Warner RecordsFleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has released an updated version of "These Strange Times," a song he co-wrote that originally appeared on his band's 1995 album, Time.
The nine-minute track, which is credited to Mick Fleetwood's Da*da*ism, is available now digitally and via streaming services. It features Fleetwood's poetic spoken-word vocals, and African-influenced percussion and singing, plus gospel and blues elements. The new version of the tune ends with a newly added segment of Fleetwood Mac's classic 1968 instrumental "Albatross," which was written by the band's late founding frontman Peter Green.
A companion video for "These Strange Times" has premiered at Rhino's official YouTube channel. The clip features captivating black-and-white and color footage of natural scenes from around the world, as well as cityscapes, the night sky, and people from various cultures enjoying different activities. The video also includes artistically shot photos of Mick.
According to a press statement, the video and the new single's artwork were "inspired by an 18th-century painting," and "are centered around the idea of something greater than us, which lies at the core of our very human struggle to be our best selves."
He adds, "When I first encountered the painting that inspired the photoshoot, it was a soul-searching exercise that I was driven to do but I didn't know when would be the time to release it. Now I know why: the when is now."
As for what he hopes people will get from the song and video, Mick says, "My hope is that by sharing these thought-provoking moments in my world that I can somehow open the eyes of others to things in their world and to the existence we all share, which is more and more endangered with each passing day."
ABC/Matt StroshaneWhile most charity events and award ceremonies have gone virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sting was honored at one Thursday night, in person.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the event was the fourth annual Monte Carlo Gala for Planetary Health, hosted by Prince Albert II of Monaco in that country. Sting was honored for his decades of work via the Rainforest Foundation, the charity he co-founded in 1989 with his wife Trudie Styler and others.
As per the Hollywood Reporter, strict protocols were enforced during the event to keep everyone safe. The guest list included Johnny Depp, HelenMirren, Andy Garcia, Kate Beckinsale, Rebel Wilson, Leona Lewis, Maisie Williams, Sienna Miller and Tommy Hilfiger.
As for why the event took place in person, Prince Albert said, "The commitment of all the individuals involved in protecting our planet and of all of you...led us to make this decision..Our health depends on the health of the environment in which we live. That is why more than ever before we need to continue our efforts and actions to protect our planet for future generations."
In other Sting news, he'll appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight with singer/rapper GASHI; the two have collaborated on a song called "Mama."
Exile RecordsAs promised, Van Morrison released a new tune titled "Born to Be Free" today, the first of three themed songs he's planning to debut in the coming weeks that reflect his opposition to the lockdown restrictions that the U.K. government has enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a post on Morrison's Facebook page, proceeds from the new track "will support musicians impacted by the ongoing UK lockdown restrictions." The song is available as a digital download and via streaming.
The melodic, upbeat tune kicks off with Van singing, "Well, the birds in the trees, know something we can't see/ 'Cause they know we were born to be free/ Don't need the government cramping my style/ Give them an inch, they take a mile/ Take you in with a phony smile, wouldn't you agree?"
Last week, Morrison posted a message online explaining that he feels the U.K. government's actions are destroying the country's live-music industry and have "taken away personal freedoms."
"I'm not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already," Van said in a statement. "It's about freedom of choice, I believe people should have the right to think for themselves."
Morrison also believes performance venues should be allowed to open at full capacity.
The message announced his plans to put out the aforementioned singles: The just-released "Born to Be Free" will be followed by "As I Walked Out" on October 9, and "No More Lockdown" on October 23.
Last month, Morrison posted another message on his website, which has since been removed, that called on musicians and others in the music industry to to join him in his quest against government restrictions. He added, "Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up."
Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageToday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Led Zeppelin's John "Bonzo" Bonham, widely considered one of the greatest rock 'n' roll drummers of all time.
Bonham was just 32 years old when he died on September 25, 1980, after a night of heavy drinking. Rather than find a replacement drummer, Led Zeppelin decided to disband after Bonham's passing, announcing their decision in a joint statement issued in December of that year that read in part, "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
During the group's 12-year history, Bonham's incredibly powerful yet groove-heavy playing drove one classic song after another. Among the classics on which his heavy-hitting style is on full display are "Rock and Roll," "Moby Dick," "Immigrant Song," "When the Levee Breaks," "Kashmir," and "The Ocean."
