Keith Richards has released a new single, "Substantial Damage," from his forthcoming LP Crosseyed Heart.
Richards previously unveiled a viral campaign for fans looking to get an early taste of his upcoming album. Richards is placing four temporary plaques in London, each "celebrating a site of significance to the Rolling Stones guitarist's life."
Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa are paying tribute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughn who died in a helicopter crash 25 years ago. Clapton recalled the first time he heard SRV: "I was so bowled over, so in love with this guy that was playing on stage from the heart completely. I started to feel ashamed of what I was going to do."
The massive inflatable pig that Pink Floyd featured on the cover of their 1977 album Animals is being auctioned off by Air Artists, a rock memorabilia collector. The pig, named Algie, infamously broke loose from its moorings at Beattersea Power Station in 1976, interrupting air traffic.
Bruce Springsteen is among the many guest appearances in Darlene Love's new music video for "Forbidden Nights," the lead single off her long awaited new album Introducing Darlene Love. In addition to the Boss, Elvis Costello, Steven Van Zandt, Joan Jett, David Letterman, Bill Murray and Paul Shaffer also appear in the new clip, which follows Love rolling down the open road in a cherry red convertible with some friends.
Ringo Starr will feature on the upcoming reissue of the Who's rock opera Tommy. The 1972 performance, featuring the 104-piece London Symphony Orchestra, sees the former Beatle in the role of Uncle Ernie adding vocals on "Tommy's Holiday Camp." The rock opera's cast also features Pete Townshend as the narrator and Roger Daltrey as Tommy.
Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp's Hollywood Vampires have revealed a new cover of the Who's "My Generation." The new cover tune features Ringo Starr's son and the Who touring musician Zak Starkey on drums.
David Gilmour recorded a cover of The Beatles "Here, There and Everywhere" for this month's edition of Mojo magazine, which also features Gilmour on the cover. For the most part, the former Pink Floyd frontman stays true to the original version, which originally appeared on the Beatles 1966 album Revolver.
Foreigner wrapped up a near two-week stand in Detroit with a special acoustic performance. The intimate show took place at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan. It will be released as a live album in early 2016 called The Hits Unplugged and Live.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real have added a second leg to their Rebel Content Tour in support of their recently released album The Monsanto Years. The new tour dates are set to kick off on October 1 in Missoula, Montana and continue through October 17 in Berkley, California.
Van Morrison will make his 33 albums available on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming platforms beginning Friday, August 28. In 2009, the singer pulled his catalog from iTunes, saying at the time, "I'm not a download artist . . . I don't need them." Now, Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Entertainment, says it has "acquired the rights to the most complete discography . . ."
Bruce Springsteen's 1975 classic Born to Run has turned 40 years old, prompting a series of retrospectives on the album that made Bruce a star. Speaking with The Week, Peter Ames Carlin, author of the Springsteen bio, Bruce, says the label, Columbia, was not fully behind the record at first.
James Taylor and Gary Clark Jr. are among the acts scheduled to debut on the upcoming season of Austin City Limits on PBS. The series' 41st season begins with a broadcast of ACL's 2015 Hall of Fame special on October 3. Taylor, whose latest LP Before This World topped the Billboard charts after its release in June, has never performed at ACL.
Gregg Allman says that the death of Duane Allman was detrimental to the Allman Brothers, leaving the group without a leader after his passing in 1971. "Every organization, I guess, needs a leader, a focal point — somebody [to] say, 'Go, stop,'" Allman told Newsday. "That's something Allman Brothers, after my brother, never had. It was just a bunch of head chefs together."
Paul McCartney says that, following the death of his former Beatles bandmate John Lennon, there were times he feared for his life. Speaking with Uncut, he adds he was on "high alert" after Lennon's shooting and recalls one time when he spotted several armed men outside his apartment. "It was weird because in the days that followed it, I was sitting in the house," he began.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is one of many superstars to feature on Alice Cooper's upcoming covers project Hollywood Vampires, and he says, despite his decades of experience, working on the album was an "ego leveler." Perry helped out on a rendition of the 1970 Badfinger hit "Come and Get It," which also featured an appearance by Paul McCartney.