Credit: Leah SteigerSammy Hagar's second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show is a washout. The two-day festival, which was scheduled to take place September 28 and 29 in Huntington Beach, California, has been canceled because organizers were denied the necessary permit by the California State Parks department, a message on the event's official website reports.
The note also says "there is no possibility to relocate the event." Ticket holders can secure refunds through the festival's official ticketing outlets -- Front Gate Tickets and GroupOn.
Hagar has posted a video on his official website and socialmediasites apologizing for the cancellation and promising to play a series of free concerts in the coming months.
"All I can say is I'm sorry," the Red Rocker declares in the clip. "I'm more disappointed than anyone, I think. All the fans know how much I care about them, how much I care about my parties and my music and everything that I do."
Hagar goes on to announce plans for a free October 8 show with his backing group The Wabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
In addition, he says he's hoping to play more free shows around the U.S. next year with his current band The Circle, and "even maybe something this year," as well as some free pop-up concerts in smalls clubs. He adds that he'd "love to do a big giant one on the beach," as well.
This year's High Tide Beach Party was to have featured performances by Hagar and The Circle, along with ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora as a special guest, as well as The Beach Boys, KC and the Sunshine Band, Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Outfield frontman Tony Lewis, Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Extreme and Patty Smyth and Scandal.
Credit: Danny ClinchSeventy years ago today, Bruce Springsteen was born in the U.S.A. -- Long Branch, New Jersey, to be specific. For nearly 50 of those years, the singer/songwriter known as The Boss has been releasing music that's touched the hearts and souls of rock fans by celebrating blue-collar workers, underdogs, dreamers and hopeless romantics.
In a segment from the 2018 special based on his hugely popular stage production Springsteen on Broadway, Bruce explained what he hoped to accomplish with his songs, noting, "I wanted to be able to celebrate and honor [life's] beauty, and I wanted to be able to be a critical voice when I thought that that's what the times called for. I wanted to know my story, your story, wherever we're going together as a people."
As he begins his life as a septuagenarian, Springsteen shows little sign of slowing down. This past June, he released his 19th studio album, Western Stars, a collection of songs inspired by the orchestral Southern California pop records of the late 1960s and early '70s.
In addition, Springsteen co-directed and stars in a new concert film called Western Stars that features him performing the album's songs in front of an intimate audience and captures him reflecting on his life and the themes covered on the record. The movie will be screened in select North America theaters on October 19 and 23 before opening wide on October 25.
On November 5, Springsteen will perform at the eighth annual edition of the Stand Up for Heroes benefit show, held November 4 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Meanwhile, in May, Bruce revealed that he's written an album's worth of new songs that he hopes to record with his longtime backing group, The E Street Band.
BMGAbout 20 years after retiring from the music business, Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke has returned with a new solo album called Resurgence.
The 10-track collection, which features mostly new original songs, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. Among the tunes is one called "Long Cool Woman's Back in Town," which the 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer wrote as a sequel to the 1972 Hollies smash "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress."
Resurgence began coming together in 2017. Clarke had started writing some poems that year, one of which was turned into a song by Los Angeles-based roots rocker Carla Olson that inspired Allan to record his own version of the tune.
Motivated to write songs again, Clarke sought the help of his son Toby, who suggested he learn how to use the GarageBand program. Before long, Allan was amassing enough tunes to put a new album together. He enlisted a one-time collaborator, composer and engineer Frances Haines, as a produce and arranger on the project.
Clarke admits that one reason he retired from music was that he felt he wasn't able to sing Hollies songs anymore, but he explains that "what I should have said [when fan asked 'Why don't you go back to singing?'] was that there may be a time when I'll be able to sing, because I'll be doing songs that maybe I'll write myself."
Allan has posted a series of videos in which he discusses making Resurgence on his official YouTube channel.
Clarke says of the album, "It's given me a new lease of life in doing something I thought I'd never do again."
Here's the Resurgence track list:
"Journey of Regret" "You Broke My Heart" "The Door Is Slowly Closing" "I'll Just Keep On Walking" "I'm Only Sleeping" "Heart of Stone" "I Don't Know the Reason" "Don't Let Me Down" "Long Cool Woman's Back in Town" "I'm Comin' Home"
Credit: Randall SlavinRobThomas told ABC Radio in April that he and his band, Matchbox Twenty, wanted to get together and do something special next year because, after all, it is going to be 2020. "I just think the aesthetic is good to pass up," he said.
Well, now it looks as though that's actually going to happen.
Rob told Billboard that he and Matchbox Twenty will do a three-month summer tour next year. It'll be the band's first time on the road since 2017, when they traveled with Counting Crows on the A Brief History of Everything tour.
It's not clear if Matchbox Twenty has any plans to make any new music, however. Their last album of original material was 2012's North.
Earlier this year, Rob released his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile, and he's currently on the road doing a solo tour to support it. That trek is set to wrap up in Perth, Australia in November.
UMeRobbie Robertson, the guitarist and main songwriter of The Band, released his latest solo album Sinematic today.
The 13-track collection features songs connected to -- or inspired by -- two new film projects: the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band and Martin Scorsese's upcoming crime epic The Irishman, for which Robbie composed the score.
Sinematic includes a song titled "Once Were Brothers," which celebrates Robertson's old group and laments his broken relationship with the other members, three of whom have passed away.
In a new Wall Street Journal interview, Robbie says about the song, "I didn't set out to write about this, but I just started thinking about how I've lost Richard [Manuel], Rick [Danko] and Levon [Helm], and it's heartbreaking…The song took me where it wanted to go."
Another key track from the album is "I Hear You Paint Houses," a duet with Van Morrison that directly relates to The Irishman and the book on which it's based. The book, I Heard You Paint Houses, is titled after a phrase mobsters use when hiring a hit man.
Sinema also includes contributions from Derek Trucks, ex-Who touring bassist Pino Palladino, famed session drummer Jim Keltner, Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season, and singer/songwriter Citizen Cope.
The album is available now on CD, as a 180-gram-vinyl two-LP set and digitally. A Deluxe Edition featuring the CD, the LPs and a 36-page hardcover book of artwork Robertson created for each track will be released on October 25.
Here is Sinema's full track list:
"I Hear You Paint Houses" "Once Were Brothers" "Dead End Kid" "Hardwired" "Walk in Beauty Way" "Let Love Reign" "Shanghai Blues" "Wandering Souls" "Street Serenade" "The Shadow" "Beautiful Madness" "Praying for Rain" "Remembrance"
Motown/UMeAn expansive digital-only collection titled Motown Unreleased: 1969, featuring 60 previously unissued tracks recorded by various Motown artists 50 years ago, has been released in celebration of the label's 60th anniversary.
The album includes recordings by Motown legends such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Edwin Starr, Jimmy Ruffin and Valerie Simpson.
More than half of the collection's tracks are previously unheard compositions, like Wonder's "Mister Moon," The Temptations' "Pretty Little Brown Skin Girl" and Gladys Knight & the Pips' "I Had a Dream (Opus I)," a song penned by Ashford & Simpson in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968.
Other interesting tunes on Motown Unreleased: 1969 include The Jackson 5's rendition of The Miracles' "What's So Good About Goodbye," recorded prior to the release of their debut smash "I Want You Back"; and Ross & the Supremes' version of Wonder's "For Once in My Life," which was recorded at Diana's final session with her famous group.
In addition, the album features five instrumentals by Motown's house band The Funk Brothers, credited to the outfit's leader, keyboardist Earl Van Dyke.
Motown Unreleased: 1969's release coincides with the start of The Motown Museum's Motown 60 Weekend, a series of events that includes the Hitsville Honors Celebration, featuring a tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Sony MusicHallelujah! A posthumous studio album by acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who died in 2016 at age 82, will be released on November 22.
Titled Thanks for the Dance, the nine-track collection was put together by Cohen's son Adam, using unfinished recordings from the sessions for Leonard's 2016 album, You Want It Darker.
A variety of artists contributed to the project, including singer Jennifer Warnes -- a frequent Cohen collaborator -- and younger artists like Beck, Feist, Damien Rice, Arcade Fire bassist Richard Reed Parry and The National guitarist Bryce Dessner. Famed producer Daniel Lanois helped with some of the arrangements.
"In composing and arranging the music for [Leonard's] words, we chose his most characteristic musical signatures, in this way keeping him with us," Adam says.
He adds, "What moves me most about the album is the startled response of those who have heard it. 'Leonard lives!' they say, one after the other."
One of the new tracks, "The Goal," has been released as a digital download and via streaming services in advance of Thanks for the Dance, and a video for the spoken-word song has premiered on Leonard's official YouTube channel.
Here's the full track list of Thanks for the Dance, which is available for pre-order now:
"Happens to the Heart" "Moving On" "The Night of Santiago" "Thanks for the Dance" "It's Torn" "The Goal" "Puppets" "The Hills" "Listen to the Hummingbird"
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for TASCHENEarlier this week, surviving Beatles Paul McCarntey and Ringo Starr had an unexpected reunion at a special event in London celebrating the launch of Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries, a new book of photos by McCartney's late wife, Linda.
Sir Paul was a surprise guest at the party, which took place Wednesday at the Victoria & Albert Museum's Photography Centre. McCartney joined his daughters Stella and Mary at the event, where he took part in a conversation about the book and Linda's photography.
Ringo and his wife, Barbara Bach, were among the attendees at the bash, as were The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Twiggy and George Harrison's widow, Olivia. You can check out a series of photos from the event, including several of Paul and Ringo together, at Taschen.com.
The Polaroid Diaries features hundreds of previously unseen Polaroid photos that Linda McCartney snapped from the 1970s to the late 1990s. It's a follow-up to the 2011 book Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs.
Last week, Starr announced details of a new solo album called What's My Name, which will feature a cover of the John Lennon rarity "Grow Old with Me," to which McCartney contributed bass and backing vocals. The album will be released on October 25.
A&M/UMeThursday marked the 30th anniversary of Janet Jackson's iconic album Rhythm Nation 1814. If you want to celebrate that milestone by taking a deep dive into the album's songs, here's some good news.
Today, Rhythm Nation 1814: The Remixes hit digital platforms for the first time. The digital-only reissues are made up of nine mini-albums that were originally released during 1989-1990 on 12-inch and 7-inch vinyl, CD singles and CD maxi-singles.
There are 90 tracks in all, including three non-album tracks that were previously only available on rare single releases: "The Skin Game," "You Need Me," and "The 1814 Megamix."
The album songs that received the remixes include "Escapade," "Black Cat," "Miss You Much," "Come Back To Me," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "Alright," "State of the World" and the title track.
Among the remixers and producers on the tracks: Shep Pettibone, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jellybean Johnson, Junior Vasquez, CJ Mackintosh and David Dorrell.
Janet will celebrate Rhythm Nation's 30th birthday tomorrow, Saturday, at her concert in San Francisco; at a bunch of shows in Australia and New Zealand November 8-17, and at two shows in Hawaii on November 20 and 21.
Courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment/ AXS TVThe latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the AC/DC frontman interviewing another legendary rock singer, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant.
The show, which premieres this Sunday, September 22, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Johnson and Plant chat while exploring castle ruins in the northern Wales, U.K., an area that Robert began visiting during Led Zeppelin's heyday to get away from the pressures of touring.
During the episode, Plant shares stories about his old band's formation and early days, his love of American blues and roots music, and his solo career.
In a preview clip from the show, Plant talks about the music that inspired Led Zeppelin and the era from which the band emerged.
"I suppose Cream, The Grateful Dead, the white blues thing was kicking in," he recalls. "And, yeah, that great West Coast thing going on with Jefferson Airplane and stuff. Yeah, a subculture did develop, and we kind of attached ourselves to that.
Plant adds, "We didn't have any social statements to make. We weren't, you know, visionaries in that sense, but we were still, by our age at the time…part of that huge movement of energy."
Later in the preview, Johnson reflects on how quickly Led Zeppelin's music influenced rock fans and musicians.
"It just took off like a rocket," says Brian. "I think every kid in Newcastle [U.K.], where I was, wanted to play those riffs."
Johnson then notes that "singing a Zeppelin song was tougher. And that's where I was lucky. I could actually [do] 'high-octave singing.'"
The clip ends with Plant quipping to Johnson, "If you want a job now, I can put…in a good word for you."
Credit: Heather PorcaroToto launches a new U.S. tour leg tonight in Los Angeles, and guitarist Steve Lukather reveals that the outing will not only bring the band's long-running 40 Trips Around the Sun trek to a close, but it may be the group's last stateside tour ever.
"[A]s of [October] 20th that's all that we have on the books for the foreseeable future," he tells ABC Radio. "I got a whole year planned doing other stuff. Everybody else has got other stuff to do…But in the meantime…it's been a great, great run, and we're really excited about coming out [to play]."
The guitar whiz says he can't get into details about why Toto is going on indefinite hiatus, but notes, "It's not like we're fighting amongst ourselves. It's just there's a whole bunch of, outside of us, business issues that are really messed up."
Lukather reports that the new shows will feature a set similar to the one featured on Toto's new live album and concert video, 40 Tours Around the Sun, which was recorded this past March in Amsterdam.
"[W]e wanted to play stuff from all the records that we've done, all the incarnations, and I think we stayed pretty good to that," he tells ABC Radio.
Regarding how the set list came together, Lukather explains that the core members each picked a song "they really wanted to do, and then we picked stuff that the fans wanted from our Facebook page…And then we [included] all the big hits and all the stuff people really want to hear."
Steve also reveals that, unfortunately, founding keyboardist/singer David Paich has been ill and won't be touring with Toto, although he "may show up at a gig or two."
Here are Toto's scheduled tour dates:
9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern 9/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre 9/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful festival 9/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre - Delta Hall 9/25 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 9/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater 9/28 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place 9/29 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater 10/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre 10/2 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre 10/4 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre 10/5 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort 10/6 -- Tiffin, OH, Ritz Theatre 10/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 10/9 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre 10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall 10/12 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center 10/13 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage 10/15 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre 10/16 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 10/18 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater 10/19 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre 10/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia
Courtesy of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar FestivalWith Eric Clapton's star-packed 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival taking place today and Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the list of musicians performing at each day of the event has been revealed.
Clapton will be performing on both days of the festival, as previously reported, while most of the other artists on the bill will only appear on either Friday or Saturday. One exception is Joe Walsh, who will be taking part in surprise collaborations scheduled for both shows.
Among the musicians playing day one of the fest are Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Jimmie Vaughan and famed session guitarist James Burton.
The day-two bill includes Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Vince Gill.
Clapton is confirmed to perform on Friday as a duo with guitarist Andy Fairweater-Low, a sometimes member of his touring band, while he'll play with his full backing group on Saturday.
The artists other than Walsh who will scheduled participate in surprise collaborations on day one or day two include Gibbons, Raitt, Mayer, Gary Clark Jr. and Albert Lee.
As previously announced, a live simulcast of the concert extravaganza will be available via a variety of pay-per-view providers throughout North America, including nugs.tv. The event, broadcast in high-def, costs $39.99 per night. The festival will air starting 8 p.m. ET on Friday, September 20, and at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 21. A number of bars, restaurants and music venues throughout North America will also be hosting screenings of the simulcast.
Here's the full list of performers for Friday, September 20:
Alan Darby* Billy Gibbons* Bonnie Raitt* Citizen Cope Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather-Low Gary Clark Jr.* Gustavo Santaolalla James Burton & Albert Lee Jamie Oldaker* Jeff Beck Jimmy Vaughan Joe Walsh* Keb' Mo'* Kurt Rosenwinkel with Pedro Martins The Marcus King Band Pedro Martins & Daniel Santiago Peter Frampton Sheryl Crow Sonny Landreth
And here are the performers for Saturday, September 21:
Albert Lee* Bradley Walker* Buddy Guy Doyle Bramhall Eric Clapton & His Band with Alan Darby Gary Clark, Jr. James Bay Jerry Douglas* Joe Walsh* John Mayer* Keb Mo Lianne La Havas Los Lobos Robert Cray Robert Randolph Tedeschi Trucks Tom Misch Vince Gill & Band
ABC/Randy HolmesDepeche Mode has announced a new concert film and documentary titled Spirits in the Forest.
The movie, directed by acclaimed music filmmaker and photographer Anton Corbijn, was filmed during Depeche Mode's shows in Berlin, Germany in July 2018, which were the final dates on the group's global tour in support of their latest album, 2017's Spirit.
In between the concert footage, Spirits in the Forest introduces us to six Depeche Mode fans from around the world. The film includes video from each of the fans' hometown, and explores their connection to Depeche Mode's music.
Spirits in the Forest will screen in theaters worldwide for one night only, on November 21. Tickets will go on sale September 26.
ABC/Adam TaylorBono has enlisted 17 street artists, including Shepard Fairey, to contribute to a new initiative designed to raise awareness about the fight against HIV/AIDS. The initiative is in conjunction with the (RED) charity that the U2 frontman co-founded.
The artists are painting murals that will go on display next month in seven major cities around the world, in advance of The Global Fund's next Replenishment Conference, which will take place October 9-10 in Lyon, France.
The "Paint (RED) Save Lives" murals will be located in New York City; Washington, D.C.; London; Berlin; Paris; and Lyon.
"Street artists have been raising the alarm in the fight against AIDS since HIV appeared -- from the streets of New York in the 1980s, and now in the next weeks in cities around the world with Paint (RED) Save Lives," Bono says in a statement. "There has been a lot of progress, more than many experts predicted, but not enough yet to put the sirens to rest."
He adds, "Young women continue to bear the brunt of this disease and maddeningly, every week 6,000 of them are needlessly infected. I'd call that an emergency. (RED) is the color of emergency."
You can check out some of the murals at RED.org. The one Fairey has created shows a rose with a shackle around its stem and a droplet of blood dripping from one of its thorns. The piece also includes the phrases "Health Is Worth Fighting For" and "We Shape the Future."
As previously reported, Mixtape features various well-known rock artists talking about their favorite songs of all time, and sharing their personal playlists of the tunes that shaped their lives and impacted their careers.
In a preview clip of the new episode, Cronin recalls how he came up with a new way for the band to play its keyboard-heavy 1987 hit "That Ain't Love" in concert to make it sound better live.
"I suggested to Dave that he play a Gibson ES-335 [guitar]," the frontman notes. "And we took this song and turned it from kind of a poppy, kind of synthy thing to kind of more of a bluesier thing that really served the lyric better."
Also in the clip, Cronin and Amato play an acoustic version of "That Ain't Love."
In conjunction with the episode, Cronin and Amato created a playlist of their favorite songs that can be accessed on a popular streaming-music service.
Here's their mixtape:
"Down in the Valley" -- Solomon Burke "Handy Man" -- Del Shannon "Please Please Me" -- The Beatles "You Really Got Me" -- The Kinks "Bus Stop" -- The Hollies "Mr. Tambourine Man" -- The Byrds "Mr. Soul" -- Buffalo Springfield "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" -- Crosby, Stills & Nash "Tiny Dancer" -- Elton John "Holiday Inn" -- Elton John "Music Man" -- REO Speedwagon "157 Riverside Avenue" -- REO Speedwagon "Everything I Own" -- Bread "Keep On Loving You" -- REO Speedwagon "Take It on the Run" -- REO Speedwagon "Can't Fight This Feeling" -- REO Speedwagon "Golden Country" -- REO Speedwagon "Keep Pushin'" -- REO Speedwagon "Ridin' the Storm Out" -- REO Speedwagon "Polly" -- Nirvana "Roll with the Changes" -- REO Speedwagon "Time for Me to Fly" -- REO Speedwagon "That Ain't Love" -- REO Speedwagon "Reach Out of the Darkness" -- Friend & Lover "Trip Switch" -- Nothing but Thieves "Lipstick Wonder Woman" -- Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown "Ms. Marianne" -- Levon "Love Is a Rock" -- REO Speedwagon "Won't Get Fooled Again" -- The Who
Columbia Records/Legacy RecordingsThe latest installment of Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series archival collections focuses on Dylan's late-1960s recording sessions in Nashville, and will include unreleased studio collaborations with Johnny Cash from 1969.
Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash) -- Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 will be released on November 1, and will be available as a three-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.
The first disc of the set features alternate versions of songs that appeared on two Dylan studio albums -- 1967's John Wesley Harding and 1969's Nashville Skyline -- as well as an outtake called "Western Road" from the Skyline sessions.
Travelin' Thru's second disc and part of its third disc are dedicated to Dylan's February 1969 sessions with Cash, which include versions of songs written by both stars, and covers of select classic country, folk and rock 'n' roll songs.
The third disc also features three live performances Dylan did with Cash in May '69 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which were recorded for Cash's variety TV show.
In addition, there are two outtake versions of Cash hits that Dylan recorded during the making of his 1970 Self Portrait album -- "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues."
Rounding out the collection are four tracks that Bob recorded in May 1970 with bluegrass banjo great Earl Scruggs for the 1971 PBS special Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends. Also included is an interview with Dylan and Scruggs.
You can listen to one track from the set -- an alternate take of the Nashville Skyline tune "Tell Me That It Isn't True" -- at Dylan's YouTube channel.
Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 is available for pre-order now. Check out the full track list at BobDylan.com.
A&M/VirginIt's hard to believe we've been a part of the Rhythm Nation for three decades.
Janet Jackson's landmark release Rhythm Nation 1814 was released on September 19, 1989, and it's still the only album in history to have spun off seven top-five singles -- including four number-one hits: "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)."
It was the best-selling album of 1990, and has gone on to sell an estimated 12 million copies worldwide.
Janet and the album received nine Grammy nominations, including one for Producer of the Year, making her the first woman nominated in that category. The tour in support of the album was the most successful debut tour in history.
The album's success is even more impressive, considering that it was a concept album, a rarity in the world of pop and R&B. Speaking about the album's inspiration, co-producer Jimmy Jamtells Billboard, "It was a crazy time. The Reagan years were ending. There were school shootings. There were all these unbelievable things starting to happen."
Janet, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis took what they saw on CNN every day and created an album about social justice -- a theme specifically spelled out in songs including the title track, "State of the World" and "The Knowledge." The "1814" referred to the year the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," was written.
According to Billboard, an ABC News special called Black in White America inspired the use of black and white in the album's artwork and videos.
At the time, Janet said, "I'm not naive -- I know an album or a song can't change the world. I just want my music and my dance to catch the audience's attention" [and motivate people to] "make some sort of difference."
ABC/Justin StephensAs one of the contestants on the new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, The Supremes' Mary Wilson is getting plenty of media attention for her dance moves. But the 75-year-old Motown legend tells People that she would be open to a Supremes reunion, though she admits the decision isn't really in her hands.
"I think the fans would love to see it, but that's really up to [Supremes lead singer] Diana [Ross]," Wilson says. "It's up to her and if she would like to do it, then I'll be there!"
Reflecting on her group's success, Wilson notes, "The Supremes were very…famous, we were one of the most famous female groups in the world. And right now when you look at history, you see mostly the guys -- you see The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Elvis, but what about the girls? We girls were doing quite well ourselves."
Mary adds that she feels her group can serve as an inspiration to other people seeking success in the entertainment world.
"This is something that I want to share with the world and I want everyone to know that we, The Supremes, did dare to dream," she says. "We really did dare to dream and we made our dreams come true."
Wilson also tells People that she's enjoying getting time in the spotlight thanks to Dancing with the Stars.
"Dancing with the Stars is for me, like great," she declares. "It's like having another hit record. It's like having another grandchild!"
As for how she feels about taking part in the show, Wilson says, "It's a competition, but I'm not competitive at all…I'm out there to do the best that I can be and to learn something new and be happy."
Credit: Scott Robert RitchieRingo Starr and The Band's Robbie Robertson are among a variety of musicians from around the world who have contributed to a new version of the band tune "The Weight," and also are featured in a video for the track that premiered Wednesday.
The new version of "The Weight," recorded in celebration of the song's 50th anniversary, also features Americana singer/guitarists Marcus King and Lukas Nelson, folk duo Larkin Poe, and other musicians and singers from Italy, Japan, The Congo, Bahrain, Spain, Nepal, Jamaica and Argentina.
The video begins with a humorous segment showing Ringo talking on a cellphone and asking, "What key is it in, Robbie? F-demented." The various musicians are seen performing their parts in their own home countries. The track was co-produced by Robertson's son Sebastian and Playing for Change co-founder Mark Johnson.
Johnson, a Grammy-winning producer and engineer, tells Rolling Stone that the track came together "brick by brick," starting with a demo recorded by Robertson, then gathering the other musicians' parts where they were using a mobile studio.
"We could never have never assembled this group in the studio," Johnson notes. "You need to go there, and then when you go there, you're where they feel comfortable. You hear that in the music."
Johnson tells Rolling Stone that having Starr take part in the recording was "a dream come true."
"He and Robbie really are a spark of what this whole project is about," he notes. "You can do something in your life that can inspire millions of people."
Credit: Danny NorthIn May, U2 announced plans to bring its Joshua Tree Tour to Australia, New Zealand and the Far East this fall, and now the Irish rock legends have added a final show to the 2019 trek: the band's first-ever concert in India.
The performance will take place on December 15 at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, October 1, at noon Indian Standard Time. Visit U2.com to find out about pre-sale opportunities.
"We're much looking forward to bringing a dash of Dublin to Mumbai, India. A country famous for its rich culture of art, music, movies, theater, literature, food and so much more," U2 bassist Adam Clayton says. "There is a lot of excitement in the U2 camp."
Adds guitarist The Edge, "We have been around the world with The Joshua Tree and we can't think of a better place to celebrate the end of this tour. Mumbai, India, we're coming for you, I hope you're ready!"
Bono and The Edge also have filmed a humorous video about the concert that's been posted on U2's official website.
In 2017, U2 mounted The Joshua Tree Tour in celebration of the classic album's 30th anniversary. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers decided to revive the trek this year to bring it to places they didn't visit two years ago.
The tour kicks off with a November 8-9 stand in Auckland, New Zealand, and will include U2's first concerts in Japan since 2006, and its first shows ever in Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea and, as mentioned, India.
Here are all of the dates on The Joshua Tree Tour 2019:
11/8 -- Auckland, New Zealand, Mt. Smart Stadium 11/9 -- Auckland, New Zealand, Mt. Smart Stadium 11/12 -- Brisbane, Australia, SunCorp Stadium 11/15 -- Melbourne, Australia, Marvel Stadium 11/19 -- Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide Oval 11/22 -- Sydney, Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground 11/23 -- Sydney, Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground 11/27 -- Perth, Australia, Optus Stadium 11/30 -- Singapore, Singapore, National Stadium 12/1 -- Singapore, Singapore, National Stadium 12/4 -- Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena 12/5 -- Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena 12/8 -- Seoul, South Korea, Gocheok Sky Dome 12/11 -- Manila, Philippines, Philippine Arena 12/15 -- Mumbai, India, DY Patil Stadium