Image Courtesy of Simon & SchusterAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he's wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles. In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America's greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced along the way.
A large part of the book is dedicated to Joe's complicated and often contentious relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Perry tells ABC News that while he did include a lot of negative aspects of his dealings with Tyler, he also wanted to give a balanced account of their history together.
"I didn't want to have this be like a 'well, he did this and he did that' [story]," says Joe. "I wanted it to be as equal as possible [and] take responsibility for my end of the down sides of things, but also…let people know that for all the times when they would focus on the ups and downs of Steven's and my relationship, there was also a lot of good times in there."
Perry also explains that he decided not to shy away from writing about incidents that might cast himself in a negative light.
"You go…'do I want to put that in the book and have people know that side of me, that I kind of like slipped or…I'm responsible for…the down side of that?" he notes. "And, of course, the answer's 'yes,'…because I felt I had to be as open as possible with this and let as much truth out there as possible, to let people know my side of the story."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he considers Rocks "an up book," pointing out that it shows that Aerosmith is "still able to work out all those problems" it's faced through the years.
Meanwhile, Perry maintains that his decision to write a book about the history of Aerosmith now doesn't mean that's the end of the band's story.
"I'm here to say the band is not breaking up," he declares. "We have plans for touring next year, things like that, so...I just wanted to get a lot of the things out up 'til now."
That being said, Perry admits that he and his band mates realize as the years pass that there's a finite amount of time left for Aerosmith.
"We don't know how much longer it's gonna go," he notes. "Like, during this last tour, [drummer] Joey [Kramer] had problems with his heart, and we didn't know what was gonna happen with that. I mean, we're all at that age where things like that can happen." Kramer inevitably was able to return to the group before the end of the tour. As Perry points out, "10 days later, he was back on the throne flailing like he was 10 years younger."
Universal Music EnterprisesThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp's Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S. To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.
Crime of the Century, Supertramp's third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band's first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38. The record also yielded the group's first top 40 single in the States, "Bloody Well Right," which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the album featured "Dreamer," a live version of which would go on to become a top 20 hit in 1980.
All of the songs on the record were either written or co-written by Supertramp's two lead singers, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.
The 40th Anniversary Edition of Crime of the Century includes a bonus disc boasting a 1975 concert performance Supertramp gave at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The show features renditions of all of the album's songs, as well as a few tunes that appeared on the band's next studio effort, 1975's Crisis? What Crisis? The live recordings were mixed from the original tapes by renowned producer/engineer Ken Scott.
The Crime of the Century reissue also will be available as a three-LP 180-gram vinyl set and as a digital download.
Here is the track list for the expanded Crime of the Century:
Disc 1: "School" "Bloody Well Right" "Hide in Your Shell"/"Asylum" "Dreamer"/"Rudy" "If Everyone Was Listening" "Crime of the Century"
Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith '75 "School" "Bloody Well Right" "Hide in Your Shell" "Asylum" "Sister Moonshine" "Just a Normal Day" "Another Man's Woman" "Lady" "A -- You're Adorable" "Dreamer" "Rudy" "If Everyone Was Listening" "Crime of the Century
Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementHail, hail, Chuck Berry, who celebrates his 88th birthday today. The rock 'n' roll pioneer has been a national treasure since he duck-walked onto the music scene some 60 years ago. Not that we need reminding, but his many unforgettable tunes include "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Rock and Roll Music," "Back in the U.S.A." and "Memphis, Tennessee."
With his catchy melodies, his witty lyrics and his trademark guitar riffs, it's hard to gauge the impact Berry's had on rock music. He directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks, and that's just for starters. Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986.
The rocking octogenarian may have slowed down a bit in recent years, but he's still at it. He continues to play a monthly show at Blueberry Hill club's Duck Room in his hometown of St. Louis, as well as other occasional concerts. In August, Berry was honored for his career achievements with Sweden's prestigious Polar Prize, although he was unable attend the ceremony because of illness.
Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinJimmy Page has weighed in once again about the prospects for a possible Led Zeppelin reunion and, not surprisingly, he's not optimistic. In a new Billboard interview, the guitar great points out that it's been seven years since the band's last performance, at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London, and notes that "quite clearly…there is not going to be any more because obviously you need the will of all people involved."
Looking back at the preparation for the concert, Page tells the magazine that "from the point of view of Jason [Bonham], myself and John Paul Jones, there was a real will to actually work at it, but there was only one concert." He adds, "I thought there was going to be more. It was intimated that there was going to be more."
Of course, it's been made clear in numerous interviews that singer Robert Plant was the sole hold-out when it came to extending the reunion.
In other news, Page tells Billboard that, now that he's finished work on the expanded Led Zeppelin reissues, he is indeed planning to focus on a solo project in 2015. He says, "My master plan is to be playing live next year. I haven't got another 20-30 years left in me, so I really need to get out there and present myself the way that I like to present myself and to be seen and be heard."
Jimmy guarantees that Led Zeppelin music will be a part of his live show, "because I'm really proud of the music that I did and the instrumental side of it -- things like 'Black Mountain Side,' 'White Summer' and 'Dazed and Confused.'" He adds that he'll try to bring something fresh to the live performances of his old group's tunes, noting that he "wouldn't go out and make it look like a tribute band."
Page insists that he also plans to work on some new original music, while admitting that he hasn't put a band together yet to back him.
With regard to the sound of the new material, Jimmy says, "It wouldn't really be me if I didn't have music that was in various genres and moods, but there will be some surprises to go along with that. That's the idea."
He tells Billboard that he can't be more specific "because I haven't had the chance to really work on it." Page adds, "But given the momentum of working and knowing that I'm going to be doing concerts, I'm getting ready to start putting all the pieces into play."
Image Courtesy of JAG EntertainmentTim Hauser, a founding member of the pop-jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday at the age of 72. The band's manager JoAnn Geffen tells the Asbury Park Press that Hauser passed away after suffering a heart attack.
The quartet's surviving members, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel, posted a joint statement on their official Facebook page that reads, "Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer. We spent more than 40 years together singing and making music, traveling the world, and sharing so many special moments throughout our lives... It's incomprehensible to think of this world without him."
Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer in 1972, and the group went on to score a handful of top 40 singles. Its biggest pop hit was the 1981 tune "The Boy from New York City," which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the band has won eight Grammy Awards over the years, and in 1981 it became the first act to take home Grammys in pop and jazz categories in the same year.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow issued his own statement about Hauser, describing him as "a remarkable talent and pioneering figure in jazz vocal music." Portnow added that "Hauser was also a gifted producer and vocal arranger. Throughout his career, his love for music and performing always prevailed, as evidenced by the group's live shows and international popularity."
Hauser is survived by his wife, Barb, as well as a son, Basie, and a daughter, Lily.
The Manhattan Transfer has announced that it will continue to tour despite Tim's passing. The group's next show is scheduled for this Thursday, October 23, in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Bob Gruen/Atlantic RecordsA U.S. district court judge has ruled against Led Zeppelin's surviving members in their attempt to have a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving the band's "Stairway to Heaven" either moved to a California court or dismissed completely. The suit, which claims that the opening of "Stairway" was cribbed from an obscure 1968 instrumental titled "Taurus" by the group Spirit, was filed in this past May in Pennsylvania and the case currently is slated to be tried there.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a memorandum issued by Led Zeppelin's attorneys asking for the dismissal or change of venue stated, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here."
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the family of late Spirit guitarist Randy California, countered by amending their lawsuit to add the claim that through "the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven,'" the band's members "make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania" via "CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances" and other avenues of income.
Justice Juan Sánchez denied the Led Zeppelin members' request for a dismissal or a transfer of venue, although he did so without prejudice, which means that the rockers can attempt again to have the suit dismissed or the site moved.
"Stairway to Heaven," of course, is one of Led Zeppelin's most popular songs. Incidentally, the album it first appeared on, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV, is scheduled to be reissued on October 28. Deluxe versions of the record will include a previously unreleased version of the tune.
Image Courtesy of Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalThe Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its dates for 2015. The 14th edition of the fest will be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.
Bonnaroo first began in 2002. The festival initially was mainly focused on jam bands before eventually expanding into other genres. The lineup for the 2014 festival, which was announced in February, included such veteran artists as Elton John, Lionel Richie, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Chaka Khan, Bobby Womack, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal, among many others.
A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaIf you've ever thought U2 frontman Bono's habit of always wearing shades was merely a rock star affectation, well, get ready to eat some crow: turns out there's a serious medical reason behind it.
On Friday's episode of BBC TV's The Graham Norton Show, when host Norton asks Bono if he ever takes off his sunglasses, the 54-year-old singer replies, "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years."
Glaucoma results in a buildup of pressure around the eye, which if untreated can led to nerve damage and even blindness. The eyes of glaucoma sufferers are sensitive to light, which is why many wear shades.
Bono calmed fans' fears by adding, "I have good treatments and I am going to be fine," but jokes, "You're not going to get this out of your head now, and you'll be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono.'"
The singer also addressed the controversy over the recent release of U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, which was provided for free to iTunes users worldwide. Many fans resented the fact that the album automatically downloaded into their iTunes playlists.
"We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don't believe in Father Christmas," Bono tells Norton on Friday's show. "All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it's an improvement."
Image Courtesy of NetflixThe third season of Lilyhammer, the Netflix series starring E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, will premiere on November 21 at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT. All eight new hourlong episodes of the series will be accessible from the on-demand service at that time.
Lilyhammer follows the exploits of a fictional New York mob boss named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano -- portrayed by Van Zandt -- who has relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the federal witness-protection program.
This season will see Tagliano, who lives in Norway under the alias Johnny Henriksen, having to help out his henchman Roar when he runs into legal trouble after traveling to Brazil to meet an Internet bride. Van Zandt's character also will have to deal with an old "family friend" from the U.S. who shows up in Lillehammer gets involved in some illegal activities.
As Deadline reported last month, Van Zandt's real-life "boss," Bruce Springsteen, will make a cameo appearance on this season of Lilyhammer, playing the owner of a mortuary in an episode that was filmed in New York City.
Besides starring in Lilyhammer, Van Zandt also serves as executive producer, writer and composer on the series. This season also will see Little Steve make his directorial debut, as he was behind the camera for the show's finale.
Van Zandt recently won the Best Actor in a Comedy prize for his work on Lilyhammer at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, while the show landed the Best International Comedy Series award at the same event. The series also was honored as Best TV Drama this year at Norway's Gullruten awards ceremony.
Douglas Gorenstein/NBCSting visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday to talk about his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship. Sting told Fallon it's been a challenge.
"I think it's the most difficult thing I've ever tackled, telling a story with songs," Sting explained, noting that the musical took "five years of extraordinarily hard work" to come to fruition.
The Last Ship tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s in Wallsend, a community in northeastern England where Sting was born and grew up. The musical is currently in previews at the Neil Simon Theatre and officially opens October 25.
The interview concluded with the British rocker having a little fun with Fallon and singing popular cell phone ringtones.
Sting also recorded an outgoing voicemail message to the tune of the Police's "Message in a Bottle" for an audience member, picked at random.
Later in the show, Last Ship cast member Rachel Tucker joined others from the musical for a performance of the song "If You Ever See Me Talking to a Sailor."
PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom "Country Roads" to Hollywood Boulevard!: The late John Denver is slated to be honored with the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 24. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. PT and will take place at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard near Sycamore Avenue.
Two of the beloved singer/songwriter's children -- Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver -- will be on hand to accept the honor on behalf of their family. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event. Indie-rock act Trampled by Turtles will perform an acoustic rendition of the Denver's 1974 hit "Annie's Song" during the festivities, while other as-yet-unannounced guests also will make appearances.
"We are proud to honor one of America's singing icons who has been missed for many years," says Gubler in a statement. "Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by."
For fans who can't make it to the unveiling in person, the ceremony will stream live via WalkofFame.com.
On the same day as the Walk of Fame event, an exhibition featuring 40 previously unseen photographs taken by Denver will open at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood. The exhibit, titled "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver," will remain on display through November 23. Limited editions of the singer's photos also will be sold at the gallery.
As previously reported, a four-CD, career-spanning box set called All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection is scheduled to be released on November 4. The compilation will feature classic hits, memorable album cuts, live performances, demo recordings and rare tracks, and will include six previously unreleased songs.
Denver died in a 1997 plane crash at the age of 53.
Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsPhil Collins is one of the many well-known music artists who appear in an upcoming documentary titled 808, which explores the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. The film, which was directed by Alexander Dunn, takes an in-depth look at how the electronic instrument has changed the music industry, from its introduction in 1980 to today.
Other stars featured in the movie include New Order, Blur frontman Damon Albarn, pop hitmatker Pharrell Williams, Roots drummer Questlove, electronica artist Fatboy Slim, 808 pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and lauded producers Rick Rubin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
"808 has really been a journey of discovery for me," says Dunn in a statement. "One that led myself and the team to meet over 50 musicians and artists from all around the world, hearing their personal stories about the 808 and the music they created using its iconic sounds. Those artists and musicians are the real protagonists of the film and the 808, in the hands of our contributors, would change music forever."
The film, as well as a companion soundtrack, will be released in 2015.
PR News Foto/Verve Music GroupBarry Manilow will debut songs from his new album, My Dream Duets, this Friday on QVC.
Starting at 6 p.m. ET, Barry Manilow: Q Sessions Live will feature the singer performing songs from the new record, as well as from Live in London, a bonus CD that includes four never-released live tracks. The CD has been compiled especially for QVC, and viewers will be able to order it, along with the regular album, a week before it arrives.
My Dream Duets features Barry singing, through the magic of technology, with stars who are no longer with us, like Whitney Houston, Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield and Sammy Davis Jr. The Live in London CD was recorded at London's O2 arena in May of 2011, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It includes a version of Manilow's classic "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again."
On the QVC website, you also can watch an interview with Barry in which he explains why he decided to go this route with the album. He says his record company asked him to do a duets project, so he made a list of all the artists he'd really want to sing with, and realized that all of them were no longer with us. He figured that the project was impossible, but his record company was determined to make it happen.
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesFormer Journey frontman Steve Perry continues to help fire up San Francisco Giants fans during his hometown team's 2014 playoff run.
Last week, during a home game against the Washington Nationals, the golden-voiced singer led the crowd in a sing-along of his old band's classic anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" from the stands at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and was at it again this week as the Giants try to move past the St. Louis Cardinals to get to the World Series.
On Tuesday, Perry was seen belting out the song as the Giants were on route to a 5-4 victory to take a two-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series. Then, last night, Steve appeared again in the stands, this time singing along with the crowd as "Lights," Journey's ode to the Bay City, played over the PA system. The Giants went on to beat the Cardinals again, 6-to-4, and now need just one more win to punch their ticket to the World Series, where they would face off against this year's American League champs, the Kansas City Royals.
Meanwhile, the Giants' home games during the current playoff series have featured a number of other cool musical moments. Before Tuesday's contest, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh -- joined by Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery -- sang the national anthem. Then last night, Tower of Power's Ray Greene belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the game, while ex-Santana singer Tony Lindsay crooned "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.
Game 5 of the National League Championship Series takes place tonight at AT&T Park and will air at 8:07 p.m. ET on Fox Sports.
Walter McBride/Getty ImagesLegendary rockers stick together. Bruce Springsteen was in the audience for Wednesday night's preview performance of Sting's new Broadway musical The Last Ship, reports Showbiz411.
According to the website, Springsteen attended the show with his daughter Jessica, and then led the standing ovation at the end of the performance. Afterwards, he hung out backstage with Sting and the show's cast.
Springsteen and Sting have worked together on and off for years, mostly at charity events. For example, they were both part of the 1988 Human Rights Now! Amnesty International tour, and Bruce was a special guest at Sting's 2010 New York City benefit for his Rainforest Fund. Both men are also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though Sting, who is in as a member of The Police, has a chance to be inducted a second time next year, as a solo artist.
The Last Ship, partially based on Sting's childhood growing up in a shipbuilding town in the North of England, officially opens on October 26 at the Neil Simon Theater.
Reprise/WEAThe Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2015 "Performing Songwriters" nominees, and the list includes quite a few legendary rockers.
Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson have all been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015 class. Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and Steve Winwood are also among the prospective inductees.
Among those up for induction in the non-performing category is the songwriting team of Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, who co-wrote hits like "Ripple," "Casey Jones," "Touch of Grey," "Uncle John's Band" and "Truckin'." Of course, Garcia was a performer, but Hunter is not.
Members of the Hall of Fame have until December to vote on the final list, and the inductees will be honored during the 2015 Annual Awards Gala, which will be held in New York City June 18.
There are currently around 400 members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Phil Collins, and Bob Dylan.
Interscope RecordsIf you give something away for free, people won't really be interested in paying for it. That's the lesson that U2 is learning, thanks to the not-so-great sales projections for its current album, Songs of Innocence. Yahoo! Chart Watch reports that according to those projections, the album will be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's lowest-charting disc since 1984.
U2 gave away the new album to more than 500 million iTunes customers, and according to Apple, about 81 million users listened to the record, including 26 million who downloaded the entire thing. Songs of Innocence became commercially available in stores on Monday, but it's on track to sell just 24,000 copies. Compare that to the band's previous album, 2009's No Line on the Horizon, which sold a whopping 484,000 copies during its first week of release.
As a result, Songs of Innocence will likely enter the Billboard chart at #7. That will make it the band's lowest chart placing since 1984, when The Unforgettable Fire peaked at #13. Since the Irish rockers' breakthrough 1987 smash The Joshua Tree, every single one of their albums except for one has either debuted at #1 or reached the top spot. The only one that didn't, 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, debuted at #3.
During a Facebook interview session, one participant accused U2 of being "rude" by releasing the album in such a way that it automatically downloaded into people's iTunes playlists. Bono apologized, saying, "Oops, I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn't be heard."
He added, "There's a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."
Eagle Rock EntertainmentA 1980 concert Bob Marley played in Dortmund, Germany, during his final world tour is the subject of a new release titled Uprising Live!, which will be issued as a DVD, a DVD/two-CD set and a digital video on November 24. The show, which took place in June of 1980, originally aired on an episode of the German television series Rockpalast.
At the time of the concert, the reggae legend was promoting what would be his last studio album, Uprising. Among the many well-known songs he performed were "I Shot the Sheriff," "Jamming," "No Woman, No Cry," "Could You Be Loved" and "Get Up, Stand Up." The show also includes an opening set by Marley's female backing vocal group, The I Threes.
Uprising Live! boasts fully restored footage of the concert. The project was supervised by two of Bob's children, son Ziggy and daughter Cedella.
Marley was only 36 when he died of cancer in May of 1981. February 6, 2015, will mark what would have been his 70th birthday.
Here's a full track list for Uprising Live!:
I Threes Set: "Precious World" "Slave Queen" "Steppin' Out of Babylon" "That's the Way Jah Planned It"
Main Show: "Marley Chant" "Natural Mystic" "Positive Vibration" "Revolution" "I Shot the Sheriff" "War/No More Trouble" "Zimbabwe" "Jamming" "No Woman, No Cry" "Zion Train" "Exodus" "Redemption Song" "Could You Be Loved" "We Can Make It Work" "Natty Dread" "Is This Love" "Get Up, Stand Up" "Coming In from the Cold" "Lively Up Yourself"
Henry Diltz/Elektra RecordsTheDoors will be honored this November at the 10th annual Classic Rock Awards -- the Classic Rock Roll of Honour. The band is this year’s recipient of the Inspiration Award.
