This year’s Farm Aid will be September 24th in Raleigh, North Carolina. The line-up includes Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, and Margo Price. Pre-sale tickets go on sale July 27, with the general public sale on the 30th.
Check out pro filmed video of Metallica performing “Bleeding Me” in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 15.
Pat Benatar is no longer performing “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” in concert, out of respect for the families of mass shooting victims.
Judas Priest gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but not the way most other acts do. They’re getting the “Musical Excellence Award”. And Rob Halford still isn’t sure how to feel about it. At first, he admits he was, quote, “pissed”. But now he goes back and forth. He says, quote, “Some days, I go, ‘No, it doesn’t matter. We’re in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Be grateful. Shut the hell up.’ “And then there are other days where I’m like, ‘[Gosh] damn, why did they give us the Musical Excellence Award?’
Sammy Hagar is featured on the new Megadeth album.
Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy claims Motley Crue singer Vince Neil never apologized to him personally when he killed their drummer in a 1984 car crash. Andy sounds like he’s ready to beat up Vince if given the chance.
Aerosmith has announced 50 Years Live!: From the Aerosmith Vaults, an “official bootleg” streaming concert series. Beginning July 29, the band will release one previously unreleased show every week for five weeks.. Speaking of the bad boys from Boston, check out the Joe Perry Project, featuring Gary Cherone of Extreme on lead vocals, performing in Atlantic City, NJ on July 23.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are releasing a second album this year. It’s called “Return of the Dream Canteen”, and it’s coming in October.
Director Peter Jackson is working on another Beatles movie.
Ticketmaster is defending its new “dynamic pricing” program . . . you know, the one that made some tickets to the new Bruce Springsteen tour cost up to $5,000. Here’s what they’re saying: Tickets like that, with so-called “variable prices,” only represent 11.2% of the overall tickets sold . . . while 88.2% were sold at fixed prices that ranged from $59.50 to $399. BEFORE added service fees, of course. Ticketmaster also claims that the average price of all tickets sold so far is $262, with 56% being sold for under $200 face value. And only 1.3% of all tickets sold for the tour so far have gone for more than $1,000.
George Clooney, U2, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, and composer Tania Leon will receive Kennedy Center Honors this year.