Theo Wargo/WireImage for NARASWhen The Who brought their current tour to the New York area this week, guitarist Pete Townshend took some time out Thursday night to accept a prestigious honor from the MusiCares MAP fund, which provides musicians with access to recovery treatment free of charge. At the organization's 11th annual benefit concert, which also honored longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley, Townshend was saluted by famous fans and friends, including Bruce Springsteen, who praised the guitarist for making him who he is today.
Before presenting Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support for the organization, Springsteen gave one of his trademark rambling speeches where he revealed that his first rock concert was The Who...opening up for Herman's Hermits. He spoke about the impact that Townshend's guitar smashing had on him, and his feeble attempts to imitate him with his own band at the time, The Castiles. But on a serious note, he told the crowd, "Pete managed to take the dirty business of rock and roll and somehow make it spiritual and turn it into a quest...he identified the place where it was noble and he wasn't afraid to go there."
"I took a lot of that with me as the years passed by," Bruce continued. "So Pete, I'm here to say congratulations, well deserved and thanks -- not just for Who's Next, and for Who Are You, but for who I am."
Accepting the honor, Townshend spoke of his triumph over his own addictions, which in the past included alcohol, cocaine and, briefly, heroin. "The secret for me to be able to do this tour with The Who, this 50th anniversary tour, and still kinda put on a reasonable show and to be up there and move around and enjoy the music and be able to put my energy into it, has been the 30 years that I've been clean," he told the cheering audience.
Bruce then joined Townshend, Roger Daltrey and the rest of The Who for a performance of "My Generation." It was just one of many star-studded performances of Who classics during the evening. Joan Jett, who's currently opening for The Who on this leg of their tour, performed "I Can't Explain" and "Summertime Blues." Billy Idol, a longtime friend of the band, sang "The Real Me" and "Who Are You." And Daltrey and The Who -- minus Townshend -- performed "The Seeker" and "Young Man Blues." The finale was, of course, "Won't Get Fooled Again."
During the event, some of Pete's famous pals who couldn't make it sent video congratulations, including Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Roger Waters and Joe Walsh.
On the red carpet prior to the event, Townshend told ABC Radio that essentially, the MusiCares MAP Fund is an example of "the music industry at last doing something that helps the people that generate the money for it." He explains that the organization is able get help "for people who aren't as famous as I am."
He pointed out, "It costs a huge amount of money to put somebody in rehab, whichever way you look at it. Today, if they don't get [well] in two weeks, y'know, if they need six months, it can cost 300 thousand dollars. So, it's about whether a life of a musician is worth that much money."
On the red carpet, both Billy Idol and Bruce Springsteen's bandmate, Little Steven Van Zandt, expressed their admiration for Pete's musical innovations and artistry. Idol noted, "He was someone that, when we were coming up in punk rock, was one of the few older people that had come before us that we could really, we could really get inspiration from."
But perhaps Townshend's bandmate Roger Daltrey summed up the guitarist's musical genius best. He told the crowd, "He writes from a place within the human spirit that not many people dare to go to," said Daltrey. "He opens up old wounds. He opens up himself, completely naked in his songs. And that's why they touch people so much and still mean as much today as they did when he wrote them all those years ago. Well done, Pete!"
Jason Kirk/Getty ImagesMichaelJackson's Neverland Ranch is on the market, and it can be yours for $100 million.
The property, located in Los Olivos, California, about 40 miles from Santa Barbara, is now called “Sycamore Valley Ranch,” Suzanne Perkins, one of the realtors, tells the Wall Street Journal.
The amusement park rides are gone, according to the agents, as are the orangutans and elephant. However, there is currently a llama on the property, as well as the railroad tracks and train station built at Jackson’s request. The famous floral clock, which spells out “Neverland,” is also still there, along with the building that once housed the Neverland Valley Fire Department, although it’s no longer staffed by full-time firefighters.
The roughly 2,700-acre property has about 22 structures on it, according to Perkins. The Normandy-style main house, which sits between the property’s two lakes, measures about 12,000 square feet, with six bedrooms plus an attached staff quarters.
There’s also a four-bedroom guesthouse near the main home and a two-bedroom guesthouse a little farther away, a swimming pool with a cabana, a barbecue area, a basketball court and tennis court, a 50-seat movie theater with a private viewing balcony and a stage that includes trap doors for magic shows.
