Credit: iStock/ThinkstockThanksgiving is here again, and many rock artists will be celebrating their Turkey Day surrounded by friends, family, and, of course, plenty of food.
Robert Trujillo will be at the Sound Garden record store in Syracuse, New York, for Record Store Day Black Friday, and the Metallica bassist also will be spending Thanksgiving Day in the Empire State.
"My family and I will be in New York for the first time ever celebrating Thanksgiving, so that should be interesting," he tells ABC Radio.
Mountain frontman Leslie West says he and his wife will be enjoying a getaway at an upstate New York hotel.
"It's a great resort and spa…between Woodstock and Phoenicia," he tells ABC Radio. "Beautiful. And we've been doing that for quite a while. My wife doesn't have to cook, even though she's a great cook. But it's a nice couple of days."
As for what his favorite Thanksgiving dish is, West -- whose famous band's name was a reference to his heavy build -- declares with a laugh, "Stuffing! What does it look like?"
Another rocker who will spend quality time with family is founding Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer. He tells ABC Radio, "My wife and I are having dinner here with the family. And my sister's coming out from Pittsburgh, and we're excited about that." Blotzer, who lives in the Los Angeles area, adds that he also is looking forward to "playing golf in this beautiful weather."
Here's hoping you having a rocking Thanksgiving, whatever your plans may be!
Allen Berezovsky/WireImagePalladia is serving up a heaping helping of Tom Petty for Thanksgiving. The high-def network will host a 24-hour block of programming focusing on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer that kicks off at 7 a.m. ET.
Among the shows that will air during the Tom Petty Thanksgiving Takeover is the premiere of the concert film Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park, at 9 p.m. ET. As its title suggests, the flick documents an August 2014 show Petty and his band played at the historic Boston ballpark.
The marathon also will feature the 2007 documentary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream; the concert flick Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live from Gainesville, which captures the 2006 hometown show the band played that marked its 30th anniversary; and Tom and his group's 2003 appearance on the PBS series Soundstage. In addition, a variety of Petty music videos and footage from various concert performances will be shown throughout the day.
At least one encore screening of each program will be shown during the 24-hour marathon, while select shows also will air again on Palladia through the weekend.
Here is the complete schedule for Palladia's Petty marathon; all times ET:
Thursday, November 26: 7 a.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream 11:15 a.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers videos and festival performances 12:30 p.m. -- Soundstage: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 2:30 p.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (encore #1) 6:45 p.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live from Gainesville 9 p.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park 10:30 p.m. -- Soundstage: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (encore #1) 12:30 a.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park (encore #1) 1:45 a.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live from Gainesville (encore #1) 4 a.m. -- Soundstage: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (encore #2) 6 a.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers videos and festival performances
Friday, November 27: 4 p.m. -- Soundstage: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (encore #3)
Saturday, November 28: 12 p.m. -- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Live from Gainesville (encore #2)
Sunday, November 29: 9 p.m. -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park (encore #2)
PRNewsFoto/Zappa Records/UMeFrank Zappa's classic 1979 double album, Sheik Yerbouti, is getting new life in a two-LP, 180-gram vinyl reissue.
Newly remastered from the original tapes, and accompanied by the original artwork, the Sheik Yerbouti reissue is due out on December 11. The album is best known for one of the late guitarist and composer's near-hits, the disco parody "Dancin' Fool," which reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another of the album's tracks, the scatological "Bobby Brown," was a big hit in Europe, actually topping the singles charts in Norway and Sweden.
Here's the Sheik Yerbouti track list:
Side One "I Have Been in You" "Flakes" "Broken Hearts Are for A*******" "I'm So Cute"
Side Two "Jones Crusher" "What Ever Happened to All the Fun in the World" "Rat Tomago" "We've Got to Get into Something Real" "Bobby Brown" "Rubber Shirt" "The Sheik Yerbouti Tango"
Side Three "Baby Snakes" "Tryin' to Grow a Chin" "City of Tiny Lites" "Dancin' Fool" "Jewish Princess"
Courtesy of Bonnaroo Music FestivalFor the second straight year, the organizers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival are celebrating Thanksgiving by offering up an online special featuring select performances from the latest edition of the fest. The show, called A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, is more than an hour long and features Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Tears for Fears and several other acts, all of whom hit the stage this past June.
Plant and his current backing group are shown playing a reworked version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Rock and Roll" on the special, while Tears for Fears are featured performing "Shout." There's also a star-studded jam featuring Mumford & Sons teaming up with My Morning Jacket, Hozier, Dawes and others for a Joe Cocker-inspired cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."
Among the other artists appearing in the special are Earth, Wind & Fire, Alabama Shakes, Belle & Sebastian and D'Angelo.
The video also includes tongue-in-cheek introductory interludes hosted by comedian Jo Firestone, segments in which Bonnaroo attendees reveal what they're thankful for, mock commercials and more. In addition, the show reminds viewers that pre-sale tickets for the 2016 Bonnaroo Festival will be available at Bonnaroo.com starting this Friday, November 27, at noon ET.
The 2015 A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving special is streaming on the festival's official YouTube channel from now through this Monday, November 30, at noon ET. Once the show is removed from the site, it will never be shown again, so catch it while you can.
The 2016 Bonnaroo Festival is scheduled to take place June 9-12 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Credit: Danny NorthABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be hosting a shopathon on World AIDS Day, December 1, in order to raise money for the AIDS charity (RED). U2 frontman Bono, who co-founded (RED), will be among the big stars who will join host Jimmy Kimmel on the episode.
Modern rockers The Killers and actresses Scarlett Johansson and Olivia Wilde also will make appearances during the special show.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Credit: Blain ClausenEarlier this month, ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons released his first-ever studio album, the Afro-Cuban-influenced Perfectamundo, and now the 65-year-old singer/guitarist is ready to launch a U.S. tour with his new backing band The BFG's in support of the record. The trek kicks off Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is broken into two fairly brief legs, with the final show scheduled for February 6 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Gibbons tells ABC Radio that he's thrilled about getting to perform his new material in concert, noting, "The anticipation of bringing this work to a live presentation has presented a most unexpected…wave of enthusiasm." Billy explains that one of the things that has stirred that enthusiasm is the touring configuration of The BFG's, which includes three of the musicians who contributed to Perfectamundo -- keyboardists Mike Flanigan and Martin Guigui and multi-instrumentalist Alex "Guitarzza" Garza -- as well as a pair of Los Angeles-based female drummers, SoZo and Melanie DiLorenzo.
Gibbons says the fact that SoZo and DiLorenzo "can beat the sides off of those skins" really propels the band, while Flanigan and Guigui both will be playing Hammond B3 organs and Garza will handle various Latin percussion instruments, such as timbales. Billy points out that The BFG's don't have a bass player, but says they don't need one. "It's just straight ahead," he declares. "This is gonna be a tough little combo."
Gibbons, of course, will handle lead vocal and guitar duties, but he reveals that he also is planning to add to the groove during to the show.
"The stage has been arranged and organized for plenty of room to stroll about," notes Billy, who as a teenager received lessons from famed Latin percussionist Tito Puente. "I've made sure that I could creep back into that palace of percussion and grab a couple sticks to start banging on stuff."
Meanwhile, Gibbons says fans who come out to his solo shows also can expect to hear some ZZ Top songs in addition to the Perfectamundo material.
"Because there is such a presence of that artistic form of sonic sounds called the blues [on my new album], we might draw upon ZZ Top's extensive series of recordings," Billy reveals. "It doesn't seem that any record went by without putting something lowdown and dirty in there. I'd like to see it."
Speaking about ZZ Top, Gibbons says his band mates, drummer Frank Beard and bassist Dusty Hill, have been supportive of his solo project.
"Number one, they get a nice holiday while I'm out on the road, but it also stimulated their [musical] interest," Gibbons maintains. "Frank has taken to developing some new beats as Dusty has started working on some new bass lines."
Billy adds that he expects to hit the road with ZZ Top shortly after wrapping up his tour with The BFG's.
"By the time the Billy Gibbons and the BFG's shows [pull] it to the curb, we'll hop off one tour bus and get right on the next one," he says.
Here are all of Billy Gibbons and the BFG's upcoming tour dates:
11/27 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 11/28 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre 11/29 -- Saint Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater 12/1 -- New Orleans, LA, Orpheum Theatre 12/3 -- Houston, TX, Cullen Performance Hall 12/4 -- Austin, TX, The Moody Theater 12/5 -- Lubbock, TX, City Bank Auditorium 12/7 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern 12/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre 12/9 -- San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom 12/11 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall 12/12 -- Aberdeen, WA, D&R Theatre 12/13 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 12/17 -- Havana, Cuba, Havana Jazz Festival 12/18 --Havana, Cuba, Havana Jazz Festival 12/20 --Havana, Cuba, Havana Jazz Festival 1/20/16 -- Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium 1/22 -- Lexington, KY, Lexington Center -- Lexington Opera House 1/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 1/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Theatre 1/26 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 1/27 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall 1/29 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Live! 1/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater 1/31 -- Detroit, MI, The Scottish Rite Cathedral at Masonic Temple 2/2 -- New York, NY, Town Hall 2/3 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre 2/5 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 2/6 -- Stroudsburg, PA, Sherman Theater
Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica will once again team up with the San Francisco Giants for the fourth annual Metallica Night. The Bay Area metal legends will perform the national anthem and throw out the first pitch before their hometown Giants take on the visiting Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 6.
"We'll stick around all night to cheer on the orange and black with all the loyal fans and keep your eyes peeled to spot us participating in some in between inning action," the band writes on its website.
Metallica band has always been deeply ingrained in the Bay Area sports scene: The band also has performed before Golden State Warriors basketball games and San Jose Sharks hockey games.
Tickets to the fourth annual Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants go on sale this Friday, November 27, at 8 a.m. PT.
NBCUniversalThe 2015 edition of NBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, which celebrates the lighting of the famous New York City landmark's Christmas tree, will air on Wednesday, December 2. As usual, the show will feature performances by some of music's brightest stars, with this year's lineup including Sting and James Taylor.
Taylor will be performing with trumpeter Chris Botti. Other artists on the holiday extravaganza's bill include Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix and the all-star group Band of Merrymakers, which features Natasha Bedingfield, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and members of Better Than Ezra, Fitz & the Tantrums and Neon Trees.
Rockefeller Center's famous high-stepping dancing troupe The Rockettes also will be on hand.
The tree this year is a 78-foot tall Norway spruce from Gardiner, New York. The hour-long special airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
Earl Gibson III/WireImageFounding Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player and "hype woman" Cynthia Robinson passed away on Monday at age 69 from cancer. Robinson's death was announced on her official Facebook page, along with a note asking for continued donations to a fund launched last month to help pay her medical costs.
According to Billboard, Robinson first began playing with Sly Stone in 1966 in his group Sly and the Stoners, and went on to become a member of Sly and the Family Stone when that band was formed the following year. In addition to playing trumpet with the band, Robinson sang and was known for yelling out the phrase "get up and dance to the music" in the group's 1967 hit "Dance to the Music."
After Sly and the Family Stone broke up in 1975, Cynthia played with ex-Family Stone bassist Larry Graham's group Graham Central Station and also worked George Clinton and Prince. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other original Sly and the Family Stone members in 1993. A new version of the group called The Family Stone was launched in 2006 that features Robinson and two other founding members -- sax player Jerry Martini and drummer Gregg Errico. The Family Stone lineup also includes singer Sylvette Phunne Stone, who is Cynthia's daughter with Sly Stone. Robinson, who also has another daughter named Laura Marie, continued to perform and record with The Family Stone until her death.
"She covered a lot of ground," Martini tells Billboard about Robinson. "She was the first female trumpet player and the first African-American trumpet player in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She wasn't in the back. She was out front telling you to get up and dance to the music, and she could blow with the best of 'em, always."
Questlove, drummer of The Tonight Show's house band The Roots, has penned a heartfelt homage to Robinson that you can read on his official Instagram page.
Live Nation EntertainmentJourney and The Doobie Brothers have announced plans for an expansive 2016 co-headlining trek of North America that also will feature a very special opening act: former Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason. The outing, dubbed the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour, will get underway May 12 in Irvine, California, and is mapped out all the way through an August 30 show in Chula Vista, California.
The trek currently features a total of 49 dates, and includes stops in major cities from coast to coast. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, December 5, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. A pre-sale for select shows will begin on Thursday, December 3, at 10 a.m. local time for fans with the Live Nation mobile app.
For the tour, Journey will welcome back drummer Steve Smith, who played in the band's classic Steve Perry-fronted lineup from 1978 to 1998. Smith will replace Deen Castronovo, who was fired from the group this past summer after his arrest on domestic violence charges. Smith also will be playing with Journey guitarist Neal Schon's jazz-rock side project Neal Schon's Vortex for a tour of Japan in February of next year. Vortex will open for Journey at a May 27 concert in Indianapolis.
"I'm so looking forward to the very exciting 2016 we have planned," says Schon, "starting with my 'Neal Vortex Schon' Japan tour in February and then our major summer tour with The Doobie Brothers and Dave Mason. We will see you all soon!!!!"
The Doobie Brothers, meanwhile, also will be adding a new member to their lineup for the trek: founding Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne. Over the years, Payne has lent his talents to many of The Doobies' studio albums.
"It's gonna be a great summer for fans of Bay Area music, and for guys like us who have the pleasure of teaming up with our good friends from Journey and the Dave Mason Band," The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons say in a joint statement. "We look forward to taking the stage with Journey. We love their songs, and think we will all complement each other musically."
Here are all of the confirmed dates for Journey and The Doobie Brothers' San Francisco Fest 2016 tour:
5/12 -- Irvine, CA, Irvine Meadows 5/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 5/15 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre 5/18 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheatre 5/20 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion 5/21 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 5/23 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena 5/25 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum 5/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway 5/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 5/31 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheatre 6/2 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 6/4 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 6/5 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 6/10 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 6/11 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre 6/22 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 6/24 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 6/25 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 6/27 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre 6/29 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 7/1 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live 7/2 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 7/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 7/9 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 7/10 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 7/13 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 7/15 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 7/16 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 7/27 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre 7/29 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 8/2 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 8/4 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Pavilion 8/6 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center 8/7 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 8/9 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 8/11 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux Falls Arena 8/13 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 8/16 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena 8/17 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 8/20 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 8/21 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 8/23 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre 8/25 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre 8/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center 8/28 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center 8/30 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
= Journey with Neal Schon's Vortex only. = Journey and Dave Mason only.
Image Courtesy of Butch TrucksFounding Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks has formed a new group called Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, which features his son Vaylor on guitar and late Allmans bassist Berry Oakley's son, Berry Oakley Jr., on bass. The outfit has just announced plans to close out 2015 with a six-date series of shows in Florida.
The run begins December 26 at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton and wraps up with a New Year's Eve performance at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Rounding out the Freight Train Band lineup are singer/guitarist Damon Fowler and keyboardist Bruce Katz, who's a former member of Gregg Allman's solo group.
Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideAs founding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington continues to recuperate from a heart attack he suffered in early October, the band has decided to cancel the remaining two dates on its 2015 schedule.
A message posted on the legendary Southern rockers' official Facebook page explains, "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his Doctors, Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent heart procedures."
The affected concerts are a December 4 gig at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado, and a December 5 performance at the Inn of Mountain Gods Casino in Mescalero, New Mexico. Fans who purchased tickets can get a full refund at the point of purchase or through the respective venues' box offices.
At the time that Lynyrd Skynyrd announced that Rossington had suffered a heart attack in October, the band postponed a few of its scheduled shows, while reporting that the guitarist was expected to make a full recovery. According to CMT.com, following the heart attack, which happened on October 8, Gary had a procedure to replace two stents. Rossington has had a history of heart issues, and in 2003 he underwent bypass surgery. Gary, who is the only surviving original member of Skynyrd, will turn 64 on December 4.
Meanwhile, in happier news, Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant revealed on Friday that he has a brand-new grandson. The singer posted photos of him with the little bundle of joy on Skynyrd's Facebook page.
Image Courtesy of Hollywood RecordsThe long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic apparently is set to move forward with a new screenwriter. Deadline reports that GK Films, the company that's co-producing the movie, has hired Anthony McCarten, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay to the 2014 Steven Hawking biographical flick The Theory of Everything.
Ben Whishaw, who has played the character Q in the last two James Bond films, 2012's Skyfall and this year's Spectre, remains the front runner to portray the late Queen frontman, although he hasn't been confirmed for the role. Sacha Baron Cohen previously had been hired to play Mercury, but by 2013 he was no longer connected to the project.
Queen guitarist Brian May posted a message on his official website, BrianMay.com, claiming that the Deadline article got some information correct, while missing the mark on other points. May noted that Deadline's suggestion that Cohen exited the film over creative differences was inaccurate.
"It was our decision. We simply realized that we wouldn't get the believable portrayal of Freddie Mercury we needed from Sacha, so we, as considerately and diplomatically as we could, moved on," May wrote.
He added, "Sacha is a great comedy character creator, but we need someone who will actually 'suspend disbelief' so that we believe we are really watching Freddie on screen."
Brian went on to explain that he and the other producers are hoping Whishaw "will turn out to be the man to bring Freddie to life."
As for McCarten, May says the screenwriter "is now doing some fantastic work, collaborating closely with us."
The guitar legend finishes by pointing out, "There are some radical new developments in ideas, and at this moment I'm more excited than I've ever been about the film's potential." He adds that with regard to official confirmed details about the movie, "We'll make an announcement when we're ready. It may be soon."
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesA new two-CD compilation celebrating the long career of the late Joe Cocker will be released on December 11. The Life of a Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013 features 36 tracks, including the soulful British rock singer's best-known studio and select live performances.
Among the memorable tunes featured on The Life of a Man are Cocker's classic covers of Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" and The Beatles' "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" and "With a Little Help from My Friends." The anthology also includes Cocker's chart-topping and Grammy-winning duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong," from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his top five 1975 hit "You Are So Beautiful."
In addition, The Life of a Man features Cocker's hit 1970 live renditions of The Box Tops' "The Letter" and the 1950s jazz-blues ballad "Cry Me a River" recorded at the Fillmore East in New York City. It also includes an in-concert performance of "You Are So Beautiful" recorded in February 2013 in Cologne, Germany.
In related news, two of Cocker's most recent albums, 2007's Hymn for My Soul and 2012's Fire It Up, Joe's final studio effort, have been reissued on CD in the U.S. Hymn for My Soul was produced by recent Paul McCartney collaborator Ethan Johns and features Cocker's interpretations of George Harrison's "Beware of Darkness," Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells," John Fogerty's "Long as I Can See the Light" and Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'." Fire It Up, which hadn't previously been released in the U.S., includes covers of tunes by Marc Cohn, Keith Urban and Joss Stone, and features three extra tracks that didn't appear on the 2012 version issued in Europe.
Cocker released 22 studio albums and 10 live records during his lifetime. He died of lung cancer in December 2014 at the age of 70.
Here is the full track list of The Life of a Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013:
Disc 1: "Feelin' Alright" "High Time We Went" "Marjorine" "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" "I Can Stand a Little Rain" "Many Rivers to Cross" "Shelter Me" "You Can Leave Your Hat On" "Can't Find My Way Home" "Darling Be Home Soon" "One" "My Father's Son" "Fire It Up" "Unchain My Heart" "Delta Lady" "Cry Me a River" (Live at the Fillmore East) "The Letter" (Live at the Fillmore East) "With a Little Help from My Friends" "You Are So Beautiful" (Live at the Lanxess Arena)
Disc 2: "When the Night Comes" "Come Together" "First We Take Manhattan" "Summer in the City" "Up Where We Belong" "Don't You Love Me Anymore" "Unforgiven" "Have a Little Faith in Me" "You Are So Beautiful" "Woman to Woman" "The Simple Things" "N'Oubliez Jamais" "Tonight" "Night Calls" "Hard Knocks" "I Come in Peace" "Performance"
Sam Jones/HBOU2 has announced makeup dates for the band's two concerts at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris that were postponed in the wake of the terrorist attacks that took place in the city November 13. The shows, which had been scheduled for November 14 and 15, now will be held December 6 and 7.
"So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," says U2 singer Bono in a statement. "For one night, the killers took lives, took music, took peace of mind -- but they couldn't steal the spirit of that city. It's a spirit our band knows well and will try to serve when we return for the postponed shows on December 6th and 7th. We're going to put on our best for Paris."
Adds U2 tour promoter and producer Arthur Fogel, "The band wanted us to reschedule as soon as possible so that they could honor the commitment to their audience."
Meanwhile, the canceled television broadcast of U2's Paris concert that was to have taken place November 14 on HBO now is scheduled for December 7. The special, titled U2: iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Live in Paris, will be filmed live that day and will premiere at 9 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the November 14 and 15 concerts will be honored for the December 6 and 7 shows, respectively. Ticket holders who are unable to attend the rescheduled performances may receive refunds at their point of purchase through Monday, November 30.
Prior to the Paris shows, which now will close out U2's 2015 iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour, the band will play four concerts at the 3Arena in its hometown of Dublin, Ireland -- tonight, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Credit: SukitaIggy Pop will perform at the 2016 edition of the Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert. The annual event, now in its 26th year, will be held February 22 at New York City's Carnegie Hall.
Joining the Godfather of Punk at the benefit concert will be electronic and R&B artist FKA Twigs, soul singer Sharon Jones and folk musician Basia Bulat. The concert lineup is being curated by renowned composer Philip Glass.
The event raises money for Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama that's dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Tibetan culture.
Tickets for the 26th Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert are on sale now via the Carnegie Hall website.
Foo Fighters/RCA RecordsWe now know what that countdown clock was all about. Early Monday, Foo Fighters released a free EP on their website -- along with a note written by frontman Dave Grohl that touches upon the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.
The EP, titled Saint Cecilia, is available for download or streaming on FooFighters.com, iTunes and elsewhere. It's interesting to note that the double-F Foo Fighters logo displayed on the post-countdown page still incorporates the same state highway sign outline design the countdown clock did. That led to speculation the band would announce details of the second Sonic Highways season on HBO, which the band has already confirmed will happen.
Grohl begins his note, which is dated November 19, by stating that the project "has now taken on an entirely different tone" in light of what happened in Paris.
"The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music," Grohl explains. "The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
"Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away."
Grohl concludes, "To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done."
A separate letter follows, written by Grohl days before the Paris attacks and reflecting on the process of recording the Foos' Sonic Highways album, the subsequent tour, and the origin of the Saint Cecilia EP.
Mascot Label GroupFamed Mountain singer/guitarist Leslie West has just released a new solo album called Soundcheck, his third studio album in the last four years. Like his previous two records, 2011's Unusual Suspects and 2013's Still Climbing, Soundcheck features a mix of original tunes and select covers, along with contributions from some very cool guest musicians.
Among the well-known artists who appear on various tracks on Soundcheck are Peter Frampton, late Cream bassist Jack Bruce and Queen's Brian May.
Frampton lent his talents to a minor-key reworking of the familiar standard "You Are My Sunshine." Leslie tells ABC Radio that he's known Frampton for 46 years, and had long wanted to record with him, so after the British guitar whiz agreed to contribute to his new album, Leslie decided that "You Are My Sunshine" was just the track.
"He knew exactly where to play on it," West gushes about the solos Frampton added to the song. "I was amazed…that I knew a guy that long and I knew what I knew, that it would work, but I didn't think it was gonna work that good."
Bruce, who was a close friend and one-time band mate of West, appears on a live version of the Willie Dixon classic "Spoonful" that was recorded at a one-off concert Leslie and Jack played together in 1988 in Poughkeepsie, New York. West decided to edit down the performance and use it to close out Soundcheck as a tribute to Bruce, who died of liver disease in October 2014.
"He sounds so fiery and alive on it," Leslie tells ABC Radio, while noting how frail Jack looked before he died. "So when I listen to that track, I get warm and fuzzy, but I also get tears in my eyes, 'cause he sang so good on it…and played so good on it. And so, I'm thrilled we were able to put it on the album."
May's contribution to Soundcheck comes on a rendition of Don Nix's late-'60s blues-rock classic "Going Down." The basic track actually was recorded for Nix's star-studded 2002 studio album, Goin' Down. Other well-known musicians featured on the tune include Bonnie Bramlett on backing vocals, ex-Jeff Beck keyboardist Max Middleton, Derek and the Dominos keyboardist Bobby Whitlock and journeyman session bassist David Hood.
The album also includes an instrumental version of the Beatles classic "Eleanor Rigby" performed solo by West's bass player, Rev Jones. Leslie says he's "amazed by watching" Jones' performance of the tune, which was captured in one take for the album.
Among the original tunes on Soundcheck is lead track "Left by the Roadside to Die," which features lyrics penned by West's wife, Jenni. Leslie, who had his right leg amputated in 2011 due to complications from diabetes, says the heavy blues-rock song's title reflects "the way I felt when I lost my leg."
West tells ABC Radio that the loss of his leg has made it more difficult to tour, but he does currently have a couple of dates lined up in support of Soundcheck -- a December 11 show at Daryl's House in Pawling, New York, and a December 13 concert at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland.
Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideBob Seger may have turned 70 this past May but he apparently isn't quite ready for retirement. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently told Billboard that he's planning to put out a new album next year called I Knew You When, a collection of updated versions of previously unreleased tunes.
The record also will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the start of Seger's music career. To support the album and mark the milestone, the Michigan rocker revealed that he intends to hit the road for what he describes as a "bucket-list tour," during which he will perform at venues and events he always has wanted to play. Among these are the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.
I Knew You When will be a follow-up to Seger's 2014 studio effort, Ride Out, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Credit: Hayley MaddenA mysterious countdown clock posted on Foo Fighters' website last month finally expire tonight. The clock will hit zero at 11:01 p.m. ET.
As for what the clock is counting down to, a number of theories have been proposed. One is that Foo Fighters will be releasing the five new songs that they recently recorded in Austin, Texas, which Dave Grohlannounced during the band's headlining set at the Austin City Limits music festival. However, the main image on the Foo Fighters website during the countdown has been a white shield the same shape as a state highway sign, which could suggest that the band will announce the second season of their HBO documentary series Sonic Highways.