When Sam Smith released his 2014 track "Stay With Me," many listeners noticed the distinct resemblance to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' 1989 classic "I Won't Back Down". Petty's lawyers also took notice, and the UK crooner has since agreed to pay songwriting royalties.
According to The Sun, Smith and Petty settled out of court back in October, but details only emerged just this weekend. The settlement reportedly included a 12.5% writing credit to both Petty and singer-composer Jeff Lynne of ELO. The song's credit on ASCAP — American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers — now lists Smith, Petty, Lynne, and Jimmy Napes as the chief songwriters.
A rep for Smith "acknowledges" the similarities between "Stay With Me" and "I Won't Back Down". However, the rep contends that it's all a "complete coincidence."
Guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and System of a Down singer Serj Tankian have released a cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and the song can be heard below.
The track will appear on an upcoming compilation, Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute, and the recording also features bassist Rudy Sarzo – who played with Rhoads in Ozzy's band and Quiet Riot – and onetime Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice.
Happy 60th Birthday to Eddie Van Halen, one of the greatest guitarists to ever pick up the instrument!
Born January 26, 1955, in Nijmegen, Netherlands, Edward Lodewijk van Halen is the son of Dutch father, Jan van Halen, a clarinetist, saxophonist, and pianist, and Indonesian-born Eurasian mother, Eugenia van Halen (born van Beers).
While Van Halen fans patiently wait for a follow-up to their 2012 studio album, A Different Kind of Truth, here's some classic EVH to help you celebrate. Turn it up!
"Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" will arrive on the big screen for a special one-night concert event on February 26, 2015.
Captured live at Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014, the Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 19-song set list includes the band's iconic hits "Love In A Elevator," "Janie's Got A Gun," "Don't Wanna Miss A Thing," "Dude Looks Like A Lady," "Walk This Way," "Dream On," "Sweet Emotion" and many more.
"We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren't there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll," said Joe Perry.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will reunite at Chicago's Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day from the last Grateful Dead concert with Jerry Garcia, which took place at the same venue.
Garcia died a month later following a heart attack.
"Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will occur over three nights on July 3, 4, and 5, 2015, marking the original members' last-ever performance together. The band will be joined by Trey Anastasio (guitar), Jeff Chimenti (keyboards), and Bruce Hornsby (piano).
The group will perform two sets of music each night.
Celebrating 40 years, RUSH have confirmed the "R40 Live" tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishing August 1 in Los Angeles, CA.
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart will return to Denver's Pepsi Center on July 11.
Tickets for the "R40 Live" tour will go on sale starting January 30 in select markets.
RUSH "R40 LIVE" TOUR DATES:
May 08 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
May 10 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 12 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
May 14 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
May 16 - Austin, TX - 360 Ampitheater
May 18 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
May 20 - Houston, TX - The Toyota Center
May 22 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
May 24 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena
May 26 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
May 28 - Greensboro, NC - The Greensboro Coliseum
May 30 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Jun. 08 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
Jun. 10 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
Jun. 12 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Jun. 14 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
Jun. 17 - Toronto, Ontario, CAN - Air Canada Centre
Jun. 19 - Toronto, Ontario, CAN - Air Canada Centre
Jun. 21 - Montreal, Quebec, CAN - Bell Centre
Jun. 23 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Jun. 25 - Philadelphia, PA - The Wells Fargo Center
Jun. 27 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Jun. 29 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Jul. 09 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint Center
Jul. 11 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Jul. 13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Maverik Center
Jul. 15 - Calgary, Alberta, CAN - Scotiabank Saddledome
Jul. 17 - Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN - Rogers Arena
Jul. 19 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Jul. 21 - Portland, OR - Moda Center
Jul. 23 - San Jose, CA - Sap Center At San Jose
Jul. 25 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jul. 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Us Airways Center
Jul. 30 - Irvine Meadows, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 01 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy says he is still on a "permanent vacation" from the band and has released a new solo single "I Can't Take It" produced by early RATT producer Beau Hill.
In a new interivew with Eddie Trunk from SiriusXM's Hair Nation, Pearcy shut down the possibility of working with his former bandmates again saying, "It's a permanent vacation, and as far as I'm concerned; the door's shut. The time has passed."
If you've never seen the spectacle of "Weird Al" in concert, here's your chance! I can't recommend his show highly enough — every music fan should witness his genius live and in person at least once.
Al's "Mandatory World Tour" starts May 12 for a five-night stand at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and visits dozens of cities across North America through the summer, including a show at Denver's Paramount Theater on August 23rd.
Get ready to set your DVR! VH1 Classic's 19-day, 433-hour Saturday Night Live marathon will run from January 28th to February 15th. That's a lot of improv skits, Weekend Updates, epic musical performances and fake commercials!
Here are more details of the broadcast:
Starting with season 39 and working back to season 1 from 1975, VH1 Classic will bring fans the most loved moments and original skits that became cultural juggernauts. The last episode of the marathon will be "SNL's" first episode ever, hosted by the late George Carlin, originally aired live on October 11th, 1975. VH1 Classic will air it on Sunday, February 15 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., leading up to NBC's three-hour special (8-11 p.m.) celebrating 40 years of "Saturday Night Live."