A new Prince documentary, “Prince’s Last Year”, is on the horizon–complete with new interviews, footage from his final shows, and discussions on the days leading up to his untimely death. The documentary is commissioned by British broadcaster Channel 4, and will look at the last twelve months of the Purple One’s life. During those months, he went on a solo Piano & A Microphone tour, performed a private gig at The White House, and struggled with a secret, life-ending addiction to painkillers. The documentary provides footage of the year’s defining moments, as well as interviews with CeeLo Green, George Clinton and Rev Al Sharpton.Prince’s Band The Revolution Announces New Year’s Plans & 2018 DatesWhen Prince died at 57 years old in April of 2016, he had sold over 100 million recordings during his enormously successful career. The one-hour documentary will provide insight to his life, the positive impacts he sought to have on politics and activism, and the unfathomable ways he dealt with pain. The interviews regarding his addiction are with friend and political commentator Van Jones, singer Eryn Allen Kane, and former girlfriend Andy Allo.The Prince Estate Teams Up With Pantone For Official “Love Symbol #2” ColorProduced and directed by Adrian Sibley (“The Kate Bush Story: Running up That Hill”), the documentary does not stand alone in Prince-themed films on the way. Standing in line with biopic, “Prince: R U Listening?”, and concert-based film “Sign O’ The Times,” which Prince directed, the forthcoming “Prince’s Last Year” will provide only a snapshot of the ever elusive Prince.When his cause of death was confirmed as an opioid overdose, fans were shocked by the news. While always mysterious, Prince was never associated with drugs during his career. Later reports would offer the understanding that his addiction was a result of hip pain that accumulated over his career of live performances. Regardless of how he died, Prince will always be remembered for his true devotion to crafting and performing music. RIP Prince.[via Variety]
Following Thursday’s announcement that Hootie & the Blowfish will reunite for a performance with Jason Aldean in Atlanta this summer, we were reminded of our favorite story about the Grammy-winning 90’s hitmakers–as told by actor Paul Dano to James Corden on late night TV.Kurt Russell and Dano sat down with James Corden on an episode of The Late Late Show. After hearing Russell’s fascinating stories about his childhood run-ins with The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, and Walt Disney, Corden asked Dano if he’d come across any musicians in his young 30-year-old life. The anecdote he gave as his response was priceless…Even before making his film debut in The Newcomers (2000), the young actor already had already earned himself a steady career on the stage. During his stint with the musical ‘A Christmas Carol’ at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, his role granted him access to the main arena upstairs for any event he wished to attend. One night, he heard from his mother that Hootie & the Blowfish were playing the Garden, so he felt he had to attend because, as he explained to Corden “I was 12 or 13 so i loved Hootie.” As Dano recounted:I get up there, and it’s definitely not Hootie And The Blowfish on stage. A lot of smoke coming my way, sort of earthy, floral… A lot of people dancing with long hair… Turns out it was the band Phish. My mom just assumed that must have meant Hootie & the Blowfish.Corden, as always, was quick with a laugh and a witty retort, joking, “Probably is some blow there, in her defense…” You can watch the full clip below:[Video: The Late Late Show with James Corden]
English indie rockers Florence + the Machine have announced a series of intimate performances in the United Kingdom and the United States. Interestingly, the run is scheduled to kick off very soon—just over a week from now on May 9th.Florence + The Machine will get started at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, UK before swinging through Scunthorpe and London. The band will then head across the pond for a two-night stand at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 13th and 14th, and the run will wrap up with a show at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall on May 21st.The upcoming jaunt will find Florence +the Machine performing in theaters instead of the arenas, amphitheaters, and festival headlining spots that have been their mainstays in recent years. The announcement comes two weeks after the group released the single “Sky Full of Song”, their first new music since 2016. The upcoming tour dates will also precede the band’s previously-confirmed opening set for the Rolling Stones, which is slated to take place at London Stadium on May 25th.Tickets for the newly-announced shows will go on sale Friday, April 27th at 10am local time. $1 (or £1) from each ticket sale will go to support local nonprofits, including Shelter, WIN, and Downtown Women’s Center.Florence + the Machine – “Sky Full of Song”Florence + The Machine Theater Tour Dates:May 5: Victoria Theatre – Halifax, UKMay 6: Baths Hall – Scunthorpe, UKMay 8: Royal Festival Hall – London, UKMay 13: Brooklyn Academy of Music – Brooklyn, NYMay 14: Brooklyn Academy of Music – Brooklyn, NYMay 21: Walt Disney Concert Hall – Los Angeles, CA
