Island Records/Universal Music Group NashvilleFollowing the news that a bunch of top pop, rock and country stars had put their own spins on Elton John's classic hits for two new tribute albums -- Revamp and Restoration -- we've got our first tastes of the projects.
For Revamp, a cover of Elton's 1976 #1 duet with Kiki Dee, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," has been recorded by pop star Demi Lovato and rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. They infuse the bouncy pop tune with a more soulful, reggae groove.
Meanwhile, Elton's 2001 single "I Want Love" has been recorded by chart-topping, Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton, who turns in a passionate performance.
If the news of these projects has led you to think, "Wait, didn't Elton do this already?" you're correct. In 1991, Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin celebrated their then-25-year partnership with Two Rooms, a tribute album featuring pop and rock stars interpreting their songs. Among those names: The Who, Sinead O'Connor, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, Bruce Hornsby, Jon Bon Jovi, Wilson Phillips and George Michael.
Elton explains that Revamp/Restoration is very much a sequel to Two Rooms.
"Last year was our 50th anniversary," he says. "And we thought it'd be nice to do the same sort of thing."
And while Taupin took care of rounding up the country stars for Restoration, John wrangled the artists for Revamp.
"I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise most of them said yes and we have quite an astonishing, eclectic crew, from The Queens of the Stone Age, from Lady Gaga, to Q-Tip, Demi Lovato, Florence the Machine, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, I mean it's just amazing."
If rock is truly dead, then nobody told Belgium. The 2018 edition of the country's annual Graspop Metal Meeting festival is absolutely stacked with heavy acts, with a lineup including such legendary hard rockers as Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
The festival, which takes place from June 21 to June 24 in Dessel, Belgium, also will include sets by Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, as well as Megadeth, Marylin Manson, Limp Bizkit, P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, The Darkness, Sons of Apollo and Korn's Jonathan Davis, among many others.
Guns N' Roses will headline the first day of Graspop, Iron Maiden is part of the second day's lineup, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson are among the acts performing on day three, and Osbourne, Priest and Hollywood Vampires will help close out the fest.
Visit Graspop.be for the full lineup and ticket info.
Credit: Jacob BlickenstaffFounding Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent and singer Colin Blunstone will be guests this Saturday on CBS This Morning. Blunstone and Argent will be interviewed by host Anthony Mason and also will play two songs as part of the program's Saturday Sessions performance series.
You can check out what time the show airs in your area by visiting CBSNews.com.
Meanwhile, a video of Rod and Colin's performance at the recent Led Zeppelin tribute concert held at New York City's famous Carnegie Hall has been posted on YouTube. The duo played a cover of "Thank You," which they dedicated to longtime Zombies bassist Jim Rodford, who died in January.
In addition, The Zombies have posted a video of them playing a version of The Band's "The Weight" with opening act Don DiLego at their March 9 show, appropriately enough, at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York, on their official YouTube channel.
The Zombies continue their North American tour on Friday, March 16, with a show at the City Winery in Atlanta. Here are all of the remaining dates on the trek:
3/16 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery Atlanta 3/17 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery Nashville 3/19 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery Chicago 3/20 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery Chicago 3/23 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino 3/24 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage 3/25 -- State College, PA, The State Theatre
Geffen/UMeA new four-disc box set focusing on late Eagles singer Glenn Frey's solo work called Above the Clouds: The Collectionwill be released on May 11.
The compilation features three CDs that include highlights from Frey's solo albums and the 1969 album Longbranch Pennywhistle that he recorded with JD Souther; plus a DVD capturing a 1992 concert.
Above the Clouds' first disc, subtitled The Very Best of Glenn Frey, features most of the singer/songwriter's major solo hits, including "The Heat Is On," "You Belong to the City," "Smuggler's Blues" and "The One You Love." It also features a live medley of two Eagles classics, "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It Easy," recorded at a July 1992 concert in Dublin, Ireland.
Disc two digs further into Frey's solo catalog, including additional singles, deep cuts and several cover tunes from Glenn's 2012 standards album , After Hours.
The third CD features the entire self-titled album by Longbranch Pennywhistle, Frey's pre-Eagles duo with Souther.
