Q1370 News Archives for 2019-02

The O'Jays release new single, "I Got You," to be included in group's upcoming final studio album

The O'Jays have just released a brand-new single titled "I Got You" that will be featured on the Philadelphia soul legends' final studio album, The Last Word, due out April 19.

"I Got You" is available for purchase now digitally and via streaming services, and you also can check out the song at The O'Jays' official YouTube channel. In addition, those pre-ordering The Last Word will receive a free instant download of the track.

The new tune offers a positive message of hope and solidarity at a divisive time. As the group sings, "Even if the sky begins to fall and even if they try to build that wall, even if the bombs go off and the world is set on fire, I got your back."

"It's an extraordinary statement," says co-founding member Walter Williams Sr. "It's exactly what one would want to hear -- it goes a long way."

The track was co-produced by soul veteran Betty Wright, who scored a top 10 hit in 1972 with "Clean Up Woman."

The O'Jays were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. The group's current lineup features two original members -- Williams and Eddie Levert Sr. -- as well as Eric Nolan Grant, who joined the fold in 1995.

Here's the full track list for The Last Word:

"I Got You"
"Stand Up"
"Enjoy Yourself"
"Do You Really Know How I Feel"
"Above the Law"
"'68 Summer Nights"
"Start Stoppin'"
"Pressure"
"I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)"

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Lindsey Buckingham recovering after emergency open-heart procedure; wife reports he has damaged vocal cords

There's some upsetting news to report about Lindsey Buckingham: The former Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist underwent an emergency open-heart operation last week, during which, according to his wife, Kristen, he suffered "vocal cord damage."

In a post on Lindsey's Facebook page, Kristen writes, "He is now recuperating at home and each day he is stronger than the last. While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage."

She adds, "While it is…unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not."

Ms. Buckingham also points out that the past year has been "very stressful and difficult" for her family, obviously a reference to Lindsey being fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018, although she notes that "despite all this, our gratitude for life trumps all obstacles we have faced at this moment."

Not surprisingly, Kristen also reports that "all touring and shows currently scheduled have been put on pause for the moment."

In addition, Kristen notes that her family wanted to share the details of Lindsey's health issue "with the hope that inspires someone else to seek preventative care." She points out that the 69-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's father and brother both died of heart-related illness at the age of 56 and 46, respectively.

"If anyone is experiencing even the mildest of symptoms we encourage you to seek the care of a physician," she writes.

Kristen finishes the message by saying, "We are so thankful for the kind and generous love given by the people surrounding Lindsey, me and our kids throughout this emotional time. We can't thank you enough for all you did for our family...XO"

Accompanying the message is a photo of Kristen with a bruised Lindsey in a hospital bed.

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Jackson Browne adds new summer shows to 2019 US tour

Jackson Browne's summer tour will be running on past his previously announced four-night stand at New York City's Beacon Theatre in late June.

The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has lined up five new U.S. concerts, mapped out from a June 29 show in Wallingford, Connecticut, through a July 6 performance in Bethel, New York.

Like the Beacon Theatre concerts, the July 5 and July 6th gigs will feature indie-pop group Lucius as the opening act. Lucius is fronted by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who served as backing vocalists on Roger Waters' recent Us + Them tour.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 15, at 10 a.m. ET. Information about advance tickets will be available soon at JacksonBrowne.com.

All of Browne's summer shows will feature the folk-rock legend accompanied by his full backing band.

Jackson also has an early-spring U.S. acoustic tour lined up that will visit a variety of Florida cities and other venues in the Southeast. The 13-date trek kicks off March 22 in Durham, North Carolina, and will wrap up with an April 9 show in Miami Beach, Florida.

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

3/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
3/23 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston PAC
3/25 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
3/26 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
3/28 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
3/29 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort & Spa
3/31 -- Chattanooga, TN, Tivoli Theatre
4/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy PAC
4/3 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
4/4 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
4/6 -- Daytona Beach, FL, Peabody Auditorium
4/8 -- Naples, FL, Artis-Naples
4/9 -- Miami Beach, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach
6/23 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/24 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/26 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/28 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre*
6/29 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theater+
7/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion+
7/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap+
7/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*+
7/6 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts*+

* = Lucius opens
+ = newly added show.

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Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" hit #1 40 years ago; co-writer Carmine Appice shares memories about it

Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of Rod Stewart's disco-rock classic "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The relentlessly catchy track was co-written by Stewart, keyboardist Duane Hitchings, and Rod's drummer at the time, Carmine Appice, who's also a founding member of Vanilla Fudge.

Not necessarily known as a prolific songwriter, Appice tells ABC Radio he was thrilled to have helped create what became Stewart's biggest hit.

"[Rod] only had two number-ones…this and 'Maggie May,' and this outsold 'Maggie May,'" Carmine points out. He adds, "I was blown away. I was thinking, 'Here I am, the drummer, [and I] co-wrote...Rod's biggest song to this day.' I think that's pretty wild."

Appice says "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" came together after Stewart told him he wanted a song similar to The Rolling Stones' "Miss You."

"So I went back…and I wrote some chords and had bit of a melody, and I went to my buddy Duane Hitchings' house, who had a studio [with an] eight-track [recorder]," Appice recalls. "[W]e made a good demo, and when Rod heard it, he liked it. So he said, 'All right, we'll work on it.'"

Carmine remembers that the song initially had more of a rock sound, but during the recording sessions producer Tom Dowd brought in an orchestra and other musicians, and the final version leaned more toward disco.

"[W]e didn't expect it to be that way," notes Appice. "But it went to number-one in every country. So, I guess Tom was right."

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" spent four straight weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, while the album it's on, Blondes Have More Fun, topped the Billboard 200 for three weeks in February 1979.

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Pete Townshend reveals name of new Who song in latest studio update

Pete Townshend has offered up another update from the recording sessions for The Who's upcoming studio album. In his latest blog, posted on TheWho.com, Townshend shares some details about the fifth day of the proceedings, which are taking place in London.

Townshend says that during the sessions, Zak Starkey and Pino Palladinohave been, respectively "adding drums and bass…to the tracks I recorded last year to play to [singer] Roger [Daltrey] for a prospective new Who record."

Pete explains, "My demos were fairly advanced, and technically good, but I didn't try to play real drums, and adding drums always feels better if there is bass at the same time. Pino and Zak have a great vibe going, and all their work has enhanced my basic tracks."

Townshend also notes that for one of the new tunes, called "Beads on One String," Starkey "added some Keith Moon-style flourishes." An accompanying YouTube video shows Zak working on the aforementioned percussion part.

Meanwhile, a second video captures Starkey, Palladino and producer Dave Sardy having fun recording hand claps for one of the songs.

Pete says Pino has to leave London and return to Los Angeles "for a prior engagement," while Sardy and his assistant engineer, Jim Monti, will be taking part in the current sessions for two more days.

As for Starkey, Townshend says the drummer "will hang with me," adding, "Zak's been doing the most work this week. He's been a stalwart."

As Pete reported in a previous update, Daltrey is currently on vacation and is expected in the studio sometime around the middle of February.

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Unreleased 1972 Marvin Gaye album, "You're the Man," to be issued on vinyl, digitally in March

A previously unreleased Marvin Gaye album titled You're the Man, featuring tracks that the Motown legend recorded in 1972, will hit stores on March 29 -- three days before what would've been the late singer's 80th birthday.

The 17-track collection, including every solo and non-soundtrack recording Gaye made in 1972, will be available as a two-LP set and digitally. Fifteen of the tracks have never before been issued on vinyl.

You're the Man was recorded in Detroit and Los Angeles at a time that Gaye had decided to withdraw from the music business, following the huge critical and commercial of 1971's Let's Get It On album.

The title track, which finds Gaye criticizing the inaction of U.S. politicians, was initially released as a single, but when it didn't become a crossover pop hit, Marvin decided to shelve the entire album project.

Among the other tunes featured on You're the Man are four songs produced by Willie Hutch, co-writer of the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There"; and two others produced by Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell, members of the Jackson 5's hit-making team The Corporation.

The album also includes the holiday ballad "I Want to Come Home for Christmas," which boasts an anti-Vietnam War theme in the vein of "What's Going On."

Three tracks are newly mixed by Salaam Remi, a songwriter and producer who's worked with Nas, The Fugeesand Amy Winehouse. Remi's mix of the song "My Last Chance" is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. If you pre-order the album will receive a free download of the track.

Here's the track list of the You're the Man vinyl set:

Side 1
"You're the Man"
"The World Is Rated X"
"Piece of Clay"
"Where Are We Going?"

Side 2
"I'm Gonna Give You Respect"
"Try It, You'll Like It"
"You Are That Special One"
"We Can Make It Baby"

Side 3
"My Last Chance"
"Symphony"
"I'd Give My Life for You"
"Woman of the World"*
"Christmas in the City" (instrumental)

Side 4
"You're the Man" (Version 2)
"I Want to Come Home for Christmas"
"I'm Going Home (Move)"
"Checking Out (Double Clutch)"

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Sheryl Crow to finally release duets album featuring Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, Eagles members

All Sheryl Crow wants to do is have some fun releasing the album she's been working on for several years that features duets with many of her famous friends. Now, she'll get the chance.

The Grammy-winning singer has signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group, the Nashville-based company that's released all of pop superstar Taylor Swift's albums, as well as Steven Tyler's first solo effort and recent records by Cheap Trick.

Crow's first release under the new deal, which is due out later this year, will be a star-studded collaborative  album that's been in the works for some time. It features Sheryl teaming up with artists including Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles' Don Henley and Joe Walsh, country legends Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris, and more.

The album also features a new duet version of "Redemption Day," which combines Crow's vocals with those of the late Johnny Cash. Cash cut a version of the song for one of his albums, so Sheryl, a friend of Johnny's family, got permission to use his vocals on the updated version.

"I'm so excited to release my next record on Big Machine," Crow says in a statement.

She adds that she can tell that the label's employees "love music and love what they do," and notes, "What an exciting feeling for someone who has been in the music business for over 25 years."

In 2017, Sheryl told ABC Radio about the duets album, noting, "It's been really a joy. I've always collaborated with a lot of people but I've never asked anyone to come in and collaborate with me. ...They were immediately on board -- so that also is humbling for me."

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Walk (of Fame) This Way! Aerosmith to receive a star on Hollywood Boulevard Valentine's Day!

Aerosmith has been one of America's biggest rock bands for more than 40 years, so it might be surprising to learn that the Boston bad boys don't have a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. That'll change on Valentine's Day, when they'll finally receive that particular honor.

On February 14, a star-shaped marker bearing the group's name will be unveiled at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. PT, with as-yet-unannounced guest speakers, and, of course, the band themselves. If you can't make it to the ceremony, you can watch it streamed live at WalkofFame.com.

"Finally! We have been waiting a long time to honor Aerosmith with their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," says Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. "Aerosmith is one of the greatest rock bands in the world and we expect many fans will be 'Crazy' excited to see them honored!"

The band's star will be the 2,657th unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The event will take place four days after Aerosmith performs at frontman Steven Tyler's second annual Grammy Viewing Part benefit for his Janie's Fund charity, which will be held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will kick off their first Las Vegas residency, dubbed Deuces Are Wild, on April 6 at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort.

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Steely Dan to mount "Reelin' in the Chips 2" Las Vegas residency in April and May

Steely Dan will return to Las Vegas this spring for a new residency at The Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Resort, the same location that hosted the band's first extended Sin City engagement back in April of 2017.

The group's Reelin' in the Chips 2 residency will feature nine performances, scheduled for April 24, 26 and 27, and May 1, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Saturday, February 9, at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com, Venetian.com, any Venetian Resort box office, and by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

In addition, pre-sale tickets will be available to Steely Dan fan club members starting Wednesday, February 6, at noon PT, and to Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers and Grazie loyalty members beginning Thursday, February 7, at 10 a.m. PT.

Steely Dan is led by founding singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen, who will be accompanied by guitarists Jon Herington and Conor Kennedy, drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington and keyboardist Jim Beard, as well as a four-piece horn section and three backing singers.

Prior to the Vegas engagement, Steely Dan will team up with Steve Winwood this month for a five-date tour of the U.K. and Ireland. The band also has a September 13 concert scheduled at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California. Visit SteelyDanOfficial.com for more information.

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Diana Ross launches her "Diamond Diana" Las Vegas residency tonight

Diana Ross launches her fourth and latest Las Vegas residency at the Wynn resort's Encore Theater tonight. The nine-show engagement will see the Motown legend introducing a brand-new show called Diamond Diana, which is tied in to her yearlong celebration marking her 75th birthday.

The performances, which run through February 23, will feature Ross donning new costumes while she sings her many solo and Supremesclassics.

You can buy tickets at Ticketmaster.com, WynnLasVegas.com, and via phone by calling 702-770-9966.

After the residency winds down, the Diamond Diana Celebration will continue with the recently announced screenings of the film event Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy at select theaters on March 26, which is Ross' 75th birthday.

The movie features footage from the historic concert film Diana Ross: Live in Central Park, 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 the 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 her July 21 show, but a torrential downpour put a damper on the event. Ross promised from the stage that she would return to Central Park's Great Lawn and perform a full concert the next day, which she did, delivering an inspired, career-spanning set.

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.

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Van Morrison releasing expanded reissue of his 1997 album, "The Healing Game"

An expanded version of Van Morrison's 1997 studio album, The Healing Gamewill be released on March 22 as part of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's ongoing reissue project.

The Healing Game's deluxe edition is a three-disc collection that features the album's original 10 tracks, various bonus cuts -- including alternate versions, single versions and various collaborations -- and a previously unreleased live 1997 performance from Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival.

The first disc features the original album, plus five extra tracks that previously appeared on other releases.

Disc two contains four tracks that Morrison recorded with rock 'n' roll pioneer Carl Perkins, a couple of duets with John Lee Hooker that originally appeared on the blues great's Grammy-winning 1997 album Don't Look Back, and a cover of Jimmy Rodgers' "Mule Skinner Blues" recorded with skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan.

Also featured on that disc are a few unreleased cuts: early versions of "The Healing Game" and "Fire in the Belly," a jazz version of the title track and a cover of Louis Armstrong's "A Kiss to Build a Dream On."

The live performance on the third disc, captured in July 1997, features renditions of most of The Healing Game's songs, plus a version of "Tupelo Honey" and covers of Ray Charles' "Fool For You" and Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."

You can check out the live version of "The Healing Game" from Montreux '97 at Van's official YouTube channel.

The Healing Game reissue also will be available digitally and via streaming services, and as a one-disc vinyl LP minus the bonus tracks.

Here's the track list of The Healing Game's deluxe edition:

Disc 1: The Original Album…Plus
"Rough God Goes Riding"
"Fire in the Belly"
"This Weight"
"Waiting Game"
"Piper at the Gates of Dawn"
"Burning Ground"
"It Once Was My Life"
"Sometimes We Cry"
"If You Love Me"
"The Healing Game

Bonus Tracks
"Look What the Good People Done"
"At the End of the Day"
"The Healing Game" (single version)
"Full Force Gale '96" (single version)
"St. Dominic's Preview"

Disc 2: Sessions & Collaborations
"The Healing Game" (alternate version)*
"Fire in the Belly" (alternate version)*
"Didn't He Ramble"*
"The Healing Game" (jazz version)*
"Sometimes We Cry" (full-length version)*
"Mule Skinner Blues"
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On"*
"Don't Look Back" -- John Lee Hooker
"The Healing Game" -- John Lee Hooker
"Boppin' the Blues" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"Matchbox" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"Sittin' on Top of the World" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison (arranged by Van Morrison)
"My Angel" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"All by Myself" -- Carl Perkins & Van Morrison*
"Mule Skinner Blues" -- Lonnie Donegan & Van Morrison

Disc 3: Live at Montreux 7/17/97
"Rough God Goes Riding"*
"Foreign Window"*
"Tore Down a la Rimbaud"*
"Vanlose Stairway/Trans-Euro Train"*
"Fool for You"*
"Sometimes We Cry"*
"It Once Was My Life"*
"I'm Not Feeling It Anymore"*
"This Weight"*
"Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"*
"Fire in the Belly"*
"Tupelo Honey/Why Must I Always Explain"*
"The Healing Game"*
"See Me Through/Soldier of Fortune/Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Burning Ground"*

* = previously unissued.

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Ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson to release long-in-the-works solo album "1000 Hands" in March

Founding Yes frontman Jon Anderson has revealed full details about 1000 Hands, a star-studded solo project he started almost 30 years ago that he'll finally release on March 31.

Anderson began recording the album with a group of musicians that included Yes bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White, but shelved the unfinished recordings for many years to focus on his famous band and other musical endeavors.

Eventually, veteran producer and pianist Michael Franklin, who earlier had worked on orchestrations for some tracks, convinced Jon to revisit the project and complete the unfinished songs. During the last year or two, Anderson worked on the album at Franklin's studio in Orlando, Florida.

Franklin also recruited various guests artists to contribute to the record, including Yes guitarist Steve Howe, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple's Steve Morse, the Tower of Power horns, and jazz greats Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Anderson also recorded four brand-new songs for the album.

"I've spent long periods of time making some records, but I've never taken a journey quite like this one," says Anderson. "To say that 1000 Hands has been a long time in coming would be quite an understatement, but I'm thrilled that it's finally a reality and that my fans will now be able to hear it. And I think they'll be delighted to hear music that's timeless."

Anderson will support 1000 Hands with a U.S. solo tour that kicks off with a March 11-12 engagement at Disney's Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, and is mapped out through a May 12 appearance at the KAABOO Texas festival in Arlington, Texas.

You can pre-order and preview tracks from the album at JonAnderson1000Hands.com.

Here's the 1000 Hands track list:

"Now"
"Ramalama"
"First Born Leaders"
"Activate"
"Makes Me Happy"
"Now Variations"
"I Found Myself"
"Twice in a Lifetime"
"WDMCF"
"Come Up"

And here are Anderson's confirmed tour dates:

3/11 -- Orlando, FL, Disney Epcot 
3/12 -- Orlando, FL, Disney Epcot 
3/29 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
3/31 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
4/1 -- Annapolis, MD, Maryland Creative Arts Center
4/3 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
4/4 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen PAC
4/6 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
4/7 -- Derry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
4/9 -- Reading, PA, Santander PAC
4/11 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
4/12 - Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
4/14 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Holmstead Music Hall
4/15 Wilkes Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center
4/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, Marcus Center for the Arts
4/20 -- Kansas City, MO, venue to be announced
4/23 -- Tucson, AZ, The Fox Theater
4/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Saban Theatre
4/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Casino
5/3 -- Houston, TX, venue to be announced 
5/6 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
5/8 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
5/10 -- Orlando, FL, Dr. Phillips Center Fundraiser
5/11 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Casino
5/12 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas
8/9 -- Detroit, MI, Rockin' on the Riverfront

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Listen: In new, rare interview, Linda Ronstadt talks about her first-ever live album

Linda Ronstadt rarely does interviews these days, but she's made an exception to promote the first live album of her career.

The Grammy-winner, who retired in 2011, is now unable to sing due to Parkinson's disease, but she sat for a chat about the just-released Live in Hollywood, which documents a 1980 concert that was taped for an HBO special.

On the latest edition of the Rhino Records podcast, Linda goes in depth on the album's songs, including hits like "It's So Easy," "Hurt So Bad," "Blue Bayou"  and "You're No Good."

But she admits that at the time, she had no idea what it meant to have an HBO special -- mostly because until recently, she didn't own a TV.

Linda says she only bought a TV after President Obama was elected. Before that, she notes, "The last time that I had a television is when it was rabbit ears on top of the TV."

She adds, laughing, "My particular rabbit ears were broken. You could only get three channels, and if you wanted to get PBS, you had to hold onto one of the rabbit ears!  So I didn't watch a lot of television, and I didn't understand HBO or any of that stuff. I just knew that I didn't like to be on television, so I always avoided [it] at all costs."

And the concert? Linda's main memory is how uncomfortable she was.

"It was just really hot, and I was just afraid it was gonna be on television and it was gonna look bad," she recalls.

"And we did our best, but it was SO hot.  They had the room lit with those great big lights...I don't want to whine, but...you wouldn't put people working in a field in that kind of heat!"

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Pete Townshend shares behind-the-scenes look at recording of The Who's new album

The Who officially started recording their new studio album at London's British Grove Studios over the weekend, and guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend has been documenting the proceedings in a video blog that's he posting on YouTube and TheWho.com.

The first clip begins with Townshend explaining that singer Roger Daltrey"is not with us on this first day, which is kind of sad, but he's off getting himself together, preparing for the year ahead." Townshend adds, "[H]e'll be in to do some vocal work hopefully when he gets back, I think which [will be] about halfway through February."

Later in the video, Pete is shown arriving at the studio and greeting various Who touring members, including his brother, guitarist/backing vocalist Simon Townshend; drummer Zak Starkey; and bassist Pino Palladino. Longtime Who and Townshend collaborator Billy Nicholls also is there, as are the new album's producer, Dave Sardy; Pete's guitar tech, Alan Rogan; and some engineers.

As the clip goes on, we see Townshend checking out the various guitars he's planning to use on the sessions, and conferring with Sardy.

As the video near its end, Pete explains that he'll be posting footage showing him, Starkey and Palladino working on a new track. He notes, "In the summer last year I produced some tracks, which are the ones that we're working on here."

A second video, also from the first day of recording, shows Starkey perfecting his drum sound for the session. One other clip, from the second day of the proceedings, features Townshend recording acoustic guitar tracks, as well as Zak and Pino working, respectively, on drum and bass parts.

The Who's new album is expected out sometime this year. The band begins a U.S. symphonic tour on May 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd announces 2019 US farewell tour dates; support acts include Bad Company, Hank Williams Jr.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will start the 2019 portion of its Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour with a previously announced Canadian leg that kicks off March 2 show in Ottawa, Ontario.  Now, the Southern rock legends have also lined up about 20 new U.S. shows spanning from May through September.

The newly added series of concerts gets underway May 10 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is mapped out through a September 28 show in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Bad Company and country artists Hank Williams Jr. and Cody Jinks will serve as support acts at select shows. Tickets for the new U.S. shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com.

Citi card members will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, February 5, at 10 a.m. local time via the company's Private Pass program. Visit CitiPrivatePass.com for more details.

The new dates join a handful of previously announced 2019 North American appearances by Skynyrd, including performances on April 27 at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California; May 11 at the KAABOO Texas Festival in San Antonio; July 12 at the Roxodus Music Festival in Edenvale, Canada and July 20 at Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota.

As previously reported, founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman will open all eight of Lynyrd Skynyrd's forthcoming Canadian dates.

Here are all of the band's confirmed 2019 North American concerts:

3/2 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre*
3/3 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum*
3/5 -- London, ON, Canada, Budweiser Gardens*
3/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place*
3/9 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre*
3/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place*
3/13 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome*
3/15 -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada, Abbotsford Centre*
4/27 -- Indio, CA, Stagecoach Festival
5/10 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater#
5/11 -- Arlington, TX, KAABOO Texas
5/17 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center+
5/18 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajundome+
5/24 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
5/31 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion+
6/1 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion+
7/12 -- Edenvale, ON, Canada, Roxodus Music Festival
7/13 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC
7/19 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino++
7/20 -- Walker, MN, Moondance Jam
7/26 -- Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater**
7/27 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre**
8/9 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
8/17 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance
8/30 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion+
8/31 -- Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center+
9/13 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater#
9/14 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre#
9/20 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheater#
9/21 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green
9/27 -- Jackson, MS, Brandon Amphitheater#
9/28 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater#

* = with Randy Bachman
** = with Bad Company
+ = with Hank Williams Jr
# = with Cody Jinks
++ = with Gov't Mule, The Outlaws, Chris Kroeze.

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Beatles legal documents preceding the band's breakup being sold for over $500K

A pair of legal documents from 1969 involving The Beatles -- which are tied to the band's breakup the following year -- are on sale now for a total of $550,000 at the Moments in Time memorabilia website.

The first document, dated January 1969, is signed by the group's four members and Apple Corps head Neil Aspinall.  It was sent to lawyer John Eastman, the father of Paul McCartney's then-soon-to-be-wife Linda, informing him that The Beatles were authorizing him "to act on our behalf in negotiations in respect of all contracts proposed." The asking price for the letter is $225,000.

The second document, which is priced at $325,000, is a letter that John Lennon, George Harrison and Richard Starkey -- a.k.a. Ringo Starr -- sent in April 1969 to Lee Eastman, John Eastman's son and partner in the Eastman and Eastman law firm, after the three band mates hired Allan Klein to act as their attorney.

The document, which reflects the rift that formed between McCartney and the other Fab Four members Beatles, reads, "This is to inform you of the fact that you are not authorized to act or to hold yourself as the attorney or legal representative of 'The Beatles' or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control."

In continues, "We recognize that you are authorized to act for Paul McCartney, personally, and in this regard we will instruct our representatives to give you the fullest co-operation."

The note then instructs Eastman to send any Beatles-related documents and correspondence to Klein's company, ABKCO Industries Inc.

Tensions between the Beatles would culminate in the band's breakup, which McCartney confirmed in April 1970 in a press release announcing his debut solo album.

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Rhino acquires rights to albums by Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, Hot Tuna, Grace Slick

The rights to the recording catalogs of the Jefferson Airplane spinoff groups Jefferson Starship, Starship and Hot Tuna -- as well as singer Grace Slick's four solo records and other Airplane-related releases -- have been acquired by Rhino Entertainment.

The deal also includes two Jefferson Airplane albums, 1972's Long John Silver and the 1973 live collection Thirty Seconds over Winterland.

Jefferson Starship came together in 1974 after guitarist Jorma Kaukonenand bassist Jack Casady left the Airplane to focus full-time on their psychedelic folk-blues outfit Hot Tuna. The original Jefferson Starship lineup included key Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner and Slick; founding Airplane singer Marty Balin joined the fold in '75.

Balin was replaced by singer Mickey Thomas in 1979 and, following Kantner's 1984 departure, Jefferson Starship shortened its name to Starship.

The Rhino deal includes all eight studio albums Jefferson Starship released from 1974 through 1984, plus Starship's three 1980s studio efforts and Hot Tuna's first five studio albums.

To mark the announcement, Rhino has released a new digital compilation titled Starship Enterprise: The Best of Jefferson Starship & Starship, and also has made Slick's solo albums available digitally for the first time.

Among the compilation's many standout tracks are Jefferson Starship's "Ride the Tiger," "Miracles," "Count On Me," "Jane" and "Find Your Way Back, and Starship's "We Built This City," "Sara" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now."

"We're real happy to have Rhino take over so much of our catalog," says Casady. "They have an avid interest in keeping all the great music from our youth relevant and we look forward to a great relationship and all that will manifest."

Here's a partial list of albums included in the Rhino deal, all of which are available now digitally:

Jefferson Airplane 
Long John Silver (1972)
Thirty Seconds over Winterland (1973)

Jefferson Starship
Dragon Fly (1974)
Red Octopus (1975)
Spitfire (1976)
Earth (1978)
Gold (compilation) (1979)
Freedom at Point Zero (1979)
Modern Times (1981)
Winds of Change (1982)
Nuclear Furniture (1984)

Starship
Knee Deep in the Hoopla (1985)
No Protection (1987)
Love Among the Cannibals (1989)
Greatest Hits (Ten Years & Change 1979-1991) (compilation) (1991)

Hot Tuna
Burgers (1972)
The Phosphorescent Rat (1974)
America's Choice (1975)
Yellow Fever (1975)
Hoppkorv (1976)

Grace Slick
Manhole (1974)
Dreams (1980)
Welcome to the Wrecking Ball! (1981)
Software (1984)

Paul Kantner/Grace Slick/David Frieberg 
Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun (1973)

And here's the track list for Starship Enterprise: The Best of Jefferson Starship & Starship:

"Ride the Tiger" -- Jefferson Starship
"Caroline" -- Jefferson Starship
"Fast Buck Freddie" -- Jefferson Starship
"Miracles" -- Jefferson Starship
"Play on Love" -- Jefferson Starship
"With Your Love" -- Jefferson Starship
"Count On Me" -- Jefferson Starship
"Runaway" -- Jefferson Starship
"Jane" -- Jefferson Starship
"Rock Music" -- Jefferson Starship
"Find Your Way Back" -- Jefferson Starship
"Layin' It on the Line" -- Jefferson Starship
"No Way Out" -- Jefferson Starship
"We Built This City" -- Starship
"Sara" -- Starship
"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" -- Starship
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" -- Starship
"It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)" -- Starship
"Set the Night to Music" -- Starship
"It's Not Enough" -- Starship

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Tommy James & the Shondells' classic "Crimson and Clover" hit #1 50 years ago!

1960s pop legends Tommy James & the Shondells' classic hit "Crimson and Clover" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart 50 years ago today. As James explains in a YouTube video celebrating the milestone, the psychedelia-influenced tune helped his band fin

1960s pop legends Tommy James & the Shondells' classic hit "Crimson and Clover" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart 50 years ago today. As James explains in a YouTube video celebrating the milestone, the psychedelia-influenced tune helped his band find a whole new audience.

"We were very, very blessed and fortunate to have 'Crimson and Clover' at that moment," he maintains. "'Crimson and Clover' allowed us, in one swoop, to pivot from AM top 40 mono singles market to FM…progressive album rock. [It] ended up being the biggest record we ever had."

The single spent two weeks at #1 in February of 1969, and was James & the Shondells' second and last chart-topping hit on the Hot 100, after "Hanky Panky" in 1966.

"Crimson and Clover" was featured on the group's album of the same name, which peaked at #8 on the Billboard200. The record also included the #2 smash "Crystal Blue Persuasion."

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts made "Crimson and Clover" a hit all over again in 1982, when their cover of the tune reached #7 on the Hot 100.

James continues to tour with a current version of The Shondells.  "I'm going to keep singing and playing until I just can't do it anymore!" the 71-year-old singer/songwriter says.

Here are all of the group's upcoming concerts, according to TommyJames.com:

2/9 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort
2/14 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
3/3 -- Shippensburg, PA, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
3/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Casino
3/15 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
4/13 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
5/25 -- Branson, MO, The Welk Resort Theatre
6/9 -- Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens Outdoor Summer Concert Series
6/22 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy Amphitheater
6/29 -- Fayetteville, GA, Southern Ground Amphitheater
7/20 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
8/2 -- Arnolds Park, IA, Arnolds Park Amusement Park
8/6 -- Ventura, CA, Ventura County Fair
9/21 -- Saint Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
10/9 -- Topsfield, MA, Topsfield Fair
10/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget Casino

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David Bowie's son says upcoming Bowie-themed flick "Stardust" doesn't have the blessing of his family

The just-announced David Bowie biopic Stardust that's scheduled to begin shooting in June apparently isn't sanctioned by the late rock legend's family and, contrary to previous reports, won't feature his music.

Bowie's son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, posted a Twitter message Thursday reacting to a Hollywood Reporter article that initially claimed Stardust's soundtrack would include some music by David. Jones' note reads, "Pretty certain nobody has been granted music rights for ANY biopic... I would know."

Duncan, whose directing credits include 2009's Moon and 2016's Warcraft, added about Stardust, "[A]s it stands, this movie won't have any of [dad's] music in it, & I can't imagine that changing. If you want to see a biopic without his music or the [family's] blessing, [that's] up to the audience."

ScreenDaily.com reported on Thursday that Stardust will focus on a 1971 trip that Bowie made to the U.S. that inspired him to created his Ziggy Stardust persona. David will be portrayed by Johnny Flynn, who has appeared in the Netflix series Lovesick and the National Geographic channel series Genius.

Stardust's cast also will include Jena Malone as Bowie's first wife, Angie, and Marc Maron as his record label's publicist. The movie will be directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range, and is being produced by U.K. film company Salon Pictures.

Salon Pictures sent a statement of clarification to EW noting, "[T]his film is not a biopic, it is a moment-in-time film at a turning point in David's life, and is not reliant on Bowie's music."

In addition, Salon co-founder Paul Van Carter tells EW.com that Stardust's soundtrack will feature "music from the period."

He adds that the company "offered to…make [Bowie's] estate involved in the creative process [but were told] there wouldn't be approval from the estate."

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All-star special celebrating Motown's 60th anniversary to air on CBS in April

Some official details have been released about the recently reported CBS concert special that will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Motown Records.

The special, set to be taped in L.A. two days after the 61st Grammy Awards, has been been dubbed Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration. It'll be held at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater and will air on April 21.

Tickets for the concert, which will feature an all-star lineup, go on sale to the general public this Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com. Presale tickets will be available starting at 1 p.m. PT today and can be accessed using the code MOTOWN60.

The performers will be announced during Grammy Week, which kicks off this Monday, February 4.

Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration follows the memorable 1984 NBC special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, which famously featured Michael Jackson performing his Moonwalk dance move. There was also a two-part ABC special, Motown 40: The Music Is Forever, which aired in 1998.

Last month, a Grammy-organized Aretha Franklin tribute called Aretha! A Grammy Celebration was taped at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. That event, which included appearances and performances by Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Rob Thomas, Janelle Monáe and others, will air March 10 on CBS.

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New David Bowie biopic, "Stardust," to begin filming this June

A new David Bowie biopic titled Stardust -- focusing on a 1971 trip the rock legend took to the U.S. that inspired him to created his Ziggy Stardust persona -- will begin shooting this June, ScreenDaily.com reports.

Portraying Bowie in the film will be Johnny Flynn, an actor and singer-songwriter who appeared in the Netflix series Lovesick. He also played a young Albert Einstein in the National Geographic channel series Genius.

Stardust's cast also includes Jena Malone as David's first wife, Angie Bowie, and Marc Maron as a publicist for the singer's record label.

The movie's soundtrack will include Bowie performances, and a variety of other songs.

Stardust will be directed by British filmmaker Gabriel Range, whose credits include the award-winning 2006 docudrama Death of a President, and will feature a script by Christopher Bell.

Flynn currently is starring alongside Game of Thrones' Kit Harington in a London production of the 1980 Sam Shepard play True West.

"Johnny Flynn is one of the U.K.'s most talented emerging actors, and a musician in his own right," says Salon Pictures executive Van Carter.

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Mick Jagger posts video teasing possible new Rolling Stones song

Mick Jagger has posted a video on his social media accounts showing him working on what appears to be a new Rolling Stones song.

In the clip, Jagger strums an electric guitar while singing the lyrics "I really want to tell the truth," along to a funky, upbeat backing track.

Accompanying the video is a note that reads, "2019 - all about writing, recording....and a tour!"

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards recently told Rolling Stone magazine that the band was planning to spend about a week in the studio working on material for a new album before the launch of its 2019 U.S. No Filter Tour, which kicks off April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

It's not clear if the footage of Jagger comes from those sessions.

The Rolling Stones' most recent studio album was the blues covers collection Blue & Lonesome, which was released in December 2016. The band's last album of original tunes was 2005's A Bigger Bang.

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Back in Black? Brian Johnson reportedly confirms that he's recording with AC/DC again

Singer Brian Johnson has confirmed that he's making a new album with AC/DC -- at least, if the death-metal band Terrorizer is to be believed.

The U.S. rockers claim in a message posted on their Facebook page that they ran into Johnson at an airport after returning home from their latest tour and they "asked him about the rumors of him being on the new AC/DC album."

According to Terrorizer, Brian "said 'Yes' and that he is 'Sick of denying it.'"

Rumors that Johnson had returned to AC/DC emerged last August when photos were posted online showing him and other members of the band at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada, where the group had recorded its last three studio albums.

In early 2016, AC/DC announced that Brian had been diagnosed with serious hearing problems and would no longer be able to tour with the band; the group subsequently hired Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose to step in for Johnson for the remainder of its tour supporting the 2014 Rock or Bust album.

Of note, longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd also was spotted with Johnson in Vancouver. For the band's 2015-2016 tour in support of Rock or Bust, Rudd had been replaced by ex-AC/DC drummer Chris Slade after Rudd was arrested on charges of attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and drug possession.

While the "attempting to procure a murder" charge was quickly dropped, Rudd was eventually sentenced to house arrest in conjunction with the two other charges.

Meanwhile, last August, JAM Magazine reported that according to "a reliable source" close to AC/DC, the band was putting together a new album using unreleased recordings featuring late rhythm guitarist Malcolm Youngdating from the early 2000s.

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