David Redfern/RedfernsA new Roy Orbison biopic is currently in the works, and it has the blessing of the late rock legend's estate, according to Deadline.
Stand by Me writers Ray Gideon and Bruce Evans have been tapped to write the script for the film, to be titled The Big O: Roy Orbison. Orbison's surviving children, Alex Orbison and Roy Orbison, Jr., will co-produce, and Wesley Orbison will co-executive produce the film, chronicling a life filled with triumph and tragedy.
Alex Orbison told Deadline, "The movie will mirror a Roy Orbison song: having triumph and tragedy, sometimes losing the girl and sometimes getting the girl, and ending on a high note. Our father’s life story has an undeniably cinematic quality to it. We feel that the telling of it is in extraordinarily capable hands with Bruce and Ray and the overall team that will bring The Big O Finally to the screen.”
Orbison broke onto the charts in 1956 with "Ooby Dooby," and went on to score a number of hits, including “Crying,” “Only the Lonely” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.”
He suffered tragedy in the 1960s, when his wife Claudette died in a motorcycle crash, and sons Roy DeWayne Orbison and Anthony King Orbison died in a house fire.
Orbison's musical journey continued into the late 1980s, when he died of a heart attack at age 52.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJimmy Fallon welcomed Sting to The Tonight Show Wednesday, where they discussed his first rock album in 13 years, 57th & 9th, coming out November 11. Fallon also put Sting's vocal chops to use in a comedy bit called "First Textual Experience."
The segment usually features Jimmy and one of his guests reading embarrassing first text exchanges between guys and girls in a romantic setting, but with Sting in the house, Fallon thought they try singing them instead.
Earlier, the 64-year-old rocker explained the title of his new collection, 57th & 9th, which is a nod to an intersection the New York City resident passed every day while walking to the recording studio.
"I live on the Upper West Side and the studios I use are in Hell's Kitchen," he explained. "And every day I'd stop at this intersection, because the traffic's busy. So, it was a little way of reminding myself that I live in New York and I love the city."
Sting, who continues to draw huge audiences, recalled playing a show in Poughkeepsie, New York during the early days of his former band, The Police, in which they played for just three people. That didn't seem to make any difference to him and his partners Andy Summers and Stuart Copeland.
"They were in different parts of the theater...I said, 'Guys, just come down to the front.' and I introduced them to each other and the band, and we did our show and got five encores."
Sting and his band closed the show with a performance of "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," from the new album.
Roberto Panucci/Corbis via Getty ImagesBenedictCumberbatch had the opportunity to join a music legend on stage Wednesday.
The Doctor Strange star helped out David Gilmour during the former Pink Floyd member's concert at the famed Royal Albert Hall in London, singing part of "Comfortably Numb," off the Pink Floyd album The Wall.
Photos and video of the performance quickly made its way onto social media.
Gilmour is currently in the middle of a five-show run at the Royal Albert Hall.
Credit: Jay BlakesbergNeil Young launches a series of fall U.S. concerts this Friday and Saturday with shows in Telluride, Colorado, marking the first time he's ever played in the city. The folk-rock legend will be accompanied at the gigs by Promise of the Real, the young rock group fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas that's served as Neil's backing band since 2015.
Young tells ABC Radio that he and Promise of the Real love performing together, and he says that it's the most versatile backing band he's ever had.
"They know more of my songs than…all the other bands combined…and can play more variety with authority and no fear," declares Neil. "They can play songs from…any album I've ever made with just as much sincerity and technical expertise as anybody I've ever played with, and yet they can also play the songs that I did with Crazy Horse in a way that is not an imitation of Crazy Horse."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that another aspect he loves about of the band is its openness to improvisation.
"[They're] exploratory, ready to go anywhere, ready to do anything, instantly," says Young. "So it's very refreshing and fulfilling to play with them."
Young's fall itinerary also includes October 22 and 23 appearances at his annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, California, and October 8 and 15 performances at the star-packed Desert Trip festival in Indio, California.