The DVD boasts footage from the aforementioned show in Dublin, which was held at Ireland's National Stadium. The concert includes performances of several Eagles classics along with Frey's solo tunes.
The box set's first disc also will be issued as a standalone CD, and both collections also will be available digitally. Fans who pre-order either Above the Clouds release will immediately receive a free download of two tracks -- the "Lyin Eyes"/"Take It Easy" medley and "The Heat Is On." Those who pre-order the box set also will receive two more free digital tracks, "Run Boy Run" and "I Got Love" on April 13 and May 4, respectively.
Frey died on January 18, 2016, from various health issues. He was 67.
Here's the full track list of Above the Clouds: The Collection:
Disc 1 – Above the Clouds: The Very Best of Glenn Frey
"The Heat Is On" "Call on Me" (Theme from South of Sunset) "Part of Me, Part of You" "You Belong to the City" "Smuggler's Blues" "Sexy Girl" "The Allnighter" "Soul Searchin'" "Same Girl" "The One You Love" "Strange Weather" "I've Got Mine" "River of Dreams" "Love in the 21st Century" "Lyin' Eyes"/"Take It Easy" (Medley -- Live at National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland)
"Let's Go Home" "I Got Love" "The Way to Happiness" "Common Ground" "After Hours" "Rising Sun" (Instrumental) "The Shadow of Your Smile" "Better in the U.S.A." "Brave New World" "Caroline, No" "For Sentimental Reasons" "It's Too Soon to Know" "Worried Mind" "Lover's Moon" "Route 66" "True Love"
"Long Hot Summer" "Peaceful Easy Feeling" "New Kid in Town" "The One You Love" "Strange Weather" "I've Got Mine" Medley: "Lyin' Eyes"/"Take It Easy" "Wild Mountain Thyme" "River of Dreams" "True Love" "Love in the 21st Century" "Livin' Right" "Smuggler's Blues" "The Heat Is On" "Heartache Tonight" "Party Town" "Desperado"
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam is auctioning off a special VIP package for their upcoming shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field this summer in support of the victims of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and their families.
The winning bidder will receive four tickets to either the August 18 or August 20 Wrigley show, a meet-and-greet with frontman Eddie Vedder, and a guitar signed by the whole band. Bidding ends Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 p.m. ET. For more info, visit PearlJam.com.
At Pearl Jam's show in Chile earlier this week, Vedder dedicated their performance of the new song "Can't Deny Me" to the Douglas students.
The Chicago shows are a part of Pearl Jam's summer stadium tour, which kicks off August 8 in Seattle.
Credit: Michael Zagaris Last year, Lynyrd Skynyrd members legally blocked the making of a film that ex-drummer Artimus Pyle was helping develop about the band and the 1977 plane crash that claimed the life of singer Ronnie Van Zant and others. Now, however, a Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary sanctioned by the band called If I Leave Here Tomorrow has just premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
Founding Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, who is the main narrator of the movie, tells Yahoo Entertainment that the project offers a more positive look at his band than previous documentaries.
"All the other documentaries were negative, and they really didn't show how when we started, we were brothers," maintains Rossington. "We'd die for each other. We grew up together, you know? We were so happy, and it was a family. [Other films] made it sound like we were all mad at each other."
The 66-year-old rocker also says that watching the flick was very emotional for him and his family.
"I won't be shy to say I cried a few times -- you can't not, if you were part of it," Gary admits. "My daughters were all crying. They made me cry."
Of course, the movie delves into the aforementioned plane crash, which also took the lives of guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backing singer Cassie Gaines. One scene revisits the site of the crash, although Rossington -- who was seriously injured in the incident -- had no interest in going back.
"No. I've already been there," says Gary."
In spite of all the tragedy that has befallen Skynyrd, Rossington says he doesn't believe the band was cursed.
"We let life pick us up and shake us and squeeze us, and we tasted it," he maintains, "so I'm happy."
CNW Group/Invictus MD StrategiesKISS' Gene Simmons is known for abstaining from drugs and alcohol, but the long-tongued rock legend has just been named the "chief evangelist officer" of Invictus MD Strategies Corporation, a Canadian cannabis company. As part of his new job, Simmons will use his branding and marketing expertise to help raise public awareness about the products the company is planning to introduce if Canada goes forward with its expected legalization of marijuana this year.
Among Simmons' responsibilities will be marketing consultation, media spokesman and taking part in various corporate events.
"Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising genius, who not only created one of the most iconic bands of all time but has spent decades building successful brands internationally in various industries," says Invitus CEO Dan Kriznic. "Gene will lead marketing initiatives that will help spread the positive messages that dwell at the heart of Invictus in accordance with the strict regulations of Health Canada's Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, the Food and Drugs Act and the Narcotic Control Regulations."
In other news, Simmons has written a new book titled 27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club that's scheduled to be published on August 14. The book looks at the slew of famous musicians who have passed away at the age of 27, among them The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, The Doors' Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
In addition to profiling the various artists, Simmons looks at the often-decadent rock 'n' roll lifestyle that led to many of their deaths, and delves into why people are fascinated by stars who die young.
Meanwhile, Simmons has a number of North American solo concerts lined up to promote his massive Vault Experience compilation. Here they are:
5/2 -- Clear Lake, Iowa, Surf Ballroom 5/3 -- St. Charles, IL, Aracade Theater 5/4 -- Fort Wayne, Indina, Foellinger Theatre 8/10 -- Grand Forks, BC, Canada, Cannafest - James Donaldson Park 8/25 -- St-Joseph-de-Beauce, QC, Canada, Acceleration de Camion St-Joseph
Credit: Keith PerryAs Don McLean prepares to release his latest solo album, Botanical Gardens, the "American Pie" singer/songwriter will be honored in his hometown of New Rochelle, New York, at two special events on Wednesday, March 21.
At 4 p.m. ET that day, a ceremony will be held during which McLean will dedicate his existing plaque at the city's Walk of Fame in Ruby Dee Park. Then, at 7 p.m., Don will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Dinner Dance and Awards event organized by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.
McLean also will be taking part in a variety of interviews and promotional appearances in support of Botanical Gardens, which will be released Friday, March 23.
On Tuesday, March 20, Don will be featured in a new episode of Heartland TV show More Than the Music, premiering at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The program will also be available on the Heartland TV Roku channel and online at WatchHeartlandTV.com. An encore viewing will air Sunday, March 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
McLean also will celebrate the album's release with a March 23 concert at City Winery in New York City, and he has more than a dozen other confirmed U.S. shows on his tour schedule. The trek includes a lengthy series of concerts in the U.K. and Ireland that runs from late April to mid-June.
As for Botanical Gardens, the 13-track collection features the 72-year-old musician reflecting on love and aging, as well as reminiscing about his youth.
Here are all of McLean's scheduled U.S. dates, according to his official website:
3/23 -- New York, NY, City Winery 4/13 -- East Greenwich, RI, Greenwich Odeum 4/14 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 7/21 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 7/27 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 7/28 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 8/11 -- Berkeley, CA, Freight & Salvage 8/19 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 8/24 -- Steamboat Springs, CO, Strings Music Pavilion 9/8 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury 9/22 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 11/17 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall 1/15/19 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's Oakland 2/9 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall
Island Records/Universal Music Group NashvilleA pair of Elton John tribute albums titled Revamp and Restore, which feature stars from various music genres covering the pop-rock legend's classic songs, will be released on April 6.
Revamp features a variety contemporary rock, pop and R&B artists putting their spin on the iconic musician's work, including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Sam Smith, Queens of the Stone Age, Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons.
The album kicks off with a reworking of "Bennie and the Jets" featuring Sir Elton himself, in collaboration with pop star Pink and Grammy-nominated rapper Logic.
Meanwhile, Restoration sees some of country's biggest names, as well as The Eagles' Don Henley, performing renditions of Elton John songs. Henley is featured duetting on "Sacrifice" with country star and current Eagle Vince Gill.
Other country artists appearing on the album include Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert. Cyrus also contributed a tune to Restoration.
"As songwriters, Bernie [Taupin] and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process," says John in a statement. "It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity."
Several artists featured on Revamp and Restoration also will appear on the upcoming TV special Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A Grammy Salute, which airs April 10 on CBS.
