L-R: Adria Petty, Tom Petty and Dana York; Jeffrey Mayer/WireImageTom Petty's daughters Adria and Annakim have reached a settlement regarding their legal dispute with the late rocker's widow, Dana Petty, Rolling Stone reports.
According to documents obtained by the magazine, the opposing parties came to a "settlement agreement," the full details of which were not divulged.
Adria and Annakim, both of whom are from Petty's first marriage, sued Dana, his second wife, in May of this year. The pair claimed that Dana hadn't honored her duties to Perry Unlimited, the company set up to oversee Tom's estate, and had withheld assets and diverted them to another company she launched.
The lawsuit claimed that Dana's actions have cost Petty Unlimited more than $5 million.
Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesBack in January, The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. announced that it had tapped Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to turn 55 hours of unreleased footage into a new take on the band's 1970 documentary, Let It Be. Now, the Hollywood Reporter claims the movie has sparked a buying "frenzy" among all the new streaming platforms.
Amazon just paid $25 million for a Rihanna documentary, while Apple TV forked over $26 million for a doc on 17-year-old pop-rock wunderkind Billie Eilish. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackson's film is currently being shopped around, and buyers predict it could rake in even more money than the Eilish film.
"Everybody is talking to Jackson right now, and it ain't going to be cheap," one buyer told The Hollywood Reporter.
Another told the publication, "It's a land grab right now. Every producer is trying to figure out what artist is next for a doc that will spark an eight-figure sale."
If any artist can command those figures, it's likely the Beatles. Jackson has described the planned movie as "the ultimate 'fly on the wall' experience that Beatles fans have long dreamed about," adding, "It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together."
He also said the film will be "funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate."
A deal for the film -- which won't be called Let It Be -- will likely be signed early in the New Year. May 13, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the original release of the Let It Be film.
L-R: Verdine White, Ralph Johnson, and Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind, and Fire, and Linda Ronstadt; John P.Filo/CBS This Sunday night on CBS, you can watch Earth, Wind & Fire and Linda Ronstadt receive the Kennedy Center Honors, in a TV special that was recorded December 8 in Washington, D.C.
Among the highlights of the special: American Idol alumna Carrie Underwood performs "Blue Bayou" and "When Will I Be Loved" in tribute to Ronstadt, and country star Trisha Yearwood sings "You're No Good" and duets withAaron Neville on a new rendition of his hit collaboration with Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much." Don Henley and Emmylou Harris were also on hand to pay tribute to Ronstadt, who's lost her ability to sing.
Meanwhile, The Jonas Brothers perform Earth, Wind & Fire's classic "Boogie Wonderland," while John Legend sings "You Can't Hide Love." Singer and actress Cynthia Erivo sings a medley of "Fantasy" and "Reasons," while Ne-Yo sings a medley of "Shining Star" and "Sing a Song."
The evening ends with an all-star rendition of EWF's "September."
Others honored during the program include Sally Field, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and the TV show Sesame Street. Hosted by LL Cool J, the show airs Sunday, December 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this week, an unverified Instagram account called @talkingheadsofficial appeared, claiming it was the "Official Instagram account for Talking Heads."
Given that Rage Against the Machine announced their recent reunion via an unverified Instagram account, Talking Heads fans immediately went crazy, speculating that another unexpected reunion was in the worKs. But sadly, this is not your beautiful house, this is not your beautiful wife, and there's no such thing happening.
Varietyreports that the account was actually created by Talking Heads keyboard player Jerry Harrison's new manager to promote an upcoming 40th anniversary Remain in Light tour, which is going to feature Harrison, Adrian Belew and the band Turkuaz, which is produced by Harrison, all performing songs from that classic Talking Heads album.
However, it doesn't seem like everyone who needed to be told about this was informed.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne said, "I have never heard of this, I don’t know what it is or who is doing it, so clearly it can’t be an ‘official’ Talking Heads account. Whatever plans others in the band may have is strictly their own business and I wish them well.”
Likewise, Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth told Rolling Stone, "We were made aware of the Instagram account a few days ago, as it was brought to life by someone who works with Jerry. We have not even talked about this internally yet. We are all currently happily working on our own projects and there are no plans for a Talking Heads reunion.”
The last time the Talking Heads played together was 2002, at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Byrne is currently appearing on Broadway in a stage version of his tour supporting his solo album, American Utopia.
Rhino/WarnerIt'll be a Merry Christmas indeed for Rod Stewart: Not only is his latest album number one in his home country, but he's also set a chart record.
Sir Rod, who's celebrating his 50th anniversary as a charting performer, has scored his 10th U.K. number-one album with You're In My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It features re-imaginings of his classic hits, created by pairing his original vocal tracks with backing by the titular orchestra.
This makes Stewart the oldest male solo artist to top the British album chart. At 74 years and 11 months old, he beats the previous record-holder, Paul Simon, by three months.
In a statement to OfficialCharts.com, Sir Rod says, "A new U.K. government and a new Number 1 for Sir Rod. Thank you once again to my legions of fans who I will never take for granted. Bless you all and a Merry Christmas."
Rod's number-one triumph came at the expense of British pop star Robbie Williams, whose new holiday album The Christmas Present is number two, and WHO, the first new album in 13 years by The Who, which came in at number three. According to Official Charts, there was a difference of only 750 copies between the three albums.
Rod's statement concluded with a "well done" to both Robbie and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and a "no hard feelings" to The Who's Pete Townshend. Coincidentally, Williams appears on Rod's new album, and Rod appears on Robbie's.
George Pimentel/Getty ImagesCher is paying tribute to her Moonstruck co-star Danny Aiello, who passed away Thursday at the age of 86.
In a Twitter post Friday, the singer reminisced about working with him on the 1987 film, where they played newly engaged couple Loretta Castorini and Johnny Cammareri.
“Goodbye Dear #DannyAiello,” Cher wrote. “Danny was a Great Actor, But a Genius Comedic Actor.We Laughed so much. Making #Moonstruck ..It was one of the happiest times in my life,& He Was apart of that Happy time.
She concluded, “Goodbye #JohnnyCammareri. [Kiss emoji] Loretta.”
Aiello, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing, also appeared as Madonna’s father in the “Papa Don’t Preach” video.
Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Sony MusicBaby, if you're a rich man, and you're in New York City for the holiday season, you'll want to visit The Beatles pop-up shop for all your Fab Four gifting needs.
The pop-up, which will do business until December 22 at 163 Mercer Street, is open five days a week, starting at 11 a.m. ET, noon on Sunday. The shop is full of new products that are the result of a newly announced licensing agreement between Sony Music's The Thread Shop and Apple Corps, Ltd.
Beatles socks, slippers, mugs, coasters and totes are among the more affordable goodies, while big spenders can splash out on $1,800 Beatles-branded turntables, and a Beatles pinball machine, which will set you back eight grand.
The shop also features a fun and immersive shopping environment with an authentic U.K. phone booth, a "mod" 1960s lounge and an arcade area, but you can get your hands on all these goodies without a trip to the Big Apple (Corps.) Just visit USAStore.TheBeatles.com for access to all the items.
Huey Lewis & the News will release Weather in 2020, their first album of original material since 2001. It features songs the band recorded before a rare ear disorder caused Huey to lose most of his hearing -- which the singer now admits led to him consider taking his own life.
In an interview with the literary journal The Whitefish Review, Huey says his hearing loss "has ruined everything," and adds, "I try not to let it get me down. In the first two months of this, I was suicidal."
"I thought, 'S**t, I’m just going to commit suicide," he continues. "I actually contemplated my demise...I figured pills were the easiest way to go...would I have? I don’t know."
While Huey's been struggling with hearing loss for nearly two years, it fluctuates wildly.
"I have sung twice in the last two years when my hearing was better...but I couldn’t do it for a [concert]," he says. "That’s the hard part...I can’t work and I miss that. I miss the guys, the camaraderie and the fun thing we had."
That said, Huey's got many other projects in the works, including a jukebox musical of his hits that he hopes will head to Broadway, a documentary film that someone's making about him, and even a TV show that comically addresses his current situation.
"[In the show] I live in Hollywood. I have a pushy manager named Morrie and now I have hearing loss, so I can’t sing anymore. Morrie’s always trying to figure out ways that I can make some money," Huey explains, "Reality shows, public appearances...endorsements, etc., and I’m trying to keep my dignity through all this."
However, Huey, who's 69, says the show is "a long shot," adding, " I’m probably too old, to be honest."
While being the guitarist in a legendary British rock band sounds like a pretty good job, The Who's Pete Townshend claims that for years, he hated every minute of being in the band.
In the Rolling Stone video series The First Time, Townshend talks about some memorable "first times" in his life, like the first time he saw Jimi Hendrix or heard the Beatles. When asked to recall the first time he ever thought of quitting The Who, he says, "Pretty much day one."
"I really wanted it to be as brief as possible and it hasn't been!" he laughs.
"I didn't like the traveling, I didn't like being on stage, I didn't like performing," Townshend explains. "I didn't like the fact that...the other guys in the band just wanted to get girls."
"It didn't feel like art to me and I'd been to art school," he adds, smiling at the memory. "So I was interested in art, not money. Art, not women."
Then, Townshend recalls the first time he did like being in the band: In 1969, during their U.S. tour.
"We were allowed to stretch out, we were allowed to explore," he says. "And then finding, "Wow, when I do something amazingly audacious on the guitar, Keith the drummer and John the bass player, they follow me!...They know what's in my head.' So we had this real connection, and that...was something special."
The Who's current tour is another first, says Pete. It's the first time he claims that he's been on stage with Roger Daltrey and had "a real, real conviction that this is the one guy that I can be onstage with; that we can do a fantastic job together, and there's nobody else I could work with that would be better."
Live Nation EntertainmentThe Guns N' Roses (night)train will keep on rolling into 2020.
The reunited "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers, featuring original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, have announced tours in South American and Europe for next year.
The South American trek begins in March, and includes stops in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru, as well as sets at Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina and Brazil. GN'R will then travel to Europe in May, and will hit countries including Portugal, Spain, Germany, England, Poland and Ireland.
Prior to the international dates, Guns will play the previously announced Super Bowl Music Fest in Miami on January 31, taking place before Super Bowl 54 kicks off February 2.
Axl, Slash and Duff launched their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour in 2016, marking the first time the trio had shared the stage together since 1993. The worldwide outing is so far the third-highest-grossing tour of all time.
Credit: Jim BelmontIf you're looking for a great holiday gift for that R.E.M. fan in your life, you might consider the recently released deluxe 25th anniversary reissue of the chart-topping 1994 album, Monster. The record found the influential group moving in an edgier and louder direction following its two mellower, hugely successful predecessors -- 1991's Out of Time and 1992's Automatic for the People.
R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe and bassist Mike Mills recently were interviewed for an upcoming episode of the PBS series Speakeasy, and in this exclusive clip, they share recollections about Monster and the tour in support of it, which was the band's first trek in five years.
Stipe noted that in organizing the Monster trek, "We worked really closely with filmmakers and video makers and set designers and lighting people…to ensure that what we were presenting was something that was bigger, flashier and different from what we had last presented."
Stipe and Mills also discussed the changes they had gone through since R.E.M.'s previous tour.
"I shaved my head, 'cause my hair was thinning and I was a pop star, and you can't have thinning hair if you're a pop star," Michael explained. He added that he was one of the first rock frontman to do so, and was honest with interviewers about why he did it.
As for Mills, he grew his long and wore flamboyant Nudie-style suits, like the ones many country artists had worn for decades.
"I wanted to give the people on my side of stage something to look at," Mike explained. "And I grew up loving those [suits]…I know they're ridiculous, but on the other hand, they're beautiful and they're really fun to wear."
The Speakeasy episode with Stipe and Mills premieres in spring 2020.
Vince Bucci/Getty ImagesE Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons died in 2011, but the last time he performed with Bruce Springsteen was in December of 2010, in Asbury Park, NJ, the city where they first met 40 years prior. You can now watch that performance online.
Recently posted to Bruce's official YouTube channel, the performance is a rendition of the seasonal favorite "Blue Christmas," which Bruce played at the end of a special concert at Asbury Park's Carousel House on December 7, 2010. As Rolling Stone notes, the concert took place in front of 60 fans and consisted almost entirely of songs that didn't make Bruce's album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, but which later appeared on the box set The Promise.
The performance featured Bruce and the E Street Band joined by a horn section and guitarist David Lindley, and the whole thing was filmed by longtime Bruce collaborator Thom Zimny. The final song was "Blue Christmas," and Bruce invited everyone onstage for the performance.
As Rolling Stone notes, the concert took place a few blocks away from the former location of a club called the Student Prince, where Bruce and Clarence famously met for the first time.
The Big Man's final performance before his death on June 18, 2011 came in May of that year, when he performed "Edge of Glory" with Lady Gaga on the American Idol finale. Gaga, a huge Bruce fan, had tapped Clarence to play on several tracks on her album, Born This Way.
George Pimentel/Getty ImagesIt's been more than 10 years since founding Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman and singer/keyboardist Burton Cummings toured together, but it looks like a reunion may be in the works for next year.
Cummings has posted a couple of messages on his official Facebook page hinting that the two musicians are organizing a tour. The first post shows a photo of Cummings and Bachman arm-in-arm onstage, and reads, "'Rumour has it' that this might be a sight that many people see in 2020."
The second post features another pic of Burton and Randy, accompanied by a lengthier message that reads, in part, "I'm hearing 'rumours'…I'm hearing 'rumours'…looks like 2020 might see this happening…and I say to myself 'why not…?'"
The caption continues, "I'm mulling over in my mind what a set list it could be with all the [Guess Who] stuff, some of my solo stuff, and [various the Bachman-Turner Overdrive songs,] AS WELL AS a few choice numbers from our Jukebox CD…Yikes...It could very well make for a pretty strong two hours...Yes it could…"
The two veteran rockers had feuded for many years since their joint 2009 Bachman-Cummings trek, with Randy revealing in a 2014 article in Toronto newspaper The Star that the dispute involved The Guess Who's publishing. But now it seems they've buried the hatchet.
Signs that Bachman and Cummings had mended their relationship first emerged this past summer. On July 18, they played a full concert together at Toronto's Casa Loma as a fundraiser for Canada's Walk of Fame. Then, on August, Randy joined Burton for three songs during Cummings' show at Toronto's CNE Bandshell.
Insight ComicsA new graphic novel focusing on the late David Bowie's rise from obscurity to rock stardom, and the creation of his Ziggy Stardust character, will be released on January 7, 2020, one day before what would've been his 73rd birthday.
Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams was co-written by Steven Horton and Michael Allred, with artwork by Allred and his wife, Laura. Horton's work includes the acclaimed graphic novel Satellite Rising, while Allred's credits include such popular comics as Madman, Silver Surfer and Red Rocket 7.
The book features a foreword by Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods, Good Omens and Coraline, among many other titles.
Allred says in a statement, "Everything that has inspired me throughout my life and career can be found intersecting with David Bowie. With my obsessive passion for music, pop art, film, and the electricity of the comic book medium all coming together through the sounds and imagery of his creative output."
Adds Horton, "[B]eing part of an original graphic novel about my favorite musician is like a dream come true, as is working with artistic legends like the Allreds. Our collective obsession with Bowie has created something special, and I'm immensely proud of it."
You can check out a few preview pages from the novel at InsightEditions.com. They include depictions of Bowie's changing looks from childhood to his Ziggy Stardust persona, a scene from the historic 1973 London concert where he announced the breakup of The Spiders from Mars onstage, a page showing a young Bowie, then known as David Jones, chatting with Steve Marriott and Marc Bolan -- the respective future frontmen of Small Faces and T. Rex -- about their musical plans.
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is responsible for one of the most famous contemporary yuletide songs, "Wonderful Christmastime," but now he's revealed that he also recorded an entire holiday album -- that he only plays for family members.
During an interview Thursday on the BBC Radio 4 program World at One, McCartney explained, "Years ago, I thought, 'There's not very good Christmas records [and] I'd like to do something traditional and simple and easy'…So I actually went into my studio over a couple of years and I made one, but it's just for the family."
He added that the album was collection of demo recordings of instrumental versions of such traditional holiday carols as "Good King Wenceslas" and "Silent Night."
Paul noted that the album has never been released: "it just gets brought out each year" for the holidays.
McCartney said that his children like the album, "and now it's the grandkids getting indoctrinated with my carols record."
As for what he'd like for Christmas this year, McCartney said, half jokingly, "Peace on Earth," then admitted, "I don't know actually. I'm terrible on presents. I just gratefully accept whatever I get.
Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentCheap Trick is among the artists set to perform at The Art of Elysium charity's 13th annual Heaven gala and art installation, taking place January 4 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
The music lineup for the event, dubbed "Heaven Is Rock and Roll," also includes Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Marilyn Manson, and grunge-rock band L7.
The Art of Elysium is a nonprofit organization that encourages artists and communities to join together, using art to triumph over adversity.
Each year, an artist or group is honored at the Heaven gala with the Visionary Award, and also is asked to curate the event's art installation by depicting what their idea of what heaven is. This year's recipient is We Are Hear, an L.A.-based record label, music publisher and artist-management company founded by producers and musicians Linda Perry and Kerry Brown.
Previous Visionary Award honorees include Stevie Wonder, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, John Legend, and the aforementioned Perry.
Eagle VisionThis year, ZZ Top celebrated its 50th anniversary with a major tour, as well as an official documentary titled ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas that premiered in August and has been screened in more than 150 theaters across the U.S. Now the film is set to be released as a DVD/Blu-ray set on February 28, 2020.
The movie features new interviews with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' three members -- singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard -- plus rare archival footage, animated segments and conversations with celebrity fans Billy Bob Thornton and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.
ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas charts ZZ Top's history from before Gibbons started growing his famous beard through the band's rise to rock stardom. It also includes an intimate performance filmed especially for the doc at historic Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.
The DVD and Blu-ray also boasts bonus features, including full performances filmed at Gruene Hall and archival footage of ZZ Top performing between 1976 and 1981.
ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas was directed by Sam Dunn, whose credits also include Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and Super Duper Alice Cooper.
ZZ Top will wind down 2019 with a December 29 show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a New Year's Eve concert in Durant, Oklahoma. The band also has a few 2020 gigs lined up. Check out their full schedule at ZZop.com.
Here are the extras featured on the ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band from Texas DVD/Blu-ray:
Gruene Hall Bonus Performances: "Shuffle in C"/"Fannie Mae" "La Grange" "Brown Sugar" "Blue Jean Blues"
Credit: Anna WebberDavid Crosby recently announced his first tour dates of 2020, a series of North American shows kicking off May 14 in Santa Barbara, California, and scheduled through a June 21 concert in Westhampton Beach, New York.
So far, a total of 21 shows have been confirmed, including concerts in such major cities as Sacramento; Salt Lake City; Boulder, Colorado; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee; Annapolis, Maryland; Albany, New York; and Toronto, Canada.
Crosby will be accompanied on the trek by his Sky Trails Band, which features musicians that contributed to his 2017 solo album, Sky Trails, as well as his upcoming record.
The group's lineup is Crosby's son James Raymond on keyboards, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve "Stevie D" DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar, and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals.
The concerts will include material from throughout David's 50-year-plus career, including tunes by The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Crosby's solo releases. He'll also introduce songs from his forthcoming album.
This past summer, Crosby told ABC Audio that he was nearly done with the record, noting that he and Raymond were both "writing a lot."
Tickets for the concerts are available now. Visit DavidCrosby.com to check out the full list of shows.
Dave Davies, Ray Davies; ABC AudioFor the past year or two, founding Kinks members Ray Davies and Dave Davies have been telling the media that they are working on material for a possible new album by the band. Dave recently shared a little update on the project's status with ABC Audio, reporting that things are progressing, albeit rather slowly.
"[W]e're still kind of working hard on ideas. And we've got some archive stuff that we've had that hasn't been released yet," the guitarist reveals. "So we're still very intent on getting some new product together, but it's taken longer than we thought. But it's not from want of trying."
Dave explains that he and Ray haven't "actually done…new sessions together," but notes that besides trying to complete unfinished archival tracks, he and his older brother have recorded demos of new songs "that would constitute work on a new album, I guess."
In October, Ray Davies told Rolling Stone that he and Dave were trying to write songs together, something they hadn't done too often in the past.
"We have worked on a couple of ideas, yeah, which is very exciting," Dave confirms to ABC Audio, "but haven't gotten anything concrete finished yet.
He adds, "There's a lot of interesting ideas and new ideas, so we'll have to see how it shapes up."
Dave also points out that one of the reasons he thinks it's taken a long time for he and Ray to finish the project, at least with regard to the archival material, is because The Kinks were so prolific.
"It's weird because it's always kind of almost been a problem with The Kinks," he maintains. "There's always a lot of stuff -- a lot of music, a lot of ideas...It's been like a blessing and a curse in a way."
As part of Spotify's video series "The Best Advice I Ever Got," Elton reveals the words of wisdom that have stuck with him the most over the years came from his U.S. booking agent, Howard Rose: "Don't put yourself in a position where you're playing somewhere big too soon."
Elton explains that early on, "I got the headlines pretty quick, and I could have played bigger venues than I was playing at the start of my career. But Howard said, 'No, you have to go out and play second on the bill to great artists...in areas where you are not so popular. And you have to get the experience of playing to another audience that isn't your audience.'"
Elton says Rose also told him early on in his career, "We're gonna put you in smaller venues and create a ticket craziness, so you sell out straightaway and no one can get a ticket. That means the next time you come round, you're gonna sell out a bigger venue."
That way, Rose told Elton, "When you do play big venues, you will really relish it and you will be ready for it."
Elton says now, 50 years on, he can vouch for the fact that "Playing somewhere...[when] you're not ready is a disaster waiting to happen."
"Just take it easy, know what you can do and then build up to play something special," Elton cautions. "But don't do it straightaway."