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Unreleased 1999 David Bowie concert album, 'Something in the Air,' debuting via streaming next week

A previously unreleased David Bowie concert album, Something in the Air (Live Paris 99), will be made available via streaming services on Friday, August 14.

The album captures a October 14, 1999, performance that Bowie gave at the Elysée Montmarte in Paris. The show, which was one of only seven concerts the rock legend to promote his then-latest album, Hours…, featured 15 songs. Earlier that day, Bowie was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest artistic honor that France can bestow on a person.

Bowie's lead guitarist at this concert and the rest of the shows promoting Hours… was Page Hamilton, frontman of the alternative-metal band Helmet. The Paris set featured renditions of five songs from Hours…, as well as versions of Bowie classics including "Life on Mars?," "China Girl," "Changes," and "Rebel Rebel."

David also dug into his catalog for some rarely played gems, among them "Can't Help Thinking About Me," a 1966 tune he hadn't performed in more than 30 years; "Word on a Wing," a song from 1976's Station to Stationthat returned to his set for the first time in 23 years; and "Drive-In Saturday," which he hadn't sung live since 1974.

Of the album's 15 songs, 12 have never been released, while the other three were issued as B-sides for singles from Hours…

In advance of the release of Something in the Air (Live Paris 99)audio and video of the "Drive-In Saturday" performance have been made available for download and streaming.

Here's the full Something in the Air track list:

"Life on Mars?"
"Thursday's Child" 
"Something in the Air" 
"Word on a Wing" 
"Can't Help Thinking About Me"
"China Girl"
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"
"Survive"
"Drive-In Saturday"
"Changes"
"Seven"
"Repetition"
"I Can't Read"
"The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"
"Rebel Rebel"

By Matt Friedlander
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Ringo Starr featured on Toots and the Maytals' new cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds"

Ringo Starr contributes percussion to a new version of the late Bob Marley's classic song "Three Little Birds" by reggae veterans Toots and the Maytals that was released this week as a digital download and via streaming services.

The track also features guest vocals by Bob's son Ziggy Marley, guitar from Ringo's son Zak Starkey -- longtime touring drummer for The Who -- and bass drums from famed reggae musician Sly Dunbar.

Toots and the Maytals' cover of "Three Little Birds" is a funky, horn-driven, ska-flavored rendition of the laid-back tune that offers a completely different vibe than the original. The new track will be featured on frontman Toots Hibbert and company's new studio album, Got to Be Tough, due out August 28.

"Three Little Birds" originally appeared on the 1977 Bob Marley and the Wailers album Exodus, and later was released as a single in 1980 that reached the top 20 of the U.K. charts.

By Matt Friedlander
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Elvis Presley box set focusing on 1970 Nashville sessions due in November; 2020 Elvis Week begins Saturday

A new archival Elvis Presley box set focusing on the King of Rock 'n' Roll's legendary marathon 1970 Nashville recording sessions with the famed "Nashville Cats" collective of studio musicians will be released as a four-CD set and digitally on November 20.

From Elvis in Nashville will feature the master recordings from sessions recorded during a five-day period in June 1970 at RCA's Studio B, plus an additional one-day session in September '70. Tracks from those sessions formed the core of three early-1970s Elvis albums -- 1970's Elvis: That's the Way It Is, and 1971's Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old) and Love Letters from Elvis.

The collection will include two discs' worth of rare and unreleased outtakes. All the recordings have been newly mixed, without overdub or orchestration added on earlier releases.

One advance track, a version of the Cowboy Joe Babcock-penned "I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water" that was recorded June 7-8, 1970, has been made available digitally and via streaming services.

A two-LP vinyl version of From Elvis In Nashville also will be available, while Graceland.com will offer an exclusive colored-vinyl edition featuring one aqua and one orange disc.

For more details on the collection, visit LegacyRecordings.com.

News of the From Elvis in Nashville release comes as Graceland prepares to host the 2020 edition of Elvis Week, the annual celebration marking the anniversary of Presley's death. This year's event, which runs from Saturday, August 8, through Sunday, August 16, will feature a modified activity schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, because of the health crisis, a Virtual Elvis Week also will be presented featuring online interviews, archival performances and more. Visit Graceland.com for full details about the live and virtual editions of Elvis Week.

By Matt Friedlander
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Bryan Adams to play for thousands at Germany's first large-scale concert since pandemic

A concert planned for September in Germany will be that country's first real test of whether or not it's safe to hold large-scale live music events -- and Bryan Adams has offered himself up as the headliner.

The outdoor concert, dubbed Give Live a Chance!, will take place at a soccer stadium in Düsseldorf on September 4, and 12,000 fans are expected to attend, Billboard reports. Concertgoers will be seated five feet apart, and must wear masks at all times. 

Alcohol will be prohibited and no food will be sold in the stands, though fans can buy packaged food and drinks from runners.  Nobody will be allowed to get up for anything but bathroom breaks.

According to Billboard, fans will receive specific time slots for entering and leaving the concert, and will have to submit their personal details while buying tickets, which will be used for contact tracing of infections.  They must confirm that they've haven't been to any coronavirus hotspots, that they are symptom-free, and that they haven't had any contact with an infected person in the last 14 days.

As for the performers -- including Bryan and four other acts -- they'll all do shorter sets. On social media, Bryan said he'd be playing acoustically, without a band.

According to Billboard, a local health minister has already complained that it's "irresponsible" to encourage people to travel to Düsseldorf from all over the country.  The mayor of that city defended the decision to go forward with the show, saying that all the rules and restrictions will be followed.

Tickets go on sale August 11 from Ticketmaster Germany and giveliveachance.de/tickets.  Ticket buyers will be able to get refunds if the show ends up being canceled.

 

 

 

By Andrea Dresdale
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New Queen photo book of pics taken by famed photographer Neal Preston due in October

A new official Queen coffee table book, featuring images that the British rock legends' longtime official tour photographer Neal Preston shot of the band during its heyday, will be published in October.

The book, titled Queen -- The Neal Preston Photographs, will feature more than 300 images, including classic pics and previously unpublished photos, covering the period from 1977 to 1986. The book includes images capturing the band on stage, backstage and in candid moments while on the road.

Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, as well as Preston, have contributed their own recollections and anecdotes to the book.

Among the pics are photos from Queen's famed 1981 South American tour, the band's historic Live Aid performance in 1985, and the group's final tour with singer Freddie Mercury in 1986.

May once said of Preston, "Neal just has the knack, the skill, to always be in the right place at the right time."

Queen -- The Neal Preston Photographs is available for pre-order now at ReelArtPress.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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Listen to Prince rarity "Cosmic Day" from upcoming deluxe 'Sign o' the Times' reissue

As the September 25 release of the expanded version of Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times approaches, one of the many previously unheard tracks featured on the collection has now been made available for streaming.

"Cosmic Day" was recorded in November 1986 at the famous Los Angeles area studio Sunset Sound. The psychedelia-influenced track features surrealistic lyrics; a mix of guitars, layered keyboards, and real and electronic drums; and Prince's voice pitch-altered to sound feminine.

While the full song had never been released, elements from the track were later used for intermission music played during Prince's 1988 Lovesexy tour.

Meanwhile, a photo of Prince's handwritten lyrics to "Cosmic Day" has been posted on the late music legend's social media sites.

The Sign o' the Times reissue will be released in multiple configurations as part of Prince's ongoing catalog reissue campaign. Among the versions is a Super Deluxe Edition that will be available as an eight-CD/DVD set, a 13-LP/DVD package, and an audio-only download.

The Super Deluxe reissue features the album's original 16 tracks, plus 63 previously unreleased recordings, including single edits, B-sides, alternate takes, remixes, outtakes, live performances and more.

The live material includes a complete stadium concert Prince played on June 20, 1987, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The DVD featured in the Super Deluxe Edition boasts previously unreleased footage of a complete New Year's Eve benefit show held at Prince's Paisley Park complex on December 31, 1987.

The Super Deluxe reissue also comes packaged with a 120-page hardcover book.

The Sign o' the Times reissue, which you can pre-order now, also will be released as a three-CD or four-LP Deluxe Edition and a two-CD or two-LP standard version.

Visit Prince.com for more details.

By Matt Friedlander
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Chicago edition of 2020 Fest for Beatles Fans taking place virtually this weekend

"Beatlefest" is going virtual! The 2020 Chicago-area edition of the annual Fest for Beatles Fans convention, scheduled to run from this Friday, August 7, through Sunday, August 9, will be an online event this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual gathering will feature multiple Zoom events that will include guest webinars, performances, panel discussions, book readings, trivia contests, presentations and more.

Among the special guests slated to take part in the "Main Stage" Zoom Webinar are The SupremesMary WilsonDonovan, ex-Wings guitarist Laurence JuberPeter & Gordon's Peter AsherChad & Jeremy's Jeremy Clyde, drummer Gregg Bissonette of Ringo Starr's All Starr BandBilly J. Kramer, longtime Beatles pal Klaus Voormann and former Beatles official fan club president Freda Kelly.

Also participating in a Zoom chat will be Jenny Boyd, inspiration behind Donovan's song "Jennifer Juniper," ex-wife of Mick Fleetwood and younger sister of George Harrison's and Eric Clapton's former wife Pattie Boyd.

Tickets for this weekend's Virtual Fest for Beatles Fans 2020 are available at Evenbrite.com for $44. Those who purchase tickets will be entered into a contest offering the chance to win a copy of the Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries book signed by Paul McCartney.

A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Chicago-based R.A.G.E.: Resident Association of Greater Englewood, as well as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Spirit Foundations charity co-founded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The 2020 New York Metro edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans had been scheduled for this past March but was postponed. Details regarding new dates are expected soon. Visit TheFest.com for more information.

By Matt Friedlander
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Bon Jovi's wine does well in "Celebrity Rosé Deathmatch," but can't beat Brangelina

Ever since Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse Bongiovi launched their line of rosé wine, Hampton Water, the pink drink has been universally praisedby wine critics.  But in a recent runoff of celebrity rosés, it came up a bit short...behind Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

This week, award-winning wine expert and author Mark Oldman hosted what he referred to as a “Celebrity Rosé Deathmatch,” to determine which star's beverage was the best.  The event took place virtually, with more than 470 households joining Oldman via Zoom to taste a lineup of seven wines by Bon Jovi, Brangelina, Sarah Jessica ParkerFrancis Ford CoppolaMary J. BligeJohn Legendand Post Malone.

After the tasting, all the households -- who'd purchased the wines in advance in order to taste them along with Oldman --- voted via Zoom. Bon Jovi's Hampton Water 2019 and John Legend's LVE Cotes de Provence Rosé 2018 tied for second place, with 20% of the vote each.

In first place was Miraval Rosé 2019, which Brad and Angelina are still involved with, despite the fact that they're now divorced.  The wine is grown at Château Miraval in France, where the two got married in 2014; they later purchased the property.

Tied for third place was Post Malone's new wine, Maison No. 9, and Coppola's Sofia Rosé 2019, each with 16% of the vote.  Sarah Jessica Parker's wine Invivo X Rosé 2019 came in last.

However, Oldman allows that "all of these rosés had charm and refreshment value, even the ones ranked lower."

On August 18, Oldman will host a “Celebrity White Wine Showdown," which will put Sting's white wine up against similar beverages by Cameron Diaz, Dave Matthews and Lisa Vanderpump.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Watch premiere of video for Rolling Stones' 1974 collaboration with Jimmy Page, "Scarlet," today

ust reminder that the official music video for the rare 1974 Rolling Stonestrack "Scarlet," which features contributions from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and late Traffic/Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech, premieres today at 2 p.m. ET on The Stones' YouTube channel.

The clip stars Irish actor Paul Mescal, who received a 2020 Emmy nomination for his lead role in the Hulu drama series Normal People.

Immediately prior to the "Scarlet" video's premiere, an exclusive video chat between Mescal and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will be shown.

A preview clip of the conversation has been posted at The Stones' social media pages. In the segment, Jagger says to Mescal, "This is your first music video, I'm told."

The actor responds with a self-deprecating comment. "Kind of in at the deep end with that, I think," he says with a chuckle. "Just go straight in and start with a Rolling Stones music video, and best of luck!"

As previously reported, the "Scarlet" video was directed by the video-directing duo called Us, and was filmed during a socially distanced shoot at the famous London hotel Claridge's. You can check out a preview of the clip at YouTube.

"Scarlet" was issued as a digital single and via streaming services last month, is one of three previously unreleased tracks that will be featured on the upcoming expanded reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

The reissue, which will be released on September 4, will be available in multiple configurations and formats, including a super deluxe three-CD/DVD or four-LP/DVD box set, a deluxe two-CD or two-LP collection, and single CD, LP and cassette editions.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Who launching "Join Together @ Home" YouTube concert series this Saturday

With The Who having to postpone its 2020 tour plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the British rock legends are now preparing to treat fans to a new weekly YouTube series called "Join Together @ Home" that will feature previously unseen archival concert performances, rare footage and more.

Each featurette will stream live at at the band's official YouTube channel, and will include footage that's being made available digitally for the first time.

The six-week series kicks off this Saturday, August 8, at 1 p.m. ET with an installment featuring five songs from The Who's historic 1982 performances at Shea Stadium in New York City. The footage will be introduced by an exclusive "red carpet" premiere clip featuring Who frontman Roger Daltrey.

The "Join Together @ Home" series is free to view, but The Who is encouraging fans who watch it to donate money to two charities supported by the band -- Teen Cancer America and its U.K. counterpart, Teenage Cancer Trust. Vsit Join-Together.org to donate.

The organizations focus on funding the creation of designated social areas in hospitals geared toward adolescents and young adults with the cancer. Both charities' ability to raise funds has been greatly hampered by the coronavirus crisis.

Daltey has shot a short video announcing the "Join Together @ Home" series that you can watch now on YouTube.

By Matt Friedlander
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Get out! (Of My Dreams): Billy Ocean's new album now coming September 4

Initially slated for release in April, '80s pop star Billy Ocean's first album of original material in 10 years, One World, is now coming September 4.

Ocean, best known for chart-topping hits like "Caribbean Queen" and "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car," has just released a new track from the record called "We Gotta Find Love."  It was co-written and produced by Barry Eastmond, who Billy also worked with on his 1985 hit "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going."

"It’s encouraging to see the response of the younger generation of all denominations, all over the world, looking for a better future," Billy says of the song's inspiration. "I look forward to the day when we realize ‘there’s no difference between us, when we take away things that divide and abuse us.’”

Ocean's other hits include "Loverboy," "Suddenly," "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" and "Love Zone."

Earlier this year, the singer, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago but raised in London, England, celebrated his 70th birthday, as well as the fact that he's been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, for his services to music.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Paul McCartney says he isn't interested in doing a Broadway or Las Vegas residency

Bruce Springsteen garnered much acclaim for his Springsteen on Broadway show that took place at an intimate New York theater and ran from October 2017 to December 2018, but Paul McCartney says he isn't interested in doing something similar.

In a new interview that appears in the U.K. version of GQ magazine, the former Beatles legend explains that while many people would like to see him doing a series of shows where he tells stories and plays his songs in a small Broadway venue, he admits that "one of the things that's holding me back at the moment is that Bruce has just done it."

McCartney continues, "It feels a bit like, 'Oh, suddenly I'll do it now then!' So I think that's made me a little reluctant to follow in his footsteps or follow a trend."

Sir Paul admits that he thinks "[t]he idea is OK," but he'd rather "play with the band to a bigger audience, or even smaller, adding, "I don't mind little clubs."

McCartney points out that his recent concerts feature "a solo segment," but he's not sure if he'd enjoy doing a full show like that, suggesting it "might be a little bit like too much hard work."

The 78-year-old music legend also says he has no interest in playing a Las Vegas residency, despite the fact that so many other famous rock artists have been regularly booking Sin City engagements in recent years.

"[T]hat's something I've been trying to avoid my whole life," he tells GQ. "Definitely nothing attracts me about the idea. Vegas is where you go to die, isn't it? It's the elephant's graveyard."

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch John Fogerty and his musical family performing his 1997 swamp-rock gem "Blueboy"

John Fogerty has debuted yet another new video in the series of performance clips he's been posting on his official YouTube channel during the COVID-19 pandemic featuring him playing various songs from his back catalog with three of his kids.

The latest video features the founding Creedence Clearwater Revivalfrontman, his sons Shane and Tyler and his daughter Kelsy -- known collectively as Fogerty's Factory -- delivering a live rendition of his 1997 swamp-rock gem "Blueboy." The new clip was shot with Fogerty and his kids set up in John's home recording facility, Lost Canyon Studio.

The video is the second in a row from Fogerty's Factory showcasing a song from John's Grammy-winning 1997 solo album, Blue Moon Swamp, following a performance clip of "Hot Rod Heart." The "Blueboy" features John on lead vocals and guitar, Shane on rhythm guitar, Tyler on bass and Kelsy keeping the beat on a snare drum.

At the very end of the clip, a segment of John's original music video for "Blueboy" is played featuring a five-year-old Shane holding his ears and yelling out to his father, "Hey! You are hurting my ears, Daddy!"

Meanwhile, a note accompanying the YouTube video reports, "Fogerty's Factory will be taking a hiatus for a while as one of the band members, Kelsy is off to college! We plan to bring all our fans more in the future. Stay tuned for the announcement and special plans for Fogerty's Factory in the coming month."

By Matt Friedlander
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Doobie Brothers releasing box set featuring Blu-ray audio versions of four classic 1970s albums

As The Doobie Bothers prepare to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in November, the band has announced plans to release a new box set featuring Blu-ray audio versions of four of their classic 1970s studio albums.

The collection, titled The Doobie Brothers: Quadio, will include quadraphonic and high-resolution stereo mixes of the groups second, third, fourth and fifth albums: 1972's Toulouse Street, 1973's The Captain & Me, 1974's What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits and 1975's Stampede. The box set will be released on September 4 exclusively via The Doobie Brothers' official website and Rhino.com, and then will be made available at other retail outlets starting November 6.

The discs will be packaged in a clamshell box and housed in sleeves replicating the original vinyl albums' covers.

The four albums were released during The Doobies' initial commercial heyday, when the band was led by founding -- and current -- members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons. Hits and other favorites appearing on the records include "Listen to the Music," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Long Train Runnin'," "China Grove," the chart-topping "Black Water," and "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)."

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers recently announced rescheduled dates for their planned 50th anniversary tour featuring the band's current lineup reuniting with former singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald. The trek, which was initially scheduled to take place this year but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, now will kick off on July 17, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Florida, and is mapped out through an October 23 performance in New Orleans. Check out the band's full tour schedule at TheDoobieBrothers.com.

Here is The Doobie Brothers: Quadio box set's track list:

Toulouse Street
"Listen to the Music"
"Rockin' Down the Highway"
"Mamaloi"
"Toulouse Street"
"Cotton Mouth"
"Don't Start Me to Talkin'"
"Jesus Is Just Alright"
"White Sun"
"Disciple"
"Snake Man"

The Captain & Me
"Natural Thing"
"Long Train Runnin'"
"China Grove"
"Dark Eyed Cajun Woman"
"Clear as the Driven Snow"
"Without You"
"South City Midnight Lady"
"Evil Woman"
"Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners"
"Ukiah"
"The Captain and Me"

What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
"Song to See You Through" 
"Spirit"
"Pursuit on 53rd St."
"Black Water"
"Eyes of Silver"
"Road Angel"
"You Just Can't Stop It"
"Tell Me What You Want (And I'll Give You What You Need)"
"Down in the Track"
"Another Park, Another Sunday"
"Daughters of the Sea"
"Flying Cloud"

Stampede
"Sweet Maxine"
"Neal's Fandango"
"Texas Lullaby"
"Music Man"
"Slack Key Soquel Rag"
"Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)"
"I Cheat the Hangman"
"Précis"
"Rainy Day Crossroad Blues"
"I Been Workin' on You"
"Double Dealin' Four Flusher"

By Matt Friedlander
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Whitney Houston biopic nabbed by Sony for 2022 release

The upcoming Whitney Houston biopic has landed a studio, and a tentative release date.

According to Deadline, Sony’s TriStar Pictures has won the bidding for I Wanna Dance with Somebody and is laying claim to a Thanksgiving, 2022 release date. Sony reportedly beat out around six streaming companies and studios to score the project.

Music producer and Whitney’s mentor Clive Davis is producing the film, which has the blessing of the Whitney Houston Estate. Stella Meghie, whose most recent film is The Photograph, is on board to direct, with Bohemian Rhapsody scribe Anthony McCarten writing the script and co-producing.

The producers previously described the movie as a "joyous, emotional and heart-breaking celebration," while still being "very frank about the price that super-stardom exacted" from Whitney.

Whitney passed away in 2012 at the age of 48.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Concert video featuring The B-52s' 1982 US Festival performance due out in September

An archival concert film capturing The B-52s' full performance at the 1982 US Festival near San Bernardino, California, will be released on September 4 on DVD and digital platforms.

The performance, which took place on the first day of the music extravaganza on September 3, 1982, featured the New Wave band's original five members -- Fred SchneiderKate PiersonCindy WilsonKeith Strickland and Ricky Wilson -- playing a 13-song set that included such classic tunes as "Party Out of Bounds," "Give Me Back My Man," "Planet Claire," "Dance This Mess Around," "Private Idaho" and "Rock Lobster."

The video, titled The B-52s: Live at US Festival, also features new interviews with Schneider, Pierson and Cindy Wilson sharing their recollections about the event and paying tribute to Cindy's late brother, B-52s guitarist Ricky Wilson, who died of AIDS in 1985 at age 32.

"It was hot as hell in the desert but as soon as we got going we had the audience dancing up a dust storm," Schneider says of the show.

Live at US Festival, which is dedicated to Ricky, is the first B-52s concert DVD featuring the group's classic early-era lineup. It's available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and Amazon.

Here's the full track list:

"Party Out of Bounds"
"Give Me Back My Man" 
"Planet Claire"
"Throw That Beat in the Garbage Can" 
"Lava"
"Mesopotamia"
"6060-842"
"Big Bird"
"52 Girls"
"Dance This Mess Around"
"Private Idaho"
"Rock Lobster"
"Strobe Light"

By Matt Friedlander
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Paul McCartney reflects on the magic of The Beatles and the band's breakup in new interview

Paul McCartney has done an in-depth interview with the U.K. version of GQ magazine in which he reflects on being a member of The Beatles, his relationships with his band mates and how he's been perceived as the guy who broke up the group.

McCartney says he feels it's magical how the band came together with four musicians who could all sing, play well and write good songs, as well as having artistic interests and zany senses of humor.

"We knew we were different," Sir Paul notes. "We knew we had something that all these other groups didn’t have. It gelled."

McCartney also says that all the time The Beatles did playing clubs in Hamburg, Germany, helped them hone their musical skills to where they were very good.

In addition, Paul recalls bonding with John Lennon and George Harrison by going on separate hitchhiking trips with them.

"George and I hitchhiked one time to Wales…and stayed in a little place there and played a little gig," McCartney remembers. "Then me and John went down to Reading, where my uncle had a pub. And we played a little gig there as The Nerk Twins. And then me and John hitchhiked to Paris."

As for The Beatles' split, and his part in it, McCartney says he's often blamed because he wound up suing his three band mates, but he maintains that he felt he had to do what he did to keep the group's publishing from falling into the hands of Allen Klein, whom he thought was "a f****** idiot" and who was managing Lennon, Harrison and Ringo Starr at the time.

McCartney admits that after the breakup, the guilt he felt and conflicts with his fellow Beatles led him to battle depression and alcohol issues, which he eventually overcame.

By Matt Friedlander
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Elton John, Sting, Billy Joel and more wish Tony Bennett a happy 94th birthday

Tony Bennett is celebrating his 94th birthday today.

In honor of the occasion, some of his famous pals took to Twitter with heartfelt birthday wishes for the legendary crooner using the hashtag #TheBestIsYetToCome.

Elton John posted a video message to Tony, pointing out that the phrase "the best is yet to come" is an important optimistic motto for these challenging times.

"I'm hoping that next year things will completely turn around and people like you and I can go back to work and entertain people and spread love and joy throughout the world, which it desperately needs in this moment," Elton says. "Meanwhile, I send you all my love and thank you for spreading so much joy throughout my lifetime. You're an amazing man, an amazing artist and someone we should all look up to."

Sting also posted a video message, beginning by singing a bit of "The Way You Look Tonight" but changing the lyrics to say, "Some day, when I'm feeling low/ When the world is cold/ I will feel a glow just thinking of you/ And the way you've lived your life."

The former Police frontman adds, "You are truly an inspiration and you give us the confidence to think that we can make the world better, we can fix this world and the best is yet to come."

Billy Joel shared a couple of photos with Bennett and wrote, "To my good friend, @itstonybennett - Thank you for bringing the songs I wrote to such glorious life. Happy Birthday!"

Others wishing Tony a happy birthday include Stevie WonderElvis CostelloBette MidlerAlec BaldwinDiana Krall and The Chicks.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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Jon Bon Jovi Trades $20 Million Florida Home for $43 Million Home Read More: Jon Bon Jovi Trades $20 Million Florida Home for $43 Million Home

By moving approximately two and a half miles north on the same street, Bon Jovi is more than doubling the size of his house, going from 5,000 square feet to over 13,000. He's now got seven bedrooms instead of five, and has added two more full bathrooms and two partial bathrooms.

Christian Angle Real Estate represented Bon Jovi on both the purchase of his new home and the sale of his old one, with both transactions closing on July 17. The singer is still in search of a buyer for his 15-acre estate in Middletown, New Jersey. The six-bedroom, nine-bathroom "French-inspired chateau" can reportedly be yours for $20 million.

Bon Jovi, the band, are set to release their 15th studio effort, 2020, on Oct. 2. The album was delayed and reconfigured with two new songs as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. "Do What You Can," partly written with help from fans, deals with the current health crisis while "American Reckoning" chronicles the worldwide reaction to the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers.



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Watch surreal animated official video for Redbone's classic hit "Come and Get Your Love"

The first-ever official music video for the 1974 Redbone hit "Come and Get Your Love" premiered today on the band's official YouTube channel.

"Come and Get Your Love" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in '74, making Redbone the first Native American band to reach the top five of the chart.

The animated video, which utilizes archival photos and new artwork, follows a Native American character on a mind-bending journey across the Earth and into outer space while mixing real-life landscapes and surreal images like flying saucers and Bigfoot.

The clip was created by Mexican-born producer and director Juan E Bedolla and Native American artist Brent Learned.

Explaining the significance of the mystical figure at the center of the video, Learned says, "This is a commentary on an overarching idea repeated throughout the video, that of seeking our love/interests in all the wrong places, when often times they are right in front of us; if only we're willing to look."

Redbone bassist Pat Vegas, who's the only original member of the band that still plays with the group, says of the song, "We wanted to show that our people were about love...The chorus -- 'Come and get your love' -- is about pure love, without all the overthinking and trendy phrases."

Regarding the video, Vegas notes, "This visual really takes you on a journey and reminds us that the sky's not the limit, it's only the view. It's something to help the young understand the old, one is silver the other gold, both are valuable."

"Come and Get Your Love" was introduced to a new audience when it was featured on the soundtrack to the popular 2014 Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy.

By Matt Friedlander
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OOfficial video for Rolling Stones' 1974 collaboration with Jimmy Page, "Scarlet," premiering Thursday

An official music video for the rare 1974 Rolling Stones track "Scarlet," which features contributions from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and late Traffic/Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech, will premiere this Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m. ET on The Stones' YouTube channel.

Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Irish actor Paul Mescal, who stars in the clip, will deliver a special introduction prior to the screening of the video. The clip was directed by the video-directing duo Us, and was filmed during a socially distanced shoot at the famous London hotel Claridge's. You can check out a preview of the video now at YouTube.

Mescal is best known for his lead role in the Hulu series Normal People, for which he's received a 2020 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

"Scarlet," which was issued as a digital single and via streaming services last month, is one of three previously unreleased tracks that will be featured on the upcoming expanded reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

The reissue, which will be released on September 4 and can be pre-ordered now, will be available in multiple configurations and formats, including a super deluxe three-CD/DVD or four-LP/DVD box set, a deluxe two-CD or two-LP collection, and single CD, LP and cassette editions.

"Scarlet was recorded in October 1974, in Ronnie Wood's basement studio at his U.K. residence.

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch new video of Roger Waters performing John Prine song "Hello in There"

Ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters took part in an online performance special this past Sunday called Our Voices Together that was presented by the Newport Folk Festival to raise money for musicians who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waters' contribution to the special was a black-and-white video of him performing the John Prine song "Hello in There" at his home studio, with backing vocals by Lucius singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig -- who also are members of Roger's touring band -- recorded and shot at a separate location. You can watch the clip at Waters' official YouTube channel, while the entire special can be viewed at the Newport Folk Festival's YouTube channel.

In a note accompanying the "Hello in There" video, Roger points out that he performed the song with Prine at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival. "Hello in There" originally appeared on John' 1970 self-titled debut album. Prine died in April at age 73 from complications of COVID-19. Shortly after his passing, Waters posted a video of him playing a cover of another 1970 Prine song, "Paradise," on his YouTube channel.

In other news, Waters recently posted a video on YouTube of him and his touring band performing the classic 1973 Pink Floyd song "Time" at a concert in Amsterdam in June 2018. The clip comes from the 2019 concert film Roger Waters: Us + Them, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 2.

As previously reported, the movie features performances shot in Amsterdam during the Waters' 2017-2018 Us + Them Tour, and captures Roger and his group playing a set that mixed classic Pink Floyd songs from the 1970s and selections from his 2017 solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?

By Matt Friedlander
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Guns N' Roses announces debut vinyl release of 'Greatest Hits' compilation

Guns N' RosesGreatest Hits compilation will be available on vinyl for the first time on September 25, and is available for pre-order now.

Originally released in 2004, the collection includes songs from GN'R's massive 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction through their 1993 covers album "The Spaghetti Incident?", plus the group's version of the Rolling Stones classic "Sympathy for the Devil," which was recorded for the Interview with the Vampire soundtrack.

The vinyl edition also will feature the 1986 song "Shadow of Your Love," which was released for the first time as part of the 2018 Appetite reissue box set. Three versions of the two-LP release will be available -- a standard black-vinyl edition, a colored-vinyl edition that's silver with red-and-white splatter, and a picture- disc version available exclusively from the band's official store.

The Greatest Hits compilation peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to be certified five-times platinum in the U.S.

Here's the Greatest Hits vinyl track list:

"Welcome to the Jungle"
"Sweet Child O' Mine"
"Shadow of Your Love"
"Patience"
"Paradise City"
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
"Civil War"
"You Could Be Mind"
"Don't Cry (Original Version)"
"November Rain"
"Live and Let Die"
"Yesterdays"
"Ain't It Fun"
"Since I Don't Have You"
"Sympathy for the Devil"

By Josh Johnson
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John Oates to release new live album with American side group The Good Road Band next month

Hall & Oates member John Oates and his Americana side project The Good Road Band will release a new concert albumLive in Nashville, digitally and via streaming services on September 18.

The album, which was recorded this past January at the legendary Nashville venue Station Inn, features Oates and his band performing selections from their 2018 studio effort Arkansas, along with four new original tunes. The live record also finds John paying tribute to his own childhood on a rendition of Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me," which was the first song he learned to sing and play on guitar when was was just six years old.

Arkansas features various songs associated one of Oates' musical heroes, blues legend Mississippi John Hurt, including covers of tunes by such American roots-music greats as Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Blake and Emmett Miller, plus two original compositions.

The Good Road Band is made up of a collective of respected session musicians, among them the acclaimed mandolin player Sam Bush.

"[Live in Nashville] represents a full-circle moment for me," says Oates, who's been quarantining with his family in his Nashville home during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It feels like the culmination of the Arkansas project, being able to bring these guys back, and to be able to make this record after touring and playing so many shows together."

Oates has posted a lyric video featuring footage of him and The Good Road Band at Station Inn playing a version of Miller's 1924 tune "Anytime" -- a song featured on both Arkansas and Live in Nashville -- on his official YouTube channel. The black-and-white clip is has altered to look like a grainy silent film.

By Matt Friedlander
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