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Atria BooksOctober is a big month for Def Leppard, and the band's longtime guitarist Phil Collen.  The veteran rockers will wind down a lengthy U.S. tour with a new series of dates featuring Foreigner beginning Monday, and will release a new, self-titled studio album on October 30.  As for Collen, he has a brand-new memoir titled Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond that will be published on October 27.

The memoir, which Phil co-wrote with award-winning author Chris Epting, charts Def Leppard's rise to superstardom, while also focusing on the group's struggle to persevere the wake of the tragedies that befell some of the members after the band hit it big.  Among the dramatic events Collen recounts in the book are the 1985 car crash that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol-related death in 1991.  Adrenalized also includes a variety of never-before-seen photos of the band members.

To celebrate the release of Adrenalized, Collen will take part in a Q&A and book-signing session on October 19 at the Barnes & Noble store in Huntington Beach, California.  During the event, which starts at 7 p.m. PT, Collen will chat with Epting.

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Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records; ABC/Richard HarbaughChic guitarist Nile Rodgers has produced a cover of his band's 1978 hit "I Want Your Love" that pop superstar Lady Gaga recorded for a new fashion campaign by designer Tom Ford.

Lady Gaga's rendition of the classic disco tune serves as the soundtrack to a new video promoting the designer's spring/summer collection. As the song plays, an array of models -- including Gaga herself -- dance down a runway.

Chic's original version of "I Want Your Love" reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979, and was the follow-up to the group's chart-topping smash "Le Freak."

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ABC/Randy HolmesBrian Wilson will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' acclaimed and influential album Pet Sounds during a headlining performance at the 2016 Levitation Festival, which runs from April 29 to May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas.  Wilson and his band, along with special guest Al Jardine, will play the album in its entirety at the fest, which focuses on psychedelic music.

The lineup for the ninth annual Levitation Festival also includes reggae veteran Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Animal Collective and many other acts.  Weekend passes, deluxe ticket upgrades and camping passes for the event are available for purchase now at

Pet Sounds was released on May 16, 1966, and features such memorable Beach Boys tunes as "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Sloop John B" and God Only Knows."  Paul McCartney has cited the album as a major inspiration for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Meanwhile, Wilson will be embarking on a U.S. fall tour next Friday, October 9, in Flushing, New York.  Jardine will be joining Brian for all the shows on the trek, which is plotted out through a December 5 concert in Jacksonville, Florida.  In addition, former Beach Boys touring musician Billy Hinsche, who also was a member of the 1960s pop trio Dino, Desi & Billy, will be playing with Wilson's band on select dates in October.

Here are all of Wilson upcoming tour dates:

10/9 -- Flushing, NY, Kupferberg Center for the Arts
10/10 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
10/20 -- Charleston, SC, Galliard Center
10/22 -- Richmond, VA, The National
10/23 -- Easton, PA, State Theatre Center for the Arts
10/24 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Showroom
11/11 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre
11/12 -- Appleton, WI, Fox Cities PAC
11/13 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino
11/14 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
11/17 -- St Petersburg, FL, The Mahaffey Theater
11/19 -- Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
11/20 -- Rockville, MD, The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
11/21 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
11/28 -- Reno, NV, Atlantis Casino Resort
12/4 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort and Spa
12/5 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
4/29-5/1/16 -- Austin, TX, Carson Creek Ranch - Levitation Festival

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Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi has made a video honoring New Jersey high school football player Evan Murray, who died after getting injured on the field last Friday.

"I heard word about Evan, and as a father of football players, my heart, my prayers and my thoughts go out to the Murray family," the singer says in the YouTube video posted on Thursday -- the day of Murray's funeral.

Jon continues, "You are in my prayers.  To all the team, I wish you the best this season and keep it up guys, all right?  Win one for Evan."

On Thursday night, the rocker displayed Evan's jersey number 18 on his guitar during his concert in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.  The band also dedicated "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" to the 17-year-old, according to Billboard.

Murray reportedly died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen.  He was injured during the Warren Hills Regional High School game against Summit High School.  The quarterback was able to walk off the field, but later died at the hospital.

Jon, a New Jersey native and father four, is a devoted football fan.  His son, Jesse Bongiovi, played for Notre Dame's football team in 2013.

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsA variety of classic disco and pop hits of the 1970s are featured on the soundtrack to the new Matt Damon movie The Martian, which was released as a digital album via iTunes today.  Titled Songs from The Martian, the album includes tunes by Donna Summer, ABBA, The O'Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Vickie Sue Robinson, Hues Corporation and Thelma Houston.

The sci-fi film tells the story of an astronaut named Mark Watney, played by Damon, who ends up stranded by himself on Mars when a manned trip to the red planet goes awry.  Watney, who is presumed dead, must make due with meager supplies while trying to survive.  One of the few items he has to entertain himself is a playlist left by the missions commander, who happened to love '70s disco.  Among the tunes showcased are "Hot Stuff," "Waterloo," "Love Train" and "I Will Survive."

Appropriately, Songs from The Martian also features David Bowie's memorable 1971 tune "Life on Mars."  A deluxe two-CD edition of the album, combining the soundtrack and the film's score, will be released on November 6 and can be purchased on

The Martian premiered in theaters today.  The film was directed by Ridley Scott and, in addition to Damon, stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover.

Here is the track list of Songs from The Martian:

"Turn the Beat Around" -- Vickie Sue Robinson
"Hot Stuff" -- Donna Summer
"Rock the Boat" -- Hues Corporation
"Don't Leave Me This Way" -- Thelma Houston
"Starman" -- David Bowie
"Waterloo" -- ABBA
"Love Train" -- The O'Jays
"I Will Survive" -- Gloria Gaynor
"The Martian Score Suite" -- Harry Gregson-Williams

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Sean Evans; David BergmanEx-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters has long been a vocal opponent of Israel's policies toward Palestine, and he frequently addresses other music artists who have scheduled concerts in Israel and attempts to dissuade them from performing in the country.  Salon has now posted a letter Waters has written to Bon Jovi criticizing the band for going ahead with its plans to play a show in Tel Aviv this Saturday.

Waters' message, which was posted on, begins by addressing "the pop group Bon Jovi" and the band's three core members -- Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres -- declaring, "Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government's apartheid policies by performing in Israel."

Roger then points out that he read an interview Jon Bon Jovi recently gave with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, and says that because of Jon's comments in the article, "I won't waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians."

In the interview, Bon Jovi is asked if he's aware of Waters' campaign to persuade musicians to boycott Israel, and responds, "Yes, I heard about that but it doesn't interest me.  I told my managers to give one simple answer: That I'm coming to Israel and I'm excited to come."

Waters' letter then proceeds to suggest that Bon Jovi stands "shoulder to shoulder" with various Israelis who killed, injured or oppressed Palestinians or protesters.  He lists such examples as "the settler who burned the baby," "the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie," "the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach" and "the Minister of Justice who called for genocide," while linking to various news stories giving details about each of his examples.

Roger also implies that by declining to perform in Israel, the band could have stood "on the side of justice," and he offers a similarly formatted list of instances where people participated in acts of protest against the Israeli government's policies.  These include "the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps," "the teenager who chose eight prison terms over army service" and "the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom."

Waters' message concludes, "The dead can't remind you of the crimes you've ignored.  But, lest we forget, 'To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.'"

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Credit: Miriam SantosJohn Fogerty has become the latest veteran music star to line up a Las Vegas residency.  The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will bring a show titled John Fogerty: Peace, Love and Creedence to The Venetian hotel and casino for a series of eight performances, running from January 8 to 23.

As with his recent tour, Fogerty's Las Vegas concerts will celebrate the three classic albums CCR released in 1969 -- Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys -- and also will feature some of the band's other memorable songs, as well as a few selections from John's solo career.  In addition, Fogerty will share some personal stories during the shows about his former band's landmark year, which will be enhanced with exclusive film footage and photos.

"Peace, love and Vegas!  I'm excited to be coming to The Venetian and bringing my '1969' show for you all," says Fogerty in a statement.  "We are going to be rockin' my Creedence Clearwater Revival songs along with many more.  We'll have some new things added to the show, too.  Hope you all can come and help us rock it up in Vegas come January!"

Fogerty's Peace, Love and Creedence performances are scheduled for January 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23.  Tickets go on sale on October 9 at 10 a.m. PT, with prices starting from $59.90.  You can purchase tickets online at, at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, or by calling 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469.

News of Fogerty's Vegas residency comes just a few days before the 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer releases his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, which will be published Tuesday, October 6.  As previously reported, John will promote the book during the next couple of weeks by taking part in a number of signing and Q&A events in New York City and the Los Angeles area. You can check out Fogerty's itinerary at

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Courtesy of Bette Midler; Roy CoxThe latest edition of Bette Midler's annual "Hulaween" charity costume ball will be held on October 30 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, and Nile Rodgers and Chic will be on hand to entertain the partygoers.  The event benefits New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization Midler started in 1995 to reclaim and restore parks, community gardens and public spaces in New York City.

This year's bash will celebrate the charity's 20th anniversary, as well as the planting of the millionth tree as part of NYRP's MillionTreesNYC campaign.  Midler will be honored during the gala with the "Green Goddess" Award.  The theme for the 2015 Hulaween event is "Hell Night on Hulaween Island: A Night to Dismember," and draws inspiration from classic B horror movies, particularly the 1977 version of The Island of Doctor Moreau.

"This year New York Restoration Project and I are celebrating 20 fantastic years of cleaning and greening New York City," Bette says in a statement.  "I am so proud of our part in changing the face of the city, in cleaning parks, highways, and vacant lots, in saving and supporting community gardens, and in pointing out that the citizens of the greatest city in the world deserve a healthy, clean, sustainable environment."

Each year, the Hulaween event mixes Halloween with tropical elements of Midler's home state of Hawaii for a fun fundraising experience.

Tickets for the party start at $650.  You can find out more information by visiting or calling Buckley Hall Events at 914-579-1000.

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Credit: Al PereiraDave Davies launches a new fall U.S. tour with a three-day series of free performances starting today at The Big E, an annual fair held in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  The founding Kinks lead guitarist, who released a new live album titled Rippin' Up New York City last month, will be performing on the fair's Court of Honor Stage at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET today and Saturday, and just at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Davies tour is scheduled to run through a November 3 show at the famed Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, and will stop in such cities as Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., along the way.

The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that he's "looking forward" to hitting the road, and that he's especially excited that Smithereens drummer Dennis Diken will be part of his backing band for the whole trek.

"I really like playing with him.  He's a great guy and he's got a lot of empathy for the songs and the music," Davies says of Diken, who also was behind the drums when Dave's new live album was recorded last November during two shows at the City Winery in New York.  "You know, he's one of those cool guys that just know what to do.  And more importantly, he knows what not to do, which can be hard for some musicians."

Rounding out Davies' backing band are bassist/keyboardist Tom Currier and guitarist Jonathan Lea, who both also play in the group The Jigsaw Seen.

Fans coming out to the concerts likely will hear many of the tunes featured on Rippin' Up New York City, which includes versions of Kinks classics like "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night," some lesser-known gems by the band and a few songs from Dave's 2014 studio album, Rippin' Up Time.

Davies tells ABC Radio that he also hopes to add a few new tunes into his sets for the tour, while clarifying, "not necessarily new new [songs] but new ideas, maybe a couple of older songs."

Meanwhile, Dave says one of the things he particularly enjoys about playing live is that it gives him the opportunity to present his songs in new and interesting ways.

"It's funny, 'cause when you record songs, well, I tend to try and record pretty quickly, which in a way doesn't allow the songs to kind of explore themselves, if you know what I mean," he explains.  "When you play live you can turn things around, with different accents and rhythms, so it's kind of a very different process to recording."

Here's a list of all of Davies' upcoming U.S. tour dates:

10/2 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)*
10/3 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET)*
10/4 -- West Springfield, MA, The Big E (at 3 p.m. ET only)*
10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
10/9 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/10 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/13 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest Café - ArtsQuest Center
10/20 -- Washington, DC, The Howard Theatre
10/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
10/23 -- New York, NY, City Winery
10/24 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center
10/26 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
10/27 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/30 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre
11/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades
11/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Roxy Theatre

* = concert free with price of admission to fair.

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Matthew Jordan Smith; Heather Wines/CBSLast year, Aretha Franklin revealed that Jennifer Hudson was among a short list of actresses that she'd like to see play her in an upcoming biopic.  Now, it seems that the Oscar-winning star of Dreamgirls would openly welcome that opportunity.

Jennifer expressed her interest in starring in the Queen of Soul's biopic, which is being spearheaded by Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein.

"I feel like that would probably be the most challenging and the most motivational for me to play since Effie," Hudson tells, referring to her Dreamgirls role.  "I feel like that would be the next, most similar thing and challenging at the same time."

While she's open to doing the role, Jennifer admits that she wasn't a huge fan of Franklin's music while growing up.

"I'm going to be honest: I did not actually grow up listening to Aretha Franklin the way most people think I have," says Hudson.  "I grew up listening to my older cousins, and they were obsessed with Aretha.  They were heavily influenced by her, and I took it from them.  But I love her now.  I love all her music.  I just love that era.  Atlantic, Motown -- I wish we made music like that today."

Jennifer previously starred as Winnie Mandela in the 2011 biopic of the same name.

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Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsThe new concert film Roger Waters The Wall is now set to be released as a home video on December 1.  The movie, which features performances from the ex-Pink Floyd mastermind's recent The Wall Live Tour, will be available as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital download.

In addition to dynamic live footage from some of Roger Waters' multimedia-enhanced performances of his old band's 1979 concept album The Wall, the film features segments capturing the musician's pilgrimage to his grandfather's gravesite in France and to a memorial honoring his father in Italy.  The movie also includes scenes in which Waters discusses his antiwar sentiments with members of his family.

"I'm glad that we have an opportunity to share the film with people on a wider scale," says Waters in a statement.  "It has had a deep effect on my life; and I'm not the only one.  This release provides an opportunity to remember all of our fallen loved ones."

The Blu-ray edition of Roger Waters The Wall contains more than 95 minutes of bonus footage, including performances from a May 2011 concert at London's O2 Arena that featured guest appearances by Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason.  Among the other extras are outtakes of Waters trip to Europe, time-lapse concert footage and a scene of Roger visiting the grave of Frank Thompson, a soldier and poet killed in World War II.  The DVD also features the time-lapse footage and the visit to Thompson's grave.

Meanwhile, a Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack album is slated to be released sometime this fall.

As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall was screened in hundreds of theaters across the country for one night only in the U.S. this past Tuesday.  Encore screenings have been scheduled in a variety of U.S. venues starting on Sunday, October 18.

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Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has been one of the biggest celebrity supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, aka PETA, so who better to serve as the entertainment at the animal-rights organization's 35th anniversary party?  A performance by the former Beatles star closed out the star-studded event, dubbed "All Together Now," which took place Wednesday night at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

According to recaps posted at, McCartney's set included renditions of the Beatles classics "Birthday" "Let It Be," "Hey Jude" and "Lady Madonna," and his 1993 solo tune "Looking for Changes," which he dedicated to the organization's cause.  Sir Paul also was joined by modern-rocker Beck for performances of "Drive My Car" and "I've Just Seen a Face."  A few fan-filmed clips of McCartney's set, with and without Beck, have been posted on YouTube.

While onstage, McCartney commented, "When I first heard the name, that's what appealed to me, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.  I thought that was really a very dignified, very cool title.  They've got 35 years of saving so many animals.  And we love them."

Following the gala, McCartney posted a message on his Facebook page thanking "Beck and everyone else who helped us celebrate #PETA35 in Hollywood last night!"  He also quipped in the note, "Sorry we didn't get around to playing 'Beck in the USSR,' 'Get Beck' or 'Paperbeck Writer.'"

The bash was hosted by Angelica Huston and Pamela Anderson, and also featured the presentation of awards to various celebs and activists who have for their contributions to specific animal-rights issues. Among the evenings honorees were Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, rapper RZA, comic Bill Maher and actors Alicia Silverstone, Jason Biggs, James Cromwell and Fred Willard.

Other stars who attended the party included Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Rob Zombie, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Kesha, Moby, songwriter Diane Warren, William H. Macy, George Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Kevin Nealon, Molly Shannon, Emily Deschanel, Paula Poundstone, Russell Simmons, Sela Ward, Seth Green, and Tony Hawk.

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Jamie McCarthy/WireImageWhen it came time for Billy Joel to choose a godfather for his baby daughter, Ella Rose, the Piano Man picked a real political big shot -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York Post's Page Six reports Cuomo joined Billy, his wife Alexis and his older daughter, Alexa Ray, Tuesday at a party celebrating Della's christening, held at the Greek restaurant Kyma in Roslyn, New York.

A source in attendance told Page Six the governor, who's a close friend of the singer/songwriter, stood up and gave a brief speech during the party.  About 20 guests in total were on hand for the event.

Della Rose Joel was born August 12.  Billy and Alexis were married over the July 4 weekend at a surprise ceremony presided over by Cuomo on Long Island, New York. 

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Credit: Andrew ZukermanAn eclectic cast of music stars will salute pop/soul singer Bill Withers tonight at a special benefit concert at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall.  The show, dubbed "Lean on Him: A Tribute to Bill Withers," will include performances by Michael McDonald, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Ed Sheeran, Aloe Blacc, Withers' daughter Kori and more.

The concert will offer an interesting twist, as the various artists will perform Bill's 1973 album Live at Carnegie Hall album in its entirety.  The album, recorded at the venue in October of 1972, features 14 songs, including renditions of Withers classics like "Lean on Me," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Use Me."

Withers -- who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year -- will attend the concert, but the 77-year-old singer/songwriter says he has no attention of performing.

"I'm gonna play right after Muhammad Ali boxes," Withers, who retired from the music business in the 1980s, joked to The Village Voice recently.  "We're gonna do a double bill."

As for how he feels about the tribute, Withers said, "It's flattering, you know, that the people that are gonna come out saw fit to do that.  It's a huge compliment.  When you get old, people start doing stuff, you know, in lieu of having your funeral. They have, like, pre-funeral stuff.  This is like a premature obituary."

Sheeran and Withers appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night to promote the concert. Sheeran explained why Withers' music appeals to him: "There are certain kind of artists that you just don't remember the first time you heard them. It was just embedded in your childhood. And Bill was one of these artists."

Sheeran later performed "Ain't No Sunshine."

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Stuttering Association for the Young, an organization close to Withers' heart.  He's stuttered since childhood and has been active with the organization for almost a decade.

The concert is the latest in a series of all-star tribute events organized by New York City entrepreneur Michael Dorf, owner of the City Winery.  You can check out more details about the concert at

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Deadline MusicA variety of respected rock guitarists have lent their talents to a new album paying tribute to influential blues-rock guitar virtuoso Jeff BeckJeffology: A Guitar Chronicle, which will be released on October 2, features Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, Mötley Crüe's Mick Mars, Toto's Steve Lukather and others playing renditions of select tunes that Beck recorded with The Yardbirds and as a solo artist.

Collen is featured on a rendition of the Stevie Wonder-penned "Cause We've Ended as Lovers," which originally appeared on Jeff's 1975 release Blow by Blow.  Campbell plays on a version of "Led Boots," from the 1976 Beck album Wired.  Mars performs a version of the 1966 Yardbirds tune "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago."  And Lukather contributes a cover of "Behind the Veil" from the 1989 album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop.

Other guitarists featured on Jeffology include ex-Ozzy Osbourne band member Jake E. Lee, Ratt's Warren DeMartini, Mr. Big's Paul Gilbert and George Lynch from Lynch Mob.  The album will be available on CD and as a digital download.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBCArt Garfunkel made a surprise visit to Wednesday's edition of The Tonight Show to join Black Simon & Garfunkel for a performance of The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face."

The faux duo -- played by Roots members Questlove and "Captain" Kirk Douglas -- is a sendup of the legendary 1960s duo Simon & Garfunkel, who make frequent appearances on the show in response to requests from host Jimmy Fallon's "Audience Suggestion Box" and perform mashups of current hits with the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "The Boxer."

Past mashups have included Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" and Lorde's "Royals."

Garfunkel is in his hometown of New York City for a show at Carnegie Hall on Saturday called "At Last" as part of his domestic and international "In Close-Up" concerts.

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KDIM EntertainmentThe voices behind of some of the biggest classic-rock acts of the 1970s and '80s will join forces for a special concert event called "The Rock Pack" that's scheduled for November 19 at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.  The show will feature performances by founding Kansas singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, ex-Toto frontman Bobby Kimball, Starship's Mickey Thomas and The Tubes' Fee Waybill.

The event was organized by former Asia singer John Payne, who also put together the popular Las Vegas classic-rock musical Raiding the Rock Vault.  Payne will serve as the host of the "Rock Pack" concert, chatting with the various singers about their eventful careers, while also performing some tunes himself.  In addition, the show will feature a multimedia element, with visuals projected on large screens above the stage.

Fans attending the "Rock Pack" concert can expect to witness performances of plenty of memorable songs by the artists who sung them, including "Carry On Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind," "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," Hold the Line," "Africa," "We Built This City" and "She's a Beauty."

Tickets for the show are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

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Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsOn Tuesday, September 29, the new concert film Roger Waters The Wall was screened in more than 400 theaters across the U.S.  Now, thanks to the high demand for the movie, additional screenings have been scheduled in more than 250 stateside venues on Sunday, October 18.

The film will be shown at 12:55 p.m. local time at theaters in 40 states.  Visit to purchase tickets and find out more details about the event.

As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall features footage from a few of the many shows that the ex-Pink Floyd star played during his 2010-2013 The Wall Live Tour.  The concert was a dynamic multimedia experience that featured a full performance of Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album The Wall, complete with a massive video screen, pyrotechnics, giant puppets and theatrical interludes. 

The movie, which was directed by Waters and the trek's co-creative director, Sean Evans, also includes segments showing Roger discussing his antiwar views while traveling to his grandfather's grave in France and to the Italian memorial commemorating the World War II battle during which his father was killed.

In addition, the screenings will offer a specially filmed segment called The Simple Facts, featuring Waters and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason reuniting to answer questions that fans from around the world submitted.

In other news, Waters will join veteran session guitarist G.E. Smith for an intimate -- and sold out -- acoustic performance on October 30 at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York.  The gig is part of the "Portraits" concert series that Smith is hosting at the venue.

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Image Courtesy of Kool & the GangThursday, October 8, will be a day of celebration for Kool & the Gang, as the veteran funk/soul group will be honored with the 2,560th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that day.  Band members Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Khalis Bell, Dennis "DT" Thomas and George Brown will attend the unveiling ceremony, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard.

Respected producer Vince Herbert will be a guest speaker at the event, which will be emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler.  For fans who can't make it out to the ceremony, the festivities will be streamed live online at

"Kool & the Gang and their signature sounds will bring back great memories to music lovers everywhere!" says Walk of Fame ceremony producer Ana Martinez.  "Their music career has been a part of the lives of many generations everywhere and fans will be singing and dancing along with Kool & the Gang's music for many, many more years."

Over the course of their 50-year career, Kool & the Gang has had more than 20 top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including the chart-topping 1980 party anthem "Celebration," and such other memorable hits as "Jungle Boogie," "Ladies' Night," "Joanna" and "Cherish."

The group will have even more reason to celebrate on October 22, when they will be honored by their home state with induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will take place at the historic Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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Image Courtesy of Webster PRDolly Parton's longtime duet partner, Kenny Rogers, performed a benefit concert at Dollywood last weekend to raise money for Parton's Imagination Library.  The sold-out concert brought in more than $60,000 for the organization.  Rogers is proud to contribute to his fellow pop-country star's effort to give books to children around the world.

He says, "Dolly has shipped over 70 million books!  I think it’s a great idea.  I'm glad to be a part of this and I hope it helps!"

Of course, Kenny recently announced that he's retiring from the road after he finishes a farewell trek next year.  First, however, he'll head out on his final Christmas tour, which starts November 11 in Niagara Falls, Canada.

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