Miranda Lambert performed at Nashville’s CMA Fest Saturday night, June 8, and debuted a brand-new tune, “Locomotive.” She told the audience she’d never performed live, but that she thought would “make you groove a little.”
“I chose it for CMA Fest because it’s total country punk-rock,” Lambert noted. “It’s just fun. It really is a reflection of who I am right now.” The singer headlined CMA Fest’s Saturday night bill along with her trio the Pistol Annies, as well as Luke Combs, Dierks Bentley, Billy Ray Cyrus and a surprise performance of “Old Town Road” from Lil Nas X and Keith Urban.
The annual music festival that took place the past week with live shows and events, wrapped on Sunday, June 9.
Slipknot kicked off their European tour on Friday, June 7th, ahead of the release of their highly anticipated sixth album, We Are Not Your Kind, by playing an 18-song set at Finland’s Rockfest. On June 9, the band played at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival, and the band live-streamed their headlining performance in front of a sold-out crowd of 90,000 fans.
Slipknot’s current European trek is scheduled to continue through July 5th’s Resurrection Fest in Spain. The band will then hit FEQ in Quebec City, Canada, before returning to the States to lead the inaugural Knotfest Roadshow. See the full itinerary below.
Phish open up their spring/summer tour dates this week. Things will kick off in St. Louis, leading up to their return to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee next weekend. The band has confirmed that they will once again be offering live webcasts of a selection of their gigs via LivePhish.com.
The webcast schedule are 16 of Phish’s stops on the tour, starting with two St. Louis shows and continuing with shows at Charlotte, NC’s PNC Music Pavilion, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion, Boston’s Fenway Park, Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre and Phish’s annual return to Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Labor Day weekend. Check out Phish’s full summer tour schedule below.
Fans can order individual shows or opt for the “I Saw It Again” full summer webcast slate at a discount. More information can be found over at LivePhish.com.
Mystify, a new documentary about late INXS singer Michael Hutchence, has released a two-minute trailer ahead of the movie’s arrival in theaters on July 4.
The trailer opens with the frontman – who took his own life in 1997 at age 37 – saying, “The manner of experience that you go through doing what we do is many lifetimes. The problem is holding on to a fixed point for long enough to understand it.” The film features many of his friends, including former lover Kylie Minogue, talking about his life and achievements.
Mystify was written and directed by Richard Lowenstein, who directed most of INXS’ music videos. An accompanying soundtrack album will also be released that includes two previously unreleased Hutchence songs.
Megadeth will mark the 25th anniversary of “Youthanasia” by performing the 1994 album in its entirety during a special Halloween concert in Denver, CO. The October 31 show will be held at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, and will highlight Megadeth’s sixth record, which peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 and sold more than one million copies in the USA.
The Halloween event will follow “MegaCruise: Thrashing Through The Pacific 2019”, which will see the band host the event on The Norwegian Jewel, setting set sail on October 13 from Los Angeles, CA and hit ports of San Diego, CA and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18.
The trailer for Brad Pitt’s star turn as an astronaut in the upcoming sci-fi movie, “Ad Astra” has been released. The film, which also stars Tommy Lee Jones and Liv Tyler, is produced by Pitt. James Gray directs “Ad Astra” who previously worked with Pitt on “The Lost City of Z.”
The film tells the story of astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) who is searching for his missing father. In his quest he learns secrets that could change the course of life for everyone and eventually destroy the solar system.
George and Amal Clooney are giving away a chance to lunch with them in Italy. The couple are inviting one lucky winner, and a guest, into their Lake Como home, to “enjoy some of Italy’s finest prosecco, charcuterie and cheeses” together all in the name of charity.
“Get to know George and Amal while soaking in stunning views of the lake and the Alps,” reads the date description. “Be flown out to Italy and put up in a 4-star hotel. Pinch yourself, because this isn’t a dream: You’re going on a double date with George and Amal Clooney! George and Amal will welcome you and a guest to their Lake Como home in Italy for lunch, laughs and the chance to get to know this amazing couple on a personal level.”
According to the contest rules. “You’ll bond with George and Amal over a delicious meal, take in the spectacular views of the lake and share a celebratory toast all together. Plus, you’ll take some incredible photos to remember it all by. Flights and hotel included.”
No donation or payment is necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes, but if a fan does donate, the money will go to The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ), founded in 2016, which advocates for justice through accountability for human rights abuses around the world.
Chris Stapleton recorded a new song, “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” for the soundtrack to Toy Story 4, which will be available on June 21 – which is also when the film opens nationwide.
Written by Randy Newman, the song was written from the perspective of Woody, the cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks.
“To me, what has made the Toy Story films hold up over time has been the strength of the stories and the songs and the writing and the characters,” adds Chris. “There’s something for people of all ages to enjoy in the world that is Toy Story. It’s a tremendous honor to get to sing a Randy Newman song in what is without question one of the most iconic animated franchises in history.”
Listen to “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” in the link below.