Jackson paid $19.5 million for the ranch in 1987 and lived there more than 15 years. He defaulted on a $24.5 million loan backed by the ranch, according to the daily business publication, which adds that real-estate investment firm Colony Capital bought the note in 2008 for $23 million and put the title into a joint venture it formed with the pop star.
Mountain JamThe 11th Annual Mountain Jam festival is coming up with headlining sets from Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters as well as The Black Keys and Alabama Shakes. But if you can't make it out to New York's Hunter Mountain next weekend for the event, software company Tourpedo is offering you a chance to stream the four-day festival, and support charity while doing so.
Fans will be able to live-stream all four days of the fest, with viewers donating what they want, beginning at a minimum of $5 per day. Proceeds from the stream will benefit Teen Cancer America, the charity founded by The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend that helps health care facilities develop special units for teenagers undergoing cancer treatment. Viewers also can tip artists during their performances, with the highest tippers during certain sets earning prizes including signed memorabilia.
Mountain Jam, which is co-produced by longtime Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes, is scheduled to take place from June 4 to June 7 at Hunter Mountain in Hunter, New York. Other performers include Haynes' Gov't Mule playing two sets including a special Pink Floyd tribute, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and moe., among others.
PRNewsFoto/Epic RightsAs a member of KISS, Paul Stanley has reaped the benefits of the band's voracious penchant for selling branded items, and now the singer/guitarist is set to launch his own lifestyle brand company. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has teamed with the Epic Rights marketing company to create the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand, which will be introduced next month at the Licensing Expo trade event in Las Vegas.
Among the various products expected to be included in the Royals & Rebels brand are men's clothing and accessories, food, alcoholic beverages, footwear, cookware, home furnishing items and much more. Branded items are expected to be available at various retail outlets by the fall of 2016.
"Over the years, [Epic Rights CEO] Dell [Furano] and I have worked closely on the strategic developments and partnerships on the KISS brand, as well as more recently with Rock & Brews and my paintings," says Stanley in a statement. "I am excited to watch Dell and Epic Rights' great team of branding professionals seek out and find opportunities and outlets that will reflect a lifestyle and point of view that I am passionate about and do it imaginatively and creatively in the years to come."
Furano, meanwhile, calls Stanley "the definitive rock Renaissance man with a sense of style in arts, fashion, design and food that is unrivaled in the music industry."
Stanley and KISS launch a European tour this Saturday, May 30, with a headlining performance at the Rockavaria Festival in Munich. Visit KISSOnline.com to check out the band's full itinerary.
David Montgomery/UMeThe Rolling Stones have offered up a new preview from the deluxe reissues of the band's 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which will be released on June 9. A video featuring an alternate version of the country-flavored gem "Dead Flowers" has been posted on the band's official VEVO page and VEVO YouTube channel.
The track sounds grittier and more bluesy than the version on the original Sticky Fingers album, with more prominent lead, rhythm and bass guitars. In addition, the faux Southern accent Mick Jagger used on the famous version is less pronounced, while Ian Stewart's honky-tonk piano lines are lower in the mix.
The video that accompanies the alternate "Dead Flowers" features grainy archival film of various "found footage" scenes made to look as if the viewer is watching an old tube TV set. The clip also includes images from the deluxe Sticky Fingers packaging and elapsed-time footage of flower blooms closing.
The alternate version of "Dead Flowers" is part of a bonus disc featured in various editions of the Sticky Fingers reissue. As previously reported, among the versions of available is a Super Deluxe Edition box set that features bonus tracks including studio outtakes, alternate takes and live recordings; a DVD containing footage of The Stones performing at a 1971 London club show; a seven-inch vinyl single featuring "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses"; collectible postcards, a poster and a print; a replica cutout of the band; and a 120-page limited-edition hardcover book.
The Rolling Stones have been showcasing songs from Sticky Fingers on their recently launched Zip Code Tour of North American. The band's next show is this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageU2 played its second of five scheduled concerts at The Forum in Inglewood, California Wednesday, and Bono paused a number of times to pay tribute to Dennis Sheehan, the band's longtime tour manager, who died early that morning in his hotel room at age 68.
"What a privilege to share the stage with these brothers of mine and to share this evening with you who have given us everything," he said, according to Billboard. "U2 is kind of a family. It's a brotherhood, although there's a lot of sisters too. But the extended family is very, very important to us…Last night we lost a member of our family. Dennis Sheehan was his name. He was U2's tour manager for 33 years. He loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles."
Bono went on to explain that Sheehan, who used to work with Led Zeppelin, had "always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin," which, the singer added, "of course is impossible."
Bono then shared a story about how he and his band mates had dressed up as Led Zeppelin for one of Sheehan's recent birthday parties, joking that "the biggest problem was I couldn't quite fill Robert Plant's pants."
Early in the show, Bono also pointed out, "A lot of U2 songs over the years were written to fill a void, an absence, a hole in a heart left by a loved one. With the loss of Sheehan, U2 now has such a wound."
The band closed out the concert with a performance of "40," a song from U2's 1983 album, War, which they dedicated to Sheehan. Before playing the tune, Bono recalled how Sheehan had helped urge an audience to sing the refrain from "40" during a show that was recorded for the 1983 live album Under a Blood Red Sky.
"We just heard this lone voice, this single voice, singing 'How long to sing this song' -- a light voice, beautiful tremolo," the singer explained. "And it was the voice of Dennis Sheehan, trying to get everyone to sing, which they did."
Bono added, "So we dedicate this song...in fact we dedicate the night...in fact we dedicate our whole tour to the very vivid memory of Dennis Sheehan, St. Dennis of Dublin, as he's known around here."
U2 will play an intimate concert Thursday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California, and will be back at The Forum on Saturday for their third show at the venue. Visit U2.com to check out the full itinerary of the band's iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour.
Warner Bros. RecordsAt age 69, Cher is still a fashion icon. The singer is the new face of Marc Jacobs’ fall campaign.
The first ad from the campaign, posted to the designer's Instagram account, features a regal-looking Cher dressed in an all-black ensemble: black jacket, long black pleated skirt and black gloves.
"The amazing and beautiful CHER! Photographed by David Sims for our Fall/Winter campaign.. This is just the beginning…. More to come!!" Jacobs captioned the photo.
Cher attended the Met Gala with the fashion designer just a few weeks ago. At the time, he told The New York Times it was a dream to collaborate with her. "Very rarely am I this intimidated," Jacobs said, adding, "This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time."
Image Courtesy of Sister LondonPink Floyd's surviving original members, bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason, reunited on Thursday morning to unveil a commemorative blue plaque at the site of the London school where the band first formed. Waters, Mason and late Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright all attended Regent Street Polytechnic between 1962 to 1965, and founded the group during their time at the college.
According to theThe Evening Standard, Waters said during the unveiling ceremony, "We are hugely gratified to be here and to have the plaque. It's an honor."
Mason, meanwhile, reflected on his days at the college while suggesting that more money should be allocated for education. "Living as a student was a fantastic way to live. Although I'd like to see more government grants introduced," he said. Mason added, "I spent my grant on curry, I think, mainly. But sensible people need the money in order to further their education and study."
Waters and Mason also paid tribute to Wright, who died of cancer in 2008, citing his "hugely important" contributions to Pink Floyd.
Wright's first wife, Juliette Gale, also attended the event, and commented, "Having a plaque is a lovely thing and it's nice that Richard can be remembered by it." Gale also was a student at Regent Street Polytechnic, which is now known as the University of Westminster.
Geoff Petts, the school's vice chancellor, said, "The University of Westminster is always proud to pay tribute to the achievements of our alumni. We are delighted to be associated with the global success of Pink Floyd and celebrate that today with the unveiling of this plaque."
Image Courtesy of Dave MasonFormer Traffic guitarist Dave Mason will launch a new North American tour next month in unique fashion, by playing shows on four different Hawaiian islands on four consecutive days. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his current group, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, will kick things off on June 11 with a concert on Maui, then will head to Kaui on June 12, the "Big Island" of Hawaii on June 13 and Oahu on June 14.
After returning to the mainland United States, Mason will play shows across the continent throughout June and July, winding down with a July 27 performance in Ocean City, New Jersey. He then will take a break before getting back on the road in September.
Dave's scheduled to make guest appearances on September 10 and 11 at the Lockn' Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia. On the 11th, he take part in a tribute to the late Joe Cocker that will be led by Tedeschi Trucks Band and also will feature Leon Russell, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, Rita Coolidge and more. Dave and Traffic Jam's 2015 tour will then pick up again, with a run of East Coast concerts that currently are scheduled through an October 2 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Mason's gigs with Traffic Jam feature the 69-year-old rocker performing many of the well-known song he recorded with Traffic, as well as solo hits and other gems from his long music career.
