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Recent doc about the making of John Lennon's "Imagine" album coming to DVD, Blu-ray in September

John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, a documentary about the making of John Lennon's classic 1971 album, Imagine, had its U.S. television premiere in March on A&E.  Now, it'll be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video on September 13.

The film explores the fruitful creative relationship between Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, as John worked on Imagine and its classic title track at his Tittenhurst Park estate in Ascot, U.K. The documentary uses previously unseen footage from the couple's archives, plus new interviews with Ono, Lennon's son Julian, various musicians who worked on the album and others who were close to the couple at that time.

Among the movie's many highlights are rare scenes of Lennon recording various songs from the album with such collaborators as George Harrison, bassist Klaus Voormann, pianist Nicky Hopkins, future Yes drummer Alan White and producer Phil Spector. During the flick, we also hear John recording the first demo for "Imagine."

"Rock/pop songs appeal. They talk to people. And there's nothing like that," Yoko notes. "Imagine was a result of that. Both of us knew that we were talking in a way that people understand."

"The fact that 'Imagine' as a song was written and put out in the world was magical," she adds. "And I hope you will smell the magic of it. I feel in the big picture, the fact that John and I met -- was to do this song."

John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky was directed by Michael Epstein, whose credits also include the 2010 LennoNYC documentary, about Lennon's fight against the U.S. government's attempts to deport him while he was living in New York City during the 1970s.

You can pre-order the video now at Eagle-Rock.com.

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The Kinks releasing 50th anniversary reissue of "Arthur" in October; listen to previously unheard tune

The Kinks have unveiled full details about the 50th anniversary reissue of their 1969 concept album, Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), which will be released October 25 in multiple formats and configurations.

A deluxe-edition box set of the reissue will feature four CDs, including remastered stereo and mono versions of the original album, alternate mono and stereo mixes, B-sides, rehearsal tracks, BBC mixes and single edits.  Also included: the so-called "lost" solo album that guitarist Dave Davies recorded around the time of Arthur's release, with bonus tracks.

In addition, the box features a Ray Davies-compiled medley of unreleased demos, two new songs that Ray recorded with The Doo Wop Choir, three other previously unreleased tracks, and new remixes Ray created of the songs "Australia" and "Shangri-La."

You can check out a new song called "The Future" by Ray and The Doo Wop Choir at The Kinks' official YouTube channel, and the track also is available as a digital single.

The Arthur box set comes packaged with a 68-page softcover book containing essays by Kinks experts, photos, the script for a canceled play written in conjunction with the album, new interviews with original Kinks members Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory, and more. The collection also includes four vinyl seven-inch singles in replica vintage sleeves, and a metal and enamel Kinks logo pin.

Released on October 10, 1969, Arthur was partly inspired by Ray's sister Rose and her husband moving to Australia in 1964. The critically acclaimed album wasn't commercially successful, although it did include one minor hit: the enduring song "Victoria."

The 50th anniversary Arthur reissue also will be available as a two-CD set, a two-LP vinyl collection and digitally.

Here's the full track list of the deluxe Arthur box set:

Disc One: Original Stereo Album, 2019 Remaster

"Victoria" (Stereo)
"Yes Sir, No Sir" (Stereo)
"Some Mother's Son" (Stereo)
"Drivin'" (Stereo)
"Brainwashed" (Stereo)
"Australia" (Stereo)
"Shangri-La" (Stereo)
"Mr. Churchill Says" (Stereo)
"She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" (Stereo)
"Young and Innocent Days" (Stereo)
"Nothing to Say" (Stereo)
"Arthur" (Stereo)

Bonus Tracks
"Plastic Man" (Stereo)
"Victoria" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Yes Sir, No Sir" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Drivin'" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Brainwashed" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Australia" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Shangri-La" (Alternate Stereo Mix)

Disc Two: Original Mono Album, 2019 Remaster

"Victoria" (Mono)
"Yes Sir, No Sir" (Mono)
"Some Mother's Son" (Mono)
"Drivin'" (Mono)
"Brainwashed" (Mono)
"Australia" (Mono)
"Shangri-La" (Mono)
"Mr. Churchill Says" (Mono)
"She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" (Mono)
"Young and Innocent Days" (Mono)
"Nothing to Say" (Mono)
"Arthur" (Mono)

Bonus Tracks
"Plastic Man" (Mono)
"King Kong" (Mono)
"Victoria" (Alternate Mono Mix)
"Australia" (Alternate Mono Acetate Mix)
"Shangri-La" (Alternate Mono Mix)
"She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" (Alternate Mono Mix)
"Australia" (Australian Mono Single Mix/Edit)

Disc Three: The Great Lost Dave Davies Album Plus

"This Man He Weeps Tonight" (Stereo)
"Mindless Child of Motherhood" (Stereo)
"Hold My Hand" (Stereo)
"Do You Wish to Be a Man?" (Stereo)
"Are You Ready?" (Stereo)
"Creeping Jean" (Stereo)
"I'm Crying" (Stereo)
"Lincoln County" (Stereo)
"Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter" (Stereo)
"Mr. Reporter" (Stereo)
"Groovy Movies" (Stereo)
"There Is No Life Without Love" (Stereo)

Bonus Tracks
"Lincoln County" (Mono Single Mix/Edit)
"There Is No Life Without Love" (Mono)
"Hold My Hand" (Mono)
"Creeping Jean" (Mono Single Mix/Edit)
"Mindless Child of Motherhood" (Mono)
"This Man He Weeps Tonight" (Mono)
"Mr. Shoemaker's Daughter" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Mr. Reporter" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Groovy Movies" (Alternate Stereo Mix)
"Lincoln County" (Acoustic Mix)
"Hold My Hand" (Alternate Take)

Disc Four: Demos, Rehearsals, BBC & Remixes

Part 1
"Arthur's Journey" (Introduction) 
"Australia" (2019 Mix)
Home Demos Medley, 1969: "Arthur"/"Victoria"/"Some Mother's Son"/"Drivin'"/"Brainwashed"/"Mr. Churchill Says" (TV Premix)

Part 2
"Shangri-La" (2019 Mix) 
"My Big Sister" (Theatrical Version) 
"Stevenage" (Theatrical Version) 
"Space" (Theatrical Version) (Full Version) 
"The Future" (Doo-Wop Version) 
"Arthur" (Doo-Wop Version)

Part 3
"The Virgin Soldiers March"
"Soldiers Coming Home" (Instrumental) 
"King Kong" (BBC Mix)
"Victoria" (Ray Davies & Band with the DR Symphony & Vocal Ensemble)" (Stereo)
"Arthur" (BBC Mix)

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America's Gerry Beckley debuts new song, "Home Again," from his forthcoming solo album

America singer/guitarist Gerry Beckley has released a second single from his forthcoming solo album, Five Mile Road, due out September 20. The tune, "Home Again," is a roots-rock-flavored track that begins with a sparse, acoustic arrangement and becomes fuller and more upbeat as it moves along.

"Home Again" is available now as a digital single, and fans pre-ordering Five Mile Road will receive a free digital download of that song and of the previously released track, "Life Lessons."

Among the guest artists featured on the record are actor/musician Bill Mumy, ex-Chicago singer/bassist Jason Scheff and founding Poco singer/pedal-steel player Rusty Young. Gerry wrote all of Five Mile Road's 12 tracks except "Life Lessons," which he co-wrote with Mumy.

"Sometimes I find myself looking back more than I look forward," Beckley says with regard to the new album, "but I'm 66 years old and at a beautiful place in my life with my wife, kids and career. The challenge is how to convey your head and heart, to make music that isn't preachy or clichéd reminiscence."

Special Five Mile Road bundles are available now for pre-order, including one that packages the album with an autographed, limited-edition photobook full of images taken by Beckley, paired with a description he's written for each track on the record.

Meanwhile, Beckley continues to tour with America, whose next show is scheduled for this Friday, August 2, in Norfolk, Virginia. Check out all of the band's dates at VenturaHighway.com.

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From "Sugar Mountain" to Rocky Mountains: Neil Young reveals title of new Crazy Horse album: 'Colorado'

Neil Young has revealed the name of his upcoming studio album with his old backing group Crazy Horse.  The title? Colorado, so named after where the project was recorded.

In a July 25 post on his Neil Young Archives website, the folk-rock legend reported that he celebrated the "turning in" of the album that day with his longtime studio engineer, John Hanlon, the Reprise label crew, and Frank Gironda, a member of his management team.

Young also revealed that the album is dedicated to his longtime manager Elliot Roberts, who died in June at age 76.

"Elliot loved this record," wrote Neil.  "He said 'It's the songs.'"

Also in the message, Young noted, "Since the first Crazy Horse album, [1969's] Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, so many things have happened! Life is a gift and I am so happy to be opening it again…to share with everyone. We are very excited."

As Young reported in late April, Neil and the current incarnation of Crazy Horse -- bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren -- finished recording what he described as "one of the most diverse albums I have ever made." He said at that time that he expected release the album in the early fall, and also planned to tour with Crazy Horse in support of it.

Young currently has two confirmed upcoming performances on his schedule: September 14 at the inaugural Harvest Moon: A Gathering benefit show in Lake Hughes, California, and on September 21 at the 2019 Farm Aid festival in East Troy, Wisconsin.

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Woodstock 50 now scheduled to take place at Maryland amphitheater

Against what seemed like insurmountable odds, the organizers for the Woodstock 50 festival have announced that the event will go on -- although it'll now take place hundreds of miles away from the originally planned site in upstate New York.

According to documents obtained by Bloomberg, the three-day concert extravaganza now will be held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

The website reports that the 50th anniversary festival is still scheduled to happen on its originally announced dates, August 16, 17 and 18, although it's not clear which artists will be performing.

The music acts announced to play Woodstock 50 include SantanaJohn FogertyDavid CrosbyDead & CompanyRobert PlantMiley CyrusJay-ZThe Killers and Imagine Dragons.

The festival would displace a previously announced concert headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins at Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 17. The venue's capacity is 32,000, much smaller than that of the originally announced site, Watkins Glen International speedway in Watkins Glen, New York.

According to Bloomberg, the festival is being rechristened "Woodstock 50 Washington" since it's taking place near the nation's capital.  It's also now being touted as a fundraiser for organizations focused on climate change and encouraging voter registration. The organizers are also hoping to raise money by offering a live-stream of the festival.

The news of the new venue comes after Woodstock 50 organizers last week lost an appeal to hold the event at Vernon Downs racetrack in Vernon, NY. The organizers had sought to move the fest to Vernon after their license to stage the event in Watkins Glen was terminated in June.

Various issues have plagued Woodstock 50 since plans for the festival were unveiled in March, including the original financial backer pulling out of the event. Tickets have yet to go on sale.

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Watch now: Prince's estate gift fans with animated "Holly Rock" video

The Prince Estate and Warner Records have unveiled a colorful new animated video for "Holly Rock," a cut lifted from Prince's latest posthumous album, Originals

Initially written for longtime collaborator Sheila E., the track is the second single from Originals, which features the Purple One's original versions of songs that were recorded by other acts. 

“Holly Rock” was recorded during the tail end of 1985 at Sunset Sound studios in Los Angeles, during the same week that Prince also recorded “Kiss” for his critically-acclaimed Parade album.

Sheila E's version of the song appeared on the soundtrack for the 1985 film Krush Groove. But this is the first time that “Holly Rock” has appeared on a Prince-affiliated album, and has been made available digitally.

Last month, Originals was released exclusively on TIDAL on what would have been Prince's 61st birthday, and then made available to the general public a few weeks later. 

The 15-track project features Prince's original renditions of future hits like Sheila E's “The Glamorous Life”, The Bangles' “Manic Monday”, The Time’s “Jungle Love” and “Nothing Compares 2 U,” originally recorded by The Family, and then by Sinead O'Connor.

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Northern Star: New Bruce Springsteen film, "Western Stars," to premiere at Toronto Film Festival in September

A new Bruce Springsteen concert film titled Western Stars, featuring the New Jersey rock legend performing the songs from his new album of the same name, will get its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in September.

The movie was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, whose Bruce-related credits include the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special.

The Western Stars flick also features footage of the Boss reflecting on life, rock music and the American dream.

This year's Toronto Film Festival runs from September 5 to September 15. Although an exact premiere date for Western Stars hasn't been confirmed, the movie is listed as a "Closing Night Film," so it apparently will be shown on the 15th.

As previously reported, Springsteen also will appear in the new rock doc Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, which will also get its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The screening will take place at a gala celebrating the opening of the festival, on September 5 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

Springsteen has not announced any plans to tour in support of the Western Stars album. However, Bruce revealed at a Netflix-sponsored event in Hollywood in May that after years of struggling to come up with material that he felt would suit his E Street Band, he'd recently written about an album's worth of new songs that he planned to record with them.

"[I]t just came out of almost nowhere. And it was good, you know," he declared at the event. "It makes you so happy. You go…'I'm not f***ed, all right? There'll be another tour!'"

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Black Sabbath vinyl box set featuring band's classic 1970s albums, new mono compilation due in September

A new nine-LP vinyl box set collecting Black Sabbath's first eight studio albums -- all of which feature the group's classic Ozzy Osbourne-fronted lineup -- will be released on September 6.  A bonus disc of mono recordings is also part of the set.

Black Sabbath: The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978 includes 180-gram vinyl versions of 1970's Black Sabbath and Paranoid, 1971's Master of Reality, 1972's Vol. 4, 1973's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, 1975's Sabotage, 1976's Technical Ecstasy and 1978's Never Say Die, as well as the new compilation Monomania.

Monomania features mono versions of several well-known Black Sabbath songs, including edited versions of "Iron Man," "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Into the Void," the latter of which is previously unreleased. The disc also includes a 1970 radio ad promoting the band's self-titled debut album.

The Vinyl Collection 1970-1978 also features a seven-inch vinyl single of two songs recorded for the Black Sabbath album: "Wicked World" and a cover of the Crow tune "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)."  The latter song wasn't included on the U.S. version of the album.

The box set comes packaged with reproductions of original Black Sabbath tour books from the 1970s. Only 3,000 copies of the limited-edition collection are being made available, each of which will be individually numbered.

Here's the full track list for the Monomania compilation:

Side One
"Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)"*
"Wicked World"
"The Wizard"
"Iron Man" (Edited Version)

Side Two
"Into the Void" (Edited Version)**
"Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath" (Edited Version)
"It's Alright"
Radio spot for Black Sabbath

* = previously unreleased in North America
** = previously unreleased.

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Art Neville, founding member of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, dead at age 81

Art "Poppa Funk" Neville, a founding member of the legendary New Orleans groups The Meters and The Neville Brothers, died Monday, July 22, at the age 81 after years of declining health, sources close to the singer/keyboardist's family tell The Times-Picayune.

Kent Sorrell, Neville's longtime manager, told the newspaper that Art passed away peacefully "at home with his adoring wife Lorraine by his side."

Neville recorded a variety of R&B singles in the 1950s and early '60s, and by the middle of the latter decade he'd formed a band called The Neville Sounds, which included bassist George Porter Jr., guitarist Leo Nocentelli and drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste.

The group began working as house band at producer Allen Toussaint's recording studio, and in 1968 they rechristened themselves The Meters.

The Meters recorded with such artists as Lee DorseyDr. John and Labelle, and also scored their own hits on the R&B charts in the late 1960s. In the early '70s, Art's young brother Cyril joined the band as a percussionist and singer. In 1975 and '76, The Meters toured as an opening act with The Rolling Stones.

In 1977, Art and Cyril left the group to form The Neville Brothers with their siblings Aaron and Charles. The band reached the height of its popularity with the 1989 album Yellow Moon, which sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.

In 1990, The Neville Brothers won a Best Pop Instrumental Performance Grammy for their song "Healing Chant." Art also won a Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy in 1997 for his contributions to a song titled "SRV Shuffle."

The Meters re-formed in the late 1980s, and after undergoing some lineup changes, renamed themselves The Funky Meters. Until last year, Art continued to play with that group and, occasionally, with the original Meters lineup.

The Meters were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award last year, but Art was unable to attend the ceremony.

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Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" video becomes oldest promo clip to amass 1 billion YouTube views

Mamma mia! Queen's classic 1975 rock anthem "Bohemian Rhapsody" has achieved yet another milestone. The epic tune's official video has become the first pre-1990s music video to pass 1 billion views on YouTube.


In celebration of the milestone, Queen has posted a newly remastered, high-def version of the video on its official YouTube channel, and fans will be able to access the song's lyrics in more than a dozen different languages.


In addition, Queen has launched a new campaign asking fans to create new videos that will be put together for "Bohemian Rhapsody" and two other memorable songs by the band: "A Kind of Magic" and "Don't Stop Me Now." The rock legends are asking dancers, singers, musicians and visual artists who'd like to contribute their talents to the clips to visit the website YouAretheChampions.com later this week to find out more about how they can submit their parts. The videos will premiere later this year on Queen's YouTube channel.


The original "Bohemian Rhapsody" video, which was inspired by the cover of Queen's 1974 album Queen II, first aired on the U.K. TV show Top of the Pops in November 1975. The song, which appeared on the 1975 album A Night at the Opera, became the band's first top single in the U.S., peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The song subsequently hit the Top 40 two other times over the years. It reached #2 in 1991, thanks to its appearance in the hit comedy flick Wayne's World, and hit #33 last year following the premiere of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

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"The Burnt Orange Heresy," new thriller featuring Mick Jagger, to premiere at Venice Film Festival in September

The Burnt Orange Heresy, a new art-heist thriller featuring Mick Jagger in a major role, will get its world premiere on September 7 at the Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

The movie, which will be screened at the Sala Grande theater of the Palazzo del Cinema, will close out the fest after the event's awards ceremony.

In the film, the Rolling Stones singer portrays a British art dealer and collector who's the patron of a famous and reclusive painter named Jerome Debney, played by Donald Sutherland.

The story follows Claes Bang as a charismatic art critic who, along with his new lover -- an American tourist, portrayed by Elizabeth Debicki -- travel to the art dealer's opulent estate on Italy's Lake Como. There, Jagger's character offers to introduce the critic to Debney, in exchange for the critic stealing one of the artist's masterpieces.

The Burnt Orange Heresy was directed by Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi, whose debut feature film The Double Hour debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2009. His other credits include the Epix series Berlin Stationand a variety of music videos.

The movie is based on a 1971 novel by Charles Willeford and was adapted for the screen by Scott B. Smith. Smith wrote the 1993 book A Simple Plan, and penned the Oscar-nominated screenplay for that book's 1998 movie adaptation.

Jagger has acted in numerous films during his long career, most recently appearing in a cameo in the 2008 heist flick The Bank Job. Mick, of course, currently is on tour in the U.S. with The Rolling Stones. The band's next show takes place this Tuesday, July 23, in Philadelphia.

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David Crosby says his new documentary, "Remember My Name," is an honest profile of "a flawed human being"

The new documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name opened Friday in Los Angeles and New York City, and will open wider starting this week. The film takes an unflinching look at 77-year-old rock legend David Crosby's life, including his battle with drug addiction, his fractured relationships with his old band mates, and his recent burst of creativity.

Crosby tells ABC Radio that he feels the movie stands out because of "the degree of honesty" with which it presents his story.

"The way you see me in this film, I am a flawed human being…trying to create art and trying to live like a decent human being," he says. "I think…if there's value in the film, it's that it's honest in its look. It doesn't polish it. It doesn't…pretend to be anything it's not. And that's not common currency these days."

David says the initial plan for the documentary was to focus on his creative surge since splitting with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash around 2015 -- he's released three solo albums since 2016 and is preparing a fourth. However, as he notes, director A.J. Eaton and the film's co-producer, Cameron Crowe, who conducted most of the interviews for the flick, pushed him to dig into many emotional and dark aspects of his life.

"We went way deeper than any of us thought we could go or would go," Crosby maintains.

Crowe tells ABC Radio that he wanted to make the movie because, "I wanted all generations to meet [David]."

He adds, "Pretty much every politically or…culturally important event [that's happened in the past 50 years], he's there and he's going to tell you about it in this film."

Visit SonyClassics.com/davidcrosby for more details and to purchase tickets to the film.

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Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett explains the magic of Dave Grohl: "People love that dude"

Foo Fighters have been one of the most -- if not the most -- consistently successful rock bands of the last 25 years. So what's the secret to their success? If you ask guitarist Chris Shiflett, you have to give up for one man: Mr. Dave Grohl.

"I don't know that it's any specific one thing, but I think you have to credit a lot of it to Dave and his personality," Shiflett tells Kerrang! "People love that dude. I think he represents something to a lot of people out there."

"He has that gift that means he can make 80,000 people feel like they're his best friend," the guitarist adds of Grohl. "He has that kind of magic, that X-factor thing. I don't know how you define that, or explain that."

Of course, it helps that the Foos put out albums pretty regularly, the most recent of which was 2017's Concrete and Gold.

"There's never been a point where we've taken 10 years off because we all f***ing hate each other and have broken up," Shiflett says. "Or we've all gone off and made reggae records, or whatever. We go out on the road and we play. There's never been a huge diversion from consistently doing the work."

You can see some of that Dave Grohl magic in a batch of newly released live videos from the Foos' 2008 show in London's Wembley Stadium, including performances of "Learn to Fly," "Long Road to Ruin," "Breakout" and "Stacked Actors."

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Freddie Mercury solo song "Time Waits for No One" & archival interview coming on vinyl picture disc, CD single

Last month, a previously unreleased, stripped-down version of Freddie Mercury's 1986 solo song "Time," re-titled "Time Waits for No One," was released as a digital single.  Now the track will be available on a seven-inch picture disc and a CD single that will hit stores on Friday, July 26.

Mercury recorded "Time" for a concept album based on the hit West End musical of the same name.  It was produced and co-created by Freddie's friend Dave Clark, the drummer and band leader of the popular 1960s U.K. group The Dave Clark Five. The original song, which included 96 audio tracks, was a top 40 hit for Mercury in the U.K.

Recalling how great the late Queen frontman sounded while recording "Time," Clark recently decided to create a new version using a single Mercury vocal track from the session and bringing in keyboardist Mike Moran, who played on the original song, to record a new piano part to accompany Freddie's voice.

To celebrate the release of the digital version of "Time Waits for No One," a new video premiered that was created using footage of Mercury shot in 1986 for a promo clip of "Time."

The "Time Waits for No One" vinyl picture disc and CD single, which both can be pre-ordered now, will also include audio of an archival interview with Mercury and Clark.

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In new video, Billy Joel reveals favorite song to play, most meaningful lyric, craziest thing that's happened to him onstage

Billy Joel currently graces the cover of Billboard magazine. Now, in a video for the publication, he reveals his most meaningful lyric, the song he has to play every time, the artist he'd most like to jam with and the craziest thing that's ever happened to him onstage -- and the answers may surprise you.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells Billboard that his favorite song to play in concert is "You May Be Right," but what he considers to be his most meaningful lyric tends to change.

"That's tough. I wrote the lyrics to all of my songs, so they all mean a lot to me, 'cause they were all a pain in the a** to write!" he jokes. "Depends on what day it is. Today I would probably say 'Summer, Highland Falls.' Tomorrow, it'll probably be something different.

"Summer, Highland Falls," from Joel's 1976 album Turnstiles, was never a single, but it's a huge fan favorite.

As for which song he'd can't leave the stage without playing, well, it's obvious.

"Duh!" notes Billy. "It's 'Piano Man!' We can't do a show without doing that song."

Joel, who's had legends like Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler join him in concert over the years, says the one artist he'd really like to bring onstage with him is no longer with us.

"I would probably bring Jimi Hendrix onstage and just sit back and shut the f*** up," he declares.

Asked what album he'd like to play live in concert, he chooses The Beatles' 1965 classic Rubber Soul, adding, "I dunno how much piano they have, but I'll figure something out."

Finally, asked to name the craziest thing that's happened to him onstage, Billy cracks, "People just keep coming to see me! Which is insane!"




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"Once Were Brothers," new documentary about Robbie Robertson and The Band, to open 2019 Toronto Film Festival

The recently announced documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will get its world premiere at a gala celebrating the opening of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival, September 5 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

The movie was inspired by Robbie Robertson's 2016 memoir, Testimony, and focuses on the Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist's life and his work with the influential roots-rock group The Band.

The film will feature rare archival footage and photos, as well as new interviews with Robertson and some of his famous friends and collaborators, like Bruce SpringsteenEric ClaptonVan MorrisonPeter GabrielRonnie Hawkins and director Martin Scorsese.

"This is one of Toronto's great stories of a hometown hero," says festival's artistic director and co-head, Cameron Bailey.

"From his early years in this city, to the inspiration he took from life on the Six Nations reserve, to the impact he's had on generations of music lovers, Robertson emerges in [director DanielRoher's film as a truly Canadian-made superstar."

Scorsese is one of the film's executive producers, as are Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the duo behind the 2017 Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years.

Once Were Brothers is the first-ever Canadian-made movie to open the Toronto International Film Festival. The event runs through September 15.

To purchase ticket packages for the festival, visit TIFF.net/festival.

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His Hometown: Exhibit of Bruce Springsteen artifacts opening this September in Freehold, New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, will host an exhibition later this year focusing on the rock legend and how his local surroundings influenced him and his music.

The "Springsteen: His Hometown" exhibit will open at the Monmouth County Historical Association on September 29, just six days after The Boss celebrates his 70th birthday. It runs through the fall of 2020.

According to the association's website, the exhibit "will provide a comprehensive look of how Monmouth County, NJ has been thematically woven into Bruce Springsteen's music and art throughout his career."

More than 150 artifacts will be displayed, culled from the collections of the Monmouth County Historical Association and The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, located in West Long Branch, NJ.

The Asbury Park Press reports that among the items featured in the exhibit will be a personal handmade scrapbook's from Springsteen's mother, Adele, and previously unseen alternate album covers.

In addition, oral histories are being contributed by ex-E Street Band drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez, "Born to Run" drummer Ernest "Boom" Carter and Bruce's one-time manager, Carl "Tinker" West.

Tickets for the exhibition are available at the association's official website, MonmouthHistory.org.

The evening before the exhibit opens, a VIP kickoff party, dubbed "Dancing in the Dark," will be held at the museum. The event will feature performances by Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers and ex-Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes guitarist Bobby Bandiera, while TV news anchor Brian Williams will serve as Honorary Chair. Tickets cost $250, with proceeds benefiting the Monmouth County Historical Association.

Meanwhile, according to the Asbury Park Press, a preview of "Springsteen: His Hometown" is on display at Monmouth University's Guggenheim Memorial Library. 

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Janet Jackson to reissue more of her classic albums on vinyl next week

Janet Jackson is taking full Control of her vinyl legacy.

Wednesday, it was announced that the recent Rock & Rock Hall of Fame inductee is set to reissue five more of her groundbreaking albums on vinyl.  Following the release on vinyl of 1986’s Control, next week sees the release of 1987’s Control: The Remixes, 1989’s Rhythm Nation 1814, 1993’s janet., 1997’s The Velvet Rope, and 2001’s All for You.

This in-depth catalog reissue is designed to reinforces Jackson's legacy "as a singular visionary creative artist" and "inherent instinct for fusing together a variety of musical styles," according to her record label.

With the exception of Control, which has already been released, all of the records are due to arrive on July 26 to coincide with the launch of the second set of dates of Jackson’s Metamorphosis Las Vegas residency.

Some will be available in different colors, or as picture discs. You can pre-order the global star's reissued vinyl catalog via Jackson's dedicated website

Janet's Metamorphosis returns to Las Vegas for 18 more performances, starting July 24-31, and continuing August 2-17, at the Park Theater at Park MGM.

In addition to her Vegas dates, last month, the singer made her debut at the U.K.'s prestigious Glastonbury Festival, and also appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. 

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The Kinks' Dave Davies says reunion project is still in the works, although it's "not a done deal"

Earlier this year, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies revealed to ABC Radio that he'd spent about a month working with his brother and longtime band mate Ray on material for a Kinks project that may include both archival and new songs. Now Dave has shared an update on the project's status, saying it's moving forward but it's "not a done deal."

"This has really been going on for a couple of years," the 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells Rolling Stone. "We keep going backwards and listening to a lot of old stuff. Some of that is very good, and some of it needs a bit of work."

Dave says the process has involved completing unfinished archival tracks and sometimes re-recording parts. He reports that some tracks feature original Kinks drummer Mick Avory, while others feature Bob Henrit, who replaced Avory in 1984 and remained with the band until its 1996 split.

"The songs are really just in demo form now," Dave reveals. "But good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material we might use. The intention is to get the work out, but it's not a done deal."

Dave also says he isn't sure who might handle bass duties if or when the tracks are formally recorded.

Meanwhile, Dave reports that an expanded 50th anniversary reissue of The Kinks' 1969 concept album Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) is "virtually done," and will be released in October.

As for whether he thinks a Kinks reunion tour is possible, Dave said with a laugh, "I really don’t know. I think it's possible. It's not out of the question. But at this stage, it's far too early to say. It would be fun though, wouldn't it?"

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"It's a Wonderful Life": Paul McCartney's writing his first musical

He's written a movie, a classical music oratorio and, of course, dozens of the world's most beloved pop songs.  Now, Paul McCartney's writing his first musical.

Unlike his other projects, however, the subject isn't original to Sir Paul.  He'll adapt the 1946 film classic It's a Wonderful Life, writing the music and lyrics, while Tony-winning playwright Lee Hall will co-write the lyrics and also write the book -- that's musical theatre speak for the show's non-musical dialogue.  Hall's best-known for writing the 2000 film Billy Elliotand later adapting it into an award-winning stage musical.  Most recently, he wrote the Elton John biopic Rocketman.

According to the announcement on McCartney's official website, producer Bill Kenwright approached Paul three years ago about the project.

"Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me but Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun," said McCartney.  "It’s a Wonderful Lifeis a universal story we can all relate to.”

If you've never seen the film, It's a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, played by the late Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart, who's about to take his own life after a run of bad luck.  But then an angel intervenes and shows George how much worse the lives he's touched would be, had George never been born.

Paul McCartney last weekend completed the U.S. leg of his Freshen Up world tour in front of a sell-out audience at Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium, with fellow Beatles member Ringo Starr as a surprise special guest. 

It’s a Wonderful Life is scheduled for a late 2020 debut, though whether that'll be on Broadway or on London's West End isn't yet known.

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Daily lineups announced for Sammy Hagar's second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show

The daily lineups have been revealed for Sammy Hagar's second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show, which is scheduled for September 28 and 29 in Huntington Beach, California.

Serving as main-stage headliners for the festival's first day will be Hagar and his current group The Circle, which features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and veteran drummer Jason Bonham, along with former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and other special guests.

The September 28 bill also includes The Beach BoysBlue Öyster Cultand ex-Outfield frontman Tony Lewis.

Headlining day two of the bash will be KC and the Sunshine Band. The September 29 lineup also features Mötley Crüe's Vince NeilNight RangerExtreme and Patty Smyth and Scandal.

In addition, Car Show Awards will be presented both days on the festival's main stage. As previously reported, the event offers an expansive display of unique automobiles, including Hagar's Ferrari BB512i, which appeared in his "I Can't Drive 55" music video.  There also beach activities and games, special photo opportunities and a temporary beachside version of Sammy's Cabo Wabo Cantina.

Tickets and VIP packages for the 2019 High Tide Beach Party & Car Show are on sale now. Visit HighTideBeachParty.com to buy tickets, check out the full performance lineup and find out more details about the festival.

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Woodstock 50 organizers again denied venue permission

he bad news just won't stop for Woodstock 50 organizers.  They just lost their appeal to hold their planned event at Vernon Downs racetrack in Vernon, New York.

Town officials initially denied the request last week but gave promoters five days to appeal that decision.  However, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. told Variety at the time that "what [promoters] have submitted to date has not met many of the requirements" to stage the festival, and that the chances of Woodstock 50 being held in Oneida County seemed "highly unlikely."


Tuesday night, town officials voted unanimously to deny the appeal.

"Woodstock 50 is disappointed that the Town of Vernon has passed up the opportunity to hold the historic 50th Anniversary Festival by denying our robust and thoughtful proposal," promoters said in a statement in response to Tuesday night's vote.

"We regret that those in Vernon who supported Woodstock have been deprived of the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of the rebirth of a cultural peace movement that changed the world in 1969 and is what the world needs now," the statement concluded, adding, "We want to thank the artists who stood by us."


Woodstock 50 originally was supposed to happen August 16-18 at Watkins Glen International speedway in Watkins Glen, New York, about 120 miles southwest of Vernon.  A variety of issues have plagued the event since plans for the festival were announced in March, including the original financial backer pulling out and Watkins Glen speedway terminating the organizers' license for the site, prompting the change of proposed venue to Vernon Downs.

Given that organizers now have just 29 days to secure a new site, if they're to stick with their original proposed festival dates, the changes of Woodstock 50 happening appear very slim indeed.

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David Crosby says he's open to a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion

David Crosby appeared on Tuesday's The Tonight Show to talk about the new documentary based on his life, David Crosby: Remember My Name.

The doc, produced by Cameron Crowe, who joined Crosby for the interview, talks about Crosby's fractured relationships with his old bandmates, Steven StillsGraham Nash and Neil Young, leading host Jimmy Fallon to ask if there was ever a chance of them getting back together again.

"Never say never," said the 77-year-old Crosby, explaining, "I have no bad stuff in my heart about any of those guys, man, I made too much great music with them."

"We've bashed heads with each other so many times, I mean, we were so awful to each other so many times. All of us were. And I think we all know that," he continued.

So how does Crosby think a reunion might happen?

"About 10 times a day I get a tweet saying, 'Will you guys get your act together and do your job; we need you to go out and be a voice for the people that love you.'...'Ohio' is stuck in their minds. And it would be a great time for us to be out there singing like that," he says.

Adds Crosby, "If they want to do that, you know, like a 'Get Out the Vote' tour, something like that, I'd jump on it."

Later, David was joined by Fallon's house band The Roots for a version of the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic, "Long Time Gone."

David Crosby: Remember My Name hits theaters on Friday.


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Neil Young to perform at Harvest Moon, a new benefit concert taking place in September outside of L.A.

Three years after Neil Young's last Bridge School Benefit Concert was staged, a new event is slated to take place that will help raise money for the facility co-founded by Young's late ex-wife Pegi.


The concert, dubbed Harvest Moon: A Gathering, is scheduled for September 14 at the Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes, California, and will feature performances by Neil, singer/songwriter Norah Jones and indie-rock artist Father John Misty.

The show will benefit The Bridge School, which provides education to children with severe speech and physical impairments, and The Painted Turtle, a nonprofit founded by late actor Paul Newman that offers children with serious medical conditions a traditional camp experience for free.


Those purchasing tickets for the Harvest Moon gathering also will be able to enjoy a picnic cooked and served by local celebrity chefs, and beer and wine tastings presented by California breweries and wineries.


The Painted Turtle camp is located about 65 miles north of Los Angeles on a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains.


Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. PT. Visit HarvestMoonGathering.com for full details.

The Bridge School Benefit Concert, a series of star-studded acoustic shows, took place almost every year from 1986 to 2016.

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Reeling In the Gear: Late Steely Dan member Walter Becker's property to be auctioned in October

When Steely Dan guitarist, bassist and songwriter Walter Becker died in 2017 at age 67, he left behind a bounty of great music, as well as plenty of classic guitars, recording equipment and memorabilia. Now, many of Becker's prized possessions will be sold off during a two-day auctionscheduled for October 18-19 at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills, California, and online.

Among the priciest items going on the block are a signature model Sadowsky guitar that Becker often played onstage, an early Excel model hand-built archtop guitar, and a rare Senorita S.6 model guitar that dates back to the 1930s. All three instruments are estimated to sell for between $10,000 and $15,000.

Among the other guitars being auctioned is a 1957 Fender Duo-Sonic electric guitar that Becker's shown playing in a photo featured in the liner notes to Steely Dan's 1977 album, Aja.

The auction also will feature hundreds of other items, including amplifiers, recording gear, effects pedals and much more.

Becker's collection will be displayed at The Standard Oil Building from Monday, from October 14 through Friday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT daily. The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

The auction will be split into four sessions, scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT on October 18 and 19. Online bidding will take place at JuliensLive.com.

"Walter Becker…took pleasure in experimenting musically to develop perfect sonic landscape that would best support his creative and musical intentions," says Julien's Auctions CEO/president Darren Julien.

"This extensive and wide-ranging collection reflects all of these characteristics -- and more -- that helped make Walter Becker one of the most talented and respected all-around musicians and sonic connoisseurs of his generation."

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Bad Religion announces fall tour dates

Bad Religion has announced a fall U.S. tour in support of the band's new album, Age of Unreason.

The headlining outing kicks off September 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. local time via BadReligion.com.

If you don't want to wait until then, you can catch Bad Religion on their current summer tour, which continues Wednesday in Santa Ana, California. The punk rockers will also play the Warped Tour 25th anniversary celebration this weekend in Mountain View, California.

Here are Bad Religion's fall headlining tour dates:

9/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution
9/18 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live!
9/19 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
9/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogarts
9/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore
9/26 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom
9/27 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
9/28 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
9/30 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
10/1 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
10/2 -- Austin, TX, Emo's
10/4 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theatre
10/5 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren
10/6 -- San Diego, CA, SOMA
10/8 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
10/9 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory

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George Michael's life and music inspires new touring show

He may no longer be with us, but George Michael and his contributions to music will be celebrated with a new touring production.

The production will be called The Life and Music of George Michael, and will launch in North America and internationally between 2020 and 2021.  In a statement, one of the agents representing the show says that they "anticipate a huge response to what will be a high-class and robust production celebrating this iconic artist."

No details are available so far about this particular show, but the same team produced a similar show calledThe Simon and Garfunkel Story, which toured North America last year.  That production uses state-of-the-art video projection, original film footage and a live band to recreate all the duo's hits; there are also two singers onstage playing Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

The Michael show will feature songs from George's solo career, as well as his hits with Wham! -- including "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," "Freedom," "Faith," "Careless Whisper" and more.  A promotional poster says it will "capture the performance and sound of one of the biggest international stars of our time."

George Michael died on Christmas Day 2016. He was 53.

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Ex-Who/Faces drummer Kenney Jones, Donovan to perform at UK tribute to Brian Jones

Former WhoFaces and Small Faces drummer Kenney JonesCredit: Richard Young and British folk legend Donovan will take part in a U.K. charity concert that will salute late Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who died 50 years ago this month.

The show is the 2019 edition of the Rock 'n' Horsepower benefit, scheduled for August 17 at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Surrey, England.

Other artists on the concert bill include The WaterboysSex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, founding Damnedmembers Brian James and Rat Scabies, and Brian Jones' grandson, Joolz Jones.

The event will raise money for two charities: the David Lynch Foundation, which provides Transcendental Meditation programs for war veterans, in-need children and others, and the Racehorse Sanctuary, which aids retired racehorses.

The star-studded concert will serve as the finale of the day-long event, which also will feature polo matches, an exhibition of high-performance cars and more.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Kenney -- who's the chairman of the Hurtwood Park Polo Club -- says of the concert, "Means a lot to me to be a part of this amazing tribute to Brian Jones. I did a few sessions with him, [and] what I will always remember about him was being a nice guy...he created a few of the most memorable songs of that time and to this day."

Kenney will be performing with his group The Jones Gang.

At the 2014 edition of Rock 'n' Horsepower benefit, Jones reunited with his former Who band mates Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, while in 2015, he performed with fellow Faces members Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.

Tickets for the event are available at Eventbrite.co.uk.

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Sammy Hagar rocks out and chats with The Doors' Robby Krieger on next "Rock & Roll Road Trip" episode

The DoorsRobby Krieger is among the guests featured on the latest episode of Sammy Hagar's AXS TV reality series, Rock & Roll Road Trip, which premieres this Sunday, July 14, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The show focuses on the star-studded America Salutes You: Guitar Legends II benefit concert, which was held this past December in Los Angeles. The event paid tribute to American veterans, firefighters and first responders, and raised funds for charities supporting their mental health and wellness. 

Hagar and Krieger were among many famous musicians who took part in the concert, along with ZZ Top's Billy GibbonsStephen Stills, ex-Eagles guitarist Don FelderJane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, and popular blues artist Joe Bonamassa, among others.

A preview trailer for the episode shows Hagar joining Krieger onstage for a rendition of the Doors classic "Roadhouse Blues," and also chatting with Robby about his old band's music.

In the clip, the Red Rocker tells Krieger he'd always wanted to meet him, and expresses his appreciation for The Doors as a band that was "talking about politics…the people in the street [and] the movements that were going on."

Robby responds by noting that late Doors frontman Jim Morrison used to tell him that when he wrote songs that he should try to be "a mirror of society…Don't try to preach what you think it should be, but just be a mirror."

The preview also includes a brief scene of Hagar talking with Bonamassa, who points out that he was in a band with Sammy's son when he was in his teens.



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Paul McCartney wraps US tour with onstage Ringo reunion

Paul McCartney saved the best surprise for the last stop on his U.S. tour: an appearance from Ringo Starr

The two Beatles reunited in Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium Saturday night. Variety reports that after McCartney finished the first song of the encore -- "Birthday" -- he announced a surprise.  Onto the stage walked Ringo, a guy who himself just celebrated his 79th birthday on July 7.

Ringo joined Sir Paul and his band for "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" and "Helter Skelter." Roadies even rolled Ringo's signature Ludwig drum kit on stage for him to play.

Starr wasn't the only surprise: Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who's also Ringo's brother-in-law, appeared onstage as well. He took part in a guitar medley that typically ends the show, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Saturday night's concert wrapped the U.S. leg of McCartney's 2019 Freshen Up Tour. It also added another chapter to Dodger Stadium's place in Beatles history -- the Fab Four's penultimate concert took place there 53 years ago this August.

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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson's star-studded UK interview show to get US premiere in September

n 2017, a new interview show called Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road, hosted by the AC/DC frontman, debuted on British TV. Now, the series' first two seasons are set to get their U.S. premiere this fall on AXS TV.

The program features Brian Johnson traveling to different locations around the world to share stories and hang out with his fellow music legends. The first episode of A Life on the Road debuts September 15 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and finds Johnson visiting Sting in New York City.

You can check out a preview clip of the show at AXS.tv that captures the two singers dropping by the site of the historic punk club CBGB, where Sting's old band The Police played its first U.S. gig.

Discussing his first impression of the notoriously seedy venue, Sting says, "It was kind of a spooky place, but it was full of history. Television played there, Talking HeadsBlondie."

The second episode of the series, which will air on September 22, will feature Johnson and Robert Plant taking a trip to North Wales, where they explore a ruined castle, and discuss the Led Zeppelin frontman's passion for blues music, the formation of his famous band and his solo career.

Among the many stars who appear on other episodes of A Life on the Road are The Who's Roger DaltreyDef Leppard's Joe ElliottMetallica's Lars UlrichPink Floyd's Nick MasonBilly JoelJoe WalshMark KnopflerPaul Rodgers and Mick Fleetwood.

"To sit and chat with my friends and heroes while filming [A Lifeon the Road was ridiculous fun, and with no professional journalists around, you can feel the trust," Johnson says about the series.

Here are the episodes' AXS TV air dates:

9/15 -- Sting
9/22 -- Robert Plant
9/29 -- Roger Daltrey
10/6 -- Joe Elliott
10/13 -- Lars Ulrich
10/20 -- Nick Mason
10/27 -- Billy Joel
11/3 -- Joe Walsh
11/10 -- Dolly Parton
11/17 -- Mark Knopfler
11/24 -- Paul Rodgers
12/1 -- Mick Fleetwood

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Screenings of new concert film capturing Roger Waters during his Us + Them Tour scheduled for October

A new Roger Waters concert film documenting a show the ex-Pink Floydsinger/bassist played in Amsterdam during his 2017-2018 Us + Them Tour will be screened in select cinemas around the world on October 2 and 6.

The trek featured Waters performing a mix of songs from Pink Floyd's classic 1970s albums The Dark Side of the MoonWish You Were HereAnimals and The Wall, as well as selections from his 2017 solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want?

Roger's Us + Them show featured a massive high-def screen showing jaw-dropping live-action and animated videos created to accompany each tune. The politically charged concerts also featured a drone-controlled pig-shaped blimp, as well as a replica of the iconic Battersea Power Station in London, which is featured on the Animals album cover.

The set list, combined with the striking visuals, were put together to create anti-war and anti-greed themes, as well as messages of human rights, liberty and love.

The Roger Waters: Us + Them movie was co-directed by Waters and his longtime video collaborator Sean Evens. The film was shot in June 2018 at a concert held at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome.

Tickets for the screenings go on sale on Wednesday, July 17. Visit RogerWatersUsandThem.com for more information.

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Pre-Beatles band The Quarry Men record at Abbey Road; session filmed for upcoming doc about the group

Some of the surviving members of The Quarry Men, the Liverpool, U.K., skiffle group that evolved into The Beatlesreunited this week to record at London's famed Abbey Road Studios. The session was filmed for an upcoming documentary called PRE FAB! that will focus on founding Quarry Men drummer Colin Hanton.

Hanton was a member of The Quarry Men from 1956 until 1959, and also has played with the current incarnation of the group since 1997. Colin took part in the Abbey Road session along with three other musicians who played with The Quarry Men during the late 1950s -- bassist Chas Newby, and guitarists Len Garry and Rod Davis -- and are current members as well.

In addition to London, PRE FAB! also is filming in Liverpool, New York City and Los Angeles. The movie is based on the biographical book of the same name, which was written by acclaimed author Colin Hall, who also serves as custodian of the late John Lennon's one-time home in the Woolton section of Liverpool.

Hanton was a co-founding member of The Quarry Men with Lennon, and was in the group when Paul McCartney and, later, George Harrison joined. In 1958, Hanton took part in the first recording to feature Lennon, McCartney and Harrison -- a cover of the Buddy Holly classic "That'll Be the Day."

"Viewers of the new film will be given the opportunity to experience the beginnings of one of the biggest bands in the world and to understand how Merseybeat developed," says PRE FAB! producer Mark Bentley. He adds that "when Colin left The Quarry Men, he left behind the nucleus of what would later become The Beatles. Without The Quarry Men there would be no Beatles."

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The Police's Stewart Copeland recently interviewed Sting for upcoming BBC music-documentary series

Police drummer Stewart Copeland says he recently reunited with his old band mate Sting -- not for a new recording project, but for an upcoming documentary series he's doing for the BBC.

Copeland tells ABC Radio that Sting was one of several music artists with whom he conducted in-depth interviews for the program, which is titled What Is Music and Why?

The 67-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says the three-part series is "not [about] musicians or the history of music. It's about the deeply ingrained trait of music in homo sapiens."

He further explains about the program's theme, "What is [music's] evolutionary purpose? Why is it that it can force us to get up and thrust our [genitals] at each other in an overt sexual display, in public? Rembrandt can't do that, Shakespeare doesn't make us dance, but music does."

Regarding his Sting interview, Copeland says, "Yeah, I nailed that guy down. It was fun because we've never had this conversation."

Other notable people who chatted at length with Stewart for the series include Patti Smith, jazz singer Bobby McFerrin and minimalist composer Steve Reich, as well as director Francis Ford Coppola and psychologist/author Steve Pinker.

"All these people, if I were to meet them at a party, a dinner party or something, you'd sort of chat amiably," Stewart maintains, "but in this circumstance, I'm able to grill down on these folks for two hours." 

According to BillboardWhat Is Music and Why? will premiere next year on BBC television. Copeland tells ABC Radio that the series also likely will eventually air in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, the 2006 documentary featuring Super 8 footage that Stewart shot during his band's heyday, recently got its debut Blu-ray and digital release.

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Drive This Way: Aerosmith reunited with old tour van in new episode of "American Pickers"

Aerosmith is featured on the latest episode of the History channel series American Pickers, which premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

On the show, American Pickers hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz reunite the rock legends with the vintage van the band used during its early years.  Wolfe and Fritz restored the vehicle and drove it to the Park MGM, the Las Vegas venue where the group has been playing residency gigs this year.

The van, a 1964 International Harvester Metro featuring an early version of Aerosmith's logo and a hippie character painted on the side, was discovered recently on the property of a Chesterfield, Massachusetts, resident who'd lived there since 2005.

A previous episode of American Pickers that aired in July 2018 focused on the discovery of the vehicle, which Wolfe and Fritz purchased for $25,000.

You can check out a preview of tonight's episode on History.com and on the network's YouTube channel. The clip shows the Aerosmith members reacting to seeing the restored version of the van. Guitarist Joe Perrydeclares, "I think it's f****** amazing," while drummer Joey Kramer says, "I had some of my fondest memories in this van."

Frontman Steven Tyler adds, "To find the damn thing and bring it to us -- what a hand-off!"

History.com also has a photo gallery of Aerosmith's members posing with their old van.

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Ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley says new covers album is due in October, will feature Lita Ford and Robin Zander

Founding KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley has revealed some new details about his upcoming solo album, Origins Vol. 2, a follow-up to 2018's Spaceman and a sequel to his 2016 covers project Origins, Vol. 1.

Speaking this past week with the News 12 Long Island TV station, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reported that "Origins, Vol. 2 is done. It's just being mixed. So that'll be out in October."

Frehley unveiled more tidbits about the album in a recent interview with TheWeekender.com, telling the news site that Origins, Vol. 2 will include renditions of The Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" and Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" featuring respective contributions from Lita Ford and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander.

Ace said that Ford was amazing, noting, "She came to my home and I coached her for two days with vocals and she just [expletive] killed it."

As for his cover of "30 Days in the Hole," Frehley explained, "I just couldn't cut it, vocally, because [Humble Pie frontman SteveMarriott's just too good of a g**damn singer…But I remembered that I had bumped into Robin Zander years ago at a meet-and-greet and he had mentioned to me that he'd like to sing on one of my upcoming records, so I…gave him a call. And he killed it as well. He sounds like a young Marriott."

Meanwhile, during the News 12 interview, Frehley was asked to share his feelings about KISS doing its farewell tour without him. "I know the fans want me to rejoin the band," Ace said. "If they make a good enough offer, I'd seriously consider it."

Meanwhile, Frehley has a run of U.S. solo shows in August, as well as a few fall concerts. Here are Frehley's upcoming tour dates:

8/1 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theater
8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
8/3 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
8/4 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
8/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
8/17 -- Petros, TN, Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
10/29 -- Miami, FL, Kruisefest 2019 - Doubletree Hilton Convention Center
11/9 -- Dallas, TX, Trees

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Paul McCartney says new exhibit of late wife Linda's photography is overdue

A new exhibit featuring the photography of Paul McCartney's late first wife, Linda, opened today at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. In a new BBC Radio interview, Paul chatted about his wife's work, and her love of Scotland, where the couple had a farm on the Kintyre peninsula.

McCartney says he thinks the exhibition is overdue and believes Linda, who died of breast cancer in 1998, would have loved it. He reveals that he helped curate the exhibit, as did his and Linda's daughter Mary, a respected photographer in her own right.

In the interview, Paul says he bought his Scottish property back in the 1960s after John Lennon told him how much he loved visiting the country. Paul initially purchased the farm as an investment and a getaway, and explains that when he got together with Linda, he brought her there and she fell in love with the place.

"She loved the wildness, and she loved horse riding and animals, generally, so she just loved that whole nature thing," he noted.

Before meeting Paul, Linda had established herself as an in-demand rock photographer, but when she and Paul began spending time at the Scottish farm, she started taking pics documenting life there.

The exhibit features plenty of images that Linda snapped of well-known musicians, as well as photos of life in rural Scotland, including some featuring her husband and their children.

Regarding Linda's talent as a photographer, Paul noted that "she always put people at ease, no matter who she was taking a photograph of…She just had a way of disarming you."

Recalling how he reacted to Linda's death, Paul said, "I think I cried for about a year on and off."

The Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibit will run through January 20, 2020.

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell announces debut solo album featuring Rob Halford, Alice Cooper & Dee Snider

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has announced his debut solo album, titled Old Lions Still Roar.

The record, which is due out later this year, will feature guest spots from Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Alice Cooper and Twisted Sister's Dee Snider.

"I'm really happy to release my first solo album, Old Lions Still Roar, worldwide," says Campbell in a statement. "I'm also honored to have mega talented guests and friends do their thing. Looking forward to everyone taking a listen!"

More details about the record will be announced shortly.

Old Lions Still Roar follows Campbell's two albums with his band Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, which feature his three sons.

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CCR's Doug Clifford plans to put out album of unreleased collaborations after Creedence Revisited quits touring

Founding Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford recently revealed that after his current group Creedence Clearwater Revisited retires from touring in the coming months, he'll be focusing on some new music projects. Now Clifford, who co-leads Creedence Revisited with CCR bassist Stu Cook, has shared some details about those projects.

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that one project is an album "that's ready to come out" featuring unreleased tracks that he wrote or co-wrote with various musicians. Among the collaborations are tracks he made, separately, with late Greg Kihn Band bassist Steve Wright, ex-Derek and the Dominos member Bobby Whitlock and guitarist Russell DaShiell, with whom he and Cook played during the late 1970s in the Don Harrison Band.

Clifford says he found some of the material "hidden away in the last year or two," and was pleasantly surprised with its quality.

Doug reports that his work with Wright, who co-wrote Kihn's hits "Jeopardy" and "The Breakup Song," yielded "at least an album's worth of material." He notes that their group featured "a wonderful singer" named Doug England who sounded like Rod Stewart.

"I've been listening to [the recordings and]…going, 'Hey man, these guys are pretty good,'" says Clifford.

Doug also tells ABC Radio that he's interested in getting involved in music publishing and shopping around some songs he helped write.

Clifford says that after putting out the archival album, he might work on new songs, "because a couple of the guys that I wrote with are still alive and wanting to do that."

Meanwhile, Creedence Revisited currently has concerts lined up into October, and Clifford says the band likely will tour into 2020.

Here are all the group's confirmed shows:

7/18 -- Chicoutimi, QC, Canada, Festival Bieres du Monde de Saguenay
7/20 -- Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Fete du Lac des Nations
7/25 -- Enoch, AB, Canada, River Cree Resort & Casino
7/26 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Event Center
7/27 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Canada, Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
8/9 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort Spa – Studio A
8/10 -- Vinton, LA, Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel
9/13 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
9/14 -- Frederick, MD, Great Frederick Fair
9/20 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino – Bluesville Showcase Night Club
9/21 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino – The Riverdome
9/25 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
9/26 -- Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Fair
9/28 -- Yakima, WA, Central Washington State Fair
10/4 -- Yucaipa, CA, Yucaipa Performing Arts Center
10/5 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
10/17 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/18 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort

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"Rocketman" star reveals which Elton John song he wishes was in the movie but isn't"Rocketman" star reveals which Elton John song he wishes was in the movie but isn't

he Elton John biopic Rocketman features many famous Elton John hits, all sung by star Taron Egerton, who plays Elton.

But it turns out there is one particular Elton hit that isn't in the movie that Taron really wishes had made the cut: The 1975 #2 single "Someone Saved My Life Tonight."  

“Yeah, ‘Someone Saved My Life Tonight’ isn't in the movie and for my money it is the best Elton John song of all time, I think,” Taron tells ABC Radio.

The song, with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, was inspired by Elton's 1968 real-life suicide attempt, prompted by his distress over his engagement to a woman he didn't love.  Eventually, Elton's friend, musician Long John Baldry, convinced him to call off the wedding, which he did.  

Taron explains why he thinks "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" is Elton's best song.

“Musically, lyrically, Bernie's words....how kind of self-reflective it is,” Taron says. “Bernie's writing about Elton and...I just think it's a stunningly beautiful song on a stunningly beautiful album. So I wish that was in there but it's not.”

But he adds, “We've got great lots of great songs that are. I love ‘Your Song’ obviously but the one that I enjoy performing most is probably ‘Bennie and the Jets,’ I think.”

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Roger Daltrey's "Tommy Orchestral" album tops Classical Albums chart; he discusses project in new video

Roger Daltrey's new live record, The Who's Tommy Orchestral, recently debuted at #1 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart. As previously reported, the album features a full performance of The Who's classic 1969 rock opera captured mainly at Bethel, New York, during Daltrey's 2018 symphonic tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tommy's recording.

To promote The Who's Tommy Orchestral album, a series of videos featuring Daltrey discussing the project have been posted on the band's official Facebook page. In the latest clip, Roger points out that he always felt Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend's compositions had classical elements to them.

"Even though it's rock music, when you break it down and look at it, what he's actually doing, it's incredibly musical," Roger maintains. "[I]t's not like any other rockers out there. It's a very unique thing. And, of course, that really left a lot of space to do great, imaginative orchestrations."

Also in the video, Daltrey talks about hiring acclaimed composer and conductor David Campbell to come up with the orchestral arrangements for Tommy used during his 2018 trek.

"He did a fabulous job," Roger says, noting that he told Campbell he "didn't want anything that was anywhere near sounding like…something that could be played on a keyboard."

He adds, "I wanted it to be stabs, I wanted it to be melodic, I wanted it to be unexpected and have its own life…He came up with the goods. He's very proud of it. I'm ecstatic about it…[W]hen you hear it, it's just…triumphant."

Roger admitted in a recent Q&A that the orchestra featured on the new album actually was recorded separately in Budapest, Hungary.

Campbell's Tommy arrangements are now being used by The Who during the band's 2019 Moving On! Tour.

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Dave Grohl reunites with medic who held his broken leg at Sweden show

Dave Grohl dedicated a performance of "My Hero" to one of his heroes during Foo Fighters' show at Lollapalooza Stockholm over the weekend.

While introducing the song, Grohl retold the now-famous story of the 2015 Foos show in Gothenburg, Sweden, during which he fell off the stage and broke his leg.  He managed to return and finish the show, all while a medic held his leg steady. Grohl revealed that the medic, named Johan, was in the crowd for the Lolla show.

After his fellow audience members spotted him, they helped Johan crowd-surf to the front, where he eventually joined Grohl and company on stage to sing "My Hero."

Also during the Stockholm show, the Foos invited Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell on stage to perform "Been Caught Stealing."

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Gilbert O'Sullivan preparing to play first U.S. shows in over 40 years next week

Next week, 1970s British pop star Gilbert O'Sullivan will play his first concerts in the U.S. in 43 years. The shows are scheduled for July 9 at the City Winery in New York and July 10 at World Café Live in Philadelphia.

O'Sullivan tells Billboard that the long gap between U.S. performances is a result of what he describes as a miscalculation by his then-manager to have him mount a headlining tour of large venues -- rather than take an offered support slot on a Moody Blues trek -- before he'd established himself as a popular live performer.

He describes that headlining tour, which eventually was aborted, as "a wonderful disaster," although it did include a successful show at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.

"We had a fantastic orchestra and a private plane and it was wonderful, but as we continued, there weren't that many people," O'Sullivan remembers. "Just because you sell millions of records it doesn't guarantee bums on seats."

He adds, "[O]bviously looking back at this it was the wrong decision to send me out there without having the experience of doing support."

O'Sullivan is best-known for the trio of top 10 U.S. hits he scored in 1972 and '73, including the #1 ballad "Alone Again (Naturally)" and the #2 pop gem "Clair."

By the late 1970s, Gilbert's career had waned a bit, but during the early 2000s he began touring regularly again. His latest studio album is a 2018 self-titled effort. While he often tours with a full band, he will be playing as a duo with guitarist Bill Shanley -- who frequently collaborates with The KinksRay Davies -- at his two U.S. shows.

If these concerts go well, he tells Billboard, he may do another run of U.S. shows in the spring.

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Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones died 50 years ago today

oday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of founding Rolling Stonesmember Brian Jones, who was just 27 when he drowned in the swimming pool at his house in Hartfield, U.K.

Jones, who had been struggling with drug and alcohol issues, had been fired by the band he'd formed less than a month prior to his death.

In a recent Yahoo Entertainment interview to promote his new documentary The Quiet One, ex-Stones bassist Bill Wyman discussed the guiding role Brian played during the group's early years.

"Everybody thinks that it was Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards'] band, but it was Brian's band," Wyman insists. "Whenever I've written books…I've always spent quite a bit of time explaining that Brian was the person that created the Rolling Stones in the beginning. He chose the music. He chose the name. He was the leader."

Jones formed The Rolling Stones to showcase the music of the American blues artists he loved, including Muddy WatersHowlin' Wolf and Elmore James. Brian's slide guitar was a key element of the group, but as the band began exploring other styles of music, his ability to play almost any instrument allowed him to add interesting sonic flavors to many Stones songs.

"He made so many records successful because of that," Wyman notes. "He would pick up an autoharp or a flute or a glockenspiel or marimbas, and he would be able to do all of that kind of stuff."

However, as Jagger and Richards songwriting partnership began dominating the band, and with Jones' talents increasingly being hindered by drugs, his contributions began to wane.

Two days after Jones' death, The Rolling Stones played their first concert with new guitarist Mick Taylor, a famous free show in London's Hyde Park that the band dedicated to Brian.

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Graham Nash adds October concerts to fall tour, including show at Woodstock festival site

Graham Nash has extended his North American fall tour into late October after recently adding eight shows to the end of the trek. The new concerts span run from an October 8 show in Toronto through an October 20 performance in Three Oaks, Michigan.

One of the gigs, scheduled for October 15, will take place at Bethel, New York, the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, where Graham famously performed as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 50 years ago this August.

Most of the folk-rock legend's fall tour will feature him playing shows dubbed "An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash." He'll perform tunes from throughout his long career, including material from Crosby, Stills & NashThe Hollies and his solo releases.

Graham's also lined up four previously announced concerts in September that will feature him playing his first two solo albums -- 1971's Songs for Beginners and 1973's Wild Tales -- in their entireties.

These special shows are scheduled on September 25 in South Orange, New Jersey; September 27 in New York City; September 28 in Albany, New York; and September 29 in Boston.

Nash recently told RollingStone.com that he's assembling a larger backing band especially for these concerts, with a drummer, a bassist, backup singers and a pedal-steel player.

Before the stateside fall trek, Graham embarks on a European summer tour that starts in Italy on July 11 and wraps up August 3 in London.

Here are all of Nash's fall North American dates:

9/20 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
9/21 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center
9/22 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Bardavon 1869 Opera House
9/24 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
9/25 -- South Orange, NJ, South Orange Performing Arts Center*
9/27 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall*
9/28 -- Albany, NY, The Egg*
9/29 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center*
10/1 -- Bar Harbor, ME, The Criterion Theatre
10/2 -- Waterville, ME, Waterville Opera House
10/4 -- Northampton, MA, The Academy of Music
10/5 -- Lebanon, NH, Lebanon Opera House
10/6 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café
10/8 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre+
10/12 -- Port Washington, NY, Landmark on Main Street+
10/13 -- Toms River, NJ, Grunin Center for the Arts+
10/15 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts+
10/16 -- Homer, NY, Center for the Arts of Homer+
10/18 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theatre+
10/19 -- Athens, OH, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium+
10/20 -- Three Oaks, MI, The Acorn Theater+

+ = recently added show
* = featuring full performances of Nash's Songs for Beginners and Wild Tales albums.

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Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist/singer Gary Duncan dead at age 72

Founding Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist/singer Gary Duncandied Saturday at the age of 72, BestClassicBands.com reports.

The website says that, according to confirmed reports from people close to Duncan, the musician passed away in Woodland, California, after suffering a seizure and falling into a coma.

Born Gary Grubb in San Diego, Duncan played in a Bay Area garage-rock band called The Brogues in 1965, along with drummer Greg Elmore. Both then joined Quicksilver Messenger Service that same year. The San Francisco-based psychedelic band also featured singer/songwriter Dino Valenti, guitarist John Cipollina and bassist/singer David Freiberg.

Quicksilver played at the famous Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, and released its self-titled debut album the following year. It featured three songs co-written by Duncan.  The band's most successful album was its critically acclaimed sophomore effort, 1969's Happy Trails, which sold 500,000 copies in the U.S.

While the group never scored any major hit singles, a number of its songs became rock radio staples, including 1970's "Fresh Air" and 1971's "What About Me," both of which were written by Valenti.

Duncan briefly left Quicksilver in 1969, but after re-joining the band the same year, he remained a member until its breakup in 1979.

Gary subsequently led his own version of the group. In 2006, he and Freiberg, who also is a longtime Jefferson Starship member, reformed Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the two bands played concerts together for a number of years.

"I've always thought of Gary as the engine of the original four-piece group," Freiberg told Rolling Stone. "I felt he was always underrated as a guitarist. His solos with QMS were some of the finest ever."

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Watch now: Steven Tyler joins Paul McCartney for a rendition of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter"

Over the weekend, lucky fans at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena were treated to the sight of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler appearing as a surprise guest at Paul McCartney's concert.  In case you weren't there, you can now watch fan-shot video of the ex-Beatles star and "the demon of screamin'" belting out a duet version of the Fab Four classic "Helter Skelter" on YouTube.

In addition, Tyler posted a video montage from the event on his Instagram page.  It includes most of the performance, as well as footage of him at the side of the stage before he joined McCartney onstage.

In the behind-the-scenes segment, Tyler is seen singing along while McCartney is performing "Hey Jude," and then comments to the camera, "You ever been in a situation where something just makes your day? Better than that, Paul McCartney."

McCartney, meanwhile, posted a photo of himself and Tyler singing together at the show on his social media sites, along with the hashtag #Maccasmith.

Steven responded to the photo by posting a note in the comment section that reads, "NEXT TIME MY PLACE... SIR!"

Tyler's message is clearly referring to Aerosmith's current "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency at the Park MGM resort, which runs through July 9.

As RollingStone.com points out, Tyler's performance of "Helter Skelter" with McCartney wasn't the first time Steven has sung the song. Aerosmith has played the 1968 rock tune many times live over the years and also recorded a studio version in the 1970s, which you can hear on the 1991 compilation Pandora's Box.

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Podcast about Woodstock '99 premiering next week

Before there was Fyre Festival, there was Woodstock '99. Held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary 1969 festival, Woodstock '99 became infamous after it erupted into a mixture of rioting, looting and sexual assault. Now, like almost all things that go fascinatingly wrong, it's the subject of a new podcast.

Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock '99 is an eight-part series detailing the the doomed festival, which featured performances from MetallicaRage Against the MachineKid RockRed Hot Chili Peppers and Limp Bizkit, whose song, of course, gives the podcast its name.

Music journalist Steven Hyden will host Break Stuff, which is produced by the website The Ringer.

"Through interviews with promoters, attendees, journalists, and musicians, [Hyden will] explore how a festival meant to honor the original Woodstock's peace-loving legacy went so terribly awry," the podcast's description reads.

The first episode premieres July 9 via the podcast platform Luminary.

Jonathan Cain says he's fine with Journey and Steve Perry going their separate ways

After former Journey singer Steve Perry released Traces last October, his first new solo album in 24 years, he told multiple media outlets that he wasn't interested in working with his old band again. And longtime Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain tells ABC Radio that he's fine with that.

"[W]e wish Steve all the best," Cain says. "[W]e have choices, you know. We choose to live how we want to live, and I respect his choices and he respects ours. And if our paths don't cross again, that's fine."

Jonathan notes that both Journey and Perry are busy doing their own things, while noting that the band is doing great in its current incarnation.

"[H]e's on a new chapter in his life and…we're moving on," Cain maintains. "[Journey] just played for over a million people last year with [current frontman] Arnel [Pineda]. [That's a] new record for Journey...And Arnel's just firmly in the driver seat…he's been with us over 12 years now, doing a terrific job."

Not that there's any ill will: Cain tells ABC Radio he's glad to see Perry making new music and singing again.

"[H]e was born to sing," Cain declares. "He was a born singer, and I felt really happy for him…that he was back out there. Keep on doing it, Steve."

Cain also says he's glad that Perry joined his old band mates for Journey's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2017.

"[The ceremony] was just such a great thing for us, you know, to have that closure," Cain notes. "I think it showed a lot of class [that Steve took part]."

Journey's next concert is scheduled for September 27 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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The Beach Boys' Mike Love treads on familiar (sandy) ground on new solo single, "California Beach"

Beach Boys frontman Mike Love heads back to the ocean on his new solo single, "California Beach," an homage to the sunny, sandy seashore of his home state.

The harmony-filled song, which premiered Friday at RollingStone.com, is the second single the 78-year-old singer has released in advance of his forthcoming studio album, 12 Sides of Summer, which hits stores on July 19 and can be pre-ordered now.

"That mythical place out West, the California I've been blessed to call home, has provided a lifetime of inspiration," says Love in a statement about his new tune. "'California Beach,' in reality is not one, but many wonderful places that have held an allure, beckoning so many for countless years."

The track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services, and you also can check it out at Mike's official YouTube channel.

"California Beach" was preceded by Love's rendition of the 1977 Ramones punk-pop classic "Rockaway Beach," which was released as a single last month.

12 Sides of Summer features a few original tunes, as well as covers of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," The Dave Clark Five's "Over and Over and Over Again," ABBA's "On and On and On," Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Girl from Ipanema" and the 1964 Rivieras hit "California Sun."

In addition, the album will include updated renditions of The Beach Boys' "Surfin," "Surfin' Safari" and "It's Ok," the latter of which features previous Love collaborators Hanson.

The Beach Boys are currently on tour in Europe, and are scheduled to return to North America for more concerts starting in late July. Check out the band's full itinerary at TheBeachBoys.com.

Here's the full 12 Sides of Summer track list:

"California Beach"
"It's Ok" -- featuring Hanson
"California Sun"
"Surfin' Safari"
"On and On and On"
"Here Comes the Sun"
"Girl from Ipanema"
"Over and Over and Over Again"
"Keepin' the Summer Alive"
"Summertime Blues"
"Rockaway Beach"

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