Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesWhen Prince’s estate is finally settled, there will be two fewer people collecting a piece of it.
Carver County, MN, District Judge Kevin Eide on Wednesday excluded two would-be heirs from any further consideration, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Brianna and Victoria Nelson claimed they were entitled to a share because Prince referred to their father, Duane Nelson Sr., as his brother, because Prince’s father, John L. Nelson, treated Duane Nelson like a son.
However, Eide ruled that without evidence of a genetic connection between Nelson and Prince, whose birth name was Prince Rogers Nelson, there’s no law to support the sisters’ claim. Prince died April 21 of an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl.
The ruling leaves six heirs with claim to the estate: Tyka Nelson, who’s Prince’s sister, and five half-siblings.
A seventh person may also have a claim. Corey Simmons, who’s Brianna Nelson’s half-brother, insists Prince’s father intended to adopt Duane Nelson, Simmons’ father. Confused yet? Judge Eide gave Simmons until November 25 to produce evidence supporting his claim.
Although Prince’s estate’s estimated to be worth up to $300 million, there may not be much left to split after the tax bill is paid, which is expected to take about half of the estate’s value.
VIEWpress/Getty ImagesTonight, Jon Bon Jovi will perform at a free "Get Out the Vote" event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to support Hillary Clinton's campaign. Jon's been a huge supporter of Clinton's for quite a while, but he admits he's taken some flak from fans for his political activities. At least his band supports him...as long as he doesn't get political during one of their concerts, that is.
"Absolutely," Jon tells ABC Radio when asked if fans tell him they wish he would just shut up and sing. "Y'know, you see that just about any time you're involved in something. But then again, it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, someone's going to criticize something."
In fact, Jon says he even gets criticized for his charity work, but he doesn't let it bother him.
"If you're doing it from a pure place, with no expectations other than doing good, amen," he tells ABC Radio. "And, y'know, we'll deal with the fallout."
As far as Bon Jovi the band is concerned, keyboard player David Bryan says sending a specific political message isn't what they're about.
"You know, Jon never uses the stage to say his political views and I think we kinda all just don't want to do that," he tells ABC Radio. "I think we're here to entertain and then what we want to do individually, we can do individually."
He adds, "I think at the end of the day we're Americans, that's what we are, and we believe in America."
Tonight's concert takes place at 6:30 p.m ET at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh. If you have no problem with Jon being political, visit the "Events" page of HillaryClinton.com for tickets.
Credit: Julie GarnerNeil Young just released a live album called Earth in June, but the prolific folk-rock legend already has completed a new studio project that's scheduled to hit stores on December 2.
Rolling Stone reports that the album is titled Peace Trail and is a mostly acoustic collection of tunes that Young recorded at producer Rick Rubin's Shangri-la Studios in Malibu, California.
Peace Trail features 10 tracks, and includes contributions from famed session drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Paul Bushnell, whose expansive resume includes recordings by John Fogerty, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Phil Collins. The album was co-produced by Young and John Hanlon, who has worked with Neil on most of his records over the last five years.
Among the tracks on Peace Trail is "Indian Givers," a tune that Young debuted in September via a video posted on his official YouTube channel. The song rails against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is being built to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois through land that many Native Americans consider sacred. The album also includes several songs that Neil has been playing at his recent concerts with Promise of the Real, including the title track, "Show Me," "Texas Rangers" and "Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders."
Peace Trail will be available for pre-order soon at Young's online store and at the Pono Music Store. It will be available in various digital formats, as well as on CD and cassette. According to Rolling Stone, a vinyl version also will be released in January.
Here is the full track list for Peace Trail:
"Peace Trail" "Can't Stop Workin'" "Indian Givers" "Show Me" "Texas Rangers" "Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders" "John Oaks" "My Pledge" "Glass Accident" "My New Robot"
Courtesy of BurberryBritish brand Burberry is best known for its clothing and fragrances, but now the company is getting into the record business, thanks to a partnership with Elton John.
