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Credit: Rob HarriesSo, the famous inflatable pig seen tied to London's Battersea Power Station on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, won't be going on the auction block after all.  The 40-foot prop, nicknamed "Algie," was supposed to be part of a U.K. memorabilia sale scheduled for September 15 at Durrants auction house, but it has been withdrawn by Rob Harries, the man who created it, who says he now plans to give it back to the band.

Durrants official Dominic Parravani tells ABC Radio, "Pink Floyd came back and said that they wanted to have him back and rehome him...I think after the huge amount of publicity that has been generated, the band thought that Algie should go back to them."

The auction still will feature a variety other props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio, which was founded by Harries.  Among them is a different inflatable pig that was featured at Pink Floyd concerts after Roger Waters left the group.  Other items include a giant pig's head featured at Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, a cast of an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon trek, and large figures of Queen's Freddie Mercury and Brian May used during the group's The Magic Tour in 1986.

You can check out a full list of items up for bid by visiting Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

On the cover of Animals, "Algie," which was designed by Waters, appears attached to two of Battersea Power Station's massive smokestacks.  As the story goes, during the photo shoot for the record the helium-filled prop broke free of its moorings and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

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Credit: Ross HalfinJames Hetfield can sing and plays a mean guitar, but can the Metallica frontman do a viable zombie impression?  You can find out by watching him "audition" to play a zombie in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.

The promotional clip was released as part of a campaign to raise money to help unemployed military veterans finds jobs.  If you donate at Omaze.com/CallofDuty, you'll be entered for a chance to see a "zombified" version of yourself in Black Ops III.

Early in the clip, you hear someone asking Hetfield from out of frame what his motivation is, to which he responds, "Brains!"  He then is reminded that zombies don't talk.  Later in the clip, he points out, "Just so you know, [Metallica is] big in the zombie community," adding, "You ever heard of 'All Nightmare Long'?"  Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows also appears in the video.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released on November 6.

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Warner Bros. RecordsOn the heels of the announcement that most of Van Morrison's solo albums will be reissued digitally and made available to streaming services starting Friday, August 28, as part of a new Legacy Recordings deal, comes news of a separate series of Morrison reissues.  Expanded and remastered versions of two of Van the Man's classic early studio efforts, 1968's Astral Weeks and 1970's His Band and the Street Choir, will be released on October 30 via Warner Bros. Records.

Both albums will be available as a single-CD and digitally, and both will feature several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

While Astral Weeks failed to break into the U.S. albums chart following its November 1968 release, it's gone on to become one of Morrison's most influential and critically acclaimed works, landing at #19 of Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.  The upcoming Astral Weeks reissue boasts four bonus tracks -- alternate takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George" and long versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."

Released in November of 1970, His Band and the Street Choir followed Van's 1969 commercial breakthrough Moondance, and became the singer/songwriter's first album to crack the top 20 of the Billboard 200.  It also featured Morrison's first top 10 hit, "Domino," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, it includes the #23 single "Blue Money."  The forthcoming His Band and the Street Choir reissue contains five extra cuts -- alternate takes of "Call Me Up in Dreamland," "Give Me a Kiss" and "Gypsy Queen," and alternate versions of "I've Been Working" and "I'll Be Your Lover, Too."

Here are the track listings for the forthcoming reissues of Astral Weeks and His Band and the Street Choir:

Astral Weeks:

"Astral Weeks"
"Beside You"
"Sweet Thing"
"Cyprus Avenue"
"The Way Young Lovers Do"
"Madame George"
"Ballerina"
"Slim Slow Slider"
"Beside You" (Take 1)*
"Madame George" (Take 4)*
"Ballerina" (Long Version)*
"Slim Slow Slider" (Long Version)*

His Band and the Street Choir:

"Domino"
"Crazy Face"
"Give Me a Kiss"
"I've Been Working"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland"
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too"
"Blue Money"
"Virgo Clowns"
"Gypsy Queen"
"Sweet Jannie"
"If I Ever Needed Someone"
"Street Choir"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Take 10)*
"Give Me a Kiss" (Take 3)*
"Gypsy Queen" (Take 3)*
"I've Been Working" (Alternate Version)*
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too" (Alternate Version)*

* = previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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Al Pereira/Getty ImagesNewly-minted BFFs Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer popped up in an unusual place on Thursday: dancing on Billy Joel's piano during his concert at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

While Billy sang "Uptown Girl," J-Law and Schumer, who are writing a screenplay together, danced barefoot on the piano, and Lawrence even kissed Schumer's feet. 

How did this pairing come about?  "Uptown Girl" is included in Amy's film Trainwreck, and the whole thing was apparently planned.  According to E!, Kyle Dunnigan, a writer for Amy's Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, posted video on Instagram earlier showing the two actresses rehearsing with Billy, but later deleted it.

Kim Caramele, Schumer's sister, later shared video of the actual concert, which she shot while standing behind J-Law and Amy as they danced and Billy sang.

Amy and Jennifer met a few months ago, and Jennifer recently told the New York Times that in the screenplay they're writing together, they'll play sisters.  "Amy and I were creatively made for each other," she said. " We have different flavors. It's been the most fun experience of my life."

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CBS Photography 1964A series of four sketches Paul McCartney scrawled during the 1960s are among the many collectibles going up for bid this Saturday in Liverpool, U.K., at the 2015 edition of the city's annual Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The drawings, done on white scrap paper, feature faces of various Beatles members and include quirky messages on the opposite side.

The sketches are estimated to sell for as much as 10,000 pounds -- or more than $15,000 -- combined.  More than 300 other lots also will go under the hammer at the auction, which will be held at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.  The facility opened in 1996 and was co-founded by Sir Paul in the building that housed his old school.

Among the other interesting pieces of memorabilia that will be auctioned are a variety of autographed singles, albums, photos and documents signed by Beatles members; a piece of the original Cavern Club stage; a 1955 John Lennon detention sheet from Liverpool's Quarry Bank High School; and handbills from a number of early Fab Four concerts.

For more details about the sale, visit BeatlesAuction.co.uk.  The auction is being held in conjunction with Liverpool's annual International Beatleweek celebration, which runs through this Monday, September 1.  The lineup of artists and Beatles-related celebs scheduled to appear at the festival include Donovan, Badfinger's Joey Molland, one-time Wings member Denny Seiwell, former Lennon flame May Pang, George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd and photographer Bob Gruen.  Plenty of details about the fest have been posted at LiverpoolEcho.co.uk.

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ABC News RadioWho better to develop a new slasher movie than the man known as Slash?

The rocker will produce a horror film with Revolver Picture Company that will be a throwback to 1980s flicks like Halloween and Friday the 13th, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The plot has not yet been revealed.

Slash got involved after meeting with some folks at Revolver. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "They had an idea that tied in perfectly with a theme that I was working on at the time. From there, together with [screenwriter] Brian Sieve, I think we developed something awesome."  

The goal is that the movie will evolve into a franchise.

Slash isn't new to the horror film genre -- he produced 2013's Nothing Left to Fear.

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Credit: Steven SebringPatti Smith gave a special intimate performance on Wednesday night at New York City's Electric Lady Studios to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that Jimi Hendrix opened the famed recording facility.  Smith, who actually was at the studio that day in 1970, performed her 1975 debut album Horses in its entirety.

The show was the inaugural installment of the "Live at Electric Lady" concert series, and was recorded for an upcoming high-quality vinyl release that will be the first disc to be issued on the just-announced Electric Lady Records label.  According to RollingStone.com, the punk poet also shared stories about various songs she performed, with her longtime backing band, and also recited some of her poetry.

About Horses' final tune, "Elegie," which she co-wrote with ex-boyfriend and late Blue Oyster Cult member Allen Lanier, Smith said, "A lot has happened in 40 years and all of us have lost people that we love...obviously we can't name them all, but this little song, written for Jimi Hendrix, now becomes a song to honor and remember all of them."

Among the many celebrities who attended the concert were ex-R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Liv Tyler, director Darren Aronofsky, The Strokes' Nikolai Fraiture, Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart, James Marsden, Alexander Skarsgard, Natasha Lyonne, Dakota Johnson, designer Christian Siriano and photographers Danny Clinch and Mark Seliger.

As previously reported, Patti has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of Horses' release at her shows throughout 2015, and she will launch a series of European and U.S. dates starting with a September 19 show in Zurich, Switzerland.

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UMeA new full-length preview clip from Hollywood Vampires, the all-star tribute album organized by Alice Cooper and big-screen superstar Johnny Depp, has debuted online.  The collective's rendition of The Who's "My Generation" can be heard in its entirety now at the Hollywood Vampires VEVO channel.

The song is a hard-rocking, relatively faithful version of the classic 1966 tune that features Alice on lead vocals, Johnny and Cooper band mate Tommy Henriksen on guitars, frequent Depp collaborator Bruce Witkin on bass, and longtime Who touring member Zak Starkey -- Ringo Starr's son -- on drums.

As previously reported, Hollywood Vampires pays homage to some of the late rock stars that Cooper partied with during the 1970s as part of an informal drinking club of the same name.  One of the shock rocker's fellow club members was The Who's Keith Moon, which is why Alice chose to record a tune by the band.

Three other tracks from the Hollywood Vampires album had previously been posted at the project's VEVO channel -- an original tune titled "Dead Drunk Friends," a cover of Spirit's "I Got a Line on You" and a medley combining Cooper's own "School's Out" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2."

Other guest artists featured on Hollywood Vampires include Paul McCartney, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Slash, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.  The album will be released on September 1.

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinCongratulations go out to U2 guitarist The Edge, whose oldest child, Hollie Evans, got married this past weekend in Tuscany, Italy.  The Irish Mirror reports that the rock star was on hand to walk his 31-year-old daughter down the aisle.

According to the paper, Hollie wed her childhood sweetheart, Jamie Hewitson.

Hollie is one of three adult daughters The Edge fathered with his first wife, Aislinn.  He also has a teenage daughter and his son with his second wife, Morleigh Steinberg.  The 54-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer became a grandfather when his youngest daughter with Aislynn, Blue Angel, gave birth to a son.

Meanwhile, U2 has debuted a new official video for its Songs of Innocence single "Song for Someone" on its official Facebook page.  The visually striking black-and-white clip was directed by illustrator and photographer Matt Mahurin.

U2 kicks off a European leg of its iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE Tour 2015 next Friday, September 4, in Turin, Italy.  The trek runs through a November 15 show in Paris.

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Credit: Rob HarriesOne of most famous props in the annals of rock history is about to go under the hammer.  The giant inflatable pig tied to London's Battersea Power Station that appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1976 album, Animals, will be auctioned off next month as part of a U.K. memorabilia sale. 

The floating pig, nicknamed "Algie," is among the many props created for various rock acts by the Halesworth, U.K.-based Air Artists studio that will be offered for sale September 15 via Durrants auction house.

Other items going up for bid include an inflatable Babylonian woman that appeared onstage during served The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon Tour, a giant pig head featured at Roger Waters' historic 1990 concert at the Berlin Wall, and props used by AC/DC, Bon Jovi and Iron Maiden.

Creator Rob Harries tells BBC News he decided to sell the props -- which for years had been stored in his workshop -- because he changed his artistic direction toward sculpture rather than inflatable pieces.

"I'm sad to see them go but they very rarely see the light of day and so I would be quite happy for someone else to take them for a walk," the artist says.  "The clear-out has been quite cathartic and brought back a lot of memories, but I do feel I've been there and done that now, and it's time to move on."

Waters designed "Algie," and a dramatic composite photo of the 40-foot prop moored to the huge power station served as the cover art for Animals.  During the photo shoot, the helium-filled "Algie" infamously broke free and floated thousands of feet in the air, causing flights at London's Heathrow Airport to be canceled.  The flying pig eventually touched down at a farm in Kent, England, and was retrieved, repaired and used to finish the shoot.

To find out more information about the auction, visit Auctions.Durrants.com or The-Saleroom.com.

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Credit: Dr. James ThomasElton John's outrageous outfits have become legendary, and now one of them has inspired the name of a newly discovered species of crustacean, according to Phys.org.

While exploring the remote coral reefs of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Dr. James Thomas from the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography in Florida and his colleagues from Naturalis Natural History museum in the Netherlands discovered the tiny crustacean, which lives inside another reef dweller.

Thomas, it turns out, is a big fan of the 68-year-old singer, songwriter and pianist, and he named the amphipod Leucothoe eltoni for its unusual shape, which reminded him of a famous outfit John wore in the 1975 film adaptation of The Who rock opera Tommy.

As Thomas explained in his scientific paper about the crustacean, its name was "in reference to the large shoe-like first gnathopod [a clawlike appendage] of this species and the oversize boots Elton John wore as the local pinball champion in the movie Tommy."

Thomas' paper on the species was published in the journal ZooKeys.

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Credit: Danny ClinchIs there a new Pearl Jam album on the horizon?  In an interview with Vice, bassist Jeff Ament says the band may return to the studio in 2016.

"The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year," Ament says.  Pearl Jam's last album was 2013's Lightning Bolt.

Ament didn't give any more details about the prospective new Pearl Jam album -- the interview mostly focused on his efforts building skate parks for youth communities in South Dakota and his home state Montana, which he pays for himself.

"The way I look at it is if I'm touring and doing more things with the band, I make more money," Ament says.  "If I make more money I build more parks.  It helps me get more excited about touring because I'm usually not too excited about it."

Pearl Jam will headline the 2015 Global Citizen Festival on September 26 in New York City's Central Park, and will kick off a South American tour in November.

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Nels Israelson; Marina ChavezJackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt will be on hand to celebrate the unveiling of a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today honoring veteran music industry executive Joe Smith.  Browne and Raitt will serve as guest speakers at the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 1750 North Vine Street in front of the famous Capitol Records Building.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler will emcee the event.  If you aren't able to attend the ceremony in person, it will be streamed live at WalkOfFame.com.

During his long career, Smith has served as president of Warner Bros. Records, chairman of Elektra/Asylum Records and president and CEO of Capitol-EMI Music.  In addition, during the 1980s he interviewed more than 230 artists, producers and other music-industry figures for a book he wrote titled Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music.  He later donated his collection of audio interviews from the project to the Library of Congress.  You can hear some of these interviews, including Smith's conversations with Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, Ray Charles and B.B. King, at the Blank on Blank official YouTube channel.

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Credit: James Minchin IIIRolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger may not be the only rock star who is helping to develop a new HBO series focusing on the music business.  Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora tells ABC Radio that he's executive producing a show for the cable network that's based on a script he wrote and that focuses an up-and-coming rock band and "the toil, trials and tribulations" it goes through while trying to make it big.

Sambora claims that he got involved in the project after HBO contacted him about doing the music for a project that was being developed.  Instead, the New Jersey rocker explains, he showed the network reps a script he'd written three years earlier that was inspired by his own experiences in the music industry which they wound up liking better than the one they had.

Richie tells ABC Radio that his decision to write a fictional script came about after he kept being approached to pen a tell-all memoir, something to which he was very opposed.

"It's like, I don't want to do that clichéd thing about who slept with who, what substance happened here, what was going on there," he points out.  "I'm a Jersey guy so I keep everything to the chest.  I don't want to talk about anybody anyway, right?  Plus, I have a daughter...So I said, 'Why don't I write a teleplay?'"

Meanwhile, Sambora points out that he had a wide variety of experiences from which to draw for his script, beyond his many highlights as a member of one of the world's biggest rock bands.

As he recalls, "I went between [being a] record company president [at age 28,] and then I had another label.  I was a manager.  I'm a mentor.  I'm a songwriter for other artists.  I produce other artists…I have all that life experience."

According to Sambora, HBO was interested in more than just his script: The network actually wanted him to star in the show as well, but he maintains that he isn't interested.

"I don't like acting that much, so I'm not going to do it," he insists.  "It wouldn't leave me any time to do anything else too."

ABC Radio asked HBO for more info about the show, but couldn’t find anyone at the network who is aware of its existence.

Sambora is involved in a variety of other projects, with the main one being the new collaborative album he's been working on with his current girlfriend, Australian rock guitar whiz Orianthi, which he expects to release sometime next year.

No word on when we might see the series that Richie says he's executive producing.  As previously reported, the HBO show Jagger is co-producing, titled Vinyl, is a drama that centers on the music biz in New York City during the mid-1970s and is scheduled to premiere in 2016.

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RhinoDuring its initial run in the 1970s and early '80s, Bad Company released a series of memorable songs that are still heard on radio today.  Now, a new hits compilation titled Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company, culled from the U.K. rockers' first seven albums, is scheduled to be released on October 2 on CD and as a digital download.

The 19-track collection features most of the band's biggest hits and best-known tunes, including "Can't Get Enough," "Bad Company," "Ready for Love," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Shooting Star" and "Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy."  The album also features previously unreleased alternate versions of "Easy on My Soul" and "See the Sunlight," songs which were recorded during the respective sessions for the group's 1974 self-titled debut and 1975's sophomore effort, Straight Shooter.

Bad Company was formed in 1973 by ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and former King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.  The band broke up in 1982, but re-formed in 1986 without Rodgers.  The original lineup reunited in 1999, although, sadly, Burrell passed away in 2006.  Since then, the surviving founding members have teamed up for several tours.

Here is the track list of Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy: The Very Best of Bad Company:

"Can't Get Enough" (Single Edit)
"Bad Company"
"Movin' On"
"Ready for Love"
"Easy on My Soul" (Alternate Version)*
"Good Lovin' Gone Bad"
"Feel Like Makin' Love"
"Shooting Star"
"Weep No More"
"See the Sunlight" (Alternate Version)*
"Live for the Music"
"Simple Man"
"Honey Child"
"Run with the Pack" (Single Edit)
"Burnin' Sky"
"Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy"
"Rhythm Machine"
"Gone, Gone, Gone"
"Electricland" (Single Edit)

* = previously unreleased.

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Mindless Records/UMeKeith Richards has premiered a second new solo song online as part of the recently launched promotional campaign for his upcoming solo album, Crosseyed Heart, which will be released on September 18.  The new tune, called "Substantial Damage," began streaming at CrosseyedHeart.com after a temporary commemorative plaque was unveiled at 33 Chastilian Rd. in Dartford, just outside of London, where the Rolling Stones guitarist lived when he was a baby.

The location of the heritage marker was revealed recently via Richards' Facebook page and Twitter feed, and the song was unlocked after a fan logged onto CrosseyedHeart.com and submitted a password that appeared on the blue plaque.

"Substantial Damage" is a mid-tempo tune featuring a bluesy, funky guitar riff and an insistent drum beat, with Richards delivering half-spoken lyrics about an apparently inattentive lover.  "What's that thing attached to your ear?" barks Keith.  "I'm talking to you but you don't seem to hear/ I'm paying for dinner and I might as well not be here/ Substantial damage, baby."

As previously reported, the promo campaign, which began last week, will feature a total of four temporary "Heritage" plaques that will pop up in London or South West England at significant sites in Richards' life.  One marker will be unveiled per week up until the album's release, and a new song will premiere after each plaque is discovered.  

The first plaque was introduced last week at 6 Spielman Road in Dartford, which is the address of a residence where Keith resided during his teenage years.  After it was unveiled, Richards debuted a song titled "Amnesia" online.  Check Richards' social media outlets and website next week for the next installment of the campaign.

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Danny Clinch; Timothy WhiteDon Henley and James Taylor are among the artists who will be featured on the upcoming 41st season of the PBS live performance series Austin City Limits.  The fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will make their respective debuts on the show on episodes scheduled to premiere on October 24 and November 14.

As previously reported, Henley will release a new solo album on September 25, the country-flavored Cass County.  The Eagles star will tape his episode on September 1.  Taylor, meanwhile, continues to promote his latest studio effort, Before This World, which arrived in June.

Austin City Limits is taped at the Austin, Texas, venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  The show's new season premiere on October 3 with a special featuring highlights from the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Here's a list of confirmed Austin City Limits episodes and guests; more will be announced soon:

10/3 -- 2015 Hall of Fame Special
10/10 -- Cassandra Wilson
10/17 -- Sturgill Simpson/Asleep at the Wheel
10/24 -- Don Henley
10/31 -- Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett
11/7 -- TV on the Radio/The War on Drugs
11/14 -- James Taylor
11/21 -- ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015

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Arts Alliance/Eagle Rock EntertainmentOn June 26, The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary with a sold-out concert in front of a crowd of 65,000 at London's famed Hyde Park.  The performance, which was the band's next-to-last U.K. performance on its The Who Hits 50! Tour, was filmed for a new movie that'll premiere in theaters around the world October 7.

The Who: Live in Hyde Park features the British rock legends playing a set packed with their memorable songs, including "I Can't Explain," "Who Are You," "My Generation," "Behind Blue Eyes," "I Can See For Miles," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Baba O'Riley," and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  The film also offers interview segments with Who founders Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as with other famous rockers, including Robert Plant, Iggy Pop, and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr.  In addition, the screenings will include a bonus featurette with extended interviews at the end of the film.

Townshend said of the experience of playing in Hyde Park, "It's a good gig.  You draw from all over the country but a London crowd is always a good crowd."

You can check out a trailer for The Who: Live in Hyde Park at Eagle Rock's official YouTube channel.  Further details about the screenings will be revealed soon at TheWhoFilm.com.

The Who will kick off a fall North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour on September 14 in San Diego.  The trek is scheduled to run through a December 13 concert in Oakland, California.

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Credit: John McMurtieIron Maiden's upcoming album will feature a surprising tribute to the late Robin Williams.  Frontman Bruce Dickinson tells Italian publication Corriere Della Sera that one of the songs off The Book of Souls is called "Tears of a Clown," and honors the comedian, who took his own life in August of 2014.

"My favorite song is one I didn't write," Dickinson says, according to a translation by Ultimate-Guitar.com.  "It's 'Tears of a Clown,' which talks about Robin Williams.  I ask myself how could he be so depressed when he always seemed to be so happy."

The song was written by band members Adrian Smith and Steve Harris.

The Book of Souls, Iron Maiden's first double album, will be released on September 4.  The album's lead single, "Speed of Light," premiered earlier this summer.

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsThe majority of Van Morrison's expansive album catalog is scheduled to be reissued digitally and also will debut on various streaming services this Friday, August 28, as part of a new deal with Sony's Legacy Recordings division.  Thirty-three of the prolific Northern Irish singer/songwriter's solo albums, spanning from 1972's Saint Dominic's Preview through the 2009's Astral Weeks -- Live at the Hollywood Bowl, will be made available Friday.

A new compilation called Essential Van Morrison will be released the same day as a two-CD set and digital download.  The deal with Legacy Recordings also will feature the reissue of four titles from Morrison's pre-solo band Them sometime later this year.  In addition, the coming months will see the release a new single-disc compilation and deluxe expanded versions of select Van albums, including Saint Dominic's Preview, 1973's Hard Nose the Highway, the 1974 live album It's Too Late to Stop Now and 1990's Enlightenment.

The new agreement will mark the first time that most of Morrison's albums will be made available to streaming services, while many of the albums being reissued have been unavailable on any format for quite some time.

"Van Morrison is one of the great singers, performers and musical artists in the history of recorded music," says Legacy Recordings president Adam Block.  "He continues to touch the hearts and souls of millions with the emotional power and spiritual truths of his songs.  Legacy Recordings is proud to partner with Van to help him protect and curate his astounding catalog and to be given the opportunity to bring his music to whole new generations of fans around the world."

Here's the list of Van's albums that will be released digitally and made available for streaming on Friday:

Saint Dominic's Preview (1972)
Hard Nose the Highway (1973)
It's Too Late to Stop Now (live) (1974)
Veedon Fleece (1974)
A Period of Transition (1977)
Wavelength (1978)
Into the Music (1979)
Common One (1980)
Beautiful Vision (1982)
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983)
Live at the Grand Opera House, Belfast (live) (1984)
A Sense of Wonder (1984)
No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1984)
Poetic Champions Compose (1987)
Irish Heartbeat (with The Chieftains) (1988)
Avalon Sunset (1989)
Enlightenment (1990)
Hymns to the Silence (1991)
Too Long in Exile (1993)
A Night in San Francisco (live) (1994)
Days Like This (1995)
How Long Has This Been Going On? (1995)
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison (1996)
The Healing Game (1997)
The Philosopher's Stone (two-CD outtakes compilation) (1998)
Back on Top (1999)
The Skiffle Sessions: Live in Belfast (live) (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What's Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep It Simple (2008)
Astral Weeks -- Live at the Hollywood Bowl (live) (2009)

And here are the Them albums that will be reissued later this year:

The Angry Young Them/Them (1965)
Them Again (1966)
Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation) (1972)
The Story of Them featuring Van Morrison (compilation) (1997)

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