Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young have filed for divorce after a 36-year-long marriage. According to Rolling Stone, Neil filed in their place of residence San Mateo, CA on July 29. A hearing is scheduled for December 12. The two had collaborated musically in the past, and Pegi is said to be the inspiration behind the Young classics "Such a Woman," and "Once and Angel."
Def Leppard will play a pre-game show at the NFL's Wembley Stadium match on September 28. The stadium will host the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins, marking the ninth time NFL teams have traveled to London since 2007. "Having most recently visited Wembley in May to watch Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final, I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like . . ."
Bob Dylan is hitting the road once again, this time for a 31-date North American run, marking his first US dates in over a year. The latest leg of his "Never Ending Tour" runs through the end of the year. The trek kicks off on October 17 at Seattle's Paramount Theater, and wraps up with four nights at New York's Beacon Theater.
Stevie Wonder will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. The event goes down at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on Nov. 17. "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe."
Talking Head fronter David Byrne joined the Arcade Fire on stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center as the band covered the Suicide cut "Dream Baby Dream," marking the latest instance of the band covering home town acts on their Reflektor tour. Byrne dressed up in vampire make up for "rattling version" of the 1979 single, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Stevie Nicks has released a lyric music video for "Lady," a cut from her upcoming album 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault. The songs in the solo effort were written by Nicks between 1969 and 1995, and produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart (the Eurhythmics) and Waddy Wachtel.
Alice Cooper is set to release Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken on Oct. 21 as a CD/DVD combo. Footage and audio for the release is culled from Alice's 2013 concert at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.
The 22-song set features a bevy of classic Cooper hits along with covers of the Doors ("Break on Through") and the Who ("My Generation").
Aerosmith took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during a show in Texas on Monday night. The band was challenged by Motley Crue, and, for their part, passed on the challenge to Quentin Tarantino, Fleetwood Mac, Cheap Trick, the Dalai Lama, and the road crews for Aerosmith and Slash.
Billy Joel will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. The event goes down at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on November 17. "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people . . ."
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is the latest to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, posting a video of the dousing online. Wood has in turn nomintated Rod Stewart, Woody Harrelson and his son Tyrone to follow suit. So far, the ALS IBC has raised over $78 million in donations compared to $2.5 million during the same time period last year.
Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon, has been denied parole for the eighth time. The board in charge of determining whether Chapman was fit for release wrote that he was still a threat to society. The panel noted that "your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."
Rush drummer Neil Peart's new book Far and Near: On days Like These, hits retailers on Oct. 14. The book is a memoir that recalls Neil's time on the road with his band, according to a presser:
"Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell."
Nominated by Motley Crue to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, both KISS and Def Leppard - currently on tour together - accepted, getting doused for a good cause. In addition to the publicity, both acts donated $10,000 to ALS research. In turn, KISS nominated Elton John, Rod Stewart and Deepak Chopra to try the ALS IBC.
Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons says he's excited to take part in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 along with his wife Cris. The ride goes from Florida to Washington, covering over 4,000 miles in the process. "Cris and I are excited, and so ready to head out on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run," Patrick said on the Doobies' website.
Elvis Costello has contributed to the first track of the upcoming Bob Dylan tribute album Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes. All of the tracks on the album were based on lyrics written by Dylan earlier in his career but never set to music. The rock icon contributed to a track titled "Nothing to It."