John Densmore Says He Hopes Doors' Record Store Day Single Brings Attention to N


Rhino/ElektraThe Doors traditionally are among the artists who issue limited-edition vinyl discs as part of Record Store Day's "Black Friday" campaign, and this year is no exception.  The latest offering from the band in conjunction with the initiative not only is a cool collectible but also will raise money for a worthy cause.It's a 12-inch vinyl split single, with one side featuring "Ghost Song" -- a spoken-word track from the 1978 album American Prayer -- and the other featuring "Drums," a cover of a tune written by late Native American singer/songwriter Peter LaFarge that Doors drummer John Densmore recorded with some other musicians for a 2010 tribute CD.The special disc was the brainchild of Densmore, who explains to ABC News Radio that sales of the single will benefit the Honor the Treaties organization's efforts to "amplify voices of indigenous communities through art."  He explains that he came up with the idea to put the two songs together because they both featured Native American themes and imagery.  "Ghost Song" is a Jim Morrison poem set to music in which, as Densmore explains, "Jim talks about that incident when he was a kid...he felt like Native American spirits jump[ed] into him when he witnessed a car accident."  As for "Drums," it's a song that LaFarge wrote about his struggle to maintain his pride in his Native American heritage.In an interesting side note, Densmore's cover of "Drums" also features vocals by late Native American actor Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman, who portrayed the shaman in The Doors movie.Densmore tells ABC News Radio that one of his inspirations for the single was famed graphic artist Shepard Fairey, who is a big supporter of Honor the Treaties and who created the striking cover art for the release.Meanwhile, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer points out that releasing the single on the day following Thanksgiving seems well timed."It's sort of synchronistic," he maintains.  "It's the day after that day we celebrate where, I don't know if we think enough about how the first peoples of this land taught us how to give thanks, and we were not terribly nice to them, ultimately.  And so, I'm very pleased this is being released on Black Friday."Densmore says that he's "extremely proud" of the "Ghost Song"/"Drums" single and hopes "that it sells well to get some dough, in the form of positive energy, to empower Native American artists and Native advocacy groups, and reach a worldwide audience."Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out a complete list of special "Black Friday" releases.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

Record Store Day Black Friday Features Special Releases by The Beatles, Neil You


Courtesy Record Store DayThis Friday marks the 2014 edition of Record Store Day's "Black Friday" campaign, a time for vinyl lovers to give thanks for their local independent record shops.  Among the many artists that are releasing limited-edition and exclusive LPs, EPs, singles and collections in conjunction with the unofficial holiday are The Beatles, Neil Young, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Metallica and The Ramones.The Beatles' offering is a replica of their 1964 U.K. EP Long Tall Sally, a seven-inch disc with mono sound featuring the band's rendition of the Little Richard classic and three other tunes.Young is issuing a limited-edition box set called Official Release Series Discs 5-8 that gathers 180-gram vinyl versions of four of his albums -- 1973's Time Fades Away, 1974's On the Beach, and 1975's Tonight's the Night and Zuma.  The collection originally had been slated for release as part of this past April's Record Store Day initiative, but was postponed.Bowie's contribution to Record Store Day is a 10-inch single featuring his new song "Sue (or in a Season of Crime)," which also is included on the influential singer's new compilation, Nothing Has Changed.  The track appears as the A-side of the single, which features another new Bowie song, "Tis a Pity She's a Whore," on its B-side.Hendrix's Black Friday release is a two-LP set titled Hear My Music that's pressed on 200-gram audiophile vinyl.  The album offers various unreleased studio recordings the late guitar legend made during 1969.The Kinks' are issuing an expanded, two-LP, 180-gram vinyl version of their acclaimed 1971 album, Muswell Hillbillies.  The first disc features the original album, while the second contains studio outtakes, rarities and recordings the band did for famed BBC deejay John Peel's radio show.Metallica is issuing the 12-inch "Lords of Summer" single, featuring studio and live versions of the new song's "first pass."The Ramones' Record Store Day release is a disc named Morrissey Curates The Ramones.  As the title suggests, the album is a compilation featuring songs by the punk pioneers chosen personally by the former Smiths frontman.Other exclusive vinyl releases that will be available in conjunction with the 2014 Record Store Day "Black Friday" event include discs from Bon Jovi, Ronnie James Dio, The Doors, Genesis, The Grateful Dead, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Iron Butterfly, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Judas Priest, Joe Satriani and The Velvet Underground.Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out the complete list of this year's "Black Friday" special releases.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

