It seems like everyone's angry at KISS these days -- former original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley are upset at being shut out of playing at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the KISS Army wants to see the original four on stage, and now comes word that the family of one of the band's late members also has a bone to pick with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. The estate of late KISS drummer Eric Carr is suing the group for alleged unpaid royalties stemming from four songs that Carr wrote ...Read more
Keith Richards has already won acclaim as an author for his award-winning 2010 memoir, Life. Now the Rolling Stones guitarist is seeking more literary satisfaction by writing an autobiographical children's book. Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar is a picture book in which the legendary rocker recounts how his beloved grandfather helped inspire his own love of playing music.
The publication, which is scheduled to be released September 9 in hardback and ebook formats, features pen-and-ink illustrations by Richards' 28-year-old daughter, Theodora....Read more
In February 2013, Bruce Springsteen was recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a star-packed tribute event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Now, a special featuring highlights from the show is set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 30, five days after a DVD and Blu-ray documenting the bash will hit stores.
The 2013 MusiCares gala kicked off with a selection of acclaimed...Read more
A Beverly Hills police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he experienced backlash after reporting that another cop made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston at the scene of her death.
According to CBSLA.com, Sergeant Brian Weir claims Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall disturbed the scene of Whitney's body at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 2012, and made remarks including that Whitney “looked...Read more
Devo has settled a lawsuit it brought against a website that sells merchandise related to classic TV shows and movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Devo filed its complaint against TV Store Online in late December, claiming the site was selling unlicensed "Energy Dome Hats" -- the hats the band wore on the cover of their 1980 album, Freedom of Choice, which featured their signature hit, "Whip It."
The new Alice Cooper documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which is scheduled to run from April 16 to April 27 in various New York City locations. The movie is being billed as the first-ever "doc opera," and will offer a combination of archival footage and photos, animation, interviews and theatrical scenes.
The film is scheduled to be released ...Read more
Billboard magazine has released the latest installment of its annual Money Makers list ranking the top-earning music artists of the past year, and a number of veteran rock acts made it into the top 10 of the tally. Bon Jovi ranks highest among rockers at #4 after earning more than $29.4 million during 2013. The New Jersey rockers can thank their massively successful Because We Can tour, which was the year's top-grossing trek, along with sales of their latest album, What About ...Read more
This past Thursday, President Obama experienced an "oops" moment during a star-studded, soul-themed concert at the White House, when he accidentally misspelled the title of Aretha Franklin's signature anthem "Respect" during an introduction speech.
The president was greeted by laughter from the audience after he said, "When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect."
Now, the Queen of...Read more
Contrary to a recent article from Billboard reporting that U2's next studio album won't be released until next year, a spokesperson for the band tells U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the record is still expected to be released in 2014.
"U2's album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven't been confirmed yet," the rep says.
Music lovers soon will finally be able to enjoy PonoMusic, the high-quality digital audio service that Neil Young helped develop. On Monday, some official details were revealed about the service, which will work in conjunction with a portable device called the PonoPlayer to offer what the company claims is "the finest quality, highest-resolution digital music from both major labels and prominent independent labels."
In a statement, Young, who's the PonoMusic founder and chairman, says, "It's about the music, real music. We want to move digital music into the 21st century and PonoMusic does exactly that....Read more
Paul McCartney is set to launch the 2014 edition of his Out There tour next month. The ex-Beatles legend has scheduled his first concert of the year on April 21 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.
The event will be McCartney's first show in Chile since May 2011, when he gave a performance at Santiago's Estadio Nacional as part of his Up and Coming Tour. As with his 2013 concerts, McCartney is expected to play classic Beatles, Wings and solo material...Read more
Gene Simmons will guest-star in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, set to air this week. The KISS singer/bassist will play -- guess what? -- a rock star on the crime drama, accused of murder. In the hammy trailer for the show, Simmons is questioned by detectives for slaying a groupie and growls, "If you think I'm a killer, you can kiss my..."
This won't be the first time Simmons has played himself on a TV show. Besides starring...Read more
A new theatrical film based on two famous interviews that John Lennon gave a decade apart is set to get its world premiere this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. Rubber Soul examines Lennon's dynamic personality and changing beliefs by contrasting recreated conversations that the late Beatles legend and his wife, Yoko Ono, had with Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970 and with Playboy in September ...Read more
After undergoing a procedure to treat a coronary blockage last month, David Crosby is back on the road. The folk-rock legend and his longtime band mates Stephen Stills and Graham Nash kicked off a brief U.S. tour this past Tuesday that's scheduled to run until a March 24 show in Durham, North Carolina.
Coinciding with the trek, Crosby, Stills and Nash will be featured on a new episode of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The...Read more
Former Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason will release a new album titled Future's Past on May 13. The nine-track collection offers updated renditions of some of his old group's classics and his own solo tunes, as well as several new songs.
Mason says the album includes "a great version of [Traffic's] 'Dear Mr. Fantasy' that is kind of a re-write," as well as a rendition of his early solo composition...Read more
The Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have teamed up with contemporary R&B singer Frank Ocean and DJ/producer Diplo on a new collaborative recording that's the ninth and latest installment of Converse's "Three Artists. One Song" series.
The musicians joined forces to create a track called "Hero," which was recorded in London, Hawaii and Los Angeles. The song will be available for free download...Read more
The career of singer Dionne Warwick will be the subject of a new episode of the documentary series Being, airing this Saturday, March 8, on the Centric network.
The one-hour show looks at Warwick's long career, from her numerous hits in the 1960s with songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David through her latest efforts, including a forthcoming duets album, Feels So Good.
"I always felt, and it's been proven, that I cannot be categorized," the singer says in a video sneak peak at the episode that's been posted on the Centric website. "There was a DJ, he told me,...Read more
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is the latest rocker to be added to the lineup of second annual Rock Against MS benefit concert, scheduled for March 26 at the famous Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles. The event raises money to support multiple sclerosis research.
Krieger joins a star-studded bill that also includes former Runaways members Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, ex-Guns...Read more
Last year, Toto celebrated its 35th anniversary with a 29-city European tour that included an electrifying show in Lodz, Poland. That concert was recorded for a new video and audio release from the veteran pop-rock act that will hit stores on April 29.
35th Anniversary Tour -- Live in Poland will be available in a variety of configurations, including a two-CD set, a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a deluxe version gathering all of the aforementioned discs, along with a 60-page book. The release features more than two hours of performances...Read more
Forget about that tentative summer release for U2's upcoming studio album: Billboard reports that, according to a number of sources, the band has pushed back the project's arrival date until 2015. The sources tell the magazine that the Irish rockers are planning to do some additional recording, with Adele/Paul McCartney collaborator Paul Epworth and OneRepublic frontman/songwriter Ryan Tedder ...Read more
Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor revealed to the world on Thursday that the band will be teaming up with ex-American Idol finalist Adam Lambert for a North American summer tour that likely will be the group's final trek. Queen and Lambert have joined forces on several occasions over the last few years, including a brief European tour in 2012, but this will be the first time they'll be mounting a multiple-date run in America.
May says that, in addition to playing Queen's classic songs, he, Taylor and Lambert may dig...Read more
Is Brandon Howard the long-lost son of Michael Jackson? A definitive conclusion was not reached on Thursday.
The website FilmOn.TV on Thursday claimed in a live event that it has seen DNA evidence showing that there’s a 99.9-percent chance that the 31-year-old Howard, a singer who performs under the name B. Howard, is the King of Pop’s son.
However, Howard posted a video on his Facebook...Read more
The Allman Brothers Band is gearing up to launch its latest, and possibly last, annual residency at New York City's Beacon Theatre. The legendary Southern rock outfit kicks things off on Friday night, and has a total of 14 shows scheduled at the famed venue through March 29.
The Allmans also are planning to commemorate their 45th anniversary during the Beacon run, which promises to be something of a bittersweet celebration since the group's future is uncertain beyond the end of 2014, when the band's longtime guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks will be...Read more
A new documentary focusing on the making of Bruce Springsteen's latest studio album, High Hopes, will premiere on HBO on Friday, April 4, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The half-hour show includes behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions, as well as new interviews with Springsteen and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who collaborated closely with the Boss on the project.
Bruce is featured discussing various aspects of the recording, including the unique contributions Morello brought to the proceedings. In addition, the special offers...Read more
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that it will simulcast this year's induction ceremony, which will honor Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, KISS and Nirvana -- but only in Cleveland.
The ceremony will be beamed live on April 10 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself, where fans can watch their musical heroes be inducted on one of several screens in the...Read more
With the new Jimi Hendrix biopic, JIMI: All Is by My Side, scheduled to get its premiere U.S. screening this Wednesday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, clips from the movie have started to pop up online. The flick, which debuted this past September at Canada's Toronto International Film Festival, stars Andre Benjamin -- aka Andre 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast -- as Hendrix....Read more
It appears that David Bowie may be working on a new project with veteran soul and gospel singer Claudia Lennear, one of the backing singers profiled in the recent Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Lennear tells New York Post's Page Six that Bowie phoned her up a few days before the Academy Awards and offered to collaborate with her.
"I got a call from David Bowie out of the blue," she reveals. "He told me he wanted to write my next project....Read more
We knew the announcement was coming. Now Queen and Adam Lambert have confirmed they're hitting the road together for a North American tour.
Lambert has performed with the legendary British rock group on a number of occasions, both in the U.S. and overseas, but he and Queen have never actually toured in the U.S. That changes beginning June 19 at Chicago's United Center, the first of 19 dates in all in the U.S. and Canada, wrapping July 20 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Washington, D.C.
When he performs with Queen, Lambert stands in for the band's founding lead singer,...Read more
Meet Michael Jackson's new son: Brandon Howard. So claims Howard, a 31-year-old man who alleges he has DNA evidence proving he's the son of the late King of Pop.
According to TMZ, Howard says he obtained Michael's DNA from an orthodontic device, and a test performed on it shows the singer is his father. The results will be posted Thursday on FilmOn.com.
TMZ adds that Howard -- a singer himself who performs under the name B Howard -- will seek money from Michael's estate.
It's turning out to be a very eventful year for Santana. Not only will the band be hitting the road with Rod Stewart for a recently announced joint summer tour, but they'll also be busy promoting their previously reported first-ever Spanish-language album, Corazón.
The veteran rockers recently unveiled the cover and release date for the album, which will hit stores on May 6. The Corazón sleeve features a colorful, psychedelic portrait of Carlos Santana's face that...Read more