New details have been revealed about an upcoming half-hour AXS TV interview series hosted by Paul Shaffer that will feature David Letterman's longtime band leader and sidekick chatting candidly with a variety of big-name music artists. Paul Shaffer Plus One will premiere on Sunday, September 15, with an episode featuring longtime Eagles guitarist and solo star Joe Walsh.
The show's inaugural series will run for eight weeks and also will feature conversations with Graham Nash, Sammy Hagar, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen, blues great Buddy Guy, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson. In addition, comic actor Harry Shearer will appear on the program as his This Is Spinal Tap character, Derek Smalls.
The show features Shaffer conducting interviews while seated at his piano, so in addition to chatting with the artists, Paul and his guests will play impromptu renditions of some of their memorable songs.
"Many people know Paul from his run with David Letterman, but he's also an acclaimed and award-winning musician with extensive knowledge and invaluable insight into the music industry," says AXS TV exec Eric Haiman. "Paul Shaffer Plus One gives viewers a rare glimpse into the man behind the piano, as he sits down with an impressive slate of fellow legends -- getting them to open up about their extraordinary lives and careers as only he can."
Here's the schedule for the inaugural season of Paul Shaffer Plus One:
9/15 -- Joe Walsh 9/22 -- Graham Nash 9/29 -- Sammy Hagar 10/6 -- ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons 10/13 -- Steely Dan's Donald Fagen 10/20 -- Buddy Guy 10/27 -- Harry Shearer as Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls 11/3 -- Smokey Robinson
Bruce Springsteen's certainly no stranger to the Billboard 200 album chart, but his new album, Western Stars, has delivered The Boss his 20th top-10 album.
For the record, Billboard notes that those 20 top-10 albums ties Bruce with Paul McCartney/Wings and Elton John.
Billboard further points out that The Rolling Stones hold the record for the most top-ten albums, with 37 on the Billboard 200 chart. Barbra Streisand has 34; The Beatles have 32, the same as Frank Sinatra; Elvis Presley earned 27; Madonna and Bob Dylan have 22, and country star George Strait has 21.
Springsteen's Born to Run album was his first top 10, back in 1975.
Erika Goldring/WireImageTwo weeks after Universal Music Group revealed a devastating storage facility fire in 2008 had destroyed thousands of irreplaceable master tapes from hundreds of musicians, we've got our first lawsuit.
The late Tom Petty's ex-wife, Jane Petty, along with Soundgarden, Hole, Americana singer/songwriter Steve Earle and the estate of the late Tupac Shakur are all plaintiffs in the suit, filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles.
The suit makes several accusations against UMG, not the least of which is failing to disclose to the affected artists until two weeks ago that the 2008 fire had destroyed their master recordings. It also declares UMG received an insurance settlement of $150 million, which they failed to disclose or share with the affected artists, and accuses the music giant of failing to take necessary steps to prevent the fire in the first place.
The plaintiffs are asking for monetary damages of more than $100 million.
Master recordings are the original recordings from which copies are made to sell and distribute. Over half a century's worth of masters were lost in the UMG fire from artists including Ray Charles, Nirvana, The Eagles, Elton John, The Police, Guns N' Roses, Ella Fitzgerald, Nine Inch Nails, Miles Davis and many others.
Friday's lawsuit is the first of many lawsuits expected to be filed in the wake of UMG's admission.
Credit: Dave HoganIn front of a sold-out crowd at Chicago's Soldier Field Friday night, The Rolling Stones kicked off the 2019 North American run of their much anticipated NO FILTER tour. The trek was delayed for about two months because frontman Mick Jagger needed to undergo a heart-valve operation a few weeks before the original April 20 start date.
