Myrna Suarez/Library of CongressIt won't be "Miami 2017" but Billy Joel will in fact be ringing in 2016 in Florida.
Joel has lined up a December 31 concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, as his New Year's Eve gig this year. He'll play his monthly residency show at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 17, and then head south.
Tickets for Joel's Sunrise concert will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by American Express card members beginning this Monday, October 12, at 10 a.m.
Last year, Joel -- who's a new dad to baby daughter Della Rose -- spent New Year's Eve in Florida as well, performing in Orlando. It's not out of the bounds of possibility that he will, in fact, ring in 2017 in Miami, just like the title of the memorable tune from his 1976 album Turnstiles says.
Credit: Josh CheuseAustralia's most famous rock band, AC/DC, is among the artists who have been received nominations for this year's ARIA Awards, the country's equivalent of the Grammys. The legendary band is in the running for the Best Group honor.
Foo Fighters, who are seemingly on a quest to receive an award in every continent, also have received an ARIA nod, for the Best International Artist awards. That honor will be is decided by public voting. If you live in Australian, you can vote now at ARIAAwards.com.
The winners of the 2015 ARIA Awards will be announced November 26 at the Star Event Centre in Sydney, Australia.
Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSNoted Chicago Cubs fan Eddie Vedder traveled to Pittsburgh to watch his favorite team take on the Pirates in Wednesday night's National League wild-card game, and he didn't leave disappointed. Vedder's Cubbies beat the Pirates 4-0 to advance to the next round of the MLB playoffs. After the game, the Pearl Jam frontman joined the team for a champagne celebration in the locker room.
The Cubs will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the next playoff round. When asked if he'll be traveling with the Cubs when they play St. Louis in Game 1 on Friday, Vedder said, "I have kids and a job. I'll be in Chicago!"
Just like everyone else who roots for the team, Vedder is a long-suffering Cubs fan -- the franchise hasn't won a World Series since 1908. This season marks the first time since 2008 that the Cubs have even made the playoffs.
Earlier this year, Vedder led Wrigley Field fans in a rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during a regular season game between the Cubs and the New York Mets. Vedder has made numerous appearances at Wrigley to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" since 1998, when he was one of the first to sing it after the passing of legendary Cubs announcer Harry Caray, who would always lead the crowd in singing the song during the seventh-inning stretch.
Legacy RecordingsA companion soundtrack to the new Roger Waters The Wall concert film is scheduled to be released on November 20. The album will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download, and will features performances from ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters hugely successful The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013.
The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack was produced by Nigel Godrich, whose credits include albums by Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Beck. The 29-track album features a full live performance of Pink Floyd's classic 1979 concept album The Wall, about a rock star who descends into madness while haunted by the wartime death of the father he never met. Among the classic songs included on the record are "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2," "Young Lust," "Hey You," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell."
Waters' backing band for the performances included guitarists G.E. Smith and Snowy White, multi-instrumentalist Jon Carin and Roger's son Harry Waters, who played keyboards.
As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall will be released as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital video on December 1. The movie combines live performance footage with dramatic and documentary segments aimed at conveying Waters' passionate antiwar sentiments.
The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack CD and LP sets can be pre-ordered now at RogerWaters.com. According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, release details for a Super Deluxe edition that likely will feature both the film and the album will be announced next week.
Here is the full track list of the two-CD version of the soundtrack album:
Disc 1 "In the Flesh?" "The Thin Ice" "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1" "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" "The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes" "Mother" "Goodbye Blue Sky" "Empty Spaces" "What Shall We Do Now?" "Young Lust" "One of My Turns" "Don't Leave Me Now" "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3" "Last Few Bricks" "Goodbye Cruel World"
Disc 2 "Hey You" "Is There Anybody Out There?" "Nobody Home" "Vera" "Bring the Boys Back Home" "Comfortably Numb" "The Show Must Go On" "In the Flesh" "Run Like Hell" "Waiting for the Worms" "Stop" "The Trial" "Outside the Wall"
Credit: Fabrice DemessenceTonight, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S., The Who's latest concert film, The Who in Hyde Park, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. local time. The movie features footage of the British rock legends' June 26, 2015, performance at London's Hyde Park, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. show on its The Who Hits 50! Tour.
The Who in Hyde Park features the band performing 19 songs, including classics like "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Baba O'Riley," "You Better You Bet" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." In addition, the film includes interviews with Who guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey, as well as with Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and other well-known musicians. The screenings also will offer a special feature focusing on London landmarks that played a significant role in The Who's early history.
In an interview clip from the film, Daltrey talks about the excitement of playing in front of a massive crowd like the one that turned out for the Hyde Park concert.
"It is an extraordinary feeling when you go out there at first," he points out. "Everybody's pleased to see you and everybody's smiling, and you play the first song and the animation starts and you can see little pockets jumping about and the arms going up and down. All I can say is it becomes like a revolving door of energy. It makes you give out more and the more you give out, the more the arms go up and down."
Meanwhile, in an interview segment with Townshend, the guitar great compares the Hyde Park gig to "a little Glastonbury" festival, while noting how many new fans he saw in the audience.
"Apart from a few familiar faces down the very, very front, complete newcomers," he says. "So for us, what we are clearly doing is we're kind of filling in the blanks."
You can find out the locations of The Who in Hyde Park screenings and purchase tickets for them at FathomEvents.com.
Gail & Frank Zappa in 1968; Stark-Otto/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesFrankZappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died peacefully Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 70.
A statement from the Zappa Family Trust notes Gail "enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century. In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists.
"While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality," the statement continues. "Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad a** in the music business and political world."
The statement concludes, "Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same. The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake."
Frank and Gail married in 1967 and had four kids together -- Diva, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Moon.
Paul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesA new Tom Petty biography reveals the rocker was a heroin addict during the 1990s, but has kept it a secret until now.
Biographer Warren Zanes notes that Petty was reluctant to publicly discuss his addiction, telling The Washington Post, "The first thing [Petty] said to me on the subject is, 'I am very concerned that talking about this is putting a bad example out there for young people. If anyone is going to think heroin is an option because they know my story of using heroin, I can't do this.'"
Zanes adds, "I just had to work with him and say, 'I think you're going to come off as a cautionary tale rather than a romantic tale.'"
Asked how someone in his 40s and 50s -- Petty's age at the time -- would become an addict, the writer explained, "He's a rock and roller. He had had encounters with people who did heroin, and he hit a point in his life when he did not know what to do with the pain he was feeling."
The book, Petty: A Biography, identifies one of those people as Howie Epstein, who played bass in Petty's band The Heartbreakers and died from a heroin overdose in 2003. Zanes writes, "The fact was, Petty's drug use was partially obscured by Howie Epstein’s more dramatic decline," according to Entertainment Weekly.
"I probably spent a month not getting out of bed, just waking up and going, 'Oh, f***,'" Petty admits in the biography. "The only thing that stopped the pain was drugs. But it was stupid. I'd never come up against anything that was bigger than me, something that I couldn't control. But it starts running your life...I'm lucky I came through. Not everyone does."
Little, Brown and CompanyJohn Fogerty's autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, was published this week, and in it, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells the story of his famous band, the harrowing years he spent following its breakup, and his eventual reemergence as an acclaimed solo artist and a blissfully happy family man.
Much of the book focuses on Fogerty's conflicts with his CCR band mates and his post-breakup legal battles with the head of Fantasy Records, Saul Zaentz, whom John felt had treated him unfairly with regard to his music royalties, among many other issues.
Fogerty tells ABC Radio that writing the book certainly was cathartic for him, but he stresses that that wasn't his main motivation in putting the memoir together.
"It was more, for me, finally to get it down on paper in a concise way that I could understand first, and that I felt that a reader, a fan certainly could read the story," he explains. "What their judgment about it [is] will be left to them, of course, but at least [they will] be able to see what I was dealing with and why perhaps I felt the way I did."
Fogerty says he felt that now was the right time for him to write the memoir, since he's at an extremely contented place in his life, thanks to his relationship with his wife, Julie.
"Julie is my love, and we have great kids, and so the place where I live daily is a really happy and I really don't have that anger or bitterness consuming me anymore," he notes. "So, it seems like you can talk about things sort of in a straight-ahead way without being all caught up in emotions about it."
As he discusses in the book, Fogerty struggled to find the inspiration to write new music after CCR broke up, in part because he felt that most of the money his songs would earn would end up in Zaentz's pocket. For that same reason, John decided to stop performing Creedence songs in concert. He also struggled with alcohol abuse and depression during this time, what he refers to as his "dark period."
"It felt for many years [like I was] dealing with things that I was powerless to change," says John, referring to his legal battles with Zaentz. "It was such a forlorn feeling."
Thankfully, his life began to turn around after meeting Julie during the 1980s. Still, it took until 1997 before he finally started to regularly play his classic Creedence tunes live.
He tells ABC Radio that, these days, he enjoys performing his old music more than ever, especially because he sees how much it means to his fans.
"It's just a really neat thing to get to share it together," he says. "I mean, in my heart of hearts I realize how very lucky I am that I survived long enough that it got to turn out this way."
For CCR fans, some of the most interesting segments in Fortunate Son are likely to be Fogerty's detailed descriptions on how he wrote such classic tunes like "Proud Mary."
"It seemed natural to talk about how music relates to me. How songs get created," Fogerty explains. So to talk about how I would write a song, and certainly even a particular song, I thought was at least another view of me that a person might like to know about."
Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music is available now at a wide variety of retail stores and online booksellers.
Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 nominees for induction, and they run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A.
The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:
The Cars Chaka Khan Chicago Cheap Trick Chic Deep Purple The J.B.'s Janet Jackson Los Lobos Steve Miller N.W.A. Nine Inch Nails The Smiths The Spinners Yes
To be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.
The Hall notes that ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians, and members of the music industry, but once again, fans will have their say. Starting Thursday and continuing through December 9, 2015, they can cast their votes for their favorite nominees as RockHall.com. The five acts with the most votes will make up a virtual "fans' ballot" that will be compiled with the others.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December. The official induction ceremony will be held in New York in April 2016, and broadcast later in the year on HBO.
Virgin RecordsSqueeze has announced plans to release its first album of new original music since 1998's Domino. Due out on November 13, Cradle to the Grave features 12 songs penned by the band's founding frontmen and songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.
Squeeze formed in 1974 and the band has undergone numerous lineup changes and some temporary breakups during its long career.
"We reformed Squeeze in 2007. Things went so well, here we are eight years later," explains Glenn. "Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material."
Adds Difford about the new songs, "We've grown up a lot in the last few years, musically. We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow."
You can check out "Happy Days," one of the tracks from Cradle to the Grave, at Squeeze's official VEVO channel.
Meanwhile, Squeeze currently is playing a run of U.K. concerts, while Difford and Tilbrook have plans to hit the road as a duo for a U.S. trek dubbed "The At Odds Couple" tour. The outing kicks off in Anaheim, California, on November 13, the same day that Cradle to the Grave will be released. Their shows will feature Glenn and Chris performing Squeeze songs and selections from their solo catalogs, as well as discussing their careers and their collaborative relationship.
Here is the track list for Cradle to the Grave:
"Cradle to the Grave" "Nirvana" "Beautiful Game" "Happy Days" "Open" "Only 15" "Top of the Form" "Sunny" "Haywire" "Honeytrap" "Everything" "Snap, Crackle and Pop"
And here are Difford and Tilbrook's upcoming U.S. tour dates:
11/13 -- Anaheim, CA, Grove of Anaheim 11/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Ebell 11/15 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues 11/18 -- Napa, CA, City Winery 11/19 -- Napa, CA, City Winery 11/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall 11/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center 11/25 -- Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center 11/27 -- Chicago, IL, Park West 11/28 -- Chicago, IL, Park West 11/29 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark 12/1 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom 12/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom 12/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Rex Theater 12/5 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium 12/6 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere 12/7 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie 12/9 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall 12/10 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur 12/11 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse 12/12 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theater 12/13 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall 12/14 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center 12/16 -- Troy, NY, Troy Music Hall 12/17 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater 12/18 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater
Credit: Danny ClinchMatt Cameron is already pulling double grunge duty as the drummer of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, and now he's joined up with another band. Cameron and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd are members of Ten Commandos, a new group that also features Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures collaborator Alain Johannes and Dimitri Coats of the punk band Off!
According to Johannes' Instagram, Ten Commandos will release their debut single, called "Staring Down the Dust," this Friday, October 9. The single will feature ex-Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan on lead vocals.
Ten Commandos' first album will be released in November via Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records.
Meanwhile, Cameron will join Pearl Jam's South American tour in November, while he, Shepherd and the rest of Soundgarden also have begun work on the follow-up to their 2012 comeback album, King Animal.
The End of Music, LLC/Courtesy of HBOThirty-one of Kurt Cobain's personal demos will be released in the "super deluxe" edition of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, a companion album to the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen reveals the names of each track that will appear on The Home Recordings.
While some of the demos on The Home Recordings, such as "Been a Son" and "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle," eventually became full-fledged Nirvana songs, others, such as the tracks "Burn the Rain" and "She Only Lies," only ever existed as demos. Additionally, the album contains spoken word segments and readings.
"I find that Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings furthers not just our understanding of his process but represents yet another angle, another side of Kurt -- an artistic outlet that he was not necessarily able to work with in the context of a three-piece band," Morgen, who also compiled the album, tells Rolling Stone. "It's not scraps and discarded, insignificant material. It really is furthering our understanding of one of the most significant artists of our time."
The 31-track "super deluxe" edition of The Home Recordings CD will be released along with the Montage of Heck Blu-ray/DVD in November. The album will also be released as a 13-track standard CD and a 31-track two-LP vinyl set.
Here is the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings "super deluxe" edition track list:
"The Yodel Song" "Been a Son (Early Demo)" "What More Can I Say" "1988 Capitol Lake Jam Commercial" "The Happy Guitar" "Montage of Kurt" "Beans" "Burn the Rain" "Clean Up Before She Comes (Early Demo)" "Reverb Experiment" "Montage of Kurt II" "Rehash" "You Can’t Change Me/Burn My Britches/Something in the Way (Early Demo)" "Scoff (Early Demo)" "Aberdeen" "Bright Smile" "Underground Celebritism" "Retreat" "Desire" "And I Love Her" "Sea Monkeys" "Sappy (Early Demo)" "Letters to Frances" "Scream" "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle (Demo)" "Kurt Ambiance" "She Only Lies" "Kurt Audio Collage" "Poison's Gone" "Rhesus Monkey" "Do Re Mi (Medley)"
Image Courtesy of IBMHow does it feel to discuss songwriting with a computer? Ask Bob Dylan. The folk-rock legend stars in a humorous new IBM commercial in which he converses with the company's celebrated "Watson" supercomputer.
In the ad, Dylan walks into a room holding a guitar and sits down on a long couch in front of Watson, who tells the singer/songwriter, "To improve my language skills, I've read all your lyrics…I can read 800 pages per second." Bob responds, "That's fast."
The computer continues, "My analysis shows that your major themes are that time passes and love fades," to which Dylan replies, "Well, that sounds about right."
Watson then admits, "I have never known love," prompting Bob to suggest that perhaps they "should write a song together."
Lastly, the computer tells Dylan, "I can sing" and proceeds to scat, tunelessly, "Doo bebop, bebop a doo, doobie doobie doo…" As the commercial ends, Bob stands up, grabs his guitar and begins to walk out of the room.
The IBM ad, now playing on IBM's official YouTube channel, is by no means the first commercial to feature Dylan. In recent years, he's also appeared in TV ads for Victoria's Secret, Apple, Cadillac and Chrysler.
Image Courtesy of AXS TVHeart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Gregg Allman and Bryan Adams are among the music stars who will be featured on upcoming episodes of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which will kick off its third season on October 20 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Wilson sisters will appear on the season-three premiere of The Big Interview, each episode of which features Rather having an in-depth conversation with various celebrities from the entertainment world. Allman will appear on the November 3 installment of the show, while Adams will be featured on the November 10 episode.
Other upcoming Big Interview episodes will feature Patti LaBelle, country veteran Charley Pride, director Quentin Tarantino and supermodel-turned-entrepreneur Kathy Ireland.
Here are all of the premiere dates for all of the newly announced episodes of The Big Interview:
ChrysalisA deluxe two-CD/two-DVD version of Jethro Tull's 1976 album, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!, will be released on November 27 in advance of the record's 40th anniversary. The band's original plan was to create a stage musical about an aging rock star, as well as an accompanying album, but the theatrical portion of the project was abandoned and songs were culled from it to create the Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! record.
The expanded set features a high-resolution transfer of the original LP mix of Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll; an unreleased version of the album that was recorded for a British television special; footage from the special that's being made available commercially for the first time; and 18 previously unreleased bonus tracks. Many of the tracks on the collection appear in multiple audio high-quality formats. The discs are packaged in a case-bound book, and an 80-page booklet -- featuring track-by-track annotations from frontman Ian Anderson, extensive details about the album, rare photos and more -- also is included.
A standalone single-CD version of Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! also will be released on November 27.
Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die! was released in May 1976 in the U.S. and peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. While the album yielded no hit singles, the title track received plenty of airplay on rock radio stations.
To check out the full track list of the deluxe collection, visit JethroTull.com.
Mary McCartney/MPL; Image Courtesy of Columbia RecordsA new Grammy charity auction featuring items signed by a variety of legendary artists, including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Who's Pete Townshend and many others, is set to run through October 21. The Grammy Legends sale kicked off on Monday, and a number of new items be added each day through this Sunday at ebay.com/Grammy.
As of Tuesday evening, lots that were up for bid included acoustic guitars autographed by Springsteen and Tom Petty, a vintage Rolling Stone magazine signed by Young and an autographed vinyl copy of Rod Stewart's 1977 album Foot Loose & Fancy Free.
Among the collectibles that will be added to the sale during the coming week are an issue of Rolling Stone signed by Dylan; a limited-edition Hofner bass autographed by McCartney; signed box sets from The Who, Metallica and AC/DC; an vinyl LP autographed by Ozzy Osbourne; and guitars signed by Crosby, Stills and Nash and James Taylor.
Proceeds raised by the auction will benefit the Grammy Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation.
Tom Haller; David BlausteinLed by Yoko Ono, thousands of people came together at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park on Tuesday in an attempt to create the world's largest peace sign in honor of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth. CBC.ca reports that more than 2,000 people participated in the event -- which Ono helped organize -- although the gathering fell far short of the 5,815 needed to break the record, according to a Guinness World Records representative.
Still, the event served to spread the "Imagine Peace" message long promoted by Lennon and his widow. Speaking with WABC television at the gathering, Ono noted that her late husband "really worked hard on trying to make things better for people…so this is a very, very positive thing that's happened."
Kinks guitarist Dave Davies also was on hand, and performed a version of his song "Strangers" during the festivities. He told ABC Radio, "It's such a great event, and such a great way of celebrating not just John Lennon's life and legacy but the concept of using imagination to create a better world and a better future…I think it's a very deep spiritual concept, and I like it."
Davies added that he thought Lennon also would have loved the event, while noting, "Good magic is all about good intent. And we can pray [for the world] that we want rather than what we put up with."
Lennon, who was killed in December 1980, would have celebrated his 75th birthday this Friday, October 9.
AFP Photo/Marty MelvilleAC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who was sentenced to eight months of home detention in July after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession, has lost his appeal for a lighter sentence. The New Zealand Herald reports that Rudd's appeal was dismissed on Monday by a High Court in his current hometown of Tauranga, New Zealand.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's charges stem from a September 2014 arrest, after Rudd apparently had threatened to kill one of his assistants and was found in possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. In addition to the home detention, Phil's sentence included six months of post-release conditions, while he also was ordered to pay $120,000 in reparations.
At a recent appeal hearing, Rudd's lawyer argued that the sentence was too severe, while suggesting that the judge hadn't taken into account the amount of money the drummer was losing by not being able to work during his detention period. The attorney also maintained that as a penalty from the drug charges, Rudd should have received either a fine or community service, instead of getting a longer home detention sentence.
However, the prosecuting attorney claimed that Rudd had "glossed over" the severity of his actions, and maintained that the man he threatened feared for his and his family's safety. The prosecutor also pointed out that Phil had only paid the man $50,000 of the $120,000 reparation sum.
Rudd's legal issues led AC/DC to replace him on their current tour in support of their Rock or Bust album with former drummer Chris Slade. The rock legends begins a Down Under tour leg on November 4 in Sydney, Australia, and will wrap up the trek with a pair of dates in New Zealand -- on December 12 in Wellington and on December 15 in Auckland.
In August, Rudd told Rolling Stone that he hopes to rejoin AC/DC once he puts his legal troubles behind him, but the band has made no statements regarding his status with the group.
Credit: William RummelBob Seger will be recognized with the prestigious Legend of Live honor during the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, which will take place November 18 and 19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The award recognizes artists and other music business figures who have made lasting contributions to the touring industry.
"Bob Seger is one of the most enduring live acts of all time and we are thrilled to honor him as our 2015 Legend of Live," says Billboard executive Ray Waddell. "While he has written and recorded some of the most beloved songs in rock history, Mr. Seger spent years grinding it out in the Midwest before he exploded into the national consciousness with one of the greatest live albums ever in 1975's Live Bullet. He's been packing arenas ever since."
Most recently, Seger mounted a major tour in support of his latest album, Ride Out, that wound down this past March. The 70-year-old singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Previous Legend of Live honorees include Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Journey, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, The Allman Brothers Band, and Elton John.
Linda McCartney/Hear MusicA new video made to accompany a newly remixed version of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's chart-topping 1983 hit "Say Say Say" premiered Tuesday on McCartney's official Facebook page. The track appears on the bonus disc included with the expanded versions of Sir Paul's newly reissued 1983 solo album, Pipes of Peace, and features previously unused vocals from the original recording sessions.
The black-and-white video was directed by choreographer Ryan Heffington, whose credits include Sia's "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart" clips. The flick follows an energetic teenage boy as he dances his way through his urban Los Angeles neighborhood, trading steps with a variety of people he encounters along his journey.
The new "Say Say Say" remix was put together by combining unused vocals McCartney and Jackson had recorded, along with an instrumental mix of the tune the DJ John "Jellybean" Benitez had created. The updated version features Paul and Michael switching vocal parts in the verses in comparison with the original song, with Jackson singing the first line, followed by McCartney.
McCartney recalls his collaboration with Jackson on "Say Say Say" took place after Michael phone him and told him he wanted to write a song with him.
"So he came over to England and we just sat down. I thought, well, it's not easy to just sit down with anyone you don't know and just write, start songwriting because you've got to get the chemistry right," Paul explains. "But I thought, it is Michael -- you know, I'll just try! If it doesn't work, we'll just throw it away."
Of course, the duet turned out to be a great success, and ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100 for an impressive six weeks in 1983.