Credit: Leah SteigerBeing stuck at home separately during the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't stopped Sammy Hagar and the members of his current group, The Circle, from recording a brand-new tune. A video of Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson performing the song "Funky Feng Shui" has been posted on Sammy's official YouTube channel.
The quartet used their mobile phones to record their respective parts, which were then combined to create the clip. "Funky Feng Shui" began as a jam that Hagar and The Circle would play backstage to warm up before shows.
The recording came together as a "lockdown challenge" initiated by Bonham, who started the track by laying down his drum part and posting it on his Instagram page. Johnson then added his guitar part, followed by Anthony's bass and Hagar's vocals.
The parts were filmed and recorded, respectively in Bonham's den, Anthony's and Johnson's music rooms, and Hagar's closet. You can watch the individual parts at each band member's official Instagram.
"The Circle will be doing more of this, it's too much fun!" Sammy promises about the recording.
Hagar and The Circle currently are scheduled to launch a U.S. summer tour with Night Ranger on July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida, although the coronavirus pandemic could affect those plans. Whitesnake also initially was part of the trek, but that band recently canceled all of its 2020 concerts because frontman David Coverdale needs time to recover from a hernia operation.
Courtesy of Wolfson EntertainmentMusic lovers now have another choice when it comes to quarantine viewing: Daryl Hall's long-running music series Live from Daryl's House is finally coming back to television.
AXS TV will air 14 past episodes of the award-winning show starting April 19 at 9 p.m. ET. The series, created in 2007 by the blonder half of Hall & Oates, features Hall chatting and jamming with a variety of musical guests from various genres in a loose, living room-like setting.
The 14 episodes include Daryl's jams with Marchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, the band Train, former Voice coach Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Chris Daughtry, Aloe Blacc, Gavin DeGraw and Elle King, among others.
"Hey everybody, I am happy to say that the original at home show is back on TV," says Daryl in a statement.
"This is an incredible opportunity for music lovers of all ages to see an eclectic lineup of music legends and modern favorites put their skills on full display in a unique and intimate setting," adds AXS TV exec Sarah Weidman.
The trek now will get underway in Bologna on May 23, 2021, and is plotted out through a July 6-7 engagement in Madrid. The tour also includes 10 rescheduled concert that Queen Adam Lambert had lined up at London's O2 Arena, as well as two-night stands in Amsterdam; Manchester, U.K.; Birmingham, U.K.; and Copenhagen, Denmark.
All tickets purchased for the 2020 concerts will remain valid for the rescheduled dates.
"We're very sad to announce the postponement of our summer shows in Europe, although in the present crazy state of the world, it cannot be a surprise to our fans," guitarist Brian May says in a statement. "Of course we would have gone ahead with the dates had it been humanly possible. The good news is that we do NOW have a PLAN B ready to roll."
Adds drummer Roger Taylor, "We're all in this together. Devastating! Boringly frustrating! Scary and upsetting! But...pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down...start all over again!!! Be well...take care...coming right back at you as soon as we possibly can!!!"
Meanwhile, May has continued posting "MicroConcert" performance videos on his YouTube channel that he's been recording while sheltering at home because of the coronavirus. The latest clip features Brian singing and playing the classic 1965 Beatles tune "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."
Steve Miller, Eurythmics'Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, and members of The Isley Brothers are among the famous music artists that will have to wait until next year for a major honor they originally were supposed to receive in June.
Those artists, as well as Mariah Carey and Pharrell Williams, were set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 11 in New York City, but the ceremony has now been postponed to June 10, 2021.
In a statement, Hall of Fame President & CEO Linda Moran said, "In facing the reality of the future being unknown and the extraordinary number of schedules which would have to be rearranged...it seemed to be more prudent and in the best interests and well-being of everyone...to move the 2020 class of inductees and honorees in its entirety to next year's gala when they can be truly celebrated."
Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rodgers of CHIC added, "The wonderful songs that members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame have created are currently bringing comfort to billions of people all over the world in their time of uncertainty and need and that is something I believe we can all find gratitude in."
