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Courtesy of The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead's final three concerts, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chicago's Soldier Field, were the highest attended events ever at the venue since it was renovated in 2003.  Billboard reports that the group's Fare Thee Well shows on July 3, 4 and 5 in the Windy City drew 70,764, 70,844 and 71,000, respectively.

The previous record was held by U2, who brought in 67,936 fans for a 2009 concert during the Irish bands 360° Tour.

As previously reported, the band's Fare Thee Well shows featured The Grateful Dead's four core surviving members -- rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- along with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti, the keyboardist of Weir's side group RatDog.

According to, here is the full set list of Sunday's show, which was announced as The Grateful Dead's last-ever concert:

Set I:
"China Cat Sunflower"
"I Know You Rider"
"Estimated Prophet"
"Built to Last"
"Samson and Delilah"
"Mountains of the Moon"
"Throwing Stones"

Set II:
"Terrapin Station"
"Unbroken Chain"
"Days Between"
"Not Fade Away"

"Touch of Grey"

Encore 2:
"Attics of My Life"

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Credit: Andrew MacPhersonWherever he is, Lionel Richie must be dancing on the ceiling.  The pop/R&B singer has scored his first #1 album on the U.K. chart in more than 23 years, as his compilation The Definitive Collection, has jumped to the top spot following Richie's acclaimed June 28 performance at the Glastonbury Festival.

The 2003 retrospective, which features highlights from Richie's solo career and from his tenure with The Commodores, leaped from the 103rd slot to #1 after an amazing 1,763-percent increase in combined sales over the past week, reports.  The Definitive Collection previously peaked at #10 in the U.K. at the time of its 2003 release.

"I was overwhelmed performing at Glastonbury in front of all those people and for the fans to make the album Number 1 is ‎unbelievable," Richie tells  "The U.K. has always been a special place for me, thank you, I love you all."

The last time Lionel reached the top spot on the U.K. album tally was in 1992, with his Back to Front compilation.  Richie scored a #1 album in the U.S. in 2012 with his most recent studio effort, the country duets collection Tuskegee.

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PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationIn a new interview, Yoko Ono speaks out about the murderous ISIS terrorist who has been given the nickname "Jihadi John" in reference to her late husband, John Lennon.  Ono tells U.K. newspaper The Observer she "thought that was very distasteful" to use Lennon's name in connection with the Islamic militant, who has appeared in a number of videos in which he's shown beheading kidnapping victims from various countries.

Ono says she feels a duty to continue to work toward spreading the positive message that her husband and his old band embraced, particularly in the wake of the violent actions by groups such as ISIS.  "I have to keep on doing something because the other side will take over -- people who are really not understanding what beautiful things we have in this world and want to destroy it," she maintains.  "And I'm not going to let them destroy John or The Beatles."

"Jihadi John" is believed to be Mohammed Emwazi, who's part of a four-person British-born terrorist cell whose prisoners nicknamed them after The Beatles because of their accents.

In other news, although Ono is known to have had conflicts with the surviving Beatles members over the years, she tells The Observer her current relationship with them is warm.  "From my side there's an incredible love towards them," she maintains, "because they have done something important for the world and especially for the young."

Yoko suggests that one of the reasons why tensions mounted between her and Lennon's band mates, particularly when the group was still together, was a general lack of communication she says may have something to do with their British upbringing.

"For instance, that classic style of 'Let's keep our chins up' was typical of John," she explains.  "John and I went through so much difficulty and when that was happening we said, 'OK, let's just ignore it.'  I don't think the other Beatles had to go through that much, really -- John was the one who was taking it all.  But I know that they're doing their best.  I really love them like my brothers."

As for disputes that she's had with Paul McCartney over such issues as McCartney wanting his name to be listed before Lennon's on Beatles songs on which Sir Paul was the main or sole writer, Ono says she feels that they get blown out of proportion.  "I feel that in some ways we are almost forced to be in a boxing ring, and that's how people are looking at us," she maintains, "but we're not doing that."

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Rebecca Sapp/WireImageBernie Taupin is famous for writing the words to all of Elton's John's mega hits, but the lyricist also is a painter, and his artwork will be in the spotlight this month at two shows in New York's exclusive beachfront Hamptons communty.

Mark Borghi Fine Art is mounting a retrospective Taupin show, titled "BLUEPRINT," at its Bridgehampton, New York, location.  The exhibit will include 16 contemporary and abstract works that reflect Taupin's influences from the art of the 1950s and '60s.  That show will run from July 12 through July 26, and Taupin himself will be in attendance at an opening reception on July 11, at 6 p.m. ET. 

Meanwhile, in nearby Water Mill, New York, Taupin's newest works will be on display in an exhibit titled "Plain Brown Wrapper," at the Art Southampton art fair, which takes place July 10-13.  Bernie also will be on hand for an opening reception at Water Mill's Parrish Art Museum this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m. ET.  For more information visit

Since Taupin took up painting in the early '90s, his work has been displayed at exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.  You can get a taste of Bernie's abstract expressionist and pop art influenced work at

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EMI MusicPink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon may be more than 40 years old, but, according to Nielsen Music, it's one of the 10 top-selling albums for the first half of 2015…on vinyl, that is.  The classic 1973 album landed at #7 on the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report's Top LP Vinyl Albums list after selling 22,600 copies.

The report reveals that sales of vinyl records have increased by 38-percent from last year, and now comprise almost nine percent of all physical album sales.  At #1 on the vinyl albums tally is pop superstar Taylor Swift's 1989, which has sold 33,500 copies. 

Pink Floyd is one of the only classic-rock acts to appear in the top 10 of any of the lists featured in the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report.  The only other veteran rocker is Paul McCartney, whose collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West "FourFiveSeconds" landed at #9 on the Top Digital Songs tally, with more than 1.8 million copies downloaded.

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicThe core surviving members of The Grateful Dead completed their Fare Thee Well Tour Sunday with the third of three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field.

As was the case for their shows in Santa Clara, California, a week earlier, Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann were joined during the weekend by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.

Among the fans at Friday's show was Donald Strong, who along with his girlfriend had traveled from Charleston, South Carolina -- a 15-hour drive. He explained, "It's all about passion and love of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead."

Saturday's performance was attended by celebrities including Katy Perry, her on-again, off-again boyfriend John Mayer, and Woody Harrelson, Billboard reports.

In addition, President Obama wrote a message in acknowledgement of the Fare Thee Well Tour, stating, "Here's to fifty years of the Grateful Dead, an iconic American band that embodies the creativity, passion, and ability to bring people together that makes American music so great. Enjoy this weekend's celebration of your fans and legacy.

"And as Jerry would say, 'Let there be songs to fill the air,'" he added, referring to the late Jerry Garcia.

“The feeling we have here -- remember it, take it home and do some good with it," Mickey Hart said in closing, according to The New York Times.  "I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.”

Here's the set list for Saturday's concert, according to

Set One:
"Shakedown Street"
"Standing on the Moon"
"Me and My Uncle"
"Tennessee Jed"
"Cumberland Blues"
"Little Red Rooster"
"Friend of the Devil"

Set Two:
"Bird Song"
"The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)"
"Lost Sailor"
"Saint of Circumstance"
"West LA Fadeaway"
"Foolish Heart"
"Stella Blue"
"One More Saturday Night"

"US Blues"

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Credit: Al PereiraHere's some cool news for Kinks fans.  Founding lead guitarist Dave Davies has revealed the title and release date of the recently announced live solo album he's been putting together.  Rippin' Up NYC is scheduled to hit stores on August 21, according to a post on his Twitter feed.

Judging by the title, the album likely was recorded during the two-night stand Davies played this past November at the City Winery in New York City.  Those concerts were part of a brief tour Dave mounted in support of his latest studio effort, Rippin' Up Time, which was released in October.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, the 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been has lining up dates for a new U.S. solo tour that's scheduled to get under way on October 8 in Boston.  The trek, which is mapped out through a November 3 show in West Hollywood, California, currently includes 11 dates.

Here is Davies latest itinerary, according to his official website:

10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre
10/9 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/10 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
10/20 -- Washington, DC, The Howard Theatre
10/22 -- Asbury Park, NJ, The Stone Pony
10/24 -- Fall River, MA, Narrows Center
10/26 -- Albany, NY, The Egg
10/27 -- Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Playhouse
10/30 -- Napa, CA, Uptown Theatre
11/3 -- West Hollywood, CA, The Roxy Theatre

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Myrna Suarez/WireImageBilly Joel just capped off a banner week by tying the knot.

The 66-year-old singer-songwriter married girlfriend Alexis Roderick, 33, Saturday at his Long Island, NY estate, according to US Weekly.  By all accounts the ceremony was a surprise to the family and guests gathered for a Fourth of July celebration.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated the nuptials, while guests included comic actor Kevin James and Alexa Ray Joel, Billy's daughter with second wife Christie Brinkley, who posted her congratulations on Instagram, writing: "Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom.. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!"

James was also there last Wednesday night, when Joel performed his record 65th show at New York's Madison Square Garden, the most shows played there by any artist.  James helped raise a banner commemorating the achievement.

Joel and Roderick, who's pregnant, began dating in 2009, right about the time Billy divorced his third wife, Katie Lee.

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney muses on a variety of interesting topics in a new interview with the U.K. version of Esquire, including sharing his opinion on his old band The Beatles, whom he maintains were a phenomenon that the world likely won't see again.

The 73-year-old rock icon says part of the reason why The Beatles became such a sensation was the turbulent era during which they emerged, but he also insists that sheer talent played a bigger role.

"Let's not forgot, those four boys were f**king good," he declares. "You name me another group of four chaps, or chapesses, who had what The Beatles had.  [John] Lennon's skill, intelligence, acerbic wit, McCartney's melody, whatever he's got, [George] Harrison's spirituality, Ringo [Starr]'s spirit of fun, great drumming.  We all played, which is pretty hard…[and we] wrote some pretty good stuff, our own material."

Sir Paul adds, "Could that happen again?  I don't know.  I wish people well but I have a feeling it couldn't."

In the interview, McCartney also admits that he used to feel resentful when people suggested that Lennon's contributions to the band far outshined those of the other members, noting that this was most prevalent in the years following Lennon's 1980 murder.

"When John got shot, aside from the pure horror of it, the lingering thing was, OK, well now John's a martyr. A JFK," says Paul.  "So what happened was, I started to get frustrated because people started to say, 'Well, he was The Beatles.'  And me, George and Ringo would go, 'Er, hang on.  It's only a year ago we were all equal-ish.'"

McCartney also admits that he bristled when he read some comments Yoko Ono reportedly said in the press about him at the time.

"It said, 'Paul did nothing!  All he did was book the studio," he recalls.  "Like, 'F**k you, darling!  Hang on!'…Well, OK, now people know that's not true.  But that was just part of it.  There was a lot of revisionism: John did this, John did that.  I mean, if you just pull out all his great stuff and then stack it up against my not-so-great stuff, it's an easy case to make."

Meanwhile, McCartney admits that a reason he's been so comfortable with his immense fame is that he craves the positive attention his stardom has brought him.

"I have a joke with my daughter Mary," he explains to Esquire.  "Sometimes I won't be in a great mood and we'll go somewhere and the people will be all over me and she'll turn to [my wife] Nancy and say, 'He likes a bit of adulation.  It cheers him up,' and the thing is, yep, that is true.  All my life I've been trying to win a school prize or trying to do OK in an exam or trying to get a good job.  I've always been trying to do something where people go: you're good."

Check out the entire McCartney interview at

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Greg Grudt/The Hollywood Bowl; Dave J. Hogan/Getty ImagesPeople will be gathering together across the U.S.  to celebrate Independence Day, and as usual, some big-name music artists will help mark the occasion by playing concerts in various cities.  Among those acts is Journey, who will be performing at the Stadium of Fire event in Provo, Utah.

The show, held annually at Brigham Young University's LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, features the biggest stadium fireworks display in the U.S.  The patriotic-themed concert is part of the America's Freedom Festival, and is available for U.S. military members around the world to watch on the American Forces Network.

Journey guitarist Neal Schon tells ABC Radio he's thrilled to be playing the event, and promises that his band's set is "gonna be wicked."

Other famous music acts set to perform around the U.S. include The Rolling Stones, who will be rocking Indianapolis; The Beach Boys, who will be playing in Prior Lake, Minnesota; and Smokey Robinson, who will be performing at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Here's an alphabetical rundown of many of the veteran acts that will be playing Independence Day concerts across North America:

America -- Dundalk, MD, Dundalk Park
The Beach Boys -- Prior Lake, MN, Mystic Lake Casino
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort
Burton Cummings -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
The Doobie Brothers -- Blue Ash, OH, Red, White & Blue Ash
The Family Stone -- Las Cruces, NM, Field of Dreams
John Fogerty -- Dublin, OH, Dublin Coffman High School Football Stadium
Foghat -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
Lou Gramm -- Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort
The Grateful Dead, with Phish's Trey Anastasio and others -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
Sammy Hagar & the Circle -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Buddy Guy & More -- Washington, DC, Foo Fighters' 20th Anniversary Show - RFK Stadium
Herman's Hermits, Gary Puckett, Gary Lewis -- Elgin, IL, Grand Victoria Casino
Journey -- Provo, UT, LaVell Edwards Stadium
Barry Manilow, KC and the Sunshine Band -- Washington, DC, A Capitol Fourth
Smokey Robinson -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
The Rolling Stones -- Indianapolis, IN, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
James Taylor -- Lenox, MA, Koussevitsky Music Shed at Tanglewood
Brian Wilson -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
38 Special -- Flower Mound, TX, Bakersfield Park

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Credit: A. StreiberWashington, D.C., will be boogying on July 4 when KC and the Sunshine Band hits the stage outside of the U.S. Capitol building to perform on PBS' annual Independence Day special, A Capitol Fourth.  Frontman Harry Wayne Casey, aka KC, says he's thrilled to be taking part in the event, describing it as "one of those 'pinch me,' 'aha,' 'wow' moments."

The singer says his band will be playing a medley of three of its "major hits" during its slot, which will run seven minutes and 45 seconds.

"It's supposed to be with the symphony orchestra," he tells ABC Radio, "so I think it's gonna be amazing and it's gonna be a fun evening."

KC and the Sunshine Band are just one of a bevy of stars that will be performing at the 35th anniversary edition of the concert, which also will feature Barry Manilow, country stars Alabama and Hunter Hayes, singer/actress Nicole Scherzinger, classical pianist Lang Lang and Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jack Everly.  In addition, actor Robert Davi will deliver a Frank Sinatra tribute performance in honor of the late crooner's 100th birthday.

KC says he's excited about finally getting to take part in the event because he and his band have been invited "many, many" times before but were unable to accept because of various scheduling conflicts.

"I've always felt bad that we had to turn it down so many times," he admits, "so this year we actually get to be there."

As for what he's anticipating most about the show, KC says, "I'm just looking forward to being there, period."  He adds, "It's all gonna go by so quickly and there's a lot of different artists on there, and I'm sure it's gonna be just a little chaotic, actually.  But, you know, it's like doing any variety TV show, except this one's from the Capitol and it's celebrating our 239th anniversary and it's A Capitol Fourth.  I mean, it's a huge show."

The special, which this year will be hosted by former West Wing star Bradley Whitford, will be topped off by a dazzling fireworks display.  The hour-and-a-half show airs live at 8 p.m. ET on PBS, and also will be shown on the American Forces Network.  An encore PBS screening will be broadcast immediately at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Credit: Seth HellmanThe official video for Steven Tyler's new single, "Love Is Your Name," premiered online Friday at the Aerosmith frontman's website and VEVO YouTube channel.  The clip for the countrified tune features Tyler hanging on the porch of a rural shack before joining a bunch of hippified partygoers and fellow musicians around a down-home bonfire.

The video, which was shot mostly in the outskirts of Nashville by director Trey Fanjoy, also features an appearance by some of Steven's trademark scarves.  The clip begins with a shot of a microphone stand with the colorful scarves hanging off of it on the stage of an empty venue.  The multicolored accessories are seen again numerous times throughout the video, being dragged along the ground by a beautiful young woman who catches the rock legend's eye.

"Love Is Your Name" was released in May, and will appear on Tyler's upcoming debut solo album, which he's been working on with various collaborators in Nashville in recent months.  Steven currently is on tour with Aerosmith, which will be on the road through an August 7 concert in Canton, Ohio.  The singer recently told USA Today that he won't finish the project until after the trek winds down.

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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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