Ian Dickson/RedfernsIf you weren't already excited enough over Led Zeppelin's first-ever Record Store Day release tomorrow, the band's nudged the anticipation up another notch with a new trailer.
The 33-second video highlights the band's 7-inch yellow vinyl pressing of two previously unreleased mixes of Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and "Friends" -- the former dubbed the "Sunset Sound Mix," and the latter the "Olympic Studio Mix." Both remixes were produced by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who over the years has curated most of the band's reissues and special packages.
Like all Record Store Day specials, you can only by the Led Zeppelin 7-inch at your local independent record store Saturday, April 21.
ABC/Heidi GutmanAfter dropping a surprise debut album Friday morning, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's new project The Longshot has now announced a North American tour.
The trek begins May 3 in Tijuana, Mexico, and will make its way through the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up June 2 in Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale next Friday, April 27.
The Longshot's debut album is titled Love Is for Losers. Along with Armstrong, the band includes Green Day touring member Jeff Matika, plus drummer David S. Fields and guitarist Kevin Preston.
Here are The Longshot's North American tour dates:
5/3 -- Tijuana, MX, The Moustache 5/4 -- Las Vegas, NV, Beauty Bar Vegas 5/5 -- Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar 5/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Hi Hat 5/8 -- Santa Ana, CA, Constellation Room 5/9 -- San Francisco, CA, Rickshaw Stop 5/11 -- Seattle, WA, Chop Suey 5/12 -- Bellingham, WA, Wild Buffalo House of Music 5/13 -- Vancouver, BC, Rickshaw Theatre 5/15 -- Portland, OR, Dante's 5/22 -- New York, NY, Coney Island Baby 5/23 -- New York, NY, Coney Island Baby 5/25 -- Washington, DC, Black Cat 5/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Ottobar 5/28 -- Toronto, ON, The Horseshoe Tavern 5/29 -- Montreal, QC, Les Foufounes Electriques 5/31 -- Pawtucket, RI, The Met 6/1 -- Brooklyn, NY, Baby's All Right 6/2 -- Philadelphia, PA, The First Unitarian Church
Capitol/UMeIt's about time hair metal started getting some respect. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Poison's monster hit album, Open Up and Say...Ahh!, it's been re-released on 180-gram red and green vinyl.
The reissue also features the album's then-controversial cover, showing a female model made up to look like a tiger, with glowing green eyes, big '80s hair, black claws, and an extended tongue that looks to be about a foot long, all tinted blood red. Later issues of the album featured an all-black cover image, with only the model's eyes exposed as if through a tear in the cover.
Released May 3, 1988, Open Up and Say...Ahh! was Poison's second album and features "Nothin' but a Good Time" and their cover of the Loggins and Messina hit "Your Mama Don't Dance," both of which were top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. It also includes the power ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," the glam rockers' only U.S. #1 hit. The album's since gone five-times platinum in the U.S. and remains Poison's most successful release.
If you want the red vinyl version, you can only get it at Amazon, at least for now -- list price is $14.29. You'd better move fast if you want the green vinyl pressing, though. Only 1,000 copies are available for $24.98 a pop, and only from TheSoundofVinyl.
Just to refresh your memory, here's the track list for Open Up and Say...Ahh!:
"Love on the Rocks" "Nothin' but a Good Time" "Back to the Rocking Horse" "Good Love" "Tearin' Down the Walls" "Look but You Can't Touch" "Fallen Angel" "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" "Your Mama Don't Dance" "Bad to Be Good"
L-R: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong; Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesNews of previously unheard work by a former member of The Beatles is always cause for excitement. But in this case, it's coming from a very unexpected source.
George Harrison was one of the all-star roster of musicians who played on the 1973 spoof single "Basketball Jones," by stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Now Tommy Chong tells Billboard there are previously unheard outtakes of Harrison's guitar work on the single "where he's trying different things."
As for if we'll ever get to hear them, Chong doesn't say, other that to offer, "We've got all of that in the can that we're going to spring on people eventually, one day. That'd be great."
"Basketball Jones," a parody of the 1972 hit "Love Jones" by Brighter Side of Darkness, was included on the Cheech & Chong album Los Cochinos and featured Chong singing the lead in falsetto. In addition to Harrison, backing talent includes Billy Preston and Carole King on keyboards, Tom Scott on saxophone, and backing vocals by Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector and Michelle Phillips. The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
So how exactly did Harrison wind up on "Basketball Jones?" "George and I were buddies," Chong tells Billboard. "George and I used to smoke quite a bit when we'd meet once in a while at different places."
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBono's one of those rare rock stars who's known nearly as much for his humanitarian work as he is for his music. Now the U2 frontman's been honored again for the former, this time by the George W. Bush Institute.
Bono on Thursday received the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership from the former president himself, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. In fact, Bono's the first recipient of the award, which recognizes him for raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa, as well as helping raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the former.
Bush and Bono first met face-to-face at the White House in 2002 and immediately began working together to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bono lent his celebrity and support to secure funding for PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, on which then-President Bush was already working.
"I'm here to honor your leadership on the greatest health intervention in the history of medicine," Bono told Bush Thursday during a meeting that was streamed online, saying some 21 million lives had been saved "by this work that you began and led on, and I'm here to honor that."
For his part, Bush told Bono PEPFAR "never would have made it out of Congress had you not been engaged," calling Bono "the real deal. This is a guy who's got a huge heart."
Bono also praised Bush's mother, Barbara Bush, who died last Tuesday, noting the powerful photograph from March, 1989 of the then-first lady embracing an infant with AIDS, "when the stigma of AIDS was at its highest." Bono credited Mrs. Bush for instilling compassion for HIV/AIDS sufferers in her son.
Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesOn April 19, 2017, Chris Cornell played his new solo song "The Promise" on The Tonight Show. His Soundgarden band mate Matt Cameron played drums during the performance, which was Cornell's final late night TV appearance. He died a month later.
In commemoration of its one-year anniversary, Cameron wrote a remembrance of the performance in an Instagram post.
"I was very happy [Cornell] called me for this TV gig," Cameron wrote. "The entire band was a little nervous before taping, the song had some very interesting twists and turns and like all of Chris' songs, you HAVE to pay attention and let it flow at the same time."
"I thought the performance came off great," he added. "Well-played, brother."
Cornell wrote "The Promise" for the 2017 film of the same name about the Armenian genocide. The track, which was the last song Cornell released before his May 18 death, was nominated for Best Rock Performance at this year's Grammys.
ABC/Heidi GutmanSurprise! Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has dropped a full-length album from his new project, The Longshot. Titled Love Is for Losers, the 11-track collection is available now via digital outlets.
Armstrong started teasing The Longshot late last month with a series of mysterious Instagram posts. Last week, the project released a three-track self-titled EP, followed by two more new songs earlier this week.
Along with the album release, The Longshot has also shared the video for the Love Is for Losers title track. The clip, streaming now on YouTube, stars Armstrong and the rest of the band, which includes Green Day touring member Jeff Matika, drummer David S. Fields and guitarist Kevin Preston, jamming in an abandoned carnival.
Here's the Love Is for Losers track list:
"The Last Time" "Taxi Driver" "Chasing a Ghost" "Body Bag" "Love Is for Losers" "Cult Hero" "Kill Your Friends" "Happiness" "Soul Surrender" "Turn Me Loose" "Goodbye to Romance"
Matt Baron/ShutterstockWhile Elton John has admitted that he's pretty sick of "Crocodile Rock," he knows fans love it, so of course he's going to perform it on his upcoming Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour -- and he wants you to be involved.
If you're a crazed Elton John fan, now's the time to let your freak flag fly. Elton's team is asking fans to submit photos of themselves dressed up in their best Elton outfit, and posing with their favorite memorabilia.
"We're looking for unusual, crazy and over-the-top, just like the song!" says the invitation. "Why not get your cat involved if they're a fan too?!"
Elton's team will go through all the submissions and then travel around the world to film those selected for a special video that will be shown when Elton plays "Crocodile Rock." Even if you don't get to be part of the video, your photo may appear in the tour program.
All you need to do to enter is email email@example.com with your crazy photo, your favorite Elton memory, your name, date of birth, full address and country. If you're chosen for the video or program, the team will be in touch.
The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour gets underway September 8 in Allentown, PA. At the end of this month, Elton will kick off the next series of dates for his Million Dollar Piano residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas.
Courtesy Record Store DayThe 11th annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 21, and as usual, the promotion features a wide array of exclusive, limited-edition vinyl discs.
"This year our list is a little bit bigger than last year's," Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz tells ABC Radio. "I don't think I've ever been as excited about a list of Record Store Day releases."
Among the releases that Kurtz says he finds particularly cool are ones from Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Neil Young.
Led Zeppelin's offering is a seven-inch single pressed onto yellow vinyl that features a previously unreleased mix of "Rock and Roll." Kurtz says the disc "really gets me going" because "Rock and Roll" is "one of my favorite songs of all time."
Bowie has three releases on tap for the event, including a three-LP set called Welcome to the Blackout (Live London '78) featuring unissued performances from a pair of shows that took place during the summer of '78. Kurtz says, "It's just a fantastic-sounding album."
Young's Record Store Day contribution is a two-LP set titled Roxy -- Tonight's the Night Live that was culled from three September 1973 shows held at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California. Kurtz reports that he's been told that Young thinks the album includes some of "his greatest performances."
Among the other artists releasing discs for Record Store Day 2018 are The Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Blue Oyster Cult, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, Fleetwood Mac, John Fogerty, The Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, The Moody Blues, Motorhead, Pink Floyd, The Police, Ramones, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, George Thorogood, U2, Whitesnake, The Who, Yes and Neil Young.
Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesRolling Stones fans in Ireland are in for a treat this coming summer. The opening show of the European leg of the Band's No Filter tour, in Dublin's Croke Park, will likely be one the longest sets of the outing.
"I haven't gotten length yet. It will be their longest set because they will try out different things. We figure two hours to two-and-a-half hours," the Stones' longtime production manager, Dale Skjerseth, tells Ireland's Independent newspaper.
"They don't have a permanent set yet. There are always the favourites and then they will add in. They keep themselves fit," Skjerseth adds.
The May 17 show at Croke Park will be the Rolling Stones' first performance in Ireland since a 2007 show at Slane Castle before 68,000 people.
"We start rehearsals next week and we are getting ready," Skjerseth tells the Independent. "It's a big show, we have 25 production trucks and we're around two hundred people touring with the entourage. All the excitement is around the beginning, especially the guys."
For the latest news on the Stones' No Filter tour, check out their official website.
Harry Herd/RedfernsNearly a year ago, former Free frontman Paul Rodgers played a sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, celebrating Free's 50th anniversary as part of his 2017 Free Spirit tour. Now the promised record of that concert is almost here.
Paul Rodgers -- Free Spirit -- Celebrating the Musicof Free will be released June 22 by Quarto Valley Records in multiple formats -- on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, on vinyl and digitally.
The 16-song collection features Rodgers performing Free's best-known songs, including "Wishing Well," "Fire and Water" and their signature hit, "All Right Now," as well as deep tracks, some of which were never performed live by the original band.
Blu-ray and vinyl extras include exclusive footage of the London show, as well as extra tracks by Paul's multi-instrumentalist daughter, Jasmine Rodgers, and rock and blues singer Deborah Bonham, sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
Rogers is widely considered to be one of rock's premier vocalists. In addition to fronting Free, he was also lead singer for Bad Company and The Firm before going solo.
Rogers has a seriously busy road schedule right now. He'll play a handful of Bad Company dates beginning May 11, then embark July 18 on his joint Stars Align tour with Jeff Beck and Heart's Ann Wilson. You can check out Paul Rodgers.com for dates and details.
Blink PublishingWe've got a publication date for former The Who drummer Kenney Jones' autobiography, and it's just around the corner. Titled Let the Good Times Roll, it'll be out May 31.
Subtitled My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who, the book covers exactly that -- Jones' time with three of rock's most influential bands. "In a career spanning six decades, Kenney was at the epicentre of many of the most exciting moments in music history and has experienced everything the industry has to offer," declares the book's publisher. "He jointly created some of the world's most-loved records, hung out with the Stones, Beatles, David Bowie, Keith Moon and Rod Stewart, and suffered the loss of close friends to rock 'n' roll excess and success."
Jones writes about "the people, the parties, the friendships, the fall-outs, the laughter, the sadness, the sex, drugs, and a lot of rock 'n' roll, while also opening up about his own deeply personal battles and passions, too," according to the publisher.
Jones of course was a founding member of Small Faces, which changed to Faces when lead singer and guitarist Steve Marriott left the band in 1969, and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood stepped in to cover vocals and guitar, respectively. Three years after Faces disbanded, Pete Townshend in 1978 invited Jones to join The Who in the wake of drummer Keith Moon's death. Jones left the band around 1988, though he's performed with them occasionally since.
You can order Let the Good Times Roll: My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who now on Amazon.co.uk. And yes, they do ship to the U.S.
Jeff Ament/Monkeywrench RecordsPearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's will release a new album called Heaven/Hell with his solo project Amenton May 10. The album includes the previously released single "Safe in the Car," which also features Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Matt Cameron, plus indie folk musician Angel Olsen on vocals.
Speaking to Rolling Stoneabout the origins of the album, Ament says, "I usually end up having a group of songs that goes to [Pearl Jam], and then there are songs that don't feel right, or they feel too personal."
"Maybe I get too far down the road with them lyrically, and I'm either apprehensive to give them to [Eddie Vedder], or it just feels better for it to be in my voice," he adds. "You keep working on these songs, and all of a sudden, you have maybe a little group of three or four."
Rolling Stone is also premiering the video for "Safe in the Car," a grindhouse-like visual that stars Ament manically driving through a variety of natural disasters.
Here is the Heaven/Hell track list:
"The Noise the Noise" "The Door" "Safe in the Car" "Hyperphagia" "Drugs" "Moment of Impact" "The Voices" "Somewhere" "Are you Truing?" "Choose Your Colour" "Only One"
Matt Baron/ShutterstockRocketman, the long-in-the-works Elton John biopic, has finally landed a deal with a studio and production is expected to begin this summer.
Deadline reported that Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute the movie, which will feature Taron Egerton, star of the Kingsmen: The Secret Service movies, as Sir Elton. Egerton, who provided the voice for one of the characters in the hit animated musical Sing!, has plenty of vocal talent, and according to Deadline, he'll be singing Elton's songs himself in the movie.
Dexter Fletcher will direct Rocketman; coincidentally, he'll also be directing a biopic about another flamboyant, iconic British rocker: Queen's Freddie Mercury. Lee Hall, with whom Elton collaborated on the award-winning musical Billy Elliott, wrote the Rocketman script.
Rocketman will follow Elton's life from his days as child prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, though his initial meeting and subsequent partnership with Bernie Taupin, to his success and global superstardom. Deadline describes it as an "unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll biopic with John’s life stripped...of the glitter."
Credit: Brantley GutierrezA Foo Fighters fan got the chance of a lifetime at the band's U.S. tour opener in Austin, Texas Wednesday night.
During the show, Dave Grohl invited the fan, who was wearing full Gene Simmons of KISS makeup and a Motorhead t-shirt, on stage to play the Foo classic "Monkeywrench."
"What's your name, KISS guy?" Grohl asked the fan, who was too amazed to answer. Grohl then continued, "F*** it, I don't even wanna know. Your name is 'KISS Guy' right now."
Grohl then handed KISS Guy his guitar and they launched into a seven-minute rendition of "Monkeywrench." Recognizing his opportunity, the new Foo guitarist shredded a few impromptu solos, much to Grohl's delight.
At the end of the song, Grohl gave KISS Guy the Wayne's World"We're not worthy" bow. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Foo Fighters are on tour in support of their new album, Concrete and Gold. The trek continues Thursday night in Houston.
Denise Truscello/WireImageRingoStarr's most recent album, Give More Love, has been out since last September, but we've just now been treated to a video for the title track.
Released Thursday, the mostly black-and-white video shows Ringo and members of his All-Starr Band performing the song, interspersed with color footage of photos and videos contributed by fans in response to Ringo's #GiveMoreLove call last November to be a part of the video. "Give More Love" is streaming now on YouTube.
Ringo also revealed plans for his 10th annual Peace & Love birthday celebration July 7. Since 2008, Ringo -- who will turn 78 this year -- has called on fans around the world to pause at noon local time on July 7 and wish someone peace and love, or share the #peaceandlove hashtag on social media. The around-the-world celebration began in 2008 at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe. This year, it'll begin at the Hard Rock in Nice, France, where Ringo will be on tour.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love," Ringo says in a statement. "I was blown away last year with how far this idea keeps spreading... So here we are 10 years later and it keeps growing"
Ringo and his All-Starr band begin the European leg of their latest tour June 6 in Paris, wrapping up July 11 in Rome. After a break, they hit the road in the U.S. for 20 fall dates, beginning September 1 in Tulsa through September 29 in Los Angeles. You can check out the full itinerary at RingoStarr.com.
Credit: Al PereiraMany Kinks fans probably have given up hope that the band's historically quarrelsome Davies siblings, Ray and Dave, will collaborate together again, but Dave tells ABC Radio that he has eventual plans to meet with his brother to discuss a possible new project.
"Me and Ray spoke a couple of months back, and I'm going to go back to the U.K. at some point…I'm not sure exactly when," reveals Dave, whose current U.S. solo tour winds down this Saturday, April 21, with a show in Medina, Minnesota. "And we're going to get together and try and work on some stuff. So we're getting along all right."
Regarding his most recent conversation with Ray, Dave says, "We talked about making some sort of video and performance, or, like, streaming. And we talked about refurbishing some old Kinks songs that we could mess around with and maybe turn them into something. [I]t's a few alternatives that we got in mind."
Dave tells ABC Radio that he wouldn't mind if he and Ray revisited the demos of four or five song ideas they worked on a few years ago.
"I still got them on my computer," he points out. "I go back to them now and again, [and think,] 'Hmm, could be good.' So it's not over till it's over."
Having said that, the 70-year-old guitarist notes that both he and his older brother remain busy with their own solo projects.
Dave's tour finale on Saturday will feature an opening set by Joey Molland's Badfinger. He also has a show tonight, April 19, in Waukegan, Illinois, with supporting act The Smithereens. That band will feature guest singer Robin Wilson of The Gin Blossoms stepping in for late frontman Pat DiNizio, who died in December at age 62.
Gijsbert Hanekroot/RedfernsMost New York City visitors, and even some locals, avoid taking the subway, but now the city's Transit Authority's provided a swell reason for you to give it a try.
For a limited time, you can buy David Bowie-branded MetroCards -- the pre-paid plastic cards you swipe at the turnstile to ride the subway. There are five being offered, each featuring a photo of one of Bowie's trademark personas: Bowie at the beginning, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, and Bowie as a clown from 1980's "Ashes to Ashes" video. Sadly, there's no Goblin King card.
You can just buy them all in one go, however. Firstly, they're only available at two stations, at Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker St. -- look them up on Google Maps. And secondly, they'll be dispensed randomly at booths and vending machines. Given that they sell for a minimum $6.50 a pop -- that's two subway rides -- you could spend some serious cash trying to collect all five.
If you want yours, you better hurry: only 250,000 will be distributed. If you don't live in New York City, it's time to cozy up to a pal who does.
The promotion's not only to honor Bowie, who was a New York City resident, but also to promote the David Bowie Is touring exhibit, currently at the Brooklyn Museum. FYI, that's where the MetroCard images came from.
John Pratt/Keystone/Getty ImagesIt's like Antiques Roadshow for rock and roll.
The Beatles Story exhibit in Liverpool is joining forces with Julien's Auctions and the Hard Rock Cafe NYC for another Discovery Day. It's your chance to bring your Beatles or other rock and roll memorabilia to be appraised by an expert, for free.
Previous events have been held in Liverpool and and London, and have unearthed some significant finds. One of them was a typewritten, signed letter by John Lennon to Queen Elizabeth II from 1969, explaining why he was refusing the MBE she awarded him. Incredibly, the owner found the letter inside the sleeve of one of a collection of vinyl albums he'd purchased 20 years earlier for a mere ten pounds, about 14 bucks. Julien's valued it at 60,000 pounds, over $85,000.
If you think you've got a rare Beatles or rock treasure, you've got plenty of time to root through your attic. The Discovery Day's scheduled for Thursday, May 17 at the Hard Rock Cafe New York.
L-R: Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger; Michael Campanella/RedfernsIf you need a gift for the Rolling Stones fan in your life, or if you just want to treat yourself, hop online a month from now for your chance to own a lithograph of Mick Jagger -- painted by Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.
The unframed color lithograph -- number 181 out of a limited edition of 285 -- measures about 38 by 27 inches and is a full-length painting of Jagger at the mic, in concert, clad all in black. Numbered and signed by Wood, it's appropriately titled "Paint It Black -- Out of Control."
Check your bank account first, if you're interested. The piece is expected to sell for between 1,200 and 1,500 euros, about $1,480 to $1,850. But as these auctions usually go, don't be surprised to see it sell for much higher.
Wood, of course, is an accomplished painter and visual artist whose work has been collected and exhibited around the world for decades. His Rolling Stones band mates are understandably some of his frequent subjects. Wood also recently survived a cancer scare and will join the Stones on the road when the European leg of their No Filter tour begins May 17 in Dublin, Ireland.
Also for sale is a caricature of Jagger apparently signed by the singer, by an unspecified artist. That's expected to sell for between 200 to 300 euros, about 250 to 370 bucks.
Both items are part of a much larger lot dubbed The Eclectic Collector, offered by the Irish-based Whyte's auction house May 18. Visit Whytes.ie for details.