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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicTom Petty's family has revealed that the rock legend died of an accidental drug overdose. A joint statement from Tom's widow Dana and daughter Adria posted on his official website and social media pages reports that the medical examiner informed them Friday morning that Petty's death was due to an overdose "as a result of taking a variety of medications."

The message explains, "Unfortunately Tom's body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip. Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury. On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication."

Dana and Adria also point out that, prior to being informed of the medical examiner's findings, the family was aware that Tom had been prescribed various pain medications -- including Fentanyl patches -- for his health issues, and they "feel confident" that his passing was indeed "an unfortunate accident."

The Petty family notes that Tom's cause of death likely will prompt "a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives."

Dana and Adria add, "On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans.

Petty died October 2, 2017, a week after he and The Heartbreakers finished their 40th anniversary tour.

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Credit: Kevin MazurShortly after announcing his 100th career show at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel has now added two stadium dates to his tour schedule.

The Piano Man will perform at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri -- the first concert held at the home of the Kansas City Royals in 39 years. That show is scheduled for September 21; tickets go on sale Friday, January 26, at 10 a.m. CT at Royals.com/billyjoel.

Meanwhile, Joel will return July 27 to Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. With that show, Billy will hold the record for the most-ever live performances by any artist in the stadium's history -- seven -- and he'll be the first artist ever to perform there for five straight years.

As such, Joel will be honored with an honorary Phillies contract, something that only players and coaches have received in the past. He'll receive it from Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and the team's vice president and general manager, Matt Klenak, the day of the concert.

Tickets for the Philly show go on sale to the general public starting January 26 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster. Citi card members can buy tickets starting this Monday, January 22, at 10 a.m.

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Rhino EntertainmentThe Eagles have settled a trademark-infringement lawsuit they launched last year against a hotel in Todos Santos, Mexico, called the Hotel California, Billboard reports.  The hotel, of course shares its name with the band's chart-topping 1977 album and song. 

A joint dismissal of the suit, which had charged the hotel with falsely implying that it was associated with the Eagles, was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. That same day, the hotel's request to permanently drop its bid for a trademark application was accepted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Attorneys for the band and the hotel both confirmed that the lawsuit had been dropped by mutual agreement. The hotel's lawyer tells Billboard, "The Hotel California and its affiliates will continue using the name, service mark and trademark 'Hotel California' in Mexico...The Hotel and its affiliates continue to own some 28 valid Mexican trademark registrations for the mark 'Hotel California' and variants."

The lawsuit, which was filed in May 2017, claimed that, using advertising geared to U.S. customers, the hotel falsely suggested that it was the inspiration for the classic Eagles song. The suit also noted that the hotel plays "Hotel California" and other Eagles tunes on its grounds, and sells T-shirts "that refer to the hotel as 'legendary,'" as well as a variety of other "Hotel California"-branded merchandise.

Reps for the hotel, which first opened in 1950 is located at the tip of Baja California, insisted that they weren't trying mislead tourists regarding an association with the band.

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Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesWhile the future of Rush has been in question for the past couple years, Alex Lifeson has pretty much put the proverbial final nail in the band's coffin. In a new column for Canada's The Globe and Mail newspaper, the guitarist writes that the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers are "basically done."

The beginning of the end for Rush came in 2015, when drummer Neil Peart stated he would no longer tour due to his chronic tendinitis. At the time, Peart told Drumhead magazine, "Like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game."

Now, in a new first-person piece for The Globe and Mail, Lifeson seems to confirm that the band is officially over.  He writes, "It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.”

But in the same article, Lifeson claims, "I've actually been busier lately than I have been in a while."

"I'm writing a lot. I'm writing on four or five different little projects," he reveals. "I get these requests to do guitar work with other people...I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box."

Lifeson also says he’s been writing a column for the Toronto newspaper West End Phoenix and recently filmed a small role in the new Canadian TV comedy Crawford.

