Q1370 News 60's, 70's & 80's Archives for 2019-11

The Doobie Brothers add over 20 dates to 50th anniversary tour with Michael McDonald

The Doobie Brothers recently announced plans to mount an expansive 50th anniversary North American tour in 2020 that will feature the band's former singer/keyboardist, Michael McDonald, rejoining the lineup, and now 23 new dates have been added to the 30 shows initially confirmed for the trek.

The newly added concerts span from a June 12 performance in Jacksonville, Florida, through an October 17 show in Memphis, Tennessee, which now will serve as the final date of the tour. Among the other major cities that The Doobies are now scheduled to visit on the trek are Syracuse, New York; Toledo, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota; Boise, Idaho; Fresno, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Little Rock, Arkansas; and New Orleans.

The tour is still scheduled to kick off on June 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Tickets for nearly all of the concerts go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.  Premium packages will also be available, via LaneOne.com. Visit TheDoobieBrothers.com for more details.

Founding Doobie Brothers singer/guitarist Pat Simmons says of the trek, "Next year our tour will include Tom[Johnston], John [McFee], and myself, along with Michael McDonald, and the fans will have a chance to hear all our hits, as well as deep cuts, and new material. I know these will be very special performances."

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will serve as support act throughout the trek.

Here are all of The Doobie Brothers' confirmed 50th anniversary tour dates:

6/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
6/10 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place+
6/14 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
6/17 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
6/19 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
6/20 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
6/23 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
6/24 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/26 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
6/27 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/29 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/30 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/2 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/3 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/5 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater+
7/18 -- London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens+
7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage
7/21 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater+
7/22 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/24 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion+
7/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/29 -- Toledo, OH, The Zoo Amphitheater+
7/30 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/1 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena+
8/2 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/4 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/6 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion+
8/8 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre -- Chicago
8/9 -- Mt Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort+
8/12 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Center+
8/14 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre -- St. Louis
8/15 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre+
8/28 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair+
8/30 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/2 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/3 -- Boise, ID, Ford Amphitheatre+
9/5 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/6 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater+
9/8 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena+
9/10 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheater+
9/12 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/13 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
9/17 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheater+
9/18 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
10/3 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/7 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater+
10/9 -- Irving, TX, Toyota Music Factory
10/10 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 -- Little Rock, AR, Simmons Bank Arena+
10/14 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Arena+
10/15 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center+
10/17 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum+

+ = newly added show.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Paul McCartney performs at New Jersey holiday party for her wife's company; adds European tour dates

Paul McCartney thrilled a group of attendees at a private party Saturday night in Jersey City, New Jersey, when he joined the house band to belt out a rendition of the 1963 Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There" as his wife, Nancy Shevell, danced by his side.

The occasion was a holiday party for New England Motor Freight (NEMF), the trucking company owned by Shevell's father that filed for bankruptcy in February 2019. According to NJ.com, Nancy, who's an NEMF executive, hosted the bash, and she and her husband stayed for the entire party.

A number of people who attended the event shot video of the former Beatles legend singing "I Saw Her Standing There" and posted clips of the performance on their social media pages.

Another video shows McCartney and Shevell dancing along to Beyonce's 2003 hit "Crazy in Love."

In other news, after recently announcing two concerts in Italy next June, as well as a June 27 headlining performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, McCartney has added several more shows to his 2020 tour itinerary.

The newly confirmed dates are scheduled for May 23 in Lille, France; May 26 in Paris; May 29 in the Netherlands; May 31 in Bordeaux, France; June 4 in Hanover, Germany; June 7 in Lyon, France; and June 21 in Belgium.

Visit PaulMcCartney.com for information about when tickets will go on sale.

Here's the full list of McCartney's 2020 European shows:

5/23 -- Lille, France, Pierre Mauroy Stadium
5/26 -- Paris, France, La Defense Arena
5/29 -- Nijmegen, Netherlands, Goffert Park
5/31 -- Bordeaux, France, Stadium Matmut
6/4 -- Hannover, Germany, HDI Arena
6/7 -- Lyon, France, Groupama Stadium
6/10 -- Naples, Italy, Piazza Plebiscito
6/13 -- Lucca, Italy, Mura Storiche
6/21 -- Werchter, Belgium, TW Classic Festival
6/27 -- Pilton, U.K., Glastonbury Festival

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Whitney Houston's dresses going on the auction block

Wondering what to get the Whitney Houston fan in your life for Christmas?  How about a dress originally worn by the late, great superstar?

In 2007, a storage unit owned by Whitney's company, Nippy, Inc., was auctioned off. Now, the owners of the contents of that unit are putting some of the contents -- specifically, Whitney's gowns -- up for sale.

The gowns are part of GWS Auctions' Artifacts of Hollywood & Music auction, which will be held Saturday, December 7, 2019.  Among the dresses up for grabs: a long-sleeved Pamela Dennis gown, a royal blue Scala dress, a sequined ivory jumpsuit, a black halter-neck cocktail dress, and a black and gold sequined gown.

And lest you think these items are out of your price range, the minimum bid for most of the items is a reasonable $250.  You'd probably pay much more for a new evening dress at a department store.

The auction, which also includes memorabilia from Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Judy Garland and other showbiz icons, starts December 7 at 10 a.m. PT.  Visit GWSAuctions.com for more information.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

The Band's Robbie Robertson releases irreverent new Christmas tune, "Happy Holidays"

The Band's Robbie Robertson is celebrating the Christmas season with a new original tune titled "Happy Holidays" that offers up a bit of twisted, tongue-in-cheek yuletide cheer.

The atmospheric track is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can listen to it at Robertson's YouTube channel.

The song begins with Robertson singing, "Please don't leave Old Saint Nick too much milk and cookies/ 'Cause by the time he gets 'round to us/ He won't be able to get his fat a** down the chimney/ Happy, happy, happy holiday…to one and all!"

"We love Christmas and the holidays, it brings good cheer, and also stress and depression," explains the singer, songwriter and guitarist, "so I wanted to do a song that celebrates both sides and have a little fun."

The 76-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is donating proceeds from the song to the American Indian College Fund.

Robertson has had quite an eventful 2019. In September, he released Sinematic, his first new solo album since 2011. He also composed the score for director Martin Scorsese's latest film, The Irishman, which gets its TV debut on Netflix this Wednesday, November 27. In addition, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, a documentary based on his 2016 memoir Testimony premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Robbie also made his first concert appearance since 2013 this past Saturday when he was a special guest performer at a previously reported event dubbed "The Last Waltz Nashville: An All-Star Celebration of The Band's Historic Farewell Concert," held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Among the other artists on the bill were Michael McDonaldWarren HaynesEmmylou HarrisVince GillDarius RuckerDon Was and Cyril Neville.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Thunder Road Trip: New contest offers the chance to meet and greet Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park, NJ

How would you like Bruce Springsteen to wish you "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.," in person from the famous Jersey Shore town?  Springsteen has partnered with the Omaze fundraising website to launch a contest offering one winner and a guest a trip to Asbury Park, where they'll get to hang out with The Boss on the beach community's historic boardwalk as he shares stories about his amazing career and life.

The winner and a friend also will get to take photos with Bruce in front of The Stone Pony, the local rock club that helped launch Springsteen's career. The experience includes airfare to New Jersey and a stay in a four-star hotel.

In order to enter the contest, visit Omaze.com. Entries will be accepted until February 18, 2020, at 11:59pm PT. The winner, who must be at least 16 years old, will be notified on or around March 4. You don't need to donate money in order to enter, but the more money donated does give you a better chance at winning.

Money raised by the contest will benefit the Geffen Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater company in Los Angeles that offers theatrical-arts programs to help motivate, inspire and promote literacy among high school students, as well as seniors, veterans and low-income members of the community.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Paul McCartney releases two new songs digitally in advance of issuing them on vinyl for RSD Black Friday

Paul McCartney released two new songs, titled "Home Tonight" and "In a Hurry," as digital downloads and via streaming services Friday.

The tracks, which were recorded with producer Greg Kurstin during the sessions for McCartney's chart-topping 2018 studio album, Egypt Station, also will be released on a previously announced limited-edition seven-inch-vinyl picture disc for the 2019 Record Store Day Black Friday event on November 29.

"Home Tonight" is a catchy mid-tempo pop-rock tune that's reminiscent of McCartney's work with his 1970s band Wings and some of his 1980s material. "In a Hurry" starts out with sparse, piano-driven section resembling a late-'60s Beatles song and proceeds to build to a more dramatic, rocking track augmented with strings and horns.

The vinyl "Home Tonight"/"In a Hurry" picture disc will be available exclusively at various independent record stores throughout the U.S.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  

The Who releases new song from upcoming 'WHO' album, "I Don't Wanna Get Wise"; reveals bonus-track details

The Who has debuted a third song in advance of the December 6 release of their first studio album in 13 years, WHO.

"I Don't Wanna Get Wise" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. Pete Townshend says of the tune, "I wrote this in a mid-'70s style, like a song from an album like [1975's] Who by Numbers. Warning: don't get old. You might get wise."

The track joins two other previously released songs from the WHO album, "Ball and Chain" and "All This Music Must Fade."

In other news, The Who have revealed that besides the 11 songs featured on the standard version of WHO, three extra tracks will be included on a deluxe Target-exclusive CD and a different bonus tune will appear on a limited-edition three-LP set featuring red, white and blue vinyl discs.

The deluxe CD's extra tracks are titled "Got Nothing to Prove," "This Gun Will Misfire" and "Danny & My Ponies." "Got Nothing to Prove" is a song that dates back to 1966. Reflecting on why The Who may not have recorded the tune at the time, Townshend says, "I have a feeling [Who manager] Kit [Lambert] may have felt the song sounded as though it was sung by an older and more self-satisfied man than I was in real life. That would have applied to Roger [Daltrey] too, I suppose. Now, it works. Back then, perhaps it didn't."

The other two songs are tunes from the WHO album sessions sung by Pete, while the three-LP sets extra track is called "Sand" and also dates back to 1966.

"This is a simple idea, about a sunny beach vacation romance that doesn't last once the lovers get back home to the rain," Townshend explains.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Michael Jackson biopic in the works from 'Bohemian Rhapsody' producer; MJ estate's on board

Music biopics are all the rage these days, and if you're going to make a movie about a star who had a particularly dramatic life, they don't get bigger than Michael Jackson.

Deadline reports that Graham King, producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, has gotten the rights to make a movie about the late King of Pop from Jackson's estate, including -- most importantly -- the rights to all of his music. 

Oscar-nominated Gladiator writer John Logan will pen the script for the film, which Deadline says will not be sanitized, and will cover the "complexity" of Michael's life.

As Deadline notes, despite the controversy surrounding the allegations made against the superstar in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, the public still wants to see MJ's story and hear his music: a Broadway musical is also in the works, as previously reported.

King, whose Bohemian Rhapsody earned six Oscar nominations, is also planning a biopic on yet another musical act: The Bee Gees.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

U2, Rolling Stones finish first and second on the 'Pollstar' Top Touring Artists of the Decade list

Since the end of this year marks the end of the 2010s, every publication is creating a retrospective list. The latest is the touring trade publication Pollstar, which has rounded up a list of the Top 20 Touring Artists of the Decade, based on box office gross. Finishing at #1 and #2, respectively, on the tally are U2 and The Rolling Stones.

The Irish rockers are the only act whose tours over the last 10 years grossed over a billion dollars. The band's recent treks include the U2 360° tour, which ran from 2009 to 2011 and at the time was the top-grossing trek of all time. U2's total for the 2010s doesn't include their full The Joshua Tree 2019 Tour, which hasn't wrapped up yet.

The Rolling Stones grossed nearly $930,000 on tour during the 2010s. The British rock legends were on the road for part of every year from 2012 to 2019, with their most recent trek being a North American leg of their No Filter Tour that ran from June to August.

Other classic-rock artists in the top 10 of the list include Bon Jovi at #6, with about $837 million in gross earnings; Paul McCartney at #7, with almost $814 million earned; Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at #9, with just under $730 million; and Roger Waters at #10, with more than $702 million in gross earnings.

The top 20 of the tally also features Elton John at #11, Metallica at #12, Guns N' Roses at #13 and the Eagles at #14.

Here's the full list:

1. U2, $1,038,104,132
2. The Rolling Stones, $929,196,083
3. Ed Sheeran, $922,361,663
4. Taylor Swift, $899,627,048
5. Beyoncé, $857,405,819
6. Bon Jovi, $836,661,584
7. Paul McCartney, $813,811,559
8. Coldplay, $731,805,591
9. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, $729,789,815 
10. Roger Waters, $702,231,419
11. Elton John, $675,886,369
12. Metallica, $661,907,247
13. Guns N' Roses, $648,112,698
14. Eagles, $630,066,670
15. One Direction, $628,242,521
16. Pink, $626,026,122
17. Jay-Z, $611,837,214
18. Kenny Chesney, $608,693,967
19. Justin Bieber, $554,229,462
20. Bruno Mars, $545,585,346

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

The Who becomes first honorees at London's new Music Walk of Fame

On Tuesday, The Who became the first inductees into The Music Walk of Fame, a brand-new London attraction located in the city's Camden Town district, which is renowned for its musical history.

Who singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend were on hand to unveil the Walk of Fame's first stone plaque.

"Camden's roots with the music business go way back...[it's got a] really good history of supporting the music business," Daltrey said. "So may it long reign, may this avenue of stars grow and grow and grow, because we have...got the best music industry in the world."

The unveiling event was a celebration of global and local music, as the Camden district has been famous since the 1960s for incubating talent and then bringing it to the world stage.

"No one area in the world has the history that Camden does, by starting and nurturing so many scenes, being the rite of passage to so many artists," said Walk of Fame founder Lee Bennett.

Bennett, a British music promoter, lived in California for several years, where he was inspired to create an equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in London.

"It's not exactly Hollywood weather, but I'll take what we can get," he said jokingly on Tuesday at the ceremony.

The plan is to unveil up to 20 stones per year. According to the new Walk of Fame's website, international legends and influential contemporary artists will be considered for the honor.

Honorees will be selected by an international jury of musicians and those who work in the music industry. An artist of the year award will be chosen by a public vote.

The attraction is planning to launch a Music Walk of Fame app soon that will feature content about Camden's history.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Diana Ross announces six-date Las Vegas residency in April 2020

Diana Ross will return to Las Vegas next year for a new series of six residency dates at the Wynn resort and casino's Encore Theater. The shows are scheduled for April 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 and 18.

The Motown legend has been celebrating her 75th birthday throughout 2019 with her yearlong "Diamond Diana" celebration, but the upcoming Las Vegas concerts will see Ross introducing an all-new show for 2020. Fans can expect to hear a variety of Diana's biggest hits with The Supremes and as a solo artist, and experience glamorous costumes and captivating sets and visuals.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale this Friday, November 22, at 10 a.m. PT at WynnLasVegas.com and via phone by calling 702-770-9966.

Ross also has a number of other 2020 U.S. concerts lined up in February and March. She also will play several U.K. shows next summer, including a recently announced June 28 appearance at the famed Glastonbury Festival, which takes place in Somerset, England.

Here are all of Diana's 2020 U.S. performances:

2/23 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace
2/26 -- Columbia, SC, The Township Auditorium
3/3 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
3/4 -- Jacksonville, FL, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
3/12-13 -- Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
4/8, 10-11, 15, 17-18 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Don McLean gets star on Las Vegas' Walk of Stars

Don McLean enjoyed another testament to his esteemed career by receiving a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars on Thursday.

According to a press release from Las Vegas Walk of Stars, the "American Pie" artist joins Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Donnie & Marie and many others on the famed Walk.  McLean was honored at an unveiling ceremony held in front of the Paris Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard. 

"I have performed in Las Vegas so many times over the past 45 years," McLean said at the ceremony, "I hope that I can continue to bring my music to the venues all around Vegas so I can stop and visit my new star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. To receive such an honor that will live on forever is so great."

McLean is one of America's most successful songwriters, with 40 gold and platinum records to boast worldwide and besides "American Pie," he has notched such other hits as "Vincent" and "Castles in the Air." "American Pie" is one of the top five songs of the 20th Century, according to the RIAA. 

McLean is a 2002 inductee into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame and a 2004 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

"Don's contributions to the entertainment business as a singer and songwriter have been written about in history books, therefore, it is also only fitting for Don to have his name enshrined within a star on Las Vegas Boulevard," said Las Vegas Walk of Stars president Bob Alexander.

McLean is currently on tour, with his next stop on November 21 at City Winery in Chicago. He has concerts mapped out al the way through an August 22 concert with Alabama in Estero, Florida.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Ronnie Wood's new Chuck Berry tribute album, 'Mad Lad,' out today; watch new video for the title track

Ronnie Wood's latest solo, Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry, an homage to one of the Rolling Stones guitarist's musical heroes, is out now.

The album, which is credited to Ronnie Wood and His Wild Five, was recorded in November 2018 at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, U.K., and features renditions of 10 tunes written and/or recorded by Berry, plus an original Wood song titled "Tribute to Chuck Berry."

An official video for Mad Lad's instrumental title track has premiered on Wood's YouTube channel. The clip follows Ronnie as he hops into the back of a limousine and plays some mean slide guitar as he gets taken for a wild ride around some Los Angeles side roads.

The concert captured for the Mad Lad album features Wood joined on several tunes by acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Imelda May and British pianist Ben Waters, who also played with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' side group The ABC and D of Boogie Woogie.

The album is available in several configurations and formats, including digitally, on CD, on heavyweight vinyl and as a super-deluxe box set featuring the CD, the LP and a limited-edition print of the Wood-created cover art, a t-shirt and a signed and numbered set list.

Ronnie will be playing three U.K. shows this month to promote Mad Lad, on November 21 at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, November 25 at Birmingham Symphony Hall and November 27 at the Opera House Manchester.

In other news, a series of limited-edition watches featuring dials hand-painted by Wood are available now from the luxury British watch company Bremont. The watches are priced at about $45,000.

Here's the Mad Lad track list:

"Tribute to Chuck Berry"
"Talking About You"
"Mad Lad"
"Wee Wee Hours" -- featuring Imelda May
"Almost Grown" -- featuring Imelda May
"Back in the USA"
"Blue Feeling"
"Worried Life Blues"
"Little Queenie"
"Rock 'n' Roll Music" -- featuring Imelda May
"Johnny B. Goode"

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Ex-Santana/Journey singer Gregg Rolie discusses highlights of latest solo album, says new record is on the way

Founding Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie recently released his first solo album in 18 years, Sonic Ranch.

Rolie tells ABC Audio that the reason it took so long for him to release the record was that he "got busy" with various other projects, including Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, Santana's Santana IV reunion album and the recent shows by Journey guitarist Neal Schon's side project Journey Through Time.

Sonic Ranch features appearances from various well-known musicians, including Schon, Toto and All Starr Band guitarist Steve Lukather, original Santana drummer Michael Shrieve and ex-Santana bassist Alphonso Johnson.

Lukather and Schon appear on two tracks each. Among the songs Steve plays on is the lead track and current single, "Give Me Tomorrow."

"Journey could have done that song. It's got that kind of vibe to it," Rolie says of "Give Me Tomorrow," which he rates as one of Sonic Ranch's standout tracks. "And I love what Lukather played on it."

The album also features a new rendition of the 1976 Journey tune "Look into the Future," which Gregg says is among his favorite songs by his old group.

Closing out Sonic Ranch is a slow, gospel-flavored cover of the classic Elvis Presley hit "Don't Be Cruel." Rolie tells ABC Audio that his rendition was inspired by a 1975 version he saw veteran country singer Billy Swanperforming on an old TV variety show.

Meanwhile, Rolie reveals he's started a new studio album with a backing band that includes his son Sean -- who co-produced and played guitar on Sonic Ranch -- and fellow Journey Through Time members: ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and veteran hard-rock bassist Marco Mendoza. Gregg says he likely won't play solo shows until 2020, when he expects to release the next album.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  

Robert Plant says he and his solo band have "about 40 different instrumental ideas" for a new album

Robert Plant says he and members of his backing band The Sensational Space Shifters have been amassing material for a potential follow-up to his 2017 studio album, Carry Fire, and they may soon be hitting a recording studio to start the project.

"Between The Sensational Space Shifters' guitarists Justin Adams and Liam 'Skin' Tyson and everybody, we've got about 40 different instrumental ideas already," the Led Zeppelin legend tells Classic Rockmagazine.

Robert also reports that he and the group may work on the album in Nashville.

"[T]here are some things in the air, possibly in Nashville. I'm supposed to be going there in two weeks' time," he notes. "There's nothing going on at all at the moment, but there will be."

Plant points out that in recent years, he and The Sensational Space Shifters have been working on their recordings with Tim Oliver, the manager of Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios.

"[W]e can mess about in there," Plant says of the facility, which is located in Wiltshire, U.K. "I can spend an afternoon with Tim and really shift styles and stems of music in preparation to shape them as songs."

He adds, "We've recorded the last two records [Carry Fire and 2014's Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar] with Tim and it's a great way of doing things. It's a good combination. We all know where we're going."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Queen launches FreddieMeter, allowing fans to rate how well they can mimic Freddie Mercury

Hey Queen fans, are you ready for the Freddie Challenge? Today, the band has teamed up with YouTube Music to launch FreddieMeter, an Artificial Intelligence-powered singing challenge that rates how closely you can mimic the vocals of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Fans logging on to the FreddieMeter microsite can choose one of four Queen classics to test their vocal prowess -- "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Somebody to Love" and "We Are the Champions."

The meter was created by Google researchers, and rates pitch, melody and timbre.

After belting out a song and getting your score, you're encouraged to share it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook social media sites, then nominate three friends to take the challenge using the hashtag #FreddieChallenge. You also can spread the word by retweeting or resharing posts from @youtubemusic, @youtube and @Queen.

Perhaps most importantly, in your post, you can encourage people to donate to Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity co-founded in Freddie's memory by Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and manager Jim Beach to help in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.

As a bonus, fans taking the Freddie Challenge can take a video of their performance and include that in their social media posts.

The launch of the FreddieMeter coincides with the 44th anniversary of Queen's first live performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," which took place at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, U.K.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

The Beatles ranked #1 on 'Billboard' magazine's new Top 125 Artists of All Time chart

In honor of Billboard's 125th anniversary, the magazine has put together a new chart, the Top 125 Artists of All Time, that's based on appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums tally.

Not surprisingly, The Beatles score the top spot on the all-time chart, followed at #2 by The Rolling Stones and at #3 by Elton John. Other veteran pop and rock acts landing in the tally's top 10 include Mariah Carey at #4, Madonna at #5, Barbra Streisand at #6, Michael Jacksonat #7, Stevie Wonder at #9 and Chicago at #10.

Among the many standout chart achievements the Fab Four have amassed: The most #1 hits in the history of the Hot 100 -- 20 -- and the most #1 albums on the Billboard 200 with 19.

Those 19 albums spent a collective total of 132 weeks atop the Billboard 200, 80 more weeks in all than the artist with the second-most weeks at #1 on the tally, Garth Brooks.

The Beatles also are famously the only act ever to hold the top five slots simultaneously on the Hot 100: On April 4, 1964, "Can't Buy Me Love" was #1, "Twist and Shout" was #2, "She Loves You" was #3, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was #4 and "Please Please Me" was #5.

Two individual Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, also appear on Billboard's all-time chart thanks to their solo accomplishments, with McCartney landing at #12 and Harrison at #124.

Other veteran artists featured in the upper portion of the all-time tally: Whitney Houston at #11, Elvis Presleyat #13, Janet Jackson at #14, Rod Stewart at #15, Prince at #17, Billy Joel at #19, Herb Alpert at #21 and Bruce Springsteen at #24.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

In new 'Billboard' story, Paul McCartney reflects on Beatles' success, shares update about 'Let It Be'-related film

Paul McCartney was interviewed for the cover story of the latest issue of Billboard, which celebrates the publication's 125th anniversary. In the article, the ex-Beatles legend discusses a wide range of topics, including his old band's massive success, a new Fab Four-related project and much more.

In conjunction with Billboard's 125th anniversary, the magazine compiled a new list of the Top 125 Artists of All Time based on chart success, and The Beatles took the top spot. Asked how he felt about the achievement, McCartney responds, "That's fantastic. They were a great group."

He also notes that one of the aspects of The Beatles that propelled them to succeed was the band members' competitiveness, as well as their interest in "trying to get better and develop."

Paul further explains, "That was the force behind The Beatles: We'd do one song, and it'd be a hit, and instead of doing another with the same formula, we'd say, 'OK, we've done that.' You listen to The Beatles' output and no two songs are alike."

McCartney also shares an update about the new film being put together with unused footage shot for the 1970 Beatles flick Let It Be.

"The director [Peter Jackson] tells me that the overall impression is of friends working together," Paul said of the new flick, "whereas because it was so close to The Beatles' breakup, my impression of the film was of a sad moment."

He adds, "It won't be called Let It Be, but there will be something [coming out]."

Meanwhile, McCartney reveals that he's in the process of finalizing a deal in which he'll reclaim his portion of the U.S. publishing rights to Beatles songs from Sony/ATV. At one time during the mid-1980s, Paul was outbid for those rights by Michael Jackson.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Founding Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair says he's preparing his first-ever solo project

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair says he and his band mates are still mourning the 2017 loss of Petty, but admits that Tom's tragic passing has given him the chance to work on a long-gestating solo project.

"I've always written songs…[but] you really can't have a side career and be [Tom's] bass player," Ron explains to ABC Audio. "So…I've kind of put all that on hold till now."

Blair says he's about to release an original solo song called "Alchemy of Love," which he hopes will eventually be a part of a full album.

"It's a little reminiscent of the Heartbreakers band, but it's definitely my own thing," he maintains. "I've got the same kind of roots and…I love the same types of music, and I want to proceed full speed ahead into that."

His main collaborators are a San Diego-based group called the Chris Torres Band, with whom he's been playing regular live.

"It's pretty good stuff," says Blair of the solo material. "[I]t's done with a lot of love and really inclusive…I'm obviously proud of it and…intend to do some more of that."

Ron says that a couple of guest artists also have lent their talents to his solo tracks -- longtime Heartbreakers drummer Steve Ferrone and current Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler.

Blair reports he's working on a separate project with the Chris Torres Band as well, and that a cover of the Steve Winwood-penned Blind Faith gem "Can't Find My Way Home" likely will be released soon.

In addition, Ron has been working on an album by Hattie Webb, who sang backup on tour with Petty and the Heartbreakers. "We must have six or eight songs that are really interesting songs," he says.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Mick Fleetwood gathering all-star lineup for 2020 UK tribute show to ex-Fleetwood Mac frontman Peter Green

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is organizing a special star-studded U.K. tribute concert honoring the early blues years of his famous band and the group's original frontman, singer/guitarist Peter Green.

The show will take place February 25, 2020, at the London Palladium and will feature performances by Pink Floyd's David GilmourZZ Top's Billy GibbonsAerosmith's Steve Tyler, Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, U.K. blues legend John Mayall, longtime Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonny Lang.

Mick will be part of the event's house band, which also will include acclaimed session guitarist Andy Fairweather Low, Fleetwood Mac touring keyboardist Ricky Peterson and journeyman bassist Dave Bronze.

"The concert is a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music," Mick says in a statement. "Peter was my greatest mentor and it gives me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent."

Concert tickets concert will go on sale to the general public Friday, November 15, at 10 a.m. U.K. time, while pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 13, at 10 a.m. U.K. time at LWTheatres.co.uk.

Part of the show's proceeds will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a U.K. charity that provides specialized nursing care and emotional support to young people with cancer.

Green, now 73, founded Fleetwood Mac in July 1967 with Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer, while bassist John McVie joined the group soon after. Green left the band in 1970 while struggling with mental health issues.

Visit MickFleetwood.com for more details about "Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Ex-Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison contributes to new cover of Patti Smith's "People Have the Power"

Former Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison has teamed up with soulful Seattle-based singer Renee Holiday on a modern-sounding new cover of the 1988 Patti Smith anthem "People Have the Power," which will be part of an upcoming compilation seeking to encourage people to vote in the 2020 elections.

The album, Stop, Hey What's That Sound: Classic Protest Songs Reimagined, will be released on January 31, 2020, on veteran producer, songwriter and musician Roger McEvoy Greenawalt's Petaluma Records label. Greenawalt has overseeing the project, which features a variety of his musical friends offering up re-worked versions of memorable political-themed tunes, mostly from the late 1960s and early '70s.

Among the tracks are songs by Joni MitchellJohn FogertyJohn LennonNeil YoungStevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield.

Harrison and Holiday's rendition of "People Have the Power" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. Proceeds from the track will support Headcount.org, the nonprofit organization that helps facilitate voter registration.

A lyric video for the "People Have the Power" cover featuring Holiday premiered Thursday on AudioFemme.com, and you also can watch the clip now on YouTube.

Holiday, who previously recorded under the stage name Shaprece, says she had a great experience collaborating with Harrison.

"He is so kind, and such an encouraging person to work with!" she tells AudioFemme.com. "He complimented me on my professionalism, ability to learn a song on the spot, and perform it with confidence. I was majorly flattered and appreciative to get that sort of feedback from rock royalty."

Nigel played bass in Blondie from 1978 to 1982, and co-wrote a few of the group's popular tunes, including "One Way or Another," "Union City Blue" and "Eat to the Beat."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Whitney Houston's lover claims Eddie Murphy tried to stop singer from marrying Bobby Brown

In addition to revealing that they had a physical relationship, Whitney Houston's former assistant and lover Robyn Crawford is sharing even more details about the Grammy Award-winning singer and star.

In her book, A Song for You: My Life With Whitney Houston, excerpted by People, Crawford reveals that Houston became smitten with Eddie Murphy, even while she was being courted by Bobby Brown.

"She was more interested in Eddie Murphy, but he was elusive," Crawford writes, adding that Whitney "lost herself" in trying to get with the comedian.

Crawford even recalls a time where Whitney invited Murphy to dinner at her New Jersey mansion, but unfortunately, plans did not go as expected.

"One day when Eddie was supposed to come for dinner, I caught a glimpse of Whitney," writes Crawford. "She was wearing a black dress and low-heeled slingbacks. For a moment, I thought, 'Boy, I wish she was doing that for me.'"

According to Crawford, Murphy "never showed up that night," a rejection that left Whitney devastated.

However, Crawford says Murphy may have had a change of heart, because on the morning of her July 18, 1992, wedding to Bobby Brown, Whitney got a unexpected call from the Murphy.

"[That day], Eddie Murphy called to say she was making a mistake," Crawford writes, "but she pressed ahead."

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston will be published November 12. You can see Crawford's full interview on Dateline, which airs Saturday at 9 p.m ET/8 p.m. CT on NBC.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Robert Freeman, whose photos graced several classic Beatles albums, dead at 82

Robert Freeman, a photographer whose images of The Beatles were used for the covers of several of the Fab Four's albums, has died. According to NME, he was 82.

Freeman photos are featured on With The Beatles and its U.S. counterpart Meet The Beatles, as well as Beatles For SaleA Hard Day's NightHelp!and Rubber Soul

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both have posted online tributes to Freeman.

"He was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers," McCartney writes in a message on his official website. "Besides being a great professional he was imaginative and a true original thinker."

Sir Paul notes that the cover shot for the Meet The Beatles album wasn't "a carefully arranged studio shot," as people often thought, but rather "it was taken quite quickly by Robert in the corridor of a hotel we were staying in where natural light came from the windows at the end of the corridor."

Also in the tribute, McCartney recalls how the distorted image used for the Rubber Soul album cover came about by accident as Freeman was aligning a projection of the intended photo on a white card that had fallen over.

Paul ends his homage by saying, "I will miss this wonderful man but will always cherish the fond memories I have of him."

Starr, meanwhile, tweeted a simple message that says, "God bless Robert Freeman peace and love to all his family," followed by a series of emojis including -- of course -- peace and love.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" back on the 'Billboard' Hot 100 thanks to Halloween

Despite controversy, Michael Jackson's music continues to have an impact on the charts.

As Billboard tallies Halloween's effect on sales and streams this year, the publication reports that Michael's Halloween classic "Thriller" has reappeared on the Hot 100 at number 44. 

As Billboard notes, it's the second straight year that the song has returned to the Hot 100; last year it re-entered the chart at number 31. Older songs can appear on the Hot 100 if they sell and/or stream enough to make the top 50 and, as Billboard puts it, if the song can show "a meaningful reason" for its revival.

"Thriller" experienced a 200% sales boost, and a 136% streaming boost.

The best-selling Halloween song of the week, though, is "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, scoring a 253% sales increase and a 312% streaming boost.

Other songs that got big sales and streaming boosts last week include Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters," Danny Elfman's "This Is Halloween," and the theme to the 1978 movie Halloween.

Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" and Oingo Boingo's"Dead Man's Party" were also all popular in sales this year.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne featured on soundtrack to new Johnny Cash documentary 'The Gift'

Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne appear on the soundtrack album of the new documentary The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash.  It's premiering this Monday on YouTube Originals after being screened at select film festivals earlier this year.

The soundtrack, which was released today, features the original music score created for the movie by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, blended with interview soundbites from Johnny Cash, Springsteen, Browne, June Carter CashLoretta Lynn and others.

Bruce is featured in a segment called "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" in which he comments about the set Cash played at his famous 1968 Folsom Prison concert.

"[It] was a combination of sin and salvation," Springsteen notes. "That was the rule in country music: Saturday night, Sunday morning. Sunday morning was about repenting, repenting for the fun you had on Saturday night."

Browne, meanwhile, is heard in a segment titled "Bitter Tears Revisited" that offers commentary about Cash's 1964 concept album focusing about the plight of Native Americans.

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash was directed by frequent Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, who utilized a bounty of rare archival interviews with Cash to create a profile of the country legend and his artistic triumphs, struggles with addiction, personal tragedies, spirituality and more.

Also in conjunction with The Gift, Johnny's son, John Carter Cash collaborated with Zimny on a special playlist that features the soundtrack segments, along with a career-spanning selection of songs by Johnny.

As previously reported, on Sunday, November 10 -- the eve of The Gift's YouTube premiere - a star-studded tribute show called Cash Fest will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Check out full details at TheBestFest.com.

Here's The Gift soundtrack's track list:

"The Gift" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"A Passing Train"
"Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Bruce Springsteen
"Memories of Dyess, Arkansas; A Brother's Loss" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"The Promised Land" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"June and The Rambler" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash
"Forgiveness of Father and Son" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Ray Cash, Johnny Cash, John Carter Cash
"Bitter Tears Recalled" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, Paul Muldoon, Jackson Browne, Bill Miller 
"The Cave, The Darkness, and the Presence of Light" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"Matthew 24; Luke 4" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"June and the Carter Family" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Lou Robin, Johnny Cash, John Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn
"Rick Rubin and New Inspiration" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash
"Hopes of Heaven" -- Music: Mike McCready; Spoken Word: Johnny Cash

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Brian May, Joe Walsh to play all-star Nashville charity concert hosted by ex-Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton

This Tuesday in Nashville, a jaw-dropping lineup of music stars will participate in a special charity concert headlined and hosted by former Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson guitarist James Burton.

The James Burton & Friends concert will feature Queen's Brian MayJoe WalshSammy HagarThe MonkeesMicky Dolenz, ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheff, former Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and soul guitar legend Steve Cropper.

The show, at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, will feature the various artists playing noteworthy songs from Burton's six-decade career.  It'll raise money for the James Burton Foundation, which help provide guitars to school music programs, children's hospitals and veterans.

Other performers on the bill: Paul Shaffer, acclaimed session guitarist Albert LeeStray Cats drummer Slim Jim PhantomJohnny Cash's son John Carter Cash and Roy Orbison's sons Roy Jr.Alex and Wesley.

General admission tickets are available at NashvilleSymphony.org. VIP packages, which include premium seating and a meet-and-greet, can be purchased by contacting the James Burton Foundation by phone at 318-424-5000 or by email at JamesBurtonFest@aol.com.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Joe Walsh promises a couple of surprise guests will perform at star-studded VetsAid 2019 charity show

Just a reminder that Joe Walsh's third annual VetsAid concert benefiting the Eagles guitarist's non-profit veterans organization of the same name takes place Sunday, November 10, on the eve of Veteran's Day, at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Joining Walsh at the show will be ZZ TopThe Doobie BrothersSheryl Crow, country star Brad Paisley and Americana act Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. The concert will start at 5:30 p.m. local time.

Walsh tells People magazine that fans who attend the event will be treated to surprise appearances by at least two famous guest artists.

"I've got to keep them under wraps! But yeah, there's a couple…old boys," Joe reveals. "You never know who's going to show up, but I'm aware of a couple of surprises that are going to make a big difference to the crowd."

As for how he feels about the artists taking part in VetsAid, Walsh says, "A lot of people were able to rearrange their schedules so that they could make this show, and I'm really grateful."

Tickets for VetsAid 2019 are on sale now, and are available at the Toyota Center box office, at ToyotaCenter.com or by calling 1-866-4-HOUTIX.

Through a vetting process in coordination with the National Association of Veterans Serving Organizations, VetsAid recently chose 18 veterans charities to which it will distribute the proceeds from this year's show. Eight will receive large grants and 10 will get small grants. The first two VetsAid concerts brought in a total of $1.2 million.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Walsh will serve as Grand Marshal of the "Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration" on Monday, November 11. He also will deliver a keynote speech at the event, which will include a parade through the streets of Houston.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

John Fogerty says his new concert film '50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks' "was a wonderful journey"

John Fogerty's new concert film 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks will be screened in select theaters across the U.S. today, Veterans Day. The movie, which documents a June 2019 show that the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman played at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, was preceded by the release of a companion live album on Friday.

The concert was part of Fogerty's ongoing My 50 Year Trip tour, which celebrates the half-century anniversaries of CCR's breakout year and the Woodstock festival. The show featured a bevy of Creedence classics, two of John's solo hits and covers of several songs performed by various artists at Woodstock.

Fogerty tells ABC Audio that watching the multifaceted performance "was a wonderful journey."

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer notes that it was his wife Julie's idea for him to play the Woodstock tribute tunes, which included The Who's "My Generation," Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," and a Joe Cocker-style rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."

"It gave me a wonderful opportunity to actually learn and perform these songs that I love…and it was a lot of fun," declares John.

The show also included a Jimi Hendrix tribute featuring a performance of "The Star Spangled Banner," not by Fogerty but by his son Shane, who plays in John's touring band.

"I get to stand just off stage watching him, and it's just remarkable," John gushes. "Every night he plays that guitar and…he's gotten better and better and better as he's gone along."

Interspersed throughout the performance are interview segments in which Fogerty shares recollections and tells stories about some of the famous songs he created.

Visit FathomEvents.com to check out screening locations for 50 Year Trip.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

 

Late Cars frontman Ric Ocasek cut estranged wife Paulina Porizkova out of his will

Late Cars frontman Ric Ocasek cut his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, out of his will, according to public documents obtained by Page Six.

Page Six reports that Ocasek's will features a section that reads, "I have made no provision for my wife Paulina Porizkova…as we are in the process of divorcing…Even if I should die before our divorce is final…Paulina is not entitled to any elective share…because she has abandoned me."

Ric signed the will on August 28 of this year, less than three weeks before his death.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and the supermodel separated in 2017 after 28 years of marriage. The couple had two sons together, while Ric had four other sons from two previous marriages.

Ocasek died on September 15 at age 75 of heart disease while recovering from unspecified surgery that, according to Porizkova, took place two weeks before his passing and was not heart-related.

Following Ric's death, Paulina's spoke lovingly of him and revealed that despite their separation they still lived together.

In a note on her Instagram account posted in early October, Porizkova wrote that although Ocasek "could be aloof" and "not particularly social," "when he decided to turn his focus on you, it was as if the sun came out. His smile and his gaze warmed you and made you feel like the most special person in the world."

Following the publication of the Page Six article about Ocasek's will, Porizkova posted another Instagram notethat reads, "I've known about the will since the day after Ric passed. All you have heard from me since -- is inspite of that. #loveneverdies" The message is accompanied by a photo of Ric on a motor scooter and Paulina and their sons on bicycles, all smiling.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Adam Levine guest stars on new album by...Joe Pesci?

Over the years, Maroon 5'Adam Levine has made guest appearances on a number of songs for other artists, including rappers Kanye West and50 Cent, Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash, musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, and pop group Gym Class Heroes.  But his latest guest appearance is the most improbable of all.

According to Entertainment Weekly, actor Joe Pesci, best known for his roles in My Cousin Vinny, Goodfellas, the Home Alone franchise andCasino, has announced that he'll be releasing a new album on November 29.  It's called Pesci...Still Singing, and it includes not just one, but two tracks featuring Adam. 

One track's a cover of Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour," and the other is a song called "Baby Girl" that also features Latin music giant Arturo Sandoval.  You can listen to "Baby Girl" now.

This will be 76-year-old Pesci's third album, and it arrives two days after his latest film, Martin Scorsese'The Irishman, hits Netflix.  The actor, a former lounge singer, hasn't released an album since 1998's parody record Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just for You.  His first album, Little Joe Sure Can Sing!, came out in 1968.

It's not clear how Adam and Pesci know each other.

Here's the Pesci...Still Singing track listing:

"How About You"
"Falling In Love is Wonderful"
"I Remember April"
"I’ll Be Seeing You"
"Round Midnight"
"If I Should Lose You"
"My Cherie Amour" (feat. Adam Levine)
"In My Solitude"
"Folks Who Live On The Hill"
"If I Ever Lost You"
"The Nearness of You" (feat. Jimmy Scott)
"Exodus"
"Baby Girl" (feat. Adam Levine)

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Sting performing on two upcoming ABC holiday specials

Sting is one of a variety of music stars who are celebrating the holiday season with Disney.

The former Police frontman will be featured on two upcoming ABC holiday specials: The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration and Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade.

On Magical Holiday Celebration, which airs on on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, Sting will team up with his recent collaborator Shaggy for a reggae version of "Silent Night (Christmas Is Coming)."

On Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade, which airs Christmas Day, December 25, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer he'll play his rendition of the song "Soul Cake." Sting's performances will be filmed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both specials will be hosted by former Glee star Matthew MorrisonThe Spice GirlsEmma Bunton and TV host Jesse Palmer. Other performers featured on the shows include Portugal. The ManPentatonixIngrid MichaelsonAndy Grammer and ex-Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Billy Joel to continue stadium residency at Fenway Park with August 2020 show

It's a long way 'til next summer, but Billy Joel is already making plans to step up to the plate.

The Piano Man is continuing his "stadium residency" at Boston's Fenway Park by performing a seventh concert there on August 28, 2020.  The show follows six years of consecutive sellouts at the historic ballpark.

To mark the occasion, Billy and Fenway Park are donating four prime VIP tickets to every Red Sox home game during the season to raise money for two local charities: one in Billy's home turf of Long Island, New York and one in New England. 

The money from the sale of the tickets, valued at over $127,000, will go to the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association and the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association.  Billy fans are no doubt aware of his longtime support of commercial fishermen: his song "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" is about that very topic.

Tickets to the August 28 show go on sale to the general public November 15 starting at 10 a.m. ET via RedSox.com/BillyJoel.  American Express card members can access them from November 11 through 14.

In other Billy Joel ballpark news, he'll perform his first-ever solo stadium show in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 11, 2020, at Great American Ball Park.

