Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe HBO special featuring highlights from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This year's honorees were Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, pop-soul singer/songwriter Bill Withers and R&B vocal group The "5" Royales.
As you'd expect, the event was packed with heartfelt and humorous speeches, and captivating performances that included some once-in-a-lifetime collaborations.
Here are just some of the memorable moments to look out for if you watch the show:
--Paul McCartney took to the podium to induct his surviving Beatles band mate Starr, who became the last of the Fab Four members to get into the Rock Hall as a solo artist.
--Ringo gave a lengthy acceptance speech that included this pearl of wisdom for up-and-coming bands: "When you're in the van, if you fart, own up!" He then teamed up with fellow inductees Green Day to perform the Shirelles hit "Boys," and later was joined by his brother-in-law Joe Walsh for a rendition of "It Don't Come Easy." For the evening's finale, all the inductees and presenters jammed out with Starr on The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Wanna Be Your Man."
--Pop superstar Miley Cyrus inducted Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and admitted that she'd long been sexually attracted to the punk pioneer.
--Jett and her band were joined by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl for a rendition of "Cherry Bomb," a song made famous by Joan's previous band The Runaways. Jett & the Blackhearts also played their hit cover of Tommy James' "Crimson & Clover" with help from James himself and Cyrus.
--The late Reed, who previously had been inducted as a member of The Velvet Underground, was welcomed as a solo artist by his friend Patti Smith. Smith's poignant speech was followed by an equally emotional acceptance speech from Lou's wife, artist and musician Laurie Anderson. Paying tribute to Reed were Karen O and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who performed "Vicious," and Beck, who sang "Satellite of Love."
--Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day, who, after their speeches, played three of their best-known songs -- "American Idiot," "When I Come Around" and "Basket Case."
--John Mayer inducted his all-time idol, late blues-rock guitar whiz Vaughan, and his backing band, Double Trouble. Stevie Ray's brother Jimmie Vaughan, formerly of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, was on hand to accept on his brother's behalf. The tribute performances featured Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan, Double Trouble and Gary Clark Jr.
--J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf inducted the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, while country star Zac Brown, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and harmonica virtuoso Jason Ricci paid homage to the group with a performance of "Born in Chicago."
--Stevie Wonder inducted the reclusive Withers, who delivered a long, hilarious acceptance speech. Stevie then sang Bill's classic "Ain't No Sunshine," John Legend performed "Use Me" and Wonder, Legend and Withers sang "Lean on Me" together.
--Famed Booker T and the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper did the honors for The "5" Royales.
After it premieres, the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special will air numerous additional times on HBO channels. The show also will be available for a limited time via the HBO On Demand service. You can also check out some preview clips from the event at HBO.com.
Lloyd Bishop/NBC; The Hartman GroupBilly Joel played his monthly concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Thursday and during the show he welcomed another legendary local singer/keyboardist to the stage, The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere. Joel and Cavaliere teamed up for an inspired rendition of The Rascals' classic 1966 #1 hit "Good Lovin'."
You can check out fan-filmed video of the performance on YouTube. Cavaliere also posted a link to the clip on his official website, FelixCavaliereMusic.com, along with a message that reads, "Anyone else have goosebumps from this? AMAZING EXPERIENCE!"
Joel's next Madison Square Garden concert is scheduled for June 20, and he has plenty of other gigs lined in various cities throughout 2015. Cavaliere and his current version of The Rascals, meanwhile, have 10 upcoming U.S. shows this year, starting with a performance Saturday night at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York City.
Here are all of the confirmed 2015 shows for Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, according his website:
5/30 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club and Grill 6/19 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theater 6/20 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 6/21 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall 7/11 -- Bay View, MI, Bay View Summer College of Music 7/23 -- Oswego, NY, Harborfest 7/25 -- Nichols, NY, Tioga Downs - Hippie Fest 8/29 -- Ocean Grove, NJ, The Great Auditorium 10/2 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 12/15 -- Culver, IN, Culver Academy
Credit: Danny ClinchIf you're a Pearl Jam fan, you may want to reroute any upcoming flights you have through the Seattle-Tacoma Airport. As a part of their Experience the City of Music program, the Sea-Tac has teamed with the EMP Museum to launch a new exhibit of 85 Pearl Jam concert posters.
"These posters commemorate amazing concerts, such as Pearl Jam's four-night stand at The Spectrum in Philadelphia in 2009, where they closed down that fabled venue, but they also convey the band's and the artists' points of view on contemporary society," says EMP curator Jacob McMurray. "As such, these posters are more than just graphic ephemera, but in fact objects of often deep artistic and cultural meaning."
Officially titled "Push Me, Pull Me: Pearl Jam and the Art of the Screen Printed Poster," the exhibit will be on display in the Seattle-Tacoma Airport's A concourse.
The Sea-Tac and the EMP Museum previously launched a Jimi Hendrix-themed exhibit through the Experience the City of Music program.
RhinoOther Voices and Full Circle, the two studio albums The Doors recorded as a trio after frontman Jim Morrison's death, will be reissued September 4 as separate vinyl LPs and packaged as a two-CD set. For years, the albums only could be purchased as digital downloads, and they've never been released together on CD.
Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore began working on the material for Other Voices in Los Angeles while Morrison was in Paris taking a planned hiatus from the group. When the singer died in the French capital July 3, 1971, the surviving band members completed the record with Manzarek and Krieger taking over vocal duties. Other Voices was released October of that year and yielded the singles "Tightrope Ride" and "Ships w/ Sails."
The Doors continued on as a trio and put out the more funk- and jazz-inspired Full Circle in August of 1972. One single was released from the album, "Get Up and Dance." The band decided to break up in 1973, although Manzarek, Krieger and Densmore went on to work together again on a few occasions over the years. Manzarek died in May 2013.
Both records were remastered for release this year by original producer Bruce Botnick. The LP versions will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and will feature packaging and artwork replicating those of the original release. The CD set will include a bonus track, "Treetrunk," which initially was available as the B-side of "Get Up and Dance."
Here are the track lists for Other Voices and Full Circle:
Other Voices "In the Eye of the Sun" "Variety Is the Spice of Life" "Ships w/Sails" "Tightrope Ride" "Down on the Farm" "I'm Horny, I'm Stoned" "Wandering Musician" "Hang On to Your Life"
Full Circle "Get Up and Dance" "4 Billion Souls" "Verdilac" "Hardwood Floor" "Good Rockin'" "The Mosquito" "The Piano Bird" "It Slipped My Mind" "The Peking King and the New York Queen" "Treetrunk" (appears only on the two-CD set.)
Credit: James O'MaraNew details have emerged about the health issue that has led to Joni Mitchell's hospitalization. Billboard and Showbiz411 both report that sources have told them the lauded singer/songwriter suffered a brain aneurysm.
Showbiz411 further reports Mitchell has been moved to a rehabilitation facility, and that some of Joni's friends are saying Leslie Morris, her longtime friend who was recently granted conservatorship over the 71-year-old musician, is trying to set things up so Mitchell can rehab at home. The website quotes a friend as saying, "It's a long way to go, but she can do it," and that Mitchell is having difficulty speaking, but is able to communicate.
Mitchell was hospitalized March 31 after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles-area home.
Kristen Burns; Eric McCandless/CBSIf you thought the best night of British pop star Adele's life was that time she won an armload of Grammys, or when she won an Oscar, think again. The best night of the singer's life was, evidently, Wednesday night, when she got to meet one of her idols: Stevie Nicks.
Nicks and Adele came face-to-face backstage when Stevie's band, Fleetwood Mac, played at London's O2 Arena. Adele posted a photo of herself posing with Nicks and wrote, "So...tonight was THE best night of my life. I love you Stevie Nicks!! The queen of melodies! Thanks for everythingx."
Hello magazine reports that during the show, Stevie dedicated the song "Landslide" to Adele, saying of the younger star, "She's from here -- you might know her. She's a fantastic songwriter…I told her, 'You're going to be me in 40 years, you're going to still be up on stage doing what you're doing because of your songwriting.'"
Mountain JamThe 11th Annual Mountain Jam festival is coming up, with headlining sets from Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes' group Gov't Mule, and other stars. But if you can't make it out to New York's Hunter Mountain next weekend for the event, software company Tourpedo is offering you a chance to stream the four-day festival, and support charity while doing so.
Fans will be able to live-stream all four days of the fest, with viewers donating what they want, beginning at a minimum of $5 per day. Proceeds from the stream will benefit Teen Cancer America, the charity founded by The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend that helps health care facilities develop special units for teenagers and young adults undergoing cancer treatment. Viewers also can tip artists during their performances, with the highest tippers during certain sets earning prizes including signed memorabilia.
The live stream will be shown in high definition and will be available on computers, televisions and mobile devices. To find out how to watch the festival, visit Tourpedo.com.
Mountain Jam, which is co-produced by Haynes, is scheduled to take place from June 4 to June 7 in Hunter, New York. Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters are scheduled to perform at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, June 5, and they will be followed at midnight by Gov't Mule, which will play a special Pink Floyd tribute. Gov't Mule also will play another set at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 6.
Other artists on the 2015 Mountain Jam lineup include The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, The Wailers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and moe.
Theo Wargo/WireImage for NARASWhen The Who brought their current tour to the New York area this week, guitarist Pete Townshend took some time out Thursday night to accept a prestigious honor from the MusiCares MAP fund, which provides musicians with access to recovery treatment free of charge. At the organization's 11th annual benefit concert, which also honored longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley, Townshend was saluted by famous fans and friends, including Bruce Springsteen, who praised the guitarist for making him who he is today.
Before presenting Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support for the organization, Springsteen gave one of his trademark rambling speeches where he revealed that his first rock concert was The Who...opening up for Herman's Hermits. He spoke about the impact that Townshend's guitar smashing had on him, and his feeble attempts to imitate him with his own band at the time, The Castiles. But on a serious note, he told the crowd, "Pete managed to take the dirty business of rock and roll and somehow make it spiritual and turn it into a quest...he identified the place where it was noble and he wasn't afraid to go there."
"I took a lot of that with me as the years passed by," Bruce continued. "So Pete, I'm here to say congratulations, well deserved and thanks -- not just for Who's Next, and for Who Are You, but for who I am."
Accepting the honor, Townshend spoke of his triumph over his own addictions, which in the past included alcohol, cocaine and, briefly, heroin. "The secret for me to be able to do this tour with The Who, this 50th anniversary tour, and still kinda put on a reasonable show and to be up there and move around and enjoy the music and be able to put my energy into it, has been the 30 years that I've been clean," he told the cheering audience.
Bruce then joined Townshend, Roger Daltrey and the rest of The Who for a performance of "My Generation." It was just one of many star-studded performances of Who classics during the evening. Joan Jett, who's currently opening for The Who on this leg of their tour, performed "I Can't Explain" and "Summertime Blues." Billy Idol, a longtime friend of the band, sang "The Real Me" and "Who Are You." And Daltrey and The Who -- minus Townshend -- performed "The Seeker" and "Young Man Blues." The finale was, of course, "Won't Get Fooled Again."
During the event, some of Pete's famous pals who couldn't make it sent video congratulations, including Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Roger Waters and Joe Walsh.
On the red carpet prior to the event, Townshend told ABC Radio that essentially, the MusiCares MAP Fund is an example of "the music industry at last doing something that helps the people that generate the money for it." He explains that the organization is able get help "for people who aren't as famous as I am."
He pointed out, "It costs a huge amount of money to put somebody in rehab, whichever way you look at it. Today, if they don't get [well] in two weeks, y'know, if they need six months, it can cost 300 thousand dollars. So, it's about whether a life of a musician is worth that much money."
On the red carpet, both Billy Idol and Bruce Springsteen's bandmate, Little Steven Van Zandt, expressed their admiration for Pete's musical innovations and artistry. Idol noted, "He was someone that, when we were coming up in punk rock, was one of the few older people that had come before us that we could really, we could really get inspiration from."
But perhaps Townshend's bandmate Roger Daltrey summed up the guitarist's musical genius best. He told the crowd, "He writes from a place within the human spirit that not many people dare to go to," said Daltrey. "He opens up old wounds. He opens up himself, completely naked in his songs. And that's why they touch people so much and still mean as much today as they did when he wrote them all those years ago. Well done, Pete!"
David Montgomery/UMeThe Rolling Stones have offered up a new preview from the deluxe reissues of the band's 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which will be released on June 9. A video featuring an alternate version of the country-flavored gem "Dead Flowers" has been posted on the band's official VEVO page and VEVO YouTube channel.
The track sounds grittier and more bluesy than the version on the original Sticky Fingers album, with more prominent lead, rhythm and bass guitars. In addition, the faux Southern accent Mick Jagger used on the famous version is less pronounced, while Ian Stewart's honky-tonk piano lines are lower in the mix.
The video that accompanies the alternate "Dead Flowers" features grainy archival film of various "found footage" scenes made to look as if the viewer is watching an old tube TV set. The clip also includes images from the deluxe Sticky Fingers packaging and elapsed-time footage of flower blooms closing.
The alternate version of "Dead Flowers" is part of a bonus disc featured in various editions of the Sticky Fingers reissue. As previously reported, among the versions of available is a Super Deluxe Edition box set that features bonus tracks including studio outtakes, alternate takes and live recordings; a DVD containing footage of The Stones performing at a 1971 London club show; a seven-inch vinyl single featuring "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses"; collectible postcards, a poster and a print; a replica cutout of the band; and a 120-page limited-edition hardcover book.
The Rolling Stones have been showcasing songs from Sticky Fingers on their recently launched Zip Code Tour of North American. The band's next show is this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
PRNewsFoto/Epic RightsAs a member of KISS, Paul Stanley has reaped the benefits of the band's voracious penchant for selling branded items, and now the singer/guitarist is set to launch his own lifestyle brand company. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has teamed with the Epic Rights marketing company to create the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand, which will be introduced next month at the Licensing Expo trade event in Las Vegas.
Among the various products expected to be included in the Royals & Rebels brand are men's clothing and accessories, food, alcoholic beverages, footwear, cookware, home furnishing items and much more. Branded items are expected to be available at various retail outlets by the fall of 2016.
"Over the years, [Epic Rights CEO] Dell [Furano] and I have worked closely on the strategic developments and partnerships on the KISS brand, as well as more recently with Rock & Brews and my paintings," says Stanley in a statement. "I am excited to watch Dell and Epic Rights' great team of branding professionals seek out and find opportunities and outlets that will reflect a lifestyle and point of view that I am passionate about and do it imaginatively and creatively in the years to come."
Furano, meanwhile, calls Stanley "the definitive rock Renaissance man with a sense of style in arts, fashion, design and food that is unrivaled in the music industry."
Stanley and KISS launch a European tour this Saturday, May 30, with a headlining performance at the Rockavaria Festival in Munich. Visit KISSOnline.com to check out the band's full itinerary.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageU2 played its second of five scheduled concerts at The Forum in Inglewood, California Wednesday, and Bono paused a number of times to pay tribute to Dennis Sheehan, the band's longtime tour manager, who died early that morning in his hotel room at age 68.
"What a privilege to share the stage with these brothers of mine and to share this evening with you who have given us everything," he said, according to Billboard. "U2 is kind of a family. It's a brotherhood, although there's a lot of sisters too. But the extended family is very, very important to us…Last night we lost a member of our family. Dennis Sheehan was his name. He was U2's tour manager for 33 years. He loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles."
Bono went on to explain that Sheehan, who used to work with Led Zeppelin, had "always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin," which, the singer added, "of course is impossible."
Bono then shared a story about how he and his band mates had dressed up as Led Zeppelin for one of Sheehan's recent birthday parties, joking that "the biggest problem was I couldn't quite fill Robert Plant's pants."
Early in the show, Bono also pointed out, "A lot of U2 songs over the years were written to fill a void, an absence, a hole in a heart left by a loved one. With the loss of Sheehan, U2 now has such a wound."
The band closed out the concert with a performance of "40," a song from U2's 1983 album, War, which they dedicated to Sheehan. Before playing the tune, Bono recalled how Sheehan had helped urge an audience to sing the refrain from "40" during a show that was recorded for the 1983 live album Under a Blood Red Sky.
"We just heard this lone voice, this single voice, singing 'How long to sing this song' -- a light voice, beautiful tremolo," the singer explained. "And it was the voice of Dennis Sheehan, trying to get everyone to sing, which they did."
Bono added, "So we dedicate this song...in fact we dedicate the night...in fact we dedicate our whole tour to the very vivid memory of Dennis Sheehan, St. Dennis of Dublin, as he's known around here."
U2 will play an intimate concert Thursday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California, and will be back at The Forum on Saturday for their third show at the venue. Visit U2.com to check out the full itinerary of the band's iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour.
Press AssociationPink Floyd's surviving original members, bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason, reunited on Thursday morning to unveil a commemorative blue plaque at the site of the London school where the band first formed. Waters, Mason and late Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright all attended Regent Street Polytechnic between 1962 to 1965, and founded the group during their time at the college.
According to theThe Evening Standard, Waters said during the unveiling ceremony, "We are hugely gratified to be here and to have the plaque. It's an honor."
Mason, meanwhile, reflected on his days at the college while suggesting that more money should be allocated for education. "Living as a student was a fantastic way to live. Although I'd like to see more government grants introduced," he said. Mason added, "I spent my grant on curry, I think, mainly. But sensible people need the money in order to further their education and study."
Waters and Mason also paid tribute to Wright, who died of cancer in 2008, citing his "hugely important" contributions to Pink Floyd.
Wright's first wife, Juliette Gale, also attended the event, and commented, "Having a plaque is a lovely thing and it's nice that Richard can be remembered by it." Gale also was a student at Regent Street Polytechnic, which is now known as the University of Westminster.
Geoff Petts, the school's vice chancellor, said, "The University of Westminster is always proud to pay tribute to the achievements of our alumni. We are delighted to be associated with the global success of Pink Floyd and celebrate that today with the unveiling of this plaque."
Image Courtesy of Dave MasonFormer Traffic guitarist Dave Mason will launch a new North American tour next month in unique fashion, by playing shows on four different Hawaiian islands on four consecutive days. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his current group, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, will kick things off on June 11 with a concert on Maui, then will head to Kaui on June 12, the "Big Island" of Hawaii on June 13 and Oahu on June 14.
After returning to the mainland United States, Mason will play shows across the continent throughout June and July, winding down with a July 27 performance in Ocean City, New Jersey. He then will take a break before getting back on the road in September.
Dave's scheduled to make guest appearances on September 10 and 11 at the Lockn' Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia. On the 11th, he take part in a tribute to the late Joe Cocker that will be led by Tedeschi Trucks Band and also will feature Leon Russell, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, Rita Coolidge and more. Dave and Traffic Jam's 2015 tour will then pick up again, with a run of East Coast concerts that currently are scheduled through an October 2 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Mason's gigs with Traffic Jam feature the 69-year-old rocker performing many of the well-known song he recorded with Traffic, as well as solo hits and other gems from his long music career.
Here are all of Mason's confirmed 2015 North American dates; all shows are Dave Mason's Traffic Jam unless otherwise noted:
6/11 -- Kahului, HI, Maui Arts & Cultural Center - Castle Theatre 6/12 -- Lihue, HI, Kauai Community Center 6/13 -- Honokaa, HI, Honokaa Theater 6/14 -- Honolulu, HI, Mamiya Theatre 6/19 -- Monterey, CA, The Golden State Theatre 6/20 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Tahoe South Shore Room 6/25 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 6/26 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 7/7 -- Boothbay Harbor, ME, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor 7/9 -- Prince Edward Island, Canada, Cavendish Beach Events Center 7/16 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center 7/17 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey Performance Center 7/18 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series 7/19 -- Truro, MA, Payomet Performing Arts Center 7/21 -- New York, NY, City Winery 7/25 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 7/27 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier *9/10 -- Arlington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival *9/11 -- Arlington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival 9/17 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 9/18 -- Vineland, NJ, Landis Theater 9/19 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 9/20 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak 9/24 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head 10/2 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
Kevin Mazur/WireImageAlthough U2's longtime road manager, Dennis Sheehan, died suddenly at his hotel this morning, the band appears to be moving ahead with its recently launched iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE trek. Tonight, the Irish rockers will play the second of five concerts they have scheduled at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and they now have announced a special surprise club gig that will take place Thursday at The Roxy club in West Hollywood, California.
No tickets are being sold for the Roxy show, but U2 is directing fans to its Instagram page, where clues on how to win tickets to the intimate performance will be revealed.
Credit: Danny ClinchThe Guitar Hero Live track list keeps expanding. Pearl Jam's "Mind Your Manners" and Soundgarden's "Been Away Too Long" are among the newest additions to the next installment of the Guitar Hero video game franchise.
Also new to the Guitar Hero Live track list are songs by Tenacious D, Anthrax, Chevelle and Halestorm. The newly announced tunes join an already stacked track list that includes songs by The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest, Red Hot Chili Peppers,Green Day, Rage Against the Machine, Marilyn Manson, System of a Down and The Black Keys, among many others.
For all the songs announced for the Guitar Hero Live track list so far, visit GuitarHero.com. More tunes from the game will be revealed next Tuesday.
Guitar Hero Live will be released for consoles and mobile devices this fall.
Randy Holmes/ABCA man who stole a pair of heart-shaped glasses that once belonged to Elton John while they were on display at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum last month has avoided jail time. The Memphis Flyer reports that Matthew Colvin, a 26-year-old resident of Cordova, Tennessee, received a two-year suspended sentence with probation for his crime.
