Judas Priest have announced a new North American trek in support of their latest album, Redeemer Of Souls. They will be joined along the way by Mastodon. The mostly West Coast tour features a number of stops throughout California and Canada, including stops in San Francisco and San Jose, as well as Vancouver and Winnipeg.
U2's Bono claimed John Lennon and all the other members of the Beatles as Irish during an event in New York City on Wednesday, July 29. The frontman attended a ceremony on Ellis Island to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lennon receiving his U.S. green card. While at the event Bono addressed the 1974 iconic portrait of Lennon at Ellis Island holding up a peace sign.
A documentary chronicling the making of Keith Richards' new solo album Crosseyed Heart, Keith Richards: Under the Influence will premiere on Netflix on September 18, the same day the album comes out.
Neal Schon says that Steve Perry is always welcome to come back to Journey for a song, or more if the mood strikes, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. "The door has always been open, like I've said a zillion times," Schon pointed out during an interview. "People ask me every day, 'Are you reuniting?' Steve says, 'No,' and I say, 'You never know.'"
Peter Frampton has announced his first-ever completely acoustic tour. "This is a first for me and I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," Frampton says of the tour in a press release.
The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says that he rejected offers from Morrissey to record two albums, following the latter's departure from the Smiths. Speaking with Q, Townshend says Moz sent him a letter asking "Will you produce an album for me?" But Pete says, although he "really loves the Smiths," he said no.
The BBC has settled a copyright dispute with a list of bands that includes Neil Young, Journey and the Doors, meaning that BBC Radio DJs once again have license to play their songs. The four acts withdrew from the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) earlier this month, and in doing so also left the BBC's collective agreement with the organization.
Alice Cooper reveals that he was once in a bar brawl with members of Kasabian that stemmed from an argument over politics. "We were at a festival in Transylvania with Marilyn Manson and all these bands," Cooper tells NME.
Joe Walsh has announced a run of 13 dates for the fall, beginning September 18 in Warren, Ohio. In a presser, Walsh says fans should expect to hear a career spanning set of tunes. "I'm going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven't ever played live, but everything everyone's coming to hear will also be in the show," he began.
Guitarist DJ Ashba has announced that he's quit Guns N' Roses, posting a statement to his own Facebook page. He says the reason is to put more of his time into his band Sixx: A.M. "I have reached a point in my life where I feel its time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me."
Rolling Stones member Keith Richards may be getting up there in age, but that doesn't mean he's no fun; in fact, he tells Mojo magazine, he still enjoys needling Mick Jagger and smoking a daily joint. "Mick and I joust with each other all the time," he began. "From my end it's never been a fight. Mick's a control freak . . ."
The jacket worn by Ringo Starr in the Beatles's film Help! sold for $46,500 at Boston's RR Auction over the weekend. The double-breasted black wool number went to an unnamed "top rock 'n' roll collector in Rhode Island." According to the seller, the jacket features soft gray vertical line patterns and a keystone layout of six black buttons.
The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan used at the Newport Folk Festival 50 years ago returned to the fest on its first day over the weekend. In 2013, the guitar was bought at auction for $913,000 by Jim Irsay, owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. "[Dylan's guitar] is such an important part of musical history, and Dylan was our generation's Shakespeare, so it's our way to give back."
Roger Waters performed an acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival with My Morning Jacket as his backing band over the weekend. The boys played a set of Pink Floyd classics ("Wish You Were Here," "Mother," "Brain Damage," "Eclipse"), a couple of Waters' solo cuts ("Amused to Death," "The Bravery of Being out of Range") and even a couple covers.
Billy Joel and Elton John have reportedly smoothed things over after several years of bitter media feuding. Billy opened up about the dust up to Entertainment Weekly and says they actually patched things up ages ago. "We made up a long time ago," he told Entertainment Weekly.