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Report: Eddie Van Halen receiving cancer treatments in Germany

Eddie Van Halen was born in Europe -- the Netherlands, to be specific -- and that's where he's been going to receive medical treatment, according to a report from TMZ.

The website reports that for the past five years, the 64-year-old guitarist has been flying to Germany to receive radiation treatment for throat cancer.  According to TMZ, Van Halen was diagnosed almost 20 years ago.  In 2000, doctors removed a third of Van Halen's tongue due to cancer.

While Van Halen was a heavy smoker, TMZ says he believes he developed the cancer as a result of holding his guitar pick in his mouth.  While most guitarists hold their picks in their mouth, Eddie's pick was made of metal, not plastic, and TMZ reports that he's been told that the pick "could very well have" caused the disease.

TMZ reports that Van Halen is currently "doing O.K.," despite his illness.

In 2012, Van Halen underwent surgery for a bout of diverticulitis.

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Tangled Up in Blue Jean Baby: Elton John explains to Bob Dylan how he wrote "Tiny Dancer"

Who knew Bob Dylan was an Elton John fan? In a new article in the U.K. paper The Guardian, Elton answers questions about his life and music submitted by a wide variety of celebrities, including Dylan.

Dylan's question was about Elton's classic 1971 song "Tiny Dancer." He asked, "Did you work your way up to the cathartic chorus gradually, spontaneously, or did you have it thought out from the start?"

"'Tiny Dancer' has a really long lyric, a very cinematic, California-in-the-early-'70s lyric, so it had two verses and a [bridge] before it even gets to the chorus, and it lent itself to a long buildup," Elton explains.

"The [bridge] sets it up well, then it slows down for a moment -- 'when I say softly, slowly…' That line suggested a big chorus."

Elton admits that he doesn't "remember much about writing" the music, although he does recall "trying to make it sound as Californian as possible."

He then compares writing a song like "Tiny Dancer" to, um, pleasuring yourself.

"You want the climax to be good, but you don't want it to be over too quickly," Elton explains. "You want to work your way up to it."

He adds, "Bernie [Taupin's] lyric took such a long time to get to the chorus, I thought, 'F***, the chorus had better be something special when it finally arrives.' And it's 'here I come,' literally."

Among the other celebs whose questions Elton answers: Lenny KravitzEd SheeranEminemVictoria BeckhamSam Smith, tennis legend Billie Jean KingDonatella VersaceTilda SwintonKristen Scott ThomasCara Delevingne and Billie Eilish.

John's official memoir, Me, is out tomorrow.

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Doobie Brothers, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, T. Rex among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2020

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees up for induction in 2020.

Sixteen artists are eligible for the honor, nine of which have been nominated for the first time: The Doobie BrothersPat Benatar, late pop superstar Whitney HoustonT. RexThin LizzyDave Matthews BandSoundgardenMotörhead and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G.

Rounding out the ballot are Todd RundgrenDepeche ModeRufus featuring Chaka KhanNine Inch NailsJudas PriestKraftwerk and MC5, all of whom have been nominated at least once before.

Of the first-time nominees, glam-rockers T. Rex have been eligible for induction since 1994, while both The Doobie Brothers' and Thin Lizzy's first year of eligibility was 1997.

Influential German electronic group Kraftwerk has received the most previous nominations, having been on the Rock Hall ballot for induction five times previously.

Artists need to have released their first "commercial recording" at least 25 years ago to be eligible.

If Benatar gets inducted, her husband and longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo will enter the Rock Hall with her.

Starting today and continuing through January 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET, you can vote for your favorite nominees at RockHall.com, via Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name, or at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland. The five artists with the most votes will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be counted along with the voting committee's ballots.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020.

For more info, visit RockHall.com.

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Lionel Richie, Bonnie Tyler among artists who will sing at the Vatican in support of the Amazon

A concert taking place in December has the blessing of the Pope himself.

Lionel Richie and Bonnie "Total Eclipse of the Heart" Tyler are among the stars performing at the Vatican on December 14 as part of a Christmas concert organized by the Congregation for Catholic Education. Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle and various Italian singers also will take part in the event, as will a U.S. gospel choir, a children's choir, the Italian Cinema Orchestra and more.

Vatican press release declares that the concert will reflect "Pope Francis' commitment to the Amazon," and will help safeguard it and its indigenous peoples. 

People will be urged to donate to two different charities, one of which is working to raise awareness of the crisis in the Amazon among students worldwide, and the other which works to preserve the tradition and culture of the indigenous population on the Brazilian/Colombian border.

You can purchase tickets for the concert at ConcertodiNatale.it.

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Watch Donald Fagen play Steely Dan classic with Paul Shaffer on new episode of Shaffer's AXS TV series

Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen is the guest on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Paul Shaffer Plus One, which airs this Sunday, October 13, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The show features Paul Shaffer conducting interviews while seated at his piano, and on the new episode, he and Fagen jam out together on the Steely Dan classic "Reelin' in the Years." You can check out a video of the dual-keyboard performance on AXS.tv and the AXS TV YouTube channel.

Also on the program, Fagen reveals how he became a "jazz snob" after attending the Newport Jazz Festival at the age of 11, shares his recollections about Steely Dan's early years, and discusses his songwriting process and his relationship with his late Steely Dan partner Walter Becker, who died of cancer in 2017.

Steely Dan kicks off a new run of fall U.S. concerts tonight in Rochester, New York, and the band begins a multiple-show engagement at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, October 15. Check out the group's full itinerary at SteelyDan.com.

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The Heartbreakers' Ron Blair looking forward to reuniting with band's drummer at L.A. Tom Petty tribute

As recently reported, a special Los Angeles charity concert commemorating what would've been Tom Petty's 69th birthday takes place this Friday at the El Rey Theatre, with a lineup including two members of Petty's band The Heartbreakers, bassist Ron Blair and drummer Steve Ferrone.

Blair tells ABC Audio that he'll play a few songs with Ferrone at the show, marking only the second time since Petty's October 2017 death that they've played live together.

"Ferrone and I…create a very interesting sound," Blair says, "and it's a very interesting energy I don't experience with anybody else."

For much of the concert, Ron will perform as part of the house band and with his current group, the San Diego-based Chris Torres Band. The show will also feature various artists playing in different combinations.

The confirmed lineup includes legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, former David Bowie guitarist Earl SlickStephen Stills' son Chris and the late Roy Orbison's sons Roy Jr. and Alex. In addition, Hattie Webb, who sang backing vocals on Petty and the Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour, will be on hand.

"We get a chance to honor him with a great variety of people who are just so happy to be there," Blair declares.

Meanwhile, Jeff Slate, a veteran singer/songwriter and music journalist who's organizing and will perform at the concert, promises ABC Audio that there "will absolutely be surprised guests."

He adds, "I wouldn't be surprised if some of Tom's peers or people he mentored show up and do a couple of songs and maybe even close the show."

Blair says he wouldn't rule out some of the other Heartbreakers appearing as well.

Tickets for the show, which will benefit The Midnight Mission and MusiCares, are available at AXS.com and via TheElRey.com.

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Listen to Ringo Starr's new John Lennon cover, "Grow Old with Me," featuring Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr's new cover of the John Lennon rarity "Grow Old with Me" -- a track from Ringo's upcoming solo album, What's My Name -- has been released as a digital single and via streaming services.

The tune features bass and backing vocals by Paul McCartney and a guitar solo by Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh.

In a new interview with the U.K.'s BBC 6 Music radio channel, Starr reveals that he decided to record "Grow Old with Me" after famed producer Jack Douglas gave him Lennon's demo of the romantic ballad, which features an unexpected message from John to Ringo.

As Starr recalls, "At the very beginning of this CD [of demos,] John says, 'Oh, that sounds like a good song for Richard Starkey. This would be great for you, Ringo.' I still well up thinking about."

Ringo says he loves the song, which he assumes John wrote for Yoko Ono, and which now he sings to own wife, Barbara. Starr tells BBC 6 Music that he's hoping his version of the tune will become "the wedding song of the century."

As for how he feels about collaborating with his Beatles band mate McCartney, Ringo says, "It's the best. I've played with a lot of people and I can tell you, I love playing with him."

He adds, "We played a lot together in 'that band we were in,' and he's still the most melodic. He's still incredible, for me. I feel the emotion he plays."

You can check out Starr's rendition of "Grow Old with Me" at his official YouTube channelWhat's My Name is available for pre-order now, and will be released on October 25.

Meanwhile, Starr also will be releasing a new photo book titled Another Day in the Life this Tuesday, October 15.

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Elton John says his "sociopath" mother told him she loved him, but didn't like him

Elton John's autobiography ME is coming out on Tuesday, and this weekend, you can watch him discuss it in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning.  One topic he discusses his difficult relationship with his late mother, Sheila.

In his book, Elton refers to his mom as "the Cecil B. DeMille of bad moods,” and he tells CBS Sunday Morning that she was a woman he could never seem to please, no matter how successful he became.

Speaking about his husband and their two sons, Zachary and Elijah, Elton admits, “She never liked David. She never liked anybody. She never asked to see the children."

“But I’m glad they didn’t meet her, because she would have criticized them, like she criticized me,” Elton adds. “She couldn’t help herself. She’s a sociopath.”

While Elton and Sheila reconciled prior to her death in December 2017, he says their relationship never really improved.  What did improve, he says, was his reaction to her criticism.

“I didn’t lose my temper,” Elton says. “I knew what was coming and I let her get on with it. And I just said, ‘I love you, Mum,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too. I don’t like you, but I love you. But I don’t like you.’”

Elton also explains that he wrote the book -- which doesn't skimp on the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll -- for Zachary and Elijah.

"I wanted my boys to know what I was like and what happened, so that when I’m not here, they can read the book and read the truth,” the 72-year-old legend says.  "I just want them to understand what I was like...before I had them...how they made my life complete."

CBS Sunday Morning airs at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

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New Neil Young & Crazy Horse documentary, 'Mountaintop,' getting one-night-only screening on October 22

We now have official details about the premiere of Mountaintop, the new documentary about Neil Young's upcoming album, Colorado, which he recorded with his old backing group Crazy Horse. The film will be screened in over 100 North American theaters on October 22, three days before the record's release.

A press statement about Mountaintop describes the movie as "a raw and extremely unfiltered look at the process of Neil Young with Crazy Horse making their 1st album in 7 years," adding, "Witness the laughter, tensions, crusty attitudes & love, of a rock & roll band that's been together for 50 years as they share their passion, first and foremost...for the music."

"You may be surprised to learn some of the deep secrets of the process as you laugh you're a** off in a theater near you," says Young, who co-produced Mountaintop under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey. "One night only and there is a reason for that."

Mountaintop features footage Young and the current Crazy Horse lineup -- bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist/keyboardist Nils Lofgren -- recording Colorado in a studio high in the Rocky Mountains.

You can check out an uncensored version of the recently released trailer for the flick, which features Young spewing expletives as he works to get the sound he wants on one of the new tracks, at Neil Young's official YouTube channel.

Screenings of Mountaintop in many countries outside of North America will take place on November 18.

Visit MountaintoptheMovie.com to find out what U.S. and Canadian theaters are hosting screenings, and to buy tickets.

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Ex-Eagle Don Felder recalls the creation of "Hotel California" on new episode of AXS TV's 'Mixtape'

Watch video! Ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder stars on the latest episode of the AXS TV series Mixtape, airing tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

In a preview clip from the show, Felder shares his recollections about writing the music for the Eagles smash "Hotel California," as well as his memories of recording the song's classic dueling guitar solos with Joe Walsh.

"For what was going to become the 'Hotel California' record, I was just sitting in a beach house in Malibu, out comes that progression," he recalls. "I had to go record it."

Felder then explains that when it came time to record the solo, he figured that he and Walsh would work it out in the studio, but band mate Don Henley had other ideas, wanting them to recreate the dual solo Felder had laid down on his demo.

Don reveals that it wound up taking him and Walsh three days to complete the solo section at the end of "Hotel California," while noting that "the labor that it took to get that to that level has been worth it."

Reflecting on the Eagles lineup at that time, which also included Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner, Felder maintains that "having five people in the band that could write, sing and play, to have that much talents in such a huge abundance was like having the Super Bowl of band talent."

As previously reported, Mixtape features various well-known 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.

Felder's mixtape includes several Eagles songs, three of his solo tunes, and songs by Benny GoodmanMiles DavisElvis PresleyLittle RichardTom PettyLynyrd Skynyrd and Aretha Franklin.

Here's Don's full mixtape:

"Sing, Sing Sing" -- Benny Goodman
"I Could Write a Book" -- Miles Davis Quintet
"Hound Dog" -- Elvis Presley
"Tutti Frutti" -- Little Richard
"Tutti Frutti" -- Pat Boone
"Windy and Warm" -- Chet Atkins with the Boston Pops Orchestra
"Free Fallin'" -- Tom Petty
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" (Live at the Fillmore East, 1971) -- The Allman Brothers Band
"For What It's Worth" -- Buffalo Springfield
"Lazy Days" -- The Flying Burrito Brothers
"Free Bird" --Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Emergency" -- Tony Williams
"Speak No Evil" -- Wayne Shorter
"So What" -- Miles Davis
"Too Many Hands" -- The Eagles
"Visions" -- The Eagles
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" -- Jr. Walker & the All Stars
"Hotel California" -- The Eagles
"Victim of Love" -- The Eagles
"Paradise" -- Bee Gees
"The Sad Café" -- The Eagles
"Stairway to Heaven" -- Led Zeppelin
"Eaten Alive" -- Diana Ross
"You're a Step in the Right Direction" -- Barbra Streisand
"Rock Steady" -- Aretha Franklin
"You Don't Know My Name" -- Alicia Keys
"According to You" -- Orianthi
"Bright Lights" -- Gary Clark Jr.
"Rock You" -- Don Felder
"American Rock 'n' Roll" -- Don Felder
"The Way Things Have to Be" -- Don Felder

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Diana Ross to perform at UK's Glastonbury Festival 2020: "This is a dream come true"

Diana Ross has been confirmed to perform at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival 2020, and the former lead singer of The Supremes is ecstatic about appearing at the prestigious British music festival next summer.

"This is a dream come true," Diana commented on Instagram, along with a video of her singing her 1985  hit, "Chain Reaction."

"To all the fans across the world, this is my tribute to you," she continued. "I'm coming to Glastonbury, with love."

Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis confirmed the news, writing, "We are so thrilled to be able to announce that the wonderful Diana Ross will be playing the Sunday legends slot at Glastonbury next year."

The so-called Sunday afternoon "Legends" slot at the festival is generally filled by an iconic artist, often from a different musical genre than the usual Glastonbury performers, who tend to be alternative rock, dance or current pop artists.  Legends who've played the slot in the past include Tony Bennett, Barry Gibb, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Shirley Bassey and Lionel Richie.

Ross has been enjoying a year-long "Diamond Diana" celebration marking her 75th birthday, which was May 26. Diana toured throughout the summer, including a residency at the Wynn Las Vegas.

The 50th anniversary Glastonbury Festival will be held June 24-28 in Somerset, England.

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Michael Jackson-inspired musical to start previews July 6 on Broadway

Watch video! A Broadway musical inspired by Michael Jackson's life and music has a new name, and an opening date.

Previously known as Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, the show will now be called, simply, MJ The Musical.  Preview performances start at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on July 6, 2020, with the official opening scheduled for August 13. 

Tickets go on sale January 15, 2020 at 10 a.m.  Visit MJTheMusical.comfor priority ticket access.

The musical features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, and features Michael's iconic songs.  Tony Award-winner and famed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will direct.  The show is currently in the development stages.

According to Deadline, a show spokesman said the new name is a "better and stronger choice than relying on the title of any one individual song.”  Deadline also points out that a pre-Broadway engagement was canceled earlier this year weeks before HBO aired the controversial MJ documentary, Leaving Neverland.  The producers blamed the cancellation on scheduling difficulties caused by an Actors' Equity strike, though Equity disputed that.

Following the documentary's airing, Wheeldon and Nottage spoke to the New York Times about the now-problematic project, with Wheeldon insisting that neither of them considered withdrawing from the show.

Wheeldon said, "You can’t watch the documentary without being profoundly disturbed by it, but...we’re not judge and jury. In our process, we’re facing it pretty much head on, but we’re also studying the many facets of Michael Jackson."

Nottage said, "I see the artwork that we’re making as a way to more deeply understand Michael Jackson and process feelings, and ultimately that’s what theater can do.”

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Dolly's sold-out 50th Opry anniversary stand will be a Thanksgiving-week special on NBC

On Saturday night, Dolly Parton will celebrate half a century on the Grand Ole Opry with a sold-out two-show engagement at the iconic Nashville venue. If you're not one of the lucky ones with a ticket, however, you can still see it anyway, since NBC's turning it into a TV special.

The two-hour Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry is set to air Tuesday, November 26, boasting a superstar lineup. Not only will Dolly sing her classic hits, she'll be joined by the likes of Dierks BentleyLady AntebellumChris JansonEmmylou HarrisToby KeithHank Williams Jr. and more.

"I'm so thrilled to be celebrating my 50-year anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry," Dolly says. "I'm also excited that NBC wanted to share in this milestone with me."

She adds, "Together we hope to entertain a broader audience [and educate them] on what the Grand Ole Opry is and what it means to me. We have some special treats, surprises and great performances by some very talented artists and I’m looking so forward to sharing it with you."

Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry premieres Tuesday, November 26, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Elton John recalls telling Tina Turner to "stick her song up her a**"

Even after Elton John got sober, he was stil prone to bad behavior, as he demonstrates in another excerpt from his juicy memoir ME, published in the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

Elton recalls that in 1997, he and Tina Turner were planning a joint tour, but things started badly.  Elton claims Tina called him to tell him all the things he needed to change before they could work together.

"She didn't like my hair, she didn't like the color of my piano, and she didn't like my clothes," Elton writes. "'You wear too much Versace, and it makes you look fat -- you have to wear Armani,' she announced."

Elton says after that phone call, he "got off the phone and burst into tears," telling his partner David, "'She sounded like my f****** mother.'"

When rehearsals started, Elton recalls, things went from bad to worse. Tina accused each member of his band, one-by-one, of not playing her hit "Proud Mary" properly, until she finally turned to Elton and said, "It'syou! You're not playing it right!"

Elton writes, "The subsequent debate about whether I knew how to play 'Proud Mary' became quite heated, before I brought it to a conclusion by telling Tina Turner to stick her f****** song up her a** and stormed off."

"There's an unspoken rule that musicians don't treat their fellow musicians like s***," Elton explains.

When he apologized to Tina later that day, she told him the issue was that she didn't like the fact that he'd been improvising on the song.  He writes, "That made it obvious the tour wasn't going to work."

"We made up later," he concludes. "She came for dinner and left a big lipstick kiss in the visitors' book."

ME is out October 15.

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Pete Townshend shares details about The Who's new album, upcoming 'Tommy' musical benefit performance

In a new interview with the San Diego Union-TribuneThe Who's Pete Townshend shares some details about his band's upcoming studio album, WHO, and also discusses a special performance of the Tommy musical in which he's taking part next week.

Some of The Who's most famous albums, like 1969's Tommy or 1973's Quadrophenia, feature a concept or storyline, but Townshend says that's not the case with WHO, which is due out December 6.

"This album has no concept, other than I wanted to write songs that might appeal to [singer] Roger [Daltrey] and give him some vehicles for his voice," Townshend tells the newspaper. "That proved to be tricky in the end, because Roger heard the songs as solo songs."

Pete notes that while he understood his band mate's viewpoint about the tunes' personal nature, he felt that Roger would be able to relate to their themes.

"[T]he songs are about getting older in pop music and in life and love," Townshend explains. "There are also songs that align with activism in some ways, especially the way we in the world respond to national and international tragedies."

Meanwhile, Pete will be participating in a special benefit performance of the Tony-winning musical The Who's Tommy this Monday, October 14, in La Jolla, California, at the La Jolla Playhouse. The event will feature a reunion of the original cast and will raise money for the venue, which is where the show premiered in 1992 before moving to Broadway.

As for what he'll be doing at the event, Townshend says, "I will join the throng and, hopefully, not get in the way…These are my people, my allies, friends and colleagues. I truly adore them all."

The Who's Moving On! orchestral tour continues Friday in Los Angeles.

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Elton John announces additional dates for Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour

Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is saying hello to even more shows.

Additional spring and summer 2020 tour stops have been added in Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit; Jacksonville, Florida; Lexington, Kentucky; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. local time. A Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale for members of Elton's Rocket Club begins Tuesday, October 15 at 10 a.m. and runs through Wednesday, October 16 at 10 p.m. local time.

The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour kicked off in September 2018 and is expected to run for three years. Visit EltonJohn.com for the full list of upcoming dates.

Elton also has an autobiography coming out this month. Me is set for an October 15 release.

Here are the new tour dates:

4/26 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
5/1 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
5/2 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
6/3 -- Jacksonville, FL, Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena
6/5 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/11 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena

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Watch Eddie Money renew marriage vows with wife in clip from latest episode of AXS TV's 'Real Money'

The music world sadly lost Eddie Money last month not long after the "Two Tickets to Paradise" singer revealed that he'd been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. However, a new episode of the rocker's AXS TV series Real Money, which airs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT, captures Eddie during a happy occasion earlier this year, the renewal of his marriage vows with his wife of 30 years, Laurie.

Eddie and Laurie had been talking about renewing their vows in a church for a few years, and went ahead with the plan this past February at their own church after Money had received his cancer diagnosis in 2018.

"Eddie and I felt strongly about getting married in the eyes of God, and his illness prompted us to stop putting it off," Laurie explains. "This ceremony meant more to both of us than the original, since we knew exactly what the words meant that we were saying to each other because we’d already lived it."

You can watch a preview clip from the program at AXS.tv. The video features footage from the ceremony, which was attended by Money's four sons and his daughter, as well as commentary from Eddie and Laurie.

In the clip, Eddie says as he stands at the altar with wife, "[I'm celebrating] my faith and love for Jesus Christ, and how well he's taken care of my family. And I always wanted to get married in the church, and he's up there looking down [saying], 'Finally, you're doing what I want."

Then, in an interview segment, Eddie tells the camera, "I tell you, 30 years with my wife are the 30 best years of my life."

The preview also includes footage from the couple's wedding in 1989.

Eddie died on September 13.

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Record Store Day Black Friday releases include discs from McCartney, Madonna, Springsteen, Hall & Oates

The list of releases for 2019's Record Store Day Black Friday sale has been revealed. Here are a few limited-edition vinyl selections that will be available exclusively in independent record stores on November 29:

Paul McCartney is contributing a seven-inch single featuring "Home Tonight" and "In a Hurry," previously unreleased tracks recorded during the sessions for his 2018 album, Egypt Station.

Madonna will be releasing a 12-inch disc featuring six remixes of "I Rise," a song from her latest album, Madame X.

Bruce Springsteen is offering up a seven-inch single boasting two songs from his new studio album, Western Stars: the title track and "The Wayfarer."

Hall & Oates will issue the first-ever vinyl edition of their 2006 holiday album, Home for Christmas, which will be pressed on translucent red vinyl.

Eric Clapton is also releasing a holiday-themed disc: a seven-inch single featuring "Home for the Holidays" and "For Love on Christmas Day," two songs from his 2018 yuletide collection, Happy Xmas.

Huey Lewis and the News are releasing a seven-inch single featuring "My Other Woman" and "Got to Get You Off My Mind."  The former song originally appeared on the group's 2001 album Plan B; the latter appeared on the band's 2010 covers album Soulsville.

U2's Black Friday contribution is the reissue of the 12-inch single called Three that was originally released in Ireland in 1979. It features the songs "Out of Control," "Stories for Boys" and "Boy-Girl."

Other artists releasing vinyl discs for the 2019 Record Store Day Black Friday promotion include Chuck BerryJames BrownJackson BrowneCheap TrickThe DoorsAretha FranklinThe KinksThe MonkeesElvis PresleyThe PretendersTodd Rundgren and Steppenwolf.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Never-before-seen photos of Aretha Franklin featured in new book, 'The Queen Next Door'

Never-before-seen before photos of the Queen of Soul are featured in a new book about the iconic singer titled The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait.

Linda Solomon photographed Aretha for over three decades for the 214-page book, which will be published October 14. Many of the photos are from the 1980s, after Aretha moved back to Detroit.

"Detroit was her soul and heart," Solomon tells The Detroit News.

The 18-time Grammy winner was famous for hosting elaborate parties at her home, and Solomon captured images of several special moments, including Christmas and birthday celebrations.

"She planned all her own parties," Solomon says. "She even addressed her own invitations and she always used a metallic pen." 

Solomon began photographing Franklin in 1983 and they formed a special bond. The book title was inspired by Franklin’s quote: "I am the lady next door when I am not on stage."

“This beautiful book captures her essence,” writes Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Jr. about the book. “Aretha and I grew up together. She was the sister I never had.”

“She is more than a Queen of Soul,” he continues. ”She’s a Queen of Caring, a Queen of Social Justice. She stood with Dr. King and she stood for Nelson Mandela.

Michigan Governor James J. Blanchard and former Mayor of Detroit Dennis Archer will participate in a panel discussion about the book and Franklin's life on October 27 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Aretha’s nieces Sabrina Vonne Owens and Cristal Franklin, as well as cousin and backup vocalist Brenda Corbett and sister-in-law Earline Franklin will also be on the panel.

A book signing featuring a fashion show and music tribute to Franklin will also be held November 6 at Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, Michigan.

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In excerpt from new autobiography, Elton John details his horrible behavior as an addict

If you figured that Elton John's new autobiography ME has lots of stories about the Rocket Man's drug addiction, boy, are you right. 

In an excerpt from ME published in the U.K. tabloid The Daily Mail, Elton recalls various incidents in which he behaved horribly while under the influence of alcohol, cocaine or both. For example:

--After drinking vodka martinis and doing coke with Duran Duran in 1983 while filming the "I'm Still Standing" video in France, Elton took off his clothes on the video set, rolled around naked, punched his manager in the face, smashed up his assistant's hotel room and passed out.  The next morning, he didn't remember doing any of it.

--When invited to join The Rolling Stones onstage for one song, he wouldn't get off the stage and just kept on jamming, much to the dismay of guitarist Keith Richards, who's not exactly Mr. Just Say No himself.

--While high at a party, Elton mistook Bob Dylan for a gardener.  Once he realized who it was, he attempted to bring Dylan back to his house to make him change out of those "terrible clothes" and into some of his.

--In the late '80s, Elton's boyfriend Hugh left him to go to rehab, to which Elton responded by spending the next two weeks doing cocaine, drinking whiskey, not dressing, not washing and purging what little he ate. 

Finally, Elton writes, he admitted that he was addicted to drugs, alcohol, food and sex, and asked for help.  In 1990, he went to rehab and estimates that he attended 1,400 recovery meetings over the next three years.

"Some people really struggle when they come out of addiction," the pop-rock legend writes. "But...I was elated. Every morning, I was just happy to wake up without feeling like s***."

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Lionel Richie's 2015 Glastonbury Festival performance is coming to the big screen

Did you miss Lionel Richie's 2015 performance at U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival? Well, now you can see it from the comfort of a theater -- no wellies required.

Lionel Richie at Glastonbury will be getting a one-night-only global theatrical release on November 19. The screenings will feature an exclusive introduction by Richie in which he reflects on his career journey, from his beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama, through his Glastonbury appearance.

"I'm so excited for the opportunity to share the 2015 Glastonbury Festival performance with fans across the globe," Lionel says in a statement. "I'm honored to have played on such an iconic stage and the fans’ energy that day truly made this show a memorable moment in my career."

At the June 28, 2015 performance, Lionel took the festival's main Pyramid stage in front of 200,000 fans, which was the biggest audience at the festival that year. His set featured "Dancing on the Ceiling," "All Night Long," "We Are the World," "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady."

Tickets for the theatrical showing go on sale beginning Friday, October 18, at FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.

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New documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd's tragic plane crash to be released on DVD in December

A new documentary focusing on the 1977 plane crash that killed Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zandt, guitarist Steve Gaines and several others, will be released on DVD on December 13.

I'll Never Forget You: The Last 72 Hours of Lynyrd Skynyrd features new interviews with three survivors of the accident: Skynyrd backup singer Leslie Hawkins, security guard Gene Odom and guitar tech Craig Reed, and includes their firsthand recollections of the tragic incident.

In the film, Hawkins, Odom and Reed discuss the fun times they had with the band, and recall the hours leading up to the accident, the harrowing crash itself and its aftermath. The documentary also includes archival footage, dramatic reenactment of events and a computer-generated simulation of the crash.

In addition, the movie features rare interviews with the first four responders to the accident, filmed at the site of the crash in Gillsburg, Mississippi. Besides Van Zant and Steve Gaines, the tragedy claimed the lives of Skynyrd backing vocalist Cassie Gaines -- Steve's sister -- the band's assistant road manager, Dean Kilpatrick, and the plane's pilot and co-pilot.

The doc is based on Odom's 1983 memoir, I'll Never Forget You.

A trailer for the film features a clip in which Odom admits that he argued with the pilot prior to the flight regarding a problem with the plane, and laments that he didn't insist that the issue be fixed before the band took off.

"I should've stopped the plane," he declares. "I didn't, and that would eat me up for years, and it still does."

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Larry "L.J." Junstrom, founding Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special bassist, dead at age 70

Founding Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry "L.J." Junstrom, who went on to spend his career with .38 Special, has died at age 70.

"The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us," reads a post on .38 Special's official Facebook page.  "He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high -- a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him."

The post concludes, "We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry’s family. We will miss our friend and partner."

Junstrom formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 with Ronnie Van ZantBob BurnsGary Rossington and guitarist Allen Collins, but left the band in 1970, prior to their 1973 self-titled debut album. Junstrom joined .38 special in 1977 and remained with the band until retiring in 2014 due to health reasons.

"Rest Easy, LJ, you will always be remembered as the big man, on the big bass with the even bigger heart!" reads a post on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Facebook page.  "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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Film of Jimi Hendrix Experience playing Royal Albert Hall to get world premiere at the famed London venue

The Jimi Hendrix Experience's original lineup gave its final European performance on February 26, 1969, at London's famed Royal Albert Hall.  Now, more than 50 years later, a film of the concert will get its world premiere at the very venue where the show took place.

The one-night-only screening of The Jimi Hendrix Experience: The Royal Albert Hall is scheduled for October 21, and will feature a giant screen and a state-of-the-art sound system. Tickets are on sale now at JimiHendrix.comRoyalAlbertHall.com and the venue's box office.

The movie, which has been fully restored using the original 16-millimeter footage, includes the performance shot with multiple cameras, as well as footage of Hendrix, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchellin the hours leading up to the show, backstage and at an post-concert reception. The film's soundtrack has been mixed by Jimi's longtime studio engineer, Eddie Kramer.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: The Royal Albert Hall is being presented jointly by Experience Hendrix, the family-run company that oversees the late guitar legend's music and publishing, and The Last Experience Inc., the production company that partnered with Jimi to film the concert.

There currently are no plans to release the movie or show it beyond the October 21 screening.

Among the songs performed at the Royal Albert Hall were such classics as "Little Wing," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," "Fire," "Foxy Lady," and "Stone Free."

"This film…documents Jimi Hendrix at the very peak of his powers," says Jimi's sister and Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix. "As those who are fortunate enough to see the showing next month at the very place where it was filmed will know, it has been well worth the wait and we are nothing short of delighted."

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Rick Wakeman says Yes spinoff group with Jon Anderson & Trevor Rabin may launch farewell tour in 2020

Earlier this year, Jon Anderson told ABC Audio that he was unsure about the future of his Yes spinoff project with former band mates Trevor Rabinand Rick Wakeman, which went on indefinite hiatus following a brief 2018 U.S. tour. However, Wakeman now tells ABC Audio that the group, Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, is discussing doing a final trek.

"At the moment, we're talking about going out in 2020 and 2021 as a sort of a 'farewell, goodbye…we've really enjoyed it and want to say thank you to all the people that have followed us,'" the keyboardist explains.

The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also says he thinks "there's a fair chance" that the band will release some new music to coincide with the tour.

"Not a whole album's worth, but there'll be some music," Wakeman maintains, adding, "[W]e always said that it had to be of such a high standard, had to be like classic standard, otherwise we wouldn't [release it]."

Rick currently is in the middle of a North American solo trek dubbed The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour, which is plotted out through an October 27 concert in Orlando, Florida. The tour features Wakeman playing selections from his two latest solo albums, 2017's Piano Portraits and 2018's Piano Odyssey, as well as other songs from his long career. Rick also preparing to release a follow-up record, a holiday collection called Christmas Portraitsthat's due out on November 29.

"There's 22 well-known Christmas pieces that I've…made 14 tracks out of," Rick notes of the new record, "which is in the style of doing variations around the tunes."

Here are Wakeman's remaining U.S. solo shows:

10/8 -- Allentown, PA, Miller Symphony Hall
10/10 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/11 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
10/13 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/16 -- Seattle, WA, The Triple Door
10/17 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Castro Theatre
10/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
10/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
10/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live

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