Ben Gibson/Rocket EntertainmentElton John's three-year goodbye to his fans is going to last a little longer -- he's added 25 more North American concert dates to the sold-out Farewell Yellow Brick Road trek.
The new dates start September 4, 2019 in Salt Lake City and end November 16 in Long Island, New York. Most tickets go on sale October 5 at 10 a.m. local time, though on-sale dates for some cities may vary, so visit EltonJohn.com for more information.
American Express Card Members can buy tickets starting Thursday at 10 a.m. local time; VIP packages are also available at that time. The packages, available via EltonJohn.com include on-stage photo ops with Elton's piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merch and more.
Elton plans to visit North American multiple times during the farewell tour, so more dates may be announced in the future. The tour kicked off September 8 in Allentown, PA and has been receiving rave reviews.
Here are the new tour dates:
9/4 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena 9/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 9/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 9/17 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 9/18 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 9/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 9/22 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 9/27 -- Edmonton, ALB, Rogers Place 9/28 -- Edmonton, ALB, Rogers Place 10/1 -- Saskatoon, SK, Sasktel Centre 10/2 -- Saskatoon, SK, Sasktel Centre 10/4 -- Winnipeg, MB, Bell MTS Place 10/5 -- Winnipeg, MB, Bell MTS Place 10/22 -- Toronto*, ONT, Scotiabank Arena 10/23 -- Toronto*, ONT, Scotiabank Arena 10/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 10/26 -- Nashville***, TN, Bridgestone Arena 10/30 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum 11/6 -- Charlotte*, NC, Spectrum Center 11/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/12 -- Cleveland****, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 11/13 -- Pittsburgh**, PA, PPG Paints Arena 11/15 -- Boston**, MA TD Garden 11/16 -- Long Island**, NY, NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
*Toronto’s public sale is Oct 12 **Pittsburgh, Boston and Long Island’s public sale is Oct 19 ***Nashville’s public sale is Nov 9 ****Cleveland’s public sale is Nov 16
Courtesy of Keep Music AliveHeart's Nancy Wilson, ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Todd Rundgren are just a few of the celebrities lending their support to the Keep Music Alive organization's third annual Kids Music Day, which will be celebrated on October 5.
During the annual event, music schools, music shops, instrument stores and other participating locations offer free music lessons, concerts, community and family jams, instrument donation drives and other activities meant to encourage young people to get involved with music.
In addition, a variety of companies lend financial support to Keep Music Alive's initiative to promote music education and musical activities for children and adults.
Kids Music Day is one of two international music holidays founded by Keep Music Alive, along with Teach Music Week, which takes place each March. For Teach Music Week, Keep Music Alive partners with music schools, music stores and music-related organizations to offer free music lessons.
Gary Miller/FilmMagicHow would you like to own a guitar that belonged to and was signed by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger? Well, you'll have the chance to purchase one tomorrow, but you'll have to travel to Monaco to do it.
An electric guitar autographed by Jagger is among the items up for bid at a live auction taking place Wednesday during the second annual Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, which will be held on the Terraces of the Opera of Monaco on Wednesday. Bidding for the guitar will start at 50,000 euros, which is roughly $59,000.
Celebrities and philanthropists will gather for a red carpet, a cocktail reception, a Michelin Star chef-prepared dinner and the auction. Proceeds go to support Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's initiatives in favor of a sustainable ocean.
Other auction lots include a variety of experiences involving Madonna, a chance to play golf in Los Angeles with Andy Garcia, and any number of fabulous and exotic trips, jewelry and artwork. Visit MonteCarloGala2018.com for details.
Credit: Andrew ThompsonBlondie will travel to Havana, Cuba, next year to host a special vacation experience that will include a variety of musical performances and other activities.
The "Blondie in Havana" event will take place March 14 to March 18, and will feature two headlining concerts by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, as well as performances by respected Cuban musicians, trips to some of Cuba's celebrated museums and cultural institutions, a photography and architecture tour of the city, and more.
The Blondie concerts will be held at Havana's famous Teatro Mella, and will feature the band playing a variety of its best-known songs. In addition, the group will be joined by a number of popular Cuban artists and bands, including Alain Perez, David Torrens and the Afro-Cuban progressive-rock act Sintesis.
"We've never been to Cuba, though we've always hoped to get there someday." says founding Blondie guitarist Chris Stein. "We've been talking about it for ages and now it's finally happening. Havana is such an incredible scene, such an incredible city. I've always been fascinated by their music and their wildly creative culture. It's going to be an amazing trip and we're all really looking forward to it."
Adds drummer Clem Burke, "Blondie has always had a love for music from that part of the world. All the way back to 'Rapture' and 'The Tide Is High,' we've always experimented with Caribbean sounds and polyrhythm. So as soon as going to Cuba became a possibility, we started putting something together. I think there will be a really special energy."
