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Mary Wilson is all for a Supremes reunion, but says it's up to Diana Ross

As one of the contestants on the new season of ABC's Dancing with the StarsThe SupremesMary Wilson is getting plenty of media attention for her dance moves.  But the 75-year-old Motown legend tells People that she would be open to a Supremes reunion, though she admits the decision isn't really in her hands.

"I think the fans would love to see it, but that's really up to [Supremes lead singer] Diana [Ross]," Wilson says. "It's up to her and if she would like to do it, then I'll be there!"

Reflecting on her group's success, Wilson notes, "The Supremes were very…famous, we were one of the most famous female groups in the world. And right now when you look at history, you see mostly the guys -- you see The Rolling StonesThe Beatles and Elvis, but what about the girls? We girls were doing quite well ourselves."

Mary adds that she feels her group can serve as an inspiration to other people seeking success in the entertainment world.

"This is something that I want to share with the world and I want everyone to know that we, The Supremes, did dare to dream," she says. "We really did dare to dream and we made our dreams come true."

Wilson also tells People that she's enjoying getting time in the spotlight thanks to Dancing with the Stars.

"Dancing with the Stars is for me, like great," she declares. "It's like having another hit record. It's like having another grandchild!"

As for how she feels about taking part in the show, Wilson says, "It's a competition, but I'm not competitive at all…I'm out there to do the best that I can be and to learn something new and be happy."

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New Bob Dylan 'Bootleg Series' set focuses on his late-'60s Nashville sessions, Johnny Cash collaborations

Watch video! The latest installment of Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series archival collections focuses on Dylan's late-1960s recording sessions in Nashville, and will include unreleased studio collaborations with Johnny Cash from 1969.

Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash) -- Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 will be released on November 1, and will be available as a three-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.

The first disc of the set features alternate versions of songs that appeared on two Dylan studio albums -- 1967's John Wesley Harding and 1969's Nashville Skyline -- as well as an outtake called "Western Road" from the Skyline sessions.

Travelin' Thru's second disc and part of its third disc are dedicated to Dylan's February 1969 sessions with Cash, which include versions of songs written by both stars, and covers of select classic country, folk and rock 'n' roll songs.

The third disc also features three live performances Dylan did with Cash in May '69 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which were recorded for Cash's variety TV show.

In addition, there are two outtake versions of Cash hits that Dylan recorded during the making of his 1970 Self Portrait album -- "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues."

Rounding out the collection are four tracks that Bob recorded in May 1970 with bluegrass banjo great Earl Scruggs for the 1971 PBS special Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends. Also included is an interview with Dylan and Scruggs.

You can listen to one track from the set -- an alternate take of the Nashville Skyline tune "Tell Me That It Isn't True" -- at Dylan's YouTube channel.

Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 is available for pre-order now. Check out the full track list at BobDylan.com.

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REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato discuss favorite tunes on new episode of AXS TV's 'Mixtape'

REO Speewagon's Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato are featured on the latest episode of AXS TV's new series Mixtape, which airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

As previously reported, Mixtape features various well-known rock artists talking about their favorite songs of all time, and sharing their personal playlists of the tunes that shaped their lives and impacted their careers.

In a preview clip of the new episode, Cronin recalls how he came up with a new way for the band to play its keyboard-heavy 1987 hit "That Ain't Love" in concert to make it sound better live.

"I suggested to Dave that he play a Gibson ES-335 [guitar]," the frontman notes. "And we took this song and turned it from kind of a poppy, kind of synthy thing to kind of more of a bluesier thing that really served the lyric better."

Also in the clip, Cronin and Amato play an acoustic version of "That Ain't Love."

In conjunction with the episode, Cronin and Amato created a playlist of their favorite songs that can be accessed on a popular streaming-music service.

Here's their mixtape:

"Down in the Valley" -- Solomon Burke
"Handy Man" -- Del Shannon
"Please Please Me" -- The Beatles
"You Really Got Me" -- The Kinks
"Bus Stop" -- The Hollies
"Mr. Tambourine Man" -- The Byrds
"Mr. Soul" -- Buffalo Springfield
"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" -- Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Tiny Dancer" -- Elton John
"Holiday Inn" -- Elton John
"Music Man" -- REO Speedwagon
"157 Riverside Avenue" -- REO Speedwagon
"Everything I Own" -- Bread
"Keep On Loving You" -- REO Speedwagon
"Take It on the Run" -- REO Speedwagon 
"Can't Fight This Feeling" -- REO Speedwagon
"Golden Country" -- REO Speedwagon
"Keep Pushin'" -- REO Speedwagon
"Ridin' the Storm Out" -- REO Speedwagon
"Polly" -- Nirvana
"Roll with the Changes" -- REO Speedwagon
"Time for Me to Fly" -- REO Speedwagon
"That Ain't Love" -- REO Speedwagon
"Reach Out of the Darkness" -- Friend & Lover
"Trip Switch" -- Nothing but Thieves
"Lipstick Wonder Woman" -- Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
"Ms. Marianne" -- Levon
"Love Is a Rock" -- REO Speedwagon
"Won't Get Fooled Again" -- The Who

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Daily lineup unveiled for Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, kicking off today

With Eric Clapton's star-packed 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival taking place today and Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the list of musicians performing at each day of the event has been revealed.

Clapton will be performing on both days of the festival, as previously reported, while most of the other artists on the bill will only appear on either Friday or Saturday. One exception is Joe Walsh, who will be taking part in surprise collaborations scheduled for both shows.

Among the musicians playing day one of the fest are Jeff BeckBilly GibbonsPeter FramptonBonnie RaittSheryl CrowJimmie Vaughan and famed session guitarist James Burton.

The day-two bill includes Buddy GuyLos LobosJohn MayerRobert CrayTedeschi Trucks Band and Vince Gill.

Clapton is confirmed to perform on Friday as a duo with guitarist Andy Fairweater-Low, a sometimes member of his touring band, while he'll play with his full backing group on Saturday.

The artists other than Walsh who will scheduled participate in surprise collaborations on day one or day two include Gibbons, Raitt, Mayer, Gary Clark Jr. and Albert Lee.

As previously announced, a live simulcast of the concert extravaganza will be available via a variety of pay-per-view providers throughout North America, including nugs.tv. The event, broadcast in high-def, costs $39.99 per night. The festival will air starting 8 p.m. ET on Friday, September 20, and at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 21. A number of bars, restaurants and music venues throughout North America will also be hosting screenings of the simulcast.

Here's the full list of performers for Friday, September 20:

Alan Darby*
Billy Gibbons*
Bonnie Raitt*
Citizen Cope
Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather-Low
Gary Clark Jr.*
Gustavo Santaolalla
James Burton & Albert Lee
Jamie Oldaker*
Jeff Beck
Jimmy Vaughan
Joe Walsh*
Keb' Mo'*
Kurt Rosenwinkel with Pedro Martins
The Marcus King Band
Pedro Martins & Daniel Santiago
Peter Frampton
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth

And here are the performers for Saturday, September 21:

Albert Lee*
Bradley Walker*
Buddy Guy
Doyle Bramhall
Eric Clapton & His Band with Alan Darby
Gary Clark, Jr.
James Bay
Jerry Douglas*
Joe Walsh*
John Mayer*
Keb Mo
Lianne La Havas
Los Lobos
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Tedeschi Trucks
Tom Misch
Vince Gill & Band

* = guests taking part in surprise collaborations

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Toto launches US tour tonight; Steve Lukather says trek will be the band's "last for the foreseeable future"

Toto launches a new U.S. tour leg tonight in Los Angeles, and guitarist Steve Lukather reveals that the outing will not only bring the band's long-running 40 Trips Around the Sun trek to a close, but it may be the group's last stateside tour ever.

"[A]s of [October] 20th that's all that we have on the books for the foreseeable future," he tells ABC Radio. "I got a whole year planned doing other stuff. Everybody else has got other stuff to do…But in the meantime…it's been a great, great run, and we're really excited about coming out [to play]."

The guitar whiz says he can't get into details about why Toto is going on indefinite hiatus, but notes, "It's not like we're fighting amongst ourselves. It's just there's a whole bunch of, outside of us, business issues that are really messed up."

Lukather reports that the new shows will feature a set similar to the one featured on Toto's new live album and concert video, 40 Tours Around the Sun, which was recorded this past March in Amsterdam.

"[W]e wanted to play stuff from all the records that we've done, all the incarnations, and I think we stayed pretty good to that," he tells ABC Radio.

Regarding how the set list came together, Lukather explains that the core members each picked a song "they really wanted to do, and then we picked stuff that the fans wanted from our Facebook page…And then we [included] all the big hits and all the stuff people really want to hear."

Steve also reveals that, unfortunately, founding keyboardist/singer David Paich has been ill and won't be touring with Toto, although he "may show up at a gig or two."

Here are Toto's scheduled tour dates:

9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
9/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
9/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful festival
9/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre - Delta Hall
9/25 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
9/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/28 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
9/29 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
10/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
10/2 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre
10/4 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
10/5 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
10/6 -- Tiffin, OH, Ritz Theatre
10/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/9 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/12 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
10/13 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage
10/15 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/16 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/18 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
10/19 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia

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Classic Ramones film 'Rock 'n' Roll High School' getting 40th anniversary Blu-ray release in November

Watch Trailer! Rock 'n' Roll High School, the classic B-movie featuring The Ramones, premiered 40 years ago this past August.  In honor of the milestone, a deluxe Blu-ray version of the film will be released November 19

The 40th anniversary edition of Rock 'n' Roll High School will come packaged in a collectible steelbook and will feature a variety of as-yet-unannounced bonus features.

The film stars Halloween and Stripes actress P.J. Soles as Riff Randell, a Ramones-loving student at Vince Lombardi High School who's trying to score tickets to an upcoming local show by the legendary punk-rock group. Meanwhile, Randell and her fellow students must deal with the oppressive rules of the rock 'n' roll-hating Principal Togar, portrayed by Mary Woronov of Eating Raoul fame.  Riff eventually enlists the band to help free the school kids from Togar's tyranny.

Rock 'n' Roll High School's cast also included Vincent Van PattenDey YoungClint Howard and Paul Bartel. The movie was directed by Allan Arkush and executive-produced by B-movie giant Roger Corman.

The movie includes a multiple-song performance by The Ramones shot live at the famed Sunset Strip venue, The Roxy. The film's soundtrack also featured studio versions of a couple Ramones tunes, as well as songs by Alice CooperBrownsville StationTodd RundgrenChuck BerryNick LoweDevo and more.

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1998 Rolling Stones concert in Argentina featuring appearance by Bob Dylan to be released on audio and video

Watch Video! On April 5, 1998, The Rolling Stones wrapped up a sold-out five-night engagement in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a concert that featured a guest appearance by none other than Bob Dylan. Now, the show is set to become the latest installment in the band's series of archival audio and video concert releases.

Bridges to Buenos Aires will hit stores on November 8, and will be available as a DVD/two-CD or Blu-ray/two-CD set, as a three-LP vinyl package and in digital formats. The footage of the complete show has been restored, and the audio has been remixed and remastered.

The concert, which was held at the Argentinian capital's River Plate Stadium, featured 22 songs, including Stones classics such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Gimme Shelter," "Miss You," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar," as well as renditions of four tunes from the band's then-new album, 1997's Bridges to Babylon.

About halfway through the show, The Stones kicked into a cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," as Dylan himself came onstage to duet with frontman Mick Jagger.

The vinyl version of Bridges to Buenos Aires will be available in standard black vinyl and limited-edition translucent-blue vinyl. You can pre-order the physical audio and video versions of the release now at Eagle-Rock.com.

Here's the full Bridges to Buenos Aires track list:

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Flip the Switch"
"Gimme Shelter"
"Sister Morphine"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Saint of Me"
"Out of Control"
"Miss You"
"Like a Rolling Stone" -- with Bob Dylan
"Thief in the Night"
"Wanna Hold You"
"Little Queenie"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Honky Tonky Women"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Brown Sugar"

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Rod Stewart to release orchestral album 'You're in My Heart' in November

He's done standards. He's done rock classics. He's done soul classics. He's done Christmas songs. What's next for Rod Stewart? An orchestral album, of course.

On November 22, Sir Rod will release You're in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which features the classic vocal tracks of his biggest hits paired with full orchestra arrangements. There's also a brand-new song -- "Stop Loving Her Today" -- as well as a new version of the Motown duet "It Takes Two," sung with British pop superstar Robbie Williams.

The album was produced by Trevor Horn, and features orchestral versions of hits like the title track, "Maggie May," "The First Cut Is the Deepest," "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," "Rhythm of My Heart," "Downtown Train," "Forever Young" and Rod's hit with the Faces, "Stay with Me."

The package is available as a single CD or as a two-CD set. Both versions include the two new songs.

Meanwhile, Rod resumes his Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace tonight.

Here are the track listings:

Single CD version:
"Maggie May"
"It Takes Two" (with Robbie Williams)
"Reason to Believe"
"Handbags and Gladrags"
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
"The First Cut Is the Deepest"
"You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"
"I Was Only Joking"
"Young Turks"
"Forever Young"
"Rhythm of My Heart"
"Have I Told You Lately"
"Stop Loving Her Today"

Two-CD Deluxe Edition
CD 1
"Maggie May"
"Reason to Believe"
"Handbags & Gladrags"
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
"The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)"
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
"The First Cut Is the Deepest"
"You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"
"I Was Only Joking"

CD 2
"It Takes Two" (with Robbie Williams)
"Stay with Me (with Faces)"
"Young Turks"
"What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So In Love with You)"
"Every Beat of My Heart"
"Forever Young"
"Downtown Train"
"Rhythm of My Heart"
"Have I Told You Lately"
"Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)"
"If We Fall In Love Tonight"
"Stop Loving Her Today"

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Van Morrison to release new studio album, 'Three Chords & the Truth,' next month

Van Morrison will release a brand-new studio album called Three Chords & the Truth on October 25. Watch the video in the article! 

The 14-track collection was produced by Morrison and features 13 new tunes penned by the famed singer/songwriter, as well as one that he co-wrote with with Don Black titled "If We Wait for Mountains."

The title appears to reference a famous quote by noted songwriter Harlan Howard, who famously described country music as "three chords and the truth."

Three Chords & the Truth will be available on CD, as a vinyl LP and digitally. Impressively, it will be the sixth studio album that Van the Man has released in just over four years.

The record features a duet with The Righteous BrothersBill Medley, "Fame Will Eat the Soul," and includes contributions from guitarist Jay Berliner, who also played on Morrison's acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks.

Describing the making of the album, Morrison says, "You're just plugging into the feeling of it, more the feeling of it…when they're playing…It's like reading me. So, I think there's more of that connection."

In advance of Three Chords & the Truth's arrival, Van has released one of the tracks, "Dark Night of the Soul," as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out the soulful, R&B-flavored tune at Morrison's official YouTube channel.

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has five U.S. concerts scheduled for October, and he's lined up a five-show Las Vegas residency in early 2020 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Here's the full track list of Three Chords & the Truth:

"March Winds in February"
"Fame Will Eat the Soul"
"Dark Night of the Soul"
"In Search of Grace"
"Nobody In Charge"
"You Don't Understand"
"Read Between the Lines"
"Does Love Conquer All?"
"Early Days"
"If We Wait for Mountains"
"Up On Broadway"
"Three Chords and the Truth"
"Bags Under My Eyes"
"Days Gone By"

And here are all of Morrison's upcoming U.S. shows:

10/2 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
10/4 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
10/5 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/8 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
1/31/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/5 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

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Elton John's 'The Devil Wears Prada' musical to premiere in Chicago next summer

Elton John's The Devil Wears Prada musical has a premiere date.

The show -- based on the hit 2006 film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway -- will debut next summer in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. The musical's pre-Broadway run will take place from July 14 through August 17.

Elton is composing is the music for the show, with Shaina Taub working as the lyricist. The musical's director is Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro, who is the artistic director of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Lead producer Kevin McCollum tells the Chicago Tribune that it was "important" to Shapiro that the show premiere in Chicago. Devil Wears Prada is expected to hit Broadway during the 2020-21 season, though McCollum declined to specify an exact date. The cast has yet to be fully determined.

Elton's past Broadway successes include Billy ElliotThe Lion King and Aida.

The Devil Wears Prada, which started life as a 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger, follows aspiring journalist Andrea "Andy" Sachs, who takes a job at a Vogue-like fashion magazine as assistant to a demanding editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestley.

Meanwhile, Elton's blockbuster farewell tour continues tonight at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.

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Watch new video featuring Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson and others performing The Band's "The Weight"

Ringo Starr and The Band's Robbie Robertson are among a variety of musicians from around the world who have contributed to a new version of the band tune "The Weight," and also are featured in a video for the track that premiered Wednesday.

The recording and video are the latest in a series of covers of famous songs created by musicians from across the globe and put together by the Playing for Change organization, which seeks to connect people around the world through music.

The new version of "The Weight," recorded in celebration of the song's 50th anniversary, also features Americana singer/guitarists Marcus King and Lukas Nelson, folk duo Larkin Poe, and other musicians and singers from Italy, Japan, The Congo, Bahrain, Spain, Nepal, Jamaica and Argentina.

The video begins with a humorous segment showing Ringo talking on a cellphone and asking, "What key is it in, Robbie? F-demented." The various musicians are seen performing their parts in their own home countries. The track was co-produced by Robertson's son Sebastian and Playing for Change co-founder Mark Johnson.

Johnson, a Grammy-winning producer and engineer, tells Rolling Stone that the track came together "brick by brick," starting with a demo recorded by Robertson, then gathering the other musicians' parts where they were using a mobile studio.

"We could never have never assembled this group in the studio," Johnson notes. "You need to go there, and then when you go there, you're where they feel comfortable. You hear that in the music."

Johnson tells Rolling Stone that having Starr take part in the recording was "a dream come true."

"He and Robbie really are a spark of what this whole project is about," he notes. "You can do something in your life that can inspire millions of people."

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1975 Moody Blues side project 'Blue Jays' to be reissued on vinyl in October

In 1975, Moody Blues guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodgeteamed up to record a collaborative side project called Blue Jays. Now, the long-out-of-print album is set to be reissued as a vinyl LP on October 4.

The 10-track collection was recorded during The Moody Blues' five-year hiatus that began after the release of 1972's Seventh Sojourn, and ended with the 1978 arrival of OctaveBlue Jays featured three songs written by Hayward, three tunes penned by Lodge and two co-written by Justin and John. The record was produced by longtime Moody Blues collaborator Tony Clarke.

Blue Jays peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200, and yielded a minor hit single in the U.S., "I Dreamed Last Night," which reached #47 on the Hot 100 tally. A non-album single called "Blue Guitar" released in 1975 and credited to Hayward and Lodge, was a #8 hit in the U.K. The track actually featured Justin backed by the band 10cc.

In a recent interview with ABC Radio, Lodge said he wasn't aware of plans to reissue Blue Jays, which he called "a really special album."

Both Hayward and Lodge have been performing songs from Blue Jays at their respective recent solo concerts. John included a live version of one of the tunes, "Saved by the Music," on his recently released solo compilation B Yond: The Very Best Of.

The Blue Jays LP is available for pre-order now. Here's the full track list:

Side A
"This Morning"
"Remember Me (My Friend)"
"My Brother"
"Nights Winters Years"

Side B
"Saved by the Music"
"I Dreamed Last Night"
"Who Are You Now"
"When You Wake Up"

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Whitney Houston hologram tour kicks off in January

Whitney Houston fans will have an opportunity to see her again in concert -- via hologram.

On Tuesday, BASE Hologram announced in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston the firstdates for An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour.

The first show takes place in Mexico in January, and will feature Houston's hits, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me”), “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

Choreographer Fatima Robinson, who has worked with Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige, will oversee the production, which will include a live band and backup dancers.

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, chairman and CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.

“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic," Becker continued. "When she performed, there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it -- that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

Houston was 48 years old when she died of an accidental drowning in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012. Throughout her decades-long career, she earned six Grammys, one Emmy, 22 American Music Awards, and 16 BillboardMusic Awards.

This year, Houston returned to the Billboard charts, thanks to a remixed version of her 1990 cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."

Tickets for the U.K. dates go on sale September 20.  North American dates will be announced later; that leg is set to begin in the fall of 2020.

Here are the announced tour dates:

1/23 – 2/9 -- Mexico (additional information to come soon)
2/27 -- M&S Bank Arena 2 Arena, Liverpool
2/28 -- Apollo, Manchester
2/29 -- First Direct Arena, Leeds
3/1 -- SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
3/2 -- P&J Arena, Aberdeen
3/3 -- Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
3/4 -- Arena, Birmingham
3/5 -- Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
3/6 -- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
3/7 -- Centre, Brighton
3/9 -- Royal Concert Hall,Nottingham
3/10 -- Hammersmith Apollo, London
3/12 -- Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
3/13 -- AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3/14 -- Capitole, Ghent, Belgium
3/19 -- Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
3/20 -- Admirals Palast, Berlin, Germany
3/22 -- Stadhalle F, Vienna, Austria
3/23 -- Inchebo Expo Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
3/25 -- Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
3/26 -- Folketeatret, Olso, Norway
3/28 -- Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
3/30 -- BKZ Oktyabrisky, St Petersburg, Russia
3/31 -- Kremlin Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia
4/2 -- Palace Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine
4/3 -- Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus

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Toto's Steve Lukather among guests performing at Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls' fall solo concerts

Derek Smalls, bassist for the legendary mock-rock band Spinal Tap -- a.k.a. comic actor Harry Shearer -- has lined up four West Coast solo concerts this fall in support of his star-studded 2018 debut solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations upon Ageing).  He's being joined by an equally star-studded lineup of backing musicians for the shows.

At the concerts, scheduled for this November in Los Angeles; Seattle; Vancouver, Canada; and San Francisco, Smalls will be joined by three virtuoso guitarists will be joining Smalls: Toto's Steve LukatherDweezil Zappa and longtime Stevie Nicks guitarist Waddy Wachtel.

In addition, several celebrities will take part in the concerts -- dubbed Lukewarm Water Live! -- via satellite link-up, among them Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, guitar whiz Steve Vai and actress and comedian Jane Lynch. Also joining the musical festivities remotely will be the Snarky Puppy Horns and the Hungarian Studio Orchestra.

"Playing live with a symphony orchestra and some of the greats in rock music was never anything I could even hope to dream of," says Derek in a statement. "But I can now!"

At the concerts, Smalls will be performing tunes from the Smalls Change album, as well as selections from the Spinal Tap catalog. More guests are expected to be announced soon.

The four shows will be the precursor to a major world tour that Smalls is planning to mount in 2020.

Smalls Change featured guest appearances by such well-known musicians as Fagen, David CrosbyPeter FramptonRick Wakeman, Lukather, Wachtel, Dweezil Zappa, Paul ShafferJoe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Derek recently debuted an official video for the Smalls Change track "Gimme Some (More) Money."

Here's the full list of concerts:

11/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
11/9 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
11/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Vogue Theatre
11/14 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield Theatre

Paul Simon to receive Great Americans Medal from D.C.'s National Museum of American History

Paul Simon will be presented with the prestigious Great Americans Medal by The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, September 18.

The legendary singer/songwriter will receive the honor at the museum as part of the Great Americans Award Program event, which will also feature a conversation between Simon and David M. Rubenstein, chair of The Smithsonian's Board of Regents.

Simon is being honored with the medal in recognition of his musical contributions and his charity work.

"For more than half a century, Paul Simon has been one of the music world's most talented songwriters, recording artists and live performers. He has also been one of the music world's most committed philanthropists," says Rubenstein.

Paul is the sixth recipient of the Great Americans Medal, which salutes people who have made "lifetime contributions embodying American ideas and ideals." 

Previous honorees include stateswoman Madeleine K. Albright, General Colin Powell, news anchor Tom Brokaw, baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

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The Doors' Robby Krieger issues unreleased 1979 album by short-lived side project Red Shift

The DoorsRobby Krieger has released a new archival album featuring previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1979 by his short-lived group Red Shift.

The seven-song collection, titled Red Shift, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. In addition, a unique video has been created for each tune that can be viewed now at Krieger's official YouTube channel.

Red Shift was formed in 1978, when a Doors fan and singer named Mack McKenzie visited Krieger with a demo tape of his songs, hoping that Robby would collaborate with him. Krieger listened to the tape and agreed to work with McKenzie, then recruited some musical friends to round out the group: bassist Arthur Barrow and drummers Don Poncher and Vinnie Colaiuta.

Red Shift hit the studio to record the tracks, played a few gigs in the Los Angeles area, and then -- for reasons unknown -- disbanded.

Now, 40 years after the quirky, jazz- and new wave-influenced tunes were recorded, they can finally be heard. The songs are all credited to McKenzie, Krieger and Barrow.

Meanwhile, Krieger has two confirmed upcoming shows on his schedule. The first, on September 28 at the famed L.A.-area club the Whisky a Go Go, features Robby playing with his regular solo band. The second, on October 10 at Bogie's Bar in Westlake Village, California, features Krieger with his new side project, The New Experience.

Here is the full Red Shift track list:

"Hyena People"
"At the End of the Day"
"Lost and Forgotten"
"Mirror There"
"Physical Culture"
"Psychlone Ride"

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Medical examiner: Ric Ocasek died of natural causes; wife Paulina Porizkova is "utterly devastated"

Following Ric Ocasek's unexpected death Sunday at the age of 75, New York City's chief medical examiner has determined that the Cars rocker died of natural causes -- specifically, heart disease.

According to the M.E., the cause of death was hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with pulmonary emphysema as a contributing condition.

As previously reported, Ocasek was found unresponsive and unconscious in his New York City townhouse on Sunday afternoon by his estranged wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova.  They'd been married since 1989 but were separated.  She's now taken to Instagram to explain what happened.

"Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery," she writes.  "Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together.  I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then that I realized that during the night, he had peacefully passed on."

"We appreciate the great outpouring of love," she continued. "We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private."

In addition to Jonathan and Oliver, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is survived by his four other sons from his two previous marriages.

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KISS postpones last three shows of current US tour because Gene Simmons needs a "medical procedure"

KISS has postponed the final three dates on the current North American leg of its The End of the Road farewell tour because bassist/singer Gene Simmons needed to return to Los Angeles for "a medical procedure."

The affected dates are shows that were scheduled for September 14 at the USANA Amphitheatre in the Salt Lake City area, September 16 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, and September 20 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

In a message posted on KISS Online regarding the September 14 postponement, Simmons writes, "Nothing serious. But it must be taken care of now. Thank you for your good wishes. All is well."

The Oakland show has been rescheduled for March 6, 2020, and the L.A. concert now will take place on March 4 of next year, while a new date for the Salt Lake City area performance is expected to be announced soon.

Next up for KISS is the ninth annual edition of The KISS Kruise, which runs from October 30 to November 4.

The rock legends then head Down Under for a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand, running from mid-November to early December. The band also has five concerts in Japan scheduled for December.

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nspiration for Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" opens as a tourist attraction

t's one of the most iconic Beatles songs. Now, it's poised to become a bucket list destination for Beatles fans everywhere.

For the first time, Strawberry Field, the Liverpool, U.K.-area site that served as the inspiration behind the song "Strawberry Fields Forever," is open to the public.

According to its website, Strawberry Field and its original Victorian house were gifted to The Salvation Army in 1934. In 1936, it was opened as a children's home for girls, and later accepted boys..

"From then on, for nearly 70 years, it gave some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable children a refuge from turmoil and unhappiness – a safe, calm and spiritual home," the website states.

"It was on these grounds that a young John Lennon, before Beatles fame, came to play, reflect and escape the post-War streets of Woolton [a suburb of Liverpool]," according to the website.

"Those days spent playing in The Salvation Army grounds shaped Lennon and inspired his work within the Beatles as an adult," the website notes. "Strawberry Field was later immortalized in the famous song 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' where he explored those more innocent days of escape that could counter the later complexities of a life lived in the public gaze."

The tourist attraction opened on Saturday, September 14. It includes gardens, a visitor exhibition, café and shop. Adult admission is just under 13 pounds, or about $16.

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The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton on death of Ric Ocasek: "I lost my big brother"The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton on death of Ric Ocasek: "I lost my big brother"

The Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton posted a message on his official Facebook page on Monday thanking fans for their condolences regarding the death of the group's frontman Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday at the age of 75.

"Thank you friends, for the overwhelming outpouring of emails, texts and posts of condolence and sympathy," Easton writes. "I have read them all, and there are so many that I may not be able to respond to all of them, but please know that your reaching out at this incredibly difficult time has meant so much to me, and has been a comfort in our profoundly sad time of grief."

Elliot adds, "The Cars are a family, for better or worse, and I lost my big brother yesterday."

Easton is one of three remaining surviving members of The Cars, along with keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. Bassist/singer Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer in October 2000 at the age of 53.

In April of 2018, Ocasek, Easton, Hawkes and Robinson reunited for the last time to perform at the Cleveland ceremony celebrating The Cars' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Rod Stewart reveals secret prostate cancer diagnosis: "I caught it early"

Back in 2000, Rod Stewart was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which was successfully treated.  Now, he's revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago -- but has since been given the all-clear.

The British paper The Mirror reports that over the weekend at a fundraising event for the charity The Prostate Project, Rod said, "Two years ago I was ­diagnosed with prostate cancer. No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests."

He added, "If you're positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face…I've worked for two years and I've just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me.”

Rod, who was told in July that he was in remission, then urged men to get checked for the disease, saying, "Guys, you've got to really go to the doctor…Finger up the bum, no harm done."

The charity event feature a rare reunion performance of the surviving original members of Faces: frontman Stewart, guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones. Jones also has battled prostate cancer in recent years, while Wood had a bout with lung cancer recently. A video of Rod announcing that he had battled prostate cancer during the fundraiser has been posted on The Prostate Project's YouTube channel.

Rod, 74, is back in Las Vegas this week to continue his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. He'll start a U.K. arena tour in November.

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Ringo Starr releasing new solo album in October, 'What's My Name,' featuring McCartney, Joe Walsh and more

On the same day that The Who announced details of a brand-new studio album, another British rock legend has followed suit. Ringo Starr has revealed plans to release a new solo record titled What's My Name on October 25.

The former Beatles drummer produced the 10-track collection at his home studio with a little help from some famous musical friends: Paul McCartneyJoe WalshEdgar WinterDave StewartBenmont Tenchand his current All Starr Band members Steve LukatherColin Hay and Warren Ham.

Ringo co-wrote six tracks on the album, which also features covers of the John Lennon song "Grow Old with Me" and the Motown classic "Money (That's What I Want)," the latter of which The Beatles also recorded back in 1963.

McCartney contributes bass and backing vocals to Starr's version of "Grow Old with Me," which was one of the last songs Lennon wrote. The track features string arrangements by Jack Douglas, who produced Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album.

What's My Name's title track was written by Hay, the Men at Work frontman who recently rejoined the All Starr Band after a couple of previous stints with Ringo's group. The song was inspired by Ringo himself and a chant that fans shout at his concerts.

"What's My Name" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering the album will receive an instant free download of the track.

Among the songs Ringo co-wrote are the lead track, "Gotta Get Up to Get Down," "It's Not Love That You Want" and "Magic," co-penned, respectively, by Walsh, Stewart and Lukather.

What's My Name is available on CD, as a vinyl LP and digitally.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Gotta Get Up to Get Down"
"It's Not Love That You Want"
"Grow Old with Me"
"Money (That's What I Want)"
"Better Days"
"Life Is Good"
"Thank God for Music"
"Send Love Spread Peace"
"What's My Name"

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Peter Gabriel gathers solo rarities on new digital compilation, 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

Peter Gabriel has been relatively quiet lately, but the former Genesisfrontman has just released an expansive collection of solo rarities titled Flotsam and Jetsam, which is available now exclusively as a digital download and via streaming services.

The 62-track compilation includes remixes, B-sides, live performances, single edits, extended versions and instrumentals spanning from 1976 to 2016. Most of the recordings previously appeared on either seven-inch, 12-inch or CD singles, soundtracks or tribute albums.  The majority have not been available digitally until now.

Flotsam and Jetsam is arranged chronologically and split into three eras -- 1976-1985, 1986-1993 and 1994-2016. The album kicks off a cover of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" that Peter contributed to the 1976 musical documentary All This and World War II.

Among the other interesting recordings: a live version of "Solsbury Hill" recorded at the New York club The Bottom Line in 1978, an instrumental version of "Shock the Monkey," and alternate mixes or versions of such popular Gabriel tunes as "I Have the Touch," "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," "Big Time," "Games Without Frontiers," "Steam" and "Digging in the Dirt."

A few tracks on Flotsam and Jetsam are previously unreleased: an extended version of the 1977 song "Slowburn"; a full version of the "Sledgehammer" B-side "Don't Break This Rhythm"; and alternate mixes of "Curtains" and "Father, Son."

Closing out the collection is "The Veil," a Grammy-nominated song that Gabriel contributed to the 2016 Oliver Stone film Snowden.

You can listen to the 1978 live rendition of "Solsbury Hill" now at Gabriel's official YouTube channel.

Here's the full Flotsam and Jetsam track list:

"Strawberry Fields Forever"
"Slowburn" (Extended Version)*
"Perspective" (Single Version)
"D.I.Y" (Re-recorded Single Version)
"Teddy Bear"
"Mother of Violence" (Single Mix)
"Solsbury Hill" (Live at The Bottom Line)
"I Don't Remember" (Alternate Version)
"Biko" (Remixed Version)
"Jetzt Kommt Die Flut"
"Soft Dog" 
"Shock the Monkey" (Instrumental)
"Across the River"
"Kiss of Life" (Live)
"I Don't Remember" (Live Single Version)

"I Have the Touch" ('85 Remix)
"Sledgehammer" (Dance Mix)
"Sledgehammer" (Extended)
"Don't Break This Rhythm" (Full Version)*
"In Your Eyes" (Single Mix)
"In Your Eyes" (Special Remix)
"Big Time" (Extended Version)
"GA GA" (I Go Swimming Instrumental)
"Walk Through the Fire" (Single Mix)
"Biko" (Live)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Raw Stylus Mix)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Instrumental)
"Quiet Steam"
"Games Without Frontiers" (Massive/DB Mix)
"Steam" (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Mix)
"Steam" (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Dub)
"Mercy Street" (William Orbit Mix)
"Blood of Eden" (Special Mix for Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Rich E Mix)
"Kiss That Frog" (Mindblender Mix)
"Shaking the Tree" (Bottrill Remix)

"I Have the Touch" (Robbie Robertson Mix)
"In the Sun"
"Shaking the Tree '97" (Jungle Version)
"I Grieve" (City of Angels Version)
"The Tower That Ate People" (Red Planet Remix) 
"Animal Nation"
"Signal to Noise" (Gangs of New York Version)
"More Than This" (The Polyphonic Spree Mix)
"More Than This" (Elbow Mix)
"My Head Sounds Like That" (Royksopp Remix)
"Sky Blue" (Martyn Bennet Remix)
"Growing Up" (Trent Reznor Remix)
"Growing Up" (Stabilizer Remix)
"Growing Up" (Tricky Instrumental Mix)
"Darkness" (Engelpost Remix)
"Curtains" (Broad Mix)*
"Father, Son" (Daniel Lanois & Richard Chappell Mix)*
"Courage" (The Hexidecimal Mix)
"I'm Amazing"
"The Veil"

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse premiere new song called "Rainbow of Colors," from upcoming album 'Colorado'

Neil Young has offered up a second track in advance of the October 25 release of Colorado, his new studio album with Crazy Horse.

"Rainbow of Colors" resembles a traditional folk hymnal, with lyrics that focus on the racial divisiveness that seems to be plaguing the U.S. lately.

"There's a rainbow of colors, in the old U.S.A.," Neil sings, joined by a choir of multi-tracked voices. "No one's gonna whitewash those colors away/ I know some might tell me, that there's not room for all/ And they should just go back/to the places they fall."

In a post on his Neil Young Archives website, Young explains that the song is "about the U.S.A. and the whole world," adding, "The idea of this song is that we all belong together. Separating us into races and colors is an old idea whose time has passed."

Young goes on to discuss the importance of people coming together today, particularly to fight climate change.

"We need to all be one because we all are threatened," he writes. "Climate change is the unifying force we have needed for a long time."

You can check out "Rainbow of Colors" now at Young's official YouTube channel and at Neil Young Archives, where you also can purchase a download of the track.

Young and Crazy Horse also recently premiered another track from Colorado, a gentle love ballad called "Milky Way."

As previously reported, the vinyl version of Colorado will feature a bonus seven-inch single that includes a solo live version of "Rainbow of Colors" recorded this past May in Portland, Oregon.

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Ric Ocasek, frontman for The Cars, dead at 75

Ric Ocasek, best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the iconic new wave group The Cars, has died, the NYPD has confirmed to ABC Radio.  He was 75.

Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in bed at around 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.  Law enforcement officials tell ABC News that it appears Ocasek died of natural causes.  The New York Post reports that his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, was the one who found him. 

Formed in 1976 in Boston, from the ashes of a previous band named Cap’n Swing, Ocasek -- born Richard Theodore Otcasek -- and The Cars codified the sound of what was then known as new wave by mixing synthesizer-based pop with guitar-based rock.  The lineup included Ocasek on vocals and rhythm guitar, bass player and co-lead singer Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Eliot Easton, drummer David Robinson and keyboard player Greg Hawkes.

After their song "Just What I Needed" started getting airplay on Boston stations, the band signed to Elektra records.  Their 1978 self-titled debut album was a success, featuring "Just What I Needed," "Let the Good Times Roll" and "My Best Friend’s Girl," as well as popular album tracks "You're All I've Got Tonight," "Bye Bye Love" and "Moving in Stereo."

More albums and more hits followed, including "Let's Go," "It's All I Can Do," "Shake It Up" and "Since You're Gone."  In 1984, The Cars released their most successful album, Heartbeat City, which featured the smashes "You Might Think," "Magic" and "Drive."  The innovative "You Might Think" video won the band Video of the Year at the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards.

In 1989, Ocasek married supermodel Porizkova, who'd starred in the video for "Drive."  They have two children; the couple separated in 2017. Ocasek also has four sons from two previous marriages.

The Cars broke up in 1988, but Ocasek continued with a solo career and also became a sought-after producer, working with bands like Weezer, Suicide, Romeo Void, Hole, No Doubt, Bad Religion and Bad Brains.  He also appeared in several films, including the John Waters movie Hairspray, and wrote several books of poetry.

In 2011, The Cars re-formed without Orr, who died in 2000, and released a new album, Move Like This.

Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.

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