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C Flanigan/FilmMagicAlternative rockers, hip hop, and emo performers bowed down to Sir Paul McCartney on night one of Lollapalooza.

A sea of tens of thousands of fans spread across Grant Park in front of the stage as McCartney played a more than two-hour-long set, pounding out more than 30 songs on both guitar and piano.  The songs spanned the 73-year-old's entire career from the Beatles, to Wings, to a performance of his latest hit, the Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration "Four Five Seconds".

He briefly paused between songs to tell stories of Jimi Hendrix and playing in Soviet Russia, and dedicatated his performance of "Here Today" to former band mate John Lennon. He brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to help him perform "Get Back".  Alabama Shakes had performed earlier in the day. Fireworks and flames lit the stage during McCartney's performance of "Live and Let Die," and fireworks also burst from the stage and into the full-mooned sky as he closed out the show promptly at 10 p.m. CT.

The Friday headliner brought out not just the young music fans this year, but old as well.   Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell said it was all McCartney's idea to perform. "You don't get Paul McCartney to do anything he doesn't want to do.  This was his wish."

Farrell said McCartney's performance during the three day concert series along the lakefront just diversifies the crowd even more.  It's a trend he's been noticing over the last few years even before McCartney was announced. 

"We were able to accomplish something that is extremely rare, and that is we were able to span the generations, and bring everyone else together collectively.  Where else do you do that?" he noted.  "You can be standing by an 18-year-old.  You can be standing by a nine-year-old. You can be standing near a 40-year-old.  It's really special."  

Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected for the sold out weekend showcase in Chicago's Grant Park along the lakefront.   Other headliners this weekend include Metallica and Florence and the Machine.  

Here is McCartney's setlist:

"Magical Mystery Tour"
"Save Us"
"Got to Get You Into My Life"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Foxy Lady"
"My Valentine"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"I've Just Seen a Face"
"Four Five Seconds"/"We Can Work It Out"
"And I Love Her"
"Blackbird"
"Here Today"
"Queenie Eye"
"Lady Madonna"
"Eleanor Rigby"
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
"Something"
"Ob La Di Ob La Da"
"Band on the Run"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Let it Be"
"Live and Let Die"
"Hey Jude"
"Hi Hi Hi"
"Can't Buy Me Love"
"Get Back"
"Helter Skelter"
"Carry That Weight"


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Django Crosby; Julie SkarrattDavid Crosby, Jimmy Buffett and Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann are among the musicians who have contributed to a new version of the Dead song "Ripple" as part of a campaign supporting music-education programs for children around the world.  The initiative, called the #RippleEffect, is a social media art project launched jointly by The Jerry Garcia Foundation and The Playing for Change Foundation, and timed to coincide with what would have been the late Grateful Dead frontman's 73rd birthday on August 1.

The project urges people across the globe to create a visual "ripple effect" by sharing positive messages and stories of kindness and gratitude using videos, photos and artwork and circulating them on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To help promote the campaign, as well as celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead, a video featuring clips of a variety of musicians performing "Ripple" in different locations around the world was created and can be viewed now at the Playing for Change YouTube channel.  In addition to featuring Crosby, Buffett and Kreutzmann, the video includes Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Garcia's daughter Keelin, who is a co-founder of The Jerry Garcia Foundation.

Select submissions to the #RippleEffect campaign will be included in a video compilation that will be released on September 19, this year's Playing for Change Day.  The special day, which was launched by the Playing for Change Foundation, features musicians performing at various events held around the world to support the organization's goal of bringing music education to underserved children.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicFresh from The Grateful Dead's farewell concerts in Chicago of July 4th weekend, two of the band's core members -- singer/guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart -- have just been added to the lineup of the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival.  With founding Dead bassist Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann already scheduled to perform at the festival, that means all four main surviving members of the group will take part in the four-day event, scheduled for September 10-13 in Arrington, Virginia.

Weir will serve as the "Featured Guest of the Day" on September 12, and will join various artists for onstage collaborations during that day.  Hart will give a main-stage performance with the Colorado electronic act EOTO on September 10, and will curate what is described as a "deep rhythm experience" at the Lockn' fest's forest stage on the next two nights.  The latter two performances will be multisensory late-night presentations featuring sounds, lights and vibrations.

Meanwhile, Lesh and Kreutzmann are both scheduled perform on two separate days.  Lesh will play sets on September 11 and 12 with two separate the versions of his Phil Lesh & Friends collective: the first featuring ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and members of the singer's current band; and the second including Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes.  Kreutzmann will play with his current side group Billy & the Kids on September 10, and will participate in a 50th anniversary tribute to the Jefferson Airplane led by founding Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady on September 11.

"After the magic of the 'Fare Thee Well' shows, we knew we had to figure out how to have Bobby and Mickey at Lockn'," says festival co-founder Peter Shapiro.  "All four of the guys are coming to do their own thing, but just to have them all there with us in Arrington is sure to mean a lot to our extended Grateful Dead family."

Among the many other notable artists scheduled to perform at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival are Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The Doobie Brothers, Hot Tuna, Leon Russell, Dave Mason, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Little Feat, Jimmy Cliff and Widespread Panic.

Visit LocknFestival.com to check out the full schedule and lineup.

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsFull details have been announced about legendary pop/soul singer Darlene Love's upcoming studio, Introducing Darlene Love, which will be released on September 18.  The 14-track collection was produced and arranged by E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, and features a mix of new songs and classic tunes penned by an impressive cast of artists, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, Desmond Child, Jimmy Webb, Linda Perry, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, and Van Zandt himself.

The album's first single is "Forbidden Nights," which is one of two songs written by Costello that appear on Introducing Darlene Love.  The record also features two tracks penned by Springsteen and three written by Van Zandt.  In addition, Love recorded a version of the 1966 Ike & Tina Turner hit "River Deep, Mountain High," a tune co-written and originally produced by Phil Spector.

Introducing Darlene Love, which is Love's first studio effort in more than 15 years, is available for pre-order now via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.  Those who pre-order the album will receive an immediate free download of "Forbidden Nights."

The Asbury Park Press reports that Love filmed a video for "Forbidden Nights" this past week on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Jett and Paul Shaffer also took part in the shoot.  Darlene will celebrate the release of her album with a special concert featuring Van Zandt that will take place on September 12 at Asbury Park's historic Paramount Theatre.

Love was one of the main voices of Spector's Wall of Sound hits, including her solo holiday classic "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and The Crystals' "He's a Rebel" and "He's Sure the Boy I Love."  She also was a member of the vocal group The Blossoms, and she was among most in-demand studio backing singers during the 1960s and early '70s.  In 2011, Darlene was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and her career was showcased in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom.

Here is the complete track list of Introducing Darlene Love, including the artists who wrote each song:

"Among the Believers" (Steven Van Zandt)
"Forbidden Nights" (Elvis Costello)
"Love Kept Us Foolin' Around" (Linda Perry)
"Little Liar" (Desmond Child/Joan Jett)
"Still Too Soon to Know" (Elvis Costello)
"Who Under Heaven" (Jimmy Webb)
"Night Closing In" (Bruce Springsteen)
"Painkiller" (Michael Des Barres/Paul Ill)
"Just Another Lonely Mile" (Bruce Springsteen)
"Last Time" (Steven Van Zandt)
"River Deep, Mountain High" (Phil Spector/Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
"Sweet Freedom" (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil)
"Marvelous" (Walter Hawkins)
"Jesus Is the Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin)" (Steven Van Zandt)

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PRNewsFoto/Columbia RecordsAn official video for David Gilmour's latest solo single, "Rattle That Lock," the title track to his upcoming studio album, has premiered on the longtime Pink Floyd singer/guitarist's official website and YouTube channel.  The animated clip was created by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney of the London-based Trunk Animation studio and features scenes inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost.

The ominous, graphically striking video depicts Satan's fall from the Kingdom of Heaven and his journey through the realms of Pandemonium, Purgatory and Chaos before he inevitably brings corruption to the Earth.  The theme of the clip reflects the lyrics of "Rattle That Lock," which were written by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson, and were inspired by Book II of Paradise Lost.

A team of 12 animators and artists was assembled to work on the hand-drawn video, which took more than three months to complete. 

The Rattle That Lock album will be released on September 18.  Gilmour has announced a series of 2016 North American tour dates in support of the record that runs from a March 24 show in Los Angeles through an April 12 concert in New York City.

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MJ Kim; Courtesy of BB Gun PressLollapalooza 2015 gets under way today at Chicago's Grant Park, and arguably two of the world's biggest rock stars, Paul McCartney and Metallica, will be on hand to headline day one and day two, respectively, of the three-day festival.

The ex-Beatle's performance begins tonight at 7:45 p.m. CT, while the heavy metal legend's set is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, at 8 p.m. CT.

As previously reported, the Red Bull TV website is hosting a live stream of select artists' sets during each day of the fest.  Highlights of McCartney's performance will be viewable on the site, but instead of being streamed live, they will be shown on Sunday, August 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT.  Metallica's performance will be streamed on Saturday starting at 10:15 p.m. ET/9:15 p.m. CT.

Other artists whose Lollapalooza sets will be streamed at Red Bull TV across the website's three channels include Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs and dozens of other acts.

You can watch the live stream, and check out the full schedule, at Lollapalooza.RedBull.TV.  To view the festival's complete lineup, visit Lollapalooza.com.

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Atlantic Records/Swan SongToday marks the culmination of the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign, as remastered and expanded versions of the band's final three studio albums -- 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda -- get their release.  Guitarist Jimmy Page oversaw the project, and says it was done out of respect for the band's fans and their desire to have as much material as possible from the British rock legends.

"There's such in affection for Led Zeppelin music within the audience, it could only be the right thing to do to put out a real authoritative package," Page tells ABC Radio.  "And here we are at the end of it."

As with the previously six Led Zeppelin reissues, the deluxe editions of Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda all come with "companion audio" discs featuring previously unreleased recordings.  Page says that because these extra tracks are now available, there's "double the amount of [Led Zeppelin] studio information and studio material that there was in the first place."

Page says another important aspect of the campaign is that the recordings were remastered for all available formats, including high-quality vinyl and high-res digital audio.

"The last time that Led Zeppelin music was remastered it was for the advent of CDs over 20 years ago," he explains.  "I wanted to really approach every way that you could listen to it outside of MP3 [and] let it be available for people who want to hear it…with all the distance in it and the depth and the 3D picture of the mixing, etc, etc."

Speaking about some of the highlights of the individual albums being reissued today, Page points out that the deluxe Presence includes an interesting unreleased instrumental called "Pod" that centers on a piano part played by John Paul Jones.

"It's really quite beautiful, but you can see why it didn't sort of make its way onto the album," he says, noting that it didn't fit in since most of the music on Presence was "guitar driven."

Interestingly, Page recalls that the band's follow-up to Presence, In Through the Out Door, ended up being a keyboard-driven album because Jones had brought several songs that he'd written on the keys.

Led Zeppelin's swan song, Coda, was a collection of unreleased tracks that spanned the band's career and originally was released after the group had broken up in the wake of drummer John Bonham's death.  The new deluxe editions of Coda include two full discs of unreleased companion audio.  A couple of these tracks come from sessions that Page and Robert Plant did in 1972 in India with a group of local musicians dubbed the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.  One of the songs was a version of "Friends," a tune that first appeared on 1970's Led Zeppelin III

"When I wrote ['Friends'] I was thinking of Indian music at the time, and the structure in it was very similar, to me, to Indian music," Page tells ABC Radio.  "And I wanted to try that out with core musicians and see just how possible it would be to pull it off.  Well, I managed to do it."

To check out more details about the final installment of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign, visit the band's official website.

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Wendy O'Connor/Courtesy of HBOMontage of Heck includes many previously unreleased demos from Kurt Cobain's personal archives, and the theatrical version of the film will include one more.  Director Brett Morgen tells Billboard that he's included a previously unheard demo in the movie for its upcoming run in theaters.

The demo does not have a name, but it does feature the late Nirvana frontman singing in falsetto.  Morgen says he's added the track without altering the HBO cut, which premiered in May, and that he won't reveal when the song appears in the film, "because I don't want to get people out there bootlegging it on their cell phones."

Montage of Heck enjoyed a brief run in theaters earlier this year prior to its HBO premiere, and will return to the big screen on August 7.  Morgen says the film was "built as a theatrical experience," especially when it comes to Cobain's personal recording methods.

"Kurt played around with sound collage, particularly with panning effects," the filmmaker explains.  "It's a sensory experience that really envelops you."

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck also will be released on Blu-ray/DVD this fall.  The HBO cut of the film is nominated for seven Emmys.

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ABC/Randy HolmesElton John reached an important milestone this week, and it had nothing to do with music. The singer celebrated 25 years of sobriety.

He commemorated the achievement on Instagram Wednesday, writing, "25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time.” He posted a picture of a cake with the sparkly number 25 on top.

Elton’s husband, David Furnish, also posted a message about the milestone. He Instagrammed a photo of a sobriety coin with 25 years imprinted on it and wrote, "Happy 25th Birthday Elton. You inspire me with your light and your love every day."

Elton has been open about his drug and alcohol addictions, addressing the topic in his 2012 memoir Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS. He wrote that he was “consumed by cocaine, booze and who knows what else.”

He said the turning point came when he met Ryan White, a teen who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and died in 1990. It forced him to reevaluate his life and end his substance abuse.

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25 years of sobriety today. One day at a time. #Gratitude #Happiness #Blessed #ShareTheLove

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© 1983 Paul McCartney/Credit: Linda McCartneyTwo of Paul McCartney's early-'80s solo albums, Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, will be released in remastered and expanded form on October 2 as the latest installments in the rock legend's Archive Collection reissue campaign. 

The albums, which originally were released in 1982 and 1983, respectively, will be available in multiple formats, including a two-CD Special Edition, a multiple-disc Deluxe Edition featuring bonus audio and video content, a two-LP vinyl set packaged with a download card, and digital versions of both the Standard and Deluxe Editions.

Tug of War features McCartney's chart-topping duet with Stevie Wonder, "Ebony and Ivory," as well as the top 10 hit "Take It Away" and Paul's touching homage to the late John Lennon, "Here Today."  The Deluxe Edition of the reissue is a three-CD/DVD set containing the original 1982 mix of the album; a 2015 remix of the record; an eight-song CD of bonus tracks, including B-sides and previously unreleased demos; and a DVD with the original promo videos for the album's singles, and a new 18-minute documentary boasting unseen archival footage.  The deluxe package also offers a 112-page essay book and a 64-page scrapbook featuring photos and memorabilia.  Meanwhile, a limited-edition Super Deluxe version of Tug of War packaged in an acrylic slipcase and including hand-numbered prints of photos taken by the late Linda McCartney also will be sold.

Pipes of Peace features McCartney's #1 collaboration with Michael Jackson, "Say Say Say," and the top 30 hit "So Bad."  The Deluxe Edition of the reissue is a two-CD/one-DVD collection featuring the remastered version of the 1983 album; a nine-song bonus CD including a 2015 remix of "Say Say Say," as well as B-sides, outtakes and unreleased demos; and a DVD containing the promo videos for the album's singles and unseen clips from Sir Paul's archives.  The deluxe Pipes of Peace also will be packaged with an essay book and scrapbook.

Here is the track list of the deluxe edition of Tug of War:

Disc 1: 2015 Remix
"Tug of War"
"Take It Away"
"Somebody Who Cares"
"What's That You're Doing?"
"Here Today"
"Ballroom Dancing"
"The Pound Is Sinking"
"Wanderlust"
"Get It"
"Be What You See (Link)"
"Dress Me Up as a Robber"
"Ebony and Ivory"

Disc 2: Original 1982 Mix
Track list same as Disc 1

Disc 3: Bonus Audio
"Stop, You Don't Know Where She Came From" (Demo)*
"Wanderlust" (Demo)*
"Ballroom Dancing" (Demo)*
"Take It Away" (Demo)*
"The Pound Is Sinking" (Demo) (2015 Remaster)
"Something that Didn't Happen" (Demo)*
"Ebony and Ivory" (Demo)*
"Dress Me Up as a Robber/Robber Riff" (Demo)*
"Ebony and Ivory" (Solo Version) (B-side of "Ebony and Ivory" 12" single)
"Rainclouds" (B-side of "Ebony and Ivory" 7" single)
"I'll Give You a Ring" (B-side of "Take It Away" single)

Disc 4: Bonus Film
"Tug of War" Music Video (Version 1)
"Tug of War" Music Video (Version 2)
"Take It Away" Music Video
"Ebony and Ivory" Music Video
Fly TIA -- Behind the Scenes on "Take It Away" (new 18-minute documentary using previously unreleased archive footage)

And here is the track list of the deluxe edition of Pipes of Peace:

Disc 1: Remastered Album (Stereo)
"Pipes of Peace"
"Say Say Say"
"The Other Me"
"Keep Under Cover"
"So Bad"
"The Man"
"Sweetest Little Show"
"Average Person"
"Hey Hey"
"Tug of Peace"
"Through Our Love"

Disc 2: Bonus Audio
"Average Person" (Demo)*
"Keep Under Cover" (Demo)*
"Sweetest Little Show" (Demo)*
"It's Not On" (Demo)*
"Simple as That" (Demo)*
"Say Say Say" (2015 Remix)*
"Ode to a Koala Bear" (B-side of "Say Say Say" single)
"Twice in a Lifetime" (bonus track from 1993)
"Christian Bop"*

Disc 3: DVD
"Pipes of Peace" Music Video
"So Bad" Music Video
"Say Say Say" Music Video
Hey Hey in Montserrat (previously unreleased home movie footage, three minutes)
Behind the Scenes at AIR Studios (previously unreleased six-minute edit)
The Man (previously unreleased home movie footage, 4 minutes)

* = previously unreleased.

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© Sam Jones/HBOTwo new specials focusing on U2's current iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE world tour are set to premiere on HBO this November.  The first is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the trek and the second is a live concert special capturing the Irish band's November 14 show in Paris.

The documentary will look at the preparation that went into bringing the tour to fruition, including the creation of the uniquely designed multimedia stage, which features a movable, floor-to-ceiling LED screen and a catwalk that stretches across an arena.  The film also delves into the challenges U2 faced in advance of the trek, including the serious bicycle accident that left Bono with multiple broken bones.

The movie, which premieres on November 7, features new interviews with all four U2 members, as well as with some of the key people who support the band and work behind the scenes on the tour.  The documentary is being directed by Davis Guggenheim, whose resume includes the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, as well as Waiting for Superman, It Might Get Loud and the 2011 U2 doc From the Sky Down.

The November 14 concert special will showcase U2's performance at the Bercy Arena.  Fans can expect to see the band play tunes from throughout its entire career, stretching from its 1980 debut Boy through its most recent album, Songs of Innocence.  The aforementioned stage design allows the group's members to move all around the venues they've been playing, while specially created video presentations are viewable on the massive LED screen.  The special will be directed by longtime U2 collaborator Hamish Hamilton, who has worked several of the band's concert videos, including Elevation: Live from Boston, U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle and Vertigo in 2005: Live from Chicago.

"U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock 'n' roll," says HBO executive Michael Lombardo.  "The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look at this remarkable band behind the scenes and on the stage."

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PRNewsFoto/Badlands EntertainmentNight Ranger singer/bassist Jack Blades has got a new gig: The veteran rocker will serve as host of a new game show called Pawn for Gold that's being produced by the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based Badlands TV Network.  The program, which will begin filming this January, will feature live music performances and a set boasting state-of-the-art LED technology.

The show will be shot at Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry, a massive shopping complex and tourist attraction opening this Thanksgiving in Sioux Falls.  Visitors to Badlands Pawn will be able to attend the filming of Pawn for Gold episodes for free.  People interested in being contestants on the show will be able to apply starting in the fall.

The man behind Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry is the Chuck Brennan, CEO of the Dollar Loan Center pawn-shop chain and founder of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy.

"In addition to my duties recording, touring, rocking America and the rest of the world with Night Ranger, I'm excited and honored to be the host of Pawn for Gold," says Blades.  "When my good friend Chuck Brennan asked me to get on board, how could I say no?  Everything Chuck touches turns to gold."

Adds Brennan, "Jack is the perfect guest to host this show, as he possesses the same rock star mentality as we do at Badlands."

Among the many attractions and businesses that will be featured at Badlands Pawn are a massive pawn shop, an in-house mint that produces specially branded gold and silver coins and bars, a gun shop and indoor shooting range, a tattoo parlor, a wall displaying 300 playable guitars and a 1,700-seat performance venue that will host weekly concerts by national acts.

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Courtesy of Gathering of the VibesThe 20th anniversary edition of the Gathering of the Vibes festival gets under way today, July 30, at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  The four-day event features a diverse lineup that includes Gregg Allman, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, founding Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Wilco, Weezer and dozens of other acts.

One of the big highlights planned for the fest is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, when Haynes and a one-off collective of musicians dubbed The Seaside All Stars play a special headlining set in celebration the event's 20th anniversary.  The group also features renowned sax player Branford Marsalis, Meters bassist George Porter Jr., ex-Black Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene, drummer Joe Russo and keyboardist Marco Benevento.

Haynes tells ABC Radio that the collaboration came about after festival organizers asked him "to put together some stuff that's unique and special" for the event.

"We're really putting together an interesting show…that's gonna be like a one-off extravaganza that I'm pretty excited about," he says.  "We're gonna kind of try and showcase everybody's individual personalities, but also try and hit on some stuff where this collective plays some music that…none of us have ever really done before."

Warren reveals that he and The Seaside All Stars are planning to do some interesting cover material, although he wouldn't say what songs they might be.

"This exact combination has never played together before, and I think it's gonna be really exciting," he adds.  "It's a lot of my favorite people all in one combo."

Haynes also says fans shouldn't be surprised if some special guests hit the stage for the performance.

"There's gonna be so many great people there," he tells ABC Radio.  "And, of course, we'll encourage that sort of flirtation, I think."

Meanwhile, Haynes will be pulling double duty at the festival on Saturday, as he also will be playing a set with Railroad Earth, the neo-bluegrass band with whom he recorded his just-released solo album, Ashes & Dust.  Warren has a series of summer tour dates lined up with the group to promote the record, so fans can expect to hear some of those songs during their set, as well as other selections from Haynes' solo catalog.

As always, the Gathering of the Vibes also will salute the spirit and music of The Grateful Dead and the late Jerry Garcia.  This year's event will have an extra sentimental focus on The Dead, since 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of the band's formation.  Kreutzmann will be on hand to represent the group, with his current band Billy & the Kids, who also are part of Saturday's lineup.  Haynes says having Bill and his group playing the same day as him "will be great," adding that the Gathering of the Vibes is "gonna have a great vibe -- no pun intended -- this year."

Visit GatheringoftheVibes.com to check out the complete lineup and performance schedule, as well as other details about the festival.

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Deborah Anderson/IoannisAfter being postponed because of health issues, the debut album by The AndersonPonty Band, the new group formed by ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson and acclaimed jazz-rock violinist Jean Luc Ponty, finally will be released in the early fall.  The aptly titled Better Late than Never features live performances by the band that have been enhanced with innovative production, and comes packaged with a DVD containing concert footage of the group playing last September at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

Better Late than Never features a mix of original songs and reworked versions of Yes tunes and of Ponty compositions.  Among rearranged Yes songs appearing on the record are "Roundabout," "Owner of a Lonely Heart" and "Wonderous Stories."  The album also includes a new tune called "Infinite Mirage" that features original melodies by Anderson and also incorporates Ponty's classic piece, "Mirage."

Better Late than Never was originally planned for release earlier this year, but was delayed when Anderson underwent a sinus operation.  The AndersonPonty Band will support the album with a fall tour currently scheduled to kick off October 27 in the Philadelphia area and run through a November 21 show in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The AndersonPonty Band also features guitarist Jamie Glaser, keyboardist Wally Minko, bassist Baron Browne, and drummer/percussionist Rayford Griffin, all of whom have previously collaborated with Ponty.

A Better Late than Never making-of documentary is also being prepared for release at the same time as the album.

Here are all of The AndersonPonty Band's tour dates, according to the group's official Facebook page:

10/27 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre;
10/29 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/30 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/1 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
11/3 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre
11/4 -- South Milwaukee, WI, South Milwaukee Performing Arts
11/6 -- Detroit, MI, Music Hall Center
11/7 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Danforth Music Hall
11/10 -- Washington, D.C., Howard Theatre
11/11 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
11/13 -- New York, NY, New York Society for Ethical Culture
11/14 -- Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
11/17 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom
11/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
11/20 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
11/21 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort & Casino

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Image Courtesy of Content MediaA new documentary focusing on Janis Joplin will premiere at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, which will take place September 2-12 in the Italian city.  The film, titled Janis, was directed by Amy Berg, whose previous work includes West of Memphis and the Oscar-nominated Deliver Us from Evil.

Janis, which was made with the support of Joplin's family and estate, takes a raw, uncensored look at the lauded singer's turbulent life, her path to stardom and her tragic death from a heroin overdose at age 27.  It's narrated by veteran indie-rock singer/songwriter Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, who reads passages from Joplin's personal letters to family, lovers and friends throughout the film.

The documentary also includes interviews with Joplin's family members, friends and fellow music stars; previously unseen footage; and archival clips from such landmark events at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals and the Festival Express Tour.  In addition, the film's soundtrack features many of Janis' best-known songs, including "Piece of My Heart," "Cry Baby" and "Summertime."

"After attempting to get this film off the ground for seven years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen," says Berg.  "This has been a labor of love and I cannot wait to share Janis' unique, intimate story with the world.  Chan Marshall has delivered a beautiful, introspective voice of Janis' by reading her letters."

Janis was co-produced by Alex Gibney, who has directed such acclaimed documentaries as 2007's Taxi to the Dark Side, 2014's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and this year's Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief and Sinatra: All or Nothing at All.

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Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica is getting the comic book treatment.  Orbit: Metallica is a new biographical comic book that tells the metal band's origin story in 28 full-color pages.  You can purchase Orbit: Metallica now at ComicFleaMarket.com.

Orbit: Metallica was written by Michael L. Frizell, and the cover was designed by his younger brother, David Frizell

who previously has created artwork for modern metal act Avenged Sevenfold.

"It's Metallica!  What rock artist wouldn't jump at the chance to draw them?" says the younger Frizell in a statement.  "I've followed them their entire career.  They are the most influential metal band ever."

Adds interior artist Jayfri Hashim, "Metallica's formation marks the beginning of metal, breeding thrash metal which progresses to heavy metal during the glam rock era.  Many people get it wrong when they say Metallica is a rock band.  They're not.  They are the very definition of a metal band.  They were daring, innovative, and the story of their beginning fascinates me."

If you want to see the comic book heroes in action, Metallica will be headlining Lollapalooza this weekend.

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Credit: Jamie WeilandScott Weiland & the Wildabouts have canceled their U.K. and European tour, which was scheduled for this September and October.  A statement posted on the ex-Stone Temple Pilots singer's Facebook page cites "administration and production issues" as the reason for the cancellations.

"Scott and the band, along with management want the fans to know that this decision was not made lightly, but as it stood, the tour dates had far too many administration and production issues to overcome," the statement reads.  "Ultimately the fan experience would have been far below what Scott feels his loyal fans deserve."

All of the U.K. and European dates have been canceled except for a September 3 show in London, which will still happen.  The London date is a rescheduled show that was originally supposed to happen in April, but was canceled after Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown died unexpectedly the prior week.

Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts also are scheduled to play a show in Toronto on August 29, which has not been affected by the cancellations.

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Apple Corps Ltd.The Beatles' second feature film, Help!, got its world premiere 50 years ago today at London's Pavilion Theatre.  In the audience for the event were Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowden, who -- according to BeatlesBible.com -- postponed a planned summer vacation to attend the gala.

The follow-up to the Fab Four's big-screen debut, 1964's A Hard Day's Night, Help! features the band members again portraying themselves, as they get involved in a madcap caper focusing on a cursed ring that comes into Ringo Starr's possession.  During the flick, The Beatles travel from London to the Swiss Alps to the Bahamas while being pursued by fanatical cult members, a crazy scientist and British police.  Among the classic tunes showcased in the movie are "Help!," "I Need You," "The Night Before," "Ticket to Ride," "You're Going to Lose That Girl" and "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away."

Interestingly, the title track, which was penned by John Lennon, was the only tune written specifically for the flick.  Help! was directed by Richard Lester, who also was behind the lens for A Hard Day's Night.  Some of scenes in the film that are set to Beatles music, such as one in which the band members are skiing in the Austrian Alps while "Ticket to Ride" plays, are considered influences on the modern music video.  The movie's absurd humor also can be seen reflected in The Monkees TV series and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Help! was released on Blu-ray for the first time in June 2013 with a variety of bonus features.  In honor of its 50th anniversary, the movie will get a special free screening at the South Pasadena Public Library in South Pasadena, California, on Thursday at 7 p.m. PT.

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Credit: Greg RothPeter Frampton has confirmed plans to head out on an acoustic tour that will take place at a variety of U.S. venues this fall.   The 12-date trek, dubbed "Peter Frampton Raw, an Acoustic Tour," kicks off October 8 in Greenville, Tennessee, and runs through an October 24 in Van Wert, Ohio.

Throughout the trek, Frampton will be accompanied by his longtime musical collaborator Gordon Kennedy, as well as by his son, singer/guitarist Julian Frampton, who will be a special guest at the shows.  The tour will mark the first time Peter will play entire sets unplugged.

"I'm very excited about doing a whole show acoustically," says Frampton in a statement.  "I couldn't do it without the help of my writing partner of 15 years, Gordon Kennedy…I see this show being 'me' performing the songs just as I wrote them on acoustic guitar or piano.  I have done a lot of shows including 2 or 3 acoustic solo pieces and always enjoy the way it draws the audience and myself closer together."

Adds Julian, "I couldn't be more ecstatic about the opportunity to support a legend while simultaneously spending time with family.  Two birds, one stone."

Last month, Peter revealed to Billboard that the acoustic tour would be held in conjunction with an unplugged album he's recording that will feature stripped-down renditions of various songs from his back catalog.

Meanwhile, Frampton currently is out on the road in North America playing joint shows with Cheap Trick, as well as a few headlining performances.  His summer itinerary is plotted out through an August 29 concert in Coquitlam, Canada.

Here are all of Frampton's upcoming tour dates; with Cheap Trick unless otherwise noted:

7/28 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center
7/29 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
7/31 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana Hotel & Casino
8/1 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/2 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort
8/5 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/7 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live*
8/8 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair - Celeste Center
8/9 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
8/11 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center For The Arts
8/12 -- Cary, NC, Regency Park - Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino-Beau Rivage Theater
8/15 -- Peachtree City, GA, Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater
8/16 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
8/18 -- St. Louis, River City Casino
8/19 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre*
8/21 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
8/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
8/24 -- Lancaster, CA, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
8/25 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards
8/27 -- Portland, OR, Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
8/28 -- Redmond, WA, Marymore Park
8/29 -- Coquitlam, Canada, Hard Rock Casino*
10/8 -- Greeneville, TN, Niswonger Performing Arts Center
10/9 -- Meridian, MS, Riley Center For the Performing Arts
10/12 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
10/13 -- New Bedford, MA, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
10/14 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
10/16 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie Library of Homestead
10/17 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University
10/18 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
10/20 -- Albany, NY, The Egg - Hart Theatre
10/22 -- Naperville, IL, Pfeiffer Hall
10/23 -- Tiffin, OH, The Ritz Theatre
10/24 -- Van Wert, OH, Niswonger Performing Arts Center

* = headlining electric show
= acoustic concert.

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F. Scott Schafer for NetflixLilyhammer, the Netflix comedy-drama starring guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has been canceled. Netflix confirmed the decision Tuesday.

The streaming service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're not going to continue with Lilyhammer, it's become a very economically challenged deal because there's a partnership with the Norwegian broadcaster."

He continued, "It was very difficult to maintain the level of global exclusivity and control that we hope to with our shows with that show and the way it was structured with the Norwegian broadcaster. We're big fans of the show." 

Van Zandt -- who played a New York mob boss who relocated to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer after joining the witness protection program -- recently tweeted, "#Lilyhammer RIP. Not my decision. Let's just say for now the business got too complicated. Very proud of our 24 shows. New ideas on the way."

In addition to his starring role as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, Van Zandt also served as the series' executive producer, co-writer and musical director.

Three seasons of Lilyhammer were produced, the last of which premiered in November.

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