Mark Gray, a former member of the country band Exile, passed away on December 2 in Lebanon, Tennessee at the age of 64. Gray was a member of Exile between 1979 and 1982.
Marvin Gaye's family has given the green light to Jamie Foxx to chronicle the life of the late singer in a new biopic.
The Rolling Stones have released Blue & Lonesome, their first new studio album in over a decade. It also marks the veteran bands first ever blues album.
Neil Young has announced the cancellation of his 2017 Bluesfest appearance. The event is scheduled to take place in Australia next year and news of the cancellation comes shortly after Young's agent announced the cancellation of his entire tour in the region. "Although I have been aware of this as a possibility for a couple of weeks now, I have been appealing to Neil's management . . ."
Bob Dylan skipped a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House with the rest of the American Nobel Prize winners. "Unfortunately, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today. So everyone can relax," Obama's top spokesman, Josh Earnest, told reporters. He did not explain why Dylan decided not to attend.
Lynyrd Skynyrd has been forced to cancel a pair of shows due to a family emergency with singer Johnny Van Zant. The band was scheduled to perform at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on December 2 and 3, but announced that the shows have been cancelled and that the band will return to the venue next year. No specific details regarding the nature of the family emergency were announced.
Elton John will reportedly retire next year in order to spend more time with his family. John is looking to retire in 2017 after he wraps up his current musical commitments, according to reports. The singer will also turn 70 next year. John originally announced plans to retire in 2018, but has pushed the date up to focus on his two sons Zachary and Elijah.
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley admitted in a recent interview with Eddie Trunk that he wishes Creatures of the Night had been his final album with the band, instead of Music from "The Elder". "I thought Creatures was a good record," Frehley said. "It was really the record that I would have enjoyed recording instead of Elder."
The Rolling Stones made the top ten of Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Musicians List, finishing at No. 8 with reported earnings of $66.5 million. AC/DC finished at No. 7 ($67.5 million), while Bruce Springsteen (No. 11, $60.5 million), Paul McCartney (No. 12, $56.5 million) and U2 ($55 million) also made the list.
Cream's 1966 debut album Fresh Cream will be reissued as a new four-disc deluxe edition in honor of its 50th anniversary. The Fresh Cream: Deluxe Edition reissue will include three CDs made up of mono and stereo mixes of the original LP, singles from the period, alternate takes, early EPs and outtakes and BBC sessions recorded around the time of the album's original release.
SiriusXM has reportedly agreed to pay upwards of $99 million to settle a royalty lawsuit led by former Turtles members Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, aka Flo and Eddie. The suit sought to settle nonpayment of royalties for the broadcast of recordings made before 1972. The New York Times reports that SiriusXM will pay out at least $25 million.
A total of 25 songs have been chosen as inductees to the Grammy Hall Of Fame. David Bowie's "Changes," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" are among the new inductees for 2017. Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock," Prince's "Sign 'O' The Times" and N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" are also on the list.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is one of the peers and admirers of Prince that will be featured in a new documentary about the late music icon's early years. Prince: R U Listening?, which will be directed by producer Michael Kirk, is expected to be released next year.
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is reportedly recovering well from his recent heart surgery. The band was forced to cancel part of their summer tour, due to Rossington's chest pains. The southern rocker later went in for heart surgery, which gave the band and fans quite a scare.
Many one-of-a-kind items associated with some of the biggest rock and roll legends will soon be up for auction. The upcoming Sotheby sale, titled "A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury" is scheduled for December 10. Some of the items featured in the auction will be memorabilia from the Beatles, David Bowie and the Eagles.