"Give Peace a Chance" was recorded on June 1, 1969, during Lennon and Ono's famous "Bed-In for Peace" protest event at Montreal's Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, which ran from May 26 to June 2 of that year. The Montreal Bed-In followed a similar event that the couple hosted in March 1969 at the Hilton Amsterdam a few days after they got married.
One side of the commemorative coin features a famous photo of John and Yoko taken by Ivor Sharp during the Bed-In that shows the couple dressed in white pajamas, each of them holding a flower. The other side of the coin boasts an image of Queen Elizabeth II. The coin retails for 99.99 Canadian dollars, or about $74, and can be purchased at Mint.ca or by 1-800-268-6468 in the U.S. and 1-800-267-1871 in Canada.
"We are delighted to have crafted a coin celebrating Canada's special connection to John and Yoko, and their lasting message of peace," says Royal Canadian Mint president Marie Lemay.
In related news, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lennon and Ono's Bed-In with a series of special events starting Saturday, May 25. Among them will be an exhibition opening Saturday in the hotel's lobby featuring photos from the event and testimonials from guests who stayed at the hotel at the time, and a 50th anniversary concert on May 30 held at the Espace C2 on the hotel's top floor. Visit Fairmont.com for a full schedule.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica has teamed up iconic skateboard brand Dogtown to created a new signature skate deck.
The board features the Metallica logo printed above the Dogtown cross. If you have a Metallica-obsessed skater in your life -- and $139.99 to spare -- you can order the deck now via Metallica.com.
In other Metallica happenings, the metal legends held their second annual Day of Service volunteering initiative on Wednesday in conjunction with their All Within My Hands charity foundation. According to the band, over 3,000 Metallica fans volunteered at their local food banks as part of the program.
"Thank you for making our second annual Day of Service a success!" the Metallica members write in a statement, adding that they're "overwhelmed with gratitude."
"We hope that [it] will serve as year round inspiration and we encourage you to get out and give back in any way that you can, any day of the year," writes the band.
Credit: Gabe L'HeureuxPerry Farrell has premiered the video for "Pirate Punk Politician," the lead single off the Jane's Addiction frontman's forthcoming solo album, Kind Heaven.
The cartoon-animated clip reflects the political message of the track, which Farrell describes as a "good old fashioned protest song about today's strongmen and their tactics of oppression." You can watch it now on YouTube.
Kind Heaven, the first solo effort from Farrell since 2001's Song Yet to Be Sung, is due out June 7. The record features contributions from a variety of guests, including Cars guitarsit Elliot Easton and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
Farrell will start a U.S. tour in support of Kind Heaven June 7 in New York City. He's also bringing the project to Lollapalooza in August.
The records -- 1976's Wings over America, 1988's Choba B CCCP, 1993's Paul Is Live and an expanded version of the 2007 Amoeba's Secret EP titled Amoeba Gig -- will be available on CD, and as black-vinyl and limited-edition colored-vinyl LP collections.
Wings over America, which topped the Billboard 200 in January '77 and originally was released as a three-LP set, captured highlights from McCartney and his band Wings' 1975-76 tour. The colored-vinyl version of the reissue also will feature three LPs, with the discs colored transparent red, transparent green and transparent blue.
Choba B CCCP, which is Russian for "Back in the USSR," originally was issued exclusively in the Soviet Union before getting a worldwide release in 1991. The album features covers of 11 of Sir Paul's favorite songs from the 1950s recorded live in the studio. The single-LP, colored-vinyl version of the reissue is an opaque-yellow disc.
Paul Is Live features performances from McCartney's New World Tour in 1993. The album ends with a trio of songs recorded during rehearsals for shows. The two-LP, colored-vinyl reissue features opaque-baby-blue and plush-peach-white-opaque discs.
Amoeba Gig features the full 21-song set that McCartney played at an intimate 2007 free concert at the Amoeba Music store in Los Angeles. Only four of these performances previously received wide release, on the aforementioned Amoeba's Secret EP. The LP versions of Amoeba Gig, which feature two discs, include a bonus rehearsal performance of "Coming Up." The colored-vinyl edition boasts clear and hazy-amber-transparent discs.
Here's the Amoeba Gig CD track list:
"Drive My Car" "Only Mama Knows" "Dance Tonight" "C Moon" "The Long and Winding Road" "I'll Follow the Sun" "Calico Skies" "That Was Me" "Blackbird" "Here Today" "Back in the USSR" "Nod Your Head" "House of Wax" "I've Got a Feeling" "Matchbox" "Get Back" "Baby Face" "Hey Jude" "Let It Be" "Lady Madonna" "I Saw Her Standing There"
Surfdog Records/BMGThe Stray Cats strut back with their first new studio album in 26 years, 40, which was released today. As its title suggests, the record celebrates the 40th anniversary of the veteran rockabilly trio -- singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom.
The album is available on CD, on vinyl and digitally. A special colored-vinyl version of the LP that comes packaged with a two-sided 24-by-12-inch poster can be purchased exclusively in independent record shops. In addition, a deluxe edition of 40, featuring two bonus tracks, two Stray Cats coasters, two stickers and a postcard, is available at the Surfdog Records label's official website.
The band recorded 40 in late 2018 in Nashville with producer Peter Collins, who's previously worked with Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and many others. In advance of the album's release, The Stray Cats released three tracks -- "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)," "Rock It Off" and "Cry Danger" -- which you can check out at the group's official YouTube channel.
The Stray Cats will support 40 with a 40th anniversary tour that begins with a European leg running from a June 21 concert in Vitoria, Spain, through a July 20 show in Falun, Sweden. The band will then mount a U.S. that kicks off August 3 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is plotted out through an August 31-September 1 stand in San Diego.
Here's the 40 track list:
"Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)" "Rock It Off" "I've Got Love If You Want It" "Cry Danger" "I Attract Trouble" "Three Time's a Charm" "That's Messed Up" "When Nothing's Going Right" "Desperado" "Mean Pickin' Mama" "I'll Be Looking Out for You" "Devil Train"
8/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino - Ovation Hall 8/6 -- New York, NY, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport 8/13 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 8/14 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center 8/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Garden 8/18 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Casino 8/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden 8/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre 8/31 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys 9/1 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys
Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains is continuing to roll out episodes of Black Antenna, the sci-fi film project accompanying the grunge band's latest, Grammy-nominated album, Rainier Fog.
The latest installment, soundtracked by the song "Maybe," continues the story of Alpha and Beta, two aliens disguised as humans trying to find a way to contact their home world. As Alpha continues to search for parts to build a communication device, Beta builds a friendship with a human neighbor.
Meanwhile, the pair continues to be pursed by a U.S. immigration officer named Nil, who also has alien origins. You can watch the episode now on YouTube.
"Maybe" is the seventh installment of the 10-part series. It follows the previously released episodes "The One You Know," "Rainier Fog," "Red Giant," "Fly," "Drone" and "Deaf Ears Blind Eyes."
Alice in Chains will team up with Korn for a North American tour starting July 18 in Austin, Texas.
Paramount PicturesThe soundtrack to the new Elton John biopic Rocketman is officially out today, a week before the film opens in U.S. theaters.
The album not only features new versions of classic Elton tunes sung by the film's star, Taron Egerton, but also includes a brand-new duet between John and Egerton called "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again."
"[Elton] emailed me shortly after Christmas and just said, 'I just wrote a duet for us,'" Egerton tells ABC Radio. "And it took me a little while to process that but I'm very, very proud. It's a very beautiful song and it's very in the spirit and theme of the movie."
Egerton admits that singing an original Elton John/Bernie Taupin song in front of Elton in the studio was "intense." But he adds that he "really, really enjoyed it."
"It was great fun, Elton's great fun and I wanted him to be there," he says. "He recorded first and then I went in and he said, 'Would you like me to leave while you record?' And I was like, 'No, no way, man. I want you to be here.'"
The soundtrack, produced by Giles Martin, features Egerton's renditions of classics like "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song" and "I'm Still Standing."
Greenwich EntertainmentEcho in the Canyon, the star-studded documentary focusing on the influential music scene that began in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon in the mid-1960s, opens tonight at L.A.'s Cinerama Dome and Landmark Theater, with additional screenings on Saturday and Sunday.
Among the key groups profiled in the flick are The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys and Mamas & the Papas.
Directed by Andrew Slater, the film features singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan interviewing various famous artists with connections to or influenced by the Laurel Canyon scene, including David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, The Byrds' Roger McGuinn, The Mamas & the Papas' Michelle Phillips, Jackson Browne and more.
Slater tells ABC Radio that in making the film, he and Dylan wanted to find out the stories of the songs they loved from the very artists who created them. What evolved, says the director, is "a very personal look at a subject and music that's still influential 50 years later."
Slater adds that a key discovery was how much the bands wound up influencing each other.
The film also shows Jakob chatting with younger artists like Beck, Norah Jones, Cat Power and Regina Spektor about how they were inspired by the scene, and captures them recording songs from the era, as well as performing them live in concert.
In addition, Dylan chats with Tom Petty, in what was the late rock legend's final on-camera interview. As Slater explains, Petty "is almost like the professor in the narrative of the film."
A soundtrack album that mainly features the cover tunes showcased in the doc also gets released today. Echo in the Canyon will get its New York City premiere on Friday, May 31, before receiving a wider release in June.
Here's the soundtrack's track list:
"Go Where You Wanna Go" -- featuring Jade Castrinos "The Bells of Rhymney" -- featuring Beck "You Showed Me" -- featuring Cat Power "She" -- featuring Josh Homme "In My Room" -- featuring Fiona Apple "Goin' Back" -- featuring Beck "Never My Love" -- featuring Norah Jones "It Won't Be Wrong" -- featuring Fiona Apple "No Matter What You Do" -- featuring Regina Spektor "Questions" -- featuring Jakob Dylan, Stephen Stills "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" -- featuring Neil Young "Expecting to Fly" -- featuring Regina Spektor "What's Happening" -- featuring Neil Young
RhinoThis past March, Foreigner released a concert video featuring an April 1978 performance that the band gave at London's Rainbow Theatre. Now the veteran rockers will issue a companion album on CD and as a two-LP vinyl set on July 12.
The Live at The Rainbow '78 album features the same 12 songs that appear on the previously released DVD, Blu-ray and digital video and audio versions. The original audio has been remixed and remastered for the release.
Foreigner's set at the concert featured renditions of all 10 tunes from the band's self-titled 1977 debut album, including the hits "Feels Like the First Time," "Cold as Ice" and "Long, Long Way from Home." The group also played two future classics from their then-forthcoming sophomore record, Double Vision -- the title track and "Hot Blooded."
The Rainbow show featured Foreigner's original lineup -- lead guitarist Mick Jones, singer Lou Gramm, multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, keyboardist Al Greenwood, drummer Dennis Elliott and bassist Ed Gagliardi. Gagliardi passed away in 2014 from cancer.
Here's the track list of the Live at The Rainbow '78 CD:
"Long, Long Way from Home" "I Need You" "Woman Oh Woman" "Hot Blooded" "The Damage Is Done" "Cold as Ice" "Starrider" "Double Vision" "Feels Like the First Time" "Fool for You Anyway" "At War with the World" "Headknocker"
Courtesy of Parlophone RecordsToday marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the self-titled debut album by David Bowie's short-lived band, Tin Machine. In celebration of the milestone, a previously unreleased live medley of nine songs from the record that the group played during a 1989 video shoot in New York City is now available for purchase as a digital download.
The video of the medley, which runs 12 minutes, 37 seconds, was shot by director Julien Temple at the New York club The Ritz, and ends with a full performance of the tune "Under the God." Among the other songs Tin Machine played was a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." You can watch the entire clip now at Bowie's official YouTube channel.
Tin Machine also featured guitarist Reeves Gabrels and the sibling duo of Tony and Hunt Sales on bass and drums, respectively. The band's self-titled album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200, while "Under the God" reached #4 and #8 on Billboard's respective Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts.
The group released one more studio album, Tin Machine II, in 1991 and a live album, Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby, in 1992 before disbanding.
Here's the list of songs Tin Machine play in the medley:
"Pretty Thing" "Tin Machine" "Prisoner of Love "Crack City" "Bus Stop" "Video Crime" "I Can't Read" "Working Class Hero" "Under the God"
ABC RadioIf you have any questions for Krist Novoselic, here's your opportunity to ask them.
The Nirvana bassist will participate in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Saturday, June 1, at 5 p.m. ET. So if you can't think of anything to ask him now, you have over a week to come up with something.
Novoselic is the second major Nirvana figure to do an AMA recently, following the band's manager Danny Goldberg, who wrote the new Kurt Cobain book Serving the Servant.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images; Virgin RecordsThe Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is officially back in the hands of frontman Richard Ashcroft, as Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have relinquished their songwriting credits on the song.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce as of last month Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to give me their share of the song 'Bitter Sweet Symphony,'" Ashcroft writes in a statement.
Released in 1997, "Bitter Sweet Symphony" sampled an orchestral version of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time," recorded by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra and written by David Whitaker. According to Rolling Stone magazine, The Verve was granted the sample in exchange for 50 percent of the royalties.
However, former Stones manager Allen Klein accused The Verve of using more of the orchestral recording than the agreement originally stipulated. After a plagiarism lawsuit filed by Klein's holding company ABKCO Records, The Verve ended up forfeiting all of the song's royalties and publishing rights, and Jagger and Richards were credited as the writers.
Now, over two decades later, Ashcroft is the sole credited writer.
"This remarkable and life affirming turn of events was made possible by a kind and magnanimous gesture from Mick and Keith, who have also agreed that they are happy for the writing credit to exclude their names and all their royalties derived from the song they will now pass to me," Ashcroft writes.
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" became The Verve's biggest worldwide hit, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
MJ Kim/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney kicks off the 2019 North American leg of his Freshen Up Tour tonight, May 23, at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The trek features a total of 16 shows, and is mapped out through a July 13 concert at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The trek will include a June 28-29 stand at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, as well as stops in major cities in the Southeastern U.S., the Midwest, Texas, California, Arizona and Vancouver, Canada.
McCartney is continuing to promote his chart-topping 2018 solo album, Egypt Station, on the tour. Last week, Sir Paul released a deluxe "Explorer's Edition" of the album that features a bonus disc offering extra studio recordings, including an extended version of "Who Cares," the surprise single "Get Enough," and live performances from the special shows he played last year in London, New York City and his hometown of Liverpool, U.K.
Egypt Station: Explorer's Edition is available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.
Here are all of McCartney's forthcoming North American tour dates:
5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center 6/8 -- Green Bay WI, Lambeau Field 6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center 6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park 6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park 6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 6/28 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 6/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 7/6 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, BC Place 7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
Geffen/UMGToday marks the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of one of the most lauded albums in rock history, The Who's Tommy. The rock opera tells the tale of a young man who becomes deaf, dumb and blind as a child after witnessing his father kill his mother's lover, and who goes on miraculously to become a pinball champion and then, after regaining his senses, a spiritual guru.
Tommy's arrival came at a transitional period for The Who, one that saw the group's members, particularly guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, looking for a new musical direction after several years together as a well-received quirky pop-rock act.
"Tommy was the first time that we really tackled the idea of doing an album as a piece of art," explains Townshend in the 2013 documentary Sensation: The Story of Tommy. "It was meant, in a sense, to hold a mirror to what we were doing at the time and what was happening to us."
One of inspirations for Tommy was Meher Baba, an Indian guru whose teachings Townshend had begun following. Townshend's story also was influenced by the traumas the people of his generation had experienced through the wars of the 20th century.
Explaining the Tommy character, Townshend said, "I was looking for an analogy to the fact that it seemed to me that we are deaf, dumb and blind, if you like, with respect to our spiritual genome. Whatever it is in us that drives us spiritually is effectively deaf, dumb and blind."
The best-known song from Tommy was "Pinball Wizard," which reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other memorable songs from the album include "The Acid Queen," "I'm Free" and "We're Not Gonna Take It," which includes the famous refrain "See Me, Feel Me." The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified double-platinum in the U.S.
Tommy, of course, has been presented in a variety of incarnations over the years, including the 1975 Ken Russell film. Perhaps most notably, Townshend collaborated with theater director Des McAnuff to adapt Tommy into a stage musical that went on to win five Tony Awards in 1993.
Last year, Who singer Roger Daltrey mounted a solo tour that featured a full performance of Tommy with orchestral accompaniment. A live album titled The Who's Tommy Orchestral, featuring highlights from two shows from the trek, will be released on June 14.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicRush frontman Geddy Lee says he has mixed feelings about his band's retirement that followed the end of its 40th anniversary tour in August 2015.
"I don't miss leaving [my family to go tour]," the 65-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells the Toronto Sun. "But I miss those three hours on stage with my buddies. That, especially in the last 10 years of touring, was so much fun and so gratifying."
Lee says he sees Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson "quite a lot" and that he and Alex visit drummer Neal Peart "quite often," but with Peart insisting he's happily retired, Geddy doesn't "see the three of us ever really" recording or touring together again.
Having said that, Lee believes it's possible that he and Lifeson "would do something down the road," while pointing out that Alex currently is enjoying contributing to other artists' projects.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica has shared a live video capturing an acoustic performance of the song "The Unforgiven," recorded during the band's unplugged charity show last November.
Along with taking out the amps, the metal legends added a few more instruments to the performance, including mandolin and pedal-steel, giving the Black Album single a more twangy feel. You can watch it now on YouTube.
The rare acoustic concert was held in support of Metallica's All Within My Hands charity foundation. It ended up raising $1.3 million for issues including hunger and workforce education.
The premiere of the video coincides with Metallica's second annual Day of Service, which is happening today. As a part of the volunteering effort, Metallica fans across the country are donating their time and effort to their local food banks.
Rhino Entertainment CompanyThe Woodstock soundtrack album features a famous photo of a young couple wrapped in a muddy quilt hugging each other at the historic 1969 festival. Now, the two lovebirds, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline, will return to Bethel, New York, in August to help celebrate its 50th anniversary.
According to The Journal News, the Ercolines were invited to take part in the planned "Anniversary Week" festivities hosted by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue now located at the site of the original Woodstock fest.
The anniversary celebration is scheduled for August 15 through August 18, and will include concerts by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band on the 16th, Santana and The Doobie Brothers on the 17th and John Fogerty on the 18th.
"We're very honored to be invited," Bobbi Ercoline told The Journal News, while her husband Nick added, "It's a great honor…Just come up and say hello, get a picture and have fun."
Married since 1971, Nick and Bobbi were just dating when they attended Woodstock Music and Arts Fair for just one of the event's three days back in '69.
"It was all wonderful because we were 20 and in love," said Bobbi.
The photo featured on the Woodstock soundtrack was taken by Life magazine photographer Burk Uzzle. The Ercolines say that had no idea about the photo until a friend brought it to their attention after the album was released.
The couple are now retired grandparents who reside in the upstate New York town of Pine Bush, about 40 miles from Bethel.
Asked to reflect on being part of Woodstock history, Bobbi said, "I am just very grateful that it was an experience that I've been able to share with the man I've loved for 50 years."
Terry McGinnis/WireImageCourtney Love is calling out the fashion label Vetements for selling a new t-shirt very similar to the "Corporate Magazines Still Suck" one Kurt Cobain famously wore on the cover of a 1992 issue of Rolling Stone.
The Vetements shirt features the "Corporate Magazines Still Suck" slogan, accompanied by the phrase "a lot." It costs $550.
After Vetements posted a photo of the shirt on its Instagram, Love commented, "You guys WHAT the F***? I hate being put in this position. You should know better!"
This isn't the first Nirvana-related fashion controversy over the last few months. Last December, the band filed a lawsuit against Marc Jacobs for allegedly ripping off the Nirvana smiley-face logo for an item in its Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.
VertigoZakk Wylde's Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath is re-recording Ozzy Osbourne and company's self-titled debut album in honor of its 50th anniversary.
In order to mimic the conditions of the original Black Sabbath, which was recorded in a single day in 1969, Zakk Sabbath will record their version, "live in a fully analog studio, direct to two-inch tape, all in a single 24-hour period." The session will be filmed for an accompanying documentary.
The Zakk Sabbath version of Black Sabbath will be titled Vertigo, named after the record company that released the original album. It'll be released on the record's exact 50th anniversary: February 13, 2020.
Vertigo will be limited to just 500 copies, which are already sold-out. Stay tuned to ZakkSabbath.com for more info.
You can also catch Zakk Sabbath live on a North American tour starting in August.