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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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Rod Stewart Impersonator Roams NYC


Penny LancasterRod Stewart has at least one imposter making his way around New York City and tricking fans and restaurant owners into thinking he's the singer, according to the New York Post.

The Stewart lookalike, sporting an English accent and spiked hair, has been spotted riding the subway, partying around town, crashing World Cup soccer parties, and even loitering near a schoolyard, sources tell the newspaper.

The sources say several Manhattan shop owners have been so eager to impress, they've showered the imposter with free cocktails and meals.

The impersonator, dubbed "Rockaway Rod," may have even been caught on camera, sitting on a subway train earlier this month.

"Wait, is that Rod Stewart?" the poster writes, accompanied by a picture of a man wearing eyeglasses and sporting the "Maggie May" singer's trademark rooster haircut.

The genuine Rod's longtime manager, Arnold Stiefel, has confirmed the man is a fake.  Stiefel tells the Post, “The real Rod has seen the [subway] picture, and he thought it was funny, but he said, ‘Please let people know it isn’t me.’ ”

It's unclear whether the sightings are the work of one man or several, nor is it certain that the man in the subway picture is one of the imposters.

Stiefel notes, "This has been going on for years."

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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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Deluxe, 40th Anniversary Edition of Jethro Tull's "WarChild" Arriving in November


ParlophoneAn expanded four-disc version of Jethro Tull's WarChild commemorating the 1974 album's 40th anniversary will be released on November 24.  Warchild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition will include a remastered version of the original album, a variety of bonus recordings, DVD-Audio of the entire album and extra tracks, and some archival video footage.

WarChild originally was envisioned as a multimedia project encompassing a feature film, a soundtrack record and a studio album, but the famed British prog-rock group eventually abandoned plans for the movie and soundtrack.  Released in October 1974, the WarChild album climbed to #2 on the Billboard 200 and yielded one of the band's biggest U.S. singles, the #12 hit "Bungle in the Jungle."  Other memorable tunes from the record include the title track, "SeaLion" and "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day."

The expanded WarChild contains two CDs and two DVDs.  The second CD offers 11 bonus songs from the album sessions and 11 orchestral pieces originally intended for the movie soundtrack, many of which are previously unreleased.  As for the DVD content, in addition to the high-def versions of the various audio recordings, there's a promo video for the song "The Third Hoorah," as well as clips from a Jethro Tull press conference and photo session held in January of '74.

Remastered single-CD and digital download versions of Warchild also will be released on November 24, while a limited-edition 180-gram vinyl LP will hit stores on January 13, 2015.

Here's the full track listing of the CDs included in Warchild: The 40th Anniversary Theatre Edition:

Disc One
"WarChild"
"Queen and Country"
"Ladies"
"Back-door Angels"
"SeaLion"
"Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day"
"Bungle in the Jungle"
"Only Solitaire"
"The Third Hoorah"
"Two Fingers"

Disc Two - The Second Act: Associated Recordings
"Paradise Steakhouse"
"Saturation"
"Good Godmother"*
"SeaLion II"
"Quartet"
"WarChild II"*
"Tomorrow Was Today"*
"Glory Row"
"March, The Mad Scientist"
"Rainbow Blues"
"Pan Dance"

WarChild Orchestral Recordings
"The Orchestral WarChild Theme"*
"The Third Hoorah" (Orchestral Version)*
"Mime Sequence"*
"Field Dance" (Conway Hall Version)*
"Waltz of the Angels" (Conway Hall Version)
"The Beach (Part I)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
"The Beach (Part II)" (Morgan Master Recording)*
"Waltz of the Angels" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
"The Beach" (Morgan Demo Recording)*
"Field Dance" (Morgan Demo Recording)*

* = previously unreleased.

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Moody Blues to Release Eight-Disc Box Set Featuring 1980s and '90s Recordings in November


Universal Music EnterprisesA new eight-disc box set collecting the recordings The Moody Blues made during their late-1980s and early-'90s tenure with the Polydor label will arrive in stores November 24.  The Polydor Years 1986-1992 features six CDs and two DVDs, and includes expanded versions of three of the veteran British band's studio albums, plus two live albums, a concert film, and a documentary.

The period The Moody Blues were on Polydor saw the band enjoying a resurgence in popularity, 20 years into their career, thanks to such memorable tunes as "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere."  The box set features remastered editions of the respective albums that yielded those hits -- 1986's The Other Side of Life and 1988's Sur la Mer -- as well as 1991's Keys to the Kingdom.  Each of these records is augmented with a variety of bonus tracks -- including live performances, single edits, remixes, B-sides and alternate versions -- most of which have never been released.

The Polydor Years also boasts a previously unreleased Moody Blues album recorded at the Blossom Music Centre in Cleveland in July 1986, as well as the two-CD live set A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which originally was issued in 1993.  In addition, the long-out-of-print companion DVD to A Night at Red Rocks is featured in the compilation, as is a documentary about the concert that previously had only been available to Moody Blues fan-club members.

The box set is rounded out by a collectible seven-inch blue-vinyl single featuring "Al Fin Voy a Encontrate," a rare Spanish-language version of "I Know You're Out There Somewhere."  The Polydor Years also comes with a 64-page hardcover book filled with info and photos.

You can check out the full track list for The Polydor Years 1986-1992 box set at MoodyBluesToday.com.  

The band currently is taking a break after finishing up a U.S. summer tour in early September.  The Moodies' next scheduled trek is a U.K. outing that begins in Plymouth, England June 6, 2015.

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Paul McCartney to Sing on Benefit Single for Samuel L. Jackson-Supported Cancer Charity


Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has signed on to lend his voice to a star-studded single that will raise money for One for the Boys, a charity championed by actor Samuel L. Jackson that seeks to raise awareness about cancers that affect males.

The Sun Online reports that Sir Paul is among the celebrities who will contribute to a cover of "Say Something," a top five hit for the young American pop act A Great Big WorldJennifer Hudson also is planning to sing on the record, which will be released in time to compete for the prestigious #1 spot on the U.K. charts during the week of Christmas.

Plans for the single were announced last week during a launch party held at a location that's more than a little familiar to McCartney -- London's Abbey Road Studios.  Among the luminaries in attendance at the bash were Jackson, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and fashion model Daisy Lowe, daughter of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

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R.E.M. Chronicles History with MTV in "REMTV" DVD Box Set


REMHQ.comSeptember has been a good month for R.E.M. fans.  Two days in, the band released their two MTV Unplugged appearances on vinyl.  Now comes word today that the band’s entire history with MTV -- which pretty much amounts to R.E.M.’s entire history, period -- has been collected in a DVD box set, cleverly titled REMTV.

The first two DVDs in the six-disc set include R.E.M.’s MTV Unplugged performances, from 1991 and 2001, while disc three is devoted to their 1998 VH1 Storytellers appearance, including some songs that were cut from the original broadcast.

The real rarities and archival gems come with the remaining three discs -- 99 live performances in all, culled from R.E.M. performances and appearances around the world from 1995 through 2008.  They include 2001’s Live in Cologne, and 2008’s R.E.M. Live in Athens, Greece.  While both shows were recorded for broadcast, more than a dozen songs from those performances never aired, and are included for the first time in the box set.

Tying a bow around the REMTV set is the new, feature-length documentary R.E.M. by MTV, which essentially assembles highlights from all of the box set's contents into a chronicle of R.E.M. and MTV’s history together, from beginning to end.

REMTV is slated for release November 24.  Pre-order it now, though, and you'll score an instant video download of the R.E.M. Supersonic show from Milan, Italy.

For more details and to order, head over to REMHQ.com.

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Robert Plant Set to Rock "The Tonight Show" This Evening


Image Courtesy of Ed MilesRobert Plant will be the musical guest this evening on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  The mighty Led Zeppelin singer will be accompanied by his current band, The Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he recorded his just-released solo album, Lullaby and…the Ceaseless Roar.

The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters launched a brief U.S. tour on Thursday in Port Chester, New York.  Next up for the rock legend is a September 27-28 engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, New York, in conjunction with a concert series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Robert's new label, Nonesuch Records.  The trek also will stop in Toronto, Chicago and Denver before wrapping up on October 7 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

Check out the full itinerary at RobertPlant.com.

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U2 Unveils Final Artwork for "Songs of Innocence"


Glen Luchford/Interscope RecordsIf you thought the artwork for U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence, looked a little blah when it popped up in your iTunes, turns out that was just a placeholder.  The band today revealed the actual album cover, which will be featured when the physical CD and vinyl copies shipping on October 13.

The completed artwork is a stark yet warm black-and-white image of U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., shirtless and kneeling as he embraces the waist of his also-shirtless 18-year-old son, Aaron.

A post on U2's official website explains that the theme calls back to the band's 1980 debut album, Boy, and 1983's War.  Both of those albums' covers featured the younger brother of one of Bono's childhood friends, shirtless and striking the same pose, but with a clear loss of innocence displayed in the latter photo.

Says Bono, "If you know [Songs of Innocence], you'll see the themes in the visual language, how 'holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else's.'"

You can pre-order your physical copy of Songs of Innocence now, in various formats, at all the usual outlets and at U2.com.

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Stevie Nicks Opens Up About Past Pregnancy, Drug Habit in "Billboard" Interview


Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks has a lot going on now -- a tour with Fleetwood Mac kicking off on Tuesday, and a new album due October 7 -- but in an interview with Billboard, she talks a lot about the past.

The material on Stevie's new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault consists of songs that she wrote many years ago, but never recorded.  While discussing the inspirations behind some of those songs with Billboard, she's asked to confirm something her ex-boyfriend, Don Henley of the Eagles, said in an interview some time back:  that he'd gotten her pregnant, that she'd named the unborn baby Sara, and that the experience inspired Stevie's song of the same name.

"Had I married Don and had that baby, and had she been a girl, I would have named her Sara," Stevie says in response. "But there was another woman in my life named Sara, who shortly after that became Mick [Fleetwood's] wife, Sara Fleetwood."  When asked if Henley's comments about the song "Sara" are accurate, she says, "It's accurate, but not the entirety of [what the song is about]."

Stevie didn't explain why she didn't have the baby; in the past, Henley had suggested that she terminated the pregnancy.

In the same interview, Stevie discusses her past drug abuse, revealing that a doctor told her that if she didn't stop taking cocaine, she'd "have a brain hemorrhage."  She add, "I'm basically a happy person. I was a happy person back then. I just got addicted to coke, and that was a very bad drug for me."

With stories like these, it's a wonder that Stevie hasn't written a memoir yet.  Asked why, she tells Billboard, "Because I wouldn't be able to tell the whole truth. The world is not ready for my memoir, I guarantee you."

She explains, "All of the men I hung out with are on their third wives by now, and the wives are all under 30. If I were to write what really happened between 1972 and now, a lot of people would be very angry with me. It'll happen some day, just not for a very long time. I won't write a book until everybody is so old that they no longer care. Like, 'I'm 90, I don't care what you write about me.'"

"I am loyal to a fault," she adds. "And I have a certain loyalty to these people that I love because I do love them, and I will always love them. I cannot throw any of them under the bus until I absolutely know that they will not care."

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Hear The Who's New Song, "Be Lucky," Now


Universal Music EnterprisesYou won't have to wait to hear The Who's brand-new song, "Be Lucky": it's streaming online now at the band's official website, as well as on YouTube.  The track is the legendary British rockers' first new tune since the release of the 2006 album The Endless Wire, and will appear on the group's forthcoming two-CD compilation, The Who Hits 50!, due out October 27.

"Be Lucky" is a mid-tempo rock number perhaps reminiscent of some of the material featured on The Who's early-'80s albums, Face Dances and It's Hard.  The song's lyrics offer advice to young rockers who perhaps want to follow in The Who's footsteps, and include more than one reference to AC/DC.

In one section, Roger Daltrey sings, "If you want to sell, you gotta kiss and tell/Then you gotta do a cover of 'Highway to Hell'/If you wanna fight, if you need to fight/Then you better get ready to rock through the night!"

The track was recorded during the late summer of this year, and was produced by Dave Eringa, who also produced Going Back Home, the recent album Daltrey made with ex-Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson.  Accompanying Roger and Pete Townshend on the tune are two longtime members of The Who's touring band -- drummer Zak Starkey and bassist Pino Palladino -- as well as keyboardist Mick Talbot, formerly of The Style Council and Dexys Midnight Runners.

All royalties from "Be Lucky" will be donated to Teen Cancer America, the charity that Daltrey and Townshend co-founded in 2011.

The Who kicks off a tour celebrating their 50th anniversary November 26 in Dublin, Ireland.

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John Lennon-Themed Movie from Spain in the Running for Oscar Nomination


Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesA Spanish movie inspired by the true story of a man's quest to meet John Lennon while he was filming How I Won the War in Spain in 1966 could be in line for an Oscar nomination.  Billboard reports that Spain's film academy has chosen Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados -- Living Is Easy (with Eyes Closed), in English -- as the country's entry for the Foreign Language Film honor at next year's Academy Awards.

The movie tells the tale of a free-spirited English-language teacher who's obsessed with The Beatles, and who journeys to Spain's Almeria province in an attempt to track down Lennon and ask him the meaning behind the lyrics he wrote for the Fab Four's Revolver album.  The film was written and directed by David Trueba and features a score by acclaimed jazz-fusion guitarist Pat Metheny.

Living Is Easy (with Eyes Closed), whose titled comes from a line in "Strawberry Fields Forever," already has won six Goya Awards -- Spain's equivalent to the Oscars -- including best picture, best director, best actor and best screenplay.

The U.S.' Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reveal the nominees for the 87th annual Academy Awards on January 15, 2015.  The Oscars ceremony will be held on February 22.

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