Patrick Wymore/SHOWTIMEJohn Mellencampmakes a cameo on the sixth and latest episode of the Showtime comedy series Roadies, which premieres Sunday, July 31, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer portrays himself in the show and is featured playing an acoustic version of his 2008 song "Longest Days" as the young character Winston strums along.
You can check out a preview clip of Mellencamp's performance at the official RoadiesYouTube channel. The episode, which is titled "Lost Highway," also features guest appearances by David Spade, Rosanna Arquette and Marc Maron.
Meanwhile, a newly recorded version of "Longest Days" by Mellencamp was has been chosen as the fifth track from the upcoming Roadies soundtrack album, which is scheduled to be released on August 26.
The program, which was created by award-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe, takes a humorous look at a group of music-loving roadies and their lives working behind the scenes in the concert industry.
The two entertainers teamed up to perform "Any Moment Now," a song that Barbra's late friend Marvin Hamlisch co-wrote for the 1986 musical Smile, although the tune wasn't used in the production.
In the video, Streisand reveals that "Any Moment Now" was the first tune she chose for the project, recalling, "I heard the song and I thought, 'This is a way for me to use actors who act and sing with Broadway material,' so the first person I thought of was Hugh Jackman."
Jackman says he was thrilled when Streisand invited him to take part in the album, and so was his wife, who he points out is "the biggest Barbra Streisand fan."
In the clip, Hugh explains that he excitedly commented to his wife, "I don't know how this has happened," to which she responded, "But you're doing it!" and he said, "Of course I'm doing it!"
The video's premiere coincides with the release of "Any Moment Now" as a digital download.
As previously reported, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway will be released on August 26. The album also features Streisand performances with Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Melissa McCarthy, Antonio Banderas and other stars.
Meanwhile, Streisand will promote the album on a new North American summer tour that gets underway this Tuesday, August 2, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
PRNewsFoto/UMe"Dream Weaver" singer Gary Wright has just released a lost album titled Ring of Changes that was shelved after he recorded it back in 1972. Wright made the album with his then-band Wonderwheel, which featured future Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, while Gary's friend George Harrison contributed slide guitar to one of its tracks, "Goodbye Sunday."
Ring of Changes initially had been intended to be Wright's third solo effort, after 1970's Extraction and 1971's Footprint, but his label A&M Records decided to cancel the project. Gary eventually revisited the recording and finally decided to release it.
"I hadn't listened to it in 40 years, but when I put it on, I thought to myself, 'I can't believe this was never released,'" he explains. "It was more of a rock album than what I had done, but I think it stands up alongside anything that you might hear being played on classic rock radio around the world."
Gary adds, "I'm proud of it and I'm glad it's finally coming out so everyone can hear what we did all those years ago."
Wright come to fame as a founding member of Spooky Tooth before going solo. He became friends with Harrison when their mutual friend Klaus Voormann invited Gary to play keyboards on George's classic solo album, All Things Must Pass. Wright and Harrison went on to collaborate numerous times.
With regard to George's contribution to "Goodbye Sunday," Gary recalls, "We were in the studio and I was showing him the song. He just started playing slide guitar and came up with that line, which I think really worked."
Ring of Changes is available as a digital download and an import CD.
In other news, Wright has three U.S. concerts scheduled in August:
8/19 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage 8/20 -- Edwardsville, IL, The Wildy Theatre 8/21 -- Green Bay, WI, The Meyer Theatre
Here's the Ring of Changes track list:
"Lovetaker" "Wild Bird" "Something for Us All" "Set on You" "Ring of Changes" "Goodbye Sunday" "For a Woman" "Workin' on a River" "Creation" "I Know" (bonus track) "What Can We Do" (bonus track) "Somebody" (bonus track)
Warner Bros. RecordsPrince's family has announced that an official tribute concert in the late musician's honor will happen on October 13. The live event will be held in the singer-songwriter's hometown of Minneapolis at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Performers for the event have not yet been announced and tickets will be available to purchase in August.
Prince's brothers and sisters made a statement after the announcement saying that they "are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy" and "are honored by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible."
Concord PicanteZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys are among the many artists that have contributed to Quiero Creedence, a Latin-inspired Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute album that gets its release today. The record features a variety of top Latin acts paying homage to CCR, whose memorable songs influenced many musicians beyond the borders of the U.S.
Texas native Gibbons, who recently released his Afro-Cuban-inspired debut solo album, Perfectamundo, teamed up with singer La Marisoul from the Los Angeles-based Latin group La Santa Cecilia to record a multilingual version of "Green River" for Quiero Creedence. Los Lobos covered the 1969 CCR album track "Molina," while Los Lonely Boys delivered a rendition of "Born on the Bayou" for the project.
Other artists who contributed to the album include Juanes, Ozomatli and Carlos Santana's son Salvador.
Juan Manuel Caipo, whose band Bang Data recorded a version of "Fortunate Son" for Quiero Creedence, is one of the album's executive producers and helped organize the project. He recalls that he moved forward with the concept after a friend suggested that he cover a CCR tune.
"It stuck in my head, and then I thought, 'Wouldn’t it be great to do a tribute album with artists from all over Latin America?'" he explains. "And we started slowly and organically, with every band doing their own take on songs they grew up with."
Here is the complete track list of Quiero Creedence:
"Corre por la Jungla (Run Through the Jungle)" -- Bunbury "Bootleg" -- Los Lobos "Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Gracias al Sol)" -- Juan Gabriel "Born on the Bayou" -- Los Lonely Boys "Feelin' Blue" -- A Band of Bitches "Bad Moon Rising" -- Ozomatli "Who'll Stop the Rain" -- Enjambre "Long as I Can See the Light" -- Andrés Calamaro "Fortunate Son (Fortunate Hijo)" -- Bang Data "Proud Mary" -- El Tri "Molina" -- Salvador Santana featuring Juanes & Asdru Sierra from Ozomatli "Green River" -- Billy Gibbons & La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia "Up Around the Bend" -- Diamante Eléctrico "Travelin' Band (Viajero Band)" -- Los Enanitos Verdes
BMGIn December 2014, Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson was joined by a variety of special guests at a concert in Las Vegas that was taped for an episode of the long-running PBS performance series Soundstage that premiered last year. The event, which showcased songs from Wilson's then-upcoming album No Pier Pressure, as well as various Beach Boys classics and gems, gets released today as a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray package.
Brian Wilson and Friends features Wilson and his backing band performing with several musicians who lent their talents to No Pier Pressure, including Brian's longtime Beach Boys band mate Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, noted trumpet player Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian, frontman of the indie-pop act Capital Cities.
Among the many songs performed at the concert, which took place at the Venetian Theatre, were "Sloop John B," "Good Vibrations," "God Only Knows" and "Fun, Fun, Fun." In addition, Jardine lends guest vocals to "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Help Me Rhonda" and other tunes; Ruess sings "Darlin'," and Simonian croons "Don't Worry Baby." The show also includes a taped segment featuring Wilson duetting with actress/singer Zooey Deschanel.
Visit RollingStone.com to check out an exclusive clip of Jardine singing "Wouldn't It Be Nice" at the show.
The Brian Wilson and Friends DVD and Blu-ray contains some bonus material, including extra performances, behind-the-scenes segments and interviews with artists who took part in the show. The companion CD features fewer performances than the concert video does, but includes a couple of songs that don't appear on the DVD and Blu-ray.
Here is the track list for the Brian Wilson and Friends DVD and Blu-ray:
"Our Prayer" "Heroes and Villains" "Sloop John B" "Dance, Dance, Dance" "Good Vibrations" "This Beautiful Day" "Runaway Dancer" -- featuring Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian "Don't Worry Baby" -- featuring Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian "Marcella" "Wild Honey" -- featuring Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar "Sail On Sailor" -- featuring Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar "Sail Away" -- featuring Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar "Half Moon Bay" -- featuring Mark Isham "Don't Talk" -- featuring Mark Isham "Saturday Night" -- featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess "Hold On Dear Brother" -- featuring Blondie Chaplin, Ricky Fataar and fun.'s Nate Ruess "Darlin'" -- featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess "On the Island" -- featuring Zooey Deschanel "God Only Knows" "The Right Time" -- featuring Al Jardine "Wouldn't It Be Nice" -- featuring Al Jardine "Help Me Rhonda" -- featuring Al Jardine "All Summer Long" "Fun, Fun, Fun"
Credit: Tyler CurtisWith Twisted Sister set to play its last show ever this fall, frontman Dee Snider is looking ahead to the next chapter of his musical career, and has announced plans to release a new solo album titled We Are the Ones in October. The singer collaborated with award-winning producer/songwriter Damon Ranger on the project, which finds Snider exploring a variety of musical styles.
We Are the Ones includes a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole," a soaring anthem called "Superhero," a tune titled "So What" featuring a string section and an acoustic rendition of Twisted Sister's classic "We're Not Gonna Take It."
Speaking about his new musical direction, Snider says, "I'm not anti the past -- I'm just not one of those guys sitting there singing about the glory days. To me, these are the glory days, and the days to come are the glory days. And this new record is the part of my next glory days."
Snider's unplugged "We're Not Gonna Take It" has been chosen as the theme to the Recording Academy's "Fair Play Fair Pay" campaign, which is seeking to overhaul the laws governing the royalties artists are paid for their music being played on the radio. Dee introduced his stripped-down version of the tune this past April in Washington, D.C., when he spoke about the Recording Academy's initiative at the Grammy on the Hill conference.
You can check out a video of the powerful performance at EW.com. Dee's studio version of the tune is available now at iTunes.
Snider is planning to perform his new material during a solo appearance at the 2016 Riot Fest on September 18 in Chicago.
ABC/Tyler GoldenTonight, ABC's musical series Greatest Hits focuses on songs from 2000 to 2005, and the show features an unexpected mashup of Kenny Loggins' 1979 smash "This Is It" and a 2003 hit by Train.
Loggins tells ABC Radio it was his idea to duet with Train singer Pat Monahan on a mashup of his tune and Train's "Calling All Angels."
"When you put one over the top of the other, they sort of answer each other, lyrically," explains Loggins. "I noticed that the lyric was essentially the same idea...you're asking for some kind of celestial help. So the two seem to mash up really well."
The duet also offered a chance for Loggins and Monahan to meet in person.
"Pat and I have been talking to each other for five or six years now," Loggins reveals. "We've never had the chance to actually do any real work together, so this is our first opportunity."
Monahan tells ABC Radio that Loggins first reached out to him by phone years ago because Train's 2003 album My Private Nation had helped him get through a breakup. "We bonded on that call, and then just texted once in a while, and then this came up," Pat says. "And so that was the first time we ever met."
Monahan adds, "I love Kenny...I think he's one of the most underrated, great songwriters/singers of all time. So it was a lot of fun."
The Rolling Stones in 2015 (Credit: Kevin Mazur)A new concert movie documenting The Rolling Stones' historic free show in Havana, Cuba, this past spring will premiere as a one-night-only event on September 23 at a variety of theaters in the U.K. and other countries. Havana Moon -- The Rolling Stones Live in Cuba features the British rock legends performing outdoors in front of a crowd of more than a million on March 25, 2016.
At the beginning of the concert, frontman Mick Jagger said to the audience, "Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here." He later jokingly introduced his band mates as "The Revolutionary Ronnie Wood…Charlie 'Che' Watts [and] Compadre Keith Richards."
Among the many classic songs The Stones played at the gig were "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Paint It Black," "Start Me Up," "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
Havana Moon was directed by Paul Dugdale, the same filmmaker behind the just-announced documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America, which will premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September. The Havana concert brought to a close the band's Olé America Latina tour.
Tickets for the Havana Moon -- The Rolling Stones Live will go on sale in early August at StonesinCuba.com. No word yet on when the movie will premiere in the U.S.
The event was captured by fourteen 35-millimeter cameras and shot by Ed Sullivan Productions in collaboration with Beatles manager Brian Epstein. In addition to the restoration of the footage, the show's audio has been remastered by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell at Abbey Road Studios.
Meanwhile, a new trailer for Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years has debuted on The Beatles' official YouTube channel. The video features a montage of archival clips of the group, as well as some new interview footage of Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney and discussing what it was like for the band members to deal with the throngs of screaming fans.
"This mania was so much pressure," says Starr, while McCartney adds, "We were kids. We were all pretty scared."
Paul also touches on why the band decided to stop touring, pointing out, "We all started to get pretty fed up…We were looking for somewhere new to go."
Eight Days a Week -- The Tour Years, which takes an in-depth look at the Fab Four's history from 1962 to 1966, will get its world premiere in London on September 15, then will open in U.S. theaters the following day. It will be available for streaming starting on September 17 exclusively on Hulu.
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsAn expansive 27-disc box set featuring a treasure trove of rare and previously unreleased early Pink Floyd audio and video will hit stores November 11. The Early Years -- 1965-1972 contains 130 tracks and more than 15 hours of video footage, including television performances, live tracks, BBC sessions, outtakes, demos, interviews and more, separated into seven individual packages focusing on a specific year or multi-year period.
The package includes more than 20 previously unreleased songs, including newly mixed versions of the 1967 tunes "Vegetable Man" and "In the Beechwoods," and seven hours of live audio performances. The collection also includes seven hours of rare concert footage, a series of five replica seven-inch vinyl singles, a variety of memorabilia, rare and unseen photos, and a number of feature films to which Pink Floyd provided soundtrack music.
The seven packages included in The Early Years box set are CAMBRIDGE ST/ATION, which covers the years 1965 to 1967, when Syd Barrett led the band; GERMIN/ATION, which focuses on 1968; DRAMATIS/ATION, which looks at 1969; DEVI/ATION, which features music and footage from 1970; REVERBER/ATION, which covers 1971; OBFUSC/ATION, which focuses on 1972; and CONTINU/ATION, which boasts bonus material from various years. Each package features at least one or more CD and at least one DVD or Blu-ray disc.
The first six packages also will be released individually in early 2017, while CONTINU/ATION is exclusive to the box set. There's a full track list at PinkFloyd.com, and a trailer for the collection on Pink Floyd's official YouTube channel.
In addition, a two-CD companion to the box set titled The Early Years -- CRE/ATION will be released November 11.
Young will be performing with his current backing group, Promise of the Real, which is led by Willie's son Lukas Nelson. The musical extravaganza's lineup also features Sheryl Crow, ex-Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson's band Chris Robinson Brotherhood and country acts Lee Ann Womack and Brothers Osborne. Additional performers will be announced soon.
Tickets for the Outlaw Music Festival go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets and the Montage Mountain box office and by calling 800-745-3000. Citi card members and artist fan-club members can purchase pre-sale tickets now through Thursday, July 28, at 10 p.m.
In addition to the various performances, the festival will feature local cuisine and beer, as well as offering attendees the chance to buy crafts from local artisans.
As previously reported, Farm Aid 2016 will be held at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and will feature performances by Young, Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Promise of the Real, Alabama Shakes and more.
PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBruce Springsteen's autobiography Born to Run is coming September 27, but a few days before that, he'll release what's being called an "audio companion" to the book.
Chapter and Verse features 18 tracks, five of which haven't been released. Each song reflects the themes and sections of the book, starting with two tracks from Springsteen's first band, The Castiles. The final song is the title track from Bruce's 2012's disc, Wrecking Ball.
The album, due September 23, will be available as a single CD, double LP, and digital download. You can pre-order the package on Friday.
Here's the track listing:
"Baby I" — The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss; previously unreleased) "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" — The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon; previously unreleased) "He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" — Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA; previously unreleased) "Ballad of Jesse James" — The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ; previously unreleased) "Henry Boy" (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY; previously unreleased) "Growin' Up" (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on Tracks) "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (1973, The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle) "Born to Run" (1975, Born to Run) "Badlands" (1977, Darkness on the Edge of Town) "The River" (1980, The River) "My Father’s House" (1982, Nebraska) "Born in the U.S.A." (1984, Born in the U.S.A.) "Brilliant Disguise" (1987, Tunnel of Love) "Living Proof" (1992, Lucky Town) "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995, The Ghost of Tom Joad) "The Rising" (2002, The Rising) "Long Time Comin'" (2005, Devils & Dust) "Wrecking Ball" (2012, Wrecking Ball)
The streaming service on Wednesday announced a new animated series, still untitled, revolving around an eight-year-old boy, Ben, "who discovers he has the extraordinary ability to bring street-art to life."
The show will be inspired by the words and melodies of classic Motown songs.
Josh Wakely, who created the Beatles-themed Beat Bugs for Netflix and is working on the Motown project, notes that Smokey Robinson will play a part.
"He'll be curating it. It'll be a mixture of Motown legends performing with kind of the very best musicians around today," Wakeley explains.
It's unclear when the show will premiere on Netflix.
David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc.TheO'Jays are again objecting to the use of their music in connection with Donald Trump's bid for the presidency.
Last week, founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams expressed their displeasure with Trump for using their song "Love Train" at the Republican National Convention, with Levert declaring that The Donald "just may be the Antichrist."
Now, they're upset that Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida used "For The Love of Money" without their consent in a pro-Trump video.
In a cease-and-desist letter sent to Mica and Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, that was released Wednesday, attorneys for Levert and Williams say, "Your use of our clients’ signature song, and utilizing the original recording constitutes a patently false implication that Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have endorsed you or your political agenda or Mr. Trump’s agenda. Our clients unequivocally do not endorse you, your agenda nor your party’s views or those of Mr. Trump. On the contrary, Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have actively opposed these ideals."
In a statement, Levert says, "Trump and his people have no right to help themselves to our music. He presents himself as supporting 'law and order' but, in truth, he’s not respecting the law at all."
Williams adds, "We don’t appreciate having our music associated with a campaign that is hurtful to so many with whom we have common ground. We’ve really had enough of this. I’m living proof that America is already great; I came from nothing and everyday I feel blessed to live in the greatest country on earth. We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics."
It's worth pointing out that "For the Love of Money" was the theme song to Trump's reality show, The Apprentice.
The collective includes former Jefferson Starship guitarist Slick Aguilar, bassist Peter Kaukonen and drummer Prairie Prince, as well as Grace Slick's former brother-in-law and former Great Society band mate Darby Slick, who wrote the classic Jefferson Airplane hit "Somebody to Love." Rounding out the lineup are one-time Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila and Joli Valenti, son of late Quicksilver Messenger Service singer Dino Valenti. Eva and Joli, respectively, will handle Grace Slick's and Marty Balin's vocal parts for the cover tunes The Airplane Family & Friends perform.
Michael Gaiman, The Airplane Family's manager, tells ABC Radio that the band mainly will be playing well-known Jefferson Airplane songs, along with a few tunes by The Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In addition, Gaiman reports that Avila will be singing some rare Grace Slick compositions that never were performed by the current incarnation of The Jefferson Starship.
The Airplane Family & Friends have lined up a series of U.S. tour dates this fall running from a December 7 show in Baltimore through a December 18 concert in St. Charles, Illinois. Performing with the group will be a newly created Grateful Dead tribute act called Live Dead 69 that features former Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and ex-RatDog guitarist Mark Karan. Aguilar, Kaukonen and Prince also will play with Live Dead 69 during the trek. As its name suggests, the group will showcase songs that appeared on the 1969 concert album Live Dead.
Here are all of The Airplane Family & Friends' and Live Dead 69's tour dates:
12/7 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live 12/9 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 12/10 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House Club 12/11 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 12/13-- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater & Washington House Hotel & Restaurant 12/14 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 12/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Rex Theater 12/17 -- North Tonawanda, NY, The Riviera Theatre 12/18 -- Saint Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
KMazur/WireImageSome unreleased George Harrison recordings may finally see the light of day with the help of the late Beatles guitarist's son, Dhani. During the recent 10th anniversary celebration of the Cirque du Soleil troupe's Fab Four-themed Las Vegas production The Beatles LOVE, George's widow, Olivia Harrison, told Billboard that she and Dhani have discussed him completing some of his dad's unreleased tracks.
"There are a lot of songs that are unfinished," Olivia told the magazine. "I think there's a project there. I just need time to get to it."
Dhani previously helped finish George's final studio album Brainwashed, which was released posthumously in November 2002. He co-produced the record -- along with George and Jeff Lynne -- and also contributed guitar, electric piano and backing vocals.
George Harrison died of cancer in November 2001. He was 58.
ABC/Randy Holmes; Steve Zak Photography/FilmMagicBette Midler, Joan Jett and ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar will appear as advisers this fall on the new season of The Voice, which also will feature Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on the panel of judges.
Us Weekly reports that Midler will be working with Shelton's team this season, Jett was chosen by Cyrus to advise her team and Levine picked rocking Hagar as his team's adviser.
The magazine points out that Midler's participation on The Voice had been brought up before, only by Levine rather than Shelton. During the show's ninth season, Adam declared that if he could choose a fifth coach, it would be the legendary singer and actress.
Cyrus' choosing Jett is no surprise, since Miley inducted Joan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, and considers her one of her biggest inspirations and influences.
More surprising, perhaps is Levine picking the hard-rocking Hagar. However, a source tells Us Weekly that Adam is "a big fan of classic rock." Not only that, but Hagar and Levine have previously hung out together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Adam has performed with Sammy at the Red Rocker's local bar.
According to Us Weekly, The Voice's other new adviser will be young singer/songwriter Charlie Puth, who will work alongside Keys.
A special preview episode of The Voice will air on NBC after the closing ceremonies of the Olympics on August 21. The real season 11 premiere happens Monday, September 19.
Courtesy of The WhoThere's bad news and good news for The Who's U.K. fans. The bad news: the band is postponing its late-August and early-September U.K. concerts to April. The good news: those shows will feature a revamped set that'll include an acoustic performance showcasing the group's 1969 rock opera, Tommy.
Prior to the rescheduled U.K. gigs, The Who will play two special shows on March 30 and April 1 of next year at The Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the annual benefit concerts for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity that will include the rock legends' first full-band performances of Tommy since 1989. The historic shows will coincide with the 100th Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert. The band also will play a selection of their classic tunes along with the full rock opera.
Meanwhile, the postponed U.K shows also will include performances of some of the band's hits, plus some lesser-known tunes. The concerts are being designed to emulate the performances The Who gave around 1969 and 1970, which also featured a segment devoted to Tommy. To accompany the new Tommy section, the band is creating an updated video presentation.
People with tickets for the postponed dates can use them for the rescheduled concerts, or can get a full refund at the point of purchase. Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall shows will go on sale on September 23.
The Who's other announced 2016 concerts will go ahead as planned. These include a run of European dates in September, the band's two appearances at the Desert Trip Festival with Roger Waters on October 9 and 16 in Indio, California, and performances that same month in Santa Barbabra, California, and Mexico City.
A&M/Interscope RecordsIn advance of Sting's recently announced studio album, 57th & 9th, the ex-Police frontman will release a career-spanning box set called Sting: The Studio Collection on September 30 that gathers together 180-gram vinyl editions of eight of his solo records.
The package spans from the singer/songwriter's 1985 solo debut, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, through the 2013 companion album to his stage musical, The Last Ship.
The Studio Collection also features 1987's ...Nothing Like the Sun, 1991's The Soul Cages, 1993's Ten Summoner's Tales, 1996's Mercury Falling, 1999's Brand New Day and 2003's Sacred Love. The versions of ...Nothing Like the Sun, Brand New Day and Sacred Love included in the box set are spread across two LPs, while the latter two albums have never before been available on vinyl.
Many of Sting's biggest hits and best-known songs are featured in the compilation, including "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Fortress Around Your Heart," "We'll Be Together," "Englishman in New York," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," "Fields of Gold" and "Desert Rose."
Each album is housed in a sleeve that replicates the original artwork and packaging.
In a new video promoting the box set, Sting says he loves "the ritual of vinyl records," recalling that when he was growing up he enjoyed looking at an LP's cover art, reading the liner notes, pulling the disc out of the inner sleeve and placing it on a turntable.
"Music is too ephemeral in many ways," adds Sting. "A record is something you can touch, and I think it's more human."
Sting: The Studio Collection is available for pre-order now. Meanwhile, 57th & 9th, as previously reported, will be released on November 11.