At Desert Trip, Young and Promise for the Real will be opening for Paul McCartney. Asked whether he and the ex-Beatles star might hit the stage together during the shows, Neil says he isn't sure.
"We've done things together [occasionally]," he tells ABC Radio, "so we'll see what happens."
Here are all of Young's upcoming concert appearances with Promise of the Real:
9/30 -- Telluride, CO, Town Park 10/1 -- Telluride, CO, Town Park 10/3 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Botanical Garden 10/4 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 10/6 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater 10/8 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Club 10/12 -- Pomona, CA, Fox Theater Pomona 10/13 -- Pomona, CA, Fox Theater Pomona 10/15 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Club 10/22 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/23 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Courtesy of Walden Woods ProjectThe Eagles' Don Henley was in Concord, Massachusetts, on Tuesday to participate in the opening ceremony for a new Visitor Center at Walden Pond, the historic nature sanctuary immortalized by 19th century writer/philosopher Henry David Thoreau.
The center is an environmentally sustainable facility that will host informative exhibits for the half-million people who visit Walden Pond annually.
Henley is the founder of the Walden Woods Project, a conservation group that helps protect and preserve the land surrounding Walden Pond. At the ceremony, a new partnership between the project and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation was announced that will support the stewardship of Walden Pond.
Henley said in a statement that the collaboration also will "keep Thoreau's legacy alive for future generations." He explained that visitors to the new center will get to interact with interpretive exhibits; will be introduced to Thoreau's philosophy, which invites people "to consider what constitutes good citizenship and leading a purposeful life"; and will be offered "avenues to reflect on some of the most compelling issues of our time."
Joining Henley at the ceremony were a number of Massachusetts officials, including State Senator Michael Barrett, State Representative Cory Atkins, and Leo P. Roy, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
In other news, Henley recently commented in an interview with the Montreal Gazette that he might one day consider an Eagles reunion if Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, would be agreeable to filling in for his late dad.
"Glenn has a son who can sing and play quite well. And one of the only things that would make sense to me is if it were his son," Henley told the newspaper. "But there have been no discussions along those lines, and we're still going through the healing process."
RhinoThis November marks the 40th anniversary of The Band's star-studded farewell concert, The Last Waltz, and to commemorate the milestone, four special releases featuring audio and video footage from the show will hit stores soon.
A four-CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition package, a six-LP Deluxe Edition Vinyl collection and a two-CD set will be released on November 11, while a four-CD/two-Blu-ray Collector's Edition will arrive on December 9.
The Last Waltz concert took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The show marked the final live performance of The Band's original lineup -- Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson -- and featured an astounding lineup of guest musicians, including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Ronnie Wood and Ringo Starr. The event was filmed for a famous 1978 concert film and documentary that was directed by Martin Scorsese.
The Last Waltz's Deluxe Edition will feature a remastered version of the original two-disc soundtrack, bonus audio outtakes and rehearsal performances and a Blu-ray containing the film. The deluxe vinyl package will include six 180-gram LPs featuring the remastered soundtrack and the bonus audio content. The two-CD collection simply will feature the remastered soundtrack.
The Collector's Edition contains the same CDs and Blu-ray disc featured in the Deluxe Edition, plus an extra Blu-ray that includes a rare 1990s interview with Scorsese and Robertson, a photo gallery and 5.1 audio mix of the Last Waltz soundtrack. It also boasts a 300-page book featuring a a replica of the director's Last Waltz shooting script, previously unseen photos, set sketches and a Scorsese-penned foreword and more.
Check out the track list of The Last Waltz's 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition at Rhino.com.
Legacy RecordingsDavid Bowie may be gone, but his legacy will live on, thanks to his music. And now, a new Bowie compilation titled Legacy, gathering the influential singer's best-loved singles, will be released on November 11 as a single CD and a two-CD set.
The single-CD anthology features 20 tracks, spanning from Bowie's first hit single, "A Space Oddity," through 2016's "Lazarus," from his final studio album, Blackstar. The two-CD edition of Legacy delves deeper into David's catalog, with a total of 40 songs.
