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Image Courtesy of Webster PRPat Benatar and her guitarist/husband, Neil Giraldo, have a busy year planned, with dozens of North American dates lined up as part of their ongoing 35th Anniversary Tour.  But the rocking couple took a little time off to chat with famed newsman Dan Rather for an upcoming episode of his AXS TV show The Big Interview.

In the hour-long program, which debuts on July 21, Benatar and Giraldo, who have been married since 1981, open up about their long musical and personal relationship.

"It was great to share with Dan our story," says Giraldo about their appearance on The Big Interview.  "He really took the time to explore our partnership and understand how we have worked together to create music, but we were also able to talk about all the other aspects of our partnership personal and professional.  It's not all about the music there is so much more to who we are."

Meanwhile, Pat and Neil recently released a live album and home video capturing a 2014 performance from their 35th anniversary trek.  RollingStone.com has posted a clip from the DVD featuring Benatar performing a mashup of her hit "Heartbreaker" and the Johnny Cash classic "Ring of Fire."

In an accompanying interview with Rolling Stone, Giraldo reveals that it was his idea to cover "Ring of Fire," explaining, "I think of weird stuff for us to do, cover songs to do.  I always thought it would be a good song for us, because we're like Johnny and [his wife] June [Carter Cash]."

Benatar and Giraldo recently added a bunch of additional dates to their 2015 tour, which now is mapped out through a Septmber 6 concert in Palmer, Alaska.  Here are all of the duo's forthcoming shows:

6/26 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
6/27 -- Lawrenceburg, IN, Hollywood Casino - Lawrenceburg Event Center
6/30 -- Newport News, VA, CNU Ferguson Center for the Arts
7/1 -- Durham, NC, The Carolina Theatre
7/3 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel - Seneca Events Center
7/4 -- Mount Pocono, PA, Mount Airy Casino Resort - Sherman Summer Stage
7/5 -- Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse
7/7 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort Casino - Showroom
7/8 -- Washington, DC, Warner Theatre
7/10 -- Lowell, MA, Boarding House Park
7/11 -- New York, NY, Edison Ballroom
7/13 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/14 -- Huber Heights, OH, Rose Music Center at the Heights
7/16 -- Louisville, KY, Brown Theatre
7/17 -- Robinsonville, MS, Horseshoe Tunica - Bluesville
7/18 -- Lake Charles, LA, Golden Nugget Lake Charles
7/20 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
7/21 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues
7/23 -- El Paso, TX, Plaza Theatre Performing Arts
7/24 -- Sahuarita, AZ, Desert Diamond Casino
7/25 -- Laughlin, NV, The Edgewater Casino Resort
7/28 -- Livermore, CA, Wente Vineyards
7/29 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery
7/31 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
8/1 -- Monterey, CA, Golden State Theatre
8/2 -- Solana Beach, CA, Belly Up
8/6 -- Costa Mesa, CA, Pacific Amphitheatre
8/7 -- Thousand Oaks, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
8/11 -- Apple Valley, MN, Minnesota Zoo
8/12 -- Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Center for the Arts
8/13 -- Bismarck, MD, Bismarck Events Center
8/15 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawre
8/16 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Grey Eagle Resort and Casino
8/19 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
8/21 -- Chandler, AZ, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
8/22 -- Lancaster, CA, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
8/25 -- Turlock, CA, Turlock Community Theatre
8/26 -- Reno, NV, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
8/28 -- Boise, ID, Western Idaho Fairgrounds
8/29 -- Manson, WA, Mill Bay Casino Deep Water
8/31 -- Monroe, WA, Evergreen State Fair
9/2 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Pacific National Exhibition
9/3 -- Salem, OR, L.B. Day Amphitheatre
9/4 -- Jacksonville, OR, Britt Pavilion
9/6 -- Palmer, AK, Alaska State Fair

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Credit: Olaf HeineFor a split second, the members of U2 thought that the first show of their enormous iNNOCENCE eXPERIENCE tour might be their last when guitarist The Edge fell off the stage.  In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the members of U2 discuss the incident, which luckily did not seriously injure The Edge.

"It was a moment of reverie where I just completely lost track of where I was on the stage," says The Edge in the interview.  "Out of the corner of my eye I could see the curve of the round and I thought I was already there.  I stepped off on what I thought was the stage and I had basically cut the corner.  It was one of those things you do only once."

