David Gilmour recorded a cover of The Beatles "Here, There and Everywhere" for this month's edition of Mojo magazine, which also features Gilmour on the cover. For the most part, the former Pink Floyd frontman stays true to the original version, which originally appeared on the Beatles 1966 album Revolver.
Foreigner wrapped up a near two-week stand in Detroit with a special acoustic performance. The intimate show took place at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan. It will be released as a live album in early 2016 called The Hits Unplugged and Live.
The Velvet Underground's 1970 album Loaded is to receive a new six-disc reissue. The set, which Pitchfork reports is to be released on October 30 to celebrate the LP's 45th anniversary, will feature the original album remastered in stereo and mono, as well as previously-unreleased demos, outtakes and alternate mixes. Also included in the new collection will be two live albums.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have added a second leg to their Rebel Content Tour in support of their recently released album The Monsanto Years. The new tour dates are set to kick off on October 1 in Missoula, Montana and continue through October 17 in Berkley, California.
Van Morrison will make his 33 albums available on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming platforms beginning Friday, August 28. In 2009, the singer pulled his catalog from iTunes, saying at the time, "I'm not a download artist . . . I don't need them." Now, Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Entertainment, says it has "acquired the rights to the most complete discography . . ."
Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic Born to Run has turned 40 years old, prompting a series of retrospectives on the album that made Bruce a star. Speaking with The Week, Peter Ames Carlin, author of the Springsteen bio, Bruce, says the label, Columbia, was not fully behind the record at first.
James Taylor and Gary Clark Jr. are among the acts scheduled to debut on the upcoming season of Austin City Limits on PBS. The series' 41st season begins with a broadcast of ACL's 2015 Hall of Fame special on October 3. Taylor, whose latest LP Before This World topped the Billboard charts after its release in June, has never performed at ACL.
Gregg Allman says that the death of Duane Allman was detrimental to the Allman Brothers, leaving the group without a leader after his passing in 1971. "Every organization, I guess, needs a leader, a focal point — somebody [to] say, 'Go, stop,'" Allman told Newsday. "That's something Allman Brothers, after my brother, never had. It was just a bunch of head chefs together."
Paul McCartney says that, following the death of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon, there were times he feared for his life. Speaking with Uncut, he adds he was on "high alert" after Lennon's shooting and recalls one time when he spotted several armed men outside his apartment. "It was weird because in the days that followed it, I was sitting in the house," he began.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is one of many superstars to feature on Alice Cooper's upcoming covers project Hollywood Vampires, and he says, despite his decades of experience, working on the album was an "ego leveler." Perry helped out on a rendition of the 1970 Badfinger hit "Come and Get It," which also featured an appearance by Paul McCartney.
Bon Jovi has parted ways with Mercury Records, following the release of their last record Burning Bridges. Fronter Jon Bon Jovi dished on the split to Billboard. "It is the end of an era," he began. "Burning Bridges, he says, fulfilled "a commitment to Mercury Records. After 32 years, we have parted ways. That is the big news."
Neil Young says that Pono, his hi-res digital music player, is looking to expand once it finds more capital and a CEO. On Facebook, Young says his small team has laid the ground work for future success. "We are a little company doing what only one giant corporation has been able to do before," he began. "And we are doing some things they have not done."
The Charlie Daniels Band will release a CD/DVD combo Live at Billy Bob's Texas, recorded in February at the state's largest honky tonk, on October 16. The album features Daniels's beloved classics like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Drinking My Baby Goodbye" and "The South's Gonna Do It (Again)." "When you record live, you need to ignore the recording equipment . . ."
Van Halen were forced to cancel a scheduled performance in Hershey, Pennsylvania after David Lee Roth came down with the flu. "Due to David Lee Roth suffering from the flu and the doctor recommending he rest his throat, Van Halen's concert tonight (8/23) at Hersheypark Stadium has been cancelled," read the band's official statement. "Refunds will be available at point of purchase."
The Doobie Brothers brought back former member Michael McDonald for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon late last week. The group reunited for three songs - "Long Train Coming," "Takin' It to the Streets" and "What a Fool Believes." McDonald left the band in the early 1980s, but has showed up for several live gigs since.