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For April 18 ,2014
Dave Grohl: Hall of Fame Performance Took "a Little Bit of Musical Preparation and a Lot of Emotional Preparation"
Dave Grohl didn't take lightly the decision for Nirvana to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Nirvana drummer admits that neither he nor original bassist Krist Novoselic had played Nirvana songs since Kurt Cobain's death and that they hand't "even start[ed] talking about playing until about eight weeks ago. It just seemed practically impossible. It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs."
Grohl says that getting ready for the performance took "a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation."
And the all-female guest singers? It seems that women were the courageous ones. Grohl says he approached what Rolling Stone called "a handful of A-list male rock stars," all of whom said no. "[They] were nervous," says Grohl.
Joan Jett was the first to agree. "She took it on like it was her calling," says Grohl. "She's everything that Nirvana stood for. She's a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature." Jett learned every song on Nevermind. The idea for an all-female-fronted tribute followed, with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Annie Clark and Lorde signing on.
Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana touring member Pat Smear met everyone in New York City a few days before the induction to rehearse, and Novoselic admits he had to buy a "Nirvana tab book a week before to re-learn my parts."
He wasn't the only rusty one. Grohl says rehearsals nearly did him in. "I haven't played those drum parts since I was 25 [and] I'm 45 now. We played for 10 hours each day. After the first night of rehearsals, I limped home, had two glasses of wine, three Advil, took a hot shower and slept for 10 hours. That's a coma for me, because I never sleep."
The band members -- including all the guest singers except Lorde, who had to fly to California for Coachella, plus two additional singers, J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and John Cauley of Deer Tick -- ended the evening a few miles down the road at a club in Brooklyn, where they pounded out a 19-song Nirvana set. Novoselic hints that Nirvana fans might be in for a VERY big treat, as the entire after-party was being taped with multiple cameras. "I think they were bolted to the ceiling," says Novoselic. "I don't know what Dave is going to do with it. But he's a film guy. He'll figure it out and make something good."
Nirvana fans, stay tuned.
Bob Dylan Off the Hook on Hate-Speech Charges in France
Bob Dylan is off the hook after charges of hate speech, brought against him in France last year, have been dismissed. At issue was an alleged racist remark he made about Croatians in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview.
On Tuesday, a court in Paris dismissed a case brought against Dylan last November by the Council of Croats in France, according to Agence France-Presse.
Dylan was sued over an answer he gave Rolling Stone to a question about parallels between the U.S. of the 1860s and present-day America. "If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood," the magazine quoted Dylan as saying, leading the Croatian group to sue under French hate-speech laws.
However, a judge ruled that Dylan was not culpable because he hadn't given consent for his comments to be published in the French-language edition of the magazine. The judge did order the magazine's French editor to stand trial, though, the AFP reports
The Who Releasing Quadrophenia Tour Video & Album in June
A new concert video and album capturing The Who playing its classic 1973 concept album Quadrophenia last year in London will be released in multiple configurations on June 10. Quadrophenia: Live in London documents the band's performance at Wembley Arena on July 8, 2103, which was the final show of its Quadrophenia and More Tour.
The concert featured The Who performing the landmark double-disc record in its entirety, as well as a set of other memorable songs by the British rockers. For the show, the band played in front of a high-definition video screen that showed a montage of archival footage and rare photos. The event also included tribute segments to The Who's two late founding members -- bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon -- in which the band's current lineup performed along with concert footage of the departed rock legends.
Among the versions of Quadrophenia: Live in London that will be available is a deluxe box set that will be packaged in a round metal container designed to look like the headlight of a mod-era scooter. The collection will feature a high-def Blu-ray and a standard DVD of the concert film, a two-CD soundtrack of the 2013 show, a Blu-ray audio disc boasting the first-ever 5.1 surround-sound mix of the 1973 Quadrophenia album, a booklet with photos and liner notes, and a collectible button and sticker.
In addition, the Blu-ray and DVD of the concert video, the double-CD soundtrack and the 1973 Quadrophenia Blu-ray audio disc all will be sold separately. Digital versions of the 2013 concert video and album also will be available.
Here is the track list for the Quadrophenia: Live in London DVD, Blu-ray and soundtrack:
"I Am the Sea"
"The Real Me"
"Cut My Hair"
"The Punk and the Godfather"
"The Dirty Jobs"
"Is It In My Head?"
"I've Had Enough"
"Sea and Sand"
"Love Reign O'er Me"
"Who Are You"
"You Better You Bet"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"
"Tea & Theatre"
Soundgarden Streams Unreleased Demo of "Black Hole Sun"
As previously reported, Soundgarden will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Superunknown with two deluxe editions of the album, and also a vinyl version. The deluxe editions will include previously-unreleased rehearsal recordings, demos and b-sides. They are set to be released on June 3.
To hold fans over until then, the band has released a demo version of "Black Hole Sun," one of the two Grammy-winning tracks from Superunknown. It's streaming on the band's SoundCloud page now, and sounds pretty much like a rougher version of the original -- rawer somehow, but still very recognizable.
Superunknown debuted at number one the week it was released in March 1994 and remains Soundgarden's best-selling album.
Alice Cooper Talks New Documentary, Recalls Conquering His Alcohol Problem
The new Alice Cooper documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper will premiere today at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 7 in New York City. The film, which is being billed as the first-ever "doc opera," tells the dramatic true story of how Vincent Furnier, a preacher's son who was born in Detroit and raised in Phoenix, grew up to be one of rock music's most outlandish entertainers.
The movie also examines Cooper's struggles with alcohol and drug abuse during the 1970s and early '80s, and his reemergence as a clean-and-sober elder rock statesman. Super Duper Alice Cooper combines archival footage and photos, animated segments and theatrical scenes with new audio interviews with Alice, members of his original band, longtime manager Shep Gordon, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Iggy Pop, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Sex Pistols singer John Lydon and others.
One of the interesting devices directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema used in the film was the integration of clips from the 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to reflect Cooper's struggle for identity with the character he portrayed on stage.
Cooper tells ABC News Radio that he loved the use of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the documentary, and recalls that "the guys came to me and they said, 'We just can't do a normal autobiography because it's Alice Cooper and that's a character that's always theatrical. We have to do something different…We were thinking about Jekyll and Hyde." Alice added that he thought the character was perfect as an analogy for his struggle.
As the film reveals, as Cooper's popularity and fame skyrocketed, he began drinking to excess while acting as if his crazy concert persona was who he was in real life.
"I think that when I was drinking there was a big, gray area of where Alice began and where I stopped," he says. "And, when I got sober I finally realized the fact that, yeah, I don't have to be this character all the time."
Although Alice went through extensive treatment for his alcoholism in the late 1970s, he relapsed in the early '80s, adding a serious cocaine problem on top of his drinking issues. The period is captured in the film in an interview clip taped during his 1981-1982 tour in support of his Special Forces album in which he appears frighteningly gaunt.
Cooper says of the segment, "I look at that and I go, 'That was another life.' I mean, that was 32 years ago, and, to me, it doesn't even seem like that was me…I mean, I know it was me but you don't really realize how deep you get into things until you [see a video like that]."
Cooper got sober for good shortly after that, and now he says he has no trouble separating his real life from that of the onstage Alice.
"I can live my life every day with my wife and my kids and go play golf and go to the mall and go to church on Sunday and do everything that a dad does, and then when it's time to play Alice, well, I look forward to that now," he tells ABC News Radio. "It's sort of like Anthony Hopkins looking forward to playing Hannibal Lecter. I mean, how much fun is that?"
Cooper will attend tonight's premiere and will take part during a Q&A session during the event.
"You can ask me anything," he says of the planned interview segment. "I have got no skeletons in the closet here, so it doesn't matter to me what you want to talk about. We'll talk about it."
Cream's Jack Bruce Releases Diverse New Solo Album, Silver Rails
Silver Rails, Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce's first new solo album in more than decade, was released in the U.S. this week. The album finds the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer exploring an eclectic variety of styles with help from some well-known guest musicians, including such respected guitarists as Robin Trower, Phil Manzanera, Uli Jon Roth and Bernie Marsden.
Among the genres Jack tackles on the record are Caribbean-flavored pop, blues, introspective ballads, melodic mid-tempo rock and heavy rock. "I've always liked so many different kinds of music and that's always shown up, especially in my solo albums," Bruce explained in a recent interview with ABC News Radio.
He pointed out that he used his first solo album, 1969's Songs to a Tailor, as a template for Silver Rails, noting that he was interested in putting together a similarly diverse collection of tunes. "I thought this is now like the same thing, but it's more of a sideways look, if you like," Jack said.
Bruce also told ABC News Radio that the timing of the recording sessions luckily fit in well with the schedules of his guest musicians.
"All of the solo guitar players -- the songs were really written with them in mind," he noted, and pretty much all the people I approached were free and willing to do it."
Bruce collaborated on most of the tracks with his longtime lyricist Pete Brown, with whom he's been writing songs since 1966 during the early days in Cream.
"I think he's done a tremendous job on this album. I think he's written about seven of the lyrics," said Bruce. "And I think we're probably about the longest still-running songwriting partnership, certainly in [the U.K.]"
He singled out the song "Reach for the Night" as a particularly insightful set of lyrics penned by Brown. "I think he's succeeded in coming up with a little kind of potted biography of the darker side of my life," said Bruce. "He's very unique in the sense that he seems to know me so well. He's able to write [things that,] although they're very personal, it's not upsetting when he writes them."
Jack also is happy with Silver Rails' lead track, "Candlelight," which he co-wrote with his wife, Margrit Seyffer. "That was her first lyric that she's written," he pointed out. "I just love those words."
Several versions of Silver Rails is available, including a standard CD, a two-disc deluxe edition containing a Making of Silver Rails documentary on DVD, and a vinyl LP.
Bruce currently has no shows scheduled, but he told ABC News Radio that he does plan to line up some dates in support of the new album, and hopes eventually to make his way back to North America sometime this year.
Report: AC/DC Not on Verge of Retirement
AC/DC is not on the verge of retiring, a source told Billboard magazine on Tuesday afternoon, despite recent rumors to the contrary that emerged out of the band's native Australia.
Rumors circulated early Monday that the band was about to reveal that it was retiring because of a supposed health crisis for guitarist Malcolm Young. But Billboard cites "insiders" as saying that there's no truth to the rumor.
According to Australia's Noise11.com, the rumor started with an email to a radio station in Perth saying the band was getting ready to announce its retirement, which the station reported.
There's no official word yet from AC/DC.
Crosby, Stills & Nash Extend North American Tour into Fall
Crosby, Stills & Nash will be spending a long, long time on the road on the coming months. The folk-rock trio has added more than two-dozen dates to their recently-announced North American summer tour, which now is set to run into the early fall.
The new series of shows kicks off August 6 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 4 concert in Los Angeles. Among the other major cities CSN will visit during the trek include Orlando, Florida; Columbia, South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston and Austin, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; and San Diego, California.
The new shows follow a previously reported tour leg that's scheduled to launch July 2 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and run through a July 19 appearance at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. Visit CrosbyStillsNash.com to find out about ticket sale dates and availability for the different shows.
In addition, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills all have solo concerts lined up prior to the start of the CSN outing.
Here's the complete list of Crosby, Stills & Nash's confirmed North American tour dates:
7/2 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts - The Filene Center
7/5 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/6 -- West Long Branch, NJ, MAC Center - Monmouth University
7/8 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/9 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
7/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort - Event Center
7/15 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
7/16 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/19 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
8/6 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/7 -- Orlando, FL, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
8/9 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/10 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
8/12 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Columbia, SC, Township Auditorium
8/15 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
8/19 -- Evansville, IN, Aiken Theater in The Centre
8/20 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
8/22 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall
8/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
8/25 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
8/26 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
8/28 -- Austin, TX, The Long Center for the Performing Arts
9/13 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
9/14 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
9/19 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic of San Jose
9/23 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
9/26 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl
9/30 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/1 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre
10/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
Johnny & Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge to Perform on Third Annual Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour
Initial dates have been announced for the third annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour, which features an impressive lineup of veteran artists, including The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band and Vanilla Fudge. Fifteen shows have been confirmed for the trek so far, which is scheduled to get under way August 1 in Westbury, New York, and currently is mapped out through an August 24 performance in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Among the other acts on the tour's bill are founding Rare Earth singer/drummer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown frontman Kim Simmonds. Edgar Winter and his group have been part of the Rock'n'Blues Fest trek for all three years of its existence, while his brother Johnny's band and Simmonds both previously took part in the inaugural outing.
"I love getting together with the great players on this fantastic concert series," says Johnny Winter in a statement.
Adds Edgar, "My brother, the legendary Johnny Winter, is closing the show again this year. We really missed him last time and it's always a special occasion getting to jam with Johnny."
Vanilla Fudge singer/keyboardist Mark Stein, meanwhile, points out, "The last time Vanilla Fudge played with Johnny Winter was when he jumped up on stage with Janis Joplin and jammed with us at [1969's] West Palm Beach Pop Festival in Florida. I'm looking forward to playing with him and brother, Edgar...two rockin' bands!"
Here are the confirmed dates for the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest tour; additional concerts will be announced soon:
8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Rockland's Harbor Park
8/3 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
8/5 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
8/6 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/7 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/21 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
Ace Frehley Says He Was "Really Honored" to Be Inducted into Rock Hall; Knocks Paul Stanley's Acceptance Speech
After all the drama leading up to the induction of KISS' four original members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Thursday, the feuding band mates behaved civil and friendly to each other while accepting the honor. Founding lead guitarist Ace Frehley tells ABC News Radio that he was "really honored" to be part of the ceremony, although he did direct some mild criticism toward frontman Paul Stanley, who took some shots at the Rock Hall and the way it goes about choosing inductees.
"I really didn't like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech, because obviously he's a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," explains Frehley. "I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted."
Ace adds that "there was some political stuff going on," which led to disagreements about whether KISS would perform at the event. "Unfortunately we did not perform, even though I was up for it," he notes, adding, "I try to stay away from politics. I don't think politics and music work. I never did."
One of the big highlights of KISS' induction was the passionate introduction speech Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello gave for the band.
"Best introduction KISS has ever gotten from anyone, bar none, over the 40-year career," declared Ace. "I know Tom, and we spoke a few times before, but I didn't expect something that elaborate and that insane…It was wonderful and I thanked him wholeheartedly after, back behind the stage."
Frehley also praised Morello for lobbying hard to have KISS inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014. "Tom almost single-handedly is responsible for getting us in this year," he notes.
Meanwhile, Ace had announced shortly before the ceremony that he planned to participate in the traditional all-star jam that usually takes place at the end of the annual event, but that performance was canceled because the bash ran long. Frehley revealed to ABC News Radio that the song he would have played was AC/DC's "Highway to Hell." He explained that the tune was chosen because Bruce Springsteen -- who was on hand to induct his E Street Band -- had been playing it at some of his recent tour dates.
"It was nice because Tom Morello called me up and…gave me the link to YouTube and he goes, 'This is the arrangement. This is the key,'" he recalls. "So I learned it. It took me about 10 minutes, and I said, 'OK, I'm ready to go.' And then, right before Nirvana came on, I get the word that [the song was cut]."
Ace also reports that he didn't even get the chance to tell his old band mates goodbye at the end of the ceremony, because was he "was whisked away by my press people and did a ton of interviews."
KISS Edges Out Nirvana in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Fan Vote
In terms of image and critical acclaim, there's a huge gap between KISS and Nirvana.
As for which band is more worthy of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the public has given a slight edge to the group led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
With 17.22 percent of the rock hall's online fan vote, KISS squeaked past Nirvana, which finished with 15.69 percent. Rounding out the top five in the poll, which closed December 10, were Deep Purple, Yes and Daryl Hall and John Oates. The five acts were included as one "fan ballot."
As announced early Tuesday, Nirvana, KISS and Hall and Oates are among the 2014 inductees.
Paul McCartney Asking Fans to Submit Photos for Use in "Save Us" Video
How would you like to appear in Paul McCartney's next video? The ex-Beatles legend is putting together a new promotional clip for "Save Us," a song from his latest album, NEW, and he's asking fans to submit photos of themselves that also include one line of lyrics from the tune.
A message on McCartney's official website explains, "You could write the words on a piece of paper; make something with the words on; do something on your computer -- remember, the more creative your photo, the more chance you have of being included!" Fans also can include the phrases "Guitar Riff," "Instrumental" and "End" in their pics for use in the portions of the clip that don't feature lyrics. Sir Paul and his collaborators then will choose their favorite photos for inclusion in the video.
You can post your photos on either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #whatsnewPaul. Pics must be submitted by 7 a.m. ET on April 22. Incidentally, a similar clip utilizing fan-submitted images to create a video for NEW's title track debuted on McCartney's YouTube channel this past December.
Nirvana Play Club Show in Brooklyn After Hall of Fame Induction
The energy onstage last night during Nirvana's set at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just could not be contained -- so much so that it continued after the ceremony at a little club down the street.
At the 350-capacity Saint Vitus bar, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear kicked out a full set of 19 songs, with Joan Jett, St.Vincent and Kim Gordon on vocals -- as well as special guests J.Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and John McCauley of Deer Tick. Various videos of the after-show are beginning to surface on YouTube.
There are varying reports of set lists, but here's the roster according to setlist.fm:
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (with Joan Jett)
"In Bloom" (with Joan Jett)
"Breed" (with Joan Jett)
"Territorial Pissings" (with Joan Jett)
"Aneurysm" (with Kim Gordon)
"Negative Creep" (with Kim Gordon)
"Moist Vagina" (with Kim Gordon)
"Lithium" (with St. Vincent aka Annie Clark)
"All Apologies" (with Joan Jett)
"About a Girl" (with St. Vincent)
"Heart-Shaped Box" (with St. Vincent)
"Drain You" (with J Mascis)
"Pennyroyal Tea (with J Mascis)
"School" (with J Mascis)
"Serve the Servants" (with John McCauley)
"Milk It" (with John McCauley)
"Very Ape" (with John McCauley)
"Scentless Apprentice" (with John McCauley)
"Tourettes" (with John McCauley)
Journey Guitarist Neal Schon Releases Video for New Solo Single, "Exotica"
The first official video for a song from Journey guitarist Neal Schon's upcoming solo album, So U, debuted this week at VintageGuitar.com. The clip, which accompanies a driving jazz-fusion track titled "Exotica," features Schon and his two collaborators -- Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and veteran rock bassist Marco Mendoza -- performing in front of a series of spacey and colorful animated backgrounds.
The video also is interspersed with brief interview segments featuring Schon, Castronovo and Mendoza talking about working on the song and the album.
In the clip, Schon describes "Exotica" as "a bit more Latin fusion," and reveals that he built the song around a "cool loop" he found in a Korg keyboard he owns. He explains that he turned off the drum portion of the loop and had Castronovo and Mendoza play along with the sample while he "just moved chord changes around."
Castronovo, meanwhile, says the thing he finds cool about the material on So U "is everything that we've done is really eclectic, everything is different and it changes." He adds that he's impressed by Schon's guitar prowess. "It's the prodigy thing," notes Deen. "It's like he'll just come up with something and you fly."
As for Mendoza, he says So U "is an album that just goes everywhere, [with] a lot of surprises, a lot of colors, a lot of different energies."
Schon adds that his goal for the album was to "put a lot of different elements in it musically, kind of try to be a little bit diverse so it's not all in one little box…because everybody's so musical here that there's no reason to be like that."
So U will be released on May 19. The tracks on the album were co-written by Schon, Castronovo and Mendoza, with additional songwriting contributions from Night Ranger's Jack Blades.
KISS, Def Leppard to Hire Two Military Vets to Serve as Roadies on Upcoming Tour Fri
Now that KISS has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band is turning its attention toward its upcoming 40th anniversary tour, which also will feature Def Leppard. KISS' current lineup visited NBC's Today show on Friday morning to promote that they will be hiring two military veterans to serve as roadies during the summer trek, which kicks off June 23 in West Valley City, Utah.
In choosing their special road crew members, KISS and Def Leppard plan to hold a nationwide search in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Veterans interested in the jobs can apply by visiting Military.com/Heroes. Applications must be submitted by May 9 at 10:59 p.m. CDT.
Speaking about the initiative on Today, KISS frontman Paul Stanley declared, "People have to realize that the freedoms and the liberties we enjoy here we take for granted. The people that make it possible are part of the world's greatest volunteer army. These people risk limbs; they risk their lives for us. We owe them everything, so [we're hiring] a few of them just to bring attention to [that] fact…God bless our troops."
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott added in a statement, "Having our own wounded warrior in [drummer] Rick Allen, we've always had a close tie with the military. To carry on and further our contribution by giving a little back, and hopefully helping fulfill a dream or two, we're more than happy to show our support."
KISS and Def Leppard plan to provide additional support to troops and veterans by donating $2 from each ticket sold to their upcoming joint concerts to various military-themed nonprofit organizations.
New Version of Aerosmith's "Dream On" Featured in TV Special Marking Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded an updated version of their band's classic song "Dream On" for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of the bombings at last year's Boston Marathon. The two rockers teamed up with the Southern California Children's Chorus for a unique live performance of the tune that will be featured on Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest, which will premiere Saturday on ABC at 4 p.m. ET, and then will air again Tuesday -- the one-year anniversary of the attacks -- on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.
The hour-long program, which is the spring 2014 premiere episode of ESPN's E:60 news magazine series, will focus include five profiles of people who survived the bombings. The show is hosted by ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff and narrated by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Three people lost their lives and more than 260 others were injured after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of last year's marathon.
In a clip of a video interview with the Aerosmith stars posted on ESPN's YouTube channel, Tyler explains why he feels "Dream On" is a special song for Boston following the 2013 tragedy. "'Sing with me, sing for the years, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears' -- it's almost like it was written for this unfortunate event," says the frontman.
Adds Perry, "It's one of those rare songs [that] can apply to a lot of different things. You can interpret it how you want, which is really the magic of music…It can apply to something very personal and small or…a big event like what happened in Boston."
Roger Waters' 1992 Concept Album Amused to Death to Be Reissued Later This Year
Roger Waters is preparing to reissue his last studio album of original rock songs, Amused to Death. The updated version of the ex-Pink Floyd singer-bassist's 1992 concept record, which focused on the dehumanizing effects of mass media and modern technology and advertising, will be released later this year in a number of formats.
Waters has teamed up with longtime Pink Floyd engineer James Guthrie to create new stereo and 5.1 surround-sound mixes for Amused to Death. The reissue packages also will include bonus content and new graphics. Among the many musicians who lent their talents to Amused to Death are Jeff Beck, Don Henley, Rita Coolidge, longtime Pink Floyd backing singer P.P. Arnold, and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and drummer Jeff Porcaro.
Guthrie had been scheduled to premiere some of the new Amused to Death mixes over the weekend as part of a recently reported academic conference held at New Jersey's Princeton University.
Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel and Others Enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night. Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens comprised the class of 2014. In addition, Bruce Springsteen's backing group, The E Street Band, was inducted as part of a the "Award for Music Excellence" category.
When Hall of Fame co-founder and Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner announced the names of the inductees, KISS, The E Street Band and Nirvana received the loudest applause.
-- Peter Gabriel was inducted as solo artist; hes already in the hall as a member of Genesis. Gabriel performed Digging in the Dirt before being inducted by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who told the audience his mother always told him to read the Book of Genesis when he was nervous. Martin went on to tell a story about the Angel Gabriel, quoting lyrics from Genesis songs and some of Peters solo work. Martin also noted that Peter helped John Cusack get his girlfriend back in the movies Say Anything. Of course, Cusack famously held a boom box over his head in the film while Gabriels In Your Eyes played.
In Gabriels acceptance speech, he offered two pieces of advice; If youre exploring making music, I say two things: Dream big and let your imagination guide you, and surround yourself with brilliance -- the brilliance of those you love being around and the brilliance of their talent.
Gabriel then performed, Washing of the Water and In Your Eyes.
-- Rage Against The Machines Tom Morello gave one of the most impassioned induction speeches the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has ever heard. He walked on stage and exclaimed, Tonight is the night KISS enters the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Morello went on to say, Kiss was never a critics band, KISS was a peoples band and cited his three criteria for making it into the hall: impact, influence and awesomeness and, according to Morello, KISS has all of them in spades.
Despite the controversy surrounding the KISS induction, founding members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were affectionate towards each other on stage. Paul Stanley touched on his criticism that the way the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decides who to induct isnt right. Stanley said, I believe the spirit of rock and roll is to follow your own path regardless of your critics and fans, continuing, the people want to be part of the induction. The people pay for tickets, the people buy albums -- the people who vote do not.
-- Former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe inducted Nirvana. He described the bands sound as a sweet and beautiful but fed-up fury coupled with howling vulnerability. Surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were joined on stage by Kurt Cobains widow, Courtney Love, and Cobains mother and sister. Grohl told the audience, I was the quiet one in Nirvana. I was the drummer. Most of you dont know, I was the fifth drummer in Nirvana. He went on to thank the four drummers before him.
Novoselic said the music of Nirvana means so much to so many people. Kurt was an intense artist and he connected with so many people. Kurt Cobains mother, nearly in tears, walked up to the mic and said, I just miss him so much. He was such an angel.
Joan Jett joined Grohl, Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear in a performance of Smells Like Teen Spirit. Singer Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, then performed Nirvanas "Lithium" and Sonic Youths Kim Gordon performed Aneurysm." The biggest surprise of the night was when 17-year-old Lorde came out to sing All Apologies.
-- Bruce Springsteen was brilliant while inducting his E Street Band, sharing quick stories about every single member of the band. Then every surviving member of the band spoke. It lasted nearly 40 minutes. They went on to perform, E Street Shuffle, The River, and Kittys Back. Springsteen was inducted in 1999.
-- Following The E Street Bands epically long acceptance speech, John Oates said to the audience, Lucky for all of you there are only two of us. The Roots Questlove inducted Hall and Oates. Darryl Hall pointed out they are the only Philadelphia band to make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and then lamented, Thats f***ed Up. Hall and Oates performed Shes Gone, You Make My Dreams Come True and I Cant Go For That. What you wont see on the HBO broadcast of the event is that Darryl Hall stopped after 45 seconds into Shes Gone and jokingly complained, I have no monitors. What? Did Bruce blow them out?
-- Linda Ronstadt, suffering with Parkinsons disease, couldnt make it to the ceremony but she was well represented. Eagles member Glenn Frey inducted his longtime friend and began his speech by declaring, Id like to say, Its about time. Frey said Lindas legacy gives us so much to celebrate and contemplate.
Freys speech was followed by an amazing musical tribute to Ronstadts hits by Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris. Underwood started out by singing Different Drum, Ronstadts first hit with the group Stone Poneys. Raitt and Harris joined her for Blue Bayou. Sheryl Crow then joined the fun as Glenn Frey sang backup for Youre no Good. Stevie Nicks came out and did a great rendition of Its So Easy.
Nicks complimented Underwood on her rendition of Different Drum, then shared that hearing that song in high school made her want to go into music. Referring to Ronstadts outfits at the time, Nicks remarked, I didnt look that good in cutoffs, but thats what I was going to do. The tribute ended with a performance of Ronstadts When Will I Be Loved.
-- Art Garfunkel inducted Cat Stevens. Stevens, a devout Muslim who now goes by the name Yusuf Islam, called the decision to induct a guy who doesnt drink, doesnt smoke and only speaks with his wife, a brave decision and strangely rock and roll. He performed three of his hits: Father and Son, Wild World and Peace Train.
-- The late Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham were inducted as non-performers.
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will air on HBO on Saturday, May 31.