Courtesy of Alice Cooper's Solid RockAlice Cooper's 2018 Christmas Pudding charity concert this Saturday was supposed to feature a headlining performance by the Hollywood Vampires, the shock rocker's supergroup with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, but unfortunately Perry won't be performing at the show.
In a post on his Sold Rock Foundation's official Facebook page, Cooper reports, "Joe Perry has been diagnosed with pulmonary issues and forbidden by his doctor to travel while he is recuperating. His doctor is treating him and expects Joe to make a full recovery. Joe expressed his disappointment in not being able to perform with the Hollywood Vampires at Christmas Pudding."
The concert, which takes place at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, will still feature Cooper and Depp, as well as the other previously announced performers. The lineup also includes Blue Oyster Cult's Eric Bloom and "Buck Dharma" Roeser, ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, country star Gretchen Wilson, comic Larry the Cable Guy and Beasto Blanco, a band featuring Alice's daughter Calico Copper and his longtime bass player Chuck Garric.
As previously reported, Perry was hospitalized for several days last month after he collapsed backstage following a guest appearance with Billy Joel at Joel's November 10 concert at Madison Square Garden. Joe was forced to cancel a planned late-fall solo tour because of his health issues. His next scheduled performance is Aerosmith's February 1 concert in Atlanta as part of the Super Bowl LIII Music Fest 2019.
Proceeds raised by Cooper's Christmas Pudding benefits Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center, which offers free music, dance, arts and vocational programs for young people in the Phoenix area.
Courtesy of DawBellA rare U.K. TV performance featuring Elton John and his famous backing band playing his classic 1973 holiday single "Step into Christmas" was rediscovered recently and premiered Friday on the pop-rock legend's official YouTube channel. The footage hails from a December 22, 1973, appearance on the Gilbert O'Sullivan: Welcome to My Show variety program, which was broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV network.
The video shows Elton, wearing a glammed-up outfit adorned with white ostrich feathers, accompanied by guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and late bassist Dee Murray, as well as his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, who joins in on percussion.
Coinciding with the clip's premiere, Elton has released a digital holiday EP featuring his original version of "Step into Christmas," the audio track from the television performance of the tune, and the 1973 single's B-side, "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)." The EP is available now via the usual digital and streaming outlets.
"Step into Christmas" reached #11 on the U.K. singles chart back in '73, although it didn't chart in the U.S. It's also has appeared on several Elton compilations over the years, including the deluxe edition of last year's Diamonds.
Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesCondolences go out to KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons, who announced that his mother, Flora Klein, has passed away at the age of 93.
In a post on his socialmedia sites, Simmons writes, "I lost my Mother. My mentor. My moral compass. And I am heartbroken…No illness. No pain. She simply quietly, went to sleep."
He adds, "My Mother will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. Today. And Forever…And I would urge all of you, to run over, put your arms around your mother, kiss her and tell her how much you love her. Do this every day!"
Simmons' fellow founding KISS member, singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, penned a tribute to Gene's mother that's been posted on the band's official website.
"I knew her as long as I've known Gene. Beyond her fierce love and pride in her only child she was his inspiration to live up to being worthy of the sacrifices she made in a very difficult and at times horrific life," Stanley writes. "A holocaust survivor she fought for all she had and her fierce protection and pride in Gene made her someone to be feared, admired and loved. I will miss her laugh and smile. Let us all say a prayer for her, Gene and his family."
Flora was born in Hungary, and she and her brother Larry were the only members of her family to survive the Holocaust. After World War II she moved to Israel, where her son was born in 1949. When Gene was 8, Flora moved with her son to the U.S., while his father, Ference Witz, remained in Israel.
Streisand received a nod in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her latest release, The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic!
Byrne's most recent solo record, American Utopia, is up for the Best Alternative Music Album honor, while Sting's collaborative album with Jamaican-born artist Shaggy, 44/876, will vie for the Best Reggae Album award.
As for Cooper, he garnered his nomination as part of the cast of the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert TV special, the soundtrack for which is competing for the Best Musical Theater Album prize.
Scaggs snagged a Best Contemporary Blues Album nomination for his 2018 album, Out of the Blues.
Other veteran musicians in the running for Grammys include Joan Baez, who received a Best Folk Album nod; Alan Parsons, who will vie for the Best Immersive Audio Album award; and Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy and Maria Muldaur, who all are nominated in the Best Traditional Blues Album category.
In addition, documentaries about Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston and Quincy Jones are vying for the Best Music Film honor, and archival box sets by Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead are nominated, respectively, in the Best Album Notes and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category.
Grammy winners will be revealed on music's biggest night, airing Sunday, February 10, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
Credit: Terry WyattBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band has added five more 2019 dates to their final trek, which initially was called The Travelin' Man Tour but now has been renamed the Roll Me Away Tour.
The new shows are scheduled for January 3 in Saginaw, Michigan; March 2 in Las Vegas; March 12 in Bossier City, Louisiana; March 15 in Tampa, Florida; and March 17 in Sunrise, Florida. The January 3 concert now marks the start of the 2019 portion of the trek, which kicked off November 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Tickets for the latest additions to Seger's outing go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 14, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets on Tuesday, December 11.
The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's farewell tour currently is plotted out through a May 2 concert in The Woodlands, Texas. The trek continues with a show tonight in Cleveland.
Here are all of Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's confirmed upcoming tour dates:
12/6 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 12/8 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 12/12 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Arena 12/14 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena 12/20 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 12/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy Arena
2019 1/3 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event* 1/5 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 1/9 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center 1/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 1/15 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 1/17 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center 1/19 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 1/22 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 1/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum 1/26 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center 1/29 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena 1/31 -- Boise, ID, Ford Center 2/2 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 2/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena 2/9 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 2/12 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center 2/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 2/21 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 2/23 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 2/28 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 3/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden* 3/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum 3/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center 3/9 -- Frisco, TX, Ford Center at The Star 3/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center* 3/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena* 3/17 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center* 5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty ImagesHere's the complete list of nominees in key categories for the 61st annual Grammy Awards. Winners will be revealed on music's biggest night Sunday, February 10, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
Album of the Year Invasion of Privacy -- Cardi B By the Way I Forgive You -- Brandi Carlile Scorpion -- Drake beerbongs & bentleys -- Post Malone H.E.R. -- H.E.R. Dirty Computer -- Janelle Monae Golden Hour -- Kacey Musgraves Black Panther: The Album -- Kendrick Lamar
Record of the Year “I Like It” -- Cardi B “The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile “This Is America” -- Childish Gambino “Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper “All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar “Rock Star” -- Post Malone “God’s Plan” -- Drake “The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris
Song of the Year “All the Stars” -- Kendrick Lamar, SZA “Boo’d Up” -- Ella Mai “God’s Plan” -- Drake “In My Blood” -- Shawn Mendes “The Joke” -- Brandi Carlile “The Middle” -- Zedd, Maren Morris “Shallow” -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper “This Is America” -- Childish Gambino
Best New Artist Chloe x Halle Luke Combs Greta Van Fleet H.E.R. Dua Lipa Bebe Rexha Margo Price Jorja Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance “Colors” — Beck “Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello “God Is A Woman” — Ariana Grande “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga “Better Now” — Post Malone
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys “‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall “Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper “Girls I Like You” — Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B “Say Something” — Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton “The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Love Is Here to Stay —Tony Bennett & Diana Krall MyWay — Willie Nelson Nat “King” Cole & Me — Gregory Porter Standards (DELUXE) —Seal THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! — Barbra Streisand
Best Pop Vocal Album Camila — Camila Cabello Meaning of Life — Kelly Clarkson Sweetener — Ariana Grande ShawnMendes — Shawn Mendes BeautifulTrauma — Pink Reputation — Taylor Swift