The pop-rock legend has teamed with Burberry for a limited-edition box set of six of his classic albums, all on vinyl. The remastered discs span Elton's catalog from 1970 to 2001, and include one album that's never been released on vinyl before. There are only 800 copies of the set, and the discs will come packaged in a specially designed Burberry box. Each set is individually numbered and embossed with Elton's signature in gold.
The albums include John's self-titled 1970 disc; his first live album, 11-17-70; 1971's Madman Across the Water; 1975's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy; 1983's Too Low for Zero; and 2001's Songs from the West Coast, making its vinyl debut.
Explaining why he chose these six albums, Elton says in a statement, "I'm really thrilled to see these albums reintroduced in such stylish form. Choosing these six wasn't easy, however, I think they are a very good representation of my catalog between 1970 and 2001...producing these albums was a real labor of love for everyone involved."
The set, which costs $375, will be available exclusively in November at Burberry stores around the globe, and on Burberry.com.
Elton has a longstanding relationship with Burberry; he was part of their holiday ad campaign last year, for example. He says in a statement, "They make a lot of my clothes and I like them because they're a very music-oriented company...they do a lot of things to help promote young acts."
Chelsea Lauren/Getty ImagesJason Scheff, who replaced founding Chicago singer/bassist Peter Cetera in 1985, has now parted ways with the group. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band announced Scheff's exit in a message posted on its official Facebook page.
"We are so grateful to Jason for the enormous contribution he has made to Chicago over the last 30 plus years," reads the note. "Everyone wishes him and his family all the best as he continues his musical journey."
Chicago also announced that singer/bassist Jeff Coffey, who had been filling in for Scheff on tour in recent months, has officially joined the band in Jason's place. Over the years, Coffey has toured and performed with such acts at Hootie and the Blowfish, Vertical Horizon, Sixpence None the Richer and Edwin McCain.
Back in May, Jason explained in a Facebook post that he was taking a break from Chicago because of "family health reasons," although he maintained at the time that he wasn't leaving the band.
During his tenure in Chicago, Scheff sang on several of the band's big 1980s hits, including "Will You Still Love Me?," "If She Would Have Been Faithful..." and "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" He also performed with the group at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, although he wasn't inducted into the hall.
Most recently, Scheff has been featured as a judge on a new music-competition program called American Supegroup that premiered this month on the Pop, MTV Live and MTV Classic channels.
Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen and the E Street Bandwill compete for three honors at the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 9 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The New Jersey rockers have been named finalists in the Top Draw, Top Tour and Top Boxscore categories. Springsteen and his group will be up against Beyoncé and Coldplay for both the Top Draw and the Top Tour prizes, which honor the best-attended and highest-grossing treks, respectively.
As for the Top Boxscore prize, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist, Springsteen and the E Street Band have been nominated for their May 27-29 stand at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. The other finalists for the award are Coldplay and The Stone Roses, for respective June 2016 engagements in London and Manchester, U.K.
Meanwhile, Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime Tour reunion trek is one of six finalists for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award.
As previously reported, Bon Jovi will be presented with the Legend of Live honor at the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards in recognition of their career contributions to the touring industry. The ceremony is part of 13th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which will be held November 9 and 10.
Credit: Lawrence WatsonVan Morrison has released a new performance video showcasing "Every Time I See a River," one of the songs on his latest studio album, Keep Me Singing. The clip, which can be viewed at Morrison's official VEVO YouTube channel, features the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer crooning the soulful tune in front of an intimate audience with accompaniment from his tasteful backing group.
Morrison co-wrote the song with acclaimed lyricist Don Black, who has penned the words to many famous movie-soundtrack tunes, including "Ben," "To Sir with Love" and the theme to the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Van also contributes guitar to the studio version of "Every Time I See a River.
Released in late September, Keep Me Singing debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, making it Morrison's highest-charting record ever on the tally.
Morrison recently played six U.S. concerts in support of his new album, and he will return to play five more stateside shows in January.
Here are all of Morrison's upcoming U.S. tour dates:
1/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace 1/14 -- Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace 1/17 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 1/18 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 1/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
Michael Kovac/WireImageBob Dylan has continued to confound officials of the Swedish Academy, which presents the Nobel Prizes, by ignoring their attempts to contact him with regard to his being chosen to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Interestingly, a line acknowledging that Dylan had been awarded the prize that had been posted on his official website last week -- alongside a link to purchase a book compiling his lyrics -- has now been removed.
