Sammy Hagar has cancelled his upcoming Birthday Bash shows in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico next month following damage to the area caused by Hurricane Odile.
The October shows at Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina have become an annual ritual for fans. "This year marks our 24th anniversary so nothing short of a massive hurricane could have kept me from Cabo," says Hagar.
"But after seeing the damage that Odile's caused to Los Cabos' airport, resorts and town, it's with an incredibly heavy heart that we've come to that decision.
"Our prayers and best wishes are with our Cabo Wabo family and everyone that's been affected by this storm. Los Cabos will recover better and stronger than before because of its incredibly strong community." (hennemusic)
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late heavy metal singer, last week presented a check for $100,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
This donation is the second installment in a commitment to fund gastroesophageal cancer research spearheaded by Dr. Jaffer A. Ajani, Professor, GI Medical Oncology, who treated Dio at the Center for the last six months of his life. The Fund's initial donation of $117,000 in December of 2010 served as seed money that allowed Dr. Ajani to receive additional grant monies as well as several National Cancer Institute (NCI) grants with a total amount of $10 million.
This year, the Dio Cancer Fund has been the beneficiary of funds generated from the worldwide release of the Dio tribute album, "This Is Your Life." It features Dio songs-from his tenures with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio performed by some of metal music's biggest names, among them Anthrax, Halestorm, Rob Halford, Metallica, Motörhead, Glenn Hughes, Scorpions, Corey Taylor and Tenacious D. It has sold over 80,000 units since its release on April 1st. The Fund's annual awards Gala this year doubled as a preview listening party for the album, generating additional revenues. (hennemusic)
Electric Light Orchestra, perhaps better known by their simple acronym ELO, returned to the stage for the fist time in 28 years at BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in Hyde Park, London. While that is news in and of itself, it appears that songwriter and frontman Jeff Lynne had a good enough time to indicate that more may be in store for ELO.
As reported by NME, Lynne gave the 50,000+ audience the thumbs up after a performance of set opener "All Over The World" (originally found on the 1980 Xanadu soundtrack), commenting, "Wow, fantastic. It's unbelievable this really. I haven't done anything like this for so long, I can't believe it."
Later, Lynne was more revealing as to how the experience was going for him, noting, "I'll do this again." Of course, we don't know if that means sooner or later (obviously Coachella would be champing at the bit to get ELO on their poster), but this indication of eventually further ELO appearance is enough to make audiences on both sides of the Atlantic pretty excited. (Radio.com)
The Doors 1968 self-produced documentary Feast Of Friends is to be released on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. It was filmed over a five-month period while the band were on the road by Paul Ferrara, the group's official photographer, and former classmate of Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.
Snippets from the film have surfaced over the years, appearing in videos and other documentaries, but this is the first time it has been officially released in its entirety.
Feast Of Friends includes the original film, which has been fully remastered, a compilation of outtakes titled Feast Of Friends: Encore, the 1968 documentary The Doors Are Open and a 10-minute live version of The End, which appeared on Canadian TV. (TeamRock Radio)
George Harrison was famously known as "The Quiet Beatle," but he wrote some of the group's songs, including "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "If I Needed Someone," "Taxman" and "Something" - and, arguably, he had the best solo album of an Beatle (that would be 1970's All Things Must Pass). At one point in the late '80s and early '90s, he also seemed to be the most popular Beatle, enjoying success via his smash album Cloud Nine and his membership in the Traveling Wilburys.
Now, Harrison is going to be the subject of a couple of tributes centered around the Sept. 23 reissues of his first six solo albums. During that week, Conan will feature daily tribute performances of Harrison's music, by artists including Beck, Dhani Harrison and Norah Jones. Dhani is George's son, oversaw the reissues (he also co-produced his father's final album, Brainwashed, released in 2002) He leads his own band, thenewno2, and is also a member of Fistful of Mercy, alongside Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur. Norah Jones has her own Harrison connection: she is the daughter of Harrison friend and classical sitar legend Ravi Shankar.(Radio.com)
Metallica will release all 27 of their 2014 concerts on CD and in a box set as they celebrate 10 years of livemetallica.com. The band also announced that they will be releasing the shows on limited edition 180-gram vinyl early next year.
"We've been extremely proud to offer virtually every show we've done in the past ten years as a download within days of the shows happening... sometimes even hours!," posted the band on Tuesday. "Over the years we've been able to offer more download options adding HD audio and Apple lossless files to the mix, but we still get requests for the "old school" compact disc. To celebrate ten years of Live Metallica, we're going to make that happen!"
"Starting today through the end of this year, every show that we've played in 2014 will be released on CD!," they continued. "We are gonna roll out three shows at a time on Mondays. We want to keep it simple, so we'll go in order of when the shows were played starting with Bogotá, Colombia, Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru from the March South American run. Next week the next three shows will be available and so on."
"For those of you who want it all, we're also giving you a chance to pre-order a box set with all 27 shows included, which will ship in December," said Metallica. "There's that special concept of a volume discount and you'll have a box to store all your CD's in. CD's will be priced at the very clever price of $19.81 a pop with the box set at $417.00 (spot the savings!) and you can place your orders at either LiveMetallica.com or in the Met Store." (hennemusic)
Rush will mark their 40th anniversary this fall with the release of a new video box set entitled "R40." While the Canadian rockers have yet to officially announce details of the project, fan site Rush Is A Band is sharing information as listed on the UK website SpinCDs.com.
According the site, "R40" will be issued as a 6-disc and 10-disc packages and released in Europe on November 17 - a North American release date has yet to be announced.
The 6-disc set will feature "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour", plus a bonus disc of previously unseen live material stretching from 1974 to 2013.
The 10-disc set splits "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" into 2 discs each, plus "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and the bonus disc of material.
The bonus disc presents live footage from a 1974 performance at Laura Secord Secondary School, New Jersey's Capitol Theatre in 1976, Lock and Key 1988, Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre 1997, I Still Love You Man 2011 and the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction.
The Blu-ray discs are contained in a 56-page hardback book the 6 discs contained in 5 additional rigid insert pages; the book is filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of Rush live in concert. (hennemusic)
Aerosmith are among the stars set to appear as part of a new boutique collection honoring the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons. The National Entertainment Collectibles Association announced the band are included in the next line-up of celebrities as part of The Simpsons exclusive "25 of the Greatest Guest Stars" program.
Due for release in October, the fourth installment of talent in this limited-edition boutique collection includes Buzz Aldrin, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Weird Al, and Aerosmith.
The limited-edition boutique collection includes a diverse array of products including figures, collectibles and apparel featuring the animated likenesses of 25 of the most celebrated guest stars as they appeared on the show. This is the first time in The Simpsons' 25-year history that merchandise has been designed around celebrity guest stars. (hennemusic)
Stevie Ray Vaughan's career will be celebrated this fall with the release of "Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection", a 12-disc box set due October 28.
The set brings together, for the first time, the entirety of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's official studio and live album catalogue, including the inaugural commercial release of "A Legend In The Making", a highly collectible (formerly) promotional only recording of SRV & DT's incendiary performance at Toronto's El Mocambo club in 1983. In addition, "The Complete Epic Recordings Collection" features two discs compiling rare and hard-to-find archival tracks.
Vaughan was already making a name for himself in Texas with live performances before releasing his debut album, "Texas Flood", in 1983. The record introduced the guitar slinger to the world and opened the gates for a flow of gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums for Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, an unprecedented achievement for any blues act.
Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, following an awe-inspiring performance with Double Trouble and Eric Clapton at the Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin. (hennemusic)
Alice Cooper will release a new concert package, "Raise The Dead - Live From Wacken", this fall. Due October 21 in North America, (Oct 17 in Germany and October 20 in UK), the set features the rock legend recorded in concert at Wacken Open Air, an annual summer open air heavy metal festival that takes place in the small village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany.
Recorded live on August 3, 2013, "Raise The Dead" will be available as DVD + CD digipack. The DVD contains 22 songs plus an interview with Alice, while the double CD contains the complete concert. (hennemusic)
The fall will be a fruitful season for fans of Bob Dylan. Shortly after announcing a massive Basement Tapes anthology release, Dylan has announced a sizable North American tour behind that and possibly more, as a new album is rumored for release before the end of 2014 as well.
Dylan will kick off his newest tour with a three-night stop in Seattle from Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. He'll conduct similar short residencies at multiple cities across North America, including Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago.
The tour will close with a four-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 1-2. Dylan will release The Basement Tapes Complete on Nov. 4. The six-disc set will include 138 tracks. An additional album, Lost on the River, includes Dylan songs from around the same era covered by an all-star cast including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and more. The closest dates to Las Vegas will be three dates in Los Angeles starting October 24th. (Radio.com)
Genesis concert film Three Sides Live is set to be released on Blu-ray for the first time. Three Sides Live is released on the format on November 3rd in the UK.
Filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America, it was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only ever been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007.
Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray. The show focuses on tracks from the Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are intercut with behind the scenes footage and interviews with band members. (Classic Rock)
Lynyrd Skynyrd have been around not only long enough to tragically lose members in a plane crash, but also accumulate a host of famous friends that they've worked with or consorted with over the years.
This fall, the legendary band will be honored with a full night of music at Atlanta's Fox Theatre titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" on Nov. 12, Billboard reports.
Among the featured guests : Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Govt Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant.(Radio.com)
Sammy Hagar has teamed up with Foreigner guitarist and cofounder Mick Jones to work on some new material, the Red Rocker revealed in a new online posting.
"Mick Jones and myself enjoying a great dinner at El Paseo Restaurant after writing for two days together at my studio," posted Hagar along with a photo of the pair. "What a blast - old friends getting together and writing some new songs.
Hagar and Jones have a long shared history in the musicindustry, including working together on Van Halen's 1986 album, "5150", which was produced by the Foreigner axeman
The Who's Roger Daltrey has confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine that the band are planning a massive world tour in 2015 that will likely be their final one, however they have no plans to retire from live performing altogether. "People have read that wrong though. We aren't finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour," Daltrey says. He added that contrary to recent reports, the 2015 tour will not be in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. "Our anniversary is actually right now," says Daltrey. "We were the Who fifty years ago this month. To us, 2015 is just another year." The Who toured America and Europe in 2012 and 2013 playing their 1973 double-LP Quadrophenia, but Daltrey says the 2015 tour will focus on their vast catalog of hits. "People don't want new stuff. The fans might want that, but most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with... We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits." Daltrey also said the Who might record new material in 2014 ahead of the tour. - Rolling Stone....