Paul McCartney was interviewed for the cover story of the latest issue of Billboard, which celebrates the publication's 125th anniversary. In the article, the ex-Beatles legend discusses a wide range of topics, including his old band's massive success, a new Fab Four-related project and much more.
In conjunction with Billboard's 125th anniversary, the magazine compiled a new list of the Top 125 Artists of All Time based on chart success, and The Beatles took the top spot. Asked how he felt about the achievement, McCartney responds, "That's fantastic. They were a great group."
He also notes that one of the aspects of The Beatles that propelled them to succeed was the band members' competitiveness, as well as their interest in "trying to get better and develop."
Paul further explains, "That was the force behind The Beatles: We'd do one song, and it'd be a hit, and instead of doing another with the same formula, we'd say, 'OK, we've done that.' You listen to The Beatles' output and no two songs are alike."
McCartney also shares an update about the new film being put together with unused footage shot for the 1970 Beatles flick Let It Be.
"The director [Peter Jackson] tells me that the overall impression is of friends working together," Paul said of the new flick, "whereas because it was so close to The Beatles' breakup, my impression of the film was of a sad moment."
He adds, "It won't be called Let It Be, but there will be something [coming out]."
Meanwhile, McCartney reveals that he's in the process of finalizing a deal in which he'll reclaim his portion of the U.S. publishing rights to Beatles songs from Sony/ATV. At one time during the mid-1980s, Paul was outbid for those rights by Michael Jackson.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesIn honor of Billboard's 125th anniversary, the magazine has put together a new chart, the Top 125 Artists of All Time, that's based on appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums tally.
Not surprisingly, The Beatles score the top spot on the all-time chart, followed at #2 by The Rolling Stones and at #3 by Elton John. Other veteran pop and rock acts landing in the tally's top 10 include Mariah Carey at #4, Madonna at #5, Barbra Streisand at #6, Michael Jackson at #7, Stevie Wonder at #9 and Chicago at #10.
Among the many standout chart achievements the Fab Four have amassed: The most #1 hits in the history of the Hot 100 -- 20 -- and the most #1 albums on the Billboard 200 with 19.
Those 19 albums spent a collective total of 132 weeks atop the Billboard 200, 80 more weeks in all than the artist with the second-most weeks at #1 on the tally, Garth Brooks.
The Beatles also are famously the only act ever to hold the top five slots simultaneously on the Hot 100: On April 4, 1964, "Can't Buy Me Love" was #1, "Twist and Shout" was #2, "She Loves You" was #3, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was #4 and "Please Please Me" was #5.
Two individual Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, also appear on Billboard's all-time chart thanks to their solo accomplishments, with McCartney landing at #12 and Harrison at #124.
Other veteran artists featured in the upper portion of the all-time tally: Whitney Houston at #11, Elvis Presley at #13, Janet Jackson at #14, Rod Stewart at #15, Prince at #17, Billy Joel at #19, Herb Alpert at #21 and Bruce Springsteen at #24.
Parlophone/RhinoToday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's second self-titled U.K. album, which was reissued in the U.S. in 1972 as Space Oddity and featured the famous song of the same name.
In honor of the milestone, a new remix of "Space Oddity", created by longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti using Sony's new immersive 360 Reality Audio music format, has premiered.
The track will be available via Amazon HD using Amazon Echo Studio, as well as via Deezer and TIDAL using headphones. 360 Reality Audio allows you to experience music like you're at a concert, hearing the vocals and instruments virtually positioned in different locations in the room.
In a video interview posted on Bowie's official YouTube channel, Visconti discusses his goal in creating the 360 Reality Audio remix of "Space Oddity."
"The song was written [about] being isolated in this little capsule, but seeing the universe from your window," Visconti explains. "This is what I'm trying to get across in the mix. Therefore, you're going to be traveling through this mix. Things will go by you, things will be around you, behind you…in front of you, coming towards you."