Since the honor was announced on October 13, the singer/songwriter has released no statement about the award, although messages reporting that he'd been chosen to receive the prize were posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages.
This past Friday, one of the Swedish Academy members, author Per Wästberg, spoke with Swedish public television station SVT and criticized Dylan's decision to ignore attempts to contact him.
"I think it's fair to say that his reaction so far has been rude and arrogant," Wästberg said. "He is who is."
Wästberg also revealed that the Swedish Academy wouldn't continue to try to get in touch with Dylan about whether he plans to attend the Nobel ceremony, which is scheduled for December 10 in Stockholm.
"We will sit back and wait. He will either show up, in which case he will be welcomed," the author said. "Or else he won't show up -- and in that case we will arrange something else during the banquet. Either way -- he is still a laureate."
Wästberg also commented about the Nobel acknowledgement being removed from Dylan's website, noting, "That was hardly surprising. He seems to be a very grumpy and reluctant man."
Dylan, 75, is the first musician ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Credit: Brian RasicThe Rolling Stones performed at a private event hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Tuesday night in front of a super-exclusive crowd.
Kraft arrived to the event dressed to impress in a formal suit and tie with his signature fashion trademark: sneakers.
Frontman Mick Jagger and the band reportedly earned millions for the one-night-only exclusive gig. A seven-figure fee is on par with what singers like Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey reportedly earn for performing private concerts for world leaders.
Kraft has planned other elaborate parties in the past, like last year's Super Bowl after-party in which he went on stage to dance with rapper Rick Ross.
In other news, The Rolling Stones announced that because of scheduling issues, they would not be making up the October 19 concert at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena that they canceled when Jagger came down with laryngitis. Fans who purchased tickets for the show will be able to get full refunds.
As previously reported, The Stones will release a new album of blues cover tunes called Blue & Lonesome on December 2.
Lorenzo Agius/Crown ArchetypePhil Collins has spent the last few years re-examining his life: reissuing his solo albums and writing Not Dead Yet, a revealing and honest memoir. As he puts it, "I have owned up."
While Colllins says that his ex-Genesis band mates and family haven't read the book yet, he hopes there's "a positive reaction." He tells ABC Radio, "I think I've dealt with things quite delicately. When I messed up, I have owned up that this was my problem."
In the book, Phil's brutally honest about everything from his three divorces to the alcoholism that nearly killed him. "I didn't think it's a bad thing that people see that I'm like everybody else," he says of that chapter of his life.
Collins says in writing the book, he realized how much he worked during the '80s, juggling Genesis, a solo career and collaborations with dozens of artists. In fact, he spends a lot of the book apologizing for being inescapable that decade.
"There was that line in Entertainment Weekly, which said, 'Even Phil Collins must know we're growing weary of Phil Collins,'" he recalls. "So there was a backlash...and…when I apologize, I'm really just saying, 'I understand why.'"
Collins also clarifies what he calls "Faxgate": the persistent rumor that he divorced his second wife, Jill, via fax.
"[It] really hurt my career, or my public persona," the 65-year-old musician admits. "And it was based on an untruth…So, I just thought it would be an opportunity just to lay it all out, and if I say it didn't happen, I'm trusting that people will believe me."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently announced he'll be touring for the first time in 10 years, and he just released The Singles Collection, a three-CD set of all his hits, to go along with Not Dead Yet.
Collins appeared on The Tonight Show Tuesday to promote his autobiography, and also performed his classic hit, "In the Air Tonight," backed by his band, as well as members of the Tonight Show house band, The Roots.
Reprise/Warner Bros. Records/UMeThis year marks the 40th anniversary of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' debut album, and in celebration of the milestone, vinyl editions of all of Petty's studio albums, both as a solo artist and with his band, will be released in two limited-edition companion box sets due out on December 9.
The first collection is titled The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991), and features nine releases spanning from Petty and the Heartbreakers' 1976 self-titled debut through the group's 1991 studio effort Into the Great Wide Open.
