|Jimi Jamison, Lead Singer for Survivor, Dies at 63
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For Sept. 02,2014
Jimi Jamison, lead singer for the group Survivor, has died, according to a post on the bands official Twitter account.
The post reads, Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends & family.
Jamisons booking manager, Sally Irwin, tells TMZ.com that the singer died Sunday night of a heart attack at the age of 63.
Jamison was a member of the band Cobra in 1984 when he joined Survivor after the groups lead singer, David Bickler, was forced to quit due to polyps on his vocal cords. The change came after the band scored success with the tune Eye of the Tiger, which was featured in the 1982 movie Rocky 3.
According to Rolling Stone, Jamison recorded three albums with Survivor. He was the lead singer on the songs Burning Heart from the movie Rocky 4 and The Moment of Truth from the film The Karate Kid. The band also scored a hit with Is This Love.
Jamison also co-wrote and recorded the song "Im Always Here, which became the theme song for the TV series Baywatch.
Survivor broke up in 1989, but got back together in 1993 with Bickler as the lead singer. The band became embroiled in legal tussles when Jamison toured under the Survivor name. After a series of lawsuits, the parties eventually made amends and Survivor began touring with both Bickler and Jamison.
According to the bands official website, the group performed Saturday night in Morgan Hill, California.
Remastered Versions of George Harrison's First Six Solo Albums Coming this Month
Digitally remastered versions of George Harrison's first six solo albums -- released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles' Apple Records label -- are hitting stores later this month.
The albums -- Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, Dark Horse and Extra Texture (Read All About It) -- will arrive September 23. They'll be available both as individual albums, and as a deluxe, eight-disc boxed set called The Apple Years 1968-1975.
In addition to the six albums, including the double disc All Things Must Pass, that boxed set includes an exclusive DVD featuring videos, promos and unreleased footage, as well as a book with an introduction written by George's son, Dhani, who oversaw the project.
In a statement, Dhani says, "Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."
All the albums feature previously-unreleased or rare additional tracks. They're available for pre-order now.
If you've seen Mötley Crüe on the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, you know that the three musicians on board -- Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx -- are a talented bunch. Singer Vince Neil agrees; though the band members have had their share of spats over the years, the singer has no trouble admitting that he's surrounded by skilled professionals. Neil tells ABC News Radio that Mars in particular is "an outstanding guitar player [and] very underrated because he shies away from press."
Neil says that even after 33 years of playing together, "[Mick] plays stuff where I go 'Wow, where did that come from?' When he does his solos it's pretty amazing, the stuff that he comes up with."
Vince also appreciates Lee, who he describes to ABC News Radio as being "like John Bonham. He's just a pure rock drummer [and] he has a great meter." As for Nikki Sixx, Neil calls him "a great bass player [and] a great showman."
Agreeing with the legions of fans who are mourning the end of Mötley Crüe -- because, of course, the band has insisted they will never tour again under the band name -- Neil tells ABC News Radio, "you put everybody together, we're Mötley Crüe and that's why we've been together for so long."
Here are the remaining dates on Mötley Crüe's tour:
8/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair
8/29 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
10/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/11 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
10/14 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/15 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
10/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center
10/26 -- Montville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 -- Syracuse, NY, The OnCenter
11/5 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 -- Southaven, MS, Landers Center
11/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
11/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/12 -- Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
11/13 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
11/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
11/16 -- Fargo, ND, FargoDome
11/18 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
11/19 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
Fans waiting on another Aerosmith record will have to keep waiting, according to guitarist Joe Perry.
"With us being off the record label, we're really not sure yet," the guitarist tells Boston magazine. Furthermore, Perry suggests, recording new music may be futile.
"When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear a thing unless they know it. We've played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause," he says. "Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?' The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.'"
Perry says that feedback like that puts "things in perspective."
"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear," he explains.
He adds that he has spent the last three years finishing his soon-to-be-published memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, and crafting a new solo record.
"I mean, I really feel like [finishing] it now," he says of the solo project. "I've got five or six things ready to go. The approach has just been different than the other ones I've done."
Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" has been selected as the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.
"Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses was second in the poll, followed by AC/DCs "Back in Black" and Deep Purples "Smoke on the Water."
Listeners voted the Zeppelin tune number one from a BBC Radio 2 list of 100 guitar riffs compiled by a panel of DJs, music critics and record producers.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" when he learned "Whole Lotta Love" was voted number one. "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive," Page said.
"Whole Lotta Love" appeared on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II. The LP was released in October 1969.
Here are the Top 10 guitar riffs, according to the BBC Radio 2 poll:
1. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
2. Sweet Child O' Mine, Guns N' Roses
3. Back in Black, AC/DC
4. Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple
5. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
6. How Soon Is Now?, The Smiths
7. Down Down, Status Quo
8. Money for Nothing, Dire Straits
9. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
10. Money, Pink Floyd
Gene Simmons is celebrating the 40th anniversary of KISS with a summer co-headlining tour with Def Leppard, but the bass player thinks he's an endangered species. In an interview with ABC News Radio, Simmons discussed the state of rock music today and said, "My heart goes out to every new band because there is no record industry [anymore]."
Simmons doesn't blame the industry or "corporate takeovers" for the failure -- he tells ABC News Radio "it was your next-door, freckle-faced college kid who decided he did not want to pay for something he was getting. It's called file-sharing and downloading. That technology killed the entire record industry."
Simmons is clear that it's not only the pocketbooks of existing rock bands that are affected, it's an entire new generation of bands who will never get a chance. "Your 15-year-old friend who's in the next Beatles or the next KISS is not going to have a chance in hell of getting there. And who killed that chance? The freckle-faced college kid."
File-sharing isn't his only beef about the industry today; Simmons notes that the artistry of album packaging -- for which KISS was a pioneer, with visually stunning albums that often contained bonuses like posters, mini record awards, tattoo sheets and photo booklets -- is a thing of the past. "It is of a different era [now]," he said. "Once upon a time, a record was an event, and it was a piece of art. You spent time designing it, you spent time photographing and all the rest of it. And people used to put it on their mantlepiece as art. And those days are gone."
Continuing to do their best to produce collectible art, KISS will soon release KISSteria, a 34-vinyl record set housed in a rolling road case. The set will contain a boatload of other goodies including 12 mini posters, bumper stickers, dominoes, a turntable mat, vinyl cleaning cloth, set of four lithographs and more. The sticker price is $1,749, and pre-orders are being accepted now.
It may have only four strings, but a bass guitar can make a player a lot of cash. That's the upshot of a new list from Richest.com, which ranks bassists based on their net worth.
The top slot is exactly whom you might imagine, if you think about it: former Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, who's reportedly worth $1.2 billion -- that's "billion" with a "B." The other names, however, might be a surprise. The number-two position is a tie between former Police frontman Sting and Gene Simmons of KISS, each worth $300 million. Roger Waters has the number-four spot, with $270 million, and U2's Adam Clayton rounds out the top five with $150 million.
The bottom half of the top ten includes Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers at six, Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones at seven, and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath at eight. The last two slots are a bit of a surprise: Tony Kanal of No Doubt edged out Krist Novoselic of Nirvana. Richest.com declares Kanal's producing gigs and songwriting for Gwen Stefani's solo career have earnedn him $45 million, topping Novoselic's $40 million net worth.
Take all of this with a grain of salt: the site neglects to mention the sources of its financial data. Here's the top ten list:
1. Paul McCartney -- $1.2 billion
2. Gene Simmons -- $300 million
2. Sting -- $300 million
4. Roger Waters -- $270 million
5. Adam Clayton -- $150 million
6. Flea -- $115 million
7. John Paul Jones -- $80 million
8. Geezer Butler -- $65 million
9. Tony Kanal -- $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic -- $40 million
Randy Bachman's music career spans more than 50 years and includes membership in two major rock bands, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, so it's not surprising that the singer/guitarist has quite a few great stories to tell. The 70-year-old Canadian rocker shares some of these anecdotes, and plays many of the classic tunes he wrote or co-wrote, in an aptly titled new concert DVD/CD called Every Song Tells a Story.
The video captures a Storytellers-style show Bachman played with his solo band last year in his hometown of Winnipeg that included performances of such Guess Who hits as "American Woman," "These Eyes" and "No Time," as well as BTO smashes like "Takin' Care of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "Let It Ride." Anecdotes include recollections of Bachman's pre-Guess Who bands and memories of his early friendship with a local musician named Neil Young, as well as specific inspirations for songs and humorous tales from his famous groups' heydays.
"The stories behind the songs are, I think, relevant now, 'cause a lot of people know most of those songs. They're kind of the soundtrack to their lives and to my life," Bachman explains to ABC News Radio. "And, similar to when I want to hear where a song came from…a lot of people are entertained by where my songs came from."
Randy says that the DVD caught him and his band "at the end of a tour so [we were] all very on our game." He says adding to that positive vibe was that fact that they were playing in Winnipeg, where "most of the songs originated" and "where the audience is full of friends and family…and it was just really a wonderful feeling."
One of the cool elements of the DVD is that the performances are interspersed with montages of rare photos and film clips from throughout Bachman's life that coincide with the time period of each song. These images also were shown on a video screen set up behind the stage at the show.
Randy notes that this is an added bonus for the viewer because "besides hearing the story of the song, they get a visual, so it's appealing to another one of their senses. All I'm missing is 'Smell-o-Vision.'"
Later this month, Bachman has a number of shows lined up with his BTO band mate Turner, and he also will be a special guest at three of Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour dates.
(NOTE LANGUAGE) Paul McCartney is a fan of Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, but is he actually making music with him? According to a new report, yes.
Source tells the New York Post's Page Six column that the former Beatle and Kim Kardashian's husband have been "quietly collaborating" on several tracks, which could eventually turn into an album. One of the songs is reportedly called "P*** on My Grave," with Page Six claiming Kim has been overheard telling friends that she's surprised that the two would use such a provocative title.
West attended McCartney's concert at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium last week.
During a Twitter interview last year, McCartney revealed that West's disc Yeezus was one of the albums he'd purchased recently, along with Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grai
Following the release of his new single, "Detroit Made," Bob Seger will release a brand-new album on October 14. Titled Ride Out, it's Seger's first collection of new studio material since 2006's Face the Promise.
In a statement, the rock legend, who also produced the record, says, "I feel really good about this record. This album touches on how I think a lot of us feel about finding our place in a more complicated world -- from how we appreciate things as simple and pure as love, to navigating through the corruption and violence that permeates the news. It sums up a lot of feelings I have about a variety of subjects.
Seger fans got their first taste of the new material during his 2013 tour, when he teased tracks including "Detroit Made," "All of the Roads," and "California Stars."
Friday marks the 45th anniversary of the start of the most famous rock festival in history -- the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The extravaganza, which took place in Bethel, New York, ran from August 15 to the morning of August 18, 1969. It was one of the defining events of the decade -- bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.
Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Who; Santana; Jefferson Airplane; Janis Joplin; Sly and the Family Stone; The Grateful Dead; Joe Cocker; Richie Havens; The Band; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Joan Baez; Ten Years After; Canned Heat; and Country Joe and the Fish.
Crosby, Stills & Nash, which had just welcomed Neil Young into its lineup at the time, had only played one other show before Woodstock. Graham Nash tells ABC News Radio the band's nervousness before the show had nothing to do with the size of the crowd.
"What did make us kind of apprehensive was the fact that all our peers were standing on the side of the stage waiting to see if this band could do it," he explains. "There's The Band, and there's the Airplane, and there's our friends, and there's John Sebastian, and there's Richie [Havens], and they're all watching us, seeing if we can do it."
Nash also says he nearly didn't make it to the show. "The back tail rotor of the helicopter I was in stopped working and, of course, the body of the helicopter started to spin in opposition to the rotation of the blades," he remembers. "Fortunately it was only about 15, 20 feet from the ground, and [the pilot] managed to thud us down there."
Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was impressed by the communal vibe at Woodstock.
"You could really feel the energy there. I mean, it made the hair on my arms stand up," he tells ABC News Radio. "The worst of conditions for people and in an overcrowded situation -- wet, cold, no potable water, no real facilities, no food -- but everyone just shared what they had with strangers and decided to make the best of it, and that just doesn't happen. And it happened at Woodstock, for sure."
Paul McCartney made history Thursday night when he performed the last concert to be held at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before the stadium is demolished.
Some 50,000 concertgoers attended the show, including several hundred lucky fans who were able to buy tickets put up for sale on Thursday when extra seats became available as a result of the stage being pushed back four feet.
"The Stick" is being demolished to make room for a housing and entertainment development.
As Beatles fans know, Candlestick Park was the site of the Fab Fours last official public concert, on August 29, 1966.
Thursday night's show, dubbed "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert," was the last stop on McCartney's U.S. summer itinerary. He'll begin a new run of dates in the fall, starting with a September 28 gig at San Diego's Petco Park.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler's new duet with Smokey Robinson, which will appear on the Motown legend's upcoming collaborative album, Smokey & Friends, can be heard online now at VEVO.com. A video offering the full audio of the track, a new version of Robinson's classic 1962 tune "You Really Got a Hold on Me," has been posted on the site.
The track finds Tyler and Robinson trading off on the soulful tune's memorable harmony and melody lines, while both singers also serve up some improvisational falsetto parts as the song winds down. In addition, Nicole Scherzinger can be heard delivering some smooth backing vocals.
"You Really Got a Hold on Me" originally was a #8 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 for Robinson's old group The Miracles. The tune also was famously covered by The Beatles in 1963.
As previously reported, Smokey & Friends will be released on Tuesday, August 19. It features reinterpretations of a variety of famous songs Robinson wrote or co-wrote for The Miracles, The Temptations and for his own solo career. In addition to Tyler and Scherzinger, the list of guest artists on the record includes Elton John, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, John Legend, Cee Lo Green and Mary J. Blige.
Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Releasing Deluxe Tour Edition of Latest Album Next Month
Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson has announced plans to release a deluxe expanded version of his latest solo album, Homo Erraticus, to coincide with his upcoming fall U.S. tour. The CD/DVD set includes specially filmed videos that accompany each album track, a live performance of the new song "Enter the Uninvited" and a recent interview with Anderson talking about the visuals, which also will be shown during the trek.
Homo Erraticus, which was released this past April, is a concept album that marks the third chapter in the saga of Gerald Bostock, the fictional character who first surfaced as the supposed lyricist for Jethro Tull's classic 1972 album Thick as a Brick. In the scenario created by Ian for the new record, Bostock -- who was eight years old at the time of Thick as a Brick -- went on to have a 40-year political career before becoming Anderson's tour manager. Homo Erraticus features a collection of songs that Gerald supposedly co-wrote with Ian and was inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned by a fictional amateur historian who died in 1928, and whose work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.
Each show on Anderson's fall trek will feature a full performance of the new album, as well as a set of classic Jethro Tull songs. The expansive outing kicks off September 12 in Seattle and is plotted out through a November 10 concert in Montclair, New Jersey.
Here is the full list of Anderson's U.S. dates:
9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC
10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
10/5 -- Richmond, VA, The National Theater
10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/19 -- Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn PAC
10/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/24 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center
10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence PAC
10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre
Joan Jett to Play Gig at Green Bay Sports Bar Prior to Packers'
It's no secret that Joan Jett is a Green Bay Packers fan; she's said so in many interviews. This year, though, she's made sure that she'll be on hand in Wisconsin for the Packers' opening game -- she's signed on to play a gig the night before, just blocks down the street from Lambeau Field.
The show will take place outside Burkel's One Block Over sports bar on Saturday, September 13, and tickets will go on sale next Tuesday, August 12, at 11 a.m. Central, at TicketStarOnline.com.
Jett spent her childhood years in the Philadelphia suburbs, but she told Esquire magazine that she became a Packers fan at the age of "six or seven" by looking at the photo on "a Sports Illustrated cover. Everybody was completely muddy, so muddy you couldn't see who was wearing what uniform. One guy had a swipe across the helmet where the mud was wiped off, and you could see part of the G through it. For some reason, as a kid, just seeing that G, I became a Green Bay Packers fan."
Jett might face a conflict of loyalty at the opening game: the lineup pits the Packers against Jett's current home-state team, the New York Jets.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have been around for close to 40 years but they've never had a #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart…until now, that is. The band's latest record, Hypnotic Eye, reached the top of the tally after selling 131,000 copies during its first week out.
This marks the highest first-week sales total for any Petty album since the start of the SoundScan era in 1991, It's also the highest single-week sales total the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has had since his 1994 solo effort Wildflowers sold 161,000 copies in December of that year.
Billboard points out that sales of Hypnotic Eye were boosted by a promotion that allowed fans who purchased tickets to the band's current tour dates to download a copy of the album. Petty & the Heartbreakers first appearance on the Billboard 200 came in September 1977, when the group's self-titled debut made its way onto the chart.
Meanwhile, landing at #2 on the Billboard 200 this week is Eric Clapton's latest album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which sold 61,000 copies. Interestingly, Petty is one of the guest artists who appear on the tribute album, which also includes contributions from Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and John Mayer. The Breeze is Clapton's highest-charting record since From the Cradle bowed at #1 back in 1994.
Debuting just behind Clapton in third place on the chart is the movie soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which sold 60,000 copies. The album is made up mainly of classic hits from the 1970s by such artists as The Jackson 5, Norman Greenbaum, 10cc, The Raspberries, Elvin Bishop and Blue Swede, and it also includes the David Bowie gem "Moonage Daydream."
Ace Frehley to Sit In with Tonight Show Band This Tuesday, Schedules NYC Album-Signing Event
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will invade NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday, August 12. The newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will sit in with the Tonight Show's house band, The Roots, for the entire program.
The Tonight Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Frehley's appearance will take place one week before the release of his new solo album, Space Invader. The 63-year-old rocker will celebrate the arrival of the record on Tuesday, August 19, with a special in-store appearance at the Best Buy store in New York City's Union Square. Frehley will sign copies of the album at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. ET.
Space Invader features 12 tracks, most of them new original tunes. The album also includes a cover of the Steve Miller Band classic "The Joker." Here is the full track list:
"Gimme a Feelin'"
"I Wanna Hold You"
"Inside the Vortex"
"What Every Girl Wants"
"Past the Milky Way"
Rush fans may soon be able to relax in a Toronto park named after two of the band's founding members and located in the very neighborhood where the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers met. Last month, the Canadian city's parks committee recommended that a section of Willowdale Park in North York be renamed Lee Lifeson Art Park in honor of Rush frontman Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson.
"I know my mom is very happy!" Lee tells the Toronto Star, adding, "We met with the park architects and were really impressed with the thought and plans they have for it."
Those plans, according to city council member John Filion, include art installations, a performance space and a small bandshell that would host "acoustic concerts."
It was Filion who came up with the idea for the honorary park, although he initially suggested it just be named after Lee. Filion tells the Toronto Star that when he informed the Rush singer/bassist about his proposal, Geddy "said he was interested and honored, but also suggested it be named after Alex Lifeson, too."
Regarding the site of the planned park, Lee notes, "It is where I met my best friend and bandmate. We were humbly honored by the suggestion to name the park after us."
Lee Lifeson Art Park is not a done deal just yet: North York's community council will vote at its August 12 meeting to decide whether the plan is adopted. Filion, who is one of the council's 11 members, is confident that will happen.
"I expect it will be unanimous," he says. "I can't imagine why not."
For those wondering why Rush drummer Neil Peart's name won't be part of the park's moniker, the answer is simple: He grew up outside of Toronto in the suburb of St. Catherines, Ontario.
Montana Mountain Named After Paul McCartney for a Day in Honor of His Missoula Concert
To celebrate Paul McCartney's concert this past Tuesday at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana, the city and the University of Montana bestowed a big honor on the rock legend, and we mean big! Mount Sentinel, the mountain that overlooks Missoula and features a giant letter M made out of concrete on its side, was renamed Mount McCartney for a day, from Tuesday to Wednesday morning.
McCartney's show, which drew more than 25,000 fans to the stadium, was the largest concert in the history of Montana, according to the university.
Prior to the event, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have a legend such as Paul McCartney playing in our community. This concert not only brings folks from around our great state together in Missoula, but also attracts fans from around the country."
Added the city's mayor, John Engen, "It's exciting to have an artist of this magnitude visit Missoula."
You can check out a photo gallery from the concert at the University of Montana's official Facebook page. Sir Paul's next show takes place on Thursday in Salt Lake City.
Fans can now pre-order Stevie Nicks' upcoming studio album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault, a collection of older tunes by the Fleetwood Mac singer that have never before seen the light of day. The album, which will be issued in multiple configurations on October 7, mostly features songs that Nicks wrote between 1969 and 1987, as well as two that were written in 1994 and 1995.
24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will be available as a standard and deluxe digital download; as a Deluxe Photobook CD that includes two bonus tracks, a 48-page book of exclusive pics from Stevie's personal collection and access to a digital version of the album; and as a Deluxe Photobook + Litho Album Bundle, featuring all of the aforementioned items as well as a limited-edition, numbered lithograph of a Polaroid from Nicks' collection. In addition, a limited-edition double-vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold, which also includes access to a digital download of the album, will be released on September 29.
Meanwhile, a lyric video for "The Dealer," one of the tunes on 24 Karat Gold, can be viewed now on Nick's official YouTube channel. People who pre-order the album automatically will receive a download of the track.
Nicks recorded the songs over the course of two weeks with a group of respected Nashville session musicians she compares to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
"When you write a song and it doesn't go on a record, it floats around in your life for years," Stevie says of the project. "Sometimes I can't remember what happened yesterday but I remember so well what happened through the whole period of time that I wrote these songs. You think about them and go over them and they live inside of you until they becomes part of your world. These songs are now 24 Karat Gold."
In conjunction with the upcoming album, Nicks has launched a new official Instagram page where she will post snippets of the new songs, as well as vintage photos.
Here is the track list for the deluxe version of 24 Karat Gold:
"If You Were My Love"
"24 Karat Gold"
"All the Beautiful Worlds"
"I Don't Care"
"She Loves Him Still"
The Who Is Planning Special 50th Anniversary Releases and Events, Asks Fans to Submit Rare Memorabilia
As the launch of The Who's 50th anniversary tour approaches, the band has announced that it is planning a year-long celebration to mark the half-century milestone that will include a series of releases, events and promotions.
As previously reported, The Who Hits 50 trek will begin on November 26 with a tour of the U.K and Ireleand leg that kicks off in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a December 17-18 stand in London. In addition, a new compilation titled Who Hits 50 is scheduled to hit stores on October 28.
Meanwhile, the band is collecting rare archival material such as television and radio performances, fan-filmed audio and video footage from concerts, interesting photographs, bootleg material, demo recordings and memorabilia for use in the anniversary releases. Fans can find out how they can submit material by contacting the group at firstname.lastname@example.org. If an item ends up being used on any release, the person who submitted it will be fully credited. The fan that contributes the most fascinating artifact will be treated to a pair of VIP tickets for a concert on The Who's upcoming tour.
In a new promo video for the Who Hits 50 campaign, Pete Townshend says he has tapes of a lot of old radio interviews with the band members and suggests that some of this material would be great to include in the anniversary releases. Roger Daltrey adds that he hopes more film footage will turn up from a famous concert the band played at London's Railway Hotel in 1964, a time when the group was called The High Numbers.
Stone Temple Pilots Could Begin Recording New Album Soon, According to Chester Bennington THEY will also perform at the MN State Fair !
It looks as though Stone Temple Pilots may be starting to work on a new album, which will be their first with Chester Bennington on vocals. Bennington is of course the frontman of Linkin Park and was asked by STP to take over vocal duties for the band, following the departure of Scott Weiland.
Bennington revealed that he and the Pilots "started writing some stuff a couple of weeks ago and that was a lot of fun, so we're planning to record some music as soon as possible."
He's officially been the frontman of STP for more than a year now, and Bennington says that he's thoroughly enjoying his opportunity to play with both groups. "It's fun to be around a bunch of people who thoroughly enjoy making music all the time," he said. "I get to be in Linkin Park and I get to play with some of the best musical minds in music right now, and then I get to come home and go play with some more people who are great. It's pretty awesome."
Though Bennington says he doesn't know exactly when the STP recording sessions will start, he says it's a priority. "We want to do it as soon as possible. So we'll make that happen with the time that we have, when I'm not on the road with Linkin Park."
That will mean at least another five weeks or so; Linkin Park kicks off their Carnivores tour with 30 Seconds to Mars on Friday.
Here are the Carnivores tour dates:
8/8 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/9 -- Tampa, FL, Steinbrenner Field
8/12 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless
8/13 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 -- Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center
8/18 -- Holmdale, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/19 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach
8/21 -- Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake
8/23 -- Montreal, QC, Parc Jean Drepeau
8/24 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Center
8/26 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota St. Fair
8/27 -- Winnipeg, SK, MTS Center
8/29 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Pavilion
8/30 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/06 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Pavilion
9/6 -- Dallas, TX, Geza Energy Pavilion
9/8 -- Denver, CO, Fiddlers Green
9/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Arena
9/11 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/13 -- Quincy, WA, The Gorge
9/15 -- Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
9/16 -- San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
Soundgarden to Play NFL Season-Opening Pre-Show
Soundgarden will help the NFL kick off the new pro football season in early September.
The NFL has announced that the Seattle band will perform live outside of their hometowns CenturyLink Field prior to the season-opening game between the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, September 4. Youll be able to catch Soundgarden in action during NBC and the NFL Networks pregame coverage, which will also include a pregame performance from pop star Pharrell.
NBC will also televise the game itself.
Deep Purple Guitarist "Really Glad" Band Is Touring the US Again
Deep Purple kicked off its first tour of the U.S. in more than three years last night in Scottsdale, Arizona. The trek will take the veteran British rock group across the entire country, and also will include a two-date trip north of the border to Canada.
Guitarist Steve Morse, Deep Purple's only American-born member, says he's "really glad" that the band finally is playing in his home country again. The tour also mark's the group's first U.S. outing since it released its latest studio album, Now What?!, which hit stores in April 2013.
Morse tells ABC News Radio that fans who come out to the shows will get to see a varied performance that will include "some stuff from the new album," "some of the classics" and "some offbeat, unusual album cuts that work well live," as well as improvisational interludes "that wouldn't be on a recording."
The 60-year-old musician, who joined Deep Purple in 1994, says one of his favorite things about the band's current concerts is that four or five songs from Now What?! are mixed into the set.
"I really enjoy that," he explains, "because I don't think Deep Purple should just be a classic-rock band that was remembered for two songs that get played over and over on oldies stations."
One of the new tunes that Morse particularly likes playing live is "Uncommon Man," a song that frontman Ian Gillan dedicates at the band's shows to founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who died in 2012 at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer.
"It's got elements of classical, prog rock and straight rock 'n' roll all in it," Steve says of the tune, "and the opening riff is so unlike any cliche."
Morse tells ABC News Radio that he and his band mates also love performing the early Deep Purple gem "Hard Lovin' Man," which appeared on the group's 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock.
"You know, [it] wasn't a hit here, but everywhere we play it, it just goes over great," explains the guitar whiz. "It's high energy in the same sort of vein as 'Highway Star.'"
Meanwhile, Morse reports that Deep Purple has been amassing material for a follow-up to Now What?!
He reveals that the band has "a dozen or so ideas that everybody [likes], already," for the project. He adds that famed producer Bob Ezrin, who was behind the board for Now What?!, also will be working on the new record. "[H]e makes things go together even better, so there's a lot of good energy moving forward," says Steve.
Deep Purple's North American tour winds down with an August 31 concert in Hollywood, Florida. Here are all of the band's upcoming stateside tour dates:
8/5 -- Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
8/6 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Orange County Fair
8/8 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheater
8/9 -- Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fair
8/10 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
8/13 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
8/14 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon Casino Event Center
8/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Fremont St. Downtown
8/16 -- Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino Concert Hall
8/20 -- Elgin, IL, Festival Park
8/21 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Casino
8/22 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
8/24 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo PAC
8/25 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC
8/26 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/29 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Casino
8/30 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
8/31 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
The latest chapter in Jon Bon Jovi's effort to become one of the new owners of the NFL's Buffalo Bills franchise is an open letter from the rocker that was published Sunday in The Buffalo News in which he tries to clarify his position and reassure fans worried the team might be relocating to Toronto.
The letter, titled "Why We're Bidding on the Buffalo Bills," marks the first time Bon Jovi has publicly discussed his intentions regarding the team.
Bon Jovi writes "Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of [late Bills founder] Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo."
The New Jersey rocker explains, "There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo."
In the letter, Bon Jovi states that he wants to keep the Bills in Western New York by building a "state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans."
He writes, "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."
The Bills Fan Alliance, a group of fans and business leaders who are worried about the team moving, responded to the open letter with apprehension.
"While we appreciate his sentiment, it's worth noting that nowhere in his letter does he write or directly state that he will 'not move the Bills from Buffalo,' " wrote Alliance's directors, Matt Sabuda, Brian Cinelli and Steve Brady in a statement.
"Anything short of formal action taken on their part will be viewed as nothing more than rhetoric," the Alliance directors wrote."
The Buffalo News reports Bon Jovi's Toronto-based group made a non-binding initial bid to buy the Bills last Tuesday. According to New York magazine, Bon Jovi's associates also own the Maple Leafs, Raptors and the Air Canada Centre,
Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and developer Donald Trump are also among the parties in the running to buy the Bills franchise.
New Box Set Featuring Seven Classic Foreigner Albums to Be Released in October
During its commercial heyday, Foreigner released one memorable hit after the next, reaching the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 more than a dozen times between the late 1970 and late 1980s. Now, a new box set gathering together the veteran rockers' first seven studio albums and featuring all of their best-known tunes is scheduled to be released this fall.
The CD collection, titled Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, will hit stores on October 14. It includes the group's 1977 self-titled debut, as well as 1978's Double Vision, 1979's Head Games, 1981's 4, 1984's Agent Provocateur, 1987's Inside Information and 1991's Unusual Heat. Foreigner's first five albums all received multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America, with Double Vision selling the most overall -- more than seven million copies in the U.S.
The first four discs in the compilation will include the bonus songs featured on the deluxe editions of the albums that were issued in 2002. Among these extra tracks are a demo of "Feels Like the First Time," a live rendition of "Hot Blooded" and a mostly acoustic version of "Waiting for a Girl Like You." The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums box set boasts a suggested list price of $39.98 and also will be available as a digital download.
Foreigner was led by the talents of singer Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones, who wrote -- or co-wrote with Gramm -- all of band's biggest hits. The group topped the Hot 100 in 1984 with "I Want to Know What Love Is," and also reached the top 5 six other times, with "I've Been Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Feels Like the First Time," "Urgent" and "I Don't Want to Live Without You."
Gramm left Foreigner in 1990 and was replaced by Johnny Edwards, who handled lead vocals on Unusual Heat. Lou did return to the band for one more album, 1994's Mr. Moonlight, but left for good to focus on a solo career in 2003. Foreigner, of course, has continued on with Jones leading the group and Kelly Hansen as the frontman.
The Who's Townshend and Daltrey Working on British TV Series Focusing on 1960s London Music Scene
The Who's Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey are collaborating with Simon West, director of such action/adventure flicks as Con Air and The Expendables 2, on a new U.K. television series that will focus on the London music scene during the mid-1960s. British magazine Broadcast reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will oversee the music and also will have input on the script for the show, whose working title is Mods and Rockers.
Townshend, Daltrey and West will serve as co-producers on the program, as will longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley. The setting of the series apparently will be the same as that of the film adaptation of the band's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia.
"We're not remaking Quadrophenia but it's that kind of world," West tells Broadcast. "It will also cover the rockers side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging '60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion. The two tribes will be at the heart of it."
The director is planning for the series to feature eight one-hour episodes and says the show is drawing the interest of multiple networks and production companies.
Robert Plant "Disappointed and Baffled" by Jimmy Page's Critical Remarks
Led Zeppelin fans know by now that chances of the surviving band members playing together again have seemed pretty slim lately, so they likely won't be surprised by Robert Plant's latest comments about the matter. In a new interview with U.K. magazine Uncut, the singer addressed remarks guitarist Jimmy Page made to The New York Times in May expressing frustration that Plant didn't want to take part in a new Zeppelin reunion.
"I feel for the guy," the famed frontman declared. "He knows he's got the headlines if he wants them. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."
Plant also revealed that he actually reached out to Page "a couple of years ago" and offered to collaborate with him, but was rebuffed.
"I said [to Jimmy], 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl," he recalled. "It was hands across the water. But he walked away. Just walked away."
