iStock/sampsyseedsIf you're the type who lives paycheck to paycheck, this story may be hard for you to relate to.
Billboard reports that according to newly filed court papers, Aretha Franklin had nearly one million dollars' worth of uncashed checks in her possession at the time of her death a year ago. The checks were discovered when the Queen of Soul's possessions were inventoried.
According to Billboard, there was one check made out to Franklin's publishing company for just under $286,000, and another check from Sound Exchange and Screen Writers Guild for just under $702,000. All told, there were just under $989,000 worth of uncashed checks.
The checks are just one part of a bigger problem, though. According to Billboard, Franklin was thought to have died without a will, in which case her four sons would have split her estate equally. But three handwritten wills were discovered nine months after her death, which are are currently being evaluated by a handwriting expert.
Meanwhile, Franklin's niece Sabrina Owens has been named the representative for the estate; it was she who compiled the inventory. However, Franklin's son Kecalf has formally complained that it took Owens too long to provide him and his brothers with a list of Franklin's property -- plus which, he claims, the list she provided was incomplete.
PEOPLE/Meredith CorporationIt's been 50 years since The Beatles recorded their final album, Abbey Road, and in honor of that milestone, People magazine has produced a special issue dedicated to the Fab Four and how they spent that fateful year of 1969.
The 96-page issue -- available now on Amazon and at newsstands for $14 -- covers the Beatles' final days together as a band with an intimate collection of photos and a track-by-track, in-depth look at all 17 songs on the Abbey Road album.
The issue also covers the fact that 1969 was an important year personally for The Beatles, with two of them marrying, one becoming a father, and all of them working on their first solo projects.
In addition, there's a look at the famous Abbey Road studio where the Beatles recorded, as well as the famous crosswalk outside the studio that attracts countless fans each year, who all try to replicate the iconic Abbey Road cover.
One famous 1969 event that the Beatles weren't involved in -- the Woodstock festival -- is also covered in the issue. While the Beatles were reportedly invited to perform at Woodstock, the date apparently interfered with the recording of Abbey Road. The issue features photos and memories from the festival -- as well as John Lennon's reaction to it.
"Woodstock, the Isle of Wight — all the mass meetings of the youth — it’s completely positive for me," Lennon said in 1969. "When you show your flag, you’re not alone.”
Courtesy Henry HoltNot long ago, Rocketman star Taron Egerton told ABC Radio that he'd gotten an advance look at Elton John's upcoming autobiography, ME. Now, he's become an integral part of the whole project.
Egerton has been chosen to narrate the audiobook version of ME, which is coming out October 15, the same day as the print version. Listeners will also hear from Elton himself on the recording, but it's not clear at what point or how much.
“Elton John is a fascinating man, at times incredibly intimidating and yet very vulnerable; I have never met anyone like him” the actor says in a statement.
“I was passionate about my role as Elton in the movie Rocketman, and this feels like the perfect closing chapter to the whole experience," he adds. "I am honored to have been asked to narrate Elton’s autobiography and I’m excited to get started.”
Egerton, who first met Elton when they both appeared in the 2017 movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, have become fast friends since Rocketman, and have often performed together onstage.
ME is described as a "no holds barred" account of Elton's incredible life, in which he discusses his highs and lows in a very frank manner.
In an essay by Elton that comes with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rocketman, he explains, "The book is all true: the ridiculous reality of my life in all its funny, mad, horrible, dark and brilliant glory. I'm just incredibly grateful that I lived to tell the tale."
ParlophoneDavid Bowie's VH1 Storytellers concert special will be released on vinyl for the first time on October 11.
The set, recorded August 23, 1999 in New York City, featured rare performances of the songs "Can't Help Thinking About Me," "Drive-In Saturday" and "Word on a Wing," which Bowie had not played in 33, 25 and 23 years, respectively.
"We were used to dealing with legendary musicians," says VH1 Storytellers executive producer Bill Flanagan. "Still, landing David Bowie was more than a big booking. There's no way to say this without being corny: It was an honor."
