Erik Kabik Photography/MediaPunchHot Tuna, the psychedelic folk-blues duo featuring Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, has lined up more than 20 concerts this year, including multiple-show runs with the David Bromberg Quintet and the David Grisman Trio.
Hot Tuna's 2020 itinerary kicks off with a February 14-15 stand in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring the group's acoustic lineup joined by retired Martin Guitars executive Dick Boak.
The band's electric incarnation, which includes drummer Justin Guip, then will play a series of 10 concerts in the Western U.S. mapped out from a February 17 show in Solana Beach, California, through a March 3 performance in St. Louis. Seven of these concerts also will feature the David Bromberg Quintet, including respective February 21-22 and February 28-29 engagements in San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado.
Electric Hot Tuna also will be playing a set at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia, on June 21.
Later in the summer, the group, playing with both its acoustic and electric lineups, will team up with Grisman's trio for eight concerts in the Northeastern U.S. running from a July 9 show in Red Bank, New Jersey, through a July 18 gig in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.
Kaukonen also has a few solo performances scheduled this year, including an appearance at the Dark Star Orchestra's ninth annual Dark Star Jubilee, taking place May 22-24 in Thornville, Ohio.
ParlophoneThe third installment of a six-song digital EP of rare David Bowie recordings called David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? has been released via streaming services.
The EP is being issued one track each week through February 14. The latest track, "Stay '97," is a previously unreleased version of a popular Bowie song that originally appeared on his classic 1976 album Station to Station.
Bowie began working on the updated rendition of "Stay" in Dublin, Ireland, while preparing for a tour in support of his 1997 album Earthling. In attempting to create modernized versions of some of his older tunes for the trek, David and two members of his touring band -- guitarist Reeves Gabrels and multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati -- prepared backing and sequencer tracks in advance of the rest of the group arriving for rehearsals.
Bowie finished the updated version of "Stay" and initially planned to release it as a B-side. Contributing to the recording were Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano and keyboards, Gabrels on guitar and synthesizers, Plati on programming and keyboards and Zachary Alford on drums.
In addition to streaming the track, you also can listen to "Stay '97" at Bowie's official YouTube channel.
Aerosmith have announced plans to return to their old home base of Boston on September 18 to play a special concert at Fenway Park in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will be joined by opening act Extreme.
News of the Boston show comes after a whirlwind weekend for Aerosmith that saw the band saluted as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, and also hit the Grammy stage Sunday for a performance with hip-hop legends Run-DMC.
Tickets for the Fenway Park concert go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 31, at 10 a.m. ET at LiveNation.com. Pre-sales tickets will be available for members of the group's Aero Force One club and Citi card holders starting Tuesday, January 28, at 10 a.m.; for Red Sox season ticket holders beginning Wednesday, January 29, at 10 a.m.; and at LiveNation.com starting Thursday, January 30, at 10 a.m.
The Boston show is Aerosmith's first U.S. concert of 2020 outside of the Las Vegas residency performances that the band has lined up.
Some drama ensued at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala as Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer awkwardly joined his band mates on the podium for their acceptance speech, although he didn't take part in the group's performance. As recently reported, Kramer sued the other Aerosmith members because he claims they unfairly haven't allowed him to rejoin them at their concerts since he experienced health issues that sidelined him last year.
The MusiCares event featured performances by star-studded list of guest artists and by Aerosmith themselves, albeit with a fill-in drummer.
You can read a recap of the event at Grammy.com and check out a video featuring highlights at the Recording Academy's official YouTube channel.
Michael Tran/FilmMagicOlivia Newton-John isn't letting her battle against breast cancer get her down.
According to People,the Grease star spoke openly about her diagnosis while attending a charity dinner hosted by the Australian diplomacy program G'Day USA on Saturday and shared a positive update with fans while the organization was raising money for Australian wildfire relief.
"I'm winning over it well and that's how I see it," the four-time Grammy winner revealed to reporters. "I don't think about it a lot, to be honest. Denial is a really good thing and I'm getting stronger and better all the time! I'm doing well!"
In addition to raising money for wildfire relief, Newton-John hopes that she can inspire other women who are fighting breast cancer.
The "Physical" singer added, "Life is a gift and I've had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer." The star has her own wellness and research center in Melbourne, Australia.
Also in attendance during the interview was her Grease co-star John Travolta, who lavished Newton-John with praise.
"Olivia is a survivor and she's smart and she’s got a lot of life in her and I think she looks at it from the glass half-full always and that’s her beautiful, natural approach towards life," said Travolta. "I think we all need to do that."
Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, but it returned in 2013. The singer discovered in 2017 that it had metasticized and spread to her bones.
Courtesy of Live NationTalk about a tour that hard-rock dreams are made of! Sammy Hagar and his current band The Circle will team up with Whitesnake and special guests Night Ranger for a 30-city trek that will travel across the U.S. for the better part of the summer.
The outing kicks off July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is scheduled through a September 20 concert in Chula Vista, California.
Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 31, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Visit RedRocker.com for a full list of dates.
The Circle featured Hagar's former Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony on bass, late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son, Jason, keeping the beat, and guitar Vic Johnson, who also plays in Sammy's backing group, The Wabos. Whitesnake's current lineup is led by founding frontman David Coverdale and, interestingly, features two ex-Night Ranger guitarists: Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra.
"I love some friendly competition on stage and that's exactly what this is going to be," says Hagar. "David and I have nothing but the highest respect for one another, but we would also like to blow the other guy off the stage! Add in Night Ranger and the fans will have one hell of a night of music."
Adds Coverdale, "The Red Rocker & The Snake??? OMG...I wanna see that show myself!!! I'm a big fan of Sammy Hagar, Michael, Vic & Jason...We're gonna have a blast together!! See Y'All There, People!!!"
To promote the tour, Hagar and Coverdale have shot a video in which they discuss their respective love of tequila and tea, share their mutual admiration for each other's music, and compare life on the road today with how it was earlier in their careers and more.
Shine features 10 track, including an updated version of Mitchell's classic 1970 tune "Big Yellow Taxi" and the then-new original tune "One Week Last Summer," which won a Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Pop Performance category in 2008. The album's title track features a guest appearance by Joni's longtime friend James Taylor on guitar.
Mitchell was inspired to record the album after working on the 2007 ballet Dancing Joni: The Fiddle and the Drum, which showcased 13 of her songs. Three of the tunes from the project -- the reworked rendition of "Big Yellow Taxi," "If I Had a Heart" and "If" -- appear on Shine.
The songs on the album found Mitchell commenting on and inspired by the environmental, social and political upheaval that occurred during the Iraq War era.
Shine peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200, making it Joni's highest-charting studio effort since 1976's Hejira.
Here's the LP's full track list:
Side A "One Week Last Summer" "This Place" "If I Had a Heart" "Hana" "Bad Dreams"
Side B "Big Yellow Taxi" "Night of the Iguana" "Strong and Wrong" "Shine" "If"
Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesMadonna's Madame X tour continues to limp along after suffering yet another cancellation. The "Vogue" singer announced Saturday that she was ordered to bow out of Monday night's performance in London, which would have been the tour's first UK performance.
"I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday January 27th in London," wrote Madonna against an image of her sitting as her hands rest on a silver cane. "Under doctors guidance I have been told to rest for a few days."
The singer went on to reveal that she didn't take the cancellation lightly. "As you all know, I have injuries that have plagued me since the beginning of the tour but I must always listen to my body and put my health first."
However, she added that taking a few days to rest up was integral to making sure she puts her best foot forward. "The last thing I want to do is disappoint my fans or compromise the integrity of my show. So I will keep going until I cannot," promised the 61-year-old.
Madonna pledged that her Wednesday performance will go on as scheduled, but those who are holding onto tickets for Monday night's performance will be issued a full refund.
