Credit: Jody RogacEx-Talking Heads frontman David Byrnehas released a new track called "This Is That," from his upcoming studio album, American Utopia, as a digital single and via streaming services Friday. If you pre-order American Utopia now at iTunes and Nonesuch.com, you'll also immediately receive a free download of the song.
You can listen to "This Is That," which was co-written and produced by electronic artist Daniel Lopatin, a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never, now at Byrne's official YouTube channel. The ethereal, eclectic-sounding tune is highlighted by Chinese folk instruments and electronic percussion.
American Utopia, Byrne's first full-fledged solo effort since 2004's Grown Backwards, will be released March 9. The 10-track collection includes songs inspired by various things that give Byrne incentive to feel optimistic during this period of political and social upheaval. Among his collaborators on the project are Brian Eno, who co-wrote the song "Everybody's Coming to My House" with David.
Byrne will be supporting American Utopia with an expansive world tour that kicks off March 3 in Red Bank, New Jersey, and is mapped out through an August 28 show in Morrison, Colorado.
Capitol/UMe2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Steve Miller Band's debut album, Children of the Future. In celebration of the milestone, a box set featuring remastered, 180-gram-vinyl versions of the group's first nine studio albums will hit stores on May 18.
Titled Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976), the set spans from Children of the Future through the multiplatinum Fly Like an Eagle. All nine albums will be available individually as well. Meanwhile, limited-edition colored-vinyl versions of the albums, with each disc boasting a different color or colors, will be sold individually and as a box set exclusively at uDiscoverMusic.com.
In addition, HD digital audio versions of each of the nine albums are being released, one a week every Friday, beginning with Children of the Future today and winding down with Fly Like an Eagle on April 13.
As previously reported, Steve Miller Band will be touring across North America this spring and summer with Peter Frampton. The trek kicks off April 14 in Victoria, Canada, and is mapped out through an August 25-26 stand in Woodinville, Washington. In honor of the tour, a video of Steve Miller and company performing a cover of Elmore James' "Stranger Blues" with Frampton at an August 2017 in Costa Mesa, California, has been posted at the Miller Band's official VEVO YouTube channel.
Here are all of the Steve Miller Band albums featured in the Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976) box set, as well as the release dates for the HD digital audio versions of the records:
Children of the Future (1968) -- HD digital audio release: February 16 Sailor (1968) -- HD digital audio release: February 23 Brave New World (1969) -- HD digital audio release: March 2 Your Saving Grace (1969) -- HD digital audio release: March 9 Number 5 (1970) -- HD digital audio release: March 16 Rock Love (1971) -- HD digital audio release: March 23 Recall the Beginning…A Journey from Eden (1972) -- HD digital audio release: March 30 The Joker (1973) -- HD digital audio release: April 6 Fly Like an Eagle (1976) -- HD digital audio release: April 13
And here's the info of the colored-vinyl versions of each album being released:
Children of the Future -- pink Sailor -- blue Brave New World -- yellow Your Saving Grace -- white Number 5 -- orange Rock Love -- transparent green Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden -- red The Joker -- yellow-green Fly Like an Eagle -- half black half bright yellow
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe new home video featuring performances from an intimate show Van Morrison played in September 2016 -- which originally aired as part of BBC Radio 2's In Concert series -- gets its release today on DVD and Blu-ray.
The concert took place at the BBC Theatre in London around the time of the release of Morrison's Keep Me Singing album, and included renditions of six tunes from that collection, as well as performances of several Van classics.
Among the well-known Morrison songs featured on the In Concert video: "Brown Eyed Girl," "Wild Night," "Here Comes the Night" and "Jackie Wilson Said."
The DVD and Blu-ray also feature a bonus show, the "Up on Cyprus Avenue" concert that Van played on his 70th birthday -- August 31, 2015 -- in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Among the tunes Morrison sang at that event were his Astral Weeks gem "Cyprus Avenue," as well as "Days Like This" and covers of the spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and the pop standard "It's All in the Game."
You can check out a few previews of the In Concert video by visiting Morrison's official VEVO YouTube channel. The site includes full clips of Van performing "Brown Eyed Girl" and Keep Me Singing's title track, as well as an extended trailer promoting the video.
Meanwhile, Morrison's 2018 tour itinerary includes a couple of U.S. concerts scheduled for February 26 and 27 at the Wiltern theater in Los Angeles.
Here are the songs Morrison performed at the In Concert show:
"Too Late" "Magic Time" "Wild Night" Medley: "Baby Please Don't Go/Don't Start Crying Now" "Here Comes the Night" "Every Time I See a River" "Cleaning Windows/Be-Bop a Lula" "Let It Rhyme" "Whenever God Shines His Light" "Sometimes We Cry" "Going Down to Bangor" "The Pen Is Mightier than the Sword" "Keep Me Singing" "Enlightenment" "Carrying a Torch" "Brown Eyed Girl" "Jackie Wilson Said" "In the Garden"
And here are tunes Van sang at his "Up on Cyprus Avenue" gig:
"Cyprus Avenue" "Celtic Swing" "Cleaning Windows/Be-Bop a Lula" "Days Like This" "Precious Time" "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" "Baby Please Don't Go/Parchman Farm/Don't Start Crying Now" "It's All in the Game" "Burning Ground" "Whenever God Shines His Light" "And the Healing Has Begun" "On Hyndford Street"
Minstrel Hall MusicA two-CD/DVD set titled Memories in Rock II featuring highlights from the three U.K. concerts that the new incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow played last year will be released on April 6. The live performances documented on the collection's CDs include renditions of a variety of Rainbow tunes, as well as versions of classic songs by Ritchie Blackmore's other famous band, Deep Purple.
Among the songs featured on Memories in Rock II are Rainbow's "Since You've Been Gone," "Man on the Silver Mountain," "I Surrender" and "All Night Long," and Deep Purple's "Woman from Tokyo," "Perfect Strangers," "Child in Time" and "Smoke on the Water." Also included on the CDs is a brand-new studio recording, "Waiting for a Sign," which will be released as a digital single on March 16. This will mark Rainbow's first new single since 1996.
The DVD, meanwhile, boasts behind-the scenes footage, as well as new interviews with Blackmore and some of his new Rainbow band mates, including singer Ronnie Romero. Among the topics Ritchie discusses in the DVD are his decision to resurrect Rainbow after seeing online videos of Romero performing, the balance between amount of Rainbow and Deep Purple songs included in his group's sets, and how frequently he plans to perform with the new band.
Memories in Rock II also will be available on vinyl and in digital formats.
Here is the full track list of the Memories in Rock II CDs:
CD 1 "Over the Rainbow" "Spotlight Kid" "I Surrender" "Mistreated" "Since You've Been Gone" "Man on the Silver Mountain"/"Woman from Tokyo" "16th Century Greensleeves" "Soldier of Fortune" "Perfect Strangers" "Difficult to Cure" "All Night Long" "Child in Time"
CD 2 "Stargazer" "Long Live Rock'n'Roll"/"Lazy" "Catch the Rainbow" "Black Night" "Carry On Jon" "Temple of the King" "Smoke on the Water" "Waiting for a Sign" (new song)
ABC/Randy HolmesIf Elton John hadn't already announced that he was retiring from touring, an incident at his show in Las Vegas this week might have led him to make that decision.
During his shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, when Elton performs "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)," he invites people from the audience to dance with him onstage. But in fan-recorded video posted by TMZ, Elton can be seen singing the song onstage on Wednesday night as a set of Mardi Gras beads comes flying out of nowhere and smacks him in the mouth.
As the band continued to play, a shocked and startled Elton looked confused, upset and furious -- as much as he could look confused, upset and angry while wearing large sunglasses -- and appeared to utter an expletive. He then wiped his mouth with a tissue several times to make sure he wasn't bleeding.
Credit: Claude GassianThe Rolling Stones Exhibit, a.k.a. Exhibitionism, will be moving from Sin City to Music City. After the expansive display wraps up its run at the Palazzo resort in Las Vegas on Sunday, February 25, it will be opening at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on March 29.
The exhibition's Nashville run will mark the attraction's final stop on its U.S. tour, which also included engagements in New York City and Chicago. Exhibitionism premiered at London's Saatchi Gallery in April 2016. Tickets for the Nashville display can be purchased online now at StonesExhibit.com.
"We're all in for a rare treat," says Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum CEO and founder Joe Chambers in a statement. "Hosting The Rolling Stones Exhibit…and pairing it with our museum that celebrates the achievements of all musicians around the globe establishes a can't-miss destination worth traveling from anywhere for music fans."
Created with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones, the exhibit features various themed areas incorporating more than 500 artifacts, including guitars, costumes, photos, posters and more. Among the displays are replicas of the seedy London apartment some of the band members shared in 1962, a recording studio, and a backstage area at one of the group's concerts. Visitors also will be able to enjoy previously unheard audio tracks, as well as rare video clips and film presentations, including a 3-D concert performance.
The Rolling Stones Exhibit's run in Nashville is scheduled through June 30. It's slated to move to Sydney, Australia, in November of this year.
ABC/Fred WatkinsStevie Wonder will be heading to Louisville, Kentucky, in May to perform at an event celebrating the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The Motown legend will headline the second annual edition of The Trifecta Gala, scheduled to take place on Friday, May 4, the eve of the famous horse race, at the new Omni Hotel -- Louisville.
Comedian Sinbad will host the event, which benefits a couple of local charities: the University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities and the West End School, a private college-prep grade school for boys and young men. Additional performers will be announced soon.
The event was founded by former NBA star Junior Bridgeman and this year will be hosted by his children, Eden, Justin and Ryan Bridgeman.
"We want to give our guests a world-class experience as they celebrate this special time of year in Kentucky," Eden Bridgeman says in a statement.
People interested in attending the event can call 502-238-2097 or visit TrifectaGala.com for more info.
The Kentucky Derby is held annually at Churchill Downs in Louisville. This year's race tales place on Saturday, May 5.
Parlophone RecordsTwo David Bowie albums, 1973's Aladdin Sane and the long-out-of print 1981 compilation ChangesTwoBowie, will be reissued in April.
A limited-edition silver-vinyl version of Aladdin Sane will be released April 20 in honor of the album's 45th anniversary, and will be available exclusively at record stores, not online. The new LP will feature co-producer Ken Scott's 2013 remaster.
Aladdin Sane, which peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and topped the U.K. chart, includes memorable Bowie tunes like "The Jean Genie," "Panic in Detroit" and "Cracked Actor," as well as a cover The Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together." The album, which features Bowie's famous backing band The Spiders from Mars, was certified gold in the U.S. for sales of 500,000 units.
ChangesTwoBowie will be reissued on April 13 as a 180-gram vinyl LP, a CD digipak and multiple digital formats, and also will be made available for streaming that day. The 10-track album was a follow-up to the 1976 best-of ChangesOneBowie, and features a variety of hits and standout tracks that Bowie released from 1971 through 1980. Among the tunes on the compilation are "Starman," "1984," "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)," and the single versions of "Ashes to Ashes," "Fashion" and "D.J."
The vinyl edition of the ChangesTwoBowie reissue will initially be available randomly in either black or blue vinyl, while subsequent runs of the LP will only be pressed on black vinyl.
In addition, ChangesOneBowie will be released on high-resolution digital formats and will be made available via streaming services on April 13.
Here is the full Aladdin Sane LP track list:
Side One "Watch That Man" "Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)" "Drive-In Saturday" "Panic in Detroit" "Cracked Actor"
Side Two "Time" "The Prettiest Star" "Let's Spend the Night Together" "The Jean Genie" "Lady Grinning Soul"
And here's the ChangesTwoBowie track list:
"Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)" "Oh! You Pretty Things" "Starman" "1984" "Ashes to Ashes"* "Sound and Vision" "Fashion"* "Wild Is the Wind" "John, I'm Only Dancing (Again)" "D.J."*
George Pimentel/WireImageIn a new interview with U.K. magazine Planet Rock, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page again addresses the oft-asked question about whether he thinks his old band will ever perform live again. While his answer is disappointing, it's unsurprising.
"I very much doubt it," the 74-yar-old rocker says. "You've just got to face facts. We've gone past the 10th anniversary of the [reunion show at London's] O2 [arena], where we managed to do one serious concert. That's the only thing that we've done for such a long time, so I very much doubt we'll do anything else. I really think the time has gone."
On the positive side, Page says a new archival Led Zeppelin live album will be released later this year.
"I can't give the game away, but there's a recording that's another multi-track that we'll release," he says of the album. "It's so different to all the other things that are out there. It's another view compared to How the West Was Won or The Song Remains the Same. I'm looking forward to people hearing that."
In addition, Jimmy reveals that the band is planning to put out "a lot of" additional releases over the course of the next 10 years.
Meanwhile, Page also discusses the new official book, Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin, that will be published this October in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary.
"I'm really pleased that [Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and I are] all doing it collectively because there are so many other people doing books," notes Jimmy. "It will be really good to have an authoritative book, where the band are actually contributing to it rather than being ripped off."
The latest issue of Planet Rock, featuring the Page interview, hits newsstands on Friday.
