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Ross Halfin/UMeAlice Cooper is the latest veteran rocker to join the lineup for the 40th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala, which will take place on Thursday, October 15, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.  The charity event also will include performances by Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and Train frontman Pat Monahan.

The star-studded gala's theme this year is "Top 40" in honor of the event's 40th anniversary.  As previously reported, original MTV VJs Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter will host the bash.

Meanwhile, famed music executive Clive Davis also will make appearance at the gala, which will feature the presentation of the inaugural Clive Davis Research Fellow Award, an annual grant given to young researchers involved in the finding innovative treatments for cancer and AIDS.

The T.J. Martell Foundation is a music industry-supported charity that raises money for cancer, leukemia and AIDS research.  To date, the organization has donated more than $270 million in research aid for U.S. hospitals.  For more information about the Honors Gala, visit

In other news, Cooper currently is serving as Motley Crue's opening act on the fall North American leg of the glam-metal band's farewell trek, The Final Tour.  He also will join the group for a series of European dates in November.  Visit to check out the shock rocker's complete upcoming itinerary.

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Credit: Gregg RothPeter Frampton contributes guitar to a track on the upcoming self-titled debut album from Ten Commandos, a new hard-rock act featuring Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd.  Frampton appears on a tune called "Sketch 9."

Ten Commandos' lineup also includes Queens of the Stone Age collaborator Alain Johannes and singer Dimitri Coats of the punk band Off!  The album will be released in late November on Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench label.  You can order it now at

Interestingly, Frampton previously worked with Cameron on his Grammy-winning 2006 instrumental album Fingerprints.  The drummer, along with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, lent their talents to a cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and song titled "Blowin' Smoke."

In other news, Frampton launched his previously announced first-ever acoustic tour Thursday in Greenville, Tennessee.  Peter's being joined on the road by his longtime songwriting partner Gordon Kennedy, while his son Julian Frampton is serving as the opening act.  The U.S. trek, dubbed "Peter Frampton Raw," is mapped out through an October 24 concert in Van Wert, Ohio.

Here are all of Frampton's upcoming dates:

10/9 -- Meridian, MS, Riley Center for the Performing Arts
10/12 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
10/13 -- New Bedford, MA, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
10/14 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/16 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Library of Homestead
10/17 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University
10/18 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
10/20 -- Albany, NY, The Egg - Hart Theatre
10/22 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/23 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
10/24 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Center

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Heather Wines/CBSA small Minnesota crowd gathered to watch Prince play a set in the wee hours of Friday morning, and another 1980s pop icon was on hand to enjoy the show: Madonna.  The star and her dance entourage showed up to see Prince's special hometown gig at Paisley Park, reports.

Madonna apparently perched herself on the edge of the stage right at Prince's feet, and gazed up at him as he jammed to songs like "Guitar" and "Ain't About to Stop" from his latest album, HITNRUN Phase One.

After the sixth song of the set, Prince leaned down to have a private conversation with Madonna.  Shortly after, she left and Prince played a few more songs before calling it a night.

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Credit: Hayley MaddenLong before Dave Grohl was the frontman for Foo Fighters, and before he was the drummer in Nirvana, he was just a kid in Virginia with a band.  While in high school, Grohl entered a youth battle of the bands contest, but lost out to a kid in his class named Chet Lott.  Lott just happened to attend Foo Fighters' show in Memphis this week, and Grohl, widely considered the "nicest guy in rock," decided to bury the hatchet with his high school nemesis.

During the Foos' cover of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure," Grohl invited Lott to sing along with the band.  When Lott got on stage, he told Grohl, "We may have won the battle, but you won the war."  You can watch fan-shot footage of the Lott Fighters now on YouTube.

Since beating Grohl in high school, Lott, who is the son of former Senate Majority leader Trent Lott, has become a musician in his own right.  He has used his music to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Foo Fighters are currently in the home stretch of their North American Sonic Highways tour, which concludes on October 18 in Castaic, California.

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Mary McCartney/MPLPaul McCartney has posted online a brief documentary about his relationship with his late Beatles band mate John Lennon, apparently to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Lennon's birth.  The four-minute video focuses specifically on "Here Today," the homage McCartney wrote for Lennon after his death.  It appears on Sir Paul's recently reissued 1982 solo album, Tug of War.

The clip features footage of McCartney performing the song in concert recently, some archival photos of him and Lennon together, and segments of a 1980s interview in which Paul recalls how he, George Harrison and Yoko Ono reacted to John's murder.

"We were in recording when John died.  Like a lot of the people who had been closely associated with him, we all kept recording," says McCartney in the interview.  "George did.  George Harrison, the same day, went into the studio.  Yoko pretty soon after went right into the studio."

He adds, "It was just so hard for everyone to bear, that either you were gonna sit at home and just think, think, think, or you were going to try to do something to take your mind off it, and all of us kind of had the same reaction."

Then, with regard to "Here Today," McCartney explains he initially decided not to write a song about Lennon because he felt it was "too hurtful" a subject.  Eventually, though, he came up with an idea about a conversation that he might have with his late friend.

"I thought about me and John, which was that sometimes I would say, 'Oh yeah, I know John very well,' and John would turn around and say, 'No you don't. You don't know me,' you know, like friends can often be…plenty of arguments," Paul says in the interview.  "And I think we'd been so close and we'd had arguments, and then when The Beatles split up we had bad arguments…that the idea about the song for me is, 'If I said I really knew you well, you'd probably just laugh and say that we were worlds apart anyway, if you were here today.'"

You can check out the video at McCartney's official YouTube channel.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young will release a new live album called Bluenote Café on November 13 as the latest installment of his archival Performance Series.  The 22-song collection features performances from various concerts Young played in 1987 and 1988 in support of his Chicago blues-influenced 1988 album, This Note's for You.

Bluenote Café will be available as a two-CD set and a four-LP vinyl package.  The album includes renditions of seven tunes from This Note's for You, as well as seven unreleased songs -- "Soul of a Woman," "Bad News Comes to Town," Ain't It the Truth," "I'm Goin'," "Crime of the Heart," "Doghouse," and "Fool for Your Love."  Closing out the record is an epic, 19-plus-minute version of "Tonight's the Night."

Young's backing group for the trek, which he christened The Bluenotes, featured the members of Crazy Horse, a horn section, and several other musicians who toured frequently with Neil -- multi-instrumentalist Ben Keith, bassist Rick Rosas and drummer Chad Cromwell.  The album includes performances from venues in New York City, Cleveland, Toronto, San Francisco and Hollywood, California, as well as a few other locations.

You can pre-order Bluenote Café now at Young's online store.  If you do, you'll immediately receive a free download of the song "Crime in the City," while additional instant downloads will be made available as the release date approaches.  The album will be sold through, iTunes and other digital retailers.

Here's the complete Bluenote Café track list:

Disc 1
"Welcome to the Big Room
"Don't Take Your Love Away from Me"
"This Note's for You"
"Ten Men Workin'"
"Life in the City"
"Hello Lonely Woman"
"Soul of a Woman"
"Married Man"
"Bad News Comes to Town"
"Ain't It the Truth"
"One Thing"

Disc 2
"I'm Goin'"
"Ordinary People"
"Crime in the City
"Crime of the Heart"
"Welcome Rap"
"Fool for Your Love"
"Encore Rap"
"On the Way Home"
"Sunny Inside"
"Tonight's the Night"

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Eagle Rock EntertrainmentTwo releases from The Rolling Stones' From the Vault official bootleg series featuring both audio and video footage from vintage performances by the British rock legends will be hitting stores in the coming weeks.

First up is From the Vault -- Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990, which will be released October 30 as an standard definition Blu-ray/two-CD set, a DVD/two-CD package and a digital download.  The album and home video document a February 1990 concert that took place in the Japanese capital near the end of the band's world tour in support of its 1989 album, Steel Wheels.  The show was the ninth of a 10-date run at the Tokyo Dome that marked the first time The Stones had ever played in Japan.

The Live at the Tokyo Dome set list features 23 songs, including renditions of five tunes from Steel Wheels and a variety of classics from throughout the band's career.  The sound was mixed by longtime Rolling Stones engineer Bob ClearmountainFrom the Vault -- Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990 originally was released in July 2012 as a digital-audio-only collection.  You can check out a video of the band's performance of "Harlem Shuffle" from the Tokyo show now on YouTube.

Following Live at the Tokyo Dome's release will come From the Vault -- Live in Leeds 1982, which will be released on November 20 and will be available on DVD, SD Blu-ray, and as a DVD/two-CD set and a DVD/three-LP collection.  Live in Leeds 1982 captures a performance that The Rolling Stones gave on July 25 of that year at Roundhay Park in Leeds, U.K., which was the final show of the band's '82 tour in support of Tattoo You.

The rockers' set featured about half of Tattoo You, including "Start Me Up," "Hang Fire" and "Neighbours," along with plenty of hits from the band's back catalog.  It also was the last Stones concert to feature founding piano player Ian Stewart, who died of a heart attack in December 1985.

Like with Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990, Live in Leeds 1982's sound was mixed by Clearmountain, and the video footage has been carefully restored.  The November 20 release will mark the first time the complete Live in Leeds performance will be commercially available.

Here is the full track list for Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990:

Intro: "Continental Drift"
"Start Me Up"
"Sad Sad Sad"
"Harlem Shuffle"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Miss You"
"Ruby Tuesday"
"Almost Hear You Sigh"
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"Mixed Emotions"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Midnight Rambler"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Can't Be Seen"
"Paint It Black"
"2000 Light Years from Home"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"Gimme Shelter"
"It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (but I Like It)"
"Brown Sugar"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

And here is the complete set list for Live in Leeds 1982:

Intro: "Take the A-Train"
"Under My Thumb"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Black Limousine"
"Just My Imagination"
"Twenty Flight Rock"
"Going to a Go Go"
"Let Me Go"
"Time Is on My Side"
"Beast of Burden"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"Little T & A"
"Tumbling Dice"
"She's So Cold"
"Hang Fire"
"Miss You"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"Brown Sugar"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

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PRNewsFoto/Epic RightsFriday marks what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday.  Born in Liverpool, England, on October 9, 1940, the singer and songwriter went on to change the music world and the cultural landscape as a member of The Beatles and as a solo artist.

A variety of events have been lined up around the world to pay homage to Lennon and mark the 75th anniversary of his birth.  His widow, Yoko Ono, will visit Videy Island in Reykjavik, Iceland, for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower, a memorial art piece she conceived as a tribute to her late husband.  The memorial is a white stone monument that projects a light beam into the sky, and promotes the "imagine peace" message that Lennon championed during his life.  The tower remains lit until December 8, the anniversary of Lennon's death.  A live stream of the light tower will be viewable at

In Los Angeles, a fan gathering will be held at Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6 p.m. local time in front of the Capitol Records Tower.  The Los Angeles Times reports that the event will feature live performances and guest speakers, including city councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who will present a resolution declaring "John Lennon Peace Day" in L.A.

In Lennon's hometown of Liverpool, several events have been lined up in his honor.  At the famed Cavern Club, where The Beatles played many of their early gigs, a number of groups will perform tribute sets in John's honor, including The Original Quarrymen, Lennon's pre-Fab Four band.  The Quarrymen also will perform at an afternoon service held at St. Peter's Church that will honor Lennon, as well as include the unveiling of a refurbished grave for his uncle George.  The city also is hosting a park walk that will take fans to various Liverpool sites where Lennon used to spend time when he was young.

In addition, various Lennon tribute concerts have been scheduled in cities around the world, including at the Brooklyn Bowl in London, Bake's Place in Washington, D.C., and the College Street Music Hall in New Haven, Connecticut.

Lennon was only 40 years old when he was killed by a deranged fan on December 8, 1980.

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Myrna Suarez/Library of CongressIt won't be "Miami 2017" but Billy Joel will in fact be ringing in 2016 in Florida.

Joel has lined up a December 31 concert at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, as his New Year's Eve gig this year.  He'll play his monthly residency show at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 17, and then head south. 

Tickets for Joel's Sunrise concert will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET via or by calling 800-745-3000.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by American Express card members beginning this Monday, October 12, at 10 a.m.

Last year, Joel -- who's a new dad to baby daughter Della Rose -- spent New Year's Eve in Florida as well, performing in Orlando.  It's not out of the bounds of possibility that he will, in fact, ring in 2017 in Miami, just like the title of the memorable tune from his 1976 album Turnstiles says.

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Legacy RecordingsA companion soundtrack to the new Roger Waters The Wall concert film is scheduled to be released on November 20.  The album will be available as a two-CD set, a three-LP vinyl package and a digital download, and will features performances from ex-Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters hugely successful The Wall Live Tour, which ran from 2010 to 2013.

The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack was produced by Nigel Godrich, whose credits include albums by Paul McCartney, Radiohead and Beck.  The 29-track album features a full live performance of Pink Floyd's classic 1979 concept album The Wall, about a rock star who descends into madness while haunted by the wartime death of the father he never met.  Among the classic songs included on the record are "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2," "Young Lust," "Hey You," "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell."

Waters' backing band for the performances included guitarists G.E. Smith and Snowy White, multi-instrumentalist Jon Carin and Roger's son Harry Waters, who played keyboards.

As previously reported, Roger Waters The Wall will be released as a DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray set and a high-def digital video on December 1.  The movie combines live performance footage with dramatic and documentary segments aimed at conveying Waters' passionate antiwar sentiments.

The Roger Waters The Wall soundtrack CD and LP sets can be pre-ordered now at  According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, release details for a Super Deluxe edition that likely will feature both the film and the album will be announced next week.

Here is the full track list of the two-CD version of the soundtrack album:

Disc 1
"In the Flesh?"
"The Thin Ice"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1"
"The Happiest Days of Our Lives"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2"
"The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes"
"Goodbye Blue Sky"
"Empty Spaces"
"What Shall We Do Now?"
"Young Lust"
"One of My Turns"
"Don't Leave Me Now"
"Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3"
"Last Few Bricks"
"Goodbye Cruel World"

Disc 2
"Hey You"
"Is There Anybody Out There?"
"Nobody Home"
"Bring the Boys Back Home"
"Comfortably Numb"
"The Show Must Go On"
"In the Flesh"
"Run Like Hell"
"Waiting for the Worms"
"The Trial"
"Outside the Wall"

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Credit: Alan SilfenLionel Richie is supporting a 27-minute documentary short called The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph, about the first African-American fighter pilots.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer held a private screening in his Beverly Hills house with 20 guests, including an original Tuskegee Airman, earlier this month.  "I made a few phone calls, even though it was very last-minute," says Richie about his screening of the flick, which he believes deserves the attention of Oscar voters.

After supporting the 2012 feature Red Tails, Richie feels that the film's history should be taught in schools around the country.  "You can't settle.  There's a young generation coming along that I want to know that the fiber of America has black people in it," he says.  "We made major contributions in this country."

When asked how he would respond if the film did win an Oscar, Richie says with a laugh, "I'm rushing the stage!  What are you talking about?  Are you kidding me?"

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Credit: Fabrice DemessenceTonight, in hundreds of theaters across the U.S., The Who's latest concert film, The Who in Hyde Park, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. local time.  The movie features footage of the British rock legends' June 26, 2015, performance at London's Hyde Park, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. show on its The Who Hits 50! Tour.

The Who in Hyde Park features the band performing 19 songs, including classics like "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Pinball Wizard," "Baba O'Riley," "You Better You Bet" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  In addition, the film includes interviews with Who guitarist Pete Townshend and singer Roger Daltrey, as well as with Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and other well-known musicians.  The screenings also will offer a special feature focusing on London landmarks that played a significant role in The Who's early history.

In an interview clip from the film, Daltrey talks about the excitement of playing in front of a massive crowd like the one that turned out for the Hyde Park concert.

"It is an extraordinary feeling when you go out there at first," he points out.  "Everybody's pleased to see you and everybody's smiling, and you play the first song and the animation starts and you can see little pockets jumping about and the arms going up and down.  All I can say is it becomes like a revolving door of energy.  It makes you give out more and the more you give out, the more the arms go up and down."

Meanwhile, in an interview segment with Townshend, the guitar great compares the Hyde Park gig to "a little Glastonbury" festival, while noting how many new fans he saw in the audience.

"Apart from a few familiar faces down the very, very front, complete newcomers," he says.  "So for us, what we are clearly doing is we're kind of filling in the blanks."

You can find out the locations of The Who in Hyde Park screenings and purchase tickets for them at

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Gail & Frank Zappa in 1968; Stark-Otto/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesFrank Zappa's widow, Gail Zappa, died peacefully Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 70.

A statement from the Zappa Family Trust notes Gail "enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband's creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century.  In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists.

"While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grand dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality," the statement continues. "Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad a** in the music business and political world."

The statement concludes, "Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one in the same.  The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake."

Frank and Gail married in 1967 and had four kids together -- Diva, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Moon.

Frank died of prostate cancer in 1993 at age 52.

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Paul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesA new Tom Petty biography reveals the rocker was a heroin addict during the 1990s, but has kept it a secret until now.

Biographer Warren Zanes notes that Petty was reluctant to publicly discuss his addiction, telling The Washington Post, "The first thing [Petty] said to me on the subject is, 'I am very concerned that talking about this is putting a bad example out there for young people.  If anyone is going to think heroin is an option because they know my story of using heroin, I can't do this.'"

Zanes adds, "I just had to work with him and say, 'I think you're going to come off as a cautionary tale rather than a romantic tale.'"

Asked how someone in his 40s and 50s -- Petty's age at the time -- would become an addict, the writer explained, "He's a rock and roller.  He had had encounters with people who did heroin, and he hit a point in his life when he did not know what to do with the pain he was feeling."

The book, Petty: A Biography, identifies one of those people as Howie Epstein, who played bass in Petty's band The Heartbreakers and died from a heroin overdose in 2003.  Zanes writes, "The fact was, Petty's drug use was partially obscured by Howie Epstein’s more dramatic decline," according to Entertainment Weekly.

"I probably spent a month not getting out of bed, just waking up and going, 'Oh, f***,'" Petty admits in the biography.  "The only thing that stopped the pain was drugs.  But it was stupid.  I'd never come up against anything that was bigger than me, something that I couldn't control.  But it starts running your life...I'm lucky I came through.  Not everyone does."

Petty: The Biography arrives November 10.

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Little, Brown and CompanyJohn Fogerty's autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, was published this week, and in it, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells the story of his famous band, the harrowing years he spent following its breakup, and his eventual reemergence as an acclaimed solo artist and a blissfully happy family man.

Much of the book focuses on Fogerty's conflicts with his CCR band mates and his post-breakup legal battles with the head of Fantasy Records, Saul Zaentz, whom John felt had treated him unfairly with regard to his music royalties, among many other issues.

Fogerty tells ABC Radio that writing the book certainly was cathartic for him, but he stresses that that wasn't his main motivation in putting the memoir together.

"It was more, for me, finally to get it down on paper in a concise way that I could understand first, and that I felt that a reader, a fan certainly could read the story," he explains.  "What their judgment about it [is] will be left to them, of course, but at least [they will] be able to see what I was dealing with and why perhaps I felt the way I did."

Fogerty says he felt that now was the right time for him to write the memoir, since he's at an extremely contented place in his life, thanks to his relationship with his wife, Julie.

"Julie is my love, and we have great kids, and so the place where I live daily is a really happy and I really don't have that anger or bitterness consuming me anymore," he notes.  "So, it seems like you can talk about things sort of in a straight-ahead way without being all caught up in emotions about it."

As he discusses in the book, Fogerty struggled to find the inspiration to write new music after CCR broke up, in part because he felt that most of the money his songs would earn would end up in Zaentz's pocket.  For that same reason, John decided to stop performing Creedence songs in concert.  He also struggled with alcohol abuse and depression during this time, what he refers to as his "dark period."

"It felt for many years [like I was] dealing with things that I was powerless to change," says John, referring to his legal battles with Zaentz.  "It was such a forlorn feeling."

Thankfully, his life began to turn around after meeting Julie during the 1980s.  Still, it took until 1997 before he finally started to regularly play his classic Creedence tunes live.

He tells ABC Radio that, these days, he enjoys performing his old music more than ever, especially because he sees how much it means to his fans.

"It's just a really neat thing to get to share it together," he says.  "I mean, in my heart of hearts I realize how very lucky I am that I survived long enough that it got to turn out this way."

For CCR fans, some of the most interesting segments in Fortunate Son are likely to be Fogerty's detailed descriptions on how he wrote such classic tunes like "Proud Mary."

"It seemed natural to talk about how music relates to me.  How songs get created," Fogerty explains.  So to talk about how I would write a song, and certainly even a particular song, I thought was at least another view of me that a person might like to know about."

Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music is available now at a wide variety of retail stores and online booksellers.

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Rock and Roll Hall of FameThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 nominees for induction, and they run the musical gamut from Chaka Khan and Chicago to Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A. 

The nominees for induction for the class of 2016 are:

The Cars
Chaka Khan
Cheap Trick
Deep Purple
The J.B.'s
Janet Jackson
Los Lobos
Steve Miller
Nine Inch Nails
The Smiths
The Spinners

To be eligible for nomination, the 2016 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1990.

The Hall notes that ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians, and members of the music industry, but once again, fans will have their say. Starting Thursday and continuing through December 9, 2015, they can cast their votes for their favorite nominees as The five acts with the most votes will make up a virtual "fans' ballot" that will be compiled with the others. 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 inductees will be announced in December. The official induction ceremony will be held in New York in April 2016, and broadcast later in the year on HBO.  

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Virgin RecordsSqueeze has announced plans to release its first album of new original music since 1998's Domino.  Due out on November 13, Cradle to the Grave features 12 songs penned by the band's founding frontmen and songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook.

Squeeze formed in 1974 and the band has undergone numerous lineup changes and some temporary breakups during its long career.

"We reformed Squeeze in 2007.  Things went so well, here we are eight years later," explains Glenn.  "Four years ago we agreed that if we were to carry on, we really needed to work on new material."

Adds Difford about the new songs, "We've grown up a lot in the last few years, musically.  We still love and own our past, but as musicians we needed to grow."

You can check out "Happy Days," one of the tracks from Cradle to the Grave, at Squeeze's official VEVO channel.

Meanwhile, Squeeze currently is playing a run of U.K. concerts, while Difford and Tilbrook have plans to hit the road as a duo for a U.S. trek dubbed "The At Odds Couple" tour.  The outing kicks off in Anaheim, California, on November 13, the same day that Cradle to the Grave will be released.  Their shows will feature Glenn and Chris performing Squeeze songs and selections from their solo catalogs, as well as discussing their careers and their collaborative relationship.

Here is the track list for Cradle to the Grave:

"Cradle to the Grave"
"Beautiful Game"
"Happy Days"
"Only 15"
"Top of the Form"
"Snap, Crackle and Pop"

And here are Difford and Tilbrook's upcoming U.S. tour dates:

11/13 -- Anaheim, CA, Grove of Anaheim
11/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Ebell
11/15 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
11/18 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
11/19 -- Napa, CA, City Winery
11/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
11/24 -- Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
11/25 -- Minneapolis, MN, Cedar Cultural Center
11/27 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
11/28 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
11/29 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
12/1 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
12/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
12/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Rex Theater
12/5 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
12/6 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
12/7 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie
12/9 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
12/10 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur
12/11 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
12/12 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount Theater
12/13 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
12/14 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
12/16 -- Troy, NY, Troy Music Hall
12/17 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater
12/18 -- New York, NY, Best Buy Theater

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Image Courtesy of IBMHow does it feel to discuss songwriting with a computer?  Ask Bob Dylan.  The folk-rock legend stars in a humorous new IBM commercial in which he converses with the company's celebrated "Watson" supercomputer.

In the ad, Dylan walks into a room holding a guitar and sits down on a long couch in front of Watson, who tells the singer/songwriter, "To improve my language skills, I've read all your lyrics…I can read 800 pages per second."  Bob responds, "That's fast."

The computer continues, "My analysis shows that your major themes are that time passes and love fades," to which Dylan replies, "Well, that sounds about right."

Watson then admits, "I have never known love," prompting Bob to suggest that perhaps they "should write a song together."

Lastly, the computer tells Dylan, "I can sing" and proceeds to scat, tunelessly, "Doo bebop, bebop a doo, doobie doobie doo…"  As the commercial ends, Bob stands up, grabs his guitar and begins to walk out of the room.

The IBM ad, now playing on IBM's official YouTube channel, is by no means the first commercial to feature Dylan.  In recent years, he's also appeared in TV ads for Victoria's Secret, Apple, Cadillac and Chrysler.

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Image Courtesy of AXS TVHeart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Gregg Allman and Bryan Adams are among the music stars who will be featured on upcoming episodes of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview, which will kick off its third season on October 20 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Wilson sisters will appear on the season-three premiere of The Big Interview, each episode of which features Rather having an in-depth conversation with various celebrities from the entertainment world.  Allman will appear on the November 3 installment of the show, while Adams will be featured on the November 10 episode.

Other upcoming Big Interview episodes will feature Patti LaBelle, country veteran Charley Pride, director Quentin Tarantino and supermodel-turned-entrepreneur Kathy Ireland.

Here are all of the premiere dates for all of the newly announced episodes of The Big Interview:

10/20 -- Heart
10/27 -- Patti LaBelle
11/3 -- Gregg Allman
11/10 -- Bryan Adams
11/17 -- Charley Pride
11/24 -- Quentin Tarantino
12/1 -- Kathy Ireland

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images Stevie Wonder is officially single again.

A Los Angeles judge this week signed off on the singer's divorce from his second wife, fashion designer Kai Millard Morris, TMZ reports.

The two will share custody of their two sons, ages 14 and 10, and Wonder must pay 25 thousand dollars per month in child support. As part of the agreement, he may take the kids on tour with him on a limited basis.

The couple married in 2001 and separated in 2009. Wonder filed for divorce more than three years ago.

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