As for a new full-fledged Led Zeppelin project, however, Plant said, "[W]e couldn't do anything proper. The weight of expectation is too great."
In the New York Times article, Page referred to a 2013 comment Plant made that appeared to suggest he was open to another Led Zeppelin reunion. "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band," said Jimmy, adding, "He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it."
Plant initially responded to Page's comments during a media event prior to a performance with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, at Morocco's Mawazine Festival. "I think he needs to go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," said Robert. "We have a great history together and like all brothers we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page but that's life."
Plant's new solo album with the Space Shifters, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9.
The Eagles' Don Henley to Present Robert Redford with Environmental Honor at Boston Benefit Event
Don Henley will present actor/director Robert Redford with a special honor recognizing his support for environmental causes during an intimate benefit concert The Eagles are playing on September 16 in Boston. Redford will receive the Walden Woods Project's 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award, which acknowledges a person or organization that demonstrates "represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges."
The show will take place at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center/Wang Theatre, and will raise money for the Walden Woods Project. That's the organization Henley founded in 1990 to oversee the protection of the Walden Pond area in Concord, Massachusetts, made famous by 19th century author Henry David Thoreau. The charity also supports various environmental initiatives that are in line with Thoreau's naturalist beliefs.
"Bob Redford was an environmentalist long before the well-being of our natural resources became an international concern," says Henley in a statement. "Whether he is defending the integrity of the public lands we leave as our legacy to future generations; whether he is lobbying Congress for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fighting for the protection of the dwindling herds of America's iconic wild mustangs or advocating for measures to curb climate change, he puts the full measure of his time and talent, and the force of his convictions, behind all the compelling environmental causes he supports."
Tickets for the benefit event go on sale this Monday, August 4, at 10 a.m. ET at CitiCenter.org, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Wang Theatre Box Office starting this Tuesday at 11 a.m. CT.
Eric Clapton's star-packed JJ Cale tribute album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, hits stores today. Joining Clapton on the collection of compositions by the late Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter are Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and John Mayer, as well as many other respected musicians.
In a promotional video focusing on the making of the album, Clapton explains that he was more interested in capturing the sound of Cale's own records rather than he and his fellow collaborators putting their spin on the tunes.
"I thought it was the respectful thing to do, rather than just say…'Never mind all that. I'm gonna do it the way I do everything,'" he notes. "If you've never heard of JJ Cale, when you hear this record, you will be introduced to the way he made things sound. And I thought that was as important as anything else."
The music and playing of Cale, who died of heart failure at age 74 in July 2013, were major influences on Clapton's post-1960s recordings. JJ wrote two of Eric's best-known tunes -- "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" -- while Slowhand's 1977 hit "Lay Down Sally" was clearly inspired by Cale laidback country-blues style.
In the video, Eric reveals that the idea for the tribute album starting taking shape around the time of Cale's funeral.
"After the funeral, we gathered again to McCabe's [guitar shop in Los Angeles,] and I heard myself say that apart from family, the most profound effects of people passing on me were [blues legend] Freddie King and JJ," he declares. "So those characters, for some reason, have been very, very deep in my musical psyche."
Soon, Clapton teamed up with his longtime co-producer Simon Climie and, along with engineer Alan Douglas, and, as he explains, they "began to create the framework for this album."
Of the various stars who lent their talents to the record, Eric singles out Mayer as someone whose contributions he was particularly impressed with. The pop-blues virtuoso sings and plays guitar appears on three songs on The Breeze -- "Magnolia," "Lies" and "Don't Wait."
"He cut all those tracks in about an hour, first or second take, and I was gobsmacked," says Clapton. "Y'know, [I have] a new respect for John, 'cause he's extremely gifted."
Mayer, meanwhile, is mutually complimentary of Clapton, praising him for the respect he shows the musicians who came before him.
"This kind of project continues to speak volumes about Eric and where he sees himself in the lineage of music," Mayer points out in the video. "He's never denied being a recipient of inspiration. He's never denied being a student of the blues, and that really inspired me to see myself as somewhere in…the ongoing lineage."
The Breeze is available as a standard CD, vinyl LP and digital download. In addition, separate deluxe multiple CD and vinyl LP packages can be purchased at Surfdog.com. The deluxe CD box set offers a bonus disc of original recordings by Cale, including three previously unreleased tracks; a specially designed USB drive featuring digital versions of The Breeze and the Cale tunes as well as a video interview with Clapton; six collectible lithographs; and a 20-page book.
Second Installment of Led Zeppelin Reissue Campaign Arriving in October
The Led Zeppelin reissue campaign will continue this fall, when the band releases remastered and expanded versions of their fourth and fifth studio albums, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy. The deluxe sets, which will hit stores on October 28, will include bonus discs featuring previously unreleased mixes and studio outtakes.
As with the first installment of the reissue series, which came out in June, the new releases will be available in a variety of formats. These include a single CD version; a deluxe edition, which boasts the "companion" audio disc; vinyl versions of those two packages; and a Super Deluxe Boxed Set, which contains the album and the companion audio, both on CD and vinyl, plus an 80-page book of rare and unseen photos, a digital download of the music, and a high-quality print of the original album cover. The reissues are available for pre-order now at LedZeppelin.com.
Led Zeppelin IV, which also sometimes is referred to as the "Runes" album or "Zoso," topped the Billboard 200 upon its 1971 release and went on to sell 23 million copies in the U.S., making it the third most-successful album ever in the country. Among the many classic songs featured on the record are "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Going to California." The companion disc included with the deluxe reissue of the album feature alternate mixes of all eight tracks.
