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Daily lineups announced for Sammy Hagar's second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show

The daily lineups have been revealed for Sammy Hagar's second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, which is scheduled for September 28 and 29 in Huntington Beach, California.

Serving as main-stage headliners for the festival's first day will be Hagar and his current group The Circle, which features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and veteran drummer Jason Bonham, along with former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and other special guests.

The September 28 bill also includes The Beach BoysBlue Öyster Cultand ex-Outfield frontman Tony Lewis.

Headlining day two of the bash will be KC and the Sunshine Band. The September 29 lineup also features Mötley Crüe's Vince NeilNight RangerExtreme and Patty Smyth and Scandal.

In addition, Car Show Awards will be presented both days on the festival's main stage. As previously reported, the event offers an expansive display of unique automobiles, including Hagar's Ferrari BB512i, which appeared in his "I Can't Drive 55" music video.  There also beach activities and games, special photo opportunities and a temporary beachside version of Sammy's Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Tickets and VIP packages for the 2019 High Tide Beach Party & Car Show are on sale now. Visit HighTideBeachParty.com to buy tickets, check out the full performance lineup and find out more details about the festival.

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Woodstock 50 organizers again denied venue permission

he bad news just won't stop for Woodstock 50 organizers.  They just lost their appeal to hold their planned event at Vernon Downs racetrack in Vernon, New York.

Town officials initially denied the request last week but gave promoters five days to appeal that decision.  However, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. told Variety at the time that "what [promoters] have submitted to date has not met many of the requirements" to stage the festival, and that the chances of Woodstock 50 being held in Oneida County seemed "highly unlikely."


Tuesday night, town officials voted unanimously to deny the appeal.

"Woodstock 50 is disappointed that the Town of Vernon has passed up the opportunity to hold the historic 50th Anniversary Festival by denying our robust and thoughtful proposal," promoters said in a statement in response to Tuesday night's vote.

"We regret that those in Vernon who supported Woodstock have been deprived of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the rebirth of a cultural peace movement that changed the world in 1969 and is what the world needs now," the statement concluded, adding, "We want to thank the artists who stood by us."


Woodstock 50 originally was supposed to happen August 16-18 at Watkins Glen International speedway in Watkins Glen, New York, about 120 miles southwest of Vernon.  A variety of issues have plagued the event since plans for the festival were announced in March, including the original financial backer pulling out and Watkins Glen speedway terminating the organizers' license for the site, prompting the change of proposed venue to Vernon Downs.

Given that organizers now have just 29 days to secure a new site, if they're to stick with their original proposed festival dates, the changes of Woodstock 50 happening appear very slim indeed.

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David Crosby says he's open to a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion

David Crosby appeared on Tuesday's The Tonight Show to talk about the new documentary based on his life, David Crosby: Remember My Name.

The doc, produced by Cameron Crowe, who joined Crosby for the interview, talks about Crosby's fractured relationships with his old bandmates, Steven StillsGraham Nash and Neil Young, leading host Jimmy Fallon to ask if there was ever a chance of them getting back together again.

"Never say never," said the 77-year-old Crosby, explaining, "I have no bad stuff in my heart about any of those guys, man, I made too much great music with them."

"We've bashed heads with each other so many times, I mean, we were so awful to each other so many times. All of us were. And I think we all know that," he continued.

So how does Crosby think a reunion might happen?

"About 10 times a day I get a tweet saying, 'Will you guys get your act together and do your job; we need you to go out and be a voice for the people that love you.'...'Ohio' is stuck in their minds. And it would be a great time for us to be out there singing like that," he says.

Adds Crosby, "If they want to do that, you know, like a 'Get Out the Vote' tour, something like that, I'd jump on it."

Later, David was joined by Fallon's house band The Roots for a version of the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic, "Long Time Gone."

David Crosby: Remember My Name hits theaters on Friday.


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Neil Young to perform at Harvest Moon, a new benefit concert taking place in September outside of L.A.

Three years after Neil Young's last Bridge School Benefit Concert was staged, a new event is slated to take place that will help raise money for the facility co-founded by Young's late ex-wife Pegi.


The concert, dubbed Harvest Moon: A Gathering, is scheduled for September 14 at the Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes, California, and will feature performances by Neil, singer/songwriter Norah Jones and indie-rock artist Father John Misty.

The show will benefit The Bridge School, which provides education to children with severe speech and physical impairments, and The Painted Turtle, a nonprofit founded by late actor Paul Newman that offers children with serious medical conditions a traditional camp experience for free.


Those purchasing tickets for the Harvest Moon gathering also will be able to enjoy a picnic cooked and served by local celebrity chefs, and beer and wine tastings presented by California breweries and wineries.


The Painted Turtle camp is located about 65 miles north of Los Angeles on a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains.


Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit HarvestMoonGathering.com for full details.

The Bridge School Benefit Concert, a series of star-studded acoustic shows, took place almost every year from 1986 to 2016.

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Reeling In the Gear: Late Steely Dan member Walter Becker's property to be auctioned in October

When Steely Dan guitarist, bassist and songwriter Walter Becker died in 2017 at age 67, he left behind a bounty of great music, as well as plenty of classic guitars, recording equipment and memorabilia. Now, many of Becker's prized possessions will be sold off during a two-day auctionscheduled for October 18-19 at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills, California, and online.

Among the priciest items going on the block are a signature model Sadowsky guitar that Becker often played onstage, an early Excel model hand-built archtop guitar, and a rare Senorita S.6 model guitar that dates back to the 1930s. All three instruments are estimated to sell for between $10,000 and $15,000.

Among the other guitars being auctioned is a 1957 Fender Duo-Sonic electric guitar that Becker's shown playing in a photo featured in the liner notes to Steely Dan's 1977 album, Aja.

The auction also will feature hundreds of other items, including amplifiers, recording gear, effects pedals and much more.

Becker's collection will be displayed at The Standard Oil Building from Monday, from October 14 through Friday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT daily. The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

The auction will be split into four sessions, scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT on October 18 and 19. Online bidding will take place at JuliensLive.com.

"Walter Becker…took pleasure in experimenting musically to develop perfect sonic landscape that would best support his creative and musical intentions," says Julien's Auctions CEO/president Darren Julien.

"This extensive and wide-ranging collection reflects all of these characteristics -- and more -- that helped make Walter Becker one of the most talented and respected all-around musicians and sonic connoisseurs of his generation."

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Bad Religion announces fall tour dates

Bad Religion has announced a fall U.S. tour in support of the band's new album, Age of Unreason.

The headlining outing kicks off September 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. local time via BadReligion.com.

If you don't want to wait until then, you can catch Bad Religion on their current summer tour, which continues Wednesday in Santa Ana, California. The punk rockers will also play the Warped Tour 25th anniversary celebration this weekend in Mountain View, California.

Here are Bad Religion's fall headlining tour dates:

9/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
9/18 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live!
9/19 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
9/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogarts
9/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
9/26 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
9/27 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
9/28 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
9/30 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/1 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
10/2 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
10/4 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theatre
10/5 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren
10/6 -- San Diego, CA, SOMA
10/8 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
10/9 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory

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George Michael's life and music inspires new touring show

He may no longer be with us, but George Michael and his contributions to music will be celebrated with a new touring production.

The production will be called The Life and Music of George Michael, and will launch in North America and internationally between 2020 and 2021.  In a statement, one of the agents representing the show says that they "anticipate a huge response to what will be a high-class and robust production celebrating this iconic artist."

No details are available so far about this particular show, but the same team produced a similar show calledThe Simon and Garfunkel Story, which toured North America last year.  That production uses state-of-the-art video projection, original film footage and a live band to recreate all the duo's hits; there are also two singers onstage playing Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

The Michael show will feature songs from George's solo career, as well as his hits with Wham! -- including "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Freedom," "Faith," "Careless Whisper" and more.  A promotional poster says it will "capture the performance and sound of one of the biggest international stars of our time."

George Michael died on Christmas Day 2016. He was 53.

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Ex-Who/Faces drummer Kenney Jones, Donovan to perform at UK tribute to Brian Jones

Former WhoFaces and Small Faces drummer Kenney JonesCredit: Richard Young and British folk legend Donovan will take part in a U.K. charity concert that will salute late Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who died 50 years ago this month.

The show is the 2019 edition of the Rock 'n' Horsepower benefit, scheduled for August 17 at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Surrey, England.

Other artists on the concert bill include The WaterboysSex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, founding Damnedmembers Brian James and Rat Scabies, and Brian Jones' grandson, Joolz Jones.

The event will raise money for two charities: the David Lynch Foundation, which provides Transcendental Meditation programs for war veterans, in-need children and others, and the Racehorse Sanctuary, which aids retired racehorses.

The star-studded concert will serve as the finale of the day-long event, which also will feature polo matches, an exhibition of high-performance cars and more.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Kenney -- who's the chairman of the Hurtwood Park Polo Club -- says of the concert, "Means a lot to me to be a part of this amazing tribute to Brian Jones. I did a few sessions with him, [and] what I will always remember about him was being a nice guy...he created a few of the most memorable songs of that time and to this day."

Kenney will be performing with his group The Jones Gang.

At the 2014 edition of Rock 'n' Horsepower benefit, Jones reunited with his former Who band mates Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, while in 2015, he performed with fellow Faces members Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.

Tickets for the event are available at Eventbrite.co.uk.

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Sammy Hagar rocks out and chats with The Doors' Robby Krieger on next "Rock & Roll Road Trip" episode

The DoorsRobby Krieger is among the guests featured on the latest episode of Sammy Hagar's AXS TV reality series, Rock & Roll Road Trip, which premieres this Sunday, July 14, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The show focuses on the star-studded America Salutes You: Guitar Legends II benefit concert, which was held this past December in Los Angeles. The event paid tribute to American veterans, firefighters and first responders, and raised funds for charities supporting their mental health and wellness. 

Hagar and Krieger were among many famous musicians who took part in the concert, along with ZZ Top's Billy GibbonsStephen Stills, ex-Eagles guitarist Don FelderJane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, and popular blues artist Joe Bonamassa, among others.

A preview trailer for the episode shows Hagar joining Krieger onstage for a rendition of the Doors classic "Roadhouse Blues," and also chatting with Robby about his old band's music.

In the clip, the Red Rocker tells Krieger he'd always wanted to meet him, and expresses his appreciation for The Doors as a band that was "talking about politics…the people in the street [and] the movements that were going on."

Robby responds by noting that late Doors frontman Jim Morrison used to tell him that when he wrote songs that he should try to be "a mirror of society…Don't try to preach what you think it should be, but just be a mirror."

The preview also includes a brief scene of Hagar talking with Bonamassa, who points out that he was in a band with Sammy's son when he was in his teens.



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Paul McCartney wraps US tour with onstage Ringo reunion

Paul McCartney saved the best surprise for the last stop on his U.S. tour: an appearance from Ringo Starr

The two Beatles reunited in Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium Saturday night. Variety reports that after McCartney finished the first song of the encore -- "Birthday" -- he announced a surprise.  Onto the stage walked Ringo, a guy who himself just celebrated his 79th birthday on July 7.

Ringo joined Sir Paul and his band for "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" and "Helter Skelter." Roadies even rolled Ringo's signature Ludwig drum kit on stage for him to play.

Starr wasn't the only surprise: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who's also Ringo's brother-in-law, appeared onstage as well. He took part in a guitar medley that typically ends the show, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Saturday night's concert wrapped the U.S. leg of McCartney's 2019 Freshen Up Tour. It also added another chapter to Dodger Stadium's place in Beatles history -- the Fab Four's penultimate concert took place there 53 years ago this August.

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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson's star-studded UK interview show to get US premiere in September

n 2017, a new interview show called Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road, hosted by the AC/DC frontman, debuted on British TV. Now, the series' first two seasons are set to get their U.S. premiere this fall on AXS TV.

The program features Brian Johnson traveling to different locations around the world to share stories and hang out with his fellow music legends. The first episode of A Life on the Road debuts September 15 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and finds Johnson visiting Sting in New York City.

You can check out a preview clip of the show at AXS.tv that captures the two singers dropping by the site of the historic punk club CBGB, where Sting's old band The Police played its first U.S. gig.

Discussing his first impression of the notoriously seedy venue, Sting says, "It was kind of a spooky place, but it was full of history. Television played there, Talking HeadsBlondie."

The second episode of the series, which will air on September 22, will feature Johnson and Robert Plant taking a trip to North Wales, where they explore a ruined castle, and discuss the Led Zeppelin frontman's passion for blues music, the formation of his famous band and his solo career.

Among the many stars who appear on other episodes of A Life on the Road are The Who's Roger DaltreyDef Leppard's Joe ElliottMetallica's Lars UlrichPink Floyd's Nick MasonBilly JoelJoe WalshMark KnopflerPaul Rodgers and Mick Fleetwood.

"To sit and chat with my friends and heroes while filming [A Lifeon the Road was ridiculous fun, and with no professional journalists around, you can feel the trust," Johnson says about the series.

Here are the episodes' AXS TV air dates:

9/15 -- Sting
9/22 -- Robert Plant
9/29 -- Roger Daltrey
10/6 -- Joe Elliott
10/13 -- Lars Ulrich
10/20 -- Nick Mason
10/27 -- Billy Joel
11/3 -- Joe Walsh
11/10 -- Dolly Parton
11/17 -- Mark Knopfler
11/24 -- Paul Rodgers
12/1 -- Mick Fleetwood

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Screenings of new concert film capturing Roger Waters during his Us + Them Tour scheduled for October

A new Roger Waters concert film documenting a show the ex-Pink Floydsinger/bassist played in Amsterdam during his 2017-2018 Us + Them Tour will be screened in select cinemas around the world on October 2 and 6.

The trek featured Waters performing a mix of songs from Pink Floyd's classic 1970s albums The Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were HereAnimals and The Wall, as well as selections from his 2017 solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?

Roger's Us + Them show featured a massive high-def screen showing jaw-dropping live-action and animated videos created to accompany each tune. The politically charged concerts also featured a drone-controlled pig-shaped blimp, as well as a replica of the iconic Battersea Power Station in London, which is featured on the Animals album cover.

The set list, combined with the striking visuals, were put together to create anti-war and anti-greed themes, as well as messages of human rights, liberty and love.

The Roger Waters: Us + Them movie was co-directed by Waters and his longtime video collaborator Sean Evens. The film was shot in June 2018 at a concert held at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome.

Tickets for the screenings go on sale on Wednesday, July 17. Visit RogerWatersUsandThem.com for more information.

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Pre-Beatles band The Quarry Men record at Abbey Road; session filmed for upcoming doc about the group

Some of the surviving members of The Quarry Men, the Liverpool, U.K., skiffle group that evolved into The Beatlesreunited this week to record at London's famed Abbey Road Studios. The session was filmed for an upcoming documentary called PRE FAB! that will focus on founding Quarry Men drummer Colin Hanton.

Hanton was a member of The Quarry Men from 1956 until 1959, and also has played with the current incarnation of the group since 1997. Colin took part in the Abbey Road session along with three other musicians who played with The Quarry Men during the late 1950s -- bassist Chas Newby, and guitarists Len Garry and Rod Davis -- and are current members as well.

In addition to London, PRE FAB! also is filming in Liverpool, New York City and Los Angeles. The movie is based on the biographical book of the same name, which was written by acclaimed author Colin Hall, who also serves as custodian of the late John Lennon's one-time home in the Woolton section of Liverpool.

Hanton was a co-founding member of The Quarry Men with Lennon, and was in the group when Paul McCartney and, later, George Harrison joined. In 1958, Hanton took part in the first recording to feature Lennon, McCartney and Harrison -- a cover of the Buddy Holly classic "That'll Be the Day."

"Viewers of the new film will be given the opportunity to experience the beginnings of one of the biggest bands in the world and to understand how Merseybeat developed," says PRE FAB! producer Mark Bentley. He adds that "when Colin left The Quarry Men, he left behind the nucleus of what would later become The Beatles. Without The Quarry Men there would be no Beatles."

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The Police's Stewart Copeland recently interviewed Sting for upcoming BBC music-documentary series

Police drummer Stewart Copeland says he recently reunited with his old band mate Sting -- not for a new recording project, but for an upcoming documentary series he's doing for the BBC.

Copeland tells ABC Radio that Sting was one of several music artists with whom he conducted in-depth interviews for the program, which is titled What Is Music and Why?

The 67-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says the three-part series is "not [about] musicians or the history of music. It's about the deeply ingrained trait of music in homo sapiens."

He further explains about the program's theme, "What is [music's] evolutionary purpose? Why is it that it can force us to get up and thrust our [genitals] at each other in an overt sexual display, in public? Rembrandt can't do that, Shakespeare doesn't make us dance, but music does."

Regarding his Sting interview, Copeland says, "Yeah, I nailed that guy down. It was fun because we've never had this conversation."

Other notable people who chatted at length with Stewart for the series include Patti Smith, jazz singer Bobby McFerrin and minimalist composer Steve Reich, as well as director Francis Ford Coppola and psychologist/author Steve Pinker.

"All these people, if I were to meet them at a party, a dinner party or something, you'd sort of chat amiably," Stewart maintains, "but in this circumstance, I'm able to grill down on these folks for two hours." 

According to BillboardWhat Is Music and Why? will premiere next year on BBC television. Copeland tells ABC Radio that the series also likely will eventually air in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, the 2006 documentary featuring Super 8 footage that Stewart shot during his band's heyday, recently got its debut Blu-ray and digital release.

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Drive This Way: Aerosmith reunited with old tour van in new episode of "American Pickers"

Aerosmith is featured on the latest episode of the History channel series American Pickers, which premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

On the show, American Pickers hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz reunite the rock legends with the vintage van the band used during its early years.  Wolfe and Fritz restored the vehicle and drove it to the Park MGM, the Las Vegas venue where the group has been playing residency gigs this year.

The van, a 1964 International Harvester Metro featuring an early version of Aerosmith's logo and a hippie character painted on the side, was discovered recently on the property of a Chesterfield, Massachusetts, resident who'd lived there since 2005.

A previous episode of American Pickers that aired in July 2018 focused on the discovery of the vehicle, which Wolfe and Fritz purchased for $25,000.

You can check out a preview of tonight's episode on History.com and on the network's YouTube channel. The clip shows the Aerosmith members reacting to seeing the restored version of the van. Guitarist Joe Perrydeclares, "I think it's f****** amazing," while drummer Joey Kramer says, "I had some of my fondest memories in this van."

Frontman Steven Tyler adds, "To find the damn thing and bring it to us -- what a hand-off!"

History.com also has a photo gallery of Aerosmith's members posing with their old van.

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Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says new covers album is due in October, will feature Lita Ford and Robin Zander

Founding KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley has revealed some new details about his upcoming solo album, Origins Vol. 2, a follow-up to 2018's Spaceman and a sequel to his 2016 covers project Origins, Vol. 1.

Speaking this past week with the News 12 Long Island TV station, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reported that "Origins, Vol. 2 is done. It's just being mixed. So that'll be out in October."

Frehley unveiled more tidbits about the album in a recent interview with TheWeekender.com, telling the news site that Origins, Vol. 2 will include renditions of The Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" and Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" featuring respective contributions from Lita Ford and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander.

Ace said that Ford was amazing, noting, "She came to my home and I coached her for two days with vocals and she just [expletive] killed it."

As for his cover of "30 Days in the Hole," Frehley explained, "I just couldn't cut it, vocally, because [Humble Pie frontman SteveMarriott's just too good of a g**damn singer…But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he'd like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I…gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott."

Meanwhile, during the News 12 interview, Frehley was asked to share his feelings about KISS doing its farewell tour without him. "I know the fans want me to rejoin the band," Ace said. "If they make a good enough offer, I'd seriously consider it."

Meanwhile, Frehley has a run of U.S. solo shows in August, as well as a few fall concerts. Here are Frehley's upcoming tour dates:

8/1 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theater
8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
8/3 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/4 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
8/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
8/17 -- Petros, TN, Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
10/29 -- Miami, FL, Kruisefest 2019 - Doubletree Hilton Convention Center
11/9 -- Dallas, TX, Trees

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Paul McCartney says new exhibit of late wife Linda's photography is overdue

A new exhibit featuring the photography of Paul McCartney's late first wife, Linda, opened today at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. In a new BBC Radio interview, Paul chatted about his wife's work, and her love of Scotland, where the couple had a farm on the Kintyre peninsula.

McCartney says he thinks the exhibition is overdue and believes Linda, who died of breast cancer in 1998, would have loved it. He reveals that he helped curate the exhibit, as did his and Linda's daughter Mary, a respected photographer in her own right.

In the interview, Paul says he bought his Scottish property back in the 1960s after John Lennon told him how much he loved visiting the country. Paul initially purchased the farm as an investment and a getaway, and explains that when he got together with Linda, he brought her there and she fell in love with the place.

"She loved the wildness, and she loved horse riding and animals, generally, so she just loved that whole nature thing," he noted.

Before meeting Paul, Linda had established herself as an in-demand rock photographer, but when she and Paul began spending time at the Scottish farm, she started taking pics documenting life there.

The exhibit features plenty of images that Linda snapped of well-known musicians, as well as photos of life in rural Scotland, including some featuring her husband and their children.

Regarding Linda's talent as a photographer, Paul noted that "she always put people at ease, no matter who she was taking a photograph of…She just had a way of disarming you."

Recalling how he reacted to Linda's death, Paul said, "I think I cried for about a year on and off."

The Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibit will run through January 20, 2020.

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell announces debut solo album featuring Rob Halford, Alice Cooper & Dee Snider

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has announced his debut solo album, titled Old Lions Still Roar.

The record, which is due out later this year, will feature guest spots from Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider.

"I'm really happy to release my first solo album, Old Lions Still Roar, worldwide," says Campbell in a statement. "I'm also honored to have mega talented guests and friends do their thing. Looking forward to everyone taking a listen!"

More details about the record will be announced shortly.

Old Lions Still Roar follows Campbell's two albums with his band Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, which feature his three sons.

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CCR's Doug Clifford plans to put out album of unreleased collaborations after Creedence Revisited quits touring

Founding Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford recently revealed that after his current group Creedence Clearwater Revisited retires from touring in the coming months, he'll be focusing on some new music projects. Now Clifford, who co-leads Creedence Revisited with CCR bassist Stu Cook, has shared some details about those projects.

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that one project is an album "that's ready to come out" featuring unreleased tracks that he wrote or co-wrote with various musicians. Among the collaborations are tracks he made, separately, with late Greg Kihn Band bassist Steve Wright, ex-Derek and the Dominos member Bobby Whitlock and guitarist Russell DaShiell, with whom he and Cook played during the late 1970s in the Don Harrison Band.

Clifford says he found some of the material "hidden away in the last year or two," and was pleasantly surprised with its quality.

Doug reports that his work with Wright, who co-wrote Kihn's hits "Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song," yielded "at least an album's worth of material." He notes that their group featured "a wonderful singer" named Doug England who sounded like Rod Stewart.

"I've been listening to [the recordings and]…going, 'Hey man, these guys are pretty good,'" says Clifford.

Doug also tells ABC Radio that he's interested in getting involved in music publishing and shopping around some songs he helped write.

Clifford says that after putting out the archival album, he might work on new songs, "because a couple of the guys that I wrote with are still alive and wanting to do that."

Meanwhile, Creedence Revisited currently has concerts lined up into October, and Clifford says the band likely will tour into 2020.

Here are all the group's confirmed shows:

7/18 -- Chicoutimi, QC, Canada, Festival Bieres du Monde de Saguenay
7/20 -- Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Fete du Lac des Nations
7/25 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort & Casino
7/26 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Event Center
7/27 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
8/9 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort Spa – Studio A
8/10 -- Vinton, LA, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel
9/13 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
9/14 -- Frederick, MD, Great Frederick Fair
9/20 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino – Bluesville Showcase Night Club
9/21 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino – The Riverdome
9/25 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
9/26 -- Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Fair
9/28 -- Yakima, WA, Central Washington State Fair
10/4 -- Yucaipa, CA, Yucaipa Performing Arts Center
10/5 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
10/17 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/18 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort

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"Rocketman" star reveals which Elton John song he wishes was in the movie but isn't"Rocketman" star reveals which Elton John song he wishes was in the movie but isn't

he Elton John biopic Rocketman features many famous Elton John hits, all sung by star Taron Egerton, who plays Elton.

