BottleRock has just released their lineup for 2019, announcing that rockers Imagine Dragons are headlining the first night of the May 24-26 festival at the Napa Valley Expo. BottleRock will be headlined Saturday night by Pharrell Williams and Neil Young and his frequent collaborators Promise of the Real, backed by Lukas Nelson, son of country star Willie Nelson. Sunday night will close with Mumford and Sons. This year’s lineup also features two of the greatest living guitarists, Gary Clark Jr. and Carlos Santana.
Earlier this week Pegi Young, the ex-wife of Neil Young, died at the age of 66 following a battle with cancer. Neil, her husband of 36 years prior to their divorce in 2014, shared a touching tribute on his website to his ex-wife and mother of their two children – Ben and Amber. Young posted the following poem on the Neil Young Archives site:
Megadeth is teasing a special announcement that will be delivered on Friday, January 11 via the band’s official web site and social media. A 25-second video featuring Megadeth’s classic track “Take No Prisoners” has been uploaded to the band’s YouTube channel, leading some fans to speculate about the nature of the announcement. Back in November, Mustaine posted footage of drummer Dirk Verbeuren running through a new song, so the debut of the song on the 11th is a possibility.
Ann Wilson has released a music video with her take on Audioslave’s 2002 track I Am The Highway. The song is off Wilson’s new solo album Immortal, which launched in September last year. Immortal also features covers of songs by artists including David Bowie, Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen, Amy Winehouse and George Michael.
Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris recently met up with three of his old Iron Maiden bandmates for the first time in more than four decades. Harris formed the band on Christmas Day 1975, and was pictured with original vocalist Paul Mario Day along with guitarists Dave Sullivan and Terry Rance. The only missing member from the early lineup was drummer Ron ‘Rebel’ Matthews. The picture was taken by Steve ‘Loopy’ Newhouse, and both he and Day uploaded the shot to their Facebook accounts.