|Randy Bachman Planning to Release Heavy Blues Album in 2015 Featuring Neil Young, Frampton & Other Stars
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For Sept. 11,2014
Randy Bachman recently released a new concert CD/DVD called Every Song Tells a Story that features the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive rocker looking back at the famous songs from his long and successful career. Now, however, the 70-year-old Canadian star says he's looking ahead to a brand-new project that will feature fresh original tunes, a bunch of well-known guest guitarists and a new backing band.
Bachman tells ABC News that he's recording a new blues album that he's planning to call Heavy Blues, which he expects to release in March 2015. Among the stars he's tapped to contribute to the record are his old pal Neil Young, Peter Frampton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, contemporary blues whiz Joe Bonamassa and Scott Holiday from the modern-rock act Rival Sons. In addition, Randy reveals that the release will include a live collaboration between him and the late Jeff Healey that Healey's wife gave to him.
Bachman reports, "I've already mixed half the album, which will include 12 songs." He adds, "It absolutely blows me away."
The singer/guitarist says one of his main inspirations for the album was Young, who made a suggestion when Randy told him he had signed a new worldwide record deal that would allow him to do anything he wanted.
"He said, 'Take some advice. Don't do the same old crap and call it something new,'" Bachman recalls. "I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'Don't do the same thing and say it's a new album…Stop, get out of the box, do something fearless, be fierce, be ferocious, reinvent yourself.' And I go, 'OK, great advice.'"
Randy tells ABC News Radio that he then set about finding new musicians to back him, and initially considered recording with just a drummer, like The White Stripes or The Black Keys. Inevitably, though, he decided to include a bassist too. He eventually settled on two very talented Canadian female musicians, drummer Dale Anne Brendon and bassist Anna Ruddick.
"They are just amazing," gushes Bachman. "And at times we sound like The Who and we sound like Cream live and we sound like [Led] Zeppelin. And at times it sounds like me, and when they redo my old songs like 'American Woman' and 'Takin' Care of Business' it's a whole new life, because it's a whole new rhythm section."
The album is being produced by Kevin Shirley, whose resume includes releases by Journey, Aerosmith, Iron Maiden and Bonamassa, among many others. Randy says Shirley encouraged him to write new songs for the project rather than redo some blues standards.
"He said, 'They've all been redone,'" notes Bachman. "You're a great songwriter. Take old templates and rewrite them and change them and make something new."
Bachman tells ABC News Radio that he's very excited to hit the road with his new group and new set of songs come 2015. First up, though, is a Canadian fall tour with his current band that launches on October 14 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Bryan Adams is releasing a new album of cover songs, Tracks of My Years, on September 30. But later this year, he'll be taking a stroll through his own past when he releases a special 30th anniversary edition of his breakthrough 1984 album Reckless. And this time around, says the Canadian singer, "it's got everything."
Adams tells ABC News Radio, "Thirty years ago we were putting together this album and here we are 30 years later and I just finished repackaging it again." Originally released on November 5, 1984 -- Bryan's 25th birthday -- Reckless was a massive success, spinning off six singles: "Run to You," "Somebody," "Heaven," "Summer of '69," "One Night Love Affair" and "It's Only Love." But according to Adams, the album we all know and love was only part of the story.
"This time it's got six tracks on it which were supposed to be recorded for the record which [weren't]," he explains. "And I left them in their original demo form and [I'm] just gonna put them out because I think it tells a story. Reckless was incomplete without these other songs."
If those songs were so important, though, why didn't Bryan put them on the original version of the record? Because he literally wasn't able to.
"Back in 1984 you could only put a certain amount of music on a CD because technology wasn't advanced enough that you could put 16 songs on it," he explains. "[There] just wasn't the capability. So a lot of songs never got recorded, and a lot of songs got left off, because they just didn't fit on the record. And so now, this new record that's coming out...it's got everything."
Well, almost everything. There's another song he recorded around that time that came out as a B-side that by all rights belongs on Reckless, but Adams says he's purposely leaving it off. The song is "Diana," and it's about Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in 1997. Specifically, it's about him playfully inviting her to dump Prince Charles and run away with him. But Bryan says he can't, in good conscience, include it.
"I love that song a lot but in respect to Diana, I'm not putting it out because it's making fun," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I think I have to respect what's happened, and so I'm not gonna cash in on that at all."
No word yet on the exact release date of the Reckless reissue.
Keith Richards Says His Grandfather "Teased" Him into Playing the Guitar
Keith Richards stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night to promote his new children's book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.
The 70-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist told Fallon his grandfather "teased" him into playing the guitar by keeping one high and out of Keith's reach, telling him that if he wanted to play it, he'd have to get it.
Richards told Fallon, "One day I was standing there in grandpa's parlor with the guitar in my hand and he said, 'How did you get that?'" Keith recalls when he told his grandpa he used chairs and a book to reach the guitar, his grandpa replied, "'If you need it that much, let's start learning a few things.'"
During the interview, Richards also recalled the circumstances surrounding the first song he and Mick Jagger wrote. The guitarist said the Stone's manager at the time, Andrew Loog Oldham, told them they needed to start writing their own songs and locked the two in a kitchen until they came up with one.
"After 36 hours, and the kitchen was very barely stocked, so...we're getting hungry and thirsty...Eventually we came out with 'As Tears Go By,'" Richards recalled.
The Stones guitarist also told Fallon the story of when his idol, rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, punched him out backstage after one of Berry's concerts.
"His guitar was laid out in its case [and I said to myself] 'come on Keith, just a touch. Just let me give it an E chord.' [Berry] walks in and goes, 'nobody touches my guitar.'" Keith said Berry then socked him. Richards ended the story by declaring, "And that's one of Chuck's biggest hits, baby."
Richards' new children's book features illustrations by his daughter, Theodora, 29, who was in the studio audience. Fallon invited her onstage, where she presented the Tonight Show host with a drawing she sketched of him and Richards during the interview.
Richards also revealed that he's just finished recording a solo album, but he doesn't want to release it until the Rolling Stones finish up their current business.
In case you missed The Who rocking out on the star-studded Stand Up to Cancer special, which aired Friday on a wide variety of television networks, the performance has made its way onto YouTube for your viewing pleasure. The entire event also is streaming on demand at Hulu.com and Yahoo.com.
The band's appearance, which was taped earlier last week in London, featured a medley of an abbreviated version of "Baba O'Riley" and the Tommy anthem "See Me, Feel Me/Listening to You."
The Who was augmented by a group of backing singers more than a dozen strong. During the British rock legends' performance, a video screen behind the stage flashed the logo for Teen Cancer America, the charity co-founded by singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend that supports the creation of programs and facilities that focus on the needs of young people who are battling the disease.
As of Sunday, more than $109 million had been pledged in connection with the Stand Up to Cancer telecasts in the U.S. and Canada. You can still donate to the cause by visiting SU2C.org and by calling 1-888-90-STAND.
As the drummer of Fleetwood Mac since its 1967 inception, Mick Fleetwood saw the group transform from a respected British blues outfit to one of the most successful U.S.-based pop-rock acts ever. The 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer certainly has more than a few tales to tell about his experiences in the group, and will share them in a new autobiography titled Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac, which will be published on October 28.
The memoir, which was co-written with veteran Rolling Stone journalist Anthony Bozza, will offer an intimate look at the personal and professional triumphs and trials of Fleetwood and his band mates. Through Fleetwood Mac's volatile history, which has included lineup upheavals, madness, drug abuse and intraband love affairs, Mick has been there for it all: He's the only member to have played with every incarnation of the group.
Play On will be released about one month after Fleetwood Mac kicks off its latest tour -- its first with longtime singer/keyboardist Christine McVie since 1998. The trek begins September 30 in Minneapolis and runs through a December 20 show in Tampa, Florida.
Keith Richards and Daughter Theodora Talk About Rock Legend's New Children's Book, Gus & Me Sun
Keith Richards' autobiographical children's book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, will hit stores this Tuesday. In the 32-page book, which was illustrated by the Rolling Stones guitarist's 29-year-old daughter Theodora, Keith recounts how his beloved grandfather helped inspire his own passion for playing music.
"I've always wanted to pay homage to Gus," Richards tells People. "He set me on my way." The 70-year-old rock legend's grandfather gave him his very first guitar when he was about 9 years old.
Richards reveals that it was his publishers who suggested he write a children's book, which happened at a time when his fifth grandchild was about to be born.
"It seemed appropriate with the two things coinciding," explains Richards. He, in turn, then asked Theodora to create illustrations for the project, even though she'd never drawn professionally. "I had to keep it in the family," says Keith.
Theodora, meanwhile, recalls, "We were at dinner and dad was like, 'I have a surprise for you.' I read the first few lines and realized he was asking me to do the book. I've always loved to draw, but I've never put it out there."
Keith's daughter says her father always has been a good storyteller, and tells People that he used to delight her and her younger sister Alexandra by making up different tales to go along with a picture book of kittens that they had.
"Every night it would be different, and I would say, 'The cat did not say that yesterday,'" shares Theodora. "But he would come up with these witty one-liners that would send me and Alexandra into tizzies." She adds that Keith's grandchildren also are crazy about him.
For his part, Richards says he's "growing into" being a grandparent. "When [the grandkids] are angsty with their parents, I'm their safe haven," he maintains. "Grandparents can do great things with the kids, and since I'm one, I'm here to raise the profile of grandfathers."
Gus & Me will be available as a hardcover book, an electronic book and an audio book. The hardback version will come packaged with a CD featuring bonus audio content.
Jon Bon Jovi to Push Tomato Sauce at New York City's Wine & Food Festival
How'd you like to meet Jon Bon Jovi, and enjoy delicious Italian food at the same time? Then get yourself to New York City next month for the city's annual Wine & Food Festival.
The October festival features a variety of food-related events over three days, and Jon is appearing at an October 16 event hosted by the Travel Channel's Adam Richman; it's called Ronzoni's La Sagra Slices. He and his brothers Anthony and Matthew are teaming up to promote their dad John Sr.'s line of Bongiovi Brand pasta sauces, but fans will also able to sample the best pizza and meatballs from New York's top-rated Italian eateries.
The only bad news is that if you want to attend, it'll set you back $125. Visit NYCWFF.org for more info.
Last week, Led Zeppelin debuted a trailer for the upcoming deluxe reissues of the band's classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, that featured a segment of an unreleased rough early mix of the record's lead track, "Black Dog." Now, a full version of the rarity has premiered on RollingStone.com.
The song, which kicks off the companion audio disc included with the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions of Led Zeppelin IV, is titled "Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs)" and is notable for some of the extremely high notes frontman Robert Plant hits.
"'Black Dog' is obviously one of the songs that Led Zeppelin is really noted for," guitarist Jimmy Page, who's overseeing the reissue campaign, tells Rolling Stone. "It's one of the powerhouse numbers that we did with an incredible riff. The version on the companion disc is a rough mix in its early stage with minimal guitar overdubs and Robert's original vocal. And you can hear how mean it is."
The Led Zeppelin IV bonus disc will feature unheard versions of all eight songs from the original album, including an alternate version of "Stairway to Heaven" that was recorded at Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles.
The remastered editions of Led Zeppelin IV will be released on October 28, as will revamped versions of the group's 1973 album, Houses of the Holy. For details about the different configurations of the reissues that will be available for purchase, visit LedZeppelin.com.
The Who is among the guest performers that will appear on the upcoming fourth edition of the fundraising telecast Stand Up to Cancer, which will air this Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on numerous TV networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime and VH1. While the show is still more than a day away, the British rock legends have revealed what they will play on the special.
A report on the band's official website reveals that The Who's Stand Up for Cancer performance actually was taped on Tuesday night at the Porchester Club in the Bayswater section of London, in front of an intimate crowd featuring members of the group's fan club. According to the article, The Who played a medley featuring "Baba O'Riley" and the Tommy piece "See Me, Feel Me/Listening to You," and the performance will be shown during the closing part of the telecast.
Who singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend were accompanied by all the members of their touring band, as well as more than a dozen backing singers, among them longtime Who collaborator Billy Nichols. The group ran through the medley three times. During the mini-show, a neon baton specially created by the Siemens electronics company was passed around the audience that registered one dollar for each time someone touched it. Siemens plans to donate that total amount to Stand Up to Cancer.
Meanwhile, a bevy of celebrities have been added to the list of stars that will appear on the hour-long fundraiser, including Dave Grohl, Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Bacon, Melissa McCarthy, Steve Carell, Sofia Vergara, Tony Goldwyn, Mira Sorvino and Charlie Wilson, among others. They join previously announced participants Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston and Mark Harmon. Besides The Who, Dave Matthews Band, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Lupe Fiasco and Common will perform.
In addition to airing on many television networks, the Stand Up to Cancer special will stream live on both Hulu and Yahoo. Visit StandUp2Cancer.org to find out more information about the event and to donate to the cause.
Chrissie Hynde has announced a tour in support of her first-ever solo album, Stockholm. The outing currently lists 25 U.S. dates with one Canadian date: the tour's opener in Toronto on October 30.
In addition to material from Stockholm, Hynde will also perform classics from her career with Pretenders.
Ticket on-sale dates will be posted on ChrissieHynde.com. You can ensure access to pre-sales visiting ChrissieHynde.SignMeUpFor.com
Stockholm was released June 10. A video for the album's first single, "Dark Sunglasses," is streaming now on Hynde's VEVO channel.
Here are the tour dates:
10/30 -- Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
11/1-- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
11/2 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theatre
11/5 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
11/7 -- Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
11/8 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
11/10 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
11/12 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
11/13 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Center
11/15 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple
11/16 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
11/18 -- Dallas, TX, Winspear Opera House
11/19 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theater
11/20 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
11/21 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theatre
11/23 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
11/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Kingsbury Hall
11/26 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
11/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl
11/29 -- San Diego, CA, The Balboa Theatre
12/2 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
12/4 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12/5 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
12/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre
John Waite: Compiling Best Album "Cleared My Head" for New Music Projects
John Waite recently released a compilation titled, simply, Best, that features highlights from many eras of the veteran British pop-rock star's long and varied career.
The 62-year-old singer explains to ABC News Radio that rather than being a "standard greatest-hits thing," the 18-track album offers up a sampling of his creative highlights as a music artist.
"This is a bit more far out [than a hits album], and [I] had a lot of fun doing it," Waite declares. "I'm very pleased with it. I think it's like drawing a line in the sand. You say, 'This is my life. This is what I've done with it so far,' and it's cleared my head."
Best includes updated versions of two hits by his old group The Babys; a new rendition of his classic "Missing You"; the duet version of that song, which he recorded with Alison Krauss; several live tunes featuring his current backing group; a couple of acoustic numbers; and various gems from his solo catalog.
Waite explains that he was inspired to put together the retrospective last December, after he happened to stumble upon an exhibition of images by famed fashion photographer Richard Avedon in Beverly Hills.
"I was staring at a wall of photos and thought, 'What would that sound like if it was music?'" John recalls. "And I guess that was the kicker. That's what got me going."
Waite tells ABC News Radio that completing the Best project was "liberating" for him and has gotten him mentally prepared to make new music.
"I just feel like I can move forward as an artist, and up to this point I was kind of paralyzed," he admits. "I really did need to take care of this at this time in my life. But it's been very joyful. You know, I've listened to it from beginning to end [numerous times] and it's always made me laugh and smile and sort of nod my head, you know. I think I got it right. I think it's a good album." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Waite reveals that he now has started going through tapes of incomplete song ideas with the hope of possibly gathering together tunes for a new album.
Meanwhile, John also has been playing a variety of shows this year with his band, which features ex-Alice Cooper guitarist Keri Kelly. Waite's upcoming gigs include multiple appearances at the 2014 edition of veteran rock manager B.R. Cohn's annual Fall Music Festival later this month in Glen Ellen, California, and a September 28 performance at the 80's in the Park Festival in Melbourne , Florida.
Jimi Jamison, lead singer for the group Survivor, has died, according to a post on the bands official Twitter account.
The post reads, Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends & family.
Jamisons booking manager, Sally Irwin, tells TMZ.com that the singer died Sunday night of a heart attack at the age of 63.
Jamison was a member of the band Cobra in 1984 when he joined Survivor after the groups lead singer, David Bickler, was forced to quit due to polyps on his vocal cords. The change came after the band scored success with the tune Eye of the Tiger, which was featured in the 1982 movie Rocky 3.
According to Rolling Stone, Jamison recorded three albums with Survivor. He was the lead singer on the songs Burning Heart from the movie Rocky 4 and The Moment of Truth from the film The Karate Kid. The band also scored a hit with Is This Love.
Jamison also co-wrote and recorded the song "Im Always Here, which became the theme song for the TV series Baywatch.
Survivor broke up in 1989, but got back together in 1993 with Bickler as the lead singer. The band became embroiled in legal tussles when Jamison toured under the Survivor name. After a series of lawsuits, the parties eventually made amends and Survivor began touring with both Bickler and Jamison.
According to the bands official website, the group performed Saturday night in Morgan Hill, California.
Remastered Versions of George Harrison's First Six Solo Albums Coming this Month
Digitally remastered versions of George Harrison's first six solo albums -- released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles' Apple Records label -- are hitting stores later this month.
The albums -- Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, Dark Horse and Extra Texture (Read All About It) -- will arrive September 23. They'll be available both as individual albums, and as a deluxe, eight-disc boxed set called The Apple Years 1968-1975.
In addition to the six albums, including the double disc All Things Must Pass, that boxed set includes an exclusive DVD featuring videos, promos and unreleased footage, as well as a book with an introduction written by George's son, Dhani, who oversaw the project.
In a statement, Dhani says, "Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."
All the albums feature previously-unreleased or rare additional tracks. They're available for pre-order now.
If you've seen Mötley Crüe on the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, you know that the three musicians on board -- Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx -- are a talented bunch. Singer Vince Neil agrees; though the band members have had their share of spats over the years, the singer has no trouble admitting that he's surrounded by skilled professionals. Neil tells ABC News Radio that Mars in particular is "an outstanding guitar player [and] very underrated because he shies away from press."
Neil says that even after 33 years of playing together, "[Mick] plays stuff where I go 'Wow, where did that come from?' When he does his solos it's pretty amazing, the stuff that he comes up with."
Vince also appreciates Lee, who he describes to ABC News Radio as being "like John Bonham. He's just a pure rock drummer [and] he has a great meter." As for Nikki Sixx, Neil calls him "a great bass player [and] a great showman."
Agreeing with the legions of fans who are mourning the end of Mötley Crüe -- because, of course, the band has insisted they will never tour again under the band name -- Neil tells ABC News Radio, "you put everybody together, we're Mötley Crüe and that's why we've been together for so long."
Here are the remaining dates on Mötley Crüe's tour:
8/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair
8/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
10/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/11 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
10/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/15 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
10/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center
10/26 -- Montville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 -- Syracuse, NY, The OnCenter
11/5 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 -- Southaven, MS, Landers Center
11/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
11/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/12 -- Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
11/13 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
11/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
11/16 -- Fargo, ND, FargoDome
11/18 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
11/19 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
Fans waiting on another Aerosmith record will have to keep waiting, according to guitarist Joe Perry.
"With us being off the record label, we're really not sure yet," the guitarist tells Boston magazine. Furthermore, Perry suggests, recording new music may be futile.
"When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear a thing unless they know it. We've played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause," he says. "Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?' The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.'"
Perry says that feedback like that puts "things in perspective."
"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear," he explains.
He adds that he has spent the last three years finishing his soon-to-be-published memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, and crafting a new solo record.
"I mean, I really feel like [finishing] it now," he says of the solo project. "I've got five or six things ready to go. The approach has just been different than the other ones I've done."
Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" has been selected as the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.
"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses was second in the poll, followed by AC/DCs "Back in Black" and Deep Purples "Smoke on the Water."
Listeners voted the Zeppelin tune number one from a BBC Radio 2 list of 100 guitar riffs compiled by a panel of DJs, music critics and record producers.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" when he learned "Whole Lotta Love" was voted number one. "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive," Page said.
"Whole Lotta Love" appeared on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II. The LP was released in October 1969.
Here are the Top 10 guitar riffs, according to the BBC Radio 2 poll:
1. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
2. Sweet Child O' Mine, Guns N' Roses
3. Back in Black, AC/DC
4. Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple
5. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
6. How Soon Is Now?, The Smiths
7. Down Down, Status Quo
8. Money for Nothing, Dire Straits
9. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
10. Money, Pink Floyd
Gene Simmons is celebrating the 40th anniversary of KISS with a summer co-headlining tour with Def Leppard, but the bass player thinks he's an endangered species. In an interview with ABC News Radio, Simmons discussed the state of rock music today and said, "My heart goes out to every new band because there is no record industry [anymore]."
Simmons doesn't blame the industry or "corporate takeovers" for the failure -- he tells ABC News Radio "it was your next-door, freckle-faced college kid who decided he did not want to pay for something he was getting. It's called file-sharing and downloading. That technology killed the entire record industry."
Simmons is clear that it's not only the pocketbooks of existing rock bands that are affected, it's an entire new generation of bands who will never get a chance. "Your 15-year-old friend who's in the next Beatles or the next KISS is not going to have a chance in hell of getting there. And who killed that chance? The freckle-faced college kid."
File-sharing isn't his only beef about the industry today; Simmons notes that the artistry of album packaging -- for which KISS was a pioneer, with visually stunning albums that often contained bonuses like posters, mini record awards, tattoo sheets and photo booklets -- is a thing of the past. "It is of a different era [now]," he said. "Once upon a time, a record was an event, and it was a piece of art. You spent time designing it, you spent time photographing and all the rest of it. And people used to put it on their mantlepiece as art. And those days are gone."
Continuing to do their best to produce collectible art, KISS will soon release KISSteria, a 34-vinyl record set housed in a rolling road case. The set will contain a boatload of other goodies including 12 mini posters, bumper stickers, dominoes, a turntable mat, vinyl cleaning cloth, set of four lithographs and more. The sticker price is $1,749, and pre-orders are being accepted now.
It may have only four strings, but a bass guitar can make a player a lot of cash. That's the upshot of a new list from Richest.com, which ranks bassists based on their net worth.
The top slot is exactly whom you might imagine, if you think about it: former Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, who's reportedly worth $1.2 billion -- that's "billion" with a "B." The other names, however, might be a surprise. The number-two position is a tie between former Police frontman Sting and Gene Simmons of KISS, each worth $300 million. Roger Waters has the number-four spot, with $270 million, and U2's Adam Clayton rounds out the top five with $150 million.
The bottom half of the top ten includes Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers at six, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones at seven, and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath at eight. The last two slots are a bit of a surprise: Tony Kanal of No Doubt edged out Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. Richest.com declares Kanal's producing gigs and songwriting for Gwen Stefani's solo career have earnedn him $45 million, topping Novoselic's $40 million net worth.
Take all of this with a grain of salt: the site neglects to mention the sources of its financial data. Here's the top ten list:
1. Paul McCartney -- $1.2 billion
2. Gene Simmons -- $300 million
2. Sting -- $300 million
4. Roger Waters -- $270 million
5. Adam Clayton -- $150 million
6. Flea -- $115 million
7. John Paul Jones -- $80 million
8. Geezer Butler -- $65 million
9. Tony Kanal -- $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic -- $40 million
Randy Bachman's music career spans more than 50 years and includes membership in two major rock bands, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, so it's not surprising that the singer/guitarist has quite a few great stories to tell. The 70-year-old Canadian rocker shares some of these anecdotes, and plays many of the classic tunes he wrote or co-wrote, in an aptly titled new concert DVD/CD called Every Song Tells a Story.
The video captures a Storytellers-style show Bachman played with his solo band last year in his hometown of Winnipeg that included performances of such Guess Who hits as "American Woman," "These Eyes" and "No Time," as well as BTO smashes like "Takin' Care of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "Let It Ride." Anecdotes include recollections of Bachman's pre-Guess Who bands and memories of his early friendship with a local musician named Neil Young, as well as specific inspirations for songs and humorous tales from his famous groups' heydays.
"The stories behind the songs are, I think, relevant now, 'cause a lot of people know most of those songs. They're kind of the soundtrack to their lives and to my life," Bachman explains to ABC News Radio. "And, similar to when I want to hear where a song came from…a lot of people are entertained by where my songs came from."
Randy says that the DVD caught him and his band "at the end of a tour so [we were] all very on our game." He says adding to that positive vibe was that fact that they were playing in Winnipeg, where "most of the songs originated" and "where the audience is full of friends and family…and it was just really a wonderful feeling."
One of the cool elements of the DVD is that the performances are interspersed with montages of rare photos and film clips from throughout Bachman's life that coincide with the time period of each song. These images also were shown on a video screen set up behind the stage at the show.
Randy notes that this is an added bonus for the viewer because "besides hearing the story of the song, they get a visual, so it's appealing to another one of their senses. All I'm missing is 'Smell-o-Vision.'"
Later this month, Bachman has a number of shows lined up with his BTO band mate Turner, and he also will be a special guest at three of Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour dates.
(NOTE LANGUAGE) Paul 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's Page 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's Magna Carta...Holy Grai
Following 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."
Friday marks the 45th anniversary of the start of the most famous rock festival in history -- the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The extravaganza, which took place in Bethel, New York, ran from August 15 to the morning of August 18, 1969. It was one of the defining events of the decade -- bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.
Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Who; Santana; Jefferson Airplane; Janis Joplin; Sly and the Family Stone; The Grateful Dead; Joe Cocker; Richie Havens; The Band; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Joan Baez; Ten Years After; Canned Heat; and Country Joe and the Fish.
Crosby, Stills & Nash, which had just welcomed Neil Young into its lineup at the time, had only played one other show before Woodstock. Graham Nash tells ABC News Radio the band's nervousness before the show had nothing to do with the size of the crowd.
"What did make us kind of apprehensive was the fact that all our peers were standing on the side of the stage waiting to see if this band could do it," he explains. "There's The Band, and there's the Airplane, and there's our friends, and there's John Sebastian, and there's Richie [Havens], and they're all watching us, seeing if we can do it."
Nash also says he nearly didn't make it to the show. "The back tail rotor of the helicopter I was in stopped working and, of course, the body of the helicopter started to spin in opposition to the rotation of the blades," he remembers. "Fortunately it was only about 15, 20 feet from the ground, and [the pilot] managed to thud us down there."
Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was impressed by the communal vibe at Woodstock.
"You could really feel the energy there. I mean, it made the hair on my arms stand up," he tells ABC News Radio. "The worst of conditions for people and in an overcrowded situation -- wet, cold, no potable water, no real facilities, no food -- but everyone just shared what they had with strangers and decided to make the best of it, and that just doesn't happen. And it happened at Woodstock, for sure."
Paul McCartney made history Thursday night when he performed the last concert to be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished.
Some 50,000 concertgoers attended the show, including several hundred lucky fans who were able to buy tickets put up for sale on Thursday when extra seats became available as a result of the stage being pushed back four feet.
"The Stick" is being demolished to make room for a housing and entertainment development.
As Beatles fans know, Candlestick Park was the site of the Fab Fours last official public concert, on August 29, 1966.
Thursday night's show, dubbed "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert," was the last stop on McCartney's U.S. summer itinerary. He'll begin a new run of dates in the fall, starting with a September 28 gig at San Diego's Petco Park.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's new duet with Smokey Robinson, which will appear on the Motown legend's upcoming collaborative album, Smokey & Friends, can be heard online now at VEVO.com. A video offering the full audio of the track, a new version of Robinson's classic 1962 tune "You Really Got a Hold on Me," has been posted on the site.
The track finds Tyler and Robinson trading off on the soulful tune's memorable harmony and melody lines, while both singers also serve up some improvisational falsetto parts as the song winds down. In addition, Nicole Scherzinger can be heard delivering some smooth backing vocals.
"You Really Got a Hold on Me" originally was a #8 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for Robinson's old group The Miracles. The tune also was famously covered by The Beatles in 1963.
As previously reported, Smokey & Friends will be released on Tuesday, August 19. It features reinterpretations of a variety of famous songs Robinson wrote or co-wrote for The Miracles, The Temptations and for his own solo career. In addition to Tyler and Scherzinger, the list of guest artists on the record includes Elton John, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Releasing Deluxe Tour Edition of Latest Album Next Month
Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has announced plans to release a deluxe expanded version of his latest solo album, Homo Erraticus, to coincide with his upcoming fall U.S. tour. The CD/DVD set includes specially filmed videos that accompany each album track, a live performance of the new song "Enter the Uninvited" and a recent interview with Anderson talking about the visuals, which also will be shown during the trek.
Homo Erraticus, which was released this past April, is a concept album that marks the third chapter in the saga of Gerald Bostock, the fictional character who first surfaced as the supposed lyricist for Jethro Tull's classic 1972 album Thick as a Brick. In the scenario created by Ian for the new record, Bostock -- who was eight years old at the time of Thick as a Brick -- went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Anderson's tour manager. Homo Erraticus features a collection of songs that Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Ian and was inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian who died in 1928, and whose work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.
Each show on Anderson's fall trek will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull songs. The expansive outing kicks off September 12 in Seattle and is plotted out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey.
Here is the full list of Anderson's U.S. dates:
9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
10/5 -- Richmond, VA, The National Theater
10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/19 -- Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn PAC
10/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/24 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center
10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence PAC
10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre
Joan Jett to Play Gig at Green Bay Sports Bar Prior to Packers'
It's no secret that Joan Jett is a Green Bay Packers fan; she's said so in many interviews. This year, though, she's made sure that she'll be on hand in Wisconsin for the Packers' opening game -- she's signed on to play a gig the night before, just blocks down the street from Lambeau Field.
The show will take place outside Burkel's One Block Over sports bar on Saturday, September 13, and tickets will go on sale next Tuesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. Central, at TicketStarOnline.com.
Jett spent her childhood years in the Philadelphia suburbs, but she told Esquire magazine that she became a Packers fan at the age of "six or seven" by looking at the photo on "a Sports Illustrated cover. Everybody was completely muddy, so muddy you couldn't see who was wearing what uniform. One guy had a swipe across the helmet where the mud was wiped off, and you could see part of the G through it. For some reason, as a kid, just seeing that G, I became a Green Bay Packers fan."
Jett might face a conflict of loyalty at the opening game: the lineup pits the Packers against Jett's current home-state team, the New York Jets.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have been around for close to 40 years but they've never had a #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart…until now, that is. The band's latest record, Hypnotic Eye, reached the top of the tally after selling 131,000 copies during its first week out.
This marks the highest first-week sales total for any Petty album since the start of the SoundScan era in 1991, It's also the highest single-week sales total the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has had since his 1994 solo effort Wildflowers sold 161,000 copies in December of that year.
Billboard points out that sales of Hypnotic Eye were boosted by a promotion that allowed fans who purchased tickets to the band's current tour dates to download a copy of the album. Petty & the Heartbreakers first appearance on the Billboard 200 came in September 1977, when the group's self-titled debut made its way onto the chart.
Meanwhile, landing at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week is Eric Clapton's latest album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which sold 61,000 copies. Interestingly, Petty is one of the guest artists who appear on the tribute album, which also includes contributions from Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and John Mayer. The Breeze is Clapton's highest-charting record since From the Cradle bowed at #1 back in 1994.
Debuting just behind Clapton in third place on the chart is the movie soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which sold 60,000 copies. The album is made up mainly of classic hits from the 1970s by such artists as The Jackson 5, Norman Greenbaum, 10cc, The Raspberries, Elvin Bishop and Blue Swede, and it also includes the David Bowie gem "Moonage Daydream."
Ace Frehley to Sit In with Tonight Show Band This Tuesday, Schedules NYC Album-Signing Event
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will invade NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday, August 12. The newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will sit in with the Tonight Show's house band, The Roots, for the entire program.
The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Frehley's appearance will take place one week before the release of his new solo album, Space Invader. The 63-year-old rocker will celebrate the arrival of the record on Tuesday, August 19, with a special in-store appearance at the Best Buy store in New York City's Union Square. Frehley will sign copies of the album at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. ET.
