Mary McCartney/MPL Communications Ltd.One of the most unlikely hits of the year so far has got to be Paul McCartney's collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," which has returned the legendary Beatles star to the top 40 for the first time in decades. Sir Paul says he certainly didn't expect the success of the song, but declares that it's "cool."
Speaking to Rolling Stone at this past weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, McCartney said of working with the extremely polarizing Kanye, "Oh, it was great, man! It was really exciting. I didn't know what was going to happen from one minute to the next. But then he'd send me these hits!"
He added, "Suddenly, I'm working with Kanye. And then suddenly, I've got a hit with Rihanna! But it's cool!"
"FourFiveSeconds" was McCartney's first top five hit in more than 31 years. The last time he'd charted that high was in 1984, when his duet with Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" ended a seven-week run at the top of the chart.
As for Kanye, McCartney isn't the only Rock and Roll Hall of Famer he's worked with this year: He also contributed to Madonna's latest album, Rebel Heart.
Theo Wargo/Getty Images; ABC/Randy HolmesBritish actor Tom Hardy, best known in the U.S. for his roles in Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, is going to star in Rocketman, the upcoming movie biography of Elton John. However, he says he's having a bit of difficulty with the part because, well, he can't sing.
Hardy is expected to sing some Elton classics in the film, but the British paper The Sun reports that at the premiere of his latest film, Child 44, the 37-year-old told reporters, "I'm not a singer. I have no idea really. I'm really trying because of Rocketman but it's hard to open my mouth in that way."
He added, "I'm not really drawn towards singing and musicals and that stuff. I did some rap when I was a kid but I'm somebody's dad now so it wouldn't be too cool to crack that out!"
So, if Hardy can't sing, why was he cast? Maybe he's exaggerating his lack of musical talent for dramatic effect. Last year, he admitted to ABC Radio, "It sounds more interesting to believe somebody who can't sing is playing Elton John, doesn't it? So, I try to be interesting wherever possible. I'm not very interesting. So, it's one of those marketing ploys. 'The guy can't sing. He's going to play Elton. He's bound to fail,' you know, that kind of thing."
Mert Alas and Marcus PiggotDespite being spotted by witnesses and called out by the show’s star, Madonna insists she was not texting during a performance of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton over the weekend.
Madonna took in the show Saturday evening and was reportedly seen tapping away at her phone throughout the second act. But the singer’s rep tells Us Weekly that the reports of her texting have been greatly exaggerated. “It's not true,” rep Liz Rosenberg says. “She was invited backstage four different times. She texted post show when they were doing their fundraising pitch. Madonna had already made a generous donation.”
An attendee, actress Casey Erin Clark, saw things a little differently. Casey who said she was sitting behind the pop icon during the musical afterwards tweeted about it. “That time you want to smack #Madonna upside the head for texting during the best show I've ever seen. #HAMILTONpublic,” Casey wrote.
The play’s writer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, also posted a tweet after the show that many believe was directed at Madonna. "Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage. #noselfieforyou,” Lin-Manuel said in the tweet, which has since been deleted.
Credit: Ross HalfinAlice Cooper has revealed more details about his upcoming studio album, a star-studded tribute to the collective of fellow rock stars whom he used to drink with known as the Hollywood Vampires. Cooper told Billboard at a VIP grand opening event for designer John Varvatos' new store in Detroit last week that he's finished work on the album.
"It's mixed, ready to go and I'm very, very happy with it," Cooper said prior to playing some songs from the record at the bash. "I'm really happy with all the stuff on it."
Last month, Aerosmith's Joe Perry revealed to Rolling Stone that he, Paul McCartney and Johnny Depp are all featured on a cover of the McCartney-penned Badfinger hit "Come and Get It" that will be on Cooper's album. Alice told Billboard that some of the other artists who contributed their talents to the project are AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, noting that they appear "in places where you wouldn't expect them to be, that's the cool thing."
