Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has released his take on the yuletide classic "Winter Wonderland" in advance of his recently announced first-ever holiday album, The Season, which is due out on November 5.
Perry's soulful and sexy rendition of "Winter Wonderland" boasts a very different arrangement than the one we're all familiar with.
"'Winter Wonderland' is one of my favorite tracks on The Season," Steve says in a statement. "I have always felt a close love for Motown's music and how it shaped my early school years. This track is a homage to that."
Perry's version of the song is available now in digital formats, and a visualizer video that brings The Season's Christmas-themed cover art to life has debuted on Steve's official YouTube channel.
"Winter Wonderland" is the second advance track that Perry has released from the album, following his rendition of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." The Season is the follow up to 2018's Traces, which marked the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's return to music after 24 years.
You can pre-orderThe Season now in multiple formats, including CD, digital, streaming and vinyl. Various limited-edition colored-vinyl versions of the record can be purchased at Perry's official online store, Target and Barnes & Noble.
Here's the full track list of The Season:
"The Christmas Song"
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
"Auld Lang Syne"
"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve"
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
During a recent interview with The New Yorker, Paul McCartney took a dig at The Rolling Stones when asked whether he thought The Beatles were a better band than their British Invasion counterparts, and apparently Mick Jagger was paying attention.
As previously reported, McCartney commented to The New Yorker, "I'm not sure I should say it, but they're a blues cover band, that's sort of what the Stones are…I think [The Beatles'] net was cast a bit wider than theirs."
Keeping that in mind, footage has emerged from The Rolling Stones' Los Angeles-area concert Thursday night at SoFi Stadium that shows Jagger playfully making reference to McCartney's insult while chatting with the audience between songs.
In the clip from the show, shared by The Daily Mail's website, Jagger listed some of the celebrities who were in the audience, including Megan Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga. He then joked, "Paul McCartney is here. He's gonna join us in a blues cover later on."
McCartney made similar comments about The Beatles being better and more diverse than The Rolling Stones in an April 2020 radio interview, while also declaring that he loved The Stones.
Jagger was asked about McCartney's 2020 comments that same month while chatting with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, and he called Sir Paul a "sweetheart" and insisted that there was "obviously no competition" between their two bands.
In honor of its 50th anniversary, Queen will be celebrated on the fourth and latest installment of ABC's Singalong franchise, which will air November 4 at 8 p.m.
Hosted by Emmy-winning actor and singer Darren Criss, The Queen Family Singalong will feature various well-known music artists and other celebs performing hits by the iconic British band, including Adam Lambert, who currently serves as Queen's frontman.
Lambert will be singing "The Show Must Go On" on the special. Other stars who will be performing on the special include Fall Out Boy, former Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi, country singer Jimmie Allen, Miss Piggy, singer and reality star JoJo Siwa, OneRepublic and vocal group Pentatonix.
Previous installments of ABC's Singalong specials have focused on Disney music, so perhaps it's not surprising that the Queen-themed show also will feature the casts of the Broadway productions of Disney's The Lion King and Aladdin, who'll team up to perform a group rendition of "Don't Stop Me Now."
Here's a list of confirmed performances on the special, with more to be announced soon:
Adam Lambert –- "The Show Must Go On"
Derek Hough featuring Alexander Jean -– "Another One Bites the Dust"
Fall Out Boy -– "Under Pressure"
Jimmie Allen featuring Miss Piggy -– "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
JoJo Siwa and Orianthi -– "We Will Rock You"
OneRepublic -– "We Are the Champions"
Pentatonix –- "Somebody to Love"
The casts of Disney's The Lion King and Aladdin -- "Don't Stop Me Now"
According to a press statement, the Hard Rock Live concert will be the most intimate performance The Stones have given in more than a decade. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Monday, October 18, at 10 a.m. ET, and will be available at MyHRL.com.
"[W]e are honored to have the privilege of hosting perhaps the most iconic rock band of all-time on the final date of their North American tour," says Hard Rock International executive Keith Sheldon. "With what will be by far the most intimate performance on the No Filter Tour, we know this will be an incredibly special evening at our 6,500 seat Hard Rock Live venue."
The Rolling Stones next concert will take place Sunday, October 17, in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium, the second of two shows the band has scheduled at the venue.
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It's The Velvet Underground as you've never seen them before. A new documentary from acclaimed indie-film director Todd Haynes about the hugely influential rock group debuts today on Apple TV+.
Haynes tells ABC Audio that the film, like the band itself, is different from other rock documentaries.
"This band...and the whole culture from which the band arose, is kind of an invitation to look at what this whole experimental attitude," he explains. "And not just in terms of music making...but in the sort of the language that was being swapped from medium to medium."
Titled simplyThe Velvet Underground, the documentary features new interviews with surviving members John Cale and Maureen Tucker, as well as other people associated with the band. There are also archival conversations with the late artist Andy Warhol, who managed and helped promote the group during its early years. What you won't see in this film is the typical archival material, because it doesn't exist.
"There is no live concert footage...no promotional record label material, there aren't interviews of them at the time on film," notes Haynes. "What you see is what's in the film, which is films from Andy Warhol, where they were kind of part of an art project."
The doc offers an inside look at the group and its classic lineup -- the late Lou Reed on lead vocals and guitar, Cale on bass and viola, Tucker on drums and the late Sterling Morrison on lead guitar -- as well as their life inside Warhol's studio, The Factory.
"They were making art all day long...because Andy was a taskmaster...And then they'd go out partying all night," adds Haynes. "And you'd go to a party and then you'd go wake up the next morning, do some more speed, and start making art again...it was a...ludicrously pleasurable time."
Neil Young and Crazy Horse have revealed complete official details about their recently announced forthcoming studio album, Barn, which will be released on December 10.
According to a press release, the 10-track collection was recorded "this summer under a full moon, in a restored off-grid 19th century barn high up in the Rockies," and features "stunning love songs, reflective ballads and powerhouse rockers."
You can check out the album's first track, "Song of the Seasons," now at NeilYoungArchives.com and Young's YouTube channel. The song is a lilting folk-rock tune showcasing Young's acoustic guitar and harmonica playing, as well as Crazy Horse multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren's accordion talents.
Barn will be released on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats. A deluxe box set version of the album also will be available featuring a CD, a vinyl LP and a Blu-ray disc. The Blu-ray will feature a film directed by Neil's wife, actress Daryl Hannah, offering a look at the making of Barn. The Blu-ray also will be available as a standalone release.
Vinyl versions of Barn purchased at The Greedy Hand Store at Young's website and at independent record shops will come with six behind-the-scenes photos. The pics also will be included in the box set.
All versions of Barn bought via The Greedy Hand Store will come with a free hi-res digital download of the album.
Here's the album's full track list:
"Song of the Seasons"
"Change Ain't Never Gonna"
"Shape of You"
"They Might Be Lost"
"Tumblin' Thru the Years"
"Don't Forget Love"
"Karma Man" also will appear on the recently announced Bowie box sets Brilliant Adventure (1992–2001) and TOY (TOY:BOX), which will be released on November 26, 2021, and January 7, 2022, respectively.
Along with the 2000 version of "Karma Man," an exclusive alternate mix of an updated rendition of the 1967 Bowie tune "Silly Boy Blue," also recorded during the TOY sessions, has been released digitally.
As previously reported, TOY was a planned album that Bowie recorded in 2000 that featured updated versions of songs that date from 1964 through 1971. David first recorded "Karma Man" in 1967, although the track wasn't released until 1970. The original studio version of "Silly Boy Blue" appeared on Bowie's self-titled 1967 debut album.
The full TOY album will get its first official release as part of Brilliant Adventure (1992–2001), an expansive collection that also includes remastered editions of five Bowie studio albums -- 1993's Black Tie White Noise, the 1993 soundtrack The Buddha of Suburbia, 1995's 1. Outside, 1997's Earthing, and 1999's 'hours…' -- a previously unreleased live album and a compilation of alternative versions, B-sides, soundtrack recordings and other rarities.
The TOY (TOY:BOX) set also will include the originally planned TOY album, as well as alternative mixes of the TOY tracks and tunes intended as B-sides, and stripped-down, mostly acoustic mixes of the songs.
Meanwhile, a series of clips of interviews with some of the musicians who contributed to TOY have been posted at Bowie's official YouTube channel.
Thirty-six of the Fab Four's classic songs are now available for TikTok members to use to soundtrack their own video creations.
The debut of The Beatles' TikTok account coincides with the release today of the deluxe reissue of the band's final studio album, 1970's Let It Be. It's also in advance of the upcoming three-part Disney+ documentary series The Beatles: Get Back that will feature hours of unseen film footage shot of the band while they recorded the album.
Beatles songs available to TikTok users include all of Let It Be's 12 tracks, as well as the many #1 hits the band scored throughout its existence, including "Love Me Do," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Eleanor Rigby," "Day Tripper," "Paperback Writer," "Hey Jude" and "Something."
In the weeks leading up to the late-November premiere of The Beatles: Get Back, the band's TikTok page will debut exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the Let It Be sessions, as well as videos looking at the making of individual songs from the album that feature interviews with surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The launch of The Beatles' TikTok account also marks the arrival of the platform's month-long #Rocktober campaign, a celebration of significant rock artists on TikTok.
All four Beatles members -- McCartney, Starr and the late John Lennon and George Harrison -- already have official solo TikTok accounts.
It appears that Simon Gallup's departure from The Cure was short-lived.
Back in August, the bassist announced that he was "no longer a member" of the goth icons after 40 years in the band, adding that he was "fed up of betrayal." Well, that relationship's, ahem, disintegration, is seemingly now on the mend.
In a social media post first spotted by NME, and seen by ABC Audio, a commenter asks, "Is Simon still a member of The Cure?" Gallup then responds, "Yes I am."
Given that Gallup, who played in The Cure from 1979 to 1982, and then again from 1984 to this year, is the band's longest-tenured non-Robert Smith member, it did seem odd that his departure would be announced with such little fanfare via a personal Facebook post. Not only that, but neither Smith nor The Cure publicly commented on Gallup's initial announcement.
Smith, by the way, previously called Gallup his "best friend" in a 2019 NME interview, adding that the bassist has been the "heart" of The Cure's live band. Gallup was one of 10 Cure members to be inducted along with the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has tied the knot with his girlfriend of five years, Kamilah Chavis.
The British rock legend shared the happy announcement on Instagram, along with photos from the ceremony, which was reportedly held in New York's The Hamptons. Waters titled the reveal, "I'm so happy, finally a keeper."
The photos include snaps of the happy couple sharing kisses, cutting their cake, laughing together and, of course, photos of Chavis' lace wedding dress.
Not much else is known about the couple's nuptials.
In a 2018 interview, the 78-year-old Waters told Infobae, an Argentine media outlet, how he and his new bride first met and fell in love. "I actually met her at one of my concerts a couple of years ago. She worked in transportation. She was driving the car that was taking me," the bassist said. "Something about her attracted me."
Waters admitted that he made the first move and that he threw Chavis a compliment, which was, "Did someone ever tell you that you have beautiful cheekbones?"
It worked, and he recalled, "I saw a little reaction, and that was the beginning."
This is Waters' fifth marriage. He was previously married to Judith Trim, his childhood sweetheart, from 1969 to 1975, aristocrat Carolyne Christie from 1976 to 1992, actress Priscilla Phillips from 1992 to 2001 and to filmmaker Laurie Durning between 2012 and 2015.
The 15-track collection follows a similar template to the band's massively successful 1999 album, Supernatural, with guitar legend Carlos Santana and his group collaborating with guest artists from various musical genres.
At a recent New York City press event, Carlos reflected on collaborating with such a diverse array of musicians.
"We don't leave anybody out," he noted. "This is why Supernatural worked, and this is why Blessings and Miracles, I'm getting a lot of feedback [about] how [many] people identify with it. I don't know the word genre. I don't know what that means. I only play from the heart, for the heart."
Like Supernatural, Blessings and Miracles finds Santana teaming up with Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas -- this time on song called "Move" that, like its predecessor "Smooth," blends melodic pop and rock with a Latin groove.
"This song…makes me realize energy is very welcome in our hearts, because it makes you feel like you're 17 years old, with a lot of thirst for adventure," Carlos said.
Another standout track on Blessings and Miracles is a cover of the Procol Harum classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale" featuring Steve Winwood.
Carlos revealed that he asked Winwood to record the cover with him a few years ago when they were both playing a concert at London's Hyde Park.
"I said, 'Hey, man, I want to do 'Whiter Shade of Pale' with you. You play Hammond organ and singing it,'" Carlos recalled, "'but I want to do it 'Spanish Harlem' style…you know, put some real sex in it.'"
Carlos said the track was one of his favorites on the album, "because [Winwood's] voice is so iconic."
Here's Blessings and Miracles full track list:
"Ghost of Future Pull"/"New Light"
"Rumbalero" (featuring Salvador Santana & Asdru Sierra)
"Joy" (Carlos Santana & Chris Stapleton)
"Move" (Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, Zac Barnett & American Authors)
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" (featuring Steve Winwood)
"Break" (featuring Ally Brooke)
"She's Fire" (Diane Warren, G-Eazy & Carlos Santana)
"Peace Power" (featuring Corey Glover)
"America for Sale" (featuring Kirk Hammett & Mark Osegueda)
"Breathing Underwater" (featuring Stella Santana, Avi Snow, MVCA)
"Song for Cindy"
"Angel Choir" (featuring Gayle Moran Corea)/"All Together" (featuring Chick Corea)
"Ghost of Future Pull II"
Those who sign up for the CCCC, as Wakeman calls the club, will receive a membership pack that includes an individually numbered membership card; a welcome letter signed by Rick; a sticker; four 8" by 10" photos; and an exclusive yearbook boasting rare photos, articles and memorabilia from the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's archive.
Members also will receive the first of a series of exclusive CCCC CD releases, this one featuring a previously unreleased soundtrack Wakeman recorded for the 1984 sci-fi film She.
Each year, club members will receive four exclusive CDs featuring rare studio recordings and live performances from Wakeman's archives.
CCCC members also will get a 10% discount off all purchases made from the Wakeman Music Emporium online store, and will receive invitations to special events, access to exclusive merchandise and more.
Fans who join the club this month will receive a 15-month membership for the price of a one-year membership.
"As a musician, I think it is important that serious fans get to hear music that would otherwise be left in drawers and on shelves and in some cases, discarded," Wakeman says in a statement. "With the formation of the CCCC, I feel that this is an innovative way for core fans to get to hear music which I have discovered in various of my archives."
In other news, Wakeman just launched the U.S. leg of his Even Grumpier Old Rock Star Tour on Wednesday, but he also announced some changes to his itinerary and the postponement of several dates. Check out updated details at RWCC.com.
Prince's RIAA Platinum-selling fourth studio album, Controversy, was released 40 years ago today, and to commemorate the milestone, a previously unheard solo demo version of one of the record's tracks, "Do Me, Baby," has be issued as a digital single.
Prince is credited with co-writing "Do Me, Baby" with his early bassist, Andre Cymone, and recorded the demo in 1979 at two Los Angeles-area studios. A rough mix of the track on cassette was recently discovered in Prince's vault, and the recording was newly mixed by the artist's longtime engineer, Chris James, for the single's release.
Prince eventually recorded a new version of "Do Me, Baby" in June 1981 for the Controversy album.
Controversy peaked at #21 on the Billboard 200, and featured two top-10 hits on the R&B singles chart -- the title track and "Let's Work," which reached #3 and #9, respectively.
Meanwhile, a new podcast focusing on the 40th anniversary of Controversy, hosted by Estelle, is streaming now at Apple Music.
Madonna's oldest child, Lourdes Leon, is making her name for herself as a model right now, but she says she got some important advice from her mom that's made her rethink what she wants out of that career path.
Speaking to Madonna's good pal Debi Mazar for Interview magazine, Lourdes says that when she decided to start modeling, Madonna told her, "Proceed with caution and think about what you want to be known for.”
"My mom is very insistent on making me think about what I want to be known for beyond my looks," she adds. "That’s not what I want people to remember me by. It’s not real...I want to create a world in which models have more agency over what they’re doing, and they’re not just silent clothing racks."
Lourdes says Madonna also told her something recently that "really stuck with her," which was, "It’s not about the money or your face or how hot you look. It’s about what you’re bringing into the world and what you’re going to leave behind." Lourdes says, "That always shakes me awake when I get too caught up in everything."
Lourdes, who turns 25 today, also says if she's out somewhere and one of her mom's songs comes on, "I don't cringe."
"I’m increasingly able to recognize how influential and amazing this woman is, and how empowering to other women and ahead of her time she has always been," she says, adding, "She’s probably the hardest worker I’ve ever seen."
And apparently, music runs in the family: "I can sing. I just don’t care about it," Lourdes says. "Maybe it’s too close to home."
Neil Young has announced plans to release a new studio album titled Barn with his frequent backing band Crazy Horse, due out on December 10.
Young revealed the news in a post on NeilYoungArchives.com, while making available one of the album's tracks, "Song of the Seasons," exclusively to paid subscribers to the website.
According to information posted on the site, Barn was recorded "high in the Rockies" at Le Mobile Remote Recording Studio, with Crazy Horse's current lineup -- the founding rhythm section of bassist Billy Talbot and drummer Ralph Molina, and multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren, who rejoined the band in 2018 after previously playing with the group during the early 1970s.
Neil says "Song of the Seasons" is the oldest song on Barn, and was "written about this time last year." According to the website, the track was recorded in June of this year.
Barn is a follow-up to Young and Crazy Horse's 2019 album, Colorado.
In other news, Young recently announced that he's preparing an expansive audio and video collection titled Harvest Time that will feature various outtakes and film footage recorded during the time he was making his classic 1972 album, Harvest. He notes that Harvest Time, which will include "[a]lmost two hours of Harvest rarities," will arrive in 2022.