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Joe Perry Says Paul McCartney Collaboration Will Be Part of Upcoming Alice Cooper Covers Album

MPL/Mary McCartneyLast year, Joe Perry revealed that he had worked on a secret recording project with Paul McCartney, and now the Aerosmith guitarist has shared more details about the collaboration with Rolling Stone.  Perry says Sir Paul lent his talents to a song that will appear on the covers album Alice Cooper is recording with his new supergroup Hollywood Vampires, which also features Joe and actor Johnny Depp.

Perry says McCartney contributed to a new version of "Come and Get It," a song the ex-Beatles star wrote and produced for Badfinger that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.  Even though the rock legend rarely has performed the tune himself, Perry tells Rolling Stone that McCartney had no problems laying down the track when he hit the studio.

"He knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything," says Joe.  "He didn't have any cheat sheets.  It was like he'd been playing it his whole life."

Perry adds that he, Cooper and Depp were humbled being in the presence of McCartney.

"[We] were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you -- if there's any ego-lever in a room, it's Paul," Joe admits.  "It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done.  If Paul's in the room, he's there.  It was hard to focus on playing."

Perry also reports that Cooper and McCartney shared lead vocals on the track, which will serve a tribute to late Badfinger members Pete Ham and Mark Evans, who committed suicide in 1975 and 1983, respectively.

As previously reported, Cooper's upcoming album will pay homage to the original "Hollywood Vampires," an informal drinking club made up of various rock stars who hung around Los Angeles's Rainbow Bar and Grill during the 1970s.  Many members of the club have passed on, including John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon.

Depp has been a major contributor to the album project, while Perry is featured on several tunes.  The Hollywood Vampires band featuring Cooper, Depp and Perry recently announced their first gig -- a late-September performance at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival.  Joe tells Rolling Stone that the supergroup is planning to put together a tour for that month.

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Paul McCartney Gives Fans Free Access to Three Unreleased Wings Tracks

Linda McCartney/©1976 Paul McCartneyPaul McCartney has delivered a little treat to his fans, raiding his archives to make three rare Wings tracks available for free download online.  Sir Paul tipped off fans to their existence in a message posted on his Facebook page that reads, "Have you heard these previously unreleased tracks from Wings??" and links to the "Downloads" section of his official website.

The songs are "Love My Baby," a tune recorded for the 1974 promotional documentary One Hand Clapping; an extended version of "Letting Go"; and a newly remastered version of "Rock Show."  The original recordings of the latter two songs appeared on the 1975 Wings album Venus and Mars.  To download the tracks, you simply need to enter an email address and solve an easy math equation.  The three tracks also are streaming at McCartney's SoundCloud page.

Meanwhile, McCartney returned to the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "FourFiveSeconds," his collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West.  The single dropped to #6 last week after ascending to the fourth spot on the chart the previous week.  McCartney also could score another hit on next week's Hot 100 tally, depending on how "All Day," his latest collaborative tune with Kanye, fares.

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Brian Wilson Announces North American Summer Tour with Special Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin

Image Courtesy of Capitol RecordsBrian Wilson has announced plans to hit the road for a North American summer tour.  The trek is scheduled to kick off June 19 in Saratoga, California, and is mapped out through a July 12 show in Seattle.

Two of the Beach Boys mastermind's former band mates, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, will be joining him and his backing group on the trek, while veteran Detroit singer/songwriter Rodriguez, star of the award-winning documentary Search for Sugarman, will be the opening act.  Jardine and Chaplin also were special guests on Brian's 2014 tour and both contributed to his upcoming solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be released on April 7.

The forthcoming trek will feature more than 15 dates, including performances in San Diego, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, the New York City area, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Denver and Las Vegas.

The tour will launch about two weeks after the Wilson biopic Love & Mercy opens in theaters.  The film's premiere date is June 5.

Here is Wilson's upcoming itinerary:

6/18 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
6/19 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
6/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
6/23 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
6/24 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
6/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
6/27 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
6/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
6/30 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/1 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
*7/4 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
7/5 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
7/6 -- Chicago, IL, Ravinia Festival
7/8 -- Denver, CO, 1STBANK Center
7/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
7/12 -- Seattle, WA, Benaroya Hall - S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

* = Rodriguez will not appear.

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Chris Cornell Featured on New Zac Brown Band Album

Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityChris Cornell is taking a country detour.  The Soundgarden frontman will guest on Zac Brown Band's forthcoming album, Jekyll Hyde. Cornell is featured on a track titled "Heavy Is the Head."

Zac Brown's collaboration with Cornell isn't the country star's first with a well-known rocker.  Last year, Brown performed the Black Sabbath classic "War Pigs" alongside Foo Fighters during their week-long residency at The Late Show with David Letterman.  Brown also guests on the Foos' Sonic Highways single, "Congregation."

Cornell isn't new to jumping genres, either.  His last solo studio album, the divisive Scream, was produced by Timbaland and eschewed Cornell's traditional hard-rock sound for electro-pop.

Jekyll Hyde will be released April 28.

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Grateful Dead Members & Others Stars to Perform at Jerry Garcia Tribute Concert in May

Blackbird Production PartnersWith the surviving Grateful Dead members already set to reunite for a series of three farewell concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field in July, the band mates now also have signed on to appear at an upcoming tribute show honoring the group's late frontman, Jerry Garcia.  The event, dubbed Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia, is scheduled for May 14 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

The lineup includes founding Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, as well as longtime drummer/percussionist Mickey Hart.  Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann are listed as performing with respective side projects Communion and Billy & the Kids.  Among the many other artists on the bill are one-time Grateful Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, Hot Tuna/ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, veteran reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, frequent Garcia collaborator David Grisman, country star Eric Church, and popular jam bands Widespread Panic, moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits and Trampled by Turtles.

Dear Jerry will be recorded and filmed for future release on a variety of platforms.

Acclaimed producer and bassist Don Was will be the concert's music director, and will lead a star-studded group of musicians who will serve as the evening's backing band.  Was and the event's executive producer Keith Wortman previously have partnered to put together other similar concert events that paid homage to such artists as Gregg Allman, Johnny Cash, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Mavis Staples.  The Garcia family also is co-producing the Dear Jerry show.

"Jerry made us fall in love with the possibilities of music," says Was in a statement.  "Getting to play his songs with these artists is a dream realized for all of us."

Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale to the general public starting on Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased via Ticketfly.com, by calling 877-4FLY-TIX, and by visiting the Merriweather Post Pavilion West box office or the 9:30 Club box office.  For more information about the event, visit DearJerryConcert.com.

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Is Rod Stewart Getting His Own Reality Show?

Credit: Penny LancasterIs Rod Stewart about to rival the Kardashians or the Osbournes? According to British tabloid The Mirror, the 70-year-old rocker and his family have started filming a reality show for E! at their home in Los Angeles.

The Mirror claims Stewart agreed to do the series with his wife, 43-year-old model Penny Lancaster, and their two children, 9-year-old Alastair and four-year-old Aiden.  The singer’s kids from his first marriage -- 34-year-old Sean and 35-year-old Kimberly -- also aresaid to have "prominent" roles.

Rod has four other children: Ruby, 27, Renee, 22, Liam, 20, and Sarah Streeter, 52, who was raised by an adoptive family.  He's also a grandfather to Kimberly's daughter with actor Benicio Del Toro.

A source close to the family reportedly said, "Rod is very proud of his family and he wants to show everyone that.  He will star very much as the dad, and it will show he has kept things together."

According to The Mirror, the partially scripted show will begin airing in June.  "The family hopes it is the start of something big," the source said.  But for now, we're taking all this with a grain of salt.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich on New Album: "The Creative Elements Are Getting Close to Being Done"

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica drummer Lars Ulrich has given an update on the progress of his band's new album.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ulrich says Metallica has written about 20 songs, and that the album's "creative elements are getting close to being done."  However, he adds that the project's production schedule is still on "Metallica time."

"When I say we're close to being done, it means the next month or so," he says.  "There's a lot of stuff going on as life continues with family and personal events...but we are certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day.

"In our world, there's been a distinct difference between the creative phase and the recording phase," Ulrich continues.  "With this project, we're trying to bridge the two a little more organically and not have there be such a great divide between the processes. We want to see if we can bring some of the creative curiosity, the impulsive stuff that happens when you're first playing a song into the studio."

One thing is for sure, though -- Metallica isn't planning a "surprise" release, which seems like the in-vogue method of issuing a new album these days.

"Right now, it's not like we're going to do one of those things where we'll just give it to iTunes on Thursday without telling anybody," Ulrich says.  "That's not in the cards."

As for Metallica material with a concrete street date, the band will release a remixed version of their 1982 demo No Life 'til Leather on cassette for Record Store Day, April 18.

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Chrissie Hynde to Publish Autobiography in September

Credit: Dean ChalkleyChrissie Hynde is set to join the ranks of the famous rockers who have penned an autobiography. The Pretenders frontwoman has signed a deal with the Penguin Random House Group to publish a "literary memoir" on September 8 of this year.

The as-yet-untitled book apparently will put quite a bit of brass in Hynde's pocket, as the sources close to the deal have told The New York Times that the memoir was sold for a seven-figure sum.  The tome will follow Chrissie's life story from her childhood in Ohio, the development of her passion for rock music in the 1960s and her years spent at Kent State University at the time of the infamous 1970 shootings of student protesters, to her involvement in the London punk scene during the '70s and her eventual emergence as an edgy, tough, sexy and talented singer/songwriter with The Pretenders.

"I'm approaching writing this memoir much the same way as I would an album," says Hynde in a statement.  "I hope it makes you want to dance, have fun, dig out some old records and maybe even root through your closet and dust off your guitar."

Meanwhile, Hynde's editor, Gerry Howard, says of the book, "It's evocative and damned funny and recklessly candid and emotionally naked and unmistakably Chrissie Hynde in every line.  A total gas and sure to become a classic of the genre."

The book is available for pre-order now at RandomHouse.com, with the hardcover version priced at $26.99 and the eBook edition costing $13.99.

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Mike Rutherford Says He's Excited About Touring America with New Mike + the Mechanics Lineup

Image Courtesy of Mike the MechanicsMike Rutherford first found fame during the 1970s as the guitarist and bassist for Genesis, but he also achieved major success when he launched his own band, Mike the Mechanics, in the mid-'80s.  The first incarnation of the latter group called quits in the early 2000s following the death of co-lead singer Paul Young, but a few years ago Rutherford put together a new version of the band.

The revamped Mike the Mechanics lineup recently launched its first North American tour, which is scheduled through a March 20-21 stand in Chicago.  Rutherford tells ABC Radio the purpose of the trek is to gauge how much interest stateside music fans still have in the band.

"I'm excited about the tour because I think we have a nice history here in America," he explains.  "I know [that] the songs are still played on the radio, you know, so I want to try it and see."

Mike the Mechanics is best known for the three big hits they scored the 1980s, "Silent Running," "All I Need Is a Miracle" and the chart-topping 1989 anthem "The Living Years."  Young shared vocal duties with ex-Ace/Squeeze singer Paul Carrack, who decided to focus on his solo career a few years after his band mate's passing in 2000.  When Rutherford decided to restart the group, he needed to find two new singers whose vocal qualities were similar to those of Young and Carrack.

As he explains to ABC Radio, "[I] found Andrew Roachford, who's a great R&B singer, and Tim Howar, who's got a great rock voice, and started touring a bit."

Rutherford says that as the new band members got some experience playing on stage together, he realized that they had developed into a great live unit and he felt that they were ready to test the waters by bringing the show to North America.

"What impressed me was how well the songs worked on stage.  What good live songs they were -- 'All I Need Is a Miracle' and 'Living Years' and 'Silent Running,' and [even some] new ones," maintains Mike.  "And it was just a great live band."

Besides playing the group's hits, older album gems and selections from the band's most recent record, 2010's The Road, Mike the Mechanics also dips into the Genesis catalog for their live set lists.  Recent shows have included performances of "Turn It On Again" and "I Can't Dance."

Looking back to Mike the Mechanics' 1980s heyday, Rutherford admits that he "never expected" the group to become as big as it did.  He also points out how amazing it was that three Genesis band members -- himself, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins -- would find such great success outside of the group.

In addition, Rutherford notes that many music fans still haven't put two and two together with regard to his membership in both bands.

As he explains, "To this day I meet people who say, 'You mean you, from Genesis, are the guy who's in Mike and the Mechanics?'"

Here are the remaining dates on Mike the Mechanics' 2015 North American tour:

3/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort – Event Centre
3/7 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
3/8 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall – Hartford
3/10 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
3/11 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Theatre Maisonneuve at Palace des Arts
3/13 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
3/14 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theatre
3/15 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live – Northfield
3/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
3/19 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Pabst Theatre
3/20 -- Chicago, IL, Park West
3/21 -- Chicago, IL, Park West

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Bob Dylan Has Recorded a Second Album of Frank Sinatra Songs, Says Daniel Lanois

Credit: William ClaxtonIf you are enjoying Bob Dylan's new album of Frank Sinatra covers, Shadows in the Night, you may be glad to know that there's a lot more where that came from.  In a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun, acclaimed producer Daniel Lanois, who's collaborated with Dylan on a few occasions, reveals that the folk-rock legend has recorded two albums' worth of standards.

"He came to my house eight or six months ago and spent a few hours," Lanois told the newspaper.  "We listened to 21 songs -- because he's made two records of this [Sinatra material]."

The producer, who's probably best known for his work with U2, gave no indication whether he knew if or when the additional songs Dylan recorded will be released.  He did go on to explain why Bob had developed such an affinity for the type of classic songs he covered for Shadows in the Night.

Lanois said Dylan told him during his visit that as a child his family didn't expose him to a lot of music, "but the music he did hear really touched him and he felt that a lot of that music was written not only by great professional songwriters at the time, but a lot of it was written from the heart, from the wartime, and people just pining for a lover."

Daniel added that Dylan "felt there was a lot of spirit in that music.  He felt there was a kind of beauty, a sacred ground for him."

Dylan then played the standards he'd recorded for Lanois, who said, "I felt everything that he talked about," adding, "For one of America's great writers to say, 'I'm not gonna write a song.  I'm gonna pay homage to what shook me as young boy' I thought was very graceful and dignified."

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David Gilmour Announces September European Tour Coinciding with Release of New Solo Album

Credit: Piotr TarasewiczLongtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour has announced his first solo tour dates in more than nine years, a European trek that will kick off during the late summer and run into the fall.  The outing will get under way with a September 12 show in Pula, Croatia, and is mapped out through a three-night stand, September 23-25 at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The concerts will coincide with the release of Gilmour's as-yet-untitled fourth solo album, which will be a follow-up to 2006's On an Island.  Tickets for the shows will go on sale this Friday, March 6.

Frequent Gilmour collaborator Phil Manzanera recently was interviewed by the U.K. magazine Uncut and said of the upcoming album, "I think it sounds fantastic, people will be very happy."

Gilmour's most recent live performance took place in December when he appeared as a surprise guest during a show by Bombay Bicycle Club gig in Earls Court in London.  He played the Pink Floyd classic "Wish You Were Here" and the Bombay Bicycle Club tune "Rinse Me Down" at the concert, which was the last gig held at the famed London venue.

Here is the full list of David's confirmed tour dates:

9/12 -- Pula, Croatia, Arena Pula
9/14 -- Verona, Italy, Verona Arena
9/15 -- Florence, Italy, Teatro le Mulina
9/17 -- Orange, France, Theatre Antique
9/19 -- Oberhausen, Germany, Konig-Pilsener-Arena
9/23-25 -- London, U.K., The Royal Albert Hall

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Safety Agency May Take New Look at Plane Crash That Killed Buddy Holly

Harry Hammond/V&A Images/Getty ImagesThe National Transportation Safety Board is considering a request that it re-investigate the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

The plane carrying the rockers went down February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa, and in September of that year the Civil Aeronautics Board ruled that the crash was caused by pilot error and problems with the weather briefing given to pilot Roger Petersen, who also was killed.

But according to The Des Moines Register, a New England man has petitioned the NTSB to look at other factors that may have contributed to the crash, including the possibility of equipment failure and the idea that Peterson may have been trying to safely glide the disabled plane to an emergency landing.

The man, L.J. Coon, showed the newspaper an email he had received from the NTSB promising to look into the information he had provided.

Whether or not there will be any new investigation of the crash remains uncertain.  An NTSB spokesman tells The Register, "Our cases are never closed, and we get these from time to time.  The key is if there is new information not previously considered by the board."

Holly, Valens and The Big Bopper were touring the Upper Midwest on the Winter Dance Party tour with Dion and the Belmonts.  Holly had  chartered the plane to take himself and others to the next scheduled tour stop in Moorhead, Minnesota, when the plane went town in the wee hours of February 3 shortly after takeoff.  The tragic event has come to be known as "The Day the Music Died."

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Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Teaming Up for Heart and Soul 2015 Summer Tour

Live Nation EntertainmentTwo of the world's most celebrated horn-driven pop-rock bands, Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire, will join forces for a major North American co-headlining trek this summer.  The Heart and Soul Tour 2015 is scheduled to get under way July 15 in Concord, California, and is plotted out through a September 6 show in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The outing will feature at least 25 dates across the continent and will include stops in such major cities as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Denver, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Toronto, and Boston.  Tickets for most of the shows will go on sale starting Friday, March 13 at LiveNation.com.  Visit ChicagoTheBand.com and EarthWindAndFire.com for more information.

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire previously toured together in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

"One of the most exciting things about the show is when both bands perform at the end of the concert," says Chicago trumpet player Lee Loughnane.  "Having these 21 very talented musicians playing our greatest hits together puts the excitement level at a fever pitch!  From the Heart of Chicago and the Soul of Earth, Wind & Fire, it is an unforgettable experience."

Adds Earth, Wind & Fire singer Philip Bailey, "This is a real treat for fans of both groups to experience again the power-packed collaboration of Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago…We are looking forward to it ourselves -- it has always been one of our favorite tours."

Here are the confirmed dates for the Heart and Soul Tour 2015:

7/15 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
7/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Axis @ Planet Hollywood
7/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
7/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/23 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
7/24 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/25 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/28 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
7/31 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/2 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/14 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/15 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
8/25 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/26 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
8/28 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheater
8/29 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/30 -- Boston, MA, Xfinity Center
9/1 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
9/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
9/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
9/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Events Center

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Bob Kulick, Tom Morello Talk "Immortal Randy Rhoads" Tribute Album

Image Courtesy of UDR MusicA new star-studded album paying homage to late Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads hit stores this week.  Immortal Randy Rhoads -- The Ultimate Tribute was the brainchild of producer Bob Kulick, best known for his work with KISS, and includes contributions from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and many other well-known musicians.

Kulick tells ABC Radio that his goals in coming up with the idea for the Rhoads tribute album was to make a "guitar player record."

"My idols were always the people that I saw with my own eyes or met or knew, like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, George Harrison," Kulick explains.  "All the guys that I admired and I idolized and were my rock guitar gods.  Speaking to Tom Morello and some of the newer guys, [I asked,] 'Who's your god?  Who turned you on?  Who made you want to play?'  Randy Rhoads."

Morello names Rhoads as his favorite guitarist.  As a kid, he would practice for eight hours a day in front of a Randy Rhoads poster, and he even named his first son Rhoads.

"He has the chops of a classical musician, the soul of a blues man and he can jam like Angus Young of AC/DC," Morello says of the guitar virtuoso, who was just 25 when he died in a plane crash in 1982.  "It was sort of like the perfect trifecta of technique, feel and just pure, unadulterated rock power."

Morello covered the classic "Crazy Train" for Immortal Randy Rhoads, along with System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian on vocals, as well as ex-Quiet Riot bassist Rudy Sarzo and former Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice.  In taking on such an iconic riff, Morello says he wanted to stay true to the original while also adding his own flavor to the song.

"There has to be a certain amount of reverence when you're doing a Randy Rhoads track, but I certainly wanted to make it my own," he tells ABC Radio.  "I wanted to use the influence that Randy has given me. When I was practicing eight hours a day, I was practicing technique in Randy Rhoads riffs, but all to the point of being able to become my own guitarist."

Rhoads is of course known for technical guitar prowess, but Morello has always appreciated his songwriting ability as well.

"He was also a great songwriter, too.  He's the one that single-handedly revived Ozzy Osbourne's career with those Blizzard of Ozz records," Morello says.  "The riffs of songs like 'Crazy Train' and 'Mr. Crowley' are as timeless as anything in the riff-rock canon."

Immortal Randy Rhoads -- The Ultimate Tribute was released on Tuesday.

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Barry Gibb, Dave Mason Taking Part in Star-Studded Free Festival in Miami Beach

PRNewsFoto/Hard Rock InternationalThe Bee Gees' Barry Gibb and ex-Traffic singer/guitarist Dave Mason are among the well-known music artists who will perform at a free concert event called the Hard Rock Rising Miami Beach festival that will take place on Monday, March 26, at the famed Florida resort town.  The musical extravaganza also will feature a variety of other stars, including Wyclef Jean, Gloria Estefan, Andrea Bocelli, Jon Secada, Flo Rida, veteran reggae group Third World and more.

Actor Andy Garcia will serve as emcee for part of the festival, which will be held on the beach where Eighth Street and Ocean Drive meet.  The event is being organized by Hard Rock International in partnership with the City of Miami Beach.

Free seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis, while concertgoers also will be able to buy limited, reserved premium seats.  The festival area will open at noon ET on March 26, with a temporary amphitheater opening at 5 p.m. that afternoon in advance of the evening performances.

For more details, visit Miami100.com and HardRockRising.com.

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Graham Nash Lines Up One-Off Orchestral Concert in Cleveland This June

Credit: Eleanor StillsGraham Nash will team up with the Cleveland-based Contemporary Youth Orchestra for a special one-off concert scheduled for June 5 at the city's Severance Hall.  The show will feature the folk-rock great performing alongside the 115-member orchestra, as well as with a 65-member choir, made up of students from 64 Ohio school districts.

The event is the latest in the orchestra's ongoing Rock the Orchestra Concert series.  Nash will be the 15th artist to participate in the series, which previously has featured such stars as Styx, Pat Benatar, ex-Yes frontman Jon Anderson, Jefferson Starship and funk legend Bootsy Collins.

Regarding the orchestra's decision to ask Nash to take part in the concert, founding music director Liza Grossman says, "Graham's passionate voice has supported peace and social justice for decades.  His music transcends generations, and the musicians in CYO want to be part of his powerful messages."

Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. ET at CYOrchestra.org.

Meanwhile, Nash has plenty to keep him busy in the months leading up to the orchestral concert.  Crosby, Stills & Nash will kick off a two-week tour of the Far East on Thursday in Tokyo.  After that, he and David Crosby will take part in a pair of spring charity concerts, on April 8 in Los Angeles and April 11 in San Francisco.  Then, CSN will hit the road for a U.S. trek that's mapped out from an April 29 concert in Lincoln, Nebraska, through a May 20 performance in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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Brian Wilson Tribute Concert Scheduled for March 30 in L.A; Lineup Includes Brian, Al Jardine, Ann Wilson & More

Image Courtesy of The Best FestA new all-star concert paying tribute to founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is scheduled to take place on March 30 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  The first-ever Brian Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson will feature an guest appearance by Wilson himself, as well as performances by fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Phillips, Norah Jones, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, The Killers' Brandon Flowers and many more.

The event is being curated by The Best Fest, the same people who have organized similar tribute shows to Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m. PT via AXS.com.  Proceeds from ticket sales for the show will go to the Jameson Neighborhood Fund to benefit the Sweet Relief organization, which aids musicians in need of financial assistance because of illness or other issues.

Brian Fest is timed to coincide with the release of Wilson's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, which hits stores April 7.  The record features contributions from a number of musicians who will participate in the concert, including Jardine, She & Him's M. Ward and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.

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L.A.-Area Rock Against MS Benefit Concert Featuring Ex-Guns N' Roses Members & More Taking Place Tomorrow

Rock Against MS FoundationThe third annual Rock Against MS benefit concert is scheduled for tomorrow night, March 4, at the famous Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California.  The show's star-packed lineup features such well-known rockers as ex-Guns N' Roses members Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, Foreigner's Jeff Pilson and MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer.

The event raises money to support multiple sclerosis research.  Many of the participating artists are friends or associates of Nancy Sayle, a rock publicist afflicted with disease who founded the Rock Against MS Foundation.  Other acts on the benefit's bill include Jack Russell's Great White, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Blasko and Minutemen/Stooges bassist Mike Watt.

Tickets for the fundraiser are still available at TicketFly.com, with prices spanning from $35 for general admission to $1,000 for a reserved VIP booth for eight people that also includes a meet-and-greet with the artists.

If you can't make it to the concert, you can watch a live stream of the event online at StageIt.com for $15.

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The Yardbirds Postpone Spring US Tour Because of "Health Concerns and Extenuating Circumstances"

Credit: Trevor HeathDisappointing news, Yardbirds fans: The influential British blues-rock group has postponed its recently announced spring tour of the U.S.  The band issued a statement explaining the dates were being postponed "due to health concerns and extenuating circumstances."

The trek was supposed to kick off on April 3 in Norfolk, Connecticut.  The gigs would have marked the U.S. debut of The Yardbirds' recently revamped lineup, which along with founding drummer and longtime band leader Jim McCarty and guitarist Top Topham, who rejoined the group in 2013, includes three new additions.  Those new members are singer/guitarist John Idan, who previously played with The Yardbirds from 1992 to 2009; veteran rock bassist Kenny Aaronson; and singer/harmonica player/percussionist Myke Scavone, who was the lead singer of the late-'70s rock group Ram Jam.

This isn't the first time health issues has affected The Yardbirds in recent years.  In 2012, founding rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja was forced to take an indefinite hiatus from the band after suffering a series of strokes.  Visit TheYardbirds.com to keep track of what's happening with the group.

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Metallica to Release Early Demo on Cassette

Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica is releasing a remastered version of its 1982 demo No Life 'til Leather as a limited-edition cassette for Record Store Day 2015.  The demo, which has never been released commercially, features Metallica's original lineup: frontman James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, bassist Ron McGovney and guitarist Dave Mustaine, who would go on to create Megadeth.

"This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the 'demo tape,'" says Metallica in a statement.  "In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as No Life 'til Leather and it led us to our first record deal..the rest, as you some of you may know, is history!"

No Life 'til Leather will be released on cassette on Record Store Day, April 18.  An expanded version of the demo will be released on CD, vinyl and as a collector's set this summer.

Here is the track list for No Life 'til Leather:

"Hit the Lights"
"The Mechanix"
"Seek & Destroy"
"Metal Militia"
"Jump in the Fire"
"Phantom Lord"

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