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Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride" finds new success thanks to viral video craze on TikTok

Matthew Wilder's catchy 1983 pop hit "Break My Stride" has found new life thanks to a viral online challenge on the TikTok social media app.

To take part in the #BreakMyStride challenge, a TikTok user texts someone the enigmatic lyrics to the tune one line at a time, and the other person then records a video of themselves dancing, superimposed in front of the text chain.

BBC News reports that compilations of video clips of people doing the #BreakMyStride challenge have been viewed watched more than 100,000 times on YouTube, and international streams of the song have soared on popular streaming services.

The craze inspired Wilder to launch a TikTok account that, of course, features his own #BreakMyStride challenge video. In addition, a new lyric video inspired by the craze premiered this week on the 67-year-old singer/songwriter's YouTube channel.

He also posted another video clip on TikTok thanking fans for embracing his song, and discussing some of his upcoming projects.

"Until 'Stride' had exploded on TikTok, I was unaware of the platform," Wilder says in a statement. "I had heard of it, but it wasn't on my radar. It is now! TikTok has brought a whole new life and a new generation to 'Break My Stride.' I am so grateful and laughing so loud!"

"Break My Stride" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was the only major hit Wilder has had. That being said, he's gone on to have a wide-ranging career that has included producing No Doubt's breakout album, 1995's Tragic Kingdom, and lending his vocal and songwriting talents to the 1998 Disney film Mulan.

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Ex-Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg recording with new version of his 1980s band Vandenberg

Former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg has relaunched his namesake bandVandenberg, with a new lineup, and is recording a new studio album that's expected to be released later this year.

So far, Vandenberg has recorded nine new tracks for the project with recent Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero and two journeyman musicians who previously were members of Whitesnake -- bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Brian Tichy. Sarzo also has played with Quiet RiotDioOzzy Osbourne and many others, while Tichy's resume includes stints with Foreigner and Billy Idol. The record is being produced by Bob Marlette, who's worked on albums by Alice CooperLynyrd Skynyrd and many others.

You can check out an advance track from the album, an updated version of Vandenberg's 1982 power ballad, "Burning Heart," on the band's official YouTube channel. The song also is available for purchase as a digital single and via streaming platforms.

Sarzo and Tichy won't be part of the Vandenberg band's touring lineup, which will feature Romero and two of Adrian's Dutch countrymen -- drummer Koen Herfst and bassist Randy van der Elsen.

During his stint with Whitesnake, Adrian was featured on the band's chart-topping 1987 hit "Here I Go Again," and on the 1997 album Restless Heart.

With regard to relaunching Vandenberg, which originally was together from 1981 to 1987, Adrian says, "I felt that I wasn't done with the style of music I wrote for my band…at the time and wanted to pick up the thread where I left it when I joined Whitesnake. But to me that would only make sense if I'd come up with a brand new, testosterone driven version of Vandenberg with a kick-ass, world-class lineup. Vandenberg 2020 on steroids. So that's exactly what we did."

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Check out cover art, track list of Dennis DeYoung's upcoming solo album, '26 East, Vol. 1,' due out in April

New details have been revealed about former Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung's upcoming studio album, 26 East, Vol. 1. The official Facebook page of DeYoung's record label, Frontiers Music, has unveiled the album's cover art, full track list and release date, which is April 10.

26 East, Vol. 1 will feature 10 tracks, including the previously announced "To the Good Old Days," a song that Dennis wrote specifically for the late John Lennon's son Julian to sing with him. The album will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. Frontiers Music promises that it will treat fans to a "first taste" of the record "in the coming weeks."

In a message posted on his official website in December, DeYoung noted that the album's cover art "features 3 locomotives traveling through space, representing the original members [of Styx] leaving Chicago on their journey to the stars." He also in the note that the title, 26 East, refers the address of his childhood home in the Chicago's Roseland neighborhood, where he formed the nucleus of Styx with John and Chuck Panozzo.

DeYoung also pointed out that he initially intended the new album to be his final studio effort, but "there were so many songs written that [the] CEO of Frontiers…suggested dividing it into two albums rather than one."

In addition, Dennis revealed that five of the songs on 26 East, Vol. 1 were co-written with his longtime friend Jim Peterik, a founding member of Ides of March and Survivor.

DeYoung will support 26 East, Vol. 1 with a major 2020 tour that will begin with an album-playback event on April 3 at the House of Blues Chicago that also will feature a Q&A with, and a performance by, DeYoung and Peterik.

Here's the album's full track list:

"East of Midnight"
"With All Due Respect"
"A Kingdom Ablaze"
"You My Love"
"Run for the Roses"
"Damn That Dream"
"The Promise of This Land"
"To the Good Old Days"
"A.D. 2020"

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Mick Fleetwood says Lindsey Buckingham won't return to Fleetwood Mac: "It's not a point of conversation"

Since Fleetwood Mac parted ways with singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham in 2018 and replaced him with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell, many fans have wondered if there's a chance Buckingham will rejoin the band, but drummer Mick Fleetwood says Lindsey's never coming back again.

"Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature. We're very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left," Mick tells Rolling Stone. "And it's not a point of conversation, so I have to say no."

Fleetwood notes that although Buckingham won't be returning, the band will continue to honor and appreciate his contributions to the group.

"His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be," Mick maintains. "A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us."

As for the reason behind Buckingham's exit from the band, Fleetwood says, "We were not happy. It was not working, and we parted company. And that really is the all of it." He also admits that he hasn't spoken to Lindsey since Buckingham suffered a heart attack in 2019.

As for Fleetwood Mac's future plans, Mick tells Rolling Stone that, after wrapping up a lengthy world tour in November, the band members likely will reconvene in 2021 to discuss what's next for the group.

"We're not going to do a [long] tour, I would say, ever again," he says. "But there's loads of alternatives."

Meanwhile, Fleetwood has organized a star-studded tribute concert to founding Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Peter Green scheduled for February 25 in London.  It'll feature David GilmourSteven TylerBilly GibbonsChristine McVieBill WymanJohn Mayall and more.

Mick reports that Green won't perform at the show, but he likely will be in attendance.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 3:00PM Music News G

Glass Houses: Burglar breaks into Billy Joel's house, vandalizes his motorcycles

A stranger invaded Billy Joel's house on New York's Long Island, Page Six reports.

Police sources tell Page Six that a burglar broke into the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, busted a glass door leading to his garage, and vandalized some of his extensive collection of motorcycles.

Police said the break-in occurred sometime between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning; Saturday night, Billy was onstage at New York's Madison Square Garden.  Billy's office was also vandalized, and there was "considerable damage" to the motorcycles, police said, but nothing was stolen.

Police were still investigating the incident on Wednesday.  In addition to the motorcycles at his home in Centre Island, New York, Billy also has dozens on display at 20th Century Cycles, a shop he owns in his hometown of Oyster Bay, New York.

Billy's next scheduled concert is February 7 in Tampa, Florida.

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Sheila E., The Time, The Revolution, H.E.R., John Legend and more "go crazy" recording Prince Grammy salute

The sound of Minneapolis took over LA Tuesday night as Sheila E., The Time, The Revolution and more stars recorded a Grammy Awards special in tribute to Prince at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Sheila, who toured and recorded with the iconic singer/guitarist, served as the musical director for the show, along with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. She performed her signature hit collaboration with Prince, “The Glamorous Life,” according to Billboard.

The Revolution, who recorded the Purple Rain album with Prince and were also featured in the film, performed the classic song with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples. They also jammed on “Delirious” and “Mountains.” 

The Time, who also were featured in Purple Rain, reunited with original members Morris Day, Jam and Lewis, Jellybean Johnson and Jerome Benton for their hits “Jungle Love,” “Cool,” and “The Bird.”

H.E.R., who's admitted she idolizes Prince, sang “The Beautiful Ones,” and also joined Gary Clark Jr. taking turns with guitar solos on “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Additional performers included John Legend singing “Nothing Compares to You,” Common rapping “Sign o’ the Times,” Miguel bringing the audience to its feet with “I Would Die 4 U,” and Earth, Wind & Fire delivering the sensuous 1987 track from the Sign o’ the Times album, “Adore.”

The event closed with an all-star rendition of “Baby I’m a Star “ from Purple Rain.

Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, hosted by Maya Rudolph, will air in April on CBS. April 21 will mark the fourth anniversary of Prince’s death.

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Olivia Newton-John shares optimistic update on breast cancer diagnosis

Olivia Newton-John isn't letting her battle against breast cancer get her down. 

According to People, the Grease star spoke openly about her diagnosis while attending a charity dinner hosted by the Australian diplomacy program G'Day USA on Saturday and shared a positive update with fans while the organization was raising money for Australian wildfire relief.

"I'm winning over it well and that's how I see it," the four-time Grammy winner revealed to reporters. "I don't think about it a lot, to be honest. Denial is a really good thing and I'm getting stronger and better all the time! I'm doing well!"

In addition to raising money for wildfire relief, Newton-John hopes that she can inspire other women who are fighting breast cancer.

The "Physical" singer added, "Life is a gift and I've had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer."  The star has her own wellness and research center in Melbourne, Australia.

Also in attendance during the interview was her Grease co-star John Travolta, who lavished Newton-John with praise.

"Olivia is a survivor and she's smart and she’s got a lot of life in her and I think she looks at it from the glass half-full always and that’s her beautiful, natural approach towards life," said Travolta. "I think we all need to do that."

Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, but it returned in 2013. The singer discovered in 2017 that it had metasticized and spread to her bones.

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Aerosmith to celebrate 50th anniversary with concert at Boston's Fenway Park in September

Aerosmith have announced plans to return to their old home base of Boston on September 18 to play a special concert at Fenway Park in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers will be joined by opening act Extreme.

News of the Boston show comes after a whirlwind weekend for Aerosmith that saw the band saluted as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday, and also hit the Grammy stage Sunday for a performance with hip-hop legends Run-DMC.

Tickets for the Fenway Park concert go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 31, at 10 a.m. ET at LiveNation.com. Pre-sales tickets will be available for members of the group's Aero Force One club and Citi card holders starting Tuesday, January 28, at 10 a.m.; for Red Sox season ticket holders beginning Wednesday, January 29, at 10 a.m.; and at LiveNation.com starting Thursday, January 30, at 10 a.m.

The Boston show is Aerosmith's first U.S. concert of 2020 outside of the Las Vegas residency performances that the band has lined up.

Some drama ensued at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala as Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer awkwardly joined his band mates on the podium for their acceptance speech, although he didn't take part in the group's performance. As recently reported, Kramer sued the other Aerosmith members because he claims they unfairly haven't allowed him to rejoin them at their concerts since he experienced health issues that sidelined him last year.

The MusiCares event featured performances by star-studded list of guest artists and by Aerosmith themselves, albeit with a fill-in drummer.

You can read a recap of the event at Grammy.com and check out a video featuring highlights at the Recording Academy's official YouTube channel.

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"Stay '97," third track from new David Bowie digital rarities EP, available now

The third installment of a six-song digital EP of rare David Bowierecordings called David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? has been released via streaming services.

The EP is being issued one track each week through February 14. The latest track, "Stay '97," is a previously unreleased version of a popular Bowie song that originally appeared on his classic 1976 album Station to Station.

Bowie began working on the updated rendition of "Stay" in Dublin, Ireland, while preparing for a tour in support of his 1997 album Earthling. In attempting to create modernized versions of some of his older tunes for the trek, David and two members of his touring band -- guitarist Reeves Gabrels and multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati -- prepared backing and sequencer tracks in advance of the rest of the group arriving for rehearsals.

Bowie finished the updated version of "Stay" and initially planned to release it as a B-side. Contributing to the recording were Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano and keyboards, Gabrels on guitar and synthesizers, Plati on programming and keyboards and Zachary Alford on drums.

In addition to streaming the track, you also can listen to "Stay '97" at Bowie's official YouTube channel.

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John Fogerty's '50 Year Trip' DVD available now; Fogerty credits wife for conceiving show's Woodstock set

John Fogerty's 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks concert film was released on DVD this past Friday. As previously reported, the flick documents a June 2019 concert that the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman played in Morrison, Colorado, that was part of his My 50 Year Trip tour. That concert, like the others on the trek, featured plenty of classic CCR tunes, Fogerty solo hits and a special set of songs that various artists performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival. The 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Audio that it was his wife Julie's idea for the Woodstock set, which celebrated the historic fest's 50th anniversary. "For me, even though it was a lot of fun…I really wasn't as aware of…the urgency or even the necessity of that, as Julie was," John explains. "And I think that really helped propel the show along…[I]t just seemed like I got to the end [of the show] without even realizing…that it was all over so soon, because it was fun." Fogerty also admits that he didn't realize how well the show was working until he got to check out the footage shot for the film. The concert ends with an interesting rendition of CCR's classic tune "Proud Mary" that adds soulful horns reminiscent of Ike & Tina Turner's hit 1971 cover of the song. "[I]t's a bit fun and perhaps a little bit of irony, I suppose, to have me, the songwriter…doing a little nod to an arrangement that came from someone else," Fogerty tells ABC Audio. "But I'm very comfortable with that. I love Tina's record, of course, and it's…fun to do it that way." Here's the full track list of the Live at Red Rocks DVD: "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" "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" "Centerfield" "The Old Man Down the Road" "Fortunate Son" "Bad Moon Rising" "Proud Mary" Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Huey Lewis to discuss new album, hearing loss on CBS

Huey Lewis will appear on this weekend's episode of CBS Sunday Morning to chat about what may be his and his band The News' final studio album, Weather, which will be released on February 14.

For the past two years, Lewis has been battling Ménière's disease, which causes severe hearing loss and has left him unable to sing or perform.

On the show, which airs at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday, the 69-year-old singer explains that an early symptom of the disease was the loss of hearing in his right ear, and then recalls an incident at a January 2018 concert in Dallas when its effects became truly debilitating.

"I went on stage and it was horrible," Huey says. "It was just unbelievable. Couldn't hear a thing. Sang out of tune. Had the worst night of my life."

Lewis' illness forced him and The News to cancel a planned tour, and the band -- which has been together for 40 years -- hasn't been able to perform since then.

"All those shows. All those shows were canceled," Huey laments. "And I miss the guys. I miss the camaraderie, you know?"

Lewis tells CBS Sunday Morning that some days are better than others for him, noting that the disease causes hearing distortion as well as hearing loss.

In other news, a new video featuring Lewis talking about Weather has been posted on his official YouTube channel.

"This new batch of songs is really among our best work," he says. "It was a passage of time, I think, for me -- accepting that I'm not a spring chicken anymore and writing from that…perspective opened things up for me a little bit."

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Various Yes members featured on new collaborative album by late Yes guitarist Peter Banks

A variety of current and former Yes members are among the guest musicians featured on a just-released collaborative album by ex-King Crimson violinist David Cross and late founding Yes guitarist Peter Banks called Crossover.

The album is the last collection of new material recorded by Banks, who died in 2013 at age 65. He and Cross recorded their parts for the album during a single afternoon of improvisation in August 2010, and the guest artists added their contributions to the record in 2018 and 2019.

Among the musicians featured on Crossover are former Yes keyboardists Tony Kaye and Oliver Wakeman; current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes, bassist Billy Sherwood and touring drummer Jay Schellen; current King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto; and veteran session drummer Jeremy Stacey.

"When I recall the original recording session with Pete, I remember his fresh almost naïve approach, his positive energy and his constant and restless search for something new," says Cross, who also co-produced Crossover. "It was a joy to know Pete Banks and an honor and a privilege to play with him: I think he would be pleased with the way our album turned out."

Cross, who played with King Crimson from 1972 to 1974, added about the new record, "[The guest musicians] were asked to 'interpret the music as freely and creatively as you wish' and they have turned in incredibly skilled and inspiring performances which were not easy given the improvised nature of the starting material and the spontaneity of the structures."

Crossover is available on CD, as a digital download and via streaming services.

Here is the album's full track list:

"Rock to a Hard Place" -- featuring Jeremy Stacey, Geoff Downes
"Upshift" -- featuring Tony Kaye, Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman, Jay Schellen
"The Smile Frequency" -- featuring Randy Raine-Reusch, Oliver Wakeman
"The Work Within" -- featuring Andy Jackson
"Missing Time"
"Plasma Drive" -- featuring Pat Mastelotto, Billy Sherwood, Oliver Wakeman
"Laughing Strange" -- featuring Jeremy Stacey, Tony Kaye

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Watch trailer for new documentary about The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones and his mysterious death

An official trailer for a new documentary about late Rolling Stonesmember Brian Jones and the mystery surrounding his death debuted online on Monday. The film, titled Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones, premiered in London in December, and will open in select theaters around the world in the coming weeks.

The film follows Jones' story, from founding and being the original leader of The Rolling Stones, to his struggles with drug abuse that led to his June 1969 firing from the band, to his death just one month later, which was ruled an accidental drowning, although many believe was the result of foul play.

The trailer features a variety of archival clips of Jones, including footage from films and home movies, and voice-over interview segments by a variety of unidentified people. The commentators note that early in The Stones' career, Jones was perhaps the band's biggest star, then discuss how he eventually began abusing drugs heavily and became a target of the U.K. police.

As the trailer nears its end, we see an aerial shot of the U.K. mansion Jones owned and the adjacent swimming pool where he was found the night he died at the age of 27. We also hear one commentator noting, "It's wrong that a man's death could be ignored and the truth be hidden so the establishment could play politics with drug culture on the back of that man's death."

Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones was directed by Danny Garcia, whose previous films include documentaries about The ClashNew York Dolls guitarist Johnny ThundersSex Pistols bassist Sid Viciousand Dead Boys singer Stiv Bators.

Here is a list of upcoming U.S. screenings of the doc:

1/23 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Brewvies Cinema
1/30 -- New York, NY, Anthology Film Archives
1/30, 2/1, 2/4 -- Boston, MA, Regent Theatre
2/8 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Frida Cinema
2/13 -- Seattle, WA, Ark Lodge Cinemas
2/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Harris Theatre Downtown
2/23 -- Cleveland, OH, Grog Shop
2/23 -- Harrisburg, PA, Moviate
2/26 -- Chicago, IL, Music Box Theatre
4/8 -- Minneapolis, MN, Trylon Cinema

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Aerosmith invites Joey Kramer to attend, but not play with the band, at MusiCares & Grammy events

Aerosmith has issued a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by drummer Joey Kramer against the other four members of the band, which claims they won't allow him to perform with them.

The message confirms that Aerosmith plans to play sans Kramer for Friday's MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring the band at Sunday's Grammy Award ceremony.  Although, the group is inviting Joey to attend both events.

"Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us," the statement begins. "However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so."

The message continues, "Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week.  We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse."

The note then references the lawsuit, maintaining that Kramer "chose to file [it] on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events."

The statement concludes, "Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage."

According to Rolling Stone, Kramer's lawsuit alleges that Aerosmith's other members unfairly asked him to audition to show his drumming was adequate before they'd allow him to play with them again.

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The Doors' Robby Krieger on playing WeedCon cannabis conference: "Hopefully we'll get some free samples"

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is among the artists scheduled to perform at WeedCon Wonderland, a two-day conference for cannabis industry professionals taking place today and tomorrow in Hollywood, California.

The event, which seeks to promote education about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, also will feature members of the cannabis business community showing off their products.

As Krieger told the media at a recent event in Anaheim, California, "WeedCon is a festival where they have all the marijuana dealers that get together and they show off their wares." He added with a chuckle, "And hopefully we'll get some free samples."

Krieger will be performing today at the conference with his new side project, The New Experience, which he described as a "kind of jazz thing."

Robby said the group does material by such jazz greats as trumpet player Freddie Hubbard and saxophonist John Coltrane. "It's just fun stuff that I don't usually get to play," he added.The New Experience also features keyboardist Ed Roth, bassist Kevin Brandon and drummer Dale Alexander, the latter of whom Krieger pointed out "played with me for years after The Doors."

Also performing at WeedCon today will be Little Feat's Fred Tackett, who will play with his side group Silver Strings, while rapper/singer Wyclef Jean will be part of the January 23 performance lineup.

As previously reported, David Crosby will be on hand to serve as a celebrity judge for the 2020 WeedCon Buyers Cup awards, which will be handed out January 23. The awards honor excellence in various cannabis-related products. Crosby will be joined on the judging panel by actor/musician Dennis Quaid and various cannabis industry professionals and dispensary buyers.

For more details about WeedCon Wonderland, visit WeedConProductions.com.

New book series turns songs by The Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac into children's stories

A new series of illustrated children's books called LyricPop that are based on the lyrics to select popular songs will launch on June 2. The first installment of the series will feature four books, based on The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" and late reggae star Peter Tosh's "African."

The books will feature fun and inspiring stories while following along with the words of the respective tunes. The lyrics of "Good Vibrations" were written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, while "Don't Stop" was penned by Christine McVie, "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Dee Snider and "African" by Tosh.

"LyricPop represents two things I'm passionate about -- music, and books for children," says Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books. "As both a musician and a publisher, I hope LyricPop will inspire parents, grandparents, and others to read (and even sing!) these books aloud with the children in their lives."

The first four books of the LyricPop series are available for pre-order now at AkashicBooks.com, and you also can check out cover art and preview pages at the website.

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"I Can't Read '97," second track from new David Bowie digital rarities EP, released today

The second installment of a six-song digital EP of rare David Bowierecordings called David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? was released today via streaming services.

The EP is being issued one track each week through February 14.  Today's track,  "I Can't Read '97," is a previously unreleased version of a tune that originally appeared on the 1989 self-titled debut album by the Bowie-fronted band Tin Machine.

The second version of the song was recorded by Bowie in the fall of 1996 and was initially intended for his 1997 album Earthling, but was cut in favor of "The Last Thing You Should Do."

"I Can't Read '97" features Gail Ann Dorsey on bass and vocals, Mike Garson on piano and former Tin Machine member Reeves Gabrels on guitar.

David shot a video for "I Can't Read '97" in January 1997; the clip can be viewed now at David's official YouTube channel.

Bowie also recorded an alternate version of "I Can't Read" for the soundtrack of the 1997 film The Ice Storm.

The first track from Is It Any Wonder? -- a previously unreleased 1996 version of David's classic 1970 tune "The Man Who Sold the World" -- was made available digitally on January 8.

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Nirvana's Krist Novoselic to perform with surviving Doors members at charity concert

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will join the surviving members of The Doors -- guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore -- for a rare performance.

The show, dubbed the Homeward Bound Concert, is a charity gig benefiting the organization PATH, a Los Angeles-based non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness. It takes place January 23 at the Wiltern in L.A.

According to Rolling Stone, Novoselic will play bass alongside Krieger and Densmore for a 30-minute "semi-acoustic" set, featuring a variety of guest vocalists.

Other Homeward Bound performers include Fitz and the TantrumsmorgxnJason Mraz, Ingrid Michaelson, and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.

For more info, visit HomewardBoundConcert.com.

Novoselic, meanwhile, just reunited with his Nirvana band mates Dave Grohl and Pat Smear during an L.A. charity gig earlier this month. The trio played a five-song set with guest vocals from Beck, St. Vincent and Grohl's daughter, Violet.

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Late T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan's girlfriend says he'd be "very, very honored" with Rock Hall induction

T. Rex will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year after being eligible for the honor since 1994. Soul singer Gloria Jones, the late Marc Bolan girlfriend and mother of his son, Rolan, tells Billboard that she thinks the T. Rex frontman's reaction to the news would be, "It's about time!"

Jones, who recorded the original version of "Tainted Love" in 1964 and later contributed backing vocals to several T. Rex albums, adds with a laugh that she was just joking, and says Bolan "would have been very, very honored, and I'm sure he would have been brought to tears. I'm sure he's very happy, and he's very honored."

Bolan was 29 when he was killed in a September 1977 car accident in a vehicle driven by Jones. Gloria admits to Billboard that she had a dream about Marc a few days before the induction announcement.

"He was so worried," she explains. "He was going back and forth, and I said, 'Well, Marc, please don't worry.' And the next day I sent an email to Rolan...and he called me and said, 'No, Mom, Dad wasn't worried -- he was nervous.'"

Jones is planning to attend the ceremony with Rolan and former T. Rex drummer Bill Legend, the only surviving member of the lineup that recorded most of the band's early-'70s albums.

Gloria tells Billboard that the Rock Hall induction will help introduce more people to T. Rex and Marc's music.

"There's a brand-new world out there, and a lot of people get a little confused with Marc Bolan and T. Rex," she maintains. "So now I think this is going to complete that circle that they understand T. Rex is Marc Bolan."

The 2020 Rock Hall ceremony takes place May 2 in Cleveland.

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Bruce Springsteen marks 20th anniversary of Light of Day Winterfest with surprise return

The 20th anniversary of the Light of Day Winterfest was made even more special when Bruce Springsteen appeared as a surprise guest performer after a five year absence.  

Light of Day Winterfest, put on by The Light of Day Foundation, Inc., helps raise awareness and money to find a cure for Parkinson's disease, ALS, and PSP. 

Springsteen's attendance, marking his 12th overall, helped the festival surpass its two-decade $6 million fundraising goal.  He appeared on stage three times, playing alongside with Jesse MalinWillie Nile, and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers during the 10-day festival's six-hour segment dubbed "Bob's Birthday Bash," in honor of the organization's co-founder and music industry veteran Bob Benjamin, who not only inspired Winterfest, but was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1996.

With Grushecky and his band, Springsteen unleashed an "explosive" 70-minute session that spanned 10 songs such as "The Promised Land" and "Atlantic City." 

The two collaborated for a traditional performance of "Light of Day," which traditionally marks the end of the Birthday Bash, and were joined on stage by all the festival's performers.  However, Springsteen serenaded Benjamin with a solo performance of "Thunder Road."

Springsteen closed with, "Thank you, Bob. We love you."  

Benjamin, who is wheelchair bound, was also presented with a birthday cake as the audience sang "Happy Birthday."

With Malin's set, Springsteen assisted with the duet “Broken Radio” and played guitar for "Meet Me at the End of the World," which is off of Malin's latest album.

Springsteen also joined Nile for “One Guitar," which is the festival's unofficial anthem.

Winterfest ends on January 25.  Tickets are still available on ticketmaster.com.

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Madonna sorrowfully explains why she had to cancel another show

Madonna was forced on Sunday to cancel another concert during her Madame X Tour.

"Thank you again Lisbon! Sorry I had to cancel tonight," wrote the 61-year-old on Instagram hours before the show was to take place. "I must listen to my body and rest!!"

The latest cancellation is the eighth overall for her tour due to injuries and illnesses.  The "Vogue" singer went onto reveal that a certain elixir helped her power through the previous night's performance, "That white Port got me through the rest of the show!"

Madonna vowed that she will return to work very soon by closing, "See you on Tuesday fingers crossed."

The video accompanying the announcement showed the singer giving cheers before downing an entire glass of Port. "That's the most I've had to drink in a month.  Maybe more," joked Madonna with a shrug and a laugh.  "I'm not responsible for the rest of the evening...what will be will be."

The Madame X artist has previously missed concerts in Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City.  Besides some health issues, other reasons given for cancellations were because of production and scheduling issues.

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Hits by Elton John, Neil Diamond, The Police, Eurythmics inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

Elton John is definitely having a good 2020.  On Monday he was nominated for an Oscar, and now one of his classic hits has been announced as an inductee into the 2020 Grammy Hall of Fame.

"Tiny Dancer" is one of many classic songs and albums that have been given the honor by the Recording Academy.  To qualify, the recordings must be at least 25 years old and "exhibit qualitative or historical significance."  The Grammy Hall of Fame now comprises 1,114 recordings, counting the 26 that are being inducted this year.

In addition to "Tiny Dancer," this year's inductees also include Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, and Peter Frampton's landmark 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive!

Other notable inductees this year are Joni Mitchell's Clouds album, The Allman Brothers Band's classic Eat a Peach album, surf-rock classic "Wipe Out" by The Surfaris, Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight," Public Enemy's landmark hip-hop album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and Devo's 1978 debut album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

"We are so honored to welcome these timeless masterpieces to our growing catalog of iconic recordings that serve as a beacon of music excellence and diverse expression that will forever impact and inspire generations of creators," says Deborah Dugan, the Recording Academy's president and CEO.

This year's inductees will be mentioned during the Grammy Awards, which airs January 26 on CBS.

Here's a full list of 2020 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees:

"Carolina Shout" (single) -- James P. Johnson (1921)

"How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live" (single) -- Blind Alfred Reed (1930)

"Devil Got My Woman" (single) -- Skip James (1931)

Capitol Presents The King Cole Trio (album) -- The King Cole Trio (1944)

Zodiac Suite (album) -- Mary Lou Williams (1945)

"I'll Fly Away" (single) -- The Chuck Wagon Gang (1949)

"Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite" (track) -- Machito (1950)

"I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow" (single) -- The Stanley Brothers & The Clinch Mountain Boys (1951)

"I'm a Man" (single) -- Bo Diddley (1955)

"Walkin' After Midnight" (single) -- Patsy Cline (1957)

"Oh Mary Don't You Weep" (single) -- Swan Silvertones (1959)

"Miserlou" (single) -- Dick Dale and The Del-Tones (1962)

"Wipe Out" (single) -- The Surfaris (1963)

"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (single) -- Nancy Sinatra (1965)

Taj Mahal (album) -- Taj Mahal (1968)

Clouds (album) -- Joni Mitchell (1969)

"Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)" (single) -- Neil Diamond (1969)

Piano Rags by Scott Joplin (album) -- Joshua Rifkin (1970)

Eat a Peach (album) -- The Allman Brothers Band (1972)

"Tiny Dancer" (single) -- Elton John (1972)

Frampton Comes Alive! (album) -- Peter Frampton (1976)

Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (album) -- Devo (1978)

"Pancho and Lefty" (single) -- Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard (1982)

"Every Breathe You Take" (single) -- The Police (1983)

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" (single) -- Eurythmics (1983)

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (album) -- Public Enemy (1988)

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Allman Brothers Band releasing 50th anniversary box set, 'Trouble No More,' in February

The Allman Brothers Band's self-titled debut album was released 50 years ago this past November, so in celebration of the group's milestone anniversary, a career-spanning box set titled Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection is scheduled to hit stores February 28.

The 61-track compilation, which will be available as a 10-LP vinyl package, a five-CD collection and digitally, will feature studio tracks, live performances and rarities, including seven previously unreleased recordings.

The package kicks off with The Allmans' original 1969 demo of the Muddy Waters tune "Trouble No More," which is receiving its debut release, and ends with a live version of the same song, which closed out the band's final concert, which took place October 2014 at New York's Beacon Theatre.

Fans who pre-order the box set will receive an instant free download of the 1969 "Trouble No More" demo.

The collection is sequenced in chronological order and divided into different eras based on The Allmans' time on various record labels, including with Capricorn, Arista, Epic and their own Peach Records label.

Among the many highlights are selections from the classic 1971 live album At Fillmore East, enduring studio tracks like "Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Revival," "Melissa" and "Blue Sky," and the hit single "Ramblin' Man." Trouble No More also feature five unreleased live performances from the various post-2000 Beacon Theatre residencies the group played.

Both physical versions of the box set come with a booklet featuring a new essay, unseen photos of the band, pics of memorabilia from The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia and a rundown of the group's 13 lineups.

A limited-edition colored-vinyl version of the collection pressed on orange-and-red-splatter vinyl can purchased exclusively at uDiscoverMusic.com.

Here's the track list for the five-CD Trouble No More set:

CD 1: The Capricorn Years 1969–1979 Part I

"Trouble No More" (Demo)*
"Don't Want You No More"
"It' Not My Cross to Bear"
"Whipping Post"
"I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" (Live at Ludlow Garage)
"Midnight Rider"
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"Hoochie Coochie Man"
"Please Call Home"
"Statesboro Blues" (Live at Fillmore East)
"Stormy Monday" (Live at Fillmore East)
"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (Live at Fillmore East)

CD 2: The Capricorn Years 1969–1979 Part II

"One Way Out" (Live at Fillmore East)
"You Don't Love Me"/"Soul Serenade" (Live at A&R Studios)
"Hot 'Lanta" (Live at A&R Studios)
"Stand Back"
"Blue Sky"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More" (Live at Mar y Sol)
"Wasted Words"
"Ramblin' Man"
"Early Morning Blues" (Outtake)

CD 3: The Capricorn Years 1969–1979 Part III/The Arista Years 1980–1981

"Come and Go Blues" (Live at Watkins Glen)
"Mountain Jam" (Live at Watkins Glen)*
"Can't Lose What You Never Had"
"Win, Lose or Draw"
"High Falls"
"Crazy Love"
"Can't Take It with You"
"Just Ain't Easy" (Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion)
"Hell & High Water"
"Never Knew How Much (I Needed You)"

CD 4: The Epic Years 1990–2000

"Good Clean Fun"
"Seven Turns"
"Gambler's Roll"
"End of the Line"
"Nobody Knows"
"Low Down Dirty Mean" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
"Come On into My Kitchen" (Live at Radio & Records Convention)
"Sailin' 'Cross the Devil's Sea"
"Back Where It All Begins"
"No One to Run With"
"I'm Not Crying" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*

CD 5: The Peach Years 2000–2014

"Loan Me a Dime" (Live at World Music Theatre)*
"Desdemona" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
"High Cost of Low Living"
"Old Before My Time"
"Blue Sky" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
"Little Martha" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)*
"Black Hearted Woman" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
"The Sky Is Crying" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
"Farewell" speeches (Live at the Beacon Theatre)
"Trouble No More" (Live at the Beacon Theatre)

* = previously unreleased.

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Bruce Springsteen on hand to watch his son Sam sworn in as Jersey City firefighter

If Bruce Springsteen ever finds himself on fire again, he can call on his son Sam to help.

The Boss' 26-year-old son was sworn in as a firefighter in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Tuesday morning and his famous dad and his mom, E Street Band backing singer Patti Scialfa, were in attendance at the ceremony, ABC 7 reports.

Sam was one of 15 firefighters sworn in by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop at City Hall.

"This is my son's day, so I'm staying out of it," Bruce told an ABC 7 reporter. "We're very proud."

As for how he felt about Sam's decision to become a firefighter, Bruce said, "It was a long road. He was very dedicated for quite a few years, and we're just excited for him today."

Sam was a bit reticent to comment on his achievement, telling the media that he didn't have "too much to say," although he noted that training to become a firefighter "wasn't easy."

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2020 KISS Kruise lineup includes Queensryche, Ratt and Fozzy

KISS has unveiled the initial list of artists that will be joining the band on the 10th annual edition of their KISS Kruise, which runs from October 30 to November 4. QueensrycheRatt and Fozzy -- the hard-rock group fronted by pro wrestler Chris Jericho -- will set sail with the costumed Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, while additional performers will be announced later this year.

The KISS Kruise X will set from Miami and will stop in Harvest Caye, Belize, and Roatan, Honduras before returning to port.

Visit Sixthman.net to register for a cruise pre-sale. The on-sale date for the general public is February 7.

The cruise will take place after KISS wraps up the 2020 leg of their End of the Road farewell tour, which is scheduled through an October 2 concert in Fort Worth, Texas. The trek gets underway on February 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and will feature David Lee Roth opening all of the North American dates.

During last year's KISS Kruise, the band announced that the very last show of the End of the Road tour will take place in July 2021, at an as-yet-unknown venue in the group's hometown of New York City.

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The Doobie Brothers, T. Rex among the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

The Doobie BrothersT. RexNine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the late Whitney Houston and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. are the artists who've been chosen for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. 

The Doobies, T. Rex, Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. are all being inducted after being nominated for the first time. Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails had both previously been on the ballot twice.

In addition, famed music managers Jon Landau and Irving Azoff, who are best known for guiding the careers of Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles, respectively, will be inducted into the Rock Hall as recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Speaking to ABC Audio, Rock Hall president and CEO Greg Harris shared his thoughts on the inductees. Regarding The Doobies, Harris said he feels that their induction, which will recognize both the Tom Johnstonand the Michael McDonald eras, acknowledges the group's "impact and influence over these five decades."

As for T. Rex, Harris noted that the band was "massively influential in England with the launch of the glam-rock movement, but also in the U.S." He added, "They influenced bands like Cheap TrickThe New York DollsJoan Jett [and contemporary] artists like The Black Keys, and even Blink-182."

The other nominees for the 2020 class were Dave Matthews BandPat BenatarThin Lizzy, Todd RundgrenRufus featuring Chaka KhanSoundgarden, Judas PriestMC5Motörheadand Kraftwerk. Dave Matthews Band received the most votes in the Rock Hall's fan poll, marking the first time in seven years that the winner of the fan vote was not chosen for induction.

The Doobie Brothers, who finished third in the fan poll, were the only one of the top-five vote-getters to be chosen for induction. Benatar, Soundgarden and Priest were in second, fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 2, at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, and will air live for the first time starting at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.

You can also buy tickets to see the ceremony in person starting February 27 at 10 a.m. ET. Visit RockHall.com.

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New lyric video for Bob Seger hit "Night Moves" marks launch of his official YouTube artist channel

A brand-new lyric video for the classic 1976 Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band tune "Night Moves" has premiered on YouTube, marking the launch of Bob Seger's official artist channel on the website.

The clip is the first of a series of lyric videos Capitol Records is producing that will showcase the Michigan rocker's hits.

The "Night Moves" clip features various patches that people regularly sewed on to their jeans or denim jackets back in the '70s, and animated segments showing the lyrics of the song appearing on what look like vintage t-shirts.

Seger's official YouTube channel also will premiere restored HD versions of rare and classic videos rom the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, custom playlists featuring various HD Seger clips, videos generated by fans, and rare and previously unseen content. Seger fans also will be able to connect and offer commentary on the channel's Community page.

"Night Moves," which appeared on Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's 1976 album of the same name, was Bob's first top-40 hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Seger wrapped up his Roll Me Away farewell tour this past November.

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Do you "Believe" that Cher earned more money on the road in 2019 than ever before?

Cher's been a star since 1965, but it seems her star power glows brighter each year. According to Billboard Boxscore, the legendary diva earned more money on tour in 2019 than she did in any previous year.

Between Cher's Here We Go Again tour and her Las Vegas residency, she raked in just over $108 million last year, blowing away her previous top touring grosses, which she scored in 2002 and 2003. Those were the first two years of her Living Proof tour, and her haul added up to $75.4 million and $68.5 million, respectively.

The Here We Go Again tour, which came in support of Cher's ABBA tribute album Dancing Queen, started in September of 2018 and wrapped up last month in Dallas.  It'll start back up in March with 26 additional dates, and wrap May 6 in Sacramento, California. Nile Rodgers and Chic will open all dates.

As for Cher's residency, Classic Cher, it's been playing at the MGM Park Theater since 2017, and has earned nearly $52 million over the years. She returns to Vegas in February for more dates.

In addition to all her touring, Cher has a new fragrance called Cher Eau de Couture, and she's been teasing a sequel to Dancing Queen, as well.

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Bruce Springsteen to vie for International Male Solo Artist honor at 2020 Brit Awards

Bruce Springsteen is among the artists receiving nominations for the 2020 Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys. The Boss is in the running for the International Male Solo Artist honor. He'll be competing against American singer/rappers Post Malone and Tyler the Creator, Irish singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy, and Nigerian artist Burna Boy.

Springsteen has been nominated six other times for the International Male Solo Artist award -- in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 -- but has never won.

The 2020 Brit Awards will be held February 18 in London at the O2 Arena. Visit Brits.co.uk for the full list of nominees.

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Watch extended trailer for 'The Doors: Break On Thru' concert film paying tribute to Ray Manzarek

An extended trailer for the new concert film and documentary The Doors: Break On Thru -- A Celebration of Ray Manzarek has premiered online at The Doors' official YouTube channel.

The film, which focuses on a star-studded 2016 tribute show to the late Doors keyboardist that was held in Los Angeles, will be shown in select theaters around the world on what would've been Ray Manzarek's 81st birthday -- February 12.

The trailer features audio snippets of The Doors' two surviving members, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore, talking about how they came together to organize the event.

The minute-long promo also includes a montage of clips of the various musicians who took part in the show, including Densmore, Krieger, Foo FightersTaylor Hawkins and Rami JaffeeStone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeoPaul McCartney touring guitarist Brian RayJane's Addiction drummer Stephen PerkinsGov't Mule/former Allman Brothers Band singer/guitarist Warren Haynes and X's Exene Cervenka and John Doe.

You also hear the live rendition of the Doors classic "Light My Fire" that was played at the concert, apparently during the show's finale.

Tickets for the screenings of The Doors: Break On Thru -- A Celebration of Ray Manzarek are available now at TheDoorsFilm.com.

Manzarek died of bile duct cancer in May 2013 at the age of 74.

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Pat Benatar, Doobie Brothers among top three vote-getters in 2020 Rock Hall fan poll, which closes tonight

With the online fan poll choosing the most popular potential 2020 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame closing at the end of the day, the top five vote-getters seem pretty set in stone.

As of Thursday night, Dave Matthews Band led all nominees with over 974,000 votes, more than 100,000 ahead of Pat Benatar, who had amassed nearly 865,000 to put her in second place.

In third place on the tally were The Doobie Brothers with more than 770,000, followed by grunge rockers Soundgarden, with over 707,000.

Rounding out the top five were heavy-metal legends Judas Priest with almost 665,000 votes.

Interestingly, Dave Matthews Band, Benatar, The Doobie Brothers and Soundgarden all are first-time nominees, while Priest previously received a nod in 2018.

Thanks to the poll, the top five acts will get an extra vote toward induction, although about one thousand ballots are cast each year when deciding which artists are welcomed into the Rock Hall. That being said, the acts who received the most votes in the fan poll during the last seven years all ended up getting inducted, which bodes very well for Matthews and his group.

Voting in the poll closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET. You can cast your last-minute votes at RockHall.com and via Google by searching "Rock Hall Fan Vote" or any nominee name. The 2020 Rock Hall inductees will be announced this Wednesday, January 15, at 8 p.m. ET via the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's social media sites.

This year's Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2.

Here's the full list of 2020 nominees and the number of votes they received in the poll as of 8 p.m. ET on January 9 (rounded to the nearest thousand):

1. Dave Matthews Band -- 975,000 Votes
2. Pat Benatar -- 866,000 Votes
3. The Doobie Brothers -- 771,000 Votes
4. Soundgarden -- 707,000 Votes
5. Judas Priest -- 665,000 Votes
6. Whitney Houston -- 582,000 Votes
7. Depeche Mode -- 554,000 Votes
8. Thin Lizzy -- 548,000 Votes
9. Motörhead -- 504,000 Votes
10. Todd Rundgren -- 433,000 Votes
11. Nine Inch Nails -- 375,000 Votes
12. T. Rex -- 360,000 Votes
13. The Notorious B.I.G. -- 271,000 Votes
14. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan -- 163,000 Votes
15. Kraftwerk -- 161,000 Votes
16. MC5 -- 158,000 Votes

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Rick Wakeman planning to release new prog album, plotting 2020 North American solo tour

Former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has kicked off 2020 by sharing a rundown of some of his plans for the year via a new installment of his Grumpy Old Rick's Ramblings blog.

According to Wakeman, among the first items on his agenda is the recording of "a new prog album for release in late March" that he'll be working on during January and February.

"It's going to be instrumental and very keyboard heavy! (now there's a surprise!)," he reveals.

The 70-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer also will headline a special Beatles tribute concert on January 31 at Stowe School in Stowe, U.K., that will be held after the unveiling of a commemorative plaque acknowledging a 1963 show that the Fab Four played at the school.

Wakeman says the concert also will feature his son Adam, has granddaughter Skyla, and founding Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden.

Rick also has joined the lineup of a star-studded benefit show for the U.K.'s Royal Marsden Cancer Charity scheduled for March 3, 2020, at London's O2 Arena. Other artists on the bill include Eric ClaptonProcol Harum's Gary BrookerPink Floyd's Nick MasonYusuf, a.k.a. Cat StevensTom JonesSimply Red's Mick Hucknall; ex-Dire Straits bassist John IllsleyGenesisMike Rutherford; and Bonnie Tyler.

In addition, Wakeman says he plans to mount two 2020 North American legs of his Grumpy Old Rock Star solo piano tour, with the first leg taking place in April and May. Rick notes that the trek will visit "towns and cities that we didn't manage to get to on the tour last year," with each leg featuring 15 to 20 shows.

The 2019 North American Grumpy Old Rock Star trek took place in September and October.

Check out Wakeman's full update at RWCC.com.

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New David Bowie digital EP of rarities, album of 1996 studio recordings coming soon

Coinciding with what would have been David Bowie's 73rd birthday comes news that a six-song digital EP of rare recordings called David Bowie Is It Any Wonder? will be released one track at a time in weekly installments over a period of six weeks starting today.

The first track, which is available now as a streaming-only digital single, is a previously unreleased 1996 version of "The Man Who Sold the World."

The track was one of nine songs recorded in a New York City studio in November of '96 during rehearsals for Bowie's 50th birthday concert that took place at Madison Square Garden in January 1997. David was accompanied on the recordings by three members of his then-current touring band -- bassist Gail Ann Dorsey, guitarist Reeves Gabrels and multi-instrumentalist Mark Plati.

The session was recorded for and broadcast as part of a BBC radio special celebrating Bowie's 50th birthday that also included an interview with David and messages from such artists as U2's BonoThe Cure's Robert SmithBlur's Damon Albarn and Scott Walker.

The nine-song session now is slated to be released under the title ChangesNowBowie as a limited-edition CD and vinyl LP on April 18 as part of the 2020 Record Store Day sale.

You can check out the unreleased version of "The Man Who Sold the World" now at Bowie's official YouTube channel.

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Lack of "Respect": Aretha Franklin's youngest son blasts upcoming biopic starring Jennifer Hudson

Aretha Franklin's youngest son is blasting the upcoming Queen of Soul biopic starring Jennifer Hudson and is calling for Aretha's fans to boycott the movie.

"The Franklin family (does not) support the movie that is in production!" 49-year-old Kecalf Franklin commented on Facebook. He protested that family members were not consulted about facts in the film.

"How can you make a movie about a person and not talk to the person's sons or grandchildren about important information?" he continued.

Kecalf says the family is not critical of Hudson and mentioned that his mother selected the Cats star to star in the biopic, titled Respect.

"Everything else is being done against our wishes," he added.

Aretha's attorney, David Bennett, says Kecalf's comments are related to his petition to replace her niece, Sabrina Owens, as executor of the estate.

"This is all about his attempts to become the personal representative of the estate," Bennett tells The Detroit Free Press.

As previously reported, the biopic also stars Forest WhitakerMary J. BligeMarlon WayansAudra McDonaldMarc MaronTituss Burgess and Tate Donovan.

Respect is due to open in theaters in October.

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Neil Young reports that new archival concert film and album, 'Greendale Live,' is due out soon

In November, Neil Young announced that he was working on putting out a variety of archival releases in 2020, the first of which will be Homegrown, a collection of acoustic tunes from 1974 and '75. Now, Young has posted a message on his Neil Young Archives site revealing some information about another project he's preparing for release this year, a concert film titled Greendale Live, which features his frequent backing band Crazy Horse.

According to Young, the film documents a 2003 show in Toronto that took place during his tour in support of his 2003 rock opera Greendale.

"Greendale is a monster!" Neil writes. "Currently in the final editing stages, this performance from Toronto with a cast of 50 plus is like a Broadway show."

He continues, "We took it all around North America in 2003, setting up that massive stage over 80 times. Now we are preparing to share it through [Neil Young Archives] and theaters."

Young adds that an accompanying album will be part of the Greendale Live release.

In his post, Neil also mentions that another live project featuring Crazy Horse that's nearing completion, an album and/or video titled Way Down in the Rust Bucket. Last month, Young also discussed the project in an online post in which he referred to it simply as Rust Bucket, reporting that it was "in final production," while noting that it will be available "in three sets and as an entire show."

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In November, Neil Young announced that he was working on putting out a variety of archival releases in 2020, the first of which will be Homegrown, a collection of acoustic tunes from 1974 and '75. Now, Young has posted a message on his Neil Young Archives site revealing some information about another project he's preparing for release this year, a concert film titled Greendale Live, which features his frequent backing band Crazy Horse.

According to Young, the film documents a 2003 show in Toronto that took place during his tour in support of his 2003 rock opera Greendale.

"Greendale is a monster!" Neil writes. "Currently in the final editing stages, this performance from Toronto with a cast of 50 plus is like a Broadway show."

He continues, "We took it all around North America in 2003, setting up that massive stage over 80 times. Now we are preparing to share it through [Neil Young Archives] and theaters."

Young adds that an accompanying album will be part of the Greendale Live release.

In his post, Neil also mentions that another live project featuring Crazy Horse that's nearing completion, an album and/or video titled Way Down in the Rust Bucket. Last month, Young also discussed the project in an online post in which he referred to it simply as Rust Bucket, reporting that it was "in final production," while noting that it will be available "in three sets and as an entire show."

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John Lodge glad to be keeping Moody Blues music alive on 2020 Rock & Romance Cruise and solo tour dates

Longtime Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge is gearing up for his first performances of 2020, which includes a stint on the '70s Rock & Romance Cruise and a series of U.S. concerts in late February and early March.

On the cruise and at the stateside gigs, the 74-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will be accompanied by his 10,000 Light Years Band, with whom he's been touring for the last couple years and who also is featured on his 2019 compilation B Yond -- The Very Best Of.

With The Moody Blues on hiatus since late 2018, Lodge tells ABC Audio that he's glad to keep the band's music alive with his solo group.

"You know, all those years of playing bass parts on all the songs and all the vocals and everything else…it's [an] integral part of my life," he notes. "And the fans have come to…obviously love the music and the emotion of The Moody Blues, and I really want to keep that alive, as much as I can."

As previously reported, this year's Rock & Romance Cruise will set sail from Miami on February 15 and stop in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the island of Labadee before returning to port on February 22.

The nautical music fest's lineup also includes Cheap Trick, ex-Eagles guitarist Don FelderRandy BachmanTodd RundgrenEdgar Winter Band, former Chicago singer Jason ScheffJefferson StarshipRita CoolidgeAmbrosiaPablo Cruise and Stephen Bishop.

Lodge's U.S. shows begin with five Florida dates kicking off February 22 in Dania Beach. The trek will visit Atlanta on February 29, then move on to venues in Maryland, Connecticut and New York before wrapping up March 8 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Visit JohnLodge.com to see full tour schedule.

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