Myrna Suarez/WireImageBillyJoel just capped off a banner week by tying the knot.
The 66-year-old singer-songwriter married girlfriend Alexis Roderick, 33, Saturday at his Long Island, NY estate, according to US Weekly. By all accounts the ceremony was a surprise to the family and guests gathered for a Fourth of July celebration.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated the nuptials, while guests included comic actor Kevin James and Alexa Ray Joel, Billy's daughter with second wife Christie Brinkley, who posted her congratulations on Instagram, writing: "Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom.. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!"
James was also there last Wednesday night, when Joel performed his record 65th show at New York's Madison Square Garden, the most shows played there by any artist. James helped raise a banner commemorating the achievement.
Joel and Roderick, who's pregnant, began dating in 2009, right about the time Billy divorced his third wife, Katie Lee.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney muses on a variety of interesting topics in a new interview with the U.K. version of Esquire, including sharing his opinion on his old band The Beatles, whom he maintains were a phenomenon that the world likely won't see again.
The 73-year-old rock icon says part of the reason why The Beatles became such a sensation was the turbulent era during which they emerged, but he also insists that sheer talent played a bigger role.
"Let's not forgot, those four boys were f**king good," he declares. "You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses, who had what The Beatles had. [John] Lennon's skill, intelligence, acerbic wit, McCartney's melody, whatever he's got, [George] Harrison's spirituality, Ringo [Starr]'s spirit of fun, great drumming. We all played, which is pretty hard…[and we] wrote some pretty good stuff, our own material."
Sir Paul adds, "Could that happen again? I don't know. I wish people well but I have a feeling it couldn't."
In the interview, McCartney also admits that he used to feel resentful when people suggested that Lennon's contributions to the band far outshined those of the other members, noting that this was most prevalent in the years following Lennon's 1980 murder.
"When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John's a martyr. A JFK," says Paul. "So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was The Beatles.' And me, George and Ringo would go, 'Er, hang on. It's only a year ago we were all equal-ish.'"
McCartney also admits that he bristled when he read some comments Yoko Ono reportedly said in the press about him at the time.
"It said, 'Paul did nothing! All he did was book the studio," he recalls. "Like, 'F**k you, darling! Hang on!'…Well, OK, now people know that's not true. But that was just part of it. There was a lot of revisionism: John did this, John did that. I mean, if you just pull out all his great stuff and then stack it up against my not-so-great stuff, it's an easy case to make."
Meanwhile, McCartney admits that a reason he's been so comfortable with his immense fame is that he craves the positive attention his stardom has brought him.
"I have a joke with my daughter Mary," he explains to Esquire. "Sometimes I won't be in a great mood and we'll go somewhere and the people will be all over me and she'll turn to [my wife] Nancy and say, 'He likes a bit of adulation. It cheers him up,' and the thing is, yep, that is true. All my life I've been trying to win a school prize or trying to do OK in an exam or trying to get a good job. I've always been trying to do something where people go: you're good."
Greg Grudt/The Hollywood Bowl; Dave J. Hogan/Getty ImagesPeople will be gathering together across the U.S. to celebrate Independence Day, and as usual, some big-name music artists will help mark the occasion by playing concerts in various cities. Among those acts is Journey, who will be performing at the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, Utah.
The show, held annually at Brigham Young University's LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, features the biggest stadium fireworks display in the U.S. The patriotic-themed concert is part of the America's Freedom Festival, and is available for U.S. military members around the world to watch on the American Forces Network.
Journey guitarist Neal Schon tells ABC Radio he's thrilled to be playing the event, and promises that his band's set is "gonna be wicked."
