Coldplay will release their anticipated collaboration with BTS, called "My Universe," on September 24th. The track was written by Coldplay and BTS and will be sung in both English and Korean.
"My Universe" is available to pre-order or pre-save now, with a CD single also available to order at myuniverse.coldplay.com.
The song follows Coldplay's hit "Higher Power" as the second single from the band's upcoming album, Music Of The Spheres, due out on October 15th.Continue Reading
It was 55 years ago Sunday (September 12th, 1966) that The Monkees premiered on NBC. The series featured relative unknowns Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork as a struggling rock band, living together in a beach house, who each week would stumble from one comedic adventure to the next.
The show, which was inspired by the comic lampooning in the Beatles' second movie Help!, released the previous year, proved to be the '60s answer to the Marx Brothers. The Monkees, who never met each other before being cast in the pilot, have been affectionately dubbed throughout the years as "The Pre-Fab Four." Together, with their on screen chemistry along with the guidance of music impresario Don Kirshner, who supervised the music for the show and the group's first two albums, the Monkees were a hit out of the box.
The Monkees ran for two seasons and won two Emmys in 1967 -- Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Comedy. But it was the show's music, much of it written by such top songwriters as Neil Diamond, and Gerry Goffin and Carole King, that made it a success. The Monkees scored six Top 10 hits during the show's run, including the 1966 Number Ones "Last Train To Clarksville" and "I'm A Believer."
Shortly before his death in 2012, Davy Jones shed light on the earliest Monkees recording sessions: "When we first went in there, we went in the studio to record songs for the TV show. Nobody mentioned records; we didn't mention records. They were only demos that were recorded for the TV show to insert into the spots where we had something that related to the dialogue, the scene -- the whole thing. I mean, I loved 'Daydream Believer,' and 'I'm A Believer,' and 'Pleasant Valley Sunday,' and 'Last Train To Clarksville.'"
After the series ended, the "group," which had won the right to choose its own material, released the 1968 cult classic film Head, which was co-written by Jack Nicholson. By 1970, with both Nesmith and Tork gone, Dolenz and Jones fulfilled their recording contract with the chart bomb Changes and called it a day.
Although Dolenz and Jones had done a 1976 tour of Japan with Monkees songwriters Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, it took MTV's re-airing of the series during the summer of 1986 to spur the group -- minus Nesmith -- to reform. They have reunited several times over the past 20 years, most notably in 1996 when they released Justus, their first album as a foursome in 29 years.
In 2016, the Monkees scored their biggest hit in 48 years with their latest album, Good Times! The set, produced by Adam Schlesinger from Fountains Of Wayne, was the band's highest charting album since 1968's The Birds, The Bees, And The Monkees, hitting Number 14 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and debuting at Number Six on Billboard Top Albums chart.
Davy Jones died of a heart attack on February 29th, 2012 at age 66. Since then, Mike Nesmith joined Dolenz and Tork for three Monkees tours, before once again bowing out. In recent years, Dolenz and Nesmith -- without Tork -- launched the deep cut "The Monkees Present: "The Mike & Micky Show" tour, which was sidelined by Nesmith's open heart surgery, and then again due to COVID-19. The Monkees - The Mike & Micky Show Live album debuted last May at Number 13 on the Billboard Top Albums chart.
Peter Tork died on February 21st, 2019 at a family home in Connecticut, following a decade-long battle with adenoid cystic carcinoma -- a rare cancer of the salivary glands.
Micky Dolenz told us that although the Monkees have taken a beating over the years for not playing on their earliest and biggest hits, the songs continue to entertain, regardless of who was playing on the actual sessions: "Y'know, the criticism that does exist, which of course it does, and I kind of take it a little bit with of a grain of salt. 'Cause the bottom line is that you can judge quality by A), one of the things is longevity. To still have the show stand up, and to still have the songs stand up, and to still have the music and the performances stand up, it does say something to the body of work."
Dolenz told us that he's always considered his career from The Monkees' TV shows to their reunion tours as "musical theatre": "If you understand the history of the Monkees, if you understand and appreciate how the original show was put together and everything, it's not like a band having a reunion. It's more like the revival of a Broadway musical, if you will. It's like Yul Brynner doing The King And I again. That's the way I've always looked at it, 'cause that's the way The Monkees was originally produced and constructed. It was a television show first, about this imaginary rock n' roll group -- this fictitious group called 'The Monkees.'"
Noted Beach Boys author, documentarian, and West Coast historian, Jon Stebbins says that the group's music reached even loftier heights once they wrestled control away from Don Kirshner: "The stuff they did themselves is even a little bit better, in my opinion. It's like they retained whatever the magic was of the first stuff of the Kirshner stuff, but they brought a little bit something else into it that made it even better."
Davy Jones told us that despite all of his personal problems with Tork over the years, he couldn't deny that above all else, he's a great songwriter: "Peter Tork sang (and) wrote a couple of great songs. His having that song, 'For Pete's Sake' as the (theme song at the) start of the second season -- now unbeknownst to me, that's why he owns a piece of a building in New York! As unpredictable and tiresome as he becomes -- he still is a great songwriter."
Jon Stebbins says that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has done a horrible disservice by refusing to acknowledge the Monkees for their groundbreaking and beloved '60s work: "The Monkees should've gone in that next class after the Beach Boys and the Beatles. And when it got into '66, '67, they should've gone in right then. Because, yeah, they were here and gone really fast, but their impact was massive. Massive. I mean, they dominated the biggest year in rock n' roll. They dominated it not because their stuff was, like, rammed down our throats and it left a bad taste; it's like their stuff was rammed down our throats and it left an awesome taste (laughs) because it was so good!"
