Courtesy of PEGADropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen made history with their show Friday, which streamed live from an empty Fenway Park.
The concert, dubbed Streaming Outta Fenway, was significant for two reasons: one, it marked the first concert a band has played in the infield dirt of the famed Boston ballpark; and two, it was the first musical performance without an audience at any major U.S. stadium or arena.
Additionally, Streaming Outta Fenway raised money for three charities in support of COVID-19 relief: the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.
Dropkick Murphys' two-hour set kicked off with a performance of their song "The Boys Are Back," and hit tracks including "The State of Massachusetts," "The Warrior's Code" and, of course, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston."
Towards the end of the show, Springsteen appeared on the Fenway big screen for a remote joint performance. They played two songs together: the Dropkick tune "Rose Tattoo" and The Boss' "American Land."
Throughout the stream, actors including Kevin Bacon, Mike O'Malley, Rachel Dratch, Nat Faxon and Lance Reddick shared what the city of Boston means to them and encouraged viewers to donate.
The Byrds in 1965, Chris Hillman on far right; Credit: Henry DiltzFounding Byrds bassist Chris Hillman is among the many famous musicians featured in Epix's new two-part docuseries Laurel Canyon, the first part of which premieres this Sunday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET.
The series delves deeply into the fertile music scene that centered around Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon neighborhood during the late 1960s and early '70s.
Hillman tells ABC Audio that he feels the docuseries' research was "spot on," and that the whole project was "very well done."
Chris recalls that The Byrds were among the first rock acts to move to the canyon, along with Frank Zappa. Hillman's band played at various famous Sunset Strip clubs located right down the road from Laurel Canyon, including Ciro's, The Trip and, of course, the Whisky a Go Go.
Chris says one of his favorite bands from the scene was Buffalo Springfield.
"I got to know them really well," Hillman remembers, "and helped them get [their first] job at the Whisky a Go Go."
Interestingly, two Springfield members, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, later teamed up with Byrds co-founder David Crosby in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Chris, meanwhile, wound up leaving The Byrds in 1968 to join Gram Parsons -- who'd replaced Crosby in The Byrds -- in the pioneering country-rock act The Flying Burrito Brothers.
"[I]t was sort of funny," Hillman recalls, "'cause [Gram and I] would go down and play in these country-western clubs all around L.A. and sit in, and just glom onto it and absorb it all."
In 1969, The Burrito Brothers welcomed to their lineup Bernie Leadon, who later became a co-founding member of The Eagles, one of the 1970s Laurel Canyon scene's premier artists.
These inter-band connections are one of the fascinating aspects of the scene that the docuseries explores.
Greg Taylor/The DodgersThe Los Angeles Dodgers helped John Fogertycelebrate his 75th birthday in a big way Thursday, inviting the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and some family members to perform his baseball-themed 1985 solo anthem "Centerfield" in the outfield of an empty Dodger Stadium.
Fogerty was joined by his musical children Shane, Tyler and Kelsy for the performance, which you can watch now on John's official YouTube channel.
"Since I was a little boy I always dreamed of playing centerfield," Fogerty says in statement. "It took 75 years! Although it looks a little different than what that young boy dreamed, I couldn't have imagined I would have my whole team, my kids playin' 'Centerfield' with me. A home run for sure."
At the end of the video, Fogerty and his kids are joined by his wife Julie and other family members, who sing "Happy Birthday" to the rock legend and present him with a baseball-shaped birthday cake.
As previously reported, Fogerty has been posting a series of videos on his YouTube channel of him performing various songs from his back catalog with Shane, Tyler and Kelsy at his L.A.-area residence while in lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keeping the Blues Alive RecordsDion DiMucci has debuted one more track from his forthcoming star-studded studio album Blues with Friends, "Song for Sam Cooke (Here in America)," which features the rock 'n' roll and doo-wop legend duetting with Paul Simon.
The introspective acoustic tune is the sixth and last in a series of advance songs from the album that Dion has been making available each week as a digital download and via streaming services leading up to Blues with Friends' June 5 release.
The song was inspired by Dion's experiences touring with Sam Cooke in 1962, while celebrating the late soul legend's music, acknowledging the racism he faced during the era, and mourning his early death.
