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Courtesy of Guns N' RosesIn honor of this year's Guns N' Roses reunion tour, a new display focusing on the band will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland on Friday, February 26. In advance of the opening of the display, which will be showcased as part of the Legends of Rock exhibit, a special GN'R-themed night will be held at the Rock Hall on Wednesday, February 17.

Among the historic items included in the display are a Guns N' Roses pinball machine and a black top hat belonging to Slash, a plaid shirt with cut-off sleeves that was worn by Axl Rose and a black Colorado Rockies jersey with short sleeves worn by keyboardist Dizzy Reed. The exhibit also will feature a prototype Slash signature guitar, a replica of his 1986 Les Paul, that was handmade by Kris Derrig, and a pair of Converse high-top sneakers that Slash wore.

"We are thrilled to add Guns N' Roses to our Legends of Rock exhibition," says Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris. "Their legacy and impact is remarkable and we are excited to share these items with fans during this historic reunion year."

As part of the February 17 event, local residents will be treated to a discounted entry fee to see the exhibits, as well as happy hour drink specials, and they also will be able to win a chance to play the GN'R pinball machine.

Guns N' Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Other artists featured as part of the Legends of Rock exhibit include The Who, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band, Metallica, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and The Supremes.

As previously reported, a Guns N' Roses lineup featuring founding members Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan has so far scheduled five concerts in April, while more dates are expected to be announced soon. Check out GunsNRoses.com to see the band's full confirmed itinerary.

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Courtesy of DiscoveryAny rock fan who remembers ZZ Top's classic 1980s videos like "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man" can guess that the band, especially frontman Billy Gibbons, has a love of souped-up cars. Now, Gibbons will delve into his passion for hot rods when he appears in the pilot for a new Discovery series called Rockin' Roadsters, which premieres Monday, February 29, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

On the show, Gibbons will call on the talents of his old friend and acclaimed hot-rod builder Jimmy Shine to help bring to life his creative vision for an outlandish vehicle.

"They call Billy the Howard Hughes of the blues because he's eccentric," says Shine. "Billy has his vision and I have mine. And sometimes it can be a bumpy ride getting to the finish line."

The pilot episode will feature Gibbons and Shine traveling into the California desert, where Billy comes across a beat-up 1984 El Camino that he asks Jimmy to transform into a roadster that's part car and part truck. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also gives his pal an old bass-drum pedal and other unusual items he wants Jimmy to incorporate into the design. Making things more challenging for Shine is that Gibbons wants the vehicle to be ready for a Hollywood event taking place in just three weeks.

It's up to the master builder and his team of mechanics to get the job done. Talk about being under pressure!

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe Beatles broke up more than 45 years but the band apparently is a gift that keeps giving to its hometown of Liverpool, England. A new study commissioned by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and conducted collaboratively by Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool has determined that the Fab Four's legacy annually contributes 89.1 million pounds, or about $118 million, to the local economy and supports 2,335 jobs.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the report gives suggestions on how the city can maintain and improve its Beatles-related attractions and encourage more interest in Liverpool as a tourist destination because of its connection to the famous band. The newspaper reveals that researchers spent six months gathering data for the report through interviews with business owners and employees involved in the Beatles industry, as well as representatives of the group's Apple Corps company.

The report's lead author, Professor Simeon Yates, said in a statement that it "clearly indicates the importance of The Beatles as a cultural and economic resource to the city of Liverpool." He added, "In all the interviews we conducted, there was a strong belief that the city would go on attracting visitors through its Beatles connection long into the future," while noting that Liverpool "needs to maintain standards in its efforts to promote this legacy."

Among the report's findings is that the Beatles-related economy is seeing annual growth of between five and 15 percent, and that most visitors to Liverpool showing interest in the band come from U.S. and Europe, although an increase of Chinese and Brazilian tourists has been noted. The report also observes that a citywide strategy focusing on Beatles-themed tourism is lacking, as is cooperation between the most popular Fab Four-related attractions in the city.

You can read the full 40-plus-page report at CultureLiverpool.co.uk.

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Larry Marano/Getty ImagesLemmy Kilmister is slated to be immortalized with a statue that will reside at the late Motörhead frontman's favorite local drinking spot, the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. On Sunday, the bar announced that L.A.-area artist Travis Moore had been chosen to create a six-foot bronze likeness of the hard-rock legend, who died December 28 at the age of 70 from multiple health issues, including prostate cancer and congestive heart failure.

According to CaliforniaRockNews.com, the statue will be permanently housed in a shrine that currently is under construction at the Rainbow's patio bar area. Photos posted on the website show that Moore design is based on a photo of Lemmy standing straight up with his arms crossed in front of him.

A fundraising campaign to pay for the statue was launched last month at YouCaring.com that as of Monday afternoon has raised more than $16,400 toward the goal of $19,900. The sculpture is expected to take between three months and six months to complete.

Moore posted a message on his official Facebook page that reads, "So happy to be creating the #‎Lemmy statue!!!! This will be an amazing tribute to him and all the Motorhead family out there around the world, who are helping raise the cash."

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Credit: Danny ClinchAfter recently confirming an appearance at the 2016 Bonnaroo festival in early June, the Grateful Dead spinoff group Dead & Company has announced a series of U.S. summer tour dates running from a June 10 show in Charlotte, North Carolina, through a July 15-16 engagement at Fenway Park in Boston. The band, which includes Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as well as pop-blues singer/guitarist John Mayer, also will play two-night stands in New York City; Boulder, Colorado; and East Troy, Wisconsin.

Other cities Dead & Company will visit during the trek include Cincinnati, Detroit and Pittsburgh. Rounding out the group's lineup is ex-Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, the latter of whom also played with The Grateful Dead at its 2015 "Fare Thee Well" concerts.

Tickets for most of the newly announced shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com, while pre-sale tickets will be available starting Tuesday, February 9, at 10 a.m. For ticketing information about all of Dead & Company's concerts, visit DeadandCompany.com.

As previously reported, the band will play two sets at the 2016 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, which takes place June 9 through June 12 in Manchester, Tennessee. The exact dates Dead & Company will perform at the fest haven't been revealed yet.

In other news, Dead & Company will give its first late night television performance on the February 18 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

Here is Dead & Company's full list of confirmed 2016 U.S. tour dates:

6/9-12 -- Manchester, TN, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (two sets)*
6/10 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
6/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/17 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
6/20 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/21 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/23 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/25 -- New York City, NY, Citi Field
6/26 -- New York City, NY, Citi Field
6/28 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
7/2 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
7/3 -- Boulder, CO, Folsom Field
7/7 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/9 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/10 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
7/13 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/15 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
7/16 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park

* = exact dates the band is playing haven't been announced.

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Credit: Ross HalfinHollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, have confirmed their first U.S. concert of the year, a headlining performance at the 2016 Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin. The festival is scheduled for July 14-16, although the exact date of Hollywood Vampires' performance hasn't been revealed yet.

Other artists on the bill include Alice in Chains, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Queensryche, Scott Stapp, Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Kix, Skillet and Bullet for My Valentine, among many others. Visit Rock-Fest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Vampires have revealed official details about the deluxe digital version of their 2015 self-titled debut album that will be released on Friday, February 12. The expanded collection will feature three bonus tracks -- covers of The Who's "I'm a Boy" and Love's "7 and 7 Is," and the original song "Bad as I Am," which was co-written by The deluxe version includes the scorching new single "Bad As I Am" an original song penned by Depp, Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen and Johnny's longtime collaborator Bruce Witkin.

As previously reported, the Hollywood Vampires album was an all-star project Cooper co-organized as a tribute to various now-dead rock stars who he used to drink with in Los Angeles early in his career. The record is made up mostly of classic cover tunes and features contributions from a jaw-dropping lineup of musicians that, in addition to Cooper, Perry and Depp, include Paul McCartney, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, Slash, The Doors' Robby Krieger, Dave Grohl and Perry Farrell.

Hollywood Vampires will make their TV debut at the 58th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which airs February 15 on CBS. The band will feature a lineup that includes Cooper, Perry, Depp, Henriksen, Witkin and Guns N' Roses alums Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, and reportedly will pay tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

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Elliott Landy/Backbeat BooksA new fine-art book featuring pictures of The Band taken by acclaimed photographer Elliott Landy early in the group's career is available now.

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 includes more than 200 images of the influential rock act, most of which were previously unpublished, capturing Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson while they were working on their first two studio albums -- 1968's Music from Big Pink and 1969's The Band.

The photos include candid shots taken in and around the house shared by Danko, Manuel and Hudson in West Saugerties, New York, that came to be known as "Big Pink," where the group members and their mentor, Bob Dylan, wrote and recorded many songs. Among the other pics that appear in the book are well-known posed black-and-white shots resembling images from the Civil War that feature The Band's members wearing old suits. The book also includes onstage photos, pics of The Band with Dylan and images taken during recording sessions in the Los Angeles area.

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 also includes commentary by John Simon, producer of the group's first two albums, as well as a foreword penned by Jonathan Taplin, who served as The Band's tour manager from 1969 to 1972.

In a promotional video for the book, Landy explains, "I decided to do a fine-art book of my Band photographs because there are so many great pictures that no one's ever seen except myself and the inside of a Kodak photo-paper box. And every time I visit the contact sheets, slides that I have, there's just so many more good pictures there."

Elliott adds that he was invited to photograph The Band before they even had settled on a name. "Nobody knew who they were except for Bob Dylan aficionados," he notes. "So meeting them, I always thought they were very special people. There were no airs about them."

The Band Photographs, 1968-1969 is available in a basic hardcover edition, an autographed signature version and a deluxe edition that's signed by Landy, features an 8-by-10-inch photo also autographed by Elliott and comes in a black slipcase.

Among the well-known photos Landy has taken during his long career include images that grace the covers of such albums as The Band, Dylan's Nashville Skyline and Van Morrison's Moondance.

Visit TheBandPhotos.HalLeoenardBooks.com for more information about the book.

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Darren Michaels/CBSElton John was in the passenger seat for the latest installment of James Corden’s popular feature “Carpool Karaoke” during a special edition of The Late Late Show following Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

After breaking into a chorus of Elton’s “Your Song,” the rock legend told Corden that the tune marked a big step in his long songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.

"[I] sat at the piano, read it through and said, 'God, this is amazing for an 18-year-old poet to write this lyric.' And I played it to him, and I think when I finished playing we both realized that this was a huge step forward in our songwriting. We never looked back from that song."

Corden and his passenger then donned funny sunglasses and boas as they launched into “Crocodile Rock.” Other songs included “Tiny Dancer and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

In between, Elton explained that his crazy stage costumes were born out of necessity. noting, "I was never a lead vocalist. I was playing the piano...and I wasn't you know, a sex symbol, and so I had fun with my outfits."

Elton and his partner of more than 20 years, David Furnish, have two sons via surrogate -- 5-year-old Zachary and 3-year-old Elijah -- and insisted that at 68, the recording artist doesn’t feel like he’s too old to be a dad.

 "I love it. They've been amazing,” he says. “And I haven't had one second in Zachery or Elijah's life where I felt that they'd been getting on my nerves...Ten years ago if you'd have told me that I'd be saying this, I would've said, 'you're crazy,' but it's changed my life."

Elton appeared on the Late Late Show to promote his new album Wonderful Crazy Night, which arrived on Friday.  He's said the disc is unusual in that it's full of very upbeat, happy songs, but he says he wasn't really planning to do that...until his writing partner Bernie Taupin sent him the lyrics of the title track.

In a video series about the album, Elton revealed, "When I got the lyric for 'Wonderful Crazy Night,' which is the second song I wrote for the album, I thought, 'Wow this is, A), A great title for the record and B), It’s gotta be uptempo with that lyric.'" 

"That was the first uptempo track we recorded for the record and this was the template really for the album," he explained. "It became the album title, and it became the first track that we recorded that was uptempo, and after we finished this, I had no problem writing uptempo tracks."

According to the London Evening Standard, Elton said making an upbeat and happy record reflects his own personal happiness.

"I have a wonderful husband, a great family, a wonderful career, wonderful friends, [my favorite soccer team is] doing well ... Life is good," the 68-year-old legend told the paper at a record signing in London. 

"Life is a challenge -- there are ups and downs for everybody," he added. "Having young kids has helped. No matter how blue you can be, spending a nanosecond with those boys makes it all go away.  I thought maybe we’d had children too late, but it has come at a wonderful time in my life.” 

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesDan Hicks, the leader of the Hot Licks, passed away at his home in Mill Valley, California, on Saturday at age 74 following a two-year battle with cancer.

"My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning," his wife, Clare Hicks, announced in a post on Hicks' official website. "He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always. To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating. He worked so hard on each and every detail -- they are all pure Dan."

Hicks began his career as a drummer in the 1960s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, before forming Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Their notable songs included "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music."

Hicks disbanded the original version of the band in 1973, though he later launched a new incarnation in the 1990s.

Besides his wife, Hicks is survived by his stepdaughter Sara Wasserman.

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STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Bowie's widow, Iman, has finally broken her public silence following her husband's death in January.

Saturday, the model tweeted a simple message: "Love & Gratitude."  The tweet was her first in nearly a month.

Previously, Duncan Jones, Bowie's son from his first marriage, tweeted, "Just wanted to thank you for the incredibly kind words & thoughts."

Bowie and Iman tied the knot in 1992 and have a 15-year-old daughter named Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones.

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Credit: Norman SeeffThis Sunday, Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson and her husband, Dean Wetter, will celebrate their first Valentine's Day as a married couple. Wilson, who tied the knot with Wetter on April 25, 2015, certainly has hearts in her eyes for her spouse, describing their relationship as "totally amazing."

"It's just a beautiful marriage of souls and spirits and bodies, and we're just happy as we can be," she tells ABC Radio. "And we're still in the very beginning stages, so we're still howling at each other like puppies."

The singer adds with a laugh that because of their lovey-dovey behavior, "all our friends are going, like, 'Oh God,' [but] it's a beautiful way to feel."

As romantic as things are now between her and Wetter, Wilson admits that the romance got off on the wrong foot when the two first met back in the 1980s.

"We had a really disastrous blind date where we got really drunk on sake, and I tried to come on to him and he was a real gentleman and he declined," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reveals. "[And] I was all offended, so I said, 'Well, see you later.' And so, he went off and lived his life and I went off and lived mine."

Luckily, says Wilson, she included her return address in a kiss-off note she sent Wetter after the date, and she tells ABC Radio that he eventually came across the message about four or five years ago and decided to reconnect with her.

"He got in touch with me and he said, 'Well, OK, that's past now, so if you want to communicate, let's communicate,'" Ann recalls. "So I said, 'Yeah, let's communicate,' and we did. And it was the right thing to say, because we're meant for each other. And we fell in love so hard and so fast and so big that we haven't been apart since."

Reflecting on how her relationship with Wetter unfolded, Wilson notes, "[Sometimes] you're meant to come together later, at a different moment, when you're at a different stage in your development for it to work. And that's really what happened with us. 'Cause we're both the same age and we know what we want, what we don't want. We've had our children. We want to live out the rest of our lives together, traveling and experiencing stuff."

Now that's a "Heart"-warming story.

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Courtesy of AXS TVAlice Cooper will be featured on two rocking shows that will get their premiere on AXS TV on Sunday night. First up, the legendary shock rocker will be a guest on Sammy Hagar's new reality show, Sammy Hagar's Rock and Roll Road Trip, which airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. That will be followed at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT by the concert film Alice Cooper: Live in Austin, which was shot at a February 2015 performance at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

On the latest episode of Rock and Roll Road Trip, the Red Rocker travels to Cooper's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and chats with his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Hagar also pays a visit to Cooper'stown, the local rock-themed bar and eatery Alice owns, and he and Cooper hit the venue's stage together.

In a preview clip of the episode, Cooper discusses the excesses of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle he shared with some other famous musicians back in the day.

"I came up with the Jimi Hendrixes and Jim Morrisons, and you had to drink with them," he recalls. "You couldn't just sit there and have a Coke."

Alice also talks about paying his dues during his pre-fame days, noting, "I played in bars longer than anybody thinks, and that's how you get good."

A trailer for the Live in Austin special features audio of Cooper performing his classic song "No More Mr. Nice Guy," which accompanies a montage of highlights from Alice's theatrically macabre stage show. As if the rocking tunes weren't enough, Alice's performance includes such creepy props as a guillotine, an electric chair, a boa constrictor, some monsters and lots of fake blood.

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Credit: Andrew EcclesThe Zombies will come creeping back to the U.S. in the coming weeks for a few concerts in Florida that will sandwich their performances on the third installment of The Moody Blues Cruise. The famous British Invasion band will kick off its 2016 stateside itinerary off with shows in Orlando on February 24 and Fort Lauderdale on February 25.

The Zombies then will join The Moody Blues and a variety of other acts on the cruise, which embarks from Miami on February 26 and visits Key West and the Bahamas before returning to post on March 1. The band will follow that with two more gigs in the Sunshine State -- on March 2 in Clearwater and March 3 in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Meanwhile, Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone has a series of solo shows lined up in the U.K. during the latter half of April, but his band will return to the U.S. in May for another run of tour dates. Those concerts run from a May 13 performance in Uncasville, Connecticut, through a May 29 gig in St. Charles, Illinois. Three of the shows also feature The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and his current incarnation of the group on the bill.

The Zombies continue to promote their latest studio album, Still Got That Hunger, which was released in October.

Here are all of The Zombies' confirmed 2016 U.S. tour dates, according to TheZombiesMusic.com:

2/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Live Orlando
2/25 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
2/26-3/1 -- Embarks from Miami, FL, The Moody Blues Cruise III
3/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
3/3 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
5/13 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
5/14 -- Rockville, MD, Robert E. Parilla PAC at Montgomery College
5/15 -- Phoenixville, PA, The Colonial Theatre
5/16 -- Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre
5/18 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
5/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, The Bear's Den at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
5/21 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater*
5/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury*
5/24 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
5/28 -- Louisville, KY, Abbey Road on the River
5/29 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre

* = with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals.

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Credit: Ryan WilliamsDo you have what it takes to be the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots? In a statement posted on their website, the current band members -- guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz -- have announced they're searching for a new frontman, and they're asking you to send in an audition piece.

"As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott [Weiland], we had been working with the incomparable [Linkin Park frontman] Chester Bennington," the post reads. "What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in…"

"We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots," the band continues. "We've already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we’ve set up a way for you to do just that."

Weiland, of course, passed away late last year. He co-founded STP and remained with the band until they broke up in 2002. STP reunited in 2008, but Weiland was dismissed from the band in 2013. Bennington then joined as STP's frontman, but left the band last November in order to focus solely on Linkin Park.

"No one will ever 'replace' Scott, that was never the intent," STP's statement concludes. "The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do...make music!"

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Theo Wargo/FilmMagicA previously unreleased song from the Dave Navarro era of Red Hot Chili Peppers has hit the Internet. The song, which is called "Circle of the Noose," was leaked by a YouTube user. A representative for Red Hot Chili Peppers confirmed the track's authenticity to Rolling Stone.

Founding Jane's Addiction guitarist Navarro joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993 following the departure of John Frusciante. He played lead guitar on RHCP's 1995 album, One Hot Minute, before leaving the band in 1998. "Circle of the Noose" was recorded in 1997.

When asked about "Circle of the Noose" on Twitter, Navarro replied, "Wow what a trip down memory lane!"

Red Hot Chili Peppers' current guitarist is Josh Klinghoffer. The band is in the midst of recording their new album, its first since 2011's I'm with You.

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Credit: Scarlet PageBefore Billy Corgan launches his In Plainsong tour with The Smashing Pumpkins, he'll be hitting the road on a different quest. In a note posted to his People and Their Cars photography blog, Corgan has announced that he will be traveling the U.S. in an effort to make a documentary "about America," and he's requesting your assistance.

"As we meet strangers and friends in living rooms and backyards and porches, and near campfires and rusting trolleys, we'll need your help of where to go and what we must see," writes Corgan. "If that intrigues you, and you or yours have family along our route, we'd like you to contact us with good heart." He adds that he'll "need to be invited into old-fashioned parlors and the like to retain some sense memory of what's come and gone."

Corgan will be bringing his guitar along with him on the trip, which will be a prelude of sorts to the In Plainsong tour.

The In Plainsong tour, which is billed as an "Acoustic-Electro Evening," begins March 22 in Portland, Oregon, and will wrap up April 20 in Houston. The shows will feature a "long and varied set," including a suite of Siamese Dream songs.

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Credit: Rob ShanahanJeff Lynne's ELO has lined up special performances on September 9, 10 and 11 at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It's the  first U.S. concerts for the latest incarnation of Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra since the two shows the band played this past November at small venues in L.A. and New York City to celebrate the release of its new album, Alone in the Universe

At the concerts, Lynne and ELO will be accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. The shows, which are part of the venue's 2016 summer concert series, also will feature a fireworks display. This will be the first time ELO has ever performed at the Hollywood Bowl.

Tickets for the concerts will be available at HollywoodBowl.com or by calling 323-850-2000323-850-2000.  Venue subscriptions and group sales will go on sale Tuesday, February 9. Subscribers will be able to buy single tickets to the ELO shows beginning March 8, while tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 1.

In other news, Jeff Lynne's ELO recently was announced as the first headliner for the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held June 22-26 near Pilton, U.K. The band's set will take place on June 26 during the "Sunday teatime slot," and will mark ELO's debut performance at the famous fest.

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Credit: Norman SeeffHeart is among the performers who will take the stage at the 2016 Grammy Celebration, the Recording Academy's official after-party event that will take place immediately following the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15.

The bash will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's theme is "Grammy Land" -- a takeoff on the classic board game Candy Land that will include oversized candy displays, cotton candy trees, acrobats and aerialists and other playful design elements. Attendees will include Recording Academy members, Grammy nominees and other celebrities. R&B star Aloe Blacc and jazz artist Arturo O'Farrill also will perform at the Grammy Celebration.

Meanwhile, Heart will launch the Queens of Sheba Tour, its joint Canadian trek with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, on March 7 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The two bands also will hit the road together, along with Cheap Trick, this summer on the Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan. You can check out Hart's full tour schedule at Heart-Music.com.

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ABC/Randy HolmesCommuters at London's St. Pancras International railway train station got a wonderful, crazy surprise on Thursday afternoon when Elton John unexpectedly showed up there and began playing a piano that had been set up in the middle of the station. The Press Association reports that the pop-rock legend, whose new album Wonderful, Crazy Night will be released on Friday, played for a few minutes without singing, then signed the piano and greeted some fans before exiting the station.

Elton posted a photo from his impromptu performance on his official Facebook page along a message that explains, "Surprise!! I popped into St Pancras International to christen the Yamaha piano which I donated to the station. Now everyone can have a play."

Photos posted on various social media accounts say the message John wrote on the piano reads, "Enjoy the piano! It's a gift. Love, Elton John."

A video of the performance shot by a man named Richard Taylor and posted on his YouTube site shows that John played an instrumental medley of his songs that began with a snippet of his new tune "Looking Up" and included segments of "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song," "Bennie and the Jets," "Candle in the Wind" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

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Credit: Ross HalfinHollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, will give their first television performance on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, for a special yet sad occasion.

Cooper tells Rolling Stone his band will pay tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the ceremony, and also will play a new original tune titled "As Bad as I Am." The song will appear as a bonus track on a deluxe digital edition of the group's 2015 self-titled album that's due Friday, February 12. The Hollywood Vampires lineup for the Grammy performance also will include Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, former GN'R drummer Matt Sorum, and Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen.

Meanwhile, a number of other special Grammy perfomances have just been announced, including an homage to late blues legend B.B. King that will feature Bonnie Raitt, acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and country star Chris Stapleton.

As previously reported, Lady Gaga will give a tribute performance honoring the late David Bowie.

The 2016 Grammys, hosted by LL Cool J, airs Monday, February 15, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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