Courtesy of The Fest for Beatles FansThe guest lineup has been unveiled for the 2018 New York-area edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans, which runs from Friday, March 9, to Sunday, March 11, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey. The festival will feature performances and appearances by a variety of well-known artists, including founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, Peter & Gordon's Peter Asher, and Chad & Jeremy's Jeremy Clyde.
Bachman will perform on the festival's last day, while Asher will be on hand for all three days. Friday, Peter will present a storytellers-style performance with various guests, while on Saturday and Sunday he and Clyde will team up to perform as a duo for the very first time.
Other notable musicians who will take part in the event include longtime Ringo Starr's All Starr Band music director and sax player Mark Rivera, Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes, and Billy J. Kramer. The Beatles' longtime hairdresser, Leslie Cavendish, also will appear at the Fab Four extravaganza.
In addition, The Fest for Beatles will feature 50th anniversary celebrations for Yellow Submarine and the band's two-disc self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album.
Other activities and events include a bevy of Beatles tribute performances, autograph signings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions, a battle of the bands, a karaoke room, a dance party, a trivia contest, memorabilia sales and auctions, art displays, film screenings and more.
Meanwhile, a Chicago-area edition of the Beatles fest is scheduled for August 10-12 at The Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.
To check out full details of the 2018 Fest for Beatles Fans, visit TheFest.com.
Scott Pattenden (copyright 2017)/courtesy RM Sotheby'sMamma Mia! That’s some price for a 41-year-old, cassette-playing BMW once used by ABBA.
The stylish 1977 BMW 633, with nearly 125,000 miles behind it, sold at auction in Paris by RM Sotheby’s for about $42,500, nearly a record for that particular model, according to car specialist Felix Archer of RM Sotheby’s.
“An equivalent of this car, with the same mileage of 200,000 kilometers and in such good condition, but without ABBA attached to It, would sell for between [roughly $12,400 and $18.600],” he told ABC News. “ABBA’s influence is bigger than you can imagine.”
ABBA used the Polaris silver BMW on European tours from 1978 to 1980 and as a discrete everyday car for members Bjorn Ulvaeus or Benny Andersson. They sold it in 1980, according to RM Sotheby’s.
The car, with leather seats and electric windows, sold last week with copies of the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.
Capitol Records/UMeBob Seger has debuted an official lyrics video for the title track to his latest studio album, I Knew You When, which was released in November. The mid-tempo ballad is a nostalgic, heartfelt tribute to his late friend, Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey.
The clip, which you can watch on Seger's VEVO YouTube channel, features a series of animated black-and-white sketches based on photos of the Michigan rocker at different ages, starting with a picture from the late '60s that's featured on the cover of the album. The final image in the video is of Seger with his arm around Frey's shoulders.
Seger dedicated I Knew You When to Frey, and the album includes a number of tracks inspired by Glenn or boasting themes reflecting Bob's relationship with him. Seger also pays homage on the album to a couple of other late singer/songwriters he admired -- Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed -- by covering their respective songs "Democracy" and "Busload of Faith."
As previously reported, Seger postponed the last 19 dates of his 2017 fall tour because he needed to undergo surgery to treat a ruptured disc in his neck. He is hoping to return to the road by the spring, although there's no word yet on when the shows will be rescheduled.
The initiative begins on April 13 with the release of several hits compilations, including the three-CD box set The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) and a one-CD collection titled Love's Theme: The Best of the 20th Century Records Singles.
The three-disc retrospective features 46 tracks, including classic songs like "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby," "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up," "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" and the chart-topping "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," as well as alternate versions of many of those tunes.
The single-disc Love's Theme album boasts 21 tracks, including the classic versions of Barry's 1970s singles and "Love's Theme," a #1 hit instrumental for White's orchestral group The Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973.
A two-LP vinyl edition of the Love's Theme compilation also will be available. It features one bonus track -- the 1975 Love Unlimited Orchestra hit "Satin Soul."
Meanwhile, arriving on April 20 is The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1975) vinyl box set, which features 10 seven-inch vinyl discs recreating White's single releases from his mid-'70s heyday. Each disc is housed in a replica sleeve, and the collection comes packaged with a four-page illustrated book.
Future White reissues will include CD and vinyl LP box sets featuring Barry's full albums, as well as compilations and album box sets focusing on The Love Unlimited Orchestra and the female vocal group Love Unlimited, which White formed.
Here's the track list of The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) compilation:
Disc One "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" "Just a Little More Baby" "I've Got So Much to Give" "I've Got So Much to Give" (Instrumental) "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (Short Version) "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (Long Version) (original B-side) "No I'm Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (Instrumental) (revised B-side) "Honey Please, Can't Ya See" "Honey Please, Can't Ya See" (Instrumental) "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" "Just Not Enough" "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" "More Than Anything, You're My Everything" "What Am I Gonna Do with You" "What Am I Gonna Do with You Baby"
Disc Two "I'll Do for You Anything You Want Me To" "Anything You Want Me To" "Let the Music Play" "Let the Music Play" (Instrumental) "You See the Trouble with Me" "I'm So Blue and You Are Too" "Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together" "If You Know, Won't You Tell Me" "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" "Can't You See It's Only You I Want" "I'm Qualified to Satisfy You" "I'm Qualified to Satisfy You" (Instrumental) "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" "I Never Thought I'd Fall In Love with You" "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" (Disco Version)
Disc Three "Playing Your Game, Baby" "Of All the Guys in the World" "Oh What a Night for Dancing" "You're So Good You're Bad" "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" "It's Only Love Doing Its Thing" "Just the Way You Are" "Now I'm Gonna Make Love to You" "Sha La La Means I Love You" "September When I First Met You" "Early Years" "I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing" "Oh Me, Oh My (I'm Such a Lucky Guy)" "How Did You Know It Was Me" "I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing" (Disco Version) "Oh Me, Oh My (I'm Such a Lucky Guy)" (Disco Version)
Credit: Kevin MazurBilly Joel has reportedly shelled out $3.5 million for a horse ranch in Wellington, Florida.
The Daily Mail reports the Piano Man purchased the five-acre ranch last month for his wife, Alexis, who is an accomplished equestrian.
"He just wants to keep making his wife happy," a source tells The Mail. "This purchase was all about her." In October, Billy and Alexis welcomed their second daughter, Remy Anne.
The property is described as a "beautifully maintained" farm located a short distance from Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival, one of the country's largest equestrian events. The ranch includes a 12-stall barn with groom quarters and a ring to practice dressage, an equestrian sport where the rider and horse perform a series of pre-determined movements.
Joel is already familiar with the neighborhood: He purchased an adjacent property for $3.6 million in 2016. Bruce Springsteen and Bill Gates also own properties in the area.
Credit: Suzie KaplanFounding Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer will be hitting the road with his solo band in June for a new U.S. installment of his Rockabilly Riot! tour. The trek is scheduled to run from a June 1 show in Santa Ynez, California, through a June 24 concert in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public Friday, February 16, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available for members of Setzer's fan club starting Tuesday, February 13, at 10 a.m. local time, while a local pre-sale also will be offered beginning Thursday, February 15, at 10 a.m. Visit BrianSetzer.com for more details.
Prior to the tour, Setzer and his group will play a headlining set on May 19 at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival in Annapolis, Maryland. The band features upright bassist Mark Winchester, piano player Kevin McKendree and drummer Noah Levy, all of whom played on Setzer's 2014 solo album, Rockabilly Riot!: All Original.
First up for Setzer, though, will be a previously announced reunion performance with The Stray Cats on Saturday, April 21, in Las Vegas at The Orleans during the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend festival. The rockabilly trio's headlining set at the event will mark the first time that the band will perform together in North America in a decade.
Here are all of Setzer's confirmed 2018 shows:
4/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend - The Orleans (with The Stray Cats) 5/19 -- Annapolis, MD, Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival - Sandy Point State Park 6/1 -- Santa Ynez, CA, Chumash Casino 6/2 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino - Starlight Theater 6/3 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre 6/6 -- Napa, CA, The Uptown Theatre 6/8 -- West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall 6/9 -- Grand Junction, CO, Las Colonias Amphitheater 6/12 -- Austin, TX, Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater 6/14 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove Margaritaville 6/15 -- Robinsonville, MS, Gold Strike Casino - Millennium Theatre 6/16 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater 6/18 -- Charleston, SC, Charleston Music Hall 6/19 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Sandler Center For the Performing Arts 6/20 -- Charlottesville, VA, The Paramount Theater 6/22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Showroom 6/24 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series Outdoors
Courtesy of Ottawa BluesFestBryan Adams and Jethro Tull are among the artists who will headline the 2018 edition of Canada's Ottawa Bluesfest, which will be held July 5 to July 15.
Adams will close out the first day of the event. British pop-rock veteran Nick Lowe also will perform on July 5, accompanied by wrestling mask-wearing surf rockers Los Straightjackets. Jethro Tull will hit the stage at the end of day two of the festival, July 6.
Other headlining acts on the Bluesfest bill include Foo Fighters on July 10, Dave Matthews Band on July 11, Shaggy and Naughty by Nature on July 12, and Beck on July 13.
Tickets for the festival will go on sale this Thursday, February 15, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full lineup and more information about tickets, visit OttawaBluesFest.ca.
Credit: Lee CherryJohn Fogerty recently told ABC Radio that he's really enjoying his Las Vegas residency shows, declaring that "as long as they'll have me, I guess I'll be coming." Well, true to his word, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has confirmed two new six-show engagements at the Wynn Las Vegas resort's Encore Theater -- in the spring and the fall of this year.
The concerts are scheduled for May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 12, and October 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets will go on sale to the public for the new dates this Friday, February 16, at 10 a.m. PT; pre-sale tickets will be available starting today at 10 a.m. PT. Visit JohnFogerty.com for more information.
Fogerty's Vegas show is called John Fogerty Performs Creedence Clearwater Revival Hit, although the 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also plays some of his well-known solo tunes alongside CCR classics at the concerts.
John currently has no other dates on his 2018 itinerary.
Steve Snowden/Getty ImagesFollowing the death of longtime Foghat bassist Craig McGregor this past Friday, his widow, Lisa, has now shared some details of where and when fans can pay their respects to the veteran rocker. According to a message on the band's website, a visitation for McGregor will be held this Friday, February 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET at the Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading, Pennsylvania.
Craig's family suggests that in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to either the Fox Chase Cancer Center in support of the Philadelphia facility's cancer research efforts or to the Humane Society of America. The McGregor family also says fans can consider adopting a pet in Craig's memory.
The message also thanks fans "for the overwhelming support that you have bestowed upon Craig and our family during his battle with cancer, and now sadly upon his passing." The note adds, "Please know that your gracious love, support and prayers are filling our hearts and bringing us great comfort -- we are truly blessed."
McGregor died at age 68 after a long battle with lung cancer. Craig first joined Foghat in 1976, and played on and off with the band until 2015, when his illness forced him to stop touring. He did contribute to the group's latest studio album, Under the Influence, which was released in 2016.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentA clip of The Doors performing their classic song "Light My Fire" during the band's appearance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival has been given an exclusive premiere at Billboard.com.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger recalls that the star-studded 1970 Isle of Wight Festival happened at "a nervous time" for the band, as singer Jim Morrison was in the middle of a trial where he faced charges of indecent exposure and obscenity stemming from a 1969 concert in Miami.
"[H]e wasn't in the best of moods, and we were into the part of his career where he was way overweight and had the beard," Krieger explains to Billboard. "He sang well [at the concert], but he didn't move an inch, and usually he was real animated and all over the place, depending on how much drugs he had in him. And he insisted on green light only. He wanted it as dark as possible on stage."
Regardless of Morrison's lack of movement, The Doors gave a strong performance at the Isle of Wight, which was among the band's last-ever live performances. During the extended instrumental break in "Light My Fire," Krieger threw in snippets of John Coltrane's version of "My Favorite Things" and The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby."
"'Eleanor Rigby' was one of my favorite songs ever -- still is," notes Robby, "and I still do that when I play 'Light My Fire' at my own gigs."
Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 will be available as a DVD/CD set and Blu-ray/CD set package, as well as a digital video.
John P. Filo/CBSAdd Sting to the list of people who doesn't think he should have been quite so prominent at the Grammys.
Following the Grammy Awards last month, many fans cried foul that Lorde wasn't offered a solo performance slot, given that she was nominated for Album of the Year -- and the only woman nominated in the category, at that.
Fans also complained that while Lorde was snubbed, Sting was omnipresent during the telecast: He appeared in a comedy sketch, presented an award, and performed his decades-old hit "Englishman in New York" as well as his new duet with Shaggy, "Don't Make Me Wait."
In an interview with the Canadian Press published in theMontreal Gazette, Sting says if he had known that Lorde hadn't been given the opportunity to perform, he would have stepped aside.
"That really surprised me, that an artist who was up for [album] of the year didn’t get a slot and I can’t quite understand why that would have happened, but of course we didn’t know that,” Sting explains. "If she’d told us that, we would have said, ‘Please take our spot, we don’t need it.'"
In his defense, Sting said he and Shaggy “didn’t have much to do with” the amount of screen time they got, either.
“They just threw us on there,” he explained. “We were happy with the real estate. It was fun.”