Best Dance Recording “Northern Soul” — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford “Ultimatum” — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara) “Losing It” — Fisher “Electricity” — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson “Ghost Voices” — Virtual Self
Best Dance/Electronic Album Singularity — Jon Hopkins WomanWorldwide — Justice Treehouse — Sofi Tukker Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides — SOPHIE LuneRouge — TOKiMONSTA
Best Rock Performance “Four Out of Five” —Arctic Monkeys “When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell “Made An America” — The Fever 333 “Highway Tune” — Greta Van Fleet “Uncomfortable” — Halestorm
Best Metal Performance “Condemned to the Gallows “— Between The Buried And Me “Honeycomb” — Deafheaven “Electric Messiah” — High On Fire “Betrayer” — Trivium “On My Teeth — Underoath
Best Rock Song “Black Smoke Rising” — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet) “Jumpsuit” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots) “MANTRA” — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me the Horizon) “Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent) “Rats” — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)
Best Rock Album Rainier Fog — Alice In Chains M A N I A — Fall Out Boy Prequelle — Ghost From the Fires — Greta Van Fleet Pacific Daydream — Weezer
Best Alternative Music Album Tranquility Base Hotel Casino —Arctic Monkeys Colors — Beck Utopia — Björk AmericanUtopia — David Byrne Masseduction — St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance “Long As I Live” — Toni Braxton “Summer” — The Carters “Y O Y” — Lalah Hathaway “Best Part” — H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar “First Began” — PJ Morton
Best Traditional R&B Performance “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” — Leon Bridges “Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette “Honest” — MAJOR. “How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton Featuring Yebba “Made for Love” — Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song “Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai) “Come Through And Chill” — Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi) “Feels Like Summer” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino) “Focus” — Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.) “Long As I Live” — Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)
Best Urban Contemporary Album Everything Is Love — The Carters The Kids Are Alright— Chloe x Halle ChrisDave and the Drumhedz — Chris Dave and the Drumhedz War & Leisure — Miguel Ventriloquism — Meshell Ndegeocello
Best R&B Album Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton GoodThing — Leon Bridges Honestly — Lalah Hathaway H.E.R. — H.E.R. GumboUnplugged(Live) — PJ Morton
Best Rap Performance “Be Careful” — Cardi B “Nice for What” — Drake “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake “Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak “Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee
Best Rap/Sung Performance “Like I Do” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink “Pretty Little Fears” — 6LACK Featuring J. Cole “This Is America” — Childish Gambino “All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA “Rockstar” — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage
Best Rap Song “God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake) “King’s Dead” — Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake) “Lucky You” — R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas) “Sicko Mode” — Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee) “Win” — K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)
Best Rap Album Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B Swimming — Mac Miller VictoryLap — Nipsey Hussle Daytona — Pusha T Astroworld — Travis Scott
Best Country Solo Performance “Wouldn’t It Be Great?” — Loretta Lynn “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris “Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves “Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton “Parallel Line” — Keith Urban
Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne “Tequila” — Dan Shay ”When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town “Dear Hate” — Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill “Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Best Country Song “Break Up in the End” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell) “Dear Hate” — Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill) “I Lived It” — Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton) “Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves) “Tequila” — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan Shay) “When Someone Stops Loving You” — Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)
Best Country Album Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne GirlGoingNowhere — Ashley McBryde Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD
Best Americana Album By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette The Tree of Forgiveness — John Prine The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone — Lee Ann Womack One Drop of Truth — The Wood Brothers
Best Bluegrass Album Portraits in Fiddles — Mike Barnett Sister Sadie II — Sister Sadie Rivers and Roads — Special Consensus The Travelin’McCourys — The Travelin’ McCourys North of Despair — Wood & Wire
Best Folk Album Whistle Down the Wind — Joan Baez Black Cowboys — Dom Flemons Rifles & Rosary Beads — Mary Gauthier Weed Garden — Iron & Wine All Ashore — Punch Brothers
Best Reggae Album As the World Turns — Black Uhuru Reggae Forever — Etana Rebellion Rises — Ziggy Marley A Matter of Time — Protoje 44/876 — Sting & Shaggy
SPOKEN WORD FIELD
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) Accessory to War (Neil Degrasse Tyson & Avis Lang) — Courtney B. Vance Calypso — David Sedaris Creative Quest — Questlove Faith– A Journey for All — Jimmy Carter The Last Black Unicorn — Tiffany Haddish
Best Comedy Album Annihilation — Patton Oswalt Equanimity & the Bird Revelation — Dave Chappelle Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan StandupforDrummers — Fred Armisen Tamborine — Chris Rock
The Zombies' Hugh Grundy, Chris White, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent (Payley Photography)It's almost the time of the season for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to announce its latest class of inductees, and for the fourth time in six years, The Zombies are among the nominated artists.