“I am a huge Billy Joel fan,” says Reds and National Baseball  Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.  “What sets Billy Joel’s music apart is how it makes you feel.  Every song evokes emotion, triggering memories from throughout my life.  Having him perform his timeless hits at the home of the Reds is going to be unforgettable. ”

Ticket sale days and times are the same as for the Fenway Park show, except the general public tickets for Cincinnati will go on sale via livenation.com.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Flea felt he'd be "cheating" if new memoir was about Red Hot Chili Peppers

Flea's new memoir, Acid for the Children, tells the story of the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist's upbringing, but it ends just as the iconic band is starting up. That may be disappointing for rock fans looking for juicy Chili Peppers tidbits, but for Flea, it was important for his creative process to not rely on those stories.

"I thought if I wrote a book about the Chili Peppers, it'd be like cheating," Flea tells the BBC.

"But if I could write a book about my childhood that could exist on its own merits, without the band, then I deserved to write a book," he explains. "That was the challenge I set for myself."

Acid for the Children makes up for the lack of Chili Peppers content with personal, emotional stories about Flea's life growing up, including his tumultuous relationship with his stepfather.

"After some of those really traumatic episodes at my house, I would go to school the next day feeling hung over and in a daze, really upset," Flea says. "But when you're a kid, you don't see the forest for the trees. It's just your experience and you're trying to make sense of it.

"So I just waited for that feeling to end, and I'd go play basketball or play in the band and hope for the best," he continues. "But it was very difficult many a time."

Acid for the Children is out now. For dates on Flea's current book tour, visit RedHotChiliPeppers.com.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

In her first television interview, Whitney Houston's best friend and former assistant, Robyn Crawford, confirms the rumors that they were sexually involved.

In her first television interview, Whitney Houston's best friend and former assistant, Robyn Crawford, confirms the rumors that they were sexually involved.

Crawford makes the revelation in her memoir, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houstonand describes their relationship in a special edition of NBC's Dateline.

"We were intimate on many levels, and all I can say is that it was very deep and we were very connected," Crawford says in an excerpt from the TV interview. "Our friendship was a deep friendship. In the early part of that friendship it was physical.”

Whitney and Robyn met as teenagers when they worked as summer camp counselors in East Orange, New Jersey. Robyn says the sexual part of their relationship ended just before Whitney signed her recording contract with Arista Records in 1983.

"She said, 'I don't believe we should be physical anymore,'" Crawford continues. "The music business was a world that we were learning and we didn't want anything to interfere where she was going. I just felt that I wouldn't be losing much. I still loved her the same and she loved me and that was good enough."

Robyn says no one knew about their sexual relationship and she kept the secret, until now.

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston will be published November 12. You can see Crawford's full interview on the episode of Dateline that airs this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on NBC.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Why new rom-com 'Last Christmas' has a George Michael soundtrack -- and George Michael's blessing

The romantic comedy Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson, is in theaters today. It was inspired by the 1984 Wham! hit "Last Christmas," and the entire soundtrack is made up of Wham! and George Michael hits.  Thompson, who also wrote the film, says the George gave the movie his blessing before his death, and also appreciated that it touches on real-world issues.

"During the development of the project, I met with George and told him the story that we had, and he loved it, and he was particularly thrilled about all the stuff [in the movie] about homelessness," Thompson tells ABC Audio. "Because he [had] a passionate social conscience."

The movie is a great opportunity for younger fans to discover George's music, which Thompson, Henry Golding and, according to them, everyone in the U.K. loves. 

"There's a tune or track of his that follows you throughout life," says Golding." And George was one of those magnificent people who wrote from the heart. He created melodies that would last a lifetime, and left us with something so, so special."

Thompson, meanwhile, admires how George's music evolved from Wham!'s pop hits to deeper material like "Praying for Time."  When the late singer finally came to terms with his sexuality, she notes, "His music just became remarkable."

The film's end credits feature an unreleased song by George called "This Is How (We Want You to Get High)." Thompson personally chose it from several offered to her because, she says, it mirrors the movie's theme.

As she puts it, "It's about looking up into the world and getting the highs that we get -- not from the dopamine hit that you get from your social media...but getting it from looking into each other's eyes." 

 

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Ex-Styx singer Dennis DeYoung says he finished recording his "final album"...with a little help from Julian Lennon

Former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung reveals that he recently completed recording the final song for what he says will be his last studio album, and to help him, he tapped the talents of a special guest singer…Julian Lennon.

DeYoung posted a photo on his official Facebook page of Julian taking a selfie of both of them at Mission Sound studio in New York City, where the track was recorded.

In a message on his Facebook page, Dennis explains what inspired him to collaborate with Lennon, whom he says he's been a fan of since hearing his early hits "Too Late for Goodbyes" and "Valotte."

DeYoung begins by noting that for the new album, "I decided to write songs about my journey from humble beginnings in my basement on Chicago's far south side to the very top my chosen profession."

Since The Beatles were one of his biggest musical inspirations, Dennis wrote a song that he describes as "my ultimate musical and lyrical tribute to the lads from Liverpool," and because he envisioned the tune as a duet, he thought it would be cool to have John Lennon's duet with him on the track.

However, before he emailed Julian to ask him if he would take part in the recording, DeYoung says he realized he didn't want Lennon to sing on the track after all, noting, "It was my story not his."

Instead, DeYoung says he wrote a new song "specifically for he and I to sing together." When Julian heard the tune, he told Dennis he'd be honored to sing it with him.

Reflecting on the session, DeYoung writes, "I knew [Julian] would be great but he elevated the song with his heartfelt performance. Just wait till ya hear it."

Here are DeYoung's confirmed upcoming shows:

11/15 -- Oxford, AL, Oxford PAC*
11/16 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheater+
11/22 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place#
11/23 -- Sloan, IA, WinnaVegas Casino Event Center#
2/14/20 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino - The Venue
2/15 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino - The Venue
3/7 -- El Cajon, CA, Magnolia Performing Arts Center#

* = accompanied by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra
+ = with Night Ranger
# = The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Journey, Steve Miller, Mike Love among nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame next year

JourneySteve MillerThe Beach BoysMike Love and former Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart are among 24 music acts who've been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020.

All of the aforementioned artists have been nominated in the Performing Songwriters category. Other nominees in that category include R.E.M.Gloria EstefanThe Isley BrothersBread frontman David GatesMariah CareyPatti Smith, country star and current Eagles member Vince Gill, and rap duo Outkast.

Among the non-performing songwriters vying for induction next year: William "Mickey" Stevenson, who has co-written a variety of Motown classics; Rick Nowels, whose resume includes songs recorded by Stevie NicksBelinda Carlisle and Santana; former Crickets member Sonny Curtis, who wrote "I Fought the Law"; and Jerry Fuller, who penned hits for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

Also on the list: late '60s and 1970s hitmaker Tony MacaulayRoger Nichols, who co-wrote several Carpenters classics; the late Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, known for penning many hits for The Monkees; and L. Russell Brown and the late Irwin Levine, who collaborated on some of Tony Orlando and Dawn's hits.

Of the 24 nominees, six artists will ultimately be inducted into the Hall during a gala ceremony in New York City on June 11, 2020. Voting on the finalists will continue until mid-December.

To be eligible, you have to have written your first hit at least 20 years ago.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Whitney Houston's former assistant Robyn Crawford reveals they were lovers

Whitney Houston’s best friend and former assistant, Robyn Crawford, is admitting for the first time publicly that she was in a romantic relationship with the celebrated singer.

She makes the revelation in her memoir, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston.

“Whitney knows I loved her and I know she loved me,” Crawford writes in the book, as excerpted by People.com. “We really meant everything to each other. We vowed to stand by each other.”

Following years of rumors that they were romantically involved, Crawford says now is the time to reveal their relationship.

“I wanted to lift her legacy, give her respect and share the story of who she was before the fame, and in that, to embrace our friendship,” she explains.

Whitney and Robyn met as teenagers when they worked as summer camp counselors in East Orange, New Jersey. Robyn says the sexual part of their relationship ended after Whitney signed her recording contract with Arista Records.

“She said we shouldn’t be physical anymore, because it would make our journey even more difficult,” writes Crawford. “She said if people find out about us, they would use this against us, and back in the ’80s, that’s how it felt.”

Robyn maintained their relationship as a secret, until now.

“I kept it safe,” she says. “I found comfort in my silence.”  

Robyn also recalls that Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, objected to their relationship.

“Whitney told me her mother said it wasn’t natural for two women to be that close,” says Crawford, “but we were that close.”

A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston. will be published November 12.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

 

Neil Young turned down lucrative Harvest-themed tour; says he "won't close the door" on a CSNY reunion

Neil Young hasn't announced any touring plans for 2020 yet, but the folk-rock legend says he turned down a big payday to do a trek celebrating his most successful album, 1972's Harvest.

In an in-depth new interview with AARP The Magazine, Young reveals, "I was just offered millions of dollars for a tour to do Harvest. Everyone who played on Harvest is dead. I don't want to do that. How about planting instead of harvesting?"

He adds, "If I decide to go on the road, I'd like to do a democracy tour next year, with different people that keep changing. Not right or left. Democracy is not you on this side and me on that side just to see who wins."

Harvest was Young's only album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200, and it featured the chart-topping hit "Heart of Gold." The backing group that recorded most of the album, dubbed The Stray Gators, included pedal-steel guitarist Ben Keith, pianist Jack Nitzsche, bassist Tim Drummond and drummer Kenny Buttrey, all of whom have passed away.

Also in the interview, Young shared his thoughts on his estranged Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young band mate David Crosby, and what the chances might be for a reunion.

"Crosby should write an introspective book: Why People Won't Talk to Me Anymore," Neil says. "He made a lot of great music for a long time. I don't know what happened with David. I got nothing to say."

"I love Stephen [Stills]. I love Graham [Nash]. If a reunion happens, it would be a surprise," he adds. "I won't close the door on anything. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there's a reason for it."

Check out the full interview at AARP.org.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Joe Walsh says playing on new Ringo Starr song with Paul McCartney was "a real honor and privilege"

Joe Walsh lent his talents his brother-in-law Ringo Starr's new solo album, What's My Name, including playing guitar on a cover of a rare John Lennon ballad called "Grow Old with Me" that also features Paul McCartney.

The longtime Eagles guitarist tells Billboard that it was "a real honor and privilege" to contribute to the recording.

"Oh boy, that was great," Walsh says. "It sounds just like The Beatles. At first I didn't know what to do, but I think I really nailed it, and I'm so proud of it. I just thought, 'What would George [Harrison] do?'"

Meanwhile, Joe's third annual VetsAid benefit concert takes place this Sunday, November 10, at the Toyota Center in Houston. The event has raised a total of $1.2 million so far for various veterans organizations, many of which are local, grassroots agencies.

"If a vet gets home and he's pretty alone and not a lot of people understand him, that's the beginning of the depression and the isolation, and that's the seed of the suicides," Walsh explains to Billboard. "So it's so important to keep those organizations going, and that's what we've been able to do."

