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Posthumous Jimi Hendrix Albums "The Cry of Love" and "Rainbow Bridge" to Be Reissued in September

Experience Hendrix/Legacy RecordingsTwo out-of-print posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums, The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge, will be reissued on September 16 and will be available on CD, vinyl and as digital downloads.  Both records have been remastered by Bernie Grundman using the original analog master tapes.

The Cry of Love originally was released in February 1971, and has been unavailable since being reissued on CD back in 1992.  The album was compiled and mixed by longtime Hendrix engineer Eddie Kramer and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.  Jimi recorded most of the tracks between December 1969 and the following summer at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. 

Hendrix had intended the recordings to be part of a two-disc set he tentatively planned to call First Rays of the New Rising Sun.  Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox backed Jimi on the majority of the songs, while Experience bassist Noel Redding appeared on one tune, "My Friend," which was recorded in 1968 before Redding left the group.  The Cry of Love also includes guest appearances by Traffic band mates Steve Winwood and Chris Wood, as well as Buzzy Linhart.  Among the well-known songs on the record are "Angel," "Freedom" and "Ezy Ryder."

Rainbow Bridge originally hit stores in October 1971 and has never previously been available on CD.  The collection also is made up mainly of tracks recorded in 1969 and '70 at the same sessions that yielded songs that are featured on The Cry of Love.  Kramer and Mitchell again were in charge of compiling the record, with input from Electric Lady engineer John JansenBand of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles and Redding each are featured on one of the album's tracks, while The Ronettes lend backing vocals to a tune called "Earth Blues."  Other notable songs on Rainbow Bridge include "Dolly Dagger," "Room Full of Mirrors," a studio version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and a live rendition of "Hear My Train a Comin'," recorded during a May 1970 concert in Berkeley, California.

Since the initial release of The Cry of Love and Rainbow Bridge, the songs from the albums have appeared on various Hendrix compilations, including First Rays of the New Rising Sun, South Saturn Delta and The Jimi Hendrix Experience box set.

Here are the full track lists of the albums:

The Cry of Love:
"Ezy Ryder"
"Night Bird Flying"
"My Friend"
"Straight Ahead"
"Astro Man"
"In from the Storm"
"Belly Button Window"

Rainbow Bridge:
"Dolly Dagger"
"Earth Blues"
"Pali Gap"
"Room Full of Mirrors"
"Star Spangled Banner" (studio version)
"Look over Yonder"
"Hear My Train a Comin'" (live)
"Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)"

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The Who to Perform on the Stand Up to Cancer Charity Telecast Next Month

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The WhoThe Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are well-known for their support of cancer charities, which may be why the famous rock band has signed on to perform on the upcoming fourth edition of the fundraising telecast Stand Up to Cancer.  The show will air Friday, September 5, across nearly every TV network you can think of, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, E!, HBO, Showtime, VH1 and more.

Other scheduled performers on the one-hour show, which raises money for cancer research, include Dave Matthews, singer/actresses Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande, and rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common.

The one-hour special also will feature a bevy of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Rob Lowe, Keifer Sutherland, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Aniston, and Mark Harmon, in a "digital lounge" hosted by Katie Couric.  The stars will be reaching out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.  If you want to donate money to the cause and would like to receive a call, sign up at

While the telecast airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET/PT on September 5, you also may receive a call on the 6th or 7th.

Daltrey is a longtime patron of the U.K. charity Teenage Cancer Trust, and he and Townshend co-founded the Teen Cancer America organization in 2012.  Both charities support the creation of programs and facilities that focus on the needs of teens and young adults battling the disease.

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Report: John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan Have Split Up

Venturelli/Getty ImagesJohn Mellencamp and his longtime girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan, apparently have called it quits.  Closer Weekly reports that one of the veteran rocker's friends has told the magazine that the pair broke up "a couple of weeks ago."

Mellencamp's friend suggested that the 62-year-old singer/songwriter was unhappy with the amount media scrutiny he and Ryan were receiving.

"I don't think he loved all the attention he got just from dating an actress," the friend explained.  "I bet he'll stay away from dating another famous person for a while."

People magazine first reported in January of 2011 that Mellencamp and Ryan were dating.  Ryan was featured on the star-studded 2013 soundtrack recording to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the gothic stage musical that Mellencamp co-wrote with famed horror author Stephen King.

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The Hollies to Mark 50th Anniversary with Three-Disc Compilation

Parlophone RecordsA new three-CD compilation celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the great U.K. pop-rock groups of the 1960s and '70s, The Hollies, will be released on October 21.  50 at Fifty features a career-spanning selection of songs, including the band's many hits, some album gems, a number of concert performances and a brand-new tune recorded by the current Hollies lineup.

Led by singers Allan Clarke and Graham Nash and guitarist Tony Hicks, the original Hollies scored such hits as "Look Through Any Window," "Stop Stop Stop," "Bus Stop," "Carrie Anne" and "On a Carousel" during the band's 1960s heyday.  After Nash left to join Crosby, Stills & Nash in late 1968, he was replaced by singer/guitarist Terry Sylvester, with whom the group released some of its most successful singles, including "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," "Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)" and "The Air That I Breathe."

All of those songs appear on 50 at Fifty, as do a few tunes from 1983's What Goes Around…, which saw Nash reuniting with his old group.  The new track, "Skylarks," was recorded this year and co-written by longtime Hollies drummer Bobby Elliot and the band's current lead singer, Peter Howarth.

"I feel quite privileged to be writing the 50th track on this compilation, which contains some of our best work," says Elliot in a statement.  "I'm in good company with my buddies Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, and Graham Nash, who, throughout our career, have written some outstanding Hollies material."  He adds, "'Skylarks' takes us in a new direction -- nothing new for The Hollies.  It's back to our inventive roots in many ways."

The current Hollies, which also features founding member Hicks, will mount a European tour commemorating the golden anniversary starting September 16 in Tampere, Finland.

Here is the complete track list of 50 at Fifty:

Disc One
"(Ain't That) Just Like Me"
"Just One Look"
"Here I Go Again"
"We're Through"
"Yes I Will"
"I'm Alive"
"Look Through Any Window"
"If I Needed Someone"
"I Can't Let Go"
"Bus Stop"
"Pay You Back with Interest"
"Stop! Stop! Stop!"
"On a Carousel"
"Carrie Anne"
"King Midas in Reverse"
"Jennifer Eccles"
"Listen to Me"
"Sorry Suzanne"

Disc Two
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
"I Can't Tell the Bottom from the Top"
"Gasoline Alley Bred"
"Hey Willy"
"The Baby"
"Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)"
"Magic Woman Touch"
"The Day That Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGhee"
"The Air That I Breathe"
"Lonely Hobo Lullaby"
"4th of July Asbury Park (Sandy)"
"I'm Down"
"There's Always Goodbye"
"Boulder to Birmingham"
"Too Young to Be Married" (Live)
"Daddy Don't Mind"

Disc Three
"Hello to Romance"
"Soldiers Song"
"If the Lights Go Out" (First Version)
"Take My Love and Run" (First version)
"Stop in the Name of Love"
"Let Her Go Down"
"Too Many Hearts Get Broken"
"Laughter Turns to Tears"
"So Damn Beautiful"
"On a Carousel" (Live)
"Then, Now Always (Dolphin Days)" (Live)
"Skylarks" (New 2014 Recording)

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Members of Guns N' Roses, Dire Straits, Whitesnake Featured on Tribute Album for Wounded Warriors

Cleopatra RecordsAn impressive roster of virtuoso musicians, including Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, ex-Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes and Whitesnake's Reb Beach, have lent their talents to a new album that pays tribute to U.S. military personnel who have risked their lives for their country.  The Guitars for Wounded Warriors CD, which was released on Tuesday, was organized by multiple Emmy Award-winning producer/composer Brian Tarquin.

Tarquin produced and wrote all of the songs on the album, and he also plays guitar alongside the various guest musicians.  Other noted guitarists featured on the record include Steve Morse, Chris Poland of Megadeth, Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big and Alex De Rosso of Dokken.

All of the songs on the album were inspired by the combat experiences of U.S. troops.

"Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!!," says Bumblefoot. "And best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors.  Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support."

Adds Morse, "It is an honor to be a part of this cause. I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't always treated with the greatest respect.  For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude."

Here is the complete track list for Guitars for Wounded Warriors:

"Black Hawk" -- featuring Billy Sheehan
"Taliban Terror" -- featuring Bumblefoot & Reb Beach
"Charlie Surfs" -- featuring Chris Poland
"5 Klicks to Hell" -- featuring Gary Hoey
"Surgical Strike" -- featuring The Flyin' Ryan Brothers
"Hunting" -- featuring Chris Poland
"Baghdad" -- featuring Gary Hoey
"Broken Arrow" -- featuring Alex De Rosso
"Sand & Blood" -- featuring Hal Lindes
"Escape Kabul" -- featuring Chuck Loeb
"Freedom" -- featuring Steve Morse

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Neil Young and Willie Nelson to Perform at Benefit Show Opposed to Proposed Nebraska Oil Pipeline

Image Courtesy of Danny ClinchNeil Young will team up with his friend and fellow Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson to play a September 27 benefit show aimed at fighting a proposed petroleum pipeline that would run from western Canada into the midwestern U.S. through farms and indigenous tribal lands.

The "Harvest the Hope" event will be held on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska, and will raise money for three organizations -- Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance -- that are opposed to the TransCanada Corporation's planned Keystone XL pipeline.  The structure would cross the Ponca Tribe's historic "Trail of Tears" in the northeastern part of the state.

The benefit also will support several local clean-energy initiatives on farms and tribal areas.  The concert will take place during the afternoon on a field in the farm, which is owned by a family that is refusing to sell its land to the TransCanada company.

In addition to Young and Nelson, the event's performers will include Willie's son Lukas, Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln and a collective of local musicians called the Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars.

Tickets for the show will go on sale on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. CT at

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Foo Fighters Accept Ice Bucket Challenge with "Carrie" Spoof; Anthrax Drummer Does It Onstage

Image Courtesy Steve GullickDave Grohl has never needed much of an excuse to dress up in women's clothes in a video: He's appeared as an a teenage girl in pigtails for the Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly" video, and in Lady Gaga-style stage wear in the band's "This Video Sucks" contest teaser.  But this time, he's gotten dolled up in drag for a good cause.

Like many celebrities, Grohl and the Foo Fighters have posted a video of themselves accepting the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, dumping ice water on their heads and then nominating other people to do the same, all to raise money for and awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

In the Foo Fighters' clip, Grohl re-enacts the famous scene from Brian De Palma's 1976 movie Carrie, in which the title character is tormented by having a bucket of pig's blood dumped on her head just after she's been elected prom queen.  In the band's video, Grohl, in a prom dress and glittery tiara, stands next to "prom king" drummer Taylor Hawkins, while guitarist Pat Smear and bass player Nate Mendel plot to dump ice water on their heads.

You can see the video on the Foo Fighters' YouTube channel.  The band then challenged John Travolta, who starred in Carrie, and novelist Stephen King, who wrote the book on which the movie is based, to do the same; they also nominated Jack Black.

Another rocker getting into the ice bucket act was Anthrax drummer Charlie Benate, who took the Ice Bucket Challenge on stage in front of 140,000 fans in Bogota, Colombia, on Monday night.  He then challenged former Pantera lead singer Phil Anselmo, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and producer Jay Ruston, who produced Anthrax's Worship Music.

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Billy Joel's Original Band to Be Inducted into Long Island Music Hall of Fame

Jim Brown/ShowtimeAs one of the most famous musicians ever to hail from Long Island, New York, Billy Joel was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame back in 2006.  Now, his original backing band will receive the same honor.

The New York Post reports that the surviving members of Joel's group, who haven't played together in 20 years as a result of lineup changes, lawsuits and one member's suicide, will reunite during the induction ceremony in Huntington, New York, on October 23. 

According to the Post, among the members who'll be appearing are drummer Liberty DeVitto and sax and keyboard player Richie Cannata, both of whom played on classic albums like Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street and Glass Houses. 

It's not clear if Billy himself will be on hand for the ceremony, either as an observer, inductor or performer.  Unlike Bruce Springsteen, who inducted his E Street Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year and then performed with them at the ceremony, Joel may not be on the best of terms with his former band mates.  Cannata was replaced by Mark Rivera on sax in 1982, and DeVitto and Billy were involved in a legal dispute that led to the drummer's departure from the band in 2006.  Bass player Doug Stegmeyer, who'd been let go before the 1989 album Storm Front was recorded, took his own life in 1995.

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Leonard Cohen to Release New Album, "Popular Problems," Just After 80th Birthday

PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsTime apparently isn't slowing down Leonard Cohen, as the acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter has announced that he will release a new studio album titled Popular Problems on September 23, two days after he turns 80 years old.  Cohen co-wrote the nine-track collection with Patrick Leonard, who perhaps is best-known for his many collaborations with Madonna.

One of the songs on Popular Problems, "Almost Like the Blues," currently can be heard at Cohen's VEVO YouTube channel.  The brooding, jazzy tune features Cohen's trademark gravelly whisper of a voice and such dark lyrics as, "I have to die a little between each murderous thought/ And when I'm finished thinking, I have to die a lot/ There's torture and there's killing, and there's all my bad reviews/ The war, the children missing, Lord, it's almost like the blues."

Those pre-ordering the album at iTunes will immediately receive a free digital download of "Almost Like the Blues."

"Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration," says Columbia Records CEO Rob Stringer.  "These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit.  We're absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him."

While Cohen has never had a hit in the U.S., many of his songs have been frequently covered, including "Hallelujah," "Everybody Knows," "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire."  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Here is the track list of Popular Problems:

"Almost Like the Blues"
"Samson in New Orleans"
"A Street"
"Did I Ever Love You"
"My Oh My"
"Born in Chains"
"You Got Me Singing"

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Concert Film Focusing on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour to Premiere at Toronto Film Fest

Image Courtesy of Roger WatersA new concert film featuring performances from three stops on Roger Waters' The Wall Live Tour over the last few years will premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6 at 9:15 p.m.  Roger Waters: The Wall captures the former Pink Floyd singer/bassist's dramatic multimedia spectacle, which featured a full performance of his old band's classic 1979 concept album, accompanied by video projections, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, various theatrical interludes and, of course, the construction of a wall across the stage.

The movie, which was directed by Waters and the tour's co-creative director, Sean Evans, is described in the festival's synopsis as "a rib-rattling, sonically stupendous piece of filmmaking."  It will include footage of Waters visiting the French cemetery where his grandfather -- who was killed during World War I -- is buried, as well as his journey to Anzio, Italy, near the site where his father was killed during World War II when Roger was a baby.  Waters' struggle to come to terms with his dad's death partly inspired him to write The Wall.

The first leg of The Wall Live Tour launched in September 2010, and the trek finally wound down in September 2013.  The tour featured a total of 219 performances and grossed more than $458 million.

Following its premiere, Roger Waters: The Wall will be screened two more times at the fest: on September 7 at 2:45 p.m. and on September 14 at 8 p.m.  Visit for screening details.

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Listen to Lead Single from Jackson Browne's Upcoming Album Online Now

Image Courtesy of Nels IsraelsonJackson Browne fans can get their first taste of the folk-rocker's upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, by visiting, which is hosting an exclusive stream of the record's lead single, "The Birds of St. Marks."

Browne tells Rolling Stone that the song actually dates back to early in his career, when he was playing guitar for Velvet Underground singer Nico in New York City during the late 1960s.

"I was freeloading off friends on the Lower East Side," Browne recalls of the time.  "I came to New York with no money at all, and I got this job playing for Nico, which sort of saved me because I had nothing going."  Jackson reveals that late singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, with whom he was friendly, suggested him for the gig, while remembering that Velvet Underground band mates Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed also would back up Nico depending on the night.

Browne also points out that "The Birds of St. Marks" was inspired in part by one of the most famous folk-rock bands of that time.

"This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved The Byrds," he explains.  "She even said on a couple of occasions, 'Oh, you can play something like [frontman] Jim McGuinn?'  Her tastes were really eclectic."

The new version of the song features Browne's longtime lead guitarist Greg Leisz playing 12-string guitar in a style very reminiscent of McGuinn's.

Standing in the Breach will be released on October 7.  Those pre-ordering the album now via Amazon, iTunes and will receive an instant digital download of "The Birds of St. Marks."

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U2 Still Planning to Release Studio Album This Year, New Single May Arrive in September

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaBack in March, a U2 rep told U.K. newspaper The Guardian that the Irish rockers were planning to release their long-awaited new album sometime this year, contrary to a then-recent report from Billboard suggesting that the record wouldn't arrive until 2015.  Now, more evidence has emerged that the band's follow-up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon will indeed be released in 2014, and could even hit stores before the end of October.

A U2 spokesperson tells Rolling Stone, "We've always said an album is expected this year."  In addition, a rep for the band's label confirmed to the usually reliable fan site earlier this month that the record will be released in 2014.

Meanwhile, The Irish Times reported in a recent article that "a music industry source" shared some more specific predictions about the time frame for the album's arrival, as well as about a tour in support of the record.

"[There will be a] single in September, album September-October, tour announced December, first date April next year," the source said.  "The album has been actually been finished for a few months, but a decision was taken not to release during the summer months because of holidays, etc."  The source also claimed that the group was plotting to put out the record "with little of the fanfare usually associated with a new U2 album."

In other news, French newspaper Nice-Matin reported that U2 was in Nice, France, last week shooting a new video.

The band has worked on tracks for the album with a variety of respected producers, including Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, David Guetta, RedOne, Ryan Tedder and When the new album is released, it will be the longest they've worked on a single album.

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Smokey Robinson Says He Had a "Good Time" Recording Duet with His "Fun Brother" Steven Tyler

Ross Halfin/MSO PR; Autumn de Wilde/Verve RecordsSmokey Robinson teamed up with well-known singers from a variety of genres on his new duets album, Smokey & Friends, which hits stores today, August 19.  The 11-track collection features new interpretations of songs the Motown legend wrote or co-wrote, either for his old group, The Miracles, or for The Temptations or his own solo career.

Among the famous friends who put their unique spins on Robinson's tunes was Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who paired his voice with Smokey's on a version of the Miracles classic "You Really Got a Hold on Me."

Describing Tyler as his "fun brother," Robinson tells ABC News Radio, "We've always had a good time together.  I love Steven.  So, we did 'You Really Got a Hold on Me' rock."  Smokey reveals that Tyler told him he picked the song because he "loved it" and has been singing it for years, sometimes even playing it with Aerosmith.

Two other veteran stars who are featured on Smokey & Friends are Elton John and James Taylor, who sang "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ain't That Peculiar," respectively.  Robinson says he's known both singers for years and worked with them on numerous occasions.

"[Elton's] just a wonderful...We are really good friends," says Smokey.  "And I performed for his AIDS Foundation many times."  He also recalls fondly singing with John, Taylor and Sting at one of the ex-Police frontman's Rainforest Fund benefit concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall. "It's a great thing to work with your friends like that," Robinson adds.

Robinson explains that the concept behind Smokey & Friends was the brainchild of the album's producer, longtime American Idol judge Randy Jackson, whom he says "was a joy" to work with.

"Randy…called a bunch of artists and asked them to pick their favorite Smokey Robinson song," points out the singer.  "And he recorded that particular song with that artist, and what he did also was to let that artist do like a demo of their take on that song…And I'd just adhere to whatever their interpretation of the song was."

Other guest artists featured on the record include Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, John Legend, Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige and Jessie J.

Asked if he has any plans for a special concert that would feature some of his Smokey & Friends collaborators, Robinson says "no," although he doesn't rule out hitting he stage with those artists at some point.

"If sometimes I'm doing a concert and one or more of these artists are available, we would love for them to come," he maintains, "or if they're doing a concert somewhere and I'm available, we would love to do that too."

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Red Hot Chili Peppers "Working Every Day" on New Album

Image Courtesy Ellen von UnwerthRed Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer says work on the band's next album is well under way.

Speaking to Australian website Noise 11, Klinghoffer says the band is "working every day writing."  The work is in the early stages and instrumental only at this point, he says, but the band has been in bass player Flea's home studio, laying down elaborate demos.

"We've written, musically, 30 songs now," he says.  "We sort of did this last time, which was my first album [with the group].  We piled a s**tload of stuff on [singer] Anthony [Kiedis] and he actually came through.  He wrote lyrics to 50 songs in the end."

Although work is progressing with the rhythm section on the follow-up to 2011's I'm with You, Klinghoffer says he's not sure if it will ultimately involve longtime Chili Peppers' producer Rick Rubin.  "That is sort of up in the air still," the guitarist says.  "Normally, he becomes involved in the arranging process, but he has yet been, which is good for me.  I like the way we are doing it so far."

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"Midnight Rider" Executive Producer Pleads Not Guilty in Crew Member Death

Danny ClinchMidnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones, reports.

Jones died on the first day of shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic in Georgia back in February. The crew was filming on live train tracks when an oncoming train barreled through, killing Jones and injuring several others.

