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Day: May 23, 2014

Atlantic RecordsIt’s been a few years since Phil Collins performed in public, but this past week the lauded pop-rock singer/drummer made an unexpected return to the stage with help from a surprising group of musicians. Collins sang a couple of tunes at a special concert held at the Miami Country Day School backed by some young music students that appears to include his son Nicholas.

In fan-filmed video that’s been posted online, Collins is shown performing his 1981 solo tune “In the Air Tonight” and a ragged rendition of the 1986 …read more

Photo: Ross HalfinJimmy Page might be 70, but his musical tastes are as young as a teen’s. A few weeks ago, the Led Zeppelin guitarist showed up at a New York City performance by the young U.K. rock duo Royal Blood, where he revealed he’s a big fan. Now he’s been quoted saying he’s a big Arctic Monkeys enthusiast as well.

In a recent interview with British music site Gigwise, Page called Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner “superb” and said he thought that acclaimed British modern-rock band was a cut above the norm. “Right …read more

Photo: Dean ChalkleyChrissie Hynde will be heading to the U.S. early next month to promote her upcoming first solo album, Stockholm, which will be released June 10. The Pretenders frontwoman has scheduled a special June 1 in-store performance at the Rough Trade NYC record store in Brooklyn, New York, and she’ll also be making some TV appearances that same week.

Fans who pre-order Stockholm via the Rough Trade NYC store starting on Tuesday, May 27, will have the chance to attend Hynde’s show. Those who pre-order the album also will receive a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl disc …read more

Geffen/Universal MusicFriday marks the 45th anniversary of the release of one of the most influential and lauded albums in rock history, The Who‘s Tommy. The rock opera tells the fantastical tale of a young man who becomes deaf, dumb and blind as a child after witnessing his father kill his mother’s lover, and who goes on to miraculously become a pinball champion and then, after regaining his senses, a spiritual guru.

Tommy‘s arrival came at a transitional period for The Who, one that saw the group’s members, particularly guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend, looking for a new musical …read more

Courtesy of Rod StewartTonight, Santana and Rod Stewart kick off their joint tour, dubbed The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs, with a concert in Albany, New York. The dates for the outing are interspersed with those for Santana’s trek in support of its first-ever Spanish-language album, Corazon, and are scheduled through an August 23 show in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

As its title advertises, the tour brings together one of the rock world’s most lauded guitarists and one of its most distinctive singers. But can fans expect to see Carlos Santana and Stewart …read more

Douglas Gorenstein/NBCOn Thursday’s edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith made good on their fake feud challenge to hold a drum-off.

The mock public beef between the two lookalikes started back in February when, following the Peppers’ appearance at the Super Bowl, Ferrell jumped into a Reddit Ask Me Anything session with Smith, with whom he’d been trading public barbs over their physical resemblance to one another.

“I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle,” Ferrell declared at the time. Ferrell accepted …read more