Blue Elan RecordsAmerica singer/guitarist Gerry Beckley will release a new solo album titled Five Mile Roadon September 20.
The record features 12 new original songs, 11 of which Beckley penned on his own and one, a tune called "Life Lessons," that he co-wrote with actor/musician Bill Mumy, who perhaps is best-known as his role as Will Robinson in the 1960s TV show Lost in Space.
"Life Lessons" has been released as the upcoming album's first single, and is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check out the melodic, Americana-flavored song at Blue Élan Records' official YouTube channel.
"I knew that this batch of songs, even the choice of the album's title, was going to be about my journey," Beckley says of Five Mile Road, which is a follow-up to his 2016 solo effort, Carousel.
The new album features musical contributions from Mumy, ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff and founding Poco singer/pedal-steel player Rusty Young. That being said, Beckley was responsible for much of the instrumentation on the record, including acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano and keyboards. Gerry also handled most of the backing vocals on Five Mile Road.
"When I make a solo album, there's a whole lot of 'solo' in there!" he explains with a laugh.
Beckley continues to tour with America, and the band has dozens of upcoming shows lined up in celebration of its 50th anniversary. You can check them out at VenturaHighway.com.
Here's the Five Mile Road track list:
"Life Lessons" "Something to Remember" "Home Again" "Five Mile Road" "Hang Your Head High" "So Long Marni" "Vagabond" "Heart of the Valley" "Stop Feeling Sorry" "Calling" "Sudden Soldier" "Two People at Once"
The Cheap Trick cover can be purchased now as a digital single, and you can also check out the song at the band's official YouTube channel.
This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 2 also features singer/songwriter Martha Wainwright's interpretation of "Daddy Song," and 12 other covers by lesser-known artists.
"Ambush" isn't the first Nilsson song Cheap Trick has covered. The band's 2017 holiday album, Christmas Christmas, includes a rendition of Harry's 1974 tune "Remember (Christmas)." In addition, frontman Robin Zander recorded a version of Nilsson's 1972 hit "Jump into the Fire" for his self-titled 1993 debut solo album.
The first volume of This Is the Town was released in 2014, and included contributions by Tracy Bonham, Church of Betty, Rasputina, Langhorne Slim and Nilsson's daughter Annie.
This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now and is available on CD, digitally and as a limited-edition orange-vinyl LP.
Cleopatra RecordsDetroit rock and soul legend Mitch Ryder has just released a new album featuring covers of rock, pop, soul and folk songs that he recorded with a variety of guest artists.
Detroit Breakout! includes contributions from Runaways singer Cherie Currie, as well as legendary rock guitarists like The MC5's Wayne Kramer, The Stooges' James Williamson and The New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain.
The album kicks off with a new rendition of Ryder's classic 1966 hit with his band The Detroit Wheels, "Devil with a Blue Dress," featuring Williamson on guitar. A video for the track premiered on Billboard.com and you also can watch it on YouTube.
The clip is set in a seedy bar and focuses on an alluring tattooed woman who saunters through the male-filled crowd and proceeds to strip down to a blue bikini, causing the guys begin a brutal brawl with each other.
Detroit Breakout! also boasts versions of The Capitols' "Cool Jerk" featuring Kramer, The Standells' "Dirty Water" featuring Sylvain, and Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" with Currie.
Other covers Ryder tackles on the album: The Monkees' "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone," The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" and Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" and "Twistin' the Night Away."
Detroit Breakout! is available now on CD, digitally and as a limited-edition two-LP set pressed on red vinyl.
Here's the album's full track list:
"Devil with a Blue Dress" -- featuring James Williamson "Cool Jerk" -- featuring Wayne Kramer & Brian Auger "Dirty Water" -- featuring Sylvain Sylvain "Turn Back the Hands of Time" -- featuring Shirley King "Have Love, Will Travel" -- featuring Paul Rudolph "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" -- featuring Walter Lure "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" -- featuring Cherie Currie "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" -- featuring Arthur Adams "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" -- featuring Lee Oskar "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" -- featuring Joe Louis Walker "You Send Me" -- featuring Linda Gail Lewis "Twistin' the Night Away" -- featuring Joe Louis Walker "If I Had a Hammer" -- featuring Linda Gail Lewis "Shout" -- featuring Linda Gail Lewis
Rhino Entertainment/Trafalgar ReleasingThe ninth annual edition of The Grateful Dead's one-night-only "Meet-Up at the Movies" screening event will take place at select theaters on August 1, coinciding with what would have been the late Jerry Garcia's 77th birthday.
This year, the event has been expanded to include cinemas around the world, and the concert film that will be shown features a previously unreleased complete performance that took place June 17, 1991, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"The Summer Tour of 1991 was widely considered one of the best of the 1990s, and the June 17, 1991 show at Giants Stadium was nearly universally acclaimed as the best of the tour," notes Grateful Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux. "Now, 28 years later, its mystique is here for everyone to see and hear in the best possible quality."
Among the well-known songs The Grateful Dead played at the concert were "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band" and "Sugar Magnolia," but the band's set also included rarities like "Saint of Circumstance," "Might as Well" as "New Speedway Boogie."
The show also featured covers of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" and, as the finale, The Band's "The Weight." The Dead's lineup at the time included two keyboardists: Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick.
The concert was also significant because it was only one of two during the '91 tour recorded on 48-track analog tape.
The 2019 "Meet-Up at the Movies" also will include a brief feature hosted by Lemieux revealing details about the limited-edition Grateful Dead box set that will be released this year.
Here's the full set list from the June 17, 1991, concert, according to Dead.net:
"Eyes of the World" "Walkin' Blues" "Brown Eyed Women" "When I Paint My Masterpiece" "Loose Lucy" "Cassidy" "Might as Well" "Saint of Circumstance" "Ship of Fools" "Truckin'" "New Speedway Boogie" "Uncle John's Band" Drums Space "China Doll" "Playin' in the Band" Reprise "Sugar Magnolia" "The Weight"
Sony LegacyTwenty years ago this Saturday, Santana's massively successful album Supernatural was released. The album featured the monster hit "Smooth," and went on to win eight Grammys -- including Album, Song and Record of the Year -- and sell over 15 million copies in the U.S.
Supernatural's concept -- pairing legendary guitarist Carlos Santana with various performers from different genres -- came from record executive Clive Davis, who then headed Santana's label. Guests included Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, Cee Lo Green, Mexican rockers Maná, Dave Matthews, rapper/singer Everlast, R&B duo The Product G&B and Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.
"Smooth," co-written and sung by Thomas, was the album's first single. The catchy, Latin-tinged tune became Santana's first-ever #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and stayed in the top spot for 12 weeks. The song also was a crossover smash, earning airplay on rock, pop and Latin radio stations.
The follow-up single was "Maria, Maria," a collaboration with The Product G&B that was co-written and co-produced by Wyclef Jean. It also reached #1 on the Hot 100, where it remained for 10 weeks.
Reflecting on the success of Supernatural and "Smooth," Carlos tells ABC Radio, "It was done by grace…I can clearly say that God, the universe, archangels and angels, whatever you believe in, [are] conspiring constantly to give you a quality of existence."
Santana will celebrate Supernatural's 20th anniversary -- and the band's own 50th anniversary -- on their Supernatural Now Tour, which kicks off June 20 in Irvine, California. Carlos says he'd love for his Supernatural collaborators to make guest appearances during the trek, while admitting there aren't concrete plans for that to happen.
Bruce Springsteen's first new studio album in five years, Western Stars, gets released today. As previously reported, Springsteen describes the new collection as "a jewel box of a record" that marks "a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements."
The sound of Western Stars, as The Boss mentioned in a Variety interview in 2017, was inspired by the Southern California pop records of the late 1960s and early '70s made by artists like Glen Campbell, Harry Nilsson and Burt Bacharach.
The 13-track album delves into a variety of themes inspired by life in America, including isolation, community, "the permanence of home and hope," and "highways and desert spaces."
At midnight today, Bruce debuted the official video for Western Stars' title track, a song that tells the story of a world-weary actor who'd appeared in popular Western films but whose career has long faded. It features Springsteen in various settings -- a bar, a movie set, behind the wheel of a vintage El Camino, walking down a dirt road while wearing a cowboy hat -- but always returning to him performing the song in the bar as the blue-collar patrons watch in sober silence, including his wife and band mate, Patti Scialfa.
The lyrics have Springsteen's character lamenting the end of his best days. "Hell these days there ain’t no more, now there’s just again," he sings. "Tonight the western stars are shining bright again."
Springsteen co-produced the album with Ron Aniello, who worked with Bruce on his two previous studio efforts, 2014's High Hopes and 2012's Wrecking Ball. The record also features contributions from Patti Scialfa and 20 other musicians, including Jon Brion, original E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious, and current E Street Band touring members Soozie Tyrell and Charlie Giordano.
Here the full Western Stars track list:
"Hitch Hikin'" "The Wayfarer" "Tucson Train" "Western Stars" "Sleepy Joe's Café" "Drive Fast (The Stuntman)" "Chasin' Wild Horses" "Sundown" "Somewhere North of Nashville" "Stones" "There Goes My Miracle" "Hello Sunshine" "Moonlight Motel"
The singer admitted at the event, which will open to the public Friday at 10 a.m. local time, that he initially was skeptical about whether he could do justice to the songs Pete Townshend wrote for the project.
"I thought Pete had written a really great solo album and I said to him, 'Pete, what do you need to do this for? Release it as a solo album, it's great,'" Daltrey explained. "But he said he wanted it to be a Who album."
However, Roger said that after he listened to the songs a number of times, he began to come up with ideas on how they would work as Who tunes.
"[Pete] let me have a bit of freedom with changing a few things, changing the tenses of songs and other little things. And he gave me complete melodic freedom," Daltrey noted. "And I gotta tell you that after being very skeptical I'm now incredibly optimistic."
Daltrey also revealed that The Who are planning to play a couple of the new songs at the band's July 6 concert at London's Wembley Stadium.
"I think they will fit in with this show," he said. "It'll prick your ears up, and even though it's something you haven't heard before it will captivate you."
No word yet on when the album will be released.
As previously reported, Daltrey will take part in a fan Q&A starting at noon local time, 7 a.m. ET, while visiting the pop-up shop on Friday.
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation Entertainment Madonna's longtime tour promoter is incensed over a recent story in the New York Post claiming that tickets for her upcoming Madame X tour aren't selling well. He claims the article is based on lack of knowledge and bias.
Speaking to Pollstar, promoter Arthur Fogel says the Post article is "absolute lies," adding, "There's something really amiss there. If you go back in history, each of her last four tours, [the Post] has gone on full attack mode on Madonna.”
In the article, the Post claimed, among other things, that "hundreds of seats were still available for each gig.” But as Fogel explains, that's how Ticketmaster's Verified Fan Program program works.
Fogel points out, "With Verified Fan, you register [for tickets]...the point is to try and protect as many fans as possible from scalpers getting tickets if you just put them on sale."
He continued, "So, we get all these registrants and at the end of registration period, you do a cleanse because you have algorithms to get rid of duplicate credit cards, people trying to scam blocks of tickets and all that sort of stuff. After all the registrants were satisfied with tickets, we had a few thousand tickets left, so we put them on sale."
Similar accusations were made about Taylor Swift's tour, which used the same program, and that tour ended up breaking box-office records.
As further proof of strong ticket sales, Fogel tells Pollstar, "I started with seven...shows and then I announced another five, so I'm at 12. Then, I announced another five and I'm at 17. Now, is there some business model that says you add shows when you're failing? Because if there is, I've never seen it."
The tour kicks off in Brooklyn, New York, on September 12.
BMGIn early 2018, founding Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Dickey Betts returned to performing after a three-year hiatus before multiple health issues sidelined him again later in the year.
One of the concerts Betts and his solo band did play last year was a show on July 21 on Staten Island in New York City, and the event has been documented for a new album and home video that will be released next month.
Ramblin' Man: Live at The St. George Theatrewill arrive on July 26 and will be available as a CD/Blu-ray collection and a two-LP vinyl set. The audio versions of the release feature seven songs, while the video boasts three additional performances.
Among the tunes Betts and his band played at the show were such Allman Brothers classics as "Blue Sky," "Midnight Rider," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "Whipping Post," "Jessica" and, of course, "Ramblin' Man."
Dickey's group featured his son Duane Betts on guitar, while the late Gregg Allman's son Devon made a guest appearance on "Midnight Rider," which was one of his father's signature Allman Brothers Band songs. Duane and Devon now play together in the Allman Betts Band.
Prior to its physical release, the Ramblin' Man concert film will be screened on DirecTV stating this Friday, June 14; check local listings for exact air times and dates.
As for Dickey's aforementioned health issues, he suffered a mild stroke in August, then sustained a serious head injury in an accidental fall at his home in September. He's said to be "recovering well," and revealed in a March 2019 interview with the Herald-Tribune that he doesn't completely rule out a return to performing.
Here's the Ramblin' Man: Live at The St. George Theatre track list:
"Hot'Lanta" "Blue Sky" "Statesboro Blues"* "Midnight Rider" "My Getaway"* "Nothing You Can Do"* "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" "Whipping Post" "Ramblin' Man" "Jessica"
Dove Shore; Kevin Mazur/WireImageSheryl Crow has finally revealed the full list of collaborators for her upcoming all-star duets album, Threads, which will be released August 30. Among the many newly confirmed guests contributing to the record are Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Sting, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and James Taylor.
Clapton and Sting are featured on an apparent cover of the late George Harrison's "Beware of Darkness," as is Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, while Richards duets with Crow on a rendition of the Rolling Stones song "The Worst."
Sheryl has already released a duet with the late Johnny Cash, "Redemption Day"; a collaboration with Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, "Live Wire"; and a track with Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris, "Prove You Wrong." Today, she released her collaboration with Walsh, a song titled "Still the Good Old Days." You can check out an official video for that tune at ClashMusic.com.
Among the many other artists featured on Threads are country stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Chris Stapleton; rap legend Chuck D of Public Enemy; blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr.; R&B singer Andra Day; alt-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist St. Vincent; and female alt-rock duo Lucius.
Crow has suggested that Threads may be her final album, although not her final recording.
Here's the full track list of Threads, along with the guest artists featured on each track:
"Prove You Wrong" -- featuring Stevie Nicks & Maren Morris "Live Wire" -- featuring Bonnie Raitt & Mavis Staples "Tell Me When It's Over" -- featuring Chris Stapleton "Story of Everything" -- featuring Chuck D, Andra Day & Gary Clark Jr. "Beware of Darkness" -- featuring Eric Clapton, Sting & Brandi Carlile "Redemption Day" -- featuring Johnny Cash "Cross Creek Road" -- featuring Lukas Nelson "Everything Is Broken" -- featuring Jason Isbell "The Worst" -- featuring Keith Richards "Lonely Alone" -- featuring Willie Nelson "Border Lord" -- featuring Kris Kristofferson "Still the Good Old Days" -- featuring Joe Walsh "Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" -- featuring St. Vincent "Don't" -- featuring Lucius "Nobody's Perfect" -- featuring Emmylou Harris "Flying Blind" -- featuring James Taylor "For the Sake of Love" -- featuring Vince Gill
Streeter Lecka/Getty ImagesTom Petty's childhood home in Gainesville, Florida, is up for sale and, according to The Gainesville Sun, a real-estate agent from California who also is a huge fan of the late rocker has put a down payment on the property, which he's hoping to have declared a historic landmark.
"I've been a fan since the debut LP," says Kevin Beauchamp, who tells the newspaper he made an offer $175,000 for the residence after hearing that its current owner, Brandy Clark, mentioned on a Petty Facebook fan page that she was considering selling the property. He also says he's in contract to buy the house and could become the new owner within 45 days.
According to multiple real estate sites, the house was built in 1952, is just under 1,300 square feet, and has two bedrooms and one bath.
Beauchamp reveals that he's working with two other Petty fans -- one of which is Jeff Goldstein, president of the nonprofit Gainesville Music History Foundation -- in securing historical landmark status for the property. He says the trio, hopefully with help from the city, will partner on raising the money to buy the house and maintain the property.
Through the foundation, Goldstein also has been working toward creating a Gainesville music museum that would honor Petty and other local musicians of significance.
Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe tells the newspaper that the city is open to discussing making Petty's former home a historic landmark, although concerns about having a tourist destination located in a residential neighborhood would have to be addressed. Any proposal would have to be approved by the City Commission.
Clark says fans frequently visit the house to take photos, and that her mailbox was stolen during a two-day Petty birthday bash organized by the city last year.
Interscope RecordsThe video for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," the new duet featuring Elton John singing with Rocketman star Taron Egerton, has arrived.
The clip starts with a hand placing a 45 RPM Elton single on an old-fashioned portable record player, which is sitting on a table surrounded by Elton album sleeves and Hershey's kisses.
That kicks off a lively montage of scenes from Rocketman, footage of Elton and Taron recording their parts in the studio, graphics of Elton's album covers and archival photos, snippets of some of his classic videos and performance footage, and colorful animation.
The video ends with another shot of the single on the record player, except that now we can see another single on the table: "Your Song," Elton's first hit.
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" plays over the closing credits of Rocketman, and it's also featured on the movie's soundtrack.
In other Elton news, at his concert in Dublin on Wednesday night, the pop-rock legend welcomed some special guests backstage: Bono and The Edge of U2.
Elton posted a photo of himself with the two fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers on his Instagram, along with a caption that reads: "Thanks for stopping by my gig in Dublin last night, @u2. Love you guys."
ABC/Richard CartwrightA very special guest will be visiting The Who's recently announced pop-up shop, The Who @52, when the store opens in London's Soho neighborhood this Friday, June 14. Roger Daltrey himself will be on hand to do a Q&A at 12 p.m. local time, or 7 a.m. ET.
As previously reported, The Who @52 shop will be open for just two days, June 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Among the items that will be available at the store" an exclusive blue-vinyl seven-inch single featuring The Who's original 1969 rendition of "Pinball Wizard" on one side and a 2018 performance of the tune by Roger taken from The Who's Tommy Orchestral album on the other.
The store is also selling CD and vinyl copies of The Who's Tommy Orchestral, inducing a limited number signed by Daltrey, plus a variety of official Who merchandise.
The shop also has an exhibition of rare and archival band memorabilia, including a retro Tommy pinball machine. Special deals on tickets to The Who's July 6 concert at London's Wembley Stadium show will also be available.
The Who's Tommy Orchestral album features a full symphonic performance of the rock opera recorded during Daltrey's 2018 tour. On the trek, he was accompanied by a different orchestra at each venue and a backing band that included members of The Who's touring group.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/MaverickMadonna's new album Madame X comes out Friday, June 14. Ahead of the release, NBC's Today show tweeted out a clip of an interview she did with the show's Harry Smith, in which she discusses how being the mother of six children has informed her life. According to the Queen of Pop, her parenting skills have increased exponentially with each kid.
Madonna's brood -- which includes Lourdes, 22; Rocco, 18; David, 13; Mercy, 13; and twins Stella and Esther, six -- has "reminded me how precious time is and how each child requires attention and vigilance and guidance in a different way," she told Smith.
"And really, you have to be ready for anything. And the more kids that you have, the better you get at being a parent," she added.
When Smith expressed surprise at this, Madonna insists, "Yeah, definitely. Of course. But it's like anything. The more songs I write, the better I get as a songwriter."
When Smith asked if that means she has to have some more kids, Madonna laughed.
"Not right this second...but never say never!"
The full interview airs tomorrow, when Madame X arrives.
BMGMoody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge has released a new single to coincide with the launch of The Royal Affair Tour, a new North American trek that also features Yes, Asia and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.
The track is an updated rendition of "Street Café," the original version of which appeared as a bonus track on the 1987 reissue of John's 1977 solo album, Natural Avenue. The song, which is available now digitally and via streaming services, also is part of a new Lodge solo compilation called B Yond -- The Very Best Of, due out on August 23.
"Street Café" is one of three older songs that Lodge re-recorded for the album, along with the Moody Blues tunes "(Evening) Time to Get Away" and "Legend of a Mind." Members of Lodge's solo group, The 10,000 Light Years Band, also contributed to the new recordings.
The retrospective also features new remixes of two other songs from Natural Avenue -- "Say You Love Me" and "Summer Breeze, Summer Song" -- as well as selections from Lodge's 2015 studio album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, and his 2017 concert album, Live from Birmingham. Among the live tunes are renditions of the classic Moody Blues songs "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)," "Gemini Dream," "Isn't Life Strange" and "Ride My See-Saw."
"With this album I want to share with you my 'deep cuts', songs that I have wanted to revisit, and songs which have become an important part of my life," Lodge says of B Yond. "I hope you too can join me on this journey…B Yond."
You can pre-order CD or digital versions of B Yond now.
The Royal Affair Tour is mapped out through a July 28 concert in Saratoga, California.
Here's the B Yond track list:
"I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)" (Live) "Summer Breeze, Summer Song" (2019 Remix) "In My Mind" "Street Café" (2019) "(Evening) Time to Get Away" (2019) "Saved by the Music" (Live) "Legend of a Mind" (2019) "Say You Love Me" (2019 Remix) "Get Me Out of Here" "Gemini Dream" (Live) "Isn't Life Strange" (Live) "Ride My See-Saw" (Live)
ABC/Craig SjodinBrian May has been making a pilgrimage of sorts this week, as the Queen guitarist and his wife, Anita, have visited his late band mate Freddie Mercury former childhood home on the African island of Zanzibar.
On Tuesday, May posted a series of photos from his trip, plus commentary about his journey, on his official website and social media pages.
"Under guidance from Freddie's lovely sister Kashmira, and Abdul, our excellent Zanzibarian guide, we managed to retrace many of Freddie's childhood steps," Brian wrote. "This something I dreamed of doing for many years."
May also posted a photo of him and Anita in front of the home where Freddie and Kashmira lived when they were young, and another at the school the singer attended.
Brian posted another note -- accompanied by photo of Freddie as a child -- in which he emotionally reflected about Mercury.
"We've enjoyed spending the day with this little boy in our minds," May shared. "A small boy with big dreams. A young man who became a brother to Roger [Taylor] and John [Deacon] and me for 22 years. A shy boy with whom we shared an impossible vision of making music that would change the world. Little did we dare to believe it would actually happen."
On Wednesday, Brian posted one more message, accompanied by a photo of himself and Anita having lunch while sitting on a sunny beach.
"Farewell to Zanzibar from these intrepid explorers!!!" May wrote. "Thank you, kind and beautiful people of this amazing island. You made us feel so at home."
Mercury was born on Zanzibar in 1946, and his family lived there until 1964, when they moved to the U.K. The island became part of the country of Tanzania in '64.
Credit: Marc HauserOfficial details have been unveiled about a new stage musical John Mellencamp is co-writing that's apparently inspired by "Jack and Diane," his 1982 chart-topper about "two American kids growing up in the heartland."
According to an announcement Wednesday, Mellencamp is contributing music and lyrics to the as-yet-untitled project, which will tell the story of "people who live, love and die on the underside of the American Dream in small towns all across our country."
The production will be directed by Kathleen Marshall, who won three Tony Awards for her work as a choreographer on the shows Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game and Anything Goes. The book for the musical is being written by award-winning playwright Naomi Wallace.
The announcement explains that the play "is a tale, laced with humor and visceral energy, about star-crossed lovers, and their stubborn refusal to give up, to lie down, to let go of the potential their youthful dreams once promised. The statement adds, "This is also a story about a town in free-fall, and the tough choices people make, not always in their best interests."
In an interview with NBC's Today show in December, Mellencamp revealed, "We're getting ready to mount 'Jack and Diane' as a Broadway…musical." He also noted, "Every problem that this country's going through today is in that musical. This is not a jukebox musical. My ambitions are set very high, as close to [John] Steinbeck as we can get it in today's world, with these two kids."
The new show is being produced by John's record label, Republic Records, in partnership with Federal Films and Universal Music Theatrical.
Mellencamp's latest album, the covers collection Other People's Stuff, was released in December.
Credit: Kirsten SchultzCarole King will celebrate the Fourth of July with the Broadway cast of Beautiful, the musical based on her life, and the upcoming star of the stage show, Vanessa Carlton.
The two singer/songwriters will be among the performers taking part in the annual PBS special A Capitol Fourth, which will air live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Carlton will join the cast of Beautiful in the lead role of King starting June 27 for a 10-week run on Broadway.
The A Capitol Fourth lineup also features Vanessa Williams, American Idol winner Laine Hardy and this season's The Voice winner, Maelyn Jarmon, along with violinist Lindsey Stirling, The Greatest Showman's Keala Settle, and Colbie Caillat with her new country group, Gone West.
The 39th annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth, hosted by John Stamos, will air on PBS Thursday, July 4, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET.
Courtesy of Trafalgar ReleasingA special Rush screening event and fan gathering called Cinema Strangiato will take place on August 21 at select theaters around the world, uDiscoverMusic reports.
Billed as "Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence," the event will offer a screening of R40 , a movie featuring highlights from the 2015 concert film R40 Live, plus previously unseen behind-the-scenes and soundcheck footage, as well as new interviews with The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz and others.
R40 Live features performances filmed in 2015 at a number of stops on Rush's 40th anniversary trek, which turned out to be the band's farewell tour.
The Cinema Strangiato event also will include a short documentary offering a glimpse into the making of Geddy Lee's new book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass, which features a new interview with the Rush frontman.
"I'm excited for fans to see some new clips from our R40 tour," says Lee, "but also a peek behind the scenes of making the Big Beautiful Book of Bass."
In other news, Geddy currently is promoting his book on an in-store signing tour of Europe. Visit Rush.com for more details.
Sailor/Capitol/UMeSteve Miller has taken a deep dive into his archives to compile a new rarities-packed box set titled Welcome to the Vault, which will be released on October 11.
The three-CD/DVD collection features 52 audio tracks -- 38 of which are previously unreleased -- as well as 21 video performances spanning from 1967 through 2011. The collection also features a 100-page hardbound book boasting rare photos, a lengthy essay penned by acclaimed rock journalist David Fricke, collectible guitar picks and other memorabilia.
The CDs feature demos, rehearsals, outtakes, concert performances and five recently rediscovered original Steve Miller Band tunes recorded in the 1960s and '70s. The set kicks off with a previously unreleased 10-minute live rendition of Little Walter's "Blues with a Feeling" recorded in 1969.
Other interesting tracks include solo acoustic versions of "Kow Kow Calculator" and "Seasons" from 1973, a 12-minute work-in-progress version of "Fly Like an Eagle" from 1974, and a big-band reimagining of "Take the Money and Run" featuring guest guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, which was recorded at a 2016 concert at New York City's Lincoln Center.
The DVD includes two rare performances from 1967's Monterey Pop Festival, a 43-minute concert that originally aired on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1973, a 1974 performance with bluesman James Cotton from the ABC In Concert show, two songs Miller played with his godfather Les Paul in 1990 at a New York City club, and a couple selections from Steve Miller Band's 2011 appearance on PBS' Austin City Limits.
Welcome to the Vault can be preordered now and one track, an alternate version of "Rock'n Me," has been released digitally in advance of the box set.
Here's the full track list of Welcome to the Vault:
"Blues with a Feeling" (live) (1969)* "Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around" (alternate version) (1969)* "Super Shuffle (live) (1967)** "It Hurts Me Too" (featuring Steve Miller Band) (live) (1967) "Industrial Military Complex Hex" (alternate version) (1970)* "Living in the USA" (1968) "Kow Kow Calculator" (alternate version) (1973)* "Going to Mexico" (alternate version) (1966)* "Quicksilver Girl" (alternate version) (1968)* "Jackson-Kent Blues" (alternate version) (1970)* "Crossroads" (live) (1973)* "Hesitation Blues" (1972)** "Seasons" (alternate version) (1973)* "Say Wow!" (1973)** "Never Kill Another Man" (alternate version) (Live) (1971)*
"The Gangster Is Back" (live) (1971) "Space Cowboy" (instrumental version) (1969)* "Space Cowboy" (alternate version) (live) (1973)* "The Joker" (1973) "The Lovin' Cup" (1973) "Killing Floor" (1975)* "Evil" (live) (1973) "Echoplex Blues" (1973)** "Rock'n Me" (alternate version 1) (1976)* "Rock'n Me" (alternate version 2) (1976)* "Tain't It the Truth" (1976)* "Freight Train Blues" (1976)* "True Fine Love" (alternate version) (1975)* "The Stake" (alternate version) (1976)* "My Babe" (alternate version) (1982)* "That's the Way It's Got to Be" (1974)** "Double Trouble" (1992)* "Love Is Strange" (1974)* "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" (alternate version" (1992)*
"I Wanna Be Loved" (live) (1990)* "Fly Like an Eagle" (alternate version) (1974)* "Space Intro" (1976) "Fly Like an Eagle" (1976) "The Window" (alternate version) (1974)* "Mercury Blues" (alternate version) (1975)* "Jet Airliner" (alternate version) (1976)* "Take the Money and Run" (1976) "Dance, Dance, Dance" (1976) "Swingtown" (alternate version) (1976)* "Winter Time" (1977) "Who Do You Love?" (1984) "Abracadabra" (1982) "Macho City" (short version) (1981) "Take the Money and Run" (alternate version) (live) (2016)* "Bizzy's Blue Tango" (2004)* "Lollie Lou" (T-Bone Walker) (live) (1951)* "Lollie Lou" (Steve Miller) (live) (2016)*
Monterey International Pop Festival (1967) "Mercury Blues" "Super Shuffle"
The Fillmore West -- Dutch TV Show El Dorado (Pik-In) (1970) "Kow Kow Calculator" "Space Cowboy"
Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (1973) "Star Spangled Banner" "Living in the USA" "Space Cowboy" "Mary Lou" "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma" "The Gangster Is Back" "The Joker" "Come on in My Kitchen" "Seasons" "Fly Like an Eagle" "Living in the USA" (Reprise)
ABC In Concert with James Cotton (1974) "Just a Little Bit"
Pine Knob, Michigan (1982) "Abracadabra"
Steve Miller and Les Paul at Fat Tuesday's (1990) "I Wanna Be Loved" "CC Rider"
Live from Austin City Limits (2011) "Fly Like an Eagle" "Living in the USA"