"Bowie has a unique place in rock & roll," Flanagan adds. "He is not only one of the most influential musicians of the era, but he does nothing unless he is fully committed."
The upcoming two-LP collection will also feature four bonus tracks not included on the original CD: "Survive," "I Can't Read," "Always Crashing in the Same Car" and "If I'm Dreaming My Life."
Here's the vinyl's track list:
Side 1: "Life On Mars?" "Rebel Rebel (truncated)" "Thursday's Child"
Side 2: "Can't Help Thinking About Me" "China Girl" "Seven"
Side 3: "Drive-In Saturday" "Word On A Wing" "Survive"*
Side 4: "I Can't Read"* "Always Crashing in the Same Car"* "If I'm Dreaming My Life"*
Courtesy AXS TVWe've got our first look at the upcoming AXS TV show Paul Shaffer Plus One, which will feature the former Late Nightwith David Letterman bandleader chatting with iconic musicians and jamming on their best-known hits.
In a sneak peek of the first episode, Shaffer sits down with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh to talk about the creation of one of the band's signature hits, "Life in the Fast Lane." After Shaffer notes that the song has three people credited as writers -- Walsh, Don Henley and Glenn Frey -- he asks how it came together.
“I had this lick that I played that I would warm up for a show with,” Walsh explains, demonstrating the song's famous opening riff. “It’s a coordination exercise between your right and left hand.”
“I was just playing, warming up for the show, and Glenn comes busting into my dressing room and says, ‘What the hell’s that!?’" Walsh recalls. "And I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s just a lick I warm up with.’ And he says, ‘That’s an Eagles song, dude!’”
Paul Shaffer Plus One premieres Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET.
Joan Jett and country music superstar Carrie Underwood teamed up for a performance earlier this summer at Nashville's annual CMA fest -- and now they're reuniting for this year’s Sunday Night Football open.
The two stars will perform the original SNF opening number, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” which is actually based on Joan’s 1988 hit, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”
“I have always been a huge fan of Joan’s,” says Underwood. "And I’m thrilled that she’s joining us for the Sunday Night Football open. What better way to pay homage to the original SNF opening song than by getting to play with her on prime time’s biggest stage?”
Turns out it was Underwood's idea to add Jett to the mix. The executive producer of NBC's Sunday Night Football says, "We immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of SNF. We were excited when Joan agreed to join us, and we can’t wait to debut the finished product.”
For the first time ever, this year’s open was filmed at an NFL stadium, with as-yet-unannounced players joining Underwood and Jett at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
You can get your first look at this year’s theme this Sunday night, during halftime of the Steelers/Titans pre-season game, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. You’ll be able to see the full version before the first official game on Sunday, September 8.
This is Underwood's seventh year in a row starring in the Sunday Night Football open.
Gibson is producing a new limited-edition Eric Clapton signature model guitar based on the 1964 Firebird I model that Slowhand played during the 1960s and '70s.
The guitar features a vintage sunburst finish and was created using the exact measurements from original 1964 Firebird models. Each instrument boasts a backplate signed by Clapton, a replica of the strap Eric used, and a replica of the guitar's original case. The guitar also will come with a certificate of authenticity booklet.
"I remember one night, in particular with the Firebird," Clapton recalls of his old guitar. "It was a Cream show in Philadelphia, and it was one of the greatest gigs I ever played."
Only 100 Eric Clapton Firebird models will be sold worldwide, 50 in the U.S. through Guitar Center stores and GuitarCenter.com, and 50 internationally via select Gibson dealers. According to Gibson.com, the guitar's list price is $7,999.
A pre-sale on the Clapton Firebird I model began Monday. The instrument's release is timed with the 2019 edition of Eric's Crossroads Guitar Festival, which takes place September 20 and 21 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The new Clapton guitar will be on display at the fest in the Guitar Center Village, as will the Gibson ES-335 Eric used on many of many classic recordings, including Cream's rendition of blues great Robert Johnson's "Crossroads."
