In recent new episode of Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, Lindsey Buckingham says despite his firing from Fleetwood Mac in 2019, "pretty much everyone [in the band] would love to see me come back."
Having said that, Buckingham admits that he's not sure if returning to the group is "doable."
Buckingham reveals that his conflicts with Fleetwood Mac began after he finished a tour with Christine McVie supporting their 2017 duo album when he asked if the band would delay its own planned trek so he could promote a solo album he was preparing.
"[I asked the band,] 'I have this other album that I'm really proud of…and I'd love if you could give me an extra three months to just put it out and do some American dates before Fleetwood Mac goes out,'" Lindsey explains. "And there was certainly one person who did not want to bestow that on me."
The "one person," of course, was Stevie Nicks.
Buckingham adds, "To be fair, everyone was anxious to get on the road. But…we've all made time for each others things. You know, I'd been in the band for 43 years for God's sake."
Lindsey then notes that the touring issue "led to other things that kind of built up around that. And then it just got to the point where someone just didn't want to work with me anymore, and other people were perhaps not feeling empowered enough to stand up for me when possibly they should have or could have."
Buckingham said he feels his firing harmed the band's legacy."
Meanwhile, Lindsey reports that he's still in touch with drummer Mick Fleetwood, noting, "we love each other and we reinforced each other's sensibilities in the band."
The Beach Boys have debuted two more advance tracks from the band's forthcoming box set, Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971, the release of which was recently pushed back from July 30 to August 27.
The tracks, an a cappella version of "Surf's Up" and a newly created reimagined mix of "This Whole World," are available now for download and via streaming services.
As previously reported, the Feel Flows collection, which you can pre-order now, features newly remastered versions of two of the band's underappreciated albums -- 1970's Sunflower and 1971's Surf's Up -- as well as 108 previously unreleased recordings from the sessions for those albums.
The harmony-laden "Surf's Up" was the final song on The Beach Boys' 1971 album of the same name, although the tune dates back to the band's famously aborted late-1960s album, Shine.
"This Whole World" originally appeared on Sunflower, while the new mix features an alternate lead vocal by Carl Wilson, a lead vocal part from Brian Wilson on the bridge that wasn't used on the original track, and an alternate ending previously only heard in an Eastern Airlines commercial that aired in 1971.
Feel Flows, which will be available as a five-CD set and digitally, features the aforementoned remastered versions of Sunflower and Surf's Up, as well as rare live tracks, outtakes, alternate versions and mixes, radio promos, isolated backing tracks and a cappella renditions of songs, and more.
Abridged editions of the collection also will be released, including a two-CD package and a four-LP vinyl set available in standard black vinyl and limited-edition colored vinyl versions.
Check out the Feel Flows: The Sunflower and Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 box set's full track list, and more details, at uDiscoverMusic.com.
After the sudden and unexpected death of ZZ Top's Dusty Hill last week, the group's frontman, Billy Gibbons, revealed that the late bassist had recorded several tracks, including some vocals, that likely will appear on the band's next album.
In a recent interview with Variety, Gibbons noted that the recordings were "gonna require some completion work," while adding that Hill luckily laid down vocal tracks for two tunes.
"I handed Dusty a couple of lyric sheets and I said, 'Hey, see if you can make heads or tails out of this,'" Billy recalled. "He said, 'Can I sing it?' I said, 'Dusty, you could sing the calendar if you wanted to -- people would love it.' He goes, 'Hey, that's not a bad idea. If we ever get back to go to work, can we add the calendar into the show? I know all the words.'"
Gibbons also told Variety that he wasn't sure about Hill's cause of death, while noting that in recent years Dusty had broken a shoulder and a hip, and also had suffered from ulcers. Dusty's health issues prompted him to leave ZZ Top's current tour after only a couple of shows, and the band tapped its longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, to step in for him. Sadly, just a few days later, Hill passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston.
Gibbons said it was a coincidence that Francis had decided to stop shaving during the pandemic, so that when ZZ Top enlisted him to fill in for Hill, he'd already grown a long beard.
"I was looking over the front row and everybody was kind of giving each other the elbow, and they were pointing up and said, 'Look, the ZZ Top circus still rolls on,'" Billy noted. "'There's another freak up there.'"
Sammy Hagar has spoke previously about how he and Eddie Van Halen made peace with each other prior to Eddie's death in October 2020. But now, in a new interview, Hagar says his former Van Halen band mate told him that he wanted the two to "make some noise" together.
Speaking to The Washington Post a few days ago, Hagar said that when he reconnected with Eddie "four or five months before he died," the late guitar legend "had elevated his whole thing."
Hagar explains, "He had come to peace with everything. He knew he was sick. And it was so great to contact the guy when he was in that state of mind...And man, I'm so glad that that happened at that time, because if it wouldn't have, if we had never made peace and he would have passed the way he did, I would feel terrible."
Hagar goes on to say that in that conversation, Eddie told him that he'd been fighting cancer for 15 years and that he had to get "this big thing on my neck and my throat...all straightened out." Then, Hagar says Eddie told him, "Next year, you and I have gotta make some noise. We made some great music together, and I wanna do it again.' I was just, like, 'Yes.'"
Hagar adds, "Hearing those things really made me able to handle his death. 'Cause it's still tough as hell. I miss the guy."
Hagar joined Van Halen in 1985, replacing original frontman David Lee Roth, and recorded four number-one albums with the group. The band's "Van Hagar" lineup -- Hagar, Eddie, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Alex Van Halen -- last toured together in 2004.
Bob Dylan will issue a special seven-inch vinyl single on August 20, featuring two previously unreleased versions of his 1983 song "Blind Willie McTell."
Both versions of the song, which Dylan recorded during the sessions for his 1983 album, Infidels, feature Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler and ex-Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor on guitars, and legendary reggae session musicians Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on drums and bass, respectively.
The single's A-side will feature the first take of the track, which will be available exclusively on the single and can be pre-ordered at ThirdManStore.com. The B-side will feature the fifth take of the tune, which also will be included on the recently announced Dylan archival collection Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985) that's due out September 17.
As previously reported, Springtime in New York is a five-CD, 57-track set that focuses on the sessions for three of the lauded singer/songwriter's early-1980s albums -- 1981's Shot of Love, Infidels and 1985's Empire Burlesque.
"Blind Willie McTell" was an outtake from Infidels. The only studio version of the song that's been released so far is a take featuring just Dylan on piano and Knopfler on guitar that appeared on 1991's The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 compilation.
Former Poco singer/guitarist Paul Cotton, who was one of the influential country-rock act's main songwriters during his long tenure with the band, has died.
According to a post on his official Facebook page, Cotton "passed away unexpectedly, peacefully" at the age 78.
Cotton joined Poco in 1970, replacing founding member Jim Messina, in time to contribute to the band's third studio album, 1971's From the Inside.
After founding singer/guitarist Richie Furay left Poco in 1973, Cotton co-led the group with singer/pedal-steel player Rusty Young until 1987, when Paul exited the band. Among the many songs Cotton wrote for the Poco were "Indian Summer," "Under the Gun" and "Heart of the Night," the latter of which reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Cotton rejoined the band in 1991 and continued to play with them until 2010. He also released for solo studio albums, the most recent of which, 100% Paul Cotton, came out in 2014.
In 2015, Cotton was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame as a member of Poco and he reunited to perform with many of his former band mates at the ceremony.
Cotton's Facebook page reports that a private and public celebration of his life and tribute concert will be held during the last week of January in Key West, Florida, where he and his wife resided for many years.
Paul's death comes less than four months after the passing of Young, who died of a heart attack at age 75 in April.
Just prior to her death, Aretha Franklin cast her handprints in concrete in 2017. Three years later, they've finally found a permanent home.
The Detroit native's hand prints were unveiled Sunday, according to the Detroit Free Press, to celebrate a new exhibit from the Detroit Historical Museum honoring the late legend. Originally, the castings were meant to be installed in the city's then-newly announced Aretha Franklin Way. Plans for the installation were changed when Franklin passed away in 2018.
The temporary exhibit, titled "Respect," showcases several artifacts belonging to the Queen of Soul, as well as props and costumes from her new biopic of the same name that opens in theaters later this month. The display will be available for viewing until the end of August at the museum's Motor City Music Exhibition space.
In addition to the new exhibit, a private screening of Respect, starring Jennifer Hudson as Franklin, was also held Sunday for the singer's inner circle.
Hudson, who was Aretha's hand-picked selection to play her in the film, was also in the city for the festivities. She was joined by the movie's director, Liesl Tommy, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for a Q&A session regarding the biopic. The event was invitation only.
Respect, which follows Aretha's life story from being a singer in her father's choir in church to becoming a worldwide music legend, debuts in theaters August 13.
Aretha died August 16, 2018 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
The song "I Will Always Love You" is commonly attributed to the late singer Whitney Houston, but not everyone is aware country star Dolly Parton originally wrote and recorded the single back in 1973.
Houston's 1992 cover was an astronomical success -- spending 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, winning two Grammy Awards and, ultimately, going on to become certified three-times Platinum by the RIAA.
Forbespreviously estimated that Parton received over $10 million in royalties from the smash-hit single. However, Dolly never publicly revealed what she did with the money until Andy Cohen asked her directly on Watch What Happens Live.
When prompting Parton to reveal the best thing she had done with the royalties, she revealed she invested it into a local Black community.
"I bought my big office complex down in Nashville... down in what was the Black area of town," she explained. "It was mostly just Black families and people that lived around there."
Adding "it was off the beaten path from 16th Avenue," a well-known area in the city, Parton continued that she purchased "the whole strip mall" there.
The singer declared that she felt it was "the perfect place for me to be, considering it was Whitney."
"So I just thought this was great, I'm just gonna be down here with her people, who are my people as well," Dolly said. "And so I just love the fact that I spent that money on a complex. And I think, 'This is the house that Whitney built.'"
First announced in 2019, a new Led Zeppelin documentary -- the first in 50 years to feature the band's participation -- has been completed, and now has a title: Becoming Led Zeppelin.
As Variety reports, the director, Bernard McMahon, had what's described as "unprecedented" access to the band for the project. "Becoming Led Zeppelin is a film that no one thought could be made,” Variety quotes MacMahon as saying. “The band’s meteoric rise to stardom was swift and virtually undocumented. Through an intense search across the globe and years of restoration of the visual and audio archive found, this story is finally able to be told.”
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones all sat for new interviews for the doc, and archival interviews with late drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, are also included. Never-before-seen pictures and film, plus state-of-the-art audio transfers of Zeppelin's music, round out the project.
McMahon also directed American Epic, a documentary series focusing on American roots music and its impact on the world. According to Variety, when Becoming Led Zeppelin was first announced, Page said that he knew McMahon would be "qualified' to tell their story based on his "remarkable achievement" with American Epic.
So far, the documentary does not have a release date.
A new Beatles tribute album featuring an eclectic variety of well-known artists, including Heart's Ann Wilson, Mr. Mister's Richard Page and late Asia frontman John Wetton performing classic songs by the Fab Four will be released this Friday, August 6.
The album, which can be pre-ordered now, features Wilson's rendition of "Across the Universe," Page teaming up with longtime Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse for a cover of "Here Comes the Sun," and Wetton performing "Penny Lane."
Other artists contributing tunes to the record include Air Supply, '80s synth-pop artist Howard Jones, folk legend Judy Collins, late Cream bassist Jack Bruce, late pop singer/songwriter Andrew Gold, Southern rockers Molly Hatchet and ex-Deep Purple bassist/singer Glenn Hughes.
Here's the full track list of Legends Play The Beatles:
"Here Comes the Sun" -- Richard Page & Steve Morse
"Across the Universe" -- Ann Wilson
"Penny Lane" -- John Wetton
"Back in the USSR" -- Molly Hatchet
"Norwegian Wood" -- Andrew Gold
"The Long and Winding Road" -- Air Supply
"Tomorrow Never Knows" -- Electric Moon
"Rain" -- Sugar Candy Mountain
"Eleanor Rigby" -- Jack Bruce
"And I Love Her" -- Howard Jones
"Yesterday" -- Judy Collins
"Let It Be" -- Glenn Hughes
Following the unexpected death of bassist Dusty Hill earlier last week, ZZ Top returned to the stage on Friday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Billboardreports that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers honored their late band mate before getting into the thick of their performance.
Frontman Billy Gibbons introduced Elwood Francis -- who has served as the band's guitar tech for the past two decades -- as Hill's temporary replacement. Francis had previously filled in for the late bassist prior to his death.
"We're gonna have a good time in here tonight," promised Gibbons. "Got a new guy up here, as you know. Dusty gave me the directive. My friend, your pal, Elwood Francis is gonna hold it down behind me."
Mid-performance, Gibbons addressed the crowd again on behalf of Hill, shouting at the revelers, "How about that Elwood? Tearing up that bottom there for Dusty."
Gibbons previously confirmed that Hill wanted the band to continue without him, according to tweets shared by rock radio personality Eddie Trunk.
"As Dusty said upon his departure, 'Let the show go on!' and…with respect, we'll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes," a reported text from Gibbons said.
The 71-year-old singer/guitarist added, "Dusty emphatically grabbed my arm and said, 'Give Elwood the bottom end and take it to the Top.' He meant it, amigo. He really did."
Last Wednesday, ZZ Top announced that Hill "passed away in his sleep at home in Houston" at age 72. No cause of death has yet been publicly revealed.
That's what anyone with cable TV who happened to be up at midnight on August 1, 1981 -- 40 years ago this Sunday -- heard, as MTV: Music Television signed on the air for the very first time. At the time, it wasn't even available in most major markets, including MTV's home base, New York City. And that first day was a little rocky.
"The plan was that Mark Goodman would begin the welcome," recalls original VJ Alan Hunter of MTV's first moments. "After you had the Buggles and Pat Benatar videos, Mark comes on and says, 'Hey, welcome to this thing called MTV and here are my pals'" And it would roll down to JJ [Jackson] and Martha [Quinn] and Nina [Blackwood]. And I was the last guy to say, 'and I'm Alan Hunter.'"
"No one really noticed, it was late at night," Hunter laughs. "There was so many technical glitches that first day...MTV was duct-taped together to start, to be honest."
But MTV soon took hold across the country -- especially in the Midwest, where Hunter and his fellow VJs would find hundreds of people waiting to greet them at in-store appearances.
"They would ask for an autograph and say, 'I watch this 24/7 in the dorm at college,' or, 'in the basement of our friend's house down the street who has cable'...kids [were] going crazy for it," Hunter recalls. "And they were beginning to ask for the music that they were seeing on MTV."
Flooded with requests for songs by MTV faves like U2 and Duran Duran, radio eventually responded and previously unknown bands became superstars. But hey, don't expect any gratitude from Duran Duran, whose stylish videos were a highlight of MTV's early years.
"We tend to look at it the other way around," Duran Duran's Simon LeBon tells ABC Audio. "We think, 'How much does MTV have to thank us for the popularity that they had in the 1980s?'"
Keyboardist Nick Rhodes snarks, "Yes, at least with Duran Duran, we didn't have to resort to game shows in the end. We stuck with the music!"
Indeed, MTV stopped being the place for music videos literally decades ago.
"When I look at MTV's daily schedule, all I see is Ridiculousness," laughs Hunter, referring to the viral video clip show. "I think they're struggling to try to find where they're going."
But whatever MTV is today, its impact is still being felt. Rob Tannenbaum, co-author of the oral history I Want My MTV, explains, "It changed record labels because now a certain type of band was more profitable. It changed the TV industry and the movie industry because they all wanted to emulate the fast cutting [and] bright colors. It changed fashion design. It changed advertising. It had a wholesale effect...all over popular culture."
And the quintessential MTV Video? Tannenbaum says it's Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher."
"It has all the things that are supposed to make a video good. It's got a guitar solo. It's a band with long hair, chicks in bikinis," he says, adding, "If you were trying to illustrate to an alien from another planet what MTV was about, you would show them 'Hot for Teacher.'"
Here were the first 10 videos played on MTV:
"Video Killed the Radio Star" -- The Buggles
"You Better Run" -- Pat Benatar
"She Won't Dance with Me" -- Rod Stewart
"You Better You Bet" -- The Who
"Little Suzi's on the Up" -- Ph.D.
"We Don't Talk Anymore" -- Cliff Richard
"Brass in Pocket" -- The Pretenders
"Time Heals" -- Todd Rundgren
"Take It on the Run" -- REO Speedwagon (interrupted after 12 seconds due to technical difficulties)
"Rockin' the Paradise" -- Styx
On Thursday night at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, Journey played their first concert since late 2019, and the first since longtime bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith were fired early last year.
The performance was part of a series of Lollapalooza "aftershow" events that select artists also performing at the Chicago festival this weekend are playing at various venues in the Windy City. The Aragon show was a warmup for Journey's Lollaplooza headlining set Saturday.
In addition to guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and singer Arnel Pineda, Journey's lineup includes drummers Narada Michael Walden and Deen Castronovo, keyboardist/backing vocalist Jason Derlatka and bassist Randy Jackson, although Marco Mendoza is filling in for Jackson at the Chicago shows while Randy recovers from back surgery.
According RollingStone.com, the Aragon Ballroom show was an extra-long, two-set extravaganza that included classic hits like "Open Arms," "Faithfully" and "Separate Ways," along with deep cuts like "Suzanne," "Just the Same Way" and "Feeling That Way." You can check out fan-recorded video of the band performing the 1978 gem "Wheel in the Sky" on YouTube.
Walden, Jackson and Derlatka joined the band last year, while it was announced earlier this week that Castronovo, who previously played who Journey from 1998 to 2015, was once again a member of the group.
Meanwhile, Schon tells ABC Audio that he's excited that popular rapper-singer Post Malone will be headlining Lollaplooza alongside Journey on Saturday.
"I think he's a very good guitar player…and I heard he's a fan of mine as well," says Neal. "And he plays many different styles."
Schon adds, "Maybe he'll get done before we do, 'cause I think we're playing a longer show, and I'd like to invite him to our show to come…and sit in."
According to Billboard, CSNY's Déjà Vu Alternates, which features alternate versions of the songs from the group's classic 1970 album, Déjà Vu, was the second-best-selling album released on July 17.
At #6 was Cat Stevens' Harold & Maude: The Songs from the Original Movie soundtrack album, one ahead of The Rolling Stones' yellow-vinyl reissue of their classic 1971 two-LP compilation, Hot Rocks.
The Allman Brothers Band's live album The Final Note was #8 on the tally.
The top-selling RSD album was Foo Fighters' Hail Satin, released under the name the Dee Gees. The project sold 12,000 vinyl LPs, plus another 3,000 downloads when it was made available digitally on July 19.
The 10-song album includes covers of four number-one Bee Gees hits and a cover of "Shadow Dancing," by the Bee Gees' younger brother, Andy Gibb.
Billboard reports that according to MRC Data, RSD resulted in 1.14 million U.S. vinyl album sales overall.
As for the top-selling singles, a vinyl disc featuring two remixed tracks from Bob Dylan's 1983 album, Infidels -- "Jokerman" and "I and I" -- was #3 on the list, while a single by Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell's current group The Dirty Knobs, featuring a cover of JJ Cale's "Humdinger" and the non-LP B-side "Feelin' High," was #10.
The top-selling RSD single release was Pearl Jam's "Alive," which was issued on both 12-inch vinyl and cassette, along with the rare B-sides.
Here are the top-selling RSD 2021 July 17 drop albums at independent record stores, according to MRC Data:
1. Dee Gees/Foo Fighters, Hail Satin
2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu: Alternates
3. Beastie Boys, Aglio e Olio
4. Amy Winehouse, Remixes
5. Miles Davis, Champions: Rare Miles from the Complete Jack Johnson Sessions
6. Cat Stevens, Harold & Maude: The Songs from the Original Movie (Soundtrack)
7. The Rolling Stones, Hot Rocks 1964-1971
8. Allman Brothers Band, The Final Note: Painters Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD 10-17-71
9. John Prine, Live: At the Other End, Dec. 1975
10. The Ramones, Triple J Live at the Wireless: Capital Theatre, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1980
And here are the top-selling singles:
1. Pearl Jam, "Alive"
2. Fleet Foxes featuring Resistance Revival Chorus, "Can I Believe You"/"Wading in Waist-High Water"
3. St. Vincent, "Piggy "/"Sad but True "
4. Bob Dylan, "Jokerman"/"I and I " (Remixes)
5. Karen O & Willie Nelson, "Under Pressure "
6. Dio, "God Hates Heavy Metal "
7. Denzel Curry & Robert Glasper, "So Incredible"/"This Changes Everything" (Live from Leimert Park)
8. "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Beat on the Brat"
9. Jxdn, "Angels & Demons"/"Drivers License"
10. The Dirty Knobs, "Humdinger"/"Feelin' High"
Earlier this year, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts launched a partnership with the nugs.net live-music platform making available previously unreleased concert recordings and video performances spanning the band's 40-plus-year career.
Three new archival concerts recently were made available in both audio and video formats: a 2013 performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California; a 2015 show at the Toyota Center in Houston; and a 2016 event at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.
These three shows join previously released concerts from 1983 in Houston; 2015 in Columbus, Ohio; and 2018 in Clisson, France.
The audio versions of the shows are available for download in MP3 and two high-res formats.
Meanwhile, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts begin their 2021 tour itinerary with a show this Sunday, August 1, in San Francisco at the Stern Grove Festival. Check out the band's full schedule at JoanJett.com.