Courtesy of Magnolia PicturesDanny Says, the recent documentary about influential rock publicist, manager and journalist Danny Fields, will be released today via iTunes, Amazon Video and on-demand services, and also will open in select theaters in a number of major U.S. cities. The film chronicles Fields' eventful life and the role he played in helping introduce the world to such artists as The Stooges, The MC5 and The Ramones.
The movie features interviews with Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, the late Tommy Ramone, Judy Collins, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, who all share colorful anecdotes about Fields.
After dropping out of Harvard Law School, Fields began hanging out at Andy Warhol's famous New York City art studio The Factory, befriending such music artists as Lou Reed and Nico. He later became director of publicity for Elektra, working with such acts as The Doors, The Stooges, The MC5 and Collins.
Fields later went on to manage The Ramones, who immortalized him in their 1979 song "Danny Says." In trailer for the film, Fields recalls how he first reacted to seeing the punk pioneers perform. "The Ramones knocked me over like an atomic wind," he says. "I just said right away, 'I want to be your manager.'"
429 RecordsFor his latest album, Braver than We Are, Meat Loaf reunited with Jim Steinman, who wrote all the songs on his classic Bat Out of Hell records. The new release, which debuted this week at #11 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, features 10 songs composed by Steinman throughout his long career, including some of the first tunes he ever wrote.
Meat Loaf tells ABC Radio that he thinks Braver than We Are is "hypnotic," and considers it a tribute to his longtime collaborator. He explains that in putting it together, he pored through 35 or 40 Steinman compositions and "picked the ones that I'd always wanted to do."
The singer says he felt like he was picking up where he left off with Steinman, who last collaborated with him on 2006's Bat Out of Hell III.
"[It's like] we never left," Meat Loaf maintains. "We're completely opposite [personalities], but when it becomes artistic we're like one."
Braver than We Are is filled with lengthy, theatrical songs showcasing such musical genres as rock, pop, gospel, classical and opera. Meat Loaf tells ABC Radio that he'd initially wanted the album to run together as one long piece, "like a Mozart record."
Two songs on the album, "Skull of Our Country" and "Souvenirs," feature lyrics and melodies that also appear in two of Steinman's best-known compositions -- Bonnie Tyler's chart-topping "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Meat Loaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad." Meat Loaf reveals that "Skull" and "Souvenirs" actually were written early in Steinman's career and that he repurposed parts of those tunes while creating the hit songs.
As for how he feels about Braver than We Are, Meat Loaf says, "I've actually listened to this record more times than all the other records I made [cumulatively]."
PRNewsFoto/UMeRobbie Robertson, the lead guitarist and main songwriter of The Band, will be publishing a memoir titled Testimony on November 15, and has now announced plans to release a career-spanning audio companion to the book November 11. The 18-track album features live and studio recordings by the lauded musician's influential roots-rock group, select solo tunes, songs by his pre-Band outfits Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks and Levon & The Hawks, and Bob Dylan tunes on which he played.
Among the well-known Band songs that appear on Testimony are live renditions of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Life Is a Carnival," "The Weight" and "The Shape I'm In." The album also includes Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and "Obviously 5 Believers," which both were featured on the folk-rock legend's classic 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde. In addition, the compilation features Robertson's solo gem "Somewhere Down the Crazy River," from his self-titled 1987 debut, as well as a brand-new mix of another tune from that album, "Testimony." The latter song features contributions from U2, Ivan Neville, Daniel Lanois, Chic's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and jazz great Gil Evans.
As previously reported, in the Testimony book, Robertson will recount his life story and his adventures with his musical comrades in The Band, from their days playing bars with rockabilly singer Hawkins through to their famed 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz. The memoir will include Robbie's recollections of his and his band mates tenure as Dylan's backing group and their development into a formidable original musical outfit in their own right.
The Testimony album will be released on the same day as the just-announced deluxe audio and video packages celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz.
Here is the Testimony track list:
"Testimony (Unity Mix)" -- Robbie Robertson "Bessie Smith" -- The Band "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" -- Bob Dylan "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) -- The Band "He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart)" -- Levon & The Hawks "Somewhere Down the Crazy River" -- Robbie Robertson "Life Is a Carnival" (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) -- The Band "It Makes No Difference" -- The Band "The Weight" (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) -- The Band "Out of the Blue" -- The Band "I'm Gonna Play the Honky Tonks" -- Levon & The Hawks "Obviously 5 Believers" -- Bob Dylan "Soap Box Preacher" -- Robbie Robertson "Twilight (Song Sketch)" -- The Band "Come Love" -- Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks "When the Night Was Young" -- Robbie Robertson "The Shape I'm In" (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) -- The Band "Unbound" -- Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of TeespringAre you ready for some music-themed football T-shirts? The NFL has teamed up with online custom-apparel retailer Teespring.com on a new line of limited-edition T-shirts that combine a football team's logo with a design created or inspired by a music artist that hails from the team's city.
Among the artists represented on the T-shirts are ZZ Top, KISS, late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and Frank Sinatra. ZZ Top is paired with the Houston Texans, KISS with the New York Jets, Garcia with the San Francisco 49ers and Ol' Blues Eyes with Big Blue -- the New York Giants.
The collaboration is called #MyTeamMyCity, and the shirts are on sale now until October 13 at Teespring.com for $25 apiece. Billboard reports that the artists will receive a cut of each sale, with some choosing to donate the profits to charitable causes.
"We want to give all NFL fans -- including those who are musicians and entertainers -- the opportunity to express their team pride creatively," says Teespring CEO Walker Williams of the T-shirt line. "By collaborating with the NFL and top music artists we're innovating in officially licensed apparel and helping fans engage with their teams and local communities in a new way."
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Home VideoFans of "The Purple One" will be in luck on October 4, as the commemorative Prince Movie Collection will be released that day
The Blu-ray disc set will include the three feature films that starred Prince -- 1984's Purple Rain, with newly remastered audio and video; 1986's Under a Cherry Moon; and Purple Rain's unofficial 1990 sequel, Graffiti Bridge.
Purple Rain featured Prince in his first starring role in a movie, as "The Kid." The movie included his hits "Let's Go Crazy," "When Doves Cry," "I Would Die 4 U" and, of course, the title track.
The Prince Movie Collection will be available for purchase in stores and from digital retailers at the retail price of $24.98, with each individual film selling for $14.97. Appropriately, the case housing the special Blu-ray disc set will be the color purple.
Courtesy of Experience Hendrix LLCDetails have been announced for the 2017 installment of the Experience Hendrix Tour, which is scheduled to kick off on February 17 in Portland, Oregon, and is plotted out through a March 26 show in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The U.S. trek, which features features a variety of respected musicians celebrating the music and legacy of the late Jimi Hendrix, will visit nearly 30 cities in the West and Midwest.
As has become tradition, this year's lineup will be anchored by former Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox. The latest edition of the tour also will feature blues legend Buddy Guy, Black Label Society frontman and ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Keb' Mo' and Beth Hart, among others.
Guy, who was a personal friend of Hendrix, says of the influential musician, "He was so creative, especially everything he did with the special effects. He took it all to this other place, and he could really play. He was one of a kind."
Fans purchasing a pair of tickets to select Experience Hendrix Tour dates will receive a free CD copy of the new archival album Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69. The record, which will be released this Friday, September 30, captures a concert Hendrix and his backing group the Band of Gypsys played at the historic New York City venue.
Here are all of the confirmed dates for the 2017 edition of the tour:
2/17 -- Portland, OR, Schnitzer Hall 2/18 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Theater 2/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theater 2/20 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center 2/22 -- Davis, CA, Mondavi Center 2/23 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center 2/24 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater 2/25 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino 2/28 -- Mesa, AZ, Ikeda Theater 3/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Wiltern 3/3 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino 3/4 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrahs Events Center 3/6 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre 3/7 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater 3/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre 3/10 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall 3/11 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 3/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theater 3/15 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theater 3/16 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theater 3/17 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Casino 3/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House 3/19 -- Louisville, KY, The Palace Theater 3/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theater 3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre 3/23 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre 3/25 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre 3/26 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
David Redfern/RedfernsA new Roy Orbison biopic is currently in the works, and it has the blessing of the late rock legend's estate, according to Deadline.
Stand by Me writers Ray Gideon and Bruce Evans have been tapped to write the script for the film, to be titled The Big O: Roy Orbison. Orbison's surviving children, Alex Orbison and Roy Orbison, Jr., will co-produce, and Wesley Orbison will co-executive produce the film, chronicling a life filled with triumph and tragedy.
Alex Orbison told Deadline, "The movie will mirror a Roy Orbison song: having triumph and tragedy, sometimes losing the girl and sometimes getting the girl, and ending on a high note. Our father’s life story has an undeniably cinematic quality to it. We feel that the telling of it is in extraordinarily capable hands with Bruce and Ray and the overall team that will bring The Big O Finally to the screen.”
Orbison broke onto the charts in 1956 with "Ooby Dooby," and went on to score a number of hits, including “Crying,” “Only the Lonely” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.”
He suffered tragedy in the 1960s, when his wife Claudette died in a motorcycle crash, and sons Roy DeWayne Orbison and Anthony King Orbison died in a house fire.
Orbison's musical journey continued into the late 1980s, when he died of a heart attack at age 52.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCJimmy Fallon welcomed Sting to The Tonight Show Wednesday, where they discussed his first rock album in 13 years, 57th & 9th, coming out November 11. Fallon also put Sting's vocal chops to use in a comedy bit called "First Textual Experience."
The segment usually features Jimmy and one of his guests reading embarrassing first text exchanges between guys and girls in a romantic setting, but with Sting in the house, Fallon thought they try singing them instead.
Earlier, the 64-year-old rocker explained the title of his new collection, 57th & 9th, which is a nod to an intersection the New York City resident passed every day while walking to the recording studio.
"I live on the Upper West Side and the studios I use are in Hell's Kitchen," he explained. "And every day I'd stop at this intersection, because the traffic's busy. So, it was a little way of reminding myself that I live in New York and I love the city."
Sting, who continues to draw huge audiences, recalled playing a show in Poughkeepsie, New York during the early days of his former band, The Police, in which they played for just three people. That didn't seem to make any difference to him and his partners Andy Summers and Stuart Copeland.
"They were in different parts of the theater...I said, 'Guys, just come down to the front.' and I introduced them to each other and the band, and we did our show and got five encores."
Sting and his band closed the show with a performance of "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," from the new album.
Roberto Panucci/Corbis via Getty ImagesBenedictCumberbatch had the opportunity to join a music legend on stage Wednesday.
The Doctor Strange star helped out David Gilmour during the former Pink Floyd member's concert at the famed Royal Albert Hall in London, singing part of "Comfortably Numb," off the Pink Floyd album The Wall.
Credit: Jay BlakesbergNeil Young launches a series of fall U.S. concerts this Friday and Saturday with shows in Telluride, Colorado, marking the first time he's ever played in the city. The folk-rock legend will be accompanied at the gigs by Promise of the Real, the young rock group fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas that's served as Neil's backing band since 2015.
Young tells ABC Radio that he and Promise of the Real love performing together, and he says that it's the most versatile backing band he's ever had.
"They know more of my songs than…all the other bands combined…and can play more variety with authority and no fear," declares Neil. "They can play songs from…any album I've ever made with just as much sincerity and technical expertise as anybody I've ever played with, and yet they can also play the songs that I did with Crazy Horse in a way that is not an imitation of Crazy Horse."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that another aspect he loves about of the band is its openness to improvisation.
"[They're] exploratory, ready to go anywhere, ready to do anything, instantly," says Young. "So it's very refreshing and fulfilling to play with them."
Young's fall itinerary also includes October 22 and 23 appearances at his annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, California, and October 8 and 15 performances at the star-packed Desert Trip festival in Indio, California.
At Desert Trip, Young and Promise for the Real will be opening for Paul McCartney. Asked whether he and the ex-Beatles star might hit the stage together during the shows, Neil says he isn't sure.
"We've done things together [occasionally]," he tells ABC Radio, "so we'll see what happens."
Here are all of Young's upcoming concert appearances with Promise of the Real:
9/30 -- Telluride, CO, Town Park 10/1 -- Telluride, CO, Town Park 10/3 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Botanical Garden 10/4 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 10/6 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater 10/8 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Club 10/12 -- Pomona, CA, Fox Theater Pomona 10/13 -- Pomona, CA, Fox Theater Pomona 10/15 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Club 10/22 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre 10/23 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Courtesy of Walden Woods ProjectThe Eagles' Don Henley was in Concord, Massachusetts, on Tuesday to participate in the opening ceremony for a new Visitor Center at Walden Pond, the historic nature sanctuary immortalized by 19th century writer/philosopher Henry David Thoreau.
The center is an environmentally sustainable facility that will host informative exhibits for the half-million people who visit Walden Pond annually.
Henley is the founder of the Walden Woods Project, a conservation group that helps protect and preserve the land surrounding Walden Pond. At the ceremony, a new partnership between the project and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation was announced that will support the stewardship of Walden Pond.
Henley said in a statement that the collaboration also will "keep Thoreau's legacy alive for future generations." He explained that visitors to the new center will get to interact with interpretive exhibits; will be introduced to Thoreau's philosophy, which invites people "to consider what constitutes good citizenship and leading a purposeful life"; and will be offered "avenues to reflect on some of the most compelling issues of our time."
Joining Henley at the ceremony were a number of Massachusetts officials, including State Senator Michael Barrett, State Representative Cory Atkins, and Leo P. Roy, commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
In other news, Henley recently commented in an interview with the Montreal Gazette that he might one day consider an Eagles reunion if Glenn Frey's son, Deacon, would be agreeable to filling in for his late dad.
"Glenn has a son who can sing and play quite well. And one of the only things that would make sense to me is if it were his son," Henley told the newspaper. "But there have been no discussions along those lines, and we're still going through the healing process."
RhinoThis November marks the 40th anniversary of The Band's star-studded farewell concert, The Last Waltz, and to commemorate the milestone, four special releases featuring audio and video footage from the show will hit stores soon.
A four-CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition package, a six-LP Deluxe Edition Vinyl collection and a two-CD set will be released on November 11, while a four-CD/two-Blu-ray Collector's Edition will arrive on December 9.
The Last Waltz concert took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The show marked the final live performance of The Band's original lineup -- Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson -- and featured an astounding lineup of guest musicians, including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Ronnie Wood and Ringo Starr. The event was filmed for a famous 1978 concert film and documentary that was directed by Martin Scorsese.
The Last Waltz's Deluxe Edition will feature a remastered version of the original two-disc soundtrack, bonus audio outtakes and rehearsal performances and a Blu-ray containing the film. The deluxe vinyl package will include six 180-gram LPs featuring the remastered soundtrack and the bonus audio content. The two-CD collection simply will feature the remastered soundtrack.
The Collector's Edition contains the same CDs and Blu-ray disc featured in the Deluxe Edition, plus an extra Blu-ray that includes a rare 1990s interview with Scorsese and Robertson, a photo gallery and 5.1 audio mix of the Last Waltz soundtrack. It also boasts a 300-page book featuring a a replica of the director's Last Waltz shooting script, previously unseen photos, set sketches and a Scorsese-penned foreword and more.
Check out the track list of The Last Waltz's 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition at Rhino.com.
Legacy RecordingsDavid Bowie may be gone, but his legacy will live on, thanks to his music. And now, a new Bowie compilation titled Legacy, gathering the influential singer's best-loved singles, will be released on November 11 as a single CD and a two-CD set.
The single-CD anthology features 20 tracks, spanning from Bowie's first hit single, "A Space Oddity," through 2016's "Lazarus," from his final studio album, Blackstar. The two-CD edition of Legacy delves deeper into David's catalog, with a total of 40 songs.
Both versions of Legacy feature a previously unreleased mix of Bowie's 1971 single "Life on Mars?" that was created this year by the tune's original producer, Ken Scott. Other well-known songs on the compilations include "Let's Dance," "Changes," "Ziggy Stardust," "Rebel Rebel," "Young Americans," "Modern Love," "Fame," "Heroes," and Bowie's classic collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure."
In addition, a two-LP vinyl edition of Legacy, featuring most of the same 20 tracks that appear on the single-CD version, will be released January 7, 2017.