Bob Seger's CMT "Crossroads" Special with Country Star Jason Aldean Premieres Fr


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMTJust a reminder that the latest episode of the CMT television series Crossroads, which sees Bob Seger teaming up with country star Jason Aldean, premieres Friday at 10 p.m. ET.The program will feature Seger and Aldean trading vocals on each other's big hits.  You can check out preview clips of the two stars performing Bob's classic tunes "Turn the Page" and "Hollywood Nights" now at CMT.com and People.com, respectively.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 Get More:Get More: 

Paul McCartney, Elton John, Metallica to Be Featured on VH1's "A Very Bonnaroo T


Photo: MJ KimThanksgiving isn't known for being a particularly musical holiday, save for a few football halftime shows.  That's about to change with this year with A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, a concert special airing tonight on VH1.  The two-hour show will feature performances from a variety of well-known acts that hit the Tennessee music festival's stage over the years, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Metallica and Pearl Jam.McCartney was a headliner at the 2013 edition of Bonnaroo and Elton performed this year, while both Metallica and Pearl Jam topped the festival's bill in 2008.A Very Bonnaroo Thanksgiving, which encourages viewers to take to social media with the hashtag #GobbleRoo, will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT.Meanwhile, Bonnaroo also is looking to be part of your Black Friday.  Tickets for the 2015 edition of festival will go on pre-sale on November 28 at noon ET.  Bonnaroo 2015 will be held June 11-14.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

Surviving Doors Members Share Their Thanksgiving Plans


Amanda Edwards/WireImageThe Doors' two surviving members, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, recently reestablished their friendship after being estranged for a number of years.  Still, the longtime band mates won't be spending Thanksgiving together, and have very different plans for the holiday at opposite sides of the U.S.Densmore tells ABC News Radio that he will celebrate the holiday close to home with his girlfriend, who he says is "making a giant feast" for her family and his family.The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer adds that rather than focusing on the pilgrims who colonized America, he wants to acknowledge the first settlers of the continent during the festivities."Before we start chewing on the turkey, I'm gonna mention the Native American culture," he declares.  "I was raised Catholic, you know, and I was always taught to thank Jesus.  Well, I'm gonna say, 'Let's first thank the turkey for giving us our energy and, second, let's thank the Native Americans for giving us the idea of Thanksgiving.'"As for Krieger, he'll be on tour in the New York area during the holiday so, tells ABC News Radio, "I'll probably be eating Thanksgiving dinner at a motel."  Following a show Wednesday in Norfolk, Connecticut, with his current group Robby Krieger's Jam Kitchen, the 68-year-old guitarist will have the holiday off, but then he and the band will play a concert the following day in Amityville, New York.  In addition, Robby also will be performing at a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute concert this Saturday at B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill in New York City.  The event's lineup also includes Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge.Speaking about feasts, Densmore and Krieger have been promoting the recently released Doors video Feast of Friends, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray.  The release features restored documentary and performance footage of the band shot in 1967 and '68.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

KISS Performing with 600 Cheerleaders Today at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Live Nation EntertainmentHere's one more reason to be thankful on Turkey Day, rock fans: KISS is one of the artists who will be performing at the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  The three-hour holiday extravaganza will air live on NBC starting at 9 a.m. ET.In conjunction with the band's performance, 600 cheerleaders from throughout the U.S. will salute KISS during a medley of the group's classic songs.  More than 3.5 million people are expected to gather along the route of the parade, while an estimated 50 million-plus viewers will be watching on TV nationwide.KISS is scheduled to make their appearance on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade sometime between 11:13 and 11:18 a.m. ET.  This marks the first time ever that the band will play the event.  This year's entertainment lineup also includes Idina Menzel, Nick Jonas, The Madden Brothers, Meghan Trainor and American Authors.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

