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").
Aerosmith took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during a show in Texas on Monday night. The band was challenged by Motley Crue, and, for their part, passed on the challenge to Quentin Tarantino, Fleetwood Mac, Cheap Trick, the Dalai Lama, and the road crews for Aerosmith and Slash.
Billy Joel 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 November 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 . . ."
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is the latest to take the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, posting a video of the dousing online. Wood has in turn nomintated Rod Stewart, Woody Harrelson and his son Tyrone to follow suit. So far, the ALS IBC has raised over $78 million in donations compared to $2.5 million during the same time period last year.
Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon, has been denied parole for the eighth time. The board in charge of determining whether Chapman was fit for release wrote that he was still a threat to society. The panel noted that "your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."
Nominated by Motley Crue to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, both KISS and Def Leppard - currently on tour together - accepted, getting doused for a good cause. In addition to the publicity, both acts donated $10,000 to ALS research. In turn, KISS nominated Elton John, Rod Stewart and Deepak Chopra to try the ALS IBC.
Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons says he's excited to take part in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 along with his wife Cris. The ride goes from Florida to Washington, covering over 4,000 miles in the process. "Cris and I are excited, and so ready to head out on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run," Patrick said on the Doobies' website.
After being accused of having a relationship with an underage boy in the 1980s, Cliff Richard is back to selling records, according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company. The 1992 single "I Still Believe In You" hit number 43 on the Midweek Chart Update. The song peaked at number seven upon its release. If it reaches the top 40, it would be Cliff's first entry on the chart in five years.
Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese's Rock 'n' Roll set has been robbed. A source confirms to the New York Post's "Page Six" that police were called and a report filed in June after several valuable items were stolen from the HBO series set.
Blondie have added a Birmingham date to their impromptu U.K. tour. The band will perform at Birmingham's O2 Academy on Saturday, September 13.
The new date follows a pair of UK dates that have already sold out. The band will perform at the Bristol O2 Academy on August 19 and at the Leicester O2 Academy on August 20.
Ace Frehley and Nikki Sixx have both spoken out against Gene Simmons' recent comment on depression. Simmons made statements on the topic of alcoholism, poverty and depression, including that he'd like to say "f*ck you, then kill yourself" to those unable to recover from depression.
Tara Cash Schwoebel, the daughter of Johnny Cash, has released her book, Recollections by J.R. Cash: Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash. The book is a response from Johnny to his daughter, who posed him a series of questions in 1995. "These questions are not the typical questions that he was asked in the countless number of interviews he did in his career," she tells NPR.
Jay Sedrish, executive producer of the doomed Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider, has entered a not guilty plea on manslaughter charges following the death of a staffer on set. Sedrish was indicted on the charges earlier this month, as fellow producers Randy Miller and Jody Savin also surrendered themselves to authorities.