Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesThe color most associated with Valentine's Day is red, so perhaps it's not surprising that Sammy Hagar, aka the Red Rocker, is a big fan of the holiday.
"My wife [Kari] and I are big advocates of love and Valentine's Day," he tells ABC Radio. "And me being the Red Rocker, it's kind of like my day, you know? It's a red day."
What might be surprising to music fans is that Hagar often spends the holiday with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
"Hart and his wife, Carol, and Kari and I have celebrated Valentine's Day for about maybe [10 of the last] 15 years," reveals Hagar. "That's been our little ritual, 'cause, you know, Mickey Hart and the Red Rocker, it makes sense on Valentine's Day."
The two Bay Area musicians actually are longtime pals and neighbors, and Sammy points out that their wives are good friends too. This year, though, Hagar says he and his wife will be celebrating the holiday "with some other friends in Southern California at a resort."
Hagar says he also has some other plans on Valentine's Day -- he'll be attending music mogul Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party. Sammy tells ABC Radio he's going to the gala because longtime Eagles manager Irving Azoff is receiving a special award, noting that Azoff is a good friend who worked closely for years with his own manager, Tom Consolo.
"So I'm gonna go see Irving get honored and hang around with a bunch of celebrity types," he tells ABC Radio with a laugh. "And that's gonna be our Valentine's, I think. Get dressed up, for Sammy. You know, I'll wear long pants and I might even wear shoes with toes in 'em, you know what I mean?"
Mick and James Jagger (Bobby Bank/WireImage)Vinyl, the HBO series co-produced by Mick Jagger and director Martin Scorsese, premieres tonight, February 14, at 9 p.m. ET. The show focuses on the sex- and drug-fueled music business in 1970s New York City just as punk rock, disco and hip-hop were emerging.
Bobby Cannavale play the series' central character, a coke-snorting, volatile record executive named Richie Finestra, who's trying to keep his struggling label afloat.
Speaking to reporters recently at Vinyl's premiere in New York, Jagger explained that the show began as a film project that he brought to Scorsese, but it eventually became apparent that the story was better suited to be a TV series.
"We had a lot of incarnations as movie scripts and then we never really were a hundred percent satisfied with [them]," he pointed out, "so when the TV series medium came along, we decided to make it into a series rather than a movie…It was very long and very sprawling, and it would have been a very long Martin Scorsese movie."
Jagger, of course, is very familiar with the New York scene depicted in Vinyl, but told reporters he felt it was more important that the series tell an engaging story than to get all the historical facts straight.
"It's a drama series and so what you concentrate on is the characters and the narrative," Mick maintained. "You don't concentrate on what things were really like or what they weren't really like, although, of course, you have to get that right. That's a given. But it's not really about that. It's about the unfolding story and the way the characters work together."
Jagger's own son, James, portrays an important character in the series: Kip Stevens, lead singer of a fictional proto-punk band called The Nasty Bits. James described Stevens as "kind of jaded," as well as someone who's "been beaten back from the music industry so many times and he's really got a ruthless streak and he really, really wants to make it."
Asked if his father helped give him advice on how to play his character, James explained that his dad couldn't necessarily relate to Stevens, since by the 1970s "he was already very successful [and] didn't have that thing of being beaten back." The younger Jagger added that what Mick did help inform him about was the sociopolitical aspects of the era, and "the zeitgeist of the '70s."
Music fans who watch the premiere episode of Vinyl might want to keep an eye out for dramatic portrayals of some real-life rock stars, including members of Led Zeppelin and The New York Dolls.
Credit: Alan SilfenBefore being honored with a special tribute at the Grammy Awards on Monday, Lionel Richie will be recognized at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala tonight.
The star-studded tribute concert, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will include performances by Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Rihanna, Dave Grohl, John Legend, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and many other stars. Lionel is being honored for his philanthropy and artistic contributions.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Proceeds from the 26th annual event go toward MusiCares, which provides support for the music community in times of financial, medical and personal need. The organization is the charitable arm of the National Recording Academy of Arts & Sciences, which awards the Grammys.
At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Legend, Lovato, Bryan and Meghan Trainor will salute Richie by singing songs from throughout his career. Lionel also will take the stage for a group version of one of his classics.
The Grammy Awards air Monday night on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Credit: Mark LondonFounding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson has padded the list of dates for his recently announced world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of his band's influential 1966 album Pet Sounds with a bunch of new shows. The U.S. leg of the trek, which gets underway with a June 14 concert in Burlington, Vermont, now is mapped out through an October 15 performance in Sacramento, California.
Other newly added dates include a July 10 hometown concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, as well as shows in Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Saint Augustine and Sarasota, Florida. In addition, Wilson's itinerary now features second dates at venues in Burlington, Nashville and San Francisco.
The Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour will feature Wilson and his backing band, joined by Beach Boys alums Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, performing the album in its entirety. The trek kicks off March 26 in Auckland, New Zealand, then heads to Australia for a half dozen dates, followed by three shows in Japan. Brian and company also will play a April 30 headlining set at the Levitation Festival in Austin, Texas, before moving onto to the U.K. for a series of shows in May. After one-off gigs in Spain and Israel, Wilson will bringing the tour back home to the U.S. for a full stateside leg.
Here are all of Wilson's confirmed 2016 tour dates:
4/30 -- Austin, TX, Levitation Festival 6/14 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts 6/15 -- Portland, ME, Merrill Auditorium 6/17 -- Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra) 6/18 -- Boston, MA, Symphony Hall (with Boston Pops Orchestra) 6/19 -- Lennox, MA, Tanglewood 7/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Casino 7/6 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts** 7/9 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theater 7/10 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl* 7/15 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino 7/17 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Horseshoe Casino 7/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Muriel Kauffman Theater 7/21 -- St. Charles, MO, Family Arena 7/22 -- Tunica, MS Horseshoe Casino 7/23 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Casino (Al Jardine won't appear) 9/9 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre* 9/10 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre* 9/11 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall* 9/13 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater 9/14 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 9/16 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium** 9/17 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 9/19 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC 9/20 -- Washington, DC, Music Center at Strathmore 9/21 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater 9/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theater 9/25 -- Easton, PA, State Theater 9/27 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents at Oakdale 9/28 -- Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo - Center for the Arts 9/30 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theater 10/2 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater 10/4 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater 10/5 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Abravanel Hall* 10/7 -- Portland OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 10/8 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater 10/10 -- Arcata, CA, Humboldt State University - Van Duzer Theater 10/12 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic** 10/13 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic 10/14 -- Lake Tahoe, CA, Harrah's Casino 10/15 -- Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Community Center Theater*
* = newly added concert ** = second show added in city.
Sony MusicThe Scorpions' launched a major world tour commemorating their 50th anniversary last year, and the German hard rockers are continuing to mark the milestone in 2016 with a variety of new concerts across the globe. In honor of the ongoing trek, the band is set to release a three-disc "Tour Edition" of its 2015 studio album, Return to Forever, on April 22.
The new collection features a CD version of Return to Forever with seven bonus cuts, and two DVDs containing footage of a pair of recent Scorpions concerts, a new documentary filmed during last year's U.S. tour, interviews with band members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs discussing the songs on their latest album and four promotional music videos.
The concerts featured on the DVDs were a June 2015 performance at France's Hellfest Festival and a show this past September in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn gig included a guest performance on "No One Like You" by a 12-year-old guitar prodigy named Brandon Niederauer.
The documentary, titled On the Road in America, was directed by Dennis Dirksen, and follows The Scorpions on tour as they visit California and Las Vegas. The short film gives a glimpse at how Americans rock fans have embraced the group.
Speaking about Las Vegas, The Scorpions have announced that they will be playing a five-show residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino that runs from May 13 to May 21. Queensryche will open all of the dates. The Scorpions are sandwiching the Vegas stint with appearances at a number U.S. festivals. The band also has lined of a series of shows in Eastern Europe and Germany in February and March, and will visit Mexico in early June before returning to Europe for a summer tour leg.