Gibson to Release Limited-Edition Bob Dylan Acoustic Signed by Folk-Rock Legend


Image Courtesy of Gibson BrandsGibson will be releasing two new acoustic guitars based on the SJ-200 model played by Bob Dylan and designed with input by the legendary singer-songwriter.The first is the limited-edition Bob Dylan Autographed SJ-200 Collector's Edition, which exactly replicates Dylan's custom-made SJ-200.  Only 175 on the instruments will be produced, each one boasting a label autographed by Bob.  The guitar features a headstock with an inlay of Dylan's "eye logo," as well as fancily decorated double pick guards.  The instrument will come with a hard-shell carrying case featuring an embroidered version of the aforementioned eye logo.The second guitar is called the SJ-200 Player's Edition, and features a design similar to that of the Collector's Edition, but made with different types of wood.  This model comes with an an LR Baggs brand Anthem pickup."After years of design and development overseen by the artist's personal guidance, these new models represent the best in artistry and performance just as Bob Dylan represents the best in American songwriting," says Gibson Brands chairman Henry Juszkiewicz.  "Taking elements from the historic SJ-200 line and blending them with Bob's personal vision for a signature model, these guitars represent the best of music history."No release date has been announced for the guitars.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

Roger Daltrey Says He's Considering Recording a Beyonce Song for Upcoming Solo A


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoWhat do The Who's Roger Daltrey and R&B star Beyonce have in common, other than both being singers?  Could be a lot more than that, depending on Daltrey himself.In a recent video interview with GulfNews TV, Daltrey was asked for his opinion about several contemporary pop and rock artists, including Beyonce, and he reported that he's actually considering recording one of her songs. "Class," Daltrey declared when the pop/R&B superstar's name was mentioned.  "I'm making a solo album at the moment and I'm toying with doing one of her own songs -- a Beyonce song, just kind of changing the lyrics a bit and put it in the male."Daltrey also addressed recent comments he made in the press about U.K. boy band One Direction, in which he apparently implied that he thought the group's music would not be considered significant over time.  Roger explained that he'd been "rather misquoted with One Direction," and that he hadn't been attacking the band.  "They've done incredibly well, and you can't knock that, that they've become the biggest pop band in the world," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer stressed.  "We were a pop band once, and there's nothing wrong with that...but I don't know what music will have significance in the future."The 70-year-old singer also put his two cents in about Justin Bieber and his recent troubles.  "What a shame.  The boy needs help," said Daltrey, then addressed Bieber directly, saying, "Justin, give me a call, otherwise you're gonna end up like Keith Moon, and it'll be 'Goodnight, Vienna,' and I've lost too many friends.  You don't need to go. You've got a lot to offer."Daltrey also commented briefly about Taylor Swift, whom he called a "good country artist" and a "good-looking girl," and Kings of Leon, which he said are a "good" American rock ''n' roll band.Lastly, Roger was asked to share his thoughts on the oft-maligned Coldplay.  He praised Chris Martin's melodies and said that the sound that the band created "was totally original in its day," but noted that he isn't a fan of Martin's stage antics."I just wish he wouldn't run around so much on the stage, because it takes away from the music.  It doesn't make the music stronger.  It weakens it," Daltrey maintained.  "He doesn't need to do it.  When did you ever see Elvis run on the stage?"Roger added that he has the same criticism of Mick Jagger.  "Stop it!" he declared.  "Stand still and dance."The Who launch the U.K. leg of its 50th anniversary tour on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland.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

Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge to Perform at 2015 Grammy Foundation Legacy Conce


Image Courtesy of Badman Ltd.On February 5, three days before the Grammy Awards, a special concert event called "Lean on Me: A Celebration of Music and Philanthropy" will take place that will feature performances by a variety of previous Grammy winners, including Bryan Adams, Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and country legend Willie Nelson.The event is the 17th annual concert staged by the Grammy Foundation, and it's designed to highlight the organization's efforts to preserve our musical legacy.  Also on the bill are contemporary artists Robin Thicke and Aloe Blacc.  The theme of the event is the evolution of music's role in helping charitable causes, and so the concert will celebrate iconic charity songs and concerts.More artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks. Tickets to the event, which will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, cost $45 and are on sale now at GrammyFoundation.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

Metallica to Headline UK's Reading & Leeds Festivals


Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressThe U.K.'s Reading & Leeds Festivals have announced that Metallica will headline the 2015 events.  The metal legends together with Pierce the Veil, Refused and Manchester Orchestra and are among the first confirmed performers.  A full lineup for Reading & Leeds has yet to be revealed."We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time," says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement.  "We are practically the house band.  Bring it!"Metallica just finished up its week-long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  The band powered through five nights of performances, including "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Enter Sandman," "Hit the Lights," "Sad but True" and "Fuel."Reading & Leeds consists of two festivals occurring simultaneously in England -- Reading at Richfield Avenue and Leeds at Braham Park.  The 2015 Reading & Leeds festivals will take place August 28-30.  Tickets to both events are on sale now.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