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Credit: Dean ChalkleyPretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde is considered by many to be a strong female role model, but the veteran rock artist has upset various women's groups with comments she made in a new interview with The Sunday Times of London while promoting her about-to-be-published memoir, Reckless.  In the interview, the 63-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer discusses a disturbing incident that happened to her when she was 21, where she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang, and suggests that she was to blame for what happened to her.

The assault, which Hynde writes about in her book, took place after she crossed paths with gang members while high on Quaaludes.  The motorcycle gang told her they were taking her to a party, but instead brought her to an empty house and threatened her with violence if she didn't comply with their sexual demands.

"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," she told the newspaper.  "You can't f*** about with people, especially people who wear 'I Heart Rape' and 'On Your Knees' badges."

When the interviewer expressed surprise that Hynde still blamed herself after all these years, she responded, "You can't paint yourself into a corner and then say whose brush is this?  You have to take responsibility.  I mean, I was naïve."  She added, "They're motorcycle guys!  If you play with fire you get burnt."

She then elaborated on her opinion, intimating that women who walk around drunk and scantily dressed are asking for trouble.

When the interviewer countered by suggesting that a sexual assault that occurs under those circumstances is still the attacker's fault, Chrissie said, "Oh, come on!  That's just silly.  If I'm walking around and I'm very modestly dressed and I'm keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I'd say that's his fault.  But if I'm…putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who's already unhinged -- don't do that.  Come on!  That's just common sense."

She added, "If you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him.  If you're wearing something that says, 'Come and f*** me,' you'd better be good on your feet."

Hynde's comments ignited a backlash from a variety of feminist and rape-support groups.

Katherine Hull Fillet, an official for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, issued a statement to People magazine in which she declared, "a victim is never to blame…The responsibility always lies solely with the perpetrator, no matter what."

In addition, Lucy Hastings, the head of the U.K. organization Victim Support, told The Guardian newspaper, "Victims of sexual violence should never feel or be made to feel that they were responsible for the appalling crime they suffered, regardless of circumstance or factors which may have made them particularly vulnerable."

Hynde hadn't responded to the backlash on her social media sites as of Monday evening.  Her memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, will hit stores on September 8.

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Credit: Mark SeligerKeith Richards reveals some tidbits about The Rolling Stones' upcoming plans and chats about his soon-to-be-released solo album, Crosseyed Heart, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.  The 71-year-old guitar legend says he's hoping to get his band mates back into the studio to work on new music soon, but admits that that likely won't occur as soon as he wants it to happen.

"I don't quite honestly see it [happening] this year," he tells the magazine.  "After we [tour] South America in February and March, I'd love to get in the studio in April.  But I know what those guys are like.  When they finish a tour, they don't want to do nothing!"

The Stones have yet to announce any upcoming touring plans, so Keith's comments about a South American trek is news in itself.

Meanwhile, Richards reveals that he had "zero" material prepared when he started work on Crosseyed Heart, which is his first new solo effort in 23 years.

"But that's the fun of recording, especially if you're recording the way that we made this, with just [co-producer/co-writer] Steve Jordan on drums and me on guitar, to start with," he explains.  "So, you can just fly anything around the room and, if it didn't work, it didn't work, and every now and again we'd hit on something and say, 'Oh, that's what we're looking for.  It was a barrel of fun actually."

Richards describes the album as "a bit of a mixture" that finds him paying homage to various artists who have influenced him throughout his career, including Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, Otis Redding and veteran reggae artist Gregory Isaacs.

Keith paid homage to Lead Belly by covering the late folk-blues legend's most famous song, "Goodnight Irene."  Richards tells Entertainment Weekly that he idea to record the tune came to him after his friend Tom Waits sent him a book about Lead Belly.  He explains that he was looking at the book's cover while he was holding a 12-string guitar and "sort of went, 'Tom, I can take a hint.'  It suddenly seemed to me that I had to do [the song]."  Richards points out that he ended up using the song's original lyrics -- which are raunchier than those most people are familiar with -- for his rendition.

Crosseyed Heart also features some of the last performances recorded by Keith's good pal and longtime Rolling Stones touring saxophonist Bobby Keys, who died in December of liver disease at age 71.  Richards says of Keys' performances on the record, "Bob just comes and he's ready to rock.  The man was larger than Texas and that's saying something."

Keith adds, "He was a damn good friend and a brilliant sax player…I'm still pretending he's alive.  But I know he ain't.  I miss him sorely."

Crosseyed Heart will be released on September 18.

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Olaf Heine; Mary McCartney/MPLFor many years, Paul McCartney has been considered the world's wealthiest music artist, but the legendary former Beatles star now reportedly has been overtaken by U2 frontman BonoInternational Business Times reports that the Irish singer's wealth has increased greatly in recent years thanks to his 2.3-percent ownership of Facebook, a windfall that, according to sources, now is worth about 940 million pounds -- or more than $1.4 billion.

That figure would easily put Bono ahead of Sir Paul, whose fortune was valued at 730 million pounds, or about $1.1 billion, according to the latest annual Sunday Times of London's Rich List.  McCartney's figure also includes about $225 million from his wife, trucking heiress Nancy Shevell.

International Business Times points out that the money Bono has made from his share of Facebook, which he purchased in 2009 when the social media website went public, is worth more than all the cash he's earned as a member of U2.

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CBS Photography 1964A series of rare sketches Paul McCartney drew in the early 1960s brought in a combined 15,000 pounds, or about $23,000, over the weekend at the annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Liverpool, U.K., the Liverpool Echo reports.  Hundreds of other Fab Four-related items also were auctioned off at the event, which was held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

The four sketches, which originally were part of one larger sheet of paper, include drawings of various Beatles members, while quirky messages written by McCartney appear on the reverse side.

Other interesting items sold at the auction included a custom-built radiogram that was once owned by Ringo Starr, which fetched 1,900 pounds, or about $2,900, and a ticket stub from The Beatles final U.S. concert, at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, which went for 560 pounds, about $890.

This year was the 24th the auction was held.  It's part of the city's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which winds down Tuesday.

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Danny Clinch; ABC/Randy HolmesAll Things Must Pass is a new documentary about how Tower Records became a billion-dollar company in 1999 before the changing face of the music business led it to file for bankruptcy just seven years later.  You can watch the trailer for the film, featuring interview clips with Bruce Springsteen and Elton John, now on YouTube.

"If you came into town, you went to Tower Records," says Springsteen in the clip.  Adds Elton, "Tower just had everything.  They were like friends."

The film also includes interviews with Foo Fighters frontman/ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, as well as with Russ Solomon, who founded Tower Records in 1960.

All Things Must Pass, directed by Colin Hanks, will hit theaters October 16.

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Image Courtesy of RCA RecordsVan Morrison celebrates his 70th birthday today.  To mark the occasion, the prolific and influential singer/songwriter will play two concerts in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the city's EastSide Arts Festival.

The sold-out "Live on Cypress Avenue" shows will take place at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. local time on the very street he immortalized in the song "Cypress Avenue" from his acclaimed 1968 album Astral Weeks.

During his 50-plus-year career, Morrison has created an impressive body of work that includes the raw blues-rock of his early band Them, the folk-pop gem "Brown-Eyed Girl," the poetic, improvisation-heavy jazz-folk of Astral Weeks, the sultry pop-soul of Moondance, the R&B standard "Have a Told You Lately" and so much more.  Among Van's many other memorable tunes are "Crazy Love," "Into the Mystic," "Domino," "Jackie Wilson Said," "Tupelo Honey" and "Wild Night."

Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.  This year, he not only received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's most prestigious honor, the Johnny Mercer Award, but was chosen to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the U.K. music business and the Northern Ireland tourist industry.

Van the Man has rarely gone more than two or three years without releasing a new studio album.  His most recent, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue came out in March of 2015 and includes collaborations with Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, Taj Mahal, Michael Bublé and the late Bobby Womack.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentMoody Blues frontman Justin Hayward recently launched his latest U.S. solo tour in support of his 2013 album Spirits of the Western Sky.  In addition to showcasing his new material, the unplugged gigs give Hayward the chance to dig into his catalog and play some deeper cuts from The Moody Blues and his other solo releases.

Justin tells ABC Radio that for this tour's set, he's "changed up a few things, so it's working well…I think there's something there for everybody."  Among the interesting tunes he currently is playing live is "Blue Guitar," a 1975 song he recorded with the band 10cc and that appears as a bonus track on the reissue of Blue Jays, his collaborative album with Moody Blues bassist John Lodge.  He also has been performing such Moody Blues gems as "Watching and Waiting," "Never Comes the Day" and "It's Up to You."

As on his recent previous solo treks, Hayward is accompanied at his latest shows by virtuoso guitarist Mike Dawes and Moody Blues touring keyboardist and backing vocalist Julie Ragins.  Justin says he and his backing group are "absolutely thrilled" with how well they're being received on the tour.

"We've had several sold-out shows and it seems to be growing, the appeal of this set and this style from the three of us," he notes.  "We're very, very pleased."

The trek, which visited a variety of venues on the East Coast dates, now will head to the Midwest before eventually reaching the West Coast, where it will wrap up with a September 23 concert in Napa, California.

While Hayward has been touring with Dawes and Ragins on and off for the last two years, he hasn't recorded any new music with them, but he says that's something he eventually would like to do.

"We're looking at a couple of time periods when we can do things and be together," he tells ABC Radio.  "At the moment we're just enjoying this set and evolving the set, and putting some new things in and developing it…I think the rest of that is down the line a little bit."

Meanwhile, Hayward recently recorded a new live version of the 1971 Moody Blues hit "The Story in Your Eyes" with a string quartet and the performance was filmed for a video that's been posted at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.  He says he worked on the tune with his Spirits of the Western Sky co-producer Alberto Parodi, and reveals that he's planning to do more performances along the same lines.

"We had so much fun making that," he says, "I think I might get together with the same people and do some new things and some old things with them too, and film it the same as we did before."

As for The Moody Blues, their next confirmed performances will take place on the upcoming third installment of their fan cruise, which is scheduled to run from February 26 to March 1, 2016.  For more information, visit MoodiesCruise.com.

Here are all of Hayward's upcoming solo tour dates:

9/1 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
9/2 -- Canton, MI, The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
9/4 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center
9/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/10 -- Nashville, TN, James K. Polk Theater
9/11 -- St. Louis, MO, The Sheldon Concert Hall
9/12 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
9/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/14 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre
9/16 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
9/19 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
9/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
9/22 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
9/23 -- Napa, CA, City Winery

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentAerosmith latest concert video, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, will be released on Friday, September 4, but fans can get a preview of the high-def flick by heading over to RollingStone.com.  The website has posted an exclusive clip of the Boston bad boys delivering a high-octane performance of their classic tune "Walk This Way."

Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 documents a headlining concert by the band from June of last year at the famed U.K. hard-rock extravaganza the Download Festival.

"'Walk This Way' is a good representation of the DVD,"guitarist Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone.  "We felt like it was a memorable show and we're glad we filmed it.  To us, playing Donington is always a special event and it was more a roll of the dice since we were filming it.  Happily our fans came out and most importantly, the energy was there between us and them."

He adds, "This clip is just a taste of the power of the whole DVD."

You also can check out a trailer for Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 at the Eagle Rock official YouTube channel.

The video will be available for purchase as a DVD/two-CD set, a DVD/two-LP vinyl collection and a Blu-ray/two-CD package, as well as a digital download.

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsFrom the folks who bring us the NOW That's What I Call Music! series comes a new compilation featuring a variety of spooky-themed tunes that will arrive just in time for everyone's favorite scary fall holiday.  NOW That's What I Call Halloween!, which hits stores on Friday, September 11, is an 18-track collection that offers a mix of horrifying hits and macabre movie themes by a variety of pop and rock artists.

Among the tunes featured on the album are Donovan's "Season of the Witch," Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London," as well as the Rockwell hit "Somebody Watching Me," which includes a chorus sung by Michael JacksonNOW Halloween! also contains Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" -- the theme to The Exorcist -- and Danny Elfman's main-title and end-title themes to Beetlejuice.  In addition, the compilation features Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers' classic Halloween single "Monster Mash."

Check out the complete track list for the NOW That's What I Call Halloween! comp:

"Halloween Theme" -- John Carpenter
"Dragula" -- Rob Zombie
"O Fortuna" -- Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
"Tubular Bells (Theme from the Exorcist)" -- Mike Oldfield
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" -- Blue Oyster Cult
"Devil Inside" -- INXS
"Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)" -- Jace Everett
"Werewolves of London" -- Warren Zevon
"Ghost Town" -- The Specials
"Dead Man's Party" -- Oingo Boingo
"Monster Mash" -- Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
"This Is Halloween" -- The Citizens of Halloween
"Season of the Witch" -- Donovan
"I Put a Spell on You" -- Nina Simone
"Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title" -- Danny Elfman
"Ghostbusters" -- Run-DMC
"A Nightmare on My Street" -- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
"Somebody's Watching Me" -- Rockwell

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Terry O'Neil/UMeThe Who's Pete Townshend is part of a diverse lineup of guest artists who collaborated with Jean-Michel Jarre on the influential French electronic-music composer's upcoming album, Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine, which will be released on October 16.  The rock legend is featured on a song titled "Travelator (Part 2)."

In a new interview with USA Today, Jarre discusses why he was excited to have Townshend take part in the album.

"He was the first guy to introduce sequencers into rock music with songs such as 'Baba O'Riley,'" Jarre says.  Also, "as one of the creators of the rock opera as a genre, he has an epic approach to performance that's quite close to my approach of performances for big concerts."

In addition to Townshend, Jarre teamed up with a variety of musicians from different genres and eras, including Erasure/ex-Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke, Tangerine Dream, avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, Moby, AIR, composer/director John Carpenter and classical pianist Lang Lang.

"I've wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history and its legacy from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays," Jarre explains in a statement.  "So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists who are, directly or indirectly linked to this scene, with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me over the last four decades I have been making music, but who also have an instantly recognizable sound."

For the Electronica project, rather than allowing the various collaborators to record their parts remotely, Jarre made the effort to join them in the studio so he could work directly with them on the tracks.

Jarre also is planning to release a sequel album, Electronica Part 2, featuring different cast of artists, sometime in spring 2016.

Here is the full track list and lineup of collaborators for Jarre's Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine:

"The Time Machine" (with Boys Noize)
"Glory (with M83)
"Close your eyes" (with AIR)
"Automatic (Part 1)" (with Vince Clarke)
"Automatic (Part 2)" (with Vince Clarke)
"If..!" (with Little Boots)
"Immortals" (with F*** Buttons)
"Suns Have Gone" (with Moby)
"Conquistador" (with Gesaffelstein)
"Travelator (Part 2)" (with Pete Townshend)
"Zero Gravity" (with Tangerine Dream)
"Rely on Me" (with Laurie Anderson)
"Stardust" (with Armin van Buuren)
"Watching You" (with 3D of Massive Attack)
"A Question of Blood" (with John Carpenter)
"The Train & the River" (with Lang Lang)

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Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all.  The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.

Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and rehome him...I think after the huge amount of publicity that has been generated, the band thought that Algie should go back to them."

The auction still will feature a variety other props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio, which was founded by Harries.  Among them is a different inflatable pig that was featured at Pink Floyd concerts after Roger Waters left the group.  Other items include a giant pig's head featured at Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, a cast of an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon trek, and large figures of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May used during the group's The Magic Tour in 1986.

You can check out a full list of items up for bid by visiting Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

On the cover of Animals, "Algie," which was designed by Waters, appears attached to two of Battersea Power Station's massive smokestacks.  As the story goes, during the photo shoot for the record the helium-filled prop broke free of its moorings and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

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ABCThe reports were true: Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan will be among the celebs competing for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 21 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

The singer announced the news via a brief video posted on the show's official Twitter account.  Khan tells her fans to "look out for me this season."

The "I'm Every Woman" singer will compete against Spy Kids actress Alexa PenaVega and her husband, musician Carlos PenaVega; Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter; Bindi Irwin, daughter of late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin; jockey Victor Espinoza; and 15-year-old online star Hayes Grier.

The rest of the cast will be revealed September 2 on ABC's Good Morning America

Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. ET.

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

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

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

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

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

Astral Weeks:

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

His Band and the Street Choir:

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

* = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s the full set list:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To find out more information about the auction, visit Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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