Jennifer Nettles is returning for the fifth time to host the CMA Country Christmas special on ABC and she’s joined by a sleighful of stars. Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood are on tap for the two-hour special, which will be taped at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 7th. In the Studio With Hayes, Legend & Nettles In an effort to brighten the holiday season for Music City’s children in need, the CMA encourages audience members to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping.
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Michael Jackson’s 14-minute music video for “Thriller” will be getting revived in 3-D next year, now that the clip’s director, John Landis, has settled a legal dispute with the singer’s estate. Although he is still working out specifics, the filmmaker hopes to release the video – which was the most expensive clip of its time and was rated the greatest video of all time by Rolling Stone readers – on Blu-ray and even in theaters, according to the New York Daily News . 12 Thrilling Facts About Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ About six months before Jackson’s death in 2009, Landis filed a lawsuit accusing the singer of “fraudulent, malicious and oppressive conduct” with regard to the “Thriller” video, according to E! Online. Landis was seeking 50 percent of the net profits of the video, which, at the time, was rumored to be in the neighborhood of $1 million
For years, Ryan Adams has trotted out some seriously unexpected covers during his live shows, turning songs like Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years” and Danzig’s “Mother” into heartbreaking, bare-boned folk ballads. He tackled another old-school tune — Foreigner’s 1984 chart-topper “I Want to Know What Love Is” — during a recent performance on NPR’s World Cafe . Toto Eclipse of the Heart: The Best of Eighties Soft Rock With his road band kicking up some slow-moving dust in the background, Adams crooned the song without a hint of irony, replacing the bombast of the original with something that’s tender, off-the-cuff and pretty moving. Listen to the song below. Adams recently released his 14th album, a self-titled disc that puts the strummed acoustics of 2011’s Ashes & Fire on the back burner and channels the icy atmospherics of Eighties rock & roll instead
Just before his band’s encore at London’s Royal Albert Hall on September 30th, singer Tony Hadley of New Romantic survivors Spandau Ballet told a story about seeing his vocal hero, Frank Sinatra, at this opulent Victorian theater in the late Seventies and actually meeting the Chairman of the Board backstage. “What do you do, son?” Sinatra asked Hadley. “I’m a singer in a band, and someday I am going to play here,” the younger man replied. He did – six years later, when Spandau Ballet’s tiptoe-R&B ballad “True” was Number One in Britain and a lot of other countries. 100 Best Singles of 1984: Pop’s Greatest Year The group – Hadley, guitarist-saxophonist Steve Norman, drummer John Keeble, songwriter-guitarist Gary Kemp, and bassist Martin Kemp, Gary’s younger brother – were back at the Albert Hall to host what was surely the biggest home-movie party in British pop history: the sold-out national premiere of Soul Boys of the Western World , a documentary of Spandau’s origins, formation and rise, their near-two-decade split and, in 2009, reunion.
Jimmy Page has finally faced facts: Robert Plant is just not that into a Led Zeppelin reunion. Speaking Tuesday in an onstage Q&A at the London launch of the latest batch of Zeppelin reissues, Page – who has agitated for a more permanent reunion ever since the band’s triumphant one-off 2007 show at London’s O2 Arena – finally seemed to rule out the band playing together again. 10 Best Led Zeppelin Albums “I don’t think it looks as though that’s on the cards, so there’s not much more I can say about that,” he said. (Although, for once, Page declined to put the blame at Plant’s door)
Kenny Rogers will deck the halls in 22 cities this November and December, as he crosses the U.S. and Canada on his 33rd holiday tour. The country legend’s Christmas & Hits Through the Years trek, with special guest Linda Davis, will kick off November 12th with a four-night run in Niagra Falls, Ontario, and will wrap December 23rd in Westbury, New York. (See a full list of cities and dates below.) Each stop will have its own set of unique backup singers: a local choir and local children. Related: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Dolly Duets & Michael Jackson Talks Rogers promises a mix of holiday classics such as “O Holy Night” and “White Christmas” with several of his beloved hits, including “Lucille” and “The Gambler.” Though he’s sung those latter tunes night after night for almost four decades, the 76-year-old entertainer promises he’ll never be the kind of artist who abandons his signature songs in favor of road-testing new ones
When Trigger Hippy, the roots supergroup founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman, made its AmericanaFest debut earlier this month, it was difficult to think of a festival act that better embodied the idea of Americana. Led by Gorman, the members of the cleverly monikered collective — singers Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, bassist Nick Govrik and guitarist Tom Bukovac — represent the hallmarks of the catch-all genre: rock, soul, blues and country. Q&A: Chris Robinson on His New Band, Bonding With Phil Lesh “It’s all Southern music. Blues and country and soul and jazz, all those things emanated from one general area of the country,” says Gorman, who after coming off the road with the Black Crowes in 2013 turned his attention full-time to Trigger Hippy, which he officially founded with Govrik a year earlier. “It started with Nick and I jamming together a lot, 10 years ago, at a club in Nashville.
