|Whitesnake Paying Tribute to Deep Purple on Upcoming Studio Album; Announces North American Tour Including A Stop In Minnesota
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For Feb 27 , 2015
Whitesnake pays homage to Deep Purple on a brand-new studio album titled, The Purple Album, which will be released on May 19. The project features new versions of songs singer David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple's Mark 3 and Mark 4 lineups during the mid-1970s before he formed Whitesnake.
The album will be available as a standard single CD featuring 13 tracks, and a deluxe two-disc set offering two bonus songs and a DVD that includes four music videos, a making-of documentary and an electronic press kit.
The original versions of the songs featured on The Purple Album first appeared on 1974's Burn and Stormbringer and on 1975's Come Taste the Band.
"It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale in a statement. "As I said to [guitarist] Ritchie [Blackmore], you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn't have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from."
You can check out a new video of Whitesnake performing the Deep Purple song "Stormbringer" now on YouTube.
Whitesnake's current lineup -- Coverdale, guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra, bassist Michael Devin and drummer Tommy Aldridge -- will support The Purple Album with a two-month North American tour that kicks off May 28 in Airway Heights, Washington, and runs through a July 25 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Here is the band's full North American itinerary:
5/28 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Casino
5/29 -- Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
5/31 -- Vancouver, BC, Hard Rock Casino
6/2 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo
6/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, he Joint
6/5 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Pool Amphitheatre
6/6 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
6/9 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
6/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
6/15 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
6/17 -- Shawnee, OK, Grand Events Center
6/19 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock
6/20 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
6/22 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater
6/23 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater
6/25 -- El Paso, TX, Socorro Event Center
6/27 -- Greeley, CO, Greeley Independence Stampede
7/2 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
7/3 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill AMP
7/5 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock
7/7 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center @ The Heights
7/8 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
7/10 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shoot Star Casino
7/11 -- St. Paul, MN, Myth
7/14 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
7/17 -- Geneva, IL, Geneva Music Park
7/18 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza
7/20 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theater
7/22 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino
7/24 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino
7/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Trump Taj Mahal
And here is the complete track list of The Purple Album:
"You Fool No One" (interpolating "Itchy Fingers")
"Lady Double Dealer"
"Might Just Take Your Life"
"You Keep On Moving"
"Soldier of Fortune"
"Lay Down Stay Down"
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
Deluxe Edition DVD Content:
"Lady Double Dealer" -- Music Video
"Sail Away" -- Mix Music Video
"Stormbringer" -- Music Video
"Soldier of Fortune" -- Music Video
The Purple Album Behind the Scenes
The Purple Album EPK
Gary Glitters going to prison. The 1970s glam-rock star was sentenced Friday in a British court to 16 years for sexually abusing three underage girls between 1975 and 1980.
Glitter, whose birth name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of having sex with a girl under 13. He could have faced life in prison.
The 70-year-old was jailed for child sex offenses in Vietnam in 2006 and was released in August, 2008.
Glitter is best-known for his anthems Rock and Roll Part 1 and Rock and Roll Part 2, as well as Do Ya Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah), which was a 1982 top-20 hit for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.
The big night is upon us, Aerosmith fans. The one-night-only screening of the band's new concert film Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will take place tonight in hundreds of theaters across the U.S.
The movie captures Aerosmith performing a headlining set last June at the U.K.'s famed annual hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival, held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Drummer Joey Kramer recalls that the band gave an electric performance at the event.
"It's a real good representation of the band," Kramer tells ABC News Radio. "It's the show that we were doing at the time and, you know, it's just really exciting to play in front of that many people."
Joey adds that the audience, which he estimates numbered about 100,000, "was really into it, so it was really exciting."
You can get a taste of that excitement by checking out a trailer for the film and a preview clip of Aerosmith playing "Mama Kin" on YouTube. Among the many other classic tunes the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers performed during the show were "Walk This Way," "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."
Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 is the first in a run of monthly cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series." The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time. Visit FathomEvents.com for more information and to buy tickets.
In related news, the band is planning to release a DVD version of the film sometime in the spring.
Meanwhile, Aerosmith has plans to head back on the road this summer. The rockers already have announced seven North American tour dates that stretch from a June 27 concert in Durant, Oklahoma, through a July 22 show in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Kramer tells ABC News Radio the band's itinerary eventually will be extended "'til the end of August." You can check out all of Aerosmith's confirmed dates at Aerosmith.com/Tour.
The latest installment of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign, the remastered and expanded versions of the band's sixth studio album, 1975's Physical Graffiti, hits stores today. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who's been overseeing the reissue project, says that by the time his group began working on the epic double album, the band members all were at their technical and creative peak as musicians.
"The way that we sort of combined musically -- 'cause we were all incredible musicians, no doubt about that -- the way that we could play together as a band was unlike anybody else, and that's all there was to it," Page declared at a recent listening event at London's Olympic Studios celebrating the impending arrival of the reissue.
Page explained that the band that made Physical Graffiti had become adept at recording songs together live in the studio so that the performances were vibrant and the musicians were playing off each other in interesting ways.
One of the highlights of Physical Graffiti is "Kashmir," the epic song driven by Page's memorable and ominous Middle Eastern-influenced riff. The track was recorded at Headley Grange, the 18th century English residence where the band had made its classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, and a facility that had become famous for having a great drum sound.
Page recalled that after coming up with the main riff for the song, he couldn't wait "to get in that hall with [drummer] John Bonham and play it." Jimmy remembered that Bonham "just enthused the minute he heard it, 'cause…he was so keen to get back to Headley Grange 'cause the drum sound was just so good…and he was really excited."
An unreleased rough mix of "Kashmir" titled "Driving Through Kashmir" is one of seven previously unheard tracks featured on the companion audio disc included in the deluxe and super deluxe editions of Physical Graffiti. Among the other bonus tunes are an early mix of "Trampled Under Foot" called "Brandy & Coke" and an early version of "In the Light" titled "Everybody Makes It Through."
You can check out complete details about the various formats and configurations that the Physical Graffiti reissue will come in at LedZeppelin.com.
Meanwhile, Page noted at the playback event that three more Led Zeppelin reissues are still to come -- for 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and the 1982 post-breakup collection Coda. Unfortunately, the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer refused to divulge much information about what can be expected from the forthcoming albums.
"I sort of know what's coming [but] I can't sort of tell you, 'cause it's all a surprise," teased Page. "But I can assure you you're in for some real treats that are coming, just in so much as we are with [the Physical Graffiti reissue]."
You can watch an archived version of the listening event, which included a playback of the Physical Graffiti companion disc and a Q&A session with Page, at Yahoo! Live.
Alice in Chains has launched the Alice in Chains Fantasy Football Auction to benefit Music for Relief's Ebola Prevention program and MusiCares. Items up for bid included a Jerry Cantrell autographed Superhawk guitar, a Mike Inez signed Fender bass and a lithograph autographed by all of the band's members.
Music for Relief's Ebola Prevention program will help raise money to provide protective gear and training for health care workers who come in contact with the virus. MusiCares provides services and resources to members of the music community who are in need.
A number of Alice in Chains' rock friends also have contributed items to the Fantasy Football Auction, including Pearl Jam, System of a Down, Slash, Tom Morello, Duff McKagan, Linkin Park, Deftones, Sammy Hagar, Zakk Wylde, HELLYEAH's Vinnie Paul, Incubus' Brandon Boyd and Scott Ian.
The Alice in Chains Fantasy Football Auction runs through March 10.
ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons says he's working on a new solo project that will be quite a departure from the blues-rock boogie for which his band is known. He tells Rolling Stone that he's been spending time in the studio writing material he describes as "Cuban music."
"I put together a little side band," he reveals. "I'm going back to wrap up the project and, believe it or not, it's turning out to be such an obtuse, oddball, unexpected left turn from ZZ Top's blues background. But there is something to it."
Gibbons tells the magazine that his interest in Latin music dates back to his to his early teen years.
"[W]hen I was 13, I got a guitar and my dad -- being the consummate entertainer -- sent me up to New York to study Latin percussion with Tito Puente," says Gibbons. "I learned maracas, timbales, clavas, bongos…you name it."
He also points out that he lived in Mexico for a couple of years, and he knows "just enough Spanish to get me in trouble."
Billy's interest in Cuban music may serve him well this June, when he's scheduled to head to Havana to take part in a Jazz Festival. The 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer admits he's a bit surprised to have been asked to take part in a music event that focuses on jazz.
"I'm a blues and rock & roll player," he says. "But I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. I'd love to go to Havana."
