Credit: Paolo PellegrinAt long last, U2 will return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after Bono's cycling accident forced the band to cancel a scheduled week-long residency on the talk show late last year. While the Irish rockers won't be playing for a week straight, U2 will appear on The Tonight Show this Friday, May 8.
Lest you think any mention of Bono's accident would be pushed under the rug, the Daily Mail has published photos of the singer and host Jimmy Fallon rehearsing a sketch on the streets of New York City that prominently features bicycles. In the photos, Bono and Fallon are riding on bikes, and a few shots show a Bono-dressed dummy being thrown into the hood of a car.
Last November, Bono was riding a bike through New York's Central Park when he collided with another rider. He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken left arm, a fractured shoulder blade and a fractured left eye socket. The accident happened just one day before U2 was scheduled to undertake a week-long residency on The Tonight Show. Bono recently told The New York Times that he is still unable to play guitar because of his injuries.
Nevertheless, Bono and U2 will launch their North American iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour on May 14 in Vancouver, Canada. The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC.
Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premieres tonight on HBO, but if you miss it, don't worry -- the film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in North America this fall. The physical release of Montage of Heck will include bonus content in addition to the heap of previously unreleased recordings, artwork and home movies featured in the film.
In addition to the Blu-ray/DVD release, an album made up of Kurt Cobain's personal demos will be released in the summer. Director Brett Morgen told Bedford Bowery that the album "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington, as he fiddles about. It's going to really surprise people."
Tomorrow, a companion Montage of Heck book will be released, featuring rare photos and extended transcripts from the interviews Morgen conducted for the film.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
Sean Evans; ABC NewsJust in case Pink Floyd fans haven't gotten the message yet, founding band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason again have revealed that there is little chance, if any, of the group reuniting. In a new interview with The Times of London marking the 50th anniversary of the band's formation, the two rockers, who both are 71, express differing attitudes about a reunion, while agreeing on the slim likelihood of a tour or new recording project.
"A reunion is out of the question," Roger tells the newspaper. "Life, after all, gets shorter and shorter the closer you get to the end of it and time becomes more and more precious and, in my view, should be entirely devoted to doing the things you want to do."
The singer/bassist adds, "One can't look backwards. Well one can -- and I do, actually, and with some fondness -- but to try and walk backwards would be absurd."
As for Mason, he says, "We have no plans," pointing that although he loves touring, longtime Pink singer/guitarist David Gilmour is "not at all keen." He also notes that Waters is "difficult," and jokes that if there were to be a reunion, "it'll probably just be me."
Nick adds that he lives in hope, and says he could see Waters, Gilmour and him doing something if another charitable event like 2005's Live 8 concert was organized.
During the same Times interview, Waters also lashes out at the powers-that-be in the music business who he feels are responsible for making it so difficult for artists to make money from their music in the digital age. He declares that he feels "enormously privileged…to have been around when…you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people."
Today, Waters says, technology companies, who he calls a "gallery of rogues and thieves" have "interjected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every f***ing cent anybody ever made."
Wendy O'Connor/Courtesy of HBOTonight, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will make its television debut on HBO. When director Brett Morgen first met with Frances Bean Cobain to talk about her vision for the film that would become the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, the daughter of Kurt Cobain had just one request for the filmmaker.
"She said, 'Whatever you do, keep it honest, keep it real,'" Morgen tells ABC Radio of his talk with Frances, who is an executive producer on the film. "'The world doesn't need another 'Saint Kurt' story. And the best way we can pay tribute to Kurt is by making an honest movie.'"
Morgen admits that he was "cynical" at the beginning of the project, given how many movies were made and books were written about Cobain. But when he saw and heard the wealth material he was given access to from Cobain's personal archives, and when he was able to interview Cobain's immediate family, he knew how he could approach making Montage of Heck.
"Kurt's foundation myth is rooted in his childhood, and nobody had ever interviewed the mother, the father and the sister, nor had anyone seen the home movies that the family took that document Kurt from six months to eight years," Morgen explains. "This is the absolute core of the foundation myth."
Morgen's interview with Cobain's father, Don Cobain, was particularly enlightening, as he had been cast in the villain's role in the common mythology of Kurt Cobain.
"We sat down to do our interview, and Don, before I could ask him a single question, went on a nine-minute monologue in which he walked us through his time with Kurt," Morgen remembers. "I found him to be incredibly honest, haunted and forthcoming. He's not someone who's ever sat down for an on-camera interview before, so it was very tense."
Cobain's archives also contained a wealth of home movies that he made with his wife, Courtney Love. When Morgen watched the footage of the young couple interacting, he saw a much different relationship than the one that was commonly portrayed in the media.
"I saw two pretty compatible 25-year-olds who were, like, totally in love with each other in a type of fiery, toxic, junkie love that exists when you're in your twenties and seems very distant when you're in your forties," Morgen tells ABC Radio. "I think it was important to experience that relationship through Kurt's eyes for a change."
Naturally, Montage of Heck is rich with Nirvana songs, including Cobain's personal recordings and demos. One song that is prevalent throughout the film is "All Apologies," the last track on Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero.
"We decided to make 'All Apologies' this sort of family-origins theme," Morgen explains. "So you hear it early in the film when Kurt is a child, and then when Frances is born we bring it back, and then we kind of bring it all full circle in the end. And I think that by the time you hear it at the end, it's gained all the resonance that it's collected from its various other interpretations throughout the film."
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premieres tonight on HBO at 9 p.m. ET.
AEG LiveThe Who recently launched the North American edition of its 50th anniversary tour, and now the band is offering audio downloads of every show on the first leg of the trek via its online store. Each concert costs $9.99 for MP3 or $14.99 for the higher-quality FLAC format.
Downloads will be available within two weeks after a particular show takes place. The Who kicked off its current outing on April 15, and the tour leg is scheduled to wind down on May 30 in Forest Hills, New York. After a series of European dates in the summer, the band also is slated to return for a second North American leg that's mapped out from a September 17 concert in San Diego through a November 4 performance in Philadelphia. You can check out the band's full itinerary at TheWho.com.
Here is the full list of shows for which downloads are or will be available:
4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena 4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center 4/25 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival* 4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center 4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena 5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 5/13 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena 5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum 5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall 5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
Courtesy of Black Sabbath; Clara BalzaryOzzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis andex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan have joined a campaign run by Animals Asia to end bear bile farming. All three rockers will be featured in a short "Spinal Tap-inspired" film that condemns the practice. You can watch a teaser for the film, featuring Kiedis sporting a pair of bear ears, on YouTube.
Bear bile farming, prevalent in China and Vietnam, is the practice of extracting the animal's bile for use in traditional medicine. The practice is often painful and invasive for bears and can result in infection.
The film for the campaign, titled Let a Bear S**t in the Woods, will be released on May 13.
Other celebrities to have supported Animals Asia include Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and actor Ricky Gervais.
ABCREO Speedwagon will take part in the latest installment of the "Mash Up Mondays" performance series on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, teaming up with modern rockers Imagine Dragons as a one-off supergroup called REO Imagine Speedragons. The two bands will perform together on tonight's episode.
"I talked to [guitarist] Wayne [Sermon] from Imagine Dragons yesterday, and both our bands are totally psyched about doing the 'Mash Up Monday,'" says REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin. "We all love Jimmy and we're gonna play one of our favorites like it's never been played before. Imagine REO Speedragons is gonna f**kin' rock!"
Adds Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds, "REO Imagine Speedragons was destined to happen since the day Zeus thrust his mighty bolt to the earth."
Previous "Mash Up Monday" bands have included Wee-Z Top -- that's ZZ Top and Weezer -- Morris Day and the HAIM, which paired up funk great Morris Day plus the band HAIM. Smooth-jazz sax player Kenny G and rapper Warren G also joined forces for a Kimmel performance.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Kevin Kane/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameDuring last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoree Ringo Starr jammed with his Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, fellow inductees Green Day and other stars. Starr has posted a video featuring some cool backstage and rehearsal highlights from the event on his official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The footage includes Ringo running through his hit "It Don't Come Easy," working out the arrangement of The Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man" with McCartney, Joe Walsh and Paul Shaffer and also performing the Fab Four's "With a Little Help from My Friends" with Sir Paul.