Registration for the vacation experience opens this Friday, September 28, at 9 a.m. ET at BlondieinHavana.com. The website also offers more details about the event.
Credit: Jeremy SafferIf you want to spend several days in the middle of the ocean with Megadeth, then you're in luck: The metal legends have announced the inaugural MegaCruise, which will be "thrashing through the Pacific" in 2019.
No other info has been revealed just yet, butyou can sign up for a mailing list at MegaCruise.com. The website features the event's logo of a rusty anchor combined with the head of Megadeth mascot Vic Rattlehead.
Meanwhile, Megadeth plans to release new music in 2019. The band's most recent album is 2016's Dystopia.
ABC/Randy HolmesSlash and his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators have released the video for "Driving Rain," the lead single off the group's new album, Living the Dream.
The clip, which mixes live-action and animation, features puppet versions of Slash and company rocking out in the mountains while another puppet steals a car from her abusive puppet boyfriend. You can watch it now on YouTube.
"The idea behind doing an animated video for 'Driving Rain' is mostly due to the dark subject matter of the song influencing directors to come up with very dramatic, dark and sullen regular live action treatments that weren't any fun at all (no offense to those guys)," Slash explains. "So, I wanted to create something that could be tongue-in-cheek and yet still be dark with live-action animation."
He adds, "FYI, no puppets were harmed during the making of this video."
Slash and the Conspirators are currently touring the U.S. in support of Living the Dream, which is out now.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentIn 1995, The Rolling Stones released a concert video titled Voodoo Lounge Live featuring footage from a November 1994 show at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Now the rock legends are set to unleash an expanded and remastered version of the film in multiple formats on November 16.
Retitled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, the package will feature 10 previously unreleased performances and will be available as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-Blu-ray collection and a digital video. Three-LP sets on black vinyl and colored vinyl as well as digital-audio editions also will be released.
The concert took place during The Rolling Stones' tour in support of their chart-topping 1994 album Voodoo Lounge, which included the songs "You Got Me Rocking," "Love Is Strong" and "Out of Tears." The show featured guest appearances by Whoopi Goldberg, 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 from the group's back catalog and a generous assortment of 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 contain five bonus performances shot in August 1994 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Here's the track list for the Voodoo Lounge Uncut 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"
Bonus Performances from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ:
"Shattered" "Out of Tears" "All Down the Line" "I Can't Get Next to You" "Happy"
Christie Goodwin/Getty ImagesEx-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo has shared a tribute to late guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died five years ago. In the piece, published via Metal Hammer, Lombardo writes that if his former band mate were still alive and in Slayer, which is currently on a farewell tour, he "wouldn't want to retire."
"He'd fight to keep the band going," Lombardo says. "He'd have taken the band by the horns and driven it on. His love and his passion was music and being onstage. That passion was dampened by toxins, but it was still there."
In his tribute, Lombardo also writes that Hanneman was responsible for introducing punk to Slayer's sound, which helped develop the band's signature thrash style.
"It was a huge pivot point -- our songs became faster, more aggressive after that," Lombardo explains. "He was the one that brought that element to Slayer."
Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer, died in May 2013 of liver failure. Lombardo, also a original member, had been fired from the band a few months prior.
Slayer released Repentless, their first album without Hanneman, in 2015. They announced their farewell earlier this year. The final world tour will stretch into 2019.
Credit: RankinRod Stewart is famous for his relationships with some of the world's most desirable women, but he admits that when it came to ending those relationships, he could have been more of a gentleman. In fact, as he puts it, "I was a real coward."
Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Stewart says, "I haven't treated women badly but I'm not proud of the way I broke up relationships. I was a real coward. It wasn't like Phil Collins. I didn't send an email, but I've left a lot of broken hearts. I've apologized, or at least tried to, since."
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sir Rod was referring the often-repeated story that Collins divorced one of his wives by fax, a story that's actually not true.
Stewart goes on to say that it was only when he had his own heart broken -- by his supermodel ex-wife, Rachel Hunter -- that he realized how terrible it feels.
"When Rachel left me, I didn't have the tools to cope with a break-up," he admits. "I went to pieces. It was terrible. If ever karma got me back, it was then."
These days, Rod is deliriously happy with his wife Penny Lancaster, to whom he's been married for 11 years.
"She's tough but not too tough and she doesn't take any nonsense from me," Stewart says proudly. "She's a great mum...the whole package, as far as I'm concerned...it's just wonderful. I feel blessed many times over."
Asked why this marriage has lasted, Rod says it may be because Penny is British; his previous wives include one American and one New Zealander. His other long-term partner, Kelly Emberg, was also American.
Stewart's new album, Blood Red Roses, is out on Friday.
Simmons Books/powerHouse BooksKiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons has published a new book focusing on the "27 club," that informal collective of unfortunate stars who passed away at the age of 27. Titled 27: The Legend and Mythology of the 27 Club, the book features profiles of such late music stars as Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors' Jim Morrison, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
Simmons tells ABC Radio that in addition to the biographical segments, the book seeks to examine why an inordinate number of well-known artists have died at or near 27.
"A lot of famous folks from various areas of life either killed themselves or were killed or, unfortunately, passed away at the age of 27," notes the 69-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. "Sometimes it's depression, sometimes it's drugs and alcohol. There's just no one answer."
Simmons suggests that fame was a factor in some of these famous rockers' deaths, since certain musicians who were experiencing issues may have been surrounded by people who were unwilling to confront them because they were intimidated by the artists' stature.
Gene also points out that besides looking at the passing of the various artists, he hopes his book will serve to help people experiencing problems like depression, which is among the factors that led to some of the stars' deaths.
"[E]ven if people are having a bad day, I urge everybody to learn more how to listen, just engage in the conversation," Gene maintains, "and if you need help, for goodness sakes, talk to your loved ones, your friends, your next-door neighbors…And if it gets serious, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline and just talk."
27 is the first book to be released on Simmons' new publishing imprint, Simmons Books.
Credit: Steve RoseZZ Top recently wrapped up a U.S. summer tour, and frontman Billy Gibbons is preparing to launch a North American solo trek in October, but the Texas trio has just announced plans to hit the stage together again next year in Las Vegas.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have lined up a return engagement at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian casino and resort running from January 18 through February 2. The eight-date residency follows a five-show stand at the venue that took place this past April.
Tickets for the new concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, box offices at The Venetian resort, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to ZZ Top fan club members starting Tuesday, September 25, at 10 a.m. PT, and to Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers and Grazie loyalty members beginning Wednesday, September 26, at 10 a.m. PT.
As previously reported, Gibbons' solo tour in support of his just-released studio album The Big Bad Blues kicks off on October 13 in Riverside, Iowa, and is plotted out through a November 18 show in West Hollywood, California. Billy also recently added a pair of solo shows in Austin, Texas on December 28 and 29.
Here are ZZ Top's 2019 Las Vegas shows:
1/18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30 2/1, 2
And here are Gibbons' 2018 solo concerts:
10/13 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino and Golf Resort 10/14 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino – Showroom 10/16 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues 10/17 -- Columbus, OH, The Bluestone 10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant 10/20 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center 10/21 -- Cleveland, OH, Agora Ballroom 10/23 -- Kitchener, ON, Canada, Centre in the Square 10/25 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 10/26 -- Beverly, MA, The Cabot Theater 10/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 10/30 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club 10/31 -- New York, NY, Iridium Jazz Club 11/1 -- Washington, DC, Pearl Street Warehouse 11/3 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheatre 11/5 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 11/6 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues – Orlando 11/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 11/9 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 11/10 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas 11/11 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater 11/13 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre 11/15 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern 11/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl 11/18 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour 12/28 -- Austin, TX, Antone's 12/29 -- Austin, TX, Antone's
Credit: Derek HudsonFounding Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has premiered an official video for his new song, "Good On You Son," the first single from his upcoming studio album, Down the Road Wherever. You can watch the clip now at Knopfler's official YouTube channel.
The video begins and ends with scenes of Mark riding a motorcycle through a rural landscape, while the bulk of the clip features footage of Knopfler and his solo band performing at various venues in Europe. The video also captures Mark and his backing musicians at work in the studio.
The "Good On You Son" video was directed by Henrik Hansen, who previously worked on a short film that accompanied the title track of Knopfler's 2015 solo album, Tracker.
"Good On You Son" is a laid-back tune boasting blues, reggae and jazz influences. The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. Pre-order Down the Road Wherever now and you'll receive an instant free download of the song. The album will be released November 16.
Steve Granitz/WireImageFrances Bean Cobain has shared another taste of her musical talent.
On her Instagram, the 26-year-old daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has uploaded a snippet of her performing a new song she wrote. The clip features Frances strumming an acoustic guitar as she sings lyrics such as "It's hard to be alive."
Throughout the year, Cobain -- who's largely shied away from the music world in favor of visual art during her life -- has been sharing small previews of original songs. She uploaded the first clip in April, the night before the 24th anniversary of her father's death.
Cobain has previously said she eventually plans to release full versions of her songs.
Atlantic RecordsPretty Woman is about a hooker who dreams of a better life who falls in love with a billionaire, right? So imagine how Bryan Adams felt when he was hired to write songs for the Broadway musical based on the film -- and was told he couldn't use the words "love," "hooker" or "dreams."
"So how do you say, 'I wanna chase my dream,' without actually saying it?" Adams recalls. He and his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance did it with a song called "Anywhere But Here," and you can hear it now on the original cast recording, which was released this past Friday.
