USA for AfricaThirty years ago today, dozens of top musicians came together to record "We Are the World," the successful charity single that raised money for hunger victims in Africa.
The song, which was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, came on the heels of the British charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" It was recorded in Hollywood after the 1985 American Music Awards, and featured a who's who of popular artists from that time. The artists recorded under the name USA for Africa.
In addition to Richie and Jackson, the song also featured Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles.
The all-star chorus included Dan Aykroyd, Harry Belafonte, Lindsey Buckingham, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Bette Midler, Waylon Jennings, John Oates, Jeffrey Osborne, The Pointer Sisters, Smokey Robinson, and Michael Jackson's siblings, Jackie, La Toya, Marlon, Randy, and Tito.
Richie tells USA Today that he and Jackson listened to various national anthems in order to get into their minds into writing a "world anthem." "We didn't want a normal-sounding song," recalls Richie. "We wanted bombastic, the biggest thing you got."
Billy Joel told ABC News Radio in 2005 that when he first heard the track, he wasn't impressed at all. "I wasn't that crazy about the song. I think that was my main memory of that," he recalled. "It was, 'Oh, this is the song?'...It sounded like a Pepsi commercial!"
The recording session on January 28, 1985 at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood began at 9 p.m. and lasted 12 hours. The artists were greeted by a sign that read, "Check your egos at the door."
Quincy Jones, who produced the track, recalls that the sign wasn't necessary. "Here you had 46 of the biggest recording stars in the entire world in one room, to help people in a far-off place who were in desperate need," Jones tells USA Today.
"I don't think that night, that experience, will ever truly be duplicated again," says Jones, adding, "I know and believe in the power of music to bring people together for the betterment of mankind, and there may be no better example of this than the collective that was 'We Are the World.'"
Following its release in March 7, 1985, "We Are the World" sold more than 20 million copies and raised more than 60 million dollars for famine relief in Africa. It went on to win three Grammy Awards.
An updated version of the song was recorded in 2010 to help victims of the Haiti earthquake. It featured Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Kanye West, among others.
Loud & Proud RecordsA new CD/DVD set titled Stripped Down featuring highlights from the 2014 edition of pop-rock star Rick Springfield's ongoing tour of the same name will be released on February 24. The concert video and album capture the Australian singer/guitarist playing solo versions of many of his memorable songs, as well as sharing stories about the tunes and his life.
The Stripped Down track list includes renditions of Springfield's hits "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "Love Somebody," "Affair of the Heart" and "I've Done Everything for You." It also features performances of the new song "If Wishes Were Fishes" and covers of Badfinger's "Baby Blue" and Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well."
"The conception and execution of my solo storytellers show is something I basically worked on my whole life and it's awesome to bring the finished product to the fans who embraced it with the sold-out shows across America in 2014," says Rick in a statement. "Now, if you can't make it to one of my 2015 Stripped Down dates live, you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own living room…naked, if you want."
Springfield has a variety of North American concerts lined up in the coming months, including Stripped Down shows and gigs with a full backing band. Here is his current itinerary; full-band shows denoted with an asterisk (*):
1/29-31 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort* 2/5 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre 2/6 -- Houston, TX, Zilkha Hall at Hobby Center 2/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Empire Theatre 2/13-14 -- Nashville, TN, Wildhorse Saloon* 2/15 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino Hotel* 2/21 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall 2/22 -- Manchester, NH, Palace Theatre 2/25 -- Boston, MA, House Of Blues Boston 2/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 2/27 -- Newton, NJ, The Newton Theatre 2/28 -- Peekskill, NY, Paramount Theatre 3/5 -- Corpus Christ, TX, Selena Auditorium 3/6 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre 3/7 -- Sun Tan Valley, AZ, Encanterra* 3/13 -- Boca Raton, FL, JAZZIZ Nightlife 3/14 -- Orlando, FL, Trilogy Orlando* 3/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 3/18 -- Seattle, WA , The Neptune 3/20 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre 4/9 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre 4/11 -- Branson, MO, Andy Williams Moon River Theatre 4/18 -- Mt. Pocono, PA, Mt. Airy Casino Resort 5/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 5/14 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand 5/15 -- Dekalb, IL, NIU Convocation Center* 5/16 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Sioux City
Here is the track list for the Stripped Down CD:
"Affair of the Heart" "Love Is Alright Tonite" "I've Done Everything for You" "Painted Girl" "Oh Well" "Love Somebody" "Baby Blue" "Rollin' & Tumblin'" "If Wishes Were Fishes" "Don't Talk to Strangers" "April 24th, 1981/My Father's Chair" "Me & Johnny" "Human Touch" "Jessie's Girl"
And here is the Stripped Down DVD set list:
"Affair of the Heart" "Me & Johnny" "Oh Well" "Love Is Alright Tonite" "Rollin' & Tumblin'" "Baby Blue" "Painted Girl" "April 24th, 1981/My Father's Chair" "If Wishes Were Fishes" "Love Somebody" "Our Ships Sinking" "Jessie's Girl" "Human Touch" "My Depression" (credits only)
Credit: Rod SnyderEarlier this month, founding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson issued a statement announcing that the band had broken up after 25 years together. In the message, Rich cited a conflict with his older brother, Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, as the reason for the band's split, claiming that the singer had demanded Rich reduce his "equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years…Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee."
Now, Chris Robinson has commented about the breakup for the first time since his brother's announcement. The singer tells Billboard that the story behind the split is "way more complicated than Rich's public outburst," although he didn't go into further details. He does lament, however, "It's unfortunate that on the 25th anniversary, whether the band is working or not, that it's not about the songs and the good times people had at those concerts."
Chris also explains, "I'm going to keep my personal, private family business personal and private, and I'll focus on all the other things that are important. The ideas, I think, are more important than the drama. I have too much stuff going on that's progressive and positive to dig through sordid family history and stuff."
That positive "stuff" includes the singer's work with his current band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which has a busy 2015 tour schedule that includes a bunch of U.S. dates and a brief Australian tour lined up in early April.
Chris says the group, whose third studio album, Phosphorescent Harvest, came out in 2014, "is my future." He adds, "I think it's been leading this way for a while that the CRB is really where we all want to be and really where we want to put our collective focus." Chris Robinson Brotherhood's lineup also includes recent Black Crowes keyboardist Adam MacDougall and veteran singer/guitarist Neal Casal.
According to Chris, fans who attend CRB shows can expect to hear some Black Crowes tunes that he's written, as well as the cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" that his old band popularized. However, he says Chris Robinson Brotherhood will focus mainly on its own original material.
PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsHallelujah! One of the top nominees for this year's Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys, is 80 years old -- influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen. The lauded folk-rock artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who probably is best known for penning the popular tune "Hallelujah," received nominations in four categories.
Cohen will compete for Artist of the Year, Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year, with the latter two honors for his 2014 studio effort Popular Problems.
Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan also are in the running for the Artist of the Year Prize. As previously reported, Canadian rock legends Rush will be acknowledged for their philanthropic work at the Junos with the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.
The 2015 Juno Awards will be held on March 15 in Hamilton, Ontario. A full list of nominees can be found on JunoAwards.ca.
ABC/Randy HolmesAs a child, Elton John was a musical prodigy -- you might have even called him a virtuoso. So perhaps it's fitting that Elton has signed a deal with HBO to produce a musical historical drama called Virtuoso.
Variety reports that the Rocket Man is teaming with his husband, David Furnish, and True Blood creator Alan Ball on the project, which is set in 18th century Vienna, Austria. It follows a class of European musicians who all attend a prestigious school called The Academy of Musical Excellence. This is obviously something that Elton has some experience with, having won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in England when he was just 11 years old.
Production on the Virtuoso pilot episode begins this spring in Hungary. John, Ball and Furnish will be executive producers; Ball is writing the pilot episode.
Elton and his husband are no strangers to the world of movies and TV: Their company Rocket Pictures has been responsible for several television and film projects, including the animated flick Gnomeo & Juliet.
Credit: Danny ClinchSteely Dan recently confirmed a pair of headlining performances at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on April 10 and April 17, and now the band has announced a full series of spring shows in the Western U.S. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' concerts run from an April 7-8 stand in Santa Rosa, California, through an April 18 date in San Diego.
In recent years, Steely Dan has headed out on a variety of quirkily named treks, including last year's Jamalot Ever After tour and 2013's Mood Swings outing. 2015 is no exception, as this year's trek has been christened the Rockabye Golly Angel Tour. On-sale dates for the new shows vary; visit SteelyDan.com for details. More concerts are expected to be announced soon.
