Credit: A.J. EatonDavid Crosby has joined the list of featured speakers at the 2019 South by Southwest Festival, scheduled to run from March 8 to March 17 in Austin, Texas. The folk-rock legend will appear on March 13 alongside filmmaker and rock journalist Cameron Crowe, who co-produced the new documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name, which premieres this month at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
The movie, which is part of Sundance's U.S. Documentary Competition, will get its debut on January 26 at the MARC Theatre in Park City, Utah, with additional screenings scheduled at various venues on January 28, 29 and 31, and on February 1 and 2.
In addition to co-producing David Crosby: Remember My Name, Crowe also conducted the interviews with David for the flick. The film was directed by A.J. Eaton and is his first full-length documentary feature.
In a video profile posted on the Sundance Institute's official YouTube channel, Eaton explains, "David Crosby: Remember My Name is a portrait of an artist that is very paradoxical. It goes deep in places, where he is very candid and open sharing some very painful parts in his life. Sharing these stories like he has with us were part of him becoming comfortable with this last act of his life."
Eaton maintains that "Crosby is a legendary harmony singer, but in many times when he's singing perfect harmony on stage, his life was not harmonious at all…[A]nd that's kind of the thing that's…come out of this movie, which is like, 'Who's the person off stage?'"
The documentary also focuses on the current prolific period in Crosby's life. As A.J. notes, "You can be 77 years old and have all the reasons that tell you not to be creating, and he is still creating."
Both records will be reissued as two-LP sets on black vinyl, while a limited-edition blue-vinyl version of Bat Out of Hell II also will be available.
Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell was a sequel to Meat Loaf's massively successful 1977 debut album, Bat Out of Hell. The record topped the Billboard 200 chart in October 1993, and included the #1 hit "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" and the top 20 single "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through."
Bat Out of Hell II has sold more than five million copies in the U.S.
Welcome to the Neighbourhood reached #17 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hit single "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)," which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100. The album has been certified platinum for sales of one million copies in the States.
Here's the track list of the Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell two-LP set:
Side A "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" "Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back"
Side B "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" "It Just Won't Quit" "Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire)"
Side C "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" "Wasted Youth" "Everything Louder than Everything Else"
Side D "Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)" "Back into Hell" "Lost Boys and Golden Girls"
And here's the track list of the Welcome to the Neighbourhood two-LP set:
Side A "Where the Rubber Meets the Road" "I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth)" "Original Sin"
Side B "45 Seconds of Ecstasy" "Runnin' for the Red Light (I Gotta Life)" "Fiesta de las Almas Perdidas" "Left in the Dark"
Side C "Not a Dry Eye in the House" "Amnesty Is Granted"
Side D "If This Is the Last Kiss (Let's Make It Last All Night)" "Martha" "Where Angels Sing"
Courtesy of Rock & BrewsWith the U.S. government embroiled in an extended partial shutdown, KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have announced that their Rock & Brews restaurants will offer free food to every Transportation Security Administration employee who is working without pay during the shutdown.
"We are proud to operate restaurants at airports and respect the diligent, hard work of each and every TSA employee to ensure the safety of travelers," Simmons and Stanley say in a joint statement. "They touch our lives daily, and as long as they are working without pay, the least we can do is provide them with a delicious meal to show our support."
TSA workers who present their ID card at participating Rock & Brews restaurants will receive their choice of a free Pulled Pork sandwich or a Strawberry Fields salad. The offer, which is good for one meal per day, will remain in effect until the employees start getting paid again.
Rock & Brews franchises located at airports, arenas and casinos are not taking part in the initiative because of security limitations.
To find out the restaurants' locations and for more information about the free-meal offer, visit RockandBrews.com.
Credit: Dave HoganThe lineup for the 2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been unveiled and, as expected, The Rolling Stones are among the artists set to headline this year's extravaganza, which takes place April 25-28 and May 2-5.
The Stones will headline the festival on Thursday, May 2. Back in November, Mick Jagger had hinted about the band's participation in the event when he posted a video on his Facebook page showing him singing a song that mentioned all the cities that the group would be playing on their 2019 No Filter trek, including New Orleans.
A wide variety of other big-name artists also will be performing at JazzFest, including Bob Seger, Santana, John Fogerty, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, Boz Scaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Little Feat and Robert Cray.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the public on Tuesday, January 22, at 10 a.m. PT at AXS.com. PaulMcCartney.com and American Express card members will be able to purchase advance tickets starting Wednesday, January 16, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit Sir Paul's official website for more details.
The T-Mobile Arena show will be McCartney's first full-length concert in Sin City since he played the MGM Grand Garden Arena in June of 2011.
The former Beatles star now has 14 confirmed U.S. dates on his 2019 Freshen Up Tour, which kicks off May 23 in New Orleans and is currently mapped out through a July 13 show in Los Angeles. The trek is supporting McCartney's chart-topping studio album, Egypt Station, which was released this past September.
Here are all of McCartney's confirmed stateside dates:
5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena 5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center 6/8 -- Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field 6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center 6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park 6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park 6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena* 7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Centre 7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodgers Stadium
Brian Wilson, founding Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir and country legend Willie Nelson will headline the inaugural BeachLife Festival, taking place May 3-5 at Redondo Beach, California's Seaside Lagoon. The three-day bash will celebrate Southern California's beach culture.
Wilson, who will perform with fellow former Beach Boys member Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, will headline the second day of the festival, May 4, while Weir will close out the first day with a set with his group Wolf Bros, which also features acclaimed producer Don Was on bass and RatDog drummer Jay Lane.
The May 3 lineup also includes As the Crow Flies, featuring Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson; Bruce Hornsby and his current band, The Noisemakers; and reggae veterans Steel Pulse.
Joining Wilson on the May 4 bill are Berlin, Sugar Ray, Violent Femmes, Everclear, and Chevy Metal, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins' cover band.
Nelson will headline the festival's final day, which also will include performances by Ziggy Marley, Men at Work's Colin Hay, Blues Traveler, and Grace Potter.
Besides the music performances, the BeachLife Festival will feature a special culinary Side Stage, a pop-up restaurant offering band-inspired menus created by a handpicked list of chefs. In addition, there will be a curated wine village, a huge craft beer bar showcasing local brews, a VIP poolside experience, and numerous bars, food vendors and food trucks.
Three-day passes to the festival are on sale now. A portion of the money raised from ticket sales will be donated to a number of charities, including Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres, and the Redondo Beach Police Foundation.
Credit: Kelly A. SwiftThe Doobie Brothers have unveiled dates for a spring U.S. headlining tour. The 10-date trek kicks off April 9 in Englewood, New Jersey, and is plotted out through an April 23 concert in Huntsville, Alabama.
Among the other cities the veteran rockers will visit: Baltimore; Charleston, West Virginia; Peoria, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18, and the band will offer fans pre-sale tickets starting today, January 15. A limited number of VIP packages offering premium seats, meet-and-greets with the group and merchandise will be available.
Founding Doobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston recently told ABC Radio that the band's been working on some new original songs, which he hopes to release this year.
4/9 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 4/10 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre 4/12 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric 4/13 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel 4/14 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for Arts & Sciences 4/16 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 4/17 -- Evansville, IN, Aiken Theatre in The Centre 4/19 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino 4/20 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City 4/23 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center Concert Hall
ABC/Randy HolmesAnother '90s alt-rock icon has joined the lineup for this Wednesday's Chris Cornell tribute show: Perry Farrell.
The Jane's Addiction frontman's wife first announced the news on her Instagram, and Perry himself confirmed it on his Twitter. He also hinted that Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler would be playing in the show, which is taking place at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
"What a trip it was to walk into rehearsal with [Audioslave's] Tom Morello and Brad Wilk for The Forum show...and find Geezer Butler playing bass," Farrell wrote, though Butler's participation has yet to be officially confirmed.
Meanwhile, acclaimed session drummer Josh Freese, who's played with Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle and Guns N' Roses, has announced that he'll be performing at the concert. Melvins also will be part of the lineup.
As previously reported, the show's bill includes Foo Fighters, Metallica, Faith No More's Mike Patton and Ryan Adams, as well as members of Audioslave, Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog.
Credit: Rob DeMartinSharp-eyed Bruce Springsteen fans who attended a free screening of the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special Sunday night in West Long Branch, New Jersey got to see the Boss both on the big screen and in the audience.
The Asbury Park Press reports that Bruce entered the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University about 10 minutes into the screening and sat toward the back of the venue, next to his co-manager Barbara Carr and the film's director, Thom Zimny, who was on hand to introduce the flick.
"He was wearing a baseball hat and he came in after it started, in the dark," one man who attended the event told the newspaper. After the film ended, Bruce quickly left the theater through a back door.
Monmouth University and the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, which is located on the school's campus, hosted the screening.
It wasn't the first time Springsteen had been in the theater, either. In January of 2017, he took part in a Q&A event with Grammy Museum executive Bob Santelli, and in September of that year, he played two special rehearsals for his Springsteen on Broadway stage show.
Springsteen on Broadway ran from October 2017 to December 2018 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. The Netflix special debuted on December 16, just hours after his final performance ended. A companion soundtrack album to the special was released on December 14.
ABC/Randy HolmesHaving recently released a signature whiskey, Metallica is now back in the beer game with Enter Night.
Described as a "hoppy pilsner played through a distortion petal," the brew -- called Enter Night after a lyric from "Enter Sandman" -- was created in collaboration with Arrogant Consortia, an imprint Southern California-based brewery Stone Brewing.
"The amount of ideals and outlooks that Metallica and Stone Brewing share are endless," says Lars Ulrich of the collaboration. "I'm always blown away about how similar our paths forward have been."
The drummer continues, "Our view of the worlds that we each inhabit, of creativity and process, and sense of place in relation to our peers and 'The Man' are almost identical. This collaboration is beyond effortless and pure, and we can't wait to share this incredible beverage with everyone out there."
Credit: David WooThe Steve Miller Band has announced its first tour dates of 2019: a series of eight March shows in the Southern U.S.
The trek, which is dubbed An Evening with Steve Miller Band, gets underway March 12 in Clearwater, Florida, and is currently set to wrap up March 24 concert in Southaven, Mississippi. The shows will feature no opening act.
Tickets for most of the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit SteveMillerBand.com for full details.
Last year, Miller and his group played 57 concerts across North America. Many of the shows were joint dates with Peter Frampton.
Here's the full list of the Miller Band's confirmed 2019 gigs:
3/12 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 3/13 -- Fort Meyers, FL, Suncoast Credit Union Arena 3/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Studios - Music Plaza Stage 3/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock 3/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center 3/21 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery PAC 3/23 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort 3/24 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
Courtesy of Love Rocks NYCRobert Plant and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons are part of an impressive lineup that will perform at the third annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert, taking place March 7 at the Beacon Theatre in New York.
The concert raises money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York City area.
Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short will host the event, which also will feature performances from blues legend Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal, Hozier, Grace Potter, Keb Mo and many others.
The show's house band will include the likes of Paul Shaffer and his longtime CBS Orchestra bandmate, bassist Will Lee, as well as former Bob Dylan and Levon Helm touring guitarist Larry Campbell and Eric Clapton touring drummer Steve Gadd.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, January 18, at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase starting Wednesday, January 16, at 12 p.m. ET.
Last year's Love Rocks NYC benefit concert raised more than $2 million God's Love We Deliver, and featured performances by Keith Richards, Gibbons, Heart's Ann Wilson, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Vaughan, Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, Robert Cray, Ziggy Marley, Patty Smyth, Marc Cohn, Valerie Simpson, Gary Clark Jr., Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and more.
Courtesy of AEG PresentsOzzy Osbourne, Ace Frehley and Lita Ford are among the many hard-rocking artists who will perform at the 2019 Rocklahoma festival, taking place May 24-26 in Pryor, Oklahoma.
Osbourne is one of the events three headliners, along with Disturbed and Shinedown.
Other acts that will go sweepin' down the plain at the Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza include Bush, Seether, Buckcherry, Sevendust, Jackyl, Steel Panther, Black Stone Cherry, Blackberry Smoke and many more.
"Believe it or not, I've been doing shows in Oklahoma since 1971, so I know that they have some of the best audiences in the world there," says Ozzy in a statement.
Early bird tickets and VIP package sales begin this Thursday, January 17, at 10 a.m. CT. For the full lineup and more ticket info, visit Rocklahoma.com.
Ben Gibson/Rocket EntertainmentOnce again, Elton John and his celebrity pals will be hosting a star-studded Oscar viewing party.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation's 27th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party will take place Sunday, February 24, 2019, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. IMDb is sponsoring the event, and will broadcast a live streaming companion show, hosted by Aisha Tyler and Dave Karger.
The event usually features a performance by Elton himself, as well as a special musical guest -- this year, it's alt-rock superstars The Killers.
Among the co-chairs of this year's event: Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell, who star in the upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman, as well as Tiffany Haddish, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris, Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne, Mike Myers, Katy Perry, Spike Lee, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Rob Lowe, Tyler Perry, Sharon Stone, BritneySpears, Denzel Washington, Meghan Trainor, Steven Tyler, and many more.
Over the years, Elton's Oscar party has raised more than $68 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, via ticket sales, donations and a live auction of luxury goods, collectibles and unique experiences. The money goes to helping those at risk for, or those living with, HIV/AIDS, as well as treatment and prevention programs and medical care in the Caribbean.
That's right, Dave Grohl hits the half-century mark today. The prolific musician, often referred to as the "Nicest Guy in Rock," was born January 14, 1969, in Warren, Ohio.
Grohl grew up in Springfield, Virginia, where his family moved when he was a child. Grohl soon became interested in music, and was drawn to the Washington, D.C., punk scene. At age 17, he joined the hardcore band Scream as the drummer.
Through mutual friend Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Grohl was introduced to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, who were looking for a new drummer. Grohl then officially joined the band as they were recording what would become their breakout album, 1991's Nevermind.
After Nevermind made Nirvana global superstars, the trio began recording their third and final album, In Utero. Meanwhile, Grohl also started writing some of his own songs.
After Cobain died in 1994, Grohl was faced with a variety of offers, including an invitation to play drums for one of his favorite bands, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Instead, he decided to pursue a solo career, which led to the creation of Foo Fighters. He released Foo Fighters' self-titled debut -- which we wrote and recorded all by himself -- in 1995.
Eventually, Foo Fighters morphed from a solo project into a full-fledged band. They've released a total of nine studio albums -- the most recent of which is 2017's Concrete and Gold -- and have remained one of the most popular and enduring rock bands of the last 25 years.
Grohl has also made music as a member of various side projects, including Probot and Them Crooked Vultures, which also featured Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.
Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesCars guitarist Elliot Easton is among the many musicians who will pay tribute to The Kinks' classic 1968 album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society at a charity concert scheduled for February 23 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California.
Easton and various other artists will perform with the event's house band, The Wild Honey Orchestra, a rotating collective of Los Angeles-area musicians.
The lineup also includes R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills' side group The Baseball Project, Big Star drummer Jody Stephens' current band Those Pretty Wrongs, The Three O'Clock, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and more.
The concert will feature a full performance of Village Green Preservation Society, as well as a selection of other Kinks songs from the early part of the band's career. Tickets are available now at AlexTheatre.org.
The show will raise funds for the Autism Think Tank, a non-profit organization that brings together top specialists via an online conference to work on solutions to issues faced by young people with autism.
During the last few years, The Wild Honey Orchestra has played a variety of tribute concerts to raise money for the charity, including concerts celebrating the music of The Beatles, Big Star, The Band and Buffalo Springfield.
On Monday morning, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend confirmed details of the band's recently reported 2019 tour, which is dubbed Moving On! and will kick off in North America this spring ahead of the release of the iconic group's first new album in 13 years.
The trek, which will see the British rock legends accompanied by an orchestra at each show, is broken into two parts and features a total of 29 confirmed dates. The first leg begins May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is mapped out through a June 1 concert in Toronto, while the second is scheduled from a September 6 concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, through a October 23 performance in Edmonton, Canada.
In a press release, Daltrey says, "Be aware Who fans! Just because it's The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on."
Townshend teases, "Roger christened this tour Moving On! I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic Who music, all performed in new and exciting ways. Taking risks, nothing to lose. Looking forward to seeing you all. Are you ready?"
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18, at LiveNation.com, though members of The Who's fan club can take advantage of pre-sales starting Wednesday, January 16, at 10 a.m. local time.
Every pair of tickets purchased online also snags fans a redeemable code for a CD copy of the band's forthcoming album.
Here are the confirmed North American dates for The Who's Moving On! tour:
5/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 5/9 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center 5/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 5/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 5/16 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 5/18 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 5/21 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 5/23 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis 5/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park 5/28 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena 5/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena 6/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena 9/6 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 9/8 -- Alpine Valley, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre 9/10 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 9/13 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park 9/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 9/18 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena 9/20 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 9/22 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 9/25 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 9/27 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 9/29 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 10/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 10/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 10/16 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl - San Diego State University 10/19 -- Seattle, WA, T-Mobile Park 10/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 10/23 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
Like White Knight --which featured Rundgren teaming up with artists including Daryl Hall, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor -- the new project will be made up of various collaborations.
Regarding the tracks he's completed, Todd reveals, "I got something with Neil Finn, originally from Crowded House -- he's playing with Fleetwood Mac now. Working on something with [Weezer frontman] Rivers Cuomo. Got a couple things I've done with The Roots. We're gonna try and get one of those out."
Rundgren points out that he isn't sure which, if any, of the finished songs he'll release. Meanwhile, he reports that rather than put out a full album, at least initially, he likely will release individual tracks as he finishes them.
"[W]hen we have enough of 'em, we'll probably put together an album," Rundgren explains. "But we're trying to figure out a way to release them as they're made. So, trying to take the approach more of…these collaborations…being singles rather than songs for an album."
Todd says with a laugh, "I like albums and I like making albums, and they're a good way to sort of bracket what you do so that you can create a big stink around them, but people don't consume the music in that way as much anymore."
Todd will be hitting the road in April on a previously announced trek in support of The Individualist that's being billed as the first hybrid concert/book tour. He says during his downtime before the trek he'll be working on more collaborations.
Credit: John RussoLindsey Buckingham revealed in a recent Twitter Q&A with fans that he's only had contact with one member of Fleetwood Mac since being fired from the band last year: singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, with whom he released a collaborative album in 2017.
Buckingham said that he heard from McVie shortly after he and Fleetwood Mac reached a settlement in the lawsuit he brought against the group over his dismissal.
"Christine said she missed me very much, that [Fleetwood Mac] wasn't complete without me," he revealed, "and said she felt that Stevie [Nicks] was very likely regretting having given the rest of the band the ultimatum that forced my departure."
"Perhaps [that was] wishful thinking on Christine's part," he continued, adding, "In any case, it was great to hear from her, and I do hope we work together again down the line."
"I can't say that I 'miss' being in Fleetwood Mac, as I've been concentrating on fulfilling my own plans that were already in the works before the split happened," he noted. "So, in a sense, the situation is still too new to miss."
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoAfter announcing -- via a new Rolling Stone interview -- that The Who plan to release a new album and launch a symphonic arena tour this year, Pete Townshend has posted a message on his band's official website about the group's 2019 plans, plus a variety of other topics.
Townshend starts by wishing fans a Happy New Year, then reiterates that The Who "will be back in action this year, with new recorded music [and] a new stage show."
He also reveals, "I've suggested we might do a special series of shows for our close fans towards the end of 2019."
Pete goes on to discuss his favorite new music of 2018, which included releases by Sia, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, neo-soul band The Internet and guitar virtuoso Gordon Giltrap.
Townshend adds, "Unlike a lot of people of my age I love a lot of trance as well as hip hop and rap," before singling out British DJs Gareth Emery and Christina Novelli, and young hip-hop artist Arin Ray.
He admits that he hasn't heard much heavy rock he's liked lately, noting, "I don't think rock is quite 'dead,' but it seems to be ailing, in the clinic, waiting for a transfusion. Hope I can help."
Meanwhile, Townshend confesses that he usually suffers "from a fairly mild form of manic depression" at this time of year, but points out, "I'm feeling much happier already, and it's still January."
Pete says that "[a]ccepting the reality of clinical and psychological depression must be The Big Cause for 2019...some artists have already been brave enough to speak about it. It's not uncommon among creative people; it's not uncommon, period."
Other topics Townshend touches on in the message are U.K. charities he supports, and his wife Rachel's music projects.