A clearly fully mended Mick, who turns 76 in July, didn't miss a beat, as he and the Stones delivered a two-hour show that kicked off with "Street Fighting Man" and "Let's Spend the Night Together," as well as other hits from the band's decades together, ending with a two song encore of "Gimmie Shelter" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
Here's the NO FILTER set list from Friday night:
1. "Street Fighting Man" 2. "Let's Spend The Night Together" 3. "Tumbling Dice" 4. "Sad Sad Sad" 5. "You Got Me Rocking" 6. "Can't Always Get What You Want" 7. "Angie" 8. "Dead Flowers" 9. "Sympathy For the Devil" 10. "Honky Tonk Woman" 11. "You Got The Silver" 12. "Before They Make Me Run" 13. "Miss You" 14. "Paint It Black" 15. "Midnight Rambler" 16. "Start Me Up" 17. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 18. "Brown Sugar" 19. "Gimme Shelter" 20. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
Here are the remaining NO FILTER North American tour dates:
6/25 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 6/29 -- Ontario, Canada, Burl’s Creek 7/ 3 -- Washington, DC, FedEx Field 7/ 7 -- Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium 7/ 14 -- New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/ 19 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field 7/ 23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 7/ 27 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 8/1 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/5 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/10 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High 8/14 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 8/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 8/22 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl 8/26 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium 8/31 -- Miami, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge is taking part in the Yes-headlined Royal Affair Tour, which also features Asia and Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy.
Lodge, who's performing with his solo group The 10,000 Light Years Band on the recently launched trek, tells ABC Radio he's very excited to be touring with Yes.
"I've been doing their cruises for a couple of years, Cruise to the Edge, and we've had a great time, and I'm really enjoying this tour," he says. "I managed to get…several of my deep cut songs into the show, and [I'll be spending the] next seven or eight weeks on the road."
Lodge's set features mostly Moody Blues gems, including "Gemini Dream," "Isn't Life Strange," "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" and, as his final song, "Ride My See-Saw." At some shows, Yes singer Jon Davison has joined Lodge when he's played "Ride My See-Saw."
Meanwhile, The Moody Blues have been on hiatus since late last year, and Lodge has some disappointing news for fans.
"There's nothing planned for The Moody Blues at all at the moment," he tells ABC Radio. "[We'll] see where we go."
John says he's excited about the new solo record deal he's signed and, as recently reported, he'll be releasing a compilation called B Yond on August 23 that includes new versions of three older compositions and new remixes of some of his "deep cuts."
Lodge also reveals that The Moody Blues may be releasing expanded reissues of two albums that celebrate their 40th anniversary this year -- On the Threshold of a Dream and For Our Children's Children's Children.
"I'm really proud of those albums," Lodge says. "Really proud of being a Moody Blue."
Here are the remaining Royal Affair Tour dates:
6/24 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage 6/25 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Amphitheater 6/27 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 6/29 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 6/30 -- Providence, RI, Bold Point Park 7/3 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 7/5 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live 7/6 -- Aurora, IL, Riveredge Park 7/8 -- Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House 7/10 -- Cary, NC, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park 7/12 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 7/13 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 7/15 -- New Orleans, LA, Saegner Theatre 7/16 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 7/18 -- St. Augustine, FL, The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre 7/20 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 7/21 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP 7/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 7/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 7/27 -- Irvine, CA, Five Point Amphitheater 7/28 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty ImagesElliot Roberts, who managed Neil Young for over 50 years and also oversaw the careers of many other top artists, died Friday morning at age 76, according to an official statement by his management company. No cause of death was given.
The statement notes that over the years, Roberts also guided the careers of Stephen Stills, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Roberts, born Elliot Rabinowitz in The Bronx, New York, was just 23 when he began managing Mitchell, and took on Young as his client shortly thereafter. He soon formed a management company with future music mogul David Geffen, and in 1971 they founded Asylum Records, which signed Mitchell, The Eagles, Dylan and Linda Ronstadt.
Roberts eventually split with Geffen, and focused on artist management.
Young wrote a lengthy tribute to Roberts on his official website, calling Elliot "the greatest manager of all time," and praising his generosity, sense of humor, business savvy and love for his children.
