Q1370 News 60's, 70's & 80's Archives for 2019-03

Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, The Zombies among artists being inducted into the Rock Hall tonight

Just a reminder that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 -- Stevie NicksDef LeppardThe ZombiesRoxy MusicThe CureRadioheadand Janet Jackson -- will be inducted tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Nicks will make history with her induction, becoming the first woman ever to be inducted into the Rock Hall twice.  She's being inducted tonight as a solo artist, having previously been honored in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

Stevie will be inducted by Harry Styles of the U.K. boy band One Direction, who's a big fan and has performed live with her.

Queen guitarist Brian May, a Rock Hall inductee himself, will welcome Def Leppard, while Banglessinger/guitarist Susanna Hoffs will honor British Invasion greats The Zombies. Duran Duran's Simon Le Bonand John Taylor will induct influential U.K. art-rockers Roxy Music, and Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor will salute The Cure. Another Rock Hall honoree, ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, will honor Radiohead.

Rounding out the presenters is R&B star Janelle Monáe, who will induct Jackson.

Nearly all of the inductees are expected to perform in one form or another at the ceremony, with the exception of Radiohead, since frontman Thom Yorke and some of the band's other members won't be attending the event. A partial reunion of Roxy Music has been confirmed, with singer Bryan Ferry joining fellow founding members Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay to perform with several guest musicians.

Prior to the big event, you'll be able to watch the red carpet arrivals at RockHall.com, as well on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

An HBO special featuring highlights from the ceremony will premiere on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

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"She's Back": Dionne Warwick celebrates upcoming album at New York City party

Pop legend Dionne Warwick celebrated her upcoming studio album, She's Back, at an intimate invite-only party Wednesday at MAMO restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Warwick spent the event mingling and taking photos with guests, and also took part in a Q&A with local TV journalist Oji Obiekwe.

During the interview, Dionne explained why she decided to record a new version of the classic Burt Bacharach-Hal David tune "What the World Needs Now Is Love" for the album, which will be released on May 10.

"We need some love in this world," Warwick noted. "We're living in a very chaotic time, not only here in the U.S. of A, worldwide…That's what I'm concerned about…we have not paid attention to the fact that it's no longer about 'I, me, my.' It should be about 'us, we, all of us.' We should care about each other, y'all."

Dionne also talked a bit about the positive experience she had working on She's Back with her son, Damon Elliott, who produced the album, and revealed that Brian McKnightKrayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Kenny Lattimore all contributed to the album.

Warwick, who will be presented with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at May 11 ceremony, was asked how she felt about receiving the honor.

"It makes me feel very good that I'm finally being recognized for my body of work," she said. "It's taken a minute [for them] to recognize it, but they finally did, and I'm thrilled about it."

Among the other celebrities spotted at the event were Valerie Simpson and Melba Moore.

Meanwhile, you can check out a video for Warwick's new version of "What the World Needs Now Is Love" at her official VEVO YouTube channel.

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Sting announces details of new album "My Songs," featuring "refitted" and "reconstructed" hits

Sting's latest album My Songs, featuring reimagined versions of his solo hits and classic Police tracks, will be out May 24.

"My Songs is my life in songs," he explains. "Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus."

In addition to new versions of songs like "Englishman in New York," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," "Roxanne," "Fields of Gold," "Every Breath You Take" and "Message in a Bottle," the album features new liner notes by Sting, in which he relates the stories behind each song and how it was written.

My Songs will be available on CD and vinyl.  A deluxe edition adds live versions of "Synchronicity II," "Next to You," "Spirits in the Material World" and "Fragile."

An exclusive edition for Japan will also feature a live recording of "I Can't Stop Thinking About You," and an exclusive French edition includes an extended version of "Desert Rose."

The album is available for pre-order, and you can listen to three of the tracks now at all streaming services: "Demolition Man," "Brand New Day" and "Desert Rose."

Following four shows in the U.K. in May with reggae/pop star Shaggy, Sting will kick off a solo summer tour in support of My Songs on May 28 in Paris. 

He also has a number of U.S. dates lined up, including a May 10 show in Hidalgo, Texas; an August 26-28 stand in Vienna, Virginia; an August 31 concert in Salt Lake City; and appearances at KAABOO Texas festival, the Chicago-area Ravinia festival and Colorado's Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival.

Here's the track listing for My Songs:

"Brand New Day"
"Desert Rose"
"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"
"Every Breath You Take"
"Demolition Man"
"Can't Stand Losing You"
"Fields of Gold"
"So Lonely"
"Shape of My Heart"
"Message in a Bottle"
"Walking on the Moon"
"Englishman in New York"
"If I Ever Lose My Faith in You"
"Roxanne" (Live)

The Deluxe Edition adds:

"Synchronicity II" (Live)
"Next to You" (Live)
"Spirits in the Material World" (Live)
"Fragile" (Live)

And here are the international editions' bonus tracks:

"I Can't Stop Thinking About You" (Live) -- Japan Exclusive
"Desert Rose" (Extended Version) -- France Exclusive

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Report: Upcoming CSNY biography includes revelation that Graham Nash once dated Barbra Streisand

An in-depth new book about the history of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Youngwill be published this Tuesday, April 2. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup takes a deep dive into the quartet's intensely creative and volatile relationships, their personal dramas and the often turbulent times that the artists' reflected and commented on in their music.

One of the interesting revelations included in the book, according to Page Six, is that Graham Nash went on several dinner dates with Barbra Streisand in1972 while the legendary entertainer was shooting the film What's Up Doc? in San Francisco. As the website reports, Nash and Streisand didn't have sex, but Graham wrote "Another Sleep Song" -- a tune featured on his 1974 solo album Wild Tales -- at Barbra's Los Angeles home.

The biography, which is being published in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Crosby, Stills & Nash's self-titled debut album, features new interviews with Graham and David Crosby, as well as with various musical associates, fellow music stars, ex-managers, former lovers and others.

The book chronicles the band's adventures on stage, in the studio and behind the scenes, including their break-ups, reunions and career highlights.

Fans who pre-order the book before its April 2 release will receive a special playlist of songs by CSNY or its various members curated by the author.

As Browne explains, "I've selected one song from each of [the book's] 13 chapters: either a group endeavor or a song expressing how they felt about each other at one point in time."

Visit DaCapoPress.com for more details.

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Jon Anderson's star-studded solo album "1000 Hands," featuring a reunion with Steve Howe, arrives Sunday

Jon Anderson's star-studded new solo album, 1000 Hands, gets released this Sunday, Mach 31, nearly 30 years after the founding Yes frontman started the project.

Anderson tells ABC Radio that he began the album in 1990 while on a ski retreat in Big Bear, California, with songwriting help from old friend and pre-Yes band mate Brian Chatton. Jon says he shelved the initial recordings because he felt what Chatton was doing was "a little bit askew to where I thought we were going."

Twenty-six years later, Anderson says he got a call from a guy who'd initially put up some money to fund the album, and who suggested that Jon complete the project with help from a talented producer named Michael Franklin.

Anderson agreed, and he set about finishing lyrics and vocals for the songs, while Franklin took charge of the music. The producer brought in various guest musicians, many of whom Jon wanted to work with.

The result is a set of songs offering an eclectic mix of musical genres and sounds, played by an impressive lineup of artists including Yes members Steve HoweChris Squire and Alan WhiteJethro Tull's Ian AndersonJourney's Jonathan CainRick DerringerCarmine Appice, and jazz greats Chick CoreaBilly Cobham and Jean-Luc Ponty.

Anderson says he was especially happy to collaborate with Howe, with whom he hadn't recorded since exiting Yes in 2008.

Jon reveals that he joined Steve in the studio to record the tune, "Now and Again," noting that the song's lyrics "was me explaining to him that…we're musical brothers and it's beautiful to sing with him again."

You can purchase 1000 Hands at JonAnderson1000Hands.com.

Anderson launches a tour in support of the album this Friday in Lynn, Massachusetts. Here are all the confirmed dates:

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 -- St. Paul, MN, The Fitzgerald Theater
4/23 -- Tucson, AZ, The Fox Theater
4/24 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
4/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Saban Theatre
4/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Cannery Casino
4/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren
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
8/8 -- Detroit, MI, Rockin' on the Riverfront

And here's the 1000 Hands track list:

"First Born Leaders"
"Makes Me Happy"
"Now Variations"
"I Found Myself"
"Twice in a Lifetime"
"Come Up"
"Now and Again"

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Dolly Parton reveals she, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are "pretty far down the road" working on the "9 to 5" sequel

Dolly Parton says she, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are making progress on the sequel to their 1980 smash, 9 to 5.

"Well, it's actually pretty far down the road," she tells the Knoxville News Sentinel. "They got the first rewrite, and we've made some changes…so now we're into the second rewrite, so it's just a matter of getting all of our characters right and making sure that it's the right thing."

In the original film, Parton, Fonda and Tomlin play three secretaries who take on their "sexist, egotistical, lying hypocritical bigot" boss to create a better workplace. Previously, the three stars revealed that the new movie will focus on a younger generation of women who work at the same company and reach out to the original three women for help.

"The studio, they have their notes," Dolly continues. "The producers have their notes. We have our notes as actresses, like 'my character's like this…oh, we need to do this, do that.' So it's just a work in progress, but it's progressing."

So far, we don't know the timeline for the new 9 to 5 to make it to the big screen.

Meanwhile, Parton's eight-episode anthology series based on her songs, titled Heartstrings, is set to premiere on Netflix in the fall. A new holiday musical, Christmas on the Square, is on the way as well.

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Bryan Ferry and two other founding Roxy Music members to reunite for Rock Hall performance

Here's some exciting news involving Roxy Music and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place this Friday, March 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

While the band's entire original lineup won't be attending the event, singer Bryan Ferry will team up with two fellow founding members -- guitarist Phil Manzanera and saxophonist Andy Mackay -- to perform at the show.

The trio will be joined by several other musicians who have played with Ferry and Roxy Music over the years, including guitarist Chris Spedding, bassist Neil Jason and backing vocalist Fonzi Thornton.

According to a statement, founding synthesizer player Brian Eno and drummer Paul Thompson won't be attending the Rock Hall ceremony "due to other commitments."

The Roxy Music members who are being inducted are Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay, Eno, Thompson, violinist Eddie Jobson and bassist Graham Simpson. Simpson died in 2012. It's not clear whether Jobson will be at the event.

As previously reported, Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and John Taylor will be welcoming Roxy Music into the Rock Hall at the ceremony.

This year's other inductees are Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, The Cure, Radiohead and Janet Jackson.

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Video for Dennis DeYoung's new collaborative tune with Jim Peterik, "Proof of Heaven," premiering next week

Dennis DeYoung fans will get to hear new music from the ex-Styxsinger/keyboardist this Friday, March 29, when a video for a song called "Proof of Heaven" premieres. 

According to a new Facebook post by DeYoung, the tune -- which he recorded with Ides of March frontman and ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik -- will be the first single off the forthcoming album by Peterik's star-studded World Stage project, Winds of Change, which is scheduled for an April 26 release. The song also will be featured on DeYoung's next solo album, expected to arrive later this year.

"The song 'PROOF OF HEAVEN' was originally written by Jim and me for my album but Jim wanted me to sing something on his so I suggested we put this track on both albums," Dennis explains, then adds, jokingly, "It will also appear on the new Beatle album. (Fake news)."

DeYoung notes that the track "is not indicative of the overall style of music on my album since no one track could do that but it should absolutely sound familiar to all Styx fans."

Winds of Change also features contributions from REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin, Loverboy's Mike Reno, Night Ranger drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy, and 38 Special's Don Barnes and Danny Chauncey. The album also includes a track boasting archival vocals by late Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison.

Meanwhile, DeYoung recently added a bunch of dates to his 2019 solo tour schedule, which now extends into November. Some shows will be joint gigs with Night Ranger, while many others will feature Dennis celebrating the 40th anniversary of Styx's 1977 album, The Grand Illusion.