Both versions of Legacy feature a previously unreleased mix of Bowie's 1971 single "Life on Mars?" that was created this year by the tune's original producer, Ken Scott. Other well-known songs on the compilations include "Let's Dance," "Changes," "Ziggy Stardust," "Rebel Rebel," "Young Americans," "Modern Love," "Fame," "Heroes," and Bowie's classic collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure."
In addition, a two-LP vinyl edition of Legacy, featuring most of the same 20 tracks that appear on the single-CD version, will be released January 7, 2017.
Here's the track listing for the single-CD version of Legacy:
"Let's Dance" (single version) "Ashes to Ashes" (single version) "Under Pressure -- Queen & David Bowie "Life on Mars?" (2016 mix) "Changes" "The Man Who Sold the World" "Space Oddity" "Starman" (original single mix) "Ziggy Stardust" "The Jean Genie" (original single mix) "Rebel Rebel" "Young Americans" (original single edit) "Golden Years" (single version) "Modern Love" (single version) "China Girl" (single version) "Fame" "Sound and Vision" "'Heroes'" (single version) "Where Are We Now?" "Lazarus" (radio edit)
And here's the two-CD edition's track listing:
CD 1 "Space Oddity" "The Man Who Sold the World" "Changes" "Oh! You Pretty Things" "Life on Mars?" (2016 mix) "Starman" (original single mix) "Ziggy Stardust" "Moonage Daydream" "The Jean Genie" (original single mix) "All the Young Dudes" "Drive-In Saturday" "Sorrow" "Rebel Rebel" "Young Americans" (original single edit) "Fame" "Golden Years" (single version) "Sound and Vision" "'Heroes'" (single version) "Boys Keep Swinging" "Fashion" (single version) "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
CD 2 "Under Pressure -- Queen & David Bowie "Let's Dance" (single version) "China Girl" (single version) "Modern Love" (single version) "Blue Jean" "This Is Not America" -- with The Pat Metheny Group "Dancing in the Street" -- David Bowie & Mick Jagger "Absolute Beginners" (edit) "Jump They Say" (radio edit) "Hallo Spaceboy" (PSB Remix) -- with The Pet Shop Boys "Little Wonder" (edit) "I'm Afraid of Americans" (Version 1) (clean edit) "Thursday's Child" (radio edit) "Slow Burn" (radio edit) "Everyone Says 'Hi'" (edit) "New Killer Star" (radio edit) "Where Are We Now?" "Lazarus" (radio edit) "I Can't Give Everything Away" (radio edit)
Credit: Neal PrestonTom Petty has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and next he'll receive another prestigious honor, when he's recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year. The veteran rocker will be celebrated at a gala event in Los Angeles Friday, February 10, two days before the 59th annual Grammy Awards are held at L.A.'s STAPLES Center.
Petty will be recognized for his musical accomplishments -- including his work with his band The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist -- as well as his strong support for artists' rights and his charitable endeavors, which often have focused on aiding the homeless community in the L.A. area.
"I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year," says Petty in a statement. "I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry. I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations."
The 27th annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala will feature a star-studded tribute concert saluting Petty, along with a reception, dinner, silent auction and award presentation. The event will benefit the MusiCares Foundation, which provides medical, financial and personal assistance to musicians in need.
Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares Foundation, says of Petty, "Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go. His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree."
Credit: Rick DiamondStyx has enjoyed a long relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the veteran rockers will continue that partnership this Sunday, October 2, when they perform the national anthem prior at the NFL team's home game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The game, which will take place at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, will be televised live on NBC's Sunday Night Football starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
In addition, Styx has dedicated its concert at Benedum Theatre in Pittsburgh this Saturday to retired Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month. Greene, who plans to attend the Styx show, will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring during a halftime ceremony at the Steelers game on Sunday.
Styx's association with the Steelers dates back more than a decade, when the team adopted the band's classic tune "Renegade" as its unofficial theme song. Since then, the group has played the national anthem numerous time at Steelers games.