A companion performance video for the tune has premiered at Dion's YouTube channel. The clip begins with a heartfelt introduction from Dion, and features footage of DiMucci singing the tune, as well as a photo montage of Cooke. At the end of the video, Dion shares some recollections of his time touring the South with Sam.
"It's a true story, you know," he says of the song. "[W]e would travel in the South, and it was kind of the opposite way around. [Sam] stood up for me in those situations where people had attitudes…in a community that wasn't mine. He'd say, 'Hey, the boy's with me.' He was a big guy, a very beautiful guy. I miss him."
As previously reported, Blues with Friends also features collaborations with Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Stray Cats' Brian Setzer, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and more. Bob Dylan wrote the album's liner notes.
Blues with Friends can be pre-ordered now, and is available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally.
UMeWhile sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley has gotten together virtually with four members of his Soul Station side project for a video performance of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles' 1965 hit "Ooh Baby Baby."
The clip, which you can watch on Stanley's YouTube channel, features Paul singing lead with accompaniment from Soul Station keyboardist and musical director Alex Alessandroni, as well as backing vocalists Crystal Starr, Laurhan Beato and Gavyn Rhone.
In the middle of the performance, Stanley invites viewers to sing along with him and his Soul Station compatriots.
"Now, no matter whether you're with other people or you're home alone, you're not really alone, 'cause all of us are in this together," Paul declares. "And music brings us that much closer together. And when we sing, we're definitely a group. So, don't be shy. It's gonna feel really good."
In a statement about the new video, Stanley says, "While it's hard to connect physically, some of Soul Station decided to reach out [and] make a virtual and emotional connection on a great Motown and Smokey Robinson classic, 'Ooh Baby Baby.'"
He also notes, "These are challenging times. Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more…That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use."
Stanley debuted Soul Station back in 2015, playing occasional club shows with a lineup featuring as many as 17 musicians, one of whom was KISS drummer Eric Singer. The outfit currently is working on a recording project.
Blue Élan RecordsLast year, former Yes frontman Jon Anderson self-released a star-studded studio album called 1000 Hands. Now the project is set to get an official label release on July 31, thanks to a new partnership with Blue Élan Records.
The album will issued digitally, on CD and as a deluxe two-LP, 180-gram vinyl package. Two of the record's 11 tracks, "Now" and "Ramalama," are available now as digital singles and via streaming services.
As previously reported, Anderson completed 1000 Hands nearly 30 years after he started the project. Anderson began recording the album with a group of musicians that included Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, but shelved the unfinished recordings for many years to focus on his famous band and other musical endeavors.
Eventually, veteran producer and pianist Michael Franklin, who earlier had worked on orchestrations for some tracks, convinced Jon to revisit the project and complete the unfinished songs. Over the course of two years, Anderson wound up working on the album at Franklin's studio in Orlando, Florida.
Franklin also recruited various guests artists to contribute to the record, including Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple's Steve Morse, the Tower of Power horns, and jazz greats Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.
"That's where the title 1000 Hands comes from, all of the brilliant musicians who played a part in making the record," Anderson explains. "Michael acted like something of a casting director, bringing so many great players. It was really exciting to hear the record open up and become what I had always envisioned."
The collection offers an eclectic mix of musical genres and sounds, including prog-rock, reggae, World Music and acoustic pop.
Here's 1000 Hands' full track list:
"Now" "Ramalama" "First Born Leaders" "Activate" "Makes Me Happy" "Now Variations" "I Found Myself" "Twice in a Lifetime" "WDMCF" "Come Up" "Now and Again"
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesVeteran producer and guitarist Bob Kulick, who contributed his talents to several KISS albums among many other projects, died Thursday, May 28, at the age of 70.
Kulick's brother, former KISS and longtime Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick, announced Bob's death with a message on his social media pages.
"I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick," Bruce writes. "His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this sad time."
In 1972, Bob auditioned for the band that would become KISS, but the group instead chose Ace Frehley as its lead guitarist. Later, however, Kulick made uncredited guitar contributions to four of the rockers' albums -- 1977's Alive II, 1980's Unmasked and 1982's Killers and Creatures of the Night. He also played on Paul Stanley's self-titled 1978 album and joined on Stanley on his 1989 solo tour.
As a sessions musician, Bob also played on albums by Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Meat Loaf, Michael Bolton, Dee Snider, Edgar Winter, W.A.S.P. and many others. His production work included a variety of themed tribute albums and records by Motörhead.
Additionally, Kulick co-wrote the song "Sweet Victory," which memorably played in the 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Band Geeks."
Myriam Santos; Helen MaybanksJohn Fogerty and Cyndi Lauper are among a variety music stars that will be featured on United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes, a new TV special celebrating those on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle that will air June 21 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Hosted by Harry Connick Jr., the two-hour program will feature the singer/pianist and his daughter, filmmaker Georgia Connick, road-tripping in an RV as they drive from their home in Connecticut to Harry's hometown of New Orleans, and thanking essential workers all across the U.S.
The special will end with a musical performance in the Big Easy featuring Connick and other New Orleans artists like Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty. Along the way, there also will be musical performances from Fogerty, Lauper, Dave Matthews, country stars Tim McGraw and Little Big Town, jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, and R&B singers Andra Day and Jamie Foxx.
Some of Harry's celebrity pals also will participate, including Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Queen Latifah, Oprah Winfrey and Renée Zellweger, who will all deliver surprise messages to those unsung heroes in the fields of trucking, food prep, healthcare, sanitation, law enforcement and more.
Viewers will be asked to donate to charities that focus on children in need, including No Kid Hungry and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, as well as to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Tristar Media/Getty ImagesThe story of the man whose dying wish was that his stepdaughter give a painting he'd done of Sting to the British rocker himself has a happy ending: Sting's now in possession of the painting.
As previously reported, Domingo Santiago's stepdaughter Elizabeth was featured on the Humans of New York Instagram feed, telling the story of how Domingo, a cop, had always dreamed of becoming an artist.
Before he passed away from multiple sclerosis, he asked his family to give Sting a painting he'd done of the singer years before. Sting's daughter, actress Mickey Sumner, saw the post, reached out to Elizabeth and said she'd make it happen.
In a new Humans of New York post, you can see Sting with the painting. The caption reads, "THE EAGLE HAS LANDED. Thanks so much to @sumnermickey for helping get our precious cargo to her father. She’s also teamed up with Elizabeth to create a fundraiser in Domingo’s memory. All donations will benefit the National MS society, and aid in the fight to end Multiple Sclerosis forever. So let’s keep the party going!"
In the comments, Mickey thanked Humans of New York, the person who sent her the post, the company that shipped the painting and her father "for being the beautiful artist you are, and touching peoples hearts, and for being my dear dad!!"
The actress, currently starring in the TV series Snowpiercer, added, "Thank you Domingo Santiago for being a such a light, a man dedicated to service and family, thank you for your art and bringing us all together. This was a collective effort !! We are all connected. LOVE & GRATITUDE."
In other Sting news, you can hear him duetting with Ricky Martin -- in Spanish -- on "Simple," a song from Martin's new EP Pausa.
PRNewsFoto/SongAidThe recently reported cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" that Carlos Santana recorded with his wife, Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, debuted today in conjunction with the newly launched SongAid campaign, which benefits the WhyHunger charity's Rapid Response Fund.
The rocking, soulful version of "Imagine," featuring Cindy on lead vocals and drums and Carlos delivering fiery guitar riffs, is included on a SongAid playlist available now digitally and via various streaming music services. Each time someone listens to or purchases any of those tunes, the proceeds will be donated to the WhyHunger fund.
In addition, an official video for the Santanas' "Imagine" cover premiered today on RollingStone.com. The clip features footage of Cindy singing the tune from her and Carlos' residence in Hawaii -- where the couple has been self-isolating since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic -- as well as performance footage of her and her husband.
The track also will be featured on Cindy's forthcoming solo album, Give the Drummer Some, which is due out in September.
Cindy tells Rolling Stone that she decided to record "Imagine" while working on original songs with producer/drummer Narada Michael Walden, who recently joined Journey. Cindy says Narada asked her, "If you were going to cover a song, any song, what song would it be?" and "Imagine" was her choice.
Cindy also reveals that Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, gave her "thumbs up of approval" to the cover after she heard it.
"She loved it, so we're really honored," Cindy notes.
As for the decision to take part in the WhyHunger campaign, Cindy says that she and Carlos "are very impressed because their mission statement is stated in their title: What they want to do is feed people."
Visit SongAid.com to find out more about the initiative.
Paramount PicturesImagine getting to watch Rocketman with Elton John, the man whose life inspired the film. Well, tonight you can, on Amazon Prime.
The film, which took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song, is now available to stream for free on Amazon Prime, and Elton himself is hosting a Watch Party on his official Twitter account.
All you have to do is click on Rocketman and hit play at exactly 7 p.m. ET tonight. You can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RocketmanWatchParty, and upload photos of yourself sporting your Rocketman merchandise.
As the film plays, Elton will share his thoughts and insights on @EltonOfficial.
Amazon Prime Video adorably announced the Watch Party by tweeting at Elton, "Hey @EltonOfficial, are you free to watch a movie Friday night?" To which he replied, "Absolutely - David and I were just planning our evening. How about 7pm?"
In other Elton news, his current Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour has been voted Australia's favorite concert tour of all time in a poll of 5,000 users by Ticketek Australia, an event ticketing company. Among the other Down Under treks on the tally were Queen Adam Lambert's 2020 Rhapsody Tour at #5 and Guns N' Roses' 2017 Not in This Lifetime trek at #7.
This Friday, join in the party by loading up Rocketman and hitting play at exactly 7pm ET (4pm PT). Elton will be sharing his own thoughts and insights throughout the film! Follow the conversation at #RocketmanWatchParty - Team EJ 🚀 pic.twitter.com/emsXr7wJtL
Courtesy of AXS TVThe mid-season finale of AXS TV's Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar premieres this Sunday, May 31, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT, and features the Red Rocker hanging with Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and singer Gary Cherone.
Cherone and Sammy Hagar, of course, have something in common -- Gary actually replaced Sammy as Van Halen's frontman.
Hagar tells ABC Audio that a big reason why he wanted Cherone on Rock & Roll Road Trip was to interview him about his experience with Van Halen, which only lasted for about three years.
"I was really interested in Gary giving us some insight to how he got the gig replacing me in Van Halen," Sammy explains. "And the fact that it didn't work very well for him or for the band."
Hagar says Cherone revealed that he was a bit baffled by how he was treated by Eddie and Alex Van Halen.
"[H]e was kind of like, 'Man, I don't know what was going on,'" Sammy says with a laugh. "'All I know is if I said, "I wanted this," they'd say, "Nope, we're doing that"'…[T]hen he'd say, 'Well, I want to do that.' They'd say, 'Nope, we're doing this.' And that's kind of like the same thing that happened to me."
Hagar also maintains that when he exited Van Halen, Eddie "wasn't getting along with anybody, not even his brother." That being said, Sammy says his dream would be to interview the Van Halen brothers for a Rock & Roll Road Trip episode. He adds, however, "Don't hold your breath."
Sunday's episode also features the Extreme members sharing a sneak peek at the band's upcoming studio album, and jamming with Hagar on an unplugged version of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."
Courtesy of EpixPart one of the new two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon, which profiles the music scene that centered around the Los Angeles neighborhood of the same name during the late 1960s and early '70s, premieres this Sunday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET.
The program focuses on such legendary artists as The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas & the Papas, The Monkees, The Doors, Love, The Turtles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles and Jackson Browne, and features new and archival interviews with many musicians who were part of the scene.
The series' director, Alison Ellwood, tells ABC Audio that she'd wanted to do a Laurel Canyon documentary 20 years ago, but the complicated music rights made it "an impossible project to take on" at that time.
"I was always a big Doors fan, and realized that they had a story in the canyon and all these other artists that they interacted with," Ellwood explains, adding, "[W]hen [the project] came back to me all these years later…it was a gift."
Alison notes that among the interesting aspects about the scene she hoped to convey was "how these artists were able to share with one another and create with one another, and how one band would form and break up…but from those breakups, other bands would form."
Two examples of this were CSNY, which included members of The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, and The Eagles, which was formed by members of Ronstadt's backing band.
The documentary also shows the music artists in the Laurel Canyon were connected to and affected by some historic events of the time, including Woodstock, Altamont, the Manson murders, and the Kent State massacre.
Part two of Laurel Canyon premieres Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET on Epix.
The updated version of "Baby Blue" features lead vocals by Badfinger's sole surviving original member, singer/guitarist Joey Molland, with Sweet adding backing vocals and guitar.
"Baby Blue" was written and originally sung by founding Badfinger singer/rhythm guitarist Pete Ham, while Molland played lead guitar on the track. The song peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971, and gained new attention a few years ago when it was used in the last scene of the final episode of the hit drama series Breaking Bad.
Sadly, Ham, who wrote most of Badfinger's major hits, died by suicide in 1975 at the age of 27.
In addition to continuing to front the current incarnation of Badfinger, Molland has been working on a new solo studio album, tentatively titled Be True to Yourself, with veteran producer Mark Hudson. You can find out more about the project at Kickstarter.com.
Sweet is perhaps best known for 1990s modern-rock hits including "Girlfriend," "The Ugly Truth" and "Sick of Myself." Interestingly, he previously recorded a version of "Baby Blue" with The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs that appeared on the deluxe version of their 2009 collaborative album, Under the Covers, Vol. 2.
Brian May recently revealed that he suffered "a small heart attack" and underwent a stent operation to treat three partially blocked coronary arteries. Now, the Queen guitarist is thanking fans for the kindness they've shown him after the news was reported.
In a video message posted earlier this week on his YouTube channel, May says, "I'm overwhelmed. I'm really more than touched by the torrent of love and support that's come back at me after the incredible coverage in the press. I really didn't expect all that."
The 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer notes, "As you can see, I'm O.K.," then adds, "My email box…is so full of incredible messages. I will never, ever be able to thank you all individually, so let me please at least thank you here."
May goes on to admit that, because of the messages and media attention he received, "I sort of feel like I died, and yet I was able to come to the funeral and see all the tributes."
He explains, "I often think that at funerals…you know, all these people come and say these wonderful things about the person that's gone, but he [or she] can't hear it…And so I'm lucky, I got to hear it. So my life is complete."
May, who also has been dealing with excruciating upper-leg pain caused by a compressed sciatic nerve, points out that he's feeling "pretty good," noting, "I'm taking…all the right things and doing the physio[therapy] and all the rest of it. So I'm going to be fully functional pretty soon."
Brian also posted a follow-up video to share a message from his cardiologist, letting people with cardiac issues know that it's safe to go to a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week, Guinness World Records revealed that the One World: Together at Home broadcast -- which included performances by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and dozens more artists and was presented by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization in support of COVID-19 relief efforts -- has set not one but two records.
The event now holds the record for the most musical acts of any remote music festival, and it also has set the record for the most money ever raised for charity via a remote music festival.
Curated by Lady Gaga, One World: Together at Home featured performances by 72 artists in total over eight hours: six hours online, and two hours on primetime television. In addition to Macca, The Stones and Elton, the primetime lineup included Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, Bille Eilish, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Celine Dion, Lizzo, Sam Smith, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez. Annie Lennox and Sheryl Crow were among performers who took part in the streaming portion of the special.
The broadcast, which raised nearly $128 million for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 relief efforts, was conceived to honor, inspire and support front-line healthcare workers and bring families together.
WHO director general Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus says in a statement, "What these record titles signify is the commitment by many international artists, including Lady Gaga, philanthropists, corporations and humanitarians to come together in a global show of solidarity to help people overcome COVID-19."
Credit: Bob FogertyJohn Fogerty turned 75 today, and to celebrate his big birthday, the founding Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has released a new digital EP titled Fogerty's Factory, featuring seven at-home performances he recorded with three of his children.
The EP features new renditions of six classic CCR songs and one of his solo hits, "Centerfield." The performances are audio recordings from recent sessions John and his family members -- sons Shane and Tyler, and daughter Kelsy -- did that were provided to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NPR's Tiny Desk concert series and a satellite radio special.
The performances are a continuation of a series of videos Fogerty has been posting on his YouTube channel and social media sites, capturing him and his kids playing songs from his back catalog while in lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The clips have been shot at their home studio, which John has dubbed Fogerty's Factory, a nod to the classic 1970 Creedence album, Cosmo's Factory.
The EP's cover is the recently posted photo of John, Shane, Tyler and Kelsy recreating the Cosmo's Factory cover. Fogerty's brother, Bob, shot both pics.
"Our family got together and decided we would spread some joy with music in these trying times," John notes. "We recreated Cosmo's Factory and it became Fogerty's Factory."
The Fogerty's Factory EP was mixed and mastered, respectively, by acclaimed studio engineers Bob Clearmountain and Bob Ludwig. A physical version of the collection, possibly featuring additional performances, will be prepared for release at a later date.
Here's the Fogerty's Factory track list:
"Centerfield" "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" "Long as I Can See the Light" "Down on the Corner" "Bad Moon Rising" "Fortunate Son" "Proud Mary"
Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar and his band The Circle have premiered the seventh in a series of remotely recorded "Lockdown Sessions" performance videos, which you can watch at the Red Rocker's YouTube channel and social media pages.
The new clip features Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson paying tribute to the late Little Richard with a fiery rendition of the rock 'n' roll pioneer's 1957 hit "Keep A-Knockin'."
Bonham kicks off the performance with a drum beat that's a clear nod to the part his father, late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, played at the beginning of his band's classic song "Rock and Roll."
Hagar explains in a note about his and The Circle's rendition of "Keep A-Knockin'," "I had the hardest time with this one because every time I came in singing, I started singing Led Zeppelin 'Rock 'n' Roll'! It took me three damn takes."
Sammy adds, "My favorite drummer and my favorite singer of all time -- love this one hope you do too. Long live the music of John Bonham and Little Richard!"
Little Richard died May 9 at age 87 of bone cancer.
All of the "Lockdown Sessions" videos have been put together with clips that Hagar and his Circle band mates have recorded separately while self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, this past week, Sammy and The Circle released a joint statement announcing that the group's 2020 summer tour has been canceled due to the pandemic.
"We can't wait for the day when we're safely on the other side of this and can hit the stage and celebrate with you again," the message reads. "Until then, stay safe and we'll do our best to continue entertaining you with our Lockdown Sessions!"
Courtesy of Artists United for AmazoniaPeter Gabriel, Carlos Santana and Sting are among the music stars that will participate in a global livestream event tonight that will benefit the Amazon Emergency Fund, an initiative supporting in-need indigenous people in the South American region during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two-hour event, dubbed "Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors," will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be viewable via Facebook, the event's website and the Amazon Watch organization's YouTube channel.
A variety of other celebrities also will be taking part in the event, including Barbra Streisand, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Jane Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Jane Goodall, Jeff Bridges and many more. The benefit will be hosted by Game of Thrones actress Oona Chaplin, and Streisand will be delivering closing remarks.
The Artists United for Amazonia livestream will feature musical performances, interviews, informative presentations, calls to action and more.
Funds raised by the event will be used to aid indigenous Amazonian people in need of coronavirus testing, prevention and care; food and medical supplies; emergency communications and evacuation; and more.
"The Amazon and its peoples are in a state of emergency due to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic'" says Leila Salazar-López, executive director of Amazon Watch. "It is a time for all to unite and act in defense of the forest and in solidarity with the indigenous and traditional peoples across the Amazon who are protecting this great rainforest and our climate for all of humanity and life on Earth."
Courtesy of Dave MasonCo-founding Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his 1970 debut solo album, Alone Together, by releasing a newly re-recorded version of the eight-song collection titled Alone Together…Again on July 24.
The original album featured the soulful gem "Only You Know and I Know" and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the U.S. The record featured contributions from various guest musicians, including keyboardist Leon Russell; bassists Chris Ethridge, Larry Knechtel and Carl Radle; drummers John Barbata, Jim Capaldi, Jim Gordon and Jim Keltner; and backing singers Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear.
Mason recorded Alone Together…Again with members of his touring band, as well as several guest artists, including Doobie Brothers multi-instrumentalist John McFee.
"The main reason I wanted to reimagine this album was that I was never quite satisfied with how my vocals sounded," Mason explains in a statement. "I like the songs and I like the performances but I was so young and it was my first solo album. The older I got the more the vocals bothered me and so I finally thought that I would sing the songs the way I first imagined them when I wrote them."
He adds, "It may have taken me 50 years, but I am now truly satisfied with all of the songs and I really count this as one of my most satisfying artistic achievements."
Alone Together…Again can be pre-ordered now on CD and digitally at DaveMasonMusic.com. The CD will come with a tri-fold pull-out replicating the original album's poster artwork.
To mark the album's arrival, Mason will take part in a Facebook Live event on July 24 featuring him telling stories and playing some songs.
Here's the Alone Together…Again track list:
"Only You Know and I Know" "Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving" "Waitin' on You" "Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave" "World in Changes" "Sad and Deep as You" "Just a Song" "Look at You Look at Me"