Courtesy of Sony Pictures ClassicsAfter being screened at several 2019 film festivals, the new documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name will get its theatrical premiere on July 19 in New York City and Los Angeles, with a nationwide opening to follow.
As previously reported, Remember My Name takes a warts-and-all look at the 77-year-old folk-rock legend's life, including his battle with substance abuse and his recent burst of creativity that coincided with the 2015 breakup of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The movie was directed by A.J. Eaton, and co-produced by acclaimed filmmaker and rock journalist Cameron Crowe. Crowe and Eaton also conducted interviews with David Crosby for the film.
Remember My Name got its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and was also screened at both the Boulder International Film Festival and the South by Southwest Festival. Next up for the flick will be an April 27 screening at New Jersey's Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, where Crosby and Crowe both will take part in a Q&A session.
In a new interview in the Asbury Park Press, Crosby notes that although it was difficult for him to dig into the negative aspects of his life for the documentary, he's glad that the film went as deep as it did.
"I'm happy with it," David says. "Truthfully there's a certain cathartic effect to it. It frees you, in a sense, to have to look at all that stuff and then set it down."
Big Machine Label Group On Wednesday afternoon at Cash Cabin just outside Nashville, Sheryl Crow premiered her new video for "Redemption Day" for a small group of music industry insiders.
The new recording is a duet with the late Johnny Cash, and is the lead single from Crow's upcoming album that features collaborations with rockers like Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and Don Henley, as well as country legends like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill.
Sheryl wrote "Redemption Day" in 1996 after visiting Bosnia with then-first lady Hillary Clinton. That same year, she recorded it on her self-titled second record.
Shortly before Cash's death, the Man in Black discovered the tune -- but wouldn't record it until he asked Crow in-depth questions about the lyrics.
"Cut to 2003," Sheryl explains, "Johnny Cash recorded it and felt like it would be the cornerstone of [the album he was making then]. He was adamant about knowing what every lyric meant."
She adds that Johnny "really delivered the song in a way that felt like for him it would be the most important song on his record. And unfortunately...two months later he passed."
While working on her new album, Crow reached out to the Cash family for the permission to use the late legend's vocal on a new version. Nearly 25 years since its inception, she feels like "Redemption Day" has finally arrived.
"I feel like the song has finally found its moment," she reflects. "I re-recorded it, rearranged it, and Johnny and I are both singing the song. And I hope he would be very proud of what we've done and feel like it has met its moment."
The Crow/Cash duet on "Redemption Day" will be available to stream or download on Friday.
Credit: Jill JarrettDoors guitarist Robby Krieger will be heading east in early June for a trio of concerts with his solo band.
The recently announced shows are scheduled for June 6 in Glendale, Pennsylvania; June 7 in Riverhead, New York; and June 9 in Albany, New York.
Tickets for all three gigs are available for purchase now. Visit RobbyKrieger.com for more details.
The Robby Krieger Band focuses mainly on classic Doors material, and features Krieger's son Waylon on lead vocals.
As previously reported, Robby will also be performing at The Hidden Hills MagazineHootenanny Food Spirits Music Festival on May 18 in Calabasas, California. The event will raise money for the charity Kevin Cordasco Foundation: Something Yellow, which is working to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Krieger will be jamming with as-yet-unnamed musical friends at the benefit. The event's lineup also includes The Dirty Knobs, which features founding Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist and current Fleetwood Mac member Mike Campbell.
Here are all of Krieger's confirmed upcoming concerts:
5/18 -- Calabasas, CA, The Hidden Hills Magazine Hootenanny - King Gillette Ranch 6/6 -- Glendale, PA, Keswick Theater 6/7 -- Riverhead, NY, The Suffolk Theater 6/9 -- Albany, NY, Skyloft
Z2 ComicsZ2 Comics has partnered with The Grateful Dead to create a graphic novel that delves into the story of the group's formation and emergence as one of America's most important and enduring bands.
Grateful Dead Origins boasts an original story written by Chris Miskiewicz, with illustrations by Noah Van Sciver. The novel follows the group's transformation from a bar band named The Warlocks to the influential flag bearers of jam-band culture in the U.S.