Founding Styx guitarist James "JY" Young recalls that he and his band mates first met Greene in 2001 when the group performed at the Super Bowl.
"We were impressed with Kevin's football career as well as the fact that he is a huge STYX fan from Southern Illinois," says Young. "We're profoundly honored to be a part of the Pittsburgh tradition of celebrating their Hall of Fame inductees, especially this time as Kevin is being inducted. He's a great guy, friend and football player."
Styx has about 20 dates left on its 2016 tour itinerary and, as previously reported, the band will team up with ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder this January for a five-date Las Vegas engagement at the Venetian hotel and casino.
Credit: Ed MilesLed Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has announced that he will take part in the upcoming Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour, an 11-city U.S. fall trek that will help raise awareness about the worldwide refugee crisis. Plant will appear at the final seven shows of the tour, which kicks off October 6 in Boulder, Colorado, and runs through an October 21 performance in Washington, D.C.
Performing at all of the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees shows will be Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids. Griffin and Miller collaborated with Plant on his 2010 solo album Band of Joy, and also toured with him in support of that record.
In a message on his official website, Plant explains that he decided to take a break from recording a new album with his current group The Sensational Space Shifters "to be a part of this very important and worthwhile cause."
He adds, "When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated…I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without."
The rock legend also points out that he only be singing two or three songs at each of the concerts at which he appears.
The Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees tour is named after an Italian island that serves as a waypoint for refugees seeking asylum in Europe. Visit JRSUSA.org for more information.
Here is the full list of dates for the trek:
10/6 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater 10/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 10/9 -- Lincoln, NE, Rococo Theater 10/11 -- St. Louis, MO, Sheldon Concert Hall 10/12 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater* 10/13 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theater* 10/14 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall* 10/16 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center* 10/18 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall* 10/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater* 10/21 -- Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium*
Motown RecordsOne of Stevie Wonder's most celebrated albums, Songs in the Key of Life, turns 40 years old on Wednesday.
The 18th album from the decorated artist was released by Motown Records in 1976 and features some of Wonder's most memorable tracks, including "I Wish," "Isn't She Lovely" and "Sir Duke."
In October 1976, Songs in the Key of Life shot to number one on the Billboard 200 and spent a total of 82 weeks on the chart.
The album won two Grammy Awards in 1977 -- one for Album of the Year and another for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Songs in the Key of Life was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2005. In 2014 and 2015, Wonder showcased the album during a popular North American tour.
Credit: Jill FurmanovskyThe Pretenders have unveiled an official video for "Holy Commotion," a new song that will be featured on the band's forthcoming album, Alone. The partly animated clip stars frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced and played multiple instruments on the album.
The video, which can be viewed at The Pretenders' official YouTube channel, was directed and animated by Luca Monterosso Whittmann. It features footage of Hynde and Auerbach at the latter musician's Nashville studio, along with clips of various instruments and pieces of equipment at the facility, enhanced by a variety of cartoon doodles and lyrical snippets of the song.
Musically, "Holy Commotion" combines a soulful '60s girl-group sound with some '80s synth-pop elements.
Alone initially was intended to be the follow-up to Hynde's 2014 solo debut, Stockholm, but she decided while working on the project that the songs should be released under the Pretenders moniker. The band's last studio effort, Break Up the Concrete, came out in 2008.
As previously reported, The Pretenders will be supporting Stevie Nicks on the Fleetwood Mac singer's fall North American solo tour, which kicks off October 25 in Phoenix. The band also has announced a series of headlining dates that will take place on off nights during the Nicks trek. Tickets for the headlining gigs will go on sale to the public this Friday, September 30. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. local time via ThePretenders.com.
Here are all of The Pretenders' upcoming tour dates; with Stevie Nicks unless otherwise noted:
10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena 10/27 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 10/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 10/30 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 10/31 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater* 11/2 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 11/4 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 11/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena 11/7 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 11/10 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena 11/12 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 11/13 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center* 11/14 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center 11/15 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 11/17 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater* 11/19 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 11/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 11/25 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 11/26 -- Akron, OH, EJ Thomas Hall* 11/27 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre 12/1 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 12/3 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 12/5 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 12/6 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 12/9 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Center 12/11 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 12/12 -- Portland, OR, Roseland* 12/13 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 12/14 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 12/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre 12/18 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesTickets for the Dance On 'Til Dawn dance party event -- in remembrance of Prince -- are now on sale.
The three-night affair "celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince" is being held in conjunction with the sold-out Prince tribute concert taking place on October 13 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
As of now, it's known that a DJ, a live band and special VIP guests will attend. Past touring band members Andre Cymone and Liv Warfield, along with one of Prince's former protégées, Judith Hill, are scheduled to appear, according to the TwinCities Pioneer Press.
Dance On 'Til Dawn will take place October 12 to 14 at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale now.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentHavana Moon, the new concert film documenting The Rolling Stones' historic free show in Havana, Cuba, that took place this past March, debuted recently as a one-night-only screening event in a variety of countries. Now, fans in the U.S. -- and elsewhere -- will be able to enjoy the movie in the privacy of their own home, when the flick is released in multiple formats and configurations November 11.
Havana Moon will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, as a multiple-disc package featuring either a DVD or Blu-ray along with a two-CD companion album, and as a digital download. In addition, a DVD/three-LP vinyl set will be sold, as will a special Deluxe Edition of the release.
The Rolling Stones' free Havana show was held this year on Good Friday, March 26, in front of hundreds of thousands of music lovers. Among the many classic songs the British rock legends played were "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Paint It Black," "Sympathy for the Devil," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
The movie was shot in high-definition and was directed by Paul Dugdale, the same filmmaker behind the recent documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America.
Here's the full track list of Havana Moon:
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" "Out of Control" "Angie" "Paint It Black" "Honky Tonk Women" "You Got the Silver" "Midnight Rambler" "Gimme Shelter" "Sympathy for the Devil" "Brown Sugar" "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Legacy RecordingsCall it "Highway '66 Revisited"! A gargantuan box set featuring every known live recording from Bob Dylan's historic 1966 world tour will be released on November 11. Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings contains 36 CDs including full-length performances that the folk-rock legend gave in various cities in the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, mainland Europe and Australia.
The recordings, which have been meticulously restored, come from three main sources -- soundboards, audience tapes and CBS Records' mobile recordings. The majority of the material included in the collection is previously unreleased.
Dylan's 1966 tour came at a volatile and prolific time in the lauded singer/songwriter's career, during which a segment of his fan base regularly would express its displeasure over his decision to incorporate electric instruments into his music. Bob's band for the shows included most of the musicians who would later make up The Band -- guitarist Robbie Robertson, bassist Rick Danko and keyboardists Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel.
Legacy Recordings president Adam Block says the idea to put together The 1966 Live Recordings came about while doing research for last year's The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 box set, which delves into Dylan's mid-'60s studio sessions.
"We were continually struck by how great his 1966 live recordings really are," explains Block. "The intensity of Bob's live performances and his fantastic delivery of these songs in concert add another insightful component in understanding and appreciating the musical revolution Bob Dylan ignited some 50 years ago."
In conjunction with The 1966 Live Recordings collection, an album titled The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert that focuses solely on Dylan's May 26, 1966, concert at the famous London venue will be released as a two-CD set on December 2 and a two-LP vinyl package on November 26.