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Credit: Randee St. NicholasREO Speedwagon has postponed all of its concerts scheduled this month and in February because frontman Kevin Cronin needs to undergo an unspecified medical procedure.

"Hi friends, there are times in life when our bodies send us messages that we can't ignore & this is one of those times," Cronin, 66, wrote recently on the band's official website. "Fortunately for me, it is nothing life-threatening. I need a routine procedure, which is so simple it can be performed by a robot. R2D2 is busy saving the universe, but I understand there is another highly qualified robotic surgeon who works here in Los Angeles. My doctor says I will be good as new."

Cronin adds, "I am deeply disappointed that I have to ask the greatest fans in rock 'n' roll to change their plans. All I can do is ask for your understanding and I truly appreciate your support. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible…"

The veteran rockers will return to action in March, starting with a March 8 headlining concert in Joliet, Illinois  -- which was rescheduled from January 12 -- and leading into the group's previously announced U.S. spring tour with Styx and ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder.  That trek is mapped out from a March 13 concert in Duluth, Minnesota, through an April 15 show in Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are all of REO Speedwagon's confirmed 2018 dates:

3/8 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre*@
3/9 -- Bowler, WI, North Star Mohican Casino Resort*$
3/11 -- Green Bay, WI, Hurricane Relief Concert for the Red Cross**
3/13 -- Duluth, MN, Amsoil Arena
3/14 -- Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Event Center
3/16 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
3/17 -- Moline, IL, TaxSlayer Center
3/19 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
3/20 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center Arena
3/21 -- Evansville, IN, Ford Center
3/23 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center - SMSU
3/24 -- Springfield, MO, JQH Arena#
3/25 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
4/4 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
4/6 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Superstore Arena
4/7 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Arena
4/8 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
4/10 -- North Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
4/11 -- Lafayette, LA, Cajun Dome
4/13 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live*
4/14 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
4/15 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
5/11 -- Wendover, NV, Peppermill Concert Hall*
8/4 -- Malone, NY, Franklin County Fair*

And here's a list of REO's postponed dates that haven't been rescheduled yet:

1/19 -- Mahnomen, MN, Shooting Star Casino
1/20 -- New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center
1/21 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & Casino
1/24 -- Rockford, IL, Coronado Performing Arts Center
1/26 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
1/27 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort & Casino
1/28 -- Detroit, MI, MotorCity Casino Hotel
2/8 -- Champaign, IL, Virginia Theatre
2/9 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort - Silver Creek Event Center
2/10 -- Elizabeth, IN, Horseshoe Southern Indiana
2/22 -- Mankato, MN, Verizon Wireless Center
2/23 -- Altoona, IA, Prairie Meadows
2/24 -- Grand Island, NE, Heartland Events Center

* = REO Speedwagon only
= with Styx and Felder
# = with Styx
** = with 38 Special
@ = rescheduled from 1/12
$ = rescheduled from 1/13.

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Design by Steve StanleyAn expanded lineup has been unveiled for the previously announced Buffalo Springfield tribute show featuring an appearance by original band member Richie Furay that's scheduled for Saturday, February 17, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. Among the artists joining Furay and the event's house band, The Wild Honey Orchestra, will be Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, The Cowsills' Susan Cowsill and The Motels' Martha Davis.

Other musicians on the bill include and Brian Wilson's longtime musical director Darian Sahanaja, Carlene Carter, famous session vocalist Claudia Lennear, ex-Fairport Convention singer Iain Matthews and many others.

The Wild Honey Orchestra is a rotating collective of Los Angeles-area musicians who've taken part in several star-packed tribute shows during the last few years to raise money for Autism Think Tank, a non-profit organization that brings together top specialists via an online conference to work on solutions to issues faced by young people with autism.

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Steve Jennings/WireImageOn Thursday, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee tweeted an update on the film adaptation of the group's biography, The Dirt - Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band.

He wrote, “Hey kids! Good news!!! The Motley Crüe movie “The Dirt” has begun pre production! Starts shooting in Feb! Here we go!!!”

Also on Thursday, Variety reported that rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly has been signed to play Tommy Lee. 

Jeff Tremaine, director and producer of the Jackass movies, is directing. The script was written by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Motley Crue is co-producing the film.

Based on the 2001 autobiography, co-written with Neil Strauss, the film will follow Motley’s rise during the ’80s scene on Sunset Strip and promises to pull no punches.

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Brian Rasic/WireImage; Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagicThat rumored Def Leppard/Journey co-headlining tour is on.

Def Leppard announced the tour late Thursday night.  The 58-city, North American, stadium and arena trek will start in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 21 and run though an October 6 date in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, California.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 3, at 10 a.m. local venue time via LiveNation.com.

After the shows with Journey are over, Def Leppard will be embarking on a special U.K. tour with Cheap Trick during which the band will be playing it's classic 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety.   Those dates run from a December 1 show in Dublin, Ireland, through a December 17 show in Birmingham, England.

But wait...there's more!  Def Leppard also announced on Thursday that the band's entire catalog, long missing from digital media, will be available starting Friday on all the major streaming and download platforms.

Here are the newly announced dates for the Def Leppard/Journey tour:

5/21 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center
5/23 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
5/25 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium
5/26 -- Buffalo, NY, Key Bank Center
5/28 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
5/30 -- Cincinnati, OH, US Bank Arena
6/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Rogers Center
6/2 -- Pittsburgh, PA, PPG Arena
6/5 -- Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
6/6 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling
6/8 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/9 -- Charlotte, NC, Spectrum Center
6/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
6/13 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
6/15 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
6/16 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Sun Trust Park
7/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Pavilion
7/4 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/6 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
7/7 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
7/9 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
7/11 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum Center
7/13 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
7/14 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
7/16 -- Wichita, KS, InTrust Bank Arena
7/18 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
7/19 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/21 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field
7/23 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
7/25 -- Kansas City, MO, Spirit Center
7/27 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field
7/28 -- Fargo, ND, Fargo Dome
8/11 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
8/13 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/15 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
8/17 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center
8/18 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
8/20 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at BJCC
8/22 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
8/24 -- St. Louis, MO, Bush Stadium
8/25 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/27 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
8/29 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/31 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
9/1 -- Houston TX, Toyota Center
9/5 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/7 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Arena
9/8 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena
9/21 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park
9/23 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Field
9/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
9/26 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Center Arena
9/28 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/29 -- George, WA, The Gorge
10/1 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
10/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden One Center
10/6 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum

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Courtesy of AXS TVDan Rather will be chatting with a whole lotta music stars on the sixth season of his AXS TV series The Big Interview -- including Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant.

The new season premieres Tuesday, March 13, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an episode featuring Plant. He chats with Rather about growing up in post-World War II England, his feelings about some of Led Zeppelin's most famous songs, the 1977 death of his five-year-old son and how his approach to singing has changed over the course of his career.

Other artists slated to appear on new installments of the talk show include The Doors' John Densmore and Robby Krieger, John Mellencamp, Styx and Eddie Money. Money and his family members are also featured on a new AXS TV reality series called Easy Money that premieres on April 8.

Here are the air dates and guests for all of the confirmed upcoming episodes of The Big Interview:

3/13 -- Robert Plant
3/20 -- The Doors' John Densmore and Robby Krieger
3/27 -- Eddie Money
4/3 -- Shania Twain
4/10 -- Billy Ray Cyrus
4/17 -- Styx
4/24 -- John Mellencamp
5/1 -- The Oak Ridge Boys

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Credit: Alex HugganJoe Perry's new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, gets released Friday. Perry celebrated the album's arrival with a star-studded concert this past Tuesday at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, that included unannounced appearances from Slash and Johnny Depp.

At different points in the show, Perry was joined by the guest vocalists who contributed to Sweetzerland Manifesto -- British blues-rock veteran Terry Reid, David Johansen and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander.

Joe's backing group for the evening included Stone Temple Pilots' Dean and Robert DeLeo on guitar and bass, respectively, and Extreme singer Gary Cherone, who took on Steven Tyler's parts on the Aerosmith material that was played early in the concert.

Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson also was on hand to sing "Fortunate One," a tune that wasn't recorded in time to make it onto the album's initial release, but will be included on a deluxe vinyl version due out later.

Depp, who executive-produced Sweetzerland Manifesto and played drums on one track, sat in on rhythm guitar for part of the set.

The concert ended with a pair of songs that Aerosmith famously covered -- The Beatles' "Come Together" and the 1950s blues gem "Train Kept A Rollin'." For "Come Together," Zander, Reid, Robinson and Cherone took turns on lead vocals. Slash joined Perry and company for the finale, which RollingStone.com reports ended with Joe smashing his guitar.

"Everything was screaming; the amps were going. I didn't know what else to do," Joe told the magazine after the show. "All of a sudden my guitar was in pieces."

As previously reported, Sweetzerland Manifesto is a 10-track collection featuring nine songs written or co-written by Perry, as well as a cover of the 1960s protest anthem "Eve of Destruction."

Here's the set list from Joe's album-release show:

"Let the Music Do the Talking"
"Toys in the Attic"
"Pandora's Box"
"Shakin' My Cage"
"I'll Do Happiness" -- with Terry Reid
"Sick & Tired" -- with Terry Reid
"Won't Let Me Go" -- with Terry Reid
"Fortunate One" -- with Chris Robinson
"Spanish Sushi"
"Eve of Destruction" -- with Johnny Depp
"I Wanna Roll" -- with David Johansen and Johnny Depp
"I'm Goin' Crazy" -- with David Johansen
"Countryside Blvd." -- with Robin Zander
"Aye, Aye, Aye" -- with Robin Zander
"Quake"
"Rockin' Train"
"Come Together" -- all guests
"Train Kept A Rollin'" -- with Slash and Johnny Depp

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Credit: Kevin MazurSince January of 2014, Billy Joel has played one show per month at New York's famed Madison Square Garden, earning him the record for most performances ever at the venue by a single artist. Now, he's approaching another milestone.

On July 18, Joel will perform his 100th lifetime concert at the venue.  Pre-sale tickets for the show will be available starting this Monday, January 22, at 10 a.m. ET to Citi cardmembers. The general public can buy tickets beginning January 26 via Ticketmaster.com.

In addition to his already-scheduled shows at the Garden this year, the Piano Man also has a February 9 show booked in Tampa, Florida, and three June concerts overseas: in Dublin, Ireland; Manchester, England; and Hamburg, Germany. 

It's the latest news in what's started out as a banner year for Joel. On New Year's Day, his daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, announced her engagement. She's the oldest of Billy's three children; the youngest, Remy, arrived this past October.

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Courtesy of Broken Fingaz CrewA provocative video for the new U2 song "Get Out of Your Own Way" has premiered on the band's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The animated clip was directed and created by the Israeli graffiti collective the Broken Fingaz Crew, and features a variety of ominous and politically charged images, including a dead body washing up on a beach, and a scene where President Trump watches hooded Ku Klux Klansmen marching with torches outside the White House.

A message from the Broken Fingaz Crew explains, "The video addresses the current political situation: 2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders, who use people's fear to build more walls and segregation. The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation."

According to the collective, the clip was "shot entirely analogue, using paper cut and stop motion animation techniques."

The video also features an animated depiction of U2 performing onstage, children from different races holding hands on a spinning planet Earth, a pile of burning money, and a graffiti-covered wall.

"Get Out of Your Own Way" appears on U2's recently released album, Songs of Experience.

In other U2 news, the Irish rockers have announced a European leg of their exPERIENCE iNNOCENCE Tour that gets underway August 31 in Berlin and is plotted out through an October 23 concert in London. The trek kicks off with a previously reported North American leg that begins May 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and runs through a July 29 show in Newark, New Jersey.

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Concord GroupFebruary 25 marks what would have been George Harrison's 75th birthday, and in commemoration of the milestone, special reissues of the all-star 2002 tribute concert honoring George held at London's Royal Albert Hall will be released Friday, February 23.

Among the reissues is an expansive limited-edition box set featuring the concert's audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs and two CDs; two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets boasting video of the event, plus extra content; a hardbound 60-page book; and a cutting from the hand-painted tapestry used as a backdrop at the show.

Concert for George took place on November 29, 2002, exactly one year after Harrison's death, and included performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, as well as Monty Python's Flying Circus. Clapton served as musical director of the show, which featured renditions of many of the classic tunes Harrison wrote for the Beatles and as a solo artist.

Among the many highlights of the show was a version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" featuring McCartney and Clapton, plus Starr on the drums.

Only 1,000 copies of the deluxe Concert for George box set will be available, available exclusively at ConcertforGeorge.com. The DVDs and Blu-rays feature video of the entire concert on the first disc and a theatrical version on the second disc, which also contains interviews with the performers, behind-the-scenes clips, and rehearsal footage.

The reissue also will be sold as a two-CD/two-DVD and a two-CD/two-Blu-ray set, a four-LP vinyl package and a two-CD collection.

Here's the Concert for George CD track list:

Disc 1
"Sarve Shaam" -- Traditional Prayer
"Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" -- Anoushka Shankar
"The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
"Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar

Disc 2
"I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
"If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
"Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" -- Jeff Lynne
"Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
"Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
"That's The Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
"Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"Honey Don't" -- Ringo Starr
"For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
"Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
"Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton and Band
"I'll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

Here are the DVD & Blu-ray track lists:

Disc 1 (Complete Concert)
"Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" -- Anoushka Shankar*
"The Inner Light" -- Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar*
"Arpan" -- Conducted by Anoushka Shankar*
"Sit on My Face" -- Monty Python*
"The Lumberjack Song" -- Monty Python with Tom Hanks*
"I Want to Tell You" -- Jeff Lynne
"If I Needed Someone" -- Eric Clapton
"Old Brown Shoe" -- Gary Brooker
"Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" -- Jeff Lynne
"Beware of Darkness" -- Eric Clapton
"Here Comes the Sun" -- Joe Brown
"That's the Way It Goes" -- Joe Brown
"Horse to the Water" -- Jools Holland & Sam Brown*
"Taxman" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"I Need You" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
"Isn't It a Pity" -- Billy Preston
"Photograph" -- Ringo Starr
"Honey Don't" -- Ringo Starr
"For You Blue" -- Paul McCartney
"Something" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"All Things Must Pass" -- Paul McCartney
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
"My Sweet Lord" -- Billy Preston
"Wah Wah" -- Eric Clapton and Band
"I'll See You in My Dreams" -- Joe Brown

Disc 2 (Theatrical Version)
Same as above minus songs followed by *

Plus interviews, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage, including:
--Ravi Shankar's orchestra rehearsals
--Monty Python backstage
--George's band rehearsals
--Interviews with musicians
--Photo gallery
--"Drummers" featurette (on the Blu-ray only)

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Jacobs Brown PressA new tome being touted as the first "proper book" about 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues has just been published.

Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of the Moody Blues, Volume 1 is the first part of a two-part biography about the influential British group, and covers the band's history from its 1965 debut album through the late-1970s departure of founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Long Distance Voyagers' first volume runs 800 pages and features hundreds of photos, as well as new interviews with Pinder and longtime Moody Blues flutist/singer Ray Thomas who, sadly, passed away on January 4.

The book starts with a look at The Moody Blues' early lineup, led by singer/guitarist Denny Laine, which scored a #1 U.K. hit in 1965 with cover of the soulful "Go Now." Laine and original bassist Cliff Warwick soon were replaced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge, respectively, with whom the band recorded its landmark 1967 symphonic concept album Days of Future Passed.

Days of Future Passed marked a musical shift for The Moodies, as Pinder introduced the Mellotron -- a precursor to the synthesizer -- to the band's sound, and they began incorporating classical and psychedelic influences.

"This book documents The Moodies' role as one of the most significant rock bands of the 1960s, '70s and '80s," notes author Marc Cushman. "Their influence is still being felt; the introduction of the Mellotron alone changed the course of rock music. Bands such as Yes, the Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Genesis are in debt to The Moody Blues for this and other musical innovations."

A second volume of Long Distance Voyagers will be released later in 2018. Visit JacobsBrownMediaGroup.com for more information about the book.

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Danny ClinchIf you're a Dead & Company fan, your summer plans are already all sorted.  They've just announced a 24-date U.S. tour kicking off the end of May and running through the middle of July.

The first show happens May 30 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, with the final show scheduled for Boulder, Colorado July 14.  That's in addition to the ongoing U.S. road shows Dead and Company are playing, the next of which is scheduled for February 24 in New Orleans.  The complete road itinerary, and the various ticket packages, are on the Dead and Company website.  On-sale dates for the shows vary -- check the website for info.

Dead & Company, formed in 2015, features the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, with singer, songwriter and guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge, and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Here are the new Dead and Company tour dates:

5/30 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
6/1 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/2 -- Camden, NJ,  BB&T Pavilion
6/4 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/6 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/9 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
6/11 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/13 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
6/15 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/16 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
6/19 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/20 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/22 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/23 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
6/29 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
6/30 -- Eugene, OR, Autzen Stadium
7/2 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
7/3 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater
7/6 -- Chula Vista, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
7/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dodger Stadium
7/11 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/13 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
7/14 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field

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Courtesy of Love Rocks NYC!An impressive list of music stars, including Heart's Ann Wilson, Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Cheap Trick will perform at the second annual Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert, taking place March 15 at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

The show will raise money for the God's Love We Deliver charity, which provides nutritious meals to seriously ill people in the New York City area.

Whoopi Goldberg will host the event, which also will feature ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, Los Lobos singer David Hidalgo, Valerie Simpson, LaBelle's Nona Hendryx, Patty Smyth, Mavis Staples, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Marc Cohn, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris and many others.

The concert's house band will include the likes of Paul Shaffer and his CBS Orchestra bandmate Will Lee, former Bob Dylan and Levon Helm touring guitarist Larry Campbell and Eric Clapton touring drummer Steve Gadd.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, January 20, at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com.

The inaugural Love Rocks NYC! show raised more than $1.5 million for God's Love We Deliver.

For more details visit LoveRocksNYC.com and GLWD.org.

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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; Steve Granitz/ WireImageIt sounds like the late Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, was an absolute wreck after meeting her dad's one-time duet partner, Beatles legend Paul McCartney, at a star-studded party Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The actress-model posted a picture of herself and McCartney together on her Instagram account, writing in the caption, "i cried like a godd*** baby." The two met at an event celebrating the new line from McCartney's fashion designer daughter, Stella McCartney, at which, as previously reported, Sir Paul gave a surprise performance.

Last year, Paris -- an aspiring songwriter -- told Teen Vogue that her dream musician to write for was "definitely Paul McCartney." She added, "He's the love of my life. I actually already wrote a song I'd like him to sing, but it probs won't happen."

However, now that she's met Paul, perhaps she'll be able to make that dream a reality. In the '80s, of course, Michael Jackson collaborated on several songs with McCartney, including the hit duets "Say Say Say" and "The Girl Is Mine," and the album track "The Man."

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Credit: Rob ShanahanDerek Smalls, bassist for the famed mock-rock band Spinal Tap -- who's also known as comic actor Harry Shearer -- has recruited a slew of famous musicians for his debut solo album, Smalls Change (Meditations upon Ageing).

Due out April 13, the 14-track album features guest appearances by David Crosby, Donald Fagen, Peter Frampton, Yes' Rick Wakeman and Toto's Steve Lukather.

Other notable contributors include ex-Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Paul Shaffer, Joe Satriani, Dweezil Zappa, Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X, actress Jane Lynch, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman and acclaimed session musicians Jim Keltner, Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Waddy Wachtel.

Smalls Change features such humorously titled tunes as "Rock 'n' Roll Transplant," "Butt Call," "Gimme Some (More) Money" and "Hell Toupee." Smalls/Shearer describes the album as "halfway between 'rage against the dying of the light' and 'trying to find the light." The record is said to have been made possible by a grant from "the British Fund for Ageing Rockers."

Smalls Change will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. A PledgeMusic page has been launched to promote the album, where fans can purchase autographed CD and vinyl copies of the record, as well as signed posters, handwritten lyric sheets and drum heads; a personalized voicemail or birthday message from Derek; and more. You also can watch an official video for the title track at the site.

Meanwhile, Smalls/Shearer is planning to support the album with a tour dubbed "Lukewarm Water Live: An Adventure in Loud Music" that will kick off April 14 in New Orleans. More details about the trek will be announced soon.

Here is the Smalls Change track list:

"Openture" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Rock 'n' Roll Transplant" -- with Steve Lukather, Jim Keltner  and Chad Smith
"Butt Call" -- with Phil X and Taylor Hawkins
"Smalls Change" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra, Judith Owen, Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel
"Memo to Willie" -- with Donald Fagen, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Larry Carlton and The Snarky Puppy Horns
"It Don't Get Old" -- with Peter Frampton and Waddy Wachtel
"Complete Faith" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Faith No More" with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra and Todd Sucherman
"Gimme Some (More) Money" -- with Paul Shaffer, Waddy Wachtel and David Crosby
"MRI" -- with Dweezil Zappa
"Hell Toupee" -- with The Hungarian Studio Orchestra
"Gummin the Gash" -- with Steve Vai, Gregg Bisonnette and Jane Lynch
"She Puts the B**** in Obituary" -- with Richard Thompson and Jane Lynch
"When Men Did Rock" -- with Michael League, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and The Hungarian Studio Orchestra

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Stephen Stills and Neil Young in 2015 (Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)After skipping 2017, Stephen Stills is bringing back his star-studded Light Up the Blues Concert, which raises money for the Autism Speaks charity.

This year's show will take place April 21 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and will feature performances by Stephen, his Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young bandmate Neil Young, legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers members Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and Steve Ferrone.

The concert will be emceed by actor Jack Black and also will feature Stills' sons, Chris and Oliver.

"The last four Light Up the Blues benefits have been incredible, life-changing events for all involved," says Stephen in a statement. "With an exceptional lineup this year, we are so grateful to be able to bring such a special night of music to the entire community, and to continue to support Autism Speaks."

Stills organizes the event with his wife, Kristen. Autism Speaks is an organization that supports research and advocacy for people affected by the disorder and their families.

Tickets for the concert go on sale this Friday, January 19, at 10 a.m. PT via Ticketmaster.com and at the Dolby Theatre box office.

The show being held during Autism Awareness Month and helps draw attention to Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign, a global initiative that promotes understanding and acceptance of autism.

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ABC/Randy HolmesU2 has joined the lineup for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which takes place January 28 in New York City.

Bono and company's slot is being billed as a "special performance." It's not unthinkable that the Irish legends might perform a tribute to the late Cranberries singer and fellow Ireland native Dolores O'Riordan, who died unexpectedly this week at age 46.

Also added to the bill are Elton John and Miley Cyrus, who will team up to perform one of Elton's classic hits. Two days after the Grammys, John will be saluted at an all-star Grammy tribute concert, during which he and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin will receive the Recording Academy President's Merit Award. The show will air later this year as a CBS special.

Other Grammy performers include U2-collaborator Kendrick Lamar, as well as Sam Smith, Alessia Cara, Bruno Mars, Pink, Lady Gaga, Kesha and more. The Grammys, hosted by James Corden, air January 28 on CBS at 7:30 p.m. ET, live from New York's Madison Square Garden.

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