"Never one to think about himself, he put everyone else first," Neil writes. "That's what he did for me for over fifty years of friendship love and laughter, managing my life, protecting our art in the business of music."
Stills and Graham Nash also issued statements paying homage to Roberts.
Stills, "Elliot Roberts was the probably the kindest, gentlest, and far and away the funniest man I ever worked with in Show Business. He was also tough as a barbed wire fence, fiercely loyal and keenly observant…But his greatest gift was his soulful, open heart."
Nash called Elliot "the glue that kept CSNY together in our early years," adding, "I will certainly miss him with sadness in my heart."
Roberts is survived by his four sons and his partner Dana Fineman.
Copyright Agnès DHERBEYS/MYOPOn Friday, Elton John received France's highest award, the Legion of Honor, from French president Emmanuel Macron.
Elton was given the honor during a visit to the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, during the country's annual music festival. Before the ceremony, Elton and Macron spoke about the replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which puts resources toward helping to abolish those three diseases.
In remarks after the ceremony, Elton told the crowd, who also had gathered for the start of the music fest, "It is humbling indeed to receive such an honor...to receive it on this day is even more special."
John also discussed France's continued support for the Global Fund, which works with the Elton John AIDS Foundation toward eradicating the disease around the world.
"When I started my Foundation back in 1993, we would have been overjoyed to save just one life," Elton said. "The thought that by combining all our efforts we could actually halve AIDS deaths globally is the most wonderful prospect imaginable. This is why I feel strongly about replenishment of the Global Fund. We will all do as much as we possibly can with what we have but we cannot work miracles."
Elton played two shows in France earler this week and will play two more this weekend, in Bordeaux on Saturday and Nimes on Sunday.
The Allman Brothers Band Recording CompanyAn archival live album capturing The Allman Brothers Band playing multiple shows at San Francisco's famed Fillmore West venue in January 1971 will be released on September 6, in conjunction with the group's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations.
Fillmore West '71 will be available as a four-CD set, and features previously unreleased performances from a three-night stand the band played on January 29, 30 and 31. The shows took place less than two months before The Allman Brothers' historic performances at the Fillmore East in New York City that were documented for the band's classic 1971 live album At Fillmore East.
The Fillmore West shows featured multiple renditions of early Allmans tunes, including "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "Midnight Rider," "Dreams" and "Whipping Post," as well as classic cover tunes like Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues," Muddy Waters' "Trouble No More" and Willie Cobbs' "You Don't Love Me."
The January 30 set featured a rendition of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday," while the final show included a cover of Waters' "Hoochie Coochie Man" and the instrumental Allmans jam "Hot 'Lanta."
Rounding out the collection is a previously unreleased bonus track, a 45-minute version of "Mountain Jam" recorded on March 13, 1970, at The Warehouse in New Orleans.
You can check out the version of "Trouble No More," which the Allman Brothers played at the January 29 show, exclusively at RollingStone.com.
Here's the Fillmore West '71 track list:
Disc 1: 1/29/1971 "Statesboro Blues" "Trouble No More" "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" "Midnight Rider" "Dreams" "You Don't Love Me" "Whipping Post"
Disc 2: 1/30/1971 "Statesboro Blues" "Trouble No More" "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" "Stormy Monday" "You Don't Love Me" "Whipping Post"
Disc 3: 1/31/1971, Part I "Statesboro Blues" "Trouble No More" "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" "Midnight Rider" "Hoochie Coochie Man" "Dreams" "You Don't Love Me"
Disc 4: 1/31/1971, Part II "Hot 'Lanta" "Whipping Post"
Bonus Track: "Mountain Jam" (recorded live at The Warehouse, New Orleans, 3/13/1970)
The list of celebrities who'll be receiving stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2020 has been unveiled. Among the music artists slated to be honored next year are Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, early-1960s teen idol Bobby Rydell and late blues legend Muddy Waters.
Billy Idol reacted to the news by posting the following message on his Twitter feed: "Honored…2 receive a [star] on the #Hollywoodwalkoffame inducted along with some amazing people in the class of 2020."
Others in the Recording category who'll be receiving stars include veteran music executive Mo Ostin, Alicia Keys, rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and country singer Tanya Tucker.
Celebs from other areas of the entertainment world whose names will be appearing on stars along Hollywood Boulevard next year include Mahershala Ali, Laurence Fishburne, Chris Hemsworth, Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer, Christina Applegate, Andy Cohen, Cindy Crawford, Dave Chappelle, Terry Crews, Kathie Lee Gifford, Burt Ward, Wendy Williams, Dr. Phil McGraw and the late Andy Kaufman, as well as the caped crusader himself, "Batman."
None of the star ceremonies are currently scheduled, as the honorees are given two years to organize an unveiling ceremony. The events are announced 10 days prior to the dedication ceremony at WalkofFame.com. You can watch a video of actress/singer Vanessa Williams announcing the Hollywood Walk of Fame's Class of 2020 at Variety's official YouTube channel.
Alex Lake/Stem AgencyHappy Birthday to Ray Davies, who turns 75 today. As the frontman of The Kinks, Davies has amassed an impressive body of work that was critically acclaimed, commercially successful and hugely influential.
During the band's 30-plus-year history, Ray was responsible for penning such classic songs as "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Sunny Afternoon," "Waterloo Sunset," "Lola," "Celluloid Heroes" and "Come Dancing."
Beyond crafting pop gems, Davies also explored the concept album with such records as 1968's The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, 1973's Preservation Act 1, 1974's Preservation Act 2 and his 1985 solo project Return to Waterloo, which was a companion piece to a TV movie he wrote and directed.
Following The Kinks' breakup in 1996, Davies launched a solo career that has included a number of well-received albums.
In addition, he's written a number of stage musicals, including 2008's Come Dancing and 2014's Sunny Afternoon, which tells the story of The Kinks' early years. Ray also has penned a pair of memoirs: 1994's X-Ray and 2013's Americana.
In 2017, Davies released a companion album to his Americana book, which was followed by a 2018 sequel, Our Country: Americana Act II. According to Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, Ray's brother, a new reunion project is now in the works.
Among the many major honors Ray has received are induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 with The Kinks, an Icon award from performing-rights organization BMI in 2006 and induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. Davies also was knighted in his U.K. homeland in 2017.
Atlantic/Swan SongFacebook is restoring posts that feature the cover artwork of Led Zeppelin's 1973 album Houses of the Holy, which had reportedly been removed for violating the social networking site's standards policy.
The news comes after several recent reports of Facebook banning the cover, which features naked children climbing up a pile of stones. There's also a Change.org petition that reads, "Stop Facebook from censoring Led Zeppelin's iconic Houses of the Holy album cover art."
In a statement to ABC Radio, a Facebook spokesperson says, "As our Community Standards explain, we don't allow nude images of children on Facebook, but we know this a culturally significant image. Therefore, we're restoring the posts we removed."
Facebook adds that it's now adjusting its review process to allow the album cover to be shared in the future.
ABC/Rick RowelSamuel L. Jackson has joined the star-studded cast of Spinning Gold, a film about the life of legendary record executive Neil Bogart.
According to Deadline, Jackson has been tapped to play Parliament leader and Godfather of Funk George Clinton in the film. Bogart was the man behind Casablanca Records, which helped launch the careers of '70s music stars like Donna Summer, KISS, Parliament, The Village People, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield.
Bogart died at the age of 39 from cancer and lymphoma.
Directed and written by Neil's son, Timothy Scott Bogart, the film also stars Kenan Thompson as Motown’s Berry Gordy, Jason Isaacs as Bogart's father Al and singer Jason Derulo as Ron Isley of The Isley Brothers.
