Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle were tapped to perform at the upcoming opening ceremony for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. The event went down at the city's Celtic Park and featured a bevy of entertainment. Stewart appeared on the stage to perform his 1991 single "Rhythm of the Heart," and was followed by Boyle, who sang "Mull of Kintyre."
Sally Wood, the third wife of Ronnie Wood, and thirty years his junior, says that she's aware of the age gap between the two but not bothered by it: "I know it's there. And I wish it wasn't, but it is," she told the Telegraph. "I think I had to say 'I can't do this because of the age,' or I just had to let it go and take it all on board."
Tom Petty is offering fans a free stream of his latest album, Hypnotic Eye, one week before its official release date of July 29. The LP is available at the NPR website. "I knew I wanted to do a rock & roll record," Petty recently told Rolling Stone. "We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time."
Slash and Joan Jett hooked up at the Alternative Press Music Awards for a performance of the Rolling Stones classic, "Star Star." Jett gave a four-song set during the event, bringing Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace onstage to help with "Soulmates to Strangers." Both rock legends were honored at the event, as Jett took home the AP Icon Award.
Newsday held a "That's So Long Island" competition to determine the area's most iconic person, place or thing. There were 520,000 readers of the magazine that participated in making Billy Joel the winner. Winning by almost 900 votes, Joel beat out competition from bagels, Jones Beach, Billy Crystal, The Long Island Medium and more.
A 1963 Rolls Royce Phantom V owned by Elvis Presley will be sold at auction. The car has a 6.2-liter V-8 engine and can reach up to 100 miles per hour. It features an in-car telephone and bar, a Blaupunkt Koln radio, air conditioning, and a microphone, and was bought by Presley when he lived in Bel Air. The car was repainted in light silver blue.
Lou Gramm was forced to cancel his appearance at the Lake Festival of Nations in Sherbrooke on Saturday, July 19. Organizers found out about the cancellation in an email the Thursday before the scheduled event. "A doctor's note confirms his inability to travel by air and perform on stage in this state," spokesman Jean-Pierre Beaudoin said during a news conference.
The George Harrison memorial tree was ironically destroyed by beetles. The pine that was killed by the insects was planted in 2004 near L.A.'s Griffith Observatory in honor of the late Beatle, local councilman Tom LaBonge told The Los Angeles Times. In 2013 the tree had grown to be 10 feet tall, but with the onslaught of beetles could not be saved.
A hotel inspired by Bob Dylan's life called The Hotel Dylan has opened in Woodstock, New York. The upstate New York hotel is located a few miles away from where Dylan used to record near Route 28. The new structure is at the center of a new complex, which is designed by Paul Covello and architects Cortney and Robert Novogratz.
Tom Petty has reportedly slammed the Catholic Church and the nation's one percent in a pair of songs featured on his forthcoming release, Hypnotic Eye. The classic rocker has made it a point to stay away from controversial topics in the past, but has now decided to bring up a few he feels strongly about in his songs.
KISS has announced a new premiere date for their new AMC reality show, 4th And Loud. It was previously reported that the show was to debut on August 5, but now it is set to be shown on August 12. The reality show will primarily feature KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. It will mostly chronicle their year with the arena football team, L.A. Kiss.
Rod Stewart has considered moving back to his home country of England after living in the U.S. for the last 40 years. "This place is still in my heart," he said in the U.K. tabloid the Mirror. "We are planning hopefully on moving back in about 18 months so my kids can grow up here. It's not definite. But this is where me and Penny, this is where we come from."
Eric Clapton says he still plans on retiring from the road, although he doesn't intend to quit making music. His upcoming tribute record - The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale - is due July 29, but he tells Rolling Stone he's had trouble lately writing new music: "I'm just lazy," he began.
A new clip from the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up featuring Brown in the rehearsal room has been released.
Paul McCartney is slated to perform an intimate benefit show for fans in San Antonio, Texas. The gig goes down at the 1,750 seat Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on October 1, and serves as a fundraiser for the new venue. "Our board was very supportive of getting the biggest rock star in the world," said a Tobin Center rep, speaking to San Antonio radio station KSAT.