ABCMary Wilson of The Supremes will be hearing a symphony this fall...as she hits the ballroom to compete on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
The founding Supremes member -- and the longest-running member of the legendary girl group -- was announced Wednesday as one of the cast members for DWTS Season 28, along with the likes of Christie Brinkley, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown, former basketball star and Khloe Kardashian’s ex Lamar Odom, Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek, legendary Supremes member Mary Wilson, country singer Lauren Alaina, The Office’s Kate Flannery and Kenan & Kel’s Kel Mitchell.
The cast was announced on ABC's Good Morning America. Participating in the announcement remotely, Wilson, who is 75, said that now that she's joined the DWTS cast, her 11 grandchildren finally think she's cool.
The new season of DWTS will premiere on Monday, September 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here's the full cast list:
Christie Brinkley, model Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette star Kel Mitchell, Kenan & Kel actor Ray Lewis, former pro-football player Lamar Odom, former Lakers player and Khloe Kardashian’s ex Kate Flannery, The Office actress Lauren Alaina, country singer Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary Ally Brooke, singer and former Fifth Harmony member Karamo Brown, Queer Eye star James Van Der Beek, Dawson's Creek star Mary Wilson, ex-member of The Supremes
ZZ Top recently canceled the first four scheduled dates of their 50th anniversary tour's North American leg so drummer Frank Beard could recover from a bout of pneumonia, but now "That Little Ol' Band from Texas" is set to launch the trek tonight, August 21, in Woodinville, Washington.
ZZ Top's 50th anniversary tour features a total of 50 dates and is plotted out through a November 9 show in Shreveport, Louisiana. As previously reported, Cheap Trick will be the support act at most of the shows, while Lynyrd Skynyrd will open a pair of dates: August 23 in Irvine, California, and August 24 in Concord, California.
ZZ Top also recently lined up a New Year's Eve concert in Durant, Oklahoma.
In addition to many headlining shows, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are slated to take part in a number of festivals during the trek, including the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville, Texas, on August 31; Bourbon and Beyond in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 22; and the Exit 111 Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, on October 12.
Meanwhile, ZZ Top singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Dusty Hill were on hand for a premiere screening of the band's new documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas in Hollywood on Tuesday, August 13. The duo also took part in a Q&A at the event. The film began being shown in theaters across North America starting this week. Visit ZZTopFilm.com for more details.
Here are all of ZZ Top's North American tour dates:
8/21 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle* 8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre** 8/24 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion** 8/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre* 8/27 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theater 8/28 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU* 8/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre* 8/31 -- Lewisville, TX, Texas International Pop Festival 9/1 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre* 9/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair* 9/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Pavilion* 9/6 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre* 9/7 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre* 9/8 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill* 9/10 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights* 9/11 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion* 9/13 -- Ocean City, MD, Ocean City BikeFest 9/14 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion* 9/15 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion* 9/17 -- Syracuse, NY, Crouse-Hinds Theatre at John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter 9/18 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion* 9/19 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater* 9/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica* 9/22 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon and Beyond Festival - Champions Park 10/5 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre* 10/6 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion* 10/8 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for Arts & Sciences 10/9 -- Charleston, SC, Volvo Cars Stadium* 10/11 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee -- Event Center* 10/12 -- Manchester, TN, Exit 111 Festival - Great Stage Park 10/13 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre* 10/15 -- Augusta, GA, The James Brown Arena* 10/16 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre* 10/18 -- Estero FL, Hertz Arena* 10/19 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre* 10/20 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre* 10/22 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts 10/23 -- Tallahassee, FL, Donald L. Tucker Civic Center 10/25 -- Oxon Hill, MD, MGM National Harbor 10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, The Wind Creek Event Center 10/27 -- Manshantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino 10/29 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theatre 10/30 -- Kalamazoo, MI, Wings Event Center 11/1 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee 11/3 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Theater 11/5 -- Springfield, MO, Juanita K. Hammons Hall 11/6 -- Enid, OK, Stride Bank Center 11/8 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort 11/9 -- Shreveport, LA, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium 12/31 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theatre
= festival performance. * = with Cheap Trick. ** = with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
While Sheryl Crow hasn't seen the Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, she admits that when she was touring with MJ in the late '80s as a backup singer, there were some "things" going on that made her uncomfortable.