Recently released are all 58 episodes of The Monkees TV show on Blu-ray for the very first time. The 10-disc box set features all the shows painstakingly restored in high-definition from the original film negatives. Also included is the band's infamous 1968 cult-classic feature film, Head -- featuring many never-before-seen outtakes from the film, along with the group's 1969 TV Special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
Bonus material includes commentaries from all four Monkees, original Kellogg's Monkees commercials, and more. This fan-only edition includes exclusive packaging and a 7-inch 45 r.p.m. single featuring two previously unreleased TV mixes.
Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz kick off the Monkees' 39-city "Farwell Tour" tonight (September 10th) in Spokane, Washington at First Interstate Center for the Arts.Continue Reading
Kenny Rogers will be honored in a new star-studded concert special, called Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler, to be broadcast on Thursday, September 23rd at 9 p.m. ET (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Filmed at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville before Rogers' death, the live concert features performances by Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Idina Menzel, Lady A, Little Big Town and Reba McEntire.
Some of the songs included in Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler include "Lady," "She Believes in Me," "Through the Years," "Lucille," "We've Got Tonight" and, of course, "The Gambler."
Rogers died on March 20, 2020 at the age of 81.Continue Reading
The Beach Boys are back in the Top 10 with the release of their new critically acclaimed box set, Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969 - 1971. The collection, which debuted at Number Nine on Billboard's Top Album Sales chart with 10,000 physical units sold, entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at Number 83 -- not too shabby for a five-CD $100-plus box set.
Overseas, Feel Flows entered the UK charts at Number 19 and hit Number Four on the Scottish charts.
Although Feel Flows shines a light specifically on the sessions in and around 1970's Sunflower and 1971's Surf's Up album, the box closes with a teaser for things to come with a couple of tracks culled from 1972's Carl And The Passions - 'So Tough' album -- "You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone" and "Marcella."
Brian Wilson told us that "Marcella" is among his favorite songs to tackle in concert. He explained that despite being unable to realize his own song in the studio hasn't prevented him from loving the tune, which his late brother Carl Wilson arranged and produced: "Right, one of my favorites, yeah. Carl did a great job, he was really good. 'Marcella,' y'know, I'm gonna tell ya, I was having mental difficulties during that time and I didn't even know if the guys got in the studio and recorded 'Marcella' without me on it! So, I said, 'I wanna be on it!' So I overdubbed my voice on it."
The Beach Boys -- featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston -- play tonight (September 9th) in Corning, California at Rolling Hills Casino Resort.
Brian Wilson -- with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin -- next performs on October 5th in Huntington, New York at The Paramount.Continue Reading
Ronnie Milsap is mourning the loss of his wife, Joyce, who died on Monday (September 6th) at the age of 81 after 54 years of marriage.
Ronnie referred to Joyce as his "sapphire." He is quoted in her obituary as saying, "There are no words, and not enough songs in the world to explain how much I love my Sapphire. She was the music and the feeling inside all of those songs, so if you loved my music, you understand some of how much I loved my my beautiful, beautiful wife. It's all in the songs, but she was even more. She was the love of my life, the mother of my son, the world's happiest grandmother . . . Blessedly/Thankfully, she's in heaven with our Todd – and I know somehow from heaven, she's still here with me every day, because that's just how she was." Todd is their son who died in 2019 at the age of 49.
According to USA Today, Joyce battled leukemia in 2014 and was unable to attend the ceremony inducting Ronnie into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the time.Continue Reading
Rod Stewart is reuniting with his early-'70s band the Faces, featuring surviving members Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and from Who drummer Kenny Jones. Jones revealed the group's plans, telling Bang Showbiz: "We've done about 14 songs, it's a mixture of stuff we never released which is worthy of releasing and there's some new stuff which is really wonderful. Rod is writing the lyrics and he's really keen on it."
Sadly, keyboardist Ian McLagan died in 2014, with bassist Ronnie Lane passing in 1997 at age 51 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for over two decades.
Kenny Jones went on to say the trio is eying live dates in support of the new project: "Whether or not we're going to go on a big extended tour remains to be seen. What we have decided is to do some really big gigs like The O2, Maddison Square Garden, some other big venues in America."
Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and Kenney Jones last reunited on September 5th, 2015. The concert at Surrey, England's Hurtwood Park Polo Club benefited Prostate Cancer UK, and marked the first time in 22 years that Rod had taken to the stage to publicly front the Faces.
The Faces' seven-song set marked the first time all three members had played live together since their 1993 appearance at England's Brit Awards. In recent years, the Faces have played a string of shows featuring Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall on lead vocals. In 2012, the band was inducted -- along with its sister group, the Small Faces, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Back in the day, Rod Stewart was quick to explain that despite his superstardom on his own and with the Faces, he was not the band's leader: "I've never wanted to be the leader of a band -- I never wanted to be a dictator, y'know? I never wanted to tell the band what they've got to play. I've always tried to, sort of, submerge myself within the band. Y'know, I just wanna be the singer in the group."Continue Reading
Paul McCartney has just uploaded a new 10-song Spotify playlist on his official PaulMcCartney.com site -- and has chosen tunes that spotlight the "stars and skies" for September's list.
The new tracklist was posted with an introduction that reads, "As the long summer days come to an end and the nights are drawing in, we've been looking to the skies and the stars for cosmic inspiration. Whether you religiously track your daily horoscope, make wishes on shooting stars or you look out for 'Venus And Mars' in the night sky - the 'final frontier' has been a been a source of fascination for everyone, including Paul. . . So go on look through your telescope for 'The Kiss Of Venus,' dance in the 'Monkberry Moon Delight' and grab your headphones as we let the cosmos do the talking."
The new playlist features one of Paul McCartney's earliest and most beloved solo instrumentals, "Hot As Sun/Glasses." He explained that over the years, the original McCartney album -- which was recorded partially at home -- has become known as rock's first "indie" album: "It has got a sort of 'indie' thing. Y'know, it's now what would be called an 'indie' thing. To me, then, it was just for me, knockin' around experimentin' with some sounds and not worrying how it was gonna turn out. I think that was one of the secrets. With this stuff it was like, I wasn't really doing it with anything in mind; it was only when I had a bunch of the songs together and people started to say, 'Well, that's your new album, is it?' 'I said, Well, not. . . no. . .' 'Well, it sounds like it.' And I was persuaded."
Paul McCartney's "stars and skies" Spotify playlist for September 2021:
"The Kiss Of Venus" - McCartney III (2020)
"Hot As Sun/Glasses" - McCartney (1970)
"Calico Skies" - Flaming Pie (1997)
"Monkberry Moon Delight" - Ram (1971)
"Feet In The Clouds" - Memory Almost Full (1997)
"Ou East Le Soleil?" - Flowers In The Dirt (1989)
"Venus And Mars" - Venus And Mars (1975)
"Loup (1st Indian On The Moon)" - Red Rose Speedway (1973)
"Sunshine Sometime" - Ram (Deluxe Edition) - 1971
"The Kiss Of Venus (Dominic Fike version)" - McCartney III Imagined (2021)
David Crosby remains busier than ever at 80-years-old. He's been receiving raves for his recently released album, For Free, and just announced a deluxe 50th anniversary edition of his 1971 solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name, which is due out on October 15th.
Crosby was asked about a possible reunion between Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and explained, "No, and I don't expect there to be -- the petty-assed bull*** that goes on between us as people. Neil (Young) has got a genuine beef. I did say something bad about his girlfriend (the actor Daryl Hannah, now Young's wife). I said I thought she was a predator. OK, he can be mad at me. That's all right. Graham (Nash) just changed from the guy I thought was my best friend to being a guy that is definitely my enemy, so I don't see any future there at all."
Crosby went on to say, "I'm a very liberal guy and a modern thinker in terms of politics. Neil doesn't really do politics. He does Neil. . . He's probably the most self-centered, self-obsessed, selfish person I know. He only thinks about Neil, period. That's the only person he'll consider. Ever!" When pressed as to whether Young would agree with that, Crosby answered, "Probably. He knows himself pretty well."
Crosby was asked about his relationship with Nash over the years -- a friend who seemingly stayed in his corner during his years enslaved to drug addiction: "No! He gave the impression of looking after me, but apparently that was all just trying to keep the money coming. But there you go. . . We haven't talked for a couple of years. And I'm not going to talk to him. I don't want to talk to him. I'm not happy with him at all. To me, that's all ancient history, man."
David Crosby explained how 50 years on, Crosby, Stills, & Nash ended up where it is today -- and how things got so bad: "I quit. You start out being very much in love with each other and you love each other's music, and you're havin' a blast -- and you wind up 40 years later, not likin' each other and it's down to just turn on the smoke machine and play your hits and it's no fun. And it was stifling music for me. It was making music be no fun. It's sort of like jumping off a cliff and then, halfway down, I put out (my solo album) Lighthouse, and that was like growing a set of wings."Continue Reading
Once again the BottleRock festival shut down Dave Grohl for exceeding the event's curfew. The Foo Fighters' frontman sat in with Guns N' Roses during the band's headline appearance on Saturday night (September 4th) and during a particularly hot show-closing take of the the band's "Paradise City," the promoters pulled the plug on the band's sound. Back in 2017, the Foos were also cut off mid-song for running over the stipulated 10 p.m curfew, as agreed upon by the surrounding Napa, California community.
Rolling Stone reported, "As soon as the song wandered past the 10 p.m. curfew, and following the second chorus, organizers cut power to the stage. Undeterred, the band continued to play the rest of the song sans amplification, with the crowd singing along with (Axl) Rose when they weren't booing organizers."
Over the years, both Neil Young and the Cure have also been cut off for going past the assigned curfew.Continue Reading
It was 42 years ago today (September 7th, 1978) that the Who's drummer Keith Moon died at age 32. Moon's death, which was ruled accidental, was caused by an overdose of Heminevrin, a medication prescribed to help alleviate alcohol withdrawals, mixed with alcohol. According to police reports there were 32 pills found in Moon's system, some of which were not yet dissolved. He died while staying in Harry Nilsson's London apartment -- which coincidentally was where "Mama" Cass Elliott had died four years earlier. Moon was survived by his daughter Mandy and his fiancee Annette Walter-Lax.
On August 18th, 1978, the Who released their final album with Moon, called Who Are You. Earlier that month, Moon and Pete Townshend appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to promote the new album. Although Moon was bloated and heavily made up, he tried valiantly to offer a positive spin on the band's future as a live act when asked if he still had the urge to tour: "Yes, I would, I enjoy going out on the road very much. But only under certain circumstances and certain conditions. I like to play certain halls and certain towns. Y'know, do a few gigs in London, some in the States."
The night before his death, Moon and Walter-Lax attended a preview of the movie The Buddy Holly Story, thrown by Paul and Linda McCartney, on the eve what would have been Holly's 42nd birthday. According to most reports, Moon, who was drinking white wine, was slightly subdued, in high spirits, and at no point seemed drunk or inebriated in any way.
At the party after the screening, he was photographed talking with McCartney and his future Who replacement Kenney Jones. Jones recalled his last meeting with Moon: "Keith and I just went straight into each other, just talking, 'cause we hadn't seen each other for a while. I said, 'How 'bout you Keith, what've you been up to?" He said, 'Oh, I'm clean, I'm straight, I'm. . .' He was telling me that he'd given up drinking for nearly six months, and he felt so much better."
According to Walter-Lax, Moon had originally not wanted to go out that night in an effort to try to curb his drinking, but did snort a small account of cocaine before leaving their apartment.
Prior to his death, the Who were debating forcing Moon out of the band due to his debilitating alcoholism. Shortly after Moon's death Townshend told the British press, "Keith's death is something that we expected for 20 years, but when it happens you just can't take it in. I'm very upset. I've lost a man I loved."
Apart from his acrobatic drumming, Moon has gone on to be remembered as one of Britain's quickest wits, often adapting new and off-beat personas, and was known to dress up in character for days on end. Friends were used to watching Moon enjoy a night out on the town dressed as a World War One pilot, a clown, Marilyn Monroe, a nun, Dracula, Adolph Hitler, a gangster, Julius Caesar, a pirate -- or more often than not -- completely nude.
Alice Cooper was Moon's close friend and neighbor during his Malibu years in the '70s, and admitted that Moon's non-stop partying and the mania surrounding his life was exhausting: "Keith Moon was hard day-to-day. He would wear me out. He was always on. He came over and stayed at our house for a week. Y'know, just came over, stayed at the house for a week. And, I mean, there was never a time when I would come in and he'd be sleeping! He was always on: 'Let's go here, let's go there, let's go do this, let's go do that, let's go do this. . . ' And to the point where I would go, 'I can't stay with you. Y'know, I can party with you at night, okay? But during the day. . .' He was like that all day, too! (laughs)."
Dougal Butler, Moon's closest confidante and road manager, ultimately thinks that Moon's three years living in Los Angeles helped quicken the pace for his early death: "Well, he died about nine months after he got back to London from L.A. -- I would have given him six months, if that. Keith attracted and let people into his so-called 'inner-circle,' all the wrong people in L.A. I'm not trying to give L.A. a bad name -- don't get me wrong; it's a smashing place. But there are some weird and wonderful people down there, then in the '70s."
Butler says Moon's hard partying ways often got in the way of performing: "Keith never had a kit in his house -- never practiced at all. And he'd only rehearse for a couple of weeks before they went on a UK, or an American tour, or a European tour and that was it. As soon as they started rehearsing -- that was it. Keith would be getting into his usual old ways of before."
Pattie Boyd, who was to soon marry Eric Clapton, recalls a typical night out with Moon in the 1970's: "Keith was the most generous person. He was absolutely utterly adorable. I remember once Eric and I picked him up from the Hyatt House (laughs) in L.A. -- I think we were going to a party, and I think it was Led Zeppelin's party. And so we picked up Keith. He was wearing a dress! (I thought) 'Oh Keith, he's just so funny,' I didn't really think too much about it. (Laughs) and he sat in the back of the car with me (laughs) and he started chewing at the headrest, and Eric kept telling him to stop (and) y'know, behave properly. And it was so funny."
A while back, Pete Townshend wrote about Moon on his online blog, petetownshend-whohe.blogspot.com, and spoke about performing with Moon during the Who's early days, recalling that, "Keith was an eccentric player, and seemed to be showing off all the time, pointing his sticks up in the air and leaning over the drums with his face thrust forward as if to be nearer the front of stage. But he was loud and strong. Slowly too we realized that his fluid style hid a real talent for listening and following, rather than just laying down a beat."
Who producer Glyn Johns chronicled his years working with the Who -- along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and the Eagles -- in his new memoir, Sound Man. He told us that dealing with Keith Moon in a studio setting was nearly always a hit or miss situation: "As far as Keith was concerned it really was luck of the draw. There were some days when he couldn't really get it together and there were lots of days when he managed really well under the influence of (laughs) whatever he was under the influence of and that was just part and parcel of what you had to deal with, really. And frankly, at the end of the day, we got some pretty great results and I have no complaints."
Pete Townshend recalled how Moon's over indulgences rarely showed while performing live with the Who: "He often used to get a bit excited. He was also. . . because he had such a huge adrenalin rush as a drummer on the stage, often -- mostly -- what he took he could overcome with his body chemistry, and then after he came off he would often collapse."
In 2010, Pete Townshend posted on the band's website, thewho.com, that he actually preferred playing with Kenney Jones over Moon, writing in part, "For me, it was great to play with Kenney, someone so disciplined, after years battling to keep Keith Moon in time. At last I could relax and let the drummer keep time. The Kenney years were most enjoyable years of my performing life with the Who. It was hard playing with Moonie, and it is sometimes almost as hard playing with Zak (Starkey) when he tries to emulate Moon. Zak is far better than Moonie technically, although maybe less anarchic -- maybe! Zak respects me. Moon loved me, and exalted me, but he did not seem to respect me when we were onstage together."
Townshend added: "Moon was a brilliant wild card, and much more than a drummer. But playing with Kenney was heaven after dragging Moon through his last, tortuous struggle to play well during the filming of The Kids Are Alright. He almost died of exhaustion that day. I loved Moon the man and Moon the comedian. I wasn't crazy about Moon the drummer. He was great, I won't deny it, the Who would probably not have been so big without Moon, but I would have preferred to have worked with Kenney from the very beginning."
Filming has been indefinitely postponed on the long-awaited Moon biopic, titled See Me Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked For Your Pleasure. The film is being spearheaded by Roger Daltrey, who has been developing the project over the past decade. At the request of Townshend and Daltrey, Mike Myers has said he'll portray Moon. Recently, Entourage star Jeremy Piven has publicly stated that he's very interested in playing Moon on the big screen.
Daltrey told us that he feels that Moon's life was nothing short of cinematic, and wants the film to focus on Moon's offstage life: "I think there's a great film to be made out of the life of Keith Moon. There was. . . He was an incredibly complicated character. I think he was definitely a frustrated genius. I want to show people everything they didn't know about Keith. It's not a band story at all -- it's about a drummer on his days off."
Roger Daltrey said that above all the sadness at drummer Keith Moon dying so young and missing out on so much music, he left an incredible amount of laughter in his wake: "I mean, how could you not have a good time around Keith Moon??? He was so much fun when he was on. I never met another character like him. I mean, we had our ups and downs as people -- what people don't that were living the lives that we were living at that time. We were in each other's -- almost -- in each other's beds. Not quite, but, y'know? So, it would be impossible not to have frictions in that situation. But towards the end, I think I was one of the only stable things in Keith's life."