Here is the full list of U.S. concerts on The Scorpions' 2016 schedule:
5/6 -- Charlotte, NC, Carolina Rebellion 5/13, 14, 18, 20, 21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 5/28 -- Pryor, OK, Rocklahoma 5/29 -- San Antonio, TX, River City Rockfest
ABC/Lou RoccoIt looks like Barry Manilow made it through his emergency oral surgery just fine. A message posted Friday on the pop legend's official website says, "Barry is out of surgery and doing well. His Doctors report that the surgery was successful and they expect no further complications."
The note adds, with a touch of humor, that "Manilow has been instructed not to talk, sing or rap" for the next 48 hours. The message also points out that the 72-year-old singer "thanks everyone for their well wishes and concern."
As previously reported, Manilow experienced complications from a surgical procedure he underwent on Monday, and flew back to Los Angeles to have a follow-up operation after playing a sold-out show on Wednesday in Memphis.
Barry's health issue forced him to postpone two of his concerts this week, shows scheduled last night in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and tonight in Nashville. The concerts will be rescheduled soon, and those with tickets can hold on to them and redeem them on the new date.
The next show on Manilow's itinerary is scheduled for this Wednesday, February 17, in Houston. The current North American leg of his One Last Time -- One Last Tour is mapped out through a March 26 concert in Rockford, Illinois.
Legacy RecordingsThe soundtrack to the acclaimed Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue was released as a digital album today, February 12, though you'll have to wait until Friday, March 4 if you want it on CD. The 17-track collection features a mix of classic studio recordings and concert performances spanning the late singer's entire career, including rare live versions of her tunes.
Janis: Little Girl Blue includes a previously unreleased rendition of her hit "Piece of My Heart" that was recorded in April 1968 at a tribute concert for Martin Luther King Jr., held at the Generation Club in New York City. The song can be heard in the movie and also was featured in a 1991 short film titled "Comin' Home," but has never been available as an audio release.
The Janis: Little Girl Blue soundtrack also features the original studio versions of well-known Joplin songs like "Down on Me," "Summertime," "Maybe," and her posthumous chart-topping hit "Me and Bobby McGee," as well as live performances of "Cry Baby," "Tell Mama" and "Ball and Chain." The album includes songs Janis recorded as a solo artist, as a member of Big Brother & the Holding Company and with her backing groups The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band.
Janis: Little Girl Blue, which premiered September 2015 at Italy's Venice International Film Festival, was directed by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil. The movie takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's turbulent life, her path to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27. It's narrated by veteran indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who reads passages from Joplin's personal letters to family, lovers and friends throughout the film.
The documentary also includes interviews with Joplin's family members, friends and fellow music stars, as well as previously unseen footage and archival scenes from Janis' appearances such landmark events as the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals.
An extended cut of Janis: Little Girl Blue is scheduled to get its broadcast premiere Tuesday, May 3, at 9 p.m. as part of the PBS series American Masters. That edition of the film will feature extra performance footage and new segments.
Here's the complete track list of the Janis: Little Girl Blue soundtrack:
"Careless Love" -- Janis Joplin "Down on Me" -– Big Brother & the Holding Company "Women Is Losers" -- Big Brother & the Holding Company "Ball and Chain" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company "Piece of My Heart" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company* "Catch Me Daddy" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company "Magic of Love" (live) -- Big Brother & the Holding Company "Summertime" -- Big Brother & the Holding Company "Raise Your Hand" (live) -- Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band "Maybe" -- Janis Joplin "Work Me, Lord" (live) -- Janis Joplin "Trust Me" -- Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band "Cry Baby" (live) -- Janis Joplin "Tell Mama" (live) -- Janis Joplin "Get It While You Can" -- Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band "Me and Bobby McGee" – Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band "Little Girl Blue" -- Janis Joplin
Warner Bros. RecordsLast year, Fleetwood Mac released a deluxe reissue of its 1979 double album Tusk that included a variety of live recordings captured during the band's 1979-1980 world tour in support of the record. Now, the group is to make those recordings available as a separate three-LP vinyl collection titled Fleetwood Mac: In Concert, which will be released on March 4.
