T-bone
T-bone
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Regular Programming
Request a Song
My Profile
Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Walton and Johnson in the morning and Classic Rock all day!
Join Pat Cloud for the Classic Rock Cafe' from noon til 1p weekdays!
Rock your ride home with Jon Dogma weekdays on 969 ROCKS!!!!
T- Bone rocks your night's on KZMZ!
Catch Nights with Alice Cooper right here on 969 ROCKS!
Kzmz rockin the 60, 70, 80 and 90's!
Classic Rock
Subscribe To This Feed

Music Stars React to the Death of Joe Cocker


Credit: Olaf HeineJoe Cocker passed away on Monday at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer.  The gritty-voiced British singer was best-known for his memorable renditions of other artists' songs, including his soulful version of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" that he performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival.  Now, a variety of music stars have issued statements paying tribute to Cocker, including the two surviving Beatles.

Paul McCartney, who co-wrote "With a Little Help from My Friends" with the late John Lennon, said in his homage to Cocker, "It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing.  He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and like many people I loved his singing.  I was especially pleased when he decided to cover 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and I remember him and [late record producer] Denny Cordell coming round…and playing me what they'd recorded and it was just mind blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that."

Sir Paul added, "I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away.  He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we'll all miss him."

Ringo Starr, who sang the original version of "With a Little Help from My Friends," posted his own tribute Cocker on his Twitter account that reads, "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love."

Another song Cocker famously covered was Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," which was written by Dave Mason.  In a new Facebook post, Mason explains that he wrote the tune as "an unrequited love song about not feeling too good myself," adding that when he first heard Cocker's rendition, he "was blown away."

Mason continues, "This song was no longer about not feeling too good myself. It WAS feelin' alright! I owe a great debt of gratitude to Joe Cocker for cutting that song. Even though I wrote it and sang it with Traffic, it is the quintessential version that will live on long after his passing and mine. What a voice."

Here are comments and messages from some other artists about Cocker's passing:

Longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes is a huge Cocker fan who, with his other group Gov't Mule, paid tribute to Joe's classic 1970 live album Mad Dogs and Englishmen by playing it at a 2012 New Year's Eve concert.  Speaking on Monday with ABC News Radio, Haynes said of Cocker's passing, "It's a huge loss.  Vocalists like that don't come along very often, you know?" He added, "You could hear the influences, the history in his voice.  He was obviously a huge Ray Charles fan, but when he opened his mouth, everything that came out sounded uniquely like Joe Cocker."

Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman was a close friend of Joe.  He told the BBC that Cocker "had a voice that was just unique," adding, "The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years."

Bryan Adams, who co-wrote Joe's 1989 hit "When the Night Comes," posted on his Twitter account: "RIP my good friend, you were one of the best rock singers EVER."

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler tweeted, "WE LOVED YOU FOREVER, WE WILL MISS YOU ALWAYS...RIP JOE COCKER."

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry told ABC News Radio, "He was one of those singers that everybody talked about.  He was such a dynamic performer and such an incredible singer."

Peter Frampton tweeted, "So sad to hear of Joe Cocker's passing. 'You are so beautiful' is both Joe and Nicky Hopkins piano at their very best. Gonna play it now RIP."

The Recording Academy's Neil Portnow issued a statement honoring Cocker and noting that he "had one of the most distinctive, soulful voices in all of rock…Our music community has lost a passionate and influential artist, and his legacy will continue to inspire and entertain generations to come."

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Phil Rudd Says He's "Going Back to Work with AC/DC"


Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has talked with the media for the first time since he was arrested last month on charges of threatening to kill and possessing illegal drugs.  In an interview with New Zealand's ONE News Monday, the 60-year-old rocker insists that despite his legal troubles, he plans on returning to his famous band.

"I'm going back to work with AC/DC, I don't care who likes it or who doesn't," he declares.

Along with the charges he's currently facing, Rudd also initially was arrested for allegedly hiring someone to kill two people, although those charges were quickly dropped.  With regard to the murder-for-hire charge, Rudd calls it "ludicrous," adding, "As if I needed anyone to do that."

Addressing the media frenzy surrounding him and his impending court battle, Phil says, "This has just been a big ball of cheese, with the rats [running around] grabbing a piece.  That's just life, but that's not who I am."

He adds, "Everyone listens to the wrong people.  They should listen to me.  I'm a good guy, and I'm a pretty good drummer, by the way.  Ask [AC/DC guitarist] Angus [Young,] he'll tell you."

Before the end of the interview, Rudd again discusses his intention to rejoin AC/DC, who will be hitting the road next year for a world tour in support of its just-released album, Rock or Bust.

"I want my job back, I want my reputation back and I'm gonna get it back," he tells ONE News.  "I'm gonna f**king take it back.

Phil is due back in court in his adopted hometown of Tauranga, New Zealand in February.  As for his immediate plans, he tells ONE News, "I'm going fishing today, flying this afternoon and a lot of fornicating tonight."

In an interview with USA Today last month, Angus Young revealed that Rudd had been acting erratically while the band was recording Rock or Bust.  As for Phil's status with the group, Angus said, "I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out."

Follow --ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Rock Legend Joe Cocker Dead at 70


Didier Baverel/WireImageJoe Cocker, the British singer known for his gritty voice and unique performance style, has died at the age of 70, the wife of Cocker's agent confirms to ABC News.  He died of an undisclosed illness.  His agent told the BBC that Cocker was "simply unique."

Most famous as an interpreter of other artists’ songs, Cocker put his own spin on the Beatles "With a Little Help from My Friends," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," Dave Mason's "Feeling Alright," and many more, including his biggest solo hit, "You Are So Beautiful," originally written and recorded by Billy Preston

Cocker's performance of "With a Little Help from My Friends" at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 was one of that event's standout moments. Cocker's performance of the song became the theme for the TV series The Wonder Years.

Cocker's spastic onstage performance style was memorably parodied on Saturday Night Live by John Belushi, who performed "Feelin' Alright" side by side with Cocker, imitating his movements.

In the '80s, Cocker teamed with Jennifer Warnes on the #1 duet "Up Where We Belong," from the movie An Officer and a Gentleman, which won a Grammy, as well as a Golden Globe and an Oscar. 

Cocker continued to record and tour until just a few years ago. In 2002, he performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee event, and in 2007, he appeared in the Beatles-inspired  film Across the Universe. Also in 2007, Joe Cocker received one of the U.K.'s highest honors, the Order of the British Empire.

In September of this year, Billy Joel told the crowd at Madison Square Garden that Cocker was "not very well right now," and made a plea for him to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honor which eluded him in life.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Subscribe To This Feed

The Rolling Stones Thank Fans Who Attended 2014 Tour, Hint at 2015 Dates


Credit: Brian RasicThe Rolling Stones have posted a video message thanking fans for their support during their 2014 world tour, and hinting that more dates could be on the way next year.  The clip, which was uploaded to the rock legends' official YouTube channel, shows the band's four members -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts -- standing side by side in an unidentified backstage area.

"We've had a fabulous time on the 14 On Fire tour this year," Jagger declares at the beginning of the video.

"Yeah, we've seen a lot of you out there in the audience," adds Richards.  "Thanks a lot."

Mick then says, "And we played in over 19 countries to well over 1 million people."

Wood jumps in to point out, "One-million, one-hundred-and-fifty-nine-thousand, eight-hundred-and-eighty-two to be exact."

To finish things up, Jagger thanks fans again for coming out to see the band, and adds, "Maybe we'll see you in 2015."

At the very end of the clip, the whole band says in unison, "Thanks, everyone!"

The Rolling Stones have yet to confirm any 2015 concerts, although veteran entertainment reporter Robin Leach recently revealed in his Las Vegas Sun column that rumors were circulating that that band may be playing in Vegas in June.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Carlos Santana Says He Hopes His Memoir Inspires Readers to "Will Blessings and Miracles to Happen"


Little, Brown and CompanyCarlos Santana's new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, undoubtedly will fascinate readers interested in the guitar legend's musical exploits and achievements.  However, the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says one of his main goals in writing the tome was to share a positive message that he hopes his fans can apply to their own lives.

"I really believe that I created this book because I wanted to share with people -- not tell them who to be, what to do or how to do it…yet invite them to check out the mechanics of grace in their own life," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "How you can will blessings and miracles to happen in your life.  The greatest blessing and miracle is for you to be happy each day and win over your own fear and your own sense of lack of self worth."

Santana reveals that he was encouraged to write an autobiography by many people close to him who were captivated by his anecdotes about the many exciting experiences he's had.  Carlos says he learned his knack for storytelling from his father as well as from some of the musicians who inspired him, including B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Tito Puente and Miles Davis.

"When I shared the stories, people become really transfixed, because it's happening to them while I'm telling the story," he explains.  "And so, after a while they said…'You should do your own book because there's a lot of incredible stories to share.'"

In The Universal Tone, Santana candidly recounts his life story, from his childhood in Mexico and his early days playing music in Tijuana strip clubs, to his emergence as a pioneer of Latin rock, jazz rock and psychedelia, to his late-career success with the Supernatural album and beyond.  The book also delves into Carlos' lifelong spiritual journey, including his Catholic upbringing and his study of Eastern philosophies and various mystical teachings.

Santana says his favorite parts of writing The Universal Tone included discussing his relationships with such lauded musicians as Davis, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy.  He adds that he especially enjoyed writing about his family members, including "my mom and dad, my sisters and brothers and, of course, the children -- Salvador, Stella and Jelli [Angelica]."

Carlos points out that he discusses in the book his desire to be a positive influence on his kids, and other people close to him, by "making them feel important and significant and meaningful."

In The Universal Tone, Santana also shares recollections of a painful and disturbing period in his childhood during which he was molested multiple times by a man who had befriended his parents.  Carlos says people may be surprised to learn that he eventually was able to forgive this man by, as he describes it, "sending him to the light in heaven instead of sending him to hell."

Santana adds that he hopes that writing about his experience with abuse and how he dealt with it will help other people who have had endured similar mistreatment.

"[W]hen people hear that they will know that there's a way to not be what happened to you, but be free by forgiving," he maintains.  "'Cause that's the only way you're going to be free, is by forgiving."

The Universal Tone is available now, and currently is ranked #15 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list in the "Celebrities" category.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Elton John and David Furnish Are Married


ABC/Randy HolmesAfter more than 20 years together, Elton John and his partner David Furnish tied the knot Sunday in England.

Elton posted a series of photos from his big day on Instagram, using the hashtag "ShareTheLove." In one photo, the couple has just signed the documents to make their union official. Elton writes, "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!"

Elton, 67, and David, 52, had planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle, where an A-list crowd was expected, including Ed Sheeran and David and Victoria Beckham, according to Britain's Daily Mirror.

The couple, who has been together since 1993, are already parents to Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, who will be 4 years old this Christmas, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, 23 months.

A law passed earlier this year in England allows same-sex marriage there.

The Grammy winner has always been open about his relationship with David, telling Parade magazine in 2010 that he "was attracted to David immediately."

He regaled the magazine on how they met.

“In 1993 I went back to my house in Windsor for a while. I wanted to meet new people so I rang up a friend in London and said, ‘Could you please rattle some new people together for dinner here Saturday?’” John told Parade. "[David] was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. After it, we consummated our relationship. We fell in love very quickly.”

John added that to keep that spark in their relationship, "Every Saturday for 16 years, we’ve sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other.”

The couple famously entered into a civil partnership in 2005.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Bob Seger Adds New Dates to His 2015 Tour Itinerary


Credit: Peyton HogeBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 2014 North American tour leg tonight with a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but the Michigan rockers will head back out on the road next month for more stateside shows.

Seger has announced a series of six new dates that will extend the trek into late March.  The newly added-concerts run from a March 13 show in Salt Lake City through a March 26 performance in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Bob's hometown, Detroit.  Details about tickets for the gigs will be announced soon.

