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.
Harrison Cooney/Walt Disney World ResortWill Sting’s life ever receive the movie treatment, like Queen and Elton John's lives did? Not if he has any say in the matter.
The musician is currently starring in a Los Angeles production of his stage musical, The Last Ship, which tells the story of his early years growing up in a shipbuilding town in Northern England. He tells The Hollywood Reporter that he has no interest in being the subject of a big-screen biopic like Bohemian Rhapsody or Rocketman.
“Absolutely not,” he says. “I just don't think I want to. I’m telling my story in an artistic way.”
Sting -- who wrote the music and lyrics for The Last Ship and plays the foreman of a Newcastle shipyard in the musical -- explains that he’d rather have control of his own narrative.
“[The Last Ship] is a metaphor. This is a story about me,” he says. “I'm in this play in many ways, probably more than I intended to. But the character I'm playing is built on composites of people like my father, uncles, people I was brought up with. That's the way I want to do it, rather than somebody going, ‘What's the arc of Sting's life?’ I haven't finished it yet.”
He does concede, however, that he wouldn’t mind seeing The Last Ship being made into a film.
“I enjoy making films, so yes I'd do more of them,” he says. “And could this be a movie? Absolutely. It has an epic quality about it…So I'm hoping we're in Hollywood, someone will come to the show and go, ‘Ah, this will make a good film.’”
ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton has found another way to share her inspiring words.
The music legend has announced that she's partnered with American Greetings to release her own line of physical and digital greeting cards that will feature her iconic song lyrics, along with her famous Dolly-isms. The first product will be a video e-card based on one of her signature hits, "9 to 5."
“When presented with this opportunity I knew it was perfect for me. I love connecting with people in unique ways and being able to integrate products that take inspiration from my music and the life lessons I have learned through the years makes this extra special," Dolly says. "I know first-hand how a few words in a card can change someone’s day for the better."
Fans around the world will be able to access the digital products, while the physical cards will at first be available through e-commerce.
This marks the first time the superstar has released a line of greeting cards. The announcement came just before Dolly celebrated her 74th birthday on Sunday.
AC/DC in 2009; Greetsia Tent/ WireImageIn recent months, multiple unofficial sources have reported that AC/DC was working on a new album with the surviving members of its Back in Black lineup. Now, an Australian radio host has shared some new tidbits about the band's alleged plans.
The deejay announced Monday morning on Australia's Triple M station that he's received information that "there will be a new album released by AC/DC [in] February/March this year, but also that AC/DC will be touring Australia [in] October/November 2020."
The radio host also says he's been informed that "after a lot of work and a lot of technical research, they have been able to get a hearing aid for [singer] Brian Johnson, who will be out front. And even Phil Rudd might be back in the group either playing percussion or drums with [founding guitarist] Angus [Young]."
In 2016, hearing issues forced Johnson to bow out of AC/DC's tour in support of its most recent studio album, Rock or Bust, and the band wound up hiring Axl Rose to finish the trek. As for Rudd, he was replaced on drums for the entire tour by Chris Slade because of legal issues that included being arrested for drug possession and threatening to kill one of his associates.
The Australian radio report didn't mention whether bassist Cliff Williams -- who announced his retirement at the end of AC/DC's last tour -- would be taking part in the upcoming trek.
In December 2019, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider wrote in a Twitter message that AC/DC's four surviving key members had reunited to finish tracks recorded "by [late guitarist] Malcolm [Young] while he was still alive." Snider's comment echoed a similar report posted in August 2018 by JAM Magazine, which cited "a reliable source."
Courtesy of AudibleLast year, James Taylor announced that he'd be releasing, not an autobiography, but an "audio-biography," via the online audiobook store Audible. Now we know when it's coming out.
The Audible Original, titled Break Shot: My First 21 Years, will be released January 31 and is now available for pre-order at Audible.com/JamesTaylor. It's a lot cheaper than the typical musical memoir: It only costs about eight bucks.
In Break Shot, Taylor combines spoken-word narration with musical interludes he recorded at his home studio. It's the story of his life up to age 21, including his childhood, his dysfunctional family life, and his musical beginnings.
The Los Angeles Times has an audio clip of the book, in which Taylor details how he checked into a psychiatric hospital when he was in high school after struggling with depression. As a result, he got a deferment and didn't have to fight in Vietnam.