The live album features performances of 21 songs culled from shows that Fleetwood Mac played in four cities during the Tusk tour -- London; St. Louis; Tucson, Arizona; and Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to versions of a variety of tunes from Tusk, including the title track, "Sara" and "Sisters of the Moon," Fleetwood Mac: In Concert features renditions of such well-known earlier songs as "Don't Stop," "Dreams," "Oh Well," "Rhiannon," "Landslide," "You Make Loving Fun," "Go Your Own Way" and "The Chain." Eleven of the tunes were recorded during a six-night stand at London's Wembley Arena in June of 1980.
The discs will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in a tri-fold jacket. It sells for a suggested list price of $59.98.
Here is the track list of the three-LP Fleetwood Mac: In Concert set:
Side One Intro (Wembley, 6/26/80) "Say You Love Me"(Wembley, 6/26/80) "The Chain" (Wembley, 6/20/80) "Don't Stop" (Wembley, 6/27/80) "Dreams" (Wembley, 6/20/80)
Side Two "Oh Well" (Wembley, 6/20/80) "Rhiannon" (Tucson, 8/28/80) "Over and Over" (St. Louis, 11/5/79) "That's Enough for Me" (Wembley, 6/21/80)
Side Three "Sara" (Tucson, 8/28/80) "Not That Funny" (St. Louis, 11/5/79) "Tusk" (St. Louis, 11/5/79) "Save Me a Place" (St. Louis, 11/5/79)
Side Four "Landslide" (Omaha, 8/21/80) "What Makes You Think You're the One" (St. Louis, 11/5/79) "Angel" (St. Louis, 11/5/79) "You Make Loving Fun" (Wembley, 6/20/80)
Side Five "I'm So Afraid" (St. Louis, 11/5/79) "World Turning" (Wembley, 6/22/80)
Side Six "Go Your Own Way" (Wembley, 6/22/80) "Sisters Of The Moon" (Wembley, 6/22/80) "Songbird" (Wembley, 6/27/80)
Clayton Call/Redferns2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which drew nearly half a million people to upstate New York to see acts like The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and became a symbol of the '60s. Now, original organizer Michael Lang says plans are in the works for an anniversary concert.
Lang tells The Poughkeepsie Journal that discussions are underway with a number of potential partners and that various locations are being looked at, including the possibility of an overseas event.
Lang, who called Woodstock "the original and most famous festival brand," also says he'd like to see the 50th anniversary event be the start of an annual Woodstock festival.
Woodstock took place August 15-17, 1969 in Bethel, N.Y., about an hour east of Poughkeepsie.
Credit: Douglas PuddifootA new one-night-only cinema event focusing on Queen's historic 1975 Christmas Eve concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and marking the 40th anniversary of "Bohemian Rhapsody," will be screened at hundreds of theaters across the U.S. on March 8.
Queen: A Night in Bohemia will feature highlights from the famous show, including the first live recorded performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as a new documentary boasting archival footage and rare interviews with the band's four members.
The concert originally aired live on the British television show The Old Grey Whistle Test, and was released in various video and audio formats and configurations in November under the title A Night at the Odeon. Besides "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen also performed songs like "Killer Queen," "Keep Yourself Alive" and "Now I'm Here" at the show.
The documentary tells the story of the group's rise to fame, and features outtakes of the recording sessions for "Bohemian Rhapsody," as well as recently rediscovered clips of Queen's first promo videos, for the songs "Liar" and "Keep Yourself Alive."
Tickets for the Queen: A Night in Bohemia screenings go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12. The event will be shown at 7 p.m. local time on March 8. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit FathomEvents.com.
Credit: Marina ChavezBonnie Raitt has just added a bunch of new dates to her 2016 North American tour. The singer has confirmed that she will now be playing 21 shows across the U.S. in August and September.
The new run of dates kicks off August 12 in Wallingford, Connecticut, and is mapped out through a September 24 show in Berkeley, California. Among the major cities that Raitt will visit are Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. All venues are yet to be announced. Ticket information for the new shows will be revealed on March 3, with pre-sales and general public sales unfolding throughout the month.
Raitt also is planning to add an October-November leg to her North American tour itinerary, and she has listed the cities the trek will stop in on her official website, although no specific dates have been unveiled. Most of the as-yet-unannounced fall concerts will take place in the Southern U.S.
The first leg of Raitt's North American tour will begin March 10 in Richmond, Virginia, and runs through a May 3-4 stand in Nashville. She also has lined up a trio of shows in Southern California in late July. The tour is in support of Bonnie's latest studio album, Dig in Deep, which comes out February 26.
Here are all of Raitt's confirmed 2016 North American tour dates:
3/10 -- Richmond, VA, Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Center Stage 3/12 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre 3/13 -- Rochester, NY, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater 3/15 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 3/16 -- Detroit, MI, Detroit Opera House 3/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House 3/19 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre 3/22 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater 3/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts 3/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, Verizon Hall - Kimmel Center 3/26 -- Washington, DC, The Kennedy Center 3/29 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre 4/1 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 4/2 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 4/17 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium 4/20 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 4/22 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino 4/23 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater 4/26 -- Dallas, TX, Winspear Opera House 4/27 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater 4/29 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 5/1 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 5/3 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 5/4 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 7/27 -- San Diego, CA, San Diego Civic Theatre 7/29 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 7/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre 8/12 -- Wallingford, CT* 8/13 -- Newark, NJ* 8/15 -- Westbury, NY* 8/17 -- Hampton Beach, NH* 8/19 -- Portland, ME* 8/20 -- Boston, MA* 8/23 -- Hyannis, MA* 8/24 -- Baltimore, MD* 8/26 -- Philadelphia, PA* 8/27 -- Vienna, VA* 8/30 -- Kettering, OH* 8/31 -- Grand Rapids, MI* 9/5 -- Minneapolis, MN* 9/6 -- Lincoln, NE* 9/8 -- Morrison, CO* 9/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT* 9/13 -- Boise, ID* 9/14 -- Spokane, WA* 9/17 -- Portland, OR* 9/23 -- Paso Robles, CA* 9/24 -- Berkeley, CA*
Stiletto EntertainmentBarry Manilow has postponed two of his scheduled concerts, tonight in Highland Heights, Kentucky, and Friday in Nashville, after experiencing complications from oral surgery he had on Monday. The pop legend returned to Los Angeles to undergo another operation after playing a sold-out show on Wednesday in Memphis.
The Highland Heights and Nashville concerts will be rescheduled soon. Those with tickets can hold on to them and redeem them on the new date. The current North American leg of Manilow's One Last Time -- One Last Tour is mapped out through a March 26 concert in Rockford, Illinois. The next show on his itinerary is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, in Houston.
Meanwhile, Barry is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category for his My Dream Duets album. It's not known yet if the singer will be able to attend the ceremony, which takes place Monday, February 15, in L.A.
Entertainment One MusicFounding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has announced official details about his upcoming studio album, a star-studded covers project called Origins Vol. 1 that includes contributions from Frehley's old band mate, Paul Stanley, as well as from Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, and Lita Ford. The 12-track collection will be released on April 15, and features Ace's take on songs by bands that influenced and inspired him.
Stanley lends his vocal talents to a rendition of Free's "Fire and Water," marking the first time he and Frehley have been featured on the same studio recording since the 1998 KISS album Psycho Circus.
While the media has the perception that Frehley isn't on the best of terms with ex-band mate Stanley, Ace tells Rolling Stone that's not the case. "We've always been friends," he says. "The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy."
