ISO/Columbia RecordsWith 2016 almost halfway through, Entertainment Weekly took the opportunity to round up a list of 25 albums that are among the best of the year so far. Beyonce's Lemonade topped the tally, but right behind the pop/R&B diva was David Bowie's Blackstar, which came out just two days before the rock legend's death.
A reviewer for the magazine described Blackstar as "dark, heartbreaking, gorgeous, theatrical, and, at times, pretty damn funny," adding that it was "a perfect, jazz-inflected tour de force." Bowie collaborated with his longtime producer Tony Visconti on the album, which also features musical contributions from the Brooklyn, New York-based jazz outfit the Donny McCaslin Group. Released on January 8, Bowie's 69th birthday, Blackstar debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, and was David's only studio album to ever to top the chart.
Other releases on Entertainment Weekly's list of the best 25 albums of 2016 include Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool at #3, Rihanna's Anti at #4 and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo at #10.
Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesWho frontman Roger Daltrey has two interesting projects in the works, a solo album and a memoir, but he says neither may see the light of day.
"I'm working on a solo project but I don't know whether I'll ever release it," the singer tells Rolling Stone. "I'm working on a biography; I don't know if I'll ever release that. I'll only release it if it's a good book. I don't care how long it takes."
Daltrey reveals that he has "five great tracks" for the album and is "looking for another five." He adds that he has a hard time finding worthwhile material for his records, while maintaining, "I don't want anything mediocre on it."
As for the sound of the new album, Roger notes, "I started off as a soul singer. I've never done a soul album. I'm playing some stuff like that. I've got ranges in my voice that people have never, ever heard."
With regard to his autobiography, Daltrey tells Rolling Stone that he hasn't signed a publishing deal yet because he doesn't wants to put the book out unless it's good.
"If it takes five years, then it takes five years to write it," he adds.
Asked what he thinks makes a good memoir, Roger says, "It's about getting an angle that carries the reader with you. You can't do just a series of events."
The Who played the last show of its North American 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Las Vegas, and the band will perform at a private charity gig tonight in the Los Angeles area to raise funds for Teen Cancer America and UCLA's Autism Treatment Program. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts also will perform. The Who also will play a series of European concerts in June, August and September.
Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesCongratulations to Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, whose wife, Sally, gave birth to twin girls Monday.
According to a statement issued by Wood's publicist, "Ronnie & Sally Wood are delighted to announce the birth of their twins Gracie Jane (6lb) & Alice Rose (5.7lb). The girls arrived on 30 May at 22:30 and all are doing brilliantly. The babies are perfect."
The happy arrival comes just two days before the famed rocker's 69th birthday. Wood and his wife, who's 38, married in December 2012, with Ronnie's old Faces band mate Rod Stewart serving as his best man. The twins are the couple's first children together, although Ronnie has four adult kids from his previous two marriages.
One day before the twins were born, Wood posted a Twitter message featuring a photo of him and his dog with the caption "Waiting," along with a series of baby-related emojis and the hashtag "#38weeks ."
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna isn't taking the shade BET threw at her -- about her Prince tribute during last week's Billboard Music Awards -- too lightly.
Over the weekend, the entertainment icon struck back at a controversial tweet from the network via social media.
"Wearing the jacket Prince gave me back in the day without permission from BET. . lol! God Bless America," the Material Girl posted to Instagram on Saturday while sharing a photo of her wearing a floral jacket and hat.
Madonna's post comes after BET tweeted and then deleted an advertisement for their own Prince tribute during the BMAs, at which she sang a much-scrutinized version of "Nothing Compares 2 U": "Yeah, we saw that. Don't worry. We got you."
Madonna followed up her first Instagram with a photo of herself wearing sunglasses, writing: "I Will Shade You. hahahhahahahhahah."
On Sunday, BET responded to Madonna's Instagram post. "Unfortunately, witty as this tweet is, it can't turn back the clock on a performance that failed to cover the various roles and stages of the legend's career," BET's Evelyn Diazwrote in a note posted on the network's website.
Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesDuff McKagan has shared a clip from his forthcoming documentary film, It's So Easy and Other Lies. In the excerpt, which you can watch at Billboard.com, McKagan remembers rehearsing with Guns N' Roses and Axl Rose for the first time in 1985.
"Axl let out one of his screams and it was like nothing I'd ever heard," McKagan says in the clip, while an acoustic version of GN'R's "Nightrain" plays in the background. "There were two voices coming out of him at once. I suppose there is a name for that in musicology, but all I knew in that instant was that this dude was...different... powerful...and serious."
