Credit: Henry DiltzDavid Crosby is about to launch a tour of Europe in support of his 2017 solo album, Sky Trails, and the folk-rock legend has just announced that he'll follow that outing with a fall U.S. trek. The new stateside tour will get underway on November 2 in Seattle, and is scheduled through a December 8 concert in Port Chester, New York.
On his European trek, the 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is being backed by his "Sky Trails Band," which, as you'd expect, includes musicians who are featured on the Sky Trails album. For his forthcoming U.S. tour, Crosby will be accompanied by his "Lighthouse Band" -- multi-instrumentalist Michael League of the Grammy-winning jazz collective Snarky Puppy, singer/guitarist Becca Stevens and singer/songwriter Michelle Willis -- who all worked on David's 2016 solo effort Lighthouse.
Crosby also has recorded a new album with League, Stevens and Willis that will arrive this fall. In a Twitter message posted Tuesday, David says he will reveal the release date "soon now."
Tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale this Friday, August 24.
Crosby's European trek kicks off in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Thursday, August 23, and is plotted out through a September 16 show in London.
As previously reported, a fully authorized documentary about Crosby's life is being produced by award-winning writer and director Cameron Crowe. The as-yet-untitled movie will be directed by A.J. Eaton, who has been following Crosby's endeavors during the past few years. This will be Eaton's feature-length directorial debut.
Here are all of Crosby's upcoming U.S. concerts:
11/2 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 11/4 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater 11/6 -- San Francisco, CA, Castro Theatre 11/8 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero Theatre 11/9 -- Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre 11/10 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theatre 11/12 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre 11/13 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove 11/15 -- Albuquerque, NM, National Hispanic Cultural Center 11/17 -- Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall 11/19 -- Skokie, IL, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts 11/20 -- Madison, WI, Capitol Theatre 11/24 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, The Paramount Theatre 11/25 -- Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo State Theatre 11/28 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage 11/29 -- Frederick, MD, Weinberg Center for the Arts 12/1 -- Albany, NY, The Egg Performing Arts Center 12/2 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts - Sunoco Performance Theater 12/4 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 12/5 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 12/7 -- New Bedford, MA, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center 12/8 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica drummer Lars Ulrich will participate in an upcoming talk with photography duo Herring & Herring on October 19 at The Cooper Union in New York City.
While you may not know Herring & Herring by name, if you know Metallica, you've probably seen their work. The duo, made up of photographers Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen, worked on the album artwork for Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, and directed the videos for "Halo on Fire," "Am I Savage?" and "Now That We're Dead."
"The guys have shot us numerous other times, both in the studio and at live shows, and we're always blown away by their creativity and distinctive style," Metallica says.
Ulrich's talk with Herring & Herring will be free and open to the public, and you can RSVP now. Visit Metallica.com for more info.
Metallica will kick off a U.S. tour in support of Hardwired...to Self-Destruct on September 2 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Appleseed RecordingsNewly recorded tracks by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello and Donovan are among the 57 tunes featured on a new compilation celebrating the 21st anniversary of the folk label Appleseed Recordings that will be released on October 19.
Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches is a three-disc set features mainly tracks from the label's archives, along with nine previously unreleased songs. Among the latter are Springsteen's rendition of the late Pete Seeger's classic "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)," Morello's cover of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" and Donovan's version of the traditional tune "Wild Mountain Thyme."
According to a press release, Morello's version of "Dirty Deeds" "reimagines" the 1976 track with mentions of U.S. foreign policy and "fake news."
The compilation also includes Springsteen's version of the spiritual "We Shall Overcome," Morello's take on Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and songs featuring Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Bonnie Raitt, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, Arlo Guthrie and Judy Collins.
The collection's three discs are themed to correspond with the three philosophies to which Appleseed Recordings is devoted. Disc one is titled "Let the Truth Be Told," disc two is called "The Wisdom Keepers" and disc three is titled "Keeping the Songs Alive."