Here are all of Steely Dan's confirmed 2015 tour dates:
4/7 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 4/8 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts 4/10 -- Indio, CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 4/11 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 4/14 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 4/15 -- Santa Barbara, CA, County Bowl 4/17 -- Indio CA, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 4/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Who; Exile ProductionsThe Who and Van Morrison are among the acts that will headline the 2015 Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts, which will take place from March 23 through March 28 at London's Royal Albert Hall. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the charity series, which Who frontman Roger Daltrey helps organize.
The British rock legends will headline the March 26 show, which will feature special guest Wilko Johnson, who teamed up with Daltrey to record the award-winning 2013 collaborative album Going Back Home. Morrison will perform on the previous night, March 25, and will be joined by a number of as-yet-unannounced guest musicians.
The lineup for this year's Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts also includes Stereophonics on March 23, former Jam frontman Paul Weller and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on March 27, and former Oasis guitarist/singer Noel Gallagher and his current group High Flying Birds on March 28.
The shows raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K. charity that helps fund medical facilities and programs for young people suffering from cancer. Tickets go on sale on Friday, January. Visit TeenageCancerTrust.org for more information.
Sam Jones; Martyn AtkinsAs reported Monday, a rep for U.K. pop star Sam Smith confirmed that Tom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of Smith's 2014 hit, "Stay with Me," as part of the amicable settlement of a copyright dispute. The agreement was reached after Smith acknowledged that his song's melody bears similarities to Petty's 1989 hit, "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.
Since "Stay with Me" has been nominated in several categories at this year's Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, the question has arisen: would Petty and Lynne share in any trophies if the tune wins? The Recording Academy says no.
As Recording Academy senior vice president Bill Freimuth explains to Billboard, "Since Lynne and Petty didn't do any new writing for this work, we are considering their original work to have been interpolated by [James] Napier, [William] Phillips and Smith for 'Stay With Me.' Lynne and Petty will not be considered nominees nor will they be considered Grammy recipients, should the song win."
Freimuth says instead, Tom and Jeff "would be given certificates to honor their participation in the work, just as any other writers of sampled or interpolated work."
As Billboard points out, news of the agreement to add Petty and Lynne to the credits won't affect the Grammy voting, since final ballots had to have been cast by January 16. The 57th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles February 8, and will air live on CBS. Smith is slated to sing "Stay with Me" on the broadcast.
A statement from Smith's rep maintained that Sam and his "Stay with Me" co-writers were "not previously familiar" with "I Won't Back Down" and that "the likeness was a complete coincidence."
Credit: William RummelBob Seger and the Silver Bullet have announced a final date for their 2014-2015 tour in support of Seger's latest studio album, Ride Out -- a March 28 concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show will be the 40th of the trek, which launched on November 19 in Saginaw, Michigan, and will bring the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer back to the city where he recorded Ride Out.
Tickets for the Nashville show go on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 7, at 10:00 a.m. local time at Ticketmaster.com, BobSeger.com and LiveNation.com. Members of the Michigan rocker's fan club will have the chance to buy pre-sale tickets beginning on Wednesday, February 4 at 10:00 a.m. local time, while Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale that same day at 4 p.m. via the Citi Private Pass program.
Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's next show is scheduled for Tuesday night in Charleston, West Virginia. Here are all of their upcoming dates:
1/27 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center 1/29 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 1/31 -- Atlanta, GA, The Arena at Gwinnett Center 2/3 -- Estero, FL, Germain Arena 2/5 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 2/7 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 2/10 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome 2/12 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 2/14 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 2/17 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena 2/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Gila River Arena 2/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay 2/25 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 2/27 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 3/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena 3/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 3/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena 3/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena 3/15 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 3/17 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Center 3/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 3/26 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 3/28 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
Live Nation EntertainmentAfter serving as the opening act for the 2014 installment of Motley Crue's Final Tour, Alice Cooper will be heading out on the road again with the glam-metal mavens in 2015 for what will be their last-ever North American trek. The shock rocker tells ABC News Radio that when the Crue asked him to join them on this year's tour, he gladly accepted, telling them, "Sure, let's not break up a great combination."
Cooper says the great thing about the bill "is that both bands are cut from the same bolt, you know, high energy rock 'n' roll, theatrical, take-no-prisoners kind of show. So that's why we wanted to be on it."
Besides the fact that both acts put on spectacularly theatrical and hard-rocking shows, Cooper tells ABC News Radio that another reason he was enthusiastic about touring with the Crue again was that they all got along so well last year.
"There was never any hassle," explains Alice. "You know, you get two bands together and there's gonna be an ego clash. Never happened. Both crews worked together. All the bands respected each other. So there was never one day where there was a problem."
One of the big highlights of Motley Crue's Final Tour show is the Cruecifly -- a ceiling-level roller coaster on which Tommy Lee takes a wild ride with his drum kit, which flips over and does some other cool tricks. Cooper, who knows a thing or two about over-the-top stage props, points out that when he was first introduced to the Cruecifly, he expected Motley Crue to experience some "Spinal Tap moments" during the show.
"I looked at the construction of this thing and I said, 'It's gonna do what?!'" he recalls. "And I knew that there would be a few times when there'd be glitches in this. But, it doesn't matter…When Tommy's up there playing and that thing goes on and starts moving around, it's incredible."
In addition to being Motley Crue's special guest on most of their late-summer North American tour dates, Alice will accompany the band on their planned spring visit to Australia and New Zealand. He tells ABC News Radio that he also will be playing plenty of his own headlining dates throughout 2015.
The North American leg of Motley Crue's Final Tour runs from a July 22 concert in Eugene, Oregon, through a September 10 show in Mexico City. Cooper is slated to open nearly all of those dates through a September 4 gig in New Orleans. The Crue also is expected to play a series of fall international dates before bringing their career as a touring band to a close with a December 30-31 stand at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentFollowing the recent announcement that a film documenting Daryl Hall & John Oates' first-ever concert in Dublin, Ireland, will be screened in select U.S. theaters on February 19, comes word that the show will make its way to home video in March.
Daryl Hall and John Oates: Live in Dublin will be released on March 31 as a DVD/two-CD set and Blu-ray, as well as a digital download. The show was filmed at the city's the Olympia Theatre on July 15, 2014. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo played a hit-packed 15-song set that included such memorable tunes "Sara Smile," "Rich Girl," "She's Gone," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Out of Touch," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes" and "Maneater."
The video also features a new interview with Hall and Oates. You can check out a trailer for Live in Dublin now at the Daryl Hall & John Oates official YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, the duo has a couple of 2015 tour dates lined up -- a February 26 show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a March 1 gig in Washington, D.C.
Here is the complete set list for Daryl Hall and John Oates: Live in Dublin:
"Maneater" "Out of Touch" "Say It Isn't So" "Family Man" "It's Uncanny" "Back Together Again" "Las Vegas Turnaround" "She's Gone" "Sara Smile" "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" "Rich Girl" "You Make My Dreams" "Kiss on My List" "Private Eyes"
RBP ConcertsDiana Ross has announced dates for her mini-residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas, and reports indicate that Lionel Richie, Janet Jackson and Ricky Martin may soon be following suit with residency deals of their own.
According to The Las Vegas Sun, the Supremes singer will do nine shows in April. Her new show, titled The Essential Diana Ross: Some Memories Never Fade, will run April 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 and 18.
Diana's set list will be comprised of songs from her nearly five-decade career, including Motown classics like "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and pop favorites like "I'm Coming Out." Tickets go on sale Friday.
Richie, Jackson and Martin are looking at dates over the next two years for their mini-residencies, The Las Vegas Sun reports. The Venetian residencies will be in direct competition with the performers at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Rod Stewart and Elton John currently have deals at the Colosseum, and Mariah Carey,as well as country stars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, will start residencies there in the summer.
Verve/Universal MusicMark Knopfler has revealed that his latest solo album, Tracker, will be released on March 17, and the ex-Dire Straits frontman will support the record with a major tour that will include a lengthy North American leg taking place in September and October.
The standard version of Tracker features 11 new tunes by Knopfler, including songs paying homage to two lauded late British literary figures, psychological fiction author Beryl Bainbridge and modernist poet Basil Bunting. The first single, "Beryl," which was inspired by Bainbridge, can be heard in its entirety now on VEVO.com.
"The album title Tracker arrived out of me trying to find my way over the decades," Knopfler explains in a statement. "Out of me tracking time -- looking at people, places and things from my past, and out of the process of tracking as in recording tracks in the studio."
Tracker is available as a single CD, a digital download and a double-LP vinyl set, as well as a deluxe edition boasting four bonus cuts and a box set with six extra tracks. The box set features CD and vinyl versions of the album, as well as a DVD containing a short film by director Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler about Tracker. The package also features a numbered art print, six photo prints and liner notes penned by respected American author Richard Ford.
Knopfler's North American tour runs from a September 10 concert in Vancouver, Canada, through an October 31 performance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fans buying tickets for the shows online will receive one physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased. Tickets go on sale to the general public for most concerts starting this Friday, January 30, while pre-sale tickets will be available for fan-club members beginning Tuesday, January 27. First up for Mark is a European tour leg that gets under way on May 15 in Dublin, Ireland, and runs through a July 31 show in Barcelona, Spain. Visit MarkKnopfler.com for more details.
Here is the track list for Tracker:
"Laughs and Jokes and Drinks and Smokes" "Basil" "River Towns" "Skydiver" "Mighty Man" "Broken Bones" "Long Cool Girl" "Lights of Taormina" "Silver Eagle" "Beryl" "Wherever I Go" *".38 Special" *"My Heart Has Never Changed" *"Terminal of Tribute To" *"Heart of Oak" **"Time Will End All Sorrow" **"Oklahoma Ponies"
* = deluxe & box set bonus track ** = box set bonus track.
And here is Knopfler's North American tour itinerary:
9/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre 9/11-12 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery 9/13 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium 9/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 9/18 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre 9/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Dolby Theatre 9/20 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 9/21 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay 9/23 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater 9/25 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater 9/26 -- Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre 9/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 9/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre 9/30 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 10/2 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre 10/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre - Murat Theatre 10/4 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater 10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall 10/7 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre 10/9 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre 10/10 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater 10/11 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theater 10/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Hall 10/14 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort 10/16 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 10/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music 10/18 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre 10/20 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 10/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center 10/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater 10/25 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 10/27 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 10/28 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts 10/30 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 10/31 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Sam Jones; Martyn Atkins; Image Group LA/ABCTom Petty and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne are now listed on the songwriting credits of one of last year's biggest pop hits: "Stay with Me," the smash ballad by young U.K. singer Sam Smith. Smith's rep confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, after a report was published recently in British tabloid The Sun revealing that the 22-year-old singer had amicably settled a copyright dispute brought by Petty's publishers over supposed similarities between "Stay with Me" and Tom's 1989 hit "I Won't Back Down," which he co-wrote with Lynne.
Smith's spokesperson explained in a statement to Rolling Stone, "Recently the publishers for the song 'I Won't Back Down'…contacted the publishers for 'Stay With Me,' written by Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips, about similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions. Not previously familiar with the 1989 Petty/Lynne song, the writers of 'Stay With Me' listened to 'I Won't Back Down' and acknowledged the similarity."
Sam's rep added, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."
It's unclear if Petty and Lynne will receive back royalties from the tune, which has been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year.
True North RecordingsNew details have been revealed about Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's upcoming solo album, Heavy Blues, including the cover art, the full track list and information about the guest guitarists who have contributed to the project.
The album features 11 original songs written by the founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member, including "Little Girl Lost" featuring Neil Young, the title track with Peter Frampton, "Oh My Lord" featuring lap-steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph, "Ton of Bricks" and "Bad Child" with contemporary blues star Joe Bonamassa. In addition, the late Jeff Healey appears on a song called "Confessin' to the Devil."
Randy is releasing the album under the name Bachman, which refers to the power trio he formed with bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne Brendon to record all the tracks. In support of Heavy Blues, which will be released on April 14, Bachman the band will be hitting the road on a North American tour that kicks off April 1 in Milwaukee. Only five U.S. dates have been confirmed so far, but more will be announced soon.
Here is the track list for Heavy Blues:
"The Edge" "Ton of Bricks" (featuring Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday) "Bad Child" (featuring Joe Bonamassa) "Little Girl Lost" (featuring Neil Young) "Learn to Fly" "Oh My Lord" (featuring Robert Randolph) "Confessin' to the Devil" (featuring Jeff Healey) "Heavy Blues" (featuring Peter Frampton) "Wild Texas Ride" "Please Come to Paris" (featuring Canadian folk-rock singer Luke Doucet) "We Need to Talk"
Here's a list of all of Bachman's confirmed U.S. tour dates:
4/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Bingo Casino - The Northern Lights Theater 4/2 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theater 4/4 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 4/24 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 4/25 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture
Danny ClinchTheAllman Brothers Band may have retired, but Gregg Allman isn’t slowing down. He’s just announced a 21-date spring U.S. tour, kicking off in Ohio in March, and wrapping May 9 in Austin, Texas.
Allman, who turned 67 last month, has rarely been more busy. He just wrapped up an outing that concluded with a show Sunday night at AT&T park in San Francisco. He also scored a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Performance, for his fresh take with Taj Mahal on the Allman Brothers staple “Statesboro Blues,” from last year’s album Gregg Allman: All My Friends.
Speaking of friends, Allman will be supported this spring on various dates by Nashville-based blues rockers SIMO, Americana fiddle player and singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, and Allman’s son Devon Allman and his Devon AllmanBand.
3/13 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Casino 3/14 -- Toledo, OH, Stranahan Theatre 3/17 -- Kalamazoo, MI, State Theatre 3/19-20 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues 3/21 -- Florence, IN, Belterra Casino Resort 3/24-25 -- Milwaukee, WI, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino 3/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre 3/28 -- Riverside, IA, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort 4/18 -- Live Oak, FL, Wanee Music Festival 4/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Roxy Theatre 4/25 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach 4/28-29 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon 5/1 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre 5/2 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino 5/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 5/6 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Performing Arts Center 5/8 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre 5/9 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live
Yann Charles; Cheap Trick UnlimitedEach year, Peter Frampton usually teams up with one or more other famous veteran rock acts for a series of co-headlining dates, and 2015 will be no exception. The veteran guitar whiz has lined up a number of joint North American shows with power-pop legends Cheap Trick that will take place in the late spring and summer.
So far, seven co-headlining performances have been scheduled, stretching from a June 6 concert in Lincoln, California, through an August 5 gig in Toronto. More dates are expected to be announced soon. Frampton's itinerary also includes a solo headlining show on June 26 in Morristown, New Jersey.
As for Cheap Trick, the band has a variety of upcoming concerts in addition to the performances with Frampton. They include a March 7 headlining gig at the 12th annual RaceJam concert in Las Vegas, an April 12 post-race show at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and appearances at the Wanee Festival on April 18 in Live Oak, Florida, at the Carolina Rebellion fest on May 2 in Concord, North Carolina, and at the Taste of Joliet event on June 26 in Joliet, Illinois. Cheap Trick also will be joining Billy Idol for a late-March and early-April tour of Australia and New Zealand, and will be one of Foo Fighters' special guests at that group's August 29 concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Check out the band's full schedule at CheapTrick.com.
Here are all of Frampton and Cheap Trick's confirmed joint concerts, according to Frampton.com:
6/6 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino 6/16 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater 6/18 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 6/20 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 6/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier 8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Paul Marotta/Getty Images for SundanceCourtneyLove once had a strained relationship with her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, but they were all smiles Saturday at the premiere of the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
Love posted a photo on Instagram of herself hugging her 22-year-old daughter on the red carpet of the premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. She said of Frances Bean, who served as an executive producer on the film, "So proud of you Bean."
This is said to have been their first public appearance together in several years.
Frances Bean is the only child Courtney had with her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died in 1994.
Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food.
All five episodes of the series -- including shows featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and crooner Josh Groban -- premiere on Monday, January 26, on Daily Motion. During each episode, Batali cooks up a special meal inspired by his guest. Each artist also performs a song on the show.
In a preview clip of The Edge's episode, the Irish rocker reflects, "Music is so eloquent an art form in expressing human emotions." He also is seen strumming an acoustic guitar while singing his band's 1992 song "Running to Stand Still." In addition, the preview shows Batali cooking up a fresh scallop and pasta dish, which he and The Edge share along with some white wine.
In a clip promoting Smith's episode, the Godmother of Punk says of the motivation to create music or art, "I think all artists enjoy their process. It's inherent in you. You have a creative impulse and the impulse isn't to do it for yourself but for others." She also performs an acoustic version of "Grateful," a tune from her 2000 album, Gung Ho. As for the cooking aspect of the program, the preview shows an ecstatic Patti observing Mario shave a large truffle in to a pasta dish he's preparing.
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