Craft RecordingsThe release of the recently announced expanded version of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' Live in Boston, 1982 album, which originally hit stores in 2010, has been moved from December 4 to December 18.
The reissue, titled Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert, will be available as a two-CD set, a four-LP vinyl collection and digitally. It features the entire set that Thorogood and his band played at the Bradford Ballroom on November 23, 1982, including 12 performances not included on the original release.
Among the added performances are renditions of Thorogood's then-new hit "Bad to the Bone," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" and "Ride On Josephine," and Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go" and "Reelin' and Rockin'."
Meanwhile, a limited-edition deluxe colored-vinyl version of the Live in Boston, 1982 reissue, pressed on red-marble vinyl, that initially was slated to be released this Friday, November 27, as part of Record Store Day's 2020 Black Friday event, now will come out on Friday, December 11. Like other Record Store Day releases, the Thorogood and the Destroyers collection will be available exclusively at select participating record shops.
To celebrate the upcoming release, Amoeba Music is hosting a virtual in-store show featuring an acoustic performance from Thorogood that's scheduled for this Friday at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. The event will stream live at the record store's official YouTube channel.
Disc 1 "House of Blue Lights" "Kids from Philly" "Who Do You Love?"* "I'm Wanted" "Cocaine Blues"* "One Way Ticket" "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" "As the Years Go Passing By" "Spoken Introduction: The Dance Floor"* "It Wasn't Me" "Bottom of the Sea"* "Night Time"* "New Boogie Chillun'"
Disc 2 "I'll Change My Style"* "Miss Luann" "Madison Blues"* "The Sky Is Crying"* "I Can't Stop Lovin'" "Spoken Introduction: Audience Participation"* "Same Thing"* "Bad to the Bone"* "Move It On Over" "Wild Weekend" "Nobody but Me" "No Particular Place to Go"* "Ride On Josephine"* "Reelin' and Rockin'"*
Sony Music EntertainmentWith the holiday season about to kick into full gear, a new animated video for Darlene Love's soulful yuletide classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" premiered today on her official YouTube channel.
The clip follows a young Black girl as she walks home through a snowy neighborhood, accompanied by a happy snowman. Along the way, she stops to admire a Christmas tree and runs into her dog, who is singing along with a pair of carolers. The girl and her dog arrive home, where they're lovingly greeted by her parents. As the video nears its end, the girl opens up one of her presents to find a snow globe with the smiling snowman inside.
The clip also features a message from Love paying tribute to her late sister, Edna Wright Perry, who sang backing vocals on the track. Perry, who died in September at age 76, also was the lead singer of the group the Honey Cone.
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" originally appeared on producer Phil Spector's lauded 1963 holiday album A Christmas Gift for You, which featured various yuletide-themed tunes recorded by several acts on Spector's Philles label. The song was co-written by Phil, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.
While it wasn't a chart hit, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" has become a perennial holiday favorite and has been covered by a variety of artists, including Cher, U2, Joey Ramone, Jon Bon Jovi and Mariah Carey. In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked it #1 on its list of "The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs."
Meanwhile, Love is scheduled to perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which airs Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon on NBC and Telemundo. Darlene will sing "A Marshmallow World," another tune from the A Christmas Gift for You album.
ABC/Craig Sjodin; Getty Images for dcpElton John fans will be able to catch the pop-rock legend this week on contemporary U.K. pop star Dua Lipa's upcoming Studio 2054 livestream concert event.
"It's my absolute pleasure and honor to announce Elton John will be joining me at Studio 2054 this Friday," Dua says in a statement. "A one of a kind global musical icon, singer-songwriter, and flawless performer, it's going to be spectacular! He is truly musical royalty and I am elated that we will be appearing together."
Elton adds in his own statement, "I loved speaking to Dua when we met up to talk on Instagram Live a few weeks ago, she is incredibly smart and talented. So when she asked me to be part of Studio 2054, I said 'Yes!' in a heartbeat."
He continues, "It's amazing to be part of a live performance when live music just isn't happening right now and especially in such a colorful and creative way. If you're going to do virtual live music then this is the way to do it."
Studio 2054 is a ticketed concert event taking place Friday, November 27, starting at 9 p.m. ET. In addition to Elton, the show will also feature guest appearances from Dua's "Prisoner" duet partner Miley Cyrus, plus Kylie Minogue, Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
Courtesy of Record Store DayAfter enjoying their Thanksgiving feast this week, music fans can head to their local independent record shops to check out the limited-edition vinyl releases available for the 2020 edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday sale.
Among the discs that will be available are releases from The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, U2 and Mick Fleetwood.
The Stones' Black Friday offering is a Collector's Edition version of the band's classic 1969 album Let It Bleed, each copy of which will feature a unique vinyl design.
Gilmour's release is a seven-inch vinyl disc featuring his most recent solo song, "Yes, I Have Ghosts," which was inspired by wife Polly Samson's new novel, A Theatre for Dreamers.
U2 is issuing a white-vinyl, 40th anniversary edition of its 1980 debut album, Boy.
Fleetwood's release is a 12-inch green-vinyl single that includes a 2020 live performance of the early Fleetwood Mac song "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Pronged Crown)" featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Metallica's Kirk Hammett from the London tribute to Peter Green that Mick hosted and organized.
On the non-vinyl front, Doors drummer John Densmore will be contributing limited-edition signed copies of his new book, The Seekers: Meetings with Remarkable Musicians (and Other Artists), to the campaign.
Other artists with special Black Friday releases include The Bangles, Chuck Berry, Blue Öyster Cult, Ace Frehley, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jefferson Starship, Jorma Kaukonen, Little Richard, Alanis Morissette, U2 drummer Larry Mullins, Lou Reed, Nancy Sinatra, War and Brian Wilson.
BMGThe Kinks have debuted a new remastered stereo version of their classic hit, "Lola," which will appear on the forthcoming deluxe 50th anniversary reissue of the legendary U.K. band's 1970 studio album, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, due out December 18.
"Lola" originally was recorded in May 1970, and the new remaster was created using the original HD master tapes by Kinks engineer Andrew Sandoval, with input from Kinks frontman and main songwriter, Ray Davies.
The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.
In addition, a new animated "Lola" music video featuring the updated audio has premiered at The Kinks' official YouTube channel. The clip brings a comic book to life to tell the song's story, of a naïve young man who has a romantic evening with the beautiful Lola, who isn't who she -- or he -- appears to be.
In 1970, "Lola" reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the U.K.'s singles chart.
As previously reported, the Lola Versus Powerman reissue will be released in multiple formats and configurations. A deluxe box-set edition features three CDs, including a remastered stereo mix of the album, alternate mixes and versions of songs, B-sides, session tapes, live performances, BBC recordings, demos, medleys and segments boasting new conversations between Ray and Kinks guitarist Dave Davies.
The box set also contains two seven-inch vinyl discs featuring the singles "Lola" and "Apeman"; a 60-page hardback book with notes, new quotes from the band members, rare photos and memorabilia; a "1970 diary of activities"; and four glossy Kinks photo prints.
The reissue also is available as a single CD, a two-CD set, a heavyweight vinyl LP and digitally.
Courtesy of The Rolling Stones/BravadoIn September, The Rolling Stones opened their first official retail store, RS No. 9 Carnaby, on Carnaby Street in London's famous Soho district, and although the shop's currently closed because of U.K. pandemic restrictions, you can now visit and make purchases from the store virtually.
RS No. 9 Carnaby's new e-commerce shop offers a 3-D online tour where you can enjoy a 360-degree virtual experience of the two-floor destination, as well as buy various products via links in various spots around the store.
Among the interesting features of the shop are various depictions of The Stones' famous tongue-and-lips logo, mirrors with lyrics from the band's songs painted in red, as well as video screens and a sound booth.
As previously reported, the store sells exclusive merchandise focusing on The Rolling Stones, including apparel, accessories and more under the group's own RS No. 9 Carnaby brand, as well as Stones-themed items designed in partnership with various other popular companies. Of course, the band's music releases also are available at the shop.
Among the new items available for purchase are an Autumn/Winter fashion collection for men and women, as well as new childrenswear pieces, accessories and Christmas ornaments.
RS No.9 Carnaby currently is offering U.S. customers a special Black Friday discount, knocking off 20% off of purchases over $50. The offer will run from this Friday, November 27, until Tuesday, December 1.
The clip features a mix of home-movie and video snippets, archival photos and new footage, as McCartney reflects on working on his debut solo album, 1970's McCartney, his 1980 McCartney II project and the new record, all of which he made almost completely by himself.
The video also features a segment of one of McCartney's new songs, "The Kiss of Venus."
As the clip begins, Paul notes about his stripped-down debut album, McCartney, "In the heat of The Beatles breaking up, I just wanted to get back to basics, so I thought, 'Right, well I'm doing my own album.' I love making music so much, I just didn't want to stop. I had to just do something new, for fun."
He then comments about the more-experimental McCartney II, "This was purposely to get things off my chest. This was gonna be total freedom. It was so pure."
The trailer finally shifts to McCartney III, as it shows a recent video clip of McCartney preparing to head to his studio.
We then hear Paul's daughter Mary, with whose family McCartney was staying while he made the new record, talking about how her father asked her to take the official photographs for the project.
She adds, "When Dad would come back from the studio, he would usually end up dancing around. Such brilliant memories."
Meanwhile, an official McCartney III songbook featuring the piano, vocal and guitar arrangements for all the tracks and packaged with a CD of the album can be pre-ordered now.
LA Pop Art AC/DC has launched a new apparel line in collaboration with LA Pop Art, a company known for its "word art" designs.
The fully licensed collection includes t-shirts, sweatshirts and tank tops, all branded with LA Pop Art's take on AC/DC's famous logo, which was "recreated...using the titles of AC/DC’s biggest hits as well as some of the iconic imagery that has defined the incredible career of one of the greatest rock bands of all time."
"This one-of-a-kind design is a must-have for any AC/DC fan, especially on the heels of the new Power Up album release, a beautiful tribute to the late, great Malcolm Young," says Joseph Leibovic, LA Pop Art company founder.
ABC/Image Group LAMariah Carey is dispelling the rumors once and for all concerning her supposed rivalry with the late Whitney Houston.
Speaking to supermodel Naomi Campbell Tuesday on No Filter, the "Fantasy" singer touched upon the time she and Houston lent their voices to ThePrince of Egypt soundtrack. Their duet, "When You Believe," went on to win the 1999 Academy Award for Best Song.
22 years after hitting the recording studio together, Carey happily discussed just how well she got on with the "Greatest Love of All" singer.
"She and I had the best time," she attested. "People didn’t expect us to get along."
The 50-year-old singer says those who thought the two personalities would clash "didn’t know me."
Continued Mariah, "Anyone who knew us both was like, 'Oh they're gonna totally get along,'" which is exactly what happened.
"I really appreciate her giving her spirit and her giving of herself with me because she didn’t have to be like that," The multi-Grammy Award winner shared. "She was there before me and I totally get who she was and what she meant to this world."
Carey went onto reveal the last time she and Houston saw each other, which was at a party thrown by Prince Azim of Brunei.
In the singer's memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, which came out in September, Carey claims that "everybody wanted to pit us against each other in some 'battle of the divas.'"
Calling the tactic a "tired but pervasive pathology in music and Hollywood that makes women compete for sales like emotional UFC fighters," the singer clarified that the two "developed a real fondness for each other."
"I’ll always cherish the memory of that time and of all that she left behind," she added, calling their time together "pure fun."
IFC FilmsIt's David Bowie as you've probably never seen him before: The biopic Stardust, which is out today on streaming rental, shows the legendary rocker's origins, and follows his first U.S. tour in 1971, as well as his creation of his glam alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
British musician Johnny Flynn plays Bowie in the movie, and he tells ABC Audio that it gives us a peek at the music icon before he was an icon.
"We meet David in 1971, and he really hasn't he hasn't made it yet," says Flynn. "In fact, he sees himself as a failure. It was fun realizing just how shy he was and listening to radio interviews and hearing him kind of sound you know, so lost."
Comedian and actor Marc Maron plays a record label rep assigned to help Bowie on a disastrous tour of America in the early '70s. It was a slice of Bowie's life about which he knew nothing.
"The thing that really surprised me the most was that like David Bowie was such a dork. He's just like, you know, prancing around doing these mime shticks," Maron tells ABC Audio. "It's sort of like, 'Dude, what's going on with that?'"
Nela Koenig; ABC AudioThanksgiving takes place on Thursday, and for a lot of people, this year's holiday will feature smaller gatherings than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Fogerty, who this past Friday released a new album called Fogerty's Factory that he recorded with his three youngest children, tells ABC Audio that he'll be spending Thanksgiving with those kids -- sons Shane and Tyler, and daughter Kelsy -- and his wife, Julie.
"[W]e're not having a big 30-person group at all," the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman notes. "It's just our core family…I mean, it's just a big time for us to be together."
As for whether he's planning to have a Fogerty's Factory-style jam with his children during the holiday, John quips, "I'll be holding a drumstick…a turkey [leg]."
As previously reported, Fogerty's Factory is a 12-track collection made up mostly of new versions of CCR songs and selections from John's solo career recorded live by John, Shane, Tyler and Kelsy in and around the Fogerty residence.
"So many years, I'm not actually home, at Thanksgiving and even sometimes Christmas or New Year's," he points out, because The Doobies often are touring at this time. "But this year, I'll be home for the holidays, I believe."
He adds, "[M]y kids and grandkids live close enough that I can maybe see them. But…when we do see them, we've been doing it outdoors and with masks and distancing, and we can't hug. Thank you, people that maybe could have done more to keep this pandemic under control."
Courtesy of Playing for ChangeRingo Starr, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox are among the many artists who will be featured during a special livestream event in honor of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and coinciding with the 2020 GivingTuesday generosity celebration on December 1.
The presentation will feature new and archival performances by over 100 artists, including Starr, Santana and wife Cindy Blackman Santana, Gabriel, Lennox, The Doobie Brothers' Patrick Simmons, The Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, The Band's Robbie Robertson, Mavis Staples, Sheila E., the late Dr. John and the late John Prine.
In addition, a number of celebrities will make special appearances, including legendary TV writer and producer Norman Lear and pop star Sara Bareilles.
The event is being produced by Playing for Change, which seeks to connect people around the world through music, in partnership with Blackbird Presents.
Among the issues the Peace Through Music event seeks to promote are equality, human rights and ending discrimination.
The livestream will raise funds for a number of charitable organizations, among them the Playing for Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that seeks to inspire people and organizations to work toward positively transforming their communities, and the world.
Courtesy FanTracksGoo Goo Dolls have announced details of It's Christmas All Over, an "augmented-reality movie musical" inspired by their holiday album of the same name.
The movie, created with the livestreaming platform FanTracks, debuts globally at 7 p.m. ET on December 12, though FanTracks subscribers can get a sneak peek at the day before.
In the film, Goo Goo Dolls travel through the past, present and future in search of the lost "Spirit of Christmas." During their travels, which take them to city streets, subways, taxis, a 1940s-era speakeasy and the set of The Ed Sullivan Show, the band will perform songs from their holiday album and classic holiday standards. The message: Even though we're all being kept apart by our current situation, we're all unified by the true meaning of Christmas.
The band is also offering two autographed guitars to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Music Gives to St. Jude Kids -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The whole thing was shot back in October. In a statement, singer John Rzeznik says, "It was such an amazing experience getting to play songs from our new record live for the first time. We can’t wait for everyone to see and hear these Christmas tunes in this unique way, and we hope they bring some cheer to this peculiar holiday season. Happy holidays from all of us to every single one of you!!"
While the movie will be free to watch, fans can purchase VIP private video Meet-and-Greets and a Q&A with the band.
By the way, there was an "Ultimate Goo Goo Dolls Christmas VIP Package" that cost $1,500, but it's sold out. In addition to a 10-minute private meet-and-greet, it included all the exclusive merch the group created to promote the holiday album, from a Christmas sweater and scarf to a limited-edition record layer and a "leg lamp," just like the one in A Christmas Story.
EX1 RecordsWolfgang Van Halen's first solo single, "Distance," is already making waves on the Billboard charts.
The track, which Wolf recorded with his solo project, Mammoth WVH, has debuted at number one on the Hot Hard Rock Songs ranking, which measures a combination of streaming, radio airplay and sales data.
"Distance" was released last week as a tribute to Wolf's late father, the iconic Eddie Van Halen, who died in October.
"I am beyond humbled by the response to 'Distance,'" Wolfgang tells Billboard. "I can't believe that it's appearing on all of these charts so soon after release."
"The fact that so many have embraced the song and video shows how much we have in common in the love and respect we have for my father," he adds. "I just wish he was here to see it. Thank you so much to everyone who's listening and also to my whole team who has worked so hard to make this a reality."
"Distance" also debuted at number 20 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. Wolf's father knows that tally well, since Van Halen conquered it a total of 13 times, which is tied for third-most of all time.
BMGThis past February, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood gathered an incredible cast of rock legends to pay tribute to his band's original frontman, singer/guitarist Peter Green, at the London Palladium.
The all-star concert was recorded for a film and album release, which initially were delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but new release dates have now been confirmed.
The film version of Mick Fleetwood & Friends -- Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac will be screened in select theaters on March 23 and 28, 2021, while audio, home video and digital editions will be issued April 30.
Performers at the show included Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, The Who's Pete Townshend, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, and U.K. blues great John Mayall. A number of current and former Fleetwood Mac members also performed, including Christine McVie, Neil Finn and founding guitarist Jeremy Spencer.
Mick led a house band that also included guitarists Jonny Lang, Rick Vito and Andy Fairweather Low.
"The concert was a celebration of those early blues days where we all began, and it's important to recognize the profound impact Peter and the early Fleetwood Mac had on the world of music," Mick says in a statement. "Peter was my greatest mentor and it gave me such joy to pay tribute to his incredible talent."
Green didn't attend the event and, sadly, died in July at age 73.
Mick Fleetwood & Friends will be released in multiple formats, including a box set featuring a Blu-ray, two CDs and four vinyl LPs, and a 44-page hardbound book offering sleeve notes, photos and more.
Act I "Rolling Man" -- featuring Rick Vito "Homework" -- featuring Jonny Lang "Doctor Brown" -- featuring Billy Gibbons "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" -- featuring John Mayall "Rattlesnake Shake" -- featuring Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler "Stop Messin' Around" -- featuring Christine McVie "Looking for Somebody -- featuring Christine McVie "Sandy Mary" -- featuring Noel Gallagher "Love That Burns" -- featuring Jonny Lang "The World Keep On Turning" -- featuring Noel Gallagher "Like Crying" -- featuring Noel Gallagher "No Place to Go" -- featuring Rick Vito "Station Man"-- featuring Pete Townshend
Act II "Man of the World" -- featuring Neil Finn "Oh Well, Part 1" -- featuring Billy Gibbons & Steven Tyler "Oh Well, Part 2" -- featuring David Gilmour "Need Your Love So Bad" -- featuring Jonny Lang "Black Magic Woman" -- featuring Rick Vito "The Sky Is Crying" -- featuring Jeremy Spencer, Bill Wyman "I Can't Hold Out" -- featuring Jeremy Spencer "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)" -- featuring Billy Gibbons & Kirk Hammett "Albatross" -- featuring David Gilmour "Shake Your Moneymaker" -- group final
CBSJames Taylor, ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Paul McCartney are among the veteran rock artists in the running for trophies next year after the nominees for the 2021 Grammy Awards were announced today.
Taylor will compete for the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album honor for American Standard. Burt Bacharach's collaborative collection with singer/songwriter Daniel Tashian, Blue Umbrella, also is nominated in that category.
Byrne received a nod in the Best Musical Theater Album category for the American Utopia on Broadway soundtrack.
McCartney's nomination is in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category for the Collector's Edition of his Flaming Pie reissue. Also competing for the same honor are The Grateful Dead's Giants Stadium 1987, 1989, 1991 and Depeche Mode's Mode box sets.
Mavis Staples is in the running for the Best American Roots Performance prize, for "I'll Be Gone," a duet with Norah Jones, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will compete for the Best Spoken Word Album award for the audiobook version of his autobiography, Acid for the Children: A Memoir.
In addition, the Super Deluxe reissue of Prince's 1999 album and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's Souvenir compilation are among the nominees for the Best Historical Album trophy.
Other 2021 nominees include the Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice and ZZ Top's That Little Ol' Band from Texas documentaries for Best Music Film, and the late Leonard Cohen's Thanks for the Dance for Best Folk Album.
Check out the full list of nominees at Grammy.com.
The 2021 Grammys, hosted by The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, will air January 31 on CBS.
RockHeart Records/Deko EntertainmentEarlier this month, founding Blue Oyster Cult drummer Albert Bouchard released a new solo album titled Re Imaginos, a reimagined version of his old band's 1988 concept record, Imaginos.
Bouchard tells ABC Audio that Re Imaginos is his tribute to late Blue Oyster Cult manager, producer and songwriter Sandy Pearlman, whose surreal writings are the basis for Imaginos, which combined elements of science fiction and gothic horror.
"Without Sandy…my life would be radically different," Bouchard explains about Pearlman, who co-produced and was the main lyricist on several Blue Oyster Cult albums. "He was extremely influential on every level…[N]ot just in my career as a musician, but my mental capacities."
Albert had a falling out with Sandy because of Imaginos, which originally was intended to be a Bouchard solo album, but was completed and released by Blue Oyster Cult after he exited the group.
Bouchard reconnected with Pearlman shortly before his 2016 death from complications of a stroke. Albert says reading longtime Blue Oyster Cult associate Patti Smith's 2019 book Year of the Monkey inspired him to dedicate Re Imaginos to Sandy.
"Basically, the whole book just talks about Sandy all the time. And it seemed like it was her tribute to Sandy," Bouchard notes. "Now, I had already started working on [Re Imaginos] when I read that book, and I'm like, 'Well, she's got a tribute to Sandy. I got my tribute to Sandy too.'"
Meanwhile, Bouchard says he's pleasantly surprised by the positive reception Re Imaginos is getting.
"I had very humble aspirations for it," he notes. "It was really just to pay tribute to my friend…And it seemed to be something that the fans really wanted."
"I Am the One You Warned Me Of" "Del Rio Song" "In the Presence of Another World" "Siege and Investiture of Baron Von Frankenstein's Castle at Weisseria" "Girl That Love Made Blind" "Astronomy" "Imaginos" "Gil Blanco County" "Blue Oyster Cult" "Black Telescope" "Magna of Illusion" "Les Invisibles"
Greg GormanElton John and his AIDS Foundation are teaming up with TikTok to raise awareness of the goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
On World AIDS Day, December 1, Elton's TikTok channel will host a special presentation starting at 2 p.m. ET. Elton and his husband David Furnish will appear, as well as TikTok stars and celebrity guests. Elton's pal Sam Smith will perform, as will critically-acclaimed young British artists Sam Fender and Rina Sawayama.
As part of the campaign, which officially kicks off tomorrow, the TikTok community will also be able to access donation stickers for @eltonjohnaidsfoundation.
In a statement, Elton said, "I’m excited to recognize World AIDS Day with TikTok and my Foundation this year to celebrate progress that we’ve made and mark what we can do collectively to end the AIDS epidemic. HIV may seem a disease of the past, especially with COVID-19 in the headlines but it still affects everyone."
He adds, "There’s a great line-up for our TikTok Live to break down the myths around HIV, talk about safe sex and ensure that young people know how to protect themselves and others.”
In related news, Elton's close friend Victoria Beckham has created World AIDS Day T-shirts that feature an image of an autographed Polaroid shot of Elton on his 1974 tour, standing in front of his private plane. Fifty percent of proceeds from sales of the shirts, which cost $130, will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Courtesy of Love You MadlyREO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, Sammy Hagar, Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Raitt are among the music stars that will take part in a virtual benefit concert held December 5 to raise funds for people affected by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, a devastating wildfire that struck California's Santa Cruz County in August and September.
The Love Her Madly concert is a 90-minute event that will stream for free on nugs.tv and SantaCruzFireRelief.org starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on December 5. The show will feature performances and personal messages from the aforementioned artists, as well as Men at Work's Colin Hay, Joe Satriani, Los Lobos, Tubes drummer Prairie Prince and many others.
The event will feature a number of guest hosts, including famed Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres.
In conjunction with the initiative, an online auction will be launched soon that will include guitars autographed by Hagar and Satriani, and a custom-built, locally made acoustic guitar.
All of the funds raised will be donated to the Fire Response Fund managed by partner organization Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. Those who want to donate directly to the fund can do so at CFSCC.org/loveyoumadly.
The benefit concert follows the launch in September of the "Love Madly" campaign, which has seen performance videos from over 50 artists shared online to raise awareness and funds for fire relief in Santa Cruz County. Among the musicians who have contributed clips are Satriani, Los Lobos, X's John Doe, Lacy J. Dalton and ex-Jefferson Starship singer Darby Gould.
The CZU Lightning Complex Fire resulted in the evacuation of 77,000 people, covering an area of more than 80,000 acres, and destroyed over 900 structures.
Crew Neck ProductionsAn upcoming documentary about Blood, Sweat & Tears is in the works that will focus on why the popularity of the horn-driven jazz-rock band, which topped the charts in the late 1960s and early '70s, faded so quickly.
The film, What the Hell Happened to Blood Sweat & Tears?, will examine whether a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of the then-Communist countries of Yugoslavia, Romania and Poland in 1970 was responsible for a backlash against the band in America.
The documentary is being directed by John Scheinfeld, whose previous films include The U.S. vs. John Lennon, Who Is Harry Nilsson (and Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? and Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.
Regarding how the new film came about, founding Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colomby notes, "John Scheinfeld is a unique combination of filmmaker, historian and detective…He asked me a simple question: 'What the hell happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?' My convoluted answer somehow ignited an engine inside of John that was the beginning of an unexpected adventure: creating a documentary film to reveal the answer to this decades old question."
At the center of the movie is footage of a 53-minute film Scheinfeld rediscovered that documented the group's experience touring behind the Iron Curtain. According to a press release about the upcoming doc, the 1970 film raised questions involving "the FBI, CIA, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Republicans and Democrats and the secret police of three nations."
A trailer for What the Hell Happened to Blood Sweat & Tears? featuring 1970 footage of band members addressing the media, talking politics with fans and performing in Poland, has been posted on YouTube.
The movie's producers are seeking Blood, Sweat & Tears photos and memorabilia from 1968 through 1971 for use in the project.