Here's the full track list of the Appleseed's 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches compilation:
Disc One: Let the Truth Be Told
"Oh Sacred World" -- Pete Seeger "If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" -- Bruce Springsteen* "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" -- Tom Morello* "Well May the World Go" -- Tim Robbins* "I Wish the Wars Were All Over" -- Joan Baez "Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)" -- Pete Seeger with Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle and Anne Hills "Across the Border" -- Tom Russell* "Love in the Time of Gaza" -- Johnny Clegg "Scared of Guns (Amended)" -- John Wesley Harding (with Corporal Quorum)* "Second Line Blues" -- Sweet Honey in the Rock "Needle of Death" -- Anne Hills* "There Is No Good Reason" -- Natalie Merchant & Friends "Give Me Back My Country" -- The Kennedys "Blessed Be the Nation" -- Studs Terkel "This Land Is Your Land" -- Tom Morello "We Shall Overcome" -- Bruce Springsteen "Dr. King on Violence" -- Pete Seeger
Disc Two: The Wisdom Keepers
"Get It Right One Day" -- Jesse Winchester* "Poorman's Sunshine" -- Donovan "Land of the North Wind" -- Dick Gaughan "Follow that Road" -- Tom Paxton & Anne Hills "Katherine of Oregon" -- Al Stewart "Surrounded" -- Jonathan Edwards "Kisses Sweeter than Wine" -- Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt "Jump Back in the Ditch" -- Angel Band "Gonna Go Crazy" -- Eric Andersen "What I Know" -- Tom Rush "IDK, But I'm LOL" -- Sweet Honey in the Rock "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman (Thank You)" -- Lizzie West & the White Buffalo "Stepstone" -- Joel Rafael Band with Jackson Browne, Jimmy LaFave and Arlo Guthrie "Looking for the Moon" -- Tom Paxton "Somos El Barco/We Are the Boat" -- Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt with Emmylou Harris "There Is Love (Wedding Song)" -- John Stewart* "Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding" -- Jesse Winchester "When I'm Gone" -- Dick Gaughan
Disc Three: Keeping the Songs Alive
"The Water Is Wide" -- John Gorka "Bring It with You When You Come" -- David Bromberg with Levon Helm "Roving Gambler" -- Ramblin' Jack Elliott "Careless Love" -- Tim Eriksen "Wild Mountain Thyme" -- Donovan* "John Riley" -- Roger McGuinn with Judy Collins "Canadee-I-O" -- John Wesley Harding "Oh Mary, Don't You Weep" -- Bernice Johnson Reagon with Kim & Reggie Harris "Going Across the Mountain" -- Pete Seeger "Tom Dooley" -- Frank Proffitt "Asturias" -- Guardabarranco "El Quinto Regimiento" -- Lila Downs "Are You Sleepin', Maggie?" -- Aoife Clancy "Mrs. Poer, or, The Concerto" -- Alec Stone Sweet "Sow 'Em on the Mountain" -- Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin "Little Birdie" -- Steve Young "Cindy" -- Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger "Sanalwami" -- Sharon Katz & the Peace Train "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning" -- Danny Glover and Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr. "Wade in the Water" -- Kim and Reggie Harris "Bay of Mexico" -- John Stewart & Darwin's Army "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" -- Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane and Vedran Smailovic
Credit: Pamela LittkyThe Seattle Mariners celebrated Alice in Chains Night Monday, in honor of the hometown rockers' upcoming album, Rainier Fog.
Before the game, the grunge icons took the mound and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell delivered a strike for the first pitch. The late Chris Cornell's daughter Lily Cornell Silver was in attendance, and she posted video of Cantrell's pitch on her Instagram Story.
To add to the night of Seattle pride, the Mariners defeated the visiting Houston Astros 7-4.
Rainier Fog will be released this Friday, August 24.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for MTVAs expected, Aerosmith brought the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards to a close with a rocking performance last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. As had been rumored, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers were joined onstage by hitmaking rapper-singer Post Malone, although they didn't perform "Walk This Way," as TMZ had reported they would.
The ceremony's finale began with Malone singing his chart-topping hit "Rockstar" with rapper 21 Savage. Then, Post declared, "Ladies and gentlemen, it's f****** Aerosmith!" as Steven Tyler and company appeared at the back of the stage and kicked into an abbreviated version of their classic power ballad "Dream On."
Aerosmith then ripped into their 1975 gem "Toys in the Attic," as Malone accompanied them on guitar and backing vocals. Late in the song, Joe Perry kicked into a wailing solo and proceeded to stick the neck of his guitar into one of his amplifiers, as smoke poured out of the amp. Watch the performance now at MTV's official YouTube channel.
After the event, Tyler took to Twitter to sing the praises of Malone, writing, "PostMalone = THE FUTURE OF MUSIC."
In a follow-up message, Steven tweeted, "@Aerosmith x @PostMalone x @21savage = A SMASHGASM OF AWESOME."
As previously reported, Aerosmith will be kicking off a Las Vegas residency dubbed Deuces Are Wild in April 2019 at the Park MGM resort.
Courtesy of Live NationJudas Priest's North American co-headlining tour with Deep Purple kicks off tonight in Cincinnati. Both bands have recent studio albums they're promoting, with Priest having released Firepower this past March and Deep Purple issuing inFinite in April of 2017.
Longtime Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis tells ABC Radio that fans can expect "a very spectacular show" from his band, thanks in part to the group's production team.
"[P]eople don't just want to hear a band, they want to see a band," explains Travis. "And so, we've got video screens and everything, so…people should come out. It's definitely gonna be…a rock 'n' roll circus."
Of course, Judas Priest's set will include a number of songs from Firepower, which has garnered plenty of critical praise and also was the group's highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200, peaking at #5. Founding Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill tells ABC Radio and his band mates are "very, very proud" of the record.
"[P]eople have asked musicians what's their favorite album, and they'll always say 'the new one,' but in this case I think it's true…with Firepower," Hill declares. "It's a tremendous album. It was a real pleasure to make, and I think it shows, actually, on the recording."
Ian adds, "[W]e've always tried to go a step forward with each [new album], and I think it's what's kept the band current and relevant today…It's a very modern-sounding album, although it's coming from a nearly 50-year-old band."
Judas Priest and Deep Purple's co-headlining tour features a total of 25 concerts and is scheduled to run through a September 30 show in Wheatland, California. Here are all of the dates:
8/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 8/22 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 8/24 -- Detroit, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill 8/25 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort 8/27 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre 8/29 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre 8/30 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Centre Videotron 9/1 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 9/2 -- Bethel Woods, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 9/5 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater 9/6 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 9/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 9/9 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 9/11 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 9/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 9/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre 9/16 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum 9/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 9/20 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 9/21 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs 9/23 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 9/26 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 9/27 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre 9/29 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/30 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
Sony Music EntertainmentThe musical inspired by Meat Loaf's landmark 1977 album Bat Out of Hell and its sequels will get its U.S. debut as part of a 19-city tour kicking off with a November 6-17 engagement in Detroit. Bat Out of Hell: The Musical features songs written by Jim Steinman, including such Meat Loaf hits as "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."
Before the U.S. tour begins, the production will return to Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre -- where the musical made its North American debut in October 2017 -- for an October 16-November 4 run.
The show is a romantic adventure focusing on an eternally youthful street tribe that battles a tyrant desperately for control of the ruined city where they live.
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical had its world premiere in Manchester, U.K., in early 2017, then moved to the London Coliseum in London for an engagement that ended on August 22, 2017. The show's first Toronto run wrapped up in January 2018, and the production then returned to London, where it opened at the Dominion Theatre in April. That engagement is scheduled through an October 27 performance.
"Just like the album Bat Out of Hell, this musical was born to tour," says Steinman. "I'm thrilled that the show has been so well received in the U.K., but not everyone can get to London, so I’m delighted that the producers decided to take the show on the road here."
The U.S. tour currently is confirmed through a June 26-July 7 engagement in Dallas. More performances and cities will be announced soon.
Here's the confirmed North American tour schedule:
10/16-11/4 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Ed Mirvish Theatre 11/6-11/17 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 11/21-12/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre 12/4-12/23 -- San Francisco, CA, SHN Orpheum Theatre 1/8/19-2/2/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Ahmanson Theatre 2/6-2/17 -- Denver, CO, Denver Center - Buell Theatre 2/20-2/24 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 2/26-3/3 -- Des Moines, IA, Fox Theatre 3/5-3/10 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre 4/3-4/21 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theatre 4/23-5/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Forrest Theatre 5/7-5/26 -- Washington, D.C., National Theatre 5/28-6/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Pac - Blek Theatre 6/12-6/23 -- St. Paul, MN, Music Theatre at the Ordway 6/26-7/7 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Art Center
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCAfter Aerosmith's performance of "Mama Kin" on last Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon announced that the band would be performing Monday on the 2018 Video Music Awards. That news has now been officially confirmed by MTV.
But TMZ claims that, according to sources close to Aerosmith, the band will not just perform at the show. Reportedly, Steven Tyler and company will close out the event with a performance of their classic "Walk This Way," the 1977 hit that was famously covered in 1986 by Run-DMC, with some help from Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry.
A TMZ reporter approached most of Aerosmith's members on the street in New York City earlier today and asked them which rapper other than Run-DMC they'd most want to perform "Walk This Way" with. He also asked if they could confirm a rumor that they'd be joined onstage at the VMAs tonight by contemporary rap star Post Malone.
Perry said he wasn't sure who the band will be playing with, adding, "Post is really good, but there's so many great ones out there, it's hard to choose."
Bassist Tom Hamilton said the band would "probably do something completely different" if they remade "Walk This Way." As for the rumor about Post Malone, Hamilton just smiled.
Drummer Joey Kramer said "maybe Post" would be the rapper he'd like to perform with, then said he couldn't confirm whether Aerosmith will be closing the VMAs with Malone.
Regarding his band's performance, Kramer said, "I can tell you that it'll be great, and that we're coming back with a vengeance."
Last week, Aerosmith announced plans for a 2019 Las Vegas residency at the new Park MGM resort.
The MTV VMAs air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
Don McLean and Roger Daltrey (Lorenzo)An impressive list of music stars joined The Who's Roger Daltrey on Friday at a benefit event called the Backyard Concert 2018, which raised funds for the Daltrey-cofounded Teen Cancer America and UCLA Health. Among the other performers who took part in the show, held in Pacific Palisades, California, were Van Morrison, John Fogerty, KISS singer Paul Stanley, Don McLean, Jewel and U.K. pop superstar Ed Sheeran.
During the invite-only event, McLean teamed up with Sheeran to perform Don's classic hit "Vincent." McLean posted video of the two rehearsing the song on his Instagram page.
"I have been aware of the philanthropic work of Roger Daltrey for many years, and that motivated me to participate," said McLean in a statement. "I enjoyed all the music very much, and Ed Sheeran is very delightful to know and work with. Van Morrison put on a beautiful, swinging show…Everyone gave their best, and it was a stellar musical evening that raised money for a good cause."
The concert was hosted by director Judd Apatow. Besides the musical performances, there also was an auction of rare music memorabilia and art, presided over by Howie Mandel. Among the items that went on the block was a rare acoustic guitar autographed by 75 music legends, including Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Brian May, Bruce Springsteen, McLean, Donovan, Brian Wilson, Keith Richards, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash and Don Everly. It sold for $80,000.
Another collectible auctioned was a refurbished pinball machine created in conjunction with the 1975 film adaptation of The Who's 1969 rock opera Tommy, signed by members of the band and stars of the film, including Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret. That fetched $28,000.
Friday's concert and auction raised over $3.5 million for the charities.
Rebecca Sapp/WireImageFounding Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin has launched a medical malpractice lawsuit against a New York City hospital, claiming that poor care following a March 2016 heart operation has left him with major health issues.
The suit, filed in a federal court Thursday against Mount Sinai Beth Israel and several doctors and nurses employed by the facility, alleges that after Balin underwent successful open-heart surgery, a triple-bypass and a valve replacement, his negligent treatment in an intensive-care unit led to a botched tracheotomy. That, in turn, left him with a paralyzed vocal cord and caused him to lose half his tongue.
The lawsuit also claims that the hospital was understaffed, and the staff's negligence resulted in Balin's left thumb becoming necrotic, leading to its amputation. The suit further alleges that Marty suffered kidney damage and developed bedsores while under the hospital's care.
The lawsuit charges that because the hospital branch was in the process of closing, doctors caring for Balin should have moved him to a facility where the singer could have been looked after properly. According to the suit, by the time he left the hospital, Marty "had become totally disabled and has never recovered properly."
The suit maintains that Balin's "ability to play and sing in a band has been destroyed" and he's been unable to care for his special-needs daughter, who suffers from spina bifida.
According to the New York Post, the hospital declined to comment about Balin's case because of pending litigation, but said in a statement, "Our highest priority is delivering the highest level of compassionate care to our patients."
In a recent interview with the Marin Independent Journal, Balin talked about his recovery from heart surgery, while reporting that he was "doing good now" and was "finishing two new albums."
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters are launching a special pop-up shop to celebrate the upcoming second edition of the band's CalJam festival. It'll be open August 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT at the Palladium in Los Angeles.
The pop-up will feature exclusive merch and a performance from Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins' cover band Chevy Metal. Admission to the event is free.
CalJam 18 will be held October 5 and 6 at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California, with the main event taking place on the 6th. Along with a Foos heradlinin performance, the October 6 lineup will include Iggy Pop with Post Pop Depression, Tenacious D,Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups and Manchester Orchestra. Billy Idol will headline the first day of the fest.
Asylum/Warner Music GroupNo doubt The Eagles have a "Peaceful Easy Feeling" today: They can now boast that they're again responsible for the best-selling album of all time.
The Recording Industry Association of America has just certified the band's 1976 album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 for sales and streams of more than 38 million copies.The album now overtakes Michael Jackson's Thriller for the title of all-time best-seller.
The two albums have traded off that title for years, but as recently as 2017, Thriller was the top seller, with some 33 million copies sold. Now, The Eagles have reclaimed the title, with Thriller slipping to #2.
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 features all of the band's biggest early hits, from "Take It Easy," "One of these Nights" and "Witchy Woman" to "Lyin' Eyes," "Desperado," "Already Gone" and "Take It to the Limit."
But wait -- there's more. The Eagles' equally legendary album Hotel California, also released in 1976, has been certified for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies, making it the third best-selling album of all time.
In a statement, Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, said, "Congratulations to the Eagles, who now claim the jaw-dropping feat of writing and recording two of the top three albums in music history. Both of these transcendent albums have impressively stood the test of time, only gaining more currency and popularity as the years have passed, much like the Eagles themselves."
The Eagles' current lineup of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey -- son of the late founding member Glenn Frey -- and Vince Gill, are on tour through October, wrapping up their current tour on October 20 in Cleveland.
RankinRod Stewart made headlines earlier this year when he said that anyone who announces a "retirement" or "final" tour -- like his old pal Elton John -- is doing so just for a cash grab. Now, Rod says he feels badly about his comments.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Rod says, "I was a bit unfair to Elton on a drunk night on television in New York, when I spitefully said, 'I think it's bang out of order that you announce a farewell tour every time, and it stinks of grabbing money.'"
He adds, "I wish I hadn't said it. I think [Elton's] very upset with me. [My wife] Penny keeps saying, 'Send him an apology.' So I should, really."
Speaking of his wife Penny, she and Rod have two children, 12-year-old Alastair and seven-year-old Aiden. Rod says of Aiden, "He's been dressing up as a lady and I wanted to buy him a nice outfit for Christmas, but Pen said, 'Don't encourage him.' I've seen lots of kids dress up as girls when they're little, it doesn't mean anything. And anyway, if he's gay, so what? We need gay men in the world."
And the interview ends with this little tidbit: The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer evidently regrets passing up the chance on an investment that would have made him a fortune.
"I was asked to invest in Starbucks about 20 years ago and I turned it down," he claims. "I was saying, 'Who is going to want to drink coffee all day? It'll never happen.' I was a cup of tea man. Now they're on every street corner. I must have lost millions."
Still, he admits, "I've got more money than I can spend. I'm not complaining at all."
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam's show at Chicago's Wrigley Field Saturday honored a hometown hero and a music legend.
During the concert, Eddie Vedderinvited former NBA player Dennis Rodman on stage before a performance of his solo song, "Sleeping By Myself." The Chicago Bulls icon brought out Vedder's ukulele and thanked the hometown crowd before leaving the stage.
Credit: Mads PerchWe're sending out a whole lotta love to Robert Plant, who celebrates his 70th birthday today. While the founding Led Zeppelin frontman Plant hasn't performed live with his old band mates since their memorable London reunion concert in December 2007, the singer remains a very active touring and recording artist.
Plant released his latest solo album, Carry Fire, in October 2017 and has been busy promoting the record by touring with his current backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
Plant first and foremost will always be known for his contributions to Led Zeppelin, the band that helped define hard rock and heavy metal. His banshee wail and seductive stage moves have inspired and influenced countless other singers, from Whitesnake's David Coverdale to Josh Kiszka of the up-and-coming hard-rockers Greta Van Fleet. The music he made with the band continues to be the soundtrack to fans' lives worldwide.
After Led Zeppelin's 1980 breakup following the death of drummer John Bonham, Plant launched a successful solo career, and also released a pair of collaborative albums with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page during the 1990s.
Among the highlights of Plant's post-Led Zeppelin career, though, was his 2007 duets album with bluegrass star Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, which won an impressive five Grammy Awards.
Plant will launch a new U.S. trek with The Sensational Space Shifters next month. The tour gets underway with a September 9 headlining performance at the 2018 LouFest in St. Louis and is mapped out through an October 1 show in Austin, Texas.
Robert also is expected to take part in Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary celebrations this fall, but don't hold get your hopes up for another reunion performance -- Plant's been adamant about not playing again with his old band mates.
Gus Stewart/RedfernsJust call him Slowhand Santa: Eric Clapton is set to release Christmas album.
Billboard reports Happy Xmas will arrive October 12, and will feature classic holiday songs as reworked by the legendary guitarist.
Happy Xmas will also contain an original Clapton Christmas tune called "For Love on Christmas Day."
Clapton tells Billboard, "I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals."
He reveals that, once he nailed the guitar parts, "one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.'"
One of the songs, Clapton's take on "Jingle Bells," is dedicated to the memory of the late superstar deejay Avicii, who died earlier this year. According to Billboard, Clapton was a great admirer of his.
Happy Xmas' cover features a color illustration of Santa Claus, drawn by Eric himself.
Preorders are being taken now for a $60 deluxe edition boxed set, which includes the CD, a 7-inch picture flexi-vinyl, a USB copy of the album that doubles as a Santa-shaped Christmas ornament, and a dog-shaped Christmas ornament. You can check out the deluxe edition at SurfDog.com
Here is the Happy Xmas track listing:
"White Christmas" "Away in a Manger (Once in Royal David's City)" "For Love on Christmas Day" "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday" "Christmas Tears" "Home for the Holidays" "Jingle Bells (In Memory of Avicii)" "Christmas in My Hometown" "It's Christmas" "Sentimental Moments" "Lonesome Christmas" "Silent Night" "Merry Christmas Baby" "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Scott StrebleCan't make it to Connecticut for Farm Aid 2018? No problem. AXS-TV is once again making it easy to catch the "music with a mission" event, by broadcasting this year's show live from Hartford on Saturday, September 22.
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 with three, count 'em, three segments of Dan Rather's The Big Interview, featuring Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp.
At 3 p.m. ET, AXS will broadcast a 90-minute Mellencamp concert from Chicago, called Plain Spoken: John Mellencamp, which features "Pink Houses," "Cherry Bomb," and "Small Town," among others.
Next up, at 4:30 p.m. ET, a Willie Nelson: Soundstage show, which AXS promises will deliver "an intimate, career-spanning set."
Dave Matthews' Weekend On the Rocks will air at 5:30 p.m. ET and will include selections from the DMB's four-day run at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in 2005.
Farm Aid 2018 itself will air live from the XFINITY Theater in Hartford, CT, will air from 7 p.m. to midnight ET on Saturday, September 22.
ABC/Richard CartwrightRoger Daltrey is a rare rock star: He's been married for almost fifty years and has never had a drug problem. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Who frontman says a couple of simple rules have kept him on the straight-and-narrow.
The singer married his wife, Heather Taylor, in 1971. Though he admits "[it's] not easy," he thinks his marriage "survived because I was always honest with her [about] whatever had gone on during the tour."
Daltrey says he wasted no time getting "on the first bloody plane back to her" after each Who tour, adds that he "worship[s] the ground she walk[s] on."
As for that other big rock star cliche -- drugs and rehab -- Roger says his clean living was a lucky combination of preference and necessity.
"I had to [stay clean], so I could keep the others in line," he says, and then jokes, "You try getting three people on acid from the Monterey Pop Festival all the way to London!"
The singer also notes that he saw "so many people...[become] complete a**holes" on drugs, and realized he never wanted that to happen to him.
Daltrey also believes that his relatively drug-free life was due to his desire to preserve his voice, which, after all, is his instrument.
Daltrey, who'll release his autobiography in October, wraps a two-month solo tour tomorrow night in Indio, CA. The Who is currently on a break, but Daltrey promises, "We haven't ever thought of [retiring]."
However, Roger says he would like to retire one particular song from the Who's set: "Won't Get Fooled Again."
"That’s the only song I’m bloody bored s**tless with. I don’t know why, but I’m being honest," he says.
Credit: Gene KirklandSlash has unleashed a new song called "Mind Your Manners" with his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. The track is available now for digital download.
"Mind Your Manners" will appear on the group's upcoming album Living the Dream, which also features the lead single "Driving Rain." The new record, the follow-up to 2014's World of Fire, will arrive on September 21.
Slash and company will hit the road on a U.S. headlining tour in support of Living the Dream beginning September 13 in Los Angeles.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJimmy Fallon may have let "Sweet Emotion" take over last night when Aerosmith rocked The Tonight Show. At the end of their high-energy performance of "Mama Kin," Fallon outro'ed the band, plugged their upcoming Las Vegas residency, and then blurted, "Catch them performing Monday on the VMAs!"
That information hasn't been reported anywhere else. If that turns out to be the case, Aerosmith will be the hardest rockers on the bill....at least so far. The pop and hip-hop heavy broadcast is set to include Ariana Grande, Panic! At the Disco, and rappers Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and Post Malone, among others.
The MTV VMAs will air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.