Reba McEntire performed on what is likely the smallest stage she’s played in some time last night at the Basement East club in East Nashville. The surprise appearance came during a show by the Shadowboxers, a Nashville-by-way-of-Atlanta vocal group that has been making a name for itself with a series of hot-ticket residencies at the Basement East. Fall Country Music Preview 2015: 25 Essential Albums, Events Each showcase by the pop-funk band — whose core is made up of Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Schwartz — features a specific theme and rotating roster of guests. August’s engagement was all soul and funk covers, with Chris Stapleton making a cameo to sing James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” while last evening’s show highlighted songs with dynamic harmonies, including the Eagles’ “One of These Nights,” Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” and the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations.” There was even a faithful set-closing rendition of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road Suite.” But it was when the Shadowboxers launched into Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and McEntire emerged from the wings that the crowd lost its collective mind. As a sea of smartphones began blinking “record,” McEntire made eye contact with shocked audience members, tightly packed in the sweaty club, while begging the titular Jolene not to take her man. Shortly after, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman also appeared, harmonizing on their own verse and ratcheting up the palpable frenzy. Nashville ‘s Clare Bowen and promising new songwriter Maren Morris made guest appearances as well during the two-hour set, which also included songs by Crosby, Stills and Nash, Queen and Hall & Oates. The Shadowboxers’ next residency — in which they’ll perform Michael Jackson’s Thriller in its entirety — is set for October 29th. Related Flashback: Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton Duet With Kids See Reba McEntire Sizzle on ‘Fallon’ See Little Big Town, Tori Kelly Duet on ‘Should’ve Been Us’
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Alice Cooper keeps a black Alexander McQueen cane with a solid silver skull in “a very special place” in his house. Of the many canes that have been signature parts of Cooper’s show for decades, it’s this one that’s become the singer’s most sentimental. Inside Hollywood Vampires’ Drunk History With Alice Cooper “It wasn’t just a cane, but it was a cane that he was actually using before he got into the wheelchair,” Cooper says. “So now, every time I look at that, I can’t help thinking about Kerry.” “Kerry” is Kerry Simon, the celebrity chef adored by some of the biggest names in rock & roll who died earlier this month at age 60 to the rare neurodegenerative disease multiple system atrophy. The former Iron Chef winner was a wildly successful restaurateur with an empire stretching from South Beach to Los Angeles. In the early Nineties, Rolling Stone dubbed him “The Rock & Roll Chef,” a name that would stick for the rest of his career. What exactly does Cooper remember about Simon when he looks at that silver cane; and what was it about the young, upstart chef who “looked like he probably played lead guitar in a band somewhere, not like a chef” that not only pulled so many rockers into his orbit, but left many of them mourning his passing? “He was just comfortable to be with and I think that’s something that rockers look for,” says Cooper
Any teenage kid stuck on the outside looking in knows it in his or her bones: punks are punks and jocks are jocks and never the twain shall meet. A quick tour through Wavves ‘ latest album, V – with its punchy, TV-static guitars, cinder-block bottom end and Nathan Williams’ wry, dissolute stories of hangovers, breakups and car crashes – seems sufficient to place Williams squarely on the punk side of this unbridgeable divide. And yet… Watch Wavves Get Hardcore In Brutal ‘Way Too Much’ Video “Before I was going to try and play music for a living, I played soccer” he says. “I played on club teams and I had a couple of full-ride scholarships to play in college. I just really didn’t like the workload so I ended up stopping, and that was when I stopped watching sports.” The reason we’re even talking about sports in the first place is that Williams has returned, via a circuitous route, to being a pretty big sports fan, particularly when it comes to the NBA.
Kelly Clarkson has the rest of the year off, per doctors’ orders. Kelly Clarkson on Legal Weed & Backgammon With Reba Earlier this month, the vocal powerhouse announced via a series of tweets that the remainder of U.S. dates on her Piece by Piece tour had to be canceled, as she was ordered to go on vocal rest. “I can’t wait to get healthy and see y’all back on the road soon,” she posted. “I hate canceling and I am truly sorry to my fans that have been excited to see this show. Please know that I never cancel anything unless it’s absolutely necessary.” And it’s now medically necessary to cancel the Canada and U.K. dates, as well. Clarkson was supposed to start a 10-city run in Canada tonight, followed by six November dates across the pond. “I was so looking forward to sharing this tour with all my amazing fans in Canada and the UK,” she writes in a note to fans on her website . “Unfortunately my doctor is telling me I have to stay on vocal rest, but I am working hard to get better as fast as possible.” Clarkson has actually been battling vocal problems for more than a year now.
