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These Musicians Are Opposed To Religion

1/10/2016 11:00am EST
15 Musicians Who Oppose Religion
Hey, even Journey once sang "Don't Stop Believin'." Okay, okay, corny joke, but you've gotta "break the ice" somehow, right? No need to get uncomfortable whether you're a devout Christian or an unabashed atheist – this article simply depicts musicians who are nonbelievers and opposed to religion. Some consider themselves agnostic, others are full-blown atheists, while some are secular humanists.

This article certainly doesn't cover every musician that doesn't subscribe to the institution of religion, but it provides a snapshot of varied beliefs and how such views influence the respective a...

Dave Matthews Band To Play Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert

11/14/2012 7:11pm EST
Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band have turned the first stop of their upcoming winter tour into a benefit concert to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The Crash Into Me hit-makers will kick-off their cross country trek on November 30th with a performance at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey - one of the states hardest-hit by the post-tropical cyclone, which ravaged the North East last month.

And to aid those affected by the superstorm, the group has pledged to donate the evening's ticket and merchandise sales to recovery agency Bama Works Sandy Relief Fund. According to the Associated ...

Celebrity Birthdays - November 2, 2011

11/2/2011 3:00am EDT
Carter Beauford
Happy Birthday to:

Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter Beauford (1957)

Actress Erika Flores (1979)

Hip-Hop artist Nelly (1978)

Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy (1974)

Actress Marisol Nichols (1973)

Country music star Erika Jo (1986)

Friends Actor David Schwimmer (1966)

Canadian singer k.d. lang (1961)

Hart to Hart actress Stefanie Powers (1942)

Legendary actor Burt Lancaster (1913)

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Dave Matthews To Launch Wine Collection

10/12/2011 2:30pm EDT
Dave Matthews
Musician Dave Matthews has teamed up with a California vineyard to release a collection of high-quality wine.

The Dave Matthews Band frontman has joined forces with winemaker Steve Reeder to produce The Dreaming Tree, a line named after the singer's 1998 tune.

Reeder explains, "Dave and I wanted to make wines that are complex yet approachable - fun wines that are food friendly and available for anyone to enjoy. With The Dreaming Tree wines, we've combined the worlds of wine and music and have created something that we personally enjoy, and enjoy sharing with friends."

The brand offers...

Dave Matthews Band Postpone Festival Over Hurricane Fears

8/26/2011 8:13am EDT
Dave Matthews Band
The Dave Matthews Band have postponed their weekend festival in New York over fears Hurricane Irene will hit the city.

The storm has caused chaos in the Caribbean in recent days and forecasts show it is heading up East Coast. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared a state of emergency and advised residents to evacuate their homes this weekend, and as a result, the Dave Matthews Band have axed their planned Caravan music festival on Governors Island.

Ticketholders for Saturday and Sunday's shows can instead attend the event on Friday, before the storm is scheduled to hit.

A post...

U2 Top Forbes List As Highest Paid Touring Act

6/17/2011 12:01am EDT
U2 have topped a new Forbes magazine list of the 25 highest-paid touring musicians.

The Irish rockers have pulled in $195 million in the last year from their massive 360 Degrees tour - $70 million more than second-place Bon Jovi.

Elton John came in third with $100 million and Lady Gaga finished fourth with $90 million.

Others making the top 10 were Canadian crooner Michael Buble, Paul McCartney, the Black Eyed Peas, The Eagles, Justin Bieber and the Dave Matthews Band.

Spotlight on Summer Concerts

5/13/2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.


U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...

Lady Gaga Was The Highest Earning Pop Star Of 2010

2/14/2011 11:32am EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has another reason to celebrate following her Grammys success - she's been named the highest-earning pop star of 2010.

The "Poker Face" singer topped Billboard's Money Makers list, with earnings of more than $30.5 million last year. Bon Jovi are second in the rundown with $30.4 million, and Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is third with $24.4 million.

The Dave Matthews Band is the fourth biggest-grossing act of 2010, with $23.9 million, and Justin Bieber is fifth with $22.4 million.

The top 10 is rounded out by Taylor Swift ($20.7 million), Michael Buble ($19.8 million), the Eagles...

Man Charged Over Bomb Plot At Dave Matthews Concert

9/21/2010 2:33pm EDT
Dave Matthews Band
A man has been arrested in Chicago, Illinois after allegedly plotting to blow up a baseball arena where the Dave Matthews Band was performing on Saturday night.

Sami Samir Hassoun was ambushed by a team of police and federal agents moments after dropping what he thought was a bomb into a trash can outside of Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs team, on Saturday. The 22 year old had been under surveillance by FBI officials for months and they followed Hassoun as he planted the explosive, which, unknown to the suspect, turned out to be a fake.

Authorities claim Hassoun planned to ...

Summer 2010 Concert Preview

5/22/2010 2:00pm EDT
Break out your beer coozies, lighters, coolers, Aviator glasses and Rock and Roll t-shirts, summer concert season is about to begin. Whether you are into pop music , country, metal or just looking to mingle and listen to some good tunes- we have everything you need to know in our summer concert preview.

Christina Aguilera kicks off her summer tour with Leona Lewis in July at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and will be touring through August. It has been too long since fans have seen Christina on tour but she's finally back with her latest album, Bionic, which includes the catchy summ...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

2/1/2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 9

1/9/2010 3:00am EST
Dave Matthews
Happy Birthday to

Singer Dave Matthews (1967)

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean (1978)

Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell (1967)

"Nip/Tuck" actress Joely Richardson (1965)

"Vera Drake" star Imelda Staunton (1956)

American country singer Crystal Gayle (1951)

New York Doll David Johansen (1950)

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (1944)

British actress Susannah York (1942)

60s singer/activist Joan Baez (1941)

"Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver (1935; d. 2005)

"The Good The Bad and The Ugly" actor Lee Van Cleef (1925; d. 1989)

Guitarist/inventor Les Paul (1915; d....

U2 Number One In U.S. Concert Sales

1/5/2010 9:00am EST
U2 was the top-grossing North American touring act of 2009, according to concert tracker Pollstar. The group grossed $123 million, selling more than 1.3 million tickets.

Other high grossing acts of the year:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - $94.5 million.

Elton John and Billy Joel - $88 million

Britney Spears - $82.5 million

AC/DC - $77.9 million

Kenny Chesney - $71.1 million

Jonas Brothers - $69.8 million

Dave Matthews Band - $56.9 million

Fleetwood Mac - $54.4 million

Metallica - $53.4 million

Despite the recession, the touring business boomed last year, Pollstar...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 4

6/4/2009 3:00am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Happy Birthday to "Changeling" star Angelina Jolie (1975), Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (1974), "ER" star Noah Wyle (1971), "SNL" alum Horatio Sanz (1969), R&B singer El DeBarge (1961), "The Hardy Boys" actor Parker Stevenson (1952), The Mamas & The Papas singer Michelle Phillips (1944), Tejano legend Freddy Fender (1937), "The Burbs" actor Bruce Dern (1936), "McCloud" star Dennis Weaver (1924; d. 2006), and American opera singer Robert Merrill (1919; d. 2004).

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New Dave Matthews Band Album Streaming Now; Out June 2

5/29/2009 5:30pm EDT
Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band will release Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, the highly anticipated album following the death of band member Leroi Moore, on June 2. The album, a tribute to Moore, will be the band's first studio album in 4 years and will include the newly released single "Funny the Way It Is". Rolling Stone's four star review states that Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King producer Rob Cavallo, "has brought some of the classic-rock edge of his hit records with Green Day and My Chemical Romance to Matthews arena-size spin on early-Seventies Traffic." Those who are awaiting the album's re...

The Avett Brothers Ready 48-Show North American Tour

4/20/2009 7:04pm EDT
The Avett Brothers
Coming off a set of highly acclaimed shows at SxSW, North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers gear up to begin their cross country tour starting April 16th in Indianapolis and wrapping on July 25th in Myrtle Beach. This 48 show schedule includes 8 supporting dates with the Dave Matthews Band and one with Widespread Panic. The Brothers will also be stopping at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and the Forecastle Festival.

Having played over 200 shows in the last year, the Brothers have long since perfected the art of live performance. Thei...

Dave Matthews Band Release Free Download Of New Single

4/14/2009 12:39pm EDT
Dave Matthews Band
Through a "tweet" on Twitter today, Dave Matthews Band have announced that they are giving away their new single, "Funny the Way It Is," as a free download for one week.

Dave (@davejmatthews) and bassist Stefan Lessard (@slessard) are both very active on Twitter, keeping touch with their huge fanbase and decided it was the perfect place to get the word out. The song comes off their upcoming album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which hits stores on June 2nd.

It will be the band's first studio album since the death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore last summer. The "GrooGrux King" in...

Stevie Nicks To Release New Live DVD & Live CD March 31

3/29/2009 3:00pm EDT
Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks, rock's superstar chanteuse, the "Gold Dust Woman" herself, will be releasing the "Live In Chicago" DVD as well as "The Soundstage Sessions" CD - both in stores on March 31st.

The "Live in Chicago" DVD includes all the timeless Nicks songs from her solo projects as well as songs written as a member of the legendary rockers Fleetwood Mac. Along with Stevie classics such as "Stand Back," "Rhiannon," "Dreams," "Gold Dust Woman," "Landslide" and "Edge of Seventeen," the DVD also features stunning cover songs, including Dave Matthews' "Crash Into Me" and a tear-down-the-house f...

'Rockville, CA' Stars Talk About The New Music-Oriented Web Series

3/16/2009 11:23am EDT
Rockville CA
The new web-series "Rockville, CA" is the brainchild of Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Chuck & Gossip Girl). The series centers on a group of 20-somethings who gather regularly at a club to hear their favorite up-and-coming bands, blow off steam, and fall in love with the wrong people. Each 4-6 minute episode also features performances by such indie bands as Lykke Li, The Kooks and Anya Marina.

The scripted, music-oriented series features the roller-coaster relationship between Hunter (Andrew West), the hipster-cute smart guy, and Deb (Alexandra Chando), the consummate go-getter.


The Avett Brothers To Tour With Dave Matthews Band

1/25/2009 1:00pm EST
The Avett Brothers
North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers have been tapped to support Dave Matthews Band on select dates this coming Spring. The Avett Brothers join the tour from April 22, in Raleigh, NC through May 6, in Phoenix, AZ. The Avett Brothers have built up an impressive and loyal fan base with constant touring. This prolific band are renowned for their high energy live shows and incredible mix of eclectic musical styles. Last year alone The Avett Brothers played upwards of 150 shows, including notable appearances at Bonnaroo and MerleFest. On July 26, 2008 The Avett Brothers played ...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 9

1/9/2009 3:00am EST
Dave Matthews
Happy Birthday to Spanish PGA golfer Sergio Garcia (1980), Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean (1978), South African born singer/bandleader Dave Matthews (1967), Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell (1967), Nip/Tuck actress Joely Richardson (1965), "Vera Drake" star Imelda Staunton (1956), American country singer Crystal Gayle (1951), New York Doll David Johansen (1950), Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (1944), British actress Susannah York (1942), singer/activist Joan Baez (1941), "Gilligan's Island" actor Bob Denver (1935; d. 2005), "The Good The Bad and The Ugly" actor Lee Van Cleef (1925; d. 1989),...

2009 Music To Look Forward To

1/8/2009 12:34pm EST
2008 brought in a slew of good music, but it is nothing compared to what's in store for 2009. Check our list of anticipated hot music releases to look forward to this year. Let us know your can't wait picks!

U2 - No Line On The Horizon

Rock pantheons U2 are set to release a new title, No Line On The Horizon, on March 3, 2009. Their new title will feature production by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and Steve Lillywhite.

Eminem - Relapse

Hip Hop's dynamic duo, Eminem and producer Dr. Dre, have again joined forces for Eminem's next studio release Rela...

'American Idol' Winner David Cook Teams With Grammy Winning Producer

8/5/2008 1:49pm EDT
David Cook
American Idol winner David Cook has teamed up with Grammy winning producer Rob Cavallo on his debut album for 19 Recordings/RCA Records, due out this fall.

Cavallo, best known for his work with the legendary pop-punk band Green Day, has also produced records for superstar artists such as Kid Rock, Eric Clapton, My Chemical Romance, Goo Goo Dolls, and is working with the Dave Matthews Band on an upcoming release.

Cook has been busy in the studio when not on the road with the American Idols Live tour, co-writing many of the upcoming album tracks alongside some of music's hottest ro...

