The Doors have been voted into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. The website hosts a monthly fan voted poll to induct classic rock acts into its HOF. According to the site, the 1960s rockers faced stiff competition throughout the voting process. "The Doors simply walloped their contemporary Jimi Hendrix by a margin of 61-to-39 percent in final round voting."
Van Morrison and the Who will perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall during a run of gigs scheduled from March 23 to March 28. Other acts announced include Stereophonics, Paul Weller, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Gregg Allman has confirmed a full slate of tour dates set for this spring. The Allman Brothers Band legend will kick things off in Northfield, Ohio on March 13 and will continue on straight through May 9 in Austin, Texas.
Bob Dylan has offered to give AARP members a free copy of his new album, Shadows in the Night. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, 50,000 random copies of AARP's February 3 issue of the magazine will include Dylan's new CD. Shadows in the Night is a covers album from Dylan, which features ten standards from the Great American Songbook.
Tom Petty has been awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith's hit song "Stay With Me."
In April 2014 when Smith's "Stay With Me" was released listeners began to point out the resemblance to Petty's 1989 song "I Won't Back Down." Petty's lawyers followed suit, recognizing the similarities, which resulted in Petty and Smith settling out of court back in October.
Paul McCartney has teamed up with Kanye West and Rihanna for Rihanna's latest single. "FourFiveSeconds" features McCartney on keyboards and acoustic guitars while Rihanna sings, "I think I've had enough. / I might get a little drunk / I say what's on my mind / I might do a little time / 'Cause all of my kindness is taken for weakness." West also raps on the track.
Michael Jackson's mother Katherine was absent while her lawyer appeared in a Los Angeles court to continue the appeal of her $1 billion negligence lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live. Jackson's attorney Kevin Boyle told the Daily News that she was kept informed of the proceedings. "We're the underdog, and we're not supposed to win."
A number of musicians, including Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, paid tribute to Kim Fowley following his death earlier this month. Fowley died on January 15 at the age of 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer. The funeral took place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.
When it comes to Bruce Springsteen's future, no one knows for sure, not even E Street Band member Roy Bittan. "You know, there's always some plans in the mix," he told Rolling Stone. But until he says, 'The album is done, let's go,' I don't ever really know. It's kind of been that way for 40 years.
Elton John will reportedly earn over $500,000 per show on his Million Dollar Piano residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. According to TMZ.com, the legendary musician has surpassed Britney Spears for Vegas' top earner as he is getting 88 percent of the fees for every show. By comparison, Spears reportedly makes $475,000 per show on her Britney: Piece of Me residency.
John Lennon's sketches are featured in a new book showcasing his artwork. The book, John Lennon: The Collected Artwork, includes text from writer Scott Gutterman. According to the publisher's description, the book offers a captivating history of Lennon's visionary art, from his early childhood to his untimely death in 1980.
KISS and Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z's second collaborative song "Samurai Son" has reportedly surfaced on the web. The cut, written by Paul Stanley, follows the groups' first collab "Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina." "Samurai Son" is similar musically to "Yumeno Ukiyoni Saitemina" but features a totally different vocal track from Stanley.
Bob Dylan says that his upcoming Frank Sinatra covers record, Shadows In The Night, was motivated by his desire to make a covers album. Speaking with AARP, Dylan notes that he's mostly left covers to others throughout his career. "All through the years, I've heard these songs being recorded by other people and I've always wanted to do that," he said.
Alice Cooper and Motley Crue have both opened up about the Crue's forthcoming farewell tour. The band's final show is scheduled in Los Angeles for December 31, 2015 and Nikki Sixx tells Rolling Stone their planning to go all out for the finale. "We're talking about ending it at the stroke of midnight. When they drop the ball, they drop the ball on us."
Hall and Oates are bringing their new live concert film Live From Dublin to cinemas throughout the U.S. this year. The film's official title is Daryl Hall and John Oates: Recorded Live From Dublin and was recorded last summer. It will play in select theaters on February 19.