Jake Clemons is best known as one of the latest additions to Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, taking over sax duties for his late uncle, Clarence Clemons, but he's also an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitar player. The 33-year-old musician has just released a new five-song solo EP, Embracing Light, which showcases his many musical talents.
The record is a heartfelt collection of tunes that features some elements reminiscent of the Boss' work, but is clearly an expression of Clemons' own...Read more
Joan Jett has joined a growing list of music artists who are protesting what they consider the inhumane treatment of orcas, aka killer whales, trained to perform at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, and other marine-themed attractions. PETA.org reports that the rock veteran has served SeaWorld with a "cease and desist" order after discovering that the park was using her hit song "I Love Rock 'n Roll" without authorization at the beginning of its "Shamu Rocks" show.
The outcry was spurred by revelations brought...Read more
Neil Young has scheduled four concerts in his home country of Canada next month to raise money to help a legal battle that native people in the Athabasca region are fighting against oil companies and the Canadian government. The "Honor the Treaties" concerts will benefit the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund, which is seeks to protect the indigenous citizens' traditional lands and environment from potentially damaging activities related to oil prospecting and extraction.
The ACFN is particularly interested in upholding its peoples' rights...Read more
A historic electric guitar owned and played by Jerry Garcia was among the many collectible items that brought in big bucks during a two-day memorabilia sale held over the weekend at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. The Custom Travis Bean TB500, which is believed to be the third-most-played guitar the late Grateful Dead frontman ever owned, sold for an impressive $238,700.
Another high-priced instrument that sold at the auction was a Hofner Presentation bass guitar that was...Read more
In a career that spans decades, it's amazing that Billy Joel has never performed at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, but that's about to change.
The Piano Man will play a concert at the venue on May 17, which is just eight days after his 65th birthday. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com.
Joel's 2014 tour seems to expand daily. In addition to his once-a-month-until-forever shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, which are currently...Read more
A new concert DVD capturing Foghat rocking out in a Florida club in October 2011 will be released this Tuesday. Live in St. Pete features the veteran blues-rock group's current lineup delivering an inspired performance at Jannus Live venue in St. Petersburg.
The set, which runs about an hour and 20 minutes, mixes classic Foghat originals like "Slow Ride" and "Fool for the City" with covers of such memorable tunes as Al Green's "Take Me to the River," Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" and Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You." The band...Read more
A group of music students who attend Los Angeles' Foshay Learning Center got a very special surprise last week when Eddie Van Halen paid them a visit at their school. The guitar legend spent time chatting with the 27 aspiring musicians, encouraging them and sharing anecdotes about his own pursuit of a career in music.
"I wasn't born 'Eddie Van Halen,' successful or famous," the rock star said. "It took years of dedication and practice, practice, practice."
In conjunction with Van Halen's visit, he and the
A new installment of PBS' Great Performances series featuring Sting playing songs from his latest album, The Last Ship, and his upcoming Broadway play of the same name will premiere February 21 at 9 p.m. ET on select stations; check local listings. The show boasts footage from an intimate benefit concert the former Police frontman gave at the Public Theater in New York City this past October 2, ...Read more
In the midst of Journey's early-1980s success, guitarist Neal Schon teamed up with renowned jazz-rock keyboardist/drummer Jan Hammer to record a pair of well-received collaborative albums. Now those records, 1981's Untold Passions and 1982's Here to Stay, are available for purchase as downloads for the first time -- as part of a digital box set.
Released at about the same time as Journey's hit album Escape, Untold Passions features a 50/50 mix of instrumental tracks and vocal tracks. Schon not only played guitar on the project,...Read more
Dolly Parton has announced additional dates for her Blue Smoke World Tour, which starts January 24, 2014, in Rancho Mirage, California. After a handful of January shows in the western U.S., the country star will travel to New Zealand and Australia in February. She also has scheduled a few more stateside shows in late May, just before she'll head over to Europe for a previously announced run of June concerts.
Parton says, "It's always great to perform at home in the good ol' U.S.A. We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world; but it's true,...Read more
If you've ever dreamed of getting music lessons from KISS singer/bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Tommy Thayer, here's your chance. Both musicians will be taking part in the upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp event that will be held March 27-30 in Las Vegas.
Among the activities that Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp attendees will get to enjoy are jam sessions, Q&A events with various rockers and live performances, as well as writing and recording their own original songs. The camp will conclude with a live performance at House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Elton John used his concert in Moscow on Friday night as a chance to condemn Russia's controversial laws banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors.
According to The Independent, the British singer told the sold-out crowd, "You've always embraced me and you have never judged me." He added, "I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community...Read more
Billy Joel and Carlos Santana were among the entertainers who were honored Sunday in Washington, D.C., as the 2013 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.
The honors are presented annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of recipients' lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.
Billy was saluted at a gala event by Tony Bennett, who remarked, "Billy Joel is no less than the poet, performer, philosopher of today's American songbook."
Tony's speech was followed by a series of performances...Read more
When John Mellencamp gets down to recording a follow-up to his 2010 studio effort, No Better Than This, he's going to have an awful lot of material from which to choose. In a new Rolling Stone interview, the heartland rocker reveals, "I've got a notebook with 85 new songs that I've written for my next record."
The 62-year-old singer/songwriter reports that he'll once again be collaborating with T Bone Burnett, who produced No Better Than...Read more
Sunday marks what would have been late Doors frontman Jim Morrison's 70th birthday. It's difficult to gauge just how much the iconic singer has influenced music and popular culture, thanks to his charismatic and edgy persona, his powerful vocal style, his exploration of dark themes and his trail-blazing talent for combining poetry with rock music.
Morrison had a fascination with pushing social and cultural boundaries that, unfortunately, coincided with a penchant for excess that included a serious alcohol dependency. He died of an apparent heart attack in July 1971 at the age of 27.
Last week, one of the oddest trios in musical history took the stage, as Jon Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, came together at a charity event in London to belt out the Bon Jovi classic "Livin' on a Prayer." And Jon now says that the Prince impressed him with his amazing vocal ability.
According to the Australian Herald Sun, at...Read more
Dionne Warwick has announced plans to release her 28th album, Feels So Good, which will arrive in stores this May.
The 10-track collection will feature the legendary performer singing duets with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Ziggy Marley and other stars. Warwick's son, Damon Elliott, and Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz, are among the disc's producers.
"I'm thrilled to release a new project called Feels So Good with some of today's great singers and songwriters," says Warwick in a statement....Read more
Rap music dominated the nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, announced Friday night live in Los Angeles and telecast on CBS. Only six categories were announced during the hour-long nominations special, but overall, Jay Z tops this year's nominations with nine. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven each. Justin Timberlake also scored seven nominations each, as did Pharrell [fuh-RELL] Williams, who was featured on two of the year's biggest hits: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" ...Read more
In the wake of the death Thursday of former South African president Nelson Mandela, a wide variety of music artists came forward to pay tribute to the influential and beloved politician and freedom fighter. Now, some more music luminaries have added their thoughts about the man who helped bring an end to his country's oppressive apartheid system.
Paul McCartney issued a statement calling Mandela "one of the great men of all time." The legendary Beatles star added, "I particularly admired his lack of bitterness towards his jailers, which I think set the tone...Read more
The Fender Stratocaster guitar that Bob Dylan played when he "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold at a New York City auction on Friday for a record-breaking price. The instrument brought in an impressive $965,000, which, according to Christie's is the highest price a guitar has ever fetched at an auction. It was bought by an anonymous bidder.
Christie's auctioneer and specialist Tom Lecky said after the sale, "A tremendous amount of international interest was...Read more
Earth, Wind & Fire has joined the list of performers for this year's Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, the TV special that features the announcement of the nominees for the major Grammy categories. The funk/soul legends will hit the stage with pop/R&B star Robin Thicke and rapper T.I. for a rendition of ...Read more
Stevie Nicks fans know that the singer will soon be making an appearance on American Horror Story: Coven, but now word has emerged that the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman actually will be showing up on not one, but two episodes of the hit FX series.
The show's creator, Ryan Murphy, disclosed the news in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
"Stevie will be in episode 10 and then we have Stevie for another one, doing...Read more
A special star-studded concert paying tribute to Paul Simon is scheduled to take place on March 31 at New York City's famous Carnegie Hall. The show will feature 20 as-yet-unannounced artists performing 20 of the legendary singer/songwriter's classic compositions.
VIP tickets and other special packages for the show, dubbed The Music of Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall, can be purchased now at the Carnegie Hall box office and online at CarnegiePaulSimon.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public soon.
Proceeds raised by the concert...Read more
Some updated information has emerged about the theatrical film about The Kinks that's being directed by Julien Temple. You Really Got Me, which focuses on the notoriously turbulent relationship between the band's founding sibling members, Ray and Dave Davies, is expected to be released sometime in 2015.
The biopic will be scored by the Davies brothers themselves, and is being penned by the screenwriting team of David Clement and Ian La Frenais, whose previous...Read more
Peter Gabriel had a strong connection to Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who died Thursday at the age of 95. The musician called Mandela a friend and worked with him extensively on human rights issues.
At a New York City event Thursday night for his human rights organization Witness, Peter told ABC News Radio that Mandela's death was "an enormous loss."
Peter said of Mandela, "He's the great figurehead for anyone struggling for human rights, you know, maybe Gandhi before, but to go from to a violent struggle and then reach non-violence...Read more
Former South African president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. Through the years, he'd worked with many top musicians at various charity events, and still others served as ambassadors for his charity. Others were simply inspired by his lifelong fight to end apartheid in South Africa. Here's a selection of reactions to his passing:
In a lengthy essay in Time magazine, U2's Bono, a longtime Mandela friend, writes, "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager...I, like everyone...Read more
The Fifth Beatle, an upcoming film project about late Beatles manager Brian Epstein that's based on a popular graphic novel of the same name, has a director. Peyton Reed, whose credits include Bring It On, The Break-Up and Yes Man, has signed on to helm the flick.
The movie is being co-produced by Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen and Tony-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary, the latter...Read more
In May, The Doors released an official app for the iPad that treats fans to an in-depth, interactive look at the music and history of the famed Los Angeles rock band. Now, the program has been expanded with some fascinating updated content timed in conjunction with what would have been late frontman Jim Morrison's 70th birthday -- Sunday, December 8.
The relaunched app features several upgrades, including a new section paying homage to keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who died on May...Read more
Elton John, his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin and members of The Clash are among the music stars who have personalized skateboard decks that will be auctioned online starting Thursday to benefit a charity founded by famous skateboarder Tony Hawk.
The second annual Boards + Bands sale features boards donated by pro skaters that have been decorated with the lyrics of their favorite...Read more
A rare set of early lyrics to "Born to Run" handwritten by Bruce Springsteen while he was working on the song has brought in big bucks at a Sotheby's auction held Thursday in New York City. The document, which was expected to fetch between $70,000 and $100,000, sold for $197,000, including the auction price and fees.
The Boss penned the lyrics on one sheet of white, lined paper in...Read more