Kurt Cobain’s ‘Unplugged’ sweater, guitar, head to auction
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The olive green cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore during Nirvana's MTV "Unplugged" performance and one of the late rocker's custom guitars are headed to auction.
LONDON (AP) — Family says Ginger Baker, volatile and propulsive drummer for Cream, has died at 80.
Rocker Alice Cooper closed the first edition of the Domination music festival in Mexico City with a concert that included his classic straitjacket routine, a guillotine and many costume changes....
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine court has sentenced a rock musician to 22 years in prison for sexually abusing minors.
The court ruled Friday that Cristian Aldana was guilty of...
Artists who’ve dared to broach Tiananmen pushed into shadows
BEIJING (AP) — It has been three months since Chinese rock musician Li Zhi disappeared from public view.
First, an upcoming tour was canceled and his social media accounts were taken down....
SEATTLE (AP) — On the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, dozens of people left flowers, candles and handwritten messages at a Seattle park near the house where the Nirvana frontman killed...
Queen-inspired rock musical to tour North America
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A musical inspired by Queen's music is preparing for a North America tour following the popularity of the Academy Award-winning movie, "Bohemian Rhapsody."
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The work of famed celebrity and fashion photographer Herb Ritts is going on display at an upstate New York museum.
Library opens archive dedicated to rocker Lou Reed
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed.
The library acquired the archive after performance artist and...
TV Review: Non-live Fox ‘Rent’ is ‘No day but yesterday’
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox's live broadcast of the rock musical "Rent" had a chance to show off the flexibility and work ethic of Broadway in the face of a setback — and completely blew it.
The musical about people living and dying in poverty with AIDS was unable to overcome a simple foot injury to one of its stars, scrapping the idea of going live and relying on prerecorded footage.
Tina Weymouth among those being inducted into Hall of Fame
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rock musician Tina Weymouth, a founding member of the bands The Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, is among three women being inducted this year into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.
Weymouth, who lives in Fairfield, will be honored on Monday along with Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose, a Bloomfield native, and ballerina Lucia Chase, who was from Waterbury, during a ceremony at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Idaho music festival promotor files for bankruptcy
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The organizer of a rock music festival who sold tickets for the August event that never took place has filed for bankruptcy without reimbursing some ticket holders.
The Post Register reports that Ron Heyrend filed for bankruptcy protection last week in federal court in Pocatello.
Heyrend says he canceled the festival planned in Idaho Falls after an investor pulled funding at the last minute.
The Latest: Brush fire in Hollywood Hills contained
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a brush fire in Los Angeles (all times local):
Los Angeles firefighters have contained a stubborn brush fire in the star-studded western part of Hollywood Hills.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a tweet Saturday that there were no injuries and no damage to structures. There were no evacuations.
Authorities say the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The affluent area is known for housing rock musicians and movie stars.
X Japan hopes new album will lead to elusive success in West
TOKYO (AP) — Legendary Japanese rock band X Japan is hoping its new album will find success in the U.S. now that there is more interest in the West in music from Asia.
X Japan leader Yoshiki said Thursday that America wasn't ready for Asian rock music when he moved there 25 years ago, but now people there seem to enjoy pop and rock from Japanese, South Korean and Chinese artists.
Review: Lemon Twigs’ ambitions flourish on rock musical
The Lemon Twigs, "Go To School (4AD)
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Officials in a western Arkansas city say residents can finally kick off their Sunday shoes.
Fort Smith city directors recently repealed a 1953 ordinance that essentially outlawed public dancing on Sundays. Locals who knew about the law called it the "Footloose" ordinance, nicknamed for the 1984 movie starring Kevin Bacon about a town that banned dancing and rock music.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" proclaims the title of a song on AC/DC's landmark album "Back in Black," but one Mississippi State University professor, despite being a listener to the band, says his research shows otherwise.
Biology Professor Brandon Barton tells the Starkville Daily News he was rocking out to the AC/DC song one day and thought "that's a testable hypothesis."
North Dakota rock journalist connecting veterans to music
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As if on cue, the lyrics to Alice Cooper's "Poison" rang out over the speaker system.
"You're poison, running through my veins. You're poison. I don't want to break these chains," the rocker's gravelly voice belts.
"How appropriate," Jenna Williams told the Bismarck Tribune .
Music teacher lives out his dream of becoming a pro wrestler
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The teenagers eagerly awaited their teacher's entrance as hard rock music blared at Gayle Middle School's gym on a recent Saturday night.
Metal barricades separated the teens from double doors that had been turned into a curtained-off entrance for Classic Pro Wrestling's grapplers. On that night, Mr. Gordon the music teacher would become Jeffrey Gordon the pro wrestler.
Kevin Bacon and his bro to sizzle your summer with new album
NEW YORK (AP) — You could easily call Friday "National Actors Releasing Albums Day": Kevin Bacon, Scarlett Johansson and Ezra Miller are among the famous faces dropping new music.
But releasing music for those well-known for their roles in movies haven't always been accepting or a breeze.
Home of Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special officially history
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Todd Smith's Toyota Prius pulled onto the front yard of the modest house on the Westside, back hatch slightly ajar to make room for the big piece of Jacksonville history inside.
Smith and Charles Harding lifted it out and propped it against the car: a cast aluminum historical marker noting that this is the location of the "Van Zant House," an otherwise rather ordinary-looking home that's now a Florida heritage site.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The house where rockers Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant grew up is officially one of Florida's historic sites.
Eaux neaux! Justin Vernon keeping Wisconsin music fest lineup a secret
As the owner of Eau Claires one and only hip record store, Billy Siegel is always happy to promote his midsize citys big indie-rock music festival, Eaux Claires. Theres one problem this year, however.
I normally stock up on all the artists who are playing at it, said the Revival Records shopkeeper, but I dont know who they are.
Architect I.M. Pei is 101. Movie composer Francis Lai is 86. Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 85. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams is 80. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 80. Singer Bobby Rydell is 76. Rock musician Gary Wright is 75. Actress Nancy Lenehan is 65. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 60. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 58. Actress Joan Chen is 57. Rock musician Chris Mars is 57. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 56. Actor Jet Li is 55. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford...
The trio of Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult coming to KeyBank Pavilion
Bush, The Cult and Stone Temple Pilots are teaming up to create a tri-headlining event like no other—the Revolution 3 tour. The 20-city outing, including KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown on July 21, marks the first time these forces of rock music will hit the road together.
The tour kicks off July 18 in Nashville, Tenn. And wraps up Sept. 1 in San Bernardino, Calif. Each group will take the stage in a different order on every stop and perform a full set of music.
Veteran accordionist says the misunderstood instrument deserves an encore
SOUTH SIOUX CITY -- Burt Heithold never set out to become an accordionist, even though he's been playing the instrument for the past 50 years.
"No, I originally wanted to take up the organ," the 59-year-old Wayne, Nebraska, native remembered. "However, we could only afford a used accordion, instead."
Rogers: March brought out the best in alt rock music so far this year
In many regards, March was a disappointment.
The weather stunk. Spring was sprung, and then there was a snowstorm. I put away my winter coat, and then I needed it.
Three of my Final Four picks were eliminated from the NCAA men's basketball tournament in a matter of about 4 hours.
Time Warp, 1975: Scranton Embraces ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
Dec. 17, 1975: As Scrantonians prepared to celebrate the birth of Jesus, some 1,800 people took time to experience a rock opera dealing with his death.
The tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic rock musical, came to the city’s Masonic Temple for one night only. The show starred Robert Corff as Jesus, Thomas Young as Judas, Prissy Lancaster as Mary Magdalene, William Stenson as Caiaphas and Alan Martin as King Herod.
Cleveland native Sean Grandillo featured on NBC’s ‘Rise’
Cleveland native Sean Grandillo featured on NBC's 'Rise'
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- They are the credits of a young actor on the rise. Sean Grandillo was in the 2015 Broadway revival of the rock musical "Spring Awakening." He was in a 2016 episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" directed by Mariska Hargitay.
‘Waitress’, ‘Aladdin’ lead new season of touring Broadway shows at Hobby Center
Some of Broadway's biggest new musicals and most prominent revivals will be coming to Houston during the 2018-19 season.
Contemporary musical titles like "Waitress" and "Anastasia" will be part of the next season. The recent, Tony-nominated revival of "Miss Saigon" arrives next May, and the 20th anniversary tour of the classic 1996 rock musical "Rent" will have a one-week engagement in August of 2019.
The redawning of Aquarius: Beck’s ‘Hair’ a shining, gleaming and relevant reflection (review)
The redawning of Aquarius: Beck's 'Hair' a shining, gleaming and relevant reflection (review)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – In the spring of 1971, "Hair" was still playing on Broadway. It was also at the Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square, drawing protests and record crowds for its sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll ethos and its depiction of draft-dodging hippies at the height of the Vietnam War.
Metallica, Afghan ensemble win 2018 Polar Music Prize
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — American heavy metal band Metallica and Afghanistan's National Institute of Music have won the 2018 Polar Music Prizes, a Swedish award.
It is the first time a heavy metal band gets an award given each year for significant achievements in music.
Roger Daltrey is set to perform The Who's 'Tommy' in full with local orchestras in the US this summer.
The 'My Generation' rocker - who is joined by guitarist Pete Townshend when playing in the legendary rock band - will perform 10 solo shows, kicking off on June 8 with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York City, before concluding with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center in Ohio on July 8.
Only in a concert reviving the 1960s would that word be uttered from the stage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
Four rock musicians and the San Antonio Symphony Pops orchestra brought back memories of the Beatles in a program titled “Classical Mystery Tour” for an audience of about 825 people.
Heart singer Ann Wilson goes it ‘alone’ for Biloxi show
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Ann Wilson is one of the most iconic voices in rock music.
