Sony Classics Pictures has released a trailer for ‘Journeys,’ the Jonathan Demme-directed film which combines footage from Neil Young‘s 2011 solo show at Toronto’s Massey Hall with a road trip up through his native Ontario. The documentary, which premiered at Sundance this past January, will be in theaters June 29.
The Twitter feeds of Bruce Springsteen fans exploded with shock tonight (May 2) when fans attending his show at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. reached for their phones to tell the world that he performed the obscurity ‘Bishop Danced.’ Springsteen had not sang the song since an opening slot for Blood, Sweat and Tears at the Berkeley Community Theatre on March 2, 1973.
Today (May 1) saw the release of the DVD of ‘Living in the Material World,’ the Martin Scorcese-directed documentary about George Harrison that debuted on HBO last October. A companion CD, ‘Early Takes, Vol. 1,’ which compiles ten Harrison demos that were used in the film, also came out. In a new interview, Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, and Harrison’s wife Olivia discussed the previously unreleased material.
For all of its gleaming new resorts, Las Vegas has long had a reputation as a haunted city. From the mobsters who helped build the city and disappeared under mysterious circumstances to those who came to Sin City in search of fortune but died broke and hungry, the ghosts of Las Vegas could be found if you know where to look. After appearing on the Travel Channel’s ‘Ghost Adventures,’ which aired on April 27, Vince Neil of Motley Crue believes they’re in Room 908 of the Riviera Hotel.
In recent years, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or simply, JazzFest, has grown beyond its roots as the nation’s premier showcase for the city’s unique contributions to American music. While it still features plenty of jazz, blues, Cajun, soul, gospel and funk, the festival now brings in some of the biggest names in classic rock as headliners. The first weekend saw the Beach Boys, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band close out each day’s musical festivities.
Once again news continues to swirl from the Rolling Stones‘ camp over whether or not they will record again. Last week, Ron Woodretracted his original retraction on the subject, with sources saying he was overheard telling somebody that he, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would be going into the studio very soon. Now, there is talk that bassist Bill Wyman may return to the fold.
Good news for vinyl enthusiasts and Van Halen fans. Beginning May 4, the group is giving away a limited-edition seven-inch single of ‘She’s the Woman’ with the purchase of their new album, ‘A Different Kind of Truth.’
Following his recent controversial statements about President Barack Obama, Ted Nugent will be questioned by the Secret Service on Thursday. Nugent, who has in some circles become more famous for his politics in the last 20 years than his music, said at a National Rifle Association convention that, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Finally, some good news in the world of classic rock. Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were recovered Tuesday (April 17). The instruments had been reported missing since Friday, when they were taken from the Culver City, Calif. soundstage where the band was rehearsing for its upcoming tour, which begins Wednesday night in Broomfield, Colo.
For a guy who waited 15 years to unleash ‘Chinese Democracy’ on the public, Axl Rose is sure writing a lot these days. However, it’s not new songs producing, but rather another open letter to his fans clarifying his much-publicized decision to decline his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last weekend.
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