Tuesday, October 17, 2017
moe. bassist Rob Derhak has completed his chemotherapy and radiation treatment to deal with his oropharyngeal cancer, which was revealed this summer and led to the band’s current hiatus.
Monday, October 16, 2017
A close friend and self-professed super-fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for decades, Stevie Nicks has been looking back on her relationship with Petty and the last time they performed together.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Long After Dark is the fifth album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in November 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the major MTV hit "You Got Lucky", the album was also the first to feature the late Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein's vocals are evident throughout the album, most notably on "Change of Heart". From this point on Epstein's vocals became an integral part of the Heartbreakers' sound.
Two other singles from the album were released, "Change of Heart" and "Straight into Darkness," with the former joining "You Got Lucky" in the Billboard top 40. "Keeping Me Alive" was one of the outtakes from the sessions for the album. A Petty favorite, "Keeping Me Alive" was eventually released on Petty's 1995 box set compilation Playback.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Bob Seger has been forced to postpone all 19 dates of his current 2017 Runaway Train tour for an undisclosed amount of time due to an “urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae.”
Friday, October 13, 2017
Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, the Zombies, Eurythmics, the Cars and the J. Geils Band are among the artists nominated for the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The current incarnation of Ghost came to an end on Saturday night (Sept. 30) when frontman Papa Emeritus was forcibly removed from a stage in Sweden and a “new” Papa introduced himself. The Gothenburg show was the band’s last appearance in support of most recent releases, the album in 2015 and last year’s EP.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band honored Tom Petty with a cover of his classic “Breakdown.” The tribute took place at the outdoor space located at San Rafael, CA’s Terrapin Crossroad as part of “Shelter From the Storm: A Hurricane Relief Benefit.”
Monday, October 9, 2017
Aerosmith have canceled a handful of dates while singer Steven Tyler recovers from an undisclosed illness. Tyler, who had been touring South America with the band, flew back to the U.S. last night.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Concrete and Gold is the ninth studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters. It was released on September 15, 2017. The album's first single, "Run", was released on June 1, 2017, and topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart the following month. The second single, "The Sky Is a Neighborhood", was released on August 23, 2017. A third song, "The Line", was released a week prior to the album's release. The album received positive reviews, and topped the US all-format Billboard 200 chart in its debut week of release, selling 120,000 copies.
Initial writing sessions only involved Grohl, who continued being in seclusion from the band, although he initially struggled, feeling "out of practice" and "creatively atrophied" due to his longer than usual break from music. Grohl rented an Airbnb in Ojai, California, so he could focus on long bouts of writing, with Grohl recounting "I brought a case of wine and sat there in my underwear with a microphone for about five days, just writing." After twelve or thirteen rough ideas were mapped out, he ran them by the band, who shared Grohl's belief that he was on the right track with the material. Happy with his work, but feeling the material still required further development, Grohl started thinking about reaching out to a music producer.
The band ended up working with music producer Greg Kurstin on the album. Grohl had been listening to the work of Kurstin's indie pop band, The Bird and the Bee since 2014 and was very impressed with his work, calling it "so much more sophisticated than anything [he'd] ever heard." Grohl reached out to Kurstin, and learned that he had taken a hiatus from The Bird and the Bee to focus on his work as a music producer, producing songs including Halsey's "Strangers", Sia's "The Greatest" and "Cheap Thrills" and Adele's "Hello". The two both were interested in the challenge presented with working together – Kurstin had never worked on a heavy rock album, while Grohl had never worked with a pop songwriter – and decided to collaborate on the album.
Recording was done at the heavily populated EastWest Studios, where the band frequently ran into, and interacted with, various other musicians in the studio building. Recording sessions frequently culminated into large barbecuesand alcohol drinking among the other artists using the studios, often leading to Grohl grilling meat for parties of up to forty people while finishing up recording sessions. The set up lead to the band having a number of high-profile collaborations on the album. The band worked with Boyz II Men member Shawn Stockman on the album's title track and album closer, which stemmed from a chance meeting between Grohl and Stockman in the parking lot. Grohl also announced that "probably the biggest pop star in the world" would provide backing vocals on a track as well, though he refused to name who, leading to much speculation due to the number of pop stars Kurstin had previously worked with prior to the Foo Fighters. Grohl later clarified that it was not Adele or Taylor Swift, and that the person has " been around a long time", and eventually revealed it to be Justin Timberlake. Further collaborations include vocals by Inara George on the track "Dirty Water", saxophone by David Koz on the track "La Dee Da", and vocals by Alison Mosshart of The Kills on "La Dee Da" and "The Sky Is a Neighborhood". Additionally, Paul McCartneycontributed drums to the track "Sunday Rain" after entering the studio and recording two drum tracks without even hearing the song first, basing his performance entirely on Grohl recreating the song acoustically for him on the spot. Concrete and Gold also marks Rami Jaffee's first credit as an official band member, having been a session and touring keyboardist for the band since 2005.
While not a formal collaborator on the album, Grohl also would travel to visit past collaborator Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age during the recording sessions as well, who was working in the nearby United Recording music studio. The two often played in-progress material for each other, as each was working on a new approach of recording a rock album with a pop music producer, Homme doing the same thing with music producer Mark Ronson on the album Villains.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
The Eagles are among the artists featured on the upcoming album , which is released on Nov. 17 and available for pre-order now via Amazon and iTunes.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
A family spokesman has confirmed the death of Tom Petty at age 66, following a day spent clinging to life. Various news outlets reported his death, only to retract those same headlines, as he fought to overcome an apparent heart attack on Monday.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Burnin' is a reggae album by The Wailers, released in 1973. The sixth album by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer (the last before Tosh and Bunny departed for solo careers and the band became known as Bob Marley and the Wailers), Burnin' opens with a signature song, the call to action "Get Up, Stand Up" and includes a more confrontational and militant tone than previous records, such as in another Marley standard turned into a number one hit by Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff". The songs "Duppy Conqueror", "Small Axe", "Put It On" and "Pass It On" are re-recordings of songs previously released.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
moe. are currently on hiatus due to the treatment Rob Derhak is undergoing after his throat cancer diagnosis, and the bassist shared an update on his situation today, saying that he is halfway through his chemo and radiation therapy.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Pretenders have announced a new edition of their most recent album, , which will come with a second disc of 15 live tracks recorded over the past year.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
The proposed tour featuring a hologram of Frank Zappa and many of his sidemen has the backing of the Zappa Family Trust, but not Frank’s son, Dweezil. The guitarist said that he will not take part in it.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Ship Ahoy is a rhythm and blues album by Philadelphia soul group The O'Jays, released on November 10, 1973 on Philadelphia International Records. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching #1 on Billboard's "Black Albums" chart and #11 on the "Pop Albums" chart and launching two hit singles, "For the Love of Money" and "Put Your Hands Together." Conceived as a theme album built around the title track, Ship Ahoy includes socially relevant tracks and love songs under a cover that is itself notable for its serious subject matter. The album, which achieved RIAA platinum certification for over 1 million copies sold in 1992, has been reissued multiple times, including in a 2003 edition with a bonus track. Ship Ahoy was the highest selling R&B album on the Billboard Year-End chart for 1974.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Elton John is one of the bestselling artists of all time, having sold more than 300 million records throughout his five-decade music career. But his role in 2017’s shouldn’t be a surprise for fans who’ve seen him onscreen too, as you’ll see in the above look at Elton John, Movie Star: Examining the Rocket Man’s Film and TV Career.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will lead the lineup for a benefit show held at the University of Texas’s Frank Erwin Center tomorrow evening , Friday, September 22.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
On September 29, Jack White’s Third Man Records is teaming up with Bluegrass Underground and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to present a special underground concert event hosted by White himself.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Steely Dan have announced almost a dozen tour dates for this fall. The new shows come a little more than a week after the death of band co-founder Walter Becker.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Farmhouse is the eighth official studio album by the American rock band Phish. The tracks were recorded at The Barn, frontman Trey Anastasio's studio in Chittenden County, Vermont. The album was released on May 16, 2000, by Elektra Records. Farmhouse was the last Phish studio album before their temporary split in October 2000 (the band subsequently returned in late 2002).
Songwriting for Farmhouse was a joint effort between Trey Anastasio and Phish lyricist Tom Marshall, with contributions from Tony Markellis, Russ Lawton and Scott Herman. All of the songs were already part of Phish's live concert song rotation before being recorded for the album, some dating back to 1997. Rolling Stone gave Farmhouse only 2.5 Stars, stating that on the album the band walks "a thin line between mellow and torpid" with songs that "are going to need a lot of live [concert] resuscitation".
"Heavy Things" became Phish's biggest single to date, and was a hit on Adult Top 40 radio and on the Radio & Records pop 100 chart. The song was performed for live broadcast during the overnight set of Phish's New Year's Eve 2000 show at Big Cypress (reportedly then the largest concert in the world) as part of ABC's coverage of New Year’s festivities around the globe.
The song "First Tube" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Early incarnations of several tracks from the album can be heard on the 2000 release Trampled by Lambs and Pecked by the Dove, a collection of song sketches recorded by Anastasio and Marshall.
Farmhouse had the highest-ever first week sales for a Phish record. The album was certified gold by RIAA on January 30, 2006.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will release their new album, Echo in the Valley, on October 20, marking the second collaborative studio effort from the banjo power couple after their 2014 self-titled debut.
Friday, September 15, 2017
The underappreciated period between King Crimson‘s genre-defining 1969 debut and their John Wetton-era reinvention is the subject of a new box set titled .