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Art Garfunkel Schedules Series of US Shows on East Coast


Image Courtesy of Art GarfunkelArt Garfunkel will be returning to the road in the coming month for his first concerts of 2015.  The lauded folk-rock singer will kick things off with a February 27 show in Aventura, Florida, before heading overseas for a European trek that runs from a March 10 performance in Dublin, Ireland, though a March 20 stop in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer then will return to the States for a series of multi-night stands -- March 29-31 in Vienna, Virginia; April 17-18 in Pittsburgh; and April 24-25 in Niagara Falls, New York.

After being struggling with a vocal ailment that sidelined him from 2010 until 2013, Garfunkel has been playing shows regularly ever since.  His recent concerts feature him performing as a duo with guitarist Tab Laven, and include Simon & Garfunkel classics, various songs from his solo career, cover tunes of some of his favorite composers, an audience Q&A segment and readings of his prose and poems.

Here are all of Art's confirmed 2015 U.S. tour dates:

2/27 -- Aventura, FL, Broward Arts Center
3/29 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
3/30 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
3/31 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
4/17 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library,
4/18 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Library
4/24 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Falls Casino
4/25 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Falls Casino

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Def Leppard Touring Canada in the Spring; Schedules Late-Summer US Dates


Image Courtesy of Press Here PublicityDef Leppard will kick off its 2015 tour itinerary with a 13-date Canadian leg in April and May, and the '80s rock legends also have just announced their first U.S. shows of the year -- a pair of appearances at summer fairs.

The Canadian trek gets under way on April 15 in Penicton, British Columbia, and runs through a May 5 show in London, Ontario.  The outing also includes stops in such major cities as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa.

As for the U.S. concerts, they're scheduled for August 27 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and September 1 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Tickets for the Canadian gigs are already available, while tickets for the St. Paul show go on sale this Tuesday, February 3, and for the Allentown performance on Saturday, February 7.

Def Leppard also will embark on a European tour that's scheduled from a May 15 show in Minsk, Belarus, though a June 6 appearance in Tampere, Finland.

Meanwhile, the band has just launched a new fan club called Rock Brigade that offers fans special tickets deals, VIP packages and merchandise.  Membership costs $45, not including shipping and handling.  Find out all the details at DefLeppardRockBridge.com.

Here are all of Def Leppard's confirmed 2015 North American tour dates:

4/15 -- Penticton, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre
4/17 -- Victoria, Canada, Save on Foods Memorial Centre
4/18 -- Vancouver, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
4/20 -- Dawson Creek, Canada, EnCana Events Centre
4/22 -- Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome
4/23 -- Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place
4/25 -- Lethbridge, Canada, Enmax Centre
4/26 -- Regina, Canada, Brandt Centre
4/28 -- Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre
4/29 -- Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre
5/2 -- Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre
5/4 -- Ottawa, Canada, TD Place Arena
5/5 -- London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens
8/27 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/1 -- Allentown, PA, Great Allentown Fair

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First Known Color Film of The Beatles to Be Sold at UK Auction on Thursday


Image Courtesy of Ewbank's AuctioneersAn eight-millimeter film of The Beatles at the ABC theater in Blackpool, England, that's considered to be the earliest known color footage of the band is up for bid as part of a memorabilia auction scheduled for this Thursday in Surrey, U.K.  Shot in 1963, the silent three-and-a-half-minute film shows the Fab Four performing on stage and clowning around and socializing backstage at the venue.

The footage was shot by Chas McDevitt, the leader of a popular skiffle group who was on the bill at that evening's show.  The lot also includes a DVD copy of the flick, a letter from McDevitt and a copyright letter from the film's current owner.  It's estimated to sell for between 7,000 and 9,000 pounds, or between about $10,500 and $13,500.   You can watch a brief clip of the footage at the official Ewbank's Fine Art Auctions YouTube channel.

Also going on the block is a collection of 109 black-and-white negatives of previously unreleased photos of The Beatles taken during their first trip to the U.S. in 1964.  The images, which were taken by the photographer Eve Bowen, include pics of the band on The Ed Sullivan Show, on a train headed to New York City, performing in Washington, D.C., and rehearsing in Miami.  The negatives, which will be sold with full copyright, are estimated to bring in between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds, or between about $12,000 and $18,000.

Other collectibles being sold at the auction include items related to The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and more.  To see the complete list of memorabilia up for bid, visit EwbankAuctions.co.uk.

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Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Reveals Electronic Project, Trickfinger


Image Courtesy of Record CollectionJohn Frusciante's post-Red Hot Chili Peppers projects have taken a decidedly different musical path than his old band, including collaborations with hip-hop duo Black Knights and seminal new wave band Duran Duran.  Now, the ex-Chili Peppers guitarist has announced his newest venture: Trickfinger, a band focusing on the acid house genre of electronic music.

Trickfinger's self-titled debut album will be released on April 7, according to Resident Advisor.  As a preview, Frusciante has released the opening track from Trickfinger, "After Below."  You can listen to the track on SoundCloud.

Inside the Trickfinger record packaging, Frusciante also is including a letter that he wrote in 2012 explaining his foray into electronic music.  "I had lost interest in traditional songwriting and I was excited about finding new methods for creating music," he writes.  "I'd surround myself with machines, program one and then another and enjoy what was a fascinating process from beginning to end."

Meanwhile, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith told Rolling Stone that Frusciante's former band is working on their new album, calling it "very different and unique."  Chances are, though, that the album won't sound like acid house.

Here is the Trickfinger track list:

"After Below"
"Before Above"
"Rainover"
"Sain"
"Exlam"
"85h"
"4:30"
"Phurip"

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Watch Trailer for "Aerosmith Rocks Donington" Concert Film; Steven Tyler Confirmed for Pre-Super Bowl Party


Image Courtesy of Fathom EventsAn official trailer for the recently announced Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 concert film that's scheduled to be screened in theaters across the U.S. on February 26 has premiered online.  The minute-long clip features a montage of exciting footage from the rock legends' performance at the U.K.'s massive Download Festival, which took place last June.

The video includes segments of performances of such Aerosmith classics as "Sweet Emotion," "Love in an Elevator," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Walk This Way" and "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)."

As previously reported, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be shown in more than 300 U.S. theaters, and is the first in a monthly run of cinematic concert events dubbed the "Classic Music Series."  The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. local time.  You can buy tickets and find out more information at FathomEvents.com.

In other news, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been officially confirmed as part of the lineup for Rolling Stone magazine's pre-Super Bowl party this Saturday at 9 p.m. local time at The Venue Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Those attending the bash will enjoy performances by Tyler and U.K. pop star Charli XCX, an open bar, themed activities, surprise guest appearances and more.  This year's event will be the fourth annual pre-Super Bowl party hosted by the magazine.

The game itself, Super Bowl 49, takes place Sunday, February 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

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Billy Joel Announces New Concert Dates, Including 24th Show of Madison Square Garden Residency


Credit: Myrna SuarezBilly Joel has announced a bunch of new concert dates for 2015.

The Piano Man will make his return to Fenway Park in Boston on July 16, becoming the first artist to perform at the ballpark in two consecutive years.  In addition, on July 25, Joel will play at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  It'll be his first show in the city in nearly four decades.

Billy also has a slew of new shows lined up through the fall.  On September 16, he'll be playing at the Pepsi Center in Denver; on November 6, he'll perform at the Toyota Center in Houston; and on December 5, he'll do a show at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Additionally, on December 17, Joel will be playing the record-breaking 24th show of his ongoing residency at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Tickets for all these new dates go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 6, at 10 a.m. local time.

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ZZ Top and Weezer to Perform as "Wee-Z Top" This Monday on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"


Image Courtesy of ABCZZ Top will team up with modern rockers Weezer next week for the first installment of a new Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Mash Up Mondays," that will feature unlikely one-off collaborative performances by two popular music acts.  The Texas trio and Weezer will join forces to form "Wee-Z Top" -- a name coined by host Jimmy Kimmel -- on this Monday's episode of the late night show, which airs on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.

The showcase, which will take place each Monday in February -- also will feature funk great Morris Day performing with pop-rock sister act HAIM as "Morris Day and the HAIM" on February 9, and soul star Aloe Blacc collaborating with R&B group Blackstreet as "Aloe Blaccstreet" on February 16.  The artists who will perform on the February 23 edition of "Mash-Up Monday" haven't been revealed.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, ZZ Top visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! this past Monday, January 26, and performed three tunes -- the band's recent song "Gotsta Get Paid" and the classics "Tush" and "La Grange."  You can watch video of the performances online at the Jimmy Kimmel Live! official site and YouTube channel.