It's not clear if there will be an additional class of 2021 inductees along with this year's group. Others who are set to be inducted include Williams' creative partner Chad Hugo, and behind-the-scenes songwriters Rick Nowels and Willams "Mickey" Stevenson.
Nowels has co-written hits for Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Belinda Carlisle and many more. Stevenson wrote or co-wrote Motown classics like "Dancing in the Streets," "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "It Takes Two."
YouTube OriginalsWhile Coachella 2020 won't be happening until later this year in the fall, perhaps a sneak peek at two decades' worth of the California festival will help you make it through the wait.
A new trailer for the upcoming documentary Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert is out now. The three-minute clip includes performance footage of Paul McCartney, Madonna, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC and many other well-known artists.
The film, which was produced by YouTube, will premiere on the streaming platform on April 10, the same day Coachella 2020 was supposed to start before it got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new dates for Coachella 2020 are October 9-11 and October 16-18.
Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.
Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit "Skyscaper"; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of "bad guy"; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song "My Oh My"; and Mariah belting out her hit, "Always Be My Baby.”
Elton, who hosted the event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.
The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.
A new two-part documentary series titled Laurel Canyon, focusing on the fertile music scene that coalesced in the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name, where many famous artists resided and congregated starting in the late 1960s, will premiere on Epix on May 31 and June 7 at 9 p.m. ET.
The program will include music from such legendary artists as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, The Doors, Linda Ronstadt, The Byrds, Eagles, The Mamas & the Papas, Jackson Browne, The Monkees, The Turtles, Buffalo Springfield and more.
It also will feature rare and newly rediscovered film footage and audio, as well as new interviews with Browne, Don Henley, Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Roger McGuinn and others.
You can check out a teaser trailer for Laurel Canyon now at the Epix YouTube channel. The video includes a montage of archival film and photos of various famous musicians, along with commentary from The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Nash, David Crosby and more.
Dolenz notes that Laurel Canyon "was a very small community of musicians and long-haired weirdos," while Nash declares, "We were at the very center of this beautiful bubble of creativirty and friendship."
Crosby, meanwhile, says, "When a chemistry happens between people musically, it's magic."
Laurel Canyon was directed by Alison Ellwood, whose credits include 2013's History of the Eagles and the new documentary The Go-Go's.
The book charts Valentine's journey from her wild-child early years in Austin, Texas, and her development as a rock 'n' roll-loving teenage musician to her relocation to Los Angeles, where she joined what became the most successful all-female rock band in history, and beyond.
"It is really a coming-of-age story," Valentine tells ABC Audio. "It's about music being with me every step of the way, even before I'm a musician…And I really wanted it to be about music and about being a human."
Of course, at the center of the story are Kathy's adventures with The Go-Go's, both highs and lows.
Valentine says among the important things she tried to convey in the memoir was the elation she felt playing live with The Go-Go's during their heyday. As she explains, "what it felt like to go on stage surrounded by people that felt like my family, [and] to have a sold-out crowd that knew your songs, loved the band [and] was just…so in the moment, and you're in the moment."
As previously reported, Valentine recorded an All I Ever Wanted soundtrack album featuring new songs inspired by some of the book's chapters. It's available now digitally, and also will be part the audio version of the book that's due out April 7.
"[I]t was really creative, it was really fun, really innovative and just felt exciting to do something musically that I had never done," she says of making the album.
Valentine will celebrate her book's arrival tonight at 8 p.m. ET with a live release-party event on her Instagram page featuring "music, talk and special guests."
The tune, which will also appear on Browne's next studio album, due out in October, arrived just a few days after he revealed he'd been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Jackson noted that even though he wrote the song before the start of the coronavirus crisis, he feels it's timely because it's about the uncertainty of mankind's future in this volatile era.
"A Little Too Soon to Say" was inspired by how many younger people are actively expressing their concern for such issues as the environment and gun control.
"[I was] thinking about the generation -- the Parkland students, and Greta Thunberg -- and the young people who have been very vocal, saying, 'You're not making any real attempt to change things in a way for us to have the planet you had,'" he noted. "How do you pass this mess on to the next generation, the future generations?"
"A Little Too Soon to Say" also will be the B-side of a new Browne single, "Downhill from Everywhere," that will be released May 29 on CD and vinyl.
In an interview last Wednesday with the Los Angeles Times, Browne reported that he believes he's among the lucky majority who'll recover from the coronavirus without serious health consequences.
"I'm O.K. -- I'm not bad at all," he said. "My physical symptoms have mostly abated. In fact, there's very little of it left."
Jackson also noted that he didn't need to go to the hospital for treatment, although he admits that he did pass the virus on to his son Ethan, whom he said experienced "somewhat mild" symptoms.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach Influential singer and songwriter John Prine's condition has improved following the announcement that he'd been diagnosed with COVID-19.
John's wife, Fiona Whealan Prine, turned to Twitter Monday to update fans that John, who's 73, is in stable condition.
"We are humbled by the outpouring of love for me and John and our precious family. He is stabile," she shares in her message. "Please continue to send your amazing Love and prayers. Sing his songs. Stay home and wash hands. John loves you. I love you."
The news comes one day after John's team released a statement that he was experiencing a "sudden onset" of COVID-19 symptoms and was admitted to the hospital on March 26. He was intubated two days later and by Sunday, his situation was described as "critical."
Fiona was previously diagnosed with the coronavirus but has since recovered.
Prine has built a storied career in folk music with 18 studio albums, including the Grammy-winning Fair & Square and his latest release, The Tree of Forgiveness, which reached the top five on the Billboard 200 in 2018.
Credit: Amy GranthamGraham Nash is the star of the latest installment of Rolling Stone's In My Room video series, which features musicians performing songs at their homes as they social-distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nash's segment was shot at his New York City apartment and features the 78-year-old folk-rock legend playing three songs from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's classic 1970 debut album Déjà Vu, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this month.
Sitting at a piano, Graham begins the video by saying, "I'm here at my home, as I hope all of you are. We are all in this together, this coronavirus mess that we're in. I'd like to give a shout-out to all the medical people, all the postmen, all the postwomen, all the people that are risking their lives to make our lives better."
Nash then plays his classic ballad "Our House" on piano. He then continues with some advice on staying safe and healthy during the crisis.
"Stay at home. Let's not spread this virus any further. Let's wash our hands. Let's listen to the scientists. Let's listen to the doctors that have the real facts. Let's stay together. We're all in it together. We will make it together."
Graham then picks up an acoustic guitar and plays the Stephen Stills-penned tune "4 20," recalling that when Stills first played it for him, "I was completely amazed, it's so beautiful."
Nash returns to the piano for his final song, "Teach Your Children."
Graham recently postponed a series of spring U.S. concerts because of the coronavirus pandemic, and he's now rescheduled them in November. Here are the new dates:
11/6 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre (rescheduled from 3/13) 11/7 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center (rescheduled from 3/14) 11/10 -- Clearwater, FL, Bilheimer Capitol Theatre (rescheduled from 3/19) 11/12 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (rescheduled from 3/18) 11/13 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (rescheduled from 3/22) 11/14 -- Coral Springs, FL, Coral Springs Center for the Arts (rescheduled from 3/21) 11/16 -- Nashville, TN, CMA Theater (rescheduled from 3/28) 11/17 -- Huntsville, AL, Mars Music Hall (rescheduled from 3/25) 11/18 -- Asheville, NC, Diana Wortham Theatre (rescheduled from 3/29) 11/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, Memorial Hall (rescheduled from 3/31) 11/21 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant (rescheduled from 4/1)
Courtesy of Michael StipeMichael Stipe has posted a new video message as he bunkers down at home during the coronavirus crisis, and in the clip, he's introduced a brand-new solo song.
The founding R.E.M. singer reports that the tune is titled "No Time for Love Like Now," and is a collaboration with Aaron Dessner of indie-rock group The National. The video features Stipe singing live along with a demo track of the melodic, slow-tempo song, which features sparse electronic percussion, keyboards and guitar.
The tune's lyrics feature allusions to the political climate in the U.S., and to life during the current health crisis.
"There's no time for dancing/ There's no time for undecideds/ No time for love like now," Michael sings. "Where did this all begin to change/ The lockdown memories can't sustain/ This glistening, hanging free fall."
So far, the artists who've committed to taking part in the project include Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall, Paul Shaffer and acclaimed producer/musician Don Was.
"Everyone is trying to figure out what they can do to get that maniac out of the White House," Rundgren, an outspoken critic of President Trump, told Rolling Stone during a recent phone interview. "More importantly, to get the banana Republican Party out of governing wherever possible. The song will be available to any Democratic candidate that's been approved by the DNC to use at for campaigns and at their rallies. They can also use it in a commercial if they so desire."
Todd also revealed that he's hoping he can get many more music artists and celebrities to agree to contribute to the recording.
"Let's go for 'We Are the World,'" he said. "Not many people know about it at this particular moment, especially because just as we were getting into the project this huge distraction [of the coronavirus] came along."
Rundgren, who currently is holed up at his home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai during the coronavirus crisis, told Rolling Stone that he expects Was to play a big role in putting the track together.
"He and I will go over everything and figure out who goes best in which part of the song," he noted. "But I don't imagine that this project will be finished or nearing completion until June or so."
"Just One Victory" was the final song on Todd's 1973 studio album, A Wizard, a True Star.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for StagecoachBeloved singer and songwriter John Prine has been hospitalized and listed in critical condition due to COVID-19, his family announced in a statement on Sunday.
The statement, posted on Prine’s official Twitter page, reveals he was “hospitalized on Thursday and intubated Saturday evening.”
Prine, 73, “continues to receive care,” the statement continues, “but his situation is critical.”
“This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now,” the family adds. “Know that we love you, and John loves you.”
Prine has had prior health issues over the past few decades. In the late 1990s, he announced that doctors detected squamous cell cancer in his neck.
He was able resume his career, albeit with a deepend voice following radiation and surgery.
In 2013, Prine announced he had an operable “non-small cell carcinoma,” in his left lung and took time off to heal.
Ian Gavan/Getty Images for HarlequinsAs America grapples with the rising COVID-19 pandemic, Elton John teamed up with an array of artists on Sunday night to "lift your spirits" for the first ever iHeart Living Room Concert for America that aired on Fox.
The concert not only served as means to comfort those worried about the outbreak, but it also helped raise money for two critical charities: First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America. It was later revealed by comedian Ken Jeong that Fox was matching donations.
"We hope this bit of entertainment can feed and fuel your soul," said Sir Elton, who also comedically revealed that he was quarantined in his only house that doesn't have a piano.
Thankfully, no piano was required for his hosting duties: The performances fell to the artists who lent their vocal talents to entertain America from their homes. However, at the end of the concert, he did manage to get his hands on a keyboard so he could close with a special performance of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
First up was Alicia Keys, who opened with an encouraging, "my hope is that we remember how resident we are and how we defy the odds" as she delicately played her piano. She then dedicated her performance of "Underdog" to the "first responders and medical professionals that are risking their lives to keep us safe."
Following Alicia, the Backstreet Boys took the living room stage with Brian Littrell greeting fans from the comfort and safety of his house. He joked that he and his band was "bringing our living room to yours" before shouting out frontline responders who are "putting themselves in harm's way" to keep the globe safe.
The gang sang "I Want It That Way" and even broke out some lighthearted dance moves to elicit some much-needed smiles. Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter even got their kids involved, from playing instruments to dancing around the backyard.
Up next was Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters who dedicated his performance of "My Hero" to all those on the front lines.
Billie Eilish and Finneas followed Grohl with an acoustic rendition of "bad guy" from their couch. Billie revealed she wanted "to be some sort of comfort in this crazy time" before urging "Let's stay strong together."
Up next was Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello who flirted a bit before introducing the song "My Oh My" with Camila on vocals and Shawn on guitar. More adorable than the lovebirds was their dog in the background who excitedly tried to steal the spotlight in the beginning.
Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, who took over for Cabello and Mendes, also showed off his canine companion as he sang "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
While Lady Gaga didn't perform, she reached out to fans with an empathetic, "I know what's going on in the world is terrifying" and that "my heart goes out to people who lost loved ones." She used her time to touch upon mental health, encouraging those to communicate with friends and family to combat the feeling of isolation and anxiety. She concluded, "Be kind to yourselves."