If you think that sounds like the story ends before it get to the good stuff, keep in mind that by age 21, James had already written some of his most famous songs -- including "Fire and Rain" and "Something in the Way She Moves" -- and had released his first album on The Beatles' record label, Apple.
In other James Taylor news, he'll tour Canada with Bonnie Raitt in April, and he's announced two U.S. shows so far: June 21 at Fenway Park in Boston, where he'll be joined by Shawn Colvin and Brandi Carlile, and July 4 at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets for Fenway Park are on sale now; Tanglewood tickets go on sale February 3.
Later this year, James is expected to release an album of standards.
BASE HologramAs the February launch of the Whitney Houston Hologram tour approaches, tour director and choreographer Fatima Robinson hopes to create a magical experience for fans of the iconic singer.
"I wanna do the Whitney hologram show because I loved her as a live performer," Robinson says in a behind-the-scenes video of dancer auditions. Fatima choreographed the "I'm Every Woman" video in 1993, and she says her goal for the tour is "to get a feeling again of being in her presence."
The tour will feature Houston's hits, including "I Will Always Love You," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and "The Greatest Love of All." A live band will perform with backup dancers.
"Her music touched every generation so we're gonna take a little bit of movie magic and add it into our live performance," Robinson adds of Whitney. "Married together, it's gonna be incredible."
An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour is being produced by BASE Hologram in partnership with the Houston estate.
The international tour kicks February 25 in Sheffield, U.K., with shows through April 1 in Stockholm, Sweden. Dates will be announced later for a Northern American tour that will begin in the fall. Tickets are now on sale on the tour website.
Last week, it was announced that Whitney will be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 2 in Cleveland.
Before the legendary 76-year-old singer/songwriter received the award, attendees were shown video presentation about Mitchell's life and career, after which jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock gave a speech saluting Joni, her artistry and her accomplishments.
As seen in fan-recorded video from the event, Hancock noted, "We need artists like Joni to wake us up, to help us to remember to be human beings. It's hard to imagine the world without this courageous and brave woman's songs and records.
Hancock then presented the award to Mitchell at the table where she was seated. Upon receiving the honor, Joni stood and said, "Thank you everyone, I'm truly honored. Herbie, you're a doll."
After the presentation, several artists took to the stage to perform some of Mitchell's classic songs, including "The River," "A Case of You," "Woodstock" and "Free Man in Paris."
The Les Paul Innovation Award, named after the late electric guitar and multi-track recording pioneer, recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.
The ceremony also included the presentation of a number of awards honoring "outstanding achievement in audio technology and production." Among this year's winners were the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for Film Sound Production, and Paul McCartney's Freshen Up tour for Tour/Event Sound Production.
The TEC Awards ceremony is part of the popular annual music-equipment trade conference The NAMM Show. For more details about the event, visit TECAwards.org.
Courtesy of Queen Productions Ltd./ The Royal MintThe U.K.'s Royal Mint has released a new commemorative coin saluting Queen, marking the first time that a British band has been celebrated on the country's coinage.
Each of the band's four members is acknowledged in the design that appears on the reverse side of the coin. It features the keys of the Bechstein piano that late singer Freddie Mercury played on the group's classic rock anthem, "Bohemian Rhapsody," plus Mercury's trademark microphone stick, Brian May's "Red Special" guitar, John Deacon's Fender Precision bass, and Roger Taylor's Ludwig bass drum decorated with the Queen crest.
The piano keyboard also features the first notes of "Bohemian Rhapsody" pressed down. The front of the coin bears the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.
The coin, which is the first in a new themed series of coinage called the Music Legends collection, is available in three varieties: Gold Proof, Silver Proof, and Brilliant Uncirculated. The Brilliant Uncirculated version will be sold in a standard sleeve, and in three limited-edition packs available exclusively from The Royal Mint that boast depictions of different Queen album covers and come packaged with a poster.
"This is a big 'Who could have imagined it?' moment for us," says Brian May in a statement. "When we began as Queen, even the first rung of the ladder to recognition seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognized and our music celebrated in this way is very touching -- a real honor."
Adds Taylor, "Marvelous, all this fuss over our band. I feel entirely spent."
Coins honoring other British musicians that will be released as part of The Royal Mint's Music Legends collection will be announced later in 2020.
