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Beck and Clapton Trade Epic Licks as Co-Headlining Tour Launches

February 19th, 2010
Photo: Mazur/WireImage As the final notes of “Cocaine” rang through Madison Square Garden last night, Jeff Beck quietly walked onto the stage next to Eric Clapton, sarcastically saluted his fellow guitar legend and launched into a jaw-dropping cover of Elmore James’ “Shake Your Money Maker.” For the next 40 minutes the former Yardbirds guitarists traded licks on songs by everyone from Willie Dixon to Sly Stone to Henry Mancini as the sold-out crowd reached a state ...

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Enters Rehab, Vows to Stay in Band

December 22nd, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage Rolling Stone can confirm that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has entered a rehab facility to treat an addiction to prescription painkillers. “With the help of my family and team of medical professionals I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain and am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford,” the singer said in a statement. ...

Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill Picks His Favorite Music of the Decade

December 22nd, 2009
Photo: Ross Halfin As the Kings of Leon begin work on their first album of the next decade, bassist Jared Followill checked in with Rolling Stone to share his thoughts on his favorite albums of and songs of the past 10 years. From driving around Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, stoned and listening to Wilco to learning how to play bass by listening to the Strokes, here are some of his top musical moments of the 2000s (check ...

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Signs With New Management

December 18th, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage Rolling Stone has confirmed that Steven Tyler fired his new management team and signed with Mötley Crüe and Buckcherry’s managers Allen Kovac and Eric Sherman at 10th Street Entertainment. Less than a year ago Tyler parted ways with Aerosmith manager Trudy Green and signed with John Greenberg and Jason Flom at Union Entertainment Group. The move enraged his bandmates. “It just kind of splits up the tribe,” Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer told Rolling Stone ...

Bruce Springsteen and E Street “Say Goodbye for a Little While” as Tour Wraps in Buffalo

November 23rd, 2009
 Photo: Kisby/Getty Early on in Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s final gig of their two-year world tour, Bruce began telling a familiar story: the night of a wicked nor’easter in Asbury Park, New Jersey, circa 1971, when a gigantic saxophone player walked into a club and asked to sit in with the band. “We got into a Cadillac at the end of the night and drove out to the outskirts of town,” Springsteen said ...

The Roots’ ?uestlove on Life on “Jimmy Fallon” as Late Night’s Hottest House Band

November 20th, 2009
Photo:Edelson/NBC As Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O’Brien battle for late-night supremacy, one thing has become clear: Jimmy Fallon has the hottest house band. In their eight months on the air, the Roots have played with everybody from Paul Simon to Christopher Cross to Weird Al Yankovic, and have been hilarious in skits. As the group preps for a show featuring Hulk Hogan and Edward Norton, ?uestlove reveals that the network was initially skittish ...

What’s Next for Springsteen: “Darkness on the Edge of Town” Box Set, “Dream” Tour DVD

November 19th, 2009
Photo: Mazur/WireImage This Sunday, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will wrap up their two-year tour by performing their 1973 debut album Greetings From Asbury Park in its entirety (stick with Rolling Stone for a full report). After that, Springsteen’s next moves are unclear. His manager, Jon Landau, says the only plans for 2010 are the release of the long-delayed Darkness on the Edge of Town box set and a DVD of the Working ...

Aerosmith on Steven Tyler: “He Doesn’t Act Like a Sober Person”

November 18th, 2009
Photograph by Frank White Last week, Steven Tyler surprised Joe Perry at a New York solo gig and announced onstage he wasn’t quitting Aerosmith. In new interviews with Rolling Stone, members of the group say that they not only still plan on hiring a new singer — but they are concerned that Tyler may have returned to some of his bad habits. “He doesn’t act like a sober person,” says Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. “I’m not ...

E Street’s Van Zandt on Bruce Springsteen’s “Ohio” Blunder: “He Made a Great Joke Out of It”

November 15th, 2009
After nearly two solid years on the road, Bruce Springsteen finally forgot where he was on Friday night. While playing at Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills, he made three separate references to Ohio before E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt had to tell him where he was. Springsteen onstage: photos from the Working on a Dream tour. The Spinal Tap-esque gaffe led to headlines across the globe this weekend, so this afternoon while chatting with ...

Exclusive: Joe Perry: Aerosmith’s Problems Far From Over

November 11th, 2009
Photograph by Frank White When Steven Tyler joined Joe Perry onstage last night in New York to sing “Walk This Way” — and announced he wasn’t quitting Aerosmith — it seemed like the troubled group’s problems might be over. But Rolling Stone has learned that things are far from settled within the band, as part of reporting for a story that will appear in our next issue. The cameo, says Perry, came as a surprise even to ...