The Doors 1967 debut record has been added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. The rock classic joins a handful of other iconic recordings in the Registry's newest class including albums by Radiohead, Lauryn Hill, Sly and the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Ben E. King.
The cult classic film series titled The Decline of Western Civilization, featuring music and appearances by Aerosmith, is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray this summer. The three-part documentary focuses on the punk, rock and metal scenes in and around Los Angeles from the early 1980s through the 1990s. The series was directed by Penelope Spheeris.
The late Steve Jobs was not much of a Neil Young fan, as the famed Apple chief reveals in a new biography. Young had routinely spoken out about his distaste for Apple and their iTunes music platform, which the rock legends has argued propagates poor audio quality. Jobs was rumored to have beefed with Young over his comments about iTunes and is quoted blasting Young in a new bio.
Paul McCartney is scheduled to play a set at the 2015 Lollapalooza taking place in Chicago's Grant Park starting Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2. Other acts performing at the event include Florence & The Machine, Metallica, Sam Smith, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Bassnectar and The Weeknd.
Chris Hardman, who competed as Lil' Chris on Gene Simmons' reality series Rock School, has passed away at the age of 24. The BBC reports that police in Suffolk, England, discovered Hardman's body after being called to the scene by reports that "a man had died suddenly." A cause of death has yet to be reported.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will release a new live album, Sweet Home Alabama, this summer. Sweet Home Alabama was recorded during the band's appearance on German music program Rockpalast in 1996. In addition to the show, the new reissue includes three songs ("Workin' for MCA, "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama") recorded at the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5, 1974.
David Crosby recently hit and injured a jogger with his 2015 black Tesla electric car in Southern California on Sunday, March 22. The 46-year-old jogger, Jose Jimenez, who was struck with the 73-year-old classic rocker's car was airlifted to the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara after the incident happened. When the jogger was hit he was "propelled" forward by the car.
John Fogerty has announced that his upcoming memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, will be release on October 6. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman says the book will be about his highs and lows during his personal and professional life. "I'm excited to share my story and my life with you," he says in a statement.
Def Leppard have announced a cruise ship tour, Hysteria on the High Seas, set to launch from Miami and visit the private island Half Moon Cay, along with Freeport in the Bahamas from January 21-25. Def Lep teased the news, along with details on the vessel, on their official website. "The Divina is pure luxury," they write.
Ronnie Wood is prepping the publication of the diaries he composed as a teenager. The book, How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, will feature entries from the Rolling Stones guitarist written in 1965. "I suppose my own private world is in the diary," Wood says. "This diary shows what an amazing schedule I had. We'd be travelling the length and breadth of the country."
Black Sabbath have announced a "farewell" gig set in Japan during the band's Tokyo leg of Ozzfest on November 22. Sharon Osbourne, who announced the news via YouTube, did not specify whether it'd be the band's last Japan gig, or last gig ever. "Ozzfest will be back in Japan on November 21st and 22nd," she said. "And this will be Black Sabbath's farewell."
Rush have been awarded the Juno Humanitarian Award this year. Frontman Geddy Lee was the only band member at the event, at which his band was introduced by his friend and Universal Music Canada president Randy Lennox . . .
The Yardbirds have postponed their U.S. tour, set to begin in Connecticut on April 3, after drummer Jim McCarty fell ill. "Unfortunately, due to health concerns and extenuating circumstances, The Yardbirds' Spring 2015 tour dates have been postponed." The band has announced no plans to reschedule dates.
Randall Miller, director of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider says that the 2014 death of camera assistant Sarah Jones is "a horrible tragedy that will haunt me forever." "On Feb 20th, 2014, a great number of mistakes were made and the terrible accident occurred which took Sarah Jones' life," a statement from Miller read.
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is suing an Oregon woman in an effort to regain access to various social media accounts, including his own Facebook page. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Neil gave access to his accounts to Kristy Sinsara, a social-media strategist who is still managing the pages even after her termination.