1. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog- ...

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  3. Steve Vai Stretches on 'The Story of Light,' Looks Toward Trilogy Box Set

    September 26, 2012 7:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 Steve Vai 's latest album, "The Story of Light," is the second part of a conceptual project that started with 2005's "Real Illusions: Reflections," and will continue with one more album and then a fourth release that he ...

  4. Joe Jackson Taking 'Duke' on the Road

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After opening at No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, Joe Jackson is now looking to take his tribute to Duke Ellington on the road. Jackson and his six-piece band featuring the violinist Regina Carter are booked for 16 shows in the U.S. betw ...

  5. Bret Michaels, Mavis Staples Headline Grammy Foundation Show; Newcomer L.P. Wows the Crowd

    February 10, 2012 7:45 AM EST A Star is Born: L.P., a.k.a. Laura Pergolizzi (left) with Tamzin Brown, an actress and filmmaker. L.P. is best known for the song "Into the Wild" featured in a CitiBank commercial, blew away attendees at the Grammy week event One Night O ...

  6. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Greeted by Scantily Clad Gayle King, Kanye's 'Lights' Video May Cause Seizures

    February 24, 2011 7:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga Greeted by Gayle King in Underwear When Lady Gaga stopped by "The Gayle King Show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network" to discuss the music video for new si ...

  7. Jimi Hendrix's Family Talks 'Anthology,' 'Day in the Life' Documentary

    November 17, 2010 3:17 PM EST 0 0 0 After a prolific 2010 that continues with the "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of yea ...

  8. Harmonix Reports Early Success For Rock Band Network

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Rock Band Network initiative is proving to be a hit with early adopters, according to developer Harmonix , a subsidiary of MTV Games . Speaking at Liverpool Sound City - a 4-day music and international business conference held annually in the ...

  9. Meat Loaf Brings 'Teddy Bear' To America

    May 03, 2010 2:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 M eat Loaf is hoping that "Hang Loose, Teddy Bear" will have a life beyond its musical incarnation. The 13 songs on the new album, which comes out May 11 in North America, are companion pieces to a short story written by screenwriter direc ...

  10. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks th ...

  11. Video: 2009 Chart Stars Talk 2010 Plans

    December 30, 2009 2:19 PM EST 0 0 0 As chart stars like Ke$ha, Jay Sean, Adam Lambert and Wyclef Jean descended upon New York this holiday season, Billboard's cameras caught up with them at Z100's Jingle Ball concert and at the Vevo launch party to find out their personal hi ...

  12. Orianthi Steps Out Of Michael Jackson's Shadow

    October 30, 2009 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Orianthi Panagaris thought she had the perfect plan. The 24-year-old guitar virtuoso, who hails from Adelaide, Australia, was all set to shred as part of Michael Jackson 's band during his set of comeback shows in London. She was also working o ...

  13. Ask Billboard: Steve Vai, Jay-Z, Radiohead

    August 07, 2009 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. GO FIGURE Requests came in this we ...

  14. Spinal Tap Springs 'Back From The Dead'

    June 24, 2009 2:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spinal Tap is "Back From the Dead." At least according to the title of the group's new album. The June 16 release commemorates the 25th anniversary of the cult-classic film "This Is Spinal Tap." David St. Hubbins (Michael Mc ...

  15. Exclusive: Spinal Tap Debuts Song, Comes 'Back From The Dead' For Album

    May 07, 2009 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Back From The Dead" - Spinal Tap Listen to our exclusive stream of Spinal Tap's new song "Back From The Dead" The inspiration for a new Spinal Tap album differs depending on who you ask. Harry Shearer -- who crafted Tap wit ...

  16. Rock Giants Pay Tribute To Lemmy In Documentary

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled "Lemmy" and slated for release in 2009. The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in ...

  17. Whitesnake Turns 30 With New Album, Tour

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After a decade-plus gap between studio albums, Whitesnake makes its debut on SPV with "Good To Be Bad," due April 22. After a decade-plus gap between studio albums, Whitesnake makes its debut on SPV with "Good To Be Bad," due Apr ...

  18. JOE SATRIANI, "Surfing With The Alien: Legacy Edition"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave to pop-punk to indie rock to grindcore to garage rock, have done wonders for the art of power chords and riffs. The last 15 years of guitar-based music, from grunge to nu-new wave t ...

  19. Zappa Plays Zappa Doing Frank Proud On Tour

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After a successful inaugural run on the road in 2006, Dweezil Zappa hopes that this year establishes his Zappa Plays Zappa tribute to his late father, Frank Zappa, as a going and potent concern. After a successful inaugural run on the road in 2006, ...

  20. 'Bat' In Black

    October 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Virgin's release this week of Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose" adds a new chapter to the biggest and best-known album serial in rock'n'roll history. Virgin's release this week of Meat Loaf� ...

  21. Meat Loaf Awakens The Beast For 'Bat III'

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Meat Loaf has revived the mega-selling "Bat out of Hell" franchise for a third album installment, due Oct. 31 via Virgin in North America and Universal internationally. Meat Loaf has revived the mega-selling "Bat out of Hell" fra ...

  22. Zappa Plays Zappa / June 16, 2006 / Toronto (Hummingbird Centre)

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 When Frank Zappa passed away, many believed seeing his music given true justice in a live setting would be slim at best and probably impossible. But Dweezil Zappa has other plans. The son of the late When Frank Zappa passed away, many believed seein ...

  23. Q&A: Rascal Flatts

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rascal Flatts has achieved in six short years what many acts can only hope for in the length of a career. Rascal Flatts has achieved in six short years what many acts can only hope for in the length of a career. In addition to numerous awards, the b ...

  24. Waylon Payne Drifts Into Film

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "If you nail yourself down to one thing, you're gonna have a hurt foot," Waylon Payne says. "If you nail yourself down to one thing, you're gonna have a hurt foot," Waylon Payne says. The country singer/songwriter has b ...

  25. Dream Theater Eyeing June For New Album

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rock act Dream Theater will release its next album, "Octavarium," June 7 via Atlantic. Rock act Dream Theater will release its next album, "Octavarium," June 7 via Atlantic. "We wrote it and recorded it at [New York's] ...

  26. Real Illusions: Reflections

    March 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Guitarist Steve Vai isn't finished pushing audio boundaries and creating new noises, as "Real Illusions: Reflections" can attest. Guitarist Steve Vai isn't finished pushing audio boundaries and creating new noises, as "Real ...

  27. Multi-Artist Performance To Open Grammys

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Sunday's (Feb. 13) CBS telecast of the 47th annual Grammy Awards will open with a multi-artist performance stretching across three stages. The spectacle will feature the Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani Sunday's (Feb. 13) CBS telecast of the ...

  28. Billboard Bits: Alrosa Villa, Buenos Aires, Vai

    January 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Stories on Alrosa Villa, Buenos Aires nightclubs and Steve Vai. Alrosa Villa, the Columbus, Ohio, nightclub that was the scene of a gunman's Dec. 8 rampage that left Damageplan/Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and two others ...

  29. 'Halo 2' Soundtrack Boasts Incubus, Hoobastank

    October 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music is a major aspect of the highly anticipated Xbox game "Halo 2," due Nov. 9 at U.S. retail outlets. Beyond Incubus' exclusive four-movement suite, "The Odyssey," the game and companion soundtrack Music is a major aspect ...

  30. Double DVD Commemorates 'Crossroads' Fest

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Due Oct. 19 via Duck/Reprise/Warner Strategic Marketing, the release features footage of some of the greatest living guitarists. More than four hours of footage from Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival" will make up a two-disc DVD se ...

  31. Clapton Festival To Benefit Crossroads Centre

    February 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rock guitarist Eric Clapton will stage a one-time three-day music event in Dallas to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre. Set for June 4-6 at Fair Park, the Crossroads Guitar Festival will culminate Rock guitarist Eric Clapton will stage a one-t ...

  32. Clapton Festival To Benefit Crossroads Centre

    February 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rock guitarist Eric Clapton will stage a one-time three-day music event in Dallas to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre. Set for June 4-6 at Fair Park, the Crossroads Guitar Festival will culminate Rock guitarist Eric Clapton will stage a one-t ...

  33. Hot Product

    April 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Yardbirds 'Bird' Is The Word Legendary British rock outfit the Yardbirds return this week with "Birdland," their first new studio album since 1967. The set is being released by guitarist Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Th ...

  34. Yardbirds: 'Birdland' And Before

    January 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Yardbirds -- featuring original members Jim McCarty (drums) and Chris Dreja (bass) recently completed a new album, "Birdland," featuring an extraordinary cast of guest guitarists. That Brian May, The Yardbirds -- featuring original mem ...

  35. Yardbirds Take Flight Again With 'Birdland'

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Legendary British rock outfit the Yardbirds are wrapping work on "Birdland," their first new studio album since 1967. The set is due April 22 on guitarist Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Legendary British rock outfit the Yardbirds ...

  36. Artists Turn Out For Label Accounting Hearing

    September 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The long-simmering issue of record industry accounting practices came to a boil yesterday (Sept. 24) as artists and label executives faced off during a daylong California Senate committee hearing in L The long-simmering issue of record industry acco ...

  37. The Elusive Light and Sound Vol. 1

    June 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Elusive Light and Sound Vol. 1 is the first album available for individual sale from The Secret Jewel Box, a limited-edition rarities boxed set Steve Vai released last year—one that focused The Elusive Light and Sound Vol. 1 is the first album a ...

  38. That Was Then, This Is Now: The Bestof X-tacy

    May 18, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Andy Timmons may be best-known as the former guitarist for Danger Danger, but don't assume his stint in that '80s hair-metal band is the extent of his musical rÉsumÉ. Andy Timmons may be best-known as the former guitarist for Danger Danger ...

  39. Billboard Bits: Jamiroquai, Tupac/Biggie, Satriani

    April 29, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Stories on Jamiroquai's exiting keyboardist/songwriter, Tupac Shakur/Biggie Smalls documentary, and Joe Satriani's forthcoming album. British funk/soul combo Jamiroquai has parted ways with longtime keyboardist and songwriting collaborator ...

  40. 'O Brother,' Bluegrass Sweep Grammys

    February 28, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 R&B newcomer Alicia Keys and Irish rock veterans U2 snagged their fair share of honors, but as many as six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious album of the year statuette, originated from the R&B newcomer Alicia Keys and Irish rock vete ...

  41. Guitar Gods Satriani, Vai Team For Tour

    May 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Electric guitar stars Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are presenting a new incarnation of Satriani's G3 tour this summer, also featuring John Petrucci (Dream Theater). The tour kicks off June 23 in Reno, N Electric guitar stars Joe Satriani and Stev ...