Neal PrestonQueen will, Queen will rock you...at the Oscars this year.
The Academy of Motion Pictures announced via Twitter that the legendary British band and their current lead singer, Adam Lambert, will perform on the February 24 telecast on ABC.
"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year's #Oscars," read the tweet. Lambert and Queen both announced the news on their own Twitter accounts as well.
Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie that tells the story of Queen's iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, is nominated for five Oscars this year, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who plays Mercury.
None of the songs in Bohemian Rhapsody are actually nominated for Best Original Song, however, since they were not written specifically for the movie.
In addition to Queen's performance, four out of the five Best Original Song nominees will be performed on the Oscar telecast. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, while Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns.
Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings will sing "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Jennifer Hudson will sing "I'll Fight" from the documentary RBG.
It's not clear if the final Best Original Song nominee, "All the Stars," will be performed. The song from Black Panther was written and recorded by rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer SZA.
And here's a fun fact: Lady Gaga's stage name is taken from the Queen song "Radio Gaga." Now they'll be on the same stage together.
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air February 24 live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Steve Granitz/WireImageThe "special surprise guest" who will be performing the nominated song from Mary Poppins Returns at the Academy Awards is none other than Bette Midler.
The entertainment legend tweeted the news on Saturday, writing, "So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24...the nominated song from Mary Poppins...'The Place Where Lost Things Go'...so excited!!"
The song, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, was performed by Emily Blunt in the movie.
Singer and Oscar-nominated actress Midler has recorded several hit songs that have appeared in movies, such as "The Rose" and "The Wind Beneath My Wings."
As previously reported, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform "Shallow" at the February 24 ceremony; Jennifer Hudson will perform "I'll Fight," from the documentary RBG. Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings will perform "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
It's not clear who will perform the final Best Original Song nominee, "All the Stars," from Black Panther.
Courtesy of CBSAre you ready to see some of your favorite veteran and contemporary music stars pay tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley? On Sunday, NBC airs the Elvis All-Star Tribute special, featuring performances by everyone from John Fogerty and Mac Davis to Adam Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend and Carrie Underwood.
The program, hosted by Blake Shelton, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Elvis' legendary 1968 "Comeback Special," where Presley performed rocking production numbers and an intimate, stripped-down set wearing black leather.
To get a taste of what's in store, a new video of the special's closing number has debuted, featuring a star-studded rendition of Presley's "If I Can Dream." The clip opens with footage of Elvis performing the song in '68, then transitions to Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker, Shelton and Underwood singing a different verse in front of a similar backdrop to the one Presley had.
The new rendition of the song also was released digitally today, and is included in a brand-new compilation titled The Best of the '68 Comeback Special featuring highlights from the original 1968 show.
Other performances on the new special include Fogerty singing "Jailhouse Rock," Lambert belting out "Blue Suede Shoes," Legend singing "A Little Less Conversation," and Davis performing "Memories," a song that Mac co-wrote especially for Elvis in 1968.
Elvis All-Star Tribute, which was taped in October, airs Sunday from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
Here's the track list of The Best of the '68 Comeback Special:
"Trouble/Guitar Man" (Opening)* "Heartbreak Hotel"* "Hound Dog"* "All Shook Up"* "Can't Help Falling In Love"* "Jailhouse Rock"* "Don't Be Cruel"* "Blue Suede Shoes"* "Baby, What You Want Me to Do"* "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"* "One Night"* "Love Me Tender"* "Trying to Get to You"* "Love Me"* "Memories"*
Bonus tracks: "A Little Less Conversation" "Suspicious Minds" "Burning Love" "If I Can Dream" -- featuring Elvis Presley, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe Doors' Robby Krieger has contributed a new slide-guitar solo to a fresh remix of "America," a 1978 song by late keyboardist Ray Manzarek's short-lived post-Doors band Nite City.
The track is one of four remixes of "America" that were released digitally and via streaming services this past Tuesday, February 12, in honor of what would've been Manzarek's 80th birthday.
