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50th anniversary reissues of The Band's self-titled second album due in November

The Band's self-titled second album was released 50 years ago this month.  To commemorate the milestone, the record -- also known as "The Brown Album" -- will be reissued in multiple formats and configurations on November 15.

The album features two Band classics -- "Up on Cripple Creek" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" -- which were released as a two-sided single that peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself reached #9 on the Billboard chart, and has gone on to sell over a million copies in the U.S.

Among the versions of the 50th anniversary reissue is a Super Deluxe box set featuring two CDs, two 180-gram-vinyl LPs, a Blu-ray disc, a 7-inch vinyl single and a hardbound book.

The CDs feature a remastered version of the album; bonus alternate takes, outtakes and instrumental mixes, some of which are previously unreleased; and The Band's full performance from the 1969 Woodstock festival.

The LPs feature the remastered original album. The Blu-ray contains high-res stereo and surround mixes of The Band and six unreleased bonus tracks, plus the Classic Albums: The Band making-of documentary. The seven-inch single features "Rag Mama Rag" backed with "The Unfaithful Servant."

The reissue is also coming out as a single CD, as well as digitally, and as a two-LP set available on standard black vinyl and limited-edition tiger's-eye vinyl. Band guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson oversaw the reissue project.

In advance of the reissue's release, an alternate version of "Rag Mama Rag" has been released as a digital single and via streaming services. Fans who pre-order a digital version of the reissue also will receive an instant free download of the track.

Here's the track list of the Super Deluxe reissue's CDs:

CD 1

The Band:
"Across the Great Divide"
"Rag Mama Rag"
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
"When You Awake"
"Up on Cripple Creek"
"Whispering Pines"
"Jemima Surrender"
"Rockin' Chair"
"Look Out Cleveland"
"The Unfaithful Servant"
"King Harvest (Has Surely Come)"

Bonus Tracks:
"Up On Cripple Creek" (Earlier Take)*
"Rag Mama Rag" (Alternate Version)*
"The Unfaithful Servant" (Alternate Version)*
"Look Out Cleveland" (Instrumental Mix)*
"Rockin' Chair" (A Cappella/Stripped Down)*
"Up on Cripple Creek (Instrumental Mix)*

CD 2

Live at Woodstock, 1969 (Original Rough Mixes):
"Chest Fever"
"Tears of Rage"
"We Can Talk"
"Don't Ya Tell Henry"
"Baby Don't You Do It"
"Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos"
"Long Black Veil"
"This Wheel's On Fire"
"I Shall Be Released"
"The Weight"
"Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"

Additional Studio Bonus Tracks:
"Get Up Jake" (Outtake - Stereo Mix)
"Rag Mama Rag" (Alternate Vocal Take - Rough Mix)
"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (Alternate Mix)
"Up on Cripple Creek" (Alternate Take)
"Whispering Pines" (Alternate Take)
"Jemima Surrender" (Alternate Take)
"King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" (Alternate Performance)

* = previously unreleased.

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The Who postpones two upcoming concerts after Roger Daltrey loses his voice in Houston

The Who have postponed two upcoming concerts after they cut short a show in Houston on Wednesday because front man Roger Daltrey lost his voice.

A message on the band's official website reports that "due to illness," concerts at American Airlines Center in Dallas tonight and Pepsi Center in Denver on Sunday, September 29, "must be postponed."

The British rock legends are asking fans to hold on to their tickets for these shows, as well as for the Houston concert, "as they will be honored at the rescheduled dates." Further details will be announced soon.

The Who's official blogger, Brian Kehew, wrote a recap of the Houston show, explaining what happened with Daltrey and discussing how the band considered continuing the concert before eventually deciding to call it a night.

Several songs into the gig, after the band had played its Tommy set, Roger commented to the crowd, "It's great to be in Texas, but didn't expect it to be allergy week," indicating that he was having trouble with his voice.

Roger starting singing the next song, "Who Are You," but stopped during the first verse, letting guitarist Pete Townshend take over.

Next up was "Eminence Front," a tune that Townshend sings, but -- according to Kehew -- by the end of the song, Daltrey had decided he wasn't able to continue, and left the stage.

At this point, about 50 minutes into the concert, Townshend told the audience that the band would try to put together a show minus Daltrey but first, they'd take a break. After conferring with The Who's manager, however, it was decided to call off the rest of the concert.

The Who's next scheduled show is October 9 in San Francisco. Visit TheWho.com for the band's full itinerary.

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Aerosmith cancels Las Vegas residency show after Steven Tyler loses his voice

The Who isn't only famous rock band that had to nix a show this week because its singer is having vocal trouble.

Aerosmith canceled their Las Vegas residency concert Thursday at the Park Theater at Park MGM because frontman Steven Tyler lost his voice.


The message is accompanied by humorous photo of frowning Tyler with a handwritten note stuck to his throat that says, "Out of Order."

Aerosmith's next performance as part of its "Deuces Are Wild" residency is scheduled for this Saturday, September 28. No word yet if the show will go on as planned. The band's current Las Vegas run is plotted out through an October 8 performance, while another series of concerts is slated to begin on November 14.

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Watch Roger Daltrey discuss The Who's destructive concerts on 'Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road'

Watch video! The latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the longtime AC/DC frontman chatting with The Who's Roger Daltrey as the two rock legends visit some of the British band's old stomping grounds.

Among the topics Daltrey discusses on the show, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, are The Who's penchant for smashing their instruments on stage, and late drummer Keith Moon's tendency to wreak havoc at the hotels while the band was on tour.

In a preview clip from the program, Roger explains how he and his band mates would release their pent-up aggression during their concerts.

"We were…these four completely different people with huge egos, and we'd have fist fights," Daltrey notes. "It was incredibly volatile, and that used to come across in the music, which made people sit up and listen. The thing about The Who, it was the Third World War every time we got on stage."

But Roger also maintains that Pete Townshend didn't just smash his guitar for the spectacle of it -- he was also doing it for sonic effect.

"When Pete used to break those guitars, it was like a ritual slaughter of some mythological animal. The thing used to scream," Daltrey recalls. "Every whack of it somewhere would create a different noise, with incredible volume."

He adds that journalists who would focus only on the fact that Townshend smashed his guitar were missing the point.

Johnson, meanwhile, gushes over how "dead exciting" it was to watch The Who at that time, declaring, "When we saw the guitars going through the amp, you…swinging the old mic around…and the drums getting blown up and all that…it was fabulous."

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Six-CD version of The Police's 'Every Move You Make' box set to be released in November

Last year, The Police marked the 40th anniversary of its debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, by releasing a vinyl box set called Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings.  Now, a six-CD version of collection will hit stores on November 8.

The package features newly remastered versions of the band's five studio records -- Outlandos d'Amour, 1979's Reggatta de Blanc, 1980's Zenyatta Mondatta, 1981's Ghost in the Machine and 1983's Synchronicity -- plus the new rarities compilation Flexible Strategies.  That includes non-album tracks and B-sides, and includes a rare 1983 remix on "Truth Hits Everybody."

The CDs are housed in gatefold digipak wallets and come packaged in a clamshell-style box.

Formed in 1977, The Police featured singer/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland and became one of the most popular acts to emerge from the New Wave scene. All five Police studio albums have sold at least a million copies in the U.S., with the chart-topping Synchronicity being the group's most successful release, having sold more than eight million copies in the States.

Among the memorable Police songs and hits featured in the box: "Roxanne," "Message in a Bottle," "Walking on the Moon," "Don't Stand So Close to Me," "Driven to Tears," "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da," "Spirits in the Material World," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," "King of Pain," "Synchronicity II"  and the #1 smash "Every Breath You Take."

Also on November 8, Reggatta de BlancZenyatta MondattaGhost in the Machine and Synchronicity will be reissued as standalone LPs pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Here are the track lists of the albums in the box set:

Outlandos d'Amour

"Next to You"
"So Lonely"
"Hole in My Life"
"Can't Stand Losing You"
"Truth Hits Everybody"
"Born in the '50s"
"Be My Girl -- Sally"
"Masoko Tanga"

Reggatta de Blanc

"Message in a Bottle"
"Reggatta de Blanc"
"It's Alright for You"
"Bring on the Night"
"Walking on the Moon"
"On Any Other Day"
"The Bed's Too Big Without You"
"Does Everyone Stare"
"No Time This Time"

Zenyatta Mondatta

"Don't Stand So Close to Me"
"Driven to Tears"
"When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around"
"Canary in a Coalmine"
"Voices Inside My Head"
"Bombs Away"
"De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da"
"Behind My Camel"
"Man in a Suitcase"
"Shadows in the Rain"
"The Other Way of Stopping"

Ghost in the Machine

"Spirits in the Material World"
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
"Invisible Sun"
"Hungry for You (J'aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)"
"Demolition Man"
"Too Much Information"
"Rehumanize Yourself"
"One World (Not Three)"


"Synchronicity I"
"Walking in Your Footsteps"
"O My God"
"Miss Gradenko"
"Synchronicity II"
"Every Breath You Take"
"King of Pain"
"Wrapped Around Your Finger"
"Tea in the Sahara"

Flexible Strategies

"Dead End Job" (1978)
"Landlord" (1979)
"Visions of the Night" (1979)
"Friends" (1980)
"A Sermon" (1980)
"Shambelle" (1981)
"Flexible Strategies" (1981)
"Low Life" (1981)
"Murder by Numbers" (1983)
"Truth Hits Everybody" (Remix) (1983)
"Someone to Talk To" (1983)
"Once Upon a Daydream" (1983)

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Olivia Newton-John says she never asked "Why me?" during cancer battle

Olivia Newton-John is opening up about her ongoing battle with breast cancer in a new interview for CBS Sunday Morning set to air this weekend.

Despite battling the illness for the third time, the 71-year-old says she's never felt anger about her diagnosis.

"No. 'Why me?' has never been a part of it," she says. "But I never felt victimized...Maybe deep down I knew there was a reason or a purpose for it, or maybe I needed to create one to make it okay for myself. Because it's -- again, it's a decision: 'How am I gonna deal with it?'"

And Olivia intends to deal with it in a positive way. She says even knowing the survival rate of people with stage-four cancer, she's made the decision that she's going to beat those statistics.

"I'm happy. I'm lucky. I'm grateful," she says. "I have much to live for. And I intend to keep on livin' it."

Newton-John admits that she thinks about death, just like any other person, but she doesn't let it consume her.

"I try not to think about it too much," she says. "But I try to meditate and be peaceful about it and know that everyone I love is there, so there's something to look forward to."

CBS Sunday Morning airs Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on CBS.

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Here come The Beatles' 50th anniversary 'Abbey Road' reissues

Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road, the final album recorded by The Beatles. Today sees the arrival of the series of special reissues commemorating the milestone.

The reissue boasts a new stereo mix by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin.  The deluxe versions of the collection feature 23 session recordings and demos, most of which are previously unreleased.

The Super Deluxe edition of the reissue includes a Blu-ray disc with a striking Dolby Atmos surround mix and other high-res mixes.

In an interview promoting the reissue, Giles says of the new mixes, "We can take more time and we have better technology now than they had in 1969. So we can make things more visceral, more vibrant, more energetic."

Giles also discusses how, in the Dolby Atmos mix of the album-closing anthem "The End," they were able to sonically separate the guitar solos by John LennonGeorge Harrison and Paul McCartney so that you "get the sense it's the three of them playing off each other."

Among the extra tracks are McCartney's demos of "Come and Get It" and "Goodbye," tunes not featured on Abbey Road that became hits, respectively, for Badfinger and Mary Hopkin.

In addition, some of the studio outtakes include banter that gives fans the sense of the camaraderie between the band members.

The Super Deluxe Abbey Road reissue includes a total of 40 tracks over three CDs and the aforementioned Blu-ray, packaged in a 100-page hardbound book with a foreword written by McCartney, track-by-track details, rare photos and more.

Other editions of the reissue include a three-LP package, a two-CD set and single-CD, single-LP and digital versions.

Here are the details for the Super Deluxe set:

CD One (2019 Stereo Mix):
"Come Together"
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
"Oh! Darling"
"Octopus's Garden"
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
"Here Comes the Sun"
"You Never Give Me Your Money"
"Sun King"
"Mean Mr. Mustard"
"Polythene Pam"
"She Came In Through the Bathroom Window"
"Golden Slumbers"
"Carry That Weight"
"The End"
"Her Majesty"

CD Two (Sessions):
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (Trident Recording Session & Reduction Mix)
"Goodbye" (Home Demo)
"Something" (Studio Demo)
"The Ballad of John and Yoko" (Take 7)
"Old Brown Shoe" (Take 2)
"Oh! Darling" (Take 4)
"Octopus's Garden" (Take 9)
"You Never Give Me Your Money" (Take 36)
"Her Majesty" (Takes 1–3)
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" (Takes 1–3 / Medley)
"Here Comes the Sun" (Take 9)
"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (Take 12)

CD Three (Sessions):
"Come Together (Take 5)
"The End (Take 3)
"Come and Get It (Studio Demo)
"Sun King (Take 20)
"Mean Mr. Mustard (Take 20)
"Polythene Pam (Take 27)
"She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" (Take 27)
"Because" (Take 1 – Instrumental)
"The Long One" (Trial Edit & Mix – 30 July 1969)
(Medley: "You Never Give Me Your Money," "Sun King," "Mean Mr. Mustard," "Her Majesty," "Polythene Pam," "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window," "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," "The End")
"Something" (Take 39 – Instrumental – Strings Only)
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" (Take 17 – Instrumental – Strings & Brass Only)

Blu-ray: Abbey Road
Audio Features:
- Dolby Atmos
- 96kHz/24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- 96kHz/24-bit High Res Stereo (2019 Stereo Mix)

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Supremes legend Mary Wilson is "quite fine" with being eliminated first from "Dancing with the Stars"

Legendary Supremes singer Mary Wilson was eliminated from ABC's Dancing with the Stars Monday night after ending up in the bottom two with former NFL star Ray Lewis -- but she tells ABC Audio that the decision "made a lot of sense" to her. 

Thanks to a new rule, the judges can now "save" one of the bottom two couples.  Last night, after judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Toniolicouldn't agree, head judge Len Goodman made the call.  Though he said his "heart" told him to keep Wilson, his "head" told him to keep Lewis -- and Wilson says was O.K. with that.

"Everyone on the show was really excellent yesterday," she explains. "And so...being a very authentic kind of person, [Len] wanted to do the right thing for the dancing. And to me, that made a lot of sense."

"You know, obviously...it didn't feel good that I had to leave, but it still made a lot of sense. So I was quite fine," she adds.

Earlier in the show, Wilson had danced a cha-cha-cha, and provided a hilarious moment when Len told her to straighten her legs.  She clapped her hand over her mouth in shock, because she thought he said something else.

"It was very difficult to really hear what the judges were saying because it was a lot of noise around the place, a lot of excitement," Wilson explains. "So I didn't really hear him. I thought he said, 'Spread your legs!'"

She laughs, "I'm like, 'Well why would he say that? My mom always said 'Keep your knees together!'"

While Mary kicked off the season by dancing to "Baby Love," she says if she'd continued on the show, there wouldn't have been any more Supremes hits.

"I think one was enough, really!" she laughs.

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During new 'Late Show' interview, Paul McCartney admits he often dreams about John Lennon

Paul McCartney was the sole guest Monday night on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and, during a wide-ranging interview, he revealed that he often dreams about late Beatles band mate John Lennonand about playing with his old group.

McCartney explained that it's not unusual to dream about somebody with whom "you've had a relationship like that for so long, such a deep relationship."

He continued, "I love when people revisit you in your dreams. I often have band dreams and they're crazy. I'm often with John and just talking about something, and I come to get my Hofner bass, ready to play, and it's covered in sticky tape. You know, dreams."

McCartney then noted that his dreams about Lennon are "always good."

Colbert also brought up the fact that McCartney lost his mother when he was just 14, and Paul discussed how difficult it was for him at that time, until he got involved in playing music and met Lennon. He also noted that he and John shared a bond, because Lennon's mother also died when he was a teenager.

Later in the show, McCartney revealed that he recently saw the new film Yesterday, about a struggling musician who, after having an accident, wakes to a world in which he's the only person who knows The Beatles and their music.  He then becomes famous by presenting their songs as his own.

Paul revealed that he and his wife wanted to watch the movie with an audience, so they sneaked into the back row of a theater.

"It was a good way to see it," McCartney said, adding that he "thought it was a nice movie" and "a pretty good plug for me."

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Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter dead at 78

Robert Hunter, best known as a lyricist for The Grateful Dead, died Monday at the age of 78, Rolling Stone reports.

Rolling Stone cites a family statement saying that Hunter "died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love. His wife, Maureen, was by his side holding his hand."

"For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way his is never truly gone," the statement continues. "In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music. Let there be songs to fill the air."

A poet and writer as well as a lyricist, Hunter contributed to such classic Dead tunes as "Dark Star," "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Friend of the Devil," "Sugar Magnolia," "Box of Rain," "Ripple" and "Touch of Grey."

Hunter met Jerry Garcia in 1961 when Garcia asked him to join him in his jug band, but Hunter passed.  After attending Stanford, where he took part in LSD experiments, he moved to the Southwest and struggled with drug issues before returning to San Francisco. 

According to Rolling Stone, Hunter was present when the Dead were writing the song that became "Dark Star," and started writing lyrics for the tune, marking his first collaboration.

After Garcia passed away, Hunter wrote songs with Elvis Costello, Bruce Hornsby, Americana singer Jim Lauderdale and, most notably, Bob Dylan, starting with Dylan's 1988 album Down in the Groove. He also toured as a solo artist.

Hunter told Rolling Stone that his favorite line he'd written is in "Ripple": "Let it be known there is a fountain that was not made by the hands of men."

In 1994, Hunter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Grateful Dead.

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Ex-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman says he gets to share "unbelievable, reasonably true" stories on new solo tour

Watch video now! Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman launched his first North American solo trek in 13 years on Saturday. The 70-year-old virtuoso's Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour features Wakeman playing solo piano versions of Yes classics, material from his own albums, and well-known songs by other artists to which he contributed, such as David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken."

In addition, Wakeman mixes in some comedy, something he's well known for in his U.K. homeland. As he explains to ABC Radio, he tells "stories that are quite unbelievable, but some of them are reasonably true, about some of the ridiculous things that have happened to me or people I know during my 70-odd years" intermingled between the songs.

Rick says he finds it interesting to present his songs as solo piano pieces because "all of the music that I write, and 90 percent of the music I've been involved with, has all started on the piano. So it's a bit like going back and saying, 'Well, this is how it was done.'"

Wakeman says one of the big pluses of playing solo for him as that he doesn't have to adhere to a set list.

"[S]ometimes things happen on a show that triggers your mind off to something that may have happened nearby or something else, so you'll change the story," he notes. "You'll throw in another story, and that might lead you to play a piece that you weren't actually thinking of playing before."

Rick tells ABC Radio that one of the humorous anecdotes he tells at his shows involves an incident where he "was arrested and end[ed] up on a stranger's lavatory with a policeman outside with his handcuffs."

Here are the upcoming dates on Wakeman's North American tour:

9/23 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur
9/24 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
9/25 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
9/27 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Palais Montcalm
9/28 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Olympia Theatre
9/29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
10/2 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center
10/4 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theatre
10/6 -- St. Louis, MO, The Sheldon Concert Hall
10/8 -- Allentown, PA, Miller Symphony Hall
10/10 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/11 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
10/13 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/16 -- Seattle, WA, The Triple Door
10/17 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall
10/19 -- San Francisco, CA, Castro Theatre
10/20 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
10/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/25 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
10/26 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live

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Here comes The Beatles' official "Here Comes the Sun" video

Watch Now! The Beatles will debut a new video for George Harrison's Abbey Roadtune "Here Comes the Sun" at 12:02 p.m. ET this Thursday, September 26, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic album.

In advance of the clip's premiere, a first-look trailer previewing the video can be seen now at The Beatles' official YouTube channel.

The "Here Comes the Sun" video will premiere on the Fab Four's YouTube channel, as well as those of the band's four members: Harrison, John LennonPaul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Visit the website an hour early, at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, to enjoy a 60-minute countdown to the clip's debut.

You also have the chance to appear in an upcoming Beatles collage that will be shown online; visit UMGCatalog.com for the details.

The new "Here Comes the Sun" was created using the new stereo mix of the song, which is featured on the Abbey Road 50th anniversary reissues being released this Friday, September 27. The clip takes viewers to Abbey Road Studios' famed Studio Two -- where most of the album was recorded -- to experience a sun rising above The Beatles' instruments. The clip also incorporates rare photos from the band's archives, as well as photos and footage shot by McCartney's late wife, Linda.

As previously reported, the Abbey Road reissue will be available in multiple formats and configurations, including a Super Deluxe box set featuring the 2019 remix of the album on CD; two CDs of outtakes and demos and a Blu-ray disc boasting various high-def mixes of the record.

The box set also comes with a 100-page hardbound book with a foreword written by McCartney.

Visit AbbeyRoad.TheBeatles.com for full details about the release.

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Motown founder Berry Gordy announces retirement during event celebrating label's 60th anniversary

Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. was in his hometown of Detroit over the weekend to take part in the label's 60th anniversary celebrations. During a special tribute on Sunday, the 89-year-old music mogul announced his retirement, Billboard reports.

Gordy was presented with the Motown Legacy Award at the Hitsville Honors ceremony, held at Detroit's Orchestra Hall, and gave a 35-minute acceptance speech that culminated with his announcement.

"As I stand here I'm back where I started. I have come full circle," Berry said, "so it is only appropriate that...I should announce my retirement."

He added that he's finally following through with something he'd threatened to do for many years.

"It is time for me to spend my next 60 years reflecting on how fortunate I am, how much I appreciate and love all of you," Gordy declared, "and how wonderful my life has been, and will continue to be."

Earlier in his speech, Berry noted, "People always ask me 'What does the legacy of Motown mean to you?' The answer is simply love. The Motown legacy remains the music we made for all people that reminds us that we are all the same, that music has no color. It gives voice to honest feelings and helps us understand each other."

The ceremony also included several other award presentations, including the Spirit of Motown Award, which singer and current Motown vice-president Ne-Yo received. In addition, the event featured performances by such Motown legends as The TemptationsThe Four TopsMartha & the Vandellas and The Velvelettes.

Stevie Wonder, who's preparing for a kidney transplant, and Smokey Robinson, who is playing his latest Las Vegas residency, both contributed segments to a video tribute to Gordy. Diana Ross was represented by Rhonda Ross, her and Gordy's daughter.

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Tito Jackson says The Jacksons still want to collab with baby sister Janet: "It's never too late"

These days, Tito Jackson of The Jacksons is stepping out solo with a new single -- but he says he and his famous brothers are still interested in collaborating with another family member: Janet Jackson.

In 1989, Janet, sister Rebbie and brother Michael appeared with the brothers on the song "2300 Jackson Street," the title track from The Jacksons' album of the same name.  But Tito Jackson tells ABC Audio that the group would like to do something additional with their baby sister.

"It's something that we are looking at, you know, hopefully, we can put it together," says Tito. "As a matter of fact, we had a plan of getting together with Michael after the O2 Arena shows and we were hoping to put together a family project."

Tito says that project -- which would have taken place after Michael's planned 2009 residency at London's O2 Arena -- would have consisted of "the family doing their thing."

"Janet does her thing, The Jacksons do their thing," he explains. "Jermaine and Michael... then we all come together -- do something together. A family show."

Unfortunately, Michael passed away before the O2 shows began, and, Tito says, the project "never materialized."  "But," he adds, "it's never too late."  

Currently, though, Tito's busy with his new solo single "One Way Street."  In a statement, he says, "Introducing 'One Way Street' at this time in my career is an ideal platform for me to share my solo project with our loyal fans, and hopefully gain new ones along the way."

As for Janet, her Las Vegas residency, Metamorphosis, grossed $13 million, and next month, she's headed to Australia for a series of shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of Rhythm Nation 1814.

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Todd Rundgren says fans "ate...up" first show of 'White Album' tribute tour with him, Micky Dolenz and other stars

The "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today -- A Tribute to The Beatles' White Album" tour, a star-studded traveling salute to the classic 1968 double album, kicked off Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fall U.S. trek features Todd RundgrenThe MonkeesMicky DolenzChristopher CrossBadfinger's Joey Molland and ex-Chicago singer Jason Scheffperforming most of the songs from the record, as well as some of their own hits.

Rundgren tells ABC Audio that the audience at the tour's first concert "ate…up" the performance, while admitting that there will be some tweaks to the show moving forward.

"We're still in some turmoil trying to figure out exactly how the show should run, and who's gonna sing what," Todd explains. "But give us a week…and we will have settled in, and I think everything will be much more confident."

Among the White Album tunes Rundgren is playing are "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Helter Skelter" and "Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except for Me and My Monkey)".

Todd says he quickly claimed "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" because he'd recorded it for a George Harrisontribute album and also played it with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra at a Beatles anniversary show at the Hollywood Bowl.

Rundgren adds that he enhances his performances by working in "some costume changes," noting that he has "a theatrical streak" and thinks it helps "break the show up."

Todd reports that among the White Album tunes fans won't hear on the tribute tour is John Lennon's avant-garde sound collage "Revolution Number 9."

As for his own tunes, Rundgren is performing his two biggest hits -- "Hello It's Me" and "I Saw the Light."

Here are all of the remaining dates on the "It Was Fifty Years Ago Today" tour:

9/24 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
9/25 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
9/26 -- Meriden, MS, Riley Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 -- Akron, OH, Akron Civic Theatre
9/29 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center for the Arts
10/1 -- St. Charles, IL, Arcada Theater
10/2 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theater
10/3 -- Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
10/5 -- Beverly, MA, Cabot Theatre
10/6 -- Concord, NH, Capitol Center for the Arts
10/7 -- Orono, ME, Collins Center for the Arts
10/8 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/10 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
10/11 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performing Arts Center
10/12 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
10/13 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
10/15 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
10/17 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
10/18 -- New London, CT, Garde Arts Center
10/19 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/20 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
12/4 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Wireless Theatre
12/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
12/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, Westgate Resort & Casino
12/8 -- El Cajon, CA, Magnolia PAC
12/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
12/13 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort - Grand Theater
12/15 -- Jackson, CA, Rancheria Casino

Watch Robert Plant reflect on his Led Zeppelin days in clip from new episode of 'Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road'

Watch Video! The latest episode of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road features the AC/DC frontman interviewing another legendary rock singer, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant.

The show, which premieres this Sunday, September 22, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, Johnson and Plant chat while exploring castle ruins in the northern Wales, U.K., an area that Robert began visiting during Led Zeppelin's heyday to get away from the pressures of touring.

During the episode, Plant shares stories about his old band's formation and early days, his love of American blues and roots music, and his solo career.

In a preview clip from the show, Plant talks about the music that inspired Led Zeppelin and the era from which the band emerged.

"I suppose CreamThe Grateful Dead, the white blues thing was kicking in," he recalls. "And, yeah, that great West Coast thing going on with Jefferson Airplane and stuff. Yeah, a subculture did develop, and we kind of attached ourselves to that.

Plant adds, "We didn't have any social statements to make. We weren't, you know, visionaries in that sense, but we were still, by our age at the time…part of that huge movement of energy."

Later in the preview, Johnson reflects on how quickly Led Zeppelin's music influenced rock fans and musicians.

"It just took off like a rocket," says Brian. "I think every kid in Newcastle [U.K.], where I was, wanted to play those riffs."

Johnson then notes that "singing a Zeppelin song was tougher. And that's where I was lucky. I could actually [do] 'high-octave singing.'"

The clip ends with Plant quipping to Johnson, "If you want a job now, I can put…in a good word for you."

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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite at London event celebrating new Linda McCartney photo book

Earlier this week, surviving Beatles Paul McCarntey and Ringo Starr had an unexpected reunion at a special event in London celebrating the launch of Linda McCartney: The Polaroid Diaries, a new book of photos by McCartney's late wife, Linda.

Sir Paul was a surprise guest at the party, which took place Wednesday at the Victoria & Albert Museum's Photography Centre. McCartney joined his daughters Stella and Mary at the event, where he took part in a conversation about the book and Linda's photography.

Ringo and his wife, Barbara Bach, were among the attendees at the bash, as were The PretendersChrissie HyndeTwiggy and George Harrison's widow, Olivia. You can check out a series of photos from the event, including several of Paul and Ringo together, at Taschen.com.

The Polaroid Diaries features hundreds of previously unseen Polaroid photos that Linda McCartney snapped from the 1970s to the late 1990s. It's a follow-up to the 2011 book Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs.

Last week, Starr announced details of a new solo album called What's My Name, which will feature a cover of the John Lennon rarity "Grow Old with Me," to which McCartney contributed bass and backing vocals. The album will be released on October 25.

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New digital compilation 'Motown Unreleased: 1969' features rare tracks from Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and more

An expansive digital-only collection titled Motown Unreleased: 1969, featuring 60 previously unissued tracks recorded by various Motown artists 50 years ago, has been released in celebration of the label's 60th anniversary.

The album includes recordings by Motown legends such as Stevie WonderDiana Ross & the SupremesSmokey Robinson & The MiraclesThe TemptationsGladys Knight & the PipsMarvin GayeThe Jackson 5Jr. Walker & the All StarsEdwin StarrJimmy Ruffinand Valerie Simpson.

More than half of the collection's tracks are previously unheard compositions, like Wonder's "Mister Moon," The Temptations' "Pretty Little Brown Skin Girl" and Gladys Knight & the Pips' "I Had a Dream (Opus I)," a song penned by Ashford & Simpson in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968.

Other interesting tunes on Motown Unreleased: 1969 include The Jackson 5's rendition of The Miracles' "What's So Good About Goodbye," recorded prior to the release of their debut smash "I Want You Back"; and Ross & the Supremes' version of Wonder's "For Once in My Life," which was recorded at Diana's final session with her famous group.

In addition, the album features five instrumentals by Motown's house band The Funk Brothers, credited to the outfit's leader, keyboardist Earl Van Dyke.

Motown Unreleased: 1969's release coincides with the start of The Motown Museum's Motown 60 Weekend, a series of events that includes the Hitsville Honors Celebration, featuring a tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy.

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Ex-Band guitarist Robbie Robertson's latest solo album, 'Sinematic,' is out now

Video in the article! Robbie Robertson, the guitarist and main songwriter of The Band, released his latest solo album Sinematic today.

The 13-track collection features songs connected to -- or inspired by -- two new film projects: the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band and Martin Scorsese's upcoming crime epic The Irishman, for which Robbie composed the score.

Sinematic includes a song titled "Once Were Brothers," which celebrates Robertson's old group and laments his broken relationship with the other members, three of whom have passed away.

In a new Wall Street Journal interview, Robbie says about the song, "I didn't set out to write about this, but I just started thinking about how I've lost Richard [Manuel], Rick [Danko] and Levon [Helm], and it's heartbreaking…The song took me where it wanted to go."

Another key track from the album is "I Hear You Paint Houses," a duet with Van Morrison that directly relates to The Irishman and the book on which it's based.  The book, I Heard You Paint Houses, is titled after a phrase mobsters use when hiring a hit man.

Sinema also includes contributions from Derek Trucks, ex-Who touring bassist Pino Palladino, famed session drummer Jim KeltnerGlen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season, and singer/songwriter Citizen Cope.

The album is available now on CD, as a 180-gram-vinyl two-LP set and digitally. A Deluxe Edition featuring the CD, the LPs and a 36-page hardcover book of artwork Robertson created for each track will be released on October 25.

Here is Sinema's full track list:

"I Hear You Paint Houses"
"Once Were Brothers"
"Dead End Kid"
"Walk in Beauty Way"
"Let Love Reign"
"Shanghai Blues"
"Wandering Souls"
"Street Serenade"
"The Shadow"
"Beautiful Madness"
"Praying for Rain"

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Slash's band Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators' new live album and concert film released today

3 Video's here! Slash's new live album and concert film with his solo band Myles Kennedy & the ConspiratorsLiving the Dream Tour, was released today.

The performance was recorded during Slash and company's worldwide tour behind their latest album, 2018's Living the Dream. It was filmed during a stop earlier this year at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

The release is available as DVD/two-CD and Blu-ray/two-CD sets, as a three-LP black-vinyl or limited-edition red-vinyl package, and digital video & and digital audio.

The Living the Dream Tour DVD and Blu-ray boasts some bonus content, including a Live in London mini-documentary featuring an interview with Slash and frontman Kennedy, as well as  behind-the-scenes footage of the trek.

In the weeks leading up to Living the Dream Tour's release, three performance clips from the show -- "Anastasia," "Shadow Life" and "The Call of the Wild" -- were posted on Slash's official YouTube channel.

This weekend, Slash will be back with his other band, Guns N' Roses, who kick off a fall North American tour on Saturday in Los Angeles with an intimate show at the Hollywood Palladium. Check out all the band's tour dates at GunsNRoses.com.

Here's the Living the Dream Tour track list:

"The Call of the Wild"
"Standing in the Sun"
"Back From Cali"
"My Antidote"
"Serve You Right"
"Boulevard of Broken Hearts"
"Shadow Life"
"We're All Gonna Die"
"Doctor Alibi"
"Lost Inside the Girl"
"Wicked Stone"
"Mind Your Manners"
"Driving Rain"
"By the Sword"
"You're a Lie"
"World on Fire"

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Founding Hollies singer Allan Clarke returns with new solo album, 'Resurgence,' 20 years after retiring

Watch Video! About 20 years after retiring from the music business, Hollies lead singer Allan Clarke has returned with a new solo album called Resurgence.

The 10-track collection, which features mostly new original songs, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. Among the tunes is one called "Long Cool Woman's Back in Town," which the 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer wrote as a sequel to the 1972 Hollies smash "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress."

Resurgence began coming together in 2017. Clarke had started writing some poems that year, one of which was turned into a song by Los Angeles-based roots rocker Carla Olson that inspired Allan to record his own version of the tune.

Motivated to write songs again, Clarke sought the help of his son Toby, who suggested he learn how to use the GarageBand program. Before long, Allan was amassing enough tunes to put a new album together. He enlisted a one-time collaborator, composer and engineer Frances Haines, as a produce and arranger on the project.

Clarke admits that one reason he retired from music was that he felt he wasn't able to sing Hollies songs anymore, but he explains that "what I should have said [when fan asked 'Why don't you go back to singing?'] was that there may be a time when I'll be able to sing, because I'll be doing songs that maybe I'll write myself."

Allan has posted a series of videos in which he discusses making Resurgence on his official YouTube channel.

Clarke says of the album, "It's given me a new lease of life in doing something I thought I'd never do again."

Here's the Resurgence track list:

"Journey of Regret"
"You Broke My Heart"
"The Door Is Slowly Closing"
"I'll Just Keep On Walking"
"I'm Only Sleeping"
"Heart of Stone"
"I Don't Know the Reason"
"Don't Let Me Down"
"Long Cool Woman's Back in Town"
"I'm Comin' Home"

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Born to keep running: Bruce Springsteen celebrates his 70th birthday today

Seventy years ago today, Bruce Springsteen was born in the U.S.A. -- Long Branch, New Jersey, to be specific. For nearly 50 of those years, the singer/songwriter known as The Boss has been releasing music that's touched the hearts and souls of rock fans by celebrating blue-collar workers, underdogs, dreamers and hopeless romantics.

In a segment from the 2018 special based on his hugely popular stage production Springsteen on Broadway, Bruce explained what he hoped to accomplish with his songs, noting, "I wanted to be able to celebrate and honor [life's] beauty, and I wanted to be able to be a critical voice when I thought that that's what the times called for. I wanted to know my story, your story, wherever we're going together as a people."

As he begins his life as a septuagenarian, Springsteen shows little sign of slowing down.  This past June, he released his 19th studio album, Western Stars, a collection of songs inspired by the orchestral Southern California pop records of the late 1960s and early '70s.

In addition, Springsteen co-directed and stars in a new concert film called Western Stars that features him performing the album's songs in front of an intimate audience and captures him reflecting on his life and the themes covered on the record. The movie will be screened in select North America theaters on October 19 and 23 before opening wide on October 25.

On November 5, Springsteen will perform at the eighth annual edition of the Stand Up for Heroes benefit show, held November 4 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Meanwhile, in May, Bruce revealed that he's written an album's worth of new songs that he hopes to record with his longtime backing group, The E Street Band.

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Sammy Hagar's 2019 High Tide Beach Party canceled because proper permit wasn't secured by organizers

Sammy Hagar's second annual High Tide Beach Party & Car Show is a washout. The two-day festival, which was scheduled to take place September 28 and 29 in Huntington Beach, California, has been canceled because organizers were denied the necessary permit by the California State Parks department, a message on the event's official website reports.

The note also says "there is no possibility to relocate the event." Ticket holders can secure refunds through the festival's official ticketing outlets -- Front Gate Tickets and GroupOn.

Hagar has posted a video on his official website and social media sites apologizing for the cancellation and promising to play a series of free concerts in the coming months.

"All I can say is I'm sorry," the Red Rocker declares in the clip. "I'm more disappointed than anyone, I think. All the fans know how much I care about them, how much I care about my parties and my music and everything that I do."

Hagar goes on to announce plans for a free October 8 show with his backing group The Wabos in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

In addition, he says he's hoping to play more free shows around the U.S. next year with his current band The Circle, and "even maybe something this year," as well as some free pop-up concerts in smalls clubs. He adds that he'd "love to do a big giant one on the beach," as well.

This year's High Tide Beach Party was to have featured performances by Hagar and The Circle, along with ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora as a special guest, as well as The Beach BoysKC and the Sunshine BandBlue Öyster Cult, ex-Outfield frontman Tony LewisMötley Crüe's Vince NeilNight RangerExtreme and Patty Smyth and Scandal.

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Mary Wilson is all for a Supremes reunion, but says it's up to Diana Ross

As one of the contestants on the new season of ABC's Dancing with the StarsThe SupremesMary Wilson is getting plenty of media attention for her dance moves.  But the 75-year-old Motown legend tells People that she would be open to a Supremes reunion, though she admits the decision isn't really in her hands.

"I think the fans would love to see it, but that's really up to [Supremes lead singer] Diana [Ross]," Wilson says. "It's up to her and if she would like to do it, then I'll be there!"

Reflecting on her group's success, Wilson notes, "The Supremes were very…famous, we were one of the most famous female groups in the world. And right now when you look at history, you see mostly the guys -- you see The Rolling StonesThe Beatles and Elvis, but what about the girls? We girls were doing quite well ourselves."

Mary adds that she feels her group can serve as an inspiration to other people seeking success in the entertainment world.

"This is something that I want to share with the world and I want everyone to know that we, The Supremes, did dare to dream," she says. "We really did dare to dream and we made our dreams come true."

Wilson also tells People that she's enjoying getting time in the spotlight thanks to Dancing with the Stars.

"Dancing with the Stars is for me, like great," she declares. "It's like having another hit record. It's like having another grandchild!"

As for how she feels about taking part in the show, Wilson says, "It's a competition, but I'm not competitive at all…I'm out there to do the best that I can be and to learn something new and be happy."

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New Bob Dylan 'Bootleg Series' set focuses on his late-'60s Nashville sessions, Johnny Cash collaborations

Watch video! The latest installment of Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series archival collections focuses on Dylan's late-1960s recording sessions in Nashville, and will include unreleased studio collaborations with Johnny Cash from 1969.

Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash) -- Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 will be released on November 1, and will be available as a three-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and digitally.

The first disc of the set features alternate versions of songs that appeared on two Dylan studio albums -- 1967's John Wesley Harding and 1969's Nashville Skyline -- as well as an outtake called "Western Road" from the Skyline sessions.

Travelin' Thru's second disc and part of its third disc are dedicated to Dylan's February 1969 sessions with Cash, which include versions of songs written by both stars, and covers of select classic country, folk and rock 'n' roll songs.

The third disc also features three live performances Dylan did with Cash in May '69 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which were recorded for Cash's variety TV show.

In addition, there are two outtake versions of Cash hits that Dylan recorded during the making of his 1970 Self Portrait album -- "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues."

Rounding out the collection are four tracks that Bob recorded in May 1970 with bluegrass banjo great Earl Scruggs for the 1971 PBS special Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends. Also included is an interview with Dylan and Scruggs.

You can listen to one track from the set -- an alternate take of the Nashville Skyline tune "Tell Me That It Isn't True" -- at Dylan's YouTube channel.

Travelin' Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 is available for pre-order now. Check out the full track list at BobDylan.com.

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REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato discuss favorite tunes on new episode of AXS TV's 'Mixtape'

REO Speewagon's Kevin Cronin and Dave Amato are featured on the latest episode of AXS TV's new series Mixtape, which airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

As previously reported, Mixtape features various well-known rock artists talking about their favorite songs of all time, and sharing their personal playlists of the tunes that shaped their lives and impacted their careers.

In a preview clip of the new episode, Cronin recalls how he came up with a new way for the band to play its keyboard-heavy 1987 hit "That Ain't Love" in concert to make it sound better live.

"I suggested to Dave that he play a Gibson ES-335 [guitar]," the frontman notes. "And we took this song and turned it from kind of a poppy, kind of synthy thing to kind of more of a bluesier thing that really served the lyric better."

Also in the clip, Cronin and Amato play an acoustic version of "That Ain't Love."

In conjunction with the episode, Cronin and Amato created a playlist of their favorite songs that can be accessed on a popular streaming-music service.

Here's their mixtape:

"Down in the Valley" -- Solomon Burke
"Handy Man" -- Del Shannon
"Please Please Me" -- The Beatles
"You Really Got Me" -- The Kinks
"Bus Stop" -- The Hollies
"Mr. Tambourine Man" -- The Byrds
"Mr. Soul" -- Buffalo Springfield
"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" -- Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Tiny Dancer" -- Elton John
"Holiday Inn" -- Elton John
"Music Man" -- REO Speedwagon
"157 Riverside Avenue" -- REO Speedwagon
"Everything I Own" -- Bread
"Keep On Loving You" -- REO Speedwagon
"Take It on the Run" -- REO Speedwagon 
"Can't Fight This Feeling" -- REO Speedwagon
"Golden Country" -- REO Speedwagon
"Keep Pushin'" -- REO Speedwagon
"Ridin' the Storm Out" -- REO Speedwagon
"Polly" -- Nirvana
"Roll with the Changes" -- REO Speedwagon
"Time for Me to Fly" -- REO Speedwagon
"That Ain't Love" -- REO Speedwagon
"Reach Out of the Darkness" -- Friend & Lover
"Trip Switch" -- Nothing but Thieves
"Lipstick Wonder Woman" -- Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
"Ms. Marianne" -- Levon
"Love Is a Rock" -- REO Speedwagon
"Won't Get Fooled Again" -- The Who

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Daily lineup unveiled for Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival, kicking off today

With Eric Clapton's star-packed 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival taking place today and Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the list of musicians performing at each day of the event has been revealed.

Clapton will be performing on both days of the festival, as previously reported, while most of the other artists on the bill will only appear on either Friday or Saturday. One exception is Joe Walsh, who will be taking part in surprise collaborations scheduled for both shows.

Among the musicians playing day one of the fest are Jeff BeckBilly GibbonsPeter FramptonBonnie RaittSheryl CrowJimmie Vaughan and famed session guitarist James Burton.

The day-two bill includes Buddy GuyLos LobosJohn MayerRobert CrayTedeschi Trucks Band and Vince Gill.

Clapton is confirmed to perform on Friday as a duo with guitarist Andy Fairweater-Low, a sometimes member of his touring band, while he'll play with his full backing group on Saturday.

The artists other than Walsh who will scheduled participate in surprise collaborations on day one or day two include Gibbons, Raitt, Mayer, Gary Clark Jr. and Albert Lee.

As previously announced, a live simulcast of the concert extravaganza will be available via a variety of pay-per-view providers throughout North America, including nugs.tv. The event, broadcast in high-def, costs $39.99 per night. The festival will air starting 8 p.m. ET on Friday, September 20, and at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 21. A number of bars, restaurants and music venues throughout North America will also be hosting screenings of the simulcast.

Here's the full list of performers for Friday, September 20:

Alan Darby*
Billy Gibbons*
Bonnie Raitt*
Citizen Cope
Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather-Low
Gary Clark Jr.*
Gustavo Santaolalla
James Burton & Albert Lee
Jamie Oldaker*
Jeff Beck
Jimmy Vaughan
Joe Walsh*
Keb' Mo'*
Kurt Rosenwinkel with Pedro Martins
The Marcus King Band
Pedro Martins & Daniel Santiago
Peter Frampton
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth

And here are the performers for Saturday, September 21:

Albert Lee*
Bradley Walker*
Buddy Guy
Doyle Bramhall
Eric Clapton & His Band with Alan Darby
Gary Clark, Jr.
James Bay
Jerry Douglas*
Joe Walsh*
John Mayer*
Keb Mo
Lianne La Havas
Los Lobos
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Tedeschi Trucks
Tom Misch
Vince Gill & Band

* = guests taking part in surprise collaborations

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Toto launches US tour tonight; Steve Lukather says trek will be the band's "last for the foreseeable future"

Toto launches a new U.S. tour leg tonight in Los Angeles, and guitarist Steve Lukather reveals that the outing will not only bring the band's long-running 40 Trips Around the Sun trek to a close, but it may be the group's last stateside tour ever.

"[A]s of [October] 20th that's all that we have on the books for the foreseeable future," he tells ABC Radio. "I got a whole year planned doing other stuff. Everybody else has got other stuff to do…But in the meantime…it's been a great, great run, and we're really excited about coming out [to play]."

The guitar whiz says he can't get into details about why Toto is going on indefinite hiatus, but notes, "It's not like we're fighting amongst ourselves. It's just there's a whole bunch of, outside of us, business issues that are really messed up."

Lukather reports that the new shows will feature a set similar to the one featured on Toto's new live album and concert video, 40 Tours Around the Sun, which was recorded this past March in Amsterdam.

"[W]e wanted to play stuff from all the records that we've done, all the incarnations, and I think we stayed pretty good to that," he tells ABC Radio.

Regarding how the set list came together, Lukather explains that the core members each picked a song "they really wanted to do, and then we picked stuff that the fans wanted from our Facebook page…And then we [included] all the big hits and all the stuff people really want to hear."

Steve also reveals that, unfortunately, founding keyboardist/singer David Paich has been ill and won't be touring with Toto, although he "may show up at a gig or two."

Here are Toto's scheduled tour dates:

9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
9/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
9/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful festival
9/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre - Delta Hall
9/25 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
9/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/28 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
9/29 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
10/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
10/2 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre
10/4 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
10/5 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
10/6 -- Tiffin, OH, Ritz Theatre
10/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/9 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/12 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
10/13 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage
10/15 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/16 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/18 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
10/19 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia

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Classic Ramones film 'Rock 'n' Roll High School' getting 40th anniversary Blu-ray release in November

Watch Trailer! Rock 'n' Roll High School, the classic B-movie featuring The Ramones, premiered 40 years ago this past August.  In honor of the milestone, a deluxe Blu-ray version of the film will be released November 19

The 40th anniversary edition of Rock 'n' Roll High School will come packaged in a collectible steelbook and will feature a variety of as-yet-unannounced bonus features.

The film stars Halloween and Stripes actress P.J. Soles as Riff Randell, a Ramones-loving student at Vince Lombardi High School who's trying to score tickets to an upcoming local show by the legendary punk-rock group. Meanwhile, Randell and her fellow students must deal with the oppressive rules of the rock 'n' roll-hating Principal Togar, portrayed by Mary Woronov of Eating Raoul fame.  Riff eventually enlists the band to help free the school kids from Togar's tyranny.

Rock 'n' Roll High School's cast also included Vincent Van PattenDey YoungClint Howard and Paul Bartel. The movie was directed by Allan Arkush and executive-produced by B-movie giant Roger Corman.

The movie includes a multiple-song performance by The Ramones shot live at the famed Sunset Strip venue, The Roxy. The film's soundtrack also featured studio versions of a couple Ramones tunes, as well as songs by Alice CooperBrownsville StationTodd RundgrenChuck BerryNick LoweDevo and more.

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1998 Rolling Stones concert in Argentina featuring appearance by Bob Dylan to be released on audio and video

Watch Video! On April 5, 1998, The Rolling Stones wrapped up a sold-out five-night engagement in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a concert that featured a guest appearance by none other than Bob Dylan. Now, the show is set to become the latest installment in the band's series of archival audio and video concert releases.

Bridges to Buenos Aires will hit stores on November 8, and will be available as a DVD/two-CD or Blu-ray/two-CD set, as a three-LP vinyl package and in digital formats. The footage of the complete show has been restored, and the audio has been remixed and remastered.

The concert, which was held at the Argentinian capital's River Plate Stadium, featured 22 songs, including Stones classics such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Gimme Shelter," "Miss You," "Sympathy for the Devil," "Start Me Up," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar," as well as renditions of four tunes from the band's then-new album, 1997's Bridges to Babylon.

About halfway through the show, The Stones kicked into a cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," as Dylan himself came onstage to duet with frontman Mick Jagger.

The vinyl version of Bridges to Buenos Aires will be available in standard black vinyl and limited-edition translucent-blue vinyl. You can pre-order the physical audio and video versions of the release now at Eagle-Rock.com.

Here's the full Bridges to Buenos Aires track list:

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Flip the Switch"
"Gimme Shelter"
"Sister Morphine"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)"
"Saint of Me"
"Out of Control"
"Miss You"
"Like a Rolling Stone" -- with Bob Dylan
"Thief in the Night"
"Wanna Hold You"
"Little Queenie"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Honky Tonky Women"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Brown Sugar"

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Rod Stewart to release orchestral album 'You're in My Heart' in November

He's done standards. He's done rock classics. He's done soul classics. He's done Christmas songs. What's next for Rod Stewart? An orchestral album, of course.

On November 22, Sir Rod will release You're in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which features the classic vocal tracks of his biggest hits paired with full orchestra arrangements. There's also a brand-new song -- "Stop Loving Her Today" -- as well as a new version of the Motown duet "It Takes Two," sung with British pop superstar Robbie Williams.

The album was produced by Trevor Horn, and features orchestral versions of hits like the title track, "Maggie May," "The First Cut Is the Deepest," "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)," "Rhythm of My Heart," "Downtown Train," "Forever Young" and Rod's hit with the Faces, "Stay with Me."

The package is available as a single CD or as a two-CD set. Both versions include the two new songs.

Meanwhile, Rod resumes his Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace tonight.

Here are the track listings:

Single CD version:
"Maggie May"
"It Takes Two" (with Robbie Williams)
"Reason to Believe"
"Handbags and Gladrags"
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
"The First Cut Is the Deepest"
"You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"
"I Was Only Joking"
"Young Turks"
"Forever Young"
"Rhythm of My Heart"
"Have I Told You Lately"
"Stop Loving Her Today"

Two-CD Deluxe Edition
CD 1
"Maggie May"
"Reason to Believe"
"Handbags & Gladrags"
"Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
"The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)"
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
"The First Cut Is the Deepest"
"You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"
"I Was Only Joking"

CD 2
"It Takes Two" (with Robbie Williams)
"Stay with Me (with Faces)"
"Young Turks"
"What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So In Love with You)"
"Every Beat of My Heart"
"Forever Young"
"Downtown Train"
"Rhythm of My Heart"
"Have I Told You Lately"
"Tom Traubert's Blues (Waltzing Matilda)"
"If We Fall In Love Tonight"
"Stop Loving Her Today"

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Van Morrison to release new studio album, 'Three Chords & the Truth,' next month

Van Morrison will release a brand-new studio album called Three Chords & the Truth on October 25. Watch the video in the article! 

The 14-track collection was produced by Morrison and features 13 new tunes penned by the famed singer/songwriter, as well as one that he co-wrote with with Don Black titled "If We Wait for Mountains."

The title appears to reference a famous quote by noted songwriter Harlan Howard, who famously described country music as "three chords and the truth."

Three Chords & the Truth will be available on CD, as a vinyl LP and digitally. Impressively, it will be the sixth studio album that Van the Man has released in just over four years.

The record features a duet with The Righteous BrothersBill Medley, "Fame Will Eat the Soul," and includes contributions from guitarist Jay Berliner, who also played on Morrison's acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks.

Describing the making of the album, Morrison says, "You're just plugging into the feeling of it, more the feeling of it…when they're playing…It's like reading me. So, I think there's more of that connection."

In advance of Three Chords & the Truth's arrival, Van has released one of the tracks, "Dark Night of the Soul," as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out the soulful, R&B-flavored tune at Morrison's official YouTube channel.

The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has five U.S. concerts scheduled for October, and he's lined up a five-show Las Vegas residency in early 2020 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Here's the full track list of Three Chords & the Truth:

"March Winds in February"
"Fame Will Eat the Soul"
"Dark Night of the Soul"
"In Search of Grace"
"Nobody In Charge"
"You Don't Understand"
"Read Between the Lines"
"Does Love Conquer All?"
"Early Days"
"If We Wait for Mountains"
"Up On Broadway"
"Three Chords and the Truth"
"Bags Under My Eyes"
"Days Gone By"

And here are all of Morrison's upcoming U.S. 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

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Elton John's 'The Devil Wears Prada' musical to premiere in Chicago next summer

Elton John's The Devil Wears Prada musical has a premiere date.

The show -- based on the hit 2006 film starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway -- will debut next summer in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. The musical's pre-Broadway run will take place from July 14 through August 17.

Elton is composing is the music for the show, with Shaina Taub working as the lyricist. The musical's director is Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro, who is the artistic director of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Lead producer Kevin McCollum tells the Chicago Tribune that it was "important" to Shapiro that the show premiere in Chicago. Devil Wears Prada is expected to hit Broadway during the 2020-21 season, though McCollum declined to specify an exact date. The cast has yet to be fully determined.

Elton's past Broadway successes include Billy ElliotThe Lion King and Aida.

The Devil Wears Prada, which started life as a 2003 novel by Lauren Weisberger, follows aspiring journalist Andrea "Andy" Sachs, who takes a job at a Vogue-like fashion magazine as assistant to a demanding editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestley.

Meanwhile, Elton's blockbuster farewell tour continues tonight at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.

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Watch new video featuring Ringo Starr, Robbie Robertson and others performing The Band's "The Weight"

Ringo Starr and The Band's Robbie Robertson are among a variety of musicians from around the world who have contributed to a new version of the band tune "The Weight," and also are featured in a video for the track that premiered Wednesday.

The recording and video are the latest in a series of covers of famous songs created by musicians from across the globe and put together by the Playing for Change organization, which seeks to connect people around the world through music.

The new version of "The Weight," recorded in celebration of the song's 50th anniversary, also features Americana singer/guitarists Marcus King and Lukas Nelson, folk duo Larkin Poe, and other musicians and singers from Italy, Japan, The Congo, Bahrain, Spain, Nepal, Jamaica and Argentina.

The video begins with a humorous segment showing Ringo talking on a cellphone and asking, "What key is it in, Robbie? F-demented." The various musicians are seen performing their parts in their own home countries. The track was co-produced by Robertson's son Sebastian and Playing for Change co-founder Mark Johnson.

Johnson, a Grammy-winning producer and engineer, tells Rolling Stone that the track came together "brick by brick," starting with a demo recorded by Robertson, then gathering the other musicians' parts where they were using a mobile studio.

"We could never have never assembled this group in the studio," Johnson notes. "You need to go there, and then when you go there, you're where they feel comfortable. You hear that in the music."

Johnson tells Rolling Stone that having Starr take part in the recording was "a dream come true."

"He and Robbie really are a spark of what this whole project is about," he notes. "You can do something in your life that can inspire millions of people."

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1975 Moody Blues side project 'Blue Jays' to be reissued on vinyl in October

In 1975, Moody Blues guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodgeteamed up to record a collaborative side project called Blue Jays. Now, the long-out-of-print album is set to be reissued as a vinyl LP on October 4.

The 10-track collection was recorded during The Moody Blues' five-year hiatus that began after the release of 1972's Seventh Sojourn, and ended with the 1978 arrival of OctaveBlue Jays featured three songs written by Hayward, three tunes penned by Lodge and two co-written by Justin and John. The record was produced by longtime Moody Blues collaborator Tony Clarke.

Blue Jays peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200, and yielded a minor hit single in the U.S., "I Dreamed Last Night," which reached #47 on the Hot 100 tally. A non-album single called "Blue Guitar" released in 1975 and credited to Hayward and Lodge, was a #8 hit in the U.K. The track actually featured Justin backed by the band 10cc.

In a recent interview with ABC Radio, Lodge said he wasn't aware of plans to reissue Blue Jays, which he called "a really special album."

Both Hayward and Lodge have been performing songs from Blue Jays at their respective recent solo concerts. John included a live version of one of the tunes, "Saved by the Music," on his recently released solo compilation B Yond: The Very Best Of.

The Blue Jays LP is available for pre-order now. Here's the full track list:

Side A
"This Morning"
"Remember Me (My Friend)"
"My Brother"
"Nights Winters Years"

Side B
"Saved by the Music"
"I Dreamed Last Night"
"Who Are You Now"
"When You Wake Up"

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Whitney Houston hologram tour kicks off in January

Whitney Houston fans will have an opportunity to see her again in concert -- via hologram.

On Tuesday, BASE Hologram announced in partnership with The Estate of Whitney E. Houston the firstdates for An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour.

The first show takes place in Mexico in January, and will feature Houston's hits, including “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me”), “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.”

Choreographer Fatima Robinson, who has worked with Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige, will oversee the production, which will include a live band and backup dancers.

“Whitney Houston was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries,” said Brian Becker, chairman and CEO of BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram.

“What we are creating here is a new type of theatrical concert experience designed to capture that magic," Becker continued. "When she performed, there was an unmatched level of charisma and emotion to it -- that’s what we are going to bring to audiences and it’s an honor to be able to help add to her legacy with this project.”

Houston was 48 years old when she died of an accidental drowning in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012. Throughout her decades-long career, she earned six Grammys, one Emmy, 22 American Music Awards, and 16 BillboardMusic Awards.

This year, Houston returned to the Billboard charts, thanks to a remixed version of her 1990 cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love."

Tickets for the U.K. dates go on sale September 20.  North American dates will be announced later; that leg is set to begin in the fall of 2020.

Here are the announced tour dates:

1/23 – 2/9 -- Mexico (additional information to come soon)
2/27 -- M&S Bank Arena 2 Arena, Liverpool
2/28 -- Apollo, Manchester
2/29 -- First Direct Arena, Leeds
3/1 -- SEC Armadillo, Glasgow
3/2 -- P&J Arena, Aberdeen
3/3 -- Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
3/4 -- Arena, Birmingham
3/5 -- Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth
3/6 -- Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
3/7 -- Centre, Brighton
3/9 -- Royal Concert Hall,Nottingham
3/10 -- Hammersmith Apollo, London
3/12 -- Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
3/13 -- AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
3/14 -- Capitole, Ghent, Belgium
3/19 -- Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
3/20 -- Admirals Palast, Berlin, Germany
3/22 -- Stadhalle F, Vienna, Austria
3/23 -- Inchebo Expo Arena, Bratislava, Slovakia
3/25 -- Forum Black Box, Copenhagen, Denmark
3/26 -- Folketeatret, Olso, Norway
3/28 -- Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
3/30 -- BKZ Oktyabrisky, St Petersburg, Russia
3/31 -- Kremlin Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia
4/2 -- Palace Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine
4/3 -- Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus

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Toto's Steve Lukather among guests performing at Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls' fall solo concerts

Derek Smalls, bassist for the legendary mock-rock band Spinal Tap -- a.k.a. comic actor Harry Shearer -- has lined up four West Coast solo concerts this fall in support of his star-studded 2018 debut solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations upon Ageing).  He's being joined by an equally star-studded lineup of backing musicians for the shows.

At the concerts, scheduled for this November in Los Angeles; Seattle; Vancouver, Canada; and San Francisco, Smalls will be joined by three virtuoso guitarists will be joining Smalls: Toto's Steve LukatherDweezil Zappa and longtime Stevie Nicks guitarist Waddy Wachtel.

In addition, several celebrities will take part in the concerts -- dubbed Lukewarm Water Live! -- via satellite link-up, among them Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, guitar whiz Steve Vai and actress and comedian Jane Lynch. Also joining the musical festivities remotely will be the Snarky Puppy Horns and the Hungarian Studio Orchestra.

"Playing live with a symphony orchestra and some of the greats in rock music was never anything I could even hope to dream of," says Derek in a statement. "But I can now!"

At the concerts, Smalls will be performing tunes from the Smalls Change album, as well as selections from the Spinal Tap catalog. More guests are expected to be announced soon.

The four shows will be the precursor to a major world tour that Smalls is planning to mount in 2020.

Smalls Change featured guest appearances by such well-known musicians as Fagen, David CrosbyPeter FramptonRick Wakeman, Lukather, Wachtel, Dweezil Zappa, Paul ShafferJoe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Derek recently debuted an official video for the Smalls Change track "Gimme Some (More) Money."

Here's the full list of concerts:

11/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
11/9 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
11/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, The Vogue Theatre
11/14 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield Theatre

Paul Simon to receive Great Americans Medal from D.C.'s National Museum of American History

Paul Simon will be presented with the prestigious Great Americans Medal by The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, September 18.

The legendary singer/songwriter will receive the honor at the museum as part of the Great Americans Award Program event, which will also feature a conversation between Simon and David M. Rubenstein, chair of The Smithsonian's Board of Regents.

Simon is being honored with the medal in recognition of his musical contributions and his charity work.

"For more than half a century, Paul Simon has been one of the music world's most talented songwriters, recording artists and live performers. He has also been one of the music world's most committed philanthropists," says Rubenstein.

Paul is the sixth recipient of the Great Americans Medal, which salutes people who have made "lifetime contributions embodying American ideas and ideals." 

Previous honorees include stateswoman Madeleine K. Albright, General Colin Powell, news anchor Tom Brokaw, baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

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The Doors' Robby Krieger issues unreleased 1979 album by short-lived side project Red Shift

The DoorsRobby Krieger has released a new archival album featuring previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1979 by his short-lived group Red Shift.

The seven-song collection, titled Red Shift, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. In addition, a unique video has been created for each tune that can be viewed now at Krieger's official YouTube channel.

Red Shift was formed in 1978, when a Doors fan and singer named Mack McKenzie visited Krieger with a demo tape of his songs, hoping that Robby would collaborate with him. Krieger listened to the tape and agreed to work with McKenzie, then recruited some musical friends to round out the group: bassist Arthur Barrow and drummers Don Poncher and Vinnie Colaiuta.

Red Shift hit the studio to record the tracks, played a few gigs in the Los Angeles area, and then -- for reasons unknown -- disbanded.

Now, 40 years after the quirky, jazz- and new wave-influenced tunes were recorded, they can finally be heard. The songs are all credited to McKenzie, Krieger and Barrow.

Meanwhile, Krieger has two confirmed upcoming shows on his schedule. The first, on September 28 at the famed L.A.-area club the Whisky a Go Go, features Robby playing with his regular solo band. The second, on October 10 at Bogie's Bar in Westlake Village, California, features Krieger with his new side project, The New Experience.

Here is the full Red Shift track list:

"Hyena People"
"At the End of the Day"
"Lost and Forgotten"
"Mirror There"
"Physical Culture"
"Psychlone Ride"

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Medical examiner: Ric Ocasek died of natural causes; wife Paulina Porizkova is "utterly devastated"

Following Ric Ocasek's unexpected death Sunday at the age of 75, New York City's chief medical examiner has determined that the Cars rocker died of natural causes -- specifically, heart disease.

According to the M.E., the cause of death was hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, with pulmonary emphysema as a contributing condition.

As previously reported, Ocasek was found unresponsive and unconscious in his New York City townhouse on Sunday afternoon by his estranged wife, supermodel Paulina Porizkova.  They'd been married since 1989 but were separated.  She's now taken to Instagram to explain what happened.

"Ric was at home recuperating very well after surgery," she writes.  "Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together.  I found him still asleep when bringing him his Sunday morning coffee. I touched his cheek to rouse him. It was then that I realized that during the night, he had peacefully passed on."

"We appreciate the great outpouring of love," she continued. "We, his family and friends, are completely and utterly devastated by his untimely and unexpected death and would appreciate the privacy to mourn in private."

In addition to Jonathan and Oliver, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is survived by his four other sons from his two previous marriages.

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KISS postpones last three shows of current US tour because Gene Simmons needs a "medical procedure"

KISS has postponed the final three dates on the current North American leg of its The End of the Road farewell tour because bassist/singer Gene Simmons needed to return to Los Angeles for "a medical procedure."

The affected dates are shows that were scheduled for September 14 at the USANA Amphitheatre in the Salt Lake City area, September 16 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, and September 20 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

In a message posted on KISS Online regarding the September 14 postponement, Simmons writes, "Nothing serious. But it must be taken care of now. Thank you for your good wishes. All is well."

The Oakland show has been rescheduled for March 6, 2020, and the L.A. concert now will take place on March 4 of next year, while a new date for the Salt Lake City area performance is expected to be announced soon.

Next up for KISS is the ninth annual edition of The KISS Kruise, which runs from October 30 to November 4.

The rock legends then head Down Under for a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand, running from mid-November to early December. The band also has five concerts in Japan scheduled for December.

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nspiration for Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" opens as a tourist attraction

t's one of the most iconic Beatles songs. Now, it's poised to become a bucket list destination for Beatles fans everywhere.

For the first time, Strawberry Field, the Liverpool, U.K.-area site that served as the inspiration behind the song "Strawberry Fields Forever," is open to the public.

According to its website, Strawberry Field and its original Victorian house were gifted to The Salvation Army in 1934. In 1936, it was opened as a children's home for girls, and later accepted boys..

"From then on, for nearly 70 years, it gave some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable children a refuge from turmoil and unhappiness – a safe, calm and spiritual home," the website states.

"It was on these grounds that a young John Lennon, before Beatles fame, came to play, reflect and escape the post-War streets of Woolton [a suburb of Liverpool]," according to the website.

"Those days spent playing in The Salvation Army grounds shaped Lennon and inspired his work within the Beatles as an adult," the website notes. "Strawberry Field was later immortalized in the famous song 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' where he explored those more innocent days of escape that could counter the later complexities of a life lived in the public gaze."

The tourist attraction opened on Saturday, September 14. It includes gardens, a visitor exhibition, café and shop. Adult admission is just under 13 pounds, or about $16.

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The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton on death of Ric Ocasek: "I lost my big brother"The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton on death of Ric Ocasek: "I lost my big brother"

The Cars lead guitarist Elliot Easton posted a message on his official Facebook page on Monday thanking fans for their condolences regarding the death of the group's frontman Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday at the age of 75.

"Thank you friends, for the overwhelming outpouring of emails, texts and posts of condolence and sympathy," Easton writes. "I have read them all, and there are so many that I may not be able to respond to all of them, but please know that your reaching out at this incredibly difficult time has meant so much to me, and has been a comfort in our profoundly sad time of grief."

Elliot adds, "The Cars are a family, for better or worse, and I lost my big brother yesterday."

Easton is one of three remaining surviving members of The Cars, along with keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson. Bassist/singer Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer in October 2000 at the age of 53.

In April of 2018, Ocasek, Easton, Hawkes and Robinson reunited for the last time to perform at the Cleveland ceremony celebrating The Cars' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Rod Stewart reveals secret prostate cancer diagnosis: "I caught it early"

Back in 2000, Rod Stewart was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which was successfully treated.  Now, he's revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago -- but has since been given the all-clear.

The British paper The Mirror reports that over the weekend at a fundraising event for the charity The Prostate Project, Rod said, "Two years ago I was ­diagnosed with prostate cancer. No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests."

He added, "If you're positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face…I've worked for two years and I've just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me.”

Rod, who was told in July that he was in remission, then urged men to get checked for the disease, saying, "Guys, you've got to really go to the doctor…Finger up the bum, no harm done."

The charity event feature a rare reunion performance of the surviving original members of Faces: frontman Stewart, guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Kenney Jones. Jones also has battled prostate cancer in recent years, while Wood had a bout with lung cancer recently. A video of Rod announcing that he had battled prostate cancer during the fundraiser has been posted on The Prostate Project's YouTube channel.

Rod, 74, is back in Las Vegas this week to continue his residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. He'll start a U.K. arena tour in November.

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Ringo Starr releasing new solo album in October, 'What's My Name,' featuring McCartney, Joe Walsh and more

On the same day that The Who announced details of a brand-new studio album, another British rock legend has followed suit. Ringo Starr has revealed plans to release a new solo record titled What's My Name on October 25.

The former Beatles drummer produced the 10-track collection at his home studio with a little help from some famous musical friends: Paul McCartneyJoe WalshEdgar WinterDave StewartBenmont Tenchand his current All Starr Band members Steve LukatherColin Hay and Warren Ham.

Ringo co-wrote six tracks on the album, which also features covers of the John Lennon song "Grow Old with Me" and the Motown classic "Money (That's What I Want)," the latter of which The Beatles also recorded back in 1963.

McCartney contributes bass and backing vocals to Starr's version of "Grow Old with Me," which was one of the last songs Lennon wrote. The track features string arrangements by Jack Douglas, who produced Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album.

What's My Name's title track was written by Hay, the Men at Work frontman who recently rejoined the All Starr Band after a couple of previous stints with Ringo's group. The song was inspired by Ringo himself and a chant that fans shout at his concerts.

"What's My Name" is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, and fans pre-ordering the album will receive an instant free download of the track.

Among the songs Ringo co-wrote are the lead track, "Gotta Get Up to Get Down," "It's Not Love That You Want" and "Magic," co-penned, respectively, by Walsh, Stewart and Lukather.

What's My Name is available on CD, as a vinyl LP and digitally.

Here's the album's full track list:

"Gotta Get Up to Get Down"
"It's Not Love That You Want"
"Grow Old with Me"
"Money (That's What I Want)"
"Better Days"
"Life Is Good"
"Thank God for Music"
"Send Love Spread Peace"
"What's My Name"

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Peter Gabriel gathers solo rarities on new digital compilation, 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

Peter Gabriel has been relatively quiet lately, but the former Genesisfrontman has just released an expansive collection of solo rarities titled Flotsam and Jetsam, which is available now exclusively as a digital download and via streaming services.

The 62-track compilation includes remixes, B-sides, live performances, single edits, extended versions and instrumentals spanning from 1976 to 2016. Most of the recordings previously appeared on either seven-inch, 12-inch or CD singles, soundtracks or tribute albums.  The majority have not been available digitally until now.

Flotsam and Jetsam is arranged chronologically and split into three eras -- 1976-1985, 1986-1993 and 1994-2016. The album kicks off a cover of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" that Peter contributed to the 1976 musical documentary All This and World War II.

Among the other interesting recordings: a live version of "Solsbury Hill" recorded at the New York club The Bottom Line in 1978, an instrumental version of "Shock the Monkey," and alternate mixes or versions of such popular Gabriel tunes as "I Have the Touch," "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," "Big Time," "Games Without Frontiers," "Steam" and "Digging in the Dirt."

A few tracks on Flotsam and Jetsam are previously unreleased: an extended version of the 1977 song "Slowburn"; a full version of the "Sledgehammer" B-side "Don't Break This Rhythm"; and alternate mixes of "Curtains" and "Father, Son."

Closing out the collection is "The Veil," a Grammy-nominated song that Gabriel contributed to the 2016 Oliver Stone film Snowden.

You can listen to the 1978 live rendition of "Solsbury Hill" now at Gabriel's official YouTube channel.

Here's the full Flotsam and Jetsam track list:

"Strawberry Fields Forever"
"Slowburn" (Extended Version)*
"Perspective" (Single Version)
"D.I.Y" (Re-recorded Single Version)
"Teddy Bear"
"Mother of Violence" (Single Mix)
"Solsbury Hill" (Live at The Bottom Line)
"I Don't Remember" (Alternate Version)
"Biko" (Remixed Version)
"Jetzt Kommt Die Flut"
"Soft Dog" 
"Shock the Monkey" (Instrumental)
"Across the River"
"Kiss of Life" (Live)
"I Don't Remember" (Live Single Version)

"I Have the Touch" ('85 Remix)
"Sledgehammer" (Dance Mix)
"Sledgehammer" (Extended)
"Don't Break This Rhythm" (Full Version)*
"In Your Eyes" (Single Mix)
"In Your Eyes" (Special Remix)
"Big Time" (Extended Version)
"GA GA" (I Go Swimming Instrumental)
"Walk Through the Fire" (Single Mix)
"Biko" (Live)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Raw Stylus Mix)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Instrumental)
"Quiet Steam"
"Games Without Frontiers" (Massive/DB Mix)
"Steam" (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Mix)
"Steam" (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam Dub)
"Mercy Street" (William Orbit Mix)
"Blood of Eden" (Special Mix for Wim Wenders' Until the End of the World)
"Digging in the Dirt" (Rich E Mix)
"Kiss That Frog" (Mindblender Mix)
"Shaking the Tree" (Bottrill Remix)

"I Have the Touch" (Robbie Robertson Mix)
"In the Sun"
"Shaking the Tree '97" (Jungle Version)
"I Grieve" (City of Angels Version)
"The Tower That Ate People" (Red Planet Remix) 
"Animal Nation"
"Signal to Noise" (Gangs of New York Version)
"More Than This" (The Polyphonic Spree Mix)
"More Than This" (Elbow Mix)
"My Head Sounds Like That" (Royksopp Remix)
"Sky Blue" (Martyn Bennet Remix)
"Growing Up" (Trent Reznor Remix)
"Growing Up" (Stabilizer Remix)
"Growing Up" (Tricky Instrumental Mix)
"Darkness" (Engelpost Remix)
"Curtains" (Broad Mix)*
"Father, Son" (Daniel Lanois & Richard Chappell Mix)*
"Courage" (The Hexidecimal Mix)
"I'm Amazing"
"The Veil"

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse premiere new song called "Rainbow of Colors," from upcoming album 'Colorado'

Neil Young has offered up a second track in advance of the October 25 release of Colorado, his new studio album with Crazy Horse.

"Rainbow of Colors" resembles a traditional folk hymnal, with lyrics that focus on the racial divisiveness that seems to be plaguing the U.S. lately.

"There's a rainbow of colors, in the old U.S.A.," Neil sings, joined by a choir of multi-tracked voices. "No one's gonna whitewash those colors away/ I know some might tell me, that there's not room for all/ And they should just go back/to the places they fall."

In a post on his Neil Young Archives website, Young explains that the song is "about the U.S.A. and the whole world," adding, "The idea of this song is that we all belong together. Separating us into races and colors is an old idea whose time has passed."

Young goes on to discuss the importance of people coming together today, particularly to fight climate change.

"We need to all be one because we all are threatened," he writes. "Climate change is the unifying force we have needed for a long time."

You can check out "Rainbow of Colors" now at Young's official YouTube channel and at Neil Young Archives, where you also can purchase a download of the track.

Young and Crazy Horse also recently premiered another track from Colorado, a gentle love ballad called "Milky Way."

As previously reported, the vinyl version of Colorado will feature a bonus seven-inch single that includes a solo live version of "Rainbow of Colors" recorded this past May in Portland, Oregon.

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Ric Ocasek, frontman for The Cars, dead at 75

Ric Ocasek, best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the iconic new wave group The Cars, has died, the NYPD has confirmed to ABC Radio.  He was 75.

Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in bed at around 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.  Law enforcement officials tell ABC News that it appears Ocasek died of natural causes.  The New York Post reports that his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, was the one who found him. 

Formed in 1976 in Boston, from the ashes of a previous band named Cap’n Swing, Ocasek -- born Richard Theodore Otcasek -- and The Cars codified the sound of what was then known as new wave by mixing synthesizer-based pop with guitar-based rock.  The lineup included Ocasek on vocals and rhythm guitar, bass player and co-lead singer Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Eliot Easton, drummer David Robinson and keyboard player Greg Hawkes.

After their song "Just What I Needed" started getting airplay on Boston stations, the band signed to Elektra records.  Their 1978 self-titled debut album was a success, featuring "Just What I Needed," "Let the Good Times Roll" and "My Best Friend’s Girl," as well as popular album tracks "You're All I've Got Tonight," "Bye Bye Love" and "Moving in Stereo."

More albums and more hits followed, including "Let's Go," "It's All I Can Do," "Shake It Up" and "Since You're Gone."  In 1984, The Cars released their most successful album, Heartbeat City, which featured the smashes "You Might Think," "Magic" and "Drive."  The innovative "You Might Think" video won the band Video of the Year at the first-ever MTV Video Music Awards.

In 1989, Ocasek married supermodel Porizkova, who'd starred in the video for "Drive."  They have two children; the couple separated in 2017. Ocasek also has four sons from two previous marriages.

The Cars broke up in 1988, but Ocasek continued with a solo career and also became a sought-after producer, working with bands like Weezer, Suicide, Romeo Void, Hole, No Doubt, Bad Religion and Bad Brains.  He also appeared in several films, including the John Waters movie Hairspray, and wrote several books of poetry.

In 2011, The Cars re-formed without Orr, who died in 2000, and released a new album, Move Like This.

Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.

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Special screenings of Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars' film scheduled for October 19 and 23

Bruce Springsteen's new Western Stars concert movie got its world premiere Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now comes word that the flick will be shown in select theaters across North America on October 19 and 23.

The screenings also will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the flick, including previously unseen archival footage and unreleased music from Bruce's archives.

As previously reported, Western Stars features footage of Springsteen performing all 13 songs from his latest album of the same name, in front of a small audience in a 100-year-old barn that he owns.  He's accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra and some of the musicians who contributed to the record.

The performance segments are interspersed with sweeping, cinematic footage of the Western U.S. Springsteen also contributes a narrative voiceover, musing on his life and reflecting on the themes on which he touches onWestern Stars' songs, such as love, loss, loneliness, family and the American dream.

Some archival footage also is incorporated into the movie, including home movies from Springsteen's honeymoon with his wife, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, who also takes part in the concert performance.

RollingStone.com reports that during a Q&A at the Toronto premiere, Bruce explained that the film was the final part of "a story I haven't really told before" that includes his 2016 autobiography, Born to Run, and his Springsteen on Broadway residency. The website also revealed that a Western Stars soundtrack album will be released.

Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, and marks Bruce's directorial debut.

You can order tickets for the October 19 and 23 Western Stars screenings at FathomEvents.com. The film will go into wide theatrical release Friday, October 25.

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Eddie Money, 'Two Tickets to Paradise' Singer, Dies at 70

Eddie Money, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight”  soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday (Sept. 13). He was 70.

A statement provided by his family reads: “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”

Money recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.


A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” had aired on AXS TVstarting in April 2018. It chronicled his life at home and with his family, revealing his health struggles.



Money made his home in the Bay Area where he performed at the city’s clubs regularly. A star of MTV’s formative years, during which he starred in a series of comedic music videos, he saw major chart success with such songs as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and in 1986 “Take Me Home Tonight”, a duet with Ronnie Spector, which was a radio hit. He was signed to Columbia Records and released 11 albums throughout his career.


Known also for his comedic manner, both in his music videos and in interviews, he told Rolling Stone last year that, despite his string of hit songs, he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.” In his typically self-deprecating manner, Money capped the conversation with this view: “The kids aren’t in jail, they’re not in rehab, nobody’s wrecked the car this week and there’s still milk in the refrigerator. I’m having a good month.”

Money is survived by his wife Laurie and five children.


Money’s arsenal of hits includes 1978’s”Baby Hold On” (peak position on the U.S. chart: No. 11) and “Two Tickets to Paradise” (No. 22), followed by “Maybe I’m a Fool” the following year (No. 22), “Think I’m in Love” (No. 16) and “Shakin'” (No. 63) in 1982,  “Take Me Home Tonight” in 1986, which reached No. 4 (his highest charting song) and “Walk on Water” (No. 9) in 1988.

During that decade-plus, Money also descended into drug and alcohol abuse, nearly dying of an overdose that left him unable to walk for a year.

Eventually working his way back to performing live, Money was featured on a 2016 episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” That led to the series “Real Money,” which debuted on AXS TV in 2018 and was on its second season.

Occasionally, Money was also the subject of controversy. Most recently, and not of his doing, music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz took issue with a crack Money made during a talk at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, calling it anti-Semitic. As Money explained to Rolling Stone: “I said, ‘My wife always looks like a million bucks and she spends so much money on clothes and I hate it. It’s the Jew in me.’ And when I said that, because my mother is Jewish, Bob didn’t realize that and mentioned it [in his popular newsletter]. He thought I was Irish Catholic, Polish or German or something and all of a sudden he said I was anti-Semitic. … It was a misunderstanding and I thought it was a funny joke because I got Jewish blood in me.”


The Who announces new album, 'WHO,' & UK tour

If you're a fan of The Who, here's some great news to wake up to.  We've not only got a new studio album on the way -- the band's first in 13 years -- but also a tour to back it up.

The album first.  Titled, simply, WHO, it's due out November 22 and boasts 11 tracks.  One of them, "Ball and Chain," dropped Friday morning -- an unabashed, hard-rocking political statement, with Roger Daltrey singing over Pete Townshend's driving guitar, "Down in Guantanamo/We still got the ball and chain/There's a long road to travel/For justice to make its claim."

WHO is available to order now from all the usual outlets, as well as the band's official store.  Order from the latter and you'll have your choice of a vinyl bundle featuring extra tracks; a cassette tape; and a "completist's set" featuring the vinyl offering, the cassette, and a CD.

“I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia in 1973," says Daltrey in a statement.  "Pete hasn’t lost it, he’s still a fabulous songwriter, and he’s still got that cutting edge.”

"This album is almost all new songs written last year, with just two exceptions," says Townshend.  "There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give Roger Daltrey some inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice."

As for the tour, it'll kick off March 16 of next year in Manchester, England, and run for a total of ten dates through an April 8 show at London's Wembley Arena.  Unfortunately, no dates outside of the U.K. and Ireland so far.  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 20 -- check out The Who's official website for details.

Here's the WHO track list:

"All This Music Must Fade"
"Ball and Chain"
"I Don’t Wanna Get Wise"
"Beads on One String"
"Hero Ground Zero"
"Street Song"
"I'll Be Back"
"Break the Newse"
"Rockin' in Rage"
"She Rocked My World"

And here are the tour dates:

3/16 -- Manchester Arena, England
3/18 -- Dublin 3 Arena, Ireland
3/21 -- Newcastle Utilita Arena, England
3/23 -- Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena, Scotland
3/25 -- Leeds First Direct Arena, England
3/30 -- Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Wales
4/1 -- Birmingham Resorts World Arena, England
4/3 -- Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, England
4/6 -- Liverpool M&S Bank Arena, England
4/8 -- London SSE Wembley Arena, England

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Elton John among top-trending Halloween costumes on Pinterest

Back in the '70s and '80s, it seemed like every day was Halloween forElton John, who sported one outrageous outfit after another.  So it's no wonder that this Halloween, a lot of people want to dress up as the Rocket Man.

Pinterest has published a list of its most popular Halloween-related searches on its platform between July of 2018 and July of 2019, and found that among people who are planning on going to Halloween parties alone -- as opposed to with a group of friends or with a significant other -- searches for Elton costumes were up 442%.

The reason, specifically, is the Elton biopic Rocketman, which is a showcase for any number of classic Elton looks, like his sequined Dodgers baseball uniform, or a shiny gold feather-festooned jacket.

Of note, searches for costumes of a similarly flamboyant British rock star who was the subject of a biopic -- Freddie Mercury -- are up 145%.

Pinterest also found that Stranger Things costumes are very hot this year, as are costumes based on The Powerpuff Girls, Toy Story, The Lion King, Aladdin and other popular movies.

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John Fogerty's new '50 Year Trip' live album and concert film arriving in November

Last month, John Fogerty announced plans to put out a new live album featuring performances from a recent concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.  Now, we've got official details about the release.

The album is titled John Fogerty -- 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks, and the previously reported October 25 release date has been changed to November 8. The collection, which will be available on CD and digitally, was recorded on June 20, 2019, and boasts performances of 17 songs from the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman's show at the famous Denver-area venue.

The set focuses almost exclusively on the CCR tunes and solo material Fogerty played at the show, which was part of John's ongoing My 50 Year Trip tour. Among the backing musicians joining Fogerty at the event were his sons Shane and Tyler.

"I've played Red Rocks a number of times over the years and it's always magical," Fogerty says, "but this time, to play with both of my sons on this amazing stage, will certainly go down as one of the major highlights of my life."

In addition to the album, a concert film documenting the Red Rocks show will be screened in theaters across the U.S. for one day only: Monday, November 11.

The movie will include footage of the entire two-and-a-half-hour concert -- including Fogerty's live covers of some classic songs from the late 1960s, like The Who's "My Generation" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."  Those covers aren't on the album.

Tickets to the screenings go on sale Friday, October 4, at FathomEvents.com.

John's tour continues this Friday, September 13, with a performance in Telluride, Colorado.

Here's the 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks CD track listing:


"Born on the Bayou"
"Green River"
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
"Susie Q"
"Who'll Stop the Rain"
"Hey Tonight"
"Up Around the Bend"
"Rock and Roll Girls"
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"Long as I Can See the Light"
"Run Through the Jungle"
"Keep On Chooglin'"
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
"Down on the Corner"
"The Old Man Down the Road"
"Fortunate Son"
"Bad Moon Rising"
"Proud Mary"


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Slash premieres new 'Living the Dream Tour' concert film clip; announces signature doubleneck Gibson guitar

Slash has premiered a new clip from his upcoming Living the Dream Tourconcert film, recorded with his backing band, Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators.

The latest video captures Slash and company's performance of the song "The Call of the Wild." You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

Living the Dream Tour was filmed 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.

In other Slash news, the iconic Guns N' Roses guitarist is teaming up with Gibson to release a new signature guitar. The Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck will be available at select Gibson dealers on October 1.

For more info, visit Gibson.com.

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Sting scores #1 dance hit with new version of "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free"

Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart is in the midst of an '80s invasion.  Whitney Houston's remix of Steve Winwood's 1986 hit "Higher Love" recently topped that chart, and now Sting has reached #1 with a remix of his 1985 hit "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free."

The updated track was created by noted producer Dave Audé for Sting's latest album, My Songs, which features remixes and re-recordings of the former Police frontman's back catalog. 

Audé told Billboard that, of the six songs he produced on the album, "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" is "the only one that I totally flipped on its head, and the result is pure dancefloor magic."

This is Sting's fourth #1 hit on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, following 2003's "Send Your Love," 2004's "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)" and a 2016 version of "Stolen Car" recorded with Mylene Farmer.

Sting's Las Vegas residency, also called My Songs, will debut on May 22, 2020, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

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Ma-clear-ial Girl: Madonna's first four albums coming to clear vinyl in November

Madonna has always been pretty transparent -- and now some of her music will be too.

The Queen of Pop's first four albums are being reissued on crystal-clear vinyl on November 8, and will be available via Rhino.com for just under $22 each, or all four for just under $70.

The four albums are 1983's Madonna, 1984's Like a Virgin, 1986's True Blue and 1987's Who's That Girl: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The superstar's self-titled debut gave us "Holiday," "Lucky Star" and "Borderline," while Like a Virgin included the title track, plus "Dress You Up," "Angel" and "Material Girl." 

True Blue added "Live to Tell," "Papa Don't Preach" and "Open Your Heart" to Madonna's hit-packed catalog, and Who's that Girl spun off the hit title track and "Causing a Commotion."

Madonna will kick off an intimate theater tour in support of her 14th studio album, Madame X, starting September 17 in Brooklyn, New York.

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Prince's groundbreaking album '1999' to be reissued on November 29

The Prince Estate is reissuing the late artist's groundbreaking album 1999 on November 29 in a variety of formats -- one of which includes 35 previously unreleased tracks.

The double album, originally released in 1982, will be available in a super-deluxe edition with 65 tracks over five CDs. That package also includes a DVD of a previously unreleased concert from the 1999 tour recorded live at the Houston Summit on December 29, 1982, and an audio CD of a show recorded November 20, 1982 in Detroit.

The super-deluxe edition also includes live studio versions of “International Lover” and “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore?,” three different mixes of “1999,” and four mixes of “Little Red Corvette.” It also features Prince’s previously unseen, handwritten lyrics.

In addition to the super-deluxe edition, there will also be a deluxe edition with 2 CDS, and a newly remastered version of the original release.

1999 was Prince’s fifth studio album, but his first to hit the top ten of the Billboard 200 album chart. It was eventually certified quadruple platinum, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

The original album featured 11 songs, including the title track, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. "1999" was followed by the singles “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious” and “Let’s Pretend We’re Married.”

The 1999 album was the album Prince released before the iconic Purple Rain soundtrack, which won two Grammys, as well as the Oscar for Best Original Song Score.

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Elton John tops StubHub's list of hottest fall tours for second year in a row

Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour has been going on since the fall of 2018, with no end in sight...but fans are still lining up to see it.

StubHub has announced its list of the top 10 U.S. tours this fall, based on the acts that are selling the most tickets, and the tour dates that are bringing in the most money.  For the second year in a row, Elton tops the online ticket marketplace's list for fall treks.  In fact, his tour has four times the sales of the #2 act on the list, country star Luke Combs.

"Farewell tours are always going to draw," said Jeff Poirier, general manager of music for StubHub, in a statement.  "What's unique, in this case, is that Elton John's tour has commanded such demand into its second year now, with such a long-running tour across the country.  It's a fitting goodbye for such a legend."

Besides Elton, the only other act from StubHub's fall 2018 list to return this year is Phil Collins, who lnads in sixth place.  Billy Joel is also on the list, at #9, appearing for the third time on Stubhub's fall tour tally, although he missed last year's ranking.

The rest of the list is made up mainly of country stars and pop stars, including Carrie UnderwoodLady GagaThe Jonas Brothers and Chris Stapleton.

Here are StubHub's Top Touring Acts of Fall 2019:

1. Elton John
2. Luke Combs
3. Carrie Underwood
4. Lady Gaga
5. The Jonas Brothers
6. Phil Collins
7. Chris Stapleton
8. Lizzo
9. Billy Joel
10. Post Malone

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Graham Nash says he will never work with David Crosby again, although he'll "miss the music"

It's been several years since Graham Nash had a falling out with his longtime musical collaborator, David Crosby, which has resulted in an indefinite hiatus for Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Unfortunately for CSN fans, Nash tells ABC Radio that, while he appreciates the great music he made with Crosby, he has no intention of ever reuniting with his former band mate.

"No, it's never gonna happen again," Graham insists. "But look what we did in 50 years."

Meanwhile, Nash reveals that he's seen the new documentary focusing on Crosby's life and career, David Crosby: Remember My Name.

"It made me sad," Graham says the film, which includes segments in which David's discusses his fractured relationships with several of his famous ex-band mates, his deteriorating health and his prolific recent solo musical endeavors.

"I won't miss David, but I certainly will miss the music," Nash admits. "And quite frankly, [the movie] just seemed like a video obituary to me."

While no new music or tours may be in the offing from CSN or Crosby, Still, Nash & Young, Graham says he's been going through the groups' archival concert recordings looking for "stuff that was interesting" to release.

Nash reveals that the band members recently settled a dispute with their record label giving them access to "a tremendous catalog of live shows" recorded over the last 50 years. The 77-year-old folk-rock legend points out that the material also included the demos that were featured on his 2018 compilation, Over the Years…

As previously reported, Nash kicks off a U.S. fall solo tour on September 20 in Morristown, New Jersey. Check out all the dates at GrahamNash.com.

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The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood releasing new live Chuck Berry tribute album "Mad Lad"

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is paying homage to late rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry with a new concert album titled Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry, which will be released on November 15.

The album, which is credited to Ronnie Wood and His Wild Five, was recorded in November 2018 at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, U.K. The 11-track collection features renditions of 10 tunes written and/or recorded by Berry, plus a Wood original titled "Tribute to Chuck Berry."

Ronnie was joined on several tunes by acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Imelda May and British pianist Ben Waters, who also played with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' side group The ABC and D of Boogie Woogie.

The album will be available in several configurations and formats, including digitally, on CD, on heavyweight vinyl and as a super-deluxe box set featuring the CD, the LP and a limited-edition print of the Wood-created cover art, a t-shirt and a signed and numbered set list.

Fans who pre-order the record will receive a free instant download of one track, "Talking About You."

Mad Lad is the first of three tribute albums that Wood is planning to release in the coming years, saluting some of his biggest musical heroes. He chose Berry first because he's a lifelong fan, because he had the opportunity to tour with Chuck, and in honor of Berry's 2017 passing at the age of 90.

Shortly after the album's release, Ronnie will play a show with his solo band at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London on November 21.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, a Mike Figgis-directed documentary about Wood titled Somebody Up There Likes Me will premiere October 12 at the London Film Festival.

Here's the Mad Lad track list:

"Tribute to Chuck Berry"
"Talking About You"
"Mad Lad"
"Wee Wee Hours" -- featuring Imelda May
"Almost Grown" -- featuring Imelda May
"Back in the USA"
"Blue Feeling"
"Worried Life Blues"
"Little Queenie"
"Rock 'n' Roll Music" -- featuring Imelda May
"Johnny B. Goode"

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Tina Turner: "I had a terrible life. I just kept going"

Tina Turner has had amazing career success, but most fans also know of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her late ex-husband and musical partner, Ike Turner.  Now, in a new interview with The New York Times, Turner says despite the hurdles she overcame, she doesn't feel like she's a role model for women, even though many fans view her that way.

"I don't necessarily want to be a 'strong' person," she says. "I had a terrible life. I just kept going. You just keep going, and you hope that something will come."

Tina also doesn't consider herself a feminist icon and she has no interest in trying to, as The New York Timesputs it, "recast her life through #MeToo."

"I identify only with my life," she says, noting that when others were holding her up as an example, "I was busy doing it. Doing the work."

Now, however, she relishes her retirement from showbiz. "I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy," she tells The Times. "That's all I'd ever done in my life."

Meanwhile, her life continues to inspire, as the subject of a Broadway musical that starts previews October 12 before officially opening November 7.  And while Tina wasn't able to watch her biopic What's Love Got to Do With It?, finding it too painful, she has no problem watching Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

As The Times notes, when the show opened in London, Turner even came onstage during the curtain call and told the actor who played Ike, "I forgive you." That's something she didn't do in real life.

"I don't know if I could ever forgive all that Ike ever did to me," she tells The Times.  But, she laughs, "Ike's dead. So we don't have to worry about him."

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Eric Clapton's 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival to air live on pay-per-view this month

Eric Clapton's star-packed 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival may be sold out, but there's good news for fans who couldn't score tickets or make it out to Dallas' American Airlines Center for the September 20-21 event. A live simulcast of the concert extravaganza will be available via a variety of pay-per-view providers throughout North America.

The event, broadcast in high-def, costs $39.99 per night. The festival will air starting 8 p.m. ET on Friday, September 20, and at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 21. A number of bars, restaurants and music venues throughout North America will also be hosting screenings of the simulcast.

As previously reported, Clapton will be performing on both days of the 2019 Crossroads Guitar Festival. The lineup also features Billy GibbonsPeter FramptonJoe WalshJeff BeckBonnie RaittSheryl CrowBuddy GuyJimmie VaughanLos LobosRobert CrayJames BurtonAlbert LeeGary Clark Jr.Jonny LangRobert RandolphTedeschi Trucks Band and Vince Gill, among others.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua, the drug and alcohol treatment facility that Eric founded in 1998.

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Muscle Shoals session guitarist Jimmy Johnson, one of the legendary "Swampers," dead at 76

Guitarist Jimmy Johnson, who played on a jaw-dropping list of memorable records as part of the soulful Muscle Shoals, Alabama musical collective known as "The Swampers," died Thursday at the age of 76.  "The Swampers" were famously name checked in Lynyrd Skynyrd's signature tune "Sweet Home Alabama."

Johnson's son Jay announced his father's passing on his Facebook page, writing, "He is gone. Playing music with the angels now."

Johnson started working at Rick Hall's FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals during the early 1960s, and by the middle of the decade, he'd become a regular session musician at the facility. During his years at FAME, he played on classic records by Aretha FranklinWilson Pickett and Percy Sledge, among many others.

In 1969, Johnson and other members of "The Swampers" opened their own recording facility, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, in nearby Sheffield, Alabama, and christened themselves the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Jimmy continued to play guitar on recordings by a wide variety of artists, while also frequently serving as a producer and engineer.

Among the many well-known musicians Johnson worked with at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: The Rolling StonesPaul SimonBob DylanBob SegerRod StewartLynyrd SkynyrdStaple SingersLeon RussellJoe CockerJames BrownArt GarfunkelWillie NelsonDr. Hook and Eddie Rabbitt.

You can check out a lengthy list of recordings to which Johnson contributed at JimmyJohnsonMusic.com.

In 1995, Johnson was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. He also served on the board of the institution.

Jimmy was prominently featured in the acclaimed 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, which told the history of FAME Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and "The Swampers."

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Toto releasing new concert album and video, "40 Tours Around the Sun," this month

Since 2018, Toto has been celebrating its 40th anniversary all across the globe on their 40 Trips Around the Sun trek.  Now, the band's releasing a concert album and video called -- you guessed it -- 40 Tours Around the Sun.

Digital video and audio versions of the release will arrive on Friday, September 13, while two-CD and three-LP sets will follow a week later. Then, on November 15, DVD and Blu-ray editions of the 40 Tours Around the Sun video will hit stores.

The releases feature footage from a sold-out concert Toto played in March 2019 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. The band's set included the classic hits "Africa," "Hold the Line" and "Rosanna," deep cuts, a cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and two new songs that appeared on the group's 2018 40 Trips Around the Sun compilation.

The 40 Tours Around the Sun concert video also features a Storytellers-style segment, where Toto's core members share recollections of recording their first demo, discuss how keyboardist Steve Porcaro came to co-write Michael Jackson's hit "Human Nature" and more.

The DVD and Blu-ray include a bonus interview with the band recorded just before the Amsterdam concert.

Visit Eagle-Rock.com/toto-us to pre-order the various versions of 40 Tours Around the Sun.

Toto launches a new North American leg of its 40th anniversary tour on September 20 in Los Angeles, which wraps up October 20 in Philadelphia.

Here's the track list of the CD version of 40 Tours Around the Sun:

CD 1:
"Hold the Line"
"Lovers in the Night"
"Spanish Sea"
"I Will Remember"
"English Eyes"
"Jake to the Bone"
"Miss Sun"
"Georgy Porgy"
"Human Nature"
"No Love"

CD 2:
"Stop Loving You"
"Girl Goodbye"
"Dune (Desert Theme)"
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
"Stranger in Town"
"Make Believe"
"The Road Goes On"

And here are all of Toto's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

9/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
9/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Celebrity Theatre
9/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Life Is Beautiful festival
9/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theatre - Delta Hall
9/25 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
9/27 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/28 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place
9/29 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
10/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
10/2 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Theatre
10/4 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre
10/5 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
10/6 -- Tiffin, OH, Ritz Theatre
10/8 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/9 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
10/10 -- Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/12 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
10/13 -- Northfield, OH, MGM Northfield Park - Center Stage
10/15 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre
10/16 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/18 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater
10/19 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia

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The Beach Boys' Mike Love says he's open to a 60th anniversary reunion tour with Brian Wilson & Al Jardine

Believe or not, The Beach Boys will celebrate their 60th anniversary in less than three years. While the band's surviving core members got back together for a 50th anniversary tour in 2012, singer Mike Love -- who fronts the current version of the group -- has been at odds with his ex-band mates Brian Wilson and Al Jardine since he decided not to extend the reunion trek beyond its initially announced end date.

However, Love tells ABC Radio that he would be open to another reunion tour to mark The Beach Boys' 60th anniversary, although he feels it would depend on the health of Wilson, who recently postponed a series solo concerts to address some mental health issues.

"[I]f the opportunity presented itself, and people were in good health and a good frame of mind, then of course there's no prohibition about doing anything," the 78-year-old singer maintains. "You know, as long as you have your health and ability to do what you're known to have done."

Love adds, "If Brian is able to, then of course," while noting, "I hate to see him in bad shape, because [he's] my first cousin and we did such great things together and stuff."

Mike's concerns about Brian don't extend to Jardine, whom he says is "probably ready to go." Love also suggests that Jardine's son Matt could have a role in a Beach Boys reunion trek, pointing out that he "sings the high parts that Brian used to sing."

It must be said, Wilson has recovered enough from his recent issues to return to the road with his solo band, which includes Al and Matt Jardine. They're currently touring with The Zombies.

The Love-led Beach Boys, meanwhile, also continue to tour regularly. Here are their upcoming U.S. concerts:

9/28 -- Huntington State Beach, CA, Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party
10/11 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
10/12 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino
10/16 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
10/17 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
10/20 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/30 -- Laughlin, NV, Edgewater Casino
12/1 -- Palm Desert, CA, McCallum Theatre (two shows)
12/2 -- Lancaster, CA, Lancaster Performing Arts Center
12/4 -- Santa Clarita, CA, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
12/5 -- Visalia, CA, Visalia Fox Theatre
12/7 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theater
12/8 -- Cerritos, CA, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
2/13/2020 -- Auburn, AL, Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University
2/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
2/19 -- Orlando, FL, Dr. Phillips Center
2/20 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
2/21 -- Coral Springs, FL, Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2/22 -- Fort Pierce, FL, Sunrise Theatre
2/27 -- Richmond, KY, EKU Center for the Arts
3/4 -- Mesa, AZ, Valle de Oro (two shows)

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New David Bowie box set "Conversation Piece," exploring his late-1960s work, due in November

A new five-CD David Bowie box set called Conversation Piece, featuring rare home demos and other recordings from 1968 and '69, as well as two mixes of the late rock legend's 1969 self-titled album, will be released on November 15.

The new collection includes all of the tracks that have appeared on the vinyl Bowie box sets that have been released this year in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of "Space Oddity."  There are also additional rare late-'60s recordings, plus 1969 and 2019 mixes of the David Bowie album, which was reissued in the U.S. in 1972 as Space Oddity.

Among the tracks featured on Conversation Piece are home demos, BBC radio sessions and studio recordings made by Bowie solo, with guitarist John "Hutch" Hutchinson, and with David's experimental mime and performance group Feathers.

The new mix of the Space Oddity album adds the song "Conversation Piece," which was originally omitted due to the time constraints of vinyl at the time. The track's updated mix is available now digitally.

"It was so much fun to find hidden gems of musicianship with more time to mix the second time around," producer Tony Visconti says of the new mix.

Among those gems, Visconti says, are "a guitar twiddle here, a trombone blast there, [T. Rex frontman] Marc Bolan's voice in a group choir and more detail in general that we overlooked all those years ago when the label gave us a week at the most to mix this album."

The 2019 mix of Space Oddity will also be released separately on CD, digital formats and vinyl. A limited-edition colored-vinyl version will randomly feature either a silver or gold disc.

The Conversation Piece box set will also be available digitally.

Here's the track list of the CD version of the collection:

CD 1: Home Demos

"April's Tooth of Gold"*
"The Reverend Raymond Brown (Attends the Garden Fête on Thatchwick Green)"*
"When I'm Five"*
"Mother Grey" 
"In the Heat of the Morning" 
"Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe"
"Love All Around" 
"London Bye, Ta-Ta" 
"Angel Angel Grubby Face" (Version 1)
"Angel Angel Grubby Face" (Version 2)
"Animal Farm"*
"Space Oddity" (Solo Demo Fragment)
"Space Oddity" (Version 1)+
"Space Oddity" (Version 2)+*
"Space Oddity" (Version 3)+
"Lover to the Dawn"+
"An Occasional Dream"+
"Let Me Sleep Beside You"+
"Life Is a Circus"+
"Conversation Piece"*
"Hole in the Ground"#*

CD 2: The 'Mercury' Demos

"Space Oddity"+
"An Occasional Dream"+
"Conversation Piece"+
"I'm Not Quite (aka Letter to Hermione)"+
"Lover to the Dawn"+
"Love Song"+
"When I'm Five"+
"Life Is a Circus"+

CD 3: Conversation Pieces (Mono)

"In the Heat of the Morning" (Decca Mono Version)
"London Bye, Ta-Ta" (Decca Alternative Version)

BBC Top Gear Radio Session with the Tony Visconti Orchestra, recorded May 13, 1968
"In the Heat of the Morning" 
"London Bye, Ta-Ta"
"Karma Man" 
"When I'm Five"
"Silly Boy Blue"
"Space Oddity" (Morgan Studios Version – Alternative Take)+*
"Space Oddity" (U.K. Single Edit)
"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" (Single B-side – Mono Mix)
"Janine" (Mono Mix)
"Conversation Piece"

BBC Dave Lee Travis Show radio session, recorded October 20, 1969
"Let Me Sleep Beside You"
"Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed"

CD 4: David Bowie, a.k.a. Space Oddity -- 1969 Stereo Mixes

"Space Oddity" 
"Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (including 'Don't Sit Down')" 
"Letter to Hermione" 
"Cygnet Committee" 
"An Occasional Dream" 
"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"
"God Knows I'm Good"
"Memory of a Free Festival"

The Extras
"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" (Single B-side Stereo Mix)
"Letter to Hermione" (Early Mix)*
"Janine" (Early Mix)*
"An Occasional Dream" (Early Mix)*
"Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola" (Full Length Version)

CD 5: Space Oddity -- 2019 Mixes (all previously unreleased)

"Space Oddity" 
"Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed"
"Letter to Hermione"
"Cygnet Committee"
"An Occasional Dream"
"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"
"Conversation Piece"
"God Knows I'm Good"
"Memory of a Free Festival"

The Extras
"Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud" (Single Version)
"Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola"

* = previously unreleased track
+ = with John "Hutch" Hutchinson
# = with George Underwood

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Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire among stars who performed at Magic Johnson's 60th birthday party in France

Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, made their 60th birthdays unforgettable with a three-day bash this week in St. Tropez, France, featuring entertainment by such music greats as Chaka KhanEarth, Wind & Fire and Eddie Levert of The O'Jays.

The NBA Hall of Famer posted several photos on Instagram, and commented about the music, "We danced for six straight hours and no one sat down!"

Posing in a nightclub with his wife, the former Los Angeles Lakers point guard wrote, "Tonight was one of the best old school parties I've ever been to. 300 of our closest friends packed the dance floor all night."

Jeffrey Osborne, Cheryl Lynn and Charlie Wilson also sang at the star-studded celebration.

The guest list included Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Samuel L. JacksonSpike Lee, Anthony AndersonGayle King, Chris TuckerAngela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance, plus Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles-Lawson and her husband Richard Lawson.

Rare quad mix of The Jackson 5's 1971 "Greatest Hits" album to be reissued on vinyl next month

The Jackson 5 burst onto the pop scene in 1969, and in just two years scored enough major singles to warrant the release of their first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits, which arrived in December 1971.

Now, a rare quad mix of the album -- originally issued only in Japan in 1975 -- will be released as a vinyl LP on October 25.

Greatest Hits featured 11 tracks, including the four #1 singles The Jackson 5 released at the start of their career -- "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" -- and the #2 hits "Mama's Pearl" and "Never Can Say Goodbye."

It also included a new song, "Sugar Daddy," which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself reached #12 on the Billboard 200.

The quad mix of the compilation features alternate vocal tracks and some instrumentation that doesn't appear on the original single and album mixes of the songs.

The new reissue, which you can pre-order now, will be available on standard black vinyl and limited-edition clear vinyl.

Here's the track list:

Side 1
"I Want You Back"
"Never Can Say Goodbye"
"Sugar Daddy"
"I'll Be There"
"Maybe Tomorrow"

Side 2
"The Love You Save"
"Who's Lovin You"
"Mama's Pearl"
"Goin' Back to Indiana"
"I Found That Girl"

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'Hey Grandude!' Paul McCartney explains how his own grandchildren helped inspired his new kids' book

Hey Grandude!Paul McCartney's new children's book about a super-cool grandfather who, thanks to his magic compass, is able to take his grandkids on wondrous adventures, is available now.

McCartney tells BBC News that the book was inspired by a nickname one of his grandchildren gave him.

"One of my grandkids…just happened one day to say 'Grandude' and it kind of stuck," Sir Paul explains. "So the other kids started calling me 'Grandude,' and I thought, 'It's kind of cute…It's kind of a fun thing.' So I wrote a couple of little stories of this character, Grandude, and I imagined him as a sort of eccentric, groovy old guy who was magic."

Describing Grandude, McCartney notes, "He's got a gray beard, a little bit of a ponytail -- so he's a little bit groovy -- he has a little hat and a bow tie. And he has this magic compass, so when he rubs that, you can go anywhere."

McCartney maintains that the character isn't supposed to be him, although the two share some similarities. For instance, Grandude plays a bit of guitar for his grandkids, something McCartney admits doing with his own grandchildren.

Sir Paul also reveals to BBC News that, like him, his grandkids love music and all can "hold a tune." He says some of them sing in their school choir, and one is a guitar player in a band. That being said, McCartney points out that he doesn't push them to consider playing music professionally.

As previously reported, McCartney himself reads the audio version of Hey Grandude! and created some original music to accompany his narration.

Meanwhile, Paul will be at a Waterstones bookstore in London's Piccadilly neighborhood today at 4 p.m. local time to take part in a previously announced signing event.

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Limited-edition "Motown in Mono" vinyl box set due out in November

In conjunction with Motown's ongoing 60th anniversary celebrations, a new vinyl reissue series featuring mono versions of five classic albums by some of the label's most popular acts will be released on November 8 in a limited-edition set.

The five albums included in the  Motown in Mono series collection are The Miracles' 1963 LP You've Really Got a Hold on MeThe Temptations' 1965 record The Temptations Sing SmokeyThe Four Tops' 1967 album Reach OutThe Marvelettes' 1968 release Sophisticated Soul, and Diana Ross & The Supremes' 1968 album, Reflections.

The five-LP set is available for pre-order now exclusively via The Sound of Vinyl's online store. All of the LPs have been remastered and are pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The collection comes packaged with a custom turntable slipmat.

Sophisticated Soul has never been commercially issued in mono, while Reflections was released in mono only in the U.K. The mono versions of the other three albums are long out of print.

The You've Really Got a Hold on Me album also was known as The Fabulous Miracles and featured the classic title track, which reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Temptations Sing Smokey feature songs written or co-written by Smokey Robinson, among them the band's chart-topping hit, "My Girl. Robinson also produced the album.

Reach Out was The Four Tops' highest-charting album on the Billboard 200, peaking at #11. It featured three top-10 hits -- the #1 smash "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Standing in the Shadows of Love," and "Bernadette."

Sophisticated Soul featured the top-20 single "My Baby Must Be a Magician."

Reflections reached #18 in the Billboard 200, and included two top-10 singles -- the #2 title track and the #9 "In and Out of Love."

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Roll 'Em Away: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band reveal farewell tour final dates

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are getting ready to turn a final page on their career as a touring group. The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his longtime backing group have announced the last four dates of their Roll Me Away farewell tour.

The shows will take place on October 24 in Boston, October 26 in Toronto, October 30 in New York City, and November 1 in Philadelphia.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 14, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Bob Seger's fan club, the Bullet Club, will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m. local time. To join the club, visit BobSeger.com/bulletclub.

The last leg of Seger and the Silver Bullet Band final trek kicks off Thursday, September 12, in Rapid City, South Dakota. It features a total of 18 dates. The tour began last November.

Here are all of Seger and company's forthcoming tour dates:

9/12 -- Rapid City, SD, Rushmore Plaza
9/14 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome
9/17 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
9/19 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
9/21 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
9/24 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
9/26 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/28 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
10/3 -- Columbia, MO, University of Missouri - Mizzou Arena
10/5 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10/10 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane's River Center
10/12 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
10/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Paints Arena
10/19 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
10/24 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden+
10/26 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena+
10/30 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden+
11/1 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center+

+ = newly added show.

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Watch Roger Waters play "Wish You Were Here" at rally for imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Founding Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters took part in a protest in London Monday that called for the release of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeRollingStone.com reports.

At the rally, Waters dedicated an acoustic version of the 1975 Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" to Assange, who is being held in a London prison as he awaits a February 2020 extradition hearing.

The hearing stems from charges that Assange conspired to hack into a Pentagon computer network in 2010.  He was arrested in April 2019 at Ecuador's U.K. embassy, where he'd lived for seven years.

Waters played the tune behind a large banner that read "Don't Extradite Assange;" he was accompanied by veteran U.K. guitarist Andy Fairweather Low, who Waters said he'd invited to join him for "moral and musical support."

During the protest, which was held in front of London's Home Office, Waters joined with the crowd to chant "Free Julian Assange!"  According to RollingStone.com, he also commented, "How do we put ourselves in the position of a Julian Assange in solitary confinement, or with that kid in Syria or Palestine or Rohingya, being blown to bits by these people in this building here?"

You can watch videos of Roger's performance on various YouTube channels.

Meanwhile, the new concert film Roger Waters Us + Them premieres this Thursday, September 5, at the Venice International Film Festival in Venice, Italy. As previously reported, the movie then will be screened in theaters worldwide on October 2 and October 6.

The film was shot last June during Waters' four-night stand at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome, which was part of his 2017-2018 Us + Them tour.

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Neil Young shares details about Daryl Hannah-created cover art of his new album with Crazy Horse, "Colorado"

Neil Young has shared some interesting details about the cover art for his forthcoming album with Crazy HorseColorado.

In a post on his Neil Young Archives website, the folk-rock legend reveals that the cover was created by his wife, actress Daryl Hannah, using two photographs, plus an original painting by Neil's daughter, Amber Young.

"[Hannah] used one 'shadow on a horse' photograph she had taken and one photograph she had collected and edited, selecting a section and turning it upside down," Young explains.

"Added to those was a painting my daughter…did a few short years ago. Amber's painting, shown on its side in the cover, is about 6 feet tall by 3 and a half feet wide [that]...she created, working with wax and colors."

Neil adds about the painting, "It represents an audio envelope to me. I just love it and always have."

One of the photos shows a horse and its reflection as it runs beside a body of water, while the other shows the shadow of Young's head wearing a hat captured against a horse's body.

Referring to the first photo, Neil writes, "Notice how the top left of the cover has a picture of a horse and a reverse image below it? The way that image represents my right shoulder, I am part horse! I just love this cover."

Young also reveals that Hannah has designed the back and inside covers for Colorado, as well as the cover for the seven-inch vinyl single included with the LP version of the album.

As previously reported, Colorado will be released on October 25. Young recently gave fans a taste of the album by posting a brand-new song called "Milky Way" on his YouTube channel and Neil Young Archives.

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Whitney Houston Christmas single is a "possibility"; Whitney hologram tour coming in 2020

One of the surprise chart successes of 2019 has been "Higher Love," Whitney Houston's version of the 1986 Steve Winwood hit that was remixed by superstar DJ Kygo. The song has topped the Billboard dance chart and reached #2 on the British singles chart. Now, there's word that more Whitney songs might be in the works.

Seth Faber of Primary Wave, the company that has partnered with Whitney's estate, tells Music Week that a Whitney Christmas single is "a possibility this year," since the company wants to "take advantage of the momentum” by releasing more archival recordings. 

As for an entire album of remixed Whitney songs, Faber says it could happen...but further down the road.

“It’s possible we could get there, but in 2019 it feels like playing the singles game is more appropriate, especially because we have a finite amount of material,” Faber tells Music Week.

"We need to be thinking about what’s going to happen five to seven years from now, to make the material that we have last and continue to attract new fans.”

The estate hopes to attract more new fans, Music Week reports, by launching a Whitney Houston hologram tour, set to kick off in the U.K. next year. It's being staged by the same company that has an upcoming Buddy Holly/Roy Orbison hologram tour launching this year. The company is also developing an Amy Winehousehologram tour.

“It will be an incredible show,” says Faber. "So much effort has gone into making the show as authentic as possible. It’s going to be a phenomenal experience.”

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The Doors' Robby Krieger releases cover of classic 1959 instrumental "Sleepwalk"

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger recently released a brand-new solo single, a version of the classic 1959 Santo and Johnny instrumental "Sleepwalk."

The track, which showcases Krieger's trademark slide guitar, is available now digitally and via streaming services.

Robby is accompanied on the song by one-time Annie Lennoxkeyboardist Ed Roth, as well as by bassist Phil Chen and drummer Ty Dennis, who served as the rhythm section for several of Krieger and the late Ray Manzarek's Doors spinoff bands.

You can check out a video of Krieger performing "Sleepwalk" with Roth, Chen and Dennis on Robby's YouTube channel.

According to a post on his website and Facebook page, Krieger's also planning to release an archival 1979 recording by his short-lived group, Red Shift.

In other news, Krieger will reunite with Doors drummer John Densmore this Saturday, September 7, to perform at a benefit event for an independent Los Angeles radio station at Skirball Cultural Center in L.A.

Meanwhile, two performances Krieger had scheduled this September with Mountain frontman Leslie West -- on September 18 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and September 20 in Westbury, New York -- have been postponeduntil May 2 and 1, 2020, respectively. Robby is still slated to perform with West on September 14 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Krieger's upcoming itinerary also includes two headlining shows: September 15 in Annapolis, Maryland, and September 28 at the famed Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

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Paul McCartney reveals one of his grandchildren was mugged at knifepoint: "It is scary these days"

Paul McCartney wrote his new children's book Hey, Grandude! so he'd have something to read to his own grandchildren.  In the book, Grandude has a magical compass and can whisk his grandkids off on various adventures.  Of course, no one gets hurt -- but as McCartney reveals, his actual grandson recently found himself in a life-threatening situation.

Speaking to The Times of London, McCartney says one of his older grandchildren was mugged in London at knifepoint; the mugger took his phone.

Macca, who was mugged as a kid in Liverpool, tells the Times, "He was saying the worst thing was that he should have just thumped the guy; he came back and felt a coward. I said, ‘No, no, no, no! The guy had a knife and you don’t know, the guy might be able to use that knife.’ So it is scary these days.”

“When I was a kid, it was four guys and they nicked my watch,'" he recalls. "I was of a similar age...and it was the same feeling. [I thought at the time] ‘I have got to learn karate and be a black belt — and then I’ll get ’em!’ It was the worst thing.”

Paul, who has eight grandchildren, aged seven to 20, says overall, he finds being a grandparent a lot easier than being a parent.

“You are less responsible. The parents are going to say how much screen time they can have and see to it that they go to bed on time," he explains.

"You [as a grandparent] don’t have to bother with that. I like the babysitting thing because you can spoil the kids a bit. I picked up a rug in America that says: ‘Grandchildren spoiled here!’”

Hey, Grandude! arrives September 5.

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Creedence Revisited to play California benefit show to help in-need kids before band retires from the road

Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the spinoff group led by founding Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, is planning to retire from touring in the coming months, but the band still has 11 confirmed North American shows on its itinerary.

One of those dates is a benefit called Concert for a Cause, taking place September 25 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California.

The event will raise funds for the music-equipment trade organization NAMM's Museum of Making Music and Friends of Pasqual Academy. The museum offers music education programs and tours to schoolchildren, while friends of Pasqual Academy helps fund a residential and educational facility for foster teens.

Speaking about the focus of the two charities, Cook notes that they "work with young people and try and get them…back involved with a positive path through [making and] learning music."

Cook explains that Creedence Revisited is working with the charities "to raise awareness and money for future activities and more good work."

As for the type of show the band plans to put on, Stu says, "It's gonna be a regular performance on our end. It's all Creedence all night." (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Creedence Revisited's upcoming North American tour kicks off September 13 show in Brookville, New York and wraps up with an October 17-18 stand in Niagara Falls, Canada. Cook tells ABC Radio that the group als plans to tour South America later this year before ending its touring career in New Zealand in January 2020.

Those final shows will be a trio of festival dates that'll also feature Billy IdolGeorge Thorogood and Smash Mouth.

Here are all of Creedence Revisited's North American shows:

9/13 -- Brookville, NY, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
9/14 -- Frederick, MD, Great Frederick Fair
9/20 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino – Bluesville Showcase Night Club
9/21 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino – The Riverdome
9/25 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
9/26 -- Bakersfield, CA, Kern County Fair
9/28 -- Yakima, WA, Central Washington State Fair
10/4 -- Yucaipa, CA, Yucaipa Performing Arts Center
10/5 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
10/17 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/18 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort

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