Credit: Justin BoruckiJudas Priest will headline the first-ever South American edition of Slipknot's Knotfest. The masked metallers have announced the inaugural Knotfest Colombia, which will be held on October 26 in Colombian capital of Bogota.
The rest of the festival's lineup includes litany of metal bands, among them Helloween, Kreator and Arch Enemy. For more info, visit KnotfestColombia.com.
The U.S. edition of Knotfest is held in San Bernardino, California. The festival also has been held in Mexico and Japan.
The program, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC, also will features guest appearances by pop superstar Ariana Grande and comic actor Nick Kroll.
Aerosmith's Tonight Show performance comes a day after the band's appearance on NBC's Today show, during which the rock legends announced plans for a Las Vegas residency next year at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort.
"We want to bring a show in there that we really can't do when we're on the road on a regular tour," guitarist Joe Perry explained to Today host Savannah Guthrie. "So we want to bring a show that still has Aerosmith and all the guts of Aerosmith but has a whole other element to it than we've ever been able to do before."
Singer Steven Tyler added, "We're gonna keep it raw. We're gonna keep it who we are. There's gonna be no changes…It's gonna be beautiful and rocked out, and we're gonna get a chance to use some special effects that haven't been used before."
After the interview, Aerosmith played two of their classic tunes -- "Sweet Emotion" and "Love in an Elevator" -- to the crowds gathered in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza. You can watch both performances on Today.com.
Aerosmith's "Deuces Are Wild" residency opens in Las Vegas April 6, 2019 and includes 18 performances -- nine in April, five in June and four in July.
Credit: William ClaxtonAfter visiting Europe earlier in the year, Bob Dylan is now in the middle of a tour of the Far East, Australia and New Zealand -- but come the fall, he'll be bringing his show back to the U.S.
The folk-rock legend's stateside tour kicks off October 4 in Phoenix, Arizona, and is mapped out through a November 17 concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tickets for all the shows are available now, except for the Atlantic City concert, which goes on sale to the public starting this Friday, August 17.
Bob's next show takes place Saturday in Sydney, Australia, and his Down Under trek wraps up August 28, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
10/4 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 10/5 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Music Hall 10/7 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium 10/9 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center 10/10 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory 10/12 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino Resort 10/13 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort 10/14 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 10/16 -- Lafayette, LA, Heymann Center 10/17 -- Mobile, AL, Mobile Saenger Theatre 10/19 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre 10/20 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 10/21 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 10/23 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall 10/24 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts 10/26 -- Orlando, FL, Walt Disney Theater - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 10/27 -- Macon, GA, Macon City Auditorium 10/28 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre 10/30 -- Huntsville, AL, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall - Von Braun Center 10/31 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre 11/2 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 11/3 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center 11/4 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 11/6 -- Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theatre 11/7 -- Augusta, GA, The Bell Auditorium 11/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium 11/10 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre 11/11 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts 11/17 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Hard Rock Hotel
Courtesy of Wayne Karamer; Michael LavineIn June, Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron played together on stage for the first time since Chris Cornell's death last year. The two performed as part of the lineup for MC50, a band organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of legendary proto-punk band MC5.
Speaking with ABC Radio, MC5 co-founder and lead guitarst Wayne Kramer, who put MC50 together, describes what it was like to see the two Soundgarden band mates reunite.
"It was a heartfelt thing to see them play together and enjoy playing and...incorporate who they are and what their feelings were, and know that it's gonna be OK," Kramer says.
Having been involved with rock music for half a century, Kramer knows how it feels when a band mate dies.
"It's a terrible thing to lose a band mate, especially in the prime of their life," he says. "I know I've lost a few of them now, and it's tough. It's the reality, the ultimate reality, for all of us. It's part of the deal, and as painful as it is, it's something that we're all gonna experience."
Thayil will return to the MC50 lineup for the band's upcoming U.S. tour, which begins September 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kramer feels Thayil is a great fit for the group, especially due to his ability learn the "principles" and "concepts" of the songs.
"A lot of things that the MC5 does and the MC50 does is improvisational, where we have a structure, the song has a structure, but there are whole sections that are unstructured, and they have to be different every night," Kramer says.
