Sammy Hagar and his band The Circle's released their first studio album last month, Space Between, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200.
Among the album's 10 tracks is a blues-flavored tune called "Can't Hang," which Hagar reveals was inspired by the drum track that the late John Bonham -- father of The Circle's drummer, Jason Bonham -- played on the classic Led Zeppelin song, "When the Levee Breaks."
Sammy explains to ABC Radio that The Circle often performs "When the Levee Breaks" in concert, and when they do, Jason plays along to a recording of the original drum track created by his dad. Hagar says he had the idea of coming up with an original song while jamming to the track, and then crediting it as being co-written by John.
"I had to OK that with Jason," Sammy points out. "I said, 'Jason, man, would everybody be mad at me or would they think it was cool?'…So he said, 'This is freaking awesome.'"
Hagar went ahead and wrote "Can't Hang" to the "When the Levee Breaks" drum track, but he says plans to credit John Bonham with co-writing the song changed when Jason got into the studio to record his part, during a session that interestingly took place on Father's Day.
"[H]e played to his dad's part all day and then…he took his dad's part out and took one take [and] played it different," Sammy recalls. "And it just made it our own song."
Hagar says he thinks Jason's dad "would be so proud" of the originality he brought to the track while still paying homage to John's style.
"It's beautiful. It's a dream come true," declares The Red Rocker. "['Can't Hang' is] kind of like my favorite song on the album."
Credit: Denise TruscelloThe O'Jays will be bringing a little Philly soul to Washington, D.C., on July 4: The group has joined the lineup of PBS' annual A Capitol Fourth special, which will air live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 8 p.m. ET.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, who recently released a farewell album called The Last Word, will be singing their classic, chart-topping hit "Love Train."
As previously announced, the concert extravaganza also will feature Carole King performing with the Broadway cast of Beautiful -- the musical based on her life -- including the new star of the stage show, Vanessa Carlton.
Other performers on the 2019 A Capitol Fourth bill include Vanessa Williams, Yolanda Adams, country singer Lee Brice, American Idol winner Laine Hardy and this season's The Voice winner, Maelyn Jarmon, as well as pop star Colbie Caillat with her new country group, Gone West.
There will also a special performance celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street featuring many of the program's famous Muppets. In addition, the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jack Everly, will be playing along with a massive fireworks display. John Stamos will host the show.
In addition to PBS, the 39th annual A Capitol Fourth will be viewable on the Armed Forces Network, and will also stream live on Facebook, YouTube and PBS.org.
In an Instagram post, Townshend explains that the cover features a painting by Spanish artist Luis Toledo, noting that Toledo "gave me three choices, all of which were stunning." The artwork is a colorful collage of images, including cherubs, angels, flowers, ornate geometric shapes and a mountainous landscape.
Pete also shares some new details about the book, explaining that it "was written to provide the base for a solid libretto for an opera-art-installation I regard as perhaps my last major solo work."
He says he started the multifaceted project, which originally was called Floss, in 2008, and reveals that it "grew out of other abandoned projects like The Boy Who Heard Music."
Townshend explains that he decided to change the title, a reference to the main female character, "because the gravity of the subject seemed ill-served by a title…that for Americans in particular evoked dental floss."
The 74-year-old rocker also reveals about the multimedia project, "The libretto is complete. The music is composed. The video artists and installation artists are in position. I'm hoping 2021 and 2022 will see me get to realize this project at last."
Regarding the book, Townshend maintains that although his publisher describes The Age of Anxiety as a "rock novel," and some characters are in bands, it's also "a mystery story, and a story about drug abuse, being a parent, creativity, anxiety, being blocked as an artist, and the psychic miracles worked by certain women in the story."
He adds that the novel isn't autobiographical, although "the story is set very much in my world."
Jonas Åkerlund/Interscope/Live Nation/MaverickIn a recent interview, Madonna said that if she were president, the first thing she'd do is enact gun control legislation. She underlines her feelings on that topic in her new video for the song "God Control," from her #1 album Madame X.
"This is your wake up call. Gun violence disproportionately affects children, teenagers and the marginalized in our communities," she writes on Instagram. "Honor the victims and demand GUN CONTROL. NOW. Volunteer, stand up, donate, reach out. Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation."
In an official statement, the Queen of Pop notes, "I want to draw attention through my platform as an artist to a problem in America that is out of control and is taking the lives of innocent people. This crisis can end if our legislators act to change the laws that fail to protect us all."
The clip starts with a warning that it depicts graphic gun violence, and it does. We see a story told in reverse: Glamorous patrons partying in a nightclub, including Madonna herself, are systematically gunned down by a rifle-wielding assailant. We travel back in time to when Madonna arrives at the club, back to when she's en route to the club and gets mugged, back to her getting ready for a night out.
Those scenes are intercut with scenes of a severe-looking, brunette, glasses-wearing Madonna, sitting alone in an empty room and typing out the lyrics of the song. She types, throws the lyrics away and starts again, over and over, while becoming more and more upset.
Madonna invites fans to join her in supporting organizations that are working for common-sense gun safety legislation, such as March for Our Lives, Sandy Hook Promise Foundation and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund.
Samir Hussein/WireImagePaul McCartney has lent his support to a campaign launched by PETA, calling for Texas A&M University to end a scientific program that breeds seriously ill golden retrievers so they can be experimented on in an attempt to find a cure.
The dogs in the program are bred to have a severe form of muscular dystrophy, and according to PETA, they struggle to walk, swallow and even breathe. PETA also maintains that the program, which has been in operation for 40 years, has yet to come up with any effective way to reverse the symptoms.
The organization also has released footage that purports to show the inhumane conditions in which the dogs are forced to live.
In a letter he wrote Wednesday to Texas A&M University president Michael K. Young, McCartney reveals that he learned about the canine experiments earlier this month while on tour in Texas, and appealed to Young to "stop allowing this cruelty and to release the animals for adoption into loving homes."
He continues, "The video footage of golden retrievers in your university's dog laboratory is heartbreaking. I have had dogs since I was a boy and loved them all dearly, including Martha, who was my companion for about 15 years and about whom I wrote the [Beatles] song 'Martha My Dear.'"
McCartney ends his letter by imploring Young to "[p]lease do the right thing by ending the suffering of dogs in TAMU's muscular dystrophy laboratory and switching to modern research methods instead."
The rock legend continues the current U.S. leg of his Freshen Up Tour with a show tonight on Phoenix, Arizona.
RhinoChicago's debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, arrived 50 years ago this past April, and in honor of its milestone anniversary, the band will be releasing a remixed version of the record on August 30.
The reissue will be available on CD, digitally and as a two-LP vinyl set. A limited-edition version of the double-disc collection pressed on gold vinyl will be sold exclusively at Rhino.com.
Chicago Transit Authority actually was a self-titled album, as that was the band's original moniker before it was shortened to Chicago later in '69. The record peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and yielded three top-40 singles: "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings" and "Questions 67 and 68." It also features a fiery cover of The Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man."
The album eventually was certified double-platinum for sales of two million units in the U.S.
The group's current lineup is on tour now in the U.S., and has dozens of shows lined up through an October 19 concert in Clearwater, Florida.
Here's the Chicago Transit Authority two-LP track list:
Side One "Introduction" "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" "Beginnings"
Side Two "Questions 67 and 68" "Listen" "Poem 58"
Side Three "Free Form Guitar" "South California Purples" "I'm a Man"
Side Four "Prologue, August 29, 1968" "Someday (August 29, 1968)" "Liberation"
And here are Chicago's upcoming tour dates:
6/26 -- Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion 6/28 -- Youngstown, OH, Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater 6/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Pavilion - Summerfest 6/30 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre 7/3 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 7/5 -- Lake Charles, LA, The Golden Nugget - Grand Event Center 7/6 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater 7/17 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion 7/19 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle 7/20 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle 7/21 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo 7/23 -- San Jose, CA, San Jose Civic 7/24 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 7/26 -- Costa Mesa, CA, OC Fair 7/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre 7/28 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Music Hall 7/30 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre 8/1 -- Tulsa, OK, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort 8/2 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar Casino & Resort 8/3 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City, Riverdome 8/6 -- Asheville, NC, Biltmore Estate - South Terrace 8/10 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 8/11 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia 9/1 -- Lewisville, TX, Texas International Pop Festival 9/20 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Resort SoCal - The Events Center 9/21 -- Laughlin, NV, Harrah's Laughlin 9/24 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center 9/26 -- Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center 9/28 -- Minot, ND, Norsk Hostfest 9/29 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Washington Pavilion 10/1 -- Mankato, MN, Mankato Civic Center 10/2 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theater 10/12 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 10/13 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater 10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center 10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 10/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Coachman Park
Walter McBride/WireImageDespite the fact that it just won two Tony Awards a few weeks ago, Broadway's The Cher Show will close in August.
Broadway World reports that the musical based on Cher's life and career will play its final performance on August 18, following 296 regular performances. A national tour will launch in October of 2020 in Rochester, New York.
The Cher Show opened on Broadway December 3, with the full cooperation and approval of Cher herself and got off to a strong start at the box office. But Billboard points out that the show is closing because its numbers have been down lately.
In a statement, the producer said, "Telling Cher's life story on Broadway has been a joy. Watching audiences relive her empowering story through six decades worth of iconic songs, movies, costumes and relationships has been incredible."
In the show, Cher is portrayed at three different phases of her life by three different actresses. One of them, Stephanie J. Block, won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and Cher's longtime costume designer Bob Mackie won for Best Costume Design of a Musical.
Meanwhile, Cher's still got plenty of projects in the works, including a memoir, another leg of her Here We Go Again Tour and a new perfume.
She tweeted last Friday, "Had 4 Hr Meeting With Perfume Company Last Night OMG. I Have Prototype Of Bottle. It’s Remarkable. Comes Out In NOV.?? PRESS STARTS IN OCT. BOTTLE IS BEAUTIFUL & UNIQUE."
The 10-track album is part of a new deal he signed with Jimmy Buffett's label, Mailboat Records.
One More Time with Feeling's title track is a previously unreleased song that Tempchin co-wrote with his friend and frequent collaborator, lthe ate Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey. The album also features Jack's own rendition of "Peaceful Easy Feeling," which was a #22 hit for the Eagles in 1973. In addition, Tempchin pays tribute to Frey, who died in 2016, with a new original tune called "Never Had the Chance to Say Goodbye."
Buffett says of signing Tempchin to his label, "Jack was a true inspiration back when I opened for the Eagles on the Hotel California tour, and it is an honor to have a class act like Jack on Mailboat."
One More Time with Feeling is available for pre-order now.
On the red carpet at the Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this month, Tempchin told ABC Radio that he was thrilled at getting the honor.
"[I] never expected it to happen," he said, "and it's kind of making me look back and go, 'Well, all that crazy stuff you did must have been OK, 'cause they're saying you're in the Hall of Fame now.' So, very delightful."
Tempchin also chose "Peaceful Easy Feeling" as his quintessential song.
"That's the one everybody loves," he noted. "And I like the song, but the way the Eagles did it was so amazing that it's just gonna live on."
Here's the One More Time with Feeling track list:
"One of the Good Old Days" "Peaceful Easy Feeling" "True Love" "One More Time with Feeling" "Never Had the Chance to Say Goodbye" "Back to the Old Me" "Love's First Lesson" "Out in the Desert" "Always Magic When the Sun Goes Down" "Big Lincoln"
David McNew/Getty ImagesThe New York Times Magazine is reporting that even more artists than have previously thought have lost their master recordings in the 2008 Universal Studios fire.
According to the latest report, affected artists include Weezer, The Who, Blink-182, Neil Young, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, Primus, Limp Bizkit, Meat Loaf, Styx, Boston, Sublime, Rob Zombie, White Zombie and Jimmy Eat World, among hundreds more.
These names follow the initial NYT report about the fire's damage, which stated that masters recorded by artists including Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, Tom Petty, Soundgarden, The Eagles and R.E.M. were among those destroyed.
A lawsuit against Universal Music Group, which includes Petty's ex-wife, Jane Petty, Soundgarden and Hole as plaintiffs, was filed last Friday.
Following the initial article, Universal Music Group said in a statement obtained by Variety that report includes "numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions and fundamental misunderstandings of the scope of the incident and affected assets."
"Music preservation is of the highest priority for us and we are proud of our track record," the statement reads.
"While there are constraints preventing us from publicly addressing some of the details of the fire that occurred at NBCUniversal Studios facility more than a decade ago, the incident -- while deeply unfortunate -- never affected the availability of the commercially released music nor impacted artists’ compensation."
The Who has partnered with the Omaze fundraising website to launch a contest offering one winner and a guest a trip to Boston, where they'll enjoy premium seats at the band's September 13 concert at Fenway Park and a meet-and-greet and photo op with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.
The show, which is part of The Who's Moving On! Tour, will feature the band performing with an orchestra.
As part of the experience, the winner and guest will also get to watch the group's soundcheck prior to the concert, have access to a VIP lounge offering free food and drinks, and score limited-edition merchandise. The package also includes free airfare to Boston and a stay at a four-star hotel.
The campaign will raise money for Teen Cancer America, the charity co-founded by Daltrey and Townshend that funds the creation of recreation programs and facilities geared toward cancer patients between the ages of 13 and 24.
In order to enter the contest, you have to donate $10 or more at Omaze.com/TheWho. Entries will be accepted until August 11 at 11:59 p.m. PT. The winner, who must be at least 16 years old, will be notified on or around August 28.
You can check out a video of Townshend sharing details about the contest at Omaze's official YouTube channel.
The upcoming North American leg of The Who's Moving On! Tour runs from a September 1 concert in New York City through an October 24 show in Los Angeles. The band also has a one-off U.K. performance lined up on July 6 at London's Wembley Stadium.
Credit: Warren JacksonNew Order has announced the first U.S. residency in the band's nearly 40-year history.
The four-show stand will take place at the Fillmore in Miami Beach, Florida, on January 14, 15, 17 and 18, 2020. You'll be able to buy tickets to shows individually, or you can purchase a four-day pass.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit NewOrder.com for more info.
You can also catch New Order live touring Europe throughout the summer.
ABC/Randy HolmesElton John fans can now watch two videos offering high-quality footage of the pop-rock legend performing the same song in Cannes, France...but were filmed 36 years apart.
First, the video for Elton's classic 1983 hit "I'm Still Standing" has been digitally restored and is now available in 4K ultra HD, with the footage re-scanned from the original negative. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, the video features Elton driving, performing and dancing on and near Carlton Beach in Cannes, along with a troupe of dancers covered in brightly colored body paint.
Fun fact: One of the dancers is Bruno Tonioli, future Dancing with the Stars judge. His body isn't painted, though -- he's variously seen wearing a bellboy uniform, a black outfit with a policeman's cap and a one-shoulder black top and red pants.
"The energy you see in the video is the energy on the set…It's just a fantastic song," Mulcahy says in a statement. "It surfaced just at the right time in his career…It sends such a clear message that everyone can have a fall but you can get back up, and that's the anthem."
The 16-millimeter footage of the original video shoot was used at the end of Rocketman, with star Taron Egerton as Elton inserted into the footage.
"I'm very personally proud that the video is in Rocketman, which is his most extraordinary piece of work," adds Mulcahy. "And I'm very happy for Elton and everyone involved."
In addition, footage of Elton singing "I'm Still Standing" earlier this year during the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Rocketman also has been released. The performance took place at the afterparty on, yes, Carlton Beach.
Credit: Chris PhelpsBoz Scaggs has postponed a run of U.S. tour dates he had lined up for the early summer because of "health reasons."
According to a message posted on Scaggs' official Facebook page, "Boz has been advised by his doctors that he cannot tour at this time. With some rest, he is expected to make a full and swift recovery."
The Facebook note also includes a statement from 75-year-old singer/songwriter that reads, "I am so sorry to have to miss these shows. Playing for you all is my greatest joy. I hate to disappoint you. I am going to follow doctor's orders so I can get back out on the road as soon as possible. Looking forward to seeing you all then."
The postponed dates span from a June 21 show in Easton, Pennsylvania, through a July 9 concert in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Six of these shows have been rescheduled for November, and Scaggs is hoping to find new dates for as many of the nixed concerts as possible. However, fans who want refunds for their tickets can get them at the original point of purchase.
Besides the rescheduled shows, Boz still has more than 25 other confirmed concerts lined up in August and September. Scaggs continues to support his 2018 studio album, Out of the Blues.
8/11 -- Arlington, WA, Festival of the River 8/13 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall 8/16 -- Newport Beach, CA, West Summer Concert Series 8/18 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa 8/19 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 8/21 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards 8/23 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Special Events Center 8/24 -- Henderson, NV, Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino - Grand Events Center 8/25 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay 8/27 -- Santa Fe, NM, The Santa Fe Opera 8/28 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center 8/31 -- Beaumont, TX, Julie Rogers Theatre 9/1 -- Bedford, TX, Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival 9/4 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 9/5 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre 9/7 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort and Spa 9/8 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Centre 9/10 -- Lawrence, KS, Lied Center of Kansas 9/14 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Town Park 9/15 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series 9/16 -- Boulder, CO, Chautauqua Auditorium 9/18 -- Steamboat Springs, CO, Strings Music Pavilion 9/19 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center 9/20 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts 9/21 -- Stateline, NV, MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Showroom 9/22 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre Napa 11/1 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Event Center (rescheduled from 6/28) 11/9 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom (rescheduled from 6/282 11/16 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier (rescheduled from 7/1) 11/18 -- Red Bank, NJ, Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center (rescheduled from 6/25) 11/19 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts (rescheduled from 6/21) 11/24 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place (rescheduled from 7/8)
Inside RecordingsJackson Browne teamed up with singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson to write and record a new song titled "Human Touch" for the recently released documentary 5B -- about the first hospital ward in the U.S. created to treat AIDS and HIV patients.
The heartfelt acoustic ballad, which was co-written with Steve McEwan and features Browne and Mendelson singing alternating verses and duetting on the chorus, is available now as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can listen to the song on YouTube.
5B tells the story of how, starting in 1983, the nurses, doctors and caregivers of the 5B ward at San Francisco General Hospital helped comfort and care for their seriously ill and dying patients via practices based in humanity and holistic well-being.
The ward was created at a time when many people in the healthcare profession were afraid to touch or be near AIDS patients because of worries over contracting the disease.
Browne currently is in the middle of a four-show engagement at the Beacon Theatre in New York City that will wrap up with concerts this Wednesday and Friday.
Jackson's 2019 tour itinerary is mapped out through a recently announced September 5 benefit performance in San Luis Obispo, California. The show will raise money to support the Cayucos Land Conservancy, which is committed to preserving the scenic coastal bluffs and hillsides located in the town of Cayucos, California.
6/26 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre* 6/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre* 6/29 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theater 7/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 7/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 7/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center* 7/6 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts* 8/2 -- Missoula, MT, Big Sky 8/3 -- Sandpoint, ID, Festival at Sandpoint 8/5 -- Ketchum, ID, River Run Lodge 8/8 -- Redding, CA, Redding Civic Auditorium 8/10 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys 8/11 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Theater 8/13 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 8/14 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 8/16 -- Costa Mesa, CA, OC Fair - Pacific Amphitheater 8/18 -- Fresno, CA, Warnors Theater 8/19 -- Carmel, CA, Sunset Center 8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian 8/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian 9/5 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo
Noam Galai/Getty ImagesSince R.E.M. broke up in 2011, Michael Stipe has stayed pretty quiet when it comes to making new music, but that's apparently about to change.
R.E.M.'s website has shared an interview that Stipe did with the Italian publication La Repubblica, in which he says he's working on new solo material. In fact, he says he has "18 songs...already ready."
"For five years, I'd had a clean break from music," Stipe says. "Now I'm writing, composing and recording all by myself and for the first time."
In March 2018, Stipe shared a 40-second clip of a potential new solo song called "Future, If Future." Last month, he played some solo material at a surprise New York City set opening for Patti Smith.
ABC/Randy HolmesFollowing Monday's news that Elton John has written and recorded a new song called "Never Too Late" for the upcoming soundtrack of The Lion King, he immediately becomes the front runner in the race for Best Original Song Oscar. That is, of course, unless he gets beaten by...himself.
As Variety notes, Elton was already being talked about as an Oscar contender for "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," the song he and Bernie Taupin wrote for the end credits for Rocketman, which he sings with the movie's star, Taron Egerton.
Now that "Never Too Late" -- which Elton wrote with lyricist Tim Rice -- has been thrown into the mix, there's a real chance that Elton will end up competing against himself in the category. That won't be the first time it's happened, either.
In 1995, Elton and Rice were nominated three times in the Best Original Song category for their tunes from the original Lion King: "Circle of Life," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Hakuna Matata." They ended up winning for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."
Rick Kern/WireImageZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons says he's working on a project with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age that may be a new album by Homme's band.
"Just one month ago, I was making a record with Queens of the Stone Age," Gibbons tells the U.K.'s eonmusic. "Dave Grohl was also taking part and he decided to have a big barbecue. So there was this interesting gathering."
The Texas rocker continues, "We had gone to the desert to work on just a couple of tracks, and I was outside, and Josh came out of the studio, and he had this box, and it was making some strange noise. And I said, 'Hey, what is that?' and he goes, 'I don't know, I just found it.' I said, 'Don't touch a thing; we're going to use it for the song!' So that's how it started."
It certainly seems that Gibbons is referring to a new entry in Homme's long-running collaborative Desert Sessions side-project series, the return of which Josh teased last month. However, Gibbons says they were working on a full Queens of the Stone Age album.
Gibbons previously contributed guitar and vocals to a few songs on Queens of the Stone Age's 2005 album, Lullabies to Paralyze, while Grohl has played drums and percussion on two other records by Homme's band: 2002's Songs for the Deaf and 2013's ...Like Clockwork.
Kevin Mazur/WireImageToday marks the 10-year anniversary of the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
Jackson died from cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. His untimely death was later ruled a homicide caused from an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol that was administered by his doctor, cardiologist Conrad Murray. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison in November 2011.
Ten years after Jackson's death, celebrities and music stars are reflecting on the music legend's impact on pop culture.
"There's no one like Michael Jackson. I don't think that ever will be, honestly," Pop superstar Ciara tells ABC Radio. "You know, what he did for music. He definitely was one of the pioneers of music that kind of helped with shaping the culture of music and why we all love it as fans."
As for his passing, Ciara says it doesn't feel like it's already been 10 years, because to her, MJ's impact is still standing strong.
"He made songs that will live on forever," she says. "And that's what it's about...the cool thing is that his legacy is so powerful that it still lives on. And it will continue to live on and continue to inspire people."
As far as his impact, Ciara says MJ openly shared his journey with others through music, which in turn, "help[ed] someone else's life."
Not surprisingly, Jackson's ability to authentically share his journey and capture his audiences' attention was something that Kim Sledge, of legendary vocal group Sister Sledge, says was unmatched.
"He was one of the best entertainers I've ever seen perform, I have to say he really was," Sledge says.
"All of them, we loved all of their performances," Sledge says, referring to the Jackson 5, with whom she and her sisters toured during the 1970s. "When I saw him when he was singly performing, there was something about the energy that was just enchanting. If was fascinating. I've never seen energy like that. I can say the only other person I could think of that I saw that type of energy is when I was really, really little watching maybe Sammy Davis Jr."
Even as celebs recall their fondest memories of Jackson as a performer, it's difficult to ignore some of the recent controversies surrounding the pop legend.
After years of being plagued by sexual abuse allegations and a 2005 child molestation trial, which ended with Jackson's acquittal, the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, released in January, once again brought up Jackson's past sexual abuse allegations.
The doc followed the accusations of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both accused Jackson of sexually abusing them as children, although they denied Jackson abused them while the singer was still alive. Both have said having their own children forced them to come clean.
The Jackson family and estate continues to vigorously deny all charges in the documentary and subsequently filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO, claiming the documentary breached a "non-disparagement" clause in a contract HBO signed in 1992, when it agreed to air a Jackson concert film.
Despite the documentary and resulting, Jackson's music and legacy appeared to have weathered the storm, at least so far. In fact, one of his producers, Dallas Austin, says MJ "will always have cultural impact."
"It's all about the music. It's all about the songs, it's not about the drama," Austin says. "It's just about songs and music. And he's given us so many great songs and music for all of his life, for all of our lives. I think that is still just as important."
Hip-hop superstar Method Man agrees, and says Jackson will never lose his influence on American culture.
"He will forever be an icon," Method Man says. "He's the reason why a lot of these kids nowadays have the shot that they have in music. Michael Jackson paved the way."
Meth adds that it's important that people also "speak up" for their legends when they pass.
"And to watch him grow up over the years and for his legacy to continue on we have to be caretakers of it," he says. "This is why when certain things come out against these OGs after they're gone, they need people there to speak up for them, because they can't speak up for themselves."
The group also features keyboardist Ed Roth, who's collaborated with Ronnie Montrose and Annie Lennox; bassist Kevin Brandon, who played with Aretha Franklin for more than 20 years and also worked with dozens of other well-known musicians; and drummer Dale Alexander, whose resume includes working with Prince and George Benson. The band is being billed as "a new experience in jazz, rhythm and blues."
Tickets for the intimate concert are available at BrownPaperTickets.com and cost just $12, not including fees.
In other news, Krieger released a new instrumental song titled "Slide Home" back in December from a long-in-the-works solo album that's reportedly is due out this year, although Robby hasn't announced any more details about the project yet.
The first grant will go to SheLectricity, which, according to its website, is a project geared toward girls of color that "brings together technology, culture and community to create safe and nurturing online and in-person environments," which ideally will help young people "learn, grow, innovate and lead."
The organization is planning to launch programs in its first three hub cities -- Oakland and Los Angeles, California, and Memphis, Tennessee -- this fall.
The second grant will be presented to Carol Swainson, an educator from San Francisco who is making a documentary for schools designed to help families feel comfortable discussing racial biases, with the hope of "changing the negative racial narrative."
Swainson is making her film with support from the National Association of Independent Schools and the White Privilege Conference.
Flack will present the grants at a New York City press conference scheduled for July 1.