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Neil Young Has Filed for Divorce from Wife Pegi

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Jake BlakesbergIt appears that one of the rock world’s great love stories may be coming to an end.  As first reported at, Neil Young recently filed for divorce from his wife, Pegi, after 36 years of marriage.

The folk-rock legend filed a petition to dissolve the marriage on July 29 in the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, California.  A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for December 12.

Neil and Pegi have collaborated on numerous musical projects over the years.  Pegi began singing backing vocals for her husband beginning in the 1990s and lent her talents to many of his recent albums.  Neil, in turn, contributed to all three of his wife’s solo records, which were released, respectively, in 2007, 2010 and 2011.  He also joined her onstage at some of her concerts.

The couple have two children together — a son named Ben and a daughter named Amber Jean.  Ben Young suffers from cerebral palsy, as does his older half-brother, Zeke Young, who’s mother was late actress Carrie Snodgress.  In attempt to provide an educational situation better suited to Ben’s needs, Pegi co-founded the Bridge School in 1986.  Since that year, she and Neil have organized the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, a star-studded show that raises funds for the facility and that takes place each October in Mountain View, California.

Neil Young’s rep did not respond to ABC News Radio’s request for a comment regarding the reported impending divorce.

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Expansive Box Set of Bob Dylan’s “Basement Tapes” Sessions Due Out in November

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe Basement Tapes, the historic recordings Bob Dylan did with The Band during 1967 in the Woodstock, New York, area while he reportedly was recuperating from a serious motorcycle accident, is the subject of the upcoming 11th installment of the folk-rock legend’s Bootleg Series.  A massive six-CD collection titled Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete is scheduled to be released on November 4.

While the original Basement Tapes album, which was issued in 1975 as a two-LP set, featured just 16 recordings from Dylan’s ’67 collaboration with The Band, The Basement Tapes Complete will include every salvageable track from those sessions, including recently discovered songs Dylan recorded at his upstate New York residence.  Band keyboardist Garth Hudson worked with Canadian producer and music archivist Jan Haust on restoring the tapes.

More than 100 tunes were recorded during the sessions, including covers of traditional and contemporary songs, humorous ditties, impromptu performances, and many Dylan originals.  Among the then-new compositions from Bob were such memorable tunes as “I Shall Be Released,” “The Mighty Quinn,” and “You Ain’t Going Nowhere.”  Also featured were early versions of “Tears of Rage” and “This Wheel’s on Fire,” which both appeared on The Band’s 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink.

Meanwhile, separate two-CD and three-LP vinyl sets titled The Basement Tapes Raw and featuring highlights from the expansive Basement Tapes Complete collection also will be released on November 4.

Dylan’s currently in the middle of an Australian tour.  He’s planning to announce dates for a fall North American trek on Wednesday.

You can check out the full track list for The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 at  Here’s the track listing for The Basement Tapes Raw:

CD 1
“Open the Door, Homer” (Restored version)
“Odds and Ends” (Alternate version)
“Million Dollar Bash” (Alternate version)
“One Too Many Mornings” (Unreleased)
“I Don’t Hurt Anymore” (Unreleased)
“Ain’t No More Cane” (Alternate version)
“Crash on the Levee” (Restored version)
“Tears of Rage” (Without overdubs)
“Dress It Up, Better Have It All” (Unreleased)
“I’m Not There” (Previously released)
“Johnny Todd” (Unreleased)
“Too Much of Nothing” (Alternate version)
“Quinn the Eskimo” (Restored version)
“Get Your Rocks Off” (Unreleased)
“Santa-Fe” (Previously released)
“Silent Weekend” (Unreleased)
“Clothes Line Saga” (Restored version)
“Please, Mrs. Henry” (Restored version)
“I Shall Be Released” (Restored version)

CD 2
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (Alternate version)
“Lo and Behold!” (Alternate version)
“Minstrel Boy” (Previously released)
“Tiny Montgomery” (Without overdubs)
“All You Have to Do Is Dream” (Unreleased)
“Goin’ to Acapulco” (Without overdubs)
“900 Miles from My Home” (Unreleased)
“One for the Road” (Unreleased)
“I’m Alright” (Unreleased)
“Blowin’ in the Wind” (Unreleased)
“Apple Suckling Tree” (Restored version)
“Nothing Was Delivered” (Restored version)
“Folsom Prison Blues” (Unreleased)
“This Wheel’s on Fire” (Without overdubs)
“Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread” (Restored version)
“Don’t Ya Tell Henry” (Alternate version)
“Baby, Won’t You Be My Baby” (Unreleased)
“Sign on the Cross” (Unreleased)
“You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (Without overdubs)

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Vince Neil Salutes His Mötley Crüe Band Mates

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy Motley Records/Eleven Seven RecordsIf you’ve seen Mötley Crüe on the All Bad Things Must Come to an End tour, you know that the three musicians on board – Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx – are a talented bunch.  Singer Vince Neil agrees; though the band members have had their share of spats over the years, the singer has no trouble admitting that he’s surrounded by skilled professionals.  Neil tells ABC News Radio that Mars in particular is “an outstanding guitar player [and] very underrated because he shies away from press.” 

Neil says that even after 33 years of playing together, “[Mick] plays stuff where I go, ‘Wow, where did that come from?’  When he does his solos it’s pretty amazing, the stuff that he comes up with.”

Vince also appreciates Lee, who he describes to ABC News Radio as being “like John Bonham.  He’s just a pure rock drummer [and] he has a great meter.”  As for Nikki Sixx, Neil calls him “a great bass player [and] a great showman.”

Agreeing with the legions of fans who are mourning the end of Mötley Crüe – because, of course, the veteran rockers has insisted they will never tour again under the band name — Neil tells ABC News Radio, “You put everybody together, we’re Mötley Crüe and that’s why we’ve been together for so long.” 

Here are the remaining dates on Mötley Crüe’s 2014 tour leg:

8/26 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 — Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair
8/29 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
10/10 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/11 — The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
10/14 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/15 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/17 — Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
10/19 — Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 — Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 — Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 — Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center
10/26 — Montville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 — Syracuse, NY, The OnCenter
11/5 — Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 — Southaven, MS, Landers Center
11/9 — Moline, IL, iWireless Center
11/11 — Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/12 — Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
11/13 — Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
11/15 — St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
11/16 — Fargo, ND, FargoDome
11/18 — Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
11/19 — Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 — Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Kinks Controversy: Is Ray Davies Considering Band Reunion Without Brother Dave?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Decca Label Group; Cleopatra RecordsThere appears to be some controversy brewing with regard to The Kinks‘ supposed plans for a reunion project next year.  U.K. magazine MOJO reports that legendary rockers’ frontman, Ray Davies, revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, while suggesting that the band may do so without the participation of his brother, founding Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies.

However, The Kinks’ official Facebook page has posted a message declaring, “MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this.”

Getting back to the MOJO article, the magazine quotes Ray as saying, “Dave’s invited to the party, but if he doesn’t want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway.  He’s very welcome to turn up if he wants.  I’d much rather work with him than without him.”

The article reports that the band — apparently referring to the Davies brothers and original Kinks drummer Mick Avory — met during the summer of 2013 to discuss possibly getting together this year for a 50th anniversary Kinks reunion, but Ray and Dave’s continued contentious relationship delayed the proposed project.  MOJO also claims that Ray told the mag that he’s been recording songs with Avory for a new Kinks album, and that Dave hasn’t yet contributed to the sessions.

In addition, MOJO alleges that, when Ray was asked if a project without his brother would still be called The Kinks, he said, “Yes, it would.  I think it’s all down to the music.  If somebody can’t or won’t play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it.”

Ray also reported that he continues to work on a solo album based on his 2013 memoir, Americana.

In other news, the singer/songwriter has scheduled a series of three U.K. performances in September that will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Kinks hit “You Really Got Me.”

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Deluxe Edition of John Mellencamp’s “Plain Spoken” Album Includes Turntable, Signed Lyrics Package

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Republic Records/Universal MusicJohn Mellencamp‘s new studio album, Plain Spoken, will hit stores on September 23, and a special limited-edition deluxe version of the release can be pre-ordered now via the MyPlay Direct website.  The package, which is called the Plain Spoken Ultimate Signed Bundle, includes a vinyl LP of the album, a specially branded John Mellencamp Crosley turntable and a lyric packet autographed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Only 300 copies of the signed lyric packet will be available.  The set costs $299.98, and you can add a copy of the CD version of Plain Spoken for an extra $13.98.  Fans who pre-order the package immediately receive a digital download of the album’s lead single, “Troubled Man.”

In other news, Mellenamp has announced a new concert that will take place on September 6 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.  The singer/songwriter will be joined by special guests Los Lobos and Mavis Staples.  Tickets can be purchased for the event at  John also will make a previously announced appearance at the 2014 Farm Aid festival on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Randy Bachman Says He Swam, Did Pilates to Prepare for August Concerts with Frampton and Fred Turner

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Mike HoughRandy Bachman is in the midst of a weeklong whirlwind series of performances that sees him ping-ponging between shows with his old Bachman-Turner Overdrive band mate Fred Turner and appearances as a special guest on Peter Frampton‘s 2014 Guitar Circus tour.

Regarding his decision to line up the hectic road trip, the 70-year old Bachman tells ABC News Radio, “I figured, ‘This is like a chance of my lifetime.  I’m gonna do it all.  I’m in training right now. I’m eating the good food.  I’m swimming every day.  I’m doing Pilates.  I’m getting in shape for this.  And, it’s gonna be [something] that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

The veteran Canadian rocker kicked things off over the weekend with Bachman & Turner shows in Oregon and Alaska.  Randy now is set to join Frampton’s trek, which also will features blues great Buddy Guy, for shows tonight in Saratoga, California, and Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Bachman then will head to Calgary, Canada, for a Wednesday night concert with Turner, followed by another Frampton’s Guitar Circus gig on Thursday in Visalia, California.  Randy will wrap things up by playing yet another show with Turner on Friday in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bachman also reveals that one of the cool aspects of playing the Guitar Circus dates is that Frampton is taping some of the gigs for a television show.

As for how he ended up taking part in Peter’s star-studded trek, Randy tells ABC News Radio that he was asked after he and Frampton both were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville this past January.

“At the end of the induction…we’re all on stage with [ZZ Top's] Billy Gibbons doing ‘La Grange,’” he recalls.  Everybody’s on stage — me, Frampton, Kenny Wayne Shepperd — everybody’s rockin’ out.  And I know Frampton from the ’70s, when he [and BTO were] touring and each others’ opening acts.  And, his manager’s my old lawyer, Ken Levitan in Nashville.  So we were all talking there and then I got a call a week later saying, ‘Do you want to join Frampton’s Guitar Circus?’  And I said, ‘Of course.’”

The North Las Vegas concert with Turner is Bachman’s last show of the summer.  He’ll hit the road again starting October 14 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, for a brief fall Canadian solo trek.  Randy also is promoting his newly released DVD/CD Every Song Tells a Story, which documents a 2013 Storytellers-style concert he played in his hometown of Winnipeg.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Bryan Adams Confirms Track Listing, Release Date for New Album; Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by

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Verve RecordsBryan Adams has now confirmed the full details of his new album, Tracks of My Years.  As previously reported, the disc is a collection of cover versions of some of the Canadian singer’s favorite songs from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, and also includes one new tune, “She Knows Me.”

The album, which arrives September 30, features Adams’ take on songs by everyone from The Beatles, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry, to The Beach Boys, The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Dylan.  The deluxe version features five additional songs — Eddie Cochran‘s “C’mon Everybody,” Kris Kristofferson‘s “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” Jimmy Cliff‘s “Many Rivers to Cross” and Muddy Waters‘ “You Shook Me,” plus Bryan’s own “You’ve Been a Friend to Me,” from the 2009 movie Old Dogs.

The album is now available for pre-order.  Here is the track listing for the deluxe edition of Tracks of My Years:

“Any Time at All” (The Beatles)
“She Knows Me”
“I Can’t Stop Loving You” (Ray Charles)
“Kiss and Say Goodbye” (The Manhattans)
“Lay Lady Lay” (Bob Dylan)
“Rock and Roll Music” (Chuck Berry)
“Down on the Corner” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
“Never My Love” (The Association)
“Sunny” (Bobby Hebb)
“The Tracks of My Tears”  (The Miracles)
“God Only Knows” (The Beach Boys)

“You’ve Been a Friend to Me”
“Many Rivers to Cross” (Jimmy Cliff)
“C’mon Everybody” (Eddie Cochran)
“Help Me Make It Through the Night” (Kris Kristofferson)
“You Shook Me” (Muddy Waters)

In other Adams news, Bryan has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge from his pal and fellow Canadian singer Michael Buble.  Before getting soaked, Adams nominated actor Danny Trejo, the star of Machete Kills and many other films; plus music critic Bob Lefsetz and Canadian politician Justin Trudeau.  Then he had two guys dump two coolers full of ice water on him at once.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Documentary About Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour Set to Open in October

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGlen Campbell was diagnosed in 2011 with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, but rather than retire straight away, the pop-country legend mounted a farewell world tour that spanned 151 shows.  Now, a new documentary titled Glen Campbell I’ll Be Me chronicles that trek, which also serves as a backdrop to examine Campbell’s storied career and his battle with the disease.

The movie includes live performances, behind-the-scenes clips and video highlights from throughout Glen’s career, as well as interviews and appearances by a variety of famous musicians and other celebrities including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2 guitarist The Edge, Sheryl Crow, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, and songwriter Jimmy Webb, who penned some of Campbell’s biggest hits.

“It’s a rough, rough disease,” says Soringsteen in a new trailer for the film.  “To be out there rolling the dice was pretty brave.”  The Edge, meanwhile, reflects on how Glen was able to perform in spite of his condition: “The audience being there somehow triggers his ability to access that other part of his brain, which is incredible.”

The trailer also shows Campbell struggling with his memory and visiting a doctor who discusses his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and offers scenes of Glen being honored at the 2012 Grammy Awards and playing at such famous venues as Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.

I’ll Be Me, which was directed by James Keach, got its U.S. premiere this past April at the Nashville Film Festival, where it won the grand jury prize.  It’ll open in theaters across the U.S. October 24.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Ronnie Wood Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Rod Stewart to Participate in Campaign

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Mark BeaumontRonnie Wood made some good use of The Rolling Stones‘ down time between tour legs to raise some money for a worthy cause by becoming one of the latest famous rockers to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In a video posted Sunday on his wife Sally Humphreys‘ official YouTube page, the guitarist is seen getting doused with a bucket of icy water.  As he’s about to take the challenge, Wood thanks Australian choreographer Chucky Klapow for nominating him, and then says, “Donate your money.”  After he gets soaked, Ronnie declares, “I love it,” then in a hoarse voice, he goes on to nominate Rod Stewart, actor Woody Harrelson and his own son Tyrone Wood to participate in the campaign.

In addition, Wood is seen splashing ice water over his wife, Sally, who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge the same day.  Humphreys, who also was nominated by Klapow, in turn, nominated retired tennis legend Boris Becker, rugby star Christian Wade and one other person.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within 24 hours or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  As of Monday, more than $79 million has been raised by this year’s campaign.

The Rolling Stones return to the road on October 25 when they begin an Australian tour leg in the city of Adelaide.

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Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons Among Rock Stars Taking Part in New Kings of Chaos Tour

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by

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Ross Halfin; Edouard CurchodThe hard-rock supergroup Kings of Chaos, led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, will feature some high-profile additions to its lineup when it hits the road this fall for some shows in South Africa.  Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick‘s Robin Zander and Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt all will be performing with the band, joining core members Sorum, bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Gilby Clarke.

So far, two concerts have been confirmed, on November 29 at the Superbowl Arena in Sun City and December 3 at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town.  In a recent South African radio interview, Tyler revealed that the Kings of Chaos performances will mark his first time ever performing in Africa.  He added that he will be singing the Extreme classic “More than Words” with Bettencourt during the shows, along with Aerosmith classics like “Sweet Emotion” and “Dream On.”

The Kings of Chaos originally were known as The Rock N Roll All Stars, which first toured in 2012.  The band’s previous incarnations have featured KISSGene Simmons, Def Leppard‘s Joe Elliott and Vivian Campbell, Slash, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, Skid Row‘s Sebastian Bach and The Cult‘s Billy Duffy.  Visit for all the latest details about the supergroup.

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