Jim Brown/ShowtimeAs one of the most famous musicians ever to hail from Long Island, New York, Billy Joel was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame back in 2006. Now, his original backing band will receive the same honor.
The New York Post reports that the surviving members of Joel's group, who haven't played together in 20 years as a result of lineup changes, lawsuits and one member's suicide, will reunite during the induction ceremony in Huntington, New York, on October 23.
According to the Post, among the members who'll be appearing are drummer Liberty DeVitto and sax and keyboard player Richie Cannata, both of whom played on classic albums like Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses.
It's not clear if Billy himself will be on hand for the ceremony, either as an observer, inductor or performer. Unlike Bruce Springsteen, who inducted his E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year and then performed with them at the ceremony, Joel may not be on the best of terms with his former band mates. Cannata was replaced by Mark Rivera on sax in 1982, and DeVitto and Billy were involved in a legal dispute that led to the drummer's departure from the band in 2006. Bass player Doug Stegmeyer, who'd been let go before the 1989 album Storm Front was recorded, took his own life in 1995.
PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsTime apparently isn't slowing down Leonard Cohen, as the acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter has announced that he will release a new studio album titled Popular Problemson September 23, two days after he turns 80 years old. Cohen co-wrote the nine-track collection with Patrick Leonard, who perhaps is best-known for his many collaborations with Madonna.
One of the songs on Popular Problems, "Almost Like the Blues," currently can be heard at Cohen's VEVO YouTube channel. The brooding, jazzy tune features Cohen's trademark gravelly whisper of a voice and such dark lyrics as, "I have to die a little between each murderous thought/ And when I'm finished thinking, I have to die a lot/ There's torture and there's killing, and there's all my bad reviews/ The war, the children missing, Lord, it's almost like the blues."
Those pre-ordering the album at iTunes will immediately receive a free digital download of "Almost Like the Blues."
"Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration," says Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer. "These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We're absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him."
While Cohen has never had a hit in the U.S., many of his songs have been frequently covered, including "Hallelujah," "Everybody Knows," "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Here is the track list of Popular Problems:
"Slow" "Almost Like the Blues" "Samson in New Orleans" "A Street" "Did I Ever Love You" "My Oh My" "Nevermind" "Born in Chains" "You Got Me Singing"
Image Courtesy Steve GullickDave Grohl has never needed much of an excuse to dress up in women's clothes in a video: He's appeared as an a teenage girl in pigtails for the Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly" video, and in Lady Gaga-style stage wear in the band's "This Video Sucks" contest teaser. But this time, he's gotten dolled up in drag for a good cause.
Like many celebrities, Grohl and the Foo Fighters have posted a video of themselves accepting the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, dumping ice water on their heads and then nominating other people to do the same, all to raise money for and awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
In the Foo Fighters' clip, Grohl re-enacts the famous scene from Brian De Palma's 1976 movie Carrie, in which the title character is tormented by having a bucket of pig's blood dumped on her head just after she's been elected prom queen. In the band's video, Grohl, in a prom dress and glittery tiara, stands next to "prom king" drummer Taylor Hawkins, while guitarist Pat Smear and bass player Nate Mendel plot to dump ice water on their heads.
You can see the video on the Foo Fighters' YouTube channel. The band then challenged John Travolta, who starred in Carrie, and novelist Stephen King, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, to do the same; they also nominated Jack Black.
Another rocker getting into the ice bucket act was Anthrax drummer Charlie Benate, who took the Ice Bucket Challenge on stage in front of 140,000 fans in Bogota, Colombia, on Monday night. He then challenged former Pantera lead singer Phil Anselmo, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and producer Jay Ruston, who produced Anthrax's Worship Music.
Image Courtesy of Roger WatersA new concert film featuring performances from three stops on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour over the last few years will premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6 at 9:15 p.m. Roger Waters: The Wall captures the former Pink Floyd singer/bassist's dramatic multimedia spectacle, which featured a full performance of his old band's classic 1979 concept album, accompanied by video projections, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, various theatrical interludes and, of course, the construction of a wall across the stage.
