Q1370 News 60's, 70's & 80's Archives for 2019-08

Billy Joel shows off motorcycle collection in next week's episode of 'Jay Leno's Garage'

When he's not packing baseball stadiums across the U.S. or selling out New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel enjoys collecting classic motorcycles. You can get a peek at his collection without even having to travel to Long Island if you just tune into next week's episode of the CNBC series Jay Leno's Garage.

In the September 4 episode, Jay travels to Oyster Bay, New York to visit Billy at his garage and showroom, 20th Century Cycles, where the Piano Man has collected over 100 cult classic bikes.

"I wanted to have a place where bikers could come and be a community and look at each other's stuff," Billy explains. He shows off a $45,000 Ducati bike, some Kawasakis, and his collection of bikes by Moto Guzzi, which Billy calls "the Italian Harley." 

Then, the two go for a ride in Billy's 1962 Jaguar Mark II to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's impressive mansion, as he reminisces about the first thing he bought when he started making money -- a grand piano -- and the first car he bought with his newfound wealth: an Audi Fox.

The episode, called "Cult Classics," also features a look at the car Charlie Sheen drove in the cult movie The Wraith. It airs September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies says he and brother Ray are "getting on OK" while working on new songs

Despite their famously contentious relationship, The Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies have finally buried the hatchet and decided to work on some new music.  And surprisingly, according to Dave, "It's going O.K."

Speaking to the British paper The Guardian, Dave, who now lives in New Jersey, says he's been in the U.K. lately working with his brother.

"Me and Ray are talking. Or talkingish," he says. "I've been working with Ray. We’ve been working on some ideas."

"There’s a lot of it," Dave explains. "Some of it is O.K. and some of it is really good and needs tarting up, knocking into shape, as it were. It's going O.K. We're getting O.K., that's the main thing. [Ray] can be cheeky. He wants what he wants. It’s just brother s***. When the music works, everything else is 'Sod it, it will be all right.'”

The Guardian reports that Dave is also involved in a campaign to preserve a historic shopping arcade in North Finchley, London, very close to where he and Ray grew up in nearby Muswell Hill. Developers want to tear down the art deco-style arcade, which features an array of small mom-and-pop shops, and build high-priced apartments in its place.

Dave says, "I think we are at a time now when we need to celebrate individualism rather than trying to make everything the same. This sort of place brings people together."

Recalling how the Kinks sang "God save little shops" on their 1968 song "The Village Green Preservation Society," Dave notes, "Little shops matter because people matter...It’s more personalized, more individual, more quirky....Some people don’t care, but I do. Ray was right about it before anyone else on the Village Greenalbum.”

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Watch Slash & the Conspirators play "Ghost" in clip from upcoming "Living the Dream Tour" concert film

Slash and his band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators have released a new clip from their upcoming live album and concert film, Living the Dream Tour.

The video captures Slash and company's performance of "Ghost," a track from the Guns N' Roses guitarist's 2010 self-titled solo debut. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

Living the Dream Tour was recorded earlier this year at the Hammersmith Apollo in London during Slash and the Conspirators' worldwide tour in support of the group's latest album, 2018's Living the Dream. It'll be released September 20.

The Conspirators wrapped a summer U.S. tour earlier this month. Slash will hit the road again in September for another North American leg on the GN'R Not in This Lifetime reunion tour.

Kennedy, meanwhile, is gearing up for the release of the new Alter Bridge album Walk the Sky, due out October 18. Alter Bridge will launch a tour with Skillet September 22 in Baltimore.

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Everybody Play the Game: Queen keyboardist says Scrabble was Freddie's fave

Many have said Freddie Mercury was one of the best vocalists of all time, but a longtime Queen touring musician says the singer was also "The Champion" at something else: Scrabble.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, veteran keyboardist Spike Edney says when it came to board games, Freddie was "very competitive," adding, "Scrabble was his big thing and still is for [Queen drummer] Roger [Taylor]. They used to have massive Scrabble competitions. Roger enjoys it to this day." 

And Scrabble wasn't the only game that Freddie enjoyed.  As Edney recalled, he was hired days before the band's 1984 Hot Space tour.  At the time, he tells Rolling Stone, Mercury was so popular he couldn't really go anywhere without being mobbed.  That's why, Edney says, "We would stick around the hotel and go up to his suite and play Trivial Pursuit. Very rock & roll!"

Besides board games, the Spike Edney interview includes lots of cool behind-the-scenes musical details, including the fact that he's responsible for Queen playing Live Aid. 

As Edney tells Rolling Stone, in the mid-'80s, between touring with Queen, he was also touring with the Bob Geldof's band The Boomtown Rats.  One night on the bus, Geldof told Edney of his plans for Live Aid and said, "I want you to ask Queen for me [if they'll perform]."  Edney thought it was a crazy idea, but he did ask them -- and the rest is history.

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Zombies singer Colin Blunstone says band is "thrilled" to play 'Odessey and Oracle' on Brian Wilson tour

After playing a series of U.S. headlining shows earlier this month, The Zombies team up with Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson for a joint tour that kicks off Saturday in Las Vegas.

While The Zombies' headlining concerts featured just the band's current lineup, these upcoming shows with Wilson will include all of the group's surviving founding members. They'll be performing their acclaimed 1968 album Odessey and Oracle, which was actually released after the original band broke up.

Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC Radio that after playing Odessey and Oracle on tour in 2017 and 2018 in honor of the album's 50th anniversary, they weren't planning to do it again -- but couldn't turn down the chance to tour with Brian.

"It would be a little bit difficult to not take up that invitation, really," Blunstone admits. "And we're thrilled to play Odessey and Oracle on the Brian Wilson tour."

That being said, Colin insists that "there are no plans to play Odessey and Oracle actually ever again after this."

He adds, "I think there comes a time when you have to say, 'OK, we've celebrated that album and now it's time to move on,' and we're probably at that point now."

Colin notes that after the tour with Wilson, he and Zombies co-leader Rod Argent plan to "put our emphasis on the future, which is the current lineup and new material."

To that end, the singer reveals, "[W]e're currently writing and recording brand-new material for a brand-new album, which will probably come out…next year."

Blunstone says his band will be performing at least one new song on the new tour.

Here are all of The Zombies' joint tour dates with Wilson:

8/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
9/1 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
9/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
9/7 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino
9/8 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
9/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
9/13 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theatre
9/14 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
9/16 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
9/17 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/19 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy City Amphitheater
9/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
9/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
9/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
9/24 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre
9/26 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
9/27 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theater
9/28 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theater
9/29 -- Rockville, MD, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center*

* = without Wilson; Rogers & Butler open for The Zombies.

At 19 years gone, Stevie Ray Vaughan's legacy is twofold

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The legendary guitarist died in a helicopter crash at the tender age of 35.  Now, the co-author of Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan -- a recently-published New York Times bestseller -- says Stevie Ray's stellar musical legacy has been eclipsed by something even more legendary: his sobriety. 

"Somebody asked me, 'If you could go back and have one conversation with Stevie Ray Vaughan right now, what would you ask him?'" Texas Flood co-author Alan Paul tells Billboard. "I said, 'I don't think I would ask him anything musical -- I would tell him that, 30 years later, people are still inspired by him to change their lives.'" 

Paul says that while researching for the book, a Vaughan family member who was just "a toddler" when Stevie Ray died told him, "I like his music, but I'm a recovering alcoholic...in AA. Stevie is an icon of recovery and the program and we talk about him a lot and we listen to some recordings of his talks."

Paul says that kind of input changed the focus of the book, which -- while certainly paying homage to Vaughan's musical legacy -- chronicles his decades-long struggle and ultimate victory over drugs and alcohol.

Indeed, in 2015, when John Mayer inducted Stevie Ray into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he said in his speech, "Because of Stevie, I grew up proudly turning down every drug and drink ever offered to me because in my mind, that could bring me closer to being like the man I never met and never could."

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan is available now from St. Martin's Press.

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Van Morrison announces five-show stand at the London Palladium

Van Morrison's early 2020 is filling up. As previously reported, the singer announced plans to continue his tradition of a Las Vegas residency in late January and early February. He's now decided to follow that with a five-show stand in London.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 30, at 9 a.m. London time on the London Palladium site, or you can sign up for the Palladium pre-sale, and be eligible for tickets 24 hours earlier. 

Morrison released his latest studio album, The Prophet Speaks, in December 2018. The 14-track collection features six original Morrison songs, and eight covers by various artists who influenced and inspired Van during his career. Morrison also released an expanded reissue of his 1997 studio effort The Healing Game this past March.

Here are all of Van's upcoming shows:

10/2 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort
10/4 -- Berkeley, CA, The Greek Theatre
10/5 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/8 -- Chula Vista, CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
1/31/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/1 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/5 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
2/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/20 -- London, UK, London Palladium
3/21 -- London, UK, London Palladium
3/22 -- London, UK, London Palladium
3/24 -- London, UK, London Palladium
3/25 -- London, UK, London Palladium

Janet Jackson's 'Metamorphosis' residency grosses $13 million

So far, Janet Jackson’s Las Vegas residency has been brief, yet mighty.

According to Billboard’s Boxscore, Ms. Jackson's 18-date Metamorphosisresidency at the Park Theater at Park MGM hotel grossed $13 million and sold 76,813 tickets. The second and final leg of shows, which ran from July 24 to August 17, generated $8.9 million of that total.

Those figures mean Janet's show was averaging $722,000 per night, which puts her pacing ahead some of the biggest Vegas performers of the decade.

For example, back in 2011, Celine Dion's opening pace was $704,000. Britney Spears’ was $679,000 in 2013 and The Backstreet Boys’ was $593,000 in 2017.

Metamorphosis featured nearly every Janet Jackson hit you could want, from "That's the Way Love Goes," "Got 'til It's Gone" and "All for You" to "Nasty," "If," "Control" and "The Pleasure Principle."

Next up, Janet plays a string of fall dates in Australia, from November 8 to 17, and Hawaii on November 20 and 21.

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Brian Wilson to headline next year's 30A Songwriters Festival

Brian Wilson will be headlining the 30A Songwriters Festival, set to return to Florida in January of next year.

Wilson will be among 200-plus artists performing during the four-day festival, which is spread across 30 venues along the Gulf of Mexico in South Walton, FL. He’ll be joined by his nine-piece band to perform someBeach Boys classics, from hits like “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “The Warmth of the Sun” to songs from Pet Sounds, like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “God Only Knows.”

Other artists confirmed for the festival include Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone, Don McLean and Matthew Sweet.

The 30A Songwriters Festival, now in its 11th year, will run from January 17-20. Weekend passes are currently on sale.

The festival will benefit the nonprofit Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, which supports artists and nonprofit cultural events and businesses throughout the Florida county.