The original version of "America" appeared on Nite City's second and final album, Golden Days Diamond Nights. Manzarek wrote the tune as an homage to the American Dream while touring across the U.S. as a solo artist. Nite City's lineup also included bassist Nigel Harrison, who went on to play with Blondie from 1978 to 1982.
Krieger recorded his solo for the "America" remix earlier this year. You can check out all four remixes of "America" at Manzarek's YouTube channel. The videos also feature background information about the song and about Nite City.
In other news, Robby and his solo band will be playing a concert with special guests on Thursday, February 21, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles that will be taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS performance series Front and Center. Fans have the chance to win free tickets to the event at Front and Center's Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the Robby Krieger Band currently has two other concerts lined up, on March 1 in Houston and March 2 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Courtesy of Lockn' FestivalThe initial lineup of the 2019 Lockn' Festival has been revealed, and among the artists confirmed to perform at the jam-heavy extravaganza are The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Phish's Trey Anastasio and ex-Allman Brothers Band members Derek Trucks and Oteil Burbridge.
The event is scheduled from August 22 to August 25 at Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.
Weir will headline the festival's final day with his current side group Wolf Bros, which features acclaimed producer/bassist Don Was and RatDog drummer Jay Lane. Trucks' wife and Tedeschi Trucks Band collaborator Susan Tedeschi will be their special guest for the set.
In addition, Bob will take part in Burbridge's Oteil & Friends performance on Saturday, August 24, that also will feature Devon Allman and Duane Betts, the respective sons of founding Allman Brothers members Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts. Devon and Duane's group, Allman Betts Band, also will perform that day.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood is part of the lineup of Lockn' fest's first day.
Anastasio will be joined by Trucks at a headlining set on Friday, August 23, while Tedeschi Trucks Band will welcome Trey for a headlining performance the next night.
Meanwhile, veteran rock-and-soul group The Chamber Brothers will team up with Moonalice -- a band featuring ex-Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears -- for a performance on the 23rd.
Other artists confirmed to play at this year's Lockn' include Gary Clark Jr., Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Melvin Seals & JGB, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, moe., St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Steel Pulse.
Tickets and multiple-day passes go on sale Saturday, February 16, at noon ET via LocknFestival.com, where you also can check out the full lineup.
Credit: Allan Tannenbaum; Geffen Records/UMeAs the March 1 release of the new Tom Petty compilation The Best of Everything approaches, a previously unreleased track titled "For Real" that appears on the album has been made available as a digital single and via streaming services.
You also can listen to "For Real" now at Petty's official YouTube channel. The poignant autobiographical tune features Petty musing about his passion for music.
"I did it for real, would've done it for free," Tom sings in the song's chorus. "I did it for me, 'cause it was all that rang true...and I did it for you."
The Best of Everything is a career-spanning collection of songs that includes the late Petty's work with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch and as a solo artist. The 38-track album is available for pre-order as a two-CD set, a four-LP package on either black or clear vinyl, and a digital download.
Among the many well-known songs appearing on the retrospective are "Free Fallin'," "I Won't Back Down," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Listen to Her Heart," "Breakdown," "The Waiting," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Refugee," "American Girl," "Here Comes My Girl," "I Need to Know," "Even the Losers," and Tom's unforgettable duet with Stevie Nicks, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."
The album also includes two unreleased tracks -- the aforementioned "For Real" and an alternate version of the 1985 Petty and the Heartbreakers tune "The Best of Everything." The latter recording was made available as a digital single last year when the compilation was first announced.
Petty's family and band mates helped curate The Best of Everything, fulfilling Tom's wish to release an album gathering together his strongest material from throughout his career.
