Images Courtesy of Ross HalfinIt's been a tough summer for ZZ Top's Dusty Hill. Last month, the 65-year-old bassist needed a kidney stone operation, which caused his band to cancel six headlining dates, and now he's suffered a hip injury that's forcing the postponement of the Texas trio's remaining appearances on its joint tour with Jeff Beck.
According to a message on PalaceNet.com, the official website of the Detroit area's DTE Energy Music Theatre, where ZZ Top and Beck had been scheduled to perform on Wednesday, Hill injured his hip the previous night when he slipped and fell on his band's tour bus. The note adds that Dusty's injury "requires immediate attention," and explains that "ZZ Top performance dates have been temporarily suspended while he recovers."
The message points out that the affected shows "include all of the scheduled concert bills [ZZ Top shares] with Jeff Beck through September 13." However, Beck has announced that he still will play three dates on his own -- this Friday in Salamanca, New York; Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Sunday in Mashantucket, Connecticut. In addition, fans who have tickets for all shows from September 6 through September 13 are asked to hold on to them "pending the possibility of rescheduling these concerts."
"While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery," Jeff says in a statement.
ZZ Top also is slated to begin a U.S. fall headlining tour on September 25 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, but it's not clear if any of those shows are in jeopardy of cancellation too.
Here is a list of ZZ Top and Jeff Beck dates affected by postponements:
8/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 8/28 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia *8/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino *8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Concert Venue at Harrah's *8/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods 9/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 9/3 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion 9/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater 9/6 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 9/7 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater 9/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater 9/10 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater 9/12 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 9/13 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
CBS Photography 1964; Business WireMore than 50 years since The Beatles first captivated the U.S. with their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Fab Four have been crowned the most popular music act in the country, at least according to a new Harris Poll.
The British rock icons beat out Elvis Presley to top the tally, which was based on an online poll conducted last month that asked the question, "Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?" More than 2,300 people aged 18 and over took part in the poll.
Other veteran artists who also made the list include Led Zeppelin, who landed at #4, and Neil Diamond and The Eagles, who were tied at #7 with Celine Dion and Garth Brooks.
When the same poll was last conducted in 2010, The Beatles and Elvis tied for third place, while Dion took the top spot in front of #2 U2, who didn't even make it into the top 10 this year.
Breaking down the poll demographically, we find that more men cited The Beatles as their favorite band, while women chose pop/R&B superstar Beyoncé. Among younger fans aged 18-37, it's Beyoncé, while Gen-Xers aged 38 to 49 say Metallica is their top group. Baby Boomers, aged 50-68, choose The Beatles, while those 69 and over say country legend Willie Nelson is their favorite.
When it comes to politics, there's one thing on which all parties can agree: When asked to name their favorite musical acts, Republicans, Democrats and Independents all chose The Beatles, while Republicans also picked Nelson, and Democrats also chose young pop star Bruno Mars. East Coast and West Coast respondents, as well as Southerners, chose the Fab Four as well, while Midwesterners voted Mars as their #1 pick.
Here is the full top 10 list for the favorite singer/musician or band in the U.S.:
1. Beatles 2. Elvis Presley 3. Beyoncé 4. Led Zepplin 5. George Strait 6. Bruno Mars 7. Neil Diamond 7. Eagles 7. Celine Dion 7. Garth Brooks
Image Courtesy of eOne MusicThe new solo album by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley debuted at #9 on the Billboard album chart this week, giving the founding KISS guitarist his highest charting solo album ever. It's also his first top 10 solo record.
Frehley's Space Invader, bowed at #9 with 19,000 copies sold, surpassing the #26 peak of his self-titled 1978 debut that was one of four simultaneously released solo albums by KISS members, according to the publication. The Space Ace's album also scored the highest charting position of any KISS solo album ever.
Ace finds himself looking up at another debut this week. An all-star country salute to Motley Crue, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue debuts at #5 with 31,000 copies sold.
Concord Music Group/MPL CommunicationsIf you're a Paul McCartney fan, you'll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on the recently announced reissues of the classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound. The U.S. release date for the latest installments of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection has been pushed back from September 23 to November 4.
