Credit: Danny ClinchAgribusiness giant Monsanto is firing back at the claims made the mini-documentary, SeedingFear, co-produced by NeilYoung’s film company.
As previously reported, the film examines a lawsuit, which was settled out of court, between the corporation and Alabama farmer Michael White, whom the company sued for patent infringement.
“Mr. White is not transparent in describing his actions or the situation,” a rep for the company tells Rolling Stone, saying that an White admitted in court documents to planting Monsanto seed.
The company pointed to a blog posted on its website, entitled “Correcting The Monsanto Years.” The title is a reference to Young’s The Monsanto Years, a nine-song multimedia project on environmental and ecological themes that name-checks the giant St. Louis-based company.
“Although they have tended to get a lot of attention, lawsuits between us and farmers who plant seeds without paying for them are actually very rare,” the company continues. “Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmers plant our seeds. Since 1997, when we started trying to protect the patents on our seeds, we have gone to trial with a fraction of one percent of those customers. In addition, all of the proceeds we receive from any settlement -- including Mr. White’s settlement -- are donated to youth leadership initiatives and to support the local communities in which farmers live and work.”
Image Courtesy of Andrew MacphersonEagles guitarist JoeWalsh will kick off a month-long solo tour beginning this September.
Walsh will hit the road beginning September 18 with a show at Packard Music Hall in Warren, Ohio, according to a release.
The tour, which reunites Walsh with Barnstorm keyboardist and guitarist JoeVitale,will travel though Canada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina before wrapping up at Boston’s Orpheum on October 17.
Walsh promises that his shows will feature songs from his days with JamesGang as well as his solo hits and selections from Barnstorm.
“I’m going back in the catalog to dig out some songs that I haven’t ever played live, but everything everyone’s coming to hear will also be in the show,” he said.
He added that playing smaller theaters will ensure that everyone will have a “good seat” for the action.
“I’ve missed it…The interaction with the audience is much better,” he said. “It reminds me of the old days. I think I play my best in a small venue when the bass drums are kicking me in the pants. I’m really looking forward to it all.”
Here are Joe Walsh's announced tour dates:
9/18 -- Warren, OH, Packard Music Hall 9/19 -- East Windsor, ON, Colosseum , Caesars Windsor 9/21 -- Cincinatti, OH, Taft Theatre 9/23 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre 9/25 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Mid-Hudson Civic Center 9/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 10/1 -- New York,NY, Beacon Theatre 10/7 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre 10/10 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 10/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 10/14 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 10/16 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena 10/17 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
Credit: Mark SeligerRolling Stones guitarist KeithRichards has released a new video for “Trouble,” the lead single from his first solo album in more than two decades.
Richards had some heavy talent behind the clip, which is streaming on Apple Music. The video was directed by Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville, who directed 20 Feet fromStardom, and features Keith, and frequent collaborators guitarist Waddy Wachtel and drummer Steve Jordan performing the tune at Germano Studios in New York City, where much of the album was recorded.
As previously reported, Richards’ first solo album in 23 years -- CrosseyedHeart -- is set for release on September 18, featuring 15 tracks, including the country-tinged “Robbed Blind’, the reggae flavored "Love Overdue" and a duet with NorahJones called "Illusion."
Credit: Paul BrownDJ Ashba is leaving Guns N' Roses after six years with the band. In a letter posted to his Facebook, the guitarist writes he's leaving to focus more on his family and his other band, Sixx:A.M..
"It is with a very heavy heart and yet great pride that I announce that I've decided to close this chapter of my life and encapsulate the wonderful times that I've shared with Guns N’ Roses into fond memories," Ashba writes. "I have reached a point in my life where I feel it's time to dedicate myself to my band Sixx:A.M., my adoring wife and family, and to the many new adventures that the future holds for me."
While Sixx:A.M., led by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, was originally conceived as a studio-only band, the group launched their first full-scale tour earlier this year. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sixx revealed Sixx:A.M. will be releasing two companion albums next year, adding "We're all committing 100 per cent of our time to this band, and anything else that's out there has to revolve around that."
Elsewhere in his letter, Ashba thanks Axl Rose, who remains the sole member from GNR's classic lineup who's in the present-day incarnation of the band.
"I want to take a moment to thank Axl from the bottom of my heart for not only the most incredible experience of my life, but for truly believing in me," writes Ashba. "You are a true friend and a champion of mine and I am forever grateful. And even as I move on to pursue other endeavors, I will always remain one of your biggest fans."
