ABC/Lou RoccoJon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, were in Newark, New Jersey, Wednesday to celebrate the opening of their third JBJ Soul Kitchen non-profit restaurant, located on the Newark campus of Rutgers University, WABC TV reports.
Jon and Dorothea established the JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurants to help provide quality meals to homeless and hungry people. Diners who visit the eateries are asked to pay a suggested amount of money that will cover their own meal and someone else's. If they can't pay for their food, they're asked to volunteer at the restaurant.
The Newark restaurant follows JBJ Soul Kitchen franchises in Toms River and Red Bank, New Jersey, and is the first to be located on a college campus.
Speaking at the opening, Jon Bon Jovi noted, "For the last decade, the Soul Kitchen restaurants in Red Bank and in Toms River have provided well over 100,000 meals…It's been a passion project for us for a decade now."
Dorothea, meanwhile, said that opening a branch of the restaurant at Rutgers was "humbling and a little overwhelming."
She added, "Recognizing that food insecurity is a critical issue facing many college students and one that hits home here at Rutgers, when [campus food-service provider] Gourmet Dining came to us over a year ago with the idea to open a Soul Kitchen, we jumped on the chance to make an impact."
The Rutgers JBJ Soul Kitchen's website notes that "[m]ore than 50 percent of students have exceptional financial need," and that in New Jersey's Essex County, where the Newark campus is located, "16.3 percent of residents struggle with food insecurity."
Michele Crowe/CBSThis year's Grammys will receive an extra infusion of heavy, courtesy of Ozzy Osbourne.
The Prince of Darkness and his wife, Sharon, are among the presenters at the 2020 awards, held this Sunday, January 26.
Ozzy's Grammy appearance will mark his first public event since revealing earlier this week on ABC's Good Morning America that he'd been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Last November, Ozzy joined Post Malone and Travis Scott to perform their collaborative song "Take What You Want" on the American Music Awards. That marked the metal legend's sole live performance of 2019, since he postponed all of his tour dates to 2020 after suffering a fall in his home and aggravating injuries he sustained in a 2003 ATV accident.
Ozzy will release a new solo album, Ordinary Man, on February 21. He plans to embark on a North American tour starting in May.
Courtesy of Lockn' FestivalThis past November, organizers of the Lockn' Festival revealed that the 2020 edition of the jam-heavy music extravaganza will feature an all-star celebration of founding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh's 80th birthday. Now the fest's full lineup has been announced.
Lesh will perform with various musicians all three days of the festival, which takes place June 19 to June 21 in Arrington, Virginia. Other artists on the bill include David Crosby, Hot Tuna, Gov't Mule, Bruce Hornsby, ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, Phish's Mike Gordon and many more.
June 19 and 20, Lesh will play two sets each day with a collective dubbed the Phil Lesh Quintet that also will feature Gov't Mule frontman Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring, keyboardist Rob Barraco, and ex-Bruce Hornsby and the Range drummer John Molo. Crosby also will sit in with the quintet on the 20th.
On June 21, Phil will play two sets with John Mayer and popular Grateful Dead tribute act James Russo's Almost Dead.
Among the other highlights planned for June 19 include sets by Gov't Mule and Hornsby with his current group The Noisemakers, as well as a performance of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album by a group called The Chain Gang that features Allman Brothers progeny Devon Allman, Duane Betts and Berry Oakley Jr.; Cody and Luther Dickinson; and Samantha Fish.
June 20's lineup also will include solo performances by Crosby and Gordon, and a set by Burbridge's Oteil & Friends outfit.
The final day of Lockn also will feature Hot Tuna playing with its "electric" lineup, Railroad Earth and soul singer Leon Bridges.
Tickets for Lock' Festival 2020: Celebrating Phil Lesh's 80th Birthday go on sale Wednesday, January 23, at 10 a.m. ET at LocknFestival.com.
Credit: Danny ClinchFollowing the premiere of the new single "Dance of the Clairvoyants" Wednesday morning, Pearl Jam has debuted a new video to accompany the track.
The clip, streaming now on YouTube, is titled "Dance of the Clairvoyants, Mach I," and is stuffed with brief flashes of various natural phenomena, including forest fires, blooming plants and crashing waves.
