Credit: RankinRod Stewart is famous for his relationships with some of the world's most desirable women, but he admits that when it came to ending those relationships, he could have been more of a gentleman. In fact, as he puts it, "I was a real coward."
Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Stewart says, "I haven't treated women badly but I'm not proud of the way I broke up relationships. I was a real coward. It wasn't like Phil Collins. I didn't send an email, but I've left a lot of broken hearts. I've apologized, or at least tried to, since."
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sir Rod was referring the often-repeated story that Collins divorced one of his wives by fax, a story that's actually not true.
Stewart goes on to say that it was only when he had his own heart broken -- by his supermodel ex-wife, Rachel Hunter -- that he realized how terrible it feels.
"When Rachel left me, I didn't have the tools to cope with a break-up," he admits. "I went to pieces. It was terrible. If ever karma got me back, it was then."
These days, Rod is deliriously happy with his wife Penny Lancaster, to whom he's been married for 11 years.
"She's tough but not too tough and she doesn't take any nonsense from me," Stewart says proudly. "She's a great mum...the whole package, as far as I'm concerned...it's just wonderful. I feel blessed many times over."
Asked why this marriage has lasted, Rod says it may be because Penny is British; his previous wives include one American and one New Zealander. His other long-term partner, Kelly Emberg, was also American.
Stewart's new album, Blood Red Roses, is out on Friday.
Simmons Books/powerHouse BooksKiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons has published a new book focusing on the "27 club," that informal collective of unfortunate stars who passed away at the age of 27. Titled 27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club, the book features profiles of such late music stars as Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors' Jim Morrison, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
Simmons tells ABC Radio that in addition to the biographical segments, the book seeks to examine why an inordinate number of well-known artists have died at or near 27.
"A lot of famous folks from various areas of life either killed themselves or were killed or, unfortunately, passed away at the age of 27," notes the 69-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. "Sometimes it's depression, sometimes it's drugs and alcohol. There's just no one answer."
Simmons suggests that fame was a factor in some of these famous rockers' deaths, since certain musicians who were experiencing issues may have been surrounded by people who were unwilling to confront them because they were intimidated by the artists' stature.
Gene also points out that besides looking at the passing of the various artists, he hopes his book will serve to help people experiencing problems like depression, which is among the factors that led to some of the stars' deaths.
"[E]ven if people are having a bad day, I urge everybody to learn more how to listen, just engage in the conversation," Gene maintains, "and if you need help, for goodness sakes, talk to your loved ones, your friends, your next-door neighbors…And if it gets serious, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline and just talk."
27 is the first book to be released on Simmons' new publishing imprint, Simmons Books.
A museum exhibit paying tribute to the late Queen of Soul is opening Tuesday in Detroit.
Titled "Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul," the exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the Motor City features historic photos, videos, and memorabilia featuring Aretha Franklin.
"This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect," museum board member Kelly Major Green tells the Detroit Free Press. "It's the beginning of a much longer expression of who Aretha is."
The four-month exhibit will run through Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21, 2019. Among the items on display are clothing, shoes, video displays and photos from throughout Franklin's career, as well as a vinyl copy of her first recording in 1956, "Never Grow Old."
The museum hosted a two-day public viewing of Franklin's body on August 28 and 29, which was attended by over 30,000 people.
In addition to the Wright museum tribute, the Franklin estate is planning a long-term exhibit to open in 2020.
"The Aretha mojo lives," Green says. "People are still swept up in this. It's a beautiful tribute. We want to learn and see some things that are more intimate and touching about her. This personalizes her in a little different way."
Credit: Steve RoseZZ Top recently wrapped up a U.S. summer tour, and frontman Billy Gibbons is preparing to launch a North American solo trek in October, but the Texas trio has just announced plans to hit the stage together again next year in Las Vegas.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have lined up a return engagement at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian casino and resort running from January 18 through February 2. The eight-date residency follows a five-show stand at the venue that took place this past April.
Tickets for the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, box offices at The Venetian resort, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to ZZ Top fan club members starting Tuesday, September 25, at 10 a.m. PT, and to Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers and Grazie loyalty members beginning Wednesday, September 26, at 10 a.m. PT.
As previously reported, Gibbons' solo tour in support of his just-released studio album The Big Bad Blues kicks off on October 13 in Riverside, Iowa, and is plotted out through a November 18 show in West Hollywood, California. Billy also recently added a pair of solo shows in Austin, Texas on December 28 and 29.
Here are ZZ Top's 2019 Las Vegas shows:
1/18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 2/1, 2
And here are Gibbons' 2018 solo concerts:
10/13 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort 10/14 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom 10/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues 10/17 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone 10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 10/20 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center 10/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Ballroom 10/23 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square 10/25 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/26 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater 10/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 10/30 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club 10/31 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club 11/1 -- Washington, DC, Pearl Street Warehouse 11/3 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre 11/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 11/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues – Orlando 11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 11/9 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 11/10 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas 11/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater 11/13 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre 11/15 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern 11/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl 11/18 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour 12/28 -- Austin, TX, Antone's 12/29 -- Austin, TX, Antone's
Courtesy Crescent Moon, Estefan Enterprises Inc.Gloria Estefan has received Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, Billboard Awards, an MTV VMA and dozens of other honors. But she's going to have to clear a space on her mantle yet again: She and her husband Emilio are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The Gershwin Prize is given to a living artist in recognition of their lifetime achievement in "promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding." Previous winners include Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Paul McCartney and Smokey Robinson. Gloria and Emilio are the first married couple to receive the award, and the first recipients of Hispanic descent.
In a statement, Gloria said she's "deeply honored" to receive the award, adding, "We feel privileged to have been able to live our lives making and sharing music. We are profoundly humbled to have been chosen for this singular accolade.”
Emilio added, "My life and career in music has been a blessing and I’m humbled by this amazing honor and to be sharing it with my wife," and noted, "Throughout my career, my wish has always been to inspire minorities and to be an example that with hard work and dedication all your dreams can come true.”
The couple will receive their award at an all-star tribute concert in March, which will air on PBS in the spring of 2019.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageDid Cher just reignite her old Madonna feud?
With one seemingly shady dig at the Queen of Pop, Cher got rumors flowing again. During her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, she was asked during a game called "5 Second Rule" to name three celebrities she’d want to duet with.
"Oh! Adele, Pink and…uh, um -- not Madonna," Cher said, bending the rules a bit.
As the audience reacted in surprise, Ellen responded, "Well, all right, Ms. Negative!" To which Cher coyly asked, "Did I cheat?"
When Ellen informed her that yes, she did in fact cheat, Cher said, "I took a little license."
Up until now, it seemed that the Cher/Madonna beef had been squashed. Cher first expressed her dislike for Madonna back in the '90s.
"There's something about her that I don't like. She's mean, and I don't like that," Cher said in a 1991 interview with Steve Kmetko. "I remember having her over to my house a couple of times because Sean [Penn, Madonna's ex-husband] and I were friends, and she just was so rude to everybody."
But then in 2013, on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cher indicated things were fine between the two.
"I'm totally good with Madonna!" she insisted. "Madge and I have gone through our thing, but no, I'm totally good with her."
Credit: Derek HudsonFounding Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has premiered an official video for his new song, "Good On You Son," the first single from his upcoming studio album, Down the Road Wherever. You can watch the clip now at Knopfler's official YouTube channel.
The video begins and ends with scenes of Mark riding a motorcycle through a rural landscape, while the bulk of the clip features footage of Knopfler and his solo band performing at various venues in Europe. The video also captures Mark and his backing musicians at work in the studio.
The "Good On You Son" video was directed by Henrik Hansen, who previously worked on a short film that accompanied the title track of Knopfler's 2015 solo album, Tracker.
"Good On You Son" is a laid-back tune boasting blues, reggae and jazz influences. The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. Pre-order Down the Road Wherever now and you'll receive an instant free download of the song. The album will be released November 16.
Atlantic RecordsPretty Woman is about a hooker who dreams of a better life who falls in love with a billionaire, right? So imagine how Bryan Adams felt when he was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical based on the film -- and was told he couldn't use the words "love," "hooker" or "dreams."
"So how do you say, 'I wanna chase my dream,' without actually saying it?" Adams recalls. He and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance did it with a song called "Anywhere But Here," and you can hear it now on the original cast recording, which was released this past Friday.
That was just one of the challenges the duo faced while composing for Pretty Woman: The Musical during its years-long development process. It was co-written by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall, and Bryan got to work closely with him before Marshall died in 2016.
"It was his dream to make this into a Broadway musical, and I was really excited to be part of his dream," Adams tells ABC Radio. "And he'd sorta sketched out in his mind where he thought a song could go, so we sat down and in two weeks...we mapped out what was pretty much the roadmap for this musical."
The Canadian musician says he loves hearing the Pretty Woman cast sing his music, especially Samantha Barks, in the lead role of Vivian.
"I love the characters and...what they’re bringing to this," says Adams. "In fact, so many times the singers and actors...have brought something much more interesting [to it] than what I would’ve. I mean, [when] Sam sings 'This Is My Life' -- the first time I heard it, I completely forgot that I had written it!"
Adams will release a new album where he does the singing early in 2019.
The feature-packed release, timed for the 50th anniversary of the original record -- which was actually released on November 22, 1968 -- boasts a 5.1 surround-sound mix, painstakingly assembled by audio experts at Abbey Road Studios in London.
