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For Dec.19 , 2014
BRIAN MAY says ADAM LAMBERT can sing FREDDIE MERCURY'S difficult vocals . . . in their original key . . . in his sleep. He adds, quote, "He can sing higher than even Freddie could, in a live situation." Adam has been touring with QUEEN in Freddie's place.
An astrophysicist claims that ADAM LAMBERT can reach vocal heights that FREDDIE MERCURY never could. That wouldn't mean much . . . except that the astrophysicist is QUEEN guitarist BRIAN MAY. Yes . . . Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics.
Adam has been touring with Queen in place of Freddie . . . who died when Adam was nine years old.
Brian said, quote, "We didn't look for this guy, but suddenly he's there . . . and he can sing all of those lines. They're difficult songs to sing, Queen songs.
"There's too much range, so many people can't sing them in the original key . . . even if they are good singers. Adam comes along, and he can do it easy. He can do it in his sleep! He can sing higher than even Freddie could, in a live situation . . .
The Who has announced that it will be joined by a newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, when the British rock legends hit the road for the North American legs of their 50th anniversary next year. Jett and her longtime backing group will be special guests for the entire stateside segment of The Who Hits 50! trek, which kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Florida.
"Having Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, a great American rock band, support us on our North American dates will ensure concertgoers a full night of entertainment," says Who frontman Roger Daltrey. "I love her."
Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend adds, "We've been very close friends with Joan Jett for a long time. She is the real deal. This will be a great night of rock and roll for everyone."
As for Jett, she notes that after she left her first band, The Runaways, The Who and their manager, Bill Curbishley, allowed her to use their studio, which, she says, "gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records." Joan adds, "I've modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization. I'm so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour. No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than The Who."
Jett & the Blackhearts are scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, which happens to be an off day on The Who's tour.
Back in July, Jett and her group joined Daltrey to perform at a benefit concert in Philadelphia that raised funds for a local hospital that, in conjunction with the Teen Cancer America organization, is building a unit geared toward the needs of teenagers and young adults fighting cancer.
The Who's 2015 North American tour includes a spring and a fall leg. Here are all of the confirmed dates:
4/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/17 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
4/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/21 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/23 -- Duluth, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center
4/27 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/5 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
5/9 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Arena
5/11 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/13 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
5/15 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
5/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
5/20 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
5/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
5/30 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
9/14 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
9/16 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
*9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, Colosseum at Caesars Palace
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
9/23 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
9/25 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/27 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena
9/29 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10/1 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
10/3 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
10/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
10/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
10/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/13 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/15 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/17 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
10/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/21 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
10/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
10/25 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
10/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/29 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
11/1 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
* = without Jett & the Blackhearts.
As reported earlier on Tuesday, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were among the artists who will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the institution's 2015 induction ceremony, which will take place April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall. Now, the band's influential frontwoman has issued a statement expressing her feelings about the honor.
"I'm still collecting my thoughts, but the feeling is surreal," says Jett. "I've always focused on making music for the art of it, and its ability to reach others. I am truly honored that my music has been recognized by the great rock and roll community that voted me in."
The 2015 ceremony will be the second consecutive Rock Hall induction event at which Joan will appear. This past April, she was one of several female artists who performed with the surviving members of Nirvana in celebration of that group's induction at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Jett, of course, began her music career as a teenager in the 1970s when she helped found the all-female hard-rock group The Runaways. That band broke up in 1979, and Joan released one solo album before forming the Blackhearts in 1981. Their most recent album, Unvarnished was released in September of 2013.
The Who Postpones Last Two Concerts of 2014 Because Roger Daltrey Is Battling Throat Infection
The Who has been forced to bring the current U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour to an early end because frontman Roger Daltrey has a throat infection and has been ordered by doctors to rest his voice. The singer's illness has led to the postponement of the band's final two 2014 concerts, which were to have taken place at London's O2 Arena this Wednesday and Thursday.
The shows have been rescheduled for March 22 and March 23. Tickets purchased for the concerts will remain valid for the respective March makeup dates.
According to an official statement, "The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused."
The March concerts in London now are scheduled to be The Who's first shows of 2015. After that, the group will launch a North American tour leg on April 15 in Tampa, Florida.
Metallica to Perform at San Jose Sharks Hockey Game
Having performed at San Francisco Giants games for the past two years, Metallica is bringing "Metallica Night" to the hockey rink. The legendary metal band will be performing at a San Jose Sharks game on January 21.
"We're excited to add to the ever expanding sports action nights by announcing that we will be getting together with our good friends the San Jose Sharks on January 21, 2015 as they take on their rivals the L.A. Kings for a night of Metalli-hockey mayhem," the band writes on their website.
Tickets to "Metalli-hockey" will go on sale December 17 at 10 a.m. PT via Sharks.NHL.com and will include a special edition "Metalli-Sharks" shirt.
"We'll be on hand for the first strains of 'Seek & Destroy,' kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love," the statement continues.
Metallica will be around for a third Metallica Night with the San Francisco Giants for their game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 2. Perhaps it will be during these sporting events that we'll hear music from Metallica's new album, which bassist Robert Trujillo says the band is currently "blueprinting."
The 30th class of inductees also includes the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and his band Double Trouble, Bill Withers, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and the late Lou Reed, who is being inducted for his solo work. He was inducted in 1996 as a member of the Velvet Underground.
The 1950s vocal group, The 5 Royales, will be recognized with the Early Influence Award.
In addition, Ringo Starr will be presented with the Award for Musical Excellence. Of course, Ringo was inducted in 1988 as a member of The Beatles. John, Paul and George are also in as solo artists.
This means recognition to me," Ringo tells Rolling Stone. And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land, though now it all looks funny in black and white.
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single.
Green Days debut EP, 1,000 Hours, came out in 1989, which means the band is entering the hall in its first year of eligibility. "I had to go for a walk when I heard the news," Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tells Rolling Stone.
"We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always held something special for me because my heroes were in there. This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude, Armstrong said.
Joan Jett tells Rolling Stone the news is surreal and very humbling." It's a culmination of all you've dreamed about doing as a musician. I've always been hopeful [that I'd get in] because I think it's an incredible acknowledgment, says Jett, adding, I'm very proud to be with all these great musicians. It's going to take a few minutes to sink in before I see how I really feel about it."
The induction ceremony is set for April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall.
In his new memoir, Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood shares the story of his eventful life, with a focus on the personal and professional triumphs and trials he experienced as a founding member of his famous band. Not surprisingly, the book offers quite a few intimate details about the drummer, including his roller-coaster first marriage to model Jenny Boyd, his affair with band mate Stevie Nicks and his overindulgence with alcohol and cocaine.
The 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that despite the candid nature of some of the recollections in the tome, he does not consider Play On to be a tell-all book.
"It's not a tittle-tattle-type book," he maintains, adding, "I'm very confident that there's nothing in this document that is a presumption on someone else's life, that might hurt or betray or not be appropriate."
He points out that the new memoir offers a more honest and clear-headed look at his life than his 1991 autobiography, Fleetwood, admitting that while writing Play On, "I was taking care of myself, not drinking like a fish like I used to."
Fleetwood explains that for Play On, "the criteria…was set that this was to be a book about my journey more than anything."
Mick notes that he was able to add a very happy final chapter to his memoir when Christine McVie decided to end a 15-year retirement and rejoin the band right around the time he was preparing it for publication. He says that Play On's release wasn't purposely timed to coincide with Christine's return.
"This book was already put back and then we weren't ready to let go of what we were doing," explains Fleetwood. "So we came up with a [publication] date and guess what, it all went in the same pot with [what was happening with] Fleetwood Mac...A marketing director is, I'm sure, very happy about that, but it was an accident."
The band has been touring North America with Christine since the end of September, and Mick says fans have been overjoyed to see her performing with the group again.
"Every night it's just gone to a whole other level, where your ears actually get damaged with the overture from the audience when Chris starts singing that first song," he tells ABC News Radio. "Outrageous. They're so happy to see her back."
Fleetwood says McVie's return also has had a very positive effect on her band mates.
"It's outrageously great, balanced, musically really gratifying playing all Christine's lovely songs again," he declares. "And it's been nothing but really healthy for everybody."
Fleetwood Mac's 2014 itinerary winds down this Saturday, December 20, with a show in Tampa, Florida. Next year, meanwhile, the group will embark on another North American leg that's mapped out from a January 16 concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, through an April 11 performance in Las Vegas. That will be followed by a European trek that currently is slated to run from late May until early July.
The Doors dipped back into their archives recently to put together a new home video titled Feast of Friends. The release, which is available now on DVD and Blu-ray, contains footage from the never-completed movie of the same name focusing on and filmed by the band during 1968, as well as the 1968 British television special The Doors Are Open. The group's surviving members say that one of the things they like best about the film is that it gives fans a chance to get to see the real Jim Morrison.
"I like that you can see Jim's humor," Doors drummer John Densmore tells ABC News Radio, "and he's sort of happy and not always the tortured artist."
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger agrees. "You really see Jim more or less as a normal person, instead of, like, the Oliver Stone version of, you know, the crazy guy being messed up at all hours of every day," he says. "You see that he's really a bright young guy."
Feast of Friends was intended to be a cinéma vérité-style film capturing the group on stage and behind the scenes during its '68 North American tour.
"The idea was to make an actual film for the theaters, but we never quite finished it," Krieger says. "We only had about 45 minutes worth [of footage] and then we kind of got bored with it."
Robby adds that some of the footage wound up in various Doors videos over the years, but many fans were interested in seeing the whole thing, so "we got a hold of all of the outtakes and put them all together along with The Doors Are Open."
For the new video, the main Feast of Friends footage was assembled into a cohesive film, while the outtakes were gathered in a bonus feature dubbed Feast of Friends: Encore. All of the footage, including The Doors Are Open, has been restored with regard to image quality and audio.
One Feast of Friends highlight for Densmore is a clip of the band members and some of their friends on a sailboat off the coast of Honolulu.
"I [like that] sequence because, you know, Ray [Manzarek] and Jim are not with us [anymore]. They're over there. They broke on through to the other side," explains John. "And so it's touching and a little sad for me to see that. And grief is a good thing. So, I'm pleased to watch that."
In addition, both Krieger and Densmore agree that The Doors Are Open, which includes scenes from a concert the band played at London's Roundhouse venue, offers the best live Doors footage ever filmed.
The Feast of Friends video also includes a bonus clip from a 1967 appearance The Doors made on a Toronto television show that Densmore says he enjoys watching.
"We're on this pop show doing 'The End,' which is a dark song," he points out. "And it's kind of an amusing document. Interesting. I like it. We're all young and scaring the crap out of all the disco dancers.
Monday, December 8, marks the 34th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, who was shot to death outside of his New York City apartment by a deranged fan named Mark David Chapman. In an emotional interview that aired Saturday on the U.K. TV program The Jonathan Ross Show, Paul McCartney recalled when he first found out that his friend and Beatles band mate had been killed.
McCartney remembered being stunned when he received a phone call at home early in the morning informing him of Lennon's death.
"It was just so horrific," he said. "You couldn't take it in and I couldn't take it in and I just for days couldn't think that he was gone...It was just a huge shock, then I had to tell [my late wife] Linda and the kids and it was very difficult...It was very difficult for everyone."
The rock legend suggested that hearing the news of John's murder was similar to the way people felt when they found out that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Sir Paul added, on a personal note, "For me it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see [Lennon] again and we weren't going to hang out."
McCartney then described his feelings regarding Lennon's murderer and the senselessness of John's death.
"The phrase kept coming in my head 'jerk of all jerks,'" said Paul. "It was just like, 'This is just a jerk, this is not even a guy politically motivated, it's just some total random thing.'"