A message on McCartney's official website blames "production issues" for the delay. Sir Paul is personally overseeing all aspects of the packages.
Originally released in 1975 and 1976, respectively, Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound both reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The remastered albums will be available in multiple formats, including a two-CD Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition featuring two CDs and a DVD, a vinyl set packaged with a download card, and digital versions of both the Standard and Deluxe Editions.
The three-disc versions of Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound both will feature a bonus CD with demo recordings and previously unreleased tracks, as well as a DVD containing footage filmed around the time of each album's release, some of which hasn't been seen before. The Deluxe Editions' packaging will include a hardbound book offering rare photos, new interviews with McCartney, in-depth information about the albums and a variety of archival material.
Columbia RecordsBob Dylan has confirmed he'll be bringing his "Never Ending Tour" back to North America for a fall leg. The 31-date trek will get underway with a three-show engagement, October 17-19, at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and also will include multiple-night stands in Los Angeles; Oakland, California; Minneapolis; Chicago; Toronto; Philadelphia; and New York City.
The tour will wrap up with four concerts at New York's Beacon Theatre that are scheduled for November 28 and 29, and December 1 and 2. Tickets for most of Dylan's new stateside shows will go on September 5. Visit BobDylan.com for more details.
Dylan and his backing band currently are playing a series of Australian concerts. The overseas outing will wind down with a September 10 performance in Christchurch, New Zealand.
News of the tour follows Tuesday's announcement that Dylan will release a deluxe six-disc set on November 4 featuring recordings from his historic 1967 "Basement Tapes" sessions with The Band as the 11th volume of the folk-rock great's Bootleg Series. Two-CD and three-LP versions of the collection also will be available the same day. RollingStone.com currently is hosting an exclusive stream of one track that appears on The Basement Tapes Complete, an alternate version of the song "Odds and Ends."
Here are Dylan's confirmed upcoming North American tour dates:
10/17 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 10/18 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 10/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 10/21 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium 10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre 10/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre 10/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre 10/28 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre 10/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre 10/30 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre 11/1 -- Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre 11/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater 11/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater 11/6 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater 11/8 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre 11/9 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre 11/10 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre 11/12 -- Cleveland, OH, State Theatre 11/14 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre 11/15 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center 11/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center 11/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center 11/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music 11/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music 11/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music 11/25 -- Washington, DC, DAR Constitution Hall 11/26 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center 11/28 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre 11/29 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre 12/1 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre 12/2 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
Image Courtesy of Doobie BrothersFounding Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons and his wife, Cris, are planning to go rockin' down the highway together on their vintage motorcycles throughout most of September. The couple will be participating in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014, a coast-to-coast event that begins September 5 in Daytona Beach, Florida, and will take them on a 4,100-mile journey ending September 21 in Tacoma, Washington.
Cris Simmons will be raising funds for the Stand Up to Cancer charity during the ride in honor of her and Patrick's son, Pat Jr., who was treated for testicular cancer in 2013 and now is free of the disease. Cris, incidentally, is an acclaimed motorcyclist who's a member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run was first run in 2010 and has been held every other year since. It currently showcases restored motorcycles that were originally built before 1935. Cris previously took part in the 2010 edition of the race, at which she was the only U.S. woman out of the 45 participants.
Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD during this year's race, while his wife will be on a 1934 Harley-Davidson nicknamed "Buddy" after its former owner, famed Hollywood stuntman Bud Ekins. "Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it 'someday,'" explains Cris.
The Doobie Brothers have had a very busy tour schedule this year, although the band will be taking a break for most of September, allowing Patrick the time to hit the road on his Harley. As previously reported, the group will be releasing a new studio album, Southbound, on November 4 that features duets with a variety of major country stars, as well as contributions from former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald.
Image Courtesy of Eddie WolflStevie Wonder will be honored with the inaugural Epitome of Soul Award at an October 11 event held at the Cannon Center of the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee. The Motown legend will be presented with the award by The Consortium MMT, a Memphis-based non-profit organization that seeks to develop the city as a music-industry hub.
The Memphis Business Journal reports that Wonder will perform at the event, and will be accompanied for part of the show by a number of as-yet-unannounced artists.
In related news, The Consortium MMT is planning to launch an annual soul music festival next year that would include the presentation of the next Epitome of Soul Award.
Consortium founder and renowned Memphis songwriter David Porter says, "There's no better example to make the statement on the value of soul music coming out of Memphis than Stevie Wonder."
Porter adds that the festival will help publicize Memphis as "the apex of soul music," and will promote the Consortium's Emerging Stars Program, a six-week educational course geared toward helping aspiring artists prepare for music careers.
"We're building something with soul music that's already credible," explains Porter. "In the early '70s, it was the third largest industry and third largest employer in the city. That gives us more of a power position to be a conduit for other genres."
Danny Clinch for ELLEThis fall, Fleetwood Mac will launch their first tour in nearly 20 years with Christine McVie, the voice behind such classic songs as "Don't Stop," "You Make Lovin' Fun" and "Over My Head." The 71-year-old singer/keyboardist says she's been working out with a personal trainer so she'll be able to spend long hours onstage without collapsing.
Speaking to ELLE magazine, McVie notes with regard to her keyboard-playing style, "The aim is to be fit enough to stand up for two-and-a-half hours balancing on one foot, which is what I do."
This new tour will be a little bit more luxurious that in the old days, though, as Christine explains. Not only will they be traveling by private jet, she says, but "I'm going to have someone that packs for me." And during the downtime on the road, McVie says she wants to spend more time taking advantage of the interesting locations she'll will be visiting with Fleetwood Mac . "I want to go out and do things...not just stick around having room service for two days," she insists. "I feel like I know where I'm going now, and I want to enjoy this."
The rest of the band is thrilled that Christine is back in the fold. Drummer Mick Fleetwood tells ELLE, "Since she's been back, I'm already feeling the steadying effect of her presence. There is no doubt that there was a void in the chemistry of the band."
As for the new Fleetwood Mac album, which is in the works, McVie says she has about a half-dozen songs finished that might appear on it. When asked if any of the tunes were inspired by her self-imposed retirement in the British countryside in the years after she left Fleetwood Mac, she laughs, "You mean the nunnery? I was by no means a nun."
BFI Records/Kobalt Label ServicesBilly Idol has revealed the track list and release date for Kings & Queens of the Underground, the first studio album of original material from the veteran pop-punk star since 2005's Devil's Playground. The record will hit stores on October 21, and features lead single "Can't Break Me Down," which currently is streaming at Idol's official website and YouTube channel.
Most of the album was produced by former Buggles/Yes singer Trevor Horn, although Greg Kurstin served as producer on two tracks, including "Can't Break Me Down." The single is an upbeat, modern-sounding rock anthem that includes some electronic elements also reminiscent of songs of the 1980s New Wave era.
Fans pre-ordering Kings & Queens of the Underground now via iTunes will instantly receive a download of "Can't Break Me Down." The iTunes edition of the album also features a bonus track called "Hollywood Promises," which came from the same sessions that yielded the rest of the album. A CD version of Kings & Queens of the Underground that doesn't include the extra song can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.
The album's cover was designed by renowned graphic artist Shepard Fairey.
Idol has scheduled European tour in support of Kings & Queens of the Underground that will get under way in Birmingham, England. The 58-year-old rocker also will be publishing his self-penned memoir, Dancing with Myself, on October 7.
Here's the full track list for the standard version of Kings & Queens of the Underground:
"Bitter Pill" "Can't Break Me Down" "Save Me Now" "One Breath Away" "Postcards from the Past" "Kings & Queens of the Underground" "Eyes Wide Shut" "Ghosts in My Guitar" "Nothing to Fear" "Love and Glory" "Whiskey and Pills"
Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementChuck Berry was honored Tuesday as a laureate of the 2014 Polar Music Prize, although the 87-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer could not attend the ceremony because of illness. Veteran British rocker Dave Edmunds was on hand to accept the honor from Sweden's King Carl XVI at the event, which took place at Stockholm's Concert Hall.
While at the podium, Edmunds read a speech Berry wrote that said, "Unfortunately I am unable to travel, but my heart is in Sweden. I want to thank the King and the Royal Family for awarding me the Polar Prize. I understand what a great honor it is to be a recipient. I am sorry that I am unable to travel and receive this personally."
In addition, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards sent a video homage in which he discussed how much Berry influenced and inspired him.
"Chuck Berry, he just leapt out of the radio at me. I ate him basically, I mean I breathed him," said Richards. "It wasn't just food, he was the air I breathed for many years when I was learning guitar and trying to figure out how you could be such an all-rounder. Such a great voice, such a great player, and also such a great showman, you know, it was all in one package, so basically if I listened to Chuck Berry I was full for the day."
In choosing Berry for the award, Polar Music Prize officials acknowledged him as "the rock 'n' roll pioneer who turned the electric guitar into the main instrument of rock music," while adding that "[e]very riff and solo played by rock guitarists over the last 60 years contains DNA that can be traced right back to Chuck Berry."
The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989 by late ABBA manager and lyricist Stig "Stikkan" Anderson, is considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
Image Courtesy of Jake BlakesbergIt appears that one of the rock world's great love stories may be coming to an end. As first reported at RollingStone.com, Neil Young recently filed for divorce from his wife, Pegi, after 36 years of marriage.
The folk-rock legend filed a petition to dissolve the marriage on July 29 in the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, California. A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for December 12.
Neil and Pegi have collaborated on numerous musical projects over the years. Pegi began singing backing vocals for her husband beginning in the 1990s and lent her talents to many of his recent albums. Neil, in turn, contributed to all three of his wife's solo records, which were released, respectively, in 2007, 2010 and 2011. He also joined her onstage at some of her concerts.
The couple have two children together -- a son named Ben and a daughter named Amber Jean. Ben Young suffers from cerebral palsy, as does his older half-brother, Zeke Young, who's mother was late actress Carrie Snodgress. In attempt to provide an educational situation better suited to Ben's needs, Pegi co-founded the Bridge School in 1986. Since that year, she and Neil have organized the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, a star-studded show that raises funds for the facility and that takes place each October in Mountain View, California.
Neil Young's rep did not respond to ABC News Radio's request for a comment regarding the reported impending divorce.
Decca Label Group; Cleopatra RecordsThere appears to be some controversy brewing with regard to The Kinks' supposed plans for a reunion project next year. U.K. magazine MOJO reports that legendary rockers' frontman, Ray Davies, revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, while suggesting that the band may do so without the participation of his brother, founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies.
However, The Kinks' official Facebook page has posted a message declaring, "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."
Getting back to the MOJO article, the magazine quotes Ray as saying, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway. He's very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him."
The article reports that the band -- apparently referring to the Davies brothers and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory -- met during the summer of 2013 to discuss possibly getting together this year for a 50th anniversary Kinks reunion, but Ray and Dave's continued contentious relationship delayed the proposed project. MOJO also claims that Ray told the mag that he's been recording songs with Avory for a new Kinks album, and that Dave hasn't yet contributed to the sessions.
In addition, MOJO alleges that, when Ray was asked if a project without his brother would still be called The Kinks, he said, "Yes, it would. I think it's all down to the music. If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it."
Ray also reported that he continues to work on a solo album based on his 2013 memoir, Americana.
Image Courtesy Motley Records/Eleven Seven RecordsIf you've seen Mötley Crüe on the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, you know that the three musicians on board -- Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx -- are a talented bunch. Singer Vince Neil agrees; though the band members have had their share of spats over the years, the singer has no trouble admitting that he's surrounded by skilled professionals. Neil tells ABC News Radio that Mars in particular is "an outstanding guitar player [and] very underrated because he shies away from press."
Neil says that even after 33 years of playing together, "[Mick] plays stuff where I go, 'Wow, where did that come from?' When he does his solos it's pretty amazing, the stuff that he comes up with."
Vince also appreciates Lee, who he describes to ABC News Radio as being "like John Bonham. He's just a pure rock drummer [and] he has a great meter." As for Nikki Sixx, Neil calls him "a great bass player [and] a great showman."
Agreeing with the legions of fans who are mourning the end of Mötley Crüe -- because, of course, the veteran rockers has insisted they will never tour again under the band name -- Neil tells ABC News Radio, "You put everybody together, we're Mötley Crüe and that's why we've been together for so long."
Here are the remaining dates on Mötley Crüe's 2014 tour leg:
8/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 8/27 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair 8/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 8/30 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/31 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 10/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena 10/11 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 10/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center 10/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 10/15 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 10/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock 10/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena 10/21 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 10/22 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 10/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center 10/26 -- Montville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 10/29 -- Syracuse, NY, The OnCenter 11/5 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum 11/6 -- Southaven, MS, Landers Center 11/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center 11/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center 11/12 -- Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center 11/13 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center 11/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 11/16 -- Fargo, ND, FargoDome 11/18 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place 11/19 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome 11/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe Basement Tapes, the historic recordings Bob Dylan did with The Band during 1967 in the Woodstock, New York, area while he reportedly was recuperating from a serious motorcycle accident, is the subject of the upcoming 11th installment of the folk-rock legend's Bootleg Series. A massive six-CD collection titled Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete is scheduled to be released on November 4.
While the original Basement Tapes album, which was issued in 1975 as a two-LP set, featured just 16 recordings from Dylan's '67 collaboration with The Band, The Basement Tapes Complete will include every salvageable track from those sessions, including recently discovered songs Dylan recorded at his upstate New York residence. Band keyboardist Garth Hudson worked with Canadian producer and music archivist Jan Haust on restoring the tapes.
More than 100 tunes were recorded during the sessions, including covers of traditional and contemporary songs, humorous ditties, impromptu performances, and many Dylan originals. Among the then-new compositions from Bob were such memorable tunes as "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," and "You Ain't Going Nowhere." Also featured were early versions of "Tears of Rage" and "This Wheel's on Fire," which both appeared on The Band's 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink.
Meanwhile, separate two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets titled The Basement Tapes Raw and featuring highlights from the expansive Basement Tapes Complete collection also will be released on November 4.
Dylan's currently in the middle of an Australian tour. He's planning to announce dates for a fall North American trek on Wednesday.
You can check out the full track list for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 at BobDylan.com. Here's the track listing for The Basement Tapes Raw:
CD 1 "Open the Door, Homer" (Restored version) "Odds and Ends" (Alternate version) "Million Dollar Bash" (Alternate version) "One Too Many Mornings" (Unreleased) "I Don't Hurt Anymore" (Unreleased) "Ain't No More Cane" (Alternate version) "Crash on the Levee" (Restored version) "Tears of Rage" (Without overdubs) "Dress It Up, Better Have It All" (Unreleased) "I'm Not There" (Previously released) "Johnny Todd" (Unreleased) "Too Much of Nothing" (Alternate version) "Quinn the Eskimo" (Restored version) "Get Your Rocks Off" (Unreleased) "Santa-Fe" (Previously released) "Silent Weekend" (Unreleased) "Clothes Line Saga" (Restored version) "Please, Mrs. Henry" (Restored version) "I Shall Be Released" (Restored version)
CD 2 "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Alternate version) "Lo and Behold!" (Alternate version) "Minstrel Boy" (Previously released) "Tiny Montgomery" (Without overdubs) "All You Have to Do Is Dream" (Unreleased) "Goin' to Acapulco" (Without overdubs) "900 Miles from My Home" (Unreleased) "One for the Road" (Unreleased) "I'm Alright" (Unreleased) "Blowin' in the Wind" (Unreleased) "Apple Suckling Tree" (Restored version) "Nothing Was Delivered" (Restored version) "Folsom Prison Blues" (Unreleased) "This Wheel's on Fire" (Without overdubs) "Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" (Restored version) "Don't Ya Tell Henry" (Alternate version) "Baby, Won't You Be My Baby" (Unreleased) "Sign on the Cross" (Unreleased) "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Without overdubs)
Republic Records/Universal MusicJohn Mellencamp's new studio album, Plain Spoken, will hit stores on September 23, and a special limited-edition deluxe version of the release can be pre-ordered now via the MyPlay Direct website. The package, which is called the Plain Spoken Ultimate Signed Bundle, includes a vinyl LP of the album, a specially branded John Mellencamp Crosley turntable and a lyric packet autographed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
Only 300 copies of the signed lyric packet will be available. The set costs $299.98, and you can add a copy of the CD version of Plain Spoken for an extra $13.98. Fans who pre-order the package immediately receive a digital download of the album's lead single, "Troubled Man."
In other news, Mellenamp has announced a new concert that will take place on September 6 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. The singer/songwriter will be joined by special guests Los Lobos and Mavis Staples. Tickets can be purchased for the event at LiveNation.com. John also will make a previously announced appearance at the 2014 Farm Aid festival on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Image Courtesy of Mike HoughRandy Bachman is in the midst of a weeklong whirlwind series of performances that sees him ping-ponging between shows with his old Bachman-Turner Overdrive band mate Fred Turner and appearances as a special guest on Peter Frampton's 2014 Guitar Circus tour.
Regarding his decision to line up the hectic road trip, the 70-year old Bachman tells ABC News Radio, "I figured, 'This is like a chance of my lifetime. I'm gonna do it all. I'm in training right now. I'm eating the good food. I'm swimming every day. I'm doing Pilates. I'm getting in shape for this. And, it's gonna be [something] that I'll remember for the rest of my life."
The veteran Canadian rocker kicked things off over the weekend with Bachman & Turner shows in Oregon and Alaska. Randy now is set to join Frampton's trek, which also will features blues great Buddy Guy, for shows tonight in Saratoga, California, and Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Bachman then will head to Calgary, Canada, for a Wednesday night concert with Turner, followed by another Frampton's Guitar Circus gig on Thursday in Visalia, California. Randy will wrap things up by playing yet another show with Turner on Friday in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bachman also reveals that one of the cool aspects of playing the Guitar Circus dates is that Frampton is taping some of the gigs for a television show.
As for how he ended up taking part in Peter's star-studded trek, Randy tells ABC News Radio that he was asked after he and Frampton both were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville this past January.
"At the end of the induction…we're all on stage with [ZZ Top's] Billy Gibbons doing 'La Grange,'" he recalls. Everybody's on stage -- me, Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepperd -- everybody's rockin' out. And I know Frampton from the '70s, when he [and BTO were] touring and each others' opening acts. And, his manager's my old lawyer, Ken Levitan in Nashville. So we were all talking there and then I got a call a week later saying, 'Do you want to join Frampton's Guitar Circus?' And I said, 'Of course.'"
The North Las Vegas concert with Turner is Bachman's last show of the summer. He'll hit the road again starting October 14 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, for a brief fall Canadian solo trek. Randy also is promoting his newly released DVD/CD Every Song Tells a Story, which documents a 2013 Storytellers-style concert he played in his hometown of Winnipeg.
Atlantic RecordsLedZeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" has been selected as the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.
"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns 'N' Roses was second in the poll, followed by AC/DC’s "Back in Black" and Deep Purple’s "Smoke on the Water."
Listeners voted the Zeppelin tune number one from a BBC Radio 2 list of 100 guitar riffs compiled by a panel of DJs, music critics and record producers.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" when he learned "Whole Lotta Love" was voted number one. "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive," Page said.
"Whole Lotta Love" appeared on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II. The LP was released in October 1969.
Here are the Top 10 guitar riffs, according to the BBC Radio 2 poll:
1. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin 2. “Sweet Child O' Mine,” Guns 'N' Roses 3. “Back in Black,” AC/DC 4. “Smoke on the Water,” Deep Purple 5. “Layla,” Derek and the Dominoes 6. “How Soon Is Now?,” The Smiths 7. “Down Down,” Status Quo 8. “Money for Nothing,” Dire Straits 9. “You Really Got Me,” The Kinks 10. “Money,” Pink Floyd
Verve RecordsBryan Adams has now confirmed the full details of his new album, Tracks of My Years. As previously reported, the disc is a collection of cover versions of some of the Canadian singer's favorite songs from the '50s, '60s and '70s, and also includes one new tune, "She Knows Me."
The album, which arrives September 30, features Adams' take on songs by everyone from The Beatles, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry, to The Beach Boys, The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Dylan. The deluxe version features five additional songs -- Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody," Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" and Muddy Waters' "You Shook Me," plus Bryan's own "You've Been a Friend to Me," from the 2009 movie Old Dogs.
The album is now available for pre-order. Here is the track listing for the deluxe edition of Tracks of My Years:
"Any Time at All" (The Beatles) "She Knows Me" "I Can't Stop Loving You" (Ray Charles) "Kiss and Say Goodbye" (The Manhattans) "Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan) "Rock and Roll Music" (Chuck Berry) "Down on the Corner" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) "Never My Love" (The Association) "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) "The Tracks of My Tears" (The Miracles) "God Only Knows" (The Beach Boys)
Bonus "You've Been a Friend to Me" "Many Rivers to Cross" (Jimmy Cliff) "C'mon Everybody" (Eddie Cochran) "Help Me Make It Through the Night" (Kris Kristofferson) "You Shook Me" (Muddy Waters)
In other Adams news, Bryan has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge from his pal and fellow Canadian singer Michael Buble. Before getting soaked, Adams nominated actor Danny Trejo, the star of Machete Kills and many other films; plus music critic Bob Lefsetz and Canadian politician Justin Trudeau. Then he had two guys dump two coolers full of ice water on him at once.
Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGlen Campbell was diagnosed in 2011 with advanced Alzheimer's disease, but rather than retire straight away, the pop-country legend mounted a farewell world tour that spanned 151 shows. Now, a new documentary titled Glen Campbell I'll Be Me chronicles that trek, which also serves as a backdrop to examine Campbell's storied career and his battle with the disease.
The movie includes live performances, behind-the-scenes clips and video highlights from throughout Glen's career, as well as interviews and appearances by a variety of famous musicians and other celebrities including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2 guitarist The Edge, Sheryl Crow, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, and songwriter Jimmy Webb, who penned some of Campbell's biggest hits.
"It's a rough, rough disease," says Soringsteen in a new trailer for the film. "To be out there rolling the dice was pretty brave." The Edge, meanwhile, reflects on how Glen was able to perform in spite of his condition: "The audience being there somehow triggers his ability to access that other part of his brain, which is incredible."
The trailer also shows Campbell struggling with his memory and visiting a doctor who discusses his Alzheimer's diagnosis, and offers scenes of Glen being honored at the 2012 Grammy Awards and playing at such famous venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.
I'll Be Me, which was directed by James Keach, got its U.S. premiere this past April at the Nashville Film Festival, where it won the grand jury prize. It'll open in theaters across the U.S. October 24.
Image Courtesy of Mark BeaumontRonnie Wood made some good use of The Rolling Stones' down time between tour legs to raise some money for a worthy cause by becoming one of the latest famous rockers to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
In a video posted Sunday on his wife Sally Humphreys' official YouTube page, the guitarist is seen getting doused with a bucket of icy water. As he's about to take the challenge, Wood thanks Australian choreographer Chucky Klapow for nominating him, and then says, "Donate your money." After he gets soaked, Ronnie declares, "I love it," then in a hoarse voice, he goes on to nominate Rod Stewart, actor Woody Harrelson and his own son Tyrone Wood to participate in the campaign.
In addition, Wood is seen splashing ice water over his wife, Sally, who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the same day. Humphreys, who also was nominated by Klapow, in turn, nominated retired tennis legend Boris Becker, rugby star Christian Wade and one other person.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within 24 hours or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. As of Monday, more than $79 million has been raised by this year's campaign.
The Rolling Stones return to the road on October 25 when they begin an Australian tour leg in the city of Adelaide.