It's So Easy and Other Lies was filmed during McKagan's 2013 performance at the Moore Theatre in Seattle during his book tour in support of his memoir of the same name. The documentary, which hits theaters this Friday, June 3, includes commentary from Slash, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Nikki Sixx.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicStevie Wonder is a fan of Beyonce, and he would love for her to make her Lemonade accessible for the blind.
"I've seen Beyonce from the very beginning of her career when she was with a group and then her as a single artist and listened to the music mature," he told Billboard.com. "Now we have Lemonade, which to me is a great work, a great art piece. If I were to say anything to Beyonce, I would say, 'Why don't you get the words written in braille so that every single person can read the words, the lyrics of the music? Make them available. It would be great.'"
Beyonce performed in the 2015 All-Star Grammy Tribute to Stevie Wonder. The TV special also featured John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, India.Arie and many more.
Credit: David BeanWhitford/St. Holmes, the recently reunited band led by Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and longtime Ted Nugent singer Derek St. Holmes, releases its second studio album, Reunion, on Friday, June 3, and heads out on a U.S. tour the same day. As previously reported, the veteran rockers will be hitting the road with Whitesnake, and also have a number of headlining gigs lined up.
The band has announced that Brent Fitz of Slash's backing group Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will be filling in for drummer Troy Luccketta during the tour, since Luccketta has prior road commitments with his main gig, Tesla.
"We are very excited to have Brent join us on this run," says Whitford. "Troy is so good, he is just not an easy guy to replace!"
Adds Fitz, "I was already excited for the new Whitford/St.Holmes reunion record. So, it goes without saying how thrilled I was to get a call from Derek and Brad asking me to step in on drums for the upcoming tour."
Whitford/St. Holmes has added several headlining shows to its itinerary, most of which will take place on off nights during the Whitesnake tour. In addition, the band will play a joint gig with Cinderella's Tom Keifer on June 9 in Traverse City, Michigan, and will open for Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 30 in Elgin, Illinois.
Whitford and St. Holmes originally teamed up in the early '80s during a period where Brad had temporarily left Aerosmith. The group's initial run yielded one studio album, a self-titled effort released in 1981. The two rockers rekindled their collaboration recently after both moved to the Nashville area.
Here are the band upcoming tour dates; all shows with Whitesnake unless otherwise noted:
6/3 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory 6/5 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 6/6 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre 6/8 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre 6/9 -- Traverse City, MI, Ground Zero 6/11 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park 6/12 -- Whitesburg, KY, Appalshop Theater* 6/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend 6/15 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights 6/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage One* 6/17 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 6/19 -- Fairfield, CT, The Warehouse* 6/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre 6/21 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater 6/22 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater 1894* 6/23 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 6/25 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston 6/26 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier 6/28 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater 6/29 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring 6/30 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage* 7/1 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall* 7/2 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House* 7/30 -- Elgin, IL, Festival Park
* = headlining show = with Tom Keifer = with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Peter Blake/Bushbranch Records/ Surfdog Records; Columbia RecordsWhile contemporary pop stars Drake, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Rihanna all currently have albums in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200, three famous veteran rock artists -- Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty -- also have landed in the top 10 of the chart this week.
Clapton's new solo effort, I Still Do, debuts at #6 with a total of 46,000 equivalent album sales, 44,000 of which were traditional pure album sales. According to Billboard, the record is the guitar great's 16th to make it into the top 10 of the tally.
Dylan's latest album, Fallen Angels, bows at #7 with 42,000 equivalent album sales, almost all of came from pure album sales. This marks the famed singer/songwriter's 22nd top-10 album on the Billboard 200, extending his record for the male artist with the most albums entering the top 10 since 1963. Fallen Angels is Dylan's second consecutive album to showcase songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra. Last year's Shadows in the Night also reached #7 on the chart.
Closing out the current Billboard 200's top 10 is the second album by Tom Petty's revived pre-Heartbreakers group Mudcrutch, 2, which had 33,000 equivalent album sales, and 32,000 pure album sales. Mudcrutch, which also features Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, initially broke up in 1975, but reformed in 2007 and put out a self-titled debut the following year that sold 38,000 and peaked at #8 on the chart.
Singer/rapper Drake sits at #1 on the Billboard 200 for the fourth straight week with Views.
Danny Clinch; ABC/Adam TaylorBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the second of their two scheduled concerts in Dublin, Ireland, on Sunday, and during the show they welcomed a very special "local boy" -- U2's Bono -- to join them for a song. According to the popular Springsteen fan site Backstreets.com, Bono hit the stage at Croke Park late in Springsteen's set to sing "Because the Night."
You can check out fan-shot video of the performance on YouTube.
As Rolling Stone points out, Bono previously performed "Because the Night" with Bruce and the E Street Band at a 2003 show in Miami, while Springsteen and the song's co-writer, Patti Smith, joined all of U2 for a version of the tune at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert at New York's Madison Square Garden in 2009.
It was Bono who inducted the Boss into the Rock Hall back in 1999.
The European leg of Springsteen and the E Street Band's The River Tour 2016 continues Tuesday in Glasgow, U.K.
Credit: Callianne BachmanEx-Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman will take care of some charitable business on June 29 when he joins a variety of other Canadian music stars to perform at a benefit concert called Fire Aid for Fort McMurray. The show, which will be held at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada, will raise money to help people and businesses in the city of Fort McMurray and the municipality of Wood Buffalo affected by the devastating forest fires that recently hit the area.
Modern rockers Nickelback will headline the concert, which also will feature performances by Blue Rodeo, folk veteran Ian Tyson and The Sadies, among others. All proceeds raised from the show will be donated to the Fort McMurray United Way for use in support of the city's rebuilding efforts.
Tickets for Fire Aid for Fort McMurray go on sale Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. MT, and will be available via Ticketmaster.ca or by calling 1-855-985-50001-855-985-5000 FREE.
Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthWho better to honor American tradition on Memorial Day than America's band? The Beach Boys are among the artists that will be performing at the 27th annual National Memorial Day Concert, which takes place tonight on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Joining the legendary California group at the event will be country star Trace Adkins, opera great Renee Fleming, current and final American Idol winner Trent Harmon and singer/actress Katherine McPhee, who is a one-time Idol runner-up.
The concert, which honors military members and their families, airs live on PBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and also will be shown on the American Forces Network. The special will be co-hosted for the 11th year by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.
Credit: Danny ClinchGregg Allman is among the many musicians who will take part in blues guitar whiz Joe Bonamassa's third annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise, which is scheduled to run February 6 to February 10, 2017. Next year's lineup also will feature another founding Allman Brothers Band member, drummer Jaimoe, who will perform with his current group, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band.
Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea III will set sail from Tampa, Florida, and will stop in Costa Maya, Mexico before returning to port. Other artists on the bill include Beth Hart, Anders Osborne and Eric Gales.
As has become tradition, the cruise also will feature a stage to showcase "Ignite Artists," that is, blues and roots musicians specially selected for their innovative musical approach.
Money raised by the seagoing festival will benefit Bonamassa's Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, which supports music-education programs and scholarships for financially in-need students and teachers.
Credit: Danny O'ConnorTodd Rundgren wraps up his current U.S. solo tour with a pair of concerts over the Memorial Day weekend in New Haven, Connecticut. The shows, which take place Sunday and Monday at the College Street Music Hall, originally were supposed be held at Daryl Hall's venue Daryl's Place in Pawling, New York, but recently were moved.
After his trek winds down, Rundgren will switch his attention to Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, which launches its own stateside outing on Friday, June 3, in Syracuse, New York.
Starr currently is working on a new studio album, a follow-up to last year's Postcards from Paradise, which for featured the first song ever co-written by an All Starr Band lineup -- "Island in the Sun."
Rundgren tells ABC Radio that he isn't sure if Ringo will ask the group's members to collaborate on a song for the new record.
"I haven't really had much interaction with him about it, and he may be saving something for when the band gets together," the singer/songwriter explains. He notes that the group will be gathering in upstate New York next week to rehearse for the tour, while pointing out that "Island in the Sun" came together during rehearsals for a previous trek.
"We essentially hacked it out in sound check…and essentially wrote the lyrics in his hotel room," Rundgren recalls. "So, he may be holding out a song to try and reproduce that whole thing."
As for whether the All Starr Band will be adding new tunes to their set lists for the upcoming trek, Todd says he isn't sure.
"I don't know whether there'll be anything from the new album," he reports, adding, "[T]here is a possibility that we will learn some new songs but…I haven't been informed of that."
Here is the full list of All Starr Band tour dates:
6/3 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 6/4 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino 6/5 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre 6/7 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 6/8 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center 6/10 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 6/11 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center 6/12 -- Reading, PA, Santander Arena 6/14 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center 6/15 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre 6/17 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 6/18 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 6/19 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 6/21 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre 6/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion 6/23 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 6/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Theater 6/26 -- Wichita, KS, Hartman Arena 6/28 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 7/1 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts 7/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage; Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicRingo Starr and KISS' Gene Simmons are among the celebrities who are participating in a new social media campaign launched by pop star Richard Marx's in honor of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.
