Better Noise MusicMötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has announced the details of a new solo album.
The hip hop-influenced project is titled Andro, and is due out October 16. You can download two new tunes from the record -- "Knock Me Down," featuring Killvein, and "Tops," featuring PUSH PUSH -- now via digital outlets.
Andro also features a guest spot from Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd, who lends his vocals to a song called "Hot Fudge Sundae."
Earlier this week, Mötley Crüe announced that their summer reunion tour, also featuring Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, was being postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The run was scheduled to be the Crüe's first live outing since playing their "final" show on New Year's Eve 2015.
The edgy, angry-sounding rock tune was recorded this past February in a studio in Helsinki, Finland.
Explaining why he decided to record in the northern European city, Elvis says, "I wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me. So, this is 'The Helsinki Sound.'"
"No Flag's" lyrics appear to come from the perspective of someone who's feeling disenfranchised on multiple levels. As Costello sings in the chorus, "No time for this kind of love/No flag waving high above/No sign for the dark place that I live/No God for the damn that I don't give."
To accompany the track, an animated lyric video for "No Flag" has debuted at Costello's official YouTube channel.
Elvis is credited with singing and playing all the instruments on the track: drum, guitar, organ and bass.
Costello also hints that another new tune may be coming next month, telling fans to look for "the next installment of this story on July 10th."
Julia Reinhart/Getty ImagesRemember when James Hetfield declared "I am the table" on Lulu, Metallica's polarizing collaborative album with Lou Reed? Well, turns out he may have been on to something.
Apparently, Hetfield has been working on making hand-crafted end tables while in quarantine. What's more, you have a chance to win one.
"During shelter in place, @metallica's own James Hetfield has used some of his time at home to hone a new creative outlet," reads an Instagram post from the band's All Within My Hands charity foundation. "He has designed and built a set of handmade end tables, with all the welding and woodwork happening in his own garage."
Hetfield is raffling off a set of his homemade tables through All Within My Hands -- for every $10 you donate, you'll receive one entry into the contest.
All proceeds will be donated to welding programs supported by the Metallica Scholars initiative. To enter, visit talli.ca/jh-tables.
EpixThe second episode of the two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon premieres Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET. It profiles the music scene that centered around the titular Los Angeles neighborhood during the late 1960s and early '70s, and features new interviews with artists who were part of that community. One of them is Johnny Echols, lead guitarist of the influential L.A. band Love, the first rock act signed by Elektra Records.
In the docuseries, Echols relates how Love helped The Doors get signed to Elektra too, which he claims ended up hurting his own group's career.
Recounting the story to ABC Audio, Johnny notes, "We were friends with [The Doors], but Jim Morrison especially, and Robby [Krieger]. So we had an offer to sign with MCA, and we felt that if we hooked Elektra up with The Doors, they would allow us to leave and sign with the much larger company."
Johnny also recalls that "Jim had been asking us to hook him up with Elektra for the longest time."
Elektra boss Jac Holzman initially wasn't interested in signing The Doors, though, because he'd seen the band play poorly on a night when Morrison was drunk. Love's members kept pushing Holzman to give The Doors another chance. After he eventually saw the band when Jim was on his best behavior, he signed the group.
But, Echol says, "The Doors took off and were huge. But we always felt that we were kind of an afterthought after that point -- [the label's] promotional money and all of that was spent toward The Doors rather than us. So we kind of hurt ourselves."
On top of that, Elektra wouldn't let Love out of their contract.
But Echol's band didn't make out too badly: Their 1967 album Forever Changes is considered a classic.
Sony LegacyNext Friday, June 12, marks the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of The Kinks' song "Lola," Ray Davies' memorable rock anthem about a naive young man's encounter with an apparent transvestite.
The band also is asking fans to take part in the celebration by sharing their memories and anecdotes about the song, and posting their own renditions of "Lola," as well as related photos and artwork, via social media using the hashtag #LolaDay. You also can submit your entries via email at LolaDayEntries@gmail.com.
"Lola" was one of The Kinks' biggest hit singles, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #2 in the U.K. The song also was featured on the band's 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, which reached #35 on the Billboard 200.
Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesNeil Peart's hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, honored the late Rush drummer and lyricist on Wednesday by naming a new pavilion in the city's Lakeside Park after him, The St. Catharines Standard reports.
According to the paper, St. Catharines city council voted unanimously Wednesday to officially name the structure Neil Peart Pavilion. The council vote took place after an online public vote was held earlier in the year that resulted in 81 percent of the participants choosing Neil Peart Pavilion over Lakeside Park Pavilion.
Peart, who attended grade school and high school in St. Catherines, co-wrote a song for Rush called "Lakeside Park" that appeared on the band's third studio album, 1975's Caress of Steel. Neil lived near the park and spent some of his summers working and playing there.
During the council meeting, local council member Bruce Williamson noted, "The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive. Neil Peart's been probably one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including [the song about] the namesake park."
According to The St. Catharines Standard, the pavilion was constructed in 2017 and cost $1.8 million to erect. The newspaper also notes that the Peart family will work with the city's staff and heritage committee to decide on a sign for the building that will celebrate Neil's life and career.
In addition, a task force was organized in April to consider other plans for honoring Peart locally with a statue or another memorial.
Jim Bennett/RedfernsPearl Jam has shared a statement outlining the band's effort to combat "unconscious racism."
"Pearl Jam was started with a love for music and social justice," the grunge rockers write in a Facebook post. "Our organization has been reflecting on where unconscious racism is still showing up in our own lives and how we can do better."
"While we continue to dig in, we do not want to contribute to white voices overtaking the narrative that the Black community is sharing," they continue. "It is the responsibility of each of us to listen and educate ourselves on how to be better humans sharing this planet."
Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesOriginal Sweet bassist/singer Steve Priest died Thursday morning at the age of 72.
Priest's passing was announced by the U.K. glam-rock group's founding lead guitarist and backing singer Andy Scott via a message on his Facebook page.
"Then there was one!" Scott writes. "I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family x."
Andy adds, "He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started!...Rest in Peace brother. All my love."
Priest was a member of Sweet from its 1968 inception until 1981. He contributed the recognizable high-pitched harmonies that complimented late singer Brian Connolly's lead vocals. During the 1970s, Sweet scored four top-10 hits in the U.S. -- "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz," "Fox on the Run" and "Love Is Like Oxygen."
Steve co-write many tunes with his band mates including the 1975 hits "Fox on the Run" and "Action," the latter of which peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
While Scott put together his own version of Sweet in 1985 that also featured the band's original drummer, Mick Tucker, and was based in the U.K., Priest -- who moved to the U.S. during the 1980s -- launched a stateside-based version of the group in 2008.
Connolly and Tucker died in 1997 and 2002, respectively.
Courtesy of SummerfestMilwaukee's 2020 Summerfest has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 11-day festival had originally been scheduled for the end of June and beginning of July. Organizers announced in March that it would be postponed to September, but in a new statement, Summerfest president and CEO Don Smiley says the event now will not happen in 2020.
"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Smiley says. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."
Guns N' Roses and Dave Matthews Band were among the Summerfest headliners this year, part of a lineup that also featured the Steve Miller Band, Styx and Psychedelic Furs. GN'R and DMB are already listed on Summerfest's 2021 lineup page. Dave Matthews and his group will be performing on July 1, 2021, while a specific date for the Guns N' Roses show has yet to be announced.
Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen used his latest semi-weekly DJ stint on his own satellite radio channel Wednesday to offer some heartfelt commentary about the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, and the subsequent rioting and protests the incident ignited.
After playing his song "American Skin (41 Shots)," which he wrote about the 1999 shooting death of an unarmed African immigrant named Amadou Diallo by New York City police officers, Springsteen noted, "Eight minutes. That song is almost eight minutes long. And that's how long it took George Floyd to die with a Minneapolis officer's knee buried into his neck."
He continued, "That's a long time. That's how long he begged for help and said he couldn't breathe. The arresting officer's response was nothing but silence and wait. Then he had no pulse and still it went on."
The Boss then dedicated the song "to Seattle, to New York, to Miami, to Atlanta, to Chicago, to Dallas, to Philadelphia, to Washington, to Los Angeles, to Asbury Park, to Minneapolis and to the memory of George Floyd. May he rest in peace."
He went on to address the current financial, health, political and racial crises the country is experiencing.
"As we speak, 40 million people are unemployed. One-hundred-thousand plus citizens have died from COVID-19, with only the most tepid and unfeeling response from our White House," he said, somberly. "As of today, our black citizens continue to be killed unnecessarily by our police on the streets of America. And as of this broadcast, the country was on fire and in chaos."
Springsteen followed that commentary by playing another one of his songs, "Murder Incorporated."
You can check at an audio segment from Bruce's latest DJ appearance on his official Facebook page.
ABC/Arturo Holmes; J. RoseWhile many musicians will take a financial hit due to the cancellation of their tours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at this moment in 2020, quite a few of your favorite artists are doing just fine, according to Forbes.
The publication's annual list of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrities has pop-rock great Elton John as the top-ranked musician at #14, with earnings of $81 million over the past year. Elton's earnings were bolstered by his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which grossed $212 million last year.
Another veteran rock act that landed high up on the list are The Rolling Stones, who come at #32 with earnings of $59 million. The British rock legends' 2019 tour grossed $178 million although they played just 16 concerts.
Other classic-rock artists on the tally's top 100 include Phil Collins, who was tied with boy band the Backstreet Boys at #64, with $45 million in earnings; The Eagles at #75, with $41 million; Metallica at #78, with $40.5 million; Bon Jovi and U2, who were tied with Lady Gaga at #87, with $38 million; Paul McCartney at #91, with $37 million; and KISS at #95, with $36.5 million.
Kylie Jenner, who earned $590 million, is number-one overall on the Forbes list, with $590 million, despite the publication recently revoking her billionaire status. Forbes writes, "Jenner's payday came from selling a 51% stake in her cosmetics firm to Coty...while she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real."
Forbes notes that many of these stars won't rank as high on next year's list due to those tour cancellations.
Courtesy of Live NationCo-founding Guess Who members Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings had their plans for a 2020 North American tour "undun" by the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the trek's six previously announced U.S. dates have now been rescheduled for 2021.
Those dates had been slated to kick off June 13 in Huber Heights, Ohio, and run through a June 21 concert in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and now will get underway on June 5, 2021, in Huber Heights and run through a June 13 show in Prior Lake.
Meanwhile, 16 Canadian concerts, spanning from a June 11 performance in Windsor, Ontario, through a July 29 in Montreal, have been postponed and rescheduled dates will be announced soon. In addition, two 2020 Canadian festival appearances -- July 24 at the Kemptville Live Music Festival in Kemptville, Ontario, and August 8 at the Titans of Rock event in Grand Forks, British Columbia -- have been canceled.
According to BachmanCummings.ca, more dates will be added to the 2021 tour. Visit that website and Cummings' official Facebook page for more information about the postponed and rescheduled concerts, as well as about refunds.
As previously reported, the trek, dubbed Bachman Cummings: Together Again Live in Concert, will feature the veteran Canadian rockers performing Guess Who songs, as well as material from Randy's other famous band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and from Burton's solo career.
Meanwhile, the previously announced limited-edition box set, The Bachman Cummings Collection, will be released soon. It'll feature five Guess Who albums spanning from 1969 through 1971, as well as highlights from the Bachman-Turner Overdrive catalog and Burton's solo career.
Napalm RecordsTwisted Sister frontman Dee Snider still wants to rock, and he's proving it with a concert video and album titled For the Love of Metal Live, coming July 31.
The video portion of the release, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, features live performances from various festival appearances Snider made with his solo band in the U.S., Europe and Australia, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, interview clips and personal commentary.
Among the songs featured on For the Love of Metal Live are Twisted Sister classics like "You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll," "Under the Blade," "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock," as well as renditions of most of the tunes from Snider's latest solo album, 2019's For the Love of Metal, plus a cover AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."
The audio portion includes the previously mentioned performances, plus a brand-new solo studio track called "Prove Me Wrong." You can check out a lyric video for the song at Napalm Records' official YouTube channel.
"'Prove Me Wrong' are words that I've thought in my head since the day I began rocking," Snider says about the hard-pounding track. "I had a monster chip on my shoulder and dared the world to knock it off...nobody ever could. At this point in my career I thought I'd let everybody in on what has kept me going all these many years. Prove me wrong!"
"Lies Are a Business" "Tomorrow's No Concern" "You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll" "The Beast" "American Made" "Under the Blade" "The Kids Are Back" "Become the Storm" "We're Not Gonna Take It" "I Am the Hurricane" "Burn in Hell" "I Wanna Rock" "For the Love of Metal" "Highway to Hell" "Prove Me Wrong" (studio recording)
Bonus live tracks*: "Ready to Fall" "The Fire Still Burns" "Roll Over You"
* = only available on select versions of For the Love of Metal Live.
Credit: Anna WebberDavid Crosby says he's been working on two new songs this week, one of which was co-written by fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen.
The 79-year-old folk-rock legend revealed in a Twitter message posted Monday that he was visiting his son and frequent collaborator James Raymond, and that "two new songs [were] being born." Crosby goes on to say the one song was co-written by him and his son, and the other -- titled "Rodriguez Tonight" -- was co-penned by him, Raymond and Fagen.
In that same tweet, Crosby, who's always been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, also commented about the riots and protests taking place around the U.S. in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
"America is on fire and the prez has his thumb up his a**," he wrote.
In a separate tweet posted Monday, David shared some interesting details about another new song that's earmarked for his next album.
"[T]here is one [new tune] that James and Michael McDonald wrote that Mike did some stellar vocals on," Crosby said.
Yet another song that David says will be on the new album is "I Think I," which he played live during his 2019 tour dates. A demo of the tune was debuted in January on the Freak Flag Flying podcast series.
In other news, Crosby is one of many music stars who are heard being interviewed in the two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon, part two of which premieres this Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET.
David's former bands The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are among the many artists profiled during the program.
Funzalo RecordsDoors guitarist Robby Krieger lends his talents to two songs on an upcoming album by virtuoso pianist Ed Roth titled Can't Find My Way Home, a collection of eight classic-rock covers that's due out on June 19.
Krieger is featured on renditions of the title track, a song originally recorded by Blind Faith, and Pink Floyd's "Us and Them." The album also includes covers of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," The Allman Brothers Band's "Midnight Rider," Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and more.
The songs have all been rearranged to focus on solo piano. Roth is sought-after session and touring musician who lately has been playing with Krieger in Robby's jazz-influenced side project, The New Experience.
"Ed Roth is one of those hard-to-find musicians who is truly in it for the music," says Krieger. "He's one of those guys who really loves to play, and wants to get it right, no matter how long it takes. I love playing with him because of his laid-back feel. I hope you like the songs on this album as much as I do."
Among the many other artists Roth's worked with are Joe Walsh, Annie Lennox, Taylor Dayne, Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford, and the late Keith Emerson.
Here's the full track list for Can't Find My Way Home:
"Can't Find My Way Home" (Blind Faith)* "Smoke on the Water" (Deep Purple) "Midnight Rider" (The Allman Brothers Band) "Us and Them" (Pink Floyd)* "Brain Damage"/"Eclipse" (Pink Floyd) "Any Colour You Like" (Pink Floyd) "Walk on the Wild Side" (Lou Reed) "Lenny" (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Andy Pareti/Getty Images for SXSWNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has shared a statement regarding the remarks he made concerning a recent speech by Donald Trump, during which the president said, in part, that he's "dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers" in response to the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality.
In a since-deleted post on his personal Facebook, Novoselic reportedly wrote that he felt Trump "knocked it out of the park" with the speech, which the musician also called "strong and direct."
Novoselic has now offered a new post in an effort to clarify what he originally wrote.
"To clarify a few things: As an avowed independent, I don't endorse a major party or candidate," Novoselic says. "And it feels insane to have to say this, but I don’t support fascism, and I don't support an authoritarian state."
"I believe in a civilized society and that we all have to work toward that," he adds. "Love and thanks to anyone who cares to read this."
As the original post started to circulate online, Novoselic deactivated his Twitter account. As of Wednesday afternoon, his Twitter page still reads, "This account doesn't exist."
Courtesy of PEGADropkick Murphys' Streaming Outta Fenway livestream concert, which featured a special, remote appearance from Bruce Springsteen, raised over $700,000 for charity.
The online event benefited the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America, and Habitat for Humanity.
Held last Friday at an empty Fenway Park, Streaming Outta Fenway marked the first time a musical performance was staged on the infield dirt of the famed Boston ballpark, as well as the first time an audience-free concert was held in a major U.S. arena or stadium.
Dropkick Murphys played a two-hour set, performing songs including "The State of Massachusetts," "The Warrior's Code" and, of course, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." Springsteen appeared on the ballpark's big screen toward the end of the concert for a joint performance of the Murphys tune "Rose Tattoo" and The Boss' own "American Land."
If you missed it, you can still watch Streaming Outta Fenway archived in its entirety now on YouTube.
Terry Quirk/Marquis Enterprises Ltd.Terry Quirk, the artist who painted the psychedelic cover of The Zombies' famous 1968 album Odessey & Oracle and the group's latest record, 2015's Still Got That Hunger, died Tuesday, June 2, at age 78.
The band announced the news in a message posted on its Facebook page, writing, "It is with deep sadness that The Zombies family mourns the loss of our beloved Terry Quirk. Terry passed away suddenly…at his home in Salisbury, England."
The note continues, "Terry's visionary cover art is eternally connected to our 1968 album Odessey and Oracle. Almost 50 years later, he graced us again with the covers for our album Still Got That Hunger and book The Odessey."
The message concludes, "Most importantly, Terry's irrepressible and mischievous spirit left a smile on the face of every person he met, and that spirit will live on forever in his artwork. Our hearts go out to his wife Erica and their family. Rest in peace dear friend."
Quirk was a childhood friend of Zombies singer Colin Blunstone and bassist Chris White, and in 1967 was sharing an apartment with White and Zombies keyboardist Rod Argent while the band was recording what became Odessey and Oracle.
In a note on his online store, Quirk revealed that he came up with Odessey and Oracle's title, and while working on the cover art he misspelled the word "odyssey."
"[T]hat's my claim to fame," he maintained. "There's lots of theories online about why it's spelt wrong, but there's no conspiracy."
In addition to being an artist, the bio section of Quirk's official website notes that he was a "writer, poet, songwriter, teacher, university lecturer and pioneering black belt in origami."
Axelle Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicIggy Pop is throwing his support behind the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
In a statement published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Godfather of Punk is asking Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to co-sponsor the bill, which aims to create federal regulations against the private ownership of tigers and other big cats, as well as prohibit certain public encounters with them, such as cub petting.
Along with Pop, celebrities including Kate Mara, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Edie Falco and Hilary Swank have signed a petition urging Congress to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which currently counts over half of the House of Representatives as co-sponsors.
The ALDF also notes that the recent Netflix docu-series Tiger King has invigorated support for the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
"The Big Cat Public Safety Act, which has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, is aimed at protecting big cats from abuse and neglect by prohibiting private possession of these wild animals, and banning risky public encounters with them," says Pop.
He adds, "Co-sponsoring this commonsense bill will show the Senators' commitment to the safety of Floridians and respect for exotic wildlife."
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe newly restored version of the 1991 INXS concert film Live Baby Live, which was screened in select North American theaters this past December, is now scheduled to be released as a home video in multiple formats on June 26.
The movie, which documents a sold-out headlining show the Australian rockers played at London's Wembley Stadium, will be available as a digital download, 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. In addition, special bundles packaging the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Live Baby Live with a two-CD soundtrack album can be purchased. A standalone three-LP vinyl set also is available. Visit UniversalMusic.com and Eagle-Rock.com for more details.
The album includes a bonus studio track, "Shining Star," which INXS recorded in London the day after the Wembley show.
The restored Live Baby Live film features new high-def audio mixes created by late Beatles producer George Martin's son Giles Martin and his studio collaborator Sam Okell at London's Abbey Road Studios. The updated flick also includes a performance of the song "Lately," which had been cut from the original Live Baby Live video.
INXS was at the height of its popularity when it played the Wembley Stadium gig, dubbed the "Summer XS" concert, in July 1991. The show was part of the tour in support of the group's chart-topping 1990 album X. Among the many classic songs played by the band were "New Sensation," "Mystify," "Bitter Tears," "Suicide Blonde," "What You Need," "Need You Tonight," "Never Tear Us Apart" and "Devil Inside."
You can watch a video showing how the 4K Ultra High-Def restoration process was done using as an example INXS' performance of "Suicide Blonde" at the Eagle Rock YouTube channel.
Here's the full Live Baby Live track list:
"Guns in the Sky" "New Sensation" "I Send a Message" "The Stairs" "Know the Difference" "Disappear" "By My Side" "Hear That Sound" "Lately"* "The Loved One" "Wild Life" "Mystify" "Bitter Tears" "Suicide Blonde" "What You Need" "Kick" "Need You Tonight" "Mediate" "Never Tear Us Apart" "Who Pays the Price" "Devil Inside" "Shining Star"