Paul Rodgers will be presented with a special honor for his career achievements at the seventh annual CV Music Awards, held Sunday, June 2, at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, California.
The Bad Company and former Free singer will be on hand to receive the event's first ICON Award, an honor created for him. In addition, the rock legend and his wife will donate $5 for every ticket sold to the ceremony to three humane animal charities they support -- the Living Free Animal Sanctuary, the Loving All Animals organization, and Coachella Valley Horse Rescue.
Paul will also provide special swag bags for VIP ticket holders featuring some of his DVD and CD releases.
ABC Radio; Walter McBride/WireImageEx-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, members of The Go-Go's and The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere are among the artists scheduled to perform at the 11th annual "We Write the Songs" event, which is being held Tuesday, May 21, in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium.
The invite-only gathering is presented jointly by The ASCAP Foundation and the Library of Congress, and it celebrates the annual gift that the Foundation -- a division of the performers-rights organization ASCAP -- presents to the Library of Congress. The gift includes manuscripts, lyric sheets, letters and photos from some of the country's most respected songwriters.
Besides Felder, Cavaliere and Go-Go's guitarists Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey, the list of performers include veteran pop/R&B songwriter Andrea Martin and This Is Us soundtrack composer Siddhartha Khosla. The event will be co-hosted by ASCAP Foundation president and legendary songwriter Paul Williams.
The "We Write the Songs" event is held a day before ASCAP's annual "Stand with Songwriters" Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Many of the performers who take part in the event will meet with lawmakers to discuss issues facing songwriters in the age of digital music.
Fans will now have even more chances to see Madonna on tour this year.
The Queen of Pop has confirmed new North American dates for her Madame X tour. She'll be playing three shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, three shows at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, three shows at The Met in Philadelphia and five shows at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater.
Due to high demand, Madonna has also added even more dates in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Ticket requests can be submitted through the Madonna.LiveNation.com portal now through Friday, May 24 at 12:00 noon ET. Every ticket purchased includes a CD of Madonna's new release, Madame X, in stores June 14.
The North American tour will start September 12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWhitney Houston's legacy will live on in the hearts of her fans, friends, family---and now a posthumous album as well as a hologram tour, The New York Times reports.
Speaking with Pat Houston, the vocal powerhouse's sister-in-law and former manager, the outlet has learned that Houston's estate is developing an extensive list of projects intended to revamp the late singer's mega-celebrity brand.
“Everything is about timing for me. It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic," Houston told the Times.
According to Houston, who also serves as the executor of Whitney's estate, a hologram tour has "taken precedence over everything." Any prospective live dates would feature the Grammy-winning singer's original band and backup singers.
Additional ventures will reportedly include a Broadway musical as well as a posthumous album of unreleased tracks from Whitney's 1985 self-titled debut.
The new focus on the singer's re-branding follows a $14 million deal her estate signed with the music and marketing company Primary Wave Music Publishing. The deal reportedly entitles the company to 50% of the late star's assets.
Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Houston said.
“People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”
Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesLindsey Buckingham recently gave his first public performance since undergoing open-heart surgery earlier this year. The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist's wife, Kristen, posted video clips on her Instagram page showing Lindsey playing guitar as their daughter Leelee and her high-school chorale group sang his old band's song "Landslide."
On her Twitter feed this past Saturday, Kristen posted a message that reads, "Last night was epic. First time I've seen Lindsey play in the last 4 mos, all the while Leelee ending her high school career. AND she sings a little Landslide with her dad. I cried, I'll admit it. Never know what's ahead so enjoy the moment..."
In the video, Leelee gives a high-five to her dad at the end of the performance.
Kristen reported on February 8 that her husband had undergone an emergency heart operation the previous week, and that his vocal cords had been damaged during the procedure. She added that they didn't know whether the damage would be permanent.
Lindsey's wife shared an update on his condition in a February 23 tweet, saying, "Considering the massively invasive surgery, he is doing really well. Each day things get a little easier, but it is a slow process and sometimes a frustrating one."
Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac last year after an apparent conflict with Stevie Nicks, and shortly before the band announced plans for a new world tour. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn were brought in to replace Lindsey.
Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who played on many of the band's most famous recordings, will mount his first North American solo trek in 13 years this fall.
Wakeman's The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour currently features 14 confirmed dates, and is mapped out from a September 21 show in Annapolis, Maryland, through an October 13 concert in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The outing eventually will visit a total of 25 cities and will be extended into November.
The shows will feature the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 70 on Saturday, playing solo piano versions of Yes classics, material from his solo albums, and well-known songs by other artists to which he contributed, including some early David Bowie hits. Rick also will present his arrangements of a few Beatles tunes at the concerts. Interspersed with the performances, Wakeman will entertain audiences with his trademark bawdy jokes and humorous anecdotes.
Prior to the North American trek, Rick will play a series of solo shows in the U.K. He's also scheduled a pair of special orchestral performances of his 1974 album Journey to the Centre of the Earth on July 13 and 14 at London's Royal Festival Hall. These concerts will be the final U.K. performances of the album, and also will serve as a celebration of Wakeman's 70th birthday.
Tickets for Wakeman's North American shows are on sale now. Visit RWCC.com for more details.
Here are all of Wakeman's confirmed U.S. and Canadian tour dates:
9/21 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 9/22 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 9/23 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur 9/24 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 9/25 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 9/27 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Palais Montcalm 9/28 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Olympia Theatre 9/29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall 10/2 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center 10/4 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre 10/8 -- Allentown, PA, Miller Symphony Hall 10/10 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 10/11 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium 10/13 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
BMGSammy Hagar has scored his first-ever top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with Space Between, the new studio effort he recorded with his current backing band The Circle. The album debuted at #4 on the chart after notching 40,000 equivalent album units.
Many of the units were earned thanks to a concert-ticket/album-sale redemption offer tied with Hagar and The Circle's current U.S. tour, which kicked off in April.
Space Between's 40,000 units is the third-highest one-week sales figure ever for a Hagar album since Nielsen Music started tracking data in 1991.
Although this marks the first project featuring Hagar's name to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200, nine previous albums by bands featuring The Red Rocker as lead singer actually have accomplished the feat -- seven by Van Halen and two by Chickenfoot. Sammy's ex-Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony plays bass in The Circle, which also features Jason Bonham on drums and Vic Johnson on lead guitar.
Hagar's highest-charting previous solo album was 1987's I Never Said Goodbye, which peaked at #14.
Also breaking into the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week is Queen's Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection compilation, which jumped from #29 to #6 after earning 32,000 equivalent album units. The 52-track album experienced a 92-percent overall sales spike thanks to a heavily discounted price -- $6.99 -- in the iTunes Store.
Topping the chart is rapper Logic's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which earned 80,000 equivalent album units in its debut week.
The 34-second video, captioned "Rocking out new tunes," features Mick strumming a black Fender Stratocaster as he plays along to what apparently is a new Rolling Stones song. The Stones have been working on material for a new studio album, but no announcement has been made regarding when the record might be released.
As previously reported, Jagger underwent a heart-valve-replacement procedure in early April, forcing his band to postpone its planned 2019 No Filter Tour of North America. The 75-year-old rock legend reportedly is now healthy, and The Stones are slated to kick off the trek on June 21 at Chicago's Soldier Field. You can check out all of the dates at RollingStones.com.
Madonna surprised a lot of fans when she announced that instead of doing her usual stadium tour, her forthcoming outing would instead be multiple nights in theaters, in major cities around the world. Now, the man who's promoted Madonna's tours for nearly 20 years explains that the sound of the Queen of Pop's new album, Madame X, is what led her to change her longtime live model.
Arthur Fogel, president of global touring for Live Nation, tells Pollstar, "Really, it comes from this album, it’s just a different kind of vibe. It lends itself more to intimacy. As we talked about it, it seemed to make sense to go this route rather than into bigger buildings. That’s what we’re going to do."
Asked if the shows will be more theatrical than usual, Fogel said, "Listen, Madonna’s shows always have that dimension to them, but I would say it’s much more about the musical tone and vibe than it is pure theatrics."
Another reason Fogel says Madonna wants to take a break from stadiums is because, as he notes, "I think it’s important, over a touring career, to change things up. It’s a part of what excites fans, keeps artists energized. I mean, if you go out and do the same thing every tour, eventually that catches up to you."
Madame X comes out June 14. The Madame X tour kicks off September 12 in Brooklyn, NY. From there, it travels to Chicago and L.A. More U.S. cities will be announced soon. In early 2020, Madonna will perform in London and Paris. Ticket prices range from $50 to $750 each, with VIP experiences going for $2,000.
The superstar's 2008 Sticky and Sweet tour currently holds the record for the highest-grossing tour by a female artist.
Michael Campanella/Getty ImagesAs recently as last Thursday, it reportedly wasn't even a certainty that Madonna would perform at the Eurovision Song Contest. But Sunday's annual competition, held this year in Tel Aviv, Israel, did indeed feature a performance by Madonna -- one that included a highlight that's drawing decidedly mixed reviews.
At issue: when Madonna and rapper Quavo of Migos performed their latest single, "Future," a series of dancers walked in pairs up a large staircase, while Madonna and Quavo performed at its summit. The final pair of ascending dancers had the Israeli and Palestinian flags displayed on their backs.
Mideast politics being what it is, that act alone was enough to ignite the predictable partisan backlash. But contest organizers, including the European Broadcast Union, took issue because the event -- which features singers and musical artists representing different countries -- is supposed to be non-political, and organizers didn't sanction display of the flags.
For her part, Madonna defended her action after the fact, posting on her socials, "Madame X is a freedom fighter................I am grateful. For the opportunity to spread the message of peace and unity with the world."
Iceland's entry also drew the disapproval of organizers for displaying the Palestinian flag while votes were being tallied.
S-Curve RecordsThe O'Jays recently released what they initially announced would be their final studio album, The Last Word, although founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams now say there may be more new music to come from the soul legends.
Levert tells ABC Radio that he recently found out The O'Jays' new recording contract was for seven years, so The Last Word may not be that after all for the group.
Williams, meanwhile, notes that with him and Levert being age 75 and 76, respectively, "God will dictate whether or not it's our last album…nothing's guaranteed."
If The Last Word is The O'Jays' swan song, the group will be going out on a high note, with a collection of soulful and sometimes topical songs that hold up alongside such classics as "Love Train" and "Backstabbers."
Among these are the singles "I Got You" and "Stand Up (Show Love)," which offer positive themes while acknowledging the divisive time we're experiencing.
Williams says he feels "I Got You" delivers "a similar message" to "Love Train."
"'I got your back' -- that's a real positive message," he notes. "That's a real statement. For someone to say that and mean it and show it is wonderful."
As for "Stand Up (Show Love)," Levert says that song's message is about the importance of people showing compassion for each other in the face of life's hardships.
"Above the Law," meanwhile, is perhaps the album's most political song, offering a pointed critique of the Trump administration. Williams insists, however, "We're not trying to rile people up. We're trying to point out the truth, and give you a nice beat to groove to, and learn something while you dance."
The O'Jays are performing some songs from The Last Word at their 2019 concerts. Here are their current tour dates:
6/15 -- St Louis, MO, Fox Theater 6/16 -- Macon, GA, Macon City Auditorium 6/18 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater (with Average White Band) 7/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Dell Music Center 7/13 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 7/26 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino & Resort 8/3 -- Lincoln, CA, Super Soul Fest (with The Whispers, Loose Ends & O'Bryan) 8/9 -- Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate (with Kool & The Gang) 8/11 -- San Jose, CA, San Jose Summer Jazz Fest 8/16 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 8/17 -- Mashantucket, CT, Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino (with Kool & The Gang) 8/25 -- San Diego, CA, Embarcadero Marina Park South (with The Commodores) 8/30 -- Pomona, CA, Los Angeles County Fair 10/5 -- Hammond, IN, Horseshoe Casino
Credit: Catalina Kulczar Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne is adapting the theatrical concert performance he developed for his tour promoting his 2018 solo album, American Utopia, for the Broadway stage. The show will run from October 4 through January 19, 2020, at the intimate Hudson Theatre in New York City, with an official opening performance set for October 20.
A pre-Broadway engagement will be held at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston from September 11 through September 28.
As with the concerts on Byrne's American Utopia tour, the stage show will feature the influential singer/songwriter playing material from his latest album, as well as select Talking Heads tunes, accompanied by an ensemble of percussionists and other musicians who are able to move freely about a sparse stage.
Byrne has penned an essay explaining that he decided to take the American Utopia show to Broadway after multiple people suggested it.
"It was an exciting challenge," he notes. "I realized a Broadway setting would likely be a different audience than the concert crowds I was used to. The Broadway crowd has slightly different expectations. There might even be audience members who don't know me or my music -- which for me is exciting."
He adds, "I thought to myself that this new context might be good -- it might actually help to bring out the narrative arc a little bit more, to make it just a little more explicit."
Alex Timbers, with whom Byrne worked on the previous stage musicals Here Lies Love and Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, is serving as a production consultant on American Utopia.
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John may be retiring from the road, but he seems to be as busy as ever. Not only is he developing a musical version of the hit movie The Devil Wears Prada, he's also working on bringing to the stage the story of late televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
A reporter for the U.K.'s Daily Mail says Elton confirmed to him at the Cannes Film Festival that he's collaborating on the project with musician Jake Shears of the band Scissor Sisters and Tony-winning playwright James Graham.
According to Elton, a workshop for the musical is planned for later in 2019, and the team wants to debut the production in London's West End in 2020.
As Playbill notes, this is the third Tammy Faye Bakker project in the works: There's another musical about her, with Kristen Chenoweth attached to star, and a movie based on the 2000 documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye, starring Jessica Chastain in the lead role, is in production.
Tammy Faye Bakker, later Messner, died in 2007. She was married to televangelist Jim Bakker; the couple co-founded the show The PTL Club and built the Christian theme park Heritage USA. Unlike many televangelists, she preached love and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, AIDS victims and victims of drug abuse.
She was famous for wearing an excessive amount of eye makeup, and for crying on camera while supporting Jim Bakker after he was accused of assaulting model and actress Jessica Hahn. He was eventually imprisoned for fraud and conspiracy.
Courtesy of Woodstock VenturesWoodstock 50 appears to be on its way to becoming a reality.
Organizers for the 50th anniversary festival have announced in a statement that the Oppenheimer & Co. investment corporation "has signed on as a financial advisor to complete the financing" for the concert extravaganza.
The statement adds that "preparations [for the event] will continue as planned." Woodstock 50 organizers promise that the on-sale date for tickets to the festival, scheduled to take place August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, will be announced soon.
The news comes a couple of days after the Woodstock 50 team won a legal victory: A judge ruled that its former financial backer, Dentsu Inc.'s Amplifi Live subsidiary, didn't have the right to cancel the festival, which it had attempted to do.
"We are thrilled to be onboard for this incredible weekend of music and social engagement," says Oppenheimer & Co. executive John Tonelli.
"We believe in Woodstock as an important American cultural icon and look forward to its regeneration in the green fields of Watkins Glen this August with all of the artists on the remarkable lineup."
Michael Lang, co-founder and producer of the 1969 and 2019 Woodstock festivals, notes, "We've lined up artists who won't just entertain, but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation."
He adds, "Words cannot express how appreciative Woodstock 50, the artists, the fans and the community are to Oppenheimer for joining with us to make W50 a reality."
Big Beat RecordsA remix of Van Halen's classic 1983 hit "Jump" by popular Dutch DJ and producer Armin Van Buuren was released Friday, May 17.
The pounding electronic dance version of the chart-topping tune features Van Halen singer David Lee Roth's isolated vocal tracks from the original recording, with Van Buuren recreating Eddie Van Halen's keyboard lines and adding new synthesizers and beats.
The track is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at Bog Beat Records' official YouTube channel.
Many music fans were introduced to the "Jump" remix in March at the 2019 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, when Van Buuren performed the track live with Roth, who joined him as a surprise guest.
"Jump" was originally released in December 1983, and spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early '84, becoming Van Halen's one and only single to reach the top of that chart.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU PhotobankHootie & the Blowfish will give fans a preview of their upcoming summer tour with a performance on The Voice finale on Tuesday night.
As previously reported, the band has a big tour lined up to mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Cracked Rear View, which is one of the best-selling albums of all time. They'll perform "Let Her Cry" from the album on the show.
Later in 2019, Hootie also plans to release their first album of new music in 10 years.
Hootie's Group Therapy tour with Barenaked Ladies kicks off May 30 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Also on The Voice finale, OneRepublic will perform their new single "Rescue Me," and Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie will perform their new collaboration, "ME!"
The Voice finale airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
Credit: Ross HalfinThe Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp, have released a second advance single from their forthcoming sophomore studio album, Rise: a track called "The Boogieman Surprise."
The heavy, mid-tempo rock track is available for purchase now as a digital download and via streaming services. In addition, a video featuring The Hollywood Vampires performing "The Boogieman Surprise" live at the 2018 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland has been posted on the earMUSIC label's official YouTube channel.
The first single released from Rise was a track titled "Who's Sorry Now." Fans pre-ordering the album will receive instant downloads of that tune and and "The Boogieman Surprise."
Rise will be released on June 21, and will be available as a CD digipak, a two-LP set that includes a free download of the album and digitally.
As previously reported, the new record will feature mostly new original songs, unlike the band's star-studded self-titled 2015 debut, which was made up of nearly all covers of tunes by dead rock artists.
Rise does include three covers, though: David Bowie's "Heroes," which is sung by Depp; the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," featuring Cooper on lead vocals; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," sung by Perry.
Meanwhile, one of the original songs, "Welcome to Bushwackers," features guest appearances by guitar legend Jeff Beck and infamous cult-film director John Waters.
The Hollywood Vampires are currently winding down a seven-date U.S. tour with shows tonight at the Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Saturday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
"There Goes My Miracle" is a soaring ballad on which The Boss seems to channel Roy Orbison as he croons over a majestic string accompaniment.
"Sunrise, sundown/ The streets gone golden brown/ Auburn skies above/ I'm searching for my love," Springsteen sings in the first verse, before he belts out in the chorus, "There goes my miracle walking away, walking away/ There goes my miracle walking away, walking away."
A lyric video for the song has been posted on Springsteen's official YouTube channel, which features the cover art of Western Stars: a brown horse galloping on a prairie, along with animated clouds that move as if blown by the wind.
"There Goes My Miracle" is available for purchase now as a digital download and via streaming services. Fans who pre-orderWestern Stars now will receive free instant downloads of that track, as well as the previously released tune "Hello Sunshine."
As previously reported, the new album was inspired by Southern California pop records of the 1960s and '70s. The project was recorded mostly at his home studio in New Jersey, as well as in New York and California.
UMEDuff McKagan has released a new song called "Last September," a track off the Guns N' Roses bassist's upcoming solo album, Tenderness. You can download it now via digital outlets.
The lyrics of "Last September," McKagan explains, were inspired by the #MeToo movement.
"I heard and read some awful stories," McKagan says in a statement. "As the father of two girls, I felt the need to write this song. If I have any job in the world, it's to protect the women in my life."
"I wanted to make the man in the song as awful as possible," he continues. "I wanted to make him a warning. We hear stories of people showing signs beforehand...and we hear also that something could have been done. I don't have an answer, and the song doesn't either. The hope is to simply raise awareness of distressing signals that some may display."
Tenderness is due out May 31. McKagan will kick off a U.S. tour in support of the record May 30 in Philadelphia.
Paramount PicturesElton John's biopic Rocketman, which debuted yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival, doesn't shy away from portraying both the good and the bad of the music legend's life, including his addictions to drugs, sex and shopping, his bulimia, and his anger issues. But Elton himself tells Variety that it proves a certain point: "I am a survivor."
As Elton explains, and as is shown in the film, it was self-doubt and self-hatred that led him to become a drug-addled diva.
"Every creative artist does have doubt and has moments of, 'Am I doing the right thing? Am I good enough?'" he tells Variety. "And that's what turns us into monsters as well because I think you become unreasonable and of course the chemical substances and the alcohol doesn't help anything and you lose touch with reality."
According to Elton, "The life I was leading...it was not a normal life, not the sort of life I came from anyway. I lost complete touch with that. I vowed when I did change my life that that would never happen again."
Elton, now 72, has been sober for nearly 30 years, and he declares, "I am a survivor. I've survived a lot of things. Life is full of pitfalls, even when you're sober. I can deal with them now because I don't have to run away and hide."
As for Elton's reaction to Rocketman, which is in theaters May 31, he said yesterday, "To be honest with you, I was blown away. I was very moved. I'm very very proud of this movie."
At an afterparty in Cannes, Variety reports Elton performed "I'm Still Standing" -- whose video was shot in Cannes -- and the movie's star Taron Egerton joined him for "Rocket Man."