Marx's "Take a Breath for CF" campaign, which officially kicks off today, May 27, encourages social media users to post videos of themselves taking a breath in and a breath out and saying, "I'm taking a breath for CF." It's an effort to raise awareness of the disease and collect donations to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In Ringo's video, the former Beatles drummer identifies himself, takes a breath and says the aforementioned phrase, then adds his own famous catchphrase, "Peace and love."
Marx says in a statement, "People will go to great lengths to raise awareness and funds for charity. This campaign highlights how something as easy for most of us as taking a deep breath in is a massive, if not impossible, feat for someone with CF."Richard has been working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for 15 years.
Among the other celebs who have pledged their support to the initiative are Sylvester Stallone, Shania Twain, Kenny G, Arsenio Hall and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. For more information about the campaign, visit CFF.org/breath.
CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/Webster PRThis Monday, May 30, Dolly Parton will celebrate 50 years of marriage to one of the most elusive husbands in all of show business. The entertainment icon has often told the story of how Carl Dean vowed to stay out of the spotlight after attending one music business event with his world-famous wife early in her career. In the coming days, he'll make an exception though -- as Dolly and Carl renew their vows on their golden anniversary.
"My husband is the worst!" the pop-country legend jokes. "It's hard for me to make him do anything. I have to make him go to the dentist, I have to make him go to the doctor. I have to make him get new clothes. I go get 'em and [he says] 'I don't like that... my feet are too long... I don't like those socks.' I said, 'Well, we're going shopping for a wedding suit and I don't want to hear nothin' about it!' So anyway, we've got him all suited up, so he liked the suit."
The "I Will Always Love You" composer says she's excited about the ceremony, since she never really got to have a wedding. When Dolly and Carl tied the knot back in 1966, she'd just signed her first recording contract and promised her label she'd wait to marry. So the young couple fled to a church in Ringgold, Georgia, where they tied the knot in secret, with Dolly's mother as a witness.
"He don't like to do this kind of thing as a rule," she says of Carl, "but he's like me, he's proud we've made it 50 years. We've been together 52 years. We dated two years and then we got married, so anyway, we're gonna do it. He said he would, so he better -- or it won't last another year!" she jokes.
There's a possibility the world may get its best look ever at the mysterious Carl Dean after the anniversary, as Parton's planning to sell the photos to raise money for her nonprofit that sends books to children all over the world, the Imagination Library.
Credit: Aaron FarleyCheap Trick will say "hello there" to the ladies and gentlemen watching the Audience Network tonight when the band appears on a self-titled special at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show features the power-pop legends performing some of their best-known tunes and sitting down for an in-depth interview about their long career.
The event was taped recently at Red Studios in Los Angeles.
You can watch a trailer for the program, as well as clips of the band performing their classic songs "I Want You to Want Me" and "Surrender" at the Audience Network's official YouTube channel. In the trailer, guitarist Rick Nielsen says about his band, "We're just trying to make good music. We're lucky we get to do what we do and we do it pretty well."
The Audience Network can be viewed on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV.
It's been quite a year for Cheap Trick, who released a new studio called Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello on April Fool's Day, one week before they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band will kick off a new series of headlining gigs on June 4 in Syracuse, New York, that will lead up to the July 14 launch of the lengthy Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which also features Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Check out Cheap Trick's full itinerary at the group's official website.
PRNewsFoto/Autism RocksPrince will be honored by Morris Day & The Time, CeeLo Green and Mark Ronson at two benefit concerts in London.
The Autism Rocks shows are scheduled for June 24 and 25 at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London and will raise funds for autism research.
The founder of the organization, Sanjay Shah, has fond memories of Prince headlining the Autism Rocks launch concert in 2014.
"We will always be grateful for all the support Prince has shown to the charity and the incredible shows he dedicated to Autism Rocks," Shah says. "We feel tremendously privileged and are looking forward to hosting these concerts in his honor."
Proceeds from the two shows will benefit the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University in England. Tickets are now on sale online.
RhinoEvery three years from 2004 to 2013, Eric Clapton hosted and organized the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a series of star-studded music extravaganzas that raised money for his Crossroads Centre rehab facility in Antigua. Now, a new compilation titled Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festival featuring highlights from the events is scheduled to be released as a three-CD set and digital download on July 1.
Held in various U.S. cities in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013, the Crossroads Guitar Festival featured an impressive lineup of respected musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country. Among the many stars appearing on the anthology's 41 tracks are Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, J.J. Cale, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Jimmie Vaughan.