Here's a full list of the discs featured on the box set:
Disc 1 -- Sydney, Australia, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia) Disc 2 -- Sydney, Australia, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia) Disc 3 -- Melbourne, Australia, April 20, 1966 (Soundboard/unknown broadcast) Disc 4 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, May 1, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 5 -- Dublin, Ireland, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 6 -- Dublin, Ireland, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 7 -- Belfast, U.K., May 6, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 8 -- Belfast, U.K., May 6, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 9 -- Bristol, U.K., May 10, 1966 (Soundboard/audience) Disc 10 -- Bristol, U.K., May 10, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 11 -- Cardiff, U.K., May 11, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 12 -- Birmingham, U.K., May 12, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 13 -- Birmingham, U.K., May 12, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 14 -- Liverpool, U.K., May 14, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 15 -- Leicester, U.K., May 15, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 16 -- Leicester, U.K., May 15, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 17 -- Sheffield, U.K., May 16, 1966 (CBS Records recording) Disc 18 -- Sheffield, U.K., May 16, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 19 -- Manchester, U.K., May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording) Disc 20 -- Manchester, U.K., May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording except Soundcheck/Soundboard) Disc 21 -- Glasgow, U.K., May 19, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 22 -- Edinburgh, U.K., May 20, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 23 -- Edinburgh, U.K., May 20, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 24 -- Newcastle, U.K., May 21, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 25 -- Newcastle, U.K., May 21, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 26 -- Paris, France, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 27 -- Paris, France, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard) Disc 28 -- London, U.K., May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording) Disc 29 -- London, U.K., May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording) Disc 30 -- London, U.K., May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recording) Disc 31 -- London, U.K., May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recordings) Disc 32 -- White Plains, NY, February 5, 1966 (Audience tape) Disc 33 -- Pittsburgh, PA, February 6, 1966 (Audience tape) Disc 34 -- Hempstead, NY, February 26, 1966 (Audience tape) Disc 35 -- Melbourne, Australia, April 19, 1966 (Audience tape) Disc 36 -- Stockholm, Sweden, April 29, 1966 (Audience tape)
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is no stranger to the London theater world, having written music for West End shows like Billy Elliot, and now he'll be helping honor some of theater's best when he co-hosts the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Sponsored by British newspaper the Evening Standard, the annual ceremony has been held for the past 62 years, honoring outstanding achievement in London theater, from small productions to major West End shows.
This year's ceremony will be held on November 13 at London's Old Vic theater. Sir Elton will co-host the affair with the Standard's owner, Evgeny Lebedev.
"The London stage has nurtured and given a creative voice for many, many talented individuals and it's such a great honor for me to co-host these illustrious Theatre Awards at The Old Vic this year," says Elton in a statement to the paper.
By the way, Billy Elliot the Musical won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for best musical in 2005.
Simon & SchusterBruce Springsteen fans will get to read the New Jersey rock legend's life story in his own words starting today, when the Boss' memoir, Born to Run, gets its release. The 528-page tome covers the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life and career from his early days growing up in Freehold, New Jersey, through the rise of The E Street Band and on to the present day.
In a promo video posted recently on Springsteen's official YouTube channel, Bruce explained how working on the book was different from writing songs.
"When you're writing musically, you have that guitar, you have the rhythm that condenses time, and you can say an awful lot with just a brief line or two lines or three lines," he maintains. "Part of the freedom of the book, it allows you to delve into great detail but, once again, it still has to be musical and it still has to flow and move in a way that keeps the reader interested."
In the same clip, the Boss reads a segment of the book in which he discusses some of the images and artists that inspired his songwriting.
"I wanted to use the classic rock 'n' roll images -- the road, the car, the girl. What else is there?" he says. "It was a language enshrined by Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, Hank Williams and every lost highwayman going back to the invention of the wheel."
As previously reported, Bruce also has lined up a series of special appearances to promote the Born to Run book, starting today at noon ET at a Barnes & Noble store in his hometown of Freehold.
Here the full list of Springsteen's book-tour stops:
9/27 -- Freehold, NJ, Barnes & Noble 9/28 -- New York, NY, Barnes & Noble Union Square (at 12 p.m. ET) 9/28 -- New York, NY, Apple Soho (at 7 p.m. ET) 9/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Free Library of Philadelphia 10/1 -- Seattle, WA, Elliott Bay Book Company 10/3 -- Los Angeles, CA, Barnes & Noble at The Grove 10/4 -- Portland, OR, Powell’s City of Books 10/5 -- San Francisco, CA, City Arts & Lectures 10/7 -- New York, NY, The New Yorker Festival 10/10 -- Cambridge, MA, The Harvard Coop
Jo Hale/Getty Images; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicLed Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Def Leppard's Joe Elliotthave joined the lineup of the 2016 edition of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, which for the first time ever will be held in Tokyo. The awards show will take place on November 11 at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, which is considered the spiritual home of sumo wrestling.
The event, which is organized by U.K. magazine Classic Rock, also will feature previously announced appearances by Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, and ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his current collaborator and girlfriend, Orianthi.
Beck will be presented with the evening's highest honor, and will be giving a special performance with a one-off backing band featuring Stone Temple Pilots' Dean and Robert DeLeo, Alice Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen and Korn drummer Ray Luzier.
Billy Anderson, chief executive of Classic Rock parent company TeamRock, says, "Rock musicians don't come much more 'classic' than Jimmy Page and to have him and Jeff Beck -- two masters of their trade -- together at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour in Tokyo will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience." Anderson adds that Elliott "is an international rock icon and we are thrilled that he will be there with us in Japan."
Nominees for this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards include David Gilmour, Def Leppard, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac, Queen and The Ramones.
ABC/Richard CartwrightWho singer Roger Daltrey and his wife, Heather, are preparing to sell an assortment of unique 19th century collectibles at an auction taking place this week in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Daltreys' collection of seven French-made automata -- that is, mechanical figures and dioramas depicting various characters and scenes -- will go on the block Wednesday at the Lyon and Turnbull auction house.
The items are estimated to fetch collectively as much as 52,500 pounds, or about $68,000. The automaton expected to sell for the highest price -- between 12,000 and 18,000 pounds, or about $15,600 to $23,300 -- is a mechanized model depicting the clown character Pierrot playing a lute while sitting on a crescent moon. The clown figure strums the lute and sticks his tongue in and out, while the moon blinks its eye and moves its mouth.
Among the other automata that the rock legend and his wife are auctioning is a male figure playing a mandolin, a model of an Asian woman who sips tea while twirling a parasol, and a glass-encased diorama depicting a waterside scene featuring a mill and a small sailboat.
In a promotional video, Lyon and Turnbull specialist Douglas Girton says the Daltreys' automata collection is a highlight of the upcoming auction. In the clip, Girton explains that the mechanized collectibles were all made by respected artisans from France's "Golden Age of Automata," while noting that it's rare for multiple automata to be auctioned at the same time.
"What is so exciting about this collection is not only the breadth of it, but also the condition," says Girton, "providing the people who are interested in this a real chance to observe this really unique French art of the late 19th century in one sale."
Goldenlane RecordsA new box set featuring the recordings Ike & Tina Turner made for the Pompeii Records label in 1968 and 1969 has just been released. The Complete Pompeii Recordings 1968-1969 is three-CD collection that includes the famed soul duo's 1968 album So Fine and the 1969 release Cussin', Cryin' and Carryin' On, as well as A Black Man's Soul, a 1969 record that Ike made with his backing group The Kings of Rhythm.
The compilation features 33 tracks, including the 1968 single "So Fine," and covers of such tunes as "Shake a Tail Feather" and "Poor Little Fool." Each disc is packaged in a sleeve replicating the artwork of the original albums.
Here's the full track list of The Complete Pompeii Recordings 1968-1969:
Disc 1 "Bet'cha Can't Kiss Me (Just One Time)" "Ain't Nobody's Business" "It Sho Ain't Me" "Too Hot to Hold" "A Fool In Love" "I Better Get ta Steppin'" "Shake a Tail Feather" "So Fine" "We Need an Understanding" "You're So Fine"
Disc 2 "Cussin', Cryin' and Carryin' On" "Poor Little Fool" "So Blue over You" "Nothing You Can Do Boy (To Change My Way)" "I'm Fed Up" "You Got What You Wanted" "Make 'Em Wait" "Beauty Is Just Skin Deep" "Thinking Black" "Black Beauty" "I Better Get ta Steppin'"