ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this month, Metallica played a rare acoustic concert to raise money for the band's All Within My Hands charity organization. If you missed it, the metal legends have shared a live video from the show of them performing the St. Anger song that gave the foundation its name. You can watch it now on YouTube.
During the concert, which featured an opening set from Cage the Elephant, Metallica also played acoustic versions of songs like "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters," plus covers of tunes by Deep Purple, Bob Seger and more.
The show raised over $1.3 million for issues including hunger and workforce education.
Meanwhile, All Within My Hands also donated $50,000 to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and the North Valley Community Foundation to help those affected by the devastating California wildfires.
Metallica will plug back in when their U.S. tour resumes November 26 in Las Vegas.
Credit: Ross HalfinJoe Perry is making progress after landing in the hospital due to a health issue he experienced last Saturday backstage at New York City's Madison Square Garden following a guest performance at Billy Joel's concert. A rep for the Aerosmith guitarist tells ABC Radio that Perry "was released from the hospital and is home and doing well."
Perry also took to his social media sites on Tuesday to let fans know he was "[d]oing well," and thanking them "for all the love and support!"
According to a statement issued Sunday by Joe's publicist, the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement added that Perry was "alert and responsive" after the incident.
Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before the incident.
This health scare follows a July 10, 2016, incident during which the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer collapsed onstage while performing in Brooklyn, New York, with his side band, The Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that Joe suffered cardiac arrest, although he returned to action later that year.
Perry is scheduled to launch a 10-date U.S. solo tour in support of his 2018 solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto on November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa. He recently released a new single called "Quake" that will appear on an upcoming vinyl version of the album.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their first tour dates of 2019. The Los Angeles rockers will launch a tour of Australia and New Zealand starting in February.
The trek, which features nine shows, kicks off February 17 in Hobart, Australia, and is mapped out through a March 8 concert in Auckland, New Zealand. For the full list of dates and ticket info, visit RedHotChiliPeppers.com.
The Peppers have been pretty quiet in 2018 -- they've played only a few one-off shows this year, including a surprise appearance at a California school for Halloween.
In addition to returning to the road, the Chilis also are returning to the studio to work on new music. Their most recent album is 2016's The Getaway.
PRNewsFoto/Palms Casino ResortWednesday was a nice day for Billy Idol, who was sworn in as an American citizen at a ceremony held in Los Angeles.
Photos of the British-born punk rocker at the ceremony have been posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' socialmedia sites. One of the pics shows Idol taking the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance while holding a small U.S. flag.
The websites also feature a brief Q&A with Billy, who was born William Broad in November 1955 in Stanmore, U.K., sharing his feelings about America.
Recalling his first memory of coming to the U.S., Idol says, "I was only 2 or 3 years old the first time I came to the U.S. But I remember when I came back in the '80s to live here permanently that I was so happy because I love America."
Billy also was asked, "What does being an American mean to you?" to which he responded, "Today it feels fantastic to now be part of the democratic process. I am excited to be a citizen like my children."
In other news, Idol recently reunited with his former Generation X band mate, bassist Tony James, along with two members of the Sex Pistols, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, to form a punk supergroup called Generation Sex. The band played its first show late last month in Los Angeles, and also did a private gig in New York City earlier this week.
Idol's current tour schedule includes two multiple-show Las Vegas engagements, in January and October 2019, as part of his residency at Palms Casino Resort's Pearl Theater.
ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this month, Metallica released a deluxe reissue of their 1988 opus ...And Justice for All. In an interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Lars Urlich reflects on the band's Damaged Justice tour in support of the album, and how it impacted the direction of their next effort, the mega-successful Black Album.
Damaged Justice was, at the time, Metallica's biggest headlining tour, from the venue size to production. It also came at a time when the metal legends were at their most progressive -- ...And Justice for All was filled with different musical moments and changing time signatures. Playing those songs live, Ulrich says, made Metallica rethink the band's direction.
"That's when we started having a few conversations that maybe we had taken the progressive side of Metallica as far as it could go and we were all yearning for stuff that was little bit simpler and maybe a little more physical," Ulrich remembers. "A lot of that stuff was very heady and cerebral, like, 'Here I am onstage and I'm just constantly thinking about the next part.'"
Lars continues, "I remember that some of the earlier songs worked a little...better as the places got bigger in terms of the physicality of it. So a few months later, when we started writing again, that's when 'Enter Sandman,' 'Sad but True' and 'Wherever I May Roam' was born. It was a new direction."
Those songs would go on to form the foundation of The Black Album, which remains Metallica's most successful release.
Credit: Linda StrawberryThe new Smashing Pumpkins album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., the band's first to feature original members Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin in 18 years, is out today.
After nearly two decades of Corgan being the sole founding Pumpkin still in the group, Iha and Chamberlin announced earlier this year that they'd be returning for an extensive North American tour. Original bassist D'arcy Wretzky was not involved in the reunion.
Once they were back together, the trio also started working on new music. What started out as a plan for just one song became something more when they ended up writing enough material for a whole album, which became Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1.
The first preview of the album came in the form of "Solara," which boasted a heavy riff of chunky, distorted guitars. That was then followed by the "1979"-esque "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)" and the string-and-choir-laden "Knights of Malta."
Speaking to Billboard, Corgan says he wanted the reunion to be a "positive experience" for Iha and Chamberlin. Personal conflicts were a driving force in breaking up the Pumpkins, and prior to getting back together, he hadn't spoken to Iha in almost 17 years.
"I don't look at it like, 'As long as it's positive for me, who cares?'" Corgan says. "I was like, 'I really want this to be a positive for everybody involved.' I don't want to go through any more weird negativity."
The Pumpkins will play a series of special 30th anniversary shows beginning November 28 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe expanded and remastered reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1995 concert video Voodoo Lounge Live -- which features footage from a November 1994 show in the Miami area -- gets its release in multiple formats today.
Retitled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, the package features 10 previously unreleased performances and is available as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-Blu-ray collection and a digital video. Also available: three-LP sets on black vinyl and colored vinyl, as well as digital-audio editions.
The concert took place at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during The Stones' tour in support of their chart-topping 1994 album, Voodoo Lounge. The show featured an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg, and guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley and blues guitarist Robert Cray.
The band's set featured several Voodoo Lounge tunes, a few covers, some deep cuts and an assortment of Stones classics, including "Tumbling Dice," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Beast of Burden," "Angie," "Miss You," "Honky Tonk Women," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
The Voodoo Lounge Uncut video also boasts five bonus performances shot in August 1994 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Several videos promoting the new release have been posted on the band's official YouTube channel. Among them: a short documentary featuring frequent Stones art director Mark Norton discussing the images he designed for the Voodoo Lounge tour and the Voodoo Lounge Uncut packaging; a trailer for the concert film; and full performance clips of "Miss You" and "Happy."
Here's the track list for the new video and audio releases:
Whoopi Goldberg Intro "Not Fade Away" "Tumbling Dice" "You Got Me Rocking" "Rocks Off"* "Sparks Will Fly"* "Live with Me"* "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" "Beast of Burden"* "Angie" "Dead Flowers"* "Sweet Virginia" "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"* "It's All Over Now" "Stop Breakin' Down Blues" "Who Do You Love?" "I Go Wild"* "Miss You" "Honky Tonk Women" "Before They Make Me Run"* "The Worst" "Sympathy for the Devil" "Monkey Man"* "Street Fighting Man"* "Start Me Up" "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" "Brown Sugar" "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Here are the bonus video performances from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ:
"Shattered" "Out of Tears" "All Down the Line" "I Can't Get Next to You" "Happy"
Credit: Dave HoganMore hints that The Rolling Stones are planning to announce a major North American tour have popped up online and at locations across the continent.
First off, the band's official Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram have posted a video depicting the Statue of Liberty and a sun with the group's lips-and-tongue logo rising over the ocean, as the intro to "Paint It Black" plays.
In addition, according to various reports gathered by the IORR.org fan site, The Stones' famous logo has been spotted on billboards near MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and on the Oakland Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland, California, as well as on a scoreboard in Seattle's CenutryLink Field. Meanwhile, an ABC News source reports that large stickers showing the logo have been seen on the sidewalks of Chicago.
Rumors about a North American tour began heating up earlier this month when the lips-and-tongue logo was spotted at two U.S. football stadiums: on a large banner hung from the outside of Denver's Broncos Stadium at Mile High and on the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Also at Gillette Stadium, during a November 4 New England Patriots game, the team's cheerleaders did a dance routine to the Rolling Stones classic tune "Start Me Up," while revealing that they were wearing Stones t-shirts.
The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time that the rock legends toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015; the band also played a few stateside shows in October 2016.
ABC/Adam TaylorBono will return to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the show's fourth annual (RED) benefit episode, airing Monday, November 19.
The U2 frontman, who co-founded (RED) in 2006, will join host Jimmy Kimmel and celebrities including Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis and Pharrell to support the charity, which raises funds for the fight against AIDS.
As with previous years, the special will include a QVC-like Shopathon, offering many different (RED) products and unique celebrity experiences.
Previous specials have featured performances from Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers.
The show will air ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.
Courtesy of Wende Correctional FacilityJohn Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for a 10th time this past August, and now a transcript of the murderer's latest parole hearing has been released by New York prison officials. During the hearing, the 63-year-old Chapman said he "feel[s] more and more shame" every year that passes about what he did.
Chapman admitted that when he shot the former Beatles star to death in December 1980, he was selfishly seeking notoriety, but now maintains he's a changed man, thanks to his faith in Christianity. While in prison, Chapman has become a born-again Christian and founded a ministry with his wife.
That being said, Chapman said he didn't believe he deserves to be released from prison. "I don't think somebody that did what I did deserves anything," he told the review board.
Also during the hearing, Chapman recalled that on the day he killed Lennon, the rock legend had been "incredible" to him, having signed his copy of the Double Fantasy album.
Reflecting on his thoughts that day, Chapman recalled, "I do remember having the thought of, hey, you have got the album now, look at this, he signed it, just go home but there was no way I was going to go home." He maintained that he prayed to God and his conscience was undergoing "a tug of war," but he ultimately decided to go through with the murder.
Looking at his crime today, Chapman said, "this whole thing was a senseless, senseless bunch of bologna, just senseless, cruel and senseless."
In ruling to keep Chapman incarcerated, the New York Board of Parole explained, "The panel has determined that your release would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of society." He will be eligible for parole again in 2020.
Matt Baron/ShutterstockEach year, the British department store chain John Lewis releases a splashy Christmas ad, usually featuring a cover version of a beloved pop hit. The ad is highly anticipated, and its release marks the official kickoff of the U.K. holiday season. This year, none other than Elton John is front and center in the ad, called "The Boy & the Piano."
In the touching video, we see Elton sitting in a living room at an old upright piano, looking wistful. He begins to play his first big hit, "Your Song," and as he does, we're taken on a journey backward through time.
We see Elton performing the song in the present day in Las Vegas, then sitting in a dressing room circa 1990, onstage wearing a pink Mohawk wig in 1986, performing at a stadium in the mid '70s, playing the piano on an airplane in the early '70s, and singing "Your Song" during a British TV appearance in 1971.
After we see Elton recording the song in the studio in January 1970, we jump back even further. Elton's a teenager, playing the piano at a family gathering in the '60s while people dance around him. Then, he's a kid in the '50s, playing the piano at a recital, with his proud mom in the audience. And finally, we see him at the age of about three or four, running into the living room on Christmas morning to greet his mom and grandma, and unwrapping the same upright piano we see him playing in the beginning.
As we cut back to present-day Elton at the piano, he closes the lid, and we see these words: "Some gifts are more than just a gift."
Credit: Ross HalfinWith 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of ZZ Top's formation, the Texas blues-rock trio has announced plans to launch an extensive European tour this summer in celebration of the milestone.
The trek will launch in early June somewhere in Scandinavia and will wrap up in late July in the U.K. So far, only five shows have been confirmed -- taking place June 19 at the Prague Rocks festival in Prague, Czech Republic; June 25 at Forest National in Brussels, Belgium; June 29 at Castle Clam in Linz, Austria; July 5 at the Barcelona Rock Fest in Barcelona, Span; and July 12 at the SSE Arena Wembley in London.
Regarding the band's anniversary plans, frontman Billy Gibbons says, "It's been 50 years, and I think we're starting to get pretty good! We're just as excited to play Barcelona this summer as we were to play Beaumont [Texas] back in '69. The beards are, perhaps, a bit longer, but nothing much else has changed and we hope to keep it that way."
As previously, reported, ZZ Top also has a Las Vegas residency and several concerts in California lined up for January and February, although these performances don't appear to be part of the band's 50th anniversary festivities. Check out the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers' full itinerary at ZZTop.com.
Credit: Marylene EytierCarlos Santana and his band will launch a 2019 North American leg of its Global Consciousness Tour with a series of March and April shows in Mexico and the U.S.
The concerts will be bookended by previously announced Las Vegas engagements in January-February and May, as part of Santana's ongoing residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.
The tour kicks off March 17 in Mexico City, and currently is scheduled through an April 28 concert in Rogers, Arkansas. The outing will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Santana's massively successful Supernatural album, as well as the 50th anniversary of the band's performance at the historic Woodstock festival.
Visit Santana.com to find out details about when tickets will be available for the shows.
As for the band's Las Vegas performances, two eight-date stands have been lined up, running from January 23 through February 2 and May 15 through May 26.
Here are all of Santana's confirmed 2019 concerts:
1/23, 25-27, 30-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay 2/1-2 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay 3/17 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Vive Latino Festival 2019 3/19 -- Puebla, Mexico, Acropolis Puebla 3/21 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex 4/18 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Al Lang Stadium 4/19 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Event Center 4/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 4/22 -- Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House 4/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre 4/27 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove 4/28 -- Rogers, AR, The Walmart Amp 5/15, 17-19, 22, 24-26 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
Credit: Mitchell GlotzerGeorge Thorogood and the Destroyers have launched the third annual edition of its "Who Do You Love?" holiday charity social media campaign, which seeks to raise funds for charitable organizations that are important to the band.
The initiative, which launched on Monday, focuses on one charity each week through December 24. To draw attention to the organizations, Thorogood and his group is creating special videos promoting each cause that will be posted on GeorgeThorogood.com, on George's official YouTube channel, and on the band's Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.
"The band and I chose a few charities this year that our hearts are near and dear to, and we hope that in highlighting these causes through the holiday season, it will help bring awareness to the importance of their missions," says Thorogood. "Happy Holidays everyone!"
The first charity being showcased is Veterans Matter, an organization that helps homeless military veterans find housing and shelter.
Credit: Danny NorthU2 was among the winners at the 2018 Billboard Live Music Awards ceremony, held Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, California. The Irish rockers received the Top Boxscore award -- which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist -- for their four-show stand last month at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The concerts were part of U2's eXPERINCE iNNOCENCE Tour in support of the group's 2017 album, Songs of Experience. The band was the only rock act to take home a trophy at this year's ceremony.
The big winner was British pop star Ed Sheeran, who nabbed the Top Tour, Top World Tour and Top Draw honors. The Top Tour prize is for the highest-grossing tour of the year, while the Top Draw award is for the year's best-attended trek, meaning the one that sold the most actual tickets.
Also at the ceremony, pop-blues artist John Mayer, who's also a member of the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company, received the prestigious Legend of Live Award for his extensive touring career. He said one of the secrets to his success is working with friends who eventually become his "family" on the road.
The Billboard Live Music Awards formerly was known as the Billboard Touring Awards.
Myrna M. Suarez/Getty ImagesAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has shared a little update about how he's feeling after experiencing a health issue this past Saturday backstage following his performance with Billy Joel at New York City's Madison Square Garden that landed him in a local hospital.
"Doing well, thanks for all the love and support!" Perry wrote in a message posted Tuesday on his socialmediasites.
Among those sending love and support to Joe was his band mate Steven Tyler, who tweeted a message Tuesday featuring a heart and two "praise" emojis, along with the phrase "MY BROTHER."
According to a statement from Perry's publicist, the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement added that Perry was "alert and responsive" after the incident.
Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before his backstage collapse. Concert goers tell ABC Radio that Joe showed no noticeable signs of distress during his performance.
Perry previously collapsed onstage on July 10, 2016, during a show in Brooklyn, New York, with his side band, The Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that he suffered cardiac arrest, from which he apparently made a full recovery.
Joe is scheduled to launch a series of 10 U.S. solo concerts on November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa. Perry's backing band for the shows is slated to include his fellow Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Extreme singer Gary Cherone.
Courtesy of ShowtimeStill On the Run: The Jeff Beck Story, a documentary focusing on the life and music of British rock-guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck that was released as a home video last May, will premiere on Showtime on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
The film examines the influential musician's innovative playing and long career, including his work with The Yardbirds, various Jeff Beck Group lineups and as a solo artist, as well as his collaborations with many famous musicians. The movie also delves into Beck's lifelong passion for classic cars and his love of American B-movies.
The film features candid interviews with Beck filmed at his home and in his workshop. It also includes conversations with a variety of Jeff's famous musical friends, associates and fans, among them Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Joe Perry, Slash and Jan Hammer.
Page, who became friends with Beck as a teenager and later played with him in The Yardbirds, comments in the film, "He developed a style that's unique, and that's pretty magical."
Stewart, meanwhile, who fronted the Jeff Beck Group's first incarnation from 1967 to 1969, says Jeff "gets sounds that no other guitar player gets…he is still the most original."
Still On the Run also will be available to view on demand for Showtime subscribers beginning on December 11.
ABC/Adam TaylorU2 closed out their extensive eXPERIENCE iNNOCENCE tour Tuesday and Berlin, and it would be hard to argue that the Irish rockers don't deserve a break. However, that break might be an extended one.
During the Berlin show, Bono announced that the band is "going away now."
"We've been on the road for quite some time now, just going on 40 years," Bono says in footage posted by the U2gigs fan account.
"This last four years have been really something very special for us," he continues. "We're going away now."
While that could mean a variety of things, some are fearing that the end is near for U2, while more optimistic fans are hoping the band simply needs some rest. Perhaps they just need a bit to dream it all up again once more.
Over the last four years, U2 released two albums: 2014's Songs of Innocence and 2017's Songs of Experience. In 2017, they also launched a tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree.