At the annual Bridge School benefit concert in Mountain View, California Metallica joined Neil Young on stage for a rendition of Buffalo Springfield's "Mr. Soul." Young and James Hetfield shared vocal duties on the song's chorus, but Young handled the vocals for the rest of the song. The most entertaining part of the performance was a bit of a guitar duel.
Queen guitarist Brian May has cancelled all of his remaining 2016 activity due to, as he puts it, a "persistent illness which is destroying my energy and my will." According to a post on his official website, this includes the cancellation of his annual December candlelight concerts with Kerry Ellis.
Pete Townshend, the legendary guitarist of The Who, recently admitted that he really doesn't enjoy performing live. He claims to not get any thrill or natural high out of the experience. Townshend stated in an interview with The Times that "I would be a liar if I said, 'It was really fun, man. It was great!' It wasn't great. It was a gig. I did it and I got paid."
Bob Dylan has removed all mention of his Nobel Prize win from his official website. The phrase "winner of the Nobel Prize in literature" that was in "the lyrics" section of Dylan's website was taken down. The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet first spotted the acknowledgment, calling it a "sign of life" from the reclusive folk icon.
The Rolling Stones have released "Hate To See You Go," the second new cover tune to be teased from their upcoming blues cover album Blue & Lonesome. "Hate To See You Go" was originally performed by blues legend Little Walter back in 1955 and has seen many covers over the years. The Stones had previously released their cover of another Little Walter song, "Just Your Fool."
Classic rock fans looking for a truly unique concert experience will want to check out The Rock Pack Concert at Comerica Theatre on Friday, December 16 in Phoenix, Arizona. The show will feature an impressive lineup of artists from bands like Cheap Trick, Foreigner and Journey. The current roster of performers includes veteran rockers like Robin Zander.
Foreigner founding member Mick Jones will release the band's first-ever official biography, A Foreigner's Tale. A Foreigner's Tale dates back to the beginning, quite literally, of Jones and the band, dating all the way back to Jones' childhood in England and the formation of Foreigner. The book will also feature photographs from Jones' personal collection.
The rumors can now be put to rest. Bruce Springsteen confirmed that he did in fact write a song for the Harry Potter film series, but it was never used. The song was titled "I'll Stand By You." Springsteen stated in an interview with BBC Radio 2 that, "it was pretty good. It was a song that I wrote for my eldest son, it was a big ballad . . ."
"Killing A Little Time," the last in a trio of the final songs to be recorded by rock icon David Bowie has now been released. The song will be included on the upcoming soundtrack for Bowie's musical, Lazarus. "When I Met You" and "No Plan" the rest of the final trio of songs, were released a few days earlier. They were the last songs Bowie recorded before he died of liver cancer in January, at the age of 69.
Nude drawings of Iggy Pop that the musician recently posed for as part of a new art display have been compared to Michelangelo's David. "Even models who have been doing life drawing for years don't quite know how to pose to best express themselves," said Guno Park, one of the artists. "But Iggy was so natural and comfortable. He would naturally go towards the contrapostal pose of Michelangelo's David."
Bob Dylan is reportedly "strongly leaning" toward focusing on his gospel period for the thirteenth installment of his archival bootleg series. The only other set under major consideration is one that chronicles the 1974 Blood on the Tracks sessions, according to a source. "Personally I think the gospel set is more interesting," says a source close to the Dylan camp.
Former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery for his role in an altercation at a Las Vegas hotel this past April. According to TMZ, Neil will pay a $1,000 fine, spend six months on "informal probation" and undergo impulse control counseling as a result of his plea. Neil initially entered a not guilty plea in July.
Phil Collins admits that he would have joined The Who if he would have been asked. He added that he would have even left Genesis to join the band. "Absolutely would have joined The Who. I would have left Genesis to join The Who," Collins said during a Guardian webchat. "But they've got a great drummer now in Zak Starkey, he's fantastic. Someone with the balls that Keith Moon had."
Bruce Springsteen has once again opened up about the upcoming presidential election and affirmed his belief that Hillary Clinton will be the next president. He spoke during a recent interview on the BBC's Channel 4 news and explained that the GOP candidate has thrown away the election for himself.
The L.A. Kiss, an Area Football League team co-owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS, has reportedly ceased to be after just three seasons. The reports have yet to be confirmed by Simmons or Stanley. The AFL is certainly having a tough time of it lately. The L.A. Kiss is one of three teams that has folded in the past week, in addition to two other teams that have departed to join the Indoor Football League.