Credit: Tom RejzekJeff Beck recently released a limited-edition coffee-table book called BECK01 that focuses on the blues-rock legend's passion for both guitars and fast cars. The publication is packed with rare and captivating photos from throughout the lauded musician's life.
"Every one's a rarest picture that we can get," Beck tells ABC Radio about the images that appear in BECK01. "[There's] pretty amazing stuff in there."
Among the pics featured in BECK01 are some warts-and-all images that Jeff says he wish weren't in the book.
"There's some nasty pictures of the '60s, when I was not on top of the world, you might say," he explains, adding that "they encapsulate the misery I was going through at the time."
The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he's "a sucker for photo albums, because your mind is actually interpreting things without the text."
That being said, BECK01 features a 350-page manuscript that includes Jeff's recollections about his childhood, his years with The Yardbirds and the various Jeff Beck Group incarnations, his solo endeavors and his many star-studded collaborations. It also boasts anecdotes about Beck's love of vintage American cars, which he collects and personally works on.
Beck tells ABC Radio that his love for rock 'n' roll music led directly to his interest in hot rods, and was tied to his fascination with American culture in general. He cites Rebel Without a Cause and the 1958 movie Hot Rod Gang as major inspirations, particularly the latter flick.
"I'd never had the chance to even think about going to America," he points out, "and then to see this on my local cinema, with these hot rods racing through the streets…I thought, 'This is me, thank you.'"
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe once-private estate owned by Prince, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota, will soon become open to the public beginning October 6. Last week, news that the estate would turn into a museum surfaced, and it's now been confirmed by both Prince's surviving family and the trust company overseeing his estate, Bremer Trust.
"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always wanted to do and was actively working on," says Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson.
"Only a few hundred people have had the rare opportunity to tour the estate during his lifetime. Now, fans from around the world will be able to experience Prince's world for the first time as we open doors to this incredible place," she adds.
Visitors of the Paisley Park museum will be escorted through the estate in guided tours, which will showcase the iconic musician's rehearsal rooms, concert hall, personal archives and more.
"The new Paisley Park museum will offer fans a unique experience, an exhibition like no other, as Prince would have wanted it," said Prince's siblings in an official statement.
"Most important, the museum will display Prince's genius, honor his legacy, and carry forward his strong sense of family and community."
Tickets to visit the Paisley Park Museum will go on sale August 26 at 2 p.m. CT, and tours will begin on October 6. For more information, you can visit www.officialpaisleypark.com.
Credit: Sue GodleyFormer 10cc singer/keyboardist and award-winning video director Kevin Godley has launched a new website focusing on his wide-ranging career as a creative artist.
The site, Kevin-Godley.com, features some previously unreleased content, including a new video of him performing the 1974 10cc song "Somewhere in Hollywood" and a new track, "Expecting a Message," that he recorded with French electronic music producer Luke Mornay.
Godley reveals that he created the "Somewhere in Hollywood" video after 10cc singer/guitarist Graham Gouldman asked him if he would sing the song on the band's upcoming U.K. tour. Godley had no interest in re-joining the band, so he came up with another solution to help Gouldman out.
As he explains, "It's a complex song and a bastard to perform live so I offered to re-record the vocal to minimal instrumentation and make a film of myself singing it so the band could accompany my projected image on stage."
Godley's website also offers a biographical page, examples of his artwork, other videos he directed and links to purchase his 2015 interactive memoir SPACECAKE and his recent audio movie project Hog Fever.
"Creatively I'm all over the place but, as of now, I'm all over the one place," Kevin says of the website. "Kevin-godley.com isn't a museum, it's a ME-seum. Music, film clips, drawings, facts, figures, histories and futures."
Besides being an original member of 10cc, Godley perhaps is best-known as half of the duo Godley & Creme, which he formed with his 10cc band mate and longtime friend Lol Creme. Their best known song was the top 20 hit "Cry," whose groundbreaking video featured some then-amazing face-morphing special effects.
Credit: Tyler CurtisTwisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has revealed the official release date for his recently reported new solo album, We Are the Ones -- October 28. The veteran glam-metal rocker also has launched a PledgeMusic crowd-funding campaign to promote the record, offering lots of incentives to fans who contribute to the project.
In a video message, Snider explains, "I was at the end of my musical career, saying goodbye with my band Twisted Sister after 40 years, and now I find myself on a whole new adventure, making new music, contemporary rock music, and it's a whole new world for me…One door closed, another one opened, and I'm here asking you to come on this journey with me."
We Are the Ones finds Snider delving into a variety of rock genres. Track include a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole," a soaring anthem called "Superhero," a tune titled "So What" that features a string section, and an acoustic rendition of Twisted Sister's classic "We're Not Gonna Take It."
Donate money to Dee's PledgeMusic drive and you'll immediately receive a download of the unplugged "We're Not Gonna Take It," and also gain access to exclusive online content like artist updates and behind-the-scenes making-of videos. Incentives include various pieces of Snider merchandise; signed instruments, posters, lyric sheets and photos; collectible Snider Lego figures; the chance to attend a private party featuring performance by Dee; and much more.
Snider will be performing solo at the 2016 Riot Fest September 18 in Chicago, while Twisted Sister is slated to play its final show ever on October 1 at the Rock Carnival festival in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Reprise RecordsFour long-out-of-print Neil Young albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma -- will be reissued as standalone vinyl LPs on September 6.
The albums were previously released together in 2014 in a limited-edition vinyl box set, in conjunction with Record Store Day. Each album was remastered from the original analog recordings.
Times Fades Away is a live album made up of previously unreleased material recorded during Young's tour in support of his hit 1972 album Harvest. The record, which landed at #22 on the Billboard 200, features contributions from David Crosby and Graham Nash.
On the Beach peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and includes such gems as "For the Turnstiles" and "Ambulance Blues." The disc features Crosby, Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina, and The Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko.
Tonight's the Night is Young's critically acclaimed tribute to late Crazy Horse singer/guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry, who both died of drug overdoses. It album reached #25 on the Billboard 200, and features performances by Whitten, Talbot, Molina, Nils Lofgren and Jack Nitzsche.
Zuma, which also reached #25 on the Billboard chart, includes "Cortez the Killer," "Don't Cry No Tears" and "Barstool Blues." Credited to Young and Crazy Horse, it was the first album to feature longtime Crazy Horse guitarist Frank Sampedro. Crosby, Nash and Stephen Stills also lent their talents to the record.
Time Fades Away, On the Beach and Zuma have all been certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.
Credit: Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne will play a pair of benefit shows during his recently announced U.S. fall acoustic tour, which gets underway on September 29 in Livermore, California, and wraps up October 13 in Boise, Idaho.
The first benefit gig takes place on October 4 at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California, and will raise funds for Safety Harbor Kids. The nonprofit organization works to improve the lives of homeless children, orphans, foster kids by offering their educational opportunities, such as music and arts programs and tutoring. Tickets for the show will go on sale starting this Friday, August 26, at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketfly.com.
The next night, October 5, Browne will perform at Pomona College's Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, California, and that concert will benefit that city's Folk Music Center Museum. The museum is dedicated to promoting and preserving traditional and contemporary folk music and culture, while also preserving folk instruments. Tickets for that show also go on sale Friday, at 10 a.m. PT, and will be available at the venue's box office, online at Pomona.edu/bridges and the Folk Music Center.
Browne currently is winding down a series of full-band shows in the U.S. that's scheduled through an August 29-30 engagement in San Diego. The folk-rock great also will team up with Spanish flamenco guitarist Raul Rodriguez for a brief tour of Spain in mid-September.
On top of all that, Browne will take part in the Benefit Concert Against Gun Violence with Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn and others on September 25 in New York City.
Here are all of Browne's upcoming U.S. tour dates:
8/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre 8/26 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre 8/27 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 8/29 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay 8/30 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay 9/25 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre - Benefit Concert Against Gun Violence 9/29 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards 10/1 -- San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 10/2 -- Grass Valley, CA, Veteran's Memorial Auditorium 10/4 -- Ventura, CA, Majestic Ventura Theater 10/5 -- Claremont, CA, Bridges Auditorium – Pomona College 10/7 -- Tucson, AZ, The Fox Tucson Theatre 10/10 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center 10/11 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center 10/13 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
Andrew Lipovsky/NBCDollyParton dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to plug her new album, Pure & Simple, as well as her upcoming holiday TV movie, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Dolly also revealed that she and her husband celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary not with a fancy dinner out, but with fast food.
The 70-year-old country legend and her husband, Carl Dean, marked their golden wedding anniversary with a road trip in their RV and renewed their wedding vows in Ringgold, Georgia, where they first tied the knot in 1966, followed by an intimate celebration.
"We took the little RV and went down and spent the night, she told host Jimmy Fallon. "We just got fast food and ate in our camper and spent the night."
"It was [romantic] to us," added Dolly.
Parton also revealed during the interview that she'll have a small part in her upcoming TV movie, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, the sequel to her hit 2015 film. The role pays homage to an important lady in her life.
"When I was little, I patterned my look after the town trollup," recalls the "9 to 5" singer. "I thought she was the most beautiful thing. She had all this makeup and hair and all the tight clothes and everything I wanted, so it impressed me. So I thought, 'Why not play the painted lady?' you know, that I patterned my look after."
Dolly returned later to perform the title track from her Pure & Simple album, available now.
Courtesy of On the BlueThe next edition of The Moody Blues' fan cruise doesn't take place until January 2018, but the initial lineup of the nautical music fest has just been unveiled. Among the acts slated to join the veteran British rockers on the Moody Blues Cruise 2018 are Dave Mason, Jefferson Starship, Richie Furay, the Alan Parsons Live Project, Little River Band, Ambrosia and The Ides of March.
The fourth installment of the cruise has been subtitled "Sur la Mer" after The Moody Blues' 1988 studio album of the same name, which included the top 30 hit "I Know You're Out There Somewhere." The five-night cruise sets sail from Miami on January 2 and stops at Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico, before returning to port on January 7. You can reserve your spot on the trip now by visiting MoodiesCruise.com.
Other artists on the bill include The Strawbs, Caravan, Shawn Phillips, Lighthouse and The Orchestra, which features former members of Electric Light Orchestra. In addition to the many performances, the cruise will offer Q&A sessions and meet-and-greet events. Prior to the journey, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary New Year's Eve concert and party in Miami, and a New Year's Day music and football-watching bash.
Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward says of the seagoing extravaganza, "It's such a great opportunity to have all the fans together. I think the cruises are probably more about the people who love the Moody's music getting together; I think we're kind of incidental to it. I'm looking forward to it; it's always fun. And it's good to be with other artists."
Richard E. Aaron/RedfernsThe NHL's Minnesota Wild will go wild for Prince this coming season.
The hockey team announced Tuesday that beginning with the 2016-2017 season, it will use his song "Let's Go Crazy" when it scores a goal during home games at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Wild, which had been using Joe Satriani's "Crowd Chant" as its goal song, said the change was made in response to feedback from a survey taken by season ticket holders this summer.
“Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it's great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” John Maher, vice president of brand, content and communications for the Wild, is quoted as saying in a story posted on its website. “At the same time, it's our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artist that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”
Prince was found dead in his Minneapolis-area home on April 21. It was determined that the singer, who was 57, died from an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.
Courtesy of AXS TVNeil Young will be featured in a rare in-depth television interview on the first of nine new episodes of AXS TV's program The Big Interview that will air in the coming months. The show, hosted by veteran newsman Dan Rather, will premiere on Tuesday, September 13, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The folk-rock legend will discuss a wide variety of topics with Rather, including his new environmental-themed live album Earth; his disdain for large corporations, and the damage he feels they're doing to the democratic process; his new high-resolution digital music player, Pono; being stricken with polio as a child; and much more. Neil also shares his thoughts about Prince's death, his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and his current collaboration with Promise of the Real, a band that features Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah.
A variety of other music stars also will be featured on upcoming episodes of The Big Interview, including Meat Loaf on September 20, country singer Martina McBride on September 27; Olivia Newton-John on October 4 and Canadian crooner Michael Bublé on October 11.
Prior to the premiere of Young's installment of The Big Interview, AXS TV will host a marathon featuring memorable previous episodes of the show on Saturday, September 10. The programming block will include shows focusing on Frankie Valli at 8 a.m. ET, Crosby, Stills & Nash at 10 a.m., KISS' Gene Simmons at 11 a.m., Sammy Hagar at 2 p.m., Gregg Allman at 3 p.m., John Fogerty at 4 p.m., Dolly Parton at 5 p.m., Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson at 6 p.m. and Willie Nelson at 7 p.m. Preview segments of Young's episode also will be shown during the marathon.
Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleJust days after the release of her 43rd album, Pure & Simple, Dolly Parton is busy making the media rounds in New York City to promote it.
She started the day Tuesday on Fox & Friends, revealing during her appearance that her new NBC holiday movie, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, will premiere November 30. It's the sequel to last year's successful made-for-TV movie based on her classic, "Coat of Many Colors." You can check out Parton's Dolly's entire Fox News interview online.
Meanwhile, this evening Parton will pay a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT on NBC. Dolly also is set to stop by the Today show Wednesday morning. It starts at 7 a.m. on NBC.
Courtesy of KPM BerlinDavid Bowie was honored with a commemorative plaque Monday in his one-time home of Berlin, where the late rock legend resided during the late 1970s. According to The Guardian, the bone-china marker was unveiled in Schöneberg district of the German capital, at the site of the apartment Bowie shared with his friend and musical collaborator Iggy Pop from 1976 to 1978.
The porcelain plaque features Bowie's name, his birth and death dates, and explains in German that while he lived at the residence he worked on the albums Low, Heroes and Lodger, known as his "Berlin Trilogy." The marker also features a famous lyrical line from his song "Heroes": "We can be Heroes, just for one day."
Bowie moved to Berlin with the intention of dealing with a drug habit he'd developed while also living more anonymously. The music he created while in the city is considered some of his most experimental and inventive.
The Guardian reports Berlin Mayor Michael Müller was on hand to unveil the plaque, along with hundreds of people who attended the ceremony. Müller commented that Bowie played an important role in promoting Berlin's "sense of being a city of culture, creativity and openness," adding, "David Bowie belongs to Berlin, David Bowie belongs to us."
The German senate immediately signed off on the commemorative plaque, even though a five-year waiting period after a notable figure dies usually is required for such an honor to be approved. Bowie died January 10 of this year.
Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentPublic eyes will be watching Daryl Hall and John Oates on Friday, September 2, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo is honored with the 2,587th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The singer/songwriters will be on hand for the ceremony, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. PT.
The star will be located at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musicians Institute. Veteran record executive Jerry Greenberg will be a guest speaker at the event, which will be emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler. Fans who can't make it out to the ceremony will be able to watch a live-stream of the festivities at WalkOfFame.com.
"We are proud to welcome Daryl Hall & John Oates to the world-famous Walk of Fame," says Gubler in a statement. "Fans from all over the world are excited to know that these two great music influencers will be immortalized in history with a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame."
Hall and Oates released a string of popular, soulful and catchy singles during the 1970s and '80s, including "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile," "One on One," "You Make My Dreams," "Say It Isn't So," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and "Maneater." The duo was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2014 and continues to tour. They currently have a dozen U.S. shows on their 2016 itinerary.
Here are all of Hall and Oates' upcoming concerts:
9/3 -- Westlake Village, CA, Blue Sun Music & Wine Festival 9/9 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre 9/12 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 9/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 9/16 -- Del Mar, CA, KAABOO Festival 9/18 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion 9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 9/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena 9/25 -- Franklin, TN, Pilgrimage Music Festival 10/27 -- Honolulu, HI, Blaisdell Arena 10/29 -- Maui, HI, Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center 11/11 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater
Ash Newell; Myriam SantosStyx will kick off its 2017 itinerary by joining forces with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder for a five-date residency this January at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The engagement, dubbed "Styx & Don Felder: Renegades in the Fast Lane," will take place on January 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14.
Tickets for the residency will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 26, at 10 a.m. PT at Venetian.com/StyxFelder. Presale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, August 24, at 10 a.m. PT. Styx and Felder previously performed together during the 2014 Soundtrack of Summer Tour, which also featured Foreigner.
"I have been an admirer of Don Felder's unique gifts as a guitar player for decades," says founding Styx member James "JY" Young. "Finally meeting him and having him on the same bill as us in 2014 was great fun. He's like a long lost brother to me."
Felder adds, "I'm so excited to be sharing the stage at The Venetian with my good friends Styx. This is going to be one 'rocking' 'rocking' city in the U.S."
Meanwhile, as previously reported, Styx will release a video companion to its 2015 concert album Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download on September 2. The performance, which took place in July 2014 during the Soundtrack of Summer tour, features a guest appearance by Felder.
Credit: Adriano ScognamilloCarlos Santana recently announced that around the same time he made Santana IV, the new studio album reuniting most of his band's original members, he began work on another recording project with famed Isley Brothers singer Ronald Isley. Carlos now has shared an update about the latter album's status.
"We just about finished it," he told ABC Radio. "[We recorded] 16 songs in four days, [and] I wish I could see your eyes and your face when you listen to the whole album. It's unbelievable."
Santana also revealed that among the other musicians who contributed to the album were lauded session keyboardist Greg Phillinganes; two current members of his group, including his wife, drummer Cindy Blackman; and guitarist Ernie Isley, Ronald's brother and fellow Isley Brothers band mate.
The project came about after Ronald Isley lent guest vocals to two songs on Santana IV, which was released this past April. Santana IV featured Carlos teaming up with former Santana singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve, percussionist Michael Carabello and guitarist Neal Schon for the first time since the early 1970s.
While the musicians have only played a handful of special shows to promote the record so far, Carlos told ABC Radio that he "absolutely" expects to release more new music with his old band mates.
"There's a lot of music that we recorded that needs to be completed," he revealed. "And yes, we had a ball and we plan on definitely doing Santana Five, Six and Seven, hopefully."
First up for Carlos, however, will be a recently reported one-off performance this Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with his new jazz-fusion supergroup Mega Nova. The band also features jazz greats Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, as well as Carlos' wife, Cindy.
Lester Cohen/WireImageOn Saturday, Joni Mitchell made her first public appearance since suffering a debilitating brain aneurysm in March of 2015. According to the 72-year-old singer/songwriter's official website, Mitchell attended a concert Saturday night by jazz great Chick Corea at Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles.
A photo taken that evening of Mitchell with Corea, his wife and legendary jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock was posted on Chick's official Facebook page. The pic shows a smiling Joni holding Hancock's hand, as Corea puts his arms around the two other musicians.
Mitchell was hospitalized in March 2015 after suffering an aneurysm and being discovered unconscious at her L.A. home. In June of last year, Joni's friend and conservator Leslie Morris reported that she was speaking and undergoing daily therapy and was expected to make a full recovery.
Bobby Bank/WireImageAfter rejoining The Monkees for their August 5 concert in Monterey, California, Michael Nesmith has announced he'll perform with the band at their September 16 show at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The singer revealed the news in a message on his Facebook page, while also hinting that the L.A. appearance might be the final time he'll play with the group.
"Been talking to Micky [Dolenz] and Peter [Tork] about the Los Angeles Pantages Monkees concert and have agreed to come down to play that show with them," Nesmith writes. "I expect it will be fun, and a great way for me to sign out. I see the specter of the multiple [Frank] Sinatra retirement/farewells -- and this seems like the perfect time for me to step off, sit down and shut up."
Nesmith, who's sat out most of The Monkees' 50th anniversary tour to focus on writing a book, points out that while the group will be visiting other parts of the world after wrapping up the North American leg of the trek, he has other plans.
"I…will be starting my Infinite Tuesday book tour in the first quarter of 2017, as well as some solo concerts, and other projects that will make it not possible to be with them on that tour," he reports. "So this seemed like the right opportunity for me to get together with them as Monkees."
Nesmith also notes the L.A. concert takes place on almost the exact 50th anniversary of The Monkees TV series' premiere, which was September 12, 1966.
Mike finishes his note by declaring, "What a long strange trip it's been said [The Grateful Dead] -- and it looks like I've made it to the end."
Check out all of The Monkees' upcoming concerts at Monkees.com.
Courtesy of The Bridge SchoolThe lineup has been revealed for the 2016 edition of Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will include headlining performances by ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters and Metallica, along with Young and his current backing group, Promise of the Real.
The two-day event, which will be held October 22-23 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, also will feature longtime E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren, country legend Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Dave Matthews and other artists.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public at LiveNation.com starting Monday, August 29, at 10 a.m. PT.
The Bridge School Benefit Concert, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is an all-acoustic event organized by Young and his estranged wife, Pegi. The event raises funds for the Bridge School, a facility co-founded by Pegi that helps children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.
Guy Prives/RedfernsIf you're not a fan of either of the major party's candidate for president, perhaps you'd consider casting your vote for a genuine shock rocker. Alice Cooper recently -- and perhaps jokingly -- threw his top hat in the ring and launched his own campaign for U.S. president, complete with a special website and merchandise promoting his candidacy.
Billing himself as "A Troubled Man for Troubled Times," Cooper says he's running as The Wild Party's candidate, and has laid out a platform of important goals he hopes to achieve as Leader of the Free World. These include: Getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC; a snake in every pot; no more pencils, no more books; adding late Motorhead frontman Lemmy to Mount Rushmore; putting Groucho Marx on the $50 bill; banning talking during movies in theater; and banning taking selfies, except on a designated National Selfie Day.
You can check out his full platform at AliceforPresident.com, where you also can buy merch packages that include an "Alice for President" poster, bumper sticker, button and phony billion dollar bill.
In conjunction with his campaign, Cooper has rereleased his 1972 hit "Elected" as a special digital single. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also is showcasing the song on his current headlining tour. During his performances of the tune, Alice dons a modified Uncle Sam outfit while people dressed as macabre versions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump come out on stage and proceed to have a no-holds-barred battle before ultimately making out with each other. Watch a recent example of one such performance at Cooper's official YouTube channel.
Cooper's current North American tour continues on Tuesday, August 23, in Houston and is mapped out through an October 30 show in Los Angeles.
Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleDolly Parton's publicist recently joked that even though the country legend's latest album is called Pure & Simple, it's actually anything but that! While the title refers both to a new song and to the collection's sparse arrangements, when it comes to the ways you can take it home, there are actually quite a few. Parton's 43rd studio effort is available in three different versions in the U.S., with at least one more option internationally.
In addition to the standard single-disc of Pure & Simple, both Walmart and Cracker Barrel can boast exclusive editions with songs not available anywhere else.
For Walmart, Parton added the tunes "Mama" and "Lovin' You," as well as a second disc titled Dolly’s Biggest Hits, which includes her take on The Beatles' "Help!" as well as the gospel classic "How Great Thou Art."
On the Cracker Barrel exclusive, you can hear Dolly sing her hits "Jolene" and "9 to 5" live, from her triumphant 2014 gig at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival. International editions add even more tunes from the memorable set.