Credit: Robert YagerAs David Lee Roth prepares to kick off his stint opening for KISS this year on the band's End of the Road farewell tour, the founding Van Halen frontman has added an appearance at a popular U.S. summer festival to his 2020 schedule.
Diamond Dave is part of the lineup of the Firefly Music Festival, which takes place June 18-21 in Dover, Delaware. The event's headliners include Rage Against the Machine, Billie Eilish, Blink-182 and Halsey. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit FireflyFestival.com.
As previously reported, Roth will join KISS on the band's two U.S. tour legs this year, the first of which gets underway this Saturday, February 1, in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Polydor Records/Universal Music CanadaBryan Adams will compete for three honors at the 2020 edition of the Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.
The veteran Canadian rocker has been nominated for the Artist of the Year, while his 2019 album Shine a Light is in the running for the Album of the Year and Adult Contemporary Album of the Year prizes.
Adams is no stranger to Juno success, having taken home 18 awards during his long career, although the last Juno he won was in 2000, when he took home the Best Male Artist trophy.
Meanwhile, the late Leonard Cohen garnered a nomination in the Adult Alternative Album of the Year category for his posthumous album, Thanks for the Dance.
The artist with the most nominations this year is pop star Alessia Cara, with six nods. Cara also will host the 2020 Juno Awards ceremony, which takes place March 15 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The event will be aired live across Canada, and will stream at CBC.ca/music/junos.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters have added another festival set to their 2020 schedule.
Dave Grohl and company will headline the first day of this year's Osheaga festival, which takes place July 31 through August 2 in Montreal.
The three-day event's other headliners are Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar. The bill also includes Third Eye Blind, Vampire Weekend, Of Monsters and Men, Lewis Capaldi, Brittany Howard, Bon Iver, The Struts and Leon Bridges, among many others.
For the full lineup and ticket info, visit Osheaga.com.
You also can catch the Foos at the 2020 Something in the Water, New Orleans Jazz and Boston Calling festivals.
SoulMusic.comA deluxe, expanded version of Roberta Flack's 1969 debut album, First Take, will be released on April 10 in honor of the record's 50th anniversary.
First Take includes Flack's classic cover of British folk singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks during the spring of 1972 and went on to win Flack Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The album itself spent five week at #1 on the Billboard 200.
The three-disc reissue will include a CD and a vinyl LP featuring a remastered version of the original eight-song album, plus a second CD containing 12 previously unreleased demos recorded in 1968. The first CD also boasts three bonus tracks -- the non-album B-side "Trade Winds" and single edits of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Compared to What."
First Take also features a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" and two tunes co-written by Donny Hathaway -- "Our Ages or Our Hearts" and "Tryin' Times." Hathaway and Flack went on to team up for the hit duets "Where Is the Love" and "The Closer I Get to You."
The demos on the First Take bonus CD include covers of a selection of pop, blues and traditional tunes, among them "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Frankie and Johnny," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," and "To Sir with Love." The disc also features a previously released 1968 live version of "All the Way."
The deluxe reissue comes packaged in a hardcover book. You can pre-order it now exclusively at SoulMusic.com. Only 3,000 copies of the limited-edition collection are being produced.
Here are the CDs' track lists:
Disc One "Compared to What" "Angelitos Negros" "Our Ages or Our Hearts" "I Told Jesus" "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" "Tryin' Times" "Ballad of the Sad Young Men"
Bonus Tracks "Compared to What" (Single Edit) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (Single Edit) "Trade Winds"
Disc Two "All the Way" (Live) "This Could Be the Start of Something"* "Groove Me"* "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"* "Hush-a-Bye"* "Afro Blue"* "It's Way Past Suppertime"* "Frankie and Johnny"* "On the Street Where You Live"* "The House Song"* "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"* "The Song Is Love"* "To Sir with Love"*
Jeff Hochberg/Getty ImagesIn the midst of Grammy Weekend this past Saturday, Universal Music hosted a showcase that treated attendees to an exclusive first look at the new Beatles documentary that's being made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, utilizing footage shot while the Fab Four were working on their Let It Be album.
Variety reports that audience members were asked not to film or photograph the preview, which ran for several minutes. Apple Records chief Jeff Jones, who was on hand to introduce the clip, noted that while the original Let It Be movie appeared to document the band in the process of breaking up, "We have created a brand-new film that will attempt to bust the myth that the Let It Be sessions were the final nail in the Beatles' coffin."
According to Variety, the footage shown from the new flick is "brighter both visually and spiritually" than the original Let It Be, and features "many, many shots of the Beatles joking around, making fun of each other, singing in silly accents and generally indulging in vintage Moptop hijinks."
The preview also included a variety of previously unseen segments featuring the group rehearsing tunes that ended up on Abbey Road, which was the final studio album The Beatles recorded, as well as working on some songs that would first appear on solo albums by the band members.
The film project was first announced in January 2019. Jackson was hired to turn 55 hours of unreleased 1969 footage of The Beatles into a new take on the band's Let It Be documentary. This May will mark the 50th anniversary of the Let It Be album's release, although it's not clear when the as-yet-untitled new film will premiere.
The album is a stripped-down collection of acoustic tunes, including original compositions and some select covers.
For the reissue, the veteran metal singer has added three cover tunes, including a rendition of "My Heart Will Go On," the classic Oscar-winning theme song to the film Titanic originally sung by Celine Dion. The other new songs are versions of "Jealous," a 2014 tune by British electronic musician Labrinth, and "All That Love Can Be," a song that appeared on the 2001 soundtrack of the film A Beautiful Mind.
"My Heart Will Go On" and "All That Love Can Be" were both co-written by composer James Horner, who was killed in a plane crash in 2015 at age 61.
In a March 2019 interview with the Focus on Metal podcast, Don explained that he decided to record those two songs as a homage to Horner, who was a friend of his.
Regarding his version of "My Heart Will Go On," the singer said, "I Don Dokken-ized it."
Solitary originally was only available on CD and sold exclusively at Queensryche's 2008 tour that featured Don as the opening act.
The album featured several guest musicians, including former Firm bassist Tony Franklin and lauded session drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, who's worked with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Sting and many others.
BMGJohn Fogerty's 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks concert film was released on DVD this past Friday. As previously reported, the flick documents a June 2019 concert that the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman played in Morrison, Colorado, that was part of his My 50 Year Trip tour.
That concert, like the others on the trek, featured plenty of classic CCR tunes, Fogerty solo hits and a special set of songs that various artists performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival.
The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Audio that it was his wife Julie's idea for the Woodstock set, which celebrated the historic fest's 50th anniversary.
"For me, even though it was a lot of fun…I really wasn't as aware of…the urgency or even the necessity of that, as Julie was," John explains. "And I think that really helped propel the show along…[I]t just seemed like I got to the end [of the show] without even realizing…that it was all over so soon, because it was fun."
Fogerty also admits that he didn't realize how well the show was working until he got to check out the footage shot for the film.
The concert ends with an interesting rendition of CCR's classic tune "Proud Mary" that adds soulful horns reminiscent of Ike & Tina Turner's hit 1971 cover of the song.
"[I]t's a bit fun and perhaps a little bit of irony, I suppose, to have me, the songwriter…doing a little nod to an arrangement that came from someone else," Fogerty tells ABC Audio. "But I'm very comfortable with that. I love Tina's record, of course, and it's…fun to do it that way."
