Q1370 News Archives for 2018-11

Kinks guitarist Dave Davies releases video for introspective archival solo tune, "Web of Time"

Founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies has premiered a new video for his song "Web of Time," one of the 13 tracks featured on his recently released archival solo album, Decade. The introspective tune, which dates back to the mid-1970s, finds the 71-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reflecting on maturity and how people treat one another.

The video begins with a kaleidoscopic animated segment that fades to show a series of images of Dave from the '60s, including a photo, a 1967 newspaper interview and the cover of his "Death of a Clown" single. The rest of the clip alternates between recent footage of Davies visiting the Muswell Hill neighborhood of London where he grew up and performing onstage, and vintage photos and home movies.

Watch the video now at Davies' official YouTube channel.

Dave recently told ABC Radio that "Web of Time" was among his favorite tracks on Decade, which features previously unreleased recordings dating from 1971 to 1979.

"It sits very well in the running order, and when you hear it, it lives in its own little world," Davies said. "To me, it evokes so many memories and thoughts and feelings."

Meanwhile, in a new interview posted on the website of the U.K. magazine Classic Rock, Dave explains that "Web of Time" is "about my feelings and reflections about where we stand as people and what we are doing to each other, why we do the things we do. Questioning life -- is it just chaos or is there more to it? I think it's poignant for these times."

Meanwhile, Davies has lined up a nine-date U.S. solo tour next year that kicks off April 9 in Collingswood, New Jersey. Check out his full schedule at DaveDavies.com.

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Cher attends another preview performance of "The Cher Show"

If you're interested in seeing how Cher's life is presented in the new Broadway musical The Cher Show, well, so is Cher herself.

The New York Post reports that the diva herself sneaked into the Neil Simon Theater earlier this week to watch the show.  A source told the paper, "She walked in during the second act and stayed the entire act. She was clapping and enjoying it."

The source added that Will & Grace star Eric McCormack, an investor in the show, was also in the audience.  "The crowd went nuts -- but when Cher walked in, he was invisible," dished the source.

Cher has previously attended another one of the show's preview performances, but she "became too emotional" and walked out.  Sources told Page Six that Cher was upset that night because the wildfires in Malibu were threatening her home, so she wasn't in any mood to "witness...the most difficult moments of her life being played out."

The Cher Show officially opens on December 3.  It features three different actresses playing Cher at different stages of her life.

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Stevie Wonder's 2018 House Full of Toys benefit to aid victims of California wildfires

Stevie Wonder has announced that the 2018 edition of his annual House Full of Toys benefit concert will focus on aiding those affected by the devastating wildfires that recently struck multiple areas of California.

"This year, the holiday season will not be joyful for some in our California family. Many lost lives, property, and dreams. Imagine a holiday after this tragedy," Wonder says in a statement. "And so, this year, I am combining my Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert…with my House Full of Hope [charity]."

The music legend explains that he's partnering with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) "to raise money in support of all those who suffered loss to the catastrophic fires, to support the amazing firefighters who worked so hard to save lives and homes, and to support the first responders who are always there when we need them."

EIF President & CEO Nicole Sexton adds, "We are deeply grateful to Stevie Wonder for giving the gift of his extraordinary music to support those in need this holiday season."

As part of the fundraising effort, you're asked to visit MusicforRelief.org/hope, where you can donate money to the EIF's Fire Relief Fund aiding firefighters and first responders.

The 22nd edition of Wonder's House Full of Toys concert will take place December 9 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. As always, concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or other gift to help bring cheer to children, people with disabilities and families in need during the holidays.

Like other concerts Wonder has been playing this year, the upcoming charity show is being billed as "The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music." A full lineup will be announced soon.

Tickets to the show are on sale now at AXS.com.

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Joe Walsh, Rick Springfield among stars to perform at wildfire benefit show One Love Malibu this weekend

Following the destructive Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California, a variety of music stars, including Joe Walsh and Rick Springfield, are coming together for a festival which will raise money to rebuild the area.

The One Love Malibu Festival, scheduled for this Sunday, December 2, will take place at One Gun Ranch in Malibu. The lineup also features Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Macy Gray, Robin Thicke, Natasha Bedingfield, Rita Wilson, The Strokes' Nick Valensi and members of Incubus.

In addition to musical performances, there also will be comedy from Whitney Cummings, DJ sets and a live auction featuring unique items, such as the opportunity to go on a motorcycle ride with Perry's boyfriend, Orlando Bloom.

The proceeds from the event will go to care for animals who were evacuated, and people who are most in need following the fires, including the uninsured and those living paycheck to paycheck. Money raised also will help rebuild Malibu and other affected local communities, and will support "proper wildfire prevention and land stewardship initiatives."

According to the organizers, the Woolsey Fire, which started November 9, destroyed 1,500 structures, displaced 250,000 people and destroyed 89 percent of the Santa Monica mountains.

Get tickets for the festival at OneLoveRanchMalibu.com.

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Don Henley, Vince Gill join lineup of 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year gala saluting Dolly Parton

Don Henley and his current Eagles band mate Vince Gill are among the latest music artists to join the lineup of performers who will honor Dolly Parton as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year during a gala event held February 8 in Los Angeles.

Other artists who have been newly added to the bill include Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, songwriter/producer Linda Perry, and Kacey Musgraves.

The Recording Academy, the organization that hands out Grammy Awards, initially announced Parton as 2019's MusiCares Person of the Year in September. According to the Recording Academy, the country-pop legend is being honored because of her "significant creative accomplishments and longtime support of many charitable causes."

Previously announced performers who will salute Parton at the gala include Pink, Norah Jones, Chris Stapleton, Shawn Mendes, Mark Ronson, and Leon Bridges. Dolly will close out the event with her own performance.

The pre-Grammy event on February 8 will raise money for MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards take place Sunday, February 10, at the STAPLES Center in L.A. and will air on CBS.

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New David Crosby documentary "Remember My Name" to premiere at 2019 Sundance Film Festival

The David Crosby documentary that's being co-produced by rock journalist and filmmaker Cameron Crowe will get its world premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which will take place from January 24 to February 3 in multiple locations in Utah.

The movie, titled David Crosby: Remember My Name, was directed by A.J. Eaton and presents a candid portrait of the 77-year-old folk-rock legend. A synopsis of the doc on Sundance.org reads: "With unflinching honesty, self-examination, regret, fear, exuberance and an unshakable belief in family and the transformative nature of music, Crosby shares his often challenging journey."

Other music-related documentaries slated to debut at next year's Sundance fest include Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love and Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. The first tells the story of late Canadian singer/songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen's long romantic relationship with Marianne Ihlen, the Norwegian woman who inspired many of his famous songs. The second offers of profile of the life and music of late jazz icon Miles Davis.

No specific premiere dates for the films have been announced yet. Festival screenings will be held in Park City, in Salt Lake City and at the Sundance Mountain Resort.

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Foreigner's Mick Jones says "it's pretty intense" playing with multiple lineups at band's reunion shows

Foreigner wraps up its 2018 tour this week with special "Double Vision: Then and Now" reunion concerts tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and tomorrow in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The upcoming shows follow a pair of similar gigs that the band played earlier this month in Southern California. The concerts begin with a set by the current Foreigner lineup, followed by a set played by guitarist Mick Jones and five former members: original frontman Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, plus the group's second bassist, Rick Wills.

As Jones explains to ABC Radio, the shows end with an encore featuring all of the musicians, which he says is "a bit of a free-for-all, but it's fun."

The 73-year-old rocker points out with a laugh, "I'm the one that has to work the hardest, 'cause I play in the three bands. And…it's pretty intense, actually."

Foreigner began playing occasional reunion last year to mark the band's 40th anniversary, and Jones says he expects more to be scheduled in 2019.

"I think there's room to do it," Mick notes. And…I think it's good, psychologically…for all of us to be able to do it, to put something together that keeps a link and keeps a thread going, and reminds us again of our heritage."

Meanwhile, Jones reveals that the reunion concerts have been filmed and recorded for future releases.

"There's quite a lot of footage that we collected," he reports. "Everything [we've] pretty much done."

As for how it's felt for him to play with his former band mates, Jones tells ABC Radio that "looking over and seeing your old pals [is kind] of mesmerizing and exciting at the same time."

Check out the band's full tour schedule at ForeignerOnline.com.

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Elton John postpones two concerts due to ear infection

Elton John was forced to cancel his show last night in Orlando, Florida, and his show tonight in Tampa, Florida, due to illness.

A statement on Twitter reads, "Elton has been on a course of antibiotics to combat an ear infection and it was expected that these would clear the infection in time to play the Orlando show. Elton had traveled to the venue, but after further consultation with doctors before he took the stage, the decision had to be taken on their advice that unfortunately, he still wasn't well enough to perform."

The statement goes on say that Elton cannot perform with "impaired hearing and ear pain," and adds, "He will take a couple of days rest to allow the infection to clear up, and both [shows] will be rescheduled as soon as possible."

Elton has plenty of time to reschedule those dates, given that his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will last three years and it only started two months ago.

The Rocket Man's next scheduled show is this Friday in Atlanta.

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The Beach Boys' Mike Love sings with his kids & Hanson at NYC party celebrating his new holiday album

Mike Love celebrated the recent release of his holiday album, Reason for the Season, at an invite-only Beach Boys mini concert held Tuesday night at LAVO restaurant in New York City. Love and his band were joined by a number a special guests during their seven-song set, including his daughter, Ambha, his son Brian, and the sibling pop group Hanson, all of whom lend their voices to tracks on the record.

The intimate show kicked off with a rendition of the album's title track, an original song with a boogie-woogie feel that offers a reminder about the origins of Christmas. That was followed by another new original tune from the album, Must Be Christmas.

Love shared a childhood memory about how his family would gather in their living room during the holidays to sing Christmas carols together. The band then kicked into a version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" with Ambha, Brian and another of Mike's sons, current Beach Boys guitarist Christian Love, all joining in on vocals.

The spotlight then fell on Ambha, who belted out a rendition of "O Holy Night."