In addition, former SNL star Jay Pharoah plays WBLS radio DJ Frankie Crocker, and D.L. Hughley plays Parliament's Bootsy Collins.
Singer Jazmine Sullivan will plays Gladys Knight, Steven Strait and X Ambassadors' Sam Harris play KISS leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, respectively, and Neil Patrick Harris plays KISS co-manager Bill Aucoin. The person playing Donna Summer has yet to be announced.
Tony-nominated Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan will play Bogart.
According to Deadline, classic songs which will be featured in the movie include Summers' "Last Dance"and"I Feel Love," Parliament's"Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)," The Isleys' "Fight the Power" and "It's Your Thing," Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia," Withers' "Lean on Me," Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" and "Superfly," KISS' "Rock and Roll All Nite" and The Village People's "YMCA" and "In the Navy."
Production on Spinning Gold is set to start in Montreal on July 16.
Rolling Stones fans will finally get the satisfaction of seeing the rock legends perform again when the band launches its 2019 No Filter Tour of North America tonight at Soldier Field in Chicago. The trek was delayed for about two months because frontman Mick Jagger needed to undergo a heart-valve operation a few weeks before the original April 20 start date.
Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood tells the CBC that he and his band mates were incredibly relieved when Jagger came through the surgery in great shape.
"We thank our lucky stars," Wood says.
Ronnie notes that everyone in the group was really taken aback when 75-year-old Jagger informed them about his heart issue, shortly after they'd started rehearsals for the tour.
"He called us to his room, we knew it was something serious," Wood recalls. "I think he needed a bit of support, which we gave him."
Wood says that once the band got "a big thumbs-up" from Jagger and his doctors that the surgery was a success, "we breathed a sigh of relief and were able to carry on with our lives again."
He now says the band can't wait to hit the stage.
"The way rehearsals were sounding…we're ready," he maintains. "We just need an audience now."
Ronnie also tells the CBC that the shows likely will feature a secondary stage where The Stones will play a short acoustic set that'll include gems like "Play with Fire" and "Sweet Virginia."
"We'll suddenly be among the people who thought they had bad seats," Wood points out."
You can check out a video of Jagger playing guitar onstage at Soldier Field while rehearsing for the kickoff show on The Stones' Twitter feed.
Here are all the No Filter Tour dates:
6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 6/25 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field 6/29 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Burl's Creek 7/3 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField 7/7 -- Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium 7/14 -- New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome 7/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field 7/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field 7/27 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium 8/1 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/5 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium 8/10 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High 8/14 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field 8/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium 8/22 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl 8/26 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium 8/31 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCMadonna was one of the guests on Thursday's The Tonight Show, where she and host Jimmy Fallon chatted about her recently released Madame X album, her similarly titled tour, and meeting former president Barrack Obama for the first time during her last Tonight Show visit.
"Oh my God, that is probably the most nervous I've ever been in my life, I had butterflies in my stomach, I was completely and utterly starstruck," she recalled.
"He's so hot," she continued, drawing a roar of laughter from Fallon's studio audience, to which she quickly added, "Sorry."
Fallon also recalled Madonna telling Obama, "You're the only reason I'm doing this show."
"I can hear you. I can hear you," was Jimmy's response.
The 60-year-old Material Girl -- who left her Madame X eye patch at home in favor of a veil, a pillbox hat, and a cleavage-enhancing blue-and-black sequined cocktail dress -- may not have a shot at marrying the former president, but that didn't stop her from proposing to Fallon. She joking that she and her "husband," 25-year-old Latin superstar Maluma, have an open marriage, and she and Jimmy could have the same.
Unless it's the best-kept secret in pop, Madonna was almost certainly referring to the faux marriage she and Maluma act out in the video for their "Medellin" collab.
Earlier, Madonna joined Fallon for a new game called, "Neon Dance Battle," where they took turns displaying their best dance moves to beats Jimmy's house band, The Roots, laid down.
Madonna's Madame X tour, which will consist of intimate theater performances, kicks of with 17 dates at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York running from September 12-October 6.
Credit: Polly SamsonA collection of more than 120 guitars belonging to Pink Floyd's David Gilmour was auctioned today at Christie's in New York City and the event brought in a total of almost $21.5 million, with many of the instruments selling for record prices.
Gilmour's most-prized guitar, known as "The Black Strat," fetched a whopping $3,975,000, which according to Christie's is the highest price a guitar has ever sold for at an auction.
The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer purchased The Black Strat in 1970 at Manny's Music in New York, and used it throughout his tenure with Pink Floyd, as well as for his recent solo albums.
Meanwhile, a 1954 white Fender Stratocaster with the serial number #0001 that David played while recording "Another Brick in the Wall (Parts Two and Three)" sold for over $1.8 million.
In addition, a 1969 Martin D-35 acoustic guitar was purchased for nearly $1.1 million, breaking the record for the highest auction price for a Martin guitar, previously held by Eric Clapton's 1939 OO0-42 model, which fetched $791,500 in 2004.
Another Martin acoustic, a D12-28 12-string model on which David composed the opening riff of "Wish You Were Here," fetched $531,000.
Other guitars that sold for record-setting prices included a 1958 Gretsch White Penguin and a 1955 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul, which both brought in $447,000 -- the highest price ever paid at auction for either a Gretsch or a Gibson Les Paul, according to Christie's.
Gilmour announced on the eve of the auction that he would donate proceeds from the sale to the ClientEarth charity, an organization that employs lawyers and environmental experts that fight against climate change.
Credit: Scott Robert RitchieRingo Starr turns 79 on July 7, and as has become an annual tradition, the former Beatles drummer will celebrate his birthday by holding a special gathering where he'll call on attendees to shout his "Peace and Love" catchphrase at noon local time.
Among the celebrities who will join Starr and his wife, Barbara, at the bash are several former members of Ringo's All Starr Band, including Edgar Winter, Sheila E, Nils Lofgren and famed session drummer Jim Keltner, as well as director David Lynch, longtime Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench, comic Richard Lewis and actor Ed Begley Jr.
The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. PT with some tribute performances of Ringo songs, and then Lynch will introduce Starr, who'll lead the crowd in a group "Peace and Love" moment before being presented with a birthday cake.
The celebration also includes the premiere of an original "peace and love"-themed song composed in Starr's honor by students of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, in collaboration with a South Central L.A. community arts center. Later on, a video for the song featuring the music students, plus some guest artists, will premiere online.
Since 2008, Ringo has called on fans to pause at noon local time on July 7, wherever they are, and say "peace and love," or share the #peaceandlove hashtag on social media. So far, official celebrations have been scheduled in more than 30 cities around the world.
"I've said it before but I really can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than peace and love," says Ringo.
One hundred million records sold? Check. Super-successful sold-out tours for decades? Check. Multiple awards? Check. Influence over younger generations? Check -- just look atpop superstar Taylor Swift's new video. So why the heck isn't Cher in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
Her current tour mate, Chic's Nile Rodgers, says it's because the system is flawed.
Rodgers -- who's a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and is also the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame -- has been opening for Cher with Chic most of this year on her current tour, and will resume touring with her in November. He believes Cher has been overlooked because people are too focused on opinions and not cold, hard facts.
"Unfortunately, I think that it's too many people trying to prove that their teenage years were cooler than the other person's teenage years," Nile told reporters at the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala recently. "Because I think that things like Halls of Fame should be based on statistics, and what people have actually accomplished...Not what you think -- it's actually what you do."
Rodgers then used the example of a baseball player who hits a huge number of home runs. "The announcer says, 'That person is a future Hall of Famer'...because they're basing it on statistics," the Chic frontman pointed out. "They know that you cannot perform at that level and never be in the Hall of Fame. It's impossible."
He adds, ruefully, "But in our music business, you can perform at Cher's level and not get in the Hall of Fame. It doesn't make any sense!"
Cher can take comfort in knowing that even if she never gets in, she can go back to polishing her Oscar, her Grammy, her Emmy, her Golden Globes and her Kennedy Center Honor.
Live Nation/Interscope Records/Maverick Madonna launched her career in New York City, and will launch her Madame X tour there later this year, so it's fitting that she's opened a pop-up shop in the Big Apple.
According to fans, the store, which is open now through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on West 15th Street, is offering similar merchandise to the stuff that's available on Madonna's website, including copies of the new album on both CD and vinyl, as well as t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and other accessories.
Some fans are upset that the store doesn't include certain items, though, such as the two-CD deluxe edition of the Madame X album, and NYC Pride t-shirts - especially since Madonna is going to appear at New York's WorldPride event later this month, and they are no longer available online.
One fan speculated that the pop-up shop is being used to get rid of extra 20th anniversary Like a Prayer merchandise, because there's so much of that available.
Randee St. NicholasIn January, some wiseguy started a Facebook campaign urging Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks to come to the McDonald's franchise in the U.K. town of Fleetwood and work a three-hour shift. Despite the campaign attracting more than 20,000 people, Stevie didn't bite -- but the employees of the franchise got a special treat courtesy of the band.
As NME reports, Fleetwood Mac invited the workers at the Fleetwood McDonald's franchise to attend their show at London's Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night. What's more, all the workers got to pose for a photo with Stevie, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Christine McVie, and watch the show sidestage.
"It was a fantastic evening seeing Fleetwood Mac live and to have the opportunity to share the experience with some of the Fleetwood team," NME quotes the Fleetwood McDonald's franchisee Nigel Dunnington as saying.
"I'm still amazed the band got in touch -- we're lucky our restaurant shares a name with such an iconic band," Dunnington added. "If Fleetwood Mac ever find themselves in the Fleetwood area, we'd love to return the favor and invite them back."
NME quotes an employee named Chelsea as saying, "I can't believe we met Fleetwood Mac before they performed tonight. We listen to their songs all the time but nothing beats seeing them live -- it's been incredible!"
Jeff Lynne's relaunched incarnation of the Electric Light Orchestra kicks off a new North American tour this evening in Anaheim, California. The 20-date trek, which will feature the late George Harrison's son, Dhani, opening all of the shows, is plotted out through an August 1 concert in Pittsburgh.
Lynne recently was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for his work with ELO, as a solo artist, and as a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, which, of course, also featured George Harrison, as well as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison.
On the red carpet at the Songwriters Hall of Fame event, Jeff told ABC Radio that he was excited about Dhani joining his band on the tour.
"It's gonna be great, 'cause I love Dhani," he enthused. "He's a great lad. And, you know, I've known him since I first met his dad. So, it's just 30-odd years…I've always thought the world of him. And now it's time for him to come and play in front of us."
Besides working with George on the two Traveling Wilburys album, Jeff co-produced and co-wrote songs on Harrison's hit 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine. In addition, he and Dhani collaborated to complete George's final studio album, the posthumously released Brainwashed.
Lynne also told ABC Radio that he was surprised that the ELO's music has experienced a resurgence in popularity.
"It's kind of weird. I've never thought of it like that, but people have been telling me," he noted. "You know, [they say], 'Wow, you should see it...this place, they're playing all your stuff, and this place, they're playing all your stuff, and they go mad for it.' So that's good."
Here are Jeff Lynne's ELO's 2019 North American tour dates:
6/20 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center 6/22 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center 6/24 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center 6/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena 6/28 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 6/29 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 7/5 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena 7/7 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 7/9 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center 7/11 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena 7/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 7/16 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center 7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena 7/20 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena 7/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena 7/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center 7/27 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 7/30 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena 8/1 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena