ABCJimmy Kimmel Live! aired its fourth annual (RED) benefit show on Monday, November 19th, in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st.
Guests for the evening’s show included Bono, Brad Paisley, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis, Pharrell and more. As always, the show featured a Home Shopping Network-like Shop-A-Thon segment, in which celebrities inform people what products they can buy that benefit the charity founded by U2's Bono.
The U2 frontman sang a torch song-style cover of the Bee Gees "Stayin' Alive" with Pharrell, and also announced that he'd be collaborating with Lady Gaga for a contest that would have the two icons creating a song named after the winner -- with all the proceeds benefiting the HIV/AIDS charity.
More information can be found at the charity's website.
Cleopatra BooksOver the last 50 years, Todd Rundgren has enjoyed an impressively diverse and prolific career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and technological innovator. Now, the 70-year-old artist can add "book author" to his resume: His autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations, will be published on December 21.
In the 240-page volume, Todd examines his wide-ranging career and his dramatic personal life. He also shares recollections about his experiences and interactions with fellow music legends like Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls, Meat Loaf and many others.
The Individualist is broken up into easily digestible three-paragraph chapters, and boasts a variety of previously unseen photos. You can pre-order the memoir now at CleoRecs.com.
The book will arrive shortly after Rundgren discovers whether or not he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. After recently being nominated for the honor for the first time this year, Todd currently sits at #3 -- after Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks -- in the fan poll hosted by the Rock Hall's official website.
The five nominated artists receiving the most votes in the poll will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be included with the other ballots. Voting closes at December 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2019 inductees will be announced later that month.
Meanwhile, Rundgren will wrap up the latest U.S. leg of his Unpredictable tour this weekend with a November 24-25 stand in Honolulu.
Here's are all the remaining dates on his 2018 trek:
11/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 11/21 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House 11/24 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii 11/25 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii
ABC/Craig SjodinFleetwood Mac's tour made a stop in Tacoma, Washington, over the weekend, where new members Mike Campbell and Neil Finn ran into one Eddie Vedder.
The Pearl Jam frontman jammed with Campbell and Finn inside a backstage bathroom before the show. You can watch footage of the impromptu collaboration now via Campbell's Instagram.
Campbell and Finn, best know for their work in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Crowded House, respectively, joined the Mac earlier this year following the firing of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Vedder has previously jammed with Campbell when he's performed with Petty, and the grunge icon also worked with Finn on his 7 Worlds Collide project.
If you're looking for more backstage shenanigans on Fleetwood Mac's tour, check out Campbell's Instagram: He's been posting videos filmed in bathrooms at each venue on the trek.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters will be heading overseas next year on a European tour. The international outing begins June 19 in Pula, Croatia, and will hit Denmark, Norway, the U.K. and Ireland.
Credit: Dave HoganThere hasn't been any word lately about the status of The Rolling Stones' next studio album, but Mick Jagger has introduced what appears to be a new original Stones tune on his official Facebook page: It's a song that celebrates the band's just-announced 2019 U.S. tour.
In the clip, Jagger is shown lip-syncing to the tune as he strums an electric guitar. The lyrics are as follows: "I just found out today that we're going to the U.S.A/ Where the hell we gonna live?/Where the hell we gonna play?"
Jagger then runs down the various cities where the band will be performing: "There's Miami, Florida/ Jacksonville and Houston/ New Orleans and Glendale/ Pasadena, Santa Clara/ …to Seattle/ Denver, Colorado/ Right across America/ Philadelphia, PA/ Boston, Massachusetts/ Don't forget New Jersey/ Stoppin' in Chicago/ Hope you're gonna see a show/ Hope you're gonna go, go, go."
It's worth noting that New Orleans wasn't on the initial list of cities included in the announcement of The Rolling Stones' 2019 No Filter Tour of the U.S., which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida. However, rumors have circulated that The Stones will be among the headlining acts at this year's edition of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is scheduled to take place April 25-28 and May 2-5.
The band has confirmed 13 dates on so far for the latest leg of its No Filter trek, which kicks off April 13 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and is mapped out through a June 21 concert at Chicago's Soldier Field.
Other locations that the band will visit in 2019 include Jacksonville, Florida; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Santa Clara, California; Seattle; Denver; Washington, D.C.; and the suburbs of Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 28, at 10 a.m. local time via RollingStones.com. Visit the site on November 27 at 9 a.m. ET to get a promo code to access to tickets.
The Stones teased the upcoming shows in recent weeks by having their lips-and tongue logo appear on billboards, scoreboards, banners and stickers at or near many of the venues where they will be playing next year.
"It's a thrill when we play stadiums in the States," frontman Mick Jagger says in a statement. "The energy is always amazing!"
Adds guitarist Keith Richards, "I've always loved playing the States. It's a great crowd."
The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time they toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015, but they played a few stateside shows in October 2016.
Here are all of The Stones' confirmed 2019 tour dates:
4/20 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium 4/24 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field 4/28 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 5/7 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium 5/11 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl 5/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 5/22 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 5/26 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High 5/31 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField 6/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 6/8 -- Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium 6/13 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/ UMeThe Beatles are back in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart thanks to the 50th anniversary reissue of their 1968 self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album. During the first week of the reissue's release, the record sold 63,000 equivalent album units to put it at #6 on the tally.
After it was originally released, The White Album ruled the Billboard 200, spending nine non-consecutive weeks at #1 in late 1968 and early 1969. During its initial chart run, the last time the album was higher than #6 was in March of '69.
Last year, The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band reached #3 on the Billboard 200 after the release of a 50th anniversary reissue. Sgt. Pepper previously had spent a whopping 27 weeks at #1 on the tally.
Another veteran rock act also made an impact the latest Billboard 200's top 10: The soundtrack to the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody dropped from #3 to #7 after moving 54,000 album units this past week. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack features classic Queen studio tracks, updated renditions of some tunes, and a number of rare or previously unreleased concert performances, including songs from the band's historic set at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London.
The #1 album this week was country artist Kane Brown's Experiment, which notched 124,000 equivalent album units during its first week of release.
ABC/Randy HolmesA star-studded tribute concert to the late Chris Cornell will take place January 16 at The Forum in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California. It will feature performances from Metallica, Foo Fighters and Ryan Adams, as well as members of Cornell's bands Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave. Speaking to Forbes, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil describes how he feels about the show, and how it came together.
"I suppose it will be somewhat anxious," Thayil says.
"Soundgarden didn't initially corral this lineup for a project," he adds. "It was driven by booking agents and Chris' wife, Vicky, who really wanted to organize this, and our management. I'm sure it will be just fine and we'll be able to deal with it just fine."
While they didn't organize the lineup, the three surviving members of Soundgarden -- Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd -- personally approved of each artist on the bill.
"The lineup was put together by Vicky, management and the booking agents all with our approval," Thayil says. "The only people on the bill are people that Soundgarden members approved of."
The artists on the lineup, Thayil says, are "people the band had a history with, Chris had a history with and people who were supportive of us over our careers and fans of ours who could do some of this material justice."
Thayil also helped put together the new Chris Cornell retrospective box set, which features the previously unreleased solo single "When Bad Does Good." The collection is out now.
Credit: Craig McCordKeyboardist David Sancious, an original member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, also has played and recorded with such other music legends as Peter Gabriel, Sting and Eric Clapton. While he's been busy supporting other artists in recent years, Sancious now is turning his attention to his solo career, and is preparing to release a new album titled Eyes Wide Open.
To promote and fund the record, David has launched a PledgeMusic campaign that will offer his fans and supporters a variety of perks.
"I'm about to put out my ninth album," Sancious says in a new YouTube video focusing on Eyes Wide Open and the crowd-funding initiative. "[I]t's a project that started life one way, as a completely instrumental album, and as things developed it sort of took on a second life as partially a vocal album...with me for the first time singing vocals on my project."
Among the musicians featured on the album are respected drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, with whom David played in Sting's backing group, and bassist Sonny Thompson and drummer Michael Bland, who were members of the late Prince's New Power Generation.
Sancious says Eyes Wide Open will be a diverse collection of songs, noting in the video that he comes "from the '50s and '60s, [which] was a super-creative time…when people were sort of crossing boundaries musically and people were using their musical influence to come up with something new."
The album will be available on CD, as a 180-gram vinyl LP and digitally. All people who contribute pledges will receive a high-quality download of the record. Among the many perks available are exclusive t-shirts, photos and posters of Sancious with various famous collaborators, handwritten notes and lyric sheets, VIP concert and studio experiences, and more.
GAB Archive/RedfernsWith the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival scheduled for August of 2019, one of the historic concert event's organizers, Michael Lang, says a new fest commemorating the milestone is in the planning stages.
Asked if he could give any concrete details about the event, the 73-year-old promoter and entrepreneur says. "These are plans. This is not a done deal yet. But it's very close."
He adds that an official announcement will be issued soon.
The original Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held August 15-18, 1969, at a dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur in Bethel, New York, which actually is 43 miles from the town of Woodstock. The site is now a concert venue and museum called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
The festival was one of the defining events of the 1960s, 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 & Young, 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, John Sebastian, Arlo Guthrie, Canned Heat and Country Joe and the Fish.
Lang also helped organize 25th and 30th anniversary Woodstock festivals, respectively, in Saugerties, New York, and Rome, New York.
He says the new festival will reflect the values of the original Woodstock generation and promote themes like sustainability, activism and social justice, which "hopefully encourage people to get involved with our lives on the planet."
ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this month, Metallica played a rare acoustic concert to raise money for the band's All Within My Hands charity organization. If you missed it, the metal legends have shared a live video from the show of them performing the St. Anger song that gave the foundation its name. You can watch it now on YouTube.
During the concert, which featured an opening set from Cage the Elephant, Metallica also played acoustic versions of songs like "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters," plus covers of tunes by Deep Purple, Bob Seger and more.
The show raised over $1.3 million for issues including hunger and workforce education.
Meanwhile, All Within My Hands also donated $50,000 to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the North Valley Community Foundation to help those affected by the devastating California wildfires.
Metallica will plug back in when their U.S. tour resumes November 26 in Las Vegas.
Credit: Ross HalfinJoe Perry is making progress after landing in the hospital due to a health issue he experienced last Saturday backstage at New York City's Madison Square Garden following a guest performance at Billy Joel's concert. A rep for the Aerosmith guitarist tells ABC Radio that Perry "was released from the hospital and is home and doing well."
Perry also took to his social media sites on Tuesday to let fans know he was "[d]oing well," and thanking them "for all the love and support!"
According to a statement issued Sunday by Joe's publicist, the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement added that Perry was "alert and responsive" after the incident.
Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before the incident.
This health scare follows a July 10, 2016, incident during which the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer collapsed onstage while performing in Brooklyn, New York, with his side band, The Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that Joe suffered cardiac arrest, although he returned to action later that year.
Perry is scheduled to launch a 10-date U.S. solo tour in support of his 2018 solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto on November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa. He recently released a new single called "Quake" that will appear on an upcoming vinyl version of the album.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their first tour dates of 2019. The Los Angeles rockers will launch a tour of Australia and New Zealand starting in February.
The trek, which features nine shows, kicks off February 17 in Hobart, Australia, and is mapped out through a March 8 concert in Auckland, New Zealand. For the full list of dates and ticket info, visit RedHotChiliPeppers.com.
The Peppers have been pretty quiet in 2018 -- they've played only a few one-off shows this year, including a surprise appearance at a California school for Halloween.
In addition to returning to the road, the Chilis also are returning to the studio to work on new music. Their most recent album is 2016's The Getaway.
PRNewsFoto/Palms Casino ResortWednesday was a nice day for Billy Idol, who was sworn in as an American citizen at a ceremony held in Los Angeles.
Photos of the British-born punk rocker at the ceremony have been posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' socialmedia sites. One of the pics shows Idol taking the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance while holding a small U.S. flag.
The websites also feature a brief Q&A with Billy, who was born William Broad in November 1955 in Stanmore, U.K., sharing his feelings about America.
Recalling his first memory of coming to the U.S., Idol says, "I was only 2 or 3 years old the first time I came to the U.S. But I remember when I came back in the '80s to live here permanently that I was so happy because I love America."
Billy also was asked, "What does being an American mean to you?" to which he responded, "Today it feels fantastic to now be part of the democratic process. I am excited to be a citizen like my children."
In other news, Idol recently reunited with his former Generation X band mate, bassist Tony James, along with two members of the Sex Pistols, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, to form a punk supergroup called Generation Sex. The band played its first show late last month in Los Angeles, and also did a private gig in New York City earlier this week.
Idol's current tour schedule includes two multiple-show Las Vegas engagements, in January and October 2019, as part of his residency at Palms Casino Resort's Pearl Theater.
ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this month, Metallica released a deluxe reissue of their 1988 opus ...And Justice for All. In an interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Urlich reflects on the band's Damaged Justice tour in support of the album, and how it impacted the direction of their next effort, the mega-successful Black Album.
Damaged Justice was, at the time, Metallica's biggest headlining tour, from the venue size to production. It also came at a time when the metal legends were at their most progressive -- ...And Justice for All was filled with different musical moments and changing time signatures. Playing those songs live, Ulrich says, made Metallica rethink the band's direction.
"That's when we started having a few conversations that maybe we had taken the progressive side of Metallica as far as it could go and we were all yearning for stuff that was little bit simpler and maybe a little more physical," Ulrich remembers. "A lot of that stuff was very heady and cerebral, like, 'Here I am onstage and I'm just constantly thinking about the next part.'"
Lars continues, "I remember that some of the earlier songs worked a little...better as the places got bigger in terms of the physicality of it. So a few months later, when we started writing again, that's when 'Enter Sandman,' 'Sad but True' and 'Wherever I May Roam' was born. It was a new direction."
Those songs would go on to form the foundation of The Black Album, which remains Metallica's most successful release.
Credit: Linda StrawberryThe new Smashing Pumpkins album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., the band's first to feature original members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin in 18 years, is out today.
After nearly two decades of Corgan being the sole founding Pumpkin still in the group, Iha and Chamberlin announced earlier this year that they'd be returning for an extensive North American tour. Original bassist D'arcy Wretzky was not involved in the reunion.
Once they were back together, the trio also started working on new music. What started out as a plan for just one song became something more when they ended up writing enough material for a whole album, which became Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1.
The first preview of the album came in the form of "Solara," which boasted a heavy riff of chunky, distorted guitars. That was then followed by the "1979"-esque "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)" and the string-and-choir-laden "Knights of Malta."
Speaking to Billboard, Corgan says he wanted the reunion to be a "positive experience" for Iha and Chamberlin. Personal conflicts were a driving force in breaking up the Pumpkins, and prior to getting back together, he hadn't spoken to Iha in almost 17 years.
"I don't look at it like, 'As long as it's positive for me, who cares?'" Corgan says. "I was like, 'I really want this to be a positive for everybody involved.' I don't want to go through any more weird negativity."
The Pumpkins will play a series of special 30th anniversary shows beginning November 28 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe expanded and remastered reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1995 concert video Voodoo Lounge Live -- which features footage from a November 1994 show in the Miami area -- gets its release in multiple formats today.
Retitled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, the package features 10 previously unreleased performances and is available as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-Blu-ray collection and a digital video. Also available: three-LP sets on black vinyl and colored vinyl, as well as digital-audio editions.
The concert took place at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during The Stones' tour in support of their chart-topping 1994 album, Voodoo Lounge. The show featured an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg, and guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley and blues guitarist Robert Cray.
The band's set featured several Voodoo Lounge tunes, a few covers, some deep cuts and an assortment of Stones classics, including "Tumbling Dice," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Beast of Burden," "Angie," "Miss You," "Honky Tonk Women," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
The Voodoo Lounge Uncut video also boasts five bonus performances shot in August 1994 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Several videos promoting the new release have been posted on the band's official YouTube channel. Among them: a short documentary featuring frequent Stones art director Mark Norton discussing the images he designed for the Voodoo Lounge tour and the Voodoo Lounge Uncut packaging; a trailer for the concert film; and full performance clips of "Miss You" and "Happy."
Here's the track list for the new video and audio releases:
Whoopi Goldberg Intro "Not Fade Away" "Tumbling Dice" "You Got Me Rocking" "Rocks Off"* "Sparks Will Fly"* "Live with Me"* "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" "Beast of Burden"* "Angie" "Dead Flowers"* "Sweet Virginia" "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"* "It's All Over Now" "Stop Breakin' Down Blues" "Who Do You Love?" "I Go Wild"* "Miss You" "Honky Tonk Women" "Before They Make Me Run"* "The Worst" "Sympathy for the Devil" "Monkey Man"* "Street Fighting Man"* "Start Me Up" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" "Brown Sugar" "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Here are the bonus video performances from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ:
"Shattered" "Out of Tears" "All Down the Line" "I Can't Get Next to You" "Happy"
Credit: Dave HoganMore hints that The Rolling Stones are planning to announce a major North American tour have popped up online and at locations across the continent.
First off, the band's official Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram have posted a video depicting the Statue of Liberty and a sun with the group's lips-and-tongue logo rising over the ocean, as the intro to "Paint It Black" plays.
In addition, according to various reports gathered by the IORR.org fan site, The Stones' famous logo has been spotted on billboards near MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and on the Oakland Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland, California, as well as on a scoreboard in Seattle's CenutryLink Field. Meanwhile, an ABC News source reports that large stickers showing the logo have been seen on the sidewalks of Chicago.
Rumors about a North American tour began heating up earlier this month when the lips-and-tongue logo was spotted at two U.S. football stadiums: on a large banner hung from the outside of Denver's Broncos Stadium at Mile High and on the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Also at Gillette Stadium, during a November 4 New England Patriots game, the team's cheerleaders did a dance routine to the Rolling Stones classic tune "Start Me Up," while revealing that they were wearing Stones t-shirts.
The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time that the rock legends toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015; the band also played a few stateside shows in October 2016.