Credit: Joe LengsonVan Halen erupted onto the music scene with their self-titled debut album 41 years ago this month, and to commemorate the band’s arrival, a new pair of high-top sneakers featuring a vintage photo of Eddie Van Halen onstage has been made available at the guitar legend’s online store. The EVH brand’s 1978 High Top is black with a white rubber sole, decorated with a pic of Eddie playing guitar during Van Halen’s ’78 tour on the outer side. In addition, a circular badge reading “1978 Eddie Van Halen” appears on the inner ankle area, the EVH logo is featured on the tongue and the back of the sole, and a back panel boasts the black-and-white stripe pattern that’s seen on Eddie’s classic “Eruption” guitar. The sneakers are priced at $64.78 and can be purchased at EddieVanHalenStore.com. Van Halen has been idle since its last tour ended in October 2015, although frontman David Lee Roth hinted in an interview with Vulture this past December that the band would be mounting a new trek this year. No official word about
Atlantic/Swan Song/Warner MusicIn honor of Led Zeppelin‘s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, the band has launched a new playlist generator program that allows anyone to build a list of tunes from the rock legends’ entire catalog. To mark the debut of the program, three artists have been recruited to try it out: ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White, U.K. hard-rock duo Royal Blood and Mexican rockers Maná, all of whom consider Led Zeppelin a major influence. White’s 10-track playlist begins with the Physical Graffiti track “The Rover,” and includes popular tunes such as “The Lemon Song,” “Moby Dick” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You.” It also features a couple of gems from the BBC Sessions collection: “The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair” and “Traveling Riverside Blues.” “They are an immovable force in music,” White says of the mighty Zep. “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like them.” Led Zeppelin Playlist Generator also creates personalized cover art to accompany each list of songs generated, and allows users to share their lists via social media. In addition, the program can
RhinoNext month, Stevie Nicks will become the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Fame twice. To mark the occasion, Rhino Records is launching a major compilation celebrating the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman’s decades-long career focusing on her work outside of her famous band. Stand Back, which arrives March 29, will be available as an 18-track single CD, and also will be released in digital and streaming versions. In addition, a 50-track, three-CD version of the compilation, titled Stand Back: 1981-2017, will be released on April 19, while a six-LP vinyl edition of the same set will become available on June 28. The single-disc version of Stand Back features all of Nicks’ biggest hits, including the title track, “Edge of Seventeen,” “If Anyone Falls,” “Talk to Me” and more. Also included are her respective hit duets with Don Henley and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, “Leather and Lace” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” respectively. Live versions of the Fleetwood Mac tracks “Dreams” and “Gold Dust Woman” round out that package. The three-CD and six-LP sets
Credit: Austin LordPeter Frampton apparently is joining the ranks of veteran artists who have decided to retire from the road. The British guitar great has announced plans for a North American trek dubbed Finale — The Farewell Tour, which kicks off June 16 in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and is mapped out all the way through an October 12 concert in Concord, California. Frampton’s special guest during most of the 50-date outing will be Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, while Peter’s son Julian Frampton will be an additional opening act for the shows taking place on the West Coast. An exclusive interview with Frampton about his farewell tour will air Saturday, February 23, on CBS This Morning. Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale to the general public next Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Tuesday, February 26, at 10 a.m. local time via the company’s Private Pass program. VIP packages will be sold at Frampton.com. Peter reached the height of his popularity
Capitol Records/UMeLast year, the 50th anniversary of the Steve Miller Band‘s debut album, Children of the Future, was celebrated with the release of a box set featuring remastered, 180-gram-vinyl versions of the group’s first nine studio albums. Now, a follow-up collection boasting remastered, high-quality vinyl editions of nine more albums by Miller and company will hit stores on May 24. Titled Complete Albums Volume 2 (1977-2011), the set spans from 1977’s multiplatinum Book of Dreams through the Miller Band’s latest studio effort, 2011’s Let Your Hair Down. All nine albums will be available individually as well. Limited-edition colored-vinyl versions of the albums, with each disc boasting a different color or colors, will be sold individually and as a box set exclusively at uDiscoverMusic.com. In addition, HD digital-audio versions of the nine albums are being released. One or two of the titles will be made available every Friday for five weeks, beginning this Friday, February 22, with Book of Dreams and 1981’s Circle of Love and winding down March 22 with Let Your Hair Down. As previously reported, the Steve Miller
Credit: Zack Whitford Aerosmith is among the acts set to headline the inaugural Twin Cities Summer Jam festival, scheduled to take place July 18-20 on the infield of the Canterbury Park racetrack in the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee, Minnesota. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will close out the event’s second day, Friday, July 19. Country stars Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw, respectively, will headline the festival’s first and last day. REO Speedwagon also is part of the lineup, and will perform on July 18, while rapper Pitbull will play on July 20. More artists will be announced soon. Tickets for Twin Cities Summer Jam go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. CT at TCSummerJam.com. As previously reported, Aerosmith will kick off their first-ever Las Vegas residency, dubbed Deuces Are Wild, on April 6 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort. The band has a total of 34 shows scheduled in Sin City, spread across April, June, July, September, October, November and December. Check out the full list of residency dates at Aerosmith.com and MGMResorts.com.
Credit: Alex Asprey Procol Harum launched their first U.S. tour in nearly five years this week, after recently taking part in the inaugural On the Blue Cruise headlined by Moody Blues singer/guitarist Justin Hayward. Frontman Gary Brooker says the trek is giving Procol Harum the opportunity to introduce its latest album, 2017’s Novum, to American audiences. “We were very much looking forward to getting over here and…playing our new songs,” he tells ABC Radio, adding with a laugh, “And anyway, we were on a cruise that finished in Miami, so we might as well come up here.” The tour, which runs through a March 4-5 stand in Boston, is mostly visiting various City Winery franchises. Brooker admits that he hadn’t heard of the City Winery before booking the tour, but after shows this week at venues in Atlanta, Nashville and Chicago, he has plenty of positive to say about them. “They’re a very, very good musical environment,” the 73-year-old musician says. “And, of course, all the people in there seem to be music lovers, and sitting there very comfortably with
Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMeThe Beatles‘ self-titled 1968 double album, also known as The White Album, has now been certified 24-times platinum, moving it into fourth place on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of highest-certified recordings in U.S. history. The White Album, which last year was the subject of deluxe reissues in various formats and configurations in honor of its 50th anniversary, is now the top certified multiple-disc set of all time. The only albums receiving more than 24 million certifications are The Eagles‘ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 compilation with 38 million, Michael Jackson‘s Thriller with 33 million and The Eagles’ Hotel California with 26 million. “The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of all time, with music that stands the test of time,” says RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier. “The magic of John [Lennon], Paul [McCartney], George [Harrison] and Ringo [Starr] continues to be experienced by new fans across the country and we are honored to present them with this milestone achievement. Diamond status is already a rare feat — for an album to go
Michael Jackson, Wade Robson. photo: HBOMichael Jackson isn’t here to defend himself anymore, but his lawyers are working overtime defending him posthumously. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael’s estate has filed a lawsuit against HBO and its parent company Time Warner, claiming the cable channel’s upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland breaches a non-disparagement clause in a decades-old contract. Variety reports that the suit claims the estate could be due $100 million if it wins the dispute. Leaving Neverland focuses on two adults, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim they were sexually abused by the late King of Pop as children. Back in 1992, HBO made a deal to air one of Michael’s concerts from his Dangerous tour. The estate claims that in the contract HBO signed at the time, the cable channel promised not to “make any disparaging remarks concerning [Jackson]” or “do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image of [Jackson].'” The estate also claims that the 1992 contract requires HBO to “notify and consult with Jackson…if it
Credit: Jill JarrettAs recently reported, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and his solo band are playing a concert featuring surprise special guests tonight, February 21, at The Village Studios in Los Angeles. The show’s being taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series Front and Center. Now comes word that the show will be streamed live at Front and Center‘s YouTube channel as well as on the show’s and Krieger’s Facebook pages starting at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET. In addition, the concert will be viewable on the interactive video app Hangtime, which allows you to watch events with friends in a private chat room. Hangtime is available for both Apple and Android devices. Meanwhile, the Robby Krieger Band currently has two other concerts on its schedule, on March 1 in Houston and March 2 in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.