Here are all of Mason's confirmed 2015 North American dates; all shows are Dave Mason's Traffic Jam unless otherwise noted:
6/11 -- Kahului, HI, Maui Arts & Cultural Center - Castle Theatre 6/12 -- Lihue, HI, Kauai Community Center 6/13 -- Honokaa, HI, Honokaa Theater 6/14 -- Honolulu, HI, Mamiya Theatre 6/19 -- Monterey, CA, The Golden State Theatre 6/20 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Tahoe South Shore Room 6/25 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 6/26 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery 7/7 -- Boothbay Harbor, ME, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor 7/9 -- Prince Edward Island, Canada, Cavendish Beach Events Center 7/16 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center 7/17 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey Performance Center 7/18 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series 7/19 -- Truro, MA, Payomet Performing Arts Center 7/21 -- New York, NY, City Winery 7/25 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 7/27 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier *9/10 -- Arlington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival *9/11 -- Arlington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival 9/17 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 9/18 -- Vineland, NJ, Landis Theater 9/19 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre 9/20 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak 9/24 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head 10/2 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
Kevin Mazur/WireImageAlthough U2's longtime road manager, Dennis Sheehan, died suddenly at his hotel this morning, the band appears to be moving ahead with its recently launched iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE trek. Tonight, the Irish rockers will play the second of five concerts they have scheduled at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and they now have announced a special surprise club gig that will take place Thursday at The Roxy club in West Hollywood, California.
No tickets are being sold for the Roxy show, but U2 is directing fans to its Instagram page, where clues on how to win tickets to the intimate performance will be revealed.
Randy Holmes/ABCA man who stole a pair of heart-shaped glasses that once belonged to Elton John while they were on display at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum last month has avoided jail time. The Memphis Flyer reports that Matthew Colvin, a 26-year-old resident of Cordova, Tennessee, received a two-year suspended sentence with probation for his crime.
Colvin, who was sentenced Tuesday in a Memphis court after pleading guilty, had faced as much as four years in prison. He was arrested in Southaven, Mississippi, on April 28, less than a week after the glasses went missing. According to the Commercial Appeal, police officials said a crime-scene investigator was able to lift a fingerprint off the plexiglass display case at the museum, which led them to the suspect. Colvin admitted to stealing the glasses while in custody.
The glasses, which are valued at more than $2,000, are on loan to Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum from Hard Rock Cafe International.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsA few years back, Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on an episode of 30 Rock, but the ex-Beatles star also was once offered a cameo role on another hit NBC sitcom, a little show called Friends.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Friends casting director Leslie Litt revealed that she'd wanted Sir Paul to portray Ross Geller's British father-in-law in the two-part finale for the series' fourth season in 1998.
"I went through his manager and gave him all the details," explained Litt recalled. "One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself!"
Unfortunately, McCartney declined Litt's offer. "He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him," she noted.
In the episodes, most of the Friends crew fly to London for Ross' wedding to Emily Waltham. At the altar, Ross ends up saying the name of his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, but he and Emily still go through with the marriage. The part of Emily's dad, Stephen Waltham, ended up going to veteran British actor Tom Conti.
Credit: Paolo PellegrinDennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California. KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.
Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour. The band had just played the first of five scheduled concerts at the L.A. area venue The Forum.
In a statement posted on the band's official website, U2 frontman Bono says of Sheehan, "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in. He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable."
Arthur Fogel, a rep for tour promoter Live Nation, also released a message that declares, "With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2's longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family."
Sheehan was born in 1946; he was 68 at the time of his death. According to Billboard, he grew up in Ireland and played in a rock band throughout his teen years, then began working for various artists, including Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin, in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Sheehan's long tenure with U2 began prior to the release of the group's 1983 album, War.
Image Courtesy of Webster PRGlen Campbell's smash hit "Rhinestone Cowboy" was released 40 years ago this week. To celebrate the single's milestone birthday, Dolly Parton and a number of other country stars were filmed singing the tune for a video that's been posted at People.com.
Other artists featured in the clip include Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Darius Rucker and Sara Evans.
In 1975, "Rhinestone Cowboy" reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country charts, becoming the first single to accomplish that since Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" did it in 1961.
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesAs part of The Who's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, a second installment in a series of vinyl box sets featuring replicas of the band's early singles will be released on August 14. The Reaction Singles 1966 collection contains five seven-inch discs -- four singles and a five-track EP -- originally issued on Robert Stigwood's U.K. label Reaction Records.
Each disc in the box set is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and housed in paper sleeves. The records are packaged in a "lid-and-tray" box, and the collection also includes a booklet featuring liner notes by Who biographer Mark Blake.