In 2017, the first ever Keith Moon signature drumstick was issued. The stick has been produced by Vic Firth Co., which is the world's largest and leading manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets, and according to the stick's press release, "Moon was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1982, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen. In 2011, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll."
The new official drumstick was produced at the invitation and with the full cooperation from the Moon estate and matches the Who drummer's exact specifications: "The Keith Moon Signature Stick is unique in its design with the combination of a medium shaft, fast-sloping medium taper and a length just short of 16 inches. Crafted in hickory with an oval wood tip, this stick packs plenty of punch when needed and can work in a variety of musical settings."
Recently released is the latest biography on Moon, titled, Keith Moon: There is No Substitute, which was compiled by Ian Snowball with the authorization the Keith Moon Estate and Keith's daughter Amanda de Wolf. Pete Townshend supplied the forward for the book.Continue Reading
Today (September 7th) marks what would have been Buddy Holly's 85th birthday. Holly, who would die tragically on February 3rd, 1959, at the age of 22 in plane crash with Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, was arguably rock n' roll's first singer-songwriter. Holly's death while on tour with the 1959 Winter Dance Party remains one of music's greatest losses.
Holly's hit singles and album tracks, both with and without his backing band the Crickets, such as "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," "Rave On," "Maybe Baby," "Oh Boy!," "Think It Over," "Well . . . Alright," "Rave On," "Everyday," "True Love Ways," "Heart Beat," and "It Doesn't Mater Anymore," inspired a generation of acts including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Searchers, the Who, the Hollies, who named themselves in tribute to him, and most importantly, the Beatles.
Mick Jagger explained Buddy Holly's influence on all the future British Invasion rockers: "Every English person you talk to, from my generation, at least, will tell you that Buddy Holly was -- he was a big influence as a songwriter. And he wrote all these songs in a very short period of time, and they're all very simple. And he was very big in England, I think he toured only once; I saw him on stage. But he was a very big influence."
Paul McCartney has without a doubt been the biggest champion for Buddy Holly's music over the decades: "It's great music, Buddy's. It's very evocative for those of us who were around then. Y'know, it really sums up the period. And a lot of it still plays now, still sounds good."
McCartney recalled that apart from songwriting, Buddy Holly actually inspired him and John Lennon in other ways: "The thing about Buddy was, whereas Elvis (Presley) was this unattainable, gorgeous, god; Buddy was the boy next door. And I remember John being particularly pleased -- he could now put his glasses on. 'Cause John had big horn-rimmed glasses that he always had to take off when we played or when there were girls around. John, of course couldn't see a bloody thing -- he really was very short-sighted -- so, he was very pleased when Buddy came around, 'cause he (could) actually put his horn-rims on and felt like a dude."
One of McCartney's first major publishing acquisitions for his company MPL Communications was the Buddy Holly catalogue. Although McCartney has been outspoken regarding the use of his Beatles songs in advertisements and movies, he admits that its a slippery slope for him when dealing with Buddy's legendary tunes: "It really is very difficult. With the Buddy Holly stuff I do have the right to sort of let people use it, 'cause we're the publishers of that, we can do it. So I think, generally, I don't like it -- particularly with the Beatles stuff. I don't know, there might be people out there who say that you shouldn't do it with Buddy. I don't know, I've done it once or twice with him, but I don't really like doing it, I must admit. But you get your advisers saying, 'Okay, so you're going to turn down all that money, are you?' It's a very difficult decision, y'know? If I was being purist, I'd say, 'No one should do it.' I mean, my heart says that, but, y'know, you're not always as pure as you think."
While accepting his 1998 Album Of The Year Grammy for Time Out Of Mind, Bob Dylan spoke about Buddy: "And I just wanted to say that one time when I was 16 or 17-years-old, I went to see Buddy Holly play, and I was three feet away from him. And he looked at me. I just have some kind of feeling that he was I don't know how or why, but, I know he was with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way."
We asked Graham Nash what he made of Holly upon first hearing him in 1957: "Unbelievable. He was one of us, he was a rock star that had glasses. It wasn't a sex thing, y'know, like Elvis (Presley) was with his swiveling hips. Buddy Holly touched people's hearts in how simple his music was and how attainable it was for everybody. I mean, who doesn't know a Buddy Holly song? I was looking the other day at The Rolling Stone 500 Best Songs Of All Time and he's got four of them in there! We called ourselves the Hollies for God sake. And he definitely without question influenced the Beatles."
Holly's trademark Fender Stratocaster sound, with his lean and economical solos, was a pivotal inspiration to the soon-to-be burgeoning West Coast surf sound.
His decision to not only wear glasses but to overstate the fact, by adopting jet-black horned-rimmed glasses, inspired a legion of budding musicians to pick up instruments regardless of their looks.
The Everly Brothers frequently hit the road with the other forefathers of rock n' roll, and both Don and Phil Everly struck up an immediate and close relationship with Buddy Holly. The late-Phil Everly, who was a pallbearer at Holly's funeral in 1959, recalled the scene of rock's earliest tours in an upcoming documentary called Inventing Rock N' Roll, produced by Everly Films: "The first time I met Buddy Holly was. . . Don and I joined a big package tour, y'know. . . I believe it was the Fats Domino tour. Everybody was on it -- it was something. And, what it was, everybody was down in the, like, locker rooms, like at a sports event y'know, with a -- everybody had a hook (laughs), y'know, for your wardrobe, and we all sat on benches and we were all in the same room and that's when we first met him. I was 18 at the time, so it was like going to college. Everybody was a contemporary and all that. It was like being in a fraternity (laughs), it was really, really something. We rode buses together on the tour and just was the best of. . . I always call it the golden age of rock."
Dion DiMucci, who along with the Belmonts was fourth on the bill of the 1959 Winter Dance Party, told us that despite Holly's humble Texas upbringing, he seemed wise beyond his years: "I spent two weeks with him. And he was very mature for his age. I mean, I was 19 -- he was 22. He was a very decisive guy. I don't know if it was his upbringing, but I couldn't make decisions that fast. I mean. . . Well, he rented a plane! At 22 years-old, 'Okay, listen' -- Y'know he was recruiting people -- 'Let's fly out and we'll just split it.' But you think of a 22-year-old chartering a plane, that was his kind of personality."
According to several sources, including the late country legend Waylon Jennings, who was playing bass for Holly on his final tour, Holly's post-tour plans were to reconvene with the Crickets -- drummer Jerry "J.I." Allison and bassist Joe B. Mauldin -- and carry on with current sideman Tommy Allsup on lead guitar. Holly was also planning on starting his own record label -- Prism Records -- and signing Jennings as its first artist. J.I. Allison recalled the deal that he and Holly made prior to him moving to New York City in 1958: "The last time I saw Buddy as a matter of fact he said, 'O.K., if you're not gonna move to New York, y'all just work as 'the Crickets' and I'll work as 'Buddy Holly' and if it doesn't work out for either one of us we'll get back together, okay?' And we said 'Fine.' And Waylon told me that Buddy was talking to him on that last tour and said 'I'm going to get J.I. and Joe B. back.'"
Holly's widow, Maria Elena, who miscarried their child shortly after his death, recalls their time living in New York City as being an eye-opener for him as he explored the Greenwich Village folk scene and jammed most mornings with musicians at Washington Square Park, which was practically right outside his apartment building the Brevoort: "He really liked the excitement, and at that time that's where -- as they say, where the action was. New York at that time was for musicians. On top of that, that's where I'm from. That's where the Brevoort is on Fifth Avenue, close to Washington Square Park. And that was something that Buddy really enjoyed, because that's where he saw that he could start a new career."
She remembers Buddy performing for free, almost daily, with local musicians at the Park: "Right in the fountain -- y'know, they'd have the benches there in the morning. We'd walk to Washington Square Park, and that's where a lot of musicians congregated. Buddy would sit with a guitar and start playing, and then all of a sudden you see all these people gravitating towards him. They'd say, 'Are you Buddy Holly -- 'That'll Be The Day'?' And then. . . little by little, we did that every day."
Released in 2011 in celebration of his 75th birthday were two star-studded Buddy Holly tribute albums: The MPL-endorsed Rave On: Buddy Holly and the Peter Asher-produced set, Listen To Me: Buddy Holly. The two albums feature such heavyweights as McCartney, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Jeff Lynne, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Nick Lowe, and Lou Reed paying homage to Buddy.Continue Reading
After testing positive for Covid-19 last week, Gene Simmons posted on Twitter over the weekend and said he's "doing just fine, thanks to the vaccine."
With a series of tweets, he answered fan's questions about covid, in what seemed like a "teaching moment" from the rock star.
After one fan pointed out that he still got Covid, even after taking the vaccine. Simmons responded to him personally telling him that the vaccine protects you about 95%, but you can still get the Delta variant. He posted: "The effects are minimal, if you've been vaccinated twice. Without vaccine = hospital, pain, and maybe death. Do your research. You'll come off much brighter."
During his time in quarantine, he posted an image of a KISS comic book at his bedside. His security guard had picked it up from a book store and gave it to him.
Paul Stanley tested positive a few days earlier, he is also doing well.
KISS is off the road until Simmons gets past his 10 days of quarantine.
- Gene Simmons says he's "doing just fine thanks to the vaccine."
- Paul Stanley had tested positive a few days earlier, he is also doing well.
KISS is off the road until Simmons gets past his 10 days of quarantine.Continue Reading
Coming on October 29th is the 25th anniversary reissue of R.E.M.'s 1996 New Adventures In Hi-Fi set. The new edition is available for pre-order and features a bonus-filled double-CD/Blu-ray "Deluxe Edition" offering the newly remastered album, 13 B-sides and rarities, a never-before-released 64-minute outdoor projection film (shown on buildings across five cities in 1996 to promote the album's original release), and a previously unreleased 30-minute EPK.
New Adventures In Hi-Fi was released on September 9th, 1996 and was the final album to feature co-founding drummer Bill Berry. The set featured four singles -- "E-Bow the Letter," "Bittersweet Me," "Electrolite," "How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us." The album topped the UK charts and peaked at Number Two on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
According to the official announcement:
R.E.M.'s new New Adventures In Hi-Fi Blu-ray features the album in Hi-Res and 5.1 Surround Sound audio, plus five HD-restored music videos including "Bittersweet Me," "Electrolite," and "E-Bow the Letter."
Housed in a 52-page hardcover book, the collection includes archival photographs -- many of which have never been published -- plus new liner notes from journalist Mark Blackwell and reflections from all four original band members, as well as from Patti Smith, Thom Yorke, and producer Scott Litt.
Bassist Mike Mills told us that the band never needed a hit single to feel relevant or successful: "It is and that's never been our aim or our goal. We just try to do whatever it is we're doing to the best of our ability. And I think you're gonna have ups and downs. And that's certainly understood. But it is nice to know that what you're doing is good and that these recordings are good -- and to know that if people get a chance to hear them, then they'll probably like them."
Michael Stipe told us he believes in the power to reach people on an emotional level: "I go to music for certain things. I go to the Internet and newspapers and television for other things. I don't go to music to receive political ideas or messages or to be hectored or lectured. I go to music for something more emotional and more personal and something that's about me and that's the beauty of the medium."
