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Wolfgang Van Halen denies Van Halen reformation rumors: "Please stop this"
by ABC Audio on October 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm
Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesWolfgang Van Halen, Van Halen bassist and son of the late Eddie Van Halen, is denying a report that the band will be reforming in the wake of his father's death. Over the weekend, Wolfgang deemed a report that a new version of Van Halen was forming -- featuring Sammy Hagar on vocals, Michael Anthony on bass, Alex Van Halen on drums and Wolfgang on guitar -- a "lie." "This is just a s***ty lie attempting to capitalize on these awful times," Wolfgang tweeted. "Please stop with this." "Anyone peddling this s*** is not only hurting the fans, but hurting me and my family," he added. Wolfgang joined Van Halen in 2006 in place of longtime member Anthony. Eddie Van Halen died October 6 after a long battle with cancer. He was 65. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Stevie Nicks says revival of "Dreams" is blowing her mind
by ABC Audio on October 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesIt's been over 40 years since Fleetwood Mac released "Dreams" but, thanks to TikTok, it's popularity has remerged -- something Stevie Nicks couldn't be happier about. Speaking with CBS Sunday Morning on October 25, Nicks said, "This TikTok thing has kind of blown my mind. I'm happy about it because it seems to have made so many people happy." "Dreams" drastically climbed the charts in recent weeks thanks to a viral TikTok featuring the track that shows Idahoan Nathan Apodaca riding on his longboard and drinking a giant bottle of Ocean Spray Cran-Rasberry Juice. The song's newfound popularity has landed the 72-year-old singer-songwriter the number-one spot on Billboard's Hot 100 Songwriters chart. "Dreams" also made the Top 10 on Billboard's Global 200 chart and has become the oldest non-holiday record to reach the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Streaming Chart, surpassing Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." The TikTok-fueled revival comes in perfect timing for Nicks as she's recently released a new song, "Show Them The Way," and a film, 24 Karat Gold, which is a set of hits from her solo career and with Fleetwood Mac. The film's accompanying album is due out on October 30. By Danielle LongCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
AC/DC premieres video for 'Power Up' single, "Shot in the Dark"
by ABC Audio on October 26, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Credit: Josh CheuseAC/DC has premiered the video for "Shot in the Dark," the lead single from the band's much-anticipated new album, Power Up. The clip gives us our first glimpse of the reunited Back in Black lineup -- guitarist Angus Young, vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd, plus guitarist Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and the late Malcolm Young -- performing together. It features close-up shots of each member, in between footage of the band rocking out on a red neon-lit stage. You can watch the "Shot in the Dark" video streaming now on YouTube. Along with the video, AC/DC also shared a conversation between guitarist Angus, Johnson and Williams and the band's longtime director, David Mallet, about their favorite videos that they made together. Mallett also reveals that the shot in "Shot in the Dark" of Angus' solo, which was filmed using a small camera mounted to his guitar, was a nod to the classic "Thunderstruck" video. Power Up, the follow-up to 2014's Rock or Bust, is due out November 13. By Josh JohnsonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Watch Stevie Nicks, Stephen Stills, Jackson Browne & more stars on virtual Tom Petty 70th birthday special
by ABC Audio on October 26, 2020 at 10:00 am
Courtesy of Tom Petty A variety of music stars, including Stevie Nicks, Stephen Stills and Jackson Browne, took part in a special virtual celebration on Friday night to commemorate would would have been the late Tom Petty's 70th birthday last Tuesday. The almost-three-hour event, which streamed at TomPetty.com and Petty's official Facebook page, featured new and archival performances, spoken-word tributes and stories, interview clips with Petty and concert footage of Tom playing with his band The Heartbreakers. The program included an emotional spoken-word homage from Nicks, Stills performing "I Won't Back Down" with his son Chris, and Browne delivering a rendition of "The Waiting." The special ended with a three-song set by Petty's two closest collaborators, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, who were featured performing at the band's rehearsal space, marking the first time they played together since Tom's death in October 2017. Among the other artists and celebrities who performed and/or appeared on the special were Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair, Foo Fighters, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, Lenny Kravitz, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, Adam Sandler, Kiefer Sutherland, Beck, The Flaming Lips, Gary Clark Jr., Norah Jones, producer Rick Rubin and many more. The event, titled Tom Petty's 70th Birthday Bash, can be viewed on-demand now at TomPetty.com, and an encore broadcast also will be shown via Amazon Video at 1 p.m. ET today. Those watching the special are encouraged to donate to these charities: Save Our Stages, Digitunity, Music in Medicine and MusiCares. Here's the full performance set list of the special: "Free Fallin'" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers*"Listen To Your Heart" -- The Flaming Lips "Yer So Bad" -- Adam Sandler"Don't Come Around Here" -- Beck with Jeffertitti"The Waiting" -- Jackson Browne"Stop Draggin My Heart Around" -- Margo Price and Lukas Nelson"Southern Accents" -- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real"I Need to Know" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers*"Free Fallin'" -- Susanna Hoffs"Walls" -- The Lumineers' Wesley Schultz"Breakdown" -- Spoon"Angel Dream" -- Lady Blackbird"Crawling Back to You" -- Margo Price"Oh Well" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers*"Honey Bee" -- Foo Fighters"Runnin' Down a Dream" -- Lucinda Williams "Rockin' Around with You" -- Sabina Sciubba"Refugee" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers*"Good Enough" -- Gary Clark Jr."Love Is a Long Road" -- Dhani Harrison and Blur's Graham Coxon "Room at the Top" -- Amos Lee"Climb That Hill" -- Drive-By Tuckers' Patterson Hood"Cabin Down Below" -- Mosshart-Sexton"Wildflowers" -- Brandi Carlile"Don't Fade on Me" -- Chris Stapleton"Time to Move On" -- Norah Jones "Only a Broken Heart" -- Norah Jones"King of the Hill" -- Roger McGuinn"I Won't Back Down" Stephen Stills and Chris Stills"Kings Highway" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers*"It's Good to Be King" -- Dave Stewart"American Girl" -- Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench"Something Good Coming" -- Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench"We What Boogie Bout Midnight" -- Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench* = archival performance. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Don McLean releases new covers album, 'Still Playin' Favorites,' featuring songs by Dylan, Johnny Cash & more
by ABC Audio on October 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm
Time LifeDon McLean has just released a sequel to his 1973 covers album, Playin' Favorites: a 12-track collection aptly titled Still Playin' Favorites. The new record finds McLean performing versions of songs he loves, which spanning over a century and cover a wide variety of musical genres, including rock 'n' roll, country, folk, gospel, bluegrass, blues, jazz and soul. Among the tunes the 75-year-old singer/songwriter has recorded are songs that were popularized or written by artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and many more. McLean has launched a YouTube series featuring videos in which he performs solo acoustic renditions of tunes from Still Playin' Favorites, discusses his versions and shares some background on the songs. Among the tunes he plays and profiles are the Cash-penned "So Doggone Lonesome" and blues legend Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues." Here's the full Still Playin' Favorites track list, along with the composers of each song: "So Doggone Lonesome" (Johnny Cash)"Greenback Dollar" (Hoyt Axton, Ken Ramsey)"Hide nor Hair" (Morton Craft, Percy Mayfield)"I Ain't Never" (Webb Pierce, Mel Tillis)"Little Sister" (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman)"I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song" (Thomas A. Dorsey)"Six White Horses" (Clyde Moody)"Treat Me Nice" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)"Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" (Bob Dylan)"Backwater Blues" (Bessie Smith)"The Keys to the Kingdom" (Jenny Lou Carson)"Got the Bull by the Horns" (Amos E. Byrd, Billy Jones)"Tell Old Bill" (Traditional, Arranged by Don McLean)"She Used to Love Me a Lot" (Charles W. Quillen, Dennis Morgan, Kye Fleming) By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The third and final 2020 Record Store Day event takes place Saturday
by ABC Audio on October 23, 2020 at 11:00 pm
Courtesy of Record Store DayJust a reminder that the third and final installment of the three-day 2020 Record Store Day celebration takes place this Saturday, October 24. As previously reported, organizers decided to spread out the event across three dates in three different months this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's events, which also were held on August 29 and September 26, are being called "Record Store Day Drops." The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers Band are among the many artists who will be releasing limited-edition vinyl this Saturday. The Rolling Stones' offering is a reissue of the U.K. version of the band's 1975 rarities album, Metamorphosis, pressed on green vinyl and packaged with an iron-on of the cover. The Who's release is a deluxe two-LP version of the group's 1974 rarities album, Odds and Sods, featuring one red disc and one yellow disc. Cheap Trick is issuing a previously unreleased two-LP set titled Out to Get You! Live 1977, which was recorded at the famed Los Angeles club The Whisky a Go Go. The Allman Brothers Band's release is a reissue of its 1992 live album An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: First Set. The LP will be available in two different versions, pressed either on orange-swirl vinyl or blue-black-swirl vinyl. Other artists who will have Record Store Day releases available at independent music shops on August 29 include Alice Cooper, the Def Leppard spinoff group Down N Outz, Rory Gallagher, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Judas Priest, Mark Knopfler, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Modern English, Randy Newman, Lou Reed & John Cale, Keith Richards, Skid Row, Toto, UFO, Frank Zappa and Warren Zevon. For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com. By Matt FriedlanderCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.