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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John is among a newly announced crop of celebs who have signed on to appear on NBC's The Red Nose Day Special, which airs Thursday on NBC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. The star-studded charity event helps raise awareness and money for children in need all around the world.

Elton, who is a longtime supporter of the Red Nose Day charity, will perform a special song during the special. Other celebrities who have been added to the bill include country star and The Voice coach Blake Shelton, actors Julia Roberts and Will Ferrell, and basketball legend Kobe Bryant.

They'll join U2's Bono, Jay Leno, Celine Dion and dozens more on the show. The Red Nose Day Special will be hosted by comedian Craig Ferguson.

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Johnny Buzzerio; Gene KirklandAlice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes will take part in the next edition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's SoundExchange Influencers Series. The event will take place June 2 in the Cleveland museum's Foster Theater. Visit RockHall.com for ticket info.

The Rock Hall's Influencers series "brings music legends and stars together to demonstrate the impact that one artist or band’s music has on future generations."

This summer, Cantrell and Alice in Chains will be opening for Guns N' Roses on the reunited rockers' Not in This Lifetime tour. They'll also embark on a headlining tour of their own.

Hughes, meanwhile, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple earlier this year.

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PRNewsFoto/Def Jam RecordingsOprah Winfrey may be known for her celebrity influence, but she wasn't quite able to dissuade Paul McCartney from collaborating with Kanye West on the rap star's song "All Day." The issue, apparently, was the song's content.

McCartney explains in a recent interview with John Wilson for BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes how Winfrey advised him to pass on the popular track.

"I get this track back, a thing called 'All Day': he's taken my melody and he's made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word -- a lot!" said McCartney.

"People like Oprah, who's a little conservative about that stuff, said, ‘You shouldn't do it, even black people shouldn't use that word,'" the rock legend continued. "I said, 'Yeah, but it's Kanye!' And he's talking about an urban generation that uses that word in a completely different way. It's the context. So I was actually pleased with it."

In addition to "All Day," McCartney talks about working with Kanye in the studio and compliments the rapper's creativity, which according to McCartney, "inspires [him]."

"I love Kanye and he loves me," McCartney said. "He's a monster -- he's a crazy guy who comes up with great stuff so he inspires me."

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Credit: Ed MilesThe ongoing copyright-infringement case involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" has prompted Robert Plant to pull out of a scheduled June 19 appearance at the 2016 Meltdown Festival in London.

A message posted on Plant's Facebook page explains that the singer had to cancel because he's a defendant in the court case, which is scheduled to begin proceedings on June 14 in Los Angeles.

Plant's withdrawal from the show -- dubbed "The Boat We're In" -- as well as other unrelated factors have led the organizers to cancel the event. The concert had been intended to raise money for the British Red Cross' refugee awareness campaign, and was tied in with a recently released charity EP called The Long Road, to which Robert contributed a cover of the Elbow song "Blanket of Night."

Plant's Facebook note explains, "Robert has been enthusiastic to help in any way to the increased awareness and support of so many powerless and distraught peoples. Therefore the opportunity afforded at [the] Meltdown [festival] was an event that Robert was passionately drawn to."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Plant's fellow Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also will be attending the trial, which is being held to determine whether Page and Plant partly copied the Spirit song "Taurus" when they co-wrote "Stairway to Heaven." The band's attorneys recently accused lawyers for late Spirit frontman Randy California's estate with attempting to taint the jury pool by falsely claiming that Led Zeppelin's members were trying to avoid taking part in the trial.

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Jimmy King; Rick Diamond/WireImageWe've lost a lot of musical legends this year, and now AXS TV is paying tribute to some of them on a special episode of The Big Interview, the series hosted by newsman Dan Rather. The Big Interview -- Special Edition: Legends Lost, which premieres June 7 at 8 p.m. ET, will honor the lives of David Bowie, Prince and B.B. King, among others.

The hour-long special will be divided into segments focusing on each individual artist and will use archival footage and exclusive interviews to give viewers an inside look at the music stars' lives and careers.

During the show, Rather will chat with painter George Underwood, a childhood friend of Bowie, about the influential rock singer and songwriter. In addition, Prince's best friend and original bassist, Andre Cymone, will make a rare TV appearance to give insight into the musical genius' personal life that many people never got to see. Also, King's longtime drummer, T.C. Coleman, will discuss the bond that the blues icon had with his famous guitar, "Lucille."

Other recently departed music legends who will be paid tribute during the special include country great Merle Haggard and pop/R&B singer Natalie Cole.

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PRNewsFoto/Mercury/UMeNewly remastered versions of the classic studio and live albums that The Allman Brothers Band released from 1969 through 1979 will be reissued on high-quality 180-gram vinyl on July 22. A total of nine albums will be rereleased, spanning from the group's 1969 self-titled debut through 1979's Enlightened Rogues, and also including an expanded three-LP edition of Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970, a shorter version of which originally was issued in 1990.

The vinyl reissues will include The Allman Brothers Band's classic early-'70s albums At Fillmore East, Eat a Peach and Brothers and Sisters, all of which were certified platinum for sales of more than a million copies in the U.S. All of the albums were remastered from the original analog tapes. The reissue of 1969's The Allman Brothers Band is a two-LP set that includes the original mix and the stereo mix featured on the 1973 compilation Beginnings.

In addition, a limited-edition vinyl box set gathering all nine albums together in a specially designed package resembling a peach crate will be sold. The 15-LP collection is available for pre-order now at UDiscoverMusic.com. The box set also will contain an amplifier-shaped USB drive featuring digital versions of the nine albums, as well as a variety of collectibles, including posters, magnets, guitar picks, a turntable mat, a trucker's hat and a deck of playing cards. Only 500 box set will be sold, each one individually numbered.

High-resolution digital versions of the albums also will be released on July 22.

Here is the full list of Allman Brothers Band albums that will be reissued:

The Allman Brothers Band (1969)*
Idlewild South (1970)
At Fillmore East (1971)*
Eat a Peach (1972)*
Brothers and Sisters (1973)
Win, Lose or Draw (1975)
Wipe the Window, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas (1976)*
Enlightened Rogues (1979)
Live at Ludlow Garage: 1970 (1990)

* = two-LP set.
= three-LP set.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentA trailer for the upcoming Rolling Stones release Totally Stripped, an expanded, multi-format version of the band's 1995 unplugged album Stripped, has premiered online. The 30-second promo video includes brief interview segments with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, as well as clips of the group performing and behind-the-scenes footage.

The Stripped album featured a combination of tracks that The Rolling Stones recorded live at studios in Tokyo and Lisbon, Portugal, and concert performances from shows the band played during its Voodoo Lounge Tour at small venues in Amsterdam, Paris and London. Totally Stripped contains a new documentary of that takes an in-depth look at the Stripped project, as well as an album featuring both previously released and unreleased performances from the aforementioned concerts in Amsterdam, Paris and London.

In the trailer, Jagger comments on the difference between performing in a club as compared with a large venue, noting that "a twitch of an eyebrow will suffice, whereas in a stadium it's like the frantic arm-waving constantly." In addition, Richards maintains that The Stones are "a club band [that] just got bigger gigs." Touring keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Stripped co-producer Don Was also appear briefly in the video.

Totally Stripped will be released on June 3, and will available as a DVD/CD or SD Blu-ray/CD set and as a DVD/two-LP or SD Blu-ray/two-LP vinyl package. In addition, a deluxe five-disc edition of the release will be sold, featuring the CD and DVD or SD Blu-ray, plus full-length videos of the three Stones concerts captured for the Stripped record.

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Danny Clinch; Alasdair McLellanBruce Springsteen is a true gentleman. According to U.K.’s The Mirror, the New Jersey rocker gave pop superstar Adele his jacket during his chilly outdoor Rock in Rio concert in Lisbon, Portugal, last week.

Adele reportedly recounted his kind act during her own Lisbon show over the weekend.

"I was wearing a ridiculous skirt, which was silly. It gets quite windy in Lisbon," The Mirror quotes her as saying. "I had a little thin [sweater] on, and Bruce came out and said, 'You're going to be cold.' I was a bit drunk, I'd had four glasses of wine, so I said I'd be fine."

Needless to say, the Boss was right. "He gave me his coat -- so I was watching the show, wearing his coat," Adele said. "I was too embarrassed to try to put my arms in because, obviously, too small. So I just wore it on my shoulders."

The European leg of Springsteen and his E Street Band's 2016 The River Tour continues Wednesday, May 24, with a show in Manchester, U.K. The overseas outing winds down with a July 31 concert in Zurich, Switzerland. Meanwhile, Bruce has just added a second show at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, on September 9, to his upcoming U.S. itinerary. The stateside trek gets underway August 23 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Credit: Blain ClausenJust a reminder that the upcoming sixth installment of the Skyville Live online concert series, headlined by ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons, takes place tonight, May 24, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The show also will include performances by Australian rock-guitar whiz Orianthi, up-and-coming country star Frankie Ballard, rock-soul singer ZZ Ward and veteran roots-rock singer/songwriter Mike Henderson.

