Image Courtesy of CBSAerosmith is scheduled to be out on tour with Slash through a September 12 show in Nova Scotia, Canada, but guitarist Joe Perry says fans will have quite a bit to look forward to after he and his band mates wrap up their 2014 itinerary.
"I've got about six songs I'm really excited about," Perry tells the website. "I want to get into them as soon as possible. That's the main focus now."
The 63-year-old rocker also says he'll spend about a month promoting his book, including some in-store signing appearances.
"We're thinking of different ways to use the Internet to promote it," Joe adds, revealing that he's planning to release four free songs that are "really representative of some of my solo work" to those who purchase the memoir.
In addition, Perry tells ArtistDirect.com that Steven Tyler also is hoping to complete a solo album, and says that Aerosmith may even "get together and do another record" sometime next year.
Mark Robert Milan/GC ImagesThe Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood has four grown children and is a grandfather eight times over, but his wife of two years, Sally Humphreys, says she'd like to have her own kids with the 67-year-old rocker.
"There's no plans but there's no non-plans, if you see what I mean," the 36-year-old theater producer tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. "As time ticks on, I would like children. I don't know if I will but I would like them."
Asked what Ronnie's opinion is about becoming a dad again so late in life, Sally explains, "Obviously we've spoken about it quite a lot, and you can ask him and his response would be, 'Well, that would be nice.' He's up for it."
She points out that her husband has many friends in his age group "who have younger children and they all say it's fantastic and it keeps you young." She adds, "I do think that would be wonderful, but I don't know if it will happen."
Meanwhile, in marrying Wood, Sally became a step-grandmother to eight children, even though she's younger than some of Ronnie's own kids. As for how the youngsters refer to her, Humphreys tells The Telegraph, "Well, one of them did say to me, 'What shall we call you?' and I could see them all sitting there trying to work it out. I just said, 'Call me Auntie Sally!' I thought that was probably better for everyone involved."
As for whether she ever worried about the 31-year age difference between her and her husband, Sally says, "Well, I know it's there. And I wish it wasn't, but it is." She adds, "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. At no point, years ago, did I say to myself, 'I think I'll go out with someone twice my age,' but that is what has happened."
Regardless of the age gap, Humphreys maintains that Ronnie is "on my level completely. He's a very nice and caring person…He's very funny, kind and affectionate and welcoming."
Image Courtesy of F. Scott SchaferBlondie will be one of the music stars whose tunes will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation's Emmy-nominated documentary series, Song by Song.
The Song by Song episodes featuring Blondie will premiere in November and will focus on such hits by the influential New Wave band as "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," and "Rapture." The shows will include interviews with founding frontwoman Deborah Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, and drummer Clem Burke.
Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are Sheryl Crow and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.
"Song by Song is a different twist on the music documentary genre," says Ovation programming executive Scott Woodward. "This series uses the featured artists' hit songs to tell the story of what was happening at that time in their lives, what inspired them to write the music and how their songs impacted their careers and popular culture."
Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour. Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny.
The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington. The other acts on the Rock'n'Blues Fest -- A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds. In addition, Rick Derringer, who's famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek -- August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.
Fans who attend this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Johnny B. Goode."
Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest trek:
7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Harbor Park 8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 8/10 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre 8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts 8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts 8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim 8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery 8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
Image Courtesy of Legacy RecordingsIt's no secret that Whitney Houston's family does not support Lifetime's upcoming biopic, but the late singer's mother, Cissy Houston, is now officially expressing her feelings on the matter.
"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]," Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.
She continued, "In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her."
After being "exhausted" by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: "Please, please let her rest."
The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks, since "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week. The movie, starring America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.
Jenny Risher/MSO PRTed Nugent's penchant for speaking his mind has gotten him into hot water again. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has canceled the "Motor City Madman's" August 4 appearance at its casino in Idaho.
A statement on the casino's Facebook page states that the show was canceled after "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks was brought to the Tribal Council's attention."
Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, says in the statement that the tribe it "has always been about human rights -- for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity. We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way.”
Laura Stensgar, executive director of marketing for the Coeur d’Alene Casino, adds, “We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses.”
She defended the initial decision to book the 65-year-old rocker by explaining that, “We were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock ‘n roller who we thought folks might enjoy.”
Stensgar goes on to say, “We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward.”
The casino will refund the full ticket price for anyone has purchased tickets to the show.
While Nugent doesn't directly mention the casino, he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday, "No matter how much of a supeduper bad**s I think I am, I am obviously a much badder**s than even I think I am, for the fact that the America hating commie left Saul Alinsky-Joseph Goebbells liberal democrat punks have dedicated an entire army to abandon their own lives to unite to destroy mine."
He adds that it "proves beyond any shadow of any doubt how incredibly effective I am at spotlighting these freedom hating cockroaches & impeding their fundamental transformation ie;destruction of America."
Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top announced on Monday that it has to postpone the start of its U.S. summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill needs surgery to remove a pair of kidney stones. Now, Hill has issued a statement poking a little fun at his ailment.
Referencing to a classic song by late blues legend Robert Johnson, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer quipped, "I got stones in my passway," then added, "...but my doctor says not for long." ZZ Top has canceled six upcoming concerts because of Hill's condition, which is expected to put him out of action for about two weeks. The band now will launch its trek with an August 6 headlining show in Sturgis, South Dakota, two days before kicking off a previously announced joint tour with Jeff Beck in Missoula, Montana.
Looking forward to ZZ Top's forthcoming road trip, Hill again paraphrased Johnson, this time reworking a line from "Terraplane Blues," saying, "We're booked and we're bound to go." He added, "I had stones in my passway but you know those old boulders couldn't last, I had stones in my passway but those stones will soon be in my past."
You can check out the band's full confirmed tour schedule at ZZTop.com.
In other news, ZZ Top released its new concert video Live at Montreux 2013 on Tuesday. The video, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing such well-known songs as "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "La Grange" and "Tush," as well as three tunes from the group's 2012 album, La Futura, and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxey Lady."
Courtesy of KISS and Def LeppardIt's a month into KISS' 40th anniversary tour -- a co-headlining outing with Def Leppard -- and a source for the trek tells ABC News Radio, "It's been an amazing few weeks." The sheer magnitude of the stage shows is enormous, requiring dozens of trucks, buses and assorted vehicles to cart around the sets and equipment from amphitheater to amphitheater.
Because it's a summer tour, the venues are outdoors. Paul Stanley joked that although KISS tries "to be observant of low-flying planes when we're outdoors, [being outside] doesn't change anything because what we do comes from the heart. What we do comes from who we are."
The singer said that "being outside in the summer is a terrific dichotomy, contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining," but he also noted that indoor shows "[have their] pluses [as well]." In the end, said Stanley, "We've been doing this for 40 years. The reason people still buy tickets...is because you know that we will deliver the goods."
Here are the rest of the KISS/Def Leppard tour dates:
7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater 7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall 8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center 8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre 8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain 8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre 8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater 8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center 8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center 8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Graham Fielder/Alternative PressAerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.
Introducing the former Guns N' Roses star, Perry noted, "He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him. To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so. Now, to all generations, he's become a model of great guitar playing and an icon of his own right."
For his part, Slash thanked Alternative Press magazine, adding, "It's quite an honor to be included on your list of awards tonight, especially for something like guitar legend, which is very humbling…I loved playing guitar since I was 14 years old and it's nice to get recognized for it, and it officially means I've been doing it a long f**king time."
Among the evening's many other honorees were Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who were presented respectively with the Icon Award and the Vanguard Award. Jett also was one of the rockers who performed at the ceremony, playing her classic "Bad Reputation” with The Vacancies' Billy Crooked, her new tune "Soulmates to Strangers" with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Star Star" with some help from Slash.
The event also included performances by The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, rapper Ice-T's thrash metal group Body Count, and Korn's Jonathan Davis, who teamed up with the band Asking Alexandria for a rendition of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf."
You can check out complete coverage of the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at AltPress.com/APTV.
Here's the complete list of winners:
Best Vocalist -- Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco Best Live Band -- Pierce the Veil Breakthrough Band -- Crown the Empire Best Bassist -- Jaime Preciado, Pierce the Veil Best International Band -- Bring Me the Horizon Artist Philanthropic Award -- All Time Low Best Guitarist -- Phil Manansala, Of Mice & Men Vanguard Award -- Billy Corgan Best Drummer -- Mike Fuentes, Pierce the Veil Icon Award -- Joan Jett Most Dedicated Fans -- Black Veil Brides Guitar Legend Award -- Slash Song of the Year -- All Time Low with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil Album of the Year -- Bring Me the Horizon, Sempiternal Artist of the Year -- Fall Out Boy
Walt Disney Records/Universal MusicLove & Mercy, the upcoming biopic focusing on troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, will be among the movies that will get their world premieres at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Billboardreports. The fest is scheduled to run from September 4 to September 14.
As previously reported, Love & Mercy will feature John Cusack as an older Brian, while Paul Dano will portray Wilson as a young man. The film is described as presenting "an unconventional portrait" of Wilson that will depict various important episodes in his life, including his artistic achievements with The Beach Boys, his struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, his relationship with the Svengali-like therapist Eugene Landy and the new contentment he found after meeting his current wife, Melinda.
Love & Mercy was directed by Bill Pohlad, who has produced such acclaimed films as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain. The biopic will feature Paul Giamatti as Landy and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda.
Jean-Marie Perier/UMeA pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2002 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate. L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times' "Pop & Hiss" music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles.
The tree, which was only a sapling when it was planted near the Griffith Park Observatory, featured a commemorative plaque at its base acknowledging Harrison's contributions as a musician and a humanitarian, as well as his love for gardening. LaBonge tells ABC News Radio that the tree had grown to 12 feet in height before it was felled by the insect infestation.
LaBonge, who attended Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band's concert at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, says that plans are in the works for a new tree to be planted in November.
Harrison died in November 2001 at age 59 after a battle with cancer.
Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates ruled the charts in the early to mid-'80s, scoring a seemingly endless string of hits, appearing on MTV 24/7 and even headlining Live Aid. But now, looking back, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees say those days weren't really the endless party that most people assume they were.
"The '80s weren't as much fun as you might think," John Oates tells the British paper The Guardian. "The demands were so great. When you're in a rock band, traveling in a van, you may wish you were in a private plane, but you really don't know what you're missing. I enjoyed the '70s a whole lot better." But why? They certainly weren't as popular back then. Well, John says that's the point.
"It was a totally freer time. Then we became pop superstars and we couldn't go anywhere," he explains.
Daryl Hall feels the same way, telling the paper, "I didn't really want to participate in [superstardom]." But these days, he says he's OK with his level of fame.
"I'm as popular as I was back then, but it's a different kind of popularity," he explains. "It's more pleasant. More fulfilling. I don't feel like people are treating me like a Daryl doll." Also satisfying, he says, is the fact that, unlike in the past, today's hippest artists will all readily own up to being Hall & Oates fans.
"I hear my influence all over the place," says Daryl. "It's pretty widespread."
LIbrary of CongressNot bad for a kid from Long Island. Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The Library of Congress made the announcement Tuesday morning.
The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with Georgeand Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards.
The announcement of Joel’s honor calls him “one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world” and “a storyteller of the highest order.” Joel himself adds, “The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career. And the Library’s decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."
Billy Joel is only the seventh person to receive the Gershwin Prize since Paul Simon received the first one, in 2007. The other recipients include Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo BurtBacharach and the late Hal David, and Carole King, who received the prize last year.
Joel, who turned 65 last May, already has enough lifetime honors to need a mantle in every room to display them all, including membership in the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, an armload of honorary doctorates, and half-a-dozen Grammy awards. In 2013, he received the Kennedy Center Honors along with fellow musicians Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock.
Joel will receive the honor in Washington, D.C. in November.
Polydor/UMeMonday night, James Brown's music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York.
Directed by The Help's Nate Taylor, the project stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling.
Mick Jagger came on as co-producer, and on the red carpet, the rock legend said proudly, "I'm so glad this movie's finally come out and I'm really pleased with the results of it."
Get On Up: The James Brown Story, which also stars The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, and The Office alum Craig Robinson, opens August 1.
Frontiers RecordsYes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today. The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012.
Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks. Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that "he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to" collaborate with the band's other members and he says he's extremely pleased with the results.
"It's turned out to be surprisingly fresh, and Jon's input has definitely freshened up the whole approach," explains Squire. "So, I'm very happy."
In fact, Heaven & Earth features at least one tune that Davison co-wrote with every other member of the band -- two each with Squire and guitarist Steve Howe, and one apiece with drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes. He also penned one song, "Light of the Ages," entirely by himself.
Regarding the sound of the new album, Squire tells ABC News Radio that he doesn't think it's "exactly comparable to anything else" the band has done in the past, while noting that "there's a thread in Yes of the style that myself and Steve…and Alan White [developed] having all been there most of the last 40 years together."
Meanwhile, Yes has been including one or two of the songs from Heaven & Earth in the sets on the group's current North American, which is scheduled through an August 23 concert in Lincoln, California. Among the new tunes the band has been performing are "Believe Again," "The Ascent" and "The Game."