Chris Squire, founding bassist for prog-rock outfit Yes , died Saturday night (6/27) in Arizona and surrounded by family. He was 67. More news: Yes , Jessie J , The Grateful Dead , Bob Weir , Phil Lesh , Celine Dion , Bill Kreutzmann , Trey Anastasio
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The Who guitarist Pete Townshend revealed he’ll likely be done with the band after this year, though he plans to continue collaborating with lead singer Roger Daltrey . Townshend told Mojo magazine recently that he believes the legendary band will call it a day this year. More news: Taylor Swift , Norah Jones , Billie Joe Armstrong , Roger Daltrey , Pete Townshend , The Who
Earlier this year, Thomas Rhett talked to Rolling Stone Country about how his affection for soul music was shaping his new album. On September 25th, fans will hear just how funky Rhett has become when he releases Tangled Up . The follow-up to 2013’s It Goes Like This , his second LP features the current hit single “Crash and Burn.” 22 Best Things We Saw at FarmBorough 2015 During an impromptu March listening session with reporters, Rhett played a number of tracks in contention for Tangled Up , including the song he’s been using to open his shows, “South Side.” “I’ve definitely been delving into that kind of music,” he said then of R&B and, especially, Bruno Mars.
Glastonbury wasn’t the only music festival Foo Fighters canceled on after Dave Grohl suffered a serious leg injury : The band was also scheduled to perform June 25th at Belgium’s Rock Werchter Festival before Grohl’s surgery nixed the Foo Fighters’ slot. But much like Florence and the Machine made sure Foo Fighters’ presence was felt at Glastonbury , Faith No More paid tribute to Rock Werchter’s absent Thursday night headliners by providing a quick rendition of “All My Life.” Read Dave Grohl’s Open Letter on Broken Leg, Canceled Shows Faith No More’s Mike Patton delivered a pummeling version of the One by One track before the Foo Fighters song slowly devolved into a cover of the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird.” After finishing off the surf rock classic, Faith No More segued into more familiar territory: Angel Dust ‘s “Midlife Crisis.” Faith No More’s Rock Werchter gig was the band’s third show in a string of six concerts over six days where the Sol Invictus group traveled from Germany to Belgium to Sweden to Finland and finally to Denmark. The Rock Werchter and Glastonbury performances were also, as of now, Foo Fighters’ final canceled concerts following Grohl’s leg surgery. The band is scheduled to perform next at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium on July 4th, kicking off a long stretch of touring that won’t conclude until a November 19th concert in Barcelona, Spain. Along the way, Foo Fighters will make a pair of visits to the Austin City Limits festival alongside baseball stadiums like New York’s Citi Field, Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
The surviving members of near-mythical reality-rap group N.W.A reunited on Saturday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in front of a nearly sold-out hometown crowd. . .Or at least most of them did. Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella were present, but Dr. Dre, rap’s reclusive first billionaire , was not
Seventy acts have been added to the six-day Americana Music Festival, the genre’s biggest annual event, set for September 15th — 20th in Nashville. And the list of artists proves just how wide Americana’s doors are open. Down a Member, the Mavericks Ready New Album Country greats the Mavericks are new to the lineup, as is JD Souther, a legendary rock and pop tunesmith who wrote some of the Eagles biggest hits. Americana icons Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale and Ry Cooder will play, along with bluegrass legends Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, and relative newcomers such as Sam Outlaw, Andrew Leahey and the Homestead, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and Daniel Romano. In all, 70 new artists (see below) have boosted the total number of Americana Fest acts to more than 150 — a number that could easily rise between now and September.
A little more than two weeks before Van Halen kick off their American summer tour, Eddie Van Halen granted a rare interview to Billboard where he revealed the truth about the state of his relationship with David Lee Roth. “He does not want to be my friend,” the guitarist told writer Chuck Klosterman. “How can I put this: Roth’s perception of himself is different than who he is in reality. We’re not in our 20s anymore
1. The Arcs, “Stay in My Corner” Dan Auerbach’s got a brand-new band! The first thing we’ve heard from the Black Keys frontman’s side gig is this sweet, laid-back slice of falsetto soul, with a melody that reminds us of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” We’re psyched for the Arcs’ debut album, Yours, Dreamily, in September. 2. Beck, “Dreams” We love sad-folkie Beck as much as anyone, but dance-y Beck is even better.
While Apple Music sealed deals with the three major record labels prior to announcing their splashy new streaming service/24-hour radio network , many independent labels have been reluctant to align themselves with Apple’s upcoming service. Beggars Group, which boasts labels like Matador, XL Recordings, 4AD and others under its umbrella, is one such major indie to hold off from signing with Apple Music, as they explain in a statement titled “With regards to Apple Music…” Jimmy Iovine on ‘Filling Hole’ With Apple Music Beggars Group, like many of the unsigned independent labels, are especially apprehensive about Apple Music’s three-month free preview offer to users, a period in which artists will not be compensated for what is streamed on the service. “We are naturally very concerned, especially for artists releasing new albums in the next three months, that all streaming on the new service will be unremunerated until the end of September,” Beggars Group wrote. “Whilst we understand the logic of their proposal and their aim to introduce a subscription-only service, we struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple’s customer acquisition costs. “We fear that the free trial aspect, far from moving the industry away from freemium services – a model we support – is only resulting in taking the ‘mium’ out of freemium,” they continued.
Metallica ‘s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett have developed something of a specialty in playing “The Star Spangled Banner.” The pair will be bringing their well-honed rendition of the national anthem to the NBA Finals as their hometown team, the Golden State Warriors, take on the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 5 this Sunday, June 14th. Everything You Know About the NBA Finals Is Wrong For the past three years, Metallica have been supporting their local baseball team with appearances at the San Francisco Giants’ “Metallica Day,” which Hetfield and Hammett open with their electrified instrumental version of the national anthem. They have participated in a similar “Metallica Night” with the San Jose Sharks hockey team, and most recently got in a little practice on the tune while opening the X Games in Austin, Texas on June 6th. “We’re incredibly lucky to have another winning team here in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors took the NBA Western Conference title and are facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals!” the band raved in a statement on their website. “By now we’re guessing that you’ve noticed that we like to support our home sports teams, so to continue in that tradition James and Kirk will be on hand at Game 5 on Sunday, June 14th. They’ll be performing the National Anthem before the game as the Warriors resume their quest for the title back at home at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA that night.” The rockers follow closely on the heels of another Bay Area local, after Carlos Santana did the honors before Game 2 last week. Related Metallica Day: Go Behind the Scenes in San Francisco Metallica Shred National Anthem at X Games Watch Metallica Perform ‘Whiplash’ at X Games
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says the band have learned lessons from the mixed response to 2012 album Music From Another Dimension.