Bassist Adam Clayton says he was "sick in the pit of my stomach" watching the fall, and drummer Larry Mullen remembers thinking that the tour might "start and end in the same evening" had The Edge's injuries been more significant.

"It would have been the shortest tour in history," adds The Edge.

Last year, U2 frontman Bono suffered a fall of his own when he injured himself in a cycling accident.  The singer has said that he still can't play guitar due to his injuries, but now he's starting to look at his body in a different way.

"Edge says that I look at my body like it's an inconvenience," Bono says.  "And that I need to be more mindful.  And you know I've been disagreeing with Edge all my life on musical matters, but I'm starting to pay much more attention to him on philosophical ones."

You can watch the entire CBS Sunday Morning interview with U2 when the show airs May 24 at 9 a.m. ET.

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Photo: Guy WebsterAXS TV will celebrate the Memorial Day weekend by offering up an evening of programming this Sunday, May 24, that focuses on "America's band, The Beach Boys.  The marathon will includes the network's premiere screening of Brian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian, a recent concert special filmed this past December in Las Vegas that showcased songs from the Beach Boys mastermind's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, plus classics from his old band.

The program, which originally aired as an episode of PBS' Soundstage last month, captures Brian Wilson performing with many of the guest artists who appeared on No Pier Pressure, including fellow founding Beach Boy Al Jardine, former Beach Boys sidemen Blondie Chaplin and Ricky Fataar, fun. singer Nate Ruess, jazz trumpet player Mark Isham and Sebu Simonian of the indie-pop act Capital CitiesBrian Wilson and Friends: Live from the Venetian debuts on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET.

Kicking off the programming block at 7 p.m. ET will be The Beach Boys 50 -- Doin' It Again, a documentary that takes a look at the making of the group's 2012 reunion album, That's Why God Made the Radio, and its 50th anniversary tour the same year.

Later in the evening, at 9:25 p.m. ET, AXS TV will air The Beach Boys 50 -- Live in Concert, which captures the band playing 21 songs at a concert in Phoenix during the aforementioned 2012 tour.

Finishing off the Beach Boys-related fun, fun, fun at 10:40 p.m. ET will be the star-studded special MusiCares Person of the Year 2005: Brian Wilson.  The show, filmed at the Hollywood Palladium, documents the Grammy organization's salute to Wilson, which included performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael McDonald, The Backstreet Boys, John Legend and many other acclaimed musicians.  Brian also took to the stage with his backing group to play a few songs.

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Proper RecordsFounding Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman will turn 79 this October, but despite his advancing age, he's still making new music.  Next month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will release his first solo album in 33 years, Back to Basics.

Wyman admits that he initially wondered if he might be "too old" to put out a new album, but quickly thought the better of it.

"I thought, 'Every creative artist goes until they drop,'" he tells Rolling Stone.  "Whether they're sculptors, writers, poets or musicians, they just carry on as long as they can.  So then I thought, 'What the hell.'"

Wyman was inspired to make the record after rediscovering some forgotten demos of songs he felt never got their due.  He decided to revisit those tunes, as well as some other old songs that hadn't made it onto his earlier solo albums, and record updated versions of them.

Bill explains to Rolling Stone that he used the stripped-down sounds of a number of acclaimed songwriters as inspiration for the album.

"I wanted it to be inspired a bit like After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, to capture the simplicity of those couple of albums he did around that time," he points out.  "I was also inspired by J.J. Cale, who I had done stuff with in The Rhythm Kings, and Tom Waits and the way he sings."

Wyman adds that another influence on the new album was 80-yar-old Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, describing his 1984 tune "Dance Me to the End of Love" as "wonderful."

Back to Basics also features a number of brand-new compositions that Wyman says he wrote "in my house on a little acoustic guitar."  He notes that since he's not a guitar player, "I usually just mess about on the bottom strings for little guitar licks and riffs."

Meanwhile, Bill says he has no interest in ever reuniting with The Rolling Stones again.

"You can't go back and relive something and have it be the same," he insists, while pointing out that he's "still great mates" with his former band mates.

"We still send each other Christmas and birthday presents as we always did," Wyman reveals, "and sometimes I do gigs with Charlie [Watts] and his band or with Ronnie Wood if he's doing a special."

Bill says he "loved every minute" of his 31 years in the band, and is "proud of everything we did," but was very ready to retire from The Stones after the three major tours they mounted in 1989 and '90.

"I thought, 'That's enough for me, there's nowhere else to go,'" he recalls.  "I was happy to move on because there were so many other things that I wanted to do in my life that I had planned to years and years and years before, never expecting as anyone did that the band would last that long."

Back to Basics will hit stores in the U.K. on June 22.  No U.S. release has been announced yet.

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Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney is the world's wealthiest rocker so he can afford to buy nice things, like a beautiful new penthouse apartment overlooking New York City's Central Park.  The New York Post reports that the ex-Beatles star and his wife, Nancy Shevell, shelled out $15.5 million for a duplex apartment at 1045 Fifth Ave., not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

According to the Street Easy real estate website, the co-op residence boasts wraparound balconies, a living room, library, master bedroom, and master sitting room that all face Central Park above the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir, plus a formal dining room and "a double height gallery."  The duplex also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that are 40 feet high.

The Post reports the building was built in 1967 by late developer Manny Duell, who created the duplex for his wife.  She lived there until her death in 2014.

McCartney launches a series of European tour dates this weekend with a May 23-24 stand at London's O2 Arena.

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Stony Brook UniversityEven people who aren't Billy Joel fans probably know that he's from Long Island, New York, and on Friday, one of that area's top universities presented the Piano Man with an honorary degree at its 55th commencement ceremony.

Billy received a Doctor of Music degree from Stony Brook University, which has been the recipient of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's generosity over the years: he's donated two pianos to the school, which are worth more than 200 thousand dollars.

Speaking to the students, Billy said he'd keep his remarks short because "it's Memorial Day weekend and I don't want anyone getting melanoma from sitting out here for too long."  He then told the students, “I hope that by now you have found what it is you love and I hope that you have learned the skills you need to make what you love your life’s work."

He added, "I wish for you the stamina to continue that work when you encounter resistance and tough times…'cause if you’re not doing what you love, you’re just wasting your time.”

This degree is far from the first that Billy Joel has received.  He's got a wall full of diplomas from, among others, Syracuse University, the Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Fairfield University and Hofstra University.  Not bad for a guy who never even graduated from high school.  He did eventually receive his diploma, though, 25 years after he ditched school for a life in music.

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Image Courtesy of The WhoA pot-smoking Who fan almost brought the band's concert this week at New York's Nassau Coliseum to a halt when Roger Daltrey complained that the smoke was affecting his voice.  Newsday reports that several songs into the show, Daltrey threatened to walk off the stage if the offending audience member didn't stop smoking.

In fan-filmed video of the event posted online, the frontman is heard saying, "If you don't put it down, then I'm telling you now, the show will be over.  It's your choice.  I'm doing my best."

The crowd then begins chanting, "Eat it, eat it," prompting guitarist Pete Townshend to join in.  An animated Townshend then suggests makes an alternate suggestion.  "Stick it up your f**king a**," he declares.  "It's the quickest way. I think it's better than eating it."

Daltrey gets in on the off-color fun by adding, "And by far the most pleasurable," to which Townshend responds, "That depends."

Roger has been struggling with voice problems in recent years, and The Who had to postpone three concerts on its current tour earlier this month when he was diagnosed with swollen vocal cords.  According to Newsday, Daltrey suffers from an allergy to marijuana smoke.

The Who's next concert takes place tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The band winds down the current North American leg of it's The Who Hits 50! Tour on Saturday, May 30, in Forest Hills, New York.  The British rock legends then will launch a European in June, but will return for another series of North American shows that will kick off September 14 in San Diego.  Check out the band's full tour schedule at TheWho.com.

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PRNewsFoto/Legacy RecordingsA massive 23-CD box set chronicling The Isley Brothers' evolution from a doo-wop/gospel act to an influential rock 'n' soul band will be released on August 21

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) boasts remastered editions of the 21 albums the group issued on those two labels, as well as a previously unreleased, unabridged version of the 1980 live-in-the-studio album they made at the Bearsville Studios outside of Woodstock, New York.Most of the albums included in the collection are expanded with bonus tracks that have never before been available on CD or digitally. 

The box set spans from 1959's Shout! through 1983's Between the Sheets.  Among the many memorable songs featured on the retrospective is their early classic "Shout," as well as their hits "It's Your Thing," "That Lady" and "Fight the Power," the last of which comes from the group's chart-topping 1975 album The Heat Is On.  The box set also includes the 1971 compilation In the Beginning, which features tracks The Isleys made in the mid-1960s when Jimi Hendrix was a member of their backing band.

The Isley Brothers have had an immense influence on modern soul and hip-hop.  Among the artists who have sampled the band's tunes or have cited them as an inspiration are The Notorious B.I.G., R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean.

While several of the Isley siblings have passed away, the group remains active today, led by surviving brothers Ronald and Ernie.

Here is the list of albums featured in The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) box set:

Shout! (1959)*
It's Our Thing (1969)*
The Brothers: Isley (1969)*
The Isley Brothers Live at Yankee Stadium (1969)
Get into Something (1970)*
In the Beginning...The Isley Brothers & Jimi Hendrix (recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)*
Givin' It Back (1971)*
Brother, Brother, Brother (1972)*
The Isleys Live (1973)
3 3 (1973)*
Live It Up (1974)*
The Heat Is On (1975)*
Harvest for the World (1976)*
Go for Your Guns (1977)*
Showdown (1978)*
Winner Takes All (1979) (two CDs)*
Go All the Way (1980)*
Wild in Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live at Bearsville Studios 1980 (previously unreleased)*
Grand Slam (1981)*
Inside You (1981)*
The Real Deal (1982)*
Between the Sheets (1983)*

* = includes bonus tracks.

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Chris Ross/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event also included performances from U2, John Mellencamp, and a Game of Thrones parody featuring Coldplay.

- U2 Performed "Song for Someone," from their latest album, Songs of Innocence.

-Mellencamp was introduced by country giant and American Idol judge Keith Urban, who teamed up for "Pink Houses," a song from Mellencamp's 1985 album, Scarecrow.

- Coldplay's Game of Thrones parody features the show's cast taking part in a musical production of the show, written by the band's frontman, Chris Martin. Though he has high hopes for the production, according to the sketch, it ends in failure when Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin won't give his consent to turn the books into a play.

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Rounder RecordsA new DVD/double-CD set documenting a Gregg Allman solo concert that took place in January of last year in Macon, Georgia, will be released on August 7.  Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features the founding Allman Brothers Band singer and his eight-piece backing group playing a 16-song set at historic Grand Opera House in Macon, the Allmans' adopted hometown.

Among the tunes Gregg performed at the show were Allman Brothers classics like "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "One Way Out," as well as his hit "I'm No Angel" and other selections from his solo catalog.  Allman's son Devon makes a guest appearance at the concert.

The video portion of the release, which will be Allman's first solo DVD, includes interview segments interspersed with the performances, as well as two bonus songs -- "Stormy Monday" and "Floating Bridge."  The set also contains a feature titled The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H.

The Gregg Allman Live package features liner notes penned by Allman Brothers historian John Lynskey.  The liner notes quote Gregg as saying about the show, "Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there.  Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now.  I'm so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin' that night."

RollingStone.com has premiered a clip from the DVD of Gregg and his band, along with Devon Allman, performing an epic 11-minute version of "One Way Out."

Meanwhile, Gregg has lined up a variety of solo shows this year, including a late-summer run of joint concerts with The Doobie Brothers.  Check out his full itinerary at GreggAllman.com.

Here is the full track list of Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA:

CD 1
"Statesboro Blues"
"I'm No Angel"
"Queen of Hearts"
"I Can't Be Satisfied"
"These Days"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
"Brightest Smile in Town"
"Hot'Lanta"
"I've Found a Love"

CD 2
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"Before the Bullets Fly"
"Melissa"
"Midnight Rider"
"Love Like Kerosene"
"Whipping Post"
"One Way Out"

DVD
"Statesboro Blues"
"I'm No Angel"
"Queen of Hearts"
Interview: What Macon Was To Us
"I Can't Be Satisfied"
"These Days"
"Ain't Wastin' Time No More"
Interview: Practicing in Macon
"Brightest Smile in Town"
"Hot'Lanta"
"I've Found a Love"
"Don't Keep Me Wonderin'"
"Before the Bullets Fly"
"Melissa"
Interview: We Worked Hard
"Midnight Rider"
"Love Like Kerosene"
Interview: Songwriting for The Allman Brothers
"Whipping Post"
"One Way Out"

Bonus Tracks:
"Stormy Monday"
"Floating Bridge"

Feature: The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H

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Credit: Sean EvansMusic fans don't generally associate Roger Waters with rootsy, acoustic sounds, but the former Pink Floyd star has signed on to headline the first day of the 2015 Newport Folk Festival.  The three-day event takes place Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode, Island.

According to a message on Waters' official Facebook page, Roger will play an intimate [set] specifically crafted for" the festival.  A limited number of single-day tickets are still available for the fest's July 24 performances. To check out the full lineup and more details about the festival, visit NewportFolk.org.

Waters' Newport Folk Festival show happens to coincide with the release of the deluxe reissue of his 1992 solo album, Amused to Death.  As previously reported, the remastered collection will be available as a standard CD, a Super Audio CD, a CD/Blu-ray audio set, a 200-gram two-LP vinyl set, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl picture disc and a high-res digital download.

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Music City MediaOriginal Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm is ready to launch a series of 2015 tour dates that will see him performing at a variety of venues and events around North America well into September.  The voice behind such classic hits as "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Cold as Ice" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" will kick things off with a performance tonight, May 21, in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Gramm's itinerary currently includes 19 shows, and is plotted out through a September concert in Clovis, New Mexico.  More dates will be added soon.

Among Gramm's scheduled shows is a June 5 event in Atlanta that will feature Lou performing with accompaniment from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Here are all of Lou's confirmed upcoming shows:

5/21 -- Snoqualmie, WA, Snoqualmie Casino
5/23 -- Bakersfield, CA, Bakersfield Rocking Country Festival
6/5 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre (with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
6/6 -- Shawnee, KS, Old Shawnee Days Festival
6/20 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino
6/27 -- Augusta, NJ, Rockin Ribs Festival
7/4 -- Sun Peaks, BC, Canada, Sun Peaks Resort - Concert Series
7/10 -- Peace River, AB, Canada, Peacefest
7/11 -- Fort Morgan, CO, BobStock
7/16 -- Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, Parc Jacques-Cartier
7/19 -- Patchogue, NY, Great South Bay Music Fest
7/27 -- Olds, AB, Canada, Olds Agricultural Grandstand
7/31 -- North Tonawanda, NY, Rockin' on the River Series
8/14 -- West Allis, WI, Wisconsin State Fair
8/28 -- Hopewell, VA, Beacon Theatre
8/29 -- DeKalb, IL, DeKalb Corn Festival
9/2 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/3 -- St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/12 -- Clovis, NM, Clovis Music Festival

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Rutgers University-Camden/Robert LaramieCall him Doctor Bon Jovi now.  Jon Bon Jovi received an honorary doctorate Thursday, and delivered a keynote speech, during the commencement ceremony for Rutgers University's Camden, New Jersey, campus.  The singer also performed an original tune that he penned for the occasion, which encouraged the graduating students to "write your song," "love your life" and "start your own revolution."

Bon Jovi was presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree from Rutgers-Camden for his musical accomplishments, as well as his work as a philanthropist.  After receiving the honor, Jon told the college's Class of 2015 they shouldn't feel discouraged if they weren't quite sure about their career paths yet.

"Maybe you've already have your life mapped out -- whether it's the corner office, or philanthropy or music," he said.  "But, if not, that's OK.  Don't be embarrassed by indecision."

He added, "It's OK to map out your future, but do it in pencil."

Bon Jovi went on to explain how buying into the Philadelphia Soul arena football team led him to establish the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which funds and creates programs to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness, and feed the hungry.

"For me, the issue of hunger and homelessness feels right," he said. "For you, it may be something else, so find that something, be passionate about it and start that ripple.  Be that change, that's what you do."  Jon also talked about "the power of 'we,'" stressing the importance of working collaboratively with others in order to accomplish positive change.

At the end of his speech, Bon Jovi revealed he'd written them a song for the students as a gift, and played it for them while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.  Bon Jovi's rep tells ABC Radio the song's title is "Reunion."

Thousands of people attended the event, which was held at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.  You can see the entire commencement ceremony online at the Rutgers-Camden campus' YouTube channel.  Jon Bon Jovi appears about 61 minutes into the video.

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Dean Stockings; Mike OwenBoy George, Annie Lennox and famed songwriter Paul Williams were among the honorees at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, held today in London.

The Culture Club frontman was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music prize.  The BBC reports that in his acceptance speech, Boy George described himself as "a melody writer who doesn't play any instruments," and said, "it's amazing I managed to have this 30-year-plus career doing what I love.  What a life."

Lennox became the first woman to receive a Fellowship to BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, in recognition of her philanthropy and activism, as well as for her musical achievements.  In presenting the honor to the ex-Eurythmics singer, Elton John praised her for her work supporting "women, human rights and, above all, the fight against HIV."

Lennox said during her speech, "I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't become a singer-songwriter because creating music was all I ever wanted to do."

John also presented the Songwriter of the Year award to Ed Sheeran.

Williams received the Special International Award, while veteran singer/songwriter Albert Hammond was honored with the Outstanding Song Collection prize.  Among the evening's other honorees were Midge Ure and Bob Geldof, who won The Ivors Special Anniversary Award for their work on the Band Aid charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas," which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

Queen guitarist Brian May also took part in the ceremony, presenting heavy-metal legends Black Sabbath with the Lifetime Achievement award.

You can check out the complete list of winners at TheIvors.com.

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PRNewsFoto/Live Nation EntertainmentMadonna has rescheduled the first three dates of her forthcoming Rebel Heart tour due to production issues.

"As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect," she says in a statement.  "Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans.  I can promise you this show will be worth the wait.  Can't wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there."

The August 29 opening night in Miami has been moved to January 23rd.  An additional show scheduled for August 30 will take place January 24, while the September 2 show in Atlanta has been rescheduled to January 20, and two shows in San Juan, Puerto Rico, originally scheduled for September 5 and 6 will now take place January 27 and 28.  Tickets for all dates will be honored for the new dates.  Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

The Rebel Heart tour will now kick off Wednesday, September 9 in Montreal. 

Visit Madonna's website for the updated itinerary.

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MVD Entertainment GroupVeteran rock guitar whiz Dave Edmunds will be releasing his first-ever all-instrumental album next month.  On Guitar...Dave Edmunds: Rags & Classics, which hits stores June 9, features the 71-year-old musician's interpretations of an eclectic list of songs -- everything from Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale," The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and Elton John's "Your Song" to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" to a classical piece by Mozart.

"I've chosen a selection of what I consider to be 'classic singles' from the past, but with a Fender Stratocaster guitar interpretation," explains Edmunds, "along with others reflecting my earlier influences."

Dave says he recorded Rags & Classics over the course of four months at his home studio in Wales, while admitting he'd been thinking about doing an instrumental record since he was 17 years old.

Edmunds first found fame in the U.K. during the late 1960s with the band Love Sculpture.  After the group split, he had a #4 hit in 1971 with his cover of Dave Bartholomew's blues-rock gem "I Hear You Knocking."  He later formed the acclaimed band Rockpile with singer/songwriter Nick Lowe, but also had continued success as a solo artist into the 1980s.  His most recent album, …Again, was released in January 2014.

Here is the complete track list to Edmunds' Rags & Classics:

"A Whiter Shade of Pale"
"I Believe I Can Fly"
"God Only Knows"
"Wuthering Heights"
"Your Song"
"Black Mountain Rag"
"Classical Gas"
"Green Onions"
"Cannonball Rag"
"Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Molto Allegro"

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TDF ProductionsEven if you could've scored tickets, chances are you would've had to steal a seat from a celebrity at last night's "surprise" Rolling Stones concert at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. 

The Stones used the gig both as a warm-up for their upcoming Zip Code Tour, and to celebrate the June 9 reissue of their 1971 Sticky Fingers album, which includes the classic songs "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses," and "Bitch."  The band played the album in its entirely, as well as a handful of other hits.

About those celebs at the show -- they included movies stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis and Joe Pesci, rock musicians Steven Van Zandt, Dave Stewart, Leonard Cohen and Ben Harper, pop stars Harry Styles and Kesha, Jagger's daughter Georgia May Jagger, and many others.

The Stones are famous for playing surprise gigs at small venues in advance of their tours.  In 2013, they performed at the Echoplex, an L.A. club with a 600-person capacity, prior to launching a North American trek. 

The band's Zip Code Tour officially kicks off this Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.

Here's the set list from Wednesday night's show at the Fonda Theatre:

"Start Me Up"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"All Down the Line"
"Sway"
"Dead Flowers"
"Wild Horses"
"Sister Morphine"
"You Gotta Move"
"Bitch"
"Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’"
"I Got the Blues"
"Moonlight Mile"
"Brown Sugar"

Encore:
"Rock Me Baby"
"Jumpin’ Jack Flash"
"Can’t Turn You Loose"

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Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters had the honor of closing out David Letterman's final Late Show broadcast on Wednesday night.

Dave Grohl and company performed "Everlong," as highlights of Letterman's 33 years in late night were shown.

Letterman noted that "Everlong" holds great meaning for him. The Foo Fighters played it on Late Show when the host returned following heart surgery in 2000.

Letterman recalled that he specifically requested the Foo Fighters appear on his program after that surgery to perform "Everlong," and that they accommodated him by cancelling a South American tour. He added, "Happily, ever since, we've been joined at the hip."

In introducing the Foo Fighters to wrap up his finale, Letterman said, "The only thing I have left to do, for the last time on a television program, thank you and good night."

Afterward, Sting had a hand in saluting Letterman on The Late Late Show. He and Late Late Show host James Corden were seen in a recorded segment performing "Every Breath You Take" in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, where Letterman recorded his program.  

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Credit: Penny LancasterIn 2013, Rod Stewart returned to the charts in a big way with his first album of original song in years, Time.  Still on a songwriting roll, the singer's following that up with another new studio effort, due this fall.

AllAccess.com reports that at a presentation by Stewart's label, Capitol Records, he spoke about the new set, which is called Another Country, and will be released in October.  Rod said of the project, "I've wondered about being in the armed forces, away from your sweetheart and your family...that must be heartbreaking...that is what Another Country is all about."  At the event, Stewart also performed his new song, "Stay with Me Tonight."

In November, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Vegas Player magazine that his new album would be released in the spring and would feature a lot of "Celtic melodies,"and that he'd also been experimenting with ska and reggae sounds.  It's not clear if that's what this new colection of tunes will actually sound like.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCThis past weekend, Van Halen's current lineup gave its first ever performance at an awards show when it played a rocking rendition of "Panama" to kick off the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.  Speaking with ABC Radio after the band's appearance, frontman David Lee Roth revealed that Van Halen also has been tapped to open another awards ceremony, the CMT Music Awards, which the CMT network will air live from Nashville on June 10.

While a show that celebrates the top artists in country music may seem like an odd forum for the hard-rocking Van Halen, Roth said he believed that his band's passionate approach to rehearsing and creating music has made it a group that appeals to fans of various musical genres.

"Van Halen, as opposed to many of our colleagues, has a whole different approach to how we pursue our art," explained the flamboyant frontman.  "First off, we don't pursue it…it's an obsession.  It's not something we decided.  It's not something we thought would make us famous.  It has destroyed us variously in terms of health, finance, family.  It's a trail that extends about four decades and a million years back, okay?  But it's an obsession."

Van Halen fans may remember that Roth made a foray into the country world when he contributed vocals to a few tracks on the 2006 bluegrass-flavored tribute album Strummin' with the Devil: The Southern Side of Van Halen.  CMT has yet to make an official announcement about the band's participation in the awards show.

Meanwhile, ABC Radio also asked Roth how he feels when younger artists or fans come up to him and tell him that he's a legend or that his music has inspired them.

"Whenever somebody approaches and they say, 'Oh, you're a legend,' I say, 'Well, that's as misused as the word 'genius,'" he noted, adding that his first reaction to such praise is that "it makes my night."  Diamond Dave then joked that he also had a second, more suspicious reaction, saying, "I'm always concerned that they're gonna blame me for their bad habits and then tell me one of their children is mine."

Van Halen kicks off a North American tour on July 5 in Auburn, Washington, and the trek runs through an October 4 show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

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