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Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.

Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it's gone on to become one of Morrison's most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks -- alternate takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George" and long versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."

Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van's 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter's first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  It also featured Morrison's first top 10 hit, "Domino," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, it includes the #23 single "Blue Money."  The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts -- alternate takes of "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss" and "Gypsy Queen," and alternate versions of "I've Been Working" and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too."

Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:

Astral Weeks:

"Astral Weeks"
"Beside You"
"Sweet Thing"
"Cyprus Avenue"
"The Way Young Lovers Do"
"Madame George"
"Slim Slow Slider"
"Beside You" (Take 1)*
"Madame George" (Take 4)*
"Ballerina" (Long Version)*
"Slim Slow Slider" (Long Version)*

His Band and the Street Choir:

"Crazy Face"
"Give Me a Kiss"
"I've Been Working"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland"
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too"
"Blue Money"
"Virgo Clowns"
"Gypsy Queen"
"Sweet Jannie"
"If I Ever Needed Someone"
"Street Choir"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Take 10)*
"Give Me a Kiss" (Take 3)*
"Gypsy Queen" (Take 3)*
"I've Been Working" (Alternate Version)*
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (Alternate Version)*

* = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel's piano during his concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

While Billy sang "Uptown Girl," J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer's feet. 

How did this pairing come about?  "Uptown Girl" is included in Amy's film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned.  According to E!, Kyle Dunnigan, a writer for Amy's Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, posted video on Instagram earlier showing the two actresses rehearsing with Billy, but later deleted it.

Kim Caramele, Schumer's sister, later shared video of the actual concert, which she shot while standing behind J-Law and Amy as they danced and Billy sang.

Amy and Jennifer met a few months ago, and Jennifer recently told the New York Times that in the screenplay they're writing together, they'll play sisters.  "Amy and I were creatively made for each other," she said. " We have different flavors. It's been the most fun experience of my life."

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Denise Truscello/WireImageAfter putting her career on hold last year to care for her husband, Rene Angelil, who's battling cancer, Celine Dion returned to her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas Thursday night.

At a pre-show press conference, Dion explained despite her husband’s continuing battle, she went back to work because her family urged her to. "So my three children and my wonderful husband wanted me to be here. Because I'm not quite sure if I wanted to be here tonight," the multiple Grammy winner admitted.

Although exactly half of the questions were asked and answered in Dion's native French, the ones in English were primarily about her family and how they’re coping with Angelil’s health. Her answers were almost universally in praise of the strength of her family, with one notable exception coming when a reporter, trying to complement the singer’s hair, compared it to that of a Kardashian. The compliment did not go over well with Celine or her people.

Dion performed for an hour and 50 minutes on the Caesars Palace Stage. The set has changed since her last performances, but she says even some familiar love songs have taken on new meaning in light of her husband’s illness. "I have been singing them for so long. And now 'Power of Love' and 'Because You Loved Me' and 'Incredible' and all -- I sang them, but now I mean it."

The show itself started more than 35 minutes late, and ran for an hour an fifty minutes. It opened with a video of Celine fans from around the world lip-syncing "I Drove All Night," after which the diva then took the stage for her first number, "I Surrender."

Over the course of the evening, the backing band took on various sizes, from a high of 29 to a low of three, and the singer changed wardrobe five times. During many of those changes, members of Celine's band performed without her, with the horn section even performing in the aisles at one point.

Even the largest parts of the production were small compared to Celine's first run at Caesars Palace. But there were particularly intimate segments where she performed with a jazz trio, and again with a four-piece acoustic band sitting on stools. The latter required a bit of improvisation, when her guitarist unexpectedly left the stage to tune up -– the only real glitch in the show.

Celine also did three duets with video screens of The Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra and Elvis -- and despite predictions of more original material this time around, she still indulged in plenty of covers, including a pair of Prince songs.

Despite the emotions surrounding her husband's illness, it was only referred to twice during the show. The first came during "The First Time." As home movies played on a video screen, the largest audience applause came when he appeared. Later, during an acoustic performance of "I’m Alive," Celine shouted "I love you, Rene!" to her husband, who was reportedly watching the show and the concert via a private video feed.

The encore began with the predicable "My Heart Will Go On," during which Celine was raised on an elevated platform inside a rotating waterfall. She then told the crowd, in part, "Tonight was not a new day. Tonight was not a new show. Tonight was a new beginning." From there, Dion launched into the evening’s final song: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Here’s the full set list:

"I Surrender"
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now?"
"Because You Loved Me"
"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"
"The Power of Love"
"Sing Sing Sing"
"Quand Ca Balance"
"The First Time"
"Beauty and the Beast"
"Will It Go Round in Circle"
"All the Way"
"If I Can Dream"
"A New Day Has Come"
"That's The Way It Is"
"I'm Alive"
"Love Can Move Mountains"
"River Deep, Mountain High"
"All By Myself"
"Show Must Go On"
"Uptown Funk Medley"
"Purple Rain"
"My Heart Will Go On"
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

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CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city's annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.

The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds -- or more than $15,000 -- combined.  More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.  The facility opened in 1996 and was co-founded by Sir Paul in the building that housed his old school.

Among the other interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned are a variety of autographed singles, albums, photos and documents signed by Beatles members; a piece of the original Cavern Club stage; a 1955 John Lennon detention sheet from Liverpool's Quarry Bank High School; and handbills from a number of early Fab Four concerts.

For more details about the sale, visit  The auction is being held in conjunction with Liverpool's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which runs through this Monday, September 1.  The lineup of artists and Beatles-related celebs scheduled to appear at the festival include Donovan, Badfinger's Joey Molland, one-time Wings member Denny Seiwell, former Lennon flame May Pang, George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd and photographer Bob Gruen.  Plenty of details about the fest have been posted at

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Credit: Steven SebringPatti Smith gave a special intimate performance on Wednesday night at New York City's Electric Lady Studios to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix opened the famed recording facility.  Smith, who actually was at the studio that day in 1970, performed her 1975 debut album Horses in its entirety.

The show was the inaugural installment of the "Live at Electric Lady" concert series, and was recorded for an upcoming high-quality vinyl release that will be the first disc to be issued on the just-announced Electric Lady Records label.  According to, the punk poet also shared stories about various songs she performed, with her longtime backing band, and also recited some of her poetry.

About Horses' final tune, "Elegie," which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend and late Blue Oyster Cult member Allen Lanier, Smith said, "A lot has happened in 40 years and all of us have lost people that we love...obviously we can't name them all, but this little song, written for Jimi Hendrix, now becomes a song to honor and remember all of them."

Among the many celebrities who attended the concert were ex-R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Liv Tyler, director Darren Aronofsky, The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture, Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, Natasha Lyonne, Dakota Johnson, designer Christian Siriano and photographers Danny Clinch and Mark Seliger.

As previously reported, Patti has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses' release at her shows throughout 2015, and she will launch a series of European and U.S. dates starting with a September 19 show in Zurich, Switzerland.

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UMeA new full-length preview clip from Hollywood Vampires, the all-star tribute album organized by Alice Cooper and big-screen superstar Johnny Depp, has debuted online.  The collective's rendition of The Who's "My Generation" can be heard in its entirety now at the Hollywood Vampires VEVO channel.

The song is a hard-rocking, relatively faithful version of the classic 1966 tune that features Alice on lead vocals, Johnny and Cooper band mate Tommy Henriksen on guitars, frequent Depp collaborator Bruce Witkin on bass, and longtime Who touring member Zak Starkey -- Ringo Starr's son -- on drums.

As previously reported, Hollywood Vampires pays homage to some of the late rock stars that Cooper partied with during the 1970s as part of an informal drinking club of the same name.  One of the shock rocker's fellow club members was The Who's Keith Moon, which is why Alice chose to record a tune by the band.

Three other tracks from the Hollywood Vampires album had previously been posted at the project's VEVO channel -- an original tune titled "Dead Drunk Friends," a cover of Spirit's "I Got a Line on You" and a medley combining Cooper's own "School's Out" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2."

Other guest artists featured on Hollywood Vampires include Paul McCartney, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Slash, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.  The album will be released on September 1.

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Credit: Rob HarriesOne of most famous props in the annals of rock history is about to go under the hammer.  The giant inflatable pig tied to London's Battersea Power Station that appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, will be auctioned off next month as part of a U.K. memorabilia sale. 

The floating pig, nicknamed "Algie," is among the many props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio that will be offered for sale September 15 via Durrants auction house.

Other items going up for bid include an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon Tour, a giant pig head featured at Roger Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, and props used by AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.

Creator Rob Harries tells BBC News he decided to sell the props -- which for years had been stored in his workshop -- because he changed his artistic direction toward sculpture rather than inflatable pieces.

"I'm sad to see them go but they very rarely see the light of day and so I would be quite happy for someone else to take them for a walk," the artist says.  "The clear-out has been quite cathartic and brought back a lot of memories, but I do feel I've been there and done that now, and it's time to move on."

Waters designed "Algie," and a dramatic composite photo of the 40-foot prop moored to the huge power station served as the cover art for Animals.  During the photo shoot, the helium-filled "Algie" infamously broke free and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

To find out more information about the auction, visit or

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinCongratulations go out to U2 guitarist The Edge, whose oldest child, Hollie Evans, got married this past weekend in Tuscany, Italy.  The Irish Mirror reports that the rock star was on hand to walk his 31-year-old daughter down the aisle.

According to the paper, Hollie wed her childhood sweetheart, Jamie Hewitson.

Hollie is one of three adult daughters The Edge fathered with his first wife, Aislinn.  He also has a teenage daughter and his son with his second wife, Morleigh Steinberg.  The 54-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer became a grandfather when his youngest daughter with Aislynn, Blue Angel, gave birth to a son.

Meanwhile, U2 has debuted a new official video for its Songs of Innocence single "Song for Someone" on its official Facebook page.  The visually striking black-and-white clip was directed by illustrator and photographer Matt Mahurin.

U2 kicks off a European leg of its iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 next Friday, September 4, in Turin, Italy.  The trek runs through a November 15 show in Paris.

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Credit: Dr. James ThomasElton John's outrageous outfits have become legendary, and now one of them has inspired the name of a newly discovered species of crustacean, according to

While exploring the remote coral reefs of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Dr. James Thomas from the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Florida and his colleagues from Naturalis Natural History museum in the Netherlands discovered the tiny crustacean, which lives inside another reef dweller.

Thomas, it turns out, is a big fan of the 68-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist, and he named the amphipod Leucothoe eltoni for its unusual shape, which reminded him of a famous outfit John wore in the 1975 film adaptation of The Who rock opera Tommy.

As Thomas explained in his scientific paper about the crustacean, its name was "in reference to the large shoe-like first gnathopod [a clawlike appendage] of this species and the oversize boots Elton John wore as the local pinball champion in the movie Tommy."

Thomas' paper on the species was published in the journal ZooKeys.

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Nels Israelson; Marina ChavezJackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt will be on hand to celebrate the unveiling of a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today honoring veteran music industry executive Joe Smith.  Browne and Raitt will serve as guest speakers at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  If you aren't able to attend the ceremony in person, it will be streamed live at

During his long career, Smith has served as president of Warner Bros. Records, chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records and president and CEO of Capitol-EMI Music.  In addition, during the 1980s he interviewed more than 230 artists, producers and other music-industry figures for a book he wrote titled Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music.  He later donated his collection of audio interviews from the project to the Library of Congress.  You can hear some of these interviews, including Smith's conversations with Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, Ray Charles and B.B. King, at the Blank on Blank official YouTube channel.

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Credit: James Minchin IIIRolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger may not be the only rock star who is helping to develop a new HBO series focusing on the music business.  Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora tells ABC Radio that he's executive producing a show for the cable network that's based on a script he wrote and that focuses an up-and-coming rock band and "the toil, trials and tribulations" it goes through while trying to make it big.

Sambora claims that he got involved in the project after HBO contacted him about doing the music for a project that was being developed.  Instead, the New Jersey rocker explains, he showed the network reps a script he'd written three years earlier that was inspired by his own experiences in the music industry which they wound up liking better than the one they had.

Richie tells ABC Radio that his decision to write a fictional script came about after he kept being approached to pen a tell-all memoir, something to which he was very opposed.

"It's like, I don't want to do that clichéd thing about who slept with who, what substance happened here, what was going on there," he points out.  "I'm a Jersey guy so I keep everything to the chest.  I don't want to talk about anybody anyway, right?  Plus, I have a daughter...So I said, 'Why don't I write a teleplay?'"

Meanwhile, Sambora points out that he had a wide variety of experiences from which to draw for his script, beyond his many highlights as a member of one of the world's biggest rock bands.

As he recalls, "I went between [being a] record company president [at age 28,] and then I had another label.  I was a manager.  I'm a mentor.  I'm a songwriter for other artists.  I produce other artists…I have all that life experience."

According to Sambora, HBO was interested in more than just his script: The network actually wanted him to star in the show as well, but he maintains that he isn't interested.

"I don't like acting that much, so I'm not going to do it," he insists.  "It wouldn't leave me any time to do anything else too."

ABC Radio asked HBO for more info about the show, but couldn’t find anyone at the network who is aware of its existence.

Sambora is involved in a variety of other projects, with the main one being the new collaborative album he's been working on with his current girlfriend, Australian rock guitar whiz Orianthi, which he expects to release sometime next year.

No word on when we might see the series that Richie says he's executive producing.  As previously reported, the HBO show Jagger is co-producing, titled Vinyl, is a drama that centers on the music biz in New York City during the mid-1970s and is scheduled to premiere in 2016.

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RhinoDuring its initial run in the 1970s and early '80s, Bad Company released a series of memorable songs that are still heard on radio today.  Now, a new hits compilation titled Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company, culled from the U.K. rockers' first seven albums, is scheduled to be released on October 2 on CD and as a digital download.

The 19-track collection features most of the band's biggest hits and best-known tunes, including "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Ready for Love," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Shooting Star" and "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy."  The album also features previously unreleased alternate versions of "Easy on My Soul" and "See the Sunlight," songs which were recorded during the respective sessions for the group's 1974 self-titled debut and 1975's sophomore effort, Straight Shooter.

Bad Company was formed in 1973 by ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.  The band broke up in 1982, but re-formed in 1986 without Rodgers.  The original lineup reunited in 1999, although, sadly, Burrell passed away in 2006.  Since then, the surviving founding members have teamed up for several tours.

Here is the track list of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company:

"Can't Get Enough" (Single Edit)
"Bad Company"
"Movin' On"
"Ready for Love"
"Easy on My Soul" (Alternate Version)*
"Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
"Shooting Star"
"Weep No More"
"See the Sunlight" (Alternate Version)*
"Live for the Music"
"Simple Man"
"Honey Child"
"Run with the Pack" (Single Edit)
"Burnin' Sky"
"Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy"
"Rhythm Machine"
"Gone, Gone, Gone"
"Electricland" (Single Edit)

* = previously unreleased.

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Mindless Records/UMeKeith Richards has premiered a second new solo song online as part of the recently launched promotional campaign for his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, which will be released on September 18.  The new tune, called "Substantial Damage," began streaming at after a temporary commemorative plaque was unveiled at 33 Chastilian Rd. in Dartford, just outside of London, where the Rolling Stones guitarist lived when he was a baby.

The location of the heritage marker was revealed recently via Richards' Facebook page and Twitter feed, and the song was unlocked after a fan logged onto and submitted a password that appeared on the blue plaque.

"Substantial Damage" is a mid-tempo tune featuring a bluesy, funky guitar riff and an insistent drum beat, with Richards delivering half-spoken lyrics about an apparently inattentive lover.  "What's that thing attached to your ear?" barks Keith.  "I'm talking to you but you don't seem to hear/ I'm paying for dinner and I might as well not be here/ Substantial damage, baby."

As previously reported, the promo campaign, which began last week, will feature a total of four temporary "Heritage" plaques that will pop up in London or South West England at significant sites in Richards' life.  One marker will be unveiled per week up until the album's release, and a new song will premiere after each plaque is discovered.  

The first plaque was introduced last week at 6 Spielman Road in Dartford, which is the address of a residence where Keith resided during his teenage years.  After it was unveiled, Richards debuted a song titled "Amnesia" online.  Check Richards' social media outlets and website next week for the next installment of the campaign.

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Danny Clinch; Timothy WhiteDon Henley and James Taylor are among the artists who will be featured on the upcoming 41st season of the PBS live performance series Austin City Limits.  The fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will make their respective debuts on the show on episodes scheduled to premiere on October 24 and November 14.

As previously reported, Henley will release a new solo album on September 25, the country-flavored Cass County.  The Eagles star will tape his episode on September 1.  Taylor, meanwhile, continues to promote his latest studio effort, Before This World, which arrived in June.

Austin City Limits is taped at the Austin, Texas, venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  The show's new season premiere on October 3 with a special featuring highlights from the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Here's a list of confirmed Austin City Limits episodes and guests; more will be announced soon:

10/3 -- 2015 Hall of Fame Special
10/10 -- Cassandra Wilson
10/17 -- Sturgill Simpson/Asleep at the Wheel
10/24 -- Don Henley
10/31 -- Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett
11/7 -- TV on the Radio/The War on Drugs
11/14 -- James Taylor
11/21 -- ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

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Arts Alliance/Eagle Rock EntertainmentOn June 26, The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sold-out concert in front of a crowd of 65,000 at London's famed Hyde Park.  The performance, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. performance on its The Who Hits 50! Tour, was filmed for a new movie that'll premiere in theaters around the world October 7.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park features the British rock legends playing a set packed with their memorable songs, including "I Can't Explain," "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "I Can See For Miles," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Baba O'Riley," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  The film also offers interview segments with Who founders Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as with other famous rockers, including Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.  In addition, the screenings will include a bonus featurette with extended interviews at the end of the film.

Townshend said of the experience of playing in Hyde Park, "It's a good gig.  You draw from all over the country but a London crowd is always a good crowd."

You can check out a trailer for The Who: Live in Hyde Park at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.  Further details about the screenings will be revealed soon at

The Who will kick off a fall North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour on September 14 in San Diego.  The trek is scheduled to run through a December 13 concert in Oakland, California.

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Webster PRKenny Rogers heads out on his 34th annual Christmas tour in November, in support of his forthcoming holiday album, Once Again It's Christmas.  The new record features a duet with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles on "Here It Is Christmas/Baby, It's Cold Outside," while Alison Krauss is featured on "Some Children See Him."  The album is due out September 25.

"I can't tell you how much fun it's been doing another Christmas album -- it's my favorite time of year," says Rogers.  "Recording a project like this means I was able to re-live some old memories singing some of the songs I was raised listening to and grew to love as a child."

Once Again It's Christmas is the pop-country star's sixth holiday album.  His first one, Christmas, was released in 1981.

Here is the track listing for Once Again It's Christmas:

"Once Again It's Christmas"
"There's a New Kid in Town" (featuring Winfield's Locket)
"Here It Is/Baby, It's Cold Outside" (featuring Jennifer Nettles)
"Little Drummer Boy"
"Back to Bethlehem"
"Winter Wonderland"
"Some Children See Him" (featuring Alison Krauss)
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
"Children, Go Where I Send Thee" (featuring Home Free)
"That Silent Night" (featuring Jim Brickman)
"The Light"

Here are the dates of Rogers' Christmas & Hits Tour:

11/11-14 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Niagara Fallsview Casino Avalon
11/17 -- Moncton, NB, Canada, Casino New Brunswick
11/18 -- Truro, NS, Canada, Rath Eastlink Centre
11/20 -- Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Pepsi Centre
11/21 -- Clarenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Clarenville Events Centre
11/22 -- St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Mile Once Centre
11/27 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield
11/28 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre
11/30 -- Terre Haute, IN, Hulman Center
12/2 -- Norfolk, NE, Divots Conference Center
12/4 -- Bowler, WI, North Star Mohican Casino Showroom
12/5 -- Battle Creek, MI, Firekeepers Casino
12/6 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
12/8 -- Ashland, KY, Paramount Arts Center
12/10 -- New Brunswick, NJ, State Theatre
12/11 -- White Plains, NY, Westchester County Center
12/12 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
12/13 -- Bangor, ME, Cross Insurance Center
12/15 -- Hagerstown, MD, Maryland Theater
12/16 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
12/17 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino
12/18 -- King of Prussia, PA, Valley Forge Casino Resort
12/19 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
12/20 -- Concord, NH, The Capitol Center for the Arts
12/22 -- Erie, PA, Warner Theater

12/23 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe majority of Van Morrison's expansive album catalog is scheduled to be reissued digitally and also will debut on various streaming services this Friday, August 28, as part of a new deal with Sony's Legacy Recordings division.  Thirty-three of the prolific Northern Irish singer/songwriter's solo albums, spanning from 1972's Saint Dominic's Preview through the 2009's Astral Weeks -- Live at the Hollywood Bowl, will be made available Friday.

A new compilation called Essential Van Morrison will be released the same day as a two-CD set and digital download.  The deal with Legacy Recordings also will feature the reissue of four titles from Morrison's pre-solo band Them sometime later this year.  In addition, the coming months will see the release a new single-disc compilation and deluxe expanded versions of select Van albums, including Saint Dominic's Preview, 1973's Hard Nose the Highway, the 1974 live album It's Too Late to Stop Now and 1990's Enlightenment.

The new agreement will mark the first time that most of Morrison's albums will be made available to streaming services, while many of the albums being reissued have been unavailable on any format for quite some time.

"Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music," says Legacy Recordings president Adam Block.  "He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs.  Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world."

Here's the list of Van's albums that will be released digitally and made available for streaming on Friday:

Saint Dominic's Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It's Too Late to Stop Now (live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (live) (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (with The Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher's Stone (two-CD outtakes compilation) (1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast (live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What's Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep It Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks -- Live at the Hollywood Bowl (live) (2009)

And here are the Them albums that will be reissued later this year:

The Angry Young Them/Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation) (1972)
The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation) (1997)

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Credit: Kevin WestenbergAs reported recently, the latest issue of the U.K. music magazine Mojo comes packaged with a CD featuring a previously unreleased cover of the classic Beatles ballad "Here, There and Everywhere" by ex-Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour.  Now the track has made its way to YouTube.

Gilmour's rendition of "Here, There and Everywhere" is fairly faithful to the original tune, which was written and sung by Paul McCartney and appears on the Fab Four's 1966 album Revolver.  David's version features somewhat fuller instrumentation, with sweet female backing vocals giving the track a dreamy quality.  It also boasts a slightly blues-tinged guitar solo from Gilmour.

According to Mojo's website, David recorded the song with his son Joe two years ago.  The aforementioned CD is titled David Gilmour & Friends, and features various songs paying tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  Gilmour appears on six tracks on the disc, which also contains songs by David Crosby & Graham Nash, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt and other artists who've collaborated with Gilmour in the past.

The CD was put together to accompany an in-depth interview with Gilmour that appears in the magazine, which went on sale today.  Gilmour will release his latest solo album, Rattle That Lock, on September 18.

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Image Courtesy of Memphis Music Hall of FameThe legendary soul duo of Sam & Dave, country-crossover star Charlie Rich and longtime Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore are among the seven artists who will be inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame this year.  The 2015 ceremony, which will take place on October 17 at Memphis' Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, also will honor Booker T. & the MG's drummer Al Jackson Jr., blues greats Alberta Hunter and Memphis Slim, and contemporary pop superstar Justin Timberlake.

The seven new Hall of Fame inductees will join 47 previous honorees, which include Elvis, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Howlin' Wolf and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips.

In conjunction with their induction, every new honoree will be celebrated with his or her own tribute page on the Memphis Music Hall of Fame's website, and will receive the Mike Curb Award, the institution's official trophy.

Tickets for the induction event are on sale now at and range in price from $50 to $105.

For more information about the Hall of Fame, visit

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Sony MusicToday marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Born to Run, the album that helped make Bruce Springsteen a star.  Released on August 25, 1975, Born to Run features many of The Boss' best-known anthems, including "Thunder Road," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Backstreets" "Jungleland" and, of course, the classic title track.

At the time Springsteen recorded Born to Run, he'd released two critically lauded albums that were commercial disappointments, and he was in fear of being dropped by his label, Columbia Records.  Bruce had an ambitious vision for his new album that he hoped would revitalize his career: combine the elements that made his earlier work compelling -- the poetic aspects of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison and the heart of classic rock 'n' roll -- while adding the complex, layered arrangements favored by production legend Phil Spector.  For the project, Bruce labored hard crafting heartfelt songs about blue-collar life and the desire to escape a dead-end existence.

Springsteen co-produced Born to Run with Mike Appel and Jon Landau, and the project took 14 months to record, six months of which were spent on the title track.  During the making of the album, a number of changes to the lineup of Bruce's E Street Band took place, with Roy Bittan replacing original keyboardist David Sancious and Max Weinberg taking over for drummer Ernest "Boom" Carter.  In addition, Springsteen's old friend Steven Van Zandt contributed to the album, and would soon join the group as a full-time member.

Born to Run won Springsteen both critical acclaim and commercial acceptance.  He landed on the covers of Time and Newsweek, while the album wound up reaching #3 on the Billboard 200.  The "Born to Run" single also became his first top 40 hit, reaching #23 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart.  It has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies in the U.S. alone, while the influence it's had on other artists and inspiration it's given to music fans are hard to calculate.

As Springsteen noted in the 2005 documentary Wings from Wheels -- The Making of Born to Run, the album "was the first record that really changed my life and the lives of my friends and band mates.  On this record were the beginnings of the characters whose lives I'd trace in my work for the next three decades."

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