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The Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song, "Being Beige"


Credit: Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins' new song, "Being Beige," might not have the most exciting title, but Billy Corgan makes up for that with a big, evocative chorus.

The track is the first to appear from The Pumpkins' upcoming album, Monuments to an Elegy.  It starts with a minimalist approach before Corgan launches into the chorus accompanied by the full band -- featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee -- as he sings the line, "The world's on fire" over and over again.

"People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can't," Corgan tells Rolling Stone of "Being Beige."  "But if there's honesty in this lyric, it's that there's something amiss in our cosmos. Yet still, we must love."

Monuments to an Elegy will be released on December 9.  It is the first of two planned upcoming albums from The Smashing Pumpkins, the other being Day for Night, which is due out in 2015.

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Bob Seger Talks New Album, "Ride Out"; Discusses Possibility of Retiring from the Road


Capitol RecordsLast week, Bob Seger released his first new studio album in more than eight years, Ride Out.  The 10-track collection is made up mostly of tunes penned by the Michigan rocker, but also features four covers, including songs by John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Australian singer/songwriter Kacey Chambers.

It's not the norm for Seger to include so many non-originals on one of his albums, but the 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC News Radio that each of the covers on Ride Out is one that he wished he'd written himself.  One of these, Hiatt's "Detroit Made," even was chosen as the record's lead single.

Seger says of the tune, an homage to the Detroit auto industry, "I just loved the subject matter, 'cause, you know, I'm [from] Michigan...we all love cars 'cause of…Detroit, and everybody loves their classic cars.  And I said, 'This is a natural.'"

Bob got to road test "Detroit Made" during his last tour, and even used the song to open about half of those concerts, noting that "it really went over good" live.

Meanwhile, the second single from Ride Out is romantic ballad titled "You Take Me In," which he wrote for his wife.  Seger tells ABC News Radio that he'd penned the song about three years ago but hadn't played it for his spouse until about three months back, when his label sent him a test pressing of Ride Out.  Bob recalls that he put the tune on while he and his wife were driving together in their car.

"[I]t starts up and she says, 'What's this?'  I said, 'This is your song," he says, laughing.  "So about halfway through, she reaches for the glove box, gets the tissues out.  So, it was a great moment."

Another song from Ride Out that been receiving a lot of media attention is "It's Your World," which focuses on the various environmental problems that we're facing on the planet.

Seger tells ABC News Radio, "I read every environmental article I see and [the tune is] like a summing up of all those things."

He adds, "I guess when you get older, you worry about your kids' future...I'm not going to be around nearly as long as they are and, and you just worry about the mess we're going to leave them."

Seger kicks off the first of two confirmed North American tour legs in support of Ride Out with a November 19 show in Saginaw, Michigan.  There's been some speculation that the trek could be Bob's last, but the veteran rocker says that even if he does decide to quit the road, he doesn't like the idea of officially labeling an outing a "farewell tour."

"I wouldn't want to announce it out," he explains.  "It'd be the saddest tour in the world, you know, if it was our last tour.  So I just really kind of take it tour by tour."

That being said, Seger points out that when his 2015 tour leg winds down around April, he will evaluate how he's feeling with regard to doing future shows.

"I think the determining factor of when I retire will be my voice," he notes.  "If I feel it's starting to slip, if I feel I can't really sing well enough anymore, I'll be the first one out the door."

Visit BobSeger.com to check out a list all of Seger's upcoming concerts.

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Santana to Perform Instrumental Version of National Anthem at World Series


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Carlos Santana will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" Saturday at Game Four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals in San Francisco, a Fox spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Country singer Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem before Game One Tuesday in Kansas City.

Singer Phillip Phillips has been tapped to perform the national anthem Wednesday night before Game Two.

The country group Little Big Town will perform the song before Game Three on Friday.

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Ringo Starr Named Spokesperson for Skechers


Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanRingo Starr has been named the latest spokesperson for Skechers.

The legendary drummer will endorse Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear in a campaign that will launch next spring with a new TV commercial.  

Skechers notes that until now, the Relaxed Fit footwear ads have focused on pro athletes. It says, "[W]e can’t wait for everyone to see how Ringo’s charm and cool charisma makes him the perfect ambassador for Relaxed Fit."

 

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Paul McCartney Discusses Twerking, Tattoos and Favorite Current Tunes in New Twitter Q&A


MPL/Mary McCartney Paul McCartney took to his Twitter account on Monday for a Q&A session with fans, during which the rock legend candidly, and often humorously, shared a variety of personal revelations.

Among the many topics Sir Paul chatted about were his current favorite songs and the best gigs he ever attended.  McCartney said the tunes that he's enjoying most right now are the Foo Fighters' new single, "Something from Nothing," and the Sia hit "Chandelier."  As for his favorite concerts, Paul tweeted, "There are many," while singling out rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West's joint show.

McCartney also named his favorite television shows -- Veep and Family Feud -- and his favorite Meryl Streep movie, which he says is The Devil Wears Prada, while adding that "everything she does is brilliant."

The 72-year-old also revealed that his favorite bass line to play is The Beatles' "Being for the Benefit for Mr. Kite," noting that "it's challenging."  In addition, he admitted that he often will forget the words to his own tunes in concert, pointing out, "I think that the people in my audience know the songs better than I do.  Excuse is I've written rather a lot."

On the sillier side of things, McCartney revealed that the last time he twerked he "was with Katy Perry," adding that the pop starlet "was rather good at it!"  He also reported that he has no tattoos anywhere on his body, "not even on my a**."

During the Q&A session, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Adams got in on the act, submitting the question, "Are you a cyborg?" to which Paul responded, "I am in fact an alien!"  Speaking about aliens, McCartney named the film Alien as his favorite horror movie because, as he explained, he liked "the bit of chest-popping!"

McCartney also used the Twitter event to premiere an unreleased demo version of the Wings tune "Beware My Love" that features late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.  The track will appear on the deluxe, remastered edition of the 1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound album, which will be released on November 4.

To check out McCartney's entire Q&A, visit Twitter.com./PaulMcCartney.

 

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Rolling Stones Sax Player Bobby Keys to Miss Band's Australian Tour


Image Courtesy of Brian RasicWhen The Rolling Stones kick off their rescheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand this Saturday, they'll do it without their longtime touring saxophone player, Bobby Keys.  According to a message on the band's official website, the 70-year-old musician, whose association with The Stones dates back to the group's 1969 album Let It Bleed, will miss the nine-date trek because he's been "a bit under the weather" and "is under doctor's orders to take it a bit easy for the next month."

Filling in for Keys during the outing will be Karl Denson, who leads his own group, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, and was a founding member of the California-based acid-jazz outfit The Greyboy Allstars.

Denson says of getting the chance to perform with The Rolling Stones, "It's the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips…It's going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life."

Keys has been an in-demand session and touring musician for decades, and has appeared on such classic Stones songs as "Brown Sugar," "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," "Bitch," and "Happy."  He's also played with John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker and many other stars.

The Down Under leg of The Rolling Stones' 14 On Fire Tour begins in Adelaide, Australia, and runs through a November 22 show in Auckland, New Zealand.  You can check out a promo video for the trek on the band's official YouTube channel.

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Deluxe Reissue of 1977 Solo Album by Founding Byrd Gene Clark to Be Released Next Month


High Moon RecordsA deluxe CD edition of Two Sides to Every Story, a long-out-of-print 1977 solo album by late founding Byrds singer Gene Clark, will be released on November 18.  The remastered 10-track disc comes packaged in a hardbound "Eco-Book" featuring 26 pages of previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes, lyrics and more.

The album also contains a download card allowing access to more than 90 minutes of high-quality digital bonus recordings from a 1975 concert Clark played with a full backing group.  In addition, an unaired 1974 radio interview with Gene is included.

Two Sides to Every Story features a mix of heavily country-influenced songs, melancholy pop ballads and mid-tempo rock tunes.  Clark wrote seven and the 10 songs on the album, which also includes a rendition of the well-known traditional tune "In the Pines."  Among the guest musicians appearing on the record are Emmylou Harris, ex-Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and frequent Clark collaborator Doug Dillard.

In conjunction with the Two Sides to Every Story reissue, and to mark what would have been Gene's 70th birthday, his son Kai Clark has organized a tribute concert that will take place November 16 at the Hotel Café in West Hollywood, California.  Kai also will perform at the show, as will Clark collaborator Carla Olson and several other artists.

Clark was The Byrds' most prolific songwriter during the band's early years, penning such tunes as "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Here Without You" and -- with Roger McGuinn and David Crosby -- "Eight Miles High."  Gene left the group during the recording of its third album, 1966's Fifth Dimension.  He went on to have a long, prolific solo career in which he pioneered the country-rock genre, but never achieved the commercial success of his old band.  He died in 1991 at the age of 46 from complications of an ulcer.

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Slash Explains Why Slipknot's Corey Taylor Wasn't Right for Velvet Revolver


Scott Uchida/MSO PR; Bobby TongsEver since Scott Weiland left Velvet Revolver in 2008, the supergroup has been looking for a new lead singer.  It turns out that Slipknot's Corey Taylor almost got the gig.

During a recent Q&A session with Rolling Stone Australia, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash explained, "The closest [that the band got to replacing Weiland] would have to be Corey.  Everybody was rallying for him, and I love Corey to death."

However, Slash said that Taylor's singing style ultimately did not mesh with what the band wanted to do.

"You know how Corey sings, it's a very macho kind of thing," he said.  "But it didn't have certain elements that I thought it needed, so we just didn't go down that path."

You can view the entire Q&A session on Rolling Stone Australia's YouTube page.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Says He Wanted New Memoir to Be as "Equal as Possible" About the Band's Story


Image Courtesy of Simon & SchusterAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he's wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles.  In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America's greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced along the way.

A large part of the book is dedicated to Joe's complicated and often contentious relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.  Perry tells ABC News that while he did include a lot of negative aspects of his dealings with Tyler, he also wanted to give a balanced account of their history together.

"I didn't want to have this be like a 'well, he did this and he did that' [story]," says Joe.  "I wanted it to be as equal as possible [and] take responsibility for my end of the down sides of things, but also…let people know that for all the times when they would focus on the ups and downs of Steven's and my relationship, there was also a lot of good times in there."

Perry also explains that he decided not to shy away from writing about incidents that might cast himself in a negative light.

"You go…'do I want to put that in the book and have people know that side of me, that I kind of like slipped or…I'm responsible for…the down side of that?" he notes.  "And, of course, the answer's 'yes,'…because I felt I had to be as open as possible with this and let as much truth out there as possible, to let people know my side of the story."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he considers Rocks "an up book," pointing out that it shows that Aerosmith is "still able to work out all those problems" it's faced through the years.

Meanwhile, Perry maintains that his decision to write a book about the history of Aerosmith now doesn't mean that's the end of the band's story.

"I'm here to say the band is not breaking up," he declares.  "We have plans for touring next year, things like that, so...I just wanted to get a lot of the things out up 'til now."

That being said, Perry admits that he and his band mates realize as the years pass that there's a finite amount of time left for Aerosmith.

"We don't know how much longer it's gonna go," he notes.  "Like, during this last tour, [drummer] Joey [Kramer] had problems with his heart, and we didn't know what was gonna happen with that.  I mean, we're all at that age where things like that can happen."  Kramer inevitably was able to return to the group before the end of the tour.  As Perry points out, "10 days later, he was back on the throne flailing like he was 10 years younger."

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Foo Fighters End "Late Show" Residency with Top Ten List, Performance of New Single


Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters ended their week-long stay at CBS' Late Show Friday night by presenting a Top Ten list and performing their just-released single from their new album, Sonic Highways.

The Top Ten list, presented by all five members of the band, ran down the items they "would like to say after spending a week at the Late Show." The funniest lines came from guitarist Pat Smear. When he remarked the Late Show is "not a bad place to be quarantined," referring to the Ebola epidemic, Letterman quipped, "When you were a kid, did you get teased about 'Pat Smear'?" Smear, whose birth name is Georg Albert Ruthenberg, nodded his head and gave a thumbs-down sign.

Later on in the Top Ten list, Smear said to Late Show announcer Alan Kalter, "I'll miss you, Alan." Both men then gave each other affectionate looks.

The Foo Fighters closed the show by performing their new single, "Something for Nothing," with Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen. Nielsen also appears on the Sonic Highways recording of the track.

All week, the Foo Fighters collaborated with special guests on the Late Show, including Nielsen twice, Zac Brown, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Tony Joe White.

The band was promoting their new HBO series, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, which premiered Friday, and their Sonic Highways album, which will be released November 10.

The Foos taped Friday's Late Show appearance in advance. Around the time it aired on the East Coast, they were performing at The Cubby Bear in Chicago for a concert that was streamed on HBO's Facebook page.

Here's the list of the "Top Ten Things Foo Fighters Would Like to Say After Spending a Week at the Late Show":

10. We agreed to be here because we thought Dave was dying.
9. Big "thank you" to the dozens of people watching.
8. So far no mention of us getting paid.
7. All in all, not a bad place to be quarantined.
6. Next week, catch us on Judge Judy.
5. I never got to plug my cookbook.
4. Every staffer here asked me for weed.
3. Not every Top Ten list is a winner.
2. I'll miss you, Alan.
1. And we thought we were dysfunctional.

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Expanded, 40th Anniversary Edition of Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" Arriving in December


Universal Music EnterprisesThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Supertramp's Crime of the Century, the album that brought the U.K. band its first taste of commercial success in the U.S.  To mark the milestone, a remastered, two-CD version of the album will hit stores on December 9.

Crime of the Century, Supertramp's third studio effort, was released in September 1974 and became the band's first album to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200, peaking at #38.  The record also yielded the group's first top 40 single in the States, "Bloody Well Right," which reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.  In addition, the album featured "Dreamer," a live version of which would go on to become a top 20 hit in 1980.

All of the songs on the record were either written or co-written by Supertramp's two lead singers, Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of Crime of the Century includes a bonus disc boasting a 1975 concert performance Supertramp gave at London's Hammersmith Odeon.  The show features renditions of all of the album's songs, as well as a few tunes that appeared on the band's next studio effort, 1975's Crisis? What Crisis?  The live recordings were mixed from the original tapes by renowned producer/engineer Ken Scott.

The Crime of the Century reissue also will be available as a three-LP 180-gram vinyl set and as a digital download.

Here is the track list for the expanded Crime of the Century:

Disc 1:
"School"
"Bloody Well Right"
"Hide in Your Shell"/"Asylum"
"Dreamer"/"Rudy"
"If Everyone Was Listening"
"Crime of the Century"

Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith '75
"School"
"Bloody Well Right"
"Hide in Your Shell"
"Asylum"
"Sister Moonshine"
"Just a Normal Day"
"Another Man's Woman"
"Lady" "A -- You're Adorable"
"Dreamer"
"Rudy"
"If Everyone Was Listening"
"Crime of the Century

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Jimmy Page Says "There Is Not Going to Be Any More" Led Zeppelin Concerts; Talks Plans for Solo Music and Shows


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinJimmy Page has weighed in once again about the prospects for a possible Led Zeppelin reunion and, not surprisingly, he's not optimistic.  In a new Billboard interview, the guitar great points out that it's been seven years since the band's last performance, at the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert in London, and notes that "quite clearly…there is not going to be any more because obviously you need the will of all people involved."

Looking back at the preparation for the concert, Page tells the magazine that "from the point of view of Jason [Bonham], myself and John Paul Jones, there was a real will to actually work at it, but there was only one concert."  He adds, "I thought there was going to be more.  It was intimated that there was going to be more."

Of course, it's been made clear in numerous interviews that singer Robert Plant was the sole hold-out when it came to extending the reunion.

In other news, Page tells Billboard that, now that he's finished work on the expanded Led Zeppelin reissues, he is indeed planning to focus on a solo project in 2015.  He says, "My master plan is to be playing live next year.  I haven't got another 20-30 years left in me, so I really need to get out there and present myself the way that I like to present myself and to be seen and be heard."

Jimmy guarantees that Led Zeppelin music will be a part of his live show, "because I'm really proud of the music that I did and the instrumental side of it -- things like 'Black Mountain Side,' 'White Summer' and 'Dazed and Confused.'"  He adds that he'll try to bring something fresh to the live performances of his old group's tunes, noting that he "wouldn't go out and make it look like a tribute band."

Page insists that he also plans to work on some new original music, while admitting that he hasn't put a band together yet to back him.

With regard to the sound of the new material, Jimmy says, "It wouldn't really be me if I didn't have music that was in various genres and moods, but there will be some surprises to go along with that.  That's the idea."

He tells Billboard that he can't be more specific "because I haven't had the chance to really work on it."  Page adds, "But given the momentum of working and knowing that I'm going to be doing concerts, I'm getting ready to start putting all the pieces into play."

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Happy 88th Birthday to Chuck Berry!


Image Courtesy of Chuck Berry's ManagementHail, hail, Chuck Berry, who celebrates his 88th birthday today.  The rock 'n' roll pioneer has been a national treasure since he duck-walked onto the music scene some 60 years ago.  Not that we need reminding, but his many unforgettable tunes include "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," "Rock and Roll Music," "Back in the U.S.A." and "Memphis, Tennessee."

With his catchy melodies, his witty lyrics and his trademark guitar riffs, it's hard to gauge the impact Berry's had on rock music.  He directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks, and that's just for starters.  Not surprisingly, Berry was among the first group of performers ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1986.

The rocking octogenarian may have slowed down a bit in recent years, but he's still at it.  He continues to play a monthly show at Blueberry Hill club's Duck Room in his hometown of St. Louis, as well as other occasional concerts.  In August, Berry was honored for his career achievements with Sweden's prestigious Polar Prize, although he was unable attend the ceremony because of illness.

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Judge Rules Against Led Zeppelin in Attempt to Dismiss "Stairway to Heaven" Copyright Lawsuit


Bob Gruen/Atlantic RecordsA U.S. district court judge has ruled against Led Zeppelin's surviving members in their attempt to have a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving the band's "Stairway to Heaven" either moved to a California court or dismissed completely.  The suit, which claims that the opening of "Stairway" was cribbed from an obscure 1968 instrumental titled "Taurus" by the group Spirit, was filed in this past May in Pennsylvania and the case currently is slated to be tried there.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a memorandum issued by Led Zeppelin's attorneys asking for the dismissal or change of venue stated, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here."

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the family of late Spirit guitarist Randy California, countered by amending their lawsuit to add the claim that through "the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven,'" the band's members "make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania" via "CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances" and other avenues of income.

Justice Juan Sánchez denied the Led Zeppelin members' request for a dismissal or a transfer of venue, although he did so without prejudice, which means that the rockers can attempt again to have the suit dismissed or the site moved.

"Stairway to Heaven," of course, is one of Led Zeppelin's most popular songs.  Incidentally, the album it first appeared on, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV, is scheduled to be reissued on October 28.  Deluxe versions of the record will include a previously unreleased version of the tune.

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Dave Grohl Says "Sonic Highways" Series Will Celebrate "Unsung Heroes"


Image Courtesy of Steve GullickYou may have heard that Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters recorded their newest album, Sonic Highways, in a less-than-traditional manner.  The band traveled across the country as they recorded the project in iconic American music cities and studios.  Along the way, Grohl would interview musicians who artistically represented each city.  The whole process was captured for Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, an HBO documentary series that premieres tonight at 11 p.m. ET.

For Grohl, Sonic Highways gave him a chance to try something new.

"We could just go and make another record in a studio and hit the road and sell a bunch of T-shirts," he said at a recent Los Angeles panel.  But Grohl and the band had a different idea.

"We've been a band for 20 years now.  Let's go to tiny studios all over the country, tell the story of music from that city and what is it about each one of these cities that influences the music that comes from there," he explained.  "Because there are real reasons.  Cultural influence from each one of these places.  There's a reason why jazz came from New Orleans.  There's a reason why country went to Nashville and why the blues went to Chicago."

In his journey to tell the story of American music, Grohl spoke with many famous faces, including country legend Dolly Parton, of whom he says "nobody is cooler," and President Barack Obama.

Grohl felt that speaking to the president was integral to telling the telling of that story.

"I wanted [President Obama] to talk about America as a country where you have the opportunity to start with nothing like Buddy Guy -- make your guitar from strings and wires in your screen porch, and then become a blues legend that's inducted into the Kennedy Center," he said.  "Or be a high school dropout from Springfield, Virginia, that winds up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Or being a kid from Hawaii that winds up being the president."

Though he talked with a lot of stars, Grohl was most impressed from the stories he heard from lesser-known artists.  He felt like it was these lesser-known artists who had the power to truly inspire.

"The idea is that you tell the stories of these unsung studios and these unsung musicians, and that's when people start feeling inspired," Grohl said.  "That's when you get a kid in his basement watching the guitar player of [punk band] Naked Raygun say, 'You shouldn't be intimidated by your heroes, you should be inspired by them.'"

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Dates Announced for 2015 Bonnaroo Festival


Image Courtesy of Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalThe Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its dates for 2015.  The 14th edition of the fest will be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Bonnaroo first began in 2002.  The festival initially was mainly focused on jam bands before eventually expanding into other genres.  The lineup for the 2014 festival, which was announced in February, included such veteran rock artists as Elton John, The Doors' Robby Krieger, The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, The Allman Brothers Band's Derek Trucks and ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White, among many others.

Visit Bonnaroo.com for all the latest news on the event.

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The Real Reason U2's Bono Always Wears Sunglasses


A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaIf you've ever thought U2 frontman Bono's habit of always wearing shades was merely a rock star affectation, well, get ready to eat some crow: turns out there's a serious medical reason behind it.

On Friday's episode of BBC TV's The Graham Norton Show, when host Norton asks Bono if he ever takes off his sunglasses, the 54-year-old singer replies, "This is a good place to explain to people that I've had glaucoma for the last 20 years."

Glaucoma results in a buildup of pressure around the eye, which if untreated can led to nerve damage and even blindness.  The eyes of glaucoma sufferers are sensitive to light, which is why many wear shades.

Bono calmed fans' fears by adding, "I have good treatments and I am going to be fine," but jokes, "You're not going to get this out of your head now, and you'll be saying 'Ah, poor old blind Bono.'"

The singer also addressed the controversy over the recent release of U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, which was provided for free to iTunes users worldwide.  Many fans resented the fact that the album automatically downloaded into their iTunes playlists.

"We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don't believe in Father Christmas," Bono tells Norton on Friday's show. "All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it's an improvement."

The full interview with Bono and the rest of U2 airs Friday night in the U.K.

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Third Season of Steven Van Zandt's Netflix Series "Lilyhammer" to Premiere on Nov. 21


Image Courtesy of NetflixThe third season of Lilyhammer, the Netflix series starring E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, will premiere on November 21 at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 a.m. PT.  All eight new hourlong episodes of the series will be accessible from the on-demand service at that time.

Lilyhammer follows the exploits of a fictional New York mob boss named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano -- portrayed by Van Zandt -- who has relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the federal witness-protection program.

This season will see Tagliano, who lives in Norway under the alias Johnny Henriksen, having to help out his henchman Roar when he runs into legal trouble after traveling to Brazil to meet an Internet bride.  Van Zandt's character also will have to deal with an old "family friend" from the U.S. who shows up in Lillehammer gets involved in some illegal activities.

As Deadline reported last month, Van Zandt's real-life "boss," Bruce Springsteen, will make a cameo appearance on this season of Lilyhammer, playing the owner of a mortuary in an episode that was filmed in New York City.

Besides starring in Lilyhammer, Van Zandt also serves as executive producer, writer and composer on the series.  This season also will see Little Steve make his directorial debut, as he was behind the camera for the show's finale.

Van Zandt recently won the Best Actor in a Comedy prize for his work on Lilyhammer at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, while the show landed the Best International Comedy Series award at the same event.  The series also was honored as Best TV Drama this year at Norway's Gullruten awards ceremony.

To find out more about the series, visit Netflix.com/Lilyhammer.

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Sting Plugs His "Last Ship" Musical, Sings Ringtones, During "Tonight Show" Visit


Douglas Gorenstein/NBCSting visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday to talk about his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship. Sting told Fallon it's been a challenge.

"I think it's the most difficult thing I've ever tackled, telling a story with songs," Sting explained, noting that the musical took "five years of extraordinarily hard work" to come to fruition.

The Last Ship tells the story of a family's struggle to survive the decline of the shipbuilding industry during the 1980s in Wallsend, a community in northeastern England where Sting was born and grew up.  The musical is currently in previews at the Neil Simon Theatre and officially opens October 25.

The interview concluded with the British rocker having a little fun with Fallon and singing popular cell phone ringtones.

Sting also recorded an outgoing voicemail message to the tune of the Police's "Message in a Bottle" for an audience member, picked at random.

Later in the show, Last Ship cast member Rachel Tucker joined others from the musical for a performance of the song "If You Ever See Me Talking to a Sailor."

 

 

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Foo Fighters Perform with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on "Late Show"


Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters continued their week-long residency on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman Thursday by teaming up with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on the CT song “Stiff Competition.”  The song is featured on Cheap Trick’s 1978 album Heaven Tonight.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins took the lead on vocals while Dave Grohl played drums.

Foo Fighters are appearing on the Late Show all week to promote their new Sonic Highways album and HBO series, the latter of which debuts Friday night at 11 ET.  They’re also scheduled to appear on Friday’s Late Show.

Earlier Thursday, the band released the first song from the new album, a tune entitled "Something from Nothing.”

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways follows the band as they travel from studio to studio across the country recording their album and talking to famous and influential artists along the way.  The album arrives November 10.

The band’s week-long Late Show residency has included performances with Zac Brown, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and singer-songwriter Tony Joe White.

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