Waky Music News
Rolling Stones fans can now get a glimpse of what to expect in their 2015 Zip Code Tour. A brief video retrospective online was shot at their opening show last weekend in San Diego. The band earlier played a secret club show in L.A. where they played the 1971 classic "Sticky Fingers" in its entirety. That album will be re-issued soon in a special remastered and expanded format.
The rumor that the Beatles almost recorded at the famous Stax Studio in Memphis is apparently confirmed. "Rolling Stone" cites a newly discovered letter hand written by George Harrison confirming the idea was discussed. He says the idea fell through because of money issues. The quiet Beatle broke the news in a thank you letter to a Detroit D.J. who befriended the band on their first U.S. tour. Harrison says "We would all like it a lot, but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word 'Beatles.'
Neil Young's release date for his new album is confirmed for June 29th. "The Monsanto Years" was recorded with Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson's sons, Luke and Micah Nelson. It's not-surprisingly described as ecologically and environmentally focused. The name references agro-chemical giant, the Monsanto corporation. Neil's Rebel Content Tour hits the road starting July 5th at Milwaukee Summer Fest.
Pete Townshend remains ambitious as ever with plans following The Who's 50th anniversary tour. The guitarist says he's reviving his solo archive and writing songs all the time. He's also working on a 'magnum opus' that will start with the publication of a short novel. Townshend also revealed in a recent interview with Barnes and Noble the creation of "Classic Quadrophenia," a classical reinterpretation of the 1973 rock opera.
Lawyers for surviving members of Led Zeppelin admit to one thing in a plagiarism lawsuit, that the band's exceptionally talented. The band is accused of ripping off the song "Taurus" by the band Spirit for the intro to "Stairway to Heaven." The band's response is "defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and it's members were and are exceptionally talented, but other wise deny every allegation." Zeppelin's response also admits they were billed with Spirit and incorporated their song "Fresh Garbage" into a medley.
Expect a scolding from Roger Daltrey if you plan on lighting up at a Who concert. The Who singer threatened to walk off stage Wednesday night after a waft of weed smoke made it's way to the stage. The singer claims to be allergic to marijuana smoke and it causes his voice to lock up. The culprit was pointed out by Daltrey during the performance, and earned a few choice words from Pete Townshend as well. The Who's 50th anniversary tour continues through the fall.
Rod Stewart is planning to release his 30th solo studio album this fall. Stewart said in a recent press conference it could end up being one of his most topical collections. He says the album "Another Country" explores heartbreaking aspects of being away from your sweetheart and family. He told "Vegas Player" magazine he'd been experimenting with reggae, ska and Celtic melodies. Stewart's most recent was "Time" about two-and-a-half years ago.
Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm is expanding his North American tour. It started yesterday and continues into mid-September. More dates are to be added. He's joined by brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass, and Andy Knoll on keyboards. Their tour resumes tomorrow at the Bakersfield Rocking Country Festival.
An upcoming animated feature produced by Paul McCartney also has seven or eight songs written by the former Beatle. "High in the Clouds" is based on the children's book McCartney co-authored in 2005. "Deadline" reports one of the songs is a collaboration between him and Lady Gaga. Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also took part in the sessions. "High in the Clouds" is directed by "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" director Cody Cameron and penned by "Datenight" screenwriter Josh Klausner.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is releasing an all-star concert performance recorded last fall at Atlanta's Fox Theater. Stars like Greg Allman, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, and Warren Haynes joined in for Skynyrd classics. "One More for the Fans" comes out on a two-CD-DVD set on July 24th. The title works as a sequel to Skynyrd's 1976 live album "One More From the Road," also recorded at the Fox. Donnie Van Zant of 38 Special, and brother of Skynyrd founding singer, Ronnie Van Zant, joins all guests for a finale of "Sweet Home Alabama."
Del McCoury is handpicked to finish lost songs of Woody Guthrie. "Rolling Stone" reports Guthrie's daughter asked the bluegrass master to complete songs she discovered that her father wrote between 1935 and 1949. Nora Guthrie tells "Rolling Stone" Woody wrote the songs as he was coming out of Oklahoma, listening to the Carter family and hillbilly music. Guthrie says she trusted McCoury with the songs because of the many similarities she finds with him and her dad.
Shooting for a biopic based on the Kinks is set to start later this year. Julian Temple, who helmed the Sex Pistols mockumentary, "The Great Rock and Roll Swindle," will direct. "You Really Got Me" will star Johnny Flynn as Ray Davies and George Mackey as Dave Davies. The story focuses on the two brothers growing up and the group's disbanding. The filmmakers have secured the rights to the Kink's original music.
David Crosby appears ready to bury the hatchet with Neal Young. He made an unabashed apology on the Howard Stern Show, eight months after criticizing Young's relationship with actress Daryl Hannah. Crosby called her a "purely poisonous predator." Young's former songwriting partner told Stern "I'm screwed up way worse than that girl. Where do I get off criticizing her? She's making Neil happy. I love Neil and I want him to be happy."
David Lee Roth has made it clear he'll never perform Van Halen's Sammy Hagar-era songs. Back stage at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, he explained it as a "credibility issue." Roth said first, he was never sure about Hagar's commitment to the work, and second, fans have made it clear what edition they favor. Roth says "why would you bring that into the proceedings? This hamburger don't need no helper. Ain't no rehearsing pants in my closet." Sunday night was Van Halen's first appearance at the Billboard Music Awards.
Purple Pyramid Records has released a 1979 Rainbow concert on colored vinyl. "Denver 1979" is available on red, green and blue vinyl and is presented with a holographic gatefold foil jacket. The tour was supporting the "Down To Earth" album featuring Ritchie Blackmore, Graham Bonnett, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover and Don Airey.
History will be in the making tonight when Bob Dylan appears as the final musical guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman." Dylan last appeared on the show in 1993, several months after it premiered. Dave's run officially ends after his show tomorrow night. Dylan released his 36th studio album "Shadows In The Night" in February.
The King of the Blues will reportedly be buried in Mississippi. According to the "Clarion-Ledger" newspaper, officials at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola say the blues great will be buried there next week. Meanwhile, King's daughter posted on Facebook that a service will be held for her father this Saturday in Las Vegas.
The boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown is still desperate for a chance to visit her. On Monday, Nick Gordon issued a public plea to both the Browns and the family of the late Whitney Houston. Gordon has reportedly been living with his mother in Florida since checking out of rehab last month. His intervention was featured on an episode of "Dr. Phil." It has been three months since Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and she remains at a facility in Atlanta. Her father Bobby Brown and aunt Pat Houston are the 22-year-old's legal co-guardians.