Speaking to the British paper The Telegraph, Sheryl says she "doesn't want to see" the documentary, in which two men accuse the late King of Pop of abusing them as children. However, she reveals, "I was around for some things that I thought were really strange and I had a lot of questions about."
Sheryl won't say anything more on that topic, preferring instead to discuss her star-studded new album, Threads, which she says will be her final one, though she claims she won't stop making music.
Threads, out August 30, features Sheryl collaborating with everyone from Stevie Nicks, The Eagles' Joe Walsh and Eric Clapton, to Sting, Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt, the woman who first inspired Sheryl to pick up a guitar.
Sheryl's also been touring this summer, and her sons, 12-year-old Wyatt and nine-year-old Levi, are part of her entourage -- but she's put them to work, too.
"The boys are really starting to enjoy being on the road now," she tells the Telegraph. "I opened for Phil Collins in [Germany] and I had them helping out, bringing guitars on stage. But my youngest is such a negotiator."
She laughs, "I offered to pay him $5 a gig and he tried to bargain for a flat fee of $100 for the summer. I had to get my calculator to see if that squared up. He's going to be my accountant one day!"
Courtesy of TIFFThe trailer for Bruce Springsteen's new Western Stars film, which features the New Jersey rock legend performing his entire new album of the same name, has premiered online at Warner Bros. Pictures' official YouTube channel.
The clip features footage of Springsteen performing in front of a small audience in a 100-year-old barn that he owns, accompanied by a large string section and some of the musicians who contributed to the Western Stars album.
The performance segments are interspersed with sweeping, cinematic footage of the Western U.S., while the whole trailer is soundtracked by a narrative voice-over by Bruce, reflecting on life and touching on themes that echo the songs on Western Stars.
"It's easy to lose yourself or never find yourself," Springsteen says at one point. "The older you get, the heavier that baggage becomes that you haven't sorted through, so you run. I've done a lot of that kind of running."
He later declares, "I've spent 35 years trying to learn how to let go of the destructive parts of my character, and I still have days where I struggle with it."
Another part of the trailer features a home movie of Springsteen kissing and dancing with his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, outside of a log cabin.
"We all have our broken pieces. Emotionally, spiritually, in this life, nobody gets away unhurt," Bruce says over the romantic scene. "And we're always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges."
Courtesy of BET NetworksBroadway is gearing up for some major Soul in the next few years.
On Monday, the creative team was announced for a Broadway-bound Soul Train musical. The team will be led by three respected women in theater: Ain't Too Proud'sDominique Morisseau is writing the show, the Apollo Theater's Kamilah Forbes will direct it, and 2019 Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown is the choreographer.
They'll be joined by Grammy Award-winner and author of Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots. He will serve as an executive producer alongside late Soul Train creator Don Cornelius' son Tony Cornelius, Emmy-nominated CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, and Live Nation Urban president Shawn Gee, among others.
The new musical, set to premiere in 2021, will feature more than 20 hit songs from the era and tell the personal story of Cornelius and his journey to create the era-defining hit television series.
Soul Train, a music variety series that launched in 1971, was created and hosted by Don Cornelius to help showcase both established and up-and-coming black musicians. Its final episode aired in 2006, making it, at the time, the longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated program in television history.
Pete Still/RedfernsLongtime Canned Heat bassist Larry "The Mole" Taylor has died. According to a Facebook post from the band's manager, Taylor passed away Monday at his home in Lake Balboa, California, after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.
Taylor was part of Canned Heat's most famous lineup, which included Alan Wilson, Bob Hite, Henry Vestine and "Fito" de la Parra. Taylor's death leaves de la Parra as the sole surviving member of that lineup, which performed at both the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and at Woodstock in 1969. Canned Heat's best-known songs are "Goin' Up the Country" and "On the Road Again."
Prior to joining Canned Heat, Taylor -- the brother of late Ventures drummer Mel Taylor -- toured with Jerry Lee Lewis and was a session player who contributed to records by artists as diverse as The Monkees, JJ Cale, Albert King and Buddy Guy.
Taylor left Canned Heat in 1970, be rejoined the group in 1978 and played with the band off and on until his passing. He also recorded and performed with Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall and John Hammond Jr.
As his manager notes, "Larry told great stories, funny jokes, was a foodie, wine, record, and rock poster collector, computer whiz and a special human being who really 'lived for music…music was his religion!'”
Taylor survived by his wife Andrea, his son Danny and daughters Rebecca and Molly.
RhinoRush's 2013 live album Clockwork Angels Tourwill be released on vinyl for the first time on October 11. The record will be available as a five-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, featuring nine sides of music and a laser etching on the second side of the last disc.
Clockwork Angels Tour, which originally was released as a three-CD/one-DVD set, features performances recorded at Rush concerts in Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio in November 2012 during the band's tour in support of its final studio album, Clockwork Angels. The vinyl version of the album includes all 31 tracks that appeared on the CDs.
The shows began with a set featuring songs from throughout Rush's career, followed by a set where the band played nearly all of Clockwork Angels, accompanied by a string ensemble conducted by acclaimed composer and conductor David Campbell. The ensemble also joined Rush for several other tunes.
Clockwork Angels Tour also features a few bonus tracks, including a performance of "Limelight" recorded during a soundcheck.
The vinyl set will come packaged in a two-piece box that includes a full-color booklet and a download code to access a high-def digital version of the album.
Here's the full track list of the Clockwork Angels Tour vinyl edition:
Side A "Subdivisions" "The Big Money" "Force Ten" "Grand Designs"
Side B "The Body Electric" "Territories" "The Analog Kid" "Bravado"
Side C "Where's My Thing?/Here It Is!" (Drum Solo) "Far Cry" "Caravan"*
Side D "Clockwork Angels"* "The Anarchist"* "Carnies"*
Side E "The Wreckers" "Headlong Flight"*/"Drumbastica" (Drum Solo) "Peke's Repose" (Guitar Solo)/"Halo Effect"*
Side F "Seven Cities of Gold"* "Wish Them Well"* "The Garden"*
Side G "Dreamline"* "The Percussor" --I. "Binary Love Theme" --II. "Steambanger's Ball" (Drum Solo) "Red Sector A"* "YYZ"*
Side H "The Spirit of Radio" "Tom Sawyer" "2112"
Side I "Limelight" "Middletown Dreams" "The Pass" "Manhattan Project"*
UMe/VirginVeteran U.K. synth-pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, a.k.a. OMD, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, and in conjunction with the milestone, the band is releasing an expansive, career-spanning digital box set and a three-LP greatest-hits collection on October 4.
The Souvenir: Digital Box Set is a 98-track retrospective broken into five volumes and featuring all of OMD's biggest hits, including the 1986 #4 hit "If You Leave," and the top-20 singles "Dreaming" and "(Forever) Live and Die." It also features a brand-new song, "Don't Go."
The first two volumes of the box set cover OMD's singles from 1979 to 1987 and 1988 to 2019, respectively. The third volume features a variety of unreleased recordings, while the last two volumes include live performances at two different London venues in 2011 and 1983.
The digital box set will also be available for streaming.
The three-LP set features the same 40 tracks that are on the first two volumes of the box set. A digital compilation titled Souvenir: The Singles Collection 1979–2019 with those same 40 songs also will be available.
OMD is currently on tour in the U.S. with The B-52's and Berlin. The trek continues tonight in Grand Prairie, Texas, and is mapped out through a September 24 show at the Central Park Summerstage in New York City.
Here's the full track list of the Souvenir: Digital Box Set:
Disc 1: The Singles 1979-1987
"Electricity" "Red Frame/White Light" "Messages" "Enola Gay" "Souvenir" "Joan of Arc" "Maid of Orleans" "Genetic Engineering" "Telegraph" "Locomotion" "Talking Loud and Clear" "Tesla Girls" "Never Turn Away" "So In Love" "Secret" "La Femme Accident" "If You Leave" "(Forever) Live and Die" "We Love You" "Shame"
Disc 2: The Singles 1988-2019
"Dreaming" "Sailing on the Seven Seas" "Pandora's Box (It's a Long, Long Way)" "Then You Turn Away" "Call My Name" "Stand Above Me" "Dream of Me" "Everyday" "Walking on the Milky Way" "Universal" "If You Want It" "Sister Marie Says" "History of Modern (Part 1)" "Metroland" "Dresden" "Night Cafe?" "Isotype" "The Punishment of Luxury" "What Have We Done" "Don't Go"
Disc 4: Live at the Mermaid Theatre, London (2/3/2011)
"Messages" "Tesla Girls" "New Babies New Toys" "History of Modern (Part 1)" "(Forever) Live & Die" "Souvenir" "Joan of Arc" "Maid of Orleans" "New Holy Ground" "Green" "Walking on the Milky Way" "Sister Marie Says" "Locomotion" "Sailing on the Seven Seas" "Enola Gay" "Electricity"
Disc 5: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (5/10/1983)
"Dazzle Ships -- Parts II, III & VII" "ABC Auto Industry" "Messages" "She's Leaving" "Georgia" "Almost" "Julia's Song" "Joan of Arc" "Maid of Orleans" "Statues" "The Romance of the Telescope" "Souvenir" "Telegraph" "Radio Waves" "Bunker Soldiers" "Enola Gay" "Silent Running" "Electricity" "Pretending to see the Future" "Stanlow"
Credit: Jill FurmanovskyPink Floyd drummer Nick Masonwill receive the Prog God honor at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards, taking place September 12 at London's Underglobe Theatre. The award, presented by the U.K.'s Prog magazine, acknowledges artists who have been musical innovators throughout their careers.
"I'm all in favor of recognition for drummers -- particularly when it's me -- so I'm really delighted to be recognized as Prog God," Mason tells Prog.
"It's hard to believe that it was over 50 years ago that the music we know as prog rock was born, and it's still being celebrated, played and developed in the 21st century. Long may it continue!"
Mason co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965, and is the only member to play on every one of the band's studio albums. Nick was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1996.
Mason also released albums as a solo artists and with a variety of side projects, and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. In addition, Nick has produced albums by Robert Wyatt, Gong and The Damned.
In 2018, he formed a Pink Floyd tribute band called Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, which focuses on the group's pre-1973 material. The band, whose lineup also includes Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp and longtime Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, recently wrapped up a European summer tour.
Previous recipients of the Prog God honor include Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Carl Palmer, Peter Gabriel, Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks, and Yes members Steve Howe, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.
A total of 15 awards will be handed out at the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. Winners will be announced on the night of the event at the Prog website.
In the beginning of the clip, Sting recalls joining The Police, noting, "It was a punk band. It wasn't really my cup of tea, but I thought I'd do it anyway."
Johnson responds by saying, "I never thought of you as a punk band. It was just…too good."
Sting also chats about how The Police toured the U.S. early in their career, playing small clubs around the country.
"I'm glad I did that. I'm just so grateful for it," he says of the experience. "It builds backbone, you know? It builds some kind of psychological armor."
One of those small clubs, Sting notes, was the legendary but now defunct New York City punk venue CBGB.
Johnson asks Sting what it was like played the notoriously seedy club for the first time, to which Sting replies, "It was kind of a spooky place, but, you know, it was full of history…Television played there, Talking Heads, Blondie."
Sharing his recollections of CBGB, Sting says, "[A] bathroom was the dressing room, and it was a toilet, [with] graffiti everywhere."
Also in the preview, Sting and Johnson, visit the former site of CBGB, which is now a Varvatos store.
As previously reports, A Life on the Road originally began airing in 2017 on U.K. television. Among the stars who appear on other episodes are Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Billy Joel, Joe Walsh, Mark Knopfler, Paul Rodgers, and Mick Fleetwood.