There's a three-CD Deluxe edition, which includes demos and rare acoustic performances, as well as a poster. The seven-disc Super Deluxe edition contains that and more, including 50 studio session outtakes, as well as the album on 5.1 Blu-ray, featuring mono and stereo remixes of the record, plus a 168-page, photo-packed hardback book boasting details about the songs' origins.
Two separate vinyl versions also will be offered: one a double record like the original vinyl release, and the other a four-LP Deluxe collection.
Back in June, Paul McCartney told DIY magazine that the White Album reissue is, "very cool and it sounds like you're in the room." He explained of some of the demos, "you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing."
KMazur/WireImage for ChopardRod Stewart's in the doghouse with his wife...and with Elton John. Sir Rod recently teased his longtime friend -- who he calls "Sharon" and who calls him "Phyllis" in return -- about Elton's announcement earlier this year that his current tour will be his last.
Stewart admits to the Daily Telegraph, "He's really [upset] with me. 'Cause when he did announce [the tour], I sent him a text: 'What, again dear?' And I got nothing back!"
Rod says his wife Penny Lancaster "says I've got to phone him up. [And] I will get round to it."
Stewart says, "He's got two kids so I can understand why he wants to pack it in. 'Cause he's always worked harder than me. Wow, does he work hard!"
But then the singer threw shade at Elton again, saying, "But he only sings for 30 minutes [per show]."
The fur started flying between the old pals back in March, when Stewart appeared on Watch What Happens L!ve With Andy Cohen and called farewell tours in general "dishonest," adding "It stinks of selling tickets."
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesSeptember 21 is always a celebration for Earth, Wind & Fire fans, but this year, it's even more special. That's because this year marks the 40th anniversary of their gold-certified #1 single “September, which begins with the unforgettable line, "Do you remember/The 21st night of September?”
Group co-founder Verdine White told TMZ that September 21 is always special for the band, and even more so 40 years after recording the song for the The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 album.
"It’s like our Mardi Gras,” the bass player says, after performing a brief, impromptu, a cappella version of the song with original member Ralph Johnson.
The song always receives a spike in YouTube views on September 21. In fact, this time last year, the video saw a 286% increase with 797k views in one day, according to the streaming service.
TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts' brain surgery was successful.
An update published on Betts' website says, "Dickey Betts and his family want everyone to know that his surgery was a success. The outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing. We are so appreciative. Thank you all so much for your wonderful thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated."
The former Allman Brothers guitarist fell while at home playing with his dog earlier this week and sustained a head injury. Friday's surgery was to relieve the cranial pressure created from swelling.
Credit: Tyler CurtisPaul McCartney may not be content to Let It Be. The singer says that the Beatles documentary of the same name -- released in 1970 and focusing on the miserable process of the band members trying to stay together long enough to release what ended up being their last album -- "may be[come]...a new movie, re-edit[ed] from the same period, from the same footage."
In an interview with Canada's Radio X, Macca says that there's "about 56 hours of [unleased] footage. [And] the overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting."
That would be a stark contrast to the strained feeling of much of the existing Let It Be film, which hasn't been available in any format since the '80s. It was supposed to have been released in DVD a decade ago, but a source at Apple Records told Britain's Daily Express that McCartney and Ringo Starr killed the plan because of the downbeat nature of the film.
But Paul's opinion of the film seems to have changed -- the discovery of the footage of "a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it" leads to him predict, "I think it's gonna happen. I think there may be a new version of it....Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two."
Here are McCartney's remaining North American shows of 2018:
9/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place 9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place 10/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival
UMeThe Bee Gees will giving their Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits collection the vinyl treatment. Already available on CD and digital, the group will add double gatefold vinyl to the format options.
The 21 tracks are formatted in chronological order, from 1966's "Spicks and Specks" to the 1987 hit "You Win Again." Their eight biggest '70s disco hits are also included, of course.
"There is a spirituality about this album and these songs always meant the most to us," says Barry Gibb in the album's liner notes. "Although there are many other songs, these songs, I feel, are the songs that Maurice, Robin, and I would be most proud of."
The double vinyl edition of Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits hits stores on October 26. Here's the track listing, with the song's year of release:
Side A "Spicks and Specks" (1966) "New York Mining Disaster 1941" (1967) "To Love Somebody" (1967) "Massachusetts" (1967) "Words" (1968) "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" (1968)
Side B "I Started a Joke" (1968) "Lonely Days" (1970) "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (1971) "Jive Talkin'" (1975) "Nights on Broadway" (1975)
Side C "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)" (1975) "You Should Be Dancing" (1976) "How Deep Is Your Love" (1977) "Stayin’ Alive" (1977) "Night Fever" (1977)
Side D "More Than a Woman" (1977) "Too Much Heaven" (1978) "Tragedy" (1979) "Love You Inside Out" (1979) "You Win Again" (1987)
Rhino RecordsAfter more than 50 years, the Monkees will finally release a holiday album.
Called Christmas Party, the collection will not only feature the voices of the surviving three members -- Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith -- but in a miracle of technology, the late Davy Jones as well. A statement from Rhino Records reveals that two songs, "Silver Bells" and "Mele Kalikimaka," were produced "using classic Davy Jones vocals from the archives combined with newly recorded music."
Christmas Party will also feature guest spots from some impressive guests: Peter Buck of R.E.M. and The Minus 5's Scott McCaughey play on two songs including the title track, which they wrote together.
XTC's Andy Partridge and Weezer's Rivers Cuomo also each wrote a song; Monkees fans will remember that Cuomo also wrote a song called "She Makes Me Laugh" for the group two years ago, for their album Good Times!
Christmas Party hits stores and digital outlets on October 12. Here's the track listing:
"Unwrap You at Christmas" "What Would Santa Do" "Mele Kalikimaka" "House of Broken Gingerbread" "The Christmas Song" "Christmas Party" "Jesus Christ" "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" "Silver Bells" "Wonderful Christmastime" "Snowfall" "Angels We Have Heard on High" "Merry Christmas, Baby"
Matt Baron/ShutterstockElton John has emerged victorious in a libel suit against a British tabloid.
According to the BBC, Elton, who has a long history of suing British tabloids and winning, said a report in The Sun that their dog had severely injured a young child during a play date was "false and seriously defamatory."
The front-page story, which ran in The Sun back in February, claimed that Elton's spaniel bit a five-year-old girl who was at his home for a play date in 2016. The story said that the dog inflicted "Freddy Krueger-like injuries" on the girl, that it was a "serious attack," and that Elton and his husband, David Furnish, "failed to make any attempt to find out how the little girl was" after the incident. The story was subsequently picked up by a number of other U.K. publications.
But Elton and David's lawyer told the judge, "The truth is that the injuries were not serious, and the claimants, far from ignoring the incident, made several inquiries about the girl's welfare to her father and nanny. Each time it was confirmed the girl was fine."
The lawyer said that the newspaper accepted the ruling that the allegation was untrue and that it would now apologize to Elton and David, reimburse their legal costs and pay them significant damages.
Farm Aid 2018 is one day away -- the day-long festival is taking place in Hartford, Connecticut this Saturday, September 22. Tickets are sold out through official channels but still available on StubHub and CraigsList, and the multi-artist hoedown is the perfect event for a road trip.
However, if you're unable to hit the highway in pursuit of Farm Aid, AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live.
In Farm Aid tradition, this year's show features sets from organizer and founder Willie Nelson, as well as appearances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Country stars Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, plus many others, are also slated to perform, with all artists donating their appearance fees to the cause.
The Farm Aid broadcast caps off an AXS Saturday Stack dedicated to the Farm Aid organizers, beginning at noon ET until the show starts at 7.
Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.
Image credit: Myriam SantosSteve Perry's shared a treat to take us into the weekend. "We're Still Here," the latest song release from the former Journey frontman's forthcoming album, Traces, is out now.
"We're Still Here" -- which the label says "celebrates the continuity of life and a sense of camaraderie with a new generation" -- at first listen shares a little of the vibe from the Perry-fronted 1983 Journey arena ballad "Send Her My Love," only much more mellow. Perry's trademark vocal gymnastics from back in the day may be absent but as previous tracks have proven, the 69-year-old is still in fine voice.
Olaf HeineBono's voice has been called many things, but now we can add "soothing" to that list.
Last week, the members of U2had just started playing a very intimate and unplugged version of "One" in a Paris restaurant called Refettorio, when a small child started crying. Without hesitating, Bono picked up the girl and held her, bouncing her gently as he started singing.
In a video posted to Instagram by Massimo Bottura, the restaurant's founder, the girl seemed comforted and stopped crying.
Bottura thanked U2 in the caption of the video for their support of Refettorio, an upscale restaurant that exclusively serves free meals to those in need.
U2 is currently on the European leg of their Songs of Experience Innocence tour, which wraps up November 13 in Berlin. That show is a make-up date for one the band was forced to cancel several weeks ago after Bono lost his voice.
Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesDo you remember the 21st of September? Some fans certainly do.
Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" is expecting a boost in views on YouTube Friday -- the 21st night of September. In fact, this time last year the video saw a 286% increase with 797k views in one day, according to the streaming service.
Although the track is turning 40 this year, the music video has a total of 225 million views on YouTube.
Even the band is getting ready for the special day, tweeting, "Only a few more days now..." on Tuesday.
Taylor Swift sparked renewed interest in "September" earlier this year when she recorded the single in Nashville as part of the Spotify Singles series, giving it a slowed-down, country vibe.