Other famous music acts set to perform around the U.S. include The Rolling Stones, who will be rocking Indianapolis; The Beach Boys, who will be playing in Prior Lake, Minnesota; and Smokey Robinson, who will be performing at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Here's an alphabetical rundown of many of the veteran acts that will be playing Independence Day concerts across North America:
America -- Dundalk, MD, Dundalk Park The Beach Boys -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort Burton Cummings -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama The Doobie Brothers -- Blue Ash, OH, Red, White & Blue Ash The Family Stone -- Las Cruces, NM, Field of Dreams John Fogerty -- Dublin, OH, Dublin Coffman High School Football Stadium Foghat -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest Lou Gramm -- Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort The Grateful Dead, with Phish's Trey Anastasio and others -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field Sammy Hagar & the Circle -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Buddy Guy & More -- Washington, DC, Foo Fighters' 20th Anniversary Show - RFK Stadium Herman's Hermits, Gary Puckett, Gary Lewis -- Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino Journey -- Provo, UT, LaVell Edwards Stadium Barry Manilow, KC and the Sunshine Band -- Washington, DC, A Capitol Fourth Smokey Robinson -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl The Rolling Stones -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway James Taylor -- Lenox, MA, Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood Brian Wilson -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center 38 Special -- Flower Mound, TX, Bakersfield Park
Credit: A. StreiberWashington, D.C., will be boogying on July 4 when KC and the Sunshine Band hits the stage outside of the U.S. Capitol building to perform on PBS' annual Independence Day special, A Capitol Fourth. Frontman Harry Wayne Casey, aka KC, says he's thrilled to be taking part in the event, describing it as "one of those 'pinch me,' 'aha,' 'wow' moments."
The singer says his band will be playing a medley of three of its "major hits" during its slot, which will run seven minutes and 45 seconds.
"It's supposed to be with the symphony orchestra," he tells ABC Radio, "so I think it's gonna be amazing and it's gonna be a fun evening."
KC and the Sunshine Band are just one of a bevy of stars that will be performing at the 35th anniversary edition of the concert, which also will feature Barry Manilow, country stars Alabama and Hunter Hayes, singer/actress Nicole Scherzinger, classical pianist Lang Lang and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jack Everly. In addition, actor Robert Davi will deliver a Frank Sinatra tribute performance in honor of the late crooner's 100th birthday.
KC says he's excited about finally getting to take part in the event because he and his band have been invited "many, many" times before but were unable to accept because of various scheduling conflicts.
"I've always felt bad that we had to turn it down so many times," he admits, "so this year we actually get to be there."
As for what he's anticipating most about the show, KC says, "I'm just looking forward to being there, period." He adds, "It's all gonna go by so quickly and there's a lot of different artists on there, and I'm sure it's gonna be just a little chaotic, actually. But, you know, it's like doing any variety TV show, except this one's from the Capitol and it's celebrating our 239th anniversary and it's A Capitol Fourth. I mean, it's a huge show."
The special, which this year will be hosted by former West Wing star Bradley Whitford, will be topped off by a dazzling fireworks display. The hour-and-a-half show airs live at 8 p.m. ET on PBS, and also will be shown on the American Forces Network. An encore PBS screening will be broadcast immediately at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Credit: Seth HellmanThe official video for Steven Tyler's new single, "Love Is Your Name," premiered online Friday at the Aerosmith frontman's website and VEVO YouTube channel. The clip for the countrified tune features Tyler hanging on the porch of a rural shack before joining a bunch of hippified partygoers and fellow musicians around a down-home bonfire.
The video, which was shot mostly in the outskirts of Nashville by director Trey Fanjoy, also features an appearance by some of Steven's trademark scarves. The clip begins with a shot of a microphone stand with the colorful scarves hanging off of it on the stage of an empty venue. The multicolored accessories are seen again numerous times throughout the video, being dragged along the ground by a beautiful young woman who catches the rock legend's eye.
"Love Is Your Name" was released in May, and will appear on Tyler's upcoming debut solo album, which he's been working on with various collaborators in Nashville in recent months. Steven currently is on tour with Aerosmith, which will be on the road through an August 7 concert in Canton, Ohio. The singer recently told USA Today that he won't finish the project until after the trek winds down.
Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe core surviving members of The Grateful Dead will bring the group's long, strange trip to a close this weekend with a three-show stand at Chicago's Soldier Field that begins tonight. The band's brief Fare Thee Well Tour, which also included a pair of concerts last weekend in Santa Clara, California, features Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann performing alongside Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti of Weir's side group RatDog.
Fans who couldn't score tickets to the sold-out Chicago gigs still have plenty of options if they want to watch the shows live. All three shows will be simulcast live in various movie theaters and music venues across the U.S., and also will be available as a high-definition pay-per-view broadcast via satellite and cable providers, and on mobile devices. In addition, the concerts will be webcast at YouTube.com/Dead50. The YouTube stream, which is priced at $29.95 per show, can be viewed on almost any web-connected device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, Samsung and Panasonic smart TVs and Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and WiiU game systems.
In related news, a massive audio and video box set documenting the Chicago concerts called Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead is scheduled for release on November 20, and will be available exclusively through Dead.net. The package will feature 12 CDs and seven DVDs or Blu-ray discs, and also will include a bonus disc of behind-the-scenes footage shot by filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann, son of Bill Kreutzmann. Other smaller-sized versions of the Fare Thee Well collection also will be sold by a variety of retailers.
You can check out a complete guide to the Fare Thee Well festivities, including a rundown of the ways you can watch the July 3, 4 and 5 concerts, at Dead.net/50.
Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart has become the latest musician to be sued for copyright infringement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer is accused of copying an old blues song, "Corrine, Corrina," without permission.
The song was written by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon in 1928, and now the heirs of the Chatmon estate are suing Stewart over his similarly titled "Corrina, Corrina," which was included as a bonus track on his 2013 album Time. Universal Music and Capitol Records are also named in the suit.
The complaint claims that the two songs are "nearly identical" and "contain substantially similar defining compositional elements, including, but not limited to lyrics, melody, rhythm, tempo, meter, key, and title."
Many artists, including Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, have covered the blues song over the years, but it's unclear whether they made licensing payments.
Image Courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's OfficeNew details were revealed about the circumstances behind Journey drummer Deen Castronovo's recent arrests on a variety of charges, including first-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. The revelations came at Castronovo's arraignment appearance Tuesday in a Salem, Oregon, court.
Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician entered the court wearing a suicide smock and was formally arraigned on charges that also included multiple counts of assault, menacing and contempt of court, as well as individual counts of unlawful use of a weapon, coercion and second-degree criminal mischief.
Castronovo's legal troubles began on June 14, when he was arrested by Salem police after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute. He initially was charged with fourth-degree assault and menacing, but was released from custody the next day after posting a $20,000 bail bond.
According to the newspaper, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner revealed at the arraignment that police had to break down the door of Castronovo's home before his June 14 arrest. Gardiner also charged that in the weeks leading up to his arrest, the musician had thrown his alleged victim into a wall 14 times, pulled her hair and sexually and physically assaulted her. The deputy DA also alleged that after his release from jail, Castronovo sent 122 text messages and made 35 phone calls to the alleged victim, even though he'd been ordered by a judge not to contact her.
Gardiner also played voice mails Castronovo left for the woman in which he threatened to kill himself, threatened to hurt her and also apologized to her. He also pleaded for help from the police, screaming, "I'm sick and I need help!"
Castronovo's lawyer, meanwhile, claimed that Deen had overdosed on methamphetamine at the time he was arrested and had to be taken to a hospital before being brought to jail. The attorney also maintained that Castronovo had frequently given back to the local community, including making a charitable donation to a local high school's music program.
Marion County Circuit Judge Channing Bennett agreed with Gardner and ordered that Castronovo continued to be a risk to his alleged victim and ordered him to remain in jail without bail. According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, he's due back in court on July 7.
Credit: Todd V. WolfsonBobby Whitlock, the journeyman keyboardist who perhaps is best known for his stint with Eric Clapton's group Derek and the Dominos, has lined up a series of U.S. tour dates with his wife and longtime musical collaborator CoCo Carmel. The trek, an acoustic outing dubbed the Just Us Tour, will kick off on September 11 in Memphis, Tennessee, and is plotted out through an October 1 concert in Berwyn, Illinois.
Whitlock has released several albums with Carmel over the last decade or so, and also records as a solo artist. As a member of Derek and the Dominos, he wrote or co-wrote almost half the songs that are featured on the group's landmark 1970 record, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, including "Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad?"
Early in his career, Bobby was a member of the lauded American root-rock act Delaney & Bonnie, and his resume also includes appearances on such classic albums as Clapton's 1970 self-titled solo effort, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.
Here are all of Whitlock and Carmel's upcoming tour dates:
9/11 -- Memphis, TN, The Warehouse 9/12 -- Nashville TN, The City Winery 9/15 -- Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic 9/19 -- New York, NY, B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill 9/20 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre 9/22 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts 9/23 -- Somerville, MA, Johnny D's 9/26 -- Cleveland, OH, The Beachland Ballroom 9/27 -- Rochester, NY, The Lovin Cup 9/29 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag 10/1 -- Berwyn, IL, FitzGerald's
Al Pereira/WireImageBillyJoel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night.
He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist.
Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We love you Billy," the Pixels star said. "Let's have another 65!"
Billy's set list included covers of Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."