With Taylor Swift out on tour, expect two things: All-star guests making surprise appearances – just this weekend, she welcomed Steven Tyler and Mick Jagger to the stage – and Nelly coming out for her St. Louis shows. Swift’s 1989 Tour descended on St. Louis Tuesday night, and as is tradition, Nelly was on hand at the Scottrade Arena to perform to his hometown crowd. The rapper delivered his 2002 smash “Hot in Herre” with Swift and the Haim sisters serving as Nelly’s dancers and backup singers. Nelly also performed his latest single “The Fix” with Swift before the “Hot in Herre” dance party. As Billboard points out, this is the third time Nelly and Swift have appeared together onstage: During the singer’s 2013 RED Tour stop in St. Louis, she and Nelly did a duet of his then-new single “Hey Porsche,” and in 2011, the pair sang his “Just a Dream” together during Swift’s Houston concert; when Nelly wasn’t around for Swift’s 2011 St. Louis gigs, she performed “Just a Dream” live on her own. Taylor Swift’s Epic ‘1989’ Tour: Rob Sheffield’s Report Tuesday night’s concert also marked Haim’s final date as Swift’s opening act, so she arranged the “Hot in Herre” sing-along as a thank you to her buddies, the singer tweeted.
Towards the end of Limp Bizkit ‘s set at New York’s Best Buy Theater last year, the group launched into Rage Against the Machine ‘s 1992 classic “Killing in the Name,” a song they’ve covered more than 100 times. Rage Against the Machine Bassist Talks Fierce New Power Trio “This is dedicated to the rap-rock band that started this shit,” frontman Fred Durst said before the opening verse. Later on in the song, Durst added, “When I first heard this song, that shit hit me right the fuck here,” pointing to his heart. “And this next part” — RATM singer Zach de la Rocha’s repeated screams of “Fuck you!/I won’t do what you tell me!” — “changed my life.” As Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford tells Rolling Stone during a soon-to-be-published, in-depth interview, the feeling is not mutual. “I do apologize for Limp Bizkit,” Commerford says. “I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit. “They’re gone, though,” the Wakrat and Future User musician added, apparently unaware that the band still tours.
Bleachers ‘ debut album Strange Desire has been re-released and reimagined with female vocalists, as Charli XCX, Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen and Tinashe are among those contributing to Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 . Watch Jack Antonoff Say ‘Thank You and Sorry’ in Trailer The LP was digitally released via Google Play — the same site hosting Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff’s docu-series Thank You and Sorry — as a free download. Terrible Thrills, Vol. 1 was released in 2010 as a companion to Antonoff’s old band Steel Train’s third and self-titled LP and featured contributions from Tegan and Sara, Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Palmer. “I love female voices,” Antonoff said in a statement. “I wish I had one. When I write songs, I typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so I can hit the notes.
Community has always been important to Don Henley. Whether fighting for the rights of artists and songwriters, launching the Walden Woods Project to protect the land and legacy of Henry David Thoreau or soldiering on with his fractious musical brethren the Eagles, community has long been a cornerstone of his life and art and it provides the foundation for his new album Cass County . 10 Things We Learned When Billy Joel Interviewed Don Henley Named for the northeast Texas area where Henley grew up in the small town of Linden, Cass County is the iconic musician’s first solo album in 15 years and features an impressive array of guests, including Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Mick Jagger, Miranda Lambert, Lucinda Williams, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. Co-produced with his longtime friend Stan Lynch, former drummer with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the deluxe collection features 16 songs, including a cover of the Billy Sherrill-penned classic “Too Far Gone” and his rendition of Jesse Lee Kincaid’s “She Sang Hymns Out of Tune.” There are also several new originals co-written with Lynch, including “Take a Picture of This,” an exploration of a failing relationship that sounds like an instant Henley classic. “Rock & roll has always been associated with rebellion, but I think rock & roll, country music and all kinds of music have always had a role to play in terms of creating community,” Henley tells Rolling Stone Country . “Music has more to do with creating community than it does rebellion. It’s one of our greatest exports.
Friday night at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Kanye West let his music speak loudest, leading a rare performance of his 2008 opus 808s & Heartbreak , an eccentric, minimal album now considered among his greatest achievements. 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time For an album built on little more than drum machines and Auto-Tune, West brought what seemed to be a cast of hundreds, including a full orchestral string section, background singers, an electronic band and 14 women dressed in solemn chador-style garments. All were dressed in white beneath the Bowl’s massive clamshell. The first of two sold-out nights, it was a high-profile event, with a gaggle of Kardashians seated by the soundboard, including wife Kim, cell phone in hand. Performing the album in order, Friday night began with “Say You Will,” as West sang to a woman painted gold at center stage, with fireworks to underscore the heat within these sometimes agonized tunes, created before marriage and fatherhood. Amid the blazing electro-beat of “Welcome to Heartbreak,” he questioned the value of material things: “My friend showed me pictures of his kids/And all I could show him were pictures of my cribs.” Kanye was onstage for just an hour and stayed true to the concept, performing 808s & Heartbreak in full and nothing else. There was no encore of hits, no “Gold Digger” or “Jesus Walks.” The night was dedicated entirely to a particular piece of music and a particular point in time, and fans arrived to find printed programs with a “libretto” of lyrics waiting in their seats
When Janet Jackson kicked off her world tour September 1st in Vancouver, she debuted the propulsive new song “Burnitup!” featuring Missy Elliott. Now the uptempo, club-friendly cut – part of Unbreakable , Jackson’s first LP in seven years – is available to stream online. Miss Jackson: The Best of Janet Jackson The track, fueled by glossy keys and thick synth-bass, finds Jackson promising to “dance like no one’s watching” and “show you how to burn it up.” Elliott’s goofy guest spot is full of meows, groove instructions (“Dis dat jam, now do yo dance”) and shout-outs to her collaborator. “Burnitup!” is the third sample of Jackson’s new album, out October 2nd on her newly founded Rhythm Nation Label. The singer previously shared her comeback slow-jam single “No Sleeep” (along with a remix featuring a guest spot from J. Cole) and the soulful fan dedication “Unbreakable.” The 17-track LP, Jackson’s 11th studio set, finds the singer reunited with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who last collaborated with Jackson on 2006’s 20 Y.O. “It’s wonderful to be creating again with Janet,” the duo said in a statement. “From songwriting, producing, arranging, singing, dancing, acting, she deftly does it all and truly personifies the word ‘artist.’ Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her.” In a description posted on the singer’s official site, Unbreakable will “mark the first time Janet Jackson has opened up about her brother Michael and with reflections concerning her youth” and also explore “Janet’s views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet.” Related Nipple Ripples: Revisiting Janet Jackson’s Wardrobe Malfunction Janet Jackson Announces ‘Unbreakable’ World Tour Janet Jackson Plots Second U.S. Leg of Unbreakable Tour
Kacey Musgraves ended her two-night stint at Nashville’s hallowed Ryman Auditorium with a glittery, mirror-balled show that featured songs from both of her acclaimed albums, 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park and this year’s Pageant Material . It was the latter that inspired some of the best moments from Thursday night’s finale. 15 Best Things We Saw at Farm Aid Musgraves’ tour is titled the Country & Western Rhinestone Revue, but that dated description of the genre is actually a fitting one. The set was decorated with shimmering red tinsel and the singer’s five band members were decked out in pink Western wear (with lighted piping) and cowboy hats, with a disco ball spinning overhead. The whole spectacle evoked a small-town high-school talent contest, which underscored Musgraves’ relaxed vibe onstage. This was her show, a milestone realized, and she wasn’t about to let stuffiness or formality set in.
After two Russian comedians tricked Elton John into thinking he was on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the real Putin has given John a ring to schedule a meeting on LGBT rights. After Viral Putin Prank, Elton John Asks for LGBT Rights Reuters reports that a spokesman for Putin, Dmitry Peskov, revealed to reporters that a call between the pair has actually occurred since the prank. “Putin phoned him,” Peskov said. “He said: ‘I know some guys played a trick on you on the phone, but don’t get offended. They are harmless people, though that of course does not justify what they did.'” The spokesman added that Putin offered to speak with John and “discuss any subject which interested him.” A representative for John confirmed the call to Rolling Stone . Last Tuesday, “Putin” called John to discuss gay rights in Russia and made arrangements to meet in Moscow during the singer’s visit