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Blondie to Be Featured on New Season of Ovation's "Song by Song" Series


Image Courtesy of F. Scott SchaferBlondie will be one of the music stars whose tunes will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation's Emmy-nominated documentary series, Song by Song.  The Song by Song episodes featuring on Blondie will premiere in November and will focus on such hits by the influential New Wave band as "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," and "Rapture."  The shows will include interviews with founding frontwoman Deborah Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, and drummer Clem Burke. Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are Sheryl Crow and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling."Song by Song is a different twist on the music documentary genre," says Ovation programming executive Scott Woodward.  "This series uses the featured artists' hit songs to tell the story of what was happening at that time in their lives, what inspired them to write the music and how their songs impacted their careers and popular culture."The series premiered in 2012.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour to Continue in Homage to the Late Johnny Winter


Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour.  Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny. The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington.  The other acts on the Rock'n'Blues Fest -- A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.  In addition, Rick Derringer, who's famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek -- August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.Fans who attend this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Johnny B. Goode."Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest trek:7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Harbor Park8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center8/10 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre  8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts 8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim 8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery 8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie CasinoFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ZZ Top's Dusty Hill Says He's Looking Forward to Getting Rid of the "Stones in M


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top announced on Monday that it has to postpone the start of its U.S. summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill needs surgery to remove a pair of kidney stones.  Now, Hill has issued a statement poking a little fun at his ailment.Referencing to a classic song by late blues legend Robert Johnson, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer quipped, "I got stones in my passway," then added, "...but my doctor says not for long."  ZZ Top has canceled six upcoming concerts because of Hill's condition, which is expected to put him out of action for about two weeks.  The band now will launch its trek with an August 6 headlining show in Sturgis, South Dakota, two days before kicking off a previously announced joint tour with Jeff Beck in Missoula, Montana.Looking forward to ZZ Top's forthcoming road trip, Hill again paraphrased Johnson, this time reworking a line from "Terraplane Blues," saying, "We're booked and we're bound to go."  He added, "I had stones in my passway but you know those old boulders couldn't last, I had stones in my passway but those stones will soon be in my past."You can check out the band's full confirmed tour schedule at ZZTop.com.In other news, ZZ Top released its new concert video Live at Montreux 2013 on Tuesday.  The video, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing such well-known songs as "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "La Grange" and "Tush," as well as three tunes from the group's 2012 album, La Futura, and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxey Lady."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ted Nugent's Idaho Concert Cancelled Due to What Casino Calls "Racist Attitudes


Frontiers RecordsTed Nugent's penchant for speaking his mind has gotten him into hot water again. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has canceled the "Motor City Madman's" August 4 appearance at its casino in Idaho.A statement on the casino's Facebook page states that the show was canceled after "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks was brought to the Tribal Council's attention." Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, says in the statement that the tribe it "has always been about human rights -- for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity.  We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way.”Laura Stensgar, executive director of marketing for the Coeur d’Alene Casino, adds, “We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses.”She defended the initial decision to book the 65-year-old rocker by explaining that, “We were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock ‘n roller who we thought folks might enjoy.”Stensgar goes on to say, “We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward.”The casino will refund the full ticket price for anyone has purchased tickets to the show.While Nugent doesn't directly mention the casino, he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday, "No matter how much of a supeduper bad**s I think I am, I am obviously a much badder**s than even I think I am, for the fact that the America hating commie left Saul Alinsky-Joseph Goebbells liberal democrat punks have dedicated an entire army to abandon their own lives to unite to destroy mine."He adds that it "proves beyond any shadow of any doubt how incredibly effective I am at spotlighting these freedom hating cockroaches & impeding their fundamental transformation ie;destruction of America."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Brian Wilson Biopic to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in Septem


