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Sting and indie-pop group SHAED are featured guests on a catchy new song by superstar DJ Steve Aoki called "2 in a Million."

The melody-rich track features the Police frontman and SHAED vocalist Chelsea Lee duetting over a danceable beat from Aoki. The collaborative tune is available now as a digital download and via streaming outlets.

"I am beyond excited about this collaboration with Sting and SHAED," says Aoki. "SHAED is a group of incredible talent and Sting is just a legend. I've been a fan of his for as long as I can remember, so it's surreal to have him on one of my songs."

Regarding his participation in the track, Sting notes, "To me, the greatest element in music is surprise, so I'm always open to collaborate with other artists, as you never quite know where it's going to take you. This sounded like an interesting opportunity and I'm excited for people to hear the new track."

Adds SHAED, "We all grew up listening to Sting and The Police. He was a huge influence on all of us so when Steve approached us with the collab it was a no-brainer."

All three acts are featured in the "2 in a Million" video, which you can watch now via YouTube. The clip was filmed at New York City's historic United Palace Theater.  You'll also be able to hear the track on Aoki's forthcoming album, Neon Future IV.

As previously reported, Sting's star-studded 30th anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert takes place this Monday, December 9, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and it has even more star power. The fundraiser's lineup also features Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Blondie's Debbie Harry, James Taylor, Eurythmics and Bob Geldof, among others.

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Credit: Sheila WithumJourney keyboardist Jonathan Cain has released a concert video documenting a December 2017 show he played in support of his Unsung Noel holiday album, exclusively through Amazon Prime Video.

Unsung Noel with Jonathan Cain, which is available now to buy or rent, features the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer performing selections from the album, along with some popular holiday tunes, accompanied by a full band, choir and string section.

The concert was held in Apopka, Florida, at New Destiny Christian Center, where Cain regularly leads weekend worship gatherings with his wife, Paula White-Cain, who's the congregation's senior pastor.

Among the songs performed at the show were Pastor. Featuring originals such as Unsung Noel's title track and "This Is the Heart of Christmas," and yuletide classics like "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Oh Holy Night" and "Do You Hear What I Hear."

"I wanted to present a concert that really celebrates the Nativity; the birth of Christ and the coming of Christ along with songs that tell parts of the story that I think are missing in today's seasonal catalog," Cain explains of the show.

Jonathan also recently released a new Christmas song called "Wonder of Wonders, a duet with Michael Tait of the popular Christian-rock act The Newsboys. An official video for the tune recently premiered on Cain's YouTube channel. The clip features footage of Jonathan singing and playing piano while accompanied by a female string quartet on stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where Journey has been playing a series of residencies. The video also includes footage of Tait performing separately in Macon, Georgia.

Journey has four upcoming 2019 concerts at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, on December 27, 28, 30 and 31.

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A&M Records; Warner MusicA new Grammy-sponsored charity auction has been launched in celebration of the holiday season, and it's offering autographed collectibles signed by a variety of music stars.  Among the items up for bid: vinyl LPs autographed by Sting, Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Cyndi Lauper.

The albums include signed vinyl copies of Sting's The Dream of the Blue Turtles, McVie's 1984 self-titled solo album and Lauper's She's So Unusual.

The auction also features a drum head autographed by Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, and separate Grammy Museum posters signed by Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter and folk singer/songwriter Judy Collins.

Bidders also have the opportunity to score tickets to 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Aerosmith on January 24, as well as the chance to attend the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on January 26.

The eBay auction runs through Wednesday, December 11. All proceeds go to benefit the Grammy Museum or MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy.

Check out all of the items being auctioned at ebay.com/grammy.

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ABC/Image Group LA; ABC/Heidi GutmanPaula Abdul and Green Day are among the artists who'll be ringing in the New Year on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.

Both acts are performing on the West Coast portion of the annual December 31 special, which will be hosted from Hollywood by pop and R&B star Ciara.

The West Coast celebration also will feature performances from pop singer Dua Lipa, country artists Dan Shay and Kelsea Ballerini, indie-pop group SHAED and rappers Salt-N-Pepa and Megan Thee Stallion, among others. The fun gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Ryan Seacrest will host additional performances from New York City's Times Square with co-host Lucy Hale, and lead the traditional countdown to the New Year, while Billy Porter will host from New Orleans, and lead the countdown in the Central Time Zone.

Performers for New York and New Orleans will be announced soon.

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Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty ImagesToday marks the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated free concert held at California's Altamont Speedway and headlined by The Rolling Stones. During The Stones' set, an 18-year-old man named Meredith Hunter who was brandishing a revolver near the stage was stabbed to death by a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, which had been hired to provide security for the event.

The concert was the final show of The Rolling Stones' 1969 tour, and was intended to be a West Coast version of Woodstock. The other acts that performed that day were Santana, The Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Unfortunately, the mood of the Altamont event was a far cry from the peace-and-love vibe of Woodstock, as a variety of altercations -- fueled by drugs and alcohol -- broke out between audience members and the Hells Angels, who wielded pool cues.

During The Jefferson Airplane's performance, singer Marty Balin confronted a Hells Angels member he saw beating a concert-goer and he was punched by the biker and knocked out. The Grateful Dead also had been scheduled to play the concert, but when they were informed of the incident involving Balin and the generally violent atmosphere, they decided not to perform.

When The Stones began playing, a number of audience members jumped onstage, only to be beaten by the bikers. While the band played "Sympathy for the Devil," numerous fights broke out near the stage, causing the group to stop playing multiple times.

The stabbing of Hunter occurred while The Stones played "Under My Thumb." The incident was captured on camera and appears in the Maysles Brothers' 1970 Stones documentary Gimme Shelter, along with a lot more footage from the festival.

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Interscope RecordsThe Who's new album, WHO, is out today. The 11-track collection is the band's first studio effort since 2006's Endless Wire.

WHO was mostly recorded during the spring and summer of 2019 in London and Los Angeles; guitarist/songwriter Pete Townshend co-produced the project with veteran engineer and producer Dave Sardy.

The album's songs find Townshend reflecting on a wide range of topics, including the plight of being an aging rocker, the tragic 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, musical plagiarism, and the way men approach their interactions with women in the era of the #MeToo movement.

Pete wrote nine of WHO's 11 tracks, and co-wrote one tune, "Beads on One String," with a singer/songwriter Josh Hunsacker. In addition, Townshend's brother Simon, who plays rhythm guitar and sings backing vocals with The Who on tour, penned the song "Break the News."

Besides Pete and lead singer Roger Daltrey, the record includes musical contributions from Simon Townshend, Who touring drummer Zak Starkey, longtime touring bassist Pino Palladino, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and session drummer Joey Waronker.

In advance of the new album, The Who released three tracks as digital singles -- "Ball and Chain," "All This Music Must Fade" and "I Don't Wanna Get Wise." Interestingly, Townshend's own version of "Ball and Chain," titled "Guantanamo," appeared on his 2015 solo compilation, Truancy.

The WHO album's striking cover art was created by famed pop artist Pete Blake, who also designed the covers of the group's 1981 album, Face Dances, and The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

A three-LP colored-vinyl edition of WHO features a bonus track called "Sand," while a deluxe CD version includes three other extra songs.

Here's the WHO track list:

"All This Music Must Fade"
"Ball and Chain"
"I Don't Wanna Get Wise"
"Detour"
"Beads on One String"
"Hero Ground Zero"
"Street Song"
"I'll Be Back"
"Break the News"
"Rockin' in Rage"
"She Rocked My World"

Colored-vinyl edition's bonus track:
"Sand"

Deluxe CD's bonus tracks:
"This Gun Will Misfire"
"Got Nothing to Prove"
"Danny & My Ponies"

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Hollywood RecordsQueen is the king of Billboard's year-end Top Rock Albums chart for 2019. The legendary British rockers took the top two spots on the tally, with their 2018 Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack finishing at #1 ahead of their 1981 Greatest Hits compilation.

Another Queen hits retrospective, Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection, landed at #10 on the list. Other albums by veteran artists that appear in the chart's top 20 include Elton John's Diamonds compilation at #3, The Beatles' Abbey Road at #7 and Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits at #8.

A bit further down on the tally are Journey's Greatest Hits at #11, Billy Joel's The Essential Billy Joel at #12, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours at #13, The Beatles' 1 compilation at #14, the Fab Four's self-titled album -- a.k.a. The White Album -- at #16, and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's Greatest Hits at #20.

Queen also is ranked #2 on Billboard's 2019 Top Rock Artists chart, which measures radio airplay, streaming data, song and album sales, and touring revenue, among other factors. Topping the list is alternative band Panic! at the Disco.

Among the other veteran acts in the top 20 are The Beatles at #5, Elton John at #7, Fleetwood Mac at #11, The Rolling Stones at #12, The Eagles at #13, Billy Joel at #18 and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at #20.

For all of Billboard's year-end charts, visit Billboard.com.

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Rhino/WarnerIt's nice to know that nearly 50 years into his career on the Billboard charts, Rod Stewart can still set brand-new milestones.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's new album, You're In My Heart, which features rearrangements of his legendary hits with backing from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has hit number one on Billboard's Classical Albums chart.  It's his first-ever appearance on that chart.

That's pretty good for an album that Rod openly admits he didn't have to "lift a finger" to create: His record company just took the origial vocals from songs like "Maggie May," "Tonight's the Night" and "Downtown Train" and added the orchestra.

Rod's journey on the Billboard charts started almost exactly 50 years ago -- December 13, 1969 -- with The Rod Stewart Album, which entered the Billboard 200 at number 200.  Since then, he's earned four number-one albums on that chart and four number-one singles on the Hot 100. 

He's also racked up three #1 songs on the Adult Contemporary charts, and one number one each on the Dance Club Songs, Mainstream Rock Songs and Pop Songs charts.  He's also had a number one on the Rock Albums chart and one on the Top Holiday Albums chart, according to Billboard.

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PolydorA new archival Cream box set, Goodbye Tour -- Live 1968, featuring complete recordings of four shows the legendary British band played during its farewell trek, will be released February 7.

The four-CD collection includes the very last show the famed trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker played before their breakup, at London's Royal Albert Hall on November 26, 1968, as well as performances that took place October 4 in Oakland, California, October 19 in the Los Angeles area and October 20 in San Diego.

Goodbye Tour -- Live 1968 features a total of 36 tracks, 19 which are previously unreleased. In addition, the nine songs from the Royal Albert Hall show have never been available on CD before.

All of the concerts featured similar set lists that included such classics as "White Room," "Politician," "I'm So Glad," "Sunshine of Your Love" and the group's rendition of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads."

Three performances from the L.A.-area show -- "I'm So Glad," "Politician" and "Sitting on Top of the World" -- first appeared on Cream's 1969 album Goodbye, which also included three studio tracks.

If you pre-order the box set, you'll receive an instant free download of Cream's performance of "Sunshine of Your Love" from the Oakland show. You also can check out the track on YouTube. Order the release early and you'll also receive a limited-edition poster.

Here's the Goodbye Tour -- Live 1968 track list; all songs previously unreleased unless otherwise noted:

Disc One -– 10/4/68, Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
"White Room"*
"Politician"*
"Crossroads"
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"Spoonful"
"Deserted Cities of the Heart"*
"Passing the Time"
"I'm So Glad"

Disc Two –- 10/19/68, Inglewood, CA, Los Angeles Forum
Introduction by Buddy Miles
"White Room"
"Politician"*
"I'm So Glad"*
"Sitting On Top of the World"*
"Crossroads"
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"Traintime"
"Toad"
"Spoonful"*

Disc Three –- 10/20/68, San Diego, CA, San Diego Sports Arena
"White Room"
"Politician"
"I'm So Glad"
"Sitting On Top of the World"
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"Crossroads"
"Traintime"
"Toad"
"Spoonful"

Disc Four -- Cream Farewell Concert, 11/26/68, London, U.K., Royal Albert Hall
"White Room"**
"Politician"**
"I'm So Glad"**
"Sitting On Top of the World"**
"Crossroads"**
"Toad"**
"Spoonful"**
"Sunshine of Your Love"**
"Steppin' Out"**

* = previously released track.
** = previously unreleased on CD.

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ABKCO RecordsToday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic Rolling Stones album Let It Bleed.

The nine-track collection was the final Stones studio album to feature founding guitarist Brian Jones, who was fired from the band during the recording sessions in June '69 and died a month later. It's also the first Stones album to feature guitarist Mick Taylor, who played on two tracks, while Keith Richards handled the bulk of the guitar duties.

Brian didn't play guitar on any songs, but contributed congas and autoharp to two separate tunes.

Let It Bleed peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and although it yielded no hit singles, it featured such enduring tunes as "Gimme Shelter," the title track, "Midnight Rambler," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want." The album has sold more than two million copies in the U.S.

The record featured a number of guest artists, including powerhouse soul singer Merry Clayton, who memorably duets with Mick Jagger on "Gimme Shelter"; Al Kooper, who played French horn and organ on "You Can't Always Get What You Want"; Leon Russell, who contributed piano and horn arrangement to "Live with Me"; and Ry Cooder, who played mandolin on "Love in Vain."

Last month, a limited-edition deluxe box set was released in celebration of Let It Bleed's 50th anniversary. The collection features two LPs and two Hybrid Super Audio CDs with remastered stereo and mono mixes of the album. It also includes an 80-page hardbound book containing unpublished photos; a poster; three lithographs; and a seven-inch mono vinyl disc of the #1 single "Honky Tonk Women" -- which didn't appear on Let It Bleed -- and its B-side, "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Here's the Let It Bleed track list:

"Gimme Shelter"
"Love in Vain"
"Country Honk"
"Live with Me"
"Let It Bleed"
"Midnight Rambler"
"You Got the Silver"
"Monkey Man"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"

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Gary Miller/Getty ImagesWelcome to the Super Bowl, Guns N' Roses.

The reunited rock legends are performing at the Super Bowl Music Fest, taking place January 30 to February 1 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The event precedes Super Bowl 54, which goes down Sunday, February 2 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.

GN'R will take the stage on January 31. Other artists performing at the Super Bowl Music Fest include Maroon 5 and DJ Khaled.

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m. ET via SuperBowlMusicFest.com.

The Super Bowl Music Fest will be Guns' first show of 2020. The group has spent the last three years on the Not in This Lifetime tour, featuring the reunion of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

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BMGHuey Lewis & the News will be showing some love to their fans on Valentine's Day next year.

The group has announced their first new, original album since 2001, Weather, will be coming out February 14. They also unveiled their new single, "While We're Young," following their previous release, "Her Love Is Killin' Me."

Weather features six original tracks, as well as a cover of the classic Eugene Church song, "Pretty Girls Everywhere."

The sessions for the new music took place right around the time last year that Lewis was diagnosed with Ménière's disease, an inner-ear disorder characterized by vertigo, ringing and hearing loss. It's prohibited his ability to perform but apparently, not to sing.

Weather follows 2001's Plan B and 2010's R&B covers album Soulsville.

Here is the Weather track list:

"While We're Young"
"Her Love Is Killin' Me"
"I Am There for You"
"Hurry Back Baby"
"Remind Me Why I Love You Again"
"Pretty Girls Everywhere"
"One of the Boys"

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Esoteric RecordingsA new five-CD box set featuring expanded versions of all four albums recorded by Eric Burdon's late-1960s incarnation of The Animals will be released on February 21, 2020.

When I Was Young -- The MGM Recordings 1967-1968 includes remastered editions of 1967's Winds of Change and 1968's The Twain Shall Meet, Every One of Us and Love Is, plus a rare mono mix of Winds of Change.

After the original Animals lineup broke up in late 1966, Burdon formed a new version of the group under the moniker Eric Burdon & The Animals. The group's first single, "When I Was Young," was released in April 1967 and reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track wasn't included on the band's ensuing album, Winds of Change, which was issued in October 1967. The record featured the #9 hit "San Franciscan Nights" and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black."

The Twain Shall Meet was released in April 1968, and featured the top-20 hits "Sky Pilot" and "Monterey."

Every One of Us was issued in August 1968, and didn't yield any hit singles.

Eric Burdon & The Animals' final album, Love Is, was released as a two-disc set in the U.S. in December 1968. Future Police guitarist Andy Summers had joined the band's lineup prior to the recording of the album, which includes cover of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep – Mountain High," Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and The Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody."

Among the box set's bonus tracks are various single A-sides and B-sides, including "When I Was Young" and the two-part mono single edit of "Sky Pilot." The collection comes packaged with a poster and a booklet featuring a new essay.

Here's the box set's full track list:

Disc One

Winds of Change (Remastered Stereo Mix)
"Winds of Change"
"Poem by the Sea"
"Paint It Black"
"The Black Plague"
"Yes, I Am Experienced"
"San Franciscan Nights"
"Man – Woman"
"Hotel Hell"
"Good Times"
"Anything"
"It's All Meat"

Bonus Tracks
"When I Was Young" (single released in May 1967)
"A Girl Named Sandoz" (B-side released in May 1967)
"Ain't That So" (B-side released in August 1967)
"Gratefully Dead" (B-side released in October 1967)
"Anything (Single Version) (B-side released in May 1968)

Disc Two

The Twain Shall Meet (Remastered Edition)
"Monterey"
"Just the Thought"
"Closer to the Truth"
"No Self Pity"
"Orange and Red Beams"
"Sky Pilot"
"We Love You Lil"
"All Is One"

Bonus Tracks
"Sky Pilot (Part One)" (Mono Single) (single released in January 1968)
"Sky Pilot (Part Two)" (Mono Single) (B-side released in January 1968)
"Monterey" (Mono Single Version) (single released in May 1968)

Disc Three

Every One of Us (Remastered Edition)
"White Houses"
"Uppers and Downers"
"Serenade to a Sweet Lady"
"The Immigrant Lad"
"Year of the Guru"
"St. James Infirmary"
"New York 1963 – America 1968"

Bonus Track
"White Houses" (Single Version) (single released in November 1968)

Disc Four

Love Is (Remastered Edition)
"River Deep, Mountain High"
"I'm an Animal"
"I'm Dying, or Am I?"
"Ring of Fire"
"Coloured Rain"
"To Love Somebody"
"As the Years Go Passing By"
"Gemini"
"The Madman (Running Through the Fields)"

Bonus Track
"River Deep, Mountain High" (Single Version) (B-side released in November 1968)

Disc Five

Winds of Change (Remastered Mono Mix)
"Winds of Change"
"Poem by the Sea"
"Paint It Black"
"The Black Plague"
"Yes, I Am Experienced"
"San Franciscan Nights"
"Man – Woman"
"Hotel Hell"
"Good Times"
"Anything"
"It's All Meat"

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Virginia Sherwood/NBCThe holiday season in New York City officially got underway on Wednesday with NBC's lighting of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree -- with Jon Bon JoviChicago and more supplying the music.

Bon Jovi performed his band's new song "Unbroken," which is featured in the Netflix documentary To Be of Service, which highlights veterans living with PTSD and the service dogs that help them. He was joined on stage by service members belonging to all four branches of the military.

All proceeds from "Unbroken" will go to the patriotic service dog foundation, a non-profit organization that provides service dogs to veterans and first responders in need.

The legendary rock group Chicago also braved the cold to offer their take on the holiday classics, "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow."

The night, which also featured Radio City Music Hall's high-stepping Rockettes dance troupe, among others, concluded with the lighting of Rockefeller Center's 75-foot-tall tree blazing with five miles of multi-colored LEDs.

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BMGJohn Fogerty's 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks concert film debuted in select theaters as a one-night-only screening event last month, and now a DVD of the movie is set for a January 24, 2020 release. That same day, a two-LP vinyl set featuring most of the show will also hit stores.

As previously reported, the 50 Year Trip movie documents a June 20, 2019, concert that the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman played at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The show -- part of John's My 50 Year Trip tour -- featured a bevy of classic CCR tunes, some of his solo hits and a special set of covers of songs that various artists performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival.

The latter tunes included The Who's "My Generation," Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," and a Joe Cocker-style rendition of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends." The concert also featured Fogerty's guitar-playing son Shane, a member of John's touring band, paying homage to Jimi Hendrix's famed version of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Besides the concert footage, the film features interview segments of Fogerty sharing recollections and telling stories about some of the famous songs he created.

The two-LP 50 Year Trip album doesn't include the six-song Woodstock tribute. A CD and digital edition of the record was released in October. The LP collection and DVD can be pre-ordered now at JohnFogertyShop.com.

Meanwhile, the concert film is airing this month on various PBS stations as part of their December pledge drives.

Here is the track list of the 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks DVD:

"Born on the Bayou"
"Green River"
"Looking Out My Back Door"
"Suzie Q"
"Who'll Stop the Rain"
"Hey Tonight"
"Up Around the Bend"
"Rock and Roll Girls"
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"Long as I Can See the Light"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"*
"My Generation"*
"Everyday People"*
"Dance to the Music"*
"Give Peace a Chance"*
"The Star-Spangled Banner"*
"Run Through the Jungle"
"Keep On Chooglin'"
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
"Down on the Corner"
"Centerfield"
"The Old Man Down the Road"
"Fortunate Son"
"Bad Moon Rising"
"Proud Mary"

* = not included on 50 Year Trip two-LP set.

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Courtesy of Live NationOfficial details have been unveiled for Mötley Crüe's recently announced 2020 reunion tour, which in addition to featuring the previously reported Def Leppard and Poison, also will include Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as a support act.

The outing will kick off July 7 in Miami, and will hit stadiums across the U.S. before wrapping up September 5 in Los Angeles. A total of 22 concerts have been announced.

The tour marks the Crüe's first show since New Year's Eve 2015, as well as their return to the stage after announcing the end of their "cessation of touring agreement" in November. The '80s glam-metal act had previously signed the document in 2014 ahead of what they called their final tour to legally prevent them from ever playing live together again.

Tickets to the 2020 tour go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and ticket info, visit Motley.com.

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Courtesy of The Beach BoysAs The Beach Boys wrap up their 2019 tour itinerary in the coming week with four shows in their home state of California, and the legendary surf-rock band also has also been lining up a variety of 2020 concerts.

The group just announced 16 new U.S. dates, spanning from a March 25 concert in Rutland, Vermont, through an April 28 show in San Antonio, Texas. Tickets for most of these performances will go on sale this Friday, December 6.

The Beach Boys also have dozens of other concerts scheduled for next year, including a February 8-9 stand at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium and a July 2-4 engagement at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The latter shows will feature the band accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and will include a fireworks display in celebration of Independence Day.

You can check out a full list of upcoming Beach Boys shows at the group's official website and at MikeLove.com.

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ABC/Image Group LAThe Mariah Carey Christmas gifts just keep on coming.

Amazon Music has announced a brand-new mini-documentary, Mariah Carey Is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You," will premiere later this month.

The doc will detail the origins and the staying power of the now-classic holiday single, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It’ll also feature commentary from Mariah, as well as her longtime collaborator Randy Jackson, her longtime backup singer and friend Trey Lorenz, and more.

An official release date for the mini-doc is forthcoming.

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Courtesy of Live Nation EntertainmentThe Who recently announced that three U.S. shows postponed this past September when singer Roger Daltrey came down with bronchitis had been rescheduled for next spring.  Now the British rock legends have added some new stateside shows to their 2020 itinerary.

The band's newly announced performances are an April 21 concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida; an April 23 show at BB&T Arena in the Cincinnati suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky; and a six-date Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace scheduled for May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16.

The Highland Heights event is significant because it is the first show The Who will play in the Cincinnati area since the tragic December 1979 incident at the city's Riverfront Coliseum, where 11 young people were crushed to death as a throng of fans tried to enter the venue for a performance by the band.

The April 23, 2020, concert was announced Tuesday night after a new documentary about the tragedy, The Who: The Night that Changed Rock, premiered on the Cincinnati-area TV station WCPO in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the incident. Daltrey, Pete Townshend and longtime Who manager Bill Curbishley were interviewed for the doc.

The Who will donate some proceeds from the Cincinnati-area concert to the P.E.M. Memorial, an organization that was founded to honor those who lost their lives in the 1979 tragedy. The charity provides college scholarships for students at Finneytown High School, which three of the victims attended.

All of the 2020 shows are part of The Who's Moving On! Tour, which features the band accompanied by an orchestra at each performance.

As previously reported, The Who's new studio album, WHO, will be released this Friday, December 6.

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Roberto Ricciuti/RedfernsNow that his old pal Elton John has been the subject of a hit biopic, of course Rod Stewart wants one too.

Elton's memoir, Me, goes into great detail about the friendly competition the two stars have had over the decades. When asked if he'd like to have his own movie, Stewart tells The Daily Mail, "No one's asked me yet. But would I be interested? You betcha."

He even has an idea for the casting.

"My youngest, Aiden, who's the spitting image of me at that age, could play the young me," Rod suggests. "I don't know who they'd get for the adult version, but that's not my problem."

While Stewart says he thought the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was "just brilliant," he admits that he had some misgivings about Elton's film, Rocketman.

"The chronology wasn't always right," he complains. "When they showed Elton singing at [Los Angeles club] the Troubadour [in 1970], he was performing songs that were released 20 years later. And it was a bit too Mamma Mia! for me."

Meanwhile, Stewart's new album, You're in My Heart: Rod Stewart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, takes his original vocal tracks for classics like "Maggie May" and adds new arrangements by the titular orchestra. "I didn't have to lift a finger," he admits.

Rod will perform his songs live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time later this month, when he does three nights at London's O2 Arena.  After that, he and his family will head to Palm Beach, Florida, for Christmas, where the only soundtrack, Rod says, will be "me."

"[My wife] Penny insists on it. But it must be my Christmas album," he admits. "Nothing else all day, although she might occasionally allow something of mine from The Great American Songbook."

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