The novel will be released in early 2020, and will be available as both a limited, oversized hard-cover deluxe edition and a standard soft-cover version. The deluxe edition will be individually numbered and signed by the book's creators, and will come packaged with a vinyl LP featuring a selection of previously unreleased tracks from the band's early years. The standard version will offer access to a digital download of the early recordings.
Both versions of Grateful Dead Origins can be pre-ordered now. You can get a look at the cover art for the two editions at Z2Comics.com. According to the website, the deluxe version will ship in April 2020.
"Chris and Noah have captured the Dead's sensibility in their words and images that bring to life on the page the earliest days of the Grateful Dead, from the band's founding in 1965 through to Woodstock," says the band's audiovisual archivist, David Lemieux, in a statement.
"We couldn't be happier to be partnering with such talented artists who have delved so deeply into the Dead's history and origin."
A&M/UMe Newly minted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Janet Jackson is giving fans another way to listen to her breakthrough album.
On June 7, you'll be able to buy her 1986 classic Control on vinyl, in your choice of either black or translucent red. It marks the first time that the album has been available on vinyl since its initial release. Fans attending Janet's upcoming Las Vegas show, Metamorphosis, will get the first crack at purchasing the disc at the merch store that will open at the Park Theater at Park MGM. You can also pre-order a copy online.
Control, Janet's third album, marked the first of the star's many collaborations with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. It featured five hit singles -- "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty," "Control," "When I Think of You” and "Let's Wait Awhile" -- and was her first #1 album on the pop chart. To date, it's sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
Janet's Metamorphosis residency will kick off May 17 and will include 15 performances through an August 10 show. As previously reported, Janet also will headline the U.K. 's Glastonbury Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival this summer.
Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi will be cruising into the summer with a few thousand of his closest pals.
Following his recently completed Runaway to Paradise Caribbean fan cruise, which sailed from Miami to the Bahamas last weekend, the New Jersey rocker has announced another edition of the cruise for this summer, this time in the Mediterranean.
The cruise will take place from August 26 to August 30, and will sail from Barcelona, Spain, to Palma, Majorca, aboard the Norwegian Jade. Jon's special guests will include Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and singer/songwriter Grace Potter.
The August edition of the event will get to experience two shows by Jon -- one electric, and the other an acoustic session with a Q&A. If you purchase a "Gold" package, you'll also get a photo with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.
Fans also will get to experience special tastings of Jon's signature wine, Hampton Water, with his son, Jesse Bongiovi; a gallery of never-before-seen memorabilia, guitars and clothing; an onboard pop-up shop featuring Jon's fashion line Hart N Dagger; and an onboard version of Jon's charity restaurant, The Soul Kitchen.
Randee St. NicholasFleetwood Mac have announced rescheduled dates for the North American shows they were forced to cancel due to Stevie Nicks' recent bout with the flu.
The rescheduled shows start October 28 in Boston and run through November 12 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. That show will serve as the official end of the group's current world tour.
All previously held tickets will be honored for the new dates, but new tickets will also be put on sale. The band's October 30 show in Quebec City will go on sale April 26 at 10 a.m. local time; tickets for the other shows are on sale now.
The next leg of the band's tour, which starts June 6, will take them to Europe and the U.K. They'll tour Australia and New Zealand in August and September, and then return to North America for those final rescheduled shows.
Here are the dates:
10/28 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 10/30 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Centre Videotron 11/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena 11/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/7 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place 11/10 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome 11/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
Courtesy of Dennis DeYoungEx-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has shared some details about a new tune that he's working on for his forthcoming solo album -- and it sounds pretty fab.
In a recent post on his official Facebook page, DeYoung reports that the song, which is among the last tracks he's recording for the project, has a title "taken directly from a classic Beatles tune, and for good reason."
He goes on to explain, "It tells the story of that momentous night in February 1964 when my world and, dare I say, the whole world seemed to change. The Ed Sullivan [Show] stage became the launching pad for a million dreams."