You can watch a segment of McCartney's appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show now on YouTube.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve began in 1973, and in the four decades since, Elton John has never performed on the show. That will change this year.
Elton will appear live on the broadcast from his concert the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY, right after the ball drops, performing his 1983 hit "I'm Still Standing." His will be one of nearly 40 performances scheduled for NYRE throughout the night, both in New York and Los Angeles. Other artists scheduled to appear include Taylor Swift, Gavin DeGraw, Idina Menzel, One Direction, Florida Georgia Line, Charli XCX, MAGIC!, Meghan Trainor and many others.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 kicks off at 7:00 P.M. CT Wednesday, December 31 on ABC, live from Times Square in New York City. Fergie will again host the West Coast festivities and also perform, while DeGraw and Lady Antebellum will perform live from Nashville.
Court Docs Allege AC/DC Drummer Threatened to Kill Man and His Daughter
Court papers made public in the case in New Zealand against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd reveal he allegedly threatened to kill a man and his daughter, The New Zealand Herald reports.
Rudd, 60, is accused of threatening the man and his daughter in a September 26 phone call. Police said Rudd made another phone call earlier that morning to a business associate in which he described what he wanted done to the man.
The drummer was arrested in November after police raided his Tauranga, New Zealand, home. They allegedly found 130 grams of marijuana and 0.7 grams of methamphetamine there.
"The defendant was interviewed by the police and denied threatening to kill the first complainant or anybody and denied making any of the phone calls alleged," the court documents said. He did admit to possession of a small amount of cannabis.
Rudd is facing charges of threatening to kill, and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. He's pleaded not guilty.
Rudd was detained Thursday after an altercation with a witness in his case. He was ultimately released on bail without any additional charges filed.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry Wishes Fans a Merry Christmas with New Holiday EP
From Toys in the Attic to toys under the Christmas tree! Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has released his first holiday record, a four-song EP titled, appropriately, Joe Perry's Merry Christmas. The collection features instrumental renditions of the yuletide standards "White Christmas" and "Silent Night," as well as the rock legend's versions of Chuck Berry's "Run Run Rudolph" and Elvis Presley's "Santa Claus Is Back in Town."
"Run Run Rudolph" features some rhythm guitar work by Joe's pal, actor Johnny Depp. The EP can be purchased on CD for $4.99 -- shipping not included -- at UnisonMusic.com, and digitally for $3.99 at iTunes.
"I have wanted to do a Christmas CD with Aerosmith for years, but it seems we never have the time to record one," Perry says in a statement, adding that he finally was able to do the recording as a solo project after he finished his book tour promoting his recently published memoir Rocks. "The timing was right -- we were in L.A. with access to a studio with some really talented friends and it all fell together," he explains.
Perry says he chose to record "Run Run Rudolph" and "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" because they're "two of my favorite holiday songs."
As for how he and his family celebrate Christmas, Joe says they usually have a brunch in front of the fireplace, then open up their stockings.
He adds, "We take our time opening gifts and do not rip through them, making the day last as long as possible. We usually eat appetizers Christmas Day because we normally have a big Christmas Eve dinner, although it varies from year to year. We usually end up watching Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story with our family later in the day."
Gavin Rossdale Reflects on 20th Anniversary of Sixteen Stone, Says "I Still Got Moves"
Bush's debut album, Sixteen Stone, will turn 20 years old on December 6. The record peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and launched Bush and frontman Gavin Rossdale's career, with hits like "Glycerine" and "Comedown."
"I just think we just came at a time, you know, the zeitgeist, we hit a nerve," Rossdale tells ABC News Radio. "I could pull together a few songs that just seemed to speak to people, or allow people to speak for themselves."
At the time, Rossdale wasn't trying to write Sixteen Stone as the massive record that it would become. He says that his main goal was "to have a good chorus that people would like."
"Basically, at that point, because I never made a record, a full record, I just wanted to have a legacy," he continues. "I didn't want to have been giving my life to making music and not have ever made a record."
Having made that album, Sixteen Stone catapulted Bush into the mainstream, allowing the band to make five more records, most recently 2014's Man on the Run.
"Most musicians don't even get record deals," says Rossdale. "And then most people who get record deals don't have a hit, and most people who have a hit don't even get more than one hit. So to be in that sort of other category is just a bit of a mind-bender."
Bush will be releasing a special 20th anniversary remastered vinyl edition of Sixteen Stone on December 9. The special release will feature newly interpreted artwork and never-before-seen photos of the band taken during the Sixteen Stone tour. But don't think Rossdale will be resting on his laurels and basking in past success -- he says there's still a lot of music left for him to write.
"It's like I'm in a dance competition, I just don't want anyone to tap me on the shoulder. That's it," he says. "Please don't tap me on the shoulder, I still got moves."
Rod Stewart, Mick Hucknall Pay Tribute to Late Faces Band Mate Ian McLagan
Since the death of Faces and Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan Wednesday, many artists have issued statements paying homage to the beloved musician, including his old band mates Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones. Now, Faces frontman Rod Stewart has joined that list.
The singer posted a message on his Twitter feed Friday that reads, "I'm absolutely devastated. Ian McLagan embodied the true spirit of the Faces. I'll miss you mate." Besides working together in the Faces, McLagan conributed to all of Stewart's early solo albums through 1974's Smiler.
Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, who stepped in for Stewart when the Faces played a number of reunion shows in 2009, 2010 and 2011, also penned a tribute to Ian that's been posted on Facebook. The note reads, "Ian McLagan will not be resting in peace. He'll be rocking whichever house he chose to be in. Bless his soul."
McLagan died in a hospital in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, after suffering a stroke. He was 69.
The Grammy nominations are being revealed all day today. Here are the nominees in the categories that have been announced so far:
Record of the Year
"Fancy," Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
"Stay with Me (Darkchild Version)," Sam Smith
"Shake It Off," Taylor Swift
"All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor
Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
"All of Me (Live)," John Legend
"Happy," Pharrell Williams
"Stay with Me," Sam Smith
"Shake it off," Taylor Swift
Best Pop Vocal Album
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
X, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith
Best Country Album
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I'm Livin', Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Best Rock Album
Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2
Best Rock Song
"Blue Moon," Beck, songwriter Beck Hansen
"Gimme Something Good," Ryan Adams, songwriter Ryan Adams
"Fever," The Black Keys, songwriters Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, Brian Burton
"Ain't It Fun," Paramore, songwriters Hayley Williams and Taylor York
"Lazaretto," Jack White, songwriter Jack White
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams
Best Country Song
"American Kids," Kenny Chesney, songwriters Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
"Automatic," Miranda Lambert, songwriters Miranda Lambert, Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby
"Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church, songwriters Eric Church, Luke Laird
"I'm Not Gonna Miss You," Glen Campbell, songwriters Glen Campbell, Julian Raymond
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's," Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, songwriters Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnson, Jeffery Steele
Ian "Mac" McLagan, keyboardist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands the Faces and Small Faces, died Wednesday in a hospital in Austin, Texas, after suffering a stroke the previous day. He was 69.
"It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock and roll icon Ian McLagan," reads a message posted on his official website. "He died today…surrounded by family and in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas…His manager Ken Kushner says, 'He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.'"
McLagan's Small Faces and Faces band mate Kenney Jones said in a statement, "I am completely devastated by this shocking news, and I know this goes for [fellow Faces] Ronnie [Wood] and Rod [Stewart] also."
McLagan joined the Small Faces shortly after the band formed in 1965. The group enjoyed several years of major pop success in the U.K., but only had one U.S. hit, "Itchycoo Park," which reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968. When frontman Steve Marriott left the band in 1969 to form Humble Pie, the group welcomed Stewart and Wood into the fold as lead singer and guitarist, respectively, and changed its name to the Faces. The band scored it highest-charting single in 1971 with "Stay with Me," which peaked at #17. The Faces stayed together until 1975, when Wood joined The Rolling Stones and Stewart began to fully focus on his solo career.
Many other artists called on Mac to add his classic boogie-woogie style of piano playing to their recordings over the years, including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. He also was a member of The Stones' touring band during the late 1970s and early '80s.
During the 1990s, McLagan moved from his native U.K. to Austin, and established himself as a prolific singer/songwriter. He recorded several solo albums, usually working with members of his longtime backing group The Bump Band. His most recent studio effort, United States, was released this past June.
Ian became a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, when the Faces and Small Faces were jointly inducted into the institution. We he first learned that the two bands were to be inducted together he expressed some displeasure but soon had a change of heart. He told ABC News Radio shortly before the ceremony, "It's as big as anything [that] happens to anyone in rock 'n' roll," and compared the honor to knighthood.
Earlier this year, McLagan told ABC News Radio that the surviving members of the Faces definitely were planning to get together next year for some kind of reunion, and that he and Jones also were organizing a Small Faces tribute to mark that group's 50th anniversary. Those plans, sadly, now appear to be in jeopardy.
McLagan was to have served as the opening act on fellow British artist Nick Lowe's Quality Holiday Revue, a 13-show tour that's scheduled to kick off tonight in Minneapolis.
It's a "Beautiful Day" for U2 fans: the band has announced a tour for 2015. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will find Bono and the boys playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade.
The tour's name is seemingly inspired by the title of the band's current disc, Songs of Innocence, and the title of the album that will allegedly follow it within the next 18 months: Songs of Experience. Both album titles may have been inspired by Songs of Innocence and of Experience, a collection of poems by William Blake.
So far, the band will perform in 19 cities worldwide in 2015, with at least two shows in each city. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 8. The tour will begin May 14, in Vancouver, BC, and is scheduled to wrap in November in Paris. Additional special charity shows in Dublin, Ireland will be scheduled for the end of 2015.
We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two, said Bono in a statement. And have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed! The May tour start will hopefully give Bono plenty of time to recover from his serious bicycle accident in New York's Central Park last month, which shattered his left upper arm and shoulder blade, and fractured his left eye socket.
The band's last tour, U2360°, set a record for the highest-grossing concert tour ever.
Here are the tour dates:
5/14 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
5/15 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
5/18 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
5/19 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
5/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
5/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
5/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum
5/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum
5/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum
5/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Forum
6/12 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/13 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/24 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
6/25 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
7/10 -- Boston, MA,TD Garden
7/11 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
7/18 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
7/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
7/22 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
7/23 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
9/4 -- Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
9/5 -- Turin, Italy, Pala Alpitour
9/8 -- Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
9/9 -- Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
9/16-- Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
9/17-- Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
9/24 -- Berlin, Germany, O2 World
9/25 -- Berlin, Germany, O2 World
10/5 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
10/6 -- Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
10/13 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
10/14 -- Antwerp, Belgium, Sportpaleis
10/17 -- Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
10/18 -- Koln, Germany, Lanxess Arena
10/25 -- London, UK, O2
10/26 -- London, UK, O2
10/29 -- London, UK, O2
10/30 -- London, UK, O2
11/6 -- Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
11/7 -- Glasgow, UK, The SSE Hydro
11/10 -- Paris, France, Bercy
11/11 -- Paris, France, Bercy
NO MIDWEST DATES :(
Megadeth's David Ellefson Says Working with Johnny Wore Black Is "Way Out of My Wheelhouse"
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is constantly writing music, and not just for the legendary thrash metal band. A few years ago, Ellefson began collaborating with Johnny Wore Black, a British band that specializes in a dark, atmospheric brand of alternative rock. Last week, Johnny Wore Black released their second album in collaboration with Ellefson, Walking Underwater Pt. 2.
Ellefson tells ABC News Radio that he first met the man behind Johnny Wore Black -- Jay, as he prefers to be called -- at the U.K.'s Download Festival in 2009. The two became friends, and Jay asked Ellefson if he would listen to one of his demos. Ellefson was immediately drawn into the ethereal quality of Jay's music.
