Danny Clinch; ABC/Randy HolmesAll Things Must Pass is a new documentary about how Tower Records became a billion-dollar company in 1999 before the changing face of the music business led it to file for bankruptcy just seven years later. You can watch the trailer for the film, featuring interview clips with Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Dave Grohl, now on YouTube.
"If you came into town, you went to Tower Records," says Springsteen in the clip. Adds Elton, "Tower just had everything. They were like friends."
As for Grohl, he reveals in the trailer, "I got a job at Tower Records because that's the only place that I could get a job with my f****** haircut. That is the truth."
The film also includes interviews with Russ Solomon, who founded Tower Records in 1960.
All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks, will hit theaters October 16.
Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsVan Morrison celebrates his 70th birthday today. To mark the occasion, the prolific and influential singer/songwriter will play two concerts in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the city's EastSide Arts Festival.
The sold-out "Live on Cypress Avenue" shows will take place at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time on the very street he immortalized in the song "Cypress Avenue" from his acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks.
During his 50-plus-year career, Morrison has created an impressive body of work that includes the raw blues-rock of his early band Them, the folk-pop gem "Brown-Eyed Girl," the poetic, improvisation-heavy jazz-folk of Astral Weeks, the sultry pop-soul of Moondance, the R&B standard "Have a Told You Lately" and so much more. Among Van's many other memorable tunes are "Crazy Love," "Into the Mystic," "Domino," "Jackie Wilson Said," "Tupelo Honey" and "Wild Night."
Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003. This year, he not only received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's most prestigious honor, the Johnny Mercer Award, but was chosen to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the U.K. music business and the Northern Ireland tourist industry.
Van the Man has rarely gone more than two or three years without releasing a new studio album. His most recent, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue came out in March of 2015 and includes collaborations with Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Taj Mahal, Michael Bublé and the late Bobby Womack.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentMoody Blues frontman Justin Hayward recently launched his latest U.S. solo tour in support of his 2013 album Spirits of the Western Sky. In addition to showcasing his new material, the unplugged gigs give Hayward the chance to dig into his catalog and play some deeper cuts from The Moody Blues and his other solo releases.
Justin tells ABC Radio that for this tour's set, he's "changed up a few things, so it's working well…I think there's something there for everybody." Among the interesting tunes he currently is playing live is "Blue Guitar," a 1975 song he recorded with the band 10cc and that appears as a bonus track on the reissue of Blue Jays, his collaborative album with Moody Blues bassist John Lodge. He also has been performing such Moody Blues gems as "Watching and Waiting," "Never Comes the Day" and "It's Up to You."
As on his recent previous solo treks, Hayward is accompanied at his latest shows by virtuoso guitarist Mike Dawes and Moody Blues touring keyboardist and backing vocalist Julie Ragins. Justin says he and his backing group are "absolutely thrilled" with how well they're being received on the tour.
"We've had several sold-out shows and it seems to be growing, the appeal of this set and this style from the three of us," he notes. "We're very, very pleased."
The trek, which visited a variety of venues on the East Coast dates, now will head to the Midwest before eventually reaching the West Coast, where it will wrap up with a September 23 concert in Napa, California.
While Hayward has been touring with Dawes and Ragins on and off for the last two years, he hasn't recorded any new music with them, but he says that's something he eventually would like to do.
"We're looking at a couple of time periods when we can do things and be together," he tells ABC Radio. "At the moment we're just enjoying this set and evolving the set, and putting some new things in and developing it…I think the rest of that is down the line a little bit."
Meanwhile, Hayward recently recorded a new live version of the 1971 Moody Blues hit "The Story in Your Eyes" with a string quartet and the performance was filmed for a video that's been posted at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel. He says he worked on the tune with his Spirits of the Western Sky co-producer Alberto Parodi, and reveals that he's planning to do more performances along the same lines.
"We had so much fun making that," he says, "I think I might get together with the same people and do some new things and some old things with them too, and film it the same as we did before."
As for The Moody Blues, their next confirmed performances will take place on the upcoming third installment of their fan cruise, which is scheduled to run from February 26 to March 1, 2016. For more information, visit MoodiesCruise.com.
9/1 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage 9/2 -- Canton, MI, The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill 9/4 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center 9/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 9/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 9/10 -- Nashville, TN, James K. Polk Theater 9/11 -- St. Louis, MO, The Sheldon Concert Hall 9/12 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre 9/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater 9/14 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre 9/16 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater 9/19 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 9/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern 9/22 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's 9/23 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, will be released on Friday, September 4, but fans can get a preview of the high-def flick by heading over to RollingStone.com. The website has posted an exclusive clip of the Boston bad boys delivering a high-octane performance of their classic tune "Walk This Way."
Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 documents a headlining concert by the band from June of last year at the famed U.K. hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival.
"'Walk This Way' is a good representation of the DVD,"guitarist Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone. "We felt like it was a memorable show and we're glad we filmed it. To us, playing Donington is always a special event and it was more a roll of the dice since we were filming it. Happily our fans came out and most importantly, the energy was there between us and them."
He adds, "This clip is just a taste of the power of the whole DVD."
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom the folks who bring us the NOW That's What I Call Music! series comes a new compilation featuring a variety of spooky-themed tunes that will arrive just in time for everyone's favorite scary fall holiday. NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, which hits stores on Friday, September 11, is an 18-track collection that offers a mix of horrifying hits and macabre movie themes by a variety of pop and rock artists.
Among the tunes featured on the album are Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" and Donovan's "Season of the Witch." NOW Halloween! also includes Rob Zombie's "Dragula," Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" -- the theme to The Exorcist -- and Danny Elfman's main-title and end-title themes to Beetlejuice. In addition, the compilation features Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' classic Halloween single "Monster Mash."
Check out the complete track list for the NOW That's What I Call Halloween! comp:
"Halloween Theme" -- John Carpenter "Dragula" -- Rob Zombie "O Fortuna" -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus "Tubular Bells (Theme from the Exorcist)" -- Mike Oldfield "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- Blue Oyster Cult "Devil Inside" -- INXS "Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)" -- Jace Everett "Werewolves of London" -- Warren Zevon "Ghost Town" -- The Specials "Dead Man's Party" -- Oingo Boingo "Monster Mash" -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers "This Is Halloween" -- The Citizens of Halloween "Season of the Witch" -- Donovan "I Put a Spell on You" -- Nina Simone "Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title" -- Danny Elfman "Ghostbusters" -- Run-DMC "A Nightmare on My Street" -- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Somebody's Watching Me" -- Rockwell
Terry O'Neil/UMeThe Who's Pete Townshend is part of a diverse lineup of guest artists who collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the influential French electronic-music composer's upcoming album, Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine, which will be released on October 16. The rock legend is featured on a song titled "Travelator (Part 2)."
In a new interview with USA Today, Jarre discusses why he was excited to have Townshend take part in the album.
"He was the first guy to introduce sequencers into rock music with songs such as 'Baba O'Riley,'" Jarre says. Also, "as one of the creators of the rock opera as a genre, he has an epic approach to performance that's quite close to my approach of performances for big concerts."
In addition to Townshend, Jarre teamed up with a variety of musicians from different genres and eras, including Erasure/ex-Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke, Tangerine Dream, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, Moby, AIR, composer/director John Carpenter and classical pianist Lang Lang.
"I've wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history and its legacy from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays," Jarre explains in a statement. "So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists who are, directly or indirectly linked to this scene, with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me over the last four decades I have been making music, but who also have an instantly recognizable sound."
For the Electronica project, rather than allowing the various collaborators to record their parts remotely, Jarre made the effort to join them in the studio so he could work directly with them on the tracks.
Jarre also is planning to release a sequel album, Electronica Part 2, featuring different cast of artists, sometime in spring 2016.
Here is the full track list and lineup of collaborators for Jarre's Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine:
"The Time Machine" (with Boys Noize) "Glory (with M83) "Close your eyes" (with AIR) "Automatic (Part 1)" (with Vince Clarke) "Automatic (Part 2)" (with Vince Clarke) "If..!" (with Little Boots) "Immortals" (with F*** Buttons) "Suns Have Gone" (with Moby) "Conquistador" (with Gesaffelstein) "Travelator (Part 2)" (with Pete Townshend) "Zero Gravity" (with Tangerine Dream) "Rely on Me" (with Laurie Anderson) "Stardust" (with Armin van Buuren) "Watching You" (with 3D of Massive Attack) "A Question of Blood" (with John Carpenter) "The Train & the River" (with Lang Lang)
Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all. The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.
Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and rehome him...I think after the huge amount of publicity that has been generated, the band thought that Algie should go back to them."
The auction still will feature a variety other props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio, which was founded by Harries. Among them is a different inflatable pig that was featured at Pink Floyd concerts after Roger Waters left the group. Other items include a giant pig's head featured at Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, a cast of an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon trek, and large figures of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May used during the group's The Magic Tour in 1986.
On the cover of Animals, "Algie," which was designed by Waters, appears attached to two of Battersea Power Station's massive smokestacks. As the story goes, during the photo shoot for the record the helium-filled prop broke free of its moorings and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled. The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.
Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues. Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.
Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.
While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it's gone on to become one of Morrison's most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks -- alternate takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George" and long versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."
Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van's 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter's first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200. It also featured Morrison's first top 10 hit, "Domino," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it includes the #23 single "Blue Money." The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts -- alternate takes of "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss" and "Gypsy Queen," and alternate versions of "I've Been Working" and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too."
Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:
"Astral Weeks" "Beside You" "Sweet Thing" "Cyprus Avenue" "The Way Young Lovers Do" "Madame George" "Ballerina" "Slim Slow Slider" "Beside You" (Take 1)* "Madame George" (Take 4)* "Ballerina" (Long Version)* "Slim Slow Slider" (Long Version)*
His Band and the Street Choir:
"Domino" "Crazy Face" "Give Me a Kiss" "I've Been Working" "Call Me Up in Dreamland" "I'll Be Your Lover, Too" "Blue Money" "Virgo Clowns" "Gypsy Queen" "Sweet Jannie" "If I Ever Needed Someone" "Street Choir" "Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Take 10)* "Give Me a Kiss" (Take 3)* "Gypsy Queen" (Take 3)* "I've Been Working" (Alternate Version)* "I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (Alternate Version)*
Credit: Ross HalfinJames Hetfield can sing and plays a mean guitar, but can the Metallica frontman do a viable zombie impression? You can find out by watching him "audition" to play a zombie in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.
The promotional clip was released as part of a campaign to raise money to help unemployed military veterans finds jobs. If you donate at Omaze.com/CallofDuty, you'll be entered for a chance to see a "zombified" version of yourself in Black Ops III.
Early in the clip, you hear someone asking Hetfield from out of frame what his motivation is, to which he responds, "Brains!" He then is reminded that zombies don't talk. Later in the clip, he points out, "Just so you know, [Metallica is] big in the zombie community," adding, "You ever heard of 'All Nightmare Long'?" Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows also appears in the video.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released on November 6.
Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel's piano during his concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
While Billy sang "Uptown Girl," J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer's feet.
How did this pairing come about? "Uptown Girl" is included in Amy's film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned. According to E!, Kyle Dunnigan, a writer for Amy's Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, posted video on Instagram earlier showing the two actresses rehearsing with Billy, but later deleted it.
Kim Caramele, Schumer's sister, later shared video of the actual concert, which she shot while standing behind J-Law and Amy as they danced and Billy sang.
Amy and Jennifer met a few months ago, and Jennifer recently told the New York Times that in the screenplay they're writing together, they'll play sisters. "Amy and I were creatively made for each other," she said. " We have different flavors. It's been the most fun experience of my life."
CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city's annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.
The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds -- or more than $15,000 -- combined. More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. The facility opened in 1996 and was co-founded by Sir Paul in the building that housed his old school.
Among the other interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned are a variety of autographed singles, albums, photos and documents signed by Beatles members; a piece of the original Cavern Club stage; a 1955 John Lennon detention sheet from Liverpool's Quarry Bank High School; and handbills from a number of early Fab Four concerts.
For more details about the sale, visit BeatlesAuction.co.uk. The auction is being held in conjunction with Liverpool's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which runs through this Monday, September 1. The lineup of artists and Beatles-related celebs scheduled to appear at the festival include Donovan, Badfinger's Joey Molland, one-time Wings member Denny Seiwell, former Lennon flame May Pang, George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd and photographer Bob Gruen. Plenty of details about the fest have been posted at LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.
ABC News RadioWho better to develop a new slasher movie than the man known as Slash?
The rocker will produce a horror film with Revolver Picture Company that will be a throwback to 1980s flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot has not yet been revealed.
Slash got involved after meeting with some folks at Revolver. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "They had an idea that tied in perfectly with a theme that I was working on at the time. From there, together with [screenwriter] Brian Sieve, I think we developed something awesome."
The goal is that the movie will evolve into a franchise.
Slash isn't new to the horror film genre -- he produced 2013's Nothing Left to Fear.
Credit: Steven SebringPatti Smith gave a special intimate performance on Wednesday night at New York City's Electric Lady Studios to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix opened the famed recording facility. Smith, who actually was at the studio that day in 1970, performed her 1975 debut album Horses in its entirety.
The show was the inaugural installment of the "Live at Electric Lady" concert series, and was recorded for an upcoming high-quality vinyl release that will be the first disc to be issued on the just-announced Electric Lady Records label. According to RollingStone.com, the punk poet also shared stories about various songs she performed, with her longtime backing band, and also recited some of her poetry.
About Horses' final tune, "Elegie," which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend and late Blue Oyster Cult member Allen Lanier, Smith said, "A lot has happened in 40 years and all of us have lost people that we love...obviously we can't name them all, but this little song, written for Jimi Hendrix, now becomes a song to honor and remember all of them."
Among the many celebrities who attended the concert were ex-R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Liv Tyler, director Darren Aronofsky, The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture, Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, Natasha Lyonne, Dakota Johnson, designer Christian Siriano and photographers Danny Clinch and Mark Seliger.
As previously reported, Patti has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses' release at her shows throughout 2015, and she will launch a series of European and U.S. dates starting with a September 19 show in Zurich, Switzerland.
UMeA new full-length preview clip from Hollywood Vampires, the all-star tribute album organized by Alice Cooper and big-screen superstar Johnny Depp, has debuted online. The collective's rendition of The Who's "My Generation" can be heard in its entirety now at the Hollywood Vampires VEVO channel.
The song is a hard-rocking, relatively faithful version of the classic 1966 tune that features Alice on lead vocals, Johnny and Cooper band mate Tommy Henriksen on guitars, frequent Depp collaborator Bruce Witkin on bass, and longtime Who touring member Zak Starkey -- Ringo Starr's son -- on drums.
As previously reported, Hollywood Vampires pays homage to some of the late rock stars that Cooper partied with during the 1970s as part of an informal drinking club of the same name. One of the shock rocker's fellow club members was The Who's Keith Moon, which is why Alice chose to record a tune by the band.
Three other tracks from the Hollywood Vampires album had previously been posted at the project's VEVO channel -- an original tune titled "Dead Drunk Friends," a cover of Spirit's "I Got a Line on You" and a medley combining Cooper's own "School's Out" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2."
Other guest artists featured on Hollywood Vampires include Paul McCartney, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Slash, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell. The album will be released on September 1.
Credit: Rob HarriesOne of most famous props in the annals of rock history is about to go under the hammer. The giant inflatable pig tied to London's Battersea Power Station that appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, will be auctioned off next month as part of a U.K. memorabilia sale.
The floating pig, nicknamed "Algie," is among the many props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio that will be offered for sale September 15 via Durrants auction house.
Other items going up for bid include an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon Tour, a giant pig head featured at Roger Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, and props used by AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.
Creator Rob Harries tells BBC News he decided to sell the props -- which for years had been stored in his workshop -- because he changed his artistic direction toward sculpture rather than inflatable pieces.
"I'm sad to see them go but they very rarely see the light of day and so I would be quite happy for someone else to take them for a walk," the artist says. "The clear-out has been quite cathartic and brought back a lot of memories, but I do feel I've been there and done that now, and it's time to move on."
Waters designed "Algie," and a dramatic composite photo of the 40-foot prop moored to the huge power station served as the cover art for Animals. During the photo shoot, the helium-filled "Algie" infamously broke free and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled. The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.
Credit: Paolo PellegrinCongratulations go out to U2 guitarist The Edge, whose oldest child, Hollie Evans, got married this past weekend in Tuscany, Italy. The Irish Mirror reports that the rock star was on hand to walk his 31-year-old daughter down the aisle.
According to the paper, Hollie wed her childhood sweetheart, Jamie Hewitson.
Hollie is one of three adult daughters The Edge fathered with his first wife, Aislinn. He also has a teenage daughter and his son with his second wife, Morleigh Steinberg. The 54-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer became a grandfather when his youngest daughter with Aislynn, Blue Angel, gave birth to a son.
Meanwhile, U2 has debuted a new official video for its Songs of Innocence single "Song for Someone" on its official Facebook page. The visually striking black-and-white clip was directed by illustrator and photographer Matt Mahurin.
U2 kicks off a European leg of its iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 next Friday, September 4, in Turin, Italy. The trek runs through a November 15 show in Paris.
Credit: Dr. James ThomasElton John's outrageous outfits have become legendary, and now one of them has inspired the name of a newly discovered species of crustacean, according to Phys.org.
While exploring the remote coral reefs of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Dr. James Thomas from the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Florida and his colleagues from Naturalis Natural History museum in the Netherlands discovered the tiny crustacean, which lives inside another reef dweller.
Thomas, it turns out, is a big fan of the 68-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist, and he named the amphipod Leucothoe eltoni for its unusual shape, which reminded him of a famous outfit John wore in the 1975 film adaptation of The Who rock opera Tommy.
As Thomas explained in his scientific paper about the crustacean, its name was "in reference to the large shoe-like first gnathopod [a clawlike appendage] of this species and the oversize boots Elton John wore as the local pinball champion in the movie Tommy."
Thomas' paper on the species was published in the journal ZooKeys.
Credit: Danny ClinchIs there a new Pearl Jam album on the horizon? In an interview with Vice, bassist Jeff Ament says the band may return to the studio in 2016.
"The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year," Ament says. Pearl Jam's last album was 2013's Lightning Bolt.
Ament didn't give any more details about the prospective new Pearl Jam album -- the interview mostly focused on his efforts building skate parks for youth communities in South Dakota and his home state Montana, which he pays for himself.
"The way I look at it is if I'm touring and doing more things with the band, I make more money," Ament says. "If I make more money I build more parks. It helps me get more excited about touring because I'm usually not too excited about it."
Pearl Jam will headline the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on September 26 in New York City's Central Park, and will kick off a South American tour in November.
Nels Israelson; Marina ChavezJackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt will be on hand to celebrate the unveiling of a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today honoring veteran music industry executive Joe Smith. Browne and Raitt will serve as guest speakers at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event. If you aren't able to attend the ceremony in person, it will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.
During his long career, Smith has served as president of Warner Bros. Records, chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records and president and CEO of Capitol-EMI Music. In addition, during the 1980s he interviewed more than 230 artists, producers and other music-industry figures for a book he wrote titled Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music. He later donated his collection of audio interviews from the project to the Library of Congress. You can hear some of these interviews, including Smith's conversations with Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, Ray Charles and B.B. King, at the Blank on Blankofficial YouTube channel.
Credit: James Minchin IIIRolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger may not be the only rock star who is helping to develop a new HBO series focusing on the music business. Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora tells ABC Radio that he's executive producing a show for the cable network that's based on a script he wrote and that focuses an up-and-coming rock band and "the toil, trials and tribulations" it goes through while trying to make it big.
Sambora claims that he got involved in the project after HBO contacted him about doing the music for a project that was being developed. Instead, the New Jersey rocker explains, he showed the network reps a script he'd written three years earlier that was inspired by his own experiences in the music industry which they wound up liking better than the one they had.
Richie tells ABC Radio that his decision to write a fictional script came about after he kept being approached to pen a tell-all memoir, something to which he was very opposed.
"It's like, I don't want to do that clichéd thing about who slept with who, what substance happened here, what was going on there," he points out. "I'm a Jersey guy so I keep everything to the chest. I don't want to talk about anybody anyway, right? Plus, I have a daughter...So I said, 'Why don't I write a teleplay?'"
Meanwhile, Sambora points out that he had a wide variety of experiences from which to draw for his script, beyond his many highlights as a member of one of the world's biggest rock bands.
As he recalls, "I went between [being a] record company president [at age 28,] and then I had another label. I was a manager. I'm a mentor. I'm a songwriter for other artists. I produce other artists…I have all that life experience."
According to Sambora, HBO was interested in more than just his script: The network actually wanted him to star in the show as well, but he maintains that he isn't interested.
"I don't like acting that much, so I'm not going to do it," he insists. "It wouldn't leave me any time to do anything else too."
ABC Radio asked HBO for more info about the show, but couldn’t find anyone at the network who is aware of its existence.
Sambora is involved in a variety of other projects, with the main one being the new collaborative album he's been working on with his current girlfriend, Australian rock guitar whiz Orianthi, which he expects to release sometime next year.
No word on when we might see the series that Richie says he's executive producing. As previously reported, the HBO show Jagger is co-producing, titled Vinyl, is a drama that centers on the music biz in New York City during the mid-1970s and is scheduled to premiere in 2016.