The second box set, called The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014), contains seven releases and spans from Tom's 1994 solo album Wildflowers through Petty and the Heartbreakers' latest record, 2014's Hypnotic Eye. Five of the seven albums included in the Volume 2 box set are spread across two LPs -- Wildflower, 1999's Echo, 2002's The Last DJ, 2006's Highway Companion and 2010's Mojo.
The box sets, which can be pre-ordered at TomPetty.com, feature LPs pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in sleeves replicating the original albums' artwork. Most of the albums have been newly remastered for the collections, and several have not been available on vinyl for years.
Here are the full lists of albums featured in each set; newly remastered unless otherwise noted:
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991): Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)* You're Gonna Get It! (1978)* Damn the Torpedoes (1979)* Hard Promises (1981) Long After Dark (1982) Southern Accents (1985) Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) (1987) Full Moon Fever (1989) Into the Great Wide Open (1991)
The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014): Wildflowers (two-LP) (1994) She's the One (1996) Echo (two-LP) (1999) The Last DJ (two-LP) (2002) Highway Companion (two-LP) (2006) Mojo (two-LP) (2010)** Hypnotic Eye (2014)**
* = Remastered since 2010 ** = Original master = Petty solo album.
Reprise; ColumbiaNeil Young and Leonard Cohen are among the 2016 winners of the Polaris Heritage Prize, which honors albums by Canadian artists released prior to 2006 and based on artistic merit. Among the albums recognized this year are Young's 1970 record After the Gold Rush and Cohen's 1967 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen.
The awards are an offshoot of the annual Polaris Music Prize, which has recognized an outstanding Canadian album each year since 2006. Polaris Heritage Prizes are presented annually to two albums nominated in each of four time periods: 1960-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995 and 1996-2005. One album in each period is chosen by fan vote and the other is picked by a jury music critics.
After the Gold Rush won the popular vote for the 1960-1975 time period, Songs of Leonard Cohen took home the jury-voted prize for the same era.
Among the other 2016 Polaris Heritage Prize winners pro-rockers Rush's 1981 album, Moving Pictures, which was chosen by fans for the 1976-1985 period.
Courtesy of Record Store DayIt's the time of year again that brings joy to vinyl lovers everywhere. The Record Store Day campaign has unveiled its list of exclusive releases for its 2016 Black Friday event, to be held in independent record stores November 25. The eclectic list of limited-edition releases includes discs from The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Kinks and The Cars.
The Stones will release their cover of blues great Eddie Taylor's 1955 song "Ride 'Em on Down" as a 10-inch vinyl single. The track also will appear on the band's forthcoming album Blue & Lonesome, due out December 2.
The Beach Boys' Black Friday offering is a 19-song LP titled Becoming The Beach Boys that includes selections from a recent compilation of the group's earliest recordings. The release is available randomly on red, blue and yellow vinyl.
The Monkees will issue an opaque-red-vinyl, 10-inch EP called Good Times! Plus! that features four non-LP tracks the group recorded during the sessions for their 2016 album, Good Times!
The Kinks will contribute four separate releases to the initiative, including a black-and-white-swirled-vinyl version of their 1978 LP Sleepwalker; and three seven-inch EPs, each featured four tracks dating from between 19654 and 1971.
The Cars will release a seven-inch picture disc that features two tracks from the band's 1978 self-titled debut album -- the hit "Just What I Needed" and "I'm in Touch with Your World."
In addition, the 2016 installment of Record Store Day Black Friday will include releases from The Turtles, Otis Redding, Alice Cooper, The Bangles, Foreigner, Jerry Garcia, Isaac Hayes, Harry Nilsson, Prince, Frank Sinatra, The Yardbirds and, as previously reported, Jimi Hendrix.
Patrick Balls; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsLooks like Paul McCartney wasn't too thrilled with what Phil Collins had to say about him in a recent interview.
As previously reported, in the interview with London's The Sunday Times, Collins revealed that he's held a grudge against McCartney since a 2002 incident in which he felt the ex-Beatles star acted condescendingly toward him. Now, the former Genesis singer/drummer reports that McCartney has contacted him via email about his comments regarding the alleged slight.
Collins tells Billboard that McCartney "was upset" about what he said, adding, "I certainly didn't get any flowers from him; I got more of a 'Let's just get on with our lives.'"
In the Sunday Times interview, Phil claimed that when he asked Paul to sign a copy of a Beatles book at a major event, the rock legend turned to his then-wife Heather Mills and said, "Oh Heather, our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan." Collins told the newspaper that when McCartney said that, he thought, 'You f***, you f***,'" adding, "Never forgot it."
Phil also told the paper that Paul "has this thing when he's talking to you, where he makes you feel…'I know this must be hard for you, because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'"
Now, regarding McCartney's reaction, Collins tells Billboard, "I'm sorry he's upset that I kinda said something nasty about him -- well, it wasn't really nasty. If people don't tell people that sometimes their attitude could be a bit better, then you're not gonna get any better, y'know?"
He adds, "I think maybe I should just brush it under the carpet and forget about it and move on, but it did happen."
Stevie Nicks kicks off her 24 Karat Gold Tour tonight in her hometown of Phoenix, and she promises a show packed with music, not a lot of chatter.
"I'm not gonna do long talking things, where they might be going, 'Well, she could've actually done a whole song during this little talk here,'" Nicks tells ABC Radio. "It's gonna be fast and furious."
The set list will feature songs from Stevie's entire solo career as well as Fleetwood Mac hits, so everyone will go home happy.
"It's gonna be eclectic," she says. "I don't think anybody's gonna walk away going, like, 'Oh my God, she didn't do that Fleetwood Mac song that we wanted her to do.'"
She adds, "I'm not even gonna give people a minute to even start to ponder what's missing!"
And while she's giving fans a show, Nicks wants them to give her a show, too -- she's urging them to come dressed to the nines.
"I'm dressed-up up there, so I think it's a great thing to...say, 'I give you all permission to totally pretend that you're going to a glorious cocktail party, and wear your most beautiful clothes,'" Stevie says.
"If you're a six-foot-five guy and you want to come in your white 'Edge of Seventeen' outfit, please do!'" she adds. "'Cause I just think it's hysterical!"
Nicks' opening act is The Pretenders, who are fronted by another legendary rock 'n' roll chick, Chrissie Hynde -- which thrills Stevie to no end.
"When my manager said, 'What about The Pretenders?' I'm like, 'Would they even go with me?' And he said, 'I think they would!'" Nicks recalls. "I'm really excited about this, and I think, yes, we are bada** chicks, and it's really gonna be fun!"
Here are all of Nicks' upcoming tour dates:
10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 10/27 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 10/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 10/30 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 11/2 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 11/4 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 11/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 11/7 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 11/10 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena 11/12 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 11/14 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 11/15 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 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 11/27 -- 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 12/13 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 12/14 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 12/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino 12/18 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
Credit: Chapman BaehlerThe lineup for Cyndi Lauper's sixth annual Home for the Holidays benefit concert has been revealed. This year's performers include Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, R&B star Aloe Blacc, Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn and America's Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal, as well as Lauper herself.
The event will support Cyndi's charitable organization, True Colors Fund, which aims to raise awareness about youth homelessness in the LGBT community.
"For the sixth year, 'Home for the Holidays' will bring together an incredible group of performers to support the True Colors Fund's work to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth," Lauper says in a statement. "Our voices are stronger when we say something together. I'm so grateful to the artists, who are donating their time and talent to bring attention to this very important cause."
The Home for the Holidays concert will be held December 3 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Queer Eye star Carson Kressley will host the event. Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster.com starting this Friday, October 28.
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesIf you never imagined Chanhassen, Minnesota, could be a vacation destination, that's just changed. The town's city council has just approved allowing Prince's Paisley Park estate to be open permanently for public tours. And the estate was definitely ready.
The official Paisley Park website is already selling tickets for the 2016 season, which ends in December, with a promise to begin selling 2017 tickets next month. You can pay $38.50 plus fees for general admission, or $100 plus fees for the "VIP Experience."
Both tickets get you access to Prince’s recording studios, concert hall, rehearsal rooms and his private NPG Music Club, while the VIP package tosses in an "expert" tour guide, additional rooms and "artifacts from the archives," and a "unique and exclusive photo opportunity."
Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesZZ Top will continue touring into 2017.
The veteran Texas blues boogie trio just revealed additional dates for their current outing, which is currently scheduled to take a break after their November 12 stop in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Dubbed the Tonnage Tour, only 10 additional stops have been announced so far, beginning February 19 of next year in Greenville, South Carolina, and wrapping up March 14 in Macon, Georgia.
Tickets for the new dates go on sale before the end of the month. Check the band's website for details.
ZZ Top's latest album -- Live! Greatest Hits from Around the World --was released August 12.
Here are the new dates:
2/19 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center Concert Hall 2/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 2/24 -- Louisville, KY, The Louisville Palace Theater 2/25 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live 2/26 -- Schenectady, NY, Proctor’s Theatre 3/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars Atlantic City - Circus Maximus 3/4 -- Shippensburg, PA, H. Ric Luhrs PAC - Shippensburg University 3/5 -- Washington, D.C., MGM National Harbor 3/11 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget 3/14 -- Macon, GA, City Auditorium
Courtesy of AXS TVBeach Boys frontman Mike Love will appear on the latest episode of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which premieres today at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. On the program, Love opens up about a variety of topics, including his band's unlikely connection to Charles Manson, something he also discusses in his recently published memoir, Good Vibrations.
In an exclusive extended preview of the show, Love explains that his cousin Dennis Wilson, The Beach Boys' drummer, had befriended the cult leader and his disciples, some of whom wound up moving into his home for a short time. Mike recalls a creepy encounter he had with Manson at a dinner party at Wilson's house at which he and band mate Bruce Johnston were the only people who weren't naked.
Mike points out that at some point Manson began handing out LSD to the attendees, although the singer says he didn't partake.
"[I]t was too much for me, so I left and went to the shower, and somebody followed me into a shower," Love tells Rather. "And then Charlie opens the shower door and [says] 'You can't do that…You can't leave the group,' [and] he looked at with those Charlie Manson eyes."
Love notes that this happened before Manson's followers had committed the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate, celebrity hair stylist Jay Sebring and others, but also admits that Wilson confided in him that he'd once witnessed Manson kill an African-American man with a rifle and stuff his body in a well.
In another chilling incident, Love reveals that his estranged wife Suzanne and Wilson, with whom she was having an affair, left two of Mike's children in the care of Susan Atkins, one of the Manson family members involved in Tate's murder.
Experience Hendrix LLC/Legacy RecordingsA collection of rare 1969 Jimi Hendrix studio recordings titled Morning Symphony Ideas will be issued as a limited-edition vinyl EP in conjunction with the 2016 edition of Record Store Day's "Back to Black Friday" event, which is scheduled for November 25. The "official bootleg" release, which is pressed on a 10-inch, translucent-yellow vinyl disc, includes three tracks that Hendrix recorded at New York City's Record Plant studio between September and December of '69 with bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles.
Morning Symphony Ideas features a trio of in-progress recordings -- "Jungle," "Room Full of Mirrors" and "Strato Strut" -- that find Hendrix exploring such funk and R&B influences as James Brown and Curtis Mayfield during a period when he was beginning to put together his Band of Gypsys backing group.
"Jungle" features Hendrix accompanied by Miles and includes segments of the songs "Ezy Rider" and "Villanova Junction," the latter of which Jimi premiered live at the Woodstock festival.
"Room Full of Mirrors" also features Hendrix and Miles, and is an updated rendition of a tune Jimi began working on during the sessions for 1968's Electric Ladyland album. This version also includes a bit of the song "Message to Love," which appeared on the 1970 live album Band of Gypsys.
"Strato Strut" features Hendrix backed by both Miles and Cox, and finds Jimi paying stylistic tribute to Brown's lead guitar player, Jimmy Nolen.
The Morning Symphony Ideas EP will be sold exclusively at participating independent record stores. A full six-track version of Morning Symphony Ideas was released on CD and digitally in 2000, and is still available for purchase at Hendrix's official online store.