Houses of the Holy also reached #1 on the Billboard album tally, and has sold more than 11 million copies since its 1973 release. Among the well-known Zeppelin tunes on the track list are "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Dancing Days," "The Song Remains the Same," and the reggae-influenced "D'yer Mak'er." Alternate and/or rough mixes of seven of the record's eight songs are featured on the reissued version's companion disc.
Here's a rundown of all the "companion audio" you'll get with the Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy reissues:
Led Zeppelin IV: Companion Audio Disc
"Black Dog" -- Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs
"Rock and Roll" -- Alternate Mix
"The Battle of Evermore" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix from Headley Grange
"Stairway to Heaven" -- Sunset Sound Mix
"Misty Mountain Hop" -- Alternate Mix
"Four Sticks" -- Alternate Mix
"Going to California" -- Mandolin/Guitar Mix
"When the Levee Breaks" -- Alternate UK Mix
Houses of the Holy: Companion Audio Disc
"The Song Remains the Same" -- Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
"The Rain Song" -- Mix Minus Piano
"Over the Hills and Far Away" -- Guitar Mix Backing Track
"The Crunge" -- Rough Mix - Keys Up
"Dancing Days" -- Rough Mix with Vocal
"No Quarter" -- Rough Mix with John Paul Jones Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
"The Ocean" -- Working Mix
If you're a fan of either Smashing Pumpkins or Motley Crue, you would've had to have been hiding under a rock to miss the recent news that Tommy Lee has been the guest drummer on Smashing Pumpkins' new album. Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan has posted numerous reports on the recording sessions, and to say his descriptions of Tommy Lee are enthusiastic would be a huge understatement. Likewise, Lee's a fan of Corgan's.
Tommy Lee tells ABC News Radio, "I've met Billy on several occasions, but...kind of out of the blue I got an email from his manager, who was like, 'Hey, Billy would like to talk to you about playing on the new Smashing Pumpkins record,' and I was like, 'That would be amazing, I would love that!'"
Lee says that after some emails, Corgan hopped on a plane from Chicago and brought the demos to him. "Wow was I impressed!," says Lee. "He played me nine songs [and I said], 'You have a hit record on your hands, dude, and yes, I want to be a part of this!'"
Tommy tells ABC News Radio that he and Billy were on the same wavelength from the beginning. "I remember him jumping up and down in the studio after one of the drum takes [yelling], 'This is exactly what I want! Oh my God! Finally!'"
The drummer says that although he's been jamming with other people for almost 40 years, Corgan's enthusiasm blew him away. "I was like, 'Wow!'," says Tommy. "It was just really cool to be appreciated that much. I just haven't felt something like that. It was really, really cool."
As much as Corgan sings Lee's praises, Lee returns the favor, telling ABC News Radio, "That guy is so smart and so talented, I've got nothing but massive respect for him and adoration, and when he goes and writes those wonderful things about me, it's like I get goosebumps. I sometimes don't receive that sort of love or praise from my own band, you know? It was really wonderful."
Joe Perry Reveals He Recently Recorded with Paul McCartney for a Project That's "Under Wraps"
(NOTE LANGUAGE) Two of the rock world's biggest stars came together recently for a very interesting studio collaboration. Aerosmith's Joe Perry revealed to the Chicago Sun-Times in a phone interview earlier this week that he did a recording session "with Paul McCartney a month and a half ago for a private thing."
The guitar great explained that he'd previously met the Beatles legend briefly "once or twice" over the years, but this time he got to "spend six or eight hours in studio with him."
So, what was it like working with Sir Paul? "He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy]. He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!" Perry declared. "Everyones in the room at once; you play until you get a good take."
Also on hand for the session were Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, the latter of whom is mutual friends with Cooper, Perry and McCartney. Joe recalled of the star-studded gathering, "[T]he three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids."
Perry added, "Paul was really nice. He's all about business [when he's recording]. At 72 he can still hit all those notes."
As for what the recording is for, Perry would say only, "It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now. There will be [an announcement when the time is right]."
Check Out Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Entire New Album, Hypnotic Eye, Online Now
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' latest album, Hypnotic Eye, arrives in stores this Tuesday, July 29, but fans can check out the record in its entirety from now until Monday at Amazon.
The album is available in a variety of configurations, including a standard CD, standard vinyl LP, high-quality FLAC digital download, Blu-ray Audio, and limited-edition two-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. Most versions of the release feature 11 tracks, but the Blu-ray Audio and double-LP editions also include a bonus track titled "Playing Dumb."
As previously reported, Petty and his band will kick off a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye with an August 3 concert in San Diego. Steve Winwood will serve as the opening act on the trek, which is scheduled through an October 10 show in Los Angeles.
Petty has posted some photos and a couple of brief video clips of him and The Heartbreakers rehearsing for the tour on his official Instagram site. One clip shows the band rocking out to Hypnotic Eye's lead track, "American Dream Plan B."
Jack White, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Willie Nelson to Headline Farm Aid 2014
This year's Farm Aid benefit show will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.
White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET. Others on the bill include country star Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and the group Delta Rae.
In a statement, Willie Nelson, Farm Aid's president, says, "In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system."
He adds, "On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we'll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they're growing for all of us."
Mellencamp added in a statement that Farm Aid has a "fair-like feeling," explaining, "All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served. Its a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from."
Farm Aid was inspired by something Bob Dylan said at Live Aid in 1985: he noted that he hoped some of the money raised would go to help farmers who were in danger of losing their farms because they couldn't pay their mortgages. Later that same year, the first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign, Illinois, with a massive lineup of performers, including Dylan, Mellencamp, Nelson and Young, plus Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Carole King, Huey Le