Q1370 News Archives for 2018-12

Billy Joel's daughters join him onstage for duets at Madison Square Garden

Ever since he began his month residency at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel has had numerous guests join him onstage, from Bruce Springsteen to Paul Simon to John Mayer.  But his show at the Garden on Wednesday night was a family affair.

As People magazine reports, Billy's 32-year-old daughter, Alexa Ray, and his three-year-old daughter, Della Rose, both joined him onstage for duets.  Alexa, a musician whose mom is Billy's ex, Christie Brinkley, duetted with her dad on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." 

"We like to rope the family in when we're doing Christmas," joked Billy. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the duet on YouTube now.

As for Della, People reports that the toddler, wearing pink Christmas pajamas, sang with Billy on her favorite song by him: "Don't Ask Me Why," from his 1980 album, Glass Houses.

According to People, Billy's wife Alexis -- Della's mom -- watched from the wings, with the couple's 13-month-old daughter, Remy Anne.  Also cheering from the sidelines was Alexa's fiancé, Ryan J. Gleason.

Billy will ring in 2019 with a New Year's Eve show at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on his native Long Island.  He has a January 11 show scheduled in Orlando, FL, and will then resume his monthly residency January 24.  That show will mark the five-year anniversary of the residency.

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Paul McCartney among music stars who join James Corden for a Christmas "Carpool Karaoke"

The Late Late Show's host, James Corden, debuted a very special Christmas version of "Carpool Karaoke" on Thursday on YouTube that features a mash-up of artists, including Paul McCartney.

The clip shows the ex-Beatles star, as well as Barbra StreisandChristina AguileraAdam LevineMichael Buble, pop stars Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes, rapper Cardi B and rap trio Migos joining Corden in the passenger seat to sing the classicl holiday tune "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," originally recorded by Darlene Love in 1964.

Buble kicks off the festive medley, sporting a Santa hat and a Christmas sweater.

The video ends with everyone wishing the audience a merry Christmas and happy holidays. Most of the various artists clearly recorded their appearances in advance, during their own individual "Carpool Karaoke" segments.

The Christmas edition of "Carpool Karaoke" is slated to be shown on Thursday night's episode of The Late Late Show, which airs on CBS at 12:35 a.m. ET/11:35 p.m. CT.

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Songs by Pat Benatar, Blondie & more featured in upcoming musical "Punk Rock Girl"

Songs by Pat Benatar and Blondie are among the tunes that will be used in an upcoming musical called Punk Rock Girl.

According to Deadline and confirmed by production company Lively McCabe Entertainment, the musical follows a 16-year-old "perfectionist" named Angela Quivers, whose life changes when she meets a punk rocker named Proxi.

The musical's being developed by composer Joe Iconis, whose hit Off-Broadway musical Be More Chill will debut on Broadway in February.

Punk Rock Girl also will feature songs by Pink, Avril Lavigne, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bikini Kill and Echosmith. The title is a reference to the 1988 song by the pop-punk act Dead Milkmen.

There's no word yet on when Punk Rock Girl will hit the stage, but production plans will be announced soon.

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Olivia Newton-John memoir, "Don't Stop Believin'," to be published in the U.S. this March

Olivia Newton-John's autobiography Don't Stop Believin', which was published in her home country of Australia in September, will get its U.S. release on March 12, 2019. The stateside edition of the book will feature an afterword penned by the international pop sensation.

Don't Stop Believin' features Newton-John candidly and humorously telling her life story in her own words, from her rise as a pop and country star, to her acting success alongside John Travolta in the 1978 screen adaption of the musical Grease and beyond.

Olivia also discusses her charity work and shares her emotional journey as a cancer survivor, which led her to found the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

"I hope this story of my life from my early years up to today will bring some inspiration and positivity to the reader," says Newton-John. "We all share so many experiences in our own unique way."

Don't Stop Believin' will be available as a hardcover book, as well as a CD and digital audio book read by Olivia herself.

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Neal Schon, Trevor Rabin featured on new album by Jason Becker, ex-David Lee Roth guitarist stricken with ALS

Journey's Neal Schon and YesTrevor Rabin are among the rock guitarists who've lent their talents to Triumphant Hearts, an album by ex-David Lee Roth guitarist Jason Becker that was released earlier this month. In 1990, Becker was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and has since lost ability to walk, speak and breathe on his own, but he's able to communicate and write music through eye movements using a system developed by his father.

Triumphant Hearts features 14 songs composed by Becker and performed by various musicians, including Schon, Rabin, Joe SatrianiSteve VaiDeep Purple's Steve MorseMr. Big's Paul Gilbert, ex-Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, and Joe Bonamassa. Recordings of Jason's own guitar playing dating from the 1980s and '90s have been incorporated into a number of the tracks.

Schon is one of 13 guest guitarists featured on a track called "Valley of Fire," along with Vai, Bonamassa, Gilbert, former Alice Cooper and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, ex-Megadeth member Marty FriedmanRichie Kotzen and others.

In a video trailer for the album, Becker says of the tune, "I thought it would be fun to write a song where a bunch of my favorite guitarists contributed, so I started 'Valley of Fire.'" He adds that the 13 guitar players "all played with love and passion."

A guitar prodigy, Jason played in a duo with Friedman called Cacophony as a teenager. At age 20, he joined  ex-Van Halen frontman Roth's solo band, taking the place of Vai, and was featured on the 1991 album, A Little Ain't Enough. Around that time, he was diagnosed with ALS and given three to five years to live. However, 29 years later, he continues to create music.

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John Fogerty's 2019 Las Vegas residency to feature a performance of CCR's Woodstock set

John Fogerty has extended his Las Vegas residency at the Wynn resort and casino's Encore Theater into 2019.  The founding Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will debut a brand-new show during the engagement dubbed "My 50-Year Trip," which will celebrate his 50-plus-year career as a performer.

The new show will feature Fogerty performing the same set that CCR played at the famous Woodstock festival held in Bethel, New York, in August of 1969, plus other memorable songs by his old band and from his solo catalog. Among the songs Creedence performed at Woodstock were "Born on the Bayou," "Green River," "Bad Moon Rising," "Proud Mary," "I Put a Spell on You" and "Susie Q."

The new six-date stand is scheduled for April 10, 12, 13, 17, 19 and 20. Tickets are on sale now. Visit JohnFogerty.com and WynnLasVegas.com for more information.

Besides the Vegas shows, John has only one other confirmed date on his 2019 schedule -- a January 25 concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma, at the WinStar Casino. But back in September, the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer announced that he was plotting a major world tour in 2019, while also planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and of the CCR classic "Proud Mary."

In other news, this past Friday, Fogerty was a surprise guest at a fundraiser hosted by Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow to benefit victims of the recent California wildfires.

The event, which was held at the Los Angeles club Largo at the Coronet, featured Fogerty and his band performing a set that included the CCR tunes "Green River" and "Born on the Bayou," which included Sandler on guitar.

"Ridiculous fun and a great cause to support the fire victims," John said of the benefit.

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Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave among Recording Academy's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees

Dionne Warwick, Sam & Dave, Donny Hathaway and George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic are among the artists that will be presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards next year in conjunction with the Recording Academy's annual Special Merit Awards.

The honorees will be saluted at ceremony and tribute that's scheduled to take place on May 11 in Los Angeles. The awards are presented to performing musicians "who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording."

Other artists who will receive 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy include heavy-metal legends Black Sabbath, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias and late jazz singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine.

The event also will feature the presentation of Trustees Awards to non-performers who have made their mark on the music industry.  The 2018 honorees are the Motown songwriting team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; music producer Lou Adler, best known for his work with The Mamas & the Papas; Carole King; comedy duo Cheech & Chong; and TV and film soundtrack composer Johnny Mandel.

Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow says in a statement, "This year, we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees and their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

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REO Speedwagon to play benefit shows with Eddie Money, Richard Marx for California fire & shooting victims

REO Speedwagon has organized a pair of star-studded concerts in the Los Angeles area next month to raise money for two good causes.

The shows, scheduled for January 12 and January 13 at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, California, will raise money for the victims of two recent tragedies in that area: the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill, and the devastating Woolsey and Hill fires. The proceeds will benefit the Ventura County Community Foundation's Conejo Valley Victims Fund.

Among the artists who will be joining the veteran rockers at one or both events are Eddie Money, Richard Marxand Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik.

In addition, Sir, Please, a band featuring REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin's twin sons Josh and Shane, will open both concerts. More guests will be added to the shows.

Tickets for the concerts are on sale now.

"My family has sat in the Borderline Bar, and watched my sons' band perform on that stage," says Kevin in a statement. "Our hearts ache for the families who are suffering the unthinkable loss of a child or friend due to this senseless, horrific mass shooting.

He adds, "Then, just as the grieving process was beginning, the Woolsey Fire struck, causing widespread destruction and evacuation of the Thousand Oaks area. The people of our neighborhood are strong, yet these are challenging times. REO hopes that the funds that are collectively raised can offer at least a bit of relief."

Cronin and his REO band mates Dave Amato and Bryan Hitt are all area residents.

REO Speedwagon has nearly two dozen U.S. shows confirmed for 2019, spanning from a January 11 performance Valley Center, California, through a September 28 gig in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Here are all of the band's upcoming tour dates:

1/11 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Resort SoCal – The Events Center
1/12 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theatre
1/13 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theatre
1/17 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino
1/18 -- Tacoma, WA, Emerald Queen Casino
1/20 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Casino Resort
2/6 -- Macon, GA, City Auditorium at Macon Centreplex
2/7 -- The Villages, FL, Sharon L. Morse PAC
2/10 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for Performing Arts
4/8 -- Greensburg, PA, Palace Theatre
4/9 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
4/11 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center
4/14 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
4/15 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
4/30 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
5/4 -- Topeka, KS, Topeka Performing Arts Center
6/7 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino
6/15 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theatre
6/26 -- Casper, WY, Casper Events Center
6/28 -- Greeley, CO, Greeley Independence Stampede
8/16 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
8/24 -- Sparks, NV, Nugget Casino Resort
9/28 -- Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre

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Graham Nash making progress on next solo album; says he's written a song for his romantic partner

Graham Nash's most recent studio album, This Path Tonight, was released in April 2016, and the folk-rock legend tells ABC Radio that he expects to be finished with a follow-up to the record in the not-too-distant future.

Nash tells ABC Radio that his next album will likely feature a number of songs written at the same time as the material on This Path Tonight. That project came together while he was divorcing his wife of 38 years and starting a romance with a much younger woman, photographer Amy Grantham.

"[My guitarist] Shane [Fontayne] and I, in that emotional time in the back of the bus…on tour, wrote 20 songs," Graham explains. "We recorded the 20 songs in eight days, we used 13 of the 20 [on This Path Tonight]…So we have seven left that we really like."

The 76-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer adds that he's "continuing to write" new tunes, revealing that one of his recent songs is one he penned for Grantham "that I think people are gonna love."

Nash also says Fontayne, who produced This Path Tonight, and possibly his touring keyboardist, Todd Caldwell, may contribute some ideas to the new album.

Reflecting on how he's been able to his memorable catalog of songs, Nash admits, "I don't have a clue. I know that I have to feel something in my heart and soul before I start to write about something, but once I get a feeling -- and once I get a title maybe -- I'm off and running writing."

Graham kicks off a 2019 U.S. solo trek on March 6 in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Here are the confirmed tour dates:

3/6 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/8 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
3/9 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Concert Hall
3/10 -- Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre
3/12 -- Owings Mills, MD, Gordon Center for Performing Arts
3/13 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center
3/15 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
3/16 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
3/17 -- Chicago, IL, Athenaeum Theatre
3/20 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/22 -- Carmel, IN, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
3/23 -- Chattanooga, TN, Walker Theatre
3/25 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/27 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/28 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
3/29 -- Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University Creative Arts Center
3/31 -- Wilmington, DE, The Queen
4/2 -- Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
4/3 -- Raleigh, NC, Fletcher Opera Theatre

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Neal Schon planning 2019 tour with side project Journey Through Time, featuring two ex-Journey members

Journey wrapped up its 2018 concert schedule with a show on Sunday in Reno, Nevada, but next year guitarist Neal Schon will at least partly be focusing on Journey Through Time, a new outfit he's formed that's inspired by his band's early music.

Journey Through Time also features founding Journey and Santanasinger/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, ex-Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, bassist Marco Mendoza of Dead Daisies and Thin Lizzy, and another musician named Chris Collins. According to a recent post on Schon's Twitter feed, "Dates are being booked now [for a Journey Through Time tour] and you will hear soon!" Neal also has posted an animated poster apparently promoting the trek on Twitter that reads, "In the Beginning and Beyond: Neal Schon's Journey Through Time," along with the other band members' names.

Journey Through Time, minus Collins, made its debut at an intimate February 2018 concert in San Francisco that Neal organized to help those affected by the fires that devastated the Bay Area around that time. The group's set leaned heavily on material from Journey's first six albums, all of which featured contributions from Rolie.

Rolie and Castronovo shared vocal duties at the benefit. In a Twitter message posted beneath the aforementioned poster, Neal refers to Deen as "the baddest a** singing drummer on this planet."

On his own Twitter feed, Castronovo commented on his participation in Journey Through Time, saying, "I will do the best I can with the songs you and I love[,] grew up with, And Cherish. I'm no [Steve Perry] nor an [Arnel Pineda] but will try to honor the 'Voices' and the Legacy.. I owe you all this."

Stay tuned for more news on Schon's Journey-related side project.

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Watch now: Culture Club's Boy George goes makeup-free in new video for the first time

It's not quite as impactful as when KISS first appeared without their makeup, but it's just as significant.  Culture Club'Boy George reveals a makeup-free face for the first time the group's new video for the song "Life."

As George sings the gospel-inflected song, we see him wearing his usual variety of makeup looks, big hats and colorful clothing.  But then, a little more than halfway through the song, we suddenly see George without any makeup at all, and no hat, either, with tears running down his face. 

So what does he look like? A typical 57-year old white guy with interesting facial hair and some tattoos, including a peace symbol, visible along the right side of his hairline.  After about 30 seconds, the makeup and hats come back.

George has described the video as a tribute to the fans who've stood by him during the highs and lows of his career.

In a statement, George says of the song, "John Lennon said 'Life’ is what happens while you are busy doing other things, but sometimes you have to stop and look with sadness and pride at what you have done and created in your own life and value the rich complexity of it!"

"As the lyricist of ‘Life’ I wanted to express something truthful, honest and bare while carrying an uplifting message of hope," adds Boy.  "It's my story but it's a story so many people will resonate with."

He continues: "A story of recovery, transformation and the start of a brand-new journey which has already brought Culture Club well-deserved accolades. It's a song about second chances and new beginnings, enlightenment, spiritual growth and personal redemption.”

"Life" is the title track of Culture Club's 2018 album, their first studio release since 1999.

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Hot "Stuff": John Mellencamp's new album, "Other People's Stuff," debuts at #7 on "Billboard" 200

John Mellencamp's new covers collection, Other People's Stuff, has debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200, making it the singer/songwriter's highest-charting album in a decade. The record earned 44,000 album equivalent units, almost all of which were from album sales.

Mellencamp last album to reach #7 on the Billboard 200 was 2008's Life Death Love and Freedom. In all, the 67-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has had 11 albums crack the tally's top 10.

The sales of Other People's Stuff were boosted by a special deal that offered copies of the album with tickets purchased for Mellencamp's 2019 U.S. tour.

Other People's Stuff features John's renditions of 10 songs composed by other artists, nine of which were previously released either on his own studio albums, tribute records or other projects. The sole new recording is a studio version of the civil-rights anthem "Eyes on the Prize," which Mellencamp previously performed live at the White House in 2010 as part of the "Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" event.

The upcoming trek, dubbed "The John Mellencamp Show," kicks off February 7 in South Bend, Indiana, and is mapped out through an April 30 concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Watch Paul McCartney hypnotize Emma Stone in his new video for "Who Cares"

After initially being available exclusively on Apple Music, Paul McCartney's new "Who Cares" video, co-starring Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone, can now be viewed on YouTube and other media outlets.

As the clip begins, we see Stone holding a newspaper over her head as she enters a building on a rainy day. She then walks up to a door with a sign that reads: "Dr. Lorenz, Behavioral Hypnotist, Meteorologist." When she enters the room, she meets the doctor -- portrayed by McCartney -- who begins to chat with her.

Sir Paul comments, "It's a bit unruly here. But so it goes. Disorder. Out of order. Order out of disorder. It all gets a bit chaotic sometimes, doesn't it? But clearly I can see I don't have to tell you that."

McCartney then asks a tense-looking Stone if she's nervous, anxious and skeptical about the impending treatment. "Yes," she says, adding, "If I bark like a dog every time someone says cat I won't be very pleased."

Paul then opens a box featuring spinning disc and tells her to look at it while counting down from 10. We hear "Who Cares" fading in as, suddenly, Emma appears in a cartoonish dream world wearing harlequin makeup and an orange wig, where she's harassed by a group of mime-like dancers.

In various scenes, the dancers jump into Stone's ears, throw knives at her while she's strapped to a circular board, chase her as she drives with McCartney in a cardboard car, and crowd into an elevator with her.

Emma eventually spits the dancers out of her mouth and blows them away.

She then wakes up in an empty room, with a note the doctor placed on her newspaper telling her not to forget her umbrella.

"Who Cares" appears on McCartney's latest studio album, Egypt Station.

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Earth, Wind & Fire schedules new Las Vegas residency in March 2019

After playing their first-ever Las Vegas residency this past May, funk/soul legends Earth, Wind & Fire will bring their boogie wonderland back to Sin City's Venetian resort for a new series of shows in March 2019.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will mount a six-date stand at the Venetian Theatre on March 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30.  Live Nation customers and members of The Venetian and The Palazzo hotels' Grazie loyalty program will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Wednesday, December 19, at 10 a.m. PT. A limited amount of VIP packages also will be available.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 21, at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com and any Venetian resort box office, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

Earth, Wind & Fire's current 2019 itinerary also includes March concerts in Thackerville, Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as a July 26 appearance at the Cincinnati Jazz Festival.

Here are all of the band's 2019 concerts:

3/8 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino & Resort
3/12 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live
3/17 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
3/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
3/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
3/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
3/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
3/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre
3/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Venetian Theatre    
7/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Jazz Festival

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KISS releasing new compilation, "KISSWORLD," in conjunction with launch of 2019 farewell tour

Just in time for the launch of their End of the Road farewell tour, KISS will release a new career-spanning compilation called KISSWORLD -- The Best of KISS on January 25, 2019.

The 20-track retrospective will initially be available on CD, as a digital download and via streaming platforms, while a LP version of the album will be released March 29 on standard black vinyl and limited-edition colored vinyl.

KISSWORLD features many of the band's biggest hits, including "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Beth," "Detroit Rock City" "I Was Made for Lovin' You," "God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II," "Lick It Up," "Hard Luck Woman," "Shout It Out Loud," "Calling Dr. Love" and "Christine Sixteen." The band's latest studio album, 2012's Monster, also is represented, with "Hell or Hallelujah."

The album arrives just six days before the kickoff of the End of the World tour, starting January 31 in Vancouver, Canada. The launch of the tour, at the 80,000-seat Rogers Arena, comes 46 years and a day after KISS' first-ever show show, held at the New York City club Popcorns in front of about 10 people.

The trek currently is mapped out through a September 16 concert in Oakland, California, although the band has announced that it'll likely last close to three years.

Here's the full track list of KISSWORLD -- The Best of KISS:

"Crazy Crazy Nights"
"Rock and Roll All Nite"
"I Was Made for Lovin' You"
"God Gave Rock 'n' Roll to You II"
"Detroit Rock City"
"Beth"
"Lick It Up"
"Heaven's On Fire"
"Tears Are Falling"
"Unholy"
"Hard Luck Woman"
"Psycho Circus"
"Shout It Out Loud"
"Calling Dr. Love"
"Christine Sixteen"
"Love Gun"
"Shandi"
"I'm a Legend Tonight"
"Modern Day Delilah"
"Hell or Hallelujah"

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Bryan Adams sings with Darlene Love on "The View," reveals new album will feature duet with J.Lo

Bryan Adams made a surprise appearance on ABC's The View on Friday, joining girl-group legend Darlene Love for a rousing rendition of her soulful 1963 holiday classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."

The performance, which was part of The View's annual holiday episode, featured the chat show's co-hosts singing backing vocals.

After the performance, Adams revealed that he plans to release a new studio album in March 2019 titled Shine a Light, and announced exclusively that it will include a duet with Jennifer Lopez. Bryan also gave a shout-out to J.Lo's mother, who was in the audience.

Adams will kick off the New Year with a tour of his home country, Canada, which begins January 22 in Moncton, New Brunswick. He then will launch a U.K. trek in support of Shine a Light in February. Love has a series of holiday shows lined up this month in the northeastern U.S.

Here are Adams' confirmed 2019 Canadian dates:

1/22 -- Moncton, NB, Avenir Centre
1/23 -- Halifax, NS, Scotiabank Centre
1/25 -- Quebec City, QC, Videotron Centre
1/26 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
1/27 -- Kingston, ON, Leon's Centre
1/29 -- Oshawa, ON, Tribute Communities Centre
1/30 -- Kitchener, ON, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
1/31 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
2/1 -- St. Catharines, ON, Meridian Centre

And here are Love's remaining 2018 concerts:

12/14 -- Medford, MA, Chevalier Theatre
12/16 -- Port Washington, NY, Landmark on Main - Jeanne Rimsky Theatre
12/17 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
12/19 -- Wayne, NJ, Shea Center for Performing Arts - William Paterson University
12/20 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts
12/21 -- New York, NY, Sony Hall
12/22 -- New York, NY, Sony Hall

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Eric Clapton's unexpected new Christmas album was his wife's idea

One of this year's most unexpected Christmas albums has been Happy Xmas by Eric Clapton.  It includes one original tune, some obscure covers, and classics such as "Silent Night" and "White Christmas."  The rock legend explains that the project grew out of his love of Christmas songs...but the whole thing was his wife's idea.

"I do a Christmas playlist every year, different genres, either jazz or swing or modern rock," Clapton explains. "This last one, it was country, I think.  Which led my wife, Malia, to say, 'You should do a Christmas album.'"

That inspired Clapton to scour the internet, looking for offbeat holiday songs for the project, as well as for ideas on how to give legendary tunes like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Away in a Manger" a unique spin.  He's pleased with how the album came out, but admits it won't bother him if his fans don't like it.

"I do [my music] for me," he says. "And if I'm satisfied with what we've done...I mean, maybe this is not the right thing to say -- but I don't care if anybody else likes it.  If they do, that's icing on the cake, but for me, I've done something I'm really proud of."

While the legendary guitarist has certainly led a life filled with sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Clapton is the first to admit that he has a real sentimental appreciation for Christmas and its accompanying traditions.

"Christmas for me is snow, a roaring fire, a few chestnuts knocking about and a huge turkey," he admits. "My wife is an incredible cook, so she will lay on the best Christmas lunch.  And a perfect tree...I mean, all the classic things."

Visit EricClapton.com for more details about Happy Xmas.

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Linda Ronstadt to release first-ever concert album, "Live in Hollywood," in February

In her long and successful recording career, Linda Ronstadt put out more than 20 studio albums, but she's never released a live record. That changes on February 1 with the release of Live in Hollywood, an album featuring 12 performances from a 1980 Ronstadt concert that was recorded for an HBO special.

The show took place on April 24, 1980, at Television Center Studios in Hollywood, and featured Ronstadt singing many of her biggest hits, while also performing selections from her then-new studio album, Mad Love. Among the classics appearing on Live in Hollywood are Linda's renditions of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Warren Zevon's "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," Dee Dee Warwick's "You're No Good," Chuck Berry's "Back in the U.S.A." and The Eagles' "Desperado."

The album, which will be available on CD and vinyl, also features performances of three tunes from Mad Lovethat became hits for Ronstadt -- "How Do I Make You" and covers of Little Anthony and the Imperials' "Hurt So Bad" and The Hollies' "I Can't Let Go."

Nine of Live in Hollywood's 12 songs are previously unreleased, including the version of "You're No Good," which was extended into a six-minute jam. Ronstadt's backing band for the concert included Little Featkeyboardist Billy Payne and renowned session guitarist Danny Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Bob Glaub. In addition, Linda's longtime producer, Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon fame, contributed backing vocals and percussion.

In advance of Live in Hollywood's release, Ronstadt's performance of Doris Troy's "Just One Look" has been made available via streaming services. In addition, a video of Ronstadt singing the tune from the HBO special has been posted on Rhino Records' YouTube channel.

Here's the full track list of Live in Hollywood:

"I Can't Let Go"*
"It's So Easy"
"Willin'"*
"Just One Look"*
"Blue Bayou"
"Faithless Love"*
"Hurt So Bad"*
"Poor Poor Pitiful Me"
"You're No Good"* 
"How Do I Make You"*
"Back in the U.S.A."*
"Desperado"*

* = previously unreleased.

Watch video of Heart performing with Dave Navarro from band's upcoming concert video "Live in Atlantic City"

Heart has unveiled a new preview of its upcoming concert video, Live in Atlantic City, featuring the band performing the title track of its 1980 album Bébé Le Strange with help from Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. The clip has been posted on the earMUSIC label's YouTube channel.

As previously reported, Live in Atlantic City will be released on January 25, 2019, in multiple audio and video configurations. The concert, which took place in March 2006 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, originally was filmed for an episode of the VH1 series Decades Rock Live!

At the show, Heart played a set featuring many of its hits, as well as a few cover tunes. A variety of musical guests hit the stage with the band, including Navarro, Alice in ChainsGuns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and country stars Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson.

In addition to "Bébé Le Strange," Navarro lent his guitar talents to renditions of "Straight On" and "Crazy on You," as well as to a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop." Alice in Chains played two of their own well-known tunes -- "Would?" and "Rooster" -- with Heart and McKagan. Wainwright sang "Dog & Butterfly" with Heart, Gretchen Wilson teamed up with the group for "Even It Up" and a version of the Led Zeppelin classic "Rock 'n' Roll," and Underwood joined the band to belt out the power ballad "Alone."

Live in Atlantic City will be available on CD, vinyl LP, DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD and Blu-ray will include a bonus video feature called Heart Confidential.

In October, another video clip from Live in Atlantic City featuring Heart performing its 2004 song "Lost Angel" was posted on earMUSIC's YouTube channel.

Here's the full Live in Atlantic City track list:

"Bébé Le Strange" -- with Dave Navarro
"Straight On" -- with Dave Navarro
"Crazy on You" -- with Dave Navarro
"Lost Angel"
"Even It Up" -- with Gretchen Wilson
"Rock 'n' Roll" -- with Gretchen Wilson
"Dog & Butterfly" -- with Rufus Wainwright
"Would?" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan*
"Rooster" -- with Alice in Chains & Duff McKagan
"Alone" -- with Carrie Underwood
"Magic Man"
"Misty Mountain Hop" -- with Dave Navarro
"Dreamboat Annie"
"Barracuda"

* = on CD and LP only.

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Paul McCartney rocked out with Ringo & Ronnie in London during encore of final 2018 concert

Paul McCartney closed out the 2018 portion of his Freshen Up Tour on Sunday at the O2 Arena in London, and ended the concert in thrilling fashion -- inviting his ex-Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and longtime Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood to join him during the show's encore.

Billboard reports -- and fan-recorded video shows -- that Wood and Starr hit the stage with McCartney and his band to play a rousing rendition of The Beatles' "Get Back." At the start of the performance, Sir Paul first brought out Ronnie and then brought Ringo on stage, announcing to the crowd, "Ladies and gentlemen, the ever-fantastic Mr. Ringo Starr!"

Starr hugged Wood and McCartney and flashed his trademark peace signs to the audience before jumping behind a second drum kit set up directly behind his old band mate.

At the end of the song, Ringo hugged Paul and Ronnie again, then came up to the mic and told the crowd: "I don't know about you, it's a thrill for me. Peace and love, everybody, and have a Merry Christmas! Thank you!"

According to Billboard, this marked the first time McCartney and Starr performed together at a concert in England since 2002. More recently, the duo played several songs together at the 2015 Rock & Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles, where Sir Paul inducted Ringo into the Hall in conjunction with him receiving the Award for Musical Excellence.

McCartney will launch the 2019 edition of his Freshen Up Tour with a March 20 concert in Santiago, Chile. He'll begin a U.S. leg of the trek on May 23 in New Orleans.

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Mariah Carey scores highest-charting holiday hit in 60 years on the "Billboard" Hot 100

When Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was first released by in 1994, it wasn't eligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100.  Well, it's really making up for lost time now.

Mariah's holiday hit has just become the highest-charting Christmas song on the Hot 100 in 60 years, as it rises from number seven to number six.  The last time a Christmas song ranked higher on the Hot 100 was in 1958, when "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville hit #1.

As previously reported, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" wasn't eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994 because it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited any such song from charting on the Hot 100.  Those rules eventually changed and now, every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has returned to the chart.  Last year, it finally broke into the top 10.

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now also Mariah's highest-charting hit since 2008, when "Touch My Body" hit #1.

Finally, by reaching #6, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has surpassed the ranking of two other modern-era holiday songs, which both reached number seven: 2000's "Auld Lang Syne" by Kenny G and 1990's "This One's for the Children," by New Kids on the Block.

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Steve Perry gifts fans with a Christmas song: "Thank you for all your kindness"

Steve Perry has had a big year and he's thanking his fans with a little holiday gift.

This year, the former Journey frontman released Traces, his first new album of original material in 24 years.  He writes on Twitter and Instagram, "This has been a big year of firsts for me. In keeping with that spirit, I thought I'd record a little Christmas card song and send it out to you to thank you for all of your kindness in welcoming me back. Have yourself a merry little Christmas. I hope you enjoy it."

Along with that message, he's posted a version of the holiday classic "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" that runs just under two minutes. You also can check out the track on his official YouTube channel.

So far, there's no word on whether or not Perry will follow up the album with a tour.

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Neil Young to release expanded version of 1990's "Ragged Glory" with previously unheard tracks

Neil Young has revealed that he's planning to release an expanded version of his acclaimed 1990 album with Crazy Horse, Ragged Glory.

In a post on his Neil Young Archives site, the folk-rock legend reports that the revamped collection "will be twice the size" of the original release, thanks to material from the sessions that's been rediscovered by frequent co-producer John Hanlon.

"Listening to these tracks is a real head-scratcher," Neil explains. "They are equal to anything on the existing record, maybe better. Possibly, the thought at the time was to have a single album and not include the songs from the last half of the unique 'set oriented' recording sessions."

Recalling the Ragged Glory sessions, Young says they "were unique because the band played a set of songs twice a day at Plywood Analog for a couple of weeks, then went back, listened and chose best tracks after the two weeks were up."

He adds that after the set of tunes that became Ragged Glory were played enough to have the best usable takes recorded, he and Crazy Horse, "having a great time, kept playing other songs...Five songs, with two versions of one, and one long extended take of another, yielded another 38 minutes of Crazy Horse classics, mostly undiscovered and unheard before."

Young says the revamped record will be called Ragged Glory II, and will be released as a double album on CD, vinyl and high-resolution digital, probably in 2019. He maintains that the album's release could possibly delay other planned projects.

In other news, Young and Bob Dylan have announced a second joint concert following their July 12 show in London's Hyde Park:- a July 14 performance in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Meanwhile, here's a list of Young's recently announced solo U.S. concerts:

1/22/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
1/23 -- Madison, WI, The Overture Center
1/26 -- Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theater
1/28 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
1/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre

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The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards celebrates his 75th birthday today

Here's wishing a very "Happy" birthday to a guy who truly seems to have time on his side: The Rolling Stones' legendarily indestructible guitarist Keith Richards, who turns 75 today.

Richards, known for his ever-present cigarette and his infamous love of hard drugs and alcohol, recently revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that he virtually quit drinking about a year ago...and apparently gave up the harder stuff years before that.

Richards, of course, has co-written nearly all of The Rolling Stones' classic songs with his longtime band mate and writing partner Mick Jagger.  He's also responsible for many of the classic guitar riffs that drive those tunes -- think "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

As Keith moves into the latter portion of his eighth decade on the planet, he and The Stones will launch a new U.S. leg of its No Filter Tour. The trek kicks off on April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida, and currently is mapped out through a June 25 concert in Chicago.

He tells Rolling Stone that he's taking the future "one tour at a time," Richards also admits that the upcoming trek "could be the last one," although he insists that he hopes he and the band keep going.

"It's what I do, man," Keith declares. "Give me 50,000 people and I feel right at home. As [fellow Stones guitarist] Ronnie [Wood] and I often say before we go on, 'Let's get onstage and get some peace and quiet.'"

Here are all of The Rolling Stones' upcoming U.S. shows:

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

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Diana Ross to launch year-long 75th birthday celebration in 2019, starting with special film screening in March

Diana Ross turns 75 in 2019, and the former Supremes singer and legendary solo artist plans to mark the milestone with a yearlong commemoration called the Diamond Diana Celebration. The festivities will launch on Diana's actual 75th birthday, March 26, with special screenings of a film event titled Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy at select theaters across the globe.

The movie will feature footage of Ross' historic concert film Diana Ross: Live in Central Park, which will be enhanced with new tribute messages from Diana's sons Ross and Evan and daughters Rhonda and Chudney, as well as an introduction from her daughter and black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross.

Live in Central Park documents a famous free concert Diana gave in New York City over the course of two days in July 1983. More than 800,000 fans turned up for the Motown legend's show on July 21 of that year, but a torrential downpour put a damper on the event. Ross promised from the stage she would return to Central Park's Great Lawn and perform a full concert the next day, and she made good on that promise, delivering an inspired, career-spanning set that included a medley of Supremes classics and many memorable solo hits.

Additional screenings of Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy also will be held in theaters on March 28, 2019. Visit FathomEvents.com for more details.

"I am so appreciative of Fathom Events for presenting this screening," says Diana. "It is one of the most significant and moving and memorable moments of my career. It makes me want to DO IT AGAIN!"

Meanwhile, regarding her Diamond Diana Celebration, Ross notes, "I want to celebrate my birthday for the whole year, not just one night."

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CCR's Doug "Cosmo" Clifford says remastered LPs in band's new vinyl box set sound "a lot cleaner [and] warmer"

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival's debut album this year, the band recently released a vinyl box set called The Complete Studio Albums featuring remastered versions of all seven of the influential roots-rock group's studio LPs.

CCR drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford tells ABC Radio that he loves the sound of the new discs, which were mastered at half-speed at London's Abbey Road Studios and pressed onto 180-gram vinyl.

"[I]t makes everything a lot cleaner, a lot more realistic and a lot warmer," Clifford says of half-speed mastering.

Creedence's entire seven-album studio output spans from 1968 to 1972, and during that time the band scored nine top 10 hits, five of which were two-sided singles. And while those hits certainly are highlights of the group's catalog, Clifford says that many fans who buy the box set will get to discover many excellent lesser-known tunes.

"[T]here are some great album cuts on every single album of the seven, and [many] people will be hearing those for the first time," he points out. "So to me, that's really exciting."

Asked what his favorite CCR album is, Doug chooses 1970's Cosmo's Factory, because it's his "namesake album" and "was our most successful record." The album spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. As for his favorite Creedence song, Clifford picks "Born on the Bayou," the lead track from the band's second album, 1969's Bayou Country(AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

The box set also comes packaged with an 80-page book containing new liner notes, vintage photos and reproductions of band memorabilia.

Here's a full list of the LPs included in CCR's The Complete Studio Albums collection:

Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)
Bayou Country (1969)
Green River (1969)
Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)
Cosmo's Factory (1970)
Pendulum (1970)
Mardi Gras (1972)

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New Brian Wilson documentary due in 2019 to feature Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, other stars

A new documentary about founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson -- featuring interviews with Bruce Springsteen and Elton John -- is expected to be completed by January 2019, Variety reports.

The as-yet-untitled film is being directed by Brent Wilson, who included Brian in his 2017 doo-wop documentary Streetlight Harmonies.

For the upcoming movie, Brent gathered about 90 hours of new footage of Brian discussing his life and music with Rolling Stone editor Jason Fine. Most of the conversations were shot "Carpool Karaoke" style, as Brian and Jason drove around L.A. visiting sites of significance to Wilson and The Beach Boys.

"Seventy-five percent of what is in the film is Brian," Brent tells Variety, "and then we were really selective about who we wanted to appear in the film, using people like Springsteen, Elton and [My Morning Jacket frontman] Jim James to reinforce the themes."

The director says he felt Springsteen was especially important to include in the movie because of the many parallels between Bruce's and Brian's lives.

"Bruce was really 10 miles in from the Jersey Shore, even though he kind of made up that Jersey Shore scene," Brent explains.

"Brian created that West Coast beach sound, but…he doesn't surf, and Hawthorne [California], even though it's only five miles from the beach, it's a thousand miles from the beach. And they both had situations with fathers, when they grew up…They're the same guy. They really are!"

Other musicians who appear in the film include pop star Nick Jonas, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkinsand Bob Gaudio of The Four Seasons.

The movie is among the first projects from Ley Line, a new production company founded by respective film- and music-industry veterans Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page.

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Vinyl "Rhapsody": Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" soundtrack to be released as two-LP set in 2019

A two-LP vinyl edition of the hit soundtrack to the acclaimed Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be released on February 8, 2019. In addition, a limited-edition picture-disc version of the album will be available on April 13 as part of the 2019 Record Store Day campaign, as will a special seven-inch single featuring Queen's classic song "Bohemian Rhapsody" backed with "I'm In Love with My Car."

The standard two-disc vinyl version of the soundtrack, which comes pressed on black vinyl, was mastered specially at London's Abbey Road Studios. It can be pre-ordered now.

The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack was co-produced by Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and features 22 tracks, including the classic studio versions of several of the band's most famous songs, updated renditions of some tunes, and rare or previously unreleased concert performances. Among the latter tracks are the five songs that Queen played at the historic 1985 Live Aid concert at London's Wembley Stadium, which had never been officially released in audio form.

Following its initial release on CD and digitally in October, the soundtrack peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has spent five straight weeks on the top 10 of the tally.

The Bohemian Rhapsody film debuted at #1 at the U.S. box office, and has remained in the top five for six weeks.

As previously reported, Queen -- with singer Adam Lambert -- will mount a new North American trek dubbed the Rhapsody tour next summer. The six-week outing kicks off July 10 in Vancouver, Canada, and wraps August 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here's the full track list of the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack's vinyl version:

Side 1
"20th Century Fox Fanfare"
"Somebody to Love"
"Doing All Right…Revisited" -- Smile
"Keep Yourself Alive" (Live at The Rainbow)
"Killer Queen"
"Fat Bottomed Girls" (Live in Paris)

Side 2
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
"Now I'm Here" (Live at Hammersmith Odeon)
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
"Love of My Life" (Rock in Rio)

Side 3
"We Will Rock You" (Movie Mix)
"Another One Bites the Dust"
"I Want to Break Free"
"Under Pressure" -- Queen & David Bowie
"Who Wants to Live Forever"

Side 4
"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Live Aid)
"Radio Ga Ga" (Live Aid)
"Ay-Oh" (Live Aid)
"Hammer to Fall" (Live Aid)
"We Are the Champions" (Live Aid)
"Don't Stop Me Now…Revisited"
"The Show Must Go On"

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Stevie Nicks, Zombies members, Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry react to Rock Hall induction

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 inductees were announced earlier today, and a number of the honorees have commented on the happy news in interviews, or by posting on their social media accounts or via interviews.

Stevie Nicks, who will become the first female artist to be inducted twice into the Rock Hall -- having previously been honored as a member of Fleetwood Mac -- writes on her Twitter feed, "I have a lot to say about this -- but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It's a glorious feeling."

The Zombies had been eligible for induction for 30 years, and were nominated four times before being chosen for the honor. Founding vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent spoke separately with Rolling Stone about how it feels to finally be acknowledged by the Rock Hall.

"I've tried to be fairly philosophical about it and tell myself that if we don't get inducted, it's just a bit of fun," Blunstone explained. "But of course when you're actually inducted everything changes and you think, 'This is a career-defining…a life-defining moment.'"

Argent notes, "To think that…I'm on the same roster as Miles Davis, Ray Charles and all my heroes that have been inducted…it just feels like a complete honor."

Meanwhile, Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, speaking for his old band, writes on his own Twitter feed, "We are delighted to accept this prestigious award on behalf of everyone who has been involved in the world of Roxy Music -- musicians, engineers, producers, designers and numerous people behind the scenes… and of course our loyal fans."

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My Life: Billy Joel schedules 70th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel doesn't turn 70 until 2019, but he's already planned his birthday party.

The Piano Man will usher in his seventh decade on May 9, 2019, by performing at New York's Madison Square Garden, the site of his monthly residency since 2014.  This performance will be Joel's 110th career performance at the legendary venue.

Citi card members will get first crack at pre-sale tickets starting Monday, December 17 at 10 a.m. ET.  You can also get pre-sale tickets by registering for Ticketmaster's Verified Fanprogram; registration for that is now open, and the pre-sale starts on Wednesday, December 19.

Don't want to bother with all that?  Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 21 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com.

In May of 2014, Joel celebrated his 65th birthday onstage at the Garden, where he welcomed guests like Jimmy Fallon and Howard Stern.  He told the crowd that night, "Welcome to my birthday party! I'm supposed to retire at this age... or at least not have the name 'Billy!'" 

Joel's frenemy Elton John also has done the Madison Square Garden birthday gig thing: He turned 60 onstage at the venue on March 25, 2007.

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David Lee Roth hints that Van Halen may tour in 2019, could possibly play Yankee Stadium

Little has been heard from Van Halen since its last tour ended in October 2015, but in a new interview with Vulture, frontman David Lee Roth drops major hints that the band will be hitting the road again in 2019.

According to the article, the first indication Roth gave that something was brewing with Van Halen occurred when he came to Vulture's offices in New York City for the interview and paid a visit to the copy-editing department.

While there, he commented, "When we come back through town in the summertime and do the original thing, maybe somewhere sportin', maybe with somebody famous…I'll make sure we get you all tickets so you can see what we do for gainful employment."

Roth later told the interviewer that his band will be "playing where the Yankees play."

Asked if he could confirm that Van Halen had plans to play Yankee Stadium, Dave backtracked, saying, "If I say something on tape here and everybody goes, 'Oh, this leaked…' But, the band will be -- I can't say."

He then added, "I can say that I contacted colleagues about being part of the show: Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Jason Aldean, the Foo Fighters, [country stars Eric] Church and [Chris] Stapleton. And they all said that, if everything happens, they would certainly be involved."

Roth also gave some insight into why there are always long gaps between Van Halen tours.

"You can't keep serving it every year," he explained. "We're on a James Bond schedule, every three-and-a-half summers, so you don't go, 'Weren't you just here?' and then we'd start selling fewer tickets."

Also in the Vulture interview, Roth discussed a new business venture he's launched, Ink the Original, a line of skincare products made to keep tattoos from fading.

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Carlos Santana hosts new MasterClass tutorial on how to become a supernatural guitar player

Carlos Santana is the latest celebrity to share his expertise by hosting a tutorial on the MasterClass website.

In his class, called "Carlos Santana Teaches the Art and Soul of Guitar," the 71-year-old rock legend discusses his spiritual approach to playing his instrument, how he helped create some of his band's classic songs and much more.

Carlos tells ABC Radio that the main goal of his MasterClass feature is to explain to aspiring musicians "how to get inside the note…how to make notes be gravity-free and outside of time."

Santana maintains that many musicians are too concerned about technical aspects of the guitar, and should focus more on channeling their emotions into the instrument.

"I demonstrate and present how important it is to not be trapped with how many pedals you use on the floor," he explains. "Unplug from there and go straight to the amplifier and make your…whole physical body…create the sound with your fingers that gives people chills, make[s] people cry and laugh at the same time."

Among the Santana songs that Carlos demonstrates and discusses in the tutorial are "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman," "Smooth" and "Maria, Maria."

Carlos also name checks other artists who he feels approached music in a similar way, include Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye

"They're not the flavor of the second. They stay here for ever," Santana says. "[T]he reason that all of them are here still, and relevant, is because the music that they created...[is] able to penetrate people's hearts."

A single MasterClass costs $90, while a $180 annual payment will give you access to all available tutorials. Carlos' class features 16 lessons and a workbook. Visit MasterClass.com/cs for more information.

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Listen to Miley Cyrus, Mick Ronson & Sean Ono Lennon's remake of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"

Miley Cyrus used her appearance on Thursday's Tonight Show to announce the release of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," a remake of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1971 single, featuring Mark Ronson and John and Yoko's son, Sean Ono Lennon.

Miley told host Jimmy Fallon the nearly 50-year-old song is just as timely today.

"We wanted to do a Christmas song," she explained, "and I don't think anything [speak louder to] what's going on right now than about you know, 'War Is Over.'"

Adds Cyrus, "I've always loved John and Yoko. I'm such a big Yoko fan, and so, it's been amazing to work with [Sean]."

In addition to his famous pedigree, Miley said Sean's voice "is just so special," adding, "I think, more than just inheriting the voice or you know, the way he looks...it's about the magic that you know, he has and I think that is what he's inherited more than anything."

Miley also announced the three of them will perform the song on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, when she and Ronson will be the music guests.

Miley, who lost her Malibu home in last month's California wildfires, told Fallon that she came out of the experience with something even more valuable.

"When you remember things that you loved and lost, whether it's photos or old Elvis [Presley] records or something my dad's given me, it doesn't make it easier, she said, but being able to go back and rebuild this together, you know, be stronger together...it's given a really beautiful light at the end of something pretty dark."

Cyrus also joined Fallon for a “Name That Song Challenge,” where they competed to try to guess random songs Tonight Show house band The Roots were playing, one instrument at a time.

 

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Micky Dolenz has something to say about The Monkees' first-ever holiday album, "Christmas Party"

More than 50 years into their career, The Monkees have released their first holiday album, Christmas Party. The record, which arrived in October, features new original tunes, traditional Christmas songs and standards, and a few covers of 1970s yuletide gems by various rock artists.

"I'm pleased with it," singer Micky Dolenz, who sings eight of Christmas Party's 13 songs, tells ABC Radio. "And the reaction's been, I gather, very good."

Dolenz says that because of the holiday theme, he doesn't consider Christmas Party a true follow-up to The Monkees' 2016 comeback album, Good Times!, which reached #14 on the Billboard 200. That being said, the new record shares similarities with Good Times!, as both include songs written by XTC's Andy PartridgeWeezer's Rivers Cuomo and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger, the latter of whom also co-produced both projects.

Micky says among his favorite tracks on Christmas Party's are the Partridge-penned lead single, "Unwrap You at Christmas"; Cuomo's "What Would Santa Do"; and "House of Broken Gingerbread," which Schlesinger co-wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Dolenz says he's also a fan of band mate Mike Nesmith's rendition of the 1940s jazz-pop standard "Snowfall," a song Micky remembers his mom singing to him when he was a kid.

The album closes with Dolenz's soulful version of the 1940s R&B classic, "Merry Christmas Baby." 

Micky tells ABC Radio that recording the song was "really fun," noting that Schlesinger told him to imagine himself singing it "in a blues bar at two o'clock in the morning."

The late Davy Jones also is featured on two songs -- covers of "Silver Bells" and "Mele Kalikimaka," which Dolenz calls "amazing." The tracks were created by combining new instrumentation with 1991 recordings of Jones.

Here's Christmas Party'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 Every Day"
"Silver Bells"
"Wonderful Christmastime"
"Snowfall"
"Angels We Have Heard on High"
"Merry Christmas, Baby"

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Def Leppard tops Rock & Roll Hall of Fame fan poll; Stevie Nicks finishes second

This year marked the first time that Def Leppard was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after being eligible for the honor since 2005.  And to pour some sugar on that, the band has finished first in the online fan poll choosing the most popular potential 2019 inductee. 

The British rockers accumulated more than 547,000 votes, over 100,000 more than the second-place vote-getter, Stevie Nicks, who had just under 428,000.

Rounding out the top five artists with the most votes were Todd Rundgren at #3, with more than 365,000; The Zombies at #4, with over 329,000; and The Cure, with more than 264,000 votes.

Nicks and Rundgren also received their first nominations for the Rock Hall this year, while The Zombies were nominated three times before and The Cure, once. If Stevie is chosen for the honor, she'll become the first woman to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice, having been previous welcomed in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Thanks to the poll, the top five acts will get an extra vote toward induction, although about one thousand ballots are cast each year when deciding which artists are welcomed into the Rock Hall. That being said, the acts who received the most votes in the fan poll during the last six years all ended up getting inducted, which bodes very well for Def Leppard.

The Rock Hall's Class of 2019 inductees will be announced this Thursday, December 13, at 8 a.m. ET via RockHall.com and the museum's social media sites. The induction ceremony is scheduled for March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Here's the full list of 2019 nominees and the number of votes they received in the poll:

1. Def Leppard: 547,647
2. Stevie Nicks: 427,844
3. Todd Rundgren: 365,370
4. The Zombies: 329,052
5. The Cure: 264,443
6. Janet Jackson: 218,581
7. Devo: 186,754
8. Roxy Music: 167,307
9. Rage Against the Machine: 148,208
10. Radiohead: 140,458
11. John Prine: 136,746
12. LL Cool J: 119,657
13. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan: 99,724
14. Kraftwerk: 87,456
15. MC5: 85,304

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First wave of physical Prince catalog reissues due out in February

The first installment of physical titles from the Prince catalog reissue campaign announced this past summer will arrive on February 8, 2019. Three Prince studio albums -- 2004's Musicology, 2006's 3121 and 2007's Planet Earth -- will be re-released on CD and also will make their vinyl debut.

The vinyl versions of the albums will be pressed on limited-edition purple vinyl. Special bundles and merchandise related to the reissues, including t-shirts, tour books, lithographs and posters are available at the Prince estate's online store.

Musicology peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. The album also garnered Prince two Grammys: a Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance award for the title track and a Best R&B Vocal Performance -- Male prize for "Call My Name." Among the well-known musicians featured on the album are Sheila E. and sax players Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer.

3121 became Prince's first album ever to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and was his first record to top the chart since 1989's Batman. The album has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in the States.

Planet Earth reached #3 on the Billboard 200, although it didn't sell enough copies to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Sheila E. and Prince's Revolution band members Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman contributed to the record.

Ahead of the reissues, the Prince estate is debuting videos from the late artist's vaults on his official YouTube channel and other streaming services, including clips for Musicology's "Cinnamon Girl", 3121's "Te Amo Corazon," and Planet Earth's "Chelsea Rogers." It's part of an ongoing campaign launched last month by the estate and Sony Music.

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Daryl Hall & John Oates to play limited Vegas engagement next year

Daryl Hall & John Oates are heading to Sin City for a limited engagement in 2019.

The duo will perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on March 20, 22 and 23.  Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, December 14, at noon PT.

In a statement, Daryl Hall says, "I've played Vegas many times in my career, so I'm looking forward to bringing our kind of soul to the Vegas Strip with this run of shows at Caesars Palace."

In 2019, the duo also has three shows booked in the U.K. in late April and early May.

This past year, Hall & Oates did a big summer tour with Train.  The two acts also released a successful single called "Philly Forget Me Not."

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Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" reaches all-time chart high

Here's a nice Christmas gift for Mariah Carey: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has just hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 -- the highest it's ranked since it was first released in 1994.

If you're wondering how that could possibly be, keep this in mind: The song only hit the top 10 for the first time last year.  If it sounds unbelievable, well, blame Billboard chart rules.

In 1994, when "All I Want for Christmas Is You" first came out, it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited it from charting on the Hot 100.  When those rules changed in 1998, the song first charted in 2000, but only at #83.

Billboard now allows old songs to return to the Hot 100 if their stats -- like sales, streaming and airplay -- are significant. Every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has subsequently returned to the chart.  In 2016, the song climbed to #11, and last year, it finally broke into the top 10, reaching #9, mostly due to streaming.

As Vulture notes, the festive track has earned Mariah roughly $60 million over the years.  That same article insists, hilariously, that, "The only thing that stands the test of time is Mariah Carey's Christmas album, Merry Christmas. I mean it. The ONLY thing."

The article goes on to state, among other things: "It is impossible to get tired of this album; listening to this album is never a disappointing choice. As an experiment, try listening to it for the rest of your life, and you’ll see what I mean."

Mariah retweeted Vulture's comical take on the album and wrote, "This is the greatest article ever!! Thank you for getting me into the Christmas spirit and making me laugh out loud."

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Lindsey Buckingham says he's settled his lawsuit with Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac have apparently settled their differences.  Their legal ones, at least.

Buckingham told CBS This Morning over the weekend that the lawsuit he filed in October against his former bandmates following his dismissal from Fleetwood Mac has been settled, and that he's "happy enough with it. 

"I'm not out there trying to twist the knife at all," Buckingham said.  "I'm trying to look at this with some level of compassion, some level of wisdom."

According to documents obtained by ABC Radio at the time, the suit charged the band with "breach of fiduciary duty," "breach of oral contract" and "intentional interference with prospective economic advantage," among other complaints.

Buckingham was dismissed from the band he first joined in 1974, along with his then-musical and romantic partner Stevie Nicks, after he claims he'd asked Fleetwood Mac to delay the start of their 2018 a few months so he could release and promote a solo album.  When his band mates refused, he postponed his solo project for a year so he could take part in the trek.  But then, Buckingham said, came an ultimatum from Stevie Nicks, relayed to him by the band's longtime manager, Irving Azoff. 

"Either Lindsey goes or I go," Buckingham recalls Azoff telling him last January, saying Nicks apparently didn't care for Buckingham's behavior at a MusiCares event a few nights earlier, which would be his final performance with the band, barring a thaw in sentiment.

Fleetwood Mac went on to tour with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Split Enzand Crowded House filling his spot.

"It hurt for a while," Buckingham said of his ouster from the band.  "I did walk around for a few months with a visceral reaction to that."

Fleetwood Mac's next tour stop is tomorrow night in Inglewood, California.

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Elton John releases video of rare TV performance of "Step into Christmas"; issues new digital holiday EP

A rare U.K. TV performance featuring Elton John and his famous backing band playing his classic 1973 holiday single "Step into Christmas" was rediscovered recently and premiered Friday on the pop-rock legend's official YouTube channel. The footage hails from a December 22, 1973, appearance on the Gilbert O'Sullivan: Welcome to My Show variety program, which was broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV network.

The video shows Elton, wearing a glammed-up outfit adorned with white ostrich feathers, accompanied by guitarist Davey Johnstone, drummer Nigel Olsson and late bassist Dee Murray, as well as his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, who joins in on percussion.

Coinciding with the clip's premiere, Elton has released a digital holiday EP featuring his original version of "Step into Christmas," the audio track from the television performance of the tune, and the 1973 single's B-side, "Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)." The EP is available now via the usual digital and streaming outlets.

"Step into Christmas" reached #11 on the U.K. singles chart back in '73, although it didn't chart in the U.S. It's also has appeared on several Elton compilations over the years, including the deluxe edition of last year's Diamonds.

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Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" the most-streamed 20th century song

Given its enduring popularity, it should surprise no one that Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of rock's most-streamed songs.  But as of today, the 43-year-old magnum opus is the most-streamed song of any genre from the 20th century, according to the band's label, Universal Music Group.

Be careful to note that "from the 20th century" distinction, though, meaning the 1975 classic is the most-streamed of the songs released pre-millennium.  UMG says "Bohemian Rhapsody" surpassed 1.6 billion global streams, including views of its official video, which also makes it, they say, the most-streamed classic rock song of all time.

“So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams!" says Queen guitarist Brian May in a statement.  "Very happy that our music is still flowing to the max!"

As impressive as those streaming numbers are, however, they fall far short of the massive streaming totals for 21st century artists like DrakeTaylor Swift and others.  But that makes "Bohemian Rhapsody's" achievement no less impressive, especially considering the 20th century classic rock competition it was up against.  It's also no accident: The song received a massive publicity push and renewed global exposure in the run-up to the November release of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, now in theaters.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was the first single released from Queen's 1975 album, A Night at the Opera.  It topped the U.K. singles chart for nine weeks then, and again following frontman Freddie Mercury's death in 1991.  It also charted twice in the U.S., hitting #9 in 1976 as the band's first U.S. top-10 hit, and then re-charting and peaking at #2 in 1992 after it was featured in the hit movie comedy Wayne's World.

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34 years after its release, Wham!'s "Last Christmas" finally hits the top 40

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart. This Christmas, Wham! conquers the chart.

For the first time since its release in 1984, "Last Christmas," the holiday favorite by the iconic '80s pop duo that included the late George Michael, has hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Specifically, the song's reached #34 and may climb even higher.

Why has it taken so long?  For the same reason that Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" took years to hit the top 10.  In 1984, "Last Christmas" wasn't commercially available as a single in the U.S., so it wasn't allowed to chart.  And even if it had been available, Billboard didn't even allow Christmas songs on the Hot 100 back then.

Billboard has since changed its rules to allow older songs to chart if they have significant sales, streams and airplay.  Wham's original version of "Last Christmas" first appeared on the Hot 100 in 2016. On Christmas Day that same year, George Michael died. The song's previous high ranking was #41, but now it's officially a top 40 hit.

In fact, "Last Christmas" is Wham! seventh top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and its first in more than 32 years.  The duo's other hits include "Careless Whisper," "Everything She Wants," "Wake Me up Before You Go-Go," "Freedom," "The Edge of Heaven," and "I'm Your Man."

It's worth noting that before Wham!'s original version of "Last Christmas" first charted in 2016, two other versions had done so: a 2009 cover by the Glee cast, and a 2013 version by Ariana Grande.

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Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye classics part of new Motown playlist inspired by Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming"

As part of her ongoing book tour to promote her new memoir, BecomingMichelle Obama paid her first-ever visit to Hitsville U.S.A., the home of Detroit's Motown Museum, located at the site of Motown Records' first headquarters and recording studio.

In honor of Becoming, Motown has curated a playlist of classic songs from throughout the label's history that were inspired by various moments in the former first lady's life.

The 40-track playlist is available now via various streaming platforms, including YouTube. The list includes multiple songs by such Motown legends as Stevie WonderMarvin GayeThe TemptationsThe Four TopsThe Supremes and The Jackson 5. Wonder, in particular, is mentioned as one of Mrs. Obama's favorite artists in her book.

"Every story needs a soundtrack, and Motown has provided so much rhythm to my life," she says in a statement. "That's why I'm thrilled to bring one of America's greatest contributions to the world -- the soul and the beat of Motown -- to my events here in Detroit."

As part of her visit to Hitsville U.S.A., Mrs. Obama attended a roundtable discussion with young black men from Detroit's Wayne State University that was moderated by actor/comedian Keegan Michael Key, a Motor City native.

Motown sponsored the event, which was organized by Mrs. Obama's Reach Higher campaign. The initiative has been hosting similar events throughout her book tour.

In conjunction with the tour, Mrs. Obama is scheduled to take part in a conversation with comedian, writer and actress Phoebe Robinson tonight at Detroit's Little Caesars Arena.

Here is the Becoming Motown Classic Playlist:

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" -- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
"The Way You Do the Things You Do" -- The Temptations
"Dancing in the Street" -- Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
"Please Mr. Postman" -- The Marvelettes
"The Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" -- The Isley Brothers
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" -- Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell
"Baby Love" -- The Supremes
"It's the Same Old Song" -- Four Tops
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" -- The Temptations
"Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" -- Stevie Wonder
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" -- Gladys Knight & The Pips
"My Guy" -- Mary Wells
"It Takes Two" -- Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" -- Four Tops
"Who's Loving You" -- The Jackson 5
"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" -- The Temptations
"The Tracks of My Tears" -- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
"For Once in My Life" -- Stevie Wonder
"Baby, I'm for Real" -- The Originals
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" -- The Temptations
"I'll Be There" -- The Jackson 5
"Reach Out, I'll Be There" -- Four Tops
"What's Going On" -- Marvin Gaye
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" -- Marvin Gaye
"As" -- Stevie Wonder
"Color" -- Zhane
"I Love Your Smile" -- Shanice
"Treat Her Like a Lady" -- The Temptations
"Zoom" -- Commodores
"The Truth" -- India.Arie
"Didn't Cha Know" -- Erykah Badu
"My Cherie Amour" -- Stevie Wonder
"Woman's World" -- BJ The Chicago Kid
"I'm Coming Out" -- Diana Ross
"Video" -- India.Arie
"Square Biz" -- Teena Marie
"Rhythm of the Night" -- Debarge
"You and I" -- Stevie Wonder
"Someday We'll Be Together" -- Diana Ross & The Supremes
"Feel So Good" (Do the Right Thing soundtrack version) -- Perri

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Lindsey Buckingham not ruling out reuniting with Fleetwood Mac: "Anything's possible"

On a recent CBS This Morning appearance, Lindsey Buckinghamrevealed that he'd settled the lawsuit he'd launched against Fleetwood Mac over his dismissal from the band earlier this year. Now, in a new interview with Stereogum, the singer/guitarist admits that he won't rule out returning to the group.

"Look, it's Fleetwood Mac, anything's possible," says Lindsey. "Maybe they'll get it out of their system. If they ask me to come back, would I? Sure, because to me I think the lack of a proper farewell tour, if that's what we're doing, that doesn't undercut…the legacy that we have so carefully built as the five of us, which they're not doing right now."

Buckingham calls the group's current incarnation, which features founding Tom Petty and the Heartbreakersguitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House singer Neil Finn taking his place, "a cover band kind of deal."

Buckingham also reveals that he hasn't spoken directly to any of the band members since he was fired, reportedly at the behest of Stevie Nicks.

"Once we signed some [legal] papers a few weeks ago, I did hear from Christine [McVie] in an email, as I expected to," he notes. "I know Mick [Fleetwood] would probably like to, but I think he's too embarrassed and just a little too weak-willed to do it. I won't hear from Stevie because it was all her trip anyway."

He adds, "I just have to forgive them because it's really just Stevie being so needy for a certain kind of attention and maybe not wanting to compete with the vitality that I have."

Buckingham recently finished a tour in support of his new compilation, Solo Anthology: The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.  According to Stereogum, he'll also likely release a new studio album in 2019.

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Turn back time: Cher is writing her life story

It’s been quite a year for Cher and her fans: the 72-year-old living icon co-starred alongside Meryl Streep in the hit sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. She was also the subject of a Broadway musical that debuted in December called The Cher Show. She was even gracious enough to explain some of her often funny, always unpredictable tweets.

This week the acclaimed actress and singer shared a tweet that doesn’t need much explaining, unless you’re emoji illiterate. On Tuesday, Cher announced on Twitter she’s writing a book about her life.

“Writing life story…Book Due Out First Part Of 2020” she tweeted, along with the emojis for sunglasses and party popper. Followed by “Bio Pic to Follow” which, given the box office success of this years Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, feels like a foregone conclusion.

No further details about the book were announced, but you can expect more Cher-specific content in 2020. 

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Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" scores two Golden Globe nominations

Bohemian Rhapsody, the new film that tells the story of Queen and its frontman Freddie Mercury's path to rock stardom, has been nominated for two honors at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards. The movie is in the running for the Best Motion Picture -- Drama award, while Rami Malek, who portrayed Mercury, is nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama prize.

The other films vying for the Best Motion Picture -- Drama award are Black PantherBlacKkKlansmanIf Beale Street Could Talk, and A Star Is Born. Malek will compete for his award with Bradley Cooper for his work in A Star Is BornWillem DaFoe for At Eternity's GateLucas Hedges for Boy Erased, and John David Washington for BlackKklansman.

Among the other music-related Golden Globe nominees is Annie Lennox, who's up for the Best Original Song -- Motion Picture award. Lennox is nominated for "Requiem for a Private War," which she wrote for A Private War.

Visit GoldenGlobes.com to check out the full list of nominees.

The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards -- co-hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg -- will air live on NBC on Sunday, January 6, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

As previously reported, Queen has announced a 2019 North American summer trek dubbed The Rhapsody Tourthat will kick off July 10 in Vancouver, Canada. The band continues to be led by founding guitarist Brian Mayand drummer Roger Taylor, with lead vocals provided by Adam Lambert.

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Aretha Franklin to be saluted by Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight & others on ABC's "The Year in Memoriam 2018"

Aretha Franklin is among the late celebrities who will be saluted on ABC's upcoming special The Year in Memoriam 2018, which airs December 17 at 10 p.m. ET.

Hosted by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, the program will honor the stars we lost this year, including the Queen of Soul. Aretha's segment will feature a number of music stars sharing stories about about the legendary singer, including Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Kelly Clarkson. Franklin died August 16 at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.

The special will also remember acting legend Burt Reynolds, scientist Stephen Hawking, Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, Sen. John McCain and former first lady Barbara Bush.

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John Fogerty honored with prestigious award by Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture

John Fogerty was one fortunate son on Wednesday at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture -- a.k.a. MoPop -- where he was presented with the institution's 12th annual Founders Award recognizing artists who have made outstanding contributions to popular music. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman received the honor during the museum's annual fundraising gala, which raised $950,000 for the attraction.

Fogerty's sons Shane and Tyler were on hand to help salute their dad.

"I am humbled and honored that MoPoP chose me as the recipient of the 2018 Founders Award," the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer said after receiving the honor. "I had no idea my sons, Shane and Tyler, would be delivering this heartfelt speech. I will never forget how special it was. I am so grateful and proud."

After the award presentation, a private tribute show honoring John was held that featured Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and several other musicians playing various memorable CCR songs. Fogerty closed out the show by hitting the stage with his sons to perform his Creedence classics "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," as well as the traditional tune "Oh Susannah," a song he says inspired his interest in playing music.

John said of the tribute performances, "I witnessed some of the best arrangements and vocals of my songs that I have ever heard. For those who were there I know they felt the same."

The fundraiser also featured a tribute to MoPop's founder, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died of lymphoma at age 65 in October. The money raised by the event will support the museum's youth education programs, exhibitions and more.

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Zombies bassist Chris White on band being a Rock Hall nominee again: "It couldn't be better"

It's almost the time of the season for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to announce its latest class of inductees, and for the fourth time in six yearsThe Zombies are among the nominated artists.

Bassist Chris White, who joined The Zombies shortly after their formation, tells ABC Radio that "it couldn't be better" just being considered for induction. He notes that the main reason for the band's enduring appeal is its 1968 baroque-pop masterpiece Odessey and Oracle, the second and last album by the group's classic lineup, which broke up several months before the record's release.

"[I]t's recognition for an album that finished us 'cause no one wanted it, and now everybody seems to like it," White maintains. "And [now that the band members are all] in our seventies…it's a great thought that people really appreciate it and have nominated us for an honor."

If the Rock Hall's online fan poll is any indication, The Zombies have a good shot to finally be inducted in 2019, as the band currently is fourth in the voting, after Def LeppardStevie Nicks and Todd Rundgren.

"I just think the fans are fantastic for voting for us," says White. "They've been so good, and they've…done it so well."

White hasn't been part of the official Zombies lineup since the band re-formed in 2000, but he and founding drummer Hugh Grundy rejoined the group in 2017 and this year for tour dates celebrating the 50th anniversary of Odessey and Oracle.

White tells ABC Radio that touring with his old band mates has been "great fun," noting that they're all still "very close friends."

Voting in the Rock Hall fan poll closes this Monday, December 9. The 2019 inductees are expected to be announced a few days later.

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Watch now: Aretha Franklin's "Silent Night" gets a lyric video

The Queen of Soul is no longer with us, but we can still enjoy her music this holiday season.

A new lyric video has just been released featuring the newly remixed "Solo Piano Version" of "Silent Night," which Aretha Franklin originally recorded for her 2008 holiday album, This Christmas. The clip features an animated scene depicting snow falling on a mountainside clearing surrounded by evergreen trees. As the tune progresses, a grand piano materializes in the clearing, and Christmas lights appear on the trees. 

"During this time of the year, my aunt would be finishing up her Christmas shopping in New York and Chicago, planning her annual holiday event with family and friends, selecting songs for her Christmas playlist, and talking about her menu for Christmas dinner," says Aretha's niece Sabrina Owens, the executor of the late legend's estate.

"She loved the holidays; it was her favorite time of the year!"  Owens adds.

This Christmas has just been released on vinyl for the first time.  This Friday will see the release of the Atlantic Records 1960s Collection, a six-LP box set that includes Aretha's first five studio albums with Atlantic, plus an LP featuring 11 demos and outtakes that are making their vinyl debut.

The limited-edition box set includes the albums I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (mono), Aretha Arrives(mono), Lady Soul (stereo), Aretha Now (stereo) and Soul '69 (stereo), as well as the new compilation Rarities from the 1960s.

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Tunes by Mariah Carey, George Michael, Paul McCartney among ASCAP's 2018 "Top 25 Holiday Songs" list

 

It likely won't be a surprise to anyone right about now, but Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is one of the most played songs on the radio this time of year.

In fact, the song has topped the 2018 list of the Top 25 Holiday Songscompiled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), marking the second year in a row that it's landed at #1 on the tally.

"From the very beginning, Mariah and I wanted to create music that would make listeners feel the same sense of nostalgia we all feel around the holiday season," co-writer and producer Walter Afanasieff says of "All I Want for Christmas Is You." "And what started as a simple rock and roll melody on the piano, I'm so pleased to say has topped this list once again and become a holiday classic."

Holiday tunes by other famous veteran pop and rock artists that also made the list include George Michael's "Last Christmas" at #7, Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad" at #17 and Paul McCartney's  "Wonderful Christmastime" at #25. In addition, the star-studded 1984 U.K. charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" took the #24 spot. The track, which was co-written The Boomtown Rats' Bob Geldof and Ultravox's Midge Ure, features vocals by more than 20 artists, including George Michael, Bono, Sting, Phil Collins, Boy George, Simon LeBon and Bananarama.

Here are ASCAP's Top 25 Holiday Songs for 2018, along with who wrote them when:

1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994)
2. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Meredith Willson (1951)
3. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Johnny Marks (1962)
4. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Johnny Marks (1958)
5. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963)
6. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Johnny Marks (1949)
7. "Last Christmas" by George Michael (1984)
8. "Jingle Bell Rock" by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1957)
9. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)
10. "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1951)
11. "The Christmas Song" by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946)
12. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947)
13. "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin (1941)
14. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)
15. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague (1966)
16. "Home for the Holidays" by Robert Allen and Al Stillman (1954)
17. "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano (1970)
18. "Frosty the Snowman" by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)
19. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1943)
20. "Santa Baby" by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953)
21. "Blue Christmas" by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1948)
22. "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by Robert Kinkel, Paul O'Neill and John Oliva (1995)
23. "Underneath the Tree" by Greg Kurstin and Kelly Clarkson (2013)
24. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (1984)
25. "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney (1979)

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Purple Reign: A movie inspired by the music of Prince is now in development

Prince fans can look forward to a new movie featuring his music. 

Universal Pictures is developing a movie with an original story, which will use classic songs by the late Minneapolis icon, according to Variety.  The movie will not be based on Prince's life, like Purple Rain -- instead, Prince's estate is working with the studio to create a film similar to the 2008 movie Mamma Mia.  That featured an original story, soundtracked by the music of the Swedish pop group ABBA.

Troy Carter, who has managed Lady Gaga, John Legend, Miguel, Eveand other stars, is the entertainment advisor to the estate, and will serve as one of the executive producers.

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Bruce Springsteen won't tour with E Street Band in 2019, says he'll be busy with "various recording projects"

An article published in The Sunday Times of London this past weekend featuring a new interview with Bruce Springsteen suggested that The Boss planned to tour with his E Street Band next year, but the rock legend has issued a statement refuting that report.

In the message, posted on his official website and social media outlets, Springsteen says, "Just a note to quell some of the rumors over here on E Street. While we hope to be back with you soon, the E Street Band won't be touring in 2019. Before I go back to my day job, the year will be consumed with a break after our Broadway run and various recording projects I've been working on."

He adds, "We do hope to see you soon, and until then, we have some mighty E Streeters out there regularly performing with their own projects who'd love and deserve your support. All love and Happy Holidays!"

The Sunday Times piece also reported that Bruce had a new album on the way that he described as "a singer-songwriter album -- more of a solo record," so fans likely can expect that to arrive in 2019.

As previously reported, Bruce's Springsteen on Broadway show, which opened at New York's Water Kerr Theatre in October 2017, will have its final performance there on Saturday, December 15. The next day, a Netflix special documenting one of the intimate performances will premiere, while a companion soundtrack album will be released on Friday, December 14.

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Paul McCartney adds concerts in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and three other US cities

Paul McCartney keeps freshening up his 2019 Freshen Up Tour itinerary. The ex-Beatles star has added four concerts to the U.S. leg of his trek, including, as had been expected, a show in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at Lambeau Field, home of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

McCartney also lined up performances in Arlington, Texas, on June 14; San Diego on June 22; and Los Angeles on July 13.  The latter three concerts will be held in baseball stadiums -- the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park, the Sand Diego Padres' Petco Park and the L.A. Dodgers' Dodger Stadium. McCartney has never before performed at Lambeau Field or Globe Life Park.

Tickets for the Green Bay show go on sale to the general public this Monday, December 10, at 10 a.m. CT, while tickets for the Arlington, San Diego and L.A. concerts will be available on December 13 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express card members can buy pre-sale tickets for the Green Bay event now, and will be able to purchase advance tickets for the Arlington show beginning Monday at 10 a.m. CT. Visit PaulMcCartney.com for more details.

Macca's 2019 U.S. itinerary now features a total of 12 tour dates, spanning from a May 23 performance in New Orleans through the July 13 show in L.A.

Here are all of Sir Paul's confirmed stateside concerts:

5/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Arena
5/27 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
5/30 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
6/1 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
6/3 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
6/6 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center
6/8 -- Green Bay, WI, Lambeau Field*
6/11 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
6/14 -- Arlington, TX, Globe Life Park*
6/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park*
6/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodgers Stadium*

* = newly added show.

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The legend lives on... Gordon Lightfoot lines up "80 Years Strong" US tour

Never mind that he celebrated his 80th birthday last month: Gordon Lightfoot is still going strong. In fact, the Canadian folk-rock legend just announced dates for a new 2019 tour, called the "80 Years Strong" trek, that will visit the U.S. in March and his native Ontario, Canada, in April.

The U.S. portion of the tour, which will visit the Western part of the country, kicks off March 4 in Sacramento, California, and runs through a March 17 concert in Phoenix, Arizona. Gordon then heads home to Ontario for shows spanning from an April 3 show in Richmond Hill to an April 15-17 engagement in Mississauga.

In a 2016 interview shortly before his 78th birthday, Lightfoot discussed his desire to keep performing.

"We love to work while the sun shines," he said. "Because the night will come when you may no longer work -- that was from [Bob] Dylan…I love doin' the shows. The ship of state is still afloat and I've still got the vocal -- and the desire."

Here are all of Gordon's confirmed 2019 tour dates:

3/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
3/5 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
3/6 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
3/8 -- Santa Clarita, CA, The Canyon
3/9 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater
3/10 -- Pasadena, CA, The Rose
3/12 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove of Anaheim
3/13 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theatre
3/15 -- Las Vegas, NV, Westgate Resort & Casino
3/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Westgate Resort & Casino
3/17 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
4/3 -- Richmond Hill, ON, Canada, Richmond Hill Center for the Performing Arts
4/5 -- Belleville, ON, Canada, Empire Theatre
4/6 -- Belleville, ON, Canada, Empire Theatre
4/8 -- Barrie, ON, Canada, Talk Is Free Georgian Theatre
4/9 -- Parry Sound, ON, Canada, Stockey Center for the Performing Arts
4/11 -- St. Catharines, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Performing Arts Center
4/12 -- St. Catharines, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Performing Arts Center
4/13 -- Oakville, ON, Canada, The Meeting House
4/15 -- Mississauga, ON, Canada, Living Arts Center
4/16 -- Mississauga, ON, Canada, Living Arts Center
4/17 -- Mississauga, ON, Canada, Living Arts Center

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Hollywood Vampires, Blue Oyster Cult members to perform at Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding charity concert

The 17th annual edition of Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding charity concert takes place this Sunday, December 8, at the Celebrity Theatre in the shock rocker's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. The Cooper-fronted supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which also features Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, are set to headline the show, but Perry's presence isn't confirmed.

As previously reported, Perry canceled a solo tour scheduled for this month after landing in the hospital following a backstage collapse after a guest performance with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden on November 10.  It hasn't been announced if Joe will be joining the Vampires at this Sunday's event.

Also on the bill are Blue Oyster Cult's Eric Bloom and "Buck Dharma" Roeser, ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, country star Gretchen Wilson, comic Larry the Cable Guy and Beasto Blanco, a band featuring Alice's daughter Calico Cooper and the rocker's longtime touring bassist, Chuck Garric.

The show also will feature performances by the Solid Rock Dancers and the winners of this year's installment of Alice's "Proof Is in the Pudding" musical talent search.

Proceeds raised by the concert benefit Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center, which offers free music, dance, arts and vocational programs to young people in the Phoenix area.

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Sting among artists performing on Steve Harvey's Fox New Year's Eve special

Sting is among the artists who will help close out 2018 with a performance on talk show host Steve Harvey's New Year's Eve special, airing on Fox.

Harvey will host the show live in New York City's Times Square alongside TV personality Maria Menounos. Other performers on the bill include U.K. alt-rockers Florence + the Machine, "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke, country star Jason Aldean, Colombian artist Juanes and pop group Why Don't We.

You can tune in to Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square starting at 8 p.m. ET on December 31.

Sting spent much of the past year promoting 44/876, his reggae-flavored collaborative album with Jamaican-born singer Shaggy. Looking ahead to 2019, the former Police frontman has lined up a tour of Europe in June and July called the My Songs Tour.

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Seein' is believin': Biopic focusing on Journey singer Arnel Pineda to be helmed by "Crazy Rich Asians" director

The fairytale story of how Arnel Pineda went from fronting a Filipino cover band to becoming the lead singer of Journey will be brought to the big screen by Jon M. Chu, director of the hugely successful film Crazy Rich Asians.

According to an exclusive report in Deadline, Chu is teaming with Warner Bros. on the film, which will dramatize how Pineda was discovered by Journey guitarist Neal Schon via YouTube videos in which Arnel displayed an uncanny ability to recreate Steve Perry's soaring vocals.

The studio has secured the rights to Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, the 2012 documentary focusing on Pineda's path to rock stardom. Warner Bros. also is negotiating to acquire the rights to use Journey's original songs, most of which were composed by Perry, Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain, in the movie.

"The success of Crazy Rich Asians has blown my mind and set me on a path to champion more unique inspirational stories that represent new perspectives from all around the world," Chu says in a statement to Deadline.

"This story in particular has been on my mind since I first read about it years ago," he adds. "A true fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit. An unlikely hero, an undeniable talent, the power of music and a worldwide stage [literally] has all the ingredients I love about movies."

The director adds, "I have been a fan of Journey’s music since I can remember. I am excited to be bringing the audience along on this incredible story."

This won't be Chu's first attempt at a music movie: He directed the blockbuster 2011 Justin Bieber concert film Never Say Never.

Meanwhile, Journey currently has one more concert on its 2018 tour schedule: a December 16 show at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

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Phil Collins' "Serious Hits...Live!" and "A Hot Night in Paris" albums to be reissued in 2019

Phil Collins' ongoing solo reissue campaign will continue in 2019 with the February 1 release of remastered edition of two archival live albums -- 1990's Serious Hits…Live! and 1999's A Hot Night in Paris.

Released in November 1990, Serious Hits…Live! features performances from various stops on Collins' tour in support of his chart-topping 1989 studio album, …But Seriously. The live record peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 and has sold more than 4 million copies in the U.S. to date.

Serious Hits…Live! includes renditions of a variety of Phil's popular singles, among them "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," "One More Night," "Don't Lose My Number," "Do You Remember?," "Another Day in Paradise," "Separate Lives," "In the Air Tonight," "Two Hearts," "Sussudio" and his covers of The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" and The Mindbenders' "A Groovy Kind of Love." In addition, there's a live version of his smash duet with Earth, Wind and Fire's Philip Bailey, "Easy Lover," featuring Bailey himself.

A Hot Night in Paris was released by Collins' side project The Phil Collins Big Band, and features performances by the group from 1998 that include instrumental renditions of songs from Phil's solo career and his band Genesis, as well as covers of Miles Davis' "Milestones" and The Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces." Among the other musicians in the group were longtime Genesis and Collins touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer and acclaimed jazz-fusion keyboardist George Duke.

Both reissues will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally formats, while this will mark the first time A Hot Night in Paris will be released on vinyl.

Here's the Serious Hits…Live! track list:

"Something Happened on the Way to Heaven"
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
"Who Said I Would"
"One More Night"
"Don't Lose My Number"
"Do You Remember?"
"Another Day in Paradise"
"Separate Lives"
"In the Air Tonight"
"You Can't Hurry Love"
"Two Hearts"
"Sussudio"
"A Groovy Kind of Love"
"Easy Lover"
"Take Me Home"

And here's the A Hot Night in Paris track list:

"Sussudio"
"That's All"
"Invisible Touch"
"Chips & Salsa"
"Hold On My Heart"
"I Don't Care Anymore"
"Milestones"
"Against All Odds"
"Pick Up the Pieces"
"The Los Endos Suite"

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Smokey Robinson says he's "still in recovery mode" over lifelong friend Aretha Franklin's death

Motown legend Smokey Robinson says he is still processing the loss of his lifelong friend Aretha Franklin, who died in August of pancreatic cancer at age 76.

"I'm still in recovery mode, because I love her and I'm going to miss our conversations and our getting together," Robinson tells AARP The Magazine. "But I know that spiritually she's in a better place. She was suffering at the end there, and I don't ever want to see her suffer. So now she's cool, and I'm cool 'cause she's cool."

Smokey is the subject of the cover story of the upcoming magazine's issue, which celebrates the Detroit-based label's 60th anniversary. In the article, Robinson shares some of his experiences as a singer, songwriter and producer with Motown.

The 78-year-old artist recalls that when Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown, he recalls the mogul saying, "We are not just going to make black music, we're going to make music for the world." Smokey adds, "That was our plan, and we did it."

Regarding his own vocal talents, Robinson says he's no Aretha, Whitney Houston or Celine Dion.

"I'm not in that category, I won't fool myself," he maintains. "But I feel what I sing, and I think people can feel what I feel when I do."

Regarding his relationship with Marvin Gaye, for whom he co-wrote many songs during the mid-1960s, Smokey says he "was my brother brother," adding that "he recorded my favorite album of all time, What's Going On. He was one of the greatest singers ever."

Robinson also discusses Michael Jackson, explaining that when MJ was young he had no childhood because the demands of his career with The Jackson 5, so "when he got grown, he became a child because he could do it."

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U2, Eagles, Elton John, Journey among nominees for 30th annual "Pollstar" Awards

U2The EaglesElton JohnJourney and Def Leppard are among the nominees for the 30th annual Pollstar Awards, given out by Pollstar, the trade publication for the concert industry.

U2 is nominated in the Major Tour of the Year and Best Rock Tour categories, while The Eagles and, jointly, Journey and Def Leppard are in the running for the latter honor. Also vying are Foo FightersMetallicaPanic! At the Disco and Imagine Dragons.

In the Best Residency category, Elton John's Las Vegas residency, Billy Joel's monthly concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City and Bruce Springsteen's autobiographical Broadway show are among the nominees.

The nominees for the Best Touring Musician award include Elton John; new Fleetwood Mac guitarist Mike Campbell, formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; new Eagles touring member Vince Gill; Billy Joel multi-instrumentalist Mark Rivera; and singer/guitarist John Mayer, for his work as a member of Dead & Company.

The nominated artists in the Best Soft Ticket Act category are 10,000 ManiacsAir SupplyAmericaDonny & MarieEarth Wind & Fire and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A soft ticket act is an artist that generally performs on bills with multiple artists rather than being a headliner.

The awards, voted on by a panel of more than 2,000 live entertainment professionals, will be handed out February 13 in Los Angeles, at the end of the annual Pollstar Live! conference.

Here is the full list of nominees in the aforementioned categories:

Major Tour of the Year
Ed Sheeran -- ÷ Tour
Taylor Swift -- Reputation Tour
Bruno Mars -- 24K Magic World Tour
Beyoncé & Jay-Z -- On The Run II Tour
Drake -- Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour
U2 -- eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour

Best Rock Tour
Foo Fighters -- Concrete and Gold Tour 2018
Panic! At the Disco -- Pray for the Wicked Tour
U2 -- eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour
Metallica -- WorldWired Tour
Imagine Dragons -- ?VOLVE World Tour
Def Leppard/Journey -- Def Leppard & Journey Tour
Eagles -- An Evening with The Eagles

Best Residency
Billy Joel -- Madison Square Garden Arena
Bruce Springsteen -- Walter Kerr Theatre
Celine Dion -- Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Elton John -- Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Jennifer Lopez -- Zappos Theater in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Backstreet Boys -- Zappos Theater in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Best Soft Ticket Act
10,000 Maniacs
Air Supply
America
Donny & Marie
Earth Wind & Fire
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Best Touring Musician
John Mayer, Dead & Company
Elton John
Mike Campbell, Fleetwood Mac
Mark Rivera, Billy Joel
Trey Anastasio, Phish
Vince Gill, Eagles

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Toto's career-spanning "All In" box set released today along with new single, "Devil's Tower"

Toto's massive limited-edition All In box set, celebrating the band's 40th anniversary, got its release today.

The package features 11 previously available Toto albums spread across 17 vinyl LPs and 13 CDs, as well as the previously unreleased Live in Tokyo EP, which was recorded in 1980, and a newly created album called Old Is New that boasts seven unreleased tunes and three new tracks from the group's 2018 best-of collection, 40 Trips Around the Sun.

All In also includes a Blu-ray disc featuring the Live in Paris 1990 concert video and a 5.1 surround mix of Toto's classic 1982 album, Toto IV. The box set, which can only be purchased at Toto's official online store, also features an 80-page hardcover book containing new essays and rare photos. Each set comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by the band's members.

Coinciding with the arrival of All In, the band has released a track from Old Is New called "Devil's Tower" as a digital single and via streaming services.

"We originally recorded this track with Mike and Jeff Porcaro back in 1981 during the sessions for Toto IV," guitarist Steve Lukather says of "Devil's Tower," "We never recorded a lead vocal or had lyrics for this one, so [frontman] Joseph [Williams] finished it up for us recently."

Toto launches a Down Under leg of its 40 Trips Around the Sun tour on December 30 in Marion Bay, Australia. The band then will visit Japan in February 2019, followed by a European trek that begins June 15 in Cork, Ireland.

Here are all of the albums included in the All In box set:

Toto (1978)
Hydra (1979)
Turn Back (1981)
IV (1982)
Isolation (1984)
Fahrenheit (1986)
The Seventh One (1988)
Kingdom of Desire (1992)
Tambu (1995)
Toto XX (1998)
Mindfields (1999)
Live in Tokyo EP (2018; recorded in 1980)
Old Is New (2018)

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Lynyrd Skynyrd reissues 1989 hits compilation "Skynyrd's Innyrds" on black and brown vinyl

The 1989 Lynyrd Skynyrd best-of compilation Skynyrd's Innyrds: Their Greatest Hits has just been reissued on vinyl. The album is available on standard black vinyl and limited-edition brown vinyl.

The 10-track collection is the Southern rock legends' best-selling album to date, having sold more than five million copies in the U.S. alone. Among the classic tunes from the group's 1970s heyday featured on the record: "Sweet Home Alabama," "Gimme Three Steps," "What's Your Name," "Saturday Night Special," "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "That Smell" and "Free Bird."

The version of "Free Bird" featured on Skynyrd's Innyrds features an extended, unfaded ending that doesn't appear on the originally released version from the band's 1973 debut album, (Pronounced 'Leh-'nerd 'Skin-'nerd).

The current Skynyrd lineup continues its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with a show this Friday, December 7, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The trek is currently scheduled to run through a 2019 European trek that winds down at the end of June.

Here's the Skynyrd's Innyrds track list:

Side A
"Sweet Home Alabama"
"Swamp Music"
"Gimme Three Steps"
"Double Trouble" (Outtake Version)
"Free Bird" (Outtake Version)

Side B
"Saturday Night Special"
"What's Your Name"
"That Smell"
"Don't Ask Me No Questions"
"Call Me the Breeze"

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Beach Boy Mike Love says hearing his children sing together on his new holiday album is "really beautiful"

Beach Boys singer Mike Love's new holiday album, Reason for the Season, is a family affair featuring vocal contributions from four of his children -- daughters Hayleigh and Ambha, and sons Christian and Brian-- and from the sibling pop group Hanson. The 12-track collection includes original holiday songs, covers of modern Christmas tunes and traditional carols, and even a new rendition of The Beach Boys' classic "Little Saint Nick."

Love's kids are most prominently featured on the traditional songs, including "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Away in a Manger" "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night."

The 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that working on the project with his family members was special for him.

"It's great to hear everybody doing their deal…vocally, and how it all comes together," he gushes. "Everybody has such a distinctive sound, and…when you put it all together with the harmonies, it's really beautiful."

The Hanson brothers appear on a rendition of their own 2017 song "Finally It's Christmas," on which Love sings lead. Mike says he likes the tune because it mixes fun Christmas imagery like Santa Claus and reindeer with religious aspects of the holiday.

The album's first single is the title track, an original tune based on a boogie-woogie riff. Love notes that the song is "a lot of fun to do…but it has a purpose, meaning it's a reminder that Christmas is essentially a Christian holiday."

As for why he decided to redo "Little Saint Nick," Mike says, cheekily, "Well, because I still can."

Love and The Beach Boys recently launched a holiday tour in support of Reason for the Season, and also celebrating the band's 1964 Christmas album.

Here are the group's remaining holiday tour dates:

12/4 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
12/5 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theatre
12/6 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater
12/7 -- Mt Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
12/8 -- Elkhart, IN, The Lerner
12/10 -- North Bethesda, MD, The Music Center at Strathmore
12/11 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
12/12 -- Williamsport, PA, Community Arts Center
12/13 -- Wilmington, DE, The Grand
12/15 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
12/16 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
12/17 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
12/18 -- Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Community College

And here's the Reason for the Season track list:

"Celestial Celebration"
"Finally It's Christmas" -- featuring Hanson
"Little St. Nick"
"Must Be Christmas" -- with Ambha Love & Christian Love
"Jingle Bell Rock"
"Alone on Christmas Day"
"Reason for the Season"
"Do You Hear What I Hear" -- with All Love*
"Away in a Manger" -- with All Love*
"Bring a Torch" -- featuring Hayleigh Love & Brian Love
"O Come All Ye Faithful" -- with All Love*
"O Holy Night" -- with All Love*

* = All Love includes Ambha, Brian, Christian and Hayleigh Love.

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Rhapsody on the road: Queen announces North American tour

With the box office success of Bohemian Rhapsody proving there's still a thirst for all things Queen, the band is taking to the road once again for a limited North American summer tour next year.

Dubbed the Rhapsody tour, the band promises a "a brand new larger-than-life production."  Original Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will once again be joined by singer Adam Lambert for the six-week outing, which kicks off July 10, 2019, in Vancouver, Canada, and wraps August 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever," says May in a statement.  "So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious!  Watch out, America!"

Lambert adds, "We have been designing a brand-new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it!"

Tickets for the Rhapsody tour go on sale this Friday, December 7, via LiveNation.com at 10 a.m. local time.  Queen and Adam Lambert fan club members can buy them a day early.  You can find more information at Queen's official website.

Queen wrapped up a sold-out 10-show residency at the MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas this past September.  Bohemian Rhapsody debuted in first place in theaters five weeks ago and is still in the top five at the box office.  It's grossed $539.5 million worldwide so far.

Here are the Rhapsody tour dates:

7/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
7/12 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
7/14 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center
7/16 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
7/19 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
7/23 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
7/24 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
7/27 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena
7/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
7/30 -- Washington, D.C., Capital One Arena
7/31 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
8/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
8/4 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
8/6 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
8/9 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
8/10 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
8/13 -- Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
8/15 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/17 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
8/18 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
8/20 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
8/22 -- Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena
8/23 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center

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