The family of founding AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has confirmed the illness that forced the 61-year-old to quit the band. “Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy,” they said in a statement, according to People . The 10 Best Metal Albums of the 1980s The group had previously announced in April that Young would be taking a break from the band and that it would be recording a new record without him. When AC/DC announced that it would be putting out the record, Rock or Bust , this fall, they confirmed that Young would not be returning to the band, “due to the nature of Malcolm’s condition.” They did not go into the specifics of the illness. Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, played rhythm guitar in Malcolm’s stead on Rock or Bust . He will also be filling in for the elder Young on the group’s upcoming world tour in 2015
Spend 30 minutes or so with Sons of Bill — say, in the conference room of the BMI building in Nashville, hours before the band is due to kick off an international tour with a show at the Americana Music Festival — and you’ll be thrown into a conversation that moves multiple miles a minute, jumping between topics such as Wilco, Slayer, The Sound and the Fury ‘s Quentin Compson and Big Star’s Chris Bell. Led by three Virginia-bred brothers, Sons of Bill is the sort of family band whose sheer energy makes everyone want to be part of the clan… as long as you can keep up. Greatest Musical Moments From Americana Fest You can’t blame the guys for moving fast. After taking the entire summer to rest and recoup after nearly a decade’s worth of touring, Sons of Bill are back with a new album, Love & Logic . It’s a classic roots-rock record for the modern age, filled with B3 organ, acoustic guitar, envelope-pushing arrangements and the sound of three siblings whose voices were born to mesh
After U2, Interscope Records and Apple made the band’s latest album Songs of Innocence available for free to 500 million iTunes customers, a spokesperson for the Grammys said that the group would not be eligible for the next Grammy Awards due to the album being unavailable for purchase before the September 30th cutoff. After ‘Innocence': U2 Look Ahead to Tour, New Album With that deadline quickly approaching, U2 have sent a limited number of vinyl copies of Innocence to retailers that will be available to buy on Tuesday’s cutoff date, a source close to the situation tells Rolling Stone . A spokesperson for the Grammys tells Rolling Stone that once the record is available on Tuesday, the band will be eligible for the upcoming 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2015. “As long as the album, be it CD, vinyl or digital, is available commercially for sale to the public by our eligibility cutoff date at a nationally recognized retailer or website, then it’s eligible for consideration,” the spokesperson says. The group will release a deluxe edition of Songs of Innocence , with four additional songs, on October 14th, two weeks after the eligibility cutoff.
For “Happy Idiot,” the first video from TV on the Radio’s upcoming fifth album Seeds , the group has enlisted Paul Reubens as “Racer Steven” and Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan for what singer Tunde Adebimpe described as a “full-on geekfest in the desert.” TV on the Radio Return With ‘Seeds’ Directed by Danny Jelinek and written by comedian Jake Fogelnest, the “Happy Idiot” video, produced by Funny or Die, channels both the 1960s animated show “Speed Racer” and 1971 cult road movie Vanishing Point , as Reubens continually drives past an increasingly frantic Gillan while the band, dressed in white, remains the video’s calming force. “I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car driver who slowly loses his mind,” singer Tunde Adebimpe said in a statement. “I got to speak with him over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a LOT of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he’s been a fan of the band for awhile.” The group released two songs last year — the balladic “Million Miles,” (featuring an ecologically-themed video) and the dance-rock track “Mercy” — though neither will appear on Seeds. Produced by founding member/guitarist Dave Sitek, Seeds will be the first album since the 2011 death of bassist Gerard Smith. “We’ve been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold,” Adebimpe said in a statement earlier this year. “But I’m glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1,000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve ever done.” Related AfroPunk Festival Emerges Victorious With Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio TVOTR’s Tunde Adebimpe on Leaving Brooklyn Behind The Misfits Take Manhattan: The Best of the Early ’00s NYC Scene