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The Year in Music: Maybe I'm amazing -- Paul McCartney announces stage musical, tours, and releases children's book and new songs

Just about every year is an eventful one for Paul McCartney, and 2019 was no exception.

In May, McCartney released an expanded, deluxe box-set version of his chart-topping 2018 studio album Egypt Station dubbed the "Explorer's Edition." That same month, the Beatles legend kicked off a new U.S. leg of his ongoing Freshen Up tour.

In August, Sir Paul revealed that he was working on his first stage musical, penning music and lyrics for a production based on the classic 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life in collaboration with Tony-winning playwright Lee Hall.

In early September, McCartney published a new children's book called Hey Grandude!, about a super-cool grandfather who, thanks to his magic compass, is able to take his grandkids on wondrous adventures. That same month, Paul and his Beatles band mate Ringo Starr attended two separate events in London together -- one promoting a new book of photos taken by McCartney late wife, Linda, and the other celebrating the release of the 50th anniversary reissue on the Fab Four's Abbey Road album.

In November, McCartney issued a limited-edition vinyl single as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday event featuring two unreleased songs he recorded during the Egypt Station sessions -- "Home Tonight" and "In a Hurry."

Finally, in December, it was announced that McCartney was co-producing a new animated film called High in the Clouds, based on a 2005 children's book he co-wrote, in partnership with Netflix and the French movie company Gaumont. Sir Paul also is contributing original songs and soundtrack music to the flick.

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"Love has no age": Madonna reportedly getting serious with 25-year-old boyfriend

Is Madonna getting serious with one of her backup dancers less than half her age?

According to TMZ, the 61-year-old Queen of Pop has been dating 25-year-old Ahlamalik Williams for a little over a year now, and she's even met his parents.

Williams' father, Drue, reportedly confirmed the relationship to TMZ, saying that his son and Madonna first met back in 2015, when his son auditioned for the Rebel Heart tour.

In September, Madonna met Williams' parents in New York City after one of her shows and last month, she invited his parents to one of her Vegas shows and treated them to dinner in her suite. Apparently, they've been invited to her shows in London and France in early 2020 as well.

Drue tells TMZ Madonna told them she loves their son unconditionally and wants to take care of him.

"Love has no age," he says, adding, "My son is livin' la Vida Loca, and I'm just happy for him."

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Elvis Presley's Harley-Davidson golf cart among items to be auctioned at Graceland next week

The items up for bid at an Elvis Presley memorabilia auction held during the 2020 edition of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll's annual Birthday Celebration at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, have been revealed.

The auction takes place Wednesday, January 8 -- the first day of the four-day celebration, on what would've been Presley's 85th birthday -- at 11 a.m. CT at Graceland's Guest House Theater.

Among the many interesting artifacts being auctioned is a Harley-Davidson golf cart that Elvis purchased in 1967 and used to travel around Graceland's grounds. The vehicle is estimated to fetch between $60,000 and $70,000.

Also up for bid is a gold-and-diamond "TCB" necklace that Presley gave to his longtime entourage member Lamar Fike; an alpaca wool vest Elvis gave to his friend, Texas DJ Eddie Fadal; and two gold-and-diamond rings that the rock legend gifted to family friend Janelle McComb.

The 2020 Elvis Birthday Celebration will run through Saturday, January 11, and will feature a variety of Presley-themed events. Things will kick off on the 8th with the traditional Birthday Proclamation ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. CT on Graceland's North Lawn. Officials from Graceland and the Memphis area will take part in the event, which will feature the cutting of a birthday cake and a proclamation of "Elvis Presley Day" in Memphis. Fans who can't attend the event can watch it live online via LiveStream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland.

Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla Presley and his good friend Jerry Schilling will take part in several events and activities, including a photo op on January 8 at 4 p.m. CT and an in-conversation event on the 9th at 10 a.m. Both Priscilla and Jerry, separately, also will host tours of Graceland.

Visit Graceland.com for full details.

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The Year in Music: The Rolling Stones embark first U.S. tour since 2014, after delay caused by Mick Jagger heart surgery

In late 2018, The Rolling Stones announced plans to mount their first North American tour since 2015 in April of this year, but the 17-date trek hit a major speed bump before it even got started. On March 30, the band revealed that the tour had to be postponed because frontman Mick Jagger needed medical treatment.

As it turned out, the 75-year-old Jagger had to undergo a heart-valve procedure. Thankfully, the operation was successful and Mick came through in excellent health. The trek, dubbed the No Filter Tour, got back on track on June 21 at Chicago's Soldier Field, about two months after it originally was supposed to launch.

All of the postponed concerts were rescheduled, although the dates of two of the trek's shows had to be changed again because of bad weather. Among them was the tour's closer in Miami Gardens, Florida, which was moved from August 31 to August 30 as a safety measure as Hurricane Dorian approached the state.

The No Filter Tour obviously brought loads of satisfaction to Rolling Stones fans across the continent, but it also brought in big bucks for the band. The trek was ranked the top-grossing North American tour of 2019, raking in $177.8 million.

In other 2019 Rolling Stones news, Keith Richards revealed in a March interview with The Sun that the band had started working on a new album of original songs and had plans to continue the project after the tour ended. Two months earlier, Jagger had posted a video on his social media accounts showing him working on what appeared to be a new Stones song. Accompanying the video was a note that reads, "2019 - all about writing, recording....and a tour!" In December, guitarist Ronnie Wood told The Sun that the band was back at work on the album, which they are hoping to release in 2020.

In April, to coincide with the originally announced start date of the No Filter Tour, The Stones released a new best-of compilation called Honk. The retrospective boasts at least one song from every studio album that the band released from 1971 through 2016, while the deluxe version includes 10 bonus live performances recorded during the band's recent stadium tours. Among the concert performances were collaborations with four music stars: "Beast of Burden" with pop singer Ed Sheeran, "Wild Horses" with Florence Welch of alt-rock act Florence + the Machine, "Dead Flowers" with country star Brad Paisley, and "Bitch" with Foo FightersDave Grohl.

Meanwhile, Wood released a solo concert album in November called Mad Lad: A Live Tribute to Chuck Berry. The record features performances from a November 2018 U.K. show at which he played a variety of Chuck Berry covers. In addition, a new, star-studded documentary about Wood titled Somebody Up There Likes Meopened in U.K. theaters in late November after premiering at the London Film Festival in October.

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Stevie Nicks will join country star Keith Urban onstage in Nashville for New Year's Eve

Stevie Nicks will perform alongside country star Keith Urban in Nashville this New Year's Eve. 

According to Nashville's Tennesseean newspaper, the star-studded addition to the bill was announced Friday by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. The two superstars will top the bill of the city's annual Music City Midnight Performance. 

"To have someone of the caliber and stature of Stevie Nicks join Keith Urban onstage is an incredible way to cap off the year," notes Nashville Mayor John Cooper. "Nashville has worked hard to grow New Year's Eve into a world-class event that brings global attention and economic impact to the city. Considering the evening's diverse lineup, national broadcast coverage, and the addition of a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist to the program, it's clear that these efforts are working."

Other performers set to appear at this year's Music City Midnight Performance include Jason Isbell, Ashley McBryde, Amanda Shires, Kalie Shorr and more. Additionally, the evening will include fireworks and a ceremonial gigantic musical note set to descend over the stage.

The free concert will take place at the city's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

Nicks wound down a world tour with Fleetwood Mac in November, and earlier this month she made a surprise guest appearance at pop star Harry Styles' concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Stevie currently has one confirmed concert on her schedule, a headlining set at the 2020 Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival, which will be held over Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, in Snowmass, Colorado.

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Ringo Starr looks back at 2019 highlights in new video message; talks 2020 tour plans

Ringo Starr had quite an eventful 2019 and he recently shared a YouTubevideo recapping many of the highlights of the past year.

The five-minute, 30-second clip begins with the former Beatles drummer declaring "what a great year it's been" for him, while noting that he and his All Starr Band mounted two tour legs -- the first in August and the second in August and September. His comments are accompanied by footage of the group rehearsing and playing some shows.

The 79-year-old rock legend then points out that "while I was doing nothing, I made a record," referring to his latest solo album, What's My Name, which was released in October. The video includes a clip of him and his brother-in-law, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, talking about the new song "Gotta Get Up to Get Down," which they co-wrote.

Next, Starr notes that he put together a new photo book, A Day in the Life, which he's shown promoting at a gallery exhibit and in a media interview. The video also show's Ringo meeting up backstage with his friend, director David Lynch.

The last highlight in the recap is the unveiling ceremony for a stainless steel sculpture depicting Starr's hand giving the famous peace sign. He donated the sculpture to the town of Beverly Hills, California, and it went on permanent display at the Beverly Garden Park in November. The video includes footage of Starr giving a dedication speech.

The recap ends with Ringo pointing out that he and the All Starr Band are planning two 2020 tour legs, the second of which hasn't yet been officially announced, but that Starr says will take place around September and October.

Starr also wishes fans happy holidays, then adds, not surprisingly, "Peace and Love."

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Elton John, Queen drummer and Olivia Newton-John honored by Queen Elizabeth II

Elton JohnOlivia Newton-John and Queen drummer Roger Taylor are among those whose names are included in the annual New Year Honours list, presented annually in the name of Queen Elizabeth II.  This is the list that announces if people are being knighted, or given one of several other British honors.

More than 1,000 people have received honors this year, but only a few are famous celebrities.  Among them is Elton, who was knighted in 1998.  He's been given the elite "Companion of Honour" title, which is limited to only 65 people, for his services to music and to charity.

On Instagram, he wrote, "I’m humbled and honored to be among such highly esteemed company in receiving the Companion of Honour. 2019 has turned out to be a truly wonderful year for me and I feel extraordinarily blessed."

Queen's Roger Taylor has been made an OBE, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to music.

Olivia Newton-John, who was born in England and raised in Australia, has been made a dame -- the female equivalent of a knight -- for her services to music, charity and cancer research.  A breast cancer survivor, she established a cancer wellness and research center in Melbourne in 2012.

In a statement reported by the BBC, Olivia said, "I am extremely excited, honored and grateful beyond words to be included with such an esteemed group of women who have received this distinguished award before me."

Other well-known honorees include Oscar-winning directors Sam Mendes and Steve McQueen, both of whom have been knighted.  American Beauty and 1917 director Mendes was knighted for services to drama, while 12 Years a Slave director McQueen was knighted for services to art and film.


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I’m humbled and honoured to be among such highly esteemed company in receiving the Companion of Honour.

2019 has turned out to be a truly wonderful year for me and I feel extraordinarily blessed.

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George Michael's sister dies on Christmas day, three years to the day after her brother's death

In a tragic coincidenceBillboard reports that George Michael's sister, Melanie Panayiotou, passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 55.  Michael himself died on Christmas Day 2016 at age 53.

In a statement to Billboard, Michael's family said, "We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly. We would simply ask that the family's privacy be respected at this very sad time. There will be no further comment."

In a statement to the BBC, London's Metropolitan Police confirmed Melanie Panayiotou's death, noting, "Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 1935 hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s. The death is not being treated as suspicious by police."

Melanie and George are survived by their father, Jack, and their older sister Yioda, 57.  Their mother, Lesley, died in 1997.

Melanie signed the letter from George's family that was posted on his official website on December 23, thanking fans for all their support and saying how pleased they were that the holiday rom com Last Christmas --which was based on the classic Wham! hit and features theirs and George's music exclusively -- is in theaters.

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New 'Respect' teaser video gives first look at Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin

If what you want is a first look at Jennifer Hudson portraying the Queen of Soul in the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, you got it!

A teaser-trailer premiered Friday featuring Hudson as Franklin belting out Aretha's classic cover of Otis Redding's "Respect." The 40-second clip begins with Jennifer, wearing a sparkly gold dress, standing on a dark stage backlit by a golden lights.

As Hudson comes to the end of the songs first verse, the word "respect" spelled out in giant illuminated letters appears behind her. Jennifer then belts out the chorus as each letter in the word "respect" lights up as she sings it, and the following message flashes on the screen: "Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson…Is Aretha Franklin…Find Out What It Means, In Theaters 2020."

You can watch the video at MGM's official YouTube channel and social media sites.

As previously reported, Respect will follow Aretha's rise to superstardom, from her childhood singing gospel in her father's church to her emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices in soul and R&B.

A description of the film notes, "Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon's journey to find her voice."

Respect's cast also includes Forest WhitakerMary J. BligeMarlon WayansAudra McDonaldMarc MaronTituss Burgess and Tate Donovan.

Find out more about the film at Respect.movie.

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New Rolling Stones documentary 'Days of Rage' to be released on home video in January

An unauthorized Rolling Stones documentary focusing on the turbulent late-'60s period of the band's career that culminated with the group's performance at the ill-fated free concert at California's Altamont Speedway will be released January 17 as a home video.

Days of Rage: The Rolling Stones' Road to Altamont will be available on DVD and via various video-on-demand outlets.

The film, in part, examines how the Stones' image and music weren't in sync with the "peace and love" sentiments of the Woodstock generation, but rather more accurately reflected the volatile era of the late '60s, a time when the U.S. was involved in the Vietnam War and violent protests and political assassinations were commonplace.

Days of Rage features interviews with famed Stones photographer Gered Mankowitz, the band's one-time tour manager Sam CutlerRolling Stone magazine writer and editor Anthony DeCurtis and more.

In the movie's trailer, DeCurtis notes, "The Stones are hardened. They never fully bit on all the idealism of the '60s. 'We can transforms things by smoking pot'…was just not realistic. In a sense, The Stones vision was truer."

The Altamont concert, held in December 1969 in Tracy, California, was a free event headlined by The Rolling Stones. During the band's set, an 18-year-old man named Meredith Hunter who was brandishing a revolver near the stage was stabbed to death by a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, which had been hired to provide security for the event.

The event, which also featured SantanaThe Jefferson Airplane and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, was marred by violence throughout, with pool-cue-wielding Hells Angels frequently getting into altercations with audience members.

You can order the Days of Rage DVD now at MVDShop.com.

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George Michael's family thanks fans for their support of "his beautiful music"

After a year that's seen Wham!'s holiday classic "Last Christmas" hit the Billboard Top 20 for the first time, and a movie that celebrates George Michael's music hit theaters, the late singer's family has posted a special message of thanks to his fans.

"We have come full circle again and Christmas time (and the holidays), are upon us once more," the family writes. "I think we as a family...have come to fully appreciate (although we already knew really), quite how much love there is out there in the world, for both Yog and his beautiful music."

"Yog" is the pet name George's family had for him.

The message continues, "We know how much his lyrics can offer support when things are tough and help celebrate when times are good and life is going well…All your kind words are really good to hear and we know you have always known his true heart."

The family then thanks fans for "embracing and supporting the Last Christmas movie," which is named after the Wham! hit and features a soundtrack made up exclusively of Wham! and George Michael hits. It also includes a never-before-heard unreleased song that George recorded before he died.

"Everyone has been working so hard to bring you his music," they continue. "The movie is going to be there to celebrate and remember Yog and his music well into the future…and we thank everyone whose efforts brought his music to you."

The message concludes, "'Take Care' he says from up there in the stars...Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and celebrations to you all -- we send our best from here in London!"

George Michael died on Christmas Day of 2016.

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John Fogerty schedules first three 2020 concerts in Florida this February

John Fogerty has lined up his first performances of 2020, a trio of Florida gigs taking place on February 21 in Sarasota, February 22 in Fort Lauderdale, and February 23 in St. Augustine.

The ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman, who played dozens of concerts this year as part of his My 50 Year Trip tour, isn't quite done with 2019 yet.

To close out the year, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will play shows this Saturday, December 28, in Bossier City, Louisiana; Sunday, December 29, in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Tuesday, New Year's Eve in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Tickets for all of John's announced shows are on sale now. Visit JohnFogerty.com for more details.

As previously reported, Fogerty's recent 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks concert film will be released on January 24, 2020, and a two-LP vinyl set featuring most of the show also will hit stores that day.

The 50 Year Trip movie documents a June 20, 2019, concert that Fogerty played at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The show -- part of John's My 50 Year Trip tour -- featured a selection of classic CCR tunes, some of his solo hits, and a special set of covers of songs that various artists performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival. You can pre-order the two-LP collection and that DVD now at JohnFogertyShop.com.

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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says band is hoping to release a new album in 2020

Before The Rolling Stones hit the road earlier this year on their No Filter tour of North America, the band members revealed that they were working on a long-awaited new studio album. Now, guitarist Ronnie Wood reports that the legendary rockers are back at work on the project and are hoping to have it ready for release next year.

In an exclusive interview with U.K.'s The Sun, Wood says, "The new album is like a puzzle, we still have to put the missing pieces together. We hope to release it in 2020 and then continue our world tour."

Back in March, Keith Richards told The Sun, "We've got the first bits [of the album] done and I'm looking forward to getting back in [the studio] after [the No Filter] tour."

The Stones' No Filter trek ran from late June to late August, the start of which was delayed several weeks because Mick Jagger underwent a heart-valve procedure. The singer made a quick recovery and has been given a clean bill of health.

The Rolling Stones' most recent studio album was the blues covers collection Blue & Lonesome, which was released in December 2016, while the band's last collection of new original tunes was 2005's A Bigger Bang.

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Emil Richards, famed Wrecking Crew percussionist, dead at age 87

Emil Richards, a renowned percussionist and vibraphone player who was part of the famed Los Angeles session-musician collective The Wrecking Crew, died Friday at the age of 87.

Richards' passing was announced by his daughter, Camille Radocchia Hecks, on her Facebook page.

"My Dad had a saying 'As in music, as in life,'" Hecks wrote. "He lived and loved as he played: fully, deeply, with endless creativity, humor, discipline and spirituality. He never missed a beat. As Emil would say 'Good Vibes!'"

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the many famous artists with whom Richards worked include Elvis PresleyFrank SinatraGeorge HarrisonThe Beach BoysJoni MitchellMichael JacksonLinda RonstadtThe CarpentersSam CookeMarvin GayePeggy LeeNat King ColeElla FitzgeraldThe MonkeesHarry NilssonBurt BacharachGlen CampbellFrank ZappaDave Mason, and Judy Garland.

Richards also is featured on the famous theme songs to such TV shows as Mission: ImpossibleThe Addams Family and The Simpsons, and he contributed to the soundtracks of dozens of films, including, the original Planet of the Apes movies, The French ConnectionDirty HarryChinatownJawsTaxi DriverStar Trek: The Motion PicturePee-Wee's Big AdventureToy StorySpider-Man 2 and Ratatouille.

In addition, Richards was part of the orchestra at more than two dozen Oscar ceremonies.

In a 1982 interview with Modern Drummer magazine, Richards said about his passion for percussion, "Even though I've got over 600 instruments in my collection, I could happily spend the rest of my life just shaking a tin can."

He added, "You have to be a student until you die because your whole lifetime spent trying to be proficient is not enough."

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Stevie Nicks to perform at 30th anniversary Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival in September

Fleetwood Mac just wrapped up their lengthy A Evening with Fleetwood Mac tour last month, but Stevie Nicks is already making plans for live performances next year.

Stevie will headline the 30th anniversary edition of Jazz Aspen Snowmass festival, which takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, in Snowmass, Colorado. Three-day Early Bird passes for the event go on sale this Friday, December 20, at 10 a.m. Mountain Time, which is 12 p.m. ET.

In addition to Stevie, the festival's other announced headliners are rockers Kings of Leon, "The Middle" singer Maren Morris and country superstar Eric Church.  Stevie and Maren actually sang together on Sheryl Crow's album Threads: All three women teamed up for a song called "Prove You Wrong."

More performers will be announced later.

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Guitar signed by McCartney, Clapton & more stars auctioned for $28.8K to aid ailing musician Jerry Donahue

A guitar signed by an impressive list of rock legends, including Paul McCartneyEric ClaptonJimmy Page and Pete Townshend, to raise money to help ailing folk-rock guitarist Jerry Donahue, was sold recently at a U.K. auction for 22,000 pounds, or about $28,800.

The instrument, a trademark Jerry Donahue model Telecaster, also was autographed by Robert PlantDavid GilmourBrian WilsonMark KnopflerJeff BeckJeff LynneJohn Paul JonesTony IommiAl JardineSteve WinwoodAl StewartMartin Barre and others.

Luke Hobbs, an auctioneer for the Wiltshire, U.K.-based Gardiner Houlgate auction house, which hosted the sale, tells ABC Audio that while there were interested bidders from around the world, the guitar was bought by a couple "who live 3 miles down the road from us."

Donahue, a U.S. native who played with British folk-rock bands Fairport Convention and Fotheringay during the 1970s, suffered a debilitating stroke in 2016. According to a BBC report, the 73-year-old musician is unable to use the right side of his body, and he also has difficulty speaking and with his mobility. The funds raised by the auction will be used to help with his rehabilitation.

During his career, Jerry also recorded and/or toured with such artists as Plant, Elton JohnThe Beach BoysGerry RaffertyGary WrightWarren ZevonBonnie RaittRoy Orbison and The Yardbirds.

Fans also can help Donahue by donating to a Sweet Relief Fund set up in his name. Visit SweetRelief.org for more information.

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Ex-Styx singer Dennis DeYoung to release new solo album, '46 East: Volume 1,' this spring

Former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has unveiled official details about his upcoming solo album, which is titled 26 East: Volume 1, and will be released in the spring of 2020.

DeYoung previously announced that he'd intended the new album to be his final studio effort, but those plans have changed.

As he explains, "[T]here were so many songs written that Serafino Perugino, CEO of [my record label] Frontiers, suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one."

Dennis adds, "This is volume 1, which sounds pretentious to me, but the marketing folks wanted you to know there are going to be two of them, so hey kids, there are two of them."

In October, DeYoung revealed that he'd recorded a duet with Julian Lennon at Mission Studios in Brooklyn, New York. Dennis wrote the song, titled "To the Good Old Days," specifically for Julian to sing with him.

"The moment we sang together in the studio it felt magical," DeYoung says. "I had never met Julian previously but I have been an admirer since Valotte."

Dennis reveals that he was inspired to make the new album by veteran songwriter and musician Jim Peterik, a founding member of both The Ides of March and Survivor.

DeYoung co-wrote nine songs with Peterik for the 46 East project, five of which will be on Volume 1.

Dennis is planning to mount a major 2020 tour in support of 46 East, starting with an album-playback event on April 3 at the House of Blues Chicago. All attendees at the House of Blues will receive a copy of 46 East, and DeYoung will take part in a Q&A with Peterik and also will perform some songs from the record, along with Styx tunes.

Check out his full itinerary at DennisDeYoung.com.

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Neil Young says new archival Crazy Horse concert release, 'Rust Bucket,' is due in early 2020

Neil Young has announced plans to release a new archival Crazy Horseconcert album and/or video titled Rust Bucket via his Neil Young Archives website in early 2020.

In a new post on the website, Young reveals that the release is "in final production," and will be available "in three sets and as an entire show."

"Viewing the first set time with [longtime studio collaborator] J. Hanlon's great sound mixes added it, I think this has to be one of my all-time favorite archives performances!" he writes. "It may be a pinnacle for Crazy Horse!"

Neil adds that Neil Young Archives subscribers will be able to check out some "previous selections from that first set" at the website "very early in January 2020."

While Young doesn't share details about the concert in the new message, reliable fan site Thrashers Wheatreported back in September that Neil had written in a subscribers-only post about a newly rediscovered concert film and recording dubbed "WAY DOWN IN THE RUST BUCKET" that documented a November 1990 show he played with Crazy Horse at the Catalyst club in Santa Cruz, California.

Young wrote that the film was directed and produced by the late L.A. Johnson, who frequently worked with Neil on movie projects. He also shared that the concerts featured three sets, while gushing, "The energy captured in this show is totally captivating and personal; the most intimate of any captured Crazy Horse performance to date."

Stay tuned for more info about Rust Bucket.

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Marshall Tucker Band's Doug Gray recalls group's nudist fest fiasco on next ep of AXS TV's 'The Big Interview'

Marshall Tucker Band frontman Doug Gray is featured on the season finale of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which premieres today at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Gray, who's the only original member of the famed Southern rock band that's still in the group, chats about his long career with the South Carolina-based outfit best known for enduring tunes like "Can't You See" and "Heard It in a Love Song."

In a sneak-peek clip from the episode, Gray shares a hilariously awkward recollection about the time that The Marshall Tucker Band performed at a Wisconsin nudist festival.

The singer is quick to point out that he didn't strip down at the event, quipping, "They wouldn't have had another one."

As Gray recalls, "[I]t was the only one in the United States for that year. The guy was very proud and he took me around. I wasn't embarrassed, but they asked us if we would mind taking our clothes off. I said, 'No, that's not gonna happen."

Doug says he also remembers joking to the crowd during the show, "This is not a very good day to tell you that we have merchandise and t-shirts over here for sale."

In addition, he recalls struggling to come up with something to say to entertain the underdressed crowd.

"I don't care if you're young or old, there's just certain things you don't want to see," Gray notes. "So, I stood there for 35 or 40 minutes trying to figure out what I could say to get those people to get excited, except I didn't want them to get up out of their chairs."

The Marshall Tucker Band will be back in Wisconsin in January to kick off its Southern Rockin' Roundup tour.

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Dec 18, '15: Kinks' Davies Brothers Perform Together

For the first time in nearly 20 years, brothers Ray Davies and Dave Davies of The Kinks performed together on December 18, 2015, on a London stage. The song? No surprise: “You Really Got Me.”

A few months’ earlier, Best Classic Bands Contributor Jim Sullivan tipped BCB readers to the possibility when he spoke to Dave backstage after a Boston concert and asked him about the possibility of a Kinks reunion.

“You know me, I’m a journalist. I gotta ask: What are the chances of a Kinks reunion?”

Dave shrugged. “Fair,” he said. Sullivan’s story continues: Dave, who lives in New Jersey plans to fly over to London around Christmas and meet with older brother Ray.

Related: Will the Kinks reunite? You really got me…

Back to the December 18, 2015 performance at Islington Assembly Hall in North London… The concert was a regularly scheduled one-off date for Dave and his band.

Dave says to the audience: “We’ve got a Christmas treat for you” and out walks Ray. Later, Ray, finishing his lead vocal, shakes his brother’s hand, and walks off stage. Brother Dave later tweeted out (@davedavieskinks): We had a great night – it was a fun show – had a blast with Ray – Dave

Watch them perform an all-time classic rock favorite

The venue’s capacity is around 800 and you wonder if everyone in attendance knew that they were witnessing history. Here’s the same performance from a different (better?) angle…

Dec. 1968: Beatles' White Album Hits #1

In mid-December 1968, the film version of Oliver!, based on the hit London and Broadway musical, opened in the U.S. It ultimately earned six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was filmed; it wouldn’t be released in its entirety until 1996.

It was a rough week for the city of Brotherly Love: Fans of the hapless Philadelphia Eagles were so upset with their team’s meager two-win season that they threw snowballs at Santa Claus at halftime.  And an Eastern Air Lines flight from Philadelphia to Miami with 151 people on board was hijacked to Cuba.

And the new double album by The Beatleswas the top-selling LP in the U.S. To give it some context, here’s a look at what songs were being played that week on Top 40 radio and what other albums were keeping The Beatles company at the top of the sales chart. 

Some future classics were climbing the 100 Top Pops chart of the December 14 issue of music industry publication Record WorldB.J. Thomas‘ “Hooked on a Feeling” — with that sitar! — jumped from #66 all the way to #35; a great instrumental, “Soulful Strut” from Young Holt Unlimited, also took a big leap from #59 to #28; and the Temptations‘ “Cloud Nine” went from #20 to #15.

And in the Top 10… Judy Collins‘ version of “Both Sides Now” moved from #13 to #9, the Classics IV‘s “Stormy” went from #9 to #6, and Marvin Gaye‘s “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” jumped from #15 to #5. The Top three? Dion’s “Abraham, Martin and John,” Stevie Wonder‘s “For Once in My Life” and Diana Ross & the Supremes‘ “Love Child” topped the singles chart.

And 50 years ago this week, the album chart had plenty of legends with top-selling longplayers. Otis Redding‘s classic live album recorded at the Whisky A Go Go was in just its third week of release, climbing to #76. Just ahead of it, after 27 weeks, was another legendary live recording: Johnny Cash‘s At Folsom Prison.

Thanks to its title cut, the Diana Ross & the Supremes’ Love Child album made its debut at #67. And in its second week was Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, jumping from #68 to #42. The pair of Motown giants appeared on a NBC primetime special, TCB, on Dec. 9.

Traffic‘s self-titled second album was at #46 in just its fourth week. Just ahead of it were the Rolling Stones, with Beggars Banquet at #44 after two weeks. Other classic rock acts with albums above the Top 10 included The Who (Magic Bus), Cream (Disraeli Gears), Jeff Beck (Truth), plus LPs by Procol Harum, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, Donovan. Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Steve Stills’ Super Sessions. The Steve Miller Band, Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.

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The Marshall Tucker Band announces 2020 tour dates, including joint shows with Charlie Daniels Band

The Marshall Tucker Band has announced the first dates for a 2020 U.S. tour dubbed the Southern Rockin' Roundup.

So far, more than 20 concerts have been confirmed, beginning with a January 10 show in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, and plotted out through an October 17 gig in Steelville, Missouri.

Among the dates is a series of five joint performances in May with Charlie Daniels Band, including stops in Washington, D.C., on May 1 and in the New York City suburb of Westbury, New York, on May 9.

Other major cities The Marshall Tucker Band will visit next year include Raleigh, North Carolina; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Kansas City, Missouri. The group's also lined up a pair of two-night engagements: January 17-18 in Walhalla, South Carolina, and February 21-22 in Harris, Michigan.

"The future of The Marshall Tucker Band is overwhelming," says founding lead singer Doug Gray. "We are all stunned and excited at the amount of shows being booked for next year's Southern Rockin' Roundup tour. We'll be announcing lots more shows soon, and when all is said and done, 2020 will be our biggest touring year in recent memory."

Details about the group's 2020 touring plans can be found at MarshallTucker.com.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, last month for 2019 Record Store Day Black Friday, The Marshall Tucker Band released an archival concert album capturing a New Year's Eve 1978 performance in New Orleans as limited-edition two-LP vinyl and two-CD sets. 

The album, titled New Year's in New Orleans: Roll Up '78 And Light Up '79, is expected to get a wide release in late January 2020.

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Elton John has two songs on the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song

The shortlist of the 15 songs eligible for Oscar nominations in the Best Original Song category has been revealed, and Elton John has not one but two tunes in the running -- "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman, and "Never Too Late" from The Lion King.

Elton wrote "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" with Bernie Taupin, and recorded it as a duet with Rocketman star Taron Egerton. The tune also has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Original Song -- Motion Picture category. "Never Too Late" was co-written with Elton's Lion King collaborator Tim Rice.

Among the other songs with a chance to score an Oscar nod "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4. The tune was written and performed by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and veteran film composer Randy Newman.

The full shortlist for Best Original Song is as follows:

"Speechless" from Aladdin
"Letter to My Godfather" from The Black Godfather
"I'm Standing with You" from Breakthrough
"Da Bronx" from The Bronx USA
"Into the Unknown" from Frozen II
"Stand Up" from Harriet
"Catchy Song" from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
"Never Too Late" from The Lion King
"Spirit" from The Lion King
"Daily Battles" from Motherless Brooklyn
"A Glass of Soju" from Parasite
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
"High Above the Water" from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4
"Glasgow" from Wild Rose

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David Crosby lines up 2020 North American tour with his Sky Trails Band

David Crosby recently announced his first tour dates of 2020, a series of North American shows kicking off May 14 in Santa Barbara, California, and scheduled through a June 21 concert in Westhampton Beach, New York.

So far, a total of 21 shows have been confirmed, including concerts in such major cities as Sacramento; Salt Lake City; Boulder, Colorado; Dallas and Austin, Texas; Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee; Annapolis, Maryland; Albany, New York; and Toronto, Canada.

Crosby will be accompanied on the trek by his Sky Trails Band, which features musicians that contributed to his 2017 solo album, Sky Trails, as well as his upcoming record.

The group's lineup is Crosby's son James Raymond on keyboards, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve "Stevie D" DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar, and Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals.

The concerts will include material from throughout David's 50-year-plus career, including tunes by The ByrdsCrosby, Stills & NashCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Crosby's solo releases. He'll also introduce songs from his forthcoming album.

This past summer, Crosby told ABC Audio that he was nearly done with the record, noting that he and Raymond were both "writing a lot."

Tickets for the concerts are available now. Visit DavidCrosby.com to check out the full list of shows.

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A Wonderful Christmas album: Paul McCartney has made a holiday record that he only plays for family

Paul McCartney is responsible for one of the most famous contemporary yuletide songs, "Wonderful Christmastime," but now he's revealed that he also recorded an entire holiday album -- that he only plays for family members.

During an interview Thursday on the BBC Radio 4 program World at One, McCartney explained, "Years ago, I thought, 'There's not very good Christmas records [and] I'd like to do something traditional and simple and easy'…So I actually went into my studio over a couple of years and I made one, but it's just for the family."

He added that the album was collection of demo recordings of instrumental versions of such traditional holiday carols as "Good King Wenceslas" and "Silent Night."

Paul noted that the album has never been released: "it just gets brought out each year" for the holidays.

McCartney said that his children like the album, "and now it's the grandkids getting indoctrinated with my carols record."

As for what he'd like for Christmas this year, McCartney said, half jokingly, "Peace on Earth," then admitted, "I don't know actually. I'm terrible on presents. I just gratefully accept whatever I get.

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The rise of David Bowie explored in upcoming graphic novel

A new graphic novel focusing on the late David Bowie's rise from obscurity to rock stardom, and the creation of his Ziggy Stardust character, will be released on January 7, 2020, one day before what would've been his 73rd birthday.

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams was co-written by Steven Horton and Michael Allred, with artwork by Allred and his wife, Laura. Horton's work includes the acclaimed graphic novel Satellite Rising, while Allred's credits include such popular comics as MadmanSilver Surfer and Red Rocket 7.

The book features a foreword by Neil Gaiman, author of American GodsGood Omens and Coraline, among many other titles.

Allred says in a statement, "Everything that has inspired me throughout my life and career can be found intersecting with David Bowie. With my obsessive passion for music, pop art, film, and the electricity of the comic book medium all coming together through the sounds and imagery of his creative output."

Adds Horton, "[B]eing part of an original graphic novel about my favorite musician is like a dream come true, as is working with artistic legends like the Allreds. Our collective obsession with Bowie has created something special, and I'm immensely proud of it."

You can check out a few preview pages from the novel at InsightEditions.com. They include depictions of Bowie's changing looks from childhood to his Ziggy Stardust persona, a scene from the historic 1973 London concert where he announced the breakup of The Spiders from Mars onstage, a page showing a young Bowie, then known as David Jones, chatting with Steve Marriott and Marc Bolan -- the respective future frontmen of Small Faces and T. Rex -- about their musical plans.

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Paul McCartney teaming with Netflix to create animated film based on his 2005 children's book 'High in the Clouds'

A new animated film High in the Clouds, based on a 2005 children's book of the same name co-written by Paul McCartney, is being produced by Netflix in partnership with the French movie company Gaumont.

McCartney will contribute original songs and soundtrack music to the film, which he's also co-producing.

High in the Clouds is an adventure story about a teenage squirrel named Wirral who gets caught up with a gang of rebellious teen animals that live in the clouds after he unintentionally angers a local tyrant named Gretsch, an owl who fancies herself a wonderful singer and who steals the voice of anyone who upstages her.

The movie will be directed by Timothy Reckart, whose previous credits include Head Over Heels and The Star. The screenplay is being penned by Jon Croker, who also has worked on such movies as PaddingtonPaddington 2 and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix. They complement what is already an amazing team with Gaumont and we can think of no one better to be working with to bring our film to a global audience," McCartney says in a statement. "I've always loved animated films and this is a hugely important passion project for me. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Adds Netflix executive Gregg Taylor, "Bringing the world a new animated film from the heart and mind of the brilliant Paul McCartney is undoubtedly one of the greatest thrills we've experienced at Netflix."

McCartney first announced in 2013 that he was planning to develop an animated version of High in the Clouds. A different production team and screenwriter were attached to the project at the time.

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The Who schedules intimate London-area show in February in honor of new studio album

The Who has announced plans to play what's being billed as the band's "most intimate show in 40 years." To celebrate the recent release of their new studio albumWHO, the group will play a one-off acoustic concert at the Pryzm nightclub in the London suburb of Kingston upon Thames on February 14, 2020.

The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the classic Who concert album Live at Leeds. Tickets for the show will be go on sale on Wednesday, December 11, at 11 a.m. U.K. time via BanquetRecords.com. Several ticket bundles will be available pairing passes to the concert with copies of the WHO CD or vinyl picture disc.

Regarding the album, founding Who guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend said, "There is no theme, no concept, no story, just a set of songs that I (and my brother Simon) wrote to give [frontman] Roger Daltreysome inspiration, challenges and scope for his newly revived singing voice."

He added, "Roger and I are both old men now, by any measure, so I've tried to stay away from romance, but also from nostalgia if I can. I didn't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. Memories are okay, and some of the songs refer to the explosive state of things today."

In related news, WHO is on pace to become the band's first #1 album in the U.K. since September 1971, OfficialCharts.com reports. As of Monday, the record, which is The Who's first studio effort since 2006's Endless Wire, was just under 6,000 chart sales ahead of the #2 album, Robbie WilliamsThe Christmas Present.

The Who's only album ever to hit #1 on the U.K. Official Albums Chart was Who's Next.

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You can tell everybody: Original handwritten lyrics to "Your Song" sell for over $235K at auction

With Elton John having quite the moment thanks to the movie Rocketman,his sold-out farewell tour and his best-selling autobiography, it's no wonder there's lots of call for Elton memorabilia at auction.

The original handwritten lyrics to "Your Song," scrawled by Bernie Taupin, sold at Bonhams auction house Monday for just under $237,600. The lyrics were the first and only draft -- as fans know, Bernie handed the lyrics to Elton, who wrote the music for the song in about 10 minutes.

If you own a copy of Elton's 1975 album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Copy, a picture of this very same lyric sheet appears in the insert material.

At the same sale, the original handwritten lyrics to "Bennie & the Jets" sold for just under $87,600, and the lyrics to "Border Song," with annotations by Elton, went for more than $31,000. That lyric sheet was a rare example of Elton and Bernie actually writing a song together: As fans know, it's extremely rare for Elton to ever write lyrics.

The lyric sheets were all sold by Maxine Taupin, Bernie's ex-wife, who inspired many of his songs, including "Tiny Dancer." She also suggested the titles of the songs "Harmony," "Love Lies Bleeding" and, most famously, "The Bitch Is Back."

Recalling the origin of the latter tune's title, Maxine told The Hollywood Reporter, "When Elton came back from one particular tour, Bernie and I went over to visit him. He was telling us about what went on, how exhausted he was and this happened and this didn't and just on and on and on."

"I looked over at Bernie and rolled my eyes and said, 'Oh, the bitch is back.' And we all just started laughing hysterically."

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Chicago explains why they're taking another "Sleigh Ride" this holiday season

Chicago's latest album Chicago Christmas is the band's fourth collection of holiday tunes and features their new hit version of "Sleigh Ride."  But as founding member Lee Loughnane explains, the band never actually planned to make another Christmas album -- it just kinda happened.

"Initially, it was going to be just a couple of bonus tracks to go along with, with Rhino [Records] re-releasing our previous Christmas stuff, which perennially does well for them," Lee tells ABC Audio. "And when I asked the guys if they had [any material], they came in with 11 songs, eight of which were originals. So we just took one song at a time. And in three months, we had a record."

This is actually the second time the band's recorded "Sleigh Ride;" they also cut it in 2003.  But with so many Christmas songs to choose from, why do it again?

"Our manager Peter...he kept asking me to do [it]," Lee says.  It seems Peter has fond memories of the Ronettes' version of "Sleigh Ride" that appears on Phil Spector's iconic holiday album A Christmas Gift for You.  Specifically, he wanted Chicago to do what the Ronettes did and sing "ring a ling a ling, ding dong ding."

"When I listened to it...they only did one portion of the song. They didn't even do the bridge or anything else. They just did the verses," Lee points out.

He laughs, "So I wanted to change it up a little bit and still give Peter his ring a ling a ling ding dong ding,  so that's how we formed it."

As a result, both versions of "Sleigh Ride" are completely different.  But if you're looking to stream the current one, there's one difference: The new version is called "Sleigh Ride 2019."

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Rod Stewart says "you betcha" he'd want a movie about his life, but "nobody's asked me yet"

Now that his old pal Elton John has been the subject of a hit biopic, of course Rod Stewart wants one too.

Elton's memoir, Me, goes into great detail about the friendly competition the two stars have had over the decades. When asked if he'd like to have his own movie, Stewart tells The Daily Mail, "No one's asked me yet. But would I be interested? You betcha."

He even has an idea for the casting.

"My youngest, Aiden, who's the spitting image of me at that age, could play the young me," Rod suggests. "I don't know who they'd get for the adult version, but that's not my problem."

While Stewart says he thought the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was "just brilliant," he admits that he had some misgivings about Elton's film, Rocketman.

"The chronology wasn't always right," he complains. "When they showed Elton singing at [Los Angeles club] the Troubadour [in 1970], he was performing songs that were released 20 years later. And it was a bit tooMamma Mia! for me."

Meanwhile, Stewart's new album, You're in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, takes his original vocal tracks for classics like "Maggie May" and adds new arrangements by the titular orchestra. "I didn't have to lift a finger," he admits.

Rod will perform his songs live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time later this month, when he does three nights at London's O2 Arena.  After that, he and his family will head to Palm Beach, Florida, for Christmas, where the only soundtrack, Rod says, will be "me."

"[My wife] Penny insists on it. But it must be my Christmas album," he admits. "Nothing else all day, although she might occasionally allow something of mine from The Great American Songbook."

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The Who announces new Las Vegas residency and first Cincinnati-area concert since 1979 tragedy

The Who recently announced that three U.S. shows postponed this past September when singer Roger Daltrey came down with bronchitis had been rescheduled for next spring.  Now the British rock legends have added some new stateside shows to their 2020 itinerary.

The band's newly announced performances are an April 21 concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida; an April 23 show at BB&T Arena in the Cincinnati suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky; and a six-date Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace scheduled for May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16.

The Highland Heights event is significant because it is the first show The Who will play in the Cincinnati area since the tragic December 1979 incident at the city's Riverfront Coliseum, where 11 young people were crushed to death as a throng of fans tried to enter the venue for a performance by the band.

The April 23, 2020, concert was announced Tuesday night after a new documentary about the tragedy, The Who: The Night that Changed Rock, premiered on the Cincinnati-area TV station WCPO in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the incident. Daltrey, Pete Townshend and longtime Who manager Bill Curbishleywere interviewed for the doc.

The Who will donate some proceeds from the Cincinnati-area concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, an organization that was founded to honor those who lost their lives in the 1979 tragedy. The charity provides college scholarships for students at Finneytown High School, which three of the victims attended.

All of the 2020 shows are part of The Who's Moving On! Tour, which features the band accompanied by an orchestra at each performance.

As previously reported, The Who's new studio album, WHO, will be released this Friday, December 6.

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The Beach Boys getting around the US on 2020 tour

As The Beach Boys wrap up their 2019 tour itinerary in the coming week with four shows in their home state of California, and the legendary surf-rock band also has also been lining up a variety of 2020 concerts.

The group just announced 16 new U.S. dates, spanning from a March 25 concert in Rutland, Vermont, through an April 28 show in San Antonio, Texas. Tickets for most of these performances will go on sale this Friday, December 6.

The Beach Boys also have dozens of other concerts scheduled for next year, including a February 8-9 stand at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium and a July 2-4 engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The latter shows will feature the band accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will include a fireworks display in celebration of Independence Day.

You can check out a full list of upcoming Beach Boys shows at the group's official website and at MikeLove.com.

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Deep Purple's Ian Gillan announces that band has recorded a new studio that's apparently due out in 2020

Longtime Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan has revealed that the band has recorded a new studio album, which he hints will be released this spring.

In a somewhat convoluted post on Deep Purple's Facebook page, Gillan explains that the band members convened in late March of this year in Nashville to work on the project with producer Bob Ezrin, who also worked on the group's previous to albums, 2013's Now What?! and 2017's InFinite.

"[E]ach member (arms and legs I'm talking about) arrived at a rehearsal studio and then a recording studio at roughly the same time on roughly the same day with roughly no idea of what we were doing," Ian writes. "It was a total coincidence, the like of which has probably never been witnessed since -- unbelievably -- exactly the same thing happened a few years earlier when we spawned some In-Finite ideas."

Gillan continues, "Then -- blow me down -- Bob Ezrin turned up and said 'Let's have dinner on Monday'…Someone enquired 'What's the big occasion?'…Bob replied 'To celebrate the fact that we are all still alive…'"

He adds, "Tuesday, we made another album and Wednesday we went to the pub…Something like that anyway (it was all a blur)."

After alluding to the band preparing to get back on the road soon, Gillan finishes his message by saying, "Quite plainly something is in the air; but I have no idea what it could be…Perhaps, after another brief hibernation, all will become clear, in the spring of 2020."

Deep Purple already has a variety of European concerts on its 2020 tour schedule, including a just-announced series of U.K. shows in October with support act Blue Oyster Cult.

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John Fogerty's '50 Year Trip' concert film to be released on DVD in January; two-LP companion album also due out

John Fogerty's 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks concert film debuted in select theaters as a one-night-only screening event last month, and now a DVD of the movie is set for a January 24, 2020 release. That same day, a two-LP vinyl set featuring most of the show will also hit stores.

As previously reported, the 50 Year Trip movie documents a June 20, 2019, concert that the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman played at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The show -- part of John's My 50 Year Trip tour -- featured a bevy of classic CCR tunes, some of his solo hits and a special set of covers of songs that various artists performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival.

The latter tunes included The Who's "My Generation," Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," and a Joe Cocker-style rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends." The concert also featured Fogerty's guitar-playing son Shane, a member of John's touring band, paying homage to Jimi Hendrix's famed version of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Besides the concert footage, the film features interview segments of Fogerty sharing recollections and telling stories about some of the famous songs he created.

The two-LP 50 Year Trip album doesn't include the six-song Woodstock tribute. A CD and digital edition of the record was released in October. The LP collection and DVD can be pre-ordered now at JohnFogertyShop.com.

Meanwhile, the concert film is airing this month on various PBS stations as part of their December pledge drives.

Here is the track list of the 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks DVD:

"Born on the Bayou"
"Green River"
"Looking Out My Back Door"
"Suzie 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"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"*
"My Generation"*
"Everyday People"*
"Dance to the Music"*
"Give Peace a Chance"*
"The Star-Spangled Banner"*
"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"

* = not included on 50 Year Trip two-LP set.

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Jon Bon Jovi and Chicago ring in Christmas season at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

The holiday season in New York City officially got underway on Wednesday with NBC's lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree -- with Jon Bon JoviChicago and more supplying the music.

Bon Jovi performed his band's new song "Unbroken," which is featured in the Netflix documentary To Be of Service, which highlights veterans living with PTSD and the service dogs that help them. He was joined on stage by service members belonging to all four branches of the military.

All proceeds from "Unbroken" will go to the patriotic service dog foundation, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans and first responders in need.

The legendary rock group Chicago also braved the cold to offer their take on the holiday classics, "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow."

The night, which also featured Radio City Music Hall's high-stepping Rockettes dance troupe, among others, concluded with the lighting of Rockefeller Center's 75-foot-tall tree blazing with five miles of multi-colored LEDs.

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TV doc about 1979 Who Cincinnati concert tragedy, featuring Daltrey and Townshend, premieres Tuesday

The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are featured in a new hour-long documentary called The Who: The Night that Changed Rock that focuses on the incident at a December 3 1979, concert at Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum, where 11 young people were crushed to death as a frenzied crowd tried to push its way into the venue.

The film will premiere this Tuesday, December 3, the tragedy's 40th anniversary, on Cincinnati-area ABC affiliate WCPO at 8 p.m. ET, and also on WCPO.com.

Townshend and Daltrey sat down for on-camera interviews with WCPO anchor Tanya O'Rourke, marking the first time they've talked at length about the incident.

"I'm still traumatized by it," Pete says in one segment. "It's a weird thing to have in your autobiography that, you know, 11 kids died at one of your concerts. It's a strange, disturbing heavy load to carry."

Roger, meanwhile, shares, "That dreadful night of the third of December became one of the worst dreams I've had in my life."

The documentary also includes conversations with some of the victims' family members, as well as with survivors of the incident. In addition, the film looks at the effect the tragedy had on local communities who lost loved ones, and on subsequent concerts staged at large venues in the U.S.

Also participating in the doc is longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley, who was an eyewitness to the deaths and allowed the band to play the show without informing them what happened until afterward.

"Despite everything, I still feel inadequate," he admits. "I don't know about the guys, but for me, I left a little bit of my soul in Cincinnati."

A companion podcast to the film will be available starting Wednesday, December 4.

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Neil Young's unreleased mid-1970s album 'Homegrown' to finally be available in 2020

Neil Young has recorded several albums over the years that he has decided not to release for various reasons, among them a collection of acoustic tunes from 1974 and '75, called Homegrown.

Now, the folk-rock legend has revealed that Homegrown finally will officially see the light of day in 2020.

"Homegrown will be our first release in 2020, sounding great in vinyl -- as it was meant to be," Young revealed in a recent post on his Neil Young Archives website, adding, "Made in the mid-nineteen seventies!...A record full of love lost and explorations. A record that has been hidden for decades. Too personal and revealing to expose in the freshness of those times."

Neil also reports that the album was put together by "painstakingly restor[ing] the analog masters."

He points out, "We were told that this was impossible now, the Homegrown tapes were too damaged to use; we had to use Digital. We didn't agree."

The message is accompanied by a video of frequent Young co-producer John Hanlon in the studio pointing out that he was working with the analog tapes without using any digital equipment.

Young describes Homegrown as the "unheard bridge between [1972's] Harvest and [1978's] Comes a Time." Several songs originally recorded during the Homegrown sessions wound up appearing on subsequent young albums, including "Little Wing," "Star of Bethlehem," and the title track.

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Pete Townshend shares surprisingly negative sentiments about late band mates Keith Moon & John Entwistle

The Who's Pete Townshend has often expressed deep sadness over the respective deaths of Keith Moon and John Entwistle, but in a new Rolling Stone interview, Townshend shares some harsh sentiments about his late band mates.

Asked if he gets nostalgic when he sees images of Moon and Entwistle projected on video screens during the group's current concerts, Pete responds, "It's not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they're gone."

He then explains, "Because they were f****** difficult to play with. They never, ever managed to create bands for themselves. I think my musical discipline, my musical efficiency as a rhythm player, held the band together."

Regarding Entwistle, he says, "John's bass sound was like a Messiaen organ," referencing the complex French composer Olivier Messiaen. He continues, "Every note, every harmonic in the sky. When he passed away and I did the first few shows…with Pino [Palladino] on bass, he was playing without all that stuff…I said, 'Wow, I have a job.'"

Reflecting on Moon, Townshend notes, "With Keith, my job was keeping time, because he didn't do that…So when he passed away, it was like, 'Oh, I don't have to keep time anymore.'"

Pete also talks about his relationship with Roger Daltrey, which he maintains is better than it's ever been, although it still seems quite strained.

"I used to say that I love him, but with my fingers crossed," says Townshend. "Now, I like him too. I like all his eccentricities, his foibles, his self-obsession, and his singer thing. Everything about him."

Pete admits that tensions often arise between them onstage.

"If you watch Roger onstage…[s]ometimes, he can't stop himself looking over at me," Townshend says. "It's irritation. It's irritation that I'm even there."

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Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was released 40 years ago today

Pink Floyd's enduring and influential concept album The Wall was released 40 years ago today, November 30.

Written mostly by singer/bassist Roger WatersThe Wall tells the story of a rock star named Pink, whose father is killed in World War II before he's born, and who is psychologically abused as a child by his mother and teachers. His various traumas lead the adult Pink to build a metaphorical wall around himself.

The story was inspired by Roger's own life and his feeling of alienation from his audience, sparked by an incident at a 1977 Pink Floyd concert in which he spit at a fan near the stage.

Originally released as a two-LP set, the album spent 15 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1980. It includes Pink Floyd's only chart-topping single, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)," as well as rock-radio staples like "Comfortably Numb," "Hey You," "Run Like Hell," "Young Lust" and "Mother."

The Wall has sold more than 11.5 million copies in the U.S., and has been certified 23-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Pink Floyd supported The Wall with a series of dramatic concerts during which a giant wall was built between the band and the audience.

Then, in 1982, a surreal musical film inspired by the album combining live action and animation premiered. It starred Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats and was directed by Alan Parker.

As a solo artist, Waters revisited The Wall for a massive world tour that ran from 2010 to 2013. The show was a multimedia spectacle featuring video projections, giant puppets, pyrotechnics and more.

An opera based on The Wall premiered in Montreal in 2017.

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On season finale of 'Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road,' Mick Fleetwood reflects on Fleetwood Mac's mid-'70s resurgence

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood shares insight about his band's history in the season finale of the AXS TV series Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road, airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Fleetwood chats with the AC/DC singer about the unique history of his band, which has enjoyed enduring success despite undergoing more than a few lineup changes during its 50-year-plus career.

In a sneak peek at the episode, Mick recalls that when band was recording its first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, he decided to visit the head of Fleetwood Mac's label, Mo Ostin, to share his excitement about their new music.

Mick notes that Fleetwood Mac's label, Reprise, had stuck with the band through its various lineup changes and commercially unsuccessful periods, and he wanted to make sure the company was still had the group's back.

"While we were making that first album, I knew [that it was very good], and I went down the road, had a couple of brandies [to] give me the Dutch courage, [and] walked into the office with some of the tapes," Fleetwood tells Johnson. "And I just said, 'If you don't hear what I'm hearing…just be honest and tell me. And then, if you don't hear it, would you let us go?'"

He recalls that Ostin commented, "Mick, what are you talking about?" to which he responded, "[We've] only started this album, but something's happening, and I just, I want you to feel the same way."

Ostin did feel the same way, and soon the fans would too: Fleetwood Mac's 1975 self-titled album went on to top the Billboard 200, setting the stage for the band's massive 1977 follow-up, Rumours.

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