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Listen to Song from Eric Clapton's Upcoming JJ Cale Tribute Album, "The Breeze," Online Now

Bushbranch Records/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton's star-studded JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze won't be released until this Tuesday, but you can preview a couple of tracks from the collection now at different locations on the Internet.

GuitarWorld.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of "Train to Nowhere," which features contributions from ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and longtime Cale bandmate Don White.  The song is one that Cale, who died in July 2013 at the age of 74, had never recorded.

Billboard.com, meanwhile, is streaming "Don't Wait," which sees Clapton teaming up with John Mayer.

The album, whose full title is Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, boasts renditions of 16 Cale compositions, and also features such other acclaimed music artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, David Lindley and Albert Lee.

Cale was a longtime friend of and musical influence on Eric.  He's probably best known for writing the Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," and he also teamed up with Slowhand for the 2006 collaborative album, The Road to Escondido.

Meanwhile, Clapton tells Billboard that he's planning to record a number of additional unreleased and/or unfinished songs by JJ for inclusion on his own upcoming projects.

"I have to finish them.  It would be wrong not to bring them to a finished point," notes Eric.  "So that's the next thing.  I've got time booked to finish those tracks and mix them, and then with [his widow] Christine's permission and [his manager Mike Kappus'] permission I'll put them on albums…I'll just include them in any other things I carry on doing."


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The Doors' Robby Krieger Featured on New Song by Ex-Kyuss Frontman John Garcia

Image Courtesy of Jo LopezThe Doors' Robby Krieger lent some of his trademark flamenco-style guitar licks to "Her Bullets Energy," a new song by John Garcia, founding lead singer of the stoner-rock group Kyuss.  The track closes out Garcia's upcoming self-titled debut solo album, which will be released on August 5.

Garcia tells Rolling Stone that the idea to get Krieger to contribute to "Her Bullets Energy" came from producer Harper Hug, who's friends with Robby and who decided after hearing the song that a flamenco guitar would fit in well on it.

"I pretty much fell over from my chair and said, 'Do you think he would do it?'" recalls Garcia.

Krieger, meanwhile, reveals to Rolling Stone that the track was the first project he recorded in the new studio he's been building with Hug and sound engineer Michael Dumas.

"We're calling it Horse Latitudes," he says of the facility.  "Harper played me a song that I really liked, and we decided to try recording some of my flamenco guitar on it…We did it in the big room, and it sounded awesome."

With regard to having the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer featured on his song, Garcia says, "If someone told me at 19 years old, when I wrote 'Her Bullets Energy,' that Robby Krieger would be playing on it, I would have told them, 'You're out of your mind and go jump in a lake.'"

John Garcia also includes guest appearances by Danko Jones and ex-Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri.

"Her Bullets Energy" currently is streaming on RollingStone.com.


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Stevie Nicks to Release New Album "24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault" in October

Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day.  Now, she's making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is due October 7.

According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995.  "Each song is a lifetime.  Each song has a soul.  Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," she says in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories -- the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."

The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.

24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5.  That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she'll begin previewing snippets of the music.

In addition, a limited edition double vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will come out September 29.  Also available will be a Deluxe Photobook CD, which will include two bonus tracks, as well as 48 pages of exclusive photos from Stevie's personal collection.

Stevie and Fleetwood Mac will hit the road for their On with the Show tour -- featuring the return of Christine McVie -- starting September 30 in Minneapolis.


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Jack White, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Willie Nelson to Headline Farm Aid 2014

Farm AidThis year's Farm Aid benefit show will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.

White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater.  Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET.  Others on the bill include country star Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and the group Delta Rae.

In a statement, Willie Nelson, Farm Aid's president, says, "In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system."

He adds, "On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we'll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they're growing for all of us."

Mellencamp added in a statement that Farm Aid has a "fair-like feeling," explaining, "All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served. It’s a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from."

Farm Aid was inspired by something Bob Dylan said at Live Aid in 1985: he noted that he hoped some of the money raised would go to help farmers who were in danger of losing their farms because they couldn't pay their mortgages.  Later that same year, the first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign, Illinois, with a massive lineup of performers, including Dylan, Mellencamp, Nelson and Young, plus Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Carole King, Huey Lewis, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel and dozens more.  Since then, Farm Aid events have raised $45 million to support family farmers.


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Joe Perry Planning to Finish New Solo Album After Aerosmith Tour Ends

Image Courtesy of CBSAerosmith is scheduled to be out on tour with Slash through a September 12 show in Nova Scotia, Canada, but guitarist Joe Perry says fans will have quite a bit to look forward to after he and his band mates wrap up their 2014 itinerary.

As previously reported, Perry will be releasing his autobiography, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith, on October 7, and he reveals to ArtistDirect.com that he's also about halfway done with a new solo album.

"I've got about six songs I'm really excited about," Perry tells the website.  "I want to get into them as soon as possible.  That's the main focus now."

The 63-year-old rocker also says he'll spend about a month promoting his book, including some in-store signing appearances.

"We're thinking of different ways to use the Internet to promote it," Joe adds, revealing that he's planning to release four free songs that are "really representative of some of my solo work" to those who purchase the memoir.

In addition, Perry tells ArtistDirect.com that Steven Tyler also is hoping to complete a solo album, and says that Aerosmith may even "get together and do another record" sometime next year.

Aerosmith's next concert is scheduled for this Friday in Tinley Park, Illinois.


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Ronnie Wood's Wife Says Children Could Be in the Couple's Future

Mark Robert Milan/GC ImagesThe Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood has four grown children and is a grandfather eight times over, but his wife of two years, Sally Humphreys, says she'd like to have her own kids with the 67-year-old rocker.

"There's no plans but there's no non-plans, if you see what I mean," the 36-year-old theater producer tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph.  "As time ticks on, I would like children.  I don't know if I will but I would like them."

Asked what Ronnie's opinion is about becoming a dad again so late in life, Sally explains, "Obviously we've spoken about it quite a lot, and you can ask him and his response would be, 'Well, that would be nice.'  He's up for it."

She points out that her husband has many friends in his age group "who have younger children and they all say it's fantastic and it keeps you young."  She adds, "I do think that would be wonderful, but I don't know if it will happen."

Meanwhile, in marrying Wood, Sally became a step-grandmother to eight children, even though she's younger than some of Ronnie's own kids.  As for how the youngsters refer to her, Humphreys tells The Telegraph, "Well, one of them did say to me, 'What shall we call you?' and I could see them all sitting there trying to work it out.  I just said, 'Call me Auntie Sally!'  I thought that was probably better for everyone involved."

As for whether she ever worried about the 31-year age difference between her and her husband, Sally says, "Well, I know it's there.  And I wish it wasn't, but it is."  She adds, "I think I had to say 'I can't do this because of the age' or I just had to let it go and take it all on board.  At no point, years ago, did I say to myself, 'I think I'll go out with someone twice my age,' but that is what has happened."

Regardless of the age gap, Humphreys maintains that Ronnie is "on my level completely.  He's a very nice and caring person…He's very funny, kind and affectionate and welcoming."


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Blondie to Be Featured on New Season of Ovation's "Song by Song" Series

Image Courtesy of F. Scott SchaferBlondie will be one of the music stars whose tunes will be profiled in the upcoming third season of Ovation's Emmy-nominated documentary series, Song by Song.  

The Song by Song episodes featuring Blondie will premiere in November and will focus on such hits by the influential New Wave band as "One Way or Another," "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," and "Rapture."  The shows will include interviews with founding frontwoman Deborah Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, and drummer Clem Burke

Other artists who will be profiled during the upcoming season are Sheryl Crow and electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling.

"Song by Song is a different twist on the music documentary genre," says Ovation programming executive Scott Woodward.  "This series uses the featured artists' hit songs to tell the story of what was happening at that time in their lives, what inspired them to write the music and how their songs impacted their careers and popular culture."

The series premiered in 2012.


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2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest Tour to Continue in Homage to the Late Johnny Winter

Image Courtesy of Johnny WinterBefore his sudden death on July 16 while on tour in Zurich, Switzerland, blues guitar legend Johnny Winter had been scheduled to hit the road next week with his brother Edgar and other stars for a new edition of the annual Rock'n'Blues Fest tour.  Now, Edgar Winter has announced that the trek will go ahead as planned, as a tribute to Johnny.

The third annual edition of the outing features a total of 12 dates, running from a July 31 show in Clarkston, Michigan, through an August 24 concert in Snoqualmie, Washington.  The other acts on the Rock'n'Blues Fest -- A Tribute to Johnny Winter tour lineup are Vanilla Fudge, ex-Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.  In addition, Rick Derringer, who's famously collaborated with both Johnny and Edgar Winter over the years, will be a special guest at the last two shows of the trek -- August 23 in Las Vegas and the aforementioned Snoqualmie gig.

Fans who attend this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest shows can expect the acts to perform a variety of songs that Johnny used to play, including such classics as "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Johnny B. Goode."

Here is the full itinerary of the 2014 Rock'n'Blues Fest trek:

7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/1 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/2 -- Rockland, ME, Harbor Park
8/8 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/10 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre  
8/13 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
8/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
8/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/22 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Civic of Anaheim
8/23 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cannery
8/24 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino


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Whitney Houston's Mother Reacts to Houston Biopic: "Let Her Rest"

Image Courtesy of Legacy RecordingsIt's no secret that Whitney Houston's family does not support Lifetime's upcoming biopic, but the late singer's mother, Cissy Houston, is now officially expressing her feelings on the matter.

"Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections.  No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby [Brown]," Cissy tells Entertainment Tonight.

She continued, "In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her.  I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her."

After being "exhausted" by the people who did not know her, Cissy has one final request: "Please, please let her rest."

The Angela Bassett-directed film has recruited R&B singer Deborah Cox to provide vocal tracks, since "music rights and clearances are still being worked out," a Lifetime rep told E! Online last week.  The movie, starring America's Next Top Model runner-up Yaya DaCosta, is set to premiere next year.


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Ted Nugent's Idaho Concert Cancelled Due to What Casino Calls "Racist Attitudes and Views"

Jenny Risher/MSO PRTed Nugent's penchant for speaking his mind has gotten him into hot water again. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has canceled the "Motor City Madman's" August 4 appearance at its casino in Idaho.

A statement on the casino's Facebook page states that the show was canceled after "Nugent's history of racist and hate-filled remarks was brought to the Tribal Council's attention." 

Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, says in the statement that the tribe it "has always been about human rights -- for decades, we have worked individually and as a Tribe to make sure that each and every person is treated equally and with respect and dignity.  We know what it’s like to be the target of hateful messages and we would never want to perpetuate hate in any way.”

Laura Stensgar, executive director of marketing for the Coeur d’Alene Casino, adds, “We adamantly do not want our casino to be used as a venue for the racist attitudes and views that Ted Nugent espouses.”

She defended the initial decision to book the 65-year-old rocker by explaining that, “We were looking at him from an entertainment perspective, as an 80s rock ‘n roller who we thought folks might enjoy.”

Stensgar goes on to say, “We take the comments and concerns of our community very seriously and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the idea that we would promote these kinds of attitudes. We will do our best to avoid such mistakes moving forward.”

The casino will refund the full ticket price for anyone has purchased tickets to the show.

While Nugent doesn't directly mention the casino, he wrote in a lengthy Facebook post Tuesday, "No matter how much of a supeduper bad**s I think I am, I am obviously a much badder**s than even I think I am, for the fact that the America hating commie left Saul Alinsky-Joseph Goebbells liberal democrat punks have dedicated an entire army to abandon their own lives to unite to destroy mine."

He adds that it "proves beyond any shadow of any doubt how incredibly effective I am at spotlighting these freedom hating cockroaches & impeding their fundamental transformation ie;destruction of America."


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ZZ Top's Dusty Hill Says He's Looking Forward to Getting Rid of the "Stones in My Passway"

Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top announced on Monday that it has to postpone the start of its U.S. summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill needs surgery to remove a pair of kidney stones.  Now, Hill has issued a statement poking a little fun at his ailment.

Referencing to a classic song by late blues legend Robert Johnson, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer quipped, "I got stones in my passway," then added, "...but my doctor says not for long."  ZZ Top has canceled six upcoming concerts because of Hill's condition, which is expected to put him out of action for about two weeks.  The band now will launch its trek with an August 6 headlining show in Sturgis, South Dakota, two days before kicking off a previously announced joint tour with Jeff Beck in Missoula, Montana.

Looking forward to ZZ Top's forthcoming road trip, Hill again paraphrased Johnson, this time reworking a line from "Terraplane Blues," saying, "We're booked and we're bound to go."  He added, "I had stones in my passway but you know those old boulders couldn't last, I had stones in my passway but those stones will soon be in my past."

You can check out the band's full confirmed tour schedule at ZZTop.com.

In other news, ZZ Top released its new concert video Live at Montreux 2013 on Tuesday.  The video, which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, features the Texas trio performing such well-known songs as "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," "La Grange" and "Tush," as well as three tunes from the group's 2012 album, La Futura, and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Foxey Lady."


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One Month In, KISS/Def Leppard Tour Is a Giant Success

Courtesy of KISS and Def LeppardIt's a month into KISS' 40th anniversary tour -- a co-headlining outing with Def Leppard -- and a source for the trek tells ABC News Radio, "It's been an amazing few weeks."  The sheer magnitude of the stage shows is enormous, requiring dozens of trucks, buses and assorted vehicles to cart around the sets and equipment from amphitheater to amphitheater.

Because it's a summer tour, the venues are outdoors.  Paul Stanley joked that although KISS tries "to be observant of low-flying planes when we're outdoors, [being outside] doesn't change anything because what we do comes from the heart.  What we do comes from who we are."

The singer said that "being outside in the summer is a terrific dichotomy, contrast between what we do and being outside in the midst of a great summer night with the stars shining," but he also noted that indoor shows "[have their] pluses [as well]."  In the end, said Stanley, "We've been doing this for 40 years.  The reason people still buy tickets...is because you know that we will deliver the goods."

Here are the rest of the KISS/Def Leppard tour dates:

7/23 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/25 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/2 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
8/3 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
8/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 -- Hartford, CT, The Xfinity Theatre
8/12 -- Toronto, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theater
8/16 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
8/20 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/23 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/28 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/29 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
8/31 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


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Joe Perry Honors Slash at Inaugural "Alternative Press" Music Awards; Joan Jett, Billy Corgan Also Among Winners

Graham Fielder/Alternative PressAerosmith's Joe Perry made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where he presented his friend and current tour mate, Slash, with the Guitar Legend Award.

Introducing the former Guns N' Roses star, Perry noted, "He came up in a generation after mine, but he always had great respect for the musicians who came on before him.  To his own generation he became a superstar, and deservedly so.  Now, to all generations, he's become a model of great guitar playing and an icon of his own right."

For his part, Slash thanked Alternative Press magazine, adding, "It's quite an honor to be included on your list of awards tonight, especially for something like guitar legend, which is very humbling…I loved playing guitar since I was 14 years old and it's nice to get recognized for it, and it officially means I've been doing it a long f**king time."

Among the evening's many other honorees were Joan Jett and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who were presented respectively with the Icon Award and the Vanguard Award.  Jett also was one of the rockers who performed at the ceremony, playing her classic "Bad Reputation” with The Vacancies' Billy Crooked, her new tune "Soulmates to Strangers" with Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace, and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Star Star" with some help from Slash.

The event also included performances by The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, rapper Ice-T's thrash metal group Body Count, and Korn's Jonathan Davis, who teamed up with the band Asking Alexandria for a rendition of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf."

You can check out complete coverage of the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards at AltPress.com/APTV.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Vocalist -- Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco
Best Live Band -- Pierce the Veil
Breakthrough Band -- Crown the Empire
Best Bassist -- Jaime Preciado, Pierce the Veil
Best International Band -- Bring Me the Horizon
Artist Philanthropic Award -- All Time Low
Best Guitarist -- Phil Manansala, Of Mice & Men
Vanguard Award -- Billy Corgan
Best Drummer -- Mike Fuentes, Pierce the Veil
Icon Award -- Joan Jett
Most Dedicated Fans -- Black Veil Brides
Guitar Legend Award -- Slash
Song of the Year -- All Time Low with Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil
Album of the Year -- Bring Me the Horizon, Sempiternal
Artist of the Year -- Fall Out Boy


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Brian Wilson Biopic to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September

Walt Disney Records/Universal MusicLove & Mercy, the upcoming biopic focusing on troubled Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, will be among the movies that will get their world premieres at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Billboard reports.  The fest is scheduled to run from September 4 to September 14.

As previously reported, Love & Mercy will feature John Cusack as an older Brian, while Paul Dano will portray Wilson as a young man.  The film is described as presenting "an unconventional portrait" of Wilson that will depict various important episodes in his life, including his artistic achievements with The Beach Boys, his struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, his relationship with the Svengali-like therapist Eugene Landy and the new contentment he found after meeting his current wife, Melinda.

Love & Mercy was directed by Bill Pohlad, who has produced such acclaimed films as 12 Years a Slave, The Tree of Life and Brokeback Mountain.  The biopic will feature Paul Giamatti as Landy and Elizabeth Banks as Melinda.


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Tree Planted in L.A. Park in Honor of Late Beatle George Harrison Eaten by Beetles

Jean-Marie Perier/UMeA pine tree that was planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2002 in memory of late Beatles guitarist George Harrison has met an ironic fate.  L.A. Councilman Tom LaBonge revealed recently to the Los Angeles Times' "Pop & Hiss" music blog that the tree has died after being infested with, yes, beetles.

The tree, which was only a sapling when it was planted near the Griffith Park Observatory, featured a commemorative plaque at its base acknowledging Harrison's contributions as a musician and a humanitarian, as well as his love for gardening.  LaBonge tells ABC News Radio that the tree had grown to 12 feet in height before it was felled by the insect infestation.

LaBonge, who attended Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band's concert at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, says that plans are in the works for a new tree to be planted in November.

Harrison died in November 2001 at age 59 after a battle with cancer.


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Hall & Oates: "The '80s Weren't as Much Fun as You Might Think"

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentDaryl Hall & John Oates ruled the charts in the early to mid-'80s, scoring a seemingly endless string of hits, appearing on MTV 24/7 and even headlining Live Aid.  But now, looking back, the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer inductees say those days weren't really the endless party that most people assume they were.

"The '80s weren't as much fun as you might think," John Oates tells the British paper The Guardian.  "The demands were so great.  When you're in a rock band, traveling in a van, you may wish you were in a private plane, but you really don't know what you're missing.  I enjoyed the '70s a whole lot better."  But why?  They certainly weren't as popular back then.  Well, John says that's the point.

"It was a totally freer time.  Then we became pop superstars and we couldn't go anywhere," he explains.

Daryl Hall feels the same way, telling the paper, "I didn't really want to participate in [superstardom]."  But these days, he says he's OK with his level of fame.

"I'm as popular as I was back then, but it's a different kind of popularity," he explains.  "It's more pleasant.  More fulfilling.  I don't feel like people are treating me like a Daryl doll."  Also satisfying, he says, is the fact that, unlike in the past, today's hippest artists will all readily own up to being Hall & Oates fans.

 "I hear my influence all over the place," says Daryl.  "It's pretty widespread."


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Billy Joel to Receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

LIbrary of CongressNot bad for a kid from Long Island.  Billy Joel will be the next recipient of the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  The Library of Congress made the announcement Tuesday morning.

The Gershwin Prize is awarded to a musician “whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin,” the pianist/composer and lyricist brothers who together wrote some of pop music’s most enduring standards.

The announcement of Joel’s honor calls him “one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world” and “a storyteller of the highest order.”  Joel himself adds, “The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career.  And the Library’s decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."

Billy Joel is only the seventh person to receive the Gershwin Prize since Paul Simon received the first one, in 2007.  The other recipients include Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, and Carole King, who received the prize last year.

Joel, who turned 65 last May, already has enough lifetime honors to need a mantle in every room to display them all, including membership in the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, an armload of honorary doctorates, and half-a-dozen Grammy awards.  In 2013, he received the Kennedy Center Honors along with fellow musicians Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock.

Joel will receive the honor in Washington, D.C. in November.


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James Brown Takes the Stage Again at the Apollo with "Get On Up" Premiere

Polydor/UMeMonday night, James Brown's music lit up the famed Apollo Theater once again, with the star-studded premiere of the biopic Get On Up: The James Brown Story in New York.

Directed by The Help's Nate Taylor, the project stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It took years for Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer to get it off the ground, but it took a Rolling Stone to get it rolling.

Mick Jagger came on as co-producer, and on the red carpet, the rock legend said proudly, "I'm so glad this movie's finally come out and I'm really pleased with the results of it."

Get On Up: The James Brown Story, which also stars The Help's Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, and The Office alum Craig Robinson, opens August 1.


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Yes' Chris Squire Says Lead Singer Jon Davison Helped Freshen Band's Whole Approach on New Album

Frontiers RecordsYes' latest studio album, Heaven & Earth, hits stores today.  The record is the first to feature the band's new lead singer, Jon Davison, who officially joined the lineup in early 2012.

Beyond lending his voice to the project, Davison made significant songwriting contributions too, writing or co-writing seven of the album's eight tracks.  Founding Yes bassist Chris Squire tells ABC News Radio that "he encouraged [Jon] as much as possible to" collaborate with the band's other members and he says he's extremely pleased with the results.

"It's turned out to be surprisingly fresh, and Jon's input has definitely freshened up the whole approach," explains Squire.  "So, I'm very happy."

In fact, Heaven & Earth features at least one tune that Davison co-wrote with every other member of the band -- two each with Squire and guitarist Steve Howe, and one apiece with drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downes.  He also penned one song, "Light of the Ages," entirely by himself.

Regarding the sound of the new album, Squire tells ABC News Radio that he doesn't think it's "exactly comparable to anything else" the band has done in the past, while noting that "there's a thread in Yes of the style that myself and Steve…and Alan White [developed] having all been there most of the last 40 years together."

Fans who want to find out more about Yes' new album can visit YesHeavenAndEarth.com, while excerpts of all of the tunes on the record are streaming at the band's SoundCloud page.

Meanwhile, Yes has been including one or two of the songs from Heaven & Earth in the sets on the group's current North American, which is scheduled through an August 23 concert in Lincoln, California.  Among the new tunes the band has been performing are "Believe Again," "The Ascent" and "The Game."


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New Upstate New York Hotel Celebrates Bob Dylan and the Woodstock Festival

Image Courtesy of Hotel DylanA new hotel named after Bob Dylan opened last month in Woodstock, New York, that pays tribute to the musical history that emerged in and near the small Catskill Mountains town during the late 1960s.  Hotel Dylan features 11 rooms with names that evoke the Flower Power era and the famous Woodstock Festival, including "The Jimi," "The Joplin," "The Cocker," "The Roadies," "The Van" and "The Hippie Chick."

The hotel's largest room is called The Band Suite, named after the influential Americana outfit that served as Dylan's backing group early in its career, and recorded that legendary Basement Tapes with the folk-rock icon in Woodstock.  Daily prices for standard rooms cost $189 on weekdays and $219 on weekends, while the suite will run you $249 during the week and $289 on weekends.

Each room also features a high-quality turntable, and while a selection of vinyl albums can be borrowed from the front desk.  In addition, a variety of famous pics taken by official Woodstock Festival photographer Elliott Landy decorate the hotel's walls.  The hotel also hosts a series of music-related workshops and other events.

A Hotel Dylan representative tells ABC News Radio that owner Paul Covello is planning to open an intimate concert space at the facility, as well as a pub and restaurant that will serve dishes featuring locally grown and produced ingredients.

For more information, visit HotelDylan.com.


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ZZ Top's Dusty Hill Needs Kidney Stone Operation, Forcing Band to Cancel Six Upcoming Shows

Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is scheduled to undergo an operation to remove two kidney stones this week, forcing the veteran rockers to cancel six headlining dates that were to have preceded the launch of their joint U.S. tour with Jeff Beck

The nixed shows were scheduled for this Friday in Morton, Minnesota; this Saturday in West Bend, Wisconsin; this Sunday in Cincinnati; Tuesday, July 29, in Louisville, Kentucky; Wednesday, July 30 in  Asheville, North Carolina; and Monday, August 1, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Doctors discovered the kidney stones during a routine exam, and they advised Dusty that he should have them taken out right away.  Hill will need about two weeks to recover, and he's expected to fully recover from the procedure.  ZZ Top's next confirmed show will be held August 6 in Sturgis, South Dakota, and the Texas trio is then slated to kick off its co-headlining trek with Beck on August 8 in Missoula, Montana.

The joint tour is mapped out through a September 13 show in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  ZZ Top also has a bevy of North American fall headlining dates lined up that run from a September 25 gig in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, through a November 2 concert in San Antonio.

Here are the dates:

8/6 -- Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground
*8/8 -- Missoula, MT, Ogren Park
*8/9 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
*8/10 -- Eugene, OR, Cuthbert Amphitheatre
*8/12 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
*8/13 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Amphitheatre
*8/15 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
*8/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint
*8/17 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheatre
*8/19 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
*8/20 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre
*8/22 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre
*8/23 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
*8/24 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
*8/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
*8/28 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
*8/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
*8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Concert Venue at Harrah's
*8/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods
*9/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
*9/3 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
*9/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
*9/6 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
*9/7 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
*9/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
*9/10 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
*9/12 -- The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
*9/13 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
9/25 -- Bloomsburg, PA, Bloomsburg Fairgrounds
9/26 -- Springfield, MA, The Big E Xfinity Arena
9/27 -- Portland, ME, Maine State Pier
9/28 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
9/30 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre
10/1 -- Hamilton, ON, Canada, FirstOntario Centre
10/3 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
10/4 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
10/5 -- La Crosse, WI, La Crosse Center
10/7 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre
10/8 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
10/10 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater
10/11 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
10/12 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre - RiverCenter
10/14 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
10/15 -- Columbia, SC, South Carolina State Fairgrounds
10/18 -- Red Bank, NJ,Count Basie Theatre
10/19 -- Kingston, NY, Broadway Theater - Ulster Performing Arts Center
10/22 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Center
10/24 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center - Centre College of Kentucky
10/25 -- Bowling Green, KY, Bowling Green Hot Rods Field
10/29 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Centre
10/31 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/2 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre

* = with Jeff Beck.


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Billy Joel Is the Most Long Island Person Ever

Credit: Myrna SuarezEven people who've never stepped foot in New York State -- or the U.S. -- probably know that Billy Joel is from Long Island, New York.   Maybe that's why the residents of that area have just crowned him the winner of the "That's SO Long Island" contest.

Local paper Newsday has been running the contest for several weeks, asking readers to vote on who or what best exemplifies the area, which is essentially a suburb of New York City.  Thanks to over 520,000 reader votes, Billy beat out 63 other local celebrities, attractions and activities to be declared the most "Long Island" of them all.   Among the fellow Long Island celebrities he beat: Billy Crystal, Lindsay Lohan, Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel, Debbie Gibson, Natalie Portman, Rosie O'Donnell, Ralph Macchio and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

As for why he won the contest, it probably has something to do with the fact that Billy still lives in Long Island, donates plenty of time and money to local causes, and has sung about the place numerous times.  The title of his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, is a town in Long Island.  He's also name-checked other local locations such as Oyster Bay and the Miracle Mile, while "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" was inspired by the plight of Long Island fishermen.


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Expanded Version of Yes' "Songs from Tsongas" Video, Plus Companion Three-CD Set, Due in September

Eagle Rock EntertainmentAn expanded version of the 2005 Yes concert video Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Tour, along with a three-CD companion album, are scheduled to be released on September 23.  The Special Edition of the Song from Tsongas video will be available on Blu-ray, as a two-DVD collection and as a digital download that will contain performances from two separate shows the acclaimed prog-rock band played during its 2004 trek.

The first concert was showcased on the original release, a May 2004 gig at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts.  The bonus performances come from a show that took place in July of that year at Switzerland's Lugano Jazz Festival.

Yes' 35th anniversary tour featured the band's classic 1970s lineup of singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Rick Wakeman.  Among the well-known songs the group played at the Massachusetts show was "Your Move/All Good People," "Yours Is No Disgrace," "Long Distance Runaround," "Roundabout," "And You and I" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart," while the group also performed most of those tunes in Lugano too.  In addition, the Tsongas Arena concert was highlighted by an acoustic set that included some gems that Yes rarely played live.

The DVD version of Songs from Tsongas' Special Edition also includes an interview with longtime Yes album artist Roger Dean, as well as a bonus performance of "The Ritual" from the Massachusetts concert.

The three-CD set features audio of the entire original Songs from Tsongas show, including "The Ritual."

Here is the complete track list of the Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert -- Special Edition DVD:

Disc 1: Songs from Tsongas
"Intro/Firebird Suite"
"Going for the One"
"Sweet Dreams"
"Your Move/All Good People"
"Mind Drive Parts 1 & 2"
"South Side of the Sky"
"Turn of the Century"
"My Eyes"
"Mind Drive Part 3"
"Yours Is No Disgrace"
"The Meeting (Piano Solo)"
"Long Distance Runaround"
"Wonderous Stories"
"Time Is Time"
"Roundabout"
"Show Me"
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
"Second Initial (Guitar Solo)"
"Rhythm of Love"
"And You and I"
"Every Little Thing"
"Starship Trooper"

Disc 2: Live in Lugano
"Intro/Firebird Suite"
"Going for the One"
"Sweet Dreams"
"Your Move/All Good People"
"Long Distance Runaround"
"The Fish"
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
"And You and I"
"Starship Trooper"
"Roundabout"


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Full Track List Revealed for Late Blues Guitar Great Johnny Winter's Upcoming Duets Album, "Step Back"

Megaforce RecordsAs the music world mourns the death of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, full details have been revealed about what will be his final studio album.  Due out on September 2, Step Back features Winter playing covers of classic blues and early rock 'n' roll tunes that inspired him when he was young, with help from a bevy of other renowned musicians.

Among the stars featured on the record are Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Mountain's Leslie West, Dr. John and ex-Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer.  The track list includes the Ray Charles classic "Unchain My Heart," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," Fats Domino's "Blue Monday," Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor," Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," Bobby Blue Bland's "Don't Want No Woman," Willie Dixon's "Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)" and Lightnin' Hopkins' "Mojo Hand."

"If there's good people, other good musicians, people enjoy it.  I just love it," said Winter of his new album.  "[Step Back] is just to bring it to the people of today who haven't listened to the old music.  It's better than anything they hear today."

Perry, who's featured on the version of "Mojo Hand," has high praise for Johnny, saying, "If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar."

Step Back is a sequel to Winter's 2011 album Roots, which featured guest appearances by his brother Edgar, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, country star Vince Gill and Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.

Step Back is available for pre-order now at Amazon.  Here is the album's complete track list, along with the guest artists who joined Winter on the songs:

"Unchain My Heart" -- with The Blues Brothers Horns
"Can't Hold Out (Talk to Me Baby)" -- with Ben Harper
"Don't Want No Woman" -- with Eric Clapton
"Killing Floor" -- with Paul Nelson
"Who Do You Love"
"Okie Dokie Stomp" -- with Brian Setzer
"Where Can You Be" -- with Billy Gibbons
"Sweet Sixteen" -- with Joe Bonamassa
"Death Letter"
"My Babe" -- with Jason Ricci
"Long Tall Sally" -- with Leslie West
"Mojo Hand" -- with Joe Perry
"Blue Monday" -- with Dr. John


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Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones to Tour Again with Dave Rawlings Machine in the Fall

Image Courtesy of Andy TennilleAfter joining Dave Rawlings Machine for a brief U.S. tour in June, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones will hit the road with the Americana collective for another outing in the early fall.  The trek, which will visit the West Coast, gets under way September 22 in Missoula, Montana, and is plotted out through an October 5 show in Santa Barbara, California.

Jones plays mandolin in the acoustic folk group, which also features Rawlings longtime musical partner, singer/songwriter Gillian Welch.  The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also toured with Dave Rawlings Machine in the fall of 2013.

Tickets for all of the upcoming shows went on sale to the general public on Friday, with the exception of a September 28 concert in Arcata, California.  Tickets for that gig will be available starting on August 4.  More dates will be announced soon.

Here's the full list of David Rawlings Machine's tour dates:

9/22 -- Missoula, MT, Wilma Theater
9/23 -- Spokane, WA, Bing Crosby Theater
9/24 -- Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre
9/25 -- Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
9/27 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theater
9/28 -- Arcata, CA, Van Duzer Theatre
9/29 -- Grants Pass, OR, Rogue Theatre
9/30 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
10/1 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Cocoanut Grove
10/3 -- Sonoma, CA, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
10/5 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Lobero Theatre


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