|Sting & John Mellencamp Join Billy Joel Onstage at Madison Square Garden
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For Nov. 26 , 2014
Billy Joel's Tuesday night concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden featured a couple of pre-Thanksgiving treats: guest appearances by his pals Sting and John Mellencamp.
According to multuple reports, Sting joined Billy to perform a duet on Billy's 1986 song, "Big Man on Mulberry Street." Sting sang that same song earlier this month as a tribute to Billy at the ASCAP Centennial Awards. Mellecamp, meanwhile, took the stage to sing his hit "Crumblin' Down," while Billy backed him up. The entire set list is posted on Setlist.fm.
The show was Billy's 11th at the Garden since he started his once-a-month residency there in January. He already has shows scheduled through July 1 of 2015. If he plays it, that show will break the record for most concerts by a single act at the legendary New York venue: it'll be his 65th career show there.
AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Shows Up Late for Court Appearance
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who's charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana, appeared in a New Zealand court Wednesday, but things didn't get off to the best of starts.
Rudd, 60, showed up late to court, prompting the judge to order a warrant for his arrest, according to SunLive.co.nz. Rudd arrived soon afterward. He did not enter a plea and remains free on bail until a December 2 court date.
Outside the courthouse, Rudd was seen taking a piggyback ride on one of his security guards.
The drummer initially also faced a murder-for-hire charge following his arrest earlier this month, but it was quickly withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.
AC/DC releases their new album, Rock or Bust, December 2.
Surviving Doors Members Share Thanksgiving Plans
The Doors' two surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, recently reestablished their friendship after being estranged for a number of years. Still, the longtime band mates won't be spending Thanksgiving together, and have very different plans for the holiday at opposite sides of the U.S.
Densmore tells ABC News Radio that he will celebrate the holiday close to home with his girlfriend, who he says is "making a giant feast" for her family and his family.
The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that rather than focusing on the pilgrims who colonized America, he wants to acknowledge the first settlers of the continent during the festivities.
"Before we start chewing on the turkey, I'm gonna mention the Native American culture," he declares. "I was raised Catholic, you know, and I was always taught to thank Jesus. Well, I'm gonna say, 'Let's first thank the turkey for giving us our energy and, second, let's thank the Native Americans for giving us the idea of Thanksgiving.'"
As for Krieger, he'll be on tour in the New York area during the holiday so, tells ABC News Radio, "I'll probably be eating Thanksgiving dinner at a motel." Following a show Wednesday in Norfolk, Connecticut, with his current group Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen, the 68-year-old guitarist will have the holiday off, but then he and the band will play a concert the following day in Amityville, New York. In addition, Robby also will be performing at a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute concert this Saturday at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York City. The event's lineup also includes Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge.
Speaking about feasts, Densmore and Krieger have been promoting the recently released Doors video Feast of Friends, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray. The release features restored documentary and performance footage of the band shot in 1967 and '68.
AC/DC has premiered an official video for the title track to its upcoming studio, Rock or Bust. The clip, which can be viewed online now at the group's official website and VEVO YouTube channel, features footage of the band perform the riff-heavy, mid-tempo tune on a circular stage surrounded by a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.
According to RollingStone.com, the video was shot early last month at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, U.K. The clip was directed by David Mallet, who also was behind the camera for AC/DC's "Play Ball" video. Absent for both clips is the band's longtime drummer, Phil Rudd, who -- as previously reported -- was recently arrested on several criminal charges in his adopted home of New Zealand. Filling in behind the kit in the videos is Bob Richards.
"'Rock or Bust' was greatly, greatly, greatly helped by the wonderful fans," says Mallett in a behind-the-scenes video posted online. "One chap, complete with an Angus [Young] outfit flew all the way from South America to watch AC/DC make a video for three-and-a-half hours. And then he flew home to South America."
Rock or Bust will be released on Tuesday, December 2.
The star-studded Paul McCartney tribute album The Art of McCartney was released this past week, featuring renditions of the rock legend's songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Roger Daltrey and many many more. During a BBC Radio interview Wednesday, McCartney himself chatted about the compilation, marveling about the "amazing people" the producers got to take part in the project.
One star McCartney said he was particularly glad contributed to the record was Dylan, although he admitted that the lauded singer/songwriter's weathered vocals might not be everyone's cup of tea.
"[With] his croaky old voice…he's doing one of my songs called 'Things We Said Today,'" Sir Paul pointed out in the interview, before proceeding to imitate Bob's rendition. Macca added, "I think I was saying…'If I started singing like that they'd shoot me.' Bob's great, you know. I love it…It's just, you're either a fan or you're not, and I'm a big fan of his."
McCartney also revealed that The Art of McCartney producer Ralph Sall had asked him to take part in the recording, but he didn't think it was a good idea.
"I said, 'Well, I can't, 'cause if it's a tribute I've got to just sort of be thankful they're doing it. I can't get involved in my own tribute,'" he recalls. "So I just let them get on with it. He's done a good job, really."
Meanwhile, McCartney reported that the next project he's focusing on is an animated feature film based on a 2005 children's book he co-wrote called High in the Clouds. Sir Paul said his "main job is to do the music," but he also will voice one of the characters in the movie.
The former Beatle also talked a little bit about "Hope for the Future," the theme song he wrote for the recently released video game Destiny that's expected to be issued as a single soon.
McCartney's BBC Radio interview is streaming now at BBC.co.uk. His segment begins at about the 37-minute mark.
Bryan Adams Releases 30th Anniv. Edition of Reckless: "I Knew I Had Something Special"
The day he turned 25 -- November 5, 1984 -- Bryan Adams released the album that would make him a superstar: Reckless. Today, he's releasing a 30th anniversary edition of that milestone album, and he says when he was recording it, he had a hunch that it would take him to the next level of his career.
"I knew going into this record that I had something special," Bryan tells ABC News Radio. "I knew that when we recorded the first couple of tracks for the record that we were on to something really good." At least, says Bryan, he and his musical partner, Jim Vallance, thought the project was really good, though they couldn't predict how the public would react.
"We didn't know, really, what we'd created. We just know we liked it and that was the litmus test," says Bryan. "You know, 'Did we like it? Yes.' 'Did we feel like it fills all the gaps that we need to do?' Like, do I have enough rockers? Do I have a good ballad? You know, 'Are all those boxes ticked?' It seemed like yes."
Turns out the fans agreed with Bryan: out of the 10 songs on the album, six became hit singles. Bryan feels one of them stands out, however.
"The magical songs that came out of [Reckless] are obviously, are the ones that were some of the biggest hits, and one of them, of course, was 'Run to You,'" Bryan recalls. "For me, 'Run to You' is the jewel of the album because...it just set the tone for everything; and from there on, you know, we had 'Summer of '69' and 'Heaven,' 'Somebody' and then, of course, the duet with Tina Turner, 'It's Only Love.'"
He forgot to mention the sixth single -- it was "One Night Love Affair." All six of the singles reached the top 15 on the Billboard charts, and at that time, there had only been two albums previously that accomplished that feat: Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. and Michael Jackson's Thriller.
All those songs and much more are featured on the super-deluxe edition of Reckless. It comes housed in a hardback book and includes the remastered original album, seven bonus tracks, a live concert recording from London in April of 1985 and a DVD of Reckless: The Movie, which features all the videos from the album interspersed with scenes linking the songs. There's also a Blu-ray version of the original album, historical photos, interviews with Bryan and copies of lyric sheets and notes from 1984.
Since its release, the disc has gone on to sell more than 12 million copies. In a statement, Bryan says, "Reckless was just the right record at the right time. It was just unstoppable."
New Supergroup Revolution Saints Features Members of Journey, Night Ranger, Whitesnake
Members of three big rock bands of the '80s, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, Night Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, have joined forces in a new supergroup called Revolution Saints. Castronovo pulls double duty in the band, serving as lead singer as well as keeping the beat.
Revolution Saints will release its self-titled debut album on February 24. The band was the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, president of Frontiers Records, who wanted to put together a project that would showcase Deen's vocal talents. The 12-track album features songs that combine the soaring melodies and virtuoso musicianship for which the band members' other groups are known.
Two other current members of Journey, guitarist Neal Schon and frontman Arnel Pineda, make guest appearances on Revolution Saints. Schon is featured on a song titled "Way to the Sun," while Pineda sings on a tune called "You're Not Alone."
"Revolution Saints, to me it's '80s-vibe rock with nuts," says Castronovo in a promo video for the album posted on the Frontiers Music YouTube channel. "I mean, you got …tons of melody, huge hooks and then you got amazing musicians."
Adds Deen, "Nobody really played it safe on this. It had enough freedom and it had enough air in it to where we could bring each one of our styles into this."
Revolution Saints will be available on CD and high-quality vinyl, as well as in a deluxe edition CD/DVD set and as a digital download. The deluxe release will offer three bonus tracks, and the DVD will include a making-of documentary, three promotional videos and one lyric video.
Here's the track list for Revolution Saints:
"Back on My Trail"
"Turn Back Time"
"You're Not Alone" (featuring Arnel Pineda)
"Locked Out of Paradise"
"Way to the Sun" (featuring Neal Schon)
"Don't Walk Away"
"Strangers to This Life"
"How to Mend a Broken Heart"
"In the Name of the Father (Fernando's Song)"
Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition only)
"You Are Not Alone" (Arnel Pineda version)
"Way to the Sun" (Doug Aldrich version)
"You Are Not Alone" (Deen Castronovo version)
DVD Content (Deluxe Edition only)
Making of the Album documentary
"Turn Back Time" (promo video)
"Back on My Trail" (promo video)
"Here Forever" (promo video)
The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono Team Up
Last month, The Flaming Lips released a full-length tribute to The Beatles' legendary album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now, Wayne Coyne and company have teamed up with Yoko Ono to cover another one of John Lennon's classics, Lennon and Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."
The song starts off in signature spacey Flaming Lips style before Yoko comes in with the sweeping chorus. You can listen to their new version on YouTube.
The Lips and Ono's rendition of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" is part of a holiday themed playlist on Amazon entitled "All is Bright." Amazon plans to accompany the playlist with videos of live performances, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.