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.
Garth Brooks is re-imagining his live set between its first leg, which ended in New Orleans in July, and its second leg, which begins in Dallas on September 17. He spoke with 102.3 Blake FM and told the station he's going for a new look. "We have taken a lot of looks at what's working, got rid of things that weren't, and we're coming out with a brand-new look," he began.
Jill Scott took to the stage in Times Square on Good Morning America on Tuesday to perform "Closure," the latest single from her recently released fifth studio album, Woman. According to Rap-Up, the cut finds Scott fusing "R&B vocal flourishes with funky instrumentation, including three background singers and a robust horn section."
"Walking Dead" actress Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara Chambler on the hit AMC show, has revealed that she is pregnant with her first child. She made the announcement in a new playful Instagram post. Alanna posed in a shirt dress as she placed a protective hand over her already blooming baby bump with the caption, "Guess what. . ."
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.
Ice T and Coco Austin have revealed that they are currently expecting their first child. "I've been pregnant for a while, but we've been holding it between us for some time," Coco told New York City's "Fox 5" news in a phone interview after sharing the news on Twitter. "[We'll share] all the juicy details: How far along I am, the gender."
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.
Madonna, co-owner of the pay streaming service Tidal along with Jay Z, says that, despite the slow start, she has faith in the project. She excoriated those who don't pay for music and expressed confidence that the model would prove viable. She adds that the backers are currently working out the "kinks" and plan on "building something unique."
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.
Lady Gaga joined U2 on stage at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, July 26 to perform "Ordinary Love," a U2 cut from the 2013 Mandela original soundtrack. "Her Ladyness, Her Gaganess," said Bono, introducing the Mother Monster, who provided vocals and played the piano. "Thanks for letting me sit in last night guys @U2, thanks for ripping with me in the garden."
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."
Erykah Badu has released a new mixtape, Feel Better World, Love, Ms. Badu, a combo of soul, jazz, and funk featuring cuts like Gary Bartz NTU Troop's "Drinking Song," RAMP's "Come Into Knowledge" and Eddie Kendricks's "My People Hold On." Badu posted a positive message along with the mix to uplift her fans.
Little Big Town have postponed their 2015 Painkiller tour, so that Jimi Westbrook can have more time to recover from a recent vocal cord surgery. The band announced that it canceled three weeks of shows in August. "It is with deep regret that we must cancel an additional three weeks of shows in August due to doctors' orders for Jimi to rest and recuperate his voice," LBT writes.
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 . . ."
"Empire" co-stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers are reportedly set to tie the knot. The pair got engaged over the weekend in Chicago and, according to Entertainment Weekly, it was a surprise engagement party arranged by the groom-to-be. "She thought it would just be the two of them going to dinner, but when they got there, he had arranged a party for about 20 of her friends and family members."