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New Johnny Mathis Box Set Featuring Crooner's Entire Global Imprint Catalog Due Out in November


PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA new 13-CD box set featuring all of the albums Johnny Mathis released during his 1963 to 1967 tenure at Mercury Records, and issued via his own Global imprint, will hit stores on November 17.  The Complete Global Albums Collection will include remastered versions of the original 10 Mathis albums that came out on the label, as well as a previously unreleased album of show tunes and a two-CD compilation of rare recordings and non-album singles.

Mathis' Global releases all have been out of print or hard to find for decades.  The albums captured the acclaimed pop crooner at a very creative period in his career, although most of the records were not very successful commercially.  Among the releases were the popular 1963 holiday collection Sounds of Christmas and the 1965 Spanish-language album Olé.  Featured in the box set are covers of tunes by such artists and songwriters as The Beatles, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gerry Goffin & Carole King.

The 13 discs featured in The Complete Global Albums Collection will be packaged in a clamshell box, and Mathis contributed album-by-album liner notes to the set.

In the introduction he penned for the collection, Johnny discusses his decision to serve as producer on many of the Global albums.

"All of a sudden, I was in charge of my own decisions in the studio, and I didn't have someone to guide me on what I was doing, right or wrong," he writes.  "I wasn't a producer, and I didn't realize until then how important producers were and how much they assisted me in my work.  I tried to do what I could, but I had no idea what would be good for the market."

Here is the list of all of the albums included in the collection:

Sounds of Christmas (1963)
Tender Is the Night (1964)
The Wonderful World of Make-Believe (1964)
This Is Love (1964)
Olé (1965)
Love Is Everything (1965)
The Sweetheart Tree (international edition, aka Away from Home, 1965)
The Shadow of Your Smile (1966)
So Nice (1966)
Johnny Mathis Sings (1967)
Broadway (previously unreleased "lost" album of show tunes, recorded 1964-1965)
The Global Singles and Unreleased (non-album singles and unreleased songs)

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Bon Jovi Photo Book Documenting Tours from 2010-2013 Now Available


David Bergman/Press Syndication GroupYou may not be able to see Bon Jovi's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora together on the same stage anytime soon, but at least you can see them on your coffee table.  Bon Jovi: Work, a book that documents the band's two world tours from 2010 to 2013, is now available for purchase online.

The 210-page hardcover book features both black-and-white and color images by from the New Jersey rockers' official tour photographer, David Bergman.  You'll see the band onstage, backstage, at home and even in the operating room, as Jon receives treatment for a knee injury.  A special section of the book features private photos personally taken by the singer.

"From the happy times to the harrowed, these images let you transcend the frame of the photograph to connect to specific moments whenever you open this book," Jon writes in the foreword, saying that it captures "what it's like to travel the world with our band, inviting you to be a part of the action."

He adds, "They say every picture tells a story.  David's pictures tell our story."

You can order the book, which costs $60, now at BonJovi.com/work.

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U2 Offers Bonus-Packed "Songs of Innocence" Versions for Retailers


Image Courtesy of Interscope RecordsEarlier this week, U2 released its new album, Songs of Innocence, as an iTunes download available for free until its physical release in October.  While great news for fans, that decision is lousy for retailers other than iTunes, but the band has come up with a way to make it up to record sellers.

According to BillboardSongs of Innocence will come in a retail CD configuration that will include four extra tracks and somewhere between two and seven acoustic versions of album songs, the specifics of which are being negotiated.  The added-value CDs also will be available digitally and the bonus content will be on sale for five weeks -- the same duration as the current free iTunes download period.

In addition, retailers will be offered discounts on past U2 albums, as buyers are often inclined to pick up older titles when purchasing new releases.

Billboard poses the possibility that despite these bonus offers, some retailers may refuse to carry Songs of Innocence on principle, in retaliation for U2's decision to offer it free and online at iTunes first.

Songs of Innocence will be available in stores on October 14. 

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Watch Neil Young, John Mellencamp and More Perform at Today's Farm Aid Fest on TV and Online


Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.The 2014 Farm Aid festival takes place on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, but if you can't make it out the big event, you'll still be able to watch it on television and online.  The benefit event will air live on the AXS TV high-definition channel starting at 7 p.m. ET, and will be streamed at FarmAid.org beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

This year's show, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater, will feature the usual performances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Dave MatthewsThe lineup also includes Jack White, Carlene Carter, Gary Clark Jr., Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Todd Snider, as well as Nelson's son Lukas and granddaughter Raelyn.  A limited number of tickets still are available for the event.

Since the first Farm Aid fest in 1985, the concert series has raised more than $45 million to support family farmers.

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Christopher Cross Returns with New Album, "Secret Ladder"; Not Stressed About Success


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Chart-topping singer/songwriter Christopher Cross returned today with a new album called Secret Ladder.  And if he's not showered with Grammy nominations as a result, he says he won't be too worried -- he's already been there, done that.

"My early success, with all that stuff that happened, sort of did give me this sort of resignation with the fact that I don't stress about winning a Grammy, or something like that," the "Ride Like the Wind" hitmaker tells ABC News Radio.  "'Cause a lot of artists I know, they really hope to still one day to be acknowledged by that group of people, and that award, and for me I've got 'em."

Indeed, Cross remains the only artist ever to win all four of the major Grammy Awards -- Album, Song and Record of the Year, plus Best New Artist -- in a single night.  That happened back in 1981.

"It's kind of cool because I don't have to, y'know, stress about it anymore," he maintains.  "I make the music, and...I've been blessed to be validated by my peers.  So, I just do what I do."  He adds, "I've always said that I make the music for myself.  If the fans like it, I'm certainly pleased and I hope they do, but I make records for me."

Secret Ladder is officially released today, but on Thursday, September 11, one song was made available for download early: "We Will Remember You," a tribute to our troops.  Proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations that benefit military personnel and their families.  Cross was inspired to write the song because both his parents were in the military: His dad was an army doctor, and his mom was an army nurse.  In addition, his nephew is on his fourth tour in Afghanistan with special forces.  But Cross says the song is strictly non-partisan.

"This has nothing to do with partisan politics or your feelings about the conflicts we get into.  It's about service which is honorable across the board, and my feeling is that the people that died in the Towers are every bit as fallen a hero as anybody in service we have," he tells ABC News Radio.  "So that's one of the reasons I released it on 9/11."

As for the rest of the songs on Secret Ladder, you'll definitely find the ballads and songs of romance that Cross is known for, as well as a guest appearance by his old pal Michael McDonald, who appeared on his classic "Ride Like the Wind."  But there are also plenty of songs where the "Sailing" singer expresses his displeasure and disappointment with society today.

"Well, you know, I'm 63 now and...I have three children," he explains to ABC News Radio.  "So when you're a parent, you get more concerned about things that are happening, and certainly I'm not too pleased with the world the children are going into, and I have my responsibility, like any other citizen.

"This album is -- somebody said I'm grumpy, you know -- but there's a certain amount of complaining about the state of things," he admits.  "Not just politically, but socially, and I think we're certainly at a low point."

However, that doesn't mean Secret Ladder is a downer of a record. 

"We're not beyond hope," he adds.  "There's certainly moments of the record -- there's a song called 'Island of Anger' and it says in there: 'The things that don't make me angry make me sad.'  So it's not all based in anger and frustration, and I'm also hopeful, but, y'know, it's a complex time." 

Cross will perform at New York's City Winery tonight to celebrate the album's release, and has dates booked though the end of the year in North America and the Philippines.

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Tom Jones Among Stars Joining Neil Young at 2014 Bridge School Benefit Concert


Image Courtesy of The Bridge SchoolTom Jones is one of the big-name stars who will perform at the 28th annual edition of Neil Young's  Bridge School Benefit Concert, which will take place October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  This year's bill also includes Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and, as always, Young himself.  Although news was recently revealed that Neil is divorcing his wife, Bridge School co-founder Pegi Young, after 36 years of marriage, she and her group The Survivors are set to perform too.

Other artists in the lineup include Florence the Machine, Band of Horses and Norah Jones' new group Puss N Boots.  Tickets for the event will be available for purchase starting Friday, September 19, at 10 a.m. via LiveNation.com.

The charity event raises funds for the Bridge School, a facility that aids children with physical impairments and severe communication difficulties.  Pegi began the school in part to provide adequate care for her and Neil's son, Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Visit BridgeSchool.org to find out more about the concert and how to contribute funds to the school.

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Peter Gabriel, Rick Wakeman Honored at 2014 Progressive Music Awards


York Tillyer/Eagle Rock EntertainmentPeter Gabriel and longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman were among the honorees at the third annual edition of the Progressive Music Awards, held Thursday at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  The awards were established in 2012 by Prog magazine.

Gabriel, who, of course, began his career as Genesis' frontman, was presented with the prestigious Prog God prize for his career achievements and contributions to the genre.

In an interview with the BBC at the event, Gabriel explained that he's a lot more comfortable with the "prog" label than he was "when I was trying to break away from it."

He went on to say that he thought prog "was the least fashionable genre of music for many people, and although it was the subject of humor and derision, and still is -- and often deservedly -- there were many great musicians that were trying to break down barriers."

Looking at progressive rock and the music he created with Genesis, Peter noted, "It was genuinely pioneering at times.  We didn't always get it right, but when it did work we could move people and get some magic happening."

Wakeman, who was the 2012 Prog God honoree, took home the Live Event award at this year's ceremony for his tour celebrating the 40th anniversary tour of his solo album Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Among the event's other winners were Dream Theater, which was named Band of the Year; Uriah Heap, who nabbed the Outer Limits award; and Camel singer/guitarist Andy Latimer, who received the Lifetime Achievement honor.

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Cher Forced to Postpone Eight More Shows on Dressed to Kill


Peter Kramer/NBCFollowing the postponement of the first two shows in the new leg of her Dressed to Kill tour due to illness, Cher has now been forced to put eight additional dates on hold.

Cher is suffering from an acute viral infection, and on her doctors' orders, she's has now bumped the shows she was to have played over the next two weeks -- including a date at New York's Madison Square Garden -- to October, November and December.

The second leg of the Dressed to Kill tour will now begin Saturday, October 4 in Toronto, Canada.  Fans are advised to hold onto their tickets, because they will be honored for the new dates.  Those who cannot attend the newly rescheduled shows can turn in their tickets for a refund.

The Dressed to Kill tour originally opened March 22 in Phoenix.  For this new leg, Cher and her troupe will sport new, never-before-seen costumes.

Here's a list of the rescheduled dates:

The 9/15 Allentown, PA show is now -- 12/2
The 9/17 Newark, NY show is now -- 12/12
The 9/19 New York, NY show is now -- 12/10
The 9/20 New York, NY show is now -- 12/15
The 9/22 Uniondale, NY show is now -- 12/8
The 9/24 State College, PA show is now -- 10/13
The 9/26 Boston, MA show is now -- 10/9
The 9/27 Hartford, CT show is now -- 10/11
The 9/29 Washington, D.C. show is now -- 12/6
The 10/1 Detroit, MI show is now -- 11/23

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Paul McCartney Confirms "Destiny" Video Game Theme Song Will Be Released as Single, Following Online Leak


Image Courtesy of Concord Music Group"Hope," the theme song Paul McCartney wrote and recorded for the new video game Destiny made its way onto multiple YouTube pages and other websites this week.  The leak apparently has prompted Sir Paul to announce that he will officially release the track as a single later this year.

"Hope" was produced by Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin and one of the producers of McCartney's latest album, NEW.  The epic track features a 120-piece orchestra and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.  According to GameSpot.com, the song can be heard at the end of the sci-fi shooting game's campaign mode.

According to the announcement, more details about the song and its release will be revealed soon.

In addition to "Hope," McCartney helped compose some of the orchestral score heard throughout Destiny.  This marks the rock legend's first foray into writing music for a computer game.

Destiny takes place in the future, when Earth has been almost completely destroyed by aliens.  The players' quest is to defend what's left of humankind from the aggressive space invaders.  The game, a collaboration between Activision and Bungie, is available for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms.

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"Rose Garden" Singer Lynn Anderson Arrested for DUI in Nashville


CMAVeteran country star Lynn Anderson was arrested for driving under the influence Friday morning in Nashville following a car crash Thursday night.

According to Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, the singer admitted to taking prescription medication and drinking alcohol prior to the crash. No one was injured in the accident, and Anderson was released on a $5,000 bond.

Anderson released a statement Friday saying, "I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident.  By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result.  I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path."

Anderson was previously arrested for DUI in 2004 when officers found her passed out in her car on the side of the road.  The Grammy winner is best known for her 1971 hit, "Rose Garden."

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Spend Your Fall Vacation Harvesting Grapes at Sting's Estate in Italy


Credit: Frank Ockenfels IIIAmong the many homes that Sting owns all over the world is an estate in the Tuscany region of Italy called Il Palagio.  And this fall, if you've got the cash, the ex-Police frontman and his wife, Trudie Styler, will be happy to welcome you for a stay at their place.

The New York Times reports that for the first time, the couple is welcoming vacationers to the 900-acre estate, which includes an organic farm, so they can participate in its grape and olive harvests.  In October, you'll have the chance to pick a selection of different grapes to create the estate's six different varieties of wine.  In November, you can pick three different kinds of olives for pressing into extra-virgin olive oil.

You can choose to visit for a day, or stay for a few days -- if you do that, you get to stay in the guesthouses, take cooking classes, go horseback riding and experience a Tuscan barbecue.  The prices start at $350 per person for one day, and overnight or longer stays start at just over $1500, double occupancy.  Actually being able to hang out with Sting and his wife aren't guaranteed in that price.

Styler, the daughter of a farmer, told The Times, "We thought that it would be great to give people the chance to get involved in the process of what we do here."

Visit PalagioProducts.com to find out how to book your trip.

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Aerosmith and Elvis Costello to Become "Simpsons" Figures


Image Courtesy National Entertainment Collectibles AssociationThe five members of Aerosmith and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvis Costello will become Simpsons action figures. The toys, which will be available in October, are part of the fourth installment of National Entertainment Collectibles Association's "25 Greatest Guest Stars" line of Simpsons figurine.

The series marks the first time the merch and marketing wizards at 20th Century Fox have paid homage to The Simpsons' one-off cameos.  The figures are a limited run,  and are available only at select retailers, including Toys R Us.  Other music stars who have been paid homage with Simpsons figures as part of earlier installments of the "25 Greatest Guest Stars" line include The WhoR.E.M., James Brown and Kid Rock.

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Art Garfunkel Fleshes Out US Fall Tour, Adds Series of California Shows


Image Courtesy of Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel just wrapped up a brief U.K. tour Thursday night in London, and now the famed folk-rock singer will prepare for a new series of North American shows that gets under way on September 18 in Newberry, South Carolina.

Garfunkel recently added a number of dates to the fall outing, which now includes a run of California that winds down on November 16 in Vacaville.  The 72-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer appears to have fully recovered from the vocal ailment that sidelined him from 2010 until last year.  His current shows feature him performing as a duo with guitarist Tab Laven, and include Simon & Garfunkel classics, hits and gems from his solo career, cover tunes of some of his favorite songwriters, an audience Q&A section and readings from his upcoming book of prose and poems.

As previously reported, Art will be presented with the prestigious Steiger Award at an October 3 ceremony in Dortmund, Germany.  The international honor recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the areas of music, film, sports, media, charity and more.

Garfunkel also has scheduled a brief December tour of Japan, and a March 2015 European trek.

Here are all of Art's confirmed North American dates:

9/18 -- Newberry, SC, The Opera House
9/20 -- Florence, SC, Francis Marion University PAC
9/25 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Casino Regina
9/27 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Burton Cummings Theatre
10/9 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
10/10 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
10/11 -- Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
10/12 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel PAC
10/23 -- Westport, CT, Longshore Country Club
10/24 -- Poughkeepsie, NY, Opera House
10/25 -- Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theater
11/7 -- San Diego, CA, Poway Theater
11/9 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Cohan PAC
11/10 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Arts Center
11/12 -- Folsom, CA, Harris Center
11/13 -- Campbell, CA, Heritage Theatre
11/14 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
11/16 -- Vacaville, CA, Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cosimo Matassa Dead at 88


CMike Coppola/Getty Imagesosimo Matassa, an engineer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose New Orleans studios were used by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard from the 1940s to the 1970s, died Thursday at the age of 88, according to WWL-TV. He had been ailing since suffering a stroke several years ago.

Matassa opened his small but legendary J&M Studio in New Orleans in 1945. It was where Fats Domino recorded nearly every one of his hits.

Matassa's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bio notes that approximately 250 nationally-charting singles and 21 gold records were recorded at the studio. Among them: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” by Lloyd Price, “Mother-in-Law” by Ernie K-Doe, “Good Rockin’ Tonight” by Roy Brown, and “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by Big Joe Turner. Matassa moved the studio to another location in New Orleans in 1956.

Matassa was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Launches US Tour in Support of New Concept Album, "Homo Erraticus"


Image Courtesy of Carl GloverJethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson's latest album is called Homo Erraticus, which is Latin for "the wandering man."  The title could also describe Anderson himself, who is launching a lengthy U.S. tour in support of the 2014 concept record tonight in Seattle.

At each show on the trek, the singer/multi-instrumentalist and his band will play the concept record in its entirety, followed with a selection of songs from the Tull catalog.  Anderson tells ABC News Radio that the concert is augmented by some multimedia aspects that should capture his fans attention.

"All of it contains a lot of video accompaniment and theatrical elements to try and make it interesting," he explains.  "To rejuvenate some of the old material, it's presented in a more visual way…Forty percent of the two hours and 20 minutes we're on stage is Homo Erraticus, sixty percent is 'The Best of Jethro Tull.'"

The 67-year-old prog-rocker says he realizes that the majority of his fans are more interested in hearing Jethro Tull classics than his recent material, but he maintains that it's still important for him to play his new material live.

"Once an artist has been around for 20 or 30 years, we kind of think somehow that all they should do is to keep recycling their old material," Anderson laments.  "But there has to be a little more to life than that, and for me there is the 40 percent of our concert tour which is the new album, and that's a challenge and something I have to try to make entertaining for an audience -- and so far, I'm succeeding."

The concept behind Homo Erraticus is a convoluted one that involves Gerald Bostock, the Anderson-created character who, as an 8-year-old child, is said to have penned the epic poem that served as the basis for Jethro Tull's 1972 album Thick as a Brick.  The new record is a collection of songs that the adult Bostock supposedly co-wrote with Ian and was inspired by an unpublished manuscript penned years ago by a fictional amateur historian whose work takes a look at major events in British history while prophesying what would come to pass in the present day and the future.

Boiling the album down to its main theme, Anderson tells ABC News Radio, "It's the story of migration, not just the story of migration of our species since the last Ice Age but the migration of ideas -- arts, entertainment, culture and also commercial trade, engineering…It's about being on the move on planet Earth, which we have always been."

Anderson and his group will be on the move across the States through a November 10 show in Montclair, New Jersey.  As previously reported, a deluxe CD/DVD edition of Homo Erraticus will be released in conjunction with the tour on September 30.

Here is the full list of Anderson's U.S. tour dates:

9/12 -- Seattle, WA, McCaw Hall
9/13 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery Amphitheater
9/15 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theater
9/17 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater
9/18 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Segerstrom Hall
9/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl Concert Theater
9/20 -- Mesa, AZ, Mesa Arts Center
9/21 -- Albuquerque, NM, Kiva Auditorium
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T Performing Arts Center
9/24 -- Midland, TX, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
9/26 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits
9/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
9/28 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford PAC
9/30 -- Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
10/1 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
10/3 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal Performing Arts - Knight Theater
10/4 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
10/5 -- Richmond, VA, The National Theatre
10/16 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/17 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium
10/18 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
10/19 -- Cedar Falls, IA, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
10/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
10/23 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Casino
10/24 -- Charleston, WV, Clay Center for the Arts
10/25 -- Greensburg, PA, The Palace Theatre
10/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
10/28 -- Burlington, VT, Flynn Center
10/29 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
11/2 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
11/4 -- Buffalo, NY, Center for the Arts
11/6 -- Washington, D.C., Lincoln Theater
11/7 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars - Circus Maximus
11/8 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/9 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theater
11/10 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theatre

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Report: Neil Young Dating Daryl Hannah


Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchA little more than a month after Neil Young filed for divorce from his wife, Pegi, there's word that he's dating someone new: actress Daryl Hannah.

A People magazine source says the 68-year-old rocker and Hannah, who's 53, have been "dating for months." The insider continues, "They've taken no effort to even hide it. He recorded a new album a few weeks ago, and she was on Skype the entire time, giving him feedback on every take. He even told people in the studio she was his 'girlfriend.'"

The source notes that Young and Hannah have participated in many protest rallies together during the past year. They were spotted at a restaurant in Westlake, California, on Wednesday.

Young filed for divorce from his wife on July 29 after 36 years of marriage. They have two children together.  Hannah has never been married, but she did have a long-term relationship with another famous folk-rocker, Jackson Browne, as well as with the late John F. Kennedy Jr.

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Four Seasons Songwriter and Producer Bob Crewe Dead at 83


Photo by Jill Ann Spaulding/FilmMagicBob Crewe, the songwriter and producer who co-wrote many of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' hits, died on Tuesday at the age of 83.  According to a message on his official website, Crewe passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Maine, with his brother Danny by his side.

Among the many classic Four Seasons tunes Crewe co-wrote were "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Dawn (Go Away)" and "Let's Hang On," and he also had a hand in writing such Valli solo hits as "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "My Eyes Adored You."  He frequently collaborated with Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio.  Prior to the start of his long collaboration with the group, he penned the lyrics to the tune "Silhouettes" by The Rays.

Crewe also co-wrote such memorable songs as LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade," The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels' "Jenny Take a Ride."

Later in life, Crewe focused on his passion for sculpture and painting.  He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.

Crewe's music was introduced to a whole new generation thanks to the massively successful Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which dramatizes the story of Valli and the Four Seasons.  Bob wrote the lyrics for the production which won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Anyone interested in making donations in Crewe's name are asked to give to the Maine College of Art Scholarship Fund, the University of Southern Maine School of Music Scholarship Fund or The Frannie Peabody Center of Portland, Maine.

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Four-CD John Denver Box Set, "All of My Memories," Due Out in November


PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsJohn Denver's 30-plus-year music career is celebrated in an upcoming four-CD box set that will arrive in stores this fall.  All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection, which will be released on November 4, will feature 90 tracks spanning from 1964 through 1997, the year the lauded singer/songwriter died tragically in a plane crash at the age of 53.

The retrospective will, of course, include Denver's many classic hits, while also offering memorable album cuts, live performances, demo recordings, rare promotional tunes and limited-edition tracks, as well as six previously unreleased songs.  Among the tunes featured on the collection are the chart-toppers "Sunshine on My Shoulder," "Annie's Song," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry," and the top 10 hits "Back Home Again," "Calypso" and "Rocky Mountain High," which was named one of Colorado's two official state songs in 2007.

All of My Memories also features a number of collaborative performances, with the likes of Olivia Newton-John, Placido Domingo, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris and Miss Piggy, the latter from John's 1982 appearance on The Muppet Show.  Among the unreleased tracks are covers of the songs "The Road" and "Far Side of the Hill," which Denver recorded as demos in 1964, and a live rendition of "Spirit" from a 1977 show at Australia's Sydney Opera House.

The box set will come packaged with a 32-page booklet featuring a lengthy essay written by veteran music journalist and well-known Denver aficionado G. Brown.

All of My Memories is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com, priced at $69.98.

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U2 Posts Behind-The-Scenes Studio Video


Brantley Gutierrez/Universal MusicEarlier this week, U2 made its new album Songs of Innocence available for free on iTunes, surprising seemingly everyone.  Now the band has posted a behind-the-scenes look into the recording process at New York City's Electric Lady studios.

The snippet, posted on U2's Twitter page, features all four members -- Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton -- talking about the new songs and trying out some of the musical passages.

"These songs were always destined," says Bono in the clip.  "But rather than it being paint-by-numbers, or very disciplined or described, it's coming together in a way that's even surprising to us."

Of the recording itself, Bono says, "I always think of the Zen artists that spend all their time mixing the ink, and then it's that last few minutes where all the work, all the gestures are actually recorded, and that's the way our albums always go."

Though the video is short, clocking in at just under two minutes, it gives us a bit of a taste of the vibe of the famous studio founded by Jimi Hendrix in 1970, just a month or so before his death.

Songs of Innocence will remain available for free until its retail release date on October 13.

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Tina Turner Museum to Open Near Singer's Hometown Later This Month


Paul Cox/MW CreativeA new museum devoted to Tina Turner is scheduled to open on September 26 in Brownsville, Tennessee, near the small town of Nutbush, where the rock and soul queen was raised.  The Tina Turner Museum will be housed in the restored Flagg Grove School, the one-room schoolhouse the singer attended as a child, which was moved to the site of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in 2012.

The museum is fully sanctioned by Turner, who donated a variety of previously unseen memorabilia to the facility, while her personal team had input into the creation of the exhibit.  The attraction will feature stage costumes, video and audio, as well as commentary that Tina personally contributed.

The Delta Heritage Center's executive director, Sonia Outlaw Clark, says a number of Turner's childhood classmates will be in attendance at the opening, which will begin with a press conference at 10:30 a.m. CT.  The museum will be open to the public starting at noon.

The opening will kick off the 2014 edition of Tina Turner Heritage Days, an annual two-day celebration of the singer that's held in and around Brownsville.  The event includes a variety of Turner-related activities, including walking tours, a photo contest, a tribute contest, and a fan gathering and picnic.  Visit TinaTurnerHeritageDays.com for more information.

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