Dennis also reveals that he "decided to incorporate as many song titles of the Beatles catalog in the lyrics to illustrate the immediate as well as long lasting effect they had on culture."
In addition, DeYoung says he's hoping to "paraphrase as many Beatles [musical] tricks and styles into the song to make it sound 'fake' authentic."
He adds that he's "having a blast" putting the song together, then quips, "[I] will wear my Hard Day's Night suit during recording only speaking in a Liverpudlian accent. Call me Sir Scouse."
As previously reported, DeYoung recently released a collaborative single with Ides of March/ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik called "Proof of Heaven." The song will appear on both Dennis' upcoming solo album and the new record from Peterik's World Stage side project, Winds of Change, the latter of which is due out April 26.
No word yet on the title or release date of DeYoung's album.
earMUSICThe Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/rocker Johnny Depp, will release their sophomore album, Rise, on June 21.
Unlike the band's star-studded self-titled 2015 debut, the new record features mostly new original songs, along with select cover tunes by three dearly departed rock artists.
The covers are David Bowie's "Heroes," which is sung by Depp; the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," featuring Cooper on lead vocals; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," sung by Perry.
In advance of Rise's arrival, the Hollywood Vampires have released the track "Who's Sorry Now" as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out a lyric video for the hard-rocking track, which boasts a sinister-sounding guitar riff, at the earMUSIC label's YouTube channel.
Another song on Rise, "Welcome to Bushwackers," features guest appearances by U.K. guitar legend Jeff Beck and lauded cult-film director John Waters.
The album was co-produced by Cooper, Perry and Depp, along with Tommy Henriksen, who plays guitar in Alice's solo band.
"Rise is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I've ever been a part of," says Cooper. "I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album. Each of us -- Joe, Johnny, Tommy, and myself -- have written songs on this album…I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires' sound really is."
Adds Perry, "[Rise] is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I've been part of."
As previously reported, the Hollywood Vampires will launch a seven-show of the Western U.S. on May 10 in Las Vegas. Here are all of the dates:
5/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint 5/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek 5/12 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre 5/14 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore 5/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino 5/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Casino 5/18 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
And here's the full Rise track list:
"I Want My Now" "Good People Are Hard to Find" "Who's Laughing Now" "How the Glass Fell" "The Boogieman Surprise" "Welcome to Bushwackers" -- featuring Jeff Beck and John Waters "The Wrong Bandage" "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" "Git from Round Me" "Heroes" "A Pitiful Beauty" "New Threat" "Mr. Spider" "We Gotta Rise" "People Who Died" "Congratulations"
Courtesy of HBOHBO has premiered a trailer for its upcoming 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special, documenting the night last month when Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, The Cure, Roxy Music, Radiohead and Janet Jackson welcomed into the hallowed institution.
The show will debut on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. ET. The preview offers brief glimpses of the honorees' speeches, as well as of the celebrity presenters' introductions and the evening's various performances.
As previously reported, Def Leppard was inducted by Queen's Brian May, Nicks by One Direction's Harry Styles, The Zombies by The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, The Cure by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Roxy Music by Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, Radiohead by ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Jackson by Janelle Monae.
The ceremony, which took place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, boasted performances by Def Leppard, Nicks, The Zombies, The Cure and several members of Roxy Music.
During her set, Stevie was joined by Styles and the Eagles' Don Henley. The event's finale featured surprise guest Ian Hunter leading an all-star rendition of his old band Mott the Hoople's classic David Bowie-penned hit "All the Young Dudes."
During the trailer, we get to watch May quip, "What's the secret of a successful rock group? You have to keep your hair." The video also includes a snippet of Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's emotional speech, in which he says of the group, "We're not blood, but we're the closest thing to brothers."
ABC/Craig SjodinLionel Richie has been married and divorced twice, and both splits, from ex-wives Brenda and Diane, were painful. But the American Idol judge says he's not ruling out another trip down the aisle with his current girlfriend, Lisa Parigi.
