Credit: Alex Solca PhotographyToto guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather has released the third and final advance track from his upcoming solo album I Found the Sun Again, which is due out on February 26.
The atmospheric tune is the new album's title track, which is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. A companion video for "I Found the Sun Again" has premiered at Lukather's official YouTube channel. It features Luke and his girlfriend Amber, who inspired the tune.
In a Facebook post, Lukather says of the clip, "It's a spacy video with many inside bits...and done in my house so...I can't wait for the comments hahahahaha." He adds about the song, "It's Pink Floyd meets Christopher Cross and Joni Mitchell on acid. Enjoy."
Toto frontman Joseph Williams co-produced the track and directed the video.
As previously reported, I Found the Sun Again will be released simultaneously with Williams' latest solo album, Denizen Tenant, on the Toto duo's new label, The Players Club. Both musicians contributed to each other's album.
The other two advance tracks Lukather released from I Found the Sun Again were "Run to Me," which features Ringo Starr on drums, and "Serpent Soul." The latter tune includes contributions from founding Toto keyboardist/singer David Paich, Gov't Mule bassist Jorgen Carlsson, and drummer Gregg Bissonette of Ringo's All Starr Band. Williams sang backing vocals on both songs.
I Found the Sun Again and Denizen Tenant can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, as two-LP sets and packaged together in limited-edition bundles.
Lukather and Williams also recently relaunched Toto with a new lineup, and the band is planning a 2021 trek called the Dogs of Oz Tour that currently is scheduled to kick off on July 15 in Bonn, Germany.
Credit: Herring & HerringThe metal world started buzzing when Lars Ulrich suggested last year that Metallica might make an album while locked down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but it appears it may be awhile before any new music drops.
In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, Ulrich was asked how progress was going on a potential new Metallica record.
The drummer's response? "Glacial."
"These are the craziest of times and nothing is letting up," Ulrich says. "There's a little bit of movement [in that direction], but it's hard to do a lot when we're not together."
Ulrich previously said in a Rolling Stonepiece published last November that the metal legends were "three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing."
Metallica's most recent album is 2016's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.
Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty ImagesThe Celebrating America inauguration special on Wednesday night featured a star-studded lineup that included Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and other big-name music stars. But now it appears that the Bon Jovi frontman's performance may not have been entirely as advertised.
While Jon and his backing band's performance of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" was introduced as taking place in Miami, ABC-TV affiliate WPLG reports that permits were obtained at multiple locations across South Florida to film it, including the iconic pier in the town of Dania Beach.
In fact, many viewers took to social media to note that the dramatic pier location did not resemble Miami at all, and several guessed that it had been filmed on the Dania Beach Pier.
While it's possible that the video included images shot elsewhere, WPLG has confirmed that Bon Jovi's performance was actually filmed at sunrise on January 15 in that town, which is located about 23 miles north of Miami.
Dania Beach posted a statement acknowledging the performance, writing, "We are extremely proud that the beautiful City of Dania Beach Pier was chosen as one of the locations for Jon Bon Jovi...to sing...to celebrate the Inauguration 2021."
The statement adds, "The Dania Beach Pier is the gem of our city and we are very grateful to see it shine on such a momentous day."
BMGIn conjunction with the recent release of the 50th anniversary reissue of The Kinks' 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, a new one-man show called The Moneygoround co-written by Ray Davies will premiere as a one-off livestream presentation at the band's YouTube channel on Friday, January 29, at 3 p.m. ET.
"The Moneygoround is a one-man show documenting a character facing the challenging circumstances of making an album under extreme pressure," Davies explains. "This play, similar to a psychodrama, follows the ups and downs of the character as he plays out events in his life. He confronts the dark forces surrounding him after falling into an emotional and financial 'hole' eventually he is saved by a song after confiding in his friend, Lola."
Ray co-wrote The Moneygoround with Paul Sirett, a British playwright with whom he previously collaborated on the 2008 stage musical Come Dancing and a 2019 BBC radio play inspired by the 1969 Kinks album, Arthur.
The Moneygoround is described as "a unique audio-visual production" that stars U.K. actor, playwright and poet Ben Norris as the lead character. The show also will feature interludes that include archival footage and the recently released lyric videos for the songs "Lola" and "Any Time 2020" from the Lola Versus Powerman reissue.
As previously reported, the Lola Versus Powerman reissue was released last month, and is available as deluxe-edition box set, a single CD, a two-CD set, a vinyl LP and digitally.
The box set features three CDs, including a remastered stereo mix of the original album, alternate mixes and versions of songs, B-sides, live performances, BBC recordings, demos, medleys, and segments offering new conversations between Ray and his brother, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies.
Courtesy of Glastonbury FestivalsThe U.K.'s most prestigious music festival, Glastonbury, was supposed to have celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020 with a star-studded lineup that includedheadliner Paul McCartney and dozens more. Of course, it was canceled due to the pandemic. Now, sadly, an attempt at a 2021 do-over has been canceled as well.
The festival's official social media accounts posted a message from Glastonbury organizers Michael and EmilyEavis, saying that "with great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place...tickets for this year will roll over to next year."
The Eavis' full statement notes, "In spite of our efforts to move Heaven & Earth, it has become clear that we simply will not be able to make the Festival happen this year. We are so sorry to let you all down....we are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!"
In an FAQ, the organizers explain why they're not simply moving the festival -- which normally takes place in June -- to later in the year.
"The global response to the coronavirus pandemic is still changing daily, and it is too early to tell when restrictions on mass gatherings, and the demands on our emergency services will be loosened," they explain.
Of course, when Glastonbury does return in June 2022, there's also no guarantee that any of the artists who were set to play the 2020 festival will be available for the rescheduled date.
Blackened RecordingsProducer Bob Rock has sold his rights to the songs on Metallica's 1991 self-titled album, aka The Black Album.
The deal was made by the company Hipgnosis Songs, which has made news in recent weeks thanks to the high profile acquisitions of catalogs from artists including ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, Neil Young and Shakira.
Along with the Metallica songs, Hipgnosis also purchased Rock's rights to several albums he produced by singer Michael Bublé.
"The breadth of Bob Rock's enormous successes are almost impossible to match by any creator in the history of music," says Hipgnosis Songs founder Merck Mercuriadis in a statement. "From Metallica's most famous Black Album to Michael Bublé's Christmas, he has produced some of the biggest albums of all time that continue to be evergreen, year in and year out."
"I put my heart and soul into these recordings," adds Rock. "I know how much Merck loves music, so it was an easy deal to put together."
Rock produced every Metallica studio album from The Black Album to 2003's St. Anger. He's memorably featured in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster.
The Go-Go's in 1981; Paul NatkinThe Go-Go's are among the artists who will be honored during the 2021 She Rocks Awards, which will be a virtual event this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine tells ABC Audio that her band will receive the Icon Award during the event, which streams live on Friday, January 22, at Parade magazine's official website and BelieveInMusic.tv, starting at 6:30 p.m. PT.
Regarding her famous all-female group being recognized at the She Rocks Awards, Valentine says, "[I]t sounds arrogant but, you know, we're The Go-Go's -- of course we should be honored…and it's fantastic to be honored."
Founded in 2012, the She Rocks Awards salutes influential women from all areas of the music industry.
"I think it's a great event," says Valentine. "I think visibility is a key thing…[A]ny time people see women accomplishing, succeeding, working [in the business,] I think it gives a sense of possibility as to…what could happen in your life."
Regarding the band's appearance on the show, Kathy notes that The Go-Go's have provided a performance video of their new song, "Club Zero," adding, "[W]e did interviews. We did a red carpet. And we did little...acceptance speeches, each of us."
Valentine also reveals that she plans to take part in the VIP virtual after-party that's scheduled to follow the main show.
This year's other She Rocks Awards honorees include Heart's Nancy Wilson, Runaways singer Cherie Currie, Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and Evanescence's Amy Lee. Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale hosts the event.
Valentine says of Wilson, "[She's] an absolute icon. She's fantastic," adding, "I remember when Heart came out, and just seeing two women having such a leading role in a band…definitely had an impact."
Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images The 2021 inauguration celebrations wrapped up Wednesday night with the primetime special Celebrating America.
The event, which was hosted by Tom Hanks, featured a lineup of top-tier performers, multiple tributes that celebrated the diversity of America, and remarks from the newly sworn in President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Typically, the day's events are capped off with the official inaugural balls, however, in light of the pandemic, the Celebrating America event took their place this year, which allowed many Americans to tune in to an inspiring night of performances.
Kicking off the exciting night from the elegant steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was rock star Bruce Springsteen, who opened up the program with his 1999 record "Land of Hope and Dreams" as "a small prayer for our country."
Also there to keep things rocking was Jon Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker and his backing band appeared from Miami, where they performed The Beatles' iconic hit "Here Comes the Sun" on a boardwalk in Miami as blue clouds gave way to the sun peaking through.
Before the Foo Fighters delivered a timely production of their song "Times Like These," they were introduced by Mackenzie Adams, a lively kindergarten teacher who went viral for her creative lessons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The band's founder, Dave Grohl, shared that there's a teacher in his life that holds a very special place in his heart -- his mother, Virginia, who was one for 35 years and was "a mentor for her students, remembered long after their graduation." He dedicated the performance to Adams, and teachers everywhere for continuing to "enlighten our nation's kids every day."
Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesOn a day that saw the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, U2 frontman Bono has posted a message on the band's socialmediasites reflecting on the historic event that marks the end of the turbulent administration of Donald Trump.
"As an Irishman, I've always believed America isn't just a country, it's an idea…one the whole world has a stake in," the singer writes. "Lady Liberty's been bruised and battered these past four years, but today her flame burns bright as we watch her torch transfer to two new leaders who will calm the waters, even while they chart a new course."
Bono continues, "Joe Biden understands that in perilous times like these it is [Irish poet William Butler] Yeats' concept of cold passion that's required…an idea both very Irish, and very American."
The 60-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer goes on to congratulate and wish Godspeed to President Biden and Kamala Harris, who becomes the first woman, the first Black person and the first person of Asian descent elected U.S. vice president.
"[Her] history making, history-shaping achievement deserves many more moments in the sun," Bono notes.
He ends his message by referencing the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by angry Trump supporters, and saluting "those conservatives who, when incited to turn your back on democracy, chose to put country above party, truth above tribalism...and accepted that the people have spoken."
Courtesy of Biden Inaugural CommitteeHere's a reminder that the star-studded primetime TV special Celebrating America commemorating today's inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris airs this evening at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.
The show will feature performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters and many others, and will be hosted by Tom Hanks.
Other performers on the lineup include Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Tim McGraw, Tyler Hubbard, Luis Fonsi and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The special also will feature appearances by actors Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria, and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
In addition, President Biden and Vice President Harris will appear on the special, and will speak on the topic of the diversity and talent of America. In general, the show will focus on the strength of U.S. democracy and how Americans pull together during crises and come out the other side even stronger. Front-line and healthcare workers and teachers will be celebrated as well.
Celebrating America will air on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT. It also will be streamed live at BidenInaugural.org, and across platforms including Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Amazon Prime Video.
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesA Pearl Jam tribute band will be changing their name following a legal notice from the original grunge rockers.
The London-based tribute act -- formerly known as Pearl Jamm, with two Ms -- has apparently been playing under that name with the original Pearl Jam's knowledge since starting in 2016. However, they recently received a letter demanding they change their name and destroy any associated merchandise.
The story was covered on BBC News, and the group posted a statement saying that the legal notice has "broken our hearts."
"You have known of our tribute band for years yet have waited until a global pandemic to have threatening legal letters sent," the statement reads. "This isn't the Pearl Jam we know and love, the Pearl Jam that stands up for social issues and against corporate giants. Yet your lawyers tell us it is indeed you, the band, that are behind this."
After their story was picked up by several outlets this week, they've since posted a new statement announcing their new, very fitting name: Legal Jam.
"A name doesn't define us," Legal Jam now writes.
"We do what we do out of love and respect for Pearl Jam," the group adds. "We have always been clear that we will Yield to Pearl Jam's demands and equally clear that our disappointment was only ever of the timing and manner in which those demands were made."
The real Pearl Jam has not commented publicly on the matter.
Courtesy of nugs.netBilly Idol, Styx's Tommy Shaw and Poison's Bret Michaels are part of the lineup of an all-star virtual benefit concert organized by Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and his wife, singer/songwriter Lauren Monroe, that will be streamed at nugs.net this Saturday, January 23, starting at 6 p.m. PT.
The event, dubbed the Big Love Benefit Concert, will raise money for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in support of road crews and production staff who are out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Rolling Stone, Allen and Monroe will host the show, which also will feature performances by ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, Slash collaborator Myles Kennedy, country star Wynonna Judd and the Allman Betts Band, among others.
In addition, Sammy Hagar and members of Chicago will appear to share messages of support for the fundraiser.
Tickets for the virtual show are available now at nugs.tv.
In conjunction with the Big Love Benefit Concert, an online charity auction has been launched that will raise additional funds for the cause. Among the items and experiences up for bid are a private Zoom chat with Allen, a jacket autographed by Idol, drumheads signed by Allen and Sorum, and drum sticks signed by Rick and ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle.
Ernesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images; Courtesy of QueenMore than 100 U.K. musicians, including members of Pink Floyd, Queen, The Who and Led Zeppelin, have signed an open letter accusing the British government of making it much harder for them to tour in the wake of Brexit.
The letter, published by U.K. paper The Times, states that "British musicians, dancers, actors and their support staff have been shamefully failed by their government...everyone on a European music tour will now need costly work permits and a mountain of paperwork for their equipment."
As a result of the Brexit negotiations, musicians who used to move freely between countries during tours now need separate visas for each of the 27 European Union countries, and separate $478 permits for instruments and equipment.
In addition, trucks carrying equipment are only allowed to visit three cities per trip to the E.U. -- which certainly puts a damper on any artist's planned European tour.
"The extra costs will make many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians who are already struggling to keep their heads above water owing to the COVID ban on live music," the letter reads. "This negotiating failure will tip many performers over the edge."
The letter demands that the government "negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment."
The artists who signed the letter include Pink Floyd's Roger Waters and Nick Mason, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Sting, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams, Iron Maiden, ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Sex Pistols, Radiohead, Brian Eno, Bob Geldof, Oasis' Liam Gallagher. Elton promoted the issue on his Instagram.
Today, Wednesday, the U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is set to meet with representatives of the cultural and creative industries to discuss the issue.
Courtesy of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalThe 2021 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been pushed to the fall.
The multi-week fest, which is usually held in late April and early May, this year is scheduled to run from October 8 to October 17.
"We are all ready to get together again and share that special spirit that lives at Jazz Fest," says festival producer/director Quint Davis in a statement. "It's taking longer than we want, but we'll all have our celebration when the time comes."
He adds, "Your health, along with the health of our musicians, food and crafts vendors, and all of the folks that work to make the magic happen, remains the priority as we plan the return of Jazz Fest."
The 2020 Jazz Fest, of course, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the artists who had been announced to perform were The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, The Beach Boys, Dead & Company, Lenny Kravitz, The Black Crowes, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, and Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell's current band The Dirty Knobs.
More details regarding Jazz Fest 2021, including the lineup, will be announced in the spring.
Courtesy of Gibson BrandsGibson's Epiphone brand has just introduced a new signature electric guitar co-designed by Heart's Nancy Wilson.
The Nancy Wilson Fanatic guitar features a mahogany body shaped like a Gibson Nighthawk model, with a maple veneer top, a mahogany neck and an ebony fretboard. The front of the instrument boasts a Fireburst Gloss finish.
Wilson explains in a statement that Gibson originally approached her to design a signature electric guitar in the 1980s, and recalls, "I put pencil to paper to first design the body shape and chose a curvy female diminutive silhouette for the cut away. Many years later the body shape remains exact and the hardware I requested makes the Fanatic a solid citizen amongst the great rock guitar screamers."
In a YouTube promo video for the Fanatic, Nancy discusses the characteristics of the guitar she likes, noting, "It plays more like a vintage style. You know, kind of like a Les Paul. It's got dense wood. It's got sustain. It's got bigness, fatness and kind of dirt…that you want to hear. It's a rock 'n' roll guitar, definitely."
She adds, "It just plays great. It's a good shape. It's a good size. It's a good weight. It's just a really easy-to-play guitar."
Nancy says she named the guitar after Heart's 2012 studio album Fanatic. The Fanatic's list price is $529.
In other news, Wilson has revealed that her previously reported debut studio album, which she's been working on during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be released this April.
Cleopatra RecordsA collection of previously unreleased recordings by Tommy Bolin from the sessions for the late rock guitar great's second and final solo album, 1976's Private Eyes, will be issued on February 12.
The album, titled Shake the Devil: The Lost Sessions, features outtakes, demos and alternate versions and mixes of many of the songs that appeared on Private Eyes, including "Shake the Devil," "Bustin' Out for Rosey," "Hello Again," "Gypsy Soul" "Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home" and "Post Toastee."
An alternate version of "Bustin' Out for Rosey" that's featured on Shake the Devil has been released as an advance single digitally and via streaming services.
The album can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on CD, digitally and as a limited-edition colored-vinyl LP pressed on white, purple or red vinyl. The release features liner notes from respected rock journalist Dave Thompson.
Private Eyes was released in September 1976, three months before Bolin's death from a drug overdose at age 25. The album included contributions from two founding members of Vanilla Fudge, drummer Carmine Appice and singer/keyboardist Mark Stein.
Bolin had a short but prolific music career that included stints in The James Gang and Deep Purple, as well as his work as a solo artist.
Here is the full track list of Shake the Devil: The Lost Sessions:
"Shake the Devil" (Alternate Mix) "Bustin' Out for Rosey" (Alternate Version) "Hello Again" (Outtake, No Strings) "Gypsy Soul" (Outtake) "Sweet Burgundy" (Alternate Version) "Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home" (Instrumental Demo) "You Told Me That You Loved Me" (Instrumental Demo) "Post Toastee" (Acoustic Demo) "Tommy's Instrumental" (Outtake) "Gypsy Soul" (Acoustic Demo) "Gypsy Soul" (Rehearsal Demo) "Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home" (Instrumental Demo)
KMazur/WireImage for ChopardDespite their long-standing friendship, Rod Stewart and Elton John had a falling out a couple of years ago, with both of them sniping at each other in the press. But now, Rod's confirmed that he and Elton John have kissed and made up and are now "mates" again.
Appearing on a podcast hosted by Harry Redknapp, an English former soccer manager and player, Rod said, "We just made up. We're friends again now. We had the worst row, like a married couple -- it went on forever...but we're mates again now and I do love him."
When Redknapp asked why Rod and Elton were feuding, Rod admitted, "I was a bit spiteful when he announced his [farewell] tour...and I said, 'I just see it as money-grabbing.' Y'know, he's retired a coupla times before."
Rod -- who made those comments in 2018 on Watch What Happens Live -- said of his comments, "I regret it. I really do," and added, "Anyway, we're all good mates now."
When Redknapp noted that it "takes a big man to say that," Rod replied, "That's exactly what I say to my kids, Harry: I say 'A man apologizes. Go apologize to your mother.'"
Pete Cronin/RedfernsIf you wanted to book Metallica in 1982, here's the number to call.
Ron McGovney, the original bassist for the future metal legends, recently unearthed Metallica's first-ever business card. The card features the band's now-famous logo, with the phrase "Power Metal" underneath it. It also includes a phone number to call, which McGovney says originally connected to his bedroom in 1979.
"I moved to our rental house two doors down in 1981 and took the number with me," McGovney tweeted alongside a photo of the card. "That house was where Metallica started. I lived in a condo 1983-1987 and had that same number."
That number outlived McGovney's time in Metallica -- he left the group in 1982 when Cliff Burton joined. Burton, of course, played on Metallica's first three albums before his tragic death in 1986. Burton was replaced by Jason Newsted, who was then replaced by current 'Tallica bassist, Robert Trujillo.
Credit: Jay BlakesburgThe Grateful Dead's Bob Weir is among the celebrities scheduled to take part in the Clean Energy for America Inaugural Ball, a virtual event scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as U.S. President and Vice President.
The two-hour event, which begins at 7 p.m. ET and will be followed by a two-hour afterparty, is being hosted by the Clean Energy for Biden organization. The evening will feature various guest speakers and performers celebrating the prospect for a better future for clean energy and environmental justice in the U.S. because of the incoming administration and congress.
The performances, which will take place during the after-party segment of the event, include Weir with his side project Wolf Bros, Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary fame, Train, Michael Franti and more. The lineup of speakers includes actor Jeff Bridges, alt-pop star Billie Eilish and Senator Chuck Schumer, among many others.
Tickets can be purchased for the event at CleanEnergyforBiden.com, and are priced at $100. The after-party is included in that price, but participation is limited to 1,500. You can register online to reserve your spot.
The Clean Energy for America Inaugural Ball will stream via the Remo platform.
Courtesy of Biden Inaugural CommitteeSongs both current and classic by artists from a variety of genres are featured on the official inauguration playlist for the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris campaign.
The 46-track playlist, now available on your favorite streaming service, was compiled by DJ D-Nice and Raedio, a record label founded by Insecure creator and star Issa Rae.
Among the songs by classic-rock artists that you'll find on the playlist: Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain," The Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes," Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own," and Steely Dan's "Do It Again."
Classics by such veteran acts as Bob Marley & The Wailers, Stevie Wonder, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind & Fire also made the list, as did "You Get What You Give" by New Radicals, who are reforming to perform at the inauguration parade.
"During a tumultuous year that has kept so many loved ones apart, music has been a consistent vehicle that has kept us connected," Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Tony Allen said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly. "These songs and artists reflect the relentless spirit and rich diversity of America. They are the score to a new chapter and will help bring people together as the Biden-Harris Administration begins its important work to unite our country."