Cooper's new album will be made up mostly of cover tunes, while he told Billboard that he co-wrote one new song with Depp and producer Bob Ezrin called "All My Dead Drunk Friends." Meanwhile, the shock rocker wouldn't say what specific songs he's covered for the project, but pointed out, "[I]f you think of it, who were the Hollywood Vampires? John Lennon was there. Jim Morrison was an early Vampire. We had Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon of course, Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan. Those guys were all Vampires."
He also explained that in order for him to consider a particular song for inclusion on the record, "the performers have to be dead. Or mentally dead. Or should be dead."
Cooper's Varvatos store set featured Hendrix's "Foxy Lady," The Doors' "Break On Through (to the Other Side)," The Who's "My Generation" and The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar." He closed out the show with a rendition of his own classic "School's Out" during which his daughter, Calico Cooper, and Varvatos joined him on stage.
No release date has been announced yet for the album.
Credit: Paul BrownMotley Crue will be saying farewell to fans with more North American cities as part of their farewell trek, The Final Tour. The glam-metal rockers have added 21 new concerts to their itinerary that are scheduled to take place in October and December, and run from an October 5 show in Hidalgo, Texas, through a December 27 concert in Las Vegas.
"The demand to add more shows in North America has been overwhelming," says bassist Nikki Sixx in a statement. "We want to say goodbye to as many fans as possible so we added these shows around the holidays. No better way to spend them than with the people who have supported us over all these years."
Alice Cooper will be the special guest at all of the newly added concerts; he's already at most of the previously announced North American dates. All of the new performances will be held in arenas so that Motley Crue can treat fans to their full live production.
"The indoor production is f**king insane!" drummer Tommy Lee tells Rolling Stone in a new interview. "You need a full-on roof to mount the 'Cruecifly' drum rollercoaster, because it actually flies out over the audience about 200 feet to the very back of the arena!"
Rolling Stone reports that the indoor shows this year will include a new feature called "The Crue's Nest," a platform located at the opposite side of the venue from the stage that lifts the band and some lucky fans up at during a special point in the concert.
Motley Crue's Final Tour is still slated to wind down with a three-show late-December stand at the Staples Center in the band's hometown of Los Angeles, wrapping up with a New Year's Eve concert.
Tickets for the many of the new shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Thursday, April 23, at 10 a.m. Visit Motley.com for more details.
Here's Motley Crue's full North American tour schedule:
7/22 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena 7/24 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 7/26 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark 7/28 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena 7/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena 7/31 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 8/3 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre 8/5 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 8/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center 8/8 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena 8/9 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 8/11 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center 8/12 -- New York, NY, Barclays Center 8/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 8/15 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center 8/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 8/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena 8/19 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena 8/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 8/22 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre 8/23 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre 8/24 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre 8/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena 8/28 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 8/29 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena 8/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 9/2 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 9/4 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 9/5 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 9/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamodome 9/8 -- Monterrey, Mexico, Arena Monterrey* 9/10 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Arena Ciudad de Mexico* 10/5 -- Hidalgo, TX, State Farm Arena 10/7 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 10/8 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena 10/10 -- Evansville, IN, The Ford Center 10/11 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 10/13 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 10/14 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center 10/16 -- Bridgeport, CT, Webster Bank Arena 10/17 -- Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena 10/18 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center 12/4 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 12/7 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center 12/8 -- Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center 12/10 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre 12/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place 12/13 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, ScotiaBank Saddledome 12/15 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 12/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, U.S. Airways Center 12/20 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 12/22 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center 12/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Arena * 12/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center* 12/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center* 12/31 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center*
= newly added concert. * = Alice Cooper will not perform.
Credit: Neal PrestonAdam Lambert has spent quite a bit of time touring with Queen in recent years, and now the band's guitarist, Brian May, has returned the favor by lending his talents to the singer's upcoming album, The Original High. May will be featured on a song titled "Lucy," according to a track listing the former American Idol runner-up shared on Instagram.
"Lucy" is one of 11 songs on the album, which does not yet have a release date. The Original High will be Lambert's first new release since 2012's Trespassing. Adam finished up his latest tour with Queen in early February, and has plans to hit the road with the band again for a series of South American dates in September.
In other news, May released a new digital single last week with his frequent collaborator, former We Will Rock You cast member Kerry Ellis. The track, titled "One Voice," can be purchased at iTunes and other online music sellers. An video for the tune has been posted at May's YouTube channel.
Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesA major milestone in the history of The Moody Blues is approaching in the not-too-distant future, as the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's landmark concept album, Days of Future Passed, will take place in the fall of 2017. The group's longtime bassist, John Lodge, admits that he already has been thinking about how The Moodys might mark the occasion, and his plan likely will thrill many of the band's diehard fans.
Lodge tells ABC Radio that he would like the anniversary celebration to feature The Moody Blues performing the album in its entirety with an orchestra, adding that he'd also like his former band mates Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder to be involved.
Singer/flutist Thomas and singer/keyboardist Pinder, both 73, have been retired from music for quite a while, so Lodge explains that the tricky part of his plan is "finding a way of doing it without them having to tour."
Thomas exited The Moody Blues in 2002, while Pinder left the band back in 1978, although both men make a cameo appearance on Lodge's new solo album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, which will be released on May 5.
Lodge won't divulge too much information about his ideas for the reunion project, but he tells ABC Radio, "If it works, I think it will be fantastic because it'll work because it's a natural thing to do…I'm not trying to force it to work. It'll be because it's supposed to be."
Lodge says he regularly spends time with Thomas, since they live near each other in the U.K., but he hasn't seen Pinder for many years. That's set to change in the coming week or two when The Moody Blues' current U.S. tour stops in Northern California -- where Mike has lived since the late 1970s. Lodge reveals that Pinder intends to make it out to one of the band's shows in the area.
Lodge's friendship with Pinder and Thomas predates The Moody Blues, as the three musicians all played together in a group called El Riot and the Rebels that broke up in 1963. Thomas and Pinder helped found The Moodies the following year, and Lodge joined the group in 1966, shortly before longtime singer/guitarist Justin Hayward.
John says of his connection with Thomas and Pinder, "They've been an integral part of my life and you can't dismiss that. You know, it's locked in there. It's part of the gene."
Ray lent his flute skills and Mike played Mellotron on a song called "Simply Magic" on Lodge's new album. The Moody Blues kick off the West Coast leg of their U.S. tour on Wednesday in Seattle.
Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentZoinks! A new animated feature film starring everybody's favorite makeup-wearing rock band, KISS, and everybody's favorite mystery-solving canine, Scooby-Doo, will be arriving in the summer. Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and as a high-def digital download on July 21.
The movie's plot is centered on a big concert the rockers are scheduled to play at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World. The show is set to take place on Halloween, but a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch is scaring off visitors, which may lead to the cancellation of the performance.
Scooby-Doo and the rest of the young Mystery Inc. sleuths -- Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred -- proceed to team up with KISS' members to see if they can foil the Crimson Witch's sinister plan, which involves the summoning an evil character named The Destroyer that seeks to destroy the Earth.
The movie features six classic KISS songs, as well as voice cameos from a variety of celebrities, including Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Pauley Perrette and Darius Rucker.
"KISS's spectacular theatrics mixed with Scooby-Doo's delightful antics create the perfect blend for an original new story," says Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's Mary Ellen Thomas. "This film is pure fun. Adults will delight in seeing one of America's greatest rock bands, KISS, presented in gorgeous animation and kids will be entertained by Scooby-Doo solving a rock and roll mystery with his pals."
This actually isn't the first time KISS will be joining forces with Scooby and the gang. A cartoon version of the band also appeared on a 2003 Halloween episode of the TV show What's New, Scooby-Doo?
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John's not just a multi-multi-millionaire -- he's also a charitable one. On The Sunday Times' annual "Rich List," he's named as the U.K.'s most generous celebrity, donating just under $36 million to charity last year.
The Times reports Elton gave away what amounts to 8.9% of his overall wealth, mostly to his AIDS Foundations in the UK and the U.S. Other charitable British celebs include Coldplay, who gave away $5.5 million via their charitable foundation, and Eric Clapton donated just over $2 million, raised from his Crossroads Guitar Festival, to the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, which treats drug and alcohol addiction.
Also on the list are George Harrison's widow and son, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, who gave $1.6 million to charity.
Credit: Danny ClinchNeil Young will turn 70 later this year, but age doesn't seem to be slowing the folk-rock legend down at all. Rolling Stone reports that Young will release a new album titled The Monsanto Years on June 16, just over seven months after his previous record, Storytone, hit stores.
Neil collaborated on the new album with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, a band that features Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. The Monsanto Years, which is described as a "politically/ecologically-charged album," will be available on CD and vinyl, as well as a standard and high-res digital download.
According to JamBase, Young and Promise of the Real will launch a North American summer trek called the Rebel Content Tour in support of the new record. The outing currently is scheduled to run from a July 5 appearance at Milwaukee's Summerfest through a July 24 headlining performance at the inaugural WayHome Music and Arts Festival near Toronto. Opening for Young and Promise of the Real on select dates will be Band of Horses and Norah Jones' side band Puss N' Boots.
People purchasing tickets for the upcoming shows will receive a standard CD or digital copy of The Monsanto Years.
In related news, this past Thursday, Neil and Promise of the Real played a surprise intimate concert at the SLO Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, California. The show featured performances of a bunch of brand-new tunes that are expected to appear on The Monsanto Years, as well as a helping of classic tunes from throughout Young's career. You can check out photos and video clips from the event at SanLuisObispo.com.
Young first revealed that he was working on a new album with Nelson's sons back in January during a Q&A session at a Las Vegas trade show.
Here are all of Young and Promise of the Real's upcoming tour dates, according to RollingStone.com:
7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest 7/8 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks 7/9 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks 7/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 7/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/14 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/16 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center 7/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods 7/19 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Exposition 7/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 7/22 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 7/24 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, WayHome Music & Art Festival
Credit: Brian RasicIt's time to dust off your plastic guitars and realize your rock star destiny -- Guitar Hero is coming back. The new installment in the series, entitled Guitar Hero Live, will be released this fall. The game's initial track list includes songs by The Rolling Stones, as well as by such younger acts as Green Day, The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, The Lumineers and Gray Clark Jr.
The launch trailer for Guitar Hero Live shows off the game's new first-person mode. If that's not enough to give you stage fright, the live action crowd will boo you in real time if you mess up, and your virtual band mates will shoot you dirty looks if you're not doing your part. Of course, if you hit every note, the crowd and your band mates will treat you like the rock star that you are.
Guitar Hero Live also features a selection of fictional bands that you can join in the game, including Broken Tide, who can be seen in the launch trailer. Other fictional bands include Blackout Conspiracy, who are probably really into metal, and Portland Cloud Orchestra, who most likely are of the indie-folk persuasion.
Guitar Hero Live will be released this fall on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile devices.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameRingoStarr playing with Green Day. Joan Jett singing with Dave GrohlandMiley Cyrus. It's the kind of stuff that only happens at the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held over the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio. As usual, the very, very long night featured a mix of once-in-a-lifetime performances, emotional speeches and plenty of rock and roll attitude.
The show opened with inductees Joan Jett & the Blackhearts walking onstage to perform "Bad Reputation." They were then joined by Dave Grohl for "Cherry Bomb," the song made famous by Jett's previous band The Runaways. Next, it was "Crimson & Clover," performed with Grohl and Tommy James, the man who wrote it, not to mention Miley Cyrus. Miley, who cites Jett as her biggest inspiration, inducted the band by beginning her speech, "I wanna start this...by telling you about the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett."
Jett herself received a standing ovation, and, while tearing up, told the crowd, "I was really gonna try not to cry and be tough but that's a little overwhelming there!" She made an impassioned plea for the true meaning of rock and roll, explaining, "We've become so conditioned to measuring our music's impact in dollar signs only, that we can forget what it's really about: the music! Emotion, expression, giving a voice to those who aren't satisfied fitting into whatever box they were given." She also thanked pretty much every single person who ever had anything to do with her career.
Here's a rundown of the show's other highlights:
--It's certainly a thrill anytime the two surviving Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, get together, and McCartney was on hand to induct Ringo into the Hall. He was the last of the Beatles to get in as a solo artist, and McCartney campaigned hard to get his old friend the honor. In his speech, McCartney recalled how he, George Harrison and John Lennon knew Ringo was the right drummer for them when he was able to play a tricky Ray Charles song that few could get correct. "Ringo nailed it!" said Paul delightedly.
"He just is something so special," he added. "I mean, when he's playing behind you...a lot of these bands...they're looking 'round at the drummer, like, 'Is he going to speed up? Is he going to slow down?' You don't have to look with Ringo, it just is there." Ringo, the night's final inductee, then took the stage and gave a lengthy speech about his life and career, even giving up-and-coming bands this pearl of wisdom: "When you're in the van, if you fart, own up!" He then joined Green Day to perform the Shirelles' hit "Boys," and finally, all the inductees and presenters jammed out on "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "I Wanna Be Your Man."
--Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day, with both singer Patrick Stump and bass player Pete Wentz explaining why, to them, Green Day is the epitome of punk rock. Listing all the band's most "punk rock" accomplishments, Wentz spoke of the band's magnum opus, American Idiot, by saying, "When, in an era of basically no socially-conscious discourse in pop music, you put out a scathingly political rock opera and somehow managed to make that your career-redefining, Grammy-winning, smash-hit second act, that was insanely f***ing punk rock!" He ended the speech by saying, "So let some Reddit feed argue the definition of punk rock. Me? I already have my answer."
Billie Joe Armstrong took the stage to talk about the band's early beginnings, his family, his long friendship with his band mates Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt, and his passion for music. "I love rock and roll music, I always have, soon as I opened my eyes and took my first breath - I am a fan," he told the crowd. "And that's the one thing that I'm gonna close with, is that I love rock and roll and I'll love it for the rest of my life." Drummer Tre Cool spoke of the band's tight bond, saying, "We grow older, and we change, and we get weirder, and crazier and, it's awesome. We grow together, and with every beat of the drum, our love for music gets even stronger." Green Day then performed "American Idiot," "When I Come Around" and "Basketcase."
--John Mayer inducted his all-time idol, the late blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his band Double Trouble. Mayer's eloquent speech was built around the concept that Vaughan, who died in a helicopter crash in 1990, was "the ultimate guitar hero," and introduced blues to the MTV generation by presenting it in a modern way. He also revealed that it was Vaughan, who battled substance abuse only to emerge clean and sober, who inspired him to reject drugs and alcohol throughout his career.
Vaughan's brother Jimmie Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds accepted on his brother's behalf, saying, "I just want you to know I couldn't be more proud of him. He was the most wonderful, cool, talented little brother anybody could ever have." Then, Vaughan, Double Trouble, Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. performed Vaughan's hits "Pride and Joy" and "Texas Flood," as well as Jimmie Vaughan's 1994 tribute to his brother, "Six Strings Down."
--The most emotional moment of the evening came during the induction of the late Lou Reed, already a member of the Rock Hall as part of the Velvet Underground. His longtime friend Patti Smith, herself a Hall of Fame member, inducted him, and choked up while reminiscing about their friendship. "Thank you for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music," she said. Then, Reed's partner of 21 years, artist and musician Laurie Anderson, took the stage for a speech in which she remembered Lou, not just as a great artist, but as the man who loved her, and who died in her arms. She also asked the crowd to chant "Looouuu!" "one more time."
Next, Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed Reed's classic "Vicious," while Beck took the stage to sing "Satellite of Love." Nate Ruess of .fun was supposed to perform but he was nowhere to be found.
--Reclusive soul singer Bill Withers, known for his hits "Lovely Day," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean on Me" and "Use Me," was inducted by Stevie Wonder, who admitted that he wished he had written some of Withers' hits. Withers then took the stage for the night's most rambling and most hilarious speech. "This has got to be the largest AA meeting in the Western Hemisphere," he joked to the audience. He finished by saying, "It's been a wonderful, odd odyssey with ups, downs and sometimes screw-me-arounds, but I will always remember the good things. Bottom line is, check this out: Stevie Wonder knows my name and the brother just put me in the Hall of Fame!"
Stevie then performed "Ain't No Sunshine," John Legend performed "Use Me," and then Stevie, Legend and Withers himself all sang "Lean on Me."
The other inductees included The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which helped electric blues cross over to a wider audience in the sixties, and the R&B vocal group the "5" Royales, whose members all unfortunately had passed away. They were the first to to record "Dedicated to the One I Love," later a hit for the Shirelles and the Mamas & the Papas. J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf inducted the Paul Butterfield Blues band, while legendary guitarist Steve Cropper inducted the Royales.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch,will air May 30 on HBO.
Credit: Bruce AdlerWhile Joan Jett was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Saturday, the influential rocker will be receiving another, very different honor in the fall when New York's Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) launches a new film series in her name. The Joan Jett Music Film Series will be part of the fourth annual LBIFF, which will be held September 24-27 at venues in the Long Island, New York, communities of Long Beach, Garden City and Rockville Centre.
Jett, who's a former Long Beach resident, is being recognized with the series because she's supported the festival since its inception, and because organizers feel she has been inspirational to artists in both the music and film worlds.
A press statement notes that "Joan portrays the perfect example of determination, talent, vision, compassion and success that [the festival hopes] to bestow upon our film community."
Festival rep Rick Eberle tells ABC Radio that the series will include a variety of music-themed movies.
In addition, the fest is setting up a scholarship in Jett's name that will reward young artists who are struggling to bring their creative visions to fruition.
Credit: Jesper BrandtABBA's Björn Ulvaeus is taking a chance on a unique new business venture: a restaurant and entertainment venue inspired by Mamma Mia!, the hit musical and movie featuring the legendary Swedish pop group's classic hits. The attraction, which is called Mamma Mia! The Party, will resemble the Greek taverna featured in the play and film, and will offer food, a stage show and the chance to role play. It's scheduled to open on January 20, 2016, at the popular Grona Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden.
According to a press release, the idea behind the venue is that visitors will interact with waiters, waitresses, musicians and artists to create a unique party experience that will center around ABBA's music.
"I've experienced the happy, warm and expectant mood of audiences in theaters around the world when the first notes of Mamma Mia! ring out across the auditorium," says Ulvaeus in a statement. "And when people stand up in the aisles and sing and dance at the end. That's the feeling I'd like to create with Mamma Mia! The Party."
Björn adds, "This is an experiment, just like the musical was. This time around the audience/guests are part of a story in real time with not only song and dance being the ingredients, but also food, wine and environment."
Swedish newspaper The Local reports that at a press conference this past week, Ulvaeus told reporters that if the attraction does well, he may consider opening franchises in other locations.
Before announcing his big plans, Ulvaeus launched a website that teased a "new entertainment experiment," which led some ABBA fans to speculate about a potential reunion of the group. However, at the press event, Björn said, "That's probably not going to happen," adding, "although, you never know..."
Kamal Asar; Alan Silfen/UMG NashvilleGet ready for some of your favorite musical acts to rock the boat. Boston, Lionel Richie and Heart are among the performers who'll entertain travelers aboard Carnival cruise ships during the just-announced summer and fall 2015 edition of the company's Carnival LIVE Concert Series.
Boston will play four shows on different cruise liners -- Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Ecstasy -- while the ships are docked in Nassau, Bahamas August 19, 20, 21 and 22, respectively.
As for Richie, he will perform aboard Carnival Freedom October 14 and Carnival Pride on October 15, while those ships also are visiting Nassau.
About a week later, Heart will rock the stage with three shipboard performances in Cozumel, Mexico: October 20 aboard Carnival Paradise, October 21 aboard Carnival Ecstasy, and October 22 aboard Carnival Breeze.
The Carnival LIVE Concert Series also includes previously announced shows by Smokey Robinson and Styx. The Motown legend will hit the stage April 21, 22 and 23 in Cozumel, Mexico, while the veteran rockers will perform on July 16, 17, 18 and 20 in Nassau.
Carnival LIVE tickets range from $35 to $75 for general admission. VIP tickets are available for $125 to $250 and offer seating in the first four rows, a photo opportunity with the artist, and a commemorative concert pass. Visit Carnival.com for a full lineup and more details about the series.
Courtesy of Record Store DayJust a reminder that the eighth annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 18. As always, the initiative features a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl-only releases that are available exclusively at independent record shops around the U.S. and in other countries too. Among the many veteran artists who will be issuing collectible discs in conjunction with the campaign are Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.
McCartney's contribution is an LP featuring the long-out-of-print The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording, while Wilson's offering is a seven-inch single featuring the songs "The Right Time" and "Sail Away" from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier Pressure.
The Bee Gees' Record Store Day release is a 12-inch disc titled Extended that boasts four classic songs from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, while Springsteen is offering up individual remastered versions of his first seven studio albums that originally were included in 2014's The Album Collection Vol. 1: 1973-1984 box set.
U2, meanwhile, is releasing a deluxe two-disc vinyl collection titled Age of Innocence, and Simon & Garfunkel are issuing a seven-inch single featuring a pair of classic songs recorded in late 1965, "Homeward Bound" and "Leaves That Are Green."
As for Dylan, he has three Record Store Day releases on tap: a seven-inch blue vinyl disc featuring "The Night We Called It a Day" and "Stay with Me," both from his new standards album, Shadows in the Night; plus stereo and mono versions of a 12-inch LP that includes select tunes from Bob's famed 1967 "Basement Tapes" sessions with The Band. Each copy of the latter two discs are individually numbered and signed by Band keyboardist Garth Hudson.
Other artists releasing exclusive discs for Record Store Day 2015 include Gregg Allman, The Animals, Blue Oyster Cult, David Bowie, The Doors, Marvin Gaye, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett, The Kinks, Queen's Brian May, John Oates, Otis Redding, Todd Rundgren, Sly and the Family Stone, Dionne Warwick and The Zombies.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame MuseumThe 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tonight at Cleveland's Public Hall. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tops the list of this year's inductees, which also includes Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day and The "5" Royales.
As is tradition, a variety of big-name stars will be on hand to induct the honorees. Starr will be welcomed by his Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, Withers will be inducted by Stevie Wonder, the late Reed will be saluted by Patti Smith, Jett and her group will be ushered in by pop superstar Miley Cyrus, the late Vaughan and his band will be honored by John Mayer, the Butterfield Blues Band will be inducted by J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Green Day will be welcomed by Fall Out Boy and The "5" Royales will be celebrated by Booker T. & the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper.
A variety of well-known artists also will take to the stage to perform in honor of the newly minted inductees. The evening's entertainment lineup includes The Eagles' Joe Walsh; Stevie Ray's brother, ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie Vaughan; Mayer; pop/R&B star John Legend; Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl; Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello; Beck; contemporary bluesman Gary Clark Jr.; country singer Zac Brown; and others.
All of the aforementioned inductees will be honored in the "Performers" category except for Starr, who will be acknowledged in conjunction with receiving the Award for Musical Excellence, and The "5" Royales, who will be recognized as an "Early Influence."
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be taped for a television special that's scheduled to premiere May 30 on HBO.
Credit: Claude GassianMick Jagger and Keith Richards have lent their voices to a new episode of comedy collective The Kloons' web series Sisters, which features Kloons members Nik Kazoura and Mitch Lewis acting out real-life audio conversations between Nik's mother and aunt.
During the episode, the Kloons guys are shown lip-syncing to the women's voices as they discuss The Rolling Stones' famous logo, ponder whether Keith's last name is Richards or Richardson and talk about what a nice head of hair Jagger has while looking at a photo of the band in a coffee shop. As the two-and-a-half-minute video winds down, two young women are seen at a table in the same café, and when they open their mouths to chat, the voices of Jagger and Richards are heard, as they humorously talk about wanting to leave the city and hitting the road.
At the end of the clip, Lewis thanks Jagger and Richards for taking part in the sketch, while Kazoura reminds viewers that The Stones are heading out on tour soon. The band's upcoming tour dates also are shown.
Lewis told Tubefilter.com how Jagger and Richards came to be involved in the episode. As the comic explained, last fall The Stones' touring company showed the Sisters web series to the rock legends, who liked what they saw and agreed to take part in the video.
Credit: James GladerThe Eagles' Don Henley has settled a lawsuit he brought last year against a Wisconsin-based clothing company that seemingly incorporated his name and the title of one of his band's well-known songs into an advertisement for a line of its shirts. According to documents filed on Tuesday in a California federal court, the Duluth Trading Co. has agreed to never again use or allude to the singer's full name in connection with selling its Henley-style collarless pullover shirts, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Last October, Duluth Trading sent customers an email ad for its Henley shirts that included the phrase, "Don a Henley and take it easy," prompting the Eagles star to launch a copyright-infringement suit against the company.
As part of the settlement, Duluth has promised to never again use the words "Don" and "Henley" together or near each another in its future advertisements.
The company also has issued an apology to Henley for using his name without his permission.
"We appreciate and respect what Mr. Henley has meant to music and we now see that our use of his name and an Eagles' song title in our advertisement was inappropriate," reads the statement. "For that we are deeply regretful and we apologize, not just to Mr. Henley, but to anyone else who took offense. We have learned a valuable lesson and thank Mr. Henley for helping us appreciate the importance that he and other artists place in their publicity rights."
Duluth Trading also explains that, at Henley's request and as part of the settlement, the company has donated an undisclosed amount of money to the singer's Walden Woods Project in honor of the environmental organization's 25th anniversary.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCAs a pianist, Billy Joel may have spent a lot of time "tickling the ivories," but he wants to make sure that doesn't involve real elephant ivory. The musician, animal lover and expectant father is lending his voice to a new series of ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society's 96 Elephants campaign, "Take a Stand for Elephants."
96 Elephants was named for the number of elephants killed each day by poachers in Africa for their ivory tusks. Its aim is to bring together world citizens, partners, thought-leaders and change-makers to stop the killing of elephants and help ban the sale of ivory.
"We can't turn back time, but we can reverse this trend," Joel says in a voiceover during one of the promo videos for the initiative. "Don't be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct."
Last year, Billy wrote an impassioned letter in support of a bill in the New York State Senate that would severely restrict the sale of items made of ivory.
"I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists. But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day," he wrote. "There are other materials which can be substituted for piano keys. But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced."
Joel added, "Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species. Music should be a celebration of life -- not an instrument of death."
The bill was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last August.
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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.