In the new issue of People magazine, Lionel says, "I am a hopeless romantic. At this time in my life when you can be so jaded about things, Lisa kind of makes everything feel a bit safe. She’s extremely beautiful, but most importantly she’s smart and helps me deal with my crazy world.”
Part of Lionel's crazy world is dealing with his three adult children: Nicole, Sofia and Miles. He tells People, "With my kids I know their job is to completely scare me to death...My job is to embarrass them...so it’s an equal swap right now.”
As for how he approaches parenthood at this point, Lionel says, "I remember the look on my parents’ faces when I tried explaining to them that we’re The Commodores, and we’re the black Beatles, and we’re gonna take over the world."
“It’s the same look I have on my face when Nicole, Miles and Sophia come to me with their ideas,” he adds. “I kind of use that as my centering point before I completely go off.”
Nicole is the mother of Lionel's two grandchildren, Harlow and Sparrow, whom she shares with her husband, Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden.
Lionel, who'll turn 70 in June, will launch his Hello tour May 28. A new album, Live from Las Vegas, is due August 23.
Atlantic/Swan Song/Warner MusicAs part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, Led Zeppelin has launched a new video series on its official YouTube channel looking at key highlights of the legendary band's history.
The first episode of the Led Zeppelin History series begins in September 1968, when the band began recording its self-titled debut album at London's Olympic Studios, starting with "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" and "You Shook Me."
Using archival footage of the group in concert as a backdrop, and soundtracked by "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," the video goes on to note that the album was self-financed, was recorded in just 30 hours, and cost 1,782 pounds -- equivalent of around $2,300 in today's money.
The clip also offers the following quotes from the band members about the making of Led Zeppelin I:
Jimmy Page: "The group had only been together for two-and-a-half weeks when we recorded it."
Robert Plant: "We weren't in a position at that time to be able to block whole studio time."
John Paul Jones: "We did it in about 15 hours, with another 15 hours for mixing, so it was 30 hours in all."
Page: "We deliberately aimed at putting down what we could reproduce live on stage."
Legacy RecordingsSantana is celebrating a few major milestones this year -- the 50th anniversary of the band's debut album and historic performance at Woodstock, and the 20th anniversary of its hugely successful comeback album Supernatural and its lead single, "Smooth."
"Smooth," which was released in June of 1999, featured guest lead vocals by Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, who tells ABC Radio that he and Carlos Santana are trying to schedule a show together to celebrate the anniversary while both are out on the road this year.
"I was actually just on the phone with him a few nights ago," Thomas reveals. "We want to connect somewhere on the West Coast [or] East Coast. Like, on a day that I have off, I'll just come and open up for him when we're in the same place."
"Smooth," which Thomas co-wrote with composer Itaal Shur, spent 12 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, spanning from October 1999 to January 2000.
The song also won a trio of Grammy Awards -- Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals -- and is ranked by Billboard as the second most successful song of all time.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/MaverickMadonna's new album Madame X now has a release date: June 14.
The first single, "Medellín," a collaboration with Colombia reggaeton singer Maluma, is out now. If you pre-order the album, you'll get a free download of the track.
The video for "Medellín" will premiere April 24 during a globally-televised MTV special on April 24 at 4 p.m. Madonna and British DJ Trevor Nelson will introduce the video live from London, and the Queen of Pop will discuss the making of the new album. Maluma will join live from Miami, and Madonna will take questions from fans on site in London and via satellite from fans in New York City.
The 15-track album features guest appearances by rappers Swae Lee and Quavo, as well as vocals sung in Portuguese, Spanish and English. It was produced by Madonna's longtime collaborator Mirwais, as well as by Mike Dean, Diplo and others. The entire project was inspired by Madonna's experiences living in Portugal, where she moved last year.
"Lisbon is where my record was born," Madonna says in a statement. "I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe."
There will be both standard and deluxe versions of the album. A Target CD version will include the deluxe version of the album with two extra tracks. Special bundles will come with limited-edition merchandise, plus vinyl and cassette versions of the album. You can pre-order those now at Madonna's online store.
Here's the track listing for Madame X:
"Medellín" with Maluma "Dark Ballet" "God Control" "Future" ft. Quavo "Batuka" "Killers Who Are Partying" "Crave" ft. Swae Lee "Crazy" "Come Alive" "Extreme Occident" **deluxe version only "Faz Gostoso" ft. Anitta "B**ch I'm Loca" ft. Maluma "I Don't Search I Find" "Looking for Mercy" **deluxe version only "I Rise"
Earlier this month, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder released his first solo album in more than six years, American Rock 'n' Roll, an 11-track collection that's packed with famous guest musicians.
Kicking off American Rock 'n' Roll is the album's title track, which finds Felder lyrically and musically saluting the history of U.S. rock music, from the 1969 Woodstock festival through the grunge era.
"[T]o me, [Woodstock] was sort of the birth of modern rock 'n' roll," Felder, who was at the historic gathering, tells ABC Radio. "So I thought that would be a great premise to set an album up on, and invite friends of mine…to play and sing with me on it that had that same experience and that same influence."
"American Rock 'n' Roll," the song, features guitar work from Slash and drumming from Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith.
Other musicians featured on the album include Peter Frampton, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, Joe Satriani, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, and members of Toto.
Hagar, Weir and Satriani all appear on "Rock You," which Felder describes as "a big stadium rock 'n' roll anthem." Don says he wanted to duet on the song with "a big rock 'n' roll voice," and Sammy fit the bill perfectly.
While Felder was working on the track at Hagar's studio in Sausalito, California, Sammy's pals Satriani and Weir paid separate visits to the facility, and wound up contributing guitar and backing vocals, respectively.
As for Frampton, Felder tapped him to add the "ethereally beautiful" sound he gets playing his Les Paul through a Leslie speaker to the love song "The Way Things Have to Be."
Here's the American Rock 'n' Roll track list, along with select guests featured on each song:
"American Rock 'n' Roll" -- featuring Slash, Mick Fleetwood and Chad Smith "Charmed" -- featuring Alex Lifeson "Falling In Love" -- featuring Steve Porcaro "Hearts On Fire" -- featuring David Paich and Joe Williams "Limelight" -- featuring Richie Sambora and Orianthi "Little Latin Lover" -- featuring Abe Laboriel Sr. "Rock You" -- Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Bob Weir "She Just Doesn't Get It" -- featuring Styx drummer Todd Sucherman "Sun" "The Way Things Have to Be" -- featuring Peter Frampton and David Paich "You're My World"
Craft RecordingsJames Taylor's 2007 live album, One Man Band, will be issued on vinyl for the very first time on June 7.
The two-LP set, which boasts newly remastered sound, will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with the discs housed in a gatefold sleeve.
One Man Band was recorded during a three-night stand at the historic Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The shows feature Taylor accompanying himself on guitar, along with keyboardist Larry Goldings and a drum machine. Two songs -- "My Traveling Star" and "Shower the People" -- include pre-recorded accompaniment from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.
The album features renditions of many of Taylor's best-loved tunes, including "Something in the Way She Moves," "Steamroller Blues," "Sweet Baby James," "Carolina in My Mind," "Fire and Rain" and his classic cover of Carole King's "You've Got a Friend," as well as several deep cuts from throughout his career.
The record also features some of James' intros to the tunes, in which he shares anecdotes and background on his compositions.
One Man Band reached #17 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the U.S. The original was released as a CD/DVD set, and the video portion also aired as an episode of the PBS series Great Performances.
In the album's original liner notes, Taylor reflects on the stripped-down nature of the live shows recorded for the album.
"I started out [playing shows with] just the guitar and a handful of songs," he explains. "As time went by, I added other musicians, because it's great playing in a big band. But from time to time…it's good to get back to basics and to present the songs in their original form."
Here's the One Man Band track list:
Side A "Something in the Way She Moves" "Never Die Young" "The Frozen Man" "Mean Old Man" "School Song" "Country Road"
Side B "Slap Leather" "My Traveling Star" "You've Got a Friend" "Steamroller Blues"
Side C "Secret o' Life" "Line 'Em Up" "Chili Dog" "Shower the People" "Sweet Baby James"
Side D "Carolina in My Mind" "Fire and Rain" "Copperline" "You Can Close Your Eyes"
Joe Terry (Bobby Bank/WireImage)Joe Terry, a founding member of the early rock 'n' roll/doo-wop group Danny & the Juniors, died on Monday at the age of 78. Terry's passing comes just a few weeks after the death of another original member of the group, David White.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Danny & the Juniors are best-known for their 1957 chart-topping single "At the Hop," which was co-written by White. The band also scored a few other top 40 hits over the next few years, including the White-penned "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay," which peaked at #19 in 1958. Danny & the Juniors were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2013.
"It is with great sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of two very deserving members of our Walk of Fame -- Joe Terry, who died [Monday] morning, and David White, who died in March," Philadelphia Music Alliance chairman Alan Rubens said in a statement.
"They were two of the founding members of Danny & the Juniors, who recorded 'At the Hop,' one of the most iconic songs ever to come out of Philadelphia."
Rubens added, "They are true legends and true Philadelphians who were part of making our city's music heritage as great as it is."
Terry, who was born Joseph Terranova, originally sang baritone in Danny & the Juniors but took over as lead vocalist after the 1983 death of Danny Rapp from an apparent suicide.
White, who was 79 at the time of his death, also co-wrote many other songs, including the 1964 Lesley Gore hit "You Don't Own Me."
Kevin Mazur/NetflixBruce Springsteen will take part in a special event marking the opening of Netflix's third annual FYSEE experience, which runs from May 5 to June 9 at the streaming company's Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
Springsteen will be appearing with renowned director Martin Scorsese at the opening-night event, scheduled for Sunday, May 5. Bruce, of course, starred in the recent Netflix special Springsteen on Broadway, which captured a performance of his popular Broadway show.
The FYSEE experience, which showcases and promotes Netflix's original programming, will include a variety of Q&A sessions, performances, screenings and interactive displays, as well as themed events featuring Quincy Jones, David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres.
A June 9 closing-night event will feature Oprah Winfrey hosting a conversation with director Ava DuVernay and the cast of the limited Netflix series When They See Us, which premieres on May 31.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for The V&ALast week, Elton John was photographed touring Florence, Italy's famed Uffizi Gallery in a wheelchair, after a sprained ankle left him unable to walk around and see the paintings. Now, the art-loving superstar has gotten an entire gallery named after him at yet another famous museum.
According to the BBC, London's Victoria & Albert Museum, which focuses on decorative arts and design, has named its new photography gallery the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery, following what's described as a "significant" donation from Sir Elton.
In addition to having the gallery named after him and his husband, Elton now has a place to display his extensive private photography collection, which includes more than 7,000 works from acclaimed photographers like Man Ray, Dorothea Lange and Cindy Sherman.
According to the BBC, Elton said in a statement, "We are delighted to be part of this exciting moment and we hope that audiences will walk away with the same excitement and appreciation for photography as I did when I first started collecting."
Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, added, "We are immensely grateful to Sir Elton John and David Furnish for their generosity in supporting our photography center and mission to make historic and contemporary photography available to the widest possible audience."
Mike ColucciIt's not every superstar singer who can headline New York's Madison Square Garden one day, and then help clean up his town the next.
Page Six reports that last Friday, Billy Joel did his usual monthly residency show at the Garden, where he welcomed his palTony Bennett as a special guest. Then, the next day, he was out helping his neighbors in Oyster Bay, Long Island, clean up the town's beach.
Town supervisor Joseph Saladino confirmed that Billy participated in the clean-up effort, and told Page Six, "He got up early and came out on a morning with not ideal weather, and was so gracious to everyone. He's a big supporter of the environment."
The annual beach clean-up is something that Billy's been participating in for years; in the past, he's been joined by his good pal, New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
Billy's next concert is Miller Park in Milwaukee on April 26. He'll be back at the Garden on May 9 for the next installment of his residency.