On Saturday, September 8th, the Mountain Theater in Mount Tamalpais State Park will host the annual Sound Summit. The concert organized by Roots & Branches Conservancy raises money for its host park, with Sound Summit having raised nearly $200,000 in its first three years. Each year, the Sound Summit taps some of the finest touring artists around, bringing them to the Bay Area and packing the 4,000-capacity natural stone amphitheater.In 2018, Sound Summit has curated a truly formidable lineup, which is led by legendary jazz-funk artist Herbie Hancock. Hancock shares the bill with fan-favorite songstresses Grace Potter and Nikki Lane, in addition to ever-popular and soulful Con Brio. Notably, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will return once again to Sound Summit, serving as a special guest during the benefit.Tickets for the 2018 Sound Summit on September 8th at the Mountain Theater in Mount Tamalpais State Park go on sale this Friday, July 27th, at 10 a.m. (PT). You can head to the festival’s website for more information and ticketing.
Two weeks ago, on the heels of releasing their new double album, Let It Wander, Circles Around The Sun cancelled their 5-date Northeast tour due to an “urgent health matter”. Now, the question of who’s health was in question and why Circles Around The Sun had to cancel their tour seems to have been answered.In a post on their social media accounts, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood announced the guitarist Neal Casal, who also leads CATS, would miss a handful of upcoming Chris Robinson Brotherhood shows. Greg Loiacono, who plays with Chris Robinson’s all-star side project, Green Leaf Rustlers, as well as The Mother Hips, is slated to fill Casal’s void until he returns. Details regarding Casal’s health concerns and return to the stage have not yet been confirmed.Read the full statement regarding Neal Casal’s absence below:Due to unforeseen circumstances, our brother Neal Casal will not be with us on a handful of upcoming shows. Our great friend Greg Loiacono will be stepping in during Neal’s absence. We look forward to seeing our CRB freak family in the coming weeks! We wish Neal Casal all the best in this difficult time.For more information on Chris Robinson Brotherhood tour dates and ticket information head to the band’s website.Chris Robinson Brotherhood Tour DatesSeptember 21-22 – Big Sur, CA – Freaks For The FestivalOctober 3 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground BallroomOctober 5 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City ArtsOctober 6 – Burlingham, NY – Catskills Wine & Food FestivalOctober 7 – Homer, NY – Center for the Arts of HomerOctober 9 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde TheatreOctober 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – The IntersectionOctober 12 – Madison, WI – Majestic TheatreOctober 13 – Minneapolis, MN – First AvenueOctober 14 – Peoria, IL – Monarch Music HallOctober 16 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar HallOctober 18 – Chattanooga, TN – Walker TheatreOctober 19 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & LindsleyOctober 20 – Atlanta, GA – Variety PlayhouseOctober 21 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music HallOctober 23 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelOctober 25 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln TheatreOctober 26 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln TheatreOctober 27 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVaOctober 28 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood TheatreOctober 30 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music HallOctober 31 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s TheatreNovember 2 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallNovember 3 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music HallNovember 4 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn SteelNovember 6 – Portland, ME – Port City Music HallNovember 8 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreNovember 9 – Washington, DC – 9:30 ClubNovember 10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock ClubNovember 11 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert HallNovember 13 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon ClubNovember 15 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall HartfordNovember 16 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity HallNovember 17 – Buffalo, NY – Town BallroomNovember 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s HallView All Tour Dates[H/T Jambase]
Some of the biggest names in hard rock music and beyond gathered at The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday night to take part in an all-star concert event in tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who took his own life almost two years ago back on May 18th, 2017. The marathon tribute event, branded as “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell,” stretched out to a whopping five hours with a total of 42 songs performed throughout the evening.Notable artists in attendance to participate in covering the sizeable Cornell catalogue on Wednesday included two of his former bands, Soundgarden and Audioslave, in addition to Metallica, The Melvins, Rita Wilson, Chris Stapleton, Foo Fighters, Nikka Costa and Alain Johannes, Josh Homme, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Ziggy Marley, Ryan Adams, Temple of the Dog, and even Chris’ daughter, Toni Cornell.The night’s events began with a five-song performance from The Melvins, who closed out their mini set with a heart-pumping cover of “Spoonman” from Soundgarden’s 1994 Superunknown LP. Actress Rita Wilson was up next to perform a haunting cover of Cornell’s 2017 solo ballad, “The Promise”. She was followed by international musicians Nikka Costa and Alain Johannes, who performed “Disappearing One” off of Cornell’s 1999 Euphoria Mourning solo LP.The Melvins – “Spoonman” (Soundgarden cover) – 1/16/2019[Video: John Loughney]Chris Stapleton was up next, and the country-rock singer performed another tune out of the Cornell solo songbook with an acoustic rendition of “The Keeper”, which initially appeared on the soundtrack to the 2011 film, Machine Gun Preacher.Chris Stapleton – “The Keeper” (Chris Cornell cover) – 1/16/2019[Video: Rick with Lopan]The Foo Fighters then took the stage to give attendees a four-song performance comprised of covers including Soundgarden’s “No Attention” and DEVO‘s “Girl You Want”, and an acoustic version of their own famous ballad, “Everlong”. The Foo were followed by friend and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who delivered a one-song performance of Soundgarden’s punk-esque 1991 anthem, “Rusty Cage”. Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine and Jesse Carmichael, as well as Pearl Jam‘s Stone Gossard were up next, and the trio delivered a cover of Cornell’s 1992 solo single, “Seasons”. Miley Cyrus then came to the stage to belt out her rendition of “Two Drink Minimum”, a soulful ballad from Cornell’s 2009 Scream solo LP.Foo Fighters – Chris Cornell Tribute Set – 1/16/2019[Video: Mikolaj Jaroszyk]Miley Cyrus – “Two Drink Minimum” (Chris Cornell cover) – 1/16/2019[Video: Mikolaj Jaroszyk]Next up was a five-song performance by the surviving members of Audioslave, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, who gave fans a mix of renditions from their three studio albums with some help from their famous rock friends. The set included “Cochise” (with Geezer Butler and Perry Farrell), “Be Yourself” (with Butler and Juliette Lewis), “Set It Off” (with Chris Chaney, Sam Harris and Tim Mcllrath), “Like A Stone” (with Chaney and Brandi Carlile), and closing with “Show Me How To Live” (with Robert Trujillo and Dave Grohl).Audioslave with Geezer Butler and Juliette Lewis – “Be Yourself” – 1/16/2019[Video: Mikolaj Jaroszyk]The next part of the show, and maybe the night’s emotional climax, came next with Brad Pitt introducing Cornell’s daughter Toni, and reggae artist Ziggy Marley, who shared a lovely duet cover of Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ 1980 ballad, “Redemption Song”.Ziggy Marley and Toni Cornell – “Redemption Song” (Bob Marley cover) – 1/16/2019[Video: Mikolaj Jaroszyk]The night continued with the beer-loving fellas of Metallica taking the stage, with an introduction by Jack Black, to perform a pair of originals to go with two Soundgarden covers, including “All Your Lies” and “Head Injury”. The two originals played by the famous thrash metal band included “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and the always energizing “Master of Puppets”. They were followed byMetallica – “All Your Lies” (Soundgarden cover) – 1/16/2019[Video: Courtney Timmerwilke]Rock singer/guitarist Ryan Adams then came out to join in on the fun with help from Wolf Bros bassist Don Was and a small chamber orchestra. The rocker gave fans his own spin on Cornell’s “Dead Wishes” and Soundgarden’s “Fell On Black Days”.Next up was one of the lengthier sets of the night from Cornell’s former supergroup, Temple Of The Dog. Surviving members were joined throughout their seven-song performance by an impressive list of guest sit-ins from veteran rock drummer Josh Freese, Fiona Apple, producer Brendan O’Brien, pop-R&B singer Miguel, Stapleton, Cyrus, and Brandi Carlile, just to name a few. Their setlist included “Preaching The End Of The World”, “Can’t Change Me” (with Alain Johannes, Eric Avery, and Freese), “Hunted Down” (with William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell, and Freese), “All Night Thing” (with Fiona Apple, Brendan O’Brien, David Garza, and Matt Chamberlain), “Reach Down” (with Miguel, Nikka Costa, and O’Brien), “Say Hello 2 Heaven” (with Cyrus, O’Brien, and Josh Freese), and “Hunger Strike”.Ryan Adams – “Dead Wishes” (Chris Cornell cover) – 1/16/2019[Video: mano1971music]Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike” – 1/16/2019[Video: John Loughney]The performance would come to a thrilling end with Soundgarden coming to the stage to deliver an eight-song headlining set with a rotating cast of musicians coming in to help sing Cornell’s lyrics. They were joined throughout the performance by Taylor Momsen, Zen Guerrilla‘s Marcus Durant, The Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne, Audioslave’s Tom Morello, Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins, Peter Frampton, and more. Their own set included “Rusty Cage” (with Momsen), “Flower” (with Durant), “Outshined” (with Durant and Gossard), “Drawing Flies” (with Momsen, Osbourne, Matt Demeritt, and Tracy Wanamae), “Loud Love” (with Momsen, Morello, and Wayne Kramer), “I Awake” (with Hawkins and Osbourne), “The Day I Tried To Live” (with Hawkins and Osbourne), and closing out with maybe Cornell’s most famous grunge-era power ballad, “Black Hole Sun” (with Brandi Carlile, Frampton, Tim Hanseroth, and Phil Hanseroth) followed by a thrilling improv-based jam.Soundgarden – Metaphysical Outro/Improv Jam – 1/16/2019[Video: Mikolaj Jaroszyk]Chris Cornell, you are missed.[H/T Consequence of Sound]
Rock guitarist and singer Ty Segall has kept himself awfully busy over the last calendar year. The popular garage rock artist released three studio albums in 2018–one of which was in collaboration with rock outfit White Fence. Segall is continuing the rollout of new recordings into the new year, as he announced on Tuesday that a live album titled Deforming Lobes is scheduled to arrive on March 29th via Drag City.The forthcoming live album will feature recordings captured during Segall’s three-show run alongside The Freedom Band at Los Angeles Teragram Ballroom on January 26th-28th of last year. The album will consist of eight live tracks including “Warm Hands” from his 2017 self-titled LP, and a pair of songs which originally appeared on 2016’s Emotional Mugger including “Squealer” and “Breakfast Eggs”. The album was mixed by acclaimed rock recording engineer and professional poker player extraordinaire, Steve Albini.Related: Ty Segall Releases Alternative “Fanny Dog (Royal)” TrackThe report of the forthcoming album on Tuesday also went on to reveal that Segall will debut a new single titled, “Just Give Up”, during an episode of Comedy Central’s original series, Corporate, on Tuesday night at 10:30 P.M. EST. In addition to writing the theme song for the network television show, Segall also provided some original music to be performed by a fictional band named Honeyscratch in Tuesday night’s episode.Segall’s final album release of 2018, which consisted entirely of covers, included a heavier, distortion-friendly rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “St. Stephen”. Fans can tune into the audio-only video below to hear Segall’s take on the primal Dead anthem.Ty Segall – “St. Stephen” (Grateful Dead cover) – Official Recording [Video: Groove Blender]More recently, Segall found himself on the 2019 lineup poster for this year’s Coachella Music Festival in southern California come April.Deforming Lobes Tracklisting:1. “Warm Hands”2.”Squealer”3.”Breakfast Eggs”4.”The Crawler”5.”Finger”6.”They Told Me Too”7.”Cherry Red”8.”Love Fuzz”[H/T Pitchfork]
Popular rock guitarist David Gilmour is emotionally (and financially) preparing to part ways with over 100 guitars from his personal collection this summer. The former Pink Floyd member will sell 120 guitars at a public auction at Christie’s in New York City on June 20th, with sales proceeds going to benefit charitable causes. Some of the guitars included in the enormous mix of instruments to be sold as part of “The David Gilmour Guitar Collection,” include a prized selection of his trademark instruments which were played on classic Pink Floyd albums back in the 1970s and 80s.Gilmore will sell his 1969 black Fender Stratocaster which was played while recording Pink Floyd hits including “Money”, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, and “Comfortably Numb”. Other highly sought-after axes to be sold in the collection include a 1954 white Stratocaster with a serial number #0001 which was played on “Another Brick In The Wall (Parts Two and Three)”; A candy apple red 1984 Stratocaster 57V used during the recordings of 1987’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and 1994’s The Division Bell; A 1969 D-35 Martin which became his main acoustic guitar for studio work; And a 12-string which Gilmour used to write the main riff on “Wish You Were Here”. The black Strat alone is expected to sell for an estimated $100,000 and $150,000.Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”[Video: chartrand]“These guitars have been very good to me,” Gilmour told Rolling Stone to go with Tuesday’s announcement. “They’re my friends. They have given me lots of music. I just think it’s time that they went off and served someone else. I have had my time with them. And of course the money that they will raise will do an enormous amount of good in the world, and that is my intention.”Related: Green Day To Sell Career-Spanning Instrument Collection, Including Live Gear Used At Woodstock ’94“By auctioning these guitars, I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world,” Gilmour continued. “It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”The collection will initially launch at Christie’s showroom in London starting on March 27th and running until March 31st. From there, the collection will head to Los Angeles (May 7th-11th) before arriving in New York for display on June 14th-19th ahead of the June 20th auction.It will certainly be interesting to hear what the total earnings of the auction will end up being, considering Gilmour’s elite status as an influential guitarist during the prime years of rock in America back in the 1970s and 80s. It’s worth pointing out that Jerry Garcia‘s famous “Wolf” guitar sold at auction for a mind-blowing record of $3.2 Million in 2017.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Today, The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has officially announced their newest event, Suwannee Rising Music Festival. Following the cancellation of Wanee Music Festival, which typically took place in mid-April, loyal fans can now look forward to the new festival that will take place from April 4th through 6th, 2019 at the beloved Live Oak, FL location that plays host to Hulaween, Roots Revival, Brainquility, Purple Hatters Ball, and more.Headlining the inaugural event will be Lettuce (two sets), moe., and Oteil & Friends, as well as Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds (two sets), Ghost-Note (two sets), Melody Trucks Band, and more bands to be announced in the coming weeks.While the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band‘s festival will continue with Live Nation in Fort Lauderdale, this new event will seemingly take the familiar shape of former Suwannee event, Bear Creek–a short-lived but legendary funk festival that took place for several years in the fall. With the spirit of Wanee still lingering, fans can rest assured that the funk and jams will continue with Suwannee Rising, and hopefully for years to come.Camping passes for Suwannee Rising are now available. Tickets to the Suwannee Rising Music Festival will go on sale Friday, February 15th on Etix.com.
Last week, Keller Williams announced his latest studio album, Add, due out on Friday, May 31st. The follow-up to 2018’s Sans, Add marks Keller’s 24th official studio album.Keller Williams’ forthcoming nine-track LP features new material, an old song that’s never seen the studio, as well as covers of Firehose’s “Brave Captain” and Joni Mitchell‘s “All I Want”. The project was co-produced, mixed, and recorded by Jeff Covert in Fredricksburg, Virginia, and hears Keller handling guitar, vocal, bass, keyboard, and percussion duties on his latest studio effort.Following last week’s release of the album’s lead single, “The Big One”, Keller has shared Add‘s second single, “Beat My Chest”. Although Keller has incorporated “Beat My Chest” into his live setlists since 2018, the track has never received any studio attention up until now.Listen to Keller Williams’ new single “Beat My Chest” below:Keller Williams – “Beat My Chest”[Audio: Keller Williams]See below for the album’s tracklist. Fans can head here to pre-order Add.For a full list of Keller Williams’ upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.Keller Williams Add Tracklist:Beat My ChestThe Big OneDubstepBrave CaptainLandlordImpeding The HuntAll I WantPoser The FakeI BelieveView Tracklist