Sting has opened his Italian estate to tourists, who may pay $300 for the privilege of picking grapes and olives from it. Tourists will be able to work with laborers on the 900-acre estate where Sting grows produce. Tourists are given the opportunity to enjoy "succulent grapes and luscious wines, tart olives, green rolling hills, warm autumn sunshine, Cypress trees . . ."
Bruce Springsteen is turning his 2009 song "Outlaw Pete" into a children's book to be published by Simon & Schuster on November 4. The eight-minute song is featured on the Boss' Working on a Dream LP. "When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character," Frank Caruso, the book's illustrator, said in a statement.
Mark David Chapman, the man who shot and killed John Lennon, has said he is "sorry for being such an idiot." Chapman was recently denied parole and a transcript from the hearing has now been released. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain. I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory," he said during the hearing, according to The Independent.
Genesis will re-release Three Sides Live, a concert film companion to their 1982 LP on November 3. In addition to the live footage, the DVD/Blu-ray features bonus audio cuts not included on the previous VHS version, along with interviews and behind-the-scenes shots from the band's Abacab tour. The concert was originally shot in 16mm but has been fully restored.
Bob Dylan will release his box set, The Basement Tapes Complete, on November 4. The set includes six CDs comprising 138 tracks from Bob and the Band's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions. Previously unknown songs featured on the album include "Wild Wolf," a cover of Hank Williams' "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It," and an early rendition of "I Shall Be Released."
Count Christine McVie among those excited about the upcoming Fleetwood Mac tour. She previously revealed that she had initially quit the band because of a fear of flying. "If I don't do anything about this flying business, I'm never going to go anywhere or do anything," she told Elle magazine. "We took off, and the feeling was, 'God, I'm free!'"
The Beatles have been named America's Favorite Band in a new poll from Harris Poll. The firm interviewed 2,306 U.S. adults between July 16 and 21, 2014, finding that the Fab Four edged out Elvis Presley and Beyonce to take the top spot. Led Zepplin took fourth place, while George Strait rounded out the top five. Bruno Mars was six.
Keith Richards honored his friend and musical inspiration Chuck Berry when the latter was awarded the Polar Music Prize in Sweden earlier this week. Richards sent a video message to be broadcast at the ceremony, which Berry was also unable to attend.
The Kinks will not be reuniting without both Ray and Dave Davies, the band said, denying previous reports to the contrary. Earlier this week, Ray Davies reportedly told Mojo "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway," a comment the band claims he actually never said.
Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young have filed for divorce after a 36-year-long marriage. According to Rolling Stone, Neil filed in their place of residence San Mateo, CA on July 29. A hearing is scheduled for December 12. The two had collaborated musically in the past, and Pegi is said to be the inspiration behind the Young classics "Such a Woman," and "Once and Angel."
Chuck Berry was honored with Sweden's prestigious 2014 Polar Music Prize. Berry, 87, was unable to travel to Stockholm for the event, which was held at the city's Concert Hall and presented by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Bob Dylan is hitting the road once again, this time for a 31-date North American run, marking his first US dates in over a year. The latest leg of his "Never Ending Tour" runs through the end of the year. The trek kicks off on October 17 at Seattle's Paramount Theater, and wraps up with four nights at New York's Beacon Theater.
Stevie Wonder will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. The event goes down at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on Nov. 17. "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe."
Stevie Nicks has released a lyric music video for "Lady," a cut from her upcoming album 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault. The songs in the solo effort were written by Nicks between 1969 and 1995, and produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart (the Eurhythmics) and Waddy Wachtel.
Alice Cooper is set to release Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken on Oct. 21 as a CD/DVD combo. Footage and audio for the release is culled from Alice's 2013 concert at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.
The 22-song set features a bevy of classic Cooper hits along with covers of the Doors ("Break on Through") and the Who ("My Generation").