Tony adds that he thinks Bowie would've loved and embraced the 360 Reality Audio format.
The new "Space Oddity" remix arrives one day before the release of Bowie's Conversation Piece box set, a five-CD collection featuring rare home demos and other recordings from 1968 and '69, as well as two mixes of the 1969 David Bowie album.
As previously reported, Conversation Piece includes all of the tracks that appeared on the vinyl Bowie box sets that have been released this year in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of "Space Oddity," plus some additional rare late-'60s recordings.
Johnny & Edgar Winter in 2007; Engelke/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesDuring his life, blues-guitar great Johnny Winter served as a musical mentor and inspiration to many, including his younger brother Edgar, who went on to forge a successful music career of his own. Now Edgar Winter tells Billboard that he's putting together a star-studded tribute album to Johnny, who died in 2014 at the age of 70.
The as-yet-untitled album is due out in 2020, and will feature contributions from Joe Walsh, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Joe Bonamassa, Robben Ford, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues legends Buddy Guy and Bobby Rush.
"It's really turned out to be a wonderful blessing in my life, doing this," Edgar tells the magazine. "Johnny's my all-time musical hero. If it weren't for him I wouldn't be where I am now. I just feel like I need to acknowledge that and put out a record he would love."
According to Edgar, the album will feature 16 tracks, including original Johnny Winter tunes mixed with some of the well-known cover tunes he often played live, among them Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited."
The record also will feature a rendition of Rick Derringer's "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," which Johnny first recorded when Derringer was a member of his band in 1970, three years before Rick scored a solo hit with the tune.
Edgar tells Billboard that while Johnny rightfully was respected for his blue-guitar prowess, he feels his brother's vocal talents have been overlooked.
"[I]n the early years when we were playing together he would sing beautiful ballads like 'Cryin'' by Roy Orbison in a completely clear, beautiful voice," Edgar notes. "So I'm going to do some of those songs that are my personal favorites, too."
Credit: Jen RosensteinKISS has unveiled the final dates on the iconic band's End of the Road farewell tour.
The newly announced shows kick off February 1, 2020, in Manchester, New Hampshire, and conclude October 2 in Forth Worth, Texas. That will be followed by the 2020 KISS Kruise, taking place October 30 to November 4.
KISS will then play their final, final concert on July 21, 2021 -- four days later than they announced recently on the 2019 KISS Kruise -- at a currently undisclosed venue in the band's hometown of New York City. After that, they'll be KISStory. Or, so they say, anyway.
Tickets to the final dates will go on sale to members of the KISS Army fan club beginning next Wednesday, November 20, at 10 a.m. local time. General on sale begins Friday, November 22, at 10 a.m. local time.
Earlier Thursday, KISS canceled the upcoming Australia and New Zealand leg of the End of the Road tour due to Paul Stanley coming down with the flu.
Here are the new End of the Road tour dates:
2/1/20 -- Manchester, NH, SNHU Arena 2/4 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center 2/5 -- Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center 2/7 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena 2/8 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum Complex 2/11 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 2/13 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena 2/15 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center 2/16 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 2/18 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena 2/19 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena 2/21 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center 2/22 -- Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center 2/24 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 2/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 2/29 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Center 3/2 -- Bakersfield, CA, Mechanics Bank Arena 3/4 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center 3/6 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena 3/9 -- El Paso, TX, UTEP Don Haskins Center 3/10 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena 3/12 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 3/14 -- Lafayette, LA, Lafayette Cajundome 3/15 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum 8/28 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion 8/29 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall 8/31 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center 9/3 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 9/4 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 9/5 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre 9/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood 9/9 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park 9/11 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 9/12 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL 9/14 -- Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutter Center 9/15 -- Milwaukee, WI, American Family Insurance Amphitheater 9/19 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre 9/20 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater 9/22 -- Boise, ID, ExtraMile Arena 9/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 9/27 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre 9/29 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 10/1 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater 10/2 -- Fort Worth, TX, Dickies Arena 7/21/21 -- New York, NY, TBA
After postponing the start of their tour of Australia and New Zealand due to Paul Stanley coming down with the flu, KISS has now scrapped the entire tour leg altogether.
According to a post on by the tour promoters, "It was hoped the extra few days rest would allow Stanley the chance for a complete recovery so the tour could proceed as planned. However unfortunately this has not occurred. Stanley has an additional infection in his throat requiring complete vocal rest and medication for at least two weeks and possibly longer."
In a Facebook posting, Paul Stanley said, with a "heavy heart," "Words cannot begin to convey our massive disappointment in having to cancel our End Of The Road tour of your incredible country. Our connection to you is unparalleled and decades deep."
He added, "We waited as long as we could and held out hope to the last minute that my situation would clear up and we would be able to march forward. Doctor's orders ultimately have taken precedence and finally we now find ourselves with no choice but to surrender."
All tickets will be refunded. It's not clear if the eight planned shows will be rescheduled.
Hey Queen fans, are you ready for the Freddie Challenge? Today, the band has teamed up with YouTube Music to launch FreddieMeter, an Artificial Intelligence-powered singing challenge that rates how closely you can mimic the vocals of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
Fans logging on to the FreddieMeter microsite can choose one of four Queen classics to test their vocal prowess -- "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Somebody to Love" and "We Are the Champions."
The meter was created by Google researchers, and rates pitch, melody and timbre.
After belting out a song and getting your score, you're encouraged to share it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook social media sites, then nominate three friends to take the challenge using the hashtag #FreddieChallenge. You also can spread the word by retweeting or resharing posts from @youtubemusic, @youtube and @Queen.
Perhaps most importantly, in your post, you can encourage people to donate to Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity co-founded in Freddie's memory by Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and manager Jim Beach to help in the fight to end HIV/AIDS.
As a bonus, fans taking the Freddie Challenge can take a video of their performance and include that in their social media posts.
The launch of the FreddieMeter coincides with the 44th anniversary of Queen's first live performance of "Bohemian Rhapsody," which took place at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, U.K.
ABC/Randy HolmesIn 1996, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sent a 15-year-old fan a VHS tape of himself thanking her for all the letters she sent him. Now, thanks to the wonder of the internet, you can watch it yourself 23 years later.
As Reddit user Jmsmnn explains, his wife is a big Green Day fan, and, when she was younger, she'd send Armstrong letters. In order to thank her, Armstrong called her, but she thought it was a prank and hung up. Armstrong's wife then called back to try and convince the fan that she was talking to the real deal -- only for her to hang up again.
To convince her of his identity, Armstrong then sent her a VHS tape showing him reading her letters. You can watch that now via Instagram.
"She still guards this VHS tape with her life," the caption reads.
Green Day will release their new album Father of All... on February 7. They'll spend next summer on the Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.
Credit: Mads PerchRobert Plant says he and members of his backing band The Sensational Space Shifters have been amassing material for a potential follow-up to his 2017 studio album, Carry Fire, and they may soon be hitting a recording studio to start the project.
"Between The Sensational Space Shifters' guitarists Justin Adams and Liam 'Skin' Tyson and everybody, we've got about 40 different instrumental ideas already," the Led Zeppelin legend tells Classic Rock magazine.
Robert also reports that he and the group may work on the album in Nashville.
"[T]here are some things in the air, possibly in Nashville. I'm supposed to be going there in two weeks' time," he notes. "There's nothing going on at all at the moment, but there will be."
Plant points out that in recent years, he and The Sensational Space Shifters have been working on their recordings with Tim Oliver, the manager of Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios.
"[W]e can mess about in there," Plant says of the facility, which is located in Wiltshire, U.K. "I can spend an afternoon with Tim and really shift styles and stems of music in preparation to shape them as songs."
He adds, "We've recorded the last two records [Carry Fire and 2014's Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar] with Tim and it's a great way of doing things. It's a good combination. We all know where we're going."
