Former Journey frontman Steve Perry has donated a favorite classic car he owns to an auction to raise money for a charity affiliated with his hometown-area baseball team, the San Francisco Giants.
Perry's silver 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible is up for bid via Capital City Auto Auction, and the money raised by the sale will benefit the Giants Community Fund's Junior Giants program.
The initiative provides free baseball and softball programs for over 20,000 children and teens in under-sourced communities. Junior Giants also works with local agencies, families and volunteers on various other community projects in the areas of education, health and violence prevention.
Perry's car is painted silver with black leather interior. When he was in Journey, Steve used to drive the Mercedes to writing, recording and rehearsal sessions, and he has written many songs during his rides.
Along with the car, the top bidder will receive a custom-made red tuxedo jacket that Perry wore at many concert performances, and an autographed copy of his upcoming holiday album, The Season.
Proxy bidding for the vehicle is open now, and a live online auction will be held on Thursday, September 23, starting at 9 a.m. PT. As of Friday, the bidding stood at $27,050.
When he's not collaborating with seemingly every artist under the sun, Elton John is speaking out various topical issues, and one of them in particular really has him riled up.
Elton has been complaining for months that since "Brexit" -- when the U.K. left the European Union -- touring in Europe is now extremely difficult for British musicians, because they have to get special permits and visas, which are very costly. Elton has taken part in hearings on the issue, but now, he's decided to go straight to the top.
In the new episode of his Rocket Hour Apple Music show, Elton says he's requested a meeting with British prime minister Boris Johnson, but admits, "I've yet to hear back from him."
"I'm on the warpath to try to get this sorted out," Elton declares. "What has happened is that it's impossible for young artists financially to pay for visas, negotiate their way through all of the red tape that's necessary for going to Europe. It's financially impossible for them to do so."
Recalling how important is was to him personally to get to perform in Germany at age 17, Elton says, "It's so imperative for young artists to have that opportunity to do that. It makes them grow as songwriters, as artists, and as human beings. And it's their right to be able to tour wherever they want to...so, at the moment they can't, but we're going to try and fix it."
The legendary star continues, "I'm going to fight for this, and we're going to continue to try and fight for this because it's a desperate thing that's holding young artists back," adding, "It breaks my heart that these people are being held back by these ridiculous Brexit rules."
Earth, Wind & Fire has returned to the top 10 of Billboard's Adult R&B Airplay chart for the first time in 28 years with their new single, "You Want My Love."
The last time the legendary funk/soul/R&B group charted that high was just a few weeks after the Adult R&B Airplay chart debuted in 1993, when their hit "Sunday Morning" peaked at number 10. Many of EWF's best-known hits, such as "September, "Shining Star" and "Let's Groove," pre-date the Adult R&B Airplay list.
Additionally, the group -- whose members include Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson -- made it into the top 10 in just its fourth week on the chart, thus making "You Want My Love" only the fifth of 32 top-10 hits to do so in under a month.
"You Want My Love" is a reimagined version of Earth, Wind & Fire's 1976 hit "Can't Hide Love" that they recorded in collaboration with acclaimed producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and up-and-coming R&B singer/songwriter Lucky Daye. "Love" also gives Daye his second top-10, following his debut release, "Roll Some Mo," a #8 hit in 2019.
Elsewhere, "You Want My Love" jumped from 31 to 24 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, which measures audience totals across both adult-leaning and mainstream-oriented stations.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the release of KISS' classic fourth studio album, Destroyer. To commemorate the milestone, the costumed rock legends will reissue the record on November 19 in multiple configurations, including a Super Deluxe box set featuring four CDs, a Blu-ray audio disc, a bevy of collectible items, and a 68-page hardcover book.
The first CD features a remastered version of the original album. Disc two boasts demos that Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons made of songs from the Destroyer era. The third CD includes various outtakes, alternate versions, single edits and more, most of which are previously unreleased. Disc four features an unreleased concert that KISS played at Paris' L'Olympia theater in May 1976.
The Blu-ray offers up Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround mixes of Destroyer, created by lauded studio whiz Steven Wilson, plus two bonus tracks.
The box set's memorabilia include a replica KISS Army newsletter, plus posters, photos, an iron-on, stickers, trading cards, flyers, a replica Destroyer tour program and more.
Released in March 1976, Destroyer peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and became KISS' most successful studio album, selling over two million copies. It features "Beth," the band's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad, which was sung and co-written by drummer Peter Criss, peaked at #7. The album also includes the top-40 hit "Shout It Out Loud" and such other enduring songs as "Detroit Rock City," "King of the Night Time World" and "God of Thunder."
The Destroyer reissue, which you can pre-order now, also is available as a two-set set, as a double-LP package pressed on black or limited-edition colored vinyl, digitally, and via streaming.
In August, it was announced that John Mellencamp would be serving as a guest programmer on Turner Classic Movies this month, and now details have been revealed about the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's programming contributions to the network.
Mellencamp has curated two special nights of films that will be shown on TCM -- airing tonight, September 17, and Friday, September 24. The heartland rocker will appear alongside TCM host Ben Mankiewicz to introduce the movies, which are some of his favorites.
For tonight, Mellencamp has chosen Tortilla Flat, Cool Hand Luke and The Misfits, and his picks for September 24 are The Fugitive Kind, On the Waterfront and East of Eden.
Back in July, the 69-year-old singer/songwriter lent his voice to a Turner Classic Movies interstitial segment called "From Hollywood to the Heartland" that looked at how small towns were portrayed in select vintage movies and featured him reflecting on his own experience growing in a small Indiana town.
Also, on August 27, Mellencamp's new documentary The Good Samaritan Tour 2000 got its premiere on TCM's YouTube channel, and you can still watch it on the website.
As previously reported, the film focuses on John's 2000 trek of the same name, which featured a series of free, unannounced acoustic concerts held at public parks and on street corners in select major cities in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
The doc is narrated by Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, and includes special contributions from Nora Guthrie, daughter of late folk legend Woody Guthrie.
ABBA's Gold is has caught a second wind, rising back up thecharts for the first time in three years.
Gold: Greatest Hits, the popular compilation album by the Swedish pop group, soared up the Billboard 200 chart from #114 to #34 on the survey dated September 18.
According to the outlet, the album moved 15,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. for the week ending September 9, a 61% jump, as per MRC data. Part of that includes 5,000 units in physical album sales, which allows it to climb the Top Album Sales chart from the 33rd spot to the 11th, as well.
ABBA's climb up the charts comes after the quartet dropped two new singles -- "Don't Shut Me Down" and "I Still Have Faith In You" -- earlier this month. Additionally, they announced a new album, The Voyage -- their first in 40 years -- as well as a special production to open in London next year featuring digital avatars of the group's members performing their legendary songs.
Gold: Greatest Hits, whichwas originally released in 1992, last saw the top 40 in August 2018, when it peaked at #25. That was likely due to the release of the movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which features the group's songs.
All in all, the album has spent an impressive 168 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart in total since its release.
The Voyage is scheduled to be released on November 5.
Thirty years ago today, September 17, Guns N' Roses simultaneously released their third and fourth studio albums, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
With the band riding high after the massive success of its 1987 debut, Appetite for Destruction, and its popular 1988 follow-up, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I and II debuted at #2 and #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Former GN'R drummer Matt Sorum, who joined the group just as they were starting to record the albums, tells ABC Audio that most of the band initially thought they were going to make a single record featuring 12 or 13 songs.
"We ended up recording 34, I believe," Sorum recalls. "When we did that…[frontman] Axl [Rose] was the one that came in and said, 'Let's put it all out. I want to release it all.' And we're like, 'What?!'"
Sorum says it also was Rose's idea for the two albums to have identical covers, with the only difference being the color schemes -- Use Your Illusion I is red and yellow and II is blue and purple.
Use Your Illusion I features two top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, "Don't Cry" and "November Rain," which reached #3 and #10, respectively. Use Your Illusion II includes one Hot 100 hit, "You Could Be Mine," which peaked at #29.
Each album features a well-known cover song -- Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live and Let Die" and Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" appear on I and II, respectively. GN'R's version of "Live and Let Die" peaked at #33 on the Hot 100.
The albums both have gone on to be certified seven-times platinum by the RIAA for amassing seven million sales units.
Here's the Use Your Illusion I track list:
"Right Next Door to Hell"
"Dust N' Bones"
"Live and Let Die"
"Don't Cry" (Original)
"You Ain't the First"
"Back Off Bitch"
"Double Talkin' Jive"
"The Garden" -- featuring Alice Cooper
"Garden of Eden"
"Don't Damn Me"
And here's the Use Your Illusion II track list:
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
"Get in the Ring"
"Pretty Tied Up" ("The Perils of Rock n' Roll Decadence")
"You Could Be Mine"
"Don't Cry" (Alternate Lyrics)
A special Queen-themed pop-up store celebrating the band's five-decade history will open later this month on London's famed Carnaby Street.
The shop, called Queen The Greatest, will open its doors on Tuesday, September 28, and will close in January 2022. The store will feature variety of limited-edition music releases, apparel collaborations, lifestyle products, jewelry and more, with new items made available and special events scheduled each week.
The two-floor shop will feature areas reflecting different eras in Queen history, including '70s thrift store, '80s concert performances and tours, '90s record store, 2000s DVD tribute and 2010s technological concepts.
The fashion collaborations include unisex T-shirts and sweatshirts from Champion, denim items from Wrangler, and silver and gold jewelry from U.K. jewelry designer Johnny Hoxton.
Proceeds from an exclusive Freddie Mercury T-shirt sold at the store will benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust AIDS charity founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach.
After September, each upcoming month that the shop is open in 2021 will have a theme reflecting special merch that will go on sale. October is Music Month, November is Art & Design Month, and December is Magic Month.
During October, limited-edition music releases be available at the store, including an exclusive vinyl version of Queen's Greatest Hits compilation, as well as both new and recent solo releases from May and Taylor.
In November, the shop will be selling special items from Japanese designer Tokolo and a teddy bear from Steiff, as well as offering a first look at an upcoming Queen pinball machine.
December will see the arrival of some magical Queen-themed Christmas items, including a Rubik's Cube, holiday apparel, cards, wrapping paper and more.
Items from the store also will be available for purchase online.
REO Speedwagon will be the headlining performer at the 2021 edition of the Carousel Ball charity event, which will be held October 2 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
The benefit raises money for for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and the Children's Diabetes Foundation.
In addition to REO Speedwagon's performance, the black-tie affair also include a dinner, silent and live auctions, ward presentations and more. You can purchase tickets at ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org.
The Carousel Ball was founded in 1978 by philanthropist Barbara Davis as a fundraiser for the center and foundation that she established, which focuses on diabetes research, patient support and raising awareness abut the disease.
In other news, REO Speedwagon is currently touring North America in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the band's classic 1980 album, Hi Infidelity. Most of the dates are headlining shows, although REO also is sharing the bill with Styx at select concerts.
Sheryl Crow is receiving a special honor later this month in her home state.
The singer will be presented with the 2021 Missouri Roots Songbook honor on the final night of the Roots N Blues festival in Columbia, Missouri, on September 26. Sheryl is headlining that night of the three-day festival, which takes place in Stephens Lake Park.
The honor celebrates Sheryl's musical and humanitarian accomplishments. She'll be the first living recipient of the Missouri Roots Songbook honor and the first woman to receive it. Previous honorees were Chuck Berry in 2018 and ragtime composer John "Blind" Boone in 2019.
An expanded, 50th anniversary version of Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone's 1971 debut solo album, One Year, will be released November 5.
The reissue, which will be available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set, digitally and via streaming, features the original 10-track album, plus a 14-song bonus album dubbed That Same Year.
Blunstone recorded One Year over a 12-month period following the breakup of The Zombies and their post-demise success with the single "Time of the Season." Colin's Zombies band mates Rod Argent and Chris White co-produced One Year, and co-wrote three of the album's songs, while Blunstone penned four tracks.
The album also includes covers of tunes by Tim Hardin, ex-Manfred Mann singer Mike d'Abo and longtime Wings member Denny Laine.
His version of Laine's "Say You Don't Mind" from the album became a top-20 hit in the U.K. in '72.
The bonus album, That Same Year, features recordings that Blunstone was preparing for possible consideration for One Year, nine of which are previously unheard.
One of the tracks, a stripped down tune called "I Won't Let You Down" that features Argent on piano, has been released as an advance digital single.
The reissue, which you can pre-order now, features new liner notes penned by Colin, and rare photos from that time period.
Blunstone will celebrate the One Year reissue's release with two special concerts, scheduled for November 2 in Los Angeles and November 8 in New York City. At the shows, Colin will perform the entire album live for the first time ever, accompanied by a 20-piece musical ensemble led by composer Joe Wong, and also featuring Roger Waters touring drummer Joey Waronker, Helium's Mary Timony and a chamber orchestra.
Here's the One Year track list:
"She Loves The Way They Love Her"
"Though You Are Far Away"
"Mary Won't You Warm My Bed"
"I Can't Live Without You"
"Let Me Come Closer to You"
"Say You Don't Mind"
And here's the That Same Year track list:
"Are You Ready"
"I've Always Had You"
"Sing Your Own Song"
"I'd Like to Get to Know You Better"
"Though You Are Far Away"
"Too Much Too Soon Last Night"
"I Wonder If You Know What You've Begun"
"I Won't Let You Down"
"You Gave Me a Reason"
"I'm Coming Home"
"I Really Do Love You"
"Let Me Come Closer"
"You Really Were a Surprise"
Rod Stewart will release The Tears of Hercules -- his 31st studio album and his first new record in three years -- on November 12.
The 12-track collection features nine new original songs and three covers, including renditions of Johnny Cash's "These Are My People" and Soul Brothers Six's "Some Kind of Wonderful."
In advance of the new album, Stewart has released the lead track, a country-pop gem titled "One More Time," as a digital single, and has premiered a companion music video on his official YouTube channel.
Stewart co-wrote "One More Time" and a few other songs on The Tears of Hercules with keyboardist-songwriter Kevin Savigar, who also was Rod's main collaborator on his three most recent previous albums. Stewart co-produced all four albums with Savigar.
Among the other standout tracks on The Tears of Hercules is "Touchline," a song about how Rod's father inspired his love of soccer, a passion Stewart's passed on to his own sons.
The album also includes song titled "Born to Boogie (A Tribute to Mark Bolan)," a tune Stewart co-wrote with his touring guitarist, Emerson Swinford, as an homage to T. Rex's late frontman.
In the liner notes for The Tears of Hercules, Rod writes, "I've never said this before about any previous efforts, but I believe this is by far my best album in many a year."
The Tears of Hercules can be pre-ordered now on CD, as a vinyl LP and in digital formats.
On the performance front, Stewart's next concert will take place on October 2 in Sparks, Nevada, and he'll then kick off a new series of Las Vegas residency dates at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on October 6.
Here's The Tears of Hercules' full track list:
"One More Time"
"All My Days"
"Some Kind of Wonderful"
"Born to Boogie (A Tribute to Mark Bolan)"
"I Can't Imagine"
"The Tears of Hercules"
"These Are My People"
Elton John has once again postponed his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.
The singer announced "with great sadness and a heavy heart" Thursday that he would have to reschedule his Europe and U.K. 2021 dates to 2023.
While the trek was initially halted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this time it's an injury that's keeping Elton off the road.
"At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since," he writes. "Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving."
He adds that he has been advised to have an operation as soon as possible "to get me back to full fitness and make sure there are no long-term complications."
Elton, 74, will still perform at Global Citizen Live, the 24-hour global music event scheduled for September 25 at various venues around the world, because he says it requires limited physical demands. He's scheduled to play at the Paris edition of the event. And if all goes well with the surgery, he plans to resume U.S. tour dates in 2022.
Elton ended with a message to his "incredible fans," saying it breaks his heart to keep them waiting.
"I completely feel your frustrations after the year we've had," he writes. "I promise you this -- the shows will return to the road next year and I will make sure they are more than worth the wait."
Bruce Springsteen will interview his longtime friend and collaborator "Little Steven" Van Zandt for the first time ever during a virtual event on September 28 celebrating the release of the E Street Band guitarist's new memoir, Unrequited Infatuations.
Fans who purchase tickets for the interview will be able to watch the event on demand for 90 days after the livestream.
In Unrequited Infatuations, Van Zandt recounts the story of his eventful life, from his childhood in suburban New Jersey and the development of his passion for rock 'n' roll, to playing in various Jersey Shore groups en route to joining Bruce's E Street Band, to forging a solo career and becoming a political activist in the 1980s, to finding success as an actor as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos, to launching his Underground Garage radio show and satellite radio station, and so much more.
Little Steven's virtual conversation with The Boss marks the launch of a promotional tour for the memoir that will include three in-person events and another virtual interview.
9/28 -- Virtual, Premiere Unison Event, Van Zandt in conversation with Bruce Springsteen, 8 p.m. ET
9/29 -- New York, NY, 92Y, Van Zandt in conversation with screenwriter Jay Cocks, 7:30 p.m. ET
9/30 -- Virtual, Commonwealth Club, Van Zandt in conversation (Interviewer TBA), 8 p.m. ET
10/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, Book Soup at the Colburn Music School, Van Zandt in conversation with director Chris Columbus, 7 p.m. PT
10/3 -- Montclair, NJ, Montclair Literary Festival, Van Zandt in conversation with news anchor Budd Mishkin, 5 p.m. ET
Paul McCartney will celebrate the publication of his upcoming book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present, by taking part in a special Q&A event on November 5 in London at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall.
Tickets to attend the event, dubbed The Lyrics: Paul McCartney in Conversation, will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 17, at 5 p.m. ET/10 a.m. local time and to Southbank Centre members starting Thursday, September 16, at 5 p.m. ET.
The event also will be livestreamed via Dice.fm, and tickets for the stream can be purchased for $14 beginning this Friday, September 17, at 5 p.m. ET. The stream will be available on demand for seven days after the event.
During the event, the former Beatles legend will discuss the book while sharing stories about his life, songs and creative process with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Paul Muldoon, who edited it.
As previously reported, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present will be released on November 2 and can be pre-ordered now. The book offers a self-portrait of McCartney while profiling 154 songs he's written throughout his long career.
The two-volume work also will feature handwritten lyric sheets, as well as rare personal photos, drawings and rough drafts of songs. Sir Paul has penned commentary about each tune to give fans a look inside his creative process.
The songs featured in the book appear alphabetically, spanning from "All My Loving" though "Your Mother Should Know." Also included are recently discovered lyrics to an unrecorded Beatles song, titled "Tell Me Who He Is."