*Van Morrison just doesn’t stop. The legendary singer will release his 35th album in early 2015 according to his new label RCA Records.
“We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster,” RCA President and COO Tom Corson and CEO Peter Edge said in a joint statement. “He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album.”
*A new video asks some of today’s biggest stars the age-old question, are you a John Lennon fan or do you prefer Paul McCartney?
In the almost 35 minute video, 550 celebrities including Maroon 5, Aerosmith, Alanis Morissette Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and even Robert DeNiro, are simply asked to give a one-word answer to the question, "Lennon or McCartney?” According to the video’s description, “Some stuck to one, some said more, some answered quickly, some thought it through, and some didn’t answer at all.”
*We told you about Bono's nasty bicycle injury in New York City's Central Park back in mid-November. Well, now, we've finally gotten our first look at the U2 frontman, thanks to PageSix.
The 54-year-old was photographed in Dublin bundled up and hiding his injured left arm in his jacket. It's clear he doesn't want to talk to the paps, but fans are happy to see Bono up and moving.
*When Joan Jett played with Nirvana at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony earlier this year, little did she know that just one year later she would be the one being inducted herself. Said Joan, “maybe it reminded people I’m out there.” Jett will be part of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class. This year’s ceremony will be held in Cleveland, the fourth time the event has taken place in the home of the Hall of Fame itself.
"It's a roiling pot of emotions," Jett told “Billboard.” "I'm amazed. I'm happy. I'm honored. I'm flabbergasted. It feels so surreal. It's kind of still sinking in. When I think about all the musicians in the history of music that have been out there making records and touring, that I get chosen into this elite group of musicians is pretty incredible."
*Sometimes there’s a fine line between rock and roll and country music, and Bob Seger proved that during his recent appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” In case you missed it, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band were Letterman’s musical guest Tuesday night, where they performed the latest single off their “Ride Out” album, the country-tinged track “All of the Roads.”
Seger was also interviewed by the late night talk show host and revealed the secret behind his band’s name. Apparently he had nothing to do with it. "We were all arguing about what our band name should be, and I was kind of letting the band pick it themselves, and they just kept arguing and arguing," Seger explained. "Finally, our manager sent us our paychecks with 'Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band' on it. He got tired of waiting for us so he made it up himself."
*If you're going to honor David Byrne and the Talking Heads, you better do it right and an event doing just that at New York City's Carnegie Hall on March 23rd is definitely bringing the star power.
We know that ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Beth Orton, O.A.R., Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Forro in the Dark and Bebel Gilberto were already on the bill, and "Rolling Stone" has just announced some more artists who'll be showing their love for Byrne and company. The Roots, Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainwright and Sleigh Bells frontwoman Alexis Krauss have now been confirmed to lead the event.
*Sting's Broadway musical "The Last Ship" isn't exactly a box office success. Something that's helping bring up the numbers? An appearance by the man himself.
Sting joined the cast for a multi-week run and it's had its biggest week since opening week. In the time he's been in the show, "The Last Ship" brought in over $817,000 in tickets. Sounds impressive, but it's still short of its $1.2-million potential gross.
So far, the musical is not breaking even. We'll see what happens with the show once Sting leaves on January 10th.
*The Who has been forced to postpone some concert dates thanks to Roger Daltrey. No, there's no drama in the band. Instead, the frontman is recovering from a throat infection and doctors have ordered Daltrey to rest his voice. So, two London dates, scheduled for today and tomorrow, will be postponed until March.
"The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused," a statement from the band reads.
*Randy Bachman is back, and he's bringing some a-list friends with him. The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist is working on a new album called "Heavy Blues" due out this spring. What's better? Neil Young contributes a guitar solo as do Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, and late blues-rocker Jeff Healey, who passed away in 2008. This album is one of the few of his projects not self-produced. Instead, Kevin Shirley worked the boards.
“‘I’ve known Kevin for many years and watched his producer credits grow to include many rock legends,” he explained in a press release. “I knew that he could push me past my limit, pull me onto new paths and direct me down new roads. The collaboration, paired with Dale Anne and Anna’s musical ferocity, has made this entire project an amazing experience for me.”
"Heavy Blues" will hit stores April 15th, 2015.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.