Here's the compilation's full track list; all songs by Petty and the Heartbreakers unless otherwise noted:
Disc 1 "Free Fallin'" -- Petty solo "Mary Jane's Last Dance" "You Wreck Me" "I Won't Back Down" -- Petty solo "Saving Grace" -- Petty solo "You Don't Know How It Feels" -- Petty solo "Don't Do Me Like That" "Listen to Her Heart" "Breakdown" "Walls (Circus)" "The Waiting" "Don't Come Around Here No More" "Southern Accents" "Angel Dream (No. 2)" "Dreamville" "I Should Have Known It" "Refugee" "American Girl" "The Best of Everything" (Alternate Version)*
Disc 2 "Wildflowers" -- Petty solo "Learning to Fly" "Here Comes My Girl" "The Last DJ" "I Need to Know" "Scare Easy" -- Mudcrutch "You Got Lucky" "Runnin' Down a Dream" -- Petty solo "American Dream Plan B" "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (featuring Stevie Nicks) "Trailer" -- Mudcrutch "Into the Great Wide Open" "Room at the Top" "Square One" -- Petty solo "Jammin' Me" "Even the Losers" "Hungry No More" -- Mudcrutch "I Forgive It All" -- Mudcrutch "For Real"*
Wicked Cool Records/UMeA seven-LP vinyl box set and a two-disc Blu-ray collection featuring expanded versions of Soulfire Live!, the album capturing performances by E Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt and his side group The Disciples of Soul's 2017 tour, were released today.
Originally released in 2018 as a three-CD set, Soulfire Live! was recorded at various shows Van Zandt and the band played in the U.S. and Europe, and features renditions of a variety of originals and covers, as well as guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf.
The vinyl box set includes a bonus disc titled From Macca to Mecca! that features a London performance of the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There" boasting a surprise appearance by Paul McCartney, plus a full 12-song Fab Four tribute set that Little Steven and his group played at the famed Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K.
You can watch a video of McCartney joining Van Zandt and company at the London gig at Little Steven's official YouTube channel.
The Blu-ray set features video of all of the performances included in the box set, as well as interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and a documentary about the Cavern Club performance that includes footage of Little Steven being honored with a brick in the venue's Wall of Fame and clips of his band rehearsing for the gig.
"Playing in the same venue where The Beatles started their careers was a childhood dream of mine come true," says Van Zandt of the Cavern Club show. "This was a band that set me on course for a life of music. It was an honor -- no, make that an epiphany -- to perform there."
Here's the track list of the Soulfire Live! Blu-ray set:
Soulfire Live! Intro Mike Stroller Intro "Sweet Soul Music" "Soulfire" "I'm Coming Back" "Blues Is My Business" Intro "Blues Is My Business" "Love on the Wrong Side of Town" "Until the Good Is Gone" Intro "Until the Good Is Gone" "Angel Eyes" "Some Things Just Don't Change" "Saint Valentine's Day" Intro "Saint Valentine's Day" "Standing in the Line of Fire" Intro "Standing in the Line of Fire" "Saw the Light" "Salvation" "The City Weeps Tonight" Intro "The City Weeps Tonight" "Down and Out in New York City" "Princess of Little Italy" Intro "Princess of Little Italy" "Solidarity" "Leonard Peltier" "I Am a Patriot" "Groovin' Is Easy" "Ride the Night Away" Intro "Ride the Night Away" "Bitter Fruit" "Forever" "Checkpoint Charlie" Intro "Checkpoint Charlie" "I Don't Want to Go Home" "Out of the Darkness" Intro "Out of the Darkness" End Credits
Disc 2 Soulfire Featurette
Bonus Tracks: "Even the Losers" "Can't Be So Bad" Intro "Can't Be So Bad" -- featuring Moby Grape's Jerry Miller "You Shook Me All Night Long" "Working Class Hero" "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" "Can I Get a Witness -- featuring Richie Sambora "It's Not My Cross to Bear" "Freeze Frame" -- featuring Peter Wolf "The Time of Your Life" "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" -- featuring Bruce Springsteen "I Don't Want to Go Home -- featuring Bruce Springsteen "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"
From Macca to Mecca! "I Saw Her Standing There" Intro "I Saw Her Standing There -- featuring Paul McCartney Cavern Club Featurette
Cavern Club Lunchtime Set: Cavern Club Intro "Magical Mystery Tour" "Boys" "Slow Down" Intro "Slow Down" "Some Other Guy" "Soldier of Love" Intro "Soldier of Love" "Good Morning" "Got to Get You into My Life" "All You Need Is Love" "Birthday"
Eagle Rock EntertainmentOn February 7, 2017, Journey played a special concert at Tokyo's famed Budokan arena showcasing the band's two most successful and beloved studio albums, 1981's Escape and 1983's Frontiers. Now, a video-and-audio collection capturing the full concert will be released March 29 as a DVD/two-CD set and Blu-ray/two-CD package.
Journey -- Live in Japan 2017: Escape Frontiers begins with a performance of Escape in its entirety, and also features the band playing every song from Frontiers except for "Troubled Child." The concert ends with renditions of the Escape B-side "La Raza del Sol" and the group's 1979 hit, "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'."
Escape is the only Journey album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 and is the band's best-selling studio effort, having sold more than nine million copies in the U.S. Kicking off with the group's enduring anthem "Don't Stop Believin'," Escape's track list also features the hits "Who's Crying Now," "Still They Ride" and "Open Arms," and the classic rock radio staple "Stone In Love."
Frontiers peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and has sold six million copies in the U.S. The album's hit-packed track list features "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)," "Faithfully," "After the Fall" and "Send Her My Love."
Journey's Tokyo concert featured the band's current lineup -- guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, drummer Steve Smith, bassist Ross Valory and singer Arnel Pineda. Check out a video trailer for the release at Eagle Rock Entertainment's official YouTube channel.
Here's the CD track list of Live in Japan 2017:
CD 1: Escape "Don't Stop Believin'" Intro "Don't Stop Believin'" "Stone In Love" "Who's Crying Now" "Keep On Runnin'" "Still They Ride" "Escape" "Lay It Down" "Dead or Alive" Neal Schon Guitar Solo "Mother, Father" Jonathan Cain Piano Solo "Open Arms"
CD2: Frontiers "Separate Ways" Intro "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" "Send Her My Love" "Chain Reaction" "After the Fall" "Faithfully" "Edge of the Blade" Steve Smith Drum Solo "Back Talk" "Frontiers" "Rubicon"
Extra songs: "La Raza del Sol" "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"
Credit: Ken SettleBob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band's Roll Me Away farewell tour just keeps rolling along. A dozen new U.S. dates have been added to the trek, which now extends through a June 6 and 8 stand in the Detroit suburb of Clarkston, Michigan.
Eight of the concerts will take place in May in various East Coast cities in South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and New York.
Tickets for most of the newly announced shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. local time, while tickets to the Clarkston dates will be available for purchase a day later. Members of Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, February 19.
The Roll Me Away trek kicked off this past November. The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his band's next show takes place tonight, February 15, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Here are all of Seger and company's forthcoming tour dates:
2/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 2/17 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 2/21 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena 2/23 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum 2/28 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 3/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden 3/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum 3/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center 3/9 -- Frisco, TX, Ford Center at The Star 3/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center 3/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 3/17 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center 4/30 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena* 5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 5/4 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center* 5/10 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum* 5/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place* 5/16 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion* 5/18 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater* 5/23 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music at Walnut Creek* 5/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live* 5/30 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Theater* 6/1 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center* 6/6 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater* 6/8 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater*
Scott Robert Ritchie; Autumn de WildeRingo Starr is among the well-known musicians who have contributed to veteran indie-rocker Jenny Lewis' new solo album, On the Line, which will be released on March 22.
The former Beatles drummer, along with founding Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and acclaimed producer/bassist Don Was, back Lewis throughout the record, including on a newly released track titled "Heads Gonna Roll" that premiered Wednesday at Jenny's official YouTube channel.
Starr, Tench and Was also are featured on the lead single of On the Line, "Red Bull & Hennessy," as is veteran session drummer Jim Keltner. That song was released digitally last month.
Those who pre-orderOn the Line will receive instant free downloads of both "Heads Gonna Roll" and "Red Bull & Hennessy."
Lewis is the former frontwoman of the popular indie band Rilo Kiley.
As previously reported, Ringo and his All Starr Band will launch their 2019 tour with a one-off U.S. show on March 21 in Valley Center, California. The group then will head to Japan for an early spring tour running from March 27 to April 11. Ringo and the All Starrs also have a North American summer trek scheduled from August 1 in Windsor, Canada, through a September 1 concert in Los Angeles. Visit RingoStarr.com for full details.
Courtesy of DKC O&MThe Michael Jackson stage musical, Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, has scrapped its pre-Broadway run in Chicago due to “scheduling difficulties” caused by the recent Actors’ Equity strike, Deadline reports.
The show was initially supposed to make its debut at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29, going through December 1. Now, it will be making its world premiere on Broadway in summer 2020. A developmental work session for the show will take place this fall in New York.
According to Deadline, the 33-day Equity strike, which ended on February 8, restricted union members from participating in the developmental labs for Broadway musicals.
The decision to cancel the pre-Broadway dates was announced by The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage, the producers of the musical.
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough will be set behind-the-scenes in 1992, as Jackson rehearses for his Dangerous tour. The show will include more than 25 of Jackson's hits.
Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see the band get its star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A ceremony to unveil the rock legends' marker had been scheduled to take place today at 11:30 a.m. PT, but the event was postponed because of "severe weather conditions," according to a statement from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
The message adds, "We are currently working on another date to reschedule this special event. Stay tuned for the announcement of the new rescheduled date to celebrate Aerosmith with their well deserved 'Walk of Fame' Ceremony."
Meanwhile, frontman Steven Tyler has taken to his social media sites to post a humorous note of his own about the nixed event.
"FOLKS, WE TRIED TO GET OUR STAR TODAY...BUT [IT'S] UNDERWATER AND WE FORGOT OUR SCUBA GEAR!!" he writes. "NEW DATE FOR @HWDWALKOFFAME COMING SOON!! STAY TUNED AND STAY DRY! WE LOVE AND THANK YOU ALL!"
The band's star will be located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. The plaque would have been the 2,657th star unveiled on the Walk of Fame.
Actress Sharon Stonewas to have been a guest speaker at the event. The last time weather caused the postponement of a Walk of Fame ceremony was in 2009, when the unveiling of a star honoring Tim Conway had to be rescheduled.
As previously reported, Aerosmith will kick off its first-ever Las Vegas residency, dubbed Deuces Are Wild, on April 6 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. Check out the band's full list of Vegas dates at MGMResorts.com.
Capitol Records/UMeAre you ready for a return trip to Egypt Station? Paul McCartney has unveiled plans to release a limited-edition deluxe version of his chart-topping 2018 studio album on May 10.
The Egypt Station: Traveller's Edition box set comes packaged in a vintage-style suitcase and features previously unreleased studio and live tracks, rarities and collectible memorabilia.
The deluxe set includes a black-vinyl two-LP version of Egypt Station housed in a concertina tri-fold sleeve and pressed on 180-gram vinyl; a bonus 180-gram blue-vinyl disc titled Egypt Station II that features three unreleased tracks, and four live performances of songs from the album that McCartney and his band played at special 2018 concerts in Liverpool, London and New York City; and CD and cassette versions of the record.
The package also features additional hidden songs, an HD Audio version of Egypt Station, a copy of a handwritten note from McCartney, an illustrated map, a travel journal boasting reproductions of Paul's handwritten lyrics, a puzzle, lithographs of two paintings by McCartney, postcards, train and baggage tickets, luggage stickers, playing cards and more.
Only 3,000 copies of this collection will be produced in a one-time-only pressing. The box set will be available for pre-order starting on Friday, February 15, at 9 a.m. ET. Fans who sign up via a link accessible at PaulMcCartney.com by tonight, February 14, at 9 p.m. ET will be emailed a special link to access the pre-order. The collection will be sold on a first come, first served basis. As of yet, no price has been mentioned.
Here's a list of tracks featured in the Egypt Station: Traveller's Edition box set:
Egypt Station "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/Clink"
Egypt Station II "Frank Sinatra's Party" "Sixty Second Street" "Who Cares" (Full Length) "Come On to Me" (Live at Abbey Road Studios) "Fuh You" (Live at The Cavern Club) "Confidante" (Live at LIPA) "Who Cares" (Live at Grand Central Station)
Other tracks include: "Get Started" "Nothing for Free" "Get Enough"
The 12-track album featured renditions of some of the rock legend's favorite songs from the British Invasion era, including The Who's "I Can't Explain" and "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," The Kinks' "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?," Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play," The Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things," and The Easybeats' "Friday on My Mind."
Pin Ups topped the U.K. albums chart while peaking at #23 in the U.S. The cover features a colorful photo of Bowie and British supermodel Twiggy posing together in theatrical makeup. The pic was taken by Twiggy's then-manager, Justin de Villeneuve, for Vogue magazine, but David convinced Justin to let him use it for the album cover.
The picture disc features the album cover photo on side one, with a side two photo of Bowie holding a saxophone, taken by famed photographer Mick Rock. The latter image was from the same session that yielded similar photos used for the original album's back cover insert.
Bowie co-produced Pin Ups with Ken Scott, with contributing musicians including three former Spiders from Mars members -- guitarist Mick Ronson, bassist Trevor Bolder and keyboardist Mike Garson -- as well as drummer Aynsley Dunbar.
Here's the Pin Ups track list, along with the British Invasion-era artists who'd previously recorded the songs:
Side 1 "Rosalyn" (The Pretty Things) "Here Comes the Night" (Them) "I Wish You Would" (The Yardbirds) "See Emily Play" (Pink Floyd) "Everything's Alright" (The Mojos) "I Can't Explain" (The Who)
Side 2 "Friday on My Mind" (The Easybeats) "Sorrow" (The Merseys) "Don't Bring Me Down" (The Pretty Things) "Shapes of Things" (The Yardbirds) "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (The Who) "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?" (The Kinks)
ABC/Randy Holmes; Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCNeed some ideas for your Valentine's Day playlist? YouTube has released a list of the top 15 love songs that received a spike in views on the romantic holiday last year, and it includes quite a few veteran artists.
At #3 on the list was Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," from the 1994 Lion King soundtrack, which saw a 72.38-percent jump on Valentine's Day in 2018.
Stevie Wonder's 1970 hit "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" landed at #6 on the tally with a 51.26-percent spike. Richard Marx's chart-topping 1989 ballad "Right Here Waiting" was #7 after a 44.85-percent jump. At #8 was Whitney Houston's classic rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," with a 43.66-percent spike.
Other songs on the list included Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" at #11 and Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" at #13.
Number one on the list was Boyz II Men's 1994 chart-topper "I'll Make Love to You," which saw a 93.83-percent jump last Valentine's Day.
Cleopatra Records Last spring, Todd Rundgren reunited his old band Utopia for its first tour in 32 years, a North American trek that ran from an April 18 concert in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, through a June 5 show in Riverside, California. One of the performances, a May 22 concert in Chicago, was captured for a live album and video that will be released on April 5.
The CDs and video discs will feature the band's full 24-song set, which featured selections from the group's early prog-rock era and later power-pop period. Among the tunes performed were "Road to Utopia," "Set Me Free," "Love in Action," "Hammer in My Heart" and "Love Is the Answer," as well as a cover of The Move's "Do Ya," which also was featured on the 1975 Utopia concert album, Another Live.
The vinyl version of Live at the Chicago Theatre contains only 11 songs, and focuses mainly on the band's prog-rock material.
Utopia's reunion tour lineup features three-fourths of the band's longest-lived incarnation -- Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton and drummer Willie Wilcox -- as well as new keyboardist Gil Assayas.
You can pre-order both versions of Live at the Chicago Theatre at CleoRecs.com. Check out a preview video from the release at Cleopatra Records' official YouTube channel.
Here's the track list of the CD version of the Live at the Chicago Theatre:
CD 1 "Utopia Theme" "The Ikon" "Another Life" "Do Ya" "The Wheel" "Back on the Street" "Back on the Street" "Something's Coming" "Monument" "Overture -- Communion with the Sun" "Last of the New Wave Riders"
CD 2 "Road to Utopia" "Play This Game" "Swing to the Right" "Trapped" "Set Me Free" "Love in Action" "Hammer in My Heart" "Princess of the Universe" "I Will Wait" "Rock Love" "Love Is the Answer" "One World" "Just One Victory"
And here's the vinyl edition's track list:
Side A "Utopia Theme 1"
Side B "The Ikon" "Another Life" "Do Ya"
Side C "Freedom Fighters" "The Wheel" "Back on the Street" "Something's Coming"
Side D "Monument" "Overture -- Communion with the Sun" "Last of the New Wave Riders"
Danny Clinch; Courtesy of Island RecordsEx-Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald and funk/soul legend Chaka Khan will team up this summer for a joint U.S. tour.
The trek kicks off June 20 in Huber Heights, Ohio, and is plotted out through an August 4 concert in Rohnert Park, California. Among the shows are performances on July 6 at the Ravinia Festival near Chicago and on July 31 at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
McDonald also has a slew of headlining dates leading up to his trek with Khan, as well as some solo shows on off nights during the trek. Chaka's schedule features a couple of pre-tour headlining concerts, as well as appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 5 and the Milwaukee Summerfest on July 3.
Khan's performance will be in support of her new studio album Hello Happiness, which will be released this Friday, February 15. The record is Chaka's first since 2007's Grammy-winning Funk This. McDonald's most recent album, Wide Open, was released in 2017.
Here are all of McDonald's and Khan's 2019 U.S. tour dates; co-headlining shows unless otherwise noted:
2/16 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fontainebleau Miami Beach* 2/22 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino* 2/23 -- Metairie, LA, Family Gras 2019* 3/1 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino* 4/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Resort & Casino* 4/11 -- Greeley, CO, Monfort Concert Hall* 4/12 -- Kamas, UT, DeJoria Center* 4/13 -- Ivins, UT, Tuacahn Ampitheatre* 4/13 -- Memphis, TN, Memphis Cook Convention Center 4/15 -- Folsom, CA, Harris Center* 4/16 -- Folsom, CA, Harris Center* 4/18 -- Napa, CA, The Uptown Theatre Napa* 4/19 -- Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre* 4/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up* 5/5 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 5/22 -- New York, NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 6/19 -- Detroit, MI, Motor City Casino Hotel - Sound Board* 6/20 — Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center 6/22 — Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands Marvin Sands PAC 6/23 — Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater 6/25 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 6/28 — Westbury, NY, NYCP Theatre at Westbury 6/29 — Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Hotel & Casino 7/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest 7/4 — Dublin, OH, City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration 7/6 — Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival 7/7 — Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel 7/10 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre* 7/12 — The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 7/13 — Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 7/15 -- Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium* 7/17 -- Beaver Creek, CO, Vilar Performing Arts Center* 7/23 — Airway Heights, Northern Quest Casino Amphitheater 7/27 — Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino 7/28 — Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater 7/31 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 8/2 — Costa Mesa, CA, OC Fair - Pacific Amphitheatre 8/3 -- Ojai, CA, Libbey Bowl* 8/4 — Rohnert Park, CA, Green Music Center
* = Michael McDonald headlining show = Chaka Khan headlining show = Chaka Khan festival appearance.
Courtesy of VansLed Zeppelin is partnering with the Vans footwear company to launch a limited-edition line of shoes and apparel in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album.
The Vans x Led Zeppelin collection features low-top and high-top sneakers, a long-sleeve t-shirt and a trucker hat.
The low-top, called the Era, features multiple white images of the band members' personal symbols from the Led Zeppelin IV album cover arranged across the shoe's black leather top. In addition, the sneaker has a white rubber sidewall featuring the band's name in block letters.
The high-top, dubbed the Sk8-Hi, is black suede and canvas and features the fiery zeppelin from the group's first album wrapping around the back of the shoe, as well as the band's name in red lettering. This sneaker also has a white rubber sidewall on which the Led Zeppelin IV symbols appear.
Both the t-shirt and the hat feature the Led Zeppelin album art, as well as the band's name and the Vans slogan "Off the Wall" in red lettering.
The Vans x Led Zeppelin collection will be available for a limited time starting Friday, February 22, at Vans retail locations, various wholesale stores, Vans.com and Led Zeppelin's online store. You can get a preview of the collection now at the band's Facebook page.
ParlophoneFollowing the announcement of the David Bowie vinyl singles box set Spying Through a Keyhole, which is due out on April 5, comes word that another upcoming vinyl collection featuring rare recordings by the late rock legend will be issued soon. The Clareville Grove Demos box set features three seven-inch vinyl discs boasting six songs that Bowie recorded as a duo with John "Hutch" Hutchinson in early 1969.
Like Spying Through a Keyhole, Clareville Grove Demos is being released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bowie's classic song "Space Oddity."
The home demos, four of which are previously unreleased, were recorded live to tape at David's apartment in the Clareville Grove section of London. The two previously issued tracks are versions of "Space Oddity" and "An Occasional Dream" that first appeared on the two-CD 40th anniversary reissue of Bowie's 1969 self-titled album.
The other demos are "Lover to the Dawn," a song that morphed into the David Bowie track "Cygnet Committee"; "Ching-a-Ling," a tune Bowie also recorded in 1968 with his trio Turquoise; "Let Me Sleep Beside You," a studio version of which was recorded in 1967; and "Life Is a Circus," a cover of an obscure song by U.K. singer/songwriter Roger Bunn.
The box set comes packaged with a print of a 1969 photo of David and Hutch at the Clareville Grove apartment taken by Bowie's manager at that time, Ken Pitt, who also snapped the pic of David that's featured on the cover.
As with the Spying Through a Keyhole collection, all of the tracks in the Clareville Grove Demos box set are in mono and play at 45 r.p.m.
The release date for Clareville Grove Demos will be announced soon. Here is the box set's full track list:
Side A: "Space Oddity" Side B: "Lover to the Dawn"
Side A: "Ching-a-Ling" Side B: "An Occasional Dream"
Side A: "Let Me Sleep Beside You" Side B: "Life Is a Circus"
Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentDef Leppard is headed back to Las Vegas.
The British band, who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March, has announced "Def Leppard Hits Vegas: The Sin City Residency," which kicks off Wednesday, August 14, at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 12-show engagement runs through a September 7 performance.
The rockers' previous residency, dubbed Viva Hysteria!, took place in March and April of 2013 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
"Five years ago, we played our first ever residency in Las Vegas which was relatively new ground for a rock band giving this kind of experience...I have to say, we really enjoyed it!" Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says in a statement. "Being in one place for the best part of a month is vastly different to our normal city to city touring routine. Breaking this cycle adds another element to the experience for both us and the audience. We look forward to seeing you at the Zappos Theater this summer!"
Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. PT, although members of the group's Rock Brigade Fan Club will have pre-sale access starting Thursday, February 14, at 10 a.m. PT. Additional pre-sale opportunities will be available for Citi Card members beginning Monday, February 18, and for Caesars Rewards members and Ticketmaster and Live Nation customers starting Wednesday, February 20.
After Def Leppard's induction into the Rock Hall on March 29 in Brooklyn, New York, the band will play a series of European shows in June and early July followed by a Canadian tour that runs from July 12 through July 31.
Here are the dates for the Def Leppard Hits Vegas residency:
August 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29, 31 September 1, 4, 6, 7