NEW YORK (AP) — A music festival that will debut outside Nashville is going back to the sound of stripped-down music. The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival will feature acts performing acoustically on wood stages. Performers include Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Weezer, Neko Case, Dr. John and Jimmy Cliff. The festival will be September 26-27.
UNDATED (AP) — John Popper of Blues Traveler has a double dose of big news: he’s getting married and he’s going to be a dad. Popper tweets he and girlfriend Jordan Auleb are having a baby and he’s posted a picture of a sonogram. He adds, “Soon we’re getting married too!!!”
CLEVELAND (AP) — For as tough as Joan Jett is, she cried while accepting her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jett’s black mascara ran down her face during the ceremony in Cleveland Saturday. The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, jammed out together on “With A Little Help From My Friends” for Starr’s induction. Bill Withers, another inductee, rarely performs in public anymore, but he helped sing “Lean On Me” with John Legend. Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The “5” Royales were also inducted. The ceremony will be broadcast on HBO May 30.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are set for tomorrow night. And some of those making the induction speeches might end up getting more attention than the inductees themselves. Paul McCartney will be the one who will talk-in his former Beatles cohort Ringo Starr. Stevie Wonder will help induct Bill Withers. Patti Smith will do the honors for the late Lou Reed and Fall Out Boy will help induct Green Day. Stevie Ray Vaughan will be ushered in by John Mayer. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be inducted by Miley Cyrus.
NEW YORK (AP) — Police guitarist Andy Summers needs to set the record straight: they were not a reggae band. Summers says he hates it when people call them “white reggae.” Another thing he wants to set straight: he loves Sting but he’s not holding anything back about their relationship in the new documentary, “Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police.” The film gives the history of The Police from Summers’ point of view. Summers says Sting and he have a great love because they experienced something incredible together. He says the film is more like dishing the dirt on a beloved brother rather than bashing him.
LONDON (AP) — The first wife of John Lennon and mother of Julian Lennon has died. Her publicist says Cynthia Lennon died yesterday at her home in Mallorca, Spain, with Julian by her side. She died of cancer at the age of 75. Cynthia and John Lennon met at art school in Liverpool and married after she got pregnant with Julian. Their marriage was hidden to promote Lennon’s image with female fans. The couple divorced in 1968 after John Lennon started seeing Yoko Ono. Cynthia Lennon published two books about her relationship with Lennon, “A Twist of Lennon” and “John.” Paul McCartney calls Cynthia Lennon “a lovely lady” and “a good mother to Julian.” Ringo Starr tweets, “Peace and love to Julian Lennon. God bless Cynthia.” Ono says she’s very saddened by Cynthia Lennon’s death and adds, “I felt proud how we two women stood firm in the Beatles family.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell has been taken to a hospital. Los Angeles fire officials say paramedics answered an afternoon 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives. But officials didn’t verify her identity. Mitchell’s website and Twitter account reported last night that she was in the hospital. A statement on her website says “Joni was found unconscious in her home.” The statement adds, “She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits.” It wasn’t immediately clear what illness she had. The 71-year-old singer-songwriter told Billboard magazine in December that she has a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevents her from performing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again.
The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.
The “Zip Code” tour will once again reunite singer Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.
The last time the Rolling Stones played North American stadiums was during their “A Bigger Bang Tour” in 2006. They opted for arena venues for their “50 & Counting” anniversary tour in 2012 and 2013.
The band interrupted last year’s “14 On Fire” and rescheduled all their Australia and New Zealand dates after fashion designer L’Wren Scott, Jagger’s companion since 2001, took her own life.
NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Daltrey says he used to try to sing like it’s the first time, but now he sings for what might be the last time. Daltrey tells Rolling Stone he thinks the current Who tour will be the last big tour they’ll do. Daltrey is 71 and Pete Townshend is 69. Daltrey says he wants to stop while they’re still at the top of their game. Daltrey says he can picture doing an acoustic set at a theater in New York with Townshend in the future, because then the audiences would come to them.