Ringo Starr is the subject of a lengthy new People interview in which the former Beatles drummer touches on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of Abbey Road, his plans for a new solo record, the current 30th anniversary tour of his All Starr Band and more.
The expanded Abbey Road reissue, which will be released on September 27, includes an unused take of "Octopus' Garden," one of the few songs Starr had a hand in writing for The Beatles.
Ringo tells the magazine that "people are interested in all of that," referring to the alternate versions of songs that have appeared on recent Fab Four reissues.
He also says he's happy about the remastered audio because the drums are more pronounced in the mix.
"People are telling me, 'Oh, you can play!'" Starr notes. "Because they can hear the drums [better] now."
Abbey Road includes the only drum solo Ringo ever played on a Beatles track, during the album's finale, "The End."
"They forced me to do that one," Starr maintains. "I'm just not a drum solo drummer. I want to be in the band…I hold them all together and they can go mad. I'm crazy about very few drum solos I've heard."
Meanwhile, Ringo's been recording a new solo album with various guest musicians, including current members of his All Starr Band; his brother-in-law Joe Walsh; Dave Stewart of Eurythmics; and renowned session bassist Nathan East.
"I like to hang out with writers and musicians, so I've been co-writing all the songs," Starr says.
Ringo's on the road now with his All Starr Band, marking the 30th anniversary of his first trek with the star-studded collective. The tour runs through a September 1 concert in Los Angeles.
Here are the remaining dates:
8/20 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center 8/22 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino 8/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino 8/25 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House 8/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 8/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre 8/30 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort 8/31 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
Credit: Daryl HannahNeil Young has unveiled some new details about Colorado, his upcoming album with the current incarnation of Crazy Horse.
Young reports that the first track from the record, a song titled "Rainbow of Colors," will be coming out this month, with the album to follow in October. The folk-rock legend also reveals that the album will feature "10 new songs ranging from around 3 minutes to over 13 minutes.
He adds that he and Crazy Horse -- Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Nils Lofgren -- "hope you love this new album as much as we do."
Colorado will be available on CD, via streaming and as a two-LP vinyl set that features three sides of music and comes packaged with a bonus 7-inch single with two tracks that aren't on the album.
In addition, Young shares some news about the recently reported in-the-works documentary focusing on the making of Colorado. Neil says the movie's called Mountaintop Sessions and it'll be screened in more than 100 theaters around the world during the week that the album is released.
"It is a wild one folks, no holds barred," Young says of the film. "You will see the whole process just as it went down! [Warts] and all! I don't think a film about this subject with the openness and intensity we have captured has ever been seen."
Mountaintop Sessions is being shot by cinematographer C.K. Vollick, who also worked on the 2018 film Paradox, which starred Young and was directed by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah.
Niklas Halle'n-WPA Pool/Getty ImagesElton John's been burned numerous times by the British press, so that's why he's speaking out in defense of the way the press has been treating Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
According to E!, over the weekend, Harry, Meghan and their son Archie were criticized for taking a private jet to Elton's home in Nice, France for a vacation. Specifically, they were accused of spending the British taxpayers' money, and being environmentally reckless by flying private, not commercial.
Elton took to Instagram to post a lengthy note blasting the press and explaining the situation.
"I am deeply distressed by today’s distorted and malicious account in the press surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s private stay at my home in Nice last week," Sir Elton wrote.
Noting that Harry's mother, Princess Diana was "of my dearest friends," he added, "I feel a profound sense of obligation to protect Harry and his family from the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death."
"After a hectic year continuing their hard work and dedication to charity, David and I wanted the young family to have a private holiday inside the safety and tranquility of our home," Elton continued, referring to his husband David Furnish.
"To maintain a high level of much-needed protection, we provided them with a private jet flight," he explained. "To support Prince Harry’s commitment to the environment, we ensured their flight was carbon neutral, by making the appropriate contribution to Carbon Footprint."
Elton, who performed at the couple's wedding, concluded by stating, "I highly respect and applaud both Harry and Meghan’s commitment to charity and I’m calling on the press to cease these relentless and untrue assassinations on their character that are spuriously crafted on an almost daily basis."