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An expanded, remastered version of Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times will be released in multiple configurations on September 25 as part of the late music legend's ongoing catalog reissue campaign.

The Who was forced to postpone its planned 2020 tour dates when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and while the rock legends already have rescheduled their U.K. concerts for next March, they've yet to announce when they'll be playing their U.S. shows.

Singer Roger Daltrey tells ABC Audio that the band initially planned to move the concerts to September of this year, but he now reports that, depending on the course the coronavirus takes, the U.S. shows likely will happen immediately after the U.K. trek, in April 2021.

"If there's a vaccine for this thing, that will happen, I'm sure," he says.

Asked whether The Who plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band's classic 1971 album Who's Next, during the 2021 trek, Daltrey tells ABC Audio, "We're still [not finished with] the show we're doing, with the orchestra, which is a magnificent show."

He adds, "We were hoping to play some of the newer tracks off the latest album [2019's WHO] as additions to it."

Daltrey also reveals that he and band mate Pete Townshend are considering lining some intimate acoustic concerts like the series of club gigs The Who played this past February in the London area.

"[That] was great fun, because it was just about, where we could chat to the audience, have a laugh, tell a few stories," the 76-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer explains. "Pete and I had such a good time. So maybe we'll be back doing that on Broadway, like Bruce Springsteen [did]."

Meanwhile, Roger reveals that although Townshend has been writing new songs, he isn't sure if The Who will make another album. He notes that WHO, the band's acclaimed 2019 studio effort, sold so few copies that "it cost me money to do it."

By Matt Friedlander
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Deluxe reissues of Prince's 1987 double album 'Sign o' the Times' due in September

An expanded, remastered version of Prince's 1987 double album Sign o' the Times will be released in multiple configurations on September 25 as part of the late music legend's ongoing catalog reissue campaign.

Among the versions is a Super Deluxe Edition that will be available as an eight-CD/DVD set, a 13-LP/DVD package, and an audio-only download.

Sign o' the Times featured three songs that reached the Billboard Hot 100 top ten: "U Got the Look" featuring Sheena Easton, the title track, and "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," which peaked, respectively, at #2, #3 and #10. The album has been certified platinum in the U.S.

The Super Deluxe reissue features the album's original 16 tracks, plus 63 previously unreleased recordings, including single edits, B-sides, alternate takes, remixes, outtakes, live performances and more.

The live material includes a complete stadium concert Prince played on June 20, 1987, in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The DVD featured in the Super Deluxe Edition boasts previously unreleased footage of a complete New Year's Eve benefit show held at Prince's Paisley Park complex on December 31, 1987. It also includes Prince's only on-stage collaboration with jazz legend Miles Davis.

The Super Deluxe reissue comes packaged with a 120-page hardcover book featuring rare photos, reproductions of Prince's handwritten lyrics for many songs, newly penned liner notes and more.

One of the previously unreleased tracks from the collection, "Witness 4 the Prosecution (Version 1)," is available now as a digital download and via streaming platforms.

The Sign o' the Times reissue, which you can pre-order now, also will be released as a three-CD or four-LP Deluxe Edition and a two-CD or two-LP standard version.

Visit Prince.com for more details about the reissue.

By Matt Friedlander
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Billy Joel gives thumbs up to new song called..."Billy Joel"

For a veteran musician, having a young artist say you've been an influence on them has got to be an ego boost -- but it's probably even more of an ego boost when that young artist actually names a song after you.

Billy Joel has given his seal of approval to singer/songwriter AJ Smith, who recently released a single and video called "Billy Joel."  Billy's Twitter retweeted an article about AJ and his song, and wrote, "Singer/songwriter @ajsmithmusic pays homage to Billy Joel in his new song, 'Billy Joel.'"

When a fan responded to the tweet by writing, "Greatest song writer in history. #Billyjoel is a rock god!," AJ replied, "10000000%. Feeling crazy honored right now. He’s the GOAT."

As for why he wrote the song, AJ tells American Songwriter that it started when his girlfriend took him to meet her family, and told him that they "love wine, the Mets and Billy Joel."  At dinner, his girlfriend's brother asked AJ if he knew any Billy Joel songs, so he sat down at the piano and started playing the Piano Man's greatest hits.

"That night opened my eyes to how much my girlfriend’s family loves Billy Joel. And she does too," AJ reveals. "When we’re cooking together, I’ll put Billy on shuffle and if Brianna’s had a tough day, it’s immediately better.”

In the song, AJ sings, "Can I hold you close tonight?/I can sing your favorite song/Y'know, the one by Billy Joel."

”'Billy Joel' is about coming together after a fight or argument, listening to that song, and starting over,” AJ explains.  “Everyone has that favorite song or artist who elevates their mood when they’re feeling down...So thank you, Billy, for helping us connect and for helping us get through tough times together.”

By Andrea Dresdale
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"Rock On" singer David Essex releases new studio album, 'Unplayed Hits'

David Essex, the Britsh pop-rock singer best known in the U.S. for his smash 1973 hit "Rock On," has released a new studio album called Unplayed Hits that's available now exclusively at his online store.

The album features 18 tracks that, according to Essex, are songs that he's rarely performed in concert or that have rarely been played on the radio.

Unplayed Hits is available on CD and as a digital download. A limited number of CDs autographed by David are being sold at the web store.

You can check out the album's lead track, "Let It Flow," now at the Gonzo Music TV YouTube channel.

"Rock On" was Essex's only major hit in the U.S., peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the singer had 19 top 40 singles in the U.K.

Essex recently postponed his planned 2020 U.K. tour until September 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here's the Unplayed Hits track list:

"Let It Flow"
"Time Is Catching Up"
"Walk of Life"
"Carrying the Water Home"
"Cool Out Tonight"
"Alice Stay Young & Free"
"You Crazy Fool"
"Coming Home"
"Heart Turns to Stone"
"What Did I Do"
"Forever and a Day"
"Oh Suburbia"
"Africa You Shine"
"Fallen Angels Riding"
"Never Meant to Hurt You"
"She's Emotional"
"A Shoulder to Cry On"
"Stage Struck"

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch Roger Waters and his touring band remotely perform the Pink Floyd gem "Two Suns in the Sunset"

Last month, Roger Waters teamed up remotely with members of his touring band for a video performance of Pink Floyd's "Mother" that was posted online.  Now he and the musicians have gotten together virtually again to play another song by his old band.

The new video features a performance of "Two Suns in the Sunset," a song from 1983's The Final Cut, the last Pink Floyd studio album Waters played on. The ominous tune warns of a nuclear holocaust.

The video, which you can watch at Waters' official YouTube channel and social media sites, begins with a note typed in white lettering across a black screen that reads: "We're at one hundred seconds to midnight on the doomsday clock. This is the closest the Human Race has ever been to nuclear catastrophe."

At the end of the clip, another note appears that says, "If the doomsday clock strikes midnight we're all dead."

Meanwhile, Waters has written a message focusing on the same subject that accompanies the video. It reads, "That we allow Nuclear Weapons to exist in a world controlled by deranged sociopaths is, in itself, a deranged arrangement…We are many they are few…We could just say no, to the whole MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) insanity…It makes zero sense and is potentially omnicidal."

Roger also explains that the video performances of "Mother" and "Two Sun in the Sunset" sprang from an idea he had "to make an album of all the songs we did as encores on the US and Them tour."

The musicians contributing to the "Two Sunsets" performance are guitarists Dave Kilminster and Jonathan Wilson, drummer Joey Waronker, bassist Gus Seyffert, keyboardists Jon Carin and Bo Koster, sax player Ian Ritchie, and Lucius members Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig on backing vocals.

By Matt Friedlander
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Tuesday, Jun

Da Ya Think I'm Movie Material? Rod Stewart reportedly planning biopic

After seeing his colleagues Elton John and Queen singer Freddie Mercury smash it at the box office as the subjects of acclaimed movie biographies, Rod Stewart is reportedly getting in on the fun.

The British tabloid The Daily Mail is quoting a source who claims that Rod's camp is moving ahead with plans to make a movie about the rocker's colorful life. 

"Rod is delighted. His management company is already drawing up plans and has spoken to at least one scriptwriter," dishes a source. "His management company will organize everything, including the script and the casting, then they’ll find a film company to take it on."

While one of the major plot points of Elton's Rocketman biopic was his sexuality and his substance abuse, it appears that Rod's movie will focus on reputation as a party-loving womanizer.

"His love life alone is enough for a three-hour epic," dishes the source. "Rod’s always had a gorgeous girl on his arm and went through the whole 1970s party scene so there are plenty of wild tales to tell."

The source adds, "He's survived a world which destroys so many and is still around today and is as popular as ever.  Hollywood loves a happy ending, and Rod’s story has that."

Over the years, Rod has fathered eight children with five different women, three of whom he married.  His current marriage, to Penny Lancaster, has lasted since 2007.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Queen's Roger Taylor releases new solo tune, "Isolation"; new Freddie Mercury-inspired merch line debuts

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has released a new original solo song titled "Isolation" that we can only assume was inspired by life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor played all of the instruments and handled all vocals on the track, which is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. You also can check it out at Roger's official YouTube channel.

The slow-paced tune, which boasts an acoustic glam-rock feel, kicks off with Taylor singing, "So here we sit in isolation/We calm our fears, we're marking time/An endless tide of information/We find our feet, we're doing fine."

In other Queen-related news, a new line of Freddie Mercury-inspired merchandise is available for purchase now at the Hard Rock online store. The collection was created as part of Hard Rock International's long-running partnership with The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity founded in Freddie's memory by Taylor, Queen guitarist Brian May and the band's manager, Jim Beach, to raise money for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The new merch, released in conjunction with Pride Month, includes t-shirts, pins, hats and more, as well as a host of co-branded events. The collection is named of one of Hard Rock's core mottos, "All Is One," and the items feature the silhouette of Mercury and a rainbow design.

"As a brand committed to honoring our core mottoes and philanthropic values, we are thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with The Mercury Phoenix Trust by offering a Pride merchandise collection highlighting our passion for celebrating equality," says Hard Rock International executive Benito Mendez. "Throughout Pride Month and beyond, Hard Rock remains dedicated to supporting the important work done by foundations like The Mercury Phoenix Trust."

By Matt Friedlander
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Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Our hearts were ringing , In the key that our souls were singing, As we danced in the night
Remember how the stars stole the night away

Watch John Fogerty perform Bill Withers' "Lean On Me" with his kids, deliver a human rights message

John Fogerty has teamed up again with three of his children -- sons Tylerand Shane, and daughter Kelsy -- for the latest in a series of performance videos, this one featuring a rendition of the classic Bill Withers song "Lean On Me."

The performance clip is a tribute to Father's Day, taking place this Sunday, June 21, and also features the former Creedence Clearwater Revivalfrontman introducing the song by expressing his support for the protests that have been taking place in the aftermath of the death of George Floydwhile in the custody of Minneapolis police.

"We are living in a remarkable time. Protesters all across America and around the world are standing up against the evil that is racism," the 75-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says. "I'm so proud of the young people of this generation for reminding us all who we are. Now some people will say, 'Ah, John, I wish you wouldn't get political'...But this isn't about politics. It's about human rights. It's about empathy. It's about compassion."

As the performance ends, the camera pans to a plush Winnie-the-Pooh doll with a sign in front of it that says "Black Lives Matter."

The video, which you can watch at Fogerty's official YouTube channel, is the latest installment of John's "Fogerty's Factory" clips he's been doing with his kids at his Southern California home while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 lockdown. Accompanying the "Lean On Me" a links to three organizations that support social justice causes -- Know Your Rights CampEqual Justice Initiative and Black Visions Collective.

The "Lean On Me" clip apparently was shot in the backyard of Fogerty's property as the sun was setting.

By Matt Friedlander
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Top 10 decade defining musical acts of the 1980s!


Counting down the picks for the top 10 decade defining musical acts of the 1980s! How defining were these songs for you in the 80s?? Which ones would you add to the countdown?! 

Top 10 Decade Defining Songs: 1970s

Today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 decade defining songs of the 1970s. Do you agree with the countdown? What would your 10 be? 

The Who's Roger Daltrey on the music biz supporting teens with cancer: "We've got to be there for them"

In conjunction with the National Cancer Survivors Month campaign this month, The Who's Roger Daltrey recently took part in a Zoom chat with young folk-pop singer/songwriter Harry Hudson, a lymphoma survivor who's good friends with media personality Kylie Jenner. The 17-minute clip has been posted at the official YouTube channel of Teen Cancer America, the charity Daltrey co-founded in 2012 with his Who band mate Pete Townshend.

Daltrey and Hudson discussed various of topics, including Teen Cancer America's work funding hospital recreational units geared toward teenagers and young adults, and the unique challenges young people with the disease face.

"[W]ithout this age group, we wouldn't have the music business we have now," Roger notes, regarding what inspired him to want to help young cancer patients. "Everybody in the music business owes it to adolescents and young adults, because that's the foundations of our industry. If they're not there for us, we've got nothing, so we've got to be there for them."

Daltrey also maintains that, when you consider how much money is raised for cancer research, the units are relatively inexpensive to fund. The 76-year-old rock legend says he feels cancer charities should consider giving a portion of their funding to Teen Cancer America, because TCA brings together patients in an age group that previously hadn't been available to study.

Hudson, meanwhile, discussed how his friendship with Jenner led her to help fund a TCA hospital unit at Nashville's Vanderbilt University.

"[S]he was at a lot of my [chemotherapy treatments]," the 28-year-old musician points out. "[S]o she kind of experienced firsthand what it's like…to have someone go through it, someone close. So she was like, 'I want to give back as much as I can.'"

By Matt Friedlander
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When he's 78...It's Paul McCartney's birthday today!

You say it's your birthday? It's Paul McCartney's birthday too, and the legendary former Beatle turns 78 today.

McCartney announced last week on a blog posted on animal-rights organization PETA's website that his birthday wish would be for people to consider becoming vegan for their own health, for the well-being of the Earth and to lessen the suffering of animals on our planet.

Sir Paul, whose 2020 tour dates have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been relatively quiet during the crisis, although he did announce this past week that he plans to release a deluxe reissue of his 1997 album Flaming Pie on July 31

In conjunction with the reissue, a four-song digital EP titled Young Boy is available now. It includes the original Flaming Pie track "Young Boy," which features musical contributions from Steve Miller; a demo version of that tune; the B-side "Looking for You," featuring Ringo Starr and Jeff Lynne; and a segment of McCartney's 1995 radio show Oobu Joobu.

McCartney also was one of the many stars that performed from his home on the One World: Together at Homeconcert special that aired in April on multiple networks and streaming platforms. Sir Paul played a version of his classic Beatles tune "Lady Madonna."

In addition, following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, McCartney wrote a message declaring his support for the Black Lives Matter protests, while noting, "we all need to work together to overcome racism in any form." He also pointed out in the note that The Beatles had always refused to perform in front of segregated audiences in the U.S., starting with a 1964 concert in Jacksonville, Florida.

By Matt Friedlander
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Fleetwood Mac to release expanded reissue of 1969 album 'Then Play On' in September

A deluxe, expanded edition of Fleetwood Mac's 1969 album, Then Play On, will be released on CD and as a two-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl on September 18.

The reissue, which can be pre-ordered now, will include the original U.K. version's 14 songs, as well as four bonus tracks. The album has been mastered at half speed, offering improved audio quality.

The CD edition will include a 16-page mediabook, while the two-LP version will be packaged with a 16-page book pack, both of which will feature a foreword penned by drummer Mick Fleetwood and sleeve notes by veteran music journalist and author Anthony Bozza.

Released in September 1969, Then Play On was Fleetwood Mac's third studio album. It also was the group's last album to feature founding singer/guitarist and original band leader Peter Green and its first to feature guitarist Danny Kirwan.

Then Play On became Fleetwood Mac's third straight album to reach the top 10 of the U.K. charts, ascending to #6, although it only reached #109 in the U.S.

The record's original track list did not feature any hits, although it did include the gem "Rattlesnake Shake." Among the bonus tracks are the two-part "Oh Well" and "The Green Manalishi (with the Two Prong Crown)," which reached #2 and #10, respectively, in the U.K. "Oh Well" became Fleetwood Mac's first song to land on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching #55.

The Then Play On reissue, dubbed the "Celebration Edition," will arrive in advance of the worldwide release of the concert film documenting the star-studded Peter Green tribute show that Mick Fleetwood organized and hosted that was held this past February at London's Palladium.

Here's the track list of the Then Play On reissue:

"Coming Your Way"
"Closing My Eyes"
"Fighting for Madge"
"When You Say"
"Show-Biz Blues"
"Under Way"
"One Sunny Day"
"Although the Sun Is Shining"
"Rattlesnake Shake"
"Without You"
"Searching for Madge"
"My Dream"
"Like Crying"
"Before the Beginning"
"Oh Well – Pt. 1"*
"Oh Well – Pt. 2"*
"The Green Manalishi (with the Two Prong Crown)"*
"World in Harmony"*

* = bonus tracks.

By Matt Friedlander
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Elton John invites British students to his gig after they cover "I'm Still Standing"

A group of students at a school in Telford, England, received a personal thank-you video message from Elton John after he ended up seeing socially distanced version of his hit "I'm Still Standing."

The kids, who attend Telford Priory School in the western part of the U.K., made a video of themselves singing and performing the track using Zoom, under the direction of their music teacher, Ben Millington. While the clip doesn't have that many views, Elton saw it because a musician friend sent it to him.

Millington then posted a video explaining that he'd received an email from Elton's manager and husband, David Furnish, saying that Elton loved the clip and wanted to know more about it. Millington says he wrote back, explaining that he'd been trying to cheer the kids up amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elton responded by sending the kids a video message, and Millington posted footage of the students watching it; some are clearly freaking out.

"I looked at the clip and I was completely blown away. In fact, I watched it three times in a row because I couldn't believe how good you sang and played it!" Elton gushes. "I mean, it's not an easy song to sing and certainly not to play, so I just wanted to send you all my love...You really cheered me up."

He continues, "I know it's been a rotten time for all of you because everything's been canceled because of coronavirus. But you did something brilliant."

After saying that he hopes that music plays a big part in their future careers, Elton then extended an invitation.

"I promise you, when I come to England, after all this is over and actually play a gig, you can all be my guests at my show!" Elton says.

By Andrea Dresdale
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'Ed Sullivan Show' performances by Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Marvin Gaye & more get global streaming debut

The first installment of a new series of performance videos from the classic variety series The Ed Sullivan Show premiered today on the program's official website, YouTube and other streaming platforms around the world.

The clips debuting today on The Ed Sullivan Show's official YouTube channel are classic performances by The Beach BoysNeil DiamondMarvin GayeGladys Knight & The PipsThe Jackson 5The Supremesand The Temptations.

The video series is part of a new agreement between Universal Music Enterprises and SOFA Entertainment involving the global digital rights to the TV program's entire library, which spans the show's 23-year primetime run on the CBS network. This will mark the first time that this footage will be available worldwide via streaming platforms.

New videos will premiere daily, with thousands of clips expected to debut over the next three years. Many of the segments will be made available for the first time since the show's final episode in 1971, and will feature upgraded, high-res video clarity.

The Ed Sullivan Show was known for helping introduce the world to legendary music acts, including Elvis PresleyThe Beatles and many more. In addition to performances by popular music artists, the variety show also featured classical musicians, Broadway productions, ballet dancers, opera singers, novelty acts and comedians, as well as interviews with famous actors, athletes, politicians and more.

Here is a list of the performance clips that debuted today:

The Beach Boys -- "Good Vibrations"
Neil Diamond -- "Sweet Caroline"
Marvin Gaye -- "Take This Heart of Mine"
Gladys Knight & The Pips -- "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 
The Jackson 5 -- "Stand!"
The Supremes -- "You Can't Hurry Love"
The Temptations -- "I Can't Get Next to You"

By Matt Friedlander
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The Beatles' 'Get Back' documentary focusing on the 'Let It Be' sessions delayed until August 2021

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's much-anticipated Beatlesdocumentary, The Beatles: Get Back, has been pushed back almost a year.

The film, which promises an alternate look at the recording sessions for the group's final studio album, 1970's Let It Be, had been scheduled to premiere this September 4, but the flick now will debut on August 27, 2021, Walt Disney Studios reports.

Jackson created Get Back using 55 hours of unseen footage shot in early 1969 during the making of the Let It Be documentary and album, as well as 140 hours of mostly unheard audio recordings from the sessions.

According to the original March 2020 press release announcing the new film, it will showcase the "warmth, camaraderie and humor" of The Beatles at that time. Get Back also will include footage of the Fab Four's entire legendary final performance on the rooftop of Apple's Savile Row London offices, a portion of which appeared in the Let It Be flick.

The documentary is expected to offer a more positive look on the Beatles members' relationship during the Let It Be sessions, whereas the 1970 film -- which premiered a few weeks after the Fab Four announced their breakup -- seemed to focus on the intraband tensions that led to the group's split.

A 50th anniversary reissue of Let It Be was expected to be issued around the time of Get Back, but it's not clear if that release now will be delayed as well.

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By Matt Friedlander
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Roger Daltrey promoting Teen Cancer America, other resources for young cancer patients during COVID crisis

June is National Cancer Survivors Month, and while much media attention and financial resources are focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, The Who's Roger Daltrey is urging people also to keep supporting charities like his Teen Cancer America organization.

Teen Cancer America funds the creation of designated social areas in hospitals geared toward adolescents and young adults with the disease. Much of the money for the charity has come from benefit concerts organized by Daltrey, many of them headlined by his famous band, although, obviously, all shows have been put on hold because of the coronavirus crisis.

"[M]ost of our funding is events-based and all events have been canceled," Daltrey explains to ABC Audio. "So, we're kind of…treading water, trying to keep our head above water, and we want to be here at the end of this situation that we're in at the moment. So, I'm just doing anything I can just to get people to recognize this issue for this age group."

Daltrey co-founded Teen Cancer America with his Who band mate Pete Townshend in 2012, and Roger also has served as patron for a similar charity, the U.K.-based Teenage Cancer Trust, for decades. The 76-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer maintains that teen and young-adult cancer patients do better when they have access to hospital recreational areas where they can socialize with people in their own age group.

"You know, the best therapist for a teenager with cancer is another teenager with cancer," Daltrey says. "And it's amazing how they support [each other]. They're incredible."

Roger also is promoting the recently launched website COVIDAYACancer.org, which shares coronavirus-related resources and information for adolescent and young-adult cancer patients and healthcare professionals who aid young people with the disease.

By Matt Friedlander
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David Crosby discusses biological son's death, reveals new health issue and details about next solo album

Many people have faced various hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, but David Crosby has been hit particularly hard during the crisis. Crosby's biological son, Beckett Cypher, died at age 21 last month of drug addiction.  Crosby's also developed a health issue he says may rob him of his ability to play guitar, and his main source of income, touring, has been put on hold.

The 79-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer discusses these topics and more in a new, wide-ranging Rolling Stone interview.

Regarding the death of Cypher, whom he fathered by donating sperm to singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridgeand her then-partner, Julie Cypher, Crosby notes, "I didn't get to raise that kid...but he was here many times. I loved him and he loved me and he was family to me."

He adds, "It's hard. You're not supposed to have your kids die before you die…It's like a train hits you and then you have to get back up."

As for his health problem, David tells the magazine, "I get trigger-finger tendonitis in my hands. I went in to get it fixed and it didn't work. Now I'm in a tremendous amount of pain in my right hand. It's entirely possible that I may never play guitar again."

Crosby says that even if he can't play his instrument, he will still perform, but will just sing. Of course, all concerts have been postponed due to COVID-19, and David admits that without that income stream he might lose his house.

Crosby also shares some details about his upcoming solo album, which he says will be titled Lifting Force or Lift. The record will include a duet with Michael McDonald called "River Rise," and song to which Steely Dan's Donald Fagen contributed lyrics.

By Matt Friedlander
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Paul McCartney criticizes Italy's ticket-refund policy after he canceled two shows there due to COVID-19

Paul McCartney recently canceled a series of European concerts because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a pair of shows in Italy that were to have taken place this week. Now, McCartney has spoken out against a law in Italy that prevents people from getting ticket refunds for shows that have been canceled due to the coronavirus.

In a message posted Wednesday on his Facebook page, which apparently isn't viewable in the U.S., Sir Paul wrote, "It is outrageous that those who have paid for their tickets are not getting their money back. Without the fans there would be no live entertainment."

In countries other than Italy, those who held tickets for the concerts had the option of getting a refund, but Italy is only offering vouchers for future shows that are valid for 18 months.

McCartney added in his note, "We are all extremely disappointed the shows could not take place and this is a real insult to the fans."

Italy's culture minister, Dario Franceschini, said the vouchers are to be used for gigs held by the same artist, but he noted that refunds will be given to fans if the musician doesn't return within 18 months.

Meanwhile, concert promoters D'Alessandro & Galli issued a statement responding to McCartney's complaints, claiming that the rock legend had been aware of Italy's ticket policy in advance, while also noting that they believe most of the shows postponed because of the pandemic will be rescheduled by 2021.

McCartney's canceled Italian shows had been scheduled for June 10 in Naples and June 13 in Lucca.

By Megan Williams and Matt Friedlander
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Billy Joel buries the hatchet with longtime drummer Liberty DeVitto, writes foreword for his new book

For quite some time, Billy Joel has been at odds with Liberty DeVitto, the drummer who played with him from 1975 to 2005: Their falling out was described as being over "musical differences."  However, it appears that the two have buried the hatchet, because Joel has penned the foreword for DeVitto's upcoming memoir.

In his foreword for the book, called LIBERTY: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness, Joel writes of DeVitto and the rest of his original backing band, "We were as much a family unit as any other relationships we had formed during our lives. And, like our other families, we inflicted hurts and wounds on each other -- never intending to cause lasting scars."

But, Billy writes, "Reading this book has brought a flood of warm memories that I had long since forgotten, and which I now regret having allowed to lapse into shrouded history, along with other timeworn milestones of my past...Liberty and I have reconciled and reclaimed the friendship we felt for each other all those years ago. And I am a better man because of that."

Of course, if you want to find out DeVitto's side of the story, and what caused their initial breakup, you'll have to read the book, which also tells his life story, details every hit he recorded with Joel, and describes life on tour back in those crazy days. It comes out July 14 and is available for pre-order.

In the book's afterword, Liberty writes that he was the one who initiated the détente by emailing Billy, saying he wanted to bury the hatchet and asking if they could get together. Joel agreed, the two met, hashed things out and ended their meeting with hugs, kisses and expressions of love.

By Andrea Dresdale
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The Kinks celebrate "Lola" Day today, the 50th anniversary of the classic song's UK release

The Kinks' classic song "Lola," was released as a single in the U.K. 50 years ago today, June 12, and to mark the anniversary, the band has declared this date to be "Lola Day."

In conjunction with the milestone, The Kinks' Facebook page will host a celebration featuring special previously unseen videos, new cover versions of the song and more throughout the day.

The band also has encouraged fans to share various "Lola"-related content via their social media sites using the hashtag #LolaDay, including their memories and anecdotes about the tune, their own renditions of the song and related photos and artwork.

Written by Kinks frontman and main songwriter Ray Davies, "Lola" was sung from the perspective of a naive young man who has a romantic encounter with an apparent transvestite whom he eventually realizes isn't a woman.

"Lola" was one of The Kinks' biggest hit singles, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #2 in the U.K. The song also was featured on the band's 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.

The Kinks' Dave Davies, who sang harmony vocals and played guitar on the track, tells ABC Audio, "'Lola' was always an important record for us and I had a lot of fun working on it with Ray." He also reports that a deluxe Lola Versus Powerman reissue will be released later this year.

An interesting story involving "Lola": Shortly before its release, Ray Davies had to interrupt a Kinks tour to fly 6,000 from the U.S. back to England to sing two words, "cherry cola." The phrase replaced the term "Coca-Cola" in the song's first verse for the single version of the track, because BBC Radio would not air it due to its rules against product placement.

By Matt Friedlander
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BET to air episode of 'American Soul' that will feature the Pointer Sisters

Tonight's episode of BET's American Soul will help to honor a recently lost legend: Bonnie Pointer of the Pointer Sisters, who passed away on Monday at the age of 69.

The network announced the episode news after Pointer's passing, thanking the soul singer for her contribution to music and the culture.

“We are profoundly saddened by the loss of Grammy-winning R&B pioneer and founding member of the legendary group The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Pointer," said BET President, Scott Mills in a statement. "She was a trailblazer, whose songs were not only chart-toppers but serve as anthems for many generations.”  

“Her untimely passing comes not long before we have the honor to pay tribute to Bonnie and The Pointer Sisters during this Wednesday night’s episode of American Soul," the statement continues. "We thank Bonnie for her tremendous contributions to music and American culture and we will cherish her memory forever.”

American Soul, which debuted last year, chronicles the tumultuous life of the late Don Cornelius, the legendary host and producer of the nationally syndicated TV show Soul Train. On the series, Cornelius is played by Sinqua Walls.

The series also stars Kelly PriceJason Dirden, Iantha RichardsonKatlyn Nichol, and Christopher Jefferson. This season features a long list of guest stars that include Big BoiLedisi, Melanie FionaDemetria McKinneyLondon BrownDarius McCrary among others.

BET's American Soul airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.

By Candice Williams 
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Hello, Disney! Lionel Richie's songs to be turned into a movie musical

Lionel Richie's songs are going to be doing more than "Dancing on the Ceiling" -- they're going to be playing on a theater screen near you.

Variety reports that Walt Disney Studios is developing an original movie musical based on Lionel's vast catalog of hits.  The musical is tentatively titled All Night Long, and it'll be live action, rather than animated. 

Lionel and his manager will be co-producers on the film, and the script is being written by Pete Chiarelli, who wrote Crazy Rich Asians and The Proposal.  It's said to be similar to the Mamma Mia! films, which used hits by ABBA to tell an original story.

The idea was actually Lionel's, according to Variety: He pitched it to Walt Disney Studios back in January.  Why Disney?  He's already part of the company, since he's a judge on American Idol, which airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney.

Earlier this year, another pop star with a string of hits, Bruno Marsannounced that he'd be collaborating with Disney on a movie that he'd both star in and write original music for.

By Andrea Dresdale
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Pointer Sisters member Bonnie Pointer dead at 69

Patricia "Bonnie" Pointer of the Grammy-winning family act The Pointer Sisters has died. She was 69.

In a statement, her sister Anita Pointer announced, "It is with great sadness that I have to announce to the fans of The Pointer Sisters that my sister Bonnie died this morning  Our family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, we ask for your prayers at this time.”

She added, "Bonnie was my best friend and we talked every day, we never had a fight in our life, I already miss her and I will see her again one day. The Pointer Sisters would never have happened had it not been for Bonnie."

Bonnie is survived by Anita and Ruth Pointer, as well as their brothers Aaron and Fritz. Another Pointer Sister, June, died in 2006. Anita and Bonnie had just released a song called "Feels Like June" in honor of June's memory.  It was Bonnie's final recording.

Bonnie made five albums with The Pointer Sisters; she and Anita co-wrote the group's hit "Fairytale," a hit on both the pop and the country charts that was later recorded by Elvis Presley.  The song won them the Grammy for Best Country Duo or Group in 1975, and The Pointer Sisters became the first African-American group to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

Bonnie also appeared with her sisters in the 1976 film Car Wash.  In 1977, she left the group to pursue a solo career -- her biggest hit was 1979's "Heaven Must Have Sent You."

It was after Bonnie's departure that the group found their biggest success, releasing such hits as "Slow Hand," "He's So Shy," "I'm So Excited" and "Jump (For My Love)."

Bonnie occasionally reunited with her sisters, including for their Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in 1994, and at a show in Las Vegas in 1996, when she joined them for "Jump (For My Love)."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Roger Daltrey encourages US artists to support Teen Cancer America charity

Sunday was National Cancer Survivors Day, and in recognition of the day, The Who's Roger Daltrey took part in a video chat with young folk-pop singer/songwriter Harry Hudson, a lymphoma survivor who's a good friend of Kylie Jenner.

In a clip of the conversation, which was posted on The Who's official Twitter feed, Daltrey discusses his quest to get more U.S. artists to help support Teen Cancer America, the charity he co-founded with band mate Pete Townshend. It funds the creation of designated social areas and specialized services geared toward young people with the disease.

Roger notes that playing benefit shows for Teen Cancer America -- something The Who have done regularly in recent years -- "is such an easy way to give back, 'cause you're doing what you love to do. You're playing music."

He continues, "You're raising money for [the charity] by playing the music you love. How hard is that? You know, you give one night of your life maybe once every two, three [years]... [or] every year if you can. It's so easy...[And if]…the American artists get behind doing this and putting on events, we can have America completely covered in probably 10 years."

Daltrey finishes by noting that the goal would be to have recreational areas in "about 90 hospitals" in the U.S.

Also in the video clip, Hudson talks about how he deals with the stress of fighting cancer and avoiding negative thoughts. He says meditating is helpful, and also suggests that people do activities that they've wanted to do but have been putting off, such as writing a song, playing piano, reading a specific book or watching a specific movie.

A full-length version of Daltrey's conversation with Hudson is expected to debut online soon.

(Video features brief uncensored profanity.)

By Matt Friedlander
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"Ooh La La" is a 1973 song by the band Faces, written by Ronnie Lane and Ronnie Wood. It was the title song for the band's last studio album

Paul Simon, James Taylor among stars performing on 'A Night for Austin' benefit event Wednesday

Paul Simon and his wife, singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, are teaming up with country legend Willie Nelson and his wife, Annie, to spearhead a fundraising music event taking place this Wednesday, June 10.  It'll benefit the Austin Community Foundation in support of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Austin, Texas.

Called A Night for Austin, the virtual two-hour, telethon-style broadcast will feature performances from Simon, Nelson, Brickell and a variety of other artists, including James TaylorBonnie Raitt with Boz Scaggs, ex-Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist Jimmie VaughanVince GillJohn HiattLyle LovettNorah Jones and longtime Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton.

The program will also feature appearances by Texas-born actors Ethan HawkeRenée Zellweger and Owen Wilson.

One hundred percent of the funds raised from the event will go to the Austin Community Foundation, benefiting a number of organizations, including MusiCares Austin, HAMM and Central Texas Food Bank.  

A Night for Austin will air June 10 at 8 p.m. CT, and will be available to watch via multiple platforms. You can stream it live via Luck Production's Twitch channel, as well as on the event's website. Those in the Austin area can tune in via local broadcast TV.

By Carena Liptak
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Elton John, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins make 'Forbes' list of Highest-Paid Celebrities

While many musicians will take a financial hit due to the cancellation of their tours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at this moment in 2020, quite a few of your favorite artists are doing just fine, according to Forbes.

The publication's annual list of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrities has pop-rock great Elton John as the top-ranked musician at #14, with earnings of $81 million over the past year. Elton's earnings were bolstered by his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which grossed $212 million last year.

Another veteran rock act that landed high up on the list are The Rolling Stones, who come at #32 with earnings of $59 million. The British rock legends' 2019 tour grossed $178 million although they played just 16 concerts.

Other classic-rock artists on the tally's top 100 include Phil Collins, who was tied with boy band the Backstreet Boys at #64, with $45 million in earnings; The Eagles at #75, with $41 million; Metallica at #78, with $40.5 million; Bon Jovi and U2, who were tied with Lady Gaga at #87, with $38 million; Paul McCartneyat #91, with $37 million; and KISS at #95, with $36.5 million.

Kylie Jenner, who earned $590 million, is number-one overall on the Forbes list, with $590 million, despite the publication recently revoking her billionaire status. Forbes writes, "Jenner's payday came from selling a 51% stake in her cosmetics firm to Coty...while she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real."

Forbes notes that many of these stars won't rank as high on next year's list due to those tour cancellations.

By Andrea Dresdale and Matt Friedlander
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The Doors' Robby Krieger featured on two songs on new album by veteran keyboardist Ed Roth

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger lends his talents to two songs on an upcoming album by virtuoso pianist Ed Roth titled Can't Find My Way Home, a collection of eight classic-rock covers that's due out on June 19.

Krieger is featured on renditions of the title track, a song originally recorded by Blind Faith, and Pink Floyd's "Us and Them." The album also includes covers of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," The Allman Brothers Band's "Midnight Rider," Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and more.

The songs have all been rearranged to focus on solo piano. Roth is sought-after session and touring musician who lately has been playing with Krieger in Robby's jazz-influenced side project, The New Experience.

"Ed Roth is one of those hard-to-find musicians who is truly in it for the music," says Krieger. "He's one of those guys who really loves to play, and wants to get it right, no matter how long it takes. I love playing with him because of his laid-back feel. I hope you like the songs on this album as much as I do."

Among the many other artists Roth's worked with are Joe WalshAnnie LennoxTaylor DayneGlenn HughesRob Halford, and the late Keith Emerson.

Here's the full track list for Can't Find My Way Home:

"Can't Find My Way Home" (Blind Faith)*
"Smoke on the Water" (Deep Purple)
"Midnight Rider" (The Allman Brothers Band)
"Us and Them" (Pink Floyd)*
"Brain Damage"/"Eclipse" (Pink Floyd)
"Any Colour You Like" (Pink Floyd)
"Walk on the Wild Side" (Lou Reed)
"Lenny" (Stevie Ray Vaughan)

* = featuring Robby Krieger.

By Matt Friedlander
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David Crosby reveals that he's working on new songs with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald

David Crosby says he's been working on two new songs this week, one of which was co-written by fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen.

The 79-year-old folk-rock legend revealed in a Twitter message posted Monday that he was visiting his son and frequent collaborator James Raymond, and that "two new songs [were] being born." Crosby goes on to say the one song was co-written by him and his son, and the other -- titled "Rodriguez Tonight" -- was co-penned by him, Raymond and Fagen.

In that same tweet, Crosby, who's always been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, also commented about the riots and protests taking place around the U.S. in the wake of the death of George Floydwhile in police custody.

"America is on fire and the prez has his thumb up his a**," he wrote.

In a separate tweet posted Monday, David shared some interesting details about another new song that's earmarked for his next album.

"[T]here is one [new tune] that James and Michael McDonald wrote that Mike did some stellar vocals on," Crosby said.

Yet another song that David says will be on the new album is "I Think I," which he played live during his 2019 tour dates. A demo of the tune was debuted in January on the Freak Flag Flying podcast series.

In other news, Crosby is one of many music stars who are heard being interviewed in the two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon, part two of which premieres this Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET.

David's former bands The ByrdsCrosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are among the many artists profiled during the program.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Turtles' classic albums to be reissued as two-LP vinyl sets this month

Remastered versions of 1960s pop-rock legends The Turtles' six classic studio albums will be reissued as two-LP vinyl sets on June 26.

The out-of-print titles, which were originally released on the White Whale label, are 1965's It Ain't Me Babe, 1966's You Baby, 1967's Happy Together, 1968's The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, 1969's Turtle Soup and 1970's Wooden Head.

The reissues of the band's first three albums will feature both mono and stereo versions of those records, while the other albums will come packaged with bonus LPs offering singles, demos, alternate mixes, radio spots and more.

It Ain't Me Babe included The Turtles' top-10 hit version of the Bob Dylan-written title track, as well as "Let Me Be," which reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You Baby was highlighted by its hit title track, which peaked at #20.

Happy Together was The Turtles' most successful album, and featured the group's two biggest hits: the chart-topping title track and "She'd Rather Be with Me," which reached #3 on the Hot 100.

The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands was a concept album that features the group taking on the personas of different fictional bands for each track. The record features The Turtles' last two top-40 hits: the band-written "Elenore" and "You Showed Me," which was penned by The ByrdsGene Clark and Roger McGuinn. Both songs reached to #6 on the Hot 100.

Turtle Soup was a commercial disappointment, although it was notably produced by The KinksRay Davies.

Wooden Head was a collection of B-sides and other rare tracks.

By Matt Friedlander
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Robby Krieger debuts "Hot Head," new song from his upcoming solo album

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has released "Hot Head," the third advance track from his upcoming solo album, The Ritual Begins at Sundown.

The album will hit stores on August 14, after its original April 24 release was postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Hot Head," available now as a digital single and via streaming services, is one of nine original Krieger songs on the 10-track instrumental collection, which also includes a cover of the 1970 Frank Zappa tune "Chunga's Revenge." You can check out an accompanying a psychedelic "visualizer" video for "Hot Head" on YouTube. The colorful, kaleidoscopic clip creates a relaxing trance for those who listen to the six-minute, jazz-influenced track. The song is the third release off of the forthcoming album, joining "The Drift" and "Slide Home."

As previously reported, Krieger's main collaborator on The Ritual Begins at Sundown was his longtime songwriting partner Arthur Barrow, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed to many Zappa albums. Also featured on the new record are several other Zappa alums -- trombone player Jock Ellis, trumpet player Sal Marquez, keyboardist Tommy Mars and drummer Chad Wackerman -- as well as flutist AeB Byrne, sax players Vince Denim and Chuck Manning, and drummer Joel Taylor.

The Ritual Begins at Sundown, which can be pre-ordered now, is Krieger's first solo album since 2010's Grammy-nominated Singularity.

In other news, Krieger has posted the latest in a series of video guitar tutorials on The Doors' official YouTube channel. The new clip features Robby teaching viewers how to play the flamenco-influenced 1968 Doors tune "Spanish Caravan." Krieger previously has shared videos on how to play "People Are Strange," "Moonlight Drive" and "Roadhouse Blues."

By Dana Schaeffer
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Various '80s artists to perform on Back to the Basement virtual online concert on June 13

A bevy of New Wave artists from the 1980s MTV era are coming together, separately, for a virtual online concert celebrating doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, first responders and others working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Back to the Basement event will premiere on Facebook Live on Saturday, June 13, and will feature never-before-seen at-home performances by A Flock of SeagullsWang ChungNaked EyesCutting CrewAnimotion and others, as well as special appearances by Tiffany, former MTV VJ "Downtown" Julie Brown and more.

The concert will be shown twice on June 13, and the participating artists also will take part in an online chat with fans during the screenings. The show will then be made available for viewing on-demand on YouTube.

Limited-edition event t-shirts will be sold to benefit the Direct Relief organization's COVID-19 Relief program. The nonprofit seeks to "improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care."

A link also will be set up where people can donate directly to the charity. In addition, some participating artists will be selling limited-edition merchandise to help them financially during the coronavirus crisis.

The lineup also includes Nu ShoozBow Wow Wow singer AnnabellaWhen in Rome's Clive FarringtonThe Vapors, and Spoons.

"We are pleased to be part of this event and to have the chance to make our Chungy type contribution towards those suffering the COVID-19 crisis around the world," say Wang Chung's Nick Feldman and Jack Hues in a statement, "and also in the process to help raise funds for the amazing and heroic first responders in this crisis, through Direct Relief."

For more details, visit Abductedbythe80s.com.

By Matt Friedlander
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Billy Joel offers encore stream of 'Live at Shea Stadium' on Facebook this weekend

It's so nice, he's streaming it twice:  Billy Joel will offer an encore presentation of his Live at Shea Stadium concert film on his official Facebook site this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2011 concert film captures Billy's "Last Play at Shea," the two historic concerts in July of 2008 which were the last to be performed at New York's Shea Stadium before it was torn down.

The two-hour concert film includes performances of 25 songs, and features guest appearances by Garth BrooksTony Bennett, John MayerThe Who's Roger DaltreyAerosmith's Steven Tyler, John Mellencamp, and a big finale performance with Sir Paul McCartney, who famously arrived at the stadium just minutes before he was due to walk onstage.

In other Billy Joel news, his longtime band member Crystal Taliefero recently told Rolling Stone that unlike many artists, Billy has continued to keep his entire band on the payroll even though they're unable to perform right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"He’s a rarity. He does things that 90 percent of other people just don’t do. He thinks about us," says the multi-instrumentalist of Billy.  "He’s concerned about us. During this pandemic, he’s paid our salaries...He cares. He really, genuinely cares...that’s probably one of the main reasons he’s been so blessed. He’s not a taker, let’s put it like that."

By Andrea Dresdale
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Paul McCartney reveals his favorite studios and best memories of working at those facilities

In the latest installment of his "You Gave Me the Answer" Q&A feature, Paul McCartney reveals which recording studios he enjoys creating music in the most, and shares some favorite memories from those facilities.

"My own studio in Sussex [U.K.] is a great favorite, but it's also really cool to go back to [London's] Abbey Road because of the memories of the exciting times I had there," Sir Paul shares. "I also love Henson Studios in [Los Angeles,] where I made most of Egypt Station."

McCartney says his favorite memory of working in his home studio was making the 1995 Beatles reunion track with his old band mates George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

"Because it was so remote, nobody knew that George, Ringo or myself had got together," Paul recalls. "So, it was very cool and it was very private. Those were fabulous sessions."

McCartney's favorite Abbey Road highlight was recording the orchestra for the epic Sgt. Pepper's track "A Day in the Life."

Paul remembers that producer George Martin was initially worried about the expense of hiring an orchestra, but the band insisted.

"He said, 'Well, if you're going to hire a symphony orchestra you can tell them what to wear,'" recalls McCartney, who says the band wanted the musicians to wear "posh" evening suits, and also requested that they put on funny hats and fake noses.

"A few people in the orchestra were good sports and put them on," says Paul, "and it was a fun session."

As for Henson, McCartney says he enjoyed the experience of working with producer Greg Kurstin on tracks for his latest solo album, Egypt Station. He also had fun popping in on other artists who were recording there at the same time, including Chaka Khan and Black Eyed Peaswill.i.am.

By Matt Friedlander
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Ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung says he still wants to do a "last tour" with his old band

Last month, ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung released a new solo album titled 26 East, Volume 1, a collection of songs partly inspired by his journey to rock glory, which began in his childhood basement playing music with his twin neighbors and future Styx band mates John and Chuck Panozzo.

DeYoung last played with Styx in 1999, when he was acrimoniously pushed out of the band he co-founded, but he tells ABC Audio that he'd still love to reunite with his old group for a farewell tour.

"I don't want to be back in the band anymore," the 73-year-old musician maintains. "I just want to do the last tour, wave to the fans and say, 'This is why you love this thing.'" And believe me, they did…Four triple-platinum albums consecutively, [and] sold-out shows through the whole thing."

DeYoung, whose exit from Styx stemmed from a rift with singer/guitarists Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young, says his two former band mates still don't want to work with him, but he doesn't feel the same.

"I have said from the beginning I should have never not been in the band," he declares. "And it continues with Tommy and JY…keeping that position. So I'm powerless."

Dennis adds, "All you fans who say, 'Bury the hatchet'...I got no hatchet to bury. I'm ready to go, and I've said so. I can go on that stage and give you the night of your life, if Tommy and JY say, 'Yes.' They have not, and it's a shame."

DeYoung, who continues to tour as a solo artist, also notes that neither he nor the current version of Styx can draw anywhere near the number of fans who came to see the group's classic lineup play live.

By Matt Friedlander
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Watch John Fogerty play "Centerfield" in Dodger Stadium while celebrating his 75th birthday

The Los Angeles Dodgers helped John Fogerty celebrate his 75th birthday in a big way Thursday, inviting the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and some family members to perform his baseball-themed 1985 solo anthem "Centerfield" in the outfield of an empty Dodger Stadium.

Fogerty was joined by his musical children ShaneTyler and Kelsy for the performance, which you can watch now on John's official YouTube channel.

"Since I was a little boy I always dreamed of playing centerfield," Fogerty says in statement. "It took 75 years! Although it looks a little different than what that young boy dreamed, I couldn't have imagined I would have my whole team, my kids playin' 'Centerfield' with me. A home run for sure."

At the end of the video, Fogerty and his kids are joined by his wife Julie and other family members, who sing "Happy Birthday" to the rock legend and present him with a baseball-shaped birthday cake.

As previously reported, Fogerty has been posting a series of videos on his YouTube channel of him performing various songs from his back catalog with Shane, Tyler and Kelsy at his L.A.-area residence while in lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, Fogerty released a digital EP titled Fogerty's Factory featuring seven recent performances with his kids.

By Matt Friedlander
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Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen rock an empty Fenway Park with historic show

Dropkick Murphys and Bruce Springsteen made history with their show Friday, which streamed live from an empty Fenway Park.

The concert, dubbed Streaming Outta Fenway, was significant for two reasons: one, it marked the first concert a band has played in the infield dirt of the famed Boston ballpark; and two, it was the first musical performance without an audience at any major U.S. stadium or arena.

Additionally, Streaming Outta Fenway raised money for three charities in support of COVID-19 relief: the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

Dropkick Murphys' two-hour set kicked off with a performance of their song "The Boys Are Back," and hit tracks including "The State of Massachusetts," "The Warrior's Code" and, of course, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston."

Towards the end of the show, Springsteen appeared on the Fenway big screen for a remote joint performance. They played two songs together: the Dropkick tune "Rose Tattoo" and The Boss' "American Land."

Throughout the stream, actors including Kevin BaconMike O'MalleyRachel DratchNat Faxon and Lance Reddick shared what the city of Boston means to them and encouraged viewers to donate.

By Josh Johnson
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Neil Finn taps Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie & Mike Campbell for new charity single

Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, who joined Fleetwood Mac's lineup in 2018 along with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, has now tapped Campbell and two other Fleetwood Mac members -- Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie -- to contribute to a new benefit single.

"Find Your Way Back Home" is an introspective ballad that features the vocal talents of Nicks and McVie, as well as Campbell on slide guitar. The song, which is available now as a digital single and via streaming services, was written by Finn to help raise funds and awareness for a planned housing and social-services facility in Auckland, New Zealand.

Finn, a New Zealand native, is donating all proceeds from the song to the project, dubbed HomeGround, which is being built by the Auckland City Mission and which will provide apartments to homeless people, as well as offer community spaces, a café, a pharmacy, a rehab center, and much more.

The track features Finn sharing lead vocals Nicks, backing vocals by McVie and Georgia Knott of the New Zealand indie-pop duo Broods, and drums by Neil's son Elroy, who's a current member of Crowded House.

"I have always been aware of how important the City Mission is in our community representing and supporting every day the homeless people of Auckland," says Finn. "Now more than ever, as we shelter in place I am reminded that everyone deserves to have a home where they can feel safe and be well."

Adds Nicks, "I'm honored to be a part of Neil's song for the Auckland City Mission. He is on a mission to make this work and I think this beautiful song he has written will certainly help."

An accompanying video for the track has been posted at the Auckland City Mission's YouTube channel.

By Matt Friedlander
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