Author Archives: Elizabeth Tonn

Tom Petty awarded co-writing credit for Sam Smith tune

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Over the weekend, The Sun reported that Sam Smith had quietly and amicably settled a copyright dispute with Tom Petty over the likeness between Smith’s three-time Grammy-nominated “Stay With Me” and Petty’s Full Moon Fever hit “I Won’t Back Down,” co-written with ELO’s Jeff Lynne. In a statement to Rolling Stone, Smith’s reps have confirmed that “Stay With Me” is now co-credited to Petty ... Read More »

2015 Most Anticipated Albums

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A new year brings the promise of new sounds. Some of them have been in the works, it seems, for ages. Others will arrive as huge surprises. Legends return, even as newer supergroups stake their claims. Couple that with highly anticipated reissues, and 2015 is off to a fast start. Here’s a gallery of our 20 most anticipated rock albums ... Read More »

Robert Plant to headline 2015 Mountain Jam

Robert-Plant

Just a week after Robert Plant was announced as the headliner at 2015′s BottleRock Festival in Napa, Calif., the singer has unveiled another U.S. festival date, this one at the Mountain Jam fest in Hunter, N.Y. The festival is scheduled to take place at the Hunter Mountain ski resort from June 4-7. In addition to Plant, this year’s lineup includes the Black ... Read More »

Top 10 Joe Cocker Songs

Joe-Cocker

Though he came of age musically as a member of the Woodstock generation, Joe Cocker is one of the last of the great rock interpreters. He remains most famous for what he did with others’ words, even in an era that prized songwriting more than singing. And so, any list of top Joe Cocker songs necessarily includes tunes written by ... Read More »

2014: Stories of the Year

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2014′s biggest rock music stories weren’t all the different from a typical year’s. There were comeback albums by long-dormant rock giants, some troubling brushes with the law, long goodbyes and a notorious motormouth calling the President of the United States a “subhuman mongrel.” OK, maybe that last one doesn’t happen every year, but from reunions to arrests to deaths, 2014′s ... Read More »

‘Experimental’ songs on next Def Leppard album

Joe-Elliott

Def Leppard have never been known for being particularly avant garde, but singer Joe Elliott hinted at some potentially surprising stuff on the band’s new album during a recent interview. During a recent interview, Elliott was asked to offer fans a few hints as to what they’ll be able to expect from the group’s upcoming ninth studio LP, due sometime ... Read More »

Four Classic Rockers on the Forbes Top 10 Highest Paid Musicians List

Forbes

Thanks to their successful tours, four classic rockers — the Eagles, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney – wound up in the Top 10 on the annual World’s Highest Paid Musicians list. According to Forbes, the Eagles finished at No. 3 by taking in $100 million. Directly behind them were Bon Jovi ($82 million) and Springsteen ($81 million). McCartney, the ... Read More »

YES: “Cruise To The Edge” 2015 line-up

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Yes will embark on their third annual Cruise to the Edge next fall, and they’re taking some friends along for the voyage. ABC News Radio reports that the band’s next cruise, which follows similar expeditions in March 2013 and April 2014, will begin on Nov. 15, 2015, departing from Miami. On their four-day sail, which is scheduled to visit Key ... Read More »

Scorpions announce 50th Anniversary Tour Dates

Scorpions

The Scorpions will celebrate their 50th anniversary pretty much the same way they’ve spent all the other ones: on the road. The band has announced the first dates for its upcoming half-century celebration, which begins with a May 8 show in the Czech Republic and runs through spring 2016. Although there’s a significant number of stops on the tour, they’re ... Read More »