Lizzo and Elton also discussed mental health and the negative emotions COVID-19 is stoking. As the friends live chatted on Zoom, Lizzo brought up that "it's important to remember that music brings people together" and praised everyone involved for coming together during such an uncertain time. "We cannot let this tear us apart," she said in closing. "We can't let the fear spread faster than the virus."
Following such a serious discussion, Tim McGraw took the stage next to perform a lighthearted "Something like That" while sitting on his diving board as his band played live from their respective houses. His spot ended with him thanking his daughter Maggie for holding the camera and sweetly blew her a kiss.
Demi Lovato took the majority of her slot to urge those viewing to donate and "do what you can to lift [people] up." She closed with a brief piano rendition of "Skyscraper."
Last up was Mariah Carey who put her heart into "Always Be My Baby" and made sure to prove she is the queen of the whistle register by spending the last moments of the song hitting a series of high notes. She concluded with an adorable anecdote that after she leaves the studio, she's going to put her gloves back on "even in my own home."
Other performers helping to spread positivity were H.E.R. and Sam Smith.
Thanking first responders was a unifying theme during Sunday night's concert. The show offered numerous first-hand accounts from EMTs, doctors and nurses about how they're battling against the pandemic. One nurse, named Melissa, who is working at a COVID-19 ICU at her hospital tearfully revealed that she feels like she's "working in a war zone."
Talk show host Ellen Degeneres also shouted out essential workers, namely those who work at grocery stores, making sure people are still able to eat by keeping the shelves stocked.
As the concert wrapped up, Sir Elton urged the audience to continue giving to First Responders Children Foundation and Feeding America before thanking everyone for coming together to promote positivity.
Credit: Scott Robert RitchieRingo Starr and his All Starr Band were supposed to launch a new North American tour with a May 29-30 engagement in Rama, Canada, but guess what, the trek has been postponed until 2021 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
So far, all of the former Beatles drummer's 2020 shows have been moved to June of next year, except for the Rama concerts, which have yet to be rescheduled.
"This is very difficult for me," Ringo says, "in 30 years I think I've only missed 2 or 3 gigs never mind a whole tour. But this is how things are for all of us now, I have to stay in just like you have to stay in, and we all know it's the peace and loving thing we do for each other."
Starr, who will turn 80 on July 7 of this year, adds, "My fans know I love them, and I love to play for them and I can't wait to see you all as soon as possible. In the meantime stay safe. Peace and Love to you all."
The current lineup of Ringo's All Starr Band features ex-Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and former Average White Band guitarist/bassist Hamish Stuart, as well as sax player/percussionist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette.
Ringo released his latest studio album, What's My Name, this past October. It features features contributions Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Lukather and many others.
Here's a full list of Starr's 2021 shows, along with the dates they originally were scheduled to take place:
New date to be announced -- Rama, Ontario, Canada, Casino Rama (Original date: 5/29/20) New date to be announced -- Rama, Ontario, Canada, Casino Rama (Original date: 5/30/20) 6/1/21 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre (Original date: 6/14/20) 6/3/21 -- Boston, MA, Boch Center Wang Theatre with The Avett Brothers (Original date: 6/10/20) 6/5/21 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion with The Avett Brothers, (Original date: 6/11/20) 6/7/21 -- Easton PA, State Theatre (Original date: 6/6/20) 6/8/21 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater (Original date: 6/2/20) 6/9/21 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater (Original date: 6/9/20) 6/11/21 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater (Original date: 6/5/20) 6/12/21 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre (Original date: 6/7/20) 6/13/21 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center (Original date: 6/13/20) 6/15/21 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Lyric Theatre (Original date: 6/16/20) 6/16/21 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Lyric Theatre (Original date: 6/17/20) 6/18/21 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena (Original date: 6/20/20) 6/19/21 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood (Original date: 6/19/20) 6/20/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, Metropolitan Opera House (Original date: 6/21/20) 6/22/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Centre (Original date: 6/23/20) 6/23/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Centre (Original date: 6/24/20) 6/25/21 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre (Original date: 6/26/20) 6/26/21 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Casino (Original date: 6/27/20) 6/27/21 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall (Original date: 6/28/20)
Credit: George ChinHappy Birthday to Eric Clapton, who celebrates his 75th birthday today. The blues-rock guitar legend has been one of the most influential and successful musicians to emerge from the 1960s British music scene, and is the only person ever to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame three times -- in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds, in 1993 with Cream and in 2000 as a solo artist.