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Bruce Springsteen releases stream of "Live Series: Songs of Love"

The Boss' Live Series: Songs of Love is now available to stream. The 15-track collection features Bruce Springsteen's picks of love songs, culled from recordings between 1975 and 2016. The album graphic features a cozy picture of Bruce and Mrs. Bruce, Patty Scialfa.  

The collection was released at the beginning of summer, but Springsteen has busted out a Tweet to announce its arrival to stream. Spotify users will find Live Series: Songs Of Love in its entirety on that platform

Here is the track listing for Bruce Springsteen's Live Series: Songs of Love:

"She's the One" (the Roxy, West Hollywood, CA - 10/18/75)
"Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (the Palace Theatre, Albany, NY - 02/07/77) with the E Street Band
"Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" (Madison Square Garden, New York, NY - 09/21/79)
"Fade Away" (Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY - 12/31/1980) with The E Street Band
"I Wanna Marry You" (Wembley Arena, London, UK - 06/05/81)
"I'm On Fire" (Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA - 04/23/1988)
"Tougher Than the Rest" (Madison Square Garden, New York, NY - 05/23/88)
"Brilliant Disguise" (the Shrine, Los Angeles, CA Set 1 - 11/16/90)
"Human Touch" (Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ - 6/24/93)
"If I Should Fall Behind" (the United Center, Chicago, IL - 09/30/99)
"For You" (the United Center, Chicago, IL - 09/30/99)
"Tunnel of Love" (the Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI - 8/3/05)
"Back In Your Arms" (Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, Ireland - 05/27/16)
"Secret Garden" (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - 08/30/16) with the E Street Band
"Save My Love" (Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA - 09/05/16)

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Now available to stream for the first time: ‘The Live Series: Songs of Love.’ The fourth installment in this popular collection features 15 songs of romance and devotion, as performed by Bruce throughout his entire career.

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Graham Nash says upcoming full-albums shows will include songs he's never played in concert

Graham Nash launches a fall North American tour in late September that will include more than 20 dates. Four of those dates will be special shows featuring his first two solo albums -- 1971's Songs for Beginners and 1974's Wild Tales -- performed in their entirety.

The full-albums concerts are scheduled for 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 tells ABC Radio he's "really looking forward to" the shows, which will feature songs he's "never played" live before.

At Nash's regular solo concerts, he's usually accompanied by just two musicians -- guitarist Shane Fontayneand keyboardist Todd Caldwell -- but he says the special shows will feature an expanded backing band, including Andy Hess, a former member of The Black Crowes and Gov't Mule, on bass.

As for whether he'd consider doing a whole tour of full album shows, Nash points out that touring with a large band can be "quite expensive," but he'll do it "if it's financially feasible."  However, he says he may record one or more of the performances for a live album and concert video, so fans who couldn't make those shows can enjoy it.

As for his regular solo concerts, Graham says they'll feature a rotating list of songs from his famous groups and his solo career -- and maybe some brand-new tunes.

"I've written so many bloody songs that the set list can kind of change every night," he declares. "It's always a very interesting dance."

Here's Nash's full tour schedule:

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

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

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Hear Gregg Allman's solo acoustic version of "Melissa" from "Laid Back" deluxe edition

Gregg Allman's debut solo album Laid Back is being reissued in a deluxe edition next Friday, and a rare live track included in the package is available for streaming now.

The track is a solo acoustic version of the Allman Brothers Band's "Melissa," which Allman performed in 1974 during an encore of his solo show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.  Gregg dedicated the song to his late bandmates, brother Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, and mentioned that it was Duane's favorrite song.

If you pre-order the album now, you'll get "Melissa" as an instant free download.

Laid Back is the first archival release since Allman's death in 2017.  It'll be available in a number of different formats, including a two-CD set, 180-gram black vinyl and limited-edition purple-and-white marble vinyl. 

Released in October '73, Laid Back also includes a solo version of The Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider," a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days" and a rendition of the traditional tune "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."

Also on Friday, Gregg Allman's live album The Gregg Allman Tour is being re-released for the first time since 1987, in both regular and limited-edition colored vinyl.  It was recorded in 1974 over three nights at New York's famed Carnegie Hall and the Capitol Theatre show.

During that tour, Gregg was backed by a 24-piece orchestra and a band called Cowboy, whose members included founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and then-Allmans keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

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Prepare to be Omazed: Dolly offers a chance to see her sold-out 50th anniversary Opry show

Dolly Parton will celebrate fifty years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, October 12, by appearing on both the 7 p.m and 9:30 p.m. editions of the world’s most famous radio show that night.

Both performances are sold out, but there’s still one way to get in: Dolly’s partnered with the website Omaze to give away a VIP trip.

The winner and a friend will get airfare to Nashville, accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, plus two VIP tickets to the show. On top of that, they’ll also get their own dressing room backstage at the Opry for a meet-and-greet with Dolly.

The sweepstakes benefits MusiCares, the charitable arm of the organization that hands out the Grammys. Money raised goes to help members of the music community in times of need.

You can find out more at Omaze.com/Dolly.

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Sammy Hagar says because he's "made gazillions of dollars," he's "spoiled rotten...it's just art for me"

Sammy Hagar and his latest band, The Circle -- which includes ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham --  recently released a new album called Space BetweenHe tells Forbes the album is "a concept record about money, greed, enlightenment and truth" -- and when it comes to the money part, Sammy is certainly speaking from experience.

Hagar tells Forbes that because he's so rich, he's completely free, creatively, and that's the way he likes it. 

"For the people that have made it and are in a position like myself and my band mates in the Circle...We're so lucky to have been from that era where we sold tens of millions of records and made gazillions of dollars and get yourself in a position where now it's just art for me," he says.

" I love being able to do whatever I want whenever I want. I gotta tell you, I'm spoiled rotten," he admits. "Man, I don't know what I would do if I had to what I do for a living and they said, 'You gotta go out and do 130 shows this year cause you're gonna go broke, you're gonna lose your band.' I'm lucky and my band mates are lucky."

Case in point: Hagar says he actually financed an entire film based on the album called Space Between: The Affirmation -- even though he doesn't plan to make any money from it.

"It was expensive and I paid for everything. This is a concept record and I wanted to make sure people understand what I'm really trying to say and I wanted to drive it home visually," he explains.

But he admits, "There's no market for it. I don't know what to do with it."

You can watch the band's new video, "No Worries," now on YouTube.

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Eddie Money reveals he has stage four esophageal cancer: "I want to be honest with everybody"

Eddie Money has decided to go public with the fact that he's been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer.

He reveals the bad news in an advance clip from his AXS TV series Real Money.  He received the diagnosis last fall.  The remaining six episodes of season two will deal with the effects that Money's diagnosis has on his wife and their five children.

Money's diagnosis seems dire: Not only is the cancer in his esophagus, but it's also in his liver, his lymph nodes and, to a lesser extent, in his stomach.  But he explains that he had no intention of trying to keep the news a secret, despite the fact that the diagnosis, he says, "hit me hard."

"I don't want to keep the fact that I had cancer from everybody," says Money. "It's not honest. I want to be honest with everybody. I want people to know that cancer's come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the '50s and the '60s."

"Am I gonna live a long time? Who knows? It's in God's hands," he continues. "But you know what, I'll take every day I can get. Every day above ground is a good day.

The "Two Tickets to Paradise" rocker is also recuperating from health issues following his heart valve procedure in June.

The full episode of Real Money in which Money discusses his diagnosis will air on AXS TV Thursday, September 12 at 9:30 p.m ET.

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The Who will "do a couple" of new songs on the next leg of their tour, says Roger Daltrey

The Who will launch the next leg of their Moving On tour September 1 at New York's Madison Square Garden -- and Roger Daltrey says fans can expect to hear some new music this time around.

Speaking to Metro, Daltrey says that The Who will "do a couple" of new songs from their forthcoming album as part of their set -- because the fact that they're touring with an orchestra makes it harder to do more than that.

"The one limitation with working with an orchestra is that it’s much more difficult to change the set list," explains Daltrey. "You have to change the whole music of the whole orchestra. You can’t juggle it up, it doesn’t work like that. They play to the dots."

As for the album itself, Daltrey says when he first heard the new material, he thought it sounded like "a fantastic Pete Townshend solo album," but after he put his own stamp on the songs, it's now, as he puts it, "an incredible Who album."

Townshend agrees, telling Metro, "At first Roger didn’t really feel comfortable with what I delivered. But he did work very hard to inhabit the songs, and his approaches in each case are surprising and unique. Not always what I expected. He has done really good work. There are some amazing vocal moments."

So far, there's no title or release date for the new album, but unlike many past Who albums, Pete clarifies, this time around, "There is no narrative."

"Some listeners to the new songs have said that they can sense an underlying story," he says. "That was never my intention."

The next leg of the Moving On tour is scheduled to wrap up October 23 in Edmonton, AB.

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Jackie Wilson said: "I'm getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame"

He passed away in 1984, but now, late, legendary singer Jackie Wilsonwill finally receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"Mr. Excitement" will be honored with the 2,672nd star on the Walk on September 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT.  The star will be located at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.will be on hand to help unveil the star, and Wilson's widow, Harlene Harris Wilson, will accept in her late husband's honor.  You'll be able to watch the ceremony via WalkofFame.com.

Detroit native Wilson replaced Clyde McPhatter as the lead singer of Billy Ward and his Dominoes, before going solo with his debut single "Reet Petite," co-written by Berry Gordy Jr.  He went on to score some two dozen top 40 singles, including "Lonely Teardrops," "Baby Workout" and his best-known hit, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher," which was used by Barack Obama as a campaign song.

After suffering a heart attack onstage in 1975, Wilson slipped into a coma. Although he briefly recovered in 1976, he returned to a semi-comatose state and finally died of complications from pneumonia in 1984. He was 49.

Wilson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.  Wilson was name checked by Van Morrison in his song "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)," by The Commodores in their song "Nightshift," and by John Mellencamp in his hit "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." 

When Michael Jackson won the Grammy for Album of the Year for Thriller in 1984, he dedicated the award to Wilson.

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"Higher" and higher: Whitney Houston is back on top of 'Billboard''s dance chart

Whitney Houston may be gone, but she's still topping the Billboardcharts.  Her version of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," produced by superstar deejay KYGO, has hit #1 on the publication's Dance Club Songs chart.

As previously reported, Whitney recorded the song in 1990 during sessions for her album I'm Your Baby Tonight, but it was only released in Japan.  The estate asked KYGO to give it a modern remix, and it's since become Whitney's first chart hit in 10 years.

Overall, this is Whitney's 14th #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart.  Her first was "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," back in 1987; before "Higher Love," she'd last topped the chart in 2009 with "Million Dollar Bill."

As Billboard notes, some other artists who ruled the charts in the '80s join Whitney on the dance chart.  Madonna's song "I Rise," from her latest album Madame X, is #2 on Dance Club Songs.  She recently released a bunch of remixes of that track.  Sting is #5 on that same chart with his recently reworked version of "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free."

But that's not all.  Mari Burelle's cover of "Let's Hear It For the Boy" by Deniece Williams is #13, while "Jump 2019," a new remix of Van Halen's 1983 smash by Armin Van Buuren, is #21.

On new AXS TV series 'Paul Shaffer Plus One,' Joe Walsh reveals which Eagles song started as a warm-up exercise

We've got our first look at the upcoming AXS TV show Paul Shaffer Plus One, which will feature the former Late Night with David Lettermanbandleader chatting with iconic musicians and jamming on their best-known hits.

In a sneak peek of the first episode, Shaffer sits down with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh to talk about the creation of one of the band's signature hits, "Life in the Fast Lane."  After Shaffer notes that the song has three people credited as writers -- Walsh, Don Henley and Glenn Frey -- he asks how it came together.

“I had this lick that I played that I would warm up for a show with,” Walsh explains, demonstrating the song's famous opening riff. “It’s a coordination exercise between your right and left hand.”

“I was just playing, warming up for the show, and Glenn comes busting into my dressing room and says, ‘What the hell’s that!?’" Walsh recalls. "And I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s just a lick I warm up with.’ And he says, ‘That’s an Eagles song, dude!’”

Paul Shaffer Plus One premieres Sunday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

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David Bowie's 'VH1 Storytellers' performance to be released on vinyl

David Bowie's VH1 Storytellers concert special will be released on vinyl for the first time on October 11.

The set, recorded August 23, 1999 in New York City, featured rare performances of the songs "Can't Help Thinking About Me," "Drive-In Saturday" and "Word on a Wing," which Bowie had not played in 33, 25 and 23 years, respectively.

"We were used to dealing with legendary musicians," says VH1 Storytellersexecutive producer Bill Flanagan. "Still, landing David Bowie was more than a big booking. There's no way to say this without being corny: It was an honor."

"Bowie has a unique place in rock & roll," Flanagan adds. "He is not only one of the most influential musicians of the era, but he does nothing unless he is fully committed."

The upcoming two-LP collection will also feature four bonus tracks not included on the original CD: "Survive," "I Can't Read," "Always Crashing in the Same Car" and "If I'm Dreaming My Life."

Here's the vinyl's track list:

Side 1:
"Life On Mars?"
"Rebel Rebel (truncated)"
"Thursday's Child"

Side 2
"Can't Help Thinking About Me"
"China Girl"

Side 3
"Drive-In Saturday"
"Word On A Wing"

Side 4:
"I Can't Read"*
"Always Crashing in the Same Car"*
"If I'm Dreaming My Life"*

*Bonus track.

Aretha Franklin died with $1 million in uncashed checks

If you're the type who lives paycheck to paycheck, this story may be hard for you to relate to.

Billboard reports that according to newly filed court papers, Aretha Franklin had nearly one million dollars' worth of uncashed checks in her possession at the time of her death a year ago.  The checks were discovered when the Queen of Soul's possessions were inventoried.

According to Billboard, there was one check made out to Franklin's publishing company for just under $286,000, and another check from Sound Exchange and Screen Writers Guild for just under $702,000.  All told, there were just under $989,000 worth of uncashed checks.

The checks are just one part of a bigger problem, though. According to Billboard, Franklin was thought to have died without a will, in which case her four sons would have split her estate equally. But three handwritten wills were discovered nine months after her death, which are are currently being evaluated by a handwriting expert.

Meanwhile, Franklin's niece Sabrina Owens has been named the representative for the estate; it was she who compiled the inventory.  However, Franklin's son Kecalf has formally complained that it took Owens too long to provide him and his brothers with a list of Franklin's property -- plus which, he claims, the list she provided was incomplete.

'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert' packs 160 performances from Springsteen, Starr, U2, Jagger and more into 11 DVDs

Couldn't get tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony?  Don't have HBO?  Don't worry -- Time Life has you covered with a massive DVD collection of legendary moments from the annual ceremonies starting in 2010 and running through 2017.

Over 11 DVDs and 30 hours, the collection -- called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert --  features eight induction ceremonies, and 160 live performances from artists ranging from Sting, U2, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, to Heart, Paul Simon, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr,Metallica, Alice Cooper, ELO and more.

The set is actually three separate collections: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert (2014-2017), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert -- Encore (2010-2013) and the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts.  Collectible booklets are included, as well as the 26-page Rolling Stone collector's edition that documented the 2009 two-day 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame series of concerts.

In addition to all the live performances you'll be able to watch all the induction speeches -- sometimes emotional, sometimes irreverent, sometimes hilarious, but usually all three.  You'll see Metallica's Lars Ulrichinducting Deep PurpleNeil Young inducting Tom Waits and Coldplay's Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel, as well as speeches from Paul McCartneyBruce Springsteen, Dave GrohlGlenn FreyJohn MayerStevie WonderElton John, John Mellencamp and more.

The whole package costs $100, and arrives September 10.  Here are some additional highlights:

-Bruce Springsteen joining Billy Joel on-stage for "Born to Run"
-Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana joined on stage by Lorde, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Joan Jett
-Ringo Starr being welcomed into the Rock Hall with a little help from Paul McCartney.
-Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos joining the band onstage for the first time in six years
-Red Hot Chili Peppers' all-star jam session of "Higher Ground" with Slash and Ron Wood.
-Ozzy Osbourne singing with Metallica on the Black Sabbath classics "Iron Man" and "Paranoid."
-Donovan joined by John Mellencamp for "Season of the Witch."
-Five of the original members of Chicago performing on stage for the first time in 25 years.
-Mick Jagger and Fergie singing "Gimme Shelter," with U2 as the backing band.
-Sting joining Jeff Beck for the Curtis Mayfeld classic "People Get Ready."
-Paul Simon, David Crosby and Graham Nash joining together for "Here Comes the Sun."

UMG claims Tom Petty, Tupac and Steve Earle's master tapes weren't lost in 2008 fire

Universal Music Group is claiming that three of the four artists named in a class action lawsuit against the music giant didn't lose original master recording tapes in that devastating 2008 storage facility fire, according to court documents obtained by Billboard.

A declaration filed late Wednesday by UMG attorney Scott Edelman of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, claims that the masters for recordings by Tom PettyTupac Shakur and Americana singer/songwriter Steve Earle did not suffer irreparable damage in the fire, calling into question their standing in a class action lawsuit filed against UMG in June.

The suit's original plaintiffs include the late Tom Petty's ex-wife, Jane Petty, along with SoundgardenHole, Earle and Shakur's estate. 

Hole was dropped as a plaintiff in the lawsuit on Friday after the ongoing investigation determined none of their masters were lost in the fire.  That investigation is still determining whether material by Soundgarden, the only remaining suit plaintiff, was also lost.

The suit alleges that UMG failed to disclose to the affected artists until a little more than a month ago that the 2008 fire had destroyed their master recordings. It also declares UMG received an insurance settlement of $150 million, which they failed to disclose or share with the affected artists, and accuses the music giant of failing to take necessary steps to prevent the fire in the first place.

The plaintiffs are asking for monetary damages of more than $100 million.

The alleged extent of the fire's damage was revealed in multiple articles published in The New York Times Magazine in June. Among the hundreds of artists who reportedly lost their masters: NirvanaGuns N' RosesR.E.M.The EaglesAerosmithChuck BerryThe PoliceJanet JacksonAretha FranklinElton John and Eminem.

Neil Young's new album with Crazy Horse, "Colorado," due in October; first track to be released this month

Neil Young has unveiled some new details about Colorado, his upcoming album with the current incarnation of Crazy Horse.

Young reports that the first track from the record, a song titled "Rainbow of Colors," will be coming out this month, with the album to follow in October. The folk-rock legend also reveals that the album will feature "10 new songs ranging from around 3 minutes to over 13 minutes.

He adds that he and Crazy Horse -- Billy TalbotRalph Molina and Nils Lofgren -- "hope you love this new album as much as we do."

Colorado will be available on CD, via streaming and as a two-LP vinyl set that features three sides of music and comes packaged with a bonus 7-inch single with two tracks that aren't on the album.

In addition, Young shares some news about the recently reported in-the-works documentary focusing on the making of Colorado.  Neil says the movie's called Mountaintop Sessions and it'll be screened in more than 100 theaters around the world during the week that the album is released.

"It is a wild one folks, no holds barred," Young says of the film. "You will see the whole process just as it went down! [Warts] and all! I don't think a film about this subject with the openness and intensity we have captured has ever been seen."

Mountaintop Sessions is being shot by cinematographer C.K. Vollick, who also worked on the 2018 film Paradox, which starred Young and was directed by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah.

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Ringo Starr discusses "Abbey Road" reissue, next solo album, in new 'People' interview

Ringo Starr is the subject of a lengthy new People interview in which the former Beatles drummer touches on the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of Abbey Road, his plans for a new solo record, the current 30th anniversary tour of his All Starr Band and more.

The expanded Abbey Road reissue, which will be released on September 27, includes an unused take of "Octopus' Garden," one of the few songs Starr had a hand in writing for The Beatles.

Ringo tells the magazine that "people are interested in all of that," referring to the alternate versions of songs that have appeared on recent Fab Four reissues.

He also says he's happy about the remastered audio because the drums are more pronounced in the mix.

"People are telling me, 'Oh, you can play!'" Starr notes. "Because they can hear the drums [better] now."

Abbey Road includes the only drum solo Ringo ever played on a Beatles track, during the album's finale, "The End."

"They forced me to do that one," Starr maintains. "I'm just not a drum solo drummer. I want to be in the band…I hold them all together and they can go mad. I'm crazy about very few drum solos I've heard."

Meanwhile, Ringo's been recording a new solo album with various guest musicians, including current members of his All Starr Band; his brother-in-law Joe WalshDave Stewart of Eurythmics; and renowned session bassist Nathan East.

"I like to hang out with writers and musicians, so I've been co-writing all the songs," Starr says.

Ringo's on the road now with his All Starr Band, marking the 30th anniversary of his first trek with the star-studded collective. The tour runs through a September 1 concert in Los Angeles.

Here are the remaining dates:

8/20 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
8/22 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
8/23 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino
8/25 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera House
8/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
8/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
8/30 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
8/31 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre

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New Bruce Springsteen film "Western Stars" to open in theaters this fall thanks to new distribution deal

The new Bruce Springsteen concert film Western Stars, which features the New Jersey rock legend performing the 13 songs from his new album of the same name, will open in theaters this fall via a new distribution deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

As previously reported, Western Stars gets its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 5 to September 15. An exclusive preview of the movie will be shown before screenings of the new Springsteen-inspired coming-of-age flick Blinded by the Light, which opens today.

The Western Stars film features Bruce performing his full album accompanied by a band and a full orchestra in an old barn that he owns. Springsteen's wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, makes a guest appearance.

In addition to the performance, the movie includes archival footage and narration from Bruce, who reflects on the themes covered on the album, such as love, loss, loneliness, family and the American dream.

Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, whose Bruce-related credits include the Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special. This marks Springsteen's directorial debut.

"Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers," says Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. "With Western Stars, Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead."

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12/25 or 6 to 4? Chicago releasing new Christmas album in October

Chicago will celebrate the holiday season this year with a brand-new Christmas album, aptly titled Chicago Christmas, which will be released on CD and digitally on October 4, while vinyl versions will hit stores on November 22.

The 11-track collection, which is actually the horn-driven band's fourth yuletide album, features seven original songs, a pair of holiday favorites and one non-Christmas-themed cover that still evokes the spirit of the season -- the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic "What the World Needs Now Is Love."

The album was produced by founding Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane, while founding trombone player James Pankow created the horn arrangements. The band recorded Chicago Christmas while on the road in hotel rooms and on their tour bus using a state-of-the-art mobile setup.

The album includes two different recordings of one of the new songs, "Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- a ballad version and an R&B version. Loughnane co-wrote the tune with John Durrill, a one-time member of the famous surf-instrumental group The Ventures.

The two vintage Christmas songs on the album are "Here We Come a Caroling" and "Sleigh Ride," the latter of which Chicago also recorded for its 2011 holiday record, Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three.

The vinyl versions of Chicago Christmas include a standard black-vinyl LP and limited-edition red- and white-vinyl version that are available exclusively at Rhino.com.

Meanwhile, Chicago has 19 U.S. concerts on its 2019 schedule, spanning from a September 1 performance at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville, Texas, through an October 19 show in Clearwater, Florida. Check out the group's full itinerary at ChicagotheBand.com.

Here's the full Chicago Christmas track list:

"(Because) It's Christmastime"
"All Over the World"
"Bring My Baby Back"
"Merry Christmas, I Love You" -- R&B Version 
"What the World Needs Now Is Love"
"All Is Right"
"Sleigh Ride 2019"
"I'd Do It All Again (Christmas Moon)"
"I'm Your Santa Claus"
"Here We Come a Caroling"
"Merry Christmas (I Love You)" -- Ballad Version

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Elton John on his upcoming autobiography: "I was completely disgusting and awful"

If you thought Elton John's biopic Rocketman portrayed the rock legend as being over-the-top, out-of-control and completely debauched, well, you ain't seen nothing yet: Wait until you read his upcoming autobiography.

In an essay Elton wrote for a booklet that comes with the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rocketman, he reflects on the reason he wanted to have his life depicted on film, and why he decided to write his autobiography, Mewhich is coming out this October.  The answers: his two sons, Elijah and Zachary.

"I liked the idea of them having an autobiography and a film where I was honest, no holds barred, no punches pulled," Elton writes, adding, "I wanted something [they] could read and something they could see and think, 'Well, that was our dad...that was what he was really like.'"

"I don't mind people knowing about my bad side -- at at my worst, my bad side was pretty dreadful," Elton admits. "There are moments in the book that I don't come out of very well, where I seem completely disgusting and awful, but I was completely disgusting and awful, and there's no reason to pretend otherwise."

"I can't stand books or movies about rock stars that give you some whitewashed version of reality," Elton continues. "It's boring, because it's a lie: No one is perfect, and certainly no rock star is perfect. They can be horrible sometimes. They can be fabulous and charming and they can be outrageous and stupid."

Declares Elton: "That's what I wanted to show in Rocketman, and that's definitely what I wanted to show in Me."

Me hits bookstores October 15. Rocketman is out now digitally; it arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on August 27.

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Duane Allman's "Layla" guitar fetches $1.25 million at auction

Duane Allman's 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop, the very guitar he used to play on Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominos rock classic "Layla," sold late last month for a record-breaking $1.25 million.

According to GottaHaveRockandRoll.com, which sold the guitar, not only was the instrument used for the "Layla" sessions with Clapton in 1970, but Duane Allman also played it on The Allman Brothers Band's self-titled 1969 debut album,which features the classic track "Whipping Post," and the 1970 follow-up, Idlewild South, featuring "Midnight Rider," "Revival" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."

Duane also played the guitar on Boz Scaggs' cover of "Loan Me a Dime," from Scaggs' 1969 self-titled second studio album.

Before being sold, the Les Paul had been on public display in Georgia a the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon, Georgia, where it was known as "Layla."

“It was the first time that a refinished guitar sold for that much money," museum director Richard Brent told The Telegraph, "I don’t think anybody expected that.  The history of it is what sold it.”

The guitar was expected to sell for between $1.5 and $3 million, but according to the auction house website, only one bid was received from an out-of-town buyer who wished to remain anonymous.  In exchange, the unnamed collector will share the instrument with the museum and lend it for display during certain times.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd postpones two concerts this week as Gary Rossington recovers from a heart procedure

Lynyrd Skynyrd has postponed a pair of shows this week on their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour because guitarist Gary Rossingtonneeds time to recover from a recent heart procedure.

The Southern rock legends' concerts this Friday, August 16, in Las Vegas, and Saturday, August 17, in Wheatland, California, have been rescheduled, respectively, for October 18 and 19.

The Las Vegas show's originally announced co-headliner, Bad Company, will still appear at the rescheduled event. It's not clear if Lynyrd Skynyrd's support acts for the Wheatland concert -- Grand Funk Railroad and Georgia Satellites -- will remain on the October 19 bill.

Rossington underwent a procedure to repair a leaky heart valve on July 31, after experiencing fatigue and other symptoms related to his ailment. Gary, who is the last remaining surviving original Lynyrd Skynyrd member, is expected to make a full recovery.

"We all appreciate the well wishes for Gary and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused," singer Johnny Van Zant says in a statement. "But he can't wait to come back and perform at 100% for the fans. We will see you all soon!"

The band is slated to return to the stage on Friday, August 23, for a show in Irvine, California, that also will feature fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Cheap Trick.

Lynyrd Skynyrd launched the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour in 2018. The band has not announced an end date for the trek.

Here are all of Lynyrd Skynyrd's upcoming shows:

8/23 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheatre presented by Mercury Insurance^
8/24 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion^^
8/30 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion+
8/31 -- Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center+
9/13 -- Southaven, MS, Bank Plus Amphitheater#
9/14 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre#
9/20 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater*
9/21 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green*
9/27 -- Jackson, MS, Brandon Amphitheater#
9/28 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater#
10/11 -- Manchester, TN, Exit 111 Festival@
10/12 -- Little Rock, AR, First Security Amphitheater
10/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena* (rescheduled from 8/16)
10/19 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre (rescheduled from 8/17)

^ = with ZZ Top, Cheap Trick
^^ = with ZZ Top, Austin Hanks
+ = with Hank Williams Jr., Wild Adriatic
# = with Cody Jinks
@ = with Black Stone Cherry
* = with Bad Company.

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Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert film and doc "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" to get first Blu-ray release

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, the 1987 documentary about the star-studded 60th birthday concerts that The Rolling StonesKeith Richards helped organize for his idol Chuck Berry, will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on November 19.

The film features footage of the birthday concerts, which took place October 16, 1986, at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.  It also offers a profile of the rock 'n' roll pioneer's life, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals for the shows.

The concerts featured Berry performing with a house band led by Richards, which included Chuck's longtime piano player Johnnie Johnson, Rolling Stones touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell and sax player Bobby KeysNRBQ bassist Joey Spampinato and lauded drummer Steve Jordan.

Among the special guests at the shows: Eric ClaptonLinda RonstadtEtta JamesJulian Lennon and Robert Cray.

The movie also includes interviews with and/or commentary from Berry, Richards, Bo DiddleyThe Everly BrothersJerry Lee LewisRoy OrbisonLittle Richard and Bruce Springsteen. There's also archival footage of Chuck performing with John Lennon.

Among the film's many highlights is a scene where Richards butts heads with a stubborn Berry as they try to get a guitar riff down for Chuck's classic tune "Carol."

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (Collector's Edition), which also will be released on DVD, will offer several bonus features, including an introduction by director Taylor Hackford, 54 minutes of extra rehearsal footage, a making-of documentary, a trailer, a collection of classic remarks made by Berry and a segment capturing Chuck sharing reminiscences with The Band's Robbie Robertson.

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We are golden: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of the most famous rock festival in history -- the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The extravaganza, which took place at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, ran from August 15 to the morning of August 18, 1969.

It was one of the defining events of the decade and of the hippie era -- bringing together an estimated 400,000 people for a weekend of peace, love, drugs and, of course, rock 'n' roll.

Among the many artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi HendrixCrosby, Stills, Nash & YoungThe WhoSantanaJefferson AirplaneJanis JoplinSly and the Family StoneThe Grateful DeadJoe CockerRichie HavensThe BandCreedence Clearwater RevivalJoan BaezTen Years AfterCanned HeatArlo Guthrie; and Country Joe and the Fish.

The festival was documented for an Oscar-winning film by director Michael Wadleigh that not only focused on the performances, but also showed how, despite bad weather, traffic nightmares, food shortages and other issues, the concert-goers and local residents and authorities banded together to make the event a remarkably peaceful one.

Reflecting on Woodstock's legacy, David Crosby told ABC Radio recently that he feels the significance part of the festival was not its magnitude, but "that people were nice to each other for three days…And we looked around and we said, 'Wow, this is what we were hoping for. Wow, we can hope!' And for a while, hope blossomed."

Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook shared similar sentiments, noting, "In my opinion, the whole experience was really about the audience, not the music. We were sort of the calling card to get people to show up. But if you look at the film, you'll see that the story is really the audience. The band is just the soundtrack."

Major Woodstock anniversary events were held in 1994 and 1999, with varying success, although a massive 50th anniversary celebration that was being put together by some of the original organizers was recently canceled after experiencing various well-publicized issues, primarily concerning financing and finding a venue for the event.

The venue at the site of the original festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, is hosting a series of special concerts this weekend that includes performances by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band on Friday, Santanaon Saturday, and ex-Creedence frontman John Fogerty on Sunday.

In observance of the 50th anniversary, a humongous limited-edition box set featuring every recorded performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival was released earlier this month. Woodstock: Back to the Garden -- The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive features 38 CDs and 432 tracks, running nearly 36 hours, with 267 of those tracks previously unreleased.

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Watch Paul Simon's first-ever duet with The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir

Paul Simon closed out the 2019 Outside Lands festival on Sunday at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and during his encore, he treated fans to a duet rendition of his Simon & Garfunkel classic "The Boxer" with a very special guest: The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir.

You can check out fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube. Before introducing Weir, Simon explained that he first met the singer/guitarist in 1967, when he went to the house where The Grateful Dead lived to ask the band to perform at the famous Monterrey International Pop Festival.

"I knocked on the door of their house," Paul recalled, "and Bob Weir opened the door, and we've been friends ever since. But actually, this is our first duet."

Weir then took the stage, and the two musicians played acoustic guitars together as Simon's band provided accompaniment.

Paul played a 21-song set that was made up mainly of well-known songs from his solo career, including "Late in the Evening," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Mother and Child Reunion," "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "You Can Call Me Al," "Graceland" and "Still Crazy After All These Years."

Simon also played three songs with the string ensemble yMusic, who contributed to his 2018 studio album In the Blue Light, including a version of "Bridge over Troubled Water."

Paul closed the concert with a pair of solo acoustic performances of his 1971 solo track "American Tune" and Simon and Garfunkel's 1965 chart-topper "The Sound of Silence."

As previously reported, Simon is donating all net proceeds from his Outside Lands performance to two local environmental organizations, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest.

Next up for Paul are two benefit shows on Maui, Hawaii, this Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Beach Boy Mike Love says he had a "fun, relaxing" time making his new solo album, "12 Sides of Summer"

Beach Boys frontman Mike Love released a new solo album last month called 12 Sides of Summer. As the title suggests, the record features 12 tracks celebrating the year's hottest season, among them covers of some classic summer- and beach-themed tunes, as well as updated versions of four Beach Boys songs and one new Love-penned original, "California Beach."

The 78-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that making the album was "one of the most fun, relaxing times" he's had.

"[The album has got] energy to it, but it was relaxing in the sense that we weren't trying too hard," Love explains. "We're not trying to write every song on the album. We did a lot of covers."

Among the covers was a rendition of The Ramones' "Rockaway Beach."

"The Ramones were Beach Boy fans. They actually covered 'Surfin' Safari,'" Love notes. "So I say we're getting even with them, in a nice way, by covering 'Rockaway Beach.'"

Speaking of "Surfin' Safari," that's one of the Beach Boys tunes that Love rerecorded for 12 Sides of Summer, along with "Surfin'," "It's OK" and "Keepin' the Summer Alive."

Love says the album's co-producer, Sam Hollander, who's worked with contemporary artists including Panic! at the Disco and Fitz and the Tantrums, came up with the idea of doing re-imagined, updated versions of Beach Boys tunes, which Mike says "was great."

Another interesting cover on the album is a laid-back, Caribbean-flavored rendition of the George Harrison-penned Beatles classic, "Here Comes the Sun."

Love says Beach Boys musical director Scott Totten came up with the "beautiful" arrangement, adding, "I sang it with as much love and sincerity and reverence as I possibly could." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

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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Madonna to play exclusive concerts for Citi cardmembers in NYC and Philadelphia

At 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, tickets for two exclusive Madonna concerts are going on sale, and if you're a Citi cardmember, you have a chance to grab them.

As part of Citi's Sound Vault concert series, Madonna will be playing two intimate shows exclusively for cardmembers. One will take place September 18 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, NY, and the other will take place December 10 at The Met Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

There's limited availability for both shows; visit CitiEntertainment.com for more information.

Both shows will come in the midst of her Madame X tour, which will play Brooklyn from September 12 to October 7, and in Philadelphia from December 7 through December 11.

As previously reported, Madonna's Madame X tour finds her performing multiple dates in theaters in various cities, rather than one or two stadium shows. She's also playing Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami Beach, Portugal, London and Paris.

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RHCP's Flea to release "Acid for the Children" memoir in November

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea's long-in-the-works memoir Acid for the Children will finally be released on November 5.

The book, which will feature a foreword by Patti Smith, follows the story of Flea's life, including "all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an L.A. street rat-turned-world-famous rock star."

Flea first revealed that he'd be writing a book in 2014, but Acid for the Children wasn't officially announced until spring of 2018. It originally had a September 2018 release date, but was then moved to November of that year, before being delayed until 2019.

You can pre-order Acid for the Children now via its publisher, Grand Central Publishing.

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Listen to unreleased Springsteen song, "I'll Stand by You," from the "Blinded by the Light" soundtrack

The Bruce Springsteen-heavy soundtrack for the new coming-of-age movie Blinded by the Light was released today on CD and digitally, and with it comes a previously unreleased tune by The Boss, "I'll Stand by You."

Springsteen originally wrote the melodic ballad for the 2001 fantasy flick Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but the tune wasn't used in the movie.

Besides being available on the Blinded by the Light soundtrack, as a digital single and via streaming, you can check out "I'll Stand by You" now at Bruce's official YouTube channel.

Blinded by the Light is based on the true story of the impact Springsteen's music had on a Pakistani Muslim teen in 1980s England.

Besides "I'll Stand by You, the film's soundtrack features well-known Springsteen tunes such as "Dancing in the Dark," "Badlands," "Cover Me," "Prove It All Night," "Hungry Heart," "Because the Night," "Born to Run" and, of course, "Blinded by the Light," along with "I'll Stand by You."

The album also includes two previously unreleased live performances: a version of "The River" that Bruce and The E Street Band played in New York City in September 1979, and a solo acoustic rendition of "The Promised Land" that The Boss performed in Washington, D.C., in November 2014.

Blinded by the Light gets its theatrical opening on Friday, August 16. A two-LP vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be released August 30, with a limited-edition orange-vinyl version available at Barnes & Noble stores and BarnesandNoble.com.

Here's the soundtrack's track list:

"Ode to Javed/Javed's Poem" -- A.R. Rahman
"It's a Sin" -- Pet Shop Boys
"The Sun Always Shines on T.V." -- a-ha
"The Boss of Us All" (dialogue)
"Dancing in the Dark" -- Bruce Springsteen
"You Should Be Listening to Our Music" (dialogue)
"I Never Knew Music Could Be Like This" (dialogue)
"The River" -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, September 21, 1979)*
"Number One Paki Film" (dialogue)
"Badlands" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Cover Me" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Thunder Road -- Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, CA, October 18, 1975)
"Get Outta My Way Fascist Pigs" -- Amer Chadha-Patel
""Do It for Me" (dialogue)
"Prove It All Night" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Hungry Heart" -- Bruce Springsteen
"You, Me…and Bruce" (dialogue)
"Because the Night" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Maar Chadapa" -- Heera
"The Promised Land" -- Bruce Springsteen (Live on The National Mall, Washington, D.C., November 11, 2014)*
"Blinded by the Light" -- Bruce Springsteen
"Born to Run" -- Bruce Springsteen
"I'll Stand by You" -- Bruce Springsteen (previously unreleased studio recording)*
"For You My Love" -- A.R. Rahman (new original song for film)*

* = previously unavailable on an album.

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell premieres new song "These Old Boots," featuring Dee Snider, Mick Mars & Chris Fehn

Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has premiered a new song called "These Old Boots," which will be included on his upcoming debut solo album, Old Lions Still Roar.

The track, available now for digital download, includes contributions from Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars and former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn. It's also accompanied by an animated video, which is streaming now on YouTube.

Old Lions Still Roar will be released October 25. It also features Judas Priest's Rob HalfordAlice Cooper and ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri, among others.

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Robert Plant to perform at 2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival this October in San Francisco

Robert Plant fans who are going to be in the Bay Area during the first weekend of October will get the chance to see in the Led Zeppelin singer perform for free.

Plant has joined the lineup of this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, which takes place October 4 to October 6 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Robert previously performed twice before at the free annual event, which celebrates bluegrass and other genres of roots music: in 2008 with Alison Krauss; and in 2011 with his Americana group, Band of Joy.

Other artists on the 2019 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass bill include Emmylou HarrisTanya TuckerThe WaterboysSteve Earle & the DukesMeat PuppetsBettye Lavette and Buddy Miller. Miller was a member of Plant's Band of Joy.

Robert's appearance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass comes at the end of his forthcoming North American tour with his current backing group The Sensational Space Shifters. The trek, which will feature a mix of festival appearances and headlining concerts, begins with a September 13 appearance at Canada's Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Here are all of Plant's upcoming North American performances:

9/13 -- Fredericton, NB, Canada, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival*
9/15 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, CityFolk Festival - Lansdowne Park*
9/17 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts#
9/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Outlaw Music Festival Tour -- Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
9/21 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond Festival*
9/23 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom+
9/25 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheater+
9/27 -- Missoula, MT, KettleHouse Amphitheater+
9/29 -- Spokane, WA, First Interstate Center for the Arts+
10/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater+
10/3 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater+
10/4-6 -- San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - Golden Gate Park*

* = festival performance
# = co-headlining with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
+ = Lillie Mae opens.

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New David Bowie doc focusing on late rock legend's early career premieres tonight on Showtimeck legend's early career premieres tonight on Showtime

A new David Bowie documentary titled David Bowie: Finding Fame get its U.S. television premiere tonight on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The 94-minute film focuses on the early years of the late rock legend's music career, from the late '60s to 1973, when he killed off his Ziggy Stardust rock-star alien character that helped catapult him to stardom.

The movie features archival interviews with Bowie in which he discusses the origins of many of his inventive ideas, and also includes new conversations with some of David's early collaborators.

In a preview clip from the documentary posted on Showtime's YouTube channel, we hear Bowie explaining how having a short attention span affected his creative approach.

"I was a very curious and enthusiastic person," he declares. "I just had to accept that I was a person that had a very short attention span, would move from one thing to another quite rapidly, then I got bored with the other."

In another segment of the video, David shares how he was confident in his artistic vision, saying, "Somehow I knew that what I was doing was important, taking elements from areas that really shouldn't sit comfortably with each other."

David Bowie: Finding Fame is the third in a trilogy of documentaries examining different periods of Bowie's career, following 2013's David Bowie: Five Years and 2017's David Bowie: The Last Five Years. The new film first aired on U.K. TV earlier in 2019 under the title David Bowie: The First Five Years.

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Bruce Springsteen crashes premiere of new movie "Blinded by the Light" in Asbury Park, NJ

The new movie Blinded by the Light is based on the true story of the impact Bruce Springsteen's music had on a Pakistani Muslim teen in '80s England -- so when the movie had its premiere Wednesday night in Asbury Park, NJ, it's no wonder The Boss showed up to support it.

The Asbury Park Press reports that Bruce walked the red carpet with his wife Patti Scialfa and the movie's director, Gurinder Chadha, who also directed Bend It Like Beckham.

The star of the movie, Viveik Kalra, said of Springsteen's appearance, "No one told me that was going to happen!"

According to Billboard, in the theater, Bruce ran through some of his '80s songs, including The River's "Sherry Darling." 

Springsteen hits from the '70s and '80s like "Dancing in the Dark," "Cover Me," "Hungry Heart," "Born to Run" and, of course, "Blinded by the Light" are featured on the movie's soundtrack, as well as three unreleased recordings: a studio version of "I'll Stand by You," a 1979 version of "The River" that Springsteen and The E Street Band played in New York City, and a solo acoustic rendition of "The Promised Land" performed in Washington, D.C. in 2014.

The soundtrack is out this Friday. The movie itself hits theaters on August 16.

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Mary J. Blige reflects on past trials and tribulations on new single "Know"

t's a Mary J. Blige summer indeed. While the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul may be in the thick of her co-headlining Royalty Tour with Nas, that hasn't delayed her from gifting fans with new music. 

Thursday, Blige dropped off a fresh track titled "Know" in which she candidly reflects on past trials and tribulations. Over the Sounwave production, the veteran vocalist makes it clear that she had to lose a great deal in order to gain her current peace of mind. 

“Know” serves as a follow-up to the Nas-assisted record, "Thriving," in which the lyrical titans declared they were still reaping the blessings of their decades-long toll of hard work.  

In addition to new music, Blige will also be taking her talents to the small screen as part of 50 Cent’s Power spin-off.  She also has an exclusive first-look television deal with Lionsgate.

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The O'Jays, Hooters, Evelyn "Champagne" King to be inducted into Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame

The 2019 inductees into the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame have been announced, and they include soul legends The O'Jays, eclectic pop-rock group The Hooters and disco star Evelyn "Champagne" King.

The induction ceremony will take place during the afternoon of October 22 along Philly's Avenue of the Arts, and the honorees will be celebrated that same evening at a special gala event at The Bellevue Philadelphia. Tickets for the gala are on sale now via Eventbrite.com.

This year's other honorees include The Philadelphia Orchestra, music industry executive Jody Gerson, late philanthropist Dorrance "Dodo" Hamilton and radio personality Pierre Robert.

Interestingly, two members of The Hooters, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, were previously inducted into the Philly Walk of Fame, thanks to their work as songwriters.

"This year's honorees class is filled with legends from especially diverse backgrounds, allowing us to once again display the variety of this city's phenomenal music genres -- from classical to rock to Philly soul," says Alan Rubens, chairman of the Philadelphia Music Alliance.

The PMA created the Walk of Fame to honor local music stars and promote the city's contributions to the arts and culture.

Other previous Walk of Fame inductees include Daryl HallJohn OatesThe StylisticsPatti LaBelleTammi TerrellTeddy PendergrassSister SledgeBill HaleyJim CroceTodd RundgrenChubby CheckerDick ClarkKenny GambleLeon HuffJoan JettBilly PaulThe Delfonics and The Trammps.

For more information, visit PMAWalk.org.

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Foreigner asking fans to contribute images to new tour program

Foreigner has sent out an "Urgent" call to fans, asking them to contribute assorted images relating to the band for use in the first tour book that the group is putting together in many years.

According to a post on ForeignerOnline.com, the band is requesting high-res scans of memorabilia dating from 1977 to the present, including "U.S and foreign magazine covers, covers of vintage tour books, foreign picture sleeves, record company promotional photos, backstage passes [and high-quality] personal photos you took of the band in concert."

Go to ForeignerOnline.com to find out details regarding the specifications of the scanned images, which should be sent to tourbook@foreigneronline.com by this Monday, August 12.

Fans whose items are chosen to be the book will receive a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming Foreigner concert of their choice, as well as a personalized program signed by the band members and credit in the program.

Foreigner has about 40 upcoming North American performances on their tour schedule, not including a pair of recently announced five-date Las Vegas residencies taking place next year at The Venetian Theatre.

As previously reported, among the shows are four special "Double Vision: Then and Now" concerts in October. Those shows feature the band's current lineup joined by most of the group's surviving original members.

Foreigner's next show takes place tonight in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Do it in the road! Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' "Abbey Road" photo shoot

Fifty years ago today, four young musicians were photographed walking across London's Abbey Road for what has become arguably one of the most iconic album covers ever.

On the morning of August 8, 1969, The Beatles were snapped by photographer Iain Macmillan as they strolled across the zebra-striped crosswalk in front of Abbey Road Studios, with one of the pics being used as the cover for what became Abbey Road.

The photo, which was one of six Macmillan took, features John LennonRingo StarrPaul McCartney and George Harrison crossing the street from left to right, in that order. Lennon wears a white suit, Starr a black suit and McCartney a gray one, while Harrison donned a blue denim shirt and jeans. Paul holda a cigarette in his right hand and is barefoot.

The Abbey Road crosswalk has since become a popular London tourist attraction, with Beatles fans regularly having their photo taken recreating the image. The cover also has been parodied numerous times for various reasons, including other artists' albums. For example, McCartney's 1993 concert album, Paul Is Live, shows the rock legend being pulled across Abbey Road by a sheepdog on a leash, and the cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1988 release, The Abbey Road E.P,. shows the band members making the crossing naked except for white tube socks over their genitals.

Abbey Road was released on September 26, 1969, and was the next-to-last studio effort issued by The Beatles. Let It Be, most of which was recorded prior to Abbey Road, got its release in April 1970.

Starr recently revealed to Billboard that a deluxe Abbey Road reissue is being prepared for release, although no official details have been announced.

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Willie Nelson cancels tour because of "a breathing problem"

Willie Nelson has canceled the remainder of his current tour due to what he describes as "a breathing problem."

"To my fans, I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out," Nelson posted in a brief message on his social media just after midnight.  "I’ll be back.  Love,  Willie."

The 86-year-old music legend had just finished playing a show at Toledo, Ohio's Huntington Center when the message was posted. 

Nelson's suffered from bouts of breathing problems over the years, including emphysema, and is well known for his unabashed love of smoking marijuana. Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in June, Nelson confessed to once smoking "two to three packs of cigarettes a day," and also admitted to having pneumonia "four or fives times, my lung collapsed, I almost died."  He said that's when he made the decision to switch from tobacco to marijuana, which he said "saved my life."

In 2015, Nelson underwent a stem cell operation intended to improve his breathing, though the outcome of that procedure isn't publicly known.

Nelson was next scheduled to play the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan Friday night.  His tour had dates scheduled all the way through November 29.

Willie also canceled tour dates early last year and in 2016, again citing breathing difficulties.


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Poison singer Bret Michaels pays tribute to his father, Wally Sychak, who died on Sunday

Poison's Bret Michaels has shared the sad news that his father, Wally Sychak, died Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack last week. According to The Daily Item, Sychak was 85 years old.

On his official website, Michaels posted a heartfelt tribute to his dad, writing, "He was a great guy & loved by all. He was a veteran who loved this country, people, family, golf, betting on them horses, a cold beer & long drives. My father was a dreamer, he was my warrior, my friend & most important my Dad."

Bret also revealed, "After being resuscitated five times the doctor said he has never seen anyone in my Dad's serious condition fight like he did."

He then addressed his father directly in his note, saying, "Dad you said be strong no matter what, but this pain in my heart & soul hurts so bad at the moment…so bad. I miss you already, we all do. I love you always Dad & I will see you one day on the other side."

Last Thursday, August 1, Michaels' website reported that Sychak had suffered cardiac arrest and "was being kept alive by life support." In the wake of his father's health crisis, Bret rescheduled two concerts -- an August 2 show in Orlando, Florida, and an August 3 performance in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which were moved, respectively to August 23 and August 24.

Just eight days before his passing, Sychak had attended his son's July 27 solo concert in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. On the day of the show, Sychak told The Daily Item, "It's always exciting to see how many lives [Bret] has touched…There is no place I would rather be than here with him tonight."

Michaels' next show is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7, in Sturgis, South Dakota.

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Watch as Elton John chooses rock and roll over classical music in "Rocketman" deleted scene

The Elton John biopic Rocketman gets its digital release today, complete with a bunch of extended and deleted scenes.
One of the deleted scenes, released on YouTube, features Taron Egerton’s Elton – back when he was still Reggie Dwight -- choosing rock 'n' roll over classical music.

In the clip, he tells his music teacher that he’s decided to go on tour with his band instead of playing in his music school's recital.

"You're throwing away all your hard work to dedicate your time to playing rock and roll in dirty pubs," his teacher argues. "Well, I don't just wanna play dead people's music," Elton responds.

The teacher warns him that if he fails, he's giving up his spot at the school for good. But at that point, Elton has made up his mind.  We'd say things worked out pretty well for him.

Rocketman hits DVD and Blu-Ray on August 27.

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Brian Wilson "feeling much better," relaunches 2019 tour tonight

Back in June, Brian Wilson postponed 12 concerts with his solo band that month, announcing that he was feeling "mentally insecure" and needed "to rest, recover and work with my doctors on this." Now, the Beach Boys co-founder is set to resume touring tonight in Lewiston, New York.

A message on Wilson's website reports that Brian has "been feeling 100% better," and included a note from the legendary singer/songwriter that reads, "Thank you to everyone for your cards and best wishes. Your concern and love just blows me away. I'm feeling much better and I look forward to seeing you when we start up our tour."

Wilson's trek begins with a series of five headlining shows, two of which were rescheduled from June. Some of the concerts will feature a full performance of The Beach Boys' classic 1966 album Pet Sounds, while others are billed as "Greatest Hits Live!" shows.

After those August dates, Brian will launch his previously announced joint trek with The Zombies, which kicks off August 31 in Las Vegas and runs through a September 28 performance in the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

The trek will feature Wilson and his solo band playing selections from The Beach Boys' Friends and Surf's Upalbums, plus various hits by Brian's old group. The Zombies, meanwhile, will feature their current lineup joined by original bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy, and will play their classic 1968 album Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.

Wilson also has a couple of additional headlining shows scheduled after the tour with The Zombies wraps up.

Brian and his band will be joined by Beach Boys alums Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin at all of their 2019 concerts.

Here are all of Wilson's confirmed tour dates:

8/7 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark Mainstage Theater (rescheduled from 6/15)*
8/9 -- Waterloo, NY, Del Lago Resort**
8/10 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Embassy Theatre**
8/11 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center*
8/13 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights* (rescheduled from 6/18)
8/31 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino+
9/1 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino+
9/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre+
9/7 -- Pala, CA, Pala Casino+
9/8 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre+
9/12 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre+
9/13 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theatre+
9/14 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre+
9/16 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre+
9/17 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall+
9/19 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy City Amphitheater+
9/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theater+
9/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater+
9/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre+
9/24 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre+
9/26 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre+
9/27 -- Waterbury, CT, Palace Theatre+
9/28 -- Upper Darby, PA, Tower Theatre+
9/29 -- Bethlehem, PA, The Wind Creek Event Center**
10/2 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre (rescheduled from 6/11)*

* = Pet Sounds: The Final Performances.
** = Greatest Hits Live!
+ = with The Zombies.

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Carlos Santana featured in new Miles Davis documentary premiering in New York and L.A. this month

Carlos Santana is among the music artists featured in Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a new documentary about the legendary and innovative jazz trumpeter and composer, which will get premiere theatrical screenings on August 23 in New York City and August 30 in Los Angeles.

Santana makes a brief appearance in an official trailer for the film, which you can check out now at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel. In the video, Carlos, who considers Davis one of his musical heroes, describes how people react when hearing Miles' trumpet playing.

"'[H]e starts playing and people are like, 'Ohhhh," says Santana. "He just disarms you."

The trailer also includes archival footage of Davis, who died in 1991 at age 65, hanging out with John Lennonand Yoko Ono.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool also features archival interviews with Miles, as well as new commentary from Quincy JonesClive Davis and many musicians who collaborated with or were influenced by Miles.

"Miles was a man apart -- in life, in love, in music," says Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool director Stanley Nelson, "and there has never been a major documentary about this man who never looked back, rarely apologized, and changed everything we thought we knew about jazz, about music -- several times in his career… In unpacking the mythology that surrounds him -- using his own words -- I think we'll be presenting the definitive, nuanced account of Miles Davis, the man behind the legend."

After its screenings in New York and L.A., Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool will get a wider theatrical release in September. Visit MilesDavisMovie.com for more information.

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D.A. Pennebaker, director of "Monterey Pop" and Dylan doc "Don't Look Back," dead at 94

D.A. Pennebaker, a documentary director and cinematographer whose best-known films include 1967's Don't Look Back and 1968's Monterey Pop, died Thursday of natural causes at age 94, Variety has confirmed.

Pennebaker, who was presented with an honorary Academy Award in 2013, is considered a pioneer of the genre known as Direct Cinema -- an intimate style of documentary film similar to cinéma vérité that uses handheld cameras, synchronous sound and small crews.

Don't Look Back focused on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of the U.K. and featured the influential folk-rocker candidly interacting with Joan BaezDonovan and poet Allen Ginsberg. The film begins with the famous visual -- set to "Subterranean Homesick Blues" -- that shows Dylan flipping through a series of cue cards, each of which displays a song lyric.

Monterey Pop profiles the historic 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, which helped introduce such famous rock acts as Jimi HendrixJanis Joplin and The Who to a wider audience.

Pennebaker's other well-known music-related films include 1971's Sweet Toronto, focusing on John Lennonand The Plastic Ono Band's famous 1969 show in Toronto, and the 1973 David Bowie concert flick Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Later in Pennebaker's career, he began collaborating on films with his third wife, Chris Hegedus. Among these docs was 1993's The War Room, a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

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Judge rules against Bobby Brown in suit over Showtime's Whitney Houston doc

Bad news for Bobby Brown: A judge has ruled that it doesn't matter that he didn't approve the use of footage of himself in Can I Be Me, a Showtime documentary about his late ex-wife, Whitney Houston.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon dismissed a lawsuit that Brown and his late daughter Bobbi Kristina's estate filed over the film. 

The judge ruled that "films and television programs based on true events are constitutionally protected expressive works," and that the film is also protected "as a matter of public interest."

Brown's objection that he never signed a release form authorizing the use of his likeness in the doc doesn't matter, said the judge, because the filmmakers didn't need a release form to include him in the movie.

"No acquisition agreement is required where First Amendment concerns are implicated," the judge said in the court documents.

In addition, the judge says Brown's appearance in the movie has "artistic relevance," and that it's not misleading -- in other words, there's no implication that he endorsed the movie.

As for Brown's claim that the inclusion of footage from his reality show Being Bobby Brown in the movie violated contractual restrictions against its use, the judge didn't rule on the matter.  She told the singer that he's free to pursue the claim in a state court.

Whitney: Can I Be Me premiered on Showtime in 2017 and examined the late singer's life and career, including her drug use, rumors about her sexuality and more.

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KISS launches new tour leg tomorrow; teams up with artist David Garibaldi to raise funds for charity

KISS kicks off a new North American leg of its the End of the Road farewell tour tonight, August 6, in Sunrise, Florida.

The trek's opening act is visual artist David Garibaldi, who each night creates an original painting live onstage, depicting famous moments from the band's 45-year history.  Fans attending the shows will have the chance to win the painting while supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation, via a partnership between KISS, Garibaldi and the contest platform Prizeo.

Fans can enter a drawing for the art piece by donating $10 through the new in-venue Prizeo Live! feature. Those who want to contribute more that that can earn bonus rewards, such as having personal messages appear on the big video screen at the venue of the show they're attending.

"Make-A-Wish has been synonymous with making dreams come true for children whose time to dream and see those wishes come true may [in some cases] be sadly limited," says KISS frontman Paul Stanley.

"KISS has worked with this great organization many times over the years and we are proud to find this meaningful way to contribute once again."

Adds Garibaldi, "I'm beyond honored to perform as an opener for one of the most iconic bands in music history, and help KISS raise money for the admirable work Make-A-Wish is doing for so many families. It's a mix of everything I live for: art, music and giving back."

Through Prizeo Live! donations, KISS and Garibaldi have raised more than $120,000 for the charity to date.

The new leg of KISS' End of the Road trek is mapped out through a September 20 concert in Los Angeles. Garibaldi will open all shows except for the band's September 14 performance in West Valley City, Utah.

Here are all of the group's 2019 North American dates:

8/6 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
8/8 -- North Charleston, NC, North Charleston Coliseum
8/10 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/14 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
8/16 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
8/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena
8/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
8/21 -- Hershey, PA, HersheyPark Stadium
8/23 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/24 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/27 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
8/29 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/31 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
9/1 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/3 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
9/5 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
9/7 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
9/8 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
9/9 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
9/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/12 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/14 -- West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre*
9/16 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center

* = David Garibaldi will not perform live at this show.

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Neil Young taking a break from touring until 2020 to focus on archival film projects

Neil Young may be getting ready to release Colorado, his new studio album with Crazy Horse, in the next few months, but the folk-rock legend reveals that he won't be doing any more touring this year.  Instead, he'll focus on completing a slew of film projects via his Shakey Pictures movie company.

A post on the Neil Young Archives website reports that Young "will be devoting the rest of this year to Shakey Pictures projects that deserve our focused attention to complete and deliver at their highest level."

The message adds, "Bringing you all of the footage Shakey Pictures has collected through the years is a pleasure to us. We are combing through and completing."

The post also features what Neil says is "an incomplete list" of current projects: There are 15 titles, one of which is the recently reported documentary about the making of the Colorado album.

Among the other films in the works are archival concert films capturing performances with Crazy Horse from 1976, the 1987 tour, the 2002-2003 trek and the 2012-2014 tour, and solo shows from 1971, 1978, 1983, 1999 and 2003.

Additional flicks include one focusing on the 1971 sessions for Neil's classic album Harvest, which he recorded with his backing group The Stray Gators; and an animated film called Trans 2020, that, according to RollingStone.comWillie Nelson's son Micah is creating using music from Young's 1982 album Trans.

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

Here's the full "incomplete" list of Shakey Pictures projects, along with details about each courtesy of RollingStone.com:

A Rusted Out Garage -- Crazy Horse's 1987 tour
Greendale Live -- Crazy Horse's 2002-2003 tour
Alchemy -- Crazy Horse's 2012-2014 tour
Colorado Sessions -- Film about the making of the Young's upcoming album with Crazy Horse
Catalyst -- Catalyst is a club in Santa Cruz, CA, that Young frequently played between 1975 and 1997. It's unclear which shows are featured in the film.
Tokyo Budokan '76 -- A 1976 show with Crazy Horse
London Odeon Hammersmith '76 -- A 1976 show with Crazy Horse
Solo Trans -- A 1983 one-man show supporting the Trans album
Stray Gators Harvest Sessions -- The 1971 recording sessions for Harvest
Greendale Live at Vicar Street -- A March 2003 solo show during the Greendale tour
The Boarding House -- A 1978 solo acoustic stand at a San Francisco club
Silver and Gold -- A 1999 solo acoustic tour
Stratford Shakespearean Theater 1971 -- A January 1971 solo acoustic show in Connecticut
Solo BBC 1971 -- A BBC solo acoustic show taped on February 23, 1971
Trans 2020 -- An animated film by Micah Nelson using the music of Young's 1982 LP Trans

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John Fogerty to appear on "CBS Sunday Morning," ABC's "Good Morning America" in the coming days

Next week, John Fogerty kicks off a new North American leg of his ongoing "My 50 Year Trip" tour, but before the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman returns to the roads, fans will be able to watch him on a couple of TV shows in the coming days.

This Sunday, August 4, Fogerty will appear on a CBS Sunday Morningsegment focusing on the Woodstock festival's upcoming 50th anniversary, and share some recollections about performing at the event.

Then, on Monday morning, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will play a medley of CCR hits with his backing band on ABC's Good Morning America.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, August 8, Fogerty will take part in a Woodstock-themed conversation and performance event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Respected rock journalist David Fricke will conduct the interview with John and with producer, archivist and writer Andy Zax, who helped put together the massive Woodstock -- Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive box set.

Fogerty will close out the event with a special performance.

Fogerty's new run of shows begins Friday, August 9, in East Providence, Rhode Island. On August 18, John will return to the site of Woodstock in Bethel, New York, to perform at the Bethel Woods Center of the Arts, almost 50 years to the day that Creedence rocked the famous fest. Supporting Fogerty at the show will be the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Grace Potter.

John's 2019 itinerary also features a September 20 performance at the Bourbon and Beyond Festival in Louisville, Kentucky; a five-date series of shows in Canada in October; and a six-concert Las Vegas residencyin November.

Here are all of Fogerty's forthcoming concerts:

8/9 -- East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
8/10 -- Vineyard Haven, MA, Veterans Memorial Park
8/11 -- Westbrook, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
8/13 -- Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
8/15 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
8/17 -- Bensalem, PA, Xcite Center - Parx Casino
8/18 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Center for the Arts
9/13 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
9/14 -- Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Opera
9/20 -- Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond - Kentucky Expo Center
9/21 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
10/12 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Save-On Memorial Centre
10/13 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
10/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
10/16 -- Lethbridge, AB, Canada, Enmax Centre 
10/17 -- Red Deer, AB, Canada, Centrium Westerner Park
11/6, 8-9, 13, 15-16 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater

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Tell me about it, stud: Olivia Newton-John explains why she's auctioning off iconic "Grease" outfit

On November 2, Olivia Newton-John is teaming with Julien's Auctions to sell items from her long career -- including the iconic black pants and leather jacket she wore as Sandy in Grease

Olivia tells ABC Radio that surprisingly, it wasn't difficult to part with them.  Since the money raised by the auction will go to Olivia's Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, in her native Australia, she had no compunction about selling anything, including that outfit.

"I've worn them and that was another part of my life, and now it can go to good use and someone can enjoy them," Olivia says. "I'm hoping it will end up in a museum somewhere so that people can see them in the future, but if not, a billionaire from China who wants it for his granddaughter...that's fine too!"

But there's a lot more on the block than just Grease items. 

"I didn't realize I had so much stuff!" Olivia laughs. "I had stuff in storage at my house.... I had stuff in storage in L.A. My assistant Dana....had scripts and books and things from TV shows...and clothing that I'd had on tour....so there was a lot of surprises that I had forgot about."

When deciding what to keep and what to sell, Olivia would ask herself, "Can I let this go?"

"And every time the answer [was yes]...because it was going to be won by somebody who'd enjoy it and it would help my...Centre," she explains. "So it was a win-win for me."

But before she packed up Sandy's pants, Olivia admits she tried them on one last time.

"I did, and I wasn't going to tell anyone unless I could get in [them]!" she laughs. "But thank goodness, at least my legs got in there!"

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David Crosby says he'd like to work with Stills, Nash and Young again, but it's a "pretty complex" situation

The new documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name takes a candid look at the 77-year-old folk-rock legend's turbulent life and career, including his fractured relationships with Graham NashNeil Young and Stephen Stills, and his recent burst of creativity.

David Crosby reveals in the movie that while Stills, Nash and Young currently aren't speaking with him, but he tells ABC Radio, "I don't have any bad feelings about those guys at all."

Regarding the prospects of reconciling with his longtime collaborators, David says, "You can't really engineer that kind of thing. If it happens, it happens, and that's good. If it doesn't happen, it's good. It's all OK."

As for whether he'd like to collaborate with Stills, Nash and Young again, Crosby says, "Yeah, sure," while noting that it's a "pretty complex" situation.

David adds, "I'm really proud of the work we did…But I'm really very into this surge that's happening to me. I figure I should go with it."

That surge, which began with his 2014 solo effort, Croz, has seen Crosby release three more albums since he last performed with Stills and Nash in 2015. David tells ABC Radio that he's nearly finished with yet another solo album, this one recorded with the same musicians with whom he worked on his 2017 release, Sky Trails, including his son, keyboardist James Raymond.

"We have probably…two more songs than we need, at least, already," Crosby says of the project. "James is writing a lot. I'm writing a lot…so I think it'll be [done] soon, but I'm not gonna put any limits on it."

Remember My Name is playing now in select U.S. theaters. Crosby launches a new U.S. tour on August 11. Here are all the dates:

8/11 -- New York City, NY, Damrosch Park
8/13 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
8/15 -- Roanoke, VA, Jefferson Center
8/18 -- Upper Salford, PA, Philadelphia Folk Festival
8/20 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
8/22 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
8/24 -- Bayfield, WI, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
8/25 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Theatre
8/27 -- Bismarck, ND, Belle Mehus Auditorium
8/29 -- Missoula, MT, The Wilma Theatre
8/31 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre
9/1 -- Portland, OR, Aladdin Theatre
9/3 -- Arcata, CA, John Van Duzer Theatre
9/4 -- Redwood City, CA, Fox Forum
9/6 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre
9/8 -- Big Sur, CA, Henry Miller Memorial Library
9/10 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theater
9/12 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Celebrity Theatre
9/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Casion Resort Spa
9/15 -- Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen
9/17 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre*

+ = newly added show.
* = with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.

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Album featuring CCR's full Woodstock set arrives today; John Fogerty recalls that his old band "kicked butt"

Creedence Clearwater Revival's full 1969 Woodstock festival performance finally gets released today, nearly 50 years after the event. Live at Woodstock features CCR's complete 11-song, hour-long set, and is available on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally.

The band was supposed to play a Saturday night headlining slot at Woodstock on August 16, 1969, but technical issues and rain pushed the start time past midnight. Frontman John Fogerty has joked that CCR hit the stage after The Grateful Dead had put everybody to sleep.

Fogerty initially didn't feel positive about his band's performance, which led him to block its release for years, while also refusing to allow CCR to appear in the Oscar-winning 1970 Woodstock documentary and on the film's soundtrack album.  Fogerty tells ABC Radio that his feelings about CCR's Woodstock performance have since changed.

"We had kicked butt in front of...Well, we woke up a half a million people," he declares. "And by the time we were…done with it, they were rocking and having a great time…But, you know, it was a struggle, 'cause everyone was asleep."

Speaking separately with ABC Radio, CCR bassist Stu Cook recalls that the band's performance got off to "a rough start," but says that after that, "we got our footing and settled down, and then played a solid journeyman set."

Cook says also he remembers the audience being "pretty whipped," but doesn't think they were quite as lethargic as Fogerty described them.

As for his old band's performance finally being released, Stu says, "I'm glad it's out for people to check out. You know…most people still don't know that Creedence actually played at Woodstock."

Here's the Live at Woodstock track list:

"Born on the Bayou"
"Green River"
"Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)"
"Bad Moon Rising"
"Proud Mary"
"I Put a Spell on You"
"The Night Time Is the Right Time"
"Keep On Chooglin'"
"Suzie Q"

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The Stray Cats' Lee Rocker says band is "ready to go and revved up" to launch new US tour

The Stray Cats launch their first U.S. tour in 12 years Saturday, August 3, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 10-date trek, which runs through an August 31-September 1 stand in San Diego, celebrates the rockabilly trio's 40th anniversary, and is in support of their new studio album, aptly named 40.

Bassist Lee Rocker tells ABC Radio that stateside trek, which follows a run of European shows, is "gonna be great."

"We're ready to go and revved up," says Rocker, who turns 58 the same day the tour starts. "And I got some beautiful new upright basses being custom painted, and [we're] checking the gear. [We're] super excited about it.

Rocker says The Stray Cats certainly will play plenty of their classics, but they also won't skimp on performing material from 40, the band's first studio effort in 26 years.

"I mean, of course we're gonna be doing…'Rock This Town' and 'Stray Cat Strut' and 'Sexy and 17,'" he maintains, "but we want to tackle a good amount of the new record [too]…So I think we're probably gonna do five or six songs off of it, which is exciting for us to get to play this new music."

He adds, "I think from the reaction we're getting…the fans out there are just really revved up over this record."

Rocker also says he's amazed that it's been 40 years since the band started.

"It was 1979 in Massapequa, Long Island, in my dad's garage. [W]e were three kids that knew each other probably since we were around 10 years old, and we started the band," Lee reminisces. "And it's just been, you know, especially the early days, was like being shot out of a cannon."

Here are all of The Stray Cats' 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
9/1 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys

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Paul McCartney, Nick Mason featured on new tribute song for late Wings guitarist Henry McCullough

Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason appear on a star-studded tribute to late Wings guitarist Henry McCullough called "Live Long Rock 'n' Roll," which will be released this month.

McCullough died in 2016 at age 72. He played with Wings from 1972 to 1973. Hot Press reports that the song was co-written by McCullough with a good friend, Irish singer/songwriter Don Mescall.

It was after Henry suffered a serious heart attack in 2012 that Mescall decided to start gathering some famous guest artists to record the tune. Mescall says he first invited Mason to contribute to the song, and then got acclaimed U.K. session guitarist Albert Lee to play on it.

Lee suggested that Mescall reach out to keyboardist Chris Stainton, who had played with McCullough in Joe Cocker's famed backing group The Grease Band. Stainton gladly agreed to take part in the project.

Mescall then got word to McCartney that he wanted him to play bass on the track, and heard back that the rock legend "loved the song and he really wanted to play on it."

"There are still sometimes when I'm on my own in the studio when I'll listen to Paul McCartney's bass on the track and think, 'If anyone brought magic to this track -- it was Sir Paul McCartney,'" Mescall tells Hot Press. "He put heart and soul into the bass line on the track. It's absolutely incredible."

Others who contributed to the song include Procol Harum's Gary Brooker on lead vocals and ex-Squeezeand Mike + the Mechanics member Paul Carrack on backing vocals.

"Live Long Rock 'n' Roll" will appear on a new McCullough compilation titled Ballywonderland, which arrives on August 16.

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Watch Dave Grohl cover Van Halen with The Bird & The Bee on "The Late Late Show"

Dave Grohl popped up on CBS' The Late Late Show Wednesday night to play drums alongside The Bird & The Bee.

The Foo Fighters frontman joined the duo, made up of vocalist Inara George and producer Greg Kurstin, for a cover of Van Halen's 1978 single "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love."

The track will be featured on The Bird & The Bee's upcoming Van Halen tribute album, Interpreting the Masters, Volume 2. The collection, which also includes a performance of "Hot for Teacher" featuring Beck, arrives August 2.

Grohl has long been a fan of The Bird & The Bee, which led to Kurstin -- who's worked with artists including Paul McCartneyKelly ClarksonPink and Sia -- producing the latest Foo Fighters album, 2017's Concrete and Gold

By the way, Inara George is the daughter of the late Lowell George, of the legendary boogie-rock band Little Feat.

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Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band launch 30th anniversary tour tonight in Windsor, Canada

Tonight, Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band launch a new North American tour commemorating the group's 30th anniversary in Windsor, Canada, just outside of Detroit. The 22-date trek is plotted out through a September 1 concert in Los Angeles.

The tour will feature a number two-night stands: August 3-4 at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois; August 7-8 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; and August 10-11 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia. The Beach Boys also will be performing at the Ravinia Festival gigs.

Ringo and the All Starr Band also will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock when they play an August 16 show at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the venue located at the site of the 1969 festival in Bethel, New York. The concert also will feature The Edgar Winter Band and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

The current version of the All Starr Band features ex-Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg RolieToto guitarist Steve LukatherMen at Work frontman Colin Hay and former Average White Bandguitarist/bassist Hamish Stuart, as well as sax player/percussionist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

In related news, a number of galleries will be hosting exhibits of Ringo's artwork while he's on the road with the All Starr Band.  Those include ZIA Gallery in Winnetka, Illinois, from August 2 to 4, and Bennett Galleries in Nashville from August 6 to 8. Ringo is slated to visit the Nashville gallery on August 8, prior to his concert with the All Starrs at the Ryman.

Here are all of the group's confirmed North American tour dates:

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

* = with The Beach Boys
** = with The Edgar Winter Band and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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