Little Big Town’s journey to the Grand Ole Opry came full circle Friday night, October 17th. A sold-out crowd was on hand to watch the platinum-selling group become the Opry’s newest members a full 15 years after the “Day Drinking” singers first appeared together on the esteemed Opry stage. The official induction followed the group’s surprise invitation earlier this month from fellow Opry cast member Reba McEntire. Watch Little Big Town Get an Opry Surprise In 1999, as young hopefuls in country music, the quartet of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook made their performance debut on the Opry stage.
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Pearl Jam had a pair of major surprises in store for fans at their Friday night concert at Moline, Illinois’ iWireless Center. Not only did Eddie Vedder debut a new song dedicated to the Quad Cities town, Pearl Jam performed their 1996 album No Code straight through in its entirety, from “Hail Hail” to closer “Around the Bend,” Jambase reports. “No Code. Front to back.
Just over a month removed from the release of his second album, Where It’s At, Dustin Lynch is already back at it, writing songs for his next release. Dustin Lynch’s New Album Mimics Country Heroes (and Beyonce) “I’m already dialed back in for chapter three. I like to have a couple years of writing and listening to songs before we go in an record them,” he tells Rolling Stone Country .
At least 16 South Korean music fans plummeted more than 65 feet to their deaths at an outdoor K-pop concert by the group 4Minute on Friday when a ventilation grate collapsed. The grate, which the victims had been standing on, had covered a concrete shaft that led to an underground garage. Eleven others were seriously injured in the accident, according to The Associated Press , which cites information from an official in Seongnam, a city to the south of Seoul.
Gene Simmons could soon be playing the role of his lifetime: A god. The Kiss singer and bassist is currently shopping around a music competition show called Coliseum , on which competitors form bands and perform for a panel of three judges. They also mix and match group members until finding the right combination until Simmons, the show’s “Rock Caesar,” gives a thumbs up to the winning combination. “If you’ve got the goods, I will be the god that will make your dreams come true, because I do have the power,” Simmons recently told Mipcom Daily News (via Classic Rock .) Kiss Forever: The Rolling Stone Cover Story The Kiss singer-songwriter announced the show at Mipcom, an annual entertainment industry trade show in Cannes, France where people can market new programs. Simmons and producer Chris Philip are hoping that the show will be picked up in several countries that will produce their own unique version of Coliseum , similar to the many international takes on singing competition shows like the Idol franchise
1977 was a banner year in the history of the Grateful Dead. As Rolling Stone ‘s David Fricke wrote in his ranking of the 20 best Dead concerts, “For sublime singing, instrumental union and sequencing bravado, there may be no greater sustained run of shows, certainly in the Keith-and-Donna years, than the Dead’s spring ’77 tour.” Branford Marsalis Talks Grateful Dead Collaboration Deadheads have long flocked to bootlegs from the year of Terrapin Station , but one fan in particular took his love of this era’s Dead concerts to a startling, fascinating extreme: Behold, 90 minutes of the Grateful Dead just tuning up and bantering between themselves from the 1977 trek. Dead fan Michael David Murphy embarked on this jam noise collage, targeting 1977 – “Some would say it was their best year,” Murphy says – and then rummaging through Archive.org’s immense Dead catalog for every loose publicly accessible scrap of sound.
Leaning against Kix Brooks’ well-stocked bar, watching the popular country DJ conduct an interview with Little Big Town, it’s difficult to note exactly when the actual interview begins. In fact, the atmosphere in Brooks’ man-cave studio is so informal, one could be sitting on the leather couch between Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and still not know when the red light was turned on. 40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time “It’s like hanging out with a buddy talking. And that’s not always the case,” says Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook.
A rift has emerged between the NFL and its players, but it’s not because of some new rule or labor disagreement. Instead, the league and the pros are beefing over headphones. NFL Winners and Losers: How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? Following the NFL’s exclusive contract with Bose to make the speaker company “the official sound of the NFL,” the league warned players against wearing rival Beats by Dre headphones while cameras were around.
Like his father, the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Dhani Harrison is a musician. He made his professional debut on his dad’s last studio album, Brainwashed , issued after George’s death in 2001. Now 36, Dhani composes film scores and is half of a band, the newno2 – named after a recurring character in the late-Sixties British television show, The Prisoner – with another musical son, Paul Hicks.
Last fall, midway between the releases of 2012’s Old Ideas and the recent Popular Problems , Leonard Cohen played nine shows in the U.K. and Ireland, including two dates at Dublin’s 02 Arena. “I’m not quite ready to hang up my boxing gloves just yet,” he told the crowd toward the beginning of his one of his Dublin sets. “I don’t know when we’ll meet again, but tonight we’ll give you everything we’ve got.” Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches Cohen, it turned out, made good on his promise, and now the second of those gigs is being released as a triple-disc CD/DVD/Blu-ray set dubbed Leonard Cohen Live in Dublin . Above, watch the singer perform “Come Healing,” one of Old Ideas ‘ most magnificent tracks
Foo Fighters wrapped up night three of their Late Show With David Letterman residency with another unlikely collaboration and cover song, but the real highlight came after CBS’ broadcast ended. In a web exclusive, Letterman joined the band onstage Wednesday night to tell the audience a poignant story about how the Foo Fighters soundtracked a key moment in his fatherhood. Fall Music Preview 2014: 25 Must-Hear Albums “Years and years and years ago when I became a father, I recognized I was older than most fathers, and so did my son. And so I said I have to find something I can do with my son and we can do it together,” Letterman said. He then took his son skiing in the mountains of Montana, and on the last day of the trip, their ski instructor filmed Letterman and his son skiing down the mountain.
Joni Mitchell penned countless love songs in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career that has spanned nearly 50 years, but the Canadian singer/songwriter faced a daunting task when she challenged herself to condense her 17 albums into a single disc of her best songs about love and heartbreak. After spending 18 months on the project, Mitchell ended up with Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced , a career-spanning four-disc collection focusing on Mitchell’s most romantic works. The handpicked box set arrives November 17th via Rhino. Meet the Folk Singer Who Inspired ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ “I wanted the music to feel like a total work, a new work.