The lineup for this year's show includes The Doobie BrothersZZ TopSheryl Crow and country star Brad Paisley.

Next year, Walsh will hit the road with the Eagles on a full U.S. tour that will feature the band playing the entire Hotel California album with orchestral accompaniment.

Joe says preparing the performance, which they debuted at a trio of shows in Las Vegas in September and October, was challenging because some songs on the record had never been played live before.

"We had to go back and figure 'em out, and it was a lot of work," he notes.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Gerald Scarfe, the artist behind Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' album and film, is selling his personal memorabilia archive

Gerald Scarfe, the artist who created the surreal images for Pink Floyd's The Wall album, tour and film, is selling his huge archive of memorabilia and artwork from The Wall projects via the San Francisco Art Exchange.

"It is a time capsule," Scarfe says in a statement, "a treasure trove which tells the history of the making of Pink Floyd The Wall from start to finish -- from album to film."

More than 3,000 items are available, including original paintings depicting memorable images from the movie like  "The Marching Hammers," "The Teacher" and "The Giant Judge." Other artifacts being sold include storyboards, conceptual drawings, painted movie cels, scripts, and various stage and movie props.

The 83-year-old Scarfe tells Rolling Stone that he'd like the archive "to go to a good home."

He adds, "I'd like it, if possible, to be kept together…It could probably get cut up and divided, but my ideal would be to sell it to one collector who keeps it, because it's got every concept of The Wall from when I first met [Pink Floyd bassist/songwriter] Roger [Waters]. Small notes, sketches and so forth, which I then developed into bigger sketches."

Scarfe also is open to allowing pieces, segments or the full archive to be utilized as a curated collection that could be shown at museums or galleries, or as a touring display.

November 30 will mark the 50th anniversary of The Wall album's release. The record spent 15 weeks atop the Billboard 200, and has sold over 11.5 million copies in the U.S.

Scarfe, whose collaborative involvement with Pink Floyd pre-dates The Wall by several years, also told Rolling Stone that he recently discovered cans of 35 millimeter film in his attic "that go back to Wish You Were Here."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Robbie Robertson dives into 50th anniversary reissue of The Band's self-titled 1969 album

The 50th anniversary reissue of The Band's acclaimed self-titled second album will be released on November 15. Founding Band guitarist Robbie Robertson oversaw the project with award-winning engineer Bob Clearmountain, and he tells Billboard that improving on the original mix proved to be an almost futile task.

"I went back to the original masters with Bob Clearmountain and we thought, 'Let's make this better for now for what we couldn't do back then,'" Robertson explains. "Bob -- who is one of the best in the world at doing the stuff -- brings up the tapes and he starts to work and do his magic on it. Then I go to his studio, we're listening to this and we're like…'This is like taking a painting and saying, "Let's enhance it."' We couldn't do that."

What he and Clearmountain were able to do, Robbie says, was use modern technology to make the recordings sound more pristine, with less hum and hiss.

"You can hear more of the music, more of the air in it," he maintains, "and present it so you're inside of it more."

In addition to the new mix of The Band, the reissue's deluxe versions feature bonus tracks, including alternate takes, outtakes and instrumental mixes, as well as the group's full performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival.

Robertson says he found some of the outtakes thrilling to hear, including an alternate version of "Rag Mama Rag," which he notes had a "different feel [and] different instruments."

As for the Woodstock set, Robbie recalls that the crowd had an interesting reaction to them.

"All of this madness and wildness and everything just settled down into this kind of Zen experience [when we started playing]," Robertson says. "And I thought, 'Oh my, this is so not what they're looking for.'"

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

 

Listen to previously unheard George Michael song, "This Is How (We Want You to Get High)"

Last Christmas, the romantic comedy inspired by the George Michaelholiday classic of the same name, opens this Friday nationwide, but we've already got an early present in the form of a previously unreleased George Michael song.

"This Is How (We Want You to Get High)" was recorded in George's final studio sessions before his death on Christmas Day, 2016.  The song, which plays over the end credits of Last Christmas, is upbeat, but the lyrics aren't:  It appears to be sung from the point of view of a man looking back at a troubled childhood and trying to move beyond it.

"Your daddy was a drinker/he just kept drinking/til the s*** he was thinking sounded true," George sings.  "Your mama was a thinker/she just wasn’t thinking/on the day that she looked at him and said 'I do.'"

One particular line in the song -- "I will always try to get my life together" -- specifically reflects the plot of the film.

"This Is How (We Want You to Get High)" is the final track on the Last Christmas soundtrack, which features Wham! and George Michael hits and album cuts.  It's due on Friday, the same day Last Christmas opens in theaters.

You can download or stream "This Is How (We Want You to Get High)" now from all the usual outlets.

Last Christmas, stars Emilia ClarkeCrazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding  and Emma Thompson, who also co-wrote the script.  Several years prior to his death, Thompson met with George, got his blessing to incorporate his music into the film, and was offered one of several unreleased songs for the project. She chose "This Is How (We Want You to Get High)."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Members of Heart, Eagles, Metallica to attend pre-opening party for "Play It Loud" exhibit at the Rock Hall

The "Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll" exhibition, which was on display at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art from April to October, is slated to open at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on November 22.

To celebrate the exhibit Rock Hall debut, a pre-opening party will be held there on November 21 at 8 p.m. ET, and will feature appearances by several rock stars, including ex-Eagles guitarist Don FelderHeart's Nancy Wilson, and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo.

Tickets for the event are available now at Ticketing.RockHall.com, and are priced at $30 for members and $50 for non-members. Attendees will be able to tour all of the Rock Hall exhibits, will be treated to live music and entertainment, and will receive a complimentary drink ticket and access to a dessert bar.

The "Play It Loud" exhibition is the largest single exhibit ever at the Rock Hall, and will take over four floors of the institution.

Among the many historic instruments that will be on display include a Gibson guitar belonging to Chuck BerryJerry Garcia's "Wolf" guitar, the Martin acoustic guitar Eric Clapton played during his MTV Unpluggedconcert, a hand-decorated Jimi Hendrix known as "Love Drops," the keyboard that Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones used in the recording of "Stairway to Heaven," and a hand-painted Gibson Les Paul that Keith Richards played during the recording of the Rolling Stones album Beggars Banquet.

In addition, the exhibit will feature a sculpture created from the pieces of an electric guitar that The Who's Pete Townshend smashed during a photo shoot, vintage concert posters, stage-worn costumes and much more.

Visit RockHall.com for more information about the exhibit.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Stone alone: Mick Jagger's four solo albums to be reissued on 180-gram vinyl in December

Besides being the frontman of the world's greatest rock band, The Rolling StonesMick Jagger has found creative satisfaction by occasionally recording solo albums. Now Jagger's entire solo catalog -- 1985's She's the Boss, 1987's Primitive Cool, 1993's Wandering Spirit and 2001's Goddess in the Doorway -- will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl on December 6.

The first three albums have been remastered from original analog tape transfers by award-winning Abbey Road Studios engineer Miles Showell.

While Jagger had occasionally been involved in music projects outside of The Stones, including the 1984 hit collaboration with The Jacksons, "State of Shock," She's the Boss marked his first full-fledged solo album. The record peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and featured the hits "Just Another Night" and "Lucky in Love," which reached #12 and #38, respectively, on the Hot 100. The album included guest contributions from Pete TownshendJeff Beck and Herbie Hancock, and has sold a million copies in the U.S.

Primitive Cool only reached #41 on the Billboard 200 and yielded the #39 hit "Let's Work." It included appearances by Beck, Living Colour's Vernon Reid and EurythmicsDave Stewart, the latter of whom co-produced the album.

Wandering Spirit was co-produced by Jagger and Rick Rubin, and peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200. It featured such guest musicians as Lenny KravitzRed Hot Chili Peppers bassist FleaTom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Billy Preston. Kravitz lends vocals to a cover of the Bill Withers hit "Use Me." The album sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S.

Goddess in the Doorway reached #39 on the Billboard 200, and featured no charting singles.  Stars who contributed to the record include Kravitz, Bono, Townshend, Joe PerryWyclef Jean and Rob Thomas.

Here are the albums' track lists:

She's the Boss
Side A
"Lonely at the Top"
"1/2 a Loaf"
"Running Out of Luck"
"Turn the Girl Loose"
"Hard Woman"

Side B
"Just Another Night"
"Lucky in Love"
"Secrets"
"She's the Boss"

Primitive Cool
Side A
"Throwaway"
"Let's Work"
"Radio Control"
"Say You Will"
"Primitive Cool"

Side B
"Kow Tow"
"Shoot Off Your Mouth"
"Peace for the Wicked"
"Party Doll"
"War Baby"

Wandering Spirit (two-LP)
Side A
"Wired All Night"
"Sweet Thing"
"Out of Focus"

Side B
"Don't Tear Me Up"
"Put Me in the Trash"
"Use Me"
"Evening Gown"

Side C
"Mother of a Man"
"Think"
"Wandering Spirit"

Side D
"Hang On to Me Tonight"
"I've Been Lonely for So Long"
"Angel in My Heart"
"Handsome Molly"

Goddess in the Doorway (two-LP)
Side A
"Visions of Paradise"
"Joy"
"Dancing in the Starlight"

Side B
"God Gave Me Everything"
"Hide Away"
"Don't Call Me Up"

Side C
"Goddess in the Doorway"
"Lucky Day"
"Everybody Getting High"

Side D
"Gun"
"Too Far Gone"
"Brand New Set of Rules"
"Goddess in the Doorway" (Cocktail Version) [Hidden track]

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

 

Elton John recalls the hit that "proved the universe was definitely sending me positive encouragement"

In his new autobiography, ME, Elton John goes into great detail about his struggles with substance abuse, his eventual recovery and 20 years of sobriety.  Now, in a new interview with Variety, Elton says he felt that one of his biggest hits in the '90s was his reward for being able to kick the habit.

Elton describes the first major live performance he did after he stopped drinking and doing drugs: his guest appearance at George Michael's concert in Chicago in 1991.  He calls it "the first true test of my mettle as a sober performer."

"I came out to sing 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me' with George. It was a surprise for the audience," Elton recalls. "I turned up in a Versace outfit and baseball cap. The audience went wild when George announced me. I didn't even have the protection of a piano to sit behind while we sang together."

Elton continues, "It turned out to be a milestone moment for that song. We decided to release the track as a single, and it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100...The universe was definitely sending me positive encouragement."

Elton goes on to say he initially was afraid that being sober might affect his music negatively, but that turned out not to be the case. 

"Thankfully, I was able to write songs in the same prolific way I always had," he notes.

He wasn't kidding: Elton's first post-recovery album, 1992's The One, became his best-selling U.S. album since 1975.  And he followed that up with a little something called The Lion King.

Elton's Farewell tour continues Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Kinks guitarist Dave Davies says deluxe 'Arthur' reissue is "a real collector's feast"

The Kinks recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their 1969 concept album, Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), by reissuingthe record in multiple formats, including a four-CD Deluxe Box Set.

