, including a previously announced fall tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band's classic album Leftoverture, which recently was extended through a December 1 performance in Daytona Beach, Florida. Check out the group's full itinerary at KansasBand.com.
Here is the track list for The Prelude Implicit:
"With This Heart" "Visibility Zero" "The Unsung Heroes" "Rhythm in the Spirit" "Refugee" "The Voyage of Eight Eighteen" "Camouflage" "Summer" "Crowded Isolation" "Section 60"
Courtesy of AXS TV/Northstar MediaThe concert special capturing the star-packed 1992 show celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first album premieres on AXS TV today at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The epic three-hour-plus event, which took place October 16, 1992, at New York's Madison Square Garden, features performances by a jaw-dropping lineup of stars joining Dylan in honor of the folk-rock legend's incredible career.
Among the many famous artists who participated in the concert were George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, John Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Willie Nelson and The O'Jays. The historic performance featured the various stars singing a diverse selection of tunes from Dylan's catalog, from classic hits to obscure gems. Bob himself brought the show to an end with a four-song set that culminated with all-star finale featuring renditions of "My Back Pages" and "Knockin' on Heaven’s Door."
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration is the centerpiece of a special block of programming dubbed "Pioneers of Rock" airing Sunday on AXS TV. The marathon kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET with the 2012 Beach Boys documentary Doin' It Again, and also will include concert films featuring Ringo Starr, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Led Zeppelin and Brian Wilson.
Here's AXS TV's full "Pioneers of Rock" schedule:
12:30 p.m. ET -- The Beach Boys: Doin' It Again 1:30 p.m. ET -- The Beach Boys: Live in Concert 2:45 p.m. ET -- Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love 3:55 p.m. ET -- Crosby, Stills & Nash 2012 5:40 p.m. -- Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day 8 p.m. ET -- Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration 11:10 p.m. ET -- Brian Wilson & Friends: Live from The Venetian
Credit: Simon WhiteheadEric Clapton has debuted the official video for his new cover of blues great Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway," which appears on his latest studio album, "I Still Do." The black-and-white clip features Clapton and members of his backing band working on the tune in the studio.
In a new Guitar World interview, Clapton reveals that he's always found "Stones in My Passway" difficult to play, because it features a guitar melody that's at odds with a coinciding vocal melody.
"There's a [guitar] phrase [Johnson] plays underneath his vocal that I can't do," Eric admits. "I can't sing it and play that phrase, and I will never do it, I don't think. I think I've tried all my life to figure out how to do that -- because the time signature of the singing is one way and the playing is another."
I Still Do debuted last month at #6 on the Billboard 200. In addition to "Stones in My Passway," the 12-track collection features a number of original Clapton compositions and renditions of Bob Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" and the standard "I'll Be Seeing You." The album marks the first time Clapton has worked with acclaimed producer Glyn Johns since 1977's multi-platinum Slowhand.
Dot RecordsAerosmith frontman Steven Tyler unveiled his new single, "We're All Somebody from Somewhere," during an appearance Friday morning on NBC's Today show. He also sang "Cryin'" and the Janis Joplin smash "Piece of My Heart."
The new single, which was released Friday, is the title cut from his debut solo album, a country-flavored effort due out July 15. The album's track listing also was unveiled Friday. Twelve of the 15 songs were co-written by Tyler; in addition, there's a remake of Aerosmith's "Janie's Got a Gun" and the cover of "Piece of My Heart.
Sitting down with Today'sMatt Lauer, Tyler explained that when Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta approached him about doing an album, he said, "I want to do a country record with covers of Everly Brothers, but unfortunately, so many people did. But then…I went down and did a bunch of award things [in Nashville], fell in love with the town, and the rest is history."
New York native Tyler, 68, said his introduction to country came when he was 11 and he pulled in a radio station in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that was playing "The Battle of New Orleans," Johnny Horton's1959 hit. "The B-side was 'All for the Love of a Girl,' and it was the first time I got all those feelings inside for music, and just in touch in myself with, in a sexual way, in a life-giving way," Tyler recalled "and then I heard The Everly Brothers, and their harmonies, and it was just incredible."
He also explained that Aerosmith had its brush with country already: "We would do all kinds of stuff like 'Cryin'.' That's country; we wrote that with Taylor Rhodes in Nashville…So it was already there. It wasn't a stretch."
Here's the full track list of the new album:
"My Own Worst Enemy" "We're All Somebody from Somewhere" "Hold On (Won’t Let Go)" "It Ain't Easy" "Love Is Your Name "I Make My Own Sunshine" "Gypsy Girl" "Somebody New" "Only Heaven" "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly & Me" "Red, White & You" "Sweet Louisiana" "What Am I Doin' Right?" "Janie’s Got a Gun" "Piece of My Heart"
Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesParliament-Funkadelic keyboard player Bernie Worrell has died at age 72 after a battle with lung cancer.
