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Stevie Nicks, Guns N' Roses among artists headlining 2021 BottleRock Napa Valley festival

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Stevie Nicks, Guns N' Roses and Foo Fighters will headline the 2021 edition of the BottleRock Napa Valley music and wine festival, which now is scheduled for September 3-5 in Napa, California.

Other veteran artists on the bill include The Village People, Mavis Staples, and ex-Talking Heads member Jerry Harrison. Harrison will be teaming up with one-time Talking Heads touring guitarist Adrian Belew and Brooklyn, New York-based group Turkuaz for a set celebrating his old band's 1980 album, Remain in Light.

Also playing are Full Moonalice, a band featuring ex-Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears and Chambers Brothers frontman Lester Chambers.

Nicks was originally scheduled to headline BottleRock 2020 alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews Band before the festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the full festival lineup and all ticket info, visit BottleRockNapaValley.com.

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The Black Crowes announce rescheduled dates for 'Shake Your Money Maker' tour

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The Black Crowes' Shake Your Money Maker tour will finally happen this summer.

The trek, which had originally been scheduled for 2020 before getting postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now set to launch this July in Nashville. "When I'm Gone" rockers Dirty Honey will provide support.

During the tour, the Crowes will perform Shake Your Money Maker in its entirety. The run also marks the band's first full-scale outing since brothers and co-founders Rich and Chris Robinson announced their reunion and reconciliation at the end of 2019, ending a years-long feud between the two.

The Robinson brothers were able to play a run of acoustic shows as a duo early in 2020.

Tickets purchased for the originally announced Shake Your Money Maker tour will be valid at the rescheduled dates. For the full list of stops and all ticket info, visit TheBlackCrowes.com.

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Modern English releases new version of "I Melt with You" to help independent venues, set US headline dates

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'80s MTV icons Modern English will launch a U.S. tour in late August during which they'll perform their 1982 album After the Snow in its entirety.

This is actually a rescheduling of the band's 2020 tour, which of course, had to be postponed due to the pandemic.  The new dates begin August 21 in Minneapolis and are set to wrap September 19 in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

The band is also making available for download a new version of "I Melt with You," which first appeared on After the Snow.

Recorded in 2020, this "Lockdown Version," which was recorded remotely from each band member's respective home, will benefit the National Independent Venue Association. NIVA is providing assistance to venues that have suffered financially due to the COVID-19 shutdown of the live touring business.

You can find the full list of dates on Modern English's Facebook page. The band's most recent album was 2017's Take Me to the Trees.

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Paul & Linda McCartney's 'Ram' album was released 50 years ago today; drummer Denny Seiwell recalls sessions

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Today, May 17, marks the 50th anniversary of the release Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram album.

Ram, Paul's second post-Beatles project and the only album credited to both him and his late wife, peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200. It featured McCartney's first #1 single without the Fab Four, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," as well as such gems as "Too Many People," "Heart of the Country" and "Monkberry Moon Delight."

The Ram sessions also yielded the non-album single "Another Day," released in February 1971, which reached #5 on the Hot 100.

Most of Ram was written at Paul and Linda's farm in Scotland, while the sessions were mainly done in New York City. Unlike Paul's 1970 solo debut, McCartney, this album featured contributions from several other musicians, including guitarists Hugh McCracken and David Spinozza and soon-to-be Wings drummer Denny Seiwell.

Seiwell, who was a respected session drummer when McCartney hired him to play on Ram, recalls to ABC Audio, "It was so unique in time: the angst of the Beatles breaking up, New York session. Paul was on a tear, man."

Denny remembers, "When [Paul] came in and he played the songs to us, we'd just look at each other and say, 'Ooh, that's a big responsibility to come up with the right part here, 'cause people will be listening to this 50 years from now!'"

Adds Seiwell, "I've made maybe a couple-hundred records over my 50 years of doing this, and that's my favorite by far…[I]t was truly one of the highlights of my life."

As previously reported, Seiwell co-produced and plays on a full-length Ram tribute album, Ram On, that was released Friday, as was a half-speed-mastered vinyl Ram reissue.

Here's the Ram LP track list:

Side A
"Too Many People"
"3 Legs"
"Ram On"
"Dear Boy"
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
"Smile Away"

Side B
"Heart of the Country"
"Monkberry Moon Delight"
"Eat at Home"
"Long Haired Lady"
"Ram On (Reprise)"
"The Back Seat of My Car"

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts immortalized in 40th Anniversary graphic novel

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Joan Jett & the Blackhearts will be memorialized in a double graphic novel to mark the 40th anniversary of their 1981 albums I Love Rock 'n' Roll and Bad Reputation.

Published by Z2 Comics, the novel is written and drawn by prominent female creators. In a statement, Carianne Brinkman, the head of Joan's label, Blackheart Records, says, "The comic world, much like the rock 'n' roll world, is fairly underrepresented in terms of women, particularly in the mainstream."

She adds, "We thought this was a great opportunity to celebrate comic writers and illustrators who happen to be women, and who, like Joan, are constantly being asked what it's like to be 'a WOMAN'...in their respective industries. We are so excited to bring these amazing artists and writers together to celebrate this milestone anniversary."

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts -- 40x40: Bad Reputation/I Love Rock 'n' Roll  is available for preorder now; it'll be out in November.  In addition to the regular hardcover and softcover editions, there are deluxe and super deluxe versions available that come with all kinds of special merch and collectibles, priced at $180 and $500, respectively.

A "Platinum" edition is also available, though there are only 40 of those. They come with all the stuff the super deluxe version has, plus a new Epiphone guitar, gig bag and signed certificate of authenticity.  That'll set you back a thousand bucks.

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Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Slash & more all appearing at Clive Davis' rescheduled pre-Grammys party

L: Joni Mitchell R: Clive Davis; Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

Due to COVID-19, record mogul Clive Davis turned his annual pre-Grammy party into a two-part virtual charity event.  The second part takes place on Saturday, but it's as star-studded as ever.

While Davis' traditional pre-Grammy parties have featured performances from some of the biggest names in music, USA Today reports that Saturday's edition will instead consist of Davis interviewing those big names.  Among them: Elton John, John Mellencamp, Carlos Santana, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Slash and Dionne Warwick.

Davis, 89, will also have Oprah Winfrey on hand to pay tribute to newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tina Turner.  And most exciting of all, he'll chat with Joni Mitchell in her first live conversation since she suffered a brain aneurysm in 2015.

"She and I have become good friends in the last several years," Davis explains. "The fact that she felt comfortable to come on has really been wonderful. I conversed with her for about 40 minutes, but for the actual run of Part II, we had to edit it down to 10 or 12 or 13 minutes, which was difficult to do because her insight and perspective is so special." 

The evening will benefit MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Recording Academy.  The bad news is that it's invitation only, but because the press are usually invited to Clive's parties, we might end up finding out what everyone talked about anyway.

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Paul McCartney claims he doesn't need glasses thanks to "eye yoga"

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Paul McCartney once sang "You Won't See Me," but he WILL see YOU -- because at age 78, he still doesn't wear glasses.  Why not? Eye yoga. That's right: eye yoga.

Paul and his daughter Mary McCartney appear on the latest episode of the podcast Table Manners, hosted by British singer Jessie Ware.  During the discussion, Mary mentions that her dad doesn't need glasses, and reveals that if you Google "Paul McCartney eye yoga," you can actually find a video of the ex-Beatle demonstrating it.

Ware demanded that Paul explain this to her, which he was happy to do.

"I learned off some yogi in India...he explained that your eyes are muscles, whereas your ears aren't so you can't exercise your ears, but your eyes, you can," he said. 

He also clarified that he didn't learn this during the Beatles' famous trip to India in the sixties -- it was during a more recent trip there.

Paul then led Jessie through the exercises, which basically consists of looking up, down and to the middle, left and right, sideways, diagonal, far away and close, for three reps each.

He swears that not only has this practice prevented him from needing glasses, but he taught it to a friend's daughter who was going to go get glasses, and she ended up not needing them for quite a few years after that. "It really improved her eyesight," Paul claimed.

"It's good stuff! It makes sense, if they are muscles," he added. "It's a good idea."

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Alice Cooper auctioning off an Andy Warhol artwork he totally forgot he owned

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Even if Alice Cooper wasn't already a successful rock legend, he's definitely set for retirement now.  This fall, he's auctioning off an Andy Warhol that he'd forgotten he'd owned -- and it could fetch as much as $4.5 million.

The Warhol is a red, acrylic and silkscreen of the late artist's Little Electric Chair, from his Death and Disaster series from 1964-1965.  Alice found it, still in perfect condition, in the garage of his house in Scottsdale, Arizona a few years ago. 

"This silkscreen was given to me during some crazy years and I had completely forgotten I even owned it," said Cooper in a statement.  "I met Andy Warhol when I lived in New York City, and it was just when I was becoming the scourge of rock n' roll and of course that attracted the whole Warhol crowd."  He adds that his girlfriend at the time was "really connected into" Warhol's crew.

Then, a few years ago, Cooper says he was talking to actor Dennis Hopper, who said he was selling a couple of his Warhols, which jogged his memory.

"I said, 'Wait a minute I think I have a Warhol somewhere.' So I went digging around and found it...it had lived by itself for many years," notes Alice.

So why sell it?  "I figured I'd had it for all this time and had almost forgotten about it - let's let someone else really enjoy it," he explains

The work will be up for sale October 23 via Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale, and is expected to fetch between $2.5 million and $4.5 million.  A portion of the gallery's commission will go to Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation charity.

If you want to register to bid, visit larsenartauction.com or contact the gallery at 480-941-0900.

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Goo Goo Dolls to release 'Rarities' compilation next month

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Over the past year, Goo Goo Dolls have released their first holiday album and an EP of stripped-down versions of fan favorites.  Now they're putting out a new compilation album called Rarities.

The album, due out June 25, features 20 songs that span the band's career from 1995 to 2007, many of which have never been released digitally or physically.  They include various b-sides, live songs, acoustic versions, international-only releases, non-album tracks and radio performances.

The first release from Rarities is a live cover of the INXS song "Don't Change," from the Australian band's 1982 album Shabooh Shoobah.

You can pre-order Rarities now in a variety of formats, and there's also a limited edition line of merch marking the new release. 

Meanwhile, Goo Goo Dolls are still working on their 13th album.

Here's the track listing for Rarities:

"Hit or Miss"
"Nothing Can Change You
"Long Way Down" (Chris Lord Alge Remix)
"Name" (Live Acoustic)
"Don’t Change" (Live)
"Girl Right Next to Me" (Live Acoustic)
"Another Second Time Around" (Live Acoustic)
"Iris" (Acoustic)
"Slide" (Acoustic)
"Naked" (Remix)
"Black Balloon" (Live)
"Naked" (Live)
"Black Balloon" (Live from Sessions@AOL)
"Broadway" (Live from Sessions@AOL)
"We’ll Be Here (When You’re Gone)" (Acoustic)
"Better Days" (Acoustic)
"Let Love In" (Live)
"Listen" (Live)
"Feel The Silence" (Live)
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

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Watch music video for new solo song by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, "My Lucky Card"

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ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons has released a third advance track from his forthcoming solo album, Hardware -- a grooving blues-rock tune called "My Lucky Card."

In addition, a music video for the song has premiered at Gibbons' official YouTube channel. The clip starts off with Billy driving a big old pickup truck up to the famous California desert venue Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace, interspersed with footage of Billy performing on the saloon's stage with his two main Hardware collaborators -- drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Austin Hanks.

The video then follows Gibbons inside the venue and, after ordering a beer at the bar, he heads to an almost-empty back room, where he's also shown rocking out on stage. Gibbons and his band mates then are invited into another room, where they take part in a high-stakes blackjack game.

As previously reported, Hardware will be released on June 4, and can be pre-ordered now. Gibbons recorded the album last summer at Escape Studios, located near Joshua Tree National Park, with Sorum and Hanks. Sorum also helped co-produce and co-wrote most of the album's tracks.

"My Lucky Card," which is available now digitally and via streaming services, follows two other advance tracks from Hardware, "Desert High" and "West Coast Junkie."

Visit BillyGibbons.com for more details about Hardware.

In other news, Gibbons and his solo backing band The BFG's are among a variety of artists that will perform at the Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival, taking place May 20-23 at country legend Loretta Lynn's ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

"When freewheeling into the motorcycling lifestyle, Loretta's Ranch and Tennessee Motorcycles & Music Revival make for an entertaining haven," says Billy in a statement. "We look forward to taking it all in while enjoying the good times with everyone!"

 

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Princess Diana musical written by Bon Jovi's David Bryan is returning to Broadway

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When David Bryan isn't playing keyboards for Bon Jovi, he writes Tony Award-winning musicals.  With Broadway now reopening after the pandemic shutdown, his latest is returning to the stage.

Diana: The Musical, based on the life of Princess Diana, will now resume previews November 2, with a November 17 opening night.  Ahead of that, as previously reported, the show will stream on Netflix on October 1.

Tickets are now on sale for performances through November 20, 2022, but if things change -- like if pandemic restrictions return -- you'll be able to get your money back for any performance through January 17, 2022.

David wrote the music and lyrics for Diana: The Musical.  He's also a Tony-winner for the 2009 musical Memphis, which he co-wrote.  In addition, he co-wrote the 2008 off-Broadway show The Toxic Avenger.  He and his collaborator Joe DiPietro are now working on an original musical called Chasing the Song.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, a never-before-seen Bon Jovi concert performance will be screened at drive-in theaters nationwide on May 22.

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Lindsey Buckingham to perform on 'American Idol' finale

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Lindsey Buckingham will perform on this year's American Idol finale, airing May 23.

The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist is one of a long list of artists of different genres who'll be taking the stage as this year's winner is crowned.  Other performers include Fall Out Boy, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, country star Luke Combs, rapper Macklemore and the three American Idol judges: Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie.

It's not clear whether Buckingham will perform on his own, or with one of the Idol contestants. Currently, there are four left in the competition: Grace Kinstler, Willie Spence, Casey Bishop and Chayce Beckham. This Sunday, they'll all perform the songs they'll release if they win, as well as a song "inspired by a personal idol," and songs by guest mentor FINNEAS, Billie Eilish's brother.

Buckingham was fired from Fleetwood Mac in 2018 over conflicts with Stevie Nicks, but Mick Fleetwood told Rolling Stone not long ago, "I know for a fact that I intend to make music and play again with Lindsey. I would love that." 

Whether that would involve the rest of the band remains to be seen; as Mick notes, Buckingham and Nicks would first have to bury the hatchet.

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The Temptations launch yearlong 60th anniversary celebration that will feature new album, tours & more

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of the day that the legendary vocal group The Temptations signed their first contract with Motown Records, and to commemorate the milestone, the label is launching a yearlong celebration that will include various releases, events and more.

During the celebration, which will run through June 2022, The Temptations plan to mount national and international tours, release an anniversary album and launch a new video series. In addition, the Broadway musical Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations is scheduled to re-open on October 16, last surviving original Temptation Otis Williams celebrates his 80th birthday on October 30 and other special events also are in the works.

"I've been blessed to take this journey with Shelly Berger, my manager and dear brother, and with all my brothers -- the Temptations," says Williams in a statement. "Now, to be the last one standing from the classic lineups can be hard sometimes, but I know God left me here for a reason, and that was to continue to share with new generations of fans, the great music that we started back in that two-story house in Detroit, known as Hitsville USA."

He adds, "Reaching this milestone in my career hasn't always been easy but it's gratifying to know that our fans have always been there, every step of the way…[The Temptations] plan to go back on tour later this summer and…[we] look forward to sharing this special anniversary with all of you."

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Whitney Houston biopic will be "a very realistic, very honest story," says Clive Davis

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Whitney Houston's musical mentor says the movie about the late superstar that's currently in the works won't shy away from showing both the good and the bad.

Clive Davis is producing the biopic, called I Wanna Dance with Somebody, and he tells USA Today, "The goal...is to come up with a very realistic, very honest story...as well as capturing her losing battle with addiction, capturing her vocal genius and influence on music and contemporary musicians."

Davis adds that the film will detail "not only pitfalls, but also the professional musical triumphs that she succeeded in accomplishing" and says his mission is to "present the full story of Whitney Houston impeccably and [ensure] that it will be realistic in every respect." 

As previously reported, British actress Naomi Ackie will play Whitney, but she won't be singing. As Davis notes, "When it came to Whitney, we just didn't think anyone could capture her vocal genius so it will be the Whitney voice in the film." 

I Wanna Dance with Somebody, directed by Stella Meghie and written by Anthony McCarten -- the same guy who wrote the Oscar-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody -- is tentatively scheduled to be out in late 2022.

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U2's Bono & The Edge featured on new Martin Garrix song, "We Are the People"

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Bono and The Edge are featured on a new song from DJ and producer Martin Garrix.

The track, titled "We Are the People," was recorded for the 2020 UEFA EURO soccer tournament. It's accompanied by a video featuring people from all walks of life getting together to play and watch soccer, cut with footage of the U2 duo performing in front of a picturesque sunset.

"Creating the music for one of the biggest sports events in the world together with Bono and The Edge has been an incredible experience," Garrix says. "I'm very proud of what we did together and excited to finally share it with the world!"

You can download "We Are the People" now via digital outlets, and watch its video streaming now on YouTube.

U2's most recent album is 2017's Songs of Experience.

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