That was just one of the challenges the duo faced while composing for Pretty Woman: The Musical during its years-long development process. It was co-written by Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall, and Bryan got to work closely with him before Marshall died in 2016.
"It was his dream to make this into a Broadway musical, and I was really excited to be part of his dream," Adams tells ABC Radio. "And he'd sorta sketched out in his mind where he thought a song could go, so we sat down and in two weeks...we mapped out what was pretty much the roadmap for this musical."
The Canadian musician says he loves hearing the Pretty Woman cast sing his music, especially Samantha Barks, in the lead role of Vivian.
"I love the characters and...what they’re bringing to this," says Adams. "In fact, so many times the singers and actors...have brought something much more interesting [to it] than what I would’ve. I mean, [when] Sam sings 'This Is My Life' -- the first time I heard it, I completely forgot that I had written it!"
Adams will release a new album where he does the singing early in 2019.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's world travels won't be slowing down any time soon. The metal legends have announced a 2019 European tour, set to kick off May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The trek, which will feature support from Ghost, will hit 25 cities across 20 countries, including a stop at the historic Slane Castle in Dublin, Ireland. For ticket info, visit Metallica.com.
As with their North American tour, Metallica will be offering the Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket for the European run, which gives you floor access to any show on the trek. Only 750 Black Tickets will be available, and they cost 598 euro, or just over $700.
Metallica's current North American outing continues this Wednesday with a hometown show in San Francisco, and will last into March of next year.
The feature-packed release, timed for the 50th anniversary of the original record -- which was actually released on November 22, 1968 -- boasts a 5.1 surround-sound mix, painstakingly assembled by audio experts at Abbey Road Studios in London.
There's a three-CD Deluxe edition, which includes demos and rare acoustic performances, as well as a poster. The seven-disc Super Deluxe edition contains that and more, including 50 studio session outtakes, as well as the album on 5.1 Blu-ray, featuring mono and stereo remixes of the record, plus a 168-page, photo-packed hardback book boasting details about the songs' origins.
Two separate vinyl versions also will be offered: one a double record like the original vinyl release, and the other a four-LP Deluxe collection.
Back in June, Paul McCartney told DIY magazine that the White Album reissue is, "very cool and it sounds like you're in the room." He explained of some of the demos, "you get things stripped right back to just John [Lennon's] voice and a guitar. [It sounds] amazing."
KMazur/WireImage for ChopardRod Stewart's in the doghouse with his wife...and with Elton John. Sir Rod recently teased his longtime friend -- who he calls "Sharon" and who calls him "Phyllis" in return -- about Elton's announcement earlier this year that his current tour will be his last.
Stewart admits to the Daily Telegraph, "He's really [upset] with me. 'Cause when he did announce [the tour], I sent him a text: 'What, again dear?' And I got nothing back!"
Rod says his wife Penny Lancaster "says I've got to phone him up. [And] I will get round to it."
Stewart says, "He's got two kids so I can understand why he wants to pack it in. 'Cause he's always worked harder than me. Wow, does he work hard!"
But then the singer threw shade at Elton again, saying, "But he only sings for 30 minutes [per show]."
The fur started flying between the old pals back in March, when Stewart appeared on Watch What Happens L!ve With Andy Cohen and called farewell tours in general "dishonest," adding "It stinks of selling tickets."
TKO/Eric GettlerDickey Betts' brain surgery was successful.
An update published on Betts' website says, "Dickey Betts and his family want everyone to know that his surgery was a success. The outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing. We are so appreciative. Thank you all so much for your wonderful thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated."
The former Allman Brothers guitarist fell while at home playing with his dog earlier this week and sustained a head injury. Friday's surgery was to relieve the cranial pressure created from swelling.
Credit: Tyler CurtisPaul McCartney may not be content to Let It Be. The singer says that the Beatles documentary of the same name -- released in 1970 and focusing on the miserable process of the band members trying to stay together long enough to release what ended up being their last album -- "may be[come]...a new movie, re-edit[ed] from the same period, from the same footage."
In an interview with Canada's Radio X, Macca says that there's "about 56 hours of [unleased] footage. [And] the overall feeling is very joyous and very uplifting."
That would be a stark contrast to the strained feeling of much of the existing Let It Be film, which hasn't been available in any format since the '80s. It was supposed to have been released in DVD a decade ago, but a source at Apple Records told Britain's Daily Express that McCartney and Ringo Starr killed the plan because of the downbeat nature of the film.
But Paul's opinion of the film seems to have changed -- the discovery of the footage of "a bunch of guys making music and enjoying it" leads to him predict, "I think it's gonna happen. I think there may be a new version of it....Who knows, that may be happening in a year or two."
Here are McCartney's remaining North American shows of 2018:
9/28 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place 9/30 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place 10/5 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival