Blondie has announced plans for a new tour that will see the veteran new wave band traveling throughout the U.S. during September and early October. The trek, dubbed the No Principals Tour, kicks off September 5 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, and is mapped out through an October 4 concert in New York City.
Serving as Blondie's opening act during the outing will be Los Angeles punk legends X. Everyone buying a ticket to the tour will receive five brand-new Blondie songs: "Make a Way," "Drag You Around," "Can't Stop Wanting," "A Rose by Any Name" and "I Screwed Up." These tunes also...Read more
Ozzy Osbourne has been speaking glowingly about working with Rick Rubin on Black Sabbath's new studio album, 13, but the famed frontman admits that he did have a major conflict with the producer about one aspect of the record. The Metal Madman tells Billboard that he was very unhappy that Rubin chose to hire Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk to play drums on the album rather than Tommy ...Read more
New details have been announced regarding the premiere screenings of the new Bruce Springsteen documentary Springsteen & I, which focuses on the passionate relationship the Boss shares with his fans. The film now is scheduled to be shown for two nights only, July 22 and July 30, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S. You can buy tickets for the flick and find out all the specific locations where the movie will be screened by visiting ...Read more
This Thursday, KISS will be rocking Zurich, Switzerland, as part of the European leg of the band's Monster tour, but fans all over the world will be able to enjoy the show. AXS TV will air the concert live at 3 p.m. ET, and also will host an encore screening at 11 p.m. ET.
The program also will mark the first time KISS' new stage, lighting and pyrotechnics display will be seen on television. In addition, fans who visit AXS TV's official Facebook...Read more
Sending out Happy Birthday wishes to Paul McCartney, who turns 71 today. The founding Beatles legend may be among the wealthiest, most successful and most revered musicians on the planet, but he's by no means resting on his laurels. McCartney just wrapped up a series of critically acclaimed U.S. concerts with an appearance Friday at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, and he'll begin a three-show European trek this Sunday in Warsaw, Poland, before heading back to America for more shows in July and August.
At his recent gigs, McCartney has been digging deep...Read more
Steely Dan has added a special series of concerts at New York City's Beacon Theatre to the tail-end the band's recently-announced North American tour. The seven-date residency, which will run from September 30 through October 8, will feature the jazz-rock veterans performing various themed sets each night, just as they did when they visited the Beacon and other select venues during their 2009 and 2011 treks.
Depending on which show you attend, you'll get to see the group perform one of three of its classic albums in its entirety -- Aja,...Read more
Joan Jett's Blackheart Records Group label is suing teen retailer Hot Topic for trademark infringement and false advertising over the chain's Blackheart Clothing Co. brand.
The complaint, which was filed last week, notes that Jett and her longtime musical collaborator Kenny Laguna formed the band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and subsequently started their own recording company and called it "Blackheart Records." They applied to register the label's name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1984, and the office granted the registration the next year. In 2005, Jett and Laguna...Read more
Thinking about new digs? Well, if you have enough cash, the French château where Elton John recorded his classic 1972 album Honky Château can now be yours.
According to the European news service AFP, the 18th century Château d'Hérouville, located about 20 miles outside of Paris, has been put up for sale for the bargain price of $1.73 million. That'll get you 30 rooms, a 42,000-acre park, a pool and a tennis court.
French composer Michel...Read more
A new Alice in Chains-themed app that's sure to excite gamers is now available for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
Alice in Chains Pinball Rocks serves up plenty of crazy virtual flipper action backed by a soundtrack that features a number of the band's classic hits. It also includes a bonus game that unlocks the single "Hollow" from their latest album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The game boasts a variety of high-definition graphics and camera angles, including a...Read more
Joni Mitchell was at Toronto's Luminato Festival on Sunday to particpate in a rare and in-depth Q&A session, one of several scheduled events focusing on the influential folk/pop/jazz artist at the creative-arts fest. The acclaimed singer/songwriter spoke with New York Times music critic Jon Pareles about a variety of topics, including her childhood struggle with polio and other illnesses, her musical and artistic influences and inspirations, her unique approach to ...Read more
Black Sabbath's 13 is #1 -- on the U.K. album charts, that is. The legendary heavy-metal band's first full-length studio effort to feature founding frontman Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die debuts at the top of the country's Official Albums Chart according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company.
The milestone comes 42 years and eight months after Sabbath last reached #1 on the U.K. albums tally -- with their second release, 1970's Paranoid. This sets a U.K. record for the most years between chart-topping studio releases. The previous record...Read more
As part of his One campaign's agit8 anti-poverty initiative, U2 frontman Bono posted a clip of the band delivering an acoustic performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" on YouTube. In an accompanying video interview, Bono also tells the story of how as a child songs by John Lennon, Bob Marley and Bob Dylan taught him the importance of how music could inspire social change.
Also adding a video...Read more
Bob Dylan will perform 33 dates in Europe beginning October 10 in Oslo, Norway and running though November 28 in London. Multiple night stands include concerts in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Rome, Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, and Glasgow. The full itinerary can be reviewed on his official website.
Dylan will also be on the road this summer headlining the Americanarama Festival of Music tour which kicks off June 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida and ends August 4 in Mountain View, California.
As previously reported, Dylan has been chosen to accept...Read more
During their recent Orion Music + More festival, Metallica thrilled fans who showed up early to the fairgrounds by performing a special set under the moniker Dehaan. The surprise concert featured the band performing their entire 1983 debut studio album, Kill ‘Em All, just in time to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary.
If you weren’t able to join the sweaty masses at the fest, the band is now offering you the chance to watch some of the footage of their performance as Dehaan....Read more
Here's your chance to own a piece of Mick Jagger. A piece of his famous hairdo, anyway.
The British auction house Bonhams is putting a lock of the Rolling Stones frontman's hair -- dating back to the 1960s -- on the block....Read more
January 11 is now officially Clarence Clemons Day in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie signed off on the resolution to annually celebrate the day, which is "Big Man's" birthday.
According to the DailyRecord.com, the resolution states, in part: “WHEREAS, During the E Street Band’s legendary live concerts Clarence Clemons’ saxophone solos were highly anticipated and he was always introduced last in the band introductions,...Read more
As Paul McCartney performed Friday night at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, fans not able to attend the show were getting a taste of his new music online. The song "Out of Sight" he recorded with Italian dance artist The Bloody Beetroots debuted on Rollingstone.com. Bloody Beetroots is the stage name for the masked electronica artist Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo. As previously ...Read more
Bad Company is ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary by heading out on a North American tour that kicks off Saturday night in Rancho Mirage, California. The British blues-rock hit makers have 30 dates on their schedule, almost half of which they'll co-headline with their old friends Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers says he's excited about hitting the road with his group, which features fellow founding band mates Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke, as well as ex-Heart...Read more
Aerosmith has been announced as the headliner for the first-ever LivingSocial Backyard Festival on Randall's Island in New York City next month. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts also will perform at the event sponsored by the social network, which takes place July 13.
According to the official website, the outdoor event will also feature a "Hangout Zone with hammocks and bean bags, Cool Down Zone with misting machines and giant fans, on-site...Read more
Who knew Billy Joel was available for birthdays? The New York Post reports that the Piano Man raked in the cash earlier this week by agreeing to entertain guests at the 60th birthday bash of New York hedge fund manager Thomas Kempner Jr.
According to the Post, Billy was paid "up to $2 million" to perform for a crowd of billionaires at the party, which took place at the American Museum of Natural History. A guest told the paper, "It was a lovely party...Billy Joel played...Read more
Founding Yes singer Jon Anderson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer/Asia drummer Carl Palmer will be among the honorees at the fourth annual Vegas Rocks! Magazine Music Awards, scheduled to take place August 25 at Las Vegas' The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. VegasSun.com reports that Anderson will receive the Voice of Progressive Music award, while Palmer will be presented with the Drum Legend Icon honor.
Also slated to be honored at...Read more
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford are among a variety of guest artists who lend their musical talents to Buddy Guy's new album, Rhythm & Blues, which is due out on July 30, the legendary bluesman's 77th birthday. The 21-track release is split into two themed CDs, respectively titled Rhythm and Blues.
The Boston rockers are featured on a tune titled "Evil Twin," which appears on the Blues disc. Among the other stars contributing to the album are Kid Rock,...Read more
Jackson Browne is among several artists who have signed on to perform at a benefit concert to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, last month. Dubbed Rock for Oklahoma, the event will take place on July 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Other artists slated to take the stage at the event include Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips and Built to Spill. A number of special surprise guests also are expected to perform.
Most legendary musicians will tell you that everything starts with a song, and that's what was celebrated Thursday night in New York City at the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Among this year's inductees were Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and Tyler revealed to reporters the secret to knowing that you've written a great tune.
"At night when you're going to the bathroom, you can't get it out of your mind," explained Tyler. "All night, when you're going to get up to go to the bathroom, and you're singing the chorus, you go, 'OK, we got a winner...Read more
Farm Aid is coming to upstate New York this year.
The organizationannounced late Thursday that the 2013 edition of the benefit concert will be held in Saratoga Springs on September 21. As usual, the charity's co-founders -- Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Willie Nelson -- will perform, as will longtime board member Dave Matthews. Additional artists have not yet been announced.
A pre-sale for tickets will be held next Tuesday. Tickets will be made available to the public beginning...Read more
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If you're worried that Vivian Campbell might bow out of his upcoming performances with his side project, Last in Line, think again. The Def Leppard guitarist, who recently revealed that he’s been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments, says he plans on taking the stage with Last in Line for their European tour, which kicks off in August.
"I posted about my cancer diagnosis on my personal [Facebook] page a couple of days ago," writes Campbell on Last...Read more
Just a few weeks after reportedly undergoing a liver transplant, Lou Reed is set to participate in a special interview event being held on June 20 at the Grand Audi Theatre in Cannes, France. The innovative rock artist will be the focus of the Grey Group advertising agency's Seventh Annual Legends of Music Seminar.
The former Velvet Underground frontman will discuss the many aspects of his life as...Read more
The original mixes of ZZ Top's first 10 studio albums have been mastered specifically for iTunes and are now available for purchase as digital downloads. The records -- spanning from the group's 1971 debut, ZZ Top's First Album, through 1990's Recycler -- can be purchased individually or in a digital collection titled ZZ Top: The Complete Studio Albums (1970-1990).
ZZ Top's early albums had been remixed by the band in the 1980s in the wake of the group's commercial breakthrough, 1983's Eliminator....Read more
Rocketman, the biographical musical movie about Elton John, is one step closer to coming to an American theater near you. Deadline.com reports that a company called FilmDistrict is about to pay 10 million bucks for the U.S. rights to the movie, which will show John growing from child prodigy to global superstar.
In addition, Deadline appears to confirm previous reports that British actor Tom Hardy is "circling" the role of the adult...Read more