Pop superstar Prince will play an unprecedented eight-minute jam as part of his appearance on U.S. comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live this weekend (01Nov14). The Purple Rain hitmaker, who last appeared on SNL in February, 2006, will perform live with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL without commercial interruption.
Comedian Chris Rock with return to host the show for the first time in 18 years.
Cult supergroup Temple Of The Dog reformed at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in California on Saturday night (25Oct14). The band, made up of members from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, hit the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View towards the end of Pearl Jam's acoustic set to perform their fan favourite Hunger Strike.
The magic moment marked the first time Soundgarden's Chris Cornell had joined bandmate and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, bassist Jeff Ament and guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard onstage since the release party of documentary Pearl Jam Twenty in September, 2011.
Pearl Jam were the stand out act at the benefit concert, performing hits like Daughter and Given to Fly, while frontman Eddie Vedder performed Sleeping By Myself from his solo album Ukulele Songs.
Another Bridge School Benefit highlight came when Young joined Beach Boys stars Brian Wilson and Al Jardine's set.
The second night of this year's Bridge School Benefit takes place on Sunday (26Oct14).
R&B singer Jhene Aiko pulled out of plans to perform at a star-studded concert in New York last week (ends17Oct14) after a member of her entourage was allegedly assaulted moments before she was due onstage. The Worst star was among the acts on the line-up for the Def Jam Recordings 30th Anniversary Concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday (16Oct14), but she claims a male staff member disrespected her and her bandmates backstage, prompting her to scrap her set at the last minute.
She took to her Instagram.com page later that night to respond to fans' queries about her absence at the show, which featured hip-hop stars including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX and Fabolous, and explained, "Unfortunately me and my camp (sic) were told to 'get the f- out' by 'workers' while I was waiting to go on stage, ...after this 'worker' (male) physically assaulted a member of my management (female)... we had to leave due to the disrespect and hostile environment.
"If there's one thing I can't rock with, it's disrespect... if me and my band members were any of the rappers that were performing there, we would have never been talked to or treated in such a way.
"I'm sorry that I was unable to perform for you tonight... hope to see you soon!"
Event organisers have yet to comment on the accusations.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder paid tribute to late keyboardist Isaiah Owens during a concert on Thursday (16Oct14) following the musician's sudden death. Owens, who played keyboards for rocker Jack White, was found dead at his hotel room in Mexico on Tuesday (14Oct14) after suffering a heart attack. He was 38.
During Pearl Jam's show in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, Vedder sent his condolences to White and dedicated their track Light Years, a song about grief, to Owens.
According to Billboard.com, Vedder said White is "a friend of the whole group, a great player, a great writer and visionary" before adding, "We send our heart out to (White) and his band...The only thing we can do is try to take energy here so we can remember (Owens) fondly."
White cancelled the remaining shows of his tour in Mexico after Owens' death.
The Doors are to be honoured with the 2014 Inspiration Award at the upcoming Classic Rock Awards in Los Angeles. The two existing members of the group, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, will accept the accolade on behalf of late bandmates Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison at the first U.S.-based awards ceremony in the 10th year of the British magazine's annual prizegiving.
Densmore and Krieger have released a statement which reads: "In 1965 and '66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the west coast. It's really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in Venice, CA.
"To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim and Ray."
Previous Inspiration Award recipients include Rory Gallagher, Jon Lord, Steve Marriott, Ronnie James Dio and Phil Lynott.
The event, which will be hosted by Sammy Hagar on 4 November (14), will also be a special night for Gregg Allman, the recipient of this year's Living Legend Award.
Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Queen + Adam Lambert will compete for the night's Band of the Year honour, while the coveted Album Of The Year award will be a battle between Bruce Springsteen (High Hopes), Judas Priest (Redeemer Of Souls), Motorhead (Aftershock), Pearl Jam (Lightning Bolt) and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Hypnotic Eye), among others.
Madonna's representative has denied controversial indie artist Ariel Pink's recent announcement that he has been hired to work on her upcoming album. In a recent interview with Faster Louder, the Los Angeles-based musician claimed bosses at the Material Girl's record company contacted him about writing songs for her 13th studio album, and he also took a shot at her career in the process.
He said, "Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna's record. She can't just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she's 20 years old... They need songwriting... They actually need songs.
"The first record was so good because of the songs. It's been a downward slide since. Ray of Light is not cool. And all the other stuff she's done after that, it's not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values."
However Madonna's longtime manager Guy Oseary has now responded to Pink's claims, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Madonna and I have never heard of Pink. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with (him)."
Pop star Ariana Grande almost missed her debut appearance on live U.K. TV on Thursday (09Oct14) when she stopped to chat to fans in London and ended up stuck in a huge traffic jam. The Problem hitmaker was scheduled as a guest on lunchtime chat show Loose Women but producers were sent into a spin when her aides contacted the studio to say they were running late.
She eventually arrived with minutes to spare and told viewers she had got delayed in a traffic jam in central London after stopping to sign autographs.
Grande said, "It's kinda crazy out there. And I wanted to say hi to my fans too so I was late for multiple reasons, I'm not gonna lie. I'm sorry!"
During the interview, Grande happily posed for a 'selfie' photograph with presenter Nadia Sawalha, invented a fun new dance called 'kwerking' with co-host Gloria Hunniford, and also defended her racy stage costumes after some probing questions from journalist Jane Moore.
Grande insisted she is happy to peel off onstage, adding, "I think that, you know, you should be able to express yourself and dance however you like and make the music that you want to make and, you know, dress how you like and just let that be you expressing yourself."
Rocker Eddie Vedder has recorded a video appeal to boost fundraising for research into a debilitating skin condition. The Pearl Jam frontman sits on the board for the EB Research Partnership, which aims to raise $5 million (£3.1 million) to help those suffering from a painful disorder called epidermolysis bullosa.
In the video, Vedder stars alongside three EB sufferers and says, "When I first heard about EB, it was quite hard to grasp the intensity of the condition. It's about the most insane skin disorder you can imagine. And when you realise it also affects the internal organs, then you see it as diabolical."
Speaking about those living with the condition, he adds, "It's very hard to describe until you meet the young folks (sic) with it, and they make you realise how much you take for granted. You also realise these are some of the strongest, coolest, most admirable people on the face of the earth."
Rocker Jack White is convinced female musicians struggle to make it big in the industry because label executives fail to take them seriously.
The star, who shot to fame with his ex-wife Meg in The White Stripes, is adamant women have to work twice as hard as their male counterparts to succeed, but he believes it makes them better musicians.
During an interview with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready on America's SiriusXM satellite radio channel, White says, "It's sort of a real shame that if a woman goes on stage with an instrument - a guitar or drums or something - that it's almost a novelty to people; like, 'Oh, isn't that cute?... The ultimate shame of it... is that... girls have to try twice as hard to really prove themselves, they don't have a free ticket or something like that. But in the end you almost get something better than any other sort of everyday, run-of-the-mill male musician... 'cause they're (women are) sort of put in a position that they have to (be better)."
White has previously hit the road with an all-female backing band.
Rocker Eddie Vedder has released a cover of JOHN LENNON's peace anthem IMAGINE in a bid to raise funds for a charity supporting unity in the Middle East. The Pearl Jam frontman's version of the iconic 1971 track was recently released on iTunes, and all proceeds will go to Heartbeat, an organisation which is attempting to unite the war-torn countries of Israel and Palestine through music.
Vedder first covered Imagine during a performance at a music festival in Portugal earlier this year (14), when he told the crowd that while he has publicly spoken out against war and alluded to the ongoing Middle East conflict, he wanted to be clear he wasn't explicitly choosing sides.
He said, "If you're anti-war it doesn't mean you are pro one side or the other in a conflict. So this next song I always thought it was probably the most powerful song ever written... Which is why I have never played it.
"It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it. If you'd like join me or use your voices or hold a light there might be some people out there that need to know they are not alone."
His performance of Imagine came days after he lashed out at pro-war advocates in a lengthy rant on stage during a gig in Milton Keynes, England.