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David Montgomery/UMeThe Rolling Stones have offered up a new preview from the deluxe reissues of the band's 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which will be released on June 9.  A video featuring an alternate version of the country-flavored gem "Dead Flowers" has been posted on the band's official VEVO page and VEVO YouTube channel.

The track sounds grittier and more bluesy than the version on the original Sticky Fingers album, with more prominent lead, rhythm and bass guitars.  In addition, the faux Southern accent Mick Jagger used on the famous version is less pronounced, while Ian Stewart's honky-tonk piano lines are lower in the mix.

The video that accompanies the alternate "Dead Flowers" features grainy archival film of various "found footage" scenes made to look as if the viewer is watching an old tube TV set.  The clip also includes images from the deluxe Sticky Fingers packaging and elapsed-time footage of flower blooms closing.

The alternate version of "Dead Flowers" is part of a bonus disc featured in various editions of the Sticky Fingers reissue.  As previously reported, among the versions of available is a Super Deluxe Edition box set that features bonus tracks including studio outtakes, alternate takes and live recordings; a DVD containing footage of The Stones performing at a 1971 London club show; a seven-inch vinyl single featuring "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses"; collectible postcards, a poster and a print; a replica cutout of the band; and a 120-page limited-edition hardcover book.

The Rolling Stones have been showcasing songs from Sticky Fingers on their recently launched Zip Code Tour of North American.  The band's next show is this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

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PRNewsFoto/Epic RightsAs a member of KISS, Paul Stanley has reaped the benefits of the band's voracious penchant for selling branded items, and now the singer/guitarist is set to launch his own lifestyle brand company.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has teamed with the Epic Rights marketing company to create the Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels brand, which will be introduced next month at the Licensing Expo trade event in Las Vegas.

Among the various products expected to be included in the Royals & Rebels brand are men's clothing and accessories, food, alcoholic beverages, footwear, cookware, home furnishing items and much more.  Branded items are expected to be available at various retail outlets by the fall of 2016.

"Over the years, [Epic Rights CEO] Dell [Furano] and I have worked closely on the strategic developments and partnerships on the KISS brand, as well as more recently with Rock & Brews and my paintings," says Stanley in a statement.  "I am excited to watch Dell and Epic Rights' great team of branding professionals seek out and find opportunities and outlets that will reflect a lifestyle and point of view that I am passionate about and do it imaginatively and creatively in the years to come."

Furano, meanwhile, calls Stanley "the definitive rock Renaissance man with a sense of style in arts, fashion, design and food that is unrivaled in the music industry."

Stanley and KISS launch a European tour this Saturday, May 30, with a headlining performance at the Rockavaria Festival in Munich.  Visit KISSOnline.com to check out the band's full itinerary.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageU2 played its second of five scheduled concerts at The Forum in Inglewood, California Wednesday, and Bono paused a number of times to pay tribute to Dennis Sheehan, the band's longtime tour manager, who died early that morning in his hotel room at age 68.  

"What a privilege to share the stage with these brothers of mine and to share this evening with you who have given us everything," he said, according to Billboard.  "U2 is kind of a family.  It's a brotherhood, although there's a lot of sisters too.  But the extended family is very, very important to us…Last night we lost a member of our family.  Dennis Sheehan was his name.  He was U2's tour manager for 33 years.  He loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles."

Bono went on to explain that Sheehan, who used to work with Led Zeppelin, had "always thought maybe U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin," which, the singer added, "of course is impossible."

Bono then shared a story about how he and his band mates had dressed up as Led Zeppelin for one of Sheehan's recent birthday parties, joking that "the biggest problem was I couldn't quite fill Robert Plant's pants."

Early in the show, Bono also pointed out, "A lot of U2 songs over the years were written to fill a void, an absence, a hole in a heart left by a loved one.  With the loss of Sheehan, U2 now has such a wound."

The band closed out the concert with a performance of "40," a song from U2's 1983 album, War, which they dedicated to Sheehan.  Before playing the tune, Bono recalled how Sheehan had helped urge an audience to sing the refrain from "40" during a show that was recorded for the 1983 live album Under a Blood Red Sky.

"We just heard this lone voice, this single voice, singing 'How long to sing this song' -- a light voice, beautiful tremolo," the singer explained.  "And it was the voice of Dennis Sheehan, trying to get everyone to sing, which they did."

Bono added, "So we dedicate this song...in fact we dedicate the night...in fact we dedicate our whole tour to the very vivid memory of Dennis Sheehan, St. Dennis of Dublin, as he's known around here."

U2 will play an intimate concert Thursday night at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California, and will be back at The Forum on Saturday for their third show at the venue.  Visit U2.com to check out the full itinerary of the band's iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour.

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Image Courtesy of Sister LondonPink Floyd's surviving original members, bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason, reunited on Thursday morning to unveil a commemorative blue plaque at the site of the London school where the band first formed.  Waters, Mason and late Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright all attended Regent Street Polytechnic between 1962 to 1965, and founded the group during their time at the college.

According to theThe Evening Standard, Waters said during the unveiling ceremony, "We are hugely gratified to be here and to have the plaque.  It's an honor."

Mason, meanwhile, reflected on his days at the college while suggesting that more money should be allocated for education.  "Living as a student was a fantastic way to live.  Although I'd like to see more government grants introduced," he said.  Mason added, "I spent my grant on curry, I think, mainly.  But sensible people need the money in order to further their education and study."

Waters and Mason also paid tribute to Wright, who died of cancer in 2008, citing his "hugely important" contributions to Pink Floyd.

Wright's first wife, Juliette Gale, also attended the event, and commented, "Having a plaque is a lovely thing and it's nice that Richard can be remembered by it."  Gale also was a student at Regent Street Polytechnic, which is now known as the University of Westminster.

Geoff Petts, the school's vice chancellor, said, "The University of Westminster is always proud to pay tribute to the achievements of our alumni.  We are delighted to be associated with the global success of Pink Floyd and celebrate that today with the unveiling of this plaque."

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Image Courtesy of Dave MasonFormer Traffic guitarist Dave Mason will launch a new North American tour next month in unique fashion, by playing shows on four different Hawaiian islands on four consecutive days.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his current group, Dave Mason's Traffic Jam, will kick things off on June 11 with a concert on Maui, then will head to Kaui on June 12, the "Big Island" of Hawaii on June 13 and Oahu on June 14.

After returning to the mainland United States, Mason will play shows across the continent throughout June and July, winding down with a July 27 performance in Ocean City, New Jersey.  He then will take a break before getting back on the road in September.

Dave's scheduled to make guest appearances on September 10 and 11 at the Lockn' Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia.  On the 11th, he take part in a tribute to the late Joe Cocker that will be led by Tedeschi Trucks Band and also will feature Leon Russell, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, Rita Coolidge and more.  Dave and Traffic Jam's 2015 tour will then pick up again, with a run of East Coast concerts that currently are scheduled through an October 2 show in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Mason's gigs with Traffic Jam feature the 69-year-old rocker performing many of the well-known song he recorded with Traffic, as well as solo hits and other gems from his long music career.

You can find out all the latest news about Dave by visiting DaveMasonMusic.com.

Here are all of Mason's confirmed 2015 North American dates; all shows are Dave Mason's Traffic Jam unless otherwise noted:

6/11 -- Kahului, HI, Maui Arts & Cultural Center - Castle Theatre
6/12 -- Lihue, HI, Kauai Community Center
6/13 -- Honokaa, HI, Honokaa Theater
6/14 -- Honolulu, HI, Mamiya Theatre
6/19 -- Monterey, CA, The Golden State Theatre
6/20 -- Stateline, NV, Harrah's Tahoe South Shore Room
6/25 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
6/26 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/7 -- Boothbay Harbor, ME, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
7/9 -- Prince Edward Island, Canada, Cavendish Beach Events Center
7/16 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
7/17 -- Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey Performance Center
7/18 -- Lowell, MA, Lowell Summer Music Series
7/19 -- Truro, MA, Payomet Performing Arts Center
7/21 -- New York, NY, City Winery
7/25 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
7/27 -- Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City Music Pier
*9/10 -- Arlington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival
*9/11 -- Arlington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival
9/17 -- Alexandria, VA, The Birchmere
9/18 -- Vineland, NJ, Landis Theater
9/19 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre
9/20 -- Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn's Peak
9/24 -- Annapolis, MD, Ram's Head
10/2 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse

* = Dave appears solo as special guest.

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Kevin Mazur/WireImageAlthough U2's longtime road manager, Dennis Sheehan, died suddenly at his hotel this morning, the band appears to be moving ahead with its recently launched iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE trek.  Tonight, the Irish rockers will play the second of five concerts they have scheduled at The Forum in Inglewood, California, and they now have announced a special surprise club gig that will take place Thursday at The Roxy club in West Hollywood, California.

No tickets are being sold for the Roxy show, but U2 is directing fans to its Instagram page, where clues on how to win tickets to the intimate performance will be revealed.

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Randy Holmes/ABCA man who stole a pair of heart-shaped glasses that once belonged to Elton John while they were on display at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum last month has avoided jail time.  The Memphis Flyer reports that Matthew Colvin, a 26-year-old resident of Cordova, Tennessee, received a two-year suspended sentence with probation for his crime.

Colvin, who was sentenced Tuesday in a Memphis court after pleading guilty, had faced as much as four years in prison.  He was arrested in Southaven, Mississippi, on April 28, less than a week after the glasses went missing.  According to the Commercial Appeal, police officials said a crime-scene investigator was able to lift a fingerprint off the plexiglass display case at the museum, which led them to the suspect.  Colvin admitted to stealing the glasses while in custody.

The glasses, which are valued at more than $2,000, are on loan to Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum from Hard Rock Cafe International.

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Credit: Danny ClinchThe Guitar Hero Live track list keeps expanding.  Pearl Jam's "Mind Your Manners" and Soundgarden's "Been Away Too Long" are among the newest additions to the next installment of the Guitar Hero video game franchise.

Also new to the Guitar Hero Live track list are songs by Tenacious D, Anthrax, Chevelle and Halestorm. The newly announced tunes join an already stacked track list that includes songs by The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest, Red Hot Chili Peppers,Green Day, Rage Against the Machine, Marilyn Manson, System of a Down and The Black Keys, among many others.

For all the songs announced for the Guitar Hero Live track list so far, visit GuitarHero.com. More tunes from the game will be revealed next Tuesday.

Guitar Hero Live will be released for consoles and mobile devices this fall.

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsA few years back, Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance on an episode of 30 Rock, but the ex-Beatles star also was once offered a cameo role on another hit NBC sitcom, a little show called Friends

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Friends casting director Leslie Litt revealed that she'd wanted Sir Paul to portray Ross Geller's British father-in-law in the two-part finale for the series' fourth season in 1998.

"I went through his manager and gave him all the details," explained Litt recalled.  "One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself!"

Unfortunately, McCartney declined Litt's offer.  "He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him," she noted.

In the episodes, most of the Friends crew fly to London for Ross' wedding to Emily Waltham.  At the altar, Ross ends up saying the name of his ex-girlfriend, Rachel, but he and Emily still go through with the marriage.  The part of Emily's dad, Stephen Waltham, ended up going to veteran British actor Tom Conti.

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Credit: Paolo PellegrinDennis Sheehan, U2's longtime tour manager, died early Wednesday morning at a hotel in West Hollywood, California.  KABC confirms the news of Sheehan's passing, and reports the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a cardiac arrest call at the Marquis Hotel at 5:40 a.m. local time.

Sheehan had been accompanying U2 on their recently launched iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour.  The band had just played the first of five scheduled concerts at the L.A. area venue The Forum.

In a statement posted on the band's official website, U2 frontman Bono says of Sheehan, "We've lost a family member, we're still taking it in.  He wasn't just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band.  He is irreplaceable."

Arthur Fogel, a rep for tour promoter Live Nation, also released a message that declares, "With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2's longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight.  Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family."

Sheehan was born in 1946; he was 68 at the time of his death.  According to Billboard, he grew up in Ireland and played in a rock band throughout his teen years, then began working for various artists, including Lou Reed and Led Zeppelin, in a behind-the-scenes capacity.  Sheehan's long tenure with U2 began prior to the release of the group's 1983 album, War.

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Image Courtesy of BB Gun PressMetallica has announced details about its plans to perform at the 2015 X Games in Austin, Texas.

Frontman James Hetfield and guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on June 6 before the Moto X Speed & Style competition.  Then, later that day, Hetfield and Hammett will reconvene with the rest of Metallica for a full set at the X Games.  "We're very stoked to have our music take humans to another level," Hetfield told skateboarding icon Tony Hawk of Metallica's set.

Hetfield and Hammett previously broke out their heavy, Jimi Hendrix-esque take on the national anthem for the San Francisco Giants' third annual "Metallica Day" on May 2.  You can watch that performance at the San Francisco Giants' Facebook page.

The 2015 X Games will be held June 4-7.  Coverage of the competition will air on ESPN.

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PRNewsFoto/Universal Music EnterprisesAs part of The Who's ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, a second installment in a series of vinyl box sets featuring replicas of the band's early singles will be released on August 14.  The Reaction Singles 1966 collection contains five seven-inch discs -- four singles and a five-track EP -- originally issued on Robert Stigwood's U.K. label Reaction Records.

Each disc in the box set is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and housed in paper sleeves.  The records are packaged in a "lid-and-tray" box, and the collection also includes a booklet featuring liner notes by Who biographer Mark Blake.

The Who's Reaction releases came out after the band parted ways with producer Shel Talmy and the Brunswick Records label.  Among the singles included in the new box set are two that feature "Substitute" as an A-side, and, respectively, the songs "Circles" (renamed "Instant Party" for legal reasons) and an instrumental titled "Waltz for a Pig" on the B-side.  Interestingly, the latter tune wasn't recorded by The Who at all, but rather by The Graham Bond Organization -- a band Stigwood was managing at the time -- although it was credited to The Who Orchestra.

Also included in the vinyl compilation are the singles "I'm a Boy" and "Happy Jack," each featuring obscure B-sides, and the Ready Steady Who EP.  The EP contains various lesser-known tunes by the band, including the group's covers of the Batman theme, Jan and Dean's "Bucket T" and The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."

The Reaction Singles 1966 box set follows the April release of The Brunswick Singles 1965–1966 collection.  Two additional vinyl singles box sets, focusing respectively on recordings issued by the Track and Polydor labels, also are due out before the end of 2015.

Here is the track list for The Reaction Singles 1966 box set:

"Substitute" b/w "Circles," aka "Instant Party"
"Substitute" b/w "Waltz for a Pig" (B-side credited to The Who Orchestra)
"I'm a Boy" b/w "In the City"
Ready Steady Who EP: "Disguises" and "Circles" b/w "Batman," "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann"
"Happy Jack" b/w "I've Been Away"

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Image Courtesy of Brian SetzerMusic fan who loves that old-time rock 'n' roll likely will want to check out the new joint tour featuring former Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and George Thorogood and the Destroyers, which kicks off tonight, May 27, in Red Bank, New Jersey.  The 18-date trek will make its way across North America over the next few weeks, winding down with a June 20 concert in Saratoga, California.

Setzer, who toured with Thorogood and his band back in the late '80s, tells ABC Radio that the bill "works because our crowds overlap.  You know, the blues and roots and rockabilly thing seems to work together."

Brian says he's excited about the trek because it will give him the chance to introduce more fans to songs from his latest solo album, 2014's Rockabilly Riot! All Original.

"Part of the problem now with making records is you make a record and it just goes by and it's over," he explains.  "A lot of the big idea behind touring with George was [so] I could get out there and play these new songs."

As you'd expect, the album features songs inspired by classic late-'50s rock 'n' roll, but with some modern elements added in.

"I've always liked to mix the old with the new stuff," says Setzer.  "There's a lot of songs in here I don't think that would have been written in the rockabilly style of the '50s.  They just didn't play those kind of chords with it yet, you know?  It was too soon."

As for what his fans can expect to hear during the tour, Brian says that, in addition to selections from Rockabilly Riot!, he's planning to play Stray Cats classics like "Runaway Boys," "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut"; older solo gems such as "Ignition"; and covers of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."  Among the Rockabilly Riot! songs he intends to perform is lead single "Let's Shake," which is his favorite track from the record.

Setzer also tells ABC Radio that he's hoping to convince Thorogood to join him on stage.

"I gotta corner George," says Brian.  "He doesn't like to jam, so I gotta corner him out and say, 'Come on! We gotta have some common ground here.'"

Setzer currently has no other shows lined up past the joint tour with Thorogood, although he tells ABC Radio that he may head to Japan later in the year for some solo shows.  He's also planning to mount a 2015 edition of his annual holiday tour with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, which he expects will kick off in the middle of November.  In addition, Brian has been working on a new recording project in Nashville about which he's expecting to announce details soon.

Here are all of the dates on Setzer's tour with George Thorogood and the Destroyers:

5/27 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
5/29 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/30 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
5/31 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier Six Pavilion
6/2 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center
6/4 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
6/5 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/6 -- Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino
6/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
6/9 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
6/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, McGrath Amphitheatre
6/12 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino
6/13 -- Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Hotel & Casino
6/14 -- Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens
6/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Resort & Casino
6/18 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys by the Bay
6/19 -- Lincoln, CA, Thunder Valley Casino
6/20 -- Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery

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Credit: Kevin WestenbergDespite a number of local media reports to the contrary, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it's not investigating the death of blues legend B.B. King as a possible homicide.  According to a statement issued by Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, the police department will not move forward with such an investigation "until such time as the Clark County Coroner determines Mr. King's death to be from other than natural causes."

The news comes after two of King's daughters accused the late guitar great's business manager and his personal assistant of contributing to his death, and called for a formal investigation to be launched.  In affidavits filed in Nevada on Sunday, Karen Williams and Patty King both say they believe their father was "poisoned" by the administration of foreign substances to induce his premature death, pointing the finger at King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson.  A lawyer for King's estate strongly denies the allegations in published reports Monday.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it won't comment further about the matter of King's death "unless the Coroner advises that some form of criminality is associated with [it]."

In a statement obtained by ABC News, Brent Bryson, an attorney for Toney, said the allegations are "baseless and unfounded and are unsupported in reality."

The statement notes that King was monitored on a 24-hour basis by certified nursing assistants; was visited regularly by registered nurses; and was "evaluated by no less than three (3) independent doctors in the days before his death."

The statement features quotes from doctors including King's primary care physician, Dr. Darin Brimhall, who said prior to the musician's death, "...there is no action being taken to hasten the demise of Mr. King and every effort is being made to make Mr. King comfortable and supply him with his regular medication and nourishment."

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum/Janet Macoska; Steve RobertsThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has been amassing video interviews with music legends for an ongoing oral-history project that’ll soon be available to museum visitors.

RollingStone.com reports that the museum got things started four years ago when it gathered together four rock 'n' roll pioneers -- Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Fats Domino -- for a group interview, as well as in-depth individual conversations.

The interviews took place in New Orleans, Domonio's hometown, because, as Rock Hall president Joel Peresman explains, "Fats doesn't travel well."  Peresman adds, "The group interview was great, even if Richard hijacked things a little bit."

Joel tells Rolling Stone that some of the conversations yielded previously unheard revelations.  "In Chuck Berry's, he starts to cry when he talks about this song his father used to sing to him as a boy," Peresman reports.  "His son said he'd never seen him tell that story or even react to one like that."

A wide variety of other rock stars also have taken part in the project, including Grace Slick, Art Garfunkel, Dion DiMucci, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and many more.  The interviews have run as long as six hours and have been conducted by such respected journalists as Anthony DeCurtis, Alan Light and Parke Puterbaugh.

Peresman says the videotaped interviews will be available soon at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, separate building from the main Rock Hall.  They will be augmented by archival interviews recorded for Time Life's 1995 documentary series The History of Rock 'n' Roll.  He also insists  the new conversations won't be released for commercial purposes.

The Rock Hall is hoping to get many other rock legends to contribute their own oral histories, including The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, The Grateful Dead's surviving members, and Aretha Franklin.

"You have to get these people's stories while they're still alive," Peresman maintains.  "That is the key mission, to have these kinds of documents and these kinds of stories told in the voices of the artists."

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Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi is one of the many artists featured on the Finding Neverland: The Album, and now we get to hear his contribution.  People has a first listen to the track, called "Beautiful Day" -- a cheerful anthem about seizing the moment.

"Everybody knows Peter Pan, and I guess in some essence you could always say that every rock and roll star is Peter Pan -- they never want to grow up," the singer tells People.

The album is a collection of reimagined songs from the new Broadway musical about Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie of the same name.  Goo Goo Dolls, Christina Aguilera, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez are among the other artists who recorded tracks for the album.

Finding Neverland: The Album will be released June 9.

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Image Courtesy of Record CollectionFormer Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has always been on the reclusive side, and now he's gotten even more so.  In a new interview with the Electronic Beats website, Frusciante reveals he no longer plans to release his music to the public.

"For the last year and a half I made the decision to stop making music for anybody and with no intention of releasing it, which is what I was doing between 2008 and 2012," Frusciante says.  "I felt that if I took the public into consideration at all, I wasn't going to grow and I wasn't going to learn."

He adds, "Being an electronic musician meant I had to woodshed for a while, so I have a good few years' worth of material from that period that's never been released."

Just this past month, Frusciante released his debut album as Trickfinger, a new project that explores the acid house genre of electronic music.  "At this point I have no audience," Frusciante says.  "I make tracks and I don't finish them or send them to anybody, and consequently I get to live with the music."

Frusciante was a member of Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988 to 1992, and then again from 1998 to 2009.  During his tenure with the band, he was the lead guitarist on their seminal 1991 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, as well as on Californication, By the Way and, most recently, 2006's Stadium Arcadium.

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Reprise RecordsNeil Young has unveiled official details about his upcoming studio album The Monsanto Years, which he recorded with Promise of the Real, the band fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas.  The nine-song collection, which focuses on topical environmental and ecological issues such as the sale of genetically modified food, will be released on June 29.

The Monsanto Years initially will be available as a CD/DVD set and as a standard-resolution and high-res digital download.  A vinyl edition of the record will follow sometime in August.  Those who pre-order the album now will immediately receive digital versions of two songs -- "Big Box" and "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop."  A video for the latter tune currently is viewable at DemocracyNow.org.

Young had performed live with Promise of the Real at several events before recording with the group, which now also includes Nelson's son Micah.  Neil has lined up a U.S. trek with the band dubbed the Rebel Content Tour, which is mapped out from a July 5 show at Milwaukee's Summerest through a July 24 performance at the Wayhome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Canada.  People purchasing tickets to the concerts -- not including festival dates -- will receive their choice of a free copy of the Monsanto Years CD/DVD package of one of the digital versions of the album.

Here is the track list of The Monsanto Years:

CD:
"A New Day for Love"
"Wolf Moon"
"People Want to Hear About Love"
"Big Box"
"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop"
"Workin' Man"
"Rules of Change"
"Monsanto Years"
"If I Don't Know"

DVD:
"Big Box"
"A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop"
"Rules of Change"
"Workin' Man"
"Monsanto Years"
"A New Day for Love"
"Wolf Moon"
"People Want to Hear About Love"
"If I Don't Know"

And here are the dates for Young and Promise of the Real's Rebel Content Tour:

7/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater
7/8 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/9 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
7/14 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/16 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
7/17 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/19 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Expo
7/21 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/22 -- Great Woods, MA, Xfinity Center
7/24 -- Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada, Wayhome Festival

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Rubén Martín/RCA RecordsThis Sunday, Carlos Santana and his group will wind down their latest series of shows as part of their ongoing Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay, and will follow that with a month-long summer European tour leg that kicks off June 30.  Santana then will return to the U.S. for a late-summer outing running from an August 14 performance in Forest Hills, New York, through an August 29-30 stand at the Ravinia festival in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois.

The U.S. tour dates include an appearance at the 2015 Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as stops in Boston and Baltimore and an August 21-22 engagement in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On both the European tour and the U.S. trek, Carlos and company will be promoting Santana's star-studded 2014 Latin album, Corazon.  The band also has scheduled one fall date for the outing, an October 31 concert in Tucson, Arizona.

Santana also has two other series of Las Vegas residency dates on the books this year, taking place in late September and early November, respectively.  On top of that, Carlos will make a special appearance at the 2015 Lockn' Music Festival on September 12, when he will hit the stage with Phil Lesh & Friends, the musical collective led by the founding Grateful Dead bassist.

Here are all of Santana's confirmed upcoming U.S. performances:

5/27, 29-31 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
8/14 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
8/15 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
8/16 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival
8/18 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/19 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
8/21-22 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Spa & Resort
8/23 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/25 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
8/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Pier 6 Concert Pavilion
8/28 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater
8/29-30 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
*9/12 -- Arrington, VA, Lockn' Music Festival
9/16, 18-20, 23, 25-27 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay
10/31 -- Tucson, AZ, AVA Amphitheater
11/4, 6-8, 11, 13-15 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues Mandalay Bay

* = Carlos Santana playing as special guest with Phil Lesh and Friends.

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Credit: Paul HeartfieldPublic Image Ltd., John Lydon's influential post-Sex Pistols band, will release a new studio album called What the World Needs Now… on September 4.  The new record is the second one the artist also known as Johnny Rotten has made with the group's current lineup, following 2012's This Is PiL, which was the band's first release in more than 17 years.

The current incarnation of Public Image also includes guitarist Lu Edmonds and drummer Bruce Smith, both of whom first joined the band in 1986, and bassist Scott Firth, who came into the fold when PiL reformed in 2009.  Lydon tells ABC Radio that, for him, Public Image Ltd. "is the ultimate band," and says his relationship with his fellow members is "the closest bond I've ever had with people in music."

He explains, "This is the proper Public Image and it's been worth the wait to find a truly unified group of people that really do respect each other.  It's quite phenomenal…It's what I always wanted the bands I've worked with to be."

News of the upcoming PiL album comes on the heels of the publication of Lydon's new memoir, Anger Is an Energy, which hit stores in April.  In the book, John opens up about his impoverished childhood and health struggles, his adventures with the Sex Pistols and PiL, and much more.

Lydon tells ABC Radio that What the World Needs Now… "goes hand in glove with the book, but they're not similar works at all."  He adds, "It's like the ying [sic] and the yang of it all."

The album features 11 songs, and the first single is the lead track, "Double Trouble," which will be released on August 21.  A 10-inch vinyl version will include the new song "Bettie Page" on its B-side as well as a non-album track called "Turkey T*ts."

Public Image Ltd. has announced dates for a tour of the U.K. and mainland Europe that will take place in September and October, and the band is expected to launch a North American trek in November.

Meanwhile, Lydon says he has absolutely no interest in reuniting with the Sex Pistols again.

"I'm so in the right place in my mind with Public Image Ltd. that the idea of going backwards to the Pistols is impossible," he insists.  Lydon says the group's first reunion tour in 1996 "went on too long" and led to "all the old resentments" coming up.  He reveals that since then, he and his Pistols mates have "realized that we've lost our friendship through being in that band and we'd much rather be friends than musical enemies."

He adds that while he considers The Sex Pistols "my mind and body," Public Image is "where my heart and soul lay."

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