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Courtesy of Tommy Shaw1960s pop legend Tommy James is among the 15 noteworthy people with ties to the Garden State who will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this year at a May 7 ceremony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. James, who scored more than a dozen top 40 hits with his band The Shondells during the '60s, also will perform at the event.

"New Jersey has been my home for over 40 years. It has a lot of great people and a lot of great things about it," said James in a message on his Facebook page. "I live here, I record here, and I do many concerts here. So I was very honored when I was told that I'm going to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame."

Other celebrities who will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in May include veteran pop star and actress Connie Francis, hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, actor Ray Liotta, talk-show host Kelly Ripa, news anchor Connie Chung, author Carol Higgins Clark, soccer player Carli Lloyd, NFL star Rosey Grier, boxer Chuck Wepner and basketball player Carol Blazejowski.

Tickets for the ceremony go on sale this Saturday, February 18, at noon ET via Ticketmaster.com. The event will be held at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, and will feature speeches from current and past inductees, as well as special music performances.

Previous New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees include Bruce Springsteen, The E Street Band, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Jon Bon Jovi, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Kool & the Gang and The Shirelles.

For more information, visit NJHallofFame.org.

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Rick Astley for BMG by PipHe retired from the music industry years ago, but '80s hitmaker Rick Astley is back with 50, his first U.S. release since 1993, and his first U.S. tour in decades. And don't start with the "Rickrolling" jokes: Rick credits that online phenomenon -- which tricked people into watching the video for his hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" -- for drawing kids who weren't even born during his heyday to his current tour.

"That's one of the things that stops me in my tracks sometimes," he tells ABC Radio. "I usually joke about it and say, 'Did you get your mom's tickets?'"

Without Rickrolling, he adds, "There's a certain generation of people who would have no idea who I was. And so I have to be kinda thankful for [it]. It's done a lot of great things in terms of making that song [part of] people's consciousness."

But Rick's tour isn't just nostalgia: 50, released last year to mark his 50th birthday, hit #1 in his home country of England. Not bad for a record he made by himself at home.

"[I] didn't have any record company saying, 'We need this, we need that,'" he says. "And I think that's been the healthiest experience I've had with making music, because I haven't done it for anybody else. I've done it for me, really."

Rick initially retired to raise his daughter, now in her twenties. So, what does she think of her old man now?

"She's outright told me on numerous occasions she's really proud of me," he says. "And to be honest, out of everybody in the world, my daughter and my wife are the most important two people to be OK with what I'm doing. If they're OK with it, then I'm OK with it, y'know what I mean?"

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Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesThe North American rights to a new documentary titled The Quiet One that takes an in-depth look at the life of longtime Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman have been acquired by Sundance Selects, Deadline reports.

The film is in production now and is being made with the full cooperation of the 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was a member of The Stones from 1962 to 1993.

The Quiet One will examine the highlights and low points of Wyman's life and career with help from previously unseen film footage and photos shot by the rocker himself, as well as memorabilia he collected over the years. Bill also famously kept a daily diary during his time with The Rolling Stones and beyond that likely is serving as source material for the doc.

"My life has been an extraordinary adventure," Wyman says in a statement. "The time feels right to delve into the archive and tell my story before I croak."

The movie is being directed by Oliver Murray, and is his first feature-length project.

Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects, say in a statement, "Bill Wyman is legendary not only because of the fact that he was a founding member of the Rolling Stones but also because he had unfettered access to the extraordinary world of rock 'n' roll over several decades."

The statement adds that the two are "thrilled" to "let the world see this amazing behind-the-scenes imagery of the rock 'n' roll era."

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Courtesy of Live NationLast month, Styx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder teamed up for a brief Las Vegas residency, and now the veteran rock acts will join forces with REO Speedwagon for a major U.S. summer trek dubbed the United We Stand Tour. The outing kicks off with a June 20 show in Ridgefield, Washington, and is mapped out through an August 22 concert in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Styx and REO, who have toured together numerous times over the year, will alternate as headliner throughout the 2017 trek, while Felder will serve as the opening act.

Tickets for the trek will be available to the general public beginning Friday, February 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will be sold starting Tuesday, February 21, at noon local time; visit StyxWorld.com, REOSpeedwagon.com and DonFelder.com for more info.

Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw says of the tour, "Hitting the road with REO and Don Felder is gonna be an unforgettable evening of music for the fans and another chance to hang with these good time friends of ours who love the life as much as we do."

REO frontman Kevin Cronin adds, "REO Speedwagon and Styx together is a head first plunge into the fountain of youth, an unstoppable force of nature. Add the amazing Don Felder to the mix and it's a thundering slam dunk!"

You can check out Shaw, Cronin and Felder in a humorous video promoting the trek at Live Nation's official YouTube channel.

Here are all of the dates for the United We Stand trek:

6/20 -- Ridgefield, WA, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
6/21 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
6/23 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
6/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
6/25 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
6/29 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/1 -- Tinley Park, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
7/19 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
7/20 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheatre
7/23 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/25 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/29 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/30 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
8/11 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/12 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Event Center
8/13 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion
8/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Niagara Events Center*
8/19 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/20 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion,
8/22 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center

* = Don Felder won't appear at this show.

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Courtesy of AEG LiveSad Clowns & Hillbillies, John Mellencamp's recently reported collaborative album with country-folk artist Carlene Carter, now has a release date -- April 21. Mellencamp also has announced a full list of 2017 U.S. tour dates in support of the record.

The trek gets underway on June 5 in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and winds down with a previously announced September 1 performance at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, Vermont. Carter will be joining the heartland rocker for the entire outing, while Emmylou Harris and the Indianapolis-based folk-pop duo Lily & Madeleine will open the majority of the shows. Jewel will step in for Harris at a pair of concerts in Oregon -- on June 10 in Troutdale and June 11 in Bend.

Tickets for most concerts on the tour will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 24, at 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale tickets for Mellencamp.com members and VIP packages will be available beginning Wednesday, February 22, at 10 a.m. For details about specific shows, visit Mellencamp.com and AEGLive.com.

Those who purchase a ticket online also will receive a CD copy of Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

Here's the full list of dates on Mellencamp's Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour with Carter; all shows also feature Harris and Lily & Madeleine unless otherwise noted:

6/5 -- Greenwood Village, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
6/7 - Boise, ID, Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
6/8 -- Redmond, WA, Marymoor Park
6/10 -- Troutdale, OR, McMenamins Edgefield#
6/11 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater#
6/13 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/14 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/17 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
6/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
6/21 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
6/22 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
6/24 -- Saint Augustine, FL, Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
6/25 -- Boca Raton, FL, Mizner Park Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
6/28 -- Cary, NC, Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/1 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood
7/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
7/6 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Music Center
7/7 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/8 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
7/11 -- New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
8/4 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair*
8/5 -- Davenport, IA, Mississippi Valley Fair*
8/29 -- St Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair*
8/31 -- Allentown, PA, The Great Allentown Fair*
9/1 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Fair*

# = Jewel will perform instead of Emmylou Harris
* = Emmylou Harris and Lily & Madeleine will not appear.

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Credit: Jimmy KingHBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to the documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years.

The BBC Films production aired on BBC Two in the U.K. back in January.  It was directed by Francis Whately as a sequel to the 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years.

According to HBO, the movie features rarely seen interviews with David Boiwe, as well as interviews with the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's friends and collaborators.  It also features archival footage and audio from the recording sessions for his final albums, The Next Day and Blackstar.

No word yet on an HBO air date.

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Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesIt's regarded by many Deadheads to be the greatest Grateful Dead concert on tape: A show recorded at Cornell University's Barton Hall in May of 1977.  In fact, it's so famous that in 2012 it was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, even though the show has never been officially released.  Until now.  On May 5, almost 40 years to the day since it took place, The Grateful Dead's legendary Cornell 1977 concert finally will get a commercial release.

Barton Hall, Cornell University -- Ithaca, NY (5/8/77) will be available as a three-CD set or a five-LP vinyl set.  It also will be included in an 11-CD box set, May 1977: Get Shown the Light, featuring Barton Hall and three other shows the band played in the Northeast that month. That box comes with a new book -- Cornell '77: The Music, the Myth and the Magnificence of the Grateful Dead's Concert at Barton Hall (Cornell) -- which also will be made available for separate purchase.

If you can't wait until May, Rolling Stone is streaming a 14-minute rendition of "Morning Dew" from the Cornell show as a preview.

Here's the Barton Hall, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY (5/8/77) CD track list:

Disc 1
"New Minglewood Blues"
"Loser"
"El Paso"
"They Love Each Other"
"Jack Straw"
"Deal"
"Lazy Lightning">
"Supplication"
"Brown-Eyed Women"
"Mama Tried"
"Row Jimmy"

Disc 2
"Dancing in the Street"
"Scarlet Begonias">
"Fire on the Mountain"
"Estimated Prophet"

Disc 3
"St. Stephen">
"Not Fade Away">
"St. Stephen">
"Morning Dew"
"One More Saturday Night"

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Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesLast year, Bon Jovi's landmark album Slippery When Wet marked its 30th anniversary, but this week marks the 30th anniversary of one of it's best-known songs, "Livin' on a Prayer," topping the charts.

The album's first single, "You Give Love a Band Name," hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1986, while "Livin' on a Prayer" reached #1 on February 14, 1987, and stayed there for four weeks.  It's the band's longest-running #1 hit, and its lead characters, Tommy and Gina, have become part of rock mythology. In fact, Jon Bon Jovi namechecked the couple again in the band's 2000 hit "It's My Life."

Slippery When Wet spent eight weeks at #1 and spun off another massive hit, "Wanted Dead or Alive," but "Livin' on a Prayer" remains Bon Jovi's signature song -- and the album is still the band's biggest seller. No wonder Jon claims he still remembers every detail about recording it.

"I don't really sit around listening to it, but Lord knows, I've heard a number of the songs still on the radio quite often," he tells ABC Radio. "And it's almost surreal, because I can picture us in the rooms.  I know why the key change in 'Livin' on a Prayer' happened and I know where. I know every incident that went down. I know why the album cover's a black garbage bag, with my fingers writing 'Slippery When Wet.'"

Jon adds, "I can't remember what I did yesterday, but I remember all of that detail because it changed all of our lives...And I'm so grateful for that moment, but I'm also so grateful that we keep having those moments."

He's not wrong: Slippery When Wet became the first of six #1 Bon Jovi albums, including their most recent release, This House Is Not for Sale.

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; Morrison front right with Ohio Players in the early 1970sWalter "Junie" Morrison, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose synthesizer work, arranging and songwriting shaped funk in the '70s and provided a crucial foundation for the West Coast hip-hop sound, has died at 62.

Morrison's death was announced Thursday on his Facebook page by his daughter, Akasha Morrison. "Dear friends and colleagues, we lost another great one. I’m sure you can agree that Junie will be greatly missed. I wasn’t around my father much but somehow I am like him in so many ways. In that regard, thank you for your support and respect of our privacy during this time," she wrote.

Morrison was the force behind the Ohio Players' 1972 hit "Funky Worm," whose Granny voice skit intro and widely sampled, landmark synthesizer solo -- the track was sampled on N.W.A.'s "Dopeman" -- inspired the sound of West Coast hip-hop.

He left the Ohio Players the following year joining George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic enterprise, co-writing Funkadelic hits like "One Nation Under a Groove " and "(Not Just) Knee Deep," a track which also would become widely sampled by the likes of Dr. Dre and De La Soul.

Last year Solange dedicated a song to him -- "Junie" from her critically acclaimed album A Seat at the Table.

The Roots' Questlove remembered Morrison on Instagram: "...this man was an uncelebrated unsung unchampioned whose ideas we just took and took and took. I regret so much not having a "proper" conversation about his journey. His songwriting. His technology innovations. Man. This STINGS. Rip #Junie."

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Courtesy of UMeThis November will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Moody Blues' symphonic-rock masterpiece Days of Future Passed, and to celebrate the milestone the veteran British band will mount a North American tour during which they will perform the classic album in its entirety. The "Days of Future Passed -- 50th Anniversary" trek will kick off June 3 in Rancho Mirage, California, and is plotted out through a July 23 concert in Atlanta.

Each show on the tour will begin with The Moody Blues playing a set of their greatest hits, followed by a full performance of Days of Future Passed.

Days of Future Passed was The Moody Blues' second album, and the first to feature longtime band leaders Justin Hayward and John Lodge. The group came up with the concept of the album after their label requested that they record a rock version of Dvorak's 9th Symphony to test "stereo recording," which was in its early days at that time. Instead, the band devised an original song cycle about "a day in the life" of a person. Days of Future Passed featured The Moodies with accompaniment from the London Festival Orchestra.

The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1972, and features two of The Moody Blues' most memorable hits, "Nights in White Satin" and "Tuesday Afternoon." The album has been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies in the U.S.

Hayward says of Days of Future Passed, "My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place. It will be a joy to return to it, live."

Here are all of the band's confirmed "Days of Future Passed -- 50th Anniversary" tour dates:

6/3 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Agua Caliente Casino
6/4 -- Pala, CA, Starlight Theater
6/6 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/7 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/9 -- Troutdale, OR, Edgefield
6/10 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
6/11 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle
6/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
6/18 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre
6/20 -- Englewood, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
6/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theatre
6/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Summerfest
6/30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia Park
7/1 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts
7/2 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
7/6 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Centre for Performing Arts
7/9 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
7/10 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/13 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
7/16 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/18 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center
7/19 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Pavilion
7/20 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts
7/22 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
7/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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Epic RecordsMichael Jackson's Thriller continues to cement its place as the best-selling album in history: It's just become the first album ever to be certified 33-times platinum for both sales and streams. That means that the album has sold or streamed the equivalent of 33 million copies in the U.S. since its release in 1982.

Furthermore, Thriller is the only album ever to have been certified for more than 30 million copies sold in the U.S. and it has sold more than 105 million copies worldwide.

In addition, MJ's Thriller follow-up, 1987's Bad, has just been newly certified 10-times platinum, or Diamond, for sales and streams of 10 million copies in the U.S.

Executives from Jackson's record label and representatives of his estate -- including Epic Records CEO and Chairman L.A. Reid -- were on hand at a ceremony in Los Angles to receive a special plaque honoring the latest sales certifications.

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Credit: David J HoganAfter The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism display ends its run at New York City's Industria Gallery on March 12, the expansive and interactive exhibit will be moving to Chicago. The band has announced that Exhibitionism will reopen at the Windy City's Navy Pier on April 15, and will remain at that location until July 30.

Tickets for the Chicago edition of the exhibit will go on sale to the public at StonesExhibitionism.com on Friday, February 24, at 10 a.m. CT, while special early-bird VIP tickets will be available for a 25-percent discount from now until Tuesday, February 21.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says of Exhibitionism, "This world-class exhibit brings full-circle a journey that began more than 50 years ago when a burgeoning British band came to Chicago to record in the same studio as their idols Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf. Since then we have seen the Rolling Stones return for countless legendary concerts, and in the process become living legends, spreading Chicago's cultural vibrancy throughout the world."

Exhibitionism was put together with the full cooperation of The Rolling Stones. The attraction features various themed areas incorporating a massive collection of memorabilia, including more than 500 rare artifacts. The exhibit also includes unheard audio tracks, rare video clips, film presentations and more. Among the films are a 3-D flick that treats the viewer to a band's-eye view of one of The Stones' recent performances.

The exhibit premiered at London's Saatchi Gallery in April 2016, and ran there until September. It had its New York City opening in November. Incidentally, New York's Industria Gallery has been offering discounted tickets to Exhibitionism during its final weeks there.

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Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesBritish publisher John Blake claims he has a copy of an unpublished memoir Mick Jagger penned in the early '80s that the Rolling Stones frontman doesn't want to release. Blake has written a piece about the alleged book for U.K.'s The Spectator in which he share its history and some of the anecdotes that appear in it.

Blake, who says he was given the 75,000-word manuscript by a mutual friend of Jagger's about three years ago, describes the book as "a little masterpiece…a perfectly preserved time capsule written when the Stones had produced all their greatest music but still burned with the passion and fire of youth and idealism."

Among the interesting stories that allegedly appear in the book are Mick's recollections of buying the historic mansion Stargroves while he was high on LSD, and of visiting his family after a long and debauched Rolling Stones tour and being greeted by his mother, who simply complained about his shaggy hair.

Blake also says Jagger discussed his love-hate relationship with Keith Richards, maintaining that Mick described his longtime musical partner as "always late, always smashed, but 'a creative genius.'"

According to Blake, respected U.K. publisher Lord Weidenfeld convinced a reluctant Jagger to write the autobiography in an attempt to get his own story out to the public, following a wave of unauthorized books. Jagger initially accepted a one million-pound advance to write the memoir, but reportedly struggled with the project and eventually abandoned it.

After Blake received the manuscript, he says, he reached out to Jagger's manager about finally publishing it and was told that Mick was initially open to it. However, he says, the rock legend became sidetracked by various projects and eventually decided he never wanted the book to be released.

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Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesFormer Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters has revealed the name of his long-awaited new solo album, Is This the Life We Really Want? Waters has posted a brief video on his official Facebook page and YouTube channel announcing the title of the record and reporting that it will be "coming soon."

The clip also features a musical snippet apparently from one of the album's new songs. The melodic, melancholy-sounding tune includes what sounds like clips of various vintage British radio news reports.

In other news, Waters reunited with founding Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason on Thursday at London's Mayfair Hotel at a special event celebrating the upcoming Floyd-themed exhibition "Their Mortal Remains," which opens May 13 at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibit, which will run through October 1, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd's first recordings. The display boasts more than 350 artifacts from the group and its members, including rare photos and videos, stage sets, instruments and much more.

TeamRock.com reports that among the interesting items featured in the exhibition is a cane that Waters was punished with by the headmaster of the high school he attended and who served as the basis for a character in The Wall.

During the Q&A event, Waters and Mason were asked whether a reunited Pink Floyd might ever play the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival. Mason said, "It'd be fun to do it. But I don't think it's very likely," while Waters dismissed the question about a Floyd reunion, saying, "It's so dull."

Waters also said that he would consider staging a performance of The Wall at the U.S.-Mexico border in protest of President Trump's plan to build a wall there.

For more information about the exhibit, visit PinkFloydExhibition.com.

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Monarch PublishingDeanna Adler, the mother of original Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, has just published a book that focuses on her son's long, harrowing battle with heroin addiction and alcohol abuse, which led him to be fired from the famous band he helped found. Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N' Roses features Deanna's candid account of Steven's ascent to rock superstardom with GN'R, his struggle with addiction and his fight to get clean and sober.

Along the way, Mrs. Adler reveals, Steven went to rehab 25 times and attempted suicide multiple times, as well as suffering two heart attacks and a debilitating stroke. The book also delves into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's issues with prescription medications, including sleeping pills and pain pills, which Deanna claims were facilitated by Steven's rehab doctor. In the memoir, she reveals that her son's doctor was the same physician that was prescribing medication for Prince at the time of the legendary entertainer's death.

Sweet Child of Mine inevitably offers a positive message in which Deanna points out that she never gave up hope that her son could overcome his drug issues. Steven apparently is now clean, and last year he made a few guest appearances on Guns N' Roses' Not in This Lifetime Tour.

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Credit: Michael HelmsFormer Eagles guitarist Don Felder is working on a new solo album that he's hoping to release to coincide with a planned summer tour. Felder tells ABC Radio that like his previous studio effort, 2012's Road to Forever, the new one will feature a variety of guest musicians.

"I'm writing in a lot of different areas, and I'm including a lot of other artists that are gonna be working with me on it," he reports. "At this point, I don't want to name drop until I have everything finished and sweetened up."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 70 in September, also reveals that he's considering issuing the new material in an interesting way.

"I may record 18, 20 songs, and I'm gonna put out an EP of probably five or six songs, and then…another EP out of that batch," Felder explains, "then, eventually, [I'll release] a combination of those two [as] one CD."

Don says of the special guests who will be contributing their talents to the recordings, "It's gonna be a lot of fun to have these people play with me, as I have already had some of the people come in and work with me and co-write with me and play guitar on some things with me." He adds, "That's what it's all about for me…making music and having fun in the process."

Road to Forever featured guest appearances by such well-known musicians as Styx's Tommy Shaw, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Toto members Steve Lukather, David Paich and Steve Porcaro.

Meanwhile, Felder currently has one confirmed performance on his schedule -- a set at a fundraising event called the Boundless Celebration on May 3 in Philadelphia. The show will raise money for Liguori Academy High School in Kensington, Pennsylvania.

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Jimmy Nicol with The Beatles in 1964 (Keystone/Getty Images)The Beatle Who Vanished, a 2013 book about the life of drummer Jimmy Nicol, who briefly toured with The Beatles in 1964 after Ringo Starr fell ill, may be making its way to the big screen soon.

Billboard reports that the film rights to the book have been secured by the late Roy Orbison's son Alex on behalf of his family's production company Roy's Boys Films and 449 Productions, which is owned by Ashley Hamilton -- son of actor George Hamilton and actress Alana Stewart.

Nicol filled in for Starr for 13 days after Ringo came down with tonsillitis and pharyngitis. During his short time with The Beatles, the drummer played concerts in Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong and Australia, and appeared with the band at press conferences. When Starr recovered, Nicol received a check for 500 pounds and a watch and was given a ride to the airport. The book, which was written by Jim Berkenstadt, also includes details of Nicol's life and music career before and after his stint with the Fab Four.

Alex Orbison told Billboard that among the things that fascinated him about Nicol's story was "[t]he arc of Jimmy Nicol as a person and the overall ride of his intersection with that historic high point of what seemed to be the beginnings of Beatlemania."

Alex also said his dad's connection with The Beatles also fueled his interest in the story.

"The fact that my dad toured with The Beatles and had become friends with them was always dear to me," he noted. Roy and The Beatles toured the U.K. together in 1963.

Alex Orbison, Hamilton and Berkenstadt will serve as executive producers for the film version of The Beatle Who Vanished.

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who's Pete Townshend has joined the lineup of a U.K. charity event called Symfunny No. 2, which raises money for the Parkinson's UK organization.

The show, which will take place April 19 at London's Royal Albert Hall, will feature a mix of music and comedy performances while raising awareness of and money to aid the battle against Parkinson's disease.

Symfunny No. 2 is the second installment of an event that premiered in 2014, and is the brainchild of British conductor and composer James Morgan, who was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's in 2012. Morgan collaborated with Townshend on the Who legend's Classic Quadrophenia album, and the two are planning to perform "Love Reign O'er Me" at the show.

Townshend has a personal connection to fundraiser, since his late father-in-law Edwin "Ted" Astley died in 1998 from a Parkinson's-related illness. Astley was a composer whom Pete credits with helping him "break into orchestral arrangements for some of my songs in the '80s."  "Street in the City," a song on the album Rough Mix -- Pete's collaboration with the late Ronnie Lane -- features arrangements by Astley.

Townshend adds that Astley co-wrote a number of pieces with him, including "a very silly fugue" called "Football Fugue" that he will perform at the charity event.

Tickets for Symfunny No. 2 are available at RoyalAlbertHall.com.

As previously reported, Townshend also will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall on March 30 and April 1 with The Who as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust's 2017 series of benefit concerts. The band will be playing acoustic shows that will include a full performance of the 1969 rock opera Tommy.

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The End Records/BMGMike the Mechanics, the band led by founding Genesis guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford, will release their first new studio album in six years, Let Me Fly, on April 7. The record is a follow-up to 2011's The Road and features the same lineup that recorded that album -- Rutherford, singers Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, keyboardist Luke Juby, drummer Gary Wallis and guitarist Anthony Drennan.

Rutherford co-wrote a number of songs on Let Me Fly with former Johnny Hates Jazz singer Clark Datchler.

"We sat down together and from day one it worked," says Mike. "Clark's a proper writer and he brought something new. I'd send him lines and he'd bring them to life. We never had a slow day."

The album also includes collaborations with British pop songwriters Fraser T. Smith and Ed Drewett, as well as contributions from Roachford and Howar.

Rutherford says he feels Let Me Fly features a much stronger collection of songs than The Road, which he notes was recorded not long after the current Mike the Mechanics lineup came together.

"We've learned to play together now," he maintains. "For me, it's about proving I can write a good song, but the older you get, the less you let yourself off with 'it's not bad,' the less you pretend and the tougher you are on yourself."

The first single from the album, "Don't Know What Came Over Me," will hit stores on February 28.

Meanwhile, Mike the Mechanics launched a U.K. tour this past Saturday in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that runs through March 28 in Salisbury. Interestingly, the band also will be opening for Rutherford's old band mate Phil Collins on June 30 at the Barclaycard British Summer Time concert in London.

Here's the full track list of Let Me Fly:

"Let Me Fly"
"Are You Ready?"
"Wonder"
"The Best Is Yet to Come"
"Save the World"
"High Life"
"Don't Know What Came Over Me"
"The Letter"
"Not Out of Love"
"Love Left Over"
"I'll Be There for You"
"Save My Soul"

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Credit: Alexander ThompsonLast week, Blondie released a song called "Fun. " the first single from its forthcoming studio album, Pollinator. Now, an official video for the tune has premiered on the influential New Wave band's VEVO YouTube channel.

The clip was directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, one of the filmmakers behind Beyonce's visual album Lemonade. The video features black-and-white footage of Blondie performing the electronica-flavored dance track, interspersed with scenes of an androgynous astronaut taking a trip into outer space. Along the way, the interplanetary traveler speeds through various kaleidoscopic scenes, before ending up at a wild dance party on Mars. Some of the images featured in the clip reflect New York City's 1970s club and music scene documented in the photography of Blondie guitarist Chris Stein.

"The band was really welcoming and open," says Rimmasch of working with Blondie. "[Singer] Debbie [Harry] is beautiful and beautifully enigmatic. It was amazing to be on the other side of the glass from her when those 'Debbie moments' happened it felt like I had stepped into a parallel dimension."

As previously reported, Pollinator is Blondie's 11th studio album and will be released on May 5. The record features a variety of guest artists, including Joan Jett, who performs on "Doom or Destiny," and avant-garde musician Laurie Anderson, who appears on a special CD-only hidden track called "Tonight."

Other collaborators on Pollinator include pop artists Sia and Charli XCX, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. You can pre-order the album now at Blondie's online store.

Blondie will support Pollinator by heading out on a joint summer trek with Garbage dubbed the Rage and Rapture Tour. The outing runs from a July 5 show in Saratoga, California, through an August 12 concert in Dallas.

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