At the moment, it's unclear exactly what "Mach I" refers to in this context, so stay tuned.
"Dance of the Clairvoyants" is the lead single off Pearl Jam's upcoming album, Gigaton, due out March 27. It's the 11th studio effort from the grunge legends is the follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt.
Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour in support of Gigaton this spring starting March 18 in Toronto.
Courtesy of God's Love We DeliverJackson Browne and The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson are part of the star-packed lineup of artists that will perform at the fourth annual Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert, taking place March 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
The concert raises money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York City area.
The bill also includes Dave Matthews, ex-Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes, Cyndi Lauper, former Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, Macy Gray, Marc Cohn, Joss Stone, Marcus King, Ivan Neville and many more.
In addition, the event will feature several celebrity hosts: Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Shaffer, Ellie Kemper and Jeff Garlin.
The show's house band will be led by longtime CBS Orchestra bassist Will Lee, and also will feature one-time Bob Dylan and Levon Helm touring guitarist Larry Campbell, and Eric Clapton touring drummer Steve Gadd.
Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com. Special God's Love pre-sale tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com from noon today until midnight ET tonight, while Chase card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Thursday, January 23, at 10 a.m. ET.
Last year's Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert raised $2.3 million God's Love We Deliver, and featured performances by Robert Plant, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Vaughan, Hozier, Grace Potter and more.
Festivities will begin at noon PT, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Twenty percent of all sales at the restaurant today will be donated to the local American Legion Post 227, which has supported veterans in and around Tustin for more than 50 years.
Prior to the ribbon cutting, the American Legion Color Guard will kick things off with the Presentation of Colors and a performance of the national anthem.
The Tustin franchise is the 21st Rock & Brews Restaurant to open in the U.S. and/or Mexico since 2010. The restaurant offers rock-themed casual dining with a wide variety of locally brewed craft beer on tap. It also features 17 flat-screen televisions playing sports and rock videos.
Meanwhile, KISS is preparing to kick off a new U.S. leg of its ongoing End of the Road farewell tour on February 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Check out all the dates at KISSOnline.com.
Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records Pearl Jam has premiered the first single from the band's upcoming album, Gigaton.
The new cut is titled "Dance of the Clairvoyants," which you can download now via digital outlets. Fittingly, the track has a rather dance-y beat, which plays under Eddie Vedder's David Byrne-esque yelping.
"'Dance' was a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration," says bassist Jeff Ament. "We've opened some new doors creatively and that's exciting."
Gigaton, Pearl Jam's 11th studio album, arrives March 27. It's the follow-up to 2013's Lightning Bolt.
In support of the new record, Pearl Jam will launch a North American tour this spring starting March 18 in Toronto.
Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesFormer Recording Academy CEO and President Deborah Dugan and her lawyers spent Tuesday trading accusations with the Academy in the wake of Dugan's complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the organization behind the Grammy Awards of gender discrimination and sexual harassment.
Dugan's complaint alleges, among other things, that the Recording Academy engaged in "egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by Board members, voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards and other misconduct."
The complaint further alleges that the Academy, "unlawfully retaliated against Ms. Dugan by placing her on administrative leave (only after she indicated her intent to commence legal action and refused to settle her claims on terms dictated by the Academy), threatening Ms. Dugan with termination and publishing false and defamatory statements about Ms. Dugan to the media."
Dugan's lawyers, one of whom is Douglas H. Wigdor, who represents 20 women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, compared the Recording Academy's response to the embattled film mogul by attempting to "impugn the character of Deborah Dugan [in] a transparent effort to shift the focus away from its own unlawful activity."
In response the the EEOC complaint, the Recording Academy hit back by claiming Dugan "never raised these grave allegations until a week after legal claims were made against her personally by a female employee who alleged Ms. Dugan had created a ‘toxic and intolerable’ work environment and engaged in ‘abusive and bullying conduct.’"
Dugan's attorneys responded with a followup statement calling the Academy's claim that she didn't raise concerns prior to the accusations against her "completely false."
Credit: Rob DeLorenzoDoors guitarist Robby Krieger is among the artists scheduled to perform at WeedCon Wonderland, a two-day conference for cannabis industry professionals taking place today and tomorrow in Hollywood, California.
The event, which seeks to promote education about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, also will feature members of the cannabis business community showing off their products.
As Krieger told the media at a recent event in Anaheim, California, "WeedCon is a festival where they have all the marijuana dealers that get together and they show off their wares." He added with a chuckle, "And hopefully we'll get some free samples."
Krieger will be performing today at the conference with his new side project, The New Experience, which he described as a "kind of jazz thing."
Robby said the group does material by such jazz greats as trumpet player Freddie Hubbard and saxophonist John Coltrane. "It's just fun stuff that I don't usually get to play," he added.The New Experience also features keyboardist Ed Roth, bassist Kevin Brandon and drummer Dale Alexander, the latter of whom Krieger pointed out "played with me for years after The Doors."
Also performing at WeedCon today will be Little Feat's Fred Tackett, who will play with his side group Silver Strings, while rapper/singer Wyclef Jean will be part of the January 23 performance lineup.
As previously reported, David Crosby will be on hand to serve as a celebrity judge for the 2020 WeedCon Buyers Cup awards, which will be handed out January 23. The awards honor excellence in various cannabis-related products. Crosby will be joined on the judging panel by actor/musician Dennis Quaid and various cannabis industry professionals and dispensary buyers.
Emma McIntyre/Getty ImagesAfter Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne appeared on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday to reveal that Ozzy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last February, Sharon appeared on her own show, CBS' The Talk, to declare that nothing will keep them from trying to get Ozzy healthy enough to go back out on tour.
An emotional Sharon thanked everyone on The Talk, as well as Ozzy's fans and their friends, for the "outpouring of positive reaction from everyone that watches the show, and our friends, it's heartwarming."
She added, "People have been amazing with their outpouring of love for my husband, and I thank you. Friends that we haven't spoken to in years have come out and supported Ozzy, and it makes me feel good."
When the audience applauded, Sharon said, "I thank you so, so much, and we're not gonna stop until Ozzy is back up there on that stage where he belongs. It was what he's born to do and that's it!"
While the 71-year-old metal legend currently is taking medication, Sharon revealed while on Good Morning America that she and Ozzy, having exhausted their options in the U.S., were going to Switzerland in April to consult a doctor who might be able to boost his immune system.
In late May, Ozzy is scheduled to start a tour in support of his upcoming album Ordinary Man, which is due out next month.
Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith has issued a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by drummer Joey Kramer against the other four members of the band, which claims they won't allow him to perform with them.
The message confirms that Aerosmith plans to play sans Kramer for Friday's MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring the band and at Sunday's Grammy Award ceremony. Although, the group is inviting Joey to attend both events.
"Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us," the statement begins. "However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so."
The message continues, "Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week. We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse."
The note then references the lawsuit, maintaining that Kramer "chose to file [it] on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events."
The statement concludes, "Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage."
According to Rolling Stone, Kramer's lawsuit alleges that Aerosmith's other members unfairly asked him to audition to show his drumming was adequate before they'd allow him to play with them again.
The confirmed shows kick off with a March 19 performance in North Charleston, South Carolina, and are followed by three concerts in Florida -- March 22 in Clearwater, March 24 in Jacksonville and March 25 in Fort Lauderdale.
The Alan Parsons Live Project will open all of the dates, at which Yes will focus on playing classics from its catalog.
"We can't think of a better way to lead into our 'Cruise to the Edge' than with [these] shows in the Southeast," says guitarist Steve Howe.
Adds drummer Alan White, "Florida and South Carolina in the spring sounds absolutely perfect for a British band like us. We look forward to seeing everyone for a night of YES music."
Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. ET.
As previously reported, this year's Cruise to the Edge sets sail from Miami on March 27 and stops on Harvest Caye in Belize and Roatan Island in Honduras before returning to port April 1. Among the artists joining Yes on the lineup are ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Marillion, Saga, Gong, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather's side project Nerve Bundle, and prog supergroup Flying Colors, which features ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse.
After the cruise, Yes will launch spring tour of Europe and the U.K. The band also will soon announce plans for a full-length fall 2020 North American. Check out all of the group's shows at YesWorld.com.
Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith will be honored this Friday as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a star-studded concert event in Los Angeles, and the band itself has just been added to the gala's performance lineup. However, it appears that one of the famous band's members won't be playing with the group that night.
Drummer Joey Kramer has sued his fellow Aerosmith band mates because, allegedly, they won't allow him to perform with them.
As TMZ reported earlier today, Kramer's suit claims that the rest of Aerosmith decided that he wasn't "able to play at an appropriate level" after injuring himself last year.
In a new statement from Kramer obtained by Rolling Stone, the rocker says of the lawsuit, "This is not about money. I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers for our collective lifetime contributions to the music industry. Neither the MusiCares' Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated."
The statement seems to imply that Kramer won't be performing with Aerosmith at either the MusiCares event or during the band's scheduled appearance at the Grammy Awards ceremony this Sunday.
Other artists who have been newly added to the MusiCares Person of the Year gala include Melissa Etheridge, Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, Jessie J and Kesha, while comic Russell Brand will serve as the evening's emcee.
They join the previously announced performers Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Foo Fighters, Johnny Depp, John Mayer, John Legend, Gary Clark Jr., Jonas Brothers, Gavin Degraw, Luis Fonsi and LeAnn Rimes, among others.
The event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The latest collection from Metallica's partnership with apparel company Billabong has arrived.
Called Ride the Lightning after the band's seminal 1984 album, the collection includes t-shirts, boardshorts, hoodies, denim jackets and wetsuits, most of which feature cool blue lightning bolt designs. The wetsuit is the most expensive item in the collection: It'll set you back $300.
The promotional materials for the latest drop feature Billabong surfer Italo Ferreira, who won the 2019 World Surf League championship tour title.
The first part of the collection launched in October; the next two drops will come in February and March.
Epic RecordsOzzy Osbourne's new solo single, "Straight to Hell," opens with a reference to a classic Black Sabbath song, but the Metal Madman apparently wasn't sure about it at first.
"Straight to Hell," which is featured on the upcoming Ozzy solo album Ordinary Man, begins with the Prince of Darkness declaring "Alright now!," just like he did on the 1971 Sabbath track, "Sweet Leaf." According to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who plays on Ordinary Man, he had convince Osbourne to keep the line in.
"We told him, we were, like, 'Dude, you have to...that's you!'" Smith tells ABC Audio.
"[Ozzy] was, like, 'I've done that!'" the drummer recalls. "And I'm, like, 'Yeah, but that's you! You own that s***!' And he was, like, 'Oh! OK, OK!'"
Smith adds that there's a similar moment to the "Alright now" line on another Ordinary Man song featuring Post Malone, with whom Ozzy collaborated on the single "Take What You Want."
"We had [Ozzy] do, like, 'Let me see your f***ing hands!'" Smith laughs. "All his classic ad-libs. It's just great."
Ordinary Man, the follow-up to 2010's Scream, was also recorded with Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and features additional guest spots from Slash, Elton John and Tom Morello. It's due out February 21.
Tim Mosenfelder/WireImageAerosmith drummer Joey Kramer apparently is experiencing some not-so-sweet emotions regarding the fellow members of his famous group.
TMZ reports that Kramer has sued his fellow Aerosmith band mates -- Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford -- claiming they unfairly won't allow him to perform with them at upcoming events, including at the Grammy Awards this Sunday and at the group's upcoming Las Vegas residency shows.
According to TMZ, Kramer's lawsuit claims that after he suffered some minor injuries in spring 2019 that forced him to miss some shows, the other Aerosmith members asked him to basically audition to prove he was "able to play at an appropriate level" before they would allow him to perform with the band again.
Joey also complains in the suit that for his audition, he was asked to play a series of solo rehearsals, drumming along to a "click track" without the other band members present, and that the rest of the group would then listen to recordings of the rehearsals before deciding his fate.
Kramer alleges that the stress of the situation adversely affected his health, and he wound up in the hospital in November, which then meant he had to hire and pay a replacement drummer that cost him tens of thousands of dollars.
TMZ reports that when Joey finally did record his rehearsals, the other band members decided to not allow him to rejoin the group, telling him he "did not have enough 'energy' in the recordings."
Kramer asking a court to order Aerosmith to allow him to play with the band, thereby avoiding causing him "irreparable harm."
ABC Audio reached out to Aerosmith's reps for a comment regarding the lawsuit but hasn't received a response.
ABC NewsLast year, Ozzy Osbourne was forced to cancel a tour because of a number of medical issues, but now he's opening up about one particular diagnosis. As he revealed to ABC's Good Morning America in an interview that aired Tuesday, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last February.
"It's been terribly challenging for us all," Osbourne told ABC's Robin Roberts. "I did my last show New Year's Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves."
After that, his wife Sharon Osbourne says, came the Parkinson's diagnosis.
"It's PRKN 2," said Sharon. "There's so many different types of Parkinson's; it's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it's -- it's like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day."
Osbourne, who turned 71 in December, remained largely secluded while he recovered at home. Now, he's on the mend and also on medication. While there have been many rumors about Ozzy's health over the years, he says he wants to let his fans know about what's been going on.
"I'm no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore 'cause it's like I'm running out of excuses, you know?" he explained.
Although his family has helped him tremendously over the past year and has been there for him to lean on, Osbourne admits that it's been an adjustment at home.
"Coming from a working-class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job," said Ozzy. "And so when I see my wife goin' to work, my kids goin' to work, everybody's doing -- tryin' to be helpful to me, that gets me down because I can't contribute to my family, you know."
Ozzy adds, "But you know, put it this way -- I'm a lot better now than I was last February. I was in a shocking state."
Now that he's on the road to recovery, Sharon says she and Ozzy are looking outside the U.S. to help with his treatment.
"In April -- we're going to a professional in Switzerland," she told Roberts. "And he deals with -- getting your immune system at its peak."
Ozzy says through his struggles, his fans have been a huge source of support.
"They're my air, you know," said Osbourne, adding, "I just hope they hang on and they're there for me because I need them. I wanna see my people, you know....I miss them so much."
"He's gonna get back out there," said Sharon. "And he's gonna do what he loves to do; I know it."
Added Ozzy, "I ain't done yet. And I ain't gonna go anywhere yet."
Wicked Cool RecordsThis past September, The Empty Hearts, the supergroup that features founding members of Blondie, The Cars and The Romantics, released two brand-new songs -- "Coat-Tailer" and "Run and Hide from You" -- and now the band has debuted an official video for the latter tune.
The clip shows The Empty Hearts' four members -- Blondie drummer Clem Burke, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and Romantics singer/guitarist Wally Palmar, as well as ex-Chesterfield Kings bassist Andy Babiuk -- lip-synching to the song while hanging out at a cool-looking house.
In a couple of scenes, Burke is shown flipping through a couple of rock books -- late Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan's memoir, All the Rage, and a biography about late Who drummer Keith Moon. The video also features veteran rock photographer Rob Shanahan snapping pics of the band members around the house, and footage of the guys playing their instruments by the pool.
"Run and Hide from You" showcases Easton's jangly electric 12-string guitar and layered harmonies that clearly were inspired by The Byrds' early songs.
You can check out the video now at Wicked Cool Records' official YouTube channel. "Run and Hide from You" and "Coat-Tailer" both will be featured on The Empty Hearts' forthcoming sophomore album, which is due out sometime this year and -- according to the YouTube page -- will be titled Coat-Tailer.
Courtesy of Dudeski/Chip Baker FilmsAn official trailer for a new documentary about late Rolling Stones member Brian Jones and the mystery surrounding his death debuted online on Monday. The film, titled Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones, premiered in London in December, and will open in select theaters around the world in the coming weeks.
The film follows Jones' story, from founding and being the original leader of The Rolling Stones, to his struggles with drug abuse that led to his June 1969 firing from the band, to his death just one month later, which was ruled an accidental drowning, although many believe was the result of foul play.
The trailer features a variety of archival clips of Jones, including footage from films and home movies, and voice-over interview segments by a variety of unidentified people. The commentators note that early in The Stones' career, Jones was perhaps the band's biggest star, then discuss how he eventually began abusing drugs heavily and became a target of the U.K. police.
As the trailer nears its end, we see an aerial shot of the U.K. mansion Jones owned and the adjacent swimming pool where he was found the night he died at the age of 27. We also hear one commentator noting, "It's wrong that a man's death could be ignored and the truth be hidden so the establishment could play politics with drug culture on the back of that man's death."
Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones was directed by Danny Garcia, whose previous films include documentaries about The Clash, New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and Dead Boys singer Stiv Bators.