She founded Heart in 1973 with her sister, Nancy, and they pretty much ruled AOR radio stations in the mid-70s with hits such as "Magic Man," ''Crazy on You," ''Barracuda" and "Even it Up." Heart became a mainstay on 80s pop radio and MTV with the likes of "Alone, "These Dreams" and "What About Love."
Ann Wilson of Heart was scheduled at the IP Casino Resort for one show Saturday night.
Rock musical ‘Hatchet Lady’ portrays a woman who put real muscle behind her convictions
The woman who famously said, You have put me in here a cub but I will come out roaring like a lion, and I will make all hell howl, is raising some more hell at Red Eye Theater.
The show, a rock musical, is Hatchet Lady and it has two central characters, both played by Maren Ward. One is Frances, a biographer, and the other is Frances subject, anti-alcohol-crusading feminist Carrie Nation, who famously used a hatchet to bust up saloons when she couldnt convince politicians to close them down.
Rocker Hallyday idolized in native France, obscure elsewhere
PARIS (AP) — When French TV crews descended on a Los Angeles hospital in 2009, American reporters didn't get it. Johnny Hallyday was hospitalized. Who's he? Only a rock music idol and legend, a man France's president would eulogize Wednesday as "a French hero."
Book review: Oral history paints vivid picture of David Bowie
Just a few pages of the more than 500 in this beguiling new oral biography of David Bowie address the singer’s apparent lifelong devotion to Buddhism.
But the testimony on those pages would seem a crucial key to Bowie’s fantastic success, his phenomenal ability to re-create himself time and again over a half-century as rock music’s biggest enigma.
Rock on the Range music festival announces 2018 lineup: Tool, Alice In Chains, more
Rock on the Range music festival announces 2018 lineup: Tool, Alice In Chains, more
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rock On The Range, a rock music festival based in Columbus, has announced its lineup for this upcoming summer and it's pretty intense.
Headlining the festival are heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold and rock bands Tool and Alice In Chains. Also performing are Godsmack, A Perfect Circle, Breaking Benjamin and Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly. See more of the lineup below.
Raleigh native returns in ‘School of Rock’ at DPAC
Patrick Clanton remembers renting the comedy "School of Rock" from Blockbuster when he was in middle school in Raleigh.
"It's such a wonderful uplifting story," Clanton said.
Now, Clanton is part of the School of Rock musical at Durham Performing Arts Center next week. The production, like the film, follows Dewey Finn, an aspiring guitarist who ends up as a substitute teacher at a prep school. Finn turns his young students into a rock band.
Twins radio broadcasts will move back to WCCO Radio
For the first 46 years of their existence, the Twins could always be found on WCCO radio. So in a sense, they are going home.
The Twins and WCCO will reunite for the 2018 season and beyond, multiple sources confirmed Thursday, after 11 seasons on other outlets. An announcement is expected as soon as Friday.
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
HUNTINGTON — Janis Joplin was only on the national music scene for three years.
But in that short time, the rough and tumble Texas powerhouse left every piece of her heart, soul and vocal chords on the stage.
While heroin may have stolen The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer away at age 27, hers is such a legacy and such a voice that rock 'n' roll will never forget.
Hempfield Area High School students get financial advice to rock ‘n’ roll beat
Rock 'n' roll is about freedom: the freedom to buy a car, to own a home and to live debt-free.
That's the message the rock band GOODING, which combines lessons in financial literacy with rock music, delivered to the students of Hempfield Area High School during performances Monday.
The band sings about life and love, loss and happiness, the same things most rock bands sing about, said lead singer and founder Steven Gooding, who goes by Gooding.
Theater, classical music and dance listings: Nov. 2-8
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
A return staging of the hit rock musical. Presented by Obsidian Theater. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; Rich's, 2401 San Jacinto; $15-$35; 832-889-7837, obsidiantheater.org.
"The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise: Youth Is Not the Only Thing That's Sonic"
Fats Domino dies at 89; gave rock music a New Orleans flavor
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The godfather of rock and roll. A performer who always gave all he had. A man who loved his city and his neighborhood. Tributes to Fats Domino are accumulating, in words and in bouquets and Mardi Gras beads left at the yellow house in New Orleans where, after Hurricane Katrina, a fan spray-painted an erroneous RIP.
Fats Domino dies at 89; gave rock music a New Orleans flavor
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.
Mark Bone, chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner's office, said Domino died of natural causes early Tuesday.
Julian Casablancas isn’t sure Strokes fans will like The Voidz
Julian Casablancas isn't sure if fans of The Strokes will embrace the latest record from The Voidz.
The 39-year-old singer formed the group four years ago, and as he prepares to release the follow-up to 2014's debut album 'Tyranny' next year, he admitted the project is still quite different to the 'Last Nite' indie band's sound.
By Amanda Burke
FITCHBURG -- Rock musician Hugo Ferreira is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Oct. 27, on charges that he allegedly instructed a person who bought a used car from him last summer to attach fraudulent license plates to the vehicle last summer, according to court documents.
The most recent charges against Ferreira stem from an Aug. 25 traffic stop by Lunenburg police on Summer Street near Whalom Road, according to court documents.