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Courtesy of Record Store DayThanksgiving is tomorrow, and following on the heels of the festive holiday is the 2017 edition of Record Store Day's Black Friday event on November 24. As usual, a wide variety of cool limited-edition vinyl discs will be available exclusively in independent record stores, including releases by Paul McCartney, Queen, Aretha Franklin, The Doors and Cat Stevens.

McCartney has two seven-inch singles being released, both featuring a rendition of his holiday classic "Wonderful Christmastime" backed by The Roots. One version is pressed on red vinyl and features Norah Jones performing the song "Peace" on the flip side. The second comes on green vinyl and has The Decemberists covering Big Star's "Jesus Christ" on the flip side.

Queen's offering is a 12-inch single featuring the classics "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You;" it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the band's News of the World album.

Franklin will be releasing a seven-inch single that includes enhanced versions of her trademark tune "Respect" and her hit "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)," with new accompaniment from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Doors' Black Friday release is a remastered, two-LP version of the band's 1970 Absolutely Live album pressed on midnight-blue vinyl.

Yusuf, a.k.a. Cat Stevens, is issuing a picture-disc version of his recently released studio album, The Laughing Apple, which features new renditions of some of his early recordings.

Other 2017 Record Store Day Black Friday releases include discs from Chuck Berry, Blue Oyster Cult, The Byrds, Cheap Trick, Petula Clark, The Grateful Dead, Isaac Hayes, Janis Joplin, Procol Harum, The Raspberries, Otis Redding, Toto, The Turtles and U2.

Check out the full list at RecordStoreDay.com.

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ABC/Image Group LASmokey Robinson is one of the many stars who will be performing on the 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow. The Motown legend ells ABC Radio that the festive event will not only give him the chance to celebrate the holiday but also the recent release of his new album.

"I have a new CD out, a Christmas record. It's called Christmas Everyday," Robinson points out. "And it's available on Amazon, and so I'm doing the parade."

Smokey, who reports that he previously took part in the Macy's parade "many, many years ago," says the event "is a fun time and it's celebrating one of our biggest holidays." He adds with a laugh, "And then after that, I go eat."

Among the many artists who'll be riding on floats and singing during the parade are Patti LaBelle, Goo Goo Dolls, Wyclef Jean, 98 Degrees, Flo Rida, Common, Andra Day, Andy Grammer and country stars Sara Evans, Cam, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch.

In addition, the event will include appearances by the Muppets and cast members of Sesame Street, and Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, not to mention 1,000 clowns, 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers, 12 marching bands, 17 giant balloons and 26 floats.

The 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker, airs on NBC at 9 a.m. in all time zones. The show will encore at 2 p.m.

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RhinoOn this day 50 years ago, Otis Redding recorded perhaps his most enduring song, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," which went on to become the soul legend's only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In honor of the milestone, the tune will be reissued as a seven-inch single on gold vinyl January 9, 2018, a day after the 50th anniversary of the song's original release.

The single will include the rare, original version of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," which was pulled shortly after its release and replaced with the one that's known to this day. The original recording was shorter and Redding's voice was mixed lower. The single also features the tune "Sweet Lorene" on the b-side.

Sadly, Redding never enjoyed the success of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" -- he was killed in a plane crash on December 10, 1967. He was just 26.

The vinyl single is one of several releases planned to mark the 50th anniversary of "The Dock of the Bay." Another is the previously announced vinyl box set The Definitive Studio Albums Collection, a seven-LP package featuring mono versions of every Redding studio album. It's due out December 15.

In related news, a tribute concert called An Evening of Respect: Celebrating Otis Redding & 50 Years of "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay will be held on January 25 at the Apollo Theater in New York City. The benefit show, which will raise money for The Otis Redding Foundation, will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, with performances by neo-soul band The Dap-Kings and various guest stars. Tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, November 28, via Ticketmaster.com, while pre-sale tickets are available now for American Express Card members.

