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U2's The Unforgettable Fire Turns 30 Today


Image Courtesy of Island/Universal MusicOn October 1, 1984 -- 30 years ago today -- U2 released their fourth album, The Unforgettable Fire. The record was a huge commercial hit and would go on to receive triple platinum certification and peak at 12 on the Billboard 200.

In recording a follow-up to 1983's much more rock-oriented War, U2 wanted to take an artier approach with The Unforgettable Fire.

"We knew the world was ready to receive the heirs to The Who. All we had to do was to keep doing what we were doing and we would become the biggest band since Led Zeppelin, without a doubt. But something just didn't feel right," wrote Bono in the band's 2005 autobiography U2 By U2. "We felt we had more dimension than just the next big anything, we had something unique to offer. The innovation was what would suffer if we went down the standard rock route. We were looking for another feeling."

In order to access that feeling, the band enlisted the help of producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, the latter of whom was known for his innovative ambient sound. Both would also return to produce U2's next album, 1987's legendary The Joshua Tree.

The lead single from The Unforgettable Fire was "Pride (in the Name of Love)," which was a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. "Pride" was a massive hit, and it became the first U2 song to breach the top 40 of the Billboard 200. Today, the song remains a fan favorite and one of the band's most successful singles.

U2 most recently released Songs of Innocence, which has quickly become infamous for automatically appearing for free in every iTunes account last month. The physical album will be released on CD and vinyl with updated cover art on October 13.

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich Says Oasis Changed His Life


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinOn the surface, Metallica and Oasis don't appear to have a lot in common.  But as Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich writes in an essay for U.K. newspaper The Guardian, the British band has provided him with more than 20 years of musical inspiration.

"Oasis has been the soundtrack to my life for the last 20 years on this wonderful planet," writes Ulrich.  "I have stories and pictures in my mind that go along with everything, from the first time I heard particular songs and read certain articles, to hearing about the band's shenanigans and festivities."

Ulrich first discovered Oasis in 1994 while looking through a magazine called Select.  He was struck especially by guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher's off-color commentary on the music industry.

"It reeked of attitude and not giving a f**k, which at the time -- at the height of the shoegazing-I-can't-handle-being-a-rockstar attitudes that were becoming mainstream -- was very refreshing," Ulrich explains.

Oasis would go on to become a very polarizing band, but the fact that everyone in England had an opinion about them made Ulrich respect the Gallagher brothers' group even more.

"Everybody knew Oasis, and in some way were impacted by them.  And if they didn't love them, it was often the polarizing opposite," says Ulrich.  "But most importantly, nobody didn't care.  Everyone had an opinion.  Everybody had a thought.  Nobody ignored them.  No one."

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Fleetwood Mac Kicks Off New Tour, with Christine McVie Back on Keyboards


Fleetwood Mac/Live NationFleetwood Mac was at the Target Center in Minneapolis Tuesday night, kicking off their latest tour -- the first with longtime singer/keyboardist Christine McVie since 1998.

According to TwinCities.com, drummer Mick Fleetwood noted McVie’s return by telling the 17,000 fans in attendance, “Our songbird is back,” a reference not only to the 71-year-old singer-songwriter, but also to "Songbird," one of her contributions to Fleetwood Mac's celebrated 1977 album, Rumours. Fittingly, the band ended the night's show with the song.

The nearly two-and-a-half-hour performance opened with “The Chain,” followed by “You Make Loving Fun.”

Christine McVie celebrated her return by thanking the band and the fans, saying, “It’s a dream come true, a chance you don’t often get in life.”

Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham all took time out to praise McVie. Buckingham told the crowd, “This is a band that continues to evolve through good times and adversity.  This is just, I guess, the latest chapter.”

Buckingham continued, “It’s a beautiful, profound, poetic new chapter now that this lady is back with us. And it’s a chapter that is going to go on for a while. A chapter that is going to yield much fruit. We are very, very excited.”

The band’s next concert is Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago.

Fleetwood Mac's On with the Show tour runs through a December 20 concert in Tampa, Florida.

Here’s the set list from Tuesday’s concert at the Target Center:

"The Chain"
"You Make Loving Fun"
"Dreams"
"Second Hand News"
"Rhiannon"
"Everywhere"
"I Know I'm Not Wrong"
"Tusk"
"Sisters of the Moon"
"Say You Love Me"
"Seven Wonders"
"Big Love"
"Landslide"
"Never Going Back Again"
"Over My Head"
"Gypsy"
"Little Lies"
"Gold Dust Woman"
"I'm So Afraid"
"Go Your Own Way"

Encore:
"World Turning"
"Don't Stop"
"Silver Springs"

Second encore:
"Songbird"

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Jimmy Page Says Led Zeppelin Reunion "Doesn't Look Likely," Is Eyeing 2015 Solo Project


Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has once again addressed the oft-asked question about whether he'd like to play with his old band again and, not surprisingly, his response won't encourage fans holding out hope for a reunion.

Page hosted an event Tuesday at London's Olympic Studios featuring a playback of tracks from the next installments of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign.  NME asked the guitar legend if remastering the band's catalog made him want to reunite with the other Zeppelin members, to which he answered, "I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that.  I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says.  All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?"

Although Page did not mention Robert Plant, his remark seemed to be influenced by the Zeppelin singer's recent dismissive comments regarding a reunion.  In August, Plant told U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that he thought Jimmy "should get on and do something," adding, "he's a superb talent."

NME reports that Page revealed during Tuesday's event that he indeed was considering a new solo project.

"If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you," he explained.  "I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year."

He said that his shows with this proposed group would include "material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds.  There would certainly be some new material in there as well."

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer added he loves to perform live, and said his shows would include instrumental versions of classic Led Zeppelin tunes like "Dazed and Confused."

The latest Led Zeppelin reissues, remastered and expanded editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy, will be released on October 28.

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Family of AC/DC's Malcolm Young Confirms He's Suffering from Dementia


Columbia RecordsThe family of AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young has confirmed a report that he's suffering from dementia.

In a statement obtained by People magazine, Young's family said, "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy."

Last week, AC/DC announced that Young would not return to the legendary Australian rock group. The Sydney Morning Herald subsequently reported Young had been moved into a full-time nursing facility in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for treatment of symptoms that include significant short-term memory loss.

AC/DC will release a new album, Rock or Bust, on December 2, with Young's nephew, Stevie Young, filling in for him. The band is expected to launch a world tour in 2015.

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Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi Ranked Among Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014


Danny ClinchIf you search the name Bruce Springsteen online, there’s a 18.82 percent chance you’ll click on a page that tests positive for viruses and other malware. That's according to a new study by the virus fighters at McAfee.

The Boss is ranked fifth on McAfee’s list of the Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014.

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is number one. According to McAfee, you have an 19.38 percent chance of landing on a malicious website if you search his name.

Voice coach and country singer Blake Shelton is ranked sixth, and Jon Bon Jovi is ranked eighth. Paul McCartney is 29th on the list.

"Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy," said McAfee's Gary Davis.

"Cybercriminals capitalize on consumers' attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data," Davis added.

Here's McAfee's top-10 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014:

1. Jimmy Kimmel -- 19.38% chance of downloading a virus.
2. Armin van Buuren -- 19.33%
3. Ciara -- 19.31%
4. Flo Rida -- 18.89%
5. Bruce Springsteen -- 18.82%
6. Blake Shelton -- 18.47%
7. Britney Spears -- 18.19%
8. Jon Bon Jovi -- 17.64%
9. Chelsea Handler -- 17.22%
10. Christina Aguilera -- 16.67%

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Trial Date Set in Midnight Rider Manslaughter Case; Indicted Assistant Director Turns Herself In


PMK-BNCThere are yet more new developments with regard to the legal drama stemming from the train accident that killed a camera assistant during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight RiderDeadline.com reports that a March 9, 2015, trial date has been scheduled in the manslaughter and criminal-trespass case that's been brought against the four indicted filmmakers involved in the project.

According to an order issued by Judge Anthony Harrison of Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court, pre-trial motions will be heard on February 12 and 13 of next year, with jury selection beginning on March 9.  All discovery evidence must be entered into the court by December 10.

The indicted parties are the husband-and-wife director and producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz.  Schwartz became the most recent member of the Midnight Rider team to face charges when she was indicted on September 10.  She was on hand Tuesday for a status conference at the Wayne County Superior Court that all the lawyers for the indicted parties also attended.  Afterward, Schwartz -- accompanied by her lawyer -- walked to the adjacent Wayne County Jail Detention Center and turned herself in.

If convicted on the manslaughter charge, Miller, Savin, Sedrash and Schwartz face a possible 10-year prison sentence, while the criminal trespass charge carries a potential one-year term.

This past February 20, Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and several other crew members were injured by a train during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider.  The crew was filming a scene on a trestle bridge in Doctortown, Georgia, when the train barreled through.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies Announces Full Details About Latest Solo Album, "Rippin' Up Time"


Red River EntertainmentKinks lead guitarist Dave Davies has unveiled complete official details about his forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time, which will be released October 28 on CD and will be available a week earlier as a digital download.  The collection features 10 original tunes and was co-produced by Davies and his friend David Nolte.

Dave's son Russell Davies, a musician and producer in his own right, contributes vocals to two songs, "In the Old Days" and "Through My Window."  Dave and Russ previously worked together on the 2010 eletronica-influenced album Two Worlds.

According to Dave, Rippin' Up Time focuses on "a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future."

The 67-year-old guitarist explains, "I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and The Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future."  He adds, "I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind.  I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream."

You can check out the title track of the album now at Red River Entertainment's SoundCloud page.

As previously announced, Davies has scheduled a series of fall U.S. tour dates to promote Rippin' Up Time.  The trek is mapped out from a November 11 show in Milwaukee through a November 28 concert in Englewood, New Jersey.

Here is the complete track list for Rippin' Up Time:

"Ripping Up Time"
"Semblance of Sanity"
"King of Karaoke"
"Front Room"
"Johnny Adams"
"Nosey Neighbours"
"Mindwash"
"Between the Towers"
"In the Old Days"
"Through My Window"

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Brian Wilson Added to Lineup of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert


Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIIA very special guest star has been added to the lineup of the 2014 edition of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit ConcertBeach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will perform at both of this year's shows, which will take place on October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Wilson joins a bill that, as usual, includes Young and also features Tom Jones, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence the Machine, Band of Horses, and Norah Jones' new group, Puss N Boots.  Young's estranged wife, Pegi, who co-founded the Bridge School, also will perform with her backing band, The Survivors.  Tickets for the concerts are available now via LiveNation.com, and at the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Wilson was one of the many performers this past Sunday at the star-studded tribute concert George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, which was held at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre.  Among the evening's many highlights was Brian's rendition of the Harrison solo classic "My Sweet Lord," which included accompaniment by The Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, and The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, among others.  You can check out fan-recorded video of the performance on YouTube.

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Listen to Jackson Browne's New Album, "Standing in the Breach," Online Now


Inside RecordingsJackson Browne is treating fans to a preview of his upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, currently streaming in its entirety over at USAToday.com.  The 10-song collection, which will be released next Tuesday, October 7, finds the 65-year-old singer/songwriter concerned, yet hopeful, about the state of the world.

Browne tells USA Today that one the new tracks, "If I Could Be Anywhere," is a love song, but not in the traditional sense.  "[It's] a love song to the oceans, the environment, to future generations," he explains.  "It's the idea that there's a challenge that can only be met while we're here, both in the sense of being present and also that we're here at this moment in time."

Meanwhile, Browne admits that the tune "Which Side Are You On?" bears some structural resemblance to Bob Dylan's spiritually-themed "Gotta Serve Somebody," but points out, "It's not a song about God; it's about your personal allegiances to the forces at play in our society."

Standing in the Breach comes to a close with "Here," which Browne originally wrote for the 2009 Kevin Spacey film, Shrink.

"It's about accepting the world that has changed in a fundamental way you almost cannot accept," Browne tells USA Today.  "It's about, in the end, finding a way of being in the world."

Standing in the Breach is Jackson's 14th studio effort, and the follow-up to 2008's Time the Conqueror.  Browne recently launched a fall U.S. tour in support of the record that's mapped out through an October 18 show in Indianapolis.  His next date is scheduled for this Saturday in York, Pennsylvania.

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KISS' Gene Simmons Featured on New Episode of AXS TV's "The Big Interview"


Image Courtesy of A&E and AXS TVKISS star Gene Simmons is rarely at a loss for words, which makes him a perfect guest for AXS TV's The Big Interview.  In a new episode of the program premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the high-def network, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and entrepreneur chats candidly and in detail about a variety of topics with famed newsman Dan Rather.

Among the subjects Simmons discusses is his impoverished childhood in war-torn Israel, being abandoned by his father at the age of seven and his mother's experience as a survivor of Nazi concentration camps.  Gene also will chat about his high-profile romances with Cher and Diana Ross, his enduring yet bumpy relationship with wife Shannon Tweed, his many business ventures and, of course, his long tenure in his famous rock band.

In a preview clip from the show, Simmons declares, "Personally, I haven't had a bad thing happen to me.  I haven't had a bad day in my life -- not since I came to the Promised Land.  And let me you something, everybody points to Israel…but the Promised Land is America."

AXS TV executive Michele M. Dix says of the episode, "Gene Simmons has never been shy about delivering the straight truth as he sees it, and this episode of The Big Interview is no exception.  But what sets this particular segment apart is Dan Rather's unique ability to dive head-first into his subject, setting the rock star bravado aside and cutting to the core of the man underneath the makeup and the carefully cultivated 'Demon' persona."

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"Midnight Rider" First Assistant Director Charged in Death of Camera Assistant


Danny ClinchAnother member of the production crew for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider is facing charges in connection with the train accident that killed a camera assistant.

Deadline.com reports first assistant director Hillary Schwartz was charged September 10 with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. She has yet to enter a plea.

The husband-and-wife director and producer team of Midnight Rider, Randall Miller and Jody Savin, face the same charges, as does executive producer Jay Sedrish. They have pleaded not guilty.

All of the aforementioned names are also defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed when she was struck by a train during filming in Georgia last February. Several other crew members were injured.

Under Georgia law, a manslaughter conviction carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison. A criminal trespass conviction carries a potential sentence of one year.

Production on Midnight Rider was suspended following the accident.

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ZZ Top Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates


Image Courtesy Ross HalfinZZ Top has announced new dates for the U.S. tour that was postponed when bass guitarist Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury.

The band's tour, which initially was scheduled to begin last week, will now get under way January 17, in San Antonio.

Hill injured his hip when he slipped and fell on his band's tour bus in August.

ZZ Top previously announced rescheduled dates for their joint tour with Jeff Beck. They will take place next May.

Here are the new tour dates:

1/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
1/18 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
3/11 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/13 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
3/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
3/17 -- Montréal, QC, Bell Centre
3/19 -- Orillia, ONT, Casino Rama
3/20 -- Battle Creek, MI, FireKeepers Casino
3/21 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center at Centre College
3/25 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
3/26 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Arena
3/28 -- Bowling Green, KY, Hot Rods Baseball Stadium
3/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/31 -- La Crosse, WI, LA Crosse Center Arena
4/2 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theater
4/3 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center
4/4 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
4/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
4/10 -- Mississippi State, MS, Humphrey Coliseum

Here are the previously announced dates with Beck:

5/1 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/7 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
5/8 -- W. Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
5/9 -- Saint Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
5/10 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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Mike Rutherford Says Genesis' New "R-Kive" Compilation Showcases "a Great Body of Work"


RhinoThe new three-CD Genesis compilation, R-Kive, featuring a career-spanning selection of songs by the band and from the various solo projects of the group's members, hits stores today, September 30.  The 37-track collection is a companion piece to the new documentary titled Genesis: Sum of Its Parts, which will get its U.S. premiere on October 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Both R-Kive and the documentary included the participation of Genesis' classic early-to-mid-1970s lineup -- singer Peter Gabriel, singer/drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and lead guitarist Steve Hackett.  In putting the retrospective album together, each musician got to choose three songs from his non-Genesis material for the project.

Rutherford tells ABC News Radio that the compilation helps paint a full picture of what the group has accomplished.

"[F]rom this one school band, Genesis, you had the Gabriel career, the Collins career, the Mike the Mechanics career," Rutherford points out.  "And you put these songs together and you see a…'Turn It On [Again]' and a 'Biko' and 'In the Air [Tonight]' 'Living Years,' it's a great body of work."

He adds that with R-Kive, "I think we're trying to just remind people that we always were one band, really, one sort of team in a sense.  And so, when you put it like that, I think it's a nice story to be told."

The entire multidisc set is arranged in chronological order, which Rutherford says was "the only way to do it…otherwise you get lost."  He also says allowing each band member to pick three tunes from his solo catalog "seemed to make sense."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 64 on Thursday, notes that he and his old band mates didn't have a lot of disagreement over their choices for the R-Kive track list.

"In general, we're pretty tight," he points out.  "You know, there was a bit of discussion about things, but the options were never like, 'Oh, that's great and that's rubbish.'"

It's worth noting that the documentary will make its official TV debut this Saturday on the U.K.'s BBC Two, where it will air under the name Genesis: Together and Apart.

Meanwhile, Rutherford has some disappointing, but perhaps not surprising news for Genesis fans hoping for a band reunion.

"There's no plans," Mike tells ABC News Radio.  He adds, however, that there is a ray of hope that the band members could play together again at some point, recalling a comment that Gabriel had made not too long ago.  "Peter said…'Listen, we're all above grass still, you know,' which is something, which is relevant," says Rutherford.

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Phil Collins Reveals Struggle with Alcohol Abuse, Says He's Not Currently Interested in Genesis Reunion


Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsLast week, Phil Collins revealed that, despite rumors to the contrary, he was not planning a full-fledged return to performing.  Now, in a new interview with U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail, the former Genesis star has come forward with some other revelations, including the fact that he fairly recently underwent treatment for alcohol abuse.

The singer/drummer says his troubles with the bottle began a few years back, after he'd stopped touring and his ex-wife Orianne moved with their two young children and her new husband from Switzerland, where Phil has a residence, to Florida.

"We had a fantastic little set-up.  I was living…ten minutes away from the kids.  Used to pick 'em up all the time, used to go round for dinner with the ex-wife," he explains.  "But [her husband] didn't like Switzerland, so they moved to Miami.  And, really, retiring -- well, not working -- and not having the kids, I guess left a big void."

Phil admits that he developed a destructive routine, where "I used to get up and I'd start drinking and watch the cricket.  Red wine, white wine.  And before long… I had pancreatitis," which is a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas.

He points out that his problems were exacerbated by medication he was taking for other ailments, including joint pain he developed from decades of pounding the drums.

Collins began to attend meetings and tried rehab, but says he couldn't stand it, comparing the experience to being in boarding school.  Eventually, Phil reports, "I found myself a great doctor here in America, and I went to a couple of specialists.  And I don't drink anymore."

While Collins says he continues to take medication to treat his pancreatitis, he maintains that he's "never fallen off the wagon," adding, "I've just been lucky."

Phil also addresses how he feels about possibly taking part in another Genesis reunion.  He points out to The Daily Mail, "I'm 63, soon be 64, and I joined Genesis when I was 19.  So surely it's clear to people that I may not want to do this?  Or I may want to do something different?"

In addition to that, Phil adds that his current priority is spending time with his two kids with Orianne -- 13-year-old Nick and nine-year-old Matt -- noting that he may have not been as attentive as he would have liked when his children from his earlier marriages were growing up.

"I can't bear to not see my kids for a couple of months if I'm going to go on tour," says Collins.  "And my nine-year-old, I wonder what he thinks about when he puts the light off at night: 'Another ten days before Dad comes…'  I can't imagine him saying, 'Another two months.  Dad's on tour for two months.'"

Lastly, Phil stresses that no ego boost he might receive from performing in front of huge crowds with his old band mates "could possibly beat what I have with my kids."

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Listen to Alice Cooper's Version of "Eleanor Rigby" from Upcoming Paul McCartney Tribute Album


Arctic PoppyThe star-packed Paul McCartney tribute album, The Art of McCartney, won't be released until November 18, but you can already preview a number of tracks from the project online.  A video featuring Alice Cooper's full cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" premiered on Monday morning exclusively at USAToday.com, while several clips of other songs have been posted on the album's official website and YouTube channel.

Alice's version of the classic 1966 song sounds very similar to the Fab Four's original rendition, with the shock-rocker singing mournfully while accompanied by a string section.  The video includes footage of Cooper singing the tune in the studio.  If you pre-order the album at The Art of McCartney's official website, you'll receive a free digital download of the track.  Alice also recorded a version of the McCartney solo song "Smile Away" for the project; it appears as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album.

Among the many other music greats who recorded Sir Paul's compositions for the album are Bob Dylan, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, KISS, Heart, Steve Miller, Cat Stevens, Jeff Lynne, Paul Rodgers, Sammy Hagar, Chrissie Hynde, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, and Willie NelsonThe Art of McCartney's YouTube channel features 30-second audio snippets of Dylan's version of The Beatles' "Things We Said Today," Nelson's rendition of "Yesterday," and Wilson's, Robinson's and King's respective takes on the McCartney solo tunes "Wanderlust," "So Bad," and "On the Way."

As previously reported, The Art of McCartney will be available in a variety of formats, including a limited run of 1,000 box sets featuring signed artwork, a DVD, an audio documentary, a 64-page book, and the full album on digital, vinyl and CD.  There also will be a vinyl box set, a triple vinyl album, a deluxe CD package, a regular CD, a standard digital album, and an iTunes version with a couple of extra tracks.

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Chris Cornell and Tom Morello Reunite at Benefit Concert


ABC NewsFormer Audioslave band mates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello reunited Friday at El Corazon in Seattle for a benefit concert in support of 15Now, an organization that successfully lobbied to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15, as reported by Blabbermouth.net.  The Soundgarden frontman and Rage Against the Machine guitarist had not performed together since their supergroup broke up in 2007.

In a nearly hour-long set, Cornell and Morello played songs from Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Morello's acoustic side-project, The Nightwatchman. The set also included covers of John Lennon's "Imagine" and Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

Audioslave disintegrated after Cornell infamously left the band without informing any of the other members, which included bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk, but Morello has said that he has not harbored any ill-will against the singer.

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Black Sabbath to Release Final Album, Play Final Shows Next Year


Image Courtesy of Black Sabbath/MSO PRIron Man will live again, one last time.

In an interview with Metal Hammer, Ozzy Osbourne revealed that Black Sabbath will record their twentieth and final album. Rick Rubin, who worked with the band to record their successful 2013 comeback effort, 13, will once again serve as producer. Ozzy also announced that he, along with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, will embark on one last tour as Black Sabbath next year.

"The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great," he said. "We all made friends, we didn't f**k around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album, and a final tour."

The trio does not have any new material written yet, but Ozzy hopes to begin recording in early 2015. The timing of the recording will in part depend on Iommi's health, as the guitarist has been battling lymphoma since 2012.

"Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony's health, he's obviously got his cancer treatment," Ozzy said. "But we'll get onto it next year. I don't know if we'll be writing in England or LA, but I'll fly to the f**king moon for it if I have to!”

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Sammy Hagar Announces Belated Birthday Bash in Las Vegas, Event to Feature Chickenfoot Finale


Image Courtesy of Jay Blakesberg/UMeSammy Hagar unfortunately was forced to cancel the 2014 edition of his annual Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina after a hurricane recently swept through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, but the Red Rocker has scheduled a new Las Vegas event in place of the South of the Border extravaganza.  Hagar will host a Belated Birthday Bash at the new Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on October 18.

The show will include a headlining performance by Hagar and his recently created supergroup The Circle -- which features Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and longtime Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson.  That band, of course, is the same one that accompanied Sammy on his recent "A Journey Through the History of Rock" tour.  If that's not exciting enough, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be on hand to join Hagar and Anthony for a Chickenfoot encore.

Sammy's original 2014 Birthday Bash was to have taken place across four dates -- October 7, 9, 11 and 13.  Fans holding tickets to those shows will have the chance to exchange them for upgraded "Red Zone" passes to the Las Vegas event or can receive a refund.

Hagar also plans to make available as a free download a copy of his new acoustic album to everyone who bought tickets to the Cabo concerts.  Fans will be able to access the record on its October 13 release date.

Tickets for Hagar's Belated Birthday Bash are on sale now at DLVEC.com.

Hurricane Odile devastated areas of Mexico's Baja California peninsula during mid-September and tore up parts of Sammy's home in Cabo San Lucas, although his Cabo Wabo Cantina only suffered minor water damage.  Hagar says he hopes to lend some help to the local people affected by the storm "once the town is a little more stable."

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Sting and No Doubt Cover "Message in a Bottle" at Global Citizen Festival


Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen FestivalAs expected, Sting joined No Doubt Saturday night at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

Sting helped No Doubt close their 45-minute set in Central Park with a rendition of "Message in a Bottle," by Sting's band, The Police. You can watch the performance on the YouTube page for MSNBC, which broadcast the entire event.

Later in the night, there was another guest appearance: Beyoncé teamed up with her husband, headliner Jay Z, on two songs to wrap up the festival.

The other artists who took part in the Global Citizen Festival were fun., Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Tiesto.

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