The goal of the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" initiative is to help prevent blindness and sight impairment in more than 5 million people by 2020. The campaign aims to raise $10 million to go toward improving access to eye examinations, prescription glasses and vision care for in-need communities across the globe.
In conjunction with the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" campaign, $10 from every pair of Revo sunglasses sold will be donated to the cause, up to $10 million.
Throughout U2's Innocence Experience World Tour, Bono is exclusively wearing Revo sunglasses. The singer also has designed a special collection of sunglasses featuring five styles, and including lenses in various colors, that will go in sale this fall at Revo.com and many retail stores. Bono has donated all the time he's devoting to the initiative.
"The 'Buy Vision, Give Sight' campaign is a very personal one for me," says Bono in a statement. "Thanks to good medical care my eyes are OK, but tens of millions of people around the world with sight problems don't have access to glasses, or even a basic eye test… Sight is a human right and the 'Buy Vision, Give Sight' initiative will help ensure millions of people have access to the eye exams and glasses they need to see."
Bono and Revo also are partnering with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on making available vision care and blindness-prevention solutions to under-resourced areas. Some of the money raised by the "Buy Vision, Give Sight" initiative also will fund eye-health research programs.
Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentA new feature animated film titled Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery was released Friday on DVD and Blu-ray. Some KISS fans may feel that pairing the famous rockers with the cartoon canine seems a bit odd, but band members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons beg to differ.
"KISS is iconic. Scooby-Doo is iconic. KISS is iconic in the same way that Batman or Superman are, so to take two worlds and combine 'em together allows both to be true to themselves," Stanley tells ABC Radio.
The singer/guitarist adds, "I mean, we're a rock band, but we're way more than a rock band. Rock bands are so pigeonholed and so afraid to walk outside of their comfort zone. KISS isn't like that, so for us this was something that seemed very natural."
Simmons has a similar opinion, maintaining that a KISS collaboration with Scooby-Doo "makes perfect sense."
The bassist also points out, "Anything that's iconic, that stands the test time is classic, and we only get involved in that," noting that KISS previously has worked with such other animated franchises as SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly Oddparents and Family Guy, not to mention being the subject of various comic books over the years.
The plot of Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery centers around a big Halloween concert that the band is scheduled to play at a KISS-themed amusement park called KISS World. Unfortunately, a mysterious character named the Crimson Witch is scaring off visitors to the park, which could lead to the show being cancelled. Enter Scooby-Doo and the rest of the young Mystery Inc. gang, who proceed to join forces with KISS to see if they can foil the evildoer's sinister plan.
The movie includes six classic KISS songs, and features voice cameos from such stars as Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Pauley Perrette and Darius Rucker.
Stanley says the animated flick compares favorably to another feature-length KISS project, the campy live-action 1978 TV movie KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park.
"This is much more cohesive, and that was quite disjointed and kind of [had] a lot of loose ends," Paul maintains. "So this is much more a finished product, and…we're just really pleased with it."
In other KISS news, Simmons tells ABC Radio that the band is writing new material, which may or may not result in a new studio album.
"Some of us think there's a new record coming, some of us don't," he says. "So stay tuned." Drummer Eric Singer, meanwhile, adds, "Some of us hope there's a new record coming."
Camerawork USAElton John has announced details of this year's edition of Smash Hits, the annual charity tennis match he co-hosts with his old friend, legendary tennis star Billie Jean King. The 2015 event is scheduled to take place October 12 in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, the site of Elton's "Million Dollar Piano" residency.
This marks the first time in the fundraiser's 23-year history that it will be held in Las Vegas. Joining John and King at the event will be four champion tennis players -- Andre Agassi, his wife Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Andy Roddick. Agassi has played at 13 previous Smash Hits matches, while Navratilova and Roddick have appeared at 11 and Graf at three events.
During the event, Elton and Billie Jean each captain a team. Over the years, they've pulled down 11 wins each. Smash Hits raises money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation as well as AIDS charities located in the area where the event is held. This year's local beneficiary is Aid for AIDS of Nevada.
"It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King," says Elton in a statement. "I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause."
Tickets are on sale now via AXS.com and WTTSmashHits.com. Last year's event, which was held in London, raised more than $1 million, and the bringing the total money earned by the charity event to more than $13 million.
Credit: Kevin WestenbergDavid Gilmour has doubled the number of 2016 North American spring tour dates he's scheduled in support of his upcoming solo album, Rattle That Lock. The longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist has added one show a piece in the four cities in which he's slated to play concerts -- Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and New York.
The new dates are March 25 in Los Angeles, April 1 in Toronto, April 4 in Chicago and April 12 in New York. Tickets for the shows go on sale Monday, July 27, at Ticketmaster outlets, via Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 10 a.m. local time.
As previously reported, Rattle That Lock will be released on September 18. The album, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available as a standard CD, a deluxe CD/Blu-ray set and a vinyl LP, as well as standard and deluxe digital downloads. The record's title track and lead single are on sale now.
Prior to the North American dates, Gilmour has a 10-show series of U.K. and European gigs that run from a September 12 performance in Pula, Croatia, through an October 2-3 stand at London's Royal Albert Hall.
3/24/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 3/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 3/31 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Center 4/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Center 4/4 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 4/8 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 4/11 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 4/12 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
Credit: William ClaxtonToday marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark event in rock history, when Bob Dylan "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Dylan played a brief set with a backing group of blues-rock musicians, which reportedly drew boos from a segment of the audience who felt the singer/songwriter was turning his back on traditional music.
By the summer of '65, Dylan was widely considered to be the most important songwriter of the American folk revival, beloved by folk purists for his poetic lyrics, as well as his adherence to acoustic music. However, the singer/songwriter had begun incorporating electric instruments into his recordings, with his then-most recent album Bringing It All Back Home, released in March of '65, featuring an electric and an acoustic side, and his fully electric, just-released single "Like a Rolling Stone" climbing the charts.
At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Bob took the stage with a Fender Stratocaster and, accompanied by Paul Butterfield Blues Band guitarist Mike Bloomfield, drummer Sam Lay and bassist Jerome Arnold, as well as keyboardists Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg, proceeded to plug in and perform three songs. While Dylan played -- which featured "Maggie's Farm," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Phantom Engineer" -- a segment of the audience began to boo. Dylan eventually left the stage and returned with an acoustic guitar to play "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." Bob, who also had performed at Newport in 1963 and '63 would not return to the festival for another 37 years.
Dylan's 1965 Newport performance may have divided the singer/songwriter's fan base, but many consider it an influential event that signaled the bringing together of the folk world's political and poetic sensibilities and rock music's amplified sound, thereby helping to transform the music that would be embraced by the counterculture as the '60s progressed.
To close out this year's Newport Folk Festival, a special performance commemorating Dylan's 1965 appearance is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 26. Dubbed "'65 Revisited," the performance will feature an as-yet-unannounced lineup of guest artists. Festival organizer Jay Sweet tells Rolling Stone that Dylan was invited to take part in the event but declined. With regard to the artists that will be participating, Sweet says, "The best way we could represent it would be to bring the younger generation and have them interpret what happened in their own respects."
Credit: Ross HalfinDuring a 2013 interview, Alice Cooper complained that certain popular young acoustic-focused bands, including Mumford & Sons, shouldn't be called rock bands. Now Cooper's changed his opinion about the British group after hearing their latest album, the chart-topping Wilder Mind, which found Mumford & Sons going electric and favoring a harder-driving sound.
"You hear the new album? It rocks!" Cooper tells NME in a video interview. "Absolutely electric rock 'n' roll. They came up with a rock 'n' roll album and kinda proved me wrong."
In the aforementioned 2013 interview, Cooper said calling Mumford & Sons a "rock" band was an "offense to rock 'n' roll," adding that the then-banjo-heavy group is "great at what they do, but it's not rock 'n' roll." It's a belief he still stands behind.
"I'm not taking anything back," Cooper says. "When I heard them [originally], they were playing folk music. Now, I'm really impressed with them. That's the kind of band I'd go to see."
If you'd like to go see Alice in concert, you can catch him opening for Motley Crue on the glam-metal band's newly launched North American leg of their farewell tour. Check out Cooper's full upcoming itinerary at AliceCooper.com.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel may have broken records at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, but a venue in his native Long Island will always have a special place in his heart. The singer will be performing a show at Nassau Coliseum on August 4 to mark the closing of the Uniondale, New York, arena before it undergoes a massive overhaul. In an interview with Newsday, the Piano Man hints at what fans can expect from the nostalgic hometown show.
"We'll probably make the set list a little more local," Joel says. "We might change some lyrics here and there. And if some other musicians are around during that time, it might be nice to bring them onstage."
He adds, "It's going to be unique because it's a Long Island crowd."
It'll be Billy's first solo show at the venue in 17 years. The Coliseum will be shutting down shortly after for a $261 million renovation, with plans to reopen in December 2016.
"I'm happy to do it," Joel tells the newspaper. "It's like when we did the 'Last Play at Shea.' I was thinking, 'I'm closing Shea Stadium? Don't they know who I am? The Beatles opened it and I'm being asked to close it?' That was a real honor. It's a thrill. And that's the same vibe about closing out the Coliseum. It's history."
The final Coliseum show is part of a busy summer for Billy. He played his record 65th Madison Square Garden show on July 1 and married girlfriend Alexis Roderick on July 4. The two are expecting a daughter together next month. Joel's next concert is scheduled for this Saturday night at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, while August also will see him playing Chicago's Wrigley Field, Philadelphia's Citizen Bank Park and San Francisco's AT&T Park. Check out his full itinerary at BillyJoel.com.
Image Courtesy of RR AuctionA jacket worn by Ringo Starr during the filming of the 1965 Beatles movie Help! was sold Friday at a music-memorabilia auction for more than $46,500. The black wool double-breasted suit jacket features a gray vertical line pattern, six buttons on the front and four more buttons on each cuff.
Ringo wears the jacket in a short scene in which he's worried about a sacrificial ring given to him by the mysterious priestess Ahme that he's unable to remove from his finger. Included with the jacket is a certificate of authenticity, a letter explaining that the previous owner was a friend of Starr's family and had been given the jacket in the 1960s while visiting Ringo's family and a glossy photo of Starr wearing the jacket in Help!
A number of other high-priced pieces of rock memorabilia also were sold at the auction, held by the Boston-based RR Auction company. Among them were a Hamer guitar played by Johnny Ramone during the early '80s, which sold for almost $49,900; a copy of The Jimi Hendrix Experience album Axis: Bold as Love signed by all three band members, which brought in more than $30,700; and a Hard Day's Night album cover autographed by the four Beatles, which was auctioned for more than $30,200.
Loud & Proud RecordsThe recently reported two-CD/DVD set capturing the all-star Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert that was held in November 2014 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta gets its release today. Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans! features performances of many of the influential Southern rock band's songs by a variety of well-known such artists, including Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, Charlie Daniels and Donnie Van Zant, as well the current Skynyrd lineup.
Among the concert's many highlights is a special version of "Travelin' Man" that features current Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Johnny Van Zant performing a virtual duet with an archival video of his late brother, founding Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant. Other memorable moments included Gregg Allman singing "Tuesday's Gone," Frampton playing "Call Me the Breeze," Cheap Trick performing "Give Me Back My Bullets" and Daniels and Donnie Van Zant teaming up for a rendition of "Down South Jukin'." The show's entire cast joins Lynyrd Skynyrd for a heartfelt performance of "Sweet Home Alabama."
Throughout the concert, many of the guest artists are accompanied by a backing band led by acclaimed producer and bassist Don Was. You watch a trailer and preview several of the performances from the One More for the Fans! DVD at Loud & Proud Records' official YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, Lynyrd Skynyrd currently is in the midst of a lengthy series of North American tour dates that are mapped out through an October 2 show in Nashville.
Here is the full track list for Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans!:
"Whiskey Rock a Roller" -– Randy Houser "You Got That Right" -- Robert Randolph & Jimmy Hall "Saturday Night Special" -- Aaron Lewis "Workin' for MCA" -- Blackberry Smoke "Don't Ask Me No Questions" -- O.A.R. "Gimme Back My Bullets" -- Cheap Trick "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" -- moe. & John Hiatt "Simple Man" -- Gov't Mule "That Smell" -- Warren Haynes "Four Walls of Raiford" -- Jamey Johnson "I Know a Little" -- Jason Isbell "Call Me the Breeze" -- Peter Frampton "What's Your Name" -- Trace Adkins "Down South Jukin'" -- Charlie Daniels & Donnie Van Zant "Gimme Three Steps" -- Alabama "Tuesday's Gone" -- Gregg Allman "Travelin' Man" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd with Johnny and Ronnie Van Zant (Ronnie on big screen) "Free Bird" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd "Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd and the entire lineup
And here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd's upcoming North American tour dates:
7/31 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino 8/1 -- Council Bluffs, IA, GrassRoots II Festival - River's Edge Park 8/2 -- Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens & Event Center - Outdoor Amphitheatre 8/4 -- Sturgis, SD, Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground 8/6 -- Roseburg, OR, Douglas County Fair 8/7 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino 8/8 -- Billings, MT, Montanafair 8/14 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 8/15 -- Watertown, NY, Freshener/F.X. Caprara Summer Concert Series presented by DPAO at Watertown Fairgrounds 8/18 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 8/19 -- Harrisonburg, VA, Rockingham County Fair 8/21 -- Avondale, IL, Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival 8/28 -- Huber Heights, OH, Music Center at The Heights 9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand 9/4 -- Alton, IL, Liberty Bank Amphitheater 9/5 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Commons - Community 9/6 -- Wauseon, OH, Fulton County Fair 9/15 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 9/17 -- Jackson CA, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel 9/20 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino 10/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
Concord RecordsLongtime Allman Brothers Band member Warren Haynes' new solo album, Ashes & Dust, arrives in stores today. The prolific singer-guitarist, who also fronts the group Gov't Mule, is known for making music that focuses on extended jamming, but he says that this project "is more centered around the songs."
Haynes, who recorded the 13-track collection with the neo-bluegrass act Railroad Earth, tells ABC Radio, "This record is a collection of songs that I've written -- some brand new, some quite old -- that I feel didn't really fit into The Allman Brothers, didn't really fit into Gov't Mule. They're just songs that I was waiting for the right time and reason to record."
Warren explains that after collaborating with Railroad Earth live a number of times, he realized that the acoustic-based group would be the right accompaniment for him on Ashes & Dust.
"[The album is] very much coming from a singer-songwriter sort of direction, although there is a lot of guitar playing," he notes. "My electric guitar juxtaposed against a lot of acoustic instruments -- fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar. So these are all songs that were written on acoustic guitar and, consequently, recorded and performed with that same kind of spirit."
In putting together Ashes & Dust, Haynes says, "I just chose the 13 songs that seemed to tell a story and make a cohesive statement, and worked together the best. I guess the overall theme is just personal memories....All the songs are about real relationships or real people or periods in my life that are the most important, looking back."
While Haynes says most songs on Ashes & Dust were a departure from his work with The Allmans Brothers, his old band actually had performed one of the tunes, "Spots of Time," dozens of times live before they broke up last year. Warren co-wrote the song with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, who he says brought him a piece of music that he'd named after a concept featured in a William Wordsworth poem and asked Haynes to finish it. Warren says he proceeded to read the poem, titled "The Interlude," and then "kind of interpreted it and what that meant to me and wrote the lyric and melody."
Haynes tells ABC Radio that he'd thought The Allmans might record it for its final studio album; however, since the band split without making a record, Warren decided to include it on Ashes & Dust. The recorded version does feature two fellow Allman Brothers member -- bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones.
While Haynes wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on Ashes & Dust, the album does feature a few covers, including a rendition of the Stevie Nicks-penned Fleetwood Mac tune "Gold Dust Woman."
"I'm really happy with the way it turned out," says Warren. "It honors the original version but sounds different from the original version. It's more like this haunting Celtic sort of acoustic vibe that's kind of cool."
Haynes kicked off a series of summer tour dates on Thursday with an album release show at Town Hall in New York City. Railroad Earth will be performing with him at most of his shows through mid-August. He also has some special festival performances scheduled and a run of fall shows at which he'll be backed by drummer Jeff Sipe and the Nashville-based Americana trio ChessBoxer.
Credit: Claude GassianWhile Keith Richards recently announced plans to release a new solo album, Crosseyed Heart, in September, he now has revealed that The Rolling Stones are planning to roll into a recording studio soon. In a new interview with U.K. magazine Mojo, the guitar legend says the band intends to hit the road for more tour dates this year and, after that, will begin work on a new album.
During the interview, which will appear in the upcoming issue of Mojo, Richards reports that The Stones started discussing a new recording project before they launched their recent wrapped Zip Code Tour of North America.
"I know Mick [Jagger] wants to record again [because] he blurted it out in a meeting: 'It's about time we went back and recorded,'" Keith tells the magazine. "I was like, 'We're here to talk about a tour, right?' So that will be interesting. End of the year."
Richards also discusses his upcoming solo effort in the new Mojo issue, which hits newsstands in the U.K. this Tuesday, July 28. Crosseyed Heart, which is Keith's first solo studio album since 1992's Main Offender, will be released on September 18.
Credit: Danny ClinchNeil Young is campaigning against a federal measure that would bar states from enacting their own laws mandating the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms or GMOs.
The act -- officially known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, but dubbed the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" or "DARK" Act by opponents -- passed the House of Representatives on Thursday by a 275-to-150 vote. "The dark act takes away the rights of those people to vote for or against things like GMO labeling in their states," wrote Young in a statement. "It does seem ironic. If the act is passed, it will truly be a dark day for America."
Proponents of the measure -- which would create a federal standard for voluntary food labeling, but ban state-level mandatory labeling -- say a patchwork of state-by-state labeling laws would drive up food costs, reports The Hill. Opponents say it denies consumers transparency with regard to the ingredients in the food they're buying.
Young's campaign against the legislation ties in with his latest project, The Monsanto Years, a nine-song multimedia project on environmental and ecological themes that name-checks the giant St. Louis-based agriculture business giant. Relating to that project, Young's Shakey Pictures, has co-produced a short film, Seeding Fear, about one rural Alabama farmer's legal battle with Monsanto. The film is streaming now on YouTube.
Credit: Travis ShinnRocking birthday wishes go out to Slash, who turned 50 years old today. The top-hat-wearing guitarist's blazing riffs helped power Guns N' Roses to superstardom in the late '80s, and after leaving the group in 1996 he's gone on to find further success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver and his current solo project with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
Emerging from Los Angeles' Sunset Strip scene, Guns N' Roses redefined hard rock in the late '80s and early '90s. Slash co-wrote some of the band's biggest hits, including "Sweet Child o' Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City," and became one of the most iconic and acclaimed guitarists in rock along the way. The band's debut album, 1987's Appetite for Destruction, has sold more than 18 million copies in the U.S. alone, making it one of the five best-selling albums ever by a hard-rock act. Slash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of GN'R in 2012.
Slash also has lent his talents to recordings by many other famous music artists, including Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Lenny Kravitz and Alice Cooper. In addition, his love for horror movies led him to launch the Slasher Films production company, which produced the 2013 flick Nothing Left to Fear. He also is an outspoken animal-rights activist who recently got involved in a campaign seeking to protect wild elephants and curb the commercial use of ivory.
Slash's latest album, 2014's World on Fire, was recorded with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. He and the group are scheduled to launch a fall North American tour on September 18 in Providence, Rhode Island. Find out the latest about the guitar great at SlashOnline.com.
MVD Entertainment GroupA new Van Morrison documentary focusing on a transitional time in the influential singer/songwriter's career -- the late 1970s to the late '80s -- will be released on DVD September 18. Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade -- Under Review 1977-1987 examines a prolific period for Van the Man that followed his return to the limelight after a several-year hiatus from music, a time during which Morrison had given up some of his indulgences and began exploring themes of spirituality.
The film, which wasn't sanctioned by Morrison, features a variety of rare archival performances and studio footage of the singer. It also boasts new interviews with people who worked closely with Van, such as longtime saxophone player Pee Wee Ellis, as well as with a number of respected music journalists, including Anthony DeCurtis.
In a trailer for the documentary posted on YouTube, DeCurtis points out, "In the '70s and '80s, he defined what I would think of as a kind of essential Van Morrison sound, that is a kind of conglomerate of the things that he's interested in. And he kind of invented a sound, I believe."
For more info on Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade, visit SeeofSound.com.
Purple Pyramid RecordsAn out-of-print concert album capturing a 1981 solo show by Emerson, Lake & Palmer frontman Greg Lakewill be released August 7 on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. Live '81 features performances from a November 5, 1981, concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon that took place at the end of Lake's tour in support of his self-titled solo debut, which was released earlier that year.
Lake's backing band for the trek included ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore. Live '81 features versions of the classic ELP songs "Lucky Man" and "Karn Evil 9," as well as renditions two of King Crimson's best-known tunes, "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In the Court of the Crimson King." The record also boasts performances of four songs from the Greg Lake album, including "Love You Too Much," which was co-written by Bob Dylan.
As a bonus, the new release features one extra song that didn't appear on the original track list -- a live version of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "C'est La Vie" recorded at a 1981 concert in New York City.
Here is the full track list of Lake's Live '81 album:
Medley: "Fanfare for the Common Man/"Karn Evil 9" "Nuclear Attack" "The Lie" "Retribution Drive" "Lucky Man" "Parisienne Walkways" "You Really Got a Hold on Me" "Love You Too Much" "21st Century Schizoid Man" "In the Court of the Crimson King" Bonus Track: "C'est La Vie" (Live in NYC 1981)