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Courtesy of AXS TVThe Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton and Steve Miller are among the big names who'll be chatting with Dan Rather on the upcoming season of AXS TV's The Big Interview.

The latest run of shows premieres Tuesday, October 10, with an episode featuring Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne.  Other stars slated to appear on new installments of The Big Interview include E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, ex-R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Rush singer/bassist Geddy Lee and Jewel.

In all, nine new episodes of program will air on AXS TV, with different episodes premiering each Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT through December 5.

Here's the full lineup of the upcoming season of The Big Interview:

10/10 -- Sharon Osbourne
10/17 -- The Doobie Brothers
10/24 -- Geddy Lee of Rush
10/31 -- Jewel
11/7 -- Kiefer Sutherland
11/14 -- Steve Miller
11/21 -- Peter Frampton
11/28 -- Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
12/5 -- Steven Van Zandt

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David M. EarnisseChicago, one of the most successful bands in pop music history, is the subject of a documentary available on DVD October 13th.

Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago covers the 50-year career of the group that named itself after the Windy City and has endured from its beginnings as a politically-oriented jazz-rock fusion outfit to its more recent pop-ballad mode.

Directed by Peter PardiniNow More Than Ever features interviews from Chicago members past and present, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.  The DVD can be pre-ordered at or via Amazon.

According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading singles charting group in the U.S. in the 1970s and is the “greatest of all time” American band in terms of singles chart success. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Genesis PublicationsMick Fleetwood's new limited-edition book, Love that Burns -- A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac: Volume 1, 1967-1974, officially gets published today. As its title suggests, the book delves into the band's early history, and is packed with rare photos, memorabilia and personal recollections from Fleetwood and many of the group's other members.

Love That Burns' main focus is on Fleetwood Mac's original lineup, led by blues-guitar virtuoso Peter Green. Although Green was the group's main singer, guitarist and songwriter, Fleetwood tells ABC Radio Green shied away from the spotlight. Mick says this attitude is reflected by the fact that Peter chose to name the band after its rhythm section -- Fleetwood and bassist John McVie -- and was furious when the group's label included his name in their debut album's title, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

"He was the founding father that formed the spirit that continues through today," Fleetwood maintains, "where everyone was always accepted for who they are, what they are, and bring what you have."

The band's name actually comes from a 1967 instrumental recording that Green, Fleetwood and McVie made while they were members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The trio recorded the track using studio time that Mayall gave Green as a birthday present. When the recording was done and Peter was asked what the tune's name was, he said, "call it 'Fleetwood Mac,' 'cause John [McVie] and Mick are playing on it."

That track and the 1968 Fleetwood Mac tune "Love That Burns" are included on a special seven-inch vinyl picture disc packaged with the new book.

Fleetwood will celebrate the book's publication at a Q&A and meet-and-greet event at London's Piccadilly Theatre on Tuesday, September 26.

For more details about Love that Burns, visit

LOVE THAT BURNS: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac, by Mick Fleetwood from Genesis Publications on Vimeo.


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John Fogerty is ready to rock with a new record deal.

The former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader has signed a deal with BMG that includes a new solo album to be released sometime next year, plus the reissue of his previous solo releases. The first reissue, due November 17, will be a 20th anniversary edition of Fogerty’s Grammy-winning Blue Moon Swamp album.

Available in 180-gram black vinyl, limited-edition 180-gram blue vinyl, CD and digital versions, the Blue Moon Swamp reissue features a new album cover showcasing the concert backdrop from the album’s original supporting tour.

Originally released in May 1997, Blue Moon Swamp won Best Rock Album at the 40th Grammy Awards in 1998, while the track “Blueboy” received a nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance that same year. 

Upcoming reissues from Fogerty’s solo career include the Grammy-nominated Centerfield,  the Eye of the Zombie and Premonition albums, plus Déjà vu (All Over Again) and a new Best of collection. Release dates are still to be announced.

Fogerty returns to Las Vegas to continue his John Fogerty: Fortunate Son In Concert  residency at the Wynn Encore Theatre with 15 shows set for September 20 – October 7 and January 10 – 20. For info, go to Fogerty’s website.

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Eric Ryan AndersonA roster of musical greats including Sting, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang and members of the Lumineers will help celebrate the life and music of the late Leonard Cohen.

In a Facebook post, Cohen’s family announced Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen, set for November 6 at Bell Centre in the singer/poet’s native Montreal.

Other participants include Lana Del Rey, Feist, Damien Rice, Canadian singer/songwriter Patrick Watson and renowned modern classical composer Phillip Glass. According to the post, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premiere Philippe Couillard will also be in attendance.

The tribute is being overseen by Cohen’s musician son Adam, who co-produced his father’s final album, 2016’s You Want It Darker. Adam explains, “My father left me with a list of instructions before he passed: ‘Put me in a pine box next to my mother and father. Have a small memorial for close friends and family in Los Angeles…and if you want a public event do it in Montreal.' I see this concert as a fulfillment of my duties to my father that we gather in Montreal to ring the bells that still can ring.”

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Joshua BrandaoMadonna has performed at the world's biggest concert venues, but she says at this point in her career, she wants to scale things back.

"I've done so many shows -- world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it -- that I feel like I have to reinvent that now too," she tells the BBC in an interview promoting her new Rebel Heart concert DVD.

"I like doing intimate shows and being able to talk directly to the audience; to play with them and use humor and pathos and truth, and share my life -- and also make up stories," she explains. "I like the freedom of it and I like the intimacy of it, and I would like to explore doing it more in the future."

For a hint of what a Madonna concert like that might look like, check out the Rebel Heart concert DVD: it features Tears of a Clown, an exclusive fan club show she did in Melbourne, Australia that was a mix of comedy and music.

"This is something I'm exploring right now: the idea of doing a show that doesn't travel the world, but stays in one place and utilizes not only humor and the music in a more intimate setting but other people's music, as well, and other entertainment," Madonna tells the BBC. 

When asked if that means she's looking to do a residency of some type, Madonna says, "Yeah, a residency. If I look back at the Rebel Heart tour, my favorite [part] was really the last section where I got to just sit on the stage and play my ukulele and sing 'La Vie en Rose' and talk to the audience."

"Just more intimate," she adds. "More audience participation and connecting to human beings -- I feel I'm craving that more and more."

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Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesEven at age 70, Ronnie Wood manages to keep rolling along.

The Rolling Stones guitarist, who had surgery for lung cancer earlier this year, told the Guardian when it comes to sex, “You’ve got to have that every day.” Wood married his third wife, theater producer Sally Humphreys, in 2012. Their twin daughters, Gracie and Alice, were born last year. The rocker also has four other children.

In a question and answer session with the British publication, Wood – who joined the Stones in 1975 after stints in the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces – said the song he’d like played at his funeral would be “The Resurrection Shuffle.” For the record, that track was a 1971 hit for Northern English rock trio Ashton, Gardner and Dyke.

Wood also characterized himself as “fearless” and said the most important lesson life has taught him is, “Don’t give up.” As for his guilty pleasure, Wood responded, "I am not guilty about it, but caviar.”

Wood chose “X-ray vision” as his desired superpower, explaining, “I was always intrigued by that when I was a kid.”

When asked what makes him unhappy, Wood responded, “Not a lot – I’m quite a happy bloke.” Expanding on that theme, he explained, “Right now is a pretty good time in my life. I am existing on three-monthly check-ups, but, yeah, I am very grateful.”

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Courtesy SHOWTIMEFans who miss the late George Michael will be able to hear him once again next month, when Showtime airs the documentary George Michael: Freedom.

Filmed before the singer's death last Christmas Day, the documentary is narrated by George himself.  It covers his whole career, but specifically focuses on the time leading up to the creation of his album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, and his protracted legal battle with his record label which led him to step away from the spotlight. 

The documentary also features George talking about the death of his partner and first love, Anselmo Feleppa, who died in 1993 from an AIDS-related brain hemorrhage.

Packed with unseen private footage, Freedom includes interviews with George's famous friends and fans, such as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Ricky Gervais, James Corden, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and designer John Paul Gaultier.

In addition, the five supermodels who starred in George's iconic video for "Freedom '90" -- Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz -- will discuss their experience making the clip, which was directed by David Fincher.

George Michael: Freedom airs October 21 at 9 p.m. ET.


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L-R: Comm. of Mass. Dept of Conservation and Recreation Leo Roy, Don Henley, Mass. Sec. of Energy and Environment Affairs Matthew Beaton (Credit: Scot Miller)Back in 1990, The Eagles' Don Henley founded the Walden Woods Project to preserve the works of author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond, which inspired his most famous work.  That's why he traveled to Massachusetts last week to unveil some new exhibits at the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center.

Among the educational exhibits Don introduced during a public ceremony on Thursday was an 18-minute movie, executive produced by Ken Burns, about Thoreau's life and legacy.  Another exhibit, "Where's Your Walden," asks visitors to share a place in the world that's as special to them as Walden Pond was to Thoreau.

At the event -- which marked the 200th anniversary of Thoreau's birth -- Don told the audience, "Thoreau was a keen observer of the natural world.  His writings provide insights into some of the most urgent issues of our time...understanding and protecting the biological diversity of life; living on a planet of limited resources; and the role of personal responsibility in today's world." 

He added that he hoped that visitors to Walden would be leave the place "inspired and ready to engage in the environmental and societal challenges of our times."

Henley was deeply influenced by Thoreau's writings in college.  Over the years, he's staged benefit concerts, featuring big names like Sting, Elton John and Neil Young, to fund the Walden Woods Project.  He also donated some of the proceeds from the Eagles' Hell Freezes Over album and tour to the cause.

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Blue Rider PressBeach Boys fans who've haven't read frontman Mike Love's 2016 memoir, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, now can buy a more portable version of the book: a paperback edition was just released.

Love tells ABC Radio he was inspired to write the memoir because he wanted to share his side of The Beach Boys' story, and defend himself against the negative ways he's been portrayed in some accounts of the band's history.

"There had been so many mis-truths, misconceptions and such [a] biased way of looking at things, often by people who weren't even there," Love maintains. "So I thought it would be a really good idea to write about's experiences and my contribution to the group."

As you'd expect, the book delves into both the high points and rough periods in the group's history. Among the latter, Love says, was his late cousin Dennis Wilson's short-lived friendship with cult leader Charles Manson, and suing his cousin Brian Wilson over songwriting credits for many classic Beach Boys songs.

On the positive side, Love lists the 1966 single "Good Vibrations" going to #1, and The Beach Boys being voted the top group in the U.K., over The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He says another highlight was the band playing July 4 shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in 1985 to a combined million-and-a-half people.

Despite the personal drama, conflicts and tragedies the band has gone through, Love says The Beach Boys' story is an overwhelmingly happy one, thanks to the joy the group's music has brought to their fans.

"[The] warmth and character of the harmonies together has been such a huge influence and loved all around the world," Love maintains. "It's almost inexplicable."

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Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesFollowing protests in St. Louis following the acquittal of a white former police officer in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man, U2 has canceled a scheduled Saturday night performance in the city.

In a statement released Saturday morning, U2 and concert promoter Live Nation declared, "We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size. We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity."

The statement continued: "In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans’ safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."

Dozens of people have been arrested since Friday’s acquittal of white former police officer Jason Stockley in the December 20, 2011 fatal shooting of Lamar Smith, a black man, who was shot five times following a high-speed chase and crash. Stockley was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting.

Fans who purchased tickets for U2’s Saturday night performance at St. Louis' The Dome at America’s Center will receive a full refund.

U2’s currently touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark 1987 album, The Joshua Tree.

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Legacy RecordingsMariah Carey's sixth studio album, Butterfly, celebrates it's 20th anniversary Saturday.  

To honor the occasion, a collector's edition 12-inch vinyl picture disc will be released on October 20.  

The original cover photo and a special note from Mariah to her fans are also included in the package. 

Butterfly featured hits including "Honey" -- which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of its release in 1997 and became Mimi's 12th number one-song -- as well as "Breakdown," "The Roof," and "Butterfly."  

It also showcased Mimi's transition to using more hip-hop and R&B elements in her music.  

In a statement, Mariah says that Butterfly "is my favorite album. It's the most personal work I've ever done and always be a defining moment in my career and in my life. I'm so happy to celebrate this anniversary with such a special release! Stay tuned for more surprises!" 

You can pre-order the Butterfly 12-inch vinyl picture disc now via Amazon. Here's the track list: 

Side A
"My All"
"The Roof"
"Fourth of July"

Side B
"Close My Eyes"
"Whenever You Call"
"Fly Away" (Butterfly Reprise)
"The Beautiful Ones"

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Courtesy CBS Sunday MorningMadonna is now the proud mom of six children: Lourdes, Rocco, David, Mercy, and twins Stella and Estere.  Her four youngest children were adopted from the African nation of Malawi, and she says she won't close the door on the idea of expanding her family even more at some point.

In an interview set to air this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning, Madonna says, "Who knows? Yeah, I never say never. You never know what surprise awaits you around the corner."

Madonna, whose own mother died when she was five years old, says she hasn't only helped her children by adopting them from a Malawi orphanage -- they've helped her as well.  "I get to become the mom I never had. So, yeah, it's a very healing experience," she explains.

Not only that, but Madoona maintains that being a mom has led to her toning down her impulse to do shocking things.  "Oh, I'm sure I've done provocative things just for the sake of provocation," she says on CBS Sunday Morning. "Not so much now. Definitely, not since I have children."

The Queen of Pop's most recent project has been working, though her Raising Malawi charity, to establish a new children's hospital in that country. Though it was a struggle to get the project completed, she says, "It's built, and it's up and running. And children's lives are being saved as a result."

You can watch the entire interview with Madonna this Sunday morning, September 17, at 9 a.m. ET.

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MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.; Kevin MazurPaul McCartney and U2 are among the famous artists touring the U.S. this fall and, not surprisingly, tickets to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acts' shows are among the most sought-after, according to StubHub.

The ex-Beatles star and the Irish rockers land at #4 and #5, respectively, on the ticketing platform's list of top-selling acts, which is based on total U.S. sales for tour dates from Labor Day to Thanksgiving of this year.

Other veteran artists in the tally's top 10 are Depeche Mode at #6, Billy Joel at #7, Janet Jackson at #8 and Bob Seger at #9. Topping the list is pop star Bruno Mars.

Mars also is #1 in a separate StubHub list ranking the top-selling acts based on the average sales per show, while U2 is #3, Joel is #4, McCartney is #5, Depeche Mode is #8, Seger is #9 and Jacksn is #10.

Here's StubHub's full list of 2017 Top Selling Acts for the fall:

1. Bruno Mars
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Lady Gaga
4. Paul McCartney
5. U2
6. Depeche Mode
7. Billy Joel
8. Janet Jackson
9. Bob Seger
10. Harry Styles

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RCA Records/Legacy RecordingsA third installment in a series of albums pairing archival vocal performances by Elvis Presley with new orchestral backing tracks is on its way, and this one focuses on the late rock 'n' roll legend's holiday tunes.

Due out October 6, Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will feature symphonically augmented renditions of 13 tracks taken from two Presley holiday collections, 1957's Elvis' Christmas Album and 1971's Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas.

Among the songs on the new album are both classic and modern yuletide tunes, including of "White Christmas," "Merry Christmas Baby," "Blue Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Silver Bells," and "Silent Night." The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded its parts at London's famed Abbey Road Studios.

Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla, who's served as executive producer of all three orchestral Elvis collections, says in the liner notes for the holiday album, "The songs chosen were songs that Elvis was particularly fond of and it seemed quite fitting to have the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra once again accompanying him at this very special time of year. I'm positive he would be smiling if this opportunity came up in his lifetime and that this album would definitely be in the making. Merry Christmas to all..."

Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be available on CD, vinyl LP and as a digital download. A deluxe edition featuring four orchestra-enhanced bonus tracks taken from Presley's 1957 Peace in the Valley EP will be released on CD and Digitally on November 24.

Here's the full track list of Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:

"Santa Claus Is Back in Town"
"White Christmas"
"Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)"
"Merry Christmas Baby"
"Blue Christmas"
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
"Winter Wonderland"
"Santa Bring My Baby Back (to Me)"
"Silver Bells"
"Oh Little Town of Bethlehem"
"O Come, All Ye Faithful"
"The First Noel"
"Silent Night"

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
"(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (for Me)"
"I Believe"
"Take My Hand, Precious Lord"
"It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)"

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Credit: Timothy WhiteToday, Michael McDonald releases Wide Open, his first new album of original material in 17 years. His last three albums were covers of classic Motown and soul songs, so when it came to writing new songs, he felt a little insecure -- because those old songs are so good.

"I think with any project that you do as a songwriter, in the back of your mind, you're going, 'Are these songs really up to speed...are they up to par? Are they relevant?'" he tells ABC Radio. "All those questions are constantly gnawing away at you."

Luckily, McDonald is returning with new music at a time when his solo hits, and those he made with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, are experiencing a resurgence as part of the now-popular "yacht rock" genre.

"It takes on different perspectives with time," Michael says of music. "I think if it has a certain earnest effort to begin with, it will find its audience through the decades." 

He adds with a laugh, "I enjoy that idea that all of a sudden, yacht rock is cool. It's like, 'Who would have thought?'"

McDonald, who at 65 is now touring in support of Wide Open, says the album title is "kind of a metaphor for what it feels like to live this long and [still want to] pursue some avenue of expressing yourself."

He explains, "I don't think I counted on the fact that I'd live this long...When I was 35, I thought when you're 65, you're happy to be in your golf cart, going to the coffee shop...and then going home and taking a nap!"

He adds, laughing, "In some ways, I am that guy...But I still wanna rock, y'know?"

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UMeRingo Starr's 19th solo album, Give More Love, arrives today on CD and as a digital download. As previously reported, the ex-Beatles drummer made the record with more than a little help of some of his musical friends, the most notable of which being his old band mate Paul McCartney, who lent his talents to the songs "We're on the Road Again" and "Show Me the Way."

Among the many other guests on the album are Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Toto's Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.

Give More Love features 10 brand-new songs, as well as four bonus tracks that are updated versions of older tunes by Starr.  Among the extra tracks is a new rendition of his 1972 hit "Back Off Boogaloo" that's based on the original demo recording Ringo made when he first wrote the song.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Starr says he decided to do the new version after he discovered a reel-to-reel tape with the demo of the tune, which had some interesting elements that differed from the originally released track.

"[I]t had a great echo on the [rhythm] guitar," he told the newspaper. "I knew it's me singing, but I couldn't figure out who the hell is playing guitar? And it was me! So that's on this record."

He adds, "We lifted the voice from the track that George [Harrison] produced, so it combines me then, and me now."

A vinyl version of Give More Love will be released on September 22.

Here the album's track list:

"We're on the Road Again"
"Show Me the Way"
"Speed of Sound"
"Standing Still"
"King of the Kingdom"
"So Wrong for So Long"
"Shake It Up"
"Give More Love"

Bonus Tracks
"Back Off Boogaloo"
"Don't Pass Me By" -- featuring Vandaveer
"You Can't Fight Lightning" -- featuring Alberta Cross
"Photograph" -- featuring Vandaveer

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The Jackson 5's Tito Jackson says in a new episode of ABC's 20/20 in focusing on the 1994 murder of his ex-wife, Delores "Dee Dee" Jackson, that the day she died was the "coldest day" of his and his sons' lives.  

Tito recalls, "[My sons] said, 'Mom is dead.' It was just a sad moment, you know. It was just horrifying." 

Tito's son Taryll remembers getting the phone call about his mom's death, saying, "I was told that my mom had been in an accident and that I need to go to the hospital right away."  

Meanwhile, his youngest son TJ says he "had a sixth sense in my head," adding, "It's as if I knew already that my mother wasn't with us."

Tito and Delores met at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, and they wed right out of school in 1972. She also became part of the whirlwind of fame surrounding The Jackson 5.  

However, in 1993, she and Tito divorced.  

Months later, at the age of 39, Dee Dee started dating then-boyfriend Don Bohana. Then, on August 27, 1994, she died.  

The Jackson family said they immediately had questions and did not believe Dee Dee accidentally drowned in the pool because, they say, she was terrified of water.  

Tito also believes "the bruises and the damage" on her body seemed to indicate that there had been scuffles and fights.  

Bohana, who was convicted of Dee Dee's murder, told the press after her death that she had been comfortable swimming in his pool and that the bruises were the result of his efforts to pull her out.  

The Jacksons, however, believe Bohana wanted Dee Dee to help him with financial difficulties and they theorize that when she refused, he killed her in a fit of rage. 

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earMUSICGizmodrome, the new band Police drummer Stewart Copeland formed with ex-King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, Level 42 singer/bassist Mark King and Italian prog-rock keyboardist Vittorio Cosma, releases its self-titled debut album today.

The project grew out of a series of songs Copeland and his frequent collaborator Cosma wrote over the last decade or so. Stewart tells ABC Radio that Belew and King were recruited after he and Vittorio were offered a record deal, and the four musicians soon got down to work in a studio in Milan, Italy.

Copeland says it was in the studio where the band's sound developed, thanks in large part to the musicianship of Belew and King.

He gives as an example the Gizmodrome song "Amaka Pipa" -- whose title is a bastardization of the phrase "American People" -- noting that "just out of nowhere, Adrian comes up with…this electric riff that just lights the whole thing up."

Copeland adds about Belew's improvisational approach was "what we're looking for. Not what I told him to play. What I'm looking for is for his juices to start flowing, for his creativity to start flourishing and exploding."

Gizmodrome's music is hard to categorize -- an amalgam of progressive rock, world music and other diverse sounds topped off with irreverent spoken-sung verses and melodic choruses. One of the most surprising aspects of the band is that Copeland serves as lead vocalist.

"They were Stewart's songs so only Stewart could sing them in his way," Belew explains to ABC Radio. "So what we arrived at was that Stewart should sings the [verses], and Mark and I could easily sing the choruses together and harmonize…'cause our voices blend really well."

Adrian says Gizmodrome hopes to play its first official show in late 2017, "and then fill up next year's calendar with lots of shows around the world."

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Credit: Karsten StaigerDuring the course of Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour this year, key former members Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills played with the band at select shows, either individually or in various combinations. Now, all five musicians will be on hand to perform with their old group's current lineup at Foreigner's October 6-7 stand at Michigan's Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, which will be captured for a TV special, album and DVD that will be released next year.

Founding Foreigner guitarist and leader Mick Jones says, "Playing alongside Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick again certainly brought back some special memories and we decided it would be the ultimate celebration to join together on one stage, and give the fans the best possible farewell to our 40th Anniversary."

Gramm, Greenwood and McDonald previously reunited with Foreigner for a three-song encore at a July 11 show in Wantagh, New York, while Wills appeared at a June 11 concert in Spain and Elliott hit the stage on August 2 in Tampa, Florida.

Gramm, Foreigner's original frontman, recently announced plans to retire from regular touring at the end of 2017, but he tells Billboard that he's really enjoyed reuniting with Jones and his other former band mates and would like to continue to make occasional guest appearances with the band. He also says he hopes the reunions might spark some new songwriting collaborations with Jones.

"We've mentioned it," Gramm reveals, "And depending on a number of things I think that could happen again. In what capacity and for who I don't exactly know, but I'm not even concerned about that end of it. I just want to write again and craft some great songs."

You can check out all of Foreigner's upcoming shows at

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