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Brian Wilson is sharing the song he recorded with country star Kacey Musgraves. The Beach Boys legend has debuted the song "Guess You Had To Be There" on Vevo.
Zooey Deschanel says recording with Brian Wilson can be a little disconcerting at first. The "New Girl" star and She and Him singer explained on Thursday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that the Beach Boys legend knows exactly what he wants in the studio, and he isn't afraid to let you know. But she says Wilson also gets really excited when things go well. Deschanel and her She and Him partner M. Ward collaborated with Wilson on his upcoming album "No Pier Pressure." She said it was an amazing experience, and called Wilson the "absolute best." "No Pier Pressure" is scheduled to hit stores April 7th.
Deep Purple is adding to its summer plans. The classic rockers have unveiled a new batch of North American tour dates. After a series of shows in Mexico throughout May and June, they'll kick off the U.S. portion of their trek July 14th in Lewiston, New York. It's currently scheduled to end August 15th in Indio, California, but Deep Purple says more dates are on the way. Tickets to some shows go on sale this weekend with more details available at DeepPurple.com.
Deep Purple's North American tour dates:
7/14 - Lewiston, NY @ Art Park Amphitheatre
7/22 - Englewood, NJ @ Bergen Pac
7/24 - Lynn, MA @ Lynn Auditorium
7/25 - Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
7/30 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort and Casino
8/02 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
8/04 - Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/05 - Columbus, OH @ Ohio State Fair
8/07 - Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock Casino
8/12 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Orange County Fair
8/14 - Laughlin, NV @ Edgewater Casino
8/15 - Indio, CA @ Fantasy Springs Casino
A new exhibit is opening Friday that sheds new light on the work Bob Dylan did in Nashville. "Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City" focuses on the folk-rock legend and the many stars from outside the country realm who traveled to Nashville in the late 1960s and early '70s to record with a select group of studio musicians known as the "Nashville Cats." Displays will also convey how country legend Johnny Cash, through his music variety show, helped to redefine Nashville beyond the traditional country music mold. Highlights include Dylan and Cash's handwritten manuscript for the song "Wanted Man," the guitar Charlie Daniels played on Dylan's album "Nashville Skyline," and a the letter Joan Baez wrote to the Nashville Cats in 1969. The exhibit also includes memorabilia from Paul McCartney, The Byrds, Linda Ronstadt, and others. "Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City" will remain open through December 31st, 2016.
Jefferson Starship co-founder Paul Kantner is in the hospital following a suspected heart attack. The band said in a post on Facebook that Kantner is stable and undergoing tests after his "health took a bad turn this week." The 71-year-old will be on the sidelines for an undisclosed amount of time, but Jefferson Starship plans to continue their current tour. They say every show will be dedicated to Kantner until he's well enough to return to the stage. Jefferson Starship's next show is scheduled to take place Thursday in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Ringo Starr is sharing his latest work. The former Beatle previewed the new song "Confirmation" on Billboard.com. "Confirmation" is from the rock legend's new album, "Postcards From Paradise." Ringo says the song's original name was "Memphis," because "it had that Memphis feel." He adds that on his upcoming release fans will hear him simply being himself, calling it "homemade music." Ringo's "Postcards From Paradise" will be available on March 31st.
Boz Scaggs is joining forces with Bonnie Raitt on his upcoming album. "A Fool to Care" includes the original track "Hell to Pay," which features Raitt on vocals and slide guitar.
"Hell to Pay" is the only non-cover track on "A Fool to Care," and Scaggs tells "Billboard" it was one of those songs that "just falls out of the sky." He says he was initially scared to ask Raitt to record it with him because he's "sort of in awe" of her. But Bonnie wasn't actually his first choice. He thought about recording with Lucinda Williams, but instead teamed up with her on a cover of the Band's "Whispering Pines." Scaggs "A Fool to Care" is set to hit stores March 31st.
The list of recordings in the National Recording Registry just got longer. The Doors' debut album, the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," and Steve Martin's comedy album "A Wild and Crazy Guy" are just some of the 25 recordings that have been added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry for preservation. Twenty five recordings are selected each year for their cultural, historical or aesthetically significant impact on society. Recordings must be at least ten years old to be considered for inclusion. The selections for the 2014 registry now brings the total number of recordings on the registry to 425.
The new additions also include Joan Baez's first solo album, Ben E. King's 1961 classic "Stand By Me," Lauryn Hill's debut solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," radio coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's funeral, and rare recordings from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair demonstrating "world music" from countries from around the world.
2014 National Recording Registry:
Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library (c.1890-1910)
The Benjamin Ives Gilman Collection, recorded at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago (1893)
"The Boys of the Lough"/"The Humours of Ennistymon" (single)-Michael Coleman (1922)
"Black Snake Moan"/ "Match Box Blues"(single)-Blind Lemon Jefferson (1928)
"Sorry, Wrong Number" (episode of "Suspense" radio series, May 25, 1943)
"Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" (single)-Johnny Mercer (1944)
Radio Coverage of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Funeral-Arthur Godfrey, et al. (April 14, 1945)
"Kiss Me, Kate" (original cast album) (1949)
"John Brown's Body" (album)-Tyrone Power, Judith Anderson, and Raymond Massey; directed by Charles Laughton (1953)
"My Funny Valentine" (single)-The Gerry Mulligan Quartet featuring Chet Baker (1953)
"Sixteen Tons" (single)-Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
"Mary Don't You Weep" (single)-The Swan Silvertones (1959)
"Joan Baez" (album)-Joan Baez (1960)
"Stand by Me" (single)-Ben E. King (1961)
"New Orleans' Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band" (album)-Sweet Emma and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1964)
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (single)-The Righteous Brothers (1964)
"The Doors" (album)-The Doors (1967)
"Stand!" (album)-Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
"Lincoln Mayorga and Distinguished Colleagues" (album)-Lincoln Mayorga (1968)
"A Wild and Crazy Guy" (album)-Steve Martin (1978)
"Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites" (album)-Various (1995)
"OK Computer" (album)-Radiohead (1997)
"Songs of the Old Regular Baptists"-Various (1997)
"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (album)-Lauryn Hill (1998)
"Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman" (album)-Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer (1999)
Paul McCartney and Metallica are on board for Lollapalooza. The rock veterans lead the lineup for this summer's event, which will also feature Florence and the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and many others. The eclectic music festival is set to take over Chicago's Grant Park July 31st through August 2nd. Tickets went on sale after the lineup was revealed Wednesday morning, but sold out in a matter of hours. Anyone who missed out, however, can still get VIP tickets and travel packages at Lollapalooza.com.
Cissy Houston is giving fans an update on the condition of her granddaughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. In an interview with a New York radio station WBLS FM 107.5, Cissy confirms that Bobbi Kristina has been moved to a different hospital for rehabilitation and is still fighting for her life.
The 22-year-old has been in a medically induced coma since being found in her bathtub in Atlanta is late January. Cissy says all she can do now is leave Bobbi's fate in the hands of God. She says she'll be grateful if "He works a miracle," but that "if it happens the other way," she'll be "alright." The 81-year-old singer lost her daughter, Bobbi Kristina's mom, superstar Whitney Houston in 2012.
Van Halen will make its triumphant return to television next week. The band hasn't played a TV gig since David Lee Roth rejoined the group in 2006, but that will all change Monday, March 30th when they take the stage on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." They'll also be back for a second performance on the ABC late-night show on Tuesday, followed by an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" April 2nd. The "Kimmel" performance will take place outside on Hollywood Boulevard, and coincides with the release of Van Halen's first live album with Roth. "Tokyo Dome Live in Concert" is due out March 31st.
But Van Halen isn't stopping there. They've also announced a lengthy North American tour that will keep them busy this summer and fall. The trek starts July 5th in Seattle, and is scheduled to wrap October 2nd in Los Angeles.
John Fogerty says he's "not trying to shock or surprise anybody" with his upcoming memoir. The rock legend tells "Billboard" in his book he's "just being brutally honest," explaining that it's "simply the only way" he's "been able to exist." Fogerty adds that he's "not running for president or anything" so he's "not white-washing the life" he's lived. The book, "Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music," will be in stores on October 6th.
Fogerty is also planning to return to the road this year. He says he'll continue his "1969" trek, which showcases the Creedence Clearwater Revival albums "Bayou County," "Green River," and "Willy and the Poor Boys" along with a selection of other hits from his extensive catalog. Fogerty will launch his tour with an appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis on May 2nd.
Elton John is topping the bill at this year's Outside Lands festival. He's set to headline the San Francisco event this summer along with Mumford and Sons, the Black Keys, Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar. Billy Idol will also take the stage, as will Wilco, Ben Harper, St. Vincent and many others. But in addition to all the music, the three-day event also offers plenty of food, wine, beer, and more. Outside Lands is scheduled to take place August 7th through the 9th, with tickets set to go on sale this Thursday. All the details are available at SFOutsideLands.com.
The man behind Hank Locklin's crossover hit "Please Help Me I'm Falling" and other pop, country, and R&B classics has died. Don Robertson passed away in California on March 16th, at the age of 92. Don got his love of music from his mother, who taught him to play the piano when he was four. By the age of seven Don was writing songs, eventually creating material that spanned the genres. The Robertson-penned "I Don't Hurt Anymore" became a number one country hit for Hank Snow, while Dinah Washington took the song to number three on the R&B chart. Robertson's catalog also includes Lorne Greene's number one pop single "Ringo," Della Reese's million-seller "Not One Minute More," and his own top ten hit "The Happy Whistler."
Elvis Presley recorded a number of Don's songs, including the top ten hit "I Met Her Today." Dion, Dave Edmunds, and Billy Swan also tapped Don for material, along with Duane Eddy, Anne Murray, Johnny Cash, and many others. Robertson was added to the Nashville Walkway of Stars in 1967, and inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
Patti LaBelle has made it past the first elimination on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." And her performance this week, a salsa routine to 50 Cent's "In Da Club," got both the audience and the judges fired up. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba admitted Patti took her by surprise.
And Patti danced on a bad knee, and "felt it" during her performance. The R&B legend said she "was in pain, but it was good," explaining that coming back from an injury "you gotta work it." Patti remains in the middle of the pack when it comes to the scoring. She was one of four stars who received a 28 from the judges. Four others are ahead of Patti on the leaderboard, while three earned lower scores. LMFAO singer RedFoo became the first celebrity to be cut from the competition. Host Tom Bergeron also emphasized the importance in viewer voting, explaining that RedFoo fell short by a very slim margin. Patti and the remaining celebrities will turn in new routines and another person will be cut when "Dancing With the Stars" returns on ABC next Monday.
Van Morrison says his new album has been on his mind for a while. He says he's wanted to make something like "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue" since the early 2000s, but hasn't been able to get all the right people together until now. "Rolling Stone" says Morrison got to work in 2013 after playing Bluesfest in London with Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples and Natalie Cole. He set up recording sessions with all three after the show, and eventually brought in Joss Stone, Michael Buble, Mark Knopfler and others. Morrison and his friends avoided the radio hits he recorded in the '60s and 70s, and instead chose to explore his work from the '80s and 90s. "Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue" is in stores now.
Toto's new album apparently surprised the band as much as it did fans. Keyboardist and singer David Paich tells "Songfacts" they thought 2006's "Falling in Between" would be their last album. But they were "pleasantly surprised" to learn they actually owed their record label one more. Paich says they considered releasing an album of "odds and ends" they had already recorded. But once they started going through everything, they decided to hit the studio and write an "organic, homegrown Toto record from scratch." That became "Toto 14," which is in stores this week.
Jimi Hendrix fans are getting some new insight into the guitar legend's early days. The compilation "You Can't Use My Name" is in stores now, offering 14 tracks from Jimi's brief stint as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires between 1965 and 1967. Some of the music has been released in various collections over the years, but "You Can't Use My Name" also features previously unheard tracks like "Station Break." It includes new studio chatter from Hendrix as well, and the rocker's sister Janie Hendrix says the remastered recordings "represent a significant segment in the timeline of Jimi's musical existence."
Record Store Day Releases…Special releases are on the way from The Doors, Otis Redding, and The Ramones. A limited edition mono version of The Doors' 1967 effort "Strange Days" is arriving on vinyl for the first time since its original release. The new discs were created by the band's co-producer and engineer Bruce Botnik, who worked from the original masters. A 50th anniversary edition of "Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul" will be available as a two-disc vinyl set, with one album in stereo and the other in mono. It also comes with the bonus 45-r.p.m. single "I"ve Been Loving You Too Long" backed with "I'm Depending On You" on blue vinyl.
Hall and Oates' John Oates and Survivor's Jim Peterik are among the many songwriters taking part in this week's Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The Nashville Songwriters Association International is behind the five-day event, featuring more than 350 performers playing dozens of shows at a variety of venues throughout Nashville. Oates and Peterik are part of a country-heavy lineup that includes Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill, Bill Anderson, and Mac Davis along with Larry Gatlin, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, former "American Idol" finalist Casey James, and many others. The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival begins Tuesday. More details are available at TinPanSouth.com.
The Carole King musical is headed to the big screen. HollywoodReporter.com says the project was officially announced over the weekend, after songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil tweeted about the film late last week. Mann and Weil are primary characters in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." Tom Hanks is among the producers for the upcoming film, which has secured the rights to King's music. Details on the film, including the cast and a proposed release date, haven't been announced.
"Beautiful" tells the story of King's life throughout the 1960s, including her rise to fame, her stormy relationship with husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, and her breakthrough as a performer with her 1971 album "Tapestry." Last year the production won two Tony Awards, including Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Jessie Mueller, who portrays King on the stage.
The director behind the Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider" is opening up about the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter earlier this month, and is currently serving a two-year prison sentence. In a statement obtained by Deadline.com, Miller accepts responsibility for the "horrible tragedy" he says will "haunt" him forever. He says others made mistakes on the set that day in February 2014 when Jones was struck by a train. But ultimately he was in charge and should have asked more questions. Miller said he pleaded guilty to protect his wife and family, to avoid putting the Jones family through a difficult trial, and to take responsibility for his failure in not making sure every safety measure was in place.
Marvin Gaye is back on the Billboard 200 for the first time in more than a decade. His 2009 greatest hits collection "Number 1s" debuted at number 175 on the album chart after moving four-thousand units. "Billboard" says more than half of those units were track-equivalent albums powered by sales of his song "Got to Give It Up (Part 1)." The track was downloaded ten-thousand times during the week the verdict was delivered in the Gaye family's copyright infringement battle with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their song "Blurred Lines." "Got to Give It Up's" best digital sales week ever marked a 246-percent increase, and helped the song re-enter the R&B Digital Songs chart at number 18.
Seattle is moving forward with plans to build a park dedicated to Jimi Hendrix. Organizers announced last week that construction on the long-planned memorial to the Seattle-born guitar legend will start next month, with the first phase expected to open in the fall. Located adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum, the Jimi Hendrix Park will include a timeline of the rocker's life and a central plaza for performances, among other features. It's being funded by two non-profit groups, who have raised nearly one-and-a-half-million dollars since 2012. Jimi's sister Janie Hendrix, who also serves as director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation, says they hope the park will not only be an attraction, but also "a place of homage to one of Seattle's own."
Robert Plant isn't just performing with his own band. The rock legend made a guest appearance during Jack White's set at Lollapalooza Argentina Saturday to perform Led Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song." Plant was part of the event as well. He played his own set with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters. Lollapalooza Argentina is part of the group's South American trek. The tour will continue this week with three concerts in Brazil. Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters will launch their North American trek with an appearance at the Sasquatch! Festival in George, Washington on May 24th.
The Who will be taking the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall this week for a good cause. They're among the headliners for the seven-night Teenage Cancer Trust benefit, which gets under way Monday with music from Stereophonics. Van Morrison and Paul Weller are also slated to perform, as are Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and comedian Kevin Bridges. Weller, Gallagher, and Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones were all part of the first concert in 2000, and Who frontman Roger Daltrey says it's great to have them back for the 15th anniversary. This year's charity event is scheduled to run through March 29th. More information is available at TeenageCancerTrust.org.
The cofounder of the '60s pop group the Left Banke has died. The "L.A. Times" says Michael Brown passed away of heart failure Thursday in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 65.
An elderly woman will be able to live out the rest of her days in the home of her choice, and Cher is making it happen. "The Washington Post" says the singer first learned of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison last June, when the couple -- both in their mid 90s -- married following a ten-year courtship. They moved in with one of Edith's daughters, but six months later were forced to separate. Edith was sent to another daughter's home in Florida when the siblings got involved in a legal dispute over their mother's marriage and health care. After just two weeks apart, Eddie died. But Edith still wanted to return to Virginia, and Cher stepped in to help.
Cher gave a deposition in February, during which she agreed to pay for house repairs and Edith's medical care. When she was told it could cost as much as 200-thousand dollars a year, Cher told the court, "if that's what it would have to be," she's "able to do that." In light of Cher's financial promise, a judge has now ruled that Edith will be able to return to her Alexandria home as soon as the repairs are done.
Paul McCartney fans can now print their very own 3D version of the rock superstar. He was scanned in 3D for his "Hope for the Future" video last year, and now the folks at PaulMcCartney.com have had that scan converted into a file that anyone can use to make a 3D model. Fans with access to a 3D printer can visit the website and download the file now. McCartney's "Hope for the Future" was written specifically for the video game "Destiny."
The upcoming Led Zeppelin movie chronicles the evolution of the band in concert. UltimateClassicRock.com says the film features 13 songs from performances spanning the 1970s, presented in chronological order. The movie starts with "Communication Breakdown" from Zeppelin's January 9th, 1970 show at London's Royal Albert Hall, and ends with "Whole Lotta Love" -- the last of four songs from their appearance at the 1979 Knebworth festival. The movie also features footage from a 1972 concert in Australia, the band's 1973 appearance at New York's Madison Square Garden, and their 1975 dates at London's Earls Court. The song list includes "Immigrant Song," "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll," and -- of course -- "Stairway to Heaven."
The film, simply titled "Led Zeppelin," is part of Fathom Events' Classic Music Series. The movie will be shown in participating theaters throughout the country on March 30th. Details on the presentation are available at FathomEvents.com.
The Moody Blues will be celebrating their work from the '80s and '90s on their "Timeless Flight" tour, but John Lodge says that doesn't mean they're looking back. The bassist and singer for the U.K. prog rockers tells Worcester, Massachusetts "Telegram and Gazette" that when they take the stage, they perform their songs anew with everything they've learned about them over the past 50 years. The Moodies kick off their "Timeless Flight" trek Thursday night in Worcester. They're out supporting last year's box set "The Polydor Years: 1986-1992."
Eric Clapton fans have a new way to celebrate the guitar legend's 70th birthday this year. He's announced plans to release a new three-disc "best of" compilation called "Forever Man." The collection is divided into three sections -- studio classics, live cuts, and the blues. It's due out April 28th, a few days before Clapton kicks off a nine-concert run celebrating his milestone birthday. The first two shows will be at New York's Madison Square Garden on May 1st and 2nd. After that he heads to London for seven gigs at the Royal Albert Hall between May 14th and the 23rd. More details about the concerts and "Forever Man" are available at EricClapton.com.