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Carlos Santana & Son Playing National Anthem at Tonight's World Series Game


Maryanne Bilham/RCA RecordsJust a reminder that Carlos Santana will be playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" tonight before Game Four of the 2014 World Series between his hometown San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  The guitar legend will perform an instrumental version of the national anthem accompanied by his son Salvador.

The game, which will take place at San Francisco's AT&T Park, will air on Fox starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Santana's latest studio effort, Corazon, his first Spanish-language album, recently picked up a 2014 Latin Grammy Award nomination in the Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album category.  In addition, the guitarist's Corazón: Live from Mexico -- Live It to Believe It concert documentary received a nod for the Best Long Form Music Video.  This year's ceremony will be held on November 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas, and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

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Faces Keyboardist Ian McLagan to Perform at Select Dates on Nick Lowe's Holiday Tour


Jim Chapin; Dan Burn-FortiIt looks like Ian McLagan will be a very busy musician for the rest of the year.  The famed Faces and Small Faces keyboardist, who currently is out on a U.S. headlining tour in support of his latest solo album, United States, has been tapped to be a support act for most of the shows on Nick Lowe's forthcoming holiday trek.

Lowe's outing will promote the veteran singer/songwriter's 2013 Christmas album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family.  The 13-date stateside tour is scheduled to run from a December 3 show Minneapolis through a December 20 concert in Brooklyn, New York.  The gigs will feature Lowe playing a mix of his classic songs alongside various holiday-themed tunes.

So far, McLagan is only confirmed to appear at five of the announced shows, but is expected to join the bill at more stops.  Meanwhile, Ian has eight upcoming concerts of his own. His itinerary runs from a show Saturday night in New Haven, Connecticut, through a November 20 visit to The Woodlands, Texas.  At all of these dates, McLagan will be accompanied by bassist Jon Notarthomas of his longtime backing group The Bump Band.

Here are McLagan's upcoming headlining dates:

10/25 -- New Haven, CT, Cafe Nine
10/27 -- Lexington, KY, Woodsongs Radio Hour
10/29 -- Newport, KY, Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary
10/30 -- Berwyn, IL, Fitzgerald's Nightclub
10/31 -- Des Moines, IA, Vaudeville Mews
11/1 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Blue Door
11/20 -- The Woodlands, TX, Dosey Doe

Here are Nick Lowe's holiday concerts:

12/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
*12/4 -- Madison, WI, Barrymore Theater
12/6 -- Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
12/7 -- Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music
*12/9 -- Ann Arbor, MI, The Ark
*12/10 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
12/12 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
12/13 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Theater
12/14 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
12/16 -- Boston, MA, Paradise
*12/17 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
*12/19 -- Albany, NY, Swyer Theater at The Egg
12/20 -- Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg

* = McLagan also confirmed to perform.

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Ray Davies Says Conflict Between Brother and Drummer Mick Avory Could Quash Kinks Reunion


Decca Label GroupRecent comments from The Kinks' Ray and Dave Davies have suggested that the contentious siblings are finally close to agreeing on doing a new project together in the coming year. NowRay now has revealed a major roadblock is standing in the way of a band reunion.

The 70-year-old singer/songwriter tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that the obstacle to reunion is Dave's refusal to play with the group's founding drummer, Mick Avory.

"I really can't play with my brother as that name, The Kinks, and not have Mick in," explains Ray.  "Mick will work with him but Dave doesn't want to work with Mick.  Sibling rivalry is nothing on their rivalry.  I have no idea what's wrong with them."

Ray and Dave's animosity toward each other has been well documented, but Dave and Mick's mutual dislike goes way back as well.  They've reportedly come to blows on numerous occasions dating at least as far back as 1965.

Asked whether the disagreement was impossible to overcome, Ray answered, "Yeah.  This week it is."

Meanwhile, Ray's complicated relationship with his brother is one of the focal points of the stage musical he wrote based on The Kinks' early years.  Titled Sunny Afternoon, it opened recently on London's West End.

Ray describes the production as "a song cycle about two lads who didn't really fit together." He adds, "I never really had a relationship with my brother in a normal way.  But what's wonderful is the telepathy we have.  Or did have."

Sunny Afternoon is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre through January 31, 2015.

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Report: Orchestral Version of The Who's "Quadrophenia" Due Next Year


Geffen/Universal MusicPete Townshend is working on an orchestral version of The Who's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia that will be released next year.  Information about the new project was reported on the official website of the London Oriana Choir, which recorded backing vocals for the album Thursday night at London's AIR Studios.

According to the message, Townshend will be featured on the record alongside famous British tenor Alfie Boe, with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Pete's longtime partner, Rachel Fuller, was responsible for orchestrating the songs, with help from the choir's Martin Batchelar.

Townshend was in attendance for Thursday's recording session and reportedly told the choral group that he was "surprisingly pleased" its performance and excited about how the project is coming together.

A note on the choir's Twitter feed reports that a concert celebrating the orchestral Quadrophenia album's release is scheduled to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall on July 5, 2015, and that tickets for the show will go on sale early next year.

Incidentally, AIR Studios has been the site of recordings sessions for several of Townshend's solo albums, including Empty Glass, All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, and White City: A Novel.

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Joan Jett Honored at Little Kids Rock Gala; Performed with Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong


Mark Jaworski Studios/Little Kids RockJoan Jett was the woman of the hour Thursday night at the sixth annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, where she was honored with the organization's 2014 Rocker of the Year award.  The event, at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, was highlighted by a star-packed tribute to Jett that featured several performances by Joan herself.

The show's lineup included Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and saxophonist Jake Clemons, Social Distortion's Mike Ness and the Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.  In addition, students from the Little Kids Rock's music-education programs took part in the performance.

All of the stars played songs that Jett and her band The Blackhearts recorded over their long career.  During the evening, Joan teamed up with James on a version of his classic hit "Crimson and Clover," duetted with Armstrong on a rendition "Don't Abuse Me" and sang "Be My Lover" with Cooper.  For the finale, the concert's entire lineup hit the stage to sing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

The gala also included the presentation of the Big Man of the Year award, an honor named after late E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons, which was bestowed on Clarence's nephew, Jake Clemons.  Jake then played a couple songs, including Clarence's 1985 solo hit "You're a Friend of Mine," with some of the Little Kids Rock students.

The benefit, which also included a memorabilia auction, raised about $1.5 million for the charity.  Little Kids Rock provides musical instruments and music lessons to young people in inner-city schools.

Here's a list of some of the gala's performances:

"I Hate Myself for Loving You" -- Cheap Trick
"Eye to Eye" -- Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons
"Victim of Circumstance" -- Brody Dalle
"Bad Reputation" -- Jesse Malin
"Little Liar" -- Darlene Love
"Love Is Pain" -- Mike Ness
"Crimson and Clover" -- Tommy James and Joan Jett
"Fake Friends" -- Kathleen Hannah with Ad-Rock
"Don't Abuse Me" -- Billie Joe Armstrong and Joan Jett
"Be My Lover" -- Alice Cooper and Joan Jett
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" -- Joan Jett with many others

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Foo Fighters Release Washington, D.C. Inspired Track, "The Feast and the Famine"


Image Courtesy of Roswell Records/RCA RecordsAfter last week's Chicago-inspired song, "Something from Nothing," Foo Fighters have released the track from the Washington, D.C. episode of Sonic Highways, which premieres tonight on HBO at 11 p.m. ET. Entitled "The Feast and the Famine," the new song is faster-paced than "Something from Nothing" and embodies a more "classic" Foo Fighters sound.

"The Feast and the Famine" was recorded in Arlington, Virginia's Inner Ear Studio. Dave Grohl grew up in Virginia and was active in the '80s punk scene in neighboring D.C.

You can listen to "The Feast and the Famine" on the Foos' YouTube page. The song will appear on the Sonic Highways album, which will be released November 10.

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Joan Jett Helps Design Rocking New Hot Topic Apparel Collection


Business WireJoan Jett is helping Hot Topic celebrate its 25th anniversary by collaborating with the retailer and fashion designer Daang Goodman, founder of the TRIPP NYC company, to create a rockin' apparel line.  The Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic features clothing items that mix the punk-rock pioneer's own style and attitude with the gritty styles of downtown New York City.

The collection features eight pieces, among them a skinny jean with pleather laces and metal zippers, a belted twill jacket with lace-up sleeves, a pleather jacket with metal zippers, and a red-and-black sweater featuring a heart design.  Each item also includes a specially designed label -- a heart with lightning bolts inside it -- that combines the logos of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts logo and TRIPP NYC.

