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Neil Young's new album with Crazy Horse, "Colorado," due in October; first track to be released this month

Neil Young has unveiled some new details about Colorado, his upcoming album with the current incarnation of Crazy Horse.

Young reports that the first track from the record, a song titled "Rainbow of Colors," will be coming out this month, with the album to follow in October. The folk-rock legend also reveals that the album will feature "10 new songs ranging from around 3 minutes to over 13 minutes.

He adds that he and Crazy Horse -- Billy TalbotRalph Molina and Nils Lofgren -- "hope you love this new album as much as we do."

Colorado will be available on CD, via streaming and as a two-LP vinyl set that features three sides of music and comes packaged with a bonus 7-inch single with two tracks that aren't on the album.

In addition, Young shares some news about the recently reported in-the-works documentary focusing on the making of Colorado.  Neil says the movie's called Mountaintop Sessions and it'll be screened in more than 100 theaters around the world during the week that the album is released.

"It is a wild one folks, no holds barred," Young says of the film. "You will see the whole process just as it went down! [Warts] and all! I don't think a film about this subject with the openness and intensity we have captured has ever been seen."

Mountaintop Sessions is being shot by cinematographer C.K. Vollick, who also worked on the 2018 film Paradox, which starred Young and was directed by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah.

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Ringo Starr discusses "Abbey Road" reissue, next solo album, in new 'People' interview

Ringo Starr is the subject of a lengthy new People interview in which the former Beatles drummer touches on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of Abbey Road, his plans for a new solo record, the current 30th anniversary tour of his All Starr Band and more.

The expanded Abbey Road reissue, which will be released on September 27, includes an unused take of "Octopus' Garden," one of the few songs Starr had a hand in writing for The Beatles.

Ringo tells the magazine that "people are interested in all of that," referring to the alternate versions of songs that have appeared on recent Fab Four reissues.

He also says he's happy about the remastered audio because the drums are more pronounced in the mix.

"People are telling me, 'Oh, you can play!'" Starr notes. "Because they can hear the drums [better] now."

Abbey Road includes the only drum solo Ringo ever played on a Beatles track, during the album's finale, "The End."

"They forced me to do that one," Starr maintains. "I'm just not a drum solo drummer. I want to be in the band…I hold them all together and they can go mad. I'm crazy about very few drum solos I've heard."

Meanwhile, Ringo's been recording a new solo album with various guest musicians, including current members of his All Starr Band; his brother-in-law Joe WalshDave Stewart of Eurythmics; and renowned session bassist Nathan East.

"I like to hang out with writers and musicians, so I've been co-writing all the songs," Starr says.

Ringo's on the road now with his All Starr Band, marking the 30th anniversary of his first trek with the star-studded collective. The tour runs through a September 1 concert in Los Angeles.

Here are the remaining dates:

8/20 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
8/22 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino
8/25 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House
8/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
8/30 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/31 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

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New Bruce Springsteen film "Western Stars" to open in theaters this fall thanks to new distribution deal

The new Bruce Springsteen concert film Western Stars, which features the New Jersey rock legend performing the 13 songs from his new album of the same name, will open in theaters this fall via a new distribution deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

As previously reported, Western Stars gets its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5 to September 15. An exclusive preview of the movie will be shown before screenings of the new Springsteen-inspired coming-of-age flick Blinded by the Light, which opens today.

The Western Stars film features Bruce performing his full album accompanied by a band and a full orchestra in an old barn that he owns. Springsteen's wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, makes a guest appearance.

In addition to the performance, the movie includes archival footage and narration from Bruce, who reflects on the themes covered on the album, such as love, loss, loneliness, family and the American dream.

Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, whose Bruce-related credits include the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special. This marks Springsteen's directorial debut.

"Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers," says Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. "With Western Stars, Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead."

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12/25 or 6 to 4? Chicago releasing new Christmas album in October

Chicago will celebrate the holiday season this year with a brand-new Christmas album, aptly titled Chicago Christmas, which will be released on CD and digitally on October 4, while vinyl versions will hit stores on November 22.

The 11-track collection, which is actually the horn-driven band's fourth yuletide album, features seven original songs, a pair of holiday favorites and one non-Christmas-themed cover that still evokes the spirit of the season -- the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

The album was produced by founding Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane, while founding trombone player James Pankow created the horn arrangements. The band recorded Chicago Christmas while on the road in hotel rooms and on their tour bus using a state-of-the-art mobile setup.

The album includes two different recordings of one of the new songs, "Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- a ballad version and an R&B version. Loughnane co-wrote the tune with John Durrill, a one-time member of the famous surf-instrumental group The Ventures.

The two vintage Christmas songs on the album are "Here We Come a Caroling" and "Sleigh Ride," the latter of which Chicago also recorded for its 2011 holiday record, Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three.

The vinyl versions of Chicago Christmas include a standard black-vinyl LP and limited-edition red- and white-vinyl version that are available exclusively at Rhino.com.

Meanwhile, Chicago has 19 U.S. concerts on its 2019 schedule, spanning from a September 1 performance at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville, Texas, through an October 19 show in Clearwater, Florida. Check out the group's full itinerary at ChicagotheBand.com.

Here's the full Chicago Christmas track list:

"(Because) It's Christmastime"
"All Over the World"
"Bring My Baby Back"
"Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- R&B Version 
"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
"All Is Right"
"Sleigh Ride 2019"
"I'd Do It All Again (Christmas Moon)"
"I'm Your Santa Claus"
"Here We Come a Caroling"
"Merry Christmas (I Love You)" -- Ballad Version

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Elton John on his upcoming autobiography: "I was completely disgusting and awful"

If you thought Elton John's biopic Rocketman portrayed the rock legend as being over-the-top, out-of-control and completely debauched, well, you ain't seen nothing yet: Wait until you read his upcoming autobiography.

In an essay Elton wrote for a booklet that comes with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rocketman, he reflects on the reason he wanted to have his life depicted on film, and why he decided to write his autobiography, Mewhich is coming out this October.  The answers: his two sons, Elijah and Zachary.

"I liked the idea of them having an autobiography and a film where I was honest, no holds barred, no punches pulled," Elton writes, adding, "I wanted something [they] could read and something they could see and think, 'Well, that was our dad...that was what he was really like.'"

"I don't mind people knowing about my bad side -- at at my worst, my bad side was pretty dreadful," Elton admits. "There are moments in the book that I don't come out of very well, where I seem completely disgusting and awful, but I was completely disgusting and awful, and there's no reason to pretend otherwise."

"I can't stand books or movies about rock stars that give you some whitewashed version of reality," Elton continues. "It's boring, because it's a lie: No one is perfect, and certainly no rock star is perfect. They can be horrible sometimes. They can be fabulous and charming and they can be outrageous and stupid."

Declares Elton: "That's what I wanted to show in Rocketman, and that's definitely what I wanted to show in Me."

Me hits bookstores October 15. Rocketman is out now digitally; it arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on August 27.

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Duane Allman's "Layla" guitar fetches $1.25 million at auction

Duane Allman's 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, the very guitar he used to play on Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominos rock classic "Layla," sold late last month for a record-breaking $1.25 million.

According to GottaHaveRockandRoll.com, which sold the guitar, not only was the instrument used for the "Layla" sessions with Clapton in 1970, but Duane Allman also played it on The Allman Brothers Band's self-titled 1969 debut album,which features the classic track "Whipping Post," and the 1970 follow-up, Idlewild South, featuring "Midnight Rider," "Revival" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."

Duane also played the guitar on Boz Scaggs' cover of "Loan Me a Dime," from Scaggs' 1969 self-titled second studio album.

Before being sold, the Les Paul had been on public display in Georgia a the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon, Georgia, where it was known as "Layla."

“It was the first time that a refinished guitar sold for that much money," museum director Richard Brent told The Telegraph, "I don’t think anybody expected that.  The history of it is what sold it.”

The guitar was expected to sell for between $1.5 and $3 million, but according to the auction house website, only one bid was received from an out-of-town buyer who wished to remain anonymous.  In exchange, the unnamed collector will share the instrument with the museum and lend it for display during certain times.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd postpones two concerts this week as Gary Rossington recovers from a heart procedure

Lynyrd Skynyrd has postponed a pair of shows this week on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour because guitarist Gary Rossingtonneeds time to recover from a recent heart procedure.

The Southern rock legends' concerts this Friday, August 16, in Las Vegas, and Saturday, August 17, in Wheatland, California, have been rescheduled, respectively, for October 18 and 19.

The Las Vegas show's originally announced co-headliner, Bad Company, will still appear at the rescheduled event. It's not clear if Lynyrd Skynyrd's support acts for the Wheatland concert -- Grand Funk Railroad and Georgia Satellites -- will remain on the October 19 bill.

Rossington underwent a procedure to repair a leaky heart valve on July 31, after experiencing fatigue and other symptoms related to his ailment. Gary, who is the last remaining surviving original Lynyrd Skynyrd member, is expected to make a full recovery.

"We all appreciate the well wishes for Gary and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused," singer Johnny Van Zant says in a statement. "But he can't wait to come back and perform at 100% for the fans. We will see you all soon!"

The band is slated to return to the stage on Friday, August 23, for a show in Irvine, California, that also will feature fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Cheap Trick.

Lynyrd Skynyrd launched the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour in 2018. The band has not announced an end date for the trek.

Here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd's upcoming shows:

8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance^
8/24 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion^^
8/30 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion+
8/31 -- Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center+
9/13 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater#
9/14 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre#
9/20 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater*
9/21 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green*
9/27 -- Jackson, MS, Brandon Amphitheater#
9/28 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater#
10/11 -- Manchester, TN, Exit 111 Festival@
10/12 -- Little Rock, AR, First Security Amphitheater
10/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena* (rescheduled from 8/16)
10/19 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre (rescheduled from 8/17)

^ = with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick
^^ = with ZZ Top, Austin Hanks
+ = with Hank Williams Jr., Wild Adriatic
# = with Cody Jinks
@ = with Black Stone Cherry
* = with Bad Company.

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Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert film and doc "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" to get first Blu-ray release

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, the 1987 documentary about the star-studded 60th birthday concerts that The Rolling StonesKeith Richards helped organize for his idol Chuck Berry, will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on November 19.

The film features footage of the birthday concerts, which took place October 16, 1986, at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.  It also offers a profile of the rock 'n' roll pioneer's life, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals for the shows.

The concerts featured Berry performing with a house band led by Richards, which included Chuck's longtime piano player Johnnie Johnson, Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell and sax player Bobby KeysNRBQ bassist Joey Spampinato and lauded drummer Steve Jordan.

Among the special guests at the shows: Eric ClaptonLinda RonstadtEtta JamesJulian Lennon and Robert Cray.

The movie also includes interviews with and/or commentary from Berry, Richards, Bo DiddleyThe Everly BrothersJerry Lee LewisRoy OrbisonLittle Richard and Bruce Springsteen. There's also archival footage of Chuck performing with John Lennon.

Among the film's many highlights is a scene where Richards butts heads with a stubborn Berry as they try to get a guitar riff down for Chuck's classic tune "Carol."

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (Collector's Edition), which also will be released on DVD, will offer several bonus features, including an introduction by director Taylor Hackford, 54 minutes of extra rehearsal footage, a making-of documentary, a trailer, a collection of classic remarks made by Berry and a segment capturing Chuck sharing reminiscences with The Band's Robbie Robertson.

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We are golden: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the most famous rock festival in history -- the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The extravaganza, which took place at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, ran from August 15 to the morning of August 18, 1969.

It was one of the defining events of the decade and of the hippie era -- bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.

Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi HendrixCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungThe WhoSantanaJefferson AirplaneJanis JoplinSly and the Family StoneThe Grateful DeadJoe CockerRichie HavensThe BandCreedence Clearwater RevivalJoan BaezTen Years AfterCanned HeatArlo Guthrie; and Country Joe and the Fish.

The festival was documented for an Oscar-winning film by director Michael Wadleigh that not only focused on the performances, but also showed how, despite bad weather, traffic nightmares, food shortages and other issues, the concert-goers and local residents and authorities banded together to make the event a remarkably peaceful one.

Reflecting on Woodstock's legacy, David Crosby told ABC Radio recently that he feels the significance part of the festival was not its magnitude, but "that people were nice to each other for three days…And we looked around and we said, 'Wow, this is what we were hoping for. Wow, we can hope!' And for a while, hope blossomed."

Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook shared similar sentiments, noting, "In my opinion, the whole experience was really about the audience, not the music. We were sort of the calling card to get people to show up. But if you look at the film, you'll see that the story is really the audience. The band is just the soundtrack."

Major Woodstock anniversary events were held in 1994 and 1999, with varying success, although a massive 50th anniversary celebration that was being put together by some of the original organizers was recently canceled after experiencing various well-publicized issues, primarily concerning financing and finding a venue for the event.

The venue at the site of the original festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, is hosting a series of special concerts this weekend that includes performances by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band on Friday, Santanaon Saturday, and ex-Creedence frontman John Fogerty on Sunday.

In observance of the 50th anniversary, a humongous limited-edition box set featuring every recorded performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival was released earlier this month. Woodstock: Back to the Garden -- The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive features 38 CDs and 432 tracks, running nearly 36 hours, with 267 of those tracks previously unreleased.

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Watch Paul Simon's first-ever duet with The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir

Paul Simon closed out the 2019 Outside Lands festival on Sunday at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and during his encore, he treated fans to a duet rendition of his Simon & Garfunkel classic "The Boxer" with a very special guest: The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir.

You can check out fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube. Before introducing Weir, Simon explained that he first met the singer/guitarist in 1967, when he went to the house where The Grateful Dead lived to ask the band to perform at the famous Monterrey International Pop Festival.

"I knocked on the door of their house," Paul recalled, "and Bob Weir opened the door, and we've been friends ever since. But actually, this is our first duet."

Weir then took the stage, and the two musicians played acoustic guitars together as Simon's band provided accompaniment.

Paul played a 21-song set that was made up mainly of well-known songs from his solo career, including "Late in the Evening," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Mother and Child Reunion," "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "You Can Call Me Al," "Graceland" and "Still Crazy After All These Years."

Simon also played three songs with the string ensemble yMusic, who contributed to his 2018 studio album In the Blue Light, including a version of "Bridge over Troubled Water."

Paul closed the concert with a pair of solo acoustic performances of his 1971 solo track "American Tune" and Simon and Garfunkel's 1965 chart-topper "The Sound of Silence."

As previously reported, Simon is donating all net proceeds from his Outside Lands performance to two local environmental organizations, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest.

Next up for Paul are two benefit shows on Maui, Hawaii, this Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Beach Boy Mike Love says he had a "fun, relaxing" time making his new solo album, "12 Sides of Summer"

Beach Boys frontman Mike Love released a new solo album last month called 12 Sides of Summer. As the title suggests, the record features 12 tracks celebrating the year's hottest season, among them covers of some classic summer- and beach-themed tunes, as well as updated versions of four Beach Boys songs and one new Love-penned original, "California Beach."

The 78-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that making the album was "one of the most fun, relaxing times" he's had.

"[The album has got] energy to it, but it was relaxing in the sense that we weren't trying too hard," Love explains. "We're not trying to write every song on the album. We did a lot of covers."

Among the covers was a rendition of The Ramones' "Rockaway Beach."

"The Ramones were Beach Boy fans. They actually covered 'Surfin' Safari,'" Love notes. "So I say we're getting even with them, in a nice way, by covering 'Rockaway Beach.'"

Speaking of "Surfin' Safari," that's one of the Beach Boys tunes that Love rerecorded for 12 Sides of Summer, along with "Surfin'," "It's OK" and "Keepin' the Summer Alive."

Love says the album's co-producer, Sam Hollander, who's worked with contemporary artists including Panic! at the Disco and Fitz and the Tantrums, came up with the idea of doing re-imagined, updated versions of Beach Boys tunes, which Mike says "was great."

Another interesting cover on the album is a laid-back, Caribbean-flavored rendition of the George Harrison-penned Beatles classic, "Here Comes the Sun."

Love says Beach Boys musical director Scott Totten came up with the "beautiful" arrangement, adding, "I sang it with as much love and sincerity and reverence as I possibly could." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Here's the full 12 Sides of Summer track list:

"California Beach"
"It's Ok" -- featuring Hanson
"Surfin'"
"California Sun"
"Surfin' Safari"
"On and On and On"
"Here Comes the Sun"
"Girl from Ipanema"
"Over and Over and Over Again"
"Keepin' the Summer Alive"
"Summertime Blues"
"Rockaway Beach"

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Madonna to play exclusive concerts for Citi cardmembers in NYC and Philadelphia

At 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, tickets for two exclusive Madonna concerts are going on sale, and if you're a Citi cardmember, you have a chance to grab them.

As part of Citi's Sound Vault concert series, Madonna will be playing two intimate shows exclusively for cardmembers. One will take place September 18 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, NY, and the other will take place December 10 at The Met Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

There's limited availability for both shows; visit CitiEntertainment.com for more information.

Both shows will come in the midst of her Madame X tour, which will play Brooklyn from September 12 to October 7, and in Philadelphia from December 7 through December 11.

As previously reported, Madonna's Madame X tour finds her performing multiple dates in theaters in various cities, rather than one or two stadium shows. She's also playing Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami Beach, Portugal, London and Paris.

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RHCP's Flea to release "Acid for the Children" memoir in November

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea's long-in-the-works memoir Acid for the Children will finally be released on November 5.

The book, which will feature a foreword by Patti Smith, follows the story of Flea's life, including "all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an L.A. street rat-turned-world-famous rock star."

Flea first revealed that he'd be writing a book in 2014, but Acid for the Children wasn't officially announced until spring of 2018. It originally had a September 2018 release date, but was then moved to November of that year, before being delayed until 2019.

You can pre-order Acid for the Children now via its publisher, Grand Central Publishing.

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Listen to unreleased Springsteen song, "I'll Stand by You," from the "Blinded by the Light" soundtrack

The Bruce Springsteen-heavy soundtrack for the new coming-of-age movie Blinded by the Light was released today on CD and digitally, and with it comes a previously unreleased tune by The Boss, "I'll Stand by You."

Springsteen originally wrote the melodic ballad for the 2001 fantasy flick Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but the tune wasn't used in the movie.

Besides being available on the Blinded by the Light soundtrack, as a digital single and via streaming, you can check out "I'll Stand by You" now at Bruce's official YouTube channel.

Blinded by the Light is based on the true story of the impact Springsteen's music had on a Pakistani Muslim teen in 1980s England.

Besides "I'll Stand by You, the film's soundtrack features well-known Springsteen tunes such as "Dancing in the Dark," "Badlands," "Cover Me," "Prove It All Night," "Hungry Heart," "Because the Night," "Born to Run" and, of course, "Blinded by the Light," along with "I'll Stand by You."

The album also includes two previously unreleased live performances: a version of "The River" that Bruce and The E Street Band played in New York City in September 1979, and a solo acoustic rendition of "The Promised Land" that The Boss performed in Washington, D.C., in November 2014.

Blinded by the Light gets its theatrical opening on Friday, August 16. A two-LP vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be released August 30, with a limited-edition orange-vinyl version available at Barnes & Noble stores and BarnesandNoble.com.

Here's the soundtrack's track list:

"Ode to Javed/Javed's Poem" -- A.R. Rahman
"It's a Sin" -- Pet Shop Boys
"The Sun Always Shines on T.V." -- a-ha
"The Boss of Us All" (dialogue)
"Dancing in the Dark" -- Bruce Springsteen
"You Should Be Listening to Our Music" (dialogue)
"I Never Knew Music Could Be Like This" (dialogue)
"The River" -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, September 21, 1979)*
"Number One Paki Film" (dialogue)
"Badlands" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Cover Me" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Thunder Road -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, CA, October 18, 1975)
"Get Outta My Way Fascist Pigs" -- Amer Chadha-Patel
""Do It for Me" (dialogue)
"Prove It All Night" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Hungry Heart" -- Bruce Springsteen
"You, Me…and Bruce" (dialogue)
"Because the Night" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Maar Chadapa" -- Heera
"The Promised Land" -- Bruce Springsteen (Live on The National Mall, Washington, D.C., November 11, 2014)*
"Blinded by the Light" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Born to Run" -- Bruce Springsteen
"I'll Stand by You" -- Bruce Springsteen (previously unreleased studio recording)*
"For You My Love" -- A.R. Rahman (new original song for film)*

* = previously unavailable on an album.

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell premieres new song "These Old Boots," featuring Dee Snider, Mick Mars & Chris Fehn

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has premiered a new song called "These Old Boots," which will be included on his upcoming debut solo album, Old Lions Still Roar.

The track, available now for digital download, includes contributions from Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars and former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn. It's also accompanied by an animated video, which is streaming now on YouTube.

Old Lions Still Roar will be released October 25. It also features Judas Priest's Rob HalfordAlice Cooper and ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, among others.

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Robert Plant to perform at 2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival this October in San Francisco

Robert Plant fans who are going to be in the Bay Area during the first weekend of October will get the chance to see in the Led Zeppelin singer perform for free.

Plant has joined the lineup of this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which takes place October 4 to October 6 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Robert previously performed twice before at the free annual event, which celebrates bluegrass and other genres of roots music: in 2008 with Alison Krauss; and in 2011 with his Americana group, Band of Joy.

Other artists on the 2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass bill include Emmylou HarrisTanya TuckerThe WaterboysSteve Earle & the DukesMeat PuppetsBettye Lavette and Buddy Miller. Miller was a member of Plant's Band of Joy.

Robert's appearance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass comes at the end of his forthcoming North American tour with his current backing group The Sensational Space Shifters. The trek, which will feature a mix of festival appearances and headlining concerts, begins with a September 13 appearance at Canada's Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Here are all of Plant's upcoming North American performances:

9/13 -- Fredericton, NB, Canada, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival*
9/15 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, CityFolk Festival - Lansdowne Park*
9/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts#
9/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Outlaw Music Festival Tour -- Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
9/21 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival*
9/23 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom+
9/25 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater+
9/27 -- Missoula, MT, KettleHouse Amphitheater+
9/29 -- Spokane, WA, First Interstate Center for the Arts+
10/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater+
10/3 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater+
10/4-6 -- San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - Golden Gate Park*

* = festival performance
# = co-headlining with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
+ = Lillie Mae opens.

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New David Bowie doc focusing on late rock legend's early career premieres tonight on Showtimeck legend's early career premieres tonight on Showtime

A new David Bowie documentary titled David Bowie: Finding Fame get its U.S. television premiere tonight on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The 94-minute film focuses on the early years of the late rock legend's music career, from the late '60s to 1973, when he killed off his Ziggy Stardust rock-star alien character that helped catapult him to stardom.

The movie features archival interviews with Bowie in which he discusses the origins of many of his inventive ideas, and also includes new conversations with some of David's early collaborators.

In a preview clip from the documentary posted on Showtime's YouTube channel, we hear Bowie explaining how having a short attention span affected his creative approach.

"I was a very curious and enthusiastic person," he declares. "I just had to accept that I was a person that had a very short attention span, would move from one thing to another quite rapidly, then I got bored with the other."

In another segment of the video, David shares how he was confident in his artistic vision, saying, "Somehow I knew that what I was doing was important, taking elements from areas that really shouldn't sit comfortably with each other."

David Bowie: Finding Fame is the third in a trilogy of documentaries examining different periods of Bowie's career, following 2013's David Bowie: Five Years and 2017's David Bowie: The Last Five Years. The new film first aired on U.K. TV earlier in 2019 under the title David Bowie: The First Five Years.

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Bruce Springsteen crashes premiere of new movie "Blinded by the Light" in Asbury Park, NJ

The new movie Blinded by the Light is based on the true story of the impact Bruce Springsteen's music had on a Pakistani Muslim teen in '80s England -- so when the movie had its premiere Wednesday night in Asbury Park, NJ, it's no wonder The Boss showed up to support it.
 

The Asbury Park Press reports that Bruce walked the red carpet with his wife Patti Scialfa and the movie's director, Gurinder Chadha, who also directed Bend It Like Beckham.

The star of the movie, Viveik Kalra, said of Springsteen's appearance, "No one told me that was going to happen!"
 

According to Billboard, in the theater, Bruce ran through some of his '80s songs, including The River's "Sherry Darling." 

Springsteen hits from the '70s and '80s like "Dancing in the Dark," "Cover Me," "Hungry Heart," "Born to Run" and, of course, "Blinded by the Light" are featured on the movie's soundtrack, as well as three unreleased recordings: a studio version of "I'll Stand by You," a 1979 version of "The River" that Springsteen and The E Street Band played in New York City, and a solo acoustic rendition of "The Promised Land" performed in Washington, D.C. in 2014.

The soundtrack is out this Friday. The movie itself hits theaters on August 16.

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Mary J. Blige reflects on past trials and tribulations on new single "Know"

t's a Mary J. Blige summer indeed. While the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul may be in the thick of her co-headlining Royalty Tour with Nas, that hasn't delayed her from gifting fans with new music. 

Thursday, Blige dropped off a fresh track titled "Know" in which she candidly reflects on past trials and tribulations. Over the Sounwave production, the veteran vocalist makes it clear that she had to lose a great deal in order to gain her current peace of mind. 
 

“Know” serves as a follow-up to the Nas-assisted record, "Thriving," in which the lyrical titans declared they were still reaping the blessings of their decades-long toll of hard work.  

In addition to new music, Blige will also be taking her talents to the small screen as part of 50 Cent’s Power spin-off.  She also has an exclusive first-look television deal with Lionsgate.

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The O'Jays, Hooters, Evelyn "Champagne" King to be inducted into Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame

The 2019 inductees into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame have been announced, and they include soul legends The O'Jays, eclectic pop-rock group The Hooters and disco star Evelyn "Champagne" King.
 

The induction ceremony will take place during the afternoon of October 22 along Philly's Avenue of the Arts, and the honorees will be celebrated that same evening at a special gala event at The Bellevue Philadelphia. Tickets for the gala are on sale now via Eventbrite.com.

This year's other honorees include The Philadelphia Orchestra, music industry executive Jody Gerson, late philanthropist Dorrance "Dodo" Hamilton and radio personality Pierre Robert.

Interestingly, two members of The Hooters, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, were previously inducted into the Philly Walk of Fame, thanks to their work as songwriters.

"This year's honorees class is filled with legends from especially diverse backgrounds, allowing us to once again display the variety of this city's phenomenal music genres -- from classical to rock to Philly soul," says Alan Rubens, chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance.

The PMA created the Walk of Fame to honor local music stars and promote the city's contributions to the arts and culture.
 

Other previous Walk of Fame inductees include Daryl HallJohn OatesThe StylisticsPatti LaBelleTammi TerrellTeddy PendergrassSister SledgeBill HaleyJim CroceTodd RundgrenChubby CheckerDick ClarkKenny GambleLeon HuffJoan JettBilly PaulThe Delfonics and The Trammps.

For more information, visit PMAWalk.org.

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Foreigner asking fans to contribute images to new tour program

Foreigner has sent out an "Urgent" call to fans, asking them to contribute assorted images relating to the band for use in the first tour book that the group is putting together in many years.

According to a post on ForeignerOnline.com, the band is requesting high-res scans of memorabilia dating from 1977 to the present, including "U.S and foreign magazine covers, covers of vintage tour books, foreign picture sleeves, record company promotional photos, backstage passes [and high-quality] personal photos you took of the band in concert."
 

Go to ForeignerOnline.com to find out details regarding the specifications of the scanned images, which should be sent to tourbook@foreigneronline.com by this Monday, August 12.

Fans whose items are chosen to be the book will receive a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Foreigner concert of their choice, as well as a personalized program signed by the band members and credit in the program.
 

Foreigner has about 40 upcoming North American performances on their tour schedule, not including a pair of recently announced five-date Las Vegas residencies taking place next year at The Venetian Theatre.
 

As previously reported, among the shows are four special "Double Vision: Then and Now" concerts in October. Those shows feature the band's current lineup joined by most of the group's surviving original members.
 

Foreigner's next show takes place tonight in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Do it in the road! Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" photo shoot

Fifty years ago today, four young musicians were photographed walking across London's Abbey Road for what has become arguably one of the most iconic album covers ever.
 

On the morning of August 8, 1969, The Beatles were snapped by photographer Iain Macmillan as they strolled across the zebra-striped crosswalk in front of Abbey Road Studios, with one of the pics being used as the cover for what became Abbey Road.
 

The photo, which was one of six Macmillan took, features John LennonRingo StarrPaul McCartney and George Harrison crossing the street from left to right, in that order. Lennon wears a white suit, Starr a black suit and McCartney a gray one, while Harrison donned a blue denim shirt and jeans. Paul holda a cigarette in his right hand and is barefoot.
 

The Abbey Road crosswalk has since become a popular London tourist attraction, with Beatles fans regularly having their photo taken recreating the image. The cover also has been parodied numerous times for various reasons, including other artists' albums. For example, McCartney's 1993 concert album, Paul Is Live, shows the rock legend being pulled across Abbey Road by a sheepdog on a leash, and the cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1988 release, The Abbey Road E.P,. shows the band members making the crossing naked except for white tube socks over their genitals.
 

Abbey Road was released on September 26, 1969, and was the next-to-last studio effort issued by The Beatles. Let It Be, most of which was recorded prior to Abbey Road, got its release in April 1970.

Starr recently revealed to Billboard that a deluxe Abbey Road reissue is being prepared for release, although no official details have been announced.

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Willie Nelson cancels tour because of "a breathing problem"

Willie Nelson has canceled the remainder of his current tour due to what he describes as "a breathing problem."

"To my fans, I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out," Nelson posted in a brief message on his social media just after midnight.  "I’ll be back.  Love,  Willie."

The 86-year-old music legend had just finished playing a show at Toledo, Ohio's Huntington Center when the message was posted. 

Nelson's suffered from bouts of breathing problems over the years, including emphysema, and is well known for his unabashed love of smoking marijuana. Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in June, Nelson confessed to once smoking "two to three packs of cigarettes a day," and also admitted to having pneumonia "four or fives times, my lung collapsed, I almost died."  He said that's when he made the decision to switch from tobacco to marijuana, which he said "saved my life."

In 2015, Nelson underwent a stem cell operation intended to improve his breathing, though the outcome of that procedure isn't publicly known.

Nelson was next scheduled to play the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan Friday night.  His tour had dates scheduled all the way through November 29.

Willie also canceled tour dates early last year and in 2016, again citing breathing difficulties.

 

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Poison singer Bret Michaels pays tribute to his father, Wally Sychak, who died on Sunday

Poison's Bret Michaels has shared the sad news that his father, Wally Sychak, died Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack last week. According to The Daily Item, Sychak was 85 years old.

On his official website, Michaels posted a heartfelt tribute to his dad, writing, "He was a great guy & loved by all. He was a veteran who loved this country, people, family, golf, betting on them horses, a cold beer & long drives. My father was a dreamer, he was my warrior, my friend & most important my Dad."

Bret also revealed, "After being resuscitated five times the doctor said he has never seen anyone in my Dad's serious condition fight like he did."

He then addressed his father directly in his note, saying, "Dad you said be strong no matter what, but this pain in my heart & soul hurts so bad at the moment…so bad. I miss you already, we all do. I love you always Dad & I will see you one day on the other side."

Last Thursday, August 1, Michaels' website reported that Sychak had suffered cardiac arrest and "was being kept alive by life support." In the wake of his father's health crisis, Bret rescheduled two concerts -- an August 2 show in Orlando, Florida, and an August 3 performance in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which were moved, respectively to August 23 and August 24.

Just eight days before his passing, Sychak had attended his son's July 27 solo concert in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. On the day of the show, Sychak told The Daily Item, "It's always exciting to see how many lives [Bret] has touched…There is no place I would rather be than here with him tonight."

Michaels' next show is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, in Sturgis, South Dakota.

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Watch as Elton John chooses rock and roll over classical music in "Rocketman" deleted scene

The Elton John biopic Rocketman gets its digital release today, complete with a bunch of extended and deleted scenes.
One of the deleted scenes, released on YouTube, features Taron Egerton’s Elton – back when he was still Reggie Dwight -- choosing rock 'n' roll over classical music.

In the clip, he tells his music teacher that he’s decided to go on tour with his band instead of playing in his music school's recital.
 

"You're throwing away all your hard work to dedicate your time to playing rock and roll in dirty pubs," his teacher argues. "Well, I don't just wanna play dead people's music," Elton responds.
 

The teacher warns him that if he fails, he's giving up his spot at the school for good. But at that point, Elton has made up his mind.  We'd say things worked out pretty well for him.

Rocketman hits DVD and Blu-Ray on August 27.

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