The annual event is hosted by the U.K.-based Classic Rock magazine. This year’s ceremony will be held in the U.S. for the first time at The Avalon in Hollywood on November 4.
Surviving Doors members, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, will be presented with the award at the ceremony.
Krieger and Densmore issued a statement saying, “In 1965 and ’66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the West Coast. It’s really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in Venice, California.”
Krieger and Densmore added, “To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so--thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim [Morrison] and Ray [Manzarek]."
Gregg Allman will be presented with a Living Legend Award at the ceremony.
As previously announced, the event will be hosted by Sammy Hagar and will air on AXS TV in December.
The annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour will also hand out awards in categories such as Band of the Year, Best New Band, Album of the Year and Reissue of the Year. You can vote at ClassicRockMagazine.com/awards.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentIt's been just over a month since The Moody Blues wrapped up their latest North American tour, but now frontman Justin Hayward is set to embark on a new U.S. solo trek. The monthlong outing kicks off Friday in Durham, North Carolina, and is plotted out through a November 17 concert in Chicago.
This tour leg is the third that the 68-year-old singer/guitarist has mounted without his band since the early-2013 release of his latest solo album, Spirits in the Western Sky, and he tells ABC News Radio that he's sort of getting addicted to playing these stripped-down shows.
"It's become a kind of drug for me," says Hayward. "I'm enjoying it, and it's the perfect balance to The Moody Blues."
Justin, who has been alternating solo tours and Moody Blues treks since the summer of 2013, notes that he's "very pleased that one allows the other."
He adds, "You know, the Moodies, the big production...if I just did that I'm not sure I'd be satisfied anymore. So, to have this, to bring my own acoustic guitars out and to enjoy them and to just play the role of [an] acoustic guitar player and singer again is very refreshing."
The new trek will see Hayward and his small backup group -- virtuoso guitarist Mike Dawes and multi-instrumentalist/backing vocalist Julie Ragins -- visiting a variety of East Coast cities, as well as some Midwest sites. Several of the shows will take place at the same venues where Justin performed during his August 2013 tour in support of Spirits, including The Concert Hall in New York City and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.
In fact, Hayward's 2013 show at the latter theater was the one that was captured for his recently released Spirits…Live CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
Meanwhile, Hayward promises that fans who come out to his new concerts will get to experience "a different show" from his previous outings.
"I'm introducing quite a few different numbers to what we did on the DVD, and it's kind of evolving, this stage show," he explains.
Among the tunes Justin says he's adding to his set are two Moody Blues gems -- "Watching and Waiting" from 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children album and "You Can Never Go Home" from 1971's Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Hayward points out that these numbers hail from a time he refers to as his "blue period."
"I went through very disturbed time, I think, in…the late '60s and early '70s," he explains, "and I wanted to revisit some of those songs as I kind of cathartic exercise for myself, to try and figure out what the hell was going on."
Hayward tells ABC News Radio that following the solo trek, he'll rejoin The Moody Blues for another road trip. He says that although nothing's confirmed, the band is eyeing a 2015 U.S. tour leg that would run from the middle of March through May.
Here are all of Hayward's solo U.S. tour dates:
10/17 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre 10/18 -- Newberry, SC, Newberry Opera House 10/20 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theater 10/22 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre 10/23 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza LIVE 10/24 -- Ft Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse 10/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 10/28 -- York, PA, The Pullo Center 10/29 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre 10/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata 11/1 -- New York, NY, The Concert Hall 11/2 -- Tarrytown, NY, Music Hall Theatre 11/4 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse 11/6 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts 11/7 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts 11/8 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 11/11 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery – Nashville 11/12 -- Paducah, KY, Carson Center 11/13 -- St. Louis, MO, River City Casino and Hotel 11/14 -- Bloomington, IL, The Castle Theater 11/16 -- Milwaukee, WI, Vogel Hall Marcus Center 11/17 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery – Chicago