Credit: Amy GranthamWhile Graham Nash will wind down his current U.S. tour leg in support of his latest solo album, This Path Tonight, this week, the folk-rock legend has announced a new series of stateside dates that will take place in the summer. The just-added concerts span from a July 13 performance in Okemah, Oklahoma, through an August 7 gig in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Among the other cities Nash will visit during the summer outing are St. Louis; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Annapolis, Maryland; Seattle; and Portland, Oregon. The Oklahoma show is a benefit for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Graham's itinerary includes a pair of previously reported festival appearances, on July 17 at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, New York, and on August 6 at the Vertex Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Accompanying Graham on all of his solo dates is Crosby, Stills & Nash touring guitarist Shane Fontayne, who produced This Path Tonight and co-wrote all of the songs on the album. As previously reported, the record was inspired by recent major personal changes in Nash's life, including the breakup of his 38-year marriage.
The twice-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will wrap up his current trek with a May 14 show in New York City. He then will head to Europe for a string of dates running from a May 24 concert in London through a June 19 gig in Oslo, Norway.
Nash also will appear this Monday, May 9, as the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
Here are all of Nash's upcoming U.S. tour dates:
5/7 -- Dallas, TX, Granada Theater 5/9 -- San Antonio, TX, Empire Theatre 5/11 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 5/12 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 5/14 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall 7/13 -- Okemah, OK, Crystal Theatre – Benefit for Woody Guthrie Folk Festival* 7/14 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino* 7/16 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre* 7/17 -- Patchogue, NY, Great South Bay Music Festival 7/19 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse* 7/20 -- Harrisburg, PA, The Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts - Sunoco Theater* 7/21 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere* 7/24 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head on Stage* 8/2 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre* 8/3 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater* 8/6 -- Buena Vista, CO, Vertex Festival 8/7 -- Santa Fe, NM, The Lensic Performing Arts Center*
Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Josh CheuseAxl Rose makes his first official appearance as an AC/DC member in a new video invitation for the band's show in Lisbon, Portugal, this Saturday, May 7. In the clip, posted on the Everything Is New Facebook page, the Guns N' Roses singer is seen sitting alongside founding AC/DC guitarist Angus Young and the group's longtime bassist Cliff Williams.
In the brief video, Young declares, "Lisbon, here we come. You know, we're really excited to be here in Portugal. We're here to give you a great rock show, so we hope to see you all there."
Axl then says, "Absolutely. We're very excited to be there," to which Williams adds, "And we'll see you on Saturday."
In March, AC/DC postponed the final 10 U.S. shows of its Rock or Bust trek after longtime singer Brian Johnson announced that he was struggling with hearing issues and would be forced to stop touring. A few weeks later, the band revealed that it would complete the European tour dates, as well as its soon-to-be-rescheduled U.S. shows, with the Guns N' Roses singer taking over frontman duties from Johnson.
The European trek is mapped out through a June 12 concert in Arhus, Denmark. Axl is then scheduled to resume Guns N' Roses' "Not in This Lifetime" Tour in Detroit.
Meanwhile, AC/DC has posted a new band photo featuring Rose on its official Facebook page. In addition, the band has posted a message about the resumption of its tour on its official website that includes testimonials from Alice Cooper, former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde and ex-Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx all commenting about how they think Axl will fit in well with AC/DC.
Cooper says, "You know, his voice is absolutely perfect for that band."
Wylde maintains, "I couldn't think of a better choice than Axl Rose. Axl's such a huge fan. So, yeah, Axl's gonna be beyond honored, and I think it's gonna be awesome."
Lastly, Sixx notes, "I think Axl's got the right voice for that band."
Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesSome rock fans who've gotten to see The Who on its 50th anniversary tour may be of the opinion that frontman Roger Daltrey is aging like fine wine, so perhaps it's appropriate that the singer is launching his own special limited-edition Champagne. The bubbly, called Cuvée Roger Daltrey, is being produced by the Charles Orban Champagne vineyard, and will be available for purchase on June 18.
The Champagne is a collaboration between Daltrey and Eminent Life, a company that creates limited-edition products that celebrate excellence in music and the arts. Cuvée Roger Daltrey features a logo that incorporates The Who's classic bullseye insignia along with the singer's signature. The label's design also includes elements of the Tommy album cover.
A bottle of the Champagne sells for 95 pounds, or about $138. In addition, Eminent Life is selling solid pewter ice buckets branded with the Cuvée Roger Daltrey logo and coming in a variety of colors for 650 pounds -- or about $942 -- a piece. A portion of the proceeds raised by the Champagne and the buckets will be donated to the Teen Cancer America charity that Daltrey co-founded with his Who band mate Pete Townshend.
According to Eminent-Life.com, Cuvée Roger Daltrey is made from "a subtle blend of three grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier," and "has a creamy texture with fine, lively bubbles."
"I am very excited to have this opportunity to express my passion for champagne through this limited edition cuvee," says Daltrey in a statement posted on the Evening Standard's website. "I hope people enjoy it as much as I do."
Crush MusicA while back, pop-rock band Train announced that they'd recorded one of their favorite albums -- the classic Led Zeppelin II -- in its entirety, and that they'd be performing it in June at the Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain, New York. Now a lot more people will be able to hear it, and see them play it live.
The band will release their recording of Led Zeppelin II on June 3, with all of the proceeds going to their favorite charity, San Francisco's Family House. You can pre-order the record now on iTunes and Amazon and get a download of "What Is and What Should Never Be" instantly. Vinyl copies -- the first 100 of which will be signed -- will be available in the band's Web store. You also can stream the songs on a variety of platforms now, just in case you need convincing that Train can actually pull this off.
In addition, Train has announced a brief club tour during which they'll perform the album live, starting June 1 in New York City. The band also has lined up performances in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. Tickets go on sale May 13 at 10 a.m. local time. On June 10, the band will play a Zeppelin tune on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
In a statement, frontman Pat Monahan says, "I've been singing Zeppelin songs in every band I've been in since I was a young kid, Train included. It only made sense to record a Zeppelin album for all of you...When we perform Zeppelin songs it brings people a different perspective of our band and brings us closer to people because their work is a common love for so many."
He adds, "We're just fans of the greatest rock band ever. We work really hard to be the best band we can be and playing Zeppelin's music gives us a great feeling of accomplishment."
Here are the tour dates:
6/1 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 6/2 -- Hunter Mountain, NY, Mountain Jam Festival (tickets already on sale) 6/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour 6/8 -- Seattle, WA, Neumos 6/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsOn Wednesday night, Paul McCartney became the latest music star to pay homage to Prince in concert when he launched into a version of "Let's Go Crazy" during his show at the Target Center in the late entertainer's hometown of Minneapolis.
Sir Paul has posted a video clip from the event showing him and his band going from the Wings tune "Hi, Hi, Hi" directly into a raucous, abbreviated rendition of "Let's Go Crazy," a chart-topping hit from Prince's 1984 Purple Rain album.
During the performance, Prince's famous symbol was shown on the giant screen behind the stage. McCartney told the audience after playing the tune, "Here's to the man! Loved that guy…Thank you, Prince, for writing so many beautiful songs, so much beautiful music. And he's your guy."
According to the Star Tribune, McCartney also told the crowd that he'd seen Prince play live a number of times in London and got to watch him perform at a small club this past New Year's Eve. Paul then declared, "Minneapolis, Prince. Prince, Minneapolis. It goes together."
In addition, the newspaper reported that McCartney also paid tribute to George Martin during the concert with a performance of the early Beatles hit "Love Me Do," which was the first song the Fab Four recorded with the late producer.
McCartney's One on One Tour continues tonight with a second show in Minneapolis. You can check out his full itinerary at PaulMcCartney.com.
Brian Rasic/WireImageThe fourth installment of Syfy's Sharknado series, titled Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, has a lot of the same elements as its three predecessors: sharks, tornadoes and a whole lot of celebrity cameos. This time around Vince Neil of Motley Crue will be making an appearance, playing himself.
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which will star returning leads Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, will premiere on Syfy July 31 at 8 p.m. ET.
Warner Bros. Records Red Hot Chili Peppers have officially announced the details of their 11th studio album. The record will be called The Getaway, and it will be released June 17. You can listen to the funky lead single, called "Dark Necessities," now on YouTube.
The Getaway, RHCP's first release since 2011's I'm With You, was produced by Danger Mouse and was mixed by frequent Radiohead-collaborator Nigel Godrich. The album is now available for pre-order, and includes an instant download of "Dark Necessities."
The Chili Peppers will be hitting the festival circuit this summer in support of The Getaway, including headlining performances at Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Rock on the Range.
Here is The Getaway track list:
"The Getaway" "Dark Necessities" "We Turn Red" "The Longest Wave" "Goodbye Angels" "Sick Love" "Go Robot" "Feasting on the Flowers" "Detroit" "This Ticonderoga" "Encore" "The Hunter" "Dreams of a Samurai"
ACL Music FestivalIf you’re a fan of fine, fine music – and of course you are – you need to get yourself to Austin, Texas this fall for the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which this year celebrates their milestone anniversary with a talent lineup that’s even more impressive than the fest’s usual A-list roster.
Radiohead, KendrickLamar and Mumford& Sons top the diverse bill, which also includes the recently-reunited LCDSoundsystem, current country music gorilla ChrisStapleton, country music legend WillieNelson, the ladies of HAIM, electronica collective MajorLazer, and more.
It’s the first appearance for Mumford & Sons and Radiohead at the festival, which takes place across two consecutive weekends – September 30-October 2, and October 7-9 – at Austin’s Zilker Park. More than 130 bands will play on a total of eight stages during the the festival .
In anticipatation of the crowds and in response to feedback from past attendees, organizers say they’ve taken numerous steps to make this year’s festival a better experience for all, including more water stations and improved concessions and shopping, a family entrance and shaded “Austin Kiddle Limits”area, and adjusted stage placement for better sound and crowd control.
Tickets for the Austin City Limits Festival are on sale now via ACLFestival.com in a variety of packages, including a three-day general admission pass that’ll cost you $225. If you can’t make it, no worries – the festival will stream live on Red Bull TV as well as on the festival website, where you can also check out the festival lineup so far, as well as sign up for email updates.
Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesMaybe replacing ailing frontman Brian Johnson with Axl Rose wasn't such a great idea for AC/DC.
Billboard reports that thousands of fans in Belgium and Spain have requested ticket refunds for upcoming dates on the band's European tour.
An unnamed source tells the magazine that there was "a bit of drama" surrounding the substitution of frontmen resulting in the refund requests. But, the source says, there were also a significant number of new ticket buyers. Tour personnel "aren't worried about it," the source is quoted as saying.
News of the refund requests first surfaced earlier this week in Beligian newspaper De Standaard.
Last month, AC/DC postponed 10 shows in the U.S. after Johnson announced that he was struggling with hearing issues and would be forced to stop touring, AC/DC announced plans to complete the European dates on its Rock or Bust tour with the Guns N' Roses singer subbing for Johnson.
Credit: Claude GassianPresumptive Republican presidential nomineee Donald Trump has hit a stone wall -- a Rolling Stones wall, that is. The iconic British band has demanded that he stop using their music for any part of his campaign.
In a statement, Sir MickJagger and company said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and "have requested that they cease all use immediately."
"Start Me Up" and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" have been heard at Trump campaign events as part of an eclectic hodgepodge of tunes Trump has used including opera and Elton John.
Bryan Steffy/WireImageEmerson, Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer will be joined by former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and Vanilla Fudge keyboardist Mark Stein this summer for a special tribute show to late ELP keyboard player Keith Emerson.
This show, Pictures at an Exhibition -- A Tribute to Keith Emerson, will feature Palmer's ELP Legacy band with the special guests and performances by The Center for Contemporary Dance,interpreting ELP's music in contemporary dance routines. The tribute show will be staged one night only, Friday, June 24, at the Olympia Theater in Miami.
The show will take place in the middle of Palmer's Remembering Keith and the Music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour, which begins June 2 in New York and continues through a July 12 show in Dallas. The tour was originally planned as a celebration of Palmer's 50th anniversary in music, but its focus was changed to honor his former band mate after Emerson's death in March.
Here are all the dates for Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy Remembering Keith and the Music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour:
6/2 -- New York, NY, BB King Blues Club 6/3 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre 1894 6/5 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 6/6 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café 6/7 -- Arlington, MA, Regent Theatre 6/8 -- Hamilton Ontario, Canada Studio in Hamilton Canada 6/9 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak 6/10 -- Bay Shore, NY, YMCA Boulton Performing Arts Center 6/11 -- Syracuse NY, Benefit for Crouse Health Foundation-Palace Theater 6/12 -- Ferndale, MI,The Magic Bag 6/15 -- Ridgefield CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 6/16 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Hudson Valley Theater 6/17 -- Lexington MI, Lexington Village Theater 6/18 -- Parma, OH, Benefit for Alive Inside - Valley Forge, HS 6/24 -- Miami FL, Olympia Theater, Pictures at an Exhibition -- A Tribute to Keith Emerson 7/5 -- Shreveport, LA, Silver Lake Ballroom 7/8 -- Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club 7/9 -- Indio, CA, The Rock Yard Casino 7/12 -- Dallas, TX, Poor David's
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesDirector and former child star Ron Howard is bringing his Beatles documentary -- working title Eight Days a Week -- to Hulu.
This fall after its theatrical run, the film will head to the streaming service, marking Hulu's first exclusive documentary premiere after a theatrical release. According to Variety, the film highlights the band's early days, 1962 to 1966, featuring never-before-seen footage. The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as George Harrison's widow Olivia and Yoko Ono, were involved in the making of the film.
In 2014 Howard told Rolling Stone, "I believe you're going to actually feel like you're somewhere in the Sixties, seeing what it was like to be there, feeling it and hearing it. And as a film director, that's a fantastic challenge."
Eight Days a Week is Howard's second music documentary. In 2013, he directed the Jay Z festival film Made in America.
Credit: Ross HalfinMetallica's James Hetfield is one of the most famous rock vocalists in the world, but there was a time when the musician had a bit of a confidence problem. According to Megaforce Records co-founder Jon "Jonny Z" Zazula, who signed Metallica to their first record deal, the band briefly considered making drummer Lars Ulrich their frontman.
"Lars and I planned a lot of stuff. But James wasn't the most confident of singers," Zazula tells Metal Hammer. "I don't think he felt comfortable."
"At one point there was even talk of Lars becoming the frontman," he continues. "For about five seconds."
Of course, Ulrich stayed behind the kit, Hetfield handled vocal duties and Metallica became, well, Metallica. Ulrich will keep on drumming and Hetfield will keep on singing on the metal legends' forthcoming 10th studio album, which is expected to be released this year.
Credit: Arnie GoodmanBritish Invasion legends The Yardbirds will return to the U.S. for a monthlong tour this summer. The trek gets underway on June 30 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, and will stop in a variety of cities in the Northeast before making its way to the West Coast, winding down with a July 30 performance at the Mount Baker Fest in Bellingham, Washington.
Prior to the June 30 tour kickoff, The Yardbirds will play an intimate VIP rehearsal event on June 29 at the Regent Theatre. Fans attending the show will get the chance to have the band members autograph items, and the first 60 also will receive a collector's T-shirt.
The Yardbirds current touring lineup is led by founding drummer Jim McCarty and also includes John Idan on vocals and guitar, Johnny A on lead guitar, journeyman bassist Kenny Aaronson and ex-Ram Jam member Myke Scavone on harmonica and backing vocals.
Here are all of The Yardbirds' confirmed U.S. tour dates, according to Yardbirds.us:
6/30 -- Arlington, MA, Regent Theatre 7/1 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak 7/2 -- Highmount, NY, Belleayre Music Fest 7/3 -- North Truro, MA, Payomet PAC 7/6 -- Warrendale, PA, Jergels Rhythm Room (Amusement Park) 7/7 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Life 7/8 -- New Hope, PA, Havana 7/9 -- Bay Shore, NY, Boulton Center 7/10 -- Bethesda, MD, Bethesda Blues & Jazz 7/17 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe 7/19 -- San Diego, CA, Belly Up 7/21 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon Club 7/22 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Theatre 7/23 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 7/24 -- Beverly Hills, CA, The Saban Theatre 7/26 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's 7/27 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre 7/29 -- Seattle, WA, Triple Door 7/30 -- Bellingham, WA, Mount Baker Fest
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesThe Who apparently are prepared to stay on the road beyond their 50th anniversary with the announcement of a new late-summer European trek dubbed the Back to The Who Tour. The outing -- which kicks off on August 29 in Glasgow, U.K., and is plotted out through a September 19 show in Milan, Italy -- will take place prior to the band's just-confirmed appearance at the star-studded classic-rock-themed Desert Trip festival in Indio, California.
The tour also will include stops in four other U.K. cities, two German dates and performances in Vienna, Austria, and Bologna, Italy.
The Who recently launched the second North American leg of its The Who Hits 50! Tour, which will wind down May 29 in Las Vegas, and the band also has lined up a four European dates in the middle of June. You can check out the group's full itinerary at TheWho.com.
As previously reported, The Who and Roger Waters both will perform during the final day of the Desert Trip Festival, which runs from October 7 to October 9 at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will play the event's first day, while Paul McCartney and Neil Young will take the stage for day two of the fest.
Here are The Who's newly announced European dates:
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: 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: 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