Willie Nelson has announced the lineup for his storied 4th of July Picnic, held this year at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas. The roster is among the Independence Day party’s most diverse, with aggro-country outlaw Brantley Gilbert sharing space with Lone Star state songbird Lee Ann Womack. Willie Nelson’s 12 Most Memorable Acting Roles Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss, Billy Joe Shaver and David Allan Coe are also on the bill, along with trad-country breakout star Margo Price. Founded in 1973, Nelson staged his inaugural picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside of Austin. Last year’s event featured Eric Church, frequent Nelson collaborator Kacey Musgraves, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and the late Merle Haggard. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20th, at 10:00 a.m.
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Crossover country superstar Blake Shelton showed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde levels of emotional range on Friday night’s (May 13th) episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon , tickling funny bones during a game of charades and then tugging at heartstrings with a performance of his latest hit, “Came Here to Forget.” See Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani’s Steamy Duet on ‘The Voice’ Shelton teamed up with his host for the charades skit, going head to head against Hollywood stars Kit Harington ( Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) and Rose Byrne ( X-Men: Apocalypse ) and showing why he’s become America’s favorite country goofball. At first he and Fallon appeared to be the worst charades partners in history, spending too much time picking on each other and no time at all guessing. After the buzzer sounded and the crowd roared, Fallon could only melt into his spot on the couch in frustrated defeat, apparently helpless to overcome Shelton’s non-stop ridiculousness. But then it was time for Shelton’s performance, and everything changed — for about three minutes. After a little more Jimmy-ribbing, the lanky Oklahoma star flipped some internal switch and became the crooning main character of “Came Here to Forget,” a lustful revenge anthem that seems nearly autobiographical in the wake of his ongoing romantic saga. Bathed in blue lights and locked in to the track’s rebounding storyline, Shelton was like a completely different entertainer — until the song ended and he immediately went in to give Fallon a smooch. Watch it below. “Came Here to Forget” appears on Shelton’s upcoming 12th studio album If I’m Honest , which comes out May 20th.
Sia will embark on her first-ever arena tour and her first full-scale trek in five years this autumn on her Nostalgic for the Present Tour. Special guests Miguel and AlunaGeorge will accompany the “Chandelier” singer on the 22-city jaunt, which kicks off September 29th at Seattle’s Key Arena. 15 Great Songs You Didn’t Know Sia Wrote General on-sale for the tour begins May 20th at Live Nation. Sia also unveiled a teaser trailer for the tour, which promises to recreate some of the stunning visuals and choreography that the singer usually packs into her music videos and unique live performances. Eighteen of the Nostalgic for the Present Tour dates have been revealed, with a pair of “To be announced” gigs scheduled for October 18th and October 25th. In addition to her fall tour, Sia has also scheduled a trio of U.S. festival dates this summer with stops at Boston Calling on May 27th, Denver’s SeriesFest on June 22nd and New York’s new Panorama on July 24th. Sia’s Nostalgic for the Present Tour with Miguel and AlunaGeorge September 29 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena October 1 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena October 4 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena October 5 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena October 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay October 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bay October 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center October 15 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills October 16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center October 18 – TBA October 19 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center October 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center October 22 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre October 23 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre October 25 – TBA October 26 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena October 29 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center October 30 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center November 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena November 3 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center November 4 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center November 6 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center Related Watch AlunaGeorge’s Dance-Heavy ‘I’m in Control’ Video Watch Sia Soar Through ‘Bird Set Free’ on ‘Kimmel’ Watch Sia’s Minimalist, Artful ‘Cheap Thrills’ Video
Red Hot Chili Peppers were forced to cancel their Saturday performance at the annual KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California at the last minute after Anthony Kiedis was hospitalized. The singer was at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre when he began experiencing “extreme stomach pain,” a KROQ rep told Billboard . Kiedis was then transported from the venue to a nearby hospital. Red Hot Chili Peppers Detail New Album ‘The Getaway’ “No one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight. Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony,” drummer Chad Smith tweeted late Saturday after the Chili Peppers nixed their gig. Once Kiedis was taken to the hospital, Smith, Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer came onstage at the event to explain to the crowd that they would not be performing as planned. “We live to rock, we live to fucking dig deep into the depths of our hearts and rock, but unfortunately there’s a medical thing that happened and we needed to deal with it, so we’re unable tonight,” Flea told the crowd. “We will play for you very soon, we will play for you like the feral animals that we are, and we’re so sorry.” “Unfortunately due to illness the @ChiliPeppers were forced to cancel their set tonight at #WeenieRoast,” KROQ tweeted at 10:30 p.m. PST, 30 minutes after the Red Hot Chili Peppers were scheduled to take the stage at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Red Hot Chili Peppers were recruited to headline the concert that also featured sets by Panic! at the Disco, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Empire of the Sun and Weezer, who performed an extended set to close out the Weenie Roast
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper just released 2016’s richest hip-hop album. Though Kanye said The Life of Pablo was a gospel album, Coloring Book delivers on that promise in much more than fits and spurts. Gospel choirs are the backbone of the LP, rocketing heavenward 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. Reaching back to the very beginning of black music in America, Chance recontextualizes one of the most enduring African-American art forms for 2016’s most urgent one. Chance The Rapper Releases New Mixtape ‘Coloring Book’ Coloring Book comes at a time when the biggest rap and R&B stars are looking deep into African-American heritage, a trend that’s perhaps unsurprising in a country where policemen regularly get away with murder, a presidential candidate refuses to disown the KKK and the water is poisoned. On their recent albums, Dr. Dre and Vince Staples revived Nineties gangsta rap, Kendrick Lamar searched for the spiritual core of To Pimp a Butterfly in Seventies jazz, Beyoncé sampled Forties prison songs on Lemonade and now Chance the Rapper finds freedom in gospel music that goes back centuries.
“You want us to be afraid?” Bono roars from Paris’ AccorHotels Arena stage in the new teaser-trailer of U2’s new Hamish Hamilton-directed concert film Innocence and Experience – Live in Paris. Watch U2 Welcome Eagles of Death Metal Onstage in Paris The U2 singer movingly recites France’s national motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” in the wake of the November 15 terrorist attacks, the deadliest France has seen since WWII. Eighty-nine people were killed at an Eagles of Death Metal Concert at the Bataclan theater out of a total 130 casualties. The documentary showcases two historic performances U2 gave, which emblematized the bravery of Paris’ music community and reminded the world of music’s ability to heal and unite. The clip features live snippets of U2 anthems “Vertigo” and “Beautiful Day,” along with Patti Smith’s “People Have Power.” Both Smith and Eagles of Death Metal make guest spots during the concert film, taped across two nights at the AccorHotels Arena. Live in Paris will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital formats Friday, June 10th via Interscope/Island. In March, guitarist the Edge told Rolling Stone that the band had already generated “50 ideas” for Songs of Experience , their 14th LP and companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence . “It’s really hard to say at this point when it will be done,” he said. “We’re definitely still in the weeds here. We’re not booking the pressing plant, so to speak, just yet.” Related Flashback: U2 Play a Forgotten Science Fiction Tune in 1979 U2 to Receive iHeartRadio Innovator Award Bono, Nile Rodgers Thrill With U2 Hits at Benefit Concert
Kendrick Lamar delivers a powerful verse about the cycles of violence and desperation that ensnare so many in impoverished areas on “Survive,” a new track from Bay Area stalwart Mistah F.A.B. See Kendrick Lamar Debut ‘Untitled 07’ at March Madness Fest Over a languid but somber mid-tempo beat from Tha Bizness, Lamar lets loose a cascade of characteristically dextrous, clever and thoughtful lines. In one instance, he compares expert fence jumpers to Olympic hurdlers, before spitting this defiant, tongue-twisting rhyme: “Life of a young delinquent/Even stole him a Lincoln, at 15/Middle fingers, walked out the precinct.” The song also boasts an elegiac hook from Chicago singer Kobe Honeycutt, while Mistah F.A.B. turns in a vivid performance (“Section 8 policies/Top Ramen and sunflower seeds/June got killed cause he ain’t wanna lose his Wallabies”) and Slaughterhouse member Crooked I closes with a similarly gruff but poignant verse. “I reached out to Kendrick about a year ago like, ‘Yo Cousin, I need you on this record,'” F.A.B. tells Rolling Stone of how “Survive” came together. “He said it was no problem and got it to me the next day
Chance the Rapper released his new mixtape, Coloring Book, on Thursday. It includes the ” No Problem ” track he released earlier on the day he dropped his third mixtape, which features Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, and it also houses his previously shared ” Blessings ” and ” Angels. ” Hear Chance the Rapper, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne’s Slick Track The mixtape boasts a bevy of collaborators including Kanye West, Future, Justin Bieber, T-Pain, Jeremih, Young Thug, Jay Electronica, and others. The 14-song set can be streamed and downloaded via Apple Music. Last week Chance debuted “Blessings” live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and in October he performed “Angels” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Chance was involved in Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s 2015 album Surf and released a set of freestyles with Lil B last year. Coloring Book is his follow-up solo release to 2013’s Acid Rap . Coloring Book Track List 1. “All We Got” featuring Kanye West & Chicago Children’s Choir 2. “No Problem” featuring Little Wayne & 2 Chainz 3. “Summer Friends” featuring Jeremih & Francis & The Lights 4
Chance the Rapper teamed up with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz for energetic new track “No Problem,” which arrives a day before the May 13th release of Chance 3 . Watch Chance, Tinashe Perform ‘All My Friends’ on ‘Kimmel’ “No Problem” premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. The Chicago MC channels the strained vocal aesthetic of Future over a beat anchored by swirling, soulful voices. Chance belts out the song’s addictive hook, calling out record labels and referencing Friday . 2 Chainz packs his verse with insane one-liners (“Inside of the Maybach / Look like it came out of Ikea / Run shit like diarrhea,” and “I’m so high / Me and God dappin'”) while Weezy slinks through the cracks in his requisite sing-song tone. “No Problem” follows the previously released Chance 3 track, “Blessings,” which the rapper debuted on The Tonight Show . Chance also dropped “Angels” and “Somewhere in Paradise.” While Chance was involved in Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment’s 2015 album Surf and released a set of freestyles with Lil B last year, Chance 3 marks his first solo project since 2013’s Acid Rap . Related Chance the Rapper, Regina Spektor Join ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ 2 Chainz Talks Lil Wayne Collabo, Upcoming ‘Personal’ LP Lil Wayne Talks On-the-Fly Guitar Lesson From Willie Nelson
An intimate, private memorial celebrating the life of Prince was held Wednesday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Jointly organized by Prince’s ex-wives, Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia, the event brought together a wide array of celebrities from Larry King to Savion Glover and many of Prince’s old friends including all the members of the Revolution circa Purple Rain – Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Matt Fink, Bobby Z and Mark Brown – who all sat together. Most attendees wore black with some sort of purple touch. Spike Lee sported a purple beret and purple Nikes. Prince: Remembering the Rock Star, Provocateur, Genius A video was screened showing musicians all over the world playing Prince’s songs, fans saying tearful goodbyes and Prince accepting his Academy Award in 1985, draped in a shimmering purple cape.
“ROCK ON THE RANGE” BAND PERFORMANCE TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR TENTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL MAY 20TH, 21ST & 22ND AT MAPFRE STADIUM IN COLUMBUS, OH,…
Band performance times have been announced for the tenth edition of Rock On The Range, May 20th, 21st & 22nd at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. Red Hot Chili Peppers, hard rock titans Disturbed (who have returned after a 4-year hiatus), and rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie top an incredible Rock On The Range 2016 music lineup that’s packed with rock royalty such as Deftones, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In, Lamb Of God, Sixx:A.M., Hellyeah, Pennywise and more, along with rock’s hottest developing artists. Rock On The Range sets the standard for American rock festivals. In addition to three stages of music, Rock On The Range features more than a dozen of rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent – including Grammy-nominated Jay Mohr, Big Jay Oakerson, Nate Bargatze, Craig Gass, and Bethany Dwyer, plus a special Saturday night That Metal Show Live (based on the VH1 Classic show) with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. Other onsite experiences include The Music Experience, a Craft Beer Village featuring top breweries from the region, the Rock On The Range 10th Anniversary Photo Retrospective, and new art installations. In honor of Rock On The Range ’s milestone anniversary in the city of Columbus, the festival received awards of recognition from both Columbus Mayor Andrew J
“ROCK ON THE RANGE” BAND PERFORMANCE TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR TENTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL MAY 20TH, 21ST & 22ND AT MAPFRE STADIUM IN COLUMBUS,…
Band performance times have been announced for the tenth edition of Rock On The Range, May 20th, 21st & 22nd at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. Red Hot Chili Peppers, hard rock titans Disturbed (who have returned after a 4-year hiatus), and rock icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie top an incredible Rock On The Range 2016 music lineup that’s packed with rock royalty such as Deftones, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, At The Drive-In, Lamb Of God, Sixx:A.M., Hellyeah, Pennywise and more, along with rock’s hottest developing artists. Rock On The Range sets the standard for American rock festivals. In addition to three stages of music, Rock On The Range features more than a dozen of rock’s favorite comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent – including Grammy-nominated Jay Mohr, Big Jay Oakerson, Nate Bargatze, Craig Gass, and Bethany Dwyer, plus a special Saturday night That Metal Show Live (based on the VH1 Classic show) with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine. Other onsite experiences include The Music Experience, a Craft Beer Village featuring top breweries from the region, the Rock On The Range 10th Anniversary Photo Retrospective, and new art installations. In honor of Rock On The Range ’s milestone anniversary in the city of Columbus, the festival received awards of recognition from both Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City Council, as well as a resolution from the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners. These commendations acknowledge the over $140 million in economic impact the festival has contributed to the city over its 10 year existence. Says Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, co-producers of Rock On The Range, “Columbus has been an amazing home to America’s largest rock festival for the past ten years.