Here's the full track list of the Live at Red Rocks DVD:
"Born on the Bayou" "Green River" "Lookin' Out My Back Door" "Susie Q" "Who'll Stop the Rain" "Hey Tonight" "Up Around the Bend" "Rock and Roll Girls" "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" "Long as I Can See the Light" "With a Little Help from My Friends" "My Generation" "Everyday People" "Dance to the Music" "Give Peace a Chance" "The Star-Spangled Banner" "Run Through the Jungle" "Keep On Chooglin'" "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" "Down on the Corner" "Centerfield" "The Old Man Down the Road" "Fortunate Son" "Bad Moon Rising" "Proud Mary"
Erik Kabik Photography/MediaPunchHot Tuna, the psychedelic folk-blues duo featuring Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, has lined up more than 20 concerts this year, including multiple-show runs with the David Bromberg Quintet and the David Grisman Trio.
Hot Tuna's 2020 itinerary kicks off with a February 14-15 stand in Phoenix, Arizona, featuring the group's acoustic lineup joined by retired Martin Guitars executive Dick Boak.
The band's electric incarnation, which includes drummer Justin Guip, then will play a series of 10 concerts in the Western U.S. mapped out from a February 17 show in Solana Beach, California, through a March 3 performance in St. Louis. Seven of these concerts also will feature the David Bromberg Quintet, including respective February 21-22 and February 28-29 engagements in San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado.
Electric Hot Tuna also will be playing a set at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia, on June 21.
Later in the summer, the group, playing with both its acoustic and electric lineups, will team up with Grisman's trio for eight concerts in the Northeastern U.S. running from a July 9 show in Red Bank, New Jersey, through a July 18 gig in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.
Kaukonen also has a few solo performances scheduled this year, including an appearance at the Dark Star Orchestra's ninth annual Dark Star Jubilee, taking place May 22-24 in Thornville, Ohio.
ParlophoneThe third installment of a six-song digital EP of rare David Bowie recordings called David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? has been released via streaming services.
The EP is being issued one track each week through February 14. The latest track, "Stay '97," is a previously unreleased version of a popular Bowie song that originally appeared on his classic 1976 album Station to Station.
Bowie began working on the updated rendition of "Stay" in Dublin, Ireland, while preparing for a tour in support of his 1997 album Earthling. In attempting to create modernized versions of some of his older tunes for the trek, David and two members of his touring band -- guitarist Reeves Gabrels and multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati -- prepared backing and sequencer tracks in advance of the rest of the group arriving for rehearsals.
Bowie finished the updated version of "Stay" and initially planned to release it as a B-side. Contributing to the recording were Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano and keyboards, Gabrels on guitar and synthesizers, Plati on programming and keyboards and Zachary Alford on drums.
In addition to streaming the track, you also can listen to "Stay '97" at Bowie's official YouTube channel.
Aerosmith have announced plans to return to their old home base of Boston on September 18 to play a special concert at Fenway Park in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will be joined by opening act Extreme.
News of the Boston show comes after a whirlwind weekend for Aerosmith that saw the band saluted as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, and also hit the Grammy stage Sunday for a performance with hip-hop legends Run-DMC.
Tickets for the Fenway Park concert go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 31, at 10 a.m. ET at LiveNation.com. Pre-sales tickets will be available for members of the group's Aero Force One club and Citi card holders starting Tuesday, January 28, at 10 a.m.; for Red Sox season ticket holders beginning Wednesday, January 29, at 10 a.m.; and at LiveNation.com starting Thursday, January 30, at 10 a.m.
The Boston show is Aerosmith's first U.S. concert of 2020 outside of the Las Vegas residency performances that the band has lined up.
Some drama ensued at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala as Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer awkwardly joined his band mates on the podium for their acceptance speech, although he didn't take part in the group's performance. As recently reported, Kramer sued the other Aerosmith members because he claims they unfairly haven't allowed him to rejoin them at their concerts since he experienced health issues that sidelined him last year.
The MusiCares event featured performances by star-studded list of guest artists and by Aerosmith themselves, albeit with a fill-in drummer.
You can read a recap of the event at Grammy.com and check out a video featuring highlights at the Recording Academy's official YouTube channel.
Courtesy of Live NationTalk about a tour that hard-rock dreams are made of! Sammy Hagar and his current band The Circle will team up with Whitesnake and special guests Night Ranger for a 30-city trek that will travel across the U.S. for the better part of the summer.
The outing kicks off July 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is scheduled through a September 20 concert in Chula Vista, California.
Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 31, at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Visit RedRocker.com for a full list of dates.
The Circle featured Hagar's former Van Halen band mate Michael Anthony on bass, late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son, Jason, keeping the beat, and guitar Vic Johnson, who also plays in Sammy's backing group, The Wabos. Whitesnake's current lineup is led by founding frontman David Coverdale and, interestingly, features two ex-Night Ranger guitarists: Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra.
"I love some friendly competition on stage and that's exactly what this is going to be," says Hagar. "David and I have nothing but the highest respect for one another, but we would also like to blow the other guy off the stage! Add in Night Ranger and the fans will have one hell of a night of music."
Adds Coverdale, "The Red Rocker & The Snake??? OMG...I wanna see that show myself!!! I'm a big fan of Sammy Hagar, Michael, Vic & Jason...We're gonna have a blast together!! See Y'All There, People!!!"
To promote the tour, Hagar and Coverdale have shot a video in which they discuss their respective love of tequila and tea, share their mutual admiration for each other's music, and compare life on the road today with how it was earlier in their careers and more.
Shine features 10 track, including an updated version of Mitchell's classic 1970 tune "Big Yellow Taxi" and the then-new original tune "One Week Last Summer," which won a Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Pop Performance category in 2008. The album's title track features a guest appearance by Joni's longtime friend James Taylor on guitar.
Mitchell was inspired to record the album after working on the 2007 ballet Dancing Joni: The Fiddle and the Drum, which showcased 13 of her songs. Three of the tunes from the project -- the reworked rendition of "Big Yellow Taxi," "If I Had a Heart" and "If" -- appear on Shine.
The songs on the album found Mitchell commenting on and inspired by the environmental, social and political upheaval that occurred during the Iraq War era.
Shine peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200, making it Joni's highest-charting studio effort since 1976's Hejira.
Here's the LP's full track list:
Side A "One Week Last Summer" "This Place" "If I Had a Heart" "Hana" "Bad Dreams"
Side B "Big Yellow Taxi" "Night of the Iguana" "Strong and Wrong" "Shine" "If"
Cherry Red RecordsA variety of current and former Yes members are among the guest musicians featured on a just-released collaborative album by ex-King Crimson violinist David Cross and late founding Yes guitarist Peter Banks called Crossover.
The album is the last collection of new material recorded by Banks, who died in 2013 at age 65. He and Cross recorded their parts for the album during a single afternoon of improvisation in August 2010, and the guest artists added their contributions to the record in 2018 and 2019.
Among the musicians featured on Crossover are former Yes keyboardists Tony Kaye and Oliver Wakeman; current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and touring drummer Jay Schellen; current King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto; and veteran session drummer Jeremy Stacey.
"When I recall the original recording session with Pete, I remember his fresh almost naïve approach, his positive energy and his constant and restless search for something new," says Cross, who also co-produced Crossover. "It was a joy to know Pete Banks and an honor and a privilege to play with him: I think he would be pleased with the way our album turned out."
Cross, who played with King Crimson from 1972 to 1974, added about the new record, "[The guest musicians] were asked to 'interpret the music as freely and creatively as you wish' and they have turned in incredibly skilled and inspiring performances which were not easy given the improvised nature of the starting material and the spontaneity of the structures."
Crossover is available on CD, as a digital download and via streaming services.
Here is the album's full track list:
"Rock to a Hard Place" -- featuring Jeremy Stacey, Geoff Downes "Upshift" -- featuring Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen "The Smile Frequency" -- featuring Randy Raine-Reusch, Oliver Wakeman "The Work Within" -- featuring Andy Jackson "Missing Time" "Plasma Drive" -- featuring Pat Mastelotto, Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman "Laughing Strange" -- featuring Jeremy Stacey, Tony Kaye "Crossover"
Francis Specker/CBSAs usual, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards crammed a whole lot of extravagant, emotional and occasionally mind-blowing performances -- and very few actual awards -- into a three-and-a-half hour telecast. There was a lot of profanity onstage -- both in the acceptance speeches and in the lyrics of the songs -- causing the telecast to be perhaps the most highly-bleeped Grammys ever. Here's a rundown of who performed what:
Lizzo kicked off the show with a medley of her song "Cuz I Love You" -- which she sang while wearing a huge, black sparkly gown while conducting an orchestral string section -- and "Truth Hurts," for which she stripped down to a futuristic bodysuit. The performance featured plenty of dancers as well as one of Lizzo's signature flute solos.
Blake Shelton and his girlfriend Gwen Stefani had one of the first numbers of the night, singing their new duet "Nobody But You." They sweetly held each other's hands through the performance.
Following a brief a cappella performance of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" with Boyz II Men in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, host Alicia Keys sang a version of Lewis Capaldi's Grammy-nominated "Someone You Loved" with the lyrics changed to be about this year's nominees -- the chorus was, "I'mma get you kinda used to hearing music you love."
The Jonas Brothers were up next: First, they performed a stripped-down performance of an unreleased song that may have been called "Five Minutes," and they took the stage for a massive performance of their current hit "What a Man Gotta Do," complete with dancers, horns and fireworks. Nick Jonas appeared to have something stuck in his teeth throughout, which he later acknowledged by tweeting, "At least you all know I eat my greens."
Tyler, The Creator gave the most bonkers performance of the night. It started out somewhat chill, as he performed "Earfquake" with Charlie Wilson and Boyz II Men. Then, he was joined onstage by dozens of Tyler lookalikes, all wearing the same blonde pageboy wig and white-and-red suit as he sang "New Magic Wand" on a set that looked like an empty suburban street. The song climaxed with Tyler jumping up and down and screaming and the entire street burning down; he then fell backwards off the part of the stage he was standing on and disappeared.
Usher performed a Prince tribute as a way of promoting the upcoming CBS-TV special Let's Go Crazy: A GRAMMY Salute to Prince. Singing and dancing his way through "Little Red Corvette," "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," Usher was backed up by Prince's close friend Sheila E. Oddly, even though FKA Twigs was introduced as being part of the performance, all she did was dance on a stripper pole and then slink around, rubbing up against Usher and looking sexy.
Camila Cabello gave one of the most emotional performances of the night, singing "First Man," a tribute to her father Alejandro Cabello, while home movies of him with a baby Camila were shown. At the end of the song, she came off the stage and stood in front of her dad, singing directly to him, as he wept openly. They embraced at the end of the song.
Country icon Tanya Tucker, who won her very first Grammys on Sunday, performed a stripped-down version of her winning song "Bring My Flowers Now" with her co-writer and musical collaborator Brandi Carlile.
Ariana Grande gave an elaborate performance of three songs. She started out dressed in a ballgown, singing "My Favorite Things" with a string section. Then, she stripped off her gown, donned some sexy sleepwear, and moved onto a bedroom set to sing her nominated song "7 Rings," which interpolates "My Favorite Things." She finished off with part of her smash hit "thank u, next."
The night's big winner, Billie Eilish, performed a hushed version of her song "when the party's over" with her brother and musical collaborator Finneas on piano, plus a backing choir.
Lifetime Achievement honorees Aerosmith performed "Livin' on the Edge" -- during which lead singer Steven Tyler stopped in the audience in front of Lizzo and yelled, "I f***ing love you!" -- and then teamed up with Run-DMC for their smash hit "Walk This Way." There was no last-minute reprieve for drummer Joey Kramer, who the band had barred from performing with them because they claimed his playing wasn't up to par. He sued...and lost.
Lil Nas X performed his 19-week number-one hit "Old Town Road" on a stage set that revolved to show different rooms, and in each room, there was a different act who joined him to perform the song, including K-pop superstars BTS, Diplo, Mason Ramsey and, of course, Billy Ray Cyrus. At the very end, none other than Nas -- the rap legend who inspired Lil Nas X's stage name -- joined the younger artist onstage to sing "Rodeo."
Another emotional of a moment came from Demi Lovato, who performed a raw ballad called "Anyone," which she wrote just four days before she overdosed in 2018. She was so choked up that she had to stop the song and start it again, and then sang it with tears running down her face. She got a standing ovation at the end.
A tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle featured Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG, who was arrested on robbery charges two days before the Grammys. Meek kicked off the performance by performing a rap addressed to Hussle; Roddy Ricch then did "Letter to Nipsey." Khaled, Franklin, YG and Legend performed "Higher," which then went on to win the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung performance. Hussle's other song "Racks in the Middle" also won a Grammy during the pre-telecast awards.
Spanish star Rosalía and a troupe of dancers performed her flamenco-inspired songs "Malamente" and "JuroQué."
At the podium to present Song of the Year, Little Big Town and Smokey Robinson harmonized on his composition "My Girl."
Alicia Keys and Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard performed a stripped-down version of Alicia's current single "Underdog," co-written by Ed Sheeran. By the end of the song, Alicia, joined by a troupe of dancers, had moved to a satellite stage with a piano, which rose in the air for a dramatic finale.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist H.E.R. performed her song "Sometimes" at the piano, backed by a line of musicians in single file behind her, and then she stood up and ripped off a searing guitar solo.
Bonnie Raitt performed a brief rendition of John Prine's song "Angel from Montgomery" in tribute to Prine; that was followed by guitarist Gary Clark Jr. performing his Grammy-winning song "This Land," which is about racism and immigration.
The final performance of the evening was a version of "I Sing the Body Electric" from the 1980 movie Fame, featuring Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Ben Platt, pianist Lang Lang, violinist Joshua Bell, Gary Clark Jr., ballerina Misty Copeland and a chorus of student musicians. It was a tribute to music education, and to Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, who after 40 years is stepping aside.
Francis Specker/CBS Heading into the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, the question on many viewers minds was how the awards ceremony would acknowledge the controversy that's been swirling around it for several weeks regarding accusations of vote-rigging and other alleged misdeeds made by the Recording Academy's ousted CEO. But following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash on Sunday, the telecast turned into a tribute...and a reminder that music can be a powerful healing force.
Taking place at L.A.'s Staples Center -- "the house that Kobe Bryant built" -- the Grammys telecast immediately acknowledged the loss of Bryant in its first few seconds, as leading nominee Lizzo took the stage and stated, "Tonight is for Kobe."
Following Lizzo's performance, host Alicia Keys then took the stage to note, "We're all feeling crazy sadness right now...we lost a hero...and we're literally standing here heartbroken...so I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and hold [Kobe, his family and the victims] inside of you, and share our strength and our support with their families. We never imagined in a million years we'd have to start the show like this."
Alicia and Boyz II Men then delivered an A cappella rendition of "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
But the Grammy controversy didn't go unremarked-upon. After the first commercial break, Alicia, sitting at the piano, commented, "It's been a hell of a week. There's a lot going, on but I'm proud to be standing here."
Then, noting that it's a new decade and "a time for newness," she continued, "We refuse the negative energy. We refuse the old systems. We want to be respected and safe in our diversity. We want to be shifting to realness and inclusivity. So tonight, we want to celebrate the people—the artists that put themselves on the line and share their truth with us.”
Her comments appeared to refer to the accusations that the Recording Academy is a "boys' club" environment that was resistant to change. Then, as part of a song that mentioned this year's nominees, she sang, "It's when good people do nothing that the bad guys win" -- which may have alluded to the controversy, or perhaps to what's happening politically.
But in accepting the first award of the night, Best Pop Solo Performance for "Truth Hurts," Lizzo brought everything back around to the tragedy and the theme of music as a healer.
"Today all of my little problems that I thought were big as the world were gone, and I realize that there’s people hurting right now," she told the crowd. "You guys create beautiful music. You guys create connectivity. And as I’m speaking to all of you all in this room, we need to reach out. This is the beginning of making music that moves people again...Let’s continue to reach out...and lift each other up."
The nods to Bryant continued through the night, with his #24 jersey prominently on display during several performances. At the end of an all-star hip hop tribute to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, Bryant's photo was displayed alongside Hussle's on the screen. And when John Legendaccepted the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for Hussle's song "Higher," he told the crowd, "Let's love each other, let's love our families, let's hold each other tight."
But despite the tragedy, the Grammys also highlighted a new generation of exciting performers. 18-year-old Billie Eilish, the night's big winner with five trophies, including Album of the Year -- making her the youngest artist ever to win that prestigious category.
2019's other breakout star Lizzo took home three awards, while 20-year-old chart-topping "Old Town Road" rapper Lil Nas X won two. Plus, younger talent like Rosalia, H.E.R., Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Tyler, the Creator, BTS and Ariana Grande all got performance spotlights.
The legends got some love as well. Country icon Tanya Tucker won the first-ever Grammy awards of her career, despite having been first nominated back in 1973. Disco legend Gloria Gaynor won her first Grammy in 40 years.
On the classic rock side of things, Elvis Costello & the Imposters won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Look Now, while the massive Woodstock: Back to the Garden boxed set won for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.
Kevin Kane/WireImageCould a new Genesis reunion featuring the group's three-member lineup of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks be brewing? According to the Genesis News fan site, rumors have been circulating that Collins, Rutherford and Banks are in New York City to discuss a possible reunion, since the three were spotted at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday watching the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers.
The website posted screen shots of Collins, Rutherford and Banks in the stands at the basketball game.
Rolling Stone points out that the trio also could simply be getting together in New York for business purposes, or perhaps to celebrate Phil's 69th birthday, which takes place on January 30.
In August of 2019, Collins told Rolling Stone that he wouldn't rule out a Genesis reunion.
"I wouldn't say there isn't not a possibility," he said. "Me, Mike and Tony are pretty close, still. I can't imagine what it would be like if I didn't play the drums, but anything is possible."
Collins returned to touring as a solo artist a couple of years ago, although he no longer is able to play drums because of various health issues.
Phil also said that if Genesis were to do reunion shows, he'd would like his son Nicholas to play drums. Nic, who is now 18, has been handling drum duties at Collins' recent solo concerts.
Interestingly, Rutherford's other band, Mike the Mechanics, opened a series of shows for Collins in Europe last year, and during the run, Mike joined Phil at a show in Berlin to play the Genesis hit "Follow You Follow Me."
Genesis most recent tour took place in 2006 and 2007.
Sting is currently performing in the re-launch of his musical The Last Ship in Los Angeles, but later this year he'll head to Las Vegas for a brand-new residency. On Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! episode, the singer teased fans on what they can expect from the Sin City show.
"Actually having your own room, your own space, is something I'm really looking forward to because I can create my world there, invite people into my world," Sting said of performing the show at Caesars Palace.
"Normally my show is just music and it's really good lights, it's a good show, but there's no theatrical element," he explained. "So I'm gonna explore that thing. Have a dancer or two, some fantastic scenery. Not perhaps changing a robe every song, no headdresses…that's not me."
He also rejected Jimmy Kimmel's suggestions of having a tiger and magicians on stage. "I do the magic," he joked.
The residency, called My Songs after his latest album, will feature, "a compendium of Sting's songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations." It kicks off May 22.
ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty ImagesAn official trailer for The Burnt Orange Heresy, a new art-heist thriller that features Mick Jagger in a major role, has debuted online at Sony Pictures Classics' YouTube channel.
In the movie, the Rolling Stones singer portrays Joseph Cassidy, a British art dealer who's the patron of a famous and reclusive painter named Jerome Debney, played by Donald Sutherland. Intrigue ensues when Cassidy invites an art critic named James Figueras, played by Netflix's Dracula star Claes Bang, to his estate on Italy's Lake Como and make him a proposition.
"At the edge of my property there's a dilapidated little house. In this house there's an artist," Cassidy tells Figueras in the trailer. "No critic has spoken to this guy in over 50 years. Think of the splash it would make [if you were able to] see and describe his current work. You could be running a major museum soon."
Bang's character asks Jagger's, "Why would you do this for me?" Mick as Cassidy says, "I'd value a Debney, James. And I'd like you to procure one for me."
The Burnt Orange Heresy was directed by Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi, whose other credits include the Epix series Berlin Station and a variety of music videos.
In other news, a podcast production company called Rainy Day Podcasts that Jagger co-founded has signed a development deal with Warner Bros., Deadline reports. The agreement calls for the production of as many as seven podcasts focusing on such entertainment genres as comedy, drama, documentaries and talk shows.
A joint statement from Jagger and his Rainy Day Podcasts partners reads, "Everything starts with the word. We're very excited to be working with Warner Bros. to create an environment where the best writers are free to pursue their passion projects with maximum creative freedom."
Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Red Light Management and Live NationAs planned, Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore reunited Thursday night to perform at the Homeward Bound Concert, a show benefiting the PATH homeless charity that took place at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
According to Rolling Stone, Krieger and Densmore were joined by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic on bass, Willie Nelson's youngest son Micah on guitar, and a couple of other musicians for a 20-minute set of Doors classics that also featured various guest singers.
Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and his daughter, Kaya, sang "Hello, I Love You," American Idol alum Haley Reinhart belted out "Crystal Ship" and "People Are Strange," and Fitz & the Tantrums frontman Michael Fitzpatrick performed "Riders on the Storm." A rendition of "Roadhouse Blues" closed out the set, with Micah Nelson taking on lead vocals and ex-Canned Heat harmonica player Stanley Behrens joining in.
Prior to the Doors set, the concert featured performances by Dave and Kaya Stewart, along with Dave's son, Sam; Jason Mraz; Fitz & The Tantrums; 2012 American Idol champ Phillip Phillips; Ingrid Michaelson and 2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe; and Scarypoolparty, the stage name of 2019 American Idol runner-up Alejandro Aranda.
The concert ended with the evening's cast coming together for a version of Paul Simon's classic "Homeward Bound." Rolling Stone reports that the event also featured a live auction of two guitars signed by all the performers that fetched a total of $17,000.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with the show, an online auction is being held at CharityBuzz.com that's offering an electric guitar and case signed by Krieger; a vinyl copy of The Doors' Morrison Hotel autographed by Krieger and Densmore; tickets and/or VIP packages to upcoming concerts by Lionel Richie, Journey and The Black Crowes; and more. Biding closes February 6.
Legacy RecordingsSimon & Garfunkel's classic fifth and final studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water, hit stores 50 years ago this Sunday. In celebration of the anniversary, a new digital EP featuring previously unreleased live versions of four songs from the record has been made available exclusively via streaming services.
Bridge over Troubled Water the album spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, while the title song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. The record also yielded three other top-20 hits -- "Cecilia," "The Boxer" and "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)," which peaked at #4, #7 and #18, respectively.
In addition, the album and its title track garnered Simon & Garfunkel six Grammy Awards in 1971, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Bridge over Troubled Water was Simon & Garfunkel's most diverse collection of tunes, featuring elements of roots rock, pop, folk, gospel, South American music, Caribbean music and jazz.
The album has sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. alone. Meanwhile, "Bridge over Troubled Water" the song has been covered by artists including Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Aretha's version won a 1972 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Unfortunately, tensions between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel led to the duo's breakup after they completed a tour in support of the album in 1971, but Bridge over Troubled Water remains among their crowning achievements.