Space Invader features 12 tracks, most of them new original tunes. The album also includes a cover of the Steve Miller Band classic "The Joker." Here is the full track list:
"Gimme a Feelin'"
"I Wanna Hold You"
"Inside the Vortex"
"What Every Girl Wants"
"Past the Milky Way"
Rush fans may soon be able to relax in a Toronto park named after two of the band's founding members and located in the very neighborhood where the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers met. Last month, the Canadian city's parks committee recommended that a section of Willowdale Park in North York be renamed Lee Lifeson Art Park in honor of Rush frontman Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson.
"I know my mom is very happy!" Lee tells the Toronto Star, adding, "We met with the park architects and were really impressed with the thought and plans they have for it."
Those plans, according to city council member John Filion, include art installations, a performance space and a small bandshell that would host "acoustic concerts."
It was Filion who came up with the idea for the honorary park, although he initially suggested it just be named after Lee. Filion tells the Toronto Star that when he informed the Rush singer/bassist about his proposal, Geddy "said he was interested and honored, but also suggested it be named after Alex Lifeson, too."
Regarding the site of the planned park, Lee notes, "It is where I met my best friend and bandmate. We were humbly honored by the suggestion to name the park after us."
Lee Lifeson Art Park is not a done deal just yet: North York's community council will vote at its August 12 meeting to decide whether the plan is adopted. Filion, who is one of the council's 11 members, is confident that will happen.
"I expect it will be unanimous," he says. "I can't imagine why not."
For those wondering why Rush drummer Neil Peart's name won't be part of the park's moniker, the answer is simple: He grew up outside of Toronto in the suburb of St. Catherines, Ontario.
Montana Mountain Named After Paul McCartney for a Day in Honor of His Missoula Concert
To celebrate Paul McCartney's concert this past Tuesday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana, the city and the University of Montana bestowed a big honor on the rock legend, and we mean big! Mount Sentinel, the mountain that overlooks Missoula and features a giant letter M made out of concrete on its side, was renamed Mount McCartney for a day, from Tuesday to Wednesday morning.
McCartney's show, which drew more than 25,000 fans to the stadium, was the largest concert in the history of Montana, according to the university.
Prior to the event, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have a legend such as Paul McCartney playing in our community. This concert not only brings folks from around our great state together in Missoula, but also attracts fans from around the country."
Added the city's mayor, John Engen, "It's exciting to have an artist of this magnitude visit Missoula."
You can check out a photo gallery from the concert at the University of Montana's official Facebook page. Sir Paul's next show takes place on Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Fans can now pre-order Stevie Nicks' upcoming studio album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault, a collection of older tunes by the Fleetwood Mac singer that have never before seen the light of day. The album, which will be issued in multiple configurations on October 7, mostly features songs that Nicks wrote between 1969 and 1987, as well as two that were written in 1994 and 1995.
24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will be available as a standard and deluxe digital download; as a Deluxe Photobook CD that includes two bonus tracks, a 48-page book of exclusive pics from Stevie's personal collection and access to a digital version of the album; and as a Deluxe Photobook + Litho Album Bundle, featuring all of the aforementioned items as well as a limited-edition, numbered lithograph of a Polaroid from Nicks' collection. In addition, a limited-edition double-vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold, which also includes access to a digital download of the album, will be released on September 29.
Meanwhile, a lyric video for "The Dealer," one of the tunes on 24 Karat Gold, can be viewed now on Nick's official YouTube channel. People who pre-order the album automatically will receive a download of the track.
Nicks recorded the songs over the course of two weeks with a group of respected Nashville session musicians she compares to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
"When you write a song and it doesn't go on a record, it floats around in your life for years," Stevie says of the project. "Sometimes I can't remember what happened yesterday but I remember so well what happened through the whole period of time that I wrote these songs. You think about them and go over them and they live inside of you until they becomes part of your world. These songs are now 24 Karat Gold."
In conjunction with the upcoming album, Nicks has launched a new official Instagram page where she will post snippets of the new songs, as well as vintage photos.
Here is the track list for the deluxe version of 24 Karat Gold:
"If You Were My Love"
"24 Karat Gold"
"All the Beautiful Worlds"
"I Don't Care"
"She Loves Him Still"
The Who Is Planning Special 50th Anniversary Releases and Events, Asks Fans to Submit Rare Memorabilia
As the launch of The Who's 50th anniversary tour approaches, the band has announced that it is planning a year-long celebration to mark the half-century milestone that will include a series of releases, events and promotions.
As previously reported, The Who Hits 50 trek will begin on November 26 with a tour of the U.K and Ireleand leg that kicks off in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a December 17-18 stand in London. In addition, a new compilation titled Who Hits 50 is scheduled to hit stores on October 28.
Meanwhile, the band is collecting rare archival material such as television and radio performances, fan-filmed audio and video footage from concerts, interesting photographs, bootleg material, demo recordings and memorabilia for use in the anniversary releases. Fans can find out how they can submit material by contacting the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. If an item ends up being used on any release, the person who submitted it will be fully credited. The fan that contributes the most fascinating artifact will be treated to a pair of VIP tickets for a concert on The Who's upcoming tour.
In a new promo video for the Who Hits 50 campaign, Pete Townshend says he has tapes of a lot of old radio interviews with the band members and suggests that some of this material would be great to include in the anniversary releases. Roger Daltrey adds that he hopes more film footage will turn up from a famous concert the band played at London's Railway Hotel in 1964, a time when the group was called The High Numbers.
Stone Temple Pilots Could Begin Recording New Album Soon, According to Chester Bennington THEY will also perform at the MN State Fair !
It looks as though Stone Temple Pilots may be starting to work on a new album, which will be their first with Chester Bennington on vocals. Bennington is of course the frontman of Linkin Park and was asked by STP to take over vocal duties for the band, following the departure of Scott Weiland.
Bennington revealed that he and the Pilots "started writing some stuff a couple of weeks ago and that was a lot of fun, so we're planning to record some music as soon as possible."
He's officially been the frontman of STP for more than a year now, and Bennington says that he's thoroughly enjoying his opportunity to play with both groups. "It's fun to be around a bunch of people who thoroughly enjoy making music all the time," he said. "I get to be in Linkin Park and I get to play with some of the best musical minds in music right now, and then I get to come home and go play with some more people who are great. It's pretty awesome."
Though Bennington says he doesn't know exactly when the STP recording sessions will start, he says it's a priority. "We want to do it as soon as possible. So we'll make that happen with the time that we have, when I'm not on the road with Linkin Park."
That will mean at least another five weeks or so; Linkin Park kicks off their Carnivores tour with 30 Seconds to Mars on Friday.
Here are the Carnivores tour dates:
8/8 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/9 -- Tampa, FL, Steinbrenner Field
8/12 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless
8/13 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 -- Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center
8/18 -- Holmdale, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/19 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach
8/21 -- Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake
8/23 -- Montreal, QC, Parc Jean Drepeau
8/24 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center
8/26 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota St. Fair
8/27 -- Winnipeg, SK, MTS Center
8/29 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Pavilion
8/30 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/06 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion
9/6 -- Dallas, TX, Geza Energy Pavilion
9/8 -- Denver, CO, Fiddlers Green
9/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Arena
9/11 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/13 -- Quincy, WA, The Gorge
9/15 -- Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
9/16 -- San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
Soundgarden to Play NFL Season-Opening Pre-Show
Soundgarden will help the NFL kick off the new pro football season in early September.
The NFL has announced that the Seattle band will perform live outside of their hometowns CenturyLink Field prior to the season-opening game between the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 4. Youll be able to catch Soundgarden in action during NBC and the NFL Networks pregame coverage, which will also include a pregame performance from pop star Pharrell.
NBC will also televise the game itself.
Deep Purple Guitarist "Really Glad" Band Is Touring the US Again
Deep Purple kicked off its first tour of the U.S. in more than three years last night in Scottsdale, Arizona. The trek will take the veteran British rock group across the entire country, and also will include a two-date trip north of the border to Canada.
Guitarist Steve Morse, Deep Purple's only American-born member, says he's "really glad" that the band finally is playing in his home country again. The tour also mark's the group's first U.S. outing since it released its latest studio album, Now What?!, which hit stores in April 2013.
Morse tells ABC News Radio that fans who come out to the shows will get to see a varied performance that will include "some stuff from the new album," "some of the classics" and "some offbeat, unusual album cuts that work well live," as well as improvisational interludes "that wouldn't be on a recording."
The 60-year-old musician, who joined Deep Purple in 1994, says one of his favorite things about the band's current concerts is that four or five songs from Now What?! are mixed into the set.
"I really enjoy that," he explains, "because I don't think Deep Purple should just be a classic-rock band that was remembered for two songs that get played over and over on oldies stations."
One of the new tunes that Morse particularly likes playing live is "Uncommon Man," a song that frontman Ian Gillan dedicates at the band's shows to founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who died in 2012 at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer.
"It's got elements of classical, prog rock and straight rock 'n' roll all in it," Steve says of the tune, "and the opening riff is so unlike any cliche."
Morse tells ABC News Radio that he and his band mates also love performing the early Deep Purple gem "Hard Lovin' Man," which appeared on the group's 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock.
"You know, [it] wasn't a hit here, but everywhere we play it, it just goes over great," explains the guitar whiz. "It's high energy in the same sort of vein as 'Highway Star.'"
Meanwhile, Morse reports that Deep Purple has been amassing material for a follow-up to Now What?!
He reveals that the band has "a dozen or so ideas that everybody [likes], already," for the project. He adds that famed producer Bob Ezrin, who was behind the board for Now What?!, also will be working on the new record. "[H]e makes things go together even better, so there's a lot of good energy moving forward," says Steve.
Deep Purple's North American tour winds down with an August 31 concert in Hollywood, Florida. Here are all of the band's upcoming stateside tour dates:
8/5 -- Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
8/6 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair
8/8 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
8/9 -- Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fair
8/10 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
8/13 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
8/14 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon Casino Event Center
8/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Fremont St. Downtown
8/16 -- Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino Concert Hall
8/20 -- Elgin, IL, Festival Park
8/21 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Casino
8/22 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
8/24 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
8/25 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC
8/26 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/29 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Casino
8/30 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/31 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
The latest chapter in Jon Bon Jovi's effort to become one of the new owners of the NFL's Buffalo Bills franchise is an open letter from the rocker that was published Sunday in The Buffalo News in which he tries to clarify his position and reassure fans worried the team might be relocating to Toronto.
The letter, titled "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills," marks the first time Bon Jovi has publicly discussed his intentions regarding the team.
Bon Jovi writes "Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of [late Bills founder] Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo."
The New Jersey rocker explains, "There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo."
In the letter, Bon Jovi states that he wants to keep the Bills in Western New York by building a "state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans."
He writes, "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."
The Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders who are worried about the team moving, responded to the open letter with appr