Seger continues to promote his new studio album, Ride Out, which was released in October.  Here's a list of all of his forthcoming tour dates:

12/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
1/20 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
1/22 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
1/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena
2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena (NEW)
3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena (NEW)
3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center (NEW)
3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center (NEW)
3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse (NEW)
3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills (NEW)

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Dates Set for 2015 Edition of Allman Brothers Band's Peach Music Festival


Image Courtesy of Live NationWhile The Allman Brothers Band played what is supposed to be its final concert in October, the group's Peach Music Festival will be coming back in 2015.  The fourth annual edition of the musical extravaganza is confirmed to take place August 13-16 at its usual site -- Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The lineup for the festival has not been revealed, but fans can at least expect Allman Brothers frontman Gregg Allman to put in an appearance.

"I can't wait to be back at the Peach in 2015," says Gregg in a statement.  "The fans at Montage love what we do so much and the bands feed off that.  The Peach is always a great time."

The Wanee Festival, another annual music event usually hosted by The Allman Brothers Band, recently revealed its initial 2015 lineup, which included various projects featuring individual Allmans members, so it seems likely the Peach fest may offer a similar bill.

A limited number of early-bird tickets for the Peach Music Festival will go on sale this Monday, December 22, at noon ET.  Those tickets are priced at $99, not including fees.  Various other early-bird packages, including VIP tickets, also will be available.

In addition to a variety of music acts performing on multiple stages, the four-day festival includes access to a water park, camping and more.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Sting and "The Last Ship" Cast Members Taking Part in NYC Christmas Carol Event, Album Signing


Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting will participate in a few interesting events this weekend in New York City in conjunction with his Broadway musical, The Last Ship.

On Saturday, the ex-Police frontman and other members of the production will team up with cast members from the show Jersey Boys to help out a couple of local charities by taking part in a fundraiser dubbed "Saturday Night Scream Christmas Carols."  The Broadway performers will belt out some yuletide tunes on 52nd Street outside the August Wilson Theatre and Neil Simon Theatre, while at the same time giving fans and friends the chance to donate coats and canned food to the 26th annual New York Cares Coat Drive and City Harvest initiatives.  The performance begins at 7:15 p.m. ET.  Those unable to attend to public song fest can still donate coats to the cause until December 31.

Then, on Sunday, Sting and the principal cast members of The Last Ship will take part in a special album-signing event celebrating the release this past Tuesday of the musical's Original Broadway Cast Recording CD.  The event will be held at 6 p.m. ET on stage at the Neil Simon Theatre after the matinee performance.

To attend the signing, fans must get a wristband, a limited number of which will be handed out to people purchasing copies of the album from 11:30 a.m. to noon that day in the lobby of the theater.

Sting and the other actors will autograph only copies of The Last Ship cast recording.  Each person with a wristband can have as many as three CDs autographed.

The Last Ship Original Broadway Cast Recording includes a bonus track that Sting recorded titled "What Say You, Meg?"

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

1,000 Foo Fighters Fans in Italy to Play "Learn to Fly" Simultaneously


Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrA group of Italian Foo Fighters fans have launched a crowd-funding campaign to get the band to play a show in Italy's Romagna region.  The plan is to have 1,000 people simultaneously play the Foos' 1999 single, "Learn to Fly," which they hope will inspire Dave Grohl and company to play their home region.  The campaign is aiming to raise 40,000 euros in order to fund the project.

This isn't the first time fans have turned to crowd-funding to get the Foo Fighters to play their city.  Earlier this year, a group in Richmond, Virginia, began to sell tickets to a Foo Fighters show in their city, even though the gig wasn't scheduled by the band.  The campaign worked, and the Foos played their first show in Richmond in more than 15 years.

A group in the U.K. also launched a campaign asking the Foo Fighters to play the city of Birmingham.  While the campaign was fully funded, the band has yet to announce a Birmingham show.  As for Foo Fighters shows that are actually scheduled, you can find all touring information at FooFighters.com.

In other news, Foo Fighters stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night to perform their song "I Am a River," from their latest album, Sonic Highways.  The band was accompanied by a string section as they ripped through the New York City-inspired track.

Follow --ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Rock Stars and Celebrities Answer the Question: Lennon or McCartney?


PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsIt's a question that music fans have pondered for decades -- which Beatles singer/songwriter do you prefer, John Lennon or Paul McCartney?  Now, a fascinating video put together by Scared Goose Productions has been posted online that gathers audio and video footage of 550 musicians, actors and other celebrities responding to the question.

A tally of the responses appearing at the end of the 34-minute-long video shows that Lennon garnered 282 votes, while McCartney got 196.  Not surprisingly, there were some dissenters amongst the people polled, with 15 picking George Harrison, four choosing Ringo Starr and single votes going to Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Keith Richards and Oasis.  In addition, fifty people either chose both John and Paul or neither, or didn't answer at all.

The responses reportedly were gathered over the course of the last 10 years.  Among the well-known rock artists who ventured an opinion were The Who's Pete Townshend, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Ozzy Osbourne, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Slash and three members of Metallica.  Other celebrities polled included Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Lady Gaga, LL Cool J, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert and Miss Piggy, among many, many others.

Some of the stars who picked Lennon were Robertson, Slash, De Niro, Stallone, Lady Gaga, Bieber, LL Cool J, Morgan, David Byrne, Johnny Rotten, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson, Scott Weiland, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.

The McCartney camp included Townshend, Perry, Miss Piggy, Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton, The Monkees' Mick Dolenz, Motley Crue's Vince Neil and The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones.

Ozzy, Krieger and Men at Work's Colin Hay, meanwhile, picked both Lennon and McCartney, while Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich chose Oasis and his band mate Robert Trujillo said Harrison.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Lynyrd Skynyrd to Perform First Two Albums at Special Hometown Concerts in February


Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideLynyrd Skynyd has scheduled a pair of special hometown shows in Jacksonville, Florida, early next year that the Southern rock legends are planning to capture for a television special and home-video release.  The concerts will take place at the Florida Theatre on February 12 and 13, and will feature the band performing, respectively, its first two albums, 1973's Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd and 1974's Second Helping.

"We've been wanting to go back and recreate these live records for a long time," Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant tells the Florida-Times Union.  "We decided to come back to our hometown, Jacksonville, and play at the legendary Florida Theatre.  Can't wait to rock it."

The shows also will include performances of other well-known songs from throughout the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's career.

Tickets for both concerts will go on sale to the general public on Monday at 10 a.m. ET, and are priced at $49.50, $69.50 and $99.50.

Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd features such memorable tunes as "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird," while Second Helping includes Lynyrd Skynyrd's biggest hit, "Sweet Home Alabama," and the band's version of J.J. Cale's "Call Me the Breeze."

In other news, Lynyrd Skynyrd will bring some Southern rock to a newly announced country festival called the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which is scheduled to take place June 26-28, 2015, at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.  The three-day event will be headlined by a trio of country music's biggest stars -- Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Other artists on the lineup include Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jake Owen, Chris Young, Gary Allan and Kacey Musgraves.  Visit BigBarrelFestival.com for more information.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Allmans Drummer Butch Trucks to Be Honored at L.A.-Area Benefit Concert


Image Courtesy of Adopt the ArtsZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks will be honored for their contributions to American art and culture at a star-studded benefit concert scheduled for January 12 at the famous Sunset Strip venue the Roxy in West Hollywood, California.  The event will raise money for Adopt the Arts, a charity co-founded by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum that helps fund music-education programs in L.A.-area elementary schools.

Gibbons, Trucks and Sorum all are expected to perform at the concert, along with such other famous musicians such as Slash, founding Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter and Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino.  Serving as the evening's backing band will be The Disreputable Few, a group featuring a lineup of surprise rockers.

"We're starting in our own backyard here in Los Angeles, and we'll continue to adopt schools across the nation," says Sorum about the Adopt the Arts initiative.  "We believe that art is a universal and necessary language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds."

Tickets can be purchased now by visiting AdoptTheArts.org, and are priced at $75 for general admission, and $125 and $250 for VIP packages that offer upgraded seating, hors d'oeuvres and more.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Jimmy Page Says His Next Musical Project Will Be "Sparkling" and "Stimulating" to the Senses


Credit: Ross HalfinIn a new video interview with the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine, Jimmy Page gives a little insight into his upcoming musical plans for next year.  The Led Zeppelin guitarist doesn't get too specific about his new project, but he promises that it will be something "sparkling…stimulating all the senses."

He tells the magazine, "I'm playing guitar at the moment, because I'm getting ready.  I'm starting to get ready."

Page explains that his game plan was that after he finished preparing the deluxe Led Zeppelin reissues, which he's done, "at the end of that was gonna be what would manifest as me playing live."

Jimmy adds that whatever his next move is, he's planning to defy expectations.

"Whatever I do, I don't want everyone to have made up their mind what I'm doing before I've done it," he insists.  "I mean, they already have.  On the Internet, people are telling me that, 'Oh, you're doing this, and you're doing that,' and I'm [saying,] 'Am I?  Just wait and see what I do.'"

Page also reports that he's written some "new material," adding that "it will be surprising."

As for the kind of live show he intends to play, he notes, "I'd like to obviously show what I've done along the way, but I'd definitely have musical surprises for people so they wouldn't sort of start yawning."

Fans will have to stay tuned to find out exactly what Page has in store for them.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Elton John Fan Club Members to Receive Download of His Set at 2014 Bonnaroo Festival


Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsIf you couldn't make it to Tennessee this past June to see Elton John and his band rock the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, you can now watch it from the comfort of your own home...if you're a member of Elton's fan club.

Platinum subscribers to John's Rocket Club will receive Elton John: Live at Bonnaroo 2014 with the Elton John Band, a 68-minute video download of his set from the festival that was recorded on June 15.  The video features 10 songs, including "Bennie and the Jets," "Levon," "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," "Crocodile Rock" and "Saturday Night's Alright (for Fighting)."  You can watch a preview on Elton's website now of "Bennie and the Jets."

The download also includes a special message from John.  If you want access to it, you need to sign up for the fan club at Elton's website by December 31.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Anthrax Announces Its Own Bourbon Brand


Image Courtesy of Matthew RodgersAnthrax received its sixth Grammy nomination earlier this month, and the band is celebrating in style.  The thrash metal veterans have teamed up with Jefferson's Bourbon to create their own brand of the beverage, called Indians.

"Anthrax's Indians, a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in," reads a press release.

"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a T-shirt or hoodie or poster, and Indians was perfect," adds bassist Frank Bello in a statement.

Indians is now available for order via the Atlantic City Bottle Company's website.  One bottle will set you back $100.  If you live near Atlantic City, though, you can pick up a bottle in stores for $75.

Anthrax was nominated for the 2015 Grammys in the Best Metal Performance category for its cover of Black Sabbath's "Neon Knights."  The band recorded the song for the Ronnie James Dio tribute album Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life.

"It's been an honor every time we've been nominated, but this one is particularly special," says drummer Charlie Benante.  "To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best."

Follow --ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy to Be Honored with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards


PRNewsFoto/The Recording AcademyGeorge Harrison, The Bee Gees and blues great Buddy Guy are among the artists the Recording Academy will present with Lifetime Achievement Awards in February.  Harrison, The Bee Gees and Guy will receive the honors as part of the organization's Special Merit Awards ceremony, a special invite-only event that's held annually during Grammy Week.  The 2015 gala will take place on Saturday, February 7, the evening before the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

Others musicians who will be acknowledged by the Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards include French classical composer Pierre Boulez, renowned Tex-Mex accordion player Flaco Jiménez, influential country duo The Louvin Brothers, and jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

The Special Merit Awards ceremony also will feature the presentation of Trustee Awards to non-performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry.  The 2015 honorees are the songwriting team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, prolific record producer Richard Perry, and jazz promoter and producer George Wein.  In addition, Ray Kurzweil will receive a Technical Grammy Award for his technological innovations, including his work with synthesizers.

"This year we pay tribute to exceptional creators who have made prolific contributions to our culture and history," says Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.  "It is an honor and a privilege to recognize such a diverse group of talented trailblazers, whose incomparable bodies of work and timeless legacies will continue to be celebrated for generations to come."

All the Special Merit Awards honorees also will be acknowledged during the upcoming Grammys telecast, which CBS will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Items Signed by Roger Daltrey, Eddie Vedder and Other Stars Being Auctioned to Benefit Teenage Cancer Trust


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who's Roger Daltrey was a surprise performer at an all-star tribute concert to his legendary band held last month in London to support the Teenage Cancer Trust.  Now, a variety of collectibles signed by Daltrey and some of the event's other performers are being auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

Among the items up for bid are a Gibson SG guitar autographed by Daltrey and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, a Gibson Les Paul guitar signed by Roger and his recent collaborator Wilko Johnson, a Vespa helmet autographed by the aforementioned rockers and Oasis' Liam Gallagher, a tambourine signed by Vedder and a few programs autographed by various performers.

The auction, which is live now on eBay.co.uk, will end this Monday, December 22.

Daltrey sang "Substitute" and "Young Man Blues" to close out the Who tribute show, which also included performances from Rush's Geddy Lee, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and actor Phil Daniels, star of the 1979 film adaptation of Quadrophenia.

The U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust, of which Daltrey has been a patron for more than 10 years, raises money to take care of the special needs of teenage and young adult cancer patients by providing special hospital units designed with them in mind.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Yes to Be Joined by Marillion, Saga & More on 2015 Cruise to the Edge


Credit: Rob ShanahanYes has revealed initial details for the 2015 edition of its Cruise to the Edge.  The prog-rock-themed seagoing event is scheduled to embark from Miami on November 15 and visit Key West, Florida, and a private island in the Bahamas before returning to port on November 19.

Joining Yes on the lineup of performers for the cruise are Marillion, Saga, guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth, Nektar, Caravan and more than a dozen other acts.  In addition, a special pre-cruise concert will be held in Miami on November 14 at an as-yet-unannounced location and featuring a special guest performer, as well as a late-night jam.

Most of the artists will be playing at least two sets during the cruise.  Besides the many concerts, cruise attendees will be able to enjoy the ship's 13 bars and lounges, various eateries, casino, spa, fitness center, basketball and volleyball court, bowling alley and more.  A lineup of special activities and events will be revealed soon.

The 2015 cruise is priced as low as $849 per person for double-occupancy cabins, and $575 per person for quad rooms.  Previous Cruise to the Edge passengers will be treated to a $100 discount.  Visit CruisetotheEdge.com for more information.

Yes' previous Cruise to the Edge events took place in April of this year and March 2013.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Subscribe To This Feed

Paul McCartney Admits Writing Music for Video Games Is Easier Than Playing Them


MJ KimPaul McCartney dropped by The Tonight Show Wednesday to plug his new single, "Hope for the Future," which he wrote for the popular video game Destiny. Paul also admitted to host Jimmy Fallon that while it wasn't hard for him to write the music for a video game, he's pretty clueless when it comes to playing them.

When Fallon brought up playing the popular video game Rock Band, which contains some songs from McCartney's former band The Beatles, the 72-year-old rock legend confessed he's not very good and added, "It's very hard."

"My grandkids play and they kill me every time," McCartney explained, then added, "But I say, 'I wrote it.'"

McCartney's no stranger to writing music for other projects. He also penned the theme song for the 1973 James Bond movie, Live and Let Die, and told Fallon he enjoys the challenge.

"It depends how you think of songwriting," he explained. "I kind of think of it in a way like a craft. So I like writing songs, very personal songs just for me, but I also like when someone asks me like that, you know...It's a bit of a challenge."

With Christmas right around the corner, Fallon asked Paul to name some of his favorite holiday songs.  The veteran rocker said "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole and "'Wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney."

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

LinkedUpRadio Envisionwise Web Services