MVD VisualA recent documentary about late Rolling Stones member Brian Jones and the mystery surrounding his death titled Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Joneswill be released on DVD on June 12.
The film follows Jones' story, from founding and being the original leader of The Rolling Stones, to his struggles with drug abuse that led to his June 1969 firing from the band to his death just one month later.
Brian's death, which occurred at his Cotchford Farm estate in Hatfield, England, was ruled an accidental drowning -- "death by misadventure" -- although many believe it was the result of foul play. The film explores some of the theories on what caused Jones' death.
The DVD contains some bonus features, including behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and a look at the files of U.K. journalist Scott Jones, who had amassed hundreds of pages of documents featuring information related to Brian's death.
Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones was directed by Danny Garcia, whose previous films include documentaries about The Clash, New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and Dead Boys singer Stiv Bators.
Courtesy of Global Citizen/World Health OrganizationRod Stewart is teaming up with his 32-year-old daughter Ruby for a special live mini concert that will be viewable on Ruby's Instagram page starting at 2 p.m. ET.
The event, dubbed an "intimate living room concert," is being presented in partnership with Global Citizen and the World Health Organization to bring attention to and promote what people can do to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Visit GlobalCitizen.org for more information.
In a note on her Instagram, Ruby writes, "We are in this together. We must do our best to keep ourselves and others healthy and safety in check. Especially, for the medical teams risking their lives to save others. We hope you all are washing your hands thoroughly and practicing social distancing."
Global Citizen and the WHO are also the organizations behind the star-studded One World: Together at Home special that will air on Saturday, April 18, on ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as other networks and platforms. As previously reported, the event will feature performances by Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and many other music stars.
Ruby Stewart is the fourth of Rod's eight children. Her mother is model Kelly Emberg. Ruby is part of a group called The Sisterhood Band that released its debut album in 2019.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day U.K. newspaper The Daily Mirror announced that Paul McCartney had split with The Beatles, based on comments in a press release he'd issued promoting his forthcoming self-titled debut solo album.
The press release took the form of a Q&A that included answers to several questions about his future plans with the band.
Asked if he was "planning a new album or single with the Beatles," McCartney answered, "No."
A follow-up question asked, "Is this album a rest away from the Beatles or the start of a solo career?" His response: "Time will tell. Being a solo album means it's 'the start of a solo career…' and not being done with the Beatles means it's just a rest. So it's both."
Paul also addressed the reasons for his break from the band, and whether it was permanent. "Personal differences, business differences, musical differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family," he wrote. "Temporary or permanent? I don't really know."
Asked if he thought his songwriting partnership with John Lennon would become active again, McCartney said, "No."
In response to Paul's statement, Apple Records press officer Derek Taylor issued what would be The Beatles' last official press release, which stated, in part, "Ringo and John and George and Paul are alive and well and full of hope…The world is still spinning and so are we and so are you…When the spinning stops -- that'll be the time to worry. Not before…Until then, The Beatles are alive and well and the Beat goes on."
McCartney noted in 1995's The Beatles Anthology documentary that he hadn't intended his press release to announce the band's breakup, which he said the members had "known…for months."
UMeIggy Pop has announced a new box set documenting his collaborative period with David Bowie in the mid-to-late '70s.
The seven-disc collection, dubbed The Bowie Years, is due out May 29. It includes remastered versions of the Godfather of Punk's 1977 solo albums The Idiot and Lust for Life -- both of which were written and produced with Bowie -- as well as the live album TV Eye Live, recorded that same year.
You'll also find a disc of demos and rarities, plus live 1977 recordings from shows in London, Cleveland and Chicago.
One of the rarities is an alternate mix of the song "China Girl," originally from The Idiot and later re-recorded by Bowie for 1983's Let's Dance. You can download the "China Girl" alt mix now via digital outlets.
If you don't want to spring for a seven-disc box set, deluxe two-disc editions of The Idiot and Lust for Lifewill also be available as standalone releases on May 29. The Idiot also includes the London live recording, while Lust for Life is accompanied by TV Eye Live.
Pop's most recent album is Free, which was released last September.
Credit: Brent CliffordMagic Window, a recently rediscovered unreleased solo album that founding Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford recorded in 1985, will be released on Friday, April 24.
The 10-track collection was recorded at Clifford's home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and features contributions from one-time Norman Greenbaum collaborator Russell DaShiell on guitar and synths, and ex-Santana member Chris Solberg on bass and keyboards. Besides playing drums, Doug handled lead vocals throughout the album, which features a variety of melodic pop-rock, Southern-rock and hard-rock tunes that sound like they could've been destined for '80s rock radio playlists.
In advance of Magic Window, Clifford is releasing two tracks as digital singles today -- "Just Another Girl" and "Born on the South Side." "Just Another Girl," which premiered Thursday on Billboard.com, is a heartfelt power ballad with a soaring, catchy chorus.
"Born on the South Side," meanwhile, is a Southern-flavored rock tune that features a guitar riff clearly inspired by the CCR song "Born on the Bayou."
Reflecting on the timing of releasing Magic Window now, Doug notes, "We've seen some trying times in the last few years and we can all use some love and magic. I put my heart and soul into the positive messages on this album. This is a good time to share them with the world."
Magic Window is just the tip of the iceberg of unreleased archival recordings Clifford plans to release. As for why he chose to put out this album first, he tells Billboard, "[Magic Window] was my best performance as a singer and a songwriter. It was a complete project for me; I wasn't just the drummer in the band."
Magic Window will be released on CD via CD Baby, and also will be available digitally and for streaming.
Credit: Danny ClinchPearl Jam has postponed their upcoming summer European tour to next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The international run, which was originally set for this June and July, will now take place in June and July of 2021. Exact rescheduled dates will be announced "as soon as we are able," the grunge rockers promise.
At the moment, refunds are "not being offered," but all previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled shows.
"We are still reviewing specific ticketing policies with our partners in each country," Pearl Jam says. "Ticket holders will be notified of any changes."
Andrew Toth/Getty Images for iHeartMediaWith social distancing guidelines firmly in place for most of the country, if not the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has breathed new life into The Police's 1980 hit "Don't Stand So Close to Me."
Even better, when approaching Police frontman Sting for permission to sing the song on the Thursday episode, the British rocker did one better. He told Fallon "I'll do it with you guys."
The two, along with Fallon's house band The Roots hilariously grabbed whatever noisemakers they could find around their homes -- like jars and forks -- and performed a perfectly socially-distanced version of the 1980 classic.
Some items used in the eccentric Thursday performance: Scissors, hair pick, a Connect 4 game, throw pillow and a pair of sneakers -- among other things.
However, there were exceptions for a handful of "real" instruments, like a tuba and ukulele.
Either way, what should have been a motley crew of "instruments" actually produced a pretty epic-sounding rendition, with Sting on vocals and Fallon harmonizing.
Following the mini-concert, Fallon plugged the charity Sting personally singled out, frontlinefoods.org, which "supports healthcare workers with healthy meals from local kitchens."
So far, the charity has raised over $1 million dollars.
Legacy RecordingsJoe Satriani's latest album, Shapeshifting, arrives today. The 13-track instrumental collection features the rock-guitar virtuoso exploring a wide variety of styles.
Satriani tells ABC Audio that the album's title reflects its concept.
"I started writing all over the place, not trying to force myself into one stylistic road," he explains. "And I was thinking, let's just keep all my options open and see if I can force myself to play,...write...and produce in different ways. And it really started to snowball into this really enjoyable process of just being very free as a composer and not thinking about myself as a player."
To record Shapeshifting, Satriani assembled a group of musicians that included veteran session and touring drummer Kenny Aronoff and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.
Satriani first played with Aronoff in 2011 when Kenny filled in for Chad Smith on a Chickenfoot tour. The two teamed up again last year as part of a power trio with Dug Pinnick of King's X that played the Experience Hendrix Tour.
"[T]he deep stylistic history that is in [Kenny's] hands is really amazing," Joe says. "[H]e's just such a consummate musician."
Of Chaney, Satriani says, "He's got that unusual blend of being a full-on rock bass player, as well as a really well-studied musician…And he's just a great human being."
Shapeshifting features two interesting special guests -- keyboardist Lisa Coleman of Prince's old band The Revolution and actor/musician Christopher Guest of This Is Spinal Tap fame.
Coleman played piano and Guest mandolin on the album's upbeat closing tune, "Yesterday's Yesterday."
Lisa also lent her talents to a song called "Waiting." Satriani notes that Coleman was recommended to him when he was looking for a pianist "who had a beautiful touch and sensitivity."
Credit: Anna WebberDavid Crosby will take part in an online interview event with one of his frequent collaborators, Snarky Puppy frontman and bassist Michael League, today at 3 p.m. ET at Crowdcast.io.
During the event, dubbed "Staying Inspired," Crosby will chat with League about how he's been able to remain creative and prolific during his long career, as well as share songwriting tips and discuss some of the challenges he's gone through over the years.
A Q&A session will follow the discussion, and the event will be archived for viewing later on the website.
League worked with Crosby on two of the folk-rock legend's recent albums, 2016's Lighthouse and 2018's Here If You Listen, and also has toured with David multiple times during the last several years.
Crosby is supposed to launch a new U.S. tour leg in May, although a number of the scheduled dates have been moved to September because of the coronavirus crisis. The 78-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is slated to tour with his Sky Trails Band, which doesn't feature League.
The video is the 15th performance clip he's posted since starting the series last month to entertain and connect with fans stuck at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
In a message accompanying the video, May notes, "It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the front-line soldiers fighting for Humanity against the insurgent coronavirus. Just like our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who fought for us in two world wars, those brave warriors in the front line are our new CHAMPIONS. That means the doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, drivers, tea-ladies and gentlemen, and all who are quietly risking their lives daily to save the lives of our kin. CHAMPIONS ALL!!"
As with some of his other clips, Brian sends out an invitation for his musically inclined fans to send videos of themselves jamming along with him on this one, using the hashtag #jamwithbri.
"I've been so amazed by the Jams you guys have put together on my previous MicroConcertinas I thought this might be the ultimate opportunity," he writes.
After his performance of "We Are the Champions" in the video, May quips, "I played that quite a lot of times, so I ought to be getting the hang of it." He then sends out a message to fans, saying, "I hope you're all doing well out there. God bless you all, and we shall make it through. And the world will be, somehow, a better place. Take care."
Courtesy of BST Hyde Pary; Courtesy of Le Festival d'été de QuébecTwo major summer music festivals -- one in the U.K. and one in Canada -- are the latest events that have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
BST Hyde Park 2020, which was to have taken place over two weekends in July and included headlining concets by Pearl Jam and Duran Duran, has been scrapped.
A statement by the organizers reads, "We have concluded that this is the only possible outcome. This would have been the 8th year of this event and we were looking forward to putting on amazing, unique shows for hundreds of thousands of fans in the world’s greatest outdoor venue. But safety always comes first."
Meanwhile, for the first time in more than 50 years, Quebec City's Festival d’été, a.k.a. FEQ, an annual music festival which was set to take place from July 9 through July 19, also has been canceled.
That event was going to feature performers such as Rod Stewart and King Crimson, among many others.
Organizers said it would be "neither prudent, nor realistic" for the festival to take place. The mayor of Montreal, Canada, announced on Tuesday that all festivals, sporting events and public gatherings have been canceled until at least July 2.
Courtesy of earMUSICAlice Cooper is one of many well-known hard-rock artists who will perform on a live-streamed fundraising event hosted by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson that will support his Youth Music Foundation's "School's Out" initiative, which provides online music lessons to students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubbed "Oh Say Can You Stream," the online benefit concert takes place this Saturday, April 11, at 4 p.m. ET via Ellefson's YouTube and Facebook pages.
The performance lineup features more than 50 artists, including Cooper, Alice's touring guitarist Nita Strauss, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC, members of popular country group the Zac Brown Band, and such hard rockers as Anthrax's Charlie Benante, Megadeth's Dirk Verbeuren and Kiko Loureiro and Five Finger Death Punch's Chris Kael.
Additionally, actors including Drake Bell, Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi" Larry Thomas, The Walking Dead's Lew Temple and Brian O'Halloran of Clerks will be making appearances.
"Oh Say Can You Stream" will be held in partnership with the Grammy Music Education Coalition. In addition to supporting "School's Out," the benefit will raise money for several COVID-19 relief charities.
Ellefson, meanwhile, just released a new song called "Simple Truth" to raise funds specifically for COVID-19 relief in Italy.
Credit: dhlovelifeA new version of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's 2019 song "Shut It Down" and an accompanying video, both focusing on the world's reaction to the current coronavirus pandemic, were released today. The new track, dubbed "Shut It Down 2020," is available now as a digital single and via streaming services.
A message about the updated song explains that it was inspired by Young's fans pointing out via his official website how the original song's message had taken on greater poignancy in light of the health crisis.
The video, which was created by Neil and his wife, Daryl Hannah, combines footage of Young and Crazy Horse in the studio with clips documenting different aspects of the pandemic, including empty city streets and historic landmarks, people wearing masks, healthcare workers in full protective gear, people practicing social distancing with loved ones and more.
In a post about the song and video on NeilYoungArchives.com, Young writes, "In a selfless effort, people around the world are behaving as if they each have the virus…To stop the human to human spread, people are staying at home…To protect their fellow man from the virus' toxic spread, people are wearing masks when they have to venture out in public to buy food or medical supplies."
He adds, "Never before in human history has our planet come together in this way, utilizing modern communications to ensure everyone understands that responsibility to our fellow man and the continuing life of Humanity depends on each [person's] actions."
Neil also takes an apparent dig at President Trump, writing, "Ignore the actions of world leaders who are too vain to wear masks. They are not leading. Putting your own vanity away for the good of your fellow man, wear a mask in public to stop the spread."
Green Day's latest single, a cut from the punk trio's new album Father of All…, has reached the number-one spot on Billboard's Rock Airplay chart, tying the record for the act with the most leaders on the tally.
"Oh Yeah!," which samples Joan Jett, gives Green Day six Rock Airplay chart-toppers. That matches the mark set by Foo Fighters.
Interestingly, Green Day was the first artist to ever reach #1 on the Rock Airplay chart, which measures radio spins across rock radio stations. When it first launched in 2009, it was their song "Know Your Enemy" ruled the ranking.
Father of All… was released in February. Its title track also led the Rock Airplay chart.
Meanwhile, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's new cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James and the Shondellsmade its debut on the Hot Rock Songs and Adult Pop Songs chart. Armstrong has been releasing covers each week amid the COVID-19 pandemic "until we're let back into the world."
The series will begin with a screening of Truckin' Up to Buffalo, a film documenting a July 4, 1989, performance at Rich Stadium near Buffalo, New York. It will be accompanied by an on-camera live pre-show featuring Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert.
The livestream will feature a "donate now" button where you can give money to support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
You can also submit questions for Lemieux and Lambert to answer during the pre-show at the "Shakedown Stream" submission page. A limited number will be chosen.
"Shakedown Stream" was devised as a way for Grateful Dead fans to congregate remotely while having to remain isolated because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Explaining why the 1989 Buffalo concert was chosen to kick off the series, Lemieux says, "[I]t's excellence is indisputable and is something that we think pretty much everyone will enjoy in the absence of actually being able to see live concerts; and, as a tribute to the many rabid, loyal Dead Heads from the hard-hit tri-state area, which has been affected more than anywhere else in the country."
Truckin' Up to Buffalo features the Grateful Dead playing 21 songs, including renditions of such popular originals as "Bertha," "Terrapin Station" and "Touch of Grey," and covers of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and "All Along the Watchtower."
"Shakedown Stream" will continue on April 17 with a screening of the 1977 concert flick The Grateful Dead Movie. Future installments will include never-before-seen concerts from the band's archive, as well as previously released shows.
Purple Pyramid RecordsIn 2011, most of the 1974 lineup of Todd Rundgren's prog-rock group Utopia reunited to play a series of shows to raise money to help founding keyboardist Mark "Moogy" Klingman pay medical bills he amassed after falling ill with bladder cancer. Now, a new four-CD/two-DVD box set titled Benefit for Moogy Klingman featuring full performances from two of the shows will be released on May 1.
The collection features the audio and video from a concert held on January 29, 2011, at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, and from a show that took place November 18 -- three days after Klingman's death -- at Peekskill Performing Arts Center in Peekskill, New York.
Klingman took part in the New York City show, as did Rundgren and three other 1974 Utopia members -- drummer Kevin Ellman, keyboardist Ralph Schuckett and bassist John Siegler. Rounding out the lineup were two longtime members of Todd's touring band, guitarist Jesse Gress and bassist Kasim Sulton, who also was a member of Utopia from 1976 until the band's 1986 breakup.
The box set also features a booklet boasting extensive liner notes and photos.
Disc 1 -- CD: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY, 1/29/2011 "Moogy's Boogie" "Never Never Land" "Crying in the Sunshine" "Lady Face" "Dust in the Wind" "Utopia Theme" "Freak Parade" "Another Life" "The Ikon"
Disc 2 -- CD: Highline Ballroom, New York, NY, 1/29/2011 "Heavy Metal Kids" "The Wheel" "Set Me Free" "Do Ya" "Last Ride" "Just One Victory" "Sons of 1984" "(You Got to Have) Friends"
Disc 3 -- CD: Peekskill Performing Arts Center, Peekskill, NY, 11/18/2011 "Utopia Theme" "Freak Parade" "Heavy Metal Kids" "Another Life" "Something's Coming" "The Seven Rays"
Disc 4 -- CD: Peekskill Performing Arts Center, Peekskill, NY, 11/18/2011 "Do Ya" "The Wheel" "The Ikon" "Freedom Fighters" "Just One Victory"
Disc 5 -- DVD: Video of the Highline Ballroom concert
Disc 6 -- DVD: Video of the Peekskill Performing Arts Center concert
The marks the first time in his almost-60-year career that Dylan has had a song top any Billboard chart.
"Murder Most Foul," which was released on March 27, sold 10,000 downloads during its first out, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
Two recordings by the 79-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer did reach #2 on different Billboard tallies: "Like a Rolling Stone" on the Hot 100 in 1965, and "Things Have Changed" on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart in 2000.
He also hit #2 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay tally three times as part of the Traveling Wilburys supergroup -- "Handle with Care" in 1988, "End of the Line" in 1989 and "She's My Baby" in 1990.
"Murder Most Foul" also becomes Dylan's first entry ever on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, which is based on sales, streaming and airplay. The tune, which amassed 1.8 million U.S. streams, debuted at #5 on the tally.
When "Murder Most Foul" was released, Dylan posted a message on his official website explaining that it was "an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting." You can check out the tune's full lyrics now at BobDylan.com.
Dave Matthews, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp; Credit: Scott StrebleFarm Aid, the non-profit organization co-founded by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson to support agriculture in America, is joining forces with AXS TV to launch a special broadcast called At Home with Farm Aid.
The hour-long special will air this Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m. ET, and will feature performances from Young, Mellencamp and Nelson, as well as their fellow Farm Aid board member Dave Matthews. Also making an appearance will be Nelson's musical sons, Lukas and Micah, both of whom also have recorded and toured with Young in recent years.
The special will raise awareness and funds to benefit farmers whose livelihoods have been threatened by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
"The coronavirus has disrupted our entire country and is a grave threat to all of us," Willie explains. "One of its many impacts is that it has helped us to better see the value of essential people like healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, delivery truck drivers and farmers and ranchers."
Now, he continues, that essential class of workers need support, adding that Farm Aid is "here now to support farmers and ranchers in this crisis, without whom we could not eat."
At Home with Farm Aid will air on AXS TV, as well as on Farm Aid's website, and across the network's social media platforms.
In addition, a two-and-a-half-hour AXS TV special titled The Best of Farm Aid 2019, featuring highlights from last year's Farm Aid festival, will air Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET. The program also will feature performances from Young, Mellencamp, Nelson and Matthews, as well as various other artists. Among them will be previously unaired footage of Bonnie Raitt performing "Devil Got My Woman."
Credit: Danny ClinchDo you have a question for the Pearl Jam axe men? Well, now's your chance.
Guitarist Mike McCready and Stone Gossard are hosting a Reddit Ask Me Anything session this Thursday, April 9 at 4 p.m. PT.
Pearl Jam just released their new album, Gigaton, two weeks ago, should you need any inspiration for questions.
In less upbeat Pearl Jam news, the band's July show in London's Hyde Park has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grunge rockers plan to share a "full tour update" regarding their upcoming European trek this Friday, April 10.
Pearl Jam already postponed their spring U.S. Gigaton tour, which was supposed to launch in March.
Robert Sebree/Blackheart RecordsFormer Runaways singer Cherie Currie is putting out a new record, and she's recruited a whole lot of big-name rockers to play on it.
The album, titled Blvds of Splendor, features guest spots from The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, Guns N' Roses band mates Slash and Duff McKagan, The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle, actress and musician Juliette Lewis, and the Australia duo The Veronicas.
Former GN'R and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum produced the record, which is due out digitally on April 28. It had previously been released on limited-edition vinyl as a 2019 Record Store Day exclusive, although the digital version will include three bonus tracks.
"Cherie's voice tells it all, she is the real deal," Sorum says in a statement. "And now more than ever that voice tells the story of where she's been in her life."
He adds, "This record is about who Cherie Currie is now. We've waited a long time to hear this icon of Rock N' Roll do what she does best. I'm very proud to be a part of this album by one of the best female singers of all time."
Among the tunes on the album are renditions of songs by Tom Petty & the Heaertbreakers, Tommy James, The Hollies, Robert Palmer and The Runaways.
Here's the Blvds of Splendor track list:
"Mr. X" "Roxy Roller" "You Wreck Me" "Black Magic" "Blvds of Splendor" "Force to Be Reckoned With" "Bad and Broken" "Rock & Roll Oblivion" "Shades" "Draggin' the Line" "Breakout" "The Air That I Breathe" "What Do All the People Know?"* "Gimme"* "Queens of Noise"*