Time LifeDon McLean has just released a sequel to his 1973 covers album, Playin' Favorites: a 12-track collection aptly titled Still Playin' Favorites.
The new record finds McLean performing versions of songs he loves, which spanning over a century and cover a wide variety of musical genres, including rock 'n' roll, country, folk, gospel, bluegrass, blues, jazz and soul.
Among the tunes the 75-year-old singer/songwriter has recorded are songs that were popularized or written by artists like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and many more.
McLean has launched a YouTube series featuring videos in which he performs solo acoustic renditions of tunes from Still Playin' Favorites, discusses his versions and shares some background on the songs.
Here's the full Still Playin' Favorites track list, along with the composers of each song:
"So Doggone Lonesome" (Johnny Cash) "Greenback Dollar" (Hoyt Axton, Ken Ramsey) "Hide nor Hair" (Morton Craft, Percy Mayfield) "I Ain't Never" (Webb Pierce, Mel Tillis) "Little Sister" (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song" (Thomas A. Dorsey) "Six White Horses" (Clyde Moody) "Treat Me Nice" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" (Bob Dylan) "Backwater Blues" (Bessie Smith) "The Keys to the Kingdom" (Jenny Lou Carson) "Got the Bull by the Horns" (Amos E. Byrd, Billy Jones) "Tell Old Bill" (Traditional, Arranged by Don McLean) "She Used to Love Me a Lot" (Charles W. Quillen, Dennis Morgan, Kye Fleming)
Courtesy of Record Store DayJust a reminder that the third and final installment of the three-day 2020 Record Store Day celebration takes place this Saturday, October 24. As previously reported, organizers decided to spread out the event across three dates in three different months this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year's events, which also were held on August 29 and September 26, are being called "Record Store Day Drops."
The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cheap Trick and The Allman Brothers Band are among the many artists who will be releasing limited-edition vinyl this Saturday.
The Rolling Stones' offering is a reissue of the U.K. version of the band's 1975 rarities album, Metamorphosis, pressed on green vinyl and packaged with an iron-on of the cover.
The Who's release is a deluxe two-LP version of the group's 1974 rarities album, Odds and Sods, featuring one red disc and one yellow disc.
Cheap Trick is issuing a previously unreleased two-LP set titled Out to Get You! Live 1977, which was recorded at the famed Los Angeles club The Whisky a Go Go.
The Allman Brothers Band's release is a reissue of its 1992 live album An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: First Set. The LP will be available in two different versions, pressed either on orange-swirl vinyl or blue-black-swirl vinyl.
Other artists who will have Record Store Day releases available at independent music shops on August 29 include Alice Cooper, the Def Leppard spinoff group Down N Outz, Rory Gallagher, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Judas Priest, Mark Knopfler, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Modern English, Randy Newman, Lou Reed & John Cale, Keith Richards, Skid Row, Toto, UFO, Frank Zappa and Warren Zevon.
Danny Clinch; Courtesy of Big Hassle MediaOn the final episode of Bruce Springsteen's Apple Music Hits program, Letter to You Radio-- which premiered this afternoon -- the Boss chats with his E Street Band compadre Steven Van Zandt about his brand-new album, Letter to You, and its companion documentary.
As previously reported, Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded Letter to You together, live in his home studio, in just five days.
During the show, Bruce tells Little Steven, "I would say that this is the kind of record we dreamt of making when we were 15 or 16 years old, in the sense that it's a band record, recorded by the band all at once."
He adds, "There are very, very, very few overdubs…[A]ll of my vocals are all first take as the band played the song down for the first or second or third time."
Springsteen wrote most of Letter to You's songs quickly, inspired in part by the 2018 death of George Theiss, who'd been the only other surviving member of Bruce's teenage band The Castiles.
Springsteen explains that the material on the album "looks at the life of a musician…really, obviously because of George's passing and some of the lyrical content, which goes all the way back to The Castiles…all the way up to where we're at in our development right now."
He adds that "it was very satisfying" to create "a group of songs that just [came] out of the guitar."
Regarding the Thom Zimny-directed Letter to You documentary, streaming now on Apple TV , Bruce notes, "It's a document of the band both creating and performing this record, and then there is a lot of narration that goes into the philosophy of sort of what we've been trying to do all these years."
Credit: Jason PowellStyx will present a new installment of its "Styx Fix Live" series of special streaming concert events this Saturday, October 24, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT at the band's official YouTube channel.
The audio presentation will be accompanied by exclusive photos and video clips, and will be available in an original mix or a special "Headphone Mix."
The band is asking fans who watch the "Styx Fix Live" stream to donate to the Recording Academy's MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which aids in-need musicians affected by the coronavirus pandemic. You can visit Grammy.com to contribute to the fund.
Columbia RecordsStart your upcoming week with a "Shot in the Dark," courtesy of AC/DC.
The "Back in Black" rockers have announced that they're premiering the video for their comeback single this coming Monday, October 26, at 9:30 a.m. ET.
You can check out a brief, 17-second preview of the video -- featuring the band members lining up in front of a neon AC/DC sign -- streaming now on YouTube.
"Shot in the Dark," which dropped earlier this month, is the first single off AC/DC's upcoming album Power Up, due out November 13.
Power Up was recorded by the surviving members of AC/DC's classic Back in Black lineup -- guitarist Angus Young, vocalist Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd -- plus guitarist Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and the late Malcolm Young. The record is a tribute to Malcolm, who died in 2017 at age 64.
Columbia RecordsBruce Springsteen's Letter to You has arrived! The Boss' latest studio album, which he recorded over the course of five days with the heart-stopping, house-rocking E Street Band at his home studio in New Jersey, hit stores today.
As previously reported, Letter to You features 12 tracks, nine of which are recently written, while the other three are unreleased Bruce compositions that date back to the 1970s -- "Janey Needs a Shooter," "If I Was the Priest" and "Song for Orphans."
According to a press statement, the themes of the songs on Letter to You are "centered around the unbreakable bonds formed by a life in music."
The album marks Springsteen's first time performing with the E Street Band -- guitarist Steven Van Zandt, bassist Garry Tallent, drummer Max Weinberg, multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren, backing singer Patti Scialfa, sax player Jake Clemons, and keyboardists Roy Bittan and Charlie Giordano -- since The River tour in 2016.
A companion documentary called Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, has premiered at Apple TV in conjunction with the album's release. The film features footage of Bruce and the band recording Letter to You, and includes full performances of 10 of the album's tracks.
Letter to You is available on CD, standard black vinyl, limited-edition black-and-white-splatter vinyl and digitally.
"One Minute You're Here" "Letter to You" "Burnin' Train" "Janey Needs a Shooter" "Last Man Standing" "The Power of Prayer" "House of a Thousand Guitars" "Rainmaker" "If I Was the Priest" "Ghosts" "Song for Orphans" "I'll See You in My Dreams"
Peter Pakvis/RedfernsRed Hot Chili Peppers are back to "writing new music," according to guitarist John Frusciante.
Speaking to Australia's Double J radio, Frusciante shares that the band had been rehearsing together prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We were rehearsing for a couple months, and then the quarantine started, and then we stopped rehearsing for a couple months, and then we went back to rehearsing," Frusciante says. "We're moving ahead with what we're doing, we're writing new music."
Frusciante, who previously played with the Chili Peppers from 1988 to 1992 and between 1998 and 2009, rejoined the band late last year. He says that returning to the group feels like "returning to family."
"I'm extremely comfortable with those people," Frusciante explains. "It was as if no time had gone by at all when we started playing, pretty much, with a couple of minor exceptions, like how [drummer] Chad [Smith] and I gradually got our communication together in a new way."
"Basically, we're all just as comfortable with each other as we ever were, and it just felt like that right off the bat," he adds.
Meanwhile, Frusciante just dropped a new solo album called Maya, which is described as his "first instrumental electronic album under his own name."
Virgin RecordsThe Smashing Pumpkins' alt-rock opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is 25.
The 28-track double album, which was first released on October 23, 1995, became one of the most iconic albums of the '90s, and has been certified diamond for over 10 million copies sold in the U.S.
Going into the sessions for Mellon Collie, frontman Billy Corgan set his expectations high, dubbing the upcoming record "The Wall for Generation X." In a departure from the first two Pumpkins album, which were recorded with Nevermind producer Butch Vig, Corgan instead produced Mellon Collie with Flood and Alan Moulder.
Upon its release, Mellon Collie debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and remains the only Pumpkins album to achieve that feat. It spawned hit singles "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Zero," "Tonight, Tonight" and "Thirty-Three" -- "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" in particular seemed to capture the mood of the '90s with the lyric, "Despite all my rage/I am still just a rat in a cage."
While recording Mellon Collie was relatively non-eventful -- especially compared to the drama-filled sessions for 1993's Siamese Dream -- things started to spiral out of control following the album's release. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was fired from the band in 1996, followed by bassist D'arcy Wretzky leaving in 1999. Eventually, the Pumpkins called it quits altogether in 2000.
Corgan would then resurrect the band in 2006 with a revolving lineup of members. In 2018, Chamberlin and original guitarist James Iha officially rejoined the Pumpkins, though Wretzky remains uninvolved.
The reformed Smashing Pumpkins had planned to celebrate Mellon Collie's 25th anniversary with a world tour, but the outing's been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They're also working on a "sequel" album to Mellon Collie and 2000's Machina.
The film, titled Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, was directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, and captures The Boss and his E Street Band as they recorded the new album at Bruce's home studio over the course of a few days.
"I think this project is really unique for me, because I got to enter the dream space of the E Street Band, what happens in the studio," Zimny tells ABC Audio. "I got to...see and film this magical thing that I can't put into words, which is the creation of an E Street album. And hopefully the film reflects that."
Springsteen and his band recorded Letter to You's 12 tracks live together, with little or no overdubs.
Describing the process of how each track was created, Zimny says, "The notebook opens, [Bruce] strums a few chords, says 'good morning' to everyone, they gather around, he sings it twice. There's no deep explanation. And the next thing that happens is the band's arranging and playing, and you go, 'Do these guys know the song?'…It's just unbelievable to watch."
In addition to the studio footage, the film features segments in which Springsteen reflects on the themes of the songs, which focus on the loss of some musicians he's worked with over the years and his lifelong passion for playing music with a band.
Zimny points out that he worked hard to present "two distinct styles" in the film, one for the studio footage and another for "the moments of Bruce in voiceover and score, which take you out of…the studio [and give you] a sense of the spirituality of the record."
BMGThe Kinks have debuted a new lyric video for "The Follower/Any Time 2020," one of the bonus tracks featured on the upcoming reissue of the band's 1970 concept album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, due out December 18.
The track, which is available now as a digital single and via steaming services, is a new medley created by Kinks frontman Ray Davies that combines a remastered version of the Lola Versus Powerman outtake "Anytime" with previously unreleased versions and excerpts of several songs from the album, plus spoken-word segments and sound effects.
The video begins with new black-and-white footage of a woman walking around the streets London. We see her talking on her phone and visiting a record shop, where she puts a vinyl version of Lola Versus Powerman on a turntable. The clip also includes an animated segment showing a kaleidoscopic montage of elements of the album's cover art, plus archival performance footage and photos of The Kinks.
As previously reported, the Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part Onewill be released in multiple formats and configurations. A deluxe box-set edition features three CDs, including a remastered stereo mix of the album, alternate mixes and versions of songs, B-sides, session tapes, live performances, BBC recordings, demos, medleys and segments boasting new conversations between Ray and Kinks guitarist Dave Davies.
The box set also contains two seven-inch vinyl discs featuring the singles "Lola" and "Apeman"; a 60-page hardback book with notes, new quotes from the band members, rare photos and memorabilia; a "1970 diary of activities"; and four glossy Kinks photo prints.
The reissue also is available as a single CD, a two-CD set, a heavyweight vinyl LP and digitally.
Karwai Tang/WireImage; ABCJon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and Dave Matthews are among the many stars who will perform during I Will Vote, a virtual concert held in support of Joe Biden's presidential campaign.
The online event will take place this Sunday, October 25, at 8 p.m. ET. Foo frontman Dave Grohl is also listed as a "special guest" on the lineup.
I Will Vote is also set to include performances and appearances by Cher, A$AP Ferg, Sara Bareilles, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Macy Gray, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren, Maren Morris, Pink, Billy Porter, Amy Schumer, and the cast of Queer Eye, among many others.
Additionally, Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, as well as vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are set to appear during the concert.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameNot much music has been heard from Steve Perry lately, but former Journey frontman is planning to release a collection of acoustic renditions of songs from his 2018 comeback album, Traces, on December 4.
"It's eight songs from the Traces record done acoustically and I'm really proud of it," he tells Rolling Stone. "It's called Traces Alternate Versions and Sketches…I'm really pleased with the sonics and I'm really pleased with the simplicity of the song and the lyric and the chords, which is basically what it's stripped down to."
The 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that he's "always writing and always recording stuff" at his personal studio, adding, "I have lots of music."
Perry says the acoustic album will "close the Traces chapter," and maintains that he intends to be "opening up another chapter next year at some point."
Steve, who last sang in front of a live audience when he made a guest appearances at three shows by the indie-rock act Eels in 2014, says he'd like to start playing concerts again.
"It's always been on my mind," he tells Rolling Stone. "My heart bleeds daily to be in front of people and to sing for them."
Having said that, Perry says he's apprehensive because he worries about how the rigors of touring might affect his health.
"I've got some physical injuries from touring," he notes. "It's a tough thing, touring. People don't realize. It's like sports…It's a young man's game, but I do miss it."
Meanwhile, Perry says fans hoping for him to amicably reunite with Journey aren't being realistic about the relationship he has with his ex-band mates.
"I don't understand what these people base their thinking on," he says. "There never was any 'Kumbaya' with us."
A&M/UMeThis year marks the 50th anniversary of two memorable Cat Stevens albums, Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman. To mark the milestones, we're getting reissues of both records on December 4, in multiple configurations.
Mona Bone Jakon and Tea for the Tillerman saw Stevens emerge as an introspective and spiritual-minded singer/songwriter after beginning his career as a pop-oriented artist. Mona Bone Jakon was released in April 1970, and featured the top-10 U.K. single "Lady D'Arbanville" and the enduring gem "Trouble." Tea for the Tillerman was released in November 1970 and was Stevens' breakthrough album in the U.S., featuring the top-20 hit "Wild World" and many more of his most popular songs.
Deluxe box-set editions of the two reissues feature multiple CDs, a Blu-ray and two 12-inch vinyl discs. The CDs include newly remastered versions of the albums; 2020 mixes of the records; discs of demos, outtakes and alternate versions; and discs of live performances recorded in 1970 and 1971. The Blu-rays contains music videos, and footage from various TV shows and concerts. The vinyl discs feature the 2020 mixes of the albums and live performances.
The Tea for the Tillerman box set also features a CD of the new, remade version of the album, Tea for the Tillerman², which was released in September.
In advance of the reissues, one previously unreleased track from each collection has been made available now digitally and via streaming services. "I Want Some Sun" is a demo recorded around the time Mona Bone Jakon was made, and "Can This Be Love?" is an outtake from the Tea for the Tillerman sessions.
Virgin RecordsThe Smashing Pumpkins have announced a whole lot of plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band's diamond-certified 1995 album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
First, Billy Corgan and company have revealed that they were going to announce a 25th anniversary world arena tour this Friday on the official Mellon Collie anniversary date, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in those plans. The Pumpkins have since rescheduled the tour for 2021; exact details about the itinerary are forthcoming.
Second, a new album characterized as a "sequel" to Mellon Collie and the Pumpkins' 2000, two-part opus Machina, is in the works, and is set to be released in late 2021. That record is in addition to the upcoming double-album CYR, which is due out November 27.
And that's not all! Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will take part in a live Q&A about the anniversary, taking place this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
Additionally, the Pumpkins have teamed up with the streetwear brand HUF Worldwide to launch a new, Mellon Collie-inspired apparel line.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was first released October 23, 1995. The 28-track double album spawned the singles "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Tonight, Tonight," "Zero" and "Thirty-Three."
Among the famous music artists and celebrities who have been added to the event's lineup are Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, Tanya Tucker, Chris Isaak, Freda Payne, Drew Carey and Peyton Manning.
In addition, Lewis himself will make a special appearance and will interact with fans via a live chat.
As previously reported, the bash, dubbed "Whole Lotta Celebratin' Goin' On: 85 Years of The Killer," is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, at 8 p.m. ET at the rock 'n' roll pioneer's official Facebook page, YouTube channels and JerryLeeLewis.com.
Among the initially announced roster of celebs who will perform and/or deliver well-wishes to Lewis are Elton John, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, The Eagles' Joe Walsh, The Beach Boys' Mike Love, Bonnie Raitt, President Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, Priscilla Presley, former Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton, Mickey Gilley, Lee Ann Womack, Marty Stuart and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart -- who is Jerry Lee's cousin. John Stamos will host the festivities.
The event will raise funds for World Vision, a Christian organization that aids impoverished communities.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARASHow viral is the Fleetwood Mac "Dreams" challenge? Even someone who isn't in the band anymore is getting in on the fun.
Guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham, who was unceremoniously let go from Fleetwood Mac in 2018, posted a video of himself riding on a horse while swigging Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice, as "Dreams" plays in the background.
"Made this with my girls this weekend," he captioned the clip.
Ironically, "Dreams" was written by Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks about her relationship with Buckingham, which was falling apart at the time the song was written and recorded.
As previously reported, both "Dreams" and its parent album, Rumours, have re-entered the Billboard charts thanks to the viral success of "Dreams" on TikTok, which was started by Idaho man Nathan Apodaca. The video he created while swigging the juice and lip-syncing to "Dreams" while riding on a skateboard has more than 10 million likes.
Stevie and Mick Fleetwood were also inspired to create their own "Dreams" TikToks in response.
"Badge" was co-written by Clapton and his friend George Harrison, and originally appeared on Cream's final studio album, 1969's Goodbye.
The clip will be featured on the video portion of the Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 release, which is due out on November 20.
As previously reported, the collection, which can be pre-ordered now, and will be available in multiple audio and video formats, including on three CDs, six vinyl LPs, two DVDs, two Blu-ray discs and digitally. It features nearly four hours' worth of music.
The 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival was held on September 20 and 21 of last year, featured performances by Clapton, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Gary Clark Jr., Vince Gill and many others. Bill Murray served as the emcee.
The festival raises money for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the drug-dependency treatment facility that Clapton co-founded in 1998. Last year's event also featured the launch of Turn Up for Recovery, a global movement founded by Clapton's wife, Melia, that seeks to raise awareness about abstinence-based recovery and helps fund treatment for those who need it at the Crossroads Centre.
Meanwhile, a PBS special featuring highlights from 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival is scheduled to premiere on November 28; check your local listings.
ABCFoo Fighters have dug up a batch of live radio performances for a new EP.
The four-track collection, dubbed Live on the Radio 1996, includes renditions of the songs "For All the Cows," "How I Miss You," "Wattershed" and "Up in Arms." It's available now exclusively through Amazon Music.
Live on the Radio 1996 was uncovered by Scott Weiss, the audio engineer for the recording session. He submitted it for Foo Fighters' People of Rock and Roll archival project, which asked fans to share their favorite Foo-related memories or memorabilia.
"Putting this tape in and giving it a listen after all these years was such a flashback!" Weiss says. "It's a unique recording and I don't think Foo fans often get a chance to hear Dave [Grohl] sing like he did that night."
Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori via Getty ImagesOzzy Osbourne has announced the rescheduled dates for his European tour with Judas Priest.
The long-delayed outing, which was originally set to kick off in January 2019, is now set to launch in January of 2022.
Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled shows will be honored at the new dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit Ozzy.com.
"I really want to thank my fans for their loyalty and for waiting for me," the Prince of Darkness says in a statement. "Believe me, I can't wait to see you all again. Please stay safe in these uncertain times. God Bless you All! Love Ozzy."
Ozzy initially postponed the tour after coming down with particularly nasty flu. He then had to push back all of his 2019 tour dates after suffering a fall in his home and aggravating injuries he suffered in a 2003 ATV accident, which required surgery.
The 71-year-old metal legend was continuing to recover from that when the COVID-19 pandemic hit -- which, of course, prevented anybody from touring.
Ozzy played his most recent full show on New Year's Eve, 2018. He also joined Post Malone and Travis Scott for a performance of their collaborative song "Take What You Want" at the American Music Awards in November 2019.
Elton: Courtesy David Furnish; Barbie: Courtesy MattelOver the years, Barbie has been everything from an astronaut to a surgeon to a presidential candidate -- so why can't she be Elton John?
A new Elton John Barbie doll has been created to mark the 45th anniversary of Elton's legendary 1975 concerts at Dodger Stadium, when he became the first musical artist to perform at the venue since The Beatles nine years earlier.
The Elton John Barbie is wearing Elton's very best 1970s-era finery: rainbow-striped platform boots, an Elton-logo bomber jacket with star-patterned sleeves and a rainbow hem, a purple bowler hat, sparkly pink sunglasses, a glittery top and flared jeans embellished with an "E" and a "J."
In a statement, Elton says, "Barbie is an icon in her own right, so having her pay tribute to my work and personal style is a real honor. I hope that she inspires fans everywhere to fearlessly pursue their own dreams and limitless potential."
The October 25 and 26, 1975 shows were the largest concert events ever by a single artist at that time, attracting over 100,000 people -- including Elton's parents, relatives, employees and neighbors, whom he'd flown over from the U.K. for the weekend in a private jet. The event is depicted in his biopic Rocketman.
The Elton Barbie costs $50 and is now available at Amazon, Target, Walmart and Barbie.com.