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Roger Waters Reminds Fans He's Not a Member of Pink Floyd, Not Involved in New Album


Sean EvansRoger Walters left Pink Floyd nearly 30 years ago, but some people apparently never got the memo.  In a post on Facebook, Waters says he wants fans to know he has nothing to do with the upcoming Pink Floyd album, The Endless River.

In the post Waters writes, “Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh? I don't have an album coming out, they are probably confused."

Waters, who left the group as a result of creative differences, goes on to explain, “David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago.”

“I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River,” Waters explains, adding “Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip.”

The Endless River is a collection of tracks that have been reworked from the 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Mason has described the new album as a “tribute” to Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright, who died in 2008.  The Endless River will be available November 10.

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Steve Lukather Says Ringo Starr Treats the All Starr Band Members "Like Kings"; New Tour Launches Today


Image Courtesy of Rob ShanahanSteve Lukather and his group Toto finished up a joint summer tour with Michael McDonald early last month, but now the guitar whiz is hitting the road again with his other main gig, Ringo Starr's All Starr Band.  The ex-Beatles drummer and his collective of fellow famous musicians embark on a new U.S trek that begins tonight in Catoosa, Oklahoma, and runs through an October 23 show in Clearwater, Florida.

The All Starr Band for this tour is the same as it was for the group's previous outing: Lukather, Todd Rundgren, ex-Santana and Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Mr. Mister singer/bassist Richard Page, drummer Gregg Bissonette and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham.  Lukather says that although the lineup might seem like "a really weird group of guys" on paper, the band members play extremely well together and get along great.

"We've become really good friends," he tells ABC News Radio.  "And Ringo's like the greatest guy you could ever work with.  He treats us like kings.  He takes care of us so well, and he's a joy to be around.  He's an inspiration."

Lukather adds that it's "a wonderful experience" getting to play the various classic songs made famous by his fellow All Starr Band mates.

"I mean, Gregg Rolie from Santana, playing 'Evil Ways' with the guy that sang it [is great]," Steve points out.  "You know, these are songs that I grew up playing as a young musician."

Not surprisingly, Lukather is especially delighted that he gets to perform regularly with one of the Fab Four.

"I look around the stage and…we're doing 'A Little Help from My Friends' and there's Ringo," explains the guitarist.  "Honestly, if you'd have told me that when I was a kid, I would've said…'Yeah, I'll be the first guy on Venus too,' you know?"

Lukather says that the rapport he and the other All Starr Band members have developed with Ringo has helped bring the Beatles legend "out of his shell" while they're on the road.

"[W]e get him out to go to the movies and we get him out to do things, because it's hard to be that famous for 50 years of your life, you know?" notes Steve.  "There's all the pluses and then there's a lot of negatives.  You know, he just wants to be a regular guy sometimes, hang around and not have people stare at him.  It's just unnerving to watch that."

Meanwhile, Lukather tells ABC News Radio that his friendship with Ringo extends beyond their All Starr Band collaboration.

"We live near each other.  We hang out.  [And I] worked on his new album that's coming out," says Steve.  "[I] got to write a song with him.  That was a thrill.  And here I am sitting there [and] we're throwing back lyrics to each other.  I'm going [to myself], 'I'm actually writing a song with one of The Beatles.'  I mean, what are the odds of that?"  (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Here's the complete itinerary of the All Starr Band's fall U.S. tour:

10/2 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Café
10/3 -- St. Louis, MO, Fabulous Fox Theatre
10/4 -- Kansas City, KS, Starlight Theatre
10/5 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
10/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater
10/10 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/11 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre
10/12 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater
10/15 -- Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/17 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Café Biloxi
10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theatre
10/19 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
10/21 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
10/22 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
10/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Elton John to Be Honored at Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner This Month


ABC/Lou Rocco Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, will be honored at the 18th Annual National Dinner of the Human Rights Council, a civil rights organization that work to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

At the October 25 event in Washington, D.C., John and Furnish will receive the HRC's National Equality Award.  As one of the most high-profile gay couples in the world, they're being honored for "changing hearts and minds by living openly and honestly" and for their work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised $300 million over the years to help end the disease.

President Bill Clinton will deliver the evening's keynote address at the event.

On October 28, Elton and David will appear at their own annual New York City charity event, An Enduring Vision.  CNN's Anderson Cooper will host for a seventh year, and John will perform a solo set at the gala, which raises funds for his AIDS Foundation.

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Eddie Vedder Releases Cover of John Lennon's "Imagine"


Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSEddie Vedder has officially released his cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" via iTunes.  The live recording is a stripped-down version of the song, featuring only Vedder's vocals and an acoustic guitar -- as well as the united voice of the crowd.

Vedder's cover was recorded during his July 18 solo show in Meco, Portugal, marking the first time the outspoken anti-war Pearl Jam frontman has performed a rendition of Lennon's legendary anti-war song.

"I think it is the most powerful song ever written," Vedder said of "Imagine" prior to his performance, according to Consequence of Sound.  "Which is why I have never played it."

Proceeds from iTunes sales will go to Heartbeat.fm, an organization that helps to unite Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians.

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Six-Disc, 45th Anniversary Edition of The Velvet Underground's Self-Titled Third Album Due in November


Polydor/UMeAn expansive six-CD version of The Velvet Underground's critically acclaimed self-titled third album will be released November 24The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition features two separate stereo mixes of the 1969 album, as well as a mono mix, a disc of 1969 recordings originally intended for the influential rock act's fourth release, and two CDs of live tracks from a pair of November 1969 San Francisco concerts.

Prior to the recording of The Velvet Underground, the Lou Reed-led band had welcomed new singer/bassist Doug Yule, who replaced founding member John Cale.  The album, which found the group moving away from the noisy experimental sound featured on many songs on its first two records, was populated with such sonically delicate, introspective tunes as "Pale Blue Eyes," "Candy Says," "Jesus," and "I'm Set Free."

The CD containing the aforementioned 1969 sessions includes mostly previously unreleased mixes of songs that appeared on the rarities collections VU and Another View, which were issued in 1985 and 1988, respectively.  Among the songs are early versions of tunes that eventually appeared on some of Reed's solo albums, including "Andy's Chest," "Ocean," "I Can't Stand It," and "Lisa Says."

The two live discs boast songs the band's from the band's November 26 and 27, 1969, shows at San Francisco's The Matrix, a club owned by Jefferson Airplane singer Marty Balin.  Most of these tracks also have not been released before.

The updated Velvet Underground album also will be sold in several other configurations, including a two-CD set featuring a remastered version of the album and a disc of select recordings from the Matrix concerts; a single CD; and digital editions of the single-disc record and the Super Deluxe set.

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Bryan Adams Journeys into the Past -- Musically -- with New Album "Tracks of My Years"


Verve RecordsBryan Adams' new album, Tracks of My Years, his first studio effort in six years, is out this week, and it features the Canadian singer/songwriter taking a walk down memory lane to revisit some of the great songs of his youth.  He's also revisiting his youth via the album's seriously embarrassing cover photo, which shows a 16-year-old Adams sporting some unbelievably long, pure 1970s hair.

"My hair is way down past my nipples," he laughs.  "I was really into hard rock back then.  I still am into hard rock, but particularly then, because it was the time, you know.  It was 1975.  I was into Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and a lot of other hard rock, of course, and I looked like one of the roadies that fell off one of the buses, you know?"

While hard rock may be Bryan's preferred music genre from that era, Tracks of My Years mostly features pop and pop-rock hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s.  The concept came from one of the producers, David Foster, and at first, Adams didn't want to do it, because he was afraid he couldn't bring anything new to classics by legends like The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Beach Boys.  But his other producer, Bob Rock, talked him into it.

"He said, 'Look, you got a great opportunity to have a record deal in America again, and why don't you just do it and have some fun?  If it doesn't work out, don't put it out,'" recalls Bryan.  "[And so I said], 'That's a good idea.  So, let's just go have some fun.'  And that's what happened."

Adams and his producers came up with about 40 songs that they then whittled down to the final track listing, which in addition to songs by the Fab Four, Dylan and The Beach Boys, but also The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Manhattans and Chuck Berry

"It was just a sort of process of just elimination, and you could tell almost instantly whether a song was working, within the first verse," Bryan says of the process, which took about three months, spread over two years.  "And generally what I would do was I'd go out and sit on a microphone...with a guitar, and I would just start playing the song and singing it.  And, if within that first few chords it started to sound like something, someone would come...and say, 'OK, that's good.  Let's do this!'"

What he's ended up with, Adams says, is an album that isn't actually made up of songs that he was personally connected to.  Instead, it features tunes that mimic the genre-blurring that he experienced growing up listening to AM radio, where anything that was a hit was played, no matter what type of music it was.

"AM radio was kind of king," he tells ABC News Radio.  "And I used to have a little transistor radio, which was kind of my escape [from] the world.  I would wait in anticipation for what the next song was gonna be on the radio.  It was really exciting.  So, doing this record, I kind of kept thinking about, 'It's OK to do a variety of different things here,' because even if these songs weren't songs that I were necessarily inspired by, they were around at the time when I decided music was what I wanted to do, and it's what AM radio was doing at the time too."

Along with the cover versions, Tracks of My Years features one original new song, called "She Knows Me," which is the album's first single.  Why put a brand-new song in among the oldies?   Adams says, candidly, "Because, according to my manager and according to the record company, it's very difficult to get cover songs played.  So, better to give an original song to kick off the record.  And I'm quite happy with that."

Bryan, who'll release a 30th anniversary edition of his breakthrough album, Reckless, later this year, says he's just hoping he doesn't catch too much flak for Tracks of My Years.

"I hope that I've done justice to the tracks, because it was a leap of faith to put myself in this position, 'cause I know I'm opening myself up to rocket fire," he jokes.  "So, you know, I'm trying to keep my head down!"

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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