Bonzo is cited as a major influence on and inspiration for other rock royalty drummers, including Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Rush's Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Dave Grohl, Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, KISS' Peter Criss, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith.
In 2016, Bonham topped a Rolling Stone list of "The 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time." "At his most brutally paleolithic he never bludgeoned dully, at his most rhythmically dumbfounding he never stooped to unnecessary wankery," the magazine declared.
John's only son, Jason Bonham, has followed in his father's footsteps. He's served as Led Zeppelin's drummer at most of the band's few reunion shows, led his own bands, and played with other rockers including Foreigner, UFO and Sammy Hagar.
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has released a statement blasting the Kentucky grand jury's decision on the killing of Breonna Taylor.
On March 13, Louisville police officers shot the 26-year-old Taylor at least six times in her home while executing a so-called "no-knock" warrant.
None of the three officers involved in the shooting were charged with Taylor's death -- instead, officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for shots fired into an apartment adjacent to Taylor's.
"The charging of Breonna Taylor is egregious and lacking justice," McCready wrote in his statement, posted to PJ's Twitter. "Wanton endangerment charges the officer for the bullets that did not hit Breonna Taylor, and does not charge the officers for the bullets that took her life."
"This charge does not value her life and continues to validate the broken system that does not support those most in need, especially communities of color," the guitarist added.
Addressing the ongoing protests in response to the ruling, McCready writes, "Although I do not agree with violent protest, I am a white person who benefits from racism, and deciding what is an appropriate way for communities of color to react is not my place of the place of any other white person."
"What I believe my job as a white man is, is to be an ally to communities of color, work at being antiracist, and listen to help effect change for communities most in need," he concludes.
Warner Records; Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesBill Murray has been using The Doobie Brothers' 1972 hit "Listen to the Music" to sell his line of golf shirts, without the band's permission, and their lawyer wants the actor to pay up.
However, rather than using a bunch of legal threats, attorney Peter Paterno took a couple of light-hearted jabs at the Caddyshack star to get his message across.
"The Doobie Brothers perform and recorded the song Listen to the Music, which Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers wrote," noted Paterno in a letter to Murray obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
"It's a fine song," he continued. "I know you agree because you keep using it in your ads for Zero Hucks Given golf shirts. However, given that you haven't paid to use it, maybe you should change the company name to 'Zero Bucks Given.'"
Adds Paterno, "It seems like the only person who uses our clients' music without permission more than you do is Donald Trump."
"This is the part where I'm supposed to cite the United States Copyright Act, excoriate you for not complying some subparagraph that I'm too lazy to look up and threaten you with eternal damnation for doing so," he continued. "But you already earned that with those Garfield movies."
In a nod to Murray's character in Caddyshack, Paterno signs off with "We'd almost be okay with it if the shirts weren't so damn ugly. But it is what it is. So, in the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au devoir Golfer. Et payez!'"
As of Thursday night, Murray's camp hasn't responded to Paterno's letter.
CYR, the second post-reunion Pumpkins album, is due out November 27. It consists of 20 tracks total, including the previously released songs "Cyr" and "The Colour of Love."
To accompany the album, frontman Billy Corgan created a five-part animated web series called In Ashes. The first two episodes, which also double as music videos for "The Colour of Love" and "Confessions of a Dopamine Addict," premiere Friday at noon ET via the Pumpkins YouTube channel.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyTwo days after Sharon Osbourne revealed on The Talk, that her and Ozzy Osbourne's granddaughter Minnie has tested positive for COVID-19, she returned on Thursday with the news that one of her son Jack's other daughter, Andy, also has the virus.
"I didn't want to say anything because it's not my story to tell, it's Jack's. So Jack did speak about it [on Wednesday]. So yes, now there's two granddaughters out of the three that have it."
Sharon went on to tell her The Talk co-hosts, Carrie Ann Inaba, Eve and Sheryl Underwood, the girls are doing "surprisingly well," explaining, "The first there, four days, and then after that, it's like night and say the way they change so quickly."
"[There's] so many misconceptions, there's so many stories of who can get it, who can't," she continued. "Just from a layman, anyone can get this."
Osbourne, who has been appearing on the show remotely while quarantining, also announced that she will joining her co-hosts in the studio on Monday.
Credit: Danny Clinch/AARP the Magazine Oct.-Nov. 2020Bruce Springsteen is the subject of AARP the Magazine's latest cover story, and in the article, the New Jersey rock legend talks at length about his upcoming studio album, Letter to You.
In a video that accompanies the article's online version, The Boss notes that the album is the first one he's made with The E Street Band "in a long time," and explains that it was recorded "in five days" with "the band playing completely live in the studio."
He adds, "I'm not sure if we ever did [that before], because it's totally live, including all the vocals."
Describing his new music, Springsteen says, "It sounds current, and yet it sounds very much like the E Street Band. And there's a focus on keyboards. Jake [Clemons] came in and did a beautiful job with the saxophone. And, [there's] just something about the way the material is constructed and the emotional construction of the songs."
Also in the clip, Springsteen reveals some of the music artists he's been listening to lately. He mentions Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, rapper Kendrick Lamar, young R&B artist H.E.R., alternative rockers Bleachers and singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey.
In the AARP article, Springsteen says that the "you" he's referring to in Letter to You is "you…whoever is listening," adding that "it is a summing up of what I've tried to do over the course of my 45, 50 years now, working."
Reflecting on keeping passionate about creating music as he grows older, Bruce says, "I've continued to make some exciting and interesting work. And I continue to take my story and move it along further. And you don't know when wonderful things are going to happen...that I would write this record at this late date for the E Street Band."
Courtesy of Primary Wave/Hot ShotsAlice Cooper is known as one of the music world's most famous shock rockers, and now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is set to shock your taste buds with his own line of hot sauces.
Cooper has partnered with hot sauce distribution company Hot Shots to create three different versions of the spicy condiment based on three of his best-known songs -- "Welcome to My Nightmare," "No More Mr. Nice Guy" and "Poison."
All three hot sauces are available for purchase now online at UnitedSauces.com and at select stores.
"Welcome to My Nightmare" is a mild sauce, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is medium, and "Poison" is labeled "reaper hot." A description of the "Poison" sauce reads, "The intense heat of this sauce will put you in Alice's straight jacket. Your senses will tell you to stop when you feel the Reaper chiles running through your veins with…Poison!"
Alice says in a statement, "In general I don't believe food should be painful. But in the case of my hot sauces it is PAIN, PLEASURE, PAIN, PLEASURE! Just repeat until satisfied!"
In May, Cooper released a new single titled "Don't Give Up" that focuses on life during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a companion video that features photos submitted by many fans across the globe. Alice finished recording the tune while working on his upcoming studio album in self-quarantine.
Courtesy of Ohana FestivalThe Ohana festival will be hosting an online stream this weekend in lieu of its usual in-person event, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two-day virtual show will feature archival sets by various artists from previous Ohana events, incuding the festival's founder Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. You can watch it for free starting this Saturday, September 26, at 8 p.m. ET via the Ohana YouTube channel.
Among the other artists that will be featured delivering archival performances are Social Distortion, Incubus, The Strokes and Mudhoney.
In addition, the streaming event will offer a number of new performances, including one by Deaf Charlie -- a group featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and Fitz & the Tantrums drummer John Wicks.
Ohana hopes to return in person to its usual site of Dana Point, California, in September 2021 with a lineup headlined by Vedder, Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon.
Sony MusicAn expanded edition of Pink Floyd's 1988 live album Delicate Sound of Thunder and a restored and re-edited version of the record's companion concert video will be released on November 20.
The collections, which you can pre-order now, will be available as two-CD and three-LP sets, on Blu-ray, on DVD, and as a four-disc box set featuring the CDs, the Blu-ray and the DVD.
The two-CD reissue of Delicate Sound of Thunder boasts eight songs that didn't appear on the original live album, while the three-LP set has nine extra tunes. The audio has been remixed with input from Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour.
The 2020 version of the Delicate Sound of Thunder film was created by restoring the original 35-millimeter negatives, transferring the footage to the 4K high-def digital format and completely re-editing it. The sound was remixed from the original multi-track tapes.
