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Steve Jennings/WireImageOn Thursday, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee tweeted an update on the film adaptation of the group's biography, The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band.

He wrote, “Hey kids! Good news!!! The Motley Crüe movie “The Dirt” has begun pre production! Starts shooting in Feb! Here we go!!!”

Also on Thursday, Variety reported that rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly has been signed to play Tommy Lee. 

Jeff Tremaine, director and producer of the Jackass movies, is directing. The script was written by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Motley Crue is co-producing the film.

Based on the 2001 autobiography, co-written with Neil Strauss, the film will follow Motley’s rise during the ’80s scene on Sunset Strip and promises to pull no punches.

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Brian Rasic/WireImage; Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagicThat rumored Def Leppard/Journey co-headlining tour is on.

Def Leppard announced the tour late Thursday night.  The 58-city, North American, stadium and arena trek will start in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 21 and run though an October 6 date in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 3, at 10 a.m. local venue time via

After the shows with Journey are over, Def Leppard will be embarking on a special U.K. tour with Cheap Trick during which the band will be playing it's classic 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety.   Those dates run from a December 1 show in Dublin, Ireland, through a December 17 show in Birmingham, England.

But wait...there's more!  Def Leppard also announced on Thursday that the band's entire catalog, long missing from digital media, will be available starting Friday on all the major streaming and download platforms.

Here are the newly announced dates for the Def Leppard/Journey tour:

5/21 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center
5/23 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
5/25 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium
5/26 -- Buffalo, NY, Key Bank Center
5/28 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
5/30 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
6/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Rogers Center
6/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Arena
6/5 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
6/6 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling
6/8 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
6/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
6/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
6/15 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
6/16 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Sun Trust Park
7/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Pavilion
7/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/6 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
7/7 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
7/9 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
7/11 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum Center
7/13 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
7/14 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
7/16 -- Wichita, KS, InTrust Bank Arena
7/18 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
7/19 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/21 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field
7/23 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/25 -- Kansas City, MO, Spirit Center
7/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field
7/28 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome
8/11 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
8/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/15 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
8/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
8/18 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
8/20 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at BJCC
8/22 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
8/24 -- St. Louis, MO, Bush Stadium
8/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/27 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
8/29 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/31 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
9/1 -- Houston TX, Toyota Center
9/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/7 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena
9/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
9/21 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park
9/23 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Field
9/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
9/26 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Center Arena
9/28 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/29 -- George, WA, The Gorge
10/1 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
10/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden One Center
10/6 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

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Courtesy of AXS TVDan Rather will be chatting with a whole lotta music stars on the sixth season of his AXS TV series The Big Interview -- including Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant.

The new season premieres Tuesday, March 13, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an episode featuring Plant. He chats with Rather about growing up in post-World War II England, his feelings about some of Led Zeppelin's most famous songs, the 1977 death of his five-year-old son and how his approach to singing has changed over the course of his career.

Other artists slated to appear on new installments of the talk show include The Doors' John Densmore and Robby Krieger, John Mellencamp, Styx and Eddie Money. Money and his family members are also featured on a new AXS TV reality series called Easy Money that premieres on April 8.

Here are the air dates and guests for all of the confirmed upcoming episodes of The Big Interview:

3/13 -- Robert Plant
3/20 -- The Doors' John Densmore and Robby Krieger
3/27 -- Eddie Money
4/3 -- Shania Twain
4/10 -- Billy Ray Cyrus
4/17 -- Styx
4/24 -- John Mellencamp
5/1 -- The Oak Ridge Boys

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Credit: Alex HugganJoe Perry's new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, gets released Friday. Perry celebrated the album's arrival with a star-studded concert this past Tuesday at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, that included unannounced appearances from Slash and Johnny Depp.

At different points in the show, Perry was joined by the guest vocalists who contributed to Sweetzerland Manifesto -- British blues-rock veteran Terry Reid, David Johansen and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander.

Joe's backing group for the evening included Stone Temple Pilots' Dean and Robert DeLeo on guitar and bass, respectively, and Extreme singer Gary Cherone, who took on Steven Tyler's parts on the Aerosmith material that was played early in the concert.

Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson also was on hand to sing "Fortunate One," a tune that wasn't recorded in time to make it onto the album's initial release, but will be included on a deluxe vinyl version due out later.

Depp, who executive-produced Sweetzerland Manifesto and played drums on one track, sat in on rhythm guitar for part of the set.

The concert ended with a pair of songs that Aerosmith famously covered -- The Beatles' "Come Together" and the 1950s blues gem "Train Kept A Rollin'." For "Come Together," Zander, Reid, Robinson and Cherone took turns on lead vocals. Slash joined Perry and company for the finale, which reports ended with Joe smashing his guitar.

"Everything was screaming; the amps were going. I didn't know what else to do," Joe told the magazine after the show. "All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces."

As previously reported, Sweetzerland Manifesto is a 10-track collection featuring nine songs written or co-written by Perry, as well as a cover of the 1960s protest anthem "Eve of Destruction."

Here's the set list from Joe's album-release show:

"Let the Music Do the Talking"
"Toys in the Attic"
"Pandora's Box"
"Shakin' My Cage"
"I'll Do Happiness" -- with Terry Reid
"Sick & Tired" -- with Terry Reid
"Won't Let Me Go" -- with Terry Reid
"Fortunate One" -- with Chris Robinson
"Spanish Sushi"
"Eve of Destruction" -- with Johnny Depp
"I Wanna Roll" -- with David Johansen and Johnny Depp
"I'm Goin' Crazy" -- with David Johansen
"Countryside Blvd." -- with Robin Zander
"Aye, Aye, Aye" -- with Robin Zander
"Rockin' Train"
"Come Together" -- all guests
"Train Kept A Rollin'" -- with Slash and Johnny Depp

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Credit: Kevin MazurSince January of 2014, Billy Joel has played one show per month at New York's famed Madison Square Garden, earning him the record for most performances ever at the venue by a single artist. Now, he's approaching another milestone.

On July 18, Joel will perform his 100th lifetime concert at the venue.  Pre-sale tickets for the show will be available starting this Monday, January 22, at 10 a.m. ET to Citi cardmembers. The general public can buy tickets beginning January 26 via

In addition to his already-scheduled shows at the Garden this year, the Piano Man also has a February 9 show booked in Tampa, Florida, and three June concerts overseas: in Dublin, Ireland; Manchester, England; and Hamburg, Germany. 

It's the latest news in what's started out as a banner year for Joel. On New Year's Day, his daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, announced her engagement. She's the oldest of Billy's three children; the youngest, Remy, arrived this past October.

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Courtesy of Broken Fingaz CrewA provocative video for the new U2 song "Get Out of Your Own Way" has premiered on the band's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The animated clip was directed and created by the Israeli graffiti collective the Broken Fingaz Crew, and features a variety of ominous and politically charged images, including a dead body washing up on a beach, and a scene where President Trump watches hooded Ku Klux Klansmen marching with torches outside the White House.

A message from the Broken Fingaz Crew explains, "The video addresses the current political situation: 2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders, who use people's fear to build more walls and segregation. The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation."

According to the collective, the clip was "shot entirely analogue, using paper cut and stop motion animation techniques."

The video also features an animated depiction of U2 performing onstage, children from different races holding hands on a spinning planet Earth, a pile of burning money, and a graffiti-covered wall.

"Get Out of Your Own Way" appears on U2's recently released album, Songs of Experience.

In other U2 news, the Irish rockers have announced a European leg of their exPERIENCE iNNOCENCE Tour that gets underway August 31 in Berlin and is plotted out through an October 23 concert in London. The trek kicks off with a previously reported North American leg that begins May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and runs through a July 29 show in Newark, New Jersey.

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Concord GroupFebruary 25 marks what would have been George Harrison's 75th birthday, and in commemoration of the milestone, special reissues of the all-star 2002 tribute concert honoring George held at London's Royal Albert Hall will be released Friday, February 23.

Among the reissues is an expansive limited-edition box set featuring the concert's audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs and two CDs; two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets boasting video of the event, plus extra content; a hardbound 60-page book; and a cutting from the hand-painted tapestry used as a backdrop at the show.

Concert for George took place on November 29, 2002, exactly one year after Harrison's death, and included performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, as well as Monty Python's Flying Circus. Clapton served as musical director of the show, which featured renditions of many of the classic tunes Harrison wrote for the Beatles and as a solo artist.

Among the many highlights of the show was a version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" featuring McCartney and Clapton, plus Starr on the drums.

Only 1,000 copies of the deluxe Concert for George box set will be available, available exclusively at The DVDs and Blu-rays feature video of the entire concert on the first disc and a theatrical version on the second disc, which also contains interviews with the performers, behind-the-scenes clips, and rehearsal footage.

The reissue also will be sold as a two-CD/two-DVD and a two-CD/two-Blu-ray set, a four-LP vinyl package and a two-CD collection.

Here's the Concert for George CD track list:

Disc 1
"Sarve Shaam" -- Traditional Prayer
"Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" -- Anoushka Shankar
"The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
"Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar

Disc 2
"I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
"If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
"Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" -- Jeff Lynne
"Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
"Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
"That's The Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
"Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"Honey Don't" -- Ringo Starr
"For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
"Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
"Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton and Band
"I'll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

Here are the DVD & Blu-ray track lists:

Disc 1 (Complete Concert)
"Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" -- Anoushka Shankar*
"The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar*
"Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar*
"Sit on My Face" -- Monty Python*
"The Lumberjack Song" -- Monty Python with Tom Hanks*
"I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
"If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
"Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" -- Jeff Lynne
"Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
"Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
"That's the Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
"Horse to the Water" -- Jools Holland & Sam Brown*
"Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"Honey Don't" -- Ringo Starr
"For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
"Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
"Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton and Band
"I'll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

Disc 2 (Theatrical Version)
Same as above minus songs followed by *

Plus interviews, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage, including:
--Ravi Shankar's orchestra rehearsals
--Monty Python backstage
--George's band rehearsals
--Interviews with musicians
--Photo gallery
--"Drummers" featurette (on the Blu-ray only)

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Jacobs Brown PressA new tome being touted as the first "proper book" about 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues has just been published.

Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of the Moody Blues, Volume 1 is the first part of a two-part biography about the influential British group, and covers the band's history from its 1965 debut album through the late-1970s departure of founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Long Distance Voyagers' first volume runs 800 pages and features hundreds of photos, as well as new interviews with Pinder and longtime Moody Blues flutist/singer Ray Thomas who, sadly, passed away on January 4.

The book starts with a look at The Moody Blues' early lineup, led by singer/guitarist Denny Laine, which scored a #1 U.K. hit in 1965 with cover of the soulful "Go Now." Laine and original bassist Cliff Warwick soon were replaced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge, respectively, with whom the band recorded its landmark 1967 symphonic concept album Days of Future Passed.

Days of Future Passed marked a musical shift for The Moodies, as Pinder introduced the Mellotron -- a precursor to the synthesizer -- to the band's sound, and they began incorporating classical and psychedelic influences.

"This book documents The Moodies' role as one of the most significant rock bands of the 1960s, '70s and '80s," notes author Marc Cushman. "Their influence is still being felt; the introduction of the Mellotron alone changed the course of rock music. Bands such as Yes, the Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Genesis are in debt to The Moody Blues for this and other musical innovations."

A second volume of Long Distance Voyagers will be released later in 2018. Visit for more information about the book.

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Danny ClinchIf you're a Dead & Company fan, your summer plans are already all sorted.  They've just announced a 24-date U.S. tour kicking off the end of May and running through the middle of July.

The first show happens May 30 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with the final show scheduled for Boulder, Colorado July 14.  That's in addition to the ongoing U.S. road shows Dead and Company are playing, the next of which is scheduled for February 24 in New Orleans.  The complete road itinerary, and the various ticket packages, are on the Dead and Company website.  On-sale dates for the shows vary -- check the website for info.

Dead & Company, formed in 2015, features the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, with singer, songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Here are the new Dead and Company tour dates:

5/30 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
6/1 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/2 -- Camden, NJ,  BB&T Pavilion
6/4 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/6 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/9 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
6/11 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/13 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/15 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/16 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/19 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/20 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/22 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/23 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/29 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Eugene, OR, Autzen Stadium
7/2 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
7/3 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
7/6 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
7/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
7/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/13 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
7/14 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field

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Courtesy of Love Rocks NYC!An impressive list of music stars, including Heart's Ann Wilson, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Cheap Trick will perform at the second annual Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert, taking place March 15 at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

The show will raise money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York City area.

Whoopi Goldberg will host the event, which also will feature ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, Los Lobos singer David Hidalgo, Valerie Simpson, LaBelle's Nona Hendryx, Patty Smyth, Mavis Staples, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Marc Cohn, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris and many others.

The concert's house band will include the likes of Paul Shaffer and his CBS Orchestra bandmate Will Lee, former Bob Dylan and Levon Helm touring guitarist Larry Campbell and Eric Clapton touring drummer Steve Gadd.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, January 20, at 12 p.m. ET via

The inaugural Love Rocks NYC! show raised more than $1.5 million for God's Love We Deliver.

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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Steve Granitz/ WireImageIt sounds like the late Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, was an absolute wreck after meeting her dad's one-time duet partner, Beatles legend Paul McCartney, at a star-studded party Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The actress-model posted a picture of herself and McCartney together on her Instagram account, writing in the caption, "i cried like a godd*** baby." The two met at an event celebrating the new line from McCartney's fashion designer daughter, Stella McCartney, at which, as previously reported, Sir Paul gave a surprise performance.

Last year, Paris -- an aspiring songwriter -- told Teen Vogue that her dream musician to write for was "definitely Paul McCartney." She added, "He's the love of my life. I actually already wrote a song I'd like him to sing, but it probs won't happen."

However, now that she's met Paul, perhaps she'll be able to make that dream a reality. In the '80s, of course, Michael Jackson collaborated on several songs with McCartney, including the hit duets "Say Say Say" and "The Girl Is Mine," and the album track "The Man."

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Credit: Rob ShanahanDerek Smalls, bassist for the famed mock-rock band Spinal Tap -- who's also known as comic actor Harry Shearer -- has recruited a slew of famous musicians for his debut solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations upon Ageing).

Due out April 13, the 14-track album features guest appearances by David Crosby, Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Yes' Rick Wakeman and Toto's Steve Lukather.

Other notable contributors include ex-Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Paul Shaffer, Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa, Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X, actress Jane Lynch, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman and acclaimed session musicians Jim Keltner, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Waddy Wachtel.

Smalls Change features such humorously titled tunes as "Rock 'n' Roll Transplant," "Butt Call," "Gimme Some (More) Money" and "Hell Toupee." Smalls/Shearer describes the album as "halfway between 'rage against the dying of the light' and 'trying to find the light." The record is said to have been made possible by a grant from "the British Fund for Ageing Rockers."

Smalls Change will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. A PledgeMusic page has been launched to promote the album, where fans can purchase autographed CD and vinyl copies of the record, as well as signed posters, handwritten lyric sheets and drum heads; a personalized voicemail or birthday message from Derek; and more. You also can watch an official video for the title track at the site.

Meanwhile, Smalls/Shearer is planning to support the album with a tour dubbed "Lukewarm Water Live: An Adventure in Loud Music" that will kick off April 14 in New Orleans. More details about the trek will be announced soon.

Here is the Smalls Change track list:

"Openture" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Rock 'n' Roll Transplant" -- with Steve Lukather, Jim Keltner  and Chad Smith
"Butt Call" -- with Phil X and Taylor Hawkins
"Smalls Change" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel
"Memo to Willie" -- with Donald Fagen, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Larry Carlton and The Snarky Puppy Horns
"It Don't Get Old" -- with Peter Frampton and Waddy Wachtel
"Complete Faith" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Faith No More" with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra and Todd Sucherman
"Gimme Some (More) Money" -- with Paul Shaffer, Waddy Wachtel and David Crosby
"MRI" -- with Dweezil Zappa
"Hell Toupee" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Gummin the Gash" -- with Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch
"She Puts the B**** in Obituary" -- with Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch
"When Men Did Rock" -- with Michael League, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and The Hungarian Studio Orchestra

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Stephen Stills and Neil Young in 2015 (Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)After skipping 2017, Stephen Stills is bringing back his star-studded Light Up the Blues Concert, which raises money for the Autism Speaks charity.

This year's show will take place April 21 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and will feature performances by Stephen, his Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bandmate Neil Young, legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers members Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Steve Ferrone.

The concert will be emceed by actor Jack Black and also will feature Stills' sons, Chris and Oliver.

"The last four Light Up the Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved," says Stephen in a statement. "With an exceptional lineup this year, we are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks."

Stills organizes the event with his wife, Kristen. Autism Speaks is an organization that supports research and advocacy for people affected by the disorder and their families.

Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday, January 19, at 10 a.m. PT via and at the Dolby Theatre box office.

The show being held during Autism Awareness Month and helps draw attention to Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign, a global initiative that promotes understanding and acceptance of autism.

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ABC/Randy HolmesU2 has joined the lineup for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which takes place January 28 in New York City.

Bono and company's slot is being billed as a "special performance." It's not unthinkable that the Irish legends might perform a tribute to the late Cranberries singer and fellow Ireland native Dolores O'Riordan, who died unexpectedly this week at age 46.

Also added to the bill are Elton John and Miley Cyrus, who will team up to perform one of Elton's classic hits. Two days after the Grammys, John will be saluted at an all-star Grammy tribute concert, during which he and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin will receive the Recording Academy President's Merit Award. The show will air later this year as a CBS special.

Other Grammy performers include U2-collaborator Kendrick Lamar, as well as Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Bruno Mars, Pink, Lady Gaga, Kesha and more. The Grammys, hosted by James Corden, air January 28 on CBS at 7:30 p.m. ET, live from New York's Madison Square Garden.

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Dave Hogan/Getty ImagesCongratulations to original Kinks drummer Mick Avory, who married his girlfriend Marliesa Mladek on Wednesday, according to a post on the official Kinks Facebook Group.

The site's administrator, Christian Davies, whose dad is Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, revealed the happy news and also posted two photos of the couple, apparently taken at the reception near London.

"Congratulations to Mick Avory and Marliesa on their wedding today!" Christian wrote.

No other details of the nuptials are known.

The 73-year-old Avory played with The Kinks from the band's formation in 1964 until 1984, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1990.

In recent years, Avory has performed with The Kast Off Kinks, a band featuring several former Kinks members that plays regular club shows around the U.K. The group's next gig is scheduled for January 26 at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury.

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Courtesy ROCKTOPIAIf Mozart and Beethoven were the rock stars of their day, why not mix classic rock with classical music?  That's the idea behind Rocktopia, a new Broadway show opening in March.  The production, created by Rob Evan and Randall Craig Fleischer, mixes hits by Elton John, Queen, Journey, Led Zeppelin and The Who with pieces by legendary classical composers.

During Tuesday's preview, reporters heard Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" as a mash-up with a piece by Handel; Heart's "Alone" mixed with Rachmaninoff; Patti Smith Group's "Because the Night" melded with Tchaikovsky, and Zeppelin's "Kashmir" blended with Puccini's "Nessun Dorma."

Is Rocktopia for rock fans or classical buffs?  "It's for both, for sure," Fleischer tells ABC Radio. "We're both classically-trained musicians. Rob's career is more...pop, my career is more..classical, but since we wrote this, and we love both, this is really a show for anybody."

The show starts a six-week run March 20 at The Broadway Theatre; tickets are on sale now. The first three weeks feature a guest vocalist -- Train frontman Pat Monahan -- with more to come.

Explaining the guest concept, Evan says, "Randy and I agreed a long time ago that we were never going to do a gimmick. We wanted to make it about the vision and about what we're doing. But we need to sell tickets." 

Evan and Fleischer say rockers who want in must be fully committed to the concept, and they say there's no shortage of interested parties.

"We have a lot of people that are gonna jump in that I can't tell you about right now," Evan teased. "The top of the top of the icons are looking at us right I don't wanna talk about it. I don't wanna jinx it!"

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ABC/Randy HolmesMaybe launching the Beach Boys' career counts as extra credit.

Back in the early 1960s, Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson got a F in a high school music class for a song that turned out to be "Surfin'," the Beach Boys' first single.

On Monday, Wilson returned to Hawthorne High School and had the grade changed.

"Brian's failing grade has now been changed to an A on this assignment by Dr. Landesfeind!," reads a post on Wilson's Twitter account.  The post features a picture of Wilson with a beaming Hawthorne High School Principal Vanessa Landesfeind. Wilson is holding a Student Grade Form signed by Landesfeind that approves the grade change.

You can grade Wilson for yourself when Brain head back out on the road.  He'll be delivering a final Pet Sounds concert performance in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on May 7.  He also has dates scheduled in the south east later in the month including a trio of concerts taking place May 10-12 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville during which Wilson will be accompanied by the Nashville Symphony.

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James GladerThe widow of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey is suing New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, reports The New York Post's Page Six.

Frey's wife, Cindy, filed the wrongful-death suit against the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz charging that that were negligent in the way they treated her husband for ulceritive colitis in late 2015.

According to the paper, the suit also charges that Itzkowitz failed to “promptly and properly assess the patient for respiratory issues” and ignored an infection.

Frey died in January of 2016 from complications from colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.  The suit is seeking unspecified damages.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageAs part of an upcoming four-day celebration of Prince taking place at the late music icon's Paisley Park estate, a special April 21 concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis will pair performance footage of Prince with live musicians on stage.

Billed as "Prince: Live on the Big Screen," the show will feature newly remastered and never-before-released audio and video of Prince accompanied by a live group of musicians who performed with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer over the years.

According to a press release, "The live experience will showcase Prince in his own inimitable sound and style, highlighting the incendiary energy he brought to each performance. With the event, Paisley Park looks to welcome even more of the passionate Prince fan community into a live music event celebrating his iconic artistry and the hit songs that captivated generations of fans."

As mentioned, the concert event will be part of a four-day extravaganza dubbed Celebration 2018, which will feature exhibits, performances and more at Paisley Park from April 19-22.

Tickets for the "Prince: Live on the Big Screen" concert go on sale this Saturday, January 20, at 10AM local time at More information on the four-day Celebration 2018 event can be found at

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London RecordsA number of classic songs and albums are among the 2018 class of Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, including recordings by The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and David Bowie.

Each year, a Recording Academy committee chooses select works to be inducted in a "commitment to preserving and celebrating timeless recordings."

Among the songs being honored are the Rolling Stones' classic "Paint It, Black," Aerosmith's massive hit "Dream On," and David Bowie's breakthrough single "Space Oddity."

Albums getting inducted include Nirvana's Nevermind, Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys and Queen's A Night at the Opera.

Overall, 25 recordings are being inducted, raising the total number of Grammy Hall of Fame recordings to 1,063.

"The Grammy Hall of Fame strives to embody the changing climate of music throughout these past decades, always acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which the Academy has become known," says Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Iconic and inspiring, these recordings are an integral part of our musical, social, and cultural history, and we are proud to have added them to our growing catalog."

A full list of 2018 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees can be seen below:

Jimi Hendrix

Sam Cooke

Dr. Dre

"DREAM ON" (single)

"FIGHT THE POWER" (single)
Public Enemy

"FLASH LIGHT" (single)

Hugh Masekela

Linda Ronstadt

"I CAN'T HELP MYSELF" (single)
Four Tops

Gladys Knight & The Pips

The King Cole Trio

Whitney Houston

Johnny Cash

Thomas Alva Edison

"ME AND MRS. JONES" (single)
Billy Paul

"MOON RIVER" (song)
Andy Williams

"MY MAN" (single)
Billie Holiday



"PAINT IT, BLACK" (single)
The Rolling Stones

"SAVOY BLUES" (single)
Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five

"A SONG FOR YOU" (single)
Leon Russell

David Bowie

"THAT'S ALL RIGHT" (single)
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup

Mike Oldfield

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