J. Countess/Getty ImagesWith The Who currently on hiatus, guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend has been spending part of his downtime working on The Seeker, a new stage production featuring original music and lyrics by his wife, Rachel Fuller, as well as additional music from Pete himself. Videos offering a look at the recording of The Seeker's soundtrack album are being posted on the production's official YouTube channel.
Recent clips show Fuller, Townshend and other members of the production's creative team in a control booth at London's Angel Studios as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra records its parts for the project. Among the songs heard being performed for the soundtrack are symphonic versions of two classic Townshend-penned Who songs -- "The Seeker" and "Bargain."
As previously reported, The Seeker is inspired by the famous Herman Hesse novel Siddhartha, and Pete has a featured acting and singing role as a character called The Ferryman. A video capturing Townshend rehearsing his part also was recently posted on YouTube.
The Seeker's soundtrack album is due out later in 2018, and the production also is expected to tour this year. For more information, visit TheSeekerMusical.com.
Fuller, a classically trained singer and pianist, previously has collaborated with Townshend on a number of projects. She created the orchestrations for the Classic Quadrophenia album and shows, and teamed up with Pete for the In the Attic web series and concerts.
Jamie McCarthy/WireImageA new episode of the Reelz docu-series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… focusing on the death of David Bowie will premiere this Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
On the program, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter takes an in-depth look at what may have led to the cancer that caused the rock legend's death in January 2016 two days after his 69th birthday. The show also offers a profile of Bowie's life and how he kept his illness secret from nearly the whole world.
In addition, the episode delves into the timing of the release of the influential artist's final studio album, Blackstar -- which arrived on his 69th birthday -- and the clues that apparently were included in the project about his impending demise. The show features archival footage and photos of Bowie, as well as interviews with a number of people associated with the rock legend.
You can check out a clip from the episode now on the Reelz network's official YouTube channel. The segment focuses on how a teenage Bowie sustained the injury to his left eye that left him with a permanently dilated pupil, something that added to his famously otherworldly persona.
Anton Corbijn; Mert & MarcusU2 currently are touring the U.S., but they reached out across the Atlantic to extend a warm Irish welcome to pop star Taylor Swift ahead of her Friday night show at Croke Park in the band's hometown of Dublin.
The iconic Irish band sent Swift a bouquet of red roses along with a card signed, "From your Irish fan club… Bono, The Edge, Adam & Larry."
Taylor posted a photo of the gift to her Instagram page and wrote, "Walked into my dressing room to find roses from @U2 and I WAS NOT READY FOR IT."
She added, "I LOVE U2. I LOVE IRELAND. LETS DO THIS CROKE PARK!!!"
Taylor is currently in the midst of a U.K. and Ireland leg of her current world tour. The next show on U2's eXPERIENCE iNNOCENCE tour takes place this Sunday, June 17, in Washington, D.C.
Motown/UMeAn expanded and remastered 51-track version of The Supremes' 1967 album The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Hollandwill be released June 29 as a two-CD set and digitally.
The collection features mono and stereo editions of the original album, various extended and alternate mixes and versions, and a live concert performance by the legendary Motown trio from '67.
The album was released in January 1967 and featured 12 compositions by the group's main songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Edward Holland Jr. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, while yielding two #1 hits -- "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone."
The record also included renditions of Holland-Dozier-Holland tunes that had been hits for other Motown acts, among them The Four Tops' "It's the Same Old Song" and Martha and the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave."
The extra tracks include extended mixes of "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone," as well as extended versions of "You Can't Hurry Love" and other Supremes hits.
The live performances were recorded in May 1967 at the New York City club The Copacabana at one of the final shows by the original Supremes lineup of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard before Ballard left the group.
That show featured a medley of earlier Supremes hits, another medley of show tunes, and full renditions of "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "I Hear a Symphony," "You Can't Hurry Love" and more.
The reissue comes packaged with two booklets, one featuring a new essay, rare photos and a new interview with Dozier, and the other a replica of The Supremes' 1967 tour program.
Here's The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland expanded edition's track list:
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" (mono) "You're Gone (But Always in My Heart)" (mono) "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (mono) "Mother You, Smother You" (mono) "I Guess I'll Always Love You" (mono) "I'll Turn to Stone" (mono) "It's the Same Old Song" (mono) "Going Down for the Third Time" (mono) "Love Is in Our Hearts" (mono) "Remove This Doubt" (mono) "There's No Stopping Us Now" (mono) "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" (mono) "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (stereo) "You're Gone (But Always in My Heart)" (stereo) "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (stereo) "Mother You, Smother You" (stereo) "I Guess I'll Always Love You" (stereo) "I'll Turn to Stone" (stereo) "It's the Same Old Song" (stereo) "Going Down for the Third Time" (stereo) "Love Is in Our Hearts" (stereo) "Remove This Doubt" (stereo) "There's No Stopping Us Now" (stereo) "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" (stereo)
Bonus Tracks "The Happening" (extended hit mix) "All I Know About You" (extended mix) "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (version 3) "We Couldn't Get Along Without You" (extended mix) "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (extended "cool" alternate)
"You Can't Hurry Love" (extended alternate) "The Happening" (film versions) "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (version 1) "You're Gone (But Always in My Heart)" (strings mix) "I Guess I'll Always Love You" (extended mix) "Going Down for the Third Time" (extended mix) "Remove This Doubt" (extended mix)
Live at The Copa May 1967 "Put On a Happy Face" Medley: "Stop! In the Name of Love"/"Come See About Me"/"My World Is Empty Without You"/"Baby Love" "My Favorite Things" "You Keep Me Hangin' On" "The Lady Is a Tramp"/"Let's Get Away from It All" "I Hear a Symphony" "From This Moment On" "Queen of the House" "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" "Somewhere" "You Can't Hurry Love" Medley: "Thoroughly Modern Millie"/"Second Hand Rose"/"Mame" Group Introductions "You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You" "The Happening"
1991's Achtung Baby, 1993's Zooropa and the 1998 compilation The Best of 1980-1990 will be available as two-LP sets pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
All three reissues feature artwork either replicating or based on that appearing on the original releases, and come with a download card offering access to digital versions of the albums.
Achtung Baby, U2's seventh studio album, topped the Billboard 200 chart and featured four top 40 hits: "Mysterious Ways," "One," "Even Better than the Real Thing" and "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses." The record has sold more than eight million copies in the U.S.
Zooropa, Achtung Baby's follow-up, also reached #1 on the Billboard 200. The album, which was inspired by the group's experiences on its Zoo TV Tour, featured no major hits, but included memorable tracks like "Numb," "Lemon" and "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" It sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. The vinyl reissue boasts bonus mixes of "Lemon" and "Numb."
The Best of 1980-1990 features various hits and other gems U2 released during its first full decade of existence. The compilation peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, and has gone on to sell more than 4 million copies in the States.
All three vinyl sets are available for pre-order now at U2's official online store and are priced at $38.99.
Here are the track lists for the three reissues:
Side 1 "Zoo Station" "Even Better than the Real Thing" "One"
Side 2 "Until the End of the World" "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" "So Cruel"
Side 3 "The Fly" "Mysterious Ways" "Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World"
Side 4 "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)" "Acrobat" "Love Is Blindness"
Side 1 "Zooropa" "Baby Face" "Numb"
Side 2 "Lemon" "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" "Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car"
Side 3 "Some Days Are Better than Others" "The First Time" "Dirty Day" "The Wanderer"
Side 4 "Lemon (The Perfecto Mix)" "Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix)"
The Best of 1980–1990:
Side 1 "Pride (In the Name of Love)" "New Year's Day" "With or Without You" "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
Side 2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday" "Bad" "Where the Streets Have No Name" "I Will Follow"
Side 3 "The Unforgettable Fire" "Sweetest Thing" "Desire" "When Love Comes to Town"
Side 4 "Angel of Harlem" "All I Want Is You" "One Tree Hill" "October"
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of FameOn Thursday night in New York City, some of music's top singers showed up to pay tribute to the people who put the words in their mouth: the songwriters.
At the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, Neil Diamond was on hand to receive a special award, while John Mellencamp and hit-making group Kool & the Gang were among the inductees.
Diamond, already a member of the Hall of Fame, received the organization's highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. The award was presented to him by his producer Bob Gaudio, who also was a member of The Four Seasons. Diamond closed the ceremony by performing -- what else? -- "Sweet Caroline."
On the red carpet, Diamond said of the event, "It's a great night for songwriters, especially. We don't get a lot of attention but this is the night for it, so we're all happy."
Mellencamp was inducted by Nora Guthrie, daughter of iconic folk musician and singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie. He performed acoustic versions of his signature hit "Jack and Diane" and the song "Longest Days," from the album Life, Death, Love and Freedom.
Current R&B star Leon Bridges inducted members of Kool & the Gang after performing the group's hit "Get Down on It." Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James "JT" Taylor performed "Celebration" together for the first time in 25 years.
On the red carpet, Robert "Kool" Bell told ABC Radio that the song was actually inspired by scripture he was reading. "The whole song is about the creation of the human being, of mankind," he explained. "So everyone around the world, come on, celebrate."
Taylor said the Songwriters Hall of Fame honor is the "best one" out of all the awards the group has received, "'cause you're recognized by your peers and songwriting is a very tough endeavor."
Also at the ceremony, American Idol winner Fantasia performed the song "I Just Fall In Love Again" as a tribute to songwriter Steve Dorff, another inductee. That song has been a hit for The Carpenters, Anne Murray and Dusty Springfield.
Mariah Carey also was among the stars who came out to pay tribute the night's honorees, while Aerosmith's Steven Tyler attended the event.
Courtesy of Live NationThe 2018 Juke Box Heroes Tour, featuring Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, gets underway tonight in Bangor, Maine.
Whitesnake's David Coverdale tells ABC Radio that with the energy and the many classic songs that all three bands will deliver, fans likely will be totally drained at the end of each show.
"[Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening are] gonna be playing great," Coverdale declares. "[Followed by] Whitesnake's greatest hits, then Foreigner's greatest hits. I hope everybody will be as exhausted as we are when they leave."
Foreigner guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones, meanwhile, says his band's current lineup is at the top of its game.
"Our lead singer, Kelly Hansen, has developed into an incredible showman, apart from…[being] a fantastic singer," Jones tells ABC Radio. "And the energy in the band…I can't remember when we had it that strong."
Meanwhile, Jones reveals that, like on Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour in 2017, some of the band's former members will make appearances at select shows this year, including founding frontman Lou Gramm. Mick recently revealed that Gramm will perform at about three concerts, including one taking place this Tuesday, June 19, in Syracuse, New York.
Coverdale says he's excited that Gramm will be on hand for a few shows, "'cause I haven't seen him for a lifetime." He adds, "Beautiful singer, beautiful guy."
The concerts will begin with a set by Bonham's Led Zeppelin tribute act. Jones notes that Jason, who was Foreigner's drummer from 2004 to 2008, is "very, very proud and attached to the memory of his father [late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham], and he talks about that during the show…[H]e's really becoming a rounded entertainer. And just a sweet guy, and we love him."
6/15 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 6/16 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 6/19 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 6/20 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 6/22 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach 6/23 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 6/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 6/27 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion 6/29 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 6/30 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 7/3 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 7/4 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 7/6 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater 7/7 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre 7/8 -- Simpsonville, SC, Heritage Park Amphitheatre 7/10 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 7/11 -- Chicago, IL, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 7/13 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 7/15 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 7/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 7/20 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 7/21 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 7/24 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center 7/25 -- West Valley City, UT, Usana Amphitheater 7/27 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre 7/28 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre 7/29 -- Murphy, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre 7/31 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre 8/1 -- Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheater
Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCIn April, Madonna teased on her Instagram and Twitter that she was working on new songs with Mirwais, one of the producers of her highly successful 2000 album, Music. While she kept including his name in hashtags, she didn't officially confirm that the two were back together...until now.
On Thursday, Madonna posted a photo of herself and the producer together, with the caption "Session #3 finished with Disco God Mirwais," and adding the hashtags "#music #method #magic #mothership @mirwais.official."
Music, the pair's first collaboration, spun off off the #1 title track, and follow-up hits "What It Feels Like for a Girl" and "Don't Tell Me."
Mirwais also co-produced and co-wrote nearly all of Madonna's next album, 2003's American Life, and worked on a number of songs on her 2005 disc, Confessions on a Dance Floor.
Madonna's most recent album was 2015's Rebel Heart.
The gala, will feature performances and tributes to this year's Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical Grammy Award honorees, will air later in the year as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.
As previously reported, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include Neil Diamond, Queen, Tina Turner, country-folk great Emmylou Harris, New Orleans funk group The Meters, renowned studio drummer Hal Blaine and pioneering swing-era bandleader Louis Jordan.
This year's Trustees Award recipients will be legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, Sire Records founder Seymour Stein and acclaimed film composer and conductor John Williams.
Among the confirmed performers at the event are The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, who will pay tribute to Diamond; Herb Alpert, who'll salute Blaine; Sammy Hagar; who'll pay homage to Graham; and country star Trisha Yearwood, who will honor Harris. Veteran keyboardist and songwriter Greg Phillinganes will serve as musical director for the gala.
In addition, actress Angela Bassett and punk singer and poet Henry Rollins have been confirmed as presenters. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon. Tickets to the 2018 Grammy Salute to Music Legends event are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com.
Courtesy of STILETTO EntertainmentBad timing for Barry Manilow.
The singer was set to kick off his new Las Vegas residency -- Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home -- tonight at the Westgate, but instead, he's been hospitalized with a bronchial infection, according to a statement posted on his Twitter page.
In the statement, Manilow said, "I can't believe this is happening. Our new show is ready, we're all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight." He's expected to be released in a few days.
A statement from the CEO of Westgate adds, "The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when his show resumes on June 21st."
Fans who had tickets for tonight's show and this weekend can get full refunds, or they can hold onto them and exchange them for new dates once they're announced.
Credit: Alex LakeKinks frontman Ray Davies has debuted another track from his upcoming solo album, Our Country: Americana Act II, which will be released on June 29. The tune, which you can check out at Davies' official VEVO YouTube channel, is a new version of "Oklahoma USA," a song by Ray's old band that originally appeared on the 1971 album Muswell Hillbillies.
The updated rendition features more atmospheric instrumentation than the original, provided by the veteran American alt-country group The Jayhawks. The track can be purchased as a digital single now and also is available via streaming platforms. In addition, fans who pre-orderOur Country: Americana Act II will receive a free download of "Oklahoma USA" and of the album's previously released lead track, "Our Country."
As previously reported, Our Country: Americana Act II is a sequel to Davies' 2017 concept album, Americana. Both records are companion pieces to Ray's 2013 memoir, Americana.
Like the first Americana album, Our Country features Davies accompanied by The Jayhawks and his longtime guitarist Bill Shanley, while various other U.K. musicians also contribute to the new record.
Our Country boasts 16 new original tunes and three re-imagined versions of older Davies compositions: the aforementioned "Oklahoma USA"; "The Real World," from Ray's 2007 solo effort, Working Man's Café; and "The Getaway," which originally appeared on Davies' 2006 record, Other People's Lives.
Stewart Volland/AXS TVIf you can't get enough of Eddie Money and his dysfunctional family, you're in luck: Real Money, the AXS TV reality series focusing on the adventures of the Money clan, has been renewed for a second season.
The new season of Real Money will feature 12 episodes, two more than season one, and is expected to air in early 2019. Production on the new shows will begin sometime this summer.
The series takes a candid look at Money's life with his longtime wife, Laurie, their five children -- daughter Jesse and sons Zach, Dez, Julian and Joe -- and the family's many pets. Jesse, Dez and Julian perform in Eddie's touring band, while Joe is also a musician and Zach, Eddie's oldest child, handles the family business.
The upcoming season of Real Money is expected to feature some surprise guest stars; new music from Eddie, Jesse and Dez; and new career endeavors from Zach and Joe. In addition, some new pets may be joining the family's eight dogs and one cat.
In a statement regarding Real Money's renewal, Eddie says, "The kids are thrilled, so is 'Buddy,' our dog. I'm glad everybody is enjoying our entertaining and talented family…although my wife still doesn't think I’m funny. I only wish I would have shot Real Money 10 years and 10 pounds ago! Ha!"
Adds AXS TV executive Evan Haiman, "Eddie and his family really resonated with our viewers, shining a light on the highs, lows, and hijinks behind the multi-platinum stardom. AXS TV is proud to welcome the ultimate rock 'n' roll family back for season two."
Meanwhile, Money also has a bunch of concerts on his 2018 itinerary. Here are all of the confirmed dates, according to EddieMoney.com:
6/15 -- Racine, WI, Racine Pershing Park 6/22 -- Batavia, NY, Batavia Downs 6/23 -- Peachtree, GA, Fred Amphitheatre 6/28 -- Nichols, NY, Tioga Downs Grandstand 6/30 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 7/2 -- San Rafael, CA, Marin County Fair 7/4 -- Camden, NJ, Wiggins Waterfront Park 7/14 -- LaSalle, ON, Canada, Bluesfest Windsor 7/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, Fremont Street Experience 7/28 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent 7/29 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus 8/8 -- Jackson, MI, Jackson County Fair 8/9 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Hot August Nights 8/10 -- Alpine, CA, Viejas Casino & Resort 8/18 -- Milford, CT, Milford Oyster Fest 8/22 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair 9/29 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
D.J. Fontana, who played drums behind Elvis Presley from 1954 to 1968, died on Wednesday. He was 87.
His son David Fontana of Smyrna, Tennessee, announced the news on his Facebook page, writing, "My Dad passed away in his sleep at 9:33 tonight. He was very comfortable with no pain. I will post more tomorrow when I have more information. We ask for privacy at this time. Thank you for your love and prayers."
Fontana, who original backed country artists like Webb Pierce and Faron Young, met Elvis Presley in 1954 at the Louisiana Hayride, a popular country-music radio show broadcast from Shreveport, Louisiana. He ended up joining Presley's backing band, which also included guitarist Scotty Moore and bass player Bill Black. He went on to play on 460 of Elvis' recordings, including "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
He also appeared in a number of The King's movies, like Jailhouse Rock and King Creole, and performed on Elvis' legendary 1968 comeback special.
In addition, Fontana was an in-demand session musician, playing on records by, among others, Ringo Starr. In the '90s, Fontana and Scotty Moore reunited for the album All the King's Men, featuring guests like Keith Richards and Levon Helm.
Fontana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman in 2009. He's also in the Musicians Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand; Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesSix of Barbra Streisand's classic TV specials will will begin streaming on Netflix beginning on Friday.
As Streisand, 76, announced during a conversation with Jamie Foxx in support of Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! at Sunday's 2018 Netflix FYSee event, fans will be able to re-watch her award-winning specials, including 1965's My Name Is Barbra, 1966's Color Me Barbra, 1968's Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park, 1973's Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments, 1994's Barbra Streisand: The Concert and 2001's Barbra Streisand: Timeless.
In addition, Netflix will also present a special edition of Streisand’s 1976 film, A Star Is Born, with never-before-seen footage, including Barbra playing the movie's Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning theme song, "Evergreen," on the guitar for co-star Kris Kristofferson. The other previously unreleased scene shows a rock and roll version of the film's finale, "Watch Closely Now."
Over a career that's spanned nearly 50 years, the singer/actress has sold over 150 million albums and singles worldwide and snagged a pair of Oscars, five Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, and a total of 10 Grammys.
Courtesy of HDNET MOVIESThe Police's Stewart Copeland will step out from behind his drum kit to host a weeklong series of rock documentaries on the HDNET MOVIES channel starting on Monday, July 16, which happens to be his 66th birthday.
Classic Rock Week with Stewart Copeland will kick off with a screening of Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, a 2006 film focusing on Copeland's famous band that he directed and that features Super 8 footage he shot while touring with the group during its heyday.
"It's something very near and dear to me," Copeland says of Everyone Stares. "In this picture, when you watch this film, your name is Stewart because the camera is right in the band."
The series, which runs through Sunday, July 22, will kick off daily at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and will feature either two or three movies each day. In total, 19 films will be screened, including docs about the 1982 US Festival, Rod Stewart, The Doobie Brothers, Bad Company, Elton John, The Who, Bob Dylan, Les Paul, The Allman Brothers Band, Chicago, Eric Clapton, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pink Floyd and Roger Waters.
While hosting the event, Copeland will share stories and thoughts about the various artists being profiled, including how The Allman Brothers inspired him to play guitar, his aborted collaboration with The Doors' Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger, and his brief feud with Rush.
"We've got seven nights of amazing rock & roll documentary films from some of classic rock's most incredible legends," says Stewart, "and I can't wait to share these films with fans this summer, along with a few fun stories of my own."
Here is the full schedule of Classic Rock Week with Stewart Copeland:
Monday, July 16 8 p.m. ET -- Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 9:15 p.m. ET -- The US Generation: The 1982 US Festival 11:05 p.m. ET -- The Story of Rod Stewart
Tuesday, July 17 8 p.m. ET -- The Doobie Brothers: Let the Music Play 9:50 p.m. ET -- Bad Company: The Official Authorized 40th Anniversary Doc 11:20 p.m. ET -- Elton John: Music Man
Wednesday, July 18 8 p.m. ET -- Sensation: The Story of The Who's Tommy 9:25 p.m. ET -- No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 12:50 a.m. ET -- Les Paul: Chasing Sound
Thursday, July 19 8 p.m. ET -- Allman Brothers: After the Crash 9:55 p.m. ET -- Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience 11:20 p.m. ET -- Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review
Friday, July 20 8 p.m. ET -- The Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' - The Story of L.A. Woman 9 p.m. ET -- The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane 10:55 p.m. ET -- Rush: The Rise of Kings 1968-1981
Saturday, July 21 8 p.m. ET -- Gone with the Wind: The Rise and Fall of Lynyrd Skynyrd 10:50 p.m. ET -- Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1984-1989: Lonestar
Sunday, July 22 8 p.m. ET -- Pink Floyd: Story of Wish You Were Here 9:05 p.m. ET -- Roger Waters The Wall
Credit: Micah DiamondNeil Diamond has kept a low profile since announcing his retirement from touring in January after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. However, the legendary singer-songwriter will return to the public eye on Thursday when he accepts the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City.
Diamond tells Billboard that he's excited to receive the award, which is given to a Songwriters Hall member whose body of work is of such "high quality and impact" that it "upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer."
"I love it, and I love Johnny Mercer and am so happy the award is named after him," Neil declares. "And just to be part of the festivities and be there with the other wonderful writers -- it doesn't get any better than that."
Diamond, who turned 77 in January, admits that he hasn't "made any sense of" having to quit touring, and says he's still getting used to the idea.
"It's going to be different for me," Neil notes. "I've been doing it for such a long time and it kind of gets into your bones because it's an exciting place to be. But life goes on, and we want to make the most of what time we have."
Diamond adds that touring has "always been an adventure" for him, giving him the chance to explore different parts of the world while "doing my thing and showing my songs off."
He tells Billboard he hopes at some point he'll still be able to tour, "but that remains to be seen."
Meanwhile, Diamond reveals he currently is writing songs for a new project.
"I still have a lot of music in me and I want to express it," he says.
Courtesy of AXS TVSeveral years ago, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood hosted an award-winning U.K. radio interview show that was turned into a British TV series. Now, The Ronnie Wood Show television series is set to get its U.S. premiere on AXS TV next month.
The program takes viewers behind the scenes at Wood's radio show as the guitar great plays songs that have inspired him, shares anecdotes from his long and eventful career, and chats and jams with music legends.
The first episode debuts Wednesday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will be a special hour-long show featuring Wood conversing candidly and performing with the one and only Paul McCartney.
During the episode, McCartney reminisces about his life as a Beatle and talks about some of his favorite old songs, while also teaming up with Wood to jam along to a variety of tunes that influenced him.
At one point, Sir Paul explains why "God Only Knows" is his favorite Beach Boys song and sings along to the tune. He also emotionally recalls the time he got to perform the song with Brian Wilson.
After the McCartney episode airs, two half-hour episodes of The Ronnie Wood Show will be shown back-to-back weekly each Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from July 18 through August 15.
Other guests who will appear on various episodes include Alice Cooper, Wood's Faces band mate Ian McLagan, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, Simply Red and sometimes Faces singer Mike Hucknall, soul guitar great Steve Cropper, and Ronnie's former girlfriend -- and Eric Clapton's and George Harrison's ex-wife -- Pattie Boyd.
Here is the full list of guests and air dates for The Ronnie Wood Show:
7/11 -- Paul McCartney (8 p.m. ET) 7/18 -- Alice Cooper (8 p.m. ET) 7/18 -- Ian McLagan (8:30 p.m. ET) 7/25 -- Slash (8 p.m. ET) 7/25 -- Kelly Jones of Stereophonics (8:30 p.m. ET) 8/1 -- Mark Ronson (8 p.m. ET) 8/1 -- Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream (8:30 p.m. ET) 8/8 -- Mick Hucknall (8 p.m. ET) 8/8 -- Steve Cropper (8:30 p.m. ET) 8/15 -- Pattie Boyd (8 p.m. ET) 8/15 -- Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals (8:30 p.m. ET)
During the segment, McCartney will take Corden on a tour of his hometown of Liverpool, U.K. The two also sing a variety of Sir Paul's classic songs together and surprise unsuspecting people on the street. The segment also features an exclusive sing-along performance that will include two brand-new McCartney tunes.
As previously reported, McCartney and Corden were spotted in Liverpool on Saturday visiting a variety of local sites related to The Beatles, including Paul's childhood home, Penny Lane and a life-size statue of the Fab Four located on the city's waterfront. McCartney also played an intimate show that day in front of 50 people at the Liverpool pub The Philharmonic.
Meanwhile, it's been revealed that Cher, one of the previously announced guests who will appear during The Late Late Show's London episodes, will take part in a new "Spill Your Guts" segment. In addition, actors Damian Lewis and Ruth Wilson and director J.J. Abrams have been added to the list of guests for the London shows.
The Late Late Show airs Monday through Thursday on CBS at 12:37 a.m. ET/11:37 p.m. CT.
The concerts featured in the box set took place on June 22, 1973, at P.N.E. Coliseum in Vancouver; June 24, 1973, at Portland Memorial Coliseum; June 26, 1973, at the Seattle Center Arena; May 17, 1974, at P.N.E. Coliseum; May 19, 1974, at Portland Memorial Coliseum; and May 21, 1974, at the University of Washington's Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle.
"The music at each and every one of these six shows is unique, special, inspired, and at times transcendent," says Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux, who produced the box set. "Each of these six shows has a distinct musical personality, and we're excited that you can get to know all of them in their entirety, sounding better than we've ever heard them."
Pacific Northwest '73-'74: The Complete Recordings will be packaged in an ornate box and will come with a 64-page book featuring an essay by Grateful Dead expert Nicholas G. Meriwether and photos by Richie Pechner.
The box set also will be available for purchase in two high-quality digital audio formats.
In addition, a compilation called Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need It, featuring highlights from the box set, will be released the same day as a three-CD set, digitally and via streaming services. Also, a limited-edition six-LP 180-gram vinyl set featuring the full Portland Memorial Coliseum show from May '74 will hit stores on September 7.
Here is the Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need It track list:
Disc One "China Cat Sunflower" (5/19/74) "I Know You Rider" (5/19/74) "Bird Song" (6/22/73) "Box of Rain" (6/24/73) "Brown-Eyed Women" (5/21/74) "Truckin'" (5/19/74) Jam (5/19/74) "Not Fade Away" (5/19/74) "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" (5/19/74) "One More Saturday Night" (5/19/74)
Disc Two "Here Comes Sunshine" (6/22/73) "Eyes of the World" (5/17/74) "China Doll" (5/21/74) "Playing in the Band" (5/21/74)
Disc Three "Sugaree" (5/17/74) "He's Gone" (6/22/73) "Truckin'" (6/22/73) "The Other One" (6/22/73) "Wharf Rat" (6/22/73) "Sugar Magnolia" (6/22/73)
And here's the Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, 5/19/74 six-LP set track list:
Side A "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" "Mexicali Blues" "Big Railroad Blues" "Black-Throated Wind"
Side B "Scarlet Begonias" "Beat It On Down the Line" "Tennessee Jed" "Me and Bobby McGee"
Side C "Sugaree" "Jack Straw" "It Must Have Been the Roses" "El Paso"
Side D "Loose Lucy" "Money Money"
Side E "China Cat Sunflower" "I Know You Rider"
Side F "Promised Land" "Bertha" "Greatest Story Ever Told" "Ship of Fools"
Side G "Weather Report Suite (Prelude/Part I/Part II - Let It Grow)"
Side H "Wharf Rat" "Big River"
Side I "Peggy-O"
Side J "Truckin'" Jam
Side K "Not Fade Away" "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" "One More Saturday Night"
Heather Porcaro; ABC/Randy HolmesToto keyboardist Steve Porcaro made a surprise appearance with Weezer on Tuesday night when the alternative-rock act performed its cover of Toto's "Africa" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The performance likely never would have happened had it not been for a fun social media campaign that began several months ago, when a Weezer fan tweeted at the band and frontman Rivers Cuomo from the account @WeezerAfrica, pleading with them to cover the hit track.
Weezer initially acknowledged the campaign by jokingly releasing a cover of another Toto single, "Rosanna." However, a week later Weezer finally blessed fans with a cover of "Africa," which was released as digital single.
Now the song is proving to be a hit for Weezer, cracking the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
On Kimmel, the late-night host introduced Weezer's performance of "Africa" on the show's outdoor stage. About three-quarters of the way into the performance, the band brought out Porcaro, who played a brief solo before exiting the stage.
As previously reported, Toto will launch a North American leg of its 40 Trips Around the Sun 40th anniversary tour on July 30 in Vancouver, Canada, and the band just also added a fall U.S. leg that runs from late October to late November.