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.
Courtesy of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy CampJourney fans who journey to Nashville next year will have the chance to jam with and get musical pointers from two of the band's members, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and drummer Steve Smith. Both artists will take part in the next Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp installment, scheduled to run from February 28 to March 3.
Campers will have the chance to jam onstage with both Cain and Smith, who will also share anecdotes and musical tips with attendees. To bring the four-day event to a close, Smith will join campers for a performance in front of a live audience at the Nashville club Mercy.
A number of other guest musicians also will be on hand to interact with the Fantasy Camp attendees, including Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and founding Tesla members Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat.
In addition, several well-known rock artists have signed on to serve as counselors at the Nashville Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, including Bon Jovi bassist Hugh McDonald, Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan, Winger keyboardist Paul Taylor, Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson and ex-Cinderella keyboardist Gary Corbett.
Musicians and singers of all skill levels are welcome at the camp. Activities include the writing and recording of an original song, jam sessions, tutorial classes and Q&A sessions.
Campers who purchase the Recording Package will have the opportunity to record a track at Cain's Addiction Recording Studio that will be co-produced by Jonathan and his engineer David Kalmusky.
If you're interested in attending the Rock Fantasy Camp in Nashville, you can reserve a spot by visiting RockCamp.com or calling 888-762-2263.
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (Noam Galai/Getty Images)Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac have apparently settled their differences. Their legal ones, at least.
Buckingham told CBS This Morning over the weekend that the lawsuit he filed in October against his former bandmates following his dismissal from Fleetwood Mac has been settled, and that he's "happy enough with it.
"I'm not out there trying to twist the knife at all," Buckingham said. "I'm trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom."
According to documents obtained by ABC Radio at the time, the suit charged the band with "breach of fiduciary duty," "breach of oral contract" and "intentional interference with prospective economic advantage," among other complaints.
Buckingham was dismissed from the band he first joined in 1974, along with his then-musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks, after he claims he'd asked Fleetwood Mac to delay the start of their 2018 a few months so he could release and promote a solo album. When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek. But then, Buckingham said, came an ultimatum from Stevie Nicks, relayed to him by the band's longtime manager, IrvingAzoff.
"Either Lindsey goes or I go," Buckingham recalls Azoff telling him last January, saying Nicks apparently didn't care for Buckingham's behavior at a MusiCares event a few nights earlier, which would be his final performance with the band, barring a thaw in sentiment.
Fleetwood Mac went on to tour with MikeCampbell of TomPetty's Heartbreakers and NeilFinn of SplitEnz and CrowdedHouse filling his spot.
"It hurt for a while," Buckingham said of his ouster from the band. "I did walk around for a few months with a visceral reaction to that."
Fleetwood Mac's next tour stop is tomorrow night in Inglewood, California.
Credit: Yann CharlesPeter Framptonwill receive the Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34rd annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, California.
The honor, named after late electric guitar and multi-track recording pioneer Les Paul, recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.
"It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award," says Frampton in a statement. "I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul's name…Les changed the way we record forever."
"I can only hope that I've been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career," he adds.
Michael Braunstein, executive director of the Les Paul Foundation, which presents the honor, says in a statement, "Peter Frampton remains one of the most skillful and celebrated artists in rock history. He also was a friend of Les Paul's and has played a pivotal role in helping the Foundation keep Les's legacy alive."
Prior to launching a career as a Grammy-winning solo artist, Frampton played with the bands The Herd and Humble Pie. He's also been an in-demand session musician, and served as technical adviser to the 2000 Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous, in which he also acted.
The TEC Awards will be held during the third day of the 2019 NAMM Show, a music-equipment trade show which runs from January 24 to January 27. The awards recognize "outstanding achievement in audio technology and production."
Among the 2019 nominees for awards in the various Creative Achievement categories are Gregg Allman, Van Morrison, Dead & Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Check out the full list of nominees at TECAwards.org.
David Ellefson with Megadeth (Jeremy Saffer)Megadeth and Anthrax bassists David Ellefson and Frank Bello have released a new song with their Altitudes & Attitude project. The track is called "Late," and is available now for digital download.
"Late" appears on the forthcoming debut Altitudes & Attitude album Get It Out, which arrives January 18. The band previously released a self-titled EP in 2014.
Altitudes & Attitude will hit the road in support of Get It Out on a European launching in February. The trek will include dates opening for Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators.
Ellefson and Bello will unite again when Megadeth and Anthrax both play the inaugural MegaCruise, which sets sail October 2019.
Courtesy of Alice Cooper's Solid RockAlice Cooper's 2018 Christmas Pudding charity concert this Saturday was supposed to feature a headlining performance by the Hollywood Vampires, the shock rocker's supergroup with Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, but unfortunately Perry won't be performing at the show.
In a post on his Sold Rock Foundation's official Facebook page, Cooper reports, "Joe Perry has been diagnosed with pulmonary issues and forbidden by his doctor to travel while he is recuperating. His doctor is treating him and expects Joe to make a full recovery. Joe expressed his disappointment in not being able to perform with the Hollywood Vampires at Christmas Pudding."
The concert, which takes place at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, will still feature Cooper and Depp, as well as the other previously announced performers. The lineup also includes Blue Oyster Cult's Eric Bloom and "Buck Dharma" Roeser, ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, country star Gretchen Wilson, comic Larry the Cable Guy and Beasto Blanco, a band featuring Alice's daughter Calico Copper and his longtime bass player Chuck Garric.
As previously reported, Perry was hospitalized for several days last month after he collapsed backstage following a guest appearance with Billy Joel at Joel's November 10 concert at Madison Square Garden. Joe was forced to cancel a planned late-fall solo tour because of his health issues. His next scheduled performance is Aerosmith's February 1 concert in Atlanta as part of the Super Bowl LIII Music Fest 2019.
Proceeds raised by Cooper's Christmas Pudding benefits Alice's Solid Rock Teen Center, which offers free music, dance, arts and vocational programs for young people in the Phoenix area.
Courtesy of DawBellA rare U.K. TV performance featuring Elton John and his famous backing band playing his classic 1973 holiday single "Step into Christmas" was rediscovered recently and premiered Friday on the pop-rock legend's official YouTube channel. The footage hails from a December 22, 1973, appearance on the Gilbert O'Sullivan: Welcome to My Show variety program, which was broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV network.
The video shows Elton, wearing a glammed-up outfit adorned with white ostrich feathers, accompanied by guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and late bassist Dee Murray, as well as his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, who joins in on percussion.
Coinciding with the clip's premiere, Elton has released a digital holiday EP featuring his original version of "Step into Christmas," the audio track from the television performance of the tune, and the 1973 single's B-side, "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)." The EP is available now via the usual digital and streaming outlets.
"Step into Christmas" reached #11 on the U.K. singles chart back in '73, although it didn't chart in the U.S. It's also has appeared on several Elton compilations over the years, including the deluxe edition of last year's Diamonds.
ABC/Randy HolmesYou can relive the times you saw Chris Cornell perform live thanks to a new official online set list archive.
The website allows you to search through set lists from shows the late rocker played with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog, as well as solo performances, which you can then turn into your own playlist.
A Cornell career retrospective box set was released last month. Foo Fighters and Metallica will headline a tribute show to the grunge icon on January 16 in Los Angeles. Members of Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog will also perform.
Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesCondolences go out to KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons, who announced that his mother, Flora Klein, has passed away at the age of 93.
In a post on his socialmedia sites, Simmons writes, "I lost my Mother. My mentor. My moral compass. And I am heartbroken…No illness. No pain. She simply quietly, went to sleep."
He adds, "My Mother will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. Today. And Forever…And I would urge all of you, to run over, put your arms around your mother, kiss her and tell her how much you love her. Do this every day!"
Simmons' fellow founding KISS member, singer/guitarist Paul Stanley, penned a tribute to Gene's mother that's been posted on the band's official website.
"I knew her as long as I've known Gene. Beyond her fierce love and pride in her only child she was his inspiration to live up to being worthy of the sacrifices she made in a very difficult and at times horrific life," Stanley writes. "A holocaust survivor she fought for all she had and her fierce protection and pride in Gene made her someone to be feared, admired and loved. I will miss her laugh and smile. Let us all say a prayer for her, Gene and his family."
Flora was born in Hungary, and she and her brother Larry were the only members of her family to survive the Holocaust. After World War II she moved to Israel, where her son was born in 1949. When Gene was 8, Flora moved with her son to the U.S., while his father, Ference Witz, remained in Israel.
Cornell received a nod in the Best Rock Performance category for his solo song "When Bad Does Good," while Alice in Chains' latest studio effort, Rainier Fog, will compete for the Best Rock Album prize.
Byrne's most recent solo record, American Utopia, is up for the Best Alternative Music Album honor. Sting's collaborative album with Jamaican-born artist Shaggy, 44/876, will vie for the Best Reggae Album award.
As for Cooper, he garnered his nomination as part of the cast of the Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert TV special, the soundtrack for which is competing for the Best Musical Theater Album prize.
Scaggs snagged a Best Contemporary Blues Album nomination for his 2018 album Out of the Blues.
Other classic-rock related Grammy nominees include the Eric Clapton documentary Life in 12 Bars, which is up for the Best Music Film honor; and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction (Locked N' Loaded Box) and The Grateful Dead's Pacific Northwest '73-74': The Complete Recordings box sets, which are competing for the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package award.
Grammy winners will be revealed on music's biggest night, airing Sunday, February 10, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.