Courtesy Record Store DayThis Friday marks the 2014 edition of Record Store Day's "Black Friday" campaign, a time for vinyl lovers to give thanks for their local independent record shops. Among the many artists that are releasing limited-edition and exclusive LPs, EPs, singles and collections in conjunction with the unofficial holiday are The Beatles, Neil Young, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Metallica and The Ramones.
The Beatles' offering is a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the band's rendition of the Little Richard classic and three other tunes.
Young is issuing a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma. The collection originally had been slated for release as part of this past April's Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.
Bowie's contribution to Record Store Day is a 10-inch single featuring his new song "Sue (or in a Season of Crime)," which also is included on the influential singer's new compilation, Nothing Has Changed. The track appears as the A-side of the single, which features another new Bowie song, "Tis a Pity She's a Whore," on its B-side.
Hendrix's Black Friday release is a two-LP set titled Hear My Music that's pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl. The album offers various unreleased studio recordings the late guitar legend made during 1969.
The Kinks' are issuing an expanded, two-LP, 180-gram vinyl version of their acclaimed 1971 album, Muswell Hillbillies. The first disc features the original album, while the second contains studio outtakes, rarities and recordings the band did for famed BBC deejay John Peel's radio show.
Metallica is issuing the 12-inch "Lords of Summer" single, featuring studio and live versions of the new song's "first pass."
The Ramones' Record Store Day release is a disc named Morrissey Curates The Ramones. As the title suggests, the album is a compilation featuring songs by the punk pioneers chosen personally by the former Smiths frontman.
Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day "Black Friday" event include discs from Bon Jovi, Ronnie James Dio, The Doors, Genesis, The Grateful Dead, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Iron Butterfly, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani and The Velvet Underground.
Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out the complete list of this year's "Black Friday" special releases.
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMTJust a reminder that the latest episode of the CMT television series Crossroads, which sees Bob Seger teaming up with country star Jason Aldean, premieres Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
The program will feature Seger and Aldean trading vocals on each other's big hits. You can check out preview clips of the two stars performing Bob's classic tunes "Turn the Page" and "Hollywood Nights" now at CMT.com and People.com, respectively.
Rhino/ElektraThe Doors traditionally are among the artists who issue limited-edition vinyl discs as part of Record Store Day's "Black Friday" campaign, and this year is no exception. The latest offering from the band in conjunction with the initiative not only is a cool collectible but also will raise money for a worthy cause.
It's a 12-inch vinyl split single, with one side featuring "Ghost Song" -- a spoken-word track from the 1978 album American Prayer -- and the other featuring "Drums," a cover of a tune written by late Native American singer/songwriter Peter LaFarge that Doors drummer John Densmore recorded with some other musicians for a 2010 tribute CD.
The special disc was the brainchild of Densmore, who explains to ABC News Radio that sales of the single will benefit the Honor the Treaties organization's efforts to "amplify voices of indigenous communities through art." He explains that he came up with the idea to put the two songs together because they both featured Native American themes and imagery. "Ghost Song" is a Jim Morrison poem set to music in which, as Densmore explains, "Jim talks about that incident when he was a kid...he felt like Native American spirits jump[ed] into him when he witnessed a car accident." As for "Drums," it's a song that LaFarge wrote about his struggle to maintain his pride in his Native American heritage.
In an interesting side note, Densmore's cover of "Drums" also features vocals by late Native American actor Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman, who portrayed the shaman in The Doors movie.
Densmore tells ABC News Radio that one of his inspirations for the single was famed graphic artist Shepard Fairey, who is a big supporter of Honor the Treaties and who created the striking cover art for the release.
Meanwhile, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer points out that releasing the single on the day following Thanksgiving seems well timed.
"It's sort of synchronistic," he maintains. "It's the day after that day we celebrate where, I don't know if we think enough about how the first peoples of this land taught us how to give thanks, and we were not terribly nice to them, ultimately. And so, I'm very pleased this is being released on Black Friday."
Densmore says that he's "extremely proud" of the "Ghost Song"/"Drums" single and hopes "that it sells well to get some dough, in the form of positive energy, to empower Native American artists and Native advocacy groups, and reach a worldwide audience."
