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Watch New Trailer for "Led Zeppelin IV" Reissue; Robert Plant Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Atlantic/Swan SongA new teaser trailer has premiered online offering a short preview of the forthcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin's classic 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV.  The clip, which runs for a minute and seven seconds, features an early mix of "Black Dog" that will be appear on the bonus "companion audio" disc included in the deluxe versions of the release.

The promo video also features footage of Led Zeppelin performing in concert, and glimpses of different images from the package, including the cover art, vintage concert posters and gig announcements and photos of the band members.  You can watch the trailer at Led Zeppelin's official website and YouTube channel.

The remastered Led Zeppelin IV packages will be released on October 28 as part of the second installment the band's reissue campaign.  Revamped versions of the group 1973 album Houses of the Holy also will hit stores the same day.

In other Led Zeppelin-related news, Robert Plant has joined the droves of celebrities who have taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A video clip, which can be viewed on Robert's YouTube channel, shows the rock legend standing in a nicely landscaped yard or park, ringing a little green bell.  Plant reveals that he was nominated by British comedy group Kiddy Lad, and then calls on "Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Paul McCartney and my favorite commoner, Peter Gabriel" to take the challenge also.  He adds, "Come on lads, get wet.  Please don't forget to donate," before two men empty buckets of ice water over his curly locks.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge calls for nominated participants to pour ice water over their heads within a day or two or donate $100 to help find a cure for ALS, the progressive degenerative nerve disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  As of Friday, more than $100 million has been raised by this year's campaign.

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Elton John to Be Joined by Chrissie Hynde at "End of Summer" Bash at UK Mansion Next Week


Joseph Guay; Dean ChalkleyElton John will raise money for his AIDS Foundation with a star-studded bash at his mansion in Windsor, England, on Thursday, September 4.

The "End of Summer Party" at Woodside, a home John shares with husband David Furnish, will feature musical performances by Elton himself, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and U.K. singer/songwriter James Blunt.  In addition, John has partnered with Grey Goose to set up an actual nightclub on the grounds of the home; top DJ Fatboy Slim will provide the music while guests sip specially created Grey Goose cocktails.

You can join in the fun -- if you've got the cash.  Tickets are available for just under $5,000 each.

The "End of Summer Party" replaces Elton's long-running charity event the White Tie & Tiara Ball, which he's discontinued.

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The Beatles, Madonna in Top Five of "Time" Magazine's List of Ultimate Pop Stars


CBS Photography 1965While a recent Harris Poll found that The Beatles are the most popular music act in the U.S., the Fab Four weren't quite fab enough to reach the top of a new list from Time magazine determining the ultimate pop star.

Time looked at every song that made the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 since 1960, awarding points based on the number of hits each artist scored and how long the artists' careers have lasted, and created what it calls the "The Ultimate Ranking of Pop Stardom."  The Beatles finished at #4 on the tally with 1,537 point, although they were the highest-ranking rock band.  Topping the list was Mariah Carey with 1,901 points, followed by Rihanna with 1,800 points and Usher with 1,778 points.

Other veteran artists who made it into the top 10 of the tally include Madonna at #5 with 1,414 points, Janet Jackson at #8 with 1,384 points, Whitney Houston at #7 with 1,155 points and Michael Jackson at #8 with 1,136 points.

Further down on the list were Elton John in 11th place, Stevie Wonder at #12, The Supremes at #20, The Bee Gees at #21, The Rolling Stones at #22, Elvis Presley at #26, Donna Summer at #33, Olivia Newton-John at #34, Lionel Richie at #37, Phil Collins at #38, Barbra Streisand at #40, The Four Seasons at #44, Cher at #46, Marvin Gaye at #47 and Santana in 48th place.

Visit Time.com/music-ranking to see if your favorite artist made it onto Time's chart.

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Ex-Styx Singer Dennis DeYoung Releasing New Concert Video and CD in October


Frontiers RecordsIn March of this year, former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung and his backing group rocked the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles with a set featuring many classic tunes from his old band's catalog.  The show was captured for a CD and video package titled Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live in Los Angeles, which will be released on October 21.

The performance, which was filmed with eight high-def cameras, includes such memorable Styx songs as "Lady," "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Mr. Roboto," "Babe," "Best of Times" and "Come Sail Away," as well as a rendition of DeYoung's 1984 solo hit "Desert Moon."  Live in Los Angeles will be available as a two-CD/DVD set and a Blu-ray disc.

The show also will premiere as an AXS TV special on the same day that Live in Los Angeles is released.

"If you are a Styx fan, this DVD/CD package covers all the hits in one great concert experience," says DeYoung.  "The intimate setting of the historic El Rey Theater was the perfect venue to see me and the band up close rockin' these tunes."

A teaser trailer offering some highlights from the concert video, as well as some interview footage with DeYoung can be viewed now at the official Frontiers Music srl YouTube channel.  In the clip, Dennis says, "I am constantly amazed…that the music has touched so many people for such a long time.  It really is a testament to songs because, strip it all away, it's the songs that matter to people."

Here is the list of songs featured on the Live in Los Angeles two-CD/DVD set:

CD 1:
*"The Message"
"Grand Illusion"
"Lady"
"Lorelei"
"Blue Collar Man"
"Show Me the Way"
"Mr. Roboto"
"Desert Moon"
"Don't Let It End"
"Too Much Time on My Hands"

CD 2
*"Rockin the Paradise"
"Crystal Ball"
"Babe"
"Fooling Yourself"
"Suite Madame Blue"
"Best of Times"
"Renegade"
"Come Sail Away"

* = does not appear on the DVD.

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Little Richard Unharmed in Car Accident


Ben Rose/WireImage for NARASLittle Richard was involved in a car accident Monday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but he's doing OK.

A local newspaper, the Daily News Journal, reports the 81-year-old rock-and-roll pioneer, whose birth name is Richard Penniman, was in the front passenger seat of his Cadillac SUV, which was traveling on a Murfreesboro street, when it was struck by another vehicle that had exited a parking lot.

Both cars suffered major damage, but no one was hurt. The driver of the other vehicle has been charged with failing to yield to right of way.

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Robert Plant Says Jimmy Page "Should Get On and Do Something"


Ed Miles/Nonesuch RecordsRobert Plant says he's completely enthralled with the music he's making with his latest group, The Sensational Space Shifters, with whom he collaborated him on his soon-to-be-released studio album, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.  He tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph that his desire to explore new sounds is among the reasons why he isn't interested in taking part in a Led Zeppelin reunion, and he suggests that guitarist Jimmy Page also consider looking forward rather than backward.

"He should get on and do something, he's a superb talent," says Plant.  "That's the sad thing for Jimmy, he knows that I'm his guy, I'm his pal, but the warmth that he needs to actually enjoy the world, it's all there.  Come on and give it to us."

Regarding his desire to create music with musicians other than the fellow members of his famous band, Robert notes, "Why do it the way you always did it?  Why think like that?  You never think it could possibly work. And yet, you can take off all your trappings of 30 years of playing and step into this other world."

Plant praises Sensational Space Shifters guitarist Justin Adams, whose playing is heavily influenced by world music, for opening him up to the blend of sounds featured on his upcoming album.

"His contribution, as a positive force in my time, has been second to none," the singer maintains, adding that "he doesn't think the guitar begins and ends with [Eric] Clapton, [Jeff] Beck and Page."

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar offers up a blend of English folk, Americana, African, Middle Eastern, blues, hard rock and electronic music.  "What we've done is consolidate our strengths," Plant says of his collaboration with the Sensational Space Shifters.  "[T]hey've gone into the cauldron, spun around and come out with absolute ease.  I guess the only thing missing are the words hocus pocus."

Meanwhile, the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer characterizes himself as one of a dwindling breed of singers.

"There are only three or four frontmen left, from our time, who actually just kick the mic stand up and do it, and that's me, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger," he tells The Telegraph.  "But the only important thing is, can you contemporize your gift?  Can I knock myself out, or am I just going through the motions?  Because if I'm going through the motions, I'm f***ed."

Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar arrives in stores on September 9.

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ABBA Wax Figures to Make US Debut in New York City Next Week


Image Courtesy of Madame TussaudsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Waterloo," the smash hit that helped make ABBA international superstars.  While a hoped-for reunion of the Swedish pop group to mark the milestone hasn't happened, wax replicas of the band's four members will make their debut U.S. appearance together next week at the Madame Tussauds museum in New York City.

A special unveiling event for the statues and Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.  The quartet, along with ABBA costume designer Owe Sandström, worked closely with the wax museum's artists on the figures' look and outfits.  The figures are dressed in replicas of the matching white outfits the band members donned in ABBA's 1975 "SOS" video -- an ensemble that also included bell-bottom pants and high platform boots.

Judy McLane, Lauren Cohn and Stacia Fernandez, three of the stars from the Broadway cast of the hit ABBA-themed musical Mamma Mia!, will be on hand for the unveiling of the statues.  More than 5,000 performances of Mamma Mia!'s have taken place at the Broadhurst Theatre during its 13-year Broadway run.

Madame Tussauds New York is located on West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

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Illustrated Book Based on Bruce Springsteen's "Outlaw Pete" to Be Published in November


Simon & SchusterA new illustrated storybook based on Bruce Springsteen's 2009 song, "Outlaw Pete," is scheduled to be published on November 4.  The book was the brainchild of cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso, who decided he wanted to bring to life the Boss' tale of a bank robber who began his life of crime when he was just a baby.

"'Outlaw Pete' is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," explains Springsteen, whose lyrics serve as the book's text.

The epic song, which appeared on Bruce's 2009 Working on a Dream album, was inspired by a 1950 children's book titled Brave Cowboy Bill that his mother used to read to him when he was young.

"When Bruce wrote 'Outlaw Pete' he didn't just write a great song, he created a great character," says Caruso.  "The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head.  Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters."

Jonathan Karp, president of the Simon & Schuster publishing company, adds, "This book will be treasured by anyone who appreciates Bruce Springsteen's unique gifts as a storyteller.  Frank Caruso's illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen's work."

Outlaw Pete is available for pre-order now via Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Google Play.

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Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Kenny Rogers


Webster & AssociatesWhen Kenny Rogers challenged his good pal Dolly Parton to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he never thought she'd go through with it -- but she's now proved him wrong.

"Kenny Rogers dared me!  He said you'll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails," Parton says in her video accepting the challenge.  "Kenny, you'd be surprised at what all I do with my 'falses' for a good cause and a good laugh."  The country icon then removes her earrings and her scarf, but when someone off camera suggests she remove her shoes, she says, "My shoes are plastic.  But then again, so's the rest of me!"

Dolly then enlists two of her nieces, Rebecca and Hannah, to pour two buckets of ice water over her head, as she screams.  "Yes, I have on a bra!" she yells.  "Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!"

In a statement, Parton says, "Although I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!"

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Mark David Chapman Says He Was "Such an Idiot" for Murdering John Lennon


NYS Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionEarlier this month, John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied parole for the eighth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980, crime.  During his most recent parole hearing, the transcript of which was just released, we get a rare look into Chapman's current state of mind, and his thoughts on his infamous deed. 

In the August 20 interview before the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's parole board, Chapman said he was "sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."

Chapman talked at length about what motivated to kill the Beatles legend, expressed his remorse at his actions and stressed how his life focused on religion.

"My life had sunk into a depressed state.  I was drinking.  I just saw that as a way out…a lazy way out of my doldrums," Chapman explained.  "It was a horrible decision, but I knew what I was doing…That's why I pled guilty."

Noting that he wasn't "trying to make excuses" for his actions, Chapman admitted, "That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there.  I couldn't resist it.  My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out."

Chapman told the board he no longer desires the attention he once craved, pointing out that he hasn't agreed to a media interview in 24 years.  He said he's now "interested in one thing and that's ministering prisoners."

The 59-year-old murderer said he was "sorry for this crime," adding that he realized killing Lennon hurt not just the singer's family, but people around the world who appreciated his music.

"Many, many people loved him," he said.  "He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting."

Chapman, who has been kept in involuntary protective custody for almost the entire time he's been in prison, also said he realized his life might be in danger were he to be paroled.  "There is some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it God's hands," Chapman said.  "I trust him.  If that could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him." 

During the proceedings, Chapman made clear that he didn't think he would be given parole. He was of course correct.  In denying parole, a corrections department panel said it had determined that there was "a reasonable probability that [Chapman] would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law and [his] release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law."

Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life for Lennon's murder and was first eligible for parole on December 4, 2000.  His next hearing is scheduled for August 2016.

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Stevie Nicks Debuts Lyric Video for New Song "Lady"


Warner Bros. RecordsStevie Nicks is out with the lyric video for "Lady," a song from her forthcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold -- Songs from the Vault.

While fans have likely never heard "Lady" before, it's not new: Nicks says most of the songs on 24 Karat Gold were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple written in the '90s.  The album, available for pre-order now, is out October 7.  Stevie will kick off a tour with Fleetwood Mac on September 30.

Nicks previously released a lyric video for another song from the album, "The Dealer."  In addition, she's been previewing snippets of other songs from the disc on her Instagram account. 

Fans also are being invited to post their classic Stevie Nicks memorabilia on Instagram using the hashtag #24KaratStevie -- the singer is featuring a new fan's photo on her account every Thursday.

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Dionne Warwick Duets Album, "Feels So Good," Now Set for Fall Release


Image Courtesy of Universal Music GroupDionne Warwick's duets album, Feels So Good, is now scheduled for release later this fall.  The 14-track collection, which originally had been expected to arrive in July, now will hit stores on October 28.

As previously reported, Warwick's upcoming studio effort will feature some of her biggest hits re-done as duets,  and will included contributions from Gladys Knight, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Jamie Foxx, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cee Lo Green, Mya and Ruben Studdard, among others.

"I'm thrilled to release a new album with some of today's greatest singers and songwriters," says Warwick in a statement. "Throughout my career, I've always enjoyed creating music through collaboration and this experience has been no different.  The fresh energy with these artists, producers and my new label is truly inspiring."

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry: Fans Don't Want to Hear New Music


Image Courtesy of CBSFans waiting on another Aerosmith record will have to keep waiting, according to guitarist Joe Perry.

"With us being off the record label, we're really not sure yet," the guitarist tells Boston magazine.  Furthermore, Perry suggests, recording new music may be futile.

"When we go out there and play live, people don't really want to hear a thing unless they know it.  We've played a couple of songs off the new record and gotten some polite applause," he says.  "Before the tour and after the record came out, I tweeted, 'What song off the new record would you like to hear?'  The first tweet I got back was, 'It depends on what song you have to take out of the set.'"

Perry says that feedback like that puts "things in perspective."

"I don't know if it's worth going in and sweating blood over a new record when we could be out on the road playing all these other songs that people want to hear," he explains.

He adds that he has spent the last three years finishing his soon-to-be-published memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, and crafting a new solo record.

"I mean, I really feel like [finishing] it now," he says of the solo project.  "I've got five or six things ready to go.  The approach has just been different than the other ones I've done."

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Dave Davies “Would Love to Do Some Form of a Kinks Reunion”; Puts Star Wars Spin on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Cleopatra RecordsDave Davies is apparently not against a Kinks reunion project.

The founding Kinks lead guitarist posted a comment on Facebook Wednesday, writing, “I would love to do some form of a Kinks reunion with Ray. – Dave.”

Earlier this week, the U.K. magazine MOJO reported that Kinks frontman Ray Davies revealed in a new interview that the group will tour and release a new album in 2015, and suggested the band may do so without the participation of his brother Dave.

The magazine quoted Ray as saying, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it, [the reunion] will happen anyway.  He's very welcome to turn up if he wants.  I'd much rather work with him than without him."

The Kinks' official Facebook page later posted a message declaring, "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."

In other news, Dave Davies accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in response to Star Wars actor Mark Hamill's challenge, but didn’t get wet at all.  In a video posted on YouTube, Davies is seen wearing a Star Wars t-shirt as he lounges by a backyard pool. After taking a sip of champagne for courage, he proceeds to dump the contents of an ice bucket over his head, but instead of ice cold water, Star Wars action figures tumble out.  Davies then nominates fellow rocker Graham Nash to take the ALS challenge, after which he douses plastic Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and R2-D2 figures with cold water.

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Zombies Singer Colin Blunstone Says Band's New Album Should Be Ready by Early 2015


Jacob Blickenstaff/TCI ArtistsThe Zombies just wrapped up a U.S. summer tour this past Sunday and now the band has headed back home to the United Kingdom, where the influential pop-rock group plans to turn its focus on working on a new studio album soon.  During the trek, the band gave its American fans a taste of the upcoming record by premiering a brand-new tune titled "Moving On" that was written by founding keyboardist Rod Argent.

Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone tells ABC News Radio that the group already has begun preparing several tunes for the project, including the aforementioned "Moving On."

"We've recorded two brand new songs, and we've rehearsed a couple of others," he reveals.  "So, we've got four songs in pretty good shape, and then there are two or three other songs that we're sort of talking about and just starting to rehearse."

As for when the album might be completed, Blunstone says he hopes it will be finished by early next year.  He points out, however, "[A]n album takes as long as an album takes.  We're always doing this, sort of setting some kind of deadline and we never make the deadline."

The 69-year-old singer tells ABC News Radio that the band originally intended to keep 2014 "quite quiet as far as concerts are concerned" so that they could spend more time writing and recording the album but, as it turned, The Zombies pretty much have been on the road since January.

Colin says that should change "[a]fter the middle of September," when the group's major touring commitments will be complete, "so we can really get stuck into recording and writing."

As previously reported, The Zombies recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via the Pledge Music website that will allow those who contribute money to check out some of the new tunes, as well as watch exclusive videos of the band in the studio.  The initiative also offers a variety of incentives to participating fans, depending on how much they spend, including early access to the new album; rare and signed memorabilia; T-shirts, mugs and other merchandise; and the chance to appear in an official Zombies video.  Visit PledgeMusic.com to find out more details about the campaign.

The upcoming album will be a follow-up to The Zombies' 2011 effort, Breathe Out, Breathe In.

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ZZ Top Postpones Remaining Tour Dates with Jeff Beck After Bassist Dusty Hill Injures Hip


Images Courtesy of Ross HalfinIt's been a tough summer for ZZ Top's Dusty Hill.  Last month, the 65-year-old bassist needed a kidney stone operation, which caused his band to cancel six headlining dates, and now he's suffered a hip injury that's forcing the postponement of the Texas trio's remaining appearances on its joint tour with Jeff Beck.

According to a message on PalaceNet.com, the official website of the Detroit area's DTE Energy Music Theatre, where ZZ Top and Beck had been scheduled to perform on Wednesday, Hill injured his hip the previous night when he slipped and fell on his band's tour bus.  The note adds that Dusty's injury "requires immediate attention," and explains that "ZZ Top performance dates have been temporarily suspended while he recovers."

The message points out that the affected shows "include all of the scheduled concert bills [ZZ Top shares] with Jeff Beck through September 13."  However, Beck has announced that he still will play three dates on his own -- this Friday in Salamanca, New York; Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Sunday in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  In addition, fans who have tickets for all shows from September 6 through September 13 are asked to hold on to them "pending the possibility of rescheduling these concerts."

"While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery," Jeff says in a statement.

ZZ Top also is slated to begin a U.S. fall headlining tour on September 25 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, but it's not clear if any of those shows are in jeopardy of cancellation too.

Here is a list of ZZ Top and Jeff Beck dates affected by postponements:

8/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/28 -- Highland Park, IL, Ravinia
*8/29 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino
*8/30 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Concert Venue at Harrah's
*8/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods
9/2 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
9/3 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
9/6 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/7 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheater
9/9 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
9/10 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater
9/12 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/13 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino

* = Beck will play solo.

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Paul McCartney Delays Release of "Venus and Mars" and "Wings at the Speed of Sound" Reissues to November


Concord Music Group/MPL CommunicationsIf you're a Paul McCartney fan, you'll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on the recently announced reissues of the classic Wings albums Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound.  The U.S. release date for the latest installments of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection has been pushed back from September 23 to November 4.

A message on McCartney's official website blames "production issues" for the delay.  Sir Paul is personally overseeing all aspects of the packages.

Originally released in 1975 and 1976, respectively, Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound both reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The remastered albums will be available in multiple formats, including a two-CD Standard Edition, a Deluxe Edition featuring two CDs and a DVD, a vinyl set packaged with a download card, and digital versions of both the Standard and Deluxe Editions.

The three-disc versions of Venus and Mars and At the Speed of Sound both will feature a bonus CD with demo recordings and previously unreleased tracks, as well as a DVD containing footage filmed around the time of each album's release, some of which hasn't been seen before.  The Deluxe Editions' packaging will include a hardbound book offering rare photos, new interviews with McCartney, in-depth information about the albums and a variety of archival material.

You can check out new "unboxing" videos that take a look inside the Deluxe Editions of the Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound reissues on McCartney's official YouTube channel.

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Ace Frehley, Motley Crue Tribute Score Top 10 Debuts on "Billboard" Chart


Image Courtesy of eOne MusicThe new solo album by recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley debuted at #9 on the Billboard album chart this week, giving the founding KISS guitarist his highest charting solo album ever.  It's also his first top 10 solo record.

Frehley's Space Invader, bowed at #9 with 19,000 copies sold, surpassing the #26 peak of his self-titled 1978 debut that was one of four simultaneously released solo albums by KISS members, according to the publication. The Space Ace's album also scored the highest charting position of any KISS solo album ever.

Ace finds himself looking up at another debut this week.  An all-star country salute to Motley CrueNashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue debuts at #5 with 31,000 copies sold.

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The Beatles Top Elvis in Poll of America's Top 10 Favorite Music Artists


CBS Photography 1964; Business WireMore than 50 years since The Beatles first captivated the U.S. with their debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Fab Four have been crowned the most popular music act in the country, at least according to a new Harris Poll.

The British rock icons beat out Elvis Presley to top the tally, which was based on an online poll conducted last month that asked the question, "Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?"  More than 2,300 people aged 18 and over took part in the poll.

Other veteran artists who also made the list include Led Zeppelin, who landed at #4, and Neil Diamond and The Eagles, who were tied at #7 with Celine Dion and Garth Brooks.

When the same poll was last conducted in 2010, The Beatles and Elvis tied for third place, while Dion took the top spot in front of #2 U2, who didn't even make it into the top 10 this year.

Breaking down the poll demographically, we find that more men cited The Beatles as their favorite band, while women chose pop/R&B superstar Beyoncé.  Among younger fans aged 18-37, it's Beyoncé, while Gen-Xers aged 38 to 49 say Metallica is their top group.  Baby Boomers, aged 50-68, choose The Beatles, while those 69 and over say country legend Willie Nelson is their favorite.

When it comes to politics, there's one thing on which all parties can agree: When asked to name their favorite musical acts, Republicans, Democrats and Independents all chose The Beatles, while Republicans also picked Nelson, and Democrats also chose young pop star Bruno Mars.  East Coast and West Coast respondents, as well as Southerners, chose the Fab Four as well, while Midwesterners voted Mars as their #1 pick.

Here is the full top 10 list for the favorite singer/musician or band in the U.S.:

1. Beatles
2. Elvis Presley
3. Beyoncé
4. Led Zepplin
5. George Strait
6. Bruno Mars
7. Neil Diamond
7. Eagles
7. Celine Dion
7. Garth Brooks

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Bob Dylan Announces Dates for Fall North American Tour


Columbia RecordsBob Dylan has confirmed he'll be bringing his "Never Ending Tour" back to North America for a fall leg.  The 31-date trek will get underway with a three-show engagement, October 17-19, at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, and also will include multiple-night stands in Los Angeles; Oakland, California; Minneapolis; Chicago; Toronto; Philadelphia; and New York City.

The tour will wrap up with four concerts at New York's Beacon Theatre that are scheduled for November 28 and 29, and December 1 and 2.  Tickets for most of Dylan's new stateside shows will go on September 5.  Visit BobDylan.com for more details.

Dylan and his backing band currently are playing a series of Australian concerts.  The overseas outing will wind down with a September 10 performance in Christchurch, New Zealand.

News of the tour follows Tuesday's announcement that Dylan will release a deluxe six-disc set on November 4 featuring recordings from his historic 1967 "Basement Tapes" sessions with The Band as the 11th volume of the folk-rock great's Bootleg Series.  Two-CD and three-LP versions of the collection also will be available the same day.  RollingStone.com currently is hosting an exclusive stream of one track that appears on The Basement Tapes Complete, an alternate version of the song "Odds and Ends."

Here are Dylan's confirmed upcoming North American tour dates:

10/17 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/18 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/19 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
10/21 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
10/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre
10/25 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre
10/26 -- Los Angeles, CA, Dolby Theatre
10/28 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
10/29 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
10/30 -- Oakland, CA, Paramount Theatre
11/1 -- Denver, CO, Bellco Theatre
11/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
11/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
11/6 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater
11/8 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/9 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/10 -- Chicago, IL, Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/12 -- Cleveland, OH, State Theatre
11/14 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
11/15 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
11/17 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
11/18 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Sony Center
11/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
11/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
11/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
11/25 -- Washington, DC, DAR Constitution Hall
11/26 -- Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
11/28 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
11/29 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
12/1 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre
12/2 -- New York, NY, The Beacon Theatre

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