New Upstate New York Hotel Celebrates Bob Dylan and the Woodstock Festival


Image Courtesy of Hotel DylanA new hotel named after Bob Dylan opened last month in Woodstock, New York, that pays tribute to the musical history that emerged in and near the small Catskill Mountains town during the late 1960s.  Hotel Dylan features 11 rooms with names that evoke the Flower Power era and the famous Woodstock Festival, including "The Jimi," "The Joplin," "The Cocker," "The Roadies," "The Van" and "The Hippie Chick."The hotel's largest room is called The Band Suite, named after the influential Americana outfit that served as Dylan's backing group early in its career, and recorded that legendary Basement Tapes with the folk-rock icon in Woodstock.  Daily prices for standard rooms cost $189 on weekdays and $219 on weekends, while the suite will run you $249 during the week and $289 on weekends.Each room also features a high-quality turntable, and while a selection of vinyl albums can be borrowed from the front desk.  In addition, a variety of famous pics taken by official Woodstock Festival photographer Elliott Landy decorate the hotel's walls.  The hotel also hosts a series of music-related workshops and other events.A Hotel Dylan representative tells ABC News Radio that owner Paul Covello is planning to open an intimate concert space at the facility, as well as a pub and restaurant that will serve dishes featuring locally grown and produced ingredients.For more information, visit HotelDylan.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Yes' Chris Squire Says Lead Singer Jon Davison Helped Freshen Band's Whole Appro


Frontiers RecordsYes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today.  The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012.Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks.  Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that "he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to" collaborate with the band's other members and he says he's extremely pleased with the results."It's turned out to be surprisingly fresh, and Jon's input has definitely freshened up the whole approach," explains Squire.  "So, I'm very happy."In fact, Heaven & Earth features at least one tune that Davison co-wrote with every other member of the band -- two each with Squire and guitarist Steve Howe, and one apiece with drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes.  He also penned one song, "Light of the Ages," entirely by himself.Regarding the sound of the new album, Squire tells ABC News Radio that he doesn't think it's "exactly comparable to anything else" the band has done in the past, while noting that "there's a thread in Yes of the style that myself and Steve…and Alan White [developed] having all been there most of the last 40 years together."Fans who want to find out more about Yes' new album can visit YesHeavenAndEarth.com, while excerpts of all of the tunes on the record are streaming at the band's SoundCloud page.Meanwhile, Yes has been including one or two of the songs from Heaven & Earth in the sets on the group's current North American, which is scheduled through an August 23 concert in Lincoln, California.  Among the new tunes the band has been performing are "Believe Again," "The Ascent" and "The Game."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ZZ Top's Dusty Hill Needs Kidney Stone Operation, Forcing Band to Cancel Six Upc


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is scheduled to undergo an operation to remove two kidney stones this week, forcing veteran rockers' to cancel six headlining dates that were to have preceded the launch of their joint U.S. tour with Jeff Beck. The nixed shows were scheduled for this Friday in Morton, Minnesota; this Saturday in West Bend, Wisconsin; this Sunday in Cincinnati; Tuesday, July 29, in Louisville, Kentucky; Wednesday, July 30 in  Asheville, North Carolina; and Monday, August 1, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.Doctors discovered the kidney stones during a routine exam, and they advised Dusty that he should have them taken out right away.  Hill will need about two weeks to recover, and he's expected to fully recover from the procedure.  ZZ Top's next confirmed show will be held August 6 in Sturgis, South Dakota, and the Texas trio is then slated to kick off its co-headlining trek with Beck on August 8 in Missoula, Montana.The joint tour is mapped out through a September 13 show in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  ZZ Top also has a bevy of North American fall headlining dates lined up that run from a September 25 gig in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, through a November 2 concert in San Antonio.8/6 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground*8/8 -- Missoula, MT, Ogren Park*8/9 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle*8/10 -- Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheatre*8/12 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery*8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Amphitheatre*8/15 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre*8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint*8/17 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheatre*8/19 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino*8/20 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre*8/22 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre*8/23 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater*8/24 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*8/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre*8/28 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia*8/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino *8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Concert Venue at Harrah's*8/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods*9/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*9/3 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion*9/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater*9/6 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*9/7 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater*9/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater*9/10 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater*9/12 -- The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*9/13 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino9/25 -- Bloomsburg, PA, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds9/26 -- Springfield, MA, The Big E Xfinity Arena9/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier9/28 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom9/30 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre10/1 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre10/3 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre 10/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino10/5 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center10/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre10/8 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre10/10 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater10/11 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom10/12 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre - RiverCenter10/14 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena10/15 -- Columbia, SC, South Carolina State Fairgrounds10/18 -- Red Bank, NJ,Count Basie Theatre10/19 -- Kingston, NY, Broadway Theater - Ulster Performing Arts Center10/22 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Center10/24 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center - Centre College of Kentucky10/25 -- Bowling Green, KY, Bowling Green Hot Rods Field10/29 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Centre10/31 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino11/2 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre* = with Jeff Beck.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Expanded Version of Yes' "Songs from Tsongas" Video, Plus Companion Three-CD Set


Eagle Rock EntertainmentAn expanded version of the 2005 Yes concert video Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Tour, along with a three-CD companion album, are scheduled to be released on September 23.  The Special Edition of the Song from Tsongas video will be available on Blu-ray, as a two-DVD collection and as a digital download that will contain performances from two separate shows the acclaimed prog-rock band played during its 2004 trek.The first concert was showcased on the original release, a May 2004 gig at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts.  The bonus performances come from a show that took place in July of that year at Switzerland's Lugano Jazz Festival.Yes' 35th anniversary tour featured the band's classic 1970s lineup of singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.  Among the well-known songs the group played at the Massachusetts show was "Your Move/All Good People," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Long Distance Runaround," "Roundabout," "And You and I" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart," while the group also performed most of those tunes in Lugano too.  In addition, the Tsongas Arena concert was highlighted by an acoustic set that included some gems that Yes rarely played live.The DVD version of Songs from Tsongas' Special Edition also includes an interview with longtime Yes album artist Roger Dean, as well as a bonus performance of "The Ritual" from the Massachusetts concert.The three-CD set features audio of the entire original Songs from Tsongas show, including "The Ritual."Here is the complete track list of the Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert -- Special Edition DVD:Disc 1: Songs from Tsongas"Intro/Firebird Suite""Going for the One""Sweet Dreams""Your Move/All Good People""Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2""South Side of the Sky""Turn of the Century""My Eyes""Mind Drive Part 3""Yours Is No Disgrace""The Meeting (Piano Solo)""Long Distance Runaround""Wonderous Stories""Time Is Time""Roundabout""Show Me""Owner of a Lonely Heart""Second Initial (Guitar Solo)""Rhythm of Love""And You and I""Every Little Thing""Starship Trooper"Disc 2: Live in Lugano"Intro/Firebird Suite""Going for the One""Sweet Dreams""Your Move/All Good People""Long Distance Runaround""The Fish""Owner of a Lonely Heart""And You and I""Starship Trooper""Roundabout"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones to Tour Again with Dave Rawlings Machine in the F


Image Courtesy of Andy TennilleAfter joining Dave Rawlings Machine for a brief U.S. tour in June, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will hit the road with the Americana collective for another outing in the early fall.  The trek, which will visit the West Coast, gets under way September 22 in Missoula, Montana, and is plotted out through an October 5 show in Santa Barbara, California.Jones plays mandolin in the acoustic folk group, which also features Rawlings longtime musical partner, singer/songwriter Gillian Welch.  The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also toured with Dave Rawlings Machine in the fall of 2013.Tickets for all of the upcoming shows went on sale to the general public on Friday, with the exception of a September 28 concert in Arcata, California.  Tickets for that gig will be available starting on August 4.  More dates will be announced soon.Here's the full list of David Rawlings Machine's tour dates:9/22 -- Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater9/23 -- Spokane, WA, Bing Crosby Theater9/24 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre9/25 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom9/27 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theater9/28 -- Arcata, CA, Van Duzer Theatre9/29 -- Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theatre9/30 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre10/1 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Cocoanut Grove10/3 -- Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery10/5 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero TheatreFollow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Full Track List Revealed for Late Blues Guitar Great Johnny Winter's Upcoming Du


Megaforce RecordsAs the music world mourns the death of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, full details have been revealed about what will be his final studio album.  Due out on September 2, Step Back features Winter playing covers of classic blues and early rock 'n' roll tunes that inspired him when he was young, with help from a bevy of other renowned musicians.Among the stars featured on the record are Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Mountain's Leslie West, Dr. John and ex-Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer.  The track list includes the Ray Charles classic "Unchain My Heart," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," Fats Domino's "Blue Monday," Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Bobby Blue Bland's "Don't Want No Woman," Willie Dixon's "Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)" and Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand.""If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it.  I just love it," said Winter of his new album.  "[Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music.  It's better than anything they hear today."Perry, who's featured on the version of "Mojo Hand," has high praise for Johnny, saying, "If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar."Step Back is a sequel to Winter's 2011 album Roots, which featured guest appearances by his brother Edgar, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, country star Vince Gill and Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.Step Back is available for pre-order now at Amazon.  Here is the album's complete track list, along with the guest artists who joined Winter on the songs:"Unchain My Heart" -- with The Blues Brothers Horns"Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)" -- with Ben Harper"Don't Want No Woman" -- with Eric Clapton"Killing Floor" -- with Paul Nelson"Who Do You Love""Okie Dokie Stomp" -- with Brian Setzer"Where Can You Be" -- with Billy Gibbons"Sweet Sixteen" -- with Joe Bonamassa"Death Letter""My Babe" -- with Jason Ricci"Long Tall Sally" -- with Leslie West"Mojo Hand" -- with Joe Perry"Blue Monday" -- with Dr. JohnFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eric Clapton Says He Still Intends to Retire from Road, Also Has Plans for New A


Universal MusicOver the last year or so, Eric Clapton has commented in multiple interviews that he's planning on retiring from touring when he turns 70.  The guitar legend, who will reach that milestone in March, now tells Rolling Stone he's still considering quitting the road in 2015."Next year, I might do a couple of shows and say, 'Folks, that's it, I'm off,'" he declares.  "Then I'll see what I make of that, whether I'm content to just go into the studio now and then and play at home for the family."Slowhand also reveals that he's not planning to put together another Crossroads Guitar Festival, the star-studded benefit for his Crossroads rehab facility that he organized in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013."I think this could be it," he says.  "I don't want to work that hard, that much, anymore."Next week, on July 29, Clapton will release a tribute album to his late friend, collaborator and musical inspiration JJ Cale -- The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale.  Also lending their talents to the project, which Eric says was "a joy to do," were such stars as Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John Mayer and Derek Trucks.Meanwhile, Clapton tells Rolling Stone that before Cale's death last year inspired him to put together the tribute project, "I was planning to write and record another album for myself…So that's the next thing I would do."Eric reveals that there's also some extra Cale-written material from The Breeze sessions that he plans to finish later this summer.  "We recorded many more tracks, some of them unpublished," he explains.  "I have some time in August in the studio to complete that and maybe start recording self-penned stuff."With regard to coming up with new original songs, Clapton says he has been struggling a bit lately, admitting that he's "just lazy."  He explains, "When I get to 'What am I going to do for that bit?' I stop and turn on the TV.  I'm easily distracted."He adds, "What I've done a lot is written songs, then forgotten them.  I put them down as a voice memo, on my phone, then I lose the memo."  However, Clapton assures Rolling Stone that he does have some new tunes in the works he hasn't forgotten that currently are saved on his iPhone.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Blondie, Chrissie Hynde, Beck Among Headliners for UK iTunes Festival


Danielle St. LaurentBlondie, Chrissie Hynde and Beck are just three of the acts who will take part in the 2014 edition of Apple's iTunes Festival in England.The eighth annual festival, which will be held throughout the month of September at the Roundhouse in London. More details on the free event will be announced on iTunesFestival.com.As usual, fans will be able to watch the performances through iTunes or an Apple device.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Brian Wilson Shares New Details About Upcoming Album


Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIISome new details have been revealed about former Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson's upcoming solo album, which will feature a variety of guest singers, including a number of young female artists.  Wilson tells Rolling Stone that he initially had been writing songs for a new Beach Boys album, but plans changed when Mike Love decided that he didn't want to extend the group's 50th anniversary reunion tour in 2012."It was a shock," admits Wilson.  "I was so proud of how the Boys were singing.  Then it just ended."He says, at first, he was at a loss about what to do with the new music he was creating before settling on the idea to bring in guest vocalists.Among the singers who have lent their talents to the project so far are up-and-coming country star Kacey Musgraves, and alternative-pop chanteuses Lana Del Rey and Zooey Deschanel.  Wilson also has called on fun. frontman Nate Ruess, whom he says "sounds a little like my brother Carl."Jeff Beck, who toured with Brian last year, played guitar on a version of the Irish standard "Danny Boy," one of the tunes they performed together during the trek.Musgraves, who is featured on a tune called "Guess You Had to Be There," apparently took a few takes before her vocals were to Brian's liking.  "When it's good it's good, when it's not -- do it again," says Wilson.  "But after three tries, Kacey nailed it."Deschanel appears on a song named "On the Island" that Rolling Stone describes as "a space-age bossa nova."Two versions of a track titled "Last Song" have been recorded, one featuring Del Rey and another with Wilson handling lead vocals.  According to Rolling Stone, the tune, which will be the album's centerpiece, is "a heartbreaking ballad" that Brian wrote about his disappointment over the Beach Boys reunion coming to an end."It started out being about lost love," explains the album's co-producer, Joe Thomas.  "But after the tour fell apart it became more about a missed opportunity for Brian and the guys to ride into the sunset together."No word yet on when Wilson's album will be released.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tom Petty Critiques Catholic Church, Greedy Politicians on New Album


Image Courtesy of Sam JonesTom Petty & the Heartbreakers' upcoming album, Hypnotic Eye, finds Petty offering his two cents on a number of topical subjects.  The 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently shared some details about his latest songs in a Q&A with Billboard.One new track, titled "Playing Dumb," which only is available as a bonus song on the vinyl edition of Hypnotic Eye, focuses on the sex abuse scandal in which the Catholic Church has been embroiled.  Petty says he has nothing against Catholics, but he apparently takes issue with people who continue to support the church hierarchy in the wake of the way it's handled the many instances of abuse."I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have," he maintains, while noting, "If I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club.  And I wouldn't give them any more money."Petty also tells Billboard that on Hypnotic Eye, he critiques the greed displayed by politicians who support the extremely wealthy to the detriment of the lower classes.  "Very few people know how to handle power and once they just become completely immoral, they're dangerous people," Petty explains.  "That attitude is what, to me, wipes out the middle class."In addition to songs about contemporary issues, Hypnotic Eye also includes a tune that was inspired by a harrowing personal incident in Tom's life: the second of two fires that destroyed homes in which he lived.  The song "All You Can Carry" specifically is about how he carried a Hofner bass that he owned to safety as the house burned."I grabbed that and went, 'Hell, is this going to happen to me twice in my life where everything I own is just wiped out?'" he tells Billboard.  "And then I thought, 'Well, I'm OK with that.'  Because things come back, but people don't."Hypnotic Eye hits stores on July 29.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio