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Elton John to Be Honored at Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner This Month

ABC/Lou Rocco Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, will be honored at the 18th Annual National Dinner of the Human Rights Council, a civil rights organization that work to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

At the October 25 event in Washington, D.C., John and Furnish will receive the HRC's National Equality Award.  As one of the most high-profile gay couples in the world, they're being honored for "changing hearts and minds by living openly and honestly" and for their work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised $300 million over the years to help end the disease.

President Bill Clinton will deliver the evening's keynote address at the event.

On October 28, Elton and David will appear at their own annual New York City charity event, An Enduring Vision.  CNN's Anderson Cooper will host for a seventh year, and John will perform a solo set at the gala, which raises funds for his AIDS Foundation.

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Bryan Adams Journeys into the Past -- Musically -- with New Album "Tracks of My Years"

Verve RecordsBryan Adams' new album, Tracks of My Years, his first studio effort in six years, is out this week, and it features the Canadian singer/songwriter taking a walk down memory lane to revisit some of the great songs of his youth.  He's also revisiting his youth via the album's seriously embarrassing cover photo, which shows a 16-year-old Adams sporting some unbelievably long, pure 1970s hair.

"My hair is way down past my nipples," he laughs.  "I was really into hard rock back then.  I still am into hard rock, but particularly then, because it was the time, you know.  It was 1975.  I was into Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and a lot of other hard rock, of course, and I looked like one of the roadies that fell off one of the buses, you know?"

While hard rock may be Bryan's preferred music genre from that era, Tracks of My Years mostly features pop and pop-rock hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s.  The concept came from one of the producers, David Foster, and at first, Adams didn't want to do it, because he was afraid he couldn't bring anything new to classics by legends like The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Beach Boys.  But his other producer, Bob Rock, talked him into it.

"He said, 'Look, you got a great opportunity to have a record deal in America again, and why don't you just do it and have some fun?  If it doesn't work out, don't put it out,'" recalls Bryan.  "[And so I said], 'That's a good idea.  So, let's just go have some fun.'  And that's what happened."

Adams and his producers came up with about 40 songs that they then whittled down to the final track listing, which in addition to songs by the Fab Four, Dylan and The Beach Boys, but also The Association, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Manhattans and Chuck Berry

"It was just a sort of process of just elimination, and you could tell almost instantly whether a song was working, within the first verse," Bryan says of the process, which took about three months, spread over two years.  "And generally what I would do was I'd go out and sit on a microphone...with a guitar, and I would just start playing the song and singing it.  And, if within that first few chords it started to sound like something, someone would come...and say, 'OK, that's good.  Let's do this!'"

What he's ended up with, Adams says, is an album that isn't actually made up of songs that he was personally connected to.  Instead, it features tunes that mimic the genre-blurring that he experienced growing up listening to AM radio, where anything that was a hit was played, no matter what type of music it was.

"AM radio was kind of king," he tells ABC News Radio.  "And I used to have a little transistor radio, which was kind of my escape [from] the world.  I would wait in anticipation for what the next song was gonna be on the radio.  It was really exciting.  So, doing this record, I kind of kept thinking about, 'It's OK to do a variety of different things here,' because even if these songs weren't songs that I were necessarily inspired by, they were around at the time when I decided music was what I wanted to do, and it's what AM radio was doing at the time too."

Along with the cover versions, Tracks of My Years features one original new song, called "She Knows Me," which is the album's first single.  Why put a brand-new song in among the oldies?   Adams says, candidly, "Because, according to my manager and according to the record company, it's very difficult to get cover songs played.  So, better to give an original song to kick off the record.  And I'm quite happy with that."

Bryan, who'll release a 30th anniversary edition of his breakthrough album, Reckless, later this year, says he's just hoping he doesn't catch too much flak for Tracks of My Years.

"I hope that I've done justice to the tracks, because it was a leap of faith to put myself in this position, 'cause I know I'm opening myself up to rocket fire," he jokes.  "So, you know, I'm trying to keep my head down!"

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Prince Joins Facebook, Hosts Bizarre Fan Q&A

Vince Bucci/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABCPrince is officially on the social media train.  The notoriously introverted singer created a verified Facebook account on Tuesday, the same day he released two new albums.

In an effort to promote his dual projects, Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, Prince announced to fans that he would participate in a live Q&A.  However, it took hours before he answered the first question, which proved to be an unexpected one: "Please address the importance of ALL music being tuned to 432hz [Hertz] sound frequencies??"

The legendary musician responded by providing a link to an article.

He opted not to answer any further questions.

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U2's "The Unforgettable Fire" Turns 30 Today

Image Courtesy of Island/Universal MusicOn October 1, 1984 -- 30 years ago today -- U2 released their fourth album, The Unforgettable Fire. The record was a huge commercial hit and would go on to receive triple platinum certification and peak at 12 on the Billboard 200.

In recording a follow-up to 1983's much more rock-oriented War, U2 wanted to take an artier approach with The Unforgettable Fire.

"We knew the world was ready to receive the heirs to The Who. All we had to do was to keep doing what we were doing and we would become the biggest band since Led Zeppelin, without a doubt. But something just didn't feel right," wrote Bono in the band's 2005 autobiography U2 By U2. "We felt we had more dimension than just the next big anything, we had something unique to offer. The innovation was what would suffer if we went down the standard rock route. We were looking for another feeling."

In order to access that feeling, the band enlisted the help of producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, the latter of whom was known for his innovative ambient sound. Both would also return to produce U2's next album, 1987's legendary The Joshua Tree.

The lead single from The Unforgettable Fire was "Pride (in the Name of Love)," which was a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. "Pride" was a massive hit, and it became the first U2 song to breach the top 40 of the Billboard 200. Today, the song remains a fan favorite and one of the band's most successful singles.

U2 most recently released Songs of Innocence, which has quickly become infamous for automatically appearing for free in every iTunes account last month. The physical album will be released on CD and vinyl with updated cover art on October 13.

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Annie Lennox Says Touring's for Men, Not Women; Calls Beyonce "Feminism Lite"

Credit: Mike OwenAnnie Lennox considers herself a feminist, and is a staunch advocate for women's rights, but she admits that men and women aren't equal when it comes to one particular aspect of a musician's job: touring.

Speaking to Billboard, Lennox says, "I'm not being sexist when I say this, but it suits the man's life more.  When you're a woman and want to have a family...I never liked being away from my kids.  I don't think it's healthy.  I don't think I can hack that way of life like I used to."

A comment like that, however, doesn't mean that the former Eurythmics fronwoman can't criticize other female artists for not truly understanding what it means to be a feminist.  Speaking to the website PrideSource, she dismisses Beyonce's claim to feminism -- the pop/R&B superstar performed at the MTV VMAs in front of a huge screen that read "FEMINIST," after all -- as "feminist lite."

"I'm sorry.  It's tokenistic to me," Lennox explains.  "I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist -- I just love her performances -- but I'd like to sit down [with her].  I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them.  I'd like to listen to them; I'd like to hear what they truly think.  I see a lot of it as them taking the word hostage and using it to promote themselves, but I don't think they necessarily represent wholeheartedly the depths of feminism."

Annie adds, "I think for many it's very convenient and it looks great and it looks radical, but I have some issues with it.  Of course I do.  I think it's a cheap shot."

Lennox's new album Nostalgia arrived in stores on vinyl on Tuesday and will be released in all other formats on October 21.  Asked if this truly will be her final album, as she's hinted, Annie tells PrideSource she's not sure, but there certainly doesn't seem to be much place in our culture for a female pop singer who's nearly sixty.

"I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting -- women, especially -- when they reach my age," she explains.  "We've got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we've got wrinkles, or whether we've put on weight or lost weight, or whether we've changed our hair style."

She adds, "I just find that so shallow.  Because it's a shallow place, it's one of the reasons the music industry and the music scene is really not truly for me and never really has been."

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Jimmy Page Says Led Zeppelin Reunion "Doesn't Look Likely," Is Eyeing 2015 Solo Project

Image Courtesy of Ross HalfinLed Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has once again addressed the oft-asked question about whether he'd like to play with his old band again and, not surprisingly, his response won't encourage fans holding out hope for a reunion.

Page hosted an event Tuesday at London's Olympic Studios featuring a playback of tracks from the next installments of Led Zeppelin's reissue campaign.  NME asked the guitar legend if remastering the band's catalog made him want to reunite with the other Zeppelin members, to which he answered, "I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that.  I'm not going to give a detail-by-detail account of what one person says or another person says.  All I can say is it doesn't look likely, does it?"

Although Page did not mention Robert Plant, his remark seemed to be influenced by the Zeppelin singer's recent dismissive comments regarding a reunion.  In August, Plant told U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that he thought Jimmy "should get on and do something," adding, "he's a superb talent."

NME reports that Page revealed during Tuesday's event that he indeed was considering a new solo project.

"If I was to play again it would be with musicians that would be… some of the names might be new to you," he explained.  "I haven't put them together yet but I'm going to do that next year."

He said that his shows with this proposed group would include "material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds.  There would certainly be some new material in there as well."

The 70-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer added he loves to perform live, and said his shows would include instrumental versions of classic Led Zeppelin tunes like "Dazed and Confused."

The latest Led Zeppelin reissues, remastered and expanded editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy, will be released on October 28.

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Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi Ranked Among Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014

Danny ClinchIf you search the name Bruce Springsteen online, there’s a 18.82 percent chance you’ll click on a page that tests positive for viruses and other malware. That's according to a new study by the virus fighters at McAfee.

The Boss is ranked fifth on McAfee’s list of the Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014.

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is number one. According to McAfee, you have an 19.38 percent chance of landing on a malicious website if you search his name.

Voice coach and country singer Blake Shelton is ranked sixth, and Jon Bon Jovi is ranked eighth. Paul McCartney is 29th on the list.

"Most consumers are completely unaware of the security risks that exist when searching for celebrity and entertainment news, images and videos online, sacrificing safety for immediacy," said McAfee's Gary Davis.

"Cybercriminals capitalize on consumers' attention to breaking celebrity news and leverage this behavior to lead them to unsafe sites that can severely infect their computers and devices and steal personal data," Davis added.

Here's McAfee's top-10 Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrities of 2014:

1. Jimmy Kimmel -- 19.38% chance of downloading a virus.
2. Armin van Buuren -- 19.33%
3. Ciara -- 19.31%
4. Flo Rida -- 18.89%
5. Bruce Springsteen -- 18.82%
6. Blake Shelton -- 18.47%
7. Britney Spears -- 18.19%
8. Jon Bon Jovi -- 17.64%
9. Chelsea Handler -- 17.22%
10. Christina Aguilera -- 16.67%

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The Monkees' Debut Album to Be Released as Expanded Three-CD Set in November

Rhino HandmadeHey, hey it's The Monkees' 1966 self-titled debut album like you've never heard it before.  On November 11, the 1960s pop-rock legends' first record will be released as a three-CD Super Deluxe Edition featuring a whopping 100 tracks.

The package contains remastered mono and stereo versions of The Monkees; a variety of outtakes, demos, rarities, TV and radio spots and previously unreleased tracks; and pre-Monkees solo recordings by Michael Nesmith and the late Davy Jones.

A total of 45 of the tracks on the limited-edition set have never been released.  These include backing tracks, alternate vocal takes, remixes and mono versions of songs heard only on The Monkees TV show.  Disc three of the collection boasts mono and stereo versions of the 1965 debut solo album by Jones, then called David Jones, as well as a series of singles Nesmith recorded under the name Michael Blessing.

Boosted by the prefabricated group's popular TV show, The Monkees' debut album shot to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200, and featured the chart-topping smash "Last Train to Clarksville," as well as "(Theme from) The Monkees" and "I Wanna Be Free."  The album has gone on to sell more than five million copies in the U.S. alone.

Only 400 copies of The Monkees Super Deluxe Edition are being produced.  The box set can be pre-ordered now exclusively at

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Fleetwood Mac Kicks Off New Tour, with Christine McVie Back on Keyboards

Fleetwood Mac/Live NationFleetwood Mac was at the Target Center in Minneapolis Tuesday night, kicking off their latest tour -- the first with longtime singer/keyboardist Christine McVie since 1998.

According to, drummer Mick Fleetwood noted McVie’s return by telling the 17,000 fans in attendance, “Our songbird is back,” a reference not only to the 71-year-old singer-songwriter, but also to "Songbird," one of her contributions to Fleetwood Mac's celebrated 1977 album, Rumours. Fittingly, the band ended the night's show with the song.

The nearly two-and-a-half-hour performance opened with “The Chain,” followed by “You Make Loving Fun.”

Christine McVie celebrated her return by thanking the band and the fans, saying, “It’s a dream come true, a chance you don’t often get in life.”

Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham all took time out to praise McVie. Buckingham told the crowd, “This is a band that continues to evolve through good times and adversity.  This is just, I guess, the latest chapter.”

Buckingham continued, “It’s a beautiful, profound, poetic new chapter now that this lady is back with us. And it’s a chapter that is going to go on for a while. A chapter that is going to yield much fruit. We are very, very excited.”

The band’s next concert is Thursday night at the United Center in Chicago.

Fleetwood Mac's On with the Show tour runs through a December 20 concert in Tampa, Florida.

Here’s the set list from Tuesday’s concert at the Target Center:

"The Chain"
"You Make Loving Fun"
"Second Hand News"
"I Know I'm Not Wrong"
"Sisters of the Moon"
"Say You Love Me"
"Seven Wonders"
"Big Love"
"Never Going Back Again"
"Over My Head"
"Little Lies"
"Gold Dust Woman"
"I'm So Afraid"
"Go Your Own Way"

"World Turning"
"Don't Stop"
"Silver Springs"

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Trial Date Set in Midnight Rider Manslaughter Case; Indicted Assistant Director Turns Herself In

PMK-BNCThere are yet more new developments with regard to the legal drama stemming from the train accident that killed a camera assistant during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight reports that a March 9, 2015, trial date has been scheduled in the manslaughter and criminal-trespass case that's been brought against the four indicted filmmakers involved in the project.

According to an order issued by Judge Anthony Harrison of Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court, pre-trial motions will be heard on February 12 and 13 of next year, with jury selection beginning on March 9.  All discovery evidence must be entered into the court by December 10.

The indicted parties are the husband-and-wife director and producer team of Randall Miller and Jody Savin, executive producer Jay Sedrish and first assistant director Hillary Schwartz.  Schwartz became the most recent member of the Midnight Rider team to face charges when she was indicted on September 10.  She was on hand Tuesday for a status conference at the Wayne County Superior Court that all the lawyers for the indicted parties also attended.  Afterward, Schwartz -- accompanied by her lawyer -- walked to the adjacent Wayne County Jail Detention Center and turned herself in.

If convicted on the manslaughter charge, Miller, Savin, Sedrash and Schwartz face a possible 10-year prison sentence, while the criminal trespass charge carries a potential one-year term.

This past February 20, Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed and several other crew members were injured by a train during the first day of filming on Midnight Rider.  The crew was filming a scene on a trestle bridge in Doctortown, Georgia, when the train barreled through.

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The Kinks' Dave Davies Announces Full Details About Latest Solo Album, "Rippin' Up Time"

Red River EntertainmentKinks lead guitarist Dave Davies has unveiled complete official details about his forthcoming solo album, Rippin' Up Time, which will be released October 28 on CD and will be available a week earlier as a digital download.  The collection features 10 original tunes and was co-produced by Davies and his friend David Nolte.

Dave's son Russell Davies, a musician and producer in his own right, contributes vocals to two songs, "In the Old Days" and "Through My Window."  Dave and Russ previously worked together on the 2010 eletronica-influenced album Two Worlds.

According to Dave, Rippin' Up Time focuses on "a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future."

The 67-year-old guitarist explains, "I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and The Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future."  He adds, "I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind.  I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream."

You can check out the title track of the album now at Red River Entertainment's SoundCloud page.

As previously announced, Davies has scheduled a series of fall U.S. tour dates to promote Rippin' Up Time.  The trek is mapped out from a November 11 show in Milwaukee through a November 28 concert in Englewood, New Jersey.

Here is the complete track list for Rippin' Up Time:

"Ripping Up Time"
"Semblance of Sanity"
"King of Karaoke"
"Front Room"
"Johnny Adams"
"Nosey Neighbours"
"Between the Towers"
"In the Old Days"
"Through My Window"

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Brian Wilson Added to Lineup of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert

Image Courtesy of James Minchin IIIA very special guest star has been added to the lineup of the 2014 edition of Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit ConcertBeach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson will perform at both of this year's shows, which will take place on October 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

Wilson joins a bill that, as usual, includes Young and also features Tom Jones, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence the Machine, Band of Horses, and Norah Jones' new group, Puss N Boots.  Young's estranged wife, Pegi, who co-founded the Bridge School, also will perform with her backing band, The Survivors.  Tickets for the concerts are available now via, and at the Shoreline Amphitheatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and by calling 800-745-3000.

Wilson was one of the many performers this past Sunday at the star-studded tribute concert George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison, which was held at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre.  Among the evening's many highlights was Brian's rendition of the Harrison solo classic "My Sweet Lord," which included accompaniment by The Beach Boys' Al Jardine, Heart's Ann Wilson, and The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, among others.  You can check out fan-recorded video of the performance on YouTube.

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Listen to Jackson Browne's New Album, "Standing in the Breach," Online Now

Inside RecordingsJackson Browne is treating fans to a preview of his upcoming studio album, Standing in the Breach, currently streaming in its entirety over at  The 10-song collection, which will be released next Tuesday, October 7, finds the 65-year-old singer/songwriter concerned, yet hopeful, about the state of the world.

Browne tells USA Today that one the new tracks, "If I Could Be Anywhere," is a love song, but not in the traditional sense.  "[It's] a love song to the oceans, the environment, to future generations," he explains.  "It's the idea that there's a challenge that can only be met while we're here, both in the sense of being present and also that we're here at this moment in time."

Meanwhile, Browne admits that the tune "Which Side Are You On?" bears some structural resemblance to Bob Dylan's spiritually-themed "Gotta Serve Somebody," but points out, "It's not a song about God; it's about your personal allegiances to the forces at play in our society."

Standing in the Breach comes to a close with "Here," which Browne originally wrote for the 2009 Kevin Spacey film, Shrink.

"It's about accepting the world that has changed in a fundamental way you almost cannot accept," Browne tells USA Today.  "It's about, in the end, finding a way of being in the world."

Standing in the Breach is Jackson's 14th studio effort, and the follow-up to 2008's Time the Conqueror.  Browne recently launched a fall U.S. tour in support of the record that's mapped out through an October 18 show in Indianapolis.  His next date is scheduled for this Saturday in York, Pennsylvania.

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Classic Tears for Fears Album "Songs from the Big Chair" to Be Reissued Next Month

Universal Music EnterprisesTears for Fears' breakout 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair will get the deluxe reissue treatment on November 11.  The remastered record will be available in multiple configurations, including a six-disc deluxe box set featuring four CDs and two DVDs.

In addition to a revamped edition of the U.K. band's original album, the deluxe package contains a variety of bonus tracks, including single edits, remixes, alternate and extended versions, live performances and an audio interview.  The box set also includes a DVD-Audio disc offering a 5.1 surround sound mix of the original album and a DVD boasting promotional videos, a making-of documentary, an interview with producer Chris Hughes and several vintage TV performances.

The updated Songs from the Big Chair also will be sold as a two-CD set, a single CD, an LP on 180-gram vinyl and a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc.

Songs from the Big Chair spent several weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 during the summer of '85, and featured the chart-topping singles "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Shout," as well as the hits "Head over Heels" and "Mothers Talks."  The album has sold more than five million copies in the U.S. alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

You can check out the full track list of the deluxe box set at

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Prince Releasing Two Albums Is "Genius," Says 3RDEYEGIRL Member

Warner Bros.RecordsToday, Prince simultaneously releases two new albums: a solo effort titled Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, a collaboration with his band 3RDEYEGIRL.  Releasing two completely different albums at the same time is something maybe only a talent like Prince could pull off, says 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis.

"Well, it's incredible because I think no other artist has ever released two albums that are totally distinct bodies of work, and that's one of the things that's so incredible about Prince," Grantis tells ABC News Radio.  "So, Art Official Age is a solo album, a lot of funk, a lot of soul.  PlectrumElectrum is a live rock record with the four of us and I think that releasing those two albums is just such a statement to his genius."

Altogether, Prince is giving fans a total of 25 new songs, but Grantis reveals that even with two albums to fill, it was difficult to narrow down the number of tunes to just 25.

"I mean, he's so incredibly prolific, and, you know, to be honest, we've got way more songs than what's really being released," she says.  "So we had to pick and choose from a greater repertoire of music."

Many of the songs were recorded during Prince's Hit & Run tours of the U.K. earlier this year, which saw him unexpectedly performing in small nightclubs.  However, drummer Hannah Ford tells ABC News Radio the band isn't sure when or if U.S. fans will get the same experience.

"You know, we're not really sure yet.  Tour dates will definitely be released, I think later in the year," Ford says.  "We're really excited, though, to get out on the road and hoping for some more U.S dates, because we've done a lot overseas and we love it overseas, but it's also fun to do stuff at home too." 

Here are the albums' track listings:

Art Official Age

"Art Official Cage"
"The Gold Standard"
"U Know"                
"Breakfast Can Wait"
"This Could Be Us"
"What It Feels Like"
"affirmation I & II"            
"Way Back Home"
"Time "                   
"affirmation III"



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KISS' Gene Simmons Featured on New Episode of AXS TV's "The Big Interview"

Image Courtesy of A&E and AXS TVKISS star Gene Simmons is rarely at a loss for words, which makes him a perfect guest for AXS TV's The Big Interview.  In a new episode of the program premiering tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the high-def network, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and entrepreneur chats candidly and in detail about a variety of topics with famed newsman Dan Rather.

Among the subjects Simmons discusses is his impoverished childhood in war-torn Israel, being abandoned by his father at the age of seven and his mother's experience as a survivor of Nazi concentration camps.  Gene also will chat about his high-profile romances with Cher and Diana Ross, his enduring yet bumpy relationship with wife Shannon Tweed, his many business ventures and, of course, his long tenure in his famous rock band.

In a preview clip from the show, Simmons declares, "Personally, I haven't had a bad thing happen to me.  I haven't had a bad day in my life -- not since I came to the Promised Land.  And let me you something, everybody points to Israel…but the Promised Land is America."

AXS TV executive Michele M. Dix says of the episode, "Gene Simmons has never been shy about delivering the straight truth as he sees it, and this episode of The Big Interview is no exception.  But what sets this particular segment apart is Dan Rather's unique ability to dive head-first into his subject, setting the rock star bravado aside and cutting to the core of the man underneath the makeup and the carefully cultivated 'Demon' persona."

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Neil Diamond Announces 2015 Tour

Image Courtesy Frank Ockenfels/The Kennedy CenterOn a night when Neil Diamond performed at his high school alma mater in Brooklyn, New York, the singer announced a North American tour for 2015.

Neil on Monday night announced a three-month-long trek that will begin in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on February 27 and conclude in Denver on May 31.

Neil has scheduled a date in his hometown of Brooklyn on March 26. Incidentally, his performance at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956, on Monday night marked his first-ever concert in Brooklyn.

Neil will release a new album, Melody Road, on October 21.

Here are the announced tour dates:

2/27/2015--Allentown, PA, PPL Center
3/4/2015--London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
3/7/2015--Ottawa, ON, Canadian Tire Centre
3/10/2015--Providence, RI, Dunkin Donuts Center
3/13/2015--Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
3/15/2015--Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
3/18/2015--Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
3/20/2015--Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
3/23/2015--Boston, MA, TD Garden
3/26/2015--Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
4/2/2015--Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
4/4/2015--Washington DC, Verizon Center
4/7/2015--Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
4/9/2015--Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
4/12/2015--St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
4/14/2015--Chicago, IL, United Center
4/17/2015--Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
4/19/2015--Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
4/23/2015--Mexico City, Mexico, Sports Palace
4/30/2015--Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
5/2/2015--Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
5/5/2015--Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
5/7/2015--Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
5/10/2015--Seattle, WA, KeyArena
5/12/2015--San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
5/15/2015--San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
5/19/2015--Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
5/26/2015--Houston, TX, Toyota Center
5/28/2015--Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
5/31/2015--Denver, CO, Pepsi Center

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Aretha Franklin Performs Powerful “Rolling in the Deep” on "Late Show"

Matthew Jordan SmithAretha Franklin made a guest appearance on Monday’s Late Show with David Letterman to promote her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, and perform the first single, a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep." 

Aretha was supported by a 12-piece band and five backup singers. Whitney Houston’s mom, soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston, was one of the backup singers.  Near the end of the performance, Aretha segued into the chorus of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." She received a standing ovation from the Late Show studio audience.

The Queen of Soul also chatted with Dave after the performance and recalled her first job as a young performer was singing at services for her preacher father.  Aretha told Dave her father paid her $50 each time, which she proceeded to use to buy “roller dogs...chili dogs and milk shakes and things like that...”

Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which also includes the 72-year-old legend's take on Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman" and Barbra Streisand's "People," will be released on October 21.

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ZZ Top Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates

Image Courtesy Ross HalfinZZ Top has announced new dates for the U.S. tour that was postponed when bass guitarist Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury.

The band's tour, which initially was scheduled to begin last week, will now get under way January 17, in San Antonio.

Hill injured his hip when he slipped and fell on his band's tour bus in August.

ZZ Top previously announced rescheduled dates for their joint tour with Jeff Beck. They will take place next May.

Here are the new tour dates:

1/17 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
1/18 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre
3/11 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
3/13 -- Kingston, NY, Ulster Performing Arts Center
3/14 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
3/17 -- Montréal, QC, Bell Centre
3/19 -- Orillia, ONT, Casino Rama
3/20 -- Battle Creek, MI, FireKeepers Casino
3/21 -- Danville, KY, Norton Center at Centre College
3/25 -- Roanoke, VA, Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
3/26 -- Huntington, WV, Big Sandy Arena
3/28 -- Bowling Green, KY, Hot Rods Baseball Stadium
3/29 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
3/31 -- La Crosse, WI, LA Crosse Center Arena
4/2 -- Davenport, IA, Adler Theater
4/3 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center
4/4 -- Clear Lake, IA, Surf Ballroom
4/9 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center
4/10 -- Mississippi State, MS, Humphrey Coliseum

Here are the previously announced dates with Beck:

5/1 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
5/2 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/7 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
5/8 -- W. Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
5/9 -- Saint Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
5/10 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

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Mike Rutherford Says Genesis' New "R-Kive" Compilation Showcases "a Great Body of Work"

RhinoThe new three-CD Genesis compilation, R-Kive, featuring a career-spanning selection of songs by the band and from the various solo projects of the group's members, hits stores today, September 30.  The 37-track collection is a companion piece to the new documentary titled Genesis: Sum of Its Parts, which will get its U.S. premiere on October 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Both R-Kive and the documentary included the participation of Genesis' classic early-to-mid-1970s lineup -- singer Peter Gabriel, singer/drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and lead guitarist Steve Hackett.  In putting the retrospective album together, each musician got to choose three songs from his non-Genesis material for the project.

Rutherford tells ABC News Radio that the compilation helps paint a full picture of what the group has accomplished.

"[F]rom this one school band, Genesis, you had the Gabriel career, the Collins career, the Mike the Mechanics career," Rutherford points out.  "And you put these songs together and you see a…'Turn It On [Again]' and a 'Biko' and 'In the Air [Tonight]' 'Living Years,' it's a great body of work."

He adds that with R-Kive, "I think we're trying to just remind people that we always were one band, really, one sort of team in a sense.  And so, when you put it like that, I think it's a nice story to be told."

The entire multidisc set is arranged in chronological order, which Rutherford says was "the only way to do it…otherwise you get lost."  He also says allowing each band member to pick three tunes from his solo catalog "seemed to make sense."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turns 64 on Thursday, notes that he and his old band mates didn't have a lot of disagreement over their choices for the R-Kive track list.

"In general, we're pretty tight," he points out.  "You know, there was a bit of discussion about things, but the options were never like, 'Oh, that's great and that's rubbish.'"

It's worth noting that the documentary will make its official TV debut this Saturday on the U.K.'s BBC Two, where it will air under the name Genesis: Together and Apart.

Meanwhile, Rutherford has some disappointing, but perhaps not surprising news for Genesis fans hoping for a band reunion.

"There's no plans," Mike tells ABC News Radio.  He adds, however, that there is a ray of hope that the band members could play together again at some point, recalling a comment that Gabriel had made not too long ago.  "Peter said…'Listen, we're all above grass still, you know,' which is something, which is relevant," says Rutherford.

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