Journey rocker Neil Schon has offered up a teaser of the band's upcoming tour with Carlos Santana. The guitarist hit the comment section of the Journey Facebook page to confirm with the band's plans for a handful of dates with Santana later this year.
Carly Simon has made recent headlines by revealing relationship details with Warren Beatty, and has now opened up about dating Mick Jagger. The pair had what Simon called a "raw electric" attraction but says that's as far as their relationship went.
James Taylor recently performed the French national anthem on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Last week Taylor had performed an updated and humorous rendition of his song "Fire and Rain" on The Late Show. This week he returned with a more serious song, which was "La Marseillaise." While he sang the song, Taylor sat in front of several of the country's flags.
Cynthia Robinson, a founding member of Sly and the Family Stone, has died after a battle with cancer. The musician's Facebook page and Billboard confirmed the news. She was 69. Robinson served as the trumpet player for the band. She also played in Graham Central Station and worked with George Clinton and Prince.
Janis: Little Girl Blue, the new Janis Joplin documentary from director Amy Berg, will air as part of PBS' American Masters series. For Janis: Little Girl Blue, Berg worked with the support of Joplin's family on the film, which offers previously unseen glimpses of the singer's personal life.
David Bowie's upcoming new studio album Blackstar will "avoid rock n' roll," according to producer Tony Visconti. "We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar," Visconti told Rolling Stone. "We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there . . ."
Journey have welcomed back drummer Steve Smith, who originally drummed with the band back in the 1990s, to replace the recently fired Deen Castronovo. The band also announced a new 2016 tour with the Doobie Brothers. They will be joined on the road by Dave Mason for the new run called San Francisco Fest 2016, which will kick off May 12 in Irvine, California.
Smokey Robinson, Eric Church, Aloe Blacc and Rhiannon Giddens teamed up for a rendition of Church's song "Kill a Word" during the two hour A&E special Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. The event was put on to help spread racial understanding and Church's song was the perfect backdrop.
Debbie Harry of Blondie has opened up on the lyrics to the band's 1978 tune "One Way or Another," saying the song was inspired by an ex-boyfriend turned stalker. She told Classic Rock that the guy was "so wild, I had to move out of New Jersey." She adds that he worked all day in a chemical plant and begin drinking after his shift.
"Party Lights," a previously unheard Bruce Springsteen track, has surfaced online. The track is taken off of Springsteen's forthcoming box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. The new song contains lyrics that were later used on "Point Blank" and in the additional verse that Springsteen added to "Jersey Girl" by Tom Waits, according to Rolling Stone.
Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered And Unplugged, a newly expanded and remastered version of the Beach Boys 1965 album Beach Boys' Party, will be released on vinyl on December 11. According to Esquire, the comp includes 81-songs, including the original 12-tracks, and features rare photos and dialogue from the recording sessions, commentary and previously unheard material.
Ringo Starr is selling off a lot of personal belongings during a December 4-5 auction at Julien's in Beverly Hills. The collection, titled "The Property from the Collection of Ringo Star and Barbara Bach," features Starr's 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, as well as a 1966 325FG Rose-Morris model Rickenbacker owned by John Lennon.
David Bowie has released the ten-minute video for "Blackstar," the title track from his upcoming record. The vid, directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad), is set in outer space, and features a host of creepy elements. Those elements include a young woman walking the ruins of an old city, a bejeweled skull, men convulsing/dancing to the beat of a drummer . . ."
Lynyrd Skynyrd has canceled the remainder of their tour schedule this year, due to guitarist Gary Rossington's poor health. On Facebook, the band wrote that Gary is currently recovering from "recent heart procedures." "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his doctors," they wrote on Facebook. "Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring."
Carly Simon says that part of her 1972 hit "You're So Vain" is about the actor Warren Beatty. In the past, the cut has been rumored to be about either Beatty, Mick Jagger, or Simon's ex-husband James Taylor. Speaking with People, Simon says the second verse is about Beatty. "I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren."