Roger Daltrey is launching a new limited edition champagne to toast the 50th anniversary of The Who. Daltrey teamed up with Eminent Life, a company which is dedicated to celebrating excellence in music and the arts, to create the champagne, with a percentage of proceeds from sales going to Teen Cancer America, a charity founded by Daltrey and lead guitarist Pete Townshend.
Pink Floyd's entire discography is set to be reissued on vinyl, beginning on June 3, via its catalog distribution imprint, Pink Floyd Records. The reissue campaign will begin with The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, A Saucerful of Secrets, the More soundtrack and Ummagumma. According to a press release, more reissues will follow throughout the year.
Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen says he thinks Steve Miller's controversial comments about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame came prematurely. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Nielsen noted that, after Miller went off on his tirade during his post-induction presser, there was no press left to cover his band.
David Bowie left behind a hidden surprise in the vinyl version of his final studio album Blackstar. A Reddit user recently discovered that if the Blackstar vinyl gatefold is left out in the sun, it changes from the standard black star design to a full starfield. The effect is seen when a bright light is shined through the back of the cover.
Paul McCartney joined the ever-growing list of artists to pay tribute to the late Prince with a performance of "Let's Go Crazy" during the Minneapolis stop of his One on One Tour. McCartney and his band worked the cover, which came complete with Prince's logo beamed against the backdrop on the stage, into their set segueing out of "Hi Hi Hi."
With fellow Republican candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, not everything is coming up aces for Donald Trump as the Rolling Stones have asked the frontrunner to stop using their music at his rallies. Trump has been known to play the Stones' "Start Me Up" at his rallies when he leaves the stage.
Newly surfaced video footage shows Bruce Springsteen testing out his dance skills on stage during his recently wrapped The River Tour. During a stop in Oakland, California at the Oracle Arena this past March, Springsteen welcomed a female fan on stage during "Dancing In the Dark," a young girl nicknamed Boo, who promptly broke into the Whip/Nae Nae dance.
Van Morrison will release a reissue of It's Too Late to Stop Now, the live album that captured his 1973 tour. The expanded reissue features three additional CDs and one DVD recorded at Los Angeles' the Troubadour, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and London's Rainbow. The DVD features footage shot in London for a never released BBC special.
Steven Tyler has confirmed a new string of solo tour dates in support of his country music release Out on a Limb. The tour is set to kick off on July 2 at the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas and run through September 13 when he'll wrap at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
Stevie Wonder is the most recent legendary artist to pay tribute to the late great Prince. Wonder issued his tribute to the Purple One in a piece written for rollingstone.com and says that if "Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, Prince was the Emperor." "Prince was so inspired, and so inspiring. He was kind, he was disciplined and he knew where he wanted to go."
Styx paid tribute to Prince and David Bowie with their tour kick of show in Pensacola, Florida last night. Keyboardist/singer Lawrence Gowan played the Prince tune "1999" and the Bowie tune "Changes." Styx are currently on tour with Def Leppard, and later will be joined by Tesla, before eventually embarking on a solo trek.
Aretha Franklin paid tribute to the late Prince by performing a cover of "Purple Rain" at the White House. The performance came as Franklin took part in an all-star concert to celebrate International Jazz Day. "He was definitely an original and a one-of-a-kind," Franklin has said of Prince.
The Rolling Stones have issued a cryptic tweet hinting at a possible appearance at a new fall music festival that is being referred to as a "classic rock Coachella." The update was only a 30-second song snippet, Exile on Main St. track "All Down the Line," and one word: "October." Billboard reports that Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and more.
Mick Fleetwood, Stewart Copeland, Tommy Lee and Taylor Hawkins joined Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and actor Will Ferrell for a benefit in Los Angeles on Friday, April 29. The Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera benefitted Cancer for College (Ferrell's pick) and Silverlake Conservatory of Music (Smith's choice).
Paul McCartney recently met the women who inspired the Beatles' "Blackbird," which is from their famous White Album, according to Rolling Stone. The former Beatle met the women, Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, backstage at his Little Rock, Arkansas concert Saturday night.