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Proper RecordsFounding Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman will turn 79 this October, but despite his advancing age, he's still making new music.  Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his first solo album in 33 years, Back to Basics.Wyman admits that he initially wondered if he might be "too old" to put out a new album, but quickly thought the better of it."I thought, 'Every creative artist goes until they drop,'" he tells Rolling Stone.  "Whether they're sculptors,
05/23/2015 06:00:00am
Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is the world's wealthiest rocker so he can afford to buy nice things, like a beautiful new penthouse apartment overlooking New York City's Central Park.  The New York Post reports that the ex-Beatles star and his wife, Nancy Shevell, shelled out $15.5 million for a duplex apartment at 1045 Fifth Ave., not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.According to the Street Easy real estate website, the co-op residence boasts wraparound balconies,
05/22/2015 07:00:00pm
Stony Brook UniversityEven people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and on Friday, one of that area's top universities presented the Piano Man with an honorary degree at its 55th commencement ceremony.Billy received a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University, which has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: he's donated two pianos to the school, which are worth more than 200 thousand dollars.
05/22/2015 06:07:00pm
Image Courtesy of The WhoA pot-smoking Who fan almost brought the band's concert this week at New York's Nassau Coliseum to a halt when Roger Daltrey complained that the smoke was affecting his voice.  Newsday reports that several songs into the show, Daltrey threatened to walk off the stage if the offending audience member didn't stop smoking.In fan-filmed video of the event posted online, the frontman is heard saying, "If you don't put it down, then I'm telling you now, the show will
05/22/2015 03:00:00pm
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA massive 23-CD box set chronicling The Isley Brothers' evolution from a doo-wop/gospel act to an influential rock 'n' soul band will be released on August 21. The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) boasts remastered editions of the 21 albums the group issued on those two labels, as well as a previously unreleased, unabridged version of the 1980 live-in-the-studio album they made at the Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock,
05/22/2015 11:00:00am
Rounder RecordsA new DVD/double-CD set documenting a Gregg Allman solo concert that took place in January of last year in Macon, Georgia, will be released on August 7.  Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features the founding Allman Brothers Band singer and his eight-piece backing group playing a 16-song set at historic Grand Opera House in Macon, the Allmans' adopted hometown.Among the tunes Gregg performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa,"
05/22/2015 06:01:00am
Chris Ross/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.- U2 Performed "Song for Someone," from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.-Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and A
05/22/2015 06:01:00am
Music City MediaOriginal Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is ready to launch a series of 2015 tour dates that will see him performing at a variety of venues and events around North America well into September.  The voice behind such classic hits as "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Cold as Ice" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" will kick things off with a performance tonight, May 21, in Snoqualmie, Washington.Gramm's itinerary currently includes 19 shows, and is plotted out throu
05/21/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Sean EvansMusic fans don't generally associate Roger Waters with rootsy, acoustic sounds, but the former Pink Floyd star has signed on to headline the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.  The three-day event takes place Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode, Island.According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, Roger will play an intimate [set] specifically crafted for" the festival.  A limited number of sing
05/21/2015 07:00:00pm
Dean Stockings; Mike OwenBoy George, Annie Lennox and famed songwriter Paul Williams were among the honorees at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, held today in London.The Culture Club frontman was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music prize.  The BBC reports that in his acceptance speech, Boy George described himself as "a melody writer who doesn't play any instruments," and said, "it's amazing I managed to have this 30-year-plus career doing what I love.  What a
05/21/2015 03:00:00pm
Rutgers University-Camden/Robert LaramieCall him Doctor Bon Jovi now.  Jon Bon Jovi received an honorary doctorate Thursday, and delivered a keynote speech, during the commencement ceremony for Rutgers University's Camden, New Jersey, campus.  The singer also performed an original tune that he penned for the occasion, which encouraged the graduating students to "write your song," "love your life" and "start your own revolution."Bon Jovi was presented with an honorary doctor of let
05/21/2015 03:00:00pm
PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentMadonna has rescheduled the first three dates of her forthcoming Rebel Heart tour due to production issues."As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect," she says in a statement.  "Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans.  I can promise you this show will be worth the wait.  Can't wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there."The A
05/21/2015 11:02:00am
MVD Entertainment GroupVeteran rock guitar whiz Dave Edmunds will be releasing his first-ever all-instrumental album next month.  On Guitar...Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics, which hits stores June 9, features the 71-year-old musician's interpretations of an eclectic list of songs -- everything from Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and Elton John's "Your Song" to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" to a classical piece by Mozart."I've chosen a selectio
05/21/2015 11:00:00am
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TDF ProductionsEven if you could've scored tickets, chances are you would've had to steal a seat from a celebrity at last night's "surprise" Rolling Stones concert at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The Stones used the gig both as a warm-up for their upcoming Zip Code Tour, and to celebrate the June 9 reissue of their 1971 Sticky Fingers album, which includes the classic songs "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Bitch."  The band played the album in its e
05/21/2015 09:37:00am