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Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe core surviving members of The Grateful Dead will bring the group's long, strange trip to a close this weekend with a three-show stand at Chicago's Soldier Field that begins tonight.  The band's brief Fare Thee Well Tour, which also included a pair of concerts last weekend in Santa Clara, California, features Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann performing alongside Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti of Weir's side group RatDog.

Fans who couldn't score tickets to the sold-out Chicago gigs still have plenty of options if they want to watch the shows live.  All three shows will be simulcast live in various movie theaters and music venues across the U.S., and also will be available as a high-definition pay-per-view broadcast via satellite and cable providers, and on mobile devices.  In addition, the concerts will be webcast at  The YouTube stream, which is priced at $29.95 per show, can be viewed on almost any web-connected device, including Android and iOS mobile devices, Samsung and Panasonic smart TVs and Xbox360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and WiiU game systems.

In related news, a massive audio and video box set documenting the Chicago concerts called Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead is scheduled for release on November 20, and will be available exclusively through  The package will feature 12 CDs and seven DVDs or Blu-ray discs, and also will include a bonus disc of behind-the-scenes footage shot by filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann, son of Bill Kreutzmann.  Other smaller-sized versions of the Fare Thee Well collection also will be sold by a variety of retailers.

You can check out a complete guide to the Fare Thee Well festivities, including a rundown of the ways you can watch the July 3, 4 and 5 concerts, at

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Credit: Penny LancasterRod Stewart has become the latest musician to be sued for copyright infringement.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer is accused of copying an old blues song, "Corrine, Corrina," without permission.

The song was written by Armenter "Bo Carter" Chatmon in 1928, and now the heirs of the Chatmon estate are suing Stewart over his similarly titled "Corrina, Corrina," which was included as a bonus track on his 2013 album Time.  Universal Music and Capitol Records are also named in the suit.

The complaint claims that the two songs are "nearly identical" and "contain substantially similar defining compositional elements, including, but not limited to lyrics, melody, rhythm, tempo, meter, key, and title."

Many artists, including Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, have covered the blues song over the years, but it's unclear whether they made licensing payments. 

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Image Courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's OfficeNew details were revealed about the circumstances behind Journey drummer Deen Castronovo's recent arrests on a variety of charges, including first-degree rape and second-degree sexual abuse. The revelations came at Castronovo's arraignment appearance Tuesday in a Salem, Oregon, court. 

Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician entered the court wearing a suicide smock and was formally arraigned on charges that also included multiple counts of assault, menacing and contempt of court, as well as individual counts of unlawful use of a weapon, coercion and second-degree criminal mischief.

Castronovo's legal troubles began on June 14, when he was arrested by Salem police after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute.  He initially was charged with fourth-degree assault and menacing, but was released from custody the next day after posting a $20,000 bail bond.

According to the newspaper, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner revealed at the arraignment that police had to break down the door of Castronovo's home before his June 14 arrest.  Gardiner also charged that in the weeks leading up to his arrest, the musician had thrown his alleged victim into a wall 14 times, pulled her hair and sexually and physically assaulted her.  The deputy DA also alleged that after his release from jail, Castronovo sent 122 text messages and made 35 phone calls to the alleged victim, even though he'd been ordered by a judge not to contact her.

Gardiner also played voice mails Castronovo left for the woman in which he threatened to kill himself, threatened to hurt her and also apologized to her.  He also pleaded for help from the police, screaming, "I'm sick and I need help!"

Castronovo's lawyer, meanwhile, claimed that Deen had overdosed on methamphetamine at the time he was arrested and had to be taken to a hospital before being brought to jail.  The attorney also maintained that Castronovo had frequently given back to the local community, including making a charitable donation to a local high school's music program.

Marion County Circuit Judge Channing Bennett agreed with Gardner and ordered that Castronovo continued to be a risk to his alleged victim and ordered him to remain in jail without bail.  According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, he's due back in court on July 7.

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Credit: Todd V. WolfsonBobby Whitlock, the journeyman keyboardist who perhaps is best known for his stint with Eric Clapton's group Derek and the Dominos, has lined up a series of U.S. tour dates with his wife and longtime musical collaborator CoCo Carmel.  The trek, an acoustic outing dubbed the Just Us Tour, will kick off on September 11 in Memphis, Tennessee, and is plotted out through an October 1 concert in Berwyn, Illinois.

Whitlock has released several albums with Carmel over the last decade or so, and also records as a solo artist.  As a member of Derek and the Dominos, he wrote or co-wrote almost half the songs that are featured on the group's landmark 1970 record, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, including "Why Does Love Have to Be So Sad?"

Early in his career, Bobby was a member of the lauded American root-rock act Delaney & Bonnie, and his resume also includes appearances on such classic albums as Clapton's 1970 self-titled solo effort, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.

Here are all of Whitlock and Carmel's upcoming tour dates:

9/11 -- Memphis, TN, The Warehouse
9/12 -- Nashville TN, The City Winery
9/15 -- Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic
9/19 -- New York, NY, B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill
9/20 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theatre
9/22 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center for the Arts
9/23 -- Somerville, MA, Johnny D's
9/26 -- Cleveland, OH, The Beachland Ballroom
9/27 -- Rochester, NY, The Lovin Cup
9/29 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag
10/1 -- Berwyn, IL, FitzGerald's

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Al Pereira/WireImageBilly Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night.

He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist. 

Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We love you Billy," the Pixels star said. "Let's have another 65!"

Billy's set list included covers of Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends." 

Here's the set list:

"Big Shot"
"Anthony's Song"
Kevin James appearance, banner raised
"Patriotic Medley"
"My Life"
"The Entertainer"
"Sleeping with the Television On"
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
"For the Longest Time"
"Keeping the Faith"
"C'était Toi (You Were the One)"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"New York State of Mind"
"Sometimes a Fantasy"
"She's Always a Woman to Me"
"River of Dreams" into "Summer in the City" back to "River of Dreams"
"New York, New York"
"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
"Piano Man"

"We Didn't Start the Fire"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"Uptown Girl"
"Still Rock and Roll to Me"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"
"Miami 2017"

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© Rob ShanahanNew details have been revealed about Ringo Starr's 75th birthday gathering this Tuesday, July 7, at noon PT in front of the famous Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, California.  The celebration is open to the public, and fans can join the beloved Beatles drummer, his wife, Barbara, and some of his rock star pals in giving Starr's trademark "peace and love" salute.

Among the well-known musicians who will be on hand for the event are Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, lauded session drummer Jim Keltner and current All Starr Band members Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.  Actor Ed Begley Jr., director David Lynch and a number of other as-yet-unannounced celebs also will be on hand.

In addition, indie-folk artists Spirit Family Reunion and Adam Arcuragi will be on hand to perform some of Ringo's songs live.

As has become tradition, Starr is inviting fans to flash the peace symbol and say or think about "peace and love" on July 7 at noon wherever they are in the world.  You can also share "peace and love" messages online via various social media outlets by using the hashtag #PeaceandLove when the clock strikes noon in your time zone.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Moody Blues wound down their 2015 tour schedule with a June 27 performance at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, and now frontman Justin Hayward is turning his attention to his planned solo acoustic performances.  The singer/guitarist has a previously announced U.S. trek scheduled to kick off on August 19 in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and he recently tacked on more than a dozen dates that will see him on the road until late September.

The newly added shows run from a September 1 concert in Kent, Ohio, through a September 23 gig in Napa, California, and also include a two-night stand in Chicago and stops in Nashville; St. Louis; Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Boulder, Colorado; and Oakland, California.  The trek is billed as "An Intimate Evening with Justin Hayward: The Watching & Waiting Tour," and the concerts will feature an opening set by Hayward's backing guitarist Mike Dawes.

First up for Justin, however, is a series of U.K. shows mapped out from a concert tomorrow night, July 2, in Porthcawl through a July 13 performance in Truro.

In other news, Hayward recently debuted a new live video featuring him performing the 1971 Moody Blues hit "The Story on Your Eyes" with accompaniment from a string quartet.  Watch the clip now by visiting

Here is a full list of Hayward's forthcoming solo U.S. dates:

8/19 -- Plymouth, NH, Flying Monkey
8/20 -- Salisbury, MA, Blue Ocean Music Hall
8/21 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre
8/22 -- Hartford, CT, Infinity Hall Hartford
8/24 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
8/25 -- Harrisburg, PA, Whitaker Center for the Arts
8/26 -- Bethlehem, PA, Musikfest
8/27 -- Alexandria, VA, Birchmere Music Hall
8/29 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/30 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center
9/1 -- Kent, OH, The Kent Stage
9/2 -- Canton, MI, The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill
9/4 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center
9/6 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/8 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
9/10 -- Nashville, TN, James K. Polk Theater
9/11 -- St. Louis, MO, The Sheldon Concert Hall
9/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
9/14 -- Wichita, KS, Orpheum Theatre
9/16 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
9/19 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA, The Coach House
9/20 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up Tavern
9/22 -- Oakland, CA, Yoshi's
9/23 -- Napa, CA, City Winery

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Credit: Rob ShanahanFounding Yes bassist Chris Squire died Saturday at the age of 67 of a rare form of leukemia, and now his widow, Scotland, has come forward with some news to share regarding her late husband.

Scotland Squire reveals in a statement posted on, "My best friend and the love of my life Chris Squire will be cremated today in Scottsdale, Arizona at 3:00 p.m. [6 p.m. ET]."  She then quips, "However, knowing Chris, he might be running a bit late for the event; after all, he has always been the 'late ' Chris Squire."

Scotland goes on to request that, "at 3:00 p.m. Phoenix time, please take a moment to play your favorite Yes or Chris Squire song, or just think of your favorite Chris Squire memory."

Squire was the only member of Yes to play with every incarnation of the band since its 1969 formation.

Meanwhile, a bevy of new tributes have been added to the webpage Yes created to commemorate Squire's passing, including one from longtime Yes guitarist Steve Howe.  Howe writes, "It's hard to imagine the future without Chris!  I sense that he will be in our thoughts & minds for sometime…He was a one-off, larger than life human being, who brought a serious amount to everything he was part of…Long may his memory resonate through the lands."

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Image Courtesy of Far Out ManagementThe Family Stone, the band consisting of three founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, has just released a new single titled "Do Yo Dance" that's available for purchase as a digital download via iTunes.  The song is the first new music to feature the Sly and the Family Stone band mates -- saxophonist Jerry Martini, trumpet player Cynthia Robinson and drummer Greg Errico -- in 45 years.

"Do Yo Dance" is a funky, celebratory tune driven by the Family Stone horn section and reminiscent some of the group's classic songs recorded with original frontman Sly Stone.  The Family Stone lineup includes new lead singer Phunne Stone, the daughter of Sly and Cynthia Robinson.  Check out a clip of "Do Yo Dance" in a new promo video posted on YouTube.

As previously reported, The Family Stone is one of the acts taking part in the Hippiefest 2015 tour, which gets under way on July 9 in Tucson, Arizona.  Other artists on the Hippiefest bills include Rick Derringer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Badfinger Featuring Joey Molland and Rare Earth singer Peter Rivera.  The Family Stone's schedule also includes a few headlining gigs.

Here is the band's current itinerary; all shows Hippiefest tour dates unless otherwise noted:

7/3 -- Coachella, CA, Live @ Spotlight 29*
7/4 -- Las Cruses, NM, Field of Dreams*
7/9 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
7/10 -- Ferndale, WA, Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
7/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Crossroads KC at Grinders
7/12 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
7/18 -- Trumansburg, NY, Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival*
7/25 -- Akron, OH, Lock 3*
7/30 -- Newark, NJ, NJPAC*
7/31 -- Hamden, CT, Hamden Art Series*
8/8 -- Morton, MN, Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
8/12 -- Detroit, MI, Chene Park*
8/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, The Florida Theatre
8/14 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
8/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/16 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live Theatre
8/20 -- Cohasset, MA, South Shore Music Circus
8/21 -- Hyannis, MA, Cape Cod Melody Tent
8/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury
8/23 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
10/2 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
10/3 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theatre
10/4 -- Waukegan, IL, Genesee Theatre

* = The Family Stone headlining show.

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Image Courtesy of The Rolling StonesThe first-ever major exhibition focusing on The Rolling Stones will roll into London's renowned Saatchi Gallery in the spring of 2016.  The exhibit, dubbed "Exhibitionism," will offer an in-depth look at the band's history and will featured nine themed sections spread across two full floors of the gallery.

The exhibition, which is being put together with the band's full cooperation, will offer a vast array of Stones memorabilia, including more than 500 previously unseen artifacts.  The display will take fans on an interactive journey through the group's 50-plus-year career and will feature various instruments, unheard audio tracks and rare video clips, original posters and album art, personal diaries and correspondence, costumes, stage designs, film presentations and more.  The exhibit also will salute the band's collaborations with numerous respected artists and filmmakers, including Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen, Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese.

"We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale," Mick Jagger says of the exhibition, which has been in the works for more than three years.  "The process has been like planning our touring concert productions and I think that right now it's an interesting time to do it."

Adds Keith Richards, "While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about the members of the band.  It's also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it's this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition really interesting."

"Exhibitionism" will open on April 5, 2016, and will run through September 4.  Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, July 10, at 9 a.m. British Standard Time/4 a.m. ET, and can be purchased online at

Several promotional videos have been created to promote the exhibit, which you can watch at the attraction's official site, as well as at The Rolling Stones' website and YouTube channel.

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Webster PRDue to popular demand, Dolly Parton has added a second show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, on August 1.  Her first concert at the famous venue, on July 31, sold out very quickly after tickets went on sale earlier this month.

While proceeds from the original show are going to Nashville's W.O. Smith School of Music, Parton is donating funds from her August 1 performance to the Opry Trust Fund.  The country music legend has been a Grand Ole Opry member since 1969, and she wanted to give back to the institution that has means so much to her.

Dolly says, "It's important to me to be able to do a concert for the Opry Trust Fund as so many of my old Opry friends have benefited from it through the years.  The money raised will go to help fund the medical needs and hospitalization for those who are not able to afford it and need the help.  I am proud to be of help in any way."

Tickets for Parton's August 1 concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium go on sale Thursday, July 2, at and

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Credit: Greg VorobiovJohn Oates of Hall & Oates is among the stars who will serve as presenters during the National Music Council's 32nd annual American Eagle Awards, which will take place July 11 at Nashville's Music City Center.  The honorees for this year's event include Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride and late country-music video director Sherman Halsey.

The American Eagle Awards are presented to people and institutions that "have made comprehensive contributions to musical life in America."  Other artists lined up as presenters at the event include Rosanne Cash and The Oak Ridge Boys.

The awards event is held in conjunction with the annual Summer NAMM Show, a popular music-equipment trade event.  Among the previous American Eagle Award honorees are Richie Havens, Hal David, Stephen Sondheim, Clive Davis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Kenny Rogers, Peter Yarrow, Judy Collins and Paul Shaffer.  The National Music Council, which was founded in 1940, was created as a forum for various music-related issues in the United States to be discussed.

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Courtesy of Gathering of the VibesThe 20th anniversary edition of Gathering of the Vibes takes place this year from July 30 to August 2 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and festival co-founder Ken Hays says the event will be all the more special because it coincides with The Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary.  Hays, a devout Deadhead, helped create the festival in 1996 as a celebration of The Dead in the wake of frontman Jerry Garcia's death the previous year.

As Hays points out to ABC Radio, the 2015 installment of Gathering of the Vibes boasts quite a diverse lineup that includes Gregg Allman, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann's new group Billy & the Kids, Wilco, Weezer, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ben Harper, Dweezil Zappa and his Zappa Plays Zappa project, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  That diversity, says Hays, is something of which Garcia undoubtedly would've approved.

"[We have] something for everybody, [while] still staying true to our roots," Hays maintains.  "You know, Jerry Garcia loved all music...[so] the overwhelming theme is keeping that torch alive for Jerry."

Ken reports that Garcia's music and The Dead's half-century anniversary will be commemorated in various ways at the 2015 Gathering of the Vibes.  He says Jerry's love of bluegrass will be celebrated during a set by progressive bluegrass act String Cheese Incident that will feature David Grisman and Peter Rowan, who both played in Garcia's bluegrass side project Old and In the Way.  Hays also promises "a bunch of surprises" relating to The Dead during the fest.

Another exciting performance is scheduled to take place on the third day of the festival.  Longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will team up with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, Meters bassist George Porter Jr. and some other respected musicians under the moniker The Seaside All-Stars for a jam session that will commemorate the fest's 20th anniversary.  A number of surprise guests also are expected to hit the stage during the set.

Meanwhile, Hays tells ABC Radio that a unique aspect of Gathering of the Vibes is how family friendly it is.

"Last year we had just about 2,300 kids under the age of 15 that came with their parents, and that's neat," he says.  "We've got the School of Rock organization involved and a 'Kids' Corner' and a 'Teen Scene,' so it's really one of the most family-friendly festivals of its kind…And to have 25,000 like-minded people, you know, friends and family hanging out together, it's turned into a family reunion of sorts."

Hays also notes that another feature that makes the festival so enjoyable is its site, Seaside Park, which is hosting the event for the 10th year.

"It's two-and-a-half miles of waterfront and just an absolutely stunning venue 50 miles north of New York City," he points out.

Visit to buy tickets and find out complete details about the event.  Hays tells ABC Radio that more additions to the festival's lineup may be announced soon.

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Terry O'Neill & Trinifold ArchiveThe Who's new archival concert video, Live at Shea Stadium 1982, was released today as on DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray and as a digital download.  The film captures the second of two historic shows the British rock legends played at the New York City ballpark in October of '82 while touring in support of their It's Hard album.

The video offers restored footage and newly mixed audio, and captures The Who playing a 25-song set that includes many classic songs, some selections from It's Hard and several lesser-known gems from earlier albums by the band.  Among the memorable tunes the group performed were "I Can't Explain," "Baba O'Riley," "Who Are You," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Love Reign O'er Me" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."  During the concert's finale, The Who also performed covers of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout" in honor of The Beatles' famous 1960s concerts at Shea.

The show, which took place on October 13, 1982, was part of The Who's last North American tour to feature drummer Kenney Jones, who took over for Keith Moon after Moon passed away in 1978.

You can watch a recently posted preview clip from Live at Shea Stadium 1982 of The Who playing "Behind Blue Eyes" at Eagle Rock TV's official YouTube channel.

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David BergmanJon Bon Jovi may be a Democrat, but he still allowed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to use some Bon Jovi songs while  announcing his presidential bid.

The governor played hits from the Jersey rocker during a Tuesday morning event where he announced his intentions to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. According to, the Bon Jovi songs “Because We Can” and “It’s My Life” played before his speech, “We Weren’t Born to Follow” played as he walked to the stage and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” played after he spoke.

Christie’s announcement came a day after Jon and his wife Dorothea hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, who’s vying for the Democratic nomination.

But Jon and Christie are pals, despite their different politics. Jon confirmed in a statement to ABC Radio that although he is a Clinton supporter, he was more than happy to let Christie use his songs. "My friendships are apolitical," he said, "and yes, I absolutely gave him permission to use my songs."

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Universal Music EnterprisesOn Tuesday, The Rolling Stones released a brand-new live album featuring select songs from the band's surprise warmup show for its current Zip Code Tour that was held May 20 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.  Sticky Fingers Live is available for purchase now as a digital download via iTunes, and features renditions of all 10 songs from The Stones' classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers that the band played at the intimate L.A. concert.

The album features the songs in the order that the rock legends performed them at the show, which was different from how they appear on the Sticky Fingers track list.  The band also played six other non-Sticky Fingers tunes at the Fonda Theatre concert that aren't included on the live album, which was mixed by frequent Stones collaborator Bob Clearmountain.

In addition to serving as the unofficial kickoff date of The Rolling Stones' current tour, the L.A. gig helped to promote the remastered and expanded versions of Sticky Fingers, which were released in the U.S. on June 9.  The Stones' next show takes place Wednesday, July 1, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek is mapped out through a July 15 concert in Quebec City.

Here is the full track list for Sticky Fingers Live:

"Dead Flowers"
"Wild Horses"
"Sister Morphine"
"You Gotta Move"
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking"
"I Got the Blues"
"Moonlight Mile"
"Brown Sugar"

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Image Courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's OfficeJourney drummer Deen Castronovo is facing several new and very serious charges apparently in connection with his June 14 arrest after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute.  Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician was arrested again via grand jury indictment Monday on charges that include first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.

A public-information officer for the Salem, Oregon, Police Department tells ABC Radio that Castronovo's arrest on Monday came after he violated a court order directing him to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted.  According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the full list of charges he's facing also includes four counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and three counts of contempt of court.  The Salem public-information officer reveals that many of the new charges came about following further police investigation into the June 14 incident. Castronovo currently is being held without bond and is due back in court today, June 30, at 3 p.m. PT.

The drummer was first arrested June 14 by Salem, Oregon, police and charged the following day with fourth-degree assault and menacing.  Castronovo subsequently was released after he posted a $20,000 bond.  At the time of his release, Deen was directed by a judge to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted.  The new arrest came after Castronovo violated that order.

Following the June 14 incident, Journey announced that it would be using a fill-in drummer, Omar Hakim, on its forthcoming North American summer tour "due to Deen Castronovo's pending issues."

Castronovo also was arrested in January 2012 following an alleged assault on a woman.  After an alleged violent argument with an ex-girlfriend in Oregon, he was arrested on a number of charges, including coercion, fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, harassment and interfering with making a police report.  The Statesman Journal reported that Castronovo eventually agreed to a plea deal that called for him to attend anger-management classes and do 80 hours of community service.

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Image Courtesy of The KinksFounding Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died five years ago last Tuesday at the age of 66 from complications of kidney disease.  Now, his brother Dave has revealed a new album project is being planned that will feature newly recorded versions of rare songs Pete wrote.

In a message on his Facebook page, Dave Quaife reports, "I have recently been given some music tapes of my Bruv Pete which has knocked my socks off!  Apart from a lot of music he wrote and played there was also a very good interview.  We have decided now to record the songs using only the best bands, and also include extracts of the interview to be intertwined on this album."

Dave points out that putting the album together will take "a gigantic amount of work ahead," adding that "it must be perfect."

Dave Quaife is the co-founder of for the Pete Quaife Foundation, which provides support for young people who are undergoing dialysis treatments.  The organization has released a number of multiple-artist compilations featuring covers of songs Pete wrote with The Kinks to raise money for the cause, including the six-part Legends -- Shoulder to Shoulder collection, which was issued earlier this year.

Quaife played with The Kinks from 1963 to 1969, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1990.  He died on June 23, 2010.

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Eagle Rock EntertainmentLast year, Jeff Lynne put together a new version of his band Electric Light Orchestra and performed a huge concert in London's Hyde Park that September as part of BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day.  Now, a home video capturing that performance is set to be released this September 11 on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download.

Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde Park features the group playing many of its memorable songs with accompaniment from the BBC Concert Orchestra in front of an audience of 50,000.  Among the classic tunes performed at the gig were "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Strange Magic," "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Turn to Stone," "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Telephone Line."  Lynne and ELO also played a version of the Traveling Wilburys hit "Handle with Care."  Meanwhile, Jeff has overseen all aspects of the production of the concert film.

"It seemed like the entire 50,000 were singing and clapping along, which carried on for the whole night," Lynne said about the gig.  "The Hyde Park concert turned out to be one of the most memorable shows ever for me."

Live in Hyde Park also will offer some bonus features, including new interviews filmed in conjunction with the concert and the 2012 documentary Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO.

Here is the full track list of the concert portion of Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde Park:

"All Over the World"
"Evil Woman"
"Ma-Ma-Ma Belle"
"Livin' Thing"
"Strange Magic"
"10538 Overture"
"Can't Get It Out of My Head"
"Sweet Talkin' Woman"
"Turn to Stone"
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ABC/Randy HolmesFollowing the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage last week, Elton John has penned a piece reminding people that the gay rights movement "is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street."

In the guest column for Variety, the pop-rock legend begins by stating how lucky he was to be able to marry his partner, David Furnish, last December.

He continues, "But for the millions of gay people hoping, praying and fighting to one day have the opportunity to wed, their struggle is about more than the right to marry -- it's about equality.  The goal of the gay-rights movement is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street -- with dignity, with pride, and without fear of harassment or discrimination."

Elton says this discrimination and injustice is directly tied to the AIDS epidemic.  "Communities that are stigmatized and discriminated against are always -- always -- the most vulnerable to the AIDS epidemic," writes John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation 23 years ago.  "They are disproportionately impacted for the simple reason that discrimination prevents them from having equal access to healthcare and critical social services."

He adds that to fight AIDS, we must fight injustice, and the battle for marriage equality is part of that larger fight.  "It isn't just about marriage," writes Elton.  "And it isn't just about the gay community.  It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to have the same rights and protections under the law.  It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to be treated with compassion and dignity."

John concludes by expressing his pride for people in the entertainment industry who have advocated for gay rights and marriage equality, and urges everyone to carry on the fight against discrimination and inequality. 

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