*The Who will return to the States in September to headline the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival. The two-day event, taking place September 18th and 19th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, also features Coldplay, Kanye West, Sam Smith, and Janet Jackson.
Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale Saturday at 1 pm ET.
*Elton John celebrated his 25th year of sobriety earlier this week, and had to share the happy occasion with fans. He took to Instagram to post a picture of a cake with a gold and diamond “25” topper, writing, "25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time," with the hashtags “#gratitude, #happiness, and #blessed.”
Elton’s husband David Furnish celebrated along with him, posting a picture of a sobriety chip, and writing “Happy 25th Birthday Elton. You inspire me with your light and your love every day.”
*Wondering why anyone would spend money to see the Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck” in theaters when it’s been on HBO for months. Well, would a new Cobain song be good enough reason?
Billboard.com reports that when director Brett Morgen’s critically acclaimed doc is released in theaters next Friday the soundtrack will feature a previously unheard Cobain demo. Morgen won’t say exactly when the unnamed track appears in the film, “because I don't want to get people out there bootlegging it on their cell phones."
According to the site which heard the song, Cobain sings in a falsetto voice, although his lyrics are pretty much drowned out by his guitar playing.
*John Lennon's legacy is getting one more honor to its name. Yoko Ono, Bono, and The Edge were on hand to unveil a "Yellow Submarine" tapestry at the National Museum of Immigration on Ellis Island earlier this week. The tapestry shows the island of Manhattan as a bright yellow submarine surrounded by blue waters.
The art piece was made by Czech artist Peter Sis, and U2 members Bono and The Edge, as well as music executive Jimmy Iovine, paid for it to be made.
*We're all going to take a step back in the 1980s with Paul McCartney. Two of the musicians albums from the decade, "Tug of War" and "Pipes of Peace," are getting the special treatment come this fall.
The "Tug of War" special edition will come with a new mix of the entire album plus a second disc of eight previously unreleased demos and outtakes, including a solo version of "Ebony and Ivory." A three-CD/one-DVD version of the 1982 album will include a disc with album's original 1982 and a DVD with music videos and a behind-the-scenes documentary.
As for 1983's "Pipes of Peace," that special edition will come with a nine-track bonus disc, including a remix of "Say Say Say," the duet with Michael Jackson. A deluxe edition will also give fans a DVD containing promo clips for the album's three singles plus unreleased clips from Macca's film archives. Naturally, both reissues will be available on vinyl as well.
*U2 and HBO are partnering up for not one, but two projects this fall. First up, on November 7th the network will air a behind the scenes documentary about the "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour. The documentary will include interviews with the band members and footage from Willie Williams, who has conceptualized U2’s tours for over three decades, as well as their designers, producers and directors.
The concert special will follow their November 14th show in Paris. Their performance will have music from their debut album “Boy” all the way up to “Songs of Innocence.”