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Credits: Danny ClinchWith Stevie Nicks going her own way lately, fellow Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have revealed that they've decided to release music they've been recording over the last couple of years as a duets album. The singer/songwriters tell The Los Angeles Times that the record has the working title Buckingham-McVie and is tentatively scheduled to arrive in May.

"All these years we've had this rapport, but we'd never really thought about doing a duet album before," Buckingham explains. "There is that album that I did with Stevie back before we joined the band [1973's Buckingham Nicks], but other than that, it's all been Fleetwood Mac or solo."

The project began in early 2014, when the entire Fleetwood Mac lineup except for Nicks hit the studio to work on material for a tentative new band album. However, Stevie expressed apprehension about the project, deciding instead to focus on promoting her recent solo releases.

As the recording moved forward, McVie says her collaboration with Buckingham gained momentum.

"We've always written well together…and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we've done between us," she tells the paper.

Buckingham reveals that for some of the tunes, McVie helped finish songs he began.

"That was a first," he admits. "She would write lyrics and maybe paraphrase the melody -- and come up with something far better than what I would have done if I'd taken it down the road myself."

ABC Radio first caught wind of the project in August, when drummer Mick Fleetwood revealed in an interview that a Buckingham-McVie duets album had been discussed.

Meanwhile, when ABC Radio asked Nicks last year what she thought about Buckingham and McVie possibly releasing music without her, she said, "You can never say never, but I don't think that will happen."

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Dave Benett/Getty ImagesThe last days of Michael Jackson's life will soon be dramatized on the small screen.  

Variety reports that a television biopic titled Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland will begin shooting on location this February and will air on Lifetime. 

The TV movie is based on the 2014 book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Finals Days and features actor Chad L. Coleman as Jackson's bodyguard.  

Coleman's acting resume includes roles in ArrowThe Walking Dead and The Wire.

News of the forthcoming Jackson biopic comes on the heels of recent controversy surrounding an episode of a new U.K. comedy series Urban Myths, in which the late pop icon is portrayed by white British actor Joseph Fiennes.  

On Friday, Sky Arts, the U.K. network set to air the episode, decided to pull it from its schedule.  

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Starz Entertainment LLCJust a reminder that the new Rolling Stones documentary, The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America, gets its television premiere on the Starz cable network this Sunday, January 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The movie, which got its theatrical premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, follows The Rolling Stones during their 2016 América Latina Olé tour. The trek visited 10 cities during February and March, and culminated with a historic free performance in Havana, Cuba, on March 25 in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. The documentary also takes a behind-the-scenes look at the organization of the Cuba concert, and includes interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, as well as the tour's promoter and others involved in the production.

In addition, the new Rolling Stones concert film Havana Moon will premiere on Starz one week after Olé Olé Olé!, on Sunday, January 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. This movie focuses solely on the band's Havana concert, and includes performances of such classic songs as "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Paint It, Black," "Sympathy for the Devil," "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

The Rolling Stones Havana Moon got its theatrical premiere in September as a one-night-only screening event at a variety of cinemas. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in November.

Paul Dugdale directed both movies, which also will be made available for streaming and download starting January 15 via the Starz app.

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Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty ImagesRod Stewart and his wife, Penny Lancaster, live just a few houses down from President-elect Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida. In fact, Stewart and Lancaster are friendly with the Trumps -- but that doesn't mean that Rod's going to perform at the upcoming presidential inauguration.

While appearing on Loose Women -- the British TV talk show on which she serves as a panelist -- Penny seemed uncomfortable discussing her husband's possible involvement in the January 20 event. "Has Rod been asked to sing at Trump's inauguration? Because lots of people have," a fellow panelist asked her.

"There's been lots of...of...y'know, rumors and requests coming from different angles," Lancaster answered. "Not necessarily from the..."

At that point, the other panelist cut Penny off and asked pointedly, "Would he?"

Lancaster replied, "I...I...think...," and then said, in a mock-serious tone, "I think he's got a tour around that time!" The rest of the panelists, and the audience, started laughing, as another panelist cracked, "He's washing his hair again!"

For the record, Stewart does not, in fact, have a tour "around that time," something Lancaster is presumably aware of.  His next scheduled date is February 19 in Poland.

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Diane L. Cohen/Getty ImagesHours after Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, said that seeing white British actor Joseph Fiennes portraying her late father in the U.K. TV show Urban Myths made her "want to vomit," the Sky Arts network has pulled the episode.

Urban Myths is a new comedy series that Sky Arts describes as dramatizations of  "true...ish" pop culture stories. One episode was to feature Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando fleeing New York City after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

A trailer, which has now been removed, premiered earlier this week showing Fiennes as Jackson, wearing what appears to be a prosthetic nose.

Sky Arts issued an official statement this morning explaining its decision to pull the episode.

"We have taken the decision not to broadcast 'Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,' a [30-minute] episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series," reads the message. "This decision was taken in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family. We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events & never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision."

Reacting to the trailer, Paris Jackson wrote Wednesday on Twitter, "i'm so incredibly offended by it, as i'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit."

MJ's nephew Taj Jackson also spoke out about the portrayal, tweeting, "Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect."

Urban Myths also will include dramatizations of alleged incidents involving Bob Dylan, Alice Cooper and The Sex Pistols, among other celebrities. The series premieres January 19 with a show focusing on the time Dylan supposedly went to pay an impromptu visit to Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, but wound up at the wrong house.

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Credit: Sean EvansFormer Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters is working on a new studio album, and he gave fans a little taste of what it sounds like in a brief video that he posted on his official Twitter feed. The 11-second clip shows Waters playing a bass part along to an apparently new track while sitting at a studio console.

The grooving instrumental segment is reminiscent of some of Pink Floyd's classic 1970s work. Accompanying the video is a message that reads, simply, "yeah!"

In recent weeks, Waters has posted a series of behind-the-scenes photos of him in a recording studio. Roger's last solo rock album of original material was 1992's Amused to Death.

As previously reported, Waters will mount a lengthy North American trek dubbed the Us & Them tour this year. The outing kicks off May 26 in Kansas City, Missouri, and is mapped out through an October 28 show in Vancouver, Canada.

"It'll be a mixture of stuff from my long career," Roger explains in a video trailer promoting the tour posted on Twitter. "Stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, maybe the odd thing that I've done since then, new ideas, new concepts, new architecture, new projections. A completely new thing."

You can check out all the dates at Roger-Waters.com.

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yeah!
📸@deadskinboy pic.twitter.com/XoAklaUi8b

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Credit: Mark JaworskiSmokey Robinson will pay a special visit to Pio Pico Middle School in Los Angeles next Wednesday, January 18, to present a $1 million check on behalf of the Niagara Cares charity in support of music education. While at the school, the Motown legend also will deliver some brand-new instruments and will be treated to performances of a few of his classic tunes by the students.

Niagara Cares, which is the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling company, is donating the funds in support of the Little Kids Rock organization's campaign to restore and expand music-education programs in public schools.

"Little Kids Rock is such a great organization for supporting the effort for getting our kids in the arts in schools," says Robinson, who was honored as the charity's "Rocker of the Year" at its October 2016 gala in New York City. "We need to support our kids in as many positive areas as we possibly can. We are not only talking about the future of music; we are talking about the future of our country. We are talking about the future; our future period."

After Smokey's visit to the school, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Little Kids Rock plans to donate more instruments and expand its program to 30 more schools in the district on January 28 at the organization's Modern Band Workshop at L.A.'s Miramonte Elementary School. Little Kids Rock first partnered with the L.A. school district in 2004, and since then has distributed more than 7,000 instruments and provided resources worth over $2 million.

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Tower of Power circa 1970; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Bassist Marc Van Wageningen and drummer Dave Garibaldi of the legendary soul and R&B band Tower of Power were hit by a train in Oakland Thursday night.

The Oakland Fire Department reports there were no fatalities, but Van Wageningen and Garibaldi's conditions are unknown, other than that their injuries aren't life-threatening.  Reports are they were trying to cross the train tracks when the accident occurred last night around 7:45 p.m.

