” The River is my summer record,” Max Weinberg said between sips of a cocktail in a hotel bar in Pittsburgh — the drummer’s reward after three hours onstage earlier in the evening at the Consol Energy Center, the night before Bruce Springsteen opened his 2016 tour with the E Street Band there on January 16th. Bruce Springsteen on Reviving ‘The River,’ New Solo LP “Through the years, every summer, I would listen to that in my convertible,” Weinberg went on. “That was always my long drive — just put The River on.” Weinberg — the backbeat in the E Street Band since the fall of 1974 — is now performing The River every night, in its entirety, as Springsteen follows the December release of the multi-disc retrospective, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (Columbia), with thorough, passionate live reexaminations of the 20 songs on that record, a personal crossroads that became the singer’s first double album and first Number One hit. “I’m the white line down the center of the road,” Weinberg said, summing up his role in these concerts. “My job is to be observant, to make the transitions, to focus on what Bruce is doing — to be as commanding a percussive force as I can be, so he has the freedom to go where he wants to go.” After that rehearsal and an immediate interview with Springsteen, I joined Weinberg that evening for a drink and a second hour of spirited conversation. Weinberg, who turns 65 in April, spoke about the birth of The River in rigorous practice sessions at Springsteen’s home; a “tough-love” moment with Springsteen, during the recording, that changed Weinberg as a drummer; other motivating counsel from the album’s co-producers, Jon Landau and E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt; Weinberg’s memories of the late E Street men Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons as he revisits The River ; and his trust in Springsteen, at this advanced point in the E Street Band’s life, to know when it’s time to walk off the stage for good.
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Country Night Lights, the Athens, Ohio-based country music festival, has announced plans to return for a second year of existence. The festival will close out a packed summer of country festivals on September 23rd and 24th at the Venue of Athens, a 178-acre site that lives within two miles of Ohio University. Watch Brett Eldredge Multiply in ‘Drunk on Your Love’ Video Headlining this year’s event will be Brett Eldredge and Jake Owen, with additional artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Performers at the inaugural Country Night Lights included Sam Hunt, Easton Corbin and Chase Bryant. Eldredge recently nabbed his first Male Vocalist of the Year nomination from the Academy of Country Music, having scored hits in the past year with “Mean to Me” and “Lose My Mind.” His latest single is “Drunk on Your Love,” from the 2015 album Illinois. Owen’s most recent single “Real Life” was released in 2015 as the first offering from the follow-up to his fourth album Days of Gold . He recently revealed in a Facebook Q&A that his new single will be out in early March 2016. Two-day general admission tickets start at $75 and are now on sale at countrynightlights.com . VIP, camping and RV passes are also available. Related See Photos From Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett’s Tour Kickoff See Jake Owen’s Hilarious Country Hanukkah Skit on ‘Kimmel’ Hear Keith Urban and New Tourmates’ Loose Adele Cover
Motorcycles, music and style will converge on Wednesday, February 10th, when Rolling Stone and Harley-Davidson throw an exclusive Fashion Week event at Harley-Davidson’s New York City-Tribeca dealership. The party will celebrate the motorcycle brand’s Black Label Collection, and DJ Cassidy will get it started with a high-energy set, followed by a special intimate performance by hip-hop star Ludacris ; guests will include a mix of celebrities, industry insiders and friends of Harley-Davidson and Rolling Stone . But even if you aren’t on the V.I.P. list, you can experience the festivities by tuning in to Periscope , where we will be live-broadcasting from the event, taking viewers onto the red carpet and behind the scenes. Ludacris on ‘Ludaversal’: ‘This Sh– Is Out of Control’ DJ Cassidy – who has spun at high-profile functions from Barack Obama’s 50th birthday party and 2009 inauguration to the 2008 wedding of Beyoncé and Jay Z – will chat with us before his set. On the red carpet, we’ll interview attending celebrities, and inside the Harley-Davidson dealership, we’ll give viewers the chance to mingle with partygoers and tour the venue where Ludacris will take the stage. The rapper and actor is coming off a huge 2015 that saw the release of both his first new album in five years, Ludaversal , and the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious series, Furious 7 . The live broadcast kicks off shortly before 8 p.m. on Wednesday
Ahead of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles next week, two-time 2016 nominee Lee Ann Womack will begin a series of tour dates on the West Coast by taking part in the Americana Music Association’s annual Pre-Grammy salute show at the legendary Troubadour on Saturday, February 13th. Nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for “Chances Are” — which also earned a nod for songwriter Hayes Carll for Best Country Song — Womack kicks off a series of California shows on the 17th with a date at the Roxy on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. See the full list of tour dates below. Stream Buddy Miller’s All-Star ‘Cayamo’ Album “We have Luke Bulla in the band this year, and the guys have really taken this music to a whole other place,” says Womack in a release, making special note of her acclaimed fiddle player. “This is a show for people who truly love music, and love the way great players can explore a song right there before your eyes. Every night, to me, is a miracle, and I love that I get to be a part of it and watch these songs unfold.” “Chances Are” is featured on Womack’s 2015 Grammy-nominated LP The Way I’m Livin’ , which also earned her a 2015 Americana Music Association Album of the Year nod as well as her first Artist of the Year nomination from that organization. Womack is celebrating another accomplishment with a more personal connection: the recent release of daughter Aubrie Sellers’ debut LP New City Blues . Sellers made her video debut in 2000 with sister Annalise in the music video for Womack’s mega-hit “I Hope You Dance.” Here are Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’ West Coast Tour dates: Feb. 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour Feb.
When David Bowie died last month, Alice Cooper released a statement in tribute to what he called one of his “lifetime rock & roll theatrical comrades.” “We both started in theatrical rock & roll at the same time, and in some cases we challenged each other to go farther and push the envelope,” he wrote. Now, in conversation with Rolling Stone about Hollywood Vampires’ upcoming tribute to Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister at the Grammys, the shock rocker offered a deeper look at his friendship with Bowie. Ozzy Osbourne: Bowie’s Death ‘Knocked the Shit Out of Me’ “I remember him coming to one of our shows early, early on, before he was David Bowie,” Cooper says. “He was David Jones then, and he was a mime then. He came to one of our shows when Alice was really notorious and banned in England.
One day after surprise-releasing a new song and video , Beyoncé followed her Super Bowl 50 halftime show performance with news of the Formation World Tour. Watch Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars’ Epic Super Bowl Show The tour is the singer’s first solo trek since her ambitious Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. It kicks off April 27th in Miami, Florida at Marlins Park, with an additional 21 stadium dates that include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Dallas. The European leg of the tour starts June 28th in Sunderland, U.K. at Stadium of Light and includes dates in London, Manchester, Zurich, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Stockholm, Frankfurt and more. Bey debuted “Formation” live Sunday at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium dressed in a tight black jumpsuit with gold military “ammunition” that seemed to reference Michael Jackson’s signature look from the Eighties. Bruno Mars, another previous Super Bowl halftime show headliner, also appeared during Coldplay’s set. “Formation” is available to stream and download for free exclusively through Tidal .
Despite going platinum upon arrival, Rihanna ‘s Anti was held out of the top spot on last week’s Billboard 200 due to a Nielsen SoundScan rule change. In its second official week of release, however, there was nothing to prevent Rihanna from claiming Number One as the singer’s latest LP sold 166,000 copies. Although Anti didn’t technically debut in the top spot – it entered the Billboard 200 at Number 27 last week – by climbing atop the charts, Anti gave Rihanna her second consecutive album to reach Number One, following 2012’s Unapologetic . Rihanna Looks for Something More on ‘Anti’ Upon Anti ‘s release, the album was downloaded for free approximately 1.47 million times by Samsung users and recipients of a Rihanna promo code. While the RIAA recognized the album as platinum, SoundScan did not count those free downloads towards its Billboard 200 total. According to Billboard , the Number 27-to-Number One jump is the biggest leap for a chart-topper since Radiohead’s In Rainbows rose from Number 156 to Number One, the result of some vendors not adhering the album’s physical release date.
In 2004, rapper Nelly released the song “Over and Over” from his album Suit (a companion to his collection Sweat that was released the same day). Singing the hook on that song — a Number Three hit in the United States — was Tim McGraw, marking an early cross-genre collaboration between country music and the hip-hop community. Thomas Rhett on Surprise ‘Tangled Up’ ACM Nomination The “Hot in Herre” rapper also turned up on a 2013 remix of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” helping to make it one of the largest country chart hits of the last decade. He’s hinted at doing a more country-themed release at some point, but has insisted it won’t be a full-on country album . In the meantime, Nelly has released a pretty straightforward cover of a recent country hit, Thomas Rhett’s multi-week smash “Die a Happy Man.” Nelly’s version (listen below) replaces Rhett’s subtle electric guitar strums with a looping piano riff and a booming drum break, which he punctuates with ad-libbed exclamations. Lyrically and melodically, he stays true to the original, singing with the same relaxed confidence that made massive hits of his songs like “Ride Wit Me” and “Air Force Ones.” The song is the follow-up to “The Fix,” featuring Jeremih. “Die a Happy Man” recently enjoyed a multi-week run at the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart, matching a previously long stay at Number One in 2008 by Taylor Swift. Earlier this week, the song picked up an ACM Award nomination for Single Record of the Year, giving Rhett a total of three nominations — including an Album of the Year nod for Tangled Up . Seeing the success of “Die a Happy Man,” Rhett notes he’s cautious not to obsess over it but feels like it’s a license to write from the gut instead of chasing the market. In this case, he wrote about the love he felt for his wife Lauren and it turned into what will certainly be one of 2016’s biggest hits. “A lot of the time it scares me when people say, ‘Hey, you just had your career record,’ because that just means that everything from here on out is downhill and is gonna sound like crap,” he jokes
Meek Mill has been sentenced following a probation-violating trip to Los Angeles with girlfriend Nicki Minaj for the American Music Awards last November. The Philly rapper was found guilty of traveling without adhering to the guidelines stipulated in terms of his probation. Meek Mill Rekindles Drake Beef With Surprise ‘4/4’ EP Mill will serve 90 days under house arrest and six months parole beginning March 1st. He will be unable to work during the time he is on house arrest. In 2014, Mill was found guilty of a similar violation and was put in jail until December , just before Minaj released The Pinkprint with a pair of guest features from him. Mill’s legal troubles began in 2008 when he was booked on drug and gun charges. He spent 18 months incarcerated before spending five years on probation. His 2014 sentence was due to the rapper booking out-of-town concerts without permission and failing to provide his probation officer with a working number
Slipknot ‘s frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan will appear on BBC2’s program Artsnight Friday where the metal musicians will discuss why the band wears masks and what the appeal is for artists. Slipknot Singer Honors Paul Gray on Death Anniversary The program interviewed fans of the band about what they love about Slipknot’s masks, with one fan comparing it to “religion.” With their own masks off, the singer and drummer answered questions about what the headwear means to them. “I had gotten a version of this mask when I was 14,” Crahan begins while holding his legendary scary clown mask. “I just never knew why it was in my world but it was always around me. Then one day, it just so happened, it was that moment of clarity to decide what I want to project. This thing has no fuckin’ limits.” Taylor recalled the first Slipknot he had attended before officially joining, which also happened to be the first Slipknot show ever. “It was so many different things all at once,” he recalled of the experience. It was visual. It was visceral. It was antagonistic.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Monkees ‘ television series and the release of their debut single “Last Train To Clarksville,” and the group will celebrate by releasing their new album Good Times! and embarking on an extensive North American tour. The album is the Monkees’ first collection of original material since 1997’s JustUs , and it will feature new songs by Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard and many more. Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne serves as producer on the new LP. Monkees’ Complete TV Series, ‘Head’ Coming to Blu-ray Good Times! also features a handful of songs written for the Monkees back in the 1960s that they never got around to releasing, including Neil Diamond’s “Love to Love,” Carole King’s “Wasn’t Born To Follow” and Mike Nesmith’s “I Know What I Know.” The title track was written by Harry Nilsson and cut at a 1968 session with Mike Nesmith on guitar, though never finished. The group plans to flesh out the tune, turning it into a virtual duet between Nilsson and Monkees singer Micky Dolenz. The Monkees returned from a decade-long hiatus in 2011 when the three-man lineup of Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Davy Jones reunited for a 45th anniversary tour. Jones died of a sudden heart attack early the following year, and months later the group stunned fans by hitting the road with Mike Nesmith, who sat out nearly all Monkees reunion tours since the group split in 1971. The lineup of Nesmith/Tork/Dolenz played a series of American shows through the summer of 2014, though last year Nesmith stepped aside yet again and Dolenz and Tork began gigging without him. “Mike has a lot of other arrows in his quiver,” says Dolenz. “For starters, he runs a big business. He’s also writing a book, which was the specific reason he gave me for not wanting to leave town again for any particular length of time.” Talk of a 50th anniversary Monkees project began a couple of years ago.
Colorado folk-rock band the Lumineers have announced their second album, Cleopatra . The LP, the follow-up to their Grammy-nominated 2013 self-titled album, will be released on April 8th. The Lumineers also previewed the forthcoming Cleopatra with their first new song in four years, “Ophelia.” The Lumineers’ Grammy Awards Adventure “It’s a heavier record,” frontman Wesley Schultz told Entertainment Weekly about Cleopatra . “A lot of the records that I grew up on were about being transitory; never being stuck. This lifestyle can make you crazy.” On “Ophelia,” the darker tone of the Lumineers’ new music can be heard within the familiar stomps, claps and harmonies that made their more whimsical “Ho Hey” a hit. “‘Ophelia’ is a vague reference to people falling in love with fame,” Schultz told EW . “That spotlight can seem like an endless buffet, but in reality, you’re just shiny, bright and new to people for a quick moment — and then you have the rest of your life to live.” Along with the single and album announcement, the Lumineers also revealed Cleopatra ‘s track list and the dates for a world tour in support of the LP.