Van Morrison and Tom Jones have been announced as the headliners of the Prudential Bluesfest, set for London's O2 Arena from November 6-8. According to Belfast Live, "duo will both perform full solo sets, supported by their respective bands." "We're delighted to be welcoming Van Morrison and Tom Jones back to the festival for their double header at The O2 Arena on November 8."
Blondie has announced that they are hitting the road this summer with Melissa Etheridge. The trek begins on June 27 with a date opening for Morrissey at NYC's Madison Square Garden, and includes a July 20 show in Washington with Joan Jett. "I remember 1980, when [Jett's first solo] album came out," Etheridge told USA Today of her first experience hearing Jett.
Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kanter says that he is back to feeling normal after his recent heart attack. In a note posted on the band's official Facebook page, Kantner writes, "I am feeling quite good and semi-normal, all things considered." He adds that while recuperating at home, he's been "working primarily and quite fervently" on two books.
Three Cream-related films from the late 1960s and early 1970s, which include one with the entire band, one featuring bassist and singer Jack Bruce and one with drummer Ginger Baker, will be collected on a new box set next month.
The Who's Pete Townshend will be honored by an all-star cast that includes Joan Jett, Billy Idol and Foreigner's Mick Jones next month in New York. Idol, Jett and Jones will all perform during the event as Townshend is presented the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award by Bruce Springsteen.
Queen guitarist Brian May will guest on Adam Lambert's upcoming solo album The Original High. According to Noise11, May will feature on the track "Lucy," returning the favor to Lambert who has been Queen's touring vocalist lately. "There's never going to be another, and I'm not replacing him," said Lambert in reference to the late Freddie Mercury.
A pair of Elton John's iconic heart-shaped glasses have been stolen from a museum. According to TMZ, the glasses were taken from the Rock 'n' Soul Museum in Memphis, even though the case that contained them was locked. As of now, nobody knows how the thief managed to break into the display and steal the glasses.
Neil Young fans rest assured - there was no autotune used in the making of The Monsanto Years, a new album he recorded with Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. The record, which features protest songs against controversial agricultural company Monsanto, will be released on June 16.
Paul McCartney was just one of the musicians to make the Sunday Times' Music Rich list, which revealed the top 40 wealthiest rockers in the U.K. Macca was at the top of the list with an estimated fortune of £730 million. The top five was rounded out by Andrew Loyd-Webber, U2, Elton John and Mick Jagger.
Ann Wilson and Jack Bruce are paying tribute to the Beatles in an upcoming all-star covers album. Cream bassist Bruce—who died in October 2014 at age 71—covers the Liverpool band's classic "Eleanor Rigby," while Wilson covers "Across the Universe" for the album "Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles," which will be released on April 28.
Hall and Oates' John Oates has reportedly inked a book deal for a memoir due out some time in 2016. The book will be released via St. Martin's Press and the publisher says it will be "detailed" and tell "intimate and fascinating stories" about the band member's rise to fame.
KISS have teamed up with the Scooby Doo crew for a new animated movie called Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery. The film will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on July 10 and will feature KISS members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer voicing their animated characters.
Rick Springfield, the Romantics and Loverboy have all signed on for a co-headlining tour this summer. The run is set to kick off in Atlanta, Georgia on August 29 and will run straight through September 23 when they'll wrap up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. All three bands will appear at most shows on the run with the exception of September 11 in Cleveland.
Eight of John Lennon's classic solo releases will soon be packaged into one vinyl box set. The collection, dubbed Lennon, will feature John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Imagine, Some Time in New York City, Mind Games, Walls and Bridges, Rock 'n' Roll, Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey.
Moody Blues bassist John Lodge has hinted that the band may try to reconnect for a 50th anniversary celebration. He broke the news saying he's hoping for a reunion but nothing is set in stone, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. "If it works, I think it will be fantastic because it'll work because it's a natural thing to do," he explained in the interview.