Frontiers Music srlLast May, Whitesnake's David Coverdale told ABC Radio that the band had to delay plans to release a new studio album in 2018 because "a technical catastrophe" resulted in the loss of most of the record. Now comes word that the album, titled Flesh & Blood, is ready to go and will hit stores on May 10.
Coinciding with the announcement, Whitesnake has premiered a video for the album's lead single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me," which you can watch on the Frontiers Music label's YouTube channel.
The clip features footage of Whitesnake performing the new tune at a club in front of a small, enthusiastic crowd, intercut with fun scenes showing of group of woman who take a liking to the vintage white Jaguar that Coverdale has parked outside the venue. The car is the same one that appears in the iconic video for the band's 1987 hit "Here I Go Again."
"Shut Up & Kiss Me" can be purchased now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-orderingFlesh & Blood will receive an instant download of the track.
The album will be available in various formats and configurations, including on CD, digitally, as a two-LP set featuring black or colored vinyl discs, as a CD/DVD deluxe edition and as a "Super Luxury Boxset" containing the deluxe CD/DVD, the LPs on colored vinyl, a poster and a lithograph.
The CD/DVD set features two bonus studio tracks, two versions of the "Shut Up & Kiss Me" video, a Flesh & Blood behind-the-scenes clip and three DVD-audio remixes of album cuts.
To support Flesh & Blood, Whitesnake has scheduled a U.S. spring tour that kicks off April 12 in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
Here's the track list for the album's deluxe edition:
CD "Good to See You Again" "Gonna Be Alright" "Shut Up & Kiss Me" "Hey You (You Make Me Rock)" "Always & Forever" "When I Think of You (Color Me Blue)" "Trouble Is Your Middle Name" "Flesh & Blood" "Well I Never" "Heart of Stone" "Get Up" "After All" "Sands of Time" "Can't Do Right for Doing Wrong" -- bonus track "If I Can't Have You" -- bonus track
DVD-audio tracks "Gonna Be Alright" (X-Tendo Mix) "Sands of Time" (Radio Mix) "Shut Up and Kiss Me" (Video Mix)
And here are Whitesnake's confirmed U.S. tour dates:
4/12 -- Newkirk, OK, 7 Clans First Council Casino 4/13 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Casino 4/15 -- Dallas, TX, The Bomb Factory 4/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theater 4/19 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort 4/20 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre 4/22 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live 4/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 4/25 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Casino 4/26 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King PAC 4/28 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium 4/29 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center 5/1 -- Richmond, VA, Richmond, VA, The National 5/2 -- Bensalem, PA, XCITE Center at Parx Casino 5/4 -- Columbia, MD, M3 Rock Festival 5/5 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penns Peak 5/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 5/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 5/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino 5/11 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino 5/14 -- Greenville, PA, The Palace Theatre 5/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino 5/18 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Casino
Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his current band The Circle have released an official video for "Trust Fund Baby," the hard-rocking lead single from the group's upcoming debut studio album, Space Between.
The clip, which you can watch on Hagar's YouTube channel, mixes footage of the Red Rocker and his group performing the song with a depiction of a spoiled, wealthy young woman whose life is one big drug- and alcohol-fueled party.
The video was directed by ZZ Satriani, the son of one of Sammy's Chickenfoot band mates, guitar whiz Joe Satriani.
Hagar says the clip nails "what happens when kids are given too much money -- too early in life -- and it becomes an affliction."
He adds, "All the money in the world isn't a guarantee for a good life. I'm a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work -- but that comes later in the story."
"Trust Fund Baby" is available for purchase now digitally and via streaming services, and fans pre-orderingSpace Between will get an instant download of the track. The album will be released on May 10.
The Circle's lineup features Sammy's ex-Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony on bass, occasional Led Zeppelin drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, a member of Hagar's longtime backing band The Wabos.
As previously reported, Hagar & The Circle will support Space Between with a U.S. tour that kicks off April 19 in Reno, Nevada, and currently is mapped out through a June 7 show in Tinley Park, Illinois. Check out all the dates at RedRocker.com.
In other news, Hagar's AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar will return for a fourth season premiering this spring.
Recently announced plans for a three-day music extravaganza commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival this August have changed a bit.
The original plan was for the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue located at the original site of the historic event in Bethel, New York, to host the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, featuring performances by both established and up-and-coming artists, plus other activities, from August 16 to 18. Now that's been replaced by Anniversary Week, which includes a series of special concerts on those days.
Anniversary Week will kick off August 15 with a screening of the Director's Cut of the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock. Then, on August 16, Bethel Woods will feature a concert headlined by Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, with support from folk great Arlo Guthrie and veteran rocker Edgar Winter. Guthrie played solo at the 1969 Woodstock fest, while Winter took part in his brother Johnny's set.
Another Woodstock alum, Santana, will headline a show August 17 that also will feature The Doobie Brothers. Anniversary Week will come to a close on the 18th with a concert featuring as-yet-unannounced performers.
Anniversary Week will be part of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts' just-announced Woodstock commemoration, dubbed A Season of Song & Celebration, that will include a variety of shows, events and exhibitions. The festivities will kick off March 30 with an exhibit titled We Are Golden -- Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future.
As previously reported, an official 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Woodstock festival, dubbed Woodstock 50, will take place August 16 to August 18 at Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York.
Jukebox Hero: The Musical, the stage production showcasing many of Foreigner's classic hits, gets its official premiere tonight at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.
Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones, who's written or co-written nearly all of the group's songs, tells ABC Radio he was "blown away" when he saw a preview performance of the show last year.
"I don't know what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn't expecting to be moving about in my seat," he reveals.
The musical was written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement of The Commitments fame, and uses Foreigner's songs to help tell the tale of a rock star from an economically depressed Pennsylvania town who returns home to play a benefit concert for the financially struggling residents.
Jones says the musical's story addresses issues facing many people today.
"It deals with the current…socioeconomic state of things in America," he notes. "It brings a realization of [what's] happened to people's lives -- the chaos, the uncertainty, the loss of jobs, the whole imbalance in America, and in the world."
At the musical's center is Foreigner's 1981 hit "Juke Box Hero," which Mick says echoes the main character's story while offering a sentiment to which many people can relate.
"It [talks] about the dream of success as a rock lead singer or a guitar player," he maintains. "[And it reflects] that hope and optimism about creating something that you're passionate about."
Jukebox Hero: The Musical will play at the Ed Mirvish Theatre through February 24, with two performances scheduled for the 23rd and the 24th. Tickets are on sale now at JukeboxHeroMusical.com.
Jones tells ABC Radio that he hopes the production will eventually make it to Broadway. "The aim is seeing how far we can get," he says.
Credit: Mads PerchLast week, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and his new side project, Saving Grace, served as the opening act for veteran British folk rockers Fairport Convention at a pair of U.K. concerts. Now, fan-shot videos of select performances from the shows have been posted on YouTube.
A clip from one of the gigs, in Basingstoke, England, shows Plant and Saving Grace singer Suzi Dian duetting on a version the 1964 Everly Brothers tune "Gone, Gone, Gone." It's a song Robert and country/bluegrass star Alison Krauss covered on their Grammy-winning 2007 collaborative album, Raising Sand.
Two other videos from the other show, in Bath, can also be viewed on YouTube. They capture Saving Grace performing Mel Tillis' "Stick with My Baby" -- another tune featured on Raising Sand -- and the traditional spiritual song "And We Bid You Goodnight."
The latter tune, which Saving Grace's five members performed a cappella, was previously covered by The Grateful Dead and appeared on that band's 1969 album Live/Dead.
As previously reported, Saving Grace features Plant and Dian on vocals, Tony Kelsey and Matt Worley on multiple string instruments and Oli Jefferson on percussion. Judging by the YouTube performances, the group focuses on sparse, atmospheric acoustic sounds.
Meanwhile, Plant's 2019 tour schedule includes an appearance at the star-studded, third annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert on March 7 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. He'll also tour Scandinavia this June and July with his current primary backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
C Flanigan/FilmMagicFounding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench will play a pair of intimate solo concerts on March 19 and 20 at the New York City club the Rockwood Music Hall.
Tickets for the shows, which are on sale now, cost $25 for general admission, while a limited number of floor seats are available for $40.
The concerts take place several days after Tench will appear as a special guest at Phil Lesh & Friends' three-night stand, March 14-16, at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The engagement is the Grateful Dead bassist's fifth annual birth celebration event. Lesh turns 79 on March 15. Among the other guest musicians who will perform at the concerts are guitarist John Scofield and singer Amy Helm, the daughter of late Band member Levon Helm.
Secretly Canadian/Chimera MusicJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental 1969 record, Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album, will be reissued on March 22, two days after what would have been the couple's 50th wedding anniversary. The collection can be pre-ordered now, and is available on CD, DVD or as a vinyl box set featuring a white-vinyl LP.
Wedding Album features two extended 20-plus-minute pieces, "John & Yoko" and "Amsterdam." The first track was recorded at London's Abbey Road Studios in late April 1969 and consisted of the Beatles star and his wife calling out each other's first name using different vocal inflections and emotions, and at various volumes.
The second track is a montage of audio clips recorded during the couple's "Bed-In for Peace" honeymoon event from March 25 to March 31 at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. The piece included segments of interviews, impromptu performances and more.
The box set version of the Wedding Album reissue will come with reproductions of the original album's packaging, including photographs from John and Yoko's nuptials and the Amsterdam "Bed-In," a copy of the couple's marriage certificate, drawings by Lennon and Ono, a photo of a slice of wedding cake and more.
A limited-edition version of the box set featuring an LP on clear vinyl will be available exclusively via the Rough Trade record store.
Unfinished Music No. 3: Wedding Album is the latest in an ongoing Yoko Ono reissue series being released in partnership between the Secretly Canadian and Chimera Music labels.
Paramount PicturesWe’ve still got a few more months before the Elton John biopic Rocketman hits theaters, but now we've got a sneak peek of exactly what star Taron Egerton will bring to the role.
In a new behind-the-scenes clip, we get to hear Egerton in the recording booth singing Elton’s classic song “Tiny Dancer” for the film. The clip also contains interviews with Egerton, director Dexter Fletcher and music producer Giles Martin.
“Elton said, ‘I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sing my songs better than Taron,'” Martin says. “And the great thing about Elton is that he wants Taron’s interpretations of his songs.”
Egerton, meanwhile, calls making the film “the greatest joy of my professional life.”
The actor, who appeared with Elton in the 2017 movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle, adds, "The thing about playing someone so beloved, all we can do is give our heartfelt interpretation of his life and his music.”
Rocketman, also starring Jamie Bell and Richard Madden, hits theaters May 31.
Courtesy of NetflixNetflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming Motley Crue biopic The Dirt, based on the band's 2001 autobiography of the same name.
The clip packs a whole lot of debauchery into less than three minutes, covering both the highs and very low lows of the Los Angeles rockers' notorious hard-partying ways.
At one point in the trailer, Crue manager Doc McGhee, played by David Costabile of Breaking Bad fame, declares, "I had managed the Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, KISS, but I had never been through what Motley Crue put me through."
The Dirt stars The Punisher's Daniel Webber as frontman Vince Neil, Game of Thrones' Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars, Douglas Booth as bassist Nikki Sixx, and Colson Baker, aka rapper Machine Gun Kelly, as drummer Tommy Lee. It premieres on Netflix March 22.
Bad Company has a variety of shows lined up this year, but frontman Paul Rodgers has revealed that the band's also working on material for a potential new studio album.
Rodgers tells RockBandReviews.com that Bad Company will only play about 20 dates in 2019, noting, "We're going to pull back a little bit so that we can spend more time in the studio [and] do a little recording."
He adds, "I'd like to create some new music. That's my focus right now. We're in the studio, just kicking things around with a few guys and seeing what we've got."
Bad Company hasn't released an album of original songs since 1996's Stories Told & Untold, while the last studio effort by the group featuring Rodgers was 1982's Rough Diamonds. Paul did appear on the 2002 Bad Company live album In Concert: Merchants of Cool, which boasted a pair of new studio tracks.
Rodgers also gave an update about the health of founding Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs, who suffered a stroke following the band's 2016 U.K. tour.
"[H]e's now hospitalized," Paul told RockBandReviews.com. "We're trying to take care of him from a distance. It's a lot. His family are involved a lot in taking care of him. He's doing as well as can be expected."
Bad Company's current lineup is rounded out by founding drummer Simon Kirke, ex-Heart guitarist Howard Leese, and bassist Todd Ronning.
As for touring plans, the band's 2019 itinerary includes some headlining shows, as well as slots opening for ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Here are all of Bad Company's confirmed 2019 U.S. shows, all of them headlining gigs unless otherwise noted:
2/22 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at the Event Center 3/23 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 5/17 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion* 5/18 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion* 5/19 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater* 6/7 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort 6/8 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino Spa & Resort 7/26 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater 7/27 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre 8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 8/21 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair's Chevrolet Music Festival 9/20 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 9/21 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green
* = with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick. = with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Courtesy of Paul Shaffer; Amy Grantham; Blain Claussen
Paul Shaffer will host a new AXS TV interview series that'll feature David Letterman's longtime band leader chatting with a variety of music stars, including Graham Nash, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, and Sammy Hagar.
Paul Shaffer Plus One is a half-hour program that will see Shaffer talking in depth with his guests about their career highlights, influences and experiences. The show will be taped in a recording studio with Shaffer sitting at a piano, and at times he may give impromptu performances certain songs that he's discussing with his guests.
"In this show I get to go one-on-one with all my favorite recording artists," says Shaffer in a statement. "We talk mainly music and if the topic turns to a specific tune, we demonstrate in song. It's a dream come true."
Other celebrities scheduled to be on the show include blues legend Buddy Guy and comic actor Harry Shearer, who will appear as his This Is Spinal Tap character Derek Smalls. Shaffer, a longtime friend of Shearer's, made a cameo in the famous rock mockumentary as record company promotion man Artie Fufkin.
In addition, an hour-long version Paul Shaffer Plus One will air on satellite radio. A premiere date for the show has yet to be announced.
Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImageThere might be some more tears for Ozzy Osbourne fans this morning, as his camp has announced a host of cancelled tour dates while he recovers from health issues.
In a press release, Ozzy's camp says No More Tours 2 dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan would be cancelled. Earlier this month, he postponed the entire UK and European leg of the tour when an upper respiratory infection got worse.
In the statement, Sharon Osbourne said, "Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part. His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel."
Recently, Ozzy's better half announced on her CBS show The Talk that he was "doing great" after being hospitalized. She noted he was in intensive care at one point.
The Steve Miller Band recently announced plans for a brief headlining tour of the Southern U.S. in March. Now the group has lined up a lengthy stateside summer trek that also will feature veteran country act Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.
The trek, which is billed as "An Amazing Evening of Original American Music: Classic Rock Meets Classic Country," kicks off June 13 in Des Moines, Iowa, and is plotted out all the way through an August 30-31 stand in Woodinville, Washington. The tour includes 35 dates, while Miller also has two headlining shows scheduled on off nights of the outing.
The spring tour, dubbed "An Evening with Steve Miller Band," runs from a March 12 concert in Clearwater, Florida, through a March 24 gig in Southaven, Mississippi.
In other news, Steve Millerwill receive an honorary degree in music from his one-time alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on May 10 during the school's commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center. Beginning in 1961, the future Rock & Roll Hall of Famer spent seven semesters as a comparative literature major at the university, including a year abroad studying at the University of Copenhagen.
Miller left the university without graduating, moving first to Chicago -- where he honed his skills as a blues guitarist -- before making his way in late 1966 to San Francisco, where would find fame with the Steve Miller Band.
Steve has maintained a close relationship with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and in 2017 he donated proceeds from a local concert to the Chancellor's Scholarship Fund. He also met with students there to discuss careers in music.
Here are all of Steve Miller Band's 2019 tour dates. All shows with Marty Stuart unless otherwise noted:
3/12 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall* 3/13 -- Fort Meyers, FL, Suncoast Credit Union Arena* 3/16 -- Orlando, FL, Universal Studios - Music Plaza Stage* 3/17 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock* 3/20 -- Greenville, SC, Peace Center* 3/21 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery PAC* 3/23 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort* 3/24 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove* 6/13 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 6/15 -- Tulsa, OK, River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove 6/16 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP 6/21 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater 6/22 -- Dubuque, IL, America's River Festival 6/24 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens 6/25 -- Interlochen, MI, Kresge Auditorium 6/28 -- Rochester, NY, International Jazz Festival 6/30 -- Sterling Heights, IL, Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill 7/1 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival* 7/12 -- Prior Lake, MN, Lakefront Music Fest 7/14 -- Duluth, MN, Bayfront Festival Park 7/16 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 7/18 -- Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion 7/20 -- Lynchburg, VA, Riverfront Park 7/21 -- Bensalem, PA, Xcite Center* 7/24 -- New York, NY, Pier 17 7/25 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion 7/27 -- Rangeley, ME, Health & Wellness Pavilion 7/28 -- Kingston, NY, Hutton Brickyards 7/30 -- Selbyville, DE, Freeman Stage at Bayside 7/31 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Grand Theater 8/3 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest 8/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino 8/13 -- Denver, CO, The Mission Ballroom 8/14 -- Vail, CO, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 8/16 -- Billings, MT, Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion 8/17 -- Missoula, MT, Big Sky Brewery 8/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden 8/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theater 8/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheater 8/24 -- Stateline, NV, Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys 8/27 -- Salem, OR, Oregon State Fair 8/28 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino 8/30 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle 8/31 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
* = without Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.
Neal PrestonQueen will, Queen will rock you...at the Oscars this year.
The Academy of Motion Pictures announced via Twitter that the legendary British band and their current lead singer, Adam Lambert, will perform on the February 24 telecast on ABC.
"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year's #Oscars," read the tweet. Lambert and Queen both announced the news on their own Twitter accounts as well.
Bohemian Rhapsody, the movie that tells the story of Queen's iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, is nominated for five Oscars this year, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, who plays Mercury.
None of the songs in Bohemian Rhapsody are actually nominated for Best Original Song, however, since they were not written specifically for the movie.
In addition to Queen's performance, four out of the five Best Original Song nominees will be performed on the Oscar telecast. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform "Shallow" from A Star Is Born, while Bette Midler will sing "The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns.
Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings will sing "When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings," from the movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Jennifer Hudson will sing "I'll Fight" from the documentary RBG.
It's not clear if the final Best Original Song nominee, "All the Stars," will be performed. The song from Black Panther was written and recorded by rapper Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer SZA.
And here's a fun fact: Lady Gaga's stage name is taken from the Queen song "Radio Gaga." Now they'll be on the same stage together.
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air February 24 live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Nikki Sixx is accusing KISS' ongoing End of the Road farewell tour of ripping off production elements from Motley Crue's final tour.
On his Instagram Saturday, Sixx posted a photo from the Crue's own farewell run, which concluded New Year's Eve 2015, showing him standing on a platform held by a giant crane over the stage. In the caption, he wrote, "If ya wanna see an exact reenactment of this just go to the #LosAngeles Forum tonight," which is where KISS was playing Saturday.
Sixx then took to Twitter to post side-by-side photos of himself and Gene Simmons both using similar looking crane apparatuses during their respective shows.
"Wow. Our body wasn't even cold before they took this exact grande finale from our tour," Sixx wrote.
"Might not matter to Kiss fans but it does to Crue fans," he added. "I dug their music when I was a little kid and it was cool to Co-Headline together a few years but this disappoints me."
KISS has not publicly responded to Sixx's accusations.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe Doors' Robby Krieger has contributed a new slide-guitar solo to a fresh remix of "America," a 1978 song by late keyboardist Ray Manzarek's short-lived post-Doors band Nite City.
The track is one of four remixes of "America" that were released digitally and via streaming services this past Tuesday, February 12, in honor of what would've been Manzarek's 80th birthday.
The original version of "America" appeared on Nite City's second and final album, Golden Days Diamond Nights. Manzarek wrote the tune as an homage to the American Dream while touring across the U.S. as a solo artist. Nite City's lineup also included bassist Nigel Harrison, who went on to play with Blondie from 1978 to 1982.
Krieger recorded his solo for the "America" remix earlier this year. You can check out all four remixes of "America" at Manzarek's YouTube channel. The videos also feature background information about the song and about Nite City.
In other news, Robby and his solo band will be playing a concert with special guests on Thursday, February 21, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles that will be taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS performance series Front and Center. Fans have the chance to win free tickets to the event at Front and Center's Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the Robby Krieger Band currently has two other concerts lined up, on March 1 in Houston and March 2 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Courtesy of Lockn' FestivalThe initial lineup of the 2019 Lockn' Festival has been revealed, and among the artists confirmed to perform at the jam-heavy extravaganza are The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Phish's Trey Anastasio and ex-Allman Brothers Band members Derek Trucks and Oteil Burbridge.
The event is scheduled from August 22 to August 25 at Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia.
Weir will headline the festival's final day with his current side group Wolf Bros, which features acclaimed producer/bassist Don Was and RatDog drummer Jay Lane. Trucks' wife and Tedeschi Trucks Band collaborator Susan Tedeschi will be their special guest for the set.
In addition, Bob will take part in Burbridge's Oteil & Friends performance on Saturday, August 24, that also will feature Devon Allman and Duane Betts, the respective sons of founding Allman Brothers members Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts. Devon and Duane's group, Allman Betts Band, also will perform that day.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood is part of the lineup of Lockn' fest's first day.
Anastasio will be joined by Trucks at a headlining set on Friday, August 23, while Tedeschi Trucks Band will welcome Trey for a headlining performance the next night.
Meanwhile, veteran rock-and-soul group The Chamber Brothers will team up with Moonalice -- a band featuring ex-Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears -- for a performance on the 23rd.
Other artists confirmed to play at this year's Lockn' include Gary Clark Jr., Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Melvin Seals & JGB, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, moe., St. Paul & The Broken Bones and Steel Pulse.
Tickets and multiple-day passes go on sale Saturday, February 16, at noon ET via LocknFestival.com, where you also can check out the full lineup.
Credit: Allan Tannenbaum; Geffen Records/UMeAs the March 1 release of the new Tom Petty compilation The Best of Everything approaches, a previously unreleased track titled "For Real" that appears on the album has been made available as a digital single and via streaming services.
You also can listen to "For Real" now at Petty's official YouTube channel. The poignant autobiographical tune features Petty musing about his passion for music.
"I did it for real, would've done it for free," Tom sings in the song's chorus. "I did it for me, 'cause it was all that rang true...and I did it for you."
The Best of Everything is a career-spanning collection of songs that includes the late Petty's work with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch and as a solo artist. The 38-track album is available for pre-order as a two-CD set, a four-LP package on either black or clear vinyl, and a digital download.
Among the many well-known songs appearing on the retrospective are "Free Fallin'," "I Won't Back Down," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Listen to Her Heart," "Breakdown," "The Waiting," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Refugee," "American Girl," "Here Comes My Girl," "I Need to Know," "Even the Losers," and Tom's unforgettable duet with Stevie Nicks, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."
The album also includes two unreleased tracks -- the aforementioned "For Real" and an alternate version of the 1985 Petty and the Heartbreakers tune "The Best of Everything." The latter recording was made available as a digital single last year when the compilation was first announced.
Petty's family and band mates helped curate The Best of Everything, fulfilling Tom's wish to release an album gathering together his strongest material from throughout his career.
Here's the compilation's full track list; all songs by Petty and the Heartbreakers unless otherwise noted:
Disc 1 "Free Fallin'" -- Petty solo "Mary Jane's Last Dance" "You Wreck Me" "I Won't Back Down" -- Petty solo "Saving Grace" -- Petty solo "You Don't Know How It Feels" -- Petty solo "Don't Do Me Like That" "Listen to Her Heart" "Breakdown" "Walls (Circus)" "The Waiting" "Don't Come Around Here No More" "Southern Accents" "Angel Dream (No. 2)" "Dreamville" "I Should Have Known It" "Refugee" "American Girl" "The Best of Everything" (Alternate Version)*
Disc 2 "Wildflowers" -- Petty solo "Learning to Fly" "Here Comes My Girl" "The Last DJ" "I Need to Know" "Scare Easy" -- Mudcrutch "You Got Lucky" "Runnin' Down a Dream" -- Petty solo "American Dream Plan B" "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (featuring Stevie Nicks) "Trailer" -- Mudcrutch "Into the Great Wide Open" "Room at the Top" "Square One" -- Petty solo "Jammin' Me" "Even the Losers" "Hungry No More" -- Mudcrutch "I Forgive It All" -- Mudcrutch "For Real"*
Wicked Cool Records/UMeA seven-LP vinyl box set and a two-disc Blu-ray collection featuring expanded versions of Soulfire Live!, the album capturing performances by E Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt and his side group The Disciples of Soul's 2017 tour, were released today.
Originally released in 2018 as a three-CD set, Soulfire Live! was recorded at various shows Van Zandt and the band played in the U.S. and Europe, and features renditions of a variety of originals and covers, as well as guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf.
The vinyl box set includes a bonus disc titled From Macca to Mecca! that features a London performance of the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There" boasting a surprise appearance by Paul McCartney, plus a full 12-song Fab Four tribute set that Little Steven and his group played at the famed Cavern Club in Liverpool, U.K.
You can watch a video of McCartney joining Van Zandt and company at the London gig at Little Steven's official YouTube channel.
The Blu-ray set features video of all of the performances included in the box set, as well as interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and a documentary about the Cavern Club performance that includes footage of Little Steven being honored with a brick in the venue's Wall of Fame and clips of his band rehearsing for the gig.
"Playing in the same venue where The Beatles started their careers was a childhood dream of mine come true," says Van Zandt of the Cavern Club show. "This was a band that set me on course for a life of music. It was an honor -- no, make that an epiphany -- to perform there."
Here's the track list of the Soulfire Live! Blu-ray set:
Soulfire Live! Intro Mike Stroller Intro "Sweet Soul Music" "Soulfire" "I'm Coming Back" "Blues Is My Business" Intro "Blues Is My Business" "Love on the Wrong Side of Town" "Until the Good Is Gone" Intro "Until the Good Is Gone" "Angel Eyes" "Some Things Just Don't Change" "Saint Valentine's Day" Intro "Saint Valentine's Day" "Standing in the Line of Fire" Intro "Standing in the Line of Fire" "Saw the Light" "Salvation" "The City Weeps Tonight" Intro "The City Weeps Tonight" "Down and Out in New York City" "Princess of Little Italy" Intro "Princess of Little Italy" "Solidarity" "Leonard Peltier" "I Am a Patriot" "Groovin' Is Easy" "Ride the Night Away" Intro "Ride the Night Away" "Bitter Fruit" "Forever" "Checkpoint Charlie" Intro "Checkpoint Charlie" "I Don't Want to Go Home" "Out of the Darkness" Intro "Out of the Darkness" End Credits
Disc 2 Soulfire Featurette
Bonus Tracks: "Even the Losers" "Can't Be So Bad" Intro "Can't Be So Bad" -- featuring Moby Grape's Jerry Miller "You Shook Me All Night Long" "Working Class Hero" "We Gotta Get Out of This Place" "Can I Get a Witness -- featuring Richie Sambora "It's Not My Cross to Bear" "Freeze Frame" -- featuring Peter Wolf "The Time of Your Life" "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" -- featuring Bruce Springsteen "I Don't Want to Go Home -- featuring Bruce Springsteen "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"
From Macca to Mecca! "I Saw Her Standing There" Intro "I Saw Her Standing There -- featuring Paul McCartney Cavern Club Featurette
Cavern Club Lunchtime Set: Cavern Club Intro "Magical Mystery Tour" "Boys" "Slow Down" Intro "Slow Down" "Some Other Guy" "Soldier of Love" Intro "Soldier of Love" "Good Morning" "Got to Get You into My Life" "All You Need Is Love" "Birthday"