Aretha Franklin, the pastor's daughter who became the undisputed Queen of Soul over a career that spanned more than five decades, has died of advanced pancreatic cancer, ABC News has confirmed.
"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," read a statement from her rep.
"Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s Oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI."
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement continued.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
Franklin's health had been a concern for the past few years, causing a spate of concert cancellations. In 2017, she appeared alarmingly thin but claimed it was a side effect of an unspecified medication. After announcing she was retiring from the road in 2017, Franklin still scheduled shows for 2018 but in March, she was ordered by her doctors to cancel all shows and rest for two months. Despite rumors of serious health problems, she's never publicly spoken about her ailments.
Merely saying that Franklin was one of the greatest vocalists of all time hardly seems adequate to describe her influence and impact -- her voice was officially declared a natural resource by her home state of Michigan. In 2015, President Barack Obama said of Franklin: "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll -- the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope."
Franklin started her music career early, singing gospel music as a child at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, C.L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she signed to Columbia Records and experienced some success, especially on the R&B charts. But it wasn't until 1967, when she signed to Atlantic Records, that her career really took off.
For Atlantic, Franklin recorded-now classics "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," which helped her cross over to the pop charts. She won her first Grammy in 1968, the same year she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. She'd eventually go on to win a total of 20 Grammys, including special Grammys awarded outside of competition, and chart more than 73 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
Franklin was also part of the civil rights movement of the sixties and has been called "the voice of Black America." Having met Martin Luther King Jr. through her father, himself a noted civil rights leader, she sang at events with Dr. King and her signature hit, "Respect," became a civil rights anthem. When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral.
Aretha's hits continued through the '70s but she left Atlantic records in 1979, signing to Clive Davis' label, Arista, in 1980. That same year, she made her unforgettable appearance as a waitress in The Blues Brothers. Her 1982 album, Jump to It, returned her to the pop charts for the first time in six years. She remained with Arista for more than 20 years, racking up hits like "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Freeway of Love" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." In 1987, she was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
During this time, Aretha also started recording duets with younger artists, including Eurythmics, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Elton John and George Michael, the latter with whom she scored the 1987 #1 smash duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."
In 1994, Franklin received the Kennedy Center Honors, at the time the youngest person to be so honored. That same year, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among countless other awards.
While Franklin's musical output covered rock, soul, pop, R&B and gospel, in 1998 she proved she really could sing anything by belting out the operatic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.
Over the past 15 years, Franklin performed at a number of high-profile events. In 2006, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XL in Detroit with Aaron Neville and Dr. John. She performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inauguration, where her fanciful hat received nearly as much attention as her vocal performance.
Franklin continued to release albums throughout the 2000s, including a 2014 album that featured her singing songs by other female artists including Adele, Barbra Streisand and Alicia Keys. Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" gave her her 100th charted song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Recently, Franklin had spoken of an album she'd been working on with Stevie Wonder, and early in 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would portray her in a biopic.
A DVD version of the acclaimed 2017 documentary Bang! The Bert Berns Story is available now exclusively at the film's official website. Narrated by Steven Van Zandt, the movie takes a look at the short life and prolific career of Bert Berns, who wrote and/or produced hits for music greats including Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, The Isley Brothers, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond and Janis Joplin.
The movie was co-directed by Berns' son, Brett, who got to interview an impressive list of artists who either worked with or recorded songs by his dad, including Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Morrison.
Brett tells ABC Radio that while he initially felt intimidated to be chatting with some of these music legends, they quickly made him feel at ease.
"When I interviewed Paul McCartney…he walked in, shook everybody's hand on the set and basically interviewed himself," says Brett of McCartney, who with The Beatles had a smash with "Twist and Shout," which Bert co-wrote.
Brett says one of the highlights of the Bang! DVD is the bonus interviews, which include "McCartney telling the whole story of the recording of 'Twist and Shout' [and] Keith Richards riffing on the songs and the toughness and the sensitivity of my father's music."
Among the most difficult interviews for Brett to procure was with Morrison, but he says once Van sat down to chat, "He was just so charming and he knew what he wanted to say…it was phenomenal."
In addition to the Bang! The Bert Berns Story i DVD, a companion soundtrack album is available as a two-LP vinyl set. Brett says it's "the most masterful collection" of his dad's songs, adding, "it really is a trophy to my father and to our work on the film."
Tabatha Fireman/RedfernsElvis Costello is tapping into a new audience with his latest project -- Amazon's music-driven animated kids' TV series Pete the Cat.
Based on author/illustrator James Dean's best-selling children's books of the same name, Pete the Cat will encourage kids to "explore" their world and "try new things," while staying "curious, creative, and positive," according to Amazon.
Not only will Costello provide the voice of the lead character's dad, he'll also provide original music for the series, along with his wife, jazz singer and pianist Diana Krall, who will voice the lead character's mom as well.
Pete the Cat features Wonder and The Book of Henry's Jacob Tremblay voicing the titular character. Jessica Biel, The Middle's Atticus Shaffer and Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall also star.
Pete the Cat will be available for streaming on September 21.
Credit: Kevin NixonYes spinoff group Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman will launch a U.S. tour celebrating the prog-rock band's 50th anniversary in a very special way: with super-cheap tickets.
The trek kicks off on August 26 at the famed L.A. club the Whisky a Go Go, and the band has announced that tickets for the gig will cost just $2, the same price they cost when Yes played its first headlining concerts at the venue in 1971.
Fans who want to attend the show must purchase the tickets with cash at the door of the Whiskey on the day of the concert.
"I can remember playing the Whisky as though it was yesterday," says founding Yes singer Jon Anderson. "It was such an important happening for the Yes band. We were still very new to the U.S.A., but I felt so connected to America for some reason…the stage, the setting, the atmosphere was so exciting."
Anderson points out that Yes played five nights at the club, and recalls that "each night the crowds got bigger and more excited, [and] so did we. We played our hearts out, the reaction was amazing to say the least…and I just loved every minute."
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman also says he has fond memories of the Whisky concerts. "There was no room on the stage for my keyboards, so they put planks of wood over the door entrance and I played there," he recalls. "It was my very first trip to America and I loved it."
Guitarist Trevor Rabin, meanwhile, has lived in Los Angeles for about 40 years, but the August 26 show will mark his first time playing the Whisky. "It's going to be wild," he says.
Here are all of Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman's U.S. tour dates:
8/26 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Whisky a Go Go 8/27 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey’s By The Bay 8/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre 8/31 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 9/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, Westgate Resort & Casino 9/3 -- Denver, CO, Levitt Pavilion 9/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 9/7 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 9/8 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live 9/9 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Pop stars in the video for a song called "Disaster (Is What We're After)," recorded by the Los Angeles band Death Valley Girls. What does he do in the video? Well, not much, except eat.
The four-minute clip, streaming now on YouTube, is one long shot of the Godfather of Punk eating a hamburger. It's a homage to the 1982 film 66 Scenes from America, in which iconic artist Andy Warhol does the exact same thing.
"I'm Iggy Pop," the still-chewing musician says at the end of the video. "And I just ate a burger listening to Death Valley Girls."
"Disaster (Is What We're After)" will appear on the upcoming Death Valley Girls album Darkness Rains, due out October 5.
BMGThe Kinks will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society by reissuing the critically acclaimed 1968 album on October 26 in multiple formats, including an expansive super-deluxe box set.
On the concept album, frontman Ray Davies nostalgically reflected on the vanishing "old ways" of his British homeland. At the time of its release, The Village Green Preservation Society made little impact on the charts, but it's now widely considered one of the finest U.K. albums of its era.
"I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life," says Davies. "In my imaginary village. It's the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you're never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself is part of a life cycle."
The super-deluxe box set features five CDs; a two-LP set; three replica seven-inch singles and a 52-page hardback photo book boasting an essay by The Who's Pete Townshend and band interviews. The package also includes posters, glossy prints from a 1968 Kinks photo shoot, a replica press photo and sheet music for the song "Days."
The CDs include stereo and mono versions of the original album, a batch of singles, B-sides, alternate takes and mixes, backing tracks, TV performances and interviews.
The final CD also features unreleased home demos, live 2010 solo performances by Davies, songs from the 1970s sequel project Preservation and an unreleased 1973 tune called "Time Song." A lyric video for "Time Song" has been posted at the group's official YouTube channel, and it's also been released as a digital single.
Visit TheKinks.info for more details about The Village Green Preservation Society reissues.
Credit: Patrick BallsAs he prepares to launch the North American leg of his Not Dead Yet! solo trek, Phil Collins tells Rolling Stone that he'd also be open to a reunion of his old band Genesis, which he last toured with in 2007.
"I wouldn't say there isn't not a possibility," says Collins. "Me, Mike [Rutherford] and Tony [Banks] are pretty close, still. I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't play the drums, but anything is possible."
As has been widely reported, severe nerve damage issues has made it difficult for Collins to play drums, but he offers a good solution: having his current touring drummer, who happens to be his 17-year-old son Nicholas, fill in for him.
Phil points out that Rutherford and Banks both raved about his son's drumming after seeing one of Collins' solo shows in London last summer.
"Mike made the appropriate comment of…'He just gets what is needed and what is required and why you're doing this for that song,'" Phil tells Rolling Stone. "I thought that was a wonderful thing to say…I think that, yeah, if we did anything I think it would have to be with Nic on drums because I don't think I'm capable of it."
He adds, "I think their opinion of Nic is high enough for them to take him onboard as part of the band."
For Nic's part, he told Rolling Stone in January 2017 that he'd "be ecstatic" if he were asked to play with Genesis, although he didn't think another reunion was likely.
Meanwhile, Phil admits that he hasn't "really said" anything to Banks and Rutherford about his potential idea for a Genesis reunion.
Paul Bergen/RedfernsSlash has revealed that his time in Velvet Revolver -- which also featured his Guns N' Roses band mate Duff McKagan and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland -- was "no fun."
"I have nothing positive to say about that experience except that we did write some cool stuff," Slash tells Rolling Stone.
Velvet Revolver recorded two albums -- 2004's Contraband and 2007's Libertad -- and released the hit rock singles "Slither," "She Builds Quick Machines" and "Fall to Pieces," before Weiland abruptly left the band in 2008. During his time in VR, Weiland continued to struggle with addiction, and personal issues between him and the rest of the band flared towards the end of his tenure.
Following Weiland's departure, Velvet Revolver auditioned other singers, but never found the right fit. They reunited with Weiland for a one-off performance in 2012. Weiland died in 2015.
Slash also revealed in the Rolling Stone interview that his future band mate Myles Kennedy was supposed to audition for Velvet Revolver before they even started working with Weiland, but he "never showed up."
"He got cold feet or something at the last minute and nothing ever came out of that," Slash explains.
Of course, Slash and Kennedy would later connect to form Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. They'll release their third studio album, Living the Dream, on September 21.
Elsewhere in the interview, Slash addressed whether the partially reunited Guns N' Roses, which now features him, McKagan and frontman Axl Rose, is planning to record new music.
"I think probably the best way to look at is, if something happens, then it happens," Slash says. "There you go."
The catchy, mid-tempo pop-rock tune features modern production flourishes courtesy of OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder. A lyrics video for the song, which brings the McCartney-painted cover art for the single to life, can be viewed now at Paul's official YouTube channel.
McCartney notes that "Fuh You" was the only song on Egypt Station produced by Tedder and not Greg Kurstin.
"[Ryan and I] were just thinking of ideas and little pieces of melody and chords and the song just came together bit by bit," Sir Paul recalls about how "Fuh You" came together. "And then I would try and make some kind of sense of the story."
"So it was like 'Come on baby now. Talk about yourself. Tell the truth, let me get to know you' and basically 'I wanna know how you feel, you make me wanna go out and steal. I just want it for you,'" he continues. "So that was the basic idea and it developed from there…sort of a love song, but a raunchy love song. There you go -- fuh you."
Meanwhile, McCartney has unveiled the full track list of Egypt Station, which features 16 songs. The album arrives on September 7.
In other news, McCartney is featured in a new video promoting his upcoming primetime "Carpool Karaoke" special with Late Late Show host James Corden. In the YouTube clip, Corden takes McCartney on a humorously awkward tour of the program's California office.
Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool airs this Monday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Here's the Egypt Station track list:
"Opening Station" "I Don't Know" "Come On to Me" "Happy with You" "Who Cares" "Fuh You" "Confidante" "People Want Peace" "Hand in Hand" "Dominoes" "Back in Brazil" "Do It Now" "Caesar Rock" "Despite Repeated Warnings" "Station II" "Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link"
ABC/Craig SjodinThe members of Pearl Jam have never been shy about their political views, and that tradition continues with the band's poster for their recent show in Missoula, Montana.
The poster, designed by bassist Jeff Ament and artist Bobby Draws Skulls, depicts the White House engulfed in flames while a bald eagle feeds on the corpse of President Donald Trump. The clouds above spell out the word "vote."
"We're at a tipping point, and it's time for action," says Ament, a Montana native. He also expressed his support for Montana's senator, Democrat Jon Tester, who's running for re-election in November.
"Jon Tester is the real deal and nobody cares more about our country and especially Montana," Ament writes.
Tester's opponent in the Senate race, Republican Matt Rosendale, called the poster "disgusting and reprehensible."
"It's time for @JonTester to denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism!" Rosendale tweeted.
Pearl Jam will play two shows in Chicago later this month and two shows in Boston in September.
In other Pearl Jam-related news, Jack White covered the grunge icons' song "Daughter" during a show in their hometown of Seattle on Monday. Fan-recorded audio of the cover is streaming now on YouTube.
At Pearl Jam's show in Seattle last week, Eddie Vedder performed a solo rendition of The White Stripes' "We're Going to Be Friends."
Cleopatra RecordsVeteran Canadian rockers The Guess Who tip their hat to their neighbor to the south in a new track called "In America," which got its premiere on Billboard.com. The tune will appear on the band's first new studio album in 23 years, The Future IS What It Used to Be, due out September 14.
Drummer Garry Peterson, the only original Guess Who member still in the group, tells Billboard about the song, "The chorus says, 'In America, you can get anything you want, you can get anything that you need'…It's in the spirit that America's a land of opportunity; if you really want to work hard, you can become a rock musician, you can become a brain surgeon, you can become a doctor -- you can become president, if that's really what you want to be."
But Peterson also notes that the lyrics, penned by Guess Who frontman Derek Sharp, a.k.a. D# [Dee Sharp], also warn of the trouble you can get into in the U.S., or any country, "if you're behind in taxes or into illicit things."
"In America" certainly isn't the first Guess Who song to offer commentary on the U.S.: The group's chart-topping 1970 rock anthem "American Woman" was viewed as a pointed critique of the States. However, Peterson says he feels that song's message was somewhat misinterpreted.
"From our perspective we really didn't write it as a protest or a knock on America -- where we've made all our money, in effect," Garry maintains.
"Coming from a small place like Winnipeg and going on tour, there were all these things that are not prevalent in our world, in Canada at the time…and that came out in our song. It's America personified as a woman that we didn't quite know what to make of."
Live Nation/MGM Resorts InternationalAerosmith is ready to rock the Las Vegas Strip.
The band has announced a brand new headlining residency in Sin City, titled Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild. Dates kick off Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort.
The show will feature never-before-seen visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions, and is being described as “one of the most immersive, state-of-the-art audio and video technology experiences in Las Vegas.”
A pre-sale for members of the band’s “Aero Force One” fan club begins Thursday, August 16 at 9 a.m. PT. Citi card members will have access to tickets on Monday, August 20 at 10 a.m. PT; M life Rewards loyalty members can begin purchasing tickets on Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. PT.
Tickets to the general public go on sale Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here is the list of 18 performance dates:
April 2019: 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26 June 2019: 19, 22, 24, 27, 29 July 2019: 2, 4, 7, 9
The former Journey singer has announced that his very long-awaited new solo album, Traces, will be out October 5. The first single, "No Erasin'" is now available.
In a message on Twitter, he writes, "Years ago, I disappeared. There were many reasons but mainly...my love for music had suddenly left me. I knew that simply stopping was what I had to do."
"If music was ever to return to my heart, then and only then I would figure out what to do. If not..so be it, for I had already lived the dream of dreams," he continues.
"Many years passed. One day, I began sketching some musical ideas with the creative freedom that I was the only one who would ever hear them. One song led to many," Perry writes. "My love for music had returned. Then another beautiful thing happened. I found love."
"My precious Kellie gave me a life I never knew I had," Perry writes about his relationship with Kellie Nash, a woman who was batting breast cancer. "I lost her December of 2012. I now deeply understand the meaning of 'It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all."
On his website, Perry further explains that it was Nash who encouraged him "not to keep isolating myself anymore." He began recording in May of 2015.
"I’m not trying to top what I’ve done in the past, or better anyone or anything. That stuff doesn’t matter to me now. In a way, it’s this simple: when I had something to say again, I said it," he notes. "All I’m trying to do now is make music that really matters to me and I hope maybe will really matter to other people too.”
You can pre-order Traces now. Here's the track list:
1. "No Erasin’" 2. "We’re Still Here" 3. "Most Of All" 4. "No More Cryin’" 5. "In The Rain" 6. "Sun Shines Gray" 7. "You Belong To Me" 8. "Easy To Love" 9. "I Need You" 10. "We Fly"
RepriseWith the new Tom Petty box set An American Treasure being released September 28, a contest has been launched offering fans the chance to attend a private, advance listening party for the collection alongside members of The Heartbreakers.
The winner and a guest will be taken to Petty and the Heartbreakers' secret Los Angeles-area rehearsal and recording space, The Clubhouse, where they will get to hear tracks from An American Treasure before the public.
Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench appear in a promo video sharing details about the contest, which you can enter by visiting the Omaze fundraising website.
"We're doing something really special for our friend and lost soldier, Tom Petty," says Campbell, while Tench explains, "[W]e'd like you and a friend to come down and hang at our clubhouse, where we recorded a lot of our records and where we rehearsed for ages and ages and ages."
Campbell adds, "We want to share memories and food and drinks and music with the winners."
Tench continues, "We're gonna play [An American Treasure for] you before anybody else gets to hear it. And actually, there's a lot of stuff on it that's entirely unreleased…that we hadn't heard for years and years and years. We're really proud of it, and we think you'll really like it."
Donations raised by the contest will benefit The Midnight Mission, an L.A. charity supported by Petty that, Campbell explains, works "to provide a path to self-sufficiency for people experiencing homelessness."
The contest winner also will receive a copy of the deluxe vinyl version of the box set, signed by The Heartbreakers.
Visit Omaze.com/Heartbreakers to enter. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PT on August 23. A winner will be announced on or about September 5.
Ben Gabbe/Getty Images; David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for KeringIt's Lennon and McCartney for a whole new generation. The late John Lennon's son, Sean, took to his Instagram page on Monday to post a photo of himself with Paul McCartney's son, James. Sean captioned the pic, simply, "Peekaboo…"
The Lennon and McCartney boys are both singer/songwriters -- as is George Harrison's son, Dhani -- and Beatles fans have long been curious about what would happen if the Fab Four members' various musical progeny actually collaborated. Currently, there's no word on whether Sean and James have any plans to make music together.
Sean's most recent project was 2017's Lime and Limpid Green, which he recorded as a member of the duo The Claypool Lennon Delirium, with Primus frontman Les Claypool. McCartney's latest album is the 2016 solo effort The Blackberry Train.
In other news, this past Sunday, Sean Lennon teamed up with Lenny Kravitz in New York City to tape an upcoming episode of the public-TV interview series, Speakeasy. The show is expected to air in early 2019 as part of Speakeasy's fourth season.
Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains is asking fans to help former collaborator Scotty Olson, who's been diagnosed with progressive dementia. Olson played with the grunge legends during their 1996 MTV Unplugged taping.
To help him pay for his medical expenses, friends of Olson have set up a GoFundMe page. "If anyone would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated," AiC says.
In addition to his work with Alice in Chains, Olson played guitar in Heart from 1995 to 1998 and 2002 to 2003. He was also an engineer on Jerry Cantrell's 1998 solo album Boggy Depot and the 2000 Deftones album White Pony.