Here's the set list:
"Big Shot" "Anthony's Song" Kevin James appearance, banner raised "Patriotic Medley" "My Life" "Honesty" "The Entertainer" "Sleeping with the Television On" "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" "Allentown" "For the Longest Time" "Keeping the Faith" "C'était Toi (You Were the One)" "Don't Ask Me Why" "New York State of Mind" "Sometimes a Fantasy" "She's Always a Woman to Me" "River of Dreams" into "Summer in the City" back to "River of Dreams" "New York, New York" "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" "Piano Man"
Encore "We Didn't Start the Fire" "With a Little Help from My Friends" "Uptown Girl" "Still Rock and Roll to Me" "You May Be Right" "Only the Good Die Young" "Miami 2017"
Among the well-known musicians who will be on hand for the event are Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, lauded session drummer Jim Keltner and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette. Actor Ed Begley Jr., director David Lynch and a number of other as-yet-unannounced celebs also will be on hand.
In addition, indie-folk artists Spirit Family Reunion and Adam Arcuragi will be on hand to perform some of Ringo's songs live.
As has become tradition, Starr is inviting fans to flash the peace symbol and say or think about "peace and love" on July 7 at noon wherever they are in the world. You can also share "peace and love" messages online via various social media outlets by using the hashtag #PeaceandLove when the clock strikes noon in your time zone.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Moody Blues wound down their 2015 tour schedule with a June 27 performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, and now frontman Justin Hayward is turning his attention to his planned solo acoustic performances. The singer/guitarist has a previously announced U.S. trek scheduled to kick off on August 19 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and he recently tacked on more than a dozen dates that will see him on the road until late September.
The newly added shows run from a September 1 concert in Kent, Ohio, through a September 23 gig in Napa, California, and also include a two-night stand in Chicago and stops in Nashville; St. Louis; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Boulder, Colorado; and Oakland, California. The trek is billed as "An Intimate Evening with Justin Hayward: The Watching & Waiting Tour," and the concerts will feature an opening set by Hayward's backing guitarist Mike Dawes.
First up for Justin, however, is a series of U.K. shows mapped out from a concert tomorrow night, July 2, in Porthcawl through a July 13 performance in Truro.
In other news, Hayward recently debuted a new live video featuring him performing the 1971 Moody Blues hit "The Story on Your Eyes" with accompaniment from a string quartet. Watch the clip now by visiting JustinHaywardUnlock.com.
Here is a full list of Hayward's forthcoming solo U.S. dates:
8/19 -- Plymouth, NH, Flying Monkey 8/20 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall 8/21 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre 8/22 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall Hartford 8/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live 8/25 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center for the Arts 8/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest 8/27 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall 8/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 8/30 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center 9/1 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage 9/2 -- Canton, MI, The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill 9/4 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center 9/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 9/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 9/10 -- Nashville, TN, James K. Polk Theater 9/11 -- St. Louis, MO, The Sheldon Concert Hall 9/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater 9/14 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre 9/16 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater 9/19 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 9/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern 9/22 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's 9/23 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
Credit: Rob ShanahanFounding Yes bassist Chris Squire died Saturday at the age of 67 of a rare form of leukemia, and now his widow, Scotland, has come forward with some news to share regarding her late husband.
Scotland Squire reveals in a statement posted on YesWorld.com, "My best friend and the love of my life Chris Squire will be cremated today in Scottsdale, Arizona at 3:00 p.m. [6 p.m. ET]." She then quips, "However, knowing Chris, he might be running a bit late for the event; after all, he has always been the 'late ' Chris Squire."
Scotland goes on to request that, "at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix time, please take a moment to play your favorite Yes or Chris Squire song, or just think of your favorite Chris Squire memory."
Squire was the only member of Yes to play with every incarnation of the band since its 1969 formation.
Meanwhile, a bevy of new tributes have been added to the webpage Yes created to commemorate Squire's passing, including one from longtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe. Howe writes, "It's hard to imagine the future without Chris! I sense that he will be in our thoughts & minds for sometime…He was a one-off, larger than life human being, who brought a serious amount to everything he was part of…Long may his memory resonate through the lands."
Image Courtesy of Far Out ManagementThe Family Stone, the band consisting of three founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, has just released a new single titled "Do Yo Dance" that's available for purchase as a digital download via iTunes. The song is the first new music to feature the Sly and the Family Stone band mates -- saxophonist Jerry Martini, trumpet player Cynthia Robinson and drummer Greg Errico -- in 45 years.
"Do Yo Dance" is a funky, celebratory tune driven by the Family Stone horn section and reminiscent some of the group's classic songs recorded with original frontman Sly Stone. The Family Stone lineup includes new lead singer Phunne Stone, the daughter of Sly and Cynthia Robinson. Check out a clip of "Do Yo Dance" in a new promo video posted on YouTube.
As previously reported, The Family Stone is one of the acts taking part in the Hippiefest 2015 tour, which gets under way on July 9 in Tucson, Arizona. Other artists on the Hippiefest bills include Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Badfinger Featuring Joey Molland and Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera. The Family Stone's schedule also includes a few headlining gigs.
Here is the band's current itinerary; all shows Hippiefest tour dates unless otherwise noted:
7/3 -- Coachella, CA, Live @ Spotlight 29* 7/4 -- Las Cruses, NM, Field of Dreams* 7/9 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre 7/10 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa 7/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Crossroads KC at Grinders 7/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 7/18 -- Trumansburg, NY, Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival* 7/25 -- Akron, OH, Lock 3* 7/30 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC* 7/31 -- Hamden, CT, Hamden Art Series* 8/8 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel 8/12 -- Detroit, MI, Chene Park* 8/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, The Florida Theatre 8/14 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts 8/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 8/16 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live Theatre 8/20 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus 8/21 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent 8/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury 8/23 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 10/2 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall 10/3 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre 10/4 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
Image Courtesy of The Rolling StonesThe first-ever major exhibition focusing on The Rolling Stones will roll into London's renowned Saatchi Gallery in the spring of 2016. The exhibit, dubbed "Exhibitionism," will offer an in-depth look at the band's history and will featured nine themed sections spread across two full floors of the gallery.
The exhibition, which is being put together with the band's full cooperation, will offer a vast array of Stones memorabilia, including more than 500 previously unseen artifacts. The display will take fans on an interactive journey through the group's 50-plus-year career and will feature various instruments, unheard audio tracks and rare video clips, original posters and album art, personal diaries and correspondence, costumes, stage designs, film presentations and more. The exhibit also will salute the band's collaborations with numerous respected artists and filmmakers, including Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen, Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese.
"We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale," Mick Jagger says of the exhibition, which has been in the works for more than three years. "The process has been like planning our touring concert productions and I think that right now it's an interesting time to do it."
Adds Keith Richards, "While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about the members of the band. It's also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it's this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition really interesting."
"Exhibitionism" will open on April 5, 2016, and will run through September 4. Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, July 10, at 9 a.m. British Standard Time/4 a.m. ET, and can be purchased online at StonesExhibitionism.com.
Webster PRDue to popular demand, Dolly Parton has added a second show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, on August 1. Her first concert at the famous venue, on July 31, sold out very quickly after tickets went on sale earlier this month.
While proceeds from the original show are going to Nashville's W.O. Smith School of Music, Parton is donating funds from her August 1 performance to the Opry Trust Fund. The country music legend has been a Grand Ole Opry member since 1969, and she wanted to give back to the institution that has means so much to her.
Dolly says, "It's important to me to be able to do a concert for the Opry Trust Fund as so many of my old Opry friends have benefited from it through the years. The money raised will go to help fund the medical needs and hospitalization for those who are not able to afford it and need the help. I am proud to be of help in any way."
Tickets for Parton's August 1 concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium go on sale Thursday, July 2, at Ticketmaster.com and Ryman.com.
Credit: Greg VorobiovJohn Oates of Hall & Oates is among the stars who will serve as presenters during the National Music Council's 32nd annual American Eagle Awards, which will take place July 11 at Nashville's Music City Center. The honorees for this year's event include Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and late country-music video director Sherman Halsey.
The American Eagle Awards are presented to people and institutions that "have made comprehensive contributions to musical life in America." Other artists lined up as presenters at the event include Rosanne Cash and The Oak Ridge Boys.
The awards event is held in conjunction with the annual Summer NAMM Show, a popular music-equipment trade event. Among the previous American Eagle Award honorees are Richie Havens, Hal David, Stephen Sondheim, Clive Davis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Kenny Rogers, Peter Yarrow, Judy Collins and Paul Shaffer. The National Music Council, which was founded in 1940, was created as a forum for various music-related issues in the United States to be discussed.
Courtesy of Gathering of the VibesThe 20th anniversary edition of Gathering of the Vibes takes place this year from July 30 to August 2 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and festival co-founder Ken Hays says the event will be all the more special because it coincides with The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary. Hays, a devout Deadhead, helped create the festival in 1996 as a celebration of The Dead in the wake of frontman Jerry Garcia's death the previous year.
As Hays points out to ABC Radio, the 2015 installment of Gathering of the Vibes boasts quite a diverse lineup that includes Gregg Allman, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's new group Billy & the Kids, Wilco, Weezer, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ben Harper, Dweezil Zappa and his Zappa Plays Zappa project, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. That diversity, says Hays, is something of which Garcia undoubtedly would've approved.
"[We have] something for everybody, [while] still staying true to our roots," Hays maintains. "You know, Jerry Garcia loved all music...[so] the overwhelming theme is keeping that torch alive for Jerry."
Ken reports that Garcia's music and The Dead's half-century anniversary will be commemorated in various ways at the 2015 Gathering of the Vibes. He says Jerry's love of bluegrass will be celebrated during a set by progressive bluegrass act String Cheese Incident that will feature David Grisman and Peter Rowan, who both played in Garcia's bluegrass side project Old and In the Way. Hays also promises "a bunch of surprises" relating to The Dead during the fest.
Another exciting performance is scheduled to take place on the third day of the festival. Longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will team up with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and some other respected musicians under the moniker The Seaside All-Stars for a jam session that will commemorate the fest's 20th anniversary. A number of surprise guests also are expected to hit the stage during the set.
Meanwhile, Hays tells ABC Radio that a unique aspect of Gathering of the Vibes is how family friendly it is.
"Last year we had just about 2,300 kids under the age of 15 that came with their parents, and that's neat," he says. "We've got the School of Rock organization involved and a 'Kids' Corner' and a 'Teen Scene,' so it's really one of the most family-friendly festivals of its kind…And to have 25,000 like-minded people, you know, friends and family hanging out together, it's turned into a family reunion of sorts."
Hays also notes that another feature that makes the festival so enjoyable is its site, Seaside Park, which is hosting the event for the 10th year.
"It's two-and-a-half miles of waterfront and just an absolutely stunning venue 50 miles north of New York City," he points out.
Visit GatheringoftheVibes.com to buy tickets and find out complete details about the event. Hays tells ABC Radio that more additions to the festival's lineup may be announced soon.
Terry O'Neill & Trinifold ArchiveThe Who's new archival concert video, Live at Shea Stadium 1982, was released today as on DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray and as a digital download. The film captures the second of two historic shows the British rock legends played at the New York City ballpark in October of '82 while touring in support of their It's Hard album.
The video offers restored footage and newly mixed audio, and captures The Who playing a 25-song set that includes many classic songs, some selections from It's Hard and several lesser-known gems from earlier albums by the band. Among the memorable tunes the group performed were "I Can't Explain," "Baba O'Riley," "Who Are You," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Love Reign O'er Me" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." During the concert's finale, The Who also performed covers of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout" in honor of The Beatles' famous 1960s concerts at Shea.
The show, which took place on October 13, 1982, was part of The Who's last North American tour to feature drummer Kenney Jones, who took over for Keith Moon after Moon passed away in 1978.
You can watch a recently posted preview clip from Live at Shea Stadium 1982 of The Who playing "Behind Blue Eyes" at Eagle Rock TV's official YouTube channel.
Universal Music EnterprisesOn Tuesday, The Rolling Stones released a brand-new live album featuring select songs from the band's surprise warmup show for its current Zip Code Tour that was held May 20 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Sticky Fingers Live is available for purchase now as a digital download via iTunes, and features renditions of all 10 songs from The Stones' classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers that the band played at the intimate L.A. concert.
The album features the songs in the order that the rock legends performed them at the show, which was different from how they appear on the Sticky Fingers track list. The band also played six other non-Sticky Fingers tunes at the Fonda Theatre concert that aren't included on the live album, which was mixed by frequent Stones collaborator Bob Clearmountain.
In addition to serving as the unofficial kickoff date of The Rolling Stones' current tour, the L.A. gig helped to promote the remastered and expanded versions of Sticky Fingers, which were released in the U.S. on June 9. The Stones' next show takes place Wednesday, July 1, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek is mapped out through a July 15 concert in Quebec City.
Here is the full track list for Sticky Fingers Live:
"Sway" "Dead Flowers" "Wild Horses" "Sister Morphine" "You Gotta Move" "Bitch" "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" "I Got the Blues" "Moonlight Mile" "Brown Sugar"