Tower of Power is a multi-ethnic R&B band from Oakland that's been performing since 1968. The group was scheduled to play a concert in downtown Oakland, but the show was abruptly cancelled. The band has been on tour and has dates booked through February 17. It is unclear if those dates will be postponed or cancelled.

Sheila E. tweeted "Please pray for my frenz, Bassist Marc Van Wageningen, drummer Dave GARIBALDI for tower power hit by a train in front of Yoshi's in Oakland." Van Wageningen played on E.'s 1991 album, Sex Cymbal, and has toured with her on and off for years.

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Roy's Boys/Legacy RecordingsAn updated and expanded version of the late Roy Orbison's historic, star-studded 1988 concert special Black & White Night will be released as a DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD set on February 24 in commemoration of the show's 30th anniversary.

The new collection, titled Black & White Night 30, will feature previously unreleased performances, unseen camera angles and a documentary that includes interviews with the event's various guest artists.

Black & White Night, which originally aired as a cable-TV special, documents a specially-staged concert that took place in Los Angeles on September 20, 1987.  It featured Orbison performing with famous musical friends and fans like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes and J.D. Souther.

What's more, the evening's backing group was Elvis Presley's famed TCB Band, which included guitar great James Burton, keyboardist Glen D. Hardin, bassist Jerry Scheff and drummer Ronnie Tutt.

Black & White Night 30, is a re-imagined, re-edited, remastered version of the original show, with previously unused footage, an unreleased alternate performance of Roy's classic song "Oh, Pretty Woman" and more. The DVD and Blu-ray also features five previously unreleased bonus performances captured on stage after the audience had left the venue.

The documentary runs 33 minutes, and includes rehearsal footage, as well as interviews filmed before and after the concert with Springsteen, Costello, Browne, Raitt and others. Another bonus is a gallery of rare photos from the event. The Black & White Night 30 package also features liner notes penned by Roy's son, Roy Orbison Jr.

Following its release, Black & White Night 30 will be shown as a PBS special during the month of March.

Here is the track list of the DVD/Blu-ray:

"Only the Lonely"
"Leah"
"In Dreams"
"Crying"
"Uptown"
"The Comedians"
"Blue Angel"
"It's Over"
"Running Scared"
"Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)"
"Mean Woman Blues"
"Candy Man"
"Ooby Dooby"
"Blue Bayou"
"Go Go Go (Down the Line)"
"(All I Can Do Is) Dream You"
"Claudette"
"Oh, Pretty Woman" (Alternate Version)*
"Oh, Pretty Woman"

Secret Post Show:
"(All I Can Do Is) Dream You" (Alternate Version)*
"The Comedians" (Alternate Version)*
"Candy Man" (Alternate Version)*
"Claudette" (Alternate Version)*
"Uptown" (Alternate Version)*

Bonus Features:
--Bonus Rehearsal & Interview Footage
--Photo Gallery

* = previously unreleased
= first time on DVD.

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PRNewsFoto/UMeEx-Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman's new solo album, Piano Portraits, gets its release today on CD and as a digital download. Amazingly, the 15-track collection is the 100th solo album Wakeman has released.

Piano Portraits features instrumental versions of a number of well-known rock and pop songs, including covers of three tunes he played on as a studio musician -- Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" and David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "Space Oddity." The album also features renditions of The Beatles' "Help!" and "Eleanor Rigby," Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," 10cc's "I'm Not Alone" and Yes' "Wonderous Stories," plus a few classical pieces of which Rick is fond.

"I've been wanting to do a piano album for years of classic songs, a mixture of music, some classical, all done in the only style I know how to play," Wakeman says in a video promo for the album. "I spent quite a bit of time looking at everything from almost straight classical pieces to some stuff that I'd played on in the past…plus pieces of music I thought would work really, really well, like 'Stairway to Heaven' and some of the great classics like 'Claire de Lune.'"

You can check out some video of Rick performing some of the songs on Piano Portraits on his official VEVO YouTube channel. The album also will be released as a two-LP vinyl set on February 3.

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Jimmy King; Danny ClinchDavid Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson are among the many artists who have been nominated for the 2017 NME Awards. The late Bowie, aptly, is in the running for the Hero of the Year prize, while Springsteen's memoir Born to Run scored a nod for best book and the reissue of the late King of Pop's 1979 album Off the Wall is vying for the Best Reissue honor.

Also nominated for Best Reissue are updated versions of R.E.M.'s 1991 album Out of Time and Pink Floyd's 1971 release Meddle.

Meanwhile, the recent concert film The Rolling Stones Havana Moon and the documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years received nods in the Best Music Film category.

Beyoncé leads all nominees with five nominations. Pop/R&B superstar is up for the Best Album, Best Video, Music Moment of the Year, Hero of the Year and Best International Female trophies.

You can check out the full list of nominees at NME.com. Voting for the NME Awards is open now; the winners will be announced February 15 in London.

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Courtesy of Def LeppardAfter playing more than 70 shows in 2016, Def Leppard will hit the road again in April on a major North American tour, with fellow '80s rockers Poison and Tesla joining them on most dates. The trek will get rollin' on April 8 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is mapped out through a June 25 concert in Indianapolis.

The tour currently features 38 dates, and includes stops in many cities that Def Leppard didn't visit last year. Among the major cities on the band's 2017 itinerary are Montreal, Baltimore, Nashville, Atlanta, San Antonio, Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and St. Louis.

"We're thrilled to be able to take this tour to cities we didn't play in 2016," says Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott. "The demand for us to return, or rather extend the tour was phenomenal! There's a great buzz around the band right now."

Poison, meanwhile, will be touring with its original lineup for the first time in more than five years.

"I could not be more excited," declares frontman Bret Michaels. "I know all of us will give one thousand percent on stage and we are looking forward to performing our hits together. I personally could not be more thankful for the three generations of fans and I love the music of Def Leppard and Tesla."

Tickets for most dates will go on sale to the public on either January 20 or January 21. Members of Def Leppard's Rock Brigade Concert Club will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets and VIP packages beginning Tuesday, January 17.

In advance of the tour, Def Leppard will release a new concert video/CD package titled And There Will Be a Next Time -- Live from Detroit on February 10.

Here's Def Leppard's full list of 2017 tour dates:

4/8 -- Manchester, NH, SNHU Arena
4/10 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre*
4/12 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
4/14 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
4/15 -- Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
4/17 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
4/19 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
4/21 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
4/22 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Sanford Premier Center
4/24 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
4/26 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center**
4/27 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
4/29 -- Fort Myers, FL, JetBlue Park*
4/30 -- Jacksonville, FL, Metropolitan Park*
5/2 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
5/3 -- Atlanta, GA, Lakewood Amphitheatre
5/5 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
5/6 -- Concord, NC, Charlotte Motor Speedway***
5/24 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/26 -- Pryor Oklahoma, Rocklahoma*
5/27 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center*
5/29 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Broadmoor World Arena
5/31 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
6/2 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place/Rogers Place*
6/3 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome*
6/6 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena*
6/7 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
6/9 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
6/10 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
6/12 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
6/14 -- Ontario, CA, Citizens Bank Arena
6/16 -- San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
6/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden Arena
6/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center NO TESLA
6/22 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/24 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center

* = Def Leppard only
** = Tesla will not perform
*** = Poison will not perform.

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KMazur/WireImageMichael Jackson's daughter, Paris, is speaking out against British actor Joseph Fiennes' portrayal of her father in an episode of the upcoming TV series, Urban Myths. In the trailer for the show, Fiennes, who is white, wears prosthetics to look like Jackson.

In a series of tweets, 18-year-old Paris called the casting of the series offensive.

"I'm so incredibly offended by it, as i'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit," she wrote in response to a Michael Jackson fan account.

Paris added, "it angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz as well." 

That's a reference to Elizabeth Taylor, portrayed in the episode by Stockard Channing. The series dramatizes events that allegedly happened to famous people: This particular episode focuses on a road trip that Michael Jackson supposedly took with Taylor and Marlon Brando in September 2001.

Paris also touched on how the series damages the legacy of her father, Taylor and Brando.

"Where is the respect?" she asked the fan. "They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayal."

Paris wasn't the only Jackson who took offense to the trailer. MJ's nephew, Taj Jackson tweeted, "Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect."

The show's director, Ben Palmer, tells the British paper The Guardian, "We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance. We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that. He's given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance."

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@TheMJCast where is the respect? they worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayal

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ABC/Fred WatkinsTaking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America, an all-star celebration of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

The two-hour special features performances by Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera and many other music stars. Legendary music producer Quincy Jones, who was one of the event's executive producers, says tonight's program will cover some of the greatest music contributions that African Americans have made throughout the years.

"It goes straight through the ages," Jones tells ABC Radio. "Stuff from the '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s; be-bop, doo-wop, hip-hop, big bands; everything. It covers the history."

Don Mischer, co-executive producer of Taking the Stage, concurs, and adds that the contribution African Americans have made to pop culture is "unparalleled."

"You know, from jazz to rock and roll to hip-hop, and we're trying to hit on all of those," Mischer explains. "What's working really well in this show is that the music is connected to something that's anchored in the museum."

In addition to the musical performances, the special features dance and spoken-word presentations, including a tribute to Michael Jackson. Its star-studded roster of celebrities includes President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Dave Chappelle, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Angela Bassett, Chris Tucker and Quincy Jones' daughter, Rashida.

Quincy believes tonight's special is important to black culture and it comes as a perfect time.

"In many ways the timing is just right on," he says. "We've never had such a racial confrontation ever in the country as it has been now. Because it has always been covered up in the North, in the South you know where you stand."

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Credit: Gregg RothA new Peter Frampton concert film documenting a performance from his 2016 unplugged tour gets its premiere on the AXS TV high-def network on Sunday, January 29, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Peter Frampton Raw: An Acoustic Show was filmed in March of last year at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

During the concert, Frampton showcased stripped-down renditions of songs from throughout his long career, including such well-known tunes as "Do You Feel Like We Do?," "Wind of Change," "All I Wanna Be (Is by Your Side)," "Show Me the Way" and "Lines on My Face." The veteran guitar whiz also shared some stories behind the various songs.

Frampton is joined by a couple of special musical guests during the performance -- his son Julian and his longtime songwriting collaborator Gordon Kennedy.

Since fall of 2015, Frampton has mounted a number of short unplugged treks dubbed "Raw: An Acoustic Tour," and in February of 2016 he released Acoustic Classics, an album of stripped-down studio versions of songs from his back catalog.

Peter has another acoustic tour lined up this year that runs from March 24 in New Albany, Ohio, through an April 12 gig in Rutland, Vermont. His 2017 itinerary also includes a March 13 performance on the '70 Rock & Romance Cruise, and a headlining set on June 18 at the Mountain Jam festival in Hunter, New York.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCStevie Wonder performed a very special serenade last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, for none other than the first lady.

Michelle Obama was Fallon’s guest for the entire show, one of the highlights of which was Wonder performing special versions his classic hits “Isn’t She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour,” with the lyrics changed in honor of Mrs. Obama.

Fallon drew cheers from the audience when he thanked Mrs. Obama for "always promoting physical fitness," before adding, "Since you like exercising so much, how about running for president?"

Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld were also guests for a segement on the broadcast, in which they all played a game of “Catchphrase,” which Mrs. Obama and Fallon won.

There was also a touching video segment in which ordinary Americans were asked to record video messages for Mrs. Obama, who were then surprised when the FLOTUS appeared from behind a curtain to greet them.

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Proper MusicFormer Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter has gone on to have an extremely prolific solo career, as evidenced by a massive 30-disc box set titled Stranded in Reality that was released recently.

The limited-edition collection, which spans the years 1975 to 2015, features remastered versions of 17 of Hunter's official studio and live albums, many with bonus tracks, plus nine CDs' worth of rare and previously unreleased recordings, two DVDs, an 88-page hardback book and some collectible inserts.

"There's CDs there with totally new stuff on 'em. There's CDs there with outtakes, [DVDs]...You name it," Hunter tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I don't know anything that's left, put it like that."

The box set was spearheaded by Mott the Hoople and Hunter archivist Campbell Devine, along with the Proper Music label, and came together over the course of three-and-a-half years. Ian says he took a while before he personally got involved in in the project, but with Devine's prompting he eventually wound up digging deep into his vaults to contribute unreleased demos and other rare tracks.

"Campbell [is] a bit of a terrier, and he had me digging out stuff that I really didn't know I had," explains Hunter, "and he had me remembering stuff that I didn't remember."

Meanwhile, Hunter admits that he initially "felt a little funny about" putting out such an all-encompassing anthology of his work, noting, "Normally when you do box sets, well, that's it, right?" The 77-year-old rocker adds that he "got over that one pretty quick" because of the fact that he had a brand-new studio album, Finger Crossed, that he released around the same time as Stranded in Reality.

You can check out the full track list of the box set at ProperMusic.com.

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Credit: Erik KabikCarlos Santana has announced that he'll be extending his band's long-running Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues all the way into the fall of 2017.

After previously scheduling January and February performances of the show, dubbed An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live, the guitar legend now has lined up a total of 24 new dates in May, September and November.

Tickets for the newly-added concerts go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 13, at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available at HouseofBlues.com/LasVegas/Santana, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to two charities geared toward aiding young people: The Milagro Foundation, which Carlos co-founded, and the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Santana's residency at the House of Blues Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino: it started in May 2012.

In other news, Santana recently scheduled a pair of concerts at the Choctaw Grand Theater in Durant, Oklahoma, on July 7 and 8. Pre-sale tickets for those shows will be available starting Thursday, January 12, at 10 a.m. CT. Santana also has a previously-announced run of April dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Here are all of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. shows:

1/25, 27-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
2/1-4 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
5/17, 19-21, 24, 26-28 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues*
7/7-8 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater*
9/13, 15-17, 20, 22-24 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues*
11/1, 3-5, 8, 10-12 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues*

* = newly added shows.

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Al Pereira/Getty ImagesSome disconcerting news from Asia frontman John Wetton, who has been battling cancer recently.

The 67-year-old prog-rocker has announced that because of medical reasons, he will be unable to take part in Yes' upcoming Cruise to the Edge next month and Asia's upcoming run of U.S. tour dates with Journey in March and April.

"I am disappointed to announce that, on the advice of my medical team, I have to withdraw from Cruise to the Edge, and from the first leg of the Journey tour," Wetton says in a statement. "I will soon be starting a new medical chemotherapy procedure, under which I will not be able to fly."

Wetton adds, "I am grateful to the promoters of the cruise. I wish them pleasant sailing and I know my friends on the cruise, both artists and fans, will have a ball on the ocean wave." The veteran singer/bassist had been scheduled to perform solo on the cruise, which runs from February 7 to February 11.

In addition, Wetton reveals that his friend, current Yes bassist Billy Sherwood, will fill in for him during Asia's initial tour leg with Journey, which is mapped out from a March 15 show in Yakima, Washington, through an April 4 concert in Dayton, Ohio.

Wetton maintains, however, that he's "intending to return to the stage with Asia later in 2017, dates soon to be announced."

He also notes that, while he's disappointed to miss the start of a "historic" tour with Asia, "I know this decision will be in the best interests of my health and our fans, in the long run."

During his long career, Wetton also has been a member of King Crimson and U.K.

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Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images via ABCStevie Wonder will be the musical guest this evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. According to a post on his official Facebook page, the legendary singer will give a performance paying tribute to outgoing first lady Michelle Obama, who is the only other scheduled guest on the program.

Knowing host Jimmy Fallon's penchant for getting his guests to participate in games and sketches, we have to wonder if Stevie might end up appearing in another segment of the show in addition to his musical performance.

The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

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