Clapton's music career began more than 55 years ago with The Yardbirds, and he quickly earned a reputation as one of the best guitarists in the U.K. Unhappy with the group's pop direction, he left in 1965 to join John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. The following year, he teamed up with one of his fellow Bluesbreakers, singer/bassist Jack Bruce, and jazz-influenced drum virtuoso Ginger Baker to form Cream.
Cream combined improvisational blues-rock and psychedelia for a sound that influenced countless hard-rock bands. During his time with the short-lived supergroup, Clapton began to develop as a singer and songwriter, and was responsible for co-writing such classic tunes as "Sunshine of Your Love," "Strange Brew" and "Badge."
After Cream's 1968 breakup, Clapton joined forces with Steve Winwood and Baker to form another supergroup, Blind Faith, which only released one self-titled album, in 1969. He then took part in a brief collaboration with the American rock/soul duo Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett before beginning an extremely successful solo career. In 1970, Clapton released his self-titled solo debut, and he also put out Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, the landmark album he recorded as Derek and the Dominos, a group that also featured Duane Allman.
Clapton scored his only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with a cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff," which helped introduce the reggae legend to many music fans around the world. Eric's many other enduring solo tunes include "Lay Down Sally," "Tears in Heaven," "Wonderful Tonight," "I Can't Stand It," "Change the World" and his classic covers of the J.J. Cale songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine."
Clapton's most recent studio album was the 2018 holiday collection Happy Xmas. While, he's limited his touring schedule in recent years, Eric had been slated to launch a month-long European trek in May, but that's been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rick Guest/Interscope RecordsAfter recently postponing its 2020 U.K. and Ireland concerts until 2021 because of the coronavirus, The Who has now announced plans to move the upcoming U.S. leg of its ongoing Moving On! Tour, which was to have taken place in April and May from the spring, to the fall of this year.
A message on the band's official website reports that the shows are being postponed "out of an abundance of caution," while noting that "[a]s soon as we have the dates finalized we'll share the updated schedule, and all tickets will be honored accordingly."
The post adds, "Both Pete [Townshend] and Roger [Daltrey] -- and the rest of The Who band -- cannot wait to get out there and be with you all and share in some great music."
The stateside trek was to have run from an April 21 concert in Hollywood, Florida, through a six-date Las Vegas residency spanning from May 5 through May 16.
In other news, The Who confirmed a new date for its recently postponed performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, which originally was scheduled to take place March 29 as part of the 2020 edition of the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert series. The show now will be held on March 21, 2021. Most of this year's Teenage Cancer Trust concerts have been canceled.
Check back soon with TheWho.com to find out the new dates for the band's postponed U.S. trek.
Courtesy of StyxStyx are treating fans who are stuck at home this weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic to a special streaming concert event that will available exclusively Saturday night at the band's official YouTube channel at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The event, dubbed "Styx Fix," will feature the audio of an August 2017 show that the veteran rockers played in Trois-Rivières, Canada, accompanied by photos and videos. The presentation will also be hosted by Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw.
The band is asking fans who watch the presentation to donate to the Rock to the Rescue charity to aid its work in supporting those affected by the coronavirus crisis. Rock to the Rescue was founded by Shaw and REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, Styx have postponed or canceled nearly all of its concerts scheduled through early May. Visit StyxWorld.com for more information.
MGMWe're going to have to wait a little bit longer to see Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in the highly anticipated biopic Respect.
The film, which was set to open wide October 9, will now head to a Christmas Day release to qualify for awards season consideration. It will then expand in theaters on January 8, with a wide release on January 15.
Directed by acclaimed stage director Liesl Tommy, Respect follows Franklin's rise to superstardom, from her childhood singing gospel in her father's church to her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B.
The cast includes Forest Whitaker as C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland.