Debbie Harry of Blondie has opened up on the lyrics to the band's 1978 tune "One Way or Another," saying the song was inspired by an ex-boyfriend turned stalker. She told Classic Rock that the guy was "so wild, I had to move out of New Jersey." She adds that he worked all day in a chemical plant and begin drinking after his shift.
"Party Lights," a previously unheard Bruce Springsteen track, has surfaced online. The track is taken off of Springsteen's forthcoming box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. The new song contains lyrics that were later used on "Point Blank" and in the additional verse that Springsteen added to "Jersey Girl" by Tom Waits, according to Rolling Stone.
U2 have officially announced the makeup date for the Paris concert they cancelled in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. The band was originally scheduled to perform in the city on November 14. Now, according to a press release, the show will take place December 7, with a live HBO broadcast scheduled for 9 p.m. EST.
Ringo Starr is selling off a lot of personal belongings during a December 4-5 auction at Julien's in Beverly Hills. The collection, titled "The Property from the Collection of Ringo Star and Barbara Bach," features Starr's 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, as well as a 1966 325FG Rose-Morris model Rickenbacker owned by John Lennon.
David Bowie has released the ten-minute video for "Blackstar," the title track from his upcoming record. The vid, directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad), is set in outer space, and features a host of creepy elements. Those elements include a young woman walking the ruins of an old city, a bejeweled skull, men convulsing/dancing to the beat of a drummer . . ."
Lynyrd Skynyrd has canceled the remainder of their tour schedule this year, due to guitarist Gary Rossington's poor health. On Facebook, the band wrote that Gary is currently recovering from "recent heart procedures." "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his doctors," they wrote on Facebook. "Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring."
Classic albums from Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac and Def Leppard have been named to Billboard's Top 200 Greatest Albums of All-Time.
Springsteen's Born In the U.S.A. placed at No. 5, while Fleetwood Mac's Rumours placed at No. 15.
Blondie, Fleetwood Mac and Grateful Dead have been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall Of Fame. The annual inductees can include both singles and album recordings, all of which must be at least 25 years old. The recordings are chosen for their "historical and cultural significance."
Neil Young and Paul Simon paid tribute to Willie Nelson as he was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, becoming the first country music star to ever receive the award. The prestigious award honors a living performer and/or composer whose contributions to popular music exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins.
U2 have paid tribute to victims of the Paris terror attacks in a way only U2 could pull off. The band projected the Eiffel Tower with the message "Stronger Than Fear" and "Vive La France" during a performance of "City Of Blinding Lights" at the SSE Arena in Belfast.
David Bowie has revealed the artwork for his new album, Blackstar. The literal-minded art features a black star on a white background. Blackstar marks Bowie's first studio release since 2013's The Next Day. It is his 25th studio album and will be released via Columbia Records on his 69th birthday, January 8, 2016.
Keith Richards has released the music video for "Long Overdue," a cut from his latest solo effort, Crosseyed Heart. The animated vid follows a silhouetted figure stalking dark streets in search of a woman. "I had a ball making this new record and working with [drummer] Steve Jordan and [guitarist] Waddy Wachtel again," said Keith of the new LP.
Bob Seger has announced plans for a new record and tour to celebrate his 50th anniversary as an artist. Seger told Billboard that he plans to release a new album entitled I Knew You When that will consist, as the report puts it, of "unreleased songs that he has updated." No release date is given, but current plans call for the record to arrive sometime in 2016.
In a behind-the-scenes clip from his upcoming DVD, The Wall Live, Roger Waters visits the grave of his grandfather George Henry Waters, who was buried in Italy after being killed in action during World War I. Roger is joined by his sons India, Jack and Harry at the tomb. The Wall Live follows Waters and his band during their 2010-13 tour.
Anthony McCarten, the scribe behind Theory of Everything, has been brought on board to sort out the beleaguered production of the Freddie Mercury biopic. The first draft, written by Frost/Nixon playwright Peter Morgan, failed to get the greenlight. And, the film has also seen the departure of its leading man, Sacha Baron Cohen.