Credit: MJ KimGreat news for Paul McCartney fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this Friday to see the Beatles legend perform at the 2015 Lollapalooza festival: Sir Paul is one of the select artists whose sets will be streamed live online.
The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2. Among the many other artists whose Lollapalooza performances will be streamed are Metallica, Florence the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr. and a variety of popular and lesser-known modern-rock acts.
McCartney's set is scheduled to run from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT. This will mark the first time one of the rock legend's shows has been streamed live online in nearly two years.
Credit: Simon CrossA new documentary about the perennially cool Keith Richards will premiere on Netflix September 18, the same day the Rolling Stones guitarist's latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released. Keith Richards: Under the Influence takes a look at the rock legend's musical journey and the sounds that have influenced him as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.
The film was directed by Morgan Neville, whose work includes the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. In the new movie, Neville captures Richards working on his new album, and visits important people and places that played a part in shaping Keith's music throughout his long career.
"If there's a Mount Rushmore of rock 'n' roll, Keith's face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of rock music -- for all of the light and dark shades that implies," says Neville. "To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man -- full of humor, knowledge and wisdom. That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honored to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."
Under the Influence features new conversations with Richards and other musicians, including his friend Tom Waits, as well as archival material and behind-the-scenes footage. The movie finds Keith visiting Chicago, country music capital Nashville, and New York City, where he recorded Crosseyed Heart with help of his longtime collaborators Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Netflix executive Ted Sarandos said Keith Richards: Under the Influence offers "a really interesting, unique take on Keith" and is "a really, really marvelous film." He also noted that his network has recently gotten positive response after airing original music-focused documentaries about The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Nina Simone, so screening the Richards flick "felt like a great fit."
Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's daughter with Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray, has inspired many of his songs, from "Temptation" to "Goodnight My Angel" to "The Downeaster 'Alexa.'" Now, the Piano Man says he'll pen a new tune for the baby he and his new wife are expecting next month.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Billy says, "I'm going to write a song for the kid, or something. Alexa...was always enchanted with music even before there were words." No word on whether or not the song will have lyrics or if he'll ever release the tune: Billy hasn't put out an album of pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also discusses his relationship with his former tour partner Elton John, whose record for most performances by a solo artist at New York's Madison Square Garden he recently broke. During that record-breaking show, Billy played Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but he says he wasn't doing it to needle the Rocket Man.
"That was really an homage," he tells EW. "He's, like, the guy before me! He was the piano player before I was a Piano Man. I felt humbled by it -- to play [the Garden] 65 times and beat his record. I thought, 'I'd like to tip my hat to the man.'"
While Billy and Elton have had had their ups and downs over the years -- with Elton publicly criticizing Billy for not releasing enough albums and for not taking rehab seriously -- Billy says they buried the hatchet "a long time ago" during a sit-down meeting. Asked to describe what that was like, Billy says, "He was concerned. I think he's a little scared of me sometimes, like 'What's he going to do?'"
He laughs, "I'd tie his shoes [together] on stage while he [was] playing the piano, just to f*** him up."
Farm AidFarm Aid will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year in Chicago with an eclectic lineup headlined by Neil Young and John Mellencamp. The bill also includes Mavis Staples.
Young and Mellencamp, along with country legend Willie Nelson, are members of the Farm Aid board.
"We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis," says Nelson in a statement. "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we'll bring together so many of the people -- farmers, eaters, advocates and activists -- who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible. At Farm Aid 30, we'll celebrate the impact we’ve had and rally our supporters for the work ahead."
Farm Aid 30 will be held September 19 at Chicago's FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Tickets will go on sale August 3 at 10 a.m. CT. For more information, visit FarmAid.org.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesJermaineJackson thanked the doctors in Brazil who're taking care of his father, Joe Jackson, who fell ill there Sunday.
"Thank you for the love & prayers for our father. Following a heart procedure, he remains in hospital where he's doing 'extremely well'," Jermaine tweeted Monday night.
"Doctors say cardiac arrest followed a mini-stroke. Thankfully, brain scans show it's 'not as bad as first feared'. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful surgeons, doctors and nurses at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo," he added.
Joe Jackson was in Brazil celebrating his 87th birthday, which was Sunday, when he suffered the heart attack and stroke.
It seems The Doobie Brothers really do take the band name quite seriously, case in point: the band is suing the group The Doobie Decibel System over trademark usage claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar” to theirs, according to Billboard.
On Friday, Doobie Brothers Corp. and Doobro Entertainment sued the Northern California folk-rock cover duo-which consists of musicians JasonCrosby and RogerMcNamee. The band said it successfully trademarked the words "Doobie Brothers" and "Doobies" for musical performances in 1982.
The band is arguing that Crosby and McNamee’s use of "Doobie" in their band’s name exhibits "willful intent to trade on the fame and reputation, or to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive consumers.” They want the group to stop using the name DDS immediately and are seeking punitive damages for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition. They also are requesting a full accounting of the group’s earnings.
Crosby and McNamee are far from novice musicians. Crosby has played with Bob Weir, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana while McNamee performs in the jam band, Moonshine and is the co-founder of prominent venture capital firms Silver Lake Partners and Elevation Partners, the latter he founded with U2's Bono.
Image Courtesy of Andrew MacphersonEagles guitarist JoeWalsh will kick off a month-long solo tour beginning this September.
Walsh will hit the road beginning September 18 with a show at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, according to a release.
The tour, which reunites Walsh with Barnstorm keyboardist and guitarist JoeVitale,will travel though Canada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina before wrapping up at Boston’s Orpheum on October 17.
Walsh promises that his shows will feature songs from his days with JamesGang as well as his solo hits and selections from Barnstorm.
“I’m going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven’t ever played live, but everything everyone’s coming to hear will also be in the show,” he said.
He added that playing smaller theaters will ensure that everyone will have a “good seat” for the action.
“I’ve missed it…The interaction with the audience is much better,” he said. “It reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I’m really looking forward to it all.”
Here are Joe Walsh's announced tour dates:
9/18 -- Warren, OH, Packard Music Hall 9/19 -- East Windsor, ON, Colosseum , Caesars Windsor 9/21 -- Cincinatti, OH, Taft Theatre 9/23 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 9/25 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid-Hudson Civic Center 9/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 10/1 -- New York,NY, Beacon Theatre 10/7 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre 10/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 10/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 10/14 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 10/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 10/17 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
Credit: Danny ClinchAgribusiness giant Monsanto is firing back at the claims made the mini-documentary, SeedingFear, co-produced by NeilYoung’s film company.
As previously reported, the film examines a lawsuit, which was settled out of court, between the corporation and Alabama farmer Michael White, whom the company sued for patent infringement.
“Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation,” a rep for the company tells Rolling Stone, saying that an White admitted in court documents to planting Monsanto seed.
The company pointed to a blog posted on its website, entitled “Correcting The Monsanto Years.” The title is a reference to Young’s The Monsanto Years, a nine-song multimedia project on environmental and ecological themes that name-checks the giant St. Louis-based company.
“Although they have tended to get a lot of attention, lawsuits between us and farmers who plant seeds without paying for them are actually very rare,” the company continues. “Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmers plant our seeds. Since 1997, when we started trying to protect the patents on our seeds, we have gone to trial with a fraction of one percent of those customers. In addition, all of the proceeds we receive from any settlement -- including Mr. White’s settlement -- are donated to youth leadership initiatives and to support the local communities in which farmers live and work.”
Credit: Mark SeligerRolling Stones guitarist KeithRichards has released a new video for “Trouble,” the lead single from his first solo album in more than two decades.
Richards had some heavy talent behind the clip, which is streaming on Apple Music. The video was directed by Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville, who directed 20 Feet fromStardom, and features Keith, and frequent collaborators guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Steve Jordan performing the tune at Germano Studios in New York City, where much of the album was recorded.
As previously reported, Richards’ first solo album in 23 years -- CrosseyedHeart -- is set for release on September 18, featuring 15 tracks, including the country-tinged “Robbed Blind’, the reggae flavored "Love Overdue" and a duet with NorahJones called "Illusion."
Credit: Paul BrownDJ Ashba is leaving Guns N' Roses after six years with the band. In a letter posted to his Facebook, the guitarist writes he's leaving to focus more on his family and his other band, Sixx:A.M..
"It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories," Ashba writes. "I have reached a point in my life where I feel it's time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me."
While Sixx:A.M., led by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, was originally conceived as a studio-only band, the group launched their first full-scale tour earlier this year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sixx revealed Sixx:A.M. will be releasing two companion albums next year, adding "We're all committing 100 per cent of our time to this band, and anything else that's out there has to revolve around that."
Elsewhere in his letter, Ashba thanks Axl Rose, who remains the sole member from GNR's classic lineup who's in the present-day incarnation of the band.
"I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me," writes Ashba. "You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans."
The goal of the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" initiative is to help prevent blindness and sight impairment in more than 5 million people by 2020. The campaign aims to raise $10 million to go toward improving access to eye examinations, prescription glasses and vision care for in-need communities across the globe.
In conjunction with the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" campaign, $10 from every pair of Revo sunglasses sold will be donated to the cause, up to $10 million.
Throughout U2's Innocence Experience World Tour, Bono is exclusively wearing Revo sunglasses. The singer also has designed a special collection of sunglasses featuring five styles, and including lenses in various colors, that will go in sale this fall at Revo.com and many retail stores. Bono has donated all the time he's devoting to the initiative.
"The 'Buy Vision, Give Sight' campaign is a very personal one for me," says Bono in a statement. "Thanks to good medical care my eyes are OK, but tens of millions of people around the world with sight problems don't have access to glasses, or even a basic eye test… Sight is a human right and the 'Buy Vision, Give Sight' initiative will help ensure millions of people have access to the eye exams and glasses they need to see."
Bono and Revo also are partnering with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on making available vision care and blindness-prevention solutions to under-resourced areas. Some of the money raised by the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" initiative also will fund eye-health research programs.
Camerawork USAElton John has announced details of this year's edition of Smash Hits, the annual charity tennis match he co-hosts with his old friend, legendary tennis star Billie Jean King. The 2015 event is scheduled to take place October 12 in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, the site of Elton's "Million Dollar Piano" residency.
This marks the first time in the fundraiser's 23-year history that it will be held in Las Vegas. Joining John and King at the event will be four champion tennis players -- Andre Agassi, his wife Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick. Agassi has played at 13 previous Smash Hits matches, while Navratilova and Roddick have appeared at 11 and Graf at three events.
During the event, Elton and Billie Jean each captain a team. Over the years, they've pulled down 11 wins each. Smash Hits raises money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation as well as AIDS charities located in the area where the event is held. This year's local beneficiary is Aid for AIDS of Nevada.
"It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King," says Elton in a statement. "I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause."
Tickets are on sale now via AXS.com and WTTSmashHits.com. Last year's event, which was held in London, raised more than $1 million, and the bringing the total money earned by the charity event to more than $13 million.
Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentA new feature animated film titled Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery was released Friday on DVD and Blu-ray. Some KISS fans may feel that pairing the famous rockers with the cartoon canine seems a bit odd, but band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons beg to differ.
"KISS is iconic. Scooby-Doo is iconic. KISS is iconic in the same way that Batman or Superman are, so to take two worlds and combine 'em together allows both to be true to themselves," Stanley tells ABC Radio.
The singer/guitarist adds, "I mean, we're a rock band, but we're way more than a rock band. Rock bands are so pigeonholed and so afraid to walk outside of their comfort zone. KISS isn't like that, so for us this was something that seemed very natural."
Simmons has a similar opinion, maintaining that a KISS collaboration with Scooby-Doo "makes perfect sense."
The bassist also points out, "Anything that's iconic, that stands the test time is classic, and we only get involved in that," noting that KISS previously has worked with such other animated franchises as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents and Family Guy, not to mention being the subject of various comic books over the years.
The plot of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery centers around a big Halloween concert that the band is scheduled to play at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World. Unfortunately, a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch is scaring off visitors to the park, which could lead to the show being cancelled. Enter Scooby-Doo and the rest of the young Mystery Inc. gang, who proceed to join forces with KISS to see if they can foil the evildoer's sinister plan.
The movie includes six classic KISS songs, and features voice cameos from such stars as Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Pauley Perrette and Darius Rucker.
Stanley says the animated flick compares favorably to another feature-length KISS project, the campy live-action 1978 TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
"This is much more cohesive, and that was quite disjointed and kind of [had] a lot of loose ends," Paul maintains. "So this is much more a finished product, and…we're just really pleased with it."
In other KISS news, Simmons tells ABC Radio that the band is writing new material, which may or may not result in a new studio album.
"Some of us think there's a new record coming, some of us don't," he says. "So stay tuned." Drummer Eric Singer, meanwhile, adds, "Some of us hope there's a new record coming."
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter and only child of the late Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday. She was 22 years old.
A statement from the Houston family reads, "Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July 26 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months."
The official Facebook page for Whitney Houston posted a photo of the late singer holding a young Bobbi Kristina in her arms. The caption reads, "It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: 'The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.'"
A tweet from longtime Houston family friend Oprah Winfrey says, simply, "Peace at last! #BobbiKristina."
Brown, who was an aspiring actress and singer herself, was found in her bathtub by her partner, Nick Gordon, and a friend January 31 and taken to North Fulton Hospital, according to police. ABC News sources confirmed February 3 that Brown had been moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Brown was reportedly kept in a medically induced coma for a time. People magazine reported in late February doctors had attempted to bring Brown out of the coma, but reversed their decision after Brown began experiencing “violent seizures.” In March, Brown was moved from Emory to a rehab facility.
In late June, Pat Houston said Bobbi Kristina had been moved to hospice care after her condition worsened. "Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition has continued to deteriorate....She has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God's hands now," Houston said in a statement.
Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant said Sunday, “Our hearts go out to Bobbi Kristina’s family. This does remain an active investigation that we are working with the Fulton County DA on.” Additionally, a statement released by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office declares Brown's death "has been reported to the Fulton County Medical Examiner for determination of the cause, manner, and circumstances of death. Despite the long interval between her being found unresponsive and her death, an autopsy will still be necessary to further evaluate possible causes of death or contributing factors."
On Sunday night, Houston's cousin, legendary singer and actress Dionne Warwick, made a scheduled appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, on which she discussed the loss of Bobbi Kristina publicly for the first time. "She was a sweetheart and she will be missed," the 74-year-old told host Andy Cohen. "She was a good little girl, she really was."
Warwick was asked how her family would weather the loss, and she explained, "It's not easy that's for sure. I think it's because of our faith and strength in our faith. Knowing that Bobbi is...in much better hands now."
Shortly after the initial news regarding Bobbi Kristina broke, Bobby Brown asked for privacy in the matter. "Please allow for my family to deal with this matter and give my daughter the love and support she needs at this time," he said in a statement to ABC News.
The Houston family followed up with their own sentiments, saying, "Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family," adding another request for privacy.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's legendary mother, singer and actress Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a tub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California around the time of the Grammy Awards in 2012. Houston died February 11 of that year at the age of 48. It was ruled she accidentally drowned, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors in her death.
"I'm doing as good as I possibly can," Bobbi Kristina told Oprah Winfrey in 2012 after her mom’s death. "Just trying to keep going. I can hear her voice and her spirit talking to me, telling me keep moving, baby. I can always feel her with me. She humbles me. I remember what she told me, I remember what she taught me....She was a sister, a comforter. The spirit that she had -- no matter where she was...she touched everyone."
Bobbi Kristina Brown was born March 4, 1993 in Livingston, New Jersey. She starred in the 2012 reality show The Houstons: On Our Own following her mother's death. She also appeared on another reality show, Being Bobby Brown, in 2005 and received an acting credit for a role on the show For Better or Worse in 2012.
Brown had been vocal about her career aspirations and following in her mother’s footsteps. Last March, she tweeted to her more than 140,000 fans on Twitter that she in fact has a voice just like Houston’s. "Think about it.. She had 1babygirl, lungs and a GORGEOUS unforgettable voice .. Who do you think ONLY has HER vocal chords.. ?" she posted.
Just two days before she was found unresponsive at her home, Bobbi Kristina tweeted, "Let's start this career up & moving OUT TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!"
The daughter of two music stars was also in the spotlight for other reasons. In a tweet she posted in January 2014, Brown wrote that she and Gordon were "happily married." Her reps subsequently told ABC News that she was married.
However, an attorney for Bobby Brown said in a statement February 3 of this year that Bobbi Kristina was not “and has never been married to Nick Gordon." Gordon was a young man Whitney Houston had taken in years before.
Brown dismissed critics who questioned her relationship with Gordon. "I'm tired of hearing people say, 'Eww you're engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this.' Let me clear up something. We aren't even real brother and sister, nor is he my adoptive brother," she wrote on Facebook before reportedly tying the knot.
Warner Bros. RecordsPrince is putting the finishing touches on his 38th album, titled The Hit & Run Album.
As expected, the reclusive singer has remained mum on the project; however, his band 3rd Eye Girl revealed to BBC that the upcoming project, named after their pop-up concert tour, is arriving "soon."
"It's phenomenal, there are so many hits on this album. It's super experimental," the band revealed. "Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he's ever recorded -- we refer to them as 'The Purple Collective' or 'The Purple Army' -- this album is absolutely for them, because it's super funky. It's weird, there's a lot of experimental sound. It's just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound."
The disc will include new versions of "This Could Be Us" and the previously unreleased tune "1,000 Hugs & Kisses," as well as the first single "HARDROCKLOVER."
Credit: Kevin WestenbergDavid Gilmour has doubled the number of 2016 North American spring tour dates he's scheduled in support of his upcoming solo album, Rattle That Lock. The longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist has added one show a piece in the four cities in which he's slated to play concerts -- Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York.
The new dates are March 25 in Los Angeles, April 1 in Toronto, April 4 in Chicago and April 12 in New York. Tickets for the shows go on sale Monday, July 27, at Ticketmaster outlets, via Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 10 a.m. local time.
As previously reported, Rattle That Lock will be released on September 18. The album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available as a standard CD, a deluxe CD/Blu-ray set and a vinyl LP, as well as standard and deluxe digital downloads. The record's title track and lead single are on sale now.
Prior to the North American dates, Gilmour has a 10-show series of U.K. and European gigs that run from a September 12 performance in Pula, Croatia, through an October 2-3 stand at London's Royal Albert Hall.
3/24/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 3/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 3/31 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Center 4/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Center 4/4 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 4/8 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 4/11 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 4/12 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
Credit: William ClaxtonToday marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark event in rock history, when Bob Dylan "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Dylan played a brief set with a backing group of blues-rock musicians, which reportedly drew boos from a segment of the audience who felt the singer/songwriter was turning his back on traditional music.
By the summer of '65, Dylan was widely considered to be the most important songwriter of the American folk revival, beloved by folk purists for his poetic lyrics, as well as his adherence to acoustic music. However, the singer/songwriter had begun incorporating electric instruments into his recordings, with his then-most recent album Bringing It All Back Home, released in March of '65, featuring an electric and an acoustic side, and his fully electric, just-released single "Like a Rolling Stone" climbing the charts.
At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Bob took the stage with a Fender Stratocaster and, accompanied by Paul Butterfield Blues Band guitarist Mike Bloomfield, drummer Sam Lay and bassist Jerome Arnold, as well as keyboardists Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg, proceeded to plug in and perform three songs. While Dylan played -- which featured "Maggie's Farm," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Phantom Engineer" -- a segment of the audience began to boo. Dylan eventually left the stage and returned with an acoustic guitar to play "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." Bob, who also had performed at Newport in 1963 and '63 would not return to the festival for another 37 years.
Dylan's 1965 Newport performance may have divided the singer/songwriter's fan base, but many consider it an influential event that signaled the bringing together of the folk world's political and poetic sensibilities and rock music's amplified sound, thereby helping to transform the music that would be embraced by the counterculture as the '60s progressed.
To close out this year's Newport Folk Festival, a special performance commemorating Dylan's 1965 appearance is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 26. Dubbed "'65 Revisited," the performance will feature an as-yet-unannounced lineup of guest artists. Festival organizer Jay Sweet tells Rolling Stone that Dylan was invited to take part in the event but declined. With regard to the artists that will be participating, Sweet says, "The best way we could represent it would be to bring the younger generation and have them interpret what happened in their own respects."
Credit: Ross HalfinDuring a 2013 interview, Alice Cooper complained that certain popular young acoustic-focused bands, including Mumford & Sons, shouldn't be called rock bands. Now Cooper's changed his opinion about the British group after hearing their latest album, the chart-topping Wilder Mind, which found Mumford & Sons going electric and favoring a harder-driving sound.
"You hear the new album? It rocks!" Cooper tells NME in a video interview. "Absolutely electric rock 'n' roll. They came up with a rock 'n' roll album and kinda proved me wrong."
In the aforementioned 2013 interview, Cooper said calling Mumford & Sons a "rock" band was an "offense to rock 'n' roll," adding that the then-banjo-heavy group is "great at what they do, but it's not rock 'n' roll." It's a belief he still stands behind.
"I'm not taking anything back," Cooper says. "When I heard them [originally], they were playing folk music. Now, I'm really impressed with them. That's the kind of band I'd go to see."
If you'd like to go see Alice in concert, you can catch him opening for Motley Crue on the glam-metal band's newly launched North American leg of their farewell tour. Check out Cooper's full upcoming itinerary at AliceCooper.com.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel may have broken records at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, but a venue in his native Long Island will always have a special place in his heart. The singer will be performing a show at Nassau Coliseum on August 4 to mark the closing of the Uniondale, New York, arena before it undergoes a massive overhaul. In an interview with Newsday, the Piano Man hints at what fans can expect from the nostalgic hometown show.
"We'll probably make the set list a little more local," Joel says. "We might change some lyrics here and there. And if some other musicians are around during that time, it might be nice to bring them onstage."
He adds, "It's going to be unique because it's a Long Island crowd."
It'll be Billy's first solo show at the venue in 17 years. The Coliseum will be shutting down shortly after for a $261 million renovation, with plans to reopen in December 2016.
"I'm happy to do it," Joel tells the newspaper. "It's like when we did the 'Last Play at Shea.' I was thinking, 'I'm closing Shea Stadium? Don't they know who I am? The Beatles opened it and I'm being asked to close it?' That was a real honor. It's a thrill. And that's the same vibe about closing out the Coliseum. It's history."
The final Coliseum show is part of a busy summer for Billy. He played his record 65th Madison Square Garden show on July 1 and married girlfriend Alexis Roderick on July 4. The two are expecting a daughter together next month. Joel's next concert is scheduled for this Saturday night at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, while August also will see him playing Chicago's Wrigley Field, Philadelphia's Citizen Bank Park and San Francisco's AT&T Park. Check out his full itinerary at BillyJoel.com.