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Santana to Perform Instrumental Version of National Anthem at World Series


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Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday at Game Four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday in Kansas City.

Singer Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform the national anthem Wednesday night before Game Two.

The country group Little Big Town will perform the song before Game Three on Friday.

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Bob Seger Talks New Album, "Ride Out"; Discusses Possibility of Retiring from the Road


Capitol RecordsLast week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out.  The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.

It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself.  One of these, Hiatt's "Detroit Made," even was chosen as the record's lead single.

Seger says of the tune, an homage to the Detroit auto industry, "I just loved the subject matter, 'cause, you know, I'm [from] Michigan...we all love cars 'cause of…Detroit, and everybody loves their classic cars.  And I said, 'This is a natural.'"

Bob got to road test "Detroit Made" during his last tour, and even used the song to open about half of those concerts, noting that "it really went over good" live.

Meanwhile, the second single from Ride Out is romantic ballad titled "You Take Me In," which he wrote for his wife.  Seger tells ABC News Radio that he'd penned the song about three years ago but hadn't played it for his spouse until about three months back, when his label sent him a test pressing of Ride Out.  Bob recalls that he put the tune on while he and his wife were driving together in their car.

"[I]t starts up and she says, 'What's this?'  I said, 'This is your song," he says, laughing.  "So about halfway through, she reaches for the glove box, gets the tissues out.  So, it was a great moment."

Another song from Ride Out that been receiving a lot of media attention is "It's Your World," which focuses on the various environmental problems that we're facing on the planet.

Seger tells ABC News Radio, "I read every environmental article I see and [the tune is] like a summing up of all those things."

He adds, "I guess when you get older, you worry about your kids' future...I'm not going to be around nearly as long as they are and, and you just worry about the mess we're going to leave them."

Seger kicks off the first of two confirmed North American tour legs in support of Ride Out with a November 19 show in Saginaw, Michigan.  There's been some speculation that the trek could be Bob's last, but the veteran rocker says that even if he does decide to quit the road, he doesn't like the idea of officially labeling an outing a "farewell tour."

"I wouldn't want to announce it out," he explains.  "It'd be the saddest tour in the world, you know, if it was our last tour.  So I just really kind of take it tour by tour."

That being said, Seger points out that when his 2015 tour leg winds down around April, he will evaluate how he's feeling with regard to doing future shows.

"I think the determining factor of when I retire will be my voice," he notes.  "If I feel it's starting to slip, if I feel I can't really sing well enough anymore, I'll be the first one out the door."

Visit BobSeger.com to check out a list all of Seger's upcoming concerts.

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Ringo Starr Named Spokesperson for Skechers


Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanRingo Starr has been named the latest spokesperson for Skechers.

The legendary drummer will endorse Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear in a campaign that will launch next spring with a new TV commercial.  

Skechers notes that until now, the Relaxed Fit footwear ads have focused on pro athletes. It says, "[W]e can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit."

 

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Paul McCartney Discusses Twerking, Tattoos and Favorite Current Tunes in New Twitter Q&A


MPL/Mary McCartney Paul McCartney took to his Twitter account on Monday for a Q&A session with fans, during which the rock legend candidly, and often humorously, shared a variety of personal revelations.

Among the many topics Sir Paul chatted about were his current favorite songs and the best gigs he ever attended.  McCartney said the tunes that he's enjoying most right now are the Foo Fighters' new single, "Something from Nothing," and the Sia hit "Chandelier."  As for his favorite concerts, Paul tweeted, "There are many," while singling out rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint show.

McCartney also named his favorite television shows -- Veep and Family Feud -- and his favorite Meryl Streep movie, which he says is The Devil Wears Prada, while adding that "everything she does is brilliant."

The 72-year-old also revealed that his favorite bass line to play is The Beatles' "Being for the Benefit for Mr. Kite," noting that "it's challenging."  In addition, he admitted that he often will forget the words to his own tunes in concert, pointing out, "I think that the people in my audience know the songs better than I do.  Excuse is I've written rather a lot."

On the sillier side of things, McCartney revealed that the last time he twerked he "was with Katy Perry," adding that the pop starlet "was rather good at it!"  He also reported that he has no tattoos anywhere on his body, "not even on my a**."

During the Q&A session, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Adams got in on the act, submitting the question, "Are you a cyborg?" to which Paul responded, "I am in fact an alien!"  Speaking about aliens, McCartney named the film Alien as his favorite horror movie because, as he explained, he liked "the bit of chest-popping!"

McCartney also used the Twitter event to premiere an unreleased demo version of the Wings tune "Beware My Love" that features late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.  The track will appear on the deluxe, remastered edition of the 1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound album, which will be released on November 4.

To check out McCartney's entire Q&A, visit Twitter.com./PaulMcCartney.

 

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Rolling Stones Sax Player Bobby Keys to Miss Band's Australian Tour


Image Courtesy of Brian RasicWhen The Rolling Stones kick off their rescheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand this Saturday, they'll do it without their longtime touring saxophone player, Bobby Keys.  According to a message on the band's official website, the 70-year-old musician, whose association with The Stones dates back to the group's 1969 album Let It Bleed, will miss the nine-date trek because he's been "a bit under the weather" and "is under doctor's orders to take it a bit easy for the next month."

Filling in for Keys during the outing will be Karl Denson, who leads his own group, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and was a founding member of the California-based acid-jazz outfit The Greyboy Allstars.

Denson says of getting the chance to perform with The Rolling Stones, "It's the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips…It's going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life."

Keys has been an in-demand session and touring musician for decades, and has appeared on such classic Stones songs as "Brown Sugar," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," "Bitch," and "Happy."  He's also played with John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker and many other stars.

The Down Under leg of The Rolling Stones' 14 On Fire Tour begins in Adelaide, Australia, and runs through a November 22 show in Auckland, New Zealand.  You can check out a promo video for the trek on the band's official YouTube channel.

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Deluxe Reissue of 1977 Solo Album by Founding Byrd Gene Clark to Be Released Next Month


High Moon RecordsA deluxe CD edition of Two Sides to Every Story, a long-out-of-print 1977 solo album by late founding Byrds singer Gene Clark, will be released on November 18.  The remastered 10-track disc comes packaged in a hardbound "Eco-Book" featuring 26 pages of previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes, lyrics and more.

The album also contains a download card allowing access to more than 90 minutes of high-quality digital bonus recordings from a 1975 concert Clark played with a full backing group.  In addition, an unaired 1974 radio interview with Gene is included.

Two Sides to Every Story features a mix of heavily country-influenced songs, melancholy pop ballads and mid-tempo rock tunes.  Clark wrote seven and the 10 songs on the album, which also includes a rendition of the well-known traditional tune "In the Pines."  Among the guest musicians appearing on the record are Emmylou Harris, ex-Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and frequent Clark collaborator Doug Dillard.

In conjunction with the Two Sides to Every Story reissue, and to mark what would have been Gene's 70th birthday, his son Kai Clark has organized a tribute concert that will take place November 16 at the Hotel Café in West Hollywood, California.  Kai also will perform at the show, as will Clark collaborator Carla Olson and several other artists.

Clark was The Byrds' most prolific songwriter during the band's early years, penning such tunes as "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Here Without You" and -- with Roger McGuinn and David Crosby -- "Eight Miles High."  Gene left the group during the recording of its third album, 1966's Fifth Dimension.  He went on to have a long, prolific solo career in which he pioneered the country-rock genre, but never achieved the commercial success of his old band.  He died in 1991 at the age of 46 from complications of an ulcer.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Says He Wanted New Memoir to Be as "Equal as Possible" About the Band's Story


Image Courtesy of Simon & SchusterAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he's wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles.  In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America's greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced along the way.

A large part of the book is dedicated to Joe's complicated and often contentious relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.  Perry tells ABC News that while he did include a lot of negative aspects of his dealings with Tyler, he also wanted to give a balanced account of their history together.

"I didn't want to have this be like a 'well, he did this and he did that' [story]," says Joe.  "I wanted it to be as equal as possible [and] take responsibility for my end of the down sides of things, but also…let people know that for all the times when they would focus on the ups and downs of Steven's and my relationship, there was also a lot of good times in there."

Perry also explains that he decided not to shy away from writing about incidents that might cast himself in a negative light.

"You go…'do I want to put that in the book and have people know that side of me, that I kind of like slipped or…I'm responsible for…the down side of that?" he notes.  "And, of course, the answer's 'yes,'…because I felt I had to be as open as possible with this and let as much truth out there as possible, to let people know my side of the story."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he considers Rocks "an up book," pointing out that it shows that Aerosmith is "still able to work out all those problems" it's faced through the years.

Meanwhile, Perry maintains that his decision to write a book about the history of Aerosmith now doesn't mean that's the end of the band's story.

"I'm here to say the band is not breaking up," he declares.  "We have plans for touring next year, things like that, so...I just wanted to get a lot of the things out up 'til now."

That being said, Perry admits that he and his band mates realize as the years pass that there's a finite amount of time left for Aerosmith.

"We don't know how much longer it's gonna go," he notes.  "Like, during this last tour, [drummer] Joey [Kramer] had problems with his heart, and we didn't know what was gonna happen with that.  I mean, we're all at that age where things like that can happen."  Kramer inevitably was able to return to the group before the end of the tour.  As Perry points out, "10 days later, he was back on the throne flailing like he was 10 years younger."

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Expanded, 40th Anniversary Edition of Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" Arriving in December


Universal Music EnterprisesThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp's Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S.  To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.

Crime of the Century, Supertramp's third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band's first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38.  The record also yielded the group's first top 40 single in the States, "Bloody Well Right," which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, the album featured "Dreamer," a live version of which would go on to become a top 20 hit in 1980.

All of the songs on the record were either written or co-written by Supertramp's two lead singers, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Crime of the Century includes a bonus disc boasting a 1975 concert performance Supertramp gave at London's Hammersmith Odeon.  The show features renditions of all of the album's songs, as well as a few tunes that appeared on the band's next studio effort, 1975's Crisis? What Crisis?  The live recordings were mixed from the original tapes by renowned producer/engineer Ken Scott.

The Crime of the Century reissue also will be available as a three-LP 180-gram vinyl set and as a digital download.

Here is the track list for the expanded Crime of the Century:

Disc 1:
"School"
"Bloody Well Right"
"Hide in Your Shell"/"Asylum"
"Dreamer"/"Rudy"
"If Everyone Was Listening"
"Crime of the Century"

Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith '75
"School"
"Bloody Well Right"
"Hide in Your Shell"
"Asylum"
"Sister Moonshine"
"Just a Normal Day"
"Another Man's Woman"
"Lady" "A -- You're Adorable"
"Dreamer"
"Rudy"
"If Everyone Was Listening"
"Crime of the Century

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Happy 88th Birthday to Chuck Berry!


Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementHail, hail, Chuck Berry, who celebrates his 88th birthday today.  The rock 'n' roll pioneer has been a national treasure since he duck-walked onto the music scene some 60 years ago.  Not that we need reminding, but his many unforgettable tunes include "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Rock and Roll Music," "Back in the U.S.A." and "Memphis, Tennessee."

With his catchy melodies, his witty lyrics and his trademark guitar riffs, it's hard to gauge the impact Berry's had on rock music.  He directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks, and that's just for starters.  Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986.

The rocking octogenarian may have slowed down a bit in recent years, but he's still at it.  He continues to play a monthly show at Blueberry Hill club's Duck Room in his hometown of St. Louis, as well as other occasional concerts.  In August, Berry was honored for his career achievements with Sweden's prestigious Polar Prize, although he was unable attend the ceremony because of illness.

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Jimmy Page Says "There Is Not Going to Be Any More" Led Zeppelin Concerts; Talks Plans for Solo Music and Shows


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinJimmy Page has weighed in once again about the prospects for a possible Led Zeppelin reunion and, not surprisingly, he's not optimistic.  In a new Billboard interview, the guitar great points out that it's been seven years since the band's last performance, at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London, and notes that "quite clearly…there is not going to be any more because obviously you need the will of all people involved."

Looking back at the preparation for the concert, Page tells the magazine that "from the point of view of Jason [Bonham], myself and John Paul Jones, there was a real will to actually work at it, but there was only one concert."  He adds, "I thought there was going to be more.  It was intimated that there was going to be more."

Of course, it's been made clear in numerous interviews that singer Robert Plant was the sole hold-out when it came to extending the reunion.

In other news, Page tells Billboard that, now that he's finished work on the expanded Led Zeppelin reissues, he is indeed planning to focus on a solo project in 2015.  He says, "My master plan is to be playing live next year.  I haven't got another 20-30 years left in me, so I really need to get out there and present myself the way that I like to present myself and to be seen and be heard."

Jimmy guarantees that Led Zeppelin music will be a part of his live show, "because I'm really proud of the music that I did and the instrumental side of it -- things like 'Black Mountain Side,' 'White Summer' and 'Dazed and Confused.'"  He adds that he'll try to bring something fresh to the live performances of his old group's tunes, noting that he "wouldn't go out and make it look like a tribute band."

Page insists that he also plans to work on some new original music, while admitting that he hasn't put a band together yet to back him.

With regard to the sound of the new material, Jimmy says, "It wouldn't really be me if I didn't have music that was in various genres and moods, but there will be some surprises to go along with that.  That's the idea."

He tells Billboard that he can't be more specific "because I haven't had the chance to really work on it."  Page adds, "But given the momentum of working and knowing that I'm going to be doing concerts, I'm getting ready to start putting all the pieces into play."

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Judge Rules Against Led Zeppelin in Attempt to Dismiss "Stairway to Heaven" Copyright Lawsuit


Bob Gruen/Atlantic RecordsA U.S. district court judge has ruled against Led Zeppelin's surviving members in their attempt to have a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving the band's "Stairway to Heaven" either moved to a California court or dismissed completely.  The suit, which claims that the opening of "Stairway" was cribbed from an obscure 1968 instrumental titled "Taurus" by the group Spirit, was filed in this past May in Pennsylvania and the case currently is slated to be tried there.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a memorandum issued by Led Zeppelin's attorneys asking for the dismissal or change of venue stated, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here."

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the family of late Spirit guitarist Randy California, countered by amending their lawsuit to add the claim that through "the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven,'" the band's members "make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania" via "CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances" and other avenues of income.

Justice Juan Sánchez denied the Led Zeppelin members' request for a dismissal or a transfer of venue, although he did so without prejudice, which means that the rockers can attempt again to have the suit dismissed or the site moved.

"Stairway to Heaven," of course, is one of Led Zeppelin's most popular songs.  Incidentally, the album it first appeared on, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV, is scheduled to be reissued on October 28.  Deluxe versions of the record will include a previously unreleased version of the tune.

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Manhattan Transfer Singer Tim Hauser Dead at 72


Image Courtesy of JAG EntertainmentTim Hauser, a founding member of the pop-jazz vocal group The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday at the age of 72.  The band's manager JoAnn Geffen tells the Asbury Park Press that Hauser passed away after suffering a heart attack.

The quartet's surviving members, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel, posted a joint statement on their official Facebook page that reads, "Tim was the visionary behind The Manhattan Transfer.  We spent more than 40 years together singing and making music, traveling the world, and sharing so many special moments throughout our lives... It's incomprehensible to think of this world without him."

Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer in 1972, and the group went on to score a handful of top 40 singles.  Its biggest pop hit was the 1981 tune "The Boy from New York City," which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, the band has won eight Grammy Awards over the years, and in 1981 it became the first act to take home Grammys in pop and jazz categories in the same year.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow issued his own statement about Hauser, describing him as "a remarkable talent and pioneering figure in jazz vocal music."  Portnow added that "Hauser was also a gifted producer and vocal arranger. Throughout his career, his love for music and performing always prevailed, as evidenced by the group's live shows and international popularity."

Hauser is survived by his wife, Barb, as well as a son, Basie, and a daughter, Lily.

The Manhattan Transfer has announced that it will continue to tour despite Tim's passing.  The group's next show is scheduled for this Thursday, October 23, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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The Real Reason U2's Bono Always Wears Sunglasses


A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaIf you've ever thought U2 frontman Bono's habit of always wearing shades was merely a rock star affectation, well, get ready to eat some crow: turns out there's a serious medical reason behind it.

On Friday's episode of BBC TV's The Graham Norton Show, when host Norton asks Bono if he ever takes off his sunglasses, the 54-year-old singer replies, "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years."

Glaucoma results in a buildup of pressure around the eye, which if untreated can led to nerve damage and even blindness.  The eyes of glaucoma sufferers are sensitive to light, which is why many wear shades.

Bono calmed fans' fears by adding, "I have good treatments and I am going to be fine," but jokes, "You're not going to get this out of your head now, and you'll be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono.'"

The singer also addressed the controversy over the recent release of U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, which was provided for free to iTunes users worldwide.  Many fans resented the fact that the album automatically downloaded into their iTunes playlists.

"We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don't believe in Father Christmas," Bono tells Norton on Friday's show. "All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it's an improvement."

The full interview with Bono and the rest of U2 airs Friday night in the U.K.

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Dates Announced for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival


Image Courtesy of Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalThe Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its dates for 2015.  The 14th edition of the fest will be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Bonnaroo first began in 2002.  The festival initially was mainly focused on jam bands before eventually expanding into other genres.  The lineup for the 2014 festival, which was announced in February, included such veteran artists as Elton John, Lionel Richie, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Chaka Khan, Bobby Womack, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal, among many others.

Visit Bonnaroo.com for all the latest news on the event.

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Third Season of Steven Van Zandt's Netflix Series "Lilyhammer" to Premiere on Nov. 21


Image Courtesy of NetflixThe third season of Lilyhammer, the Netflix series starring E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, will premiere on November 21 at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT.  All eight new hourlong episodes of the series will be accessible from the on-demand service at that time.

Lilyhammer follows the exploits of a fictional New York mob boss named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano -- portrayed by Van Zandt -- who has relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the federal witness-protection program.

This season will see Tagliano, who lives in Norway under the alias Johnny Henriksen, having to help out his henchman Roar when he runs into legal trouble after traveling to Brazil to meet an Internet bride.  Van Zandt's character also will have to deal with an old "family friend" from the U.S. who shows up in Lillehammer gets involved in some illegal activities.

As Deadline reported last month, Van Zandt's real-life "boss," Bruce Springsteen, will make a cameo appearance on this season of Lilyhammer, playing the owner of a mortuary in an episode that was filmed in New York City.

Besides starring in Lilyhammer, Van Zandt also serves as executive producer, writer and composer on the series.  This season also will see Little Steve make his directorial debut, as he was behind the camera for the show's finale.

Van Zandt recently won the Best Actor in a Comedy prize for his work on Lilyhammer at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, while the show landed the Best International Comedy Series award at the same event.  The series also was honored as Best TV Drama this year at Norway's Gullruten awards ceremony.

To find out more about the series, visit Netflix.com/Lilyhammer.

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Sting Plugs His "Last Ship" Musical, Sings Ringtones, During "Tonight Show" Visit


Douglas Gorenstein/NBCSting visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday to talk about his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship. Sting told Fallon it's been a challenge.

"I think it's the most difficult thing I've ever tackled, telling a story with songs," Sting explained, noting that the musical took "five years of extraordinarily hard work" to come to fruition.

The Last Ship tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s in Wallsend, a community in northeastern England where Sting was born and grew up.  The musical is currently in previews at the Neil Simon Theatre and officially opens October 25.

The interview concluded with the British rocker having a little fun with Fallon and singing popular cell phone ringtones.

Sting also recorded an outgoing voicemail message to the tune of the Police's "Message in a Bottle" for an audience member, picked at random.

Later in the show, Last Ship cast member Rachel Tucker joined others from the musical for a performance of the song "If You Ever See Me Talking to a Sailor."

 

 

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John Denver to Receive Posthumous Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Next Week


PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom "Country Roads" to Hollywood Boulevard!: The late John Denver is slated to be honored with the 2,531st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 24.  The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. PT and will take place at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard near Sycamore Avenue.

Two of the beloved singer/songwriter's children -- Zak Deutschendorf and Jesse Belle Denver -- will be on hand to accept the honor on behalf of their family.  Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  Indie-rock act Trampled by Turtles will perform an acoustic rendition of the Denver's 1974 hit "Annie's Song" during the festivities, while other as-yet-unannounced guests also will make appearances.

"We are proud to honor one of America's singing icons who has been missed for many years," says Gubler in a statement.  "Luckily for us we have his amazing music to remember him by."

For fans who can't make it to the unveiling in person, the ceremony will stream live via WalkofFame.com.

On the same day as the Walk of Fame event, an exhibition featuring 40 previously unseen photographs taken by Denver will open at the Substrate Gallery in Hollywood.  The exhibit, titled "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver," will remain on display through November 23.  Limited editions of the singer's photos also will be sold at the gallery.

As previously reported, a four-CD, career-spanning box set called All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection is scheduled to be released on November 4.  The compilation will feature classic hits, memorable album cuts, live performances, demo recordings and rare tracks, and will include six previously unreleased songs.

Denver died in a 1997 plane crash at the age of 53.

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Phil Collins Featured in New Documentary About Influential Drum Machine


Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsPhil Collins is one of the many well-known music artists who appear in an upcoming documentary titled 808, which explores the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. The film, which was directed by Alexander Dunn, takes an in-depth look at how the electronic instrument has changed the music industry, from its introduction in 1980 to today.

Other stars featured in the movie include New Order, Blur frontman Damon Albarn, pop hitmatker Pharrell Williams, Roots drummer Questlove, electronica artist Fatboy Slim, 808 pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and lauded producers Rick Rubin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

"808 has really been a journey of discovery for me," says Dunn in a statement.  "One that led myself and the team to meet over 50 musicians and artists from all around the world, hearing their personal stories about the 808 and the music they created using its iconic sounds.  Those artists and musicians are the real protagonists of the film and the 808, in the hands of our contributors, would change music forever."

The film, as well as a companion soundtrack, will be released in 2015.

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Barry Manilow to Perform Live on QVC on Friday


PR News Foto/Verve Music GroupBarry Manilow will debut songs from his new album, My Dream Duets, this Friday on QVC.

Starting at 6 p.m. ET, Barry Manilow: Q Sessions Live will feature the singer performing songs from the new record, as well as from Live in London, a bonus CD that includes four never-released live tracks.  The CD has been compiled especially for QVC, and viewers will be able to order it, along with the regular album, a week before it arrives.

My Dream Duets features Barry singing, through the magic of technology, with stars who are no longer with us, like Whitney Houston, Judy Garland, John Denver, Dusty Springfield and Sammy Davis Jr.  The Live in London CD was recorded at London's O2 arena in May of 2011, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  It includes a version of Manilow's classic "Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again."

On the QVC website, you also can watch an interview with Barry in which he explains why he decided to go this route with the album.  He says his record company asked him to do a duets project, so he made a list of all the artists he'd really want to sing with, and realized that all of them were no longer with us.  He figured that the project was impossible, but his record company was determined to make it happen. 

My Dream Duets arrives on October 27.

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Steve Perry Leads More Journey Sing-Alongs at San Francisco Giants Games


Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesFormer Journey frontman Steve Perry continues to help fire up San Francisco Giants fans during his hometown team's 2014 playoff run. 

Last week, during a home game against the Washington Nationals, the golden-voiced singer led the crowd in a sing-along of his old band's classic anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" from the stands at San Francisco's AT&T Park, and was at it again this week as the Giants try to move past the St. Louis Cardinals to get to the World Series.

On Tuesday, Perry was seen belting out the song as the Giants were on route to a 5-4 victory to take a two-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series.  Then, last night, Steve appeared again in the stands, this time singing along with the crowd as "Lights," Journey's ode to the Bay City, played over the PA system.  The Giants went on to beat the Cardinals again, 6-to-4, and now need just one more win to punch their ticket to the World Series, where they would face off against this year's American League champs, the Kansas City Royals.

Meanwhile, the Giants' home games during the current playoff series have featured a number of other cool musical moments.  Before Tuesday's contest, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Phil Lesh -- joined by Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery -- sang the national anthem.  Then last night, Tower of Power's Ray Greene belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to the game, while ex-Santana singer Tony Lindsay crooned "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch.

Game 5 of the National League Championship Series takes place tonight at AT&T Park and will air at 8:07 p.m. ET on Fox Sports.

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