The deluxe collection, which Kinks guitarist Dave Davies describes as "a real collector's feast," contains stereo and mono versions of the original album, alternate mono and stereo mixes of select tunes, B-sides, rehearsal recordings, BBC mixes, and more. Also included is a disc featuring songs intended for the so-called "lost" solo album that Dave recorded around the time of Arthur's release, plus bonus tracks.

Regarding the solo project, Dave admits to ABC Audio, "At the time I didn't think it was such a great idea, but listening to the tracks back, and remastering [them], I started to see how important those songs were."

Kinks frontman Ray Davies' inspiration for Arthur was the husband of his and Dave's older sister Rosie, who -- along with Rosie and their kids -- emigrated to Australia in 1964.

Dave notes that besides the songs "based on Arthur leaving and taking Rosie with him to Australia," tunes on the album also were inspired by "growing up in the '50s in a big family." The guitarist notes, "[I]t was full of stories about the Second World War…and how it affected Great Britain and the English in many ways."

One standout song on Arthur is "Some Mother's Son," which focuses on the tragedy of young men being killed during war. Dave says he thinks the tune is "one of the most poignant anti-war songs ever released."

Dave also loves the nostalgic "Young and Innocent Days," which  he often plays in his solo concerts.

You can check out full details of the Arthur reissues at TheKinks.info.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Michael Jackson Estate acquires U.S. rights to Sly and the Family Stone catalog

The Michael Jackson Estate has acquired the United States rights to the catalog of one of the greatest bands of the '60s and '70s: Sly and the Family Stone. The catalog includes the group’s classics “Family Affair,” “Dance to the Music," “Everybody is a Star,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “Everyday People.”

In 1983, The King of Pop acquired the foreign rights to the catalog for his MIJAC music publishing company.

To mark the signing of the agreement, Sly, born Sylvester Stewart, expressed his joy to MIJAC by quoting the title of another one of his classic hits: "Thank You Mijac (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”

“Sly and the Family Stone were a force for enlightenment and positive change, a message that Michael believed in,” said MJ estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain in a statement. “He recognized Stewart’s genius and the power of his words and music, which is why he first acquired the catalog and why we at MIJAC follow in Michael’s footsteps today.”

Sly and the Family Stone combined R&B and rock into a unique “psychedelic soul” sound that earned them induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Their performance was one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band announces 2020 North American tour

Lend me an ear and I'll share some exciting news about Ringo Starr. The former Beatles drummer and his All Starr Band will hit the road again in 2020 for a North American tour that begins with a May 29-30 stand in Rama, Canada, and runs through a June 28 show in Clearwater, Florida.

In addition to the tour-kickoff concerts, the trek includes a few other multiple-show engagements -- a three-night mini-residency at New York City's Beacon Theatre on June 2, 3 and 5, plus June 16-17 and June 23-24 stands, respectively, in Baltimore and Atlanta.

Roots rockers The Avett Brothers will be the opening act at three concerts in New England, while All Starr Band alum Edgar Winter will serve as the support act on a June 26 show in St. Augustine, Florida, and at the aforementioned Clearwater gig.

The current version of the All Starr Band features ex-Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg RolieToto guitarist Steve LukatherMen at Work frontman Colin Hay and former Average White Bandguitarist/bassist Hamish Stuart, as well as sax player/percussionist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

The tour announcement comes just over a week after the release of Ringo's new studio album, What's My Name, which features contributions Paul McCartneyJoe Walsh, Lukather and many others.

In other news, Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, were at the Beverly Garden Park in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday for the dedication ceremony for Ringo's "Peace and Love" sculpture, which is now on permanent display at the park. The eight-foot-tall, stainless-steel sculpture depicts Starr's hand giving the famous peace sign. Beverly Hills mayor John Mirisch hosted the ceremony.

Here's the full list of Ringo and the All Starrs' 2020 tour dates:

5/29 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
5/30 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
6/2 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater
6/3 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater
6/5 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theater
6/9 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center*
6/10 -- Boston, MA, Boch Center Wang Theatre*
6/11 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion*
6/13 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
6/14 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre
6/16 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Lyric Theatre
6/17 -- Baltimore, MD, Modell Lyric Theatre
6/19 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
6/20 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
6/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, Metropolitan Opera House
6/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Centre
6/24 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Centre
6/26 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre**
6/27 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Casino
6/28 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall**

* = The Avett Brothers open.
** = Edgar Winter opens.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Ringo Starr and the 2020 All Starr Band from Brent Car on Vimeo.

Who legend Pete Townshend's first novel, 'The Age of Anxiety,' hits stores today

Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend's debut novel, The Age of Anxiety, is out today.

The book is narrated by a character named Louis, a middle-aged man who's a renowned art dealer.  The story focuses of Louis' godson, Walter, a young rock star whose music is inspired by the 1970s pub-rock scene.

Townshend describes his book as "a mystery story, and a story about drug abuse, being a parent, creativity, anxiety, being blocked as an artist, and the psychic miracles worked by certain women in the story."

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer recently revealed that he has plans to stage a multimedia production based on the novel that will include original music. In a new interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, he reveals more details about the project.

Townshend tells the newspaper that the music for the project is already completed, and it will reflect the apocalyptic soundscapes that the character of Walter creates and eventually presents as his magnum opus in London's Hyde Park.

Pete says to create the real music, he enlisted composer and organist James Morgan to devise soundscapes that involved tidal waves, storms and tumbling buildings.

"I tried to do them myself first, with a mixture of electronic music and orchestral composing," Pete explains. "I did quite well but then I thought, 'Hold on, what I really want is that ...this piece live on.'"

Regarding Morgan's contribution, he says, "What he's done is sensational, scary, frightening and wonderful." In an Instagram post back in June, Townshend said he hoped to bring the multimedia project to fruition in 2021 or 2022.

Meanwhile, Townshend has a series of upcoming U.K. book signings and interview events to promote The Age of Anxiety. Here they are:

11/5 -- London, U.K., Waterstone's Piccadilly London (6 p.m. local time)*
11/6 -- London, U.K., How To Academy - Central Hall (7 p.m.)+
11/7 -- Brighton, U.K., St. George's Church (7 p.m.)+
11/12 -- Richmond, U.K., Kew Bookshop (1 p.m.)*
11/14 -- London, U.K., Foyles Bookshop (7 p.m.)+

* = book signing
+ = in conversation.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Watch Joe Walsh talk to Brian Johnson about "Rocky Mountain Way" and the Southern California music scene

The latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features longtime Eagles guitarist and solo star Joe Walsh chatting with the AC/DC frontman as they take a limo ride around Walsh's adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

During the program, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Joe discusses different aspects of his long career, including his experiences with old band The James Gang, his early solo success and his time with the Eagles.

In a preview clip from the show, Walsh remembers when he scored his first solo hit in 1973 with "Rocky Mountain Way," noting that the success of the tune "saved my life."

Joe says he knew the tune was a good song, then reflects on how popular tunes have an impact on many people's lives.

"People feel it, and they remember where they were the first time they heard it," Walsh notes, "and that's the connect that makes things special."

The 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reflects on the 1970s L.A.-area music scene of which he became a part.

"This whole Southern California community of artists, before anybody made it, was full of creative energy," he maintains. "And somebody would play The Troubadour, everybody else would go, and then we'd split off into groups and go play our songs for each other, and help each other write 'em."

Walsh adds that the Eagles were one of the many the groups that emerged from the scene, pointing out that they were "guys that got focused during a very artistically creative environment and period."

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

'The Apollo' documentary soundtrack features Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Aretha Franklin & more

The soundtrack for the HBO documentary The Apollo was released online Friday, featuring classics by Marvin Gaye, James Brown and Aretha Franklin.

“What’s Going On,” by Gaye, The Godfather of Soul’s “Say It Loud -- I’m Black and I'm Proud,” and Aretha’s “Rock Steady’ are among the soundtrack's 32 tracks. Music by icons Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Billie Holiday are also on the album, plus a recording of President Barack Obama appearing at a campaign fundraiser at the famed theater in Harlem, New York on January 19, 2012.

CD and vinyl editions featuring liner notes by album executive producer Pharrell Williams will be released December 20.

Performances by Brown, Franklin, Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and Richard Pryor are featured in the film, which also includes interviews with Angela Bassett, Common, Jamie Foxx, Patti LaBelle and Smokey Robinson

The Apollo Theater opened in 1934 and is known as the venue “Where stars are born and legends are made.”

The documentary will premiere November 6 on HBO.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Chicago to perform during 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City

Chicago will bring a bit of Windy City music to the Big Apple later this month when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees take part in the 93rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The three-hour New York City holiday tradition begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, November 28, and will air on NBC. The event will be hosted by Today show hosts Savannah GuthrieHoda Kotb and Al Roker.

Other acts scheduled to appear or perform include TLCDebbie Gibson, the Black Eyed PeasKelly RowlandCiaraIdina MenzelLea MicheleNatasha Bedingfield and Billy Porter from the TV series Pose.

Chicago says in a statement, "We are thrilled to be performing songs from our new album Chicago Christmasalong the parade route with an expected 3.5 million[-plus] people in attendance and before a televised audience of more than 50 million viewers."

A message on the band's Facebook page reports that Chicago Christmas, which was released last month, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Holiday Album Sales chart.

Chicago previously took part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2003.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

New Bob Dylan 'Bootleg Series' set, featuring Nashville sessions with Johnny Cash, arrived today

The latest installment of Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series archival collections, which focuses on Dylan's late-1960s recording sessions in Nashville, and includes unreleased 1969 studio collaborations with Johnny Cash, was released today.

Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash) -- Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 is available as a three-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.

The first disc of the set features alternate versions of songs that appeared on two Dylan studio albums -- 1967's John Wesley Harding and 1969's Nashville Skyline -- plus an outtake of a tune called "Western Road" from the Skyline sessions.

Travelin' Thru's second disc and part of its third disc are dedicated to Dylan's February 1969 sessions with Cash, which include versions of songs written by both stars, and covers of select classic country, folk and rock 'n' roll songs.

The third disc also features three live performances Dylan did with Cash in May '69 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which were recorded for Cash's variety TV show.

In addition, the last disc includes two outtake versions of Cash hits that Dylan recorded while making his 1970 Self Portrait album: "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues."

Rounding out the collection are four tracks that Bob recorded in May 1970 with bluegrass banjo great Earl Scruggs for a 1971 PBS special. 

Check out the full track list at BobDylan.com.

In conjunction with Travelin' Thru's release, a short documentary called The Story of Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969has been posted on Dylan's YouTube channel.

The seven-minute-plus film includes new interviews with Rosanne CashHootie and the Blowfish's Darius Rucker and others, as well as archival interviews with and performances by Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Cat Stevens' 1978 album 'Back to Earth' being reissued as super-deluxe box set with unreleased tracks in 2020

A remastered version of Cat Stevens' 1978 album Back to Earth will get its U.S. release on CD and vinyl on November 29, while a super-deluxe box set featuring various rare and previously unreleased live and studio tracks arrives on February 28, 2020.

Back to Earth was the final album Stevens released before taking a long hiatus from the music business. In 1977, Stevens converted to Islam and, in '78, he changed his name to Yusuf Islam.

The album peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200, but did not feature any hit singles. Songs such as "Just Another Night" and "Last Love Song" find Stevens explaining his decision to walk away from the rock-star lifestyle and seek a more spiritual path.

The box set features five CDs and two vinyl LPs. The first CD boasts the remastered version of Back to Earth, while disc two features the album's original stereo mix.

The third CD features various previously unreleased tracks, including two unheard songs -- "Butterfly" and "Toy Heart" -- alternate mixes, a demo of "Just Another Night" and an instrumental version of "Bad Brakes." The disc also contains concert performances of four Back to Earth songs recorded in recent years.

The fourth CD features the 1978 album Alpha Omega by David Gordon, Stevens' brother, which was produced by Cat.

The fifth CD features performances from UNICEF's 1979 Year of the Child concert, held at London's Wembley Arena, which marked the last time that the singer/songwriter played a show as Cat Stevens.

The two LPs featured on the box set boast the remastered version of Back to Earth and the Year of the Child concert.

Check out a video for "Toy Heart" at Islam/Stevens' official YouTube channel.

Here's the Back to Earth super-deluxe box set's full track list:

CD 1: Back to Earth (remastered album)

"Just Another Night"
"Daytime"
"Bad Brakes"
"Randy"
"The Artist"
"Last Love Song"
"Nascimento"
"Father"
"New York Times"
"Never"

CD 2: Return to Earth (original stereo mix)

--Track list same as CD 1

CD 3: Unearthed

"Butterfly"*
"Toy Heart"*
"New York Times" (new mix)*
"Just Another Night" (demo)*
"Last Love Song" (session mix)*
"Daytime" (Live 2017 Adelaide)
"Bad Brakes" (Live 2011 Albert Hall)
"Last Love Song" (Live 2014 Toronto)
"Nascimento (Solto)"*
"Just Another Night" (Live 2016 Nashville)
"Bad Brakes" (instrumental)*

CD 4: Alpha Omega (A Musical Revelation) -- David Gordon

"Universe"
"I Who Am I"
"Paradise"
"Inventions"
"I See That Face"
"Child for a Day"
"Sing, Love Is Everywhere"
"Alpha Omega"
"Music Is the 7th Wonder"
"Dreamer"
"World"
"Listen to Me"
"I Believe"

CD 5: UNICEF Year of the Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979

"The Wind" (with intro from Paul Gambaccini)
"On the Road to Find Out"
"Just Another Night"
"Daytime/Where Do the Children Play?"
"Father & Son"
"Morning Has Broken" (with Belmont Junior School Choir)
"Peace Train"
"Child for a Day" (with Richard Thompson and David Essex)

LP 1: Back to Earth (remastered album)

LP 2: UNICEF Year of the Child Concert at Wembley Arena 1979

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Olivia Newton-John's 'Grease' getup fetches over $400k at auction

Olivia Newton-John's iconic sultry black getup from Grease had many people saying "You're The One That I Want" on Saturday when it hit the auction block.  So much so, bidders dropped a whopping $405,700 winning bid on the pair. 

In a press release obtained by ABC News, Julien's Auctions had the privilege of auctioning off several items belonging to the four-time Grammy award winning singer and pop culture icon.  They even made an event out of it: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF OLIVIA NEWTOWN-JOHN.

Fans and collectors alike packed the Beverly Hills auction house, via in person, online, and on the phone in an attempt to get their hands on the once-in-a-lifetime memorabilia. 

The big ticket items, of course, were the black leather jacket and figure hugging shiny black pants Newton-John sported at the end of Grease.  The jacket fetched an astounding $243,200 and the pants, which were so tight Newton-John needed to be sewn into them, scored $162,500 on the auction block.

The auction featured other collectibles such as a custom made "Pink Ladies" jacket the Grease cast presented to Newton-John, tan leather dance shoes the actress wore during Grease rehearsals, a one-sheet advance Grease movie poster signed by Newton-John and other cast members; including John Travolta, and the 1983 American Music Award she won for Favorite Female Vocalist Pop.

All the proceeds from the jacket and pants benefited the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre while a portion of all the other items sold went toward the Centre, as well.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

In new 'Mixtape' episode, Micky Dolenz recalls that time when Jimi Hendrix was The Monkees' opening act

The MonkeesMicky Dolenz is featured on the latest episode of AXS TV's Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

The show features the famous singer and TV actor reminiscing about some of his exciting experiences during the 1960s, including playing music in his home studio with legends like John Lennon and Brian Wilson. Dolenz also chats about the surprising opening act that joined The Monkees for part of their 1967 tour…The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

In a preview clip from the episode, Micky recalls, "I'm at the Monterey Pop Festival, and all of a sudden these three guys come on stage in [these psychedelic] clothes…and they just looked incredible…I suggested to the producers of our show, that would be a really cool opening act…'cause they're very theatrical, and The Monkees was this theatrical act."

Dolenz continues, "I guess [the band] liked the idea, our producers liked the idea, so sure enough, a few months later, we're opening up [our tour] and Jimi is the opening act. And he did six or eight shows or something with us, and he was a great guy…We had a lot of fun."

Micky also notes that The Fifth Dimension and Ike & Tina Turner also opened for The Monkees on that trek.

In conjunction with the Mixtape episode, Micky created a personal playlist that includes some of his favorite all-time songs, as well as tunes that have impacted his life and career. His mix features plenty of Monkees tunes; songs by Chuck BerryElvis PresleyBruce Springsteen, Ike & Tina Turner and Harry Nilsson; and tracks by some of his tour mates on the "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today" White Album tribute trek, including Todd Rundgren and Christopher Cross.

Here's Micky's full mixtape:

"Some Enchanted Evening" -- Ezio Pinza
"Sixteen Tons" -- Tennessee Ernie Ford
"Recuerdos de la Alhambra" -- Francisco Tarrega and Andres Segovia
"The Purple People Eater" -- Sheb Wooley
"I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" -- Billy Williams
"La Malaguena" -- Jorge Morel y Su Guitarra
"Tom Dooley" -- The Kingston Trio
"Walking the Dog" -- Rufus Thomas
"Johnny B. Goode" -- Chuck Berry
"Jailhouse Rock" -- Elvis Presley
"Chances Are" -- Johnny Mathis
"Little Star" -- The Elegants
"(Theme from) The Monkees" -- The Monkees
"Roulette" (Studio Outtake) -- Bruce Springsteen
"Pleasant Valley Sunday" -- The Monkees
"Cripple Creek" -- The Monkees
"Mary, Mary" -- The Monkees
"You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" (Live) -- The Monkees
"I Got a Woman" (Live) -- The Monkees
"Bold Soul Sister" -- Ike & Tina Turner
"A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You" -- The Monkees
"Last Train to Clarksville" -- The Monkees
"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" -- The Monkees
"Cuddly Toy" -- Harry Nilsson
"Good Times" -- The Monkees
"Birth of an Accidental Hipster" -- The Monkees
"Hello It's Me" -- Todd Rundgren
"Suitcase" -- Badfinger
"Look Away" -- Chicago
"All Right" -- Christopher Cross
"I'm a Believer" -- The Monkees
"Daydream Believer" -- The Monkees

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Watch trailer for new Ronnie Wood documentary 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'

Somebody Up There Likes Me, the new documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood that premiered at the London Film Festival earlier this month, will be screened at select U.K. theaters starting on November 26. Buy you can get a glimpse of the movie, which directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Figgis, by checking out the official trailerthat debuted this week.

The promo includes snippets of interviews with Wood and some of the famous musicians he's worked with during his career, including Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, and Ronnie's Faces band mate Rod Stewart. It also features archival photos, and footage of Wood performing and working on paintings.

At the beginning of the trailer, Wood declares, "I was in the hands of destiny all my life, and being at the right place at the right time." Jagger then lists some of the behaviors Wood was known for indulging in, including "sex, drugs and…drinking."

Richards then appears and notes how Wood came to join The Stones: "We were all well aware of Ronnie Wood. It was almost as if it was predestined."

Stewart talks about the flair that made Wood stand out, mentioning "crushed velvet trousers, big crosses, bouffant hair and a little bit of makeup."

As the trailer continues, the subject shifts to Wood's issues with drug and alcohol abuse. "I like things too much," Ronnie admits. We then see famous U.K. artist Damien Hirst, who recalls a time visited Wood in rehab, and how Ronnie had made friends with everyone there.

As the clip nears its end, Wood is asked if his behavior got him into a lot of trouble. "No," he responds with a laugh. "Got me into a lot of pleasure."

Visit RonnieWoodMovie.com for more details.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Morris Day believes Prince would not approve of recent releases from his vault: "I know he never intended for a lot of this stuff to be heard"

Few people knew Prince better than Morris Day, and the leader of The Time says the Minneapolis icon would have objected to some of the releases from his vault following his death.

"They're putting a lot of private moments out now that would never see the light of day,” Day tells Billboard. “I know he never intended for a lot of this stuff to be heard.”

Prince died April 2016, and there have been many posthumous music releases, including the Originals album which dropped last June on what would have been his 61st birthday. 

Morris and Prince met as teenagers growing up in Minneapolis, and they produced The Time’s self-titled 1981 album. The group signed to a recording contract solely on the success of their first single.

"We got a deal sight unseen, based on 'Get It Up,' and we didn't really have a band at the time," Day recalls. 

The Time became very successful under Prince’s guidance, and appeared in the iconic Purple Rain movie. Day says their mentor made all the decisions for them.

"He just wanted to be in control,” Morris recalls. “I was getting offers to produce other people and everything was getting squashed. It put us in a situation where [members of the Time] couldn't get out there and make the kind of money we could potentially have made because we were being controlled so much."

However, Day says he misses that control when he attempts to record music with other musicians without the man who discovered him.

"[Prince] would p*** us off at times, but it kept the egos at a minimum," he says. "Now it's tough to get stuff done without too much drama.”

Day tells the story of his career in his new autobiographyOn Time: A Princely Life in Funk.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Listen now: Sam Smith releases "I Feel Love," remake of 1977 Donna Summer classic

Sam Smith's kicking off your weekend, and giving you something to crank up at your belated weekend Halloween parties, by dropping a brand-new single -- a remake of the 1977 Donna Summer disco classic, "I Feel Love."

Sam's version of the sultry, driving dance track manages to be a faithful take on Summer's original while at the same time sounding very much tailor-made for Sam's signature vocal style.

"I Feel Love" comes three-and-a-half months after Sam's last single release, July's mid-tempo ballad, "How Do You Sleep." That one's already earned over 600 million global streams, according to Sam's record label, Capitol.

"I Feel Love" is streaming now at all the usual outlets.

Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

On Air Now

Joyce Jefferson
8:00pm - 1:00am
Joyce Jefferson

Facebook

A big thank you to our station sponsors!

#ClassicHits: Music News & Stories



Star Featured Documentaries