To close the concert, Mike invited Hanson onstage. Love and the three brothers -- Taylor, Zac and Isaac -- recreated their collaborative rendition of the 2017 Hanson holiday song "Finally It's Christmas" that appears on Reason for the Season. Next up was a version of The Beach Boys' Christmas classic "Little St. Nick," which Mike re-recorded for his new album.

To wrap things up, Mike, the band and Hanson got the crowd dancing with a performance of the 1964 Beach Boys smash "Fun, Fun, Fun."

The Beach Boys launch a series of holiday concerts, dubbed the Reason for the Season Christmas Tour, on Thursday, November 29, in Boston.

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The Monkees unwrap animated lyrics video for new holiday song

The Monkees recently released their first-ever holiday album, Christmas Party, and now the band has debuted a new animated lyrics video for the record's lead track, "Unwrap You at Christmas."

The clip features cartoon depictions of The Monkees as they looked during their famous 1960s TV show, while taking the form of a comic book, with many of the panels showing the band members involved in various forms of holiday fun.

The video boasts artwork by popular comics artist Michael Allred, who also created the Christmas Party album cover. The clip includes a variety of images that should be familiar to fans of The Monkees series. The track used in the video is a special "single mix" of "Unwrap You at Christmas," which got its release Wednesday on digital and streaming services.

"Unwrap You at Christmas" is sung by Micky Dolenz and is an original tune penned by XTC frontman Andy Partridge. Dolenz handles lead vocals on eight of the album's 13 tracks, while Michael Nesmith sings two songs and Peter Tork one. In addition, Christmas Party features the late Davy Jones on a pair of tunes, renditions of "Silver Bells" and "Mele Kalikimaka," which utilize 1991 vocal tracks combined with newly recorded instrumentation.

Christmas Party  also includes songwriting contributions from R.E.M. guitarist Peter BuckWeezer's Rivers Cuomo and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, who served as the record's producer. In addition, Christmas Party features covers of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime, Big Star's "Jesus Christ" and Wizzard's 1973 yuletide gem, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday."

Here's the album's full track list:

"Unwrap You at Christmas"
"What Would Santa Do"
"Mele Kalikimaka"
"House of Broken Gingerbread"
"The Christmas Song"
"Christmas Party"
"Jesus Christ"
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
"Silver Bells"
"Wonderful Christmastime"
"Snowfall"
"Angels We Have Heard on High"
"Merry Christmas, Baby"

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The Revolution remembers the historic Purple Rain tour: "That audience was out of this world"

Prince's band The Revolution is paying tribute to his legacy with a new tour, but bass player Brown Mark and keyboard player Dr. Fink say they will never forget the late artist's historic Purple Rain trek, which saw them play 98 shows across North America in 1984 and 1985.

"The music was loud, but the crowd was louder than the music," Mark tells ABC Radio. "[It was] my first experience with a real Prince audience, and I looked over at him and he was just as cool. That audience was out of this world."

The bass player says the roar of the crowd was overwhelming even before the concerts began.

"I could not hear myself talk. It was so loud. I never heard anything like that in my life," Mark recalls. "The decibels, it was so high and we hit the stage. There was a black curtain and it was closed and then [drummer] Bobby [Z]'s kick drum would go, and this light would flash on the kick drum for 'Controversy' and that curtain opened."

The group rehearsed eight-to-12 hours a day to prepare for the tour, and once they hit the road, the days were filled with long soundchecks, the actual concerts, and then additional performances at after parties.

"Pretty long sound checks. Anywhere from two to two-and-a-half, sometimes three hours," Dr. Fink remembers. "Then we'd do the show, and this wasn't in every city. but we did a lot of after-show things. And then we'd be there till 3, 4, 5 in the morning, jamming and playing."

The Revolution will wrap up the year with three shows in Texas: December 29 in Austin, December 30 in Houston, and New Year's Eve in Dallas.

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Keith Richards says next Rolling Stones album still in its "early stages"; new tour could be band's last

With The Rolling Stones preparing to mount their first U.S. tour since 2015 in April, guitarist Keith Richards has taken part in a new Rolling Stonemagazine interview in which he chats about the trek and also reveals the status of his band's next album.

Regarding what's happening with The Stones' latest recording project, the 74-year-old rocker reveals that it's still in its "early stage. Richards reports that he and singer Mick Jagger "got together for a few days a month or so ago in the studio, just playing around," adding that the duo also may meet up for another session in December, "but I'm not crossing my fingers on that."

As for what he and his longtime songwriting partner accomplished at the previous session, Keith says, "We knocked out a few songs together with [producer] Don Was. We're just working things through. We had a great time -- got some nice stuff out of it."

Richards tells Rolling Stone that he has no idea when the band might finish the album, then guesses that "maybe this time next year" would be "a reasonable projection."

Meanwhile, Keith says the band is getting ready for what will be "quite a long rehearsal [period]" for the tour.

He also suggests that The Rolling Stones won't be joining the many veteran artists who've announced farewell tours recently.

"I just haven't gotten around to thinking in that head yet," Richards maintains. "I don't know if you never know. Maybe this will be the last one, I don't know."

The 2019 U.S. leg of The Stones' No Filter Tour kicks off April 20 in the Miami area. The band has just added second shows in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Chicago, respectively, on June 17 and June 25.

Here are all of the dates:

4/20 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
4/24 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field
4/28 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium
5/7 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium
5/11 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl
5/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium
5/22 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
5/26 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High
5/31 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField
6/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
6/8 -- Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium
6/13 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
6/17 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium*
6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
6/25 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field*

* = newly added concert.

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Diana Ross, John Legend and Ella Mai help ring in Christmas season at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

The Christmas season got into full swing on Wednesday, with NBC's lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree, with the help of John Legend, Pentatonix, Rob Thomas, Ella Mai and Diana Ross.

Legend opened with "That's What Christmas Means to Me," a cover of the Stevie Wonder song, which is one of the tracks from Legend's A Legendary Christmas album. He returned later to perform the classic, "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

Pentatonix, performed a capella versions of "It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," from their holiday album, Christmas Is Here!

Ella Mai delivered a cover of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," before returning later in the program to sing "Silent Night."

Thomas performed "Christmas in New York City," a "love letter" to the city he wrote following the tragic events of September 11.

A highlight of the evening was the legendary Diana Ross performing a medley of songs from her new collection, Wonderful Christmas Time, including the title track -- a cover of Paul McCartney's 1979 holiday tune.

The night, which also featured Radio City Music Hall's high-stepping Rockettes dance troupe, among others, concluded with the lighting of Rockefeller Center's 75-foot-tall tree blazing with more than 50,000 multi-colored LEDs.

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Watch Bruce Springsteen share stories, play songs in trailer for upcoming Netflix special "Springsteen on Broadway"

An official trailer for the upcoming Netflix special Springsteen on Broadway, which documents a performance of Bruce Springsteen's popular Storytellers-style stage production, has premiered on the streaming service's YouTube channel.

The clip offers glimpses of The Boss onstage at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City as he shares confessional anecdotes about his life and his songs, and performs stripped-down acoustic renditions of some of his tunes.

Early in the video, Springsteen is shown playing "Growing Up" as he discusses how his father influenced his songwriting.

"When I was a young man and looking for a voice to tell my stories, I chose my father's voice," he says. "My father was my hero, and my greatest foe."

Bruce then talks about his relationship with his mother, declaring, "Mom was a different story all together. Kindness, optimism, civility. She made me understand for the first time how good it feels to feel pride in somebody that you love."

The clip also features Springsteen introducing his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, who joins Bruce for a rendition of "Tougher than the Rest."

"She's a great songwriter, she's one of the loveliest voices I've ever heard," gushes the rock legend. "She is smart, tough, but fragile."

As the trailer nears its end, we hear Springsteen sing his classic "Born to Run," and explains what he hoped to achieve through his songs. 

"I wanted to know my story, your story, wherever we're going together as a people," he says. "More than anything else, I wanted to be able to tell that story well to you.

Springsteen on Broadway premieres Sunday, December 16, one day after the stage show ends its Broadway run. In addition, a soundtrack album to the special will be released on Friday, December 14.

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Listen now: Roberta Flack releases first new single in seven years, "Running"

Roberta Flack is back with her first new single in seven years, "Running," which is featured in a new documentary about the world's longest footrace.

The song plays over the closing credits of the documentary 3100: Run and Become, about the annual Self-Transcendence 3,100-mile race in New York City.

The four-time Grammy winner says the lyrics reflect how she's overcome the stroke she suffered in 2016. In the song, she sings, "If I just keep running then I've already won."

"The lyrics to 'Running' speak to where I am now, working to keep going through music," Flack says. 

Last month, the 81-year-old singer was honored by the Jazz Foundation of America at its 27th annual fundraising Loft Party in New York City.

"Running" is now available on all digital music platforms.

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Quincy Jones places hands, footprints in cement at famous Hollywood theater

Quincy Jones received a special honor in Hollywood today, as the legendary producer and composer placed his hands and footprints in cement at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre.

The 27-time Grammy winner was recognized for his lifetime achievement in entertainment, and is the first composer to be so honored. At the ceremony, he recalled how he became the first black composer in Hollywood.

"I am beyond thankful to have had the opportunity to work on more than 35 film scores," he said. "When I started: No black composers on single screen credits.  And two people helped me solve that. That was Sidney Poitier. Gave me six films. And Sidney Lumet."

R&B star Usher and hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg were on hand to help honor Quincy.

"I would not be the humanitarian I am today if you did not make me understand that there's so much more important than what you're doing in music," Usher told Quincy. "You gotta make sure that you continue to supply the resource, the love, the passion...empathy for those people who might not necessarily have the voice to raise it."

Snoop Dogg also praised Jones.

"Quincy has been like a real friend to me," he said. "Giving us information and wisdom on how to live and how to better ourselves, and how to use our voice as a platform to be more positive." 

Jones is one of only 18 EGOT winners, having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. His production credits include one of the best-selling singles of all time, "We Are the World,” and Michael Jackson's iconic albums Thriller, Bad and Off the Wall.

A two-hour BET special honoring Jones called Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones will air December 9. It will feature such stars as Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and John Legend.

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Tuesday, November 

Bob Dylan and Neil Young to play joint concert in London's Hyde Park next July

The first show of the 2019 edition of London's British Summer Time Hyde Park concert series has been confirmed and it's a biggie.

Bob Dylan and Neil Young, arguably two of the greatest and most prolific songwriters of the rock era, will co-headline the event, scheduled to take place on Friday, July 12.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale this Friday, November 30. Dylan will be backed by his longtime touring group, while Young will be accompanied by Promise of the Real, the Americana act that features Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah. Over the past several years, Neil has released three albums that he recorded with Promise of the Real: 2015's The Monsanto Years, 2016's Earth and 2017's The Visitor.

The full list of British Summer Time Hyde Park shows will be announced soon.

The Hyde Park concert is the first 2019 date announced for both Dylan and Young. Neil currently has no other shows on his schedule, while Bob is in the middle of a seven-show stand at New York City's Beacon Theatre that winds down on December 1. He'll wrap up his 2018 itinerary with a December 3 concert in Philadelphia.

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Watch ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons in video for William Shatner's version of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

William Shatner recently released his first Christmas album, Shatner Claus, and the 14-track collection includes a version of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" featuring a gritty guitar solo by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. The long-bearded Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also appears alongside the Star Trek legend in a new video for the tune that's posted on Cleopatra Records' YouTube channel.

Gibbons tells ABC Radio that he had fun collaborating with Shatner, noting, "He does what he does, and he let me do what I do. And it was a happy accident, [a] collision made happy."

As for what Shatner thought about his contribution to the track, Billy says, "He was rather impressed with the fact that we threw some Texas mud into 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.' This happy little thing, all of a sudden it's four flat tires on a muddy road."

The "Rudolph" video starts with Shatner sitting in an ornate chair serenely reciting the song's lyrics to a group of children gathered around him. Soon, an actor dressed as one of Santa's elves joins in to sing the chorus. When the verse comes around again, the video and song kick into high gear, with Shatner -- now wearing a gold-sequined jacket and sunglasses -- suddenly backed by a rock band featuring Gibbons ripping it up on guitar.

Also on hand for the fun are a variety of adults, some dressed in festive costumes, who dance wildly to the song as confetti rains from the ceiling. A couple of live reindeer also are suddenly part of the celebration.

As previously reported, Shatner Claus also features collaborations with Todd Rundgren, ex-Lynyrd Skynyrddrummer Artimus PyleCars guitarist Elliot Easton, longtime Yes keyboardist Rick WakemanJethro Tull's Ian Anderson and Iggy Pop.

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Roger Daltrey reveals favorite Who song and why his creative relationship with Pete Townshend works

Who frontman Roger Daltrey recently released an autobiography titled Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story in which the legendary singer candidly delves into many aspects of his life and musical career. In a new feature in the upcoming issue of AARP The Magazine, Daltrey touches on several interesting topics related to subjects and incidents he discusses in the book.

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reveals that his favorite Who song is "Behind Blue Eyes." He recalls that on the day he recorded his vocals for the tune, "my dog got run over, the first dog I ever had. I was desperately trying to hold it together."

Regarding his professional relationship with Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend, Daltrey notes, "He's a totally different animal than I am. He's earth; I'm water. Between the two of us, we make things grow."

Roger also shares his recollections about his experience performing with The Who at the historic 1969 Woodstock festival.

"The stars of Woodstock were the audience," he says. "Backstage it was a zoo. We were there almost 10 hours before we hit the stage, and then we were exhausted. It was five in the morning or some ungodly hour."

As for what he's doing now musically, Daltrey reports, "I work all the time. Singers have to sing, especially at this age."

That being said, Roger points out that the biggest problem he's facing is that he's losing his hearing, which he maintains is "the manifestation of being in the loudest rock band in the world."

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Official world premiere of Foreigner musical "Jukebox Hero" taking place in Toronto this February

The new Foreigner-inspired musical Jukebox Hero, which showcases a variety of the band's classic hits, gets its official world premiere in Toronto in February 2019, after preview engagements this past August in two other Canadian cities -- Calgary and Edmonton.

The stage production will visit Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre, beginning with a newly added February 20 performance and running through February 24. Two shows apiece will be held on the 23rd and 24th. Tickets are on sale now at JukeboxHeroMusical.com.

As previously reported, Jukebox Hero: The Musical was written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, whose credits include the films The Commitments and Across the Universe, the HBO series Tracy Takes On… and many other projects.

Among the Foreigner songs featured in the show are "I Want to Know What Love Is," "Cold as Ice," "Waiting for a Girl Like You," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Head Games," "Feels Like the First Time" and, of course, "Juke Box Hero." All of the tunes were written or co-written by founding Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones.

The musical tells the fictional story of an economically depressed town called Blaydon, Pennsylvania, where a music star named Ryan Perry grew up but has rarely visited since leaving to find fame and fortune. Perry's father and girlfriend convince him to return to Blaydon to stage a benefit concert to help the town's financially struggling residents, but in doing so, the singer must confront ghosts from his past.

Foreigner will close out its 2018 tour this week with special reunion concerts on Friday, November 30, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Saturday, December 1, in Uncasville, Connecticut. The "Double Vision: Then and Now" shows will feature Foreigner's current lineup joined by original frontman Lou Gramm and four other former band members.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd extends farewell tour into the summer of 2019

Lynyrd Skynyrd will down its current U.S. leg of its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with a New Year's Eve concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma, but the Southern rock legends have now extended the trek well into 2019.

The band has lined up a series of Canadian shows in March, and also will visit mainland Europe and the U.K. in June. The Canadian outing kicks off March 2 in Ottawa and is mapped out through a March 15 concert in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The European trek begins June 17 in Erfurt, Germany, and wraps up on June 30 in Birmingham, U.K.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Lynyrd Skynyrd will play a special gig on January 8 that will be part of the 2019 Southern Rock Cruise. The cruise, which runs from January 6 to January 12, sails out of Tampa, Florida, and will visit Cozumel, Mexico, and Progreso, Mexico. In addition, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will perform on the second day of the 13th annual Stagecoach Festival, scheduled for April 26-28 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

On a recent episode of the AXS TV series The Big Interview, founding guitarist Gary Rossington told host Dan Rather that that Lynyrd Skynyrd's farewell tour, which launched in May, might take a few years to complete.

Here are all of Skynyrd's confirmed North American shows:

11/30 -- Wilkes-Barre Township, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
12/1 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
12/7 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane's River Center
12/8 -- Biloxi, MS, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
12/31 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino
1/8/19 -- Cozumel, Mexico, Southern Rock Cruise
3/2 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre
3/3 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum
3/5 -- London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
3/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place
3/9 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre
3/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
3/13 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
3/15 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre
4/27 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival - Empire Polo Club

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"The Road" goes on: KISS adds new North American leg to End of the Road farewell tour

Last month, KISS announced details of the first leg of their End of the Road farewell tour, which takes place during the first few months of 2019.  Now the band has confirmed plans for a second series of North American dates. The new leg, which features 25 shows, kicks off August 6 in Sunrise, Florida, and is plotted out through a September 16 concert in Oakland, California.

As previously reported, the End of the Road trek begins January 31 in Vancouver, Canada, and is scheduled through an April 13 show in Birmingham, Alabama. The initial leg features 44 dates, some of which sold out instantly.

Tickets for the newly announced concerts go on sale to the general public Monday, December 3, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. KISS Meet & Greet Experiences will be available starting Tuesday, November 27, at 10 a.m. local time at KissOnline.com, where KISS Army fan club members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, November 28, at 9 a.m. local time.

Between the two confirmed North American legs, KISS' End of the Road trek will visit Europe in May, June and July. KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley told ABC Radio last month that the tour is expected to take about three years to complete, "more or less."

"All that we have built and all that we have conquered over the past four decades could never have happened without the millions of people worldwide who've filled clubs, arenas and stadiums over those years," the band says in a joint statement. "This will be the ultimate celebration for those who've seen us and a last chance for those who haven't."

Here are all of KISS' confirmed 2019 North American tour dates:

1/31 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
2/1 -- Portland, OR, Rose Garden Moda Center
2/2 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
2/4 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
2/7 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/8 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
2/9 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
2/12 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
2/13 -- Glendale, AZ, Gila River Arena
2/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
2/16 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
2/19 -- Corpus Christi, TX, American Bank Center
2/20 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/22 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
2/23 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
2/26 -- Oklahoma City, Chesapeake
2/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
3/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
3/2 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
3/6 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
3/7 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
3/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
3/10 -- Moline, IL, Mark of the Quad Cities
3/12 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
3/13 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
3/16 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
3/17 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
3/19 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
3/20 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
3/22 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
3/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/26 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
3/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
4/2 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Videotron Centre
4/3 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Canadian Tire Centre
4/6 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
4/9 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
4/11 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
4/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
4/13 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC
8/6 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center*
8/8 -- Charleston, NC, North Charleston Coliseum*
8/10 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
8/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live*
8/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*
8/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center*
8/16 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre*
8/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena*
8/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center*
8/21 -- Hershey, PA, HersheyPark Stadium*
8/23 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater*
8/24 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
8/27 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
8/29 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center*
8/31 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
9/1 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
9/3 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena*
9/5 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena*
9/7 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center*
9/8 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center*
9/9 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center*
9/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater*
9/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*
9/14 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre*
9/16 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena*

* = newly added show.

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Watch now: Trailer debuts for new "Soul Train"-inspired BET series, "American Soul"

The trailer for American Soul, an upcoming BET series that tells the story of the classic music and dance show Soul Train, premiered on Monday.

Sinqua Walls, best known for his roles in Power and The Breaks, stars as late, legendary Soul Train host Don Cornelius in the 10-episode series.

In the clip, we see Walls as Cornelius taping an episode with the Soul Train dancers. We also see singer Kelly Rowland as Gladys Knight, singing her classic hit with The Pips "Midnight Train to Georgia."

Jesse Collins, who produced The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story, is the show's producer. American Soul will premiere in February 2019 on BET.

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The Go-Go's Broadway musical is go-going away in January

Looks like not enough people fell head over heels for Head over Heels, the Broadway musical based on the music of The Go-Go's. The show is closing January 6, 2019.

Head over Heels features Go-Go's hits like the title track, "We Got the Beat," "Vacation," "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "Turn to You," as well as two solo hits by frontwoman Belinda Carlisle: "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" and "Mad About You." The plot is a little unusual, though: It takes place in the 16th century and concerns a royal family that's trying to save its kingdom.

The musical began previews on June 23 and officially opened on July 26.  When it closes, it will have played 188 regular performances. A U.S. tour and regional productions are being planned, while stock and amateur productions can start next year.

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David Crosby says upcoming documentary offers "a dangerously honest" look at his life

David Crosby currently is touring the U.S. in support of his new collaborative album, Hear If You Listen, and the folk-rock legend soon will celebrate the release of new documentary focusing on his eventful career and life.

The 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that the film is "a dangerously honest documentary" that viewers will "either really like…or really not like."

As previously reported, the movie is being directed by acclaimed rock journalist and award-winning filmmaker Cameron Crowe. Crosby tells ABC Radio that he's known Crowe since he was a teenager, when the budding journalist joined him on the road as a Rolling Stone writer.

"He knows me really well, and he's a very good interviewer," Crosby says. "He's a very, very smart guy, and he asked me really difficult questions and I answered them as honestly as I humanly possibly could."

David maintains that the flick is different from usual rock documentaries, "where you invite everybody who's famous that you ever met in your life to say how wonderful you are, and then you can use their names in the advertising."

He adds, "[T]hat's not what we're doing. We went deep, and hopefully people will see that."

Crosby also points out that not too many of his well-known musical associates appear in the movie, although one exception is his former Byrds band mate Roger McGuinn.

As for when people might be able to see the as-yet-untitled flick, David says, "We'll probably take it to [the] Sundance [Film Festival, which kicks off in January] to sell it, and then, after that, it'll come out." 

Crosby's tour with his Hear If You Listen collaborators Michael League, Becca Stevens and Michelle Willisruns through a December 8 concert in Port Chester, New York.

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Sing (and Laugh) for the Day: Styx announces joint 2019 tour with comic Larry the Cable Guy

Styx will team up with popular comic Larry the Cable Guy for a joint music-and-comedy tour next year.  The trek, billed as "Laugh. Rock. Seriously.," will stop in seven cities in the Midwest and Northern U.S., starting March 21 in Fargo, North Dakota.

Tickets for the trek, which wraps up March 30 in Champaign, Illinois, go on sale this Friday, November 30, at 10 a.m. local time at StyxWorld.com.

"We first ran into Larry the Cable Guy at a convenience store in Sarasota, Florida, many moons ago," Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw explains about his band's connection with the comedian. "Now we are pairing up for a fun night of music and comedy, something we could all use a big dose of! I'm ready! Are you? Let's do this!!!"

Recalling that first meeting with Shaw, Larry the Cable Guy notes, "Ever since I ran into Tommy at a convenience store in Florida, I've always wanted to work some shows with the iconic band Styx. Not only because their music has been a soundtrack to my life, but also to try and get back the 18 bucks I loaned him for honey buns and coffee from that day in Florida."

In addition to the shows with Larry the Cable Guy, Styx has more than a dozen headlining gigs on its itinerary, including several concerts in the Midwest in late December and mid-February, as well as seven West Coast dates in January.

Among the latter shows is a special concert taking place January 20 at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas.  It'll feature a full performance of Styx's 2017 sci-fi concept album The Mission, plus a set of hits and fan favorites.

Here are all of the band's upcoming shows:

12/27 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
12/28 -- New Buffalo, MI, Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds Casino
12/29 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
12/30 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Event Center
1/11/19 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
1/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
1/13 -- Santa Clarita, CA, Santa Clarita PAC at College of the Canyons
1/15 -- Bakersfield, CA, Fox Theater
1/18 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
1/19 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
1/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
2/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, UW Milwaukee Panther Arena
2/9 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
2/12 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre
2/16 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Casino
3/6 -- Plant City, FL, Florida Strawberry Festival
3/21 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena*
3/22 -- Minot, ND, All Seasons Arena*
3/23 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark*
3/24 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center
3/27 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena*
3/28 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Event Center*
3/29 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, US Cellular Center*
3/30 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center*
8/5 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Amphitheater

* = with Larry the Cable Guy.

New Carpenters album, featuring orchestrally enhanced versions of hits, due out in December

1970s pop legends The Carpenters are the latest artists to have their classic music augmented with newly recorded symphonic arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a new album.

Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a 18-track collection that will be released on CD and digitally on December 7, and as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set on February 8, 2019.

Original Carpenters keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, backing singer and producer Richard Carpenter created and conducted the new orchestral arrangements at London's famed Abbey Road Studios, which were combined with existing instrumentation and the late Karen Carpenter's original vocals.

Among the group's memorable hits enhanced for the new project are "Yesterday Once More," "Hurting Each Other," "For All We Know," "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Top of the World," and "We've Only Just Begun."

Reflecting on having the chance to revisit his group's famous tunes, Richard says, "There have been more than a few times when I have thought, 'I wish I could have a second crack at that'…And there were places where things could be augmented without overdoing it. That's the trick."

He adds, "These refreshed tracks more than ever showcase Karen's remarkable voice…And that to me was reason number one for undertaking the project."

Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is available for pre-order now. Purchase the album online and you'll receive three of the tracks as instant downloads -- "Yesterday Once More," "Merry Christmas, Darling," and the group's cover of The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride."

Check out a behind-the-scenes video about the project at The Carpenters' official VEVO YouTube channel.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Overture"
"Yesterday Once More"
"Hurting Each Other"
"I Need to Be In Love"
"For All We Know"
"Touch Me When We're Dancing"
"I Believe You"
"I Just Fall In Love Again"
"Merry Christmas, Darling"
"Baby It's You"
"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
"Superstar"
"Rainy Days and Mondays"
"This Masquerade"
"Ticket to Ride"
"Goodbye to Love"
"Top of the World"
"We've Only Just Begun"

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1970s pop legends The Carpenters are the latest artists to have their classic music augmented with newly recorded symphonic arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a new album.

Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a 18-track collection that will be released on CD and digitally on December 7, and as a two-LP 180-gram vinyl set on February 8, 2019.

Original Carpenters keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, backing singer and producer Richard Carpenter created and conducted the new orchestral arrangements at London's famed Abbey Road Studios, which were combined with existing instrumentation and the late Karen Carpenter's original vocals.

Among the group's memorable hits enhanced for the new project are "Yesterday Once More," "Hurting Each Other," "For All We Know," "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Top of the World," and "We've Only Just Begun."

Reflecting on having the chance to revisit his group's famous tunes, Richard says, "There have been more than a few times when I have thought, 'I wish I could have a second crack at that'…And there were places where things could be augmented without overdoing it. That's the trick."

He adds, "These refreshed tracks more than ever showcase Karen's remarkable voice…And that to me was reason number one for undertaking the project."

Carpenters with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is available for pre-order now. Purchase the album online and you'll receive three of the tracks as instant downloads -- "Yesterday Once More," "Merry Christmas, Darling," and the group's cover of The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride."

Check out a behind-the-scenes video about the project at The Carpenters' official VEVO YouTube channel.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Overture"
"Yesterday Once More"
"Hurting Each Other"
"I Need to Be In Love"
"For All We Know"
"Touch Me When We're Dancing"
"I Believe You"
"I Just Fall In Love Again"
"Merry Christmas, Darling"
"Baby It's You"
"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
"Superstar"
"Rainy Days and Mondays"
"This Masquerade"
"Ticket to Ride"
"Goodbye to Love"
"Top of the World"
"We've Only Just Begun"

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Mike Nesmith to perform his 1972 album "And the Hits Just Keep On Comin'" during brief 2019 solo tour

Following the recent announcement that The Monkees' Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz will mount a 2019 U.S. tour in March, comes word that Nesmith will be playing a series of special headlining shows on the West Coast in January.

The six-date trek will feature Nesmith performing his 1972 solo album And the Hits Just Keep On Comin', with accompaniment from pedal-steel guitarist Pete Finney, a member of Mike's side group The First National Band Redux. The tour kicks off January 17 in Seattle and runs through a January 26 concert in Mill Valley, California.

Tickets for the shows go on sale Wednesday, November 21. A limited number of VIP meet & greet packages also will be available.

This will mark the first time Nesmith has toured as a duo since 1975, when he hit the road with his frequent collaborator, pedal-steel guitarist Red Rhodes, with whom he recorded And the Hits Just Keep On Comin'.

And the Hits Just Keep On Comin' was the fifth album Nesmith released after his departure from The Monkees. It features versions of 10 songs that Mike wrote during or prior to his time in The Monkees, including "Different Drum," which Linda Ronstadt's old band The Stone Poneys had a top 20 hit with in 1967.

As previously reported, Nesmith underwent open-heart surgery earlier this year after experiencing congestive heart failure before a concert with Dolenz this past June. By September, however, Mike was well enough to go on tour with The First National Band Redux.

His upcoming trek with Dolenz, which kicks off March 1, 2019, in Medford, Massachusetts, includes four rescheduled shows that he and Micky postponed because of Mike's health issue.

Here are all of Nesmith's upcoming solo dates:

1/17/19 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
1/19 -- Grants Pass, OR-- The Rogue Theater
1/20 -- Sacramento, CA, Sofia Center for the Arts
1/22 -- West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
1/24 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
1/26 -- Mill Valley, CA, Sweetwater Music Hall

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry cancels US fall tour after recent hospitalization

After his recent hospitalization, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry won't be ready to get back in the saddle in time for his planned fall solo tour. The 68-year-old rocker has announced that he's canceled the 10-date trek, which had been scheduled to launch on November 30 in in Sioux City, Iowa, and he'll be taking off the rest of 2018.

According to the announcement, Perry "would like to apologize to the fans who were planning on coming to the shows and looks forward to seeing them again in 2019." Tickets refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

Joe was hospitalized after experiencing a health issue backstage following his guest performance with Billy Joelat the Piano Man's November 10 concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. A statement from Perry's rep reported that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital."

A Perry rep told ABC Radio this past Friday that Joe was home from the hospital and "doing well."

The trek had been plotted out through a December 16 concert in Agoura Hills, California. The next event of Perry's schedule is Aerosmith's recently announced February 1, 2019, concert as part of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest in Atlanta.

Here are all of the canceled dates:

11/30 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
12/1 -- West Dundee, IL, RocHaus
12/2 -- Detroit, MI, Crowfoot Ballroom
12/4 -- New York, NY, PlayStation Theater
12/5 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
12/7 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Casino
12/11 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
12/13 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
12/15 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
12/16 -- Agoura Hills, CA, The Canyon

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You say it's your birthday: The Beatles' "White Album" turns 50 years old on Thursday

If you're a Beatles fan, take a moment during your festivities this Thursday to give thanks for the band's classic self-titled double album, a.k.a. The White Albumwhich is celebrating its 50th birthday. Released on November 22, 1968, the eclectic 30-track collection went on to spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Beatles historian Bruce Spizer tells ABC Radio that following the innovative Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Fab Four delivered an even more diverse set of songs with The White Album.

"When you think about it, this was like Sgt. Pepper on steroids, as far as different genres of music," Spizer notes.

"You open up with 'Back in the U.S.S.R.,' which is a rock 'n' roll song in the Chuck Berry vein," he points out. "And then you go into 'Dear Prudence,' which is this wonderful acoustic guitar song…You have 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' [which you could call] calypso or reggae or ska."

"Beautiful ballads such as 'Julia.' Heavy metal rock 'n' roll such as 'Helter Skelter,'" he continues. "A lush symphonic song, 'Good Night'…[And an] experimental sound collage with 'Revolution 9.'"

In contrast to Sgt. Pepper, which found the group immersed in studio experimentation, Spizer says The White Album "was more The Beatles being a band, [focusing on] 'two guitars, bass and drums' basics." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

While John Lennon and Paul McCartney continued to dominate The Beatles' songwriting, George Harrisonmade major contributions to The White Album, most notably with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which features a memorable guitar solo by Eric Clapton.

Fiftieth anniversary reissues of The White Album are available now, including a seven-disc Super Deluxe edition boasting three CDs of studio outtakes, a CD of demos, a Blu-ray audio disc and more.

Here's The White Album's original track list:

Side One
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Dear Prudence"
"Glass Onion"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
"Wild Honey Pie"
"The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"

Side Two
"Martha My Dear"
"I'm So Tired"
"Blackbird"
"Piggies"
"Rocky Raccoon"
"Don't Pass Me By"
"Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
"I Will"
"Julia"

Side Three
"Birthday"
"Yer Blues"
"Mother Nature's Son"
"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
"Sexy Sadie"
"Helter Skelter"
"Long, Long, Long"

Side Four
"Revolution I"
"Honey Pie"
"Savoy Truffle"
"Cry Baby Cry"
"Revolution 9"
"Good Night"

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Star-studded 2015 John Lennon tribute concert being released in January on CD, DVD and vinyl

On December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John FogertySteven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to tape a concert special commemorating what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday.  The show, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, originally aired that month on AMC, and now a CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.

The concert, which was hosted by actor Kevin Bacon, includes performances of a variety of memorable songs Lennon wrote or co-wrote for The Beatles and tunes from his solo career.  Among the many other artists who took part in the show were Sheryl CrowWillie NelsonKris KristoffersonTrain's Pat MonahanThe KillersBrandon FlowersRage Against the Machine's Tom MorelloAloe BlaccThe Roots and Eric Church.

Highlights from the concert included Fogerty performing "Give Peace a Chance" and "In My Life," Tyler singing "Come Together" and teaming up with Church on a rendition of "Revolution," and Frampton playing "Norwegian Wood" and duetting with Crow and Aloe Blacc on Lennon's holiday classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)."  For the finale, most of the show's cast came together for a rousing version of "All You Need Is Love."

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, attended the event, and also took the stage to address the audience and thank the participants.

The Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert CD, DVD and LP set can be pre-ordered now at BlackbirdPresents.com. Special bundles also are available that include specially themed hoodies, t-shirts, pint glasses, guitar-pick necklaces and more.

Here's the CD and DVD track lists:

"Come Together" -- Steven Tyler
"Instant Karma" -- Brandon Flowers
"Don't Let Me Down" -- Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Chris Stapleton
"Jealous Guy" -- Pat Monahan
"A Hard Day's Night" -- Sheryl Crow
"In My Life" -- John Fogerty
"Watching the Wheels" -- Aloe Blacc
"Woman" -- Juanes
"Hey Bulldog" -- Spoon
"Working Class Hero" -- Tom Morello, Kris Kristofferson
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" -- Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton
"Give Peace a Chance" -- John Fogerty
"Mother" -- The Roots
"Mind Games" -- Eric Church
"Steel and Glass" -- Aloe Blacc
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" -- Peter Frampton
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" -- Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton
"Revolution" -- Eric Church, Steven Tyler*
"Power to the People" -- Tom Morello
"A Special Thank You from Yoko Ono" -- Yoko Ono*
"Imagine" -- Willie Nelson
"All You Need Is Love" -- Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, Brandon Flowers, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Spoon, Chris Stapleton, Steven Tyler

* = appears on DVD only.

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Back in the "Billboard" charts: The Beatles' "White Album" lands at #6 thanks to 50th anniversary reissue

The Beatles are back in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart thanks to the 50th anniversary reissue of their 1968 self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album. During the first week of the reissue's release, the record sold 63,000 equivalent album units to put it at #6 on the tally.

After it was originally released, The White Album ruled the Billboard 200, spending nine non-consecutive weeks at #1 in late 1968 and early 1969. During its initial chart run, the last time the album was higher than #6 was in March of '69.

Last year, The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band reached #3 on the Billboard 200 after the release of a 50th anniversary reissue. Sgt. Pepper previously had spent a whopping 27 weeks at #1 on the tally.

Another veteran rock act also made an impact the latest Billboard 200's top 10: The soundtrack to the Queenand Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody dropped from #3 to #7 after moving 54,000 album units this past week. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack features classic Queen studio tracks, updated renditions of some tunes, and a number of rare or previously unreleased concert performances, including songs from the band's historic set at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London.

The #1 album this week was country artist Kane Brown's Experiment, which notched 124,000 equivalent album units during its first week of release.

Paint it red, white & blue: Rolling Stones to launch 2019 US leg of No Filter Tour in April

Rolling Stones fans in the U.S. will have plenty to be satisfied about in 2019, because, as expected, the British rock legends have announced plans for a 2019 stateside tour.

The band has confirmed 13 dates on so far for the latest leg of its No Filter trek, which kicks off April 13 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and is mapped out through a June 21 concert at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Other locations that the band will visit in 2019 include Jacksonville, Florida; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Santa Clara, California; Seattle; Denver; Washington, D.C.; and the suburbs of Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, November 30, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Wednesday, November 28, at 10 a.m. local time via RollingStones.com. Visit the site on November 27 at 9 a.m. ET to get a promo code to access to tickets.

The Stones teased the upcoming shows in recent weeks by having their lips-and tongue logo appear on billboards, scoreboards, banners and stickers at or near many of the venues where they will be playing next year.

"It's a thrill when we play stadiums in the States," frontman Mick Jagger says in a statement. "The energy is always amazing!"

Adds guitarist Keith Richards, "I've always loved playing the States. It's a great crowd."

The Rolling Stones' most recent trek was this year's No Filter Tour of Europe, which ran from May until July. The last time they toured the U.S. and Canada was in 2015, but they played a few stateside shows in October 2016.

Here are all of The Stones' confirmed 2019 tour dates:

4/20 -- Miami Gardens, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
4/24 -- Jacksonville, FL, TIAA Bank Field
4/28 -- Houston, TX, NRG Stadium
5/7 -- Glendale, AZ, State Farm Stadium
5/11 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose Bowl
5/18 -- Santa Clara, CA, Levi's Stadium
5/22 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
5/26 -- Denver, CO, Broncos Stadium at Mile High
5/31 -- Washington, D.C., FedExField
6/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
6/8 -- Foxborough, MA, Gillette Stadium
6/13 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
6/21 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field

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Off the Griddle: Michael Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd among winners at Waffle House's first Tunie Awards

Sales and chart positions are one way to measure a music star's popularity, but if you want to know just how deeply an artist has penetrated the country's consciousness, look no further than Waffle House.

Last week, the popular restaurant chain held its first Waffle House Tunie Awards, honoring the artists whose music was played most over the past 12 months on TouchTunes Jukeboxes at Waffle House's more than 1,900 locations. Among the winners were Michael Jackson and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The late King of Pop won two awards -- Artist of the Year and Best Pop Artist -- signifying that Jackson's music was played more than any other artist and pop act on Waffle House jukeboxes. Skynyrd, meanwhile, received the Best Rock Artist prize in honor of the band being the most-played rock act at the restaurant chain.

The most-played individual song was R&B singer Khalid's "Location." Other winners included Beyoncé and country music veteran "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson.

You can watch the entire Tunies ceremony now at the Waffle House Facebook page.

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The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger introduces new song celebrating the band's forthcoming US tour

There hasn't been any word lately about the status of The Rolling Stones' next studio album, but Mick Jagger has introduced what appears to be a new original Stones tune on his official Facebook page: It's a song that celebrates the band's just-announced 2019 U.S. tour.

In the clip, Jagger is shown lip-syncing to the tune as he strums an electric guitar. The lyrics are as follows: "I just found out today that we're going to the U.S.A/ Where the hell we gonna live?/Where the hell we gonna play?"

Jagger then runs down the various cities where the band will be performing: "There's Miami, Florida/ Jacksonville and Houston/ New Orleans and Glendale/ Pasadena, Santa Clara/ …to Seattle/ Denver, Colorado/ Right across America/ Philadelphia, PA/ Boston, Massachusetts/ Don't forget New Jersey/ Stoppin' in Chicago/ Hope you're gonna see a show/ Hope you're gonna go, go, go."

It's worth noting that New Orleans wasn't on the initial list of cities included in the announcement of The Rolling Stones' 2019 No Filter Tour of the U.S., which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida. However, rumors have circulated that The Stones will be among the headlining acts at this year's edition of the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is scheduled to take place April 25-28 and May 2-5.

Interestingly, The Stones have no concerts scheduled between April 28 and May 7. The festival's official lineup will be announced in December.

The tour currently features 13 dates, and is mapped out through a June 21 show in Chicago.

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Cher tells "Elle" about her amazing career: "One day we were poor...three days later, we were famous"

Coinciding with The Cher Show, the new Broadway musical based on her life, Cher is featured in the new issue of Elle magazine, talking about life, love and fame.

Recalling the day she met Sonny Bono, her future husband and musical partner, Cher tells Elle, "I swear, it was like the Maria and Tony scene [in West Side Story]. Everyone just disappeared. He was the most unusual person I'd ever seen. He had longish hair, and he had the most beautiful suit on, and beautiful long fingers, and Beatle boots."

Cher recalls that her duo act with Sonny wasn't an immediate hit. "Kids liked it, but adults just hated us. I mean, really hated us. Fistfights, hate," she says.  But after Sonny & Cher released "I Got You Babe," things changed.

"Everything happened so fast. I didn't even know where I was," Cher explains. "One day we were poor. Two days, three days later, we were famous."

These experiences and more are featured in The Cher Show, which the star spent years perfecting.

"I'm fussy 'cause it's my story," Cher says. "I want it to be honest and right and funny and sad, like my life."

She adds, "I've had huge failures in my life. Huge dips and 'Oh, you're over. You're over.' This one guy once said, 'You're over,' every year for I don't know how many years. And I just said to him, 'You know what? I will be here when you're not doing what you do anymore.'"

Cher admits, "I had no idea if I was right or wrong [at the time]. I was just tired of hearing him say it."

The Cher Show is currently in previews on Broadway and opens December 3.

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The Monkees' Dolenz and Nesmith announce 2019 tour, including new dates for postponed 2018 shows

Earlier this year, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith were forced to cut short their U.S. duo tour, dubbed "The Monkees Present: The Mike and Micky Show," after Nesmith suffered congestive heart failure and had to undergo open-heart surgery. Now, the longtime band mates have scheduled a 2019 stateside trek that includes makeup dates for the four concerts they postponed at the end of the previous outing.

The 12-date tour gets underway on March 1 in Medford, Massachusetts, and currently runs through a March 16 show in St. Charles, Missouri. The rescheduled concerts take place March 5 in Red Band, New Jersey; March 6 in Glenside, Pennsylvania; March 8 in Huntington, New York; and March 9 in New York City.

The new trek is being billed as "Monkees Featuring Mike Nesmith & Micky Dolenz: A Very Musical Journey from 'Last Train to Clarksville' to 'Me & Magdalena.'" Tickets are on sale now.

Last month, The Monkees released their first-ever holiday album, Christmas Party, which featured new contributions from surviving members Dolenz, Nesmith and Peter Tork, as well as archival vocals from the late Davy Jones.

In other news, Tork recently addressed rumors that he has been experiencing health issues that have kept him from taking part in recent Monkees-related tours.

"[W]hile it is true that my health has required a little more attention these days, I'm feeling pretty good," Peter wrote on his official Facebook page last month. "I'm also cherishing this time with family and friends, and making music."

He added, "Keep your eyes open for some possible web concerts with friends and other musicians…this is a private time and I won't be posting updates."

Here's the full list of Nesmith and Dolenz's 2019 tour dates:

3/1 -- Medford, MA, Chevalier Theatre
3/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino
3/3 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
3/5 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts
3/6 -- Glenside, PA, The Keswick Theatre
3/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
3/9 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
3/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
3/12 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/14 -- Prior Lake. MN, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
3/15 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
3/16 -- St Charles, MO, Family Arena

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Todd Rundgren to publish first-ever memoir, "The Individualist," in December

Over the last 50 years, Todd Rundgren has enjoyed an impressively diverse and prolific career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and technological innovator.  Now, the 70-year-old artist can add "book author" to his resume: His autobiography, The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams & Dissertations, will be published on December 21.

In the 240-page volume, Todd examines his wide-ranging career and his dramatic personal life. He also shares recollections about his experiences and interactions with fellow music legends like Janis Joplin, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls, Meat Loaf and many others.

The Individualist is broken up into easily digestible three-paragraph chapters, and boasts a variety of previously unseen photos. You can pre-order the memoir now at CleoRecs.com.

The book will arrive shortly after Rundgren discovers whether or not he'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. After recently being nominated for the honor for the first time this year, Todd currently sits at #3 -- after Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks -- in the fan poll hosted by the Rock Hall's official website.

The five nominated artists receiving the most votes in the poll will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be included with the other ballots. Voting closes at December 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2019 inductees will be announced later that month.

Meanwhile, Rundgren will wrap up the latest U.S. leg of his Unpredictable tour this weekend with a November 24-25 stand in Honolulu.

Here's are all the remaining dates on his 2018 trek:

11/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/21 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
11/24 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii 
11/25 -- Honolulu, HI, Blue Note Hawaii

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Diana Ross, Tony Bennett & more to sing on NBC's 2018 Christmas in Rockefeller Center special

NBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center holiday special will be the usual star-studded affair this year.

Diana Ross and Tony Bennett are among the many artists who will perform on the show, which airs Wednesday, November 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The lineup also includes pop/R&B star John Legend, a cappella group Pentatonix and country artists Martina McBride, Brett Eldredgeand Kellie Pickler. More acts will be announced soon.

Howie Mandel will also make a special appearance on the two-hour special, which will be co-hosted by NBC's Today show anchors and feature the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a 72-foot-tall Norway Spruce from Wallkill, New York. 

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was first erected in 1931, but NBC televised it for the first time in 1951. This 86th annual tree lighting will feature more than 50,000 multi-colored lights, and a 900-pound 3-D star covered in three million Swarovski crystals.

In other NBC holiday special news, Entertainment Tonight reports that Stevie Wonder will be among the guests featured on John Legend's A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy -- which airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, right after the tree-lighting special. Legend's special will repeat on December 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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To be an American: Billy Idol gets sworn in as US citizen

Wednesday was a nice day for Billy Idol, who was sworn in as an American citizen at a ceremony held in Los Angeles.

Photos of the British-born punk rocker at the ceremony have been posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' social media sites. One of the pics shows Idol taking the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance while holding a small U.S. flag.

The websites also feature a brief Q&A with Billy, who was born William Broad in November 1955 in Stanmore, U.K., sharing his feelings about America.

Recalling his first memory of coming to the U.S., Idol says, "I was only 2 or 3 years old the first time I came to the U.S. But I remember when I came back in the '80s to live here permanently that I was so happy because I love America."

Billy also was asked, "What does being an American mean to you?" to which he responded, "Today it feels fantastic to now be part of the democratic process. I am excited to be a citizen like my children."

In other news, Idol recently reunited with his former Generation X band mate, bassist Tony James, along with two members of the Sex Pistols, guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, to form a punk supergroup called Generation Sex. The band played its first show late last month in Los Angeles, and also did a private gig in New York City earlier this week.

Idol's current tour schedule includes two multiple-show Las Vegas engagements, in January and October 2019, as part of his residency at Palms Casino Resort's Pearl Theater.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry is home from the hospital and "doing well" following recent health incident in NYC

Joe Perry is making progress after landing in the hospital due to a health issue he experienced last Saturday backstage at New York City's Madison Square Garden following a guest performance at Billy Joel's concert. A rep for the Aerosmith guitarist tells ABC Radio that Perry "was released from the hospital and is home and doing well."

Perry also took to his social media sites on Tuesday to let fans know he was "[d]oing well," and thanking them "for all the love and support!"

According to a statement issued Sunday by Joe's publicist, the 68-year-old musician "experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital." The statement added that Perry was "alert and responsive" after the incident.

Perry had just finished performing the Aerosmith hit "Walk This Way" with Joel before the incident.

This health scare follows a July 10, 2016, incident during which the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer collapsed onstage while performing in Brooklyn, New York, with his side band, The Hollywood Vampires. It was believed then that Joe suffered cardiac arrest, although he returned to action later that year.

Perry is scheduled to launch a 10-date U.S. solo tour in support of his 2018 solo album Sweetzerland Manifestoon November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa. He recently released a new single called "Quake" that will appear on an upcoming vinyl version of the album.

Elvis Presley honored posthumously by President Trump with Medal of Freedom at White House ceremony

President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's' highest civilian honor -- to seven Americans, including the late "King of Rock 'n' Roll" Elvis Presley, on Friday during a ceremony at the White House.

"This year it is my true privilege to award this honor to seven extraordinary Americans," Trump said.

Before introducing Presley's award, a segment of Elvis' version of the gospel song "How Great Thou Art" played throughout the East Room.

"That was my idea, I said give me a little song," the President commented as he began his tribute to the singer. "I will tell you he was something special. I wanted to hear the rest of the song…I don't know why they cut it off so short."

Trump then read a brief biography that listed many of Presley's career achievements. He also revealed that he got to see Elvis perform at the Hilton in Las Vegas once, recalling that fans "were ripping the place apart, screaming [and] going crazy."

Trump added that he remembered the venue announcing "Elvis has left the house," quipping, "If they didn't say that, I'd still be there. Maybe I wouldn't be here."

This year's other Medal of Freedom honorees were late baseball legend Babe Ruth, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, Senator Orrin Hatch, Pro Football Hall of Famer and judge Alan Page, and doctor and humanitarian Miriam Adelson.

You can watch the full ceremony at the White House's official YouTube channel.

Original Woodstock promoter says there are "definite plans" for a 50th anniversary festival in 2019

With the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival scheduled for August of 2019, one of the historic concert event's organizers, Michael Lang, says a new fest commemorating the milestone is in the planning stages.

"We have definite plans," Lang tells the Poughkeepsie Journal. "I'm excited. I am indeed."

Asked if he could give any concrete details about the event, the 73-year-old promoter and entrepreneur says. "These are plans. This is not a done deal yet. But it's very close."

He adds that an official announcement will be issued soon.

The original Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held August 15-18, 1969, at a dairy farm owned by Max Yasgurin Bethel, New York, which actually is 43 miles from the town of Woodstock. The site is now a concert venue and museum called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

The festival was one of the defining events of the 1960s, 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 Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, John Sebastian, Arlo Guthrie, Canned Heat and Country Joe and the Fish.

Lang also helped organize 25th and 30th anniversary Woodstock festivals, respectively, in Saugerties, New York, and Rome, New York.

He says the new festival will reflect the values of the original Woodstock generation and promote themes like sustainability, activism and social justice, which "hopefully encourage people to get involved with our lives on the planet."

The Revolution's Brown Mark remembers Prince: "I don't think since Mozart there's ever gonna be anybody else"

It's been two-and-a-half years since Prince passed away, and for Brown Mark, the bass player of the band The Revolution, which recorded the Purple Rain soundtrack, Prince was the greatest musician of our time.

Mark was amazed by how Prince, best known as a guitarist and pianist, could play several instruments at the highest level.

"I've never seen anyone grab your instrument and show you how to do something. He had the ability to play everything, and if he wanted to tweak something, or whatever he wanted to do, he could come right over and he could show you what he's hearing," the 56-year-old musician says.

"'Here, let me have that bass,' and he would show me. He was a phenomenal musician," Mark continues. "I don't think since Mozart there's ever gonna be anybody else. Not in our generation."   

Mark says that not only was Prince the consummate musician, he was also one of the most versatile vocalists.

"He could sing in two different styles," Mark remembers. "He'd hit this falsetto like the old Smokey Robinsonand Verdine White. He could hit that, but then he could go to this baritone and this real deep thing."

In addition to recording Purple Rain and appearing with Prince in the film, The Revolution also recorded three more albums with Prince in the '80s: 1999, Around the World in a Day and Parade. Along with Brown Mark on bass, The Revolution includes guitarist Wendy Melvoin, drummer Bobby Z, and two keyboard players -- Lisa Coleman and Dr. Fink.

The Revolution recently wrapped up its fall tour, and will end the year with Texas shows in Austin, Houston and Dallas on December 29, 30 and 31.

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The Boy & The Piano: Elton John featured in UK's most prestigious Christmas ad campaign

Each year, the British department store chain John Lewis releases a splashy Christmas ad, usually featuring a cover version of a beloved pop hit.  The ad is highly anticipated, and its release marks the official kickoff of the U.K. holiday season.  This year, none other than Elton John is front and center in the ad, called "The Boy & the Piano."

In the touching video, we see Elton sitting in a living room at an old upright piano, looking wistful.  He begins to play his first big hit, "Your Song," and as he does, we're taken on a journey backward through time. 

We see Elton performing the song in the present day in Las Vegas, then sitting in a dressing room circa 1990, onstage wearing a pink Mohawk wig in 1986, performing at a stadium in the mid '70s, playing the piano on an airplane in the early '70s, and singing "Your Song" during a British TV appearance in 1971.

After we see Elton recording the song in the studio in January 1970, we jump back even further. Elton's a teenager, playing the piano at a family gathering in the '60s while people dance around him.  Then, he's a kid in the '50s, playing the piano at a recital, with his proud mom in the audience.  And finally, we see him at the age of about three or four, running into the living room on Christmas morning to greet his mom and grandma, and unwrapping the same upright piano we see him playing in the beginning.

As we cut back to present-day Elton at the piano, he closes the lid, and we see these words: "Some gifts are more than just a gift." 

And...goosebumps.

Be My Santa Baby: Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes announce holiday tour

Ronnie Spector is continuing a holiday tradition by lining up a series of her annual "Best Christmas Party Ever!" shows.

The girl-group legend will perform with the latest incarnation of The Ronettes on the 10-date tour, which runs from a November 24 performance in Rockville Centre, New York, through a December 22-23 stand at the City Winery in New York City.

Spector began playing her yuletide-themed gigs back in 1988.  Fans attending the concerts can expect to hear some of the soulful renditions of classic holiday tunes that The Ronettes recorded for the famous 1963 album A Christmas Gift for You, which was produced by Ronnie's ex-husband Phil Spector. These include "Frosty the Snowman," "Sleigh Ride" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

After the New Year, The Ronettes have a handful of other U.S. shows lined up, as well as a few U.K. dates.

Here are all of Spector and her group's confirmed U.S. concerts:

11/24 -- Rockville Centre, NY, Madison Theatre*
11/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse*
12/8 -- Detroit, MI, El Club*
12/9 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre*
12/12 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café*
12/13 -- Phoenixville, PA, Colonial Theatre*
12/14 -- Riverhead, NY, Suffolk Theatre*
12/16 -- Barnstable, MA, Tildon PAC*
12/22 -- New York City, City Winery*
12/23 -- New York City, City Winery*
1/8/19 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
1/31 -- Homestead, FL, Seminole Theatre
2/1 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
2/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
2/16 -- Rutland, VT, Paramount Theatre

* = Best Christmas Party Ever!

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Girls just wanna have trophies: Cyndi Lauper to receive Icon Award at "Billboard" Women in Music event

Cyndi Lauper will be honored with Billboard's Icon Award at the publication's annual Women in Music Event, taking place December 6 in New York City.

"The entire world recognizes the power of Cyndi Lauper's pop music, and just as crucially, she has used her undeniable talent to soar beyond music, create positive change in modern society and become a true Icon," said Billboard Editorial Director Jason Lipshutz in a statement.

A Grammy, Tony and Emmy-winning star, Lauper has scored eight top-10 hits in her career, appeared in movies and on TV, and has written a hit Broadway musical.  A noted humanitarian, she established the True Colors Fund 10 years ago. The charity works to end homelessness among LGBTQ youth.

Cyndi's spent much of this year on tour with Rod Stewart.  She also is working on a new musical based on the hit movie Working Girl.

Also being honored at the Women in Music event are pop superstar and Billboard's Woman of the Year Ariana Grande, as well as R&B singer and actress Janelle Monáe, who will receive the Trailblazer Award.

The 13th annual Women in Music event and red-carpet pre-show will be broadcast live on Twitter, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on December 6.  More honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Expanded edition of 1995 Rolling Stones concert video, "Voodoo Lounge Uncut," arrives today

The expanded and remastered reissue of The Rolling Stones' 1995 concert video Voodoo Lounge Live -- which features footage from a November 1994 show in the Miami area -- gets its release in multiple formats today.

Retitled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, the package features 10 previously unreleased performances and is available as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-Blu-ray collection and a digital video. Also available: three-LP sets on black vinyl and colored vinyl, as well as digital-audio editions.

The concert took place at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, during The Stones' tour in support of their chart-topping 1994 album, Voodoo Lounge. The show featured an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg, and guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley and blues guitarist Robert Cray.

The band's set featured several Voodoo Lounge tunes, a few covers, some deep cuts and an assortment of Stones classics, including "Tumbling Dice," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Beast of Burden," "Angie," "Miss You," "Honky Tonk Women," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

The Voodoo Lounge Uncut video also boasts five bonus performances shot in August 1994 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Several videos promoting the new release have been posted on the band's official YouTube channel. Among them: a short documentary featuring frequent Stones art director Mark Norton discussing the images he designed for the Voodoo Lounge tour and the Voodoo Lounge Uncut packaging; a trailer for the concert film; and full performance clips of "Miss You" and "Happy."

You can order Voodoo Lounge Uncut at Eagle-Rock.com.

Here's the track list for the new video and audio releases:

Whoopi Goldberg Intro
"Not Fade Away"
"Tumbling Dice"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Rocks Off"*
"Sparks Will Fly"*
"Live with Me"*
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Beast of Burden"*
"Angie"
"Dead Flowers"*
"Sweet Virginia"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"*
"It's All Over Now"
"Stop Breakin' Down Blues"
"Who Do You Love?"
"I Go Wild"*
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Before They Make Me Run"*
"The Worst"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Monkey Man"*
"Street Fighting Man"*
"Start Me Up"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Brown Sugar"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Here are the bonus video performances from Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ:

Santana announces dates for 2019 Global Consciousness Tour

Carlos Santana and his band will launch a 2019 North American leg of its Global Consciousness Tour with a series of March and April shows in Mexico and the U.S.

The concerts will be bookended by previously announced Las Vegas engagements in January-February and May, as part of Santana's ongoing residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

The tour kicks off March 17 in Mexico City, and currently is scheduled through an April 28 concert in Rogers, Arkansas. The outing will coincide with the 20th anniversary of Santana's massively successful Supernatural album, as well as the 50th anniversary of the band's performance at the historic Woodstock festival.

Visit Santana.com to find out details about when tickets will be available for the shows.

As for the band's Las Vegas performances, two eight-date stands have been lined up, running from January 23 through February 2 and May 15 through May 26.

Here are all of Santana's confirmed 2019 concerts:

1/23, 25-27, 30-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
2/1-2 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
3/17 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Vive Latino Festival 2019
3/19 -- Puebla, Mexico, Acropolis Puebla
3/21 -- Guadalajara, Mexico, Auditorio Telmex
4/18 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Al Lang Stadium
4/19 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Event Center
4/20 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
4/22 -- Nashville, TN, Grand Ole Opry House
4/24 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
4/27 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
4/28 -- Rogers, AR, The Walmart Amp
5/15, 17-19, 22, 24-26 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay

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Cher on touring: "I just want to do it 'til I'm finished"

Cher's Here We Go Again Tour kicks off January 17 in Estero, Florida.  It's the 72-year-old icon's first full U.S. trek in five years, and she says she wants to tour as much as she can -- while she's still able to do it.

In a video promoting the tour, Cher says, "There will be some point where I can't tour, y'know?...And I don't want to think, 'I wish I would have done more, now that I can no longer do it,' because I still enjoy it."

She adds, "I still sing well, and I just want to do it 'til I'm finished."

Even if you've seen Cher before -- maybe on her three-year "Farewell Tour" that turned out not to be -- there will be new things to discover on this trek, including material from her new hit album of ABBA covers, Dancing Queen.

"The show's gonna be a little bit different," she explains. "I'm adding new songs to it, trying some new things and some new technology."

But while many artists from Cher's generation are either retiring from the road or staying put in Vegas, why does the Oscar-winning star want to drag herself all over the U.S. at this point in her career?

"I can't really say why I wanna tour. I've never had a plan," she says with a laughs. "It's like someone said: 'Oh, do you have a five-year plan for your career?' I don't have a five-minute plan for my career!"

She then declares, "My favorite thing is being on stage and I've had great audiences in my life. It's like playing tennis. It's like, if you give off a lot of energy, then they give a lot of energy back."

Tickets for the tour are on sale now.

Elvis Presley to be honored posthumously with Presidential Medal of Freedom

The late Elvis Presley is one of seven noteworthy Americans who will be recognized this week by President Donald Trump with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. The awards will be presented at a ceremony held this Friday, November 16, at the White House.

The Medal of Freedom is given to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors," according to the White House.

A statement issued by the White House maintains that Presley, who died in 1977, "defined American culture to billions of adoring fans around the world," explaining that he "fused gospel, country, and rhythm and blues to create a sound all his own, [while] selling more than a billion records." The note also points out that Elvis served for almost two years in the U.S. Army, "starred in 31 films," and "earned 14 Grammy Award nominations," while winning three of Grammys for his gospel music.

The other honorees this year are late baseball legend Babe Ruth, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, Senator Orrin Hatch, Pro Football Hall of Famer and judge Alan Page, and doctor and humanitarian Miriam Adelson.

Visit WhiteHouse.gov for full details about the latest group of Medal of Freedom honorees.

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Fleetwood Mac postpones two concerts, reportedly because of Stevie Nicks' vocal issues

Fleetwood Mac has postponed two Canadian concerts on its current North American tour that had been scheduled for this past Saturday in Edmonton and Monday in Calgary because of "a band member illness," according to a post on the website of Edmonton's Rogers Place arena.

The message reports that the Edmonton show has been rescheduled for April 13, 2019, while the concert at Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome now will take place on April 15. Both events have been tacked on to the end of the second leg of the group's North American trek.

Billboard.com reports that new Fleetwood Mac member Neil Finn revealed in a note on his Twitter feed -- a note apparently since removed -- that the postponements are due to a vocal issue that Stevie Nicks is having.

"So sorry we couldnt play for you tonight Edmonton but we had to protect that wondrous force of nature that is Stevies voice. We'll be back in April better than ever. Love you xo," read the message, according to the website.

The next concert on Fleetwood Mac's itinerary is a show Wednesday, November 14, in Vancouver, Canada. Check out the band's full schedule at FleetwoodMac.com.

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Ringo Starr reveals plans for 30th anniversary All Starr Band tour; group welcomes new member

Ringo Starr will return to the road in 2019 with his All Starr Band for an early-spring tour of Japan, as well as a North American summer trek marking the group's 30th anniversary.

The North American outing will kick off August 1 at Caesars Windsor Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and will run through a September 1 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Other confirmed shows include a two performances with The Beach Boys, on August 3 and 4 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, and an August 7-8 stand at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. A full itinerary will be announced soon.

As for the Japanese trek, that's mapped out from a March 27 show in Fukuoka through an April 11 concert in Osaka.

The All Starr Band has undergone one minor lineup change, as 10cc member Graham Goldman, who took part in the group's 2018 trek, will be replaced by Average White Band bassist Hamish Stuart next year. Stuart previously toured with the All Starrs in 2006.

In other news, a limited-edition version of Starr's recently announced photo book, Another Day in the Life, is being published this month, while a standard hard-cover version of the tome will get a wide release in April 2019.

Another Day in the Life features previously unseen images taken by the ex-Beatles drummer, who also wrote captions and anecdotes for each picture. Visit RingoBook.com for more details.

Meanwhile, Starr will attend UNICEF's 14th annual Snowflake Ball on November 27 in New York City, where he will receive the George Harrison Humanitarian Award. The honor is presented by The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, which supports programs that provide health, education, nutrition programs and emergency relief for children in need.

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Paul McCartney pays tribute to Stan Lee; says Lee suggested creating a superhero based on Macca

Paul McCartney is among the many celebrities paying tribute to legendary Marvel Comics writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee, who died Monday at the age of 95.

In a note on his official website, the former Beatles star bids a "fond farewell" to Lee, while noting that he "will be sadly missed."

Sir Paul goes on to reveal that he was lucky enough to have met the Stan, with whom he chatted about comic books. McCartney says Lee, who'd created or co-created timeless superheroes including Black Panther, Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and Daredevil, discussed the possibility of making a new character inspired by the rock icon.

"[H]e was suggesting making a superhero who would wield a Hofner bass guitar," McCartney writes. "The guitar would have super powers and we spent some time imaging what those could be. He had a great sense of humor and I must say the idea of becoming a guitar-wielding superhero in one of his comic books was very appealing."

McCartney ends his homage by saying, "Sending love to his family and friends and always holding happy memories of this great man. Love ya, Stan!"

Meanwhile, one of the studio outtakes that will appear on the upcoming deluxe reissue of the 1973 Paul McCartney and Wings album Red Rose Speedway has been made available for purchase digitally. The track is a group-only version of the 1973 hit "Live and Let Die," which served as the theme song to the James Bond movie of the same name.

As previously reported, McCartney will release expanded reissues of Red Rose Speedway and the 1971 Wings album Wild Life on December 7. Visit PaulMcCartney.com for full details about the reissues.

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Mamma Mia! Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" soundtrack album climbs to #3 on "Billboard" 200

First, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody debuted at #1 on the U.S. box-office tally.  Now the film's soundtrack has soared to the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 chart. After bowing at #25 the previous week, the album moved up to #3 on the latest chart, a 187-percent surge.

According to Billboard.com, this marks the highest position for a Queen album on the Billboard tally in 38 years; in 1980, the band's studio effort The Game spent five weeks at #1. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack also is #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, while Queen's classic song of the same name has topped the Rock Digital Song Sales tally, with six other tunes by the band also in the top 10.

In addition, the 2000 Queen compilation Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection leaped from #194 to #9 on the Billboard 200 this week.

The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack features classic Queen studio tracks, updated renditions of some tunes, and a number of rare or previously unreleased concert performances, including songs from the band's historic set at the 1985 Live Aid festival in London.

Bohemian Rhapsody dropped from #1 to #2 at the U.S. box office in its second week of release, and now has grossed more than $100 million in ticket sales in the States.

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The Doobie Brothers' Tom Johnston expects to have "a lot of fun" at band's historic full-album performances in NYC

The Doobie Brothers are set to play a pair of historic concerts this Thursday and Friday at New York City's famed Beacon Theatre. The classic-rock greats will perform their full second and third albums, 1972's Toulouse Street and 1973's The Captain and Me, at the shows, marking the first time the band has ever played any of its albums in its entirety live.

"I'm looking forward to it," founding singer/guitarist Tom Johnston tells ABC Radio of the concerts. "I think it'll be a lot of fun."

While the two records feature such Doobie Brothers hits and concert staples as "Listen to the Music," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Rockin' Down the Highway," "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'," Johnston notes that "some of these songs we've never played live, in the history of the band."

He continues, "[W]e had to basically learn these as though they were somebody else's tunes…even though we'd written them…And it's interesting what you find out about all these tunes that you haven't played before."

Tom points out that he and his band mates have spent lots of time rehearsing for the concerts and he's feeling confident that they'll deliver a solid performance.

"We've got [the songs] pretty much where we want 'em," he says. "They're sounding very close to where they started. And then we've also embellished on a few, and lengthened them a little bit."

Johnston reports that the band will include "a neat addition" at the concerts, a horn section that will be featured on six of the songs.

For fans who can't make it to the shows, Tom reveals that both events will be filmed and recorded for upcoming video and album releases, although he doesn't know when they will be available.

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U2's Bono: "We're going away now"

U2 closed out their extensive eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour Tuesday and Berlin, and it would be hard to argue that the Irish rockers don't deserve a break. However, that break might be an extended one.

During the Berlin show, Bono announced that the band is "going away now."

"We've been on the road for quite some time now, just going on 40 years," Bono says in footage posted by the U2gigs fan account.

"This last four years have been really something very special for us," he continues. "We're going away now."

While that could mean a variety of things, some are fearing that the end is near for U2, while more optimistic fans are hoping the band simply needs some rest. Perhaps they just need a bit to dream it all up again once more.

Over the last four years, U2 released two albums: 2014's Songs of Innocence and 2017's Songs of Experience. In 2017, they also launched a tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree.

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2018 Jeff Beck documentary "Still On the Run" getting Showtime premiere in December

Still On the Run: The Jeff Beck Story, a documentary focusing on the life and music of British rock-guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck that was released as a home video last May, will premiere on Showtime on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The film examines the influential musician's innovative playing and long career, including his work with The Yardbirds, various Jeff Beck Grouplineups and as a solo artist, as well as his collaborations with many famous musicians. The movie also delves into Beck's lifelong passion for classic cars and his love of American B-movies.

The film features candid interviews with Beck filmed at his home and in his workshop. It also includes conversations with a variety of Jeff's famous musical friends, associates and fans, among them Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Joe Perry, Slash and Jan Hammer.

Page, who became friends with Beck as a teenager and later played with him in The Yardbirds, comments in the film, "He developed a style that's unique, and that's pretty magical."

Stewart, meanwhile, who fronted the Jeff Beck Group's first incarnation from 1967 to 1969, says Jeff "gets sounds that no other guitar player gets…he is still the most original."

Still On the Run also will be available to view on demand for Showtime subscribers beginning on December 11.

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Desert Highway A Tribute To The Eagles

Gordon Center For Performing Arts

3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, Maryland, 21117

Sat, Nov 9, 8:00 PM
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201 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201

Fri, Nov 22, 7:00 PM

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130

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