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Last Licks: Final installment of Rolling Stones' YouTube concert-footage series debuts Sunday

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe sixth and final installment of The Rolling Stones' Extra Licks weekly archival online series, which offers bonus footage from some of their concert films, will premiere this Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. ET on the band's YouTube channel.

This week's feature offers rare performances from an August 1994 concert that The Stones played during its Voodoo Lounge Tour at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The footage was included as part of the bonus content on the Voodoo Lounge Uncut video, which was released in 2018.

Among the songs the rock legends played were "All Down the Line," "Shattered," and "Happy." You can check out a trailer for the upcoming Extra Licks screening, featuring a glimpse of the group performing "All Down the Line," at The Stones' YouTube channel.

During the screening, Rolling Stones fans from around the world will have the chance to connect and chat online.

The six-episode series has been part of YouTube's #StayHome Film Festival.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Paul McCartney pens message regarding killing of George Floyd: "We need change"

Mary McCartney/MPL CommunicationsPaul McCartney has joined the many artists expressing outrage and sadness over the May 25 killing of George Floyd while in custody of Minneapolis police: He's posted a lengthy message regarding the incident on his official website.

"As we continue to see the protests and demonstrations across the world, I know many of us want to know just what we can be doing to help," writes Sir Paul.

"None of us have all the answers and there is no quick fix but we need change. We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form. We need to learn more, listen more, talk more, educate ourselves and, above all, take action."

McCartney then shares an experience he had with The Beatles during the band's 1964 U.S. tour.

"[We] were due to play Jacksonville [Florida]…and we found out that it was going to be to a segregated audience," he recalls. "It felt wrong. We said 'We're not doing that!' And the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience. We then made sure this was in our contract."

McCartney continues, "I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before."

He concludes, "All of us here support and stand alongside all those who are protesting and raising their voices at this time. I want justice for George Floyd's family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered. Saying nothing is not an option."

McCartney also includes links to several organizations he suggests people support "in this fight for justice," including Black Lives Matter, Color of Change and the NAACP.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


U2's Bono to introduce all-star cover of "Beautiful Day" during virtual commencement event

Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty ImagesU2 frontman Bono is among the many celebrities that will help salute this year's graduating students as part of Dear Class of 2020, a four-hour virtual commencement event premiering this Sunday, June 7.

As part of the special, Bono will introduce an all-star cover of his band's uplifting 2000 hit "Beautiful Day," which will feature Coldplay's Chris Martin, as well as Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Ben Platt and Ty Dolla $ign.

The collaboration was produced by Billie Eilish's brother and collaborator, Finneas.

Additionally, Dear Class of 2020 will feature remarks from Barack and Michelle Obama, and the former first lady will also deliver a commencement address alongside Beyoncé.

Many other celebrities also will make appearances and/or perform, including Jack Black, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Tom Brady, Stephen Colbert, Cindy Crawford, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Eilish, Missy Elliott, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Hamill, Tom Hanks, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Peyton Manning, Seth Rogen, Michael Strahan, Taylor Swift, Daisy Ridley, Justin Timberlake, Dwyane Wade, Kerry Washington, and the casts of Schitt's Creek and The Simpsons.

You can watch Dear Class of 2020 beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on the YouTube Originals channel.

By Josh Johnson
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Bug me do: The Beatles get species of beetle named after them

© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/ Corbis via Getty ImagesQuite a few famous music artists have had animal, plant or insect species named after them, but believe it or not, no one has never named a beetle after The Beatles -- until now.

According to a scientific paper published this week and posted on Brill.com, a species of cave beetle found by Dutch scientists and citizen researchers in Amsterdam's Vondelpark has been given the taxonomical name Ptomaphagus thebeatles.

The paper notes that the insect, which measures just two millimeters long, is the first beetle to be named in honor of the band. The moniker also commemorates John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Bed In for Peace" protest that took place in 1969 at Amsterdam's Hilton Hotel, which is located near Vondelpark.  The specimen was collected in the park 50 years to the day after that event.

The geographic range of the Beatles beetle includes the Caucasus Mountains in Eastern Europe and Western Asia through Spain and Portugal. Scientists believe that the insect only made its way to the Netherlands in recent decades.

In sharing the news, the Leiden, Netherlands-based Naturalis Biodiversity Center posted a humorous image on its Twitter feed showing four beetles crawling across the famous crosswalk at London's Abbey Road.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Finally! A beetle named after the Beatles! Meet Ptomaphagus thebeatles. Found in the Vondelpark (not on Abbey Road) in Amsterdam by a citizen science expedition led by @TaxonExped. See article in Contributions to Zoology > https://t.co/B7ceB95BDp @schilthuizen pic.twitter.com/SSdpz58T35

— Naturalis Biodiversity Center (@Naturalis_Sci) June 4, 2020


Producer Rupert Hine, who worked with Rush, Tina Turner and many more, dead at age 72

Fin Costello/RedfernsVeteran producer Rupert Hine, who worked on albums by many well-known artists, including Rush, Tina Turner and The Fixx, died Friday at the age of 72.

Hine's passing was announced by U.K. songwriters and composers organization The Ivors Academy, for whom Rupert served as Board Director.

"We are so saddened to post that…Rupert Hine has passed away," reads a message on the academy's social media pages. "Rupert played an integral part in shaping the organisation, and his passion, wisdom, inspiration and his immense kindness will be hugely missed."

Hine began his music career in the mid-1960s as part of the folk duo Rupert & David, and later recorded many albums as a solo artist and with various groups and projects.

His main success came behind the scenes, producing or co-producing albums by The Fixx, Howard Jones, Tina Turner, Rush, Stevie Nicks, Chris DeBurgh, Saga, Thompson Twins, ex-Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips and many others.

Hine notably produced two tracks on Turner's smash 1985 album Private Dancer, including the hit "Better Be Good to Me." Among his other credits were The Fixx's first four albums, Jones' first two albums, Rush's Presto and Roll the Bones, and Nicks' The Other Side of the Mirror.

Jones posted a tribute to Rupert on his Twitter feed that reads, "An extraordinary man and one of my dearest longtime friends, my music mentor and producer, passed away in the early hours of this morning. I'm so fortunate to have spent a precious hour with him Tuesday...luvya Roop!"

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and country rocker Tim Montana launch new Whisker Bomb hot sauce line

Credit: Josh MarxBesides being a lover of guitars and cars, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons is a hot sauce aficionado, and the rock legend has teamed up with his friend, similarly long-bearded country rocker Tim Montana, to introduce a new line of the spicy condiment called Beez & Teez Whisker Bomb.

The sauce comes in two versions, Whisker Bomb Original and Whisker Bomb Have Mercy ¡HOT!. The original is a traditional Louisiana-style sauce that Gibbons and Montana say is blended with "a Texas flair," while the Have Mercy ¡HOT! features a blend of habañero peppers grown in the high desert of Peru and has a robust, tart flavor.

Both sauces come packaged in five-ounce bottles and are available exclusively at select H-E-B stores in Texas, and online for everyone at WhiskerBomb.com.

Gibbons has collaborated musically with Montana on a number of occasions, including co-writing the 2013 song "This Beard Came to Party," which was adopted by the Boston Red Sox as the team's anthem during their World Series-winning run that year.

"Tim is something of kindred spirit both in music and as regards his lengthy facial locks," Billy says in a statement. "As it happens, he's also a Mexican food aficionado and, like me, favors things on the spicy side. It was only natural that we got to jamming, so to speak, and came up with a formula for a hot sauce we could call our own."

Montana, meanwhile, notes, "One of [Gibbons'] enduring slogans is 'tone, taste and tenacity.' As it turns out, that applies not only to guitar playing so we're proud that Beez & Teez Whisker Bomb has all three of those bases covered -- in a most flavorful way."

Billy previously launched his own BFG brand of hot sauce and barbecue sauce in 2012.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Get Angry!! Listen to Elvis Costello's edgy new song, "No Flag"

Concord RecordsElvis Costello has released a new single titled "No Flag" as a digital download and via streaming services.

The edgy, angry-sounding rock tune was recorded this past February in a studio in Helsinki, Finland.

Explaining why he decided to record in the northern European city, Elvis says, "I wanted to go somewhere nobody knew me. So, this is 'The Helsinki Sound.'"

"No Flag's" lyrics appear to come from the perspective of someone who's feeling disenfranchised on multiple levels. As Costello sings in the chorus, "No time for this kind of love/No flag waving high above/No sign for the dark place that I live/No God for the damn that I don't give."

To accompany the track, an animated lyric video for "No Flag" has debuted at Costello's official YouTube channel.

Elvis is credited with singing and playing all the instruments on the track: drum, guitar, organ and bass.

Costello also hints that another new tune may be coming next month, telling fans to look for "the next installment of this story on July 10th."

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Love's Johnny Echols, featured in 'Laurel Canyon' docuseries, reveals how his band helped The Doors

EpixThe second episode of the two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon premieres Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET.  It profiles the music scene that centered around the titular Los Angeles neighborhood during the late 1960s and early '70s, and features new interviews with artists who were part of that community. One of them is Johnny Echols, lead guitarist of the influential L.A. band Love, the first rock act signed by Elektra Records.

In the docuseries, Echols relates how Love helped The Doors get signed to Elektra too, which he claims ended up hurting his own group's career.

Recounting the story to ABC Audio, Johnny notes, "We were friends with [The Doors], but Jim Morrison especially, and Robby [Krieger]. So we had an offer to sign with MCA, and we felt that if we hooked Elektra up with The Doors, they would allow us to leave and sign with the much larger company."

Johnny also recalls that "Jim had been asking us to hook him up with Elektra for the longest time."

Elektra boss Jac Holzman initially wasn't interested in signing The Doors, though, because he'd seen the band play poorly on a night when Morrison was drunk. Love's members kept pushing Holzman to give The Doors another chance.  After he eventually saw the band when Jim was on his best behavior, he signed the group.

But, Echol says, "The Doors took off and were huge. But we always felt that we were kind of an afterthought after that point -- [the label's] promotional money and all of that was spent toward The Doors rather than us. So we kind of hurt ourselves."

On top of that, Elektra wouldn't let Love out of their contract.

But Echol's band didn't make out too badly: Their 1967 album Forever Changes is considered a classic.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Kinks plot 50th anniversary celebration for classic 1970 tune "Lola"

Sony LegacyNext Friday, June 12, marks the 50th anniversary of the U.K. release of The Kinks' song "Lola," Ray Davies' memorable rock anthem about a naive young man's encounter with an apparent transvestite.

To mark the milestone anniversary, The Kinks are declaring June 12 to be "Lola Day," and will be posting special previously unseen videos, new cover versions of the song and more on their Facebook page and other social media sites.

The band also is asking fans to take part in the celebration by sharing their memories and anecdotes about the song, and posting their own renditions of "Lola," as well as related photos and artwork, via social media using the hashtag #LolaDay. You also can submit your entries via email at LolaDayEntries@gmail.com.

"Lola" was one of The Kinks' biggest hit singles, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #2 in the U.K. The song also was featured on the band's 1970 album Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, which reached #35 on the Billboard 200.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Dollywood announces reopening plans, with a special message from Dolly Parton herself

ABC/Image Group LAAfter postponing the opening date of its spring season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dolly Parton's Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, will begin a phased reopening this month. 

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort & Spa is set to open on June 10. A week later, Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country will welcome guests beginning June 17, with the park opening exclusively for Season Passholders on June 15 and 16. 

Additionally, the facility will take a number of precautions to keep its guests as safe and socially distanced as possible. Daily capacity will be limited, and park-goers will be required to wear masks (with some exceptions) and get their temperatures checked at the entrance of the facility. For a full list of new health and safety procedures, visit Dollywood's website

As opening day nears, Dolly herself shared a special video message with park guests. 

"Things have changed for all of us, and that's okay. Because now, we’re ready to see you happy and here with us again," she says in the clip. "To share the beauty of our mountains, to just be together, safer and stronger than ever before."

Dolly also recently shared another message of encouragement amid the pandemic, releasing her powerful new ballad, "When Life Is Good Again."

By Carena Liptak
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Neil Peart's Canadian hometown names park pavilion after late Rush drummer

Mat Hayward/Getty ImagesNeil Peart's hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, honored the late Rush drummer and lyricist on Wednesday by naming a new pavilion in the city's Lakeside Park after him, The St. Catharines Standard reports.

According to the paper, St. Catharines city council voted unanimously Wednesday to officially name the structure Neil Peart Pavilion. The council vote took place after an online public vote was held earlier in the year that resulted in 81 percent of the participants choosing Neil Peart Pavilion over Lakeside Park Pavilion.

Peart, who attended grade school and high school in St. Catherines, co-wrote a song for Rush called "Lakeside Park" that appeared on the band's third studio album, 1975's Caress of Steel. Neil lived near the park and spent some of his summers working and playing there.

During the council meeting, local council member Bruce Williamson noted, "The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive. Neil Peart's been probably one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including [the song about] the namesake park."

According to The St. Catharines Standard, the pavilion was constructed in 2017 and cost $1.8 million to erect. The newspaper also notes that the Peart family will work with the city's staff and heritage committee to decide on a sign for the building that will celebrate Neil's life and career.

In addition, a task force was organized in April to consider other plans for honoring Peart locally with a statue or another memorial.

By Matt Friedlander
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Founding Sweet bassist Steve Priest dead at age 72

Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesOriginal Sweet bassist/singer Steve Priest died Thursday morning at the age of 72.

Priest's passing was announced by the U.K. glam-rock group's founding lead guitarist and backing singer Andy Scott via a message on his Facebook page.

"Then there was one!" Scott writes. "I am in pieces right now. Steve Priest has passed away. His wife Maureen and I have kept in contact and though his health was failing I never envisaged this moment. Never. My thoughts are with his family x."

Andy adds, "He was the best bass player I ever played with. The noise we made as a band was so powerful. From that moment in the summer of 1970 when set off on our Musical Odyssey the world opened up and the rollercoaster ride started!...Rest in Peace brother. All my love."

Priest was a member of Sweet from its 1968 inception until 1981. He contributed the recognizable high-pitched harmonies that complimented late singer Brian Connolly's lead vocals. During the 1970s, Sweet scored four top-10 hits in the U.S. -- "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz," "Fox on the Run" and "Love Is Like Oxygen."

Steve co-write many tunes with his band mates including the 1975 hits "Fox on the Run" and "Action," the latter of which peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

While Scott put together his own version of Sweet in 1985 that also featured the band's original drummer, Mick Tucker, and was based in the U.K., Priest -- who moved to the U.S. during the 1980s -- launched a stateside-based version of the group in 2008.

Connolly and Tucker died in 1997 and 2002, respectively.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

 


2020 edition of Milwaukee's Summerfest canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Courtesy of SummerfestMilwaukee's 2020 Summerfest has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 11-day festival had originally been scheduled for the end of June and beginning of July. Organizers announced in March that it would be postponed to September, but in a new statement, Summerfest president and CEO Don Smiley says the event now will not happen in 2020.

"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Smiley says. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."

Guns N' Roses were among the Summerfest headliners this year, part of a lineup that also featured the Steve Miller Band, Styx, KC and the Sunshine Band, Goo Goo Dolls and Psychedelic Furs. GN'R are already listed on Summerfest's 2021 lineup page, although a specific date for their performance has yet to be announced.

For refund information, visit Summerfest.com.

By Josh Johnson
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Bruce Springsteen pays homage to George Floyd during latest satellite-radio DJ appearance

Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen used his latest semi-weekly DJ stint on his own satellite radio channel Wednesday to offer some heartfelt commentary about the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, and the subsequent rioting and protests the incident ignited.

After playing his song "American Skin (41 Shots)," which he wrote about the 1999 shooting death of an unarmed African immigrant named Amadou Diallo by New York City police officers, Springsteen noted, "Eight minutes. That song is almost eight minutes long. And that's how long it took George Floyd to die with a Minneapolis officer's knee buried into his neck."

He continued, "That's a long time. That's how long he begged for help and said he couldn't breathe. The arresting officer's response was nothing but silence and wait. Then he had no pulse and still it went on."

The Boss then dedicated the song "to Seattle, to New York, to Miami, to Atlanta, to Chicago, to Dallas, to Philadelphia, to Washington, to Los Angeles, to Asbury Park, to Minneapolis and to the memory of George Floyd. May he rest in peace."

He went on to address the current financial, health, political and racial crises the country is experiencing.

"As we speak, 40 million people are unemployed. One-hundred-thousand plus citizens have died from COVID-19, with only the most tepid and unfeeling response from our White House," he said, somberly. "As of today, our black citizens continue to be killed unnecessarily by our police on the streets of America. And as of this broadcast, the country was on fire and in chaos."

Springsteen followed that commentary by playing another one of his songs, "Murder Incorporated."

You can check at an audio segment from Bruce's latest DJ appearance on his official Facebook page.

By Matt Friedlander
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Elton John, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins make 'Forbes' list of Highest-Paid Celebrities

ABC/Arturo Holmes; J. Rose

While many musicians will take a financial hit due to the cancellation of their tours because of the COVID-19 pandemic, at this moment in 2020, quite a few of your favorite artists are doing just fine, according to Forbes.

The publication's annual list of the World's Highest-Paid Celebrities has pop-rock great Elton John as the top-ranked musician at #14, with earnings of $81 million over the past year. Elton's earnings were bolstered by his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which grossed $212 million last year.

Another veteran act that landed high up on the list are The Rolling Stones, who come at #32 with earnings of $59 million. The British rock legends' 2019 tour grossed $178 million although they played just 16 concerts.

Other veteran artists on the tally's top 100 include Phil Collins, who was tied with boy band the Backstreet Boys at #64, with $45 million in earnings; The Eagles at #75, with $41 million; Bon Jovi and U2, who were tied with Lady Gaga at #87, with $38 million; Paul McCartney at #91, with $37 million; and KISS at #95, with $36.5 million.

Kylie Jenner, who earned $590 million, is number-one overall on the Forbes list, with $590 million, despite the publication recently revoking her billionaire status. Forbes writes, "Jenner's payday came from selling a 51% stake in her cosmetics firm to Coty...while she had exaggerated over the years about the size of her business, the money she pulled in from the deal was real."

Forbes notes that many of these stars won't rank as high on next year's list due to those tour cancellations.

By Andrea Dresdale and Matt Friedlander
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The Guess Who's Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings postpone 2020 tour, reschedule US dates for 2021

Courtesy of Live NationCo-founding Guess Who members Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings had their plans for a 2020 North American tour "undun" by the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the trek's six previously announced U.S. dates have now been rescheduled for 2021.

Those dates had been slated to kick off June 13 in Huber Heights, Ohio, and run through a June 21 concert in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and now will get underway on June 5, 2021, in Huber Heights and run through a June 13 show in Prior Lake.

Meanwhile, 16 Canadian concerts, spanning from a June 11 performance in Windsor, Ontario, through a July 29 in Montreal, have been postponed and rescheduled dates will be announced soon. In addition, two 2020 Canadian festival appearances -- July 24 at the Kemptville Live Music Festival in Kemptville, Ontario, and August 8 at the Titans of Rock event in Grand Forks, British Columbia -- have been canceled.

According to BachmanCummings.ca, more dates will be added to the 2021 tour. Visit that website and Cummings' official Facebook page for more information about the postponed and rescheduled concerts, as well as about refunds.

As previously reported, the trek, dubbed Bachman Cummings: Together Again Live in Concert, will feature the veteran Canadian rockers performing Guess Who songs, as well as material from Randy's other famous band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and from Burton's solo career.

Meanwhile, the previously announced limited-edition box set, The Bachman Cummings Collection, will be released soon. It'll feature five Guess Who albums spanning from 1969 through 1971, as well as highlights from the Bachman-Turner Overdrive catalog and Burton's solo career.

By Matt Friedlander
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The Turtles' classic albums to be reissued as two-LP vinyl sets this month

Manifesto RecordsRemastered versions of 1960s pop-rock legends The Turtles' six classic studio albums will be reissued as two-LP vinyl sets on June 26.

The out-of-print titles, which were originally released on the White Whale label, are 1965's It Ain't Me Babe, 1966's You Baby, 1967's Happy Together, 1968's The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, 1969's Turtle Soup and 1970's Wooden Head.

The reissues of the band's first three albums will feature both mono and stereo versions of those records, while the other albums will come packaged with bonus LPs offering singles, demos, alternate mixes, radio spots and more.

It Ain't Me Babe included The Turtles' top-10 hit version of the Bob Dylan-written title track, as well as "Let Me Be," which reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You Baby was highlighted by its hit title track, which peaked at #20.

Happy Together was The Turtles' most successful album, and featured the group's two biggest hits: the chart-topping title track and "She'd Rather Be with Me," which reached #3 on the Hot 100.

The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands was a concept album that features the group taking on the personas of different fictional bands for each track. The record features The Turtles' last two top-40 hits: the band-written "Elenore" and "You Showed Me," which was penned by The Byrds' Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn. Both songs reached to #6 on the Hot 100.

Turtle Soup was a commercial disappointment, although it was notably produced by The Kinks' Ray Davies.

Wooden Head was a collection of B-sides and other rare tracks.

By Matt Friedlander
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David Crosby reveals that he's working on new songs with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald

Credit: Anna WebberDavid Crosby says he's been working on two new songs this week, one of which was co-written by fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen.

The 79-year-old folk-rock legend revealed in a Twitter message posted Monday that he was visiting his son and frequent collaborator James Raymond, and that "two new songs [were] being born." Crosby goes on to say the one song was co-written by him and his son, and the other -- titled "Rodriguez Tonight" -- was co-penned by him, Raymond and Fagen.

In that same tweet, Crosby, who's always been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, also commented about the riots and protests taking place around the U.S. in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

"America is on fire and the prez has his thumb up his a**," he wrote.

In a separate tweet posted Monday, David shared some interesting details about another new song that's earmarked for his next album.

"[T]here is one [new tune] that James and Michael McDonald wrote that Mike did some stellar vocals on," Crosby said.

Yet another song that David says will be on the new album is "I Think I," which he played live during his 2019 tour dates. A demo of the tune was debuted in January on the Freak Flag Flying podcast series.

In other news, Crosby is one of many music stars who are heard being interviewed in the two-part Epix docuseries Laurel Canyon, part two of which premieres this Sunday, June 7, at 9 p.m. ET.

David's former bands The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are among the many artists profiled during the program.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


The Doors' Robby Krieger featured on two songs on new album by veteran keyboardist Ed Roth

Funzalo RecordsDoors guitarist Robby Krieger lends his talents to two songs on an upcoming album by virtuoso pianist Ed Roth titled Can't Find My Way Home, a collection of eight classic-rock covers that's due out on June 19.

Krieger is featured on renditions of the title track, a song originally recorded by Blind Faith, and Pink Floyd's "Us and Them." The album also includes covers of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," The Allman Brothers Band's "Midnight Rider," Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and more.

The songs have all been rearranged to focus on solo piano. Roth is sought-after session and touring musician who lately has been playing with Krieger in Robby's jazz-influenced side project, The New Experience.

"Ed Roth is one of those hard-to-find musicians who is truly in it for the music," says Krieger. "He's one of those guys who really loves to play, and wants to get it right, no matter how long it takes. I love playing with him because of his laid-back feel. I hope you like the songs on this album as much as I do."

Among the many other artists Roth's worked with are Joe Walsh, Annie Lennox, Taylor Dayne, Glenn Hughes, Rob Halford, and the late Keith Emerson.

Here's the full track list for Can't Find My Way Home:

"Can't Find My Way Home" (Blind Faith)*
"Smoke on the Water" (Deep Purple)
"Midnight Rider" (The Allman Brothers Band)
"Us and Them" (Pink Floyd)*
"Brain Damage"/"Eclipse" (Pink Floyd)
"Any Colour You Like" (Pink Floyd)
"Walk on the Wild Side" (Lou Reed)
"Lenny" (Stevie Ray Vaughan)

* = featuring Robby Krieger.

By Matt Friedlander
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.


Dropkick Murphys' Streaming Outta Fenway concert featuring Bruce Springsteen raises $700K

Courtesy of PEGADropkick Murphys' Streaming Outta Fenway livestream concert, which featured a special, remote appearance from Bruce Springsteen, raised over $700,000 for charity.

The online event benefited the Boston Resiliency Fund, Feeding America, and Habitat for Humanity.

Held last Friday at an empty Fenway Park, Streaming Outta Fenway marked the first time a musical performance was staged on the infield dirt of the famed Boston ballpark, as well as the first time an audience-free concert was held in a major U.S. arena or stadium.

Dropkick Murphys played a two-hour set, performing songs including "The State of Massachusetts," "The Warrior's Code" and, of course, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." Springsteen appeared on the ballpark's big screen toward the end of the concert for a joint performance of the Murphys tune "Rose Tattoo" and The Boss' own "American Land."

If you missed it, you can still watch Streaming Outta Fenway archived in its entirety now on YouTube.

By Josh Johnson
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 


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