The event was captured by fourteen 35-millimeter cameras and shot by Ed Sullivan Productions in collaboration with Beatles manager Brian Epstein. In addition to the restoration of the footage, the show's audio has been remastered by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios.
Meanwhile, a new trailer for Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years has debuted on The Beatles' official YouTube channel. The video features a montage of archival clips of the group, as well as some new interview footage of Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney and discussing what it was like for the band members to deal with the throngs of screaming fans.
"This mania was so much pressure," says Starr, while McCartney adds, "We were kids. We were all pretty scared."
Paul also touches on why the band decided to stop touring, pointing out, "We all started to get pretty fed up…We were looking for somewhere new to go."
Eight Days a Week -- The Tour Years, which takes an in-depth look at the Fab Four's history from 1962 to 1966, will get its world premiere in London on September 15, then will open in U.S. theaters the following day. It will be available for streaming starting on September 17 exclusively on Hulu.
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsAn expansive 27-disc box set featuring a treasure trove of rare and previously unreleased early Pink Floyd audio and video will hit stores November 11. The Early Years -- 1965-1972 contains 130 tracks and more than 15 hours of video footage, including television performances, live tracks, BBC sessions, outtakes, demos, interviews and more, separated into seven individual packages focusing on a specific year or multi-year period.
The package includes more than 20 previously unreleased songs, including newly mixed versions of the 1967 tunes "Vegetable Man" and "In the Beechwoods," and seven hours of live audio performances. The collection also includes seven hours of rare concert footage, a series of five replica seven-inch vinyl singles, a variety of memorabilia, rare and unseen photos, and a number of feature films to which Pink Floyd provided soundtrack music.
The seven packages included in The Early Years box set are CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION, which covers the years 1965 to 1967, when Syd Barrett led the band; GERMIN/ATION, which focuses on 1968; DRAMATIS/ATION, which looks at 1969; DEVI/ATION, which features music and footage from 1970; REVERBER/ATION, which covers 1971; OBFUSC/ATION, which focuses on 1972; and CONTINU/ATION, which boasts bonus material from various years. Each package features at least one or more CD and at least one DVD or Blu-ray disc.
The first six packages also will be released individually in early 2017, while CONTINU/ATION is exclusive to the box set. There's a full track list at PinkFloyd.com, and a trailer for the collection on Pink Floyd's official YouTube channel.
In addition, a two-CD companion to the box set titled The Early Years -- CRE/ATION will be released November 11.
Young will be performing with his current backing group, Promise of the Real, which is led by Willie's son Lukas Nelson. The musical extravaganza's lineup also features Sheryl Crow, ex-Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson's band Chris Robinson Brotherhood and country acts Lee Ann Womack and Brothers Osborne. Additional performers will be announced soon.
Tickets for the Outlaw Music Festival go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and the Montage Mountain box office and by calling 800-745-3000. Citi card members and artist fan-club members can purchase pre-sale tickets now through Thursday, July 28, at 10 p.m.
In addition to the various performances, the festival will feature local cuisine and beer, as well as offering attendees the chance to buy crafts from local artisans.
As previously reported, Farm Aid 2016 will be held at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and will feature performances by Young, Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Promise of the Real, Alabama Shakes and more.
PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBruce Springsteen's autobiography Born to Run is coming September 27, but a few days before that, he'll release what's being called an "audio companion" to the book.
Chapter and Verse features 18 tracks, five of which haven't been released. Each song reflects the themes and sections of the book, starting with two tracks from Springsteen's first band, The Castiles. The final song is the title track from Bruce's 2012's disc, Wrecking Ball.
The album, due September 23, will be available as a single CD, double LP, and digital download. You can pre-order the package on Friday.
Here's the track listing:
"Baby I" — The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased) "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" — The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased) "He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" — Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased) "Ballad of Jesse James" — The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased) "Henry Boy" (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased) "Growin' Up" (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on Tracks) "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (1973, The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle) "Born to Run" (1975, Born to Run) "Badlands" (1977, Darkness on the Edge of Town) "The River" (1980, The River) "My Father’s House" (1982, Nebraska) "Born in the U.S.A." (1984, Born in the U.S.A.) "Brilliant Disguise" (1987, Tunnel of Love) "Living Proof" (1992, Lucky Town) "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995, The Ghost of Tom Joad) "The Rising" (2002, The Rising) "Long Time Comin'" (2005, Devils & Dust) "Wrecking Ball" (2012, Wrecking Ball)
The collective includes former Jefferson Starship guitarist Slick Aguilar, bassist Peter Kaukonen and drummer Prairie Prince, as well as Grace Slick's former brother-in-law and former Great Society band mate Darby Slick, who wrote the classic Jefferson Airplane hit "Somebody to Love." Rounding out the lineup are one-time Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila and Joli Valenti, son of late Quicksilver Messenger Service singer Dino Valenti. Eva and Joli, respectively, will handle Grace Slick's and Marty Balin's vocal parts for the cover tunes The Airplane Family & Friends perform.
Michael Gaiman, The Airplane Family's manager, tells ABC Radio that the band mainly will be playing well-known Jefferson Airplane songs, along with a few tunes by The Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In addition, Gaiman reports that Avila will be singing some rare Grace Slick compositions that never were performed by the current incarnation of The Jefferson Starship.
The Airplane Family & Friends have lined up a series of U.S. tour dates this fall running from a December 7 show in Baltimore through a December 18 concert in St. Charles, Illinois. Performing with the group will be a newly created Grateful Dead tribute act called Live Dead 69 that features former Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and ex-RatDog guitarist Mark Karan. Aguilar, Kaukonen and Prince also will play with Live Dead 69 during the trek. As its name suggests, the group will showcase songs that appeared on the 1969 concert album Live Dead.
Here are all of The Airplane Family & Friends' and Live Dead 69's tour dates:
12/7 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live 12/9 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 12/10 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House Club 12/11 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 12/13-- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater & Washington House Hotel & Restaurant 12/14 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 12/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Rex Theater 12/17 -- North Tonawanda, NY, The Riviera Theatre 12/18 -- Saint Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
NetflixNetflix on Wednesday announced it has picked up a second season of its Beatles-inspired animated show, Beat Bugs, which has yet to debut on the streaming service.
The show incorporates Beatles music into its story lines. Season one, out August 3, will include covers of Fab Four classics by Eddie Vedder, The Shins and other rock acts, plus pop stars like Pink and Sia. Season two, debuting November 18, features Chris Cornell, Of Monsters and Men, Rod Stewart and more.
Series creator Josh Wakely has nothing but praise for Cornell's version of "Drive My Car." "At one level it was totally a Chris Cornell track…and yet it also sounded perfect for children," Wakely told ABC Radio Wednesday.
He was also impressed by how focused Vedder was while the Pearl Jam frontman worked on his take on "Magical Mystery Tour." "He took such detailed notes…you would think it's a 21-year-old guy trying to break his first record and not a rock icon," Wakely said.
KMazur/WireImageSome unreleased George Harrison recordings may finally see the light of day with the help of the late Beatles guitarist's son, Dhani. During the recent 10th anniversary celebration of the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Fab Four-themed Las Vegas production The Beatles LOVE, George's widow, Olivia Harrison, told Billboard that she and Dhani have discussed him completing some of his dad's unreleased tracks.
"There are a lot of songs that are unfinished," Olivia told the magazine. "I think there's a project there. I just need time to get to it."
Dhani previously helped finish George's final studio album Brainwashed, which was released posthumously in November 2002. He co-produced the record -- along with George and Jeff Lynne -- and also contributed guitar, electric piano and backing vocals.
George Harrison died of cancer in November 2001. He was 58.
Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagic; Steve Jennings/WireImageA pair of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Joan Jett and ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, will appear as advisers this fall on the new season of The Voice, which also will feature Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the panel of judges.
Us Weekly reports that Jett was chosen by Cyrus to advise her team. That's no surprise, since Miley inducted Joan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, and considers her one of her biggest inspirations and influences.
More surprising, perhaps, pop-rocker Levine has picked the hard-rocking Hagar as his team's adviser. Why? A source tells Us Weekly that the Maroon 5 singer is "a big fan of classic rock." Not only that, but Hagar and Levine have previously hung out together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Adam with Sammy at the Red Rocker's local bar.
Us Weekly reports that the new season of The Voice's other advisers will be legendary singer/actress Bette Midler and young pop singer/songwriter Charlie Puth, who will work alongside Shelton and Keys, respectively.
A special preview episode of The Voice will air on NBC after the closing ceremonies of the Olympics on August 21. The real season 11 premiere happens Monday, September 19.
Courtesy of The WhoThere's bad news and good news for The Who's U.K. fans. The bad news: the band is postponing its late-August and early-September U.K. concerts to April. The good news: those shows will feature a revamped set that'll include an acoustic performance showcasing the group's 1969 rock opera, Tommy.
Prior to the rescheduled U.K. gigs, The Who will play two special shows on March 30 and April 1 of next year at The Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the annual benefit concerts for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity that will include the rock legends' first full-band performances of Tommy since 1989. The historic shows will coincide with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert. The band also will play a selection of their classic tunes along with the full rock opera.
Meanwhile, the postponed U.K shows also will include performances of some of the band's hits, plus some lesser-known tunes. The concerts are being designed to emulate the performances The Who gave around 1969 and 1970, which also featured a segment devoted to Tommy. To accompany the new Tommy section, the band is creating an updated video presentation.
People with tickets for the postponed dates can use them for the rescheduled concerts, or can get a full refund at the point of purchase. Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall shows will go on sale on September 23.
The Who's other announced 2016 concerts will go ahead as planned. These include a run of European dates in September, the band's two appearances at the Desert Trip Festival with Roger Waters on October 9 and 16 in Indio, California, and performances that same month in Santa Barbabra, California, and Mexico City.
A&M/Interscope RecordsIn advance of Sting's recently announced studio album, 57th & 9th, the ex-Police frontman will release a career-spanning box set called Sting: The Studio Collection on September 30 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl editions of eight of his solo records.
The package spans from the singer/songwriter's 1985 solo debut, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, through the 2013 companion album to his stage musical, The Last Ship.
The Studio Collection also features 1987's ...Nothing Like the Sun, 1991's The Soul Cages, 1993's Ten Summoner's Tales, 1996's Mercury Falling, 1999's Brand New Day and 2003's Sacred Love. The versions of ...Nothing Like the Sun, Brand New Day and Sacred Love included in the box set are spread across two LPs, while the latter two albums have never before been available on vinyl.
Many of Sting's biggest hits and best-known songs are featured in the compilation, including "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Fortress Around Your Heart," "We'll Be Together," "Englishman in New York," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," "Fields of Gold" and "Desert Rose."
Each album is housed in a sleeve that replicates the original artwork and packaging.
In a new video promoting the box set, Sting says he loves "the ritual of vinyl records," recalling that when he was growing up he enjoyed looking at an LP's cover art, reading the liner notes, pulling the disc out of the inner sleeve and placing it on a turntable.
"Music is too ephemeral in many ways," adds Sting. "A record is something you can touch, and I think it's more human."
Sting: The Studio Collection is available for pre-order now. Meanwhile, 57th & 9th, as previously reported, will be released on November 11.
Kevin Mazur/WireImagePearl Jam will be in attendance at the Seattle premiere of Gleason, a documentary that follows former NFL player Steve Gleason's battle with ALS. The premiere will be held this Thursday, July 28 at Seattle's AMC Pacific Place theater. Visit GleasonTickets.com for ticket info.
Gleason played defensive back for the New Orleans Saints for eight seasons before retiring in 2007. He's best known for blocking a punt against the Atlanta Falcons during the Saints' first home game after Hurricane Katrina. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2011.
As for how Pearl Jam figures into this story, Gleason, who's originally from Spokane, Washington, is a long-time friend of guitarist Mike McCready. Leading up to the release of Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt, Gleason interviewed the band for a documentary about the album. Additionally, the Gleason movie trailer features Pearl Jam's song "Given to Fly."
Following the Gleason screening, Pearl Jam will continue their summer tour on August 5 at Boston's Fenway Park.
Axl Rose; Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesIf you're worried you may not get the chance to see the reunited Guns N' Roses on their Not in This Lifetime tour, you can relax a bit: sounds like it'll be around for some time yet.
Tour production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth tells Atlanta TV station WXIA it hasn't yet been decided when the tour will end.
“I have been told there’s no end date, and I’ve seen plenty of dates going into next year -- far into next year," Skjerseth says. "So, everybody’s working together to keep a common goal, a common direction, keep the machine moving. And the way we put it together, economically, it can tour as long as it wants, being we’ve cut it down to a smaller show: a production that can move around the world without costing us millions and millions and millions of dollars to do it.”
The current leg of the U.S. tour wraps August 22 in San Diego, with additional dates in Central and South America until Thanksgiving. No new dates have yet been announced. For a complete list of dates, visit the band's official website.
Guns N’ Roses plays the Georgia Dome in Atlanta tonight, featuring members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan on stage together for the first time in more than 20 years.
Courtesy of TIFFA new Rolling Stones documentary focusing on the band's recent Olé America Latina tour will get its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 8 to September 18. The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America captures the British rock legends as they perform in various cities in South America and Mexico en route to their historic tour-closing free concert in Havana, Cuba.
The movie was directed by Paul Dugdale, whose previous credits include Sweet Summer Sun -- Hyde Park Live, the concert film featuring footage from The Stones' two July 2013 shows in the famed London park.
The band's Olé America Latina trek kicked off on February 3 in Santiago, Chile, and finished in Havana on March 25. An estimated 1.2 million people were in attendance at the latter event.
The Rolling Stones' next scheduled concerts are on October 7 and 14 in Indio, California, as part of the Desert Trip festival. Bob Dylan also will be performing at those shows. In addition, The Stones will play an October 19 gig in Las Vegas.
Foghat RecordsVeteran boogie rockers Foghat released a new studio album called Under the Influence last month. Founding drummer Roger Earl says his wife and the group's manager suggested the title after hearing the band members discussing their concept for the album.
"We were talking about what sort of attitude we want to have on the record," Earl tells ABC Radio. "Basically, it was like different songs or styles and attitudes of music that influenced us over the years."
Under the Influence features new original material written by the band members and some of their musical friends; covers of a couple of songs by Savoy Brown, the British band Earl played in prior to Foghat; a rendition of Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through the Grapevine"; and a remake of Foghat's signature tune "Slow Ride."
Foghat began working on Under the Influence about three years ago at their Florida studio, then moved the sessions to the Nashville area, where they worked with producer Tom Hambridge. Hambridge, known for his Grammy-winning collaborations with Buddy Guy, also co-wrote six of the album's 12 tracks.
The album also features guest appearances by Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds, longtime Buddy Guy guitarist Scott Holt, powerhouse singer Dana Fuchs and, perhaps most notably, ex-Foghat bassist/producer Nick Jameson. Jameson produced and played bass on the band's most successful studio album, 1975's Fool for the City -- which features the original version of "Slow Ride" -- and he also lent his bass skills to the new rendition of the tune.
Foghat lead guitarist Bryan Bassett tells ABC Radio about Under the Influence, "We really attempted to capture the old-school Foghat sound, from the way we recorded, which was mostly live in a room, minimal overdubs and no messing around with [a] computer…I think we got pretty close to what we wanted to do."
Find out more info about Under the Influence, and check out a list of the band's upcoming tour dates at Foghat.net.
The video for "Blackstar," the epic title track of Bowie's final studio album, is up for the Best Art Direction trophy, while the "Lazarus" clip is nominated for the Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards.
Among the artists Bowie is competing against are Beyoncé, Adele, Fergie, Drake, Coldplay and Ariana Grande.
The 2016 MTV VMAs will be held August 28 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Fans can start voting now in the categories of Best Rock Video, Video of the Year and many others via MTV.com. The "professional" categories are not open for voting.
Here is the full list of nominees in the categories for which Bowie has received nominations:
Best Art Direction Beyoncé -- "Hold Up" Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $" Drake -- "Hotline Bling" David Bowie -- "Blackstar" Adele -- "Hello"
Best Direction Beyoncé -- "Formation" Coldplay -- "Up&Up" Adele -- "Hello" David Bowie -- "Lazarus" Tame Impala -- "The Less I Know The Better"
Best Cinematography Beyoncé -- "Formation" Adele -- "Hello" David Bowie -- "Lazarus" Alesso -- "I Wanna Know" Ariana Grande -- "Into You"
Best Editing Beyoncé -- "Format Adele -- "Hello" Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $" David Bowie -- "Lazarus" Ariana Grande -- "Into You"
Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesAn appeal has been filed in the copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" one month after a Los Angeles jury ruled that the band's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not steal the opening of their classic song from the 1968 Spirit tune "Taurus."
The Wrap reports that Michael Skidmore, who initiated the suit and oversees the trust of late Spirit frontman Randy Wolfe -- a.k.a. Randy California -- filed a notice of appeal on Saturday. During a six-week trial held last month, Skidmore's attorney argued that the opening riff of "Stairway to Heaven" was copied from "Taurus," an instrumental written by Wolfe, but the jury ruled that the songs weren't similar enough to constitute plagiarism.
Plant, Page and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones all took the stand during the initial trial, and testified that they weren't familiar with "Taurus." Their attorneys also argued that aspects of "Stairway to Heaven" that are similar to "Taurus" appear in many compositions that pre-date both tunes.
In conjunction with the verdict, the jury also ruled that Wolfe's trust is the rightful owner of "Taurus," and found that Led Zeppelin's members did have access to the Spirit song before before "Stairway to Heaven" was written.
Dot RecordsAerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's foray into country music has gotten off to a great start, as his twangy debut solo record, We're All Somebody from Somewhere, has bowed at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums. According to Nielsen Music, the album sold 17,000 copies during its first week of release, which also was good enough for a #19 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.
Tyler recorded We're All Somebody from Somewhere in Nashville, co-produced the album, and co-wrote most of the songs with various collaborators. Three singles have been released from the album so far -- "Love Is Your Name," "Red, White & You," and the title track.
In early July, the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched a North American solo tour in support of the album called the …Out on the Limb trek, which is mapped out through a September 13 show in Toronto.
After his solo tour winds down, Tyler will rejoin Aerosmith for a series of concerts, including a September 17 appearance at the Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, California, and a run of fall Latin American dates.
Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesFounding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has been confirmed to play two nights during the 2016 edition of the Lockn' festival, which is scheduled from August 25 to August 28 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia. Lesh will be playing with two completely different lineups of his Phil Lesh & Friends collective on the final two days of the event.
On Saturday, August 27, the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be joined by Phish drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell; Joe Russo, one-time drummer for the Dead spinoff group Furthur; and acoustic bluegrass band The Incredible Stringdusters. On Sunday, August 28, Lesh will team up with ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's current group, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, while acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will sit in during the set. Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Clark also will play their own sets that same day.
The 2016 Lockn' festival's headliners will be Ween on August 25, Phish on August 26 and 28, and My Morning Jacket on August 27. Other artists scheduled to perform during the four-day extravaganza include J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey's McGee and reggae greats The Wailers.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images for F1 Rocks in India with VladivaNew York's Central Park will host rock, R&B, rap, EDM and metal this September, as the Global Citizen Festival returns for its fifth year this September.
The free-ticketed festival will feature a headline performance by Metallica, as well as guest performances from Coldplay's Chris Martin, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
Martin and Coldplay headlined last year's festival, and Martin himself is the Global Citizen Festival Curator. Vedder also appeared last year, singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Beyonce.
Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek and Seth Meyers will host the proceedings, which take place on September 24. Other acts on the bill include Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer and Usher.
You can get tickets for the festival by personally taking action in the fight against extreme poverty. Visit GlobalCitizen.org for details. You can also watch the event live on MSNBC or online at YouTube.
Townshend's custom Strat differs from Clapton's in that features a piezo pickup, which allows the player to switch the guitar to a more acoustic sound. Pete's tribute model also boasts a fourth control knob for mixing the electric and acoustic signals.
In a new YouTube video promoting his custom guitar, Townshend says he's been enamored with Stratocasters since his childhood because he was a fan of the famed U.K. instrumental group The Shadows, and that was the type of guitar they played.
"I just remember thinking it's a perfectly proportioned, beautifully balanced design in every respect," Pete says of the Stratocaster. "And then when you pick one up to hold it, you know that thing about it being contoured to the body…it really is."
Speaking about the added pickup, he points out, "I wanted to play acoustic guitar but sometimes I wanted to strap on a Fender Stratocaster so that the Who fans would think that I was playing electric guitar when I actually was still playing acoustic."
Townshend also notes that when he mixes the piezo pickup sound with the other pickups, "you get this singing, you get extra harmonics so I can have kind of a dirty Pete Townshend kind of sound…but with this kind of zing in it."
Only 75 custom Townshend Stratocasters are being produced, and the guitars will ship to select instrument dealers starting in September or October. You can find out more about the limited-edition guitar at FenderCustomShop.com.