Live Nation EntertainmentHere's one more reason to be thankful on Turkey Day, rock fans: KISS is one of the artists who will be performing at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The three-hour holiday extravaganza will air live on NBC starting at 9 a.m. ET.
In conjunction with the band's performance, 600 cheerleaders from throughout the U.S. will salute KISS during a medley of the group's classic songs. More than 3.5 million people are expected to gather along the route of the parade, while an estimated 50 million-plus viewers will be watching on TV nationwide.
KISS is scheduled to make their appearance on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade sometime between 11:13 and 11:18 a.m. ET. This marks the first time ever that the band will play the event. This year's entertainment lineup also includes Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, The Madden Brothers, Meghan Trainor and American Authors.
Amanda Edwards/WireImageThe Doors' two surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, recently reestablished their friendship after being estranged for a number of years. Still, the longtime band mates won't be spending Thanksgiving together, and have very different plans for the holiday at opposite sides of the U.S.
Densmore tells ABC News Radio that he will celebrate the holiday close to home with his girlfriend, who he says is "making a giant feast" for her family and his family.
The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that rather than focusing on the pilgrims who colonized America, he wants to acknowledge the first settlers of the continent during the festivities.
"Before we start chewing on the turkey, I'm gonna mention the Native American culture," he declares. "I was raised Catholic, you know, and I was always taught to thank Jesus. Well, I'm gonna say, 'Let's first thank the turkey for giving us our energy and, second, let's thank the Native Americans for giving us the idea of Thanksgiving.'"
As for Krieger, he'll be on tour in the New York area during the holiday so, tells ABC News Radio, "I'll probably be eating Thanksgiving dinner at a motel." Following a show Wednesday in Norfolk, Connecticut, with his current group Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen, the 68-year-old guitarist will have the holiday off, but then he and the band will play a concert the following day in Amityville, New York. In addition, Robby also will be performing at a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute concert this Saturday at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York City. The event's lineup also includes Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge.
Speaking about feasts, Densmore and Krieger have been promoting the recently released Doors video Feast of Friends, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray. The release features restored documentary and performance footage of the band shot in 1967 and '68.
Photo: MJ KimThanksgiving isn't known for being a particularly musical holiday, save for a few football halftime shows. That's about to change with this year with A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, a concert special airing tonight on VH1. The two-hour show will feature performances from a variety of well-known acts that hit the Tennessee music festival's stage over the years, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Metallica and Pearl Jam.
McCartney was a headliner at the 2013 edition of Bonnaroo and Elton performed this year, while both Metallica and Pearl Jam topped the festival's bill in 2008.
A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, which encourages viewers to take to social media with the hashtag #GobbleRoo, will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Meanwhile, Bonnaroo also is looking to be part of your Black Friday. Tickets for the 2015 edition of festival will go on pre-sale on November 28 at noon ET. Bonnaroo 2015 will be held June 11-14.
Courtesy Library of CongressIf watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade or football isn't your thing, you may want to spend your holiday watching The Piano Man instead....over and over again.
Starting at 8 a.m. ET, the MSG Network is airing A Thanksgiving State of Mind: The Billy Joel Marathon, an entire day's worth of programming dedicated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. You can watch six concert events, as well as a 30-minute documentary about Joel's residency at Madison Square Garden. This summer, he'll set the record for most shows performed at the legendary venue by a single artist: 65.
Among the concerts that will be airing are Live from Rome, The Last Play at Shea, Live from Yankee Stadium, Live from Long Island, The River of Dreams and Live from Shea. Each special will be repeated throughout the day, and the whole thing wraps up at 2 a.m. on Friday. Check your local listings for more details.
Image Courtesy of Gibson BrandsGibson will be releasing two new acoustic guitars based on the SJ-200 model played by Bob Dylan and designed with input by the legendary singer-songwriter.
The first is the limited-edition Bob Dylan Autographed SJ-200 Collector's Edition, which exactly replicates Dylan's custom-made SJ-200. Only 175 on the instruments will be produced, each one boasting a label autographed by Bob. The guitar features a headstock with an inlay of Dylan's "eye logo," as well as fancily decorated double pick guards. The instrument will come with a hard-shell carrying case featuring an embroidered version of the aforementioned eye logo.
The second guitar is called the SJ-200 Player's Edition, and features a design similar to that of the Collector's Edition, but made with different types of wood. This model comes with an an LR Baggs brand Anthem pickup.
"After years of design and development overseen by the artist's personal guidance, these new models represent the best in artistry and performance just as Bob Dylan represents the best in American songwriting," says Gibson Brands chairman Henry Juszkiewicz. "Taking elements from the historic SJ-200 line and blending them with Bob's personal vision for a signature model, these guitars represent the best of music history."
No release date has been announced for the guitars.
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoWhat do The Who's Roger Daltrey and R&B star Beyonce have in common, other than both being singers? Could be a lot more than that, depending on Daltrey himself.
In a recent video interview with GulfNews TV, Daltrey was asked for his opinion about several contemporary pop and rock artists, including Beyonce, and he reported that he's actually considering recording one of her songs.
"Class," Daltrey declared when the pop/R&B superstar's name was mentioned. "I'm making a solo album at the moment and I'm toying with doing one of her own songs -- a Beyonce song, just kind of changing the lyrics a bit and put it in the male."
Daltrey also addressed recent comments he made in the press about U.K. boy band One Direction, in which he apparently implied that he thought the group's music would not be considered significant over time. Roger explained that he'd been "rather misquoted with One Direction," and that he hadn't been attacking the band. "They've done incredibly well, and you can't knock that, that they've become the biggest pop band in the world," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stressed. "We were a pop band once, and there's nothing wrong with that...but I don't know what music will have significance in the future."
The 70-year-old singer also put his two cents in about Justin Bieber and his recent troubles. "What a shame. The boy needs help," said Daltrey, then addressed Bieber directly, saying, "Justin, give me a call, otherwise you're gonna end up like Keith Moon, and it'll be 'Goodnight, Vienna,' and I've lost too many friends. You don't need to go. You've got a lot to offer."
Daltrey also commented briefly about Taylor Swift, whom he called a "good country artist" and a "good-looking girl," and Kings of Leon, which he said are a "good" American rock ''n' roll band.
Lastly, Roger was asked to share his thoughts on the oft-maligned Coldplay. He praised Chris Martin's melodies and said that the sound that the band created "was totally original in its day," but noted that he isn't a fan of Martin's stage antics.
"I just wish he wouldn't run around so much on the stage, because it takes away from the music. It doesn't make the music stronger. It weakens it," Daltrey maintained. "He doesn't need to do it. When did you ever see Elvis run on the stage?"
Roger added that he has the same criticism of Mick Jagger. "Stop it!" he declared. "Stand still and dance."
Lloyd Bishop/NBCThere have been some odd rumors about Billy Joel over the years, but one recent one prompted the Piano Man to issue a statement. It turns out he did not, during a recent trip to the White House, take a smoke break with President Obama.
The D.C. publication The Hill claimed earlier this week that Billy was overheard at a Washington bar telling someone, "I was at the White House recently, and President Obama...said, ‘I’m going out on the North Portico to have a smoke. Do you want to come with me?” According to the publication's claim, Billy said that he replied, "Well, I haven’t smoked in a long time,” but then admitted that he couldn't turn down the offer.
The Hill further reported that Billy may have been referring to the time last December when he was at the White House for the Kennedy Center Honors.
However, Billy said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "The Obama part of the story is completely untrue. Nothing like that ever happened. I think their 'spy' had a few too many cocktails at that bar."
But if the "Obama part" of the story isn't true, which part is? Likely the other half of The Hill's report. It stated that Billy told a source at the bar that when he was on Capitol Hill last week to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, he was inRep. John Boehner's office, and the Speaker of the House "pulled out a pack of cigarettes and offered me one. And I said, ‘No thanks, I quit.’”
Image Courtesy of Ringo StarrBy now, the pattern of the Foo Fighters announcing a last-minute show in the city that will be profiled on that week's Sonic Highways episode has become quite apparent, so it comes as no surprise that the band has announced a concert for this Friday, November 28, at Seattle's The Showbox.
Tickets will be available at three locations throughout Seattle starting at 3 p.m. PT today. The locations are at The Showbox, Easy Street Records and Sonic Boom Records. Tickets will not be sold online.
This week's Seattle-themed episode of Sonic Highways will feature appearances from Heart's Nancy Wilson, ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. It also will inclue archival footage of Nirvana. After this week, the series will have only one episode left, which will focus on New York City. The Sonic Highways finale will air on December 5.
Image Courtesy of Badman Ltd.On February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy" will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and country legend Willie Nelson.
The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it's designed to highlight the organization's efforts to preserve our musical legacy. Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc. The theme of the event is the evolution of music's role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.
More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.org.
Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressThe U.K.'s Reading & Leeds Festivals have announced that Metallica will headline the 2015 events. The metal legends together with Pierce the Veil, Refused and Manchester Orchestra and are among the first confirmed performers. A full lineup for Reading & Leeds has yet to be revealed.
"We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time," says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. "We are practically the house band. Bring it!"
Metallica just finished up its week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The band powered through five nights of performances, including "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Enter Sandman," "Hit the Lights," "Sad but True" and "Fuel."
Reading & Leeds consists of two festivals occurring simultaneously in England -- Reading at Richfield Avenue and Leeds at Braham Park. The 2015 Reading & Leeds festivals will take place August 28-30. Tickets to both events are on sale now.
Image Courtesy of Universal Music Group - Anton CorbijnThe first fully authorized documentary on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is coming next year. Titled Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the documentary will be the first made with the full cooperation of Cobain's family.
"[Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck] is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain's life and provides no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks," reads a press release. The statement also promises that the film will contain Nirvana songs and performances, as well as never-before-heard Cobain originals.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen, who directed the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, will write, direct and produce Montage of Heck. Cobain's daughter, visual artist Francis Bean Cobain, will be the film's executive producer.
"I started work on this project eight years ago," says Morgen. "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which was most likely titled for the recently rediscovered Cobain mixtape of the same name, will air on HBO next year.
Myrna Suarez/Getty ImagesBilly Joel's Tuesday night concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden featured a couple of pre-Thanksgiving treats: guest appearances by his pals Sting and John Mellencamp.
According to multuple reports, Sting joined Billy to perform a duet on Billy's 1986 song, "Big Man on Mulberry Street." Sting sang that same song earlier this month as a tribute to Billy at the ASCAP Centennial Awards. Mellecamp, meanwhile, took the stage to sing his hit "Crumblin' Down," while Billy backed him up. The entire set list is posted on Setlist.fm.
The show was Billy's 11th at the Garden since he started his once-a-month residency there in January. He already has shows scheduled through July 1 of 2015. If he plays it, that show will break the record for most concerts by a single act at the legendary New York venue: it'll be his 65th career show there.
Columbia RecordsAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who's charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana, appeared in a New Zealand court Wednesday, but things didn't get off to the best of starts.
Rudd, 60, showed up late to court, prompting the judge to order a warrant for his arrest, according to SunLive.co.nz. Rudd arrived soon afterward. He did not enter a plea and remains free on bail until a December 2 court date.
Outside the courthouse, Rudd was seen taking a piggyback ride on one of his security guards.
The drummer initially also faced a murder-for-hire charge following his arrest earlier this month, but it was quickly withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.
AC/DC releases their new album, Rock or Bust, December 2.
Image Courtesy of RankinThe 45th anniversary of a historic recording session by The Rolling Stones at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, will be commemorated with a marker next week in the nearby town of Florence. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday, December 5, at the site of a former Holiday Inn where the band stayed while working on several of their classic songs at the renowned studio.
In early December of 1969, the British rock legends recorded "Wild Horses," "Brown Sugar" and "You Gotta Move," which all eventually were released on the group's 1971 album, Sticky Fingers. Studio co-owner Jimmy Johnson, who also was the guitarist of the famed group of Muscle Shoals session musicians known as The Swampers, engineered The Stones recordings, and will be in attendance at the ceremony.
"The Stones' visit was a major turning point," says Johnson. "I am very excited about the marker and appreciate the state support for our efforts to preserve and promote Muscle Shoals Music."
The acclaimed 1970 Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter includes footage of the some of the band's members recording in Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and also listening to a recording of "Brown Sugar" in a room at the Holiday Inn, which was torn down during the 1970s. Some of those scenes also appear in the 2013 Muscle Shoals documentary, as do new interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recalling the sessions.
The Alabama Tourism Department was responsible for producing the marker.
"Because the Muscle Shoals documentary contained actual film footage of the Rolling Stones' recording sessions here, more people are aware of that history,” says Tourism Department director Lee Sentell. "This should be…a unique photo opportunity for fans of the Stones."
Frontiers RecordsMembers of three big rock bands of the '80s, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints. Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat.
Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24. The band was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen's vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members' other groups are known.
Two other current members of Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and frontman Arnel Pineda, make guest appearances on Revolution Saints. Schon is featured on a song titled "Way to the Sun," while Pineda sings on a tune called "You're Not Alone."
"Revolution Saints, to me it's '80s-vibe rock with nuts," says Castronovo in a promo video for the album posted on the Frontiers Music YouTube channel. "I mean, you got …tons of melody, huge hooks and then you got amazing musicians."
Adds Deen, "Nobody really played it safe on this. It had enough freedom and it had enough air in it to where we could bring each one of our styles into this."
Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download. The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.
Here's the track list for Revolution Saints:
"Back on My Trail" "Turn Back Time" "You're Not Alone" (featuring Arnel Pineda) "Locked Out of Paradise" "Way to the Sun" (featuring Neal Schon) "Dream On" "Don't Walk Away" "Here Forever" "Strangers to This Life" "Better World" "How to Mend a Broken Heart" "In the Name of the Father (Fernando's Song)"
Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only) "You Are Not Alone" (Arnel Pineda version) "Way to the Sun" (Doug Aldrich version) "You Are Not Alone" (Deen Castronovo version)
DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only) Making of the Album documentary "Turn Back Time" (promo video) "Back on My Trail" (promo video) "Here Forever" (promo video) "Way to the Sun" (lyric video)
Mark Seliger; James O'MaraTwo of America's all-time great singer/songwriters, Paul Simon and James Taylor, will perform at a benefit event that will pay tribute to their late friend and Grammy-winning sax player Michael Brecker. "The Nearness of You" benefit concert will be held on January 20, 2015, at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The show, which also feature Bobby McFerrin and other well-known musicians, will raise money for cancer research at Columbia University Medical Center, and the work of two respected doctors, Azra Raza and Siddhartha Mukherjee, who are focused on finding a cure for Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS). Brecker died at the age of 57 in 2007 after a battle with MDS.
Meredith Viera will emcee the event, which is being produced by Michael's widow, Susan Brecker.
"When I learned that a cure for MDS will likely provide the key to curing leukemia, I realized there was no better way to honor my husband's legacy than by raising important funds for research through this benefit concert," says Susan in a statement.
Tickets for the concert are priced starting at $200 and are on sale now. You can buy them at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office in New York, via the phone by calling 212-721-6500 or online at Jazz.org.
Image Courtesy of Steven ErleAerosmith's Steven Tyler is one of the music artists chosen to perform at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which will be held on December 11 at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway. The concert takes place the day after the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which will honor two human-rights activists, India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, for "their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education."
Tyler says in a statement, "I am excited to bring rock 'n' roll to this incredible night, honoring some of the world's most courageous activists."
Other performers on the concert's lineup include hip-hop star Queen Latifah, British soul singer Laura Mvula, and Norwegian singer Gabrielle. Queen Latifah will also host the event.
The Nobel Peace Prize Concert is broadcast around the world, both on television and online: check NobelPeacePrizeConcert.org to find out when and where to watch the show in your area. Artists that have performed at previous Nobel Peace Prize Concerts include Paul McCartney, Sting, Santana, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Bon Jovi and A-ha.