|ZZ Top and Weezer to Perform as "Wee-Z Top" This Monday on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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For Jan 30 , 2015
ZZ Top will team up with modern rockers Weezer next week for the first installment of a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays," that will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts. The Texas trio and Weezer will join forces to form "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel -- on this Monday's episode of the late night show, which airs on ABC .
The showcase, which will take place each Monday in February -- also will feature funk great Morris Day performing with pop-rock sister act HAIM as "Morris Day and the HAIM" on February 9, and soul star Aloe Blacc collaborating with R&B group Blackstreet as "Aloe Blaccstreet" on February 16. The artists who will perform on the February 23 edition of "Mash-Up Monday" haven't been revealed.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, ZZ Top visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Monday, January 26, and performed three tunes -- the band's recent song "Gotsta Get Paid" and the classics "Tush" and "La Grange." You can watch video of the performances online at the Jimmy Kimmel Live! official site and YouTube channel.
Burton Cummings Hitting the Road in Canada and Northern US in March and April (including a stop in
Randy Bachman recently announced that he'll be launching a North American tour in April in support of his upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, and as it turns out, his former Guess Who band mate Burton Cummings will be on the road at the same time. Cummings has a series of shows lined up in Mach and April, most of which are in his home country of Canada.
The singer/keyboardist's confirmed itinerary runs from a March 8 concert in Victoria, British Columbia, through an April 20 performance in Regina, Saskatchewan. The trek also includes four shows in the northern U.S. -- a March 27-28 engagement in Bow, Washington, an April 17 concert in Medina, Minnesota, and an April 18 stop in Belcourt, North Dakota.
Meanwhile, Cummings shared some of his plans for 2015 in a new interview with Glide magazine. He says he'll be releasing a book of poetry that will include his "favorite fifty or sixty" poems. He also hopes to release three volumes of his long-in-the-works DVD series Ruff sometime in the spring. Burton says the collection features a variety of behind-the-scenes and performance footage he's amassed over the years.
In addition, he revealed that he eventually would like to record a new solo album.
"I have more than enough songs for another album, although a lot of people aren't doing albums anymore," he explains. "But I'm old school and want to do at least one more album."
Here are all of Cummings' confirmed North American tour dates:
3/8 -- Victoria, Canada, Alix Goolden Performance Hall
3/9 -- Duncan, Canada, Cowichan Theatre
3/11 -- Kelowna, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre
3/12 -- Penticton, Canada, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
3/14 -- Kamloops, Canada, Interior Savings Centre
3/15 -- Vernon, Canada, Vernon Performing Arts Centre
3/17 -- Powell River, Canada, Evergreen Theatre
3/18 -- Mission, Canada, Clarke Theatre
3/27 -- Bow, WA, Skagit Valley Casino Pacific Showroom
3/28 -- Bow, WA, Skagit Valley Casino Pacific Showroom
4/17 -- Medina, MN, Medina Entertainment Center
4/18 -- Belcourt, ND, Sky Dancer Casino
4/20 -- Regina, Canada, Casino Regina
Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler spent Tuesday night behind bars in Death Valley, California, after getting into a bar brawl.
The Inyo County Sheriff's Department reports the alleged fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon, located on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley. According to witnesses, the altercation began as an argument over an unspecified topic, and escalated into a fight that resulted in someone being struck and a window being broken. Butler, 65, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, vandalism, and public intoxication.
According to the sheriff's department, Butler was booked into the county jail, and then released "after detox and citation."
Ex-Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Upset He Wasn't "Equally Represented" in Band's Recent Documentary
Earlier this month, the 2014 Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts, which premiered in the U.S. on Showtime in October, was released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film featured brand-new interviews with all five members of the band's classic early 1970s lineup, including guitarist Steve Hackett. The doc focused on the group's history as well as each member's solo career, but Hackett tells ABC News Radio that he wasn't very happy about the amount of coverage his own work outside of the group was given.
"I got on board believing, naively perhaps, that we would all be equally represented," he says. "But the short of it is, I did two hours to camera on my own and two hours with the band sitting 'round, but it was heavily butchered in the cutting room stage…And I think something that was presented initially as an idea of something completely democratic ended up being something other than that."
Hackett says he was much happier with the 2014 companion compilation, R-Kive, on which the band members collaborated in conjunction with the documentary.
"I perhaps mistakenly thought that because of the album that we were all working on together that we were all Genesis and we were all equals once more, but sadly it's not to be," he laments.
He adds that the experience he had with the film project makes him doubt that the band members will be able to come together for any type of reunion.