NetflixNetflix has released the official trailer for its upcoming holiday film Holiday Rush, starring Romany Malco and featuring legendary girl-group singer Darlene Love in a supporting role.
The film follows Malco's character, a single dad and radio DJ named Rashon "Rush" Williams, who loses his job during the holiday season. As Rush attempts to downsize, the experience helps him reconnect with his four children and learn that "true joy comes from who you have, not what you have."
Love plays Rush's Aunt Jo, who helps her out-of-work nephew purchase a competing radio station.
In one scene, Darlene's character shares some encouraging words with her nephew and his kids, saying, "It's not what you got, it's what you got around you." In another, we see Love belting out a song on a stage bedecked with Christmas lights as her family watches and claps.
Of course, one of Darlene's trademark songs is "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," which appeared on the classic 1963 holiday album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector.
Love's previous acting roles include playing the wife of Danny Glover's character in the four Lethal Weapon movies.
Credit: Myriam SantosJoe Walsh has been added to the list of performers for the Country Music Association Awards, which airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Eagles guitarist will participate in a tribute to Kris Kristofferson, who will be presented with the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony. Walsh will hit the stage alongside previously announced performers Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson and John Osborne. Coincidentally, Walsh and Kristofferson both make guest appearances on separate tracks on Crow's recent collaborative album, Threads.
Walsh also is listed among the evening's presenters.
The 53rd CMA Awards ceremony is centered around the women of country music, with co-hosts Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire set to lead a medley of hits by many female country legends that will open the show.
This past Sunday, Walsh hosted his third annual VetsAid concert, which raises fund for various veterans organizations. The lineup for this year's show, held in Houston, included Crow, ZZ Top, The Doobie Brothers and country star Brad Paisley. Next up for Joe will be The Eagles' Hotel California 2020 Tour, which kicks off with a February 7-8 stand in Atlanta.
Liberation Hall Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and original Santana drummer Michael Shrieve are among the musicians who've contributed to Born in the Bronx, the debut solo album by Handsome Dick Manitoba, the longtime frontman of the New York City proto-punk band The Dictators.
The album was produced by Jon Tiven, whose credits include recordings by B.B. King, Nick Lowe, Frank Black and soul legends Wilson Pickett and Don Covay.
Born in the Bronx's first single is a cover of "Eve of Destruction," a chart-topping 1965 hit for folk singer Barry McGuire that was written by the late P.F. Sloan, who also penned the Johnny Rivers classic "Secret Agent Man." Tiven incorporated some archival audio of Sloan playing harmonica and guitar and singing background vocals into Manitoba's version of "Eve of Destruction."
You can check out an official video for the track now on Manitoba's YouTube channel.
Born in the Bronx also features contributions from longtime Bryan Adams drummer Mick Curry, and a variety of respected Nashville session musicians, including Robert Plant collaborator Buddy Miller.
In addition, the album includes a Beach Boys homage titled "Surfside," featuring lyrics by Stephen J. Kalinich, who co-wrote a handful of Beach Boys songs.
Born in the Bronx is available now on CD at MVDShop.com. A limited number of signed copies can be purchased at Patreon.com.
Here's the Born in the Bronx full track list:
"Shelley" "Back to My TV" "Eve of Destruction" "Surfside" "The Cooker & the Hit" "Big Army Brass" "Layers Down" "Callie May" "Thicker Than Blood" "Magenta Street" "8th Avenue Serenade" "Sour Punk King of NYC" "Born in the Bronx"
He's just announced 24 new North American dates, which together will complete the second year of the planned three-year trek.
The new concerts span from a March 28-29 stand in Toronto through a July 8 show in Kansas City, Missouri, and include an April 2-3 engagement in Montreal, and stops in cities like Hershey, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; and St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as in Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Houston and St. Louis.
Elton's 2020 itinerary will include 43 concerts in all. The tour is set to wrap in 2021.
American Express card members can purchase tickets for the new dates starting Thursday, November 14, at 10 a.m. local time. The general public on-sale starts Friday, November 22, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased via EltonJohn.com.
The VIP packages will be available starting Thursday at 10 a.m. local time. They include special merch, backstage tours and onstage photo ops with Elton's piano.
Here are the new dates:
3/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena 3/29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena 4/2 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre 4/3 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre 4/20 -- Hershey, PA, GIANT Center 4/25 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center 5/22 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena 5/23 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 5/26 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 5/28 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 5/30 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena 6/6 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena 6/9 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 6/13 -- Fargo ND, Fargodome 6/15 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 6/16 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 6/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 6/20 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 6/24 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center 6/30 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 7/1 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 7/3 -- North Little Rock, AR, Simmons Bank Arena 7/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center 7/8 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
Courtesy of Tariano Jackson/Beatroot LLCRock & Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson of The Jackson 5 is on the charts now as a solo act with the remix of "One Way Street," a song from his 2016 debut solo album, Tito Time.
Jackson remembers most people believed he would never release a solo project. In fact, the guitarist was the last of his brothers to drop a solo album, following Michael, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon and Randy.
"It was way overdue. I had planned on doing an album when I was much younger, you know, in my Motown days," Tito tells ABC Audio. "They were gonna go through the whole group and do a solo project and I was next, but I got shortchanged 'cause my father moved [us] from Motown to Epic Records and I never got that chance."
In addition to the label switch, Tito says becoming a husband and a father changed his priorities.
"I got married. Had kids. Raising sons and all that. I don't have time to do a solo record now," the 66-year-old recalls thinking. "They even had a little survey on the internet. 'Is Tito gonna do a solo album, yes or no?' and I was losing. Most people saying no and I said, 'Well, you know, I'm gonna fool 'em.'"
Tito Time was released in December 2016 and featured vocalists Betty Wright and Jocelyn Brown, as well as rapper Big Daddy Kane.
Tito continues to tour as a member of The Jacksons. The group will be taking part in the Ultimate Disco Cruise, which sets sail from Miami on February 10, 2020. The lineup also includes The Commodores, Shalamar Reloaded featuring Jody Watley, KC and the Sunshine Band, Sister Sledge and The Trammps. The Jacksons also have a February 28, 2020, concert scheduled in Indio, California.
Craft RecordingsR.E.M. recently released a 25th anniversary reissue of its chart-topping 1994 album, Monster.
The album found the band moving in an edgier, louder direction after the massive success of its two mellower predecessors -- 1991's Out of Time and 1992's Automatic for the People.
In an interview taped for an upcoming episode of the PBS series Speakeasy, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills share some recollections about Monster.
Stipe points out that, following Out of Time and Automatic for the People, "We were really at the top of our game…but they were really quiet records, and we were about to go on a tour and we needed louder songs. So we embraced…our collective love of glam rock from the early '70s."
Mills notes that guitarist Peter Buck, after focusing on acoustic instruments on the previous two records, "had rediscovered the electric guitar… [and] was ready to turn it back up."
Echoing what Stipe said, Mills notes that as R.E.M. prepared for its first major tour in several years, "[we decided we] needed songs that will fill up a big space, and be joyous and loud and silly and fun."
Not all the songs on Monster were silly and fun, however. The album also includes "Let Me In," a tribute to their friend Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who killed himself while R.E.M. was making the record.
Stipe says in writing the song's lyrics, he found himself "crying out and feeling hopeless in the face of what he was facing and the...sadness and the depth of his depression, and trying to reckon with it."
Monster also includes R.E.M.'s last top 40-hits in the U.S. -- "Bang and Blame" and "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
Check out full details about the 25th anniversary Monster reissue at REMHQ.com.
Courtesy Dutton/Penguin Random House Whitney Houston's best friend and former assistant, Robyn Crawford, appeared Tuesday on The Wendy Williams Show, and revealed details not only about Whitney's drug use, and also Bobby Brown's abusive behavior.
Robyn admitted she used cocaine with Whitney, and it escalated when they went on concert tours.
"We didn't do that all the time," Crawford said. "But when we started to tour it was everywhere."
Houston married Bobby in 1992, and Robyn claims that Brown abused Whitney when she wasn't with them.
"Bobby saved his worst behavior for when I wasn't around," she said of the alleged abuse. "You just never knew when he was gonna perform and that's what I call it -- performing. You know, he was gonna show out."
"We wanted to touch each other and we did one night and it was everything and we knew then that that everything was not all that would be," Crawford said. "It was just embracing everything that we had shared."
When Wendy hosted a nationally syndicated radio show prior to moving to television, she often criticized Whitney, leading to an expletive-filled phone interview in 2003. Robyn revealed to Wendy on Tuesday that she and Whitney were so angry with her, they plotted to confront Williams outside of her studio.
"Robyn, I can't even fight. I would have run," Wendy said.
Robyn replied, "We weren't gonna fight. We just wanted to see you face to face and have a chat."
As the studio audience roared, Wendy responded, "I'm frightened. Oh my gosh. I dodged that bullet."
A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston went on sale today.
The Jackson 5 in 1973; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
The Jackson 5 is barely mentioned in the new HBO documentary about the famed Apollo Theater in New York City, and one of Michael Jackson's nephews wonders if a lawsuit over the controversial Leaving Neverland docuseries is the reason.
"How dare you erase black music history. Where is The Jackson 5???" Tito Jackson's son Taj Jacksontweeted. "The group you helped launch on your stage. Black artists and celebs need to take note. This can happen to you too in the future. Not just my family. I'm so disappointed. Did @HBO @HBODocs make you edit them out?"
The Michael Jackson estate sued the cable network over the docuseries Leaving Neverland, which details alleged child sex abuse claims against Michael. The lawsuit charges that the series is in violation of a nondisparagement clause stemming from HBO's 1992 agreement to air a concert film of Jackson's Dangerous tour.
"Black music history should not be altered or tampered with for the sake of any corporation," Taj continued. "We need to protect our history. Still waiting for some kind of answer."
Showtime at the Apollo winner Danielle Fiers agrees that the documentary doesn't do justice to the former Motown stars.
"I just watched this lackluster doc about the famed @ApolloTheater and was SUPER CONFUSED when I saw only ONE CLIP of the J5 in the very beginning," she tweeted. "As an Apollo winner myself, I'm appalled to say the least. I spoke about the J5 during my interview on the show! They are LEGENDS!!"
The Apollo documentary, which premiered November 6, includes performances by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Richard Pryor, plus interviews with Smokey Robinson, Paul McCartney, Patti LaBelle, Angela Bassett, Jamie Foxx and Common.
The Jackson 5 launched their legendary career after winning the Apollo's signature Amateur Night contest in 1967.
Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty ImagesEx-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters will head to Austin, Texas, in March to give a keynote speech at the 34th edition of the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals.
This year's event runs from March 13 to March 22.
Waters' most recent project is the Roger Waters Us Them film, which documents a June 2018 concert in Amsterdam that took place during the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's politically charged Us Them tour.
"Roger Waters is a true creative visionary, and we're pleased to have him participate for 2020," says Hugh Forrest, chief programming officer of the conference.
In other news, Waters revealed in a recent interview with the Toronto Star that he's considering launching a new North American tour next summer that he says could be the last arena tour he ever does.
"I'm right on the cusp now of making the final decision of whether I will go on the road next summer in the United States and Canada and Mexico City, just because I love it there so much," he tells the paper. "I may go on the road and do 40 gigs next summer, which will mean if I do that I'll be working 24 hours a day from now until the first gig just to try and get it together."
Roger adds, "I've figured out that if I do go on the road next year it'll probably be the last time I do arenas because I'm 76 years old now and it's not easy doing it -- though I am fit, thank goodness and whatever."
Waters also reports that he recently recorded one new song for a possible album project.
"I think [it's] extremely important," he tells The Star. "I'm very, very pleased with it and proud of it."
Courtesy of The MonkeesThere will be a lot more Monkee business to look forward to in 2020, as The Monkees' surviving members -- Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith -- have announced dates for another tour, as well as plans for the release of the group's first live album.
The "An Evening with The Monkees" trek will kick off April 3 in Vancouver, Canada, and currently is plotted out through an April 26 concert in Nashville.
Tickets and VIP packages for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, November 15. For most of the performances, people purchasing tickets will receive a CD or digital copy of the new concert album, The Monkees -- The Mike & Micky Show Live, which will be released on April 3.
The album features 24 performances recorded in March 2019 during Nesmith and Dolenz's recent The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show tours. The songs on the record span The Monkees' 50-year-plus career, and include many of the band's classic hits, along with fan favorites, rarities and a couple of tunes from the group's 2016 album, Good Times.
Among the rare gems are two early Monkees songs that they never performed live during their 1960s heyday are "St. Matthew" and "Auntie's Municipal Court."
The Monkees -- The Mike & Micky Show Live was produced by the band's longtime archivist Andrew Sandoval and mixed by Nesmith's son, Christian, who also plays in The Monkees' touring band.
Here's the album's track list:
"Last Train to Clarksville" "Sunny Girlfriend" "Mary, Mary" "You Told Me" "For Pete's Sake" "The Door into Summer" "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" "You Just May Be the One" "Birth of an Accidental Hipster" "St. Matthew" "Porpoise Song" "Circle Sky" "Me & Magdalena" "Papa Gene's Blues" "Randy Scouse Git" "Tapioca Tundra" "Take a Giant Step" "Auntie's Municipal Court" "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" "Goin' Down" "Daydream Believer" "Pleasant Valley Sunday" "Listen to the Band" "I'm a Believer"
And here are the dates for the 2020 "An Evening with The Monkees" tour:
4/3 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Commodore Ballroom 4/4 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre 4/7 -- Sacramento, CA, The Crest Theatre 4/8 -- San Jose, CA, San Jose Civic 4/10 -- Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center 4/11 -- El Cajon, CA, The Magnolia 4/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 4/16 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theatre 4/19 -- San Antonio, TX, The Tobin Center for Performing Arts 4/20 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theatre 4/22 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City 4/24 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget – Grand Event Center 4/25 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort & Spa* 4/26 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Jesse Grant/Getty ImagesMotown founder Berry Gordy and singer, songwriter and producer Smokey Robinson were honored at a special event celebrating the famed label's 60th anniversary held Monday, November 11, at the Waldorf-Astoria in Beverly Hills, California.
At the gala, organized by the Ryan Gordy Foundation, Berry was presented with the Power of Love Award by Michael Jackson's children Paris and Prince Jackson. Robinson was honored with the Legendary R&B Pioneer and Humanitarian Award, which he received from Lionel Richie.
The event was emceed by comic Chris Tucker and featured performances from Thelma Houston and The Supremes' Mary Wilson.
The awards were presented in loving memory of Ryan Gordy, Berry's grandson, who died of leukemia in 2016 at the age of 29. Ryan's mother, Anita Thompson, founded the Ryan Gordy Foundation in her son's honor with a goal of helping young cancer patients by providing support for them through healthy meals, yoga, meditation, nutrition, guidance and more.
"My life's purpose is bringing health and wellness to young adults affected by cancer," says Thompson in a statement. "My son was loving and caring with a beautiful soul. His legacy will live on through the good works of the Ryan Gordy Foundation."
Among the many celebrity guests in attendance at the anniversary celebration were Sean "Diddy" Combs, Sugar Ray Leonard, Eric Benet, David Foster, Katherine McPhee, Kris Jenner, Debbie Allen, Johnny Gill, Nelly, Omarion, and Bill Bellamy.