Alice Cooper is planning to celebrate this Halloween by releasing a live CD/DVD, Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken. Raise the Dead -- Live from Wacken features 22 live tracks, including covers of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" and the Doors' "My Generation."
Rod Stewart has revealed that he is well into the writing process on his new album. "I'm actually halfway through a new album," he told ABC. "I was very encouraged by the success of Time, it was a very long period where I wasn't writing any songs."
Cat Stevens, a.k.a. Yusuf Islam, has announced that he will hit the road for the first time in nearly four decades. The singer has scheduled 14 dates in Europe and North America for his Peace Train, Late Again trek. "I've been a bit slow in coming around to the United States, but there were so many people asking me to do that, that I just felt an obligation," Stevens said.
PBS unearthed a previously unaired Michael Jackson interview shot in 1980 for the program's Blank on Blank program. The series blends audio from interviewees with animation to create a unique spectacle. In the Jacko interview, MJ talked about his persistent studio habits: "I do deeply believe in perfection. I'm never satisfied," he began.
KISS helped raise over $1,000,000 for the Oregon Military Museum with a concert and auction in Portland. According to the Oregonian, items on the block included a guitar used by Paul Stanley. The band's all acoustic set list included hits like "Calling Dr. Love," "Shout It Out Loud," "Christine Sixteen" and "Rock and All All Nite."
Paul McCartney will release a collector's edition of his latest album, New. The three disc set features previously unreleased songs as well as a making-of documentary. The two CD, one DVD set drops October 28. Unreleased songs on the second disc include "Hell to Pay" and "Demons Dance," along with the Japanese bonus track "Struggle," and live versions of four new cuts.
Bryan Adams will be releasing an expanded four-disc super-deluxe reissue of his 1984 album Reckless in honor of its 30th anniversary. The new set will include remastered audio, seven bonus tracks, a 1985 BBC concert, Reckless: The Movie and a Blu-ray audio disc, all housed in a DVD case-sized hardback book.
Bruce Springsteen will headline this year's Stand Up For Heroes benefit. The event, which raises funds for injured service members and their families, will also feature appearances by Louis C.K., John Oliver, John Mulaney, Brian Williams and other surprise guests.
The city of Chicago has declared that September 23 will now be known as "David Bowie Day." The decree came from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The announcement was delivered in a written proclamation in which Emanuel describes the art-rock legend as "an undisputed global icon."
Cat Stevens has confirmed plans to release a new album next month. The new release, titled Tell 'Em I'm Gone, is due to hit on October 27 and will be released under his current stage name, Yusuf. The release was co-produced by Rick Rubin and Stevens says the new release shows off a musical side that has always been hidden just below the surface.
The Rolling Stones are set to release two complete concerts to DVD and Blu-ray later this year. The releases will come as part of Eagle Rock Entertainment's "From the Vault" series. The two releases, titled Hampton Coliseum — Live in 1981 and L.A. Forum — Live in 1975 will be out November 4 and 18, respectively. Both videos will boast fully restored visual content as well.
Gene Simmons has weighed in on the controversy surrounding NFL star Ray Rice, who was suspended from the NFL after a video surfaced in which he is scene beating his girlfriend in an elevator. During a recent radio interview, Simmons says Rice should have to experience the same degree of pain he dished out. "We're all in the peanut gallery," said Simmons.
Conan O'Brien is taking it upon himself to honor the late George Harrison by announcing the upcoming George Harrison Week. The week long celebration, which kicks off on September 22, will feature a different musician each night of the week taking to the stage on Conan to perform a different song from Harrison's catalog.
Queen is expanding their brand with a new premium vodka. The Freddie Mercury celebratory spirit is named Killer Queen and will be released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band's 1974 hit single of the same name. It is produced by SPI, the same spirits producer which makes Stoli vodka.
David Bowie was commissioned to write the liner notes for the upcoming Kinks 50th anny album, The Essential Kinks, and is open about professing his love for the band. Bowie excerpted from the notes on his website, "I've never heard a Kinks song that I didn't like." "Of course, from their noisy and brash beginnings, the Kinks have come to stand for some of the most enduring and heart-clutching pop of all time."