"When people ask me…is there gonna be a reformation, I say, '[L]ook at the documentary and you'll get an idea of the priorities that come across," says Hackett, "and I think it's probably extremely unlikely."
Having said that, the guitar virtuoso tells ABC News Radio that he still would be open to playing with his ex-band mates if by some chance they all agreed to a reunion.
"I think that I've always been up for that," he admits. "It's been decades I've been saying, 'Call me if you need me.' So, my door's open to that, certainly."
As for Hackett's upcoming plans, he will be bringing his Genesis Extended tribute tour to South America in March. Then, on April 7, he will release a new solo album titled Wolflight. Visit HackettSongs.com for all the latest news on Steve.
A new CD/DVD set titled Stripped Down featuring highlights from the 2014 edition of pop-rock star Rick Springfield's ongoing tour of the same name will be released on February 24. The concert video and album capture the Australian singer/guitarist playing solo versions of many of his memorable songs, as well as sharing stories about the tunes and his life.
The Stripped Down track list includes renditions of Springfield's hits "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "Love Somebody," "Affair of the Heart" and "I've Done Everything for You." It also features performances of the new song "If Wishes Were Fishes" and covers of Badfinger's "Baby Blue" and Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well."
"The conception and execution of my solo storytellers show is something I basically worked on my whole life and it's awesome to bring the finished product to the fans who embraced it with the sold-out shows across America in 2014," says Rick in a statement. "Now, if you can't make it to one of my 2015 Stripped Down dates live, you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own living room…naked, if you want."
Springfield has a variety of North American concerts lined up in the coming months, including Stripped Down shows and gigs with a full backing band. Here is his current itinerary; full-band shows denoted with an asterisk (*):
1/29-31 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort*
2/5 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre
2/6 -- Houston, TX, Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center
2/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Empire Theatre
2/13-14 -- Nashville, TN, Wildhorse Saloon*
2/15 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino Hotel*
2/21 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall
2/22 -- Manchester, NH, Palace Theatre
2/25 -- Boston, MA, House Of Blues Boston
2/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
2/27 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre
2/28 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Theatre
3/5 -- Corpus Christ, TX, Selena Auditorium
3/6 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre
3/7 -- Sun Tan Valley, AZ, Encanterra*
3/13 -- Boca Raton, FL, JAZZIZ Nightlife
3/14 -- Orlando, FL, Trilogy Orlando*
3/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
3/18 -- Seattle, WA , The Neptune
3/20 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre
4/9 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
4/11 -- Branson, MO, Andy Williams Moon River Theatre
4/18 -- Mt. Pocono, PA, Mt. Airy Casino Resort
5/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
5/14 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand
5/15 -- Dekalb, IL, NIU Convocation Center*
5/16 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Sioux City
Here is the track list for the Stripped Down CD:
"Affair of the Heart"
"Love Is Alright Tonite"
"I've Done Everything for You"
"Rollin' & Tumblin'"
"If Wishes Were Fishes"
"Don't Talk to Strangers"
"April 24th, 1981/My Father's Chair"
"Me & Johnny"
And here is the Stripped Down DVD set list:
"Affair of the Heart"
"Me & Johnny"
"Love Is Alright Tonite"
"Rollin' & Tumblin'"
"April 24th, 1981/My Father's Chair"
"If Wishes Were Fishes"
"Our Ships Sinking"
"My Depression" (credits only
Mötley Crüe has announced official details about of the last leg of its Final Tour, a series of North American dates that will come to an end with a New Year's Eve concert at the Staples Center in the band's hometown of Los Angeles. The stateside outing will feature 34 shows, one for each year of the glam-metal legends' long career, and will kick off July 22 in Eugene, Oregon.
Alice Cooper, who was the special guest throughout the Crüe's 2014 tour, will be back to open almost all of the U.S. and Canadian concerts through an August 30 performance in Atlanta. Other major North American cities Mötley Crüe will visit include Salt Lake City, Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Toronto, Montreal, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio and Mexico City.
All of the North American concerts will be held at arenas, where the band will be bringing its full production, including Tommy Lee's outrageous "Crüecifly" drum coaster.
In conjunction with the big announcement, Mötley Crüe has released a new single titled "All Bad Things" that's available for purchase as a digital download at iTunes. In addition, an accompanying promo video featuring career-spanning footage of the band has premiered at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's blog, FallonTonight.tumblr.com. As previously reported, Mötley Crüe will be performing on The Tonight Show this Thursday.
"All Bad Things" also will be included in a special collector's album package that's being put together in honor of the rockers' Final Tour, and that will be released later this year. Meanwhile, in celebration of Mötley Crüe's Final Tour announcement, the band is giving away a digital version of its 2009 Greatest Hits collection at Google Play through Tuesday, January 27. Check out a video message from bassist Nikki Sixx about the free offer at YouTube.
Mötley Crüe's 2015 Final Tour gets under way with a series of Japanese shows beginning February 11 in Kobe and running through a February 17 concert in Fukuoka. The band's itinerary also will include a spring visit to Australia and New Zealand, as well as appearances at three major European summer festivals -- the U.K.'s Download Festival, Austria's Novarock Festival and the Sweden Rock fest. Following the Crüe's late-summer North American dates, the band will rock various other international locales before the December 31 finale in L.A.
Tickets for some of Mötley Crüe's North American concerts will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, January 23, at 10 a.m. local time, while other dates -- including the New Year's Eve performance -- will be available starting Saturday, January 23, at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, VIP packages and pre-sale tickets for fan-club members go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET, while Citi cardholders will have the chance to buy tickets starting at 5 p.m. ET that same day. For more information, visit Motley.com.
Here is Mötley Crüe's full list of 2015 North American concerts; Cooper opens all dates unless noted:
7/22 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
7/24 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
7/26 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
7/28 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
7/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena
7/31 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/3 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
8/5 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
8/8 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
8/9 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/11 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
8/12 -- New York, NY, Barclays Center
8/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/15 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
8/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
8/19 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
8/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/22 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
8/23 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre
8/24 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
8/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
8/28 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
8/29 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
8/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
9/2 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena*
9/4 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
9/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center*
9/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamodome*
9/8 -- Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey*
9/10 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Arena Ciudad de Mexico*
TBA -- Las Vegas, NV, TBA*
12/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center*
Fleetwood Mac's concert in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday night didn't go their way. The band was forced to cut short their performance at Pinnacle Bank Arena after drummer Mick Fleetwood fell ill.
At one point during the show, Stevie Nicks informed the audience that Mick was vomiting backstage. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, she said, We feel terrible, but we cant really make him play. Give us a minute, and well figure out what to do.
Afterward, a drum technician filled in for Mick on "Go Your Own Way," and then Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham performed "Songbird" to close the show. Christine said, Poor old Mick is really sick. I sing this for him and for all of you.
The concert lasted a little more than 90 minutes, about an hour shorter than is typical during Fleetwood Mac's On With the Show tour. The band is scheduled to visit Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Tuesday and New York City's Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
The long-gestating film adaptation of Mötley Crüe's 2001 autobiography The Dirt is set to move forward with a new production company. According to an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, Focus Features will develop the movie, which will be directed by Jeff Tremaine, whose resume includes the Jackass films.
The book, which was co-written by band mates Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx, along with author Neil Strauss, gives an uncensored look at the glam-metal group's wild exploits, including plenty of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, arrests, feuding and hairspray.
Mötley Crüe's members are among a number of people who are serving as co-producers on the movie. Casting for The Dirt is expected to begin soon.
Numerous attempts to kick-start the film have been made over the years. Previous directors attached to the project include Larry Charles and David Fincher.
In other news, Mötley Crüe is expected announce details about the last legs of its farewell tour soon. A report in the Las Vegas Sun alleges that the group's final show will take place on December 31 in Los Angeles, but there's been no official confirmation.
Meanwhile, Mötley Crüe will be the musical guest this Thursday, January 22, on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs at 10:35 p.m. CT.
The Black Crowes, the veteran Georgia rock band led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, have officially disbanded.
Rich Robinson, the group's founding guitarist and co-lead songwriter, issued a statement on Thursday that reads, "It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up."
Rich's message goes on to reveal that the reason for the split is a major business disagreement with Chris, the band's frontman, with whom he's had an infamously contentious relationship for years.
Writes Rich, "I love my brother and respect his talent but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to."
The guitarist also explains, "I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life's body of work. I couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music."
The Robinson brothers and Gorman were the only consistent members of The Black Crowes' lineup throughout the band's history. The group's 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, remains its most successful record, selling more than five million copies in the U.S. and yielding the top 40 pop hits "Hard to Handle -- an Otis Redding cover -- and "She Talks to Angels."
During its 25-year career, The Black Crowes released nine studio albums and numerous live albums. They also went on extended hiatuses from 2002 to 2005 and from 2010 to 2013, during which the Robinson brothers focused on various solo projects. The Black Crowes wrapped up their most recent tour in December 2013, after which they announced another hiatus. In 2014, Rich released a solo album titled The Ceaseless Sight, while Chris put out a record called Phosphorescent Harvest with his side project the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.