The Delicate Sound of Thunder box set comes with a 40-page photo booklet, a tour poster and postcards. The other versions include a 24-page booklet.
The updated editions of the film and album both were included in Pink Floyd 2019 box set The Later Years. Screenings of the movie at select theaters had been announced for October 15, but they've been postponed.
Delicate Sound of Thunder captured Pink Floyd on tour in support of 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, the band's first studio album following the departure of founding bassist/singer Roger Waters. Most of the movie and album were recorded during a series of shows that Pink Floyd played in August 1988 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Here's Delicate Sound of Thunder's two-CD track list:
Disc 1 "Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts 1-5" "Signs Of Life"* "Learning to Fly" "Yet Another Movie" "Round and Around" "A New Machine Part 1"* "Terminal Frost"* "A New Machine Part 2"* "Sorrow" "The Dogs of War" "On the Turning Away"
Disc 2 "One of These Days" "Time" "On the Run"* "The Great Gig in the Sky"* "Wish You Were Here" "Welcome to the Machine"* "Us and Them" "Money" "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" "Comfortably Numb" "One Slip"* "Run Like Hell"
Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteenhas released a second advance track from Letter to You, the forthcoming studio album he recorded with The E Street Band that will hit stores on October 20.
"Ghosts" is a soaring, melodic rock song that's available now as a digital download and via streaming services.
"'Ghosts' is about the beauty and joy of being in a band, and the pain of losing one another to illness and time," Springsteen explains in a statement. "'Ghosts' tries to speak to the spirit of the music itself, something none of us owns but can only discover and share together. In the E Street Band, it resides in our collective soul, powered by the heart."
In conjunction with the song's release, a companion lyric video has premiered at Bruce's official YouTube channel. The clip, which was directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, features new footage of Bruce and The E Street Band in the studio mixed with archival film of The Boss playing with some of his earliest groups.
Frank Micelotta/Getty ImagesA third party has joined the ongoing legal battle between Nirvana and Marc Jacobs.
You may recall that, way back in December 2018, Nirvana LLC -- an entity consisting of former band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, plus Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain -- sued fashion designer Jacobs over his company's Bootleg Redux Grunge collection, which the band felt copied their signature smiley-face logo.
Following various files to dismiss and countersuits, the Los Angeles Times reports that artist Robert Fisher has entered the fray, claiming he was the one who originally created the logo.
Fisher, a former art director at Geffen Records, filed a motion seeking to be credited as the creator and copyright owner of the logo. Lawyers for Nirvana LLC have stated that Kurt Cobain is the design's author, but Fisher maintains he created it in 1991 as a "favor" to the band's management.
"Since I drew it, I want to be known as the guy that drew it. It's as simple as that," Fisher tells the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think it's fair that they try and take out a copyright and say Kurt did it."
Indeed, the exact story of the logo's creation has been blurry throughout the case -- in depositions, both Grohl and Novoselic testified that they didn't know who first came up with it before Nirvana LLC "filed a declaration that all parties within the band's company agree that it was created by Cobain," the Times reports.
A lawyer for Nirvana LLC tells the newspaper that Fisher's claims are "factually and legally baseless."
A ruling on Fisher's motion is set to come in the next few months. Nirvana LLC's suit against Jacobs is set to go to trial in 2021.
Linda hopes the documentary will strike a blow against anti-immigrant rhetoric.
"It will make people aware of what they're discriminating against so vigorously," she tells Rolling Stone.
"Anti-Mexican discrimination has been one of the main planks in the platform of Donald Trump," Ronstadt notes. "It's one of the things that got people energized."
She adds, "It was like, 'We aren't going to let these people in here. They'll get something for nothing and they're going to take away our jobs.' It's a total myth that they impact the economy in a negative way. They're actually adding to the economy tremendously."
Linda and the Mockingbirds will be released digitally and on demand on October 20.
In addition to the documentary, Ronstadt plans to release some live archival performances, similar to last year's Live in Hollywood, from 1980. Among the recordings are concerts she did in support of her standards albums What's New, Lush Life and For Sentimental Reasons, and her Mexican album Canciones de Mi Padre.
"I don't do any social media, but I was convinced this year to put up a website because we have found a lot of board mixes of old live performances," she tells Rolling Stone. "We’re going to put a selection of those out."