Highlights from the compilation include Clapton playing solo versions of his classic "Layla" and George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity," as well as Slowhand teaming up with Santana on a rendition of "Drums of Passion (Jingo)," with Cale on a version of "After Midnight" and with Winwood for covers of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord." Crossroads Revisited also features Walsh and Taylor teaming up to play "Steam Roller," and Clapton collaborating with King, Vaughan and The Robert Cray Band to play "Everyday I Get the Blues."
In all, Crossroads Revisited features almost four hours of previously unreleased performances.
Clapton founded the Crossroads Centre in in 1998 to help treat and educate people battling chemical dependency.
Here is the full track list of the Crossroads Revisited compilation:
"Sweet Home Chicago" -- Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan (2004) "Rock Me Baby" -- Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King & Jimmie Vaughan (2004) "Steam Roller" -- James Taylor with Joe Walsh (2004) "What the Cowgirls Do" -- Vince Gill with Jerry Douglas (2004) "After Midnight" -- J.J. Cale with Eric Clapton (2004) "Green Light Girl" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2004) "Hell at Home" -- Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton (2007) "City Love" -- John Mayer (2004) "Funk 49" -- Joe Walsh (2004) "Drums of Passion (Jingo)" -- Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton (2004) "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" -- Jeff Beck (2007) "Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Blues in C)" -- Eric Clapton (2004) "Layla" -- Clapton (2004)
"Little by Little" -- Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band (2007) "Poor Johnny" -- The Robert Cray Band (2007) "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" -- B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin (2007) "Tulsa Time" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007) "On the Road Again" -- Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, & Albert Lee (2007) "Isn't It a Pity" -- Eric Clapton (2007) "Belief" -- John Mayer (2007) "Mas y Mas" -- Los Lobos (2007) "Big Block" -- Jeff Beck (2007) "Presence of the Lord" -- Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2007) "Cocaine" -- Eric Clapton (2004) "Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago" -- ZZ Top (2010) "Don't Owe You a Thing" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010) "Bright Lights" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Our Love Is Fading" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. (2010) "Lay Down Sally" -- Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb' Mo', Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh (2010) "Space Captain" -- Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hildago, Cesar Rosas & Chris Stainton (2010) "Hammerhead" -- Jeff Beck (2010) "Five Long Years" -- Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood (2010) "Hear My Train a Comin'" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2010) "Dear Mr. Fantasy" -- Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2010) "Born Under a Bad Sign" -- Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb' Mo', Blake Mills, Matt "Guitar" Murphy & Albert Lee (2013) "Everyday I Get the Blues" -- The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan (2013) "Please Come Home" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2013) "Tumbling Dice" -- Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee (2013) "I Shot the Sheriff" -- Eric Clapton (2010) "Crossroads" -- Eric Clapton (2013)
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Island Records"Red Nose Day," a two-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.
The star-studded event included a performance from Elton John, who performed "A Good Heart."
The telecast also featured celebrities from film and TV, including Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Jack Black, Julianne Moore, and Emma Thompson. It was hosted by Craig Ferguson.
"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, benefits 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.
Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesNeil Young appeared on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night to promote his upcoming live album with Promise of the Real, Earth. He also chatted about politics and fought with corn -- really.
The episode began with a sketch in which Stephen Colbert pointed out that Young is allowing the candidate he supports, Bernie Sanders, to use his hit "Rockin' in the Free World," but in the past has spoken out against Donald Trump using it. "I didn't like that idea because of the misogyny and the racism," he argued.
Colbert then asked, "What if somebody had a late-night talk show and they wanted to use "Rockin' in the Free World" for their theme song? Would you be OK with that?"
After Young replied in the negative, Colbert instructed his crew to not use the song in the intro. But he was cut off by the music, and "Rockin' in the Free World" was indeed played.
For the record, the Canadian musician can't vote in the upcoming election, and has said in recent interviews that he would permit Trump to use his music if asked.
Later in the show, Young sat down with Colbert for the interview segment. The wide-ranging conversation covered Earth, Young's Pono music player, and his preference to market albums, rather than singles.
He joked about his career, "I'm saying what I'm saying in all these songs I've written in the last 40 or 50 years...I've been singing the same thing. It's like I'm a broken record."
When the topic shifted to Young's anti-GMO stance, an intern dressed as corn walked onto the stage and began verbally sparring with the rock legend. The corn claimed that if Young had his way, it would be banned.
"I'm delicious. Everybody loves me!" the corn protested.
On Friday evening, Young will appear at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to help present a playback of Earth. He'll also take part in a Q&A. The album is due out June 24.