Craft RecordingsIn celebration of the 50th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival's debut album this year, the band recently released a vinyl box set called The Complete Studio Albums featuring remastered versions of all seven of the influential roots-rock group's studio LPs.
CCR drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford tells ABC Radio that he loves the sound of the new discs, which were mastered at half-speed at London's Abbey Road Studios and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl.
"[I]t makes everything a lot cleaner, a lot more realistic and a lot warmer," Clifford says of half-speed mastering.
Creedence's entire seven-album studio output spans from 1968 to 1972, and during that time the band scored nine top 10 hits, five of which were two-sided singles. And while those hits certainly are highlights of the group's catalog, Clifford says that many fans who buy the box set will get to discover many excellent lesser-known tunes.
"[T]here are some great album cuts on every single album of the seven, and [many] people will be hearing those for the first time," he points out. "So to me, that's really exciting."
Asked what his favorite CCR album is, Doug chooses 1970's Cosmo's Factory, because it's his "namesake album" and "was our most successful record." The album spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. As for his favorite Creedence song, Clifford picks "Born on the Bayou," the lead track from the band's second album, 1969's Bayou Country. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
The box set also comes packaged with an 80-page book containing new liner notes, vintage photos and reproductions of band memorabilia.
Here's a full list of the LPs included in CCR's The Complete Studio Albums collection:
Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) Bayou Country (1969) Green River (1969) Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) Cosmo's Factory (1970) Pendulum (1970) Mardi Gras (1972)
Credit: Dave HoganFor much of his life, The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has been known as one of rock 'n' roll's hardest partiers, but the legendary guitarist, who turns 75 next Tuesday, admits in a new interview that he's almost completely given up drinking.
"It's been about a year now," Richards tells Rolling Stone. "I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it."
Keith, who will hit the road with The Rolling Stones on a U.S. tour in April, says he still has "a glass of wine occasionally, and a beer," but notes that generally, it "was time to quit [alcohol]…Just like all the other stuff."
Asked if it giving up drinking was an adjustment, Keith says with a laugh, "You can call it that, yeah," but adds, "I don't notice any difference, really -- except for I don't drink. I wasn't feeling [right]."
Richards' fellow Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who struggled with alcohol abuse for decades before getting sober in 2010, tells Rolling Stone that he gets along much better with Keith since the guitarist cut back on the booze.
"He's a pleasure to work with," Wood maintains. "Much more mellow. He's open to more ideas, whereas before I'd kind of grit my teeth and go, 'He's gonna give me some s*** for saying this.' Now, he'll say, 'That's cool, man.'"
Wood reports that Richards' sobriety has also had a positive effect on how the two guitarists play together onstage.
"We're weaving [guitar parts] a lot more conscientiously now," he notes. "We're much more aware of the gaps and the spaces between. We're in our seventies, but we're still rocking like we're 40-year-olds, you know?"
Credit: Brandise DaneswichJackson Browne has lined up four shows at New York City's famous Beacon Theatre next year on June 23, 24, 26 and 28. Indie-pop act Lucius, whose co-lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe served as backing vocalists on Roger Waters' Us Them tour, will open the concerts.
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 14, at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster locations and LiveNation.com. Visit JacksonBrowne.com/tour for information about advance tickets.
Browne first met Lucius in 2015 when he appeared on an episode of writer/director Cameron Crowe's HBO series, Roadies.
"I went to my first Lucius concert thinking I knew what they do," Browne explains. "I had sung a little with Jess and Holly, and I was enchanted by them and by their unique singing. But I was amazed to discover the depth and the originality of this band. Their songs and their arrangements, their huge dynamics -- they just blew me away."
Browne adds, "I'm excited that I get to appear with Lucius this summer, and that my audience will have a chance to hear this great band. And of course, I'm really happy to have the chance to play for their audience too. My band and their band -- these shows will be epic!"
Jackson will play with his full backing band at the concerts, including multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz, bassist Bob Glaub, guitarist Val McCallum and backing singers Alethea Mills and Chavonne Stewart.
Browne currently has only one other event on his 2019 itinerary. He'll perform at the Sing Out for Seva concert -- celebrating the Seva Foundation's 40th anniversary -- on January 12 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The show also will feature Bonnie Raitt, Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart and more.
Daryl Hannah; William ClaxtonNeil Young has announced that he's resolved the issues he had regarding his July 12, 2019, co-headlining concert with Bob Dylan at London's Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time Hyde Park series. The show will go on as planned although it's no longer listed as part of the series.
A message on the Neil Young Archives website under the headline "Sponsored by Nobody" reports, "the Hyde Park show will proceed without Barclays as a sponsor, adding, "We are overjoyed, so happy to be playing the show!" The site also has made tickets to the concert available to its subscribers.
A few days ago, Young posted a lengthy note on his website explaining that he was unhappy that the concert's main sponsor, Barclays Bank, is a strong supporter of the fossil-fuel industry.
"That doesn't work for me," he wrote regarding Barclays involvement in the show. "I believe in Science. I worry about the Climate Crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren's future."
Neil said he also was upset because organizers had put tickets for the event on sale before he'd agreed to all of the details of the concert. The British Summer Time Hyde Park series no longer mentions Young and Dylan's co-headlining gig on its website.
In other news, Young has announced that pre-sale tickets to five upcoming U.S. solo concerts as part of his theater tour will be available starting today to Neil Young Archives subscribers.
ABC/Randy HolmesPossibly the most important summit in music history is now a reality, as Ozzy Osbourne has now met Mac Sabbath.
In case you're unaware, Mac Sabbath is a fast food-themed Black Sabbath tribute band. The members dress in knockoffs of your favorite burger-hocking characters and rock Sabbath classics such as "Iron Man," only they replace the lyrics with lines like "I am frying pan."
In a previously unreleased clip from Ozzy & Jack's World Detour -- Osbourne's reality travel series with his son, Jack -- the Prince of Darkness comes face-to-face with his fry-loving admirers.
At first, Ozzy seems incredibly bewildered as Jack sits him down on a couch for a private Mac Sabbath performance. Once they started playing though, Ozzy immediately starts laughing.
After the performance, Mac Sabbath singer Ronald Osbourne explains to Ozzy that while Black Sabbath's music warned people of coming evil, his band warns people of the evils of fast food. Ozzy seemed delighted by the whole thing.
"To be honest with you, I was just watching the clownery," Ozzy tells Jack in the clip. "It's fun...If you can't stand the laugh, don't f***ing do it."
The film's cast will vie for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture honor, while Rami Malek, who portrays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, will compete for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize.
The remake of A Star Is Born, featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is the film that received the most SAG Award nominations, with four. The nominations were announced Wednesday morning by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California.
The 25th annual SAG Awards will air January 27, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TNT and TBS.
As previously reported, Bohemian Rhapsody is in the running for the Best Motion Picture -- Drama award at the Golden Globes, while Malek is nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama honor.
The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 6, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
ABC/Randy HolmesAquaman has often been the butt of jokes, but Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa, who plays the undersea superhero in the upcoming Aquaman movie, sees him more as a hard-rocking metalhead who listens to bands like Metallica, Tool and Black Sabbath.
"Aquaman's pretty metal," Momoa tells Metal Hammer. "I know no one thinks that, but Aquaman's metal."
Specifically, he says Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All, and the Tool song "Ticks and Leeches" influenced his portrayal of Arthur Curry's alter-ego.
"There's a lot of Sabbath in there too," Momoa adds.
In fact, Momoa says that he often "build[s] [his] characters off of metal songs." His starring role in the 2011 film Conan the Barbarian, for example, was influenced by Pantera.
Aquaman, also starring Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman and Patrick Wilson, opens in theaters December 21.
ABC/Randy HolmesA new documentary about founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson -- featuring interviews with Bruce Springsteen and Elton John -- is expected to be completed by January 2019, Variety reports.
The as-yet-untitled film is being directed by Brent Wilson, who included Brian in his 2017 doo-wop documentary Streetlight Harmonies.
For the upcoming movie, Brent gathered about 90 hours of new footage of Brian discussing his life and music with Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine. Most of the conversations were shot "Carpool Karaoke" style, as Brian and Jason drove around L.A. visiting sites of significance to Wilson and The Beach Boys.
"Seventy-five percent of what is in the film is Brian," Brent tells Variety, "and then we were really selective about who we wanted to appear in the film, using people like Springsteen, Elton and [My Morning Jacket frontman] Jim James to reinforce the themes."
The director says he felt Springsteen was especially important to include in the movie because of the many parallels between Bruce's and Brian's lives.
"Bruce was really 10 miles in from the Jersey Shore, even though he kind of made up that Jersey Shore scene," Brent explains.
"Brian created that West Coast beach sound, but…he doesn't surf, and Hawthorne [California], even though it's only five miles from the beach, it's a thousand miles from the beach. And they both had situations with fathers, when they grew up…They're the same guy. They really are!"
Other musicians who appear in the film include pop star Nick Jonas, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Bob Gaudio of The Four Seasons.
Credit: John RussoOn a recent CBS This Morning appearance, Lindsey Buckingham revealed that he'd settled the lawsuit he'd launched against Fleetwood Mac over his dismissal from the band earlier this year. Now, in a new interview with Stereogum, the singer/guitarist admits that he won't rule out returning to the group.
"Look, it's Fleetwood Mac, anything's possible," says Lindsey. "Maybe they'll get it out of their system. If they ask me to come back, would I? Sure, because to me I think the lack of a proper farewell tour, if that's what we're doing, that doesn't undercut…the legacy that we have so carefully built as the five of us, which they're not doing right now."
Buckingham calls the group's current incarnation, which features founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House singer Neil Finn taking his place, "a cover band kind of deal."
Buckingham also reveals that he hasn't spoken directly to any of the band members since he was fired, reportedly at the behest of Stevie Nicks.
"Once we signed some [legal] papers a few weeks ago, I did hear from Christine [McVie] in an email, as I expected to," he notes. "I know Mick [Fleetwood] would probably like to, but I think he's too embarrassed and just a little too weak-willed to do it. I won't hear from Stevie because it was all her trip anyway."
He adds, "I just have to forgive them because it's really just Stevie being so needy for a certain kind of attention and maybe not wanting to compete with the vitality that I have."
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's All Within My Hands charity foundation has launched the Metallica Scholars program, a new initiative to support workforce education.
Through the program, All Within My Hands is donating $100,000 each to 10 community colleges across the United States, and will support over 1,000 students in their pursuit of a traditional trade or other applied learning program.
"All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about," says drummer Lars Ulrich. "We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same."
With the addition of the San Jose concert, the U.S. leg of McCartney's 2019 Freshen Up Tour now includes a baker's dozen worth of shows.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the public on Monday, December 17, at 10 a.m. PT. PaulMcCartney.com and American Express card members will be able to purchase advance tickets starting Wednesday, December 12, at 10 a.m. local time.
The last time the ex-Beatles star did a show in the San Francisco Bay area was in August 2014, when he played the last-ever concert at Candlestick Park before it was demolished.
Sir Paul'S upcoming U.S. trek kicks off May 23 in New Orleans and currently is mapped out through a July 13 show in Los Angeles. The Freshen Up Tour is in support of McCartney's latest studio album, Egypt Station, which was released in September.
Here are McCartney's confirmed stateside dates:
5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena 5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena 5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center 6/8 -- Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field 6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center 6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park 6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park 6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena 7/10 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Centre* 7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodgers Stadium
Deadline also reports that Pop will help narrate Punk, along with artists including Dave Grohl, Johnny Rotten, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, and Ramones drummer Marky Ramone.
Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsGiven its enduring popularity, it should surprise no one that Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of rock's most-streamed songs. But as of today, the 43-year-old magnum opus is the most-streamed song of any genre from the 20th century, according to the band's label, Universal Music Group.
Be careful to note that "from the 20th century" distinction, though, meaning the 1975 classic is the most-streamed of the songs released pre-millennium. UMG says "Bohemian Rhapsody" surpassed 1.6 billion global streams, including views of its official video, which also makes it, they say, the most-streamed classic rock song of all time.
“So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams!" says Queen guitarist Brian May in a statement. "Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!"
As impressive as those streaming numbers are, however, they fall far short of the massive streaming totals for 21st century artists like Drake, TaylorSwift and others. But that makes "Bohemian Rhapsody's" achievement no less impressive, especially considering the 20th century classic rock competition it was up against. It's also no accident: The song received a massive publicity push and renewed global exposure in the run-up to the November release of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, now in theaters.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" was the first single released from Queen's 1975 album, A Night at the Opera. It topped the U.K. singles chart for nine weeks then, and again following frontman Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. It also charted twice in the U.S., hitting #9 in 1976 as the band's first U.S. top-10 hit, and then re-charting and peaking at #2 in 1992 after it was featured in the hit movie comedy Wayne's World.
Credit:Jill FurmanovskyFounding Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is preparing to bring his new group, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, across the pond for its first North American tour in March 2019, but if it were up to him, he'd still playing with his old band.
Of course, the longtime rift between bassist Roger Waters and guitarist David Gilmour makes that impossible, and Mason tells Rolling Stone he's frustrated that the two musicians can't put their differences aside.
"I actually get along with both of them," Nick reports, "and I think it's really disappointing that these rather elderly gentlemen are still at loggerheads."
Among the issues between Waters and Gilmour, according to Mason, is that "Roger doesn't really respect David."
"He feels that writing is everything," Nick explains, "and that guitar playing and the singing are something that -- I won't say anyone can do -- but that everything should be judged on the writing rather than the playing."
Mason also says he thinks Waters is still annoyed that other members continued to tour and record as Pink Floyd after he exited the group in 1985.
"I think it rankles with Roger that he made a sort of error in a way, that he left the band assuming that without him, it would fold," he notes. "It's a constant irritation, really, that he's still going back to it."
Meanwhile, Mason tells Rolling Stone that he lives in hope that Waters and Gilmour eventually will make up.
"I mean, I don't think we're going to tour as Pink Floyd again," he admits. "But it would seem silly at this stage of our lives to still be fighting."
Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, which focuses on Pink Floyd material prior to 1973, kicks off their North American tour on March 12 in Vancouver, Canada.
Credit: Kevin NixonThis year marked the first time that Def Leppard was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after being eligible for the honor since 2005. And to pour some sugar on that, the band has finished first in the online fan poll choosing the most popular potential 2019 inductee.
The British rockers accumulated more than 547,000 votes, over 100,000 more than the second-place vote-getter, Stevie Nicks, who had just under 428,000.
Rounding out the top five artists with the most votes were Todd Rundgren at #3, with more than 365,000; The Zombies at #4, with over 329,000; and The Cure, with more than 264,000 votes.
Nicks and Rundgren also received their first nominations for the Rock Hall this year, while The Zombies were nominated three times before and The Cure, once. If Stevie is chosen for the honor, she'll become the first woman to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice, having been previous welcomed in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
Thanks to the poll, the top five acts will get an extra vote toward induction, although about one thousand ballots are cast each year when deciding which artists are welcomed into the Rock Hall. That being said, the acts who received the most votes in the fan poll during the last six years all ended up getting inducted, which bodes very well for Def Leppard.
The Rock Hall's Class of 2019 inductees will be announced this Thursday, December 13, at 8 a.m. ET via RockHall.com and the museum's social media sites. The induction ceremony is scheduled for March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Here's the full list of 2019 nominees and the number of votes they received in the poll:
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicCourtney Love has reportedly filed a restraining order against her ex-manager, Sam Lutfi.
According to TMZ, Love claims that Lutfi has been harassing her with emails, texts and phone calls, demanding money for services he says he provided. Love is reportedly asking a judge to forbid Lutfi from contacting her and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, as well as Love's sister.
Meanwhile, both Love and Lutfi are named in a lawsuit brought by Cobain's ex-husband Isaiah Silva, who claims that the pair conspired to kill him over a Kurt Cobain guitar in his possession.
The guitar, which the late Nirvana frontman played during the band's iconic MTV Unplugged episode, made headlines during Frances' divorce from Isaiah: He claimed that she gave it to her as a wedding present, which she denied. Silva was allowed to keep the guitar in the divorce settlement.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters and Judas Priest are among the many hard-rock acts that will perform at the inaugural Epicenter festival, held May 10-12 in Richmond County, North Carolina.
Foo Fighters will headline the third day of the event, while Korn will headline day one and Tool day two of the festival. Priest also will play on the second day. In addition, the lineup includes Rob Zombie, The Cult,311, Evanescence, Bush, Live, Mastodon, Black Label Society, The Prodigy, Killswitch Engage, Tom Morello and many more.
Epicenter takes the place of the long-running Carolina Rebellion. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit EpicenterFestival.com.
In other Foo and North Carolina-related news, frontman Dave Grohl debuted his 23-minute Play project live over the weekend at ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes' 2018 Christmas Jam festival in Asheville. For the performance, Grohl's backing band including his Them Crooked Vultures band mate Alain Johannes, Concrete and Gold producer Greg Kurstin and Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, among others.
Fan-recorded footage of the set is streaming now on YouTube.
Credit: Danny ClinchLate last month, a joint concert featuring Neil Young and Bob Dylan was announced as the first show of the 2019 edition of London's British Summer Time Hyde Park series. Now Young has taken to his Neil Young Archives website to criticize certain aspects of the July 12 event.
Firstly, Neil apologized to fans who expected to be able to purchase tickets to the concert via his website, noting that the event was announced before he'd agreed to the final details.
"I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all the details of the show were agreeable to me," he explains in his message. "Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge.
Young then notes, "We promised you that you would learn first at [Neil Young Archives] about all of my activities and have first access to pre-sale tickets. You didn't. I was angry."
Neil also says he has a big issue with the concert's main sponsor, Barclays Bank, whom the longtime environmental activist maintains is a major funder of the fossil-fuel industry.
"That doesn't work for me," Young says with regard to Barclays involvement in the concert. "I believe in Science. I worry about the Climate Crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren's future."
"There's no doubt about it -- [It's] been a massive f*** up!" Neil declares. "At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show." He notes he's discussing possibly "requiring a different sponsor" before moving forward with the concert.
The Hyde Park show currently is Young's only confirmed 2019 gig.
Credit: Jonas AkerlundMeet Deadland Ritual, a new band featuring Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler. You can download the group's debut single, "Down in Flames," now via digital outlets.
Along with Butler, Deadland Ritual features former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, Apocalyptica vocalist Franky Perez, and Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.
Sorum, Perez and Stevens formed the band initially, and then Butler joined after digging what he heard from the trio.
"I had to get used to the idea of starting from scratch again, which is good," Bulter says in a statement. "But I really liked the music I was hearing. It's not your typical hard rock or metal stuff."
Deadland Ritual will make their live debut in June at the U.K.'s Download Festival, followed by a set at Hellfest in France. The band's shows will mix original material with songs from each member's career.