Walt Disney Records/Universal MusicLove & Mercy, the upcoming biopic focusing on troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, will be among the movies that will get their world premieres at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Billboard reports.  The fest is scheduled to run from September 4 to September 14.As previously reported, Love & Mercy will feature John Cusack as an older Brian, while Paul Dano will portray Wilson as a young man.  The film is described as presenting "an unconventional portrait" of Wilson that will depict various important episodes in his life, including his artistic achievements with The Beach Boys, his struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, his relationship with the Svengali-like therapist Eugene Landy and the new contentment he found after meeting his current wife, Melinda.Love & Mercy was directed by Bill Pohlad, who has produced such acclaimed films as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain.  The biopic will feature Paul Giamatti as Landy and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Joe Perry Honors Slash at Inaugural "Alternative Press" Music Awards; Joan Jett,


Graham Fielder/Alternative PressAerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.Introducing the former Guns N' Roses star, Perry noted, "He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him.  To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so.  Now, to all generations, he's become a model of great guitar playing and an icon of his own right."For his part, Slash thanked Alternative Press magazine, adding, "It's quite an honor to be included on your list of awards tonight, especially for something like guitar legend, which is very humbling…I loved playing guitar since I was 14 years old and it's nice to get recognized for it, and it officially means I've been doing it a long f**king time."Among the evening's many other honorees were Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who were presented respectively with the Icon Award and the Vanguard Award.  Jett also was one of the rockers who performed at the ceremony, playing her classic "Bad Reputation” with The Vacancies' Billy Crooked, her new tune "Soulmates to Strangers" with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Star Star" with some help from Slash.The event also included performances by The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, rapper Ice-T's thrash metal group Body Count, and Korn's Jonathan Davis, who teamed up with the band Asking Alexandria for a rendition of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf."You can check out complete coverage of the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at AltPress.com/APTV.Here's the complete list of winners:Best Vocalist -- Brendon Urie, Panic! at the DiscoBest Live Band -- Pierce the VeilBreakthrough Band -- Crown the EmpireBest Bassist -- Jaime Preciado, Pierce the VeilBest International Band -- Bring Me the HorizonArtist Philanthropic Award -- All Time LowBest Guitarist -- Phil Manansala, Of Mice & MenVanguard Award -- Billy CorganBest Drummer -- Mike Fuentes, Pierce the VeilIcon Award -- Joan JettMost Dedicated Fans -- Black Veil BridesGuitar Legend Award -- SlashSong of the Year -- All Time Low with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the VeilAlbum of the Year -- Bring Me the Horizon, SempiternalArtist of the Year -- Fall Out BoyFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tree Planted in L.A. Park in Honor of Late Beatle George Harrison Eaten by Beetl


Jean-Marie Perier/UMeA pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate.  L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times' "Pop & Hiss" music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles.The tree, which was only a sapling when it was planted near the Griffith Park Observatory, featured a commemorative plaque at its base acknowledging Harrison's contributions as a musician and a humanitarian, as well as his love for gardening.  The tree had grown to 10 feet in height before it was felled by the insect infestation.LaBonge, who attended Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band's concert at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, told "Pop & Hiss" that plans are in the works for a new tree to be planted.Harrison died in November 2001 at age 59 after a battle with cancer.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Upstate New York Hotel Celebrates Bob Dylan and the Woodstock Festival


Image Courtesy of Hotel DylanA new hotel named after Bob Dylan opened last month in Woodstock, New York, that pays tribute to the musical history that emerged in and near the small Catskill Mountains town during the late 1960s.  Hotel Dylan features 11 rooms with names that evoke the Flower Power era and the famous Woodstock Festival, including "The Jimi," "The Joplin," "The Cocker," "The Roadies," "The Van" and "The Hippie Chick."The hotel's largest room is called The Band Suite, named after the influential Americana outfit that served as Dylan's backing group early in its career, and recorded that legendary Basement Tapes with the folk-rock icon in Woodstock.  Daily prices for standard rooms cost $189 on weekdays and $219 on weekends, while the suite will run you $249 during the week and $289 on weekends.Each room also features a high-quality turntable, and while a selection of vinyl albums can be borrowed from the front desk.  In addition, a variety of famous pics taken by official Woodstock Festival photographer Elliott Landy decorate the hotel's walls.  The hotel also hosts a series of music-related workshops and other events.A Hotel Dylan representative tells ABC News Radio that owner Paul Covello is planning to open an intimate concert space at the facility, as well as a pub and restaurant that will serve dishes featuring locally grown and produced ingredients.For more information, visit HotelDylan.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Yes' Chris Squire Says Lead Singer Jon Davison Helped Freshen Band's Whole Appro


Frontiers RecordsYes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today.  The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012.Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks.  Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that "he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to" collaborate with the band's other members and he says he's extremely pleased with the results."It's turned out to be surprisingly fresh, and Jon's input has definitely freshened up the whole approach," explains Squire.  "So, I'm very happy."In fact, Heaven & Earth features at least one tune that Davison co-wrote with every other member of the band -- two each with Squire and guitarist Steve Howe, and one apiece with drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes.  He also penned one song, "Light of the Ages," entirely by himself.Regarding the sound of the new album, Squire tells ABC News Radio that he doesn't think it's "exactly comparable to anything else" the band has done in the past, while noting that "there's a thread in Yes of the style that myself and Steve…and Alan White [developed] having all been there most of the last 40 years together."Fans who want to find out more about Yes' new album can visit YesHeavenAndEarth.com, while excerpts of all of the tunes on the record are streaming at the band's SoundCloud page.Meanwhile, Yes has been including one or two of the songs from Heaven & Earth in the sets on the group's current North American, which is scheduled through an August 23 concert in Lincoln, California.  Among the new tunes the band has been performing are "Believe Again," "The Ascent" and "The Game."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

James Brown Takes the Stage Again at the Apollo with "Get On Up" Premiere


Polydor/UMeMonday night, James Brown's music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York.Directed by The Help's Nate Taylor, the project stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling.Mick Jagger came on as co-producer, and on the red carpet, the rock legend said proudly, "I'm so glad this movie's finally come out and I'm really pleased with the results of it."Get On Up: The James Brown Story, which also stars The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, and The Office alum Craig Robinson, opens August 1.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

ZZ Top's Dusty Hill Needs Kidney Stone Operation, Forcing Band to Cancel Six Upc


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is scheduled to undergo an operation to remove two kidney stones this week, forcing veteran rockers' to cancel six headlining dates that were to have preceded the launch of their joint U.S. tour with Jeff Beck. The nixed shows were scheduled for this Friday in Morton, Minnesota; this Saturday in West Bend, Wisconsin; this Sunday in Cincinnati; Tuesday, July 29, in Louisville, Kentucky; Wednesday, July 30 in  Asheville, North Carolina; and Monday, August 1, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Doctors discovered the kidney stones during a routine exam, and they advised Dusty that he should have them taken out right away.  Hill will need about two weeks to recover, and he's expected to fully recover from the procedure.  ZZ Top's next confirmed show will be held August 6 in Sturgis, South Dakota, and the Texas trio is then slated to kick off its co-headlining trek with Beck on August 8 in Missoula, Montana.The joint tour is mapped out through a September 13 show in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  ZZ Top also has a bevy of North American fall headlining dates lined up that run from a September 25 gig in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, through a November 2 concert in San Antonio.8/6 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground*8/8 -- Missoula, MT, Ogren Park*8/9 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle*8/10 -- Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheatre*8/12 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery*8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Amphitheatre*8/15 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre*8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint*8/17 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheatre*8/19 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino*8/20 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre*8/22 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre*8/23 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater*8/24 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*8/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*8/28 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia*8/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino *8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Concert Venue at Harrah's*8/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods*9/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*9/3 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion*9/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater*9/6 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*9/7 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater*9/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater*9/10 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater*9/12 -- The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*9/13 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino9/25 -- Bloomsburg, PA, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds9/26 -- Springfield, MA, The Big E Xfinity Arena9/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier9/28 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom9/30 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre10/1 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre10/3 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre 10/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino10/5 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center10/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre10/8 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre10/10 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater10/11 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom10/12 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre - RiverCenter10/14 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena10/15 -- Columbia, SC, South Carolina State Fairgrounds10/18 -- Red Bank, NJ,Count Basie Theatre10/19 -- Kingston, NY, Broadway Theater - Ulster Performing Arts Center10/22 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Center10/24 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center - Centre College of Kentucky10/25 -- Bowling Green, KY, Bowling Green Hot Rods Field10/29 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Centre10/31 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino11/2 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre* = with Jeff Beck.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brian Wilson Shares New Details About Upcoming Album


Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIISome new details have been revealed about former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson's upcoming solo album, which will feature a variety of guest singers, including a number of young female artists.  Wilson tells Rolling Stone that he initially had been writing songs for a new Beach Boys album, but plans changed when Mike Love decided that he didn't want to extend the group's 50th anniversary reunion tour in 2012."It was a shock," admits Wilson.  "I was so proud of how the Boys were singing.  Then it just ended."He says, at first, he was at a loss about what to do with the new music he was creating before settling on the idea to bring in guest vocalists.Among the singers who have lent their talents to the project so far are up-and-coming country star Kacey Musgraves, and alternative-pop chanteuses Lana Del Rey and Zooey Deschanel.  Wilson also has called on fun. frontman Nate Ruess, whom he says "sounds a little like my brother Carl."Jeff Beck, who toured with Brian last year, played guitar on a version of the Irish standard "Danny Boy," one of the tunes they performed together during the trek.Musgraves, who is featured on a tune called "Guess You Had to Be There," apparently took a few takes before her vocals were to Brian's liking.  "When it's good it's good, when it's not -- do it again," says Wilson.  "But after three tries, Kacey nailed it."Deschanel appears on a song named "On the Island" that Rolling Stone describes as "a space-age bossa nova."Two versions of a track titled "Last Song" have been recorded, one featuring Del Rey and another with Wilson handling lead vocals.  According to Rolling Stone, the tune, which will be the album's centerpiece, is "a heartbreaking ballad" that Brian wrote about his disappointment over the Beach Boys reunion coming to an end."It started out being about lost love," explains the album's co-producer, Joe Thomas.  "But after the tour fell apart it became more about a missed opportunity for Brian and the guys to ride into the sunset together."No word yet on when Wilson's album will be released.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Video Recapping The Rolling Stones' European Tour Premieres Online


Rankin/Universal MusicThe Rolling Stones wrapped up the European leg of their 14 on Fire Tour earlier this month, and now a video recapping the outing has been posted on the band's official website and YouTube channel.  The clip offers a montage of scenes from various locations The Stones visited on the trek, accompanied by a live version of the group's 1998 song "Out of Control," and also includes commentary from the band members.Keith Richards remarks in the video, "[We] played some amazing places in the last couple of months.  This band is really picking up steam now and there's something in the air."Mick Jagger notes, meanwhile, "The tour generally in Europe this summer was super up," adding, "We played a lot of the European festivals.  It was great to see so many, as far as the eye can see."Ronnie Wood comments about the enthusiastic reactions of the European crowds, pointing out, "The audience set the scene for the music.  You never take 70,000 people for granted.  It's always special.  Everybody's smiling, they're happy all over the world.  We make people happy -- it's an amazing feeling."As for Charlie Watts, he reassuringly declares about the end of the European tour, "It certainly won't be the last show.  We've always been a playing band. That's what we do."At the end of the video, some factoids about the trek flash on the screen, including that the band played 14 sold-out shows, logged more than 15,000 miles and rocked a whopping 782,000 fans.Next up for The Rolling Stones is the band's fall Down Under tour, which kicks off on October 25 in Adelaide, Australia, and is mapped out through a November 22 concert in Auckland, New Zealand.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Historic Early Jimi Hendrix Recordings Acquired by Guitar Legend's Estate and So


Image Courtesy of Dieter HoffmannExperience Hendrix LLC, the company that oversees the rights to Jimi Hendrix's music, and Sony's Legacy Recordings have acquired the full rights to a collection of historic early recordings featuring the late guitar legend.  The material includes 88 live and studio master recordings that Hendrix made from 1965 to 1967 with his pre-fame group, Curtis Knight & the Squires.The agreement ends years of litigation between the Hendrix family and the recordings' longtime owners, record producer Ed Chalpin and his company PPX Enterprises.  Jimi was a sideman for Curtis Knight & the Squires when he and the Harlem-based R&B group signed a three-year contract with Chalpin in October 1965.Among the notable tracks included in the collection is a live performance recorded in December 1965 at a club in Hackensack, New Jersey, and a number of studio recordings Hendrix did with Curtis Knight & the Squires in July 1967, after the Jimi Hendrix Experience had already released its debut album.Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings now plan to have the Curtis Knight & the Squires material mixed and remastered under the supervision of longtime Hendrix sound engineer Eddie Kramer, and intend to release the revamped tracks over the course of the next three years.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Check Out New Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Songs Via Interactive "Radio"


Reprise RecordsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers have introduced a cool interactive webpage where you can check out some songs from the band's upcoming album, Hypnotic Eye. The site, Radio.TomPetty.com, features the image of an old-school car radio.  You can listen to five brand-new tracks by clicking the "on" button and then adjusting the dial.The full tracks you can preview are "Red River," "U Get Me High," "American Dream B," "Forgotten Man," and "Fault Lines."  All of these songs also can be purchased now individually as digital downloads at iTunes. The entire Hypnotic Eye album will be released July 29.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ex-Alice Cooper Guitarist Dick Wagner Undergoes Heart Surgery, Battling Lung Inf


Image Courtesy of Dick WagnerFormer Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner underwent heart surgery last week to treat a clogged artery.  Blabbermouth.net reports that Wagner was hospitalized on July 8 after experiencing difficulty breathing, and subsequently had an operation that improved blood flow in the vessel by 30 percent.The 71-year-old rocker's son Robert, meanwhile, posted a message on his Facebook page on Sunday reporting that his dad has been battling "a deep lung infection" and that he was scheduled to have a procedure to "'wash' his lungs" to help him breathe easier.The heart ailment is the latest in a number of health issues Dick Wagner has battled in recent years.  In 2007, he suffered a heart attack and a stroke. Then, in 2011 he was diagnosed with NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus, a debilitating condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain.  The condition was successfully treated with a shunt in his brain, and Wagner was able to return to music again before the recent setback.Wagner played on many of Cooper's albums during the 1970s and '80s and co-wrote a number of the shock rocker's well-known songs, including "Only Woman Bleed," "I Never Cry" and "You and Me."  His long list of career credits also includes playing guitar on Lou Reed's Berlin and Rock 'n' Roll Animal albums.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Blues Guitar Great Johnny Winter Dead at 70


Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images Blues rock guitar legend Johnny Winter has died at age 70.The Piedmont Talent agency has confirmed that Winter passed away Wednesday in his hotel room Zurich, Switzerland, while he was on tour in Europe.  The agency issued a statement that reads, "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of their loved one and one of the world's finest guitarists," adding that additional details will be announced "at the appropriate time."Winter, the brother of veteran rocker Edgar Winter, also was a three-time Grammy Award-winning producer for blues great Muddy Waters, and several of his own albums were Grammy nominated.  Winter's most recent album was 2011's Roots, but a new studio effort, titled titled Step Back, is scheduled for a September 2 release.  The record will feature cover versions of some of Johnny's favorite songs performed with a star-studded list of musicians, including Eric Clapton, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Leslie West, Dr. John, and Brian Setzer. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Paul McCartney Releases iPad Apps for Five of His Solo Albums


Image Courtesy of Concord Music GroupPaul McCartney may be in his seventies, but he certainly keeps up with the latest technological trends.  The former Beatles star now has become the latest artist to make some of his albums available as apps for Apple's iPad.Apps for five of Sir Paul's classic post-Fab Four albums -- 1970's McCartney, 1971's RAM, 1973's Band on the Run, 1976's Wings over America and 1980's McCartney II -- each priced at $7.99, were released this week.  In addition to remastered versions of the albums' tracks, the programs offer a variety of multimedia bonus features, including promo videos, interviews with McCartney, making-of documentaries, rare photos of Paul and late wife Linda, album art and essays about each record.In other news, the rock legend has posted a new video on his official YouTube channel featuring scenes from his July 5 U.S. tour opener in Albany, New York.  The clip focuses mainly on a fan who's been stricken with cancer who, along with a couple of his family members, gets to spend some time chatting with Paul.  McCartney wrapped up his latest tour leg with a show last night (Wednesday, July 16) in Kansas City, Missouri.  He'll get back on the road on August 2 in Minneapolis.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

David Bowie Hints That He'll Be Releasing "More Music Soon"


Image Courtesy of Jimmy KingThere was an almost-10-year gap between the release of David Bowie's latest album, 2013's The Next Day, and his previous one, 2003's Reality, but it appears that fans won't have to wait nearly so long for the rock legend's next record.  According to The Independent, the acclaimed singer hinted that he has some new music on the way in an announcement that was read at a charity event held at a small London bar on Saturday.The gathering marked Bowie's 50-year music career, while raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a U.K. organization that supports the fight against HIV.Bowie's message read, "This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David."A Bowie rep reportedly confirmed to NME that the note was indeed from the Rock and Roll Hall Famer, but an article focusing on the news apparently has been removed from the magazine's website.Bowie also alluded to a new album in a message he wrote honoring Columbia Records executive Rob Stringer that was read at the 2014 Music Week Awards this past April.  That note jokingly mentioned that he'd hired Stringer as a "percussionist on my new album this year."Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kansas Welcomes Ronnie Platt as Its New Lead Singer


Image Courtesy of M. MalinowskiLongtime Kansas frontman Steve Walsh revealed just over two weeks ago that he'll soon be leaving the band, but the veteran rockers already have found a replacement.  The group has announced that Ronnie Platt will be stepping in as the new lead singer.A message on Kansas' official website reports that "Ronnie's first show with the band will be September 12 in Oklahoma City, OK, where he will take over singing duties for departing vocalist Steve Walsh."Platt has been performing with a popular classic-rock cover band from Chicago named ARRA, and he formerly was the lead singer of the Kansas City, Missouri-based group Shooting Star.He says in a statement, "I'm a longtime fan of [Kansas'] music and have always looked up to Steve Walsh.  My goal is not to replace Steve; no one can do that.  It is my goal and responsibility to sustain the integrity that is Kansas."Platt adds that joining the group fulfills "a lifelong dream," and notes, "I've got the job, but now it's time to earn it…and I take nothing for granted that has been given to me.  My performance in Kansas will be how I've always performed, with passion and enthusiasm."Meanwhile, Kansas drummer Phil Ehart says about the group's latest member, "After considering other candidates, it became clear Ronnie was our guy.  He's a perfect fit musically and personally with the band.  His passion for the band and the music, as well as his musicianship, is exceptional."Guitarist Rich Williams adds that when Platt joins Kansas, "People can expect us to shake things up musically and dust off some songs we haven't played in quite a while.  Who knows?  With Ronnie now on board, there may even be new music in our future!"Walsh will perform with Kansas on the band's European summer tour, which kicks off Thursday in London, and he also will play several more U.S. concerts with the group when it returns from overseas.  His last show will be August 16 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa.After his departure from Kansas was announced, Walsh issued a statement to MelodicRock.com that read, "I know there's a lot of different versions out there on why I'm leaving, so let me just say that it's time for me to go, and yes, it makes me sad to have to admit that."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Beatles Doc Focusing on Band's Touring Years to Be Directed by Ron Howard


Image Courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd.Ron Howard has directed quite a few fab films over the years, including 2002's Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind.  Now he'll be behind the lens for a new authorized Beatles documentary about the Fab Four's years as a touring act.  The upcoming movie is being made with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison -- the respective widows of John Lennon and George Harrison."I am excited and honored to be working…on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964," says Howard in a statement.  "Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated."The film will follow The Beatles' career from their first concerts in 1961 at the Cavern Club in their hometown of Liverpool, England, through their last public show in August 1966 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.  During that period, the band played a total of 166 gigs in 15 countries and 90 cities across the globe.  The flick is expected to include rare fan-submitted footage and audio recordings of the Beatles in concert gathered by the One Voice One World production company, which brought the documentary project to The Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd.The movie also will delve into the Beatlemania phenomenon and cultural impact the band and its performances had around the world, in context with the political and social climate of the time.The film is being co-produced by Apple Corps; Image Entertainment, the production company Howard founded with Brian Grazer; and White Horse Pictures, whose co-founder, filmmaker Nigel Sinclair, has previously worked on such acclaimed rock documentaries as George Harrison: Living in the Material World, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.  Sinclair tells The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes the Beatles flick will hit theaters by late 2015.For information about the upcoming movie, visit TheBeatlesLiveProject.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Jim Croce Album Features Rare Live Performances and Demos


Cleopatra RecordsA new compilation gathering together some rare recordings by the late folk-rock great Jim Croce will be released this Tuesday, July 22.  Lost Time in a Bottle features 24 tracks, and includes a previously unreleased 1964 live radio concert the singer/songwriter played at New York's Cazenovia College.The album also offers several demo recordings, including renditions of his classic songs "Operator," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle," as well as concert performances from a February 1973 show at Harper College in Illinois.  Among the tunes from that concert that appear on the record are versions of "New York's Not My Home," "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" and "Roller Derby Queen."Tragically, Croce was killed in a September 1973 plane crash following a show in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  He was 30 years old.Lost Time in a Bottle initially will be available on CD and as a digital download, while a two-LP vinyl version is expected to be released soon too.Here is the full track list for the album:"Next Time, This Time" (Harper College 2/5/73)"New York's Not My Home" (Harper College 2/5/73)"You Don't Mess Around with Jim" (Harper College 2/5/73)"Careful Man" (Harper College 2/5/73)"A Good Time Man Like Me" (Demo)"Tractor Trailer Story Intro" (Harper College 2/5/73)"Speedball Tucker" (Demo)"Operator" (Demo)"Hard Time Losin' Man" (Demo)"Seems Like Such a Long Time Ago" (Demo)"It Doesn't Have to Be That Way" (Harper College 2/5/73)"Bar Story Intro" (Harper College 2/5/73)"Roller Derby Queen" (Harper College 2/5/73)"One Less Set of Footsteps" (Harper College 2/5/73)"Dreamin' Again" (Harper College 2/5/73)"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" (Demo)"Time in a Bottle" (Demo)"I Got a Name" (Live 1973)"Charley Green, Play That Slide Trombone" (Cazenovia College 1964)"San Francisco Bay Blues" (Cazenovia College 1964)"Washington at Valley Forge" (Cazenovia College 1964)"La Bamba" (Cazenovia College 1964)"Seek and You Shall Find" (Cazenovia College 1964)"Woke Up This Morning" (Cazenovia College 1964)Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Whitney Houston Biopic Reportedly Will Feature Her Music, Not Her Voice


ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will feature some of the singer's big hits, though it won't be Whitney's voice, or the voice of former America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, the star of the movie, we'll be hearing.A Lifetime rep tells E! Online the honor will go to R&B singer Deborah Cox.The rep says "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," but Cox will be providing the "vocal tracks."Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, will be making her directorial debut with the biopic, which will reportedly focus on Houston's relationship with Bobby Brown.Houston's family is not involved with the production.The movie is set to premiere next year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Neil Young Schedules October Concerts in Boston and Philadelphia


Image Courtesy of Pegi YoungNeil Young currently is touring around Europe with his old backing group Crazy Horse, but the folk-rock legend has started to make some solo plans for the fall.  The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has scheduled a pair of two-nights stands, on October 5 and 6 at the Wang Theatre in Boston and on October 8 and 9 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.Tickets for the Boston shows already are available and are almost sold out, while tickets to the Philadelphia concerts will go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET.Young also will be performing at the 28th annual edition of his Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will be held October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  A full lineup for the star-studded event will be announced in the coming weeks.Neil's European trek with Crazy Horse winds down with an August 8 appearance in Colmar, France.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio