The Grateful Dead celebrated their 50th anny and said goodbye to fans with their final show at Chicago's Soldier Field over the weekend. In total the band played three farewell shows at the stadium. "Playing the 50th year is more than overwhelming. These are the biggest gigs we have ever done. We have never played shows like this before," drummer Billy Kreutzmann told CNN.
Beyonce, Jay Z, Solange, Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott were all spotted hanging out with each other at the July 4th Essence Festival at Etoile Polaire No 1 in New Orleans. "It was insane," a source told People magazine of the partying celebs' get together. Elliott headlined the Saturday portion of the Essence festival.
Hunter Hayes joined Maryland performer Sheen Righter in an impromptu performance of Hunter's hit "Wanted." Sheen was playing in a restaurant in D.C. when Hunter and his crew stopped in to eat. While Sheen played "Wanted" he motioned to Hayes to join him; Hayes happily obliged, and later posted video to Facebook.
According to Penny Lancaster, wife of Rod Stewart, her husband stopped wearing tight pants on the advice of a doctor. At the time, notes Penny, the pair were trying to conceive their second child. "When Rod and I were trying to make our second child, we were having a few troubles and a doctor said, 'Rod, you've got to forget wearing the tight pants and trousers, OK?'"
Jack White and his side project Dead Weather have announced their impending third album, Dodge & Burn. The group posted a three song sampler - featuring "Buzzkill(er)," "Rough Detective," "It's Just Too Bad" and "Open Up" - to Soundcloud. In a presser, the band said that it would not be touring in support of the album.
Elvis Presley will be featured on a US Postal stamp for its Music Icons series. The stamp features a black-and-white photo of Presley, which was taken in 1955 by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words "Forever" and "USA", is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley's nickname, The King of Rock and Roll.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have released a full length documentary chronicling the making of their collaborative album, The Monsanto Years. The film sees Young and Promise recording the LP at a converted movie theater in Oxnard, California.
John Pardi has released the music video for "Back on the Backroads," a single from his EP B-Sides 2011-2014. In the vid, Pardi trots a horse and parties with friends around a bonfire. "Just bring your beer or alcohol / Hell, you can even bring your dog / If you get lost just give me a call / We're tearing it up all night long / On the backroads."
The BBC has been accused of altering the historical record, after it cut a homophobic comment from a 1980 Top of the Pops episode featuring Roger Daltrey of the Who. Prior to a performance of the Village People, Daltrey remarks "watch your backs," a comment that was edited out of recent reruns on BBC 4.
Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson says that, in contrast to previous reports, he is recovering from having two cancerous tumors removed, not just one. The band initially told the press that Dickinson had a tumor taken off his tongue; now, Bruce, in an interview with the BBC, says he also had a tumor removed from his neck: "I had two actually . . ."
Artists Wynonna Judd and Terri Clark have joined the Charlie Daniels' 2015 Vounteer Jam lineup. The event benefits the Predators Foundation, the non-profit arm of the NHL's Nashville Predators, along with the Journey Home Project, which helps vets in need. "It's really something to see my music peers and friends come together this year to perform."
Disturbed frontman David Draiman says he deactivated his Twitter account after getting harassed by his fellow users: "I'm done with social media. I'm done being anybody's punching bag," he told Sixx Sense. "I invested three, four years of solid interaction, of trying to make a difference, of trying to be a voice of reason, of trying to be something entertaining for people."
Luke Bryan has revealed the track list for Kill the Lights, his latest record, due August 7. The 13 track effort comes in a standard and deluxe edition; the latter, available only at Target, features three additional tracks. "I'm loving where I'm at with this album," Bryan says of the LP. "It's got new sounds, stuff that I haven't done . . ."
Amanda Peterson, most well known for her role in the 1987 rom-com "Can't Buy Me Love," has died at the age of 43. Her father asked police to check on her after not hearing from her for several days. He tells TMZ that "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed." Authorities do not expect foul play but have not announced an official cause of death.
Miguel says he'll take a back seat to none of his fellow R&B singers, boasting that we makes "better music" than Frank Ocean. Speaking with the Sunday Times, Miggy kept it real. "We're, er, cordial. I wouldn't say we were friends," says Mig of his relationship with Frank, adding that, when it comes to music, he's "super-competitive."