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Kamal Asar; Norman SeeffGet ready for some of your favorite musical acts to rock the boat.  Boston and Heart are among the performers who'll entertain travelers aboard Carnival cruise ships during the just-announced summer and fall 2015 edition of the company's Carnival LIVE Concert Series.

Boston will play four shows on different cruise liners -- Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Sensation and Carnival Ecstasy -- while the ships are docked in Nassau, Bahamas August 19, 20, 21 and 22, respectively.

Heart will rock the stage with three shipboard performances in Cozumel, Mexico: October 20 aboard Carnival Paradise, October 21 aboard Carnival Ecstasy, and October 22 aboard Carnival Breeze.

The Carnival LIVE Concert Series also includes newly scheduled performances by Lionel Richie and The Band Perry, as well as previously announced shows by Styx, Smokey Robinson and Rascal Flatts.

Carnival LIVE tickets range from $35 to $75 for general admission.  VIP tickets are available for $125 to $250 and offer seating in the first four rows, a photo opportunity with the artist, and a commemorative concert pass.  Visit Carnival.com for a full lineup and more details about the series.

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Courtesy of Record Store DayJust a reminder that the eighth annual Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 18.  As always, the initiative features a wide variety of limited-edition vinyl-only releases that are available exclusively at independent record shops around the U.S. and in other countries too.  Among the many veteran artists who are be issuing collectible discs in conjunction with the U.S. campaign are Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant, U2, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan.

McCartney's contribution is an LP featuring the long-out-or-print The Family Way: Original Soundtrack Recording, while Springsteen is offering individual remastered versions of his first seven studio albums that originally were included in 2014's The Album Collection Vol. 1: 1973-1984 box set.

Plant's Record Store Day release is a 10-inch EP called More Roar that includes live performances recorded last year with his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters.

Meanwhile, U2 is issuing a deluxe two-disc vinyl collection titled Age of Innocence, while Hendrix's Record Store Day contribution is a seven-inch single with live renditions of "Purple Haze" and "Freedom" recorded at 1970's Atlanta Pop Festival.

As for Dylan, he has three Record Store Day releases on tap: a seven-inch blue vinyl disc featuring "The Night We Called It a Day" and "Stay with Me," both from his new standards album, Shadows in the Night; plus stereo and mono versions of a 12-inch LP that includes select tunes from Bob's famed 1967 "Basement Tapes" sessions with The Band.  Each copy of the latter two discs are individually numbered and signed by Band keyboardist Garth Hudson.

Other artists that releasing exclusive discs for Record Store Day 2015 include Gregg Allman, The Animals, Syd Barrett and R.E.M., Jeff Beck, Blue Oyster Cult, David Bowie, Deep Purple, The Doors, Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead, Joan Jett, Jethro Tull, The Kinks, Queen's Brian May, Todd Rundgren, Simon & Garfunkel, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers, The Stooges, Brian Wilson, Johnny Winter and Frank Zappa.

Visit RecordStoreDay.com to check out a full list of special releases.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame MuseumThe 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tonight at Cleveland's Public Hall.  Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr tops the list of this year's inductees, which also includes Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and The "5" Royales.

As is tradition, a variety of big-name stars will be on hand to induct the honorees.  Starr will be welcomed by his Beatles band mate Paul McCartney, the late Reed will be inducted by Patti Smith, Jett and her group will be ushered in by pop superstar Miley Cyrus, Vaughan and Double Trouble will be honored by John Mayer, Green Day will be saluted by Fall Out Boy, the Butterfield Blues Band will be inducted by J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf, Withers will be welcomed by Stevie Wonder and The "5" Royales will be celebrated by Booker T. & the MGs guitarist Steve Cropper.

A variety of well-known artists also will take to the stage to perform in honor of the newly minted inductees.  The evening's entertainment lineup includes The Eagles' Joe Walsh, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Beck, fun.'s Nate Ruess, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, Vaughan's brother Jimmie, contemporary bluesman Gary Clark Jr., country star Zac Brown and pop/R&B singer John Legend.

All of the aforementioned inductees will be honored in the "Performers" category except for Starr, who will be acknowledged in conjunction with receiving the Award for Musical Excellence, and The "5" Royales, who will be recognized as an "Early Influence."

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be taped for a television special that's scheduled to premiere May 30 on HBO.

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Credit: Claude GassianMick Jagger and Keith Richards have lent their voices to a new episode of comedy collective The Kloons' web series Sisters, which features Kloons members Nik Kazoura and Mitch Lewis acting out real-life audio conversations between Nik's mother and aunt.

During the episode, the Kloons guys are shown lip-syncing to the women's voices as they discuss The Rolling Stones' famous logo, ponder whether Keith's last name is Richards or Richardson and talk about what a nice head of hair Jagger has while looking at a photo of the band in a coffee shop.  As the two-and-a-half-minute video winds down, two young women are seen at a table in the same café, and when they open their mouths to chat, the voices of Jagger and Richards are heard, as they humorously talk about wanting to leave the city and hitting the road.

At the end of the clip, Lewis thanks Jagger and Richards for taking part in the sketch, while Kazoura reminds viewers that The Stones are heading out on tour soon.  The band's upcoming tour dates also are shown.

Lewis told Tubefilter.com how Jagger and Richards came to be involved in the episode.  As the comic explained, last fall The Stones' touring company showed the Sisters web series to the rock legends, who liked what they saw and agreed to take part in the video.

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Credit: James GladerThe Eagles' Don Henley has settled a lawsuit he brought last year against a Wisconsin-based clothing company that seemingly incorporated his name and the title of one of his band's well-known songs into an advertisement for a line of its shirts.  According to documents filed on Tuesday in a California federal court, the Duluth Trading Co. has agreed to never again use or allude to the singer's full name in connection with selling its Henley-style collarless pullover shirts, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Last October, Duluth Trading sent customers an email ad for its Henley shirts that included the phrase, "Don a Henley and take it easy," prompting the Eagles star to launch a copyright-infringement suit against the company.

As part of the settlement, Duluth has promised to never again use the words "Don" and "Henley" together or near each another in its future advertisements.

The company also has issued an apology to Henley for using his name without his permission.

"We appreciate and respect what Mr. Henley has meant to music and we now see that our use of his name and an Eagles' song title in our advertisement was inappropriate," reads the statement.  "For that we are deeply regretful and we apologize, not just to Mr. Henley, but to anyone else who took offense.  We have learned a valuable lesson and thank Mr. Henley for helping us appreciate the importance that he and other artists place in their publicity rights."

Duluth Trading also explains that, at Henley's request and as part of the settlement, the company has donated an undisclosed amount of money to the singer's Walden Woods Project in honor of the environmental organization's 25th anniversary.

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Courtesy of Black SabbathEarlier this week, estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward issued a lengthy statement addressing his grievances with his band mates, and calling on singer Ozzy Osbourne to apologize to him over negative comments he made in the press about Ward's health and physical condition.  Now, Osbourne has responded to Ward's message with a note of his own, in which he reiterates his belief that the drummer was not in good enough shape to join Sabbath on its recent tours.

"Wow Bill, what the f**k are you on about?  I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath's 13 album and tour," writes Ozzy.  "[P]hysically, you knew you were f**ked.  Tony [Iommi], Geezer [Butler] and myself didn't think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on."

Osbourne also explains that because of Iommi's battle with cancer, the band members "felt that time was not on our side," suggesting that they didn't want to wait until Ward was in better shape before hitting the road.

The Metal Madman also addresses Ward's demand that he be offered a "signable contract" before he would consider taking part in the band's future plans.  He calls on the drummer to "stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and…be honest," maintaining that Bill knew he wasn't "capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour."

Osbourne then points out that because Ward had been hospitalized a number of times in 2013, and had shoulder surgery that he's "only just recovered from," it would have meant Sabbath would have had to have push its tour plans way back if Bill was to have taken part.

"So how is all of this my fault?" Ozzy asks, then declares, "Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans."

Osbourne finishes his letter by saying to Ward, "[W]e go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand.  God bless you.  Love.  Ozzy."

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Lloyd Bishop/NBCAs a pianist, Billy Joel may have spent a lot of time "tickling the ivories," but he wants to make sure that doesn't involve real elephant ivory.  The musician, animal lover and expectant father is lending his voice to a new series of ads supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society's 96 Elephants campaign, "Take a Stand for Elephants."

96 Elephants was named for the number of elephants killed each day by poachers in Africa for their ivory tusks.  Its aim is to bring together world citizens, partners, thought-leaders and change-makers to stop the killing of elephants and help ban the sale of ivory. 

"We can't turn back time, but we can reverse this trend," Joel says in a voiceover during one of the promo videos for the initiative.  "Don't be the generation that allowed elephants to go extinct."

Last year, Billy wrote an impassioned letter in support of a bill in the New York State Senate that would severely restrict the sale of items made of ivory.

"I am a piano player.  And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.  But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day," he wrote.  "There are other materials which can be substituted for piano keys.  But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced."

Joel added, "Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species.  Music should be a celebration of life -- not an instrument of death."

The bill was signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last August.

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Image Courtesy of Kim BergeronThe Beatles-themed antique piano that surviving Fab Four members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr signed last fall to help raise money for a New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity chapter sold at auction Thursday for big bucks.  The instrument brought in $98,888, just shy of the $100,000 it was expected to fetch.  The winning bidder was an unidentified woman from Florida.

The piano was autographed separately by Starr and McCartney, respectively, on October 17 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and October 28 in Louisville, Kentucky, during the rock legends' tour stops in those cities.  The instrument, which dates back to 1908, is decorated with a variety of Beatles-related images and phrases painted by Lori Gomez, an artist from the New Orleans suburb of Slidell, Louisiana, where the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity is located.

The charity will use the money from the auction to support its Veterans Build initiative, which helps provide housing to local veterans and their families.

You can read additional details about the piano, including the interesting story behind how Starr's and McCartney's autographs were procured, at RightBrainDiaries.com.

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Credit: Rob ShanahanOn Saturday at Cleveland's Public Hall, Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, thereby becoming the last of The Beatles' four members to be honored individually by the institution.

Starr initially was inducted into the Rock Hall as a member of the Fab Four in 1988, then saw his band mates John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recognized for their solo careers in 1994, 1999 and 2004, respectively.  So how does the famed drummer feel about finally being acknowledged by the hallowed Hall?

"Well, it's about time," Ringo tells ABC Radio with a laugh.  "I think it's beautiful.  I do.  I really think it's beautiful, and it's something for me to look forward to."

Starr reveals that it was McCartney who informed him that he was getting the honor.

"He called, and he said, 'They want to induct you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I'll induct you.  And will you accept?'" explains Ringo.  "So I said, 'Sure.  Sure.  We can have a night out.'"

Unbeknownst to Starr, his Rock Hall induction came about thanks to a little help from his old friend.

"I've found out…that [Paul] was out to dinner sitting 'round with a couple of other musicians, and no one could believe I wasn't in it," Ringo tells ABC Radio.  "So they worked on it to get me in."

McCartney himself has admitted in recent interviews that when he told Rock Hall organizers that he would do the honors and induct Starr, that helped seal the deal for Ringo.  In conjunction with his induction, Starr will be honored with the Award for Musical Excellence.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's other 2015 inductees are the late Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and his band Double Trouble, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers and The "5" Royales.  No word yet on whether Starr will be performing at the ceremony.  A TV special featuring highlights from the big event will premiere May 30 on HBO.

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Image Courtesy of RecordStoreDay.comFoo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2015, which takes place this Saturday, April 18.  One Record Store Day release that he's really looking forward to is Metallica's 1982 demo No Life 'til Leather, which the band will be releasing on cassette.  Grohl is quite familiar with the experience of listening to Metallica on cassette, as that's how he heard the band for the first time.

