The first time Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt sang together, they knew they had something special that needed to be captured on record. But with three of the hottest solo careers going in the Seventies, various record label tangles to work through, and a desire to devote the time such a project would require, it would be more than a decade after they first recorded together that all the details would finally be ironed out so that a proper album was released. It took so long, in fact, that a whole new recording format – CDs – had been introduced by the time the spectacular Trio album was issued in 1987.
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In a new interview with People, Avril Lavigne has revealed a nearly year-long battle with Lyme disease. Lavigne’s announcement follows a viral Twitter direct message between the singer and a fan last December, with Lavigne revealing that she had been ill, but not opening up about the extent of her sickness. In the new interview, Lavigne details how months of feeling terrible reached its peak during her 30th birthday trip to Las Vegas in October. “I could barely eat, and when we went to the pool, I had to leave and go lie in bed,” said the Canadian singer
Tool’s annual “April Tools’ Day” prank has been a band tradition for two decades, but with the group back in the studio working on their long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days , fans had to be especially on guard this April 1st. Still, Tool managed to pull off a convincing prank Wednesday morning on their official Facebook account when they accused another group of stealing “unfinished music” Tool was working on and then re-recording it as their own. Tool Speed Up Progress on New Album After Settling Lawsuit “This music leak is unsettling on many levels. First off, it truly sucks to have your unfinished music available on the interweb without your consent,” Tool wrote.
After months of speculation, Steven Tyler has confirmed the upcoming release of his first country solo album. Aerosmith Talk 45 Years of ‘Kicking Ass’ Onstage The Aerosmith frontman made the announcement last night, during a surprise visit to the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry’s lineup was stacked with country vets like Charlie Daniels and newer acts including Aaron Watson and Eric Paslay, but Tyler — decked out in a floor-length white coat that made him look like the world’s coolest doctor —stole the show, walking onstage during Paslay’s two-song acoustic set and delivering the news that many industry insiders knew already. How did they know it? For years, Tyler has been playing up with country roots. He sang with Carrie Underwood on Aerosmith’s Music from Another Dimension! , duetted with Brad Paisley during last year’s CMA Country Christmas concert, sang background vocals on Jana Kramer’s upcoming single and hit up Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge — one of Nashville’s oldest honky-tonks — for an unannounced blues jam with Keith Urban in 2013. “I grew up in the woods of New Hampshire.
When Indiana governor Mike Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law March 26th, Miley Cyrus was among the first celebrities to loudly criticize the discriminatory new bill, calling Pence an “asshole” to her 17 million Instagram followers. In a new interview with Time , the “Wrecking Ball” singer elaborated on why she’s opposed to the RFRA and how she’s rallying her fans to fight for equality. Cyrus, who says she’s dedicated her life “to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving,” slams the close-minded citizens who feel that their “religious freedom” needs to be protected at the expense of LGBT people. Majority of American Voters Want to End LGBT Discrimination “That’s what’s wrong with [RFRA supporters] – they’re not choosing to live that way. And if you don’t choose to live that way, you’re not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you,” Cyrus said
The Flaming Lips, Kesha and Norah Jones brought hang-10 harmonies and good vibrations to the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles Monday night for Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson, which boasted an impressive array of artists and benefited Sweet Relief and the Jameson Neighborhood Fund. Rolling Stone ‘s cameras got a unique opportunity to capture the Wilson sisters of Wilson Phillips — the Beach Boy’s daughters Carnie and Wendy — talking about their father’s influence and rehearsing their performance of “In My Room.” (Watch the exclusive video above.) Brian Wilson Plots Summer Tour With Former Beach Boys Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips fittingly offered up a woozy, winding rendition of “Good Vibrations,” which bounced beatifically between the beach and the far reaches of outer space as their giant mylar balloon reading “We Love You Brian” was passed through the crowd. While Kesha found a spot on the Brian Fest bill at the last minute — replacing Brandon Flowers, who had to bow out, Yahoo reports — the Los Angeles-born singer paid tribute to her own kind with a brassy rendition of “California Girls.” Kesha’s hip-swinging performance of the Beach Boys classic came as a particular delight as the pop star hasn’t offered up much in the way of music lately as she remains embattled in a lawsuit with producer Dr.
The Rolling Stones will return to North American stadiums this summer for the 15-city Zip Code tour. The tour will kick off May 24th at San Diego’s Petco Park, criss-crossing the country before ending July 15th at Quebec’s Le Festival D’Été de Québec. The tour name plays off the jeans-focused cover of the group’s classic 1971 album, Sticky Fingers , which it will be reissuing in a deluxe format on May 26th. Beatles and Rolling Stones on Tour: See Rare Candid Photos The band will play hits-filled sets, as well as selections of what it’s calling “special gems” from its catalog. The last time the group toured U.S
In 1973, just four years after Woodstock, the most iconic American music festival of its kind, country star Willie Nelson hosted his first-ever Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside the state’s capital city of Austin. In 2015, for the first time in five years, the Independence Day event returns to Austin with Willie Nelson and Family joined by performers Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, Billy Joe Shaver, Chris Stapleton, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Willie’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, and their respective bands. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Trade Hits in Texas “I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together,” the 81-year-old icon says in a statement. “I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be
Chaz Bundick has taken another unexpected detour with his fourth album, What For? The 10-track LP, the writer-producer’s latest under the Toro y Moi moniker, is full of fuzz-pedal guitars, soulful rhythms and classic rock chord changes — a change of pace from his previous forays into chillwave and funky electro-pop. What For?
Disney’s recent trend of turning its animated classics into live-action flicks took a dark turn on ” Saturday Night Live ” this weekend, with the show re-imagining forest fable ” Bambi ” as a kickass action movie starring Dwayne Johnson and his ” Furious 7 ” castmates. Johnson, who hosted “SNL” for the fourth time, starred as the titular baby deer, whose image was remade as a cigar-chomping vigilante with an axe to grind against the hunters who murdered his mother. Johnson sports giant ears, wispy hair, and a painted nose to bring the character to life — and a whole lot of guns. But the true star of the sketch may be Taran Killam, who plays Vin Diesel as Thumper in a demented, mumble-tastic performance that’s eerily similar to the real actor’s stilted delivery. His cockeyed ears help complete the hilarious look
Last December, Killer Mike and author Erik Nielson teamed to pen an op-ed examining how the criminal justice system often employs rap lyrics as a means to convict suspects. The Run the Jewels rapper’s first column focused on the case of Anthony Elonis, and now in their latest op-ed for Vox that examines hip-hop’s “poetic (in)justice,” Killer Mike and Nielson have turned their attention to McKinley “Mac” Phipps, a former No Limit rapper who was found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of a teenage fan at one of Mac’s shows. Ferguson: Killer Mike, Pharrell, Macklemore and More React Phipps was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the February 2000 shooting death in New Orleans. However, at Mac’s trial, the prosecutor manipulated the lyrics from a pair of the rapper’s songs and used that as evidence to show the jury that Mac had committed the crime. On top of that, a Huffington Post investigation into Mac’s case alleges that the trial’s key witness was “threatened” to finger Phipps as the shooter, while other witnesses who reiterated Phipps’ innocence were “intimidated or outright ignored by investigators.” “With no physical evidence connecting Phipps to the crime, multiple eyewitnesses identifying a different shooter, and even a confession to the crime by another man, the prosecutor went after Phipps’ art, relying on a tactic that dates back to the Jim Crow South: he punished black speech,” writes Nielson and Killer Mike, who co-penned the op-ed under his birth name Michael Render
Darius Rucker launches his fourth solo album, Southern Style, on March 31st with multiple national media appearances including NBC’s Today Show (3/31), ESPN’s Mike & Mike, First Take and SportsCenter (3/31), CNN’s Headline News (4/1), The Dan Patrick Show (4/1), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (4/6) and ABC’s The Chew (4/16). The album produced by Frank […]