Joan can be seen modeling some of the clothes in a new YouTube video promoting the collection.  Jett and the Blackhearts' classic song "Bad Reputation" plays throughout the clip.

"Working with Daang and TRIPP NYC was effortless, as we approached this collection from the same fashion sensibility and DIY spirit," Jett says in a statement.  "I'm blown away by how the collection turned out -- these clothes are some of my favorite new additions to my closet."

Adds Goodman, "When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I'd known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her…I've been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life!  And I know the Hot Topic girl is going to love it!"

The new clothing line will go on sale starting November 4 at Hot Topic stores and via HotTopic.com.   Hot Topic also is launching a contest offering the chance to win the entire collection.

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Author: "Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography" Will Show Piano Man "Really Is That Good Guy Everybody Wants Him to Be"


Crown Archetype/Random HouseIn 2011, Billy Joel pulled the plug on his planned autobiography, The Book of Joel, citing concerns that it was being marketed as a "salacious tell-all."  But much of the material destined for that memoir is being released on Tuesday, in the form of a new book called Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography.  The author, Fred Schruers, is the same guy who worked with Joel on the scrapped book, and he says this new one will confirm what the public already knows about the Piano Man: He's a decent guy.

Speaking to Newsday -- Billy's hometown paper -- Shruers says, "There's a reason he's...very well loved.  I don't think the public really wants to know the bad stuff, though it's in there.  They have their imaginings about Billy, and some of them are reflected by the reality.  He's had his bumps.  It's very hard to say this without sounding too Pollyanna-ish, but he really is that good guy that everyone wants him to be."

Schruers says the idea to write a Joel biography came about in 2012, when he ran into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the two came to a "handshake agreement" that the author could proceed.  Not only that, but Billy gave Schruers permission to use all the material that he'd gathered for The Book of Joel for the project.  "'I'll help you out' was his phrase," Schruers tells Newsday.  The writer ended up using nearly 100 hours of interviews he'd done with Joel, as well as interviews he'd done with members of his inner circle over the years.

As for why Billy scrapped The Book of Joel in the first place -- even returning a seven-figure advance -- Schruers says the project simply came at a bad time in the singer's life.

"I don't think he hated what we had done together," says Schruers.  "But when your dad dies and you're going through a divorce, you're in hip pain and you're pretty emotionally battered, it's not something you want to talk about all the time in interviews.  You want more of a peak moment to put that book out."

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John Fogerty to Sing at White House Tribute Concert for US Military Personnel Next Month


Image Courtesy of Lacee BendaJohn Fogerty is among the music stars who will perform before President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as part of a special tribute to U.S. military members and veterans that will be held on the South Lawn of the White House.  The event, dubbed A Salute to Our Troops, will take place on November 6 and will air as a new episode of PBS' In Performance at the White House series the next night at 9 p.m. ET.

The show will be held in conjunction with the White House's "Joining Forces" campaign in advance of Veteran's Day, which falls on November 11.  Other artists slated to perform at the event include Willie Nelson, Mary J. Blige, rapper Common and Romeo Santos of the Latin music group Aventura.  In addition, a performance by Daughtry will be beamed live via satellite from a USO concert the rock act is playing at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

Hundreds of military personnel will attend the concert, including troops from Virginia's USO Warrior and Family Center.  Don Was will serve as musical director of the festivities.  The show also will be broadcast on November 11, Veteran's Day, on via the American Forces Network, where it can be viewed by troops and U.S. Department of Defense employees around the world.

Meanwhile, Fogerty will launch a new Canadian tour leg on November 7 in St. John's, Newfoundland.  The trek will mark the beginning of the singer/guitarist's 1969 World Tour, which will celebrate the great music Fogerty made with his old band Creedence Clearwater Revival that year.

Here is the Fogerty's full Canadian itinerary:

11/7 -- St. John's, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/8 -- St. John's, NL, Mile One Stadium
11/10 -- Halifax, NS, Halifax Metro Centre
11/12 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
11/13 -- Rama, ON, Casino Rama
11/14 -- Oshawa, ON, GM Centre
11/15 -- Hamilton, ON, Copps Coliseum
11/17 -- Sudbury, ON, Sudbury Arena
11/19 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
11/20 -- Moose Jaw, SK, Mosaic Place
11/21 -- Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
11/23 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
11/24 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
11/25 -- Dawson Creek, BC, EnCana Events Centre
11/27 -- Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Events Centre
11/28 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Centre
11/29 -- Victoria, BC, Save on Foods Memorial Centre

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Official Grateful Dead Documentary to Celebrate Band's 50th Anniversary


Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesAn authorized documentary about The Grateful Dead will be truckin' onto screens in conjunction with the jam band's 50th anniversary. 

Martin Scorsese will serve as an executive producer on the as-yet-untitled film, which will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, whose credits include such critically acclaimed docs as The Tillman Story, My Kid Could Paint That and Fighter.

The movie will feature new interviews with all of The Grateful Dead's main surviving members -- guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- as well as with many of the group's friends, collaborators and musical associates.  The flick also will boast archival conversations with the band, as well as plenty of previously unreleased concert footage and behind-the-scenes clips.  The group's longtime archivist, David Lemieux, will be the movie's music supervisor, while Justin Kreutzmann, Bill's son, will be one of the producers.

Weir, Lesh, Hart and Kreutzmann issued a joint statement about the project that reads, "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years.  With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it."

The band members continue, "Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese.  From The Last Waltz to George Harrison: Living in the Material World, from Bob Dylan to The Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved."

They add, "The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them."

Scorsese also commented on the film, saying, "The Grateful Dead were more than just a band.  They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans.  I'm very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved."

The Grateful Dead formed in 1965, and released their self-titled debut album in 1967.  No word yet on when the documentary might be released.

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Hear Alternate Version of "Stairway to Heaven" Featured on Deluxe "Led Zeppelin IV" Reissues


Atlantic Records/Swan SongThe entire alternate version of Led Zeppelin's classic anthem "Stairway to Heaven" that will be included on the bonus disc of the upcoming deluxe reissues of the group's 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, has made its way online.  The track was mixed by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page during a 1971 visit to the Los Angeles studio Sunset Sound Recorders, although he eventually decided to abandon that version after he returned to London to complete work on the album.

Among the differences heard in the Sunset Sound mix are more prominent guitars, subdued drums and additional echo in some sections.

"It's always interesting to hear stuff that you know really well and hear it differently, but the same," says bassist John Paul Jones in an interview with Rolling Stone.  "It does give a different perspective on it.  You hear different things.  I did read somewhere that the end of 'Stairway to Heaven' contained one of the best rock bass parts ever recorded.  Unfortunately it comes underneath one of the greatest rock guitars so...But 'Stairway' is a favorite still.  It's just got everything that we are about."

Adds Page, "The Sunset Sound mix of 'Stairway to Heaven' was actually mixed at Sunset Sound in L.A. in advance of the version that everybody knows.  I think it's a really good embodiment of everything that's on there.  It's a guitar mix, really."

In addition to the alternate "Stairway," the companion audio disc included with the Led Zeppelin IV deluxe reissues features alternate mixes to the original album's seven other songs.  The remastered reissues of Led Zeppelin IV and its follow-up, 1973's Houses of the Holy, will be released this Tuesday, October 28.

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Bob Seger Set for CMT "Crossroads" Special with Country Star Jason Aldean


Clay Patrick McBrideIt's a busy time for Bob Seger.  The 69-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer saw his new album, Ride On, debut at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, he's kicking off a new tour November 19 and now comes word that he'll be teaming up with country star Jason Aldean for an installment of the CMT television series Crossroads, premiering on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The pair will film the special next week, just outside of Nashville.

Crossroads teams popular country artists with stars from the worlds of rock and pop, trading vocals on each other's big hits.  Seger's episode airs November 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Former Dr. Feelgood Guitarist Wilko Johnson Says He's Cancer-Free


Lawrence WatsonAfter undergoing a procedure to have a tumor removed earlier this year, former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson says he is now cancer-free.

Commenting on the procedure to the BBC, the 67-year-old musician says the tumor weighed more than six pounds and that "they got it all. They cured me."

Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2012. He says that at the time he was convinced he would die from the disease. Now, he says, "I'm spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on."

Johnson -- who released a collaborative album with The Who's Roger Daltrey earlier this year, Going Back Home -- spoke with the BBC Wednesday in London at the Q Awards, where he accepted the Icon Award.

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