Sedrish, director Randall Miller and Miller’s wife and fellow producer, Jody Savin, were all charged in the incident. Miller and Savin pleaded not guilty last month.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor cited the production for one willful and one serious safety violation. Film Allman LLC has until August 29 to pay a proposed $74,900 fine or contest the violations.

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Paul McCartney, Roger Waters Attend Apollo Theater Fundraiser Featuring Performances by Sting, Jon Bon Jovi

Mary McCartney/MPL Communications; Sean EvansPaul McCartney and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters were just two of the many celebrities in attendance at Ronald Perelman's fifth annual fundraiser for New York City's famed Apollo Theater, held Saturday at the multimillionaire businessman's estate in East Hampton, New York.

Jamie Foxx served as the master of ceremonies for the bash, which, according to The Wall Street Journal, included performances by Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Gladys Knight and pop/R&B star Pharrell Williams.  The newspaper reports that the ex-Police frontman sang some of his old band's hits, while Bon Jovi, appropriately, belted out a version of the Barrett Strong classic "Money (That's What I Want)."

During the festivities Foxx called on a number of famous attendees to show off their best dance moves, including McCartney, General Colin Powell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. John McCain and director Spike Lee.

The guest list for the fundraiser also included Barbra Streisand and husband James Brolin, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Don Johnson, Lorne Michaels, Penny Marshall and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.  Tables at the benefit were said to have cost between $50,000 and $100,000.

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New John Mellencamp Song, "Troubled Man," Premieres Online and Gets Digital Release Tuesday

Republic Records/Universl Music"Troubled Man," the lead track from John Mellencamp's upcoming 22nd studio album, Plain Spoken, got its exclusive premiere on on Monday.

The tune, which will be available for purchase as a digital download via iTunes starting on Tuesday, is an intimate-sounding introspective song featuring rootsy instrumentation -- acoustic guitars, fiddle and simple percussion.

As previously reported, Plain Spoken will be released on September 23.  Mellencamp is planning to mount a North American tour in support of the record, his follow-up to 2010's No Better Than This, but no dates have been announced yet.

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Is Paul McCartney Secretly Recording Music with Kanye West?

MPL/Mary McCartney; Universal Music GroupPaul McCartney is a fan of Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, but is he actually making music with him?  According to a new report, yes.

Source tells the New York Post's Page Six column that the former Beatle and Kim Kardashian's husband have been "quietly collaborating" on several tracks, which could eventually turn into an album.  One of the songs is reportedly called "P*** on My Grave," with Page Six claiming Kim has been overheard telling friends that she's surprised that the two would use such a provocative title.

West attended McCartney's concert at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium last week.

During a Twitter interview last year, McCartney revealed that West's disc Yeezus was one of the albums he'd purchased recently, along with Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail.

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Seattle Salute to The Beatles to Feature Members of Heart and Foo Fighters

Sigrid Gatens/Michael McMorrow"Get Back," a Seattle concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first performance in the Emerald City will be held on August 23.  The show, which will take place at McCaw Hall, will feature a variety of musicians linked to the Pacific Northwest music scene, including current Heart drummer Ben Smith and Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel.

Members of the "Get Back" collective will play the entire 12-song set from the Fab Four's August 21, 1964, show at the Seattle Coliseum. After that, the all-star cast will present the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band from front to back along with a little help from a 50-piece orchestra. Among the other musicians slated to perform at the concert are Tracy Bonham and Barry Curtis, a longtime member of The Kingsmen, who are famous for their early-1960s hit "Louie Louie."

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Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Danny ClinchYou’d have to be living that proverbial cave to have not heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now.  It’s pretty simple: you use social media to challenge someone to dump a bucket of icewater over their head, or donate $100 to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.  Most folks wind up doing both, then challenge someone else.  The latest rock wet-heads for the cause?  Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

McCready actually issued the initial challenge, daring his bandmates last Friday, as well as Duff McKagan and Dave Matthews Band bassist Stefan Lessard.  Vedder was the first to respond, dousing himself Saturday and then challenging Bruce Springsteen and actor pal Tim Robbins.  No word yet on any subsequent responses.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a tremendous success so far.  The ALS Association says donations between July 29 and August 18 are up a whopping 766 percent from the same period last year.  That translates into an increase from $1.8 million during those three weeks in 2013, to $15.6 million as of today.


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