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Fan Claims Rod Stewart-Kicked Soccer Ball Broke His Nose


Credit: Penny LancasterAttending a Rod Stewart concert is a dangerous business -- at least according to one fan, who's now suing the singer for breaking his nose.

Page Six reports that according to court papers, Mostafe Kashe claims that when he attended one of Rod's concerts at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2012, the singer kicked a soccer ball into the audience, which smashed into his face with enough force to bust his nose.  He's now suing Rod, as well as the concert promoter, AEG Live, claiming negligence and "failure to warn" patrons that they might be struck with "sufficient force so as to potentially injure" them.

The complaint further notes that Rod isn't just randomly winging balls into the crowd: his kicks pack a serious punch due to his longstanding involvement in the sport.  "Stewart has significant experience in the sport of soccer and experience in kicking soccer balls, having previously tried out for a professional soccer team in the U.K. and regularly playing in amateur soccer leagues since his youth," says Kashe's complaint.

Kashe claims that he had to cut his vacation short after being injured, and he's now seeking more than $10,000 in damages for lost wages, cosmetic damage and attorney's fees.

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Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald Part of Lineup for Concert Celebrating Mavis Staples' 75th Birthday


Image Courtesy of Big Hassle MediaGregg Allman, Michael McDonald and Aaron Neville are among the stars who will perform at a special concert marking the 75th birthday of one of the great all-time voices in gospel and soul -- Mavis Staples.  The event, called I'll Take You There -- Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples, will be held on November 19 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

Mavis herself will take the stage throughout the evening to perform with the various guest artists, which also include Taj Mahal, Widespread Panic, Once star Glenn Hansard, Grace Potter, Patty Griffin, and country artists Eric Church and Marty Stuart.  The show will be recorded and filmed for future release.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale this Monday, September 29, at 10 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster.com, and also will be available at the Auditorium Theatre box office or by calling 800-745-3000.

Grammy-winning producer Don Was will serve as music director for the event, which is being executive produced by Keith Wortman.  Was and Wortman previously collaborated on similar concerts paying tribute to Gregg Allman, Levon Helm and Johnny Cash.

"There isn't anyone Mavis doesn't touch on a deep level," says Was in a statement.  "Not just musicians, but humans everywhere.  She is truly one of the most powerful and inspiring American singers of all time."

Adds Wortman, "We are privileged to produce a show of this magnitude that honors the music, love and light that Mavis has brought to all of us throughout her career and lifetime."

Staples probably is best known for her long career with her family group, The Staples Singers, which scored hits with such classic 1970s soul tunes as "I'll Take You There," "Let's Do It Again," and "Respect Yourself."  Mavis, who actually turned 75 July 10, has gone on to establish herself as a successful solo artist.  Her most recent two albums, 2010's You Are Not Alone and 2013's One True Vine, were produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Visit Mavis75.com for full details about the I'll Take You There show.

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Barry Manilow's "My Dream Duets" to Be Released October 27


PRNewsFoto/Verve Music GroupMy Dream Duets, Barry Manilow's album of collaborations featuring him singing with artists who are no longer with us, now has a release date: October 27.

Manilow created the album taking the original vocal tracks from each artist's original recording, re-orchestrating the arrangements, and recording all-new musical tracks.  As a result, the songs "sound as if they were recorded yesterday," Barry says in a statement, adding, "The album is a miracle.  It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically."

Among the artists with whom Manilow duets with on the album are John Denver, Mama Cass Elliot, Dusty Springfield, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland.  "Having the opportunity to record these legendary standards with artists whom I admire so much was really a dream come true," he says.

Here's the full track listing for My Dream Duets:

"The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart," with Jimmy Durante
"Goody Goody," with Frankie Lymon
"Dream a Little Dream of Me," with Mama Cass
"I Believe In You and Me," with Whitney Houston
"Sunshine on My Shoulders," with John Denver
"Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," with Judy Garland
"Moon River," with Andy Williams
"The Look of Love," with Dusty Springfield
"The Candyman," with Sammy Davis Jr.
"I Wanna Be Loved by You," with Marilyn Monroe
"What a Wonderful World"/"What a Wonderful Life," with Louis Armstrong

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Happy 65th Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!


Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchSixty-five years ago today, Bruce Springsteen was born in the U.S.A. -- in Long Branch, New Jersey, to be specific. 

The Boss may have reached retirement age, but he shows little sign of slowing down.  This past year alone, Springsteen released his 18th studio album, High Hopes; played more than 35 concerts in support of the record; and co-directed a short film to accompany his new song "Hunter of Invisible Game."  He also was on hand to induct his longtime backing group, The E Street Band, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Next up for Bruce is a headlining performance at the eighth annual edition of the Stand Up for Heroes benefit show on November 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The concert raises money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides funds and services for military personnel returning from active duty, veterans and their families.

The event takes place a day after Outlaw Pete, an illustrated storybook based on the epic 2009 Springsteen song of the same name, will be published.  Meanwhile, it's a good bet that the Boss will treat fans to more new music and more shows in the not-too-distant future.

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Neil Young, CSN, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt & More to Salute Bob Dylan as MusiCares Person of the Year


Credit: William ClaxtonMusic legend Bob Dylan will be saluted by an all-star lineup this February, as he's named the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy.

The 10-time Grammy winner will be honored at the gala event by Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, and Eddie Vedder, as well as alt-rockers Jack White and The Black Keys.  More names likely to be added to the bill.  The February 6 bash will raise money for the MusiCares Foundation, which provides programs and services to musicians and music industry people in need.

"In celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, it is most fitting that we are honoring Bob Dylan, whose body of creative work has contributed to America's culture, as well as that of the entire world, in genuinely deep and lasting ways," said Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy, and President and CEO of the MusiCares Foundation.

The MusiCares Gala will take place days before the 57th annual Grammy Awards, scheduled to take place February 8 at L.A.'s Staples Center.

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Beck Kicks Off George Harrison Week on "Conan"


Image Courtesy Third Man RecordsBeck made an appearance on Conan Monday night to kick off George Harrison Week, Conan O'Brien's four-night musical salute to the late Beatle that coincides with the release of an eight-disc box set titled George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.

Beck performed "Wah-Wah" from Harrison’s 1970 three-record album All Things Must Pass.

Paul Simon will perform a Harrison tune on Tuesday’s edition of Conan, and George’s son, Dhani Harrison, is scheduled to appear on Wednesday's show.

Norah Jones will perform on Conan on Thursday night. As Beatles fan know, Jones is the daughter of the late sitar player Ravi Shankar, who was a close friend of Harrison.

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 features reissues of Harrison's first six solo albums, plus bonus material. It's available Tuesday on CD and digital download.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.

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David Bowie Is Documentary Director Says Film Was an "Incredibly Exciting" Project


Brian Duffy/The David Bowie Archive and Duffy Archive LimitedDavid Bowie Is, the new documentary focusing on the expansive museum exhibition of the same name, will be screened tonight, September 23, in theaters across the United States.  The one-night-only cinematic event coincides with the exhibit's U.S. opening today at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

The movie was directed by Hamish Hamilton, whose previous credits include the 2010 Academy Awards and the 2012 London Olympic Games' opening and closing ceremonies.  The documentary was filmed mostly in August 2013 during the closing night of the display's original run at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

Hamilton tells ABC News Radio that working on the documentary was an "amazing" experience, and a very challenging one.

"We had a blank sheet of paper to start from and that, as a director, is incredibly exciting," he explains.  "[W]e also had all the work of David Bowie, including all the amazing kind of artifacts and assets from his own personal archive, which a lot of people haven't seen before.  So, we got a blank sheet of paper in one hand; we'd also got the most incredible kind of building blocks in the other.  And it's like a kid with Lego, really, trying to put it all together."

As you'd expect, the movie showcases the many different aspects of the exhibit, which features more than 300 items from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's archives, including stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, personal sketches and diary entries, as well as films, music videos and photographs of the inventive performer.

"The exhibition is incredibly well done," says Hamilton.  "It's done with intelligence, it's done with emotion, and it's done with a view to giving you a context at all stages to why David was maybe doing what he was doing.  Was he reacting?  Was he being proactive?  How was the world situation affecting him?"

Hamilton admits that although he always enjoyed Bowie's music, he wasn't necessarily a huge fan of the singer when he was younger.  He tells ABC News Radio that making the documentary gave him a whole new respect for the 67-year-old rocker's achievements.

"He's had such incredible impact on music, on fashion, on art, on theatrical staging in concerts," Hamilton notes.  "I mean, he really has completely changed kind of the creative landscape in our times."

As for what he hopes people will get out of viewing the film, Hamilton says, "I really hope that people take a couple of hours of their life, even if they're not Bowie fans, and go and watch a documentary that is incredibly inspiring, and I'm sure that they will come out of it feeling invigorated, with a desire to go and express themselves in some kind of a positive way."

Hamilton will be in New York City tonight, September 23, to attend a screening of David Bowie Is at the Paris Theatre on West 58th Street.  The director also will take part in a Q&A at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. ET.  To check out a full list of theatrical screenings, visit OmniverseVision.com.

The "David Bowie Is" exhibit will open at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art at 10 a.m. CT, and will remain on display there until January 4, 2015.  As previously reported, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared that today, September 23, will be "David Bowie Day" in the Windy City in celebration of the opening.  The touring exhibition also is scheduled to open in Paris in March 2015; in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2015; and in Groningen, The Netherlands, in December 2015.

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New Paul McCartney Video Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of Meat Free Monday Campaign


Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has premiered a new video on his official website to mark the fifth anniversary of Meat Free Monday, the environmental campaign that asks people to skip eating meat every Monday.  The clip, set to the rock legend's original theme song for the initiative, includes photos submitted by fans and supporters of the campaign that cleverly incorporate lyrics from the tune.

A number of celebrities contributed photos that appear in the "Meat Free Monday" video, including Woody Harrelson, Mayim Bialik, Twiggy, Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley and Sir Paul himself.  The idea behind the campaign is that by consuming less meat, we can reduce the harmful impact meat production has on the environment.

A longtime vegetarian, McCartney is urging people around the world to visit Pledge.MeatFreeMondays.com and pledge their support for the campaign.  The Meat Free Monday initiative is one of the subjects that will be discussed at the Climate Summit in New York City, which begins on Tuesday.  For more information, go to the official Meat Free Monday website.

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Five-Disc Kinks "Anthology" Box Set, Celebrating Band's 50th Anniversary, Arriving in November


BMG/InGroovesThe Kinks exploded onto the music scene more than 50 years ago, scoring their first #1 hit in the U.K. in September 1964 with the classic "You Really Got Me."  To commemorate the milestone, a five-CD box set featuring more than 100 tracks and focusing on the band's early years on the Pye label will be released in the U.S. November 18.

The Anthology 1964-1971 gathers remastered versions of many of The Kinks' best-known songs, along with album gems, demos, alternate mixes, studio outtakes, live performances, interview segments and more.  In all, the compilation offers 25 previously unreleased tracks, including excerpts from sessions that yielded "Waterloo Sunset," "Dedicated Follower of Fashion," and "Days."

The retrospective kicks off with a cover of the Lieber-Stoller tune "I'm a Hog for You, Baby" that was recorded in 1964, when the band was known as The Boll-Weevils.  Among the well-known songs included on The Anthology 1964-1971 are "All Day and All of the Night," "Tired of Waiting for You," "Till the End of the Day," "A Well Respected Man," "Sunny Afternoon," "Where Have All the Good Times Gone," "Victoria," "Apeman," "Lola," and, of course, "You Really Got Me."

The expansive collection, available now for pre-order at Amazon, is part of a 50th anniversary Kinks reissue campaign that began recently with the release of a deluxe version of the band's 1970 album, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One.  The initiative will continue into next year and will feature various other reissue packages.

Here's the full track list for The Kinks' The Anthology 1964-1971 box set:

Disc One
"I'm a Hog for You, Baby" -- The Boll-Weevils
"I Don't Need You Anymore" (demo)
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" (demo)
"Long Tall Sally"
"I Took My Baby Home"
"You Still Want Me"
"You Do Something to Me"
"You Really Got Me"
"It's All Right"
"Beautiful Delilah" (alternate mono mix)
"Just Can't Go to Sleep"
"I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" (alternate mono mix)
"Little Queenie" (Live at The Playhouse Theatre, 1964)
"Too Much Monkey Business" (alternate take)
"Stop Your Sobbing" (mono)
"All Day and All of the Night"
"I Gotta Move"
"I Gotta Go Now"
"I've Got That Feeling" (Live at Piccadilly Studios, 1964)
"Tired of Waiting for You"
"Come On Now" (alternate mix)
"Look for Me Baby"
"Nothin' in the World Can Stop Me Worryin' 'Bout That Girl"
"Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight"
"Don't Ever Change"
"You Shouldn't Be Sad"
"Something Better Beginning"
"Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
"Who'll Be the Next in Line" (Session Excerpt – Backing Track Take One)
"Who'll Be the Next in Line" (alternate mix)
"Set Me Free"
"I Need You"
Interview: Clay Cole Meets The Kinks Recorded June 17, 1965

Disc Two
"See My Friends"
"Never Met a Girl Like You Before"
"I Go to Sleep" (demo) -- Ray Davies
"A Little Bit of Sunlight" (demo) -- Ray Davies
"Tell Me Now So I'll Know" (alternate demo) -- Ray Davies
"When I See That Girl of Mine" (demo) -- Ray Davies
"There's a New World Just Opening for Me" (demo) -- Ray Davies
"This Strange Effect" (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
"Hide and Seek" (Live at Aeolian Hall, 1965)
"A Well Respected Man"
"Such a Shame"
"Don't You Fret"
"Till the End of the Day"
"Where Have All the Good Times Gone"
"Milk Cow Blues"
"I Am Free"
"The World Keeps Going Round"
"I'm on an Island"
"You Can't Win"
"Time Will Tell"
"Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (Session Excerpt - Takes 1-3)
"Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (single version)
"Sittin' on My Sofa"
"She's Got Everything" (Backing Track Take Two)
"She's Got Everything" (alternate mono mix)
"Mr. Reporter" (version one)
"All Night Stand" (demo) -- Ray Davies

Disc Three
"Sunny Afternoon" (mono)
"I'm Not Like Everybody Else" (mono)
"Dandy" (mono)
"Party Line" (mono)
"Rosy Won't You Please Come Home" (mono)
"Too Much on My Mind" (mono)
"Session Man" (mono)
"Most Exclusive Residence for Sale" (mono)
"Fancy" (mono)
"Dead End Street" (mono)
"Big Black Smoke" (alternate stereo mix)
"Mr. Pleasant" (stereo)
"This Is Where I Belong" (stereo)
"Village Green" (stereo)
"Two Sisters" (stereo)
"Waterloo Sunset" (Session Excerpt - Backing Track Take Two)
"Waterloo Sunset" (stereo)
"Act Nice and Gentle" (stereo)
"Harry Rag" (stereo) (Session Excerpt)
"Harry Rag" (stereo)
"Death of a Clown" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
"Love Me Till the Sun Shines" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
"David Watts" (stereo)
"Tin Soldier Man" (stereo)
"Afternoon Tea" (alternate stereo mix)
"Funny Face" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
"Lazy Old Sun" (alternate stereo mix)
"Susannah's Still Alive" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
"Good Luck Charm" (stereo) -- Dave Davies

Disc Four
"Autumn Almanac" (mono)
"Lavender Hill" (mono)
"Rosemary Rose" (stereo)
"Wonderboy" (mono)
"Polly" (mono)
"Lincoln County" (stereo single version) -- Dave Davies
"Did You See His Name?" (stereo with alternate ending)
"Days" (Session Excerpt)
"Days" (stereo)
"Misty Water" (alternate mix)
"Do You Remember Walter" (mono)
"Picture Book" (mono)
"Johnny Thunder" (stereo remix)
"Big Sky" (mono)
"Animal Farm" (mono)
"Starstruck" (mono)
"Pictures in the Sand" (mono)
"People Take Pictures of Each Other" (European stereo mix)
Interview: Ray Davies talks about Village Green Preservation Society (mono)
"The Village Green Preservation Society" (Live at the Playhouse Theatre, 1968) (mono)
"Hold My Hand" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
"Creeping Jean" (stereo) -- Dave Davies
"Berkeley Mews" (stereo)
"Till Death Us Do Part" (mono)
"When I Turn Out the Living Room Light" (mono)
"Where Did My Spring Go" (mono)
"Plastic Man" (stereo)
"King Kong" (mono)
"This Man He Weeps Tonight" (mono)
Reprise U.S. Tour Spot (stereo)

Disc Five
"Victoria" (stereo)
"Some Mother's Son" (stereo)
"Drivin'" (stereo)
"Shangri-La" (stereo)
"She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina" (stereo)
"Young and Innocent Days" (stereo)
"Mindless Child of Motherhood" (stereo) -- The Kinks Featuring Dave Davies
"Lola" (mono)
"Apeman" (stereo)
"Strangers" (stereo)
"Get Back in the Line" (stereo)
"Anytime" (stereo)
"This Time Tomorrow" (stereo)
"A Long Way from Home" (stereo)
"Powerman" (stereo)
"Got to Be Free" (stereo)
"Dreams" (stereo)
"Moments" (stereo)
"The Way Love Used to Be" (stereo)
"God's Children" (stereo)

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Classic Beach Boys Music Prepped John Cusack for Role as Brian Wilson in "Love & Mercy"


James Minchin IIITo prepare for his role as Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson in the upcoming feature film Love & Mercy, actor John Cusack delved into the era of the band's music that is held in high regard by musicians and fans alike.

"To me, the Smile sessions and Pet Sounds sessions were my way in," Cusack tells Billboard.  "I saw his mind and his creativity [and also] found these things to be absolutely revelatory."

With Smile and its outtakes, Cusack adds, "you can hear everything that happens for the next 40 years in music."

The film also stars Paul Dano as a younger version of Wilson, who along with his wife have endorsed Love & Mercy.  It recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival; director Bill Pohlad is seeking widespread distribution for the movie.

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Pink Floyd Reveals Details of New Album, "The Endless River," Due Nov. 10


Columbia RecordsPink Floyd is spilling all the details about their new album, The Endless River, which will arrive November 10.  The album's artwork -- which depicts a man standing in a shallow boat, traveling across a sea of clouds -- appeared on buildings in 10 cities around the world Monday, including New York and L.A.

As previously reported, The Endless River is a collection of tracks that have been reworked from the 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Drummer Nick Mason describes the album as a "tribute" to Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008, adding, "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound.  Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”

David Gilmour adds, "With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”  Gilmour also describes the disc as "a 21st century Pink Floyd album."

The track listing for The Endless River is conceived as running across "four sides," to recreate what it was like to listen to a double album back in the days of vinyl.  Here are the songs:
 
SIDE 1
"Things Left Unsaid"
"It’s What We Do"
"Ebb And Flow"
 
SIDE 2
"Sum"
"Skins"
"Unsung"
"Anisina"     
 
SIDE 3
"The Lost Art of Conversation"
"On Noodle Street"
"Night Light"
"Allons-y (1) "                       
"Autumn ’68 "                         
"Allons-y (2)"                        
"Talkin’ Hawkin’"
 
SIDE 4
"Calling"
"Eyes to Pearls"
"Surfacing"
"Louder than Words"

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Dave Davies Looks Back for New Solo Album "Rippin' Up Time"


Cleopatra RecordsThe tumultuous relationship of Kinks guitarists Ray and Dave Davies is well documented, but it was a torn photograph of the brothers in happier days that inspired Dave's forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time.


"It seems like a problem we've had all our life," Dave told Rolling Stone.  "We get real close, and then we get ripped apart."

Dave explored his past to came up with many of the songs on Rippin' Up Time, due October 28.  One tune is called "In the Old Days," which was started with Ray, but "the whole meeting went wrong," according to Dave, so he completed the lyrics with his son.

"Songwriting, or really any kind of writing, is the best way to get thoughts or feelings to pop out," Dave said.

Produced by David Nolte, the album was recorded over six weeks in the summer.  Nolte and Dave played all of the instruments.

Dave Davies will kick off a North American tour in Milwaukee on November 11.  He told Rolling Stone that while he may play three or four songs from the new album, the bulk of the set will be devoted to Kinks classics.

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Gladys Knight Talks New Lifetime Movie & Unique "Dancing with the Stars" Concept


Courtesy: It Is Done CommunicationsFans of Lifetime Christmas movies can rejoice: Gladys Knight has just wrapped filming a brand new movie for the network, titled Seasons of Love.  And even though acting is nothing new for the 70-year old legend, she tells Billboard she found the love scenes a bit challenging.

"It was a stretch for me because of the onscreen kiss," she laughed. "I felt like I was cheating on my real husband."

In the film, Knight co-stars with actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays her sister. "It's about young people figuring out how to get the special kind of love that my character and her husband have," she says.

Knight is having a terrific month music-wise as well. Her new gospel album, Where My Heart Belongs, debuted at number 20  on this week's Billboard's R&B Albums chart.  Gospel isn't new for Knight, who said she often included an inspirational song when recording with The Pips.

"We [Gladys Knight & the Pips] always had that [gospel] element in our lives, part of the village that raises you," she said.

Meanwhile, the singer, who competed on the fourteenth season of Dancing With The Stars, said she has one wish for the ABC show.

"I'd like to see dancers like myself given our own category and give the younger ones their category," she said. "Then we're competing with people equal in the category and not [becoming] the joke of the show."

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New Publishing Deal Aims to Spread Grateful Dead Music Through Song Placements


Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Grateful Dead's catalog is now part of a new publishing deal that is expected to result in song-placement opportunities, but not all of the material from the band's long, strange trip will be made available.


The agreement, struck between Universal Music Publishing Group North America and the Dead's publishing company, Ice Nine, includes using the band's songs in film and television.  However, placement of Dead tunes in commercials is restricted to material not involving Robert Hunter, a longtime lyricist for the Dead.  Hunter had a hand in composing some of the group's best-known songs, including "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band" and "Casey Jones."  Surviving Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are among those with rights to the group's song catalog.

"We will bring them everything for them to review," UMPG president Evan Lamberg tells Billboard, "and we will learn more about what they want."

Lamberg is confident this new deal will expand the legendary San Francisco jam band's reach to a different demographic.

"Young people may know the name Grateful Dead, but not be as familiar with their music," he said.  "If you're not putting yourself into relevant areas where your music can be discovered, your music could be lost to the younger [generation]."

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Paul Simon Added to Performers for George Harrison Week on "Conan"


Mark SeligerPaul Simon has been added to the list of performers scheduled to honor late Beatles guitarist George Harrison on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show.


Simon will join previously announced guests Beck, Norah Jones and Harrison's only child, Dhani, for Conan's George Harrison Week, a four-night musical salute beginning today, September 22.

Beck will kick off the celebration Monday, Simon will take the stage on Tuesday, Dhani Harrison and friends will appear on Wednesday and Jones will complete the festivities on Thursday.

As previously reported, the Conan event coincides with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75.  The deluxe eight-disc box set -- which features reissues of Harrison's first six solo albums, plus bonus material -- will be available September 23 on CD and digital download.

Jones and Dhani will also participate at George Fest, a star-studded tribute concert set for September 28 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

Conan airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS.

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Jimi Hendrix Immortalized in Wax at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco


Beck Diefenbach/Madame TussaudsJimi Hendrix fans can now take a selfie with the guitar god -- in wax-statue form, that is.

A wax likeness of the legendary musician was unveiled Friday by his brother Leon Hendrix at Madame Tussauds San Francisco.  The ceremony coincided with Jimi Hendrix Day, honoring the 44th anniversary of his death, which occurred September 18, 1970.

A team of 20 artists worked for more than three months to create the lifelike figure, with painstaking detail to Hendrix's guitar.  The figure got a thumb's up from Hendrix's brother, who praised the museum's work.

"The representation and detail of his figure is uncanny," he said.  "It's an honor to see him immortalized in this fashion."

Madame Tussauds San Francisco is in the city's Fisherman's Wharf district.

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Neil Diamond to Give First Ever Performance in Brooklyn Hometown


Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterIt's hard to believe, but in his five-decade career, Neil Diamond has never performed in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY.  All that will change, however, come September 29.

On that day, Diamond will give a special performance at a "surprise location" in Brooklyn, NY at 6 p.m.  It's so secret, he's not even announcing the location until 8 a.m. that day, via his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Tickets will then be available on a first-come, first-served basis

The concert announcement comes on the heels of the news that Diamond will release a new album, Melody Road, Oct. 21. As previously reported, the 12-track collection is the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first release for Capitol Records under a new deal. It'll arrive packaged with a 36-page book that includes the lyrics and chords to each tune.

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"Queen Forever" to Include Freddie Mercury-Michael Jackson Duet


Hollywood RecordsIn 1981, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson came together in the studio for a once in a lifetime duet that inexplicably never saw the light of day.  That's about to change, however, when when Queen releases a new compilation, Queen Forever, on Nov. 10.

The song, titled "There Must Be More to Life than This," was originally recorded for the band's Hot Space sessions, but the backing track was never completed.  Enter producer William Orbit, who was tasked with completing the job, an assignment he said was like opening a "a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians."

In a statement released by the band, Orbit says, "Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level."

While Mercury released a more stripped down-version of "There Must Be More to Life than This" on his 1985 solo album, Orbit went in the opposite direction, adding full instrumentation to give the song more kick.

In addition to "There Must Be More to Life than This," two other gems appear on the compilation.  There's "Love Kills," a Mercury song from the soundtrack to the 1984 restored version of the 1927 sci-fi film classic Metropolis, performed with American Idol alum Adam Lambert on Queen's summer tour; and "Let Me In Your Heart Again," another unfinished composition from the 1984 Queen album, The Works.

Queen Forever will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set.  Here's the track listing:

Single CD
"Let Me In Your Heart Again"
"Love Kills -- The Ballad"
"There Must Be More to Life than This" (William Orbit Mix)
"It’s a Hard Life"
"You’re My Best Friend"
"Love of My Life"
"Drowse"
"Long Away"
"Lily of the Valley"
"Don’t Try So Hard"
"Bijou"
"These Are the Days of Our Lives"
"Las Palabras De Amor"
"Who Wants to Live Forever"
"A Winter’s Tale"
"Play the Game"
"Save Me"
"Somebody to Love"
"Too Much Love Will Kill You"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

2-CD SET
CD1

"Let Me In Your Heart Again"
"Love Kills -- The Ballad"
"There Must Be More to Life than This" (William Orbit Mix)
"Play the Game"
"Dear Friends"
"You’re My Best Friend"
"Love of My Life"
"Drowse"
"You Take My Breath Away"
"Spread Your Wings"
"Long Away"
"Lily of the Valley"
"Don’t Try So Hard"
"Bijou"
"These Are the Days of Our Lives"
"Nevermore"
"Las Palabras De Amor"
"Who Wants to Live Forever"

CD2
"I Was Born to Love You"
"Somebody to Love"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
"Friends Will Be Friends"
"Jealousy"
"One Year of Love"
"A Winters Tale"
"‘39"
"Mother Love"
"It’s a Hard Life"
"Save Me"
"Made in Heaven"
"Too Much Love Will Kill You"
"Sail Away Sweet Sister"
"The Miracle"
"Is This the World We Created"
"In The Lap of the Gods…Revisited"
"Forever"

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Gordon Lightfoot Kicks Off New US Tour Tonight; Says His Performances Are "at a New Height"


Linus RecordsCanadian folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot is heading south of the border for a fall U.S. tour that will see him visiting a variety of cities in the Western U.S.  The trek gets under way tonight in West Wendover, Nevada, and runs through an October 4 performance in Portland, Oregon.

The lauded singer/songwriter tells ABC News Radio that, at the age of 75, he's enjoying playing concerts more than he ever has.  "I guess it's the quality that I'm seeing in our performances which we're achieving," he explains.  "You know, I'm at a new height in the way we perform the material."

Lightfoot points out that since he's fulfilled all of his recording obligations, he now puts most of his creative attention toward his live show.  "[My band mates and I] begin to do research into the back end of the catalog and pull out a few gems that have been missed along the way and present those along with the regular material," he says, "and it makes for a pretty interesting show."

Gordon's last album of original tunes, 2004's Harmony, was released more than 10 years ago, but don't expect to see new material soon.  Lightfoot says writing and recording a new studio effort isn't a priority.

"Some of the responsibility that I've accrued in my career with my family obligations really is what slows me down in that regard," he explains.  "At the age that I'm at right now, since we're doing so well with our tour…I sometimes wonder if I really wanna do [a new album]."

He adds, "I mess around with tunes, though.  I can still play with melodies.  I can still compose.  But to throw an album together, you know, it eats up a lot of time and you gotta think about the family."

Lightfoot fans likely remember that the singer nearly died after suffering an aortic aneurysm in his abdomen in 2002, which sidelined him for two-and-a-half years.  He tells ABC News Radio that after going through that experience, "I can appreciate the fact that I'm recovered and I'm back working again.  I'm thankful."  

After wrapping up his U.S. trek, Gordon will mount a major fall tour of his home country that kicks off October 21 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and comes to a close with a November 26-29 stand at Toronto's famed Massey Hall.  Lightfoot also has lined up a trio of dates in Florida this coming February.

Here's a complete list of Lightfoot's forthcoming tour dates:

9/19 -- West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino
9/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
9/21 -- Grand Junction, CO, Two Rivers Convention Center
9/22 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
9/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
9/25 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theatre
9/26 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
9/27 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/28 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
9/30 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Hall
10/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
10/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
10/3 -- Medford, OR, The Craterian Theater
10/4 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/21 -- Nanaimo, BC, Canada, The Port Theatre
10/22 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Royal Theatre
10/23 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Royal Theatre
10/24 -- Duncan, BC, Canada, Cowichan Theatre
10/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/26 -- Kamloops, BC, Canada, Sagebrush Theatre
10/28 -- Kelowna, BC, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre
10/29 -- Kelowna, BC, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre
10/31 -- Trail, BC, Canada, Charles Bailey Theatre
11/1 -- Lethbridge, AB, Canada, Enmax Centre
11/2 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11/3 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Jack Singer Hall
11/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, TCU Place
11/7 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Casino Regina Show Lounge
11/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
11/20 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place Des Arts
11/21 -- Cornwall, ON, Canada, Aultsville Theatre
11/22 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, National Arts Centre - Southam Hall
11/26-29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
2/12/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
2/14/15 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
2/15/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse

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Classic Rock Christmas Compilation, Featuring Jeff Beck, Neal Schon and Other Guitar Greats, Due in October


Ross HalfinWho says that classic rock and Christmas can't coexist peacefully?  Certainly not the folks at Legacy Recordings, which will unveil eight new seasonal titles on October 7, including The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album.

This 11-track disc features holiday favorites from a number of world-class guitarists, among them Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent and Journey's Neal Schon.  The album will set you back $10.46.

Here is the full track listing for The Classic Christmas Hard Rock Album:

"Amazing Grace" -- Jeff Beck

"The Little Drummer Boy" -- Alex Lifeson (Rush)

"Silent Night/Holy Night Jam" --  Joe Satriani  

"Christmas Time Is Here" -- Steve Vai

 "The Christmas Song" -- Steve Lukather (Toto)

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" -- Neal Schon  

"Sleigh Ride" -- Stuart Hamm (session bassist and solo artist)

"O Come All Ye Faithful" -- Trevor Rabin (Yes)

"Deck the Halls" -- Ted Nugent

"O Little Town Of Bethlehem" -- Robin Trower

"We Three Kings" -- Halford

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