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Paul McCartney to Reissue Expanded Versions of Two Classic Wings Albums in September


Concord Music Group/MPL CommunicationsTwo new installments in Paul McCartney's ongoing reissue campaign will be released on September 23.  The classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound, which originally were released in 1975 and 1976, respectively, are the latest archival McCartney projects scheduled to be released in remastered and expanded form.

The albums will be available in multiple formats, including a two-CD Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition featuring two CDs and a DVD, a vinyl set packaged with a download card, and digital versions of both the Standard and Deluxe Editions.

The three-disc versions of Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound both will feature a bonus CD with demo recordings and previously unreleased tracks, as well as a DVD containing footage filmed around the time of each album's release, some of which hasn't been seen before.  The Deluxe Editions' packaging will include a hardbound book offering rare photos, new interviews with Sir Paul, in-depth information about the albums and a variety of archival material.

Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound both topped the Billboard 200 chart following their respective releases.  Venus and Mars features the hit "Listen to What the Man Said," as well as such gems as the title track, "Rock Show," "Magneto and Titanium Man" and "Letting Go."  The reissue's bonus CD includes the non-album 1974 single "Junior's Farm."  At the Speed of Sound boasts two songs that reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976, the chart-topping "Silly Love Songs" and the #3 hit "Let 'Em In," while the reissue's extra audio disc features demo versions of those tunes.

The two new reissues will join five other albums that have been released in expanded form as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection: Band on the Run, McCartney, McCartney II, RAM and Wings over America.

Here are the complete track lists of the Deluxe Editions of Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound:

Venus and Mars
CD 1 -- Remastered Album:
"Venus and Mars"
"Rock Show"
"Love in Song"
"You Gave Me the Answer"
"Magneto and Titanium Man"
"Letting Go"
"Venus and Mars (Reprise)"
"Spirits of Ancient Egypt"
"Medicine Jar"
"Call Me Back Again"
"Listen to What the Man Said"
"Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People"
"Crossroads"

CD 2 -- Bonus Audio:
"Junior's Farm"
"Sally G"
"Walking in the Park with Eloise"
"Bridge on the River Suite"
"My Carnival"
"Going to New Orleans (My Carnival)"
"Hey Diddle" (Ernie Winfrey Mix)
"Let's Love"
"Soily" (from One Hand Clapping)
"Baby Face" (from One Hand Clapping)
"Lunch Box/Odd Sox"
"4th of July"
"Rock Show" (Old Version)
"Letting Go" (Single Edit)

DVD -- Bonus Film:
Recording "My Carnival"
Bon Voyageur
Wings at Elstree
Venus and Mars TV Ad

At the Speed of Sound
CD 1 -- Remastered Album:
"Let 'Em In"
"The Note You Never Wrote"
"She's My Baby"
"Beware My Love"
"Wino Junko"
"Silly Love Songs"
"Cook of the House"
"Time to Hide"
"Must Do Something About It"
"San Ferry Anne"
"Warm and Beautiful"

CD 2 –- Bonus Audio:
"Silly Love Songs" (Demo)
"She's My Baby" (Demo)
"Message to Joe"
"Beware My Love" (John Bonham Version)
"Must Do Something About It" (Paul's Version)
"Let 'Em In" (Demo)
"Warm and Beautiful" (Instrumental Demo)

DVD -- Bonus Film:
"Silly Love Songs" Music Video
Wings over Wembley
Wings in Venice

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Expanded Version of "Woodstock" Documentary Due Out on Blu-ray This Tuesday


Warner Home VideoA new limited-edition Blu-ray featuring the Director's Cut of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, the Oscar-winning documentary about the historic 1969 rock festival, will hit stores this Tuesday.  The updated Woodstock video will include all of the content featured in 2009's 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition, plus a bevy of previously unreleased performances from the concert.

Among those newly added performances are songs by Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Baez, Melanie and Sha Na Na.  In addition, the updated collection comes packaged with replicas of Woodstock festival tickets, a reproduction of a Life magazine article about the event and an iron-on patch of the Woodstock logo.

Like the 2009 version of the video, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited Blu-ray includes a four-hour-plus-long Director's Cut of the film, 18 bonus performances and a number of documentary featurettes offering up interviews with a variety of celebrities.

Directed by Michael Wadleigh, Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music showcased highlights from the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, held August 15-18, 1969, at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York.  In addition to the aforementioned artists, the event's lineup included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Ten Years After, Richie Havens, Country Joe and the Fish and many more.

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Jon Anderson Officially Announces Formation of New Group with Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty


Images Courtesy of Glass Onyon PRSince parting ways with Yes in 2008, Jon Anderson has mainly focused on recording and touring as a solo artist, but the famed prog-rock singer has now announced the formation of a new band with innovative French jazz/rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.  The Anderson Ponty Band will be performing newly arranged versions of songs by both Jon and Jean-Luc, and also will create brand-new music.

Ponty has collaborated with many well-known artists over the years, including Frank Zappa, Elton John and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.  The Anderson Ponty Band's lineup also features guitarist Jamie Dunlap, who also is a film and TV composer probably best known for his work on South Park, as well as three musicians who previously have worked with Ponty and many other stars -- keyboardist Wally Minko, bassist Baron Browne and drummer/percussionist Rayford Griffin.

"A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music," says Anderson in a statement, "to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is, music is God."

In September, the ensemble is planning to spend three weeks recording, rehearsing and performing at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, and the group has scheduled its first public concert at the venue on September 20.  The Anderson Ponty Band intends to complete its debut album in Los Angeles and release it sometime early next year.  A documentary about the making of the record is in the works, and the band also plans to shoot promotional videos and live performances for upcoming release.  In addition, the collective is organizing a world tour that is tentatively scheduled to kick off in March.

To help raise funds for the multifaceted project, the Anderson Ponty Band has launched a Kickstarter campaign.  Fans who contribute money to the initiative will receive a variety of different rewards depending on the amount they donate.  Among the goodies being offered are digital downloads; CD, DVD and vinyl packages; collectible posters; signed sheet music; VIP concerts tickets; meet-and-greets with the group's members; and more.

You can find out additional info about the Anderson Ponty Band at the group's official Facebook page.

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Billy Joel Sells His Hamptons Beach House for More Than $19 Million


Lloyd Bishop/NBCBilly Joel has finally succeeded in his long quest to sell his mansion in the village of Sagaponack in New York's ritzy Hamptons area.  The New York Post reports that the oceanfront bungalow-style residence, which the Piano Man first put on the market about five years ago, was bought recently for a bit under its $19.95 million asking price.

As previously reported, Joel bought the home, which originally was owned by late Jaws star Roy Scheider, in 2007.  Two years later, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sought to sell the property for $22.5 million.  He eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market before re-listing it in March of this year for $23.5 million.  He subsequently reduced the asking price to $19.95 million last month.

The 5,500-square-foot mansion features with four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a butler's pantry and a state-of-the-art kitchen created especially for Joel's then-wife, chef Katie Lee, by celebrity designer Nate Berkus.

By the way, Joel isn't moving out of the Hamptons altogether: He still has a residence in the swanky village of Sag Harbor.

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Susan Sarandon Reveals She Once Had an Affair with David Bowie


Jimmy King; ABC/Randy HolmesIn the 1983 film The Hunger, Susan Sarandon portrays a doctor who has an affair with a female vampire played by French actress Catherine Deneuve, but it turns out Sarandon had a real-life hunger for one of her other co-stars -- David Bowie.  In a new interview with The Daily Beast, the Academy Award winner reveals that she had a fling with the rock legend, who she says was one of the few "famous, pretty interesting" stars with whom she's gotten involved.

Sarandon showered some high praise on Bowie, saying, "He's worth idolizing.  He's extraordinary."  She adds, "Bowie's just a really interesting person, and so bright.  He's a talent, and a painter, and…he's great."

The 67-year-old actress explains that her relationship with Bowie took place during "a really interesting period" in her life, which came after her 1979 divorce from actor Chris Sarandon and before she met Italian director Franco Amurri, the father of her first child, daughter Eva Amurri.  She recalls about that time, "I wasn't supposed to have kids, and I'm the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn't ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family."

Sarandon, of course, later went on to have a long relationship with actor Tim Robbins, with whom she had two sons.

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Elton John Let Writer of His Biopic Read His Private Diaries


Joseph Guay/Capitol RecordsElton John's upcoming movie biography Rocketman will cover the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life story "from birth to rehab."  That's according to Lee Hall, the man who's writing the film.

Hall, who also penned the movie Billy Elliot and then worked with John to turn it into an ultra-successful musical, tells the BBC that Rocketman will be "an absolutely huge, crazy Technicolor affair."  While also dealing with Elton's childhood and his rise to fame, Hall says, it won't shy away from the darker parts of his life, such as the singer's self-confessed "monstrous" behavior when he was in the throes of drug addiction.

Hall says John provided him with plenty of material for the movie, and gave him "incredible free rein."  He explained, "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all this stuff."

Hall added, however, that Elton has "never commented once on the script," and "hasn't interfered at all" in terms of how he's being depicted.

John will be portrayed by The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy in Rocketman, which will begin shooting in late 2014.  Elton's original music will be used, but it's not clear whether Hardy will perform the songs or simply lip-sync.  Either way, Hall says of the movie, "It's fantastic, it's all singing, all dancing."

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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Contributes Guitar Solo to a Song on Forthcoming Exodus Album


Image Courtesy of Kirk HammettEven though Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett was once a member of Exodus, he's never appeared on a proper recording by the San Francisco Bay-area metal band -- until now.

Hammett tells Rolling Stone that he's contributed a guitar solo to a song called "Salt in the Wound," which will be included on a forthcoming Exodus album.

"It felt really casual, really cool -- just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day," Hammett said during an appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego.  "Other than the Exodus demo that's been heard by a lot of people, it's the only time I ever recorded with Exodus.  It was a huge thing for me."

Hammett is making the most of his visit to Comic-Con.  Over the weekend, he's signing zombie figures of himself from his Kirk Von Hammett line of toys, and last night, he and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo jammed with Exodus during an after-party event.

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Drummer Chris Slade Reflects on His AC/DC Audition and Departure from the Band


Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesEven with a resume that includes membership in The Firm -- Jimmy Page's post-Led Zeppelin band -- as well as backing Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, drummer Chris Slade still had to try out circa the late 1980s for AC/DC.

The 67-year-old Slade tells Music Radar he auditioned for the hard-rock band along "with 100 top players" and thought he'd done "terribly."

"I called my wife and told her I'd be home in half an hour [because during the audition] I said the wrong things, I played the wrong things," Slade recalls.  He must have done something right: By the time he got home, his wife said the band had called to tell Slade he had the job.

Slade only played on one AC/DC studio album: 1990's The Razors Edge, which included the songs "Thunderstruck" and "Moneytalks."  The impetus for his departure, according to Slade, came when guitarist Malcolm Young said the band wanted to give classic-era drummer Phil Rudd another chance.

"I said, 'That's me out, then, I'm gone,'" remembers Slade, who resigned the next day, even though Young wanted him to stick around "for months and months" in case Rudd didn't work out.

Almost 20 years later, Slade doesn't express any bitterness about the way things went down.

"We still get on, and it was an honor and a privilege to play with those guys," says Slade.  His latest project is called the Chris Slade Timeline, which recently completed recording an EP.

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Peter Frampton Expands 2014 Tour, Adds New Special Guests to His Guitar Circus Dates


David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns via Getty ImagesPeter Frampton has announced some interesting new additions to his 2014 tour itinerary.  The veteran guitar whiz, who recently wrapped up a series of co-headlining shows with The Doobie Brothers. will begin a run of late-summer solo dates on July 30 in Sterling Heights, Michigan, before launching a new installment of his Frampton's Guitar Circus concerts on August 21 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Blues great Buddy Guy will appear at all eight 2014 Guitar Circus events, while Frampton's other special guests during the trek include Robert Randolph, ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder, founding Guess Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and the one and only B.B. King.  Check Frampton's schedule below to find out which renowned guitarists will be featured at each date of the Guitar Circus, which winds down on August 31 in Tucson, Arizona.

In addition, Frampton has more than a dozen more headlining concerts lined up for late summer and early fall.  Those shows run from a September 14 appearance at the Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride, Colorado, through an October 5 concert in Hollywood, Florida.

Frampton currently is promoting his recently released mini-album Hummingbird in a Box, which features music he composed for his 2013 collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet.

Here are all of Frampton's confirmed 2014 tour dates:

7/30 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/1 -- Manistee, MI, Little River Casino Resort
8/2 -- New Lenox, IL, Community Center
8/3 -- Carmel, IN, The Center for the Performing Arts
8/6 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair Park
8/7 -- Benton Harbor, MI, The Mendel Center
8/8 -- Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre
8/10 -- Littleton, CO, The Hudson Gardens and Event Center
8/11 -- Pueblo, CO, Memorial Hall
8/13 -- Albuquerque, New Mexico, Popejoy Hall
8/15 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino
8/16 -- Laughlin, NV, Edgewater Casino Resort
8/17 -- Jackpot, NV, Cactus Pete's Casino
8/19 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy Amphitheater
* 8/21 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
*#8/23 -- Goldendale, WA, Maryhill Winery
*#8/24 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
*@8/26 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
* @$8/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
*@8/29 -- Visalia, CA, Oval Park
*#8/30 -- Valley Center, CA, Harrah's Rincon - The Events Center
* %8/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
9/14 -- Telluride, CO, Blues & Brews Festival
9/16 -- Prescott, AZ, Yavapai College Performance Hall
9/19 -- Rancho Mirage, CA, Aqua Caliente Casino
9/20 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
9/21 -- Glen Ellen, CA, B.R. Cohn Winery
9/23 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theater
9/25 -- Stafford, TX, Stafford Centre Performing Arts
9/26 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
9/27 -- Biloxi, MS, IP Casino Resort
9/30 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theater
10/1 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
10/3 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
10/4 -- Orlando, FL, WMMO Downtown Concert Series
10/5 -- Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

* = Guitar Circus show with Buddy Guy
= with Robert Randolph
# = with Don Felder
@ = with Randy Bachman
$ = with Los Lobos' David Hidalgo
% = with B.B. King.

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Check Out Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Entire New Album, "Hypnotic Eye," Online Now


Reprise RecordsTom Petty & the Heartbreakers' latest album, Hypnotic Eye, arrives in stores this Tuesday, July 29, but fans can check out the record in its entirety from now until Monday at Amazon.

The album is available in a variety of configurations, including a standard CD, standard vinyl LP, high-quality FLAC digital download, Blu-ray Audio, and limited-edition two-LP set on 180-gram vinyl.  Most versions of the release feature 11 tracks, but the Blu-ray Audio and double-LP editions also include a bonus track titled "Playing Dumb."

As previously reported, Petty and his band will kick off a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye with an August 3 concert in San Diego.  Steve Winwood will serve as the opening act on the trek, which is scheduled through an October 10 show in Los Angeles.

Petty has posted some photos and a couple of brief video clips of him and The Heartbreakers rehearsing for the tour on his official Instagram site.  One clip shows the band rocking out to Hypnotic Eye's lead track, "American Dream Plan B."

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Doobie Brothers Country Tribute Album to Be Titled "Southbound," Due Out in November


Image Courtesy of Scott PoiznerDoobie Brothers singer/guitarist Tom Johnston has revealed some new details about the upcoming collaborative album featuring reinterpretations of many of the band's classic songs by various country artists.  In a recent interview with LagniappeMobile.com, the veteran rocker reported that the record will be titled Southbound, and that it's scheduled for a November 4 release.

Among the many country stars featured on the album are Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Sara Evans and Love & Theft.  Johnston also revealed that Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and veteran Nashville session musician and producer Dann Huff lent their guitar talents to the project.  As previously reported, ex-Doobie Brothers member Michael McDonald also participated in the album, and Tom explained that his former band mate played keyboards on new versions of the songs on which he originally appeared.

With regard to the many respected musicians who took part in the recording, Johnston said, "It's quite the lineup.  We were kinda blown away that these folks would be interested in jumping on board with us, but they were eager to do it."

As for how he thinks the album turned out, Tom said, "It's been an interesting project and having heard the results, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised."

Meanwhile, The Doobie Brothers currently are in the middle of a busy North American tour that includes a few co-headlining shows with Boston that are scheduled for early August.  The band's 2014 itinerary is mapped out through an October 31 concert in Rama, Canada.

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Mr. Big Drummer Pat Torpey Announces that He Has Parkinson's Disease


Image Courtesy of William HamesMr. Big has announced some unfortunate news about one of its founding members.  Pat Torpey, the pop-metal band's longtime drummer, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and will not be able to continue his normal duties with the group when the rockers head out on their tour in support of their upcoming album, …The Stories We Could Tell.

"I've been dealing with Parkinson's symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened," reveals Torpey in a statement.  "I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."

Mr. Big intends to announce a new touring drummer soon, although the band expects that Pat will get behind the kit for select songs during its upcoming shows, as well as take part in the group's regular acoustic set.

The band's next confirmed concert is scheduled for October 14 in Manila, Philippines.  Mr. Big is best known for the chart-topping 1991 single, "To Be with You," and also scored hits with 1992's "Just Take Heart" and a 1993 cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World."  …The Stories We Could Tell is due out in September.

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KISS and Duran Duran Among Stars Performing at 2014 Fashion Rocks Bash in September


Image Courtesy of Fashion Rocks!KISS and Duran Duran are among the famous acts that will celebrate the connection between style and music when they perform at this year's Fashion Rocks concert.  CBS will air the event live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 9.  Other stars on the bill include Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Usher, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry.

Ryan Seacrest will host the bash, and more artists will be added to the bill in the coming weeks.  Tickets for the 2014 Fashion Rocks event will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 1, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster.com and BarclaysCenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.  American Express Card members will have the chance to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning this Monday at 10 a.m.

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Courtney Love Sheds Light on Forthcoming Kurt Cobain Biopic


Image Courtesy Universal Music Group DistributionCourtney Love would rather not be the one to decide who gets to portray her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in a forthcoming biopic she says will begin filming "within the next year or so."

"Let's leave that to the agents," she recently told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  "I have great agents now.  But I will have a say in it."

Love says others who were close to Cobain also will have a say in how the biopic turns out.  There's his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as well as former band mates Kurt Novoselic and Dave Grohl, "if [the film] touches on Nirvana -- and it will," Love adds.

According to Love, she's received performance reels from Creative Artists Agency that feature lots of "blond, gorgeous" men in their mid-20s.

"I won't name names because I don't want to jinx it for anyone," she adds.  "Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces."

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Jon Bon Jovi to Be Honored for Humanitarian Work in Philadelphia


AEG LivePhiladelphia isn't far from New Jersey, which is why Jon Bon Jovi has devoted a lot of his humanitarian efforts to the City of Brotherly Love.  Now, he'll be getting an award for it.

This November 18, Jon will receive the 2014 Marian Anderson Award, named after the late singer and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first African-American soloist at the Metropolitan Opera.  The award is presented annually to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work, or their support for an important cause."  Past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Harry Belafonte.

Jon's charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, was founded in Philadelphia, and has worked to provide food and shelter to homeless and low-income families in Philly and across the country. 

In a statement, Jon said, "It's a great honor to be recognized by the great city of Philadelphia in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia...and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."

Marian Anderson Award board chair Nina C.Tinari said in a statement, "This year, we wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia....We also wanted to highlight the impact of an individual who is in the forefront of artists who have made the choice to help change the world for the better."

Continuing his humanitarian efforts, on July 30, Jon and his solo band, the Kings of Suburbia, will play a fundraising show in Red Bank, New Jersey, to benefit a local health center.

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Joe Perry Reveals He Recently Recorded with Paul McCartney for a Project That's "Under Wraps"


Ross Halfin/MSO PR; Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsTwo of the rock world's biggest stars came together recently for a very interesting studio collaboration.  Aerosmith's Joe Perry revealed to the Chicago Sun-Times in a phone interview earlier this week that he did a recording session "with Paul McCartney a month and a half ago for a private thing."

The guitar great explained that he'd previously met the Beatles legend briefly "once or twice" over the years, but this time he got to "spend six or eight hours in studio with him."

So, what was it like working with Sir Paul?  "He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy].  He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!" Perry declared.  "Everyone’s in the room at once; you play until you get a good take."

Also on hand for the session were Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, the latter of whom is mutual friends with Cooper, Perry and McCartney.  Joe recalled of the star-studded gathering, "[T]he three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney!  And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids."

Perry added, "Paul was really nice.  He's all about business [when he's recording].  At 72 he can still hit all those notes."

As for what the recording is for, Perry would say only, "It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now.  There will be [an announcement when the time is right]."

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Robert Trujillo Reforms His Pre-Metallica Band Mass Mental? for Two Summer Shows


Image Courtesy Chris M. JuniorWhen Jason Newsted was still Metallica's bassist, he tried to get his Echobrain side project off the ground, but it was reportedly frowned upon by frontman James Hetfield.

There appears to be more freedom these days within the Metallica camp to pursue outside interests, as current bassist Robert Trujillo will be reviving his band Mass Mental? later this summer for two concerts.

Tickets for the first Mass Mental? show, taking place August 26 at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, California, are on sale now through TicketWeb.com.

The other concert is set for September 6 in Markneukirchen, Germany, as part of Warwick Open Day 2014.

Mass Mental? began as a Trujillo side project in the late 1990s, when he was still a member of Suicidal Tendencies.  He became Metallica's bassist after Newsted departed in 2001.

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The Doors' Robby Krieger Featured on New Song by Ex-Kyuss Frontman John Garcia


Image Courtesy of Jo LopezThe Doors' Robby Krieger lent some of his trademark flamenco-style guitar licks to "Her Bullets Energy," a new song by John Garcia, founding lead singer of the stoner-rock group Kyuss.  The track closes out Garcia's upcoming self-titled debut solo album, which will be released on August 5.

Garcia tells Rolling Stone that the idea to get Krieger to contribute to "Her Bullets Energy" came from producer Harper Hug, who's friends with Robby and who decided after hearing the song that a flamenco guitar would fit in well on it.

"I pretty much fell over from my chair and said, 'Do you think he would do it?'" recalls Garcia.

Krieger, meanwhile, reveals to Rolling Stone that the track was the first project he recorded in the new studio he's been building with Hug and sound engineer Michael Dumas.

"We're calling it Horse Latitudes," he says of the facility.  "Harper played me a song that I really liked, and we decided to try recording some of my flamenco guitar on it…We did it in the big room, and it sounded awesome."

With regard to having the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer featured on his song, Garcia says, "If someone told me at 19 years old, when I wrote 'Her Bullets Energy,' that Robby Krieger would be playing on it, I would have told them, 'You're out of your mind and go jump in a lake.'"

John Garcia also includes guest appearances by Danko Jones and ex-Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri.

"Her Bullets Energy" currently is streaming on RollingStone.com.

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Listen to Song from Eric Clapton's Upcoming JJ Cale Tribute Album, "The Breeze," Online Now


Bushbranch Records/Surfdog RecordsEric Clapton's star-studded JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze won't be released until this Tuesday, but you can preview a couple of tracks from the collection now at different locations on the Internet.

GuitarWorld.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of "Train to Nowhere," which features contributions from ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and longtime Cale bandmate Don White.  The song is one that Cale, who died in July 2013 at the age of 74, had never recorded.

Billboard.com, meanwhile, is streaming "Don't Wait," which sees Clapton teaming up with John Mayer.

The album, whose full title is Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, boasts renditions of 16 Cale compositions, and also features such other acclaimed music artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, David Lindley and Albert Lee.

Cale was a longtime friend of and musical influence on Eric.  He's probably best known for writing the Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," and he also teamed up with Slowhand for the 2006 collaborative album, The Road to Escondido.

Meanwhile, Clapton tells Billboard that he's planning to record a number of additional unreleased and/or unfinished songs by JJ for inclusion on his own upcoming projects.

"I have to finish them.  It would be wrong not to bring them to a finished point," notes Eric.  "So that's the next thing.  I've got time booked to finish those tracks and mix them, and then with [his widow] Christine's permission and [his manager Mike Kappus'] permission I'll put them on albums…I'll just include them in any other things I carry on doing."

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Stevie Nicks to Release New Album "24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault" in October


Kristin Burns/Warner Bros.Stevie Nicks hinted earlier this year that she might release some older songs that had never seen the light of day.  Now, she's making good on that tease: her new album 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is due October 7.

According to Stevie, the album features mostly songs written between 1969 and 1987, with two that were written in 1994 and 1995.  "Each song is a lifetime.  Each song has a soul.  Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," she says in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken-hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories -- the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."

The artwork for the album includes never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Stevie throughout her career.

24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault is available for pre-order starting August 5.  That same day, Stevie will debut her new, official Instagram account, StevieNicksOfficial, where she'll begin previewing snippets of the music.

In addition, a limited edition double vinyl version of 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault will come out September 29.  Also available will be a Deluxe Photobook CD, which will include two bonus tracks, as well as 48 pages of exclusive photos from Stevie's personal collection.

Stevie and Fleetwood Mac will hit the road for their On with the Show tour -- featuring the return of Christine McVie -- starting September 30 in Minneapolis.

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