1. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  2. Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana , R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues…

  3. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  4. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  5. Miguel Has A 'Very Clear Goal' For Next Album

    February 18, 2014 2:21 PM EST "I know what I want, and I'm getting there," says the R&B crooner about his "Kaleidoscope Dream" follow-up. Miguel is hard at work on the follow-up to his breakout 2012 album "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Top 20 hit "Adorn" and…

  6. Miguel, T.I. Close Out NBA All-Star Saturday With Club Show: Live Review

    February 16, 2014 11:46 AM EST The night of NBA All-Star Saturday (Feb. 15) in New Orleans featured a handful of star-laden after-parties, with TNT's gathering at the Bud Light District next to the New Orleans arena including a set by Kid Rock and GQ's All Star soiree playing host to the Roots, Juvenile and…

  7. Headstone Project Brings Recognition to Long-Forgotten Blues Musos

    December 30, 2013 3:57 AM EST Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his…

  8. Joe Walsh Enlists Dr. John, Robert Randolph for New Blues Album

    April 09, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Guitarist works on set of "obscure R&B and blues songs" ... Also reveals Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon will join legendary band on upcoming tour Joe Walsh isn't planning to let another two decades pass between solo albums, as he did before 2012's well-received …

  9. Matt Hires To Preview Sophomore Album on Matchbox Twenty Tour

    February 28, 2013 5:55 PM EST New single "Restless Heart" hits that "Ho Hey" sweet spot. Searching for a new contemporary folk-pop fix to supplement your itch for more Mumford & Sons and Lumineers? Look no further than Matt Hires' rootsy new single "Restless Heart," which was…

  10. Rolling Stones Review: Raucous, Star- Filled Tour Closer

    December 16, 2012 12:00 PM EST To Be Continued NEWARK, N.J. -- The Rolling Stones blew the roof of The Rock last night, putting a capper on their brief 2012 50th Anniversary run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. ROLL WITH IT • Best '50' Tour Photos • Mick Jagger on Newtown •…

  11. Robert Plant's New Band Makes U.S. Debut in Mississippi

    August 15, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Led Zeppelin Icon Brings the Sensational Space Shifters to the Sunflower Blues Festival Storied British frontman Robert Plant has long since proved that his remit extends far beyond the rock lexicon. But with the consummation of his latest meticulously assembled group of co-workers, he seems…

  12. Keb' Mo' Already Plotting Next Album

    January 13, 2012 6:15 PM EST After a five-year gap between his last studio albums, Keb' Mo' plans to follow up last year's Grammy Award-nominated "The Reflection" in comparatively short order. "I want to get right on it," Mo' (real name: Kevin Moore) tells Billboard.com. "I…

  13. Rolling Stones' Jagger, Richards Pay For Hubert Sumlin's Funeral

    December 09, 2011 12:45 PM EST Rolling Stones leaders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are offering to front the bill for the funeral of Hubert Sumlin, the Howlin' Wolf guitarist who died Sunday (Dec. 4) of heart failure at the age of 80. According to the New York Times , Sumin's partner, Toni Ann Mamary, confirmed…

  14. Howlin' Wolf Guitarist Hubert Sumlin Dies

    December 05, 2011 10:30 AM EST Revered blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who spent 23-plus years adding gritty leads to Howlin' Wolf's legendary voice and who inspired generations of axemen from Jimi Hendrix to Kenny Wayne Shepherd, died Sunday at a New Jersey hospital of heart failure. He was 80. A member of the…

  15. 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Delta Blues Great, Dies

    August 30, 2011 9:28 AM EDT Grammy-winning Blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday in his Chicago home, his manager said . He was 96. Edwards had a weak heart and his health…

  16. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  17. Rod Stewart: No 'Magicians or Midgets' in Las Vegas Show

    May 20, 2011 4:21 PM EDT R od Stewart , 66, firmly embodies the term "musical icon." The hallmarks of his success include performing in such classic bands as the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces and recording his "Great American Songbook" album series. In 2001, Stewart was the first artist to receive…

  18. Grammys 2011: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 14, 2011 1:50 AM EST Not all of the excitement at the 2011 Grammy Awards happened on the stage. Here's 15 memorable moments that you didn't see on TV. 1. Arcade Fire was in quite the celebratory mood over its Album of the Year win for "The Suburbs." The group entered the press room singing the…

  19. Tupac, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. Among Inductees To National Recording Registry

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recordings by Tupac Shakur , Willie Nelson , R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of "Gypsy" are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. Under the terms of 2000's National Recording Preservation…

  20. Bilal To Release Electro-Jazz Rock Album In 2010

    October 08, 2009 9:00 AM EDT B ilal hasn't put out an official album since 2001's "1st Born Second," but fans can rest assured that new solo material is on the way. The R&B singer is almost done recording his next album, he tells Billboard.com, and it's slated for release in the first quarter…

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