Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd is adamant the band will "never retire" despite Malcolm Young's serious health woes. Young is currently taking a hiatus from the band while he battles undisclosed medical issues, and his nephew Stevie has stepped in to replace him as the group prepares to launch a new album and a 40th anniversary tour.
News of Young's troubles prompted a slew of retirement rumours, but drummer Rudd is adamant the show will go on for as long as possible.
He says, "We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus (guitarist Angus Young) will never retire and as long as Angus never retires I won't f**king retire either."
Rudd adds of the Back In Black hitmakers' tour plans, "There is an AC/DC tour planned for the 40th anniversary of the band, but I don't know all the details yet... Everything's great in the band, we're ready to fire up on all cylinders again."
Stevie Nicks has set crafty fans the challenge of knitting her a new shawl she'll model on her website. The Fleetwood Mac star has partnered with Talenthouse for a competition that will reward the winner with a cash prize and a professional photo of Nicks wearing the shawl. The winner and the photo will also be featured on Nicks' website and social media pages.
Announcing the contest on Friday (15Aug14), the Rhiannon singer said, "In 1968, a very handsome boy brought me a poncho from South America. I knew it was magic and that someday I would copy it in chiffon or leather or beaded material. I realised that wearing a poncho or a long shawl gave me something to work with up on the stage. Big movements, big twirls, you need to be seen from far away.
"So I made that a big part of my stage clothes. It became totally intertwined in my fashion style."
The competition ends on 29 September (14) and the winner and runner-up will be announced on 14 October (14).
Award-winning jazz musician Roy Hargrove has been sentenced to two days of community service after admitting cocaine possession. The acclaimed trumpeter, 44, who has worked with musical greats including Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, was arrested in New York in the early hours of 5 April (14) after cops caught him with four packets of the drug, the New York Post reports.
During an appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on Thursday (29May14), Judge Neil Ross handed him the community service sentence and urged the musician to stay out of trouble in future, telling Hargrove, "I hope we can be confident about the fact we won't see you in this building again. There are other places people want to see you and people who've wanted to see you for a very long time - just not here."
If the Grammy winner avoids further run-ins with the law and completes his community service, the charge will be reduced from a misdemeanour to a violation, leaving him with no criminal record.
Miranda Lambert has extended her reign as the new queen of country after leading the nominations for the 2014 CMT Music Awards. The Mama's Broken Heart singer is up for six trophies at this year's event - two as a solo act, two for her We Were Us duet with Keith Urban and two with her band the Pistol Annies.
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have landed five nods each, while Urban and Taylor Swift have four each to take to the CMT Music Awards on 4 June at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee.
The night's big prize for Video of the Year will be a battle between Blake Shelton and Pistol Annies (Boys 'Round Here), Carrie Underwood (See You Again), Eric Church (Give Me Back My Hometown), Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan (This Is How We Roll), Hunter Hayes (I Want Crazy), Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow), Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert (We Were Us), Luke Bryan (That's My Kind of Night), Miranda Lambert (Automatic), Taylor Swift (Red), Thomas Rhett (It Goes Like This) and Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (Highway Don't Care).
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic (Counting Stars), Jake Owen (Days Of Gold), Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks (Rhiannon), Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie (Oh No/All Night Long), The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy (My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark) and Willie Nelson and Neil Young (Long May You Run) - all from CMT TV specials - are up for the CMT Performance of the Year prize.
Eagles rocker Glenn Frey has assured fans old friend and collaborator Linda Ronstadt is doing well after she was forced to skip her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday (10Apr14) due to ill health. The Blue Bayou singer, 67, was a member of the Class of 2014 feted during a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York, but she was a no-show after recently revealing her battle with Parkinson's disease had made travelling cross-country from Los Angeles too difficult for her.
But Frey, who did turn out to the event to honour his pal, insists devotees have no need to worry as she is feeling good otherwise.
The rocker says, "I spoke to her a couple of days ago... She's got a very bad back and she can't sit for too long without lying down and she can't lie down for too long without sitting up. But she's doing fine...
"At this time, I just think it was a little much to ask her to fly across the country for this (induction)."
In Ronstadt's absence, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris paid tribute to the singer by performing a medley of her hits for the Barclays Center crowd.
Willie Nelson and late blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble will be the inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in Texas. Organisers of the TV concert series have set up the Hall of Fame to mark the 40th anniversary of the Austin City Limits programme.
Show creator Bill Arhos will also be inducted alongside Nelson and Vaughan at a gala on 29 April (14).
Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Nelson's son Lukas will perform at the event.
The first Hall of Fame honourees all have Texas roots.
The 40th season of Austin City Limits will begin with a Nine Inch Nails concert, which will air in America on 5 April (14).
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor says, "We've waited a long time to do anything like this. We never thought we'd see the day when Nine Inch Nails would set foot on the ACL stage."
Singer/rapper Pharrell Williams has confirmed long-running rumours suggesting he named his son Rocket after a song by Sir Elton John. The producer and musician is father to five-year-old Rocket, with his wife Helen, and rumours suggested the youngster's middle name was 'Man' in reference to Elton John's anthem Rocket Man.
Williams has now revealed the rumours about Rocket's middle name are not true, but he did name his son after the veteran singer's huge hit.
He tells the BBC's Newsbeat, "I really respect Elton John's music... Contrary to popular belief, Rocket's middle name is not Man. But Elton John's Rocket Man song was a part of it and also Stevie Wonder's Rocket Love."
Stevie Nicks is still single at 65 because she struggles to maintain a relationship while keeping up with her hectic work schedule. Nicks' split from her Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham fuelled one of the group's most successful albums, 1976's Rumours, but the Go Your Own Way singer is still waiting to find true love.
While she is eager to find someone to share her life with, the 65-year-old singer is aware that the unpredictable nature of her job makes it difficult to keep a relationship alive.
She tells The New York Times, "It would be fun if I could find a boyfriend who understood my life and didn't get his feelings hurt because I'm always a phone call away from having to leave in two hours for New York or a phone call from having to do interviews all day long. It's not very fun to be Mr. Stevie Nicks."
It was announced recently that Christine McVie was reuniting with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac after leaving the group in 1998. Fans can now be treated again to the group's Rumours-era lineup, with McVie taking back over vocals on her hits like "You Make Loving Fun" and "Hold Me."
With so many musicians cashing in on the money that can be made by going out on the road with a classic edition of their band, it's become hard to find acts that people clamor to have back together. Hard, but not impossible. Here are some artists that we'd like to see back in the band.
Slash, Guns N' Roses
Granted, Axl Rose is a nut-job and a major pain in the tuchus. Still, the demand for a tour featuring Rose, Slash, and the rest of the original lineup of GNR would be unbelievable and the group's core audience is now old enough to afford the ticket prices. If Don Henley, Glenn Frey and the other Eagles can spend years on the road taking separate busses and not speaking to each other, than there has to be a way for Axl and Slash to play nice long enough to cash in.
Beyoncé, Destiny's Child
Beyoncé certainly doesn't need to do anything that she doesn't want to do. Let's face it; Mrs. Carter has the entire world at her disposal. But, here's the thing, she's still friends with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, as evidenced by the recent photos of the three band members together at little Blue's birthday party. Beyoncé just released a 14-track "visual album" that nobody knew about in advance. If she's got that kind of time, then surely there's some extra to lay down some new DC material.
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd
Every subsequent generation has its own Floyd experience, whether it's watching late-night showings of The Wall or synching up Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. Waters is a creative genius, and notoriously difficult to work with. He's also 70 years old. Waters and the other surviving Floyd members (David Gilmour and Nick Mason) have done some one-off shows over the years, but it's not too late to give those younger fans one more chance to see one of Floyd's legendary live shows.
Steve Perry, Journey
There have been rumors for a long time that Perry's voice isn't what it used to be, which is why the singer hasn't released any new solo material in nearly 20 years. Perry's camp has denied that there is anything wrong with his voice, but even if there is a vocal issue, a reunion is still eminently doable. Arnel Pineda, the current lead singer of the band, has been a nice story, so keep him around to help supplement Perry. It's a little late to cash in on the hype that Glee created, but the band still might actually be more popular now than they were in their '80s heyday.
Dennis DeYoung, Styx
At the very least, this one would make Adam Sandler, an unabashed fan of the "Mr. Roboto" group, happy. DeYoung, who handled vocals on most of the band's biggest hits like "The Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," has continued to perform Styx material in his shows and the other members of the group have long been on the fair and festival circuit. Sure, DeYoung sued the others at one time over the use of the band's name, but lawsuits are as much a part of the music industry as guitars. A reunion would at least upgrade them to the top county fairs in the country.
Veteran rocker Peter Frampton and blues star Buddy Guy were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Tennessee on Tuesday night (28Jan14). The British guitarist was one of 12 stars awarded medals at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium ahead of a celebratory concert, and there were also posthumous honours for Roy Orbison and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Also inducted during Tuesday's ceremony were Randy Bachman from Bachman Turner Overdrive, country singer Barbara Mandrell, country musician Jimmy Capps, and guitarists Corki Casey O'Dell, Velma Smith and Will Lee.
Posthumous inductions went to Vaughan and his blues rock band Double Trouble and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith.
Speaking after the induction ceremony, Bachman says, "I don't like the word rock star or superstar. I am a guitar player, a songwriter who got lucky because I stayed at it and didn't give up, long enough that people noticed me."
Orbison received the Iconic Riff Award posthumously for his song Oh, Pretty Woman.