Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones Among the Latest Big Money Makers List
3/11/2014 12:01:00 PM
Billboard magazine has released the latest installment of its annual Money Makers list ranking the top-earning music artists of the past year, and a number of veteran rock acts made it into the top 10 of the tally. Bon Jovi ranks highest among rockers at #4 after earning more than $29.4 million during 2013. The New Jersey rockers can thank their massively successful Because We Can tour, which was the year's top-grossing trek, along with sales of their latest album, What About Now, and back catalog for their big payday.
Right behind Bon Jovi, in fifth place, are The Rolling Stones, who raked in in excess of 26.2 million bucks last year, despite scheduling a relatively small number of tour dates. Rounding out the list's top 10 was Fleetwood Mac, who earned about $19.1 million, thanks largely to the band's first tour in several years.
Further down on the tally ...
First Look: John Ridley's Hendrix Biopic
3/6/2014 10:37:00 AM
The director who just walked away with the Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, John Ridley, is set to premiere his Jimi Hendrix film, All Is By My Side. Check out the a minute-long preview below.
Featuring Andre Benjamin as Jimi, the film that tells the story of the guitar icon’s rise to fame over a two-year period leading up to his showstopping appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Hendrix's sister Janie refused permission for his original recordings to be used. Instead cover versions of Hendrix songs are used.
The US premiere is next week at South By Southwest in Austin.
Meanwhile, the US Postal Service will unveil a Hendrix postage stamp at SXSW. Slash, Robby Krieger and others will perform a free concert as part of the stamp's debut.
Historical note: The actress in this clip is portraying Linda Keith, an early girlfriend of Keith ...
Beavis & Butthead Be Damned. Winger Rocks (Again)
3/5/2014 3:54:00 PM
WINGER had huge success with their 1988 self-titled album. "Winger" stayed on The Billboard 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, "In The Heart Of The Young", also achieved platinum status. But times changed and the band became a running joke on MTV's "Beavis And Butt-Head" show, so the group disbanded in 1991.
"Rat Race" is the first single from WINGER's new album, "Better Days Comin'", which will be released in North America on April 22.
Kip Winger tells Blabbermouth, "We drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record. We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way."
Gotta admit, this record kicks. Roll down the windows and crank it up.
Ozzy Osbourne to receive Stevie Ray Vaughan Award
3/5/2014 10:23:00 AM
Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 12.
Osbourne will be recognized for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.
The rocker joins the list of previous honorees including Anthony Kiedis, James Hetfield, Chris Cornell, Alice Cooper and Jerry Cantrell.
"I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction,” says Ozzy, “and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse. This organization literally saves lives."
Ozzy and his touring band will perform at the event with special guest Slash; additional performers will be announced shortly.
American Hustle: Former Lead Singer Doesn’t Want to Do Steely Dan’s Dirty Work No More
3/4/2014 11:36:00 AM
If you saw the movie American Hustle, you'll recall that Steely Dan's song, "Dirty Work," was used to frame one of the opening scenes. But when the soundtrack was released, the song was not included. Turns out that Walter Fagen and Donald Becker declined to allow it... and now we may know why.
Former Steely Dan vocalist David Palmer has launched a lawsuit against Fagen and Becker, seeking unpaid royalties for his work on the band’s debut album, Can’t Buy A Thrill. Palmer sang lead vocals on the tracks Dirty Work and Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me) for the 1972 album, and backing vocals on a number of other songs. He also fronted the band when they toured in support of the album.
After Fagen took over lead vocals, Palmer remained with the band to record backing tracks on 1973′s Countdown To Ecstasy album before moving on.
Palmer, who ...
Roger Daltry: Keith Moon Was a Shakespearean Character
3/3/2014 4:26:00 PM
Over the last few years, little has been heard about the long-gestating film Who frontman Roger Daltrey has been planning to produce about his band's late drummer, Keith Moon. However, in a new fan Q&A published in U.K. music magazine Q, Daltrey reveals that the project finally may be moving forward again.
"I'm back on it, and I'm back to the first draft of the script, which I've always loved," says the singer, referring to a script written by John Lahr, who's perhaps best known for penning Prick Up Your Ears, the 1978 biography of late British playwright Joe Orton.
Roger reports that he doesn't know yet who will portray Moon, "but it has to be someone new." He also points out that when plans for the film initially got under way 20 years ago, he "had Robert Downey Jr. lined up" for the lead role. He adds, "I had the whole damn ...
Real-Life Spinal Tap Stories: Stuck To The Stage
3/3/2014 11:16:00 AM
It was 30 years ago this week that the classic film satire film"This is Spinal Tap" was released.
Billed as a "rockumentary," this Rob Reiner-directed movie focused on the exploits of Spinal Tap, a fictitious English rock band embarked on its first U.S. concert tour in some years. The band's wonderfully dimwitted principal members were portrayed, with off-pitch-perfect accuracy, by American actors Christopher Guest (as lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel), Harry Shearer (as bassist Derek Smalls) and Michael McKean (as lead singer and rhythm guitarist David St. Hubbins).
The movie, of course, was an hilarious spoof of the rock lifestyle. But what about the funny real-life stories? Ultimate Classic Rock decided to go looking for some.
When we started compiling real-life ‘Spinal Tap’ stories, we knew we’d have to ask at least one former member of Guns N’ Roses to share, and Duff McKagan did not disappoint.
In honor of the ...
Unheard Led Zeppelin Mixes Headed To Auction
2/28/2014 11:06:00 AM
According to The Pulse Of Radio, several unreleased LED ZEPPELIN studio tapes will be auctioned next month at the Marvels Of Modern Music auction. The tracks are rough, early mixes from the band's sole double studio set, 1975's "Physical Graffiti". The tapes come from the private collection of noted engineer Ron Nevison, who is best known for his groundbreaking work with Pete Townshend on THE WHO's 1973 "Quadrophenia" — and who helped design Ronnie Lane's Mobile Studio, which was housed in the 26-foot Airstream trailer, which ZEPPELIN used for a portion of the "Physical Graffiti" album.
During a key session for the album, John Paul Jones was late to the studio, leaving Jimmy Page and John Bonham to work out the riff and basic track for "Kashmir" — which was recorded under the working title, "Driving To Kashmir".
Jimmy Page told The Pulse Of Radio that he knew from the ...
Springsteen Does Bee Gees???
2/27/2014 10:57:00 AM
Apparently, Bruce missed Disco Demolition.
Okay, this is a weird song choice for his Brisbane concert but, I have to admit, The Boss pulled it off. Bruce Springsteen opened up his final show in Australia with an epic rendition of the Bee Gees disco classic, "Stayin' Alive." It didn't hurt that Tom Morello played a blistering lead break. And since the Bee Gees grew up near Brisbane, it hit home with the crowd.
Perhaps even more bizarre was that during the four-hour show Springsteen led the audience in a mass twerk. Didn't see that coming.
The setlist included a couple of other Australian-based hits, AC/DC's "Highway To Hell" sing with Eddie Vedder and INXS's "Don't Change."
Huge Pink Floyd Exhibition Opening in Milan
2/26/2014 10:55:00 AM
Pink Floyd has announced a massive, 27,000 square foot exhibition entitled Their Mortal Remains, set to open in Milan on September 19.
Promising a multi-sensory experience that will encompass the band’s music and art in chonological order, the retrospective has been created with the active involvement of David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters and will be curated by Aubrey Powell of Floyd’s design team at Hipgnosis.
“If ever a band lent itself to a major retrospective exhibition it’s Pink Floyd,” says Powell.
“For a curator, selecting what to include from such a treasure trove, is both a dream and a nightmare: however there were elements that just had to be included, for example a 20 metre-wide sculpture of The Wall, 5 metre high inflatables and of course a flying pig. We shall be aiming for state-of-the-art, visuals and sonic delivery, similar to the experience of attending a Pink Floyd ...