It’s been 25 years since Alan Jackson — still fresh from his days as a mailroom clerk at the TNN television studio — became the first artist signed to Arista Records’ newly-launched country wing. The small-town Georgia native has made the most of those two and a half decades, sending 35 singles to the top of the country charts while racking up more than three dozen Grammys, CMA awards, Billboard Music Awards and ACM trophies. Alan Jackson Receives Rare Hall of Fame Honor Although he insists he’s nowhere close to retirement — “I don’t know what I’d retire from; I don’t work much now,” he joked back in June, during a press conference announcing the tour’s earliest details — Jackson still thinks a quarter-century anniversary deserves some special celebration. That’s why he’s hitting the road this winter for a 25th anniversary tour, which will visit 25 cities over the course of five months. The trek kicks off January 8th in Estero, Florida, less than a three-hour drive from the beach homes Jackson formerly owned in nearby Tequesta and Jupiter Island. From there, the “Keepin’ It Country Tour” — which will focus mostly on arenas and amphitheaters, with tickets for the Estero show ranging from $33.65 to $79.15 — will cover most of America during a spread-out series of weekend dates.
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Paul Stanley says it was a mistake to introduce the Fox and Warrior characters and insists the band’s four classic personas will continue long after he is gone.
Thirteen days after his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Paul Craft — the man behind offbeat, wisecracking country hits like “Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)” and “It’s Me Again, Margaret” — has died. He was 76 years old. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Reveals Inductees A former law school student whose unusually high IQ earned him a spot in the American Mensa society, Craft kicked off his songwriting career in the Sixties, quickly building up a catalog of sharply-worded songs that found the humor in heartbreak and the extraordinary in the everyday. He wrote most of his biggest hits — including Moe Bandy’s “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” which earned a Grammy nomination in 1977 — without any outside help, drawing a line between his own songwriting style and the more collaborative approach of Nashville’s co-writing community. Craft didn’t need a partner to help whittle his tunes into commercial shape.
Ever since Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends , Coldplay have followed up each studio release with a live album. That streak will continue on November 24th as Chris Martin and company will present their minimalist 2014 breakup album Ghost Stories in three different ways with the CD/DVD set Ghost Stories Live 2014 . 12 Great Coldplay Songs You Probably Don’t Know Focusing entirely on tracks from the band’s latest LP, the live CD culls highlights from shows throughout the band’s brief Ghost Stories trek, while the DVD/Blu-ray will feature Coldplay’s performance at a custom-built amphitheater at Los Angeles’ Sony Studios. Watch a trailer for the upcoming live album below: Portions of the Sony Studios gig previously aired during an NBC music special, but Ghost Stories Live 2014 presents the entire performance sequenced in the same order as the album
San Francisco is World Serious about taking its third MLB title in five years – and if that means upsetting Lorde, well, so be it. Greatest Hits: The Giants Return to the World Series As the hometown Giants get set to take on the Kansas City Royals in the World Series (Game 1 is Tuesday night in KC), a pair of San Fran radio stations have announced they’re removing “Royals” from their playlists until the Series is done, after both were inundated with angry emails from listeners. “No offense, Lorde, but for the duration of the World Series, KFOG Radio will be a ‘Royals’-free zone,” one SF station posted on its Facebook page. “We’re sure you understand.” “Our listeners told us to do it, so we did,” KOIT program director Brian Figula wrote on his station’s website. “As of 4 p.m.
Jason Aldean isn’t quite done burnin’ it down just yet. The country hitmaker is extending his sold-out Burn It Down Tour into 2015, kicking off a 23-city run in Greenville, South Carolina on February 12th, he reveals exclusively to Rolling Stone Country . Jason Aldean Shirks Labels, Breaks in New ‘Boots’ “The tour is doing well, so you want to expand it and hit some cities that you didn’t hit on the first leg of it — that’s the biggest thing,” Aldean tells us. “Every year you try to hit the major markets, for the most part.
“Being Beige,” the first finished track off the Smashing Pumpkins’ forthcoming Monuments to an Elegy , has a simple title but its acoustic guitar and drum machine intro builds toward an urgent, memorable chorus, where singer Billy Corgan repeats the line, “The world’s on fire” as the full band fills out the previously sparse tune. Readers’ Poll: The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs “People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can’t,” Corgan tells Rolling Stone . “But if there’s honesty in this lyric, it’s that there’s something amiss in our cosmos.
Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers have been known to kick it old-school: Last month, they unveiled their scorching cover of blues classic “Baby, Please Don’t Go” for the Season Seven episode “Poor Little Lambs.” But for this week’s installment, “Greensleeves,” the eclectic group went even further back, reworking the titular English folk ballad into a brooding textural epic. How’d an Ex-Food Addict Create TV Smash ‘Sons of Anarchy’? “Greensleeves stirred my heart anew / Greensleeves caught my eye of blue,” sings the show’s star Katey Sagal over drifting acoustic guitars, cello and keyboards. “Greensleeves put my soul at ease / So I gave my love to sweet Greensleeves.” The show’s musical supervisor, Bob Thiele, told Rolling Stone that it was “challenging” trying to recreate “arguably one of the great melodies in all of history.” “It’s happy and hopeful at Christmas time, but that’s obviously not what we are looking for here in Charming, much as we wish that were the case,” he says
Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has paid tribute to Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, calling him an “exceptional” performer.
Last in Line – the band made up of original Dio members Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Claude Schnell and Jimmy Bain – have signed a deal for an all-new album, due next year.
Rich Robinson, who released his third full-length studio album The Ceaseless Sight in June, arrives in the UK in November for a UK tour, and you could be there as VIP guest if you enter our competition.
Gwen Stefani releases “Baby Don’t Lie” as a taste of her new album.