Origins Vol. 1 also features covers of songs by Cream, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Thin Lizzy, Steppenwolf, and The Troggs, as well as new interpretations of three KISS songs. Slash appears on a rendition of Thin Lizzy's "Emerald," Ford sings and plays lead guitar on a version of The Troggs' "Wild Thing," and McCready adds his guitar skills to a new take on the Frehley-penned KISS tune, "Cold Gin." Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 also is featured on a couple of tracks.
Frehley tells Rolling Stone he's "really thrilled with the whole [Origins Vol. 1 album]," adding, "I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there'll be a second volume." You can check out Ace's cover of the Cream classic "White Room" now exclusively at RollingStone.com.
Frehley will be supporting the album with a North American tour that's currently is mapped out from a February 26 concert in Houston through an April 16 show in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Here is the complete track list of Origins Vol. 1:
"White Room" (Cream) "Street Fighting Man" (The Rolling Stones) "Spanish Castle Magic" (Jimi Hendrix) -- with John 5 "Fire and Water" (Free) -- with Paul Stanley "Emerald" (Thin Lizzy) -- with Slash "Bring It On Home" (Led Zeppelin) "Wild Thing" (The Troggs) -- with Lita Ford "Parasite" (KISS) -- with John 5 "Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf) "Cold Gin" (KISS) -- with Mike McCready "Till the End of the Day" (Kinks) "Rock and Roll Hell" (KISS)
And here's the list of Frehley's confirmed 2016 tour dates:
2/26 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar 2/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Fitzgerald's 2/28 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory 3/2 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre 3/4 -- San Miguel, CA, The Ranch 3/5 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre 3/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas 4/1 -- Ponte Vedra, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 4/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 4/3 -- Sunrise, FL, Markham Park - Rockfest 80's 4/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse 4/7 -- Danville, VA, Carrington Pavilion 4/9 -- New Hope, PA, Havana New Hope 4/11 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club 4/12 -- New York, NY, B.B. King Blues Club 4/13 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 4/15 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, The F.M. Kirby Center 4/16 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, The Chance
Credit: Ruben MartinThis year's Super Bowl Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, was an entertaining multi-artist spectacle that brought together U.K. rockers Coldplay with pop stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars. However, legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana feels that organizers of the extravaganza fumbled the ball by not inviting local artists from the Bay Area to take part in the big show.
"I do feel compelled to point out to you that the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform," Santana says in a note posted on his official Facebook page. "Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the [San Francisco] Bay Area proud."
Carlos also suggests that the show should forgo the pre-taped tracks, noting, "Real live music, real live vocals, and give the audience real live chills."
Having said that, Santana did thank the NFL and CBS for including him in the highlights reel of past Super Bowl performances that was shown during the Halftime Show. As ET Online points out, he played during a pre-game concert that took place at Super Bowl 37 in 2003.
Journey posted a message on their own Facebook page thanking Santana for his supportive comments, while adding, "[Y]es we would have all Rocked it!" As previously reported, Journey and Santana's band will be playing a trio of shows together in mid-April in the northeastern U.S.
Incidentally, Metallica did play an official pre-Super Bowl concert at San Francisco's AT&T Park that was streamed live for free online on Saturday. The band appeared to take a playful dig at the NFL by creating the Twitter hashtag #TooHeavyForHalftime in conjunction with their concert.
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesYou could argue Bruce Springsteen has already written his autobiography, in the form of the dozens of deeply personal, confessional songs he’s shared with fans over the decades. But now he’s putting the story of his life in one place, in an autobiography to be released this fall.
The book, which will be titled -- of course -- Born to Run, will be available from Simon & Schuster September 27. Springsteen spilled the news in a tweet Thursday morning that directs fans to his official website for details.
Springsteen began working on the autobiography in 2009, right after his Super Bowl 43 halftime performance with the E Street Band in Tampa, FL. “Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen notes in the book, according to a statement on his website. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”
The book will cover Springsteen’s life and career, from his early days growing up in Freehold, New Jersey, through the rise of the E Street Band, and to the present day.
“This is the book we’ve been hoping for,” says Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp. “Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognize ourselves in his songs.”
More info, including pre-order dates for Born to Run, is promised soon.
Buckjoy ProductionsFounding Jefferson Airplane and longtime Jefferson Starship singer Marty Balin will release a new solo album called The Greatest Love on Friday, February 12. The 15-track collection is filled with the kind of romantic-themed tunes for which Balin is famous, so its arrival on Valentine's Day weekend is well timed.
"These are songs I've been doing live in concert that I've enjoyed doing and the audience seems to like them and they keep asking me when I'm gonna put them out," the 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains to ABC Radio. "So, I finally have put them on an album, and I think people are gonna like it…because [these are] some of the best songs I've ever done, actually."
Balin says the album "runs the gamut" stylistically, from an "exotic song called 'Scheherazade' to a rocker called 'Rollin' Ball' to a big, epic song called 'Waves' to some good rockers like 'Superman.'"
Marty tells ABC Radio that he loves all of tunes on the album, while noting that he was particularly proud of "Waves," to which he contributed a dynamic and powerful vocal performance.
"I cut that in one take," he reveals. "I thought that was cool, you know, for a vocalist to catch one take through the whole song. And that's a big song."
Balin was accompanied on the record by lead guitarist Chuck Morrongiello and stand-up bassist Lloyd Goldstein, who also back Marty up when he plays live. The singer will be supporting The Greatest Love with a handful of concerts he's lined up around the U.S. through July.
It's a rather prolific time for Balin, who also released a two-CD set called Good Memories in December. The double-disc collection features unplugged versions of songs by the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, as well as some older tunes from Marty's solo career.
Sadly, two fellow founding members of Jefferson Airplane, singer/guitarist Paul Kantner and vocalist Signe Anderson, passed away on January 28. Balin tells ABC Radio that both Kantner and Anderson were chain smokers, which he feels contributed to their deaths. Marty, who'd had a falling out with Paul a few years back, says he thinks that the Jefferson Starship's grueling tour schedule also was a factor in Kantner's demise.
"They were gonna go around the world for the 40th anniversary of the Starship and he wanted me to play and sent me a schedule of his tour, and it was amazing," Balin recalls. "I mean, you had to be a 20-year-old to do this thing. And I called him up, I said, 'Hey man, I can't tour like that…that's crazy. You better watch yourself, watch your own health.' And he said, "Oh, I'm strong as a bull. Nothing can hurt me,' and went out and, bam!, right away he had a heart attack."
Balin also praised Kantner's creativity as a songwriter, citing some of the epic sci-fi-themed tuned he came up with like "House at Pooneil Corners."
"It was interesting to just get together and work on those things…try to get into them and really make them sing," he tells ABC Radio. "When they rocked they really rocked, 'cause he had that kind of march quality to his songs."
Here is the track list of The Greatest Love:
"Scheherazade" "Crazy over You" "Always" "The Greatest Love" "Wonderful" "Dance All Night" "Superman" "Rollin' Ball" "Stripper" "You Had Me at Hello" "Jamaican Me Crazy" "What Can I Do" "Surprise" "Horses" "Waves"
Courtesy of Rock and Roll Hall of FameIf you can't make it out to Brooklyn, New York, to attend this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, there's only one other place you can watch the big event in its entirety -- the Rock Hall in Cleveland itself. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Official Simulcast Party, which will be held on Friday, April 8, and will feature an uncensored live screening of the ceremony from Broolyn's Barclays Center.
Tickets for the simulcast, which cost $23.50, will be available for purchase by the general public starting Wednesday, February 17, at 10 a.m. ET at the Rock Hall's box office and via Tickets.RockHall.com. Rock Hall members will be able to buy presale tickets beginning on Tuesday, February 16, at 10 a.m. ET. Attendees also will have access to all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibits. Special commemorative items honoring the 2016 inductees will be sold at the museum's store.
Doors will open for the simulcast party at 6:30 p.m. ET, and the broadcast will begin at 7 p.m.
As previously reported, this year's Rock Hall honorees include Steve Miller, Chicago, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and rap group N.W.A., as well as late producer and songwriter Bert Berns. Among the guest artists who will serve as performers or presenters at 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas and The Black Keys.
Courtesy of The Best FestThe first night of the two-part Fleetwood Mac Fest tribute concert took place Tuesday at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Among the eclectic variety of celebrities taking part in the show were Courtney Love, Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, KT Tunstall, the late George Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison, and actors Sarah Silverman, Will Forte, Juliette Lewis, Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips.
Jepsen opened the show with a cover of "Hold Me," Love sang the Stevie Nicks-penned Fleetwood Mac B-side "Silver Springs" and Farrell was joined by his wife, Etty, for a performance of "Gold Dust Woman." Meanwhile, Silverman belted out "Go Your Own Way," while Forte teamed up with Jack White's ex-wife, Karen Elson, for a version of the Nicks-Tom Petty duet "Stop Dragging My Heart Around."
At the end of the concert, all the participants joined in for group covers of "The Chain" and "Don't Stop."
You can read a full recap of the show at RollingStone.com, while a series of fan-filmed videos from the event have been posted at YouTube.
The second night of Fleetwood Mac Fest will be held tonight, February 10, at the Fonda Theatre.
Courtesy of NetflixYou know The Beatles -- now meet Beat Bugs. It's a new animated children's series premiering on Netflix this August that will incorporate various new cover versions of classic Fab Four songs into its storylines.
Among the many artists confirmed to contribute renditions of Beatles tunes to the show are Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pink, Sia and James Bay. The series, which was created by Josh Wakely, focuses on the adventures of a group of tiny friends whose whole universe revolves around the backyard of a suburban home.
The producers of Beat Bugs were able to secure a deal to use compositions from John Lennon and Paul McCartney's Northern Songs catalog. The tunes will be tied into the plot of each episode of the program, which will include "uplifting and life-affirming" themes. More than 50 Fab Four songs will be featured in the show, including are "All You Need Is Love," "Come Together," "Help!," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "Magical Mystery Tour," "Penny Lane," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," and "Yellow Submarine."
"Bringing Beat Bugs to life on Netflix and having a platform to re-imagine this universally acclaimed music for families around the world is an exhilarating and rewarding experience," says Wakely. "Our partners have been fantastic in making this concept a vivid reality."
Meanwhile, Vedder, who recorded a version of "Magical Mystery Tour" for the show, says, "Personally I'm very grateful to be part of Josh's vision. A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written."
You can check out a teaser trailer for Beat Bugs now at Netflix's YouTube channel.
Credit: Elissa KlineToday marks the 45th anniversary of the release of Carole King's classic album Tapestry, which established the prolific singer/songwriter as a major solo star.
Throughout the 1960s, King had churned out hit after hit for other artists with her husband and songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, but after the couple divorced in 1969, Carole focused on recording her own tunes. Tapestry, King's sophomore album, featured such hits as the chart-topping double single "It's Too Late" and "I Feel the Earth Move," as well as "So Far Away" and "You've Got a Friend," the latter of which became a #1 hit for James Taylor in 1971. Tapestry topped the Billboard 20 for 15 weeks during that same year, a record that lasted until 1993, when Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack was #1 for 20 weeks.
Tapestry also helped King garner four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year; Record of the Year for "It's Too Late"; and Song of the Year for "You've Got a Friend." The album has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
As previously reported, a new documentary called Carole King: Natural Woman will premiere Friday, February 19, at 9 p.m. ET on PBS to coincide with Tapestry's 45th anniversary. The film, which will air as part of the network's American Masters series, will tell the story of King's life, from her Brooklyn childhood and her songwriting success with Goffin to her heyday as a solo star, all the way up through today. The flick will include previously unseen performances and home movies, as well as a new interview with Carole and conversations with many of her collaborators and musical friends.
You can watch a clip from the documentary focusing on the making of Tapestry at PBS.org.
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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.