"I bought the first Metallica album on cassette from a mail-order catalog in 1983," Grohl tells Atlanta's Creative Loafing.  "I had never heard of them.  I didn't know anything about them other than they had a cool name, and the description said 'thrash metal.'  I didn't even know what that meant.  I had listened to tons of punk rock music, and I loved Motörhead, but thrash metal?  That sounded scary and cool."

Grohl then sent his money in the mail and received Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All, on a cassette tape.

"I will be a diehard Metallica fan until the day I die because of that experience," Grohl says.  "It was like someone had sent me the Holy Grail."

In addition to serving as ambassador, Grohl also will be contributing a special release to Record Store Day: a 10-inch EP called Songs from the Laundry Room, featuring demos of early Foo Fighters singles "Alone Easy Target" and "Big Me," plus a cover of Kim Wilde's "Kids in America," and a previously unreleased track called "Empty Head."

Foo Fighters also will be performing at the Record Connection in Niles, Ohio, on Record Store Day.  Grohl actually was born around the corner from Niles in Warren, Ohio, where there is a street named Dave Grohl Alley.

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Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel's third ex-wife, Katie Lee, has offered her congratulations to the singer, following the news that he's expecting a baby with girlfriend Alexis Roderick.  Food Network host Lee, who was married to the Piano Man from 2004 to 2006, tells Extra that she has nothing but good wishes for the couple.

"I'm really happy for them," she says.  "He's a great guy, he deserves all the happiness in the world, and he's a terrific father so I'm really, really happy."

Lee adds that she still speaks with Joel and that they've remained close.  "He will always be in my life and I think he's just the greatest," she says.

A rep for Joel confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his 33-year-old girlfriend will welcome their first child together this summer.  It will be Billy's second child.  He and his second ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, have a 29-year-old daughter, singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel.

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Courtesy of The Grateful DeadHere's some exciting news for Grateful Dead fans who haven't been able to score tickets to the sold-out farewell shows the band's surviving members will be playing at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5: The three concerts also will be shown live in theaters across the U.S.

Each screening is slated to run for five hours, and will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  Tickets will go on sale on May 4 via Fathom Events, the same company that's responsible for the one-night-only screenings of concert films like the recent Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 and the Led Zeppelin flick, as well as the annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies event.

As previously reported, the Chicago concerts -- which have been dubbed Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead -- will feature Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Bob Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart performing with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, ex-Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.  The band has announced that the July 5 show will be the very last that the Dead members will play together.  Two other Fare Thee Well concerts also have been scheduled, on June 27 and 28 in Santa Clara, California.

Meanwhile, this year's edition of the Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies is scheduled for May 4, and will take place in hundreds of U.S. theaters.  It will feature the screening of a previously unreleased concert film documenting a July 1989 Dead performance in East Troy, Wisconsin.

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Capitol Records/Universal MusicLondon's Abbey Road Studios, where most of The Beatles' classic recordings were made, isn't open to the public, but a new interactive online feature is giving everyone the chance to take an in-depth tour of the famous London facility.  Inside Abbey Road, which premiered on Google this week, allows the user to enjoy 3-D, 360-degree views of Abbey Road's three recording studios and its mastering room.

Each room also offers various audio, video, photo and text features with details about the studio's history and the various artists who recorded there over the years.  Among these features is an essay about The Beatles' famous 1967 performance of "All You Need Is Love" that was part of the first TV event to be broadcast around the world via satellite; videos that were filmed at Abbey Road featuring Paul McCartney, Sting and Elton John; and details about Pink Floyd's work at the studio, as well as audio clips of some of the band's songs.

The website also allows visitors to virtually check out and play around with various pieces of equipment in the studios.  Guiding the user throughout the tour is the voice of Giles Martin, son of famed Beatles producer George Martin.

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Proper RecordsFormer Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman hasn't put out a proper solo album since his 1982's self-titled effort, but that's about to change.  The 78-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release a new album titled Back to Basics in June 22 in the U.K.

Back to Basics features 12 tracks, eight of them original compositions.  Three of the new tunes came together after Wyman discovered dozens of songs he'd never released among some old demos that he had amassed.  The artists who contributed to the project include ex-Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher, one-time Paul McCartney and Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh, and two of Wyman's Rhythm Kings band mates, guitarist Terry Taylor and drummer Graham Broad.

Among the songwriters who influenced Wyman on the new record are Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and JJ Cale, while Bill also looks to his British homeland for inspiration.

A limited number of autographed copies of Back to Basics are available for pre-order now at ProperMusic.com.  Here is the album's full track list:

"What & How & If & When & Why"
"I Lost My Ring"
"Love, Love, Love"
"Stuff (Can't Get Enough)" (Back to Basics Version 2015)
"Running Back to You"
"She's Wonderful"
"Seventeen" (Back to Basics Version 2015)
"I'll Pull You Through" (Back to Basics Version 2015)
"November"
"Just a Friend of Mine"
"It's a Lovely Day"
"I Got Time"

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Penny LancasterRod Stewart has been married three times and has eight children, so he must know something about charming the ladies.  And it seems he's passing that wisdom down to his eldest son, Sean.

Sean, who currently is filming an E! reality show with his siblings, tells British paper The Mirror that his rock star dad gives him lots of dating advice.  "He says to me, 'You need to make a girl laugh, charm her, make her feel beautiful, make her feel special and be a gentleman... then you’re in,'" the 34-year-old says.

Sean says he respects his father's opinion, and will sometimes bring girls home to meet him.  "A few of them I do take home for my dad to approve," he says.  "They get so excited -- he's the biggest rock star in the world.  He will give them a little look, and at this point their mums are also excited because they grew up with him."

Sean says he doesn't question his father's knowledge on relationships.  After all, he's been witnessing his dad's antics for a long time.  When he was a child, he went on tour with Rod and saw women throwing their bras at him on stage.  "I've most definitely learned from the best," Sean says.  "He has given me the secrets of the young Jedi Stewart.  He will be really disappointed if I don't find myself a nice lady now.  Although he's done with getting married... he is definitely done now."

Rod's been married to model Penny Lancaster since 2007.  Sean's mom, Alana Hamilton, was Stewart's first wife.  Sean tells The Mirror that his dad and mom may both make appearances on the upcoming reality show, called Stewarts & Hamiltons.  Sean describes the show as a real-life Modern Family.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentShortly after they released their album World on Fire, Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators played the famous Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California.  If you missed the show, don't worry -- the concert will be released as a home video and live album.  Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 will hit stores on June 16, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as a two-CD collection, a three-LP vinyl set and a digital download.

The Roxy set features cuts from Slash's work with Kennedy and the Conspirators, including the hit single "Bent to Fly," as well as classics from the guitarist's Guns N' Roses day, including "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Paradise City."

If you still want to catch Slash in person, he and Kennedy and the Conspirators will hit the road later this month, and will be on tour through the end of May.

Here is the track list for the Live at the Roxy 9/25/14 Blu-ray/DVD:

"Ghost"  
"Nightrain"
"Back from Cali"  
"You Could Be Mine"
"Rocket Queen"  
"Bent to Fly"  
"Starlight"  
"You're a Lie"  
"World on Fire"  
"Anastasia"  
"Sweet Child o' Mine"  
"Slither"  
"Paradise City"
"Stone Blind"*
"You're Crazy"*
"Wicked Stone"*
"30 Years to Life"*

* = bonus tracks.

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RhinoLast week saw the release of remastered and expanded editions of Bad Company's first two albums -- 1974's chart-topping self-titled effort and 1975's Straight Shooter -- which are available as double-disc CD and vinyl sets.  The collections offer plenty of bonus material, including recently discovered unreleased tracks and demos, outtakes and alternate mixes from the respective recording sessions.

Frontman Paul Rodgers says he initially wasn't sold on the idea of putting out the unfinished and unreleased tracks, but after checking out the archival recordings he reconsidered and gave the project his blessing.

"I thought, 'Well, who's gonna want to be interested in anything other than the ultimate master, but let me listen to the tapes,'" he tells ABC Radio.  "So I listened to the tapes, and I was quite fascinated…to discover what the process was to come to that master."

In particular, while listening to the tapes of the Straight Shooter sessions, Rodgers says he made the "exciting" discovery of a pair of never-before-released songs -- "See the Sunlight" and "All Night Long" -- which fans finally can hear on the reissue's bonus disc.

Another bonus track Rodgers says fans will find interesting is an early version of Bad Company's 1975 hit "Feel Like Makin' Love."

"It's totally stripped down," Paul explains.  "No guitar solo in there either, but it is a nice take in its own way, and it's slightly different."

Rodgers also singled out another Straight Shooter bonus track as a highlight -- an early slow version of "Weep No More," a song written by drummer Simon Kirke.

"I thought it was quite interesting…'cause we would never really dig that out…and listen to it," he notes, "because it's kind of done and dusted and we've moved on."

Meanwhile, Rodgers tells ABC Radio that he has some fond recollections of making Bad Company, which was recorded at Headley Grange, the old U.K. mansion where Led Zeppelin worked on several of its classic albums.  Paul says the band enjoyed the experience of setting up in various areas within the house to record.

"We'd have the guitars in this huge grand living room with a big log fire going, and the vocals on the balcony, and the drums in the foyer, where there was a nice echo, and the bass in the basement," he recalls.  "So it was a very different and organic way of recording, and we took to it like ducks to water.  We loved it."

Paul also shares a cool memory of the unique way he laid down his vocals for the song "Bad Company."  Rodgers says he set up his recording equipment in a field miles out in the country, and there, "we waited for a full moon, and I sang the song under a full moon…and it created atmosphere, which is really what we looked for."

You can check out full details about the Bad Company and Straight Shooter reissues at BadCompany.com.

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Image Courtesy of The Moody BluesThe official lineup for the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival has been announced, and this year's bill includes a number of lauded veteran rock acts.  Among the newly announced performers are The Moody Blues, Patti Smith and Motörhead.  The event, which already is sold out, runs from June 24 through June 28 in Somerset, England.

Other rock artists scheduled to perform at the festival include The Waterboys, The Fall, Suede, Alabama Shakes, Florence and the Machine and previously announced headliners the Foo Fighters.  The lineup also features Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples and a collective of musicians called The Mothership Returns that includes funk pioneer George Clinton and his bands Parliament and Funkadelic, as well as The Family Stone.

More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.  Visit GlastonburyFestivals.co.uk to check out the full confirmed lineup.

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Credit: Travis ShinnMegadeth is currently in the studio recording its 15th album, and the legendary thrash metal band has teamed up with PledgeMusic to release the new record.

"We've always wanted you to be 'a part of' and not 'apart from' us in the studio," says frontman Dave Mustaine.  "Now, with PledgeMusic, you can be here with me and the guys and watch history being made with our 15th record."

In addition to the standard CD and vinyl packages available via PledgeMusic, Megadeth is offering signed instruments, including a bass autographed by David Ellefson.  For $10,000, not including travel, you can spend a day jamming with Megadeth in Nashville.

Original members Mustaine and Ellefson are recording the new, currently untitled Megadeth album alongside Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian-born guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

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Image Courtesy of The End of Music, LLC/HBOIn their earlier days, before they were one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, Nirvana was happy to perform for the smallest of crowds. A new clip from Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, streaming at NYTimes.com, shows the young band rocking out in front of an audience of just two people -- or, as Krist Novoselic calls them, "locals who hated our guts and thought it was terrible music."

"If we played together in the house for a couple of hours and if two people stopped by, we considered that a gig," the Nirvana bassist says in the clip.

Novoselic also remembers meeting a young Kurt Cobain, who was working as a janitor at the time.

"He'd always have to do some kind of art -- usually defacing something," Novoselic says. "He never had idle hands. It just came out of him, he had to express himself."

Montage of Heck will be released for a limited theatrical run in the U.S. on April 24. The film will air on HBO on May 4.

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