In addition, the video shows Starr chatting with Green Day's members and rehearsing for their performance of The Shirelles' "Boys," which The Beatles covered on their 1963 debut album, Please Please Me.
In the clip, Ringo reveals that it was his idea to team with Green Day at the ceremony.
"When do we go on tour?" he jokes. "Green Ringo Day!"
Green Day drummer Tre Cool then suggests, "We could be Gringo Day," which gets a rousing response from Starr and Billie Joe Armstrong.
The video also shows Ringo hanging out with various other music luminaries, including fellow inductees Joan Jett and Bill Withers, as well as Stevie Wonder, Beck and John Legend.
A special featuring highlights from the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres May 30 on HBO.
Chris Cuffaro/Universal Music GroupKurt Cobain was never known for being particularly outgoing with the media, but in a newly unearthed clip from MTV, the late Nirvana frontman is downright gregarious in a 1993 interview while discussing "The Dreamer," a machine that supposedly helps with dreaming and reducing stress.
"I've tried it," Cobain says of The Dreamer in the clip. "I dreamed about German shepherds and having sex with my stepfather and eating flowers and smoking potpourri."
He adds, "It's really amazing, it really works."
At the beginning of the interview, which took place at Hollywood Rock Brazil in 1993, Cobain is playing with a Taser and pretends to shock the interviewer with it.
MTV also released a 38-minute uncut interview with Cobain, parts of which would be used for the network's 1994 documentary Nirvana: Past Present and Future. In that clip, Cobain talks about everything from his chronic stomach issues to his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about Cobain, will premiere on HBO this Monday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Credit: Mark BeaumontRonnie Wood is still hoping to organize a reunion tour featuring the surviving Faces members, but he says there's one big road block to overcome -- singer Rod Stewart's management.
The Telegraph reports that during a London Q&A event this week promoting his upcoming book, How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary, Wood explained, "[They] make everything about money and we're trying not to do that. Why can't the three surviving guys from the Faces just get together and play for people?"
In front of a cheering audience, Wood added, "That's what we want to try and do. I think that would be brilliant."
Although founding Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan died this past October, Wood said that he, Stewart and drummer Kenney Jones still are interested in a reunion trek, particularly after they got together in January to perform at Rod's 70th birthday party.
Jones, meanwhile, said in a March interview with the Austin Chronicle that the surviving Faces would reunite in honor of McLagan sometime this year, noting "It's more important now than ever."
At the aforementioned London event, Wood also reminisced about his early days playing guitar with the U.K. band The Birds, a period he documented in a 1965 journal that serves as the centerpiece of his forthcoming book.
He pointed out that the members of his group shared a camaraderie he feels is lacking in many of today's bands.
"We had the gig wagon and rehearsing in a mate's garage, treading the boards and doing the circuit," he recalled. "But I don't know if new bands get exposed to as much of [that] as we did."
He also cited The Beatles as an example of a band whose bond and work ethic helped them develop into such a musical force. "[They] used to go over to Hamburg and play four sets a night, every night, and think nothing of it," Wood noted, "and that's how they ended up with their style so tweaked."
How Can It Be? A Rock and Roll Diary can be pre-ordered now at RonnieWoodBook.com, and will be published in the coming weeks. Only 1,965 copies of the book will be available, each one signed by Wood.
Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOIn order to make Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen was granted access to Kurt Cobain's personal archives. When asked in an interview with Bedford Bowery whether any of that material would be released as an album, Morgen revealed that a record is indeed in the works.
"We're going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question," Morgen says.
He adds that the album "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington, as he fiddles about. It's going to really surprise people."
Morgen does mention that people should not be expecting a Nirvana album.
"Just to be clear, it's not a Nirvana album," he says. "It's just Kurt and you're going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him."
In the meantime, Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO on Monday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET.
Credit: Kevin WestenbergB.B. King has issued a statement to let fans know he is in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas. The 89-year-old blues-guitar legend writes, "Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers."
The message comes after King was briefly hospitalized Thursday in Vegas. His daughter, Patty King, told KLAS-TV that her father was transferred to a hospital after family members noticed he wasn't eating and was dehydrated. Ms. King explained that paramedics conducted tests on the famed musician and concluded that he may have suffered a minor heart attack. He was guitarist was released and sent home Thursday night.
B.B. also was hospitalized in early April for what his daughter Claudette said was dehydration brought on by Type II diabetes, a condition he has had for more than 20 years.
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John was among the charitable celebrities who attended the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party: The Pink Standard last night. The event helped raise nearly $7 million for breast cancer research.
Elton has been a longtime supporter of the BCRF, which was founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn H. Lauder. Evelyn’s husband, Leonard Lauder, was honored at the event.
"Continuing the extraordinary legacy of my dear friend Evelyn Lauder has been an honor," Elton said in a statement. "Leonard has been a powerful force in bringing us closer to the end of breast cancer and it is with great pleasure and respect that we honor him tonight for his leadership at BCRF."
Elton's been a part of the charity gala since it launched in 2001. Last year, he performed at the event with Sara Bareilles.
This year’s Hot Pink Party was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and was hosted by model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, a Global Ambassador for The Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Actor Neil Patrick Harris was also in attendance, while 18-time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett performed.
Credit: Les WilsonPattie Boyd, the first wife of both the late George Harrison and Eric Clapton, has married for a third time. The Daily Mail reports the 71-year-old former model wed her longtime boyfriend, 61-year-old British property developer Rod Weston, on Thursday at the Chelsea Registry Offiice in London.
The couple, who have been together for almost 25 years, were accompanied at the ceremony by Boyd's Irish terrier, Freddie. Also on hand were Pattie's mother, and Patty's sister, Jenny, who's the former wife of Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood.
Speaking about the nuptials with The Daily Mail, Weston said, "It's almost our silver anniversary so we thought we had better get on with it."
Boyd married Harrison in 1966, and was the inspiration for his chart-topping Beatles song "Something." She went on to become part of a storied love triangle when Harrison's good friend Clapton fell for her, writing the classic "Layla" about his then-unrequited love for Pattie. After Boyd split from George, she and Clapton became a couple, marrying in 1979. They broke up in 1984.
In recent years, Boyd has gained some recognition as a photographer. An exhibition of her work, which includes images from her time with Eric and George, recently was displayed at the San Francisco Art Exchange.
Credit: Tim BrownThe Steve Miller Band recently wrapped up a series of shows with fellow Bay-area legends Journey and now the veteran rockers are preparing to launch their own headlining tour that will take them all around North America during the next few months. The expansive trek gets under way May 15 in Southaven, Mississippi, and is plotted out all the way through an August 7-8 stand in Seattle.
Among the many other major cities Steve Miller and his group will visit are Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh; Ottawa and Montreal, Canada; New York City; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Cincinnati; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; and San Diego. The New York show is a special event that will take place June 27 at Citi Field as part of the New York Mets' 2015 Post Game Concert Series.
Miller also is scheduled to make a guest appearance at a recently announced June 9 concert in New York City celebrating late electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul's 100th birthday. Other stars slated to perform at the bash include Journey's Neal Schon, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, Starship singer Mickey Thomas, Chickenfoot's Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Joe Bonamassa.
Here of all of the Steve Miller Band's upcoming tour dates:
5/15 -- Southaven, MS, Snowden Grove Amphitheater 5/16 -- Rogers, AR, Arkansas Music Pavilion 5/19 -- Bismark, ND, Civic Center 5/20 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena 5/21 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Center 5/22 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, Cellular Center 5/24 -- Chillicothe, IL, Summer Camp Music Festival 5/27 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center 5/28 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena 5/29 -- Springfield, MO, O'Reilly Event Center 5/30 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater 6/1 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater 6/2 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center 6/4 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC 6/6 -- Orange Beach, AL, Amphitheater At The Warf 6/7 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 6/14 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Highmark Stadium 6/17 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 6/19 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino 6/20 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale Theater 6/21 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent 6/24 -- Binghamton, NY, Anderson Center For the Arts 6/25 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Ottawa Jazz Festival 6/26 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Montreal Jazz Festival 6/27 -- New York, NY, Citi Field - Mets Post Game Concert Series 6/30 -- Lewiston, NY, Art Park 7/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 7/12 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theater 7/14 -- Saint Charles, MO, Family Arena 7/16 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens 7/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Horseshoe Cincinnati 7/18 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Center 7/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheater 7/22 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks 7/24 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair 7/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint 7/29 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's 7/30 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 7/31 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino 8/1 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheater 8/4 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield Amphitheater 8/5 -- Wenatchee, WA, Town Toyota Center 8/7 -- Seattle, WA, Chateau St. Michelle 8/8 -- Seattle, WA, Chateau St. Michelle
ABC/Randy HolmesAnd Las Vegas will rock! Van Halen has been added to the lineup of artists who will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which ABC will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas on May 17 at 8 p.m. ET.
This will mark the first-ever awards-show performance by the legendary rock group's current lineup -- singer David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. The event's entertainment bill also includes Fall Out Boy, Hozier, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas and Wiz Khalifa, among others.
Rock acts in the running for awards at the ceremony include The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Santana, Coldplay, The Black Keys and Hozier. The show will be hosted by rapper/actor Ludacris and Legend's wife, model Chrissy Teigen. For more details, visit Billboard.com.
Van Halen recently released a new live album titled Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert, which was recorded in the Japanese capital in June 2013. The rockers will launch a North American summer tour with support act the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on July 5 in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, Washington.
True North RecordingsGuess who's thrilled about his latest solo album? Randy Bachman. The founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive star put together a brand-new backing band for the hard-rocking disc, titled Heavy Blues, and also enlisted some well-known guitar slingers to lend their talents to the project.
Among the stars who contributed solos to the various tracks are Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph and Joe Bonamassa. Bachman tells ABC Radio that he asked the musicians to try and work fast while also being spontaneous, and says they all did a magnificent job.
"I [told them], 'Set it up in your studio, blow your brains out and give me your first take…Whatever you guys gotta do, just give me a piece of your heart and soul,'" he explains. "The solos that came back were staggering and amazing. Every guy shines like a diamond."
Bachman says the inspiration behind Heavy Blues was the music of blues-influenced late-1960s bands such as The Who, Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Led Zeppelin. To help him with the record, he formed a power trio with two younger female Canadian musicians -- bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon -- who happen to idolize The Who's John Entwistle and Keith Moon.
Randy tells ABC Radio that he immediately developed a chemistry with his new band mates while recording the basic tracks, which were completed in four days.
He says during the sessions he experienced "this incredible explosion of magic, this karmic happenstance or serendipity," adding that "the energy was amazing. We all felt it."
Young is featured on a heavy-pounding track called "Little Girl Lost," and Bachman praised Neil's sparse, dissonant and emotional solo, describing it as "bizarre Hendrixian blues." Frampton appears on the album's title track, and Randy maintains that Peter offers up his bluesiest playing since his work on Humble Pie's classic 1971 live album, Performance Rockin' the Fillmore.
Another interesting song on Heavy Blues is "Confessin' to the Devil," which features a solo by the late Jeff Healey. To include his old friend on the album, Randy asked Healey's widow if he could use a preexisting solo by Jeff, and wrote the song so that the performance would fit into the track.
Bachman says Heavy Blues is a great album to listen to while driving, but he warns fans that doing so could be costly. He admits that while cruising along to the record he inadvertently began speeding and wound up getting a ticket. He also claims that he talked to a couple of interviewers who said the same thing happened to them.
Bachman recently finished a handful of April shows to promote Heavy Blues, and he has a couple more U.S. dates lined up in late May in California in support of the album. In addition, he is scheduled to play some Canadian blues festivals during the summer. Check out his full itinerary at RandyBachman.com.
Tim Tronckoe; Martha's MusicForeigner guitarist Mick Jones and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan are among the many music stars who will appear at Live Nation's 2015 Summer Spotlight concert, taking place on this Tuesday, May 5, at New York City's Irving Plaza. The event also will feature performances by Kid Rock and country act Florida Georgia Line, as well as appearances by Metric, Kip Moore, Tinashe, Wiz Khalifa, Rae Sremmurd and members of Incubus and Lifehouse.
May 5 will mark the first-ever National Concert Day, which will celebrate fans who buy concert tickets, as well as the artists, managers and venue staff who make those shows possible.
All the artists appearing at the Summer Spotlight event will be launching their own tours this summer: Foreigner is touring with Kid Rock, The Smashing Pumpkins with Marilyn Manson, Incubus with Deftones, Metric with Imagine Dragons and Lifehouse with Nickelback.
In other Live Nation-related news, Billboard reports that the company has acquired a controlling interest in the Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo. This year's Bonnaroo, featuring Billy Joel, Robert Plant, Slayer, Tears for Fears and many more, takes place June 11-14.
For more details on the Summer Spotlight event, visit LiveNation.com.
Al Soluri/KISS Catalog Ltd.; Cliff Lipson/CBSFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl presented KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with the prestigious Founders Award at Wednesday night's ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Grohl began his tribute to the band by recounting the first time he ever heard KISS' 1976 album, Destroyer.
"With nuclear anticipation, I let the needle drop on that legendary intro to 'Detroit Rock City,' perhaps the greatest introduction to any rock 'n' roll album ever recorded," Grohl said. "It filled my speakers and my imagination. Thirty-four minutes...and 27 seconds later, KISS had filled my soul. I was now a member of the infamous KISS army."
After that moment, Grohl said he turned his room into a "shrine" to KISS, filling it with posters and action figures of the band.
"Every morning, I would wake up in my tiny bedroom and take a good look at my superheroes before walking to school," he said. "They got me through those years and ultimately inspired me to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock 'n' roll musician."
Grohl is a fan of KISS to this day, and his connection to the band has become stronger in recent years, since his and Stanley's children attend the same elementary school.
"These days I still spend every morning before school with Paul Stanley...in the parking lot of our kids' f**kin' elementary school, chatting about [Led] Zeppelin and Electric Lady [Studios] and touring and school fundraisers," Grohl said. "So I'd say that my unreasonable dream definitely came true."
The ASCAP Pop Music Awards ceremony also included a musical tribute to KISS, a medley of the band's classic songs performed by ex-American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis. The event also featured Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora teaming up with Australian rock guitarist Orianthi to salute The Doobie Brothers, who were honored with the performing-rights organization's Voice of Music Award.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn October 1982, The Who played a historic two-night stand at Shea Stadium in New York City in support of the band's then-new album, It's Hard. Now, for the first time ever, a concert film capturing the full second show of the British rock legends' Shea engagement will be made available as a DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray, and digital video.
Live at Shea Stadium 1982 will be released June 30, featuring restored footage and newly mixed audio. The Who's 25-song set included a selection of classic songs, new tunes from It's Hard, and various gems from the band's back catalog. The group also played a cover of "Twist and Shout" as an homage to The Beatles' famous 1960s concerts at Shea.
The concert, held on October 13, 1982, was part of The Who's last North American tour to feature drummer Kenney Jones, who took over for Keith Moon after he passed away in 1978.
You can watch a preview clip from the show of The Who performing "Love Reign O'er Me," now on YouTube.
Here is the full track list for the Live at Shea Stadium 1982 video:
"Substitute" "I Can't Explain" "Dangerous" "Sister Disco" "The Quiet One" "It's Hard" "Eminence Front" "Behind Blue Eyes" "Baba O'Riley" "I'm One" "The Punk and the Godfather" "Drowned" "Tattoo" "Cry if You Want" "Who Are You" "Pinball Wizard" "See Me Feel Me" "Love Reign O'er Me" "Long Live Rock" "Won't Get Fooled Again" "Young Man Blues" "Naked Eye" "I Saw Her Standing There" "Summertime Blues" "Twist and Shout"