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Darren Michaels/CBSElton John was in the passenger seat for the latest installment of James Corden’s popular feature “Carpool Karaoke” during a special edition of The Late Late Show following Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.

After breaking into a chorus of Elton’s “Your Song,” the rock legend told Corden that the tune marked a big step in his long songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin.

"[I] sat at the piano, read it through and said, 'God, this is amazing for an 18-year-old poet to write this lyric.' And I played it to him, and I think when I finished playing we both realized that this was a huge step forward in our songwriting. We never looked back from that song."

Corden and his passenger then donned funny sunglasses and boas as they launched into “Crocodile Rock.” Other songs included “Tiny Dancer and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

In between, Elton explained that his crazy stage costumes were born out of necessity. noting, "I was never a lead vocalist. I was playing the piano...and I wasn't you know, a sex symbol, and so I had fun with my outfits."

Elton and his partner of more than 20 years, David Furnish, have two sons via surrogate -- 5-year-old Zachary and 3-year-old Elijah -- and insisted that at 68, the recording artist doesn’t feel like he’s too old to be a dad.

 "I love it. They've been amazing,” he says. “And I haven't had one second in Zachery or Elijah's life where I felt that they'd been getting on my nerves...Ten years ago if you'd have told me that I'd be saying this, I would've said, 'you're crazy,' but it's changed my life."

Elton appeared on the Late Late Show to promote his new album Wonderful Crazy Night, which arrived on Friday.  He's said the disc is unusual in that it's full of very upbeat, happy songs, but he says he wasn't really planning to do that...until his writing partner Bernie Taupin sent him the lyrics of the title track.

In a video series about the album, Elton revealed, "When I got the lyric for 'Wonderful Crazy Night,' which is the second song I wrote for the album, I thought, 'Wow this is, A), A great title for the record and B), It’s gotta be uptempo with that lyric.'" 

"That was the first uptempo track we recorded for the record and this was the template really for the album," he explained. "It became the album title, and it became the first track that we recorded that was uptempo, and after we finished this, I had no problem writing uptempo tracks."

According to the London Evening Standard, Elton said making an upbeat and happy record reflects his own personal happiness.

"I have a wonderful husband, a great family, a wonderful career, wonderful friends, [my favorite soccer team is] doing well ... Life is good," the 68-year-old legend told the paper at a record signing in London. 

"Life is a challenge -- there are ups and downs for everybody," he added. "Having young kids has helped. No matter how blue you can be, spending a nanosecond with those boys makes it all go away.  I thought maybe we’d had children too late, but it has come at a wonderful time in my life.” 

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Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesDan Hicks, the leader of the Hot Licks, passed away at his home in Mill Valley, California, on Saturday at age 74 following a two-year battle with cancer.

"My darling darling husband left this earth early this morning," his wife, Clare Hicks, announced in a post on Hicks' official website. "He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always. To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating. He worked so hard on each and every detail -- they are all pure Dan."

Hicks began his career as a drummer in the 1960s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans, before forming Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Their notable songs included "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music."

Hicks disbanded the original version of the band in 1973, though he later launched a new incarnation in the 1990s.

Besides his wife, Hicks is survived by his stepdaughter Sara Wasserman.

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STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty ImagesDavid Bowie's widow, Iman, has finally broken her public silence following her husband's death in January.

Saturday, the model tweeted a simple message: "Love & Gratitude."  The tweet was her first in nearly a month.

Previously, Duncan Jones, Bowie's son from his first marriage, tweeted, "Just wanted to thank you for the incredibly kind words & thoughts."

Bowie and Iman tied the knot in 1992 and have a 15-year-old daughter named Alexandria "Lexi" Zahra Jones.

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Credit: Norman SeeffThis Sunday, Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson and her husband, Dean Wetter, will celebrate their first Valentine's Day as a married couple. Wilson, who tied the knot with Wetter on April 25, 2015, certainly has hearts in her eyes for her spouse, describing their relationship as "totally amazing."

"It's just a beautiful marriage of souls and spirits and bodies, and we're just happy as we can be," she tells ABC Radio. "And we're still in the very beginning stages, so we're still howling at each other like puppies."

The singer adds with a laugh that because of their lovey-dovey behavior, "all our friends are going, like, 'Oh God,' [but] it's a beautiful way to feel."

As romantic as things are now between her and Wetter, Wilson admits that the romance got off on the wrong foot when the two first met back in the 1980s.

"We had a really disastrous blind date where we got really drunk on sake, and I tried to come on to him and he was a real gentleman and he declined," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reveals. "[And] I was all offended, so I said, 'Well, see you later.' And so, he went off and lived his life and I went off and lived mine."

Luckily, says Wilson, she included her return address in a kiss-off note she sent Wetter after the date, and she tells ABC Radio that he eventually came across the message about four or five years ago and decided to reconnect with her.

"He got in touch with me and he said, 'Well, OK, that's past now, so if you want to communicate, let's communicate,'" Ann recalls. "So I said, 'Yeah, let's communicate,' and we did. And it was the right thing to say, because we're meant for each other. And we fell in love so hard and so fast and so big that we haven't been apart since."

Reflecting on how her relationship with Wetter unfolded, Wilson notes, "[Sometimes] you're meant to come together later, at a different moment, when you're at a different stage in your development for it to work. And that's really what happened with us. 'Cause we're both the same age and we know what we want, what we don't want. We've had our children. We want to live out the rest of our lives together, traveling and experiencing stuff."

Now that's a "Heart"-warming story.

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Courtesy of AXS TVAlice Cooper will be featured on two rocking shows that will get their premiere on AXS TV on Sunday night. First up, the legendary shock rocker will be a guest on Sammy Hagar's new reality show, Sammy Hagar's Rock and Roll Road Trip, which airs at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. That will be followed at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT by the concert film Alice Cooper: Live in Austin, which was shot at a February 2015 performance at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.

On the latest episode of Rock and Roll Road Trip, the Red Rocker travels to Cooper's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, and chats with his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Hagar also pays a visit to Cooper'stown, the local rock-themed bar and eatery Alice owns, and he and Cooper hit the venue's stage together.

In a preview clip of the episode, Cooper discusses the excesses of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle he shared with some other famous musicians back in the day.

"I came up with the Jimi Hendrixes and Jim Morrisons, and you had to drink with them," he recalls. "You couldn't just sit there and have a Coke."

Alice also talks about paying his dues during his pre-fame days, noting, "I played in bars longer than anybody thinks, and that's how you get good."

A trailer for the Live in Austin special features audio of Cooper performing his classic song "No More Mr. Nice Guy," which accompanies a montage of highlights from Alice's theatrically macabre stage show. As if the rocking tunes weren't enough, Alice's performance includes such creepy props as a guillotine, an electric chair, a boa constrictor, some monsters and lots of fake blood.

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Sire/Warner Bros.It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, all scandals will fade away.  Pepsi's big Super Bowl commercial this Sunday will include a classic Madonna song -- nearly 30 years after the soft-drink company had to pull an ad featuring another Madonna tune.

In 1989, Madonna's hit "Like a Prayer" was featured in a Pepsi commercial, but controversy soon erupted over the song's video, which featured the singer kissing a black saint and other provocative uses of Catholic imagery. The Vatican condemned the video, and family and religious groups threatened a boycott of Pepsi products.  Pepsi caved, the ad was pulled and Madonna's contract was canceled, though she kept her initial fee. 

Now, another classic Madonna tune -- "Express Yourself" -- is featured in Pepsi's new commercial, which has a theme of past, present and future.

The spot, starring R&B singer Janelle Monae, starts with her dancing to the sixties hit "Do You Love Me" by The Contours. Next, she's sporting an early Madonna outfit and dancing to "Express Yourself." The spot ends with Janelle singing her updated version of the "Joy of Pepsi" jingle.

As for why "Express Yourself," which appears on Madonna's 1989 album Like a Prayer, was chosen, Pepsi VP of marketing Chad Stubbs tells Ad Age, "It was within that album and era that we had worked with Madonna before."



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Credit: Andrew EcclesThe Zombies will come creeping back to the U.S. in the coming weeks for a few concerts in Florida that will sandwich their performances on the third installment of The Moody Blues Cruise. The famous British Invasion band will kick off its 2016 stateside itinerary off with shows in Orlando on February 24 and Fort Lauderdale on February 25.

The Zombies then will join The Moody Blues and a variety of other acts on the cruise, which embarks from Miami on February 26 and visits Key West and the Bahamas before returning to post on March 1. The band will follow that with two more gigs in the Sunshine State -- on March 2 in Clearwater and March 3 in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Meanwhile, Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone has a series of solo shows lined up in the U.K. during the latter half of April, but his band will return to the U.S. in May for another run of tour dates. Those concerts run from a May 13 performance in Uncasville, Connecticut, through a May 29 gig in St. Charles, Illinois. Three of the shows also feature The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere and his current incarnation of the group on the bill.

The Zombies continue to promote their latest studio album, Still Got That Hunger, which was released in October.

Here are all of The Zombies' confirmed 2016 U.S. tour dates, according to TheZombiesMusic.com:

2/24 -- Orlando, FL, Plaza Live Orlando
2/25 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
2/26-3/1 -- Embarks from Miami, FL, The Moody Blues Cruise III
3/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
3/3 -- Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
5/13 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
5/14 -- Rockville, MD, Robert E. Parilla PAC at Montgomery College
5/15 -- Phoenixville, PA, The Colonial Theatre
5/16 -- Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre
5/18 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
5/20 -- Niagara Falls, NY, The Bear's Den at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
5/21 -- Montclair, NJ, The Wellmont Theater*
5/22 -- Westbury, NY, NYCB Theatre at Westbury*
5/24 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre*
5/28 -- Louisville, KY, Abbey Road on the River
5/29 -- St. Charles, IL, The Arcada Theatre

* = with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals.

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George Rose/Getty ImagesThis Sunday, Lady Gaga will take the stage to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.  She'll be the first bona fide pop superstar to sing the anthem since 2013, when Alicia Keys did it. 

The last two anthems were sung by Tony-winning Broadway star and actress Idina Menzel, and opera legend Renee Fleming. Prior to that, we had six years of female pop divas taking the mic, including Alicia, Christina Aguilera, and four American Idol alums: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood

The last time a male performer sang the anthem was in 2007, at Super Bowl 41, when Billy Joel did the honors.  By the way, Billy is one of only two artists ever to have done it twice.  In addition to Super Bowl 41, he also sang the anthem at Super Bowl 23 back in 1989.  The other artist who's done it twice is Aaron Neville, in 1990 and in 2006.

The very first real, chart-certified pop star to sing the anthem at the Super Bowl was Diana Ross, in 1982. Prior to that, the anthem was performed by marching bands, instrumentalists, choirs, country star Charley Pride and a bunch of middle-of-the-road female singers and actresses, including former Charlie's Angel Cheryl Ladd.  The first male pop singer to do the honors was Barry Manilow in 1984.

Most cite Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem in 1991 as one of the best Super Bowl anthem performances ever. Her performance made a big impact, not just because she sang so well, but because it came during the Gulf War.  Her rendition was so popular it was released as a single, was included on her greatest hits album, and was re-released to capture the patriotic spirit after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

For a historical perspective, here's a list of everyone who's ever performed or sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl:

1 -- Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands (1967)
2 -- Grambling University Band (1968)
3 -- Anita Bryant (1969)
4 -- Al Hirt (trumpeter) (1970)
5 -- Tommy Loy (trumpeter) (1971)
6 -- U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale (1972)
7 -- Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) (1973)
8 -- Charley Pride (1974)
9 -- Grambling University Band (1975)
10 -- Tom Sullivan (1976)
11 -- Vicki Carr (sang "America the Beautiful") (1977)
12 -- Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University (1978)
13 -- The Colgate Thirteen (1979)
14 -- Cheryl Ladd (1980)
15 -- Helen O'Connell (1981)
16 -- Diana Ross (1982)
17 -- Leslie Easterbrook (1983)
18 -- Barry Manilow (1984)
19 -- Children's Choir of San Francisco (1985)
20 -- Wynton Marsalis (1986)
21 -- Neil Diamond (1987)
22 -- Herb Alpert (1988)
23 -- Billy Joel (1989)
24 -- Aaron Neville (1990)
25 -- Whitney Houston (1991)
26 -- Harry Connick Jr. (1992)
27 -- Garth Brooks (1993)
28 -- Natalie Cole (1994)
29 -- Kathie Lee Gifford (1995)
30 -- Vanessa Williams (1996)
31 -- Luther Vandross (1997)
32 -- Jewel (1998)
33 -- Cher (1999)
34 -- Faith Hill (2000)
35 -- Backstreet Boys; “America the Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles (2001)
36 -- Mariah Carey (2002)
37 -- Dixie Chicks (2003)
38 -- Beyoncé Knowles (2004)
39 -- Combined Choirs of the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets (2005)
40 -- Aaron Neville with Dr. John and Aretha Franklin (2006)
41 -- Billy Joel (2007)
42 -- Jordin Sparks (2008)
43 -- Jennifer Hudson (2009)
44 -- Carrie Underwood (2010)
45 -- Christina Aguilera (2011)
46 -- Kelly Clarkson (2012)
47 -- Alicia Keys (2013)
48 -- Renee Fleming (2014)
49 -- Idina Menzel (2015)
50 -- Lady Gaga (2016)

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RhinoHey, hey, The Monkees will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this summer, and the group will mark the milestone with a U.S. tour, as well as with a brand-new studio album called Good Times! that's scheduled to be released on June 10. The record will feature original tunes written specifically for the band by such modern-rock songsmiths as Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, XTC's Andy Partridge, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue.

Good Times! also will include songs penned by surviving Monkees members Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and is being produced by Adam Schlesinger of the indie-rock act Fountains of Wayne. In addition, the album will feature newly finished versions of tracks that the group began working on during the 1960s but never completed, including the Harry Nilsson-penned title track, Neil Diamond's "Love to Love" and Nesmith's "I Know What I Know." The vintage tracks will include contributions from the famous collective of Los Angeles session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew."

Monkees singer Micky Dolenz tells Rolling Stone that he and Tork definitely will be contributing their talents to the album, although Nesmith hasn't committed to taking part in the project. He also reports that Oasis' Noel Gallagher has agreed to write a song for the record. In addition, Dolenz reveals that "Love to Love" will feature the voice of late Monkees singer Davy Jones, who died of a heart attack in 2012, and says he's hoping to add his harmonies to the track.

The 50th anniversary tour, meanwhile, currently is mapped out from a May 18 concert in Fort Meyers, Florida, through an October 29 show in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; more dates are expected to be added. Only Dolenz and Tork have signed on for the trek, while Nesmith -- who hit the road with his old band mates in 2012, 2013 and 2014 -- has declined to take part because he's busy writing a book and focusing on other projects.

"He's always invited," Dolenz tells Rolling Stone. "And at times he has blessed us with his presence. I don't see him going on the road, and certainly not for the whole grueling thing. I sure hope he does show up at some point and sing a couple of songs with us."

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, February 12, and those purchasing tickets will receive a free download of Good Times! Here's the full list of confirmed dates for the group's 50th anniversary trek, according to TheMonkees.com:

5/18 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
5/19 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
5/20 -- Tampa, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
5/24 -- Charlotte, NC, Blumenthal PAC - Belk Theater
5/26 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
5/27 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
5/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre
5/29 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/1 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall
6/3 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Casino Rama - Entertainment Centre
6/4 -- Windsor, ON, Canada, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
6/5 -- Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Live Northfield Park
6/7 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre
6/10 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace Theatre
6/11 -- Hammond, IN, The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
6/12 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
6/14 -- Dayton, OH, Rose Music Center at The Heights
6/28 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House
6/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
7/1 -- Mayetta, KS, Prairie Band Casino & Resort – Grand Lakes Ballroom
7/16 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/22 -- Hot Springs, AR, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming – Finish Line Theater
9/14 -- Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
9/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater
9/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Pantages Theatre
9/17 -- Las Vegas, NV, Primm Valley Casino Resorts – Star of the Desert Arena
9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield
9/21 -- Modesto, CA, Gallo Center for the Arts
9/23 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
9/24 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Winds Casino Resort
9/25 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre
10/1 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Live Biloxi
10/22 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheatre
10/29 -- Shippensburg, PA, Shippensburg University – H. Ric Luhrs PAC

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Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.

"I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller," Lee says, "And that's really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson."

Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ's role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.

"The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz," says Lee. "He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house."

Lee explains that ironically, Jackson's anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece. Although the album's single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.

"It's evident that without Off the Wall, there would've been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that, like, 'I'm going to show you!'" the director says. "He came back with a vengeance."

Lee says that Jackson never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.

"Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work," Lee recalls. "When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The documentary features archival footage of Michael, as well as interviews with his friends, family and famous fans, including with Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Pharrell Williams, L.A. Reid, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of The Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, MJ's mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Marlon and Jackie.

"People love Michael and so we're very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world," Lee says.

In addition to being screened on Showtime, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of  Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album.  To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

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Cliff Lipson/CBSLate Late Show host James Corden's been killing it lately with his popular "Carpool Karaoke" bit, featuring Adele -- whose episode scored record-breaking views on YouTube -- and Coldplay's Chris Martin.  Now, he's posted a preview of his next big "get" -- Sir Elton John.

In the preview clip, posted on Facebook,  Elton and Corden sing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," with Corden, a classically-trained singer, showing off an impressive ability to harmonize.  He also threw in the same "Woah oh oh's" that George Michael did when he and Elton re-released the song as a live duet in 1991.

The episode will air this Sunday on CBS as part of Corden's big post-Super Bowl episode.

New Carpool Karaoke This Sunday!

Ladies and gentlemen, Sir Elton John.

Posted by The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Courtesy of Caesars EntertainmentBill Medley has decided to revive his famed "blue-eyed soul" duo The Righteous Brothers for the first time since the 2003 death of his partner Bobby Hatfield. Medley will team up with new singer Bucky Heard for a Las Vegas residency at the Harrah's Showroom that's scheduled to kick off on March 23.

According to Ticketmaster, the engagement will include more than 40 performances and will run through a June 11 show. Tickets will go on sale to the general public today at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at the Harrah's Las Vegas box office, at HarrahsLasVegas.com and Ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-777-2782702-777-2782 or 855-234-7469855-234-7469 FREE.

You can check out a preview video of Medley and Heard performing together at the official Harrah's Las Vegas Facebook page.

The Righteous Brothers are best known for their classic chart-topping hits "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," as well as such other memorable tunes as "Unchained Melody," "Ebb Tide" and "Rock and Roll Heaven." Medley also has had a successful solo career that's included the #1 hit duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." Hatfield died of a heart attack in November 2003 while on tour with Medley.

During their residency at Harrah's Showroom, The Righteous Brothers will perform at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 7 p.m. PT on Saturdays. Here's the full list of dates:

3/23-26, 30-31
4/1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
5/4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28
6/1-4, 8-11

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BETBefore Lionel Richie receives a special tribute during next month's Grammy Awards, the legendary singer will be honored with a star-studded tribute concert at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year gala, taking place February 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who most might not guess, is a total Lionel Richie fanboy.

"You do not have any idea," Richie told Jimmy Kimmel's audience Thursday night. "This guy knows more about my life...We were at a party one night, and he's sitting there, and he starts telling me about every detail of my career. He knows about We Are the World, he knows the details behind We Are the World. He knows The Commodores, he knows every detail about The Commodores...I thought to myself -- this is a weird guy."

Kimmel, who grew up in Las Vegas, said he was in high school when he saw his first Richie concert. He bought two tickets, thinking he'd take a girl. "And I did get a girl to go with me," Jimmy said. "That girl turned out to be my mother; I couldn't get a girl to go with me."

To make up for that experience, Lionel Richie invited Kimmel to join him in Vegas to sing a song of his choosing during the singer's upcoming residency at Planet Hollywood -- a stint that kicks off April 27.

After joking he knows enough to write Lionel Richie's memoir for him, he wondered why the multiple Grammy winner hasn't written one yet. "Well," the recording artist admitted, "most of the people I want to write about are not dead yet...I got to wait a bit longer. The heavy, juicy stuff, I gotta kinda wait awhile...If I want to do a boring, humanitarian book, I could do it now...The real book -- I gotta wait a couple more years 'till everybody passes...They tell me to write the book and keep it in storage."

About the MusicCares tribute -- at which stars like Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Luke Bryan, and Dave Grohl will perform Richie's music -- he's thrilled. "If ever there were a night where I'm gonna be excited just to be there -- but they're going to be singing my songs!"

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Credit: Rob ShanahanJeff Lynne's ELO has lined up special performances on September 9, 10 and 11 at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It's the  first U.S. concerts for the latest incarnation of Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra since the two shows the band played this past November at small venues in L.A. and New York City to celebrate the release of its new album, Alone in the Universe

At the concerts, Lynne and ELO will be accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Wilkins. The shows, which are part of the venue's 2016 summer concert series, also will feature a fireworks display. This will be the first time ELO has ever performed at the Hollywood Bowl.

Tickets for the concerts will be available at HollywoodBowl.com or by calling 323-850-2000323-850-2000.  Venue subscriptions and group sales will go on sale Tuesday, February 9. Subscribers will be able to buy single tickets to the ELO shows beginning March 8, while tickets will go on sale to the general public on May 1.

In other news, Jeff Lynne's ELO recently was announced as the first headliner for the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held June 22-26 near Pilton, U.K. The band's set will take place on June 26 during the "Sunday teatime slot," and will mark ELO's debut performance at the famous fest.

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Credit: Norman SeeffHeart is among the performers who will take the stage at the 2016 Grammy Celebration, the Recording Academy's official after-party event that will take place immediately following the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15.

The bash will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This year's theme is "Grammy Land" -- a takeoff on the classic board game Candy Land that will include oversized candy displays, cotton candy trees, acrobats and aerialists and other playful design elements. Attendees will include Recording Academy members, Grammy nominees and other celebrities. R&B star Aloe Blacc and jazz artist Arturo O'Farrill also will perform at the Grammy Celebration.

Meanwhile, Heart will launch the Queens of Sheba Tour, its joint Canadian trek with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, on March 7 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The two bands also will hit the road together, along with Cheap Trick, this summer on the Rock Hall Three for All Tour, which kicks off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan. You can check out Hart's full tour schedule at Heart-Music.com.

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ABC/Randy HolmesCommuters at London's St. Pancras International railway train station got a wonderful, crazy surprise on Thursday afternoon when Elton John unexpectedly showed up there and began playing a piano that had been set up in the middle of the station. The Press Association reports that the pop-rock legend, whose new album Wonderful, Crazy Night will be released on Friday, played for a few minutes without singing, then signed the piano and greeted some fans before exiting the station.

Elton posted a photo from his impromptu performance on his official Facebook page along a message that explains, "Surprise!! I popped into St Pancras International to christen the Yamaha piano which I donated to the station. Now everyone can have a play."

Photos posted on various social media accounts say the message John wrote on the piano reads, "Enjoy the piano! It's a gift. Love, Elton John."

A video of the performance shot by a man named Richard Taylor and posted on his YouTube site shows that John played an instrumental medley of his songs that began with a snippet of his new tune "Looking Up" and included segments of "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song," "Bennie and the Jets," "Candle in the Wind" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

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Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty ImagesMaurice White, co-founder of the pioneering funk-soul band Earth, Wind & Fire, died Wednesday at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.  Maurice's brother and band mate Verdine White confirmed his passing in a message posted on the group's official Facebook page.

"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine writes. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."

After serving as a session drummer for Chess Records and playing with the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Maurice founded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 in Chicago. He was the group's leader, shared lead vocal duties with Phillip Bailey, and co-wrote and produced most of the band's hits.

Earth, Wind & Fire is acclaimed for blending funk, soul, R&B, pop and rock with elements of Latin and African music, and also became one of the best-known horn-driven bands in pop history. Among the group's many well-known tunes are "Shining Star," "Sing a Song," "September," "Boogie Wonderland" and "After the Love Has Gone."

Maurice was diagnosed with Parkinson's in the late 1980s and complications from the disease forced him to retire from touring with the band in 1994. Over the years he won seven Grammy Awards, and in 2000 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Earth, Wind & Fire is due to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy this spring.  Ironically, Jefferson Airplane, another band that's due to receive that same honor, lost not one but two of its founding members last week: guitarist Paul Kantner and singer Signe Anderson.

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Credit: Ross HalfinHollywood Vampires, the hard-rock supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp, will give their first television performance on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, for a special yet sad occasion.

Cooper tells Rolling Stone his band will pay tribute to late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister at the ceremony, and also will play a new original tune titled "As Bad as I Am." The song will appear as a bonus track on a deluxe digital edition of the group's 2015 self-titled album that's due Friday, February 12. The Hollywood Vampires lineup for the Grammy performance also will include Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, former GN'R drummer Matt Sorum, and Cooper guitarist Tommy Henriksen.

Meanwhile, a number of other special Grammy perfomances have just been announced, including an homage to late blues legend B.B. King that will feature Bonnie Raitt, acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and country star Chris Stapleton.

As previously reported, Lady Gaga will give a tribute performance honoring the late David Bowie.

The 2016 Grammys, hosted by LL Cool J, airs Monday, February 15, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Credit: Joseph GuayIt's a wonderful, crazy time for Elton John.  The pop-rock legend will be all over television during the next few days, promoting his latest album, Wonderful Crazy Night, which gets its release Friday.

First up for the Rocket Man will be a performance tonight, February 4, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which airs at 11:35 a.m. ET. The show also will feature appearances by Lionel Richie and Bruce Willis.

Then on Friday, the album's release date, Elton will be interviewed by Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show, which begins at 7 a.m. ET.

Moving on to the weekend, Elton will appear on a special post-Super Bowl episode of CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden, which starts at 12:37 a.m. ET. John will become the latest star to be featured on an installment of the popular "Carpool Karaoke" segment of the program.

Lastly, an extra performance Elton taped during his recent visit to The Ellen Degeneres Show will premiere on this Monday's episode of the NBC talk show. Check your local listings to find out when the program airs in your area.

As previously reported, Wonderful Crazy Night is John's 33rd studio album and was produced by T-Bone Burnett. It features a collection of mostly upbeat tunes that Elton co-wrote with his longtime songwriting lyricist, Bernie Taupin.

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The Rolling Stones in 2015 (Credit: Kevin Mazur)The Rolling Stones started up their America Latina Olé Tour Wednesday night at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile, with a 19-song set packed with classic tunes. The rock legends kicked thing off, appropriately, with "Start Me Up" and finished with a two-song finale of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

In addition to classics like "Paint It Black," "Honky Tonk Women," "Miss You," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Sympathy for the Devil," the band performed the rarely played 1967 gem "She's a Rainbow," which chosen by fans in an online poll, and "Out of Control," a single from 1997's Bridges to Babylon album. Guitarist Keith Richards also took his usual two-song turn at the mic during the show, delivering lead vocals on "You Got the Silver" and "Happy."

The Rolling Stones' official website documented the concert by collecting posts from various Twitter accounts that included song-by-song photos and comments. The band also posted a brief video clip of its performance of "Start Me Up." In addition, you can check out a fan-filmed video of the group performing "She's a Rainbow" on YouTube.

The Stones' next concert is scheduled for this Sunday, February 7, at La Plata Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the first of three shows at the venue. You can check out the group's full itinerary at RollingStones.com.

Here's the full set list of the band's show in Santiago, Chile:

"Start Me Up"
"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"
"Let's Spend the Night Together"
"Tumbling Dice"
"Out of Control"
"She's a Rainbow" (by request)
"Wild Horses"
"Paint It Black"
"Honky Tonk Women"
"You Got the Silver"
"Happy"
"Midnight Rambler"
"Miss You"
"Gimme Shelter"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
"Sympathy for the Devil"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

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