Phish have covered Prince many times during the past three decades, playing “1999” while ringing in that same year at Madison Square Garden, plus dozens of versions of “Purple Rain.” Discussing what Prince meant to him, frontman Trey Anastasio recalls the night of November 11th, 1996, when Prince invited the guitarist and the rest of the band to his Paisley Park complex for a party celebrating his album Emancipation . “It was just an unforgettable night,” says Anastasio. Lenny Kravitz on Prince: ‘I Feel Like a Piece of Me Died’ In Minneapolis for an arena show, Phish headed to the party after the gig, joining a crowd of about 200, including Ziggy Marley and Boyz II Men. “We were kind of standing in the corner,” Anastasio says. “One thing I remember is he didn’t serve cocktails, so in lieu of cocktails he served little Captain Crunch cereal boxes. I thought that was the coolest thing.” But the highlight for Anastasio was standing a few feet away from Prince in the studio as he plugged in with his band, who were all using see-through Plexiglass instruments and speakers. “It was really cool,” Anastasio says. “He was such a great guitar player, but people don’t point out he was a great rhythm guitar player. The band was playing this funky stuff. He had a woman singing with him, a kind of gospel singer, and she stepped out and started killing it.
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Fifty years ago, country radio shattered the color barrier as Mississippi native Charley Pride launched his groundbreaking career with his Top Ten debut hit, “Just Between You and Me.” Three years later he began a string of chart-topping tunes that eventually earned him CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971. As the third-best-selling artist of the Seventies, Pride earned a Grammy for his sunny country-pop crossover smash, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.” In celebration of his 50th year in the business, the Country Music Hall of Fame member will tour North America throughout the year. Flashback: Charley Pride Does Hank Williams Proud “I feel blessed that I’m still going strong after 50 years,” says the artist who became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1993 and has performed throughout the world, with especially loyal fans in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as North America. “I’ve always loved to sing for audiences and that’s never going to change. It’s been a joy to visit so many different places in the U.S. over the years.
In an alternate timeline scenario, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley exited the Bridgestone Arena after last November’s CMA Awards — battered and bruised, shoulders slumped in defeat after helplessly watching Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake lay waste to the room in the performance spot before theirs. Their career effectively ended with critics and fans heralding the arrival a new day in Nashville, they quietly devoted themselves to matters outside music and occasionally looked fondly back on their time in the spotlight secure in the knowledge that they managed to touch the country music zeitgeist for a brief moment. Florida Georgia Line Drop Hints on New Album But in the actual timeline, FGL are their own industry and have to date sold considerably more records (between Here’s to the Good Times and Anything Goes ) than Stapleton despite their frequent status as blogosphere punching bags. Even “Confession,” the single they performed on the CMAs, was still a higher charting country radio hit than Stapleton’s Top 10 “Nobody to Blame” — no matter what the media narrative has indicated. And anyone who was present to see them perform at the recent annual All 4 the Hall concert with Keith Urban and Vince Gill can attest that ” Cruise” is still a crowd-pleasing monster jam . That said, the stakes are likely as high as the anticipation for new music from their third full-length album, titled Dig Your Roots and due this summer. How do they stay in the game as hitmakers while country makes one of its cyclical and slow aesthetic shifts? Would they go serious the way they did with “Dirt” (the first single from their second album) or double down on their well-established day drinking party themes?
Long before Americana music had a name, it had the Jayhawks. Formed during the heyday of Eighties hair metal, the band offered something different: a sound rooted in American country, British folk, harmony singing and the group’s own version of roots-rock. Today, 30 years after the Jayhawks’ debut, an entire industry has sprung up around the type of music Gary Louris and company began pioneering in a town more accustomed to Prince’s funk and the Replacements’ noisy sweep. The Jayhawks still feel like an island unto themselves, though, with a new album, Paging Mr. Proust , that downplays their twang in favor of Sixties-inspired folk and electrified krautrock. The Jayhawks Play New and Old Tunes Gary Louris, once again the band’s lone captain after briefly reuniting with Mark Olson for 2011’s Mockingbird Time , spoke with Rolling Stone Country about his post-rehab musical rebirth, trading the Everly Brothers for Fleetwood Mac and going independent. You co-wrote every song on the last Jayhawks album with Mark Olson. When you began writing for Paging Mr. Proust , was it difficult to write alone again?
When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ambled onto the stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last September, it was a full circle moment for the group of pickers who helped revitalize string music with 1972’s seminal Will the Circle Be Unbroken . Taped for the PBS special Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back , the performance reunited Dirt Band members Jeff Hanna, John McEuen, Jimmie Fadden and Bob Carpenter with the artists they admired in their formative years: John Prine, Jerry Jeff Walker and former Dirt Band member Jackson Browne. It also paired them up with some of the country and bluegrass names they’ve influenced, from Vince Gill to Alison Krauss. 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time McEuen, the Dirt Band’s master of the mandolin, among other stringed instruments, says it was the ideal venue for the group — and particularly satisfying for him. “Fifty-two years ago I went to see the Grand Ole Opry and I couldn’t get in, and I had to look in the back window when Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs came out with Maybelle Carter,” he says. “I never thought I’d be on that stage
Drake has released his highly anticipated fourth album, Views (formerly known as Views From the 6 ) on Apple Music . The Canadian rapper has teased the album’s release since wrapping up his 2013/2014 tour in support of his third album, Nothing Was the Same . 2015: The Year in Drake Rihanna (“Too Good”), Future (“Grammys”), Pimp C (“Faithful”), WizKid (“One Dance”), Popcaan (“Controlla”) and Partynextdoor appear on the album, with Kanye West and Boi-1da among the producers alongside Drake’s longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib. Drake hinted at the imminent release of Views on New Year’s Eve at a Miami party he hosted. ” Views From the 6 coming very soon,” he said to the crowd (via Vibe ). He then released a pair of tracks in early April as a preview of the LP, including “Pop Style” featuring Jay Z and Kanye West (who are billed together as “The Throne”). Later, on his OVO Sound radio show, he confirmed the album’s release date of April 29th and its exclusivity with Apple Music. Apple later revealed a special OVO Sound show on April 28th would serve as a listening party for Views .
This past weekend, N.W.A ‘s four surviving members made music together for the first time since 1989 at Coachella. “It was dope, man,” MC Ren tells Rolling Stone . “We had fun. It felt like old times. It’s been a long, long stretch.” Read N.W.A’s Heartfelt Rock Hall Acceptance Speeches Although Ice Cube, Ren and Dr. Dre had toured together in 2000 on the Up in Smoke tour, and Cube had done some shows with Ren and DJ Yella last year around the release of the movie Straight Outta Compton , Coachella marked the first time they were all performing together.
Deftones ‘ Chino Moreno has formed a new supergroup called Saudade with members of Bad Brains , Cro-Mags and more. The band released a single bundle via BitTorrent for their self-titled, instrumental debut track. Deftones Talk Band Tension: ‘We Like Unnerving Feelings’ Along with Moreno, Saudade includes Dr. Know (Bad Brains), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Chuck Doom (Crosses) and Mackie Jayson (Cro-Mags, Bad Brains). In Portuguese, the band’s name means “a feeling of longing, melancholy or nostalgia,” a fitting description of their cinematic but somber debut song, which also comes with a video in the BitTorrent bundle.
Keith Urban has just released his much anticipated music video for his latest single “Wasted Time.” The nostalgic video contains beautiful 20-somethings dancing, enjoying bonfires, joy rides and more. It’s beautifully shot, and is reminiscent of Keith’s “Somewhere in My Car” and “Sweet Thing” music videos. Keith Urban’s RipCord will hit stores May 6th.
The “Fast” family returns in just under a year, with “Fast 8” — or “Fast and Furious 8,” or “Furious 8,” or even just “F8,” — arriving on April 14, 2017. The official Twitter account announced that production has begun in Cuba: Welcome to Cuba – #F8 is now in production! https://t.co/0aneIVMhJm — Fast & Furious (@FastFurious) April 28, 2016 And here’s a great Instagram video, featuring star Vin Diesel and director F. Gary Gray sharing their pride at filming in Cuba: The channeling of Dom begins here in Cuba. Gracias por todo mi Gente! @fgarygray #F8 A video posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Apr 27, 2016 at 1:21pm PDT Back in January, The Hollywood Reporter revealed Universal’s hope to shoot in Cuba, maximizing the recently renewed relationship between the U.S. and its island neighbor. Although “Conan” has taped in Cuba, “House of Lies” announced plans to shoot an episode in Havana, and the indie film “Papa” was made there, “Fast 8” is the first major Hollywood film to shoot in Cuba since the embargo was set in the 1960s. Cuba isn’t meant to be the only location, of course.
Prince’s stunning guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has rightly been hailed as one of the best onstage moments of his career, but what’s often overlooked is that Prince also played a set of his own songs that night. That’s largely because it hasn’t been on YouTube for quite a while, but (at least for now) it’s on the site and definitely worth watching in full. Watch Prince’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ Solo It was March 15th, 2004 and Prince was entering the Hall of Fame alongside Bob Seger, Traffic, ZZ Top, the Dells and George Harrison. Prince was a week and a half away from launching a massive arena tour, and he used the Hall of Fame to offer the world a little preview of what was to come. The thrilling eleven-minute set kicks off with a tiny bit of Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life” before launching into “Let’s Go Crazy,” a moving “Sign ‘O’ the Times,” the intro to Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man” (“Hall of Fame!” he cried out. “It’s your song!”) before wrapping up with a super funky “Kiss” that had the entire crowd at the Waldorf Astoria on their feet. As he often did, he took out the Dynasty references in “Kiss” to reflect modern television. “You don’t have to watch Sex and the City, ” he sang, “to have an attitude.” At the end of the one of the greatest sets in Hall of Fame history, he thanked the crowd. “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he said, “You’ve been just lovely, a real knockout. Good night.” But he wasn’t done. Still to come was the George Harrison tribute, and if Prince is to be believed, he hadn’t even heard “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” until that very morning. Watch Prince’s incredible ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ solo at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Metallica played a special old-school set at a San Francisco area record store earlier this month on Record Store Day, marking their roles as Record Store Day Ambassadors . The gig also coincided with the release of reissued editions of their first two records . Record Store Day 2016: See Photos of Metallica and More The band’s song selection for the Rasputin Music show in Berkeley resembled what they would have played in the early to mid-Eighties: cuts from their thrash-defining debut, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All , and its more intricate follow-up, 1984’s Ride the Lightning , as well as a cover of a tune by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal group Diamond Head. Metallica have posted video of the set – which runs “Helpless,” “Hit the Lights,” “The Four Horseman,” “Ride the Lightning,” “Fade to Black,” “Jump in the Fire,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Creeping Death” and “Metal Militia” – as a YouTube playlist. Although the group formed in Los Angeles, it relocated to San Francisco early on (the hometown of bassist Cliff Burton) and has stayed there ever since. The band previously made an in-store appearance at another Rasputin Music, in nearby Mountain View, California, in 2008 on the first Record Store Day