November 27, 2015
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Courtesy of HBOSet those DVRs, Bruce Springsteen fans: The new documentary The Ties That Bind, which focuses on the making of the Boss' 1980 double album The River, gets its television debut tonight at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.Directed by Thom Zimny, the 60-minute film offers an in-depth interview with Springsteen about the creation of The River, as well as segments in which Bruce plays some of the album's songs on acoustic guitar.  The documentary also includes archival concert footage and rare
11/27/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Record Store Day The 2015 Record Store Day Black Friday celebration is here, as dozens of limited-edition vinyl discs will be released today and made available exclusively at independent record stores across the U.S.  The list of releases includes collectible records from such veteran artists as Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson, Otis Redding and The Kinks, among many others.McCartney's contribution to the campaign is a 12-inch vinyl single featuring an exc
11/27/2015 05:00:00am
Allen Berezovsky/WireImagePalladia is serving up a heaping helping of Tom Petty for Thanksgiving. The high-def network will host a 24-hour block of programming focusing on the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer that kicks off at 7 a.m. ET.Among the shows that will air during the Tom Petty Thanksgiving Takeover is the premiere of the concert film Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Fenway Park, at 9 p.m. ET. As its title suggests, the flick documents an August 2014 show Petty and his band played at the
11/26/2015 05:00:00am
NBCUniversalThe 2015 edition of NBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special, which celebrates the lighting of the famous New York City landmark's Christmas tree, will air on Wednesday, December 2.  As usual, the show will feature performances by some of music's brightest stars, with this year's lineup including James Taylor and Sting.Taylor will be performing with trumpeter Chris Botti.  Other artists on the holiday extravaganza's bill include Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli,
11/24/2015 06:00:00pm
Earl Gibson III/WireImageFounding Sly and the Family Stone trumpet player and "hype woman" Cynthia Robinson passed away on Monday at age 69 from cancer.  Robinson's death was announced on her official Facebook page, along with a note asking for continued donations to a fund launched last month to help pay her medical costs.According to Billboard, Robinson first began playing with Sly Stone in 1966 in his group Sly and the Stoners, and went on to become a member of Sly and the Family Stone
11/24/2015 02:15:00pm
Live Nation EntertainmentJourney and The Doobie Brothers have announced plans for an expansive 2016 co-headlining trek of North America that also will feature a very special opening act: former Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason.  The outing, dubbed the San Francisco Fest 2016 tour, will get underway May 12 in Irvine, California, and is mapped out all the way through an August 30 show in Chula Vista, California.The trek currently features a total of 49 dates, and includes stops in majo
11/24/2015 02:01:00pm
Motown/Universal Music EnterprisesA previously unreleased companion album to the 1978 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical The Wiz, featuring Wiz star Diana Ross taking on all of the production's roles, will be released as a digital download this Friday, November 27.  Diana Ross Sings Songs from The Wiz originally was scheduled to come out on Motown Records in January 1979, after the film debuted in theaters in October '78, but the label decided against issuing the record at that t
11/24/2015 10:00:00am
Credit: Clay Patrick McBrideAs founding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington continues to recuperate from a heart attack he suffered in early October, the band has decided to cancel the remaining two dates on its 2015 schedule.A message posted on the legendary Southern rockers' official Facebook page explains, "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his Doctors, Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent he
11/24/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Hollywood RecordsThe long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic apparently is set to move forward with a new screenwriter.  Deadline reports that GK Films, the company that's co-producing the movie, has hired Anthony McCarten, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay to the 2014 Steven Hawking biographical flick The Theory of Everything.Ben Whishaw, who has played the character Q in the last two James Bond films, 2012's Skyfall and this year's Spectre, remains the front runner to
11/23/2015 06:00:00pm
PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesA new two-CD compilation celebrating the long career of the late Joe Cocker will be released on December 11.  The Life of a Man: The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013 features 36 tracks, including the soulful British rock singer's best-known studio and select live performances.Among the memorable tunes featured on The Life of a Man are Cocker's classic covers of Traffic's "Feelin' Alright," Leon Russell's "Delta Lady," Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On" a
11/23/2015 02:00:00pm
Sam Jones/HBOU2 has announced makeup dates for the band's two concerts at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris that were postponed in the wake of the  terrorist attacks that took place in the city November 13.  The shows, which had been scheduled for November 14 and 15, now will be held  December 6 and 7."So much that was taken from Paris on the tragic night of November 13th is irreplaceable," says U2 singer Bono in a statement.  "For one night, the killers took lives, took musi
11/23/2015 11:50:00am
Yann Charles; SaiichiPeter Frampton and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke are among the music stars who have lent their talents to an upcoming album to benefit the Road Recovery charity, which supports music programs and projects aimed at helping at-risk youth.  The record, titled Don't Give Up, features songs written and recorded by young people involved with Road Recovery's Trax program, along with contributions from the aforementioned artists and some other well-known musicians.Other
11/23/2015 10:00:00am
Mascot Label GroupFamed Mountain singer/guitarist Leslie West has just released a new solo album called Soundcheck, his third studio album in the last four years.  Like his previous two records, 2011's Unusual Suspects and 2013's Still Climbing, Soundcheck features a mix of original tunes and select covers, along with contributions from some very cool guest musicians.Among the well-known artists who appear on various tracks on Soundcheck are Peter Frampton, late Cream bassist Jack Bruce and
11/23/2015 05:00:00am
Credit: Martin WebbLongtime Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre and his solo band were among the many acts that performed on the just-completed Yes fan cruise, Cruise to the Edge, and now the group is set to embark on a series of U.S. tour dates.  The trek kicks off tonight in Delray Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through a December 20 show in Hamden, Connecticut.The Martin Barre Band plays a mix of classic Jethro Tull songs and material from Barre's own solo albums, including his lates
11/21/2015 05:00:00am
ABC/Randy HolmesEvery parent who's a musician longs for the day when their kids finally realize they're cool.  For Elton John, he'll have to wait a bit longer -- his two sons currently have more interest in their toys than they do in their legendary dad's music.Speaking to Rolling Stone, Elton says his sons Zachary and Elijah recently saw him play live for the first time, but they were unimpressed.  "They know what I do, but they don't give a s*** about it," he says.  "They kn
11/21/2015 05:00:00am