Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityFormer Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes has announced details of his 27th annual Christmas Jam concert, which will take place December 12 at US Cellular Center in the veteran rocker's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. In addition to a solo appearance by Haynes, this year's lineup includes The Doobie Brothers, the electric version of Hot Tuna, Bruce Hornsby and Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring Warren's fellow Allman Brothers alum Derek Trucks.
For the 17th year running, the Christmas Jam will benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds raised will go toward building energy-efficient houses, as well as purchasing and developing property for future Habitat projects.
Among the other confirmed artists on the 2015 Christmas Jam bill are Joe Bonamassa, Dawes and Blackberry Smoke, while more acts will be announced soon. Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public on October 23, while a pre-sale for VIP tickets and travel packages starts this Friday, October 9.
In addition to the main concert, a series of "Christmas Jam by Day" events will be scheduled that will include music performances and art exhibits held at various locations in and around Asheville during that same weekend. There also is an initiative called "Before the Jam Lend a Hand," which gives volunteers the chance to help build the houses funded by Christmas Jam donations. For more information about this year's Christmas Jam, visit XmasJam.com and Facebook.com/XmasJam.
PRNewsFoto/Epic Rights; PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationOn Tuesday, October 6, Yoko Ono will be on hand at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park to co-host a Guinness World Records attempt at the creation of the largest human peace sign, in honor of the 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth. Fans can pre-register to participate in the event -- which begins at 10 a.m. ET and is free and open to the public -- by visiting ImaginePeace.Eventbrite.com.
More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the celebration, and at the same time help spread the "Imagine Peace" message around the world in tribute to the late Beatles legend. At 12:30 p.m. ET, aerial photos of the peace sign will be taken via from the FlyNYON helicopter. The event, which Ono organized in partnership with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, also will include surprise musical performances, as well as various family-friendly activities and Lennon-themed commemorative experiences. One of the performances will be by founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, who will play a song in homage to Lennon shortly after noon local time.
The Lennon Bus, which is now in its 18th year of touring, is a state-of-the-art mobile recording facility that gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn firsthand about audio and video production.
"New York was a very special place for John -- his adopted home -- and I'm so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday," says Yoko in a statement.
In related news, Ono will be in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Friday, October 9 -- Lennon's actual birth date -- for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower. The memorial -- a white stone monument that projects a strong light beam into the sky -- was unveiled on October 9, 2007, and is lit on Lennon's birth date each year, as well as on select other dates.
Image Courtesy of PMK-BNCDead & Company, the new Grateful Dead spinoff project featuring three of the band's surviving core members, as well as pop-blues star John Mayer, have added a very special third concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden to their upcoming U.S. tour.
A total of 5,000 grand prizes, each featuring two tickets to the show, will be made available. You can submit your entry now through Thursday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and you must be at least 18 years old to enter. Winners will be announced on or after October 22. No tickets will be sold to the event.
The concert also will be streamed live as part the American Express Unstaged series online at AmexUnstaged.com and via mobile devices with the Unstaged app. The event will be directed by Brett Ratner, whose film credits include Rush Hour and X-Men. The band and American Express are encouraging fans who'd like to attend the concert or plan to watch the livestream to contribute money to The Robin Hood Foundation, which supports various charities and programs that fight poverty and help people in need throughout the New York City area.
"Well, this is great -- this is the system working at its best," says The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir about the event. "Our fans get music for free, we get to play our music for a bunch of folks who might otherwise not get to catch it, [American Express] gets to support music and the arts, and everyone gets to come together at Madison Square Garden and online to benefit The Robin Hood Foundation and New York City's less fortunate."
As previously reported, Dead & Company features founding Grateful Dead members Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and Mayer, along with ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. The only surviving core member of the Dead not taking part in the project is bassist Phil Lesh, who is focusing on his group Phil Lesh & Friends. Dead & Company's U.S. tour kicks off on October 29 in Albany, New York, and winds down with a December 30-31 engagement in the Los Angeles area.