Here are the track listings:
Revamp "Bennie and the Jets" -- Elton John, Pink, Logic "We All Fall In Love Sometimes" -- Coldplay "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" -- Alessia Cara "Candle in the Wind" -- Ed Sheeran "Tiny Dancer" -- Florence and the Machine "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" -- Mumford and Sons "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" -- Mary J. Blige "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" -- Q Tip featuring Demi Lovato "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" -- The Killers "Daniel" -- Sam Smith "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" -- Miley Cyrus "Your Song" -- Lady Gaga "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" -- Queens of the Stone Age
Restoration "Rocket Man" -- Little Big Town "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" -- Maren Morris "Sacrifice" – Don Henley and Vince Gill "Take Me to the Pilot" -- Brothers Osborne "My Father's Gun" -- Miranda Lambert "I Want Love" -- Chris Stapleton "Honky Cat" -- Lee Ann Womack "Roy Rogers" -- Kacey Musgraves "Please" – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton "The Bitch Is Back" -- Miley Cyrus "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" -- Dierks Bentley "This Train Don't Stop" -- Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris "Border Song" -- Willie Nelson
Waring Abbott/Getty ImagesDrummer Charlie Quintana, who played in the bands Social Distortion and Cracker, has died at age 56.
Cracker confirmed the news Wednesday on the band's Twitter, calling Quintana "one of the greatest drummers of all time." "A true test of a drummers ability is a slow song," the wrote. "No one could ever match him on this."
Quintana was a member of Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009, and played with Cracker in 1995 and 1996. He was also a founding member of the '70s punk band The Plugz, and he's played with Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Bob Dylan.
Roger Daltrey recently revealed to ABC Radio that he'll be releasing a new soul-inspired solo album called As Long as I Have You in June, and now the Who frontman has announced full official details about the project.
The 12-track collection, which will hit stores on June 1, includes 10 covers and two new original Daltrey compositions: "Certified Rose" and "Always Heading Home."
The Who's Pete Townshend played guitar on seven of the songs, while former Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot and veteran session guitarist Sean Genockey also contributed to the record.
"This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls," Daltrey explains of the album. "That's what we were, a soul band. And now, I can sing soul with all the experience you need to sing it. Life puts the soul in."
The album's title track and lead song is a rendition of 1964 tune recorded by Garnet Mimms and written by Jerry Ragavoy and Ben Elgin. Other covers on the record include versions of Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothing" and The Jackson Five's "The Love You Save."
Beyond the vintage soul material, Roger also has included his takes on Nick Cave's "Into Your Arms" and Stephen Stills' "How Far."
As Long as I Have You is available for pre-order now on CD, as a black-vinyl and limited-edition red-vinyl LP and digitally. Fans buying an advance copy of the album will receive an immediate free download of the title track. You also can listen to the song at Daltrey's official VEVO YouTube channel.
Here is the full track list of As Long as I Have You:
"As Long as I Have You" "How Far" "Where Is a Man to Go?" "Get On Out of the Rain" "I've Got Your Love" "Into My Arms" "You Haven't Done Nothing" "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" "Certified Rose" "The Love You Save" "Always Heading Home"
Credit: Michael SegalFormer Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum has co-founded a new virtual platform called Artbit that seeks to help struggling artists, musicians and street performers support themselves by earning crypto-currency for their work.
Through Artbit, artists will be able to link their performances and shows to the platform's "virtual stages," which fans can then watch, comment on, share and even take part in. Viewers also will be able to contribute to the artists using crypto-currency.
"Before I had any recognition as a musician, I was roaming back alleys in Hollywood, playing any gig I could get, sleeping on couches and surviving off Top Ramen," says Sorum. "Today, getting recognition is easier, but getting paid is even harder. With Artbit, we're giving power back to the fans to tell the world who deserves attention, and we're giving a platform to artists to turn their dreams into a paying reality."
Sorum and other members of the Artbit team will host a special showcase during the South by Southwest Festival at Antone's in Austin, Texas, this Friday afternoon, where they will discuss the new platform. The event also will include a special performance featuring Sorum and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, as well as a DJ set by renowned contemporary artist Shepard Fairey.
You can find up more details about Artbit by signing up at the company official website.
Michael Tran/FilmMagicDef Leppard drummer Rick Allen's artistic talents will be on display at a pair of new exhibits opening this Saturday, March 17, at Wentworth Gallery locations at the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, and Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia. The exhibitions will include pieces from the new "Rick Allen: Legends" collection, which features portraits of various musicians that the veteran British rocker admires.
"These individuals are my personal heroes, as well as heroes to so many countless people around the globe," says Rick. "It is through all of us that their spirits live on and continue to influence and shape our experience and inspire our hearts to dream of a limitless world."
Allen will be making appearances at both events, which are scheduled to take place, respectively, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET in Bethesda and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET in McLean.
The "Legends" collection features original acrylic paintings on canvas and mixed media. Pieces from Allen's "Drums for Peace" and "Art to Wear" collections also will be on display at the galleries.
Part of the proceeds from the art sold at the exhibits will benefit Project Resiliency's Warrior Resiliency Program, an initiative sponsored by Rick's Raven Drum Foundation that seeks to support, educate and empower military veterans and people in crisis.
As previously reported, Allen and Def Leppard will be hitting the road with Journey this year for a major North American tour kicking off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut.
ABC/Randy HolmesPeter Mensch, co-founder of artist management company Q Prime, spoke at the International Live Music Conference in London last week. According to Billboard, he talked about Q Prime client Metallica, and the secret to the metal legends' enduring popularity.
"James Hetfield speaks to group of people that no one else speaks to," Mensch said of the Metallica frontman. "That's one of the reasons why Metallica are as big as they are now. No one else is even close to them."
Mensch added, "If hard rock is about losing your inhibitions or frustrations, James Hetfield still, to this day, his lyrics, are f***ing angry. He's fueled by hate."
However, Mensch had some not-so-kind words for Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, a former client who, he said, inspired Q Prime's "no a**holes" policy.
"[Corgan] was a very difficult person to work with," Mensch said. "He's a really talented guy, just doesn't want to listen to anybody's advice -- at least as far as I could tell."
Other Q Prime clients include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Disturbed and Cage the Elephant.
Credit: Ross HalfinAerosmith's Joe Perry has lined up a trio of concerts in the northeastern U.S. next month in support of his recent solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto.
Perry will be joined by fellow Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Extreme singer Gary Cherone at the shows, which are scheduled for April 18 in Boston; April 19 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire; and April 20 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The Boston and Hampton Beach gigs will featuring opening sets by ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau's new group Engine Room, and Charlie Farren, lead singer of The Joe Perry Project. Tickets for all three "Joe Perry and Friends" concerts go on sale to the public this Friday, March 16. Visit JoePerry.com for more info.
Fans can expect Perry to play songs from Sweetzerland Manifesto, as well as a few Aerosmith tunes and some material from his other solo albums.
Sweetzerland Manifesto, which was released on January 19, features collaborations with, and guest vocals by, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, David Johansen and British blues-rock veteran Terry Reid.
Other artists who contributed their talents to the album included Perry's Hollywood Vampires band mate Johnny Depp, Who touring drummer Zak Starkey and Joe's sons Tony and Roman. The project also was executive produced by Depp.
In celebration of the album's release, a star-studded "Joe Perry and Friends" show was held in January at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California. The show included surprise appearances from Slash and Depp, as well as performances by Zander, Johansen, Reid, Cherone and ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson. Joe's backing group for the evening included Stone Temple Pilots' Dean and Robert DeLeo.
Here are more details about Perry's upcoming concerts:
4/18 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 4/19 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino 4/20 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Music Box
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicSince at least 2013, Jane's Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell has been talking about a new project called Kind Heaven. Now, it's finally coming to fruition.
Described as a "groundbreaking new entertainment venture," Kind Heaven will open in Las Vegas in 2019.
"Lollapalooza forever changed the way fans experience live entertainment and Kind Heaven will take that to the next level, mesmerizing the audience through sights, sounds and deliciously exotic smells," says Farrell. "Nothing like this has ever been attempted before. It's going to be incredible."
According to a press release, Kind Heaven combines "leading edge technology" and "Hollywood-style storytelling" in order to take attendees on a "sensual exotic journey that offers the best of Southeast Asian culture, music, food, danger, fashion, exoticism, exploration, mystery and spiritual enlightenment."
Kind Heaven is also described as "family friendly by day and adult at night."
We'll have to wait until 2019 to see what exactly all that looks like, but until then, you can stay tuned to KindHeaven.com.
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam opened their South American tour in Chile Tuesday, and during the show, Eddie Vedder dedicated the song "Come Back" to the late Chris Cornell. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Also during the concert, Pearl Jam gave their new song "Can't Deny Me" its live debut. Vedder dedicated that track, the first preview of the band's forthcoming new album, to the students of Parkland, Florida.
Pearl Jam's South American tour concludes March 24 in Brazil, and they head to Europe in June. They'll return to the U.S. in August for a series of stadium shows, including stops in Seattle, Chicago, Boston and Missoula, Montana.
NetflixYou now can get your first look at Paradox, the new movie starring Neil Young that was written and directed by his girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah. The official trailer for the film has premiered on the Netflix YouTube channel.
The promo begins with a montage of images, including a cluster of white tents under a starry sky, a forest path, a marshy pond and a deer's skull tied to a wooden board. At the same time, we hear Willie Nelson's voice saying, "Many moons ago, in the future, a mangy group of outlaws hid out by a precious water source, while the real bad guys quietly stole the seeds of life."
We see those outlaws -- played by the members of Young's current backing group, Promise of the Real -- walking through the woods, and then sitting around a campfire and throwing their hats in the air, firing guns and yelling.
We then get a close-up look at Neil's character, we hear him singing his recent song "Peace Trail" as an unidentified voice declares, "The Man in the Black Hat, I hear he can be kind of shaky."
This is likely an inside joke: Neil has directed five music-related films under the alias "Bernard Shakey."
The trailer continues with quick glimpses of a young girl running toward the tents, the outlaws entering another and performing a tune, and Neil handing a flower to the girl.
As the trailer ends, we hear Nelson's voice say, "Thankfully, music still helped our spirits fly." We then see a man's legs leave the ground and float in the air.
Chris Williamson/Getty ImagesFoo Fighters have posted a tribute to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Stephen Hawking, who died Wednesday morning at age 76.
The Foos shared one of Hawking's famous quotes -- "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet" -- and added "RIP Stephen Hawking you f***ing legend."
Here are a few other reactions from the rock community:
Nikki Sixx: "Sad day for science and dreamers alike...RIP Mr Hawking Thank You!!!"
Courtney Love: "'The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge' RIP Stephen Hawking"
Nickelback: "Sad to hear of Stephen Hawking’s passing but extremely grateful for his contributions. He was a first-rate example of what a curious mind can achieve and how it can also inspire. Equally important as his theories. Thank you for everything"
Time Life/Rock & Roll Hall of FameA new video compilation featuring highlights from the last four Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be released on April 24 as a four-DVD set and a two-Blu-ray package. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert spans from 2014 to 2017, and includes induction speeches and historic performances by Ringo Starr, Peter Gabriel and members of Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Journey, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Yes, among others.
The videos also feature a variety of guest artists who helped induct the honorees and/or joined in on the special performances and jam sessions that were part of the ceremonies.
Among the many special moments featured on the discs are Paul McCartney inducting and performing with his old Beatles bandmate Starr; Bruce Springsteen honoring and playing with his longtime backing group, The E Street Band; the surviving members of Nirvana performing with such guest female singers as Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde; Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich welcoming Deep Purple into the hallowed Hall; and Cheap Trick, Chicago, Journey, Pearl Jam and Yes playing their classic songs with both current and former members.
In addition to the video set, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert Digital Album Collection, comprised of five separate albums featuring performances from 2010-2011, 2012-2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016-2017, respectively, also will be issued on April 24, via Amazon, iTunes and other online music sellers. The releases spanning from 2014 to 2017, of course, will feature audio of some of the aforementioned highlights, while the other albums include performances by Rush, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Leon Russell, The Stooges, Tom Waits and members of The Hollies and The Small Faces & Faces.