"Please know that it hurts me more than you can imagine to have to cancel any shows," pleaded Madonna before thanking fans for their patience. "Thank you again for your understanding."
Warner Music CanadaCanadian folk legend Gordon Lightfoot will release his first studio album since 2004's Harmony on March 20, a 10-track collection called SOLO.
The album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available on CD, as a vinyl LP, digitally and via steaming services.
As its title suggests, SOLO was recorded by the singer-songwriter alone in a studio and features just his vocals and guitar. The album boasts newly recorded versions of songs that Lightfoot had written in 2001 and 2002 -- shortly before he suffered a near-fatal abdominal aortic aneurysm -- and had rediscovered recently on a pair of CDs that had been tucked away in his office for almost 20 years.
Lightfoot says of the material on SOLO, "I thought my fans would be interested in hearing what songs sound like when first written."
The album's first track, "Oh So Sweet," is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at Gordon's official YouTube channel and SoundCloud page.
The 81-year-old musician will be supporting SOLO on tour throughout 2020. He currently has more than 40 dates lined up in the U.S. and Canada, spanning from a February 13 concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, through an October 9 show in Collingswood, New Jersey. Visit GordonLightfoot.com to check out his full itinerary.
Here is the SOLO track list:
"Oh So Sweet" "E-Motion" "Better Off" "Return into Dust" "Do You Walk, Do You Talk" "Just a Little Bit" "Easy Flo" "Dreamdrift" "The Laughter We Seek" "Why Not Give It a Try"
Cherry Red RecordsA variety of current and former Yes members are among the guest musicians featured on a just-released collaborative album by ex-King Crimson violinist David Cross and late founding Yes guitarist Peter Banks called Crossover.
The album is the last collection of new material recorded by Banks, who died in 2013 at age 65. He and Cross recorded their parts for the album during a single afternoon of improvisation in August 2010, and the guest artists added their contributions to the record in 2018 and 2019.
Among the musicians featured on Crossover are former Yes keyboardists Tony Kaye and Oliver Wakeman; current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and touring drummer Jay Schellen; current King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto; and veteran session drummer Jeremy Stacey.
"When I recall the original recording session with Pete, I remember his fresh almost naïve approach, his positive energy and his constant and restless search for something new," says Cross, who also co-produced Crossover. "It was a joy to know Pete Banks and an honor and a privilege to play with him: I think he would be pleased with the way our album turned out."
Cross, who played with King Crimson from 1972 to 1974, added about the new record, "[The guest musicians] were asked to 'interpret the music as freely and creatively as you wish' and they have turned in incredibly skilled and inspiring performances which were not easy given the improvised nature of the starting material and the spontaneity of the structures."
Crossover is available on CD, as a digital download and via streaming services.
Here is the album's full track list:
"Rock to a Hard Place" -- featuring Jeremy Stacey, Geoff Downes "Upshift" -- featuring Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen "The Smile Frequency" -- featuring Randy Raine-Reusch, Oliver Wakeman "The Work Within" -- featuring Andy Jackson "Missing Time" "Plasma Drive" -- featuring Pat Mastelotto, Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman "Laughing Strange" -- featuring Jeremy Stacey, Tony Kaye "Crossover"
Francis Specker/CBSAs usual, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards crammed a whole lot of extravagant, emotional and occasionally mind-blowing performances -- and very few actual awards -- into a three-and-a-half hour telecast. There was a lot of profanity onstage -- both in the acceptance speeches and in the lyrics of the songs -- causing the telecast to be perhaps the most highly-bleeped Grammys ever. Here's a rundown of who performed what:
Lizzo kicked off the show with a medley of her song "Cuz I Love You" -- which she sang while wearing a huge, black sparkly gown while conducting an orchestral string section -- and "Truth Hurts," for which she stripped down to a futuristic bodysuit. The performance featured plenty of dancers as well as one of Lizzo's signature flute solos.
Blake Shelton and his girlfriend Gwen Stefani had one of the first numbers of the night, singing their new duet "Nobody But You." They sweetly held each other's hands through the performance.
Following a brief a cappella performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" with Boyz II Men in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, host Alicia Keys sang a version of Lewis Capaldi's Grammy-nominated "Someone You Loved" with the lyrics changed to be about this year's nominees -- the chorus was, "I'mma get you kinda used to hearing music you love."
The Jonas Brothers were up next: First, they performed a stripped-down performance of an unreleased song that may have been called "Five Minutes," and they took the stage for a massive performance of their current hit "What a Man Gotta Do," complete with dancers, horns and fireworks. Nick Jonas appeared to have something stuck in his teeth throughout, which he later acknowledged by tweeting, "At least you all know I eat my greens."
Tyler, The Creator gave the most bonkers performance of the night. It started out somewhat chill, as he performed "Earfquake" with Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men. Then, he was joined onstage by dozens of Tyler lookalikes, all wearing the same blonde pageboy wig and white-and-red suit as he sang "New Magic Wand" on a set that looked like an empty suburban street. The song climaxed with Tyler jumping up and down and screaming and the entire street burning down; he then fell backwards off the part of the stage he was standing on and disappeared.
Usher performed a Prince tribute as a way of promoting the upcoming CBS-TV special Let's Go Crazy: A GRAMMY Salute to Prince. Singing and dancing his way through "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," Usher was backed up by Prince's close friend Sheila E. Oddly, even though FKA Twigs was introduced as being part of the performance, all she did was dance on a stripper pole and then slink around, rubbing up against Usher and looking sexy.
Camila Cabello gave one of the most emotional performances of the night, singing "First Man," a tribute to her father Alejandro Cabello, while home movies of him with a baby Camila were shown. At the end of the song, she came off the stage and stood in front of her dad, singing directly to him, as he wept openly. They embraced at the end of the song.
Country icon Tanya Tucker, who won her very first Grammys on Sunday, performed a stripped-down version of her winning song "Bring My Flowers Now" with her co-writer and musical collaborator Brandi Carlile.
Ariana Grande gave an elaborate performance of three songs. She started out dressed in a ballgown, singing "My Favorite Things" with a string section. Then, she stripped off her gown, donned some sexy sleepwear, and moved onto a bedroom set to sing her nominated song "7 Rings," which interpolates "My Favorite Things." She finished off with part of her smash hit "thank u, next."
The night's big winner, Billie Eilish, performed a hushed version of her song "when the party's over" with her brother and musical collaborator Finneas on piano, plus a backing choir.
Lifetime Achievement honorees Aerosmith performed "Livin' on the Edge" -- during which lead singer Steven Tyler stopped in the audience in front of Lizzo and yelled, "I f***ing love you!" -- and then teamed up with Run-DMC for their smash hit "Walk This Way." There was no last-minute reprieve for drummer Joey Kramer, who the band had barred from performing with them because they claimed his playing wasn't up to par. He sued...and lost.
Lil Nas X performed his 19-week number-one hit "Old Town Road" on a stage set that revolved to show different rooms, and in each room, there was a different act who joined him to perform the song, including K-pop superstars BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and, of course, Billy Ray Cyrus. At the very end, none other than Nas -- the rap legend who inspired Lil Nas X's stage name -- joined the younger artist onstage to sing "Rodeo."
Another emotional of a moment came from Demi Lovato, who performed a raw ballad called "Anyone," which she wrote just four days before she overdosed in 2018. She was so choked up that she had to stop the song and start it again, and then sang it with tears running down her face. She got a standing ovation at the end.
A tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle featured Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG, who was arrested on robbery charges two days before the Grammys. Meek kicked off the performance by performing a rap addressed to Hussle; Roddy Ricch then did "Letter to Nipsey." Khaled, Franklin, YG and Legend performed "Higher," which then went on to win the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung performance. Hussle's other song "Racks in the Middle" also won a Grammy during the pre-telecast awards.
Spanish star Rosalía and a troupe of dancers performed her flamenco-inspired songs "Malamente" and "JuroQué."
At the podium to present Song of the Year, Little Big Town and Smokey Robinson harmonized on his composition "My Girl."
Alicia Keys and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard performed a stripped-down version of Alicia's current single "Underdog," co-written by Ed Sheeran. By the end of the song, Alicia, joined by a troupe of dancers, had moved to a satellite stage with a piano, which rose in the air for a dramatic finale.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist H.E.R. performed her song "Sometimes" at the piano, backed by a line of musicians in single file behind her, and then she stood up and ripped off a searing guitar solo.
Bonnie Raitt performed a brief rendition of John Prine's song "Angel from Montgomery" in tribute to Prine; that was followed by guitarist Gary Clark Jr. performing his Grammy-winning song "This Land," which is about racism and immigration.
The final performance of the evening was a version of "I Sing the Body Electric" from the 1980 movie Fame, featuring Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, pianist Lang Lang, violinist Joshua Bell, Gary Clark Jr., ballerina Misty Copeland and a chorus of student musicians. It was a tribute to music education, and to Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, who after 40 years is stepping aside.
Francis Specker/CBS Heading into the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, the question on many viewers minds was how the awards ceremony would acknowledge the controversy that's been swirling around it for several weeks regarding accusations of vote-rigging and other alleged misdeeds made by the Recording Academy's ousted CEO. But following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday, the telecast turned into a tribute...and a reminder that music can be a powerful healing force.
Taking place at L.A.'s Staples Center -- "the house that Kobe Bryant built" -- the Grammys telecast immediately acknowledged the loss of Bryant in its first few seconds, as leading nominee Lizzo took the stage and stated, "Tonight is for Kobe."
Following Lizzo's performance, host Alicia Keys then took the stage to note, "We're all feeling crazy sadness right now...we lost a hero...and we're literally standing here heartbroken...so I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and hold [Kobe, his family and the victims] inside of you, and share our strength and our support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we'd have to start the show like this."
Alicia and Boyz II Men then delivered an A cappella rendition of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
But the Grammy controversy didn't go unremarked-upon. After the first commercial break, Alicia, sitting at the piano, commented, "It's been a hell of a week. There's a lot going, on but I'm proud to be standing here."
Then, noting that it's a new decade and "a time for newness," she continued, "We refuse the negative energy. We refuse the old systems. We want to be respected and safe in our diversity. We want to be shifting to realness and inclusivity. So tonight, we want to celebrate the people—the artists that put themselves on the line and share their truth with us.”
Her comments appeared to refer to the accusations that the Recording Academy is a "boys' club" environment that was resistant to change. Then, as part of a song that mentioned this year's nominees, she sang, "It's when good people do nothing that the bad guys win" -- which may have alluded to the controversy, or perhaps to what's happening politically.
But in accepting the first award of the night, Best Pop Solo Performance for "Truth Hurts," Lizzo brought everything back around to the tragedy and the theme of music as a healer.
"Today all of my little problems that I thought were big as the world were gone, and I realize that there’s people hurting right now," she told the crowd. "You guys create beautiful music. You guys create connectivity. And as I’m speaking to all of you all in this room, we need to reach out. This is the beginning of making music that moves people again...Let’s continue to reach out...and lift each other up."
The nods to Bryant continued through the night, with his #24 jersey prominently on display during several performances. At the end of an all-star hip hop tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, Bryant's photo was displayed alongside Hussle's on the screen. And when John Legendaccepted the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for Hussle's song "Higher," he told the crowd, "Let's love each other, let's love our families, let's hold each other tight."
But despite the tragedy, the Grammys also highlighted a new generation of exciting performers. 18-year-old Billie Eilish, the night's big winner with five trophies, including Album of the Year -- making her the youngest artist ever to win that prestigious category.
2019's other breakout star Lizzo took home three awards, while 20-year-old chart-topping "Old Town Road" rapper Lil Nas X won two. Plus, younger talent like Rosalia, H.E.R., Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Tyler, the Creator, BTS and Ariana Grande all got performance spotlights.
The legends got some love as well. Country icon Tanya Tucker won the first-ever Grammy awards of her career, despite having been first nominated back in 1973. Disco legend Gloria Gaynor won her first Grammy in 40 years.
On the classic rock side of things, Elvis Costello & the Imposters won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Look Now, while the massive Woodstock: Back to the Garden boxed set won for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.
CBS NewsHuey Lewis will appear on this weekend's episode of CBS Sunday Morning to chat about what may be his and his band The News' final studio album, Weather, which will be released on February 14.
For the past two years, Lewis has been battling Ménière's disease, which causes severe hearing loss and has left him unable to sing or perform.
On the show, which airs at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, the 69-year-old singer explains that an early symptom of the disease was the loss of hearing in his right ear, and then recalls an incident at a January 2018 concert in Dallas when its effects became truly debilitating.
"I went on stage and it was horrible," Huey says. "It was just unbelievable. Couldn't hear a thing. Sang out of tune. Had the worst night of my life."
Lewis' illness forced him and The News to cancel a planned tour, and the band -- which has been together for 40 years -- hasn't been able to perform since then.
"All those shows. All those shows were canceled," Huey laments. "And I miss the guys. I miss the camaraderie, you know?"
Lewis tells CBS Sunday Morning that some days are better than others for him, noting that the disease causes hearing distortion as well as hearing loss.
In other news, a new video featuring Lewis talking about Weather has been posted on his official YouTube channel.
"This new batch of songs is really among our best work," he says. "It was a passage of time, I think, for me -- accepting that I'm not a spring chicken anymore and writing from that…perspective opened things up for me a little bit."
Kevin Kane/WireImageCould a new Genesis reunion featuring the group's three-member lineup of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks be brewing? According to the Genesis News fan site, rumors have been circulating that Collins, Rutherford and Banks are in New York City to discuss a possible reunion, since the three were spotted at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday watching the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers.
The website posted screen shots of Collins, Rutherford and Banks in the stands at the basketball game.
Rolling Stone points out that the trio also could simply be getting together in New York for business purposes, or perhaps to celebrate Phil's 69th birthday, which takes place on January 30.
In August of 2019, Collins told Rolling Stone that he wouldn't rule out a Genesis reunion.
"I wouldn't say there isn't not a possibility," he said. "Me, Mike and Tony are pretty close, still. I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't play the drums, but anything is possible."
Collins returned to touring as a solo artist a couple of years ago, although he no longer is able to play drums because of various health issues.
Phil also said that if Genesis were to do reunion shows, he'd would like his son Nicholas to play drums. Nic, who is now 18, has been handling drum duties at Collins' recent solo concerts.
Interestingly, Rutherford's other band, Mike the Mechanics, opened a series of shows for Collins in Europe last year, and during the run, Mike joined Phil at a show in Berlin to play the Genesis hit "Follow You Follow Me."
Genesis most recent tour took place in 2006 and 2007.
Sting is currently performing in the re-launch of his musical The Last Ship in Los Angeles, but later this year he'll head to Las Vegas for a brand-new residency. On Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! episode, the singer teased fans on what they can expect from the Sin City show.
"Actually having your own room, your own space, is something I'm really looking forward to because I can create my world there, invite people into my world," Sting said of performing the show at Caesars Palace.
"Normally my show is just music and it's really good lights, it's a good show, but there's no theatrical element," he explained. "So I'm gonna explore that thing. Have a dancer or two, some fantastic scenery. Not perhaps changing a robe every song, no headdresses…that's not me."
He also rejected Jimmy Kimmel's suggestions of having a tiger and magicians on stage. "I do the magic," he joked.
The residency, called My Songs after his latest album, will feature, "a compendium of Sting's songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations." It kicks off May 22.
ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty ImagesAn official trailer for The Burnt Orange Heresy, a new art-heist thriller that features Mick Jagger in a major role, has debuted online at Sony Pictures Classics' YouTube channel.
In the movie, the Rolling Stones singer portrays Joseph Cassidy, a British art dealer who's the patron of a famous and reclusive painter named Jerome Debney, played by Donald Sutherland. Intrigue ensues when Cassidy invites an art critic named James Figueras, played by Netflix's Dracula star Claes Bang, to his estate on Italy's Lake Como and make him a proposition.
"At the edge of my property there's a dilapidated little house. In this house there's an artist," Cassidy tells Figueras in the trailer. "No critic has spoken to this guy in over 50 years. Think of the splash it would make [if you were able to] see and describe his current work. You could be running a major museum soon."
Bang's character asks Jagger's, "Why would you do this for me?" Mick as Cassidy says, "I'd value a Debney, James. And I'd like you to procure one for me."
The Burnt Orange Heresy was directed by Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi, whose other credits include the Epix series Berlin Station and a variety of music videos.
In other news, a podcast production company called Rainy Day Podcasts that Jagger co-founded has signed a development deal with Warner Bros., Deadline reports. The agreement calls for the production of as many as seven podcasts focusing on such entertainment genres as comedy, drama, documentaries and talk shows.
A joint statement from Jagger and his Rainy Day Podcasts partners reads, "Everything starts with the word. We're very excited to be working with Warner Bros. to create an environment where the best writers are free to pursue their passion projects with maximum creative freedom."
Their performance will be a preview of a two-hour special, titled Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, which will be recorded January 28, two days after the Grammys. The show, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will air in April on CBS. April 21 will mark the fourth anniversary of the death of music icon.
Sheila will be the musical director for the salute, along with former members of The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The Time will perform at the event, as will Prince's former band, The Revolution.
Other artists on the bill include Usher, Alicia Keys, Earth, Wind & Fire, Coldplay's Chris Martin, John Legend, Mavis Staples, Common and H.E.R.
Legend also be involved in a tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who is completing his 40th and final Grammy Awards as producer. The special segment will feature Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Common, ballerina Misty Copeland and more performing "I Sing The Body Electric" from the 1980 film Fame. Debbie Allen, who starred in the movie, as well as the Fame TV series, is choreographing the performance.
Other artists slated to perform on the Grammys include Aerosmith who will team up with their famed "Walk This Way" duet partners Run-DMC.
Keys hosts the Grammy Awards, which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationAs planned, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore reunited Thursday night to perform at the Homeward Bound Concert, a show benefiting the PATH homeless charity that took place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
According to Rolling Stone, Krieger and Densmore were joined by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic on bass, Willie Nelson's youngest son Micah on guitar, and a couple of other musicians for a 20-minute set of Doors classics that also featured various guest singers.
Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and his daughter, Kaya, sang "Hello, I Love You," American Idol alum Haley Reinhart belted out "Crystal Ship" and "People Are Strange," and Fitz & the Tantrums frontman Michael Fitzpatrick performed "Riders on the Storm." A rendition of "Roadhouse Blues" closed out the set, with Micah Nelson taking on lead vocals and ex-Canned Heat harmonica player Stanley Behrens joining in.
Prior to the Doors set, the concert featured performances by Dave and Kaya Stewart, along with Dave's son, Sam; Jason Mraz; Fitz & The Tantrums; 2012 American Idol champ Phillip Phillips; Ingrid Michaelson and 2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe; and Scarypoolparty, the stage name of 2019 American Idol runner-up Alejandro Aranda.
The concert ended with the evening's cast coming together for a version of Paul Simon's classic "Homeward Bound." Rolling Stone reports that the event also featured a live auction of two guitars signed by all the performers that fetched a total of $17,000.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with the show, an online auction is being held at CharityBuzz.com that's offering an electric guitar and case signed by Krieger; a vinyl copy of The Doors' Morrison Hotel autographed by Krieger and Densmore; tickets and/or VIP packages to upcoming concerts by Lionel Richie, Journey and The Black Crowes; and more. Biding closes February 6.
Legacy RecordingsSimon & Garfunkel's classic fifth and final studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water, hit stores 50 years ago this Sunday. In celebration of the anniversary, a new digital EP featuring previously unreleased live versions of four songs from the record has been made available exclusively via streaming services.
Bridge over Troubled Water the album spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the title song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. The record also yielded three other top-20 hits -- "Cecilia," "The Boxer" and "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)," which peaked at #4, #7 and #18, respectively.
In addition, the album and its title track garnered Simon & Garfunkel six Grammy Awards in 1971, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Bridge over Troubled Water was Simon & Garfunkel's most diverse collection of tunes, featuring elements of roots rock, pop, folk, gospel, South American music, Caribbean music and jazz.
The album has sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. alone. Meanwhile, "Bridge over Troubled Water" the song has been covered by artists including Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Aretha's version won a 1972 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Unfortunately, tensions between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel led to the duo's breakup after they completed a tour in support of the album in 1971, but Bridge over Troubled Water remains among their crowning achievements.
While the Guns N' Roses reunion has been a smashing success on the road, the prospect of new music from the band is less definitive. In a new interview, guitarist Slash indicates that the band isn't quite certain what the plan should be in terms of releasing anything.
Speaking with Guitar.com about his new collection of Gibson acoustic and Les Paul electric models, Slash says of the band's plans, "There's been no definitive answer on anything and I'll just keep keep to that. Stuff is happening, but there are no specifics."
He continues, "More than anything, it's because of the nature of the industry right now. It's just like, 'How do you want to do this?' I mean, there's material and there’s recording and there's s*** going on, but we're not really sure what we're doing with it right now."
Of course, as Slash notes, the music industry has changed dramatically since 1993, which is the last time he, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan all made a record together as GN'R.
"There's a handful people who said, 'Yeah, make a record and go old school,'" he reveals. "And there's a handful of people that are like, 'We don’t even know what buying a record is any more!'"
While the band works out what to do music-wise, they've got plenty of live performances on their schedule. They'll play the Super Bowl Music Fest in Miami on January 31, and in March, they'll tour South America. In May, they'll perform in Europe.
Axl, Slash and Duff launched their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour in 2016, marking the first time the trio had shared the stage together since 1993. The worldwide outing became the third-highest-grossing tour of all time.
Among this year's nominees are several veteran artists, including Gloria Gaynor, Barbra Streisand, David Crosby, Elvis Costello and Dolly Parton.
Disco legend Gaynor has nods in two gospel categories: Best Roots Gospel Album for Testimony, and Best Gospel Performance/Song for "Talkin' 'Bout Jesus." The tune, which Gaynor co-wrote, also features Yolanda Adams.
Streisand and Costello have both been nominated for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album honor: Barbra for Walls and Elvis, with his longtime backing group The Imposters, for Look Now.
The Crosby documentary Remember My Name is in the running for the Best Music Film prize.
Parton received nominations in two categories: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song and Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Also garnering two nominations is the massive box set Woodstock: Back to the Garden -- The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive, which will compete for the Best Historical Album and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package trophies.
Other noteworthy nominees include Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations for Best Musical Theater Album, and the Rocketman soundtrack for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson are among the celebs who will present Grammys during the ceremony. In addition, the event's performance lineup includes Aerosmith -- who will team up with hip-hop legends Run DMC -- Bonnie Raitt and Cyndi Lauper.
The ceremony will air live Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS. However, most awards will be handed out during the Premiere Ceremony, which takes place that day at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT, and will be streamed live at Grammy.com.