The webcast will be streamed live exclusively on AOL.com and via the free mobile video platform go90. The concert takes place in front of a live studio audience in Nashville and will be shot in high-def.

Since Skyville Live premiered in January 2015, the series has featured an eclectic variety of music artists, including Gregg Allman, Sam Moore, Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal, Martina McBride and Jewel.

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Courtesy of MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney fans may be amazed by a unique new virtual-reality documentary series the rock legend has launched to promote his upcoming compilation, Pure McCartney.

The six-part series, titled Pure McCartney VR, captures Sir Paul sharing stories about various songs featured on the new album while offering the viewer an immersive 360-degree look at a room in his home studio.

Each episode features McCartney discussing an individual tune, and is enhanced with animated images and video clips that appear while he chats about the songs. The first two episodes, focusing on 2007's "Dance Tonight" and Paul's 1980 chart-topping hit "Coming Up,"  premiered today while the remaining four installments will be rolled out between now and Pure McCartney's June 10 arrival.

In addition, to the virtual-reality video elements, the series features McCartney's music mixed, for the first time ever, in the Dolby Atmos surround sound format.

Pure McCartney VR is a collaboration between the former Beatles star and Jaunt, a tech company pioneering the use of cinematic virtual reality. The series can be viewed online at JauntVR.com and by using the Jaunt VR app via Apple and Android devices, Oculus Rift, Desktop 360 and other platforms.

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Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty ImagesHappy birthday, Bob Dylan. The legendary, much-lauded singer-songwriter was born Robert Allen Zimmerman 75 years ago today in Duluth, Minnesota.

Dylan made his early mark as a folk artist, chronicling and commenting on the social unrest of the 1960s with songs like 1963's "Blowin' in the Wind" and 1964's "The Times They Are a-Changin'." With his insightful and poetic lyrics, he also was heartily embraced by the rock and pop world.  His music influenced and inspired countless artists, including The Beatles.

In the mid 1960s, Dylan moved toward a more rock sound when he began incorporating electric instruments into his music on such songs as "Like a Rolling Stone." His performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, during which he played live with amplified guitars for the first time, initially drew the ire of some of his folk purists. After being injured in a serious motorcycle accident at the height of his popularity in 1966, Dylan withdrew from the public eye for a time. When he reemerged with 1967's John Wesley Harding, Bob's focus had returned to a more rootsy sound that again influenced many of the era's top rock artists.

Over the years, Dylan also has explored country music and Christian rock, although most of his work has been anchored by folk, blues and rock 'n' roll. Most recently, he's turned his attention to pop standards, with 2015's Shadows in the Night and the just-released album Fallen Angels, both of which feature covers of songs that Frank Sinatra recorded. Dylan will kick off a new U.S. tour in support of Fallen Angels June 4 in Woodinville, Washington.

Not surprisingly, Dylan has received many major honors during his career, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, and was named the Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year in 2015. In addition, Dylan has won 11 Grammy Awards and an Oscar.

In honor of Dylan's 75th birthday, Rolling Stone has compiled a list of his 100 greatest songs, featuring commentary by such music stars as Mick Jagger, Bono, David Crosby, Lenny Kravitz and more. Check it out at RollingStone.com.

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Thom Yorke and Radiohead performing in Paris May 23; David Wolff-Patrick/RedfernsRadiohead's show in Paris Monday night was indeed so very special: the band played their breakthrough hit "Creep" for the first time in seven years. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the performance now on YouTube.

"Creep" was released as Radiohead's debut single in 1992, though it didn't become a worldwide hit until the next year. In reaction to its mainstream popularity, Radiohead began to play "Creep" live less frequently before dropping it from their setlist altogether during their OK Computer tour. They've also had some not-so-nice things to say about the track. Radiohead has since trotted out "Creep" on occasion -- before last night, the last time they played the song live was in 2009.

In addition to "Creep," Monday's show in Paris also saw the full live debut of "True Love Waits," which, after years of tinkering, appears on Radiohead's new studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool.

Radiohead will play headlining shows in New York City and Los Angeles this summer. They'll also play at this year's Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits festivals.

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Zack Whitford; Courtesy of Discovery ChannelMusic meets nature in a new Discovery Channel series called Hello World! that premieres July 9. Steven Tyler and Joan Jett are among the music stars lending their music and voices to the family-friendly six-part show.

Each episode of the family-friendly program will feature narration from an artist and showcase one of their songs. In Tyler's episode, titled "Summer Wild," his new solo country song "Red, White & You" will serve as the theme. The program will focus on how various North American animals, including prairie dogs, hawks and wild horses, spend the summer months.

Jett's episode will be titled "Bad Reputation" and will feature the punk-rock veteran classic tune of the same name. The program will look at animals known for their ferocious behavior, such as sharks, wolves and alligators, and show how play important roles in their respective ecosystems.

Other musicians featured on the series include Dave Matthews, Christina Aguilera, Usher and Ellie Goulding.

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Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty ImageAt a glance, it appears as if Paul McCartney took the breakup of The Beatles in stride, almost immediately releasing a pair of solo albums -- McCartney and Ram -- before forming Wings two years later.  In truth, he was so depressed he hit the bottle for a while and seriously considered getting out of music altogether.

Those are some of the startling confessions McCartney shares in just three minutes of an interview for the BBC Radio 4 Mastertapes program.

“How do you follow that?”  McCartney said of his post-Beatles feelings.  “It was very depressing, because you were breaking from your lifelong friends.”

Also depressing: “Not knowing whether I was going to continue in music,” McCartney revealed, explaining that after playing in a band, he wasn’t sure how to continue on his own.

It got so bad, McCartney said he “took to the bevvies.  I took to the wee dram,” meaning alcohol.  “I was a bit far gone,” he admitted.  “Suddenly, I wasn’t having a good time.  It wasn’t working.”

McCartney’s late wife, Linda, is the one who got him back on his feet, convincing McCartney to form Wings – although for a time, he considered putting together a supergroup: “…just rung up Eric [Clapton], Jimmy Page, John Bonham, whatever.”

Why didn’t he?  “[F]or some mad reason, I kind of wanted to go back to square one, and just do it as we’d done in The Beatles,” McCartney said, adding, “Looking back on it, I’m really glad we did it, because it was the way to do it.”

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Courtesy of Santana IVSantana's new studio album, Santana IV, not only features a reunion of most of the influential Latin-rock band's original members, but also a guest appearance by legendary soul/R&B singer Ron Isley, who lends his talents to a pair of tunes. However, Carlos Santana recently revealed that those tunes -- "Love Makes the World Go Round" and "Freedom in Your Mind" -- are just the tip of the iceberg from the collaboration.

"In the fall, we recorded 16 songs with Ronnie Isley, and they're absolutely incredible," Carlos told ABC Radio.

The guitar great then went on to shower praise on Isley, placing his name alongside some of the iconic music artists of his time.

"I'm not afraid to say that he is more important to me or as important to me as the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate," gushed Carlos. "Ronnie Isley is that magnanimous of a singer. When you're in the room and you hear him sing…like Pavarotti or Placido Domingo, those notes are coming from way down there in the earth and all the way in the sky. He is supremely important, and anyone who's alive right now is already blessed they were alive with him, you know, like a [John] Coltrane or a Miles Davis."

Santana says his appreciation of Isley's music dates back to The Isley Brothers' classic original 1962 version of "Twist and Shout."

"The Beatles came and invaded us at The Ed Sullivan Show singing 'Twist and Shout,' [but it was] nowhere as good as The Isley Brothers," Carlos maintained. "I mean, let's just be fair, OK? It was cute and it was nice, but it was not the same thing. When you hear Ronnie Isley sing 'Twist and Shout,'…it was like, 'Dang!' you know?"

While no release date has been announced yet for Santana's collaborative album with Isley, Carlos recently told Billboard that it likely will arrive in the fall of this year.

As previously reported, Santana IV features contributions from original singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Shrieve and percussionist Michael Carabello, as well as from Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who was a member of Santana during the early 1970s. The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200.

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Credit: Jimmy KingA new documentary scheduled to air on British television in July will feature a variety of previously unreleased David Bowie recordings, NME reports. The show will be the second episode of a four-part series titled The People's History of Pop that premiered on the BBC4 channel last month.

A BBC rep confirmed to NME that the program, which is "still being made," will include "some rare and special Bowie material in it."

The show's host, Danny Baker, was given access to various rare songs by Bowie collector and biographer Kevin Cann. Among the rarities expected to be featured on the show are a demo of Bowie's 1969 hit "Space Oddity" with alternate lyrics and a version of David's 1967 novelty tune "The Laughing Gnome" that includes some profanity.

Another interesting track that may appear on the show is a version of the French song "Comme D'Habitude," whose music served as the basis for the Frank Sinatra hit "My Way." Bowie was one of several songwriters who were asked to write English lyrics to go along with the tune, although the words Paul Anka penned were the ones eventually chosen for the classic tune. David later admitted that "My Way" was an influence on his own memorable song "Life on Mars?"

The People's History of Pop will focus on music fans' remembrances spanning from 1956 to 1996. The second episode of the series will cover the late 1960s to the early '70s. Other artists whose music will be featured in the show include Pink Floyd, Bob Marley and T. Rex's Marc Bolan. In preparing the series, the BBC asked U.K. fans to submit memorabilia they collected -- including audio, video and photos -- to the website BBC.co.uk/mygeneration for use in the program.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageAll aboard! A new tram in the U.K. will be named after Ozzy Osbourne, according to the Birmingham Mail. The tram will run through the English city of Birmingham, where the Black Sabbath frontman was born.

"It's a great honor to have a new tram named after me," says Osbourne. "I'm proud to be a Brummie and this means so much."

Ozzy will be on hand at the Corporation Street station this Thursday, May 26, for the tram naming ceremony, and, presumably, to make sure it doesn't go off the rails on a crazy train.

Meanwhile, Ozzy and Black Sabbath will resume their The End farewell tour this June with a trek through Europe. The band will return to the U.S. in August.

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Courtesy Julien's AuctionsA set of handwritten lyrics scrawled by John Lennon and an acoustic guitar that belonged to Elvis Presley each brought in more than $300,000 at a rock memorabilia auction that took place over the weekend at Hard Rock Café New York.

A sheet of paper on which Lennon wrote part of the lyrics to the 1967 Beatles tune "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," as well as a decorative illustration, sold for $354,500. The song's title was slightly misspelled -- "Benifit" rather than "Benefit" -- and Lennon highlighted it with shapes drawn in gold marker.

Presley's 1969 Gibson Dove guitar, which his father, Vernon, gave him as a gift in 1971, fetched $334,000. Vernon Presley purchased the instrument at Guitar City in Memphis, and had custom elements added to it in honor of his son, including an ebony finish and a karate-themed decal in recognition of Elvis recently earning his black belt in the martial art. Presley played the guitar on stage often between 1971 and 1973, including during his historic Aloha from Hawaii television special.

Among the many other interesting collectibles sold at the auction were a drumhead used by The Who's Keith Moon, which brought in $187,500; a jacket Queen's Freddie Mercury wore during the band's Magic Tour, which fetched $81,250; and two sheets of handwritten lyrics by Jimi Hendrix that feature the words to the songs "Room Full of Mirrors" and "Shame Shame Shame," which went for $62,600.

For more details about the sale, visit JuliensAuctions.com and JuliensLive.com.

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ABC/Randy HolmesDuring a recent appearance on the BBC's The Graham Norton Show, Elton John hinted that his touring days may soon be nearing an end.

Speaking with the Irish talk show host, Elton admitted that after almost half a century on the road, it may soon be time to hang up his platform boots.  These days, the Rocket Man is mostly the Family Man, as he longs to spend more time with his husband of 11 years, David Furnish, and their two young sons, Zachary, 5 and Elijah. 3.

"If you're feeling fresh and energetic do it while you can. I'm not going to do it forever because I want to see my boys grow up," Elton said, according to The Daily Mail.

But Elton said he wouldn't characterize his current performances as a "farewell tour." "I like playing and I'm a working musician and I love to do it," he said.

John was on the show promoting his upcoming collaboration with Welsh musician Bright Light Bright Light who Elton is set to tour with after his upcoming Vegas residency.

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of FameSimmer down, Aerosmith fans: The band is not replacing lead singer Steven Tyler.

A statement posted on Aerosmith's Twitter account and released by its reps on Friday said, "There's absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new singer."

Tyler is currently recording a country album in Nashville.

 

There's absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new singer. pic.twitter.com/bnxdtxpjTh

— Aerosmith (@Aerosmith) May 21, 2016

 

The band was forced to set the record straight after guitarist Brad Whitford said in a recent interview that the band has "considered" touring with another singer.

But in Friday's statement, lead guitarist Joe Perry said, "Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue. All five of us were just on the phone together talking about how excited we are to go to South America and Mexico City."

That tour kicks off September 29 in Bogota, Colombia, and ends in Mexico City on October 27.

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