Here's the track listing for the single-CD version of Legacy:
"Let's Dance" (single version) "Ashes to Ashes" (single version) "Under Pressure -- Queen & David Bowie "Life on Mars?" (2016 mix) "Changes" "The Man Who Sold the World" "Space Oddity" "Starman" (original single mix) "Ziggy Stardust" "The Jean Genie" (original single mix) "Rebel Rebel" "Young Americans" (original single edit) "Golden Years" (single version) "Modern Love" (single version) "China Girl" (single version) "Fame" "Sound and Vision" "'Heroes'" (single version) "Where Are We Now?" "Lazarus" (radio edit)
And here's the two-CD edition's track listing:
CD 1 "Space Oddity" "The Man Who Sold the World" "Changes" "Oh! You Pretty Things" "Life on Mars?" (2016 mix) "Starman" (original single mix) "Ziggy Stardust" "Moonage Daydream" "The Jean Genie" (original single mix) "All the Young Dudes" "Drive-In Saturday" "Sorrow" "Rebel Rebel" "Young Americans" (original single edit) "Fame" "Golden Years" (single version) "Sound and Vision" "'Heroes'" (single version) "Boys Keep Swinging" "Fashion" (single version) "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
CD 2 "Under Pressure -- Queen & David Bowie "Let's Dance" (single version) "China Girl" (single version) "Modern Love" (single version) "Blue Jean" "This Is Not America" -- with The Pat Metheny Group "Dancing in the Street" -- David Bowie & Mick Jagger "Absolute Beginners" (edit) "Jump They Say" (radio edit) "Hallo Spaceboy" (PSB Remix) -- with The Pet Shop Boys "Little Wonder" (edit) "I'm Afraid of Americans" (Version 1) (clean edit) "Thursday's Child" (radio edit) "Slow Burn" (radio edit) "Everyone Says 'Hi'" (edit) "New Killer Star" (radio edit) "Where Are We Now?" "Lazarus" (radio edit) "I Can't Give Everything Away" (radio edit)
Credit: Neal PrestonTom Petty has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and next he'll receive another prestigious honor, when he's recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year. The veteran rocker will be celebrated at a gala event in Los Angeles Friday, February 10, two days before the 59th annual Grammy Awards are held at L.A.'s STAPLES Center.
Petty will be recognized for his musical accomplishments -- including his work with his band The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist -- as well as his strong support for artists' rights and his charitable endeavors, which often have focused on aiding the homeless community in the L.A. area.
"I am so very pleased to be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year," says Petty in a statement. "I have so much respect for this organization, which really does care about the people in our industry. I myself know many people who MusiCares has aided in desperate situations."
The 27th annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala will feature a star-studded tribute concert saluting Petty, along with a reception, dinner, silent auction and award presentation. The event will benefit the MusiCares Foundation, which provides medical, financial and personal assistance to musicians in need.
Neil Portnow, the president and CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares Foundation, says of Petty, "Tom burst into our musical consciousness and never let go. His brand of rock and roll benefits from a celebratory rebelliousness, infectious rhythms, and unforgettable lyrics that are incised in our imaginations. His artistic talents coupled with his quiet philanthropy make him a great MusiCares Person of the Year honoree."
Credit: Rick DiamondStyx has enjoyed a long relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the veteran rockers will continue that partnership this Sunday, October 2, when they perform the national anthem prior at the NFL team's home game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The game, which will take place at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, will be televised live on NBC's Sunday Night Football starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
In addition, Styx has dedicated its concert at Benedum Theatre in Pittsburgh this Saturday to retired Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month. Greene, who plans to attend the Styx show, will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring during a halftime ceremony at the Steelers game on Sunday.
Styx's association with the Steelers dates back more than a decade, when the team adopted the band's classic tune "Renegade" as its unofficial theme song. Since then, the group has played the national anthem numerous time at Steelers games.
Founding Styx guitarist James "JY" Young recalls that he and his band mates first met Greene in 2001 when the group performed at the Super Bowl.
"We were impressed with Kevin's football career as well as the fact that he is a huge STYX fan from Southern Illinois," says Young. "We're profoundly honored to be a part of the Pittsburgh tradition of celebrating their Hall of Fame inductees, especially this time as Kevin is being inducted. He's a great guy, friend and football player."
Styx has about 20 dates left on its 2016 tour itinerary and, as previously reported, the band will team up with ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder this January for a five-date Las Vegas engagement at the Venetian hotel and casino.
Credit: Ed MilesLed Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has announced that he will take part in the upcoming Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees tour, an 11-city U.S. fall trek that will help raise awareness about the worldwide refugee crisis. Plant will appear at the final seven shows of the tour, which kicks off October 6 in Boulder, Colorado, and runs through an October 21 performance in Washington, D.C.
Performing at all of the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees shows will be Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids. Griffin and Miller collaborated with Plant on his 2010 solo album Band of Joy, and also toured with him in support of that record.
In a message on his official website, Plant explains that he decided to take a break from recording a new album with his current group The Sensational Space Shifters "to be a part of this very important and worthwhile cause."
He adds, "When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated…I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without."
The rock legend also points out that he only be singing two or three songs at each of the concerts at which he appears.
The Lampedusa: Concert for Refugees tour is named after an Italian island that serves as a waypoint for refugees seeking asylum in Europe. Visit JRSUSA.org for more information.
Here is the full list of dates for the trek:
10/6 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater 10/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 10/9 -- Lincoln, NE, Rococo Theater 10/11 -- St. Louis, MO, Sheldon Concert Hall 10/12 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater* 10/13 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theater* 10/14 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall* 10/16 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center* 10/18 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall* 10/19 -- Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater* 10/21 -- Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium*
Motown RecordsOne of Stevie Wonder's most celebrated albums, Songs in the Key of Life, turns 40 years old on Wednesday.
The 18th album from the decorated artist was released by Motown Records in 1976 and features some of Wonder's most memorable tracks, including "I Wish," "Isn't She Lovely" and "Sir Duke."
In October 1976, Songs in the Key of Life shot to number one on the Billboard 200 and spent a total of 82 weeks on the chart.
The album won two Grammy Awards in 1977 -- one for Album of the Year and another for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Songs in the Key of Life was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2005. In 2014 and 2015, Wonder showcased the album during a popular North American tour.
Credit: Jill FurmanovskyThe Pretenders have unveiled an official video for "Holy Commotion," a new song that will be featured on the band's forthcoming album, Alone. The partly animated clip stars frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, who produced and played multiple instruments on the album.
The video, which can be viewed at The Pretenders' official YouTube channel, was directed and animated by Luca Monterosso Whittmann. It features footage of Hynde and Auerbach at the latter musician's Nashville studio, along with clips of various instruments and pieces of equipment at the facility, enhanced by a variety of cartoon doodles and lyrical snippets of the song.
Musically, "Holy Commotion" combines a soulful '60s girl-group sound with some '80s synth-pop elements.
Alone initially was intended to be the follow-up to Hynde's 2014 solo debut, Stockholm, but she decided while working on the project that the songs should be released under the Pretenders moniker. The band's last studio effort, Break Up the Concrete, came out in 2008.
As previously reported, The Pretenders will be supporting Stevie Nicks on the Fleetwood Mac singer's fall North American solo tour, which kicks off October 25 in Phoenix. The band also has announced a series of headlining dates that will take place on off nights during the Nicks trek. Tickets for the headlining gigs will go on sale to the public this Friday, September 30. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. local time via ThePretenders.com.
Here are all of The Pretenders' upcoming tour dates; with Stevie Nicks unless otherwise noted:
10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena 10/27 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 10/29 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 10/30 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center 10/31 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater* 11/2 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 11/4 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center 11/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena 11/7 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 11/10 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena 11/12 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 11/13 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center* 11/14 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center 11/15 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 11/17 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater* 11/19 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 11/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 11/25 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 11/26 -- Akron, OH, EJ Thomas Hall* 11/27 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre 12/1 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 12/3 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 12/5 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 12/6 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 12/9 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Center 12/11 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena 12/12 -- Portland, OR, Roseland* 12/13 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 12/14 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 12/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Park Theatre 12/18 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesTickets for the Dance On 'Til Dawn dance party event -- in remembrance of Prince -- are now on sale.
The three-night affair "celebrating the life, music and legacy of Prince" is being held in conjunction with the sold-out Prince tribute concert taking place on October 13 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
As of now, it's known that a DJ, a live band and special VIP guests will attend. Past touring band members Andre Cymone and Liv Warfield, along with one of Prince's former protégées, Judith Hill, are scheduled to appear, according to the TwinCities Pioneer Press.
Dance On 'Til Dawn will take place October 12 to 14 at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale now.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentHavana Moon, the new concert film documenting The Rolling Stones' historic free show in Havana, Cuba, that took place this past March, debuted recently as a one-night-only screening event in a variety of countries. Now, fans in the U.S. -- and elsewhere -- will be able to enjoy the movie in the privacy of their own home, when the flick is released in multiple formats and configurations November 11.
Havana Moon will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, as a multiple-disc package featuring either a DVD or Blu-ray along with a two-CD companion album, and as a digital download. In addition, a DVD/three-LP vinyl set will be sold, as will a special Deluxe Edition of the release.
The Rolling Stones' free Havana show was held this year on Good Friday, March 26, in front of hundreds of thousands of music lovers. Among the many classic songs the British rock legends played were "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Paint It Black," "Sympathy for the Devil," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
The movie was shot in high-definition and was directed by Paul Dugdale, the same filmmaker behind the recent documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America.
Here's the full track list of Havana Moon:
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" "Out of Control" "Angie" "Paint It Black" "Honky Tonk Women" "You Got the Silver" "Midnight Rambler" "Gimme Shelter" "Sympathy for the Devil" "Brown Sugar" "You Can't Always Get What You Want" "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"