Author Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Last week, Sir Elton John launched his new Classic Concert Series on YouTube with the first installment in his planned six-part series. The Classic Concert Series will find the legendary singer/cultural icon diving into the vaults for vintage performances from throughout his career. Next up in the series is a flashback to 1986, and Elton’s 26-date Tour de Force tour of Australia, accompanied by the 88-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCa-xFDIgdF/ Here’s a preview of the show in the form of “Benny and the Jets”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjb9Fgj1oAM And a formal preview of the Sydney show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvXA4-Q22go The video replay of this performance will go up…

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My Chemical Romance was supposed to be enjoying a hotly anticipated reunion tour throughout 2020 — but the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to that, forcing the alt-rock/punk band to push its big reunion tour to 2021. Despite that, front man Gerard Way has kept busy, and he premiered a new song on Thursday. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCY16GUJWrb/ But if you’re expecting something in the vein of his work with MCR, think again. “Here Comes the End” is a revved-up, glam-rock exercise featuring guest vocals from Judith Hill, who has earned rave reviews for her work backing the likes of Stevie Wonder, Josh…

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Back in February, Peter Frampton announced plans for a new official memoir, the appropriately titled Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir, and the book, co-written by former Rolling Stone editor Alan Light, will be published on Oct. 20 by Hachette. Pre-orders are up now at this link. The iconic guitarist, who went out on the Peter Frampton Finale — The Farewell Tour in 2019, has plenty to say in reflection of his amazing career. Via a news release about the book: The Grammy-winning artist shares stories of his diverse collaborative work and reveals both the blessing and curse…

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As promised in a teaser post from the iconic rockers on Wednesday, The Rolling Stones have indeed premiered a song from the vaults that had, as of yet, never been officially released. “Criss Cross” is a preview of the band’s planned reissue of 1973’s Goats Head Soup, which was also detailed on Thursday. The reissue is due out Sept. 9. As for “Criss Cross,” the song — which was bootlegged for years — is now available in remastered format for the first time, and comes with a music video directed by Diana Kunst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSpGnZmGWBk “Criss Cross” is one of three…

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On June 11, successful country/pop group Lady Antebellum announced it would henceforth be known as Lady A, dropping most of the second part of its name regarding the ties of the word ‘Antebellum’ to the Civil War era — and, most significantly, slavery, a decision that came about amidst the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and civil unrest in the United States stemming from the May 25 killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department. This caused friction with Seattle-based blues singer Anita White, who performs under the name Lady A and  has been using the name…

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This Thursday, July 9, the GRAMMY Museum will host Catching Up with The Immediate Family, a live online conversation with the group — a who’s-who of music industry legends involving Danny Kortchmar (guitar and vocals), Waddy Wachtel (guitar and vocals), Leland Sklar (bass), Russ Kunkel (drums) and Steve Postell (guitar and vocals). Hosted by the GRAMMY Museum and moderated by Scott Goldman, the event is a fundraiser, with proceeds going to “… help support the GRAMMY Museum’s mission to continue its music education programs and digital content virtually while its doors are closed due to COVID-19.” https://twitter.com/GRAMMYMuseum/status/1280634103596036097 Said Goldman of the…

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Travis, the Glasgow-based band that formed in 1990 and was instrumental in inspiring later acts such as Keane and Coldplay, will release a new album, 10 Songs, on Oct. 9 via BMG. The band has premiered a trio of songs from the album as a preview. The latest, “Valentine,” bursts with rhythmic sway and vocals from Fran Healy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjf-v_PfTjA Said Healy of the song: “Valentine was recorded as a predominately live performance in December 2019 at Rak studios in London. It’s the closest Travis have gotten sonically to our debut album, Good Feeling. Alex Harvey-esque.” The song joins fellow pre-release tune…

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It looks as if The Rolling Stones will be premiering a new music video on Thursday, July 9, for a song called “Criss Cross.” The band shared a short teaser video on Wednesday for the song, which will premiere as a music video directed by Diana Kunst, who has worked with artists including Madonna and A$AP Rocky, among others. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCYh6DentwI/ Astute Stones fans might recall that “Criss Cross Man” was an outtake from the Goats Head Soup sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYU0g7r9uo4 There may be a direct correlation, if this follow-up post by the Rolling Stones implies: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCY4srRngFH/ The Stones have kept busy…

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There will be no live Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction event for the Class of 2020, it was announced by the Hall on Wednesday, one of the latest major events shelved as a result of these continually frustrating times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event — which was already postponed from early May to November — will not be able to take place. Instead, an HBO special will air on Nov. 7 paying tribute to the Class of 2020, which includes the following: Depeche Mode The Doobie Brothers Whitney Houston Nine Inch Nails The Notorious B.I.G. T.…

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Through its All Within My Hands Foundation, Metallica has maintained a vibrant and active role in helping the community through various hardships in recent years. The latest is the COVID-19 pandemic, and on Wednesday the thrash/metal band’s non-profit arm announced a new round of relief grants totaling $295,000, benefiting five organizations doing their part to battle the pandemic. Said Metallica in a statement about the grants, which will benefit Feeding America, Live Nation’s Crew Nation, The United States Bartenders Guild Foundation, Direct Relief and MusiCares: We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of fans and friends around the world as…

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