Credit: David McClisterCheap Trick took part in a special event at New York City's Irving Plaza on Tuesday celebrating Live Nation's National Concert Day, which promotes the various summer tours that will be taking place this year. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be hitting the road in July with Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts on the Rock Hall Three for All Tour.
At the event, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen told ABC Radio that he was looking forward to the trek, noting that he and his band mates have known Jett and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson for many years.
"We knew Joan when she was in The Runaways," he explained. "She was the first famous person we knew that wore a Cheap Trick shirt, back in 1975 I think it was. And then, we've known…Ann and Nancy for a long time. I mean, [we've] just been friends."
Nielsen also shared his favorite summer tour highlight, which he said was getting to hit the road with KISS for three months back in 1977.
"That was a big boost to our career, and it was a nice long tour," he explained. "We were kind of basically pretty unknown, but we got great reviews. But KISS sold the tickets."
Meanwhile, Nielsen revealed to ABC Radio that by the time Cheap Trick heads out on the Rock Hall Three for All trek, his seventh and eighth grandchildren will have entered the world. He said that his son Dax, who also happens to be Cheap Trick's drummer, is expecting a baby with his wife within the next day, and his daughter Scarlet is due to give birth in June.
The Rock Hall Three for All Tour kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan, and is mapped out through a September 23 show in West Palm Beach, Florida. You can check out all of Cheap Trick's upcoming concerts at CheapTrick.com.
Credit: Cristina ArrigoniBritish blues legend John Mayall is among the veteran musicians who will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at a ceremony held today, May 4, at the Halloran Centre Theatre in Memphis.
Mayall, of course, helped fuel interest in American blues in his home country and was the leader and frontman of the influential band The Bluesbreakers, whose lineups during the 1960s included Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Mick Taylor.
Mayall, who turned 82 in November, tells ABC Radio that getting inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame is "pretty exciting," adding, with a laugh, "It's about time."
Mayall maintains that he's gotten used to being overlooked by the mainstream music world, noting, "That's been the story of my life, you know. I'm kind of an underground figure even today, and people haven't really cottoned on in the general public."
Having said that, John points out, "I have my faithful following and that's really the most important part. It's very good to have an honor like [the Blues Hall of Fame induction], so I'll be pleased to go there and get it."
The other performers being inducted alongside Mayall are founding Paul Butterfield Blues Band guitarist Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson and The Memphis Jug Band.
Meanwhile, Mayall remains just about as prolific and active as ever. He currently has a series of U.S. tour dates lined up through an October 7 appearance at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, and he tells ABC Radio that he'll be filling his calendar with more shows as the year progresses.
John's most recent studio album, Find a Way to Care, was released in 2015, and he's already finished a new record that's expected to arrive next year. In addition, a second volume of rare live recordings by a short-lived version of The Bluesbreakers that featured future Fleetwood Mac members Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie will hit stores this Friday. The 13-track collection, Live in 1967 -- Volume Two, was recorded by a Bluesbreakers fan named Tom Huissen, who'd sneaked a reel-to-reel recorder into gigs at various London clubs during the spring of that year.
Here are all of Mayall's upcoming U.S. tour dates according to his official website:
5/7 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Center for the Arts 5/8 -- Ventura, CA, Discovery Ventura (with Charlie Musselwhite) 5/14 -- Boca Raton, FL, Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 5/21 -- Annapolis, MD, Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival 5/22 -- Richardson, TX, Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival 5/28 -- Avon, CO, Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ 6/15 -- Del Mar, CA, San Diego County Fair 6/16 -- Phoenix, AZ, MIM Music Theater 6/17 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theatre 6/18 -- Flagstaff, AZ, Orpheum Theater 6/19 -- Santa Fe, NM, The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing 6/21 -- Oklahoma City, OK, ACM@UCO Performance Lab 6/22 -- Fort Worth, TX, Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge 6/23 -- Austin, TX, One World Theatre 6/24 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe 6/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts 8/20 -- Wausau, WI, Big Bull Falls Blues Fest 9/17 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Niagara Falls Blues Festival 10/7 -- Helena, AR, King Biscuit Blues Festival
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsIn February 1974, Van Morrison released the acclaimed two-disc concert album It's Too Late to Stop Now, which featured select performances from a series of shows the lauded singer/songwriter played in 1973 at venues in Los Angeles; Santa Monica, California; and London. Now, unreleased performances from those same concerts have been compiled in a new three-CD/one-DVD set titled It's Too Late To Stop Now...Volumes II, III, IV & DVD, which will be released on June 10.
The collection's three audio discs were recorded, respectively, on May 23 at The Troubadour in L.A.; on June 29 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and on July 23 and 24 at The Rainbow Theatre in London. The DVD boasts footage from the July 24 concert, which originally aired on the BBC but has never been available on home video. Morrison was accompanied at the shows by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, which featured two horn players and a string section.
Among the well-known songs featured on the new collection are live renditions of such classic Morrison tunes as "Brown Eyed Girl," "Moondance," "Caravan" "Wild Night," "Domino," "Gloria" and "Into the Mystic" as well as covers of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me" and Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'." All of the recordings have been remixed from the original multitrack tapes by engineer Guy Massey, who previously has worked on The Beatles' and Paul McCartney's remastered releases.
In addition, the original It's Too Late to Stop Now album also has been remastered and will be reissued June 10 as a two-CD set and two-LP package, marking the first time in more than 25 years that the record will be released on vinyl. The album also will be available in hi-res digital formats.
Here is the full track list of It's Too Late To Stop Now...Volumes II, III, IV & DVD:
Volume II (Recorded at The Troubadour, May 23, 1973):
"Come Running" "These Dreams of You" "The Way Young Lovers Do" "Snow in San Anselmo" "I Just Want to Make Love to You" "Bring It On Home to Me" "Purple Heather" "Hey, Good Lookin'" "Bein' Green" "Brown Eyed Girl" "Listen to the Lion" "Hard Nose the Highway" "Moondance" "Cyprus Avenue" "Caravan"
Volume III (Recorded at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, June 29, 1973):
"I've Been Working" "There There Child" "No Way" "Since I Fell for You" "Wild Night" "I Paid the Price" "Domino" "Gloria" "Buona Sera" "Moonshine Whiskey" "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" "Take Your Hand out of My Pocket" "Sweet Thing" "Into the Mystic" "I Believe to My Soul"
Volume IV (Recorded live at The Rainbow Theatre, July 23 & 24, 1973):
"Listen to the Lion" "I Paid the Price" "Bein' Green" "Since I Fell for You" "Into the Mystic" "Everyone" "I Believe to My Soul" "Sweet Thing" "I Just Want to Make Love to You" "Wild Children" "Here Comes the Night" "Buona Sera" "Domino" "Caravan" "Cyprus Avenue"
DVD (Recorded at The Rainbow Theatre, July 24, 1973):
"Here Comes the Night" "I Just Want to Make Love to You" "Brown Eyed Girl" "Moonshine Whiskey" "Moondance" "Help Me" "Domino" "Caravan" "Cyprus Avenue"
Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith's Steven Tyler officially has announced plans for his first solo tour, an intimate outing dubbed the "Out on a Limb" trek that will stop in theaters across North America. The 19-date tour kicks off July 2 in Las Vegas, and is scheduled to run through a September 13 concert in Toronto.
USA Today reports that Tyler's shows will be similar to the Storytellers-style performance he taped last year for an episode of the public-television series Front and Center. Like at that gig, the 68-year-old singer will be accompanied on the trek by Loving Mary, a six-piece Nashville-based group whose lineup includes Steven's frequent songwriting collaborator Marti Frederiksen. Fans can expect to hear stripped-down versions of Aerosmith classics, as well as tunes from Tyler's upcoming debut solo album, while Steven tells USA Today that he also plans to discuss how his songs were created at the concerts.
"What would I not pay to go see [Paul] McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he's with now, actually do [a show] where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote 'Yesterday'?" Tyler explains to the newspaper. "That's what I'm doing. I figured I'd talk about 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Dream On' and where I was when I wrote it, and 'Seasons of Wither' and how I played it."
With regard to performing live with Loving Mary, Tyler says, "[I]t really is beautiful getting out there and singing with a band, where I can look at all the guys and go, 'Stop playing right now' and we'll just sing a cappella. I've never been in a band like that, so it's a whole new thing for me."
Tyler has been working on an as-yet-untitled solo album in Nashville with producer T-Bone Burnett. No release date has been set yet for the project, which Steven says has "a full-on country feel."
As for why he decided to take time off from Aerosmith to make a solo record, Tyler tells USA Today he felt "it was time for a little break. I'm such a passionate person that if I don't go after my muse like that, I'll wind up on drugs again. I'll wind up arguing with people and just no good."
Here are all of the confirmed dates on Tyler's "Out on a Limb" tour:
7/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, Venetian Theatre 7/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre 7/8 -- Seattle, WA, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 7/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Orpheum Theatre 7/14 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic 7/20 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 7/23 -- Denver, CO, Ellie Caulkins Opera House 7/26 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 7/29 -- Houston, TX, Brown Theater at Wortham Center 8/1 -- Dallas, TX, Music Hall at Fair Park 8/13 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre 8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC 8/23 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 8/29 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 9/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center 9/4 -- Boston, MA, Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre 9/7 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music 9/10 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center 9/13 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Credit: Scarlet PageThe Smashing Pumpkins wrapped up their In Plainsong tour over the weekend, ending a trek that saw Billy Corgan play with original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and reunite with original guitarist James Iha. In a blog posted to Facebook on Monday, Corgan gave a shout-out to the lone Pumpkins founder who didn't show up during the tour: bassist D'arcy Wretzky.
"Speaking of those I've been fortunate enough to share the stage with, I see that it's D'arcy Wretzky's birthday today: So a big and happy B-Day to her from here!" Corgan wrote. "I'm encouraged to hear that she is playing music once more, and writing songs. As I've often said, no one had better musical discernment in our band than she."
Corgan then went on to reflect on the origins of The Smashing Pumpkins, which has seen many lineup changes around its enigmatic lead singer.
"It's crazy to think that it was nearly 30 years ago that I began this wild and wooly journey, and that meeting James, then D'arcy, then Jimmy would alter all of our lives forever; for the better, I would argue," Corgan wrote. "Which I suppose makes the hardships that came too, bittersweet."
With the Chamberlin and Iha reunion, speculation about Wretzky possibly rejoining the Pumpkins has begun to pop up. Corgan addressed that too, but in his typically cryptic manner.
"As I feel speculation start to swirl about what happens next for SP, I'd like to say quite simply and directly that what matters most to [current Pumpkins guitarist] Jeff [Schroeder] and I is the music," Corgan concluded. "Because from our darkest days together over the last 10 years it's been our faith that the music we make, and by extension our loving curation of the songs made from the beginning on, that'd sail this old, creaky ship forward to another year."
Credit: Myrna SuarezPaul Simon is scheduled to tape his first-ever appearance on the popular PBS live-music series Austin City Limits on Thursday, May 12. The legendary singer/songwriter's performance for the show will take place after his May 10-11 stand at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas.
Austin City Limits will give some lucky fans the chance to attend the taping for free. Details will be announced at the show's Facebook page and Twitter feed about one week before the event. No word yet when the episode will premiere.
Simon kicked off a new North American tour with a performance Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He's promoting his upcoming studio album, Stranger to Stranger, which will be released on June 3. The record, which Paul co-produced with his longtime collaborator Roy Hallee, finds Simon experimenting with an eclectic variety of sounds, including electronic dance music and Flamenco.
As Paul explains in the Stranger to Stranger liner notes, "He was considered one of the fastest men ever to play the game. Legend has it that Bell could turn off a light switch and be in bed before the light went out."
Eleven Seven Music When Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael founded Sixx:A.M. in 2007, they had no grand ambitions for the band. It was nearly a decade before the group embarked on its first full-length headlining tour. But following that, Sixx, who would soon wrap up Motley Crue's farewell tour; Ashba, who would soon leave Guns N' Roses; and Michael decided to focus solely on Sixx:A.M. What came next is Prayers for the Damned, Sixx:A.M.'s latest album.
Sixx tells ABC Radio that the response Sixx:A.M. garnered on the tour helped the band find its identity, and that had a big impact on the band's approach to Prayers for the Damned.
"We didn't know what the band was, so other people knew what the band was before us, and...we followed suit, slowly," Sixx says. "But now there's nothing in our way, [not] even ourselves."
While previous Sixx:A.M. albums were not recorded with a live show in mind, the band went into the studio with the opposite mindset for Prayers for the Damned.
"That was our first and foremost goal, was let's write and record songs that will translate completely seamlessly to the live stage," Michael tells ABC Radio. "And I think that we did that."
Additionally, Michael, who also produced Prayers for the Damned, wanted to showcase the personalities of his band mates, which he witnessed in a new light during the tour.
"There's so much personality in this band, and I think that in our past records, because we didn't have much touring experience as a band, they were more explorative," Michael says. "We were kind of pushing ourselves musically, of course, but that live energy I think was something that didn't really happen in our recordings until Prayers for the Damned."
Prayers for the Damned is actually the first album of a double record, the second volume of which is due out later this year. Vol. 1 opens with the lead single "Rise," which finds Sixx:A.M. exploring new lyrical themes. The closing track, "Rise of the Melancholy Empire," not only provides a narrative bookend to the album, but also leads into Vol. 2.
"'Rise of the Melancholy Empire,' the way it ends is actually the beginning of the second record," Sixx tells ABC Radio. "So it kinda glues it all together, actually."
The first volume of Prayers for the Damned is out now.
Courtesy of Jan Persson/RedfernsThe acclaimed 2015 Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue will get its television premiere tonight, May 3, as part of PBS' long-running American Masters series. The film takes an intimate look at the legendary blues-rock singer's turbulent life, her rise to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27 in October 1970.
Janis: Little Girl Blue delves into the contrast between Joplin's larger-than-life stage persona and her insecurities and search for acceptance in her private life. The film includes interviews with Joplin's family members, friends, musical collaborators and famous fans, as well as previously unseen footage and archival clips of Janis' appearances at such historic events as the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals.
Among the celebrities who appear in the documentary are The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Kris Kristofferson, Melissa Etheridge, Pink, Juliette Lewis, talk-show host Dick Cavett and Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company band mates Peter Albin, Sam Andrew and Dave Getz.
The movie is narrated by indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who is featured reading passages from Joplin's personal letters to her family, lovers and friends throughout the flick. The film was directed, written and produced by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.
"The only way to tell Janis' story was through Janis' voice," Berg explains. Her letters show the vulnerable artist, daughter and lover Janis was in her short but impactful life."
Image courtesy GoldenvoiceThe rumors are true: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young will unite for a three-day concert event in the deserts of Indio, California. The "once-in- a-lifetime" festival, officially dubbed the Desert Trip -- we won't blame you if you call it "Oldchella" -- will be held October 7-9.
Dylan and The Stones will play October 7, McCartney and Young will play October 8, and The Who and Waters will close out the festival on October 9. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10 a.m PT via DesertTrip.com.
Desert Trip was organized by Goldenvoice, the same company that produces Coachella. The festival will be also be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the same venue where Coachella takes place. And yes, due to the company behind it and the nature of the lineup, folks are already referring to the event as Oldchella.
Peter Wafzig/Redferns via Getty ImagesSunday, Radiohead's online social media footprint all but disappeared, with all of the posts on English rockers' Facebook and Twitter accounts deleted, and its website also blank. Posts on frontman Thom Yorke’s Twitter account also disappeared.
Today, we've got two new posts. The first, posted just after midnight U.S. Eastern time, is a few seconds of a wooden bird chirping, like one of the figures you'd see in old-school stop-motion animation cartoon. The band tweeted a link to the Instagram post, where the video lives.
The second post, also a video and also on Instagram, came about seven hours later and shows footage of six figures in patched robes, each wearing a stag-horn mask and brandishing a sword, dancing around a blonde, Germanic-looking maiden bound to a tree. Staccato music plays beneath, a combination of strings and guitars -- perhaps a sample of new Radiohead music?
What it the video imagery means is anyone's guess -- and that's the point, of course. Keep your eye on the band's social media, because clearly, they're leading us all to some sort of climactic announcement. The belief is they'll release a new album in the first half of this year, according to Billboard. The band's last album was 2011's The King of Limbs.
Credit: MartaPhotographerMoody Blues frontman Justin Hayward will head out on his latest U.S. solo tour next week, and to coincide with the trek, he's releasing a new DVD titled Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre. To celebrate the launch of the tour and the arrival of the DVD, the singer/guitarist has scheduled a special event on Monday, May 9, at the Kendall Square Cinema in the Boston suburb of Cambridge, Massachusetts, that will feature a screening of highlights from the concert film, the premiere of a new song and music video by Justin, and a Q&A session.
Appearing with Hayward at the event will be David Minasian, who co-wrote Justin's new tune, and directed and produced the accompanying video and Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre. Minasian also has worked with Hayward on a couple of other video projects, including his 2014 DVD Spirits…Live.
Fans who attend the May 9 event will receive a copy of Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre and a poster signed by Justin. Those who can't attend the screening and Q&A in person will be able to watch it streamed live online. Special bundles offering tickets to the show or access to the live stream, combined with a copy of the new DVD and various pieces of commemorative Hayward merchandise, are available for purchase now at JustinHayward.com. Hayward also will be selling the DVD at all stops on his upcoming "Stage Door" solo tour.
Live at the Capitol Theatre captures a recent performance by Justin in Clearwater, Florida. The show features Hayward, accompanied by guitarist Mike Dawes and keyboardist/backing singer Julie Ragins, playing a variety of classic Moody Blues tunes, including "Tuesday Afternoon," "Your Wildest Dreams," "Question" and "Nights in White Satin." It also includes some lesser-known Moodies gems, a few songs from Hayward's 2013 solo album, Spirits of the Western Sky, and a trio of tunes from Blue Jays, Justin's 1975 collaborative album with Moody Blues band mate John Lodge. As an added bonus, the DVD features the epic eight-minute music video for Hayward's new song.
The U.S. leg of Hayward's Stage Door tour officially gets underway on May 11 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and runs through a June 24 concert in Mount Vernon, Washington.
Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney has now extended the North American leg of his 2016 One on One tour into the fall after adding an October 4 show in Sacramento, California, to his itinerary. The event will be the first concert held at the Golden 1 Center, the future home arena of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, and will be the former Beatles star's first gig in the California capital since November 2005.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. PT. Ticketmaster.com will offer a pre-sale starting Tuesday, May 3, at 8 a.m. ET; tickets can be accessed by using the password 1ON1WITHPAUL. American Express card members also will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets, beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.
Interestingly, the Sacramento show will place a few days before McCartney's rumored to be playing the recently reported all-star classic-rock festival that supposedly is taking place October 7-9 at the Coachella fest grounds in Indio, California. An article published last month in The Los Angeles Times claimed that Sir Paul and Neil Young would share a bill on Saturday, October 8, at the as-yet-unconfirmed music extravaganza, which also is expected to feature The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters.
McCartney also kicked off his One on One tour in California, with an April 13 show in Fresno. His next concert will be held tonight, May 2, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Here are all of the rock legend's upcoming North American tour dates:
5/2 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center 5/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 5/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 7/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, SummerFest 7/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena 7/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park 7/17 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park 7/19 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium 7/21 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre 8/7 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/9 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 8/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Busch Stadium 8/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 8/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center 8/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center 10/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Parker MediaRed Hot Chili Peppers will share the first preview of their forthcoming 11th studio album this week. The band revealed on Twitter that they will be releasing a new single called "Dark Necessities" on Thursday, May 5.
The new album will be the Chili Peppers' first since 2011's I'm with You. The band's co-manager Cliff Burnstein previously said that the record could be released by "early summer."
Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers have a summer full of festival dates ahead of them, including headlining sets at Rock on the Range, Osheaga and Lollapalooza.
Dr. John, Bob Weir (Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions; Josh Timmermans)Audio and video releases documenting star-studded concerts saluting Dr. John and the late Jerry Garciawill hit stores soon in multiple configurations as part of a new partnership between Blackbird Presents and the Concord Bicycle Music label.
The events will be available on CD, DVD, as CD/DVD packages and as digital downloads.
The Dr. John tribute, titled The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music, captures a May 2014 event held at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans' French Quarter. The show featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, who joined Dr. John for a rendition of the New Orleans legend's funky 1973 hit "Right Place, Wrong Time." Other guest performers included John Fogerty, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.
The show also featured an impressive house band led by Don Was on bass which included drummer Kenny Aronoff and Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell.
The Garcia homage, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, took place in May 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The show was held about a month before The Grateful Dead's historic "Fare Thee Well" 50th anniversary concerts, and featured the band's four core surviving members -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Kreutzmann.
Other performers include Peter Frampton, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, frequent Garcia collaborator David Grisman, Jimmy Cliff, Widespread Panic, the late Allen Toussaint and many others.
A third tribute concert, focusing on country-folk great Emmylou Harris, also will be released soon as a CD, DVD, CD/DVD set and digital download.
Blackbird Presents has produced a variety of all-star tribute concerts over the last few years, including shows honoring Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Lennon and Mavis Staples.
Mary McCartney/MPL; Claude GassianSomething is happening in October and we're pretty sure we know what it is! Following a recent Los Angeles Times report claiming that Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters all may be taking part in a new rock festival that month in California, all of those famed artists have posted respective teaser videos to their social media sites featuring snippets of their classic songs and ending with the word "October."
Last month, the Times revealed that the star-studded event was being organized by Goldenvoice, the promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and was expected to take place October 7 to October 9 at the Coachella grounds in Indio, California. According to the article, Dylan and The Stones would play on October 7; McCartney would perform on October 8 along with Neil Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real; and The Who and Waters would close things out on October 9.
McCartney's teaser is set to a live version of The Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling" and includes a photo of Sir Paul playing his trademark Hofner bass.
The Rolling Stones' clip shows a vinyl LP featuring the band's lips-and-tongue logo spinning on a turntable as the group's tune "All Down the Line" plays.
Dylan's video features various film clips of the folk-rock legend from the 1960s accompanied by his song "Ballad of a Thin Man."
The Who's video includes a montage of footage of the band playing live throughout the years that's set to the classic tune "My Generation."
Lastly, Waters' teaser boasts grainy black-and-white footage of one of his concerts that includes a couple of floating pig-shaped balloons while the studio version Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" plays.
So far, Young is the only one of the aforementioned artists who hasn't posted an "October" teaser clip yet. However, Neil's longtime manager Elliot Roberts did talk about the rumored event with the Times, saying, "It's so special in so many ways, because you won't get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It's a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time."
Official news about the festival, which the media has given the nickname "Oldchella," is expected soon.
Credit: Ian JohnsonCheap Trick will help Daryl Hall launch the new season of his ongoing music series Live from Daryl's House, by appearing on the show this Thursday, May 5. The program airs at 9 p.m. ET on MTV Live, the high-def music channel that used to be known as Palladia.
Live from Daryl's House features artists from various musical genres visiting the Hall & Oates singer at his club, located in Pawling, New York, where they jam on each other's hits and chat.
Other music acts featured on the show this season include Kenny Loggins, soul legends The O'Jays, modern-rockers Daughtry, veteran hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean and country star Miranda Lambert.
"I never thought that I'd be able to top the past, but this season is the best one ever," says Hall in a statement.
Here's a full list of upcoming episodes and guest stars:
5/5 --·Cheap Trick 5/12 -- Wyclef Jean 5/19 -- Elle King 5/26 -- The O'Jays 6/2 -- Anderson East 6/9 -- Daughtry 6/16 -- Grace 6/23 -- Kenny Loggins
Samir Hussein/Referns via Getty ImagesRadiohead has gone missing -- at least as far as the Internet is concerned.
All of the postings on English rockers' Facebook and Twitter accounts were inexplicably deleted on Sunday and its website also went blank. Postings on frontman Thom Yorke’s Twitter account have disappeared.
Adding to the mystery, some of their U.K. fans received leaflets in the mail from the band that featured oily artwork and an embossed Radiohead logo. "Sing the song of sixpence that goes 'Burn the witch.' We know where you live," reads the leaflet. “Burn the Witch” refers to an unreleased Radiohead song that dates back about 13 years.
Radiohead fans have posted the mysterious leaflet on their social media accounts.
It’s believed that Radiohead’s vanishing act could have something to do with the group’s upcoming as-yet untitled album, rumored to come out in the first half of this year, according to Billboard magazine.
The last album from the group was 2011's The King of Limbs.
Meanwhile, Radiohead -- whose members also include Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien -- will embark on a tour later this month, with appearances set for several major U.S. music festivals, including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, the industry trade magazine reports.
Concord RecordsPeter Wolf kicked off a U.S. tour this weekend in support of his critically acclaimed new solo album, A Cure for Loneliness. After a series of shows in New England and New York, the trek will hit various cities in the Midwest, South and Mid-Atlantic states before eventually making its way to California in August.
Wolf tells ABC Radio that he and his longtime backing band, The Midnight Travelers, are "gonna be trying to get to as many places as we possibly can" this year to promote the record, which finds the founding J. Geils Band frontman delving into various genres of American roots music.
While Wolf has taken part in a number of reunion shows with his old group during the last few years, he says his main focus currently is on his solo career.
"There's so much I get out of the solo works that that's where the energies have gone and feels the most natural right now for me," he tells ABC Radio. "I respect…the body of work that the Geils Band created, and all the shows that we did means a lot to me…It's something that helped me get to where I am now, but where I am now is where kind of my focus is at."
Although Wolf has no current plans to record new music with The J. Geils Band, fans of the group likely will find plenty to enjoy on A Cure for Loneliness, which features quite a few soul- and R&B-flavored tunes reminiscent of the band's classic songs.
Meanwhile, Peter says he has a special chemistry and camaraderie with the members of his solo band, most of whom play on nearly every track on A Cure for Loneliness. "We have a brotherhood and a kinship that's, for me, like no other," he explains. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Fans coming out to Wolf's upcoming shows can expect to hear a mix of songs from the new album and selections from his previous solo records, plus of few Geils Band gems too. One interesting tune featured in his set is a bluegrass reworking of the J. Geils Band classic "Love Stinks," which also appears on A Cure for Loneliness.
Wolf's next show takes place this Thursday in Norfolk, Connecticut, and the trek currently is mapped out through an August 21 concert in Brownfield, Maine. Here are all of his confirmed tour dates, according to PeterWolf.com:
4/29 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Music Hall 4/30 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts 5/1 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 5/5 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall 5/6 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 5/11 -- Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall 5/12 -- Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre 5/13 -- Albany, NY, The Egg 5/19 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark 5/20 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark 5/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West 6/1 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 6/3 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery 6/4 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 6/5 -- Louisville, KY, Headliners Music Hall 6/7 -- Cleveland, OH, Music Box Supper Club 6/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Three Rivers Festival 6/9 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 6/24 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/8 -- Greenfield, MA, Green River Festival 8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre 8/14 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 8/19 -- Plymouth, MA, Spire Center for Arts 8/20 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series 8/21 -- Brownfield, ME, Stone Mountain Arts Center
Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney came face-to-face with a part of his past at his concert stop at Little Rock, Arkansas' Verizon Arena on Saturday.
McCartney met Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, two members of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine black students who struggled against segregation, enrolling in the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their bravery inspired the lyrics to “Blackbird," which appeared on The Beatles' White Album.
The Verizon Arena posted a picture of the 73-year-old rock legend posing with the ladies backstage before the concert on its Facebook page.
ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop's new album, Post Pop Depression, gave the Godfather of Punk his highest-charting album ever. Recorded in collaboration with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album allowed Pop to try some different sounds from the music he made with his band The Stooges.
"It's not supposed to sound like the god**** Stooges," Homme said at a live interview in Los Angeles this past week, according to Rolling Stone.
Instead, the pair took inspiration from Pop's work with David Bowie, particularly the albums Lust for Life and The Idiot.
"Those records were clearly made at the speed of inspiration," Homme said. "They sound like that, don't they? They're trying to stand on their own. It seems like this joyous, wonderful, effortless thing, and we tried to make a record we would enjoy too. They cared about those records and we cared about ours."
As for the lyrical content of Post Pop Depression, some of it came from a series of essays Pop wrote about his sex life and sent to Homme.
"I was having a dry spell in my life. It happens to everybody," Pop said. "I thought, how much of my life am I going to have to wreck to get my sex life back? Let's write about what it was to make sure it was worth it."