Rush says that they have no plans to live stream concerts from their upcoming 2015 tour. According to guitarist Alex Lifeson, the band's upcoming tour itinerary includes "no plans for a live stream." "It's a little old-school," explained Lifeson. "We want to keep it 'that event, that concert, that congregation.' In that sense, we'll do it a little more old-fashioned."
R. Kelly has pulled out of a scheduled concert in Arizona due to a discrepancy over pay. He was set to headline Soulfest AZ in Tolleson, Arizona, but his manager came out to tell his fans he would not be performing because he hadn't yet been paid by the promoters. Kelly also sent a video message explaining why he dropped off the bill.
Pete Townshend has teamed up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a new classical version of "Love Reign O'er Me," a rework of the Who's 1973 track. The new "Love Reign O'er Me" video includes scenes shot at Brighton Beach that feature scenes from the 1979 film adaptation of Quadrophenia.
Alice Cooper says his new covers album is "mixed and ready to go," adding that he's "very happy" with the disc. Coop told Billboard that the record has a bevy of top talent assisting. "[Paul] McCartney's on it," he says. "Zak Starkey's on it. Dave Grohl is on it, [AC/DC frontman] Brian Johnson."
Carrie Underwood played some of her latest tunes for her little boy Isaiah—and got a good response. The country star hit Twitter to reveal the identity of her test audience. "Played some of the new music this morning for little Isaiah and he smiled from ear to ear the whole time. I think we're on the right track!"
Nas has announced that he's planning the release of the follow-up to his 2012 record, Life Is Good. The rapper's 12th studio album, which currently has no name, is due out this summer. "2015, new album this summer," shouted Nas during an Orlando concert over the weekend. He added, "Right mothaf***in' now, death to all snitches."
Ariana Grande's number one fan, Timothy Normandin, got into some trouble after trying to get in touch with her at a recent Connecticut gig. Normandin, according to TMZ, has repeatedly tried to catch Ariana's eye, sending her "various gifts, including a 42.5 pound pumpkin. He once showed up at her record company in a Santa suit."
Stone Sour will release their covers EP Meanwhile in Burbank, on iTunes April 28. The record features a handful of songs that SS mastered over dates on their last North American tour. "The thing I love about playing covers is that a) it's a chance to walk in the footsteps of your heroes," said Corey Taylor of the EP. "It's a chance to have fun."
After years of volunteering for the USO, Trace Adkins is back at it—entertaining the troops once again, this time on his tenth USO troop tour. "Trace says he's had a heart for our troops for a long time, and we know they have a heart for him as well," said J.D. Crouch II, CEO and President of the USO. "His enduring commitment to our military is legendary . . ."
Britney Spears has offered up her cover of the Suzanne Vega hit "Tom's Diner," which appears on the new album from disco artist Giorgio Moroder. According to SPIN, the remake comes "in typical Britney fashion, they're breathy, heavily vocoded (not shade, just facts), and distinctly her."
Kellie Pickler recently opened up on her upcoming reality show, tentatively titled I Love Kellie Pickler, which is set to feature her husband Kyle Jacobs. Speaking with the Boot, Kellie said her family life is nothing special. "I think that we are . . . we're whatever normal is. We're pretty normal as far as, we're able to be a part of some pretty cool things . . ."
Sid Tepper, the songwriter who wrote many of Elvis Presley's top hits including "Stay Away" and "G.I. Blues," has died at the age of 96 of natural causes. Tepper passed in Aventura, Florida of natural causes. Many of the tunes Tepper wrote were featured in Elvis' movies. "I believe that Elvis' movies and their songs made a mighty contribution to his career," Tepper said.
Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl has opened up about the first time he heard Metallica. Grohl, who is the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2015, which took place on April 18, said he first heard Metallica's music in 1983, telling Creative Loafing Atlanta, "I bought the first Metallica album [Kill 'Em All] on cassette from a mail-order catalog in 1983."
No Doubt will be touring several festivals this summer. The band, who headlined the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day festival in Washington, D.C. this weekend, has slated a string of upcoming festival shows this summer. They will play the New Orleans JazzFest, the Rock in Rio USA festival, the BottleRock Festival, the Aspen Jazz Snowmass, and the KAABOO festival in Del Mar, California.
DJ Sense brought together Southern hip hop all-stars Monica, Jeezy and Yo Gotti for his new single "Do Me Like That." The Atlanta DJ's new song has DJ Gotti bragging about his popularity with the ladies and on the street, "If a b**** call me then she callin' 'bout the cheese / I get money in the streets / You know you valuable to me . . ."