Here are all of Dead & Company's U.S. tour dates:
10/29 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center 10/31 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 11/1 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 11/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/6 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center 11/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden* 11/10 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center 11/11 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center 11/13 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 11/14 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex 11/17 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 11/18 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 11/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 11/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 11/24 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center 11/25 -- Broomfield, CO, 1stBANK Center 11/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 11/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 12/27 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/28 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/30 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 12/31 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
Capitol RecordsEagles singer/drummer Don Henley's new solo album, Cass County, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the publication's Top Country Albums chart, after moving 89,000 units its first week out. The country-flavored collection becomes Henley's highest-charting solo effort ever, overtaking his previous album, 2000's Inside Job, which peaked at #7.
In addition, Cass County reached #1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart after racking up 87,000 in pure album sales. Topping the Billboard 200 this week was rapper Fetty Wap's self-titled debut album, which moved 122,000 total units, with 75,000 of those being pure album sales.
By the way, with the Eagles, Don scored eight top-10 albums on the Billboard 200, six of which hit #1.
Cass County features Henley collaborating with a variety of well-known artists, including Mick Jagger, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood and Dixie Chicks members Martie Maguire and Emily Robison. An exclusive version of the album that's only available at Target features two extra tracks, one of which is a duet with Stevie Nicks.
Over the weekend, Henley launched a North American solo tour in support of Cass County that's mapped out through a November 12 concert in Philadelphia. In addition, he'll be performing this Thursday, October 8, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, while his debut appearance on PBS' Austin City Limits performance series will premiere starting October 24.
Courtesy of Wolfson EntertainmentGreat news for fans of Daryl Hall's television show Live from Daryl's House: The award-winning performance series has re-upped its agreement with the high-definition network Palladia for two new seasons. Production on the next season of the program -- which will be its fourth on the channel -- will begin this fall.
As with last season, the new shows will be filmed at the Hall-owned venue Daryl's House Restaurant & Live Music Club in Pawling, New York. The latest series will premiere sometime in 2016, and the lineup of guests will be announced later this year.
"Palladia understands what my show is about and I look forward to my continued relationship with them," says Hall.
Besides airing on Palladia, the program can be viewed via the channel's video-on-demand service and online at LiveFromDarylsHouse.com or LFDH.com. Live from Daryl's House began as a Web-only series in 2007 that was available for viewing at the aforementioned sites.
Each show features Daryl jamming with a different artist or act from a variety of musical genres. The most recent season's guests included Sammy Hagar, Aaron Neville, Ben Folds and Aloe Blacc. Over the years, such stars as Smokey Robinson, Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Hall's longtime musical partner John Oates have appeared on the show.
Meanwhile, Hall and Oates will head to Japan for a brief tour this month, and then will play several U.S. concerts before the year winds down. Here are all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo's stateside concerts, according to HallandOates.com:
10/24 -- Honolulu, HI, Blaisdell Arena 11/28 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 11/29 -- Ft. Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 12/2 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 12/3 -- Orlando, FL, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Walt Disney Theater 12/5 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Theatre 12/7 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium 12/8 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
PRNewsFoto/Angelscript InternationalDavid Gilmour's first wife, Ginger, has written an autobiography titled Memoirs of the Bright Side of the Moon, in which she shares stories about her years with the Pink Floyd guitarist. The 653-page tome, which is available now, is broken into 90 chapters and features 140 photos, including many previously unseen pics.
In the book, Ginger recalls crossing paths with such rock legends as George Harrison, Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash, as well as spending a Christmas with Paul and Linda McCartney. An American-born artist and former model, Ginger first met Gilmour in 1971 and the couple went on to marry in July 1975, while Pink Floyd was recording its album Wish You Were Here. She eventually had four children with the guitar great.
Ginger describes her book as "the true story of my life and how I was challenged, survived, and resurrected like the fabled tale of the Phoenix rising out of the ashes on a journey with a band they call Pink Floyd and then beyond."
According to a press statement about Memoirs of the Bright Side of the Moon, Ginger considers the tome her "personal way of thanking David and the Floyd for such a wonderful adventure-filled life."
Debra L Rothenberg/Getty ImagesDavidCassidy is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident in Fort Lauderdale a month ago.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report obtained by The Miami Herald, the Partridge Family actor, 65, was headed west on I-595 about noon September 9 “at a high rate of speed” and “in and out of traffic” when his Kia crashed into a box truck.
Witnesses apparently failed to recognize the former teen hearthrob, describing him to police as “a clean facial-shaved older Caucasian male.”
Cassidy didn’t appear impaired when the front passenger’s side of his Kia hit the back of a large truck, and no one was injured, added the onlookers, who added he took off west despite a flat tire and damage to the Kia.
One witness showed troopers a photo of the car and its license plate. Cassidy, who was found at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston a few hours later, told police he provided his driver license number and registration info to the truck driver and couldn’t wait for police because he had a hospital appointment unrelated to the crash.
The Florida resident wasn’t arrested, but was issued four citations. The Broward County State Attorney’s office then filed a charge of leaving the scene, a misdemeanor. He's is set to be arraigned on the criminal charge on October 27.
Cassidy was previously sentenced in connection with three DUIs in three states in four years. He’s still on probation for a DUI arrest in Los Angeles last year. A conviction could get him up to a year in prison, plus more time behind bars in California for the violation of probation.
Cassidy, who's going through a divorce, filed for bankruptcy last year and was forced to sell his Lauderdale Beach house, according to the newspaper.
PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationForeigner recently wrapped up a lengthy stint on Kid Rock's Cheap Date summer tour, part of a very busy year on the road for the band. The veteran rockers now are set to wind down their 2015 itinerary with a run of October dates starting tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota -- the first of a series of eight joint concerts they'll play with Def Leppard.
"We're just really looking forward to ending the year blasting out with Def Leppard," Foreigner leader and guitarist Mick Jones tells ABC Radio, noting that this is the first time in several years that the two groups have toured together. "[It's] always a good vibe with them and it's a great show for the crowd too. I mean, hit after hit after hit, and it just keeps rocking. It's high intensity."
Foreigner will join Def Leppard for a total of eight concerts, through an October 17 date in Jacksonville, Florida. The band also has several headlining dates lined up later in the month.
As they've done at many of their recent shows, Foreigner will be inviting a local high school choir onstage to perform the band's classic ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is" at each of their upcoming 2015 tour dates. In conjunction with the special performances, the group has partnered with the Ford Motor Company for the Rock Then Roll 4 UR School campaign, which will give the choirs chosen to sing with the band the chance to raise money for their schools' music programs.
Jones says he gets a real kick out of watching the reactions of the young choir members when they hit the stage with Foreigner.
"The boys and girls, they have a real ball," Mick notes. "They're transduced. They come onto the stage and there's like 12,000 people there or something. They're just looking out, and they're like in a amazement. And I like to look at their faces, actually, see the expression. It's priceless."
Meanwhile, Foreigner also recently teamed up with the Ford Motor Company for a special fundraiser in Dearborn, Michigan, to benefit JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. At the event, the band played a special acoustic set that was recorded for an upcoming album called The Hits Unplugged and Live that will be released in early 2016.
"From what I've heard so far, [it's probably] the best live acoustic performance that we've ever done before," Jones tells ABC Radio, adding, "We went to great lengths with the sound equipment and everything that can enhance the quality of the record."
Proceeds earned by sales of the album also will be donated to JDRF.
Meanwhile, besides the dates with Def Leppard and the headlining shows, Foreigner will be performing alongside REO Speedwagon and Train's Pat Monahan at the 40th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala, which takes place October 15 in New York City. Here are all of Foreigner's upcoming 2015 concerts:
10/5 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center* 10/7 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center* 10/9 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center* 10/10 -- Wichita, KS, Intrust Bank Arena* 10/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena* 10/14 -- Columbus, OH, Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center* 10/15 -- New York, NY, T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala 10/16 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena* 10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena* 10/18 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center 10/20 -- Greeneville, TN, Niswonger Performing Arts Center 10/21 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center for the Arts 10/23 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 10/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
* = with Def Leppard = with REO Speedwagon and Train's Pat Monahan.
Atria BooksOctober is a big month for Def Leppard, and the band's longtime guitarist Phil Collen. The veteran rockers will wind down a lengthy U.S. tour with a new series of dates featuring Foreigner beginning Monday, and will release a new, self-titled studio album on October 30. As for Collen, he has a brand-new memoir titled Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond that will be published on October 27.
The memoir, which Phil co-wrote with award-winning author Chris Epting, charts Def Leppard's rise to superstardom, while also focusing on the group's struggle to persevere the wake of the tragedies that befell some of the members after the band hit it big. Among the dramatic events Collen recounts in the book are the 1985 car crash that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol-related death in 1991. Adrenalized also includes a variety of never-before-seen photos of the band members.
To celebrate the release of Adrenalized, Collen will take part in a Q&A and book-signing session on October 19 at the Barnes & Noble store in Huntington Beach, California. During the event, which starts at 7 p.m. PT, Collen will chat with Epting.
Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records; ABC/Richard HarbaughChic guitarist Nile Rodgers has produced a cover of his band's 1978 hit "I Want Your Love" that pop superstar Lady Gaga recorded for a new fashion campaign by designer Tom Ford.
Lady Gaga's rendition of the classic disco tune serves as the soundtrack to a new video promoting the designer's spring/summer collection. As the song plays, an array of models -- including Gaga herself -- dance down a runway.
Chic's original version of "I Want Your Love" reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979, and was the follow-up to the group's chart-topping smash "Le Freak."
ABC/Randy HolmesBrian Wilson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' acclaimed and influential album Pet Sounds during a headlining performance at the 2016 Levitation Festival, which runs from April 29 to May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas. Wilson and his band, along with special guest Al Jardine, will play the album in its entirety at the fest, which focuses on psychedelic music.
The lineup for the ninth annual Levitation Festival also includes reggae veteran Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Animal Collective and many other acts. Weekend passes, deluxe ticket upgrades and camping passes for the event are available for purchase now at Levitation-Austin.com.
Pet Sounds was released on May 16, 1966, and features such memorable Beach Boys tunes as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B" and God Only Knows." Paul McCartney has cited the album as a major inspiration for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Meanwhile, Wilson will be embarking on a U.S. fall tour next Friday, October 9, in Flushing, New York. Jardine will be joining Brian for all the shows on the trek, which is plotted out through a December 5 concert in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, former Beach Boys touring musician Billy Hinsche, who also was a member of the 1960s pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy, will be playing with Wilson's band on select dates in October.
Here are all of Wilson upcoming tour dates:
10/9 -- Flushing, NY, Kupferberg Center for the Arts 10/10 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino 10/20 -- Charleston, SC, Galliard Center 10/22 -- Richmond, VA, The National 10/23 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts 10/24 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Showroom 11/11 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre 11/12 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities PAC 11/13 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino 11/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre 11/17 -- St Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater 11/19 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre 11/20 -- Rockville, MD, The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center 11/21 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 11/28 -- Reno, NV, Atlantis Casino Resort 12/4 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort and Spa 12/5 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 4/29-5/1/16 -- Austin, TX, Carson Creek Ranch - Levitation Festival
Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi has made a video honoring New Jersey high school football player Evan Murray, who died after getting injured on the field last Friday.
"I heard word about Evan, and as a father of football players, my heart, my prayers and my thoughts go out to the Murray family," the singer says in the YouTube video posted on Thursday -- the day of Murray's funeral.
Jon continues, "You are in my prayers. To all the team, I wish you the best this season and keep it up guys, all right? Win one for Evan."
On Thursday night, the rocker displayed Evan's jersey number 18 on his guitar during his concert in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The band also dedicated "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" to the 17-year-old, according to Billboard.
Murray reportedly died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen. He was injured during the Warren Hills Regional High School game against Summit High School. The quarterback was able to walk off the field, but later died at the hospital.
Jon, a New Jersey native and father four, is a devoted football fan. His son, Jesse Bongiovi, played for Notre Dame's football team in 2013.
PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsA variety of classic disco and pop hits of the 1970s are featured on the soundtrack to the new Matt Damon movie The Martian, which was released as a digital album via iTunes today. Titled Songs from The Martian, the album includes tunes by Donna Summer, ABBA, The O'Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Vickie Sue Robinson, Hues Corporation and Thelma Houston.
The sci-fi film tells the story of an astronaut named Mark Watney, played by Damon, who ends up stranded by himself on Mars when a manned trip to the red planet goes awry. Watney, who is presumed dead, must make due with meager supplies while trying to survive. One of the few items he has to entertain himself is a playlist left by the missions commander, who happened to love '70s disco. Among the tunes showcased are "Hot Stuff," "Waterloo," "Love Train" and "I Will Survive."
Appropriately, Songs from The Martian also features David Bowie's memorable 1971 tune "Life on Mars." A deluxe two-CD edition of the album, combining the soundtrack and the film's score, will be released on November 6 and can be purchased on Amazon.com.
The Martian premiered in theaters today. The film was directed by Ridley Scott and, in addition to Damon, stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover.
Here is the track list of Songs from The Martian:
"Turn the Beat Around" -- Vickie Sue Robinson "Hot Stuff" -- Donna Summer "Rock the Boat" -- Hues Corporation "Don't Leave Me This Way" -- Thelma Houston "Starman" -- David Bowie "Waterloo" -- ABBA "Love Train" -- The O'Jays "I Will Survive" -- Gloria Gaynor "The Martian Score Suite" -- Harry Gregson-Williams
Sean Evans; David BergmanEx-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters has long been a vocal opponent of Israel's policies toward Palestine, and he frequently addresses other music artists who have scheduled concerts in Israel and attempts to dissuade them from performing in the country. Salon has now posted a letter Waters has written to Bon Jovi criticizing the band for going ahead with its plans to play a show in Tel Aviv this Saturday.
Waters' message, which was posted on Salon.com, begins by addressing "the pop group Bon Jovi" and the band's three core members -- Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres -- declaring, "Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government's apartheid policies by performing in Israel."
Roger then points out that he read an interview Jon Bon Jovi recently gave with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and says that because of Jon's comments in the article, "I won't waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians."
In the interview, Bon Jovi is asked if he's aware of Waters' campaign to persuade musicians to boycott Israel, and responds, "Yes, I heard about that but it doesn't interest me. I told my managers to give one simple answer: That I'm coming to Israel and I'm excited to come."
Waters' letter then proceeds to suggest that Bon Jovi stands "shoulder to shoulder" with various Israelis who killed, injured or oppressed Palestinians or protesters. He lists such examples as "the settler who burned the baby," "the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie," "the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach" and "the Minister of Justice who called for genocide," while linking to various news stories giving details about each of his examples.
Roger also implies that by declining to perform in Israel, the band could have stood "on the side of justice," and he offers a similarly formatted list of instances where people participated in acts of protest against the Israeli government's policies. These include "the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps," "the teenager who chose eight prison terms over army service" and "the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom."
Waters' message concludes, "The dead can't remind you of the crimes you've ignored. But, lest we forget, 'To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.'"
Credit: Miriam SantosJohn Fogerty has become the latest veteran music star to line up a Las Vegas residency. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will bring a show titled John Fogerty: Peace, Love and Creedence to The Venetian hotel and casino for a series of eight performances, running from January 8 to 23.
As with his recent tour, Fogerty's Las Vegas concerts will celebrate the three classic albums CCR released in 1969 -- Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys -- and also will feature some of the band's other memorable songs, as well as a few selections from John's solo career. In addition, Fogerty will share some personal stories during the shows about his former band's landmark year, which will be enhanced with exclusive film footage and photos.
"Peace, love and Vegas! I'm excited to be coming to The Venetian and bringing my '1969' show for you all," says Fogerty in a statement. "We are going to be rockin' my Creedence Clearwater Revival songs along with many more. We'll have some new things added to the show, too. Hope you all can come and help us rock it up in Vegas come January!"
Fogerty's Peace, Love and Creedence performances are scheduled for January 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23. Tickets go on sale on October 9 at 10 a.m. PT, with prices starting from $59.90. You can purchase tickets online at Venetian.com/JohnFogerty, at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.