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Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthThe Beach Boys' Mike Love has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: he just released a new solo album, Unleash the Love, that features new original songs and rerecordings of some Beach Boys classics.

Love tells ABC Radio that he'll be spending the holiday with loved ones at his home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

"There's a beautiful view from my house of 26 miles of water," says the Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer. "We usually are there for Thanksgiving and Christmas, 'cause it's totally family.  You know, a lot of people come in for it. Sometimes we have a crowd of maybe 60 people at Christmas, but Thanksgiving will be a little more low-key."

Mike tells ABC Radio that music has always been a big part of his family's holiday gatherings, and this year's Thanksgiving should be no exception.

"We have the grand piano and the harp in the living room, and we play Christmastime music and all that, which is how we started," Love explains. "We started with family gatherings due to the fact that my mom was incredibly into music of all kinds."

He adds, "So yeah, it'll be all about family, and I wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving."

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Kevin Mazur; Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesU2 and Nile Rodgers Featuring Chic are among the big names nominated for this year's BBC Music Awards.  That's the good news: the bad news is that there won't be an actual ceremony for the stars to attend.

As the BBC reports, the show has been scaled back this year to just a few categories, so the winners will be revealed during a TV show airing December 8 called The Year in Music 2017.   It will look back on the biggest music stories of the year, as told by the musicians involved with them.

U2 and Rodgers' group are both up for the BBC Music Live Performance of the Year honor. The Irish rockers are being acknowledged for their The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, while the funk/R&B legend and his band received their nod for their set at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival. Also in the running for the award are the Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, Katy Perry, and Boy Better Know

Here are all the nominations for the BBC Music Awards:

BBC MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ed Sheeran
Harry Styles
Kendrick Lamar
Lorde
Rag N Bone Man
Stormzy

BBC MUSIC BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Calvin Harris -- Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
Ed Sheeran -- ÷ (Divide)
Dua Lipa -- Dua Lipa
Rag N Bone Man -- Human
Stormzy -- Gang Signs & Prayer
The xx -- I See You

BBC MUSIC LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Boy Better Know -- Glastonbury
Depeche Mode -- Glasgow Barrowlands, BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
Foo Fighters -- Glastonbury
Katy Perry -- BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend
Nile Rodgers Featuring Chic -- Glastonbury
U2 -- The Joshua Tree Tour

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Andy Sheppard/Redferns via Getty ImagesScott McCaughey, who was part of R.E.M.'s touring band for nearly 20 years, recently suffered a stroke, but fans, family and friends have come through for him -- he's raised over $94,000 via a GoFundMe account to help pay his medical bills.

The account was only set up Monday by the multi-instrumentalist's wife, Mary, with a goal of raising $75,000, but as of late Wednesday morning, nearly $95,000 had been donated. 

"As many of you know, Scott McCaughey has suffered a major stroke and is receiving treatment in San Francisco," reads a message on the GoFundMe page. "To all of you who have expressed love and interest in helping him, we have set up this Go Fund Me account to help defray the steep costs of Scott's medical bills and extensive ongoing physical and speech therapy in the future." 

She adds, "He is still in ICU and has a long, difficult road ahead to recovery, but with his unsinkable spirit (and with time and hard work) we know that he'll come back from this and be back in your town rocking soon."

As Billboard reports, McCaughey contributed rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals to R.E.M.'s live shows from 1994 until they broke up in 2011. He's also a member of The Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5 and The Baseball Project, the latter two of which also feature R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck.

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Engelke/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesFamily and friends will bid a final farewell to AC/DC's Malcolm Young this Tuesday.

The late guitarist and AC/DC co-founder's funeral will be November 28 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, according to Australia's News.com.au.  The website reveals that the funeral will be private and that the Young family has requested that the event not be broadcast.

The service will be held the same day as the ARIA Awards, Australia's equivalent to the Grammys. The ceremony likely will feature a salute to Malcolm, as well as to his brother George Young, who died last month at age 70 and was a member of bands including The Easybeats and Flash and the Pan. Malcolm passed away this past Saturday at the age of 64 from complications of dementia.

Following Malcolm's death, many well-known rockers issued tributes to the influential guitarist, including his former AC/DC band mate, Brian Johnson.  The singer wrote, "I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young, I can't believe he's gone. We had such great times on the road. I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar, his riffs have become legend, as has he…He has left a legacy that I don't think many can match. He never liked the celebrity side of fame, he was too humble for that…I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I'm going to miss him so much."

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Courtesy of CBSThe star-packed two-hour special celebrating next year's 60th Annual Grammys ceremony airs this Friday, November 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Grammys Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special will feature archival footage, exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the award show's most memorable moments and performances.

Among the many famous musicians appearing on the program in archival performance segments are Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Sting. A trailer for the special includes clips of performances by McCartney with Dave Grohl; Mick Jagger; Bob Dylan; Elton with Ed Sheeran; Al Green with Justin Timberlake; Sting with Bruno Mars; Springsteen with Grohl and Elvis Costello; The Beach Boys with Adam Levine; Smokey Robinson with Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Carrie Underwood; and more.

The preview also features brief snippets of commentary by Elton and Sting.

Underwood and acclaimed pop/R&B singer John Legend will host the special.

Other artists appearing on the show include Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Pink, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and Coldplay's Chris Martin.

The 60th Annual Grammys will be held on January 28, 2018, and will air on CBS live from New York City.

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Donald Fagen is suing the estate of his late Steely Dan partner, Walter Becker, over control of the band's future, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At issue is a 1972 agreement signed by the original band members when Steely Dan was incorporated. 

The Hollywood Reporter cites Fagen's complaint, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, which says that in 1972 the group members signed an agreement, which provides that when a band member quits or dies, Steely Dan purchases all of that member's shares of the band.

The complaint alleges that by the 2010, only Becker and Fagen remained as signatories to the agreement.  But, the suit claims, four days after Becker's death in September, Becker's estate sent a letter to Fagen saying the agreement was no longer in effect.

The complaint also alleges that the estate sought 50 percent ownership of the band and the appointment of Becker's widow as an officer of the corporation.

The complaint also claims that Becker's estate controls the Steely Dan websites and refuses to relinquish or even share control.

Fagen is seeking a judgment declaring that the original agreement is valid and that he is the sole owner of Steely Dan.  He's also seeking more than $1 million in damages.  In addition, Fagen is suing the band's business management firm alleging that the company has withheld business records.

“This lawsuit is about a contract, the enforcement of that contract and the continuity of Steely Dan,” Fagen's attorney, Louis "Skip" Miller, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We think the contract is very clear on its face and we hope this lawsuit is resolved expeditiously.”

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©PatriciaSeatonPhotographyThanksgiving is this Thursday, but Moody Blues fans will have much to be thankful for a couple days later when a new concert special starring the band premieres on PBS as the latest episode of Great Performances. The program features highlights from two shows the British rockers played this past July at Toronto's Sony Centre during which they performed their influential 1967 symphonic concept album Days of Future Passed in its entirety.

The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live features the band accompanied by Toronto's World Festival Orchestra, and singer/guitarist Justin Hayward tells ABC Radio that both concerts recorded for the program "were absolutely magical."

Hayward says among the factors that made the shows special was the enthusiasm with which the orchestral musicians embraced the material.

"When they saw the parts and first played them in a rehearsal, I think they realized that this was kind of good stuff," Justin notes. "And they…were totally into it, and I think that made a big difference to the atmosphere of the evening."

In addition to the full Days of Future Passed, which includes the classic tunes "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon," the show also features the band playing such hits as "I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)," "Your Wildest Dreams" and "Question."

The Toronto shows were part of The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour, and those concerts were special because at most of the other dates on the trek, the band played along to pre-recorded orchestral tracks.

The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Live will begin airing on PBS stations this Saturday, November 25; check your local listings. The concert special will eventually be released as a home video.

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesRumors have been circulating on the internet claiming that Aretha Franklin is seriously ill, but a Detroit entertainment reporter says she spoke with a close friend of the Queen of Soul who insists that the reports are untrue.

Reporter Shaun Robinson posted a Twitter message early Tuesday that reads, "Good Morning, Everyone. I just spoke to one of Ms. Franklin's family friends in my hometown of Detroit. They spoke to Aretha moments ago and asked me to tell you please don't believe this news that was trending. Have a good day."

Franklin performed in early November at a New York City charity event for Elton John's AIDS Foundation, and photos of the singer showed her looking uncharacteristically thin. In addition, a Twitter page falsely claiming to be Aretha's official Twitter feed posted a fake message on Monday announcing her passing.

Franklin, who has experienced some health issues in recent years, has been the subject of other fake rumors. As Page Six points out, reports emerged alleging that Aretha was battling pancreatic cancer.

"I don't know where 'pancreatic cancer' came from," Franklin told Robinson at the time. "I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody."

Aretha has been working on a new album with music mogul Clive Davis and Stevie Wonder, and announced earlier this year she planned to retire from touring at the end of 2017.

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PRNewsfoto/PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICALYou want the fairy tale?  You'll get it August 16, 2018, when a musical based on the hit Julia Roberts movie Pretty Woman -- with songs written by Bryan Adams -- opens on Broadway.

As previously reported, the musical will have its world premiere in Chicago on March 13, but then will move to New York City's Nederlander Theater for performances that begin July 20.  August 16 marks the production's official opening night.

Bryan Adams and his long-time songwriting partner, Jim Vallance, created the music for the production, from a book by the late Garry Marshall, who directed the much-loved 1990 film, and J.F. Lawton, the movie's screenwriter. 

The Pretty Woman musical will star Samatha Barks and Steve Kazee as Vivian and Edward, the roles played by Roberts and Richard Gere, respectively, in the film.

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Paul Archuleta/FilmMagicFormer Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has canceled a string of upcoming U.S. dates with his band Day of Errors due to health issues. 

On his Facebook page, Ward writes, “I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am okay and in good recovery at this time. However, I’ve never experienced this particular type of heart problem before and due to its nature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates… I’m so sorry we won’t be making it.”

Ward parted ways with Sabbath several years ago but it was never clear if his dispute with the band was due to health issues or contract disputes. He released a solo effort, Accountable Beasts, in 2015 and formed Day of Errors just last year with guitarist Joe Amodea and singer-bassist Nick Diltz.

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Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesMore than 100 stolen items belonging to the estate of John Lennon were recovered recently by German police, BBC News reports. Among the pieces of memorabilia are three diaries, a tape featuring a Beatles concert recording, two pairs of glasses, sheet music and a cigarette case.

According to police, a 58-year-old man was arrested in Berlin on Monday on suspicion of handling stolen goods after his home and cars were searched. The property was stolen in 2006 in New York City from the late Beatles legend's widow, Yoko Ono.

A spokesman for the Berlin prosecutor's office says another suspect connected to the theft -- who apparently worked as Ono's chauffeur at one time -- is living in Turkey and "is unattainable for us at the present time."

BBC News reports that according to detectives, many of the items were confiscated from a Berlin auction house in July, and their recovery led to an investigation to track down more of the stolen property.

Some of the items, including the diaries, were put on display at Berlin police headquarters. It's not known when the property will be returned to Yoko.

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Credit: Daryl HannahOn Friday, December 1, Neil Young will be headed for home to celebrate the release of his new studio album, The Visitor, which he recorded with Promise of the Real. The folk-rock legend has announced plans to play an intimate solo acoustic concert from his "Canadian hometown," which will be streamed live on his official Facebook page at 8 p.m. ET that day.

While the location of the show hasn't been specified, Young spent his part of his childhood in the Toronto suburb of Omemee, Ontario. In a recent Facebook post about the event, Neil wrote, "December 1st will be a big day for me. The Visitor will be coming to your town. I will be going to my town. You will be able to hear me and see me."

The concert also will be viewable in Canada at CTV.ca.

In a separate Facebook message regarding the online concert, Young has posted a yellow notepad featuring what appears to be a set list that features songs from throughout his career. It includes "On the Way Home," "Love Is a Rose," "Harvest Moon," "Journey Through the Past," "War of Man" and seven more titles.

In addition, the 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will launch his new website NYA -- The Neil Young Archives on December 1. Young first announces plans for the site in August -- according to a press statement, it's "a comprehensive chronological collection of [Neil's] entire recorded music, films, videos and books, audio streaming in Master Quality." The content will be accessible via a new high-resolution streaming service called Xstream by NYA.

Young says that when the website first launches, all the content will be free.

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Courtesy of AXS TVPeter Frampton will be featured on the next episode of the AXS TV series The Big Interview with Dan Rather, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Among the many topics the veteran British guitar whiz discusses on the program is his long friendship with David Bowie, whom he met and first played music with when they were both students.

In a preview clip from the episode that's been posted on the AXS TV YouTube channel, Frampton talks about how Bowie helped him start a new chapter of his career in the 1980s after the pop superstardom Peter enjoyed during the previous decade had waned.

Frampton recalls that after Bowie had recruited him to contribute to his 1987 album Never Let Me Down, he was thrilled when David asked him to play guitar on his tour in support of the record.

"He said to me, 'What would you think about coming on the road? I'm gonna do a big tour, [the] Glass Spider Tour," Peter tells Dan Rather, adding with a laugh, "And I said, 'Let me think about -- yes! I'll be right there!' So, he could have anybody, but he chose me."

Peter says that by inviting him on that tour at that point in his career, Bowie "gave me the biggest gift, of taking me around the world in stadiums…and reintroducing me as the musician, the guitar player. And for that, I will never stop thanking him."

You can also watch another preview clip from the episode in which Frampton reveals how he was introduced to the talk box effect he famously used on his classic 1975 concert album Frampton Comes Alive!

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Myriam SantosIf you've been dying to see the new lineup of The Eagles, you're not only going to get your chance, but lots more besides.

The band's just announced a North American tour next year on which they'll share the stage with some of the biggest names in music: legends Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor, and Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton.

The bad news is there are only 12 concerts confirmed so far, although more are expected to be announced soon. The tour begins with a March 14 date in Chicago.  That show, as will four others on the trek, will be arena shows with The Eagles alone -- Don HenleyJoe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with country star Vince Gill and the late Glenn Frey's son, Deacon Frey.  Four will feature Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, two will include James Taylor and His All-Star Band, and the tour's lone Texas stop will have Chris Stapleton joining the band on stage.

Tickets for the various dates go on sale beginning Friday, December 1, with others on sale the day after that.  American Express Card members can buy tickets as early as Tuesday, November 28.  For full ticket info, visit Eagles.com.

Here's the tour itinerary:

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
4/14 -- Orlando, FL, Camping World Stadium
4/21 -- Miami, FL, Hard Rock Stadium
6/28 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field
6/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field

The Eagles and James Taylor & His All-Star Band
7/26 -- Washington, D.C., Nationals Park
7/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park

The Eagles and Chris Stapleton
6/23 -- Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadium

Evening with the Eagles arena concerts
3/14 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
3/23 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
5/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
7/15 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
7/20 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden

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Credit: Eric MarcelE Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren has just released a unique concert video he's dubbed Blind Date Jam, which features him and three other musicians playing a completely improvised show in front of a small audience at the Cattle Track art gallery near his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 80-minute video can be purchased for $10 as a digital download at NilsLofgren.com.

Lofgren tells ABC Radio that the concept of Blind Date Jam is "what happens when musicians get together and jam with no homework, no idea what they're gonna play, someone just throws out a riff and they go to town. It's reckless and raw, doesn't always work, but it challenges musicians who love to improv to create on the spot with no preconceived notion of what they're gonna come up with."

Joining Nils at the show were his frequent collaborator Gregg Varlotta on multiple instruments; drummer Greg Bruzzese, who played on his 2013 solo album, Old School; and bassist John Willis.

"The guys were great," Lofgren says of the show. "I had Greg jumping around from guitar to keyboards to trumpet to trombone to tap dancing. And I would go from acoustic to electric to lap steel to keyboards, and just throw out an idea and go."

Lofgren says he hopes Blind Date Jam is successful enough that he can organize new shows featuring some of his famous musical friends.

"I'm hoping at least to bring in not only different musicians that [I've] run into through the decades…to play but also different genres," he tells ABC Radio.

Special Blind Date Jam packages, including a DVD of the show, are available at Lofgren's PledgeMusic page. You can check out promo clips of the video at Nils' YouTube page.

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Kevin MazurBilly Joel probably isn't the target audience of the CW superhero series Arrow, but he'll be making a cameo appearance on the show's Thanksgiving episode....sort of.

According to EW, the episode's plot involves Cayden James, played by Michael Emerson, planning to ruin Thanksgiving by blowing up a concert venue in Star City -- which just happens to be hosting a Billy Joel concert.  Billy will appear in actual concert footage that the executive producer, Marc Guggenheim, secured after getting permission from the Piano Man himself.

Guggenheim tells EW, "For the Thanksgiving episode...we wanted Cayden James to threaten a major event at Star City.  A variety of ideas were discussed, but when we settled on a rock concert, I knew it had to be Billy Joel."

The executive producer who, like Billy, hails from Long Island, is a longtime fan, and wrote a letter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer asking permission to use the footage and one of his songs in the episode.

"He's always been an inspiration to me, personally and artistically.  I told him as much when I wrote to him," Guggenheim tells EW, adding, "When he agreed, it was one of the happiest days of my career. I chose 'No Man's Land' for the episode because I wanted to use an album track and I've always liked how that particular song sounds live."

"No Man's Land" is the opening track on 1993's River of Dreams, Billy's last album of all-original pop music.  You can check it out on Arrow this Thursday, November 23, at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.

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The Miracles in the mid-'60s, Moore 2nd from left (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Warren "Pete" Moore, a founding member of the legendary Motown group The Miracles, died Sunday at the age of 78, Rolling Stone reports. Moore's passing was confirmed in a statement issued by Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., although no cause of death was revealed.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Warren 'Pete' Moore, a fine human being and valued member of the Motown family," said Gordy. "Pete was an original member of my very first group, the Miracles. He was a quiet spirit with a wonderful [b]ass voice behind Smokey Robinson's soft, distinctive lead vocals and was co-writer on several of the Miracles hits."

Added Berry, "A gentleman, loving husband, devoted father and loyal friend, we all loved him and will miss him."

Among the Miracles hits co-written by Moore were "The Tracks of My Tears," "Ooo Baby Baby," "Going to a Go-Go" and the 1975 post-Smokey chart-topper "Love Machine." He also co-wrote a number of Marvin Gaye's singles, including "Ain't That Peculiar" and "I'll Be Doggone," as well as several singles for The Temptations.

Moore was childhood friends with Robinson in Detroit, and the two began singing together in high school. The group underwent a number of name changes prior to being signed to the Motown Records offshoot label Tamla in 1959, after which they took on the moniker The Miracles.

After Robinson parted ways with The Miracles in 1971, Moore remained with the group till its 1978 breakup. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Miracles in 2012; Smokey had been inducted separately in 1987.

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