"There's something kind of mystical and sort of haunting and enchanting about a certain kind of music that comes from Europe, and certainly out of the U.K., and Johnny Wore Black had that sound," Ellefson says. "It's kind of this open, sort of jangly guitar, sort of arpeggiating kind of thing that I really like. It's sort of lush with reverb."
The two began collaborating on what would become Johnny Wore Black's first album, Walking Underwater Pt. 1. Ellefson then returned for Walking Underwater Pt. 2. The Megadeth bassist co-wrote or played bass on almost every one of the new album's tracks.
"David adds a musicality to his bass playing which I find intriguing and inspiring," Jay tells ABC News Radio. "Obviously different bass players will play in different ways, but like I said, the main thing is just that there's a real kind of melodic musicality to David's quality."
For Ellefson, Johnny Wore Black not only gave him a chance to work with a musician that inspired him, it also allowed him to do something completely different from his work in Megadeth.
"Participating with Jay on Johnny Wore Black is way out of my wheelhouse, and I think that that's what makes it cool," he says. "There are many sides to every musician, and I think sometimes, as listeners of somebody's work, you would never expect it. So this is one of those moments for me where all the rules of thrash metal go out the window."
With a new album out, usually a band would turn to touring in support of that album, but Jay doesn't envision a full tour for Johnny Wore Black.
"I've done the thing in the past where I've been, you know, on a bus, playing every small venue.I did that some years ago with a couple of bands, and I don't feel that's what we're trying to do with this act," he says.
In listening to Johnny Wore Black's music, there's a clear dramatic quality that doesn't lend itself naturally to the traditional rock concert experience. That most likely comes from Jay's film background -- he currently works as a stuntman, including on Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight Rises and Fast and Furious 6. Due to that background, if Johnny Wore Black were to play a few select shows, they would almost certainly incorporate a significant audio/visual element. Even still, Jay doesn't want to push a tour just for the sake of touring.
"I think if there is a reason to play a specific gig, it's almost like I kind of want to keep people waiting until such a time as we need to be heard," he tells ABC News Radio.
Until that gig comes, you can listen to Walking Underwater Pt. 2, available now.
Rock or Bust, AC/DC's first studio album in six years, gets its release today. Lead guitarist Angus Young says the title reflects what the band's attitude was about its music since its early days.
"It was always a go-for-broke attitude, you know?" Angus tells ABC News Radio. "Because even when we started as a band, the current trend of music at that time…had gone to the softer side of music…so it was gonna be a challenge if we could even get people to even pay attention to what we were doing."
Of course, AC/DC hasn't had to worry about fans playing attention to its hard-rocking music for a long, long time. However, the band faced major adversity when it came to put Rock or Bust together, as the group's founding rhythm guitarist and co-songwriter Malcolm Young was stricken with dementia and was forced to retire from the group.
Angus reveals that following AC/DC's tour behind 2008's Black Ice album, the band members were waiting to see the state of Malcolm's health before deciding how or if they would continue on. Angus tells ABC News Radio that his older brother eventually realized "he couldn't do it any further," but he told his band mates that they should keep going.
In getting the material together for Rock or Bust, Angus says he used various riffs and ideas he and Malcolm had come up with over the years, as well as brand-new musical ideas he'd created.
To step in for Malcolm, Angus called on their nephew, Stevie Young, who previously had filled in for the guitarist when he took a hiatus during the late '80s to get treated for alcoholism. Angus says his nephew fit right in because "he's the closest thing to Mal. He plays that solid, hard rhythm."
He also notes that Stevie took on Malcolm's role as a sounding board for the Rock or Bust material, allowing him to bounce ideas off of him about the riffs and hooks he'd compiled.
Rock or Bust is a collection of 11 tracks that likely will please diehard fans of AC/DC's brand of hard-driving, blues-infused rock. Asked what his favorite songs on the record are, Angus says, "I'm biased, you know. I like all eleven…You know, you put in a lot of work and effort into what we do…so, I'm proud sometimes that we even finish some of the tracks and people like them."
Angus' playing certainly is as incendiary as ever on Rock or Bust. In fact, he reveals to ABC News Radio that at one point during the recording of the album's title track, his amp was literally smoking.
As the 59-year-old rocker recalls, "Brendan O'Brien, the producer, he was sitting in the room actually with us, and he was shouting out to me as we're playing away, he's going, 'Angus! Angus, you're on fire!'…And I thought he meant my playing, you know, but it wasn't. It was my amp was going up in smoke!"
AC/DC plans to hit the road in support of Rock or Bust next year.
Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin Replace an Ailing Bono at U2 World AIDS Day Concert in NYC's Times Square
Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin of Coldplay filled in for the ailing Bono at surprise concert Monday night featuring U2's The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.
The band, billed as U2 Minus 1, performed in New York's Times Square before a rain-soaked crowd to mark World AIDS Day.
Springsteen performed the U2 songs "Where the Streets Have No Name" and I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For with The Edge, Clayton and Mullen. Martin, sporting a t-shirt that read Substitu2, performed the U2 songs Beautiful Day, and With or Without You. Martin told the crowd, Sending my love to Bono."
"Be well, my friend," The Boss offered during his set.
Bono was forced to bow out of the event because of injuries he suffered last month in a bike accident in New York's Central Park. The 54-year-old singer is recovering in Dublin.
Carrie Underwood and Kanye West also took part in the event. Carrie sang "Something in the Water" and "Change." Kayne performed his hits Power," "Jesus Walks, Black Skinhead," Stronger and "Touch the Sky."
Former President Bill Clinton spoke before the concert and said he received an email from Bono telling him he had to attend the event. Clinton told the crowd that this year "for the first time ever, more people were put on life saving medicine than were diagnosed with AIDS."
"We are going to win this fight," Clinton added.
The concert was sponsored in part by (RED), the anti-AIDS organization co-founded by Bono.
The show was streamed live on YouTube and broadcast as part of ESPN's Monday Night Countdown.
The Who Kicks Off UK Tour in Scotland; Roger Daltrey Crashes Local Wedding Mon
The Who launched the U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour on Sunday at the Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The Independent reports that, as expected, the band's set included a bevy of classic songs along with a few more obscure gems from The Who's back catalog.
Among the lesser known tunes that the British rock legends performed were the 1966 mini rock opera "Quick One, While He's Away"; "Cry If You Want," from 1982's It's Hard; and the 1970 rarity "Naked Eye," which served as the concert's finale. The show also featured mini sets focusing on Tommy and Quadrophenia, early hits like "I Can't Explain," "Substitute" and "I Can See for Miles," and the 1970s anthems "Who Are You," "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."
The Who's next show takes place Tuesday night at the site of one of the band's most famous live albums, Leeds, England.
In other news, singer Roger Daltrey warmed up for Sunday's show by giving a surprise performance at a wedding reception Saturday that was held in the Glasgow-area hotel at which he was staying.
According to BBC News, the Who frontman jumped on stage with the wedding band and congratulated the bride and groom, Susan and Carl Smith, before asking the group if they wanted to play a song. The band, which is called Milestone, quickly decided on "I Can't Explain," and the impromptu performance delighted the surprised revelers.
Speaking with BBC Radio after the event, Milestone guitarist Graeme Allan admitted, "To be honest we don't actually do any Who songs, but I've played 'I Can't Explain' before and it was The Who's first single." He added, "We were kinda busking it. I don't know if I knew what the chords were but it was like an out-of-body experience -- my hands just kind of took over."
As for the bride and groom, they took to Facebook to share their feelings about their wedding-day encounter with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
"Absolutely overwhelming!" wrote Mrs. Smith. "The story we will be telling for the rest of our lives. Thank you so much x."
Added her husband, "Can't believe it happened. Feels so surreal. Thank you so much, you made our perfect day even better, a gent and a legend".
You can check out video of Daltrey's performance at Mirror.co.uk.