The movie, which was directed by Waters and the tour's co-creative director, Sean Evans, is described in the festival's synopsis as "a rib-rattling, sonically stupendous piece of filmmaking." It will include footage of Waters visiting the French cemetery where his grandfather -- who was killed during World War I -- is buried, as well as his journey to Anzio, Italy, near the site where his father was killed during World War II when Roger was a baby. Waters' struggle to come to terms with his dad's death partly inspired him to write The Wall.
The first leg of The Wall Live Tour launched in September 2010, and the trek finally wound down in September 2013. The tour featured a total of 219 performances and grossed more than $458 million.
Following its premiere, Roger Waters: The Wall will be screened two more times at the fest: on September 7 at 2:45 p.m. and on September 14 at 8 p.m. Visit TIFF.net for screening details.
Image Courtesy of Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne fans can get their first taste of the folk-rocker's upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, by visiting RollingStone.com, which is hosting an exclusive stream of the record's lead single, "The Birds of St. Marks."
Browne tells Rolling Stone that the song actually dates back to early in his career, when he was playing guitar for Velvet Underground singer Nico in New York City during the late 1960s.
"I was freeloading off friends on the Lower East Side," Browne recalls of the time. "I came to New York with no money at all, and I got this job playing for Nico, which sort of saved me because I had nothing going." Jackson reveals that late singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, with whom he was friendly, suggested him for the gig, while remembering that Velvet Underground band mates Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed also would back up Nico depending on the night.
Browne also points out that "The Birds of St. Marks" was inspired in part by one of the most famous folk-rock bands of that time.
"This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved The Byrds," he explains. "She even said on a couple of occasions, 'Oh, you can play something like [frontman] Jim McGuinn?' Her tastes were really eclectic."
The new version of the song features Browne's longtime lead guitarist Greg Leisz playing 12-string guitar in a style very reminiscent of McGuinn's.
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaBack in March, a U2 rep told U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the Irish rockers were planning to release their long-awaited new album sometime this year, contrary to a then-recent report from Billboard suggesting that the record wouldn't arrive until 2015. Now, more evidence has emerged that the band's follow-up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon will indeed be released in 2014, and could even hit stores before the end of October.
A U2 spokesperson tells Rolling Stone, "We've always said an album is expected this year." In addition, a rep for the band's label confirmed to the usually reliable fan site AtU2.com earlier this month that the record will be released in 2014.
Meanwhile, The Irish Times reported in a recent article that "a music industry source" shared some more specific predictions about the time frame for the album's arrival, as well as about a tour in support of the record.
"[There will be a] single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year," the source said. "The album has been actually been finished for a few months, but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays, etc." The source also claimed that the group was plotting to put out the record "with little of the fanfare usually associated with a new U2 album."
In other news, French newspaper Nice-Matin reported that U2 was in Nice, France, last week shooting a new video.
The band has worked on tracks for the album with a variety of respected producers, including Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, David Guetta, RedOne, Ryan Tedder and Will.i.am. When the new album is released, it will be the longest they've worked on a single album.
Image Courtesy Ellen von UnwerthRed Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer says work on the band's next album is well under way.
Speaking to Australian website Noise 11, Klinghoffer says the band is "working every day writing." The work is in the early stages and instrumental only at this point, he says, but the band has been in bass player Flea's home studio, laying down elaborate demos.
"We've written, musically, 30 songs now," he says. "We sort of did this last time, which was my first album [with the group]. We piled a s**tload of stuff on [singer] Anthony [Kiedis] and he actually came through. He wrote lyrics to 50 songs in the end."
Although work is progressing with the rhythm section on the follow-up to 2011's I'm with You, Klinghoffer says he's not sure if it will ultimately involve longtime Chili Peppers' producer Rick Rubin. "That is sort of up in the air still," the guitarist says. "Normally, he becomes involved in the arranging process, but he has yet been, which is good for me. I like the way we are doing it so far."
Ross Halfin/MSO PR; Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsSmokey Robinson teamed up with well-known singers from a variety of genres on his new duets album, Smokey & Friends, which hits stores today, August 19. The 11-track collection features new interpretations of songs the Motown legend wrote or co-wrote, either for his old group, The Miracles, or for The Temptations or his own solo career.
Among the famous friends who put their unique spins on Robinson's tunes was Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who paired his voice with Smokey's on a version of the Miracles classic "You Really Got a Hold on Me."
Describing Tyler as his "fun brother," Robinson tells ABC News Radio, "We've always had a good time together. I love Steven. So, we did 'You Really Got a Hold on Me' rock." Smokey reveals that Tyler told him he picked the song because he "loved it" and has been singing it for years, sometimes even playing it with Aerosmith.
Two other veteran stars who are featured on Smokey & Friends are Elton John and James Taylor, who sang "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ain't That Peculiar," respectively. Robinson says he's known both singers for years and worked with them on numerous occasions.
"[Elton's] just a wonderful...We are really good friends," says Smokey. "And I performed for his AIDS Foundation many times." He also recalls fondly singing with John, Taylor and Sting at one of the ex-Police frontman's Rainforest Fund benefit concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall. "It's a great thing to work with your friends like that," Robinson adds.
Robinson explains that the concept behind Smokey & Friends was the brainchild of the album's producer, longtime American Idol judge Randy Jackson, whom he says "was a joy" to work with.
"Randy…called a bunch of artists and asked them to pick their favorite Smokey Robinson song," points out the singer. "And he recorded that particular song with that artist, and what he did also was to let that artist do like a demo of their take on that song…And I'd just adhere to whatever their interpretation of the song was."
Other guest artists featured on the record include Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, John Legend, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige and Jessie J.
Asked if he has any plans for a special concert that would feature some of his Smokey & Friends collaborators, Robinson says "no," although he doesn't rule out hitting he stage with those artists at some point.
"If sometimes I'm doing a concert and one or more of these artists are available, we would love for them to come," he maintains, "or if they're doing a concert somewhere and I'm available, we would love to do that too."
Danny ClinchMidnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, Deadline.com reports.
Jones died on the first day of shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic in Georgia back in February. The crew was filming on live train tracks when an oncoming train barreled through, killing Jones and injuring several others.
Sedrish, director Randall Miller and Miller’s wife and fellow producer, Jody Savin, were all charged in the incident. Miller and Savin pleaded not guilty last month.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor cited the production for one willful and one serious safety violation. Film Allman LLC has until August 29 to pay a proposed $74,900 fine or contest the violations.
Mary McCartney/MPL Communications; Sean EvansPaul McCartney and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters were just two of the many celebrities in attendance at Ronald Perelman's fifth annual fundraiser for New York City's famed Apollo Theater, held Saturday at the multimillionaire businessman's estate in East Hampton, New York.
Jamie Foxx served as the master of ceremonies for the bash, which, according to The Wall Street Journal, included performances by Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Gladys Knight and pop/R&B star Pharrell Williams. The newspaper reports that the ex-Police frontman sang some of his old band's hits, while Bon Jovi, appropriately, belted out a version of the Barrett Strong classic "Money (That's What I Want)."
During the festivities Foxx called on a number of famous attendees to show off their best dance moves, including McCartney, General Colin Powell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. John McCain and director Spike Lee.
The guest list for the fundraiser also included Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Don Johnson, Lorne Michaels, Penny Marshall and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Tables at the benefit were said to have cost between $50,000 and $100,000.
Republic Records/Universl Music"Troubled Man," the lead track from John Mellencamp's upcoming 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, got its exclusive premiere on RollingStone.com on Monday.
The tune, which will be available for purchase as a digital download via iTunes starting on Tuesday, is an intimate-sounding introspective song featuring rootsy instrumentation -- acoustic guitars, fiddle and simple percussion.
As previously reported, Plain Spoken will be released on September 23. Mellencamp is planning to mount a North American tour in support of the record, his follow-up to 2010's No Better Than This, but no dates have been announced yet.
Sigrid Gatens/Michael McMorrow"Get Back," a Seattle concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first performance in the Emerald City will be held on August 23. The show, which will take place at McCaw Hall, will feature a variety of musicians linked to the Pacific Northwest music scene, including current Heart drummer Ben Smith and Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel.
Members of the "Get Back" collective will play the entire 12-song set from the Fab Four's August 21, 1964, show at the Seattle Coliseum. After that, the all-star cast will present the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from front to back along with a little help from a 50-piece orchestra. Among the other musicians slated to perform at the concert are Tracy Bonham and Barry Curtis, a longtime member of The Kingsmen, who are famous for their early-1960s hit "Louie Louie."
MPL/Mary McCartney; Universal Music GroupPaul McCartney is a fan of Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, but is he actually making music with him? According to a new report, yes.
Source tells the New York Post'sPage Six column that the former Beatle and Kim Kardashian's husband have been "quietly collaborating" on several tracks, which could eventually turn into an album. One of the songs is reportedly called "P*** on My Grave," with Page Six claiming Kim has been overheard telling friends that she's surprised that the two would use such a provocative title.
West attended McCartney's concert at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium last week.
During a Twitter interview last year, McCartney revealed that West's disc Yeezus was one of the albums he'd purchased recently, along with Jay Z'sMagna Carta...Holy Grail.
Danny ClinchYou’d have to be living that proverbial cave to have not heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now. It’s pretty simple: you use social media to challenge someone to dump a bucket of icewater over their head, or donate $100 to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Most folks wind up doing both, then challenge someone else. The latest rock wet-heads for the cause? Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.
McCready actually issued the initial challenge, daring his bandmates last Friday, as well as Duff McKagan andDave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard. Vedder was the first to respond, dousing himself Saturday and then challenging Bruce Springsteen and actor pal Tim Robbins. No word yet on any subsequent responses.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a tremendous success so far. The ALS Association says donations between July 29 and August 18 are up a whopping 766 percent from the same period last year. That translates into an increase from $1.8 million during those three weeks in 2013, to $15.6 million as of today.
Universal/Republic RecordsEven though it's only been a few years since Soundgarden reunited for the comeback album King Animal, guitarist Kim Thayil is a little fuzzy on the exact timeline leading up to the band's return after more than a decade apart.
"It was a gradual process of various conversations," Thayil tells the Dallas Observer blog DC9 at Night. "We would always see each other. There were some discussions about our catalog and merchandise. ... Once we got some sponsorship concerns addressed, then collectively we discussed these and other issues. That led to discussions over time, and there you go."
After reforming in 2010, Soundgarden recorded King Animal in 2011 and released it the following year. Fans who are hungry for new Soundgarden material will have to be patient.
"When we are done touring, and when [drummer] Matt Cameron is done working with Pearl Jam, we will sit down and get something done," Thayil says about a follow-up. "That should be in 2015."
Image Courtesy of Kristin BurnsStevie Nicks is known for her signature look as much as for her music, and nothing's more part of that look than her famous shawls. Now, the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman is inviting fans to design one for her -- with a cash prize going to the creator of the winning garment.
Nicks is partnering with the website Talenthouse for the contest, which challenges fans to "design a show-stopping shawl inspired by her mystical visual style and symbolic lyrics." You can submit either a sketch of your design, or the actual garment, but either must include a written explanation of why you think Stevie will love it.
The winner, selected by Nicks based on substance, creativity and originality, gets $2,000, which they can use to produce the final version of their design, as well as a professional photo of Stevie wearing it. The photo, and the winner, will be featured on Nicks' website and social media channels -- and he or she will get the shawl back. A runner-up will be voted on by the Talenthouse community and will receive $500.
The Talenthouse website features a quote from the singer explaining her love of shawls. "In 1968, a very handsome boy brought me a poncho from South America. I knew it was magic and that some day I would copy it in chiffon or leather or beaded material," she says. "I realized that wearing a poncho or a long shawl gave me something to work with up on the stage. Big movements, big twirls: you need to be seen from far away. So I made that a big part of my stage clothes. It became totally intertwined in my fashion style."
You must submit your designs by September 22, when voting starts. The competition ends September 29; the winner is announced October 14, which also happens to be the release date of Nicks' new album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.
Capitol RecordsFollowing the release of his new single, "Detroit Made," Bob Seger will release a brand-new album on October 14. Titled Ride Out, it's Seger's first collection of new studio material since 2006's Face the Promise.
In a statement, the rock legend, who also produced the record, says, "I feel really good about this record. This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world -- from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news. It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects.”
Seger fans got their first taste of the new material during his 2013 tour, when he teased tracks including "Detroit Made," "All of the Roads," and "California Stars."
Image Courtesy of MSO PRStyx, Jeffership Starship and the Edgar Winter Band are just a few of the more than 20 acts that will perform at a new music festival called Boomer Fest Days that will take place this October in Puerto Peñasco, a seaside town in northwestern Mexico. The extravaganza, which runs from October 8 to October 12, also is a vacation event offering a variety of other activities, including a pro-am golf tournament, a fishing tournament and a classic-car exhibit.
Other artists confirmed to appear at the fest include John Kay & Steppenwolf, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald and Christopher Cross. Additional performers will be announced soon.
Some of the music stars also are expected to take part in the golf tournament. Festival attendees also will be able to enjoy gourmet meals and fine wine, various water sports, fireworks and more.
Tickets for the festival can be ordered now at BoomerFestDays.com. Through August 23, a limited number of four-day general admission passes are available individually for $300 or for $250 per person when purchased in a four-ticket block. VIP packages also are being sold, with prices starting at $900.
Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, is located about 225 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona.
Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinIn the spring of 2010, Jimmy Page's official autobiography was published as a high-quality limited-edition volume that quickly sold out. The book, titled Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, features the Led Zeppelin guitarist's recollections of his eventful life and career, and includes more than 600 photos chosen by the rock legend to accompany his story.
Now, a revised, more-affordable version of Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page is scheduled to be released on October 14. In celebration of the updated publication, Page will head to New York City in November for a couple of promotional events. On November 5 at 7 p.m. ET, the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will visit the Barnes & Noble store in Union Square, where he will chat about the book and sign copies.
He also will take part in a special interview event that will be held on November 3 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. During the Q&A, which already is sold out, the guitar master again is expected to discuss his autobiography and talk about his colorful life both in and out of Led Zeppelin.
The events will take place the week after the second installment of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign -- expanded versions of 1971's Led Zeppelin 4 and 1973's Houses of the Holy -- will hit stores.
Jay Blakesberg/UMe; Monty Brinton/CBSLike so many other people, Sammy Hagar was a big fan of Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide August 11 at age 63.
Speaking with ABC News Radio, the Red Rocker describes Williams as the "most brilliant, original frickin' comedian I've ever seen," adding, "even the way he brought that to the big screen as an actor, he brought that same crazy personality."
The former Van Halen frontman ranks the acclaimed actor and comic alongside such other legendary funnymen as Richard Pryor and George Carlin. "They had that kind of a thing," Hagar explains. "They were just so original and so mind-blowing."
Beyond being a fan, the Red Rocker was lucky enough to have met Williams numerous times.
"We lived in the same town, and [my wife and I would] run into him in restaurants all the time," Hagar tells ABC News Radio. "He was always doing bars around the area, like little nightclubs and stuff, and getting his routine together. And for the last five or six years, my wife would always go see him and…talk to him afterwards."
The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he was "shocked" that Williams took his own life, saying, "I'd have never thought he would do something like that…And right around the corner from us."
Sammy also reveals that as confident and commanding as Robin was onstage, in person he actually was quite the opposite.
"The 10, 12 times I was around him, he never seemed comfortable," Hagar points out. "And I don't mean that, like, making fun of him. I'm saying he just always seemed kind of nervous and, like, just a little anxiety ridden around people."
Hagar adds that he could empathize with Williams' discomfort, noting that he also sometimes feels a bit awkward meeting fans after a concert.
"I just poured my heart out, you know," he explains, "and then you gotta look them in the eye and act like you're just normal all of a sudden."