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Apple Corps Ltd.The Beatles' second feature film, Help!, got its world premiere 50 years ago today at London's Pavilion Theatre.  In the audience for the event were Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowden, who -- according to BeatlesBible.com -- postponed a planned summer vacation to attend the gala.The follow-up to the Fab Four's big-screen debut, 1964's A Hard Day's Night, Help! features the band members again portraying themselves, as they get involved in a madcap caper focusing on a
07/29/2015 03:00:00pm
Larry Marano/Getty ImagesPeter Frampton has confirmed plans to head out on an acoustic tour that will take place at a variety of U.S. venues this fall.   The 12-date trek, dubbed "Peter Frampton Raw, an Acoustic Tour," kicks off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, and runs through an October 24 in Van Wert, Ohio.Throughout the trek, Frampton will be accompanied by his longtime musical collaborator Gordon Kennedy, as well as by his son, singer/guitarist Julian Frampton, who will be
07/29/2015 11:00:00am
F. Scott Schafer for NetflixLilyhammer, the Netflix comedy-drama starring guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been canceled. Netflix confirmed the decision Tuesday.The streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to continue with Lilyhammer, it's become a very economically challenged deal because there's a partnership with the Norwegian broadcaster."He continued, "It was very difficult to maintain the lev
07/29/2015 08:22:00am
F. Scott Schafer for NetflixLilyhammer, the Netflix drama starring guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been cancelled. Netflix confirmed the decision Tuesday.The streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to continue with Lilyhammer, it's become a very economically-challenged deal because there's a partnership with the Norwegian broadcaster."It was very difficult to maintain the level of global exclusiv
07/29/2015 08:22:00am
PRNewsFoto/Mascot Label GroupIt's been about 17 years since Steve Perry and Journey parted ways, and while the reclusive singer has rarely performed since then, the group's founding guitarist, Neal Schon, says he and his current band mates would welcome him with open arms if he wanted to sing with them again."The door has always been open, like I've said a zillion times," Schon tells ABC Radio.  "People ask me every day, 'Are you reuniting?'  Steve says, 'No,' and I say, 'You never
07/29/2015 06:00:00am
Credit: MJ KimGreat news for Paul McCartney fans who can't make it out to Chicago's Grant Park this Friday to see the Beatles legend perform at the 2015 Lollapalooza festival: Sir Paul is one of the select artists whose sets will be streamed live online.The Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream that will be viewable online over three channels from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT each day of the fest, which runs from Friday, July 31, to Sunday, August 2.  Among the many other artists whose L
07/28/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Simon CrossA new documentary about the perennially cool Keith Richards will premiere on Netflix September 18, the same day the Rolling Stones guitarist's latest solo album, Crosseyed Heart, will be released.  Keith Richards: Under the Influence takes a look at the rock legend's musical journey and the sounds that have influenced him as a songwriter, guitarist and performer.The film was directed by Morgan Neville, whose work includes the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardo
07/28/2015 03:00:00pm
Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's daughter with Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray, has inspired many of his songs, from "Temptation" to "Goodnight My Angel" to "The Downeaster 'Alexa.'"  Now, the Piano Man says he'll pen a new tune for the baby he and his new wife are expecting next month.Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Billy says, "I'm going to write a song for the kid, or something.  Alexa...was always enchanted with music even before there were words."   No word on whethe
07/28/2015 11:00:00am
Farm AidFarm Aid will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year in Chicago with an eclectic lineup headlined by Neil Young and John Mellencamp. The bill also includes Mavis Staples.Young and Mellencamp, along with country legend Willie Nelson, are members of the Farm Aid board."We organized the first Farm Aid concert in Illinois in 1985 to respond to the people suffering during the Farm Crisis," says Nelson in a statement. "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we'll bring together so many of the pe
07/28/2015 10:57:00am
Jim O'Shea/Courtesy Doobie BrothersRemember that What’s Happening episode when Roger asked The Doobie Brothers, “And Which Doobie Might You Be?” only to be treated with an icy response?It seems The Doobie Brothers really do take the  band name quite seriously, case in point: the band is suing the group The Doobie Decibel System over trademark usage claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar” to theirs, according to Billboard.On Friday, Doobie B
07/28/2015 06:00:00am
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesJermaine Jackson thanked the doctors in Brazil who're taking care of his father, Joe Jackson, who fell ill there Sunday."Thank you for the love & prayers for our father. Following a heart procedure, he remains in hospital where he's doing 'extremely well'," Jermaine tweeted Monday night."Doctors say cardiac arrest followed a mini-stroke. Thankfully, brain scans show it's 'not as bad as first feared'. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the wonderful surgeons,
07/28/2015 06:00:00am
Image Courtesy of Andrew MacphersonEagles guitarist Joe Walsh will kick off a month-long solo tour beginning this September.Walsh will hit the road beginning September 18 with a show at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, according to a release.The tour, which reunites Walsh with Barnstorm keyboardist and guitarist Joe Vitale,will travel though Canada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina before wrapping up at Boston’s Orpheum on October 17.Walsh promises that his shows
07/27/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Danny ClinchAgribusiness giant Monsanto is firing back at the claims made the mini-documentary, Seeding Fear, co-produced by Neil Young’s film company.As previously reported, the film examines a lawsuit, which was settled out of court, between the corporation and Alabama farmer Michael White, whom the company sued for patent infringement.“Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation,” a rep for the company tells Rolling Stone, saying that an W
07/27/2015 07:00:00pm
Credit: Kevin WestenbergDavid Gilmour has doubled the number of 2016 North American spring tour dates he's scheduled in support of his upcoming solo album, Rattle That Lock.  The longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist has added one show a piece in the four cities in which he's slated to play concerts -- Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York.The new dates are March 25 in Los Angeles, April 1 in Toronto, April 4 in Chicago and April 12 in New York. Tickets for the shows go on sale Mond
07/26/2015 06:00:00am
Credit: William ClaxtonToday marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark event in rock history, when Bob Dylan "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.  Dylan played a brief set with a backing group of blues-rock musicians, which reportedly drew boos from a segment of the audience who felt the singer/songwriter was turning his back on traditional music.By the summer of '65, Dylan was widely considered to be the most important songwriter of the American folk revival, beloved by f
07/25/2015 06:00:00am