Red Light Management/Live NationNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will join the surviving members of The Doors -- guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore -- when they give a rare performance together at a previously announced charity show taking place this Thursday, January 23, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
The show, dubbed the Homeward Bound Concert, will benefit PATH, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness. According to Rolling Stone, Novoselic will play bass alongside Krieger and Densmore for a 30-minute "semi-acoustic" set featuring various guest vocalists singing Doors songs.
Densmore tells Rolling Stone that he and Krieger hadn't come up with a finalized set list for the show, but among the planned performances was Eurythmics' Dave Stewart doing "Hello, I Love You," a song he personally requested.
"We don't usually play that live, but what the hell, why not?" says John.
Densmore also reveals that Willie Nelson's son Micah will sing "Roadhouse Blues," and former American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart will do a stripped-down rendition of "People Are Strange." John adds that several singers may take part on a version of the Doors classic "Light My Fire."
Other artists on the bill include Jason Mraz, Fitz and the Tantrums, Ingrid Michaelson, American Idol winners Phillip Phillips and Maddie Poppe, and Stewart's daughter, Kaya.
Regarding his motivation for taking part in the benefit concert, Densmore tells Rolling Stone, "The Doors were born out of the womb of the L.A. woman, so when you get the brass ring, you give back. It's the natural thing to do. So we’re giving back to the city that fed us artistically."
He adds, Homelessness is a major problem in cities throughout the U.S., "[b]ecause the gap between the rich and the poor is the biggest in the history of our country."
Michael Campanella/Getty ImagesMadonna was forced on Sunday to cancel another concert during her Madame X Tour.
"Thank you again Lisbon! Sorry I had to cancel tonight," wrote the 61-year-old on Instagram hours before the show was to take place. "I must listen to my body and rest!!"
The latest cancellation is the eighth overall for her tour due to injuries and illnesses. The "Vogue" singer went onto reveal that a certain elixir helped her power through the previous night's performance, "That white Port got me through the rest of the show!"
Madonna vowed that she will return to work very soon by closing, "See you on Tuesday fingers crossed."
The video accompanying the announcement showed the singer giving cheers before downing an entire glass of Port. "That's the most I've had to drink in a month. Maybe more," joked Madonna with a shrug and a laugh. "I'm not responsible for the rest of the evening...what will be will be."
The Madame X artist has previously missed concerts in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City. Besides some health issues, other reasons given for cancellations were because of production and scheduling issues.
Courtesy of Light of Day FoundationThe 20th anniversary of the Light of Day Winterfest was made even more special when Bruce Springsteen appeared as a surprise guest performer after a five year absence.
Light of Day Winterfest, put on by The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., helps raise awareness and money to find a cure for Parkinson's disease, ALS, and PSP.
Springsteen's attendance, marking his 12th overall, helped the festival surpass its two-decade $6 million fundraising goal. He appeared on stage three times, playing alongside with Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers during the 10-day festival's six-hour segment dubbed "Bob's Birthday Bash," in honor of the organization's co-founder and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who not only inspired Winterfest, but was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1996.
With Grushecky and his band, Springsteen unleashed an "explosive" 70-minute session that spanned 10 songs such as "The Promised Land" and "Atlantic City."
The two collaborated for a traditional performance of "Light of Day," which traditionally marks the end of the Birthday Bash, and were joined on stage by all the festival's performers. However, Springsteen serenaded Benjamin with a solo performance of "Thunder Road."
Springsteen closed with, "Thank you, Bob. We love you."
Benjamin, who is wheelchair bound, was also presented with a birthday cake as the audience sang "Happy Birthday."
With Malin's set, Springsteen assisted with the duet “Broken Radio” and played guitar for "Meet Me at the End of the World," which is off of Malin's latest album.
Springsteen also joined Nile for “One Guitar," which is the festival's unofficial anthem.
Estate of Keith Morris/RedfernsT. Rex will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year after being eligible for the honor since 1994. Soul singer Gloria Jones, the late Marc Bolan girlfriend and mother of his son, Rolan, tells Billboardthat she thinks the T. Rex frontman's reaction to the news would be, "It's about time!"
Jones, who recorded the original version of "Tainted Love" in 1964 and later contributed backing vocals to several T. Rex albums, adds with a laugh that she was just joking, and says Bolan "would have been very, very honored, and I'm sure he would have been brought to tears. I'm sure he's very happy, and he's very honored."
Bolan was 29 when he was killed in a September 1977 car accident in a vehicle driven by Jones. Gloria admits to Billboard that she had a dream about Marc a few days before the induction announcement.
"He was so worried," she explains. "He was going back and forth, and I said, 'Well, Marc, please don't worry.' And the next day I sent an email to Rolan...and he called me and said, 'No, Mom, Dad wasn't worried -- he was nervous.'"
Jones is planning to attend the ceremony with Rolan and former T. Rex drummer Bill Legend, the only surviving member of the lineup that recorded most of the band's early-'70s albums.
Gloria tells Billboard that the Rock Hall induction will help introduce more people to T. Rex and Marc's music.
"There's a brand-new world out there, and a lot of people get a little confused with Marc Bolan and T. Rex," she maintains. "So now I think this is going to complete that circle that they understand T. Rex is Marc Bolan."
The 2020 Rock Hall ceremony takes place May 2 in Cleveland.
Credit: Randall SlavinMatchbox Twenty are celebrating 2020 by hitting the road for an extensive summer tour. In a new video promoting the trek, the guys look back on their early days, when they were just another band from Orlando called Tabitha's Secret.
Tabitha's Secret included singer Rob Thomas, and current Matchbox Twenty members Paul Doucette and Brian Yale. "All the [Orlando] bands knew each other and they all played with each other. The camaraderie was really kind of great," Rob recalls.
"We had this willful ignorance about it," he adds. "We thought, well, of course we were gonna get signed...And of course we're going to go out and have songs all over the radio -- because that's what you do."
Turns out that's exactly what happened -- but only after Rob insisted that they remain a band.
"The guy who signed us, he came to see us for months and he would keep saying, 'You're not ready yet...'" says Rob. "And it wasn't until that Tabitha's Secret disbanded that he came to me and said, 'We'd like to offer you a deal.' And I said, 'The deal should be me and Paul and Brian.'"
But they didn't have a guitar player, so they auditioned some...and found current member Kyle Cook.
"They were looking for somebody who sang, somebody who was thinking about harmony and somebody who appreciated the art of melodicism," Kyle remembers. "And I knew that Rob had some really great songs, and in particular, '3AM" was on a demo that he had given me...I think that song made me really interested in the band at that time."
Adds Rob, "It just felt like this magical time because it was a turning point and you don't realize it is really just the beginning."
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesFollowing the January 10 announcement of Rush drummer Neil Peart's death, streams of the Canadian prog-rock trio's songs experienced a huge surge in the U.S., according to reports from Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
During the period of January 10 through January 13, on-demand audio and video streams of Rush songs increased by more than 776% from the previous four-day period, and spiked to a combined total of 24.5 million from 2.8 million.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' most-streamed track was their 1981 classic "Tom Sawyer," which garnered 28 million streams during the January 10-13 period. By comparison, it was only streamed 698,000 times from January 6 to January 9.
Sales of Rush songs from January 10 through January 13 jumped to 19,000, up from just 1,000 during the previous four days -- an increase of just over 2,300%. The band's albums sales surged 1,820% during that same period, from what Billboard says was "a negligible figure" to six thousand.
Rush's songs and albums are expected to make an impact on next week's Billboard charts, which are dated January 25.
Peart died on January 7 at the age of 67 after a three-year battle with brain cancer.
The EP is being issued one track each week through February 14. Today's track, "I Can't Read '97," is a previously unreleased version of a tune that originally appeared on the 1989 self-titled debut album by the Bowie-fronted band Tin Machine.
The second version of the song was recorded by Bowie in the fall of 1996 and was initially intended for his 1997 album Earthling, but was cut in favor of "The Last Thing You Should Do."
"I Can't Read '97" features Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano and former Tin Machine member Reeves Gabrels on guitar.
David shot a video for "I Can't Read '97" in January 1997; the clip can be viewed now at David's official YouTube channel.
Bowie also recorded an alternate version of "I Can't Read" for the soundtrack of the 1997 film The Ice Storm.
The first track from Is It Any Wonder? -- a previously unreleased 1996 version of David's classic 1970 tune "The Man Who Sold the World" -- was made available digitally on January 8.
Credit: Sebastian SmithMen at Work's Colin Hay recently announced dates for a major 2020 U.S. solo tour, and now the singer/songwriter has revealed plans for a charitable aspect to the trek to help raise funds for brushfire relief in his former Australian homeland.
As has been widely reported, widespread bushfires in Australia have left 20 people dead, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and killed hundreds of millions of animals. One of areas that has been affected by the fires is Cobargo -- a village in the Australian state of New South Wales -- where Colin used to own property and where he wrote the classic Men at Work hit, "Who Can It Be Now?"
"Cobargo, at this very minute, like so much of Southern New South Wales and parts of [the state of] Victoria, is in trouble, big trouble," says Hay.
He adds, "If you're coming along to a show and you're thinking about splashing out for the meet and greet, go for it. And know that your hard-earned [money] is going to support a great and honorable organization, made up of brave people who risk their lives in the face of ever-more-furious fires."
The tour kicks off February 27 in Santa Barbara, California, and is mapped out through a May 10 concert in Dallas. Colin is planning to perform some songs at the shows from a new solo album that's due out later in 2020.
Colin also is a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, and will join that group when it hits the road in late May.
Akashic BooksA new series of illustrated children's books called LyricPop that are based on the lyrics to select popular songs will launch on June 2. The first installment of the series will feature four books, based on The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and late reggae star Peter Tosh's "African."
The books will feature fun and inspiring stories while following along with the words of the respective tunes. The lyrics of "Good Vibrations" were written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, while "Don't Stop" was penned by Christine McVie, "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Dee Snider and "African" by Tosh.
"LyricPop represents two things I'm passionate about -- music, and books for children," says Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books. "As both a musician and a publisher, I hope LyricPop will inspire parents, grandparents, and others to read (and even sing!) these books aloud with the children in their lives."
The first four books of the LyricPop series are available for pre-order now at AkashicBooks.com, and you also can check out cover art and preview pages at the website.
David McClister; Alex ArroyoCheap Trick and Gloria Gaynor are part of the entertainment lineup for a special after-party event that will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in L.A., immediately following the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and the disco legend will co-headline the bash, which is called the 2020 Grammy Celebration.
The party will feature exotic décor inspired by North Africa and Casablanca, and will offer a Moroccan-themed menu. The event is expected to be attended by Grammy winners and nominees, various other celebrities and music-industry executives.
The 2020 Grammy Celebration is a private, ticketed event.
This year's Grammy Awards air live from L.A.'s Staples Center on January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.
The two-and-a-half-minute preview features brief interview snippets with Robertson, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, The Last Waltz director Martin Scorsese and others while highlighting some key moments in the history of the influential Americana group.
In one segment, Springsteen declares, "There is no band that emphasizes becoming greater than the sum of their parts than The Band. Simply their name, The Band, that was it."
In clips featuring Robertson, the group's founding guitarist and main songwriter recalls a memorable trip he took as a teenage musician to the Deep South, and discusses how The Band were booed by Bob Dylan fans when they served as his backing group in the mid-'60s while noting how collaborating with Dylan influenced the original music that The Band went on to make.
"Working with Bob, we saw a door opening," he notes. "Boom! No rules."
Robbie also mentions The Band's move to the famous pink house they rented in the Woodstock, New York, area, where they created a lot of their early songs, while also working with Dylan on The Basement Tapes.
The trailer also touches on how the chemistry of the group soon began to deteriorate as some band members became affected by their issues with drugs.
"Something got broken, and it was like glass," Robertson says. "It was hard to put back together again."
He then explains that before breaking up, he and his band mates decided to "come together one last time" at the star-studded farewell concert, The Last Waltz.
Once Were Brothers, which got its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019, will open in select theaters on February 21.
"We are very excited to come back to Vegas in July 2020 for a nine-show residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino's Zappos Theater," says Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine. "We're looking very much forward to shar[ing] some wild 'Sin City Nights' with all of you on the famous Strip…Let's get ready for the Sting!!!!"
Tickets for the Vegas shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 24, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com and at the Planet Hollywood box office.
Members of the Scorpions Rock Zone fan club can purchase exclusive, first-access pre-sale tickets starting today, January 17, at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, visit The-Scorpions.com/RockZone.
Additional pre-sale opportunities also will be available for Citi card members, members of Caesars Entertainment's loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers.
Prior to their Sin City Nights residency, The Scorpions will play a series of shows in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia in late February and early March.