In other news, Gibbons is featured on a new song titled "Weed & Whiskey" by his young Nashville protégé Tim Montana and Montana's group The Shrednecks. Montana and The Shrednecks was the opening act on ZZ Top's recent tour, and after seeing the crowd's positive reaction to "Weed & Whiskey," Gibbons suggested that he and Tim head into a Nashville studio to record the track.
Meanwhile, ZZ Top will return to the road next month for the first time since bassist Dusty Hill broke his hip this past August in a tour bus accident. The trek gets under way on March 3 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Richie Sambora Says Upcoming Solo Album Will Cover a Lot of Genres
We're not sure if founding Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora ever will rejoin his old band, but the 55-year-old rocker has revealed that he's now focused on a new solo album. He shared some details about the project while walking the red carpet at a recent Grammy event with his rumored girlfriend, rock-guitar whiz Orianthi, and producer Michael Bearden.
Sambora said of the album, "It's coming," while pointing out that Orianthi and Bearden are his main collaborators on the recording.
Calling Bearden a genius, Richie then listed some of the stars with whom the producer and arranger previously worked, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston and Lady Gaga. Sambora noted, "We started writing, and we just started putting the record down, and I think everybody's gonna be very pleased."
With regard to the sound of the album, Richie said it will be quite diverse.
"We cover a lot of genre[s]," he explained. "You know, all of us love very many different genres of stuff, and we can take it everywhere from, like, acoustic intimacy to the heaviest heavy."
Bearden then put his own two cents in, noting, "Somehow…it will have a consistent through line. It won't be genre-specific, but you'll feel it…So it's all about the song and the emotion."
Sambora, Orianthi and Bearden all have been posting recent photos from the studio on their various social media sites. Incidentally, Orianthi and Bearden both were working on Michael Jackson's planned 2009 This Is It concerts when the King of Pop died in the midst of rehearsals for the London shows.
Richie's last solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown, was released in 20102.
The star-studded Rock Legends Cruise III sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, today with an impressive lineup of music acts including Alice Cooper, The Doobie Brothers, Paul Rodgers, 38 Special, Edgar Winter, Blue Oyster Cult and many more. Cooper tells ABC News Radio that this will be the first time he's taken part in a music-themed cruise, admitting that it's something he likely wouldn't have considered doing when he was younger.
"We're at the point in our career now where when somebody brings something like that up we would normally go, 'No,' [but] now I kind of go, 'Oh, we've never done that. Let's do it,'" he explains. "It's kind of bucket list stuff, you know."
The shock rocker says he's excited about the amazing list of bands that will performing on the cruise, although he points out, jokingly, that a ship packed with about 25-hundred hard-rock fans that's heading into the Bermuda Triangle could be courting disaster.
"What could go wrong, you know? I figure two-thousand may come back," he says with a laugh. "I figure five-hundred lost at sea would be…acceptable. It is the Bermuda Triangle, you know."
Cooper adds that the passengers most likely to survive the supposedly perilous journey are the musicians themselves.
"We're like cockroaches," he quips. "We just don't go down."
As for what activities besides his scheduled performances in which he might participate, Alice says he's not really sure.
"I've never done one of these before so I don't even know how it works," he maintains, adding with a laugh, "I don't even know if I can leave my room. I mean, where are you gonna go? There's no place to hide. You're on a boat!"
As previously reported, the Rock Legends Cruise III runs until Monday, February 23. During the journey, the ship makes one stop, a visit to Nassau in the Bahamas on Saturday, February 21. Cooper has two scheduled concerts during the cruise, on Friday at 9 p.m. and on Sunday at 8 p.m. Other artists who will be performing include War, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dave Mason, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Ten Years After, Uriah Heep, Savoy Brown, the Pat Travers Band and Triumph's Rik Emmett.
After the cruise, Cooper's next scheduled performances are in May, when he will be opening for Motley Crue during the Australia and New Zealand portion of that band's Final Tour. He also will be supporting the Crue later this summer at most of the group's North American shows. Check out Alice's full itinerary at AliceCooper.com.
The latest anti-Nickelback campaign has arrived, but at least this time, it will raise money for charity. Jesse Carey, of the Relevant magazine podcast, has promised to listen to nothing but Nickelback on a loop for a week straight in order to raise money for My Charity: Water, an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to those in need.
"It's twofold," Carey says of the campaign. "Obviously, we want to build a well and provide a community somewhere in need with clean water. But the second fold of my twofold thing is to basically be an inspiration to people."
"I want someone who's going through a hard time to be like 'I'm really down and out, life's really got me down, but you know what? Right now there's a guy who's been listening to Nickelback for days straight,'" he continues. "I just want to lift the confidence of what a human being is capable of."
The campaign, which began February 16 and will run through February 22, has already surpassed its original $10,000 goal. If you'd like to donate, visit My.CharityWater.org/NBChallenge.
At least this campaign is going better than last year, when a British man launched a Tilt charity campaign to stop Nickelback from ever playing London. He raised all of $399 before the campaign expired.
Nickelback is currently on tour in support of their latest album, No Fixed Address.
Jon Bon Jovi is working on new music. The Bon Jovi frontman has revealed that he has about "a dozen" songs in the works for the new project, according to People magazine.
Bon Jovi shared the news during Fashion Week while he was curating a show at the Kenneth Cole clothing store in the Soho section of Manhattan. He added that he had been in the studio "all day working on the new record."
"I walked here from the studio," he said.
He added that the new music he's working on has been inspired by events in the news. "I just read the paper, it gives you an opportunity to write something ... It's early but I'm about a dozen songs in. I feel good."
A new television special featuring a recent concert by Bryan Adams is scheduled to air next month as part of the PBS series Great Performances. The show, which captures the Canadian singer/songwriter performing during his most recent tour in July 2014 at Toronto's Elgin Theater, will premiere on March 2 at 9:30 p.m. on select PBS stations; check your local listings.
The concert features Adams playing many of his best-known songs, as well as selections from his most recent studio album, Tracks of My Years, his 2014 covers collection of classics from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Bryan's Great Performances set includes such original hits as "Run to You," "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," "Cuts Like a Knife," "Summer of '69" and "Heaven," plus renditions of The Beatles' "It's Only Love," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody."
Adams is scheduled to begin a series of eight Canadian tour dates this Wednesday in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his album Reckless. He then will bring the trek to Europe during March, and also has a couple of U.S. shows lined up in April. Check out Bryan's full itinerary at BryanAdams.com.
Here is the list of songs Adams plays on Great Performances: Bryan Adams in Concert:
"Run to You"
"Here I Am"
"Any Time at All"
"God Only Knows"
"The Only Thing that Looks Good on Me Is You"
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
"Cuts Like a Knife"
"She Knows Me"
"When You're Gone"
"Summer of '69"
"18 'Til I Die"
"I Thought I'd Seen Everything"
"It's Only Love"
"You've Been a Friend to Me"
"Straight from the Heart"
"All for Love"
Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick have expanded their U.S. co-headlining tour plans to include more than 20 dates. The joint trek now is scheduled to begin with a June 5 concert in Temecula, California, and is mapped out through an August 25 performance in Livermore, California.
The tour will stop in cities across the country, and includes newly announced shows in Scottsdale and Tucson, Arizona; Vienna and Newport News, Virginia; Clarkston, Michigan; New York City; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Biloxi, Mississippi. Even more dates are expected to be added soon.
"I've always loved Cheap Trick and their sound. Great band, great people!" says Frampton in a statement. "We played one show together last year and had so much fun we decided to do a whole tour together."
Peter also has a few solo headlining shows mixed in with the joint dates. To find out details for buying tickets to all of his 2015 concerts, visit Frampton.com/Live.
Here is Frampton's full current tour itinerary; all shows with Cheap Trick unless noted:
6/5 -- Temecula, CA, Pechanga Resort
6/6 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino-Outdoor Amphitheater
6/13 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino
6/14 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino
6/16 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater
6/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
*6/20 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Island Event Center
6/25 -- Vienna, VA, The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
*6/26 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
7/11 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
7/12 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
*7/18 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/28 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/29 -- New York, NY, Pier 97
7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Hotel & Casino
8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort
8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/11 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center For The Arts
*8/12 -- Cary, NC, Regency Park - Cary's Booth Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino-Beau Rivage Theater
8/15 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater
8/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
*8/18 -- St. Louis, River City Casino
*8/19 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre
8/25 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards
* = without Cheap Trick.
They've been promising a North American tour since their latest album, Rock or Bust, was released last November. Now, AC/DC has announced the first North American dates for their Rock or Bust tour -- but we're gonna have to wait six months for them.
The tour kicks off August 22 in Foxborough, MA, and wraps a month later, September 28 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. It's a short run, with just thirteen dates total, including six Canadian stops. Before the stateside leg, AC/DC will wrap a ten-week European tour leg.
Tickets for all of the North American dates go on sale Monday, February 16. If you can't wait for August to see AC/DC, you can catch them at Coachella this April, where they'll be headlining.
It's notable that the tour announcement declares that veteran percussionist Chris Slade will be playing drums on the tour, rather than longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. Slade played with the band from 1989 to 1994, including on their Razor's Edge album.
The reason for Rudd's absence isn't specified, but it may have to do with charges the 60-year-old is facing in New Zealand stemming from his November 2014 arrest for allegedly threatening to kill a neighbor, and possessing illegal drugs. Rudd said as recently as last December that he was "going back to work with AC/DC, I don't care who likes it or who doesn't." However, co-founder and lead guitarist Angus Young said shortly after Rudd's arrest that the drummer had been acting erratically while the band was recording Rock or Bust. As for his status with the group, Angus said, "I can only say, from our perspective, that the guy needs to sort himself out."
Of course, guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young, Angus' brother, retired from the band late last year after being diagnosed with dementia.
Here are the Rock or Bust North American tour dates. More info's on AC/DC's official website.
8/22 -- Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium
8/26 -- E. Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/28 -- Quebec City, ON, Plains of Abraham
8/31 -- Montreal, QC, Olympic Stadium
9/3 -- Ottawa, ON, TD Place
9/5 -- Moncton, NB, Magnetic Hill
9/8 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field
9/10 -- Toronto, ON, Downsview Park
9/15 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
9/20 -- Edmonton, AL, Commonwealth Stadium
9/2 -- Vancouver, BC, BC Place
9/25 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park
9/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
A new exhibition featuring photographs taken by Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, opens today at the San Francisco Art Exchange. The exhibit debuts almost exactly 10 years after Boyd's first photographic display opened at the gallery and, as Pattie explains to ABC News Radio, will feature "lost photos" that she discovered in the ensuing years.
Boyd -- who was married to Harrison from 1966 to 1977 and Clapton from 1979 to 1989 -- captured many candid moments with the two rock legends, as well as with many of their famous friends and musical associates.
She tells ABC News Radio that a couple of her favorite recent additions to her exhibit were pics she took of the late Beatles guitarist at Friar Park, the neo-Gothic British mansion Harrison bought in 1970.
"[There's one] of George playing the piano…and it's quite dark, but it's really beautiful," the former model points out. "You just see the hall…and then someone playing at the piano, and it's rather romantic and distant."
The other, she says, is "of George in the gardens, and it's just white snow everywhere, which actually is quite unusual for England. And there's a lovely little sort of Japanese bridge in the background, and it is really very beautiful."
Among the other photos from her exhibit that Boyd says she likes are a couple of images featuring Clapton that were connected to two famous all-star rock concerts he played. One is a wide shot of the stage at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom from rehearsals for "The Last Waltz," The Band's historic 1976 farewell concert that was the subject of the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary of the same name.
"It was really exciting for me to be there," Pattie notes, "'cause everyone was there -- Bob Dylan and Joni [Mitchell] and The Band, who I just absolutely adore."
The other shows Eric and Mick Jagger on a sofa chatting the day before both performed at the 1985 Live Aid charity concert.
"You can see just how kind of nervous they were," she notes. "But that's rather nice, 'cause it brings back memories for me as well."
Another interesting item that will be shown at the exhibit is the original painting that served as the cover art for Clapton's classic 1970 Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The piece, which was painted by French artist Frandsen de Schonberg, has never been displayed in public before.
"It's a beautiful painting and it's really nice to see it in reality," says Pattie. "It looks lovely."
Clapton acquired the abstract painting of a blonde woman because it reminded him of Boyd, with whom he'd fallen in love even though she was married to his good friend Harrison at the time. Pattie, of course, was the inspiration for the song "Layla" and other tunes from the album.
Boyd will attend a special opening reception for the exhibit that's scheduled for this Saturday, Valentine's Day.
Pattie tells ABC News Radio that she enjoys meeting fans of her photography because she likes to be able to tell them the stories behind the images. The exhibition will remain open at the San Francisco Art Exchange until March 10. You can preview some of the images at SFAE.com.
Here's a list of winners in the major categories at the 57th Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday night
Grammy Winners List
Record of the Year
"Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith
Best New Artist
Song of the Year
"Stay with Me," Sam Smith, songwriters Sam Smith, James Napier & William Phillips
Album of the Year
Morning Phase, Beck
Best Pop Solo Performance
"Happy (Live)," Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
"Say Something," A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
Best Pop Vocal Album
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Cheek to Cheek, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Best Country Album
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Best Rock Album
Morning Phase, Beck
Best Rock Song
"Ain't It Fun," Paramore, songwriters Hayley Williams and Taylor York
Best Rock Performance
"Lazaretto," Jack White
Best Metal Performance
"The Last In Line," Tenacious D
Best Alternative Music Album
St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Best Urban Contemporary Album
G I R L, Pharrell Williams
Best R&B Performance
"Drunk In Love," Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z
Best Traditional R&B Performance
"Jesus Children," Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
Best R&B Album
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface
Best R&B Song
"Drunk In Love," Beyonce & Jay Z, songwriters Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko
Best Rap Album
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
Best Rap Song
"I," Kendrick Lamar, songwriters K. Duckworth & C. Smith
Best Rap Performance
"I," Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
"The Monster," Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Best Country Song
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell, songwriters Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
Best Country Solo Performance
"Something in the Water," Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo or Group Performance
"Gentle on My Mind," The Band Perry
Best Music Video
"Happy," Pharrell Williams; We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Roman Pichon Herrera, Jett Steiger & Cedric Troadec, video producers
Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill; Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Diary Of A Mad Diva, Joan Rivers
Best Comedy Album
Mandatory Fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic
Led Zeppelin is giving fans a look inside the Super Deluxe Edition of the upcoming remastered reissue of the band's 1975 album Physical Graffiti, in a new promotional video that premiered online this week at the group's official site and YouTube channel.
Set to the epic Led Zeppelin tune "Kashmir," the 36-second clip shows all the elements featured in the box set, including the original two-disc album and "companion audio" disc on both CD and vinyl; a 96-page hardbound book of rare and unseen photos and memorabilia; a card allowing access to a high-def digital download of the expanded Physical Graffiti; and a limited-edition numbered print of the album's cover.
The Physical Graffiti reissue also will be available as a standard two-CD set, a deluxe three-CD edition boasting the "companion audio" disc, and vinyl and digital versions of those two packages. The revamped Physical Graffiti will be released on February 24, exactly 40 years after the original album hit stores.
INXS Guitarist Severs Finger in Accident
It's every guitarist's worst nightmare: Tim Farriss of INXS has suffered a severed finger after an accident in his native Australia.
A post on the band's Facebook page states, "Tim Farriss has been involved in a serious accident that resulted in his hand being caught in an electric anchor winch. Tim has been treated at the Royal North Shore hospital for a week and is now back at home in recovery. The accident has caused permanent damage to Tims left hand and one of his fingers has been severed. He has undergone two extensive operations to reattach his finger. Tim is now at home undergoing further treatment to assist with his recovery."
The band's creative director adds in a separate statement, "Tim is now home from the hospital with his family and undergoing physiotherapy as part of the recovery process. He is getting the best possible care and we hope with time he will regain movement in his finger. This was a terrible accident, we are all here to support him."
Farriss further updated fans with another Facebook post, writing, "I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and well wishes I'm receiving. Thank you all, I'm feeling the love and it's really helping me get through this nightmare."
INXS scored hits in the '80s and early '90s including "Never Tear Us Apart," "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside," "New Sensation," "Suicide Blonde," "Disappear," "Not Enough Time" and more. Frontman Michael Hutchence was found dead in a hotel room in 1997. After his death, the band continued with a variety of different singers, but called it quits in 2012 after 35 years.
Motley Crüe recently revealed that its Final Tour will come to an end this year with a New Year's Eve concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In conjunction with the big announcement, the glam-metal bad boys released a brand-new single titled "All Bad Things" that can be viewed as the theme song to the trek.
The adrenaline-charged anthem features such appropriate lyrics as "All bad things must end, all bad things must die/ Even the devil's gotta pay for his crime…It's been one hell of a ride, it's been one hell of a night/ It's been a damn good life, this ain't farewell, it's goodbye."
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Mick Mars chatted recently with ABC News Radio about the song and the group's upcoming plans.
Sixx said that, in writing the tune, his goal was to humorously reflect the band members' feelings about the end of their days as a touring act.
"It was important to me to try to convey, in a snarky way, who we are and where we're at," he explained. "Kind of saying, 'Hey, you know, in a way…we're really just here for our own crucifixion.' And, you know, it's a little tongue in cheek and fun in that way."
Sixx added that another aspect about the song he likes is that "the guitars are really dirty."
"All Bad Things" is expected to be Mötley Crüe's last single, but Sixx and Mars suggested, perhaps jokingly, that the band may consider recording another album after the tour winds down.
"You gotta have a vehicle for it, right? Gotta have a reason for it," said Nikki.
"Yeah," added Mick. "We could always go in and do a Sgt. Pepper's [and] not tour it."
Sixx then noted, "There'll be no more touring so…you'll have to really find a reason to do [a full album project.]"
Whether or not Mötley Crüe records again as a unit, Sixx told ABC News Radio that he's looking forward to seeing what his band mates do after the group's retirement from the road.
"I'm a fan of all the guys in the band," he maintained. "From a fan's perspective, I love Mick's guitar playing and I look forward to hearing…what he does with that when he doesn't have the rest of us knuckleheads around."
Sixx also offered to contribute to whatever solo project Mars might be planning.
"If you need a bass player, just call," said Nikki. "I'll just fly on out and lay down a couple of things."
"I will," responded Mick. "I will."
Mötley Crüe kicks off its 2015 Final Tour with a series of Japanese shows starting on February 11 in Kobe. The North American portion of the band's trek begins on July 22 in Eugene, Oregon. "All Bad Things" is available for purchase now as a digital download. An official video for the song, in explicit and clean versions, can be viewed at Mötley Crüe's YouTube channel.
Paul McCartney's Childhood Home to Be Auctioned at Liverpool's Cavern Club
A modest home where Paul McCartney spent many of his childhood yesterdays in Liverpool, England is slated to be auctioned off at the city's famed Cavern Club February 26 at 7 p.m. local time. The Beatles legend lived in the three-bedroom townhouse with his family from 1947, when he was four years old, until the mid 1950s.
The home, which is located at 72 Western Avenue in Liverpool's Speke neighborhood, features a lounge, dining room, kitchen and hallway on the ground floor, while the bedrooms and a family bathroom are located on the second floor. The house also features gardens in the front and back. According to a statement from auctioneers Countrywide Property Auctions, the residence is the first home McCartney recalls living in, and he has fond memories of his six years there.
The townhouse is estimated to sell for at least 100,000 pounds, or upward of about $150,000. The sale is being organized by Countrywide and real estate brokerage Entwistle Green, who also handled the auction of of John Lennon's boyhood home at 9 Newcastle Rd. in 2013, and George Harrison's home at 25 Upton Green last year.
"We are delighted to be acting on behalf of the current owner of 72 Western Avenue, a property which has such a unique history," says Entwistle Green regional sales director Stephen Giddins. "The Beatles, arguably one the biggest bands of all time, still attract thousands of visitors to Liverpool each year, so to get the opportunity to offer for sale Paul McCartney's childhood home is very exciting."
For more information, visit CountrywidePropertyAuctions.co.uk.
Paul McCartney, Paul Simon Among Stars to Appear on Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special
Paul McCartney and Paul Simon made numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live over the years. Now the two stars will help the groundbreaking NBC sketch comedy show celebrate its 40th anniversary. According to a promo that premiered during the Super Bowl, the music legends will be featured on SNL 40, a three-hour special scheduled to air February 15 at 7 p.m. CT.
Among the many other stars who will be featured on the show are Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Betty White, Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Emma Stone, Justin Timberlake, and Sir Paul's recent musical collaborator, Kanye West.
Many of Saturday Night Live's famous alumni also will be on hand, including Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Martin Short, Andy Samberg, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon.
Murphy's appearance will mark the first time the famous comic actor has returned to SNL since he exited the show in 1984. When asked about his extended absence from Saturday Night Live during a recent phone interview with TV One's News One Now, Murphy commented, "It's just timing. It just never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it...They're having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks, I'm going to that. And that will be the first time I've been back since I left."
NBC confirms that McCartney and Simon will appear on the show in person. Additional names will be announced later.