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Credit: Aaron FarleyCheap Trick will say "hello there" to the ladies and gentlemen watching the Audience Network tonight when the band appears on a self-titled special at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The show features the power-pop legends performing some of their best-known tunes and sitting down for an in-depth interview about their long career.

The event was taped recently at Red Studios in Los Angeles.

You can watch a trailer for the program, as well as clips of the band performing their classic songs "I Want You to Want Me" and "Surrender" at the Audience Network's official YouTube channel. In the trailer, guitarist Rick Nielsen says about his band, "We're just trying to make good music. We're lucky we get to do what we do and we do it pretty well."

The Audience Network can be viewed on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse TV.

It's been quite a year for Cheap Trick, who released a new studio called Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello on April Fool's Day, one week before they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band will kick off a new series of headlining gigs on June 4 in Syracuse, New York, that will lead up to the July 14 launch of the lengthy Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which also features Heart and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Check out Cheap Trick's full itinerary at the group's official website.

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PRNewsFoto/Autism RocksPrince will be honored by Morris Day & The Time, CeeLo Green and Mark Ronson at two benefit concerts in London.

The Autism Rocks shows are scheduled for June 24 and 25 at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo in London and will raise funds for autism research.

The founder of the organization, Sanjay Shah, has fond memories of Prince headlining the Autism Rocks launch concert in 2014.

"We will always be grateful for all the support Prince has shown to the charity and the incredible shows he dedicated to Autism Rocks," Shah says. "We feel tremendously privileged and are looking forward to hosting these concerts in his honor."

Proceeds from the two shows will benefit the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University in England. Tickets are now on sale online.

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RhinoEvery three years from 2004 to 2013, Eric Clapton hosted and organized the Crossroads Guitar Festival, a series of star-studded music extravaganzas that raised money for his Crossroads Centre rehab facility in Antigua. Now, a new compilation titled Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festival featuring highlights from the events is scheduled to be released as a three-CD set and digital download on July 1.

Held in various U.S. cities in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013, the Crossroads Guitar Festival featured an impressive lineup of respected musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country. Among the many stars appearing on the anthology's 41 tracks are Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones, J.J. Cale, John Mayer, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill and Jimmie Vaughan.

Highlights from the compilation include Clapton playing solo versions of his classic "Layla" and George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity," as well as Slowhand teaming up with Santana on a rendition of "Drums of Passion (Jingo)," with Cale on a version of "After Midnight" and with Winwood for covers of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord." Crossroads Revisited also features Walsh and Taylor teaming up to play "Steam Roller," and Clapton collaborating with King, Vaughan and The Robert Cray Band to play "Everyday I Get the Blues."

In all, Crossroads Revisited features almost four hours of previously unreleased performances.

Clapton founded the Crossroads Centre in in 1998 to help treat and educate people battling chemical dependency.

Here is the full track list of the Crossroads Revisited compilation:

Disc One:

"Sweet Home Chicago" -- Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Rock Me Baby" -- Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, B.B. King & Jimmie Vaughan (2004)
"Steam Roller" -- James Taylor with Joe Walsh (2004)
"What the Cowgirls Do" -- Vince Gill with Jerry Douglas (2004)
"After Midnight" -- J.J. Cale with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Green Light Girl" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2004)
"Hell at Home" -- Sonny Landreth with Eric Clapton (2007)
"City Love" -- John Mayer (2004)
"Funk 49" -- Joe Walsh (2004)
"Drums of Passion (Jingo)" -- Carlos Santana with Eric Clapton (2004)
"Cause We've Ended as Lovers" -- Jeff Beck (2007)
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman (Blues in C)" -- Eric Clapton (2004)
"Layla" -- Clapton (2004)

Disc Two:

"Little by Little" -- Susan Tedeschi with The Derek Trucks Band (2007)
"Poor Johnny" -- The Robert Cray Band (2007)
"Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" -- B.B. King with The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin (2007)
"Tulsa Time" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Vince Gill & Albert Lee (2007)
"On the Road Again" -- Willie Nelson with Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, & Albert Lee (2007)
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Eric Clapton (2007)
"Belief" -- John Mayer (2007)
"Mas y Mas" -- Los Lobos (2007)
"Big Block" -- Jeff Beck (2007)
"Presence of the Lord" -- Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2007)
"Cocaine" -- Eric Clapton (2004)
"Waiting for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago" -- ZZ Top (2010)
"Don't Owe You a Thing" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Bright Lights" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2010)

Disc Three:

"Our Love Is Fading" -- Sheryl Crow with Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr. (2010)
"Lay Down Sally" -- Vince Gill with Sheryl Crow, Keb' Mo', Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh (2010)
"Space Captain" --  Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hildago, Cesar Rosas & Chris Stainton (2010)
"Hammerhead" -- Jeff Beck (2010)
"Five Long Years" -- Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood (2010)
"Hear My Train a Comin'" -- Doyle Bramhall II (2010)
"Dear Mr. Fantasy" -- Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton (2010)
"Born Under a Bad Sign" -- Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb' Mo', Blake Mills, Matt "Guitar" Murphy & Albert Lee (2013)
"Everyday I Get the Blues" -- The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan (2013)
"Please Come Home" -- Gary Clark Jr. (2013)
"Tumbling Dice" -- Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee (2013)
"I Shot the Sheriff" -- Eric Clapton (2010)
"Crossroads" -- Eric Clapton (2013)

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Island Records"Red Nose Day," a two-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event included a performance from Elton John, who performed "A Good Heart."

The telecast also featured celebrities from film and TV, including Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Jack Black, Julianne Moore, and Emma Thompson. It was hosted by Craig Ferguson.

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, benefits 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesNeil Young appeared on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday night to promote his upcoming live album with Promise of the Real, Earth. He also chatted about politics and fought with corn -- really.

The episode began with a sketch in which Stephen Colbert pointed out that Young is allowing the candidate he supports, Bernie Sanders, to use his hit "Rockin' in the Free World," but in the past has spoken out against Donald Trump using it. "I didn't like that idea because of the misogyny and the racism," he argued.

Colbert then asked, "What if somebody had a late-night talk show and they wanted to use "Rockin' in the Free World" for their theme song? Would you be OK with that?"

After Young replied in the negative, Colbert instructed his crew to not use the song in the intro. But he was cut off by the music, and "Rockin' in the Free World" was indeed played.

For the record, the Canadian musician can't vote in the upcoming election, and has said in recent interviews that he would permit Trump to use his music if asked.

Later in the show, Young sat down with Colbert for the interview segment. The wide-ranging conversation covered Earth, Young's Pono music player, and his preference to market albums, rather than singles.

He joked about his career, "I'm saying what I'm saying in all these songs I've written in the last 40 or 50 years...I've been singing the same thing. It's like I'm a broken record."

When the topic shifted to Young's anti-GMO stance, an intern dressed as corn walked onto the stage and began verbally sparring with the rock legend. The corn claimed that if Young had his way, it would be banned.

"I'm delicious. Everybody loves me!" the corn protested.

On Friday evening, Young will appear at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to help present a playback of Earth. He'll also take part in a Q&A. The album is due out June 24.

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RhinoHere it is! The Monkees' first studio album in 20 years, Good Times!, gets released today. The record, which celebrates the band's 50th anniversary, features new contributions from surviving members Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, and also includes tunes written especially for the project by a variety of respected modern-rock artists.

Nesmith tells ABC Radio that he was pleasantly surprised with Good Times!, while crediting the different songwriters who lent their talents to the record with helping to make it special.

"I thought it came out great, and the songs that people have been writing for it I thought were great," notes Mike. "[I]t just came together like an ordinary record, but because it was our 50th [anniversary], we knew it was gonna be kind of a touchstone, so everybody had high hopes for it. And then when it came out like it did, it was like, 'Holy smokes, this actually…sounds good!' And so, we were thrilled."

The album includes tunes written by Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Oasis' Noel Gallagher and The Jam's Paul Weller, XTC's Andy Partridge and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard. Nesmith says he especially liked Gibbard's contribution, "Me and Magdelana," as well as a track that Weller and Gallagher co-wrote, "Birth of an Accidental Hipster."

On "Me and Magdelana," Nesmith trades lead vocals with Dolenz. Mike tells ABC Radio that working with his old band mate on the parts for that song and other tracks was one of the things he enjoyed about making the album.

"It was very easy 'cause we worked together for so long," he points out, adding that "having the different writers gave us so many more things to say and so many more opportunities at a good time. Hah, no pun intended."

Sonically, Good Times! certainly shares many elements with The Monkees' classic 1960s material, including infectious melodies and jangly guitars. But Nesmith feels that the new album is more than a trip down memory lane.

"The thing that I think works so good about the new record is that it really is in the moment," he insists. "It's happening right now. These are real people, right now, singing it in this real time."

The Monkees are on tour now, although, as previously reported, Nesmith isn't taking part in the trek because he currently is writing a book. Meanwhile, a variety of U.S. record shops are hosting listening parties for Good Times! today. Check out a list of participating stores at

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Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthBrian Wilson is touring this year with a special show celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys' classic album, Pet Sounds.  Now his old band has announced they're launching their own trek marking the 50th anniversary of the group's #1 hit, "Good Vibrations."

The 50 Years of Good Vibrations tour gets underway June 17 in Pala, California, and is mapped out all the way through a December 17-18 engagement in The Village, Florida.

The Beach Boys' tour will include a number of special concert performances, including a July 4 show at the Coney Island boardwalk in New York City, and a July 19 event at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., that will commemorate Pet Sounds' 50th anniversary. The latter gig will feature the band performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, and will include a number of surprise guests.

Before the tour kicks off, The Beach Boys will perform at the 27th annual National Memorial Day Concert, which takes place this Sunday, May 29, in Washington, D.C. The show, which honors the men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces, will air live on PBS and on the American Forces Network stating at 8 p.m. ET. The special will be hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, also will include performances by country star Trace Adkins, opera great Renee Fleming, and singer/actress Katherine McPhee.

In other news, a release date has been set for Beach Boys frontman Mike Love's upcoming memoir, Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy. The book, which Love co-wrote with James S. Hirsch, will be released September 13. Pre-order it now at

Here are all of the confirmed North American dates on The Beach Boys' 50 Years of Good Vibrations tour:

6/17 -- Pala, CA, Starlight Theater
6/18 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
6/23 -- Layton, UT, Edward Kenley Centennial Amphitheatre
6/24 -- Layton, UT, Edward Kenley Centennial Amphitheatre
6/25 -- Fort McDowell, AZ, Fort McDowell Casino
6/26 -- Arcadia, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum
6/29 -- St. John's, NL, Canada, Mile One Centre
6/30 -- Liverpool, NS, Canada, Queens Place Emera Centre
7/1 -- Truro, NS, Canada, Rath Eastlink Community Centre
7/4 -- Brooklyn, NY, Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
7/6 -- White Plains, NY, Westchester County Center
7/7 -- Portland, ME, Main State Pier
7/8 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/9 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theater
7/10 -- Webster, MA, Indian Ranch
7/11 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier
7/12 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier
7/13 -- Wilmington, DE, Grand Opera House
7/14 -- Selbyville, DE, Freeman Stage at Bayside
7/15 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center
7/16 -- Ocean Grove, NJ, The Great Auditorium
7/17 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Center
7/18 -- Lancaster, NE, American Music Theatre
7/19 -- Washington, DC, Kennedy Center
7/21 -- Sylvania, OH, Centennial Terrace
7/22 -- Saginaw, MI, FirstMerit Bank Event Park
7/29 -- Fredericksburg, VA, Celebrate Virginia After Hours
8/5 -- Aurora, IL, Rive Edge Park
8/6 -- Duluth, MN, AMSOIL Arena
8/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
8/8 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Empire State Fair
8/11 -- Lancaster, NE, Pinewood Bowl Theater
8/12 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
8/13 -- Lac Du Flambeau, WI, Lake of the Torches Casino
8/14 -- Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/16 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacob Pavilion at Nautica
8/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion
8/18 -- Huber Heights, OH, The Rose Music Center at The Heights
8/19 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farm Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
8/20 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheater
8/21 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Mejer Gardens Amphitheater
9/9 -- Bakersfield, CA, Bright House Networks Amphitheater
9/11 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/29 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
9/30 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/1 -- Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, Fallsview Casino Resort
10/2 -- Greenburg, PA, Palace Theater
10/4 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
10/5 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Center
10/7 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage - MGM Resort & Casino
10/8 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage - MGM Resort & Casino
11/17 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
11/18 -- Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theatre
11/19 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Fred Kavli Theatre
11/20 -- Palm Desert, CA, McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts
12/5 -- Lawrence, KS, Lied Center of Kansas
12/11 -- Avon Park, FL, Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts
12/12 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
12/13 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
12/14 -- Ft. Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
12/15 -- Miami, FL, Knight Concert Hall
12/16 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Dreyfoos Hall (Krevis Center)
12/17 -- The Village, FL, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
12/18 -- The Village, FL, Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center

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Credit: Myrna SuarezWe knew Billy Joel and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo were chummy. Cuomo presided over Joel's wedding to Alexis Roderick last July, and he's the godfather to their daughter, Della Rose. So who better to interview the Piano Man for a new Q&A?  

In the feature for Long Island's BEACH magazine, the two pals talk pasta, boats and their undying love of New York.

"When I'm away from my home, I actually get homesick,” Joel tells Cuomo. "I've been all over the world, but everything is somewhat diminished because of the greatness of the place I came from."

Billy, who grew up in Hicksville on Long Island, New York, and now has a home in Sag Harbor, says he loves being able to take his boat out on the water.

"I find that when I am on my boat, I am -- I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm just another schmuck with a boat out on the water," he says. "There is nothing particularly 'celebrity' about it; I become somewhat anonymous."

Joel also says pasta is his favorite food and that if it was his last meal, he'd eat a "pile" of it. So what place has better pasta: New York or Italy? "Well, when I'm home and I make pasta, I make a great pasta," he says. "I'm a pretty good chef. But when I go out to eat, I usually get better food when I'm in Italy."

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Royal MailBritain's postal agency is paying tribute to Pink Floyd with a series of postage stamps to mark the band's 50th anniversary.

The Royal Mail is issuing 10 commemorative stamps honoring the influential rock band. A set of six stamps, which will be available starting July 7, shows the memorable cover art of six of the band's albums -- 1967's The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1970's Atom Heart Mother, 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon, 1975's Wish You Were Here, 1977's Animals, and 2014's The Endless River.  A stamp featuring The Division Bell, Pink Floyd's 1994 album, was issued in 2010.

Moreover, there will be a miniature sheet of four stamps featuring images of Pink Floyd performing live throughout the group's history, including performances from London's UFO Club in 1966, and the band's tours supporting The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell albums.

"Few bands in the history of rock have managed to carve out a career as rich and expansive as that of Pink Floyd," Royal Mail said in a statement. "From their blues-based psychedelic roots, the members of the outfit have created some of modern music's most totemic and inspirational albums, with ground-breaking live performances to match."

You can pre-order the stamps now at

The announcement of the stamps comes as Pink Floyd is planning to launch a new reissue campaign on June 3 that eventually will see the release of all of the band's studio albums on 180-gram vinyl. The first albums reissued will be The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets, and 1969's More soundtrack and Ummagumma two-disc collection.

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Leon Morris/Redferns via Getty ImagesNeil Young will visit The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, May 26. The folk-rock legend isn't scheduled to perform, but he's expected to chat about Earth, his upcoming live album with Promise of the Real.

The Late Show airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT. Also slated to appear on the program are Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan and comic Mike Epps.

As previously reported, Earth features 13 songs that Young recorded in concert with Promise of the Real and that have been enhanced with natural sounds, including a variety of animals, birds and insects. The album originally was scheduled to be released as a two-CD set and digitally on June 17, but now will hit stores on June 24. A three-LP vinyl edition of Earth will hit stores on August 12.

In related news, the release of the restored home-video versions of Young's 1979 concert film Rust Never Sleeps and his 1982 theatrical movie Human Highway also have been pushed back to June 24. The flicks, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray, originally had been scheduled to be released on April 22.

Special Earth, Rust Never Sleeps and Human Highway bundles can be pre-ordered now at Young's official online store.

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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is heading to Russia this month to perform two concerts, but his schedule won't include a long-awaited meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Last November, Elton said he and Putin had shared a phone call and were working toward a time to meet so they could discuss Elton's concerns about Russia's persecution of gays.  But the BBC reports that, according to a Kremlin spokesperson, there is "no appropriate time in the two men's schedules" for the meeting to take place.

According to the BBC, the spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters, "We were in correspondence with [Elton] a couple of weeks ago, because there had been an agreement that, if their schedules allow, this meeting would take place. President Putin expressed readiness for this meeting. But this time, the meeting won't take place, unfortunately."

Elton's performing in St. Petersburg on May 28, and in Moscow May 30.

You may recall that last year, Elton was punk'd by two Russian pranksters who called him and pretended to be Putin.  Not long afterward, the real Putin called Elton and had what the singer described as an "affable, apologetic and sincere" conversation.

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Guy Prives/Getty ImagesBon Jovi's new album will soon be on its way. The band announced on Twitter today that it's completed its next release, titled This House Is Not for Sale.

"THE ALBUM IS DONE," the New Jersey rockers wrote, and posted a group photo taken at New York City's Electric Lady Studios. The album likely will be released this fall.

THE ALBUM IS DONE Photo by @DavidBergman

— Bon Jovi (@BonJovi) May 25, 2016

Although last summer, Bon Jovi announced it was parting ways with Mercury Records, Billboard quotes a source as saying that the new album will mark the band's return to the label. Seemingly confirming that, Jon Bon Jovi is sporting a Mercury Records T-shirt in the Twitter photo.

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Atco RecordsJeff Beck teamed up with two young female musicians from his U.K. homeland, singer Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, to create his upcoming studio album, Loud Hailer, which hits stores July 15. The 11-song collection is filled with edgy, topical tunes that the guitar legend says were inspired by his observations about modern society as he surfed the Internet.

Beck tells ABC Radio that his ideas for the album's theme took shape while he was stuck indoors during wintertime and found himself drawn to reading various ridiculous stories online.

"I began to enjoy what I call the sidebar lifestyle, where you just go to the sublime to the ridiculous in some of these statements," he explains. "The fascination of outrageousness that's happening in our lives today, and the imminent threat of this, that and the other. And the total absurdity of unrest, that people are not prepared to sit back and just enjoy a tree or a flower."

Beck says Bones and Vandenberg, who play together in a London-based group called BONES and who he met at a party thrown by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, infused the project with youthful energy.

"It was just almost like a student band, you know, getting together," Jeff maintains. "And to have such liveliness and youth and encouragement was really the driving force."

The title of the album, Loud Hailer, is an English term for a megaphone, which is what Bones sang through on the tracks on which she's featured. The effect adds an abrasive edge that reflects the song's themes and compliments Beck's jaw-dropping guitar work.

Bones and Vandenberg also will be part of Beck's backing band for his U.S. tour in support Loud Hailer, which kicks off July 19 in Port Chester, New York. Blues great Buddy Guy will be Jeff's special guest during the trek.

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BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesTwo people claiming to be heirs to Prince's estate are protesting being required to take DNA tests.

Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson, who claim they are descendants of Prince's half-brother Duane Nelson Sr., say the tests are not necessary.  According to USA Today, Brianna says she is the daughter of Duane Nelson Sr. Victoria's legal guardian, Jeannine Halloran, says Victoria is his granddaughter.

Carver County probate judge Kevin Eide previously ordered that all claimants undergo blood and genetic testing to prove their relationship to Prince. Duane Nelson Sr. passed away in 2011. He was the child of Prince's father, John Nelson, and his second wife, Vivian.

Brianna Nelson and Victoria Nelson filed their claims to Prince’s estate at Carver County District Court in Minnesota. They say they have already offered alternative proof of their legal relationship to Prince.

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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is among a newly announced crop of celebs who have signed on to appear on NBC's The Red Nose Day Special, which airs Thursday on NBC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. The star-studded charity event helps raise awareness and money for children in need all around the world.

Elton, who is a longtime supporter of the Red Nose Day charity, will perform a special song during the special. Other celebrities who have been added to the bill include country star and The Voice coach Blake Shelton, actors Julia Roberts and Will Ferrell, and basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

They'll join U2's Bono, Jay Leno, Celine Dion and dozens more on the show. The Red Nose Day Special will be hosted by comedian Craig Ferguson.

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PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsOprah Winfrey may be known for her celebrity influence, but she wasn't quite able to dissuade Paul McCartney from collaborating with Kanye West on the rap star's song "All Day." The issue, apparently, was the song's content.

McCartney explains in a recent interview with John Wilson for BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes how Winfrey advised him to pass on the popular track.

"I get this track back, a thing called 'All Day': he's taken my melody and he's made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word -- a lot!" said McCartney.

"People like Oprah, who's a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn't do it, even black people shouldn't use that word,'" the rock legend continued. "I said, 'Yeah, but it's Kanye!' And he's talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It's the context. So I was actually pleased with it."

In addition to "All Day," McCartney talks about working with Kanye in the studio and compliments the rapper's creativity, which according to McCartney, "inspires [him]."

"I love Kanye and he loves me," McCartney said. "He's a monster -- he's a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me."

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Credit: Ed MilesThe ongoing copyright-infringement case involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" has prompted Robert Plant to pull out of a scheduled June 19 appearance at the 2016 Meltdown Festival in London.

A message posted on Plant's Facebook page explains that the singer had to cancel because he's a defendant in the court case, which is scheduled to begin proceedings on June 14 in Los Angeles.

Plant's withdrawal from the show -- dubbed "The Boat We're In" -- as well as other unrelated factors have led the organizers to cancel the event. The concert had been intended to raise money for the British Red Cross' refugee awareness campaign, and was tied in with a recently released charity EP called The Long Road, to which Robert contributed a cover of the Elbow song "Blanket of Night."

Plant's Facebook note explains, "Robert has been enthusiastic to help in any way to the increased awareness and support of so many powerless and distraught peoples. Therefore the opportunity afforded at [the] Meltdown [festival] was an event that Robert was passionately drawn to."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Plant's fellow Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also will be attending the trial, which is being held to determine whether Page and Plant partly copied the Spirit song "Taurus" when they co-wrote "Stairway to Heaven." The band's attorneys recently accused lawyers for late Spirit frontman Randy California's estate with attempting to taint the jury pool by falsely claiming that Led Zeppelin's members were trying to avoid taking part in the trial.

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Jimmy King; Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty ImagesWe've lost a lot of musical legends this year, and now AXS TV is paying tribute to some of them on a special episode of The Big Interview, the series hosted by newsman Dan Rather. The Big Interview -- Special Edition: Legends Lost, which premieres June 7 at 8 p.m. ET, will honor the lives of David Bowie, Natalie Cole and Prince, among others.

The hour-long special will be divided into segments focusing on each individual artist and will use archival footage and exclusive interviews to give viewers an inside look at the music stars' lives and careers.

During the show, Rather will chat with painter George Underwood, a childhood friend of Bowie, about the influential rock singer and songwriter. In addition, producer David Foster will share his thoughts on Cole and her award-winning 1991 album, Unforgettable…with Love. Also, Prince's best friend and original bassist, Andre Cymone, will make a rare TV appearance to give insight into the musical genius' personal life that many people never got to see.

Other recently departed music legends who will be paid tribute during the special include blues icon B.B. King and country great Merle Haggard.

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PRNewsFoto/Mercury/UMeNewly remastered versions of the classic studio and live albums that The Allman Brothers Band released from 1969 through 1979 will be reissued on high-quality 180-gram vinyl on July 22. A total of nine albums will be rereleased, spanning from the group's 1969 self-titled debut through 1979's Enlightened Rogues, and also including an expanded three-LP edition of Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970, a shorter version of which originally was issued in 1990.

The vinyl reissues will include The Allman Brothers Band's classic early-'70s albums At Fillmore East, Eat a Peach and Brothers and Sisters, all of which were certified platinum for sales of more than a million copies in the U.S. All of the albums were remastered from the original analog tapes. The reissue of 1969's The Allman Brothers Band is a two-LP set that includes the original mix and the stereo mix featured on the 1973 compilation Beginnings.

In addition, a limited-edition vinyl box set gathering all nine albums together in a specially designed package resembling a peach crate will be sold. The 15-LP collection is available for pre-order now at The box set also will contain an amplifier-shaped USB drive featuring digital versions of the nine albums, as well as a variety of collectibles, including posters, magnets, guitar picks, a turntable mat, a trucker's hat and a deck of playing cards. Only 500 box set will be sold, each one individually numbered.

High-resolution digital versions of the albums also will be released on July 22.

Here is the full list of Allman Brothers Band albums that will be reissued:

The Allman Brothers Band (1969)*
Idlewild South (1970)
At Fillmore East (1971)*
Eat a Peach (1972)*
Brothers and Sisters (1973)
Win, Lose or Draw (1975)
Wipe the Window, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas (1976)*
Enlightened Rogues (1979)
Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970 (1990)

* = two-LP set.
= three-LP set.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA trailer for the upcoming Rolling Stones release Totally Stripped, an expanded, multi-format version of the band's 1995 unplugged album Stripped, has premiered online. The 30-second promo video includes brief interview segments with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, as well as clips of the group performing and behind-the-scenes footage.

The Stripped album featured a combination of tracks that The Rolling Stones recorded live at studios in Tokyo and Lisbon, Portugal, and concert performances from shows the band played during its Voodoo Lounge Tour at small venues in Amsterdam, Paris and London. Totally Stripped contains a new documentary of that takes an in-depth look at the Stripped project, as well as an album featuring both previously released and unreleased performances from the aforementioned concerts in Amsterdam, Paris and London.

In the trailer, Jagger comments on the difference between performing in a club as compared with a large venue, noting that "a twitch of an eyebrow will suffice, whereas in a stadium it's like the frantic arm-waving constantly." In addition, Richards maintains that The Stones are "a club band [that] just got bigger gigs." Touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Stripped co-producer Don Was also appear briefly in the video.

Totally Stripped will be released on June 3, and will available as a DVD/CD or SD Blu-ray/CD set and as a DVD/two-LP or SD Blu-ray/two-LP vinyl package. In addition, a deluxe five-disc edition of the release will be sold, featuring the CD and DVD or SD Blu-ray, plus full-length videos of the three Stones concerts captured for the Stripped record.

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