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ABC/Richard CartwrightWho singer Roger Daltrey and his wife, Heather, are preparing to sell an assortment of unique 19th century collectibles at an auction taking place this week in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Daltreys' collection of seven French-made automata -- that is, mechanical figures and dioramas depicting various characters and scenes -- will go on the block Wednesday at the Lyon and Turnbull auction house.

The items are estimated to fetch collectively as much as 52,500 pounds, or about $68,000. The automaton expected to sell for the highest price -- between 12,000 and 18,000 pounds, or about $15,600 to $23,300 -- is a mechanized model depicting the clown character Pierrot playing a lute while sitting on a crescent moon. The clown figure strums the lute and sticks his tongue in and out, while the moon blinks its eye and moves its mouth.

Among the other automata that the rock legend and his wife are auctioning is a male figure playing a mandolin, a model of an Asian woman who sips tea while twirling a parasol, and a glass-encased diorama depicting a waterside scene featuring a mill and a small sailboat.

In a promotional video, Lyon and Turnbull specialist Douglas Girton says the Daltreys' automata collection is a highlight of the upcoming auction. In the clip, Girton explains that the mechanized collectibles were all made by respected artisans from France's "Golden Age of Automata," while noting that it's rare for multiple automata to be auctioned at the same time.

"What is so exciting about this collection is not only the breadth of it, but also the condition," says Girton, "providing the people who are interested in this a real chance to observe this really unique French art of the late 19th century in one sale."

For more information, visit LyonandTurnbull.com.

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Credit: Robin KauffmanFounding Yes frontman Jon Anderson recently released an audio soundtrack to his 2005 debut solo DVD Tour of the Universe as a digital download. The albums features performances from the live multimedia event, including renditions of select Yes classics, as well as material from his solo albums and his collaborations with Vangelis.

Tour of the Universe was a concept DVD that featured live performances augmented with sound effects, as well as animation and other visual presentations.

Anderson says of the show, "I controlled all the music/sound effects/backing vocals through my midi guitar...I controlled it all with five foot pedals fading in the sounds for each song...which was a very crazy musical 'dance' as I did the show...plus some harp ideas...with birds helping."

He adds that the music "still sounds wild and magical to me."

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Anderson is preparing to hit the road with his new group, ARW, which feature fellow Yes alums Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin. The North American trek gets underway October 4 in Orlando, Florida, and is mapped out through a December 3 show in Indio, California.

Here is a list of the songs featured on Tour of the Universe:

"Harmony"
"Father Sky"
"Standing Still"
"Bring On the Day"
"You Life Me Up"
"Long Distance Runaround"
"State of Independence"
"Set Sail"
"Who Could Imagine"
"The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)"
"First Song"
"Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)"
"O'er"
"Show Me"
"White Buffalo"
"And You and I"
"Change We Must"
"Harping"
"Your Move"
"Yours Is No Disgrace"
"This Is"

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Blackened RecordingsMetallica has unleashed a new track called "Moth Into Flame." You can listen to the riff-heavy track, and watch the accompanying video, now via Metallica.com.

"Moth Into Flame" will appear on Metallica's forthcoming album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. It's the second track Metallica has shared from the album, following lead single "Hardwired."

Over the weekend, Metallica headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York City's Central Park. The band will play another NYC show on Tuesday at the very intimate Webster Hall, which will be limited to members of Metallica's Fifth Member fan club.

Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be released November 18.

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Credit: Ross HalfinThe members of Metallica aren't the young men they once were in the '80s. With the hard-hitting music that they play, keeping up the pace can be difficult. Luckily, drummer Lars Ulrich has a solution: running 30-45 minutes a day, and eating a whole lot of oat pancakes.

"A significant part of my diet are these oat pancakes that I eat," Ulrich tells the New York Post. "They're made of egg whites, oats, fat-free yogurt and a little Stevia. That's my carbs."

"I eat about 20 of them a day," he adds. "I'm never more than six feet away from a pancake at any time! It's the fuel to the drumming in Metallica."

Metallica is planning to tour the U.S. extensively next year in support of their forthcoming album Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, so Ulrich will need plenty of pancakes.

Hardwired...to Self-Destruct will be released November 18.

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Scott Kowalchyk/CBS Stephen Colbert welcomed Bruce Springsteen to The Late Show on Friday to plug his autobiography, Born to Run, and its companion album, Chapter and Verse. The legendary rocker also revealed his top five Springsteen songs.

The first two were easy for Bruce. "I got to put 'Born to Run' up there. I guess for me, 'The Rising' is a big song," he answered right away, then struggled to complete the list. "What do we play every night? We play 'Thunder Road' really regularly. 'Nebraska' was a good one."

He polled the audience for the fifth song, which seemed to be a tie between "Jungleland" and "Racing in the Streets." 

Colbert also read a question from "an anonymous band member" about Springsteen's tendency to call out songs his backup band has never played before.

"The entire band is bar band veterans, so they played hundreds of nights before we ever stood out in front of an audience...so there's a common well we draw from," he explained. "If someone says, 'Play "Wild Thing,"' you'll be fired from the E Street Band if you don't know [that song]."

Springsteen added there's a "little man under the stage" who runs his teleprompter and sends him the lyrics within seconds.

The 67-year-old rocker also discussed his marathon shows, which have been known to last over three hours, and, in the case of his recent concert in Philadelphia, topping the four-hour mark. His band seems to be okay with that, for the most part.

"The band doesn't complain until around three hours and 40 minutes," Springsteen said. "It's that last 20 minutes that for some reason even makes the E Street Band [angry]… slightly, someone may mention it to me."

 

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Sean tSabhasaigh/WireImage; Brill/ullstein bild via Getty ImagesLed Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott have joined the lineup of the 2016 edition of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, which for the first time ever will be held in Tokyo. The awards show will take place on November 11 at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium, which is considered the spiritual home of sumo wrestling.

The event, which is organized by U.K. magazine Classic Rock, also will feature previously announced appearances by Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Def Leppard's Phil Collen, and ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his current collaborator and girlfriend, Orianthi.

Beck will be presented with the evening's highest honor, and will be giving a special performance with a one-off backing band featuring Stone Temple Pilots' Dean and Robert DeLeo, Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Alice Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen.

Billy Anderson, chief executive of Classic Rock parent company TeamRock, says, "Rock musicians don't come much more 'classic' than Jimmy Page and to have him and Jeff Beck -- two masters of their trade -- together at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour in Tokyo will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience." Anderson adds that Elliott "is an international rock icon and we are thrilled that he will be there with us in Japan."

Nominees for this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards include AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, David Gilmour, Def Leppard, Jeff Lynne's ELO, Iggy Pop, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Queen and The Ramones.

You can cast your vote in select categories at ClassicRockMagazine.com/awards.

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Credit: Udo SpreitzenbarthBeach Boys fans will get the chance to have some fun, fun, fun with Mike Love this Wednesday in Cleveland, as the singer will be taking part in a free Q&A session, performance and book signing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Love will be promoting his recently published memoir Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy.

The event, dubbed "An Evening with Mike Love," begins at 7:30 p.m. local time and attendance will be limited to a first-come first-served basis. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame executive Dr. Jason Hanley will conduct the interview with Love, who will be discussing his long history with The Beach Boys, his autobiography, the notorious speech have gave during his group's 1988 Rock Hall induction and much more.

Love also is expected to discuss the WaterHealth International organization, which works toward aiding in-need areas with clean water and sanitation.

Part of the event will be streamed live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's official Facebook page.

Following the Q&A, Love and members of the current Beach Boys lineup will play a short acoustic set. Mike then will take time to meet fans and sign copies of Good Vibrations. Fans who want to attend the signing must purchase a copy of the book at the FYE store located inside of the museum.

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Courtesy of Concert Across AmericaOn Sunday, 350 musical events will take place across the country as part of a campaign called The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. New York's Beacon Theater will host a show featuring Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and Rosanne Cash.

Cohn tells ABC Radio that he's planning to team up with Browne, Vedder and Cash during the concert for a special version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain" that will include an extra verse that he wrote himself.

"I'm proud of it," says the "Walking in Memphis" singer/songwriter of his addition to the John Fogerty classic. "I think it fits right in." he says.

Cohn's involvement in the show is particularly meaningful, since he's a victim of gun violence himself.

In 2005, Marc survived a gunshot to the head, and says the incident highlights the problem with the current state of gun control.  "[The] man who shot me...clearly was unstable," he tells ABC Radio. "[He] was high on crystal meth. How did he end up with a .22 in his hand? So...how can I not be part of raising of my voice for an issue that nearly took my life?"

Cohn adds that he simply wants the event to encourage "discussion and dialogue."

"Other people have...valid points," he allows. "[B]ut I think all of us can agree, whatever we're doing, what more horrifying month, [or year], have we had in recent history to prove that it's not enough?"

Among the other notable Concert Across America to End Gun Violence events are a show in Los Angeles featuring ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Wilson Phillips' Carnie Wilson, and a performance in Santa Barbara, California, starring Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross.

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will begin in Hawaii at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday.  Visit ConcertAcrossAmerica.org for more information.

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Paul Bergen/RedfernsNirvana's Nevermind celebrates its 25th anniversary today, September 24. The iconic band's sophomore album is considered a landmark of the '90s grunge and alternative scene, as well as one of the best albums of all time.

Leading up to the release of Nevermind, sales projections were not high. However, fueled by the mega success of the single "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nevermind eventually climbed to #1 on the Billboard 200, dethroning none other than Michael Jackson. It has since been certified diamond for more than 10 million copies shipped.

John Rosenfelder, who's currently the VP of Digital Strategy and Analytics at Eleven Seven Music, worked with Nirvana's record label promoting Nevermind to radio stations when the album was released.

"There were very few times in the industry or in the history of music that really everybody sort of came together like that around something," Rosenfelder tells ABC Radio of Nevermind.

Along with a brand-new sound, Nirvana also tapped into a zeitgeist of teenage angst, offering a unique and unusual kind of rock star in Kurt Cobain. Additionally, Nevermind was surrounded by instantly iconic imagery, from the album's cover to the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video's deranged high school pep rally.

"The humor, the cohesiveness of their message really brings ['Smells Like Teen Spirit'] forward," says Rosenfelder. "And now you're not just listening to an incredible piece of music, but you're part of a movement."

The legacy of Nirvana and Nevermind has, of course, been affected by Cobain's suicide in 1994. However, Rosenfelder feels that Nevermind should instead be remembered by how it spoke to people, in a way comparable to how The Beatles did.

"In the '90s, this was our Beatles, and this was our historic moment," says Rosenfelder. "And it should be remembered in an exuberant, happy way."

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Credit: Ross HalfinThe Global Citizen Festival returns to New York City's Central Park tomorrow, September 24. If you can't make it out to the event, you can still watch the festivities all unfold live online, streaming on YouTube starting at 4 p.m. ET.

This year's Global Citizen Festival lineup includes Metallica, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Coldplay headlined the 2015 festival, and Martin himself is the Global Citizen Festival Curator. Vedder also appeared last year, singing Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" with Beyonce.

Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and Salma Hayek will host the proceedings. Other acts on the bill include Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer and Usher.

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Credit: Henry Ruggeri, Milan, Italy, July 3, 2016While Bruce Springsteen has traditionally been a vocal supporter of Democratic presidential candidates over the years, he's been relatively quiet with regard to the current campaign. However, in a new Rolling Stone interview, the New Jersey rocker makes no bones about how he feels about Donald Trump, referring to the Republican nominee as "a moron."

Asked for his opinion about "the Trump phenomenon," the Boss declares that "the republic is under siege by a moron," adding, "Without overstating it, it's a tragedy for our democracy."

Springsteen goes on to reference some inflammatory comments Trump has made during his campaign, such as suggesting that the upcoming election could be rigged in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's favor.

"When you start talking about elections being rigged, you're pushing people beyond democratic governance," Bruce maintains. "And it's a very, very dangerous thing to do."

In addition, Springsteen maintains that Trump is moving "very dangerous ideas [like] white nationalism and the alt-right movement" toward the mainstream.

Bruce says Trump has been able to garner such wide appeal by offering "simple answers to very complex problems," while adding that he thinks those answers are "fallacious."

With regard to whether he plans to get involved in the presidential campaign this year, Springsteen says, "I don't know if we've been approached or not to do anything at the moment. If so, I would take it into consideration and see where it goes."

As for his opinion of Clinton, Bruce says, "I like Hillary. I think she would be a very, very good president."

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsBruce Springsteen's Chapter and Verse album, the "audio companion" to the rock legend's soon-to-be-published memoir, Born to Run, was released today, coinciding with the Boss' 67th birthday. The career-spanning, 18-track collection features a mix of classic tunes and lesser-known songs, each reflecting the themes and sections of the book.

Chapter and Verse begins with five previously unreleased tracks from Springsteen's early career, including 1966's "Baby I," the first song he ever recorded with his band The Castiles.

In a new promo video posted on Springsteen's official YouTube channel, Bruce shares his recollections of recording "Baby I."

"First recording session was, you know, things were very, very primitive," he recalls. "The only thing I remember was…the engineer -- who was the owner of the studio at that time…he had a little room…and we pulled all our amps and drums in there. And he had a hard time handling any volume whatsoever, so the amps were faced towards the wall to muffle them."

Springsteen also talks about the excitement he felt when he heard the tape played back of his band's recording, and got to listen to the acetate of the song.

"When the guy sent you the acetate, it looked like a record," Bruce points out. "It spun round and round and round, and you put a needle on it and music came off, which…we thought was incredible at the time."

Chapter and Verse is available as a single CD, double LP and digital download.  It's also packaged with a deluxe edition of the Born to Run book. The memoir hits stores this Tuesday.

Here's the Chapter and Verse track list:

"Baby I" -- The Castiles (recorded May 2, 1966, at Mr. Music, Bricktown, NJ; written by Bruce Springsteen and George Theiss)*
"You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" -- The Castiles (recorded Sept. 16, 1967, at The Left Foot, Freehold, NJ; written by Willie Dixon)*
"He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" -- Steel Mill (recorded Feb. 22, 1970, at Pacific Recording Studio, San Mateo, CA)*
"Ballad of Jesse James" -- The Bruce Springsteen Band (recorded March 14, 1972, at Challenger Eastern Surfboards, Highland, NJ)*
"Henry Boy" (recorded June 1972, at Mediasound Studios, New York, NY)*
"Growin' Up" (recorded May 3, 1972, at Columbia Records Recordings Studios, New York, NY; previously appeared on Tracks)
"4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" (1973, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle)
"Born to Run" (1975, Born to Run)
"Badlands" (1977, Darkness on the Edge of Town)
"The River" (1980, The River)
"My Father's House" (1982, Nebraska)
"Born in the U.S.A." (1984, Born in the U.S.A.)
"Brilliant Disguise" (1987, Tunnel of Love)
"Living Proof" (1992, Lucky Town)
"The Ghost of Tom Joad" (1995, The Ghost of Tom Joad)
"The Rising" (2002, The Rising)
"Long Time Comin'" (2005, Devils & Dust)
"Wrecking Ball" (2012, Wrecking Ball)

* = previously unreleased.

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ABC/Randy HolmesTemple of the Dog has premiered an alternate mix of its single "Say Hello 2 Heaven," which will appear on the forthcoming 25th anniversary reissue of the grunge supergroup's self-titled debut album. The new mix essentially cuts out the drums to focus more on the guitar and Chris Cornell's voice, creating a softer, but emotional version of the song.

You can listen to the alternate mix of "Say Hello 2 Heaven" now at TempleoftheDog.com.

Cornell wrote "Say Hello 2 Heaven" as a tribute to Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, who died in 1990 after overdosing on heroin. Temple of the Dog also was formed in honor of Wood.

The Temple of the Dog reissue will be released on CD, digitally and as a special "super deluxe" edition -- which features a DVD with live performances and music videos, plus a Blu-ray audio disc -- on September 30. It also will be issued on vinyl on November 11.

Temple of the Dog will embark on its first-ever tour this fall. All five of the band's original members -- Cornell, Matt Cameron, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready -- will unite for the trek, which begins November 4 in Philadelphia.

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Credit: Marianna BurdonEric Burdon and the Animals kick off a series of fall U.S. tour dates this Saturday in Stateline, Nevada. The British blues-rock legend recently assembled a new Animals lineup that he says has helped reenergize his recent performances.

"We're very happy with it," the 75-year-old rocker tells ABC Radio about the band. "They're much younger guys than me, half my age. They're enthusiastic."

The guitarist, bassist, drummer and keyboardist of the current Animals all hail from the band Johnzo West and the Wayward Souls, which Burdon reveals he and his wife/manager discovered while searching the internet. Eric tells ABC Radio that he felt his group still needed a heavier bass sound, so he also hired a pair of horn players -- baritone saxophonist Ruben Salinas and trombone player Evan Mackey.

Fans coming out to Burdon's shows can expect to hear plenty of Animals classics, such as "The House of the Rising Sun," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and "It's My Life." His sets also usually include his 1970 smash with War, "Spill the Wine," plus covers of Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'," the traditional tune "In the Pines" and Ian Dury and the Blockheads' quirky "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick."

Burdon admits to ABC Radio that he sometimes wishes he could put some of his Animals hits behind him, but he feels obligated to perform them for the fans' sake.

"They just won't die," he notes. "They've become anthems rather than just songs."

Meanwhile, Burdon says he has no immediate plans to record a follow-up to his 2013 album, 'Til Your River Runs Dry, although he hopes to work on new material with his band "when the time comes."

Here are all of Eric Burdon and the Animals upcoming tour dates:

9/24 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Lake Tahoe
9/26 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/28 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
10/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota
10/3 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota
10/6 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/7 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
10/8 -- Montclair, NJ, Wellmont Theater
10/10 -- New York, NY, City Winery
10/11 -- New York, NY, City Winery
11/13 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
11/14 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
11/16 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/17 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/18 -- Vienna, VA, The Barns at Wolf Trap
11/25 -- Las Vegas, NV, Golden Nugget
2/17/17 -- Bremerton, WA, Admiral Theatre
2/18 -- Tacoma, WA, Broadway Center

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Credit: Mark SeligerThis weekend, Rolling Stones fans in the U.K. will be treated to a unique television event, as Keith Richards will host and curate a three-night programming block on the BBC Four channel. Keith Richards' Lost Weekend will air from dusk until dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and will feature movies, shows, cartoons and musical performances chosen by the rock legend; personal commentary by Richards; and specially filmed interview segments conducted by director Julien Temple.

"No one has taken over a TV channel before," says the 72-year-old guitarist in a statement. "Let's see how it flies!"

Richards' Lost Weekend will air from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. U.K. time each evening. Among the films Keith handpicked Keith for the marathon are Alfred Hitchcock's classic The 39 Steps, the 1967 sci-fi/horror flick The Sorcerers and a director's cut of Temple's recent documentary Keith Richards: The Origin of the Species. The event also will feature footage of Richards playing guitar in the studio, and discussing a variety of topics, including his musings on world philosophy, technology, his love of books, addiction, his run-ins with the police and much more.

Speaking with The Guardian about Richards' TV event, Temple says, "I don't think many people could pull it off. He's one of the greatest raconteurs, so spending time with him is real quality time -- and his life philosophy and survival strategies and contagious sense of humor will come together to create a good mix over those 27 hours."

Regarding the interview he conducted with Keith, the director notes, "Spending that much time with him, in a very free-ranging, relaxed, intimate interview, over three nights you will get to know him in a way you’ve never done before."

No word about if or when Richards' Lost Weekend will be viewable in the U.S.

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Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr has teamed up with a variety of musicians to record a new anthem called "Now the Time Has Come" in commemoration of the United Nations' International Day of Peace, which is held annually on September 21. The Beatles legend sings and plays drums on the song, which also features vocal contributions from Men at Work's Colin Hay, Mr. Mister frontman and All Starr Band member Richard Page, veteran R&B singer Billy Valentine and others.

"I worked on this record with Peace & Love" Starr says in a statement. "It was a joy to be part of this project."

Ringo co-wrote "Now the Time Has Come" with producer Bruce Sugar. The song also is tied to a social media campaign called #HugforPeace that was launched recently in conjunction with the International Day of Peace. The initiative seeks to promote non-violence by encouraging people to post images of themselves and their loved ones sharing a hug at HugforPeace.org and associated websites.

You can check out an official video for "Now the Time Has Come" at Starr's Facebook page.

UN Assistant Secretary-General Ray Chambers says of the tune, "I am so grateful to Ringo Starr for lending his talent to unite people through the gift of song. I hope people across the world from Colombia to Syria will heed this call for peace -- now."

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Concord Police Dept.Founding J. Geils Band guitarist John Geils was arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Boston suburb of Concord, Massachusetts, for allegedly driving drunk. Concord police tell ABC News that the 70-year-old musician was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and failure to use care when stopping after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash.

According to police, this is the second time Geils has been charged with driving under the influence. He was arraigned Wednesday at the Concord District Court.

The Middlesex District Attorney's office says Geils was arrested after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in front of him. Following the crash, police determined that he appeared intoxicated, reports the Lowell Sun.

According to the paper, at the arraignment hearing, a Concord judge released Geils on his own recognizance and ordered him not to operate a vehicle without a license or to drink any alcohol. The veteran rocker's next court appearance is scheduled for November 2.

Geils co-founded The J. Geils Band in 1967 and played with the group off and on until 2012. In recent years, he was involved in a dispute with some of his ex-band mates over the use of the group's name.

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Mercury; Reprise; CapitolThe Polaris Music Prize, established in 2006, annually honors albums by Canadian artists based on artistic merit rather than sales. But what about all those great Canadian albums that came out before the Polaris Music Prize existed?  Well, those records also get some love, courtesy of the Polaris Heritage Prize.

The Heritage award, which was first presented last year, is for albums that would likely have been nominated for the Polaris Prize had it been around in those days. Ten albums are nominated in each of four time periods: 1960-1975, 1976-1985, 1986-1995 and 1996-2005. This year's nominees acclaimed records by Rush, Neil Young, The Band and Joni Mitchell.

Rush's 1981 release Moving Pictures is vying for the award in the 1976-1985 time period, while albums nominated in the 1960-1975 period include Young's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and After the Gold Rush, The Band's self-titled effort and Music from Big Pink, and Mitchell's Court and Spark.

Other Canadian artists with albums nominated for the Polar Heritage Prize in the various time periods include Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah McLachlan, Gordon Lightfoot, Alanis Morissette and Daniel Lanois.

Two albums in each time period will win: one voted by fans, the other by critics. You can vote now at PolarisPrize.ca, and winners will be announced October 24.

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Benowen RecordsLongtime Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit's latest solo album, Leap of Faith, flies into stores this Friday, September 23. Schmit tells ABC Radio that he considers the record "a sister album" to his previous studio effort, 2009's Expando, because both collections of tunes were written solely by him.

While the album doesn't necessarily have an underlying theme, Schmit says the various songs are about "having lived a longer life and hopefully living some longer still, and contemplating what it's all about and trying to live my life to the fullest."

Some of the songs on Leap of Faith certainly are reminiscent of the country-rock sound of The Eagles and Schmit's previous group, Poco, while others are influenced by such genres as reggae, soul and modern rock. The 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tells ABC Radio that while his new material might be "kind of all over the map," he feels that it all "seems to fit" together.

Schmit co-produced Leap of Faith with frequent collaborator Hank Linderman, who also contributed vocals and guitar to the project. Timothy says that while he and Linderman played the bulk of the instruments, a few interesting guests artists also lent their talents to the record. These included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, lauded session drummer Jim Keltner, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Doobie Brothers multi-instrumentalist John McFee and famed Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks.

Coinciding with Leap of Faith's release, Schmit has a number of appearances lined up in the next few days. Tonight, he'll take part in a show at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, that will be streamed live on MusicCityRoots.com. He also will perform at the City Winery in Nashville on Sunday and the City Winery in Atlanta on Monday.

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Credit: Travis ShinnLynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington has teamed up with his wife, longtime Skynyrd backing vocalist Dale Krantz-Rossington, on a new blues- and soul-influenced album titled Take It on Faith that will hit stores November 4.

The 12-track collection, which will be released under the moniker Rossington, features all-star contributions, including ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, blues-rock veteran Delbert McClinton, late Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward, and one-time Fleetwood Mac singer Bekka Bramlett.

Gibbons co-wrote a song titled "Good Side of Good," while McClinton lent his harmonica talents to the album.

During the 1980s, Gary and Dale played together in The Rossington Collins Band and The Rossington Band, but the couple hadn't been interested in releasing new music outside of Lynyrd Skynyrd since then. Gary said he and his wife eventually had a change of heart, because fans would often ask them during meet-and-greets if they ever planned to make a new record.

"Right now, we consider it a gift to the fans," says Gary about Take It on Faith. "We did it for them, and I hope they like it. They asked us to do something again, so we did it. We seized that opportunity, and ran with it. And we're real excited it’s finally coming out."

Take It on Faith was produced by David Z, whose previous credits include recordings by Prince, Etta James and Buddy Guy. Other musicians featured on the record include late Black Oak Arkansas guitarist Jack Holder, ex-Double Trouble keyboardist Reese Wynans, and award-winning producer and session guitarist Gary Nicholson.

Here's the track list for Take It on Faith:

"Highway of Love"
"I Should've Known"
"Take It on Faith"
"Light a Candle"
"Dance While You're Cookin'"
"Shame on Me"
"Good Side of Good"
"Through My Eyes"
"Something Fishy"
"Too Many Rainy Days"
"Where Did Love Go"
"Two Very Different Things"

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