Worrell's death was announced Friday on his Facebook page -- the posting, presumably by his wife, who'd been keeping fans updated about his health, read: "AT 11:54, June 24, 2016, Bernie transitioned Home to The Great Spirit. Rest in peace, my love -- you definitely made the world a better place. Till we meet again, vaya con Dios."
The keyboard virtuoso co-wrote many of P-Funk's classic songs, and also toured extensively with Talking Heads in the 1980s, appearing in that band's 1984 film Stop Making Sense. Worrell is perhaps most famous for the bass synthesizer lick that powered the 1978 Parliament smash "Flash Light." His work is also prominent in "Mothership Connection (Star Child)," "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" and "Aqua Boogie," among the best known and most heavily sampled songs in P-Funk's catalog.
Worrell also has played with a number of artists in a variety of genres, including Les Claypool of Primus, Mos Def, Prince Paul, Nona Hendryx, Reggie Watts and others. In 2011, he toured with fellow P-Funk alum Bootsy Collins. Last year, he appeared in the Meryl Streep film Ricki and the Flash, directed by Jonathan Demme, who also directed Stop Making Sense.
Earlier this year, Hendryx organized a benefit for Worrell in New York City, which featured P-Funk mastermind George Clinton, Collins, Streep, Questlove, Living Colour and the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra.
Worrell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, along with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
Hollywood RecordsLate Queen frontman Freddie Mercury would have turned 70 in September. To coincide with the milestone, a special vinyl box set gathering all of the legendary singer's solo singles is set to be released. Freddie Mercury: Messenger of the Gods -- The Singles features 13 seven-inch discs, each one pressed on a different color vinyl.
The collection spans from Mercury's 1973 debut solo single, a cover of The Beach Boys' "I Can Hear Music" issued under the moniker Larry Lurex, through a posthumous, U.K.-chart-topping 1993 remix of his 1985 tune, "Living on My Own."
Mercury's solo releases found the famed singer exploring various genres, including pop-rock, disco, electronic-dance music and opera. While his singles weren't successful in the U.S., many of them were big hits in the U.K. and other European countries. Among the noteworthy solo tunes featured on Messenger of the Gods are "Love Kills," a 1984 collaboration with Italian dance producer Giorgio Moroder created for a restored version of the silent film Metropolis; Freddie's cover of The Platters' 1955 doo-wop hit "The Great Pretender"; and "Barcelona," his memorable duet with Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé.
The box set comes packaged with a booklet featuring a variety of photos, including some previously unpublished, while each disc is housed in a separate sleeve with cover art replicated from the original releases. The compilation also will be available as a two-CD set and a digital download.
Freddie Mercury: Messenger of the Gods -- The Singles will be released on September 2, three days before Mercury would celebrated his 70th birthday. Freddie died of AIDS in November 1991 at the age of 45.
Here's the full track list of the vinyl box set:
Disc 1 -- Blue "I Can Hear Music"/"Goin' Back" -- Larry Lurex (1973)
Disc 2 -- Orange "Love Kills"/"Rotwang's Party (Robot Dance)" (1984)
Disc 3 -- Yellow "I Was Born to Love You"/"Stop All the Fighting" (1985)
Disc 4 -- Red "Made in Heaven" [Single Remix]/"She Blows Hot and Cold" (1985)
Disc 5 -- White "Living on My Own" [Single Edit]/"My Love Is Dangerous" (1985)
Disc 6 -- Red "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow"/"Let's Turn It On" (1985)
Katarina Benzova; Scott Uchida; Scott UchidaThe impossible has happened: a reunited Guns N' Roses is officially on tour. The band, led by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, kicked off their Not in This Lifetime tour Thursday night in Detroit.
Following an opening set from Alice in Chains, GNR launched into their two-and-a-half hour show with "It's So Easy." The 25-song setlist included classics like "Welcome to the Jungle," "November Rain" and "Sweet Child O' Mine."
GNR closed the main set with "Nightrain" before returning for a three song encore of "Don't Cry," a cover of The Who's "The Seeker" and "Paradise City."
The Not in This Life tour will continue Sunday, June 26 in Washington, D.C. The trek concludes August 22 in San Diego.
Here is the Guns N' Roses setlist from Detroit:
"It's So Easy" "Mr. Brownstone" "Chinese Democracy" "Welcome to the Jungle" "Double Talkin' Jive" "Estranged" "Live and Let Die" (Wings) "Rocket Queen" "You Could Be Mine" "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" (Johnny Thunders) "Raw Power" (Iggy and The Stooges) "This I Love" "Civil War" "Coma" Band intros into Slash solo -- "Speak Softly Love" (Love Theme from The Godfather/Andy Williams) "Sweet Child O' Mine" "Better" "Out Ta Get Me" "Jam ("Wish You Were Here"/Pink Floyd) "November Rain" "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan) "Nightrain"
Encore: "Don't Cry" "The Seeker" (The Who) "Paradise City"