Wicked Cool/UMeE Street Band guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt explores his early solo career in an expansive box set called RockNRebel -- The Early Work, which will be released on December 6.
The collection features remastered vinyl versions of six long-out-of-print albums, plus four CDs containing previously unreleased live and studio tracks, B-sides, demos, rehearsals, remixes, extended mixes, collaborations and radio spots.
The LPs in the RockNRebel box set are 1982's Men Without Women, 1983's Voice of America, 1987's Freedom -- No Compromise, 1989's Revolution and 1999's Born Again Savage, the latter making its vinyl debut. Van Zandt released the first two albums under the name Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul.
Also included is the star-packed 1985 album Sun City, released as Artists United Against Apartheid. Each LP will be pressed on a different multicolored-vinyl disc.
The CDs contain tracks spanning from a 1973 live performance with Southside Johnny through an unreleased 2019 solo acoustic rendition of a song he wrote for Southside, "It's Been a Long Time."
Bonus tunes include rehearsal recordings by Van Zandt and The Asbury Jukes from the late 1970s, extended mixes of Sun City tracks, collaborations with singer/songwriter/actor Ruben Blades and a 1988 campaign tune Steven wrote for Jesse Jackson.
"It's been a blast going through the archives and finding all these hidden gems," says Van Zandt. "In addition to demos in various stages of completion, there are entire songs I'd completely forgotten about…I'm excited to have my stuff back on vinyl for the first time in decades!"
Meanwhile, deluxe standalone versions of the albums featured in RockNRebel will be released digitally in the weeks leading up to the box set's 6 arrival, starting today with an expanded edition of Men Without Women.
Here's the digital release schedule:
10/18 -- Men Without Women 10/25 -- Voice of America 11/1 -- The Early Work (new compilation of unreleased track) 11/15 -- Revolution 11/22 -- Born Again Savage 11/29 -- No Compromise 12/6 -- Sun City
Courtesy of Rock & Roll Hall of FameLongtime Motörhead members Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell have retroactively been made eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
When the Rock Hall originally announced that the "Ace of Spades" rockers had been nominated for induction, only members of the group's so-called "classic" lineup -- frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke and drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor -- were listed as being eligible. However, that specific lineup only existed for six years, between 1976 and 1982.
Following the announcement, Dee, who joined Motörhead in 1992, told Billboardthat the Rock Hall leaving him and Campbell, who joined in 1984, off the list of eligible members is "pure wrong." Since the publication of that article, Motörhead's biography on the Rock Hall website now includes Dee and Campbell as eligible for induction.
"Thanks to everyone who spoke up loudly," reads a post on the Motörhead Twitter account. "Thanks to the #ROCKHALL2020 for listening and adding Phil & Mikkey. All for one and one for all!"
Aside from Lemmy, Dee and Campbell are the longest-tenured Motöhead members, and stayed in the band until the legendary bassist's death in 2015. Taylor also died in 2015, while Clarke passed in 2018.
The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in January. The induction ceremony takes place May 2 in Cleveland.
Legacy RecordingsJudas Priest frontman Rob Halford has just released a new holiday album, Celestial, a follow-up to his solo band Halford's 2009 yuletide collection, Winter Songs.
Celestial is credited to Rob Halford with Family and Friends, and the singer tells ABC Audio that the project sprung from a conversation with his brother Nigel and his nephew Alex Hill, who play drums and bass, respectively.
"I just put the idea to my brother and nephew about, 'Do we make some music together?'" he recalls. "And 'Why don't we have a crack at making one or two Christmas songs?'"
Celestial also features Halford's sister Sue on bells, and a couple of guitarist friends of Nigel and Alex, Robert Jones and Jon Blakey.
"I was thrilled and delighted to be working with my family on this one," Rob notes. "It's a first for me."
The album features three original tunes co-written by Halford, along with his unique take on eight holiday classics.
"I think all of these songs have beautiful messages," Rob says. "[W]hat we tried to do with this holiday album is cover all of the aspects of what Christmastime means to us all."
Celestial kicks off with the title track, which Halford describes as an "instrumental audio soundtrack of reindeers and Santa Claus ho-ho-ho-ing, and Christmas bells, and…the snow rumbling and all of these great effects."
That leads into the "Donner and Blitzen," a headbanging ode to two of Santa's famous reindeer.
Halford notes that he tried to paint a "visual picture" with the tune, "So we're roaring around the planet together in a few hours doing all that cool stuff. And it's fun and it's exciting and it's thrilling, and it's got the Christmas spirit in it."
Here's Celestial's track list.
"Celestial" "Donner and Blitzen" "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" "Away in a Manger" "Morning Star" "Deck the Halls" "Joy to the World" "O Little Town of Bethlehem" "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" "The First Noel" "Good King Wenceslas" "Protected by the Light"
Al Pereira/WireImageSteely Dan's annual multiple-night residency at New York's Beacon Theatre has become a tradition, even without the late, great Walter Becker.
The 2019 edition, due to wrap up Tuesday, runs six nights, three of which saw Donald Fagen and the Steely Dan band perform three classic Dan albums in their entirety: Aja, The Royal Scam and Gaucho. There was also a "Popular Demand" night of frequently requested tunes; Tuesday's final show will be a Greatest Hits set.
But Saturday night's show featured a full performance of, not a Steely Dan work, but Fagen's 1982 solo debut The Nightfly. The autobiographical album -- one of the first fully digital recordings -- spawned the hit "I.G.Y." and the MTV favorite "New Frontier."
Fagen led the 12-piece band of crack musicians at a steady clip through The Nightfly, while alternating between playing the melodica and the piano. The band ably handed the complex arrangements, which are much more jazzy than Steely Dan fare. For "Maxine," Fagen let the Danettes -- the three female backup singers -- handle lead vocals.
As soon as The Nightfly finished, the band launched into the Royal Scam deep cut "Sign In Stranger," followed by the crowd-pleasing "Hey Nineteen." In the middle of that Gaucho track, Fagen finally addressed the crowd for the first time: "Hey there, kids, how ya doin'?"
Once he'd broken the ice, Fagen was much more talkative, announcing that the rest of the concert would consist of, as he put it, "random s***." He also seemed to be having more fun, at times resembling a mad scientist as he sang, played and grinned behind the keyboard.
A mix of big hits and beloved Dan album tracks followed, from "Aja," "Kid Charlemagne," "Peg" and "Time Out of Mind," to "Peg," "My Old School" and, of course, "Reelin' in the Years." Solos by each member of the four-piece horn section added welcome nuances to the arrangements.
The evening proved that there's no shortage of fans hungry to hear not just Steely Dan, but Steely Dan-adjacent material...which Fagen seems more than happy to provide. A similar residency kicks off at Boston's Orpheum theater on October 25.
Here's the set list:
"I.G.Y." "Green Flower Street" "Ruby Baby" (Drifters cover) "Maxine" "New Frontier" "The Nightfly" "The Goodbye Look" "Walk Between Raindrops" "Sign in Stranger" "Hey Nineteen" "Aja" "Time Out of Mind" "Kid Charlemagne" "Dirty Work" "Keep That Same Old Feeling" (The Crusaders cover) "Bodhisattva" "Peg" "My Old School" Encore: "Reelin' in the Years" "A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry" (Joe Williams cover)
Danny Clinch; Jody RogacJimmy Kimmel recently announced that Bruce Springsteen and David Byrne would be guests on his late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this coming week, when the program will be airing from Jimmy's childhood home of Brooklyn, New York. Now we know the specific days that The Boss and the ex-Talking Heads frontman will appear on the show.
Springsteen will be one of Kimmel's guests on Monday night's episode, which also will feature a performance by Alicia Keys. Byrne will appear on the following night's program and perform with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The other scheduled guests on Tuesday show are actor Benedict Cumberbatch and talk-show host Kelly Ripa.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s latest Brooklyn week also will feature appearances by Senator Bernie Sanders and Bill Murray on Wednesday, Eddie Murphy on Thursday, and John Krasinski and The Sugarhill Gang on Friday.
The show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment/ AXS TVThe latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the longtime AC/DC frontman chatting with Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason while checking out Mason's impressive rare car collection.
During the show, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Mason recalls how he met band mate Roger Waters and reflects on Pink Floyd's early days.
Nick explains that he, Waters and founding Pink Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright all met while attending the Regent Street Polytechnic school in London.
"We were all training to be architects," he notes, adding with a laugh, "It was architecture's loss, I think, that the music took off…or not."
Mason remembers that he and Waters first crossed paths because Roger knew he had a car and wanted to borrow it.
"I'm not sure that he knew what the car was, because, actually, it was an [old] Austin 7 Chummy, with a top speed of, like, 20 mile an hour and no brakes," Nick points out. "But when he asked whether I might lend it to him, I said 'no.'"
Mason also notes that Waters approached Wright looking to bum a cigarette from him, and Rick turned down his request as well, which, he quips, "sort of set the pattern, really, for the next 50 years."
Johnson then comments that Roger was "a bit of a bum, wasn't he?"
Nick responds, "Listen, it was an important moment [meeting Waters], because if it hadn't been for that, we might not be sitting here now."
In a separate preview video, Mason explains that he had only been playing drums for a short period of time when Pink Floyd was signed to a record deal and began touring constantly.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica has announced a new apparel line in partnership with the famed surf clothing company Billabong.
The collaboration will include five different collections inspired by the metal legends' music. The first one will arrive this Tuesday, October 22 at 9 a.m. PT.
Metallica's Billabong team-up follows their recent collaborations with the Stance sock company and Nixon watches.
You can show off all of your Metallica attire, Billabong-branded or otherwise, during the band's run of festival headlining shows in 2020. The rockers will be playing two unique sets at five different festivals: Epicenter, Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple, Louder than Life and Aftershock.
Capitol/UMeA newly remixed version of The Band's enduring tune "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" has been released as a digital single and via streaming services. It's taken from the recently announced 50th anniversary reissue of the group's 1969 self-titled second album.
Besides appearing on The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" was released as part of a two-sided single with "Up on Cripple Creek" and became the group's highest-charting hit, reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song famously was covered in 1971 by Joan Baez, and her version peaked at #3 ion the tally.
As previously reported, the album The Band -- also known as "The Brown Album" -- will be reissued in multiple formats and configurations on November 15.
Among the versions of the reissue is a Super Deluxe box set featuring two CDs, two 180-gram-vinyl LPs, a Blu-ray disc, a 7-inch vinyl single and a hardbound book.
The CDs feature the remastered original album; bonus alternate takes, outtakes and instrumental mixes -- some of which are previously unreleased -- plus The Band's full performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival. The LPs feature the remastered original album.
The Blu-ray contains high-res stereo and surround mixes of The Band and six unreleased bonus tracks, plus the Classic Albums: The Band making-of documentary. The seven-inch single features "Rag Mama Rag" backed with "The Unfaithful Servant," and is a reproduction of one that was released from the album.
RANKINRod Stewart is among the stars who'll be part of the Royal Variety Performance, an annual event that benefits the Royal Variety Charity. It's been held more or less every year since 1912, and senior members of the Royal Family always attend, although it's not known if Queen Elizabeth II will be on hand for this year's event.
Of course, Stewart and the British Royal Family go way back; they knighted him two years ago, after all. The singer also took part in the 2006 edition of the show.
The Royal Variety Charity, the patron of which is the Queen, helps U.K. entertainers who need care and assistance. This year's show will be recorded November 18 at the London Palladium and air on British TV in December.
Other confirmed performers include Harry Connick Jr., Emeli Sandé, Lewis Capaldi and '60s pop legend Petula Clark.
Over the years, hundreds of stars have appeared at the Royal Variety Performance, including The Beatles in 1963, and, in recent years, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Sting, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow and Ozzy Osbourne.
ABC/Randy HolmesGreen Day is making moves on the Billboard charts with "Father of All..."
The lead single and title track from the trio's upcoming 13th studio album has reached the top five on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, giving them a total of 21 singles that have hit that milestone.
That extends Green Day's record for the act with the most top-five hits on Alternative Songs; Foo Fighters are second with 18.
Additionally, "Father of All..." is helping Green Day close in on another Billboard chart record. The song is the new leader on the Rock Airplay chart, which measures airplay across rock radio stations. Green Day now has five number-ones on that ranking, which is second to only the Foos, who have six.
Father of All... the album -- the follow-up to 2016's Revolution Radio -- arrives February 7. Green Day will be supporting the new record next summer on the Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
Taped back in May at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the gala featured performances by and/or tributes to the 2019 recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Three of the band's four founding members -- guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward -- were on hand to accept the honor.
The metal legends were honored with a performance by Rival Sons, who played a medley of "War Pigs" and "Paranoid." Rival Sons were previously handpicked by singer Ozzy Osbourne to open for Black Sabbath's final world tour, which concluded February 2017.
The other artists who received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy included Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave, Donny Hathaway, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias and late jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine.
The event also featured the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry. This year's honorees were music producer Lou Adler, the Motown songwriting team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and TV and film soundtrack composer Johnny Mandel.
For more details about the event, which airs at 9 p.m. local time, visit PBS.org.
Rich Fury/Getty Images for Paramount PicturesElton John and Taron Egerton, the actor who played Elton in Rocketman, reunited for a special screening of the film at L.A.’s Greek Theater Thursday night.
The one-of-a-kind screening, Rocketman: Live in Concert, featured the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra playing all of the film’s songs live-to-picture. After the movie ended, Elton and Taron took the stage to perform their duet “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” a new song that plays over the movie's end credits and is a hopeful for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination.
Humble Pie: Life and Times of Steve Marriott takes an in-depth look at the dynamic yet unsung singer/guitarist, who died in a tragic house fire in 1991 at age 44. The film features archival interviews with Marriott, unseen photos and memorabilia, home movies and rare performance footage of Small Faces and Humble Pie.
The documentary also includes interviews with John Waite, Bad Company and Free drummer Simon Kirke, The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson, Quiet Riot's Kevin Dubrow and Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley and bassist Greg Ridley.
Marriott co-founded Small Faces in 1965 and wrote or co-wrote many of the band's songs, including its biggest U.S. hit, "Itchycoo Park." He left the group in 1968, and then formed the popular boogie-rock outfit Humble Pie with Frampton, Shirley and Ridley.
The DVD and Blu-ray boast a variety of bonus features, including behind-the-scenes footage, an interview with Frampton, a secondary audio track with just the music from the film, an interactive photo gallery and more.
The CD featured in the package includes a full concert that Humble Pie played in 1973 at the famous San Francisco venue Winterland. Here's the full track list to the Hot n' Nasty 1973 -- Complete Wonderland Show live album:
"Up Your Sleeves" "4-Day Creep" "C'mon Everybody" "Honky Tonk Woman" "Stone Cold Fever" "I Believe to MY Soul" "Thirty Days in the Hole" "(I'm a) Road Runner" "Hallelujah (I Love Her So)" "I Don't Need No Doctor" "Hot n' Nasty"
Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentThat band from the Windy City will be returning to Sin City next year. Chicago has announced plans for a new eight-show Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre, running from February 28 through March 14.
Tickets for the new Vegas shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 25, at 10 a.m. PT. Chicago fan club members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, October 22, at 10 a.m. PT, while Live Nation customers and members of The Venetian Resort's Grazie loyalty program can purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, October 23, at 10 a.m.
You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, the box offices at The Venetian, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.
Besides the residency shows, Chicago has three U.S. concerts on its 2019 tour itinerary, all taking place this week. The band also has lined up a handful of early-spring shows scheduled after the Vegas stand.
Last Friday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers released a new holiday album called Chicago Christmas on CD, digitally and via streaming services. Vinyl version of the record -- on standard black vinyl and limeted-edition red-and-white vinyl -- will hit stores November 22.
Here are all of Chicago's confirmed upcoming concerts, according to the band's official website:
10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 10/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park
2/28-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater 3/4, 6-8, 11, 13-14 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theater 3/29 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre 4/11 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Island Event Center 4/14 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre 4/16 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park 4/17 -- Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre 4/18 -- Birmingham, AL, Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center
The Jimi Hendrix Collection features reproductions of a variety of famous photos of Hendrix, as well as artwork that he created, album covers and handwritten lyrics.
The collection was created as part of a partnership between Experience Hendrix, the family-run company that manages Jimi's music and image, and Strax Technologies Inc., an innovative company that focuses on digital art and augmented reality.
"Jimi's versatility and array of artistic talent was part of what made him so amazing," says Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix's CEO and president. "His gift was so enormous that it expanded into a surprising range of art forms. Together with StraxArt, we have produced a beautiful collection that represents the many dimensions of Jimi's artistry."
The prints available include photos of Hendrix performing at Woodstock, London's Royal Albert Hall and the 1969 Northern California Folk-Rock Festival; the covers of the Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland and Band of Gypsys albums; handwritten lyrics to the songs "Machine Gun" and "Valleys of Neptune"; and watercolor paintings created by Jimi depicting a mountainous landscape and an abstract floral design.
iStock/bestdesignsA host of celebrities, including well-known veteran musicians like David Byrne and U2 bassist Adam Clayton, have signed an open letter acknowledging being "hypocrites" in their efforts to raise awareness for climate change.
"Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites," begins the letter, which was published by the climate activist organization Extinction Rebellion. "You're right."
The letter continues, "We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints. Like you -- and everyone else -- we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm."
To influence that systemic change, the artists who signed the letter plan to continue to use their platforms to raise awareness and encourage action.
"Climate change is happening faster and more furiously than was predicted," the letter reads. "Millions of people are suffering, leaving their homes and arriving on our borders as refugees."
It continues, "Alongside these people who are already paying the price for our fossil fueled economy, there are millions of children -- called to action by Greta Thunberg -- who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future. We cannot ignore their call. Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line."
Other musicians who've signed the letter include Brian Eno, Bob Geldof, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, Mel B of The Spice Girls, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, and Natalie Imbruglia.
Courtesy of AXS TV & Joy FactoryDoors guitarist Robby Krieger and actor/musician Dennis Quaid are featured on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Krieger and Quaid are friends, and Dennis sometimes plays Doors songs in concert with his backing group, The Sharks, and on occasion has even hit the stage with Robby.
On the show, the two stars discuss their all-time favorite songs, one of which is the Elvis Presley classic "Don't Be Cruel."
In a preview clip from the episode, Krieger explains, "'Don't Be Cruel' was like the first Elvis song that got to me. You know, it was rock 'n' roll, but it was nice too. It was like a love song."
Quaid then interjects, "Yeah, but it bounced. It made me bounce."
As the clip winds down, Robby and Dennis play a rendition of the tune acoustically.
In conjunction with the show, Krieger created his own playlist featuring the tunes that shaped his life and impacted his career. It includes plenty of Doors songs, as well as tunes by Bob Dylan, Eric Burdon and War, Them, Joni Mitchell, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, Pearl Jam and Greta Van Fleet.
His mixtape also features a song by Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, Jose Feliciano's memorable cover of The Doors' "Light My Fire" and -- surprise!-- Elvis' "Don't Be Cruel."
Here is Krieger's full mixtape:
"Ramblin' Blues" -- Ray Koerner & Glover "The House of the Rising Sun" -- Woody Guthrie "Granadinas" -- Jaime Grifo and Nino Marvino "Spanish Caravan" -- The Doors "Back Door Man" -- John Hammond "Back Door Man" -- The Doors "Subterranean Homesick Blues" -- Bob Dylan "Mr. Tambourine Man" -- Bob Dylan "Spill the Wine" -- Eric Burdon and War "Gloria" -- Them "End of the Night" -- The Doors "People Are Strange" -- The Doors "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany: Alabama-Song" -- Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya and Roger Bean "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" -- The Doors "Chelsea Morning" -- Joni Mitchell "Shake Your Money-Maker" -- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" -- The Doors "Wouldn't It Be Mice" -- The Beach Boys "Play with Fire" -- The Rolling Stones "Light My Fire" -- The Doors "You're Lost Little Girl" -- The Doors "Yes, the River Knows" -- The Doors "Love Her Madly" -- The Doors "Touch Me" -- The Doors "Peace Frog" -- The Doors "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)" -- The Doors "Take It as It Comes" -- The Doors "Birdland" -- Weather Report "My Favorite Things" -- John Coltrane "Highway Tune" -- Greta Van Fleet "Even Flow" -- Pearl Jam "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" -- Alton Ellis "Love Me Two Times" -- The Doors "Roadhouse Blues" -- The Doors "Strange 2013" -- Tech N9ne and The Doors "Breakn' a Sweat" -- Skrillex, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger "On My Way to Heaven" -- Dennis Quaid & the Sharks "Riders on the Storm" -- The Doors "Light My Fire" -- Jose Feliciano "Light My Fire" -- Minnie Riperton and Jose Feliciano "Don't Be Cruel" -- Elvis Presley
Megaforce RecordsFounding Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie has just released a video for "What About Love," the lead single from his new solo album, Sonic Ranch. The clip premiered Wednesday on Billboard.com and also can be viewed on Rolie's official YouTube channel.
The 72-year-old who has played in Ringo Starr's All Starr Band since 2012, tells ABC Audio that Starr's famous "peace and love" message was the inspiration for "What About Love."
"I came up with this thing and [the All Starr Band] jammed a little bit of it at a soundcheck, and then nothing ever happened," Rolie recalls. "Then I found the bass line when I went home, and I said, 'I'm gonna record this.' And I just went, 'I'm going to make this "What About Love," based upon [Ringo's peace and love] message.'"
The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee also notes that the song expresses his frustration at the world's current contentious social and political climate.
"I mean, really, quite simply, how about it, you guys?" Gregg declares. "You've tried all this other stuff. Every year, somebody's doing something. It's just a little boring for the average Joe on the street, which I am."
The "What About Love" video features a series of quick-cut clips capturing Rolie working in the studio and rehearsing, as well as footage of him playing live with Neal Schon's Journey Through Time side project along with bassist Mario Mendoza and ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo.
"Everyone who's seen [the video] goes, 'You look younger,'" Gregg maintains. "And part of the reason was 'cause I wanted to…have it look the way I feel."
Rolie adds that Starr gave the video a thumbs-up, "He loved it. He goes, 'This is really, really good.'"
Danny Clinch; Jody RogacWhen Jimmy Kimmel returns to his childhood home of Brooklyn, New York next week to host a series of episodes of his ABC late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, among his guests will be two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers -- Bruce Springsteen and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.
There's no word yet on when Springsteen or Byrne will appear on the program, but it'll be recorded in front of a studio audience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House, and air nightly from Monday, October 21, through Friday, October 25.
Byrne is listed as one of the musical performers on the show for next week. David recently brought a version of his American Utopia tour show to Broadway's intimate Hudson Theatre, where it's scheduled to run through January 19, 2020.
Other guests set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! during its Brooklyn stay include Eddie Murphy, Alicia Keys, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly Ripa, John Krasinski, The National, Paul Shaffer, and The Sugarhill Gang.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.