On Peter Gabriel’s ongoing tour with Sting , the band kicks into the 1973 Genesis classic “Dancing With the Moonlit Knight” midway through the set. On opening night, the Genesis nuts in the audience must have lost their collective minds since Gabriel hasn’t publicly performed a song from his old band since an impromptu rendition of “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” at a Steve Hackett show in 1983. Well, the streak basically still stands since Sting just sings the opening section to protest the recent Brexit vote (“Can you tell me where my county lies…”) before kicking into “Message in a Bottle.” Peter Gabriel watches it from the side of the stage, not joining along. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Peter Gabriel Songs Peter Gabriel has a complicated relationship with his Genesis past. He remains very close to the members and even selected Phil Collins as the best man at his 2004 wedding, but he’s turned down all offers for highly lucrative reunion tours over the years and didn’t even show up when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. “We had a great run,” he told Rolling Stone in 2011. “They did way better after I left anyway. So I don’t think anyone has anything to complain about.” Gabriel was willing to go into the studio in the mid-1990s to re-record some vocals for a Genesis box set since the elaborate costumes he wore onstage in the 1970s sometimes muffled his vocals. The result was an occasionally odd duet between the young and old Gabriel.
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“Backstreet Boys was my first concert,” Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley told fans at the duo’s recent show in South Dakota, with partner Tyler Hubbard then reprimanding some fans on the front row: “Don’t laugh at us!” See Florida Georgia Line, Flo Rida’s ‘Kimmel’ Mash-Up After Hubbard admitted the first record he ever bought was a Backstreet Boys album — and proclaimed that he oftentimes thinks they ” are the Backstreet Boys,” FGL launched into a raucous cover of the 1997 smash, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” What their sold-out audience didn’t know was that this little shtick was foreshadowing. Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter revealed via Instagram Monday that the two bands are collaborating on a song for FGL’s upcoming Dig Your Roots album. Working with the band that so often played on their own childhood speakers builds on Roots ‘ theme: “We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from,” says Kelley. [See the LP’s cover, featuring baby pictures of Kelley and Hubbard, in our Ram Report video above.] Dig Your Roots , Florida Georgia Line’s third studio album that also features the chart-topping single “H.O.L.Y.,” is out August 26th. Related Watch Florida Georgia Line Sing ‘H.O.L.Y.’ on ‘The Talk’ Watch Florida Georgia Line’s Energetic Backstreet Boys Cover CMA Music Fest 2016: Best Photos From Day Three
Thus far, 2016 looks like the first year that the center of the rap universe might not be New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta. 45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far The two most celebrated, critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of the year both came from Chicago rappers. C hance the Rapper’s Coloring Book was the climax of a four-year rise for the streaming-and-mixtape-only grassroots hero. He used the opportunity to create a completely new strain of hip-hop, informed by beaming gospel choirs which, as we wrote , are “rocketing skyward in the background the same way soul samples did on Kanye records, James Brown breaks did on Public Enemy records or disco interpolations did in the Sugar Hill catalog.” His vision is personal and local and spiritual, as his voice careens in melodic anguish and his words tumble in brilliant clusters. Similarly, parts of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo were informed by gospel music, but the messy, ever-updating 20-track album is more like a variety show and music blog cobbled together by rap’s most gifted curator. Inside, you get the first Frank Ocean performance in three years, a huge chunk of Desiigner’s Number One hit “Panda,” the year’s best Chance verse, the Weeknd, Kirk Franklin, El DeBarge, a Numero Group reissue, a Factory Records art-punk rarity and a gospel choir. The best Kanye performance is a spoken word track.
Former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was ordered to pay $25,000 to a company owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan to settle a lawsuit stemming from Huckabee’s unauthorized use of the band’s “Eye of the Tiger” at a rally in support of Kim Davis. Survivor Condemn Mike Huckabee for ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Usage The former Arkansas governor initially came under fire for using the track at a September 2015 rally without permission. However, given the high-profile nature of this specific rally – Huckabee was celebrating the release of Kentucky county clerk Davis, who was imprisoned after refusing a court order to give marriage licenses to same-sex couple – Sullivan, the song’s co-writer, told Rolling Stone at the time he was weighing a lawsuit against the then-candidate. “I do not like mixing rock and roll with politics; they do not go hand in hand,” Sullivan said. “What upset me most [about Huckabee’s use] was that, once again, my song was being used to further a political agenda – and no one even bothered to ask for permission.” In 2012, Sullivan also sued Newt Gingrich over that GOP candidate’s use of the Rocky III theme on the campaign trail; they eventually settled out of court. Mitt Romney, who also briefly used the track at 2012 rallies, escaped with just a cease-and-desist warning. “The ‘Eye of the Tiger’ copyright is a very valuable asset, and we work very hard to protect it,” Sullivan’s attorney Annette McGarry told CNN
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During an appearance on The Classic Metal Show (which you can listen to below), Dokken frontman Don Dokken confirmed the long-rumored news that he and longtime drummer Mick Brown have booked a handful of Japanese shows with former guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson — thus temporarily reuniting the lineup responsible for the group’s most commercially successful albums. But just as quickly as he giveth, Dokken taketh away, issuing a stern reminder that this is just a quick break for the current version of the band. So what convinced the gang to get back together, even if only temporarily? Money — and lots of it. As Dokken explained, he made his terms clear 15 years ago, and it’s only now that someone has stepped up to offer the “one and a lot of zeros” he needed to justify a reunion.
Young traditionalist Luke Bell has announced a series of summer tour dates that will support his recent self-titled debut album. The trek will get underway with a July 9th show in Bell’s home state of Wyoming and largely keep him out west (including several dates with Hayes Carll) until AmericanaFest hits Nashville in September. Stagecoach 2016: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Photos, Day 2 Released on June 17th, Luke Bell showcases the singer-songwriter’s affinity for dusty honky-tonk tunes and the western-influenced ballads. The album was produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) and its first single “Where Ya Been” premiered on Beats 1 radio. A former ranch hand who knows a thing or two about being a cowboy, Bell says he has diverse taste but focuses on country music because it’s all about simplicity. “I grew up on all kinds of music, just like everybody else. I loved Nirvana,” he tells Rolling Stone Country . ” I loved punk rock. But I’m very drawn to the simplicity and timelessness of honky-tonk music
After a brisk, colorful trial , a jury is expected to leave a Los Angeles federal courtroom Wednesday afternoon and deliberate the question every rock fan has been forced to mull over for the past week: Did Led Zeppelin lift the distinctive arpeggio that opens “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1967 instrumental “Taurus”? Robert Plant on Spirit Song: 'I Don't Remember It' The trustee for the estate of Randy Wolfe – better known as Spirit’s main songwriter, Randy California – is seeking $40 million from Zeppelin, alleging that their classic rock anthem violated his copyright. The last high-profile verdict in a copyright infringement lawsuit – a $7.4 million award against “Blurred Lines” songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in 2015 that was later reduced to $5.3 million – generated a flurry of fretful suppositions about its effects on the music industry, copyright law and the ability of musicians to create freely. If a jury orders Zeppelin to fork over even a fraction of what the Wolfe estate is asking, expect many more such predictions in the days to come. As rock fans prepare for the verdict, here’s what might — and might not — happen if Zeppelin loses. The Law Remains the Same This is a jury verdict, based solely on the unique facts of the case. Unlike a judge’s decision, which may offer a new interpretation of the law for future courts to take into consideration, a jury verdict sets no legal precedent. Copyright law as it exists today in the Central District of California will not change, regardless of how the jury decides.
For the better part of 2016, it’s been too easy to reduce EDM to a punchline — for starters, top tier act David Guetta dropped a cover of “If You’re Happy and You Know It” late last year. But for all the news about EDM’s bubble bursting, Avicii hanging up his banjo and SFX Entertainment going bared midriff up , there’s been plenty of life in the form, from the rise of tropical house to new producers pulling from global sounds for their crossover rhythms. 45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far Baauer’s Aa found the producer taking a different tack to escape from EDM’s tropes, distancing himself from the unshakeable “Harlem Shake” meme and withholding easy pay-offs for most of the album. Instead he offered up gritty collaborations with new U.K. grime star Novelist, Pusha T and M.I.A. that will still send kids into a frenzy on the Mad Decent circuit. However, Kygo’s Cloud Nine and singles like Matoma’s “Paradise” are the ones truly setting the tone for 2016, proving that the lazy, steel drum-kissed vibes of tropical house have blown in to stay: The days of nose-bleed bass drops and punishing BPMs might be behind us. Slower mellowness might rule not only the next phase of EDM but also pop music, those shimmering pulses appearing in singles ranging from Justin Bieber to Fifth Harmony. Splitting the difference between the two is Flume’s Skin , wherein the Australian SoundCloud wunderkind blends the pop-ready dubstep of the former with the dreamy pads of the latter
In 2004, former Marine Nathan Gale walked onstage at Columbus, Ohio’s Alrosa Villa minutes into heavy metal band Damageplan’s set and shot and killed former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott . Following the musician’s death, the concert business vowed change to better protect fans and artists from violence inside venues. Twelve years later, with little changed, 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie met a similar, tragic fate after performing at Orlando’s The Plaza Live, when obsessed fan Kevin Loibl murdered her before killing himself at a post-show meet-and greet. Are Concert Venues Any Safer After Dimebag Darrell’s Murder? At large venues like NFL stadiums and Disney theme parks, the industry has added additional metal detectors, more security and more thorough bag checks. But for thousands of smaller venues, concert security is generally what it was in 2004. “I’ve seen very little change,” says Steve Adelman, vice president of the Event Safety Alliance, a non-profit association of promoters, agents and managers aiming to “[eliminate] unsafe behaviors and conditions throughout our industry.” “As you get to smaller venues that have smaller budgets and less infrastructure, they do less.” Gus Brandt, Florida-based tour manager of Foo Fighters and Pharrell Williams, is tired of waiting for the concert business to make sweeping changes. He also co-manages Blink-182, who are playing arenas this summer, and plans to “beef things up” — the band will travel with additional security and has already demanded more police via pre-negotiated security riders
This week, activist and folksinger Ryan Harvey released “Old Man Trump,” a new song featuring damning, eerily prescient lyrics that Woody Guthrie wrote more than 60 years ago about Donald Trump ‘s father, Fred. Tom Morello , who guests on the track along with Ani DiFranco , has filmed a strongly worded video introduction suggesting that Guthrie’s critique applies perfectly to the younger Trump. Inside New RATM, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill Supergroup “I’m standing up against Old Man Trump,” the guitarist declares. “When it comes to race relations, he’s like an old-school segregationist. When it comes to foreign policy, he’s like an old-school napalmist.
Neil Young dropped by Marc Maron’s garage for the latest episode of the WTF podcast . The pair’s wide-ranging discussion covered the rocker’s new “live” album Earth , his climate change concerns and his belief that a protest song like “Ohio” would have minimal impact in today’s society. 5 Things We Learned at Neil Young’s ‘Earth’ Album Preview On the latter subject, Young pointed to the monopolization and resulting homogenization of radio stations – “All 300 stations playing the same thing,” he said – as the reason why a protest song of any type could not thrive today. The relevance of the radio station has diminished, he said. “If something happened and we wrote a song about it, there’s no way it would come out,” said Young. “There’s just nowhere to play it … You might not know what happened, because it would never be on the radio, people wouldn’t be talking about it, because radio and TV and all the media and everything is controlled by a certain amount of people and corporations. Before it used to be many, many people doing this, but the Telecommunications Act in 1996 made it possible for corporations to own all the media, so it’s six companies.” Earlier in the chat, Young, whose new album Earth incorporates the many sounds of Mother Nature, talked about the dangerous effects society is having on the planet as well as his longstanding feud with GMO companies like Monsanto.
When Chad Smith joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988 he had little reason to think it was a long-term proposition. The group had been through three drummers in the previous five years, and guitarist Hillel Slovak had died months earlier. “I remember right after I joined we did a photo shoot for Spin or something,” Smith tells Rolling Stone . “I’m standing on a rock somewhere in Malibu with a sock on my dick and I’m like, ‘I wonder how long this is gonna last? I don’t know about this, but it seems like something to do right now.'” Flea Talks 'Crazy' Snowboarding Spill, RHCP's New Direction It’s 28 years later and the group is still going strong, and on Friday they released their new album The Getaway . We talked with Smith about the new LP, RHCP’s ongoing world tour, the status of Chickenfoot and his new comedic partnership with celebrity look-alike Will Ferrell. I’ve really been enjoying the new album You’re a man of good taste! How did the process begin? Well, we wrote some songs for probably nine months, which we normally do, and we were getting ready to record when my man Flea broke his arm snowboarding . So everything ground to a halt