Joan Jett to Receive Award at Little Kids Rock Event in New York City Next Month


Image Courtesy of Roger EricksonLittle Kids Rock will honor Joan Jett at its annual benefit gala, which will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on October 23.  The charity event is produced by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his wife -- and fellow Sopranos alum -- Maureen, who both also will attend the bash.Jett will receive the organization's Rocker of the Year, for being "an originator, an innovator and a visionary."  Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will present the award to Jett, while a variety of guest artists will pay tribute to her by singing her songs.  Among the guest performers who will take the stage at the gala will be Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Darlene Love, E Street Band sax player Jake Clemons, Once star Glen Hansard, and New York rocker Jesse Malin.In addition, there will be an auction that evening to raise additional funds for Little Kids Rock, which provides musical instruments and music lessons to students in inner-city schools.  One of the prizes is the chance to have dinner with the Van Zandts.Find ticket info at LittleKidsRock.org.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

Conan O'Brien to Honor George Harrison with Weeklong Tribute


Jean-Marie Perier/UMeBeginning ext Monday, Conan O'Brien will celebrate the music of George Harrison on his late night talk show, Conan.The former Beatle will be honored the week of September 22 with performances each night by the likes of Beck, Norah Jones, Harrison's only child, Dhani Harrison and friends and others. The weeklong musical tribute coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.  The deluxe eight-disc box set, which features the reissues of and bonus material from the artists' first six solo albums, will be available on CD and digital download September 22.Jones and Dhani will also participate in George Fest, a star-studded concert paying tribute to the late Beatle on September 28 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.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

The Former Cat Stevens to Release New Music; Will Embark on First North American


Image Courtesy Legacy RecordingsYusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens, will release his first new music in five years, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, on October 27.If that isn't enough excitement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will embark on his first North American tour in 35 years this winter. The Peace Train...Late Again tour will  kick off December1 at Toronto's Massey Hall.Tell 'Em I'm Gone is Stevens' first release with his new label, Legacy Recordings. It features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen and guitarist Matt Sweeney.  The album was produced by Yusaf and Rick Rubin and was mixed by Yusaf and Paul Samwell-Smith.The record includes 10 songs: five originals and five covers, including Edgar Winter's "Dying to Live" and the standard "You Are My Sunshine."“Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take. Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free,” Yusuf said in a statement. He added: “What’s powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically.  It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn’t that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful.”The worldwide premiere of the song, "Dying to Live," is currently streaming at Rollingstone.com.Tickets for the tour go on sale September 27. Fans who pre-order the album at Amazon.com from now through September 21 can jump the line with early access to tickets.Here is the track listing for Tell 'Em I'm Gone:"I Was Raised in Babylon" "Big Boss Man""Dying to Live" (Edgar Winter)"You Are My Sunshine""Editing Floor Blues""Cat and the Dog Trap""Gold Digger""The Devil Came from Kansas""Tell ‘Em I’m Gone""Doors"Here are Yusuf's North American tour dates:12/1 -- Toronto, BC, Massey Hall12/4 -- Boston, MA,  Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre12/7 -- New York, NY,  Beacon Theatre12/9 -- Chicago, IL,  The Chicago Theatre12/12 -- San Francisco, CA,  The Masonic12/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVEFollow @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

Doors Documentary, "Feast of Friends," Set for Nov. 11 Release


Image Courtesy Eagle Rock EntertainmentFans of The Doors have waited for it 45 years.  Now, the wait is almost over.  Feast of Friends, the never-released documentary produced by the band, will finally be released November 11.Shelved due to lead singer Jim Morrison's legal issues, the uncompleted film was only ever seen at a few film festivals. Eagle Rock Entertainment and Doors Property, LLC will release a restored, remastered version, which also features compiled bonus footage as well as an historic British documentary called The Doors Are Open.Filmed in 1968, Feast of Friends offers a look behind the scenes of the group's 1968 tour. The footage is from an often circulated bootleg that is believed to be from Morrison's lone, personal copy, which he hand-carried when he moved to Paris in 1971. The movie was "concealed in a a paper bag and forgotten at a friend's house," says a statement from the producers, and never reclaimed as he passed away days later.Also included in Feast of Friends is The End, a feature shot in Toronto, Canada in August 1967, which many Doors fans consider one of the greatest live performances of the band ever filmed.  There's also Feast of Friends: Encore, a newly-produced feature using footage shot for Feast of Friends, described as a complimentary piece that provides a deeper look into the band's life during the same time period.  It also showcases the Doors recording one of their biggest hits, "Wild Child."  Newly unearthed backstage footage of Robbie Krieger breaking into song, Morrison reading a poem, and an altercation with photographer Richard Avedon are among the other highlights in the set.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

Ringo Starr, All Starr Band Members to Celebrate Peace at Free L.A. Concert


Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanRingo Starr and some of his All Starr Band members will give some lucky fans a preview of the group's upcoming fall tour when they perform at a special free event on September 21 outside of the John Varvatos store in in Los Angeles.  The outdoor performance will be part of a two-hour celebration scheduled to coincide with the International Day of Peace.The All Starr Band's brief set will feature one hit by each main member of the group who will be on hand, including Toto's Steve Lukather and Mr. Mister's Richard Page.  Ringo himself will sing three songs to close out the performance, while All Starr Band alum Edgar Winter also will perform.The event, which begins at 4 p.m. PT, is being held in conjunction with the #PeaceRocks campaign that serves to raise awareness about and funds for the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund. It also will promote John Varvatos' fall fashion line. The Peace & Love Fund supports the David Lynch Foundation, which teaches meditation techniques to at-risk people battling chronic stress issues and other disorders.The initiative encourages people to take photos of themselves flashing peace signs and upload the images to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #PeaceRocks hashtag.  The Varvatos company will donate one dollar to Starr's charity for every pic uploaded through the end of the year.In addition, Varvatos will be selling special "Peace Rocks" T-shirts, and 100 percent of the money raised by sales of the shirts will benefit the Peace & Love Fund.To find out more about the campaign and how to upload your photos, visit JohnVarvatos.com/peace-rocks.html.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

Watch Neil Young, John Mellencamp and More Perform at Today's Farm Aid Fest on T


Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.The 2014 Farm Aid festival takes place on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, but if you can't make it out the big event, you'll still be able to watch it on television and online.  The benefit event will air live on the AXS TV high-definition channel starting at 7 p.m. ET, and will be streamed at FarmAid.org beginning at 5 p.m. ET.This year's show, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater, will feature the usual performances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews.  The lineup also includes Jack White, Carlene Carter, Gary Clark Jr., Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Todd Snider, as well as Nelson's son Lukas and granddaughter Raelyn.  A limited number of tickets still are available for the event.Since the first Farm Aid fest in 1985, the concert series has raised more than $45 million to support family farmers.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

Pearl Jam, Soundgarden Performing at Neil Young's 2014 Bridge School Benefit Con


Image Courtesy of The Bridge SchoolPearl Jam and Soundgarden are among the big-name stars who will perform at the 28th annual edition of Neil Young's  Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will take place October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  This year's bill also includes Tom Jones, Florence + the Machine and, of course, Young himself.  Meanwhile, although it was recently revealed that Neil is divorcing his wife, Bridge School co-founder Pegi Young, after 36 years of marriage, she and her group The Survivors are set to perform too.Other artists in the lineup include Band of Horses and Norah Jones' new group Puss N Boots.  Tickets for the event will be available for purchase starting Friday, September 19, at 10 a.m. via LiveNation.com.The charity event raises funds for the Bridge School, a facility that aids children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.  Pegi began the school in part to provide adequate care for her and Neil's son, Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy. Visit BridgeSchool.org to find out more about the concert and how to contribute funds to the school.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

Peter Gabriel, Rick Wakeman Honored at 2014 Progressive Music Awards


York Tillyer/Eagle Rock EntertainmentPeter Gabriel and longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman were among the honorees at the third annual edition of the Progressive Music Awards, held Thursday at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  The awards were established in 2012 by Prog magazine.Gabriel, who, of course, began his career as Genesis' frontman, was presented with the prestigious Prog God prize for his career achievements and contributions to the genre.In an interview with the BBC at the event, Gabriel explained that he's a lot more comfortable with the "prog" label than he was "when I was trying to break away from it."He went on to say that he thought prog "was the least fashionable genre of music for many people, and although it was the subject of humor and derision, and still is -- and often deservedly -- there were many great musicians that were trying to break down barriers."Looking at progressive rock and the music he created with Genesis, Peter noted, "It was genuinely pioneering at times.  We didn't always get it right, but when it did work we could move people and get some magic happening."Wakeman, who was the 2012 Prog God honoree, took home the Live Event award at this year's ceremony for his tour celebrating the 40th anniversary tour of his solo album Journey to the Centre of the Earth.Among the event's other winners were Dream Theater, which was named Band of the Year; Uriah Heap, who nabbed the Outer Limits award; and Camel singer/guitarist Andy Latimer, who received the Lifetime Achievement honor.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

Paul McCartney Confirms "Destiny" Video Game Theme Song Will Be Released as Sing


Image Courtesy of Concord Music Group"Hope," the theme song Paul McCartney wrote and recorded for the new video game Destiny made its way onto multiple YouTube pages and other websites this week.  The leak apparently has prompted Sir Paul to announce that he will officially release the track as a single later this year."Hope" was produced by Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin and one of the producers of McCartney's latest album, NEW.  The epic track features a 120-piece orchestra and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.  According to GameSpot.com, the song can be heard at the end of the sci-fi shooting game's campaign mode.According to the announcement, more details about the song and its release will be revealed soon.In addition to "Hope," McCartney helped compose some of the orchestral score heard throughout Destiny.  This marks the rock legend's first foray into writing music for a computer game.Destiny takes place in the future, when Earth has been almost completely destroyed by aliens.  The players' quest is to defend what's left of humankind from the aggressive space invaders.  The game, a collaboration between Activision and Bungie, is available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms.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

Aerosmith and Elvis Costello to Become "Simpsons" Figures


Image Courtesy National Entertainment Collectibles AssociationThe five members of Aerosmith and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello will become Simpsons action figures. The toys, which will be available in October, are part of the fourth installment of National Entertainment Collectibles Association's "25 Greatest Guest Stars" line of Simpsons figurine.The series marks the first time the merch and marketing wizards at 20th Century Fox have paid homage to The Simpsons' one-off cameos.  The figures are a limited run,  and are available only at select retailers, including Toys R Us.  Other music stars who have been paid homage with Simpsons figures as part of earlier installments of the "25 Greatest Guest Stars" line include The Who,  R.E.M., James Brown and Kid Rock.!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");