Rock

Elton John Brings Smashes, Style & His Sons to MSG During Farewell Tour

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour rolled into New York City’s Madison Square Garden for a second night on Friday (Oct. 19), giving longtime fans a reminder why the inimitable entertainer will be missed when his 300+ date, three-year goodbye tour finally comes to a close. With effulgent outfits (even the man’s glasses glimmer) and a full-throated vocal attack you wouldn’t expect from a 71-year-old singer, the indefatigable Elton John lives and breathes on stage. And as one of the few remaining rock stars whose weapon of choice is the piano, it’s a joy to watch his fingers deftly dance over the ivories like, well, someone who’s been doing this for half a century. It’s not the 50-some years of performing behind him that’s pushing Elton into retirement from touring. If anything, Joh...

Richard Lloyd Shares Feedback-Filled ‘Countdown,’ Talks ‘Everything Is Combustible’ Memoir

With a bit of material from his past — including one track that dates back to 1972 — Richard Lloyd’s new album The Countdown is a case of good things coming to those songs that wait. And the set’s title track, premiering exclusively below, is among them. “I had the rhythm, the initial riff, for a long time and didn’t know what to do with it,” Lloyd, co-founder of the iconic New York band Television and now a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., tells Billboard. “When I was going to do this record I began to work with it. I got the idea it would be this conflagration of space travel and we did the basic (tracks) and then I had keyboards come in and do some pads and then I did the vocals off the cuff, just ad-libbed.” Once all that was establi...

Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Album to Be Adapted Into 1970s Based Movie

The director of Oscar-nominated film Call Me By Your Name is pulling on Bob Dylan for cinematic inspiration. In an interview with The New Yorker, Luca Guadagnino said that a producer on Call Me By Your Name acquired the film rights to Bob Dylan’s 1975 record, Blood on the Tracks, and asked the director if he wanted to make a movie based off of it. Guadagnino agreed, only if Richard LaGravenese wrote it. “Somehow, the moon shot landed,” he said. “LaGravenese cleared his schedule and, between April and July, hunkered down to produce a hundred-and-eighty-eight-page screenplay following characters through a multiyear story, set in the seventies, that he and Guadagnino had invented, drawing on the album’s central themes. ‘When they’re repressing, we dramatize the r...

Foo Fighters Invite 10-Year-Old Fan on Stage, Wunderkind Steals Show

Dave Grohl was so impressed by the youth, he gave him his guitar after the song concluded. Dave Grohl invited a 10-year-old fan up on stage during a Foo Fighters concert Friday night — and the kid stole the show.  While playing in Kansas City, Mo., the band had Collier Cash Rule come up on stage and asked him if he could play an instrument and, if so, did he know any songs. Boy, did he.  Video posted online shows the wunderkind rocking with the band, playing some Metallica. Grohl laughed at the song selection, but nonetheless, the Foo Fighters played a cover of “Enter Sandman” with Rule on lead, playing Grohl’s guitar.  Grohl and the band were so impressed by Rule, he was given the guitar after the song concluded.  Following the concert, Rule’s mother told KNBC News...

The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’ Named Top Album in UK by Official Charts Company

The Beatles’ psychedelic masterwork Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been named the most popular British album in history. The Official Charts Company said Saturday (Oct. 13) that the band’s 1967 classic is Britain’s favorite album based on physical sales, downloads and streams in the U.K. The album found the four mates from Liverpool at their most experimental and inventive and includes favorites like “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “A Day in the Life.” The band by then had stopped touring and was focusing its effort on studio work under the guidance of producer George Martin. The album came ahead of Adele’s 21, which finished second, and the 1995 Oasis album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Lindsey Buckingham Sues Former Fleetwood Mac Bandmates for Kicking Him Out of Group

He estimates his earnings from the 2018 North American tour would have been upwards of $14 million. Lindsey Buckingham is suing his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates, alleging they conspired to kick him out of the band without just cause. According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court and reviewed by Billboard, he is now seeking damages for lost wages from the band’s upcoming tour and more that his legal team estimates could equal upwards of $14 million from the North American dates alone. While common belief around Buckingham’s departure from the band — which has been perpetuated by its members — is that he refused to tour this year and instead wanted to focus on his solo career, in the suit the songwriter, lead guitarist and vocalist claims...

Ozzy Osbourne Undergoes Hand Surgery Due to Infection, Postpones California Concert

Ozzy Osbourne has been hospitalized due to an infection and forced to cancel his Saturday night (Oct. 6) show in Mountain View, Calif. Treatment for the infection required surgery on the singer’s hand earlier in the day, according to an announcement on his website and on social media. “Osbourne will spend a couple of days at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles where he’ll remain under doctor’s care as they monitor the infection,” states the update, which features a picture of his bandaged hand. The Oct. 6 concert has been rescheduled for Oct. 16, and tickets for the original date will be honored that night. Refunds are also available at point of purchase. Osbourne is expected to return to his tour Tuesday (Oct. 10), with concerts in Chula Vista, Los Angeles and Las Ve...

‘Joe Strummer 001’ Is a Welcome Roadmap to The Clash Singer’s Uneven Solo Music Career

Joe Strummer isn’t someone you think about having a driver’s license. As leader of The Clash, the most righteous and heroic British guitar band of his generation, Joe was a rebel street poet, the punk rock Woody Guthrie, a guy you believed in despite your rampaging cynicism. His rap was, “I’m so bored with the U-S-A,” not “the D-M-V.” And yet there’s his California license photo on the front of Joe Strummer 001, the fascinating new box set compiling Joe’s post-Clash solo output. (There are also two tracks by his pre-Clash band the 101ers.) The super-deluxe edition comes with a replica of that 1991 license, on which we see printed Joe’s real name, John Graham Mellor. His photo is maybe a little cooler than yours, but the guy looking into the camera is a regular old 5’8”, 150-pound motorist ...

Muse Goes Back to the ’80s for Sci-Fi ‘Pressure’ Video: Watch

On Thursday (Sept. 27), Muse released their new ’80s high school homecoming-meets-Stranger Things music video for “Pressure,” and the retro, zombie-filled, sci-fi visual is nothing short of amazing. For the latest track from their upcoming Nov. 9 album Simulation Theory — their first record since 2015’s Drones — the band continues their collaboration with director Lance Drake, drawing upon a nostalgic ’80s pop-culture vibe. Centering on a high-school-gone-wrong scenario, the video also features comedian Terry Crews. Kicking off with a beautiful mountain sunset over a desert road, the clip starts with an unseen person putting on VR glasses before arriving at a high school dance. At the homecoming dance, unenthusiastic students look dull as Crews ann...

Weezer’s Self-Referential ‘Africa’ Video Sees the Band Age Appropriately, If Not Maturely

If there’s ever a band that has made serious business out of acting juvenile, it would be Weezer. From the opening, upside-down shot of “Undone – The Sweater Song,” their 1993 debut single and video, to the Weird Al parody treatment in their video for “Africa,” released on Monday (Sept. 24), Weezer have eschewed the tormented anguish of their alt-rock predecessors for a more adolescent, self-deprecating pain. When the “Undone” video first premiered on MTV, it was neither dark and gritty like its rock contemporaries, nor flashy and arty like the new wave video stars of the channel’s early years. Directed by Spike Jonze, “Undone” was presented entirely in slow-motion, depicting the band on a blue soundstage. Mop-haired frontman Rivers Cuomo wails “I’ve come undone” while pl...

Paul Simon Brings Farewell Tour to Emotional Close With Outdoor Concert In His Native Queens, NY

Under a nearly full moon in Queens’ Flushing Meadows Corona Park on a gentle Saturday (Sept. 22) evening, Paul Simon — who brought poetic detail and literary scope to popular music as part of Simon & Garfunkel before embarking on a stylistically adventurous solo career that netted 21 Billboard Hot 100 hits and two Grammy album of the year wins — delivered the final show of his farewell tour. And while he’d just played two other hometown finale shows at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 20-21, this one was special: The 76-year-old artist was bidding goodbye on a stage just “a 20-minute bike ride” from where he grew up. Playing your last-ever live show to an adoring crowd of thousands not far from where you spent your childhood has to be a head trip, and Simon appeared very cogn...

Watch Dave Grohl’s Rare Performance of ‘In Bloom’ with Trombone Shorty

While rarely playing Nirvana songs since the passing of frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994, on Saturday (Sept. 15) fans saw Dave Grohl perform the Nevermind classic “In Bloom” for just the second time since the band’s end. The former Nirvana drummer joined New Orleans jazz collective Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to play the song during their set at the Los Angeles’ Threauxdown Festival. The Foo Fighter frontman jumped behind the drum kit on the jazzed-up instrumental version of the song, with three horns acting as the lead instruments, giving the grunge original a fresh, upbeat twist that fit the vibe of the jazz festival. “For years I couldn’t even listen to any music, let alone a Nirvana song,” Grohl said in an interview with GQ earlier this year of his connecti...