Here are all of DeYoung's upcoming U.S. concerts:

3/28 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
3/29 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
3/30 -- Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center*
4/8 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Disney World Orlando - American Gardens Theatre
4/9 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, Disney World Orlando - American Gardens Theatre
4/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre+
4/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall+
4/20 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts+
4/26 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre#
4/27 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak#
5/3 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center#
5/4 -- Rosemont, IL, Rosemont Theatre#
5/11 -- Pompano Beach, FL, Pompano Beach Amphitheater+
5/17 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater#
5/18 -- Baton Rouge, LA, L'Auberge Casino - Event Center
6/1 -- Jefferson City, MO, Concert Inside the Walls - Missouri State Penitentiary
6/7 -- Rice Lake, WI, Aquafest
7/19 -- Hampton, IA, Franklin County Fair
7/26 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater#
8/8 -- Oshkosh, WI, Waterfest Concert Series - Leach Amphitheatre
8/9 -- Toledo, OH, Promenade Park
9/1 -- Independence, KY, St. Cecilia Music Festival
10/11 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theater#
10/18 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre#
10/19 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre#
11/1 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC - Knight Theater#
11/22 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place#

* = with the Nashville Symphony.
+ = with Night Ranger.
# = The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour.

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Lionel Richie announces new live album, Hello tour kicking off in May

If watching Lionel Richie every week on American Idol is making you longing to see him dance on the ceiling in real life, you're in luck.

The legendary singer will kick off a trek called the Hello tour May 28 in Sugar Land, TX. The hit-packed show will wrap up August 30 in St. Paul, MN. All tickets purchased online for the tour will include a CD copy of a new album called Live from Las Vegas. Set for release August 23, the album was recorded at Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino during Lionel's Vegas residency show.

The album comes in either standard or deluxe editions. The deluxe edition adds a medley of Commodores hits: "Fancy Dancer," "Sweet Love," and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)." There's also a Target edition, which includes three songs not found on the standard edition: "Penny Lover," "Running with the Night," and "Just to Be Close."

“I am so excited to bring my Live from Las Vegas album to life and to share it with my fans. Also, I’m really looking forward to going on tour and performing for everyone this summer – it’s going to be one big party,” says Lionel in a statement.

Tickets for most of the tour dates go on sale this Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. local time via Lionelrichie.com/shows/. Citi cardmembers can purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time. Some shows have different on-sale dates and times; check online for full details.

Here's the track listing of the Live from Las Vegas album:

Standard Edition
"Easy" - "My Love"
"You Are"
"Stuck On You"
"Dancing On The Ceiling"
"Three Times A Lady"
"Sail On"
"Brick House"
"Say You, Say Me"
"We Are The World"
"All Night Long"

Deluxe Edition
Includes all 12 tracks from the standard edition, plus:
(Commodores Medley)
"Fancy Dancer"
"Sweet Love"
"Lady (You Bring Me Up)"

Target Edition
Includes all 12 tracks from the standard edition, plus:
"Running With The Night"
"Penny Lover"
"Just To Be Close"

And here are the tour dates:

05/28 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre
05/30 -- Chattanooga, TN, Riverbend Festival
06/1 --  Jacksonville F, Daily’s Place Amphitheatre
06/11 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
06/12 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Festival
06/14 -- Springfield, IL, The Bank of Springfield Center 
06/27 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage 
06/29 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre
06/30 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Amphitheatre
07/2 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest 
07/10 -- Portsmouth, VA, Union Bank & Trust Pavilion 
07/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Mark G. Etess Arena 
07/13 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Mark G. Etess Arena 
07/15 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts 
07/17 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 
07/18 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall 
07/20 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
07/23 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands, Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center 
07/25 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
07/27 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Live Event Center 
07/28 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 
07/31 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre 
08/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 
08/6 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 
08/9 -- Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater, Wynn 
08/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, Encore Theater, Wynn
08/14 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 
08/17 -- Stateline, NV, Lake Tahoe Harveys Outdoor ArenA 
08/20 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park 
08/21 -- Portland, OR, Theatre of the Clouds at Rose Garden Arena 
08/24 -- Stanford, CA, Stanford University, Frost Amphitheater 
08/30 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair

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Pleased to meet you! Rolling Stones offering meet-and-greet packages to upcoming US shows

You can't always get what you want, but if what you want is to meet The Rolling Stones, well, you can get that…as long as you don't mind shelling out $17,500.

That's how much a special VIP package costs that offers a meet-and-greet with the British rock legends, as well as a pair of premium seats to one of a select list of concerts on the band's upcoming No Filter Tour of the United States.

The package, which is available at IfOnly.com, also includes a pre-show reception and a bag of limited-edition concert merch. During the meet-and-greet, which will be held after the gig, fans will get the chance to shake hands with the band members and take a picture with them.

Money raised by the sale of the VIP packages will benefit various charities supported by The Rolling Stones, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, God's Love We Deliver, Save the Children and The Jazz Foundation of America.

To see the concerts for which the packages are available, visit IfOnly.com.

The Stones' U.S. tour leg gets underway April 20 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

In other news, a video of the band's May 2018 performance of "Wild Horses" at London Stadium, which featured Mick Jagger duetting with Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, has been posted on The Rolling Stones' official YouTube channel.

Audio of the duet is included on the band's forthcoming best-of compilation Honk, which will be released in multiple formats and configurations on April 19.

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Hilton hotels launch video series celebrating 50th anniversary of John & Yoko's Amsterdam "Bed-In for Peace"

The Hilton hotel company has launched a promotional campaigncelebrating the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's first "Bed-In for Peace" protest event, which took place from March 25 to March 31, 1969, in Room 702 of the Hilton Amsterdam.

In conjunction with the anniversary, Hilton has premiered a new YouTube video series called Room 702 that profiles select employees who reflect the spirit of peace and love that John and Yoko sought to promote and spread with their Bed-In.

One of the profiles is about a Syrian refugee whose hard work at the Hilton Frankfurt in Germany has earned him a spot in the company's apprenticeship program. Another clip focuses an immigrant from the Dominican Republic employed at a Hilton-owned hotel in Orlando, Florida, who champions a company program that sends recycled hotel soap to regions where the basics of hygiene aren't readily available.

The Room 702 series also includes a video featuring a Dutch photographer who took some famous pics of Lennon and Ono at their Amsterdam Bed-In.

In addition the videos include a segment noting that Hilton founder Conrad Hilton felt, "travel could bring people together and spread peace and understanding around the world."

John and Yoko staged their protest in the honeymoon suite of the hotel several days after getting married. During the event, the couple, dressed in pajamas, chatted with members of the press, sang songs and put up hand-drawn signs, all in support of world peace.

Starting Friday and running to March 31, the Hilton Amsterdam will offer a variety of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Bed-In. A photo exhibit also will be on display in the lobby through the 30th.

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Watch new video for Steve Perry's solo song "We're Still Here"

Ex-Journey singer Steve Perry has debuted a video for his new song "We're Still Here," from his 2018 comeback solo album, Traces.

While Perry already has released a series of in-studio performance videos for several Traces songs, including for "We're Still Here," the new clip is being labeled as his first official promo video as a solo artist since the clip for his 1994 tune "Missing You."

The new "We're Still Here" video features Perry lip-syncing to the tune while driving a vintage Chevy Chevelle around the streets of Hollywood at night. Reminiscing about his younger days, Steve watches various people out on the town, including a young couple on a date.

Another scene shows a group of well-dressed young men pass by a homeless man who is holding a sign that says "HUNGRY." When one of them drops his wallet, the vagrant picks it up and returns it to him.

As the video ends, Perry parks his car, gets out and looks up at a full moon.

In celebration of the video's premiere, Perry took part in a Facebook Q&A with fans on Friday.

In response to one question, Steve explains that the meaning of the song "runs through the whole video -- which is that we have a deep camaraderie as people to each other." He adds, "From time to time, separateness happens, for many different reasons. But in us all, it's still there, and in that sense, we're still here."

Regarding his experience making the video, Perry said, "Driving that car around the streets of Hollywood reminded me of my earlier cruising days in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Those were magical times when you were driving up and down the street repeatedly with music blaring."

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Holding Out for a Hero: Bonnie Tyler & Rod Stewart finally sing together

If you've ever heard Bonnie Tyler's hits "It's a Heartache," "Total Eclipse of the Heart" or "Holding Out for a Hero," you know that Bonnie's raspy voice is reminiscent of Rod Stewart's.  Well, it's taken them 50 years, but now, the two legendary vocalists have finally recorded a duet, which North American fans will get to hear later this year.

The song, "Battle of the Sexes," appears on Bonnie's new album Between the Earth and the Stars, which comes out this Friday in the U.K. and most of the world, but won't be released officially in the U.S. and Canada until the fall.

Appearing on the British TV show Loose Women, Bonnie noted that fans have been waiting for years for her and Rod to record together, and explained that she landed him for the project after a mutual friend promised to pass along her request.

"I waited until I found the right song, which took a couple of months...and I had this song called 'Battle of the Sexes,'" Bonnie recalled. "And so I thought, 'This is it.' So I sent it to [Rod's friend] Ricky...he passed it on, [and] within a day or two days, Rod got back to me personally...to say that yes, he wouldn't normally -- but yes, he'd do it!"

Rod isn't the only British knight involved in the album: The Bee GeesSir Barry Gibb wrote a song specifically for her to record, and she also sings a duet with iconic U.K. pop star Sir Cliff Richard.

And on the more modern side of things, the disc features three songs written just for Bonnie by Amy Wadge, one of Ed Sheeran's favorite collaborators -- she and Ed co-wrote "Thinking Out Loud," among other tracks.

No word yet on an exact U.S. release date.

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Pete Townshend says new Who album will include songs about homelessness, #MeToo and the fishing industry

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend says the band is "about two-thirds" done with their upcoming studio album, which he thinks will be "really great."

During a recent press event held at London's Wembley Stadium, Townshend -- along with The Who frontman Roger Daltrey -- told the U.K.'s Absolute Radio that he's written "some good songs" that focus on current themes, including "homelessness…the fishing industry [and] the way that men might have to change in the future…after the 'Me Too' thing."

The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also reports that a few guests may be asked to contribute to the record, such as "a female vocalist" or "a rapper."

Daltrey, meanwhile, tells Absolute Radio that it can be challenging for him to come up with a unique way to present the songs Townshend writes.

"I have to climb into the words he's written and the way he performs them on his demos," Roger notes, "but then I have to think, 'Well, how do I put this suit of clothes and make it mine and make it breathe in [a way that's] comfortable for me?' And that can be quite a painful process sometimes."

Having said that, Daltrey declares that Townshend has "still got that ability to write those songs that get in your ear like an earworm, and go 'round and 'round and 'round."

Roger also reveals that The Who decided to play with orchestral accompaniment on their upcoming Moving On! tour because he had "a magical experience" performing Tommy last year with orchestras during his solo trek. He says performing with an orchestra will "give the music it's best possible chance to be elevated to a new position."

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Rare Beatles "butcher cover" signed by John Lennon being auctioned in Liverpool in May

A rare copy of the "butcher cover" version of The Beatles' 1966 album Yesterday and Today -- once owned by John Lennon -- is going up for bid May 9 at a memorabilia auction at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, U.K.

The LP jacket, which contains a stereo prototype disc, has a blank back cover.  Lennon autographed the front and decorated the back with a personalized drawing for a Beatles bootleg collector named Dave Morrell.  Lennon traded the album to Morrell in exchange for a reel-to-reel recording of the Yellow Matter Custard bootleg.

John's signature on the front reads "To Dave from John Lennon Dec 7th 71" --  and Morrell later got both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to autograph the cover too.

It's expected to fetch between $160,000 and $180,000.

The LP is among many items going on the block at the "Music Icons: The Beatles in Liverpool" sale, presented by Julien's Auctions. The event will be streamed live at JuliensAuctions.com; bidding will be accepted both at the museum and online.

Other notable collectibles being auctioned include:

--A baseball signed by The Beatles at the band's final U.S. concert, in 1966 at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, estimated to sell for $80,000 to $100,000

--A guitar strap owned and signed by Lennon, which is expected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000

--A Liverpool Airport poster, signed by the Fab Four, that announced the band members' arrival in their hometown to attend a 1964 screening of A Hard Day's Night.  It's estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.

Julien's Auctions also is partnering with the museum to host a "Memorabilia Day" on May 10, where fans and collectors can bring in their rock 'n' roll memorabilia to be appraised for free.

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Still Not Dead Yet: Phil Collins returns this fall for more U.S. tour dates

Phil Collins isn't dead yet...so he's just going to keep on touring.

The singer and former Genesis drummer has announced a limited run of dates for fall of 2019, dubbed the Still Not Dead Yet, Live! tour. The 15-city trek kicks off September 23 in Dallas and wraps up October in Las Vegas.

Tickets go on sale March 29, and you can register now through Sunday at PhilCollins.OnTourAccess.com to participate in the Verified Fan sale, starting at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.com. Any tickets left will be sold March 30 starting at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com.

Phil's last outing in 2018 featured the same band who'll be joining him for this one. The lineup includes longtime Genesis touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer, who's also played with Phil for years, as well as legendary session musician Leland Sklar on bass and Phil's own son Nicolas playing drums.

The tour will be a "celebration" of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's "epic career," featuring solo and Genesis hits like "Against All Odds," "Follow You Follow Me," "In the Air Tonight," "Invisible Touch," "Easy Lover" and many more.

Here are the tour dates:

9/23 -- Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
9/24 -- Houston, TX Toyota Center
9/26 -- Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
9/28 -- Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Center
9/29 -- Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center
10/1 -- Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
10/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
10/4 -- Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
10/6 -- New York, NY Madison Square Garden
10/9 -- Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
10/11 -- Omaha, NE CHI Health Center
10/13 -- Denver, CO Pepsi Center
10/15 -- Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
10/17 -- San Francisco, CA Chase Center
10/19 -- Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena

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Boz Scaggs debuts video for recent song "Little Miss Night and Day," preparing for busy tour schedule

An official video for Boz Scaggs' song "Little Miss Night and Day," from his 2018 album Out of the Blues, got its premiere at Billboard.com and also is viewable on YouTube.

The black-and-white clip features footage of Scaggs performing the rollicking blues tune onstage with his current touring band, interspersed with scenes of the musicians and a road crew preparing for a concert.

Boz tells Billboard that the video celebrates the fun he's been having playing shows with his band during the last few years, noting, "That's what it's about. It's on the road. It's live."

Scaggs and his group have a busy few months ahead of them, starting with an appearance on the 2019 edition of the '70s Rock & Romance Cruise on March 27 in Centro, Mexico. Boz then will launch a U.S. tour leg on April 7 in Fayetteville, Arkansas; it winds down with an April 27 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

"New Orleans is sort of the heart and root of so much of the music I've done," Scaggs maintains, "so I really want to do a special set there and get into perhaps a new level of playing."

The singer also will tour Japan in May, and plans another run of stateside shows in June and July.

Out of the Blues was the third in a trilogy of albums that found Scaggs exploring his musical influences, including blues, soul and Americana.

Boz tells Billboard that he's thinking about changing things up for his next record.

"I miss some of the more lyrical, ballad stuff I've done in the past, so I'm looking in that direction," he notes, adding, "I haven't recorded a fully self-written album in some time, so that might be a way to go, too."

Here are Scaggs' upcoming U.S. shows:

4/7 -- Fayetteville, AR, Walton Arts Center
4/9 -- Mobile, AL, Saenger Theatre
4/10 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
4/11 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Kravis Center
4/12 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Fest - Vinoy Waterfront Park
4/13 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Tampa Bay Blues Fest - Vinoy Waterfront Park
4/14 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
4/17 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live Orlando
4/18 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
4/20 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts
4/22 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston
4/23 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
4/24 -- New Braunfels, TX, Gruene Hall
4/26 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles - Grand Event Center
4/27 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
6/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Playboy Jazz Festival
6/14 -- Norman, OK, Riverwind Casino and Hotel - Showplace Theater
6/15 -- Fort Worth, TX, Billy Bob's Texas
6/16 -- Memphis, TN, Graceland Soundstage
6/21 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts
6/22 -- Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
6/23 -- Northampton, MA, Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center
6/25 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Center for the Arts
6/26 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
6/28 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Casino & Hotel- Event Center
7/1 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier
7/3 -- Lincoln, RI, Twin River Casino - Event Center
7/4 -- Camden, NJ, Camden County Freedom Festival
7/8 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
7/9 -- Elk Grove Village, IL, Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series

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Kenny Loggins ready to share songs and stories during his Las Vegas stand next week

Kenny Loggins launches a three-show Las Vegas engagement next week at Wynn resort and casino's Encore Theater. The concerts, which take place March 27, 29 and 30, will feature the pop-rock great playing songs from all eras of his long career, while also sharing stories accompanied by a multimedia presentation.

Regarding his Vegas performances, Loggins tells ABC Radio, "I'm taking the residency very seriously, and I want to put together a special show. I've been, for the last couple years…talking [onstage]…When I get the right audience at the right atmosphere, I can tell stories about where I was when the songs were written."

As you'd expect, Kenny's set will include classics from his partnership with Jim Messina, some of his late '70s solo hits and, of course, his hugely popular soundtrack contributions to such films as Footloose, Caddyshackand Top Gun.

Loggins previously played a three-show stand at the Encore Theater last September, but he tells ABC Radio the new performances will be a little different.

"I'm just adding more pictures from different periods of my life that'll go along with the stories that I've got," he explains. "And I'm gonna add a Loggins & Messina story, and anything else I think of as I go."

Kenny says it's hard to pick a favorite part of his career from which to perform songs.

"I'm happy to say that I'm not embarrassed by any period of my career," he declares. "I'm proud of the Loggins & Messina era…[o]n into [my first solo album,] Celebrate Me Home…And then into the movie years in the '80s, which is always fun to do, 'cause that's when people get up and dance."

Tickets for Loggins' Vegas shows are available at WynnLasVegas.com. Here are all of his upcoming concerts:

3/27 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater
3/29 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater
3/30 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas -- Encore Theater
4/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ovation Hall at Ocean Resort Casino
4/13 -- Hanover, MD, Live! Hotel & Casino
4/25 -- Ridgefield, WA, Ilani Casino
6/14 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino and Resort
8/31 -- New Lenox, IL, New Lenox Commons

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Second season of Eddie Money's "Real Money" reality series premieres in May; singer turns 70 on Thursday

The second season of Real Money, the AXS TV series starring Eddie Money and his family, will premiere on Sunday, May 5, at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.

The episodes will find the pop-rock legend and his clan taking part in a Money family reunion in New York with Eddie's brothers and sisters, playing a sold-out concert in the Detroit area, going on a bowling excursion, vacationing in South Dakota, and welcoming a new pet into their home -- a Great Dane puppy named Bette.

Real Money follows the adventures and trials of Eddie; his wife, Laurie; his five children, Zach, Joe, Jesse, Dezand Julian -- most of whom play in their dad's band -- and the family's many dogs.

Meanwhile, Eddie will celebrate his 70th birthday on Thursday, March 21. The singer will mark the occasion with a concert in Westbury, New York, which will feature special guest John Waite.

Money has over a dozen more North American shows on his 2019 tour itinerary. Here are all of the confirmed dates, according to EddieMoney.com:

3/21 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
3/22 -- Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center
3/29 -- Lima, OH, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
3/30 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
4/5 -- The Villages, FL, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
4/6 -- New Port Richey, FL, Chasco Fiesta
4/12 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
4/13 -- Rahway, NJ, Union County Performing Arts Center
5/3 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Casino
5/11 -- Washington, PA, The Meadows Resort & Casino
5/18 -- Shipshewana, IN, Blue Gate Theatre
5/25 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/13 -- Frederick, MD, The Weinberg Center for the Arts
6/29 -- Aurora, IL, RiverEdge Park
8/9 -- Grand Forks, BC, Canada, James Donaldson P

Screenings of star-studded Rolling Stones 1968 TV special "Rock and Roll Circus" scheduled for April

A restored version of the star-studded 1968 Rolling Stones concert special Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will be screened in select theaters across the U.S. on April 1, 2, 3 and 4. The program will be shown via Dolby Vision laser projection system and features Dolby Atmos surround-sound audio.

Rock and Roll Circus originally was intended to air on BBC TV, but was shelved until 1996 because Rolling Stones weren't happy with their performance.

In addition to The Stones' original lineup playing such memorable songs as "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Sympathy for the Devil," the special also featured The WhoJethro TullMarianne Faithfull and one-off supergroup The Dirty Mac, made up of John LennonYoko OnoEric ClaptonKeith Richards and The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Mitch Mitchell.

The Jethro Tull lineup seen on Rock and Roll Circus features founding Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, and is the only time he ever performed with Tull. The special also marked the last time founding Stones guitarist Brian Jones played with the group.

To buy tickets to the screenings and find out more information, visit RockandRollCircustheFilm.com.

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"Sweet Caroline," Cyndi Lauper's 'She's So Unusual' among National Recording Registry additions

Classic recordings by Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond, Jay-Z, Earth, Wind & Fire, rock pioneer Richie Valens and country music legend Lefty Frizzellare among this year's 25 additions to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, the collection of recorded works noted for their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance.

Lauper's 1983 debut solo album She's So Unusual made the cut, as did rapper Jay-Z's 2001 album, The Blueprint.  The 1978 hit "September" is the Earth, Wind & Fire entry, while Neil Diamond's anthemic 1969 song "Sweet Caroline" is on the list.  So is "La Bamba," the 1958 single by Valens, and "Long Black Veil," the country music standard released the following year by Frizzell.

Also added to the Registry are Sam & Dave's 1967 hit "Soul Man," Curtis Mayfield's 1972 soundtrack album to the film Superfly, and the 1978 disco hit "You Make me Feel (Mighty Real)," by Sylvester.

Non-musical entries include the 1961 Stan Freberg comedy album Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Vol. 1: The Early Years, a 1952 episode of the then-radio drama Gunsmoke, Robert F. Kennedy's April 4, 1968 Speech on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1996 Schoolhouse Rock! box set.

Here are all 25 National Recording Registry additions:

Yiddish Cylinders from the Standard Phonograph Company of New York and the Thomas Lambert Company (c. 1901-1905)

“Memphis Blues” (single), Victor Military Band (1914)

Melville Jacobs Collection of Native Americans of the American Northwest (1929-1939)

“Minnie the Moocher” (single), Cab Calloway (1931)

Bach Six Cello Suites (album), Pablo Casals (c. 1939)

“They Look Like Men of War” (single), Deep River Boys (1941)

Gunsmoke -- Episode: “The Cabin” (Dec. 27, 1952)

Ruth Draper: Complete recorded monologues, Ruth Draper (1954-1956)

“La Bamba” (single), Ritchie Valens (1958)

“Long Black Veil” (single), Lefty Frizzell (1959)

Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Vol. 1: The Early Years (album), Stan Freberg (1961)

GO (album), Dexter Gordon (1962)

War Requiem (album), Benjamin Britten (1963)

“Mississippi Goddam” (single), Nina Simone (1964)

“Soul Man” (single), Sam & Dave (1967)

Hair (original Broadway cast recording) (1968)

Speech on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy (April 4, 1968)

“Sweet Caroline” (single), Neil Diamond (1969)

Superfly (album), Curtis Mayfield (1972)

Ola Belle Reed (album), Ola Belle Reed (1973)

“September” (single), Earth, Wind & Fire (1978)

“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” (single), Sylvester (1978)

She’s So Unusual (album), Cyndi Lauper (1983)

Schoolhouse Rock!: The Box Set (1996)

The Blueprint (album), Jay-Z (2001)

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The Zombies release vinyl box set of 1960s recording; bassist Chris White putting out solo compilation

The Zombies, who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this month, recently released a five-LP vinyl box set titled The Complete Studio Recordings that features 62 tracks from the band's 1960s heyday.

The remastered collection includes the only two U.S. studio albums released by the British Invasion band's original lineup, 1965's She's Not There/Tell Her No and 1968's Odessey & Oracle, as well as two compilations -- the newly created R.I.P. and 1965's I Love You, which only was issued in the U.K. and Japan. Rounding out the box set is Oddities & Extras, a collection of rare singles and U.K.-only album cuts.

Oddities & Extras boasts new notes written by acclaimed archival producer/engineer Andrew Sandoval. The five discs are pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl.

Meanwhile, founding Zombies bassist Chris White will release a compilation of previously unreleased tracks called The Chris White Experience (Volume One) on March 29, the very day the group is inducted into the Rock Hall. The 13-track album features recordings spanning from 1977 to 2015, and includes demos, studio collaborations and other unheard gems.

Various well-known musicians contributed to the tracks, including White's Zombies band mates Colin BlunstoneRod Argent and Hugh Grundy; ex-Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew FisherArgent members Jim RodfordBob HenritRuss Ballard and John Verity; former Humble Pie guitarist Clem Clempson; and Styx drummer Todd Sucherman.

In addition to playing bass for The Zombies, White co-produced and wrote most of the songs on the group's classic album Odessey & Oracle. After the band's 1967 split, he went on to co-produce all of the band Argent's albums and co-wrote most of that group's songs.