The Who's Reaction releases came out after the band parted ways with producer Shel Talmy and the Brunswick Records label. Among the singles included in the new box set are two that feature "Substitute" as an A-side, and, respectively, the songs "Circles" (renamed "Instant Party" for legal reasons) and an instrumental titled "Waltz for a Pig" on the B-side. Interestingly, the latter tune wasn't recorded by The Who at all, but rather by The Graham Bond Organization -- a band Stigwood was managing at the time -- although it was credited to The Who Orchestra.
Also included in the vinyl compilation are the singles "I'm a Boy" and "Happy Jack," each featuring obscure B-sides, and the Ready Steady Who EP. The EP contains various lesser-known tunes by the band, including the group's covers of the Batman theme, Jan and Dean's "Bucket T" and The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."
The Reaction Singles 1966 box set follows the April release of The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 collection. Two additional vinyl singles box sets, focusing respectively on recordings issued by the Track and Polydor labels, also are due out before the end of 2015.
Here is the track list for The Reaction Singles 1966 box set:
"Substitute" b/w "Circles," aka "Instant Party" "Substitute" b/w "Waltz for a Pig" (B-side credited to The Who Orchestra) "I'm a Boy" b/w "In the City" Ready Steady Who EP: "Disguises" and "Circles" b/w "Batman," "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann" "Happy Jack" b/w "I've Been Away"
Image Courtesy of Brian SetzerMusic fan who loves that old-time rock 'n' roll likely will want to check out the new joint tour featuring former Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, which kicks off tonight, May 27, in Red Bank, New Jersey. The 18-date trek will make its way across North America over the next few weeks, winding down with a June 20 concert in Saratoga, California.
Setzer, who toured with Thorogood and his band back in the late '80s, tells ABC Radio that the bill "works because our crowds overlap. You know, the blues and roots and rockabilly thing seems to work together."
Brian says he's excited about the trek because it will give him the chance to introduce more fans to songs from his latest solo album, 2014's Rockabilly Riot! All Original.
"Part of the problem now with making records is you make a record and it just goes by and it's over," he explains. "A lot of the big idea behind touring with George was [so] I could get out there and play these new songs."
As you'd expect, the album features songs inspired by classic late-'50s rock 'n' roll, but with some modern elements added in.
"I've always liked to mix the old with the new stuff," says Setzer. "There's a lot of songs in here I don't think that would have been written in the rockabilly style of the '50s. They just didn't play those kind of chords with it yet, you know? It was too soon."
As for what his fans can expect to hear during the tour, Brian says that, in addition to selections from Rockabilly Riot!, he's planning to play Stray Cats classics like "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut"; older solo gems such as "Ignition"; and covers of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Among the Rockabilly Riot! songs he intends to perform is lead single "Let's Shake," which is his favorite track from the record.
Setzer also tells ABC Radio that he's hoping to convince Thorogood to join him on stage.
"I gotta corner George," says Brian. "He doesn't like to jam, so I gotta corner him out and say, 'Come on! We gotta have some common ground here.'"
Setzer currently has no other shows lined up past the joint tour with Thorogood, although he tells ABC Radio that he may head to Japan later in the year for some solo shows. He's also planning to mount a 2015 edition of his annual holiday tour with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, which he expects will kick off in the middle of November. In addition, Brian has been working on a new recording project in Nashville about which he's expecting to announce details soon.
Here are all of the dates on Setzer's tour with George Thorogood and the Destroyers:
5/27 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 5/29 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 5/30 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC 5/31 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion 6/2 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center 6/4 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama 6/5 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 6/6 -- Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino 6/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 6/9 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom 6/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre 6/12 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino 6/13 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Hotel & Casino 6/14 -- Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens 6/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino 6/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys by the Bay 6/19 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino 6/20 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi is one of the many artists featured on the Finding Neverland: The Album, and now we get to hear his contribution. People has a first listen to the track, called "Beautiful Day" -- a cheerful anthem about seizing the moment.
"Everybody knows Peter Pan, and I guess in some essence you could always say that every rock and roll star is Peter Pan -- they never want to grow up," the singer tells People.
The album is a collection of reimagined songs from the new Broadway musical about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie of the same name. Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez are among the other artists who recorded tracks for the album.
Finding Neverland: The Album will be released June 9.
Reprise RecordsNeil Young has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album The Monsanto Years, which he recorded with Promise of the Real, the band fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas. The nine-song collection, which focuses on topical environmental and ecological issues such as the sale of genetically modified food, will be released on June 29.
The Monsanto Years initially will be available as a CD/DVD set and as a standard-resolution and high-res digital download. A vinyl edition of the record will follow sometime in August. Those who pre-order the album now will immediately receive digital versions of two songs -- "Big Box" and "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop." A video for the latter tune currently is viewable at DemocracyNow.org.
Young had performed live with Promise of the Real at several events before recording with the group, which now also includes Nelson's son Micah. Neil has lined up a U.S. trek with the band dubbed the Rebel Content Tour, which is mapped out from a July 5 show at Milwaukee's Summerest through a July 24 performance at the Wayhome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Canada. People purchasing tickets to the concerts -- not including festival dates -- will receive their choice of a free copy of the Monsanto Years CD/DVD package of one of the digital versions of the album.
Here is the track list of The Monsanto Years:
CD: "A New Day for Love" "Wolf Moon" "People Want to Hear About Love" "Big Box" "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" "Workin' Man" "Rules of Change" "Monsanto Years" "If I Don't Know"
DVD: "Big Box" "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop" "Rules of Change" "Workin' Man" "Monsanto Years" "A New Day for Love" "Wolf Moon" "People Want to Hear About Love" "If I Don't Know"
And here are the dates for Young and Promise of the Real's Rebel Content Tour:
7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater 7/8 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/9 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 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 Center for the Arts 7/19 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Expo 7/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 7/22 -- Great Woods, MA, Xfinity Center 7/24 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Wayhome Festival
Rubén Martín/RCA RecordsThis Sunday, Carlos Santana and his group will wind down their latest series of shows as part of their ongoing Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay, and will follow that with a month-long summer European tour leg that kicks off June 30. Santana then will return to the U.S. for a late-summer outing running from an August 14 performance in Forest Hills, New York, through an August 29-30 stand at the Ravinia festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.
The U.S. tour dates include an appearance at the 2015 Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as stops in Boston and Baltimore and an August 21-22 engagement in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
On both the European tour and the U.S. trek, Carlos and company will be promoting Santana's star-studded 2014 Latin album, Corazon. The band also has scheduled one fall date for the outing, an October 31 concert in Tucson, Arizona.
Santana also has two other series of Las Vegas residency dates on the books this year, taking place in late September and early November, respectively. On top of that, Carlos will make a special appearance at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival on September 12, when he will hit the stage with Phil Lesh & Friends, the musical collective led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist.
Here are all of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. performances:
5/27, 29-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay 8/14 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 8/15 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC 8/16 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival 8/18 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 8/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 8/21-22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort 8/23 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/25 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 8/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Concert Pavilion 8/28 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater 8/29-30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia *9/12 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival 9/16, 18-20, 23, 25-27 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay 10/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater 11/4, 6-8, 11, 13-15 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
* = Carlos Santana playing as special guest with Phil Lesh and Friends.
Credit: Ross HalfinPete Townshend says he has a multifaceted creative project in the works that will include music and a book, but it isn't clear if The Who will be involved. In a new interview with BarnesandNoble.com, the guitarist/songwriter reveals, "I am working on a magnum opus that will begin with the publication of a short novel in 2016."
Townshend also reports that he's "writing new songs all the time," although he admits that after The Who winds down its 50th anniversary tour, he's planning to "slow down again." He explains, "I have done this a few times in the past, but I need it now more than ever: time to enjoy what I have, to be happy and relaxed."
The in-store event takes place a day before The Who wraps up its current North American tour leg with a show in Forest Hills, New York, and a day before Townshend will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 11th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, which will be held at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.
As previously reported, Pete's longtime girlfriend Rachel Fuller created the orchestrations for the project, which were performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Robert Ziegler. Lead vocal duties were handled by respected British tenor Alfie Boe, Townshend played guitar throughout the album, and Pete and Billy Idol also contributed vocals.
Townshend tells BarnesandNoble.com that he was amazed at how well the orchestral interpretations of the songs on Quadrophenia worked. Among the reasons he cites for The Who's music lending itself to orchestral reimagining are Keith Moon's classically influenced style of drumming, the fact that bassist John Entwistle incorporated horns into the original album and that Roger Daltrey was at a vocal peak when he sang the songs. Townshend adds, "I was also adept at using analogue synthesizers, especially for orchestral emulation."
A debut live performance of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia will take place July 5 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Three fall performances also have been scheduled in other cities -- on October 13 in Cologne, Germany, October 26 in Munich, and October 31 in Vienna.