News of Fogerty's Vegas residency comes just a few days before the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer releases his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, which will be published Tuesday, October 6. As previously reported, John will promote the book during the next couple of weeks by taking part in a number of signing and Q&A events in New York City and the Los Angeles area. You can check out Fogerty's itinerary at JohnFogerty.com.
Courtesy of Bette Midler; Roy CoxThe latest edition of Bette Midler's annual "Hulaween" charity costume ball will be held on October 30 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, and Nile Rodgers and Chic will be on hand to entertain the partygoers. The event benefits New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization Midler started in 1995 to reclaim and restore parks, community gardens and public spaces in New York City.
This year's bash will celebrate the charity's 20th anniversary, as well as the planting of the millionth tree as part of NYRP's MillionTreesNYC campaign. Midler will be honored during the gala with the "Green Goddess" Award. The theme for the 2015 Hulaween event is "Hell Night on Hulaween Island: A Night to Dismember," and draws inspiration from classic B horror movies, particularly the 1977 version of The Island of Doctor Moreau.
"This year New York Restoration Project and I are celebrating 20 fantastic years of cleaning and greening New York City," Bette says in a statement. "I am so proud of our part in changing the face of the city, in cleaning parks, highways, and vacant lots, in saving and supporting community gardens, and in pointing out that the citizens of the greatest city in the world deserve a healthy, clean, sustainable environment."
Each year, the Hulaween event mixes Halloween with tropical elements of Midler's home state of Hawaii for a fun fundraising experience.
Tickets for the party start at $650. You can find out more information by visiting NYRP.org or calling Buckley Hall Events at 914-579-1000.
Credit: Al PereiraDave Davies launches a new fall U.S. tour with a three-day series of free performances starting today at The Big E, an annual fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The founding Kinks lead guitarist, who released a new live album titled Rippin' Up New York City last month, will be performing on the fair's Court of Honor Stage at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET today and Saturday, and just at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Davies tour is scheduled to run through a November 3 show at the famed Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, and will stop in such cities as Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., along the way.
The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that he's "looking forward" to hitting the road, and that he's especially excited that Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken will be part of his backing band for the whole trek.
"I really like playing with him. He's a great guy and he's got a lot of empathy for the songs and the music," Davies says of Diken, who also was behind the drums when Dave's new live album was recorded last November during two shows at the City Winery in New York. "You know, he's one of those cool guys that just know what to do. And more importantly, he knows what not to do, which can be hard for some musicians."
Rounding out Davies' backing band are bassist/keyboardist Tom Currier and guitarist Jonathan Lea, who both also play in the group The Jigsaw Seen.
Fans coming out to the concerts likely will hear many of the tunes featured on Rippin' Up New York City, which includes versions of Kinks classics like "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night," some lesser-known gems by the band and a few songs from Dave's 2014 studio album, Rippin' Up Time.
Davies tells ABC Radio that he also hopes to add a few new tunes into his sets for the tour, while clarifying, "not necessarily new new [songs] but new ideas, maybe a couple of older songs."
Meanwhile, Dave says one of the things he particularly enjoys about playing live is that it gives him the opportunity to present his songs in new and interesting ways.
"It's funny, 'cause when you record songs, well, I tend to try and record pretty quickly, which in a way doesn't allow the songs to kind of explore themselves, if you know what I mean," he explains. "When you play live you can turn things around, with different accents and rhythms, so it's kind of a very different process to recording."
Here's a list of all of Davies' upcoming U.S. tour dates:
10/2 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)* 10/3 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)* 10/4 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. ET only)* 10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre 10/9 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/10 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/13 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café - ArtsQuest Center 10/20 -- Washington, DC, The Howard Theatre 10/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony 10/23 -- New York, NY, City Winery 10/24 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center 10/26 -- Albany, NY, The Egg 10/27 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 10/30 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre 11/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 11/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Roxy Theatre
Matthew Jordan Smith; Heather Wines/CBSLast year, Aretha Franklinrevealed that Jennifer Hudson was among a short list of actresses that she'd like to see play her in an upcoming biopic. Now, it seems that the Oscar-winning star of Dreamgirls would openly welcome that opportunity.