The tracklisting to the tracklisting to R.E.M.'s 'New Adventures in Hi-Fi: 25th Anniversary Edition':
Disc One: Remastered
"How the West Was Won And Where It Got Us"
"The Wake-Up Bomb"
"New Test Leper"
"E-Bow The Letter
"Binky The Doormat"
"So Fast, So Numb"
Produced by Scott Litt & R.E.M
Disc Two: B-sides & Rarities
"Departure" (Live Rome Soundcheck / Rome, Italy / 2/22/1995)
"Wall of Death"
"Undertow" (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
"Wichita Lineman" (Live / Houston, TX / 9/15/1995)
"New Test Leper" (Live Acoustic / Seattle, WA / 4/19/1996)
"The Wake-Up Bomb" (Live / Atlanta, GA / 10/4/1995)
"Binky The Doormat" (Live / Atlanta, GA / 11/18/1995)
"King Of Comedy" (808 State Remix)
"Be Mine" (Mike on Bus version)
"Love Is All Around"
"Leave" (Alternate Version)
Disc Three: Blu-ray
E.M. Outdoor Projections - Saturday Sept 7, 1996 - 5 cities (64:56)
New Adventures In Hi-Fi EPK - previously unreleased 30 min version (29:13)
New Adventures In Hi-Fi - 5.1 Audio
New Adventures In Hi-Fi - Hi-Resolution Audio
"E-Bow The Letter" (Music Video)
"Bittersweet Me" (Music Video)
"Electrolite" (Music Video)
"How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us" (Music Video)
"New Test Leper" (Music Video)
As expected, the Rolling Stones will release their latest archival set,Tattoo You: 40th Anniversary, on October 22nd. The deluxe edition features a new remaster of the 1981 nine-week chart-topper, a bonus disc of nine previously unreleased -- yet heavily bootlegged tracks -- and a two-disc June 1982 performance art London's Wembley Stadium.
The band has released the It's Only Rock N' Roll-era outtake, "Living In The Heart Of Love" as the teaser for the new collection.
Tattoo You was originally released on August 24th, 1981 and was comprised mainly of reworked outtakes from the band's archive dating back to the 1972 sessions for the following year's Goats Head Soup. Tattoo You, which has sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone, featured such instant Stones classics as "Start Me Up," "Hang Fire," "Little T &A," "Worried About You," and "Waiting On A Friend."
Mick Jagger conceded that by the 1980's, rock as a cultural movement, had moved firmly into the mainstream: "There's no alternative. Parents all like rock n' roll. I was saying this earlier; my parents all hated rock n' roll. But, I mean, there's very few parents -- most parents now love it. Which is kinda. . . I mean, I guess, it has to be said, it's kind of nice, y'know? Children, say, 'Hey, I didn't know you've got that Bob Dylan record, Daddy. I've never heard that one -- I've only got the most recent one.' What can you say? There's nothing, there's nothing that's really going to shock you. It's all been done before. And I just offer the same thing as I've always offered and hope people like it."
Around the time of Tattoo You, which featured three videos on near-constant rotation, Keith Richards admitted that until the advent of MTV he couldn't see how music and television could properly serve rock n' roll: "The more people that have the equipment wired up through a stereo so that they get the sound and the vision. . . Y'know, because I've always thought TV's always been kind of a ludicrous thing as far as, like, music goes, to have some huge orchestra playing and you've got this tiny little transistor speaker in the side of the thing, y'know? It's never been really set up for music, TV. But now with videos and everything being (snaps fingers) -- plugged straight through to a stereo system and everything -- that's why it's just starting to take off, y'know?"Continue Reading
Madonna and Warner Music Group announced a milestone, career-spanning global partnership that includes a new agreement for her entire recorded music catalog. According to a press release, the pact includes 17 studio albums plus singles, soundtrack recordings, live albums, and compilations.
The new deal includes the launch of an extensive multi-year series of catalog releases in honor of the 40th anniversary of Madonna's 1982 recording debut.
Madonna said: "Since the very beginning, Warner Music Group has helped bring my music and vision to all my fans around the world with the utmost care and consideration. They have been amazing partners, and I am delighted to be embarking on this next chapter with them to celebrate my catalogue from the last 40 years."
In addition, the "Like a Virgin" singer will release her her highly anticipated documentary, MADAME X later this year. The film will stream exclusively on Paramount+ starting on October 8th.Continue Reading
Carlos Santana and Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas have reunited for a new single titled, "Move," which drops on August 18th. "Move" pairs Santana and Thomas together again over two decades after 1999's multiple Grammy-winning smash "Smooth." The song serves as the teaser to Santana's upcoming album, Blessings And Miracles, set for release on October 15th.
In a statement announcing the new project, Carlos Santana said, "'Move' came about was very much like how 'Smooth' happened. It was like divine intelligence behind the scenes, and I just knew I had to record it with Rob. The song is about awakening your molecules. Ignite and activate yourself -- y'know, move. When Rob and I work together, we have a sound that's splendiferous."
Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas recalled how he came to work with Santana, and what the real basis of "Smooth" is: "I was talking to my publisher about doing some writing, and they got a call, 'Y'know, Santana's making a record, and he's working with a bunch of people, and he'd like you to do something,' y'know? And it was all kind of inspired by my wife, which is always a special. . . makes it more fun. The entire record was, it was such a magical thing that it just. . . y'know, it was like this huge parade, and you, you get to be a part of it, y'know?"
On August 25th, Santana kicks off its eight night Las Vegas residency at House Of Blues.Continue Reading
Three years after being tossed out of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham thinks there's a possibility to mend fences with the group -- specifically with the reason for his swift departure, his ex-girlfriend, Stevie Nicks.
Buckingham will release his self-titled collection on September 17th and head out on the road. The album marks his first new music since the 2017 Lindsey Buckingham - Christine McVie album.
Lindsey Buckingham spoke to EW.com and chatted about where he and the band stand in terms of making music together: "There have been intimations from Mick (Fleetwood), who I've talked to several times, that he wants to try to get the five of us back together. I did not see their last tour. I'm sure it was fine, but I think it was probably very mellow by comparison. . . They were covering so much other Fleetwood Mac material, and they were doing Crowded House songs and Tom Petty songs. So, I wasn't sure how that was going to pan out, and I wasn't sure how Mick ultimately felt about it either, but that was the politics of the situation that led to that."
He went on to explain that his exit from the Mac wasn't a unanimous choice: "Mick -- he didn't want to see me go in the first place -- but he's talking about that. I would never hang my hat on that. It's really going to take Stevie coming to that point of view, and I haven't spoken to Stevie in a long, long time, so I don't know where that's at. It's certainly something that more than one person who is close to the situation has brought to me."
Buckingham admitted, "I wasn't happy about how that went down. It wasn't so much that I felt slighted that I didn't get to do yet another Fleetwood Mac tour, but I thought it really did not respect the legacy that we built, which was all about overcoming adversity."
He went on to say, "Anything that anyone had an issue with, with me, was so small in comparison with other things we managed to rise above. So anyway, that's a -- perhaps slim -- possibility."
Not long before his sudden firing in 2018, Lindsey Buckingham, who met Stevie Nicks in high school back in 1967, told us that his romantic relationship with the iconic singer during the first half of the 1970's not only informed all of their music at the time, but continues to influence their relationship today -- despite the ex-couple long moving on with their lives and forming new relationships: "There's a thread you can trace between when Stevie and I joined (in 1975) and the present, I mean that is certainly it. Even backtracking to, y'know, having known Stevie since high school. I mean, all the things leading up to that and all the things that have happened since then. . . And it's a bit ironic, and a bit miraculous that after all this time, the more vulnerable parts of the two of us are still adjusting and still evolving around each other in ways that speak of there being a significance to each other, musically."Continue Reading
George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison gave a quick, sneak peek into Peter Jackson's upcoming documentary, The Beatles - Get Back. Dhani, who's busy promoting George Harrison's All Things Must Pass "50th Anniversary Edition," which he co-produced and compiled, spoke to Esquire about what he's seen of the film.
Peter Jackson recently revealed that his initial cut of the 55-hours of Let It Be outtakes from January 1969 was originally a whopping 18 hours long. The Beatles - Get Back will roll out over three days, November 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2021, exclusively on Disney+. Each of the three episodes is approximately two hours in length.
Dhani recalled getting his first taste of the hotly anticipated doc: "I had one night viewing, he basically made a reel for me with all of my dad's footage and I could see if there was anything I didn't want in, anything I thought was bad or not tasteful, and it was all just beautiful. He was very complimentary about my dad's behavior in all of the reels."
He went on to say, "I got to see the moment when (my dad) played them 'All Things Must Pass' and they were kind of like, 'meh.' They're playing along with it, but it's a swing and a miss. It's funny, I'm really glad that at some point people will be able to see that moment having heard the way that 'All Things Must Pass' turned out. Even if you look at the diary entry we put in the book, it's like, 'Got up, left the Beatles, went and had lunch' -- it's so nonchalant, but y'know that he was kind of secretly brewing this ridiculous triple vinyl record in his head and he wasn't going to let anything get in his way. Just like, 'Okay, I've got to leave the Beatles now, because I'm not going to be able to do what I need to do.'"
Several of the songs on George Harrison's All Things Must Past were actually songs that were reject by John Lennon and Paul McCartney over the years. Among the titles that were performed and/or developed during the Let It Be sessions were "All Things Must Pass," "The Art Of Dying," Isn't It A Pity," "Let It Down," and "Hear Me Lord."
Harrison's first wife, Pattie Boyd, told us that Harrison often felt his material was passed over on Beatles albums to make more room for Lennon-McCartney songs: "I think he felt quite often that Paul didn't think that his songs were quite good enough for a Beatles album. Because he felt that he was being left out quite often -- song-wise. Obviously Paul and John together were terribly prolific, and if not together then individually. It was all, y'know, a question of time."Continue Reading
Love For Sale, the new collaborative album from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, will be released on October 1st.
The album will be Bennett's last studio recording, showcasing the Cole Porter songbook of classic popular music with both duet and solo selections from both artists.
Gaga shared on Instagram, "The day we released 'Cheek To Cheek' in 2014, @itstonybennett called me and asked me if I wanted to record another album with him, this time celebrating the songs of Cole Porter. I'm always honored to sing with my friend Tony, so of course I accepted the invitation."
Their duet, "I Get A Kick Out Of You," released Tuesday (August 3rd), is the first single from the album.Continue Reading
Rolling Stone has named Beyonce's "Formation" the best music video of all tiime. In honor of MTV's 40th anniversary, the magazine ranked the 100 greatest music videos of all time. The magazine said, "In under five minutes, Beyoncé moves from a plantation-style house where the Black denizens are the masters not the slaves to the top of a sinking police car."
The magazine continued, "If Beyoncé's self-titled visual album established her as one of the greatest artists of all time, her surprise-released ‘Formation' video (and ensuing album Lemonade) marked her as one of the most important."
Johnny Cash's "Hurt" took the number two spot, while Madonna's "Vogue" came in at number three. Childish Gambino's "This Is America" snagged the number four spot and New Order's "The Perfect Kiss" rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" placed at number 10 on the list. See the top 20 list below:
1. Beyoncé – "Formation"
2. Johnny Cash – "Hurt"
3. Madonna – "Vogue"
4. Childish Gambino – "This Is America"
5. New Order – "The Perfect Kiss"
6. Beastie Boys – "Sabotage"
7. D'Angelo – "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)"
8. Peter Gabriel – "Sledgehammer"
9. Guns N' Roses – "November Rain"
10. Michael Jackson – "Billie Jean"
11. George Michael – "Freedom '90"
12. Beyoncé – "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
13. Nirvana – "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
14. A-ha – "Take on Me"
15. The White Stripes – "Fell in Love With a Girl"
16. Missy Elliott – "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"
17. Duran Duran – "Hungry Like the Wolf"
18. Prince – "Kiss"
19. Radiohead – "Paranoid Android"
20. DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels – "Nobody Speak"