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Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesIf you can't make it to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival next week to catch the world premiere of the new Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, you'll be able to watch the four-hour film on Amazon Prime Video come May. Amazon has acquired the rights to the Martin Scorsese-produced project, which will debut on its streaming service on May 26 as a six-part series.

Long Strange Trip is fully sanctioned by The Grateful Dead and was directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include the critically acclaimed doc The Tillman Story. The film features new interviews with the band's surviving members, as well as family members, road crew and fans. It also includes previously unseen concert and behind-the-scenes footage and photos of the group. Long Strange Trip not delves into the band's inventive music and improvisational performances, while also looking at the group's impact on the counterculture and its huge community of devoted followers, the "Deadheads."

Founding Dead singer guitarist Bob Weir says of the film, "Over several decades a group of guys hung together making music in a group that was way tighter and lasted much longer than most marriages. Here's the movie…"

Scorsese, meanwhile, says, "I've always admired the spirit and creativity of the Grateful Dead. They are revolutionary artists who forever changed the world of touring and recording live music. They were a cultural force -- a lifestyle, that continue to influence new generations of fans."

Long Strange Trip will get its world premiere this Monday, January 23, at 8:30 p.m. PT at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre in Park City, Utah. Among the stars expected to attend the event are Weir, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and Trixie Garcia, daughter of late Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is gunning to get back the copyrights to a bunch of Beatles songs he wrote or co-wrote that currently are owned by the Sony/ATV publishing company. According to the rock legend's rep, McCartney filed a lawsuit in New York on Wednesday "to confirm his ownership in his U.S. reversionary copyrights, which are granted to him by U.S. copyright law, in the songs he wrote with John Lennon and recorded with The Beatles."

Under copyright law, creators who sold copyrights before 1976 have a right to reclaim them at a certain point. 

The lawsuit claims that McCartney has been serving notices of his intention to reclaim them to the current owners of the copyrights since 2008, and is expecting to have these copyrights returned to him beginning in October 5, 2018.

The suit -- which asks the court to affirm that these notices are valid and proper under the law -- seems to be an attempt to protect the former Beatle from a legal strategy the publishing company used in U.K. courts in December to hold off an attempt by Duran Duran to reclaim its publishing.

In response to the lawsuit, Sony/ATV has issued a statement maintaining that it "has the highest respect for Sir Paul McCartney with whom we have enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with respect to the treasured Lennon & McCartney song catalog," while adding, "We are disappointed that they have filed this lawsuit which we believe is both unnecessary and premature."

Last year, Sony/ATV, which was established as a joint venture between Sony and Michael Jackson in 1995, bought late the King of Pop's share of the company for $750 million.

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Live Nation/PR NewswireFans snapped up over 1.1 million tickets to U2's upcoming The Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour just 24 hours after they went on sale. To celebrate, Bono and the boys have now added extra dates in Los Angeles, Chicago and East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The newly announced shows will be held May 21 at L.A.'s Rose Bowl, June 4 at Chicago's Soldier Field and June 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Tickets for the new dates will go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 23.

Throughout the tour, which kicks off May 12 in Vancouver, Canada, U2 will be performing their classic 1987 album The Joshua Tree in its entirety. Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and OneRepublic will provide support on the North American leg of the tour, while Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will be the opener in Europe.

This summer, U2 will be headlining Bonnaroo for the first time.

For all ticket info, visit U2.com.

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Clay Patrick McBride; James GladerToday marks the one-year anniversary of Glenn Frey's death, and in honor of the Eagles singer, Bob Seger has debuted a new song tribute to his late friend that can be downloaded for free at Seger's official Facebook page and also is streaming at RollingStone.com.

"Glenn Song" is a sparse, melancholy tune that finds Seger musing about Frey's passing and reminiscing about his passion for music.

"You were young, you were bold/ And you loved your rock and soul," sings Bob. "You were strong, you were sharp/But you had the deepest heart/ You showed the whole world what we knew/There was no one quite like you."

Seger recorded the track about four months ago in Nashville with some session musicians while working on an upcoming studio album.

"It's obviously not meant to be a hit," he tells Rolling Stone. "There's no chorus per se or title section or anything. The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met."

Seger and Frey met while they both were playing in bands in the Detroit area. Bob enlisted Glenn to sing backing vocals on his 1968 hit "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," but it was Frey who would find superstardom first as a member of the Eagles.

Seger remained friends with Frey and would go on to co-write the Eagles' 1979 chart-topping hit "Heartache Tonight" with Glenn, Don Henley and J.D. Souther. Bob ended up singing the song at Glenn's memorial service, and also performed it during the Eagles' 2016 Kennedy Center Honors tribute.

With regard to his new tune, Seger tells Rolling Stone, "I hope 'Glenn Song' doesn't make his wife Cindy cry. But it probably will."

Frey was 67 when he passed away on January 18, 2016.

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Courtesy of Webster PRWhile many well-known music artists have declined invitations to perform at the festivities surrounding the inauguration of Donald Trump this week, soul legend Sam Moore has announced that he'll be performing at a pre-inaugural event this Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Sam & Dave singer has joined the lineup of the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, which will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live.

"As an American, I am honored to perform for President-elect Donald Trump," says Moore in a statement. "I was a participant in the civil rights movement and have seen many positive changes and advancement in my 81 years of living in this wonderful Country, but I know we must all join hands and work together with our new President. I honestly believe that if we can accomplish this, the best is yet to come."

The celebration will feature remarks from Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, as well as performances from modern-rock act 3 Doors Down and country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, among others.

For more details about the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration, visit 58PIC2017.org.

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Allen Ross Thomas; Barry Brecheisen/ WireImageWith the 2017 installment of the Experience Hendrix Tour set to kick off on February 17 in Portland, Oregon, some new additions to the trek's star-studded lineup have been announced. Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and Los Lobos singer/guitarists David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas will appear on select dates of the Jimi Hendrix tribute tour, which is mapped out through a March 26 show in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Whitford, who has participated in a quite a few previous Experience Hendrix tours, will join this year's trek on March 10, 11 and 12. A Hendrix fan since he was a teenager, Brad notes, "He had a really deep understanding and knowledge of blues. I don't know where it came from. We all try and cop that feel. We can't quite nail it, but it sure is fun to try and emulate some of what he did."

Hidalgo and Rosas, who also have been regular participants in past treks, will be on hand for the March 9, 10 and 11 dates. Rosas recalls listening to Hendrix's music as a kid growing up in East L.A.

"It was so different from everything else," he says. "It was exciting, great music."

As has become tradition, this year's Experience Hendrix Tour will be anchored by ex-Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox. The 2017 lineup also features blues legend Buddy Guy, Black Label Society frontman and ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Dweezil Zappa, among others.

Fans purchasing a pair of tickets to select dates on the trek will receive a free CD copy of the new archival album Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69:

2/17 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
2/18 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Theater
2/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
2/20 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center for the Performing Arts
2/22 -- Davis, CA, Jackson Hall - Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
2/23 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts
2/24 -- Oakland, CA, The Fox Theater
2/25 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
2/28 -- Mesa, AZ, Ikeda Theater at the Mesa Arts Center
3/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
3/3 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
3/4 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Events Center
3/6 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Eccles Theater
3/7 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
3/9 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
3/10 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Mara Hall
3/11 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
3/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
3/15 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
3/16 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
3/17 -- Tulsa, OK, The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
3/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
3/19 -- Louisville, KY, The Louisville Palace
3/21 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
3/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Old National Centre
3/23 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
3/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Riverside Theater
3/25 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
3/26 -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

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Denise Truscello/WireImageStart planning your spring trip to Las Vegas: Elton John just announced new residency dates for his The Million Dollar Piano show.

The singer will be returning to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for eight performances in April and May. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20, at noon PT.

Elton had previously only announced dates through February. His Million Dollar Piano show has been running since 2011; prior to that, he had a similar show at the same venue called The Red Piano.

The current show features an elaborate stage set, a piano covered in 68 LED screens, and classic hits like "Rocket Man," "Your Song," "Crocodile Rock" and "Tiny Dancer."

In addition, Elton has a run of March concerts lined up in the western U.S. and Canada.

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

2/7-8, 10-11, 13-15, 18-20 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
3/4 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
3/5 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
3/7 -- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
3/8 -- Missoula, MT, Adams Center
3/11 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
3/12 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
3/15 -- Casper, WY, Casper Events Center
3/16 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Broadmoor World Arena
3/18 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
3/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Tucson Arena
3/22 -- Albuquerque, NM, Tingley Coliseum
3/23 -- El Paso, TX, Don Haskins Center
4/25-26, 28-29 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace*
5/1, 3-5 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace*

* = newly announced dates.

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Neil Lupin/RedfernsFans touring Prince's Paisley Park will get a special treat in April when the Prince4Ever tour, a expanded version of the current home and studio tour, takes place, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the iconic artist's death on April 21.

Named after Prince's greatest-hits album 4Ever, which was released last year, the tour will include a new installation of rarely seen videos, audio clips and artifacts at the estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  

Visitors also will be given the chance to have their picture taken for a special project that will honor the "Purple Rain" artist. The photos will be compiled into a video that's set to premiere online April 21. 

Along with the Prince4Ever experience, a four-day event called Celebration 2017 is planned to take place April 20-23.  

Groups who have performed with Prince during his career, including The TimeThe RevolutionNew Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL, are expected to appear. 

General admission passes for Celebration 2017 are on sale now. General admission and VIP Prince4Ever tour tickets also are available to purchase, along with tickets for a special Paisley Park After Dark weekend event during the Prince4Ever occasion.  

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Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Mandarin Oriental Hyde ParkThis June will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which boasts a famous cover designed by U.K. artist Peter Blake featuring a collage of celebrities and historical figures. Now Blake has created a new star-studded mural based on Sgt. Pepper's cover that was unveiled Tuesday in London on the façade of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel.

The new collage, which is titled "Our Fans," features 99 noteworthy people, including two who graced the Sgt. Pepper's cover -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

"This piece is in the spirit of The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album," Blake tells the hotel's own MO magazine. "It is therefore entirely apt that Sir Paul McCartney and fellow Beatles' bandmate Ringo Starr should feature in the poster, during the 50th anniversary of the album."

Other famous faces appearing in the mural include such music artists as Annie Lennox and Bryan Ferry, as well as Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Joan Collins and Blake, himself.

The mural, which was commissioned by the Mandarin Oriental, is scheduled to cover the hotel's façade for nine months as it undergoes renovations.

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Michael Putland/Getty ImagesFollowing George Michael's sudden death on Christmas Day at the age of 53, a post mortem examination was called "inconclusive" by police, and more tests are being conducted.  But one of George's oldest pals is convinced that a combination of various drugs killed the British superstar.

Andros Georgiou  grew up with George Michael; the two referred to each other as cousins.  He told the BBC that reports that George was doing heroin in the months before his death were "absolute rubbish," because he knows that heroin was "one drug he would never touch." However, he says that the drugs the singer was doing probably contributed to his death.

According to Georgiou, "hard drugs" were back in George's life before he died, specifically cocaine and crack, which he refers to as "one of his favorite drugs."  That's why Georgiou believes an accidental overdose killed the singer.

"I just think that he took too much of something, mixed with the antidepressants and other drugs he was on, with alcohol," says Georgiou. "I think his heart just stopped beating."

Georgiou, who toured with Michael until they had a falling out in 1998, also told the BBC that the singer was "actually getting better," adding, "He was trying to lead a normal life again and I believe he was dragged back into the dark side."

He also remembered the singer as an incredibly generous person, and recalled how, on Christmas Eve, he and Michael used to drive around London "with two Range Rovers full of food... and feed all the homeless".  Another time, he recalled, the singer wasn't able to attend one of Elton John's charity auctions, so he told Georgiou to go and "just buy everything."

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David Livingston/Getty ImagesFor many years, Anita Baker has been giving fans the best that she's got -- but now the celebrated singer is putting the brakes on her impressive career.

Via Twitter, Baker recently cleared up rumors by confirming her new life as a retired "beach bum."

"Lotta rumours out there. No Tour. No CD. #Retired #BeachBum #ThankUJesus," she writes.  

In another tweet, she says, "Jan 26th will celebrate my 59th BDay (lord willing) retirement was 1 of many goals/dreams #SuchaBlessing."  

The singer-songwriter started her music career with funk band Chapter 8 in the late 1970s before embarking on a career as a solo artist.  

Baker's first album, The Songstress, was released in 1983, but it was her 1986 sophomore album, Rapture, that propelled her to superstardom and won her two Grammy Awards in 1987: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for her hit single, "Sweet Love." 

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UMeGeorge Harrison's family is preparing some special releases to mark what would have been the late guitar legend's 74th birthday next month: a vinyl box set featuring remastered versions of his 12 studio albums, an expanded edition of his 1980 memoir I Me Mine and a specially-themed turntable.

George Harrison -- The Vinyl Collection features 180-gram versions of all of the ex-Beatle's solo efforts, from 1968's Wonderwall to the posthumously-released 2002 album Brainwashed. The box set includes Harrison's classic 1970 triple LP All Things Must Pass, as well as the double-disc 1992 concert album Live in Japan. The collection comes with two 12-inch vinyl picture-disc singles: George's 1987 chart-topper "Got My Mind Set on You" and his 1988 hit tribute to The Beatles "When We Was Fab."

All of Harrison's full-length albums, which were remastered from the original analog tapes, also will be issued separately, with All Things Must Pass being made available as a limited-edition release.

I Me Mine -- The Extended Edition is a lengthier version of a book published in 1980 that was based on conversations Harrison had with former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor. In the tome, which has been expanded to 632 pages, George shares recollections about his childhood in Liverpool, England, his years with Fab Four and beyond, as well as discussing his songs and his spiritual and philosophical beliefs. The book also includes reproductions of handwritten lyric sheets, plus many previously unpublished photos.

The George Harrison Essential III Turntable is a high-quality device featuring a lithograph of George designed by Shepard Fairey.

The vinyl box set, the memoir and the turntable will all be released on February 24, one day before Harrison's birthday.

Here is the full list of discs featured in George Harrison -- The Vinyl Collection:

Wonderwall Music (1968)
Electronic Sound (1969)
All Things Must Pass (1970) (three-LP)
Living in the Material World (1973)
Dark Horse (1974)
Extra Texture (1975)
Thirty Three & 1/3 (1976)
George Harrison (1979)
Somewhere in England (1981)
Gone Troppo (1982)
Cloud Nine (1987)
Live in Japan (1992) (two-LP)
Brainwashed (2002)
12" Picture Disc Singles of "Got My Mind Set on You" and "When We Was Fab" (only available as part of the box set)

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are heading Down Under for a tour of Australia and New Zealand that runs from this Sunday through February 25, but when the trek is through, bassist Gary Tallent will take on the role of "Boss" and hit the road for a U.S. solo outing. Tallent's tour kicks off April 21 in Edwardsville, Illinois, and is mapped out through a May 15 concert in Richmond, Virginia.

The trek currently consists of 14 dates, and includes stops in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and New York City, and well as a performance at Springsteen's famous stomping grounds -- The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. In a post on his Twitter feed, Tallent promises that more dates will be added soon, among them some shows in the United Kingdom.

The tour will promote the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's latest solo album, the rockabilly-inspired Break Time, which was released in March of 2016.

Here are all of Tallent's confirmed solo dates:

4/21 -- Edwardsville, IL, Wildey Theatre
4/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, Shank Hall
4/25 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag
4/27 -- Three Oaks, MI, Acorn Theater
4/28 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
4/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Hard Rock Café
5/3 -- Pawling, NY, Daryl's House
5/4 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
5/6 -- Somerville, MA, The Rockwell
5/7 -- New York, NY, The Cutting Room
5/11 -- Ardmore, PA, The Ardmore Music Hall
5/12 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony
5/14 -- North Bethesda, MD, AMP - Powered by Strathmore
5/16 -- Richmond, VA, The Tin Pan

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Udo Spreitzenbarth; ABC/Randy HolmesIn his 2016 memoir Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy, Mike Love maintains that tensions between him and his cousin Brian Wilson's wife, Melinda, were a factor in his decision not to extend The Beach Boys' popular 50th anniversary reunion tour in 2012. While Love hasn't worked with Wilson since that trek ended, he tells ABC Radio that he'd like to collaborate with Brian again, under the right circumstances.

Noting that Wilson "has expressed the desire to rectify things" with him, Love says, "If it were possible to make it just Brian and I, and have it under control and done better than what happened in 2012, then yeah, I'd be open to something."

He adds, "So far there hasn't been that dialogue yet. We've acknowledged the love of each other and the positivity toward each other in our separate interviews and our separate books…so I think that's great."

The 75-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who co-wrote many classic Beach Boys songs with Wilson, says of their creative partnership, "He is so…basically musically brilliant and I'm the guy with the words and the concepts and stuff. You put that together, you know, amazing things have happened. So, how could you say you would never want to recreate something as great as some of the stuff we've done together. That would be silly."

Love, of course, continues to front The Beach Boys, which also features longtime keyboardist Bruce Johnston, while Wilson records and tours as a solo act with founding Beach Boys singer/guitarist Al Jardine frequently joining him as a special guest.

The Beach Boys kick off their 2017 tour itinerary this Saturday with a show in Emporia, Virginia. Wilson begins the 2017 edition of his Pet Sounds 50th anniversary trek on March 27 in Orlando, Florida.

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Credit: Anton CorbijnThis year, U2 will celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree with a tour paying tribute to the classic 1987 album that gets underway May 12 in Vancouver, Canada. U2's The Edge tells Rolling Stone that the idea for the tour coincided with the decision to delay the release of the band's long-awaited studio album, Songs of Experience, in the wake of Donald Trump being elected U.S. president.

The Edge explains that U2 was putting the final touches on Songs of Experience, most of which had been written in early 2016, "[a]nd then the election [happened] and suddenly the world changed. We just went, 'Hold on a second -- we've got to give ourselves a moment to think about this record and about how it relates to what's going on in the world.'"

The guitar great says that about the same time, he and his band mates were thinking about the upcoming anniversary of The Joshua Tree and came to the realization that with Trump's election, the political climate had "kind of come full circle" from that of the mid '80s.

"That record was written…during the Reagan-Thatcher era of British and U.S. politics. It was a period when there was a lot of unrest," Edge tells Rolling Stone. "It feels like we're right back there in a way…It just felt like, 'Wow, these songs have a new meaning and a new resonance today that they didn't have three years ago, four years ago.'"

The Edge maintains that while doing the Joshua Tree tour, U2 will have the chance to "think about [Songs of Experience] one more time before putting it out, just to make sure that it really was what we wanted to say." He adds that the band might even write some new tunes for the project.

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Polydor Records/Universal MusicClassic songs by Queen and Blondie are featured on soundtrack to the upcoming sequel to the 1996 dark comedy Trainspotting, which is scheduled to open in March. The original film followed the exploits of a group of young Scottish heroin addicts and troublemakers, while the sequel, titled T2 Trainspotting, catches up with some of the same characters 20 years later.

The T2 Trainspotting soundtrack includes Queen's 1984 hit "Radio Ga Ga" and Blondie's 1979 gem "Dreaming." Leading off the album is a remix of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" done by The Prodigy. The original version of that song is featured in the opening scene of Trainspotting, and is heard during the film's famous "Choose Life" monologue, which is delivered by star Ewan McGregor's character, Renton.

Other songs included on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack are The Clash's "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" and Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax."

Here is the full list of songs on the T2 Trainspotting soundtrack:

Iggy Pop -- "Lust for Life (The Prodigy Remix)"
High Contrast -- "Shotgun Mouthwash"
Wolf Alice -- "Silk"
Young Fathers -- "Get Up"
Frankie Goes to Hollywood -- "Relax"
Underworld & Ewen Bremner -- "Eventually But (Spud's Letter to Gail)"
Young Fathers -- "Only God Knows" (feat. Leith Congregational Choir)
The Rubberbandits -- "Dad's Best Friend"
Blondie -- "Dreaming"
Queen -- "Radio Ga Ga"
Run D.M.C. & Jason Nevis -- "It's Like That (Run DMC vs. Jason Nevins)"
The Clash -- "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais"
Young Fathers -- "Rain or Shine"
Fat White Family -- "Whitest Boy on the Beach"
Underworld -- "Slow Slippy"

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Credit: Jimmy KingDavid Bowie, who recently was nominated for five Grammy Awards, is now in the running for even more posthumous honors: the late rock legend has received two nods for the 2017 Brit Awards.

Bowie has been nominated for the British Male Solo Artist honor, while his 2016 studio effort, Blackstar, will vie for the British Album of the Year prize.

Another influential artist who died this past year, Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, also received a Brit Award nomination, in the International Male Solo Artist category.

You can check out the full list of nominees at Brits.co.uk. The 2017 edition of the Brit Awards -- the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys -- will take place February 22 in London.

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ABC/Randy HolmesFresh from her performance debacle on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, Mariah Carey performed this Saturday at the Landmark Hotel in London.

The diva was not alone. Elton John and Mark Ronson also appeared.

It is rumored they were paid around $4.2 million to sing at the wedding of Irene Kogan and Daniel Kenvey. They topped a star-studded bill booked by Irene’s grandad, Russian billionaire businessman Valery Kogan, according to The Sun.

The reception was reportedly a nine-hour extravaganza. Elton John kicked off the reception with a 12-song set and dedicated “Tiny Dancer” to the bride.

Carey performed and dedicated “We Belong Together” to the new couple. Mariah is believed to earn $3 million for such performances. 

Antonio Banderas was also present and made a speech wishing the couple well.

There were additional performances from a number of Russian stars.

Ronson closed the night with a DJ set.

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Credit: Danny ClinchIf you find yourself in Vegas this April, you may want to head over to the Opaline Theatre at The Venetian hotel and casino to check out Steely Dan. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have announced their first-ever Las Vegas residency, a nine-date run of shows dubbed Reelin' in the Chips that's scheduled for April 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29.

Singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen and guitarist Walter Becker will be accompanied by their longtime touring band, which includes guitarist Jon Herington, drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington, keyboardist Jim Beard, a four-piece horn section and three backing vocalists. According to a press statement, the concerts will feature Steely Dan playing "a diverse set of classics."

Tickets for the Reelin' in the Chips residency go on sale to the general public starting this Friday, January 20, at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com and The Venetian box office, as well as by calling 1-800-745-3000. In addition, American Express card members will be able to buy advance tickets beginning Tuesday, January 17 at 10 a.m. PT.

The Vegas shows currently are the only dates on Steely Dan's 2017 itinerary.

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A Bruce Springsteen tribute band has pulled out of a scheduled performance at a pre-inauguration ball out of "respect" to the Boss.

The B Street Band was supposed to perform at the New Jersey State Society's ball on Thursday, the day before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.  Though the event is billed as non-partisan, and the band was actually hired for the gig before the election, they have come under fire for agreeing to participate.

This is, in large part, due to Springsteen's stated enmity towards Trump.  In the past, Springsteen has called him a "moron," and questioned whether or not he was "competent enough" to be president.

Now, the band has issued a statement to the Springsteen fan site Backstreets, saying, "With deepest apologies to our fans and the New Jersey Inaugural Ball committee, the B Street Band is withdrawing from performing at this year's inauguration Gala. Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band."

The band confirms its decision to ABC News, saying, "We didn’t want to be construed as disrespectful to Bruce and his music and the E Street Band. We thought we could explain that it is a nonpolitical event, and that we were contracted and there’s no connection to Trump and his camp...It was more about Jersey, and doing it because it was a Jersey gala. But it just exploded and we were getting fairly isolated."

He added that the band decided its priority is that we "honor and respect Bruce. And right now, it’s construed that we were not doing that.”

In a statement, the executive director of the New Jersey State Society tells ABC News that it's "disappointed" at the B Street Band's decision to pull out, but adds, "We understand [it] based on all the questions and attention this has brought to the B Street Band."

The B Street Band has played the New Jersey State Society event twice before: in 2009 and in 2013.

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