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© Jimmy KingThe nominations for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards have been revealed, and making a surprising appearance alongside various contemporary pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop acts in several categories is the late David Bowie. Two of the influential rocker's clips, "Blackstar" and "Lazarus," received a total of four nods in various "professional" categories.

The video for "Blackstar," the epic title track of Bowie's final studio album, is up for the Best Art Direction trophy, while the "Lazarus" clip is nominated for the Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing awards.

Among the artists Bowie is competing against are Beyoncé, Adele, Fergie, Drake, Coldplay and Ariana Grande.

The 2016 MTV VMAs will be held August 28 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Fans can start voting now in the categories of Best Rock Video, Video of the Year and many others via MTV.com. The "professional" categories are not open for voting.

Here is the full list of nominees in the categories for which Bowie has received nominations:

Best Art Direction
Beyoncé -- "Hold Up"
Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $"
Drake -- "Hotline Bling"
David Bowie -- "Blackstar"
Adele -- "Hello"

Best Direction
Beyoncé -- "Formation"
Coldplay -- "Up&Up"
Adele -- "Hello"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Tame Impala -- "The Less I Know The Better"

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé -- "Formation"
Adele -- "Hello"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Alesso -- "I Wanna Know"
Ariana Grande -- "Into You"

Best Editing
Beyoncé -- "Format
Adele -- "Hello"
Fergie -- "M.I.L.F. $"
David Bowie -- "Lazarus"
Ariana Grande -- "Into You"

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Dave J Hogan/Getty ImagesAn appeal has been filed in the copyright-infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" one month after a Los Angeles jury ruled that the band's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page did not steal the opening of their classic song from the 1968 Spirit tune "Taurus."

The Wrap reports that Michael Skidmore, who initiated the suit and oversees the trust of late Spirit frontman Randy Wolfe -- a.k.a. Randy California -- filed a notice of appeal on Saturday. During a six-week trial held last month, Skidmore's attorney argued that the opening riff of "Stairway to Heaven" was copied from "Taurus," an instrumental written by Wolfe, but the jury ruled that the songs weren't similar enough to constitute plagiarism.

Plant, Page and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones all took the stand during the initial trial, and testified that they weren't familiar with "Taurus." Their attorneys also argued that aspects of "Stairway to Heaven" that are similar to "Taurus" appear in many compositions that pre-date both tunes.

In conjunction with the verdict, the jury also ruled that Wolfe's trust is the rightful owner of "Taurus," and found that Led Zeppelin's members did have access to the Spirit song before before "Stairway to Heaven" was written.

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Dot RecordsAerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's foray into country music has gotten off to a great start, as his twangy debut solo record, We're All Somebody from Somewhere, has bowed at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums. According to Nielsen Music, the album sold 17,000 copies during its first week of release, which also was good enough for a #19 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.

Tyler recorded We're All Somebody from Somewhere in Nashville, co-produced the album, and co-wrote most of the songs with various collaborators. Three singles have been released from the album so far -- "Love Is Your Name," "Red, White & You," and the title track.

In early July, the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer launched a North American solo tour in support of the album called the …Out on the Limb trek, which is mapped out through a September 13 show in Toronto.

After his solo tour winds down, Tyler will rejoin Aerosmith for a series of concerts, including a September 17 appearance at the Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, California, and a run of fall Latin American dates.

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Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesFounding Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh has been confirmed to play two nights during the 2016 edition of the Lockn' festival, which is scheduled from August 25 to August 28 at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia. Lesh will be playing with two completely different lineups of his Phil Lesh & Friends collective on the final two days of the event.

On Saturday, August 27, the 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be joined by Phish drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell; Joe Russo, one-time drummer for the Dead spinoff group Furthur; and acoustic bluegrass band The Incredible Stringdusters. On Sunday, August 28, Lesh will team up with ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson's current group, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, while acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will sit in during the set. Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Clark also will play their own sets that same day.

The 2016 Lockn' festival's headliners will be Ween on August 25, Phish on August 26 and 28, and My Morning Jacket on August 27. Other artists scheduled to perform during the four-day extravaganza include J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey's McGee  and reggae greats The Wailers.

Check out full details about the festival at LocknFestival.com.

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Courtesy of FOLD ExperienceNile Rodgers' 2016 FOLD concert event, originally set to take place next month in Riverhead, New York, is moving to New York City's Forest Hills Stadium in the fall.

Titled the "Freak Out Let's Dance (FOLD) Experience NY," the concert will feature Earth, Wind & Fire, The Village People and Bette Midler, who will perform with Rodgers and his band CHIC. Nile and CHIC also play on their own.

In addition to his successful work with funk legends CHIC, the multi-Grammy award-winning Rodgers also has produced hit singles for many of pop music's most prominent recording artists, such as David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross.

Rodgers' Freak Out Let's Dance FOLD Experience NY will take place on Saturday, October 8. You can purchase tickets for the show starting on Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m. ET. For more information visit FOLDFestival.com.

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Jesse Grant/WireImageSheila E. addressed Prince's drug use, as well as her relationship with her late, longtime friend and former fiancé, in a revealing interview on Monday's season-five premiere of the online show Larry King Now, according to People magazine.

The 58-year-old singer and drummer noted she was unaware of Prince's use of painkillers, insisting she'd "never even seen him take an aspirin or a Tylenol," but wouldn't be surprised if he suffered from chronic pain, given his high-energy live shows.

"Just think about it," she explained. "If you look at him jumping from one riser to another, like this, in those heels. I don't know how he did it. And then in the splits and turning..."

The "Glamorous Life" singer first met Prince at a concert in Oakland in 1978 and they began collaborating together shortly thereafter. Eventually, she says it took a toll on their relationship.

"We were working together 24/7: We were always together, and it was a good and a bad thing," she recalls. "I think after a while, I started to feel like musically where he was going, I didn't want to be anymore."

Although they parted ways for a time both personally and creatively in the late 1980s, they reconnected and were close until he died.

She also believes there are "hundreds" of unreleased songs that will probably never see the light of day. "I know [from] about three or four years of recording with him at one point, there's hundreds of songs that I recorded with him that I have not heard yet," she recalls. "And I know that in the vault, there's a lot of music."

Prince died of an accidental overdose of the prescription painkiller fentanyl April 21 at the age of 57.

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© George ChinThe Who's Pete Townshend has played, and smashed, a variety of electric guitars over the years, but since 1989 one of his favorite go-to instrument has been a customized red Fender Stratocaster based on a signature Eric Clapton model. Now, a limited-edition version of Townshend's Stratocaster has been created by the Fender Custom Shop in collaboration with Pete himself.

Townshend's custom Strat differs from Clapton's in that features a piezo pickup, which allows the player to switch the guitar to a more acoustic sound. Pete's tribute model also boasts a fourth control knob for mixing the electric and acoustic signals.

In a new YouTube video promoting his custom guitar, Townshend says he's been enamored with Stratocasters since his childhood because he was a fan of the famed U.K. instrumental group The Shadows, and that was the type of guitar they played.

"I just remember thinking it's a perfectly proportioned, beautifully balanced design in every respect," Pete says of the Stratocaster. "And then when you pick one up to hold it, you know that thing about it being contoured to the body…it really is."

Speaking about the added pickup, he points out, "I wanted to play acoustic guitar but sometimes I wanted to strap on a Fender Stratocaster so that the Who fans would think that I was playing electric guitar when I actually was still playing acoustic."

Townshend also notes that when he mixes the piezo pickup sound with the other pickups, "you get this singing, you get extra harmonics so I can have kind of a dirty Pete Townshend kind of sound…but with this kind of zing in it."

Only 75 custom Townshend Stratocasters are being produced, and the guitars will ship to select instrument dealers starting in September or October. You can find out more about the limited-edition guitar at FenderCustomShop.com.

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Tribeca Film FestivalLazarus, the stage production co-written by the late David Bowie and Once playwright Enda Walsh that debuted off-Broadway last November, will premiere at London's Kings Cross Theatre on October 25. The project was inspired by the 1963 Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, and focuses on the character Thomas Newton, whom Bowie famously portrayed in the 1976 film version of the book.

Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Michael C. Hall, who starred in the New York City production, will reprise his role for the London version of the play. The show features a variety of classic Bowie tunes as well as the song "Lazarus," which appeared on Bowie's 2016 studio album, Blackstar.

Ivo van Hove, who directed the play's off-Broadway run, also will direct the London production. Performances of Lazarus are scheduled through January 22, 2017.

You can purchase tickets for the London show now at LazarusMusical.com.

As Rolling Stone points out, Bowie's last public appearance was at Lazarus' November 18, 2015, off-Broadway opening. The sold-out production ran until January 20 of this year, 10 days after David died.

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Credit: Jay BlakesbergNeil Young will be heading to the heart of the Rocky Mountains this fall to play his first shows ever in Telluride, Colorado, on September 30 and October 1. The folk-rock legend and his current backing band, Promise of the Real -- the group fronted by Willie Nelson's son Lukas -- will be performing on a new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale to the general public this Thursday, July 28, at 11 a.m. MT, while a presale at local Telluride outlets begins on Tuesday at 11 a.m., and a Neil Young fan club pre-sale starts on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

"Neil Young is in that genre and demographic that for me screams 'Telluride,'" says promoter Steve Gumble, who also founded the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. "He's been a part of many people's lives for decades. His style, his environmentalism -- it's a really good fit for Telluride."

The shows take place about two weeks after Young and Promise of the Real will play the 2016 edition of Farm Aid, which is scheduled on September 17 in Bristow, Virginia.

Neil and company will follow their Telluride gigs with October 8 and 15 performances with Paul McCartney at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California. As usual, Young also will perform at the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which this year is scheduled for October 22 and 23 in Mountain View, California.

Here's Young' full upcoming itinerary:

9/17 -- Bristow, VA, Farm Aid - Jiffy Lube Live
9/30 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Town Park
10/1 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Town Park
10/8 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Field
10/15 -- Indio, CA, Desert Trip - Empire Polo Field
10/22 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/23 -- Mountain View, CA, Bridge School Benefit - Shoreline Amphitheatre

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Mike Lawrie/Getty ImagesRick Springfield is about to unleash his inner devil.

The 66-year-old singer/actor has been tapped to play the new Lucifer in The CW horror series Supernatural, according to The Hollywood Reporter

"Lucifer is going to try out different vessels and the first one he feels comfortable in is a rock star named Vince Vicente," executive producer Bob Singer revealed at the long-running show's Comic-Con 2016 panel in San Diego on Sunday.

"We have cast that role," added Singer before announcing, "Rick Springfield is going to be the new Satan."

Co-executive producer Andrew Dabb set up the story line, explaining, "Lucifer got what he wanted last season, his face-to-face with God [Rob Benedict]. Now he's out in the world. We see Lucifer on vacation and he wants to have fun."

Dabb explained the casting of Springfield for the part by noting, "This is a real role. Great actors have played this before like Mark Pelligrino and Misha Collins a little bit, so we needed someone who could act."

"Most rock stars can only sing and very few can act," added Dabb. "If you've seen Ricki and The Flash or True Detective recently, he's really great."

Vincente is described as a "washed-up aging rock star," and will appear in the first few episodes of the season, according to the industry trade publication. Springfield shot his first scene on Friday.

Supernatural returns for its 12th season October 13 on The CW.

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Parlophone RecordsAn archival David Bowie box set titled Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976), a follow-up to 2015's Five Years (1969-1973) compilation, will be released on September 23. The expansive collection will include remastered versions of four Bowie albums -- Diamond Dogs, David Live, Young Americans and Station to Station -- as well as a previously unreleased 1974 studio effort called The Gouster recorded just before Young Americans.

In addition, Who Can I Be Now? contains previously unreleased alternate mixes of David Live and Station to Station; Live Nassau Coliseum '76, a concert album previously available only on the 2010 deluxe reissue of Station to Station; and Re:Call 2, a 13-track compilation featuring non-album singles, single versions and B-sides from the 1974-1976 period.

The Gouster was produced by Tony Visconti, and was recorded and mixed in Philadelphia before Bowie headed to New York City to work with John Lennon and producer Harry Maslin on what became 1975's Young Americans. The album includes previously unreleased alternate mixes of three songs that ended up on the latter record -- "Somebody Up There Likes Me," "Can You Hear Me" and "Right" -- as well as two tunes that were first released as bonus tracks on the 1990 reissue of Young Americans.

Meanwhile, Re:Call 2 features such rarities as the original single mix of "Rebel Rebel," an Australian single edit of "Diamond Dogs," and a single edit of the version of "Rock 'n' Roll with Me" that appeared on the David Live album.

Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) will be available as a 12-CD package, a 13-LP vinyl collection and in various digital formats. The CD and vinyl editions will come packaged with a hardback book offering rare and previously unseen photos, vintage reviews and notes from Visconti and Maslin.

Here is the list of albums featured in the Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) CD and vinyl box sets:

Diamond Dogs (remastered)
David Live (original mix) (two-CD, two-LP)*
David Live (2005 mix) (remastered) (two-CD, three-LP)
The Gouster*
Young Americans (remastered)
Station to Station (remastered)
Station to Station (Harry Maslin 2010 mix)*
Live Nassau Coliseum '76 (two-CD, two-LP)
Re:Call 2 (remastered)*

* = exclusive to Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976).

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L-R: Nancy & Ann Wilson of Heart; Michael Stewart/WireImageEvery election cycle, there’s always at least a few stories about candidates using a singer or band’s song in their campaign without the artist’s permission.  Most recently, it’s the Donald Trump campaign that’s taken heat for that from Queen, The Rolling Stones and George Harrison.  Now, John Oliver is giving the artists their say.

A segment that aired Sunday night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver features some A-list artists all performing “Stop Using Our Songs” -- a tongue-in-cheek, “We Are the World”-type anthem appealing to politicians to, well, stop using their songs without permission.

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Usher, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Michael Bolton, John Mellencamp, and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons all take turns singing the verses, then join in on the chorus:

“Stop using our songs, you won’t sing along/It might seem appealing, but you’re just stealing.”

The video does give candidates an alternate song they can use for free: a cat walking across an electric organ’s keys, then laying down on them for a nice nap.

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Frans Schellekens/RedfernsAlmost 20 years after his death, we're going to get a feature-length documentary about the late INXS lead singer Michael Hutchenece.

Director Richard Lowenstein will both direct and produce the documentary.  He goes way back with the band: he directed the music videos for "What You Need," "Listen Like Thieves," "Need You Tonight/Mediate," "Never Tear Us Apart," "New Sensation" and other hits, as well as the short documentaries INXS: Swing and Other Stories and INXS: Kick: The Video Flick.

“I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years," Lowenstein said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "To be able to embark on this film now with such great partners as UMG and INXS is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can.”

Hutchence died in his hotel room in Sydney, Australia in 1997.  His death was ruled a suicide.

The documentary is expected to premiere late next year.

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Axl Rose; Francesco Castaldo/Archivio Francesco Castaldo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesState troopers arrested 30 people at the Guns N’ Roses concert at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night, State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams, said, including one woman charged with assaulting two officers.

The Record of North Jersey reports that Kimberly Goodman, 30, of Matawan, N.J., was charged with aggravated assault against two state troopers in the MetLife parking lot. Those officers sustained minor injuries, according to Williams.

Williams also said that there were also 11 arrests for solicitation without a permit; nine arrests for disorderly conduct; three for criminal trespassing; two for simple assault; and one each for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, resisting arrest, open lewdness and harassment. 

Saturday was the start of a two-night stand for GnR in East Rutherford, on their “Not in This Lifetime … Tour.” Saturday was also Slash’s 51st birthday.

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Credit: Glenn GottliebYes launches a new long-distance U.S. runaround tonight in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. On this tour, the famed prog-rockers will be playing their 1980 album Drama in its entirety, sides one and four of the band's 1973 double-disc Tales from Topographic Oceans, and a few classic tunes.

Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes is very familiar with Drama, of course, having played on the original album and tour, but he tells ABC Radio that it was a challenge to learn the long pieces from Tales from Topographic Oceans, which he'll be performing live for the first time.

"I'm actually looking forward to it," he explains, "because…once you start really focusing in on the music you start to realize what it took for these guys to put it together."

Unfortunately, Yes will be without longtime drummer Alan White for at least part of the new tour. As Downes explains, White soldiered through severe back pain during the group's recent European trek, then had to undergo surgery after the jaunt wrapped up.

"He's had the operation and everything went well," Geoff reports. "So, hopefully, we'll be seeing him sooner rather than later."

Filling in for White will be Jay Schellen, who previously worked with the Yes-related bands Conspiracy and Circa. Geoff notes that Jay "played a lot of the material that we're playing now" with those groups, so he should fit in well.

Of course, Yes experienced a major loss last year when founding bassist Chris Squire died. Downes tells ABC Radio that moving forward without Squire was tough for the band, but says his "appointed replacement," Billy Sherwood, ably "stepped up to the plate and we decided to carry on."

In spite of all the lineup changes, Downes says, "Yes seems to sort of transcend all generations and just keep going."

Here are all of the upcoming dates on Yes' 2016 U.S. tour:

7/25 -- Lancaster, PA, American Music Theatre
7/27 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio State Fair - Celeste Center
7/28 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
7/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Tropicana
7/31 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Event Center
8/2 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark
8/4 -- Lynn, MA, Lynn Auditorium
8/5 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theatre
8/6 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
8/9 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
8/10 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
8/12 -- Port Chester, NY, The Capitol Theater
8/13 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
8/14 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
8/16 -- Washington, D.C., Warner Theatre
8/17 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
8/19 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/20 -- Chicago, IL, Copernicus Center
8/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
8/24 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
8/26 -- Anaheim, CA, The Grove
8/27 -- Las Vegas, CO, Downtown Events Center
8/28 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington Theatre
8/30 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theater
8/31 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
9/2 -- Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino
9/3 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Winery
9/4 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's

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Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin will headline the second day of a new music, food and wine festival called the City Winery Open that will take place September 17 and 18 at Forest Hills Stadium in the New York City borough of Queens. The event, co-organized by the City Winery franchise, will feature an eclectic lineup of performers, as well as food from 40 top New York-area chefs and restaurants, and dozens of wines from around the world.

Other music acts that will hit the stage during the festival include Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Gillian Welch and Dawes. Tickets and various premium passes are available for purchase now at CWOpen.com. The premium packages offer special food and wine tastings, VIP seating and more.

There will be a 45-minute break between each music act to give attendees time to enjoy the various food and wine offerings.

"Over the past eight years at City Winery, we have been blessed to cultivate relationships with stars in the worlds of music, food and wine that converge to create such a unique experience at our five locations around the country," says City Winery founder Michael Dorf. "The Open is our opportunity to express this vision at a much larger scale, with the same commitment to quality, in a two-day experience in our own backyard."

Meanwhile, Franklin has eight other performances on her 2016 tour schedule, which spans from a concert tonight in Cincinnati through a November 12 show in Chicago.

Here are all of the Queen of Soul's upcoming gigs, according to ArethaFranklin.net:

7/24 -- Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Pops
8/19 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/26 -- Vienna, VA, Filene Center
9/18 -- New York, NY, City Winery Open
9/23 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/9 -- Grand Rapids, MI, DeVos Performance Hall
10/22 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
11/11 -- Welch, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino
11/12 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre

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Vinnie Zuffante/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesA new dramatic film focusing on the events immediately following the December 1980 shooting of John Lennon will premiere in select theaters on October 7, Variety reports.

The Lennon Report, which debuted in April at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, takes a look at the aftermath of the tragic event, including doctors' efforts to save the rock legend's life and the TV producer tasked with breaking the news of John's death.

The film's cast includes Richard Kind as Dr. Stephan Lynn, Evan Jonigkeit as Dr. David Halleran and Walter Vincent as ABC news producer Alan B. Weiss, as well as Orange Is the New Black star Adrienne C. Moore. The movie was directed and written by Jeremy Profe, who co-wrote the script with Vincent.

The Lennon Report initially will open in 10 cities -- New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Tampa, Florida. It will get a wider release on October 14.

Previous theatrical movies made about former Beatles star's murder include 2007's The Killing of John Lennon and 2008's Chapter 27.

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Courtesy of Prog MagazineEx-Yes frontman Jon Anderson will receive the prestigious Prog God prize at the 2016 Progressive Music Awards, which will take place September 1 at the Underglobe venue in London. The honor acknowledges artists who have been musical innovators throughout their careers.

"After all these years, it's just wonderful to be getting this very special award," Anderson says in a statement. "Music has guided me along to this point in my life and I'm forever excited about the new and progressive musical adventures I am given by the gods of music."

He adds, "Making music is like breathing to me, and I am blessed to be able to create music every day. A very grateful and humble thank you."

In addition to his decades fronting Yes, which he co-founded with the late Chris Squire, Anderson has collaborated with a wide variety of artists over the years. During the year alone, he's released collaborative albums with acclaimed jazz-fusion violinist Jean Luc Ponty and Swedish prog-rock guitarist Roine Stolt, and he will launch a tour later this year as part of the new group ARW with former Yes band mates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin.

Meanwhile, Anderson's recently released record with Stolt, Invention of Knowledge, has been nominated for a 2016 Progressive Music Award in the Album of the Year category. Other artists that will be vying for various awards at the event include Wakeman, David Gilmour, Rush, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. You can cast your vote for your favorite 2016 Progressive Music Awards nominees at 2016.Prog.Awards.TeamRock.com. The event is organized by the U.K.'s Prog magazine.

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Credit: Claude GassianIn May, The Rolling Stones demanded that Donald Trump stop playing their music at his campaign events, but you can't always get what you want. On Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after Trump gave his acceptance speech as his party's presidential nominee, the band's classic song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was played at the event.

Now The Stones have issued a statement via their Twitter feed that they "do not endorse Donald Trump," and pointing out that their tune "was used without the band's permission."

The Rolling Stones are one of many artists who have complained about Trump's unauthorized use of their music, including Queen, Neil Young, R.E.M. and The O'Jays.

In other Rolling Stones news, BBC News reports guitarist Keith Richards confirmed during a U.K. radio interview Friday that Eric Clapton did indeed do some recording for the band's upcoming studio album. Richards says his fellow British guitar legend "dropped by for a couple of numbers," during the sessions, which he added made it seem "like old times down in Richmond." The Stones and Clapton's old band The Yardbirds both used to play at the Crawdaddy Club in the Richmond section of London.

In addition, Keith revealed that the new album would be "coming out in the autumn some time," and that it would feature "a lot of Chicago blues."

As for what songs would be featured on the record, Richards said, "The titles I can't reveal at the moment, for the reason that I can't quite remember them and I haven't got a list with me."

Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood first revealed in April at the opening of the group's Exhibitionism exhibit in London that his band had been working on an album featuring various classic blues covers.

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MPL Communications/MJ KimThe U.K.'s Official Charts Company has presented Paul McCartney with the prestigious Official Chart Record Breaker Award in recognition of the rock legend being the most successful album artist in the history of his home country. McCartney received the honor for scoring more total #1 albums on the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, 22, than any other artist.

The 74-year-old musician's old band The Beatles notched 15 chart-topping albums, while Sir Paul also hit #1 four times as a solo artist, twice with Wings and once with his late wife, Linda.

In a video message, McCartney says the honor "feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don't count how well they're doing. I remember when Please, Please Me went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it's a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award]."

He adds, "So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!"

The Official Charts Company notes that McCartney also has spent the most total weeks atop the albums chart, 191, while the Fab Four's first album, 1963's Please Please Me, was #1 for more weeks, 30, than any other debut effort.

Following McCartney on the list of artists with the most #1 U.K. albums are his three Beatles band mates: John Lennon at #2 with 18; George Harrison at #3 with 17; and Ringo Starr tied at #4 -- with pop star Robbie Williams -- with 15. Elvis Presley, Phil Collins and Madonna are tied for sixth place on the list with 12 chart-topping albums, while David Bowie is #9 with 11.

McCartney receives his award on the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Official Albums Chart.

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  • Wellness Center - New location at the corner of 4th and Market Streets in downtown Zanesville. Owner Chris Faries and Mayor Jeff Tilton at todays ribbon cutting. Wellness Center - New location at the corner of 4th and Market Streets in downtown Zanesville. Owner Chris Faries and Mayor Jeff Tilton at todays ribbon cutting.

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