But it turns out there is one particular Elton hit that isn't in the movie that Taron really wishes had made the cut: The 1975 #2 single "Someone Saved My Life Tonight."  

“Yeah, ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’ isn't in the movie and for my money it is the best Elton John song of all time, I think,” Taron tells ABC Radio.

The song, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, was inspired by Elton's 1968 real-life suicide attempt, prompted by his distress over his engagement to a woman he didn't love.  Eventually, Elton's friend, musician Long John Baldry, convinced him to call off the wedding, which he did.  

Taron explains why he thinks "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is Elton's best song.

“Musically, lyrically, Bernie's words....how kind of self-reflective it is,” Taron says. “Bernie's writing about Elton and...I just think it's a stunningly beautiful song on a stunningly beautiful album. So I wish that was in there but it's not.”

But he adds, “We've got great lots of great songs that are. I love ‘Your Song’ obviously but the one that I enjoy performing most is probably ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ I think.”

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Roger Daltrey's "Tommy Orchestral" album tops Classical Albums chart; he discusses project in new video

Roger Daltrey's new live record, The Who's Tommy Orchestral, recently debuted at #1 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart. As previously reported, the album features a full performance of The Who's classic 1969 rock opera captured mainly at Bethel, New York, during Daltrey's 2018 symphonic tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tommy's recording.

To promote The Who's Tommy Orchestral album, a series of videos featuring Daltrey discussing the project have been posted on the band's official Facebook page. In the latest clip, Roger points out that he always felt Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend's compositions had classical elements to them.

"Even though it's rock music, when you break it down and look at it, what he's actually doing, it's incredibly musical," Roger maintains. "[I]t's not like any other rockers out there. It's a very unique thing. And, of course, that really left a lot of space to do great, imaginative orchestrations."

Also in the video, Daltrey talks about hiring acclaimed composer and conductor David Campbell to come up with the orchestral arrangements for Tommy used during his 2018 trek.

"He did a fabulous job," Roger says, noting that he told Campbell he "didn't want anything that was anywhere near sounding like…something that could be played on a keyboard."

He adds, "I wanted it to be stabs, I wanted it to be melodic, I wanted it to be unexpected and have its own life…He came up with the goods. He's very proud of it. I'm ecstatic about it…[W]hen you hear it, it's just…triumphant."

Roger admitted in a recent Q&A that the orchestra featured on the new album actually was recorded separately in Budapest, Hungary.

Campbell's Tommy arrangements are now being used by The Who during the band's 2019 Moving On! Tour.

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Dave Grohl reunites with medic who held his broken leg at Sweden show

Dave Grohl dedicated a performance of "My Hero" to one of his heroes during Foo Fighters' show at Lollapalooza Stockholm over the weekend.

While introducing the song, Grohl retold the now-famous story of the 2015 Foos show in Gothenburg, Sweden, during which he fell off the stage and broke his leg.  He managed to return and finish the show, all while a medic held his leg steady. Grohl revealed that the medic, named Johan, was in the crowd for the Lolla show.

After his fellow audience members spotted him, they helped Johan crowd-surf to the front, where he eventually joined Grohl and company on stage to sing "My Hero."

Also during the Stockholm show, the Foos invited Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell on stage to perform "Been Caught Stealing."

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Gilbert O'Sullivan preparing to play first U.S. shows in over 40 years next week

Next week, 1970s British pop star Gilbert O'Sullivan will play his first concerts in the U.S. in 43 years. The shows are scheduled for July 9 at the City Winery in New York and July 10 at World Café Live in Philadelphia.

O'Sullivan tells Billboard that the long gap between U.S. performances is a result of what he describes as a miscalculation by his then-manager to have him mount a headlining tour of large venues -- rather than take an offered support slot on a Moody Blues trek -- before he'd established himself as a popular live performer.

He describes that headlining tour, which eventually was aborted, as "a wonderful disaster," although it did include a successful show at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

"We had a fantastic orchestra and a private plane and it was wonderful, but as we continued, there weren't that many people," O'Sullivan remembers. "Just because you sell millions of records it doesn't guarantee bums on seats."

He adds, "[O]bviously looking back at this it was the wrong decision to send me out there without having the experience of doing support."

O'Sullivan is best-known for the trio of top 10 U.S. hits he scored in 1972 and '73, including the #1 ballad "Alone Again (Naturally)" and the #2 pop gem "Clair."

By the late 1970s, Gilbert's career had waned a bit, but during the early 2000s he began touring regularly again. His latest studio album is a 2018 self-titled effort. While he often tours with a full band, he will be playing as a duo with guitarist Bill Shanley -- who frequently collaborates with The KinksRay Davies -- at his two U.S. shows.

If these concerts go well, he tells Billboard, he may do another run of U.S. shows in the spring.

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Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones died 50 years ago today

oday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of founding Rolling Stonesmember Brian Jones, who was just 27 when he drowned in the swimming pool at his house in Hartfield, U.K.

Jones, who had been struggling with drug and alcohol issues, had been fired by the band he'd formed less than a month prior to his death.

In a recent Yahoo Entertainment interview to promote his new documentary The Quiet One, ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman discussed the guiding role Brian played during the group's early years.

"Everybody thinks that it was Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards'] band, but it was Brian's band," Wyman insists. "Whenever I've written books…I've always spent quite a bit of time explaining that Brian was the person that created the Rolling Stones in the beginning. He chose the music. He chose the name. He was the leader."

Jones formed The Rolling Stones to showcase the music of the American blues artists he loved, including Muddy WatersHowlin' Wolf and Elmore James. Brian's slide guitar was a key element of the group, but as the band began exploring other styles of music, his ability to play almost any instrument allowed him to add interesting sonic flavors to many Stones songs.

"He made so many records successful because of that," Wyman notes. "He would pick up an autoharp or a flute or a glockenspiel or marimbas, and he would be able to do all of that kind of stuff."

However, as Jagger and Richards songwriting partnership began dominating the band, and with Jones' talents increasingly being hindered by drugs, his contributions began to wane.

Two days after Jones' death, The Rolling Stones played their first concert with new guitarist Mick Taylor, a famous free show in London's Hyde Park that the band dedicated to Brian.

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Graham Nash adds October concerts to fall tour, including show at Woodstock festival site

Graham Nash has extended his North American fall tour into late October after recently adding eight shows to the end of the trek. The new concerts span run from an October 8 show in Toronto through an October 20 performance in Three Oaks, Michigan.

One of the gigs, scheduled for October 15, will take place at Bethel, New York, the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, where Graham famously performed as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 50 years ago this August.

Most of the folk-rock legend's fall tour will feature him playing shows dubbed "An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash." He'll perform tunes from throughout his long career, including material from Crosby, Stills & NashThe Hollies and his solo releases.

Graham's also lined up four previously announced concerts in September that will feature him playing his first two solo albums -- 1971's Songs for Beginners and 1973's Wild Tales -- in their entireties.

These special shows are scheduled on September 25 in South Orange, New Jersey; September 27 in New York City; September 28 in Albany, New York; and September 29 in Boston.

Nash recently told RollingStone.com that he's assembling a larger backing band especially for these concerts, with a drummer, a bassist, backup singers and a pedal-steel player.

Before the stateside fall trek, Graham embarks on a European summer tour that starts in Italy on July 11 and wraps up August 3 in London.

Here are all of Nash's fall North American dates:

9/20 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
9/21 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center
9/22 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Bardavon 1869 Opera House
9/24 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
9/25 -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center*
9/27 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall*
9/28 -- Albany, NY, The Egg*
9/29 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center*
10/1 -- Bar Harbor, ME, The Criterion Theatre
10/2 -- Waterville, ME, Waterville Opera House
10/4 -- Northampton, MA, The Academy of Music
10/5 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House
10/6 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café
10/8 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre+
10/12 -- Port Washington, NY, Landmark on Main Street+
10/13 -- Toms River, NJ, Grunin Center for the Arts+
10/15 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts+
10/16 -- Homer, NY, Center for the Arts of Homer+
10/18 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theatre+
10/19 -- Athens, OH, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium+
10/20 -- Three Oaks, MI, The Acorn Theater+

+ = recently added show
* = featuring full performances of Nash's Songs for Beginners and Wild Tales albums.

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