Q1370 News Archives for 2019-03

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"
"Starrider"
"Double Vision"
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Fool for You Anyway"
"At War with the World"
"Headknocker"

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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"
"Angie"
"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 
"Bitch"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Hate to See You Go"
"Rough Justice"
"Happy"
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"One More Shot"
"Respectable"
"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"
"Angie"
"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"
"Happy"
"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"
"Desperado"
"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)
"Miracle"
"As Lights Fall"
"One Note Symphony"
"Sometimes"
"Soirée Fantastique"
"Fly to Me"
"Requiem"
"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:

"Rumble"
"Born in the U.S.A."
"My Beautiful Reward"
"Devils & Dust"
"Empty Sky"
"Long Time Comin'"
"Zero And Blind Terry"
"Backstreets"
"It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City"
"Fire"
"All The Way Home"
"Mansion on the Hill"
"Reno"
"All That Heaven Will Allow"
"Drive All Night"
"The Rising"
"Further On (Up the Road)"
"Jesus Was An Only Son"
"Leah"
"Song For Orphans"
"Matamoros Banks"
"Growin' Up"
"Thundercrack"
"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"
"Breakdown"
"Walls (Circus)"
"The Waiting"
"Don't Come Around Here No More"
"Southern Accents"
"Angel Dream (No. 2)"
"Dreamville"
"I Should Have Known It"
"Refugee"
"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"
"Porterville"
"Gloomy"
"Walk on the Water"

And here's the Bayou Country track list:

Side A
"Born on the Bayou"
"Bootleg"
"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"
"Porterville"
"Gloomy"
"Walk on the Water"

And here's the Bayou Country track list:

Side A
"Born on the Bayou"
"Bootleg"
"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

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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