Guitarist Gary Rossington, the last surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, recently underwent "emergency heart surgery," according to a message posted late Friday on the band's official Facebook page.
"Gary is home resting and recovering with his family," the message reads. "He wants everyone to know he is doing good and expects a full recovery."
The note continues, "After this past year, the country being shut down and everything we have all been thru, The [Rossingtons] encouraged the band to go perform in his absence. Music is a powerful healer! We all felt playing the shows and bringing the music to y'all was a better option than cancelling the performances."
In the message, the band also asks fans to "say some prayers for the Rossington family and if you would like to leave [Gary] a (positive) message please do! He will look forward to reading them!"
Accompanying the Facebook post is a video clip from a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert in Minnesota this past week featuring frontman Johnny Van Zant explaining to the audience that Rossington had to have "an emergency stent put in his heart."
Van Zant also told the crowd, "Gary said, 'Go up to Minnesota and kick some a** in my honor,' and that's what we're here to do tonight." In addition, he revealed that former Alice Cooper guitarist Damon Johnson was standing in for Rossington.
Rossington has experienced numerous heart issues over the years, and has revealed in past interviews that he's had many stent operations.
The Stray Cats' Brian Setzer has released a second advance track from his forthcoming solo studio album Gotta Have the Rumble, a revved-up surf-rock-influenced tune called "Smash Up On Highway One."
The song is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, while a music video for the tune has premiered at Setzer's official YouTube channel.
The clip offers up a montage of black-and-white video segments featuring such evocative images as a belly dancer, a burning cigarette, a burning $100 bill, a slithering snake, an animal's skeleton, a hissing cat, a snarling dog, a solar eclipse, piano keys lit aflame, an iguana, a spider in its web, a tornado, a graveyard and a burning car out in a desert.
Setzer says he got the idea for "Smash Up On Highway One" after he and The Stray Cats played surf-rock legend Dick Dale's classic instrumental "Misirlou" with Dale himself.
"I thought, 'Wow, I'd love to write something as cool as that riff.' So I came up with something out of left field," he explains. "I don't know what you would call it -- Middle Eastern or Eastern-European…I had that riff laying around. I guess you could say I'm always collecting cool guitar parts. [Frequent collaborator] Mike Himelstein sent me those lyrics and they just fit right in. I think it's really cool."
As previously reported, Gotta Have the Rumble will be released on August 27 on CD and digitally, while a vinyl version will arrive in the fall.
The new collection, which you can pre-order now, features 11 original tunes written or co-written by Setzer. Brian previously released the album's first song, "Checkered Flag," as an advance track.
Former Yes frontman Jon Anderson recently announced plans for a brief U.S. summer tour that will feature accompaniment from the students of the Paul Green Rock Academy, and now the singer and the young musicians have teamed up virtually for a video performance of his old band's 1971 song "Heart of the Sunrise."
The clip, which you can watch at the Paul Green Rock Academy's official YouTube channel, features Anderson and over 20 young musicians and singers all performing their parts of the epic, multiple-section prog-rock tune separately.
"Heart of the Sunrise," which was co-written by Anderson with founding Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Bill Bruford, was the last track on the band's classic 1971 album Fragile.
As previously reported, Anderson's tour with the Paul Green Rock Academy currently features 11 dates, and is plotted out from a July 30 concert in Woodstock, New York, through an August 28 show in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
The concerts will feature Yes classics and deep cuts, songs from Anderson's solo catalog, mash-ups and more, with lush arrangements including choral vocals, horns and other musical elements.
Anderson says of performing with the young musicians, "It's a celebration of music, youth, and the fun of life, and the enjoyment of everything that makes the world go round, which is MUSIC!"
Rob Thomas is celebrating his wife Marisolon Instagram today, the 23rd anniversary of the day he proposed to her.
"23 years ago today, in 1998, in a rented SUV in the rain I asked her to marry me," Rob wrote alongside a series of photos of himself and Mari through the years. "I’d carried the ring around with me for a week or so waiting for the right time."
"Everyone thought we were nuts and rightfully so, considering we had only been dating 2 months," he continues. "She said yes and we started the year and a half of wedding plans. But I would have married her in that car that night."
"A lot of years have passed now," writes Rob. "Good times and heartache. But she is my partner in crime. She’s my other. Thanks, Mari, for saying yes."
The Matchbox Twenty frontman and Marisol, a former model who's inspired many of his songs, including his smash Santana collaboration "Smooth," tied the knot October 2, 1999. The couple, who are passionate about animal rescue and advocacy, have stuck together, even as Marisol has battled a number of debilitating tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease.
Rob and Matchbox Twenty's planned 2021 tour was rescheduled for 2022; it'll now begin May 17 in Vancouver, B.C.
David Crosby's latest solo album, For Free, was released today, and to celebrate the record's arrival, the folk-rock legend took part in a new video interview this week with the Grammy Museum's Scott Goldman that's been posted on GrammyMuseum.org.
For Free includes a song called "Rodriguez for a Night," which features lyrical contributions from Donald Fagen, lead singer of Crosby's favorite band, Steely Dan.
In the interview, Crosby explained that the collaboration came about after Crosby made a couple of well-received guest appearances with Steely Dan at concerts that the group played in New York, during which they performed the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic "Wooden Ships."
David said that shortly after those shows, Fagen emailed the lyrics for what became "Rodriguez for a Night," for which Crosby's son and frequent collaborator James Raymond wrote the music.
"I don't know if I heard Donald do that with anybody else, but I'm honored that he did it with us," David said.
Speaking of Raymond, Crosby praised his son for writing the best song on For Free, the album closer "I Won't Stay for Long."
"With this record, he's matured as a writer…to the point where he's as good as I am, if not better," David gushed about James, who also produced For Free.
The album also features collaborations with Michael McDonald and Grammy-winning Americana artist Sarah Jarosz. McDonald co-wrote and sings on the record's lead song, "River Rise," while Jarosz lends her talents to the Joni Mitchell-penned title track.
Meanwhile, Crosby, who turns 80 in August, revealed during the interview that he unfortunately may not tour again, explaining that he has arthritis in both hands and fears that "in a year or two I won't be able to play guitar."
Here's the full For Free track list:
"River Rise" (featuring Michael McDonald)
"The Other Side of Midnight"
"Rodriguez for a Night"
"Ships in the Night"
"For Free" (featuring Sarah Jarosz)
"Shot at Me"
"I Won't Stay for Long"
Whitney Houston is heading to Las Vegas! Well, her hologram is.
The music icon, who died in 2012, will be brought back to life for a residency titled An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Concert,Rolling Stone reports.The show kicks off at Harrah's Las Vegas on October 26 and currently has dates scheduled through April 2022.
As with other "virtual" concerts of its kind, the residency will use technology to produce a lifelike virtual image and vocals of the "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" singer as she serenades the crowd with a medley of her hits, accompanied by a live band, background singers and dancers.
Cain, a devout Christian who's married to Florida evangelist Paula White-Cain, tells ABC Audio that he's been leading services at his wife's church while Journey has been inactive during the COVID-19 pandemic, and he came up with the song when he was looking for a positive New Year's message to deliver to the congregation.
"I was reading in the Bible, there was something in…Chronicles that says, 'Look to the Lord for strength, always seek his face,'" Cain explains. "And then I just said, 'Yeah, Lord lead us'…And there it was."
Cain, who's released several faith-based solo albums in recent years, says "Oh Lord Lead Us" was one of the first spiritual-themed songs he'd been inspired to record since the start of the pandemic, noting, "[T]here was something about the song that everybody hooked onto. And it was really just being obedient to my heart and just…sort of thanking [God] for the gifts that he's given me."
The song features backing vocals from new Journey member Jason Derlatka, a singer/keyboardist who joined the band last year.
"He gave me his best on that one," Jonathan notes.
Cain says the new track will be part of a five-song solo EP being released in October; a new album also is due later in 2021.
Meanwhile, Cain will be very busy with Journey soon. The band is preparing a studio album that likely will arrive next year, and also has several 2021 concerts scheduled, including a headlining set at Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 31.
The video is a mixed-media clip featuring footage of natural and animated landscapes interspersed with images of artist Roger Dean's otherworldly paintings.
"The Ice Bridge" is an epic tune co-written by lead singer Jon Davison and keyboardist Geoff Downes, with enigmatic lyrics focusing on the dangers of climate change. The song features three sections, titled "Eyes East," "Race Against Time" and "Interaction," accompanied by an orchestra.
"I'm extremely proud to be a part of this music and believe the video graphics are outstanding," says Yes drummer Alan White. "A collaboration of many talents coming together to produce 'The Ice Bridge.' I hope our fans/audiences will appreciate the creativity put forward."
Adds Downes, "Jon's vocals are fantastic. He's really come into his own as a YES vocalist. This time he's started to get the writing side together and working with the other musicians has been developmental for him."
The Quest, which was produced by longtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe, will be released on October 1 and can be pre-ordered now. The 11-track collection is available as a two-CD set featuring eight songs on the main disc and three additional tunes on the second CD. The album also will be issued in additional formats and configurations, including a limited-edition box set boasting two CDs, two vinyl LPs and a Blu-ray disc.
Here's The Quest's full track list:
"The Ice Bridge"
"Dare to Know"
"Minus the Man"
"Leave Well Alone"
"The Western Edge"
"Music to My Ears"
"A Living Island"
"Sister Sleeping Soul"
Cher has promised to make Britney Spears' dreams come true: Well, at least a few of them.
On Instagram, Britney revealed what she's been doing to "keep my dreams alive." Aside from "thinking about having a six-pack like @jlo," Britney wrote that she was also "thinking about visiting St. Tropez with @cher and eating ice cream," adding, "She was one of my favorite singers as a kid and I loved to dress up as her."
Cher has now responded, writing on Twitter, "When #FreeBritney is FINALLY FREE, I’m Taking her to San Tropez & We’ll Eat Ice Cream To Her Hearts Content."
Fans responded by thanking Cher for how generous she is, and also requesting that they be included in said trip. Quite a few people posted video of Britney dressed as Cher, singing the Sonny & Cher hit "The Beat Goes On" at the 1999 World Music Awards.
Cher's had Britney in her thoughts since last month, when the "Toxic" singer shocked the world by detailing in court the alleged abuses of her conservators. At the time, Cher tweeted, "OK LETS TALK ABOUT BRITNEY & THOSE PEOPLE .I SAID LONG AGO, EVERYONE ON THE [VEGAS] STRIP HEARD ABOUT HER FATHER (Didn’t Know About Her Conservator Acting In Concert With Her Dad) GIVING HER DRUGS SO SHE COULD PERFORM, BUT MADE SURE SHE COULDN'T HAVE A LIFE, BUT NO ONE COULD GET 2 HER."
Cher added, "SAW THE ABSOLUTE POWER A CONSERVATOR HAS OVER PERSON THEY WERE MEANT 2 PROTECT. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST EXCRUCIATING, HEARTBREAKING, EPISODES IVE BEEN A PART OF. DONT BE FOOLED BY THE WORD 'CONSERVATOR' LOOK INTO WAYS THEY CAN B PAID. BRITNEY WAS A PRISONER & TOTALLY LUCID."
Six artists will be inducted in the Performer category at thus year's event: The Go-Go's, Carole King, Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren, Foo Fighters and JAY-Z.
In addition, three musicians will be inducted in conjunction with receiving the Musical Excellence Award: R&B artist and Beatles and Rolling Stones session keyboardist Billy Preston; rapper LL Cool J; and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads. Also, electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, blues legend Charley Patton and soul musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron will be welcomed into the Rock Hall as Early Influence Award honorees, while music executive Clarence Avant will be inducted as a Ahmet Ertegun Award recipient.
The Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will air at a later on HBO, and also will be streamed on HBO Max.
The lauded singer/songwriter chatted about the project during a new interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, including the meaning behind the name of the album and its title track.
Browne explained that the tune is about the pollution of the ocean.
"I realized that downhill has that sort of resonance about…'is it all downhill from here?'…but it actually specifically refers to the fact that the ocean is downhill from all of humanity," he noted. "I mean, there's a storm drain out in front of my studio, there's a little stenciled sign on it saying, 'This drain leads to the ocean.' So be careful what you put in there."
Browne also discussed the song "A Little Soon to Say," which he revealed was inspired by playing a Vermont festival hosted by singer/songwriter Grace Potter, whom he greatly admires.
"It's really about being at a gathering of people," he said, "and this audience was so amazing to look out upon because there were young and old, and there were some weather-beaten faces and some young, positive, really open-hearted people."
He added, "I had the lines before I left there that night. I told [Potter], 'I got this song started' as I said goodnight that night to her and her husband and her baby, and I said, 'I came looking for Grace…I came for inspiration.'"
As previously reported, Downhill from Everywhere finds the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer addressing such themes as the plight of illegal immigrants, prejudice against same-sex relationships, racial justice and mortality.
Browne launches a joint U.S. tour with James Taylor on July 29 in Chicago, and he also has some headlining dates scheduled. Visit JacksonBrowne.com for his full itinerary.
Former Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has just released a second advance track from his forthcoming self-titled solo album, which is due out on September 17.
"On the Wrong Side," which is available now via digital formats, is an upbeat-sounding pop-rock tune that according to a statement is about the ups and downs Buckingham experienced while touring with Fleetwood Mac.
Lindsey draws a comparison between "On the Wrong Side" and his classic Fleetwood Mac hit "Go Your Own Way," noting that the 1977 tune was "not a happy song, subject-matter wise, but it was an ebullient song musically. This was sort of the same idea."
As previously reported, the upcoming album is Buckingham's first solo studio effort since 2011's Seeds We Sow and his seventh overall.
The 10-song collection, which Buckingham wrote, produced and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles, can be pre-ordered now and will be available on CD, as a vinyl LP, and on digital and streaming platforms.
Lindsey previously released a song called "I Don't Mind" as the first advance track from the album.
Meanwhile, Buckingham will launch a 30-city U.S. solo tour with a September 1 show in Milwaukee, marking the first time that Lindsey will be playing in-person concerts since he underwent emergency heart surgery in February 2019.
Back in August of 2008, Glen Campbell took the stage at the famed West Hollywood, California, venue the Troubadour, the stage known for career-transforming performances from rockers, country stars, comedians and more since its opening in the late 1950s.
Campbell's 14-song set at that show featured many of the crossover star's enduring hits, including "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman," "Gentle on My Mind" and "Rhinestone Cowboy."
Now, more than a decade after that concert took place, fans can revisit the late singer's performance with a new live album called Glen Campbell: Live from the Troubadour. The collection arrives this Friday, July 23.
An Arkansas native who toed the line between country and pop stardom while also enjoying a storied acting career, Glen died in 2017 at the age of 81 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He announced in 2011 that he'd been diagnosed with the disease. That same year, he was the subject of a documentary titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which chronicled his last years on the road as he grappled with how his illness affected his abilities as a performer.
The animated series Madagascar: A Little Wild returns for a fourth season on Peacock and Hulu, and this time, Alanis Morissette is along for the ride.
In the new season, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo are joined by Alanis as the voice of Starlene, a talented hermit crab who has stage fright. The series follows the main characters of the 2006 movie Madagascar as kids, living in their rescue habitat at the Central Park Zoo in New York City.
The action-packed trailer seems to suggest that the animals escape from the zoo and start running around New York City, though it's unclear why. Starlene shows up briefly, as she asks the gang, "Are you always this happy?"
The new season starts August 6 and runs for six episodes.
Live music is back, and concert promoter Live Nation is celebrating by offering $20 tickets to its shows this summer.
The promotion, dubbed Return to Live, will let you see artists including Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago and many others at various outdoor Live Nation venues across the U.S. for just twenty bucks -- taxes and fees included.
Other veteran artists participating in the promotion include Alanis Morissette, The Black Crowes, Alice Cooper, Dead & Company, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pet Shop Boys.
The Return to Live tickets go on sale beginning next Wednesday, July 28, at noon ET. For the full list of participating artists and venues, visit LiveNation.com.