Bassist Chris White, who joined The Zombies shortly after their formation, tells ABC Radio that "it couldn't be better" just being considered for induction. He notes that the main reason for the band's enduring appeal is its 1968 baroque-pop masterpiece Odessey and Oracle, the second and last album by the group's classic lineup, which broke up several months before the record's release.
"[I]t's recognition for an album that finished us 'cause no one wanted it, and now everybody seems to like it," White maintains. "And [now that the band members are all] in our seventies…it's a great thought that people really appreciate it and have nominated us for an honor."
If the Rock Hall's online fan poll is any indication, The Zombies have a good shot to finally be inducted in 2019, as the band currently is fourth in the voting, after Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren.
"I just think the fans are fantastic for voting for us," says White. "They've been so good, and they've…done it so well."
White hasn't been part of the official Zombies lineup since the band re-formed in 2000, but he and founding drummer Hugh Grundy rejoined the group in 2017 and this year for tour dates celebrating the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle.
White tells ABC Radio that touring with his old band mates has been "great fun," noting that they're all still "very close friends."
Voting in the Rock Hall fan poll closes this Sunday, December 9. The 2019 inductees are expected to be announced a few days later.
Varese SarabandeAnnie Lennox doesn't really write new songs much these days, but when she does, they make a big impact.
"Requiem for a Private War," Annie' first new original song in eight years, has received a Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture. The movie in question, A Private War, stars Rosamund Pike as the late war correspondent Marie Colvin.
In a statement, Annie says, "I’m thrilled and delighted that “Requiem For A Private War” has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award! The song was written and recorded in honor of renowned war correspondent Marie Colvin who I had the privilege to encounter a year before she was tragically killed while courageously reporting on the mass bombing of the civilian population in the city of Holms in Syria."
Annie continues, "In 2018, six years after Marie died, the war continues on its deadly course. Millions of innocent people have lost their lives as a result of this conflict, causing millions of refugees to flee their homeland. The film A Private War, reveals the full blown traumatizing barbarity of warfare and is a testimony to Marie and the Syrian people."
Annie says she "wholeheartedly congratulates" Pike for earning a Golden Globe nod for portraying Colvin, before concluding, "It’s been an honor to have played a small part in this project."
The Eurythmics front woman already has a Golden Globe on her trophy shelf: She won in the same category in 2003 for "Into the West," her song from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Brady Harvey/Courtesy of MoPopJohn Fogerty was one fortunate son on Wednesday at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture -- a.k.a. MoPop -- where he was presented with the institution's 12th annual Founders Award recognizing artists who have made outstanding contributions to popular music. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman received the honor during the museum's annual fundraising gala, which raised $950,000 for the attraction.
Fogerty's sons Shane and Tyler were on hand to help salute their dad.
"I am humbled and honored that MoPoP chose me as the recipient of the 2018 Founders Award," the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer said after receiving the honor. "I had no idea my sons, Shane and Tyler, would be delivering this heartfelt speech. I will never forget how special it was. I am so grateful and proud."
After the award presentation, a private tribute show honoring John was held that featured Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and several other musicians playing various memorable CCR songs. Fogerty closed out the show by hitting the stage with his sons to perform his Creedence classics "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," as well as the traditional tune "Oh Susannah," a song he says inspired his interest in playing music.
John said of the tribute performances, "I witnessed some of the best arrangements and vocals of my songs that I have ever heard. For those who were there I know they felt the same."
The fundraiser also featured a tribute to MoPop's founder, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died of lymphoma at age 65 in October. The money raised by the event will support the museum's youth education programs, exhibitions and more.
Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesGreen Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has shared a statement mourning the death of Pete Shelley, frontman of the pioneering British pop-punk band Buzzcocks.
"Rest In Peace Pete Shelley," Armstrong writes in an Instagram post. "You were truly an inspiration to me, [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] and [drummer] Tre [Cool]."
Shelley and Buzzcocks were a big influence on Green Day's sound, as well as punk and alternative rock in general. For Armstrong specifically, the 1979 Buzzcocks compilation Singles Going Steady was "a huge record for me."
"Buzzcocks pretty much invented a style that would influence multiple generations of lonesome hearts and weirdos," Armstrong writes. "Never shy about writing beautiful melodies into loud fast punk. You are the harmony in my head."
Shirlaine Forrest/WireImagePete Shelley, the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the pioneering British pop-punk band The Buzzcocks, has died at age 63 after suffering an apparent heart attack, the BBC reports. The group's management told the BBC that Shelley passed away today in Estonia, where he'd been living.
A post on The Buzzcocks' Twitter feed confirms Shelley's death. It reads: "It's with great sadness that we confirm the death of Pete Shelley, one of the UK's most influential and prolific songwriters and co-founder of the seminal original punk band Buzzcocks."
The band formed in 1976 in Manchester, England, and scored a string of top 40 hits on the U.K. charts in 1977 and 1978, including "What Do I Get?," "Love You More," "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)," "Promises" and "Everybody's Happy Nowadays."
After The Buzzcocks broke up in 1981, Shelley launched a solo career and that same year had a #14 hit on the U.S. dance chart with the synth-pop gem "Homosapien."
Fine Young Cannibals covered "Ever Fallen in Love" in the late '80s and their version of the tune appeared on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Something Wild and their own chart-topping 1989 album, The Raw and the Cooked.
The Buzzcocks reunited in 1989 and have continued to tour and record. The band had a December 14 show scheduled in Arnhem, Netherlands, as well as a series of European concerts in the summer of 2019.
Among the many artists influenced by The Buzzcocks were Green Day, Nirvana, R.E.M. and The White Stripes.
Courtesy of ABC NewsAretha Franklin is among the late celebrities who will be saluted on ABC's upcoming special The Year in Memoriam 2018, which airs December 17 at 10 p.m. ET.
Hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, the program will honor the stars we lost this year, including the Queen of Soul. Aretha's segment will feature a number of music stars sharing stories about about the legendary singer, including Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Kelly Clarkson. Franklin died August 16 at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.
The special will also remember acting legend Burt Reynolds, scientist Stephen Hawking, Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, Sen. John McCain and former first lady Barbara Bush.
Courtesy of Absolute PublicityVeteran Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band have lined up a 2019 U.S. trek dubbed Through Hell & High Water…and Back Tour. It gets underway January 4 in Clearwater, Florida, and is plotted out all the way through a June 29 show in Webster, Massachusetts.
The Marshall Tucker Band also are among the artists who will take part in the 2019 Southern Rock Cruise, which sets sails from Tampa, Florida, on January 6 and visits Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico, before returning to port on the 12th.
"When we started the band in the early '70s, we did it for beer money on the weekends," recalls lead singer Doug Gray. "Never in a million years would I have believed that we'd still be out here jammin' for as long as we have. What a journey…onward we ride!"
Before launching the new tour, The Marshall Tucker Band still has four more concerts on its 2018 schedule. Here are all of the group's upcoming dates:
12/14 -- Keene, NH, The Colonial Theatre 12/15 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Wolf Den 12/28 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre 12/29 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel 1/4/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 1/5 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 1/6-12 -- Embarks from Tampa, FL, The Southern Rock Cruise 2/22 -- Walhalla, SC, Walhalla Performing Arts Center 2/23 -- Walhalla, SC, Walhalla Performing Arts Center 3/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget 3/2 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort (The Showroom) 3/3 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up 3/7 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon 3/9 -- Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon 3/14 -- Riverhead, NY, The Suffolk Theatre 3/15 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino 3/16 -- Norwalk, CT, Wall Street Theater 3/23 -- Bristow, OK, The Freeland Center 3/28 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall 3/29 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues 3/30 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore 4/3 -- The Villages, FL, Savannah Center 4/6 -- Mobile, AL, Saenger Theatre 4/12 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center Coliseum 4/13 -- Pikeville, KY, East Kentucky Expo Center 4/27 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino 5/3 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre of Durham 5/4 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 5/11 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 5/31 -- Eldon, MO, Shawnee Bluff Winery and Vineyard 6/1 -- La Cygne, KS, Wildwood Outdoor Education Center 6/7 -- Macon, GA, Macon Centreplex Coliseum 6/29 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch
20th Century FoxBohemian Rhapsody, the new film that tells the story of Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury's path to rock stardom, has been nominated for two honors at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. The movie is in the running for the Best Motion Picture -- Drama award, while Rami Malek, who portrayed Mercury, is nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama prize.
The other films vying for the Best Motion Picture -- Drama award are Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk, and A Star Is Born. Malek will compete for his award with Bradley Cooper for his work in A Star Is Born, Willem DaFoe for At Eternity's Gate, Lucas Hedges for Boy Erased, and John David Washington for BlackKklansman.
Among the other music-related Golden Globe nominees is Annie Lennox, who's up for the Best Original Song -- Motion Picture award. Lennox is nominated for "Requiem for a Private War," which she wrote for A Private War.
The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards -- co-hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg -- will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 6, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
As previously reported, Queen has announced a 2019 North American summer trek dubbed The Rhapsody Tour that will kick off July 10 in Vancouver, Canada. The band continues to be led by founding guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, with lead vocals provided by Adam Lambert.
Released in November 1990, Serious Hits…Live! features performances from various stops on Collins' tour in support of his chart-topping 1989 studio album, …But Seriously. The live record peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.
Serious Hits…Live! includes renditions of a variety of Phil's popular singles, among them "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," "One More Night," "Don't Lose My Number," "Do You Remember?," "Another Day in Paradise," "Separate Lives," "In the Air Tonight," "Two Hearts," "Sussudio" and his covers of The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" and The Mindbenders' "A Groovy Kind of Love." In addition, there's a live version of his smash duet with Earth, Wind and Fire's Philip Bailey, "Easy Lover," featuring Bailey himself.
A Hot Night in Paris was released by Collins' side project The Phil Collins Big Band, and features performances by the group from 1998 that include instrumental renditions of songs from Phil's solo career and his band Genesis, as well as covers of Miles Davis' "Milestones" and The Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces." Among the other musicians in the group were longtime Genesis and Collins touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer and acclaimed jazz-fusion keyboardist George Duke.
Both reissues will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally formats, while this will mark the first time A Hot Night in Paris will be released on vinyl.
Here's the Serious Hits…Live! track list:
"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" "Who Said I Would" "One More Night" "Don't Lose My Number" "Do You Remember?" "Another Day in Paradise" "Separate Lives" "In the Air Tonight" "You Can't Hurry Love" "Two Hearts" "Sussudio" "A Groovy Kind of Love" "Easy Lover" "Take Me Home"
And here's the A Hot Night in Paris track list:
"Sussudio" "That's All" "Invisible Touch" "Chips & Salsa" "Hold On My Heart" "I Don't Care Anymore" "Milestones" "Against All Odds" "Pick Up the Pieces" "The Los Endos Suite"
Credit: Travis ShinnThe fairytale story of how Arnel Pineda went from fronting a Filipino cover band to becoming the lead singer of Journey will be brought to the big screen by Jon M. Chu, director of the hugely successful film Crazy Rich Asians.
According to an exclusive report in Deadline, Chu is teaming with Warner Bros. on the film, which will dramatize how Pineda was discovered by Journey guitarist Neal Schon via YouTube videos in which Arnel displayed an uncanny ability to recreate Steve Perry's soaring vocals.
The studio has secured the rights to Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, the 2012 documentary focusing on Pineda's path to rock stardom. Warner Bros. also is negotiating to acquire the rights to use Journey's original songs, most of which were composed by Perry, Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain, in the movie.
"The success of Crazy Rich Asians has blown my mind and set me on a path to champion more unique inspirational stories that represent new perspectives from all around the world," Chu says in a statement to Deadline.
"This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago," he adds. "A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage [literally] has all the ingredients I love about movies."
The director adds, "I have been a fan of Journey’s music since I can remember. I am excited to be bringing the audience along on this incredible story."
This won't be Chu's first attempt at a music movie: He directed the blockbuster 2011 Justin Bieber concert film Never Say Never.
Meanwhile, Journey currently has one more concert on its 2018 tour schedule: a December 16 show at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.
Credit: Kevin MazurSting is among the artists who will help close out 2018 with a performance on talk show host Steve Harvey's New Year's Eve special, airing on Fox.
Harvey will host the show live in New York City's Times Square alongside TV personality Maria Menounos. Other performers on the bill include U.K. alt-rockers Florence the Machine, "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke, country star Jason Aldean, Colombian artist Juanes and pop group Why Don't We.
Sting spent much of the past year promoting 44/876, his reggae-flavored collaborative album with Jamaican-born singer Shaggy. Looking ahead to 2019, the former Police frontman has lined up a tour of Europe in June and July called the My Songs Tour.
Courtesy of FenderFlea has joined forces with Fender to create the Flea Signature Active Jazz Bass.
The instrument, co-designed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, was built with a custom pickup and active preamp "designed to capture Flea's hyperkinetic energy both on and off stage."
"It's really got the best of both worlds," Flea says of the bass. "It's a workhorse. You can beat the s*** out of it and it still rocks. But you can also articulate in a light and bouncy way, in a fast and vicious way or in a slow and warm way."
Flea's Active Jazz Bass comes in two finishes: Inca silver or shell pink. demonstating It'll set you back $1,699.99. You can check out a video showing Flea discussing and playing the signature instrument at Fender's official YouTube channel. Visit Fender.com for more info.
While you're trying to play like Flea, he'll be applying his bass skills on new Red Hot Chili Peppers material as the band begins work on the follow-up to the 2016 album, The Getaway.
Credit: Ross HalfinThe 17th annual edition of Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding charity concert takes place this Saturday, December 8, at the Celebrity Theatre in the shock rocker's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. The Cooper-fronted supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which also features Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, are set to headline the show, but Perry's presence isn't confirmed.
As previously reported, Perry canceled a solo tour scheduled for this month after landing in the hospital following a backstage collapse after a guest performance with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden on November 10. It hasn't been announced if Joe will be joining the Vampires at this Sunday's event.
Also on the bill are Blue Oyster Cult's Eric Bloom and "Buck Dharma" Roeser, ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, country star Gretchen Wilson, comic Larry the Cable Guy and Beasto Blanco, a band featuring Alice's daughter Calico Cooper and the rocker's longtime touring bassist, Chuck Garric.
The show also will feature performances by the Solid Rock Dancers and the winners of this year's installment of Alice's "Proof Is in the Pudding" musical talent search.
Proceeds raised by the concert benefit Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center, which offers free music, dance, arts and vocational programs to young people in the Phoenix area.