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Paul McCartney Schedules Japanese Concerts in April


Credit: MJ KimPaul McCartney has announced his first 2015 dates of his ongoing Out There tour, a four-show visit to Japan that will take place in April.  The concerts are scheduled for April 21 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka and April 23, 25 and 27 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.

Last May, Sir Paul was forced to cancel a series of shows in Japan when he was taken ill with a virus, and he's excited to return to the country this year.

"I cannot wait to get back to Japan and have some more great rocking rolling nights together," McCartney says in a new video message.  "It was lovely to be there in two-thousand-and-13 and we had some fun.  It was also very disappointing not to be able to perform there last year, but I want to thank all you lovely people for the great messages you sent me.  It was very kind.  Thank you so much.  So listen, we're coming back and we're gonna rock, we're gonna roll, we're gonna do it together.  Let's have some fun!  Saiko! [Awesome]."

As usual, Paul will be accompanied by his longtime backing band at the shows, which will feature a mix of Beatles classics, solo hits and songs from McCartney's most recent studio album, 2013's NEW.

Tickets for the Japanese concerts go on sale February 28 at 10 a.m. local time.

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"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" Director Brett Morgen Talks "Raw, Intimate" Film


The End of Music, LLC/HBOKurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the first fully authorized documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, got its premiere last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.  In an interview with Rolling Stone, director Brett Morgen says he "felt a lot more pressure" with Montage of Heck than with any other project he's worked on, including the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

"I don't think there has ever been, or will ever be, another movie about an icon that's this raw or intimate," he says.

One of the bigger stories that came out of the Montage of Heck premiere was that Foo Fighters frontman -- and Nirvana drummer -- Dave Grohl did not appear in the film.  Morgen told Billboard that Grohl was interviewed, but that he couldn't cut the interview in time for the Sundance premiere of the film.  The director reiterated that explanation to Rolling Stone, adding that he "didn't think I needed two people from Nirvana."

Morgen explains, "It's not that type of movie.  So I was fine locking picture with [Nirvana bassist] Krist [Novoselic]."

Another big story surrounding the film was the use of Cobain's unreleased solo material.

"The score is all unreleased Cobain music.  They don't have titles," Morgen points out.  "Before people saw the movie, there were these weird press releases focusing on the unreleased music.  And it's like: It's a movie.  We're not going to stop it and play a song for four minutes."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will air on HBO on May 4.

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Brian Wilson's New Solo Album, "No Pier Pressure," to Be Released on April 7


Capitol RecordsBrian Wilson has unveiled full details about his latest solo album, No Pier Pressure, which will be released on April 7.  The record sees the founding Beach Boys mastermind teaming up with a variety of guest artists, including former band mates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, as well as acclaimed trumpet player Mark Isham.

Wilson also tapped the talents of a variety of younger music artists whom he's inspired, among them fun. frontman Nate Ruess, country singer Kacey Musgraves, indie-pop duo She & Him's Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, and Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian.  In addition, a number of well-known studio musicians were brought in to play on the album, including bassist/producer Don Was, guitarist Dean Parks and drummers Jim Keltner and Kenny Aronoff, as well as several members of Brian's touring group, his former band mate Jeffrey Foskett and Jardine's son Matt.

One surprising omission from the list of collaborators is rock guitar legend Jeff Beck, whose previously reported contributions to the No Pier Pressure sessions apparently did not make the final cut.

Brian initially had envisioned the new album as a follow-up to The Beach Boys' 2012 reunion project That's Why God Made the Radio, but when that plan fell through he decided to call on a variety of contemporary artists to take part in the recording.

No Pier Pressure will be available as a standard CD and digital download featuring 13 songs, a deluxe edition CD and download with three bonus tracks, and a 180-gram two-LP vinyl set featuring the same 16 tunes as the deluxe version of the album.

Here is the track list for the deluxe version of No Pier Pressure:

"This Beautiful Day"
"Runaway Dancer" (featuring Sebu Simonian)
"What Ever Happened" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks)
"On the Island" (featuring She & Him)
"Our Special Love" (featuring Peter Hollens)
"The Right Time" (featuring Al Jardine and David Marks)
"Guess You Had to Be There" (featuring Kacey Musgraves)
*"Don't Worry"
*"Somewhere Quiet"
*"I'm Feeling Sad"
"Tell Me Why" (featuring Al Jardine)
"Sail Away" (featuring Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine)
"One Kind of Love"
"Saturday Night" (featuring Nate Ruess)
"The Last Song"
"Half Moon Bay"

* = not featured on the standard version.

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Doobie Brothers Launch New "Concert Club" Giving Fans Access to Special Ticket Offers and Merchandise


Credit: Jim SheaThe Doobie Brothers have launched a new fan club that will give their biggest fans access to premium seats and special packages, as well as being treated to a variety of cool themed merchandise and collectibles.  For an annual fee of $39.99, the "Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club" offers participants priority access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages to select shows, while members also receive a Doobie Brothers guitar-pick set, blanket and limited-edition lithograph, as well as the chance to enter special contests and giveaways.

"Music has changed a lot during our career, but one thing hasn't: fans want the best concert-going experience possible," says Doobies singer/guitarist Tom Johnston.  "We want to make sure our super fans have access to the best seats, our newest merch and also get rewarded for their loyalty."

Among the VIP experiences that can be purchased for the band's 2015 tour dates is the VIP Front Row Meet & Greet Package, which includes a reserved seat in the first row, an in-person meeting and photo with members of the group, plus a Doobie Brothers belt buckle, tote bag, ear buds and laminate.

To join The Doobies' Takin' It to the Streets Concert Club and check out the band's current tour itinerary, visit FanClub.DoobieBros.com.

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Tom Petty Issues Statement Regarding Sam Smith, Says "I Won't Back Down" Similarity Was a "Musical Accident"


Credit: Sam JonesEarlier this week, it was announced that Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne had been added to the songwriting credits of "Stay with Me," the Grammy-nominated hit by British pop star Sam Smith, because of its supposed similarity to Petty and Lynne's 1989 hit composition, "I Won't Back Down."  Now, Petty has issued statement about that decision, saying there's no bad blood between himself and Smith.

"About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam," Petty writes on his website. "All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.  Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by." 

Here, Petty is apparently referring to the fact that sometimes, songwriters are unaware that what they're working on is similar to an existing song.

Petty then continues, "Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement.  The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention.  And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself.  Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this.  A musical accident no more no less."

Petty concludes, "In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all."

When the news of the credit addendum came to life, Sam's rep issued a statement saying that the publishers of "I Won't Back Down" had contacted the publishers of "Stay with Me" about the "similarities heard in the melodies of the choruses of the two compositions."  The statement went on to say that Sam and his co-writers were not "previously familiar with" Petty's hit, but they "acknowledged the similarity."

That statement concluded, "Although the likeness was a complete coincidence, all involved came to an immediate and amicable agreement in which Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne are now credited as co-writers of 'Stay With Me' along with Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips."

The Recording Academy later clarified that if "Stay with Me" wins the Song of the Year Grammy, Petty and Lynne will not receive trophies, because they didn't do any "new writing" on the song.

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New Ringo Starr Album, "Postcards from Paradise," Out March 31


Credit: Rob ShanahanRingo Starr hits the road again in two weeks for about a month's worth of dates, but he'll be back home in time for the release of his new album, Postcards from Paradise, set to drop March 31.

Ringo's 18th studio album sees him backed by his current All Starr Band players: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg BissonettePostcards from Paradise is also Ringo's first studio album to include a song written and recorded by them.  It'll also feature contributions from guests including Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, violinist Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, singer Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, bassist and vocalist Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.

Postcards from Paradise's release also sets the stage for Ringo's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 18, when he'll receive the Award for Musical Excellence.  He is, of course, already in the Hall as a member of The Beatles.

Here's the track listing for Postcards from Paradise:

"Rory and the Hurricanes"
"You Bring the Party Down"
"Bridges"
"Postcards from Paradise"
"Right Side of the Road"
"Not Looking Back"
"Bamboula"
"Island in the Sun"
"Touch and Go"
"Confirmation"
"Let Love Lead"

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Foo Fighters Announce Second NYC Tour Stop


Brantley GutierrezThe Foo Fighters’ July 16 show at New York City’s Citi Field sold out pretty quickly after the tour was announced last November.  If you didn’t score tickets, you now have another chance -- the Foos have announced a second City Field show for the night before.

Tickets for the just-added July 15 show go on sale tomorrow, January 30, at 10 a.m. local time via Mets.com/foos.

Here’s the complete Foo Fighters tour lineup, including the new show.  Get more info, including the shows for which tickets are still available, at FooFighters.com.

7/4 -- Washington, D.C., RFK Stadium
7/6 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center *
7/9 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *
7/15 -- New York, NY, Citi Field
7/16 -- New York, NY, Citi Field *
7/18 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park **
7/19 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park *
8/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place *
8/13 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome *
8/17 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre *
8/19 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
8/21 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center *
8/22 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center *
8/24 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre *
8/25 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion *
8/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/29 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
9/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
9/12 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/16 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
9/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
9/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, AK-Chin Pavilion
9/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/29 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
9/30 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
10/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Centennial Olympic Park
10/5 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/7 -- Memphis, TN, FedExForum

* w/special guest Royal Blood
** w/special guest Mission of Burma

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Listen to Title Track from Randy Bachman's Upcoming Album, "Heavy Blues," Featuring Peter Frampton


Credit: Mike HoughThe first taste of Heavy Blues, the upcoming studio album by Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman's new group, Bachman, has made its way online.  A clip featuring the audio of the record's entire title track, boasting a guest appearance by Peter Frampton, has been posted on YouTube.

The song lives up to its name, with Bachman and Frampton delivering dueling blues-y guitar riffs accompanied by a bludgeoning rhythm section reminiscent of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

As previously reported, Bachman the band is comprised of Randy, bassist Anna Ruddick and drummer Dale Anne BrendonHeavy Blues features guest appearances by such respected guitarists as Frampton, Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey.

The album will be released on April 14; it's currently available for pre-order at iTunes, Amazon and LinusEntertainment.com.

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Black Sabbath Bass Player Geezer Butler Arrested in Bar Fight


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Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler spent Tuesday night behind bars in Death Valley, California, after getting into a bar brawl.

The Inyo County Sheriff's Department reports the alleged fight took place at the Corkscrew Saloon, located on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley.  According to witnesses, the altercation began as an argument over an unspecified topic, and escalated into a fight that resulted in someone being struck and a window being broken.  Butler, 65, was arrested for misdemeanor assault, vandalism, and public intoxication.

According to the sheriff's department, Butler was booked into the county jail, and then released "after detox and citation."

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Ex-Genesis Guitarist Steve Hackett Upset He Wasn't "Equally Represented" in Band's Recent Documentary


Credit: Lee MillwardEarlier this month, the 2014 Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts, which premiered in the U.S. on Showtime in October, was released on DVD and Blu-ray.  The film featured brand-new interviews with all five members of the band's classic early 1970s lineup, including guitarist Steve Hackett.  The doc focused on the group's history as well as each member's solo career, but Hackett tells ABC News Radio that he wasn't very happy about the amount of coverage his own work outside of the group was given.

"I got on board believing, naively perhaps, that we would all be equally represented," he says.  "But the short of it is, I did two hours to camera on my own and two hours with the band sitting 'round, but it was heavily butchered in the cutting room stage…And I think something that was presented initially as an idea of something completely democratic ended up being something other than that."

Hackett says he was much happier with the 2014 companion compilation, R-Kive, on which the band members collaborated in conjunction with the documentary.

"I perhaps mistakenly thought that because of the album that we were all working on together that we were all Genesis and we were all equals once more, but sadly it's not to be," he laments.

He adds that the experience he had with the film project makes him doubt that the band members will be able to come together for any type of reunion.

"When people ask me…is there gonna be a reformation, I say, '[L]ook at the documentary and you'll get an idea of the priorities that come across," says Hackett, "and I think it's probably extremely unlikely."

Having said that, the guitar virtuoso tells ABC News Radio that he still would be open to playing with his ex-band mates if by some chance they all agreed to a reunion.

"I think that I've always been up for that," he admits.  "It's been decades I've been saying, 'Call me if you need me.'  So, my door's open to that, certainly."

As for Hackett's upcoming plans, he will be bringing his Genesis Extended tribute tour to South America in March.  Then, on April 7, he will release a new solo album titled Wolflight.  Visit HackettSongs.com for all the latest news on Steve.

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The Who Announces Special Vinyl Releases to Mark 50th Anniversary


LAMedia Collection/Sunshine/RetnaThe Who has announced that 180-gram vinyl reissues of all 11 of its studio albums, along with a double-LP vinyl version of its 2014 The Who Hits 50! compilation, will be released on March 24 in conjunction with the band's 50th anniversary celebrations.  In addition, on April 7, The Who will release a seven-inch blue-vinyl single of its latest song, "Be Lucky," as well as the first of a series of four vinyl box sets gathering together the group's earlier singles.

The British rockers' reissued studio albums, spanning from their 1965 debut My Generation through 2006's Endless Wire, will feature remastered sound and will replicate the original artwork and inserts.  For example, 1969's Tommy will feature a six-panel fold-out sleeve and 12-page booklet; 1973's Quadrophenia will include a 44-page booklet; and 1981's Face Dances will come with a 24-by-24-inch poster.

As for the blue-vinyl "Be Lucky" single, it will be backed by The Who's very first single, 1965's "I Can't Explain."  "Be Lucky" was first released in 2014, and appeared on The Who Hits 50! compilation.  It was the first new music the band had put out since 2006.

The aforementioned vinyl box set is titled The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966, and features replica versions of all seven singles The Who released on the Brunswick label at the beginning of its career.  The package also includes a bonus disc featuring "Zoot Suit" and "I'm the Face," the two songs the band released under the name The High Numbers in 1964, and a color booklet with liner notes about the singles penned by Who biographer Mark Blake.  Each of the three other singles box sets that will be arrive later in 2015 will feature singles issued by the band's later record labels Reaction, Track and Polydor.

The Who will launch the first of two scheduled 2015 North American tour legs marking the band's 50th anniversary on April 15 in Tampa, Florida.  Visit TheWho.com to check out the band's full itinerary.

Here is the list of remastered albums The Who will release on vinyl on March 24:

My Generation (1965)
A Quick One (1966)
The Who Sell Out (1967)
Tommy (double) (1969)
Who's Next (1971)
Quadrophenia (double) (1973)
The Who by Numbers (1975)
Who Are You (1978)
Face Dances (1981)
It's Hard (1982)
Endless Wire (double) (2006)
The Who Hits 50! (double) (2014)

Here is the track list for The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 box set:

"I Can't Explain" b/w "Bald Headed Woman" (1965)
"Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" b/w "Daddy Rolling Stone" (1965)
"My Generation" b/w "Shout and Shimmy" (1965)
"Circles" b/w "Instant Party Mixture" (unreleased at the time)
"A Legal Matter" b/w "Instant Party" (1966)
"The Kids Are Alright" b/w "The Ox" (1966)
"La-La-La Lies" b/w "The Good's Gone" (1966)
Bonus Disc (The High Numbers)
"Zoot Suit" b/w "I'm the Face" (1964)

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Paul McCartney Performing with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammys?


Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsIf rumors are to be believed, Paul McCartney will be taking the stage with Rihanna and Kanye West at the Grammy Awards next month to perform their new collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds."

"Paul McCartney's a Grammys regular and it will give Rihanna serious kudos to have a Beatle backing her on stage," a source told U.K. newspaper The Sun.  "It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."

McCartney plays on the track, while Rihanna and West share vocals.  "FourFiveSeconds" debuted this past Saturday, and marks the second collaboration featuring Sir Paul and Kanye that's been released in 2015.  McCartney plays keyboard on and co-wrote West's single "Only One," which premiered on New Year's Day.

If McCartney does team up with Rihanna and Kanye to perform at this year's Grammys, it stands to be quite different from Sir Paul's 2014 appearance on the awards show.  Last year, he and his former Beatles band mate Ringo Starr collaborated on a rendition of his new solo song "Queenie Eye."  The 57th Annual Grammy Awards take place on February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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New Photo Exhibit by Pattie Boyd, Ex-Wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, to Open in San Francisco


© Pattie BoydA new exhibition featuring photos taken by Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, will open on February 10 at the San Francisco Art Exchange.  The display will boast a wide variety of candid and rare images documenting her life with the two rock legends, as well as many of their famous musical friends and associates.

The exhibit also will feature the original painting that appears on the cover of Clapton's classic 1970 Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Love Songs.  The piece, which has never before been displayed in the U.S., usually hangs in Boyd's house in the U.K.  Pattie, of course, was inspiration for Eric's song "Layla," as well as several other famous tunes, including "Wonderful Tonight" and Harrison's chart-topping Beatles hit "Something."

A reception celebrating the opening of Boyd's exhibit will be held at the gallery on February 14, Valentine's Day.  The exhibition will remain open until March 10.

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