Monthly Archives April 2016

Pearl Jam Perform ‘Ten’ in Its Entirety at Philadelphia Concert

April 29, 2016 Music

Pearl Jam performed their second of two Philadelphia shows Friday night at the city's Wells Fargo Center, a concert that marked the band's 10th consecutive sell-out at the venue. To celebrate, not only did the Wells Fargo Center put up a banner commemorating Pearl Jam's achievement, the band also played their classic 1991 debut Ten in its entirety and in order for the first time.

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Like Thursday night's Philadelphia concert, Pearl Jam opened up with Ten's first track "Once," but this time the band followed that up with "Evenflow," and then "Alive" and then the full album performance of Ten was officially on.

The surprise Ten run-through was the second time this tour Pearl Jam has

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Tom DeLonge on Blink-182: ‘We Do Have a Future Together’

April 29, 2016 Music

Tom DeLonge elaborated on his statement to Rolling Stone that he's still in Blink-182, the guitarist said in a lengthy Facebook message. The update arrives after the band announced their new album California, which will feature original members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker as well as Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in DeLonge's place.

Travis Barker to Tom DeLonge: 'Man Up and Quit' Blink-182

"I understand all the craziness out there in Internet-land," DeLonge wrote. "It is an odd time for fans of the Blink-182 legacy, I know — it's odd for me, too." DeLonge goes on to let fans know that he met with Hoppus and Barker after they had not spoken to one another in a year. "I actually talk to Travis almost every day now," he wrote. "In an

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Hear Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice’s Sunny ‘A Little More Love’

April 29, 2016 Music

Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice have teamed up on a new single called “A Little More Love,” and the track was released to iTunes on April 29th.

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Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Natalie Hemby and Kristi Neumann, the laid back tune is built for grooving and good times, with a theme that extols the virtues of working less and enjoying life more.

“Make a little more love / Make a little less money / Catch a little more buzz / Off a little less honey,” goes the chorus.

This is the first time Niemann and Brice — long-time friends who recently wrapped Brice’s Life Off My Years tour — have recorded a song together, and the track will serve as the lead

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Zappa Family Trust Threatens Dweezil Zappa Over Band Name

April 29, 2016 Music

This summer, Dweezil Zappa and his backing band will once again perform the music of his father Frank Zappa on a nationwide tour, but unlike the past decade, the guitarist will be playing under a different moniker. Instead of Zappa Plays Zappa, the touring unit will now be dubbed Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, stemming in part from a bitter feud between Frank Zappa's children over their father's copyright, the New York Times reports.

Frank Zappa Doc: Alex Winter Talks to Gail and Ahmet Zappa

In the wake of matriarch and longtime estate executrix Gail Zappa's death in October, son Ahmet Zappa was tasked with handling the day-to-day operations of his father's estate with help from youngest daughter Diva Zappa. Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa are not

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N.W.A’s MC Ren on Kiss, Gene Simmons: ‘Them Dudes Is a Joke’

April 29, 2016 Music

N.W.A's MC Ren is still angry at Gene Simmons' negative statements about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducting rap artists. "That dude is real arrogant," the rapper tells Rolling Stone. "It's like, how he's looking at us, how he know that people before him in rock & roll don't look at him like that? How he know the Beatles or Muddy Waters, if he was still around, don't look at him as a gimmick? Who is he to say anything if he's wearing makeup and heels and sticking out his tongue every 10 seconds of his show? Come on, man, that's a gimmick."

N.W.A's Coachella Reunion 'Felt Like Old Times,' MC Ren Says

When the gangsta-rap scene leaders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, MC Ren used his turn at the mic to

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Rock Hall of Fame Induction Set for HBO With N.W.A, Cheap Trick, More

April 29, 2016 Music

The 31st Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony featuring N.W.A, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller, Chicago and Deep Purple will air April 30th at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.

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The show featured performances from all the inductees except N.W.A., as well as tributes to David Bowie and Glenn Frey and a closing all-star jam of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame."

The ceremony began with The Roots, David Byrne and Kimbra performing Bowie's "Fame" followed by Metallica's Lars Ulrich giving a reverent speech about heavy metal pioneer Deep Purple. The group's current lineup — Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover — appeared alongside Seventies-era singer/bassist Glenn

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Trey Anastasio Recalls Phish’s Night Partying With Prince

April 29, 2016 Music

Phish have covered Prince many times during the past three decades, playing "1999" while ringing in that same year at Madison Square Garden, plus dozens of versions of "Purple Rain." Discussing what Prince meant to him, frontman Trey Anastasio recalls the night of October 2nd, 1996, when Prince invited the guitarist and the rest of the band to his Paisley Park complex for a party celebrating his album Emancipation. "It was just an unforgettable night," says Anastasio. 

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In Minneapolis for an arena show, Phish headed to the party after the gig, joining a crowd of about 200, including Ziggy Marley and Boyz II Men. "We were kind of standing in the corner," Anastasio

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Charley Pride Embarks on 50th Anniversary Tour

April 29, 2016 Music

Fifty years ago, country radio shattered the color barrier as Mississippi native Charley Pride launched his groundbreaking career with his Top Ten debut hit, "Just Between You and Me." Three years later he began a string of chart-topping tunes that eventually earned him CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971. As the third-best-selling artist of the Seventies, Pride earned a Grammy for his sunny country-pop crossover smash, "Kiss an Angel Good Morning." In celebration of his 50th year in the business, the Country Music Hall of Fame member will tour North America throughout the year.

Flashback: Charley Pride Does Hank Williams Proud

"I feel blessed that I'm still going strong after 50 years," says the artist who became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1993 and has performed

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Hear Florida Georgia Line Blend Spirituality, Carnality on ‘H.O.L.Y.’

April 29, 2016 Music

In an alternate timeline scenario, Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley exited the Bridgestone Arena after last November's CMA Awards — battered and bruised, shoulders slumped in defeat after helplessly watching Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake lay waste to the room in the performance spot before theirs. Their career effectively ended with critics and fans heralding the arrival a new day in Nashville, they quietly devoted themselves to matters outside music and occasionally looked fondly back on their time in the spotlight secure in the knowledge that they managed to touch the country music zeitgeist for a brief moment.

Florida Georgia Line Drop Hints on New Album

But in the actual timeline, FGL are their own industry and have to

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The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris on New Album and Embracing ‘Outsider’ Status

April 29, 2016 Music

Long before Americana music had a name, it had the Jayhawks.

Formed during the heyday of Eighties hair metal, the band offered something different: a sound rooted in American country, British folk, harmony singing and the group's own version of roots-rock. Today, 30 years after the Jayhawks' debut, an entire industry has sprung up around the type of music Gary Louris and company began pioneering in a town more accustomed to Prince's funk and the Replacements' noisy sweep. The Jayhawks still feel like an island unto themselves, though, with a new album, Paging Mr. Proust, that downplays their twang in favor of Sixties-inspired folk and electrified krautrock.

The Jayhawks Play New and Old Tunes

Gary Louris, once again the band's lone captain after briefly

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