What once was old is new again. Bon Jovi’s 1987 rock anthem, “Livin’ On a Prayer,” has re-entered the “Billboard Hot 100” more than a quarter century after the song first topped that same chart.
As reported by Billboard, the song’s return to the chart was triggered by a surge in the number of times it’s being streamed online. The streaming is mostly attributable to user-generated clips spurred by renewed interest in a video, originally posted in 2009, of Boston Celtics fan Jeremy Fry dancing to the song during stoppage of play at Boston’s TD Garden. Fry’s dance routine was freshly uploaded to Utrend.tv on October 17, and has since drawn 11 million worldwide views and garnered more than 1.6 million Facebook “shares.”
Bon Jovi last appeared on the Hot 100 chart in 2009, when “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” from the band’s album The Circle , reached Number 68.
Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson is set to release his third solo album. Titled The Ceaseless Sight, the album will be issued in the spring of 2014 by The End Records, a Brooklyn-based indie label that’s home to such artists as Cradle of Filth, Badly Drawn Boy, Anvil and Fatboy Slim.
Robinson apparently chose the label in part because of his high regard for The End founder Andreas Katsambas. “[Katsambas] is a long time music fan and has some very forward ideas on how to get music out there,” Robinson told Billboard, “but more importantly for me, [he knows] how to allow the artist to create pure music without the inevitable ‘commercial versus art’ clash that comes from a more traditional approach. All of Andreas' team shares these qualities.”
Robinson has been on the road this year with the Black Crowes, as part of the band’s “Lay Down with Number 13” world tour. The guitarist will undertake a U.S. tour in 2014 in support of The Ceaseless Sight.
Rush have been busy on the road in support of their 2012 studio album “Clockwork Angels,” and now, it’s time for a break.
“We’ve committed to taking about a year off,” guitarist Alex Lifeson told Billboard. “We all agreed when we finished this tour we were going to take this time off and we weren’t going to talk about band stuff or make any plans.”
If you’re worried that means Rush will permanently go away, don’t. “We haven’t stopped or quit,” Lifeson said. “Right now we’re just relaxing.”
Even though the band plans to take the time off, Lifeson says band mates may find some spare moments to start working on Rush’s next album.
“[We] typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together,” he explains, “and I wouldn’t doubt that some time in the New Year we’ll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing.”
He added that Rush’s next album will probably different quite a bit from Clockwork Angels.
“The album is dying as a format,” he maintains. “We’re so used to it…but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It’s hard to say what the future holds.”
James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo have announced they will release a special, vinyl edition of their Through the Never Soundtrack on Nov. 29, limited to just 4,000 copies.
The release is in conjunction with Record Store Day‘s “Back to Black Friday” releases, which arrive on Black Friday exclusively at local record shops.
“Since its inception we have always been very proud to be a regular part of Record Store Day, including kicking off the very first one with an autograph signing at the Bay Area’s own Rasputin Music in April of 2008,” the band said in a statement. “So we’re psyched to confirm that on Nov. 29 (yes, that’s Black Friday!) your favorite North American independent music retailer and the Metallica.com Store will have the Through The Never soundtrack available in all its vinyl glory as a limited edition deluxe four LP set, 45 RPM on 180 gram vinyl. Only 4,000 of the special box sets will be made and they will all be numbered.”
Check back next week for Gibson.com’s Record Store Day Black Friday gift guide.
Coldplay scored the highest among rock talented, landing at No. 5 on Forbes’ list and earning roughly $64 million this year, much of it coming from the band’s world tour in support of the group’s current album, Mylo Xyloto. Former Pink Floyd singer and bass player Roger Waters did pretty well for himself, too, landing at No. 15 on the list and pulling in $44 million from his “The Wall Live” trek. That tour has actually raised almost half a billion dollars over the past three years—how crazy is that?
Another rock name, Muse, is neck-and-neck with Rihanna for the No. 16 place on the roster, with each earning about $43 million. Likewise, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dr. Dre are tied for the No. 20 spot, with both of them pulling in $40 million, the Peppers from their tour in support of their latest full-length, I’m With You.
Forbes bases its standings on estimates of gross income brought in by each musician or band between June 1 of 2012 and June 1 of 2013.
The Rolling Stones have something special lined up for Back to Black Friday, which takes place on November 29.
The band plan on releasing a 7-inch vinyl version of their 1965 live EP Got Live If You Want It!.
The EP was recorded between March 5 and 7 during the Rolling Stones’ fifth tour. The six-track EP contain covers of Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” and Nat King Cole’s “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66,” as well as the Jagger/Richards penned “I’m Alright.”
Back to Black Friday is a complement to Record Store Day, which is held annually on the third Saturday of April each year. Its purpose is to celebrate, and help support independently owned record stores, who have seen dwindling sales in the past decade with the advance of digital music.
So whether you plan to pick up the Stones record or not, make sure you visit your local record store next Friday and show some support!
Bob Dylan has just released a video for "Like a Rolling Stone," a song that doesn't need a video. Why release one after 50 years? Why do you need a video for such an iconic song? Well, for one it's to promote his new "The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1" It's 35 studio albums, 6 live albums, 2-CD "Side Tracks," and a book. The other reason? A brilliant way to attack today's modern day lifesyle. A fantastic idea with an interactive function that allows you to change the channel, and have the song perfectly lip synced on the next channel. Whether it be fashion, a cooking channel or some real housewives show. This you should check out. Watch it here.
Classic rockers Journey have donated $350,000 to support the relief effort in the Philippines following the devastating typhoon which ripped through the country last week.
More than 615,000 people were displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm to ever make landfall. Manila native and Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda said the money would help to provide emergency food relief to those affected by the typhoon by supporting the United Nations World Food Programme.
The funds are being donated by Pineda, Journey and their team - promoter Live Nation Entertainment; Creative Artists Agency (CAA); and Manager John Baruck. Journey is calling on fans to join them and make urgent donations to support life-saving food relief for millions of Filipinos. Donations can be made at wfpusa.org/journey or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
“We're honored to have Journey's support and Arnel Pineda's leadership on this incredible donation for WFP's emergency relief in the Philippines," Hunter Biden, Board Chair of World Food Program USA, said. “Their support is going to make a real difference for so many Filipino children and families in need.”
One of rock and roll's greatest guitar riffs is receiving special recognition. On Jan. 28, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville will posthumously honor legendary musician Roy Orbison with the Iconic Riff Award for his classic song, "Oh, Pretty Woman." Co-written by Orbison and Bill Dees, "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released as a single in 1964 and spent three weeks at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the midst of Beatle-mania, the single also topped the British charts for three weeks.
Artists as diverse as Al Green and Van Halen have covered the song, with Van Halen scoring a hit with their searing version in 1982. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians from all genres and eras of recorded music, and inductees are nominated by current members of the American Federation of Musicians and by other music industry professionals. Orbison has the distinction of being the first-ever recipient of this newly created award.