Courtesy of James TaylorJames Taylor will combine his love of music and baseball by playing a series of four concerts next summer at ballparks in cities around the U.S. Opening for the legendary singer/songwriter and his band at the shows will be a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bonnie Raitt.
The concerts are scheduled for July 14 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.; July 17 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL; July 29 at AT&T Park in San Francisco; and August 11 at Fenway Park in Boston. Taylor is a well-known fan of the Boston Red Sox and has played a number of shows at Fenway Park over the years, including one with Jackson Browne this past August. He and Browne also played together in June at Wrigley Field, the home of the world champion Chicago Cubs.
Tickets for the upcoming Chicago and Boston shows are already available, while tickets for the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco concerts will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m. local time.
As previously reported, Taylor will be saluted at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington this Sunday, December 4, alongside The Eagles, Mavis Staples and others. James also will be featured on the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting special, airing on Monday, December 5, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel.
Credit: Ross HalfinAlice Cooper's 15th annual Christmas Pudding fundraising concert takes place on Saturday, December 3, at the historic Celebrity Theatre in the shock rocker's hometown of Phoenix. The show will be headlined by the Cooper-fronted supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, which also features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, while other acts on the bill include Sammy Hagar, Korn and The Gin Blossoms.
Proceeds from the holiday extravaganza will benefit Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center, a facility in Phoenix that provides free music lessons to local young people.
The event also will feature performances by illusionist and magician Murray SawChuck and the winners of this year's edition of Cooper's Proof Is in the Pudding talent contest, as well as some as-yet unannounced guests.
Tickets are can still be purchased for the show at the Celebrity Theatre box office and at CelebrityTheatre.com, or by calling 602-267-1600, extension 1.
Neal Preston; Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesMembers of the music community are standing up for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.Queen guitarist Brian May and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason are among the many musicians whohave signed an open letter expressing their support for the protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The letter, which was organized by British musician Kate Nash, is addressed to President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers. "We are writing to express our shock at the treatment of the people of Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota," the letter begins.
"We are deeply disturbed by the police actions that have been taking place," it continues. "Where non violent protests have been and continue to be met with extremely aggressive tactics including; being shot with water canons in below freezing temperatures, chemical weapons, rubber bullets, and attack dogs. These are the same inhumane methods used during WWII and the Civil Rights Movement."
Other artists who signed the letter include longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, X, Moby, Sia, Billy Bragg, Garbage's Shirley Manson, members of such modern-rock acts as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fitz and the Tantrums and many more.
Interscope; Courtesy of Rolling StonesIn addition to releasing their new album, Blue & Lonesome, today, The Rolling Stones also have premiered the official video for their rendition of Eddie Taylor's blues gem "Ride 'Em on Down," starring Twilight actress Kristen Stewart. You can watch the clip, which was directed by François Rousselet, now at the band's VEVO YouTube channel.
At the beginning of the video, we see Stewart carrying some groceries out of a bodega in an urban section of Los Angeles when she's discovers a vintage blue Mustang GT with its driver-side door open and keys in the ignition. She proceeds to hop in the car and take it for a joy ride through the streets of L.A. Along the way, she is shown licking a blue lollipop -- a visual that reflects the Blue & Lonesome cover art -- dancing suggestively while stopping to gas up the vehicle, and encountering a zebra while she drives down the concrete-lined Los Angeles River.
At one point, Stewart is pulled over by a police car, but it turns out that the cruiser is being driven by a sketchy looking guy in a ripped flannel shirt and jeans. The guy asks Kristen, "Where'd you get the gas?" Feeling threatened, she responds by grabbing the handle of a knife that's next to her and telling him, "You should probably get out of here." "Great tune," he says while walking away.
"Ride 'Em on Down" is one of the 12 vintage blues cover tunes featured on Blue & Lonesome, which The Stones recorded live in the studio over the course of a few days.
You can check out a new video feature boasting interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and producer Don Was discussing the making of the album at Amazon.co.uk.
Credit: Joshua BrandaoTonight, Madonna brings "art, music and mischief" to Miami's Art Basel international art fair. The singer will be hosting an event to benefit Raising Malawi, the charity she founded in 2006.
"Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life," Madonna says in a statement. "Raising Malawi's evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit."
She adds, "I'm excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately safe lives and help the children of Malawi."
In addition to a performance by Madonna, the event will feature special guests including Oscar-winning actor and Madonna's former husband Sean Penn, Ariana Grande and comedian Chris Rock. Late Late Show host James Corden will serve as the master of ceremonies.
The fundraising event will take place at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, Florida.
Courtesy of AXS TV/Special Treats Production Company Ltd.The high-def network AXS TV will celebrate some of the rock world's most lauded musicians during its "Guitar Gods" marathon, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 17. The programming block will culminate with the television premiere of Eric Clapton Live in San Diego, a new concert film documenting a March 2007 show that Clapton played at the iPayOne Center.
Live in San Diego, which airs at 9 p.m. ET, features the British guitar master performing with his touring group, which at the time included Allman Brothers Band slide guitarist Derek Trucks, and joined on several tunes by Eric's friend and collaborator JJ Cale.
AXS TV's "Guitar Gods" marathon gets underway at 1:30 p.m. ET with an episode of Guitar Center Sessions featuring a performance by and an intimate interview with Joe Walsh, followed at 2:30 p.m. by the 2016 documentary The Allman Brothers Band: After the Crash.
At 4:30 p.m., AXS TV will air Cream: Farewell Concert, a movie capturing the historic 1968 farewell show Clapton's old band played at London's Royal Albert Hall. Then, at 6:10 p.m., the network will screen Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review, a documentary delving into the first decade of the guitar legend's solo career.
Danny ClinchChristmas isn’t even here yet, but it’s already time to make your summer concert plants, if you’re a Grateful Dead fan: Dead & Company just announced their summer 2017 tour plans.
The outing kicks of May 27 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and continues through a July 1 show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. It’s 19 dates and 15 cities in all.
The returning Dead & Company band, which includes Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir; singer/guitarist John Mayer; Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge; and “Fare Thee Well” and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, will perform two sets of Grateful Dead material during each stop.
Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m., with presales available starting this Monday, December 5. Check out DeadandCompany.com for full ticket info.
Here are the Dead & Company 2017 tour dates:
5/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 5/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 5/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 6/3 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 6/4 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 6/7 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 6/9 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field 6/10 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field 6/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre 6/15 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion 6/17 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park 6/18 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park 6/20 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 6/22 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 6/24 -- New York, NY, Citi Field 6/25 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 6/28 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 6/30 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field 7/1 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
Interscope RecordsThe Rolling Stones' first new studio album in 11 years, Blue & Lonesome, arrives today. The 12-track collection of vintage blues covers was recorded live without overdubs in a London studio over the course of a few days.
Speaking to the media at a recent red-carpet event celebrating the New York opening of the band's "Exhibitionism" exhibit, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both talked about the impromptu nature of the project, which came about while The Stones were preparing to make an album of original material.
"I think it's wonderful…because it was really not planned," explained Jagger, noting that it was gratifying to "make a record really that quickly and lightly" and to wind up with "something really good at the end of it."
Mick added that he thought his band mates Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts "played brilliantly on it."
As for Richards, he pointed out, "The thing about [Blue & Lonesome] is that we didn't intend to make a blues album. We just went in the studio and that's what happened, and it sort of made itself."
As previously reported, Blue & Lonesome includes renditions of songs by Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Eddie Taylor and Memphis Slim. Eric Clapton plays guitar on two tracks -- "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing."
Wood, who also attended the red-carpet event, revealed that the tracks featuring Clapton were among his favorite highlights from the album.
"I loved duetting with him on 'I Can't Quit You Baby,' and the slide he plays on 'Everybody Knows About My Good Thing,'" Ronnie declared. "It's incredible stuff."
Blue & Lonesome is available as a CD, vinyl LP, digital download and box set featuring the CD, a making-of book and a set of collectible postcards.
Rhino RecordsFrankie Valli has unveiled a lyrics video for his new cover of the yuletide R&B standard "Merry Christmas, Baby," which appears on the legendary singer's first-ever holiday album, 'Tis the Seasons. The tune features a guest appearance by Jeff Beck, who delivers some tasty blues guitar work.
The clip is highlighted by some clever animation that brings to life the painting featured on the cover of 'Tis the Seasons, which shows Valli singing while snowflakes are falling around him. You can watch the video now at Rhino Records' official YouTube channel.
'Tis the Seasons was produced by Valli's longtime collaborator Bob Gaudio, who co-founded The Four Seasons with Frankie in 1960.
Valli and the current Four Seasons lineup will promote the new album at a December 9-10 engagement in Phoenix and a December 17 concert in Durant, Oklahoma. The group also has a few 2017 dates lined up.
Here are all of Valli and the Four Seasons upcoming U.S. gigs, according to Pollstar:
12/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 12/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 12/17 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater 1/27/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live 1/28 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live 2/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater 4/7 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 4/8 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
Credit: Norman Jean RoyBon Jovi's This House Is Not for Sale Tour is putting on an extension: More dates have been added to the trek, which starts in February.
The new dates include two shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden in April, as well as concerts in Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale December 10 at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com and venue box offices. Bon Jovi Fan Club members can grab them starting on December 6, while American Express Card members get access on December 7. Visit BonJovi.com for ticket details.
The tour will feature the band's biggest hits, as well as material from their #1 album This House Is Not for Sale. It's their first big tour since 2013's Because We Can trek. That outing was Bon Jovi's third in six years to be named the top-grossing tour worldwide.
Here are the newly added tour dates:
3/26 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 3/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 3/29 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena 3/31 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 4/1 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 4/5 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 4/7 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 4/8 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 4/10 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
Mark Horton/Getty Images Procol Harum singer/keyboardist Gary Brooker will be a special guest at New Age group the Paul Winter Consort's 37th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, scheduled for December 15, 16 and 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Brooker will be performing a selections of Procol Harum songs at the concerts, including his band's signature tune, "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
The 2016 Winter Solstice Celebration concerts are dedicated to late Beatles producer George Martin, who also produced the Paul Winter Consort's 1972 album Icarus and Brooker's 1979 solo effort, No More Fear of Flying. The shows will include a full performance of Icarus, which Martin once referred to as "the finest record I have ever made."
Winter and Brooker have been friends since Paul's group opened for Procol Harum back in 1971. Winter admits that Procol Harum "was the only rock band I liked besides The Beatles." He adds, "I've long loved Gary's voice, since first hearing him sing 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' all those years ago. This wedding of Gary's bluesy voice with those Bachian changes embodies my favorite aesthetic combination of the earthy and the sublime."
The annual Winter Solstice Celebration shows also will feature the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, a troupe of 25 dancers and drummers, which will premiere a new piece at the events. The concerts are scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. ET on December 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 17. Tickets are available now via PaulWinter.com and at StJohnDivine.org.
Lawrence Watson; Andrew EcclesVan Morrison's latest album is called Keep Me Singing, and the lauded artist has plans to do just that well into 2017. Van the Man has been announced as one of the headliners for the Primavera Sound music festival, which runs from May 31 to June 4 in Barcelona, Spain.
Among the scores of other music acts on the bill are The Zombies, who will be performing their influential 1968 album Odessey and Oracle in its entirety at the fest.
The eclectic list of performers confirmed to appear at the event also includes Grace Jones, Frank Ocean, Solange, The Damned, Slayer, Miguel, Arcade Fire and Brazilian singer/songwriter Seu Jorge, who will play a set paying tribute to David Bowie.
InterscopeCoinciding with tomorrow's release of The Rolling Stones' latest studio album, Blue & Lonesome, the band has announced that it also will premiere a promo video for one of the new tracks, "Ride 'Em on Down," that features Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight movies. The British rock legends have posted a 15-second preview for the clip on their official website and YouTube channel.
The teaser shows Stewart speeding along through the streets of what appears to be Los Angeles in a vintage blue Mustang.
"Ride 'Em on Down" is a classic blues song previously recorded by many artists, including Eddie Taylor, who released his version in 1955. The tune originated as a song "Shake 'Em on Down" that Delta blues singer Bukka White recorded in 1937.
The Rolling Stones' initially released their rendition of "Ride 'Em on Down" on a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl single as part of the 2016 Record Store Day Black Friday event on November 25.
Virginia Sherwood/NBCThe stars were out Wednesday night for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, kicking off Christmas season in New York City on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Among the many well-known artists who sang holiday-themed songs during the live musical event were Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett and Sarah McLachlan.
Diamond performed a Christmas medley that included "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Parton sang her tune "Christmas of Many Colors. " Bennett crooned "The Christmas Song," while McLachlan sang "Winter Wonderland."
When asked what the celebration meant to him, Diamond kept it simple: "This is all about having a good time, and opening the holiday season and everybody just getting with the program."
Other performers included Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood; a cappella act Pentatonix, who were accompanied by the Harlem Gospel Choir; Tori Kelly; Josh Groban; and Anthony Hamilton with The Roots.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageSting usually holds the biennial charity concert for his Rainforest Fund in the spring, but this year, he's hosting a winter-themed show in December...and his pals Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor are among the stars who have RSVP'd for the bash.
Joining Sting, Springsteen and Taylor on the bill are '60s girl-group legends Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector. All four of these artists have something in common: They've all released successful Christmas songs or albums, so it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll hear those holiday tunes at the show. "Festive surprises" also are promised at the event.
The last time the show was held, in 2014, the lineup included Sting and Taylor, as well as Paul Simon, Stephen Stills, Dionne Warwick and Kevin Spacey.
Tickets for the concert are on sale now, ranging from $150 to $600 each. Proceeds will go to support the work of the Rainforest Fund, which preserves the rainforests of the world, and helps indigenous people in Brazil, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Indonesia and many other nations. Since the charity was founded in 1989, these all-star concerts have raised $30 million.
Credit: David GodlisDoo-wop and rock 'n' roll legend Dion DiMucci's classic 1961 hit "The Wanderer" recently was among the 25 recordings chosen for induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017. Now, the 77-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has issued a statement saying he's "very proud" about the Grammy honor, while noting, "To this day, the song never fails me."
"The Wanderer" was written by Ernie Maresca, who co-wrote Dion's chart-topping 1961 smash "Runaround Sue" with DiMucci. Dion explains in his message that "The Wanderer" began as the B-side of a song called "The Majestic," but the single eventually was flipped over, and the tune "instantly became a calling card and its ascent up the charts was unstoppable."
The singer points out that he's "known as much for 'The Wanderer' as I am for any other record I have ever recorded during my nearly sixty years in the music business."
Dion goes on to explain that the track was the result of a "combination of good fortune, hard work, and strong playing from some of the jazz and blues greats of the Apollo Theatre." He says among the performances that made the song stand out were Sticks Evans' "unusual and contagious drum pattern" and Buddy Lucas' "iconic and unforgettable sax solo."
In conclusion, Dion notes that when "The Wanderer" starts, "I can still feel that same magnetic pull into the song's own universe," adding, "I am grateful and indebted to those who have recognized our efforts."
Dion's latest album, New York Is My Home, was released this past February. The record includes a duet with Paul Simon on the title track.
Courtesy or Webster PRDollyParton's never been one to forget where she's from. In response to the fires still burning in her native Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Parton has established a fund to help folks who have lost everything to the blazes.
Dubbed the My People Fund, the joint effort by the Dollywood Company and the Dollywood Foundation will donate $1,000 each month to families in Sevier County, Tennessee, who lost their homes.
"I've always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special," Dolly says in a video message announcing the fund. "We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet."
Parton promises to reveal additional information about the program Friday.
Fires in the Great Smoky Mountains this week burned hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people in Sevier County and the town of Gatlinburg. Seven people so far are known to have died in the fires.
Rob Verhorst/RedfernsJamie Foxx has signed on to co-produce a limited series that will chronicle the life of late soul legend Marvin Gaye.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Foxx is teaming up with Passe Jones Entertainment's Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones on the project. The actor, who previously won an Academy Award for his portrayal of another soul icon, Ray Charles, will executive-produce the series, while Passe and Jones will shop it to media outlets.
"I've been a huge fan my whole life. [Gaye's] brilliance in music unparalleled," says Foxx. "Marvin Gaye's story has always fascinated me."
Foxx has received the support of Gaye's family, who until now refused to authorize a project about the music icon. "This project will be a powerful and definitive telling of Marvin Gaye's life story," says the singer's son Marvin Gaye III, who also will serve as an executive producer on the series.
Motown Records founder Berry Gordy also has given his blessing, adding, "Marvin was the truest artist I have ever known. I am confident that this is the right team to bring his story to the audience in an authentic and compelling way."
As previously stated, this is not the first attempt to give Gaye the biopic treatment. Gary Gray, Cameron Crowe, James Gandolfini, Scott Rudin, actor Jesse L. Martin and singer/actor Lenny Kravitz all have tried to bring Gaye's story to the screen.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is giving his fans a chance to simply make their Christmas a bit more wonderful, by offering a pair of new holiday-themed sweatshirts at his online store. One of the sweatshirts features the lyrics to the chorus of McCartney's classic 1979 yuletide tune "Wonderful Christmas Time," while the other boasts a unique snowflake design incorporating the logo of his old band Wings.
In addition, Sir Paul is selling a metal Christmas tree decoration with the same Wings-themed snowflake design. The sweatshirts are priced at $36.99, while the ornament costs $10.99. You can also purchase a specially priced bundle featuring one of the sweaters and a snowflake ornament for $40.98.
Meanwhile, in the latest installment of his "You Gave Me the Answer" online Q&A series, McCartney reveals what Bob Dylan songs he'd most like to cover. Responding to a question from a fan named Guillem from Catalonia, Spain, who pointed out that Dylan recently had recorded a version of one of Paul's songs, the Beatles legend said that the query was "very difficult…to answer, as there are so many great songs." He then mentioned that "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" were a couple of tunes he likes.
Paul also noted, "Singing Dylan songs can be difficult because something like 'Like a Rolling Stone,' it's so Dylan that it would be hard to get the spirit that he puts on it." Incidentally, Dylan contributed a version of The Beatles' "Things We Said Today" to the star-studded 2014 tribute compilation The Art of McCartney.
RhinoA newly remixed version of Chicago's classic second album, Chicago II, will be reissued on January 27. The record, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 in 1970, was remixed by British prog-rock musician and acclaimed producer Steven Wilson using the original multi-track tapes.
Chicago II, which originally was released as a two-LP set, caught the band at the height of its creative powers, featuring explorations into jazz-fusion and symphonic rock, along with inspired hard-rock tunes and melodic ballads. The album yielded three of the group's most enduring hits "25 or 6 to 4," "Make Me Smile" and "Colour My World," all of which reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The record's centerpiece was "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon," a seven-part song cycle that included "Make Me Smile" and "Colour My World."
Wilson says he considers Chicago II to be the band's "pre-eminent masterpiece," while noting, "It's got everything: moments of tender beauty to power riffs and scorched-earth jazz-rock, catchy melodies and gorgeous vocal harmonies."
A new two-LP vinyl edition of the album is due out later in 2017.
Here's the full track list of Chicago II:
"Movin' In" "The Road" "Poem for the People" "In the Country" "Wake Up Sunshine" "Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon" --"Make Me Smile" --"So Much to Say, So Much to Give" --"Anxiety's Moment" --"West Virginia Fantasies" --"Colour My World" --"To Be Free" --"Now More Than Ever" "Fancy Colours" "25 or 6 to 4" "Memories of Love" --"Prelude" --"A.M. Mourning" --"P.M. Mourning" --"Memories of Love" "It Better End Soon" --"1st Movement" --"2nd Movement" --"3rd Movement" --"4th Movement" "Where Do We Go from Here"