PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsIn February 1974, Van Morrison released the acclaimed two-disc concert album It's Too Late to Stop Now, which featured select performances from a series of shows the lauded singer/songwriter played in 1973 at venues in Los Angeles; Santa Monica, California; and London. Now, unreleased performances from those same concerts have been compiled in a new three-CD/one-DVD set titled It's Too Late To Stop Now...Volumes II, III, IV & DVD, which will be released on June 10.
The collection's three audio discs were recorded, respectively, on May 23 at The Troubadour in L.A.; on June 29 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and on July 23 and 24 at The Rainbow Theatre in London. The DVD boasts footage from the July 24 concert, which originally aired on the BBC but has never been available on home video. Morrison was accompanied at the shows by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, which featured two horn players and a string section.
Among the well-known songs featured on the new collection are live renditions of such classic Morrison tunes as "Brown Eyed Girl," "Moondance," "Caravan" "Wild Night," "Domino," "Gloria" and "Into the Mystic" as well as covers of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home to Me" and Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'." All of the recordings have been remixed from the original multitrack tapes by engineer Guy Massey, who previously has worked on The Beatles' and Paul McCartney's remastered releases.
In addition, the original It's Too Late to Stop Now album also has been remastered and will be reissued June 10 as a two-CD set and two-LP package, marking the first time in more than 25 years that the record will be released on vinyl. The album also will be available in hi-res digital formats.
Here is the full track list of It's Too Late To Stop Now...Volumes II, III, IV & DVD:
Volume II (Recorded at The Troubadour, May 23, 1973):
"Come Running" "These Dreams of You" "The Way Young Lovers Do" "Snow in San Anselmo" "I Just Want to Make Love to You" "Bring It On Home to Me" "Purple Heather" "Hey, Good Lookin'" "Bein' Green" "Brown Eyed Girl" "Listen to the Lion" "Hard Nose the Highway" "Moondance" "Cyprus Avenue" "Caravan"
Volume III (Recorded at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, June 29, 1973):
"I've Been Working" "There There Child" "No Way" "Since I Fell for You" "Wild Night" "I Paid the Price" "Domino" "Gloria" "Buona Sera" "Moonshine Whiskey" "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" "Take Your Hand out of My Pocket" "Sweet Thing" "Into the Mystic" "I Believe to My Soul"
Volume IV (Recorded live at The Rainbow Theatre, July 23 & 24, 1973):
"Listen to the Lion" "I Paid the Price" "Bein' Green" "Since I Fell for You" "Into the Mystic" "Everyone" "I Believe to My Soul" "Sweet Thing" "I Just Want to Make Love to You" "Wild Children" "Here Comes the Night" "Buona Sera" "Domino" "Caravan" "Cyprus Avenue"
DVD (Recorded at The Rainbow Theatre, July 24, 1973):
"Here Comes the Night" "I Just Want to Make Love to You" "Brown Eyed Girl" "Moonshine Whiskey" "Moondance" "Help Me" "Domino" "Caravan" "Cyprus Avenue"
Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith's Steven Tyler officially has announced plans for his first solo tour, an intimate outing dubbed the "Out on a Limb" trek that will stop in theaters across North America. The 19-date tour kicks off July 2 in Las Vegas, and is scheduled to run through a September 13 concert in Toronto.
USA Today reports that Tyler's shows will be similar to the Storytellers-style performance he taped last year for an episode of the public-television series Front and Center. Like at that gig, the 68-year-old singer will be accompanied on the trek by Loving Mary, a six-piece Nashville-based group whose lineup includes Steven's frequent songwriting collaborator Marti Frederiksen. Fans can expect to hear stripped-down versions of Aerosmith classics, as well as tunes from Tyler's upcoming debut solo album, while Steven tells USA Today that he also plans to discuss how his songs were created at the concerts.
"What would I not pay to go see [Paul] McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he's with now, actually do [a show] where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote 'Yesterday'?" Tyler explains to the newspaper. "That's what I'm doing. I figured I'd talk about 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Dream On' and where I was when I wrote it, and 'Seasons of Wither' and how I played it."
With regard to performing live with Loving Mary, Tyler says, "[I]t really is beautiful getting out there and singing with a band, where I can look at all the guys and go, 'Stop playing right now' and we'll just sing a cappella. I've never been in a band like that, so it's a whole new thing for me."
Tyler has been working on an as-yet-untitled solo album in Nashville with producer T-Bone Burnett. No release date has been set yet for the project, which Steven says has "a full-on country feel."
As for why he decided to take time off from Aerosmith to make a solo record, Tyler tells USA Today he felt "it was time for a little break. I'm such a passionate person that if I don't go after my muse like that, I'll wind up on drugs again. I'll wind up arguing with people and just no good."
Here are all of the confirmed dates on Tyler's "Out on a Limb" tour:
7/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, Venetian Theatre 7/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre 7/8 -- Seattle, WA, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall 7/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Orpheum Theatre 7/14 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic 7/20 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 7/23 -- Denver, CO, Ellie Caulkins Opera House 7/26 -- Austin, TX, Bass Concert Hall 7/29 -- Houston, TX, Brown Theater at Wortham Center 8/1 -- Dallas, TX, Music Hall at Fair Park 8/13 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre 8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC 8/23 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 8/29 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 9/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center 9/4 -- Boston, MA, Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre 9/7 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music 9/10 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center 9/13 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Credit: Myrna SuarezPaul Simon is scheduled to tape his first-ever appearance on the popular PBS live-music series Austin City Limits on Thursday, May 12. The legendary singer/songwriter's performance for the show will take place after his May 10-11 stand at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas.
Austin City Limits will give some lucky fans the chance to attend the taping for free. Details will be announced at the show's Facebook page and Twitter feed about one week before the event. No word yet when the episode will premiere.
Simon kicked off a new North American tour with a performance Sunday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He's promoting his upcoming studio album, Stranger to Stranger, which will be released on June 3. The record, which Paul co-produced with his longtime collaborator Roy Hallee, finds Simon experimenting with an eclectic variety of sounds, including electronic dance music and Flamenco.
As Paul explains in the Stranger to Stranger liner notes, "He was considered one of the fastest men ever to play the game. Legend has it that Bell could turn off a light switch and be in bed before the light went out."
Courtesy of Jan Persson/RedfernsThe acclaimed 2015 Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue will get its television premiere tonight, May 3, as part of PBS' long-running American Masters series. The film takes an intimate look at the legendary blues-rock singer's turbulent life, her rise to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27 in October 1970.
Janis: Little Girl Blue delves into the contrast between Joplin's larger-than-life stage persona and her insecurities and search for acceptance in her private life. The film includes interviews with Joplin's family members, friends, musical collaborators and famous fans, as well as previously unseen footage and archival clips of Janis' appearances at such historic events as the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals.
Among the celebrities who appear in the documentary are The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Kris Kristofferson, Melissa Etheridge, Pink, Juliette Lewis, talk-show host Dick Cavett and Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company band mates Peter Albin, Sam Andrew and Dave Getz.
The movie is narrated by indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who is featured reading passages from Joplin's personal letters to her family, lovers and friends throughout the flick. The film was directed, written and produced by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.
"The only way to tell Janis' story was through Janis' voice," Berg explains. Her letters show the vulnerable artist, daughter and lover Janis was in her short but impactful life."
Image courtesy GoldenvoiceThe rumors are true: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young will unite for a three-day concert event in the deserts of Indio, California. The "once-in- a-lifetime" festival, officially dubbed the Desert Trip -- we won't blame you if you call it "Oldchella" -- will be held October 7-9.
Dylan and The Stones will play October 7, McCartney and Young will play October 8, and The Who and Waters will close out the festival on October 9. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10 a.m PT via DesertTrip.com.
Desert Trip was organized by Goldenvoice, the same company that produces Coachella. The festival will be also be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the same venue where Coachella takes place. And yes, due to the company behind it and the nature of the lineup, folks are already referring to the event as Oldchella.
Credit: MartaPhotographerMoody Blues frontman Justin Hayward will head out on his latest U.S. solo tour next week, and to coincide with the trek, he's releasing a new DVD titled Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre. To celebrate the launch of the tour and the arrival of the DVD, the singer/guitarist has scheduled a special event on Monday, May 9, at the Kendall Square Cinema in the Boston suburb of Cambridge, Massachusetts, that will feature a screening of highlights from the concert film, the premiere of a new song and music video by Justin, and a Q&A session.
Appearing with Hayward at the event will be David Minasian, who co-wrote Justin's new tune, and directed and produced the accompanying video and Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre. Minasian also has worked with Hayward on a couple of other video projects, including his 2014 DVD Spirits…Live.
Fans who attend the May 9 event will receive a copy of Live in Concert at the Capitol Theatre and a poster signed by Justin. Those who can't attend the screening and Q&A in person will be able to watch it streamed live online. Special bundles offering tickets to the show or access to the live stream, combined with a copy of the new DVD and various pieces of commemorative Hayward merchandise, are available for purchase now at JustinHayward.com. Hayward also will be selling the DVD at all stops on his upcoming "Stage Door" solo tour.
Live at the Capitol Theatre captures a recent performance by Justin in Clearwater, Florida. The show features Hayward, accompanied by guitarist Mike Dawes and keyboardist/backing singer Julie Ragins, playing a variety of classic Moody Blues tunes, including "Tuesday Afternoon," "Your Wildest Dreams," "Question" and "Nights in White Satin." It also includes some lesser-known Moodies gems, a few songs from Hayward's 2013 solo album, Spirits of the Western Sky, and a trio of tunes from Blue Jays, Justin's 1975 collaborative album with Moody Blues band mate John Lodge. As an added bonus, the DVD features the epic eight-minute music video for Hayward's new song.
The U.S. leg of Hayward's Stage Door tour officially gets underway on May 11 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and runs through a June 24 concert in Mount Vernon, Washington.
NPG Records/Chelsea LaurenLos Angeles will be partying like it's 1999 on Friday, May 6, as the city is set to honor Prince on the steps of city hall.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate the late musician's legacy in music and philanthropy. The celebration will be hosted by the offices of Mayor Eric Garcetti, council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson and council member Jose Huizar.
The announcement came via the event's Facebook page, which reads in part, "Our very own City Hall was the prime location for the 'Diamonds and Pearls' video. The City of Los Angeles is proud to have been the home away from home for a tremendous talent that touched our city. We look forward to celebrating his contributions to music, Los Angeles, and the world."
Mayor Garcetti expressed his admiration for the singer via a statement issued last week.
"Prince was a once-in-a-generation talent. His genius on stage, and in the studio, was matched only by his determination to protect the integrity of his art and defend the rights of artists to control what they create," he said. "Memories of his work take me back to my childhood -- and years later, I had the good fortune to witness his brilliance during an incredible performance at the Roosevelt Hotel. That night, I spoke to him briefly about my admiration for his music. Today, I join people in Los Angeles and throughout the world in mourning the loss of a true icon."
Meanwhile, news has emerged that before he died, Prince changed his diet.
That's according to his chef, who confirmed to ABC News that the singer, who died April 21 at the age of 57, had been eating less in recent days, and had asked for foods that were more "easily digestible," because he suffered from frequent sore throats and an upset stomach.
The chef also said that when he heard that Prince's plane had made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois the week before he died because the singer was ill, he was not concerned, because he knew there had been was flu going around.
Meanwhile, sources familiar with the investigation tell ABC News that Prince was using multiple doctors to get prescriptions for painkillers, which he'd reportedly been taking for his chronic hip pain. A search warrant has been executed on a local Walgreens in connection with the investigation.
Finally, a company called Heir Hunters International, which specializes in locating people who stand to inherit estates, has identified two additional heirs in addition to Prince's sister Tyka and his half siblings. They are a niece and a grandniece of one of Prince’s half brothers, Duane.
A local attorney tells ABC News that according to Minnesota law, they would split Duane's share of the estate, which means that they'd each get 1/14.
Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney has now extended the North American leg of his 2016 One on One tour into the fall after adding an October 4 show in Sacramento, California, to his itinerary. The event will be the first concert held at the Golden 1 Center, the future home arena of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, and will be the former Beatles star's first gig in the California capital since November 2005.
Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. PT. Ticketmaster.com will offer a pre-sale starting Tuesday, May 3, at 8 a.m. ET; tickets can be accessed by using the password 1ON1WITHPAUL. American Express card members also will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets, beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT.
Interestingly, the Sacramento show will place a few days before McCartney's rumored to be playing the recently reported all-star classic-rock festival that supposedly is taking place October 7-9 at the Coachella fest grounds in Indio, California. An article published last month in The Los Angeles Times claimed that Sir Paul and Neil Young would share a bill on Saturday, October 8, at the as-yet-unconfirmed music extravaganza, which also is expected to feature The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters.
McCartney also kicked off his One on One tour in California, with an April 13 show in Fresno. His next concert will be held tonight, May 2, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Here are all of the rock legend's upcoming North American tour dates:
5/2 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center 5/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 5/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 7/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, SummerFest 7/10 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena 7/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park 7/17 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park 7/19 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium 7/21 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre 8/7 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/9 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center 8/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Busch Stadium 8/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 8/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center 8/18 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Center 10/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
Dr. John, Bob Weir (Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions; Josh Timmermans)Audio and video releases documenting star-studded concerts saluting Dr. John and the late Jerry Garciawill hit stores soon in multiple configurations as part of a new partnership between Blackbird Presents and the Concord Bicycle Music label.
The events will be available on CD, DVD, as CD/DVD packages and as digital downloads.
The Dr. John tribute, titled The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music, captures a May 2014 event held at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans' French Quarter. The show featured a surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen, who joined Dr. John for a rendition of the New Orleans legend's funky 1973 hit "Right Place, Wrong Time." Other guest performers included John Fogerty, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes.
The show also featured an impressive house band led by Don Was on bass which included drummer Kenny Aronoff and Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell.
The Garcia homage, Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, took place in May 2015 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The show was held about a month before The Grateful Dead's historic "Fare Thee Well" 50th anniversary concerts, and featured the band's four core surviving members -- Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Kreutzmann.
Other performers include Peter Frampton, Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, one-time Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, frequent Garcia collaborator David Grisman, Jimmy Cliff, Widespread Panic, the late Allen Toussaint and many others.
A third tribute concert, focusing on country-folk great Emmylou Harris, also will be released soon as a CD, DVD, CD/DVD set and digital download.
Blackbird Presents has produced a variety of all-star tribute concerts over the last few years, including shows honoring Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Lennon and Mavis Staples.
Mary McCartney/MPL; Claude GassianSomething is happening in October and we're pretty sure we know what it is! Following a recent Los Angeles Times report claiming that Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters all may be taking part in a new rock festival that month in California, all of those famed artists have posted respective teaser videos to their social media sites featuring snippets of their classic songs and ending with the word "October."
Last month, the Times revealed that the star-studded event was being organized by Goldenvoice, the promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and was expected to take place October 7 to October 9 at the Coachella grounds in Indio, California. According to the article, Dylan and The Stones would play on October 7; McCartney would perform on October 8 along with Neil Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real; and The Who and Waters would close things out on October 9.
McCartney's teaser is set to a live version of The Beatles' "I've Got a Feeling" and includes a photo of Sir Paul playing his trademark Hofner bass.
The Rolling Stones' clip shows a vinyl LP featuring the band's lips-and-tongue logo spinning on a turntable as the group's tune "All Down the Line" plays.
Dylan's video features various film clips of the folk-rock legend from the 1960s accompanied by his song "Ballad of a Thin Man."
The Who's video includes a montage of footage of the band playing live throughout the years that's set to the classic tune "My Generation."
Lastly, Waters' teaser boasts grainy black-and-white footage of one of his concerts that includes a couple of floating pig-shaped balloons while the studio version Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" plays.
So far, Young is the only one of the aforementioned artists who hasn't posted an "October" teaser clip yet. However, Neil's longtime manager Elliot Roberts did talk about the rumored event with the Times, saying, "It's so special in so many ways, because you won't get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It's a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time."
Official news about the festival, which the media has given the nickname "Oldchella," is expected soon.
Frank Hoensch/Getty ImagesIf you went to see Keanu, the new movie from Comedy Central duo Key & Peele, this past weekend, you may have wondered why there were so many references to George Michael in the film. Turns out Keegan-Michael Key is a big fan, and George and his manager both approved the use of the '80s music icon's music and his likeness in the flick.
As Billboard reports, in the comedy, which is about two guys who are trying to rescue their kitten from a drug dealer, four of George's biggest hits are heard, including "Faith" and "Freedom '90." His "Faith" video is incorporated into the plot, and one of the characters -- a drug lord -- even has a George Michael tattoo.
George's manager Michael Lippman tells Billboardhe and George were more than happy to sign off on all of that, describing it as "a golden opportunity [that] dropped in our laps." As Lippman explains, the anniversary of George's 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is coming in September and they were "trying to find as much exposure as possible."
Lippman says of Keanu, "They turned George into a cool bada**...It’s great for [him] and his songs, as people become more curious about his music." He adds, "I’m getting tweets and lots of emails from people loving it. I think it will also work well around the world."
Billboard also notes that George's music was used in Deadpool and in an upcoming Martin Scorsese movie called Bleed for This.
Mathieu Bitton/SHOWTIMEThe Lenny Kravitz concert film Just Let Go will make its premiere on Showtime May 13. The documentary, which was filmed in Paris, Prague, Poland, Memphis, New Orleans and New York in 2014 and 2015, explores the relationships between Kravitz and his band.
"Just Let Go is the story about relationships between Lenny Kravitz and his band and why, despite him being a solo artist, these musicians are so vitally important to him, both personally and professionally," reads a press release.
Credit: Ian JohnsonCheap Trick, The O'Jays and Kenny Loggins are among the stars who will appear on the new season of Daryl Hall's ongoing music series Live from Daryl's House, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on MTV Live, the high-def music channel that used to be known as Palladia.
Live from Daryl's House features artists from various musical genres visiting the Hall & Oates singer at his club, located in Pawling, New York, where they jam on each other's hits and chat.
Cheap Trick will be featured on this season's first episode, which premieres this Thursday, May 5, while The O'Jays will appear on the May 26 installment of the show. Loggins will be the guest on the season finale, airing June 23.
Other music acts featured on the show this season include veteran hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, country star Miranda Lambert, modern-rock band Daughtry and up-and-coming pop-rocker Elle King.
"I never thought that I'd be able to top the past, but this season is the best one ever," says Hall in a statement.
Here's a full list of upcoming episodes and guest stars:
5/5 --·Cheap Trick 5/12 -- Wyclef Jean 5/19 -- Elle King 5/26 -- The O'Jays 6/2 -- Anderson East 6/9 -- Daughtry 6/16 -- Grace 6/23 -- Kenny Loggins
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image AwardsA vault purportedly containing unreleased Prince songs was drilled open, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV.
The singer, who released 39 studio albums and dozens of other musical projects, died April 21 at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57.
Bremer Trust, the St. Cloud, Minnesota, company given temporary authority over Prince's estate, opened the vault to which only Prince had the code, KSTP-TV added.
Previously, Prince spoke openly about his treasure trove of music on The View.
"One day, someone will release them. I don't know that I'll get to release them," he said back in 2012. "There's just so many."
The seven-time Grammy Award winner reportedly left behind a vault containing so much music his estate could put out an album a year for the next century.
"We could put out more work in a month than most people could do in a year or more," Susan Rogers, Prince's former recording engineer, told ABC's Good Morning America.
Rogers added that the vault in Prince's Paisley Park home was a giant room with shelves that filled up quickly. The door to the vault was sealed with a large spinning wheel.
The news of Prince's vault being opened comes as his sister, Tyka Nelson, claimed earlier last week that the singer had no will or trust, according to paperwork she filed in Minneapolis.
Several of Prince's siblings are expected in court Monday as they begin the process of sorting out what will happen with the singer's estate. It's expected that Prince's estate will be divided between Nelson and his five half-siblings, if state law is adhered to.
Concord RecordsPeter Wolf kicked off a U.S. tour this weekend in support of his critically acclaimed new solo album, A Cure for Loneliness. After a series of shows in New England and New York, the trek will hit various cities in the Midwest, South and Mid-Atlantic states before eventually making its way to California in August.
Wolf tells ABC Radio that he and his longtime backing band, The Midnight Travelers, are "gonna be trying to get to as many places as we possibly can" this year to promote the record, which finds the founding J. Geils Band frontman delving into various genres of American roots music.
While Wolf has taken part in a number of reunion shows with his old group during the last few years, he says his main focus currently is on his solo career.
"There's so much I get out of the solo works that that's where the energies have gone and feels the most natural right now for me," he tells ABC Radio. "I respect…the body of work that the Geils Band created, and all the shows that we did means a lot to me…It's something that helped me get to where I am now, but where I am now is where kind of my focus is at."
Although Wolf has no current plans to record new music with The J. Geils Band, fans of the group likely will find plenty to enjoy on A Cure for Loneliness, which features quite a few soul- and R&B-flavored tunes reminiscent of the band's classic songs.
Meanwhile, Peter says he has a special chemistry and camaraderie with the members of his solo band, most of whom play on nearly every track on A Cure for Loneliness. "We have a brotherhood and a kinship that's, for me, like no other," he explains. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
Fans coming out to Wolf's upcoming shows can expect to hear a mix of songs from the new album and selections from his previous solo records, plus of few Geils Band gems too. One interesting tune featured in his set is a bluegrass reworking of the J. Geils Band classic "Love Stinks," which also appears on A Cure for Loneliness.
Wolf's next show takes place this Thursday in Norfolk, Connecticut, and the trek currently is mapped out through an August 21 concert in Brownfield, Maine. Here are all of his confirmed tour dates, according to PeterWolf.com:
4/29 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Music Hall 4/30 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts 5/1 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall 5/5 -- Norfolk, CT, Infinity Music Hall 5/6 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 5/11 -- Portland, ME, Port City Music Hall 5/12 -- Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre 5/13 -- Albany, NY, The Egg 5/19 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark 5/20 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark 5/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West 6/1 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere 6/3 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery 6/4 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 6/5 -- Louisville, KY, Headliners Music Hall 6/7 -- Cleveland, OH, Music Box Supper Club 6/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Three Rivers Festival 6/9 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage 6/24 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/8 -- Greenfield, MA, Green River Festival 8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre 8/14 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 8/19 -- Plymouth, MA, Spire Center for Arts 8/20 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series 8/21 -- Brownfield, ME, Stone Mountain Arts Center
Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesPaul McCartney came face-to-face with a part of his past at his concert stop at Little Rock, Arkansas' Verizon Arena on Saturday.
McCartney met Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, two members of the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine black students who struggled against segregation, enrolling in the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their bravery inspired the lyrics to “Blackbird," which appeared on The Beatles' White Album.
The Verizon Arena posted a picture of the 73-year-old rock legend posing with the ladies backstage before the concert on its Facebook page.
Every year, Dolly Parton celebrates the opening of her Dollywood theme park with a parade through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee -- and this year, she wants to take you along for the ride.
The country legend's 31st Homecoming Parade will be streamed live on Facebook, in a feed originating from Parton's float, which is decorated to commemorate her new Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show. The trek through the gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains starts Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. CT.
Environmentalists want Elton John to reconsider his decision to headline a Portuguese music festival over concerns that it will damage a nearby nature preserve, U.K. newspaper The Guardian reports.
Local campaigners have reportedly written an open letter to Elton, asking him to boycott the Marés Vivas festival. The event is set to take place in July on an area of land close to the Duoro River Estuary, which is home to more than 220 species of birds.
"More than your business and your art, please consider the environmental importance of the area," the letter reads. "…Elton John, we strongly believe that if anyone is able to change the stubborn minds of the festival managers it is you."
Campaigners say "damaging" preparations for the festival have already begun, including bulldozing and cutting down trees. They're worried that the crowds, noise and lights from the festival will further impact the preserve.
Kevin Mazur; Kevin Kane/Courtesy of HBOThe HBO special featuring highlights from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres this Saturday at 8 p.m., just over three weeks after the event was held in Brooklyn, New York. This year's class of inductees included four classic-rock acts that many music fans felt had been long overlooked -- Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick -- along with the influential rap act N.W.A.
In the weeks leading up the ceremony, conflicts over the post-induction performances led to key original members of Deep Purple and Chicago -- guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer/bassist Peter Cetera, respectively -- boycott the event. But the artists who did take part in the event delivered plenty of heartfelt and humorous speeches and performances.
Here are just some of the memorable moments to look out for if you watch the show:
-- Deep Purple was inducted by longtime superfan Lars Ulrich of Metallica, who gave a speech in which he wondered why it took so long for Purple to be inducted, since they've been eligible since 1993.
-- Deep Purple's current lineup performed "Highway Star," "Hush" and, of course, "Smoke on the Water."
-- Miller was inducted by The Black Keys, and he gave a speech in which he called for the Rock Hall's induction process to become more transparent, and for more women to be inducted.
-- Steve and his current band played "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock 'n Me" and "The Joker," a song he claimed saved his career.
-- N.W.A. was inducted by acclaimed rapper and fellow Compton, California, native Kendrick Lamar.
-- Chicago was welcomed into the Rock Hall by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.
-- While Cetera was a no-show, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, who left the band in 1990, took part in the induction and the performance. Thomas joined Chicago to sing "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and the band also played "Saturday in the Park" and "25 or 6 to 4."
-- Cheap Trick were ushered into the Hall of Fame by Kid Rock.
-- Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos reunited with his fellow founding members for the first time since 2010 to play "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender" and "Dream Police."
-- The all-star jam at the end of the night featured a rendition of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame," which Cheap Trick had covered in 1979.
-- Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne teamed up with indie-pop singer Kimbra and The Roots to pay tribute to the late David Bowie with a performance of "Fame."
-- Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter collaborated on a version of The Eagles' "New Kid in Town" in honor of the late Glenn Frey.
The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs Saturday on HBO at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer -- including Lionel Richie, who says that the "Purple Rain" artist refused to do the "We Are the World" collaboration simply because he didn't want to.
According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.
"I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time," Richie told Access Hollywood. "I said, 'Prince, we're all down [here] waiting on you.' He says, 'Can I do it in a separate room?' 'Okay, I'll call you back later.'"
Lionel continued, "I would love to tell you that that's different from anything else he's ever done. That's just Prince. Of course he's not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up."
Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the "All Night Long" singer, it was difficult "to talk him into showing up."