New Stones album will be a return to their roots

The Rolling Stones' "Blue and Lonesome" album will be released December 2.
The Rolling Stones' first studio album in more than a decade will feature a dozen tracks of blues music--the genre that first inspired them in the early 1960s. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts recorded "Blue & Lonesome" in a London studio over three days last December. Polydor will release the album December 2. It features covers of songs by Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Reed, and Little Walter. Eric Clapton joins the Stones on two tracks. The Stones last ...

Paul and Ringo unite at Beatles movie premiere

Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr – joined by family and friends – reunited in London’s Leicester Square yesterday, for the premiere of a documentary recalling their years on the road. The film, titled "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," was directed by Ron Howard. It follows Paul and Ringo, along with the late John Lennon and George Harrison, starting with their earliest performances at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and ending with their final tour concer...

On Sale: Replicas of Pete Townshend’s smashed guitar

Want a guitar just like the ones Pete Townshend of The Who has smashed on stage over the last 50 years? Townshend is launching a line based on the Gibson Les Paul model he destroyed at the Boston Garden in 1976. The remnants of that shattered instrument are on display at a London museum. Gibson is now offering 150 copies of the “Pete Townshend Gold Top ’76.” The new model comes with a ‘Break Here’ sticker on the back of the guitar near the eighth fret, where the original was broken. Gibson sa...

Stones Beef Up Security After Concert Shooting

Rolling Stones 2015 Publicity shot
The Rolling Stones are continuing their South American tour under 24-hour armed guard. The security precautions follow the fatal shooting of a vendor during a botched holdup at the La Plata Stadium in Argentina, just after the Stones concert. The band will finish the tour with shows in Brazil, Uruguay, Peru and Colombia, but will travel with a military-type security detail escorting their cars and surrounding their hotels. "Bands like The Rolling Stones are well aware of the risks posed by...

Stones to Trump: Stop Playing Our Songs

The Rolling Stones have joined the chorus of musicians protesting Presidential candidate Donald Trump's use of their music at his rallies. The Daily Beast reports Trump has been playing three Stones classics -- "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Sympathy for the Devil," and "Brown Sugar." A spokesman for the group told the website that no one asked the Stones for permission to use the songs and the band hasn't approved it. Guitarist Keith Richards told Billboard last year, "Can you i...

Stones begin tour and hint at a new album

Mick Jagger says he's up for recording a new album.
“Funny you should mention (recording),” Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards said the other day, “Just last week, the word ‘studio’ popped up while we were rehearsing. I said, ‘Well, let’s find a time. I’m ready.’” In the same interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Ronnie Wood said the band has “never been closer.“ Wood told the magazine that the Stones have become more important to Mick Jagger following the death of Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott last year. Jagger recently said h...

Daltrey warns he’ll walk off stage because of marijuana smoke

The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey
Roger Daltrey of The Who threatened to leave the stage in the middle of a concert in New York yesterday, after smelling marijuana. The frontman told the Nassau Coliseum audience that "the show will be over" unless the person smoking stopped. "It's your choice, I can't do anything about it. I'm doing my best." Here’s a video: Daltrey told the fans he’s allergic to the smoke and that it interferes with his vocal performance. The fans began chanting "Eat It." According to the Long Is...

McCartney announces another U.S. concert date

Sir Paul arrives in Japan, earlier this week.
Just weeks from his 73rd birthday, Paul McCartney is keeping up his active touring schedule. McCartney has announced his first US arena show this year will take place at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on June 21 It’ll be his first Philly appearance in five years. McCartney is also set to play at Firefly festival (Dover, Delaware) on June 19 and Lollapalooza (Chicago) on July 31. Earlier this week, fans in Osaka mobbed McCartney, as he arrived in Japan for a string of tour dates that we...

It’s official: The Stones are coming to the U.S. in May

As expected, the Rolling Stones are coming to North America, announcing they’ll embark on a 15-city stadium tour, beginning May 24 For the "Zip Code" tour. the Stones promise a stage extending deep into the audience, massive video screens, special effects, and hits-filled sets—but say they won’t skip on “special gems” from the rest of their catalog. Some of those will likely be deep cuts from the Sticky Fingers album; the reissue will contain previously unreleased outtakes and live recordings...

Joe Cocker Dead at Age 70

Joe Cocker at Woodstock, 1969
Joe Cocker, the gravelly-voiced singer known for his cover of "With a Little Help From My Friends" and the ballad "You Are So Beautiful" had died of lung cancer at age 70. His agent said Cocker died Monday in Colorado, his home for the past two decades. Cocker became a star through his  transformation of the Beatles' "With a Little Help From My Friends." Featuring a gospel-styled arrangement and call and response between Cocker and the backup singers, the song became a No. 1 hit in Eng...