Here's the track list of The Zombies' The Complete Studio Recordings box set:

Disc 1: She's Not There/Tell Her No

Side One
"She's Not There"
"It's Alright with Me"
"You've Really Got a Hold on Me"/"Bring It On Home to Me"

Side Two
"Tell Her No"
"I Don't Want to Know"
"Work 'n' Play"
"Can't Nobody Love You"
"What More Can I Do"
"Got My Mojo Working"

Disc 2: I Love You

Side One
"The Way I Feel Inside"
"How We Were Before"
"Is This the Dream"
"Whenever You're Ready"
"You Make Me Feel Good"

Side Two
"Gotta Get a Hold of Myself"
"Don't Go Away"
"I Love You"
"Leave Me Be"
"She's Not There"

Disc 3: Odessey & Oracle

Side One
"Care of Cell 44"
"A Rose for Emily"
"Maybe After He's Gone"
"Beechwood Park"
"Brief Candles"
"Hung Up on a Dream"

Side Two
"I Want Her She Wants Me"
"This Will Be Our Year"
"Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)"
"Friends of Mine"
"Time of the Season"

Disc 4: R.I.P.

Side One
"She Loves the Way They Love Her"
"Imagine the Swan"
"Smokey Day"
"Girl Help Me"
"I Could Spend the Day"
"Conversation off Floral Street"

Side Two
"If It Don't Work Out"
"I'll Call You Mine"
"I'll Keep Trying"
"I Know She Will"
"Don't Cry for Me"
"Walking in the Sun"

Disc 5: Oddities & Extras

Side One
"Kind of Girl"
"She's Coming Home"
"I Must Move"
"I Want You Back Again"
"I Can't Make Up My Mind"
"I Remember When I Loved Her"
"I'm Going Home"

Side Two
"Remember You"
"Just Out of Reach"
"Nothing's Changed"
"Goin' Out of My Head"
"She Does Everything for Me"
"A Love That Never Was"

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Robby Krieger, Rick Springfield, REO Speedwagon to appear on new season of Sammy Hagar's "Rock & Roll Road Trip" series

Sammy Hagar's AXS TV reality series Rock & Roll Road Trip will return for a fourth season that's set to kick off on Sunday, May 5, at 8 p.m. ET.

The new season will feature 12 episodes, and will include appearances by The Doors' Robby Krieger, Rick Springfield, REO Speedwagon, Charlie Daniels, country legend Willie Nelson, famed stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong, and Sheila E.

The episode featuring Springfield was shot on location at the singer/actor's home, while Sheila E. appears in a special show focusing on drummers that also will feature veteran session and touring musician Kenny Aronoff and Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

Other guests featured on the upcoming season of Rock & Roll Road Trip include popular blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, celebrity chef Guy Fieri and NASCAR great Jimmie Johnson.

"I am so proud to be able to host this wild and crazy show for a fourth season," Hagar says in a statement. "This is pure fun for me, getting to go around just hanging out and playing music with some of my favorite people in the world. It's humbling to see that our viewers dig it as much as I do. I'm excited to keep this party going!"

This season of Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar is being presented exclusively by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, which also is sponsoring a new series of weekly AXS TV news vignettes called the "Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Music Minute." The segments will showcase historic anniversaries and deliver updates on rock albums, tours, festivals and more, while also highlighting events taking place at the venue and offering a behind-the-scenes look at the rock memorabilia displayed at the hotel and casino.

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Mike + the Mechanics' new album, "Out of the Blue," to feature new songs, updated versions of group's hits

Mike + the Mechanics, the band led by founding Genesis bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford, will release a new album titled Out of the Blue on April 5.  It features updated versions of the group's best-known songs, plus three new original tunes, all recorded by the current lineup.

The new tunes are "One Way," "What Would You Do" and the album's title track. The song "Out of the Blue" was released last month as the record's lead single. Fans who pre-order the album will receive free digital downloads of the title cut and "What Would You Do."

Out of the Blue also features new versions of Mike + the Mechanics' huge '80s hits "Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)," "All I Need Is a Miracle" and "The Living Years" -- that last song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989.

The album will be available digitally and on CD, vinyl and as a special deluxe CD. That features six bonus acoustic renditions of songs from throughout Mike + the Mechanics' career, including "The Living Years" and "Over My Shoulder."

Mike + The Mechanics' original lineup featured co-lead singers Paul Carrack and Paul Young; Young sadly passed away in 2000. Rutherford relaunched the band in 2010 with different musicians, including new vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar.

"Having toured with the Mechanics over the last 10 years, I have heard the old songs change a bit each year with Andrew and Tim singing and the same band playing," Mike explains. "In some cases, they have been extended and developed, so it seemed a good idea to record these versions in the studio."

The band currently is on tour in the U.K.

Here's the Out of the Blue track list:

"One Way"*
"Out of the Blue"*
"What Would You Do"*
"The Living Years"
"Beggar on a Beach of Gold"
"Get Up"
"Another Cup of Coffee"
"All I Need Is a Miracle"
"Silent Running"
"Over My Shoulder"
"Word of Mouth"

Here are the bonus acoustic tracks on the deluxe edition:

"Don't Know What Came Over Me"
"The Best Is Yet to Come"
"The Living Years"
"Beggar on a Beach of Gold"
"Another Cup of Coffee"
"Over My Shoulder"

* = new songs.

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Styx to perform full 2017 concept album, "The Mission," at NYC-area show this fall

In Las Vegas this past January, Styx played a special two-set concert at Palms Casino Resort that featured a full performance of the band's 2017 sci-fi concept album The Mission. Now the veteran rockers plan to stage the show this fall on the East Coast.

The event will take place on November 7 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York. The concert will start with Styx performing The Mission in its entirety and then -- following an intermission -- a set featuring many of the band's classic songs.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. ET at LiveNation.com, while VIP packages will be available to Citi Card members and membesr of the band's fan club beginning Tuesday, March 19, at 10 a.m. ET.

"The show in Las Vegas was so awesome, we wanted to share it with our East Coast friends as well," says singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. "Now we can say, this is the day…we'll be bringing 'The Missions: Live' to Westbury!"

At the Vegas concert, Styx also played covers of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."

The Mission tells the story of the fictional first manned voyage to Mars, casting the group's members as the crew of a spacecraft that leaves Earth en route to the red planet in 2033.

Styx has almost 40 confirmed North American dates on its 2019 tour itinerary, spanning from a March 21 concert in Fargo, North Dakota, through a December 15 show in El Paso, Texas.

Most of the March performances were originally supposed to also feature a set by comedian Larry the Cable Guy, but he's no longer on the bill for those events.

Here are all of Styx's U.S. and Canadian concerts:

3/21 -- Fargo, ND, Scheels Arena
3/22 -- Minot, ND, All Seasons Arena
3/23 -- Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at Metrapark
3/24 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center
3/27 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
3/28 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Event Center
3/29 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, US Cellular Center
3/30 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
4/26 -- Grand Junction, CO, Avalon Theatre
4/27 -- Pueblo, CO, Pueblo Memorial Hall
5/17 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel
5/18 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel
5/20 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
5/21 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
5/23 -- Stamford, CT, The Palace Theatre
5/24 -- Roanoke, VA, Elmwood Park Theatre
5/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Circle K Speed Street
5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
6/20 -- Portsmouth, VA, Union Bank & Trust Pavilion
6/21 -- Richmond, VA, Virginia Credit Union Live
6/22 -- Ocean City, MD, Jellyfish Festival - Main Village
6/23 -- Durham, NC, Durham PAC
6/29 -- Huber Heights, OH, The Rose Music Center at The Heights
6/30 -- Traverse City, MI, Pepsi Bay Side Music Stage
7/24 -- Costa Mesa, CA, The Pacific Amphitheatre
7/25 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Music Hall
7/27 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/2 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
8/3 -- Albuquerque, NM, Route 66 Casino
8/5 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Amphitheater
8/7 -- Jackson, MI, Jackson County Fair Grounds
8/8 -- Detroit, MI, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino
8/10 -- Washington, MO, Washington Town & Country Fair
8/22 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Casino Resort
8/30 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort and Casino
11/7 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
12/13 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater
12/15 -- El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre

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Ringo Starr working on new recording project with Toto guitarist/All Starr band member Steve Lukather

It looks like Ringo Starr has started working on a new studio album, the follow-up to his 2017 release Give More Love.

This past week, the former Beatles drummer posted a message on his Twitter feed saying, "In the studio again with the great Steve Lukather what a guy peace and Love."

The tweet is accompanied by a photo of Ringo and the Toto guitarist -- who also is a longtime member of the All Starr Band -- smiling and flashing peace signs.

Lukather co-wrote two songs on Give More Love, and played guitar on several of the album's songs. He also contributed to Starr's previous record, 2015's Postcards from Paradise.

Ringo and the All Starr Band kick off their 2019 tour schedule with a concert this Thursday, March 21, in Valley Center, California.  Then they'll head to Japan for a tour that runs from March 27 to April 11.

The group also has lined up a North American summer tour leg that gets underway August 1 in Windsor, Canada, and is mapped out through a September 1 show in Los Angeles.

In other news, Starr has helped design a special high-quality record player dubbed the "Peace and Love Turntable," which will be available soon at his online store. The device's base features artwork created by Ringo that represents his dedication to love, togetherness and care.

Here are all of the All Starr Band's upcoming North American tour dates:

3/21 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Resort SoCal - The Events Center
8/1 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars
8/3 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
8/4 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
8/6 -- Durham, NC, DPAC
8/7 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
8/10 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/11 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/13 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Center Coliseum
8/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia
8/16 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/17 -- Farmingville, NY, Pennysaver Amphitheater
8/18 -- New York City, NY, The Rooftop at Pier 17
8/20 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
8/22 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino
8/25 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House
8/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/28 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
8/30 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/31 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

Dick Dale, "King of the Surf Guitar," dead at 81

Dick Dale, whose songs "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin'" defined the surf rock genre and led to him being dubbed "The King of Surf Guitar," has died.  He was 81.  His bass player Sam Bolle confirmed the news to the U.K. paper The Guardian.

Born Richard Anthony Monsour in 1937, Dale, of Lebanese heritage, developed his distinctive sound by combining the scales of Middle Eastern music with reverb and rapid alternative picking.  When he moved to Southern California as a teenager, he became obsessed with surfing and combined his two loves.  He and his band the Del-Tones released "Let's Go Trippin'," considered to be the first surf rock song, in 1961.

In 1962, Dale released "Miserlou," his version of a traditional Eastern Mediterranean song. The pioneering song was later used to great effect as the opening music in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

According to Rolling Stone, the Fender guitar company also recruited Dale to test its instruments and amps, leading to many improvements.  His signature gold Fender Strat, known as "The Beast," was custom-made for him by Leo Fender himself.

Among those who cited Dale as a major influence: Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughn, the later of whom teamed up with Dale to record a new version of "Pipeline" by The Chantays. It received a Grammy nomination in 1987.

In 2015, in an interview with Pittsburgh City Paper that went viral, Dale claimed, "I can’t stop touring because I will die” due to his many medical expenses. He battled rectal cancer, as well as diabetes and renal failure.

While he had health insurance, he said it didn't cover "the medical supplies I need to stay alive," which he said cost $3,000 a month.

Dale later told Billboard that he would rather not tour, but added, "But I’ve also got to realize I’ve been kept alive for a reason."

Foreigner's Mick Jones says "Live at The Rainbow '78" video offers "a flashback into the way we were"

Foreigner's new archival concert video Live at The Rainbow '78 hits stores today on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital video. The release captures the band's original lineup performing its first-ever U.K. show at London's Rainbow Theatre in April 1978, shortly before the release of its sophomore album, Double Vision.

Founding Foreigner guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones tells ABC Radio he feels the video offers "a flashback into the way we were, what we were doing, where our minds were at, what kind of clothes we were wearing."

Jones says he was very happy with the band's performance at the show.

"I know we were probably a little bit anxious that night, because some of the songs sounded a little fast to me, but they worked," he maintains. "I think you could feel the tension and the excitement and the nerves, but I think actually in the end, it ended up working out really well."

Jones notes that it was an exhilarating time for Foreigner, then enjoying the success of their self-titled debut album, which featured hits like "Feels Like the First" and "Cold as Ice."

"Things were going crazy at the time," he recalls. "We…were in the middle of the success of the first album, which was way beyond anybody's wildest dreams. And it was kind of a helter-skelter atmosphere everywhere, a little crazy, but it was very exciting."

He adds, "I think [the performance] really captured the excitement of…that period of time when we were suddenly on top of the world."

Mick says for him, a few of the highlights of the concert were performances of two lesser-known songs from the band's first album: "The Damage Is Done" and "At War with the World."

Here's the Live at The Rainbow track list:

"Long, Long Way from Home"
"I Need You"
"Woman Oh Woman"
"Hot Blooded"
"The Damage Is Done"
"Cold as Ice"
"Double Vision"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"At War with the World"

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Pete Townshend says Roger Daltrey's vocals sound "terrific" on new Who material; hopes to finish album in April

In a new update on The Who.com, The Who's Pete Townshend discusses the progress the band is making on its upcoming album, and also shares details about a press day that he and Roger Daltrey took part in Wednesday to promote the group's July 6 concert at London's Wembley Stadium.

In a video blog accompanying the post, which was recorded Wednesday, Townshend reports that by the end of the day Monday, at least 10 or 12 backing tracks had been completed that were "sounding really, really great." However, a text bar at the bottom of the clip notes that Pete may be exaggerating about that number of tracks, which might actually be as low as five.

Townshend also notes that Daltrey has "started doing what he calls 'sketch vocals,' and he sent me one for one song that sounds really terrific." Pete adds that Roger will return to the studio on Monday with his producer, Dave Eringa, who also worked on Daltrey's 2018 album, As Long as I Have You.

In addition, he says The Who will be "back in the studio again in April to finish the album off," and also notes that he's very excited about the band's upcoming North American orchestral tour.

In the text portion of the update, Townshend points out that Daltrey "is very positive about the new songs." He also reveals, "I'm about to listen to more work Roger has been doing in the studio on vocals, and I know he will surprise me and delight me as always."

The video also features footage of Townshend visiting Wembley Stadium for their press junket promoting the June 6 show, which will feature special guest Eddie Vedder. The post includes new photos of Pete and Roger at the venue posing with a Who-themed Scomadi scooter.

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Rolling Stones to release new compilation, "Honk," featuring hits, recent live performances

A new Rolling Stones best-of compilation titled Honk will be released in multiple formats and configurations on April 19, one day before the band kicks off its 2019 No Filter Tour of the U.S. near Miami.

The retrospective, which hits stores on April 19, will be available in a three-CD or four-LP deluxe edition featuring 46 tracks, as well as a 20-track single-CD or two-LP version. Both versions boast at least one song from every studio album that The Stones released from 1971 through 2016.

The deluxe Honk offers 36 previously released tracks by the British rock legends, plus 10 bonus live performances recorded during the band's recent stadium tours.

Among the songs included on the collection: "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "Miss You," "Tumbling Dice," "Wild Horses," "Angie," "Beast of Burden" and "Waiting On a Friend." Also appearing is the 2013 hit "Doom and Gloom" and three songs from The Stones' 2016 blues covers album, Blue & Lonesome.

The concert performances include collaborations with four music stars: "Beast of Burden" with pop singer Ed Sheeran, "Wild Horses" with Florence Welch of alt-rock act Florence + the Machine, "Dead Flowers" with country star Brad Paisley and "Bitch" with Foo FightersDave Grohl.

The 46-track and 20 track versions of Honk also will be available digitally. A colored-vinyl edition of the four-LP set will be sold exclusively at The Rolling Stones' online store. A limited-edition two-LP collection on red vinyl will be available only at the band's upcoming U.S. shows.

Honk can be pre-ordered now, and fans who do so will receive an instant free download of The Rolling Stones' and Welch's rendition of "Wild Horses."

Here's the track list for the deluxe three-CD edition of Honk:

Disc 1
"Start Me Up"
"Brown Sugar"
"Rocks Off"
"Miss You"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Just Your Fool"
"Wild Horses"
"Fool to Cry"
"Beast of Burden"
"Hot Stuff"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"Doom and Gloom"
"Love Is Strong"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Don't Stop"
"Ride 'Em On Down"

Disc 2 
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Hate to See You Go"
"Rough Justice"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"One More Shot"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Rain Fall Down"
"Dancing with Mr D"
"Undercover (of the Night)"
"Emotional Rescue"
"Waiting On a Friend"
"Saint of Me"
"Out of Control"
"Streets of Love"
"Out of Tears"

Disc 3 -- Live Tracks 
"Get Off My Cloud"
"Dancing with Mr D"
"Beast of Burden" (with Ed Sheeran)
"She's a Rainbow"
"Wild Horses" (with Florence Welch) 
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Dead Flowers" (with Brad Paisley)
"Shine a Light"
"Under My Thumb"
"Bitch" (with Dave Grohl)

And here's the single CD track list:

"Start Me Up"
"Brown Sugar"
"Miss You"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Just Your Fool"
"Fool to Cry"
"Beast of Burden"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Doom and Gloom"
"Love Is Strong"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Don't Stop"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Rain Fall Down"
"Undercover (of the Night)"
"Emotional Rescue"
"Saint of Me"
"Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)"

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The Zombies, Yes' Alan White among artists appearing at New Jersey's 2019 Fest for Beatles Fans

The Zombies and longtime Yes drummer Alan White are among the music stars that will appear at the 2019 New York-area edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans, scheduled for March 29-March 31 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey.

All four surviving original Zombies members -- Colin Blunstone, Rod Argent, Chris White and Hugh Grundy -- will be taking part in a Q&A session on Saturday, March 30, just a day after the band's inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.

Alan White, who played on albums by John Lennon and George Harrison before joining Yes, will be interviewed and will also perform during the event.

Other well-known musicians who will be on hand for the 2019 Beatles festival are three Wings alums -- guitarists Denny Laine and Laurence Juber, and drummer Steve Holley. All three will perform together on March 30, while Laine and Juber will also take part in various activities and performances on the other two days.

Mark Rivera, longtime music director for Ringo Starr's All Starr Band and Billy Joel, will perform at the festival as well, while producer Jack Douglas, who worked on Lennon's Double Fantasy album, is part of the lineup of guests.

In addition, The Fest for Beatles will feature a 50th anniversary celebration for the Fab Four's Abbey Roadalbum. Other activities and events include various Beatles tribute performances, autograph signings, a battle of the bands, a karaoke room, a dance party, dress-up and trivia contests, memorabilia sales and auctions, art displays and more.

Meanwhile, a Chicago-area edition of the Beatles fest is scheduled for August 9-11.

To check out full details of the 2019 Fest for Beatles Fans, visit TheFest.com.

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Brian May, David Byrne, Trent Reznor among artists welcoming new Rock Hall honorees

Queen guitarist Brian May and ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. are among the presenters who will help honor the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees at the March 29 ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.  They'll welcome, respectively, Def Leppard and Radiohead.

Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor will induct The Cure.

Stevie Nicks, meanwhile, will be inducted by Harry Styles of the U.K. boy band One Direction, who's a big fan of the Fleetwood Mac singer and has performed live with her.

British Invasion greats The Zombies will be welcomed into the Hall by Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, while influential U.K. art-rock group Roxy Music will be inducted by Duran Duran members Simon Le Bon and John Taylor.

Rounding out the presenters is R&B star Janelle Monáe, who will induct Janet Jackson.

As previously announced, the 2019 Rock Hall Induction Ceremony will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Prior to the big event, you'll be able to watch the red carpet arrivals at RockHall.com, as well on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

An HBO special featuring highlights from the ceremony will premiere on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Olivia Newton-John hopes fans will get "something positive" out of "Don't Stop Believin'," her new autobiography

Imagine watching Grease for the first time, with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, on John Travolta's private plane.  It happened to Olivia's husband, and it's one of the many fun stories you'll find in her new autobiography, Don't Stop Believin'.

The book, which was published today, details Olivia's childhood, her rise to stardom, her relationships, her activism, her cancer battle and the truth about her health. Spoiler alert: She's not dying.

"I heard they were gonna do a movie of my life and I wasn't really involved in it, and I thought, 'Well, I'd better write a book just in case they get it wrong!'" she laughs. "It wasn't like I suddenly thought, 'I'd better write it all down.' But once I got going, it was really a very interesting process and brought up some great memories."

The Aussie icon tells ABC Radio she wants the book to make fans "feel good."

"I want them to be entertained," she says. "I want them to enjoy the read and know a little bit more about me...I hope they're moved in some way, and that they get something positive out of it."

Speaking of positivity, Olivia's happy about the decision she made last year to release a video quashing rumors of her impending death.

"I'm really glad I did it because it stopped them in their tracks!" she laughs. "I mean, they had me dead! And I thought that the best way to attack this is [to] let them know I'm fine."

As far as Olivia's next move, she ssys, "I really have no desire at the moment to work or do anything in the genres that I've done before. I think it is a new era for me."

Going forward, she plans to focus on her Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, and work to get medical cannabis legalized in Australia.

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Rod Stewart announces new batch of Las Vegas residency dates

Rod Stewart is headed back to Sin City this fall for a batch of new dates at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will return to Las Vegas for another round of his residency show Rod Stewart: The Hits starting September 18 for eight performances only.  The tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale this Friday, March 15, at noon PT via Ticketmaster and The Colosseum.com.

These shows will be Rod's only U.S. concerts of 2019, since he's kicking off a year-long European tour this May in support of his latest album, Blood Red Roses, which hit #1 in the U.K.

Here are all of the forthcoming Vegas dates:

September: 18, 20, 21, 24, 30
October: 2, 4, 5

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Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts among stars paying tribute to legendary drummer Hal Blaine

A variety of top musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to Hal Blaine, drummer for the renowned collective of Los Angeles session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew," who died Tuesday at age 90.

Among the artists saluting Blaine are founding Beach Boy Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys themselves, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts and The Ronettes' Ronnie Spector.

Brian, who worked closely with Hal on many Beach Boys recordings, including the group's acclaimed 1966 album Pet Sounds, writes, "I'm so sad, I don't know what to say. Hal Blaine was such a great musician and friend that I can't put it into words. Hal taught me a lot, and he had so much to do with our success -- he was the greatest drummer ever. We also laughed an awful lot."

The Beach Boys' homage to Blaine reads, "Our condolences to the family of #HalBlaine, drummer extraordinaire in the Wrecking Crew who played on many Beach Boys tracks, including 'Good Vibrations,' 'I Get Around,' 'Help Me, Rhonda' & more. Love and mercy."

As for Starr, he writes, simply, "God bless Hal Blaine peace and love to all his family Goodbye Hal an incredible musician."

Watts, who took part in an L.A. event celebrating Blaine's 90th birthday last month, issued a statement that reads, "Godspeed Hal. He gave us all so much. Feeling very blessed to have celebrated his life with him."

Spector, meanwhile, posted a video of herself performing with Blaine at the 2017 NAMM Convention, along with a note that reads, "I regrettably have to say goodbye to Hal, and thank him for the magic he put on all our Ronettes recordings...and so many others throughout his incredible career. Thank you Hal. Love forever."

Here are some other tributes to Blaine:

Peter Frampton: "Hal Blaine the master RIP."

Toto's Steve Lukather: "RIP Hal Blaine. There will never be another...Google the hits he played on!!"

Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad Smith: "Goodbye my old friend. see u in the next life...R.i.p. Hal Blaine."

Poison's Rikki Rockett: "R.I.P. Hal Blaine. One of the greatest of all time! Hal played on over 38…#1 songs including…3 of the Beach Boys #1's. If you play drums, you owe Hal!"

Nancy Sinatra: "Godspeed, dear friend. You made the world a better place."

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Wrecking Crew" drummer Hal Blaine dead at 90, played on countless '60s & '70s hits

Hal Blaine, who as a member of the famed studio collective "The Wrecking Crew" played on countless hits of the '60s and '70s, has died.  He was 90.

A post on his Facebook page reads, "Hal Blaine - loving father of Michelle Blaine; grandfather of Anthony, Josh, Aaron, Whitney, Tempest, Ever and Lyryk; and inspiration to countless friends, fans and musicians - has passed on today, March 11th, 2019 at the age of 90."

It continued, "May he rest forever on 2 and 4. The family appreciates your outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Hal from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time."

As a member of the "Wrecking Crew," a group of musicians who did session work in the '60s and '70s, Blaine estimated he'd played on 6,000 recordings, including six consecutive Grammy Record of the Year winners: "A Taste of Honey," "Strangers in the Night," "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

One of his most famous drumbeats can be heard on The Ronettes' "Be My Baby." E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg once wrote of Blaine, "If [he'd] played drums only on [that record], his name would still be uttered with reverence and respect for the power of his big beat."

Among the other hits to feature Blaine's talents: "Good Vibrations," "Help Me Rhonda," "I Get Around," "Cracklin' Rosie," "I Get Around,"  "Monday Monday," "Song Sung Blue," "The Way We Were," "Windy," "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."

Blaine's recording studio prowess earned him induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman in 2000.  He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 2018.

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Your favorite artists are headed to Broadway this spring and summer

If the idea of seeing Bruce Springsteen perform his Springsteen on Broadway show thrilled you, you'll be happy to know that even more big names area headed to New York City's Great White Way this spring and summer.

Concert promoter Live Nation has announced a new partnership that will bring your favorite artists to the Big Apple's famed theater district several times a year. Called In Residence on Broadway, the first installment of the new program will be held at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from May through July of 2019.

Each "limited residency" will consist of five to 10 performances over the course of one to two weeks. The artists involved will be announced in the coming weeks, with tickets available via Ticketmaster. The shows will feature "customized stage experiences" which will reflect "each artist's signature style."

Anthony Makes, president of Live Nation in New York, said in a statement, "In Residence on Broadway will bring a wide range of artists to an intimate Broadway setting for an up close and personal performance."

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Alice Cooper bringing new "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back" headlining show to the US in July

Alice Cooper recently announced plans for a joint U.S. summer tour with contemporary heavy-metal act Halestorm, scheduled from mid-July to mid-August.  Now, the shock rocker has lined up six stateside headlining concerts just prior to the trek.

The shows, which run from a July 4 gig in Mashantucket, Connecticut, through a July 11 performance in Wabash, Indiana, mark the U.S. debut of Cooper's brand-new show, dubbed "Ol' Black Eyes Is Back."

Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public this Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. local time. A VIP pre-sale will begin on Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is working on new music that's being produced by frequent collaborator Bob Ezrin. He's expected to release it by the start of his summer trek.

Cooper also recently announced plans for a seven-show run of May shows in the Western U.S. with his supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, which also features Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/musician Johnny Depp.

Alice's itinerary also includes a May 4 appearance at the Dominion Festival in Mexico City, a July 13 performance at the Roxodus Festival in Stayner, Canada, and a late summer/early fall tour of mainland Europe and the U.K.

Here are all of Cooper's upcoming North American concerts:

5/4 -- Mexico City, Mexico, Dominion Festival
5/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint*
5/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek*
5/12 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre*
5/14 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore*
5/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino*
5/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Casino*
5/18 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino*
7/4 -- Mashantucket, CT, Grant Theater - Foxwoods Resort Casino
7/6 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live! (Outdoors)
7/7 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre
7/9 -- Dubuque, IA, Five Flags Center
7/10 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee
7/11 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
7/13 -- Stayner, ON, Canada, Roxodus Festival#
7/17 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center+
7/19 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion+
7/20 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre+
7/21 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago+
7/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center+
7/25 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis+
7/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre+
7/28 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre+
7/29 -- Cedar Park, TX, H-E-B Center+
7/31 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory+
8/1 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion+
8/4 -- Nashville, TN, The Opry House+
8/7 -- Canandaigua, NY, Constellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center: CMAC+
8/8 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts+
8/10 -- Portland, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row+
8/11 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion+
8/13 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live+
8/15 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center+
8/16 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion+

# = festival date
* = Hollywood Vampires show
+ = with Halestorm.

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Robert Plant confirms he'll play Woodstock 50; performs with Heart members, other stars at Love Rocks NYC show

After Variety reported Thursday that Robert Plant would be part of the rumored lineup of the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival this August, the Led Zeppelin legend confirmed the news that night on the red carpet at the third annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert.

Asked by reporters what his 2019 plans were, Plant declared that he would be playing Woodstock. The Woodstock 50 festival is scheduled to take place August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York.

Plant's set was among the many highlights of the Love Rocks NYC show, held at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. According to Jambase, Robert sang the Elvis Presley tunes "Don't" and "A Mess of Blues," then teamed up with Sheryl Crow for a version of the 1955 R&B tune "Rich Woman," which he previously recorded with Alison Krauss for their Grammy-winning collaborative album Raising Sand.

He also sang the Led Zeppelin classic "Thank You," and then was joined by most of the evening's other performers, including Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, for a rendition of Bill Haley & His Comets' "Shake, Rattle & Roll."

The concert's entire cast hit the stage with Plant for the big finale, a version of the Dave Mason-penned Trafficsong "Feelin' Aright."

The concert also marked the first time that the Wilson sisters have played together since 2015, when Heart wrapped up their most recent tour.

Among the show's other performers were ZZ Top's Billy GibbonsBuddy GuyMavis StaplesJimmie VaughanHozier and Grace Potter, as well as Bill MurrayChevy Chase and Martin Short.

The event raised money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which cooks and delivers medically tailored meals to New Yorkers living with severe illness.

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Elton John's long-awaited memoir coming in October

We knew that Elton John's autobiography would be coming out sometime this year, but now we know exactly when: October 15.

Described as "the first and only official autobiography of a much-loved global icon," the book will detail what Elton calls his "crazy life."

"I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world -- and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes," he says in a statement. "My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and it's still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too."

You can now pre-order the book, which is priced at $33, at EltonJohn.com and at other retailers.  The title and the cover are yet to be revealed.

Of course, if you don't like to read, you can just go see Rocketman, the theatrical movie about Elton's life, when it lands in theaters this May.  However, the film has been described as a "musical fantasy," so it's not clear exactly how much of it will be fact-based and how much of it will be imagination.

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The Stray Cats on first new album in 26 years: "It's time now...We're way past due"

The Stray Cats are strutting again and will release 40, their first album in 26 years, on May 24 in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

The famed rockabilly trio talk about the album and give a behind-the-scenes look at the project in a video posted on their official YouTube channel.

In the clip, bassist Lee Rocker explains that The Stray Cats decided to make a new album after playing four concerts last year.

"The band just tore the roof off these gigs that we played," Rocker notes, "and we really just looked at each other and said, 'You know what, it's time now. Let's rock. Let's make a new record. We're way past due.'"

Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, meanwhile, says he got inspired to make a new Stray Cats album after writing some new songs while using "an old Fender reverb unit."

"I started writing kind of surf, spaghetti Western [tunes], and that kind of started the ball rolling," he reveals. "Once we played, it started to spark the songwriting, because then I knew I wanted to make a Stray Cat record."

Setzer also says that timing was a factor, with the band's 40th anniversary approaching.

"It was just a really good time that we all came back," he says. "Like I told the guys, 'Guys, you don't want to make a 41st anniversary record. Let's do it now.'"

To record 40, the band convened late last year at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with veteran producer Peter Collins.

Setzer says he insisted that the trio all play live together while recording, as if they were performing in concert.

"It was just like an old way of making records," says drummer Slim Jim Phantom. "The modern is meeting the vintage, which is was always been our inspiration."

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New season of AXS TV's "The Big Interview" to feature Steve Perry, Foreigner members, Cyndi Lauper & more

The lineup has been revealed for the seventh season of the AXS TV series The Big Interview, and as usual, host Dan Rather will be chatting with a variety of legendary music artists.

Among the stars appearing on the show's various episodes this year are ex-Journey frontman Steve PerryForeigner co-founders Mick Jonesand Lou GrammCyndi LauperREO SpeedwagonBoz Scaggs and KISS singer Paul Stanley.

The season kicks off Tuesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. ET with an in-depth conversation with Perry, who discusses his decision to give up singing for many years after parting ways with Journey.  He also talks about his personal life, his experience being a child of divorce and the highs and lows of rock stardom.

In a preview clip from the episode posted on AXS TV's YouTube channel, Steve explains what led him to withdraw from the music business.

"I could not find the honest passion for singing, and because of that, I was stepping into some other, dare I say, party behaviors to augment my frustration," Perry recalls. "And then, I think my voice was also suffering. I think everything started to suffer for me, and it did not help restore my passion for music."

He adds, "Eventually, the feeling just got very clear to me that I need to just stop. And I didn't know where I was going. I didn't know what I was going to do…All I knew was that I can't keep doing what I'm doing…'cause this is not going anywhere good."

Other celebs slated to appear on new episodes of The Big Interview include Paul Shaffer and country star Travis Tritt.

Here are the air dates and guests for all of the confirmed upcoming episodes of The Big Interview:

4/16 -- Steve Perry
4/23 -- Paul Stanley
4/30 -- Cyndi Lauper
5/7 -- Foreigner's Mick Jones & Lou Gramm
5/14 -- REO Speedwagon
5/21 -- Billy Bob Thornton
5/28 -- Carl and Rob Reiner
6/4 -- Travis Tritt
6/11 -- Boz Scaggs
6/18 -- Paul Shaffer

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Taylor Dayne tells all in her "raw, unapologetic" memoir, "Tell It to My Heart"

She topped the pop charts, toured the world, earned Grammy nominations, starred on Broadway and in movies, jammed with Prince and opened for Michael Jackson.  Now, dance-pop queen Taylor Dayne is telling all in her new memoir, Tell It to My Heart.  And she pulls no punches, sharing her journey and all the ups and downs that came with it.

"It's really just to make this bold statement in saying, 'I'm here...the story ain't over yet. And I'm very grateful,'" she tells ABC Radio.

In the book, Taylor, born Leslie Wunderman, reveals her serious childhood health issues, her relationship with her abusive dad, her debilitating panic attacks, and the years of hard work before she scored her global 1987 hit, "Tell It to My Heart." 

"The story needed to be as truthful and honest...as it could be," she explains. "It was important for me to say what needed to be said. There's the good, the bad and the ugly in there -- I mean, it's very raw."

We also learn about Taylor's unconventional personal life: Her romances, her lifelong journey to work through her issues, the ad-hoc family she's created, and her then-radical decision 17 years ago to become a single mom to twins via surrogate.

"It's just...unapologetic," Taylor says of the book. "That's...what I've heard from fans. They feel connected, they feel that they can do anything...because they can see that I've definitely not done it [the normal way]."

Taylor, who kicks off a tour on March 16, hopes to turn the book into a musical, a movie, or both.

"The music's there, the content's there, the story's there," she tells ABC Radio. "The punches were there, the hits were there -- literally and figuratively -- and yet...love will lead you back!"

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The Stray Cats to release "40," first studio album in 26 years, in April; new US tour kicks off in August

The Stray Cats announced last year that in 2019, they planned to strut back onto the stage and into the recording studio to celebrate their 40th anniversary.  Now, the veteran rockabilly trio has revealed details about a new album and tour to mark the milestone.

The band will release 40, its first studio album in 26 years, on May 24 on CD, on vinyl and digitally. In support of the record, The Stray Cats will mount a major tour that will visit Europe in June and July, and then head to the U.S. in August.

The group -- singer/guitarist Brian Setzer, bassist Lee Rocker and drummer Slim Jim Phantom -- recorded 40in late 2018 in Nashville with producer Peter Collins, who's previously worked with RushBon JoviAlice Cooper and many more.

"This new album really feels like the first record we did, it's really natural and comfortable," says Rocker. "For the recording…[w]e were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10."

Among the songs on the album are "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)," "Rock It Off," "Mean Pickin' Mama" and "Devil Train." Fans who pre-order 40 now get an instant download of "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)," which you can check out at The Stray Cats' official YouTube channel.  It's also available now for streaming and download.

A limited-edition vinyl single featuring "Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)" and two other tracks from 40 will be released on April 13 as part of the 2019 Record Store Day. In addition, a colored-vinyl version of 40, packaged with a poster, will be available exclusively in independent record stores on May 24.

Here's the 40 track list:

"Cat Fight (Over a Dog Like Me)"
"Rock It Off"
"I've Got Love If You Want It"
"Cry Danger"
"I Attract Trouble"
"Three Time's a Charm"
"That's Messed Up"
"When Nothing's Going Right"
"Mean Pickin' Mama"
"I'll Be Looking Out for You"
"Devil Train"

And here are the band's U.S. tour dates:

8/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Ocean Resort Casino - Ovation Hall
8/6 -- New York, NY, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport
8/13 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/14 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
8/15 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Garden
8/18 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Casino
8/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden
8/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
8/31 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys

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Moody Blues to released three-LP colored-vinyl version of "Live at the BBC" collection

The archival Moody Blues album Live at the BBC: 1967–1970, which originally was issued digitally and as a two-CD set in 2007, is now making its global vinyl debut. It'll come out as a limited-edition three-LP collection on April 26.

Each of the release's three LPs will be pressed onto a different color 180-gram vinyl disc: Disc one is light blue; disc two is dark blue; and disc three is yellow. The individually numbered collection can be pre-ordered now.

Live at the BBC features 41 Moody Blues performances from various BBC radio and TV programs between 1967 to 1970. Among the well-known songs featured on the album: "Nights in White Satin," "Ride My See-Saw," "Tuesday Afternoon," "Gypsy," "Legend of a Mind" and "Question."

Multiple versions of quite a few tunes appear on Live at the BBC, since The Moody Blues played the same songs on different BBC shows.

The album also includes eight performances from a December 17, 1969, appearance on a BBC Live in Concertspecial.

Here's the full track list of The Moody Blues' Live at the BBC: 1967–1970 three-LP set, along with the BBC show on which the band appeared and the date of each performance:

LP 1 (light blue vinyl):

Side A
"Fly Me High" (The Saturday Club, 5/9/67)
"Don't Let Me Be Understood" (The Saturday Club, 5/9/67)
"Love and Beauty" (Easybeat, 9/20/67)
"Leave This Man Alone" (Easybeat, 9/20/67)
"Peak Hour" (Easybeat, 9/20/67)
"Nights in White Satin" (Dave Symonds, 11/6/67)
"Fly Me High" (Dave Symonds, 1/1/68)
"Twilight Time (Evening)" (Dave Symonds, 1/1/68)

Side B
"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (Dave Symonds, 7/5/68)
"Voices in the Sky" (Dave Symonds, 7/5/68)
"Ride My See-Saw" (Top Gear, 7/16/68)
"Voices in the Sky" (Top Gear, 7/16/68)
"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (Top Gear, 7/16/68)
"Peak Hour" (Afternoon Pop Show, 10/7/68)
"The Best Way to Travel" (Top Gear, 7/16/68)

LP 2 (dark blue vinyl):

Side A
"Tuesday Afternoon" (Afternoon Pop Show, 10/7/68)
"Ride My See-Saw" (Afternoon Pop Show, 10/7/68)
"Lovely to See You" (Top Gear, 2/18/69)
"Never Comes the Day" (Top Gear, 2/18/69)
"To Share Our Love" (Top Gear, 2/18/69)
"Send Me No Wine" (Top Gear, 2/18/69)
"So Deep Within You" (Tony Brandon, 4/2/69)
"Lovely to See You" (Tony Brandon, 4/2/69)

Side B
"House of Four Doors" (Colour Me Pop, 9/14/68)
"Nights in White Satin" (Tom Jones Show, 5/31/68)
"The Morning: Another Morning" (Tom Jones Show, 5/31/68)
"Ride My See-Saw" (Colour Me Pop, 9/14/68)
"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (Colour Me Pop, 9/14/68)

LP 3 (yellow vinyl):

Side A
"Voices in the Sky" (Colour Me Pop, 9/14/68)
"The Best Way to Travel" (Colour Me Pop, 9/14/68)
"Visions of Paradise" (Colour Me Pop, 9/14/68)
"The Actor" (Colour Me Pop, 9/14/68)
"Gypsy" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)
"The Sun Set" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)
"Never Comes the Day" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)

Side B
"Are You Sitting Comfortably" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)
"Poem: The Dream" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)
"Have You Heard" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)
"Nights in White Satin" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)
"Legend of a Mind" (BBC Live in Concert, 12/17/69)
"Question" (Lulu TV, 8/29/70)

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Lou Gramm featured on upcoming Alan Parsons album, "The Secret," due out in April

Original Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm lends his vocal talents to as song on The Secret, the upcoming album by veteran songwriter, musician and studio engineer Alan Parsons, which will be released in various formats and configurations on April 26.

Gramm appears on a soaring, orchestrated ballad titled "Sometimes," while other guest artists on the album include ex-Genesis guitarist Steve HackettEric Clapton touring bassist Nathan East, and pop singer/songwriter Jason Mraz.

The Secret marks Parsons' first studio album since the electronica-influenced 2004 record, A Valid Path. The new collection was inspired by Alan's passion for performing magic, a longtime hobby of his.

Parsons is probably best known for "Eye in the Sky," a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982 for his old group the Alan Parsons Project. He's also lauded for his work as an engineer on such classic albums as The BeatlesAbbey RoadPink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and Al Stewart's Year of the Cat.

The Secret, which you can pre-order now, will be available on CD, on black and colored vinyl, as a CD/DVD set and as a "Super Luxury" box set. The box set includes the CD/DVD set, the vinyl LP, a digital version of Parsons' 2013 two-disc concert album LiveSpan, a t-shirt, a poster, and a numbered lithograph.

Here's the track list of The Secret:

"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (Instrumental)
"As Lights Fall"
"One Note Symphony"
"Soirée Fantastique"
"Fly to Me"
"Beyond the Years of Glory"
"The Limelight Fades Away"
"I Can't Get There from Here"

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Don't stop in the name of love: Diana Ross extends her "Diamond Diana" run of shows in Las Vegas

Due to overwhelming demand, Diana Ross' 75th birthday celebration show, Diamond Diana, has been extended. The iconic star's Las Vegas residency will return to the Wynn resort's Encore Theater in June for six additional performances. 

The new performances run from June 5 through the 15 and will feature Ross donning new costumes as she sings her many solo and Supremes classics.  The original run of shows ended February 23. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com, WynnLasVegas.com, and via phone by calling 702-770-9966.

As previously reported, Ross will officially celebrate her 75th birthday on March 26 with the recently announced screening of the film event Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy at select theaters.

The movie features footage from the historic concert film Diana Ross: Live in Central Park, enhanced with new tribute messages from Diana's children.

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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Official just-released Bruce Springsteen bootleg documents solo Jersey show from 2005

Bruce Springsteen's concert vault still has some gems in it, and a new one has just hit the market...recorded in the Boss' home state.

The Live Bruce Springsteen website has just released Trenton '05, documenting the November 22, 2005 closing show of Bruce's solo tour in support of his album Devils & Dust.

The collection features a whopping 26 songs, including classics like "Born In The U.S.A." and "Fire," and rarities like "Zero and Blind Terry," "Thundercrack" and "Songs For Orphans," the latter of which is being released for the first time.

And since Trenton '05 is a solo performance, even the classics on the collection are collectible. You can buy it directly from Bruce at live.brucespringsteen.net.

Here's the Trenton '05 track listing:

"Born in the U.S.A."
"My Beautiful Reward"
"Devils & Dust"
"Empty Sky"
"Long Time Comin'"
"Zero And Blind Terry"
"It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City"
"All The Way Home"
"Mansion on the Hill"
"All That Heaven Will Allow"
"Drive All Night"
"The Rising"
"Further On (Up the Road)"
"Jesus Was An Only Son"
"Song For Orphans"
"Matamoros Banks"
"Growin' Up"
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
"The Promised Land"
"Dream Baby Dream"

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Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band add fourth Detroit-area concert to farewell tour

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's have scheduled a fourth concertat the DTE Energy Music Theater outside of Detroit to their Roll Me Away farewell tour. The new show will take place on June 15, was added after previously announced concerts at the venue on June 6, 8 and 12 sold out.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting this Tuesday, March 5, at 10 a.m. local time.

The June 15 concert will be Seger's 32nd show at the theater, which originally was called the Pine Knob Music Theatre.

The Roll Me Away trek kicked off this past November. The 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his group's next show takes place Saturday, March 2, in Las Vegas.

Here are all of Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's forthcoming tour dates:

3/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden*
3/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum+
3/7 -- Austin, TX, Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center
3/9 -- Frisco, TX, Ford Center at The Star
3/12 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
3/15 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
3/17 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
4/30 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena
5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/4 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
5/10 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
5/12 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place
5/16 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
5/18 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
5/23 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music at Walnut Creek
5/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
5/30 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach Theater
6/1 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/6 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
6/8 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
6/12 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
6/15 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater

* = The Record Company opens
+ = with Sunny Sweeney opens.

Tom Petty's bandmate found pain and solace in building new "The Best of Everything" compilation

If listening to the new Tom Petty collection, The Best of Everything, makes you miss the late rocker terribly, well, his surviving bandmates feel your pain...and then some.

In an interview with Billboard, longtime Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench admits, "It's hard. And it's still hard...and it's probably getting harder, in a way, as time passes by because it just becomes more of a reality."

Tench says assembling material for The Best of Everything became "part of, I guess, the cliché of the grieving process," but it enabled him to relive some great moments with his late friend, who passed away 17 months ago tomorrow, at the age of 66.

Tom Petty fans hoping the Heartbreakers will reunite for live shows, though, will be disappointed to hear that it's highly unlikely. Tench says, "It would be very hard, emotionally, for me to be in a room with everybody without him being in the center of the room."

He adds, "The other component is...[Tom] was a guy in the band, but he was the focal point of the band...you can't take that out and have it still be the band...it's too hard for me to even contemplate anything other than the band as we were, with him there."

The Best of Everything is in stores and digital outlets today. As for the future, Tench says there's "a bunch of really great stuff" still in the vaults.

Here's the track listing for The Best of Everything:

Disc 1
"Free Fallin'" -- Petty solo
"Mary Jane's Last Dance"
"You Wreck Me"
"I Won't Back Down" -- Petty solo
"Saving Grace" -- Petty solo
"You Don't Know How It Feels" -- Petty solo
"Don't Do Me Like That"
"Listen to Her Heart"
"Walls (Circus)"
"The Waiting"
"Don't Come Around Here No More"
"Southern Accents"
"Angel Dream (No. 2)"
"I Should Have Known It"
"American Girl"
"The Best of Everything" (Alternate Version)*

Disc 2
"Wildflowers" -- Petty solo
"Learning to Fly"
"Here Comes My Girl"
"The Last DJ"
"I Need to Know"
"Scare Easy" -- Mudcrutch
"You Got Lucky"
"Runnin' Down a Dream" -- Petty solo
"American Dream Plan B"
"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (featuring Stevie Nicks)
"Trailer" -- Mudcrutch
"Into the Great Wide Open"
"Room at the Top"
"Square One" -- Petty solo
"Jammin' Me"
"Even the Losers"
"Hungry No More" -- Mudcrutch
"I Forgive It All" -- Mudcrutch
"For Real"*

* = previously unreleased.

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Long Live Rog!: The Who's Roger Daltrey celebrates 75th birthday today

The Who's Roger Daltrey may still be singing "I hope I die before I get old," but thankfully, it's way too late for that: He turns 75 today.

In 1959, Daltrey founded a band called The Detours, and in 1964, the group was rechristened The Who.  While guitarist Pete Townshend quickly emerged as The Who's main songwriter and creative mastermind, Daltrey, with his powerful voice, blond locks and onstage swagger, became the perfect delivery system for Pete's quirky yet dynamic tunes.

After belting out such early classics as "My Generation," "I Can't Explain" and "I Can See for Miles," Daltrey went on to embody the lead character Townshend created for The Who's landmark 1969 rock opera Tommy.

Among the many memorable Who tunes sung by Roger: "Baba O'Riley," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Behind Blues Eyes," "Love Reign O'er Me," "Who Are You" and "You Better You Bet."

Daltrey also launched a solo career that's included notable songs like "Free Me," "Without Your Love" and "After the Fire." His most recent solo effort, As Long as I Have You, was released in June of 2018.

Roger has made his mark on Hollywood as well: He starred in the movie adaption of Tommy, as well as films like Lisztomania and McVicar.

Daltrey's also known for his charitable work, best exemplified by his patronage of the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust and its U.S. counterpart, Teen Cancer America.  The charities help fund teen-friendly recreational centers at various medical treatment facilities.

The Who is currently working on what would be its first studio album since 2006's Endless Wire. In May, the group embarks on its Moving On! tour, which will feature the band performing with an orchestra at each stop.

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Stevie Nicks keeps her shawls in a vault...and other confessions

In a new Rolling Stone interview marking her upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, Stevie Nicks insists that she'll be rocking for at least another decade.

Nicks, 70, will be the first woman ever inducted twice into the Rock Hall.  She tells Rolling Stone, "As long as I take care of myself, I am still going to be doing this when I'm 80."

She adds, "There's so many things I want to do," including "another record," "a [TV] mini-series," and a return appearance on American Horror Story.

"I tell myself, 'Do it now, because you're spry, you're in good shape, you can still do the splits, you can still dance onstage and wear a short skirt and high six-inch heels,'" the singer declares.

Stevie also discusses the "pact" she and Fleetwood Mac band mate Christine McVie made when Nicks joined the band.

"We just made that promise to each other that we would do everything we could do for women, that we would fight for everything that we wanted and get it," Stevie explains. "That our songs and our music would be equally as good as all the men surrounding us. And it was."

Nicks also tells Rolling Stone that she "adopted" pop star Harry Styles, whom she considers "the son I never had" -- and reveals where she keeps her signature shawls.

"I have my shawl vault -- they're all in temperature-controlled storage," she says. "I have these huge red cases Fleetwood Mac bought...my clothes are saved in these cases."

Stevie also notes, "I'm trying to give my shawls away, but there's thousands of them. If I ever write my life story, maybe that should be the name of my book: There's Enough Shawls to Go Around."

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2019 Record Store Day releases list includes vinyl from John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Queen & Billy Joel

The 2019 installment of Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 13, and the complete list of exclusive releases that will be available at independent record shops has now been revealed.

Among the many artists issuing limited-edition vinyl discs on the big day are John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Billy Joel and Elton John.

Lennon's Record Store Day release, Imagine (Raw Studio Mixes), features stripped-down early versions of the songs from his classic 1971 album Imagine culled from the deluxe Imagine box set released last year.

The Rolling Stones have three offerings: a single featuring a performance of "She's a Rainbow" from an October 2017 concert in Paris; a reissue of the U.K. version of the band's 1966 compilation Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), pressed on green vinyl; and a 50th anniversary edition of the U.K. version of the group's Through the Past Darkly hits LP.

Queen will release a picture disc of the 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack, while guitarist Brian May is issuing a 12-inch disc featuring two versions of his recent solo tune, "New Horizons."

Joel's offering is the first-ever vinyl release of his Live at Carnegie Hall 1977 concert album.

Elton is issuing Live from Moscow, a two-LP set featuring recordings from a May 1979 concert in the Russian capital that originally was broadcast on the U.K.'s BBC radio.

A mono version of the two-LP Woodstock soundtrack, marking the festival's 50th anniversary, also will be available.

Other artists releasing limited-edition vinyl for RSD this year include Badfinger, Eric Clapton, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Al Green, Madonna, Van Morrison, Elvis Presley, Prince, Procol Harum, Otis Redding, Sly & the Family Stone, The Troggs and U2.

Check out the full list at RecordStoreDay.com.

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Pete Townshend reveals that Roger Daltrey has started working on vocals for new Who album

The Who's Pete Townshend has offered up another update about how things are progressing as the band continues work on its upcoming studio album. In the latest blog, posted on TheWho.com, Townshend reports that singer Roger Daltrey "has started working on vocals in a studio near his home."

Assisting Daltrey is longtime Who sound engineer Bob Pridden. Pete says he's hoping to get Roger to post video footage from the studio sessions, "or at least a 'hello' for you all."

Townshend also reveals that The Who will be heading back in the studio next week -- at a different facility than the one he, drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino used for the initial sessions earlier this month. Pete says producer Dave Sardy will be returning to London this Monday from Los Angeles, where he's been working on a project with ex-Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. Roger did not take part in the previous sessions.

In previous posts, Pete posted video of himself, Starkey and Palladino laying down tracks at British Grove Studios in London, with Sardy overseeing the sessions.

After the last day of those sessions, Townshend reported, "We managed to complete drums and bass overdubs on seven songs in as many days."

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In new documentary, Roger Daltrey visits Ohio high school attended by victims of 1979 Who concert tragedy

The Who's Roger Daltrey appears in a short documentary about a dark moment in the history of the band.

Before a December 1979 Who show at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, 11 young people were killed when a crowd of fans tried to push their way through the venue's entry doors.

The video, which is posted on The Who's official YouTube channel, features footage of Daltrey paying a visit last July to a high school in the Cincinnati suburb of Finneytown, Ohio, which was attended by three victims of the tragedy: Stephan Preston, 19, and Jackie Eckerle and Karen Morrison, both 15.

Roger is shown meeting students, teachers and alumni and checking out the school's memorials to Preston, Eckerle and Morrison. The singer also is seen signing a guitar and copies of his 2018 new solo album, As Long as I Have You.

Daltrey also is shown talking with a man who was at the 1979 Who show in Cincinnati. Roger talks about the guilt he carries with him regarding the incident, and also praises the band's longtime manager Bill Curbishleyfor convincing the police and fire department to allow the show to go on after the tragedy. Roger believes more injuries would have occurred if the band had canceled.

The man chatting with Daltrey tells the singer that his visit to the high school was "healing" and "cathartic" for the local community. Roger responds by saying he hopes to come back to the school with band mate Pete Townshend.

In 2010, the P.E.M. Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded in memory of the three students who were killed. It provides scholarships annually to three graduating Finneytown seniors who plan to study the arts in college.

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Report: New Woodstock documentary to feature unseen footage of Neil Young, Janis Joplin

Bill Gerber, one of the producers of the Academy Award-nominated 2018 remake of A Star Is Born, is working on a new film focusing on 1969's Woodstock festival that reportedly will be included with a 50th anniversary reissue of the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary about the historic music event.

Deadline reports that, according to Gerber, the forthcoming companion flick will feature "material no one has ever seen," including footage of Neil Young playing with David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash and of Janis Joplin both on and off the stage.

Of particular interest would be the scenes with Young, who performed with Crosby, Stills and Nash at the festival but did not appear at all in the 1970 Woodstock movie. Neil has said in interviews that he was annoyed by the filming and told the cameramen to stay away from him when he was playing.

Gerber tells Deadline that the new movie also will focus on the story behind two of the festival's organizers, John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, whose goal in putting on the event was to raise money to build of recording studio.

In addition, the producer says the film will feature new interviews, as well as interesting unheard stories about Woodstock, including how then-New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller had intended to call in the National Guard to shut down the festival but was talked out of it by Roberts and Rosenman, whose family was the finance and banking business.

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place from August 15 to 18, 1969, in Bethel, New York.

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Remastered vinyl versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival's first two albums due in March

This past November, Creedence Clearwater Revival marked the 50th anniversary of its self-titled debut by releasing a vinyl box set called The Complete Studio Albums, featuring half-speed remastered versions of all seven of its studio LPs.  Now you'll be able buy some of them as standalones.

Vinyl editions of the influential roots-rock group's first two albums, 1968's Creedence Clearwater Revival and 1969's Bayou Country, are scheduled to hit stores on March 15.

Both LPs will be pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl and will feature audio remastered at half-speed at London's famed Abbey Road Studios, which results in higher-quality audio. The discs come housed in jackets replicating the albums' original packaging.

The albums were mastered by award-winning Abbey Road Studios engineer Miles Showell, who explains, "Up until now a lot of processing has been done on these recordings, so my approach was to strip them right back and just expose them for what they are -- because what they are is great music."

The Creedence Clearwater Revival album featured the band's classic covers of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" and Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q," the latter of which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the group's self-titled debut only reached #52 on the Billboard 200 chart, it went on to sell a million copies in the U.S.

Bayou Country was CCR's breakout album, peaking at #7 on the Billboard 200, and featuring the band's classic tune "Proud Mary," which reached #2 on the Hot 100. The record also included "Born on the Bayou," "Keep on Chooglin'" and a rousing cover of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly."

The Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bayou Country LPs are available for pre-order now.

Here's the Creedence Clearwater Revival track list:

Side A
"I Put a Spell on You"
"The Working Man"
"Suzie Q"

Side B
"Ninety Nine (And a Half Won't Do)"
"Get Down Woman"
"Walk on the Water"

And here's the Bayou Country track list:

Side A
"Born on the Bayou"
"Graveyard Train"

Side B
"Good Golly Miss Molly"
"Penthouse Pauper"
"Proud Mary"
"Keep on Chooglin'"

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Aerosmith bringing "Deuces Are Wild" residency to the East Coast in August

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Credit: Zack WhitfordAerosmith will be spending lots of time in Las Vegas this year playing its Deuces Are Wild residency at the  Park MGM resort, but now comes word that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers also will be taking their show to the East Coast this summer for three limited engagements.

The Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild -- East Coast Run will visit the MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, Maryland, on August 8, 10 and 13; the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 16 and 18; and the MGM Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts, on August 21, 24, 26 and 29.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET. Paid members of Aerosmith's Aero Force One club can purchase pre-sale tickets now. For details on other pre-sale offers, visit Aerosmith.com.

The band's Deuces Are Wild show is a multimedia extravaganza that includes previously unseen visuals and audio. The East Coast performances are being adapted specially for each of the three venues.

Beatles producer Giles Martin, who helped create the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's Fab Four-themed Vegas production The Beatles LOVE, has joined the creative team for Aerosmith's show.

Pixomondo, the visual and special-effects studio that provides the impressive effects on HBO's Game of Thrones, also contributes to the production.

The Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency begins April 6 and features a total of 34 shows at the Park MGM resort's Park Theater through a December 4 performance.

Check out the full list of residency dates at Aerosmith.com and MGMResorts.com.

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This past November, Creedence Clearwater Revival marked the 50th anniversary of its self-titled debut by releasing a vinyl box set called The Complete Studio Albums, featuring half-speed remastered versions of all seven of its studio LPs.  Now you'll be able buy some of them as standalones.

Vinyl editions of the influential roots-rock group's first two albums, 1968's Creedence Clearwater Revival and 1969's Bayou Country, are scheduled to hit stores on March 15.

Both LPs will be pressed on high-quality 180-gram vinyl and will feature audio remastered at half-speed at London's famed Abbey Road Studios, which results in higher-quality audio. The discs come housed in jackets replicating the albums' original packaging.

The albums were mastered by award-winning Abbey Road Studios engineer Miles Showell, who explains, "Up until now a lot of processing has been done on these recordings, so my approach was to strip them right back and just expose them for what they are -- because what they are is great music."

The Creedence Clearwater Revival album featured the band's classic covers of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" and Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q," the latter of which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although the group's self-titled debut only reached #52 on the Billboard 200 chart, it went on to sell a million copies in the U.S.

Bayou Country was CCR's breakout album, peaking at #7 on the Billboard 200, and featuring the band's classic tune "Proud Mary," which reached #2 on the Hot 100. The record also included "Born on the Bayou," "Keep on Chooglin'" and a rousing cover of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly."

The Creedence Clearwater Revival and Bayou Country LPs are available for pre-order now.

Here's the Creedence Clearwater Revival track list:

Side A
"I Put a Spell on You"
"The Working Man"
"Suzie Q"

Side B
"Ninety Nine (And a Half Won't Do)"
"Get Down Woman"
"Walk on the Water"

And here's the Bayou Country track list:

Side A
"Born on the Bayou"
"Graveyard Train"

Side B
"Good Golly Miss Molly"
"Penthouse Pauper"
"Proud Mary"
"Keep on Chooglin'"

Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aerosmith bringing "Deuces Are Wild" residency to the East Coast in August

Aerosmith will be spending lots of time in Las Vegas this year playing its Deuces Are Wild residency at the  Park MGM resort, but now comes word that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers also will be taking their show to the East Coast this summer for three limited engagements.

The Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild -- East Coast Run will visit the MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, Maryland, on August 8, 10 and 13; the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on August 16 and 18; and the MGM Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts, on August 21, 24, 26 and 29.

Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. ET. Paid members of Aerosmith's Aero Force One club can purchase pre-sale tickets now. For details on other pre-sale offers, visit Aerosmith.com.

The band's Deuces Are Wild show is a multimedia extravaganza that includes previously unseen visuals and audio. The East Coast performances are being adapted specially for each of the three venues.

Beatles producer Giles Martin, who helped create the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's Fab Four-themed Vegas production The Beatles LOVE, has joined the creative team for Aerosmith's show.

Pixomondo, the visual and special-effects studio that provides the impressive effects on HBO's Game of Thrones, also contributes to the production.

The Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency begins April 6 and features a total of 34 shows at the Park MGM resort's Park Theater through a December 4 performance.

Check out the full list of residency dates at Aerosmith.com and MGMResorts.com.

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