Jennifer expressed her interest in starring in the Queen of Soul's biopic, which is being spearheaded by Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein.
"I feel like that would probably be the most challenging and the most motivational for me to play since Effie," Hudson tells TimeOut.com, referring to her Dreamgirls role. "I feel like that would be the next, most similar thing and challenging at the same time."
While she's open to doing the role, Jennifer admits that she wasn't a huge fan of Franklin's music while growing up.
"I'm going to be honest: I did not actually grow up listening to Aretha Franklin the way most people think I have," says Hudson. "I grew up listening to my older cousins, and they were obsessed with Aretha. They were heavily influenced by her, and I took it from them. But I love her now. I love all her music. I just love that era. Atlantic, Motown -- I wish we made music like that today."
Jennifer previously starred as Winnie Mandela in the 2011 biopic of the same name.
Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsThe new concert film Roger Waters The Wall is now set to be released as a home video on December 1. The movie, which features performances from the ex-Pink Floyd mastermind's recent The Wall Live Tour, will be available as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital download.
In addition to dynamic live footage from some of Roger Waters' multimedia-enhanced performances of his old band's 1979 concept album The Wall, the film features segments capturing the musician's pilgrimage to his grandfather's gravesite in France and to a memorial honoring his father in Italy. The movie also includes scenes in which Waters discusses his antiwar sentiments with members of his family.
"I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale," says Waters in a statement. "It has had a deep effect on my life; and I'm not the only one. This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones."
The Blu-ray edition of Roger Waters The Wall contains more than 95 minutes of bonus footage, including performances from a May 2011 concert at London's O2 Arena that featured guest appearances by Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason. Among the other extras are outtakes of Waters trip to Europe, time-lapse concert footage and a scene of Roger visiting the grave of Frank Thompson, a soldier and poet killed in World War II. The DVD also features the time-lapse footage and the visit to Thompson's grave.
Meanwhile, a Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack album is slated to be released sometime this fall.
As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall was screened in hundreds of theaters across the country for one night only in the U.S. this past Tuesday. Encore screenings have been scheduled in a variety of U.S. venues starting on Sunday, October 18.
Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has been one of the biggest celebrity supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, aka PETA, so who better to serve as the entertainment at the animal-rights organization's 35th anniversary party? A performance by the former Beatles star closed out the star-studded event, dubbed "All Together Now," which took place Wednesday night at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
According to recaps posted at PETA.org, McCartney's set included renditions of the Beatles classics "Birthday" "Let It Be," "Hey Jude" and "Lady Madonna," and his 1993 solo tune "Looking for Changes," which he dedicated to the organization's cause. Sir Paul also was joined by modern-rocker Beck for performances of "Drive My Car" and "I've Just Seen a Face." A few fan-filmed clips of McCartney's set, with and without Beck, have been posted on YouTube.
While onstage, McCartney commented, "When I first heard the name, that's what appealed to me, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I thought that was really a very dignified, very cool title. They've got 35 years of saving so many animals. And we love them."
Following the gala, McCartney posted a message on his Facebook page thanking "Beck and everyone else who helped us celebrate #PETA35 in Hollywood last night!" He also quipped in the note, "Sorry we didn't get around to playing 'Beck in the USSR,' 'Get Beck' or 'Paperbeck Writer.'"
The bash was hosted by Angelica Huston and Pamela Anderson, and also featured the presentation of awards to various celebs and activists who have for their contributions to specific animal-rights issues. Among the evenings honorees were Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, rapper RZA, comic Bill Maher and actors Alicia Silverstone, Jason Biggs, James Cromwell and Fred Willard.
Other stars who attended the party included Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Rob Zombie, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Kesha, Moby, songwriter Diane Warren, William H. Macy, George Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Kevin Nealon, Molly Shannon, Emily Deschanel, Paula Poundstone, Russell Simmons, Sela Ward, Seth Green, and Tony Hawk.