Colvin, who was sentenced Tuesday in a Memphis court after pleading guilty, had faced as much as four years in prison. He was arrested in Southaven, Mississippi, on April 28, less than a week after the glasses went missing. According to the Commercial Appeal, police officials said a crime-scene investigator was able to lift a fingerprint off the plexiglass display case at the museum, which led them to the suspect. Colvin admitted to stealing the glasses while in custody.
The glasses, which are valued at more than $2,000, are on loan to Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum from Hard Rock Cafe International.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsA few years back, Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on an episode of 30 Rock, but the ex-Beatles star also was once offered a cameo role on another hit NBC sitcom, a little show called Friends.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Friends casting director Leslie Litt revealed that she'd wanted Sir Paul to portray Ross Geller's British father-in-law in the two-part finale for the series' fourth season in 1998.
"I went through his manager and gave him all the details," explained Litt recalled. "One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself!"
Unfortunately, McCartney declined Litt's offer. "He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him," she noted.
In the episodes, most of the Friends crew fly to London for Ross' wedding to Emily Waltham. At the altar, Ross ends up saying the name of his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, but he and Emily still go through with the marriage. The part of Emily's dad, Stephen Waltham, ended up going to veteran British actor Tom Conti.
Credit: Paolo PellegrinDennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California. KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.
Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour. The band had just played the first of five scheduled concerts at the L.A. area venue The Forum.
In a statement posted on the band's official website, U2 frontman Bono says of Sheehan, "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in. He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable."
Arthur Fogel, a rep for tour promoter Live Nation, also released a message that declares, "With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2's longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family."
Sheehan was born in 1946; he was 68 at the time of his death. According to Billboard, he grew up in Ireland and played in a rock band throughout his teen years, then began working for various artists, including Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin, in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Sheehan's long tenure with U2 began prior to the release of the group's 1983 album, War.
Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica has announced details about its plans to perform at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas.
Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on June 6 before the Moto X Speed & Style competition. Then, later that day, Hetfield and Hammett will reconvene with the rest of Metallica for a full set at the X Games. "We're very stoked to have our music take humans to another level," Hetfield told skateboarding icon Tony Hawk of Metallica's set.
Hetfield and Hammett previously broke out their heavy, Jimi Hendrix-esque take on the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants' third annual "Metallica Day" on May 2. You can watch that performance at the San Francisco Giants' Facebook page.
The 2015 X Games will be held June 4-7. Coverage of the competition will air on ESPN.
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesAs part of The Who's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, a second installment in a series of vinyl box sets featuring replicas of the band's early singles will be released on August 14. The Reaction Singles 1966 collection contains five seven-inch discs -- four singles and a five-track EP -- originally issued on Robert Stigwood's U.K. label Reaction Records.
Each disc in the box set is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and housed in paper sleeves. The records are packaged in a "lid-and-tray" box, and the collection also includes a booklet featuring liner notes by Who biographer Mark Blake.
The Who's Reaction releases came out after the band parted ways with producer Shel Talmy and the Brunswick Records label. Among the singles included in the new box set are two that feature "Substitute" as an A-side, and, respectively, the songs "Circles" (renamed "Instant Party" for legal reasons) and an instrumental titled "Waltz for a Pig" on the B-side. Interestingly, the latter tune wasn't recorded by The Who at all, but rather by The Graham Bond Organization -- a band Stigwood was managing at the time -- although it was credited to The Who Orchestra.
Also included in the vinyl compilation are the singles "I'm a Boy" and "Happy Jack," each featuring obscure B-sides, and the Ready Steady Who EP. The EP contains various lesser-known tunes by the band, including the group's covers of the Batman theme, Jan and Dean's "Bucket T" and The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."
The Reaction Singles 1966 box set follows the April release of The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 collection. Two additional vinyl singles box sets, focusing respectively on recordings issued by the Track and Polydor labels, also are due out before the end of 2015.
Here is the track list for The Reaction Singles 1966 box set:
"Substitute" b/w "Circles," aka "Instant Party" "Substitute" b/w "Waltz for a Pig" (B-side credited to The Who Orchestra) "I'm a Boy" b/w "In the City" Ready Steady Who EP: "Disguises" and "Circles" b/w "Batman," "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann" "Happy Jack" b/w "I've Been Away"