Five 'Love Songs' That Aren't Really Love Songs

7/30/2008 9:32am EDT
The time has come. You've fallen in love. You just can't stop thinking about your significant other. You're ready to take the next step. You're ready to make them a mix tape.

Seems easy right? Just Google "Love Songs" and pop the first 15 you see into your iTunes, hit the circle in the upper right-hand corner and burn away. But not so fast, Romeo. There are pitfalls in the world of blindly including love songs.

In fact, there are many songs purported as anthems of adoration that are anything but. Tunes so misinterpreted that they turn into wedding standards and accompany f...

Marc Broussard Returns With 'Keep Coming Back,' Due Sept. 16

7/21/2008 5:30pm EDT
Marc Broussard
Atlantic Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the eagerly awaited new album from acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Broussard. "Keep Coming Back" will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on September 16th.

"Keep Coming Back" more than confirms Broussard as an artist uniquely gifted in channeling the multiple spirits of classic R&B and soul into contemporary terms. The Louisiana-based bayou soul troubadour recorded the collection earlier this year in a whirlwind 11-day session at Nashville's historic Ocean Way Studios. Broussard was joined in the studio by...

Staind Returns With New Album, 'The Illusion Of Progress,' Out August 19

6/24/2008 2:38pm EDT
Multi-platinum band Staind has announced the much-anticipated release of The Illusion Of Progress (Flip/Atlantic), available August 19. The first single, "Believe," hits radio and iTunes June 24. A worldwide summer tour kicks off July 4 in Muskegon, MI, prior to band's joining the 3 Doors Down bill on July 9 in St. Louis, MO. Staind will also tour internationally with Nickelback beginning September 8 in Cologne, Germany.

The Illusion Of Progress marks Staind's sixth studio album and is the follow-up to 2005's RIAA platinum-certified Chapter V. Staind's last three studio albums...

Fuse TV Invites You To The Coolest Place At Bonnaroo

6/13/2008 4:38pm EDT
Heading to Bonnaroo? Check out the Fuse TV barn in the middle of "Centeroo." The eco-friendly barn was built to provide festival-goers with hours of enjoyment including text contesting, mechanical bull riding, calf roping (not real calves!) and barnyard olympics (pie eating contests, horseshoe toss and hay tossing).The Fuse TV Barn will host green screen photography, where festival-goers can select a background, take a picture and send it to friends. All these fun activities, plus a place to hang, use the computer stations, and watch live TV feeds of all performances so you dont miss anythi...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 4

6/4/2008 3:00am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Happy Birthday to "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" star Angelina Jolie (1975), Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard (1974), "ER" star Noah Wyle (1971), "SNL" alum Horatio Sanz (1969), R&B singer El DeBarge (1961), "The Hardy Boys" actor Parker Stevenson (1952), The Mamas & The Papas singer Michelle Phillips (1944), Tejano legend Freddy Fender (1937), "The Burbs" actor Bruce Dern (1936), "McCloud" star Dennis Weaver (1924; d. 2006), American opera singer Robert Merrill (1919; d. 2004), and Greek philosopher Socrates (470 BC; d. 399 BC).

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Alejandro Escovedo Visiting A Town And TV Near You This Summer

6/1/2008 10:30am EDT
Alejandro Escovedo
Alejandro Escovedo will be touring behind the release of his ninth studio album, 'Real Animal,' throughout the summer. He will be joining the Dave Matthews Band for six dates in June, followed by headlining shows across the States and Canada through July. Appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on June 20, The Today Show on June 24 and The Late Show with David Letterman on August 7 are also scheduled.

'Real Animal,' featuring 13 original songs produced by Tony Visconti (T. Rex, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy), will be released on June 24 via Manhattan/Back Porch. "The inspiration for thi...

Jack Johnson Named Earth Day's Top Green Rocker

4/22/2008 9:00pm EDT
Jack Johnson
To mark Earth Day, Billboard magazine editors have crowned surf-rocker Jack Johnson the most environmentally-sound person in music.

In an online Music Goes Green special, Johnson has beaten Willie Nelson and Mexican band Mana to the title of greenest musician.

Billboard bosses cite the mellow singer/songwriter's efforts to be as environmentally-conscious as possible in his recording and touring ventures.

They note that the Los Angeles headquarters of Johnson's Brushfire Records is "a cozy single-family home", which features a recording studio insulated with used denim and "p...