Mary McCartney/MPL Communications; ABC/Craig SjodinAn upcoming two-part BBC radio show, "John Lennon at 80," will feature Lennon's younger son Sean chatting about his late dad with Paul McCartney, Elton John and brother Julian Lennon.
The program, which will commemorate what would've been John Lennon's 80th birthday, will air on the BBC Radio 2 channel on October 3 and October 4, and each episode will run an hour.
Episode one will feature Elton and Julian. According to a description posted at BBC.co.uk, for the first time ever, Sean and his brother will jointly share their recollections of their famous father publicly. Julian will discuss being on hand for the sessions for John's 1974 album Walls and Bridges, while Sean will share memories of spending time in the studio during the making of 1980's Double Fantasy album. The siblings also will reflect on how their father influenced their own music careers.
Elton will talk about his teenage love of The Beatles and then meeting, becoming friends with and collaborating with John in the '70s. He'll also discuss how he ended up being Sean's godfather.
Elton played piano and sang backup on John's #1 hit "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," while John played guitar and sang on Elton's #1 cover of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." John's final major on-stage appearance was at Elton's November 1974 concert at Madison Square Garden.
Part two of the program will feature Sean chatting with McCartney, marking the first time the two have spoken together about John for a broadcast event.
"John Lennon at 80" also will include Sean sharing personal memories about his dad, and discussing John's life and incredible musical and cultural contributions.
Had he lived, Lennon, who was killed in December 1980 at age 40, would have turned 80 on October 9.
Danny Clinch for Rolling StoneHappy Birthday to Bruce Springsteen, who turned 71 today. The Boss is featured on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone issue, and he took part in an in-depth interview with the magazine in which he discusses his upcoming studio album, Letter to You, and other planned musical projects.
Springsteen recorded Letter to You, due out October 20, with his E Street Band over the course of just five days.
"It's the only album where it's the entire band playing at one time, with all the vocals and everything completely live," says Springsteen, who added guitar overdubs to just a few tracks.
Bruce tells Rolling Stone that Letter to You marked the end of a long period where he felt unable to write specifically for the E Street Band. Springsteen says the change was sparked by the 2018 death of George Thiess, the last other surviving member of his 1960s band The Castiles. The Boss' reflections on mortality spurred him to write many of the new record's tunes, including "Last Man Standing."
The respective deaths of E Street Band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons, in 2008 and 2011, also partly inspired the new tunes "Ghosts," "One Minute You're Here" and "I'll See You in My Dreams."
Letter from You also features new versions of three unreleased Springsteen songs that date back to the early 1970s. He says he decided to record them with the band now because it allowed him "go back and sing in your adult voice but with ideas of your youth."
A documentary about the making of Letter to You, directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, will be released in conjunction with the album.
Meanwhile, Springsteen reveals that he has another album in the can, and he's preparing a second Tracks rarities box set.
RhinoA new concert album and video featuring highlights from Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which took place September 20-21 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, will be released in a variety of formats on November 20.
The collection, titled Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019, can be pre-ordered now, and will be available on three CDs, six vinyl LPs, two DVDs and two Blu-ray discs. It features nearly four hours' worth of music.
The star-studded, two-day event 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.
Throughout the shows, various artists teamed up for special collaborations, including Clapton and Frampton joining forces for a version of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and Raitt and Crow duetting on a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Everything Is Broken."
The final featured Clapton joined by the ensemble of musicians to play covers of Prince's "Purple Rain" and Joe Cocker's "High Time We Went."
A PBS special featuring footage from the 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival also is scheduled to premiere in November.
The festival raises money for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the drug-dependency treatment facility that Clapton co-founded in 1998.
Here's the full track list for Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019:
Introduction "Native Stepson" -- Sonny Landreth "Wonderful Tonight" -- Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather Low "Lay Down Sally" -- Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather Low "Million Miles" -- Bonnie Raitt, Keb' Mo' & Alan Darby "Son's Gonna Rise" -- Citizen Cope with Gary Clark Jr. "Lait/De Ushuaia a la Quiaca" - Gustavo Santaolalla "I Wanna Be Your Dog" -- Doyle Bramhall II with Tedeschi Trucks Band "That's How Strong My Love Is" -- Doyle Bramhall II with Tedeschi Trucks Band "Lift Off" -- Tom Misch "Cognac" -- Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang "Everything Is Broken" -- Sheryl Crow & Bonnie Raitt "Every Day Is a Winding Road" -- Sheryl Crow with James Bay "Retrato" -- Daniel Santiago & Pedro Martins "B-Side" -- Kurt Rosenwinkel with Pedro Martins "Baby, Please Come Home" -- Jimmie Vaughan with Bonnie Raitt "How Long" -- The Marcus King Band "Goodbye Carolina" -- The Marcus King Band "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Peter Frampton with Eric Clapton "Space for the Papa" -- Jeff Beck "Big Block" -- Jeff Beck "Caroline, No" -- Jeff Beck "Cut Em Loose -- Robert Randolph "Hold Back the River" -- James Bay "When We Were on Fire" -- James Bay "Mas y Mas" -- Los Lobos "Am I Wrong?" -- Keb' Mo' "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" -- John Mayer "How Blue Can You Get?" -- Tedeschi Trucks Band "Shame" -- Tedeschi Trucks Band "Is Your Love Big Enough" -- Lianne La Havas "I Say A Little Prayer" -- Lianne La Havas "Feed the Babies" -- Gary Clark Jr. "I Got My Eyes on You (Locked & Loaded)" -- Gary Clark Jr. "Pearl Cadillac" -- Gary Clark Jr. "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" -- Vince Gill with Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas "Tulsa Time" -- Vince Gill with Albert Lee, Bradley Walker, Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas "Drifting Too Far from the Shore" -- Bradley Walker with Vince Gill, Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas "Badge" -- Eric Clapton "Layla" -- Eric Clapton with John Mayer & Doyle Bramhall II
Encore Finale "Purple Rain" -- Eric Clapton & Ensemble "High Time We Went" -- Eric Clapton & Ensemble
Capitol/UMe; Apple Corps Ltd./ Capitol/UMeRolling Stone has unveiled an updated edition of its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time," which the magazine last published in 2012. The new tally, which was compiled by considering lists of 50 top albums chosen by more than 300 artists, producers, critics and music-industry figures, includes 154 albums that were not on the 2012 edition.
At #1 is Marvin Gaye's classic 1971 concept album What's Going On, which features such topical tunes as the classic title track, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)," songs that reflected on the Vietnam War, the environment and the racial divide.
The highest-ranking rock album on the tally is The Beach Boys' pop-rock masterpiece Pet Sounds, which landed in second place.
Other albums in the tally's top 20 include Joni Mitchell's Blue at #3, The Beatles' Abbey Road at #5, Nirvana's Nevermind at #6, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at #7, Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks at #9, The Beatles' Revolver at #11, The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street at #14, The Clash's London Calling at #16,and Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited at #18.
Artists who took part in the voting included many Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, including The Animals' Eric Burdon, Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, Buffalo Springfield's Richie Furay, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, The Cars' Elliot Easton, Alice Cooper, The Cure's Robert Smith, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Journey's Steve Perry, The Kinks' Mick Avory, KISS' Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Graham Nash, Stevie Nicks, The Police's Stewart Copeland, U2's Adam Clayton and The Edge, The Velvet Underground's John Cale, Yes' Rick Wakeman and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
In honor of John Lennon's contributions to music, culture, activism and art, a virtual Imagine Party will be held on October 9 at the Lennon Educational Tour Bus' Instagram Live page. The online program will feature various celebrities, as well as winners of the Lennon Songwriting Contest, Lennon Bus participants and educators sharing stories while showcasing Gibson guitars that belonged to John and the songs he wrote with them. The event also will offer special giveaways and promotions.
The partnership between Gibson and the Lennon Songwriting Contest and Tour Bus also will help support music education and promote musicianship and songwriting. One initiative will provide 24 Lennon contest winners with Gibson-made guitars. Musicians and songwriters who enter the songwriting contest will have the opportunity to win a variety of cash awards and prizes.
"Gibson Gives is all about inspiring, creating, and supporting music one guitar at a time," says Gibson president and CEO James "JC" Curleigh. "This is our opportunity to 'imagine' what could be possible for future musicians by partnering with the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, especially during this challenging era."