RepriseNeil Young has revealed that he's planning to release an expanded version of his acclaimed 1990 album with Crazy Horse, Ragged Glory.
In a post on his Neil Young Archives site, the folk-rock legend reports that the revamped collection "will be twice the size" of the original release, thanks to material from the sessions that's been rediscovered by frequent co-producer John Hanlon.
"Listening to these tracks is a real head-scratcher," Neil explains. "They are equal to anything on the existing record, maybe better. Possibly, the thought at the time was to have a single album and not include the songs from the last half of the unique 'set oriented' recording sessions."
Recalling the Ragged Glory sessions, Young says they "were unique because the band played a set of songs twice a day at Plywood Analog for a couple of weeks, then went back, listened and chose best tracks after the two weeks were up."
He adds that after the set of tunes that became Ragged Glory were played enough to have the best usable takes recorded, he and Crazy Horse, "having a great time, kept playing other songs...Five songs, with two versions of one, and one long extended take of another, yielded another 38 minutes of Crazy Horse classics, mostly undiscovered and unheard before."
Young says the revamped record will be called Ragged Glory II, and will be released as a double album on CD, vinyl and high-resolution digital, probably in 2019. He maintains that the album's release could possibly delay other planned projects.
Myriam SantosSteve Perry has had a big year and he's thanking his fans with a little holiday gift.
This year, the former Journey frontman released Traces, his first new album of original material in 24 years. He writes on Twitter and Instagram, "This has been a big year of firsts for me. In keeping with that spirit, I thought I'd record a little Christmas card song and send it out to you to thank you for all of your kindness in welcoming me back. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. I hope you enjoy it."
Along with that message, he's posted a version of the holiday classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" that runs just under two minutes. You also can check out the track on his official YouTube channel.
So far, there's no word on whether or not Perry will follow up the album with a tour.
Credit: Kelly A. SwiftSeason 15 of NBC's The Voice comes to a close with a two-part finale this week airing Monday at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, and The Doobie Brothers will be among the guest musicians who will perform with the final four contestants.
According to an exclusive Billboard report, the veteran rockers will join Chris Kroeze, a Wisconsin musician on coach Blake Shelton's team, for a rendition of the band's 1973 hit "Long Train Runnin'" on tonight's program.
Kroeze previously performed the song on the November 26 episode of the popular singing competition. The other music stars slated to hit The Voice's stage with various finalists this week are R&B singer Kelly Rowland and country acts Rascal Flatts and Dan Shay.
The winner of The Voice's season 15 will be crowned during Tuesday night's two-hour finale. The show also will feature performances by current Voice coaches Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson, as well as John Legend, Dierks Bentley, Halsey, DJ Marshmello, Bastille, Panic! at the Disco and more.
Last month, The Doobie Brothers played two historic concerts at the Beacon Theatre in New York City at which they performed their second and third studio albums -- 1972's Toulouse Street and 1973's The Captain and Me -- in their entirety. The band had never played any of its full albums live before. The Doobies have yet to confirm any 2019 tour dates.
FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018When Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was first released by in 1994, it wasn't eligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. Well, it's really making up for lost time now.
Mariah's holiday hit has just become the highest-charting Christmas song on the Hot 100 in 60 years, as it rises from number seven to number six. The last time a Christmas song ranked higher on the Hot 100 was in 1958, when "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville hit #1.
As previously reported, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" wasn't eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994 because it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited any such song from charting on the Hot 100. Those rules eventually changed and now, every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has returned to the chart. Last year, it finally broke into the top 10.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now also Mariah's highest-charting hit since 2008, when "Touch My Body" hit #1.
Finally, by reaching #6, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has surpassed the ranking of two other modern-era holiday songs, which both reached number seven: 2000's "Auld Lang Syne" by Kenny G and 1990's "This One's for the Children," by New Kids on the Block.
Greg Campbell/WireImage for NARASJoe Osborn, who played bass for many years with the acclaimed collective of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, died Friday of pancreatic cancer at age 81, reports Rolling Stone.
Danny Tedesco, director of the 2008 documentary The Wrecking Crew, confirmed Osborn's death to the magazine and also wrote a tribute to him on the film's official Facebook page.
Osborn served as an L.A. session bassist from 1964 to 1974. Among the many classic hits he played: Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water," The Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin'," Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy," The Fifth Dimension's "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," The Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions," The Association's "Windy," Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park," America's "Ventura Highway" and The Carpenters' "Close to You."
As Tedesco explains in his tribute, the Louisiana-born Osborn began his career in the late 1950s playing guitar with rockabilly artist Dale Hawkins, and then spent four years playing bass in Ricky Nelson's band, contributing to such classic songs as "Hello Mary Lou" and "Travelin' Man."
After his stint in L.A., Joe relocated to Nashville, and became a highly sought-after session musician there, backing such artists as Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis and Hank Williams, Jr. He also appeared on a few Neil Young albums, including the country-flavored Comes a Time and Old Ways.
"Over the years, he was always there when we needed him for a concert or screening [to promote the documentary]," writes Tedesco, whose late father, Tommy, played guitar with the Wrecking Crew.
"Even though he was a quiet man, I could see the sparkle in his eyes when he saw the love of his fans. I called him a gentle bear."
The short film was inspired by the anti-bullying message of the former Beatles star's tune, which appears on his recently released studio album, Egypt Station. The video, co-directed by Sir Paul's frequent tour photographer Brantley Gutierrez and veteran choreographer Ryan Heffington, features McCartney and Stone drawn into a surrealistic, cartoonish world where they're pursued by mime-like dancers donning black-and-white harlequin makeup.
"My hope is that if there are kids being bullied -- and there are…Maybe by listening to this song and watching this video, they might just think it's not as bad," Paul notes, "that it's the kind of thing you can just stand up to and laugh off and get through."
In conjunction with the song and video, McCartney is partnering with the activism-minded production company Creative Visions and other organizations to launch a new campaign dubbed #WhoCaresIDo that seeks to inspire people to promote positivity and stand up to bullying and negativity.
As part of the initiative's goal, Creative Visions is building a coalition of nonprofit contributors that help create organizations and resources to spread the song's compassionate message to homes, communities and workplaces.
"Millions of people around the world feel silenced, subjugated -- bullied -- and believe that no one cares," says Creative Visions founder Kathy Eldon. "Our intention with this campaign is to put the power of the song to work and inspire us to show up and care -- and let others know that we do care."
After being available exclusively on Apple Music for 24 hours, the "Who Cares" video will be viewable via other outlets starting Tuesday.
Billboard reports -- and fan-recorded video shows -- that Wood and Starr hit the stage with McCartney and his band to play a rousing rendition of The Beatles' "Get Back." At the start of the performance, Sir Paul first brought out Ronnie and then brought Ringo on stage, announcing to the crowd, "Ladies and gentlemen, the ever-fantastic Mr. Ringo Starr!"
Starr hugged Wood and McCartney and flashed his trademark peace signs to the audience before jumping behind a second drum kit set up directly behind his old band mate.
At the end of the song, Ringo hugged Paul and Ronnie again, then came up to the mic and told the crowd: "I don't know about you, it's a thrill for me. Peace and love, everybody, and have a Merry Christmas! Thank you!"
According to Billboard, this marked the first time McCartney and Starr performed together at a concert in England since 2002. More recently, the duo played several songs together at the 2015 Rock & Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles, where Sir Paul inducted Ringo into the Hall in conjunction with him receiving the Award for Musical Excellence.
McCartney will launch the 2019 edition of his Freshen Up Tour with a March 20 concert in Santiago, Chile. He'll begin a U.S. leg of the trek on May 23 in New Orleans.
earMUSICHeart has unveiled a new preview of its upcoming concert video, Live in Atlantic City, featuring the band performing the title track of its 1980 album Bébé Le Strange with help from Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. The clip has been posted on the earMUSIC label's YouTube channel.
As previously reported, Live in Atlantic Citywill be released on January 25, 2019, in multiple audio and video configurations. The concert, which took place in March 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, originally was filmed for an episode of the VH1 series Decades Rock Live!
At the show, Heart played a set featuring many of its hits, as well as a few cover tunes. A variety of musical guests hit the stage with the band, including Navarro, Alice in Chains, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and country stars Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson.
In addition to "Bébé Le Strange," Navarro lent his guitar talents to renditions of "Straight On" and "Crazy on You," as well as to a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop." Alice in Chains played two of their own well-known tunes -- "Would?" and "Rooster" -- with Heart and McKagan. Wainwright sang "Dog & Butterfly" with Heart, Gretchen Wilson teamed up with the group for "Even It Up" and a version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Rock 'n' Roll," and Underwood joined the band to belt out the power ballad "Alone."
Live in Atlantic City will be available on CD, vinyl LP, DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD and Blu-ray will include a bonus video feature called Heart Confidential.
In October, another video clip from Live in Atlantic City featuring Heart performing its 2004 song "Lost Angel" was posted on earMUSIC's YouTube channel.
Here's the full Live in Atlantic City track list:
"Bébé Le Strange" -- with Dave Navarro "Straight On" -- with Dave Navarro "Crazy on You" -- with Dave Navarro "Lost Angel" "Even It Up" -- with Gretchen Wilson "Rock 'n' Roll" -- with Gretchen Wilson "Dog & Butterfly" -- with Rufus Wainwright "Would?" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan* "Rooster" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan "Alone" -- with Carrie Underwood "Magic Man" "Misty Mountain Hop" -- with Dave Navarro "Dreamboat Annie" "Barracuda"
Photo by Rob Verhorst/RedfernsThe Marvin Gaye estate's long drawn-out legal battle with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" has finally come to a pricey end.
The artists behind the buzzy single have been ordered by Judge John A. Kronstadt to pay the family of the late, legendary "What's Going On" singer $5 million, Billboard reports. The hefty sum includes Thicke, Williams and Williams' publishing company owing a combined $2.9 million, plus an additional $1.7 million required to be paid by Thicke and some $357,631 from Williams and his More Water from Nazareth company.
As previously reported, the Gaye family sued Thicke and Williams in 2013 for copyright infringement of the soul singer's 1977 hit song "Got to Give It Up." Initially, a judge ruled that both Thicke and Williams owed Gaye's estate $7 million, but following an appeal the judgment was decreased.
Moving forward, the Gaye family is entitled to a running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" songwriter and publishing revenue.
Credit: Jim BelmontThe fourth season of the public-television interview series Speakeasy premieres in January, and among the music stars featured on the six new episodes are Sting, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald and Lenny Kravitz. Each episode of the hour-long show features one or more well-known artist conversing about various topics with a friend at a small New York venue.
The new season kicks off January 7 on select public-TV stations and January 13 on the WORLD public-television channel with an episode featuring Sting and his recent collaborator Shaggy, with whom he recorded the new reggae-flavored album 44/876. On the program, the two artists will discuss the making of the record, their Jamaican connection, James Bond, Miles Davis and more.
The other Speakeasy episodes will feature Elliott chatting with Rolling Stone writer/editor David Fricke; Gibbons talking with radio personality Eric Holland; Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke in conversation with music journalist Rob Tannenbaum; McDonald being interviewed by his one-time producer Russ Titelman; and Kravitz talking with his pal Sean Lennon.
Full episodes of Speakeasy also will be streamed at SpeakEasyTalks.com. You can check out preview clips of Sting and Shaggy's conversation at Front and Center's official YouTube channel.
Rossington says of his and his Skynyrd band mates' experience taking part in an episode of the program, "We had a blast doing Speakeasy. We've been reminiscing a lot on our farewell tour this year and it was so cool to sit down with fans in such a small theater and share some of those memories with them."
Credit: Rob DeMartinThis weekend is an eventful one for Bruce Springsteen, who will give the final performance of his long-running stage show Springsteen on Broadway on Saturday, a few hours before a Netflix special of the same name premieres on the streaming service -- at 3:01 a.m. ET.
The Springsteen on Broadway special features a full performance of the rock legend's show at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City, shot in front of a private audience in July of this year. The production was written by The Boss and combines spoken-word segments from his 2016 memoir, Born to Run, with stripped-down renditions of some of his original tunes. Bruce's wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, makes a special appearance, singing two tunes with her husband during the show.
The special was directed and co-produced by Thom Zimny, who previously has worked on various Springsteen documentaries, as well as the 2018 HBO doc Elvis Presley: The Searcher.
The Springsteen on Broadway show opened in October 2017, and has been one of the hottest tickets on Broadway since its premiere. In June, Bruce was presented with a special Tony Award honoring the production.
Here is the full track list of Springsteen on Broadway soundtrack:
"Growin' Up"* "My Hometown"* "My Father's House"* "The Wish"* "Thunder Road"* "The Promised Land"* "Born in the U.S.A."* "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"* "Tougher than the Rest" -- with Patti Scialfa* "Brilliant Disguise" -- with Patti Scialfa* "Long Time Comin'"* "The Ghost of Tom Joad"* "The Rising" "Dancing in the Dark"* "Land of Hope and Dreams" "Born to Run"*
The 15-second clip, which has been posted on Sir Paul's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, shows glimpses of McCartney and Stone in a few theatrically cartoonish scenarios. At one point, Paul and Emma -- who's wearing a bright-orange wig and black-and-white facepaint -- are seen driving in a cardboard-cutout car as a group of actors wearing similar black-and-white faces chase them while flailing their arms in the air.
"Who Cares" is featured on McCartney's latest studio album, Egypt Station. In a "Words Between the Tracks" YouTube feature promoting the record that was posted in September, Paul discusses what the song is about.
"I was imagining young fans, or young people generally, who might hear this and who are going through some sort of problem where they're being picked on," McCartney says. "And these days it would be internet bullying, trolls and all that…I know that happens all over the world to millions of people, so my thing was to try and help, almost give some sort of advice."
Stills, who lived in Gainesville during the 1950s and early '60s and briefly was enrolled in the U. of Florida, also will be a speaker at the ceremony, to be held at the college's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, and will be streamed live at commencement.ufl.edu.
Stephen's many musical achievements include being twice inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He also has enjoyed a successful solo career and most recently he's toured as a duo with folk great Judy Collins in support of their 2017 collaborative album, Everybody Knows.
As a supporter of the University of Florida, Stills donated money to help fund the construction of what is now called the George Steinbrenner Band Building, which houses a rehearsal room named in his honor.
RhinoIn her long and successful recording career, Linda Ronstadt put out more than 20 studio albums, but she's never released a live record. That changes on February 1 with the release of Live in Hollywood, an album featuring 12 performances from a 1980 Ronstadt concert that was recorded for an HBO special.
The show took place on April 24, 1980, at Television Center Studios in Hollywood, and featured Ronstadt singing many of her biggest hits, while also performing selections from her then-new studio album, Mad Love. Among the classics appearing on Live in Hollywood are Linda's renditions of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," Dee Dee Warwick's "You're No Good," Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A." and The Eagles' "Desperado."
The album, which will be available on CD and vinyl, also features performances of three tunes from Mad Love that became hits for Ronstadt -- "How Do I Make You" and covers of Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad" and The Hollies' "I Can't Let Go."
Nine of Live in Hollywood's 12 songs are previously unreleased, including the version of "You're No Good," which was extended into a six-minute jam. Ronstadt's backing band for the concert included Little Feat keyboardist Billy Payne and renowned session guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Bob Glaub. In addition, Linda's longtime producer, Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon fame, contributed backing vocals and percussion.
In advance of Live in Hollywood's release, Ronstadt's performance of Doris Troy's "Just One Look" has been made available via streaming services. In addition, a video of Ronstadt singing the tune from the HBO special has been posted on Rhino Records' YouTube channel.
Here's the full track list of Live in Hollywood:
"I Can't Let Go"* "It's So Easy" "Willin'"* "Just One Look"* "Blue Bayou" "Faithless Love"* "Hurt So Bad"* "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" "You're No Good"* "How Do I Make You"* "Back in the U.S.A."* "Desperado"*
ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day has premiered the video for "Youngblood," a track off of the punk trio's latest album, 2016's Revolution Radio.
The clip features live footage from Green Day's Revolution Radio tour and features a whole lot of backstage shenanigans. You can watch it now on YouTube.
Green Day stayed mostly quiet in 2018, though frontman Billie Joe Armstrong pursued a number of different side projects, including his band The Longshot. However, it looks like they'll return in a big way for 2019, as they've been rehearsing some of their classic albums in full, such as 1994's Dookie.
Additionally, Armstrong revealed in a recent Instagram Live session that he's writing new Green Day songs.
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaBryan Adams made a surprise appearance on ABC's The View on Friday, joining girl-group legend Darlene Love for a rousing rendition of her soulful 1963 holiday classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
The performance, which was part of The View's annual holiday episode, featured the chat show's co-hosts singing backing vocals.
After the performance, Adams revealed that he plans to release a new studio album in March 2019 titled Shine a Light, and announced exclusively that it will include a duet with Jennifer Lopez. Bryan also gave a shout-out to J.Lo's mother, who was in the audience.
Adams will kick off the New Year with a tour of his home country, Canada, which begins January 22 in Moncton, New Brunswick. He then will launch a U.K. trek in support of Shine a Light in February. Love has a series of holiday shows lined up this month in the northeastern U.S.
Here are Adams' confirmed 2019 Canadian dates:
1/22 -- Moncton, NB, Avenir Centre 1/23 -- Halifax, NS, Scotiabank Centre 1/25 -- Quebec City, QC, Videotron Centre 1/26 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 1/27 -- Kingston, ON, Leon's Centre 1/29 -- Oshawa, ON, Tribute Communities Centre 1/30 -- Kitchener, ON, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium 1/31 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens 2/1 -- St. Catharines, ON, Meridian Centre
And here are Love's remaining 2018 concerts:
12/14 -- Medford, MA, Chevalier Theatre 12/16 -- Port Washington, NY, Landmark on Main - Jeanne Rimsky Theatre 12/17 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts 12/19 -- Wayne, NJ, Shea Center for Performing Arts - William Paterson University 12/20 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts 12/21 -- New York, NY, Sony Hall 12/22 -- New York, NY, Sony Hall
Brushbranch/Surfdog, EPC EnterprisesOne of this year's most unexpected Christmas albums has beenHappy Xmas by Eric Clapton. It includes one original tune, some obscure covers, and classics such as "Silent Night" and "White Christmas." The rock legend explains that the project grew out of his love of Christmas songs...but the whole thing was his wife's idea.
"I do a Christmas playlist every year, different genres, either jazz or swing or modern rock," Clapton explains. "This last one, it was country, I think. Which led my wife, Malia, to say, 'You should do a Christmas album.'"
That inspired Clapton to scour the internet, looking for offbeat holiday songs for the project, as well as for ideas on how to give legendary tunes like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Away in a Manger" a unique spin. He's pleased with how the album came out, but admits it won't bother him if his fans don't like it.
"I do [my music] for me," he says. "And if I'm satisfied with what we've done...I mean, maybe this is not the right thing to say -- but I don't care if anybody else likes it. If they do, that's icing on the cake, but for me, I've done something I'm really proud of."
While the legendary guitarist has certainly led a life filled with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Clapton is the first to admit that he has a real sentimental appreciation for Christmas and its accompanying traditions.
"Christmas for me is snow, a roaring fire, a few chestnuts knocking about and a huge turkey," he admits. "My wife is an incredible cook, so she will lay on the best Christmas lunch. And a perfect tree...I mean, all the classic things."
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMiley Cyrus used her appearance on Thursday's Tonight Show to announce the release of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," a remake of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 single, featuring Mark Ronson and John and Yoko's son, Sean Ono Lennon.
Miley told host Jimmy Fallon the nearly 50-year-old song is just as timely today.
"We wanted to do a Christmas song," she explained, "and I don't think anything [speak louder to] what's going on right now than about you know, 'War Is Over.'"
Adds Cyrus, "I've always loved John and Yoko. I'm such a big Yoko fan, and so, it's been amazing to work with [Sean]."
In addition to his famous pedigree, Miley said Sean's voice "is just so special," adding, "I think, more than just inheriting the voice or you know, the way he looks...it's about the magic that you know, he has and I think that is what he's inherited more than anything."
Miley also announced the three of them will perform the song on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, when she and Ronson will be the music guests.
Miley, who lost her Malibu home in last month's California wildfires, told Fallon that she came out of the experience with something even more valuable.
"When you remember things that you loved and lost, whether it's photos or old Elvis [Presley] records or something my dad's given me, it doesn't make it easier, she said, but being able to go back and rebuild this together, you know, be stronger together...it's given a really beautiful light at the end of something pretty dark."
Cyrus also joined Fallon for a “Name That Song Challenge,” where they competed to try to guess random songs Tonight Show house band The Roots were playing, one instrument at a time.
Courtesy of MasterClassCarlos Santana is the latest celebrity to share his expertise by hosting a tutorial on the MasterClass website.
In his class, called "Carlos Santana Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar," the 71-year-old rock legend discusses his spiritual approach to playing his instrument, how he helped create some of his band's classic songs and much more.
Carlos tells ABC Radio that the main goal of his MasterClass feature is to explain to aspiring musicians "how to get inside the note…how to make notes be gravity-free and outside of time."
Santana maintains that many musicians are too concerned about technical aspects of the guitar, and should focus more on channeling their emotions into the instrument.
"I demonstrate and present how important it is to not be trapped with how many pedals you use on the floor," he explains. "Unplug from there and go straight to the amplifier and make your…whole physical body…create the sound with your fingers that gives people chills, make[s] people cry and laugh at the same time."
Among the Santana songs that Carlos demonstrates and discusses in the tutorial are "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman," "Smooth" and "Maria, Maria."
Carlos also name checks other artists who he feels approached music in a similar way, include Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye.
"They're not the flavor of the second. They stay here for ever," Santana says. "[T]he reason that all of them are here still, and relevant, is because the music that they created...[is] able to penetrate people's hearts."
A single MasterClass costs $90, while a $180 annual payment will give you access to all available tutorials. Carlos' class features 16 lessons and a workbook. Visit MasterClass.com/cs for more information.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCLittle has been heard from Van Halen since its last tour ended in October 2015, but in a new interview with Vulture, frontman David Lee Roth drops major hints that the band will be hitting the road again in 2019.
According to the article, the first indication Roth gave that something was brewing with Van Halen occurred when he came to Vulture's offices in New York City for the interview and paid a visit to the copy-editing department.
While there, he commented, "When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin', maybe with somebody famous…I'll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment."
Roth later told the interviewer that his band will be "playing where the Yankees play."
Asked if he could confirm that Van Halen had plans to play Yankee Stadium, Dave backtracked, saying, "If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, 'Oh, this leaked…' But, the band will be -- I can't say."
He then added, "I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show: Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, [country stars Eric] Church and [Chris] Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved."
Roth also gave some insight into why there are always long gaps between Van Halen tours.
"You can't keep serving it every year," he explained. "We're on a James Bond schedule, every three-and-a-half summers, so you don't go, 'Weren't you just here?' and then we'd start selling fewer tickets."
Also in the Vulture interview, Roth discussed a new business venture he's launched, Ink the Original, a line of skincare products made to keep tattoos from fading.