Alan Jackson's guitar is part of a new exhibit on display now at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The country icon's Jim Triggs guitar, which was used to perform "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" during the 2001 CMA Awards, will be featured in Louder Than Music: Rock, Power & Politics, an exhibit.
Members of the Smiths and the Cranberries have teamed up to form the new supergroup called D.A.R.K. The group features Smiths bassist Andy O'Rourke and is fronted by the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan. The band's debut release Science Agrees is due out on September 9. New York based producer-songwriter Olé Koretsky is also involved.
Mariah Carey has extended the dates of her ongoing Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour. The run will now include a handful of dates in South America and Mimi broke news of the new addition in a post to Instagram. "Lambily I can't wait to finally join you in South America for the next leg of the Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour! For more info and to view all the dates, visit mariahcarey.com/tour.
The Hells Angels once plotted to kill Mick Jagger stemming from the band's ill-fated performance at the Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969, where the biker gang was hired as security. After a concertgoer was murdered during the Stones performance, which ended during the third song, Jagger vowed never to use the Hell's Angels again, which understandably upset them.
For the first time in nearly a decade, Radiohead played "Let Down" off their 1997 album OK Computer. The band has only played the song seven times since 1998. Radiohead recently started the American portion of their Moon Shaped Pool tour. "Let Down" was the first song of their encore. They have yet to release any word on possible 2017 tour dates.
Brad Paisley joined Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas on stage during a recent appearance in Washington, D.C. The latter two are currently out on a U.S. tour and Paisley hit the stage with them for a performance of his duet with Lovato called "Without A Fight." Speaking of the collaboration Paisley joked, "I think she can hit notes that we can't hear."
Joe Walsh has opened up about this presidential election and notes that he will not vote for either candidate. Speaking with a syndicated news source Walsh said that he plans to abstain from either major candidate, but that doesn't mean he'll sit idle this election season. "I am not for any existing candidate but I sure am going to vote on who the judges are where I live . . ."
British Lion, the side project of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris, will embark on a new tour this fall. The band will also headline the Planet Rockstock festival on Saturday, December 3 at Trecco Bay, South Wales. The band's 2012 debut album sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Queen star Brian May has opened up about Elizabeth Banks' use of the track "We are the Champions" during her entrance to the DNC convention over the weekend. The rock legend has previously blasted the Republican nominee for using the track without consent, but says he was fine with Banks' usage.
Erykah Badu and Nas have teamed up together for their release "This Bitter Land." The track will be released on the soundtrack to the film The Land and finds the legend's leaning into the current state of race relations in the United States. "This bitter land, watered with my soul," sings Badu. "The fruit it bares leaves me so cold / This bitter land does nothing for love."
Blake Shelton surprised fans in Kansas City with an impromptu free concert at the city's Whiskey Tango. Shelton heavily teased the performance on Twitter. "Hmmmm . . . Well . . . Let's play a game y'all," he first wrote. "I have the day off and a map of the United States in front of me. Where should I go?"
While their onstage tenure together has come to an end, Motley Crue is expanding their empire with the addition of a new line of sex toys. Manufacturer Lovehoney has announced a September debut for their Official Mötley Crüe Collection, which includes "eight powerful mini and midi-sized vibrators" that come covered in album artwork from Crüe classics.
Beyoncé and Adele lead the pack on nominees for the 2016 Billboard Awards. The former is the current leader of all artists with 11 nods surrounding her smash release Lemonade, while the latter has pulled down eight nominations in various categories for 25. The nominations for Lady Bey are just the most recent in a string of praise for Lemonade.
Taylor Swift has been completely shut out of the nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. The snub may come as a shock to some fans, as last year Swift lead all nominees for the event with ten for her video "Bad Blood." Thus far the event organizers have not confirmed if Swift may have been left of the nomination ballad because of her success at last year's awards.
Neil Young and Willie Nelson will headline